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TERRY TEACHOUT on the arts in New York City
(with additional dialogue by OUR GIRL IN CHICAGO)


    ABOUT TERRY TEACHOUT
    AND OUR GIRL IN CHICAGO


    Terry lives in Manhattan. He's the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal and the music critic of Commentary, but he writes about the other arts, too—books, ballet, painting and sculpture, film and TV, whatever happens to catch his eye or ear. In addition to his drama column, Terry writes "Sightings," a biweekly column about the arts in America, for the Saturday Wall Street Journal, and his work also appears in National Review and other magazines. His Wikipedia entry is here.

    Our Girl in Chicago is Laura Demanski, a Chicago-based writer with experience as an editor, critic, graduate student, and teacher. Laura's book reviews appear in The Baltimore Sun and The Chicago Tribune. Naturally drawn to the medium-hot centers of this world, she is a fierce advocate of her adopted Second City but still feels at home when she visits her one-time stomping grounds of Manhattan. A serious media addiction helps her keep close tabs on the red-hot from her comfy but happening city by the lake. She worries she should shoulder more guilt about her guilty pleasures—which include pro hockey, cop and lawyer shows, Las Vegas, and the colorful adventures of Travis McGee—but they're all just so damn pleasurable. More presentably, she's into Romantic poetry, Henry James, landscape painting, modern dance (with and without shoes, if you know what she means), and Edward Gorey. But she's not always sure she doesn't have some of those items in the wrong column.

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Terry lives in Manhattan. He's the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal and the music critic of Commentary, but he writes about... More


ABOUT "ABOUT LAST NIGHT"
This is a blog about the arts in New York City and elsewhere, a diary of Terry's life as a working critic, with additional remarks and reflections by Laura Demanski (otherwise known as Our Girl in Chicago), who is also, among other things, a critic. It’s about all the arts, not just one or two... More


ABOUT TERRY'S BOOKS
Terry's latest book is All in the Dances: A Brief Life of George Balanchine... More

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TEACHOUT IN COMMENTARY

THE CRITIC AS EXPATRIATE
“Robert Hughes is a man without a country. Born in Sydney at a time when Australia was notorious for its cultural philistinism, he fled his native land for the more compatible aesthetic environment of England, where he found himself plunged into (and scarred by) the antinomian madness of the 60’s. In 1970 he moved yet again, this time to America, a country whose commitment to the capitalist economy disgusted him, and became the art critic of Time, a magazine with whose populist bent he never succeeded in coming to terms…” More

SECOND CITY

OCTOBER
"Terry Teachout, author of 'All in the Dances: A Brief Life of George Balanchine,' 'A Terry Teachout Reader' and 'The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken,' started writing 'Second City,' a monthly column about the arts in New York, in the fall of 1999. In September, after six years and 64 columns, he filed his final report for The Post. 'I can't even begin to tell you how much I'll miss Second City,' he says. 'Not only was it a pleasure and a privilege to report to the readers of one great city about the artistic doings of another, but I learned to love Washington along the way.'...
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SEPTEMBER
"It's profoundly unsettling for a Manhattanite to be following the news these days. I've found it all but impossible to tear myself away from the televised scenes of mounting chaos in New Orleans and on the Gulf Coast, though I did take a quick look the other day at the first 'Second City' column I filed after 9/11. It started like this: 'We're all right, thanks. It took a week or two for us to pull ourselves together, but New Yorkers have finally started to emerge from their holes, looking for all that art offers in times of trial: inspiration, diversion, catharsis, escape.' It will take a lot longer for the victims of Hurricane Katrina to reconstitute their lives, and longer still, I fear, for them to regain access to the solace of art..." More

AUGUST
“Respighi is known in this country for 'The Fountains of Rome', 'The Pines of Rome' and not much else, but in Italy he's rightly admired as a witty, wonderfully lyrical composer. 'La Bella Dormente' is all that and more, and Basil Twist's magical staging commingles singers, puppets and puppeteers to tell the familiar tale (at the end they all dance together, in a breathtaking piece of theatrical wizardry). The puppets were bewitchingly characterful, the singers first-rate. How sad to think that this show received only a half-dozen performances! It belongs in an off-Broadway theater, where it would surely run until the end of time…” More

TEACHOUT'S TOP FIVE

A list of new things we've liked (subject to unexpected and wildly capricious updating).

To purchase or investigate, click on the link.


