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Berkshire Stage Requiem

Prefatory to Tanglewood, Berkshire Lyric Undertakes Jenkins’ ‘Requiem’

(Classical Music, Berkshire Co.) All right, it’s the ninth of May, and Tanglewood doesn’t get going until late June, so calling this prefatory is maybe just perhaps a slight exaggeration, but: Karl Jenkins’ Requiem is a big, monolithic beast of a work attended by all sorts of messianic and apocalyptic overtones ...more...

BIFF Button

This Year’s Berkshire International Film Festival is Heavy on the Docs

(Film, The Berkshires) The seventh annual BIFF gets under way May 31 with the debut of Ethel, the new film about Ethel Kennedy. ...more...

Canada

The Canucks are Coming to Mass MoCA

(Visual Art, Berkshire Co.) The Great White North rides south in May for a summerlong residency at Mass MoCA, Oh, Canada. ...more...

Yasmine Rana

“Blood Sky” and Yasmine Rana visit brings International Women’s Month to the Berkshires

(Theater, Berkshires) Under a variety of titles, March has become the month that women’s history and progress is marked, and its course for the future charted. ...more...

Kerouac

Kerouac’s Only Play Gets Staging in Lowell

(Theater, Berkshires) The play, “Beat Generation”, was discovered in a warehouse in Jersey in 2005. ...more...

Cab Calloway

PBS Spotlights Cab Calloway on Sunday

(Jazz, National) Anyone not feeling the Oscar hype would do well to keep “Cab Calloway: Sketches” in mind for potential Sunday night viewing. (8 ET; check local listings.) ...more...

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Ai Weiwei Doc Set for Summer Release

(Film, Arts, National) Be on the lookout for “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry”, which will hit theaters sometime this summer via Sundance Selects. ...more...

Fishy Motherwells

These Paintings Can’t Be Real, Can They?

(Arts, National) Herewith the tale of Glafira Rosales, who showed up at an art dealer on the Upper East Side with a Rothko in 1995 and set off a firestorm. ...more...

Marble bust and marble Rubbermaid trash can

Are the Arts in Decline? Depends on How You Look at It.

(Arts, National) Jed Perl of “The New Republic” takes a shot at recasting the conversation. ...more...

Perilous Life of Symphony Orchestras

Orchestras are Suffering Financially. Why is That, Exactly?

(Classical Music, National) An econ professor from Stanford takes a clear-eyed look at the teetering American symphony. ...more...

Promises Promises cast takes its bows, by Arthur Fu

Jaan Whitehead on the Future of American Theatre

(Theater, National) Don’t waver on whether or not you should read this long and quite detailed essay about the future of theater in this country. Just go read it. ...more...

Joffrey Ballet

New Joffrey Ballet Film Is Making The Rounds

(Dance, Film, National) “Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance” will be at art houses nationwide this month. ...more...

Virgin of the Rocks

Premiere of “Leonardo Live” Hits Theaters Worldwide Today

(Arts, Film, National) The film, which will play an erratic schedule in theaters nationwide over the next two weeks, details the record-shattering “Leonardo: Painter at the Court of Milan” exhibition that the National Gallery of London recently ran. You may have already heard something about this. ...more...

Kodak Theatre

Yes, the Kodak Theater Is No Longer

(Film, Los Angeles/Orange County) ...more...

Lavender Mist, Pollock

You’ll Like Jackson Pollock Better After We Scare You

(Arts, National) A Loyola University psychologist announced the other day that people apparently like abstract art more after they’ve just been frightened. ...more...

Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

Go to Mike Daisey’s Website and Get A Transcript of His Steve Jobs Show

(Theater, National) “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” has been turning heads and pursing lips since Daisey debuted it at the Public Theater last fall, and now people who haven’t seen it can at least get a sense of what he’s going on about. ...more...

Not at all Mary Todd Lincoln

Pardon Me, But I Don’t Believe That’s Mrs. Lincoln

(Arts, National) The portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln that Lincoln’s last descendant bought in 1976 and presented to the Illinois Historical Library is fake. ...more...

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Is Star Wars: Episode I any better in 3D?

(Film, National) George Lucas is re-releasing “The Phantom Menace” in 3D. This may be something of a dilemma for some Star Wars fans. ...more...

Jason Segel in Man or Muppet

Good Job, Academy: Nominees for Best Song Will Not Perform At Ceremony

(Film, National) It’s true; viewers will not be treated to performances of either of this year’s Best Song nominees at the ceremony. ...more...

Smash

“Smash” Will Save NBC, Maybe

(Theater, Television, National) The network is hoping that America will allow its dark, cold February evenings to be brightened by “Smash”, the new Broadway-themed show that debuts tonight at 10. ...more...

Ballerina Down, Steve Williams

When Ballerinas Fall

(Dance, New York, National) What really happens when a ballerina takes a bad step? A lot of gears grind to a halt. ...more...

SHUT UP TWIT

Short Attention Span Theater Threatens to Become the New Norm

(Theater, National) The San Francisco Playhouse is just the latest venue to begin experimenting with Tweet Seats. ...more...

From Roko Belic's "Happy"

Come On, Get “Happy” on February 11

(Film, National) In an attempt to spread happiness globally, filmmaker Roko Belic is offering up his 2011 documentary, Happy, for a sliding fee scale with hopes of inspiring the entire world to watch his film on that day. ...more...

Beasts of the Southern Wild

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Takes Grand Jury Prize at Sundance

(Film, National) The surrealistic Southern film also won the cinematography award. ...more...

American Ballet Center and Joffrey

Joffrey Doc Opens in Limited Release

(Dance, Film, National) Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance” will also be screened tomorrow at a number of theaters in conjunction with an interactive panel on Twitter. ...more...

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