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  • City of Angels Glowing At Lyric Stage Theatre

    A Wonderful Film Noir Spoof Set in 1940s Hollywood

    By: Mark Favermann - Mar 31st, 2015

    With clever lines, lyrics as well as songs and set in the seductive Hollywood of the late 1940s, City of Angels chronicles the misadventures of Stine, a disillusioned young novelist attempting to write a screenplay for a tyrannical, egomaniac movie producer. As his marriage falls apart, we follow Stine’s film alter-ego, the dashing detective Stone, who is haunted by the memory of the girl that got away. With a wonderful evocative score, City of Angels simultaneously spoofs the superficially glamorous world of old Hollywood and the edgy film noir world of thugs and femme fatales. This is a funny, witty and very clever theatrical experience.

  • Namibia: Part Two Travel

    Sossusvlei and the Namib Sand Sea

    By: Zeren Earls - Mar 31st, 2015

    A World Heritage Site, Namib Sand Sea has unique natural wonders such as the Sossusvlei clay pan, which fills with water every 5-6 years; towering red-orange dunes, whose colors and patterns shift with the wind and light; and the Sesriem Canyon, a deep gorge, which harbors birds and desert animals. A hot-air balloon ride over the natural spectacles is a once in a life-time experience with indelible images.
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  • New Orleans Theatre After Katrina Theatre

    ATCA and Tennessee Williams Conference and Festival

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 31st, 2015

    The annual conference of the American Theatre Critics Association was recently held in New Orleans. It overlapped and interacted with Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival. In addition to panels and dialogues there were a number of insightful performances. In another report we will focus on Williams.

  • OBERON for April & May Theatre

    Second Stage for A.R.T.

    By: A.R.T. - Apr 01st, 2015

    OBERON, the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) second stage and club theater venue on the fringe of Harvard Square, announces all the offerings to be presented at OBERON during the months of April and May, in addition to the previously announced productions, including Visiting Artists, Artists in Residence, and Usual Suspects.

  • Cannibalizing Tennessee Williams Theatre

    Performances and Events in New Orleans

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 01st, 2015

    The conference of the American Theatre Critics Association overlapped and interacted with the 29th annual Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival. David Kaplan the curator of the Provinctown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival was on hand to direct a co production of the "Hotel Plays." September will mark the 10th anniversary of the Provincetown event.
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  • Berkshire Fine Arts Presents on April 10 Word

    An Evening of Jazz and Poetry at Spectrum Playhouse

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 12th, 2015

    There were 26 poets submitting 32 Elevator Poems in a contest sponsored by Berkshire Fine Arts. In an Evening of Jazz and Poetry there will be an awards ceremony at Spectrum Playhouse in Lee, Mass on April 10 from 7;30 to 10:30 PM. Music will be performed by the Richard Vinette Jazz Quintet. The Elevator poets who attend will be invited to read their compositions. The winners are Gail Burns, Astrid Hiemer and Stephen Rifkin. The contest was judged by Professor Mark Miller of MCLA.
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  • The Colored Museum At Huntington Theatre Theatre

    Black America As Musical Satire And Skewered Stereotypes

    By: Mark Favermann - Mar 13th, 2015

    Greatly and rightly honored George C. Wolfe’s one-act play uses satire and wit to describe the pain, joy and thematic contradictions of the African American Experience. He sets forth 11 "exhibits" or sketches to use humor, wit and song to express the human journey of the American Black experience. Shattering many stereotypes, he brilliantly embraces others. With an incredibly talented cast, this Huntington production is all about anger, love and survival with just enough in your face acknowledgement to make you entertained but clearly instructed.

  • Gotham Chamber Opera Music

    Excerpts from Shakespeare's Musical

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 28th, 2015

    Ever innovative and daring, yet pleasing to audiences young and old, the Gotham Chamber Opera is a go-to company for an ear-tingling, eye-catching experience. The Tempest Songbook stretches its limits in unusual ways. Composer Kaija Saariaho joins Purcell. Martha Graham dancers give us characters dead and aive. Neal Goren and his musicians pull it all together.

