Review

Classical CD Review: Seattle Opera’s Earthbound “Der Ring des Nibelungen” (Avie Records)

January 5, 2015
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What one really wishes is that the Seattle Opera’s Ring Cycle had been released as a DVD.

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Visual Arts Review: “National Pride (and Prejudice)” at MFA Boston — Thinking Critically about National Icons

January 5, 2015
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National Pride (and Prejudice) wants us to reexamine the relationship between a country’s iconic images and its not-so-reassuring realities.

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Book Review: “The Hilltop: A Novel” — Serious Israeli Comedy

January 3, 2015
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Assaf Gavron’s sweeping, smart, often funny new novel spins a satiric update on Exodus.

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Book Review: The Remarkable Life of Storm Jameson — Attention Tenderly Paid

January 2, 2015
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After reading this scholarly and accessible biography, I am convinced that Storm Jameson’s life is a must for anyone fascinated by the history of women writers in the 20th century.

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Rock Review: Marshall Crenshaw and Melissa Ferrick — A Welcome Holiday Tradition

December 30, 2014
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If your tastes run to finely crafted songwriting, then the standout event between Christmas and New Year’s is when Melissa Ferrick and Marshall Crenshaw roll into Club Passim on separate nights.

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Film Review: Chris Rock’s “Top Five” — Only Funny on the Fringes

December 29, 2014
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Perhaps Top Five is Chris Rock’s penance for doing lucrative-paying voices for the insanely popular Madagascar animation franchise.

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Book Review: “Nagasaki”‘s Diptych of Aloneness

December 29, 2014
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The success of this short novel set in Japan lies in the empathy it creates for a pair of ordinary and lonely characters.

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Film Review: “The Gambler” Pays Off Handsomely

December 29, 2014
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In The Gambler, Mark Whalberg gives a performance he should be proud of.

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Fuse Film Review: “Big Eyes” — Big Disappointment

December 26, 2014
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Walter is pure evil. Margaret is pure good. And that is Big Eye‘s undoing.

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Music Feature: Notable Classical Recordings of 2014

December 24, 2014
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Feel free to disagree, add to them, come up with your own list, etc. Above all, enjoy!

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