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  • Champagne Collet Brut Art Deco

    The Oldest Cooperative In Champagne

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

    Champagne Collet started in 1921 in Ay, France, in the Champagne region. The company has been making exceptional champagne for years and now is available in the American marketplace.

  • Cape Cod - After the Storm

    Total Fog at Ocean's Edge

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Apr 22nd, 2017

    While spending time near an Ocean in the USA or Europe, as well as Africa, I have always been drawn to the beach after a storm, while rough weather and high waves were still present. So did I venture recently onto a beach in North Truro, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in stormy weather and took these accompanying photographs.

  • Berlin Artists at Carnegie Hall

    Showing the Way to Music's Future

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 21st, 2017

    As the music world becomes omnivorous and all-encompassing, it is terrific to spend an evening with consummate young musicians playing whatever their bliss is and making it ours.

  • Free Sunday at Clark Art Institute

    Last of the Off Season

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 20th, 2017

    Celebrate spring in the Berkshires with the Clark Art Institute’s final First Sundays Free program of the season on Sunday, May 7 from 1–4 pm.

  • Wilco Headlines Solid Sound

    June 23-25 at Mass MoCA

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Apr 20th, 2017

    Wilco headlines and supports a biannual music and art festival at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. The festival this year takes place from Friday, June 23rd to Sunday June 25th.

  • Linda Vista by Tracy Letts

    World Premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf

    By: Nancy Bishop - Apr 19th, 2017

    Tracey Letts is a master of dialogue and " Linda Vista" sparkles with some terrific character speeches, such as Wheeler’s discourse on his taste in music in act one. He likes jazz and the Talking Heads and hates Radiohead. “I’m a misanthropic piece of shit,” he says later. The play is having its World Premiere at Steppenwolf in Chicago.

  • Tilson Thomas and Gehry's New New World

    Miami Beach Leads the Way to Future of Classical Music

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 18th, 2017

    Frank Gehry babysat for Michael Tilson Thomas in Los Angeles where they both grew up. Now they are building a new world for classical music together.

  • No Escape From Chablis

    The Escape Room Experience

    The Clue
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Apr 20th, 2017

    Have you ever been to an Escape Room event? Picture this-you are locked in a room with clues to help you escape. You have 59 minutes and 59 seconds to get out. There are clues to help you escape. The reward-Chablis wine.

  • Zacky's Features Casa Abril Selections

    Popular Wines Are Selling Out

    By: Philip S.Kampe - Apr 19th, 2017

    After a brief visit to Zacky's wine shop in Westchester, a salesperson sold me on these wines from Casa Abril selections.

  • MASS MoCA Season Starts May 28

    Gallery and Performance Updates

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 18th, 2017

    MASS MoCA launches into the summer season on May 28 with the opening of Building 6, the third phase of campus development, which encompasses more than 130,000 square feet of interior renovations to its 19th-century mill buildings.

  • Off-Broadway Hit in South Florida

    Comic Musical Thriller Playing Stage Door Theatre

    By: Aaron Krause - Apr 17th, 2017

    Musical comedy thriller “No Way to Treat a Lady could be funnier. Lead actor James Hansen misinterprets role in Ft. Lauderdale-area production. The staging, however, features entertaining over-the-top theatricality.

  • Luciano’s Upscale Cuisine

    A Taste of Italy in Wrentham off 495

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 14th, 2017

    Just a hop skip and jump off 495 in Wrentham is Luciano's one of the great Italian restaurants in he Northeast. Founded in 1991 the food and ambiance is on a par with the best of Vegas or New York's Little Italy. The decor is over the top to complement impeccable service and divine cuisine. Be sure to ask for a table with your back to the wall.

  • Figaro 90210

    Direct from Hollywood to Broadway (Off)

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 12th, 2017

    Figaro 90210 may mess with Mozart, but he would have loved the result. The updated opera is hilarious. All the singing actors bring to their individual characters voices that are rich and illuminating. Action is packed with gesture, silly and often touching.

  • Rocker J. Geils at 71

    Leader and Namesake of a Boston Band

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 12th, 2017

    J. Geils (1946-2017) was the guitarist and leader of Boston's iconic J. Geils Band. The blues and rock group started in 1987 when lead singer Peter Wolf joined after Hallucinations broke up. Initially a blues based band they toured relentlessly while enjoying modest hits and mostly FM radio play. That changed when they left Atlantic Records and released the hit album Centerfold for Capitol/ EMI in 1981. While touring arenas for several years the band broke up after one last album when Wolf left to pursue a solo career.

