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Anthology: Ten Years of TQ – Sean Hughes

Pink Elephants, Circus Polka, 1942, Fifty Elephants, Balanchine and Stravinsky Team Up A  decade ago, my writer friend Mona Houghton suggested I contribute an article  to an arts and culture site she was familiar with; it was called Times Quotidian. After perusing its contents, my response was: "Class act, but too highbrow for my tales about Hollywood's past."  Three years later, I met T.Q.'s  Publisher and Editor in Chief, Nancy Cantwell, at the second of two Stravinsky concerts I had attended that month. "Write about that ," she insisted. "Compare the two!"  The result, in 2013,  was 'Rites' of Passage, the first of thirty-five reviews I would write for Times Quotidian. Since then, movies, … [Read more...]

Beyond Category

David Roussève: Halfway to Dawn, REDCAT, October 4, 2018 — Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington deserved his royal nickname. Throughout his fifty-year reign as America's premier composer/pianist/band leader and goodwill ambassador to the world, Ellington spoke and carried himself in a courtly, regal manner. He routinely used the "royal we" when acknowledging applause from his audiences--as in, "we love you madly"--and referred to himself, with amused and characteristic noblesse oblige, simply as "our pianist." He was charming and grandiose, elegant and hip. In truth, the princely Ellington's empire was actually quite small; it consisted of about fifteen loyal musicians, all with virtually lifetime jobs, and a retinue that … [Read more...]