Juliet Moser

Bombs to Make You Blow, Beats to Make You Bang

From March 16-20, Austin overflowed with more Converse sneakers and black plastic glasses frames per square inch than anywhere else on the planet, as musicians and music industry types swarmed into the city for the 2005 South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival. Every March SXSW helps establish the year’s upcoming buzzworthy acts. This year’s clear […]

The South by Southwest Experience

AUSTIN, Texas – Many destinations offer all the key elements of spring break – booze, sun, young people and parties. But only Austin, Texas, was packed with all this and 14,000 of the world’s most innovative thinkers. The bastion of liberal thought, bathed in 70-degree weather and plastered with tattoos, is the home to three […]

Intimations for Saxophone: Poor Mimicry

A world-premiere play. A talented cast. Fabulous costumes and set design. Cool music to weave in and out of scenes. Arena Stage’s production of obscure American playwright Sophie Treadwell’s Intimations for Saxophone has all of the elements of a great show. Almost. The last addition to the above list, sadly, is an incoherent script. Treadwell […]

Film Review: “Rock School”

Few are immune to the allure of performing in a rock ‘n’ roll band: the blinding lights, the roar of the crowd, the sweet after-parties. Sure, it takes years of hard work and slogging on the road to achieve this success, but many willing to try. Of course, few succeed. Then there are the kids […]

Film Review: “The Education of Shelby Knox”

“The Education of Shelby Knox” opens with Butch Hancock, guitar player for the Flatlanders, saying, “life in Lubbock, Texas taught me two things: One is that God loves you, and you’re going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth, and you should save it for […]

Black Milk: Surprisingly Tasty

Bad Russian techno music issues forth from a cheap radio. Weak sunlight straggles through the thick smears of dust on the cracked glass of the doorway. The floor of this abandoned train station is filthy, littered with crumpled newspapers and other, unidentifiable debris. A wood-burning stove wheezes quietly in a corner as dustings of plaster […]

Theatre Review: “Two Gentlemen of Verona”

Two pairs of lovers. One confused man falls in love with a girl sworn to his best friend, forgetting his first lover and swearing allegiance to his new idol. Hormone-crazed youngsters chase each other around, winding up in a moonlit forest. “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” currently playing at the Folger Theatre, sounds sneakily familiar – […]

Theatre Review: Pericles

Warning: Do not allow an excessively complicated story to scare you. Pericles, showing at the Shakespeare Theatre on 7th Street, is actually a silly, soap opera tale of a bedraggled king that encompasses more than 16 years, several countries, persons presumed dead and various ship-crushing tempests. The plot “summary” in the playbill covers several pages […]

Theatre Review: “The Highest Yellow”

What do you have to die for? Not to live for, but to die for? What do you love so much you would stop breathing for it; what moves you so deeply you want to experience it to the ultimate degree? For Vincent van Gogh (Marc Kurdish), that would be painting. For his doctor, Felix […]