• Sublimating Text into Image & Image into Text

    Pictorializing the Linear Barcode Symbology at Berkshire Artist Museum

    By: Robert Henriquez - Jul 01st, 2015

    The art historian, Keith Shaw, has organized That '70s Show which is part one of a Then and Now project for the Berkshire Artist Museum in North Adams, Mass. He asked 15 artists to exhibit selections from some 40 years ago as well as their current work. In the case of Robert Henriquez his single piece is both Then and Now. The concept was conceived in the 1970s but it it only recently that digital programming has progressed sufficiently to realize a singular work of art. This research and technology has resulted in a stunning work of museum level quality.

  • Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon

    New Comedy at Geffen Playhouse in LA Until July 19

    By: Jack Lyons - Jun 29th, 2015

    “Bad Jews” is a new modern comedy written by acclaimed young playwright Joshua Harmon. The ambiguously titled and talky play currently on stage at the Geffen Playhouse is directed by Matt Shakman, who helms his production with one directorial foot planted in “tradition” and the other directorial foot solidly rooted in the secular 21st century.

  • The Who and the What at Victory Gardens

    Play by Ayad Akhtar in Chicago

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jun 29th, 2015

    The Who and the What is a smart, funny play about a conservative Pakistani-American family and their attempts to come to grips with modern realities while maintaining respect for tradition. Playwright Ayad Akhtar has written believable characters who fight articulately about what they believe in.

  • Poland: Part One

    Krakow and Auschwitz

    By: Zeren Earls - Jun 26th, 2015

    Despite a rocky history of occupation, war and suppression, Poland, a country of 40 million people, has maintained its cultural vibrancy. Krakow has a wealth of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture that dot the city as churches, museums and theaters. Auschwitz-Birgenau camps provide on-site experience to learn about one of the darkest periods in human history.

  • Come From Away at La Jolla Playhouse

    By Irene Sankoff and David Hein

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    By: Jack Lyons - Jun 29th, 2015

    The musical “Come From Away” by the Canadian husband-and wife team of Irene Sankoff and David Hein, directed by Ashley made its World Premiere debut at the Sheila and Hughes Poitier Theatre last weekend to thunderous applause and standing ovations.

  • Henry V at Shakespeare & Company

    Ryan Winkles Triumphant in Title Role

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 27th, 2015

    The cycle of history plays by Shakespeare continues and unfortunately ends this season with a chamber production of the ever popular Henry V. This scaled back drama with four male and four female actors playing multiple roles has been directed by Jenna Ware. In the title role Ryan Winkles is magnificent. It adds another dimension to a superb actor who previously has been featured in comic roles.

  • Intimate Apparel at Dorset Theatre Festival

    Vermont's Dorset Makes a Bold Choice for Season Opener

    Intimate Apparel
    By: Leanne Jewett - Jun 27th, 2015

    This is superb production of a beautifully written play that looks at the lives of African-American women in New York City at the turn of the twentieth century. It is a bold opener for Vermont’s Dorset Theatre Festival season. An uptown white socialite, a downtown black prostitute, and a self-deprecating Jewish cloth salesman are just three of the disparate characters who populate the world of Esther, a hard-working and humble black woman who makes her living fashioning ladies’ intimate apparel.

  • Berkshire Artist Museum

    Featuring Work by Eric Rudd and Regional Artists

    By: Charles giuliano - Jun 28th, 2015

    After one season the Rudd Museum of Art in North Adams has been renamed with a new mandate as Berkshire Artist Museum. It recently reopened with a Rudd installation Iceberg in the nave and That '70s show as phase one of Then and Now which will be complete later in the season.

  • Conor McPherson's Shining City at Barrington Stage

    Irish Drama Features Mark H. Dold as Priest Turned Therapist

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 22nd, 2015

    The title Shining City is a Bliblical reference that "A town built on a hill cannot be hidden." But there is much that is obscure and repressed in this drama by the Irish playwright Conor McPherson.

  • Moby Dick at Lookingglass

    New Production Adapted from Melville's Novel

    Moby Dick
    By: Nancy Bishop - Jun 23rd, 2015

    Lookingglass's black box theater in the old Water Works on Michigan Avenue in Chicago becomes the interior of a great whale with steel hoops extending from stage rear to the top of the theater.

  • Thoreau or, Return to Walden

    David Adkins Bonkers in the Woods

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 21st, 2015

    If you have read Walden and think you know Henry David Thoreau guess again. The world premiere Thoreau or Return to Walden written by and starring David Adkins, directed by Eric Hill presents the New England transcendentalist and abolitionist as an eccentric just short of lunacy.

  • European International Book Art Biennale

    Bucharest, Romania with Artists from 22 Countries - Until June 30, 2015

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Jun 24th, 2015

    80 artists from 22 countries are currently participating in an art book exhibition in Bucharest, which is following the 2014 Moskow, Russia, Biennale. Organizers are the National Association for Visual Contemporary Arts in Romania and D. Fleiss & East West Artists Association of Germany. A program with daily events adds to the exhibition's lively cultural activities.

  • Art of Puerto Vallarta

    Sculpture Walk on the Malecón

    Puerto Vallarta
    By: Susan Cohn - Jun 24th, 2015

    Puerto Vallarta’s spectacular curving esplanade known as the Malecón is the place for a relaxing stroll any time of the day, but Tuesday mornings hold a special attraction – a free guided walk of the dramatic monumental bronze and stone sculptures that punctuate this broad, exclusively pedestrian, seaside promenade.

