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Annie Pfeifer

Healed by the Junk King

Annie Pfeifer | April 29, 2016 | Arts
Vince Hannemann, the eccentric creator of the "Cathedral of Junk" in Austin, Texas maintains that his enormous accumulation of "junk" grew out of the playful sculptures he built in his backyard as a child.
Madelaine D'Angelo

Martin Creed Will Illuminate Brooklyn Bridge Park

Madelaine D'Angelo | April 29, 2016 | Arts
On May 4, Public Art Fund will present Understanding, an exhibition by British artist Martin Creed. Commissioned specifically for Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6, Work No. 2630, UNDERSTANDING (2016) is Creed's largest public sculpture, standing 25-feet-tall and visible from nearby Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan, the river and the Brooklyn...
Wilborn Hampton

Met Opera: A Sparkling Mozart for Levine's Finale

Wilborn Hampton | April 29, 2016 | Arts
The course of true love, as everyone knows, never runs smoothly. But rarely does it face quite as many roadblocks as Mozart threw up in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, the Metropolitan Opera's final offering of the season and James Levine's last appearances at the podium as music director.
Patrick Myles

Building Blocks

Patrick Myles | April 29, 2016 | Arts
(First published on Grafik, April 2016) Patrick Myles sings the praises of a beautifully crafted letterform which looks as impressive on a block of concrete as it does online and in print. The identity created for The Hepworth Wakefield...
Cara Joy David

My Own Tony Nominations, 2016 Edition

Cara Joy David | April 29, 2016 | Arts
Each year I write about people/shows I'd like to see get Tony nominations. These are people/shows that aren't necessarily going to get nominated. Indeed often they are people I think will likely not get nominations because of the amount of (often worthy) competition in their respective categories, but they are...
Frank Browning

Cristina Iglesias: Water, Windows, Walls

Frank Browning | April 29, 2016 | Arts
Cristina Iglesias has been diving in sundry seas, notably the Gulf of California, for coming on four decades, and it's there in the water that she says that she has discovered much of the essential architecture of her work.
Erika Milvy

Mary Zimmerman's Latest Epic Journey at Sea, Treasure Island, Is See-worthy

Erika Milvy | April 29, 2016 | Arts
This week, stage spellbinder Mary Zimmerman returns to Berkeley Rep where she has staged numerous productions.
Amy Zellmer

Purple Reign in Minneapolis -- My Photo Tribute to Prince

Amy Zellmer | April 29, 2016 | Arts
This entire week has been filled with mourning for local legend. Our sports teams all paid tribute to him at their home games, Target Field lit up in purple and played a screening of "Purple Rain" and the Twins released seven doves at their next game.
Morena Duwe

An Interview With What The Festival Co-Producer, Keely Montgomery

Morena Duwe | April 29, 2016 | Arts
Photo by Daniel Zetterstrom The transformational music festival has become a living organism that is continuously evolving, progressing, adapting and improving. Though fundamentally similar, each festival offers a unique adventure that changes depending on location, lineup, and years of experience (or lack thereof)....
Shana Nys Dambrot

Sedi Pak's Morphic Nature

Shana Nys Dambrot | April 28, 2016 | Arts
Pak doesn't so much sculpt wood, as she sculpts its ability to be transformed.
Charlene Haparimwi

Yellow Paint

Charlene Haparimwi | April 28, 2016 | Arts
They say that Van Gogh ate yellow paint in a desperate attempt to feel happiness inside. I covered the canvases of my heart with every sunrise I saw in your eyes and every golden smile you gave me.
Susanne Mentzer

Travelers Lament

Susanne Mentzer | April 28, 2016 | Arts
In the film Grand Hotel Greta Garbo, portraying a ballet dancer on the road, has her famous lines: "I am tired" and "I want to be alone". I get it. I really do.
Kate McClanaghan

What Does a Casting Director Do?

Kate McClanaghan | April 28, 2016 | Arts
It may come as a surprise to most people as to what a casting director actually does, even if you've considered yourself a professional talent for a number of years. It may interest you to know a casting director does not "rep" you; a talent agent represents talent.
Michael Nirenberg

Notes on The Residents at Gramercy Theater

Michael Nirenberg | April 28, 2016 | Arts
As my friend and I were negotiating our press passes we saw a guy come up wearing pleated Dockers and holding his roller blades under his arm. In my head I made up a whole narrative about him.
Rebecca Bohanan

90's Heavy Grunge Is Reborn With The Lost Poets

Rebecca Bohanan | April 28, 2016 | Arts
With their faces disguised by black, tar-like cloth--shaded further by dark top hats, enshrouded in ostentatious suiting--grunge-rock duo The Lost Poets are equal parts visual and sonic, building a shadowy artistic experience with image as much as with their instruments.
J. Michael Welton

Gates of Harvard Yard, by Blair Kamin

J. Michael Welton | April 29, 2016 | Arts
Gates today, says Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin, have a perception problem. "The word itself is ambiguous," he says. "A gate can pen you in and keep you out." That's certainly the case in Cambridge, Mass., where a series of 25 gates handsomely frame the perimeter of the Harvard...
Maud Hickey

What a Well-rounded Music Education Should Mean for All Students

Maud Hickey | April 28, 2016 | Arts
President Barack Obama passed a law in December that explicitly names music as a subject to be included in K-12 schools under the rubric of a well-rounded education.
Joanne Rendell

Firebirds: Teen-Run Theater Company Brings Treasure Island Off-Broadway

Joanne Rendell | April 28, 2016 | Arts
Firebird Youth Theater can't be stopped. The New York City theater company, whose shows are directed, produced, and acted entirely by homeschooled teens, is currently gearing up for its fourth off-Broadway production.
Carl Corey


Carl Corey | April 28, 2016 | Arts
From my tribe I take nothing, I am the maker of my own fortune.
George Heymont

Cramming as Much Action Onstage as Possible

George Heymont | April 28, 2016 | Arts
Part of the appeal of musical theatre is its potential for wowing audiences with spectacle. Costume design has always been an important element in creating memorable stage experiences.
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