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  • Recalling Carol Channing at Lulu White’s

    Boston’s Golden Era of Jazz and Cabaret

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 19th, 2018

    Printing four decades of images for, Heads and Tales, an exhibit at Gallery 51 in North Adams this summer has kicked up a treasure trove of memories. A series of photos of Carol Channing with Craig Russel who impersonated her evoked the ambiance of a fabulous night at Boston's jazz club Lulu White's.

  • Philip Glass at Carnegie Hall

    Music with Changing Parts

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Feb 20th, 2018

    Is there a point, in the creation of art for the entertainment of others, where the value of that creative act has to be weighed against the limitations that the human body can endure? That question applies to both the audience and performers attending Friday night's concert at Carnegie Hall featuring the first New York concert performance in 38 years of Philip Glass' 1970 composition Music With Changing Parts.

  • Lucia Berlin: Stories

    Produced by Word for Word in San Francisco

    By: Victor Cordell - Feb 20th, 2018

    As stories not written with each other or the stage in mind, Lucia Berlin: Stories lacks the cohesiveness and unswerving trajectory that you would expect in a good play. But this production delivers the sharp-eyed insights of an empathetic and accomplished story teller in a well-crafted, entertaining manner.

  • If I Forget in Suburban Miami

    Meaty Comic Drama by Steven Levenson

    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 19th, 2018

    Thought-provoking themes will keep If I Forget in your mind. A relateable Steven Levenson play will make you laugh and cry at suburban Miami's GableStage.

  • Celebrating 50 Years Of Valpolicella

    Education About Producing Sustainable Italian Wine

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Feb 19th, 2018

    Sustainability, with the goal of 60% of the wine region following safe environmental practices is the two year goal of the Consorzio Tutelage Vini Valpolicella, the unified body of the appellation.

  • North Adams Winter Arts Festival

    Eclipse Mill Gallery: February 28 to March 28

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 18th, 2018

    The North Adams Winter Arts Festival was launched in December with a holiday celebration at the Eclipse Mill Gallery. It resumes with four events starting with Kathline Carr Wednesday, February 28. It continues with Mark Miller, Wednesday, March 7, then Charles Giuliano and Astrid Hiemer, Wednesday, March 14 concluding with Sarah Sutro on Wednesday, March 28. Speaking well for the depth of the creative community all of the authors live and work in North Adams.

  • John Lithgow: Stories By Heart

    Smash Solo on Broadway

    By: Edward Rubin - Feb 15th, 2018

    Now 72, John Lithgow is a charming and much loved, award winning actor. His solo show Stories by Heart is both hilarious and poignant. It conveys stories told by his father during Lithgow's childhood. The show continues at American Airlines Theatre on Broadway through March 25.

  • Jaap Van Zweden Conducts Wagner

    NY Phil Ignites

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Feb 17th, 2018

    When Jaap van Zweden was announced as the new music director of the Philharmonic, he was seen by pundits and punters alike as a firm, conservative voice designed to return America's oldest orchestra to its role as guardian of the standard European repertory of the 19th and 20th centuries. This week, he confirms that hope with a performance of Act I of Wagner's Die Walküre.

  • Toe Pick at Dixon Place

    Zachary Grady Creates the Fantasy World of Tonya Harding

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 17th, 2018

    Tonya Harding’s story just won’t go away. Surrounded by media frenzy that fanned the fires around OJ Simpson's trial, which occurred at about the same time, it is a big, ugly, fascinating tale. Harding’s main competitor in figure skating competition got whacked in the leg. There enough images and tales to last for a long time. Toe Pick by Zachary Grady, who also plays Tonya, creates the frenzy in video images.

  • Nadine Sierra and Bryan Wagorn

    Singing for Marilyn Horne at Park Avenue Armory

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 18th, 2018

    Nadine Sierra has won the prestigious Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition and recently the Richard Tucker Award. It is said she will soon become a fixture on the international music stage. She certainly fits in with the beautiful, warm fixtures of the Officers’ Room at the Park Avenue Armory.

  • Harriet's Return at New Federal Theatre

    Karen Jones Meadows Writes and Acts

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 17th, 2018

    Harriet’s Return, written and performed by Karen Jones Meadows, is presented by the New Federal Theatre through March 4 in New York. Harriet Tubman was recently suggested to replace Alexander Hamilton on the US twenty dollar bill, but this honor has been delayed. We are left to remember, even more significantly the life of a remarkable woman.

  • Gotta Have Godelia

    Great Winery From Bierzo, Spain

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Feb 18th, 2018

    Two great wines were dropped off at my front door. They proved to a pleasant surprise. We share a taste test of affordable wines at under $20 a bottle.

  • Opera Parallèle's Trouble in Tahiti

    Leonard Bernstein’s Modest One-act Opera

    By: Victor Cordell - Feb 17th, 2018

    The always innovative Opera Parallèle has taken Leonard Bernstein’s modest one-act opera Trouble in Tahiti from 1952 and framed it with complementary wrapper to produce an exciting entertainment. This evening of opera is not traditional in many ways, but it is delightfully sophisticated and well executed

  • Fear and Misery in the Third Reich

    Timely Brecht at Chicago's Haven Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Feb 15th, 2018

    Fear and Misery in the Third Reich can be described as Bertolt Brecht’s ghost arriving to warn us about the United States of Donald Trump turning into a fascist dictatorship. The play, now being staged by Haven Theatre, is a series of 18 loosely related scenes illustrating the progression of the German dictatorship from Breslau 1933 to Hamburg 1938.

