Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

The Aspen Santa Fe ballet is such a small company, and there has been so much turn-over lately (Craig Black, Sadie Brown, Paul Busch and Peter Franc are all relative newbies, replacing long-time members Sam Chittendon, Katie Dehler and founding member Seth Del Grasso) that part of the interest in  ...

Les Misérables , NYC

Arnold Bennett, no stranger to the quotidian himself, once accused James Joyce of selecting the “dailiest day” as the subject of his novel Ulysses.  Les Misérables, then, could be said to concern itself with the most epical epic: it is the story of a decades long feud between petty thief Jean Valjean (Ramin Karimloo)  ...

Fading Gigolo (2013)

      Would you pay a thousand dollars to have sex with John Turturro? Okay.  That's what I expected. But you're thinking of the geeky Turturro of many Spike Lee and Coen Brothers films, not the sensitive stud muffin of "Fading Gigolo," which Turturro  ...

BODY COUNTS

              Sean Strub’s resume includes being an entrepreneur and failed congressional candidate, but his biggest achievements are as an AIDS activist. A longtime HIV-AIDS survivor, Strub founded the magazine POZ, the first publications of its kind and  ...

Intimate Impressionism, U.S. Tour

“Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art” is an engaging exhibition of 68 pieces of excellent, small-scale Impressionist and post-Impressionist portraits, landscapes and still lifes created between 1860-1910 by unparalleled artists, including Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh and Pierre Bonnard. These paintings, from the private collections  ...

Veronica Mars (2014)

For better or for worse Veronica Mars gives fans of the old TV Show and Kickstarter backers almost everything they could possibly want. This is the rare film that I can absolutely say I was looking forward to seeing and it did not disappoint. Sure I can quibble about a  ...

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Philadelphia

    In November 2013 choreographer Kun-Yang Lin presented a retrospective concert with excerpts representing Lin’s 20 years as a dancer-choreographer and so far unseen in Philadelphia many featuring different styles by the choreographer. Since Lin and his husband, Ken Metzner and company executive director, moved KYL/D to  ...

Venus in Fur, San Francisco

Don’tcha just hate those people who, hearing of a local production of a hot new play, look down their noses and pronounce: “I saw it in New York”? “Venus in Fur”? I saw it in New York. And, while nothing can equal (at least in memory) Nina Arianda’s star  ...

Trey McIntyre Project, U.S. tour

            “The Vinegar Works: Four Dances of Moral Instruction” is a perfectly realized dance theater performance, and a perfect ending for the Trey McIntyre Project’s farewell tour. Ten years after the company’s formation, the TMP will disband as a  ...