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  • Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

    1930s Showtime Series

    By: Jack Lyons - Jul 08th, 2020

    “City of Angels”, the Showtime TV movie series, is a powerfully relevant TV series and a sharp reminder not only of why the painful American Civil War of 1861 was fought, only later to introduce new Jim Crow laws in the South. The tensions between LA’s Chicano community and the corrupt white power structure within the city government of 80 years ago centers around the more militant factions of young Mexican-Americans known as ‘Pachucos.

  • Lincoln's Clark Gallery

    Regrouping

    By: Clark - Jul 08th, 2020

    Observing social distancing the Clark Gallery in Lincoln, Mass is Regrouping. A selection of gallery artists is on view. To visit the gallery please call ahead for an appointment.

  • Nick Cordero at 41

    Award-winning Broadway Actor Succumbs to Coronavirus

    By: Aaron Krause - Jul 07th, 2020

    Broadway star Nick Cordero dies from complications of COVID-19. Cordero, 41, portrayed tough guy characters in musicals. Cordero's wife, Amanda Kloots, chronicled Cordero's condition on Instagram. Kloots and others used the hashtag #WakeUpNick to hope that Cordero would awaken from a long coma while in intensive care.

  • Belief and Stillness

    Interconnectedness of All Things

    By: Cheng Tong - Jul 07th, 2020

    Anyone who has attended one of my lectures has heard me talk about our connection to everything and everyone everywhere. In order for us to be in this moment together – – my writing, your reading – – everything that has happened since the beginning of time everywhere had to happen precisely as it did. Otherwise, we would not be together today.

  • Tanglewood Goes Online for Summer Festival

    Nelsons on the Podium and in Class

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 06th, 2020

    My colleague Phillip S. Kampe spent opening day at Tanglewood. It. was not what he expected. He enjoyed bottled water only. Yet the scenery and the quiet was transforming. You can fill in the real thing with rich program streaming from the Boston Symphony.

  • Live Theatre in the Berkshires

    Barrington Stage and Berkshire Theatre Group

    By: Actors Equity - Jul 06th, 2020

    In collaboration with Actor's Equity, Barrington Stage Company and Berkshire Theatre Group have finalized a path forward. Barrington Stage Company is producing Harry Clarke, a one-man show that will employ two Equity members, a performer and a stage manager. It begins performances in August. Berkshire Theatre Group is mounting the musical Godspell, an outdoor production with a cast of about ten and two stage managers.

  • Streaming from Aix-en-Provence

    Saariaho, Sellars, Rattle and Kožená

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 07th, 2020

    Aix en Provence is offering a digital festival to those of us who can't enter France. Their selection of recitals, conversations and opera performances is intriguing and invites.

  • Northeastern University Restricts Access to AAMARP

    African American Master Artists in Residency Program Founded in 1978

    By: AAMARP - Jul 06th, 2020

    During the pandemic Northeastern University has restricted access to artists in its historic African American Master Artists in Residency Program. It was founded in 1978 by Dana C. Chandler, Jr. Speaking out against the university for its actions against AAMRP is Dana Chandler III the son of the founder,

  • Tanglewood Opening Day 2020

    A No Frills Experience

    By: Phillip S. Kampe - Jul 06th, 2020

    Opening day at Tanglewood, at 10 AM in July 5, was not what one expected.

  • Birmingham Opera's Mittwoch aus Licht by Stockhausen

    Listening to the Future and Preparing for What is To Come

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 06th, 2020

    Birmingham Opera streams Karlheinz Stochhausen's Mittwoche, helicopters and call. Graham Vick brings us the humor and mystery of this great work. Housed in an industrial warehouse, the audience sits and lies on the floor to listen and irresistibly engage in the proceedings. They compulsively draw us in, listening to harmonies and melodic lines emerge from a trombonist in a plastic pool, splashing water, and a parliament gathered on tennis umpire chairs to discuss the most important of world subjects, love.

  • Was Malcolm Rogers the MFA's Greatest Director

    By Far Its Most Controvesial

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 01st, 2020

    When the British born Malcolm Rogers took over the Museum of Fine Arts in 1994 it had a $4.5 million annual deficit and was generally moribund. It was better than he found it when he departed in 2015. He left a bricks and mortar legacy of The American Wing designed by Lord Norman Foster. Under a mantra of One Museum, however, he dismantled the traditional departments, fired renowned curators, or forced them to leave. He created a structure of mega departments staffed by cooperative curators. The current director, Matthew Teitelbaum, inherited a debt of $140 million and is tasked with mending curatorial fences.

  • Alice Sachs Zimet The Collector

    Follow Heart and Eyes, but not Your Ears

    By: Jessica Robinson - Jul 05th, 2020

    In December of 1984 Alice Sachs Zimet attended an exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York. She had come with Sam Wagstaff, the lover of Robert Mapplethorpe. They were there to see a flower photography exhibition from Wagstaff’s vast and groundbreaking collection.That’s where Zimet saw an image by contemporary photographer Andrew Bush titled Columbines. It was love at first sight.

