The Jazz Life–Thelonious Monk

The Jazz Life
Life and Times of an American Original by Robin D.G. KelleyThe Jazz Loft Project. Sam Stephensonhttp://www.amazon.com/Thelonious-Monk-Times-American-Original/dp/0684831902www.jazzloftproject.orgThelonious Monk’s life looms so large that legends about him have at times eclipsed his musical legacy.  two books revisit Monk’s life  ...

Brazil, DVD Collection

Brazil (1985)a film by Terry GillamCriterion Collection DVDhttp://www.criterion.com/films/211   When I set out to review *The Criterion Collection*’s 3 disk version ofTerry Gilliam’s 1985 film *Brazil*, I decided to watch the bowdlerized 94minute studio cut of the film- the  ...

Riccardo Muti: Great Orchestras on Tour, Philadelphia

New York Philharmonic on tourGreat Orchestras on Tour series in Verizon HallPhiladelphia,Nov. 20, 2009Program:LISZT: Les Préludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3ELGAR: In the SouthPROKOFIEV: Selections from Romeo and Juliethttp://www.kimmelcenter.org/ Muti returns Riccardo Muti’s star power has not diminished in the  ...

Philly Classical

From Russia, with Philly LoveVladimir JorowskiPhiladelphia OrchestraOctober 29-31, 2009Vladimir Jurowski - Conductor Sergey Khachatryan - ViolinProgram:Stravinsky - Scherzo fantastique Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto Prokofiev - Symphony No. 4 (1947 revision)http://www.philorch.org/ Philadelphia Chamber Music SocietyIgnat Solzhenitsyn accompanied the Moscow QuartetNovember,  ...

Liberty Medal to Spielberg

Liberty Medal presented to SpielbergNational Constitution Center, PhiladelphiaOctober 8, 2009 (Pool/Laurence Kesterson/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT)Under a gorgeous autumn sky on Independence Mall in Philadelphia,director Steven Spielberg received the Liberty City Medal in aceremony at the National Constitution Center October 8.President Bill Clinton,  ...

Houston Ballet

Swan Lake Houston BalletJune 11, 2009Houston, TXhttp://www.houstonballet.org/Sara Webb and Connor Walsh.  Photo by Amitava Sarkar.There's nothing quite like finding out your girlfriend's day job is being a swan. Siegfried and Odette, in Stanton Welch's Swan Lake, have the ultimate  ...

Evil Under the Sun

Evil Under the Sun (2007) Developer: AWE Games Publisher: The Adventure Company http://www.dreamcatchergames.com/ The third in the series of Agatha Christie PC games, Evil Under the Sun, again features that indomitable Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. This time, Poirot is  ...

Culture Vulture Plays Computer Games

Culturevulture Plays [Computer] Games Much to my surprise and delight, I've found the best of the sub-sub-genre of computer "adventure games" to be completely engrossing, mesmerizing, fascinating and just plain fun. So please suspend your disbelief for a  ...

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  ...