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Arts Roundup: Recession Bad! Strategy Good! Edition

Where's the beef: Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser's latest Huffington Post column draws a line between the "haves" and the "have-nots" in the post-recession arts world. Arts organizations, he says, should stop daydreaming about how everything will return to normal once the recession ends; instead, they should be restrategizing. "Some organizations are going to develop exciting art, market their art well and build a loyal cadre of ticket buyers and donors," he says, while "Many others are going to continue to create undistinguished art, pursue anemic marketing efforts, overtax a few loyal donors and continue to try to save their way to health by cutting costs at every turn." The column goes on to make, basically, the same perfectly fine point in vague terms. Where are the names? Stats? Dirt?

Oh, the horror: Washington Post reporter Emily Wax files a story from the 20th annual Glynn Jackson Golden Scissors Awards—also known as the Black Oscars of hair—which took place in Silver Spring over the weekend. The show's namesake is proud of what he's achieved on a small budget, though this year's production was not without minor snags. “The big girls came on­­­stage and were not wearing Spanx," he says.

Adrian Parsons alert: He's everywhere.

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