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Posts in category “Art”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”: Ode to a World That Once Was

Wes Anderson’s latest is an homage to Austria before the ravages of WWI

Posted March 28th, 2014

Richard Powers and the Blown-Up Cultural Narrative

When music is freed from cultural filters, how do fans find the songs that matter?

Posted March 24th, 2014

Folger’s “Richard III”: Something Rotten in the State of England

The Folger Theatre’s production of “Richard III“ is the first production the institution has …

Posted March 21st, 2014

A Preview of the Oscar’s Best Picture Nominees

Rounding up the candidates in contention for taking home the statuette

Posted February 28th, 2014

Understanding Fuddy-Duddy Beatle Haters

They didn’t so much push musical boundaries as consolidate advances.

Posted February 11th, 2014

Dyscommunication: “Tribes” at DC’s Studio Theatre

If you couldn’t understand what your family was saying, would you understand …

Posted February 7th, 2014

Defending the Case Against Woody Allen

Can we really trust ourselves—our minds, eyes, and ears—to Allen’s hands?

Posted February 5th, 2014

How Place Fosters Art

Berry’s poetic living requires love: love for land, and for people.

Posted February 1st, 2014

Beauty: Siren or Savior?

When we divorce aesthetics from truth, we are led astray.

Posted January 18th, 2014

The 5 Best Food Blogs to Follow in 2014

Julia Child offers this advice in her book My Life in France: “Learn …

Posted January 2nd, 2014

Magritte: Horror and Humor at MOMA

Evocative and haunting works–but also a raft of punny schlock.

Posted December 17th, 2013

The Giraffe Trick: Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty”

In decadent Rome, an aging art critic rides the success of his …

Posted December 6th, 2013

Disorientation: “Sense of Place” at the Sackler Gallery

Disrupting cliches and finding the continuity of East and West in disruption, abandonment, absurdity.

Posted October 19th, 2013

Passion and Paradox in Shakespeare Theatre’s “Measure for Measure”

A D.C. adaptation makes sex the center of every character.

Posted October 2nd, 2013

Sorry for (Communist) Partying: ‘After the Revolution’

The engine which runs “After the Revolution,” a play by Amy Herzog …

Posted September 27th, 2013

Loving Through the Pain: Why Learning an Instrument Matters

Mark Oppenheimer started a conversation over at The New Republic on whether …

Posted September 22nd, 2013

How to Watch A Movie

The darkened theater is under threat from the age of distraction.

Posted August 10th, 2013