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Dramatic genius on view in “Einstein” at Actors’ Summit

Akron, Theater // January 23, 2015

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You don’t have to be a genius to catch onto what’s happening in “Einstein,” the play currently being shown at Actors’ Summit, a Knight Arts grantee. The one-act drama, written by playwright Willard Simms, ostensibly captures Albert Einstein at his home office in Princeton, N.J. in 1946. The audience is treated as invited guests – […]

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The North Carolina Dance Festival makes a stop in Charlotte

Charlotte // January 22, 2015

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The North Carolina Dance Festival (NCDF) is back in the Queen City on January 24th at 7:30 p.m. in the Anne R. Belk Theater of Robinson Hall. This performance will feature five touring choreographers selected by Dance Project, as well as two local artists. Dance Project, a non-profit organization under the direction of Jan Van […]

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MUSAIC, a musical meeting house for the world

All Communities // January 21, 2015

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It’s a place where, a few keystrokes away, you can find cellist Yo-Yo Ma offering insights about the structure and interpretation of Bach’s “Suite No. 5 in C minor” for unaccompanied cello; have a former principal flutist at the Boston Symphony Orchestra give you some pointers on practicing scales; or just simply listen to a […]

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Detroit Teams with Miami to deliver storied book fair to national PBS audience

Detroit // January 21, 2015

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By Rich Fahle, Detroit Public Television The 31-year legacy of the Miami Book Fair International has played a key role in Miami’s continued cultural resurgence, and is perhaps the country’s most shining example of the power that books and literacy have to fuel urban renewal and community engagement. Detroit Public Television, recognizing the national importance […]

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FilmGate: inspiring Miami filmmakers to create

Miami, Theater // January 21, 2015

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FilmGate Interactive, a Knight Arts grantee, returns with another week-long event “at the crossroads of film, technology and interactive storytelling.” The festival, which runs from February 1-8, is the brainchild of Executive Director Diliana Alexander. Alexander, whom I interviewed last year, spoke with me again about the creative value the festival will generate for local […]

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Raheem the Dream performs his retro hip hop music at Bar 41

Dance, Macon, Music // January 21, 2015

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There was a time when Georgia was booming with the sounds of Miami bass music. Many rappers were influenced by Uncle Luke, also known as Luther Campbell. One of those lyrical geniuses was Raheem the Dream. His rap style was smooth, and he didn’t rush his flow. In a lot of his music, Raheem talks about […]

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Books & Bars is a show inside a book club

St. Paul // January 21, 2015

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Way back in early 2004, Jeff Kamin started a book club. There’s nothing terribly remarkable about a book club. At its most basic, a book club is a group of people coming together to discuss a book they’ve all read, sharing their likes and dislikes. If you poll a room full of people, it’s likely […]

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Weathervane Playhouse premieres new play set in Akron

Akron, Theater // January 21, 2015

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Weathervane Playhouse, a Knight Arts grantee, commissioned Cleveland area writer Michael Oatman to create a play. That he did. His “Crazy Man,” which is set in south Akron, deals head on with some uncomfortable situations about race relations. Oatman’s play begins with two young African-American students coming on stage talking about having just seen a […]

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ZERO1 announces the launch of AmericanArtsIncubator.org

San Jose // January 20, 2015

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By Sarah Beth Nesbit, ZERO1 ZERO1 has kicked off the New Year with the announcement around their brand new website for American Arts Incubator, an international artist exchange program planned in partnership with the U.S. State Departments Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Take a peek at americanartsincubator.org to learn more about the hybrid training […]

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Contradictions and Communist propaganda make a Primary project

Miami // January 20, 2015

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There is a lot going on in the inspiration for “International Friendship Exhibition,” which opened up during Art Basel at Primary Projects. There are themes of contradiction, of propaganda, of the truly bizarre world of North Korea. That’s right, the name actually is taken from a pavilion in that hermit kingdom filled with we can […]

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