Broome Arts Mirror

Reviewed by Patrick Hao: The Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is a story of love, music and ultimately death. Those universal themes resonate throughout civilizations and cultures, making the story malleable to different cultures; from Stravinsky’s ballet, Orpheus, in 1948 to the Oscar-winning Marcel Camus film, Black Orpheus, set in the favela of Rio de Janeiro. The Anderson Center this weekend presents their version of Orpheus, this time set in an African village and like the adaptations before them, this dance show is a vibrant...
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Editor’s note: Today is your last chance to see Timbuktu at the Art Theater … and your first chance to read a review by BAMirror’s newest writer, Patrick Hao of Binghamton University. Reviewed by Patrick Hao In the opening scene of Abderrahmane Sissako’s Academy Award-nominated film, Timbuktu, the fundamentalist Islamic group Anser Dine is chasing a doe in their truck with heavy firearms, shooting occasionally. One of the members says, “Don’t shoot to kill. We want to tire it out first.” That quote is indicative of what Sissako...
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By Barb Van Atta To belabor a tonsorial metaphor, Tri-Cities Opera plans to continue grooming musical students and highlight rising stars in a 2015-2016 season bookended by the theatrical world’s most famous barbers: Figaro and Sweeney Todd. At a press conference today (March 24) at the 66-year-old company’s headquarters in Binghamton, Susan S. Ashbaker,  general director since July 2014, announced, not only the nuts and bolts of next year’s season, but a series of changes and improvements designed to boost the opera-going audience in Broome County and...
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Reviewed by George Basler    The air was frigid outside The Forum Saturday night (March 21), but the atmosphere inside was warm and festive. There was a little touch of Las Vegas in the Binghamton night, and that made for a swinging evening. The good vibes came courtesy of the Binghamton Philharmonic Pops, some superb guest musicians and guest vocalist Steve Lippia, who for two solid hours paid tribute to the great Frank Sinatra with an array of 18 of “Ol’ Blue Eyes’” most recognizable songs. Let me begin by stipulating I’m a Sinatra fan from way back. Even while tuning in to rock ’n’ roll back in my teenage and young adult years,...
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Reviewed by George Basler Old age is on display in the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players production of The Gin Game,  and it’s not pretty. The production, which opened this past weekend, is a portrait of two lonely people who try to connect but ultimately fail because of character flaws that become glaringly apparent over the two acts. While the play has laughs, at its heart, it’s an achingly sad look at two people who didn’t play their cards right in the game of life. The Ti-Ahwaga production is a good, solid...
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angelStreetReviewed by Nancy Oliveri If you love Victorian melodrama, pay a visit to the inhabitants of Angel Street. The 1938 play by Patrick Hamilton is running weekends through March at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. In Angel Street, which became the 1944 Ingrid Bergman film Gaslight, a woman is driven to the brink of insanity by the tricks and mischief of her criminally disposed husband. Cider Mill regular Tim Mollen, who directed Angel Street, thanks his mom for introducing him to the...
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The Broome County Arts Council (BCAC),  has awarded $239,575 in United Cultural Fund (UCF) grants this year to 21 local arts organizations, community non-profits, and individual artists.  BCAC announced the funding at a March 12th news conference at its 5th floor gallery space at 81 State Street in downtown Binghamton.   2015 UCF grants will help support the operations of 7 major arts organizations, as well as 13 community non-profit and individual artist projects. Funded projects range from choral music to dance, classes to concerts, photography...
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