Monday, November 25, 2019

Music Commentary: Why You Should Buy 45s by Allen Michie

Let the unimaginative people diddle around with their baseball cards and stamp collections. This is the kind of irrational, eccentric passion that you will be remembered for. The post Music …

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Film Review: “The Irishman” — A Blood-Soaked Cautionary Tale by Matt Hanson

For all its cinematic zest and superb acting, The Irishman offers a bleak demonstration of what happens when you sell your soul for too little. The post Film Review: “The Irishman” — A…

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Concert Performance: L.A. Philharmonic — Gustavo Dudamel and Yuja Wang by Susan Miron

The charmed trifecta of John Adams, Yuja Wang, and Gustavo Dudamel produced what seemed like a hit, at least to this Boston audience. The post Concert Performance: L.A. Philharmonic — Gust…

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Book Review: “Galway Girl” — Anarchic Fury by Lucas Spiro

Jack Taylor has always been a version of the reluctant detective, but now he seems more impotent than ever -- distracted, beat down, and very tired. The post Book Review: “Galway Girl” …

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Visual Arts Review: Andy Goldsworthy’s “Watershed” — Mysterious Simplicity by Mark Favermann

Watershed is an unadorned but stunning addition to the offerings at the deCordoba Sculpture Park and Museum. The post Visual Arts Review: Andy Goldsworthy’s “Watershed” — Mysterious …

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Jazz Album Review: Two More Adventurous Discs from the Inexhaustible Satoko Fujii by Steve Feeney

There’s no doubt that the Japan-born composer/pianist/bandleader Satoro Fujii is one of the most prolific recording artists of her time. The post Jazz Album Review: Two More Adventurous Di…

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

WATCH CLOSELY: “Marianne” — Pure, Artful Evil by Peg Aloi

Marianne is one of the slickest horror series I’ve seen on Netflix. The post WATCH CLOSELY: “Marianne” — Pure, Artful Evil appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Theater Review: “The Seagull” — An Exceptional Staging of a Legendary Play by Erik Nikander

Director Igor Golyak takes major chances in presenting a version of The Seagull that’s self-consciously about The Seagull. And they pay off. The post Theater Review: “The Seagull” — …

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Poetry Review: Paul Muldoon’s “Frolic and Detour” — Making the Intricate and Difficult Seem Easy by David Gullette

Frolic and Detour contains a few poems that I judge to be instant classics of English-language poetry. The post Poetry Review: Paul Muldoon’s “Frolic and Detour” — Making the Intrica…

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Arts Fuse Podcast #20: Nothing But Blue Skies and Future Forward by Deanna Costa

Arts Fuse contributor Glenn Rifkin chats about his time with the magazine and his latest book, "Future Forward." The post Arts Fuse Podcast #20: Nothing But Blue Skies and Future Forward ap…

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Book Review: “Irving Berlin: New York Genius” — A Significant Life by Benjamin Sears

Biographer James Kaplan was aided by the assistance of Irving Berlin’s two elder daughters, and that makes this biography particularly valuable. The post Book Review: “Irving Berlin: Ne…

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Book Review: “Blowout” — A Devastating Vision of What is at Stake by Roberta Silman

This is a brilliant book that comes at a propitious time in our country’s history. The post Book Review: “Blowout” — A Devastating Vision of What is at Stake appeared first on The Ar…

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Film Review: “Knives Out” — Razor Sharp by Neil Giordano

At a time when Kenneth Branagh busies himself clogging up multiplexes with bombastic Agatha Christie all-star remakes, director/writer Rian Johnson revels in subversion of the genre. The pos…

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Rock Concert Review: FKA Twigs –Renaissance Woman by Paul Robicheau

Nearly halfway into the set, Twigs finally turned to Magdalene, which casts an empowering light on Jesus Christ’s female companion -- and stands among 2019’s best albums. The post Rock C…

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Rock Concert Review: Bob Dylan at the Tsongas Center — Nothing if Not Chameleonic by Scott McLennan

But really, what is a Bob Dylan concert these days if not a case study in transformation? The post Rock Concert Review: Bob Dylan at the Tsongas Center — Nothing if Not Chameleonic appeare…

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Concert Review: Henry Purcell Society — The Delights of Going Mad by Nate Beyer

The Henry Purcell Society proves that playing mad can be a lot of fun. The post Concert Review: Henry Purcell Society — The Delights of Going Mad appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Dance Review: “Object.” — Objectifying Women, Intensely by Jessica Lockhart