  • EXHIBITION: Saul Steinberg: Illuminations (Morgan Library, up through March 4). One hundred drawings, collages, and assemblages by the New Yorker “cartoonist” (that’s the wrong word for an artist as complex as Steinberg, but I can’t think of a better one) whose surrealistically witty visions of modern life remain as eye-catchingly fresh as ever. If that’s not enough Steinberg for you, go see A City on Paper: Saul Steinberg’s New York, up through March 25 at the Museum of the City of New York (TT).

  • DVD: Benjamin Britten: A Time There Was (Kultur). Notwithstanding a wealth of recently uncovered biographical information about England’s greatest composer, Tony Palmer’s 1980 documentary remains one of the most powerfully moving films ever to be made about a classical musician. Particularly engrossing are the numerous clips of Britten the performer, few of which have made it to DVD in their entirety. Essential viewing (TT).

  • BOOK: Richard Stark, Ask the Parrot (Mysterious Press, $23.99). Over to Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus, a Parker fan from way back: “Richard Stark (a.k.a. Donald E. Westlake) keeps delivering the goods. Ask the Parrot is a sequel to 2004’s Nobody Runs Forever, and it is as strong as any of the twenty-four books about the master thief Parker….the real attraction of the books is Parker himself, who is staking a claim to being the greatest antihero in all crime fiction.” What he said (TT).

  • CD: King Oliver, Off the Record: The Complete 1923 Jazz Band Recordings (Archeophone, two CDs). Astonishingly clear digital transfers of the thirty-seven performances that constitute the first substantial body of recorded work by a black jazz ensemble—as well as the earliest surviving documents of the playing of Louis Armstrong, who came to Chicago from New Orleans to join his beloved mentor’s band. No, these ancient Gennett, OKeh, Columbia, and Paramount 78s don’t sound like modern recordings, but they’ve never sounded better—and they offer a priceless, heart-stoppingly vivid glimpse of jazz when it was young (TT).

  • BOOK: Amanda Vaill, Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins (Broadway, $40). My dust-jacket blurb says it all: "Jerome Robbins is the great subject of American theatrical biography—self-contradictory, self-hating, arrogant and terrified and gifted almost beyond compare—and Amanda Vaill has done him justice. I can't think of a better full-length portrait of an American choreographer or director, and I can't imagine a better book about Robbins ever being written" (TT).

TEACHOUT ELSEWHERE

BALLET? NEVER HEARD OF IT
“No classics, no stars, only a handful of long-lived institutions…so why take a chance on dance? And therein lies the challenge of reviving dance in America: Anyone who seeks to launch a new company, or revitalize an old one, must start by figuring out how to make large numbers of Americans want to see something about which they no longer know anything…” More

BULLDOZED BY NAÏVETÉ
“Co-written and directed by Alan Rickman, one of England's best actors, ‘My Name Is Rachel Corrie’ just opened off-Broadway after a successful London run. It's an ill-crafted piece of goopy give-peace-a-chance agitprop—yet it's being performed to cheers and tears before admiring crowds of theater-savvy New Yorkers who, like Mr. Rickman himself, ought to know better…” More

WHOSETUBE? ARTSTUBE!
“YouTube, like the other new Web-based media, is a common carrier, a means to whatever ends its millions of users choose, be they good, bad, dumb or ugly. You can use it to watch mindless junk—or some of the greatest classical and jazz musicians of the 20th century…” More

SITES TO SEE

* = newly added
** = adults only
*** = replacement

LITBLOGS
Anecdotal Evidence
Beatrice
Bookdwarf
Books, Inq.
Bookslut
Chekhov's Mistress
Chicken Spaghetti
Conversational Reading
Brenda Coulter
Critical Mass (NBCC)
Elegant Variation
Emdashes
Galley Cat
Golden Rule Jones
Happy Booker
Kate’s Book Blog
Light Reading
Litblog Co-Op
Literary Saloon
MadInkBeard
James Marcus
Scott McLemee
Metaxucafe
The Millions
MoorishGirl
The Mumpsimus
Maud Newton
Old Hag
Rake's Progress
Reading Experience
Return of Reluctant
Sarah Weinman
Dan Wickett
The Written Nerd

OMNIBLOGS
amp power
Back with Interest
Coudal Partners
Crazy Stable
Cue Sheet
Culture Club*
CultureSpace
DevraDoWrite
Exhibitionist
A Glass of Chianti
Gurgling Cod
Jerry Jazz Musician
Killin' time being lazy
Justine Larbalestier
Litwit
My Stupid Dog
Outer Life
Panopticist
Pratie Place
Quiet Bubble
Ron Rosenbaum
Searchblog
Shaken & Stirred
Something Old
such stuff
James Tata
Teatro Lifson
Kelly Jane Torrance
Eve Tushnet
2 Blowhards
Whisky Prajer

SCHOOLBLOGS
Critical Mass
Household Opera
Language Log
The Little Professor
Amardeep Singh

SCREENBLOGS
Alarm!
Better Living Thru TV
Deadline Hollywood
DVD Savant
Girish
House Next Door
Pullquote
Thrilling Days
TV Guidance*

SIGHTBLOGS
Art Law Blog
Artblog.net
Culturegrrl
Design Observer
Eye Level
From the Floor
Modern Art Notes
Modern Kicks
Edward Winkleman

SOUNDBLOGS
ClassicallyHip
Daily Observations*
Deceptively Simple
Do the Math
in the wings
Iron Tongue
oboeinsight
On a Pacific Aisle
Rifftides
Alex Ross
Sandow
Secret Society
Think Denk
twang twang twang
View from Podium

STAGEBLOGS
Foot in Mouth*
Histriomastix
Rachel Howard
The Mirror
Obscene Jester*
Off-Off Blogway*
Parabasis
The Playgoer
Superfluities
Theatre Ideas

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PODCASTERS
ThoughtCast

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WEBCOMICS
Cat and Girl
Married to the Sea

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ARTISTS
Maria Bachmann*
BiddyBlog
Bob Brookmeyer
David Byrne
Mary Foster Conklin
Bill Crow*
Julia Dollison
Makoto Fujimura
Greta Gertler
Hilary Hahn
Jim Hall
Fred Hersch
Stephen Hough*
Laura Lippman
Erin McKeown
Beata Moon
Paul Moravec
Nickel Creek
Maria Schneider
Luciana Souza

CRITICS
Bruce Bawer
Roger Ebert
Robert Gottlieb
Maureen Mullarkey
Mark Steyn

ART LINKS
artsjournal.com
Arts & Letters Daily
Bloomberg Muse
BroadwayStars
The Page

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OTHER BLOGS
AI cont’d.
Alicublog
Althouse
The American Scene
The Anchoress*
Barone Blog
Eric Berlin
Bookish Gardener
Cathy's World
Chequer-board
Church of Customer
City Comforts
Colby Cosh
The Corner
Clive Davis
First Things
Fish Needs Bicycle
Godsbody
Hotline Blogometer
InstaPundit
Kausfiles
Lileks
Ludeamus Igitur
Maccers
Lance Mannion
Megan McArdle
Modestly Yours
Mystery Pollster
Off Wing Opinion
Open Book
Overheard Lines
Overlawyered
Pajamas Media
pretty dumb things**
RealClearPolitics
Roger L. Simon
Works and Days

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MEDIA
BuzzMachine
I Want Media
PressThink
Romenesko
Doc Searls*

RADIO
Hello Beautiful!
Saint Paul Sunday
Soundcheck
Studio 360

PRINT
Armavirumque
Baltsun Books
Bosglobe Books
Bosglobe Music
Bosglobe Theater
Chitrib Arts

Chitrib Books
Commentary
NY Observer Arts
NYT Arts
NYT Book Review
NYT Obits
NYT Theater
The Onion
Slate
WSJ OpinionJournal
DC Post Bookworld
DC Post Style
DC Post Sunday Arts

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USEFUL SITES
BBC Four Interviews
Criterion Collection
DVD Journal
Hot Dogs
Inflation Calculator
Internet B'way DB
Internet Movie DB
Henry James Sites
Neglected Books
Online Parallel Bible
OS Shakespeare
Paris Review DNA
Red Hot Jazz
Rotten Tomatoes
samueljohnson.com
Worlds Records

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VIDEO
Satchmo (1932)
Satchmo (1933a)
Satchmo (1933b)
Satchmo (1933c)
Satchmo (1959a)
Satchmo (1959b)
Satchmo (’60s)
Satchmo (1970)
Adderley Bros.
Red Allen
Ammons/Johnson
de los Angeles***
Martha Argerich*
Astaire/Levant
Chet Atkins
Chet Baker
Ballet Mecanique
Basie (’40s)
Basie Octet (1950)
Basie (1959)
Basie/Zoot Sims
The Beatles
Sidney Bechet
Robert Benchley
Jack Benny (1)
Jack Benny (2)
Benny/Isaac Stern
Leonard Bernstein***
Chuck Berry***
Ed Bickert
Jussi Bjoerling
Art Blakey
Booker T. and MGs
Boswell Sisters (1)
Boswell Sisters (2)
Bream (Bach)
Bream (Villa-Lobos)
Brubeck Quartet
Buffalo Springfield
Burton/Corea
Butterfield/Stacy
The Byrds
Alexander Calder
Callas Tosca (1)
Callas Tosca (2)
Cab Calloway
Enrico Caruso
Pablo Casals
Johnny Cash***
Willa Cather
Sid Catlett
Whittaker Chambers
Ray Charles (1)
Ray Charles (2)
Ray Charles (3)
Un Chien Andalou
A Chorus Line
Citizen Kane (newsreel)
Citizen Kane (trailer)
Van Cliburn
Patsy Cline
King Cole Trio (1)
King Cole Trio (2)
King Cole Trio (3)
Cole/Hawkins/OP
Cy Coleman*
Judy Collins
John Coltrane (1)
John Coltrane (2)
Coltrane/Dolphy
Coltrane/Getz
Perry Como (1)
Perry Como (2)
Eddie Condon
Spade Cooley
Alfred Cortot*
Noël Coward (1)*
Noël Coward (2)*
Cream
Bing Crosby
Crosby/Rhythm Boys
Crosby/Satchmo
Gyorgy Cziffra
Dave’s True Story
Rev. Gary Davis
Davis/Coltrane
Davis/Gil Evans
Davis/Shorter (1)
Davis/Shorter (2)
Blossom Dearie
Paul Desmond
Dorsey/Rich
Theodore Dreiser
Peter Drucker
Jimmy Durante
Bob Dylan
Edward Elgar
Ellington (’30s)
Ellington (1942)
Ellington (1943)
Ellington (’50s)
Bill Evans (1)
Bill Evans (2)
Everly Bros.
Donald Fagen
Fallingwater
Emanuel Feuermann
W.C. Fields
Fischer-Dieskau***
Farrell/Martins*
Ella Fitzgerald
Kirsten Flagstad
Flatt & Scruggs***
Fonteyn/Nureyev (1)
Fonteyn/Nureyev (2)
Lefty Frizzell*
Der Fuehrer’s Face
Furtwängler (1)
Judy Garland
Erroll Garner
George Gershwin*
Beniamino Gigli
Getz/Gilberto
João Gilberto
Frank Gilbreth
Emil Gilels
Dizzy Gillespie
Jimmy Giuffre 3*
Tito Gobbi (Falstaff)
Tito Gobbi (Iago)
Benny Goodman
Goodman Orch/Qt
Goodman/Lee
BG/Tatum/Duke
Glenn Gould
Gould/Bernstein
Woody Guthrie
Bobby Hackett
Hackett/Russell
Haggart/Bauduc
Emmylou Harris
Childe Hassam
Coleman Hawkins
Hawkins/Carter
Hawkins/Hines
Heifetz (Mozart)
Heifetz (Paganini)
Heifetz (Prokofiev)
Heifetz (Rachmaninoff)
Heifetz (Saint-Saëns)*
Heifetz (Wieniawski)
Jimi Hendrix
Woody Herman (1)
Woody Herman (2)
Hindenburg 5/10/37
Hiroshima 8/6/45
Johnny Hodges
Josef Hofmann
Holiday/Basie
Holiday/Satchmo
Holiday/Young
Buddy Holly
Homer & Jethro (1)
Homer & Jethro (2)
J. Edgar Hoover
Horowitz (Bizet)
Horowitz (Chopin)
Mississippi John Hurt
Ahmad Jamal*
Harry James***
Skip James*
Jammin’ the Blues
Keith Jarrett (1)
Keith Jarrett (2)
Jobim/Regina
George Jones
Jo Jones
Spike Jones
Karajan***
Stan Kenton
The Kinks
Knappertsbusch
Ernie Kovacs*
Gene Krupa
Krupa/O’Day
Charles Laughton
Leadbelly***
Peggy Lee
Meade Lux Lewis (1)
Meade Lux Lewis (2)
Little Miss Britten
A Little Night Music
Jimmie Lunceford
Manhatta
Manone/Venuti
Martinelli
Del McCoury*
Mengelberg
Yehudi Menuhin
Ethel Merman*
Michelangeli (1)
Michelangeli (2)
Michelangeli (3)
Pat Metheny
Mills Bros.
Nathan Milstein
Charles Mingus
MJQ
Thelonious Monk (1)
Thelonious Monk (2)
Bill Monroe (1)
Bill Monroe (2)*
Wes Montgomery
Mravinsky
Mulligan/Webster
V.S. Naipaul
Nicholas Bros. (1)
Nicholas Bros. (2)
Nicholas Bros. (3)
Red Nichols
Red Norvo/BG
ODJB
von Otter
de Pachmann
Paderewski
Charlie Parker
Parker/Gillespie
Parker/Hawkins
Anna Pavlova
OP/Brown/Thigpen
OP/Ellis/Brown
Liz Phair
Astor Piazzolla*
Pablo Picasso
Webb Pierce
Ezio Pinza
Poème électronique
The Police
Jackson Pollock
Rosa Ponselle
Bud Powell
Powers of Ten***
Elvis Presley (1)
Elvis Presley (2)
Leontyne Price*
Ray Price
William Primrose*
Ayn Rand
Django Reinhardt (1)
Django Reinhardt (2)
Buddy Rich
Richter (1)
Richter (2)
Bojangles (1)
Bojangles (2)
Jimmie Rodgers
Rolling Stones***
Rollins/Jim Hall (1)
Rollins/Jim Hall (2)
Franklin Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
Rose Hobart
Rubinstein (1)
Rubinstein (2)
Sam & Dave
Tito Schipa
Schwarzkopf
Raymond Scott
Segovia (Albéniz)
Segovia (Bach)
Segovia (Falla)
Segovia (Villa-Lobos)
Artie Shaw (1939)***
Artie Shaw (1940)
George Shearing*
Horace Silver (1)
Horace Silver (2)
Sinatra (1965)
Sinatra (1966)
Sinatra/Jobim
Jimmy Smith*
Bessie Smith
Smothers Bros.
Steamboat Willie
Steely Dan
Sunday in the Park
Conchita Supervia
Joseph Szigeti
Art Tatum (1)
Art Tatum (2)
Tatum/Dorseys
Richard Tauber
Jack Teagarden (1)
Jack Teagarden (2)
Teagarden/Satchmo
Jacques Thibaud
Lawrence Tibbett
Mel Tormé
Toscanini
Dave Tough
Merle Travis***
Lennie Tristano
Big Joe Turner
Mark Twain
Venuti/Lang
Fats Waller
Ben Webster*
Welles Macbeth
Welles War of Worlds
Weather Report
Josh White (1)
Josh White (2)*
The Who
Bob Wills
Jonathan Winters
Stevie Wonder
Frank Lloyd Wright
Lester Young
Your Show of Shows
Frank Zappa***

AUDIO
James Agee
Kingsley Amis
Guillaume Apollinaire
Louis Auchincloss
W.H. Auden
Saul Bellow
Jack Benny Program
John Betjeman
Elizabeth Bishop
Johannes Brahms
Benjamin Britten
Robert Browning
W.J. Bryan
Albert Camus
Willa Cather
G.K. Chesterton
Winston Churchill
Jean Cocteau
Arthur Conan Doyle
Aaron Copland
Le Corbusier
Noël Coward
e e cummings
Salvador Dali
Stuart Davis
Peter Drucker
Marcel Duchamp
Thomas Edison
T.S. Eliot (Prufrock)
T.S. Eliot (Waste Land)
William Faulkner
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Robert Frost (1)
Robert Frost (2)
Mahatma Gandhi
Clement Greenberg
Graham Greene
Alec Guinness
Seamus Heaney
Ernest Hemingway
Alfred Hitchcock
Adolf Hitler
Justice Holmes
Edward Hopper
Langston Hughes
Eugène Ionesco
Randall Jarrell
James Joyce
Martin Luther King
Rudyard Kipling
Charles Kuralt
Philip Larkin
Lenin and Stalin
Huey Long
Robert Lowell
Douglas MacArthur
Norman Mailer
Malcolm X
George C. Marshall
Joseph McCarthy
Marshall McLuhan
Mercury Theatre
Edna Millay
Czeslaw Milosz
Marianne Moore
Edward R. Murrow
Vladimir Nabokov
Pablo Neruda
Frank O’Hara
Old Time Radio
Joe Orton
Dorothy Parker
Sylvia Plath
Ezra Pound
Man Ray
Harry Reasoner
Will Rogers
Carl Sandburg
Siegfried Sassoon
G.B. Shaw
I.B. Singer
Stephen Spender
Gertrude Stein
John Steinbeck
Wallace Stevens
Adlai Stevenson
Rex Stout
Arthur Sullivan
Billy Sunday
Alfred Tennyson
Mother Teresa
Dylan Thomas
J.R.R. Tolkien
John Updike
U.S. Presidents
Vaughan Williams
Robert Penn Warren
Evelyn Waugh
E.B. White
Walt Whitman
Tennessee Williams
W.C. Williams
P.G. Wodehouse
Virginia Woolf
W.B. Yeats (1)
W.B. Yeats (2)

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