Cirque du Soleil, Kooza

It is virtually impossible to doze off at a performance of Cirque de Soleil. What with the flashing lights, loud music and frequent applause for the high-flying daredevil acts, adrenaline alone should stave off the soporific state. And yet …  ...

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, on tour

Cal Performances Zellerbach Hall, University of California at Berkeley October 26, 2008 (tour continues in various American cities through November 17, 2008) http://www.jso.co.il/tourplan-eng.php When you play second fiddle, you take more chances. That is perhaps why  ...

The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard – review

Just as the U.S. presidential candidates begin to blanket the airwaves with promises that we doubt they can keep, along comes Masterpiece Theatre’s The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard, the entirely entertaining tale of Ros Pritchard’s rocket ride from West Yorkshire to  ...

Big Apple Bites Sept 07

Maria de Buenos Gotham Chamber Opera Skirball Center http://www.gothamchamberopera.com/ David Parsons directed and choreographed this “operita” by Astor Piazzolla, with a small cast of two singers, a narrator, ten dancers, plus orchestra and chorus. Everything felt right in this  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Mark Twain; Will Rogers … Americans historically love a good story as well as the raconteurs who have spun themselves into icons while spinning the tales. In our own day, the honors surely must go to Garrison Keillor who, thanks  ...

Don’t Hate: Strippers Fight the Government- review

DVD Directed by Jimmy Bell http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=7073546 I admit it. My interest in reviewing this documentary is based entirely on the title. It’s called, “Don’t Hate: Strippers Fight the Government.” My interest only piqued after learning that the strippers in  ...

Big Apple Bites Feb 07

Big Dance Theater The Other Here Japan Society Annie B Parsons and Paul Lazar, the minds behind Big Dance Theater, have for years put together some of the coolest, most appealing hybrid performances around. Add The Other Here  ...

Big Apple Bites April 07

Big Apple Bites: On and Off the Beat of a New York Critic April 2007 View of Leno Levy and Shelby White court, Roman Sculpture. First Century, B.C. Metropolitan Museum of Art New Greek & Roman  ...

Big Apple Bites May 07

Big Apple Bites: On and Off the Beat of a New York Critic May 2007 Walla Cardona Quartet’s SITE video clip website Richard Serra at MoMA website Two very different New York events recently offered some interesting metaphorical  ...

Arts Scene: Boston Jan 2007

Upon reading the program for the performance by Stephen Petronio Company January 12 at the swanky and newly-opened Institute of Contemporary Art, I thought to myself, “gay, gay, gay!” The entire first half of the program featured Petronio’s dances set  ...