ARTICLE: "Cash shares legacy" (Rosanne Cash)
Here’s my advance feature on Rosanne Cash from yesterday’s Berkshire Eagle. She plays Pittsfield, Ma.’s Colonial Theatre on Tuesday. “I kind of resisted it at first,” Cash recounts. “I didn’t want to trade on my dad. But John said, ‘These songs are yours. This is a list he made for you. This is your legacy, if you don’t step into it,...
ARTICLE: "Los Lonely Boys: In a family way"
Here’s my advance feature on Los Lonely Boys before their show at Pittsfield, Ma.’s Colonial Theatre. “In an industry that stresses easily recognizable genres, Los Lonely Boys have been able to succeed by blending styles, sounds and even cultures, while wrapping it in a commercially appealing sheen.”
Soul Kitchen (film review)
Soul Kitchen Written by Fatih Akin, Adam Bousdoukos Directed by Fatih Akin Starring Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtrau, Birol Unel Germany (2009) 99 min. This is a wholly winning comedy about a young, good-hearted but slightly naive Greek schlump running an incongruously named restaurant (Soul Kitchen) in Hamburg. Zinos serves up supermarket-bought frozen fish to a loyal patron base eager...
The social physics of crowded films
Walking distance is a good thing. Though this year’s Berkshire International Film Festival expanded to three screens in Pittsfield, Mass. as well as those of the Triplex Cinema in Great Barringon (plus, occasionally, the nearby Mahaiwe Theatre), I’m sticking with a GB-centric festival, in no small part because I can emerge from my apartment ten minutes before a film is due to start,...
"Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" (Film review)
I had no idea Joan Rivers was funny. I don’t know her as a comedian. Or as an actress. Just as a personality. And it’s a personality that rubs me the wrong way whenever I catch it in short bursts during, for instance, her signature red carpet reports. But when she savagely desconstructs that gig in the opening minutes of Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, the excellent documentary that opened the 5th...