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Theater
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Theater Review

C.S. Lewis is best known for creating the fantasy world of Narnia. However, he also wrote another fantasy of sorts, The Great Divorce, which tells of a man's dream journey between Heaven and Hell (known as "the gray town"), as he observes his fellow travelers grappling with their faith-or lack thereof....
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Dance Preview

Ferne Caulker, founder and artistic/executive director of Ko-Thi Dance Company, pauses before responding to the question of how she generated the idea to celebrate 40 years of history for her dance company. Then her candor steps right up. "We had no money," she says jokingly, but with a serious undertone. "And then I said, 'How can we celebrate our 40th year without any...
Theater
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Theater Review

Boulevard Ensemble Studio Theatre is fearless when it comes to pushing boundaries, thanks in large part to the creative vision of Artistic Director Mark Bucher. Sometimes it works, sometimes it's over the top, but it's always a wild, distinctive ride. Boulevard's season closer, Stations of the Cross, continues to move the company in yet another new direction in this original piece...
Theater
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Theater Review

"It's all the same. Nothing has changed," says Madame Ranyevskaya, lost in the past as she gazes upon her beloved cherry orchard in the Russian countryside. But to the contrary,everything has changed. She and the other characters that populate Anton's Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard refuse to accept the changing world around them as class structures redefine themselves amid growing political and financial instability. Sound familiar?
Album Reviews
Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Years of Refusal (Attack/Lost Highway)

Morrissey returns to familiar territory on his ninth solo album, Years of Refusal, re-energized amid flourishes of mariachi horns, rollicking guitar jams and vocals that reach beyond his tall, lanky frame. Fortunately for fans of The Moz, his love-hate relationship with the world around him remains intact. This time out, the former...
Theater
Monday, March 30, 2009

Theater Review

The characters that inhabit A Bronx Tale have names like Eddie Mush, Jimmy Blue Eyes, Bobby Bop and Jo Jo the Whale. They hang out together on the streets, in the bars and in the memories of another friend, "C," who tells their intertwining stories in A Bronx Tale, which ran last week at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts...
Theater
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Theater Review

They're singin' the blues over at The Skylight-fortunately, it's all onstage. In fact, given these economic times and the downtrodden songs they're singing, the four-member cast of the musical revue Blues in the Night is pretty upbeat. Blues in the Night focuses on three...
A&E Feature
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Legends at the Conservatory

Education has always been a key factor in the musical upbringing of jazz trombonist Slide Hampton, especially since he taught himself to play at an early age. It all began the day his father handed him a trombone that happened to be left-sided. Slide was right-handed. But in a musical family of 12 children who all played and sang (eight boys, four girls), he worked with what he was given, including an innate talent that would lead him to master such a physically demanding instrument...
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

Feb. 17, 2009

It was all there: the raucous punk-meets-countrified twang guitars, the fast-driving drums, the infamous sneer, the standoffish attitude and the amazing songbook of familiar classics that brought the '70s into the '80s and beyond. The Pretenders-in 2...
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009

Jan. 15, 2009

Thanks to Cheap Trick, power-pop rock will forever live on. And based on last week's three-night stand at Potawatomi Bingo Casino, the boys are not only living on, they're full of the same high-level energy as when they started out 35 years ago. Wa...

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