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Nadya Tolokonnikova

Is Putin a Cockroach?

Nadya Tolokonnikova | February 9, 2016 | World
My country is placing me in a position where I become a hurricane blazing through everything in my path. Just one month passed by and dozens of people lost their jobs, were told off by their bosses, got reported on. Now they are all unemployed.
Karen Sikie

How Looking Through a Tangle of Branches Ignites a New Perspective

Karen Sikie | February 8, 2016 | Arts
Can you recall the last time you took a moment to look up? What you'll see is an awe inspiring spectacle. The orb of a moon hanging low against a black mid-night backdrop, or the clouds softly spreading across the span of gorgeous blue.
Morena Duwe

Exclusive Interview With Alex and Allyson Grey at the Gem and Jam Pre-Party in Los Angeles

Morena Duwe | February 8, 2016 | Arts
There are those rare conversations in life where time slows down and every sense is simultaneously awakened. A few weeks ago at the classic Belasco theater in downtown Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to get to know visionary artists, Alex and Allyson Grey.
Bess Rowen

You'll Have a Grand Old Time: 'The Grand Paradise'

Bess Rowen | February 8, 2016 | Arts
As I stood outside of a completely nondescript door, I couldn't help but think back to how excited and unprepared I was for my first experience with immersive theatre. Now I stood outside of the door for The Grand Paradise as excited as I'd be if an old friend were on the other side.
Kevin Winkler

I Had a Dream: An Encores! Wish List

Kevin Winkler | February 8, 2016 | Arts
Instead of getting depressed about how they don't write 'em like they used to, here's an even dozen shows from the era of Chicago up through the '00s that Encores! might consider in the future.
Anna Snapp

What It Feels Like When Your Dreams Come True

Anna Snapp | February 8, 2016 | Arts
To be honest, I never felt like it was brave thing to do -- share my life story about physical and mental illness; it just felt right. My only outlet was theater, and it felt like the only way I could express the angst, anger and sadness I had been feeling about my life.
Kurt Ellenberger

Hero: Thoughts on the Music and Career of David Bowie

Kurt Ellenberger | February 8, 2016 | Arts
Bowie's giant footprint in pop music and pop culture often overshadows the fact that he was an incredibly gifted singer, who came of age in the era of the great song stylists of the jazz era and brought that approach into his music in a seamless manner.
Lionel Richie

A 26-Year-Old Safety Net That Only Gets Stronger

Lionel Richie | February 8, 2016 | Entertainment
The chance to invite my friends and fellow artists to join me in ensuring that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal crisis is deeply important to me for two reasons: it continues a long tradition of musicians giving back to help those in need, and it underscores the challenges faced by professionals who make music their lifelong focus, but who all too often do so at significant personal cost.
Kate Forristall

'Formation' Doesn't Include Me. And That's Just Fine

Kate Forristall | February 8, 2016 | Black Voices
It's time for us to stop singing along to any song that has the n-word or celebrates blackness in a way we will never understand. Our ancestors signed away that right when they signed their names to contracts that said they owned human beings.
Anne Mimi Sammis

Dance of Peace

Anne Mimi Sammis | February 8, 2016 | Arts
I created "Dance of Peace," a 21foot tall bronze sculpture just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean. My inspiration was to create a sculpture symbolizing peace on earth.
Daniel Grant

Art Schools Pushed to Improve Environmental Record

Daniel Grant | February 8, 2016 | Arts
Art schools and university art departments are where the next generation of professional artists receives its training.
John Seed

Roland Strasser: Nights Ablaze With Distant Stars

John Seed | February 8, 2016 | Arts
An adventurous spirit who packed a revolver and often dressed like the locals when he traveled, Strasser explored China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, New Guinea, Japan and Tibet, covering some 30,000 miles in the proc
Fern Siegel

Stage Door: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Ute Lemper's The 9 Secrets

Fern Siegel | February 7, 2016 | Arts
Adapting children's books into musicals can be tricky. It's a delicate balance between recreation and saccharine productions. But in a 60-minute show for toddlers that offers 75 puppets, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, faithfully adapts four of Eric Carle's beloved books...
Robyn Arouty

When Boy Band Lyrics Tell A Different Story: Houston, We Have An Epidemic.

Robyn Arouty | February 8, 2016 | Arts
Backstreet Dogs It's estimated that 1.2 Million homeless animals are in Houston, Texas. "My love is all I have to give. Without you I don't think I could live. I wish...
Shelly Peiken

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: On Grammy Night I'll Be Sending Dave Bassett "Ex's & Oh's"

Shelly Peiken | February 8, 2016 | Arts
"Algorithms can't make us feel," writes Kristi York Wooten in her recent piece about why we're all still watching that video of Aretha Franklin singing "Natural Woman" at the Kennedy Center. But what modern day songwriter won't admit they've...
Opera Teen

War of the Roses: Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera

Opera Teen | February 8, 2016 | Arts
The triptych of Gaetano Donizetti's Tudor Queens is a famously challenging cycle for any diva. Most notably sung by Beverly Sills at New York City Opera, the three queens at the centerpieces of Donizetti's Anna Bolena (Anne Boleyn), Maria Stuarda (Queen Elizabeth OR Mary Stuart, depending on what angle you...
Michael Giltz

Theater: "Rotten" By Name, Naughty By Nature; Bedlam In Jane Austen's World; A Lion In Winter

Michael Giltz | February 8, 2016 | Arts
Live theater is pretty special. Unlike movies and TV and books, when you experience this art you are actually in the room with many of the artists involved.
Alexandra Villarreal

Girish Bhargava: A Beloved Dance Film Editor Shares His Story

Alexandra Villarreal | February 8, 2016 | Arts
Girish Bhargava and Robert Joffrey. Photo courtesy of Girish Bhargava. "Look at that!" Girish Bhargava shouts, his voice booming with excitement.   In a fraction of a second, Jennifer Grey goes from sneakered student to dirty dancer...
George Heymont

Attention to Detail in Manners and Murder

George Heymont | February 7, 2016 | Arts
In 20 minutes of coming attractions (not to mention a James Bond-style commercial for beer), I saw more money poured into glamorizing explosives, weaponry and commercialized violence than I'd witnessed in quite some time.
RitaMarie Cimini

On Not Being a Production Artist

RitaMarie Cimini | February 9, 2016 | Arts
Turn sideways into the light as they say the old ones did and disappear into the originality of it all. Be impatient with easy explanations and teach that part of the mind that wants to know everything not to begin questions it cannot answer. David Whyte
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