Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House, SF and Nashville

Most Americans don’t devote their lives and fortunes to shoring up their titled family’s 300-year old estate the way Lord David Cholmondeley, the current owner of the historic 4,000-acre, 106-room Houghton Hall in Norfolk, England does. So it was with  ...

Joe Goode Performance Group

“He’s a good boy…Heeee zzza Goode boooboi…He’s a…” chants and slurs Melecio Estrella at the start of “29 Effeminate Gestures.” Estrella hits this angry mantra over and over as if it were a punching bag, until the sentence turns into  ...

Chicago Architecture:

  Chicago is known for its iconic classic and contemporary architecture, as well as for its famous and eccentric architects, such as Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Perhaps because of that environment, many Chicagoans are  ...

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

  In an evil Green Goblin Broadway voice, sing with me, Spider-Man, Spider-Man, radioactive Spider-Man. After receiving lukewarm reviews from most and a downright hateful one from yours truly, The Amazing Spider-Man didn’t exactly set the world on fire. They  ...

Downton Abbey, Season 4

With the new year comes “Downton Abbey, Season 4,” the continuation of the spellbinding costume drama created and written by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes. It’s another season of fascinating “must see” television (usually an oxymoron). PBS, taking full advantage  ...

Foyle’s War, PBS

Foyle’s War’ (Series VII) PBS Masterpiece MysteryCreated and written by Anthony HorowitzStarring: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle WeeksPBS stations, Sundays, Sept. 15-29, 2013, 9 p.m. ET/PT       A fabulous new seventh season of the applauded British series, “Foyle’s  ...

The Lady Vanishes, PBS

    'The Lady Vanishes' Directed by Diarmuid Lawrence Starring Tuppence Middleton, Tom Hughes, Selina Cadell Adapted by Fiona Seres (based on the 1936 novel “The Wheel Spins,” by Ethel Lina White) Masterpiece Mystery! on PBS stations Aug.  ...

Mr. Selfridge, PBS

In 1909 London, American Harry Selfridge (Jeremy Piven, “Entourage”) arrives with his family from Chicago determined to modernize the London shopping experience as he did in Chicago at Marshall Field’s. The brash, bold and self-assured Selfridge finds that traditional retailers  ...

LyricFest, Philadelphia

Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano, led the LyricsFest performance'Journey Toward Freedom' LyricFestFirst Presbyterian Church, PhiladelphiaMarch 3, 2013 LyricFest designs concerts with scope and historical significance so well that it often results in uniquely vital programming. Earlier this year, their single  ...

Debussy’s Preludes by Pierre-Laurent Aimard on DG

A Master Interprets Debussy’s ‘Preludes’ Pierre-Laurent AimardClaude Debussy, “Preludes” Books 1 & IIDeutsche GrammophonCD 477 9983 The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presented pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s concert of Claude Debussy’s "Préludes" (Book II) at the Perelman Theater late  ...