Food for Thought

By Barb Van Atta Still stumped in your Santa duties? Hustling for one more Hanukkah gift? Look no more. Your best gift idea -- one that truly keeps on giving -- is something artistic. Visit a local gallery for everything from pottery to photos to note cards. (Not sure of someone's taste? Give a gift certificate.) Buy tickets to plays or concerts. Make a donation to an arts organization in the name of your hard-to-shop-for friend. Why not celebrate the holidays by supporting the arts?...
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Proposed changes to "Porgy and Bess" before its Broadway revival range from replacing recitative with dialogue to brightening up the ambiguous ending. Supporters say this new, "Bess-centric" version fixes the original opera's thematic problems. Detractors, including Stephen Sondheim, complain of disloyalty to Gershwin's classic. (Check out this link to The New York Times: http://tinyurl.com/3ula3jn). What do you think?...
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"More than ever," Anthony Tommasini wrote  in the July 7 New York Times, "composers are busily breaking down walls between stylistic categories. Opera in particular has been a poacher’s paradise. We have had folk opera, jazz opera and rock opera. Bono, who collaborated with the Edge on the music and lyrics of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” called the show “Pop-Art opera.” Whatever that means. But of all such efforts, mixing opera...
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