Review

Visual Arts Review: The Sounds of “Unreal Memories”

December 31, 2012
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Sound artist Tutschku employs audio selections that are briefly broadcast periodically throughout the course of the day to startle and surprise listeners, to crack the shell of our typically prosaic and hectic modern lives.

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Jazz CD Reviews: Jazzhaus Ascendant

December 23, 2012
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We should look forward, eagerly, to hearing more lost, or previously issued music, from Jazzhaus. And be grateful to the European public for supporting these concerts and broadcasts.

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Theater Review: “Memphis” Doesn’t Sing the Blues

December 14, 2012
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In Memphis, the risqué exhilaration of early rhythm and blues is airbrushed away, to the point that the show appears to argue that from its inception black music sold out to mainstream tastes.

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Theater Review: “Beauty and the Beast” — Only Skin Deep

December 7, 2012
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This version of “La Belle et la Bête” never commits to a through-line about how its metaphors and rich visual imagery are supposed to operate.

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Visual Arts Review: Artist Paul Klee — Philosophical Thinker?

November 10, 2012
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The enduring aspect of Paul Klee’s art is its playfulness, which bubbles up even out of this viscous curatorial treatment.

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Judicial Review # 9: Pushing Hot Buttons — David Mamet’s “Race” @ New Rep

October 19, 2012
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What is a Judicial Review? It is a fresh approach to creating a conversational, critical space about the arts and culture. This is our ninth session, a discussion about the New Repertory Theatre’s production of David Mamet’s play “Race”, which revolves around the frenzy and fury generated by three attorneys who are asked to defend a wealthy man accused of raping an African-American woman.

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Judicial Review # 8: Making Sense of the “Assassins”

May 8, 2012
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What is a Judicial Review? It is a fresh approach to creating a conversational, critical space about the arts and culture. This is our eighth session, a discussion about the Boston University College of Fine Arts production of the 1990 Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman musical Assassins, which looks at the lives and sensibilities of men and women who attempted (successfully or otherwise) to kill the President of the United States.

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Theater Review: Bravo! Hershey Felder in “Maestro: Leonard Bernstein (A Play With Music)”

May 1, 2012
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Directed ably by Joel Zwick, a long-time collaborator of Hershey Felder’s, the excellent Maestro: Leonard Bernstein includes the performer singing, playing the piano, and conducting as well as telling stories.

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Book Review: An Outstanding “List”

November 30, 2011
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Although he has set himself an ambitious task with all that is happening in “The List,” Martin Fletcher has complete command of this material and has created a complex novel that is also a good thriller.

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Visual Arts Review: Flowers as the Work Table for the Imagination

November 5, 2011
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Inescapably erotic, flowers are all about desire. What are they but a glorious exhibition and frame of their own genitals?

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