Exec pay, Chicago discounts, etc.

January 20, 2009
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Occassionally, I like to devote a blog to connecting you to conversations on other blogs. It's that time again.

Of course, feel free to comment here on anything you find out there (Hint: right click and open any link in another tab. That way, it's easier to find your way back here).

--According to Playbill.com , Broadway in Chicago is celebrating hometowner Barack Obama with $44 tickets to its lineup of shows, including "Jersey Boys," "Mary Poppins," and "Xanadu." The catch? You've got to buy them today, January 20th. 

--Stuck for something to read? There are lots of critics' end-of-the-year lists over at NPR Books. Thanks to what I found at the site, I now have James Howard Kunstler's novel "World Made by Hand," P.F. Kluge's "Gone Tomorrow," Josh Whedon's graphic novel "Runaways: Dead End Kids," and Joseph O'Neill's "Netherland" on my already daunting reading pile. Anyone out there read any of these yet?

--I can be a sucker for acquisition stories. I'm fascinated with how artworks comes to be part of a museum collection. The IMA Blog offers an insightful look at the acquistition of John Wesley Hardrick's painting "Little Brown Girl," which served as the poster and catalogue cover image for the "Shared Heritage" exhibition back in the Bret Waller days. Apparently, the work was missing for years until it was offered to the IMA from a dealer. Only then did the IMA folks discover that it was actually owned by the museum. How do you buy a painting you already own? An interesting problem.

--Half the country, it seems, is in D.C. today. And, of course, they are hungry to see visual art. Okay, maybe not. But surely some will take advantage of what's offered in Washington galleries. You can see Tyler Green's thoughts on the the choices--including new galleries at the Hirshhorn and Gilbert Stuart portraits at the National Gallery--in his Modern Art Notes.

--Speaking of D.C., at the Arts Marketing blog, Chad Bauman, Director of Communications at Washington's Arena Stage, discusses executive compensation in the arts. He notes that the Director of Minneapolis' Guthrie Theatre earns over $682,000 a year. And that the conductor of the financially challenged Cleveland Orchestra makes $1.2 million--and he's only seventh on the list of top orchestra salaries in the country. The question, I don't think, is whether top talent should earn top dollars, but whether or not a not-for-profit can comfortably ask for public funds when higher ups are making such big bucks. Is a visionary leader like a top box-office actor--expensive but ultimately worth it to a company's bottom line? And do we need proposals like the piece of proposed legislation in San Francisco that would put a cap on compensation for a top exec at six times that of the lowest-level employee?

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  1. These liberals are out of control. They want to drive our economy into the ground and double and triple our electric bills. Sierra Club, stay out of Indy!

  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

  3. Maybe they shouldn't be throwing money at the IRL or whatever they call it now. Probably should save that money for actual operations.

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  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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