Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Film Review: Report from the 2019 Provincetown Film Festival by Gerald Peary

By Gerald Peary When was the last time that the promo short advertising a film festival turns out to be a mini-masterpiece? That’s what happened at the 21st Provincetown Film Festival, Jun…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Book Review: A Concise, Conscientious Guide to the Life and Work of Alfred Stieglitz by Peter Walsh

The book will stand as a good first stop for anyone interested in Alfred Stieglitz, 20th-century photography, or American modern art. The post Book Review: A Concise, Conscientious Guide to …

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Coming Attractions: June 16 through July 2 — 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: June 16 through July 2 — What Will Light…

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Classical Music Review: At BEMF, Benjamin Bagby and Sequentia Seduce with Charms and Riddles by Susan Miron

Thanks to BEMF for once again presenting Benjamin Bagby, who seems incapable of serving up anything but a wonderfully memorable experience. The post Classical Music Review: At BEMF, Benjamin…

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Jazz CD Review: Yoko Miwa Trio’s “Keep Talkin’ ” — Keep Listenin’ by Steve Feeney

Keep Talkin’ further solidifies Yoko Miwa's place on the list of pianists who can lift evolved spirits without resorting to stridency. The post Jazz CD Review: Yoko Miwa Trio’s “Keep …

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Music Preview: Cellist Helen Gillet — Blending Chaos and Creativity by Clea Simon

Helen Gillet's music welcomes loops of all sorts and plays with the happy accidents that create new melodies and rhythms that reach beyond borders. The post Music Preview: Cellist Helen Gill…

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Book Review: The Critic as Wildean Artist — Peter Schjeldahl’s Elements of Surprise by Robert Israel

Peter Schjeldahl debunks (and praises) works of art, while also acknowledging the strategic importance of beauty. The post Book Review: The Critic as Wildean Artist — Peter Schjeldahl’s …

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Video Game Review: “Rage 2” — Time to Rage on by Michael Costa

This wide-angle richness -- a world filled with things to do, myriad side-distractions -- is the mark of exceptional game design. The post Video Game Review: “Rage 2” — Time to Rage o…

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WATCH CLOSELY: Black Mirror S5: Now More Digital Than Ever! by Peg Aloi

All three episodes have intriguing storylines, with plenty of human pathos and drama: but I admit to finding the first and third episodes a bit too digitally-focused for my taste. The post W…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Film Review: “The Complete Howard Hawks” — Making American Mythology by Betsy Sherman

Director Howard Hawks’ signature statement was the depiction of the American (or mostly American) male group with a task to accomplish. The post Film Review: “The Complete Howard Hawks…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Concert Review: Perry Farrell at City Winery — Letting It Fly, For Better and Worse by Paul Robicheau

The guy who once seemed dangerous and mysterious as frontman for Jane’s Addiction proved earnestly accessible to fans. The post Concert Review: Perry Farrell at City Winery — Letting It …

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Film Review: “The Fall of the American Empire” — Corporate Cant versus Socialist Kant by Erica Abeel

For all its bite, Fall is oddly endearing, too, leavening its harsh portrait of money-madness with aw-shucks moments of solidarity and kindness. The post Film Review: “The Fall of the Amer…

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Visual Arts Review: Jack Shainman Gallery: The School — “Basquiat x Warhol” by Charles Giuliano

Perhaps this review is an autopsy for which I offer an apology. The post Visual Arts Review: Jack Shainman Gallery: The School — “Basquiat x Warhol” appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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From the Editor’s Desk: We Turn Twelve — The Future of the Arts Fuse by Bill Marx

This funding means that The Arts Fuse will be cranking out the kind of arts coverage you have come to expect for a good time to come. The post From the Editor’s Desk: We Turn Twelve — Th…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Music Review: New Releases of May 2019 by Deanna Costa

May 2019 pushed far on the Summer Hit front. The post Music Review: New Releases of May 2019 appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Opera Review: Boston Early Music Opera’s “Orlando” — Divine Madness by Susan Miron

