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This week between editing and teaching, I managed to visit a few key exhibitions and concerts featuring compelling rarities. Two of them come thanks to recommendations from Holland Cotter, of the New York Times. Lately, I've been really appreciating his exhibition
In no particular order, here are the first few of ten important literary figures and their related events and publications. These people have not only done their own great work but have fostered creative American communities in their own fashions. They
The number of blogs on the internet is somewhat overwhelming, but I still enjoy sifting through site after site, searching for the perfect ‘beat’, so to speak (with apologies to Gilles Peterson). It is like walking in the middle of a
It's Friday afternoon, and you are watching the clock, waiting for the official beginning to the weekend, when you can leave work behind and get a hearty helping of culture. New York City offers more than one person knows what to
The site of Joanna Newsom playing harp is truly an awesome one: it calls to my mind someone dragging a beached whale back to water. The synchronousness of her confidently straddled, enormous harp, held aloft by a tiny frame with a
I've seen Calvin Johnson perform live once; it was a wonderful and fun experience, and one that bolstered the impression – one I'd previously gathered from the uncharacteristically inoffensive, if nonetheless less than enlightening, responses to YouTube videos of his performances
LuminaTO, Toronto's Festival of Arts + Creativity, runs from June 5-14, 2009, animating downtown venues and locales with a veritable plethora of events and happenings in visual arts, literature, theatre, film, music and dance. It's only the third year for what
I don't know when it happened, and I'm not going to blame Topher Grace, but at somepoint everyone decided we really wanted to live in the late 70's to early 80's. Possibly some sort of Post 9/11 retreat back into safer
The Grove Dictionary of Music describes ethnomusicology as “[t]he study of social and cultural aspects of music and dance in local and global contexts.” This differs somewhat from musicology, which Grove defines as “the scholarly study of music.” While from these
Ray Lamontagne was made for rainy days. He was made for break-ups, and layoffs and lost keys. No matter your bad day scenario, when Lamontagne lets that thick, deep rasp flow from his mouth, you will swear that he wrote
There is no one on this planet that could accuse me of having a single-minded interest in a particular type of music. My uni supervisor constantly despaired over my apparent lack of research focus. Let me know if any of this
Last nights sold out performance at Radio City Music Hall was a truly magnificent musical event. 'The Swell Season,' an ever growing amalgamation, which last night consisted of front man, the Irish and exuberant, Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Czech born
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