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Television Review: “We Live Here: The Midwest” — Family Matters

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Coming Attractions

Coming Attractions: December 3 through 19 — 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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The Arts Fuse Currents

Music

Concert Preview: Talking about “Odd Times” with Luke Bemand of Lespecial

By Scott McLennan | December 5, 2023

Lespecial proves that not all “jam bands” are simply children of the Dead.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts Commentary: “Fashioned by Sargent” — The Elephant in the Room

By Mary Sherman | November 9, 2023

The MFA’s Fashioned by Sargent alludes — only at whisper level — to the fact that many of John Singer Sargent’s clients represent questionable ideals.

Film

Film Review: Quality Time in French Foodie Heaven

By Gerald Peary | December 6, 2023

Frederick Wiseman’s latest documentary — an immersive visit behind the scenes of a three-star Michelin restaurant — is a savory, irresistible treat.

Books

Children’s Book Review: Jews in America — From North Dakota to the Lower East Side

By Cyrisse Jaffee | December 6, 2023

Just in time for Chanukah, here are two books that focus on the Jewish experience in America.

Poetry at The Arts Fuse

Weekly Feature: Poetry at The Arts Fuse

December 7, 2023

This week’s poem: Kevin Gallagher’s “In the Boroughs of the Nightmare.”

Dance

Dance Review: Brazil’s Grupo Corpo — Floating Free

By Jessica Lockhart | November 1, 2023

Grupo Corpo’s dancers are as technically astute as other top dance companies, but they excel at conveying a lushness of movement that feels sensual rather than sexual.

Theater

Theater Review: “The Heart Sellers” — A Moving Homage to Friendship

By Robert Israel | December 3, 2023

Dramatist Lloyd Suh takes us on an inner journey by weaving silences into his script that encourage his characters (and us) to reflect and pause.

Television

Television Review: “We Live Here: The Midwest” — Family Matters

By Sarah Osman | December 7, 2023

By focusing on just a few households, rather than surveying all the available examples, this documentary succeeds at its essential (and valuable) goal — to humanize its subjects.

Podcasts

Short Fuse Podcast #65: Arts Commentary and Criticism — The Canary in the Mine Shaft

By Elizabeth Howard | November 16, 2023

In this episode of the Short Fuse, host Elizabeth Howard and Editor-in-Chief and founder of the “Arts Fuse,” Bill Marx, discuss the vital role arts commentary and criticism play in nurturing an open and democratic society

Short Fuses

December Short Fuses — Materia Critica

By Arts Fuse Editor | December 1, 2023

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.

About the Arts Fuse

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.