Category: Live Performance
It used to just be a noisy snack wrapper or perhaps a fit of coughing, but faced with cellphones ringing mid-performance, tweeting theatregoers and even drunken hecklers, performers are taking a stand against stage interruptions.
Sure he's a rock 'n' roll icon fronting a band that's sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, but Aerosmith's Steven Tyler can also appreciate the simple things in life -- like the musical buskers of Helsinki.
Music isn't usually associated with endurance, unless you live next door to someone learning to play the violin. But Canadian pianist and composer Frank Horvat is the latest to embark on a music marathon, a growing practice requiring both talent and endurance.
Who inspired Tony Montana's accent in Scarface? Why was Al Pacino not originally favoured for The Godfather? And where exactly did Scent of a Woman's now-famed "Hoo-ah" come from? Acclaimed actor Pacino is apparently ready to answer those and other fan questions in Toronto this fall when he brings his one-man show to Canada.
Remixing a symphony for the TSO to perform? There's an app for that (sort of). Innovative composer Tod Machover is creating a brand new classical composition inspired by Toronto that incorporates actual sounds from the city and submissions by its residents.
Jem Cohen doesn't call We Have an Anchor a film, but it's certainly an intriguing cinematic experience. A multi-screen film project accompanied by a live rock band, Anchor is an epic tone poem -- an ode to Cape Breton and Nova Scotia by an American filmmaker who fell in love with the place. Eli Glasner gets swept away.
Surviving sweltering heat and rain storms alike, dusty crowds as well as friends gone M.I.A., Laura Thompson concludes that attending the Bonnaroo festival gives one an invaluable musical education in just a few days. She outlines personal highlights from the latter end of the fest and thoughts about her experience in Manchester, Tenn.
Taking in Radiohead's wild, two-hour sonic journey at Bonnaroo is a no-brainer, but how to decide what else to see in the festival's jam-packed slate of amazing acts? Will it be Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings or Two Door Cinema Club? The Avett Brothers or Fitz and The Tantrums? Then, there's also Feist to consider. Arts journalist Laura Thompson tackles this musical dilemma.
Arts journalist Laura Thompson reports from the 2012 Bonnaroo music festival in Manchester, Tenn. She's inside, has her tent up and is ready to hear some tunes. Up first: rapper Kendrick Lamar and things just get better with Alabama Shakes.
What started as an innocent idea between friends -- a trek down to Tennessee to camp out at the 2012 Bonnaroo music fest -- quickly revealed itself as an enormous undertaking. Arts journalist Laura Thompson outlines her prep, last-minute concerns and the musical acts she can't wait to see.
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