Monday, April 22, 2019

Theater Interview: Playwright Paula Vogel on “Indecent” and a Love of Yiddish by Robert Israel

“Yiddish is above all a language of yearning, a language of anxiety." The post Theater Interview: Playwright Paula Vogel on “Indecent” and a Love of Yiddish appeared first on The Arts …

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Film Review: “High Life” — Messy, Earthy Existentialism, In Outer Space by Peg Aloi

In space, no one can hear you go extinct. The post Film Review: “High Life” — Messy, Earthy Existentialism, In Outer Space appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Coming Attractions: April 21 through May 7 — What Will Light Your Fire by Arts Fuse Editor

By The Arts Fuse Staff Arts Fuse critics select the best in film, dance, visual art, theater, music, and author events for the coming weeks. Film The Somerville Theatre’s sprawling Jack At…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Book Review: “The Ruins of Ani” — Into the Mystic by Vincent Czyz

The Ruins of Ani illuminates one of those rare places that leaves visitors feeling they might have to dust off the word mystical to describe the experience. The post Book Review: “The Ruin…

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Book Review: “In Search of Stonewall” — Illuminating Queer History by Sophie Lellman

The essays here give readers an eyewitness glimpse into mid-century queer life will intrigue (if not shock) younger LGBT+ people. The post Book Review: “In Search of Stonewall” — Illum…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Jazz CD Review/Commentary: Holly Cole — Sticking to the Standards by Steve Provizer

I did want to use this CD as a springboard to engage with the question of how using material of a certain age tends to pre-select -- and limit -- listenership. The post Jazz CD Review/Commen…

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Book Review: “The Club” — When One Lived for Good Conversation by Thomas Filbin

The Club is an entertaining and absorbing journey to another century, when the art of communication and the spirit of thoughtful engagement attracted men and women of acute sensibilities. Th…

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Classical Music Interview: Cellist Steven Isserlis by Susan Miron

The cellist is a member of a tribe of fabulous players/singers who are funny, thoughtful, opinionated, brilliant, and irreverent. The post Classical Music Interview: Cellist Steven Isserlis …

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Book Review: “The Ideas That Made America” — Not Made in America by Blake Maddux

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen’s The Ideas That Made America makes for an exciting, if quicksilver, tour through intellectual history. The post Book Review: “The Ideas That Made America” …

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Film Review: “The Chaperone” — Smothered in the Spiffy by Tim Jackson

The Chaperone plays like a sanitized look at female independence and love for the prudish over-50s crowd. The post Film Review: “The Chaperone” — Smothered in the Spiffy appeared firs…

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Arts Remembrance: Homage to David Kleiler by Arts Fuse Editor

It’s hard to imagine a Boston, even a New England, film-making and film-going scene without David Kleiler here. The post Arts Remembrance: Homage to David Kleiler appeared first on The Art…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Concert Review: Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets — The Early Brilliance of Pink Floyd by Scott McLennan

Drummer Nick Mason and his four non-Floyd bandmates turned Boston's Orpheum Theater into a psychedelic palace. The post Concert Review: Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets — The Early Bril…

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Book Review: “Coders” — Brave New World, Coded by Steve Provizer

Coders had nothing in their intellectual toolbox that would help them understand people. The post Book Review: “Coders” — Brave New World, Coded appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Visual Arts Review: “Toulouse Lautrec and the Stars of Paris” by Charles Giuliano

This crowd-pleaser of an exhibition, dedicated to an accessible, beloved artist, is a gift to the citizens of Boston and Everett, as well as to the general public. The post Visual Arts Revie…

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Theater Review: “American Moor” — Lasting Impressions by Robert Israel

American Moor sheds considerable insight into the tension between actor vs. director, to the power play between the two, and who will ultimately prevail. The post Theater Review: “American…

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Book Review: Dancer Ray Bolger — America’s Animated Cubist by Janine Parker

