Posts by: bjuarez

3D Comes to Opera

The New York Metropolitan Opera is in its fifth season of  live simulcasting via satellite in theaters all over the United States and in 43 countries around the world, from Norway to Uruguay.  The Guardian reports that the The Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden is challenging the Met’s dominance in opera simulcasting by […]

4 1/2 Minutes of Silence for Charity

John Cage’s 4’33” CD’s by multiple artists aimed at raising funds for good causes are familiar holiday fare but this is something new: a song consisting of silence. Several musicians, some via cell phones, participated in making the John Cage cover song, called 4’33”.  According to an article in The Guardian, during the recording,  some […]

Lynn Chang Performs at Nobel Ceremony Honoring Liu Xiaobo

Tomorrow, violinist Lynn Chang, a native of Boston, will perform at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Oslo, honoring among others, Chinese writer and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo (left).  Liu Xiaobo was a major figure in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.  In 1997, he was sentenced to 11 years for “incitement to subvert state power.” […]

A Profile

Per Magnus, a student in the College of Communication, has written a profile of me for one of his classes. I share it with you as it will give you an idea of my background and the circumstances that brought me to the arts. To pick a single high point in Benjamin Juárez’s career in […]

Last Supper at the Armory

While in New York later this week, I plan to visit the Last Supper installation by filmmaker Peter Greenaway at the Park Avenue Armory.  According to a Wall Street Journal article, “for 16 minutes, a series of cinematic projections and an accompanying original soundtrack will play over a copy of the painting that, through the […]

Philistines at the Gate?

A trip to the venerable 92nd Street Y in New York City normally means an evening of serious cultural fare that can range from chamber music concerts to poetry readings. But when renaissance man Steve Martin appeared there for an interview about his new book, An Object of Beauty: A Novel, the audience became restless. […]

Everybody Dance Now

Dance has come a  long way at BU.  More than 1,000 students from across the campus now participate in dance programs, clubs, and courses. Every undergraduate student, no matter their major, may select dance as a minor. A premier showcase of the interplay of dance and light is the annual production Aurora Borealis, now in […]

Smithsonian Portraiture Exhibit Used in “Culture War”

Update Dec. 20, 2010. The ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) here in Boston is now showing Hide and Seek. See The Boston Globe’s story: Offensive? ICA Lets Public Decide School of Theatre director Jim Petosa passed this article on to me.  It seems there is an attempt to politicize photographic portraits of Americans of varying […]

Coming Attraction: Marisol by José Rivera

“A significant contemporary play by one of the world’s leading Latino playwrights, José Rivera’s Obie Award-winning Marisol will be presented by the School of Theatre in the Boston University College of Fine Arts, December 10-17 at the Calderwood Pavilion. Marisol finds herself struggling to survive in an urban wasteland while her guardian angel leads an […]

CFA Alumna Geena Davis at BU

Geena Davis, CFA’79, Hon.  ’99, spoke last night at the Friend’s of the Libraries Speaker’s Series sponsored by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. Aside from her Oscar-winning success,  Davis is a concerned mother of a young daughter (she also has twin boys). She began The Geena Davis Institute On Gender in Media in 2004 […]