A Serial Killer's Hit ListBy: - Mar 29th, 2014
In a haters-gonna-hate world shared by the likes of Fred Phelps and a host of jihadist suicide bombers, we are obliged to grant credence to the central motif of a thriller pitting radical fundamentalist beliefsâ€”one Jewish, the other Christianâ€”against one another.
A Shamanic Journey Across the Sonic LandscapeBy: - Nov 15th, 2013
No coincidence that the sexier, more adulterated human voice of the saxophone takes the lead in the urban groove and neon sizzle of â€œDanceâ€ and again in â€œRe-entry.â€ It is our connection to the dark, after all, that haunts us and, strange to say, fortifies us for a return to the light of common day.
Unabashed Shamanism by Composer Martin CaseBy: - Feb 01st, 2013
Martin Case employs the rhetoric of shamanism unabashedly. He often plays the role of trickster in his bait-and-switch style of composition, setting up a sense of expectation that he fulfills, time and again, with an apparent non-sequiturâ€”answering a question, as it were, with another question. He has composed for companies and choreographers as varied as Boston Ballet, Prometheus Dance, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre,the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Mark Morris Dance Group, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Samantha Cameron, Liz Bermann and Min Tzu Li.
Indy Rock at Mass MoCABy: - Nov 20th, 2011
Mass MoCA's B-10 is an intimate stage in a tall room, and Amidon flooded it with good-natured whimsy and the haunting voice of a gen-something folk balladeer in full command of his instruments, his idioms and the philosophical logic of the non-sequitur.
Dan Brown Meets the ShekinahBy: - May 23rd, 2011
Is the Bibleâ€”that is to say, are the first five books of itâ€”prophetically encoded? The implications that arise from such a question ought to (although they won’t; we all know they won’t) provoke far more widespread spiritual introspection and serious religious debate than the argument over whether Jesus of Nazareth lived to a ripe old age in the South of France, making babies with Mary Magdalene. Ezra Barany's homage to Dan Brown opens us to speculations on subjects as diverse, and as intimately related, as the availability of free energy from the fabric of space-time and the nature of the divine feminine.
Son of Ereubus Goes ViralBy: - Jan 28th, 2011
Rhemalda Publishing had to make a choice--use valuable resources to take up a fight against pirates or find a way to use it to its advantage. Rhemalda Publishing and Author J.S. Chancellor teamed up by posting a request on Chancellor’s Facebook fan page for readers who had downloaded the book illegally to consider posting a review of the book online.
Book One of the Guardians of Legend TrilogyBy: - Sep 30th, 2010
Debut novelist J. S. Chancellor manages the patterning of light-within-dark, the flickering back and forth between warring tendencies--like a street magician dancing a black-and-silver coin across the backs of her fingers.
Happily Ever After Isn't As Long As You ThinkBy: - Sep 02nd, 2010
Argyle’s Cinderella, while playful in some areas, humorous in others, is haunting in its elegance and simplicity. The prose itself is pitch perfect for the narrative, to the point where as a reader you forget that you’re reading. It’s presented like the glass slipper that it is: beautiful, translucent, and full of unexpected magic.
Candidate for Sheriff of Berkshire CountyBy: - Aug 26th, 2010
"My message has to be more complicated... The job of the Sherrif is not a law enforcement job. The Sheriff is responsible for the care, custody and condition of inmates. You can take a broad or a narrow interpretation of that, but either one is public safety, not law enforcement. The Sheriff does not go out busting perps, he doesn’t go on stakeouts. The perception is that he’s Wyatt Earp or James Arness in the Wild West. That’s what people think, but that’s not what the job is."
An Eerie, Translucent Brand of MagicBy: - Jul 29th, 2010
Yovanoff substitutes one world for another, surely, but in doing so she restores an original and ancient mystery to our dealings with life and death and the daily transactions we make with both, until the layered world she shows us becomes, once again--as it always was--the real one, living side by side or just a sidelong glance across the surface of the one we've been collectively pretending--all of us, all along--to be whole and plausible and independent of our dark imaginings.
A Woodstock PilgrimageBy: - Jul 26th, 2010
â€œCollecting Woodstockâ€ is an immersive work-in-progress. Less a collection of artifacts than of information, the multimedia exhibit documents a decade of civil discontent with the sights and sounds of celebration and anihilation, ascension and assassination, idealism and disillusionment. Nothing much has been sanitized, except inasmuch as time has distanced us from the immediate conditions of psychedelic squalor that characterized a generation and that necessarily prevailed when â€œwe were half a million strongâ€ and gathered in a field some 15 acres square.
A Winter Lion on a Summer's EveBy: - Jul 03rd, 2010
An often perplexed, if forgiving, crowd seemed relieved when he and his accompanist, Walter Parks (whom Havens never mentioned, whose presence he never acknowledged) negotiated their way back to coherence in the language of music. Richie Havens’ artistry has mellowed but not lost much of its power and none, really, of its sweetness. His rhythms drive like a locomotive through the mists and downpours of yesteryear, spanning a generation and, as it were, a continent, undergirded all the while with a steady and persistent optimism that charms even as it meanders, disengaged, from song to song.
Mass MoCA's Club B-10By: - Jun 22nd, 2010
Roomful of Teeth is an ambitious work-in-progress with the stated intent of bringing the full range of human vocal potential to bear upon the aesthetic experience. Friday’s performance at Mass MoCA showcased works by Caleb Burhans, Caroline Shaw, Eric Dudley, William Brittelle, Judd Greenstein, Rinde Eckert and Avery Griffin. The play of a cappella sound waves against bone, tooth, beam and brick in a high-ceilinged, sold-out room pulsed with energies that seemed unearthly but were firmly rooted in the human.
A. S. King's 17th Century Orphan Turned PirateBy: - Jun 18th, 2010
A. S. King scatters the lessons of ownership, abandonment, the pack instinct and fending for oneself across the lifetimes of three centuries in her coming-of-age novel of piracy, disenfranchisement and the feminine. King stitches some rather provocative questions about ownership, loyalty and femininity all through the deceptively simple patterns of her novel.