  • Sculptor Len Poliandro Fine Arts

    Working with Metal and Glass

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 16th, 2015

    The sculptor Len Poliandro and his wife Ling have relocated from Williamstown in the Berkshires to Tuscon, Arizona. .During a visit last fall we spoke with Poliandro about the progress of his experiments to pour glass over metal, In the beginning the success rate was just one in ten. Now it is relatively rare that the glass breaks. In the beginning, some years ago, experts told him that it couldn't be done. With commitment and adventurous risk taken he has proven them wrong. Previously he has shown his work at the Eclipse Mill Gallery in North Adams.
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  • P. Brantley - G. Lucy: Coming Home to Caruthersville, Missouri Fine Arts

    Two Artists, Two Perspectives - April 12 – May 10, 2015

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Mar 16th, 2015

    The Caruthersville Area Arts Council invited Pennie Brantley and Gary Lucy, their most prominent artists and former citizens, to exhibit their work at the Caruthersville Armory, which will be transformed into a large gallery space. Both artists, both realist painters, have made their marks in the art world nationally and internationally. Caruthersville is preparing for the biggest art event yet!
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  • Big Fish A Whopper At SpeakEasy Stage Theatre

    Wonderful Music and Performances Reflect Father and Son Conflict

    By: Mark Favermann - Mar 17th, 2015

    A warm and bountiful Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman whose larger-than-life stories of epic adventures delight everyone around him, except his pragmatic son Will. The show is full of terrific talent and melodious music. Just as Edward’s health begins to decline, the questioning Will sets out on a journey of family discovery seeking the truth behind his father’s fanciful tales.

  • Where Does Grand Opera Fit in the 21st Century Opinion

    Peter Gelb is Not Answering the Question

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 19th, 2015

    The New Yorker editor and Columbia's Bloomberg professor of business journalism, James Stewart, splendidly describes internal negotiations at the Met last summer as Peter Gelb, the general manager, tried to cut salaries and expenses by 16 % and the orchestra, chorus, stagehands and other smaller unions struggled for their lives. On the larger issue of the Met's survival at all, Stewart falls short.

  • Architect Michael Graves Dies At 80 Architecture

    Post Modern Master Architect and Consumer Product Designer

    By: Mark Favermann - Mar 18th, 2015

    Michael Graves shook up the architectural world by taking the unadorned boxes of modern architecture and often theatrically enhancing them with color, pattern, and ornamentation. His work for Humana, Disney and others was considered kitsch by some but revolutionary by others. Though his building style faded, his often whimsical and sometimes iconic home products for first Alessi and then Target and other retailers may be his greatest continuing legacy.

  • Boston Lyric Opera's Katya Kabanova Music

    Leon Janacek Music Not Heard Often Enough

    By: David Bonetti - Mar 18th, 2015

    Janacek’s work has been slow to come to Boston, so one can only praise Boston Lyric Opera for bringing, arguably, his masterpiece to town. (In my view, its rival for that honor is “Jenufa.”) In “Katya” Janacek tells a rather simple tale of a young woman (Katya) in the Russian provinces married to a wimp (Tichon) dominated by his sadistic mother (Kabanicha), who treats her as little more than chattel. She longs to escape and falls in love with another man (Boris) with whom she has exchanged glances only once, who remarkably returns her infatuation.

  • Oedipus El Rey in San Diego Theatre

    Repertory Theatre’s Lyceum Stage

    By: Jack Lyons - Mar 22nd, 2015

    “Oedipus El Rey” is a very impressive production that performs on San Diego Repertory Theatre’s Lyceum stage and runs through March 29, 2015. When a Chicano Oedipus, once out of prison, challenges the barrio order and sets himself above the rules, we follow the arc of his fall, and see him accept his fate.

  • Irreversible Presented by The Red Fern Theatre Company Theatre

    Jack Karp's Intriguing Play about Oppenheimer

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 23rd, 2015

    The play about the bomb is a hit. Set in the Jimez mountains of New Mexico, suggested by the orange, siena dust and the yellow gold skies, Robert Oppenheimer dominates the stage as he dominated the Los Alamos lab. General Grove admired him so that he kept him there despite Oppenheimer's communist-tainted past and his sometimes erratic behavior. Playwright Karp captures this huge figure in detailed strokes, and shows why his brother, wife and lover could not stay away from him.

