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



    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.'...


    "Second City," Washington Post, Oct. 2, 2005. A final farewell.GO TO THE STORY

    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..."

    "Second City," Washington Post, Sept. 4, 2005. The Irish Repertory Theatre, Primary Stages, Mark Morris at Mostly Mozart, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    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…”

    “Second City,” Washington Post, Aug. 7, 2005. Basil Twist, Merce Cunningham, and Yukio Mishima at the Lincoln Center Festival, plus Pilobolus, the Mint Theater Company, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    JULY

    “Whenever visiting out-of-towners ask me to recommend a play, they usually have Broadway in mind. Alas, it isn't always possible for me to send them there with a clear conscience, but the good news is that I can now wholeheartedly recommend two Broadway shows, John Patrick Shanley's 'Doubt' and William Finn's 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,' both of which are guaranteed to give great pleasure without insulting the intelligence. The bad news (so to speak) is that both shows are selling out every performance. What to do? As any Second City theatergoer in good standing will gladly tell you, the really smart plays are to be found off-Broadway…”

    “Second City,” Washington Post, July 3, 2005. Alan Ayckbourn, Ragtime, Jack Jones, Luciana Souza, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    JUNE

    “Tenuously based on a wisp of plot lifted from Gene Kelly's 'American in Paris' film of 1951, Christopher Wheeldon's new ballet pulls out all the usual gay-Paree-ooh-la-la stops, deploying them with the self-assurance we have come to expect from the maker of 'Scènes de Ballet' and 'Carnival of the Animals.' So what's not to like? Only the fact that nobody onstage does anything even slightly unexpected. Nice decor by Adrienne Lobel and a nifty title-role performance from Damian Woetzel, but those of us who have been following Wheeldon from the beginning of his choreographic career know he can dig deeper than this…”

    “Second City,” Washington Post, June 5, 2005. Christopher Wheeldon's An American in Paris, Austin Pendleton's Orson's Shadow, Gary Burton at Birdland, Edward Hopper at Peter Findlay Gallery, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    MAY

    “Accompanied by the slow movement of Schubert's E-flat Piano Trio, 'Rock of Ages' is one of those deceptively simple-looking Mark Morris dances whose unforced, understated beauty leaves you in breathless wonder when the curtain falls. The word 'masterpiece' has long since been devalued to the point of meaninglessness by overuse, but if 'Rock of Ages' isn't one, there's no such thing…”

    “Second City,” Washington Post, May 1, 2005. Pat Metheny, Mark Morris, Doubt, Milton Avery, and more. GO TO THE STORY

    APRIL

    (In case you were wondering, I took the month of April off. "Second City" returns to the Sunday Washington Post on May 1.)

    GO TO THE STORY

    MARCH

    “Don't go getting smug on me, but I'm feeling a slight touch of envy. What did you Washingtonians get to see in February? American Ballet Theatre's all-Fokine program at the Kennedy Center and the unveiling of Helen Frankenthaler's sublime ‘Nature Abhors a Vacuum’ at the National Gallery, that's what. And what did we get to see up here in Second City? ‘The Gates: Central Park, New York, 1979-2005,’ otherwise known as 7,500 orange nylon sheets flapping in the wind…”

    “Second City,” Washington Post, Mar. 6, 2005. David Ostwald and Anat Cohen, Ethan Iverson, Diane Arbus, Beckett revivals, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    FEBRUARY

    “One of the perennial joys of following the arts in Second City is the unparalleled opportunity it gives me to watch promising artists become themselves. I've had an eye on Jessica Molaskey ever since she sang her first cabaret gig, so I knew what it meant when she made her debut in January at the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel—and blew the roof off…”

    “Second City,” Washington Post, Feb. 6, 2005. Jessica Molaskey, Nine Parts of Desire, Audra McDonald, Jane Freilicher, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    JANUARY

    “I didn't expect wonders when I went to Lincoln Center to hear Hilary Hahn play the Elgar Violin Concerto with Sir Colin Davis and the New York Philharmonic—just a beautiful performance. Nor was it my idea to go in the first place, even though I'm one of Hahn's most ardent fans. I don't make it to all that many orchestral concerts nowadays, but a friend wanted to hear this one, so I got the tickets, showed up at Avery Fisher Hall in the pouring rain and settled into my seat, little knowing that I was to behold a miracle...”

    "Second City," Washington Post, Jan. 2, 2005. Hilary Hahn, Julia Dollison, The Rivals, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    DECEMBER

    “The cultural lives of most big cities are dominated by a handful of thousand-ton institutional gorillas, the fixed stars by which local art lovers navigate, sometimes cheering and sometimes grumbling. The trouble with too many of these well-heeled palaces of art is that when they call the tune, you usually have to dance or stay home. Not so in Second City. Sure, we have our own gorillas, but their power to call New York's cultural tune is sharply restricted by a lengthy list of competitors, large and small…”

    “Second City,” Washington Post, Dec. 5, 2004. Milton Avery, Phil Woods, Woody Allen, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    NOVEMBER

    “Never mind the damn election. The most important art exhibit in Second City—maybe even in all of America—is the Giorgio Morandi show on display at Lucas Schoormans Gallery through Dec. 4. That's what I call news...”