This entertaining opera is a real soap opera, given that it chronicles the fallout of the passionate protagonist's unrequited love. The post Opera Review: Boston Early Music Opera’s “Orl…

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Film Review: “Framing John DeLorean” – Back to What Might Have Been the Future   by David D’arcy 

John DeLorean remains an unwieldy figure whose story is difficult to frame -- the new film leaves much unreported and unexplored. The post Film Review: “Framing John DeLorean” – Back t…

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Film Review: “The Dead Don’t Die” — A Zombie Jamboree by Tim Jackson

The Dead Don't Die is a satiric trifle, but a cleverly amusing one. The post Film Review: “The Dead Don’t Die” — A Zombie Jamboree appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Theater Review: “Pacific Overtures” — A Civilization on the Brink of Change by Evelyn Rosenthal

Pacific Overtures offers a history lesson -- but it is an entertaining, moving, thought-provoking, and timely one. The post Theater Review: “Pacific Overtures” — A Civilization on the …

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Theater Commentary: An Open Letter — to the “Open Letter” by Bill Marx

The media big boys should be part of the discussion, if only because they have the resources to change the situation for the better. The post Theater Commentary: An Open Letter — to the …

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Jazz Concert Review: Christian McBride & Tip City — Mastery and Joy by Steve Provizer

It’s an uncommon pleasure to see band members enjoy themselves the way Tip City did. The post Jazz Concert Review: Christian McBride & Tip City — Mastery and Joy appeared first on T…

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Classical CD Review: “Letters From Gettysburg” — A Powerful Plea for Compassion by Susan Miron

Letters from Gettysburg is an extraordinarily haunting five-movement work that elevates the experience of one man into a memorial to all victims of war. The post Classical CD Review: “Lett…

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Film Review: “The Raft” — An Illuminating Voyage by Neil Giordano

What happens when a dubious scientific experiment yields unexpected results? The post Film Review: “The Raft” — An Illuminating Voyage appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Film Review: “The Souvenir” — Fear of Melodrama by Gerald Peary

Joanna Hogg refuses by aesthetic principle to put a lot of inflection into her scenes, steering them away from melodrama and even heated drama. As a result, some episodes are half-baked, ske…

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Theater Review: “The Stone” — Nobody is Innocent by Erik Nikander

This marvelous production pulls off a tricky balance -- vibrant bursts of creative energy are put at the service of illuminating the thorny nature of memory and guilt. The post Theater Revie…

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Arts Interview: Talking With David Milch by Harvey Blume

"I've been beaten. I know what that's like. They say, who has been a nail, can learn to be a hammer." The post Arts Interview: Talking With David Milch appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Book Review: “Exposed” — Between Two Incompatible Worlds by Peter Walsh

Jean-Philppe Blondel’s books are especially praised by critics for their charm and smoothly-shaped prose. The post Book Review: “Exposed” — Between Two Incompatible Worlds appeared f…

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Dance Review: “Significant Others: Dances for Family, Friends and Lovers” — Through the Lens of History by Jessica Lockhart

In this piece, Peter DiMuro asks a vital question: how has history informed the ways we look at queerness today? The post Dance Review: “Significant Others: Dances for Family, Friends and …

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Music Feature: From the Pews to the Streets — The Harmonizing Stars of Boston celebrate 50 years by Noah Schaffer

As a capella singers, they have taken their musical ministry -- and its repertoire of 500 songs -- to streets, subway stations, picnics, community clean-ups, and anywhere else they might fin…

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Theater Review: “The Waverly Gallery” — A Powerful Look into a Descent into Dementia by Roberta Silman

A splendid production of an impressive early effort from the talented writer Kenneth Lonergan. The post Theater Review: “The Waverly Gallery” — A Powerful Look into a Descent into Dem…

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Concert Review: Juventas New Music’s “Pride: Hand in Hand” by Jonathan Blumhofer

The six pieces hailed from various corners of the country and examined a wide range of expressive and social viewpoints. The post Concert Review: Juventas New Music’s “Pride: Hand in Han…

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