Michael Cavacini

An award-winning arts and culture blog.

Archive for the category “Review”

A Very Barry Christmas

Photo by Dana Holland.

For the first time ever, Barry Manilow took his Christmas show on the road. This special concert typically only takes place in Palm Springs, where Manilow resides. But this year he decided to bring it to a handful of locations, including New York. I made it a point to attend Manilow’s New York performance, and it exceeded my expectations.

Read more…

Neal Schon Releases Holiday EP

Neal Schon, lead guitarist and founder of Journey, just released his holiday EP, Ave Maria, featuring guitar by the man himself and orchestration by Gary Cirimelli. It’s available to buy and stream, and I highly recommend you do so, as the music contained within is beautifully done. In addition to the title track, which is a masterpiece, Schon included instrumental versions of two Journey classics – “Open Arms” and “Faithfully.” And he rounded out this holiday offering with a gorgeous version of “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” which was originally made famous by Elvis. I played this last track for my wife, as it was the song she walked down the aisle to at our wedding in September. Stephanie liked Neal’s version so much that she asked me to play it again, which is a testament to the quality of the music on Ave Maria.

Fall Video Game Highlights

There are a wealth of great games on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS. Here’s what I’m playing right now.

Read more…

Book Review: On Power by Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons is a busy man. When he’s not skulking across the stage at a KISS show, he’s performing with his solo band, appearing at comic conventions, talking about his forthcoming career-spanning box set, The Vault, or promoting his new book: On Power.

Read more…

Super Mario Odyssey: Prima Collector’s Edition Guide

Super Mario Odyssey has taken the world by storm. Not only has it received countless perfect scores from myriad video game critics, it’s the fastest-selling Super Mario game of all time. In less than one week, this Nintendo Switch game has been bought by millions of gamers and their verdict is unanimous: Super Mario Odyssey is a masterpiece. If you’re looking to fully enjoy this epic adventure and uncover all of the secrets that lie within it, you may want to considering picking up the Super Mario Odyssey: Prima Collector’s Edition Guide. Below is my video review of this new book from Prima Games.

Read more…

Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition on Nintendo Switch

Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition is now available for Nintendo Switch! This $4.99 indie game is an old school beat ’em up by Rohan Narang that follows the titular Squareboy and his quest for justice. It features retro pixel art graphics and 14 different chiptune tracks. If you’re looking for a way to kill some time in between Nintendo’s epic first-party offerings, this game is worth checking out.

Read more…

Ultimate Nintendo: Guide To The NES Library

Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 1985-1995 is an expansive and thorough look at one of the greatest video game libraries of all time – the Nintendo Entertainment System. This 450 page book covers all licensed and unlicensed games released during the system’s lifespan, and features information and reviews on hundreds of classic (and not so classic) 8-bit games.

Read more…

Stellar Cabaret At The Arden

The cast of Cabaret with John Jarboe as Emcee, Center. Photo by Mark Garvin.

The Arden Theatre is kicking off its 30th anniversary season in a big way – with a scintillating production of Cabaret! The show runs through October 22 and is one that shouldn’t be missed. It’s the 180th production by The Arden Theatre, and this version of the show uses the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 1998 revival script.

Read more…

Book Review: Exposed by Lisa Scottoline

On my honeymoon I finished reading the latest thriller by Lisa Scottoline, Exposed, and it was highly entertaining. As with many of Lisa’s books, this one centers on an ethical dilemma. It also spends a lot of time on interpersonal relationships, which many thriller writers fail to do. It’s one of the reasons why Lisa is so good at her craft – she takes the time to develop characters so readers are more invested in the outcome. By the end of the book, I was definitely fully engaged in what was going on, and the last twist was so surprising I read it twice. While Corrupted still remains my favorite book by this talented author, Exposed is absolutely worth reading – even if you’re not on your honeymoon.

Read more…

36 Fragments of Midnight for Nintendo Switch

36 Fragments of Midnight is a new indie game for Nintendo Switch, and it only costs $2.99. It’s a procedurally-generated platform game, where you have to avoid deadly lasers, as well as circular saws and spikes to collect all of the Fragments. It’s an enjoyable little game with a unique art style that is a good way to kill a few minutes.

Read more…

Post Navigation

%d bloggers like this: