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  • Huntington Theatre Company Gets A Reprieve

    Theatre To Stay Put on Avenue of the Arts

    By: Mark Favermann/Desiree Berry - Jun 09th, 2016

    After Boston University decided to sell the building in which the Huntington Theatre Company has had its lovely theatre last Fall, there was a great deal of agita and even grief as to what would become of the Huntington. Would the theatre company have to relocate? Would the large structure be torn down for expensive condos? Could the City of Boston help find a development/real estate partner? Like a Deus Ex Machina, Good News has arrived with a happy ending.

  • Thoughts

    Critique of Pure Reason

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 05th, 2015

    On the nature of all things.

  • Fishing

    No Luck with NOAA

    By: Melissa de Haan Cummings - Aug 05th, 2015

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regulates fishing. They say there's no cod out there. Tell that to lobstermen with their traps clogged.

  • Seeing Is Believing

    À la recherche du temps perdu

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 05th, 2015

    How long does it take to look at a work of art and remember it, or not, forever?

  • Roberto Lugo an Emerging Ceramics Artist

    Ferrin Contemporary Opening on Aug.22

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    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 06th, 2015

    Roberto Lugo, at 33, has emerged on the local art scene, thanks to Leslie Ferrin and her outreach program for artists in the ceramics, pottery world. His show opens on the Mass MoCA campus at Ferrin Contemporary on August 22.

  • Tom Krens Proposes a New North Adams Museum

    The Global Contemporary Collection and Museum Planned for Route Two

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    By: Charles giuliano - Aug 12th, 2015

    While director of the Williams College Museum of Art Tom Krens initiated plans for Mass MoCA. When he left for a 20 year career at the Guggenheim Museum in New York that project moved forward under Joe Thompson. Now Krens, a Williams graduate and Williamstown home owner, is proposing to create a for profit museum on leased land fronting the high traffic corridor between MoCA, Williams College and the newly expanded and renovated Clark Art Institute.

  • Mostly Mozart Presents Emerging Talent

    Cape Cod Chamber Music, Met Opera Baritone Plus Bard Pianist

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 18th, 2015

    Mostly Mozart. adding a soupçon of musical interest for its audiences and a splendid opportunity for rising young talent to perform in important venues, offers a concert pre-concert, in which you might even hear Emmanuel Ax. Avery FIsher Hall, configured for the Festival, is an acoustically satisfying, intimate experience.

  • Boston Theatre Update

    Huntington Theatre Company Sanguine

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 02nd, 2015

    Regarding Boston Theatre it is broke and time to fix it. This fall as one shoe after another dropped the Boston Theatre Community seemed to collapse like a house of cards. In 2004 through a partnership between Druker Development, Boston Center for the Arts and the Huntington Theatre Company the multi-stage Calderwood Pavilion was created in the South End. Is it possible that Huntington can swing a similar development to save, renovate and expand its antiquated facility? That's just a part of dramatic changes for the city.

  • Tom Krens Outlines Plans for a Cultural Corridor

    Former Governors Dukakis and Weld Share North Adams Podium

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 05th, 2015

    Using a satellite image Tom Krens commented on a six mile line connecting North Adams and Williamstown. It was a part of an engaging power point presentation to develop a cultural corridor connecting world class resources including a new for profit museum and one in North Adams featuring model railroads and maquettes by renowned architects. Former governors Dukakis and Weld attended the presentation.

  • Tom Krens Has Plans for Northern Berkshires

    Discusses Williamstown to North Adams Cultural Corridor

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 07th, 2015

    For seven years former Guggenheim Foundation director, Tom Krens, made grueling monthly trips to China. He declines to discuss how he was "beaten down" in negotiations with the Chinese. He has opted to develop two museum level projects closer to home. Krens, a Williams alumnus and former director of its museum, initiated what is now Mass MoCA. He left decades ago but has maintained a residence in Williamstown.

  • Gonzo Shine

    Roots of the Poetry of Charles Giuliano

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    By: Robert Henriquez - Dec 13th, 2015

    The critical essay "Gonzo Shine" was written by Robert Henriquez on the occasion of the publication of Total Gonzo Poems by Charles Giuliano. He was also essayist for the first book Shards of a Life. Here Henriquez further explores the development and sources for gonzo poetry. These ideas germinated through an ongoing dialogue as the work developed and morphed into a signature style.

  • Christmas Memories

    Chinese Food and a Movie

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    By: Mark Favermann - Dec 23rd, 2015

    Our Boston correspondent Mark Favermann grew up in the south and attended Washington and Lee. In his community Jews were definitely a minority. So his Christmas experience was quite different from that of friends and classmates.

  • What's New at the Metropolitan Opera

    Sondra Radvanovky Crowned Queen of Opera

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    By: Susan Hall - Feb 08th, 2016

    It seems just yesterday that Placido Domingo marched into General Manager Peter Gelb’s office and told him that he must keep the great soprano Sondra Radvanovsky on the Metropolitan Opera roster. Gelb could not say no. And so we have this season Donizetti’s Queens with Radvanovsky singing Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Elizabeth.

