Bobo apologizes for his relative absence in recent weeks. Turns out arts editors have more editing to do than you might think.
He'll be gone the first half of February too — seeing lots of theater in L.A.
Bobo applied to and got himself embroiled in 11 days of an event with the catchy name of the National Endowment for the Arts' Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater:
acting classes, presentations by directors and critics, writing workshops, lots of seeing plays and writing reviews and having those reviews critiqued. It's hosted by USC's Annenberg School.
25 arts writers from all over the country -- some editors, mostly freelancers, a few involved with TV/radio/Websites, all devoted to writing better about theater. Swanky hotel, nice restaurants, and maybe some wild drunken revelry in bars, though I'm the shy, retiring type myself.
This is the NEA AJI TMT's fourth year; turns out your tax dollars also go to support similarly lengthy workshops for journos who work in small markets and who cover dance (in N.C.) and classical and opera (in N.Y.).
More later, during perhaps, and after.