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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Friday, August 9, 2019

Music Commentary: In Brian Wilson’s World, Bad Vibrations Are Never Far Away by Jason M. Rubin

The recent death of longtime guitarist Nicky Wonder just the latest setback for pop genius Brian Wilson The post Music Commentary: In Brian Wilson’s World, Bad Vibrations Are Never Far Awa…

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WATCH CLOSELY: Resistance and Revenge in Season 3 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Peg Aloi

Following a very compelling second season, the series seems to be losing its edge, slightly, though only intermittently. The post WATCH CLOSELY: Resistance and Revenge in Season 3 of “The …

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Music Interview: Klezmer Clarinettist Michael Winograd Does “Kosher Style” Proud by Bill Marx

"There's a giant chip on the shoulder of those who love musics of the world when it comes to klezmer." The post Music Interview: Klezmer Clarinettist Michael Winograd Does “Kosher Style”…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Film Remembrance: D. A. Pennebaker — Documentarian Extraordinaire by Steve Provizer

D. A. Pennebaker was inventive, dogged, and had the ability to win people’s trust. The post Film Remembrance: D. A. Pennebaker — Documentarian Extraordinaire appeared first on The Arts …

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Rock Concert Review: Queen + Adam Lambert — Close to the Real Thing by Adam Ellsworth

Now more than ever, “the people,” of all ages, want Queen. How lucky we are that Lambert, May, and Taylor are willing and able to deliver. The post Rock Concert Review: Queen + Adam Lamb…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Theater Review: Company One’s ‘Greater Good’ Takes Us on a Tour of Privilege. Literally. by Christopher Caggiano

Greater Good is a fiercely compelling piece, confronting its audience with a complex exploration of some of the most pressing issues of our day. The post Theater Review: Company One’s ‘…

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Television Review: “Fire in the Maternity Ward ” — On the Knife-Edge Between Humor and Outrage by Matt Hanson

If, like me, you tend to see laughter as a form of catharsis then a serious question is raised: is laughing at nihilistic humor all that healthy? The post Television Review: “Fire in the …

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Jazz Concert Review: Newport Jazz Festival 2019 — Exalting Diversity by Paul Robicheau

“It’s not something to be tolerated,” saxophonist Kamasi Washington said. “It’s something to be celebrated.” The post Jazz Concert Review: Newport Jazz Festival 2019 — Exalting…

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Book Interview: Susan Larson’s “The Murder of Figaro” — Mozart Goes Sleuthing by Debra Cash

Susan Larson's The Murder of Figaro is spiced with raunch, witticisms, and behind the scenes verisimilitude of rehearsal life. The post Book Interview: Susan Larson’s “The Murder of Fig…

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Film Review: “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” — Chekhov’s Flamethrower by Jay Atkinson

Quentin Tarantino delights in exhausting his audiences as much as he does in entertaining them. The post Film Review: “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” — Chekhov’s Flamethrower app…

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Arts Fuse Podcast #18: The End of an Era by Lucas Spiro

Have no fear! The Arts Fuse podcast will be returning soon in a new format. The post Arts Fuse Podcast #18: The End of an Era appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Book Review: “We Are All Good People Here” — From All Sides by Katharine Coldiron

We Are All Good People Here is an enormously insightful examination of how dangerous suggestible people can be, to those around them and to themselves. The post Book Review: “We Are All Go…

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Film Review: “Luz” — Strangely Compelling Retro Horror by Peg Aloi

A genre debut as self-assured as Luz is always exciting. The post Film Review: “Luz” — Strangely Compelling Retro Horror appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Folk Music Review: Dueto Dos Rosas, Five Songs by Jeremy Ray Jewell

Dueto Dos Rosas's tunes can be classified as rancheras or corridos, but their style has a very particular historical resonance. The post Folk Music Review: Dueto Dos Rosas, Five Songs appear…

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