  • David Ricci’s Edge of Chaos

    Studio Visit with a Berkshire Photographer

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 14th, 2018

    For the past year the Berkshire based photographer, David Ricci, has been working on a large format, expensive and ambitious book. It has a working title of Edge of Chaos and surveys four decades of his oeuvre. During a studio visit we viewed the work and how it is evolving into a publication.

  • Sandro De Bruno, A Winemaker To Remember

    Soave Is Now A Worldclass Wine

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Feb 15th, 2018

    Soave Bolla once was an inexpensive wine with little depth or complexity. It was an accepted wine and used often for parties and entertaining. Times have changed, although Soave Bolla has remained the same. Winemakers have been lured to the volcanic soil that is in the Soave region and brought Soave and other varieties, like Durello, to new heights.

  • L'Elisir d'Amore at the Metropolitan Opera

    A Swig and A Miss

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Feb 13th, 2018

    The soprano Pretty Yende is one of the more sensational discoveries at the Metropolitan Opera this decade, wowing audiences with her sweet tone and superlative bel canto technique since making her debut in the company’s January, 2013 revival of Rossini's Le comte Ory. This month, she sings Adina in the revival of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, a charming love story that maintains its front rank among the most popular Italian operatic comedies.

  • One Drop at Theater for a New City

    Andrea Fulton Develops a Folk Musical

    By: Rachel de Aragon - Feb 13th, 2018

    One Drop is a family drama with music by Andrea J. Fulton. It brings to life the politics of a young mixed-race man in post-reconstruction Louisiana. He bravely risks love despite the bigotry of the community around him.

  • Berkshire Museum: Monday Morning Quarterback

    Sifting Through the Rubble

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 12th, 2018

    The news of a "compromise" that really wasn't on Friday sent shock waves through the local, national and global art world. Other than the sale of Rockwell's "Shuffleton's Barber Shop" to an undisclosed museum, the Berkshire Museum got a green light to sell the 39 other works at Sotheby's. While morally and ethically flawed director, Van Shields, and board chair, Elizabeth McGraw, will proceed with catastrophic plans to gut the collection to raise $50 million. They will trash and rebuilid the museum creating its populist/ vulgarian New Vision.

  • The Revolutionists in Boca Raton

    By Steinberg/ATCA Winner Lauren Gunderson.

    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 13th, 2018

    History comes to vibrant life in Theatre Lab's fun, funny and touching production of The Revolutionists. Colorful, visually appealing production is on stage at university's professional resident company through Feb. 25. Gunderson is the most-produced playwright for the 2017-2018 theater season in the U.S., according to American Theatre magazine.

  • Muti and Chicago Symphony at Carnegie Hall

    Samuel Adams New York Premier

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 11th, 2018

    New York eagerly awaits the annual visits of the superb Chicago Symphony Orchestra and its iconic conductor, Riccardo Muti. At Carnegie Hall they did not disappoint. The second program began with the Overture to I vespri sicilliani. Verdi is a specialty of the Maestro's and he brought forward drama from hidden places.

  • Opera Philadelphia Mounts Written on the Skin

    A Stunning Production at the Academy of Music

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 12th, 2018

    The tall grey walls which harbor the rotating rooms of a medieval manor are striking. They contain the action in the manor and offer opportunities for hide and seek. The Lord is known here as The Protector. Oddly in the medieval time, one of the King's services to the Lord was protection. The use of this word is one of the deliciously ambiguous elements of George Benjamin's opera, Written on the Skin, which has arrived in the US in Opera Philadelphia.

  • Berkshire Museum Will Gut Its Collection

    Matter to be Settled with Supreme Judicial Court

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 10th, 2018

    A compromise is a deal that neither side is happy with. Other than a few hard fought concessions the Berkshire Museum will now gut the museum and its collection in pursuit of its vulgarian, populist New Vision. It's tarnished leadership, including director, Van Shields and board president, Elizabeth McGraw, will have a tough job earning back the trust and support of a community which they so adroitly alienated.

  • Reel to Reel by John Kolvenbach

    World Premiere at Magic Theatre

    By: Victor Cordell - Feb 09th, 2018

    Playwright John Kolvenbach is a New Yorker with a strong spiritual link to Magic Theatre as a major interpreter of his plays. “Reel to Reel,” directed by Kolvenbach, is their fourth production of his work and the second world premiere. Its novel structure and content reveal a compact, intimate conversation piece of sharp ripostes that excites and provokes. The acting and creative designs of this production are stellar.

  • Aspect Re-Introduces Arensky and Taneyev

    Superb Chamber Music in Tchaikovsky's Shadow

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 08th, 2018

    The Bohemian National Hall was the setting for a glorious chamber music program which gathered together six superb artists to play, what first violin Philippe Quint declared might be the future of 21st century performance programs. We would do well to look and listen carefully to the under-exposed Russian composers Anton Arensky and Sergei Taneyev.

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