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  • The Pretenders Coming to MASS MoCA

    North Adams Back on the Chain Gang

    By: MoCA - Apr 23rd, 2019

    Yet again MASS MoCA has scored the top rock event of the summer. Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders will perform on Friday, July 26.

  • Hilma af Klint, The Opera

    Guggenheim Presents Benjamin Staern's Chamber Opera

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 23rd, 2019

    The Works & Process series at the Guggenheim Museum is full of surprise and delight. The notion that one’s experience of art can be enhanced by music is not new. Yet in the case of Hilma af Klint, the exhibit of whose works has been the sensation of the New York art season, using a chamber opera to take us inside her experience, was enormously helpful for a better understanding of the woman and her work.

  • Boston Lyric Opera’s The Handmaid’s Tale

    Based on the Novel by Margaret Atwood

    By: Doug Hall - Apr 24th, 2019

    The award winning Hulu production of Margaret Atwood's "The Hanmaid's Tale" will make this Boston Lyric Opera production readily familar to audiences. Composer Poul Ruders’ stunning contemporary score brings this dark social tale to the stage in large-scale, presenting his work with a massive, multi-faceted approach to orchestration. BLO has commissioned Ruders to create a new edition of the opera, bringing an expected orchestra size to approximately 65 players, with a chorus of about 34 singers.

  • MFA Director Matthew Teitelbaum

    Embracing Modern and Contemporary Art

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 20th, 2019

    Since the 1960s and Perry T. Rathbone I have interviewed every director of the Museum of Fine Arts. Sitting recently with Matthew Teitelbaum was refreshingly different. We were renewing a relationship that started in 1989 when he was a curator for Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art. In 1993 he returned home to become senior curator at Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario. He became director there before coming to the MFA in 2015 as its eleventh director. While in the thick of staff changes and policy strategies he invites us to evaluate progress over the next five years.

  • Jean Bergantini Grillo on Boston Media

    Senior Editor and Art Critic for The Cambridge Phoenix

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 21st, 2019

    Jean Bergantini Grillo was hired as a senior editor and columnist when The Cambridge Phoenix was launched by Jeffrey Tarter on October 9, 1969. She worked with renowned editor Harper Barnes trying to bring shape and coherence to a staff of hippie writers. Today she is writing a play about that era and its macho newsroom. She was one of three women on staff and knew how to use her elbows. She later wrote for The Village Voice, an experience described as chaotic, but loved four years with the Daily News.

  • Tanglewood Adds Pops Tribute to Queen

    Marc Martel to Perform Freddie Mercury Hits

    By: BSO - Apr 23rd, 2019

    On Thursday, June 27 at 8 p.m., the Boston Pops and special guest Marc Martel join together for a celebration of the legendary rock band Queen. Martel, known for his striking vocal resemblance to Freddie Mercury, Queen’s lead singer, has been fronting Queen's official tribute show, The Queen Extravaganza, since 2011.

  • ONE Festival at Opera Omaha

    Philip Glass, Ellen Reid and Charles Gounod Featured

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 21st, 2019

    The ONE Festival of Opera Omaha celebrated its 2nd anniversary this year. It has already become a must visit for opera lovers throughout the world. The productions here are first rate. Bringing in James Darrah, who is a director of choice for many of the best young composers, has excited opera fans. This year did not disappoint.

  • First Love Is the Revolution by Rita Kalnejais

    At Steep Theatre in Chicago

    By: Nancy Bishop - Apr 21st, 2019

    Rita Kalnejais’ play, which premiered in London in 2015, is a gorgeous display of animal choreography, directed by Devon de Mayo. As I watched this zoo-rama of animals scuffle among themselves and fight their antagonists, both animal and humans, I was smitten with the energy and genius of their movements.

  • Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate

    On Broadway at Roundabout Theatre’s Studio 54.

    By: Karen Isaacs - Apr 20th, 2019

    It is great to have Kelli O’Hara back on Broadway. As Lilli/Kate she once again proves herself a fine actress who can develop chemistry with every leading man she plays opposite.

  • Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee

    Winner of Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award

    By: Nancy Bishop - Apr 18th, 2019

    Lauren Yee manages to create a small miracle with her brave, heartwarming and funny play Cambodian Rock Band. Victory Gardens’ new production, directed by Marti Lyons, skims across two time periods—from present-day Phnom Penh to a 1975 Cambodian prison.

  • Murder Ballad

    South Florida's Measure for Measure Theatre

    By: Aaron Krause - Apr 18th, 2019

    While sound issues require fixing, Measure for Measure Theatre's mounting of Murder Ballad offers an engrossing theatrical experience. Strong singing, emoting characterize this non-traditional theatrical experience. Murder Ballad, which featured Off-Broadway, centers on a love triangle gone wrong.

  • Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story

    At TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

    By: Victor Cordell - Apr 19th, 2019

    Hershey Felder now takes on the life and works of Claude Debussy in a world premiere at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. The great turn of the century composer is credited as the originator of the classical music genre of impressionism, though he didn’t care for the term

  • Otto Piene at Fitchburg Art Museum

    Fire and Light: Otto Piene in Groton, 1983-2014

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Apr 14th, 2019

    The current Otto Piene exhibition at the Fitchburg Art Museum in Massachusetts will close on June 2nd with a conversation titled: 'Fire, Light and Protest.' Photographs by Joe Landry, 'The Summer of 1969' are also on view at FAM. The photographer and curator Lisa Crossman on the work of Piene will be in conversation. First, however, the museum is inviting the public to participate in an outdoor Sky Art Event on April 27 near the museum. Art that flies!

