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  • An Interactive Selfie Project, 2021

    And a Short History of Selfies

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Jan 21st, 2021

    70 and counting selfies, which have been submitted by people who are living near and far and overseas, are making up this project. It has become a mosaic of current lives everywhere, during the pandemic, told each via a small photograph. It all started recently, quite innocently, with a selfie-email titled: Same Old Hat....

  • Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher

    Boston Lyric Opera Streaming Philip Glass

    By: Doug Hall - Jan 28th, 2021

    Boston Lyric Opera has boldly re-adapted Poe’s famous gothic horror story “The Fall of the House of Usher” with music of Philip Glass. It streams on operabox.tv for seven days starting on January 29/

  • The MFA Reopens

    Starting February Third

    By: MFA - Jan 27th, 2021

    The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, reopens February 3!.

  • The Catastrophist by Lauren Guderson

    True Story About Pandemic Expert, Her Husband

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 26th, 2021

    Though not a play about COVID19, it is a true story of a pandemic expert. An interactive deep dive into the profundities of scientific exploration and the harrowing realities of facing your own mortality, The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson is a world premiere theatrical experience built of and for this moment in time. 

  • Theatre @ Home Winter Festival.

    New York City's Irish Repertory Theatre

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 23rd, 2021

    Irish Repertory Theatre (IRT) will show all nine of its original digital productions created during the pandemic. The festival starts on Jan. 26 and runs through Feb. 21. The event includes pieces by Brian Friel, James Joyce, Conor McPherson, and Eugene O'Neill. While there is no cost, IRT encourages donations.

  • Michael Conforti of Clark Art Institute

    Surveying a Remarkable Legacy

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 19th, 2021

    In 2015, Michael Conforti retired as director of the Clark Art Institute after some 20 years. The Clark is very different now then what he signed on for. Today, the Clark hosts summer blockbuster shows and is one of the nations foremost research centers. From the beginning, it has had close ties with Williams College where Conforti teaches a graduate course in museum studies. He oversaw the expansion and renovation with architect Tadao Ando. While running the Clark he was on the road and hard to pin down. Now retired, we worked together on an extensive overview of his career, accomplishments, and issues for museums.

  • World Travel and New Plays

    Southeast Florida Theater Companies Present Diverse Offerings

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 21st, 2021

    Theatre Lab, Florida Atlantic University's professional resident theater company, will offer its new play festival online this year. Miami’s Juggerknot Theatre Company and the international-based PopUP Theatrics offer the chance to travel the world from the comfort of your home. "Travel" to places such as Lagos, Mumbai, Portland, Beirut, Los Angeles, and Mexico City.

  • A Dancer's Covid Tale

    Chriselle Tidrick's "The Limits of Escape."

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 16th, 2021

    Make Do is not what many artists are doing in the time of Covid. In the process of coping, they have extended boundaries, created new forms, and looked particularly to visual distribution channels  to show their new work. Chriselle Tidrick is a formidable aerial dancer who has also appeared on stilts at the Metropolitan Opera. Here is the dancer herself on how she came to create "The Limits of Escape."

  • Still Standing Standing Still

    Galen Cheney at Blue Heron Gallery

    By: Blue Heron - Jan 14th, 2021

    Still Standing Standing Still, a virtual exhibition by North Adams artist, Galen Cheney, is now on view at Blue Heron Online Gallery. Linking through the site provides a slide show of recent work as well as a studio visit with the artist. Works may be purchased on line.

  • Song for 2001:A Space Odyssey, Just Released

    52 years later

    By: Jessica Robinson - Jan 13th, 2021

    Mike Kaplan is a producer, documentary director, actor, award-winning poster designer and marketing strategist. He is known for co-producing The Whales of August, (Lilian Gish’s last film.) A Clockwork Orange,  I'll Sleep When I'm Dead,  Robert Altman’s Short Cuts and more. In addition, he is noted for his collection of historic movie posters that have been exhibited in Museums from Los Angeles to Jacob’s Pillow. He is also a songwriter.

  • Wide Slumber at Prototype Festival

    Gorgeous Music Combining Science and Art

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 13th, 2021

    Wide Slumber is a taped work presented at the Prototype Festival.  It premiered in Reykjavik in 2014.  Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurdsson adapted a much lauded poem by Canadian a. rawlings. In evocative, erotic and riotous words. rawlings shows us the night zone between sleep and dreams.  Shakespeare dwelt there often – to sleep perchance to dream.  Wide Slumber is a large work.

  • Arts Critic Sandy Katz at 80

    Traveling Sandy Was an ATCA Member

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 13th, 2021

    Sandy Katz, a theatre critic and travel writer from Charleston, Carolina, busted out with charisma and personality. Dubbed “Traveling Sandy” her bags were always packed for any destination.

  • Compensation in South Florida

    World Premiere Production by Island City Stage

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 12th, 2021

    Southeast Florida's Island City Stage will present the world premiere production of Compensation. The play is about a young woman who becomes a surrogate for a gay couple. The production will open Feb. 5, with two weekends of live performances. A week later, the company will present Compensation virtually.

