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David Finkle


First Nighter: 'Sex With Strangers' Is Sexy With Straining

David Finkle | July 30, 2014 | Arts
Since Laura Eason calls her tense romantic comedy Sex With Strangers, audiences can be forgiven for jumping to the correct conclusion that these strangers -- they're both writers -- won't waste too much time before having torrid sex with each other.
F. Scott Hess


Is De-Skilling Killing Your Arts Education?

F. Scott Hess | July 30, 2014 | Arts
You will find an occasional musician who purposely plays badly, or a writer who ignores grammar, but only in the visual arts is training in the traditional skills of the profession systematically and often institutionally denigrated.
Meghan Feeks

Review: Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant in 'PUSH'

Meghan Feeks | July 30, 2014 | Arts
For dancers, the peaks of artistry and athleticism rarely coincide. But when they do, one amplifies the other, and the result is dazzling.
Michael Price


Here's How a Mountain Dweller Became a Highly Sought After Photographer

Michael Price | July 30, 2014 | Arts
His work has been described as cinematic as it exudes the beauty, landscape and design straight out of a Hollywood movie set in a lush International destination.
Lane Harwell


Realizing Cross-Sector Collaboration in the Arts: CUNY Offers a Case Study

Lane Harwell | July 30, 2014 | Arts
I believe the project creates value, above all, by contributing to a city where the arts and arts education are more meaningfully one.
Philip David Morton


The Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Ford Theater

Philip David Morton | July 30, 2014 | Arts
I've had the privilege to hear a lot of great music, performed by some of the recognized masters in their fields. But an amazing thing happens when the Preservation Hall Jazz Band takes stage and breaks into their first piece of...
Daron Hagen


Onegin: The Perfect Libretto

Daron Hagen | July 30, 2014 | Arts
Kenneth Schermerhorn and I raised our glasses. "To Art," I began. "To Life," he replied. "To the collision of the two," I said. "Ah," he sighed, smiling, "now there is where the trouble begins." And, to that, we drank.
Jon Pylypchuk

Jon Pylypchuk on the ImageBlog

Jon Pylypchuk | July 30, 2014 | Arts
i have conjured my dark forces to love you baby, 2013; Oil paint, enamel paint, acrylic house paint, spray paint, wood glue, fabric, cardboard, sand paper, sand, stones, paper, pencil, varathane, 84 x 72 inches JP: Sometimes when you love someone so much you will do anything for them.
T. Better Baldwin


James Baldwin: My Uncle and His Love Life

T. Better Baldwin | July 30, 2014 | Black Voices
Harlem wasn't just a regular setting in the corpus of his work; it was more like a pantomime Greek Chorus. For Uncle Jimmy, Harlem was a unique holy ground of sacrificial sensibility.
Barbara Lee


Women in Print: Five Must-Reads for Your Summer List

Barbara Lee | July 30, 2014 | Women
If you're lucky enough to be planning a few beach days or weekend getaway and need a break from emails and news headlines, consider these reads that blend the personal with the political.
Shelly Peiken


Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Hashtag Hiatus

Shelly Peiken | July 30, 2014 | Arts
I ran into Wendy Wilson (of Wilson Phillips) at M.Fredric clothing store on Ventura Boulevard last week. I was killing some time before my mani-pedi. My daughter had just dropped me off. That was a first.
Jeff Biggers


Beyond Mare Nostrum: Italian Theater Launches International Project for Immigration Stories

Jeff Biggers | July 30, 2014 | World
For Ferrarini and other international members of Teatroaperto, including myself, the theater -- as the stage for Europe's unfolding Mare Nostrum challenges -- can at least provide for a safe, healing and creative space, as well as a historical and narrative context, for such stories to be voiced and heard.
Catherine L. Tully


Absence Makes the Dance Grow Stronger

Catherine L. Tully | July 30, 2014 | Arts
It's often hard to check the ol' ego at the door for the greater good of the partnership. But take two people from the dance world that have known each other for 16 years, give them a shared vision and complementary skill sets... and wonderful things can happen.
Daniel Grant


Artists Rediscover the Value of Making Their Own Paints

Daniel Grant | July 30, 2014 | Arts
There are many reasons for and against making one's own paints. On the pro side, the cost of purchasing the components in artists' paints add up to considerably less money than the price of buying commercially available tubes, plus the fact that those who make their own usually buy in bulk, which increases the savings.
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington


Kashink Uses Hairy Four-Eyed Men to Examine Gender Assumptions

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | July 30, 2014 | Arts
The international Street Art scene boasts a small percentage of women artists and KASHINK may perplex even that statistic with her mustache. It's the same mustache you'll see on many of her big hairy four-eyed men that she paints in Europe and North America that look like "badass yet sensitive...
Brian Waldron

After Van Gogh's Postman, Joseph Roulin

Brian Waldron | July 30, 2014 | Arts
Your face blooming like a plum or peach tree, your beard a whirligig of roots and leaves. Tendrils blend with venules and pistils, a faint flush with stigma and papules.
Abigail Rockwell

Deborah Solomon's Disaster (and How She Duped So Many)

Abigail Rockwell | July 30, 2014 | Books
Deborah Solomon's biography is one of the biggest non-fiction literary snow jobs in the last 50 years -- it makes the James Frey memoir debacle look like child's play.
Peter Clothier


Invisibles: Book Review

Peter Clothier | July 29, 2014 | Arts
There's a formulation I use when I ask myself why I write -- or why I continue to write well past my realistic "shelf-life" as a writer: it's because this is what I am given to do.
Lorraine Devon Wilke


Free Books: Marketing Genius or Devaluation of Writers?

Lorraine Devon Wilke | July 29, 2014 | Books
Contemporary culture seems to have a conflicted relationship with free.
Edward Goldman


Ambitious But Problematic Cultural Projects

Edward Goldman | July 30, 2014 | Arts
Having become one of the most important cultural centers, both national and international, Los Angeles imposes on us, Angelenos, certain pressures to keep up with the latest developments on its cultural front.
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