Tag Archives: music

Hail to The Chieftains

Before The Chief­tains review — which it’s not, because I lost my Lamy Al-Star pen fol­low­ing a dis­as­ter of a restau­rant meal so I couldn’t take notes — a round­about. I try to be a jack of all jour­nal­ism tricks. I even cov­ered a lec­ture and poetry read­ing by ex-NBA star Tom Mesch­ery in about […]

It Takes Villages

Copy­right 2010 Ben S. Pol­lock Some­thing that’s amazed me my entire adult life is how lousy a pre­dic­tor child­hood is of adult suc­cess. Chil­dren reared with all the advan­tages, the lat­est psy­chol­ogy and/or con­sis­tent dis­ci­pline — turn out as any­thing from national lead­ers to rou­tinely sta­ble mid-levels to layabouts. Chil­dren born in abu­sive fam­i­lies or […]

Blued: Revue Review

The per­for­mance in Fayet­teville of Blue Man Group filled my mind too full to write about imme­di­ately. A dead­line would’ve been won­der­ful. So now it’s time to free up to brain cav­ity. Past time. We saw the third of its eight shows at the Wal­ton Arts Cen­ter, dur­ing the first week of Sep­tem­ber. The company […]

Rock in Rococo

A con­cert by Mark Knopfler and his band, seen April 21 in Kansas City, pro­mot­ing his album Get Lucky, was tremen­dous. If you live within 250 miles (the dis­tance from Fayet­teville, as it hap­pens) and have some extra 20s for tick­ets, try to see it; oth­er­wise lis­ten to the record. Though usu­ally fea­tur­ing elec­tric instruments, […]

Cultural Indifferences

The won­der­ful thing about hav­ing a well-run audi­to­rium in town is oppor­tu­ni­ties it pro­vides. If you fol­low Paul Simon or were lis­ten­ing to pop music in the mid-1980s you know of his album Grace­land, which intro­duced to the West the South African men’s cho­rus that was in Fayet­teville last week­end. Its name can seem a […]

Man and Superboy

Copy­right 2010 Ben S. Pol­lock See­ing the back­stage drama Crazy Heart down at the Malco on its open­ing week­end here in North­west Arkansas gave me lots to think about, being a good movie. It’d be fine to wait for a home view­ing, but leisurely, panoramic views of New Mex­ico increase the worth of a cine­plex screen […]

A Horse Is a Horse

Copy­right 2009 Ben S. Pol­lock Iden­tity is a flum­mox. Some­times it feels like you spend a life­time — or the life­time thus far — pur­su­ing an iden­tity, but your iden­tity may not be you. I’ve heard of two senior or retired pro­fes­sors who said they chose their doc­toral fields rather arbi­trar­ily and lost inter­est as […]


Copy­right 2008 Ben S. Pol­lock Over the decade (since Feb­ru­ary 1998) that we’ve lived in North­west Arkansas, Ginny and Nick Masullo have thrown the most fan­tas­tic and mem­o­rable, sur­real and com­fort­ing par­ties. Some involved cos­tumes, a num­ber had mod­est bon­fires, and all had warmth, lots of food and a truly wide assort­ment of guests. The […]

Concerto in Improvidoodle

Review: An Evening with Bobby McFer­rin, Chick Corea and Jack DeJohnette, Sun­day 13 April 2008, Wal­ton Arts Cen­ter, Fayet­teville As admirable as jazz crit­ics like Gary Gid­dins and Nat Hentoff are, even they couldn’t describe last night’s evening of “free jazz” ade­quately. It’d be like explain­ing a joke, ruins it. I won’t try, but surely […]

Turnips to Squeeze

Things are tough all over so what am I doing, about to crit­i­cize non-profits I favor? The endeav­ors — lit­er­a­ture, fine art, seri­ous music — are the sorts of things that keep me rooted here, but some of their staff mem­bers could use some free advice, for what it’s worth. 1. The lit­er­ary bimonthly Oxford American, […]