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  • Lisa Ramirez Performs Eliot's The Waste Land

    April is the Cruelest Month

    By: Victor Cordell - Apr 13th, 2021

    John Wilkens has adapted “The Waste Land” to the stage as a vehicle for a solo performer.  Oakland Theater Project has produced the staging, starring the multi-talented Lisa Ramirez and directed by Michael Socrates Moran.  This production is the first live performance with a live audience sanctioned by Actors Equity in the state of California since the start of the pandemic.  But to accomplish the approval, the performance is outdoors, and the audience remain in their cars. 

  • Cutting Edge New Music Festival 2021

    The Art of the 21st Century Trombone

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 13th, 2021

    The Cutting Edge Concert Series 23rd season began this week. Victoria Bond has held this series through thick and thin.  It comes to us live streamed and is a treasure.

  • Brockton's Fuller Craft Museum

    Under New Management: The Commodification of the Permanent Collection

    By: Fuller - Apr 13th, 2021

    Debuting on April 24, 2021 in the Lampos Gallery, Under New Management: The Commodification of the Permanent Collection features works from Fuller Craft’s permanent collection selected by guest curators and Boston-area artists Oliver Mak, Kenji Nakayama, and Pat Falco. Operating as a fictitious marketing company, MFN Integrated Solutions, the curatorial team aims to activate the collection.

  • The Niceties

    At Southeast Florida's Island City Stage

    By: Aaron Krause - Apr 12th, 2021

    The Niceties is an explosive drama that asks us how we might be contributing to systemic racism. The Eleanor Burgess drama takes place on a prestigious university in the Northeast. Island City Stage in suburban Ft. Lauderdale is presenting the show in person and online. In-person performances continue through April 18. Streaming will be available from April 16-25.

  • Robert Morgan’s Equations

    An On Line Exhibition at Blue Heron Gallery

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 12th, 2021

    With large format watercolor on paper Robert Morgan renders superbly crafted representational images. A recognizable object or landscape, however, is generally juxtaposed with another crisply rendered but puzzling element. They form visual equations but cleverly askew. In the work of this artist one plus one often does not add up to two. It's left to the viewer to do the math.

  • Les Arts Florissants at Versailles

    William Christie Brings Us Charpentier

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 12th, 2021

    The always delightful Les Arts Florissants’ bring us a performance of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Grand Motets, now available on Qwest TV. Qwest was developed by Quincy Jones, whose middle name is “Delight.”  And delight is what he brings us with the 17th century music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier. 

  • Tanglewood 2021

    Highlights from July 9 to August 16

    By: BSO - Apr 08th, 2021

    Marking the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s triumphant return to its summer home, BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons—who leads eight orchestra programs this summer—opens the BSO’s Tanglewood season on Saturday, July 10, with an all-Beethoven program, featuring one of the festival’s most preeminent guest artists, Emanuel Ax, performing the Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, on a program with one of Beethoven’s most iconic works, Symphony No. 5.

  • Bang on a Can Marathon

    Fifteen World Premieres

    By: BOAC - Apr 09th, 2021

    Bang on a Can announces the hourly schedule for its next Bang on a Can Marathon – Live Online – on Sunday, April 18, 2021 from 1-5pm ET. All 15 pieces on the program will be world premiere performances of newly commissioned works, streamed from musicians' homes around the country and across the world. Over its first six live online Marathons in 2020-2021 (May 3, June 14, August 1, October 18, February 21, and March 21) Bang on a Can has presented more than 125 performances, including 47 world premieres of new commissions and over 150 composers and performers. Bang on a Can plans to continue these Marathons, streaming online at live.bangonacan.org,

  • Julliard :Launches Julliard Live

    Presenting Music, Dance and Drama

    By: Julliard - Apr 08th, 2021

    Juilliard announces the launch of Juilliard LIVE, a new streaming initiative offering performances from across its three divisions—music, dance, and drama—online to a global audience. The broad initiative, part of the school’s long-term strategic plan, was accelerated over the past year when indoor performances were halted due to the pandemic. With a mix of livestreamed and on-demand content, Juilliard LIVE expands student performance opportunities both now and in the future, and it will increase accessibility to the performing arts for audiences around the world.

  • The Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art

    Launches Biennial

    By: MOWNA - Apr 09th, 2021

    The Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art (mowna), a newly opened one-of-a-kind online museum born out of the pandemic and specifically designed for the digital age, will launch their first online Biennial show on Friday, April 30, 2021 at https://www.mowna.org/. The show will run until September 22, 2021.   

  • Thornton Wilder's Our Town

    Howard Sherman on an American Icon

    By: Nancy Bishop - Apr 08th, 2021

    Thornton Wilder's Our Town is a widely produced icon of American Theatre. It is the subject of a new oral history by Howard Sherman.

  • The Attacca Quartet Storms Columbia

    A High Hoedown with Adams, Wiancko, and Gabriella Smith

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 08th, 2021

    The Attacca Quartet won its first Grammy in 2019 for Caroline Shaw’s Orange. They favor music of living composers, as does Melissa Smey, Executive Director of the Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre and the new Lenfest Center for the Arts on the north campus. What was Mozart doing on your birthday? Decomposing.

