What We’re Reading: The Accidental Universe

Book Review: “The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew” by Alan Lightman In “The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew,” renowned physicist and writer Alan Lightman takes us on a thought-provoking journey through the mysteries and paradoxes of the cosmos.

Balourdet Quartet with Adam W. Sadberry, flute

The Balourdet Quartet, recipients of the Grand Prize at the 2021 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, shares the stage with Memphis Symphony Orchestra acting principal flutist Adam W. Sadberry.  The Balourdet Quartet, based in Boston, Massachusetts, is currently in residence at the New

Roald Dahl eBooks Censored Remotely

The recent news that Puffin Books has updated electronic versions of Roald Dahl’s novels with censored versions has sparked controversy and condemnation from literary enthusiasts and scholars alike. The new versions of the books contain hundreds of changes related to weight, mental health, violence,

What We’re Reading: CULTURE

In Culture, acclaimed author, professor, and public intellectual Martin Puchner takes us on a breakneck tour through pivotal moments in world history, providing a global introduction to the arts and humanities in one engaging volume. What good are the arts? Why should we care

Spielberg adapts Kubrick’s Napoleon for HBO

Stanley Kubrick directed “only” 13 movies on a career spanning five decades. That left him a lot of times to dream and plan about other movies which would never see the light of day. And among those, Napoleon is without contest the most famous.

Women’s Film Festival.
Forty-Five new films February 17 – 19

For the past five years, the Worldwide Women’s Film Festival has celebrated the achievements of female filmmakers. This year, the festival will continue its mission of empowering women by showcasing 45 films across multiple genres from Friday, February 17th, to Sunday, February 19th. “We

Cate Blanchett plays a world-renowned conductor in the film Tár

Lydia Tár is one of the greatest living composer-conductors, and first female chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. In an interview with Adam Gopnik at The New Yorker Festival, she promotes several new projects, including her upcoming live recording of Mahler’s 5th Symphony. She

REVIEW: The Deep History of Ourselves

LeDoux’s The Deep History of Ourselves is a broad and careful examination of the complex genesis of human consciousness. It begins 4 billion years ago by detailing the emergence of earth’s simplest forms of life, and proceeds gradually, over its 66 short pithy chapters, to guide

Academy of St Martin in the Fields Avi Avital, mandolin

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras, renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s greatest orchestral music. They are led by music director and virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, presenting symphonic repertoire and chamber music on

The Chevalier

The rise and downfall of Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a French-Caribbean violinist, composer (“Black Mozart”) and son of an African slave, who rose to fame through his musical prodigy. But after falling out with Marie Antoinette and a complicated love life, Saint-Georges finds himself falling