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  • Playwright Sharyn Rothstein Wins ATCA Award

    2015 Francesca Primus Prize for By the Water.

    By: ATCA - Jan 17th, 2016

    The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) announces that playwright Sharyn Rothstein has been awarded the 2015 Francesca Primus Prize for her play By the Water. Rothstein will receive the $10,000 award check immediately and be officially congratulated at an upcoming ATCA conference. Jointly sponsored by ATCA and the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation, the Primus Prize is given annually to an emerging woman playwright.

  • Going Dutch Iron Pot Cooking

    Celebrating Nevada's Frontier Heritage

    Dutch
    By: Susan Cohn - Aug 05th, 2015

    Dutch oven cooking, popular since colonial times, came to Nevada with the early Mormon settlers of the area and remains a way of life even today. Nevada state parks regularly give demonstrations of how to cook with the short-legged, cast iron vessel with the rimmed lid.

  • Laurel and Hardy

    Lend Me Your Ears

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 05th, 2015

    Creating is a team effort shaped by a critical process. Reaching an impasse. Hitting the wall. Tapped out. When you come to the fork in the road take it.

  • Thoughts

    Critique of Pure Reason

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 05th, 2015

    On the nature of all things.

  • Peacemaker

    Ballad for a Gunslinger

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 04th, 2015

    He didn't like the killing particularly in the beginning.

  • Hic Transit Dracones

    Up the River for Kurtz

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 04th, 2015

    As we explore and use our lives as art when do we reach the boundary? Having mapped the known where do we cross over to terra incognita? Or as inscribed on medieval maps the unknown ocean where hic transit dracones.

  • Day by Day

    Swinging for the Fences

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 04th, 2015

    Over the span of a decade Vincent van Gogh created an oeuvre of some 2,000 works including 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings. The fifty works on view in Van Gogh and Nature at the Clark allows us to realize what results when an artist works almost every day. That made me think about the 250 or so poems and two books that I created in this past year. What is produced today inspires what happens tomorrow.

  • Twosomes

    Taken for Granite

    By: Melissa de Haan Cummings - Aug 04th, 2015

    Thoughts on a summer's day.

  • New Histories

    How Past Become Future

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 03rd, 2015

    Catching up with old friends we share stories, laughs and memories. Without a present, creating new stories, there is little hope or reason for future meetings.

  • That ‘70s Show

    Mass Birthday Celebration in Sheffield

    JACOBS
    By: Charles giuliano - Aug 03rd, 2015

    My buddy Jim Jacobs, known as Shango back in the day, and Kathleen hosted a last hurrah for the Berkshire hipster clan. It was held in a barn and tent in Sheffield. Just up the road a piece from where Benno and Stephanie held all those holiday celebrations. We gathered from near and far for an evening of Indian food and a groovy rock band. On the dance floor Astrid had all the right moves.

  • Playwright John Guare at Barrington Stage

    Updating His Adaptation of His Girl Friday

    John Guare
    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 01st, 2015

    The renowned playwright John Guare was in Pittsfield recently for the first days of rehearsal of his play His Girl Friday. It is being directed by Julianne Boyd for Barrington Stage Company. He and others in the production met with the media for a lively give and take.

  • Art Critic Francine Koslow Miller (1951 to 2015)

    Mass College of Art Professor and Art Forum Correspondent

    Francine
    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 29th, 2015

    Since the 1980s Francine Koslow Miller had been a formidable presence in the Boston art world as a critic for Art Forum, professor at Mass College of art and organizer of exhibitions and projects. As an alumna of Brandeis she was defender of the Rose Art Museum when there was a plan to sell the collection and close the museum. She died this week at the age of 64.

  • Paul Natkin Superstars

    Exhibition at Ed Paschke Art Center in Jefferson Park.

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 28th, 2015

    Paul Natkin told an attentive audience about shooting Bruce Springsteen in Minneapolis on his Born in the USA tour for a Newsweek cover. That shoot was described in a story about Natkin in the Chicago Sun-Times. "That's when my family believed I was a real photographer," he said. That publicity also led to five years as the staff photographer for the Oprah Winfrey Show.

