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Globe Theatre movie set for sale on eBay

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Written by Deborah Cole   
Thursday, 21 July 2011 14:10
A view of the galleries at London's rebuilt Globe Theatre. The movie set in Berlin is a life-size replica of Shakespeare's original playhouse. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. BERLIN (AFP) – The head of a Shakespeare troupe in Berlin said Thursday he has been forced to auction off on eBay a life-size replica of the famed Globe Theatre used in a film by Hollywood director Roland Emmerich.

Emmerich had given the theater-in-the-round to Christian Leonard, the artistic chief of Shakespeare Company Berlin, as a gift after more than 30 of his actors appeared in a film for the director, Anonymous.

The production about Shakespeare by the German-born Emmerich (Independence Day) and starring Vanessa Redgrave and Rhys Ifans required a Globe Theatre set, which was built at a cost of around $716,000.

But a dejected Leonard told AFP that he had been unable to agree with city authorities on a site to transplant the three-story venue, a remarkable copy of the arena where Shakespeare staged his plays some 400 years ago.

This left him unable to find a sponsor to cover his costs.

"I fell in love with the theater and if you're passionately in love, you don't let the object of your desire go," the 49-year-old said.

"I want to see plays put on in this theater, not have it land in the trash."

The set, which seats 700 people, is still at the 99-year-old Babelsberg Studios outside Berlin, where Fritz Lang made the classic silent film Metropolis.

But spokesman Eike Wolf said it needed to be dismantled and removed by July 30 to make room for a major production.

The new picture, Cloud Atlas, starring Tom Hanks, starts filming in September in Babelsberg. Its producers call it the most expensive German film of all time.

Wolf called the Globe Theatre "one of the most ambitious sets we ever built at the studios," which frequently host major Hollywood productions.

He said that it had been sitting empty since filming on Anonymous wrapped up over a year ago and that time was running out to get rid of it.

"Usually, such sets end up in design heaven but this one is a little different," he told AFP.

Leonard has now offered it for a minimum price of one euro, but the successful online bidder must agree to cover the costs of dismantling and removing the set, estimated at 50,000 euros, or about $72,000.

He estimates it would cost about 365,000 euros ($525,000) to renovate the set so it would meet the construction requirements for a public theater.

It is listed on eBay as "To be collected by bidder (will not be shipped)."

The auction runs until Sunday.

Leonard says he would be heartbroken to see his fantasy crushed, and fears that if he is unable to sell the set by next week he may be sued by Babelsberg, which he said had until now been "very understanding."

One woman, the daughter of a puppeteer, placed an offer of one euro to buy it as a gift for her father but asked Leonard to pull out of the auction when she learned they would have to cover the high removal costs.

"I don't want to say I'm desperate because I don't think that way but my back is against the wall," he said.

"I have two small children and no savings. My dream, after 12 years, is unfortunately still unfulfilled so I need a lot of patience. Remember – (actor and director) Sam Wanamaker took 30 years to rebuild the Globe (in London) and that was in Shakespeare's home country. But I don't want to wait that long."

 



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A view of the galleries at London's rebuilt Globe Theatre. The movie set in Berlin is a life-size replica of Shakespeare's original playhouse. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 July 2011 14:46
 

Hermitage reports $521,000 in donations for year

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011 12:08
Andrew Jackson's home, The Hermitage, near Nashville, Tenn. Image by Jim Bowen. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson, had more than $521,000 in donations during its just completed fiscal year.

Hermitage officials said in its July newsletter that the money enabled it to complete major preservation projects and expand both education and tour offerings.

They said they faced challenging obstacles in fundraising because of severe flooding that cut into the finances of the Nashville community in May 2010.

The Hermitage, a National Historic Landmark, has more than 30 historic buildings on its 1,120-acre site east of downtown Nashville. It has 180,000 annual visitors and is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate Museum.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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Andrew Jackson's home, The Hermitage, near Nashville, Tenn. Image by Jim Bowen. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2011 12:24
 

Former Coast Guard cutter has $300,000 price tag

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011 09:39
The Port Huron Museum hopes to sell the former USCGC Bramble for $300,000. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) – The Port Huron Museum says it can't afford to keep a decommissioned Coast Guard cutter open anymore.

