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  • Tony Nominations Announced

    Honoring Broadway's Best

    By: Aaron Krause - Oct 16th, 2020

    The Tony Awards' presenters announced the nominees for the 74th Annual Tony Awards. The pandemic cut this past Broadway Season short. Alanis Morissette's musical, Jagged Little Pill, leads the way with 15 nominations. In the Play category, Jeremy O. Harris' Slave Play comes out on top with 12 nominations. A date for the Tony Awards presentation has yet to be announced.

  • Nick Capasso of Fitchburg Art Museum

    Responding to Diversity and Social Justice

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 15th, 2020

    After 22 years as a curator of the deCodova Museum, Dr. Nick Capasso, for the past 8 years has been director of the Fitchburg Art Museum. It is one of the poorest regions of the state. The community is 35% Latino and 55% of school children speak Spanish at home. The museum is unique for its bilingual initiatives and community outreach. There is diversity in all aspects of its exhibitions and programming. The museum shows New England artists. The collection has grown with an emphasis on photography, African, African American, and American art. Meeting daunting challenges the Fitchburg Art Museum is a remarkable success story.

  • Composer Victoria Bond in Recent Works

    Pianist Paul Barnes and Violist Martha Mooke Perform

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 15th, 2020

    Victoria Bond brings a distinctive, rich ear to her musical composition in many forms. A recent commission provided a chance to collaborate with Paul Barnes, a go-to pianist for both Bond and Philip Glass. Bond's Simaron Kremata is based on a Greek chant and opens with a five note melody which repeats.

  • Franklin Einspruch at Familiar Trees

    A New Gallery in Pittsfield

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 16th, 2020

    Familiar Trees is a new gallery at 411 North Street, Pittsfield. There wiil be a reception for Franklin Einspruch on Saturday, October 17, 2020, 1-4 PM. The exhibition Half Step Half Fall runs through November 21. His Cloud on a Mountain is a book of comics poetry conceived during artist residencies in 2015 and 2018 at Bascom Lodge, at the summit of Mount Greylock in Berkshire County. Familiar Trees specialized in high-quality used books with an emphasis on art, poetry, and literature.

  • Broadway Won't Re-open Before May 30

    Theaters To Remain Dark Into 2021

    By: Aaron Krause - Oct 14th, 2020

    Broadway will remain shuttered through at least May 30 which will mark 444 days since all 41 theaters went dark due to COVID-19. Broadway officials have said that they project productions to eventually resume over a series of rolling dates.

  • Wine Distributor Zachary Marcus Cesare Harris

    Specialises in Italian Vintages

    By: Zachary Marcus Cesare Harris - Oct 14th, 2020

    I am the President and CEO of Ikavina Wine and Spirits, LLC and the brand-owner of “Wanna Be” Wines; the meaning has a lot more, just remember that Yahoo and Google made no sense at first. I am essentially the rebel of Black people in the wine industry, and I am one of few African Americans involved in importing and distribution.

  • Calm But Alert

    Martial Arts and Stillness

    By: Cheng Tong - Oct 12th, 2020

    Alan Watts once said that trying to define who you are is like trying to bite your own teeth; one of my Zen Buddhist masters used to say it was like trying to see your own eyeballs.

  • Rise Up by Ariel Klein

    Urban Protest Art at Eclipse Mill Gallery

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 08th, 2020

    This past summer the artist, Ariel Klein, was in the thick of New York’s protests against the police inflicted murder of George Floyd. He was a resident of Brooklyn and its community of artists. His take on that is on view as “Rise Up” at the Eclipse Mill Gallery in North Adams.

  • A 'Get Out The Vote Theatre Initiative'

    Fort Lauderdale's Thinking Cap Theatre Presenting Timely Plays

    By: Aaron Krause - Oct 12th, 2020

    Thinking Cap Theatre's leaders were determined all along to present Laced at the end of October. The political play's timeliness is hard to deny. The Ft. Lauderdale theater company is also presenting short plays to commemorate the suffrage centennial.

  • B3 2020, Hello Truths, Frankfurt/Germany

    And Silo Solos, Boston, MA

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Oct 07th, 2020

    The 2020 B3 Biennial in Frankfurt/Germany will open with 'Hello Truths, Extravaganza Virtuale' on October 9 in the US East Coast time zone @ 4 pm and in Frankfurt/Main @ 10 pm. The festival will be concluded after ten days on October 18. More than 100 artists from 23 countries will participate in an array of virtual events.

  • Images Cinema in Williamstown

    Update on Lockdown

    By: Doug Jones - Oct 07th, 2020

    Images Cinema, an art house in Williamstown. has been shut down going on eight months. Here is an update from executive director, Doug Jones.

  • Poe's Masque of the Red Death

    An 1842 Masque for a Time of Masks

    By: Nancy Bishop - Oct 07th, 2020

    In 1842, Edgar Allan Poe published one of his most famous stories, which turns out to be a parable for 2020. The Masque of the Red Death concerns a prince who gathers his wealthy friends within the walls of his castle when the Red Death rampages through the countryside, killing everyone who is exposed to it.

  • Jay Critchley Takes on the White House

    Tarred and Feathered in Provincetown

    By: Jay Critchley - Oct 06th, 2020

    The Provincetown based conceptual artist, Jay Critchley, is known for wit and outrageous projects. Trump has him mad as hell and he can't take it anymore. Rather than just get mad he's getting even. His latest stunt it literally to tar and feather the White House.

  • Richard Curtis Presents The Creepery

    A Podcast Series from a Horror Dramatist

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 04th, 2020

    Richard Curtis, masterful playwright and master of mystery, has produced a new creepy podcast series in time for Horror Season. Episode 1, You Have a Guest, is available now. A demon’s dozen disturbing audio dramas are conjured out of the dark imagination of this horror dramatist. .