  • De Leon Springs State Park

    Florida's Fountain of Youth

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    By: Susan Cohn - Jun 24th, 2015

    De Leon Springs was first occupied as early as 8000 BCE by local Native American tribes. In the 16th century, Spanish forces passed through (perhaps including Explorer Juan Ponce de León, whom history links to the fabled Fountain of Youth). The area came under American ownership after Florida became a territory in 1821.

  • Heisenberg with Mary Louise Parker

    Simon Stephens Brings Quantum Entanglement to Life

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 20th, 2015

    Heisenberg is a dashing new play by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog, a hit on Broadway. His new play is more complete and satisfying, although its subject might disturb people who need predictability and order. Certainly Mary Louise Parker doesn't, as she loosey-goosey's through her life. Don't be put off by hints of quantum physics in the title. The play is uproarious and the best take on a May-December romance you'll see. It begins with a kiss, passes through the usual, and ends with indeterminacy.

  • Season Finale: Schubert and Beethoven Trios

    Year-End Wrap up at the Rosen Salon

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 21st, 2015

    Music salons at Joseph and Christina Rosen's are a treat. Over the course of a season, you can hear up and coming pianists, singers, and contemporary composers. The warhorses of music sound fresh and inviting. Only one of the pleasures of an evening is hearing Joe Rosen perform on the clarinet.

  • Man of La Mancha Thrills at Barrington Stage

    Jeff McCarthy in a Career Defining Performance

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 15th, 2015

    When Jeff McCarthy brings down the house with an iconic barnburner The Impossible Dream it is richly evident that the fifty-year-old musical Man of La Mancha still packs a whallop that can blow the socks off of an audience. This Barrington Stage production that launches the Mainstage of Barrington Stage in Pittsfield is the benchmark hit of the still new 2015 Berkshire theatre season. It is doubtful that any actor will match or surpass his performance as the male lead in a musical.

  • New Country at Cherry Lane Theatre in NYC

    Intimate Show Makes a Big Noise

    By: Edward Rubin - Jun 16th, 2015

    The good news is that the edgy. enticing New Country, due to popular demand, has been extended to June 27 at Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City. It is good enough to see twice. This is the kind of show that comes along every once in awhile. Presented by Fair Trade Productions in association with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and written by Mark Roberts this is a must see production.

  • Gilbert Conducts Joan of Arc at the Stake

    Marion Cotilliard Simply Magnificent as Joan

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 13th, 2015

    The North American continent does not have military heroines. A 17th century Mexican nun, Juana Inés de Asbaje y Ramírez de Santillana, was censored for her apostatic writings, but never picked up a sword. Without queens and saints, we have struggled into modern times. For comfort when France was challenged, as it often has been in history, the country looks to its patron saint, Joan of Arc, who helped end the Hundred Years War before she was burned at the stake. The New York Philharmonic reminded us of her trials in the ineffably moving composition of Paul Claudel and Arthur Honegger.

  • Francesco Clemente's Encampment at Mass MoCA

    With Jim Shaw to January, 2016

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 13th, 2015

    During the Pluralism of the 1980s the Italian born artist Francesco Clemente was a part of the neo expressionist movement. Having recently reinvented himself the artist who lives in New York and India had a series of glitzy decoratve tents fabricated by artisans. The artist has painted the interiors with provocative, fluid, naive narratives. This imajor installtion in Mass MoCA's vast Building Five has been paired with the cartoon inspired, theatrical scaled paintings of the populist artist./ musician conceptualist Jim Shaw. The work is obviously fun and accessible but skates on thin ice.

  • The Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon

    Existential Questions Dramatic and Personal

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 05th, 2015

    The Ensemble Studio Theatre just won a 2015 Drama Desk Award its commitment to producing new works by American playwrights since 1968. This year's 35th Marathon of Short Plays shows why the award is so deserved.

  • Harold Pinter's Betrayal

    The North Coast Repertory Theatre to June 28

    By: Jack Lyons - Jun 13th, 2015

    The North Coast Repertory Theatre’s potent production of marriage infidelity and betrayal is full of clever directorial touches, like the timing of Pinteresque pauses and the overall pacing between the excellent ensemble cast of Carla Harting, Jeffrey Frace, and Richard Baird, with Benjamin Cole contributing as a pompous and frustrated European waiter.

  • After All The Terrible Things I Do At Calderwood

    Self-Loathing and Acceptance Emotionally Wrestle

    All The Terrible Things
    By: Mark Favermann - Jun 05th, 2015

    What makes ordinary people do terrible things? Daniel, a young, gay aspiring writer, seeks a fresh start and a new job at the local bookstore that he loved as a child. When he meets Linda, the Filipina-American bookshop owner, they discover a connection that goes deeper than a love of literature. Artistic Director Peter DuBois directs the New England premiere of A. Rey Pamatmat’s at times gripping and intimate new play about changing attitudes, forgiveness and second chances.

  • Everybody's Talking World Premiere

    Harry Nilsson Based Musical at San Diego Repertory Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Jun 09th, 2015

    “Everybody’s Talkin’” is more of a free-flowing musical tribute than a traditional book musical. There isn’t one line of scripted dialogue spoken by the performers. It’s just the genius of Harry Nilsson who was a poet/philosopher and a reluctant troubadour performer, whose songs lend themselves to the inspired arrangements by Gunderson and the staging by Velasco that propel the show along.

  • Gerard Malanga on Andy Warhol's Mother Julia

    Insights to Mother and Son Collaborations at WCMA

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 04th, 2015

    The major exhibition this summer at the Williams College Museum of Art is "Warhol by the Book" through August 16, 2015. Of the 500 works on view some of the most intriguing material entails collaborations involving Warhol's graphic design and his mother Julia's calligraphy. We spoke about Julia with former Warhol associate the poet Gerard Malanga who knew her well.

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