Via Ray Bolger’s trajectory we traverse the boards of Broadway and the silver screen of Hollywood — as well as the smaller, but equally thrilling, milieux of nightclubs and television st…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Theater Review: “The Clearing” — Timely Historical Drama by Erik Nikander

The Clearing pulls off an impressive challenge for a historical drama: it examines humanity’s weakness in the face of prejudice in a way that is not only faithful to the time period but un…

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Book Review: “Treading the Uneven Road” — Mercilessly Following Obsessions by Ed Meek

L. M. Brown writes with a sure hand about men and women beset with dreams and longings, who fall in and out of love with each other, and who harbor secrets that shape their lives in unpredic…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Film Preview: At Somerville Theatre — Fake Bands, Real Good Movies by Peg Aloi

Most of the films selected will be shown in 35mm, making the visual experience as invigorating to watch as the music will be to listen to. The post Film Preview: At Somerville Theatre — F…

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Visual Arts Review: The Happy Place? More Like The Sad Place by Deanna Costa

Of course, there can be no happiness in America without lots of corporate support. The post Visual Arts Review: The Happy Place? More Like The Sad Place appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Music Preview: Music as Metaphor — A Far Cry, a Physicist, and a Composer Reflect on “Gravity” by Eric Fishman

The music swelled as the early Universe spun … The post Music Preview: Music as Metaphor — A Far Cry, a Physicist, and a Composer Reflect on “Gravity” appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Visual Arts Review: “Huma Bhabha — They Live” and “The Beyond — Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art” by Tim Francis Barry

Pakistani-born artist Huma Bhabha is still very much at the edge of edgy; Georgia O'Keeffe much less so. The post Visual Arts Review: “Huma Bhabha — They Live” and “The Beyond — G…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Dance Review: Batsheva Dance Company of Israel — Strange Encounters and Outbursts by Marcia B. Siegel

This mysterious dance may have no meaning at all beyond its cryptic theatricality and movement. Or it may mean a lot. The post Dance Review: Batsheva Dance Company of Israel — Strange Enc…

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Arts Fuse Podcast #13: Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Book Reviews But Were Afraid to Ask by Lucas Spiro

If you're a fan of the show or the magazine, you know , Arts Fuse writers are sworn adversaries of the dreaded algorithm. The post Arts Fuse Podcast #13: Everything You’ve Wanted to Know …

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Classical CD Reviews: François Xavier-Roth conducts Berlioz, Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts Gounod, and JoAnn Falletta conducts Respighi by Jonathan Blumhofer

A freshly thought through, energetically executed Berlioz disc; a lovely album that contains excellent performances of underperformed and unfamiliar repertoire that deserves to be heard and …

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Television Review: “Crashing” — The Power of Being Earnest by Matt Hanson

Crashing shows us how Holmes’s innate sweetness and affability carries him through the awkwardness and indignities of being a working comedian. The post Television Review: “Crashing” …

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Theater News: [email protected] — Boisterous Irreverence by Robert Israel

The IRNE event did what it has done for decades: cast a warm glow on a vibrant local theater scene and those who are dedicated to entertain, astonish, and inspire. The post Theater News: IRN…

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Opera Review: MassOpera’s “Die Fledermaus” — Modern Life, Lampooned by Katrina Holden-Buckley

MassOpera's updated version of Die Fledermaus pulls off a major feat. The post Opera Review: MassOpera’s “Die Fledermaus” — Modern Life, Lampooned appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Bernstein Complete Piano Music, “Chaplin’s Smile,” and Parry Piano Trios by Jonathan Blumhofer

A trio of fine discs: Leonard Berstein's music for solo piano, Charlie Chaplin's songs, and Charles Hubert Hastings Parry's trios. The post Classical CD Reviews: Bernstein Complete Piano Mus…

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Film Review: “The Wind” — Horror on the Prairie by Peg Aloi

The Wind explores the fears that beset even strong, capable women stuck struggling for survival without community or social contact. The post Film Review: “The Wind” — Horror on the Pr…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Coming Attractions: April 7 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. The post Coming Attractions: April 7 through 23 — What Will Light You…

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