Posts Tagged ‘written’

Big Miracle: Fish Story

Three whales trapped in ice; moviegoers trapped in sentimentality.
KRISTIAN LIN
Last fall we saw the release of Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, a terrific thriller that took in a single event (a global pandemic) from the points of view of a wide array of characters affected by it. The cuddlier and well-in...


Young Santa Claus

The jolly fat man gets the musical backstory treatment at Casa Mañana.
JIMMY FOWLER
The problem with Santa Claus is that he’s so ubiquitous during the holidays, he’s become a bit of a bore. People think of him as a big fat symbol of generosity (commercialism?) rather than a character with a backstory –...



The Other Schumann

Big Ticket
Ten years minus a couple of months after she won the gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Olga Kern returns to Bass Hall to close out the Cliburn Concerts Series season. The 2001 co-winner is now 35 ye...


Cowboys and Amphibians

Yee-haw! A strange animated Western leads this week’s films.
KRISTIAN LIN
This week’s films all trade in outright fantasy, but only one of them succeeds in turning the tropes of fable and science fiction into a bizarre and wondrous alternate reality.  



Come to the Cabaret

Big Ticket
William Bolcom was writing accessible popular music for the concert stage when that was not a cool thing to do. The 72-year-old composer will be at the Modern this weekend for a retrospective concert of his work.


Isn’t This Better?

Big Ticket
Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb were introduced to each other in 1962, and their collaboration for the musical stage lasted even beyond Ebb’s death in 2004: A musical based on the Scottsboro Boys case opened Off Br...



Students on Stage

Big Ticket
It may be August, but if you think the colleges have gone quiet when it comes to performing arts, UNT is going to prove you wrong.


CD, Sharp

Kultur
A major element of Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s renaissance in this decade has been the willingness of conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya to program and promote esoteric contemporary fare, giving Fort Worth audiences a peri...



Anne Feeney

Dump The Bosses Off Your Back (Self-released)
Listen Up
One of the reasons we learn history, teachers tell us, is so that we’re not condemned to repeat it.


Aliens in America

A character actor’s showcase role isn’t enough to fill out the small-scaled The Visitor.
Kristian Lin
Richard Jenkins is one of those actors you’ve probably seen several times without his name sticking in your memory.