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  • Spring Awakening at Hancock Shaker Village

    Borrowed Light Watercolors by Barbara Ernst Prey

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 24th, 2019

    Working "24/7" over several months the renowned, Williamstown-based artist, Barbara Ernst Prey, created Borrowed Light. The suite of watercolor renderings of interiors in on view in a converted chicken coop of Hancock Shaker Village. It is a part of expanded contemporary programming under the director Jennifer Trainer Thompson. She was a founding member of the MASS MoCA team. They have been neighbors and friends for many years. It was instuitive for them to undertake this remarkable project.

  • Green River Festival

    Good Vibes on Tap for Greenfield Mass

    By: Matt Robinson - May 22nd, 2019

    This year, Green River will host over 30 bands on three stages that will ensure a constant groove and plenty of options for music lovers of every stripe. While many come for a particular artist, many more recall finding new favorites throughout the weekend. So whether you think you are a dyed-in-the-wool Americana, Blues, Cajun, Country, Jazz, or Soul fan, by the end of the weekend, you might just change your (i)tune. Regardless, you are sure to find plenty to like and do.

  • One Act Play Festival at Ensemble Studio Theater

    Five Plays on New Relationships

    By: Rachel de Aragon - May 22nd, 2019

    Ensemble Studio Theater and Radio Drama Network Present Five one-act plays in the superb annual festival. Five writers, five directors and 16 actors bring us an amusing and thoughtful collage of 21st century dilemmas.

  • Dominican Heroines at Repertorio Espagnol

    Caridad Svich Tells the Story of Mariposas

    By: Susan Hall - May 21st, 2019

    There had been a surge of interest in the Mariposa sisters since Junio Diaz told their story in his Pulitzer Prize winning, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. In a middle-class family, three out of four sisters formed an underground resistance to the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, each in her own way. Minerva studied law and led her group. She could not sit by and leave her children living in a world created by a tyrant.

  • Sister Act – the Musical

    Produced by Theatre Rhinoceros

    By: Victor Cordell - May 22nd, 2019

    As “the longest running LGBT theatre anywhere,” Theatre Rhinoceros’s mission is to “enlighten, enrich, and explore . . . aspects of our queer community.” So what connection would prompt Rhino to produce this musical? By convincing the license holder to allow a first – gender switching the key roles – Rhino made it fit.

  • Barbara Hannigan at the Ojai Festival

    From The Rake's Progress to a Crazy Girl Suite

    By: Susan Hall - May 21st, 2019

    What makes the Ojai Festival in California unique among festivals? Its Artistic Director continues year after year. Each year a different Music Director is chosen. That person curates the festival as through-performance. You are led by the music on a journey full of surprises and delights.

  • The House Of Blue Leaves

    John Guare's Surrealistic Play In South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - May 20th, 2019

    Palm Beach Dramaworks' production of The House of Blue Leaves is a laugh fest, but lacks enough darkness. A talented cast of well-known South Florida performers excel in their roles. The actors and director convey the play's pathos and nail comic timing .While John Guare's play is a farce, it will surely leave you thinking.

  • Murasaki's Moon at Metropolitan Museum

    Michi Wiancko's Opera Debuts

    By: Susan Hall - May 20th, 2019

    Musical artist Michi Wiancko under the wing of the American Lyric Theater’s development program and backed by Opera America has written a new opera with librettist Deborah Brevoort. The 17th century Astor Chinese Garden Court was the setting of a modern take on the 11th century Tales of Genji. It was written by court lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu who lived between 973-1025 C.E. in Japan. She was the daughter of a petty court noble.

  • Music Man

    Opening Goodspeed's Season

    By: Karen Isaacs - May 21st, 2019

    It’s amazing that this classic musical by Meredith Willson is having its first production at Goodspeed. It seems perfectly suited to the theater.

  • The Power Plant

    Toronto’s Renowned Contemporary Art Kunsthalle

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 16th, 2019

    Occupying a former municipal structure, since 1987, The Power Plant in Toronto has been a renowned presenter of Canadian and global contemporary art. We visited during the final days of three solo exhibitions: “Same Dream” by Omar Ba a Senegalese artist who divides time between Dakar and Geneva, Switzland. Shuvinai Ashoona, a member of a renowned family of Inuit artists, presented “Mapping Worlds.” For twenty years, Alicia Henry, a graduate of Yale, has resided in Nashville, Tennessee where she teaches at Fisk University. Her show was titled "Witnessing."

  • Kopernikus at the Image Project Room

    Claude Vivier Takes the Fear Out of Death

    By: Susan Hall - May 18th, 2019

    Claude Vivier died in 1983 at age 35. He lived in Paris at the end of his life and was stabbed to death by a young man he had been attracted to. His final opera which told this story before it happened was sitting on his work table. He never heard Koperikus produced, but in this century it has built up a head of steam. Its New York premiere was held at the Image Project Room in Brooklyn.

  • Kathleen Jacobs’ Natural Abstraction

    Echos at TurnPark Art Space in West Stockbridge

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 19th, 2019

    During four years in China Kathleen Jacobs learned calligraphy from a master. That entailed rubbing ancient reliefs and copying the inscriptions. Several years ago she developed a technique of making paintings by attaching canvas to trees. The surfaces are rubbed and the canvases left outside to endure a year of seasons. The paintings are finished in the studio. Through Echos finished paintings and works in progress are on view at TurnPark Art Space in West Stockbridge, in the Berkshires.

