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  • America’s Critic Terry Teachout Was 65

    Wrote for Wall Street Journal

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 15th, 2022

    The author of several biographies, plays and opera librettos, Terry Teachout had an expansive interest in the arts. Few of his generation were more prolific. In an age of decline in arts journalism he was the only major critic who regularly covered regional theatre. We saw him several times each season in the Berkshires.

  • Tootsie

    Non-Equity National Touring Production Playing in South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 14th, 2022

    A non-equity national touring production of the stage musical adaptation of Tootsie is playing the Broward Center for Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale. The uneven production will remain in Ft. Lauderdale through Jan. 23. For showtimes and ticket information, go to https://fortlauderdale.broadway.com/shows/tootsie.

  • The Band’s Visit

    Touring Company in San Francisco

    By: Victor Cordell - Jan 14th, 2022

    The biggest star of The Band's Visit is the music.  Lyrics in the sung songs are witty and divulging, and the accompanying music is pleasant throughout, with eclectic influences from American pop to klezmer to bossanova.  Some of the stylings are a little rough, which at first may suggest poor casting, but on further consideration, less than perfect renditions work well.  After all, the characters represented are not singers, they are working class.

  • Igor Levit at Carnegie Hall

    An Invitation to Listen

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 14th, 2022

    Igor Levit performed Beethoven, Fred Hersch, Wagner and Liszt in a compelling musical evening at Carnegie Hall in New York. The Hall, vaccinated and boosted, was packed for the occasion.

  • Holding the Center Still by Debra Weisberg

    At Boston's Piano Craft Gallery

    By: PCG - Jan 14th, 2022

    The work of Debra Weisberg will be featured in a new exhibit, Holding the Center Still, at the Piano Craft Gallery in Boston from March 4 – March 27, 2022. The exhibit comprises collaged paper works and a large scale floor installation. In the opening and closing receptions Vermont choreographer, Paula Higa, will premier a short piece created in response to Weisberg’s work.

  • Mass MoCA Events

    Through April

    By: MoCA - Jan 12th, 2022

    Mass MoCa has a busy schedule of exhibitions and special events through April. Check this out and bookmark.

  • Barington Stage Company Winter Program

    11th Annual 10X10 New Play Festival

    By: BSC - Jan 12th, 2022

    Barrington Stage Company announces the 10-minute plays and casting for the 11th Annual 10X10 New Play Festival, part of the 2022 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival.   

  • Tomm El-Saieh at Clark Art Institute

    Year Long Exhibition

    By: Clark - Jan 12th, 2022

    El-Saieh (b. 1984, Port-au-Prince, Haiti; lives and works in Miami) creates paintings that dazzle with dense, all-over compositions of compact marks—achieved through painting, erasing, and abrading—often accompanied by atmospheric washes of bold color. His pictures test the limits of abstraction and perception with parts that resemble patterns, symbols, or even language, and a whole in which larger figures appear to coalesce, advance, or recede. Haitian vodou traditions inform his distinctive visual style, which also reflects influences from Abstract Expressionism and Surrealist automatism. 

  • Artist Krzysztof Wodiczko

    Harvard Double Header

    By: Mark Favermann - Jan 12th, 2022

    Krzysztof Wodiczko lives and works in New York City and is currently professor in residence at the Art, Design, and the Public Domain Masters of Design program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Previously, he served as the director of the Interrogative Design Group at MIT and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS). He has been a professor in the Visual Arts Program since 1991.

  • Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris

    Production Transfers to Broadway

    By: Rachel de Aragon and Susan Hall - Jan 09th, 2022

    Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris, directed by Robert O'Hara, brings us abruptly into sexual fantasies played out by three interracial couples in the ante-bellum South. This is not what might have happened in the South before or during Jim Crow.  No, it is the processing of feelings which will re-invigorate the Black partner’s sexual desire.  In the second Act, Processing, we get into the nitty grity of race feelings, which range wider and tougher than the first act’s insight that cantaloupe has white skin and no taste

  • Lincoln Center's Flying Over Sunset.

    Musical About Early Acid Trips

    By: Karen Isaacs - Jan 08th, 2022

    In the late ‘50s-early ‘60s, LSD (before Dr. Timothy Leary) was a trendy drug used by both psychiatrists and other to help individuals explore their past and their subconscious. Among the well-known people who experimented with the drug was actor Cary Grant, novelist Aldous Huxley and playwright/journalist/diplomat Clare Boothe Luce.

  • BSO Appoints Executives

    Maureen Flores, as Chief Development Officer, Asadour Santourian, as Vice President

    By: BSO - Jan 07th, 2022

    Gail Samuel, Eunice and Julian Cohen President and CEO of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, today announced the appointment of two new executive leaders Maureen Flores, as Chief Development Officer, and Asadour Santourian, as Vice President, Tanglewood Music Center & Learning. Both appointments are effective January 2022.

