Matisse/Diebenkorn

“Matisse always surprises me…. It’s the restraint coupled with the sensuousness that’s so utterly exceptional.” Richard Diebenkorn The distinguished artistic career of the prominent postwar California painter Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) began with his unique style of abstract expressionism (ca.1946–1956), then moved to figurative works, including landscapes, still lifes, interiors  ...

Interview with playwright Lisa Loomer

In late February, I had a chance to sit down with playwright Lisa Loomer (“The Waiting Room,” “Girl Interrupted”) to discuss her play “Roe,” now at Berkeley Rep. My own experience with the political and practical history of winning and defending abortion rights and delivery of abortion services, over the  ...

Bruckner Orchester Linz

Virgil Thomson used to say that the French played Brahms better than the Germans, and maybe the Austrians play Americans better than Americans. This seemed to be the case when the brilliant American conductor Dennis Russell Davies, who has been Europe-based since 1980, led his band, the Bruckner Orchester Linz,  ...

Betroffenheit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJASICbz3Gg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfs-SEx1nCU There is a room in Jonathon Young's mind created from trauma. It has an electrical box, a harsh fluorescent overhead industrial light, a wall phone, and a corner in which to hide and whimper; at times, to painstakingly crawl out of. The two walls  ...

Sheldon Harnick, musical theater legend.

Sheldon Harnick’s mind was stuck on a lyric, but his body was on the move. He walks or finds other ways to get moving to free his creative process when he’s suffering a case of writer’s block.A truck was also in motion. It was headed toward the award-winning, legendary  ...

America after the Fall

The big draw in the Royal Academy's new show on American painting during the 1930s is the iconic painting "American Gothic" by Grant Wood. The stern-looking father and daughter pair - actually posed by Wood's sister Nan and his dentist, Dr. Byron McKeeby - standing in front of their Carpenter  ...

Must-See Balanchine

Stagers Bart Cook and Maria Calegari return as Balanchine Trust emissaries to transmit the particularities signaling George Balanchine’s momentous break with traditional classical ballet to another generation of dancers. In three works, “Stravinsky Violin Concerto,” “Prodigal Son,” and “Diamonds” from the Jewels Suite, the company zestfully meets the challenge  ...

After the Storm (2017)

Hirokazu Kore-eda has seemingly inherited the role of chronicling Japanese middle class domestic life from Yasujiro Ozu. That isn't to say their sensibilities are similar. Kore-eda is less formalist and more conventional than Ozu, but both have a keen eye for vivid details and characterization. That is on full display  ...

To Kill a Mockingbird

The program for Florida Repertory Theatre’s powerful production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” lists Maycomb, Ala., 1935 as the time and setting. That is partially correct: Director Robert Cacioppo’s smart staging of the classic, based on Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, takes place as much in 2017 in Anytown,  ...

Harlem Quartet +Arturo Stable

LiveConnections is a magnet music/arts collective that crosses musical boundaries and brings together artists from different genres for their concert series and continued community engagement. On February 25 at World Café Live in Philadelphia, they presented the stellar Harlem Quartet and Cuban composer and percussionist extraordinaire Arturo Stable, for  ...