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Santa Fe Opera's Crosby Theatre, via Wikipedia. Photo illustrates the unusual "sails" designed to keep out New Mexico's summer monsoon rains during performances.

Santa Fe Opera’s 2014 summer season gets underway

Santa Fe Opera’s 2014 summer season gets underway

SANTA FE, N.M., July 28, 2014 − The Santa Fe Opera kicks its 2014 summer season into high gear this evening as it rolls out six operas-two of them being one-acts-in five days at its marvelous outdoor amphitheater just outside New Mexico’s picturesque capital city. All the productions are new, and three (well, four) of

Shania Twain in Las Vegas, 2011.

Country star Shania Twain to wrap Vegas show in December

LAS VEGAS, July 24, 2014 — Numerous sources confirm that popular Canadian-born country music singer-songwriter Shania Twain will wrap up her two-year Las Vegas “residency” at Caesar’s Palace with a grand finale performance on Dec. 13. That show will conclude her remarkably successful Sin City run two years after her memorable arrival when she rode

Daphne Gaines as Simone the Believer.

CATF: ‘Ashes Under Gait City’ and America’s ‘disappeareds’

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va., − It’s hard to believe that the Portland, Oregon of today—realistically lampooned for its over-the-top latté liberalism and sanctimonious political correctness in TV’s “Portlandia”—was once part of a state where towns felt free to legally ban blacks from living within their boundaries. Worse, blacks currently residing in these jurisdictions at that time were

Founders Dinner at Stull Residence by Susana Bates

Napa Valley Festival del Sole: A celebration of art and wine

SONOMA, CALIFORNIA, July 18, 2014 – Napa Valley’s Festival del Sole is in full swing, right in the middle of a ten-day celebration of art, music, dance, wellness, cuisine and, of course, wine. Festival del Sole is truly a celebration of life, and the wine country lifestyle meeting the big city arts scene.   Napa

"North of the Boulevard" cast. From L: Trip (Brit Whittle), Bear (Jamil A.C. Mangan), Zee (Michael Goodwin), Larry (Jason Babinsky). (Credit: Seth Freeman)

CATF: Dying middle class, south of ‘North of the Boulevard’

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. VA., July 18, 2014 – It’s a genuine delight to see a play like Bruce Graham’s “North of the Boulevard” on this year’s CATF roster. First debuted last year at Philadelphia’s Theatre Exile, Mr. Graham’s funny but hard-hitting drama deals boldly with that rapidly vanishing breed otherwise known as America’s lower middle class.

Is Nurse Veronika really going to terminate Carolyn? (Credit: Seth Freeman)

CATF’s ‘Dead and Breathing’: A darkly comic Kevorkian riff

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. VA., July 17, 2014 – Chisa Hutchinson’s world premiere dramedy, “Dead and Breathing,” certainly makes you sit up and take notice from its very beginning. It’s a nonstop battle of wits from the opening bell between rich, elderly and terminally ill Carolyn (Lizan Mitchell) and her feisty, impossibly upbeat. nurse-caregiver Veronika (N. L.

Entryway, Contemporary Arts Center, Shepherd University home of CATF. (Via Wikipedia)

CATF 2014: Five new plays, five new reviews this week on CDN

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va., July 14, 2014 – We’ve just finished a frenetic weekend viewing all five of the brand new to nearly new plays at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, an increasingly well-known annual professional theater program held each July at Shepherd University in (relatively) nearby Shepherdstown, West (by God) Virginia. As has been our

Conductor Lorin Maazel: 1930-2014.

Castleton founder, renowned conductor Lorin Maazel dead at 84

PLEASE HOLD FOR FINAL. –tlp CASTLETON, Va., July 14, 2014 − Heartbreaking news struck the Castleton Festival Sunday as the annual musical event began this season’s final week. Internationally renowned Maestro Lorin Maazel, the festival’s founder, director, mentor and chief conductor, passed away from complications due to pneumonia on July 13, 2014. He had not been in