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The death of the American city, revisited

Urban renewal is seldom discussed as anything but the great scourge of the American city — a disastrous post-World War II push to steamroll working-class neighborhoods and replace them with towering concrete buildings and cavernous plazas that sterilized
Renewables
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 17, 2010
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Getting the story

Full-length written histories of jazz can be a slog. Especially since "the story of jazz" (as critic Marshall Stearns titled his 1956 tome) only gets longer and more complicated. Personally, on these prose-narrative trips along the New Orleans–New York
Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux sing jazz's many strains
By JON GARELICK  |  December 04, 2009
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SpeakEasy's The New Century, Cabaret at New Rep

The New Century , a quartet of related short plays by Paul Rudnick, takes its name from the discount department store Century 21.
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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 26, 2009
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Review: Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center

Gotham was awash in dance during early January as the annual Dance on Camera Festival coincided with the conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (better known as APAP, the national bookers' convention).
Tidal wave
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 20, 2009
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Simple gifts

Friday I watched more musicians than even Gustav Mahler used to ask for assemble on stage at Symphony Hall to perform the 10 minutes of Pierre Boulez’s Notations I-IV .
Jordi Savall & Hespèrion XXI, Sanders Theatre, October 25, 2008
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Bob Dylan Unboxed

This October, Columbia Records is releasing Tell-Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 , a collection of recordings by Bob Dylan that are different from recordings issued on the seven studio albums he released in that period.  
Everything you wanted to know about Tell-Tale Signs but were afraid to buy
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  October 15, 2008


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I sink, therefore I am

Seascape , Edward Albee’s 1975 Pulitzer-winning meditation on evolution and mortality, gets all wet at Zeitgeist Stage Company.  
Zeitgeist’s expanded Seascape. Plus Gutenberg! The Musical
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 08, 2008
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North Shore's snazzy revival of contact

For a Broadway show, contact is closer to Twyla Tharp than George M. Cohan.
Plus, Gurnet’s Essential Self-Defense
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 17, 2008

Oppositions

The end of a three-week, thousands-of-miles-from-home season is never the right time to assess a dance company.
The Kirov's Balanchine at City Center
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 06, 2008
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Scenes from the city

I missed more things in two and a half days last week than I managed to take in, so whatever I might infer about dance in the New York vortex could have come out a different way if I’d reversed my priorities.
The Kirov at City Center, plus Jerome Robbins, Stephen Petronio, and Cloud Gate
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 08, 2008
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For real change, the chattering classes need to take a fall

The key word of the moment in America is “change.”
Phillipe and Jorge
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  January 09, 2008


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Grief encounter

The protagonist of Ronan Noone’s Brendan bestrides the narrow world, but hardly like a colossus.
The Huntington’s Brendan  and the Lyric’s Dying City
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 25, 2007
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Seven layers of heaven

Working on the fly, the organizers created an odd layer cake.
John Coltrane Memorial Concert, Blackman Theatre, September 22, 2007
By JON GARELICK  |  September 24, 2007
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Dances with character

Dancers are working with character more frequently, after decades of choreography drenched in physical accomplishment.
Headlong Dance Theater, Chunky Move, Paul Taylor
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 01, 2007
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Neo-hoodoo and street kabuki

Tradition: how to preserve it in a globalized modern culture.
Fist and Heel at Concord’s Summer Stages and Kabuki in New York
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 24, 2007
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State House steel cage match

Governor Carcieri certainly revealed his flair for the dramatic when he unleashed his proposal last week to ax 1000 state employees.
Carcieri and the legislature square off during a time of meager revenue
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 13, 2007


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Tragic tropes and anti-tropes

The only question to ask about a new Romeo and Juliet, besides “Why?”, is “Why New York City Ballet?”
NYCB's Romeo , Boston Ballet's Giselle
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 18, 2007
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Sweeping drama

There are doctors in the house at both Trinity Repertory Company and Merrimack Repertory Theatre.
The Clean House at Trinity, plus Secret Order at Merrimack
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 16, 2007
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Tales from the ’hood

From the beat of the first hand-slapped tambourine, you know who you’re listening to.
Wynton takes some pot shots at pop culture
By JON GARELICK  |  March 20, 2007
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Cross-purposes

Oliver Twist gets the Brecht treatment in Neil Bartlett’s new adaptation at American Repertory Theatre.
ART’s Oliver Twist , the New Rep’s Orson’s Shadow
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  March 01, 2007
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Jason Moran

"How can an abstract jazz artist say clearly how they feel and make an audience understand?” That’s the question Moran asks in the liner notes to Artist in Residence .
Artist in Residence | Blue Note
By JOHN GARELICK  |  January 22, 2007


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Screen scenes

One persistent question surrounding the 35th Dance on Camera Festival, which winds up this Saturday at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, is “Just what is dance film?” As a category it’s even more accommodating than dance itself.
Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 09, 2007
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L’Allegro, fuss and feathers, and the ICA blues

This year we were looking forward to dance performances at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater in the new ICA.
 A year in dance
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 20, 2006
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Kids’ stuff

As the world’s most famous Scientologist honeymoons in the Maldives, junior-bird-man havoc is being wreaked on Tom Cruise’s ideology of choice.
A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant ; Exceptions to Gravity
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 28, 2006
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Water and air

Bred in the city that Peter the Great built on a marsh to be Russia’s window onto Europe, the Kirov Ballet is equal parts water, air, and Euclid.
The Kirov’s Swan Lake  
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 17, 2006
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Water music

Swan Lake is ballet’s ultimate act of yearning.
The Kirov’s Swan Lake
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 17, 2006


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Balanchinean baubles

George Balanchine’s Jewels got a lukewarm critical reception when it premiered in 1967, though the public loved it right off for its triple-threat bravado.
Jewels on DVD — and PBS
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 17, 2006
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Opera, opera, opera

Every performance at Santa Fe was packed, and few subscribers left unhappy.
At Santa Fe and Tanglewood and in New York
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 15, 2006
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Heavy lifting

It was political oppression that finally put an end to Federico Garcia Lorca, but the homosexual poet was well aware that sexual repression was as consequential a danger in the provincial Spain of his 1936 play  The House of Bernarda Alba .
PBRC’s rage-filled House of Bernarda Alba  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 23, 2006
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Hit and miss

Boston Ballet didn’t need Mark Morris’s blessing in 1999, and it doesn’t need it now.
Visiting and home teams swing for the fences  
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 22, 2006