As virtually every arts organization tries to improve their fundraising results, the pressure to get help from board members becomes a priority. And yet, try as they might, I find that many arts managers find it difficult, and often impossible, to get board members to assist, actively, in the fundraising effort.
If I'm right, then Nic Pizzolatto took a serious -- and brilliant -- artistic gamble in the narrative arc of his screenplay, a wager calculated on a deep dark propensity in the American psyche. And, if I'm right, like Ruston Cohle, I'll "close the loop" on that speculation when it's over.
In Ventura, California March 5th was the closing day of the second ever Representational Art Conference -- TRAC 2014 -- an international gathering that had attracted over 300 artists and others interested in exploring "the aesthetic principles and values implicit in the representational art of the 21st Century."
Now that the first season of HBO's "Looking" is over, we reflect on the refreshing new show about a group of gay friends in San Francisco.
We may occasionally be heroes and sometimes villains but mostly we're just people ... Truth is we're mostly extras.
It's fascinating and freeing to allow yourself to follow where creativity leads. Meditation breaks down that very thin membrane between the conscious and the subconscious. And let's face it, the subconscious is where all the interesting stuff happens.
What makes people creative and innovative is still being debated. Clearly our schools and the educational curriculum must change. But what too, about the communities where young people spend more than half their lives and where their families, friends and fellow citizens live and work. Communities, indeed whole cities, need to reinvent themselves.
After 20 years of charming East Bay audiences, Walnut Creek-based Diablo Ballet tipped its hat to the past with an anniversary program that segued movingly from film clips of past performances to live performance of the same pieces, but also nodded vigorously to the future with a brand new work by resident choreographer Robert Dekkers.
You mean 1920s-era women were not all church-going sweet belles with bonnets and daisies?
Now at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, Broadway darling Kelly O'Hara and hunka hunka burning love Steven Pasquale play star-crossed lovers who, for four glorious days in 1965, find their soul mate.
Named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People," Sara Evans has turned the delicate balance of marriage and family, career and charitable giving into an art form.
The Armory Show is held at Piers 92 and 94 in New York City and is perhaps the best advertised and attended art show of the week.
Under a gloomy sky the gray imposing building stood out from the surrounding neighborhood, void of any trees; it felt like nature itself was keeping it distance.
The art world focuses once again on New York as the Armory Show and its satellite fairs open this week.
The current A Doll's House, with its emphasis on subjectivity and intention, is a brilliant and out of the box approach to the Ibsen classic.
Two Bay area premieres showcased the struggles of unlucky souls trapped in radically different cultures on opposite sides of the planet.