Thursday, August 16, 2018

Food Feature: Liquid Relief for the Dog Days of Summer by Linda J. Mazurek

A local company has come to the thirst-quenching rescue with DRINKmelon, the industry’s first pure watermelon water.

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Theater Review: “We The People,” “The Member of the Wedding,” and “Creditors” by Bill Marx

Three theaters in the Berkshires offer differing views of the past.

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Theater Review: “The Man of Destiny” — A Shavian McGuffin by Jim Kates

George Bernard Shaw's The Man of Destiny could be an evening of delight with a frisson of cerebral exercise.

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Remembrance: William Corbett — A Poet of Landscape, Weather, and Consciousness by Fanny Howe

Some people fled William Corbett's bravura; others stayed, laughing.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

“Write Your Own Damn Book” : Remembering Bill Corbett by Clea Simon

I think of Bill when I hear from struggling young writers, desperate to get it "right" – and to be accepted and published and make a living in a ridiculously difficult field.

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Concert Review: Kurt Elling at the Shaolin Liu Performance Center by Steve Provizer

Although his choice of material doesn't always work for me, for my money, Kurt Elling is the most important jazz vocalist of the last twenty years.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Coming Attractions: August 14 Through 28 — 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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Film Review: “Nico, 1988” — Decay of a Counterculture Star by Peg Aloi

Nico, 1988 lays bare the ravaged body and brooding soul of a woman who may yet be remembered as among the most iconic musicians of the twentieth century.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Book Review: “Spinning Silver” — Rumplestiltskin, Reimagined by Clea Simon

This is a winning book, conveying a strangely believable fantasy about three strong young women in a world not that far removed from our own.

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Theater Commentary: Can Audiences Rescue Theater Criticism? by Bill Marx

Will working with audiences encourage stage companies and theater artists to go beyond the status quo? Or just cement them into the sweet spot?

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Film Review: “Momma Mia! Here We Go Again” — Momma Mia!! 2!! by Gerald Peary

I made a pledge last week to compromise my movie going, and in a silly, humiliating way.

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Theater Review: “West Side Story” — Still Brilliant After All These Years by Helen Epstein

The Barrington Stage Company's moving and fiercely energetic production brings West Side Story back to the stage with a bang.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

WATCH CLOSELY: “A Very English Scandal” — All You Need Is Love by Peg Aloi

The most compelling reason to tune in to this series is the jaw-droppingly great cast, led by Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw.

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Film Review: “Sorry To Bother You” — Engaging Anti-Capitalist Satire by Matt Hanson

Sorry to Bother You is a doozy -- vividly shot, morally vigorous, and consistently funny.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Jazz Festival Review: Moments From Newport, 2018 by Milo Miles

One aspect of Newport I treasure is that it shows me, every time, how much I don’t know.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Book Review: “Educated” — An Exemplary Memoir by Helen Epstein

Educated is a testament to the power of sensitive friends and mentors -- and to Tara Westover's own resilience.

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Film Review: “BlacKkKlansman” — Incendiary Entertainment by Tim Jackson

BlacKkKlansman is a fiery polemic on America’s long history of bigotry and racism, establishing a through-line that leads to the intolerance of the current president.

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Visual Arts Review: “Life, Death, and Revelry” at the Gardner Museum by Peter Walsh

Life, Death & Revelry explores the aura of the Farnese Sarcophagus from several points of view, including those of the conservators who recently cleaned it of decades of accumulated gri…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Book Review: “Sonny Rollins — Meditating on a Riff” by Steve Provizer

The author of this Sonny Rollins bio promises us “A Journey into his World of Spirituality” -- and that sets high expectations.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Film Review: An Insouciant Double Bill — Rita Hayworth meets Fred Astaire by Gerald Peary

Womanizing Astaire grasps that Rita is the loveliest catch of all, and a keeper, in this musical treat.

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Film Review: “Cold Water” — An Early Masterpiece from Olivier Assayas by Peg Aloi

A prescient work that introduces themes and imagery (particularly youth, nostalgia and urban angst) that have become central to Olivier Assayas’ oeuvre.

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Visual Arts Review: Ogunquit Museum of American Art by Kathleen Stone

You will leave the museum stimulated by its provocative presentations of paint, photography, video, and words.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Theater Preview: Homage to Federico García Lorca by Robert Israel

A newly published book of translations and two upcoming Boston-area stage productions confirms the enduring elemental power of Federico García Lorca.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Reflections and Echoes: Colin Carr Plays the Complete Bach Cello Suites by Eric Fishman

Overall, this was classy cello playing. Colin Carr relied on, and brought out, the inherent architecture of the Bach suites.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Film Commentary: Provincetown International Film Festival Gets Things Almost Right in Terms of Diversity by Heather Kapplow

Programming can make a difference in who feels invited to the table, and Provincetown International Film Festival has made it clear that diversity—especially supporting the work of female-…

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Theater Review: CSC’s “Richard III” — Divine Devilry by Erik Nikander

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's Richard III is a deft, gripping version of Shakespeare's vision of malevolence, staged with verve and vision.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Book Review: “On The Couch” — A Beautiful Visual Tour by Helen Epstein

On the Couch is an extraordinary coffee table book for anyone interested in “recumbency” and how the couch became the icon of psychoanalysis.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Film Review: “Custody” — When Home Isn’t Safe by Peg Aloi

Viewers who have endured abusive domestic family situations may find their throats swelling, their hearts thudding, and their hands shaking.

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Coming Attractions: July 29 through August 14– 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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Jazz CD Review: Vocalist Allegra Levy — Moonstruck by Steve Provizer

Vocalist Allegra Levy is at her strongest when purveying certain specific moods -- melancholy, playful, even lightly ironic.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Ronnie Cuber — “Live at Montmartre” by Michael Ullman

Ronnie Cuber makes the high-speed acceleration sound lyrical as well as virtuosic; the band obliges with solos that come off as much more than your standard bop band running the changes.

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