Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Classical Music CD Reviews: Strauss/Korngold’s “Eine Nacht in Venedig,” Berlioz’s Requiem, and Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D by Jonathan Blumhofer

Among the reviews: a terrific, important release that celebrates one of the most interesting – and hitherto overlooked – composers of the late-19th- and early-20th centuries in style. Do…

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

WATCH CLOSELY: Stephen King is My Boyfriend — Hanging out at “Castle Rock” by Peg Aloi

If Castle Rock is intended to be a commentary on Trump’s not-so-great America, well, what better genre than horror to spread the angst? The post WATCH CLOSELY: Stephen King is My Boyfriend…

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Concert Review: Boston Philharmonic plays Mozart, Brahms, and Bartók by Jonathan Blumhofer

There was nothing sleepy or commonplace about the ensemble’s performance of favorites by Mozart, Brahms, and Bartók. The post Concert Review: Boston Philharmonic plays Mozart, Brahms, and…

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Coming Attractions: October 20 through November 3 — 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: October 20 through November 3 — What Will…

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Theater Review: “SpongeBob” Tour in Boston is Hardly Absorbing by Christopher Caggiano

This is a non-union production, and that means the actors are being paid a fraction of what they would be getting if the tour were offering performers a union contract. The post Theater Revi…

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Author Interview: Boston’s Poet Laureate — Porsha Olayiwola by Robert Israel

"I wrote those poems because I think people need to read the truth and to hear the truth about romantic sensibilities between gay people." The post Author Interview: Boston’s Poet Laureate…

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Film Review: “Parasite” — Notes from the Underclass Underground by Neil Giordano

Parasite's powerful vision of the existentially downtrodden offers equal nods to Karl Marx and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The post Film Review: “Parasite” — Notes from the Underclass Undergro…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Dance Review: Fernanda Ghi Dance Company — Passion, Fury, and Enigma by Jessica Lockhart

Black + White from the Fernanda Ghi Dance Company was provocative, dramatic, and oh-so-mysterious. The post Dance Review: Fernanda Ghi Dance Company — Passion, Fury, and Enigma appeared fi…

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Literary Appreciation: The Late Harold Bloom — Pursuer of “Difficult Pleasures” by Matt Hanson

"What is the function of literary criticism in a Disinformation Age? Read, reread, describe, evaluate, appreciate: that is the art of literary criticism for the present time." -- Harold Bloo…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Book Interview: The Late Harold Bloom Talks Religion by Harvey Blume

Literary critic Harold Bloom passed away at the age of 89 two days ago; here's an illuminating interview with Bloom from 2005. The post Book Interview: The Late Harold Bloom Talks Religion a…

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Author Interview: Tim O’Brien — The Sound of a Father’s Voice by Blake Maddux

I wanted to give my kids this gift of a book about them and for them. The post Author Interview: Tim O’Brien — The Sound of a Father’s Voice appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Film Review: At BUFF-o-WEEN — The “Blood & Flesh” of Al Adamson, King of the Shoestring Budget by Betsy Sherman

“They were pieces of shit when we shot ‘em, but later on they became relics.” The post Film Review: At BUFF-o-WEEN — The “Blood & Flesh” of Al Adamson, King of the Shoestring…

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Book Review: “Gilgamesh: The Life of a Poem” — A Dazzling Study of the Oldest Long Poem in the World by David Gullette

This is a wonderfully readable book, sure-footed in its scholarship but hip and occasionally hilarious in its tone. The post Book Review: “Gilgamesh: The Life of a Poem” — A Dazzling S…

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Book Review: “Know My Name: a memoir’ — Required Reading by Helen Epstein

No author has addressed the issue of sexual assault so much on her own terms, and in such a personal and powerful way. The post Book Review: “Know My Name: a memoir’ — Required Reading…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Theater Review: A Shattering “Slave Play” Rattles Broadway   by Christopher Caggiano

Jeremy O. Harris’s bold new play is wildly provocative and hysterically funny. The post Theater Review: A Shattering “Slave Play” Rattles Broadway   appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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WATCH CLOSELY: “El Camino” — Epilogue for an Anti-Hero by Peg Aloi

