Browsing: July-August 2018

July-August 2018

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THE MUSIC AND LIFE of Leonard Bernstein are being celebrated around the world this year as we observe the centennial of his birth on August 25, 1918. Music lovers are being treated to thousands of classical concerts, talks about his career, screenings of the film West Side Story, and stage revivals of his Broadway musicals, such as On the Town and Candide. The scope of the celebration is due to Bernstein’s unique role in American music as a composer who spanned the worlds of Broadway and classical music, infusing symphonic richness into musicals and a modern sensibility into the concert hall, and leaving a lasting legacy in both art forms.

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American Crime Story:  The Assassination of Gianni Versace 9 episodes written by Tom Rob Smith The FX Channel A  FRESH POLAROID of fashion icon Gianni Versace dying on a rickety…More

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Disobedience Directed by Sebastián Lelio DISOBEDIENCE is a gripping drama based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman. The film is directed by Chilean…More

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Love, Simon Directed by Greg Berlanti 20th Century Fox TO UNDERSTAND the appeal of the sweet but spineless film, you first have to understand the mindset of the…More

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IN ME AND MY HOUSE, Magdalena Zaborowska reconstructs and analyzes the last decade of James Baldwin’s life when he lived in St. Paul-de-Vence, a small village in the south of France.

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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin G.P. Putnam’s Sons. 346 pages, $26. IT’S A QUESTION as old as Greek tragedy (or older): what part does fate play in our…More

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THIS DETAILED BIOGRAPHY tells the life story of Alain Locke, one of the major forces behind the Harlem Renaissance. As a critic and public intellectual, he helped establish the careers of many black writers and artists.

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            In My Ex-Life: A Novel, David Hedges is a fifty-something gay man, a successful college admissions consultant living in San Francisco, who helps spoiled children get into good schools. His boyfriend Soren has left him for an older man, a surgeon; he has become overweight; and his best friend Renata, a realtor, is trying to sell his ocean-view, under-market rental out from under him.

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In Forbidden Lives, Norena Shopland cites this spirit of rebellion as an animating force in the lives of the many Welsh LGBT pioneers whose stories she has collected in her book.

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Reviews of On the Road and  Off the Record with Leonard Bernstein: My Years with the Exasperating Genius; The House of Impossible Beauties: A Novel; Apocalypse, Darling; and Patient Zero and the Making of the Aids Epidemic.

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