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  • The Golden Cockerel at Komische Oper, Berlin

    Der Goldene Hahn by N. Rimsky-Korsakov

    By: Angelika Jansen - Jan 31st, 2024

    Barrie Kosky, former director at the Komische Oper, Berlin, directed Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's last opera "Der Goldene Hahn" (The Golden Cockerel) at the Schiller Theater, the temporary house of the Komische Oper during its renovation.

  • Cult of Love at Berkeley Rep

    Awesome Treatment of Leslye Headland's Seventh Deadly Sin - Pride

    By: Victor Cordell - Feb 02nd, 2024

    The Dahls raised their children in the "Christian way," and Christmas homecoming celebrated by food and song is a great family tradition. But as adults the four offspring have deviated from the parents' hopes - among them a lesbian, a pathological believer, a recovering addict, and a lost sheep. When singing together, they seem the idyllic family, but when the music stops, the fractures appear. Despite the holiday setting, this is not a Christmas play.

  • Suzanne Valadon at Norton Gallery

    Hidden Gem in Stunning Collection

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 29th, 2024

    The young Suzanne Valadon was the favorite model and lover of Renoir. She learned much in his studio and for some 40 years pursued her own work. One of which is a gem which we encountered at Norton Gallery in Palm Beach.

  • Kimberly Akimbo

    A Teenage Girl With a Terminal Disease is Adult in the Room

    By: Victor Cordell - Jan 28th, 2024

    Doomed by progeria, a condition that ages the carrier at 4 1/2 times the normal rate, Kimberly turns 16. Her chronological age corresponds to age 72 given this condition, meaning that she probably has little time left in her life. Nonetheless, she attends to daily activities like any other school kid. But her working class parents are loose cannons, and a grifter aunt who insinuates herself into the household develops a get-rich-quick scheme that is anything but normal.

  • Sartre's "Dirty Hands," at Berliner Ensemble

    Opened Jan. 26 in Berlin, Germany

    By: Angelika Jansen - Jan 29th, 2024

    Opening night of Jean-Paul Sartre's "Die Schmutzigen Hände" (Dirty Hands) on January 26th, 2024 at the famed Berliner Ensemble in Berlin, Germany was sold out.

  • Barefoot in the Park

    Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts in South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 28th, 2024

    Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts mounted a comical and believable production of Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park." The production ran through Jan. 28. "Barefoot in the Park" takes place in New York City during the 1960s.

  • Miriam and Esther Go To The Diamond District

    A Mother's Death Brings Two Sisters Together

    By: Victor Cordell - Jan 21st, 2024

    Foraging through the belongings of their recently deceased mother, two middle-aged, somewhat estranged sisters learn more about their birth father and stepfather from a trove of letters and other documents. They also learn more about each other as they clash and bond over historical events that they either did not share or had seen from different perspectives.

  • Legally Blonde - The Musical

    Authenticity Overcomes Pampered Privilege

    By: Victor Cordell - Jan 15th, 2024

    Elle, a shallow but genuine and smart fashionista obsessed with the color pink, is dumped by her status seeking boyfriend who is off to Harvard Law School. Surprisingly (and true, except the law school was Stanford in real life), Elle insinuates an acceptance as well. Her presence provides humorous contrast to the staid environment.

  • Beth Morrison Champions Contemporary Composers

    Prototype Festival Launched for 11th Season

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 15th, 2024

    Beth Morrison is an important leader in the development of new opera with new alliances and venues. She is a force that the future of classical music depends on. The Prototype Festival she created is now in its 11th season in New York.

  • Gloucester Realist Painter Jeff Weaver

    America's Greatest Unknown Artist

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 09th, 2024

    While Jeff Weaver is among America’s elite realist painters his work is not widely known beyond Gloucester. During Gloucester 400th Plus an exhibition, This Unique Place: Paintings and Drawings of Jeff Weaver, was featured at the Cape Ann Museum. His remarkable work preceded the blockbuster show of Josephine and Edward Hopper who met in Gloucester during the summer of 1923.

  • Plagiarism, Its Permutations, and How to Avoid Them

    There Are Few Clear Guidelines

    By: Patricia Hills - Jan 09th, 2024

    Plagiarism has been very much in the news.  Even the recent president of Harvard has been under the gun. And yet there seems to be no firm guidelines to instruct non-academics and even academics as to how to spot evidence of plagiarism.  What follows is a meditation on plagiarism and how to avoid it.

  • Lynching Tree by Steve McQueen

    At the Gardner Museum

    By: Gardner - Jan 10th, 2024

    “Museums are not simply repositories of art. They humanize the landscape of human events. They connect us to life’s most enduring themes. I have long felt this way about the Gardner, and feel it particularly keenly about a work that will be specially presented at the Museum January 20–February 4, 2024.”

