It's been a slow week in the wide world of the arts but let us battle on regardless as we bring you, our dear readers, the week that was!
Debacle upon Debacle
You may remember, from last week, the continuing farce that is the closure of the Brewhhouse Theatre in Somerset. Nobody likes them, at least nobody in a position to give them money, so in a desperate attempt to save the place one councillor from Taunton Deane Borough Council (a conservative no less) proposed that the council folk give up 50% of their annual allowance and put the money toward saving the venue.
The proposal was shot down by other council members because they are apparently a little bit on the shy side.
"But fellow Conservative councillor Bryan Dennington, who proposed the motion to scupper the plan, disagreed. Mr Dennington said he was aware of several councillors who needed the allowance but who would be "embarrassed" to have to say so."
Each of the councillors receive over £4,000 annually in allowances to pay for things like...... well, ok, we have no idea and we're not calling them to find out. One presumes that if they are too embarrassed to admit they need the money then the council folk are spending the money on drugs and hookers. (allegedly)
Copping a Plea
Professional ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko has been arrested in Moscow and has apparently confessed to being the "mastermind" behind the acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet AD Sergei Filin.
Mr Dmitrichenko claimed that acid was never part of the plan, he told his henchman (Russian ballet dancers have henchmen? Ed!) to simply give Mr Filin a good kicking, not permanently disfigure him and potentially blind him with noxious chemicals. Well, that's alright then.
Perhaps the only thing more surprising than this type of violence being carried out on the AD of a ballet company is that it took at least three geniuses (a getaway driver was also involved) to come up with the plan in the first place and they still got it wrong.
Mr Filin is currently recovering in Germany while Mr Dmitrichenko and his partners in crime can look forward to spending a very long time in a Russian gulag.
Finally, the new Chairman of ACE, Peter Balzagette, took to the internets this past week for one of Arts Council England cowardly "live chats". The thing was so boring TheImp™ barely made it out alive and the questions and responses so dry you could literally feel moisture being sucked out of the atmosphere.
Here in TheLab™ we signed off thus;
Have a good weekend.