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Monday, August 5, 2019

Book Interview: Susan Larson’s “The Murder of Figaro” — Mozart Goes Sleuthing by Debra Cash

Susan Larson's The Murder of Figaro is spiced with raunch, witticisms, and behind the scenes verisimilitude of rehearsal life. The post Book Interview: Susan Larson’s “The Murder of Fig…

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Book Review: Unburied by Debra Cash

David Treuer's expansive new history of native America from 1890 to the present looks with skeptical, Indian eyes from inside simplistic American symbols and narratives. The post Book Review…

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Dance Review: “See You Yesterday” — Airing Nightmares by Debra Cash

The horrors portrayed in See You Yesterday are facts, but this show does not yet address the meaning a new generation can make of those facts. The post Dance Review: “See You Yesterday” …

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Arts Commentary: The Authors Guild’s Modest Proposal by Debra Cash

Invariably, these economic realities are barriers to entry into the broader cultural arena for the less-well-heeled among us, sustaining inequity. The post Arts Commentary: The Authors Guild…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Book Review: “Physics & Dance” — The Intelligence of Movement by Debra Cash

The authors let dance serve as a way of embodied knowing -- an intelligence that can unlock an understanding of physics' theories and abstractions.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Visual Arts Review: “Living Objects — African American Puppetry,” Challenging Cultural Erasure by Debra Cash

Playful and political, eerie and goofy by turns, this exhibition brings together puppets, performing objects, masks, and puppet (and doll) performances on video.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dance Feature: Alvin Ailey and Boston’s Elma Lewis — Beautiful Beyond Resistance by Debra Cash

The Celebrity Series of Boston gathered a distinguished multi-generational panel to consider both the legacy of Alvin Ailey and of Elma Lewis.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Book Review: Polish Poet Czesław Miłosz — Master of the Telling Detail by Debra Cash

For a reader without the reference points of mid-twentieth century Lithuania and Poland, this deeply researched biography can be a slog.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Dance Review: Embraceable — Christopher Wheeldon’s “An American in Paris” by Debra Cash

The heart of this theatrical reboot is what it means to go for broke and bet on love, or art, or both.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fuse Book Review: The Librarians of Timbuktu — Action Heroes for Cultural Preservation by Debra Cash

Former Newsweek bureau chief Joshua Hammer has documented a timely story of cultural heroism.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Fuse Book Review: “What The Eye Hears” — Putting the Wrong Foot First by Debra Cash

Brian Seibert's history of tap dancing has unleashed something I can only describe as a tap world pissing contest.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Fuse Visual Arts Feature: Alla Kovgan, Treasure Hunter — Merce Cunningham at the ICA by Debra Cash

Filmmaker Alla Kovgan calls Cunningham 3D a new juncture at the crossroads of dance, cinema, music, visual arts, and 3D technology.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fuse Film Review: You Can Go Home Again (If You’re a Star) by Debra Cash

What happens when someone performs at the highest possible level of an art form and then has to give it up?

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Fuse Arts Interview: George Fifield — Boston’s Cyberman by Debra Cash

George Fifield has been pushing the conceptual ball called contemporary digital and intermedia art up a hill for decades.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fuse Dance Review: Smile and Sneer — Mark Morris at the ICA by Debra Cash

Now 58, the noted choreographer's succinct gestural language, coincident use of music and musical ideas, and spatial elasticity is now completely second nature.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Fuse Dance Preview: Radio Dancing — A Conversation with Monica Bill Barnes by Debra Cash

Monica Bill Barnes's choreographic method can be characterized as make 'em laugh, then make 'em think.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fuse Book Review: “Culture Crash” — The People Who Followed Their Bliss Off a Cliff by Debra Cash

Truth is, the fraying of the middle class is not just something that has happened to creatives.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Fuse News: In March, Celebrity Series Will Help Us “Stave” Off Boredom by Debra Cash

Stave off boredom. This is going to be a smoking festival.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Fuse Arts Commentary: The View from Free — 2014 Edition by Debra Cash

The exploitation of the free labor of artists may finally have hit a critical mass in 2014, generating enough publicity to make observers righteously angry.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Fuse News: Boston’s “Mayor’s Holiday” — A Valuable Cultural Gift by Debra Cash

You'd be a fool to miss taking advantage of Boston's Mayor's Holiday.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Fuse Holiday Dance: “The Nutcracker” and Beyond by Debra Cash

An informed lineup of dance performances -- large and small -- Nutcracker and non-Nutcracker -- for the holidays.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fuse Dance Review: Boston Ballet’s “Swan Lake” – A Reverent Visit into the World of Renaissance European Fairy Tale by Debra Cash

If you know Swan Lake, there will be few structural surprises. Girl turned into swan, prince falls in love, prince gets fooled, they both feel really terrible, and die.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Fuse Opera Review: Isango Ensemble’s “The Magic Flute” — Not Your Usual Take on Mozart by Debra Cash

Isango's Magic Flute/ Impempe Yomlingo is lit by flashes of brilliance. Most can be traced directly to Mandisi Dyantyis' reorchestration of Mozart's orchestral score for an ensemble of marim…

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fuse Commentary: A Tasting Menu for Boston Arts — An Idea Whose Time Has Come by Debra Cash

Here's a modest proposal. Let's invent a Boston arts tasting menu.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fuse Dance Review: Howling Wolf—Abraham.In.Motion at the ICA by Debra Cash

One of the reasons audiences and funders love Kyle Abraham's work is that the layered landscapes of his dances resonate with the fraught conditions outside the theatre.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fuse News: Another New England Alt-Weekly Bites the Dust by Debra Cash

After a 35+ year run, writers for the paper learned today that the Providence Phoenix will be shutting its doors after next week's issue.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fuse Concert Review: Vessels of Song — Boston Musica Viva Marks Rosh HaShanah by Debra Cash

To my mind, with Assembly of the Souls, composer Eitan Steinberg is working in Pulitzer contention territory.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Arts Fuse Brief: Giant Author Puppets on Parade! by Debra Cash

On September 21, giant author puppets will be on parade in Mansfield, CT.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fuse Book Interview: Leonard S. Marcus on Robert McCloskey and the Art of the Picture Book by Debra Cash

The centennial of the author of Make Way For Ducklings is being celebrated with a series of lectures by scholar Leonard S. Marcus.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Fuse Commentary — Big Money for Artist Activists From the Robert Rauschenberg Estate by Debra Cash

It's important for there to be funds, curators, institutions, and audiences for art that can speak truth to power in unconstrained ways.

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Fuse Book Review: Joni Mitchell — One Side, Now by Debra Cash

The pleasures of Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words are the pleasures of being a fly on the wall.

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