  • The Comey Rule on Showtime

    Jeff Daniels as Former FBI Director James Comey

    By: Jack Lyons - Oct 05th, 2020

    The skinny is that former FBI director, James Comey, adhered so closely to his moral convictions that he impacted Hillary Clinton losing the election. She won the popular vote but lost the Electoral Collage by a razor thin margin. A last minute decision to reopen investigation of her e-mails, later rescinded, made the crucial difference. One would think that President Trump would owe one to Comey. See this compelling Showtime drama with Jeff Daniels and Brendan Gleesen to see how things fell apart. Trump insisted that Comey behave as His FBI Director.

  • Airborne Transmission

    Prayer Flags for the Pandemic

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Sep 30th, 2020

    Suzette Martin's project of 200 'prayer flags' has been installed at the River Street Park in North Adams, MA, behind MASS MoCA. They have been fastened along a fence at 6' apart. A proto-project, also titled 'Airborne Transmission' of then 19 flags can still be seen on the grounds of the Eclipse Mill in North Adams. These 'flags' have been there since August. The new installation is impressive and will have a much larger impact, by reminding us that the entire Nation is still reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic, now with more than 200,000 deaths in the USA. Please read below.

  • Barrington Stage Company Eleanor Encore

    By Mark St. Germain

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 29th, 2020

    Eleanor, which was filmed earlier this month without an audience at BSC’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, will be available to stream on October 3 & 4 at 7:30 pm ET. Tickets ($15) can be ordered from OvationTix and a link will then be sent to the ticket holder within 24 hours of the scheduled performance.

  • Philip Guston Now to Not Now

    What He Meant to Boston’s Artists

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 26th, 2020

    The retrospective "Philip Guston Now" was scheduled to open in June 2001 at the National Gallery. It would travel to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, then to Tate Modern in London, and finally, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Of 125 paintings and 75 drawings some 24 works caricature the Ku Klux Klan. Fearing backlash the museums have postponed to 2024 to develop programming that contextualizes the work. The MFA has a history of ambivalence to the artist's work. From 1973 to 1978 he taught a graduate seminar at Boston University.

  • Necessary Sacrifices at North Coast Repertory Theatre

    Abe Lincoln and Stephen Douglass Clash and Carry

    By: Jack Lyons - Sep 28th, 2020

    “Necessary Sacrifices” deals with the relationship between US President Abraham Lincoln and the acclaimed abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Douglass was an escaped slave who became a prominent activist, author, public speaker and a leader in the abolitionist movement during the Civil War.

  • The Humans

    Streamed by Olney Theatre Center

    By: Aaron Krause - Sep 27th, 2020

    In the age of COVID, Stephen Karam's dramedy The Humans is particularly timely. The Olney Theatre Center is streaming the play through Oct. 4. Karam balances comedy, creepiness, and drama. The Olney Theatre Center production features first-rate performances.

  • Rob Kapilow Tackles the Appassionata Sonata

    Orli Shaham Exposes a Sonata

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 27th, 2020

    Rob Kapilow begins his “What Makes it Great” evenings with a discussion of special elements in a musical work to be performed in its entirety at the conclusion of the evening. Kapilow is a conductor and performer. Always responsive to a live audience, he draws us in, elucidating us as he instructs. Now he is streaming from an empty Merkin Hall. Yet you become addicted in one outing. Through Kapilow, listening to music has added whole new dimensions. Orli Shaham provides examples for a discussion of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 5. She also gives a deeply moving performance of the Appassionata.

  • Irish Repertory Theatre Streams Geraldine Hughes

    Belfast Blues a Perfect Production for Video

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 23rd, 2020

    We are swept along by her lilting Irish brogue as Geraldine Hughes takes the stage in her Belfast Blues. Irish Repertory Theatre chose the play to open their fall season streaming. Charlotte Moore and her partner Ciarán O’Reilly chose well. This one woman shows draws the portraits of twenty-four characters, all presented through the vessel of Hughes. Yet we never wonder who is speaking. We learn the gestures and tics of each character and come to be entranced.

  • Black Words Matter from New Federal Theatre

    Poetry Jam

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 22nd, 2020

    Leave it to Woodie King, Jr. mastermind of the now fifty years young New Federal Theatre, to get our new streamed delivery form better than anyone else (Irish Repertory Theater excepted). For two evenings, starting on September 21 and then on September 28, the NFT is presenting Poetry Jams. The first one, hosted by Rev. Rhonda Akanke' McLean-Nur is a marvel of commonplace images elevated to song. The Reverend at first sees herself as strong black women in history. She admits that neither she nor the Queen of the Nile bear much resemblance to Elizabeth Taylor.for starters.

  • Raise a Glass to Michelangelo

    Famous, Rich and...... Miserly!

    By: Jessica Robinson - Sep 21st, 2020

    Ever wonder what the great artist, sculptor, architect, painter and poet, Michelangelo, ate and drank? According to his handwritten, and illustrated, 16th century grocery list, the Master thrived on a diet of fish, bread and lots of wine.

  • HBO's Coastal Elites

    Playing the Pandemic with Grim Humor

    By: Jack Lyons - Sep 21st, 2020

    HBO’s just released film “Coastal Elites”, navigates the COVID-19 experience in a comedic and satirical way (for a deadly subject matter) with five vignette monologues, by five actors; each breathing life into playwright Paul Rudnick’s spot-on slices of pandemic life during this unprecedented experience, and all deftly directed by Jay Roach.

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