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“Loving Vincent” : Beautifully animated film describes last weeks of Van Gogh’s life through his art

Last evening my wife and I saw the new movie Loving Vincent and thoroughly enjoyed it. The film is unique in that it is animated in the style of Van Gogh.  Since all the characters were the subjects of paintings, watching as Van Gogh’s art comes alive is a majestic viewing experience.  Lest you think it […]

Morton Feldman’s anti-opera ‘Neither’, a collaboration with Samuel Beckett

The Rome Opera commissioned Morton Feldman to write an opera in 1977. In the same year, the composer collaborated with Irish writer Samuel Beckett, and Neither was completed and premiered. However, it is not an opera in the traditional sense of the word. Feldman and Beckett had first met in 1976 in Berlin, where the latter was directing […]

The Winding Stream: deftly crafted documentary celebrates the Carter and Cash families

Beth Harrington celebrates the Carter and Cash family and its enduring contributions to country, folk and roots music in “The Winding Stream,” an impressively researched and deftly crafted feature that doubtless will find an appreciative audience through exposure in home-screen platforms. Clearly a long-gestating labor of love, “The Winding Stream” boasts among its highlights a […]

Hazel Dickens : It’s Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song

Hazel Jane Dickens (June 1, 1925 – April 22, 2011) was an American bluegrass singer, songwriter, double bassist and guitarist. Her music was characterized not only by her high, lonesome singing style, but also by her provocative pro-union, feminist songs. In the early 1950s she moved to Baltimore. She met Mike Seeger, younger half-brother of Pete Seeger and founding member of the New Lost […]