We are immersed for 70-minutes in a powerful evocation of the destructive culture created by men who treat women as sex objects. The post Dance Review: “Object.” — Objectifying Women, …

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Classical CD Reviews: Two Holiday Albums That Strike Like Thunderbolts by Susan Miron

These superbly produced -- and sung, played, and conducted -- holiday music albums are perfect stocking stuffers. The post Classical CD Reviews: Two Holiday Albums That Strike Like Thunderbo…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Classical CD Reviews: Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Ives, Conrad Tao’s “American Rage,” and Gianandrea Noseda conducts Shostakovich by Jonathan Blumhofer

Michael Tilson Thomas delivers a towering Ives Fourth; pianist Conrad Tao's American Rage is hard-edged and defiant, but also poignant and stirring; Gianandrea Noseda's Shostakovich Fourth i…

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Film Review: “Marriage Story” — A Divorce From Hell by Erica Abeel

What makes Marriage Story unbalanced and faintly dishonest is that we end up rooting for the clueless male egomaniac. The post Film Review: “Marriage Story” — A Divorce From Hell appea…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Theater Review: “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” — Pray for the Devil by Erik Nikander

A script with this many characters buzzing about demands a strong cast -- fortunately, Hub Theatre’s terrific ensemble is more than up to the task. The post Theater Review: “The Last Day…

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Poetry Review: “If Men, Then” — Verse on Present Day Firing Lines by Ed Meek

Because Eliza Griswold's poems often take place in war zones, she’s always provocative -- even when she is tendentious. The post Poetry Review: “If Men, Then” — Verse on Present Day …

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Coming Attractions: November 17 through December 2 — What Will Light Your Fire by Bill Marx

Arts Fuse critics select the best in film, dance, visual art, theater, music, and author events for the coming weeks. The post Coming Attractions: November 17 through December 2 — What Wil…

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Classical CD Reviews: Ernst von Dohnányi Orchestral Works, Handel & Haydn Society plays Haydn, and Eric Coates Orchestral Works by Jonathan Blumhofer

A noteworthy recording of Ernst von Dohnányi's Symphony no. 1; as usual, Harry Christophers and the Handel & Haydn Society Play Haydn with their customary elegance and character; a cele…

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Concert Review: Boston Philharmonic plays Beethoven and Rachmaninoff by Jonathan Blumhofer

Violinist Liza Ferschtman and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra's account of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto lacked nothing for momentum and spirit. The post Concert Review: Boston Philharmoni…

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Visual Arts Review: Contemporary and Antediluvian — Judy McKie At Gallery NAGA by Mark Favermann

Judy McKie draws on a personal mythology in which animal and plant forms become abstracted yet recognizable, anthropomorphic while remaining strangely primeval. The post Visual Arts Review: …

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Classical CD Reviews: George Li plays Tchaikovsky, Jansons conducts Shostakovich, and Andris Nelsons conducts BSO premieres by Jonathan Blumhofer

Terrific, fiery playing from George Li, one of the most compelling young pianists on the scene; Mariss Jansons' recording of Shostakovich's Tenth trudges from start to finish; irrefutable pr…

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Concert Review: Tool — Defying Convention by Paul Robicheau

Tool is going to remain relevant as long as the band can still effectively unleash its nightmare-ish delights for fervid fans. The post Concert Review: Tool — Defying Convention appeared f…

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Jazz Album Review: Karl Berger and Jason Kao Hwang “Conjure” Freely by Michael Ullman

These are two practiced masters at free improvisation. I am confident that many listeners will find them as intriguing and accomplished as I do. The post Jazz Album Review: Karl Berger and J…

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Book Review: Biographies of Lou Reed and Warren Zevon — Satisfying Lives of Singular Talents by Jason M. Rubin

Two recent biographies take very different approaches as they revel in the wild lives and examine the distinctive songs of two of rock music’s most enigmatic figures: Lou Reed and Warren Z…

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Classical CD Reviews: Rattle conducts Bruckner, Jurowski conducts Mahler, and Fischer conducts Saint-Saëns by Jonathan Blumhofer

Simon Rattle’s Bruckner is, on the whole, lean and lively; if you’re looking for a new Mahler Four, Vladimir Jurowski's is the one to check out; Thierry Fischer leads performances of eac…

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