Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Classical Concert Review: Boston Philharmonic plays Beethoven by Arts Fuse Editor

Bread-and-butter of the orchestral repertoire though this music may be, there was no complacency to be heard in the orchestra’s playing of it. The post Classical Concert Review: Boston Phi…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Jazz CD Review: Wadada Leo Smith’s “Rosa Parks: Pure Love” — Making History Present by Michael Ullman

Rosa Parks: Pure Love is a serious, substantial, and long work, alternately harsh and calming, one that I am sure should be seen as well as heard. The post Jazz CD Review: Wadada Leo Smith&#…

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Book Review: “Gatsby’s Child” — America’s Old Money, In Decay by Katharine Coldiron

Everything about Schumacher's story indicates that clichés about the '50s are so powerful because things really were that way: repressive, poisonous, full of unspoken secrets and blustering…

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Music Interview: Martin Phillipps of The Chills by Blake Maddux

It would appear that Martin Phillipps and company are experiencing a late-career renaissance that bodes well for their future. The post Music Interview: Martin Phillipps of The Chills appear…

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Film Review: 1932’s “Million Dollar Legs” — Iconoclastic Euphoria by Betsy Sherman

Does the movie have anything to say about our zeitgeist? Well, the very entertaining cabinet-meeting sequence shows that chamber to be a place of male posturing, humiliation, sado-masochism,…

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Opera Review: Beyond the “Barber of Seville” — New Recordings of Two First-Rate Forgotten Operas by Rossini by Ralph P. Locke

Beethoven reportedly told Rossini to stick to writing comic operas. But new recordings of two of Rossini’s major serious operas bring great pleasure to the listener—and let us hear some …

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Jazz Concert Review: Mnozil Brass — Music-as-Vaudeville by Steve Provizer

The seven-man musical wrecking squad from Austria called Mnozil Brass has created a combination circus band, village band, marching band, and vaudeville orchestra. The post Jazz Concert Rev…

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Rock Concert Review: After Forty Years, Joe Jackson is Still “The Man” by Jason M. Rubin

The show cemented Joe Jackson’s reputation as an inscrutable and enigmatic songwriter, a talented musician and social outsider who speaks for Everyman. The post Rock Concert Review: After…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Arts Remembrance: Albert Finney, An Appreciation — Death and the Angry Young Man by Paul Dervis

Albert Finney was the greatest interpreter of England's gift to the world of contemporary theater, the Kitchen Sink Drama. The post Arts Remembrance: Albert Finney, An Appreciation — …

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Film Review: 2019 Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts — Wrestling With Death by Gerald Peary

It is safe to predict that the winner in this category will one of the entries that squares off against mortality. The post Film Review: 2019 Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts — Wres…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Rock CD Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band Provides “Signs” of the Time by Scott McLennan

This studio outing emphasizes superb ensemble playing; the results in a beguiling album in which just about every note shines. The post Rock CD Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band Provides “…

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WATCH CLOSELY: The Dark Depths of “Russian Doll” by Peg Aloi

Russian Doll is television made to be savored. The post WATCH CLOSELY: The Dark Depths of “Russian Doll” appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Theater Review: “Who is Eartha Mae?” — Lady Sings the Sultry by Erik Nikander

Anchored by the assured direction of Cailin Doran and Jade Wheeler’s dazzling performance, Who is Eartha Mae? sings with truth. The post Theater Review: “Who is Eartha Mae?” &…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Arts Commentary: My Blackface Confession by Gerald Peary

Did I try to fit in at my segregated school, betraying my father and his values to be a popular white boy? The post Arts Commentary: My Blackface Confession appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Television Commentary: “The Sopranos” 20 Years Later — American Viciousness, Legitimized by Matt Hanson

I find it a little disturbing how The Soprano's themes seem to have culminated in the election of our current President. The post Television Commentary: “The Sopranos” 20 Years L…

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Film Review: “Everybody Knows” — From Out of the Past by Tim Jackson