  • Berkshire's Gonzo Poet Charles Giuliano

    Berkshire Fine Arts, LLC Launches Total Gonzo Poems

    By: BFA - Mar 29th, 2016

    April is National Poetry Month. Berkshire Fine Arts, LLC announces the publication of two books Shards of a Life and Total Gonzo Poems by Berkshire poet and arts critic Charles Giuliano. In July, 1970 he coined the word gonzo while telling an outrageous story. He was the first to publish gonzo in a rock review that summer for the former daily Boston Herald Traveler. With these two books and a third nearing completion Giuliano has morphed gonzo journalism into a vibrant, hip, compelling form of cutting edge poetry.

  • The Mount 2016

    Schedule of Events

    By: Mount - Apr 01st, 2016

    The Mount in Lenox announces its schedule of events for the 2016 season.

  • James Levine Resigns as Met's Music Director

    Tenure Ended by Chronic Illness

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 16th, 2016

    Speaking to the Maestro about chocolate in February, it was clear that he had not found the answer to uncontrollable hand and arm movements, although his mind was as a sharp as ever. We agreed that Mondel's was the best hand-made chocolate in New York, but he also likes Mrs. See's chocolates in Los Angeles. It would be encouraging to hear that he will continue working with young talent at the Met and at the Juilliard School.

  • Gagosian Asks Who Reads Poetry?

    Vulgarian One-percenters Trump the Art World

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 30th, 2016

    In the contemporary art world bigger is better. Presiding over the complex ever more decadent global art world is mega dealer Larry Gagosian. As king of the heap he makes no apology for catering to the whims and vulgarian taste of one-percenters. The benefit to the general public is that they can enjoy his museum-level gallery exhibitions free of charge. Critics may debate the quality of the work on display but their opinions have long since been marginalized by those who write the checks. De gustibus non est disputandum.

  • At Home With Lindsay Ann Crouse

    Reflecting on a Remarkable Life in Theatre

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 31st, 2016

    Having returned to Annisquam where she grew up during summers Lindsay Ann Crouse is performing annually with Gloucester Stage. We saw her launch the season with a lively and hilarious production of Lettice ad Lovage. As kids my sister Pip was Lindsay's age and I was a bit older than her brother Timothy. On a rainy day we met in her vintage village home and discussed a remarkable life in theatre with numerous stage, TV and film credits including an Oscar nomination and an Emmy.

  • Van Gogh and Nature at Clark Art Institute

    Summer Blockbuster in the Berkshires

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 04th, 2015

    The blockbuster summer exhibition, through September 13, is testing the limits of the recently renovated and expanded Clark Art Institute to handle maximum visitation even mid week. Only a few of the 50 works in the exhibition Van Gogh and Nature will be readily familiar to visitors. Many of the works on view, gathered from major collections, rarely travel to special exhibitions such as this. The curators have provided an intimate view of his daily practice and meticulous study of nature.

  • Provincetown's Chris Busa on Ekphrasis

    Publisher of 30-year-old Provincetown Arts Magazine

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 23rd, 2015

    This summer Chris Busa has published the 30th annual issue of Provincetown Arts Magazine. The publication which is organized as a non profit is a widely respected compendium of the arts in the Lower Cape, past and present. The award winning magazine covers the fine arts, literature with and emphasis on poetry, film and theatre.

  • Francesco Clemente's Encampment at Mass MoCA

    With Jim Shaw to January, 2016

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 13th, 2015

    During the Pluralism of the 1980s the Italian born artist Francesco Clemente was a part of the neo expressionist movement. Having recently reinvented himself the artist who lives in New York and India had a series of glitzy decoratve tents fabricated by artisans. The artist has painted the interiors with provocative, fluid, naive narratives. This imajor installtion in Mass MoCA's vast Building Five has been paired with the cartoon inspired, theatrical scaled paintings of the populist artist./ musician conceptualist Jim Shaw. The work is obviously fun and accessible but skates on thin ice.

  • Hippy

    Stranger Than Fiction

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 15th, 2015

    Old men in the waiting room comparing aches and pains. First thing in the morning appointment for cortisone shot. Checking e mail. Note from a colleague updated on postponed hip replacements.

  • ICA Boston to Survey Black Mountain College

    Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 16th, 2015

    When the rise of the Third Reich led to closing the Bauhaus in 1933 the architect Walter Gropius and his wife the weaver. artist Anni regrouped in rural North Carolina to establish a small experimental outpost for advanced art and design Black Mountain College. The faculty and students were intended to build their dorms and studios as well as grow their food and raise livestock. Never having a solid endowment the experiment ended in 1957. Gropius went on to Harvard and the rest of the faculty scattered. The impact on post war American arts was indelible. Organized by former curator Helen Molesworth this promises to be one of the most ambitious and informative exhibitions of the fall season. It will be on view in Boston Oct. 10, 2015 to Jan. 24, 2016 and then travel to LA and Columbus, Ohio.

  • Basment Tapes

    Tales from the Crypt of the MFA

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 16th, 2015

    During my recent book launch at The Mount my friend private art dealer Jim Jacobs regaled playwright Mark St. Germain with stories of our time together as interns in the Museum of Fine Arts back in the 1960s. At Mark's suggestion this has now inspired a suite of poems gathered as The Basement Tapes. It is my first attempt to create an extended work an idea which previously was suggested by my poet friend and mentor Stephen Rifkin

  • June

    From Town to Country

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 17th, 2015

    Migrant workers. The annual move from loft in North Adams to house in Adams. Summer and winter just minutes from each other. Odd to some makes perfect sense. Seasonal chores of planting flower and vegetable beds. Hopes of harvest and bouquets in the house. Glorious life in the bucolic Berkshires.

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