  • ATCA Honors Playwrights

    Awards Presented at Humana Festival

    By: Aaron Krause - Apr 12th, 2017

    Man in the Ring and The Ice Treatment are honored by theater critics. Michael Cristofer wins Steinberg award for Man in the Ring. Nate Eppler receives Osborn award for The Ice Treatment

  • New Zealand: North Island

    Bay of Islands

    By: Zeren Earls - Apr 12th, 2017

    A subtropical archipelago, the Bay of Islands is a unique ecosystem of nearly 150 islands. Pristine natural environment with emerald hills and clear turquoise waters set the stage for picturesque historic towns, which mark the crossroads of English and Maori cultures, giving birth to the nation of New Zealand.

  • Maxim Gorki Theatre, Berlin: Winterreise

    'Trip in Winter' by New Group: Exil

    By: Angelika Jansen - Apr 11th, 2017

    The Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin continues to present issues that reflect the 'now and how' of living circumstances in present day Berlin. The newly founded theatre group Exil will be part of the Gorki ensemble for two years, where it will create theatre events in dialogue with their own sensibilities. 'Winterreise' (Trip in Winter) on April 8th, by the in-house Israeli director Yael Ronen, presented the first project with seven actors and actresses, who cannot perform in their home countries of Syria, Palestine and Afghanistan.

  • WAM Remounts Gunderson's Emilie

    Art Meets Activism in the Berkshires

    By: A. Jones - Apr 13th, 2017

    This past weekend WAM Theater closed out a re-mount production of Lauren Gunderson’s “Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet defends her life tonight”, and donated a portion of the proceeds to the Flying Cloud Institute in support of science summer camp scholarships for girls.

  • Mason Bates and Mark Campbell's Steve Jobs

    New Opera at Santa Fe Previewed at the Guggenheim

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 12th, 2017

    Mason Bates, one of the most frequently performed contemporary composers, has created an opera about Steve Jobs. Mark Campbell, the go-to librettist for contemporary opera, is Bates' teammate in the (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. A teaser was presented at the Guggenheim Museum’s indispensable and entertaining Works and Process series.

  • Can the Metropolitan Opera Survive

    The House is One-Quarter Full

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 10th, 2017

    Sitting in the 7th row of the orchestra at the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday night, in a skimpy house, most of my neighbors had paid between $20 and $37.50 for their tickets. Fortunately for the Met Opera, HD fans have a different take on Met productions than people who like their opera live.

  • Ross Moffett from the Permanent Collection

    Provincetown Art Association and Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 11th, 2017

    Ross Moffett (1888-1971) first came to Provincetown in 1913 to study with Charles Hawthorne. A year later a group of artists formed the Provincetown Art Association (later and Museum). In 1964 he published Art in Narrow Streets the first study of the art colony. Currently, the museum is exhibiting Ross Moffett from the Permanent Collection. It provides a rare opportunity to evaluate the work of a seminal Provincetown artist.

  • World Premiere of Play Near Ft. Lauderdale

    James L. Beller's Son at Island City Stage

    By: Aaron Krause - Apr 11th, 2017

    Son, a new play with a shocking development, is gripping but it is still a work in progress. The performers shine in world premiere production in South Florida

  • How to Watch a Movie

    Salvation in a Darkened Room

    By: Nancy Kempf - Apr 10th, 2017

    This think piece explores the difference between movies and cinema. In a compelling overview Kempf states that "I go to a lot of movies for a variety of reasons: to learn about other worlds/people/times through fictions and documentaries, to measure the zeitgeist, to ease a 100°+ summer day, but my primary desire is to experience the art of cinema, a remarkable art that, even more than stage, is collaborative and incorporates the entire constellation of the arts."

  • Lester Johnson Works on Paper

    Provincetown Art Association and Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 10th, 2017

    The sixteen works on paper that comprise the small but evocative exhibition Lester Johnson from the Permanent Collection provide rarely seen early works, starting in 1951. They provide examples of how the artist was looking at and deconstructing or abstracting seascapes, facades of houses, and breaking down the human figure. It is on view at the Provinctown Art Association and Museum through May 7.

  • Michael Tilson Thomas at Carnegie Hall

    San Francisco Orchestra Comes in From the Storm

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 08th, 2017

    The San Francisco Orchestra arrived in New York at 4:30 am on the morning of their first concert. Storms had delayed them, and stormy music formed the center of their magnificent concert at Carnegie Hall. You would never guess that these performers were sleep-challenged as they played John Cage’s Seasons, the Shostakovich Cello Concerto and Bartok’s intimate Concerto for Orchestra, a marvel in its ability to engage and draw us in.

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