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John Musker and Ron Clements Chart an Ambitious Course for Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios' 2016 Release

Jim Hill | Posted 10.20.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

As Ron and John chart a course for their most ambitious animated feature to date through those treacherous, shark-filled waters that are known as modern motion picture production.

Electrifying the Folk

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 11.08.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

I've always loved European-style folk-rock, also known as electric folk: the application of electric instruments and rock techniques to traditional songs. It's a style you can find here in North America, as well as in Britain and Europe.

Holy Joe!

Robert Julian | Posted 09.23.2014 | Comedy
Robert Julian

In summer, Bostonians head for the cape where they can languish on beaches in willful denial of the cold winter months to come. If you plan to sell a city property, this is probably not the best time to hit the market. But my friend Bob has stepped into the breach.

LOOK: Magical Fairy Sculptures Will Take You To Another World

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion

When U.K.-based artist Robin Wight captured a photo of light streaming into a clearing in the woods, the resulting picture had something unusual about...

Nord Encore: Recent Canadian Folk Releases

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 08.23.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Here's a rundown of recent Canadian releases, many of which I picked up at the Folk Alliance conference back in February.

8 Wedding Superstitions In Honor Of Friday The 13th

Lover.ly | Posted 06.13.2014 | Weddings

Today is Friday the 13th, day of a million superstitions. For the (endearingly) paranoid among us, today is a day to steer clear of black cats and lad...

Killer Legends Brings Legends to Life

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.13.2014 | Entertainment
Stephen D. Winick

A few months ago, filmmakers came to my workplace and interviewed me at length about four contemporary legends for a new documentary. That documentary promises to be an entertaining, informative and slightly creepy look at fear, crime and storytelling in the 20th century.

Monkeys and Apes, an Essay in Pictures

Boria Sax | Posted 05.11.2014 | Books
Boria Sax

For the past several years, I have been collecting pictures of simians from the last few centuries, to show the rapid and dramatic changes that they have undergone.

Have You Heard You're Not Alone in Your Grief? It Isn't Really True

Megan Devine | Posted 04.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

You alone carry the knowledge of how your grief lives in you. You alone know all the filaments of life and of love that fly through you. You alone know how deeply your life is now changed. You alone have to face this, inside your own heart.

ELVES > ROADS!

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.31.2013 | World

A public highway construction project over an ancient Icelandic lava field is generating outrage among locals, in part because some think the highway ...

Happy Birthday, Marc Chagall!

Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts

In honor of Marc Chagall's birthday, we are revisiting a post originally published last year honoring the artist's life and work. Today marks the b...

The Faerie Month of May: Faerie Festivals and May Celebrations

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.20.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Today's Maytime Faerie Festivals, including Spoutwood Farm's May Day Fairie Festival, the Maryland Faerie Festival, and the New York Faerie Festival, are outgrowths of this vibrant May tradition. They feature kings and queens, Maypole dances, flower garlands and beautiful costumes.

Jack the Giant Slayer: Some Folklore Background

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.06.2013 | Entertainment
Stephen D. Winick

With Bryan Singer's blockbuster Jack the Giant Slayer in theaters, it might be useful to ask ourselves: who is this Jack? He's known for slaying giants, but he does a lot more, too.

Mum's the Word: An Introduction to Mumming

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 02.27.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

What is a Mummers Play, you ask, and what is mumming? Mumming is a word for disguising oneself, going door to door, and performing songs, dances and plays in neighbors' homes and in public places.

Author: How Ancient Folklore Inspired My Book

Lucy Wood | Posted 10.07.2012 | Books
Lucy Wood

Ask someone what springs to mind when they think of mermaids, and it is doubtful that they will say loss, tragedy or drowning. But as I read nineteenth century collections of Cornish folklore, this is exactly what struck me.

Childhood Revised

Eleni Gage | Posted 09.30.2012 | Parents
Eleni Gage

Fiction of all sorts, including nursery rhymes, allows us to try out conflict in a safe way. That's the point, it's where the thrill comes in; we're scared, then reassured the danger isn't real.

Happy Birthday Marc Chagall!

Posted 07.07.2012 | Arts

Today marks the birthday of one of the art world's most beloved Marcs, Marc Chagall. The painter reached the hearts and imaginations of people worldwi...

Bedtime Stories: The Spider, the Arabian Cinderella and Her Fairy Godfish...

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 05.22.2012 | Home
Rym Tina Ghazal

I loved those times, growing up as a child in Saudi Arabia in the 1980s. My friends would come and sleep over just to listen to my mother's bedtime stories.

Strange Brew: Woman Charged With Unbelievable Crime

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 05.23.2012 | Weird News

This is not the best part of waking up. The Straits Times, an English-language newspaper in Singapore, is reporting that a 24-year-old maid there h...

'Open, Gates of Fairyland': Faerie Festivals of the Eastern United States

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.27.2012 | Home
Stephen D. Winick

If you live in the mid-Atlantic U.S., though, it's easier than ever to find sprites and sprigguns. The region is home to some of the largest and most popular faerie celebrations in the world, and faerie season is just about to begin.

Things That Go Bump in the Night-Before-Christmas

Varla Ventura | Posted 02.19.2012 | Weird News
Varla Ventura

There are a number of traditions that are far more sinister than your usual red-suit wearing, welcome-lapped Santas. I'm not talking about those known "helper" elves or magical flying deer.

Janell Ross

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Elicits A Big Crowd And Long Waits

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 12.04.2011 | New York

New York -- Just before 8 p.m. -- and an hour after the tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center began -- Gino Palacios stood at the southeast cor...

8 'Old Wives Tales' That Are Dumb

Dumb As A Blog | David Moye | Posted 10.04.2011 | Weird News

For centuries wives have had the coveted job of nagging their families about all the things they should and shouldn't do. These fussy sayings are lov...

A Turning of the Seasons: The King Is Dead by The Decemberists

Rob Kirkpatrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rob Kirkpatrick

I'm not sure if this is The Decemberists' best album. But there's not a bad song in the bunch here, and it's clear The King Is Dead captures this Aughties folk-rock band hitting a groove.

The Vernal Equinox: Hatching The World Egg

Donna Henes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

If the Winter Solstice signals the birth of the sun, then the Spring Equinox exclaims the birth of the earth -- the resurrection of nature from the dark death of winter.