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Get into the groove at Ordway’s Summer Dance Series

Dance, Music, St. Paul // August 3, 2011

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In recent years, I’ve noticed a marked uptick in arts programming that places public engagement at its center. It’s more than audience outreach (although that’s part of it). The kind of community programs I’m talking about go far beyond the goal of awareness to full interactivity, where the public not only participates in but is […]

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Celebrating the ’90s and those pre-paperless days

Miami // August 2, 2011

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The sluggish days of August are here, a good time to go hang at the public library. And better yet, at the main branch of the Miami-Dade Public Library System downtown is a super summer art show, one that can keep you lingering, and cool, for hours. In fact, for the 40th anniversary of the […]

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“Whistlin’ Dixie” at PhilaMOCA

Philadelphia // August 2, 2011

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This past Friday PhilaMOCA — The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (it’s located in an old showroom for tombstones) — hosted a dual event, which was part documentary video, part rock show, but all around awesome and informative. To kick off the night, there was a screening of the documentary “Whistlin’ Dixie” by visiting director Meredith Heil. […]

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Inauguaral exhibition at the Detroit Creative Corridor Center

Detroit // August 2, 2011

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There’s a small art and design show on view at the Detroit Creative Corridor Center’s new Accelerator Studio gallery that’s well worth a look. Featuring the work of five local artists, “Detroit: Creative Concept” commemorates the July 12 grand opening of the studio/gallery space, which is located in the College for Creative Studies’ Taubman Center. […]

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This is our sound: On Q Productions’ third season

Charlotte, Music, Theater // August 1, 2011

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Music is a universal language, and African-American music packs a rich heritage with numerous styles and traditions. On Q Performing Arts, Inc. may be about the