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Christa Dowling

Art & Business

Christa Dowling | May 22, 2015 | Arts
It is said that beautiful objects in art, in design, in furniture, in fashion, in poetry are all an extension of the human spirit's need and search for beauty. Art takes us through the tunnel of life to lightness and joy.
Craig Carpenter

Orgone at Underground Arts: Just Like Good Times

Craig Carpenter | May 22, 2015 | Arts
The room was called "The Black Box", which was self explanatory, save for the red velvet curtain separating the stage area from a lounging space, complete with giant Oriental rug and deep sectional sofas.
Hoyt Hilsman

Actors Equity and the Future of American Theater

Hoyt Hilsman | May 22, 2015 | Arts
This week, the membership of Actors Equity, the union of American stage actors, voted to oust an incumbent president - virtually unprecedented in the history of the organization. The ouster was the result of an organized revolt by actors in Los Angeles,...
Michael Nirenberg

Conversation with Artist Micki Pellerano

Michael Nirenberg | May 22, 2015 | Arts
On the occasion of my friend Micki Pellerano's solo show at American Medium in Brooklyn, I spoke to him about the things that matter to him: drawing, growing down, experiencing pain, pop music and of course love.
Renée Knight

Any Resemblance To Persons Living Or Dead

Renée Knight | May 22, 2015 | Arts
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It's the end of a long day and, at last, you are in bed snuggling down with a book you hope will lull you into sleep. As you turn the pages you realise, with growing horror, that you are reading about yourself. Not only that, but this book is revealing...
Carole Mallory

The Visit's Chita Rivera Has My Vote for Tony for Best Actress in a Musical

Carole Mallory | May 22, 2015 | Arts
Swiss dramatist Friedrich Durrenmatt's tragicomic play Der Besuch der Alten Dame (The Visit) is a tale of sweet revenge. It's always been one of my favorites. And this production is masterful.
Alexandra Villarreal

Flamenco Vivo Shares Spanish Dance with U.S. Audiences One Performance at a Time

Alexandra Villarreal | May 22, 2015 | Arts
Suddenly, one of them stands to sing. Unsurprised, his tablemates join him, clapping to the rhythm and improvising lyrics for dinnertime ambiance.
Dwight Brown

The Difficult Trip to Tomorrowland

Dwight Brown | May 22, 2015 | Entertainment
If you took the world of The Jetsons, and made it a live-action film location, that would describe the visuals for the mysterious, glorious and fantastical place of Brad Bird's Tomorrowland. Seeing it is easy. Getting there is difficult.
Chris Bohjalian

"Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands:" The Inspiration Behind the Novel

Chris Bohjalian | May 22, 2015 | Arts
"Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands" is not the first time I've had a female narrator share with my readers a story. "Midwives," "Trans-Sister Radio," "Secrets of Eden," and "The Sandcastle Girls" had female narrators, too. But, as I will reveal in my post here next week, this was the first time I found myself texting my teenage daughter for hipster-speak synonyms for "hookup" and "stoned."
Valerie Sobel

It's Lonely at the Top

Valerie Sobel | May 22, 2015 | Arts
After I finish an art piece, it wants to say something. It's hard enough to get to the point with any creation where you feel that no more revisions are necessary, nothing needs adding or removing. So what is this disturbing, surprising, unfinished sensation?
Sara Zielinski

My Tomas Vu Interview

Sara Zielinski | May 22, 2015 | Arts
In 2011, Vu made his first laser-engraved wooden surfboard, setting out to make 210, one for each of the Beatles' songs.
Shanell Mouland

5-Year-Old With Autism Captures Her World in Stunning Photos

Shanell Mouland | May 21, 2015 | Parents
Kate has autism. She loves Ninja Turtles and kicking dirt. She loves her dog and just about everyone she meets. She's recently taken an interest in photography, and she'd like to share some of her photos with you. I think you'll be impressed.
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Modern Ruin: Filmmaker Matthew Silva on the New York State Pavilion

National Trust for Historic Preservation | May 21, 2015 | Arts
His tireless efforts behind the camera, on social media, and at the site itself have not only helped get more people talking about the Pavilion, but it's brought them together as well, focusing their energy on reinvention for an inventive space.
George Heymont

Tempting the Taster While Teasing the Palate

George Heymont | May 21, 2015 | Arts
In a segment of Lucky Chow, Danielle Chang visits with the leadership of the Googleplex's vast food program, which includes everything from campus food trucks to salad bars; from employee cafeterias to sit-down restaurants.
Tim Ward

Single White Female Meets Polygamous West African Shaman

Tim Ward | May 21, 2015 | Arts
In her sexy, stormy, spiritual memoir, Honey in the River, Marsha Scarbrough explores the contemporary relevance of ancient African wisdom teachings, wrapped around a love affair with a married African shaman.
J. Michael Welton

Bouncing Back at Dwell on Design, Los Angeles

J. Michael Welton | May 22, 2015 | Arts
On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and with memories of Super Storm Sandy still fresh in people's minds, architects and designers are turning their attention to building smarter for the longer term, with a goal of protecting the lives of all the people through design.
Regina Weinreich

Composer Elliot Goldenthal: American Ballet Theater's Othello and Grounded at the Public Theater

Regina Weinreich | May 21, 2015 | Arts
This week's opening of the American Ballet Theater's Othello at the Metropolitan Opera House, a version of Shakespeare's tragedy about the warrior king who succumbs to the manipulations of an ensign, and murders the love of his life, marks ABT's commitment to newer works.
Jim Luce

Film Margarita With A Straw -- Unexpected Brilliance -- From India

Jim Luce | May 22, 2015 | Arts
The film Margarita With A Straw is so unexpectedly brilliant, on so many levels, that I was completely mesmerized. Focused on taboo within taboo, the fragility of our collective human condition and the joy and possibility of life, the film is required viewing.
Heather Hummel

The Gekkopod: My New Favorite Photography Accessory

Heather Hummel | May 22, 2015 | Arts
Accessories are a photographer's best buddy in the field. From filters to tripods to camera bags, there are so many to choose from, and figuring out what works best for your needs can be daunting.
Cathy Renna

'Fun Home': Seeing the Beauty in the Butch

Cathy Renna | May 21, 2015 | Gay Voices
For decades I have been an avid fan of Alison Bechdel's work. What lesbian wasn't? In a world where our stories were so rarely told in an authentic manner, Alison's world and the characters she brought to life gave us a way to feel validated in a way that media representations never did.
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