  • Artist Robert Morgan at Blue Heron Gallery

    An Eerie, Disquieting Transcendence

    By: Blue Heron - Apr 07th, 2021

    Robert Morgan was born and raised in Pittsfield but became a citizen of the world. Now retired from a career in international finance he has returned to his roots. That means full time in the studio creating enormous representational/ surreal works on paper. Widely exhibited the new work will be seen at Blue Heron Gallery Online, a virtual art gallery. Well known in the Berkshires the virtual exhibition exposes the work to a readily accessible internet audience.

  • The Irish Repertory Theatre Presents The Aran Islands

    Synge's Language Captured Brilliantly by Brendon Conroy

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 18th, 2021

    The Irish Repertory Theatre has given ten streamed performances, or arranged for them, during the time of Covid. Each one has added immensely to our pleasure. The latest comes straight from Dublin. It is a one man performance on stage by the actor Brendan Conroy. His lilting voice, describing the bleak Aran Islands and the lives of its inhabitants draws us in. We quickly understand that the man who wrote the words, J. M. Synge, was a musician. As words roll in Conroy's mouth, we hear musical phrases, dips and crescendos, textured takes on vowels and consonants.

  • The Abstract Photography of Carl Chiarenza

    Retrospective at George Eastman House

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 13th, 2021

    Growing up in Rochester, the home of Eastman Kodak, Carl Chiarenza's interest in photography began at an early age. On many levels it is significant that Career Retrospective: Journey into the Unknown is being presented at the George Eastman Museum. It remains on view through June 20.

  • Jericho

    New Normal Rep's inaugural production

    By: Aaron Krause - Mar 15th, 2021

    New Normal Rep.'s inaugural production is the dramedy Jericho, by the company's artistic director, Jack Canfora. The new online theater company's debut production features strong acting, quality direction. Jericho is streaming through April 4 at NewNormalRep.org. The play is touching and funny, but not particularly original.

  • Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné.

    Pat Hills Seeks Funds for Future Scholarship

    By: Patricia Hills - Mar 14th, 2021

    American art scholar Patricia Hills has researched and published the work of genre painter Eastman Johnson (1824-1906). She is seeking funds to launch a Catalogue Raisonné website working with the National Academy of Design.

  • Chalice Mitchell, Painter and Sculptor

    At Blue Heron Gallery Online

    By: Blue Heron - Mar 13th, 2021

    Blue Heron Gallery Online, a virtual art gallery, will be presenting the art of North Adams artist Chalice Mitchell beginning at noon on Saturday, March 1, 2021.  The show, appearing on www.blueherongallery.online, will feature her paintings, and present the artist in photographs and her Artist Statement.

  • [hieroglyph] by Erika Dickerson-Despenza

    San Francisco Playhouse and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

    By: Victor Cordell - Mar 15th, 2021

    Playwright Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s poignant drama deals with trauma and loss that most of us, thankfully, will never have to handle. She speaks to the fears that women particularly suffer – and moreso, women of color; and moreso yet, teenage girls of color.  These core elements are enhanced by a rich exploration of boundaries – parent-child, teacher-student, parent-teacher, friend-to-friend, as well as those of professional and sexual propriety.

  • New Federal Theatre Celebrates Women's History Month

    Riverting Production of Pearl Cleag's Hospice

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 13th, 2021

    New Federal Theatre has always promoted the inclusion of women artists as part of its mission. It is no surprise that they are offering works by and with women for Women’s History Month. They appeal to everyone. Petronia Paley and Margaret Odette are featured in the two-hander, Hospice by Pearl Cleage. Billed as a reading, the performances are full characterizations by actors.

  • Jacob's Pillow Anounces Season

    Shall We Dance

    By: Pillos - Mar 11th, 2021

    Jacob's Pillow launches its 90th season with continuity as well as renovation and a Dance We Must fundraising campaign. It seeks to raise $2 million toward a goal of $22 million.

  • Hancock Shaker Village New Staff Positions

    Linda Johnson as Curator and Brenda Lynch as Director of Development

    By: Shaker - Mar 12th, 2021

    Hancock Shaker Village, one of the most comprehensively interpreted Shaker sites in the U.S. and the oldest working farm in Western Massachusetts, announced today the appointments of Linda Johnson as Curator and Brenda Lynch as Director of Development, a newly created position.  

  • Sir Simon Rattle in Ademek World Premiere

    Mezzo Magdalena Kožená Searches for the Divine

    By: Susan Hall - Mar 11th, 2021

    Sir Simon Rattle has taken out German citizenship to be closer to his children. It is also said he is exiting Britain and the cultural consequences of Brexit. Rattle will succeed Mariss Jansons as the chief conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerische Rundfunks. Recently he conducted the orchestra in a world premiere of Ondrej Adámek's "Where Are You?"

  • Carrie Mae Weems In Online Conversation

    With Williams, Bennington and MCLA Students on April 1

    By: WCMA - Mar 11th, 2021

    Artist Carrie Mae Weems will join students from Williams College, Bennington College, and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts for an online public conversation at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1. Some 500 individuals may register for the Zoom lecture which will later be available on YouTube.

  • Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre

    Award Honors Most Promising Artists

    By: Aaron Krause - Mar 10th, 2021

    This year, the presentation of the Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre will be digital. The event honoring promising lyricists and librettists will stream at 7 p.m. EST Monday, March 15. Melissa Li, Benjamin Scheuer, and Kit Yan are this year's winners. The award's namesake, Edward Kleban, is the late Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist of A Chorus Line.

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