Culture Check: December 2017

Want to be the cultured one at your holiday party? We've selected the most interesting things in the field of arts happened in December.

December 28, 2017  |  by Creative Armenia

1. Golden Globe nominations were announced this month, with a surprise nod for Christopher Plummer, Kevin Spacey's last-minute replacement for the role of J Paul Getty in All the Money in the World.

2. A few miles east, the Getty Center was burning. Almost. The museum barely fought off the wildfires, which were swallowing up the California mountains.

3. Cross-country in New York, the Grammys had their own announcement. Two Armenians made the nominations: legendary composer Tigran Mansurian and the Yerevan Opera & Ballet National Academic Theatre newly appointed conductor Constantine Orbelyan.

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4. Made of 60 individual sheets, the largest world map of the 16th century was finally pieced together. It did not look like the world.

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5. Christoph Waltz took the stage again, but not for the usual reason. The beloved actor of Inglorious Bastards was in Antwerp to direct the opera"Falstaff" by Verdi.  

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6. And of course: The Last Jedi! Episode VIII of the Star Wars saga soared with audiences and critics alike. It was actually written and directed by indie filmmaker Ryan Johnson.