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AMANZA - Ep.28

Spottoon | Posted 12.29.2016 | Entertainment

A 26-year-old man's life is turned upside down when he is diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer. As he struggles with the pain of his treatment and the realization that he never truly lived, he retreats into his imagination, to a magical forest where answers and miracles can be found.

Top Ten 2015 L.A. Theatre Productions

Brad Schreiber | Posted 12.29.2016 | Arts
Brad Schreiber

Zayd Dohrn begins his play with a strange peek into a little-known world, that of making realistic baby dolls

The Best Films 2015

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.20.2016 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Movies have become a great comfort in what has been a tumultuous year. They've entertained us. Made us laugh, feel courageous, scared, romantic and ...

Why Do Great Shows Get Cancelled?

Ashton Chan | Posted 12.17.2016 | Entertainment
Ashton Chan

The world of television is a cruel, cruel place sometimes. For those of us who love to watch TV shows, there's always something new around the corner.

Does the College Decision Define You?

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 12.15.2016 | Education
Mary Anna Dennard

Your college experience is only one in a long string of experiences that will help to mold the person you ultimately become. And your tribe will still love you for who you are, regardless of the college decision outcome.

Q&A: Cinema Veritas: Where Have All the Women Gone? A Male Filmmaker Responds

Anna Shen | Posted 12.14.2016 | Women
Anna Shen

Photo credit: Lindsey Ricker Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain and other Hollywood A-List actresses are not alone i...

Film Review: 'The 33'

Jeremy Bamidele | Posted 12.07.2016 | Entertainment
Jeremy Bamidele

I haven't been held in such suspense since I jumped the Corinth canal only to have my bungee snap off; The 33 showcases the human condition in all its complexities.

Gay Drama Teacher Has An Epic Response To Homophobic Parent

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

An openly gay drama teacher in the United Kingdom had the best response this week to a homophobic parent who sought to withdraw her children from his ...

AMANZA - Ep.22

Spottoon | Posted 11.17.2016 | Entertainment

A 26-year-old man's life is turned upside down when he is diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer. As he struggles with the pain of his treatment and the realization that he never truly lived, he retreats into his imagination, to a magical forest where answers and miracles can be found.


Spottoon | Posted 11.16.2016 | Entertainment

Cornelia is a world renowned South African wind instrument repairer and people from all over the world come to seek her help in repairing their instruments. Each of them come with their own emotional backstory and Cornelia works with them to heal old wounds and lay the past to rest through music.

Why Giving Up the Need to Be 'Right' Will Make You Happier and Set You Free

Cy Wakeman | Posted 11.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Cy Wakeman

Justifying your every move and decision in an effort to be seen as right (all while proving others wrong) takes a great deal of time and energy. But once the ego is silenced and you allow a little humility in, you will have lightened your load and be on your way to a happier, more meaningful life.

Ja Rule May Have Opened Up A Can Of Worms With This Comment About 50 Cent

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 11.11.2015 | Black Voices

Some rap beefs are hard to squash. Case and point: Ja Rule and 50 Cent. The two New York City rappers have been feuding since they were sporting du-r...

Through the Power of Their Creativity, Our Veterans Continue to Serve

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 11.09.2016 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

The artist within that Curtis discovered as a result of working through his own PTSD experiences made him passionate about helping fellow Veterans recover from the ravages of combat.

#ShakespeareLives in 2016: How Shakespeare's Plays Reflect Current Affairs

Paul_Smith | Posted 10.30.2016 | Arts

In 2016 the world gathers to applaud, to set Shakespeare free, liberating his plays into the meaning of our times. We remember him and must tell his story.

Ah, Wilderness! at ACT: Lovely Look, Uneven Acting for O'Neill's Domestic Comedy

Leo Stutzin | Posted 10.27.2016 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Eugene O'Neill is widely regarded as the playwright who lifted American theater out of the era of melodrama and into a realm of truthfulness and invention that was comparable with the best on the world's stages.

A Trans Odyssey: The Impact of Dear Texas

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 10.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

Breaking free of assumed gender roles requires unfathomable sacrifice and courage. To capture that, what it is to be Trans, on stage -- is miraculous.

Band of the Storm Hits the Ruby Theater for Los Angeles Theater Festival

Morena Duwe | Posted 10.08.2016 | Arts
Morena Duwe

Written and directed by the multi-talented Joseph Mauceri, this two-act play features only two lead actors, with a total cast of four, whose performances are powerful enough to keep the audience thoroughly entertained.

Why Are They Translating Shakespeare?

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.27.2016 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Oregon Shakespeare Company is doing translations of all of Shakespeare's plays to make them more comprehensible. Why?

The Quest for Natural Intelligence in the World

Catherine Cunningham | Posted 09.21.2016 | Green
Catherine Cunningham

Natural Intelligence refers to principles of life and to our lifestyle choices that respect the natural limits and boundaries of earth's resources.

Between Riverside and Crazy: ACT Opens 49th Season With a Tough, Humane Pulitzer Prize Drama

Leo Stutzin | Posted 09.12.2016 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

The past weighs heavily on Walter "Pops" Washington, the angry, suspicious ex-cop whose rage and stubbornness propel the fierce Between Riverside and Crazy, which opened American Conservatory Theater's 49th season a few days ago.

Meagan Good to Star on FOX TV Series 'Minority Report'

Timothy Tukes | Posted 09.02.2016 | Entertainment
Timothy Tukes

"I base a lot of my character's intention from my stepmother and father's experiences," Good admitted, "And also my own feelings on why Vega would put herself in harm's way."

There Is Opera; there Is Opera Light, and Opera Without Walls

John M. Eger | Posted 08.14.2016 | Arts
John M. Eger

Rising ticket prices, declining attendance, lack of sufficient philanthropic contributions and an aging and dying patron base all contribute to the Opera, and for that matter, many performing arts organizations.

9 Movies To Get You Through The Dark Days After Divorce

James J. Sexton | Posted 08.12.2016 | Divorce
James J. Sexton

Divorce can be an isolating experience. Especially when those around you haven't been through it themselves. They can try to comfort you and say the right things, but sometimes you need someone who knows what it's like, who's been through it. Someone like my old pal Holly...wood.

Club De Cuervos Is Netflix's Freshest New Series of the Year

Xaque Gruber | Posted 08.10.2016 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Netflix's brand new series is not only this summer's most binge-worthy delight, but should be applauded as a game changer in the burgeoning world of globally-designed entertainment.

"The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey:" A 21st-Century Play for a 21st-Century Audience

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.06.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

His sensitivity and thoughtfulness contrasted my first impression of him from a few days before, when he primarily portrayed a gruff detective from the Jersey Shore in his one-man show at the Westside Theatre.