Sleeping Songs AriseBy: - Apr 22nd, 2015
The poet who provides the lyrics for Schumann's Liederkreis which opened this extraordinary program at Carnegie Hall speaks of song sleeping in all things. Song came alive in concert with Dorothea Röschmann with the heartbeat of the piano in Uchida's hands.
Maltese Tenor Heralds Return of Romantic SingingBy: - Apr 23rd, 2015
Although he stuck primarily to Italian and French arias and songs, Calleja showed his range, singing in Russian, Spanish and English. A true entertainer, he cracked jokes while delivering heart-stirring vocal thrills, despite suffering from a cold.
A Test Run at a Boston Gallery before Exhibition in GermanyBy: - Apr 25th, 2015
With the passing of pioneering art and technology artist Otto Piene last Summer, his creative legacy has continued to be showcased with shows in Berlin, the Guggenheim in New York and the Cyberarts Gallery in Boston. Recently, the prolific Piene's last art installation was "tested" at the Miller Yezersky Gallery in Boston's SOWA District in preparation for an exhibit at at LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur in Münster, Germany. The master artist's spirit embraced this wonderful environmental art event.
Traveling Exhibition of Vintage PaintingsBy: - Apr 25th, 2015
Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist is a full-scale exhibit of about 45 of Motley's paintings now on view at the Chicago Cultural Center. Along the corridor leading to the gallery is a display of information about Motley's life and work. Jazz age music plays on the gallery sound system. Prior to Chicago the exhibition was on view at the LA Country Museum of Art. The next stop if the Whitney Museum of American Art
From Odets to CaligulaBy: - Apr 27th, 2015
The legendary Providence Players was founded in 1915 and after a couple of seasons transferred to New York. We asked Bragan Thomas, the Co Chair of Programming, what is being planned for the centennial celebrations at Provincetown Theater. We also discussed a world premiere reading of his play "Caligula and the Three Daggers."
Makes a Great MixerBy: - Apr 26th, 2015
Pisco came into being as a way to use leftover grapes that were undesirable for winemaking. The distilled grapes were turned into a high-proof spirit.
New Play by Thomas GibbonsBy: - Apr 27th, 2015
San Diego Repertory Theatre has mounted a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of “Uncanny Valley,” written by award-wining playwright Thomas Gibbons; performed in their Lyceum Space theatre. The intellectual think-piece, seamlessly directed by Jessica Bird, stars Rosina Reynolds and Nick Cagle in a riveting pas de deux involving avatars and their human creators.
Last of Series Focused on ImmigrationBy: - Apr 27th, 2015
“Hold These Truths”, is the last production in CV REP’s series of plays centered around the theme “America’s Melting Pot” – the plays and the stories of the American immigrant experience.This is one of CV REP’s most technically ambitious productions to date.
At The Palm Canyon TheatreBy: - Apr 27th, 2015
“Man of La Mancha” written by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion had ‘Blockbuster” written all over it when it debuted on Broadway in 1965 (running for over 2300 performances). The show nabbed five Tony Awards winning The Tony for Best Musical, and Best Actor, making a star out of Richard Kiley for his Don Quixote portrayal.
Etosha National ParkBy: - Apr 27th, 2015
Namibia's iconic vast savannah wilderness consists of woodland and grassy plains, surrounding the massive Etosha salt pan, its desiccated white surface visible from the air. Perennial springs around the edge of the pan provide the water required by the park's high density big game population and other wildlife.
Film by David Zellner Riffs on FargoBy: - Apr 27th, 2015
David Zellner’s “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” is not an unseen phenomenon in US cinema. But in taking the true story of a Japanese woman, Takako Konishi, who went looking for the money that Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) hid in “Fargo,” and fictionalizing that story, the filmmakers (David Zellner and Nathan Zellner who wrote and starred in the film) create a constant vacillation between truth and fiction.
Former ICA Curator Returns to BostonBy: - Apr 10th, 2015
From 1989 to 1993 Matthew Teitelbaum was an ICA curator under director Milena Kalinovska. On August 2, after some 22 years at the Art Gallery of Ontario, he will take over as the 11th director of the Museum of Fine Arts. It is anticipated that he will bring a more welcoming management style than the autocratic Malcolm Rogers who cleaned house and instilled fear in the staff under the mantra of One Museum.
Leslie Manville, Tender and ToughBy: - Apr 12th, 2015
Richard Eyre’s fresh and visceral take on Ghosts brings powerfully to the stage not a play set in the end of the 19th century, but a play which resonates in any time present. The cast matches each other beat for beat.
