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David Finkle


First Nighter: Ivo van Hove Undoes "Scenes From a Marriage"

David Finkle | September 22, 2014 | Arts
Discounting the rare scare flick, I've only once been tempted to look away from a movie screen--and succumbed to the urge. It was Ingmar Bergman's 1973 Scenes From a Marriage. The psychic pain was too much to take full on. I had to turn away from what theater's leading deconstruction...
Carla Escoda


The Joffrey Ballet soars in ambitious triple bill: Stories in Motion

Carla Escoda | September 22, 2014 | Arts
The Joffrey Ballet's extraordinary mixed bill, Stories in Motion, exploded onstage at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago this past weekend: three ballets that trace a timeline of the infiltration of Modernism in ballet - from George Balanchine's final work for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes...
David Finkle


First Nighter: Neil LaBute's Money Shot Hits the Target

David Finkle | September 22, 2014 | Arts
The Money Shot (title appropriated from porn-industry jargon, if you didn't already know) shouldn't be as consistently amusing as it is. LaBute get his laughs -- and he gets a carload of them -- from two embarrassingly easy targets.
Greg Archer


Lucie Arnaz: Why Her Addition to the Pippin Cast Stands Out

Greg Archer | September 22, 2014 | San Francisco
Being raised in the entertainment business -- her parents were showbiz legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, after all -- may have helped Arnaz hone her career path, but at 63, she is definitely her own woman -- creativity and all.
Diane Luby Lane


I Contain Multitudes: Maia Mayor

Diane Luby Lane | September 22, 2014 | Arts
I remember the day she brought it into the room. We were sitting in a circle, and Maia was seated to my right. We started at my left, which means she went last.
Samantha Bennett


Prepare to be Uncomfortable

Samantha Bennett | September 22, 2014 | Arts
Recently a client asked me how to tell the difference between the natural anxiety a person has when they're moving forward into something new and the gut instinct that something is truly wrong for them.
Lincoln Mitchell


Leonard Cohen at 80

Lincoln Mitchell | September 22, 2014 | Arts
Anybody familiar with Leonard Cohen knows the haunting often depressing beauty of his lyrics. In his early years performing, Mr. Cohen's unrelenting grimness became something of a joke. The British media, for example, in the 1960s and 1970s frequently referred to him as "Laughing Len." Laughing Len turns 80 today;...
Zoran Milosavljevic


Zoran Milosavljevic on the ImageBlog

Zoran Milosavljevic | September 22, 2014 | Arts
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Lev Raphael


Healed by Art in London

Lev Raphael | September 22, 2014 | Arts
I grew up in a city of great museums, New York, and felt intimately close to many of them from a very early age because of countless school visits and trips with my parents. But it was only on a recent visit to London that I realized something extraordinary: art can heal me.
Steve Schonberg

The Man Behind the Merman

Steve Schonberg | September 22, 2014 | Entertainment
One of today's great comediennes is in fact a man. In the tradition of other celebrated gender benders, like Divine, Dame Edna and RuPaul, the man who transforms nightly into Varla Jean Merman has spent the better part of 20 years elevating "drag" to a peerless variety of this art form.
Michael Ernest Sweet

At The Bus Stop With Travis Huggett

Michael Ernest Sweet | September 22, 2014 | Arts
All Images Copyright Travis Huggett When I first saw Travis Huggett's work I sensed something iconic, something classic, but I could not put my finger on exactly what it was about his photographs that was making me feel this way. Later, it would...
Ethan Gelber


Travel Photography in Morocco: How to Capture a Sense of Light, Place -- And Maybe Even a Wife

Ethan Gelber | September 22, 2014 | Travel
When you travel, it is important to time and adapt your itinerary to light and place, emphasizing more on the right kind of photography in a specific place at the right time of day than on simply layering photography as a pastime over a standard tour.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Piecing Together a U.S. Marine's WWII History

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | September 22, 2014 | Arts
Where do you start piecing together your ancestor's experiences in World War II? Military service records can be a remarkably rich source of information, full of intricate insights and surprising details about the life of your own veteran relative.
Melody Breyer-Grell


Manhattan's "Metropolitan Room" Hosts the 2014 Hot House NYC Jazz Decision

Melody Breyer-Grell | September 22, 2014 | Arts
"Hot House" jazz magazine has started a tradition of honoring a group of new and established musicians, recently offering a varied and compelling awards show last week at the Metropolitan Room.
Michael Kaiser


Crisis in Europe

Michael Kaiser | September 22, 2014 | Arts
The Concertgebouw is considered by many to be the finest orchestra in the world; Is it really possible that a world treasure will be forced to close? Did anyone see this coming?
Nikki Gloudeman


Celebrating The All-Female Shortlist For The BBC National Short Story Awards

Nikki Gloudeman | September 22, 2014 | Books
Considering the fact that women remain woefully underrepresented in the literary world, it came as a pleasant surprise today that this year's prestigious BBC National Short Story Awards shortlist is entirely -- as in 100 percent -- dominated by females.
Jenny Block


Where's the Dildo? Part Deux

Jenny Block | September 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
I decided I had to know more about the Subtle Dildo project. So I reached out via Instagram. Within 24-hours, I was talking to the folks behind Subtle Dildo. So, here's the scoop. Everything you wanted to know about the dildo version of Where's Waldo.
Ken Hamm


The Climate for Change (PHOTOS)

Ken Hamm | September 22, 2014 | Green
These people showed up on our behalf and I was moved by their efforts. Maybe, if we all showed up for the really important problems in our world we could see some of the change we want. We would see some of the change we all need.
Nancy Cohen-koan


Nothing Rhymes With Heidegger

Nancy Cohen-koan | September 22, 2014 | Arts
Will I pick up a copy of The Black Notebooks for winter reading this December? Doubtful. But do I still need to read Heidegger to understand or at least appreciate why those who also accept his anti-Semitic stance can accept the good part of his philosophy as gospel?
George Heymont


Daddy Issues

George Heymont | September 22, 2014 | Arts
Bottom line? Lots of people have daddy issues. How those issues are portrayed on stage and screen found two new expressions in recent productions.
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