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Rants & Raves - A Review of Melissa Farris' "Happy Cannibals" at Material Art Space

Posted by Sarah Knowles on December 13th, 2012

Whimsical, pastel frames and delicate brush stroke and color choice may, upon first glance, disguise the humorously grotesque imagery that appears in Melissa Farris’s smaller-scale paintings in her show Happy Cannibals.  Paralleling the frames, the paintings seem as though they should belong in a baby’s nursery, with an almost kitschy vibe, some including images of innocent lambs. However, upon further investigation, the viewer begins to notice these paintings are not at all devised from a nursery rhyme. read more »

Topics: Melissa Farris, Happy Cannibals, Material Art Space, Visual Arts, Rants & Raves Review

Rants & Raves - A Review of Maysey Craddock's "forest for the trees" at David Lusk Gallery

Posted by Sarah Knowles on December 11th, 2012

The opening night of Maysey Craddock’s show Forest for the Trees at David Lusk Gallery was filled, nearly to the brim, with life and conversation amidst Craddock’s paintings—this was no surprise, as there is much excitement in this show.  Craddock utilizes found brown paper bags as the surface for her relatively large gauche paintings; though they do vary in size, each panting uniquely captures her methodical, intricate and considered use of line, color, and layers.  The surface’s origin—found, brown paper bags—is evident and embraced, with the ... read more »

Topics: Maysey Craddock, Painting, David Lusk Gallery, Visual Arts, Forest for the Trees, Rants & Raves Review

Rants & Raves - A Review of The Santaland Diaries

Posted by Glenda Mace on December 6th, 2012

The Santaland Diaries Circuit Playhouse By David Sedaris Adapted by Joe Mantello Reviewed by Glenda Mace The Santaland Diaries is here and Memphis’ favorite elf is back at Circuit Playhouse. Crumpet has invited us to his party in The Memphian Room to regale us with the story of adventures and misadventures as an elf at Macy’s New York during the weeks just before Christmas. It is a tale you will not want to miss, especially if your Christmas spirit contains just a bit of Bah Humbug. read more »

Topics: The Santaland Diaries, The Circuit Playhouse, Rants & Raves Review

Rants & Raves - A Review of Annie

Posted by Glenda Mace on November 26th, 2012

Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin, Book by Thomas MeehanPlayhouse on the Square opened the first of its holiday shows this year with Annie, a story filled with all the warmth and hope that you could yearn for this time of year. read more »

Topics: Annie, Rants & Raves Review, Playhouse on the Square, Glenda Mace

Rants & Raves - A Review of Zombies from The Beyond

Posted by Glenda Mace on October 16th, 2012

I saw Zombies From The Beyond at Circuit Playhouse last Friday a week into the run. What fun. It is so satisfying to watch a musical comedy dedicated to improbability and silliness that holds no pretense it is anything else. From set to acting style, director Ann Marie Hall has given us the opportunity to laugh at the politics and pop culture of the 50’s. read more »

Topics: Zombies From The Beyond, the Circuit Playhouse, Glenda Mace, Rants & Raves Review

Rants & Raves - A Review of Rachmaninoff & Mahler

Posted by Nathan Powell on October 4th, 2012

The gradual change to autumn always brings out excitement and nostalgia in almost everyone I know. For me, it also signals the start of symphony season. Every year when I get the Memphis Symphony Orchestra mailer advertising the upcoming concert season, I feel like a kid all over again. What will be the best concert of the year? Which composer will I fall in love with all over again? Which Opus One concert will wow me the most? All these questions, I know, will be answered soon enough. read more »

Topics: Nathan Powell, Rants & Raves Review, Memphis Symphony Orchestra