Friday, June 26, 2009

Some kind of wonderful

They noticed us, the folks at my alma mater, which I still call Merrimack Valley Sunday, although nobody's called it that in years, and which they insist on calling the Newburyport Current — to which Dennis Metrano, former editor of Port Planet, would always say "Nice name, Current," having operated a paper with a remarkably similar name some years ago. Anyhow, here's what they had to say:

"John Lockwood recently launched a blog called Newburyport Arts, and if you’re an artist, an art lover, or if you just want to read some lively and interesting reporting on art, then you are going to want to bookmark this one. Lockwood, or as his friends are apt to call him, J.C., has been writing about the local art scene for, oh, let’s call it 20 years, and he now has moved online to create a blog devoted exclusively to local arts. Unlike other arts writers who tell you who’s performing where and how much it’s going to cost you to get in, Lockwood takes you backstage to meet the band or up to the front row to chat with the director. Writers, painters, dancers, rockers, composers, poets - he knows them all, or most of them, and he’s known them for a long time, which means things get put in perspective. So if you’re looking for a well informed and entirely original view of the local art scene, check out"

Which, with some difficulty, we pass along without comment — except note that this is some of the most astute arts writing we've seen in the paper in a while. We’d pass along the link, but they haven’t posted yet. It’s only in the print edition.


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