Note: these are two short website recommendations previously published (as “Click!”) in KC Stage Magazine, the first in August 2007, and the second in September 2007 (link no longer active).
The geeky among us (including myself) have Boing Boing; the cultural among us should have ArtsJournal. From their About Us: “The site is a digest of some of the best arts and cultural journalism in the English-speaking world.” This website is one of the best places to read up on what is going on in the world of the arts, be it visual, theatre, dance, music, or publishing. Thanks to the wonderful world of the RSS feed, you can get posts as they come—or you can also sign up for a daily (or weekly, which is my choice) e-mail that sends out the roundup of links to news articles about the various issues in the world of arts to be consumed in one fell swoop. They specifically exclude sites that charge for access, and have included a ‘work around’ for places that require registration. Learn what other arts organizations are doing throughout the world, and get ideas for yourself.
The art of radio was dead. Or at least performances of productions on the radio. While my mother taught me to love ‘old-time’ radio like Abbot and Costello and The Bing Crosby Show, it was apparent that even on such stations as NPR or KKFI that such ‘radio drama’ was not on regular broadcasting. But not so in Atlanta—the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company (ARTC) has been performing, recording, and broadcasting audio dramas since 1984, and since August of 2006 have had a podcast of their various shows. In just one show (the Memorial Day broadcast listed on May 24, 2007), there’s serious drama as well as fun humor (you have to listen to “Grandma’s Diary”!). If you’re looking for good drama, but want to stay in the comforts of your home, check out the ARTC Podcast some time you won’t regret it.