Despite the soap opera details, Everybody Knows never becomes implausible. The post Film Review: “Everybody Knows” — From Out of the Past appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Theater Review: Bedlam’s “Pygmalion” — An Enjoyable Excursion into Shavian Feminism by Bill Marx

The generally enjoyable Bedlam production of Pygmalion doesn't quite settle for the glucose bait. The post Theater Review: Bedlam’s “Pygmalion” — An Enjoyable Excursi…

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Theater Review: The Importance of Being Seriously Insignificant by Paul Dervis

What makes Portland Stage's production of Earnest such a delight is its physicality. The post Theater Review: The Importance of Being Seriously Insignificant appeared first on The Arts Fus…

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Music Interview: Michael Daves on How Anyone can be a Bluegrass Singer by Noah Schaffer

"You don’t really know how to perform bluegrass until you interact with others." The post Music Interview: Michael Daves on How Anyone can be a Bluegrass Singer appeared first on The Arts…

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Dance Review: Mark Morris Dance Groups’s — Fab Four Plus by Marcia B. Siegel

Mark Morris and Ethan Iverson chose songs from the famous album for reflection and extrapolation. What they made is an entertainment, a romp for the company's terrific dancers. The post Dan…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Film Review: 2019 Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts — A Bunch of Downers by Gerald Peary

Shame on you, Academy, for such feeble, uninspired, downer picks. The post Film Review: 2019 Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts — A Bunch of Downers appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Book Review: “Madonna in a Fur Coat” — Sabahattin Ali’s Extensive Epitaph by Vincent Czyz

It’s worth pointing out that Sabahattin Ali has deliberately reversed traditional gender roles in Madonna in a Fur Coat. The post Book Review: “Madonna in a Fur Coat” — S…

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Visual Arts Review: “Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico” — Casting a Coolly Warm Eye on Life and Death by Robert Israel

In Garciela Iturbide’s photographs, the living and the dying are often joined at the (exposed) skeletal hip. The post Visual Arts Review: “Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico” —…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Coming Attractions: February 10 through 26 — 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: February 10 through 26 — What Will L…

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Book Review: “The Rebels and Other Stories” — The Irish, Defeated by Lucas Spiro

This fine collection of short fiction reinforces Richard Power's reputation as a master storyteller. The post Book Review: “The Rebels and Other Stories” — The Irish, Defea…

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Music Review: The Best and the Worst Releases of January 2019 by Deanna Costa

I'd like to close the first week of February with a recap of January's new releases, the best and the worse. The post Music Review: The Best and the Worst Releases of January 2019 appeared f…

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Book Review: Anne Frank’s Diary — The Graphic Version by Helen Epstein

I'm impressed with the new adaptation and depressed that it's considered necessary. The post Book Review: Anne Frank’s Diary — The Graphic Version appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Classical Concert Review: Pianist Meng-Chieh Liu — A Glorious Recital by Susan Miron

A memorable evening, headlined by a superb pianist who deserves a full hall, any time, anywhere. The post Classical Concert Review: Pianist Meng-Chieh Liu — A Glorious Recital appeared…

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Visual Arts Review: RISD Museum’s “Bona Drag” — A Captivating Look at Gender Subversion by Mary Paula Hunter

RISD Museum's well-curated show Bona Drag is a powerful act of remembrance. The post Visual Arts Review: RISD Museum’s “Bona Drag” — A Captivating Look at Gender Subv…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Jazz CD Review: Quinsin Nachoff’s “Path of Totality” — Splendidly Distinctive by Steve Provizer

Path of Totality is a distinctive recording, put together with great attention to form and detail -- and performed with enormous skill. The post Jazz CD Review: Quinsin Nachoff’s ̶…

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Film Review: “Arctic” — An Icy Thriller by Peg Aloi

Arctic avoids existential symbolism for the sake of expressing authentic emotions, most of them thanks to Mads Mikkelsen’s performance, a quiet tour de force. The post Film Review: “…

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