Monday, December 17, 2018

Dance Review: Twyla Tharp’s Boston Show by Marcia B. Siegel

Dressed in cream-colored pants, a crisp white shirt, sneakers, and big owlish spectacles with red plastic frames, Twyla Tharp played the professor in the first part of the 90-minute show.

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Concert Review: Soca and Calypso Fans go “Crazy” for Parang by Noah Schaffer

Septuagenarian, Edwin Ayoung, better known as Crazy, easily carried the rest of the night with his exuberant performance.

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Coming Attractions: December 16 Through January 1 — 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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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Book Review: “In the Galway Silence” — Another Tour of Hell by Lucas Spiro

Jack Taylor's world is very much our world and his despair is our despair.

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Film Review: “Ben is Back” — Raising an Addict by Peg Aloi

Films like Ben is Back will not foster an understanding of how drug addiction ravages the lives of the poor, the incarcerated, the uneducated, and the less fortunate.

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Visual Arts Review: Surrealism — One of America’s Favorite Art “isms” by Peter Walsh

Despite its serious treatment of surreal art, Monsters & Myths is a real delight.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Film Review: “Roma” — A Soulful Masterpiece by Isaac Feldberg

Roma is Alfonso Cuarón’s gorgeous, neorealist ode to his formative years growing up in '70s Mexico City, and to the housekeeper he took for granted as she carried him through that tumultu…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Stage Remembrance: Words on the Death of Alvin Epstein — “Nothing is Left to Tell” by Bob Scanlan

I speak for the legions who benefitted from your friendship and your great energy and talent.

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Book Review: “Playing Changes” — Redefining Jazz by Steve Provizer

This volume is clearly critic Nate Chinen’s resounding response to the “jazz is dead” chant.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Arts Remembrance: Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks — A Matter of the Heart by Matt Hanson

Pete Shelley's elegies for the wilted flowers of romance were shouted over songs that were alternately tuneful and fierce.

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Classical Music Review: Tallis Scholars — Dependable Delight by Susan Miron

The Tallis Scholars are unquestionably today's most renowned exponent of Renaissance sacred music.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Theater Review: “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” — Rabbit Transit by Erik Nikander

The company's staging is dynamic and vivacious, and the unconventional seating arrangements give audience members the chance to place themselves in the center of the action.

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Film Commentary: A Critical Dichotomy — Time to Resolve It by Harvey Blume

It's as if critics of silent films were barred from discussing talkies, or devotees of black and white were banned from discussing color.

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Classical CD Review: Best Opera Recording of the Year — Or Is it Best Musical? by Ralph P. Locke

None of the opera recording I have reviewed this past year beats this Cradle for dramatic vitality, musical imagination, and ongoing political relevance.

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Theater Review: “Breath & Imagination” — An Indomitable Voice by Steve Provizer

The success or failure of this show rests primarily on the physical presence, voice and acting of the actor playing the celebrated lyric tenor Roland Hayes.

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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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Monday, December 10, 2018

Theater Review: “Man in the Ring” — A Precipitous Fall by Matt Hanson

Acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Michael Cristofer’s script is very open about portraying Emile Griffith’s sexuality.

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Classical Music CD Reviews: H&H’s Haydn & Mozart, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, and Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette by Jonathan Blumhofer

Handel & Haydn Society's Haydn and Mozart is about as good as it gets; Martyn Brabbins’ recording of a Sea Symphony is one of the year’s best releases; and for elegance and technica…

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

CD Review: Mountain Man’s “Magic Ship” — There’s Magic in Them Thar Hills! by Jeremy Ray Jewell

When Vermont's Mountain Man brings us its Appalachian vocal stylings the trio is venturing into the hollers of both the Green and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Film Review: “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes” — Media Mogul, Serial Sociopath by Peg Aloi

This blistering new documentary manages to offer a fairly balanced portrait of a man who, at the end of his life, was widely demonized.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Classical CD Reviews: Bavouzet plays Mozart, Lintu conducts Lutoslawski, and Morlot’s Berlioz Requiem by Jonathan Blumhofer

Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet delivers some fine Mozart; conductor Hannu Lintu brings rhythmic energy and textural transparency to the music of Witold Lutoslawski; Ludovic Morlot and the Seat…

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Film Review: “Shoplifters” — Family Life in the Lower Depths by Neil Giordano

Shoplifters is a masterpiece about the underclass that effortlessly explores emotional complexity amid moral contradictions.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Jazz Concert Preview: 41st John Coltrane Memorial Concert to Feature Some “Favorite Things” by Jason M. Rubin

“Now I’m retired, but I still look forward to honoring the legacy of John Coltrane.”

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Theater Review: “Gloria” — A Drama About Journalistic Hell by Mary Paula Hunter

The vacuousness of the digital world and the mainstream media is an easy target.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Film Review: A Compelling Look at Dieter Rams, Industrial Design Icon at 86 by Mark Favermann

Rams is a documentary film carefully crafted to be more than a biography of a great designer.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Classical Music CD Review: American Romantics, Mozart Sonatas for fortepiano & violi, & Brahms Cello Sonatas by Jonathan Blumhofer

American String Quartet's disc features the premiere recording of Robert Sirota’s String Quartet no. 2, American Pilgrimage.

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2018 WINTER APPEAL — Keep The Arts Fuse Lit! by Bill Marx

Help sustain an endangered species -- substantial critical coverage of the arts.

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Jazz CD Review: Fred Hersch Trio ’97 @ The Village Vanguard by Steve Feeney

With two able bandmates, Fred Hersch is inspired to unwind a nice set of standards and a few originals.

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Jazz/Book Review: Saxophonist Dexter Gordon — Portrait of a Sophisticated Giant by Steve Provizer

Sophisticated Giant paints a convincing picture of an extremely charming, intelligent, resilient, and talented man.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Concert Review: Handel & Haydn’s “The Messiah” by Helen Epstein

I was excited, moved, impressed, and surprised by Handel & Haydn Society’s performance of The Messiah under the exacting baton of Bernard Labadie.

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Dance Review: Boston Dance Theater — The Warrior Femmes by Marcia B. Siegel

Boston Dance Theater's four pieces seemed to counter female stereotypes but raised limited alternatives.

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