Sexuality, infidelity and creativity dominate as central themes in the highlights from this week's lineup.
Whenever a show makes this big move it is a cause for celebration. It suggests that the producing theaters created something of value, something that for-profit producers believe will be of interest to a far wider audience than any single regional theater can reach.
"Being my authentic self -- that is, openly gay -- frees me to be more creative; it allows me to write and sing about things other than love and parties. I believe I have a duty to be visible." These sentiments sailed from the heart and soul of the openly gay, androgynous African-American musician Crisean.
Founded barely seventh months ago, Emerging Collective intends to challenge today's euro-centric art market by fostering north-south dialogue and cultivating artists from emerging economies.
I'm a painter, so of course I find statements about the death of painting annoying, but also sloppy thinking, since painting is what it takes to be able to even make the statement.
On August 6, Knott's Berry Farm treated season pass-holders and members of the press to an exclusive preview of its 42nd annual Halloween Haunt, also known as Knott's Scary Farm.
It is easy to get depressed about the future of the arts in America when one reads countless stories of arts institutions facing large deficits, lockouts and strikes, and even closure.
I have to hand it to Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev. Easily the world's most exciting ballet couple, they could probably spend the rest of their careers performing Don Quixote, and still pack houses every night.
For the first time, the Feng Dance Theater from Tainan, Taiwan is making its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. And boy, have they exploded onto the international stage.
To satisfy my curiosity, I recently flew out to Los Angeles to meet with Kazuhiro Tsuji, who graciously agreed to sit with me. Kazuhiro told me that he moved to the US from Japan many years ago to pursue special effects but that his true passion is art.
Working with so many arts organizations that are facing financial challenges, I often hear board and staff discussion about the need for a mega-gift. "If only we had an angel" is a common refrain in the boardrooms of troubled institutions.
With the pervasiveness of gender inequality in nearly every arena, it's heartening to know that there are passionate individuals and organizations out there working hard to affect change.
For Ferrarini and other international members of Teatroaperto, including myself, the theater -- as the stage for Europe's unfolding Mare Nostrum challenges -- can at least provide for a safe, healing and creative space, as well as a historical and narrative context, for such stories to be voiced and heard.
Summer is a good time to think through all the celebrities your board, staff and artists know or have worked with and think about ways to use one or two in the upcoming season.
How much time is Twitter going to take to be effective for your business? The simple answer is probably an hour or two a day, depending on your products and services, community service sophistication, how you're using the platform and how aggressively you want to grow your brand.
To produce anything, even a one-time salon, requires skills in risk-taking, persuasion and drive, not so common as you might think.