  • Prototype Festival Opens OnLine

    Modulation Startles and Stuns

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 09th, 2021

    Undaunted by the constraints of COVID, the Prototype Festival launched its 7th annual event on January 8th. Modulation opened the week of new, streaming works. While the trailer and prologue look like the Hollywood Hills striped with waving geological lines, the three florescent doorways invite entrance to an interior. The inventive work, made up of 13 parts, is divided into three acts, Isolation, Fear and Identity.

  • Network for New Music Presents Extraordinary Measures

    Composer Portrait of Richard Wernick

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 11th, 2021

    Network for New Music gives us a delightful composer portrait of Pulitzer-prize winner Richard Wernick, a native Bostonian. He has studied at Tanglewood, and with Leonard Bernstein. Can you imagine a "Sunken Synagogue" replacing the Ys' cathedral of Debussy?

  • Berkshire Based Blue Heron Gallery Online

    Launched January 13 With Work by Galen Cheney

    By: Blue Heron - Jan 07th, 2021

    During the Covid pandemic artists continue to work. Exhibitions, however, have been cancelled. To meet a need Michael McGrath an entrepreneur and designer has created Blue Heron Gallery Online. The Berkshire based site will offer online exhibitions as well as options for a range of services from PDF and print catalogues to promotional and marketing strategies. Visitors to the exhibition have easy access to make "go to cart" purchases. The gallery will launch with an exhibition by Galen Cheney from January 13 through February 12.

  • Peri Schwartz: Self Portraits & Studio Paintings

    At Boston's Gallery NAGA

    By: NAGA - Jan 08th, 2021

    The exhibition comprises a mix of both studio paintings as well as self portraits dating to the 80s and 90s.  The studio paintings reflect Schwartz’s long history of using her space as her subject matter.

  • Readers Series Slated

    At Ft. Lauderdale's Thinking Cap Theatre

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 03rd, 2021

    Thinking Cap Theatre in Southeast Florida is launching a virtual series in which participants will read plays and then discuss them with artists. The first installment, "Race on the American Stage" kicks off this month. Pulitzer Prize-winning Fairview and the multi Tony-nominated Slave Play are among the featured works.

  • Sculptor Christopher Sproat

    Private Museum in Putney, Vermont

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 02nd, 2021

    After a long and successful career as a sculptor in the tradition of constructivist abstraction Christopher Sproat withdrew from the mainstream art world. On his property in Putney Vermont he has created Black Box a private museum. This legacy project is open to the public by appointment.

  • 2021

    By: Susan Erony - Dec 31st, 2020

    Change is going to come some day soon.

  • NY Art Critic Barbara Rose at 84

    My Former Editor

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 28th, 2020

    Initially when she married Frank Stella, the critic Barbara Rose embraced minimalism and formalism. She curated, promoted and wrote about an emerging generation of abstract artists, formalists, and women artists starting with Helen Frankenthaler. She could be quirky, wielding power that attracted friends and enemies. We never met or even spoke but she invited me to write for The Arts Newspaper (London and New York) for which she was an editor. She has died at 84.

  • Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia

    Riveting Nine Hour Trilogy of 19th Century Russians

    By: Nancy Bishop - Dec 27th, 2020

    Recently I had a chance to revisit the most spectacular theater experience I’ve ever had. It took place on a weekend in February 2007. Over the course of two days, I experienced all nine hours of The Coast of Utopia, Tom Stoppard’s trilogy on 19th century Russian intellectuals and revolutionaries.

  • PBS Louisa May Alcott

    More Than Little Women

    By: Edward Rubin - Dec 27th, 2020

    Writing to his 'possums" New York critic Fast Eddy was gobsmacked by the PBS documentary of author Louisa May Alcott. "This beautifully acted documentary (Elizabeth Marvel Plays The Mature Louisa) brings back Louisa, her times, her family and her good friends - both gods in my pantheon -  Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) and Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)."

  • Pen/Man/Ship by Christina Anderson

    Moliere in the Park Streams Its First Contemporary Play

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 27th, 2020

    Moliere in the Park, with their streaming team Andy Carluccio and Liminal Entertainment Technologies, LLC are presenting Christina Anderson’s pen/man/ship free through January 4th.  It is a powerful play set on a boat passage that reverses the more familiar journey of black Africans.

  • Hans Henze's Sailor Betrayed

    Simone Young Conducts a Masterpiece at Vienna State Opera

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 23rd, 2020

    The Vienna State Opera has recently  streamed their live production of Hans Henze’s The Sea Betrayed, a title translated with the approval of Yukio Mishima, the famed author of the novel on which the opera is based.  The opera premiered in Berlin in May of 1990.  Audiences in this country were not initially attracted when it was produced the following year by the San Francisco opera. The War Memorial Opera House was half empty. The opera is a masterpiece.

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