Irving ISD Totally Bombs
As you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, the people at Irving’s MacArthur High School made idiots of themselves in front of the entire world this week by putting a 14-year-old boy in handcuffs because he brought a clock to school. Of course, the kid’s a Muslim, and Irving ISD seems to be scared of its Muslims, so everybody thought the clock looked like a bomb. I would gladly make a joke about this depressingly predictable development, but everyone on the internet beat me to it in the one day since it was picked up by the mainstream media. I mean, look:
— heidi heilig (@heidiheilig) September 16, 2015
Irving Police dropped all the charges against Ahmed Mohamed. MacArthur’s principal gallantly blamed the kid. Twitter erupted. (Note: This is the only thing that Twitter ever does.) President Obama and Mark Zuckerberg invited Ahmed to the White House and Facebook, respectively. A trustee at Dallas ISD did some delightful trolling. Republican presidential candidates said that Kim Davis was the real victim. I imagine that the scene when Ahmed brought his clock to MacArthur looked something like this:
I’d have more sympathy for the school officials if the boy had pulled a stunt like the one at the 0:39 mark of this clip from the British comedy Four Lions. “Yeah, just because I’m a Muslim, you thought it was real.”
While Ahmed looks forward to attending a new high school, I’m looking forward to protests at MacArthur where Muslim kids march through the halls holding up timepieces and chanting “This is not a bomb!”
New Jury for Van Cliburn 2017
In the ongoing battle to prevent piano teachers from exerting undue influence on the outcome of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the Cliburn announced its jury members for the 2017 contest. The new jury head is Leonard Slatkin, who was brought on two years ago to conduct the final-round concerto performances. He’ll be taking up conducting duties in ’17 as well, though he’ll recuse himself from the voting once the final round starts. The jury for the competition will be made up entirely of first-time Cliburn jurors, with the exception of Joseph Kalichstein. The jury for the screening auditions will be entirely different from the competition jury. And composer/pianist Marc-André Hamelin will not only serve on the competition jury but also compose the new work that the semifinalists will be required to play, a first for the Cliburn. The Brentano String Quartet will be back to play the chamber music portion. It’s all fodder for discussion until the summer of ’17.
The Kimbell Art Museum just announced that it’s getting in an exhibit called Monet: The Early Years in October 2016. The show focuses on the first phase of the painter’s career, leading up to 1872, two years before the first exhibit of the artists who’d go on to be called Impressionists. There’ve been enough Impressionist exhibits since then to make us wonder what new ground there is to cover, but we’re sure that the Kimbell will sell tons of tickets for this.
Noches en los Jardines de España
It’s been 25 years since Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has toured outside the United States, but thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Fort Worth Promotion and Development Fund, the local band will be heading to Spain next May to play dates in Madrid, Zaragoza, Murcia, Alicante, Oviedo, and Vitoria-Gasteiz. Violinist Midori joins them to play Tchaikovsky, while Miguel Harth-Bedoya will conduct Copland, Gershwin, and more Tchaikovsky. We wish them buen viaje.
British actress Emily Blunt recently gained American citizenship due to her marriage to John Krasinski. She then joked that having watched the first Republican presidential debate, she was having second thoughts. The hosts over at Fox & Friends promptly threw a hissy fit and said she should go back to the U.K. She doesn’t have to do that, she can just vote Democrat now that she’s a citizen. Here’s the footage from Fox News:
Oh, that’s not it? My bad.