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Michael Bialas

With or Without Jefferson Airplane, Jorma Kaukonen Keeps Flying

Michael Bialas | January 27, 2015 | Entertainment
While the chance of all of them performing collectively again has been pooh-poohed recently, Kaukonen, who obligingly covered the subject in detail, leaves the door open for some type of formal get-together.
John Seed

A Brief Rant on the Exhaustion of the Avant-Garde, Zombie Formalism and What Contemporary Painting Needs to Move Forward

John Seed | January 27, 2015 | Arts
There is a deep need for art that is authentic, engaged with the world and more about skill and knowledge than ego. Representation, which has been so restricted for the past decade, has vast untapped potential, and can be "progressive" in countless unexpected ways.
Brooke Warner

How Your Body Is a Gateway to Your Creative Expression

Brooke Warner | January 27, 2015 | Books
Here's something to consider. If you knew your creativity was something inside of you that you could treat, would you do it? If, like chi, it just needed to get unblocked, would you pursue opportunities to make that happen?
Margaret H. Freydberg


Margaret H. Freydberg | January 27, 2015 | Arts
It takes courage to see beauty / in a world spread deep and silent...
Michael Brenner

Everything Has Its Price

Michael Brenner | January 27, 2015 | Politics
The phenomenon of American life being monetarized is visible across society. Universities, foundations, charities -- not to speak of government agencies -- are used to advance personal power and prestige at least as much as to perform public functions.
Claire Fordham

The Art of Mistakes

Claire Fordham | January 27, 2015 | Arts
It frustrates Rothschild that there's a need to categorize artists and that they often need to have credentials before they are taken seriously.
Sarah Bowman

6 Ways to Wrap Up an Art-Filled January

Sarah Bowman | January 27, 2015 | Los Angeles
January is art month in LA, and we have four excellent ways to see more new art this week: Sunday is FREE Museum Day around town, the Art LA Contemporary Fair is in town, as well as the intriguing LA Art Book Fair, and the Autry holds its Masters of the American West annual survey of contemporary western artists.
Michael Giltz

Theater: Your Friendly Neighborhood Vampire; Deadly Da

Michael Giltz | January 26, 2015 | Arts
Oh dear. Some nights at the theater do little but provide war stories for the actors involved. That surely must be the case for the revival of the Tony-winning Da, produced by the Irish Repertory Theatre.
Johnathan Lee Iverson

All About That Bass

Johnathan Lee Iverson | January 26, 2015 | Arts
Music entered the Chicago native's life in the same way it does with many people. It arrived through radio, television, family gatherings, etc. However, for some, music beckons as more than a passing interest.
Dan Visconti

Let Curiosity Back Into the Concert Hall

Dan Visconti | January 26, 2015 | Arts
Reaching new audiences requires reaching outside of oneself, and beyond the conventional way of doing things. So at Fifth House Ensemble, we're always looking to collaborate with people who bring their own, unique talents to the table.
Alain Elkann

What Tom Stoppard Says About Consciousness in His New Play

Alain Elkann | January 27, 2015 | World
The "hard problem" as you probably know is actually a phrase referring to the problem of accounting for consciousness. Most things are not conscious. This table we are sitting at isn't conscious. Vegetables aren't conscious. We are conscious, and nobody understands how we do that; physically, scientifically or metaphysically. Nobody really knows; and that's the "hard problem."
Stephen Tanenbaum

Everyone Wants a Nudie Pic: A Look at What's Hot in Art

Stephen Tanenbaum | January 26, 2015 | Arts
The art world is heating up. Not only are auctions enjoying record-breaking sales at the high end, but a new crop of art hobbyists are creating a mass market for original art.
John Seed

Jon Swihart: A Portrait of Louis Zamperini (1917-2014)

John Seed | January 27, 2015 | Arts
In the Fall of 2013 Jon Swihart, a scrupulous and preternaturally patient artist who lives and works in Santa Monica, was commissioned to create an oil portrait of Zamperini.
Mimo Khair

The Smoke Culture of China's Yunnan Region

Mimo Khair | January 26, 2015 | World
The province of Yunnan, stretching over 394,000 square kilometers in the far southwest of the Republic of China, is rich in color, tradition and history. More than 30% of its population of 45 million is made up of over 25 ethnic minorities like the Yi, Bai, Hani, Zhuang, Miao, Mozuo and Dai people. Most of the ethnic minorities live in compact communities with rich customs and traditions that live on despite the recent economic change that takes over the Chinese mainland.
Genevieve Michaels

PuSh Festival Vancouver Brings The Performing Arts To Life

Genevieve Michaels | January 26, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
There is something for everyone at PuSh Fest, whether you're a broke student getting into the Vancouver arts scene (like me), or a performing arts industry veteran.
Norman MacAfee

Let the World Speak!

Norman MacAfee | January 26, 2015 | Arts
There are 6,000 languages in the world, and half are endangered. Those 3,000 will be gone by the end of this century if we don't do something. What are we going to do? That is the situation outlined in a new PBS documentary.
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Hope: Entertainer of the Century -- A Book Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | January 26, 2015 | Books
Known as an historian of stand-up comedy, Richard Zoglin's biography of Bob Hope is vivid and entertaining. He has given us a portrait full of detail, rendered with warmth and honesty, not to deify the man but to give him the extraordinary due he worked so hard to earn.
DL Cade

This Hauntingly-Beautiful Photograph Sends a Powerful Pro-Vaccination Message

DL Cade | January 26, 2015 | Arts
Sydney-based artist and photographer Alexia Sinclair recently agreed to help The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation send a powerful message. Over the course of several months, she planned, prepared, and captured an image that tells the story of Dr. Edward Jenner's Smallpox Vaccine Discovery.
James Sims

Back in the Hospital: Rainbow Baby's Pregnancy Is Nerve-Wracking

James Sims | January 26, 2015 | Arts
It has been eight months since we set foot in the labor and delivery unit of this hospital . We lost our baby girl in room 13 last May, following a nightmarish few months consumed by trips to the emergency room, bleeding with unknown causes and bouts of contractions.
Johnathan Lee Iverson

A Ringmaster Goes Country

Johnathan Lee Iverson | January 26, 2015 | Arts
I was suddenly at ease and excited. This appealed to me. For a good song is a good story, and even with my minimum knowledge of the music I knew no genre tells better stories than country, and the circus has plenty of stories.
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