Opera and Beyond. Composer Michael Ching's blog, pondering music, opera, and where and how it fits in, particularly in the regions. Lots of helpful links down the righthand side.
I believe the dress code is intended to discourage gang members who are present from identifying themselves as such. I believe it's an issue in public spaces in many of the larger urban areas. But how /are/ you supposed to wear your baseball cap? They've got me on that one.