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  • Denver's Unique Strategy to Fund the Arts

    One Cent from Every Ten Dollars Spent Goes a Long Way

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 26th, 2017

    There is a 0.1 percent sales tax for arts and culture in Denver’s seven-county metro area. At just one cent for every ten dollars it generates $1.85 billion annually in economic activity, creates 10,205 jobs, and stimulates $520 million in tourism.

  • Federal Support for the Arts Under Attack

    Five Boston Museum Directors Express Concern

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 24th, 2017

    Five Boston museum directors have signed a letter of concern over reports that the National Endowment for the Arts is under threat of being abolished, along with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Under the conservative agenda of the Trump adminsitration this is an attack on the arts in America. Guarding the Trumps in NY, DC and Palm Beach for a week is on a par with endowment support.

  • Mount Veeder Wines Invade La Quinta

    Thirteen Wineries Pour Iconic Wines on March 1

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Feb 25th, 2017

    La Quinta Resort & Club will host thirteen wineries pouring their special wines at a wine tasting on March 1st from 3:30-6pm

  • The Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall

    Franz Welser-Möst Conducts

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 25th, 2017

    Schubert tripped the light fantastic, and so too René Staar, contemporary composer and musical polymath. Strauss Richard showed us how to share whatever narcissism we have with others and make it work. Another Strauss was a fillp to the moving and delightful evening at Carnegie Hall.

  • 10x10 Upstreet in Pittsfield

    Barrington’s 6th New Play Festival

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 25th, 2017

    With the exception of the gravitas of Raghead by Tom Coash the 6th annual 10x10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage was upbeat, lively and often hilarious.

  • Annie Baker Adapts Uncle Vanya

    Goodman Theatre Production Directed by Robert Falls

    By: Nancy Bishop - Feb 25th, 2017

    The truest and most palpably Chekhovian version of Vanya may well be Annie Baker’s new translation/adaptation, which opened this week at the Goodman Theatre, directed by Robert Falls

  • Carlisle Floyd's Prince of Players

    Little Opera Stages a Beauty

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 23rd, 2017

    The New York premiere of Carlisle Floyd's opera, Prince of Players, is mounted by little OPERA. The wonderful story is about a male actor who has made his livelihood playing women's roles and is out of job because King Charles II has issued an edict permitting women to play women's roles. The final outcome is surprising, but well-plotted by the composer, who is also his own librettist.

  • Coronation of Poppea's Trip to Venice

    Monteverdi's Last Opera Triumphs

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 22nd, 2017

    Carnegie Hall has treated us with a two week virtual trip to Venice in the late 17th century. The final evening's performance was Claudio Monteverdi's last opera, L'Incoronazione di Poppea. Concerto Italiano produced a moving interpretation, ranging from camp fun to the deep contralto feelings of Ottone. Monteverdi began a tradition that lives on today in the operas of Kevin Puts, Nico Muhly and Missy Mazzoli.

  • Jim Jarmusch and Paterson

    Film's Quest for Poetry

    By: Nancy Kempf - Feb 25th, 2017

    Jim Jarmusch’s new film “Paterson” – about a poet named Paterson who drives a bus for a living in Paterson, New Jersey – is concerned not simply with poetry and the craft of prosody, but with the very nature of language itself.

  • Valpolicella's Villa San Carlo

    Top Of The Hill Vineyard's Terroir Driven Wines

    By: Philip S, Kampe - Feb 24th, 2017

    Great Valpolicella wines are made by the 60 acre, Villa San Carlo vineyard, located east of Verona, Italy. Proper growing conditions and a sustainable family operation make this small winery a consumer favorite.

  • The Little Mermaid In Ft. Lauderdale

    Seattle Theater's Touring Production Sinks

    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 24th, 2017

    "The Little Mermaid" swims into Ft. Lauderdale's Broaward Center for the Performing Arts. A tedious production with new staging is anchored in South Florida through March 5 Children will delight in production's visuals.

  • Tanglewood Launches Massive Upgrade

    $30 Million Project to Open in 2019

    By: BSO - Feb 21st, 2017

    Tanglewood has announced plans for the construction of a new multi-use, multi-season four-building complex designed to support the performance and rehearsal activities of the Tanglewood Music Center and be the focal point of a new initiative, the Tanglewood Learning Institute, offering wide-ranging education and enrichment programs designed to enhance the patron experience.

