Orpheus in Japan

By Allston Mitchell

Handel in Bhutan, Monteverdi in Japan, Mozart in Cambodia…operatic performances that have defied all the odds by creating a fusion of culturally diverse musical, dance and theatrical traditions. JapanOrfeo was the latest project at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, conceived by Aaron Carpenè and Stefano Vizioli.

 

Lewis Lapham’s “Age of Folly”

By Lev Myshkin

A review of Lewis Lapham’s collection of essays tracing the decline in American democracy since 1990 to the present day. It is a vital read from a great literary stylist, humanist and old-school scholar. There is wit, intelligence and a grasp of essentials on every page.

Son House – Preachin’ the Blues

By Gary Burnett

Son House, the epitome of the Delta blues man, wavered all his life between doing the Lord’s work as a minister and playing the devil’s music. “Oh and I had religion Lord this very day. But the womens and the whiskey, well they would not let me pray.”

Beat Box

By MC Ledbetter

Updated for January 2017. Every month we recommend a few classic music CDs that rarely see the light of day. This month sees: Budos Band, Dead Combo, Ebo Taylor, Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos, Galactic, Ali Khattab and The Cairo Jazz Band get main billing.

The Mariinsky Ballet

By Valentina Bonelli

Valentina Bonelli looks at the history of the Mariinsky Theatre Ballet Company from its glorious beginnings under the creative direction of Marius Petipa and the patronage of the Tsars through the Soviet era and socialist realism up until the present day.

Political Tours

Political Tours