The camera is a curious instrument. Its
purposes run from mundane to exotic and include a sweeping range
between, but the odd thing is that the operator of the instrument is
reflected whatever the purpose may be.
Do you know when you go to a dance
concert — or any formal performance — and they ask you to turn off your
phones? Well, that won’t be happening when ZviDance performs Zoom
at the Aronoff Center this weekend
In 1960, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe followed their 1956 megahit My Fair Lady with the musical Camelot.
Its arrival on Broadway coincided with the election of John Kennedy,
and many people extended the vision of a “magical kingdom” to his
ascendance as America’s charismatic 35th president.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s world premiere play, Abigail/1702, is the Mount Adams theater’s 66th premiere, and a
positive sign that new artistic director Blake Robison will continue the
company’s long tradition of fostering new theatrical works and emerging writers.
When Ravi Shankar died last month at age
92, Jim Tarbell’s thoughts turned to when he brought the great Indian
classical musician to the historic — and endangered — St. Paul Church in
the Pendleton District.
Pages of History: 80 Years at the Taft was on view Aug. 10-Jan. 6, and I saw it on the last day. I found it so fascinating — and such a role model for a show about a cultural institution — that it’s worth discussing even though it’s over.
Memphis, the 2010 Tony Award winner for best musical, is loosely based
on the story of a white disc jockey who crossed the color line and
played black music on the radio in the racially divided Tennessee city, and it’s a story worth witnessing.
My grandmother would say to me, in
German, “Paper is patient,” explaining that one could write anything he
or she wanted on paper, whether true or false. Though I’d always associated the quote with the written word, I was reminded of it while considering Pulp Art, a
show by 11 paper artists at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts
Playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was in
Chicago early in 2008, rehearsing the world premiere of a new play he
had just written for Steppenwolf Theatre. The company was staging Arthur
Miller’s legendary 1953 Tony Award winner, The Crucible, on its mainstage.
Audiences seeing Richard II will wonder why it’s not presented more often because this production works so well. The common wisdom is that Richard II is
more about head than heart. Shakespeare’s other histories are full of
glory and combat, whereas this play focuses on a king whose weakness
leads to his downfall.
To say that 2012 was a great year for art
films isn’t just a reference to the kind of foreign and American-indie
narrative features, like Amour or Your Sister’s Sister, that are too thoughtful to play the multiplexes.