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Profile: Christopher Fecteau and dell'Arte Opera Ensemble

David Browning | Posted 08.05.2015 | Arts
David Browning

Christopher Fecteau is on a mission. By creating opera productions that ensure the intent of the music and libretto are clear, and by offering young singers training in music, theater, career building, and sometimes even life skills, he intends to keep opera relevant in today's world.

4 Social Media Rules to Simplify Your Love Life

Francesca Hogi | Posted 08.04.2015 | Women
Francesca Hogi

Social media is a great tool for staying connected to others, promoting your business or sharing yourself and your ideas with the world. But when it comes to your love life, be mindful of the added pressure your social media habits can cause.

How to Deal With the Media

Emma Isaacs | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Emma Isaacs

I get to see the process from that side, dealing with people who want to get in the media, and people who do eventually get featured. Being in this position has taught me some valuable lessons on how to deal with the media, and of course, what not to do.

Popcorn Preview: Capital C

Leslie Sisman | Posted 07.24.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Because of the public nature of the funding, the development becomes public, too. It can be do or die, and the film shows us some of the pitfalls. In addition to potential business loses, indie-developers need to develop really thick skin.

Popcorn Preview: Chagall-Malevich

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Most of Chagall-Malevich centers on the time Chagall was Commissariat of the Academy of Modern Art, 1917-18. While the story is set against historic events, it makes no claim of historic accuracy, which becomes obvious fairly quickly. There's a kitsch yet wonderful fantasy quality about the story.

Popcorn Preview: 24 Days

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.26.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Ilan's family isn't rich, but his kidnappers think they are... are they just after money, or is there another motive?

Popcorn Preview: Dial a Prayer

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Dial a Prayer is the second feature film by writer/director, Maggie Kiley. It's an enjoyable hour and a half; even though Cora, the central character, seems to mope through life... always as dreary as the interminable Michigan winter.

Popcorn Preview: Woman in Gold

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

As the film opens, we see the restless Adele Bloch-Bauer sitting for a portrait by Gustav Klimt. Who would have guessed that a family portrait would become the center of an Austrian identity crisis? Especially a portrait of a Jewish woman. In 1998, Maria Altmann's sister Louisa is laid to rest. A

Popcorn Preview: Effie Gray

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

n depicting the events of John and Effie's marriage, the movie is quite reserved and beautifully nuanced. Many of the filmmakers come from Merchant Ivory Productions, and Effie Gray is very much in that tradition. It's hard to know with certainty what went on in the marriage, but there are letters and written accounts that served as source material.

Popcorn Preview: The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

She was the first woman to include risqué material in her act. She wasn't "The Last of the Red Hot Mamas"... she was the first. She promoted and taught classes for young women who wanted to become Red Hot Mamas, too. Everything she did was original... she was one of the first jazz singers... certainly the first of the white jazz singers.

Popcorn Preview: Merchants of Doubt

Leslie Sisman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

At first we wonder if we're in the right movie. Magician Jamy Ian Swiss puts on his signature red shirt, suit and tie for a performance at the Magic Castle. "My occupation is deception," he says. "I make an honest living."

Popcorn Preview: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Leslie Sisman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

We first encounter Kumiko as she walks along the water's edge wearing her oversized red hoodie and carrying a piece of white cloth. Her footprints follow the line of the serf.

What You Need To Know About Alexis Tsipras

HuffPost Greece | Katerina Prifti | Posted 01.27.2015 | World

Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the Greek Coalition of the Radical Left -- best known by its acronym, Syriza -- is the focus of attention in Europe afte...

Popcorn Preview: American Sniper

Leslie Sisman | Posted 03.11.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

At the recruiting office, they give him a brochure for the Seals... and we soon see Chris in basic training. "We're looking for warriors, not quitters." Training is brutal but Chris makes it to sniper school, where his "hell of a gift" sets him apart.

Popcorn Preview: Big Eyes

Leslie Sisman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Amy Adams as Margaret is excellent. Christoph Waltz's over-the-top portrayal of Walter -- who, by many accounts was truly over-the-top -- can be a bit distracting. At any rate, it's an interesting exploration of how the "little hobo kids" became a household must-have.

Popcorn Preview: A Most Violent Year

Leslie Sisman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

As the film's title implies, there's a fair amount of violence in this movie, but it's not the kind of bloodbath we're used to seeing in modern movies. Instead, there's a feeling of danger that hangs over every scene right from the beginning.

Popcorn Preview: She's Beautiful When She's Angry

Leslie Sisman | Posted 01.17.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) Cast includes: Rita Mae Brown, Susan Brownmiller, Kate Millet, Ellen Willis, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Alix Kates...

Popcorn Preview: Rosewater

Leslie Sisman | Posted 01.17.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Rosewater (2014) Cast includes: Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries), Kim Bodnia (In China They Eat Dogs), Claire Foy (Season of the Witch), S...

The Social PetWork: Platform Helps Boost Adoptions

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

We love digging up videos of puppies doing adorable things online. Thanks to ShelterMe.com, we can put this guilty pleasure to good use by spending time with shelter animals and sharing their photos and videos with the world.

This Is What It's Like To Go From College To The Bright Lights Of Broadway

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 07.25.2014 | Arts

Carrie St. Louis has just arrived at the Helen Hayes Theatre. It’s one hour before show time; the seats are empty. St. Louis walks through the na...

Popcorn Preview: Boyhood

Leslie Sisman | Posted 09.23.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Boyhood (2014) Cast includes: Patricia Arquette (Medium), Ethan Hawke (Training Day), Ellar Coltrane (Fast Food Nation), Lorelei Linklater (Waking Lif...

Popcorn Preview: A Summer's Tale

Leslie Sisman | Posted 08.24.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

A Summer's Tale (1996) Conte d'été Cast includes: Melvil Poupaud (The Lover, Broken English), Amanda Langlet (Triple Agent), Gwenaëlla Simon (Not o...

Playing Favorites

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 07.20.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

There's a reason I devote so much time and energy to identifying interpersonal challenges in successful people. It's because the higher up you go in the organization, the more your problems are behavioral.

What High School Students (And Their Parents) Can Do to Get the Most Financial/Merit Aid for College

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 06.20.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Where a student attends college, how much it will cost the family, and whether they end up with a little or a lot of debt depends on everyone making college finances a priority. It's never too early to start planning for how to pay for college.

Why Your Tinder Profile Isn't Saying What You Think It Is

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 03.18.2014 | Technology

There is no right way to do Tinder. But there are definitely a handful of very wrong ways to do it. Let's break down some of the most common Tinder-re...