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Gregory Weinkauf


Transparent Cities Comes to the REDCAT

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted June 30, 2012

This May 1 at the REDCAT Theatre in downtown L.A., four artists present their cross-disciplinary collaboration, Transparent Cities. Alternating between two vantages (Valencia and Highland Park), the work forms a study of the city via overlapping visual and aural field recordings.
Mike Ragogna


Music Video Premiere: Joe Bonamassa's 'Driving Towards the Daylight'

Mike Ragogna | Posted June 30, 2012

Tamsin Smith


Found Sound -- This Is China

Tamsin Smith | Posted June 30, 2012

Underneath the clatter of bicycle chains and the clomp of boots marching, I find the ping of coins tossed at a Buddhist temple, the jangle of tea cups, whistling, a burst of thunder, wind, laughter, rain upon stones, silence. Becoming attuned to sound changes the focus of approach.
Zoe P. Strassfield


Inquiring Minds Want to Know! Attending the 2012 Cambridge Science Festival

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted June 30, 2012

While I'm incredibly sore that I couldn't be in New York today to see the Space Shuttle Enterprise arrive aboard NASA's carrier jet, living in Boston has allowed me to enjoy some first-rate experiences. The single luckiest event so far would have to be the Cambridge Science Festival.
Soren Petersen


Jazz: A Cross Cultural Jam Session

Soren Petersen | Posted June 30, 2012

The idea of combining two opposing cultural expressions was to create a musical traffic jam and in doing so, invent a new and unique identity.
Coeli Carr


Nurse Jackie Actor Defies Limitations of Indian Stereotypes

Coeli Carr | Posted June 30, 2012

"I'm not a terrorist, computer nerd, doctor or emasculated male... These are the handful of archetypes that Indian actors typically get cast to play."
Evelyne Politanoff


Cindy Sherman; Chanel Revisited

Evelyne Politanoff | Posted June 30, 2012

In this photographic series, American photographer Cindy Sherman exhibits new, large-scale works that depict enigmatic female figures standing in striking landscapes, and wearing vivid Chanel costumes. Rather than staging scenes in her studio or using projected images, the dramatic settings were all photographed by Sherman and then manipulated in Photoshop...
Shai Baitel


Me(c)ca Is Actually in Jersey City

Shai Baitel | Posted June 30, 2012

Because of the unparalleled cultural phenomenon of the millions of pilgrims Mecca receives every year, the city's name turned into a popular synonym that often times describe places of importance and the with power to attract groups of often like-minded people.
Amalia Negreponti


Somebody You Used to Know Forever and Ever

Amalia Negreponti | Posted June 30, 2012

The Internet is our first success in the quest for a kind of "forever" and "togetherness." Through its amazing innovations we stay 'on' all the time, connected to one another, alive through this connection of ours.
Evelyne Politanoff


Palazzo Margherita: An Idyllic Getaway

Evelyne Politanoff | Posted June 30, 2012

Palazzo Margherita, a restored 19th Century Italian Villa, is the latest addition to Francis Ford Coppola's collection of resorts. First built in 1892, the block-long palazzo embodies Italian elegance.
Lee Rosenbaum


Munch's 'The Scream' at Sotheby's: Who Will Buy It? For How Much? (VIDEO)

Lee Rosenbaum | Posted June 30, 2012

One of four versions of Edvard Munch's iconic "The Scream" is in New York for a brief visit, but only a tiny fraction of the interested public here will get the chance to see it. The art-history touchstone and popular-culture legend is to be sold Wednesday.
Janet Byrne


9 Moments In The Occupy Movement History

Janet Byrne | Posted June 30, 2012

Occupy will mark its nine-month anniversary on May 17. It is a measure of the movement's vigor that the nine moments chosen here are bookended by two large-scale calls to action: the one that inaugurated the movement and the one that leads off its spring resurgence.
Misha Lyuve


Please Don't Miss Pina

Misha Lyuve | Posted June 30, 2012

Pina a visually stunning and thought-provoking documentary by Win Wenders, shows the medium of dance as language. Not just in a perfection of movements, coordination and balance -- but the language that comes out of the deep humanness, alive as a conversation.
Monique Ruffin


The War vs. the Revolution

Monique Ruffin | Posted June 30, 2012

The women I have met while learning about feminine power are tired of fighting and working to fit into this misogynistic culture. Women are ready to present themselves not as property, children, or men in skirts, but as feminine, intelligent, powerful, and capable.
Camila Gibran


The Consequences of 'Una Noche,' A Film by Lucy Mulloy

Camila Gibran | Posted June 30, 2012

I have always been fascinated by Cuba's history. So when I sat to interview Lucy Mulloy about her film Una Noche (the movie about three teenagers trying to flee Cuba for the greener pastures), my first question was: Why Cuba?
Joe Satran


'Game Of Thrones' Season 2, Episode 5 Power Ranking: Who's Winning After 'The Ghost Of Harrenhall'?

