July 19, 2014

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PERFORMING ARTS:
The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic
REVIEWED BY PALOMA PASQUALITOS
The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic was the much anticipated theatre collaboration between director Robert Wilson and performance artist ‘Marina Abramovic’, premiering at this year’s Manchester International Festival.
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PERFORMING ARTS:
Balanchine and Ballet
REVIEWED BY DIANA MONROE
In 1934 , George Balanchine and 26 students created an event that has lasted 80 years and shows no signs of fading soon: Serenade, a one act piece that is plot less, yet steeped in relationships.
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ART:
The Prado Comes to Houston
REVIEWED BY PALOMA PASQUALITOS
If the touring exhibit that traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston from Madrid’s Prado lacked the masterpieces that that institution is known for,it nonetheless provided enough of a cornucopia to judge the accomplishments of the Prado’s minor artists, though it did include a dimly lit room which housed engravings from Goya’s three horrific series, “Caprices,” “Disasters of War,” and “Follies.”
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BOOKS:
Jabotinsky
REVIEWED BY PALOMA PASQUALITOS
Massenet’s Werther, recently staged at the New York Met, is musically thin and emotionally cloying.
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FILM RECENTLY RELEASED:
Twitch: You Are My Toy
REVIEWED BY CHARLES LONBERGER
This downbeat production, filmed in 2004 but just now finding its way to the West, is a character study of an outcast who uses sex to relate to, and a camera to distance herself from, others.
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FILM FROM THE VAULT:
Charlotte For Ever
REVIEWED BY CHARLES LONBERGER
This very personal film from 1986, by Serge Gainsbourg, is precognizant and autobiographic, in so far as it contains, in the fictionalized character of has-been Stan, a thinly disguised self-portrait of Gainsbourg himself, which somewhat eclipses the fact that it is concurrently is a tribute to his muse, his daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and a smokescreen to portray and celebrate their Romantic relationship.
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