Culturevulture.net Choices 2006

Editor’s Note: In years past, Arthur Lazere, the founder of this site, who died in September, would come out with a “Best Movies of the Year” list. This year, I’ve asked culturevulture.net contributors to offer their own “bests” for the  ...

Big Apple Bites Nov. 06

Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre Several Witty Observations Photo by Piotr Woloszyk Pictured: Katarzyna Chmielewska ABT Studio Company – Works & Process The foreseeable future of ballet looked rosy judging from the talent shown at the Guggenheim Works  ...

Best of 2008–culturevulture.net – review

Recently, I sent out a call to culturevulture.net writers to pick a favorite cultural moment for 2008. The variety of choices offered fits the profile of writers with whom I have the pleasure of collaborating. They are intelligent people, great  ...

Mini-Reviews from All Over NYC

Betontanc at Danspace Project Slovenian company Betontanc’s Wrestling Dostoievsky, at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, took Crime and Punishment as a jumping off point, but the overall mood, and not the shouted text, made the most impact. Light  ...

Big Apple Bites Jan 07

More and more artists are working with the medium of video, so much so that on a recent gallery tour through Chelsea, it seemed like every other gallery had a video installation. Heavyweights such as Robert Wilson represented; he had  ...

Sa Dinging: Chinese Pop Star, culturevulture.net – review

China’s restrictions on free speech are proving a hindrance to its emerging musical talents. Artists are unable to pursue controversial topics and have little crossover appeal. However, Chinese Mongolian East/West fusionist Sa Dingding has carefully avoided areas of controversy and  ...

A Little Cole in Your Stocking – review

All that’s missing is the martini. “A Little Cole in Your Stocking,” the holiday cabaret revue at Aurora Theatre in Berkeley through Dec. 30, has a lot more going for it than the name. The husband-and-wife team of Billy  ...

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan review

Lin Hwai-min has created a dance company in Taiwan that is almost shockingly esoteric. Much more stripped-down and anti-narrative than many cultural imports from Asia, his Cloud Gate Dance Theatre doesn’t so much turn its back on Chinese Opera, for  ...

Dance Beat SF- review

Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith in Wheeldon's After The Rain © Erik Tomasson San Francisco Ballet: Gala 2007 Tricia Brown Dance Company at Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley Richard Alston Dance Company, Memorial Hall, Stanford Jan 24-27, 2007 San  ...

Don Giovanni Houston Grand Opera

Is it interesting that what some consider the world most perfect opera, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, is about a consciousless cad? Mozart’s retelling of the Don Juan legend is a study in contrasts, light vs. dark and pure vs. evil. The  ...