Joe Satran | Posted June 30, 2012

"The Ghost of Harrenhal" demonstrates the golden rule, Westeros-style: Blood repaid in blood, death repaid in death. It also reaffirms something we've known since Ned Stark's head was cleaved from his shoulders. Anyone can die. Probably horribly.
Dr Layla McCay


The Internet Never Forgets: How to Live in the 21st Century

Dr Layla McCay | Posted June 30, 2012

Do we have the right to be forgotten? Thanks to social media, something silly you thought or did at age 15 could easily appear for all to judge 10, 20, or 50 years later at the tap of a button.
Jonathan Kim


ReThink Interview: Ondi Timoner -- On Tech Startups and the Documentary Renaissance

Jonathan Kim | Posted June 30, 2012

Ondi Timoner's latest ventures, an interview show called BYOD (Bring Your Own Doc) and a YouTube channel called Live Public, use Timoner's interests in mind- and life-changing documentaries and technology to go behind the scenes of how both are made.
Brian Gresko


Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas From? An Interview with Celia Blue Johnson

Brian Gresko | Posted June 30, 2012

In short, pithy essays, Celia Blue Johnson recounts how the simplest moments -- a trip, an odd job -- inspired some of the most beloved classics of Western literature. I talked with her to hear more about these fascinating accounts.
Kurt Ellenberger


The Audience and the Educator: A Study in Blue

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted June 30, 2012

The education system can certainly expose students to classical music and jazz (hopefully enriching their lives by doing so), but it cannot make them love the music.
Karl Gude


Yelling at Students Using Facebook in Class Doesn't Help, But This Video Might

Karl Gude | Posted June 30, 2012

Karthika Muthukumaraswamy


Introverts Are Joining the Internet Party

Karthika Muthukumaraswamy | Posted June 30, 2012

Being happy can no doubt make day-to-day life easier than constantly going about life in a funk, but there is no evidence suggesting that happiness -- especially feigned happiness -- contributes in any real way to health and well-being.
Imran Ahmad


Week 2: 50-City U.S. Speaking Tour

Imran Ahmad | Posted June 30, 2012

Background: I'm from London, but I'm currently working in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I wrote a book that was published in the U.S. earlier this month: The Perfect Gentleman - a Muslim boy meets the West. I have taken two months off to conduct a 50-city speaking tour of the United...
Susan Michals


Giddy Up! My Little Pony Rides Into Los Angeles

Susan Michals | Posted June 30, 2012

My Little Pony, the doe-eyed, sweet little pinnacle of sexually ambiguous innocence, will be the center of attention at Hasbro's MY LITTLE PONY Project 2012, a charity art exhibition.
Dan Persons


Tribeca 2012 Diary: Future Weather Director Jenny Deller

Dan Persons | Posted June 30, 2012

A young girl is forced to confront inconvenient truths both global and personal in the drama Future Weather.
Lisa Paul Streitfeld


Drawing the Great Work: Ann McCoy's (R)evolutionary "Ovum Philosophorum"

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted June 30, 2012

The patriarch is not only external but exists inside of all of us. Until we can transmute the inner authority that denies quantum leaps generated by multiple expanding consciousness, we cannot embody a new cyclical paradigm. The artist shows us the way.
Steve Heilig


"Kids Today" - The (Young) Poets Speak

Steve Heilig | Posted June 30, 2012

Unless you have teens in your family or work with them in some capacity, it's easy to lose touch with what being a young person is like. This is one reason I try to go to the local Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam every year.
David Kleeman


Going 'Screen Free' vs. Getting 'Screen Smart'