  • Arnie Reisman Martha’s Vineyard Poet Laureate

    Clara Bow Died for Our Sins

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 27th, 2015

    As I inscribed in my book for him Arnie Reisman was my first and best editor starting with the Brandeis Justice and then Boston After Dark. I have enjoyed reading his first book of verse Clara Bow Died for Our Sins.

  • Remington

    The Write Stuff

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 27th, 2015

    A fine arts major I expected to spend my life as an artist. That has proved to be more or less true with as many facets and tangents as a cubist composition. A rejected gift of an old Remington upright typewriter changed everything.

  • Roberto Lugo an Emerging Ceramics Artist

    Ferrin Contemporary Opening on Aug.22

    Ceramic mugs
    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.

  • Mr. B. B.

    Ain't Nothin but a Hound Dog

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 10th, 2015

    Sometimes animals have a way of adopting us. More than just a dog B.B. King was a worldly wise hipster and friend.

  • Bookends

    Waiting for the Show

    By: Bookends - Aug 11th, 2015

    In the lobby waiting for the show stuck between ambient conversation, laments of age and disease, proved to be more memorable than the play itself.

  • Industrial Designer Richard Sapper (1932-2015)

    Iconic Industrial Designer Dead at 83

    Richard Sapper
    By: Mark Favermann - Jan 12th, 2016

    Iconic himself, Richard Sapper, an industrial designer whose sleek, precision-engineered prototypes spawned the Alessi espresso maker, the Tizio lamp and the IBM ThinkPad, died on Dec. 31 in Milan. He set the highest standards for industrial design in the latter half of the 20th Century and the early 21st Century.

  • Abstract Artist Ellsworth Kelly at 92

    Graduate of Boston's Museum School

    Kelly
    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 28th, 2015

    In 2013 we interviewed abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly during an exhibition of his relief series in wood at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. A graduate of the Museum School he maintained close times with the city and its museum. He passed away yesterday at his home in Spencertown, New York.

  • Hamilton’s Leslie Odom plays Burr

    Discussing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hip-Hopera

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 30th, 2015

    Between the matinee and evening performances of the smash Broadway musical, Hamilton, we met backstage with Leslie Odom who plays Aaron Burr. The meeting was arranged by Jack Lyons, a California critic and friend of the actor's family. In a cramped dressing room we were joined by Florida based critic William Hirschman. This resulted in a lively, insightful discussion of the show and its unique casting which is causing a paradigm shift for Broadway musicals.

  • Visionary Artist Paul Laffoley

    World Renowned Except in Boston

    Paul
    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 18th, 2015

    When I curated a solo exhibition of work by the Visionary artist Paul Laffoley it was his first Boston show in 20 years. The exhibition was ignored by the Boston Globe. A few years later, during his brief time at the Globe, Ken Johnson declared Laffoley to be the most important Boston artist of his generation. In recent years he enjoyed national and international recognition

  • Daniel Toral Wins 6th Annual Sommelier Slam

    Ten Competitors, One winner

    By: Philip S.Kampe - Nov 01st, 2015

    It was fierce competition at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint,Brooklyn, where the sixth annual sommelier slam competition took place. The contestants had to know wine theory, master wine pairings and then sell their pairings to the jurors.

  • A Confederacy of Dunces Slated for World Premiere

    Creative Team Dicusses Production for Huntington Theatre Company

    Dunces
    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 01st, 2015

    A Confederacy of Dunces was published in 1980 eleven years after John Kennedy Toole's suicide. Recently the creative team- adapter Jeffrey Hatcher, director David Esbjornson, and actor Nick Offerman- met with the media to discuss the production for Boston's Huntington Theatre Company. The comedy will run from November 11 through December 13.

  • Rikki Rudd at 102

    Beloved by Berkshire Arts Community

    Rikki
    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 07th, 2015

    A small but growing increment live to be 100. Rikki Rudd, who was known and loved by many in the Berkshires arts community, passed away on October 6 at the age of 102. She emigrated from Denmark to the U.S. when in her 20s. She pursued journalism after study at Columbia University. That led to world travel and mastery of several languages. To celebrate her 90th birthday she took up sky diving. On every level she lived life to the full.

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