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Film/Album Review: “Omar Sosa’s 88 Well-Tuned Drums” — A Superb Documentary About a Brilliant Artist

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Coming Attractions: May 19 through June 3 — What Will Light Your Fire

Our expert critics supply a guide to film, dance, visual art, theater, author readings, and music. More offerings will be added as they come in.

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Music

Film/Album Review: “Omar Sosa’s 88 Well-Tuned Drums” — A Superb Documentary About a Brilliant Artist

By Brooks Geiken | May 25, 2024

Part of what makes pianist Omar Sosa such a fascinating (and successful) musician is how his complex music constantly dances back and forth, between charming the mind and charging up the body.

Visual Arts

Design Review: A Singular Art Nouveau Shopfront in Harvard Square

By Mark Favermann | May 18, 2024

Made over 100 years before the current marketing phrase went abuzz, 1304 Massachusetts Avenue is a charming example of a true immersive retail experience.

Film

Film/Album Review: “Omar Sosa’s 88 Well-Tuned Drums” — A Superb Documentary About a Brilliant Artist

By Brooks Geiken | May 25, 2024

Part of what makes pianist Omar Sosa such a fascinating (and successful) musician is how his complex music constantly dances back and forth, between charming the mind and charging up the body.

Books

Book Review: “Alfred Dreyfus: The Man at the Center of the Affair” — More Relevant Than Ever

By Roberta Silman | May 25, 2024

We should take courage from this splendid work about how truth and justice triumphed over stupidity and prejudice, and how much the loyalty and love and determination of one remarkable family could accomplish a hundred and thirty years ago.

Poetry at The Arts Fuse

Weekly Feature: Poetry at The Arts Fuse

May 23, 2024

This week’s poem: Daniel E. Pritchard’s “Ailanthus”

Dance

Dance Review: “Naughty Bits” — Pushing Back on a Culture of Sexual Abuse

By Jessica Lockhart | May 14, 2024

Sara Juli has proven herself to be a master of using humor to examine subjects that are uncomfortable and not at all comic. 

Theater

Theater Review: Broadway’s “Water for Elephants” – A Counterargument

By Bob Abelman | May 15, 2024

“Arts Fuse” theater critic Christopher Caggiano, among others, found that the new Broadway musical “Water for Elephants” “has very little going for it.” Let’s agree to disagree

Television

Television Review: “Everybody’s in L.A.” — Could Use Some Tweaking

By Matt Hanson | May 22, 2024

If the show had its format tweaked a little bit, it might hit a sweet spot: somewhere between “The Daily Show”’s investigative reports and Conan O’Brien’s zanier segments.

Podcasts

Short Fuse Podcast #67: Reflecting on William Faulkner

By Elizabeth Howard | May 14, 2024

Host Elizabeth Howard talks to Dr. Jay Watson, the Howry Professor of Faulkner studies and Professor of English at the University of Mississippi. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first book William Faulkner published — “The Marble Faun.”

Short Fuses

May Short Fuses — Materia Critica

By Arts Fuse Editor | May 1, 2024

Each month, our arts critics — music, book, theater, dance, television, film, and visual arts — fire off a few brief reviews.

Food

Film Review: “Flux Gourmet” — Food, Glorious Food

By Peg Aloi | August 23, 2022

Flux Gourmet occasionally reminded me of the films of Peter Greenaway, who often juxtaposed the grotesque or disturbing with the beautiful and ethereal.

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