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Robert Smithson Unearthed

[Longhorn Review] Robert Smithson Unearthed

Material Type: All, books — Tags: art, falstaffpicks, Smithson — Posted on September 29, 2007, 11:46 am

By: Eugenie Tsai

Interesting insights into one of 20th century art's best minds.

Reviewer: Tommy

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Porgy and Bess

[Longhorn Review] Porgy and Bess

Material Type: All, music — Tags: falstaffpicks, Gershwin, Music — Posted on September 26, 2007, 11:55 am

By: George Gershwin

I'd like to recommend our newest Gershwin CD, "Porgy and Bess." Gershwin is
always a classic, and that he wrote an opera when he did with this much style makes
this worth a listen.

Reviewer: Holly

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Norman McLaren. / Collector's ed.

[Longhorn Review] Norman McLaren. / Collector's ed.

Material Type: All, movies — Tags: falstaffpicks, McLaren, visual music — Posted on June 29, 2007, 11:59 am

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A wonderful 2 DVD set chronicling some of the most beloved film creations of this
early master. The films range from aesthetically sublime animations to live dance,
but really it all dances. There's good reason this genre has come to be known as
Visual Music.

Reviewer: Tommy

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Roots, Rock, Reggae

[Longhorn Review] Roots, Rock, Reggae

Material Type: All, movies — Tags: falstaffpicks, reggae — Posted on June 29, 2007, 11:57 am

By: Jimmy Cliff

Do you like reggae? If you do, you have to watch this great video that gives a
glimpse of the reggae scene in Kingston, Jamaica. The footage of Trenchtown is
revealing, especially contrasted with the luxurious parts of Kingston. Artists
interviewed and performing include Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals,
Jacob Miller & Inner Circle, The Absyinnians, Lee "Scratch" Perry, and Joe
Higgs.

Reviewer: Laura

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The Magic Nut: A Prologue to The Nutcracker

[Longhorn Review] The Magic Nut: A Prologue to The Nutcracker

Material Type: All, books — Tags: falstaffpicks, Nutcracker — Posted on May 30, 2007, 11:44 am

By: Mihail Chemiakin

Beautiful renderings of Chemiakin’s costumes and scenery for the ballet which
premiered at Mariinsky Ballet in 2005.

Reviewer: Beth

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Yvonne Ranier: radical juxtapositions 1961-2002

[Longhorn Review] Yvonne Ranier: radical juxtapositions 1961-2002

Material Type: All, books — Tags: dance, falstaffpicks, Ranier — Posted on May 30, 2007, 11:39 am

By: Sachs, Sid

About the dancer and the filmmaker.  A nice accompaniment to the Yvonne Rainer
Collection series (DVD 4691- DVD 4697 Fine Arts Library)

Reviewer: Beth

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Sondheim

[Longhorn Review] Sondheim

Material Type: All, books — Tags: falstaffpicks, Sondheim — Posted on May 30, 2007, 11:36 am

By: Martin Gottfried

Sondheim biography and the stories of eighteen Sondheim hit productions. 
Includes lots of color photos, snippets of the librettos, and production
history.

Reviewer: Beth

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John Currin

[Longhorn Review] John Currin

Material Type: All, books — Tags: Currin, falstaffpicks, painting — Posted on May 30, 2007, 11:33 am

By: Kara Vander Weg

John Currin is one of the most skilled -- and witty -- painters working today. 
He uses paint like an old master, yet always keeps the current context evident.  He
is straightforward without being too academic, and never loses his sense of humor.
This monograph is substantial (382 pages), retrospective, and recent – exactly the
kind of book we wish to have in our library about every contemporary artist.

Reviewer: Holly

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Restaging the Sixties: Radical theaters and their legacies

[Longhorn Review] Restaging the Sixties: Radical theaters and their legacies

Material Type: All, books — Tags: falstaffpicks, theatre — Posted on May 30, 2007, 11:30 am

By: James M. Harding & Cindy Rosenthal

This book explores eight theaters (The Living Theatre, The Open Theatre, At the
Foot of the Mountain, The San Francisco Mime Troupe, El Teatro Campesino, The Free
Southern Theater, The Performance Group, and Bread and Puppet Theater) that were
significant in that period. The first section on each theater is a historical
overview talking about the people who started the theater, what they were trying to
do, and a description of how it evolved over time, and in most cases how the theater
eventually went away. The second section discusses the contributions made by that
theater to the overall subject of political theater. Finally an essay goes over the
legacy of those contributions over the time since the sixties (and seventies). UT’s
own Dr. Charlotte Canning writes this essay about At the Foot of the
Mountain.

Reviewer: Beth

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Beyond exoticism : western music and the world.

[Longhorn Review] Beyond exoticism : western music and the world.

Material Type: All, books — Tags: exoticism, falstaffpicks — Posted on May 30, 2007, 11:27 am

By: Taylor, Timothy Dean

This book considers how western cultures’ understandings of racial, ethnic, and
cultural differences have been incorporated into music from early operas to
contemporary television advertisements, arguing that the commonly used term
“exoticism” glosses over such differences in many studies of western music.

Reviewer: David

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