Wow. Just seeing this comment by HELLOWORLD. This is what you got from the article? You see a threat where there is no threat? You see difference where there's actually a deep human bond? It's always amazing to me how monumentally some people can miss the point of a piece of writing or work of art. Or maybe you *got* the point but you're just a common, everyday KKK sympathizer. Whatever the case, it's no surprise that you'd be so ashamed of your worldview that you hide behind the anonymity of a fake name... RIP Thornton Dial. You were a gift to this troubled world.
The company name is Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) not DTOH.
Enjoy reading this, has shared it with my friends.
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Lots of background missing here. The board had a legal duty to do what is best in the long term interest not what Mr. Simmons and others (who could have stepped up with donations) want to do in the short term. Sad story that CAST closed but not giving the full story here. As always, people love to trash the board because they fail to understand that role. Serve as an arts board member and see if you still feel the same way!
Thank you for this grand explanation of a preventable cultural tragedy for Charlotte. What a clusterf**k. My heart goes out to Michael Simmons. My sympathy's saved for the rest of us who loved CAST.
Let me see if I am following these dates correctly: The board announced on June 6 that it was closing on June 30. "NoDa's two pre-eminent theater producers," Mr. Simmons (who already knew the fate of his theatre) and Mr. Ford met on June 4 to discuss rental options, and Mr. Simmons was "planning to sound Ford on the possibility of a partnership or a merger."
So this idiot band of board members didn't send up an SOS flare before announcing the closure? That was dumb. But with nearly a month to act, why didn't the "hundreds" of shocked actors, designers, directors, donors and fans, including Mr. Ford at the ready with a lifeline, rise up to kick out this lousy "rogue board of directors"? Board takeovers happen all the time. The Light Factory here in Charlotte and the San Diego Opera mentioned above are two great examples. Bring in fresh blood and money. If CAST really matters to the community, where are those ardent , passionate fans to save CAST? Or perhaps they don't care THAT much…???
Fantastic story, Perry, as usual. What a damned shame, to put it mildly. One question: why didn't you pose for the Yorick skull photo? ;-)
Just a few months ago, the board of San Diego Opera did the same thing: with no warning, they voted to dissolve the company.*
But that made news nationally, and there was a backlash both within San Diego and beyond. After a lot of drama (including the replacement of the board chair), the decision to close was reversed and the company was saved (at least for the time being).
Any chance something like that could happen with CAST?
*The difference: in San Diego, the company's longtime head, who was evidently ready to retire, was in favor of shutting the opera company down. It may well have been his idea. And while San Diego Opera isn't gone, he is,/i>, and he pretty much blew what had been a rather good reputation in the process.
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Is there any way I could get a paper copy of this still? Please, let me know! :)
Thanks Creative Loafing!
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I stand corrected. The 2002 Monash University shooting left two dead and five injured.
It still pales in camparison to the death toll in the US due to mass shootings since 1996. The 2007 Blacksburg VA shooting alone left 32 dead and 15 wounded. While hardly comprehensive, this list shows over 30 mass shootings in the US from 1999 to 2011:
It still stands that since Australia enacted the 1996 gun regulations that firearm homicide rate has fallen by 59 percent, and the firearm suicide rate has fallen by 65 percent.
What is not true, is that Australia has had no mass shootings since 1996. It had a mass shooting in 2002... the first in a school. New Zealand - which did not ban semi automatic rifles (including military style) and ditched its system of gun registration as it was a waste of money, has had none.
Of course you might say why stop at 1997 and then cite a decline... Why not look back, and you'd see the declining trend in gun homicides since before 1990.
What was the comparative rate of gun deaths in the US and Australia prior to 1996? I can say from a statistical perspective, unremarkably different to what it is now.... and I can say from my own observation, drive by shootings are up, other criminal activity with guns is up.
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