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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Classical CD Reviews: Leif Ove Andsnes’ “Sibelius” and Borusan Quartet’s “Company” by Arts Fuse Editor

Leif Ove Andsnes’ excellent all-Sibelius album is nothing short of revelatory; Borusan Quartet's disc is creatively programmed and brilliantly played.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Music Preview/CD Review: Jon Langford’s “Four Lost Souls” by Arts Fuse Editor

With Jon Langford, the only certainty is that there will be surprises that make it party time.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CD Review: Wormwood Casts a Mean “Mooncurse” by Arts Fuse Editor

Even though Wormwood’s sound is thick and lumbering, the band is actually pretty nimble.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Film Commentary: October — A Month of Horror, Multiplying by Arts Fuse Editor

I love subtlety, and beauty, and trash, and terror, in equal measure.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Jazz CD Reviews: Cowboys and Frenchmen/ Mark Zaleski Band by Arts Fuse Editor

Both Cowboys and Frenchmen and Mark Zaleski Band "groove, interact, and emote."

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Film Review: “It” – The Ordinary and Fantastic Eventually Meet by Arts Fuse Editor

It is most effective when it dwells on the sad influence of history, on personal tragedy, on the banality of evil and cruel indifference.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Film Review: “Kékszakállú” — Obliquely Inspired by Bartók by Arts Fuse Editor

What follows is a succession of images and tableaux static enough to make Michelangelo Antonioni look like an action-movie director.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Concert Review: Pharaoh Sanders Quartet at Blackman Auditorium by Arts Fuse Editor

Sometimes Pharaoh Sanders came back and played like a primordial saxophone deity, cutting into the rhythm section like an act of penetration.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Boston Local Food Festival: The Year of the Mushroom – and Sustainability by Arts Fuse Editor

Who knew that a fungi could be so inspirational?

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Rock Remembrance: Tom Petty — Everyman’s Songwriter by Arts Fuse Editor

Tom Petty managed to not only survive but thrive in the ever-changing music world.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Book Review: Oscar Wilde Fights the Dying of the Light by Arts Fuse Editor

Oscar Wilde’s life might have been tortured, but the writer never believed he had been disgraced, only rejected.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Coming Attractions: October 8 through 24 — What Will Light Your Fire by Arts Fuse Editor

Arts Fuse critics select the best in film, dance, visual arts, theater, music, and author events for the coming weeks.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Visual Arts: “It’s Alive!” — Undying Terror by Arts Fuse Editor

A terrifically fun -- when not spine-tingling -- exhibition of horror and sic-fi memorabilia.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Film Review: “Lucky” — Henry Dean Stanton, Living Large by Arts Fuse Editor

Lucky is a showcase for Henry Dean Stanton’s unique talents, which primarily lie in his inhabiting roles as an amped-up or quirkier version of himself.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Theater Review: HTC’s “Merrily We Roll Along” – Musical Redemption by Arts Fuse Editor

An outstanding production of a Stephen Sondheim musical that was initially thought to be a misfire.

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Rock Review: Here Come The Monks — Again by Arts Fuse Editor

The Monks were, and to some extent still are, the quintessential cult band.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Theater Review: Wilbury Theatre’s Splendid “Caretaker” by Arts Fuse Editor

Wilbury Theatre proves that an arts organization can grow while pushing an experimental agenda.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Music Review: Saxon and UFO — Still Howling After All These Years by Arts Fuse Editor

Saxon and UFO may not be 'forever young,' but their spirits still of reek of adolescence.

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Dance Review: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch at BAM by Arts Fuse Editor

I will continue to watch Wenders's Pina, over and over—but nothing can replicate being in the room with the real deals.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Visual Arts Review: Dana Schutz — A Genius or a Hot Mess? by Arts Fuse Editor

Dana Schutz packs evocative and unexpected narratives into confined spaces, but not all of them fit as well as she thinks they do.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Theater Review: “WarholCapote” — Listening to Icons by Arts Fuse Editor

Warhol/Capote is a breezy, 90 minute tribute to American pop and gossip.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Dance Review: DanceUP’s Compound Fractions by Arts Fuse Editor

Local chauvinism aside, the evening was a diverse one, at least in terms of dance genres.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Concert Review: Andris Nelsons and Boston Symphony play Bernstein by Arts Fuse Editor

On the whole, this BSO Opening Night was a welcome overview Leonard Bernstein’s larger output and of his versatility as a composer.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Coming Attractions: September 24 through October 10 — What Will Light Your Fire by Arts Fuse Editor

Arts Fuse critics select the best in film, dance, visual arts, theater, music, and author events for the coming weeks.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Film Interview: Jeff Rapsis’ Code of Silents by Arts Fuse Editor

For the past decade, Jeff Rapsis has improvised live scores for silent films starring Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Book Review: “To the Back of Beyond” — Extreme Ambiguity by Arts Fuse Editor

Evidently, plain-spoken language plus doubt and apprehension equates to novels that, once opened, are very hard to put down.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Theater Review: The Remarkable “Royale” — More Than a Sports Story by Arts Fuse Editor

The Royale launches the Merrimack Repertory Theatre season with a gloriously theatrical punch to the gut.

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Theater Review: “Flight of the Monarch” — Grand Local Color by Arts Fuse Editor

The Gloucester Stage Company is mounting a delightful world premiere production of a superb play.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Theater Review: Wrap Up from NYC by Arts Fuse Editor

Brad Lawrence and Cyndi Freeman are planning to bring their one-person shows to Boston in the near future.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Theater Review: A Romantic Yet Unnerving “Constellations” by Arts Fuse Editor

Underground Railway Theater's production of this touching and articulate play is perfectly lovely.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Book Review: Last Night A Book Saved My Life or….What To Read, or Not by Arts Fuse Editor

I asked the venerable progressive publisher New Directions to send me what it has done for literature lately. Confucius To Cummings eds. Ezra Pound and Vincent Miller. New Directions, 353 pa…

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