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By Carrie Chapter, Philadelphia Theatre Company On Saturday, March 1st at 7pm, Philadelphia Theatre Company presented a public staged reading of the Terrence McNally Award-winning play, THE URBAN RETREAT by A. Zell Williams. The reading was a Philly-centric experience – the director, Matt Pfeiffer, and the cast all talented locals. In the words of playwright, […]

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The new day of the residency

Published on June 21, 2014 by in Miami

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Wasn’t so long ago it seems that when artists talked about residencies, it was about far-flung places. Today, Miami has numerous possibilities for both local and national artists to spend some quality time delving into their craft. To name just a few: Cannonball; The Fountainhead; ArtCenter; the Deering Estate; the Everglades AIRE; and the latest […]

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By Adrienne Kenton, Blackstar Fest  What do Juneteenth and the 25th Anniversary of Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” have in common? The obvious answer is that both events occur this month, with national celebrations of Juneteenth and month long bi-coastal celebrations of Lee’s groundbreaking film at Brooklyn Academy of Music and Los Angeles County […]

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By Renee Prola, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts There was a mantra going around earlier today…Rain, Rain Go Away! Unfortunatley, for the first Ordway Summer Dance of the 2014 season the rain continued. The festivities were moved inside to the Marzitelli Foyer at the Ordway. The Foyer provided a lovely dry replacement on this […]

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By Julie Belcove The railroad corridor between New York’s Penn Station and Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station is well traveled with some 34,000 passengers daily. Typically there’s not much to look at, and riders sit immersed in laptops, newspapers or naps. But a striking new addition to the landscape is giving them a good reason to […]

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Public Pool goes “Banana!”

Published on June 20, 2014 by in Detroit

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Currently on-tap over at Public Pool art space in Hamtramck, a fun and free-wheeling group show that employs, as its theme, one of society’s most compelling and universal symbols: the banana. A staple of comedy and diet alike, the banana was celebrated in its various forms during the opening of “Banana!” on Saturday, June 7th. […]

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Ten-minute plays, eight of them, put on back to back, with the public voting on the best among them. That’s the tradition that Weathervane Playhouse, a Knight Arts grantee, is maintaining as it is building up for the 4th annual 8×10 Theatrefest to be held during the weekend of July 11-13. You can imagine that […]

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It’s a one-off recital during a time when South Florida is beginning to swelter and all the snowbirds have gone home, but violinist Anne Akiko Meyers’s appearance this Thursday will include two new pieces of music that she’ll be championing all this year. Meyers, a native of Southern California, came to prominence at age 11 […]

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I met Oscar Fuentes a little over 1o years ago in a creative writing class at Miami Dade College led by teacher and poet Michael Hettich. Hettich, who has had a major influence on Miami’s literary scene, helped propel Fuentes into the author, filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist he is today. Oh, Fuentes is also the front […]

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With the 90-something degree days of summer finally upon us here in Philadelphia, BalletX is turning up the heat also as they prepare for their upcoming Summer Series 2014. This Knight Arts grantee is busy rehearsing a unique pairing of composers and choreographers in order to bring original works of dance and live music together […]

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