Tag Archives: Cinema Paradiso

“Life’s way of talking, you don’t sing to feel better—you sing ‘cause that’s the way of understanding life.”

—Chris Joseph Stancato Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Established in 1927, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is the third play in the ‘Pittsburgh Cycle.’ This installment takes place in a Chicago recording studio. August Wilson’s natural nexus to blues music is at its peak in this play. The migration of Black people, blues music and performers from the Deep South during the 1920s to the Midwest, like Chicago and St. Louis; and in the North, like Pittsburgh, began to change the geography. As Read more [...]

Love is idle. Three simple words. The Weasels’ Tale.

—Chris Joseph Stancato The Weasels' Tale (El cuento de las comadrejas) Love is idle. Three simple words. The Weasels’ Tale. On the cornice of comedy, death is always dormant. There is a dark struggle for the comedian to strike the fears of reality and the forces within. The comedian’s delight to humor the crowd dangles high and low, sometimes like a court jester. The court in The Weasels’ Tale is run by a queen, a former starlight actress living in her past. Those court jesters, Read more [...]

listen to billie holiday sing…

BILLIE—A NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT BILLIE HOLIDAY CHRIS JOSEPH STANCATO There are many circles of life that we enter, some broken, some unbroken, and some crossover. In Billie the circles of lives involve two women: Billie Holiday and a journalist named, Linda Lipnack Kuehl. The latter person is only part of this documentary, but she is the Roman à clef to unlock the façade of what we know about Billie Holiday i.e., Eleanor Fagan. https://youtu.be/hKimh-iPd_0 NOW PLAYING AT SAVOR AND Read more [...]