Saturday, August 24, 2019

Theater Interview: Director Benny Sato Ambush’s Japanese Connection by Robert Israel

The highlights of this year’s gathering will be productions of newly discovered or rediscovered works by both Tennessee Williams and Yukio Mishima. The post Theater Interview: Director Ben…

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Rock Concert Review: Hot Tuna and Dave Mason at the Wilbur by Scott McLennan

With a powerful partnership, the possibilities for Hot Tuna, it seems, are endless. The post Rock Concert Review: Hot Tuna and Dave Mason at the Wilbur appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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WATCH CLOSELY: “Gwen” is Moody, Moving Folk Horror by Peg Aloi

William McGregor has crafted a remarkable debut feature, a notable addition to the burgeoning crop of indie folk horror offerings. The post WATCH CLOSELY: “Gwen” is Moody, Moving Folk Ho…

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Nancy Dalberg’s String Quartets, Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto , Osmo Vänskä conducts Mahler by Jonathan Blumhofer

Nancy Dalberg's string quartets are worth getting to know, Wynton Marsalis's violin Concerto receives an electrifying performance, and Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra continue to …

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Poetry Review: “One Lark, One Horse” — Michael Hofmann’s Comic Skepticism by Ed Meek

Michael Hofmann nicely captures our age of truthiness and alternate facts and multiple perspectives, the hollowness of everything from the news-cycle to pop-up restaurants, all of the distr…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Herbert Blomstedt conducts Mahler, Christopher Jacobson plays Saint-Saëns & Poulenc, and Kirill Petrenko conducts Tchaikovs by Jonathan Blumhofer

Herbert Blomstedt conducts a powerful view of Mahler’s valedictory essay, organist Christopher Jacobson's provides a so-so “Organ” Symphony, and Kirill Petrenko's initial recording as …

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Bartók Ballets, Saint-Saëns Complete Symphonies vol. 2, and Korngold’s Symphony in F-sharp by Jonathan Blumhofer

A can’t-miss album of Bartók Ballets, Thierry Fischer continues to do right by the symphonies of Saint-Saëns, and a spirited recording of the “last great symphony in the German Romanti…

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Music Interview: Michael C. Smith on the Boston Caribbean Carnival and How “Culture Lives Here” by Noah Schaffer

Michael C. Smith's new Boston Carnival photo book proves that “Culture Lives Here.” The post Music Interview: Michael C. Smith on the Boston Caribbean Carnival and How “Culture Lives …

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Dance Review: Red Sky Performance — A Stunning Look into the Origins of Things by Jessica Lockhart

Red Sky Performance's hold-your-breath physicality provides plenty of “wow factor." The post Dance Review: Red Sky Performance — A Stunning Look into the Origins of Things appeared firs…

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Visual Arts Review: The ICA’s Watershed Points to How We Got Here by Lena Novins-Montague

Purple is an ambitious, over-the-top endeavor, which feels completely appropriate, given the calamity at hand. The post Visual Arts Review: The ICA’s Watershed Points to How We Got Here ap…

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Concert Review: The English Beat at Lowell Summer Music Series by Karen Schlosberg

By Karen Schlosberg Mainstay singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Wakeling and the band were in fine form in Lowell, whipping through a hit-laden 90-minute set to an enthusiastic crowd. The Engl…

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Book Commentary: “Portnoy’s Complaint” at 50 by Matt Hanson

Doctor, do you understand what I was up against? My wang was all I really had that I could call my own… The post Book Commentary: “Portnoy’s Complaint” at 50 appeared first on The Ar…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Theater Review: “Fall Springs” — Singing Our Way to Extinction by Bill Marx

But this is an American musical, so political content (and blame for the way things are) must be kept fuzzy, a strategically-calculated myopia. The post Theater Review: “Fall Springs” …

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Classical CD Reviews: Finley & Drake’s “Schwanengesang,” Bostridge & Adès’ “Winterreise,” Meglioranza & Uchida’s “Die sch by Jonathan Blumhofer

Reviews of three superior vocal recordings, featuring baritone Gerald Finley, tenor Ian Bostridge, and baritone Thomas Meglioranza. The post Classical CD Reviews: Finley & Drake’s “S…

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Theater Review: “Hello, Dolly!” in Boston a Welcome Confection by Christopher Caggiano

The national tour of the smash-hit revival retains much of the charm of the original. The post Theater Review: “Hello, Dolly!” in Boston a Welcome Confection appeared first on The Arts …

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Music Interview: At 73, Dave Mason is Feelin’ (and Playin’) (and Singin’) Alright by Jason M. Rubin

A talk with Dave Mason,  a R&R Hall of Famer who will be performing with Electric Hot Tuna at the Wilbur. The post Music Interview: At 73, Dave Mason is Feelin’ (and Playin’) (and …

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Film Review: “The Nightingale” — The Horrors of Imperialism by Peg Aloi

The Nightingale serves as both a powerful exploration of the past (from the perspective of the exploited) and a gripping vision of resilience in the face of unfathomable hate, greed, and cru…

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Music Review: Best New Album of July 2019 by Deanna Costa

Chance's The Big Day beautifully blends authentic passion with superior talent and special guests with star power. The post Music Review: Best New Album of July 2019 appeared first on The A…

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Country Music Review: Gabe Lee’s “farmland” — The Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot Blues by Jeremy Ray Jewell

This Nashvillian has a simple message for America: "You best pull yourself together, or you might never be the same." The post Country Music Review: Gabe Lee’s “farmland” — The Whisk…

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Film Review: “The Nightingale” — Song of the Powerless by Tim Jackson

The Nightingale delivers an indelible vision of inhumanity perpetuated by colonialism and white privilege. The post Film Review: “The Nightingale” — Song of the Powerless appeared firs…

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Theater Review: “Ghosts” — Specters on the March by Blll Marx

In this always compelling production, director Carey Perloff decided to bring the uncanny on stage, almost as a sixth character, in the form of composer/musician David Coulter. The post Thea…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Rock CD Review: Sleater-Kinney’s “The Center Won’t Hold” — Mom + Pop by Clea Simon

This album lacks the desperation, the immediacy, the sheer power that made Sleater-Kinney essential in its original decade. The post Rock CD Review: Sleater-Kinney’s “The Center Won’t …

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Theater Review: “Dumas’ Camille ” — A Thickly Layered, But Intimate, Evening by Jim Kates

Dumas' Camille is nothing if not ambitious. Such complexity is seldom found on a summer stage. The post Theater Review: “Dumas’ Camille ” — A Thickly Layered, But Intimate, Evening a…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Classical Music CD Review: “Bach: Toccatas” — A Harpsichord of Feral Energy by Susan Miron

In this extraordinary recording, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani is given a chance to perfectly convey the power of his emotions. The post Classical Music CD Review: “Bach: Toccatas” — A…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Music Review: The Gloucester Blues Festival — A Manageable Model by Steve Provizer

I left thinking that holding a blues (or a jazz) festival in every city and town would not be a bad idea. It’s a better way for municipalities to spend their money -- with a surer payoff -…

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Media Commentary: Walter Lippmann and the Need for Reliable News by Dan Kennedy

99 years after Liberty and the News, Walter Lippmann’s hopes for journalism remain largely unfulfilled. The post Media Commentary: Walter Lippmann and the Need for Reliable News appeared f…

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Dance Review: “Gallim” — Extremes of Stress and Release by Jessica Lockhart

Gallim specializes in depicting raw emotions through movement. The post Dance Review: “Gallim” — Extremes of Stress and Release appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Film Review: “Them That Follow” — Of Serpents and Sects by Peg Aloi

feels both cautionary and elegiac; it is obviously relevant in these times of extremism and the rise of small town tyrannies. The post Film Review: “Them That Follow” — Of Serpents an…

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Coming Attractions: August 12 through 28 — 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. The post Coming Attractions: August 12 through 28 — What Will Light Yo…

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Film Review: “After the Wedding” — An American Telenovela by Erica Abeel

After the Wedding never finds its emotional rhythm; melodramatic confrontations about betrayals and past choices lurch clunkily along. The post Film Review: “After the Wedding” — An A…

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Theater Review: “Curve of Departure” — A Wonderfully Provocative Comedy by Helen Epstein

Playwright Rachel Bonds has written an often-hilarious script which nonetheless deals with such serious and widespread issues as spousal and child abandonment, drug addiction, the right to d…

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