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The Weekly Listicle – Evil Houses, Evil Locations…Simply Evil

March 31, 2011 – 5:16 pm |
The Weekly Listicle – Evil Houses, Evil Locations…Simply Evil

Welcome to another entry in the Fourth Wall Weekly Listicle, a weekly tour through the cinematic netherworlds of your ever-faithful Film and TV crew. I know that the writers here share a somewhat notorious …

Art Review: Paris Through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle, Philadelphia Museum of Art

March 30, 2011 – 9:45 am | One Comment
Art Review: <em>Paris Through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle</em>, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Chagall was a major exception to the ready embrace of western modes of art and thought by artists from Eastern Europe. However much he might borrow a stylistic element from Cubism or Orphism, Chagall maintained a spiritual element in his art that was in keeping with his Jewish and Russian heritage.

Playwright in Profile: Susan Tenneriello

March 29, 2011 – 3:14 pm |
Playwright in Profile: Susan Tenneriello

Tenneriello’s first encounter with theatrical experimentation came from her mother who used to perform impersonations after family dinners. “We would bang our silverware on the table calling for ‘imitations’ at the end of the meal. She would disappear and return dressed like one of us in a bathrobe or jacket, and parody us. It was hysterical.”

Book Review: In the Blink of an Eye by Michael Waltrip

March 29, 2011 – 11:31 am | 9 Comments
Book Review: <em>In the Blink of an Eye</em> by Michael Waltrip

On the last lap, Earnhardt crashed, dying shortly thereafter. The race winner, Michael Waltrip, was celebrating in Victory Lane when he found out that he had lost one of his best friends even as he achieved one of the biggest successes of his racing career. New York Times bestseller In the Blink of an Eye is the story of Waltrip’s journey of personal discovery as he dealt with this loss, as well as an account of how a guy from a small town in Kentucky ended up driving at the elite level in his chosen sport.

Movie Review: Sucker Punch

March 26, 2011 – 12:36 pm | One Comment
Movie Review: <em>Sucker Punch</em>

Sucker Punch strove to be what the trailers made it out to be: a comic-book-influenced tale of female empowerment—Alice down the rabbit hole with big guns, robots, and mythical creatures. It didn’t succeed. Duly unfortunate is the fact that Snyder, much like M. Night “What a twist!” Shyamalan, has officially figured out his signature: slow motion. Sucker Punch could easily have cut its run time by a quarter if there had been fewer protracted, sluggish shots fetishizing either flesh or brutality.

Review: Mark Morris Dance Group

March 25, 2011 – 3:57 pm |

In the last section of Mark Morris’ Festival Dance, one dancer picks up his partner and spins around so that her legs fly out with centrifugal force, and just when it seems he will put her down (she’s been up in the air for quite a while and the musical phrase is coming to a close), she hitches her arms more securely about him and they continue on. It’s a bit like someone who won’t stop talking though short of breath, too giddy to stop the flow of words.

The Weekly Listicle: Keeping It Simple With A ROBO-POCALYPSE!

March 24, 2011 – 5:04 pm | One Comment
The Weekly Listicle: Keeping It Simple With A ROBO-POCALYPSE!

This week, the big opener of note is the outrageous fantasy action epic Sucker Punch, which promises to blow its target audience away and bewilder the rest of the world. The only undeniable thing we …

Video Game Review: Dragon Age 2

March 24, 2011 – 4:56 pm | 2 Comments
Video Game Review: <em>Dragon Age 2</em>

Do you like fantasy? As in the elves and dwarves and sword and sorcery ilk? No? Well then here’s my shortest review ever: Dragon Age 2 is not for you. The end. If however, you’re like myself and you spent plenty a weekend around a table with friends rolling dice and trying to stab kobolds in the back with your half-elf rogue, or even if you just thought the action scenes of The Lord of the Rings were pretty cool, then read on.

The Denver Art Museum’s New Galleries of American Indian Art

March 23, 2011 – 5:00 pm |
The Denver Art Museum’s New Galleries of American Indian Art

Navajo “eyedazzler” rugs of the nineteenth century, in which brilliantly colored wools form intricate diamonds, are grouped together to emphasize the subtle formal variations introduced by individual weavers; the vivid reds, yellows, and greens which made the designs possible were the product of new chemical dyes.

Dance Review: San Francisco Ballet’s Coppélia

March 22, 2011 – 8:46 pm | One Comment
Dance Review: San Francisco Ballet’s <em>Coppélia</em>

This production is, in a word — glorious! The lush backgrounds, from the opening wisteria-covered village green to the detailed interior of Dr. Coppélius’ workshop with its cantilevered bookshelves and spare doll parts, framed some terrific dancing by soloists and corps alike.

A New Take on “Primitivism”? Man Ray, African Art, and The Modernist Lens

March 21, 2011 – 9:00 am |
A New Take on “Primitivism”? <em>Man Ray, African Art, and The Modernist Lens</em>

There are other questions to ask as well. Can this be anything other than two white men reducing the artifacts of a nonwhite culture to the status of props in their cerebral games? In my years as a graduate student, the academic word on artistic primitivism seemed unambiguous. It was straight-up cultural imperialism…

Review: Buglisi Dance Theatre and Paul Taylor Dance Company

March 20, 2011 – 3:16 pm |

The dancers of Buglisi Dance Theatre are perhaps the chief reason to see this company, which performed at the Joyce last week. These remarkable dancers have formidable technique (many are trained in the Martha Graham style), and they are capable of infusing their dancing with drama, humor, and wit. Their gifts were particularly evident in Requiem, the first piece on the program. In this work, the gravitas of Fauré’s score flows up their straight backs and out through their eyes; there is conviction in every contraction of their spines, every movement of their hands and arms.

Movie Review: The Lincoln Lawyer

March 19, 2011 – 12:34 pm |
Movie Review: <em>The Lincoln Lawyer</em>

Michael Connelly is a very popular author, but it is easy to dismiss a film adapted from an airport bestseller, sight unseen. In this case, it would be most unfair. The Lincoln Lawyer spins a tangled and entertaining yarn about a maverick lawyer who knows how to get tough when he needs to.

5 Questions with San Francisco Ballet Dancer Nicole Ciapponi

March 18, 2011 – 11:45 pm |
5 Questions with San Francisco Ballet Dancer Nicole Ciapponi

My favorite ballet to work this season (so far) was the William Forsythe The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude. This ballet really pushed my technique, plus it allowed me to present my personality on stage. It was truly amazing to have the opportunity to perform this piece and hope that I can perform it again in the near future.

The Weekly Listicle: Luck o’ the Irish!

March 17, 2011 – 12:35 pm |
The Weekly Listicle: Luck o’ the Irish!

St. Patrick’s Day in America has become a day of drunken celebration–green beer, plastic hats, and parades featuring a enormous, creepy, grinning semblances of the ubiquitous leprechaun. We’ve co-opted a Catholic holiday celebrating a …

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