Long Wharf Makes “Paris” Its Own

by Brian Slattery | May 13, 2016 7:20 am

T. Charles Erickson Photo Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is hunched over a table in a dirty cabaret when he discovers absinthe. It comes to him in the form of a dancer. She is borne aloft by several men so effortlessly, and her own movements are so fluid, that she appears to be half-flying, half-swimming through the air, bathed in green light. The music, born of the bal musette but reaching all the way to the present day, swells and swoons.

When Toulouse-Lautrec succumbs, so do we.

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Despite Drizzle, Artwalk Spreads Spring Cheer

by Lucy Gellman | May 9, 2016 7:11 am

Lucy Gellman Photo Taking in the sounds of Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps and Arms & Voices as a mist began to fall over Whalley Avenue, pint-sized Westvillian Ava Kimbro and her mom Marjorie made a decision: stick it out, at least until Ava could get a big, blooming flower painted on her face. After all, this was their third Westville Artwalk, and they weren’t going to be that easily deterred. They inched toward the front of the line, where face artist Lauren Wilson was hard at work with her palettes, brushes, and stencils. 

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Carlotta Festival Goes Back — And To The Future

by Donald Brown | May 5, 2016 6:30 am

A play about what happens when two married men —  one an architect, the other his assistant (whose wife is pregnant)  —  realize they are in love. A play about middle-aged siblings having to tell their sister, institutionalized with Down syndrome, about the death of their last remaining parent. A play that looks at how black lives matter at three points in history: a slave plantation in 1822, a classroom in 2016, and a spaceship in 2300.

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“Lewiston” Asks The Big Questions

by Brian Slattery | Apr 14, 2016 7:15 am

T. Charles Erickson Photo We’re on a patch of sand next to a local highway outside of Lewiston, Idaho. There’s a wonderfully gaudy, yet nearly defunct fireworks stand to the left of us. It’s right before the Fourth of July, but there isn’t a customer in sight.

Nearby, Alice and Connor, two people old enough to be grandparents, are testing some of their supply. It gives off a few sparks, just sputters and fizzles out.

“It makes me want to move to Canada,” Alice says.

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Satellite Festival Launched Into Orbit

by Lucy Gellman | Apr 8, 2016 7:19 am

Elizabeth Green Photos Posed against a backdrop of newspapers too small for the audience to read, Shadi Ghaheri was trying to introduce herself to Stella Baker. A jumble of words flowed from her mouth into the space between them, where they languished in the silence that followed. Baker was trying to do the same, taking on a bouncy, bell-like tone as she presented her name like an offering, and waited for Ghaheri to acknowledge receipt of it.

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