  • Bound by Huang Ruo at Baruch Performing Arts Center

    Freshly Squeezed Opera Presents New York Premiere

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 16th, 2019

    Bound, Huang Ruo's chamber opera, is produced at the Rose Nagelberg Theatre in the Baruch Performing Arts Center. Originally commissioned by Houston Grand Opera, this production is the New York premiere. It is a fresh take by Freshly Squeezed Opera. Ashley Tate who specializes in multi-media production, directs.

  • Steinberg/ ATCA Award for New PLay

    Lauren Yee's Cambodian Rock Band Takes The Honors

    By: Aaron Krause - Apr 16th, 2019

    Playwright Lauren Yee wins the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award for her play, Cambodian Rock Band. ATCA adjudicators hail Yee's multi-faceted approach to her play as "absolutely inspired." Cambodian Rock Band explores the Cambodian holocaust. Yee is a previous ATCA award winner.

  • Major Otto Piene Donation to Harvard

    70 Artist Sketchbooks

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Apr 16th, 2019

    Elizabeth Goldring, the widow of internationally renowned artist Otto Piene, recently donated 70 of his sketchbooks to the Harvard Art Museums and Archives. Piene sketched what he saw and what concerned and motivated him throughout his life. Now, researchers and the public can have access to this trove of drawings and ideas by contacting Harvard Archives.

  • Ellen Reid Wins Pulitzer for Prism

    Composer's Generosity of Spirit and Notes

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 16th, 2019

    Ellen Reid has been a hot item this year. Four venues in Los Angeles commissioned work from her. Now Prism, a Beth Morrison production, has won the Pulitzer prize for music. We wandered her soundscape in Omaha created for her by Opera Omaha at the Josyln Art Museum. Distinguishing composing notes from the listener's experience, Reid brings new sounds to an audience.

  • All Our Children at the Sheen Center

    Stephen Unwin's Play Explores Eugenics

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 15th, 2019

    The Sheen Center's Black Box Theater is stacked with files containing the case records of 'defective' young people who are institutionalized and awaiting their death. All Our Children takes up a theme developed in Florian Henkel von Donnersmarck's latest film. The doctor in the film and the doctor running a clinic for children in the play, both are charged with duties best left to God. Who is to live, and who must die, is in play because upkeep is expensive and the State needs money for munitions.

  • Madama Butterfly

    At Opera San José

    By: Victor Cordell - Apr 15th, 2019

    Opera San José has mounted a stunning production of Madama Butterfly. Maria Natale leads the cast as Cio-Cio San, or Butterfly, with a remarkable performance.

  • Verb Is the Word

    Rediscovering Boston’s Late 1960s Counter Culture

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 13th, 2019

    In 2017 San Fransicso celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. By 1968 the torch of the counterculture, with a radical twist, was passed to Boston. Cops and feds cracked heads when hippies and radicals protested in Boston and Cambridge. Just as in 1776, there were shots heard round the world. There has been no such celebration in Boston. In feisty increments there is ever increased interest and attention to a forgotten era. You can see it at The Verb Hotel, in the new film WBCN; The American Revolution, and books like Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968.

  • Mfoniso Udofia's In Old Age.

    At Magic Theatre in San Francisco

    By: Victor Cordell - Apr 13th, 2019

    As part of a nine-play cycle, In Old Age and the multi-play aggregation from which it comes, beg particular analysis. The broader question is the standing of this Ufot family saga against other cycles. The obvious comparison is August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, which shares the commonality of exploring the African-American experience.

  • DeCordova New England Biennial 2019

    On View in Lincoln Through September 15

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 11th, 2019

    The impact of DeCordova New England Biennial 2019 is its focus on inclusion and diversity. There is a spectrum from traditional forms of painting, sculpture and photography to social justice approaches to a range of hot button agendas. The latter work conforms to Marxist theories of art as agitation and propaganda.

  • Frida Kahlo at Brooklyn Museum

    Also MAD fof Museum of Arts and Design

    By: Nancy Bishop - Apr 12th, 2019

    Chicago critic Nancy Bishop hunkered down for an extended stay in New York. She toured museums during the day and attended theatre at night. Here she covers the Mexican modernist Frida Kahlo. She also reports on the Museum of Arts and Design at Columbua Circle.

  • Oldcastle Theatre Company Announces Its Season

    Season Begins on June 23

    By: Oldcastle - Apr 12th, 2019

    The Oldcastle Theatre season in Bennington, Vermont starts on June 7 with Red by John Logan. The 48th season features four plays through October 20.

  • Lottery Day by Ike Holter

    At Chicago's Goodman Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Apr 11th, 2019

    Lottery Day is a party with a guest list of nine. Mallory (a sizzling J. Nicole Brooks) has invited them to her back yard to celebrate, but no one knows what the occasion is. With a rich and complex web of characters, Ike Holter’s play at Goodman Theatre brings together the threads from the other plays in his seven-part Rightlynd Saga.

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