  • 67th Berlinale, 2017

    Feb 9-19, Berlin, Germany

    By: Angelika Jansen - Feb 21st, 2017

    This year's Berlinale from February 9 - 19, 2017, started with high expectations and ended in a lukewarm acceptance of choices the international jury of seven presented at the Berlinale Palace on February 18. Although the jury made their selections only from the 18 submissions for the big prizes - the Golden Bear and seven Silver Bears in the Competition - it is this section that counts. The Competition is the heart and center of this huge international film festival that also turns every year into a film-viewing orgy for around 4000 critics as well as for a huge number of highly motivated moviegoers.

  • Paella Is His Middle Name

    Saffron Is Key

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Feb 22nd, 2017

    Who would have expected that Charles Giuliano an artist, journalist is also a Gourmet Cook.

  • Ensemble Y at Weill Recital Hall

    Venice of the 17th Century Played and Sung

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 21st, 2017

    Carnegie Hall includes in their celebration of Venetian music a group of young artists, Ensemble Y. Instrumentalists and singers gave great pleasure in baroque music.

  • Waiting for Godot in Mexico

    Beckett Update at Chicago's Tympanic Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Feb 21st, 2017

    Tympanic Theatre adds another dimension to its new and well-performed production of Waiting for Godot. Director Aaron Mays sets the scene on the Mexican border and casts talented Latino actors to play the woebegone but always-optimistic Vladimir (Christopher Acevedo) and his morose but resilient road-buddy, Estragon (Felipe Carrasco).

  • Discover The Wines Of Georgia

    Unique Winemaking Style Ray Charles Didn't Sing About

    By: Philip S. Kampe & Maria Reveley - Feb 22nd, 2017

    Our pursuit of the Wines of Georgia reached its peak at an exclusive wine tasting in Manhattan, led by the over 40 wines that represented the unique style of Georgian winemaking.

  • Dorrance Dazzles at the Guggenheim

    Bringing the Art of Tap Dance to a Museum

    By: Deborah Heineman - Feb 19th, 2017

    Michelle Dorrance proves once again that the “Genius” award she received in 2015 for her tap-dancing brilliance (the same year as Lin-Manuel Miranda received his for “Hamilton”) is abundantly deserved!

  • Authentic Bouillabaisse

    Visiting Villefranche-sur-Mer

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 20th, 2017

    Yet again my paella was a hit with our guests. We talked about the expensive key ingredient of saffron. The next time I want to make Bouillabaisse. But I doubt that I can match that first encounter decades ago in the charming cove of Villefranche-sur-Mer.

  • Adam Davis Joins Shakespeare & Company

    Appointed as Managing Director.

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 21st, 2017

    Shakespeare & Company announces that Adam Davis, long-time Managing Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and former Company Manager of the La Jolla Playhouse, has been named as the Company's new Managing Director.

  • Carousel at Coral Gables

    Rodgers and Hammerstein Musical Soars at Actors Playhouse

    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 20th, 2017

    Musical theater at its best in Actors Playhouse' "Carousel" with a winning all-around production in Coral Gables.

  • Newsies: The Broadway Musical in Movie Theaters

    Filmed Performance of Tony-Award Winning Musical

    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 21st, 2017

    In the Disney musical hit “Newsies,” which is based on a true story, the hated man is newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, who jacked up the price for newsboys to buy the very papers they were to sell.

  • August Wilson's Jitney

    Last of Wilson's Century Cycle now on Broadway

    Photo by Bobby Quillard
    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 16th, 2017

    Respected Broadway producer Ron Simons steers 'Jitney' to Broadway. All other August Wilson 'Century Cycle Plays' Have Appeared on the Great White Way.

  • Giorgi Samanishvili's Wines Of Georgia

    Georgia Is Home To 8000 Vintages

    Giorgio Samanishvili
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Feb 20th, 2017

    Researchers believe that wine originated in the country of Georgia. The country has had over 8000 Vintages and over 500 indigenous grape varieties,

  • A Jonathan Biss Carnegie Master Class

    What's in a Note?

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 19th, 2017

    Master classes give musicians a chance for deep listening to their performance and listeners a deeper understanding of music. Jonathan Biss is working on late compositions of composers. He thinks about near-end-of-life art. In it, he finds particular richness as he looks at the singular note, its overtones, and harmonics and chromaticism. These elements he finds drive excellent interpretations.

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