Belarus Free Theatre: Burning Doors | Seattle, WA, USA – 28 September to 1 October 2017.

“I write your name. Freedom.” Autumn has descended upon Seattle and the comforting morning chill lingers slightly through the day. The trees are turning colors. The Caribbean and Texas have been bashed by unusually strong hurricanes. North Korea and American “leadership” trade insults. Trump has surmounted his eighth month as president. And Belarus Free Theatre,…

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Perfume Genius | Way Out West – August 11, 2017

It was with great enthusiasm that my fellow audience members and I welcomed Perfume Genius – dressed in a white tank top, tailored beige plaid pants with elaborate details on the knees connoting musketeer boots, shiny black semi high-heeled shoes and a thick fake gold chain around his neck – on stage in Slottsskogen on…

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William Kentridge – Thick Time | Louisiana, Denmark

My latest art love at first sight was William Kentridge. I came into contact with Kentridge’s artistry about a year ago. I was visiting Lousiana – the museum of modern art in Humlebæk, Denmark – to check out their main exhibition at the time, Eye Attack, and decided to also take the opportunity to see…

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Marina Abramović – The Cleaner | Moderna Museet, Stockholm

It is tricky to do a retrospective of a performance artist. How do you represent art that is situated, relational, temporal and sometimes even immaterial in a representative manner? It is also tricky to write a review of a retrospective of a performance artist. Is it the art or the representation of the art that…

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Retro Review: Tori Amos | BJCC, Alabama – August 14, 1998

So, you’ve seen one Tori Amos show, you’ve seen them all, right? Um, no. Dear reader, I once filled an entire computer hard drive with Napster downloads of live Tori Amos gigs from the early 2000s. Every show was different, every moment seemed new and poignant. Sometimes the stories changed, the moods changed, the bass…

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Bon Jovi | United Center, Chicago, IL – March 26, 2017

  In twenty-two years, I’ve never seen a bad Bon Jovi show. From Chattanooga to Atlanta, London, Nashville, Memphis, Chicago, Gulf Shores Beach,  I’ve seen the band almost twenty times and I can’t remember a single time I’ve been disappointed with one of their sets. The March 26th, show at United Center in Chicago was…

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The Festival of Political Photography 2017: Post-Food | The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland

It was with some trepidation I approached the Finnish Museum of Photography located in the southwestern part of Helsinki. My dread stemmed from knowing what awaited me inside was the Festival of Political Photography 2017: Post-Food, an exhibition aimed at shedding light on the environmental, ethical and societal ramifications of food. Such an exhibition is…

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Pussy Riot Theatre: Revolution | The Crocodile, Seattle, WA, USA – Mar. 8, 2017

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but my expectations were high. I was traveling when I found out that Pussy Riot would be in Seattle on March 8 (International Women’s Day, at that!), and I immediately booked tickets without knowing what the show would entail. A year prior, I had seen Maria (Masha) Alyokhina participate…

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Art Review: Louise Bourgeois – Structures of Existence: The Cells at Louisiana

Ever since I learned about the enormous spider sculptures and the surreal installations made by the French-American artist Louise Bourgeois, I have been waiting for the day when I would get the chance to experience Bourgeois’s art live. That chance came the day before Christmas when I headed to Louisiana, the museum of modern art…

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Music Review: Mund – Hunting

It’s becoming increasingly harder to figure out the genres of specific artists with each passing year. Since artists are always looking for ways better express themselves, and the genres, tools, and even instruments are all getting mixed up and transformed in the process, the overall music world begins to ‘rotate’ at a faster pace. It seems as…

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