Tag Archives: Sounds Off

Beware of Mr. Baker

David Brensilver Several month ago, a band I work with had the opportunity to open for the Sons of Cream—a Cream tribute band, if that’s the right thing to call it, featuring Jack Bruce’s son Malcolm on bass, Ginger Baker’s son Kofi on drums, and a guitarist named Godfrey Townsend. Kofi was a joy to […]

The Arts Council Sounds Off on… Recordings that connect us to history

By David Brensilver May 29, 2013, marked the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), and many people and organizations to which I stay connected via Facebook celebrated the occasion by posting their favorite performance clips of the work. And who was I to ignore the […]

The Arts Council sounds off on … Atlas Obscura

By David Brensilver Before Joshua Foer wrote the best-selling book Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything (Penguin Books, 2011), he and Dylan Thuras launched an incredibly useful project called Atlas Obscura, a Web-based resource that directs the intellectually curious to fascinating destinations one won’t find by consulting the typical tourism-related websites […]

The Arts Council sounds off on… John Waters

By David A. Brensilver My introduction to Baltimore, when I arrived there in 1988 to begin my undergraduate studies at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, included a crash course in the films of John Waters. One of my professors frequently invited students to his home for home-cooked meals, stimulating conversation, and, oftentimes, movies. […]

The Arts Council Sounds Off on… Caro: Close Up

By Amanda May The Yale Center for British Art – specifically, a photograph that showcased Louis Kahn’s beautiful, spare architecture – was featured on the cover of The Arts Paper last month. As it turns out, that architecture issue was well-timed, drawing my attention to the YCBA just in time for a press preview for […]

The Arts Council Sounds Off on… El Bulli: Cooking in Progress

By Amanda May Ever since I visited the restaurant Europea in Montreal and was served a shot glass of green foam that tasted perfectly of Caesar salad, I was hooked on molecular gastronomy. Sometimes referred to as “art food,” molecular gastronomy is fine dining with a twist. Using an ever-growing list of machines and techniques, […]

The Arts Council Sounds Off On…The Devil in the White City

By David A. Brensilver Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (2004, Vintage Books) had been on my stack of books “to read” for some time – years, to be sure – for no other reason than other titles seemed to require more immediate […]

The Arts Council Sounds Off On… Ocarina

By Cindy Clair I recently attended a Master’s Tea at Yale University’s Saybrook College featuring Ge Wang, an assistant professor at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. Ge has authored an audio computer programming language called ChucK and was a founder of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra and the Stanford Mobile Phone […]

The Arts Council Sounds Off On… Facebook

By Amanda May As the Arts Council’s new communications manager, it is part of my job to publish Facebook posts about all things art. Because of this, the cover article of The Atlantic’s “Culture Issue” (May 2012) stood out to me in a big way. In the article, Stephen Marche delves deep into the alleged […]

Theater Renovations

By Christian Shaboo It’s no secret that when times of economic struggle hit, discretionary spending dwindles. Yet, history has shown that during these times theater often flourishes. How might this be possible in today’s economic climate? The Long Wharf Theatre, which recently announced a major, multi-million-dollar renovation project that will increase the space inside the […]