Like Breaking Bad, El Camino subtly suggests that justice is a relative concept. The post WATCH CLOSELY: “El Camino” — Epilogue for an Anti-Hero appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Jazz Album Review: jaimie branch’s “FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise” — Into the Outer Reaches by Steve Feeney

jaimie branch knows music has to be wild and dangerous and beautiful to cut through all the distractions of our times. The post Jazz Album Review: jaimie branch’s “FLY or DIE II: bird do…

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Blues Album Review: Jimmy “Duck” Holmes’ “Cypress Grove” — Old Fuses With New by Ryan Lee Crosby

In Cypress Grove, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes’ deep Bentonia guitar remains pure and present, while his vocals, which have never sounded better, are solid and vibrant throughout. The post Blues Al…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Music Interview: Talking to Rocker Amy Rigby — Musician Turned Author by Blake Maddux

“I’ve put out records by myself before, but this is like 10 times the work!” The post Music Interview: Talking to Rocker Amy Rigby — Musician Turned Author appeared first on The Arts…

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Film Review: “Pain and Glory” — Almodovar’s Remembrance of Things Past by Erica Abeel

What remains so seductive about Almodovar is the way he replicates the movement of thought, creating a seamless weave between the story moving forward -- rather minimal in this case -- and t…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Arts Feature: “Sesame Street” Comes to Harvard University to Celebrate Turning 50 by Susan Miron

The highly entertaining gala celebrated the five decade long partnership between TV's Sesame Street and Harvard University. The post Arts Feature: “Sesame Street” Comes to Harvard Univer…

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Book Review: “Lampedusa” — Writing “The Leopard” by Roberta Siman

Steven Price creates a mid-twentieth century world that is filled with the same kind of conflicts that Lampedusa himself confronted in writing The Leopard, his great novel about nineteenth c…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Music Interview: “Going to the Place That’s the Best” — Norman Greenbaum Returns Home to Malden by Jason M. Rubin

The hit 1969 song "The Spirit in the Sky" by Malden’s own Norman Greenbaum is the inspiration for one of several new works of public art. The post Music Interview: “Going to the Place Th…

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Classical CD Review: “Free America!, Early Songs of Resistance and Rebellion” — Fight the Power! by Susan Miron

Enjoy Boston Camerata's Free America! for its high spirits and its crafty, delicious way of making the iconoclasm of the past come alive. The post Classical CD Review: “Free America!, Earl…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Film Review: “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles” — Subversive Non-Fiction by Tim Jackson

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles is nothing if not provocative fodder for a cinematic niche: the animated feature sheds intriguing light on one of the major film directors of the 20th…

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Coming Attractions: October 6 through 22 — 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: October 6 through 22 — What Will Light Yo…

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

World Music Review: Tinariwen’s Saharan Grooves by Mark Hänser

Tinariwen's music exudes determination, the soulful energy of ethnic resilience. The post World Music Review: Tinariwen’s Saharan Grooves appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Visual Arts Review: “Women Take the Floor” at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts by Kathleen Stone

Had the curatorial parameters been tighter in concept, and more generous regarding the source of the work, the MFA might have produced a great, rather than just a good, exhibit. . The post V…

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Classical CD Reviews: Christian Tetzlaff plays Beethoven & Sibelius, Rachel Barton Pine takes on Dvorak & Khachaturian, and Wagner’s “Sieg by Jonathan Blumhofer

Christian Tetzlaff’s brilliant account of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto makes for a great album; Rachel Barton Pine’s versions of Dvorák and Khachaturian violin concertos are songful; o…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Visual Arts Review: Gordon Matta-Clark, Anarchitect — Anarchy + Architecture by Mark Favermann

Brandeis’ Rose Art Museum presents a creative, insightful look at urban blight. The post Visual Arts Review: Gordon Matta-Clark, Anarchitect — Anarchy + Architecture appeared first on Th…

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Classical CD Reviews: “To Paradise For Onions,” “Transatlantic,” and “Die Zauberflöte” by Jonathan Blumhofer

To Paradise for Onions is a lovely album; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 's Transatlantic is spirited; Yannick Nézet-Séguin's Die Zauberflöte is lost in the crowd. The post Classical CD Re…

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