• Hamilton’s Leslie Odom plays Burr

    Discussing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hip-Hopera

    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.

  • 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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Freddy's Music Unlimited

    Take a Walk on the Wild Side

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 26th, 2015

    Brilliant and eccentric he was an actor in the WPA. After a breakdown moved to Boston and the care of my father. Opened a record shop where I worked for him on Saturdays now and then.

  • 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.

  • Going Dutch Iron Pot Cooking

    Celebrating Nevada's Frontier Heritage

    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.

  • 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.

  • Visionary Artist Paul Laffoley

    World Renowned Except in Boston

    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

    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

    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.

  • Harvest Moon

    Pillow Talk

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 08th, 2015

    Following my poetry reading at the Annisquam Village Library the cousins lingered. We enjoyed a rare gathering that was not a wedding or funeral. As the Irish tend to do we formed a circle and swapped outrageous tales. Topped by Kevin's account of the rigors of driving his dad, the cantankerous Judge A.E. Flynn, from Florida to his summer home in East Gloucester.

  • Susan Hall

    Phantoms of the Opera

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 07th, 2015

    During a holiday visit to New York critic Susan Hall treated me to nose bleed seats at the Met for Aida.

  • Jiminy Peak and Nexamp Launch a Solar Project

    2.3 Megawatt Solar Community Months Away

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 25th, 2015

    Jiminy Peak Resort, of New Ashford, Massachusetts, partners with Nexamp, a solar energy developer to construct a 2.3 megawayy solar energy facility that will tackle the majority of power used on the ski mountain and the neighboring community.

  • John Douglas Thompson on Ira Aldridge and Audra MacDonald

    Twenty Years in the Berkshires with Shakespeare & Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 23rd, 2015

    With the opening of Red Velvet at Shakespeare & Company behind him John Douglas Thompson had time for a leisurely breakfast in Lenox. It was the latest in a series of interviews about his classical and contemporary roles that started with Othello in 2006. This is the first of two parts of that recent dialogue

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