Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Film Review: “The Clovehitch Killer” — Sinister at Face Value by Isaac Feldberg

The Clovehitch Killer is a creepy little movie about a creepy little idea, the parasitic kind that worms through the ear canal and eats away at brain matter.

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Poetry Review: “Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania” — A Playful Polish Epic by Eric Fishman

In his exhilarating translation of Pan Tadeusz, translator Bill Johnston captures Adam Mickiewicz's wild fluctuations of register and brilliant associative riffs.

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Concert Review: Al Stewart Returns to the “Year of the Cat” by Karen Schlosberg

Though Al Stewart can’t hit the high notes like he used to, his distinctive, crisp voice is still strong and melodic at 72.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Opera Review: BLO’s “The Barber of Seville” — An Exhilarating Triumph by Helen Epstein

Every performance of opera should leave an audience so exhilarated.

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Film Review: “Piercing” — A Kinked-Out Curio by Isaac Feldberg

Piercing choreographs its weirdness early and often.

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Book Review: “A Life of My Own” — Reserved to a Fault by Helen Epstein

Claire Tomalin narrates her story with a prototypically English stiff upper lip, and a reticence about the personal.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Book Review: “The Mars Room” — Women Behind Bars by Ed Meek

The strength of The Mars Room is its compelling vision of the stultifying and claustrophobic underworld of women in prison.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Book Review: Ilan Stavans — Literature as Resistance by Susan Miron

Ilan Stavans' latest book is an engrossing potpourri of this thinker's continuing thoughts about language, culture, and the self.

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Book Interview: Robert W. Fieseler on the legacy of the “Tinderbox” by Blake Maddux

The first book on the largest mass killing of gays and lesbians in the United States until the 2016 massacre at Pulse.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Theater Review: “Naked” and “Hir” — Identity Meltdown by Bill Marx

Taylor Mac and Pirandello share the same goal: reveal the deadening vacuity at the heart of bourgeois society and the male ego.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Theater Review: “Macbeth” — Shakespeare Re-vamped by Erik Nikander

Most of the time, Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s production of Macbeth is compelling.

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Classical CD Reviews: JoAnn Falletta conducts Schreker, Manfred Honeck conducts Beethoven & Strauss, and Baiba Skride’s “American Concertos” by Jonathan Blumhofer

JoAnn Falletta’s recording of Schreker's orchestral works is fantastic; Manfred Honeck and his Pittsburgh Symphony make Beethoven's Eroica Symphony shocking again, and Baiba Skride proves …

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Theater Review: “The Glass Menagerie” — Doing Justice to an American Classic by Helen Epstein

This is a first-rate production of a true American classic.

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Coming Attractions: October 9 through 23 — What Will Light Your Fire by Arts Fuse Editor

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

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Theater Review: “Delicate Particle Logic” — History, Re-voiced by David Cruz

Some may find the Lise Meitner’s's story cathartic, others may think it is frustratingly familiar.

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Classical CD Reviews: Gerald Finzi’s Orchestral Music, Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town,” and Arvo Pärt’s “Works for Violin” by Jonathan Blumhofer

Violinist Viktoria Mullova supplies one of the year’s most programmatically-cohesive and thoughtfully-executed albums.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Book Review: “For Other Ghosts” — Stories that Surprise by Katharine Coldiron

The twelve stories in this collection are set in radically different places, use multiple forms, and reflect varying levels of political engagement.

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

WATCH CLOSELY: Hallowe’en Horror From Your Couch by Peg Aloi

A handpicked list of cinematic horror gems for you to watch over the next 26 days.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Television Review: “Barry” — The Trials and Tribulations of a Low-Rent Hitman by Matt Hanson

One of Barry’s strongest attributes is its brand of dark, surreal, and unexpectedly witty satire.

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Concert Review: The New England Conservatory Philharmonia at Jordan Hall by Jonathan Blumhofer

What wasn’t there to love about 20th-century music on a night like this? In a word, nothing.

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Jazz Concert: Dirigo Rataplan at Bowdoin College by Steve Feeney

Jazz band Dirigo Rataplan explores what could be described as 'chamber expressionism.'

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Book Review: “The Farm” — Obsessed With The Land by Lucas Spiro

There can be no future, Héctor Abad seems to be arguing, when everything you are is hidden away in a time you can never fully know.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Opera Feature: “Taking Up Serpents” by Katrina Holden-Buckley

MASSOpera opened their season with a workshop of a new opera, something they’ve never done before.

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Theater Review: “Ben Butler” — Civil War Laughs by David Greenham

A comedy about slavery poses considerable challenges in our #blacklivesmatter times, but the characters bounce gleefully through endless rounds of verbal sparring.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Book Commentary: Karl Ove Knausgaard’s “Why I Write” — Incomplete Answer by Bill Marx

The old questions, good as they are, are going to be augmented with new ones: Are we creating a world worth living in? Are we creating a world we can continue to live in?

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Book Review: “A History of France” — Outsized Heroes on Horseback by Thomas Filbin

In all of his books, John Julius Norwich remembered that history is a story.

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Opera Preview: “Ginsburg/Scalia” — Mining (and Minding) the Political Gap by Susan B. Apel

Derrick Wang's Scalia/Ginsburg is a three character comic opera that combines elements of Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit and Perry Mason.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Poetry Review: The Devolution of Eileen Myles by Ed Meek

One of the fears of poets and, I imagine, all writers, is that you’ll reach a certain age and you’ll run out of gas.

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Jazz CD Review: Darren Barrett’s “Time for Romance” by Steve Provizer

Time For Romance: But Beautiful may qualify -- if I can even use the term now -- as seduction music.

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Arts Commentary: Another View of “The Niceties” by Lucas Spiro

To an extent, The Niceties does probe a fault line between the Democratic Party and the left: a boundary that will rupture sooner rather than later.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Theater Review: Tennessee Williams’ “Talisman Roses” — Early Healing by Robert Israel

This is an opportunity to take in the early stirrings of Tennessee Williams’ talent as a playwright.

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