New Orleans

New Orleans, you had me on my first beignet, (not to be confused with any such concoction you might find in your hometown of the same name). When I told my friends I was heading to the big easy, the  ...

Richard Serra Sculpture Review

As someone old enough to have been aware of Richard Serra's career for most of the forty years this show purports to survey, I'll admit that my respect for his work has fluctuated from time to time. At this moment  ...

Matisse, Painter As Sculptor

Matisse, Painter As Sculptor San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 6/9-9/16, 2007 http://www.sfmoma.org/ Baltimore Museum of Art 10/28/07-2/3/08 http://www.bma.org . First Image-Henri Matisse, Reclining Nude I (Aurora),1907; bronze; 13 9/16 x 19 5/8 x 11 in.;  ...

Women Impressionists

San Francisco Fine Arts Museum Legion of Honor June 21–September 21, 2008 http://www.famsf.org/legion/exhibitions/exhibition.asp?exhibitionkey=794 San Francisco is the only venue for this exhibit. Even before I saw this remarkable exhibit, I decided that I would begin this review with a question:  ...

Heartland Review

Heartland, an original one-hour medical drama about an organ-transplant surgeon, his work and his family premieres on June 18th, 10 ET/PT on TNT. The surgeon, Dr. Nathaniel Grant (Treat Williams), is the pioneering, workaholic chief of the  ...

Meadowlands

Meadowlands is the quintessential paranoid fantasy of a suburb...a community that appears to be safe, bucolic and picturesque, but actually has a sinister, threatening inner core. As the series begins, Danny (David Morrissey) and Evelyn (Lucy Cohu)  ...

Interview: Ben Niles

Ben Niles I met with Ben Niles on May 31, 2008 in San Francisco. The following is a shortened transcript of the interview. ESM: Would you tell me a bit about your background? Niles: Well, I grew  ...

Note by Note

The full-length documentary, Note by Note, is a fascinating account of the yearlong process of building one Steinway grand piano, Number L1037, starting with lumber and ending with a unique, complex concert grand. Since the late 1800s, in an ordinary  ...