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Classical Music Album: Rattle conducts Mahler and “Vienna: Joyful Apocalypse”

Coming Attractions

Coming Attractions: July 21 through August 5 — 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

Classical Music Album: Rattle conducts Mahler and “Vienna: Joyful Apocalypse”

By Jonathan Blumhofer | July 22, 2024

Sir Simon Rattle’s latest traversal of Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony is something special; Pianist Aurélien Pontier’s stylish disc is a celebration of the music of fin de siècle Vienna.

Visual Arts

Book Review: Going Beyond the Great Van Gogh Hagiography Machine

By Allen Michie | July 21, 2024

Émile Bernard, to his credit, spends much of his life redeeming rather than demeaning his friend.

Film

Film Review: “The Nature of Love” — Revamping the Rom-Com

By Steve Erickson | July 21, 2024

Director Monia Chokri finds a language for communicating Sophia’s desire without putting her body on display.

Books

Book Review: Going Beyond the Great Van Gogh Hagiography Machine

By Allen Michie | July 21, 2024

Émile Bernard, to his credit, spends much of his life redeeming rather than demeaning his friend.

Poetry at The Arts Fuse

Weekly Feature: Poetry at The Arts Fuse

June 27, 2024

This week’s poem: Fred Marchant’s “saw whet”

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: A Magical, Risky, Reimagined Production of “The Dybbuk”

By Debra Cash | June 23, 2024

Arlekin Players Theatre’s “The Dybbuk” may not convince you of the supernatural, but director Igor Golyak is a magician.

Television

Film Review: “Lumberjack the Monster” — A Petrified Forest

By Steve Erickson | June 5, 2024

Director Takashi Miike’s latest is a killjoy of a film: it doesn’t want to have fun with its material, but it’s impossible to take it seriously. 

Podcasts

Short Fuse Podcast #68: “The Swans of Harlem”

By Elizabeth Howard | July 19, 2024

Elizabeth Howard talks to “Swans of Harlem” author Karen Valby and Lydia Abarca, a prima ballerina and one of the Swans, about the forgotten story of a pioneering group of five Black ballerinas.

Short Fuses

July Short Fuses — Materia Critica

By Arts Fuse Editor | July 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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The Arts Fuse was established in June, 2007 as a curated, independent online arts magazine dedicated to publishing in-depth criticism, along with high quality previews, interviews, and commentaries. The publication's over 70 freelance critics (many of them with decades of experience) cover dance, film, food, literature, music, television, theater, video games, and visual arts. Support arts coverage that believes that culture matters.