  • Shakespeare & Company

    Reduces Staff and Seeks Support

    By: S&Co - Jul 02nd, 2020

    In response to the financial impact caused by COVID-19, Shakespeare & Company is cutting expenses and launching the Springboard fundraising campaign to help cover the loss of earned income from ticket sales this summer. The Company’s administrative offices will be on limited hours and limited operations July 6 through October 4.

  • David Lang's Love Fails Streams

    Beth Morrison Projects Presents Opera of the Week

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 02nd, 2020

    Beth Morrison brings us the 'love fails' stream. Morrison is a leader in the march forward of opera into the 21st century. The opera was recorded in Poland with the superb Quince Contemporary Ensemble performing. Echo is used effectively to hover voices in the performance space.

  • Woodie King Jr., Andre De Shields, Chuck Smith

    Three Men Rap Their Truth

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 01st, 2020

    What a month to hear black men, and women too, at the top of their game in theater, talk about their journeys to success. As Andre De Shields told the world when he won his first Tony at age 73, "the slowest way is how to get where you want to be." Chuck Smith is a resident director at the Goodman in Chicago. Woodie King Jr. founded the New Federal Theater fifty years ago.

  • Lawrence Brownlee from Home on Being Black

    A Formidable Tenor Speaks Openly About race

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 29th, 2020

    Lawrence Brownlee sang a two-part concert at the Park Avenue Armory in 2017. In the Officer's Room he performed the bel canto arias we have come to associate with him. He is entirely comfortable. And he is sure that Bellini would welcome him, black or not, in any role. He moved to the Veteran's Room for the second part of the program. There he performed pop songs, gospel and folk. He was less comfortable in the more relaxed atmosphere. Now with downtime he discusses race.

  • Watch 'Hamilton' from Home

    Musical Streams on Disney Plus

    By: Aaron Krause - Jun 29th, 2020

    Starting Friday, you can watch Hamilton's original Broadway cast on Disney Plus. The musical's debut on Disney Plus comes right in time for the Fourth of July. You'll need to subscribe to Disney Plus in order to watch the production. This is not a film adaptation of the musical. A film crew captured a live performance of the original Broadway production.

  • Broadway to Remain Dark

    Perhaps Reopens in January

    By: Telecharge - Jun 29th, 2020

    Broadway League announces further suspension of performances—all the way through Sunday, January 3, 2021. The same is true for Off-Broadwayj shows.

  • Woolf Works Streaming from the Royal Ballet

    Wayne McGregor and Max Richter Join in Storytelling

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 26th, 2020

    The Royal Ballet's #OurHousetoYourHouse premieres a stream of Wayne McGregor's Woolf Works, featuring music by Max Richter and inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf. It won the Olivier and the Critic's Circle Awards for Dance in 2015. Allesandra Ferri dances Woolf.

  • ATCA Statement of Action

    Critics Support Anti-Racist Organization

    By: ATCA - Jun 27th, 2020

    While Broadway and American Theatre are closed from now until whenever It is a time of reflection, accountability and change. The American Theatre Critics Association acknowledges but does not codone and pledges to end instance of racism by some of our members. Moving forward ATCA will strive to be an anti-racist organization that embraces diversity and inclusion.

  • Theodore E. Stebbins of the MFA

    Former Curator of American Painting

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 22nd, 2020

    MFA director Jan Fontein first apppointed John Walsh as curator of European Paintings then Theodore E. Stebbins as curator of American Paintings. In this first of our two part coverage Stebbins discusses the M&M Karolik and William H. and Saundra Lane collections. On his watch Stebbins acquired major American, modern and contemporary works. His legacy for the museum and in the field is formidable.

  • MOMA Streams Salacia by Tourmaline

    Transgender Life in 1830 Seneca Village

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 25th, 2020

    Salacia is a short film made by Tourmaline, a transgender artist who discovered a compatriot in a New York City Village located in Manhattan in 1830. It was one of the few places in America that black people could own land and vote. It was taken by eminent domain to make way for Central Park.

  • Chesterwood to Open Soon

    Berkshire Home of Daniel Chester French

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 25th, 2020

    Chesterwood, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 1969, was the former summer home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), one of America’s foremost 20th century public sculptors. Although French is best known for his statues of the Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts and the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., he also had a passion and talent for garden and landscape design.

  • Daniel Chester French and Minute Man's Model

    All in the Family

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 25th, 2020

    Isaac Davis, Captain of the Acton troops was the model for the Minute Man. He was the first officer killed on April 19, 1775. The statute is placed on the ground on which he died.

  • Theodore E. Stebbins MFA Two

    Pollock's Troubled Queen Among Many Acquisitions

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 20th, 2020

    When John Walsh left for the Getty Museum, and with a hiatus in the contemporary department, Theodore E. Stebbins, chaired three departments. He seized the opportunity to acquire American and European modern and contemporary art. There were huge gaps to fill when works that now command millions were relatively affordable.

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