    “Second City,” Washington Post, Nov. 7, 2004. Giorgio Morandi, Laugh Whore, American Ballet Theatre at City Center, New York City Opera’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Mary Foster Conklin sings Leiber and Stoller, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    OCTOBER

    “September is the expectant month. Limp from their summer vacations, art-loving Second Citians await the new season and fantasize about things to come, eagerly but not always lovingly. We're all delighted, for instance, that the Museum of Modern Art will be reopening on Nov. 20—but irked that it'll now cost $20 a head to get in. (The Met still costs $12, thank heavens.) Fortunately, the Great Art Machine didn't grind to a total halt between summer and fall, meaning that I was able to spend my usual share of nights on the town, chasing after pleasure….”

    “Second City,” Washington Post, Oct. 3, 2004. Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing Trio, the Jazz Standard, The Bald Soprano, Kristin Chenoweth at Carnegie Hall, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    AUGUST

    "The Lincoln Center Festival has long since become a summertime fixture in Second City, but one too often noteworthy for the studied eccentricity of its self-consciously wide-ranging fare. Having had sharply critical things to say about the festival in the past, I'm happy—relieved, actually—to report that it's now striking a better artistic balance…"

    "Second City," Washington Post, Aug. 1, 2004. The Ashton Celebration, Much Ado About Nothing, Roger Kellaway and Bill Charlap, Joan Mitchell lithographs, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    JULY

    "This is an anniversary of sorts—my 50th report from Second City. I'm not feeling especially nostalgic, though, so I'll skip the backward-looking rhapsodies and concentrate instead on something I've learned from writing this monthly column. The superabundance of New York, it seems, can turn even the most idealistic among us into tiresome perfectionists who expect everything to be ideal at all times. We forget that mixed bags also contain good stuff—and the bigger the bag, the more treats it can hold..."


    "Second City," Washington Post, July 4, 2004. Childe Hassam at the Met, Charlie Victor Romeo, Mark Morris and the Bad Plus, the JVC Jazz Festival, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    JUNE

    "As the dormouse in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ observes, ‘Things are much of a muchness.’ That's what the cultural life of Second City is like—much of a muchness, so much so that it's sometimes too much so. On the other hand, what looks cool on paper often fails to pan out in person. Even the near-infallible Metropolitan Museum of Art has been known to slip a cog on occasion, a case in point being the recent opening of the Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection..."

    "Second City, Washington Post, June 6, 2004. The Matisse Collection, "Constable’s Skies," Kristin Chenoweth in Candide, Kyra Nichols in Liebeslieder Walzer, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    MAY

    "April in Second City is a bridge between seasons. The skies turn blue, the trees turn green, New York City Opera gives way to New York City Ballet, and every producer on Broadway tries to cram in as many opening nights as possible in preparation for the Tony Awards. As for me, I was longing for a little time off to smell the cherry blossoms. Instead, I've been going to four or five shows a week, which is not my idea of nothing to do...."

    "Second City," Washington Post, May 2, 2004. Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel, Jane Freilicher, Bill Charlap, John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    APRIL

    "I rarely lose sleep when I find myself at odds with the conventional wisdom, but quite a few musicians whose opinion I respect are fans of Brad Mehldau, a much- praised young pianist whose playing has always left me stone-cold. So when Jazz at Lincoln Center booked Mehldau for a week of solo recitals, I decided to give him another try and see whether my ears might have been on wrong. They weren't…"

    "Second City," Washington Post, Apr. 4, 2004. Brad Mehldau, Paul Taylor, Propeller’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    MARCH

    "Spring is here, or near, or one of those things, and curtains are going up all over Manhattan as if to compensate for the slew of closing notices posted at the end of the long, cold winter. Three Broadway shows, ‘Anna in the Tropics,’ ‘Never Gonna Dance’ and ‘The Retreat From Moscow,’ just took their last bows, and ‘Gypsy’ was on the verge of doing the same thing until its producers changed their minds at the last minute. I would have been perfectly happy to trade ‘Gypsy’ for ‘Anna,’ but the two other closings were no great loss, and in their place we now have a big-name Shakespeare production and a pair of new plays, all deserving of attention, albeit in differing degrees…"

    "Second City," Washington Post, Mar. 7, 2004. King Lear, Big Bill, New York City Ballet's Jewels, Maria Schneider, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    FEBRUARY

    "NYCB invited Broadway baby Susan Stroman ('Contact,' 'The Producers) to make 'Double Feature,' a full-evening ballet set to the songs of Irving Berlin and Walter Donaldson. You are perhaps wondering what the hell that has to do with Balanchine? Well, it seems that he spent a goodly chunk of the Thirties and Forties choreographing on Broadway and in Hollywood. Makes perfect sense, right? (Wrong.)..."