David Kleeman | Posted June 30, 2012

Today, the concept of "screen time" is complex, and navigating a multiplying array of devices and the accompanying flood of content demands media literacy.
Marian Salzman


The All-New American Family

Marian Salzman | Posted June 30, 2012

The American family's structure is no longer a perfect slice of apple pie. We've got nests that are no longer empty as jobless millennials move back in with mom and dad and redefine our latest obsession with what it means to be "occupied."
Maureen Ryan


'Mad Men' Recap: Sally's Therapy Bills Are Going To Be Insane

Maureen Ryan | Posted June 30, 2012

I love the complexity and ambiguity of the show, but will it continue to arc downward? Like a worried parent, I must confess to wanting more for these flawed, absorbing, misguided, fascinating people.
Peter Carroll


Pack Music in Your Camera Bag (PHOTOS)

Peter Carroll | Posted June 30, 2012

You love making photographs. You love listening to music. Have you ever combined the two? Just like how a powerful soundtrack can set the mood in a film, music can play a part in your photography.
Hans Proppe


Sons With Guns (PHOTOS)

Hans Proppe | Posted June 30, 2012

My original text for accompanying these images was filled with the usual litany of concerns about the gun culture in America. It has all been said before, and said better -- and because this is a photo blog, the images should speak for themselves.
Michael Sigman


The Authenticity of Pretending

Michael Sigman | Posted June 30, 2012

Pretense can be powerful. Who makes the decision that your work is important? Whether you believe the answer is your boss, the marketplace, your colleagues, your customers or you yourself, the answer is, ultimately, that you decide.
Dr. Peggy Drexler


Turning Boys Into Men: 4 Ways to Expand Your Son's "Boy Power"

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted June 30, 2012

We as a culture have held fast to the idea that we need to protect the boundaries between male and female. This is wrong, and even dangerous. Instead, we need to be reframing the discussion, and asking: What makes a boy a boy?
Dr. Marty Klein


Want to Undermine Science in Public Policy? Start With Sex

Dr. Marty Klein | Posted June 30, 2012

The facts about sexuality should not be trivialized into a matter of opinion. As Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but everyone is NOT entitled to their own facts.
Michael Shaw


Reading the Pictures -- Space Shuttle in the Skies of Manhattan: The Healing

Michael Shaw | Posted June 30, 2012

When the injury is deep, healing doesn't happen in a scene or a moment, but in oh-so-many moments over quite some time... like these.
Traci L. Slatton


What I'm Learning About Life From Writing Novels

Traci L. Slatton | Posted June 30, 2012

For me, writing novels is an arachnid process: novels are spun into intricate webs out of the silk in my gut. It's work. It's hard. But, to mix metaphors, it's not all pushing a rock uphill.
Cara Joy David


In Support of Jennifer Laura Thompson

Cara Joy David | Posted June 30, 2012

Thompson has just the right mix of vocal prowess and slapstick ability. Nice Work If You Can Get It is far from the best thing she's ever done but her genius is apparent in her featured role, like a combination of Christine Ebersole and Madeline Kahn.
C. M. Rubin


Alice, Is This Cool?

C. M. Rubin | Posted June 30, 2012

Their big picture concept? A visual spectacle such as has never been seen before in any other attraction in the UK. So what might Alice Liddell have said about these creative upgrades to her favorite story in her summer vacation town?
George Heymont


Searching for a Balance With Nature and Self

George Heymont | Posted June 30, 2012

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is balanced between the story of a remote and complex father and capturing the fine art of making sushi and photographing it in the immediacy of its freshness. It is also filled with surprises -- like watching how someone gets a live octopus into a plastic bag!
Michael Roth


Claude Lanzmann's Memoir - 'The Patagonian Hare'

Michael Roth | Posted June 30, 2012

The Patagonian Hare is full of Lanzmann's cloying self-regard, but we accept it for the single reason that he created Shoah, his 1985 documentary about the Nazi war against the Jews, one of the masterworks of cinema.
Liz Smith


Gregg Allman Remembers Cher--Was She A Mermaid, A Little Girl Or General Patton?!

Liz Smith | Posted June 30, 2012

I know nothing of Gregg Allman's music, though I know he is highly regarded. He lives in my mind as that long-haired blond guy with the drug problem who Cher married in 1975, filed for divorce from four days later, then reconciled with, had his baby, Elijah Blue, and split from him for good in 1977.