  • The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective

    Patricia Milton World Premiere at Berkeley City Club

    By: Victor Cordell - May 18th, 2019

    Central Works’ world premiere of Patricia Milton’s The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective is a brisk and bright crime procedural. It is a feminist cry. Taking place in London at the end of the 19th century, we are reminded that the misogynism of that day has been diminished but not extinguished.

  • Anne Bogart Directs Boston Lyric Opera

    Vivid production of The Handmaid’s Tale

    By: Doug Hall - May 17th, 2019

    Boston Lyric Opera has surpassed their charge to “translate this story in the moment for the audience” as stated by renowned theater and opera director Anne Bogart, who joined the creative team at the helm of “The Handmaid’s Tale” production.

  • Cadillac Crew by Tori Sampson

    At Yale Rep

    By: Karen Isaacs - May 18th, 2019

    The play opens in the early 1960s in a civil rights office in Virginia. The leader – Rachel Helen Christopher has arranged for Rosa Parks to come and to speak to a group; it is the big day. But will it actually happen?

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery Plans AK360

    Buffalo’s Great Museum Gets Even Better

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 15th, 2019

    Founded in 1862 as Buffalo Fine Arts Academy today Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery is regarded as one of America's foremost small, regional museums. Its first building opened in 1906. In 1962 a wing was added and a new 30,000 square foot structure will begin construction at the end of this year. It will double space for the permanent collection and special exhibitions.

  • Refus Global to Intersectionality

    Rethinking Paradigms for Canadian Art

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 14th, 2019

    In a complex reconfiguration of permanent collections of Canadian museums there is a mandate for integration of First Nations work with galleries of post war abstraction. While change is welcome and necessary, for now, the juxtapositions are complex and disorienting. There is more contrast than confluence.

  • Die Komische Oper Berlin, Germany

    Poro and M-eine Stadt sucht einen Moerder

    By: Angelika Jansen - May 13th, 2019

    At the end of the 2018/19 season the Komische Oper Berlin produced two more operas: 'Poro,' by Georg Friedrich Haendel, and 'M- Eine Stadt sucht einen Moerder,' by Moritz Eggert. Two very opposite experiences!

  • Nino Franco Winery Celebrates 100 Years

    A Focus on Proseco

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 18th, 2019

    Its been one hundred years since the Franco family started in the Prosecco business. Who knew Prosecco existed so many years ago? The Prosecco varietal is now known as Glera, the new name of the grape. This way there is no confusion with the town of Prosecco and the DOC label attached to the wine. The Franco family have been pioneers of present day Prosecco, especially Primo Franco, who is known as the 'architect' of modern day Prosecco.

  • Roses For All seasons

    What Roses I Am Drinking

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 16th, 2019

    Its spring time in New England and the flowers are blooming. The bears are out of their dens and the days are longer. As a devoted wine person and year-round Rose drinker it has been a wonderful journey this past winter to narrow down the Roses i have sampled to a few favorites. I recommend them for your summer libations.

  • Patience & Sarah at Danny Kaye Theater

    Paula Kimper's Folktale of Love Come True

    By: Susan Hall - May 14th, 2019

    Patience & Sarah was one of the first same sex love stories produced in the United States. It was radical subject matter in the 20th century. It hardly seems daring today, as Brokeback Mountain has stormed opera houses and a transgender work, As One, will have a New York premiere later this month. Yet the production by Hunter College and American Opera Projects was lovely and hopeful.

  • Experiencing Ancient Bobal

    The New/Old Grape Fom Spain

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 15th, 2019

    Wineries have loved the Bobal grape for many years. They used it primarily as a blending grape. Today's new age of winemakers believe the grape can stand on its own. After sampling dozens of wines made with the varietal its hard to disagree.

  • Henry Moore Sculpture Centre

    900 Works at Art Gallery of Ontario

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 13th, 2019

    The Art Gallery of Ontario owns 900 works by Henry Moore including large plasters for bronzes, maquettes, drawings and related materials. The 1,200 square foot gallery and its ancillary displays comprise the largest public collection of the artist's work. Simply put, it is one of the most magnificent experiences of 20th century sculpture on a global level.

  • Precious Little In South Florida

    A Thinking Cap Theatre Production

    By: Aaron Krause - May 13th, 2019

    The deceptively simple Madelein George play, Precious Little, is multi-layered, funny and thought provoking. A talking ape is a main character in George's strange, but relevant piece. Precious Little is packed with big ideas and themes. A strong cast shines in this 90-minute, intermissionless, yet complex play. Let it grow on you.

  • Social Commentary by Canadian Kent Monkman

    Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 12th, 2019

    The special exhibition "Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience" by the First Nations artist Kent Monkman is a game changer. With ferocious wit the artist deconstructs horrific aspects of Canadian history through a series of narrative, social realist paintings. We viewed the work at the McCord Museum in Montreal where the traveling exhibition closed on May 5.

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