April 11, 2015 |
Though American writer-director James Gray is best known for crime dramas such as The Yards , We Own the Night, and Blood Ties , his 1994 debut, Little Odessa , about Jewish Russian émigrés in Brooklyn, showed he had a talent for capturing the peculiar rhythms of immigrant communities and the dynamics within first-generation families. He returns to some of those concerns with the stunning The Immigrant , a rich, complex drama set in the early 1920s about two Polish sisters who spend their last penny to emigrate to New York.
January 17, 2015 |
The first time that developer David Blumenfeld proposed an apartment house for the strip of land behind the Rodin Museum, he was practically laughed out of the Art Commission. His renderings showed a bland six-story building rising up like a wave behind the tiny classical temple, ready to swallow the Paul Cret masterpiece in its glassy maw. What a difference a few months can make. When Blumenfeld returned to the commission last week with a revised design for 2100 Hamilton by Barton Partners, he was somehow able to talk members into approving the concept.
January 29, 2014 |
ERNEST AFLAKPUI was in prime viewing position yesterday during Archbishop Carroll's best stretch against host Archbishop Wood. As 6-6 junior forward Derrick Jones and the Patriots sprang for 54 second-half points en route to an 83-52 victory, Aflakpui was parked on the bench with the referee blues. A 6-9 junior center, Aflakpui hides from whistles the way skyscrapers hide from skylines. And that includes logging court time with Wood's 6-7, 285-pound building Joe LoStracco. Aflakpui's 15 points and seven rebounds didn't make LoStracco look small by any stretch, but he certainly commanded the paint with aplomb in the first half.
January 18, 2014 |
In 1974, Gene Clark, the founding member of the Byrds who cowrote "Eight Miles High," released his solo album No Other . Decried as indulgent and overproduced, the album met with disdain and was a critical and commercial failure. But in the ensuing four decades, the album, reissued on CD in 2004, has come to be regarded as an overlooked classic. Among those who hold No Other in high esteem are Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand of the Baltimore dream-pop band Beach House. The duo are the force behind the "Gene Clark - No Other " Tour, which will play the first of just four dates scheduled nationally at Union Transfer on Wednesday.
November 12, 2013 |
For decades, a giant 17th-century Italian masterpiece has been slowly losing its luster on an obscure library wall on the Villanova University campus. Also fading - from memory - has been the artwork's fascinating backstory. It begins with an American-born Italian princess and a papal palace, twists through World War II, and ends up on the Main Line with the help of an ambitious priest. But now the century-long, operatic tale of the princess, the priest, and the painting is getting a bright and uplifting new finale.
October 5, 2013 |
New Wave directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut famously incorporated tropes from American noir and Western films into theirs. Their colleague Louis Malle went a step further and made a score of American films, including My Dinner With Andre (1981) , Vanya on 42nd Street (1994) - and the 1981 masterpiece Atlantic City featuring Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon. Malle's work was well-received - even revered - here with the possible exception of 1985's Alamo Bay , which sharply divided critics.
July 7, 2013 |
He prefers to keep company with Mozart , Wagner, and Debussy rather than go out with the lads for a brew. One thing the young Detective Constable Endeavour Morse most assuredly is not is a lad. Or a dude. Awkward, socially inept Morse is the brilliant detective featured in the PBS Masterpiece Mystery entry Endeavour , a finely crafted TV series set in the ancient university town of Oxford in the mid-1960s. The first season, which consists of four feature-length mysteries, premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday and runs on consecutive Sundays through July 28 on WHYY TV12.
June 12, 2013
Wednesday Returning: "Royal Pains" and "Necessary Roughness," 9 and 10 p.m., USA. Thursday Returning: "Sullivan & Son," 10 p.m., TBS. Sunday Returning: "True Blood," 9 p.m., HBO; "Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis," WHYY12. June 19 Returning: "Futurama," 10 p.m., Comedy Central. June 23 Premiering: "Crossing Lines," 9 p.m., NBC10. William Fichtner ("Prison Break") stars as an ex-cop who joins an international team tracking a serial killer across Europe.
April 19, 2013 |
However strenuously Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire portrays madness, the listener's reaction is often bewilderment and disorientation, mainly because this song cycle about a comedia dell'arte character becoming drunk on moonlight completely bypasses typical theatrical portrayals of madness. It's insanity from the inside out. So on Tuesday at the Barnes Foundation, when art lovers hoped to catch up with the 101-year-old Schoenberg masterpiece alongside more readily apprehensible paintings of the same era, you wished them the best of luck, knowing that you can listen to Pierrot for decades and never feel on top of it. The occasion was the Curtis Institute's debut at the Barnes, in what may be the first of many concerts there and one that played well off the foundation's art collection.
February 2, 2013 |
Robert Battle programmed Paul Taylor's 1981 masterpiece Arden Court as the opening note on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's three-night run at the Merriam Theater, which began Wednesday. Even with the antique beauty of William Boyce's baroque music, the company breathed new life into Taylor's work, and into the closer, Ailey's 1960 classic Revelations . The six men in Revelations danced like tightly coiled springs rapidly released, or, in static moments, X'd their bodies stiffly to be turned hands-over-heels by one another; one man rolled across the floor as the curtain dropped.