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Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010
Melissa Etheridge’s heart beats with a courage and conviction unmatched by most performers. But the musician’s greatest strength may be her ability to look within and embrace herself as she is, something that has given her a unique niche in the traditionally male-dominated rock ’n’ roll landscape. Such courage lies at the heart of Fearless Love...
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Theater Review

A tree swing without the tree, a large patchwork textile drape done in earth tones and one enormously talented performer were all it took to bring to life American Players Theatre’s most moving and compelling play of the season. Actor Colleen Madden and Director C. Michael Wright teamed together once again to bring Pamela Gien’s The Syringa Tree to APT’s Touchstone...
Album Reviews
Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Imagine Project (Hancock Records/RED)

Imagine a jazz CD by piano virtuoso Herbie Hancock that isn’t entirely—or, in this case, even primarily—instrumental and you’ll have a sense of where The Imagine Project is going. But it takes repeated listening to understand how far the 70-year-old Hancock has pushed the jazz genre...
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The trials and tribulations of the Hubbard family occupy Another Part of the Forest, American Players Theatre’s fourth seasonal offering, which opened on a suitably steamy, damp Saturday night. Love and honor are in short supply in Lillian Hellman’s Southern Gothic tale, which takes place in post-Civil War Alabama. At times it’s anyone’s guess...
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Theater Review

Alas, poor Bertram (Matt Schwader). Sent to make his way in the court of France’s king (Jonathan Smoots) by his widowed mother, the Countess of Rossillion (Tracy Michelle Arnold), young Bertram thinks this is his way to escape the clutches of Helena (Ally Carey), a comely physician’s daughter who pines for his troth...
Album Reviews
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Cuba remained a musical enigma for most Americans for decades until 1997, when guitarist Ry Cooder introduced the Buena Vista Social Club, a group of the island nation’s most influential performers who brought the sounds of Cuba to life for a new generation of fans. BVSC member and singer Omara...
Local Music
Monday, May 24, 2010
When Kurt Neumann was 15, he had two cassette decks with which he “bounced tracks” back and forth, experimenting with musical effects. He played drums and guitar and had written a few songs by the time he paired up with high school friend Sam Llanas in 1983 to form the BoDeans. Today, Neumann lives in Austin and has a recording studio in a building on his Texas property. He still plays drums and guitar and writes songs with...

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