The Times Herald of Port Huron reports the museum announced Monday that it will close the USCGC Bramble after Aug. 14. The museum, which acquired the Bramble in 2009, says previous bookings for the boat will be honored. The museum still is trying to sell it for $300,000.

The Bramble was decommissioned in 2003 to be used as a museum, and has been open for tours as well as overnight events.

Zenith Dredge Co. in Duluth, Minn., built the 180-foot seagoing buoy tender for the U.S. Coast Guard. The boat was launched Oct. 23, 1943.

Later outfitted as a icebreaker, the Bramble was one of three Coast Guard cutters to successfully navigate a northwest passage (west to east) through the Arctic Ocean in 1957.

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Information from: Times Herald, http://www.thetimesherald.com

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The Port Huron Museum hopes to sell the former USCGC Bramble for $300,000. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2011 09:46
 

Appalachian Trail Conservancy recognizes top employees

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011 14:48
EMORY, Va. – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has awarded two public-agency employees National Partner Awards.

Donald T. King, chief realty officer for the National Park Service National Trail Land Resources Program Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., and Pamela Underhill, manager of the NPS Appalachian Trail Park Office in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., received the Appalachian Trail Conservancy National Partner Award during the ATC’s biennial membership conference in July. They are the first recipients of this award, which recognizes dedication on the part of public-agency employees to the preservation and management of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to work with such partners as Don King and Pam Underhill,” said David N. Startzell, executive director of the ATC. “Their dedication and commitment to the trail has helped tremendously in its protection so that future generations can enjoy this national treasure for years to come.”

The National Partner Award recognizes individuals for their service in the protection and management of the Appalachian Trail. Recipients of the award are public-agency employees who have contributed substantially to the success of the A.T. project over an extended period of time and who have a trail-wide impact.

King has spent more than 40 years with the National Park Service focusing the majority of the past 32 years to supporting and eventually overseeing the NPS land acquisition program for the Appalachian Trail. Over that time, King has been involved, directly and indirectly, in the acquisition of lands and interests in lands along the trail in 11 states, affecting more than 2,500 parcels and 117,000 acres, and extending federal protection along 620 miles of the trail.

Underhill has devoted more than 32 years to the defense of the Appalachian Trail and its associated resources. While being a strong and articulate advocate for land conservation along the trail, she has also been forceful in defending and supporting the unique partnership that exists among park office, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, trail-maintaining clubs and trail volunteers. Underhill has also been a supporter of youth- and community-engagement programs intended to cultivate the next generation of trail volunteers.

For more information about the Appalachian Trail Conservancy visit www.appalachiantrail.org.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 July 2011 14:52
 

Kentucky Arts Council awards $1.6 million to arts groups

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011 09:34
 Kentucky's heritage is steeped in art traditions. This mid-19th-century quilt attributed to the Beaver Dam, Kentucky area was entirely hand sewn. It was auctioned by Cowan's on Feb. 4, 2005. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive and Cowan's Auctions Inc.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - One hundred nonprofit arts and cultural organizations have received a total of $1.6 million in operational support funding from the Kentucky Arts Council.

The council says the funds are administered through the Kentucky Arts Partnership program with competitive, matching grants for organizations offering year-round opportunities for citizens to enjoy the arts.

Among the awards are $50,000 to the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, $46,000 to Owensboro's RiverPark Center, $30,000 each to Lexington Children's Theatre and Lexington Philharmonic, $29,000 to the Mountain Arts Center in Floyd County, $95,000 to Actors Theatre of Louisville, $53,000 to Appalshop in Letcher County, $61,000 to The Carson Center in Paducah and $22,000 to Orchestra Kentucky in Bowling Green.

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