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The not-so-innocent world of Leonel Matheu

Miami // July 8, 2014

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The imagery of Leonel Matheu is intentionally child-like in its figurative depictions, colorful, with cartoonish characters and scenery that could have popped out from a children’s book. But not quite. Those domed bald heads and teddy bear people, the flying saucers, the simple stars and moons are reflecting not a fairy-tale world, but a darker […]

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What’s up with social practice art?

Charlotte // July 8, 2014

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Social practice art, often also called interactive art or participatory art, in some way encourages the viewer to engage directly with the art or artist by either forcing viewers’ physical actions, manipulating their senses, or sharing creative expression with them. This type of art has been on the rise since the 1970s, with much earlier […]

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Campus Martius plays in the summertime, with the help of CAMP Detroit

Detroit // July 8, 2014

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This summer, Campus Martius, perhaps best known for providing wintertime extracurricular fun in the form of its popular ice-skating rink, has expanded into a whole new season, with a host of summertime activities open and free to the public. The partnership between the City of Detroit, Opportunity Detroit, Downtown Detroit Partnership and the Detroit Recreation […]

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Philadelphia Pickup Truck Expo: an exercise in art more than automobiles

Philadelphia // July 8, 2014

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On Friday, July 5, Crane Arts hosted the 2014 Philadelphia Pickup Truck Expo in The Icebox. This one-night-only event wasn’t a place to find parts, kitschy Calvin and Hobbes window decals, or even a new truck, for that matter. Each vehicle actually served as an installation artwork juried by Rubens Ghenov, Ryan McCartney and Timothy […]

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Visiting Haiti with Rhythm Foundation director Laura Quinlan

Miami // July 7, 2014

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By Laura Quinlan, Rhythm Foundation After three years producing the monthly Big Night in Little Haiti, Rhythm Foundation director Laura Quinlan jumped at the chance to visit the source. Getting to know Little Haiti means falling in love with Haitian culture, and Laura was honored to join a National Performance Network cultural tour in Port-au-Prince […]

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Ronald Boo Parker spawns his fourth play at the Historic Douglass Theatre

Macon, Music, Theater // July 7, 2014

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At a young age, Ronald Boo Parker experienced quite a few downfalls in life. Before throwing his hands up in the air and giving up, he transformed what seemed to be a troubled life into a blessing. The trials and tribulations he went through helped him to create content for songs and eventually stage productions […]

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Many voices “Pretend the World” in a collaborative new audio poetry project led by Kathryn Kysar

Music, Poetry, St. Paul // July 7, 2014

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When I first encountered the poems in Kathryn Kysar’s 2011 collection, “Pretend the World,” I was struck, most of all, by the expansiveness of her voice and vision. Here’s a thumbnail description of the collection, from my review of her book written shortly after it was published: The St. Paul-based poet speaks for herself, of […]

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Baba Israel leads MDC Live Arts Lab

Dance, Miami, Music, Theater // July 7, 2014

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Baba Israel.

I locked myself out of my house yesterday. I had woken up and decided to wash my clothes before morning coffee. This led me directly to the laundry room in the garage when, for some magical reason, the door locked behind me. Wearing nothing but dirty clothes I dug out of the laundry and bed […]

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Behind the scenes at The Nightlight Cinema Theater

Akron, Theater // July 4, 2014

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Ok, what’s it going to be like? Did you ever have that reaction when you want to go to some place brand new and don’t quite know what to expect? You might if you’re wanting to take in an indie film at the brand-new The Nightlight Cinema, a product of Akron Film+Pixel, a Knight Arts […]

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Artist profile: hard at play with Mary Fortuna

Detroit // July 4, 2014

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In artist Mary Fortuna’s own words, she’s had the habit of “making stuff” for as long as she can remember. Playing, for her, was mostly making dolls and doll clothes, puppets, stuffed animals and toys, drawings, little books, whatever. “My mom was smart enough to make materials and tools available, and to let us alone […]

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