Mark Lamster’s new book “Master of Shadows” attests international espionage can be deeply engrossing and entertaining in its own way, especially with the unusual twist that Lamster puts on it. Don’t be fooled though; it’s not your grandmother’s typical spy-thriller.
The recently released film “Howl,” based on the most famous poem by Allen Ginsberg, gives viewers a clear view into the life of the poet: each line spoken by the character, played by James Franco, is taken directly from a transcript of the author, making the movie 100% in his own words.
Despite high expectations, director Mark Romanek failed to impress with his adaption of Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2005 novel “Never Let Me Go.”
Pearl Street was graced with Deerhoof’s presence on Saturday night. Even though their set started almost thirty minutes late, they played every song in their repertoire, and were called back on stage for two encores and were accompanied by members of their two opening bands, Xiu Xiu and Father Murphy.
Any fans of experimental music must find a way to be in the Pearl Street clubroom this Saturday night at 9 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.
Folk singer-songwriter Pete Yorn transforms his style for his new self-titled album, “Pete Yorn.” While die-hard fans will love it, his performance at Pearl Street on Monday left the audience questioning his recent change.
Local roots-rock band Barefoot Truth rocked Pearl Street Friday night. Combining fan favorites, modern mixes and acoustic covers, the Barefoot Truth charmed the audience with their earthy style and friendly feel.
Alternative singer and songwriter Pete Yorn will make an appearance this Monday at Pearl Street. Yorn is touring in support of his latest, self titled album, which was produced by Black Francis of the Pixies.
To this day, “Z” remains powerful because it resists the temptation to brush over truth with fiction. Based on actual events, the film does not deviate from reality; it portrays real people whose stories speak poignantly without the aid of Hollywood drama. It is in many ways a historical account, just as much as it is an exciting political thriller and an excellent film.
A French-language film released in 1969, “Z” is a minimally fictionalized account of the political turmoil in Greece following the 1963 assassination of peace-activist and democratic politician Gregoris Lambrakis. His death, perpetrated by right wing extremists, ignited a surge of popular protests against the government who was suspected of being involved. Gavras used actual transcripts of the ensuing trial and investigation following Lambrakis assassination, whose death exposed a conspiracy by the right-wing government.
Dale Carnegie’s “How To Win Friends and Influence People” was first published in 1937. Still published today, it remains a source of wisdom and advice for any person.
This Saturday, at the Pearl Street Clubroom, Barefoot Truth will be playing to promote their new album, “Threads,” which they consider a milestone in their career. The band’s eclectic musical style fuses elements of folk, rock, blues and jazz, to create a unique but easily accessible sound presented on stage with youthful energy that reflects the band’s spirit of honesty and optimism in their music.
There is something about the shared experience of live music and dancing that erodes national borders, negates the separation of geographic distance and translates across cultural and linguistic boundaries. Music often serves as the impetus for sympathy and interconnectedness. In doing so, it channels itself towards alleviating the scourge of poverty, disease and natural catastrophe. Such was the phenomenon that occurred last Feb. 11, in the concert hall of the UMass Fine Arts Center, where residents of Amherst and surrounding towns, along with students from the Five Colleges, gathered for the Stand up for Haiti Benefit Concert.
A combination of local and student performers will take the stage to raise funds for the Haiti relief effort tonight at a benefit concert hosted by the University of Massachusetts.
Mark Morris’ reputation for delivering innovative yet technically challenging dance pieces went unchallenged last night, as Morris’ group presented three dances, each of which had its own distinctive style and choreography.
The Mark Morris Dance Group will take the stage in the Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. The Mark Morris Dance Group, an internationally acclaimed dance company is coming to the University of Massachusetts tonight to perform its innovative blend of live music and modern dance.