Unique Collection in AlabamaBy: - Apr 14th, 2015
Within the Birmingham Museum of Art, a charming parquet-floored, yellow-walled gallery contains the largest collection of Wedgwood ceramics in the United States. It consists of some 10,000 pieces thousands of which are displayed.
Chicago's Steppenwolf Production Transfers to BroadwayBy: - Apr 14th, 2015
Lisa D’Amour's Airline Highway begins performances at Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on April 1. Directed by Joe Mantello, Manhattan Theatre Club’s presentation of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s ensemble production will officially open on April 23. This is Nancy Bishop's Chicago review.
Move from S&Co. to Berkshire Theatre GroupBy: - Apr 15th, 2015
Tony Simotes was summarily ousted from Shakespeare & Company when he got on the wrong side with a micro managing now former board president Sarah Hancock. Significantly, she is a close friend of founding artistic director, Tina Packer, whose vision of the company was very different from Simotes who replaced her. Rick Dildine who was brought in with a mandate for change soon realized the chain of command and hastily departed. In a matter of months the company went from plan B to plan C. When we met with Simotes for a long lunch he was not inclined to sort out those loose ends. He is upbeat about new possibilities as second in command to Kate Maguire and the richly enhanced Berkshire Theatre Group.
A Poignant Story of the American Dream UnmetBy: - Apr 16th, 2015
A play about dreams and desires unmet, it is the story of Doc and Lola Delaney's rather somber middle class life. To make ends meet, they rent a room in their cluttered Midwestern home to Marie, an unapologetic young college student. Her youthful vitality stirs up forgotten dreams and missed opportunities. Directed by David Cromer, this is an intimate and heartrending portrait of a marriage and painful life partnership fading from youthful exuberance to middle age stasis. The acting is superb and the stagecraft is appealing.
Details the Nightmare of AdolescenceBy: - Apr 22nd, 2015
Horror movies tend to stay with us for longer than we want. Not like the usual emotion-provoking film where we think about it intensely and with nostalgia, wanting to see it again to remember all the feels that came with it. Horror movies, typically have a different type of feels that manifest themselves in screams, intense heartbeat, jumping, and the general inability to sleep with the lights off because if you don’t keep your eyes at the edge of your bed at every minute, a infant demon with black eyes will show up.
Between You, Me and the Lampshade at Teatro VistaBy: - Apr 20th, 2015
Family secrets and dreams are explored in Raul Castillo's Between You, Me and the Lampshade in a world premiere being staged by Teatro Vista. Set in a barren area of Rio Grande County in south Texas, the play addresses immigration issues as well as family tensions.
Ken Watanabe, Kingly, Sexy and TouchingBy: - Apr 19th, 2015
Some moving performances sung beautifully graced the Lincoln Center stage. Standouts were Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang, Conrad Ricamora as Lun Tha and Jon Viktor Corpuz as Prince Chulalongkorn. Attempting to make the story more ordinary does not help. It is after all about a King and a son who will be King and a woman of aristocratic bearing who teaches both of them. A stylish idea that requires style.
Expecting More from Taika Waititi and Jemaine ClementBy: - Apr 22nd, 2015
It was really easy to expect more from Taika Waititi’s and Jemaine Clement’s “What We Do in the Shadows,” especially with Images’s sign proclaiming The New York Times’s approval: “Hilarious!” It was still a fun film to watch and follow.
Payomet Launches 2015 SeasonBy: - Apr 25th, 2015
The Payomet Performing Arts Center got a jump on the season with two performances of the vintage Motown group Martha and the Vandellas. In mid April it was still chilly on the lower cape but the group caused a Heat Wave at Town Hall in Provincetown.
The Provincetown Theater Launches SeasonBy: - Apr 25th, 2015
Inspired by the New York City Taxi Strike of 1934 the agit-prop play “Waiting for Lefty” by Clifford Odets was set for its Town Hall premiere that summer in Provincetown. The event was cancelled by the Board of Selectmen stating that “the play is about strikes and things, and gives people the wrong kind of ideas.” Recently the iconic play received its long overdue premiere at the Provincetown Theater.
John Douglas Thompson's Special AwardBy: - Apr 25th, 2015
During the 2015 Drama Desk Awards a special award will be given to John Douglas Thompson: For invigorating theater in New York through his commanding presence, classical expertise, and vocal prowess. This season he demonstrated exceptional versatility in Tamburlaine the Great and The Iceman Cometh. He is familiar to Berkshire audience for outstanding performances for Shakespeare & Company. The renowned actor will return to Lenox this summer.
Mentor and FriendBy: - Apr 26th, 2015
During ongoing dialogues about art, food, music, history, philosophy and literature my friend and consigliore Robert Henriquez brings a lot to the table. During the off season there is an annual seminar entailing intensive research and discussion.