Covering NY cultural institutions for WSJ. Used to write about lawyers and the environment. Tips, gripes: jennifer.smith@wsj.com

Protests Take Center Stage

wsj.com — Art and politics collided Thursday night at the Metropolitan Opera House, when a protester critical of Russia's policy in Ukraine mounted the stage during a curtain call. Met officials said they were increasing security for future performances in light of the incident.

Outside City, Storm Really Did Roar

wsj.com — When this week's nor' easter surprised forecasters and jogged east over the Atlantic Ocean, it spared New York City the worst but unleashed cascades of heavy snow on the easternmost towns of Long Island and the coastal cities of eastern Connecticut. Long Island's North Fork, noted for its wineries and farm stands, was blanketed with 22 to 30...

New York City Area Spared Worst of Winter Storm

wsj.com — New York City appears to have been spared the brunt of a large winter storm that had been predicted to dump as much as three feet of snow over the metropolitan area. Travel bans in New York City and New Jersey were lifted, and subway and bus service was expected to resume sometime Tuesday morning.

Retail Open for Business Ahead of the Snow

wsj.com — More than a few New York office workers headed home early Monday to keep from getting stranded by the monster snowstorm, but many of the businesses that keep city life humming were still very much open despite the nasty weather. One example: the East Village location of Crif Dogs and its secret bar, Please Don't Tell.

Metropolitan Museum Plans Bond Offering for Capital Projects

blogs.wsj.com — The Metropolitan Museum of Art intends to float $250 million in taxable bonds to fund a variety of capital projects, such as upgrades to skylights over its European galleries, according to a preliminary prospectus issued this week. The bonds could be offered for sale as early as Monday, according to Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, which assigned the museum a top-notch AAA rating.

Esa-Pekka Salonen Pegged to be New York Philharmonic’s Next Composer

blogs.wsj.com — Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Finnish composer and conductor who led the Los Angeles Philharmonic for nearly two decades, will be the New York Philharmonic's next composer-in-residence, the orchestra said Wednesday. Currently principal conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, Mr. Salonen will also conduct and advise the Philharmonic on contemporary music projects.

New York City Opera Suitors Prepare Bids

wsj.com — Two bidders hoping to revive the bankrupt New York City Opera are preparing to square off in court next week at an auction for the opera company's name and assets. In one corner is Roy Niederhoffer, a former City Opera board member backing a plan to reboot the company under the direction of Michael Capasso, the head of a small Manhattan opera company in the process of being wound down.

Lincoln Center and N.Y. Philharmonic Make Operatic Plans

blogs.wsj.com — Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the New York Philharmonic are teaming up on a new opera project that marks a deepening collaboration between the two entities, which are already working together on a planned renovation of the orchestra's home at Avery Fisher Hall.

Epps returns to comfort zone as Kentucky's new starting point guard

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Finding the Cash for Big Arts Projects

wsj.com — From Museum Mile to the High Line, many of the city's major cultural institutions are in the midst of costly real estate or strategic projects this year. That means arts fundraisers must polish their pitches, woo patrons with creative naming opportunities-your family name on the passenger drop-off area!-and target the next generation of donors.
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Jan 30, 2015

Sheldon Silver submits resignation; will step down as N.Y. state Assembly speaker Monday on.wsj.com/1Evs3x9 via @WSJ @eorden

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As Ferguson Looks to Rebuild, Archivists Move to Preserve What Was Lost nyti.ms/1CU2bsX

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Speaking of Meistersingers.... Brooklyn once had an 800-member German choir bit.ly/1wJbxAL via @artfcity

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Mitt Romney won’t run for president in 2016, to let the 'next generation of Republican leaders' take a crack on.wsj.com/1ByJab3 via @WSJ

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