Skip to Content

A Monthly Culture Matrix For the Cosmopolitan Traveler

What to do, and where and when to do it

  • Music
  • Art
  • Stage
  • For Kids

Coronavirus Warning

Dear Reader,

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, please be sure to double check dates and availabilities with the venues directly.

The Arts Intel team

Splendors in the Grass

When Britain announced its first lockdown, the art collector, curator, and dealer Michael Hue-Williams was at his 50-acre estate in Little Milton, Oxfordshire. “I was sitting in my office, looking at this incredibly beautiful garden,” he tells me on the phone, “and thought, God, I could put it to use.” But what use? Obviously, an art park! READ ON

Erwin Wurm’s Fat Convertible gets comfortable at Albion Fields, a new sculpture park opening in the English countryside.

Read On

A Woman Apart

If you’ve never heard of the woman in the title—and most haven’t—The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson could spark an infatuation with a larger-than-life heroine who stood barely five feet tall in heels and fancy hats. Premiering at the Glimmerglass Festival on August 5, Sarah Seaton’s new “play with music” celebrates a classical soprano who, when her own dreams were dashed, made a bigger dream come true for her people. READ ON

Revolutionary classical soprano Mary Cardwell Dawson. A musical play based on her life premieres at the Glimmerglass Festival, near Cooperstown, New York, next week.

Read On

The Power of the Pen

In a country where brutal and arbitrary punishments have for decades been used to uphold strict social, religious, and political orthodoxies, the Burmese artist Bagyi Aung Soe spent a lifetime trying to create a way of being that enabled him to live and work with relative freedom. If Burmese art was defined by displays of self-conscious erudition and technical virtuosity, Aung Soe would scrawl his works in cheap coloring pens. If decorum demanded one dress according to rank or class, Aung Soe would alternate between sportswear and religious costume. READ ON

A self-portrait by the Burmese artist Bagyi Aung Soe, the subject of a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, in Paris.

Read On

Fancy Footwork

So, not yet 20, Caleb Teicher, of Mahopac, New York (population 8,203), scooped up some tap shoes, blew into the Big Apple, found some footlights, and crowned a rookie season with the 2011 Bessie Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in the tap extravaganza Body Madness: A Shared Evening. Today, Teicher appears with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at PS21, a microscopic institution with astronomical dreams in the Hudson Valley community of Chatham—a little town, as Garrison Keillor might put it, that time forgot and the decades cannot improve. READ ON

A Buster Keaton in tap shoes, Caleb Teicher appears today with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at PS21, in Chatham, New York.

Read On
Subscribers Only

Start your free trial to access the full Arts Intel Report

Subscribe to Air Mail to access every article
and search our entire Arts Intel Report.

Subscribe Now

Already a subscriber? Sign in here.