  • Remaking West Side Story

    Screenwriter Tony Kushner and director Stephen Spielberg

    By: Jack Lyons - Jan 05th, 2022

    The original film of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story was released in 1957. Why mess with a masterpiece? Now we have a remake collaboration by living legends screenwriter Tony Kushner and director Stephen Spielberg. While arguably not better it certainly is different and relevant for a new generation of viewers. Look for the fabulous 89-year-old Rita Moreno (Academy Award winner for her 1961 portrayal of Anita) as Valentina, the widow of the store owner ‘Doc.”

  • The Musical Kimberly Akimbo

    NYC’s Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater

    By: Edward Rubin - Jan 07th, 2022

    Kimberly Akimbo the newly penned musical with book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Shrek the Musical) and music by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Caroline, or Change) is the most loving, loveliest, and poignant theatrical experience of the year.

  • Why Casablanca is an Iconic Film

    TCM Encores Jan. 23 and 26

    By: Jack Lyons - Jan 06th, 2022

    When the movie “Casablanca” merged the powerful elements of love, war, and destiny in 1942, the film and its producers never saw the phenomenal appeal or its success coming until it won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1943.  Eighty years later it still deserves a shout-out for American filmmaking exceptionalism.  

  • My Father's Portraits

    Aesthetic and Psychic Legacy of Raeford LIles

    By: Barbara Liles - Jan 05th, 2022

    During three years in New York in the 1960s I (Charles Giuliano) was assistant director of East Hampton Gallery. Raeford Liles was one of the artists we represented. A native of Birmingham, Alabama he came from a military family. During WW11 he was a fighter pilot in the South Pacific and later served with SAC based in Paris where he studied art and cooking. There PTSD caused a breakdown leading to a lifetime of treatment and medication. He often spoke of his daughters with whom he had a complex relationship. This is explored in a remarkable essay by Barbara Liles. A chapter of a larger work in progress it was published by Southern Humanities Review.

  • 39th Re-Rooters Day Ceremony

    What to Do With Post Holiday Trees

    By: Jay Critchley - Jan 01st, 2022

    You are invited to attend the 39th Re-Rooters Day Ceremony, Friday, January 7, 2022, 4:00 pm, Harbor Hotel beach, Provincetown Harbor (snow, storm or shine); bring something non-toxic to burn on a tree boat. Sponsored by the IRS, International Re-Rooters Society, Jay Critchley, President

  • Almost, Maine

    An Upcoming Palm Beach Dramaworks Production

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 03rd, 2022

    Palm Beach Dramaworks will perform Almost, Maine from Jan. 12-30. In this play about love and romance, magic is literally in the air. Almost, Maine is an example of Magical Realism.

  • Hairspray

    A New Non-Equity Touring Production

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 02nd, 2022

    A new non-equity touring production of the musical-comedy hit, Hairspray, is touring the country. The production, which achieves mixed results, recently played Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center, but some performances were cancelled due to positive COVID tests within the company. The next tour stop is Cincinnati's Aronoff Center from Jan. 4-9.

  • Music for Abandoned Amusement Parks

    Uncanny Masterpiece by East Boston's Sal Baglio

    By: Frank Conte - Jan 01st, 2022

    In an uncanny masterpiece musician Sal Baglio, in Music for Abandoned Amusement Parks, captures the ambiance of colorful East Boston. Journalist Frank Conte is the venerable chronicler of the hood.

  • Charlotte Moore Directs Irish Repertory Theatre

    The Streets of New York Sizzle

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 31st, 2021

    The Streets of New York laugh and cry as they burst into song in Charlotte Moore’s production. Everyone you've ever met is on stage. Celebrate the holidays at the Irish Repertory Theatre

  • Jazz in the Berkshires

    What Are You Doing for New Years

    By: Berkshire Jazz - Dec 30th, 2021

    This very special concert features the amazing flutist Andrea Brachfeld with Insight: Bill O’Connell, piano; Harvie S, bass; and Jason Tiemann, drums

  • What’s on Netflix and Amazon.

    Good, Bad and Ugly

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 28th, 2021

    In the dead of winter baby it's cold outside. It's time to curl up on the couch and hunker down with Netflix and Amazon. Here is a cheat sheet of what we've been watching.

  • Joe Papp at the Ballroom

    A World Premiere by GableStage

    By: Aaron Krause - Dec 27th, 2021

    Joe Papp at the Ballroom attempts to recreate the theater legend's public concert in 1978. GableStage, together with Yiddishkayt Initiative (https://yilovejewish.org). The production runs through Dec. 31 at the award-winning Coral Gables professional, nonprofit theater company.

  • Kinky Boots

    Slow Burn Theatre Company in Ft. Lauderdale

    By: Aaron Krause - Dec 25th, 2021

    Slow Burn Theatre Company's production of "Kinky Boots" raises us up. The Ft. Lauderdale company's production runs through Jan. 2. Kinky Boots is based on a film of the same name, which, in turn, is based on a true story.

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