The Treasury of Saint Francis of Assisi

The Basilica of St. Francis has stood for over 750 years in Assisi, a beacon attracting pilgrims, both secular and ecclesiastical, impoverished and of royal heritage. All journey here to revere a man said to disdain wealth in all its trappings, instead seeking joy in the very simplest things  ...

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 Philadelphia and Meg Mackay deliver a chunk of the Cole  ...

American Folk Art Museum – New York

American Anthem: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum Darger: The Henry Darger Collection at the American Folk Art Museum Completed in 2001, the current home of the American Folk Art Museum, by architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, has won numerous awards.  ...

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 has taken the world by storm. Unlike the adolescent army  ...

Arts Scene: Boston 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 to songs by gay composer and singer Rufus Wainwright, some  ...

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia–culturevulture.net – review

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Placido Domingo With Ana Maria Martinez Eugene Kohn, conductor Feb. 16, 2009 Verizon Hall, Philadelphia http://www.chamberorchestra.org/ Superstar tenor Placido Domingo could have easily traded on his movie star aura to walk through the fundraiser concert for The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in Verizon Hall  ...

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 Voom’s assistance on his filmic “portrait” of Winona Ryder, and  ...