  • Hello Dali at the MFA

    Spanish Surrealist Opens in July

    By: MFA - Jan 11th, 2024

    Pandering to the public continues at the ever more accessible Museum of Fine Arts. It follows a blockbuster show of Sargent portraits of white supremacists with an in depth view of the ultimate charlatan Salvador Dali. He has been described as the greatest modernist from the wrist down. Dalí: Disruption and Devotion, opens in July with 30 works by Dali compared to European masterpieces from the museum's collection. The Dalis are on loan from the St Petersburg, Florida museum. The project is both cost effective and crowd pleasing.

  • 2023 Theatre Favorites

    New York and Connecticut

    By: Karen Isaacs - Jan 09th, 2024

    I don’t do a ten-best list; instead, I like to recall some of my favorite shows of the past year.

  • North Adams Photographer Carlos Caicedo

    Has Won Numerous International Awards

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 08th, 2024

    Carlos Caicedo, a native of Colombia, is an award winning photographer and graphic designer. With his daughter Sandra, who also creates colorful fabric designs, they recently moved to the Eclipse Mill in North Adams. During a studio visit we discussed his process and how what he calls abstract photography is more accurately defined as non objective.

  • New England Conservatory Jazz Studies

    Winter/Spring Season 

    By: NEC - Jan 05th, 2024

    Highlights include residency with new Jazz Studies co-chair Anna Webber; concert of music by David Bowie; celebrations of Duke Ellington, Max Roach, Wayne Shorter, Mahalia Jackson, and Chris Connor; and a special appearance by the NEC Jazz Orchestra at Cambridge's Regattabar

  • David Smith's Medals of Dishonor

    Ripped From the Headlines Relevance Today

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 31st, 2023

    On the cusp of WWII David Smith created a series of fifteen, dinner plate scaled, bronze relief sculptures. A gift from his estate fourteen bronzes and one on extended loan have been donated to the Harvard Art Museums. There is irony that Medals of Dishonor are displayed on a campus engulfed in responses to inappropriate remarks by its President, Dr Claudine Gay, before Congress. Under pressure she has resigned. Because of war, and atrocities on both sides in Israel and Gaza, both Jewish and Islamic students proclaim that they do not feel safe on college campuses.

  • Huang Ruo's Angel Island

    A Timely Contemporary Opera on Immigration

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 07th, 2024

    Huang Ruo, who searches for the Asian American voice and translates it for an audience of Asian Americans and all other Americans too, will present the New York premiere of his vocal theater work, Angel Island, at the Harvey Theater at BAM on January 11, 12 and 13.  It is part of the Protopype Festival, now celebrating its 11th anniversary. 

  • Galatea Fine Arts

    Group and Juried Shows

    By: Galatea - Jan 05th, 2024

    This exhibition embodies the notion of uniting diverse artistic styles and techniques to honor the abundance and variety of creative expression within the Galatea membership.

  • Maestro Misses its Mark

    Bradley Cooper Needed a Director

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 02nd, 2024

    The film Maestro reminds us that classical music can be accessible to a wide audience. This is not because the film makes the music accessible. In fact, Bradley Cooper conducting is a bad joke. You wonder what Yannick  Nezet-Seguin, credited with teaching the actor to conduct, was doing.

  • The Prisoners

    Plays of Wilton in South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 03rd, 2024

    The Prisoners, a riveting play, entertains and shines a necessary light on unhealthy obsessions. While four performances remain, one of them is sold out. The theater is located in the Ft. Lauderdale suburb of Wilton Manors.

  • Rose Art Museum Names Mexican Artist Noé Martínez

    2024 Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Artist-in-Residence.

    By: Rose - Jan 03rd, 2024

    Rose Art Museum names Mexican artist Noé Martínez the 2024 Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Artist-in-Residence.Since 2002, the Perlmutter Residency has been part of the Rose Art Museum’s longstanding tradition of promoting emerging artists of extraordinary talent whose work addresses contemporary issues of vital urgenc

  • Esther Solondz at Gallery NAGA

    Jolie Laide: I wasn't sure what you looked like

    By: NAGA - Jan 03rd, 2024

    The continuing evolution of Esther Solondz’s fascination with portraits and transformative materials is expressed in her new work. For the past 20 years, she’s worked with suggestive half-here, half-there images made with substances that evolve over time. In her current exhibition, Solondz is using ink, which she drops onto wet paper. This allows for a certain amount of control but also happy accidents as the ink moves and pools in unforeseen ways. 

  • Clark's Winter Exhibition Is Free to View

    50 Years and Forward: Works on Paper Acquisitions

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 29th, 2023

    50 Years and Forward: Works on Paper Acquisitions (through March 10, 2024) marks the 50th anniversary of the Manton Research Center — the home of the works on paper collection — with a selection of prints, drawings, and photographs acquired between 1973 and 2023. The Clark has free admission from January through March.

  • Major Mark Rothko Exhibitions

    Paris and Washington, D.C.

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 27th, 2023

    Paintings by Mark Rothko, with evaluations reaching $80 million, are out of range for museums to borrow and insure. Currently there are two, once-in-a lifetime exhibitions of his work. Through April 2, 2024, more than a hundred paintings are on display at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris.  Through March the National Galley has Mark Rothko: Paintings on Paper with a hundred works drawn from all phases of his career.

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