Saturday, May 26, 2018

Film Review: “Filmworker” — (Over) Labor of Love by Gerald Peary

Tony Zierra’s film is a worthy and interesting one, but I admit to becoming worn down by the endless litany of unglamorous ways that protagonist Leon Vitali worked his butt off for the gen…

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 12:24PM
Friday, May 25, 2018

Film Review: “Let the Sunshine In” — Darkness Reigns by Gerald Peary

Let the Sunshine In is French filmmaker Claire Denis's one-note ode to the power of love even when, in this case, love stinks like dead fish.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 01:42PM

Book Review: “Secrets and Shadows” — Lessons of the Past by Matt Hanson

Roberta Silman’s engaging and deeply felt novel is a reminder of what it means to carry a historical burden on both a personal and national level.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 11:42AM
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Theater Review: “The Last Act” — Underdone by Bill Marx

Joshua Sobol isn't interested in exploring dramatic possibilities but making sure his equation about the inevitable mechanics of violence work out.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 03:48PM

Theater Review: “Madame Defarge” — Epic Lite by David Greenham

Director Ellie Heyman and her talented cast have their hands full with this new work because it is, in some ways, a tale of two musicals

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 03:48PM

Jazz CD Review: “The Genius of Eddie Jefferson” — Performed by Allan Harris by Steve Provizer

Singer Allan Harris clearly loves Eddie Jefferson's music and performs it with sincerity and chops.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 03:48PM

Film Review: “Beast” — Dark Forest of the Heart by Peg Aloi

Writer-director Michael Pearce’s debut feature is self-assured and finely-wrought. Beast written and directed by Michael Pearce. Screening at Kendall Square Cinema, Coolidge Corner The…

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 10:12AM
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Visual Arts Commentary: Paying Attention to Boston’s Jewish Expressionists by Charles Guilano

Until recently, the Museum of Fine Arts has ignored Boston’s artists of Jewish heritage.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 12:06PM

Book Review: “The Last Utopians” — Visions for Tomorrow? by George Scialabba

Do these “four late nineteenth-century visionaries” still speak to us?

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 09:54AM

Jazz CD Review: Larry Goldings’s “Toy Tunes” — A Diverting Trio by Arts Fuse Editor

The music and performances on this delightful trio album are blithe and profound, a combination that should charm many listeners.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 08:48AM
Monday, May 21, 2018

Dance Review: Displaced Persons — New York Theatre Ballet at Gardner Museum by Marcia B. Siegel

Going beyond the reasonable concept, there was the New York Theatre Ballet's performance.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 03:12PM

Jazz CD Review: Vocalist Kurt Elling’s Simple “Questions” by Steve Provizer

For my taste, some of the songs on Kurt Elling's The Questions simply aren’t challenging or interesting enough.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 10:48AM
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Concert Review: Boston Lyric Opera’s all-Bernstein Double-bill by Jonathan Blumhofer

The BLO's production was one of the troupe's true staging triumphs of late, transforming the Steriti Ice Rink into a 1950s-style nightclub.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 04:04PM

Coming Attractions: May 20 through June 5 — 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.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 01:48PM
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Visual Arts Interview: New Publics — Art for a Modern India, 1960s-’90s by Timothy Francis Barry

What was the influence of Western modernist imperatives on an art-making culture far removed from Europe and the US?

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 11:32PM

Visual Arts Commentary: Hugh Ferriss — Architectural Delineator of the Heroic Modern by Mark Favermann

A visionary 'Paper Architect' who influenced popular culture as well as a generation of architects.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 04:54PM

Classical CD Review: Andrew Manze and Vaughan Williams, Andris Nelsons and Anton Bruckner by Jonathan Blumhofer

Andrew Manze and the RLPO have turned in one of the year’s great albums: potent, lyrical, haunting, and timely.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 01:36PM
Friday, May 18, 2018

Classical CD Review: Simone Dinnerstein plays Bach and Glass and James Brawn’s Beethoven Odyssey vol. 5 by Jonathan Blumhofer

Two recommended discs: James Brawn's complete Beethoven piano sonata series continues while Simone Dinnerstein and A Far Cry execute Philip Glass’s chorale-like writing with remarkable fer…

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 08:06PM
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Music Interview: Jesse Colin Young and his Boston Roots by Blake Maddux

Jesse Colin Young's best material is worthy of favorable comparisons to Tom Rush, Gordon Lightfoot, and the unrelated Neil Young.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 03:48PM

Music Interview: The Oak Ridge Boys Get Hip With Gospel by Noah Schaffer

The mainstream country trappings of the Oak Ridge Boys have obscured their crowning achievement: they helped bring the white gospel quartet tradition to the pop charts.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 09:12AM
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Theater Review: “Elephant” — Truth or Dare by David Greenham

As long as we’re sipping the truth serum wine, the biggest obstacle presented by the Storm Warnings Repertory Theatre production is -- itself.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 06:54PM

Concert Review: Masterworks Chorale — Bach to Bach by Susan Miron

Kevin Leong is unquestionably an inspired choice to lead this chorus.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 06:54PM

Jazz CD Review: Jeff Denson’s “Outside My Window” — by Steve Provizer

A listener's response to this album would largely depend on whether or not the sound of Jeff Denson’s voice and the instrumentation strike a chord.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 12:24PM

Rock Review: The Damned Deliver Damned Good “Evil Spirits” by Matt Hanson

Even after decades, The Damned is still grandly flying its freak flag.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 11:18AM
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Theater Review: “The Plague” — A Necessary Moral Parable by Matt Hanson

In a culture that seems hell-bent on distracting us from painful realities, the intimacy of this production comes off as redemptive and inspiring.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 11:18AM

Dance Review: Boston Ballet — The Whole Enchilada by Marcia B. Siegel

Sleeping Beauty needs not only to thrill us but to carry us somewhere back into its own history.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 10:12AM
Monday, May 14, 2018

Book Review: “Hunting the Truth” — Models of Activism by Helen Epstein

Hunting the Truth is a handbook on how to become an effective activist and an exciting, often awe-inspiring read.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 12:18PM

Book Interview: Tracy Fessenden, author of “Religion Around Billie Holiday” by Steve Provizer

"It seemed worthwhile to me to think about how the spiritual currents Billie Holiday navigated might have shaped her life and her sound and what she and others made of them."

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 09:04AM
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Jazz Review: A Trio of Superb Trio Albums by Steve Feeney

Good things come in threes.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 04:36PM

Visual Arts Review: Go Worlds Away at SoWa Boston by Kathleen Stone

Both galleries have successfully paired photographers who work in parallel idioms and who, through simple visual details, deliver a vivid sense of place tinged with memory and nostalgia.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 03:36PM

Book Review: “So Lucky” — A Body-Slam of Empowerment by Katharine Coldiron

So Lucky is a tough, accomplished novel, a book that readers didn’t know they needed.

Linked From The Arts Fuse at 03:36PM

All that Chat

2017-2018 BROADWAY SEASON