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George Heymont

Subversive Thrills

George Heymont | March 2, 2015 | Arts
Have you ever felt ecstatically lucky when you found a coin or a dollar bill? When the supermarket cashier forgot to charge you for an item? Or when you treated yourself to a calorie-laden dessert and didn't gain any weight the next day? Perhaps you aced a dreaded exam or...
Fern Siegel

Stage Door: 'Lives of the Saints', 'The Nomad', 'The Light Princess'

Fern Siegel | March 1, 2015 | Arts
David Ives' is best known for his scintillating Venus in Fur, thought-provoking New Jerusalem and comic gems All In The Timing. But Lives of the Saints revived off-Broadway at The Duke, is a disappointment.
Christine Henseler

Hidden in Plain Sight: Struck by the Street Art of Stickers. From the Streets to the Classroom

Christine Henseler | March 1, 2015 | Education
You might not have observed what is called "street art stickers" before, but once you do, you'll start seeing them everywhere.
James Scarborough

'The Real Thing', Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre at Long Beach, California

James Scarborough | March 1, 2015 | Arts
Mostly well done, Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, directed by Sean Gray for the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, recounts the story of Henry (Noah Wagner), a brilliant and celebrated playwright.
Cathy Fink

Everything Is Possible While Dancin' in the Kitchen

Cathy Fink | March 1, 2015 | Entertainment
Many parents thought the song should be an anthem in every elementary school in the country. But others refused to let their child sing on the song, or even sing on the recording, if we were going to include this song.
Phil Simon

Hand. Cannot. Erase. -- An Interview With Steven Wilson

Phil Simon | March 1, 2015 | Arts
His latest effort is a full-fledged concept album. Hand. Cannot. Erase. is nothing short of an epic tale of modern-day isolation. Wilson wrote the songs from a female perspective, finding inspiration for the concept and story in the fascinating case of Joyce Carol Vincent.
Carla Escoda

A Heavenly Match: Jerome Robbins and Liam Scarlett at San Francisco Ballet

Carla Escoda | February 28, 2015 | Arts
The sight never fails to thrill: like an exceptionally bright star, the Space Station zooms across the sky at nearly five miles per second, manned by American, Russian, European and Japanese astronauts who spend their days conducting scientific research and testing the effects of zero gravity on their bodies
John Seed

Wesley Kimler: 'I Never See Beauty'

John Seed | February 28, 2015 | Arts
Wesley Kimler, one of the last tough-guy painters, likes his studio chaotic. It's a kind of parallel universe, which suits Kimler fine, since he acknowledges that he has "an inability to live in the real world."

9 Surprisingly Feminist Classic Films, Because Strong Women Have Always Existed

Bustle | February 28, 2015 | Women
Ultimately, it's all about taking female strength and purpose seriously. Here are nine classic films which feature strong, complex, well-rounded women.
Sheila Moeschen

Aural Fixation: RIP Mixtape

Sheila Moeschen | February 27, 2015 | Media
Once upon a time, the mixtape was the audio valentine of choice. It was the preferred method of telling a guy or girl you wanted to hold their sweaty palm in yours and pretend to watch a movie.
Scott Stabile

Lost in the Crowd: Surviving Kickstarter's Emotional Rollercoaster

Scott Stabile | February 27, 2015 | Arts
I'm halfway into my first Kickstarter campaign for my latest book, and it's kind of kicking my ass, but in that worthwhile, good-for-you-in-the-long-run, Mr. Miyagi-to-the-Karate Kid kind of way.
Stephen Grant

This Singer From Amsterdam is the Best Artist you Don't Know

Stephen Grant | February 27, 2015 | Arts
Now that America is preparing for summer concert season it will be hard to find a festival lineup that doesn't feature popular Dutch producers such as Afrojack and Tiësto. Yet, beyond the house rhythms in the city of Amsterdam, there is soul, pop, jazz and the gifted Benny Sings.
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

(R)evolution in Film: Brett Morgan's 'Cobain: Montage of Heck'

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | February 27, 2015 | Arts
Kurt Cobain has been called the canary in the coal mine of American youth, as well as the icon of the dying Age of Pisces. Yet, there was a legend built around the artist's entrance into "the 27 club" when he committed suicide in 1994, taking away from the timelessness of his universal message.
Eric J. Henderson

On "Visual Leverage"

Eric J. Henderson | February 27, 2015 | Arts
It is astounding to stop and think of how young the U.S. really is and what that means for art coming from the American context.
George Heymont

Another Opening, Another Show

George Heymont | February 27, 2015 | Arts
Bloggers and social media can create quite a brouhaha over matters of cultural significance. What sounded like a deafening chorus of back-seat drivers analyzing Into The Woods for its inherent sexism, racism, and/or casting choices revealed high levels of personal umbrage combined with an inability to handle cruel but basic truths.
Dan Shapiro

Bua-ism and the Matrix: Art Meets MMA

Dan Shapiro | February 27, 2015 | Arts
Imagining a Venn diagram of combat sports and painting, it's difficult to conceptualize any logical correlation between the two art forms. Martial arts favor heavy, powerful strikes, while visual arts prefer the finesse of light, deft strokes.
Jeryl Brunner

An Impassioned Look at the Lives of Teens with the New Show 'One Day'

Jeryl Brunner | February 27, 2015 | Arts
"Growing up," as Peter Pan author J. M. Barrie once said, "is such a barbarous business, full of inconvenience... and pimples." But how quickly adults forget. It can be hard to really understand teenagers -- their struggles, their awakenings, their triumphs.

Elusive Personae and Embedded Critiques: "Surround Audience" Opens at the New Museum

MutualArt | February 26, 2015 | Arts
"Surround Audience" also sets out to explore the myriad ways artists maneuver outside the established channels of the art world and "how art is migrating across context," from YouTube and Instagram, to corporate boardrooms.
Stuart Gunter

The Record Shop, Episode #2: "Vinyl"

Stuart Gunter | February 26, 2015 | Arts
Lewis, sitting at counter, reading Ulysses. Customer walks in, wearing jeans, t-shirt and a knit hat.
Laurence Vittes

Susanna Mälkki Conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 'Alice in Wonderland' at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Laurence Vittes | February 26, 2015 | Arts
Presented in collaboration with LA Opera, the production is directed by Netia Jones, combining illustrations, live action, interactive animated projections, costumes and choreography. The buzz is intense; tickets are impossible to get for the two performances Friday and Saturday nights.
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