It is no exaggeration to call 2013 the “Era of Lera” in contemporary art.
Lera Auerbach, the New Century Chamber Orchestra’s featured composer this week, is also a virtuoso pianist, poet, novelist (in English, Russian and German) and painter; her operas and ballets are being produced internationally; and she is an active member of the Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum. Read More
The memoir from the ex-wife of rocker Ron Wood comes out Tuesday, and “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll” contains shocking revelations about members of the Rolling Stones: They have done drugs. Read More
Any doubt that the Billboard Music Awards are anything other than a gigantic infomercial for major label acts was crushed Sunday night after Justin Bieber was presented with the Milestone Music Award for “musical ingenuity and innovation.”
J-Bib got so many boos from the audience that he spent most of his acceptance speech explaining why he actually deserved it. “I am an artist and I should be taken seriously,” he said. Read More
Beyonce has remained mum on the subject, but now a DJ is alleging that Jay-Z told him that the couple are not expecting a baby after all.
Ebro Darden of New York’s Hot 97 radio station says he emailed the star to congratulate him on the good news, according to The Huffington Post, but then Jay-Z replied with, “It’s not true. The news is worse than blogs.” Read More
Kiss is tired of being dissed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame … sort of.
“I don’t need the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” band frontman Paul Stanley said. But he admits that consistently being overlooked by the music elite kind of sucks.
“It’s absurd for anybody to look around and hear the acts and artists who cite us as an inspiration, and then tell me we are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” he told The Huffington Post. Read More
OK, this time it’s official: “Twilight” hotties Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have split up.
There’s a delicious irony that the vampire couple’s relationship is constantly killed and then resurrected, but this time it seems to be totally over for good — as in wooden stake through the heart, head cut off, reduced to vapor, etc. Read More
In her ominously titled feminist revenge comedy, “You’re Going to Bleed,” now world-premiering as part of Exit Theatre’s DIVAFest, playwright Melissa Fall co-opts some characters and tropes from theatrical literature.
For example, a marginally employed actor, John (as in Proctor, from Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”), is seduced by a teenager named Abigail (“The Crucible” again).
Here, John is Abigail’s audition-monologue coach. She’s preparing an erotic boy-and-horse scene from “Equus,” and that drama too figures into Fall’s plot in weird and abstract ways. Read More
Fans of blockbuster dance reality shows “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With the Stars” need look no further for entertainment this week than to “Shaping Sound” at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre on Wednesday.
Launched from the Oxygen network television show “All the Right Moves,” “Shaping Sound” is a dance company and touring show featuring choreography and dancing by Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson, veterans of either “So You Think You Can Dance” or “Dancing With the Stars.” Read More
“Love Lust Faith + Dreams,” the new fourth recording from Jared Leto’s alt-rock outfit 30 Seconds to Mars, is nothing if not apocalyptic.
It opens with deceptively jazzy horns of “Birth,” but downshifts into Wagnerian epics like the fallen-empire study “Conquistador,” the morbid piano dirge “End of All Days,” the rattlesnake-percussion “Northern Lights,” and the majestic single “Up in the Air,” with the brooding lyric “Is this the end I feel, up in the air, f****d up on life?”
Reflecting on the magnum opus, the singer laughs. Read More
Notorious criminals who inspire movie biopics rarely are colder or nastier than Richard Kuklinski, the high-achieving contract killer who likely killed more than 100 people while working for the mob.
In “The Iceman,” Kuklinski comes alive, courtesy of actor Michael Shannon, as an intensely unembraceable protagonist while displaying just enough humanity to be watchable and sometimes riveting.
Unfortunately, the movie undermines his superb performance by failing to treat Kuklinski with adequate depth. Read More