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Cultural & Chartable Catch-Up: February 2014

Jill Lynne | Posted 04.07.2014 | Entertainment
Jill Lynne

Cultural & Charitable Catch-Up with FAVS & Commentary Text & Photographs (c) Jill Lynne, February 2014 Pete Seeger, The Tibet House Benefit, French ...

Ship of Fools

Natalie Pace | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Natalie Pace

In a city where culture is rather nascent and there is no rich history of the arts, it's exciting to see parents educating their teens to appreciate the nuances of Verdi's masterpiece.

Wham! A Studio Visit With Emily Silver

Virginia Broersma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Virginia Broersma

Emily Silver makes work that is as visually calm as an air horn. Objects, drawings and videos that may have literally been involved in some kind of explosion or had their glitter-and-ribbon brains bashed out with a bat fill her studio.

A Cultural Cure for Post-Genocide Rwanda: Drumming and Ice Cream

Corinna Clendenen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Corinna Clendenen

A long-standing tradition In Rwandan society prohibited women from touching the drums or even approaching the drummers. When asked why, men told her drums are too heavy for women to handle. To which she answered, 'Let's see how strong we are.'

Namaste, the Shutdown Is Over

Ko Im | Posted 12.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Ko Im

The partial government shutdown was over the night the opening celebration for "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" was supposed to take place at the Smi...

Exploring the Arts

Susan Benedetto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Susan Benedetto

The arts teach empathy. The arts express and evoke emotion, enabling us to feel how others feel and find common ground. The arts help eliminate prejudice by encouraging multiple perspectives. And of course, the arts can be fun!

PlayMusician Committed to Promoting Diverse Musical Talent

Jim Luce | Posted 09.18.2013 | Arts
Jim Luce

Variety is wonderful, and that is exactly what you get at PlayMusician Jam Nights (PM-jamnites). For audiences open to experiencing an array of music...

7 Days with Jimmy - On Artists and Narrative Building

Ariana Austin | Posted 08.18.2013 | Arts
Ariana Austin

When I was growing up there was a story I loved to hear. In 1980, James Baldwin spent seven days with my parents and their friends in Washington. He h...

WATCH: "Kings Country Cornucopia" Nationally Brandishes Brooklyn's Food Culture

Kenneth Rosen | Posted 06.03.2013 | New York
Kenneth Rosen

It should come as no surprise that the venerable Brooklyn Brewery is up to something cool again. "Kings Country Cornucopia" exhibits the artisanal foodie culture of Brooklyn in a series of traveling events aimed at bringing Brooklyn to other cities

Opera vs. the Economy: Verismo 2.0 Pulls 'Wildcard'

Roxane Assaf | Posted 05.20.2013 | Arts
Roxane Assaf

Verismo 2.0 cleaves to a motto of feasibility. Opera with full orchestra is exciting for a singer and alluring for a producer. But small companies have been brought to ruin by the insistence upon this luxury.

Does Eric Garcetti Have the Aesthetic Chops to be Mayor of L.A.?

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 04.29.2013 | Los Angeles
Steven Paul Leiva

Sensitivity to aesthetics and the arts does not a good mayor make. But I believe that sensitivity to aesthetics and the arts can make a good mayor better. This is my hope for Eric Garcetti if he goes the distance and becomes the next mayor of Los Angeles.

Be Mine, Except in International Development

Ming Holden | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Ming Holden

Valentine's Day is upon us, and those little candy hearts pervasively sugaring the public sphere with the words "Be Mine!" got me thinking recently about the possessive language we use to describe love.

Then Wonder Woman Got Married and Opened a Mod Boutique: Sexism, Capitalism and the Struggle of the Unconventional Woman

Lauren Jacobs | Posted 03.25.2013 | Women
Lauren Jacobs

So, instead of asking the question, "Can a woman have it all?" we should be asking, "Is there something left to the 'it' when we remove power/money and spouse/babies from the equation?"

Why Music, Part 3: Music and Diplomacy

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 12.19.2012 | Impact
Frank Fitzpatrick

During a television interview following the recording, the show's host asked me this essential question: "In a region wrought with a history of so much war and hatred, can a song really make a difference?" My response was, "If music can't make a difference, I don't know what can."

A Chance to Dance in America

Jean Davidson | Posted 10.17.2012 | Arts
Jean Davidson

How did we go from being the country that is credited with pioneering modern dance to one in which we have to work so hard to get people to care about it?

Grace, Love, Courage: On Art, Artists And Patronage

Anna Deavere Smith | Posted 09.15.2012 | Arts
Anna Deavere Smith

Art is thought to be inspirational. I think of it as aspirational. It sings what cannot be said. Priscilla Dewey Houghton understood in her veins that art comes from the people and must always be given back to the people.

Funding for the Arts Sometimes Benefits All of Us

Aaron Dorfman | Posted 08.14.2012 | Arts
Aaron Dorfman

Does funding for the arts benefit only elite arts patrons, or does the rest of society benefit, too? In these times of limited philanthropic dollars, this is an incredibly important question.

The Essence of Intuition

Ellen Davis | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Ellen Davis

Intuition is the voice of one's innate creative intelligence in communion with its surrounding conditions.

We Are Not All Artists the Same

Leslie Odom Jr. | Posted 07.22.2012 | Arts
Leslie Odom Jr.

You're a new face. You're a new talent. You're a new voice. No one has any idea what you bring to the table. You must accept this stage and commit yourself to delivering the goods every single time you get an opportunity.

The Change You Want To See

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 07.03.2012 | Home
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

I wanted to find a creative way to capture the WHY for everyone -- the reason WHY they are the change they want to see. Our "why," or the reason we are the change, is also tied into our purpose on this earth, the reason we were sent here.

Why We Shouldn't Try To Save The Arts

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 06.20.2012 | Home
Kurt Ellenberger

Why do so many people think the arts need saving? Because people enjoy making music, dancing, painting, and writing poetry. They would also really like it if those activities paid for a nice three-bedroom ranch in the suburbs or a hipster condo in the Village.

Occupy the Arts

Scott Walters | Posted 05.09.2012 | Home
Scott Walters

Circular arguments about arts funding often echo Republican talking points: trickle-down economics serve the poor, progress in race relations means we've reached a post-racial society and we shouldn't take money from the rich because they are job creators.

Putting Americans to Work

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.31.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

At a time when unemployment is the key political issue and when virtually everyone in politics is struggling to find ways to reduce the ranks of the unemployed, why doesn't some smart politician realize that the arts are one way to help solve this problem?

At the UN: Co-hosting Conference on World Peace, Health and Culture

Jim Luce | Posted 03.11.2012 | Impact
Jim Luce

Recently I agreed to co-host the World Peace, Health and Culture Conference at the United Nations on behalf of Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW),...

Art and Life in All Its Glory

Rachel Schwartzmann | Posted 03.11.2012 | Home
Rachel Schwartzmann

Art, unlike us as humans, is immortal. No matter how much others try to censor it, question it, criticize it or destroy it, art is a central part of this world -- and it should be.