Picture this on an opera stage: President Richard Nixon lands in Beijing to deliver an aria about the mystery of the news industry beaming his story back to the West. Then he receives a philosophical lecture from his host about Confucius—after which Madame Mao enters and promptly freaks everyone out by putting on a violent agitprop play that insults Henry Kissinger. No grand breakthrough comes of the heavily symbolic meeting, and so the main characters all retreat to their bedrooms and wonder...
The Peruvian novelist explains that while politics can be a "disgusting, dirty activity," we can\'t live (or write) without it.
You know the score on Wagner—he\'s long-winded and punishing, strictly for the devotees. But a new production coming to a theater near you wants non-superfans to pay attention.
Last month, Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" handed 21-year-old Merge Records its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. This was the cause of some high-fiving on the network of indie rock-centric blogs and Web sites, though it wasn't the first time this year that one of the label's releases made the top 10. The band's recent history.
The National Jazz Museum shares part of its new treasure trove with NEWSWEEK.
When the National Jazz Museum in Harlem announced last week that it had acquired approximately 100 hours of high-quality live radio broadcasts by giants from the swing era, something rare happened: a moment of complete accord. The museum\'s executive director talks about the recordings and shares eight exclusive, never-before-heard clips from the collection.
Last summer, the 12 members of Asphalt Orchestra—a marching band of highly skilled musicians from the jazz and classical worlds—started stomping and oompahing up a reputation not just for playing tunes by Frank Zappa and Charles Mingus in public, but also for daring to make their musical alchemy seem natural. Can a chamber-size marching band really pull off Björk?
It's been five years since The Source, the magazine that proclaims itself the "bible of hip-hop," has awarded a perfect "5 mic" rating to an album. But when Trill O.G., the third solo album from stalwart Houston rapper Bun B, debuted this month and received the long-dormant designation, we got ourselves a good, old-fashioned hip-hop debate.
The new movie \"Middle Men\" is a based-on-real-life story of one businessman (played by Luke Wilson), who labors mightily in order to remain of several minds about the porn business for an impressive length of time. That is to say, he would like to be a key economic player at the beginning of its mid-\'90s online distribution model (only a \"middle man\" on the credit-card side, thus the title), while remaining a blushing innocent when it comes to the nitty-gritty grind of smut\'s production.
Arcade Fire\'s new album, "The Suburbs," has attributes that seem to be in small supply among bands right now: emotional heft, an affinity for more than one type of tune. But chief among them has to be its solution for a puzzle surely plaguing hundreds of musicians: how to translate the malaise of this recession into rock that can move you.
The late author of "Wittgenstein\'s Mistress" was a postmodern giant, praised during his life by David Foster Wallace and now mourned in literary circles. So why is his personal library on sale at a discount used-book store?
Despite its reputation for being as cutting edge as a fine pearl, Lincoln Center was sort of badass this season. The Metropolitan Opera scored a global coup with its debut production of Dmitri Shostakovich\'s wild 1930 work The Nose—directed with multimedia panache courtesy of South African artist William Kentridge.
\"I am pretty angry,\" says Laurie Anderson, whose new album, "Homeland," emerged from her political frustrations of the past decade. \"As we sort of segued into the Obama [presidency], I thought: I\'m going to see what would happen if we just started again in this way. But it's even darker today." On her new album she's quite specific about what's wrong in the world today.
Few celebrities today are as cross-platform enjoyable as The Roots' drummer ?uestlove, and yet even fewer are possessed of such a contemplative--even sad--streak. "I tend to wonder if I'm running away from the human experience and using entertainment as a means not to deal with regular life."
It is not always advisable to believe the hype. Or we should at least be on guard for hype to be proved insufficient. In the case of Gustavo Dudamel—the 29-year-old Venezuelan wunderkind who took over the Los Angeles Philharmonic this season—it\'s a lesson that has been largely forgotten.
If you're a "Project Runway" contestant, one of the worst things you can hear Tim Gunn say is that your design reminds him of a "costume." Try telling that to fan favorite Austin Scarlett.
It is not always advisable to believe the hype. So why were critics so surprised when Dudamel—a 29-year-old Venezuelan conductor—failed to live up to outsize expectations?
Her new record presents Monáe as an android from the future, traveling back in time to prepare us for the vast technological changes ahead. If this all seems loopy or overwrought for the dance floor, you needn't worry.