  • Paul Robeson Lives at BAM Theatre

    The Tallest Tree in the Forest by Daniel Beaty

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 24th, 2015

    Paul Robeson is one of those figures who haunts us. David Beaty brings him to life at the Harvey Theater of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. What is striking almost forty years after his death is the power of the man: his beautiful voice, fierce intellect and passionate commitment to use the gifts with which he was born to enhance the world around him. Daniel Beaty captures the man in all his complexity.

  • Namibia: Part One Travel

    Windhoek, capital city

    By: Zeren Earls - Mar 25th, 2015

    Situated in the south-western Atlantic sea-board of the African subcontinent, Namibia has natural assets ranging from a haunting coastline to desert dunes of red-orange sand and national parks teeming with wildlife. Windhoek is the capital to a young nation of thirteen cultural groups and colonial descendants, all of whom contribute to a vibrant city.
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  • Dakoto Formerly Dakota in Pittsfield Food

    From an A to O No

    By: Pit Bulls - Mar 18th, 2015

    The Dakota was a popular destination for Pittsfield diners. It closed last summer, underwent extensive renovation, and has reopened as Dakoto. As the Pit Bulls discovered during a recent lunch more has changed than the last vowel in the name of the now Asian themed steak house. The upgrade seems more like a setback. Most of all we missed that snarling, stuffed bear that amusingly greeted diners. The new decor is spotless but enervating.

  • Michael Conforti Director of Clark Art Insitiute Fine Arts

    Retires As of August 31, 2015

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 19th, 2015

    Recently the Clark Art Institute completed a $145 million expansion and renovation following the master plan of Tadao Ando. Now 69 the director Michael Conforti will retire this summer following 20 years in Williamstown. Widely regarded as one of America's finest mid size regional museums on his watch the endowment grew from $128 million to $357 million.

  • Piotr Anderszewki Revels in Bright Tones, Dark Hall Music

    Bach and Schumann Entrance at Carnegie

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 20th, 2015

    Twas a concert at Carnegie and all through the house, was quiet and darkness and nary a noise. From out of the dark came tones silvery and bright. They might have been struck by stars this night. But at the piano sat the Polish pianist and composer, Piotr Anderszewski, lofting Bach and Schumann. The beauty of Bach shone in a new light. Schumann's love messages to his future wife have never been more persuasive.

  • Hail Washington Wine

    What If He Hadn't Returned to Mt. Vernon

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 31st, 2015

    In the New Orleans Museum of Art we were surprised and amused by a rather imperial bust of George Washington by the Italian sculptor Giuseppi Caracchi. Imagine if Washington had founded a dynasty as well as a nation!

  • Handel's Semele at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Music

    Zhang Huan's Version Suggests Semele as HornRimmed Moon Goddess

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 10th, 2015

    Handel's Semele is perfectly beautiful. When Handel wrote the Oratorio, he needed money and composed a piece suitable for the Easter season which was coming up soon. The work immediately sank into oblivion. That was almost three centuries ago.

  • Barry Gaither Part Two Fine Arts

    Building National Center for African American Artists

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 28th, 2015

    For the past decade Edmund Barry Gaither has been primarily focused on developing a mixed use parcel in Roxbury which will include a new home for the National Center for African American Artists. That has entailed suspending his projects as an adjunct curator to the Museum of Fine ares and maintaining NCAAA as a skeletal operation in a 19th century former mansion in Roxbury. Despite many setbacks he hopes to get the museum up and running in the next couple of years. This is the second and final part of a dialogue with Gaither..
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  • Ric Haynes Vision Quest Fine Arts

    Upcoming Show at Boston's HallSpace Gallery

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 02nd, 2015

    Some years ago we bonded while touring Spain. On the bus Ric Haynes and I discussed the art and culture we experienced. There was another such adventure in Italy. This latest of many dialogues explores the soul and resources of his oeuvre. The new work will be shown at the alternative HallSpace in Boston. The exhibition Where Am I will be on view from March 21 to April 25.

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