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Susan Fowler

Why Watch a Master Guitar Class if You Don't Play Guitar?

Susan Fowler | October 6, 2015 | Arts
I was skeptical when my husband first urged me to attend these classes where young players perform in front of world-renowned guitarists who critique and provide feedback. I am not a guitarist. But I soon realized there are always lessons to learn from masterful teachers--no matter what they are teaching.
Lauri Lyons

Slim Aarons: A Well Curated Life

Lauri Lyons | October 6, 2015 | Arts
Iconic photographer Slim Aarons was famous for documenting the good life. Now his daughter and former photo assistant, Mary Aarons, is revealing her father's techniques for creating the perfect shot.
Patricia Zohn

CultureZohn: Chicago Shows Off

Patricia Zohn | October 6, 2015 | Arts
Chicago is tired of being flown over. It is tired of being called the third coast. It is tired of being known for its fierce wind, multiple members of the Daley family, and the Mob. It is tired of being called the Second City.The first Chicago Architecture Biennial -- a success on many counts -- lays all that to rest.
Louisiana Channel

Henning Mankell: Theatre Resembles Life

Louisiana Channel | October 6, 2015 | Arts
Since the very beginning of his career, Henning Mankell (born 1948) has taken an immense interest in theatre. As long ago as in the 1970s, he worked with Swedish theaters, writing and staging plays.
Alexandra Villarreal

"Cloud Nine:" A Mental Challenge for the Theatergoer

Alexandra Villarreal | October 5, 2015 | Arts
As you approach the Linda Gross Theater, you're struck by the imposing quiet of it. Sealed doors keep out the faint of heart; the Church-like building sleeps, bathed in the light of an October moon. Could this be your destination, or have you made a mistake?
Bruce Helander

Making Waves at Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco

Bruce Helander | October 5, 2015 | Arts
Shepard Fairey is an acclaimed American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, and illustrator, who, while attending the Rhode Island School of Design, began appropriating images from supermarket tabloids and other printed materials.
Sarah Bidnick

Broadway Is Cool Again Because Millennials Are Artsier Than We Thought

Sarah Bidnick | October 5, 2015 | Arts
More and more A-list Hollywood celebrities are crossing the country to star in limited-run productions, and film studios are putting more focus on their live entertainment divisions. The thrill of seeing an actor in a live moment is something that only gets more unique as screens get smaller.
Sara Radin

Lost and Found: How Starting a Passion Project Changed My Life

Sara Radin | October 5, 2015 | Women
Three years out of college, working in the corporate fashion industry and living in New York City, I was frustrated and lost. I had great opportunities and creative freedom in my job, but I wasn't accomplishing everything I hoped. I wanted more for myself.
Ralph A. Miriello

'TWO': The Magic of Bela Fleck and Chick Corea at Emory's Emerson Hall

Ralph A. Miriello | October 5, 2015 | Arts
Mr. Fleck's banjo with its bluegrass inflections, and Mr. Corea's piano with his classical flourishes and Latin-inspired rhythmic approach, come from two vastly different musical worlds, but these two wizards made these variants work for the most part, to a surprising degree.
Yoani Sanchez

Cuba and Mick Jagger's Kiss

Yoani Sanchez | October 5, 2015 | World
This country is not going to change itself into a new nation because John Kerry visited, nor because of the third visit by a pope. But Cuba is changing when people like this British rocker, icon of good music and of the greatest possible irreverence, touch down in Havana.
Lita Barrie

Ruth Weisberg: Imaginary Space for Memories

Lita Barrie | October 5, 2015 | Arts
Memories take center stage in Ruth Weisberg's dreamlike images, recalling Gaston Bachelard's philosophic premise in The Poetics of Space that "something closed must retain our memories, while leaving them their original value as images."
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Finding a Name: Why Probate Records Are a Gold Mine for African Americans

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | October 5, 2015 | Arts
Family historians tracing black family ancestries love wills and probate records. Why? Because these seemingly dry and bloodless documents are full of priceless information about our enslaved African American ancestors.
Alexandra Villarreal

New York City Ballet Fall Gala 2015: An Evening of Fashion and Dance

Alexandra Villarreal | October 5, 2015 | Arts
The New York City Ballet has returned with all its relevance, strong and modern. The dancers are not "stingy." They are not "holding back." They exist in the "now," "right now." Balanchine would be proud.
Daniel Grant

Artists Need to Make Peace With the Academic Life

Daniel Grant | October 5, 2015 | Arts
It is said that when the Italian Renaissance artist Verrocchio saw the work of his student, Leonardo da Vinci, he decided to quit painting since he knew that his work had certainly been surpassed.
Ashley Jude Collie

LA Stories: Los Feliz Is All About Art for Art's Sake With a Hipster Nod and a Wink

Ashley Jude Collie | October 5, 2015 | Arts
Okay, so sue me, but Los Feliz, 90027 rocks! IMHO, Los Feliz is the funkiest, coolest hood in LA. Not just for the flocks of gorgeous, free-flying parrots squawking overhead. Not just for all the celebrity sightings -- Jon Hamm, Jack...
Kyriaki Chonacas

Artistic Living in a Practical World

Kyriaki Chonacas | October 5, 2015 | Arts
Manage your own life, design your own schedule, do not wait around to be creative. We get into that thing where we might just be waiting for the phone to ring. Constantly show up and get creative no matter what on your life's journey. Don't waste your time in this life create your own vision.
Isa Freeling

Laurie Anderson's Habeas Corpus at the Park Avenue Armory

Isa Freeling | October 5, 2015 | Arts
Telepresence is being used a lot more often as a way for people to engage in real time, from distant places, to project monuments that have been destroyed, convey size as a metaphor, and do powerful projections of imagery.
George Heymont

Beware Intelligent Men Bearing Caustic Wits

George Heymont | October 4, 2015 | Arts
While the documentary shows Kramer in robust health and, later in life, as a frail senior citizen, it teaches viewers what can happen when one fiercely intelligent man (who is not willing to take "no" for an answer) speaks truth to power.
Michael Giltz

Theater: Glorious "Spring," Sugar "Daddy," Stingy Stein

Michael Giltz | October 4, 2015 | Arts
Spring Awakening left Broadway just six years ago. And its original cast -- Jonathan Groff, John Gallagher Jr. and Lea Michele -- left huge shoes to fill. But it's a delight to see the story has lost none of its impact, the score and songs none of their dusky, moody impact.
John Wellington Ennis

Street Art Fair LA: Packed with Art and Fans

John Wellington Ennis | October 3, 2015 | Arts
The first-ever Street Art Fair LA is going down this week at Siren Studios on Orange and Santa Monica in Hollywood, probably the biggest collection of street art in Los Angeles since MoCA's acclaimed "Art in the Streets" exhibit in 2011.
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