Apr
1
2018

Joan Baez: the voice of folk bids farewell

Folk singer Joan Baez strumming her guitar on the beach near her home.  (Photo by Ralph Crane//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

The luminous soprano extension to her voice melted away years ago, but that was just the snowy peak of her singing, anyway, not the mountain. The mountain was her conviction. Even back in high school Joan Baez took a lone stance against participating in a nuclear war drill. This was what set her apart; what […]

Mar
31
2018

KAMASI WASHINGTON

Kamasi Washington

Concert Hall, March 13 7/10 “We’re going to go on a little journey together,” Kamasi Washington told us at the outset. Nearly two hours later when that journey ended what had been striking about the trip was its the sheer scale. The LA-based tenor saxophonist called his 2015 magnum opus The Epic (which, at almost […]

Mar
28
2018

THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Roslyn Packer Theatre, March 27 9.5/10 If part of the art of theatre is to put people in a vice and squeeze them until their thoughts are squished into their bodily juices, this was such a night. How often does your seat becomes a migration zone in which you inch forward in astonishment or to […]

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