Michelle Mercer

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  • 12 years ago

    In Iran, kids aren't supposed to play outside during twilight. It's "the hour of two lights": the end of day and beginning of night, when things aren't quite settled. Likewise, on The Hour of Two Lights, you can't tell if the music's coming or goi...

  • 13 years ago

    It's very late on Friday night at Madiba, and the chef is onstage doing a tribal striptease with the restaurant's house band. "You are a magician," a patron calls out to him. She points to her food, a plebeian plate of bean-rice mash he's somehow ...

  • 14 years ago

    In keeping with the French's long-standing reputation for recognizing good music (while producing little of their own), some of the better Brazilian sounds in town can be heard at Jules Bistro when the Choro Ensemble is dans la maison. There's a p...

  • 15 years ago

    Ken Burns's Jazz puts its would-be critics beneath the underdog—in his mind, an American public tragically oblivious to its national artistic treasure. Built into the series is empowerment rhetoric which works as a preventative: Faulting the ...

  • 16 years ago

    The Knitting Factory's former What Is Jazz? festival has resolved its identity crisis, the way the Borg on Star Trek do. As the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, it has assimilated every musical genre it can get its hands on and expanded its territoria...


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