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5.29.11
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5.18.11
Weekend Preview May 19-24
Bob Dylan tributes, Deborah Voigt, Tom Paxton, Bill Kirchen, John Kirk and Trish Miller



5.18.11
Celebrating Bob Dylan's 70th Birthday in Style
Paying tribute to the greatest rock songwriter ever



5.17.11
FILM REVIEW: In a Better World and Of Gods and Men
Review by Seth Rogovoy



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5.12.11
Deborah Voigt Headlines Mahaiwe Gala
Opera star to sing arias, show tunes on Saturday, May 21



5.15.11
Famed Spiritual Teacher to Speak on Nonviolence
Mother Maya in free talk at Sruti Yoga in Great Barrington, Mass., on Friday May 20 at 7pm



5.12.11
Special Effects Wizard to Be Honored by Film Festival
Doug Trumbull to be Feted by BIFF



5.11.11
Weekend Preview May 12-16
Cultural Highlights of the Berkshire Weekend



6.4.09
Talk about a small world
Elaine and I grew up together, but only just recently met....



5.8.11
Berkshire Living to Cease Publication
A Farewell from Publisher Michael Zivyak



5.8.11
twiGs Branches Out
Lenox boutique launches new e-tail site



5.8.11
[MUSIC REVIEW] Avalon Quartet in Close Encounters at Mahaiwe
Review by Seth Rogovoy



5.8.11
[MUSIC REVIEW] Avalon Quartet in Close Encounters at Mahaiwe
Review by Seth Rogovoy



5.7.11
[FILM REVIEW] Bill Cunningham New York
Review by Seth Rogovoy



5.7.11
[FILM REVIEW] Bill Cunningham New York
Review by Seth Rogovoy





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Summer 2006 Greatest Hits

9.7.06

Summer 2006 Greatest Hits

1. Hamlet , Shakespeare and Company, Lenox, Mass. (Also Merry Wives of Windsor )
2. Madama Butterfly , Berkshire Opera, at BCC, Pittsfield, Mass.
3. Rosenbach Company , multimedia rock opera by Ben Katchor and Mark Mulcahy, Mass MoCA , North Adams, Mass.
4. AsZUre and Artists, Jacobís Pillow, Becket, Mass.
5. Osvaldo Golijovís world premiere of Azul at Tanglewood with Yo Yo Ma
6. Armitage Gone! Dance, Jacobís Pillow, Becket, Mass.
7. Amadeus, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, Mass.
8. Michael Wex at Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, Mass.
9. Elvis Costello with Marian McPartland at Tanglewood, Lenox, Mass.
10. Danish Dance Theater , Jacobís Pillow, Becket, Mass.



What! No Bob DYlan at Wahconah Park???
9/8/2006



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9/8/2006


Concerning Bob Dylan's non-performance at Wahconah Park...

It was a disgrace. Bob is bored at being Bob Dylan that he robbed the latest generation knowing the greatness that he was. He virtually mumbled the lyrics into a stylistic shambles.

The contempt he held for audience was further manifested in:

1. The long wait for him to appear (4 acts before his)
2. A triumphant trumpet fanfare announcing his act (more worthy for Cesar than him.

3. His refusal to acknowledge the audience. The stage setup put him in profile to the crowd and the lights turned down for his entrances and exits at the end of each number so he wouldn't have to look out into the Plebeian masses.

Poor Bob...time to pack it in.



9/9/2006



Correction:

Concerning Bob Dylan's non-performance at Wahconah Park...

It was a disgrace. Bob is so bored at being Bob Dylan that he robbed the latest generation of knowing the greatness that he was. He virtually mumbled the lyrics into a stylistic shambles.

The contempt he held for audience was further manifested in:

1. The long wait for him to appear (4 acts before his)
2. A triumphant trumpet fanfare announcing his act (more worthy for Cesar than a guy for 4th Street.

3. His refusal to acknowledge the audience. The stage setup put him in profile to the crowd and the lights turned down for his entrances and exits at the end of each number so he wouldn't have to acknowledge the Plebeian masses.

Poor Bob...time to pack it in.

9/9/2006


Well, sure "Bob is bored being Bob Dylan" -- wouldn't you be after 40 years? But the 9/9 comment missed the entire point of "The Bob Dylan Show", as it was billed. It was in fact just that, a complete show, and the opening acts (3, not 4, BTW) were not just to keep the audience waiting, but to provide a musical context for the set that followed by "The Bob Dylan Band" (as they were so billed, not as "Bob Dylan"). Those opening acts were excellent if lesser known musicians playing many forms of American music which were and still are a direct influence on Dylan and his music: Texas swing, country, rockabilly and blues. These influences can also be plainly heard in his latest album trilogy: Time Out Of Mind, Love and Theft, and Modern Times. On stage, Dylan doesn't want to be The Great Legend, but rather just a musician and bandleader focused on making music. And as many bandleaders have traditionally done, especially in the era before rock stars, he was positioned on stage to see the players in the band and focus on making music. Fer chrissake, classical music conductors keep their back to the audience during the performance, and Miles Davis often did the same. Where Dylan was coming from was not contempt for the audience (he clearly appreciated our presence when he made his bows during the encore) but rather from a desire not to be forever idolized as "the greatness that he was" and to be accepted as a musician and bandleader. It's too ironic that the writer should mention 4th Street. In "Positively 4th Street" Dylan strikes back at those who refuse to accept him for who he is, rather than for what they want him to be. I think that applies perfectly to the writer.

SN

I agree BTW that Bob should lose that bizarre intro which played over the PA before his set.


9/18/2006



Mr. Dylan,

"It's time... "to go gently into the good night!"

"Writer"
11/17/2006




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