    "Second City," Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2004. New York City Ballet's Balanchine 100 festival, Bob Brookmeyer's New Art Orchestra, Mark Rothko at PaceWildenstein, Private Jokes, Public Places, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    JANUARY

    "I'd been feeling slightly sour about life in Second City, having barely survived the usual pre-Christmas deadline scramble, and it occurred to me that it might be fun to dish up a year-end list of the Loudest Dogs of 2003. But as the lights of Manhattan twinkled outside the window of my jet, ‘Taboo,’ ‘Rose's Dilemma,’ ‘Urban Cowboy,’ ‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks’ and ‘The Look of Love’ suddenly seemed as stale as last month's stump speeches…"

    "Second City," Washington Post, Jan. 4, 2004. The best of New York in 2003.GO TO THE STORY

    DECEMBER

    "I want to know what possessed Mark Morris to give the local premiere of ‘All Fours,’ an unexpectedly angst-prone dance set to Bartók's raspingly dissonant Fourth String Quartet, anywhere but right here in Second City. I should have seen it at least twice, and I wish I hadn't had to go all the way to Newark to see it just once, because it was too complex and ambiguous to digest at a single sitting..."

    "Second City," Washington Post, Dec. 7, 2003. Mark Morris, La Juive at the Met, The Caretaker, "Sargent’s Women," the Lascivious Biddies, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    NOVEMBER

    "I always go to see American Ballet Theatre at the monstrous Metropolitan Opera House each spring, but I always have a better time when they move to the shabby-genteel, reasonably sized City Center…"

    "Second City," Washington Post, Nov. 2, 2003. Wesla Whitfield, ABT’s Pillar of Fire, Merce Cunningham, Alex Katz, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    OCTOBER

    "'Trumbo,'" at the Westside, is a repulsively sanctimonious two- man staged reading based on the letters of Dalton Trumbo..."

    "Second City," Washington Post, Oct. 5, 2003. "Trumbo," "The Thing About Men," Marvin Stamm, Bud Shank, Stacey Kent, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    SEPTEMBER

    "What does the fall season hold in store for Washingtonians planning a trip to Second City?..."

    "Second City," Washington Post, Sept. 5, 2003. A preview of New York's fall season.GO TO THE STORY

    AUGUST

    "It is with a certain reluctance that I proclaim the excellence of a museum whose galleries have heretofore been delightfully undercrowded …"

    "Second City," Washington Post, Aug. 3, 2003. The National Academy of Design, plus Maria Schneider, Julia Dollison, Kate McGarry, Raul Midon, Angelica Torn in Edge, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    JULY

    "Adelson Galleries outdid itself with a Maurice Prendergast retrospective..."

    "Second City," Washington Post, July 6, 2003. Maurice Prendergast at Adelson Galleries, Marsden Hartley at Berry-Hill Gallery, John Marin at Richard York Gallery, I Am My Own Wife, Sandy Stewart and Bill Charlap at the Algonquin Oak Room, and more.GO TO THE STORY
    JUNE

    "Christopher Wheeldon, one of the New Yorkers for whom I regularly root, is having a hot spring..."

    "Second City," Washington Post, June 1, 2003. Christopher Wheeldon's Carnival of the Animals at New York City Ballet, "Frankenthaler: New Paintings" at Knoedler & Company, Woody Allen's "Writer's Block,:" Hank Jones at Iridium, and more.GO TO THE STORY

    MAY

    "Symphonie Fantastique is a little crazy—a loony masterpiece that defies easy characterization..."

    "Second City," Washington Post, May 4, 2003. Basil Twist's Symphonie Fantastique at Lincoln Center, Jane Wilson at DC Moore Gallery, A Year with Frog and Toad, Osvaldo Golijov at Weill Recital Hall, New York City Opera's Rape of Lucretia, and more.GO TO THE STORY

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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


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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)*
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Meade Lux Lewis (2)
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Ethel Merman*
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Mills Bros.
Nathan Milstein
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MJQ
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Thelonious Monk (2)
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Bill Monroe (2)*
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Nicholas Bros. (2)
Nicholas Bros. (3)
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Ezio Pinza
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Rosa Ponselle
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Powers of Ten***
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Ray Price
William Primrose*
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Django Reinhardt (1)
Django Reinhardt (2)
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Richter (2)
Bojangles (1)
Bojangles (2)
Jimmie Rodgers
Rolling Stones***
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Franklin Roosevelt
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Rose Hobart
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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*
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Horace Silver (2)
Sinatra (1965)
Sinatra (1966)
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Jimmy Smith*
Bessie Smith
Smothers Bros.
Steamboat Willie
Steely Dan
Sunday in the Park
Conchita Supervia
Joseph Szigeti
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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
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Josh White (2)*
The Who
Bob Wills
Jonathan Winters
Stevie Wonder
Frank Lloyd Wright
Lester Young
Your Show of Shows
Frank Zappa***

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