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Coming Attractions in Jazz: September 2012

September 19, 2012
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Updated Sept. 19. Performances tonight and tomorrow evening by the Fred Hersch Trio and the Jeremy Pelt Quintet at Scullers have been cancelled due to a power outage at the DoubleTree hotel. Also, a late addition to the schedule: poet Robert Pinsky and pianist Laurence Hobgood at Club Oberon; plus, a reminder that Brazilian guitarist Rogerio Souza is at Ryles tonight. (For details, see below.) As autumn approaches, Berklee celebrates Ray Charles, NEC kicks off 40th anniversary festivities for its Contemporary Improvisation department, and New England jazz boasts a series of spectacular duo performances, Brazilian music in a variety of flavors, release events for new CDs, and some all-star quintets.

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Book Review: Summer Reading Retrospective — Vanishing Is The Thing

September 16, 2012
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The big theme in fiction this summer was the resonance of disappearance — seen as satire, as melodrama, and as tragedy.

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Theater Interview: “The Kite Runner” — Adapting an Epic Story to the Stage

September 15, 2012
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“There aren’t a lot of roles for Middle Eastern actors in the United States. And it does mean something to me to be able to create roles like this.”

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Theater Review: “Hand in Hand Together” — The Perils of Political Theater in Translation

September 15, 2012
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Many historical dramas are content to use the past as a lens through which to view the present, but “Hand in Hand Together” does more than explore how conflicting ideologies influenced the creation of modern Israel. Dramatist A. B. Yehoshua explores the other possible routes history may have taken.

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Coming Attractions in Jazz: Autumn Festivals 2012

September 14, 2012
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From the Berkshires to Cape Cod, and with a major stop in Beantown, Massachusetts is the place to be for the autumn jazz festival season.

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Book Review: “The Greatcoat” – A Great Ghost Story?

September 12, 2012
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I can say, without equivocation, that Helen Dunmore’s novel “The Greatcoat” is no “The Turn of the Screw.”

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Book Commentary/Review: Imagine There Are No Negative Reviews — It’s Not So Easy If You Try

September 10, 2012
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Who has taken criticism out of the hands of the “true critics”? Is someone making me read rancid Amazon reader reviews? Where do we look for the “true critics”?

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Stage Interview: Cracking Eggs to Make An Omelet —Talking to Israeli novelist and playwright A.B. Yehoshua

September 8, 2012
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The latest play by the celebrated Israeli writer A.B. Yehoshua is a historical drama that revolves around an imaginary conversation between two major political rivals about Zionism and the founding of Israel. Israeli Stage is presenting the American premiere of a staged reading of the script.

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Fuse Book Review: “The Woman Reader” — The Sounds of Silence

September 8, 2012
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In the encyclopedic, fascinating, and intermittently infuriating “The Woman Reader,” author Belinda Jack argues that we should not fear the battle between paper vs. pixels, but value reading and the ways it nourishes a woman’s inner life.

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Book Interview: Literary Crusaders of The Gilded Age —Tackling the Great American Railroad

September 6, 2012
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“The Great American Railroad War” reminds us of an inspired journalistic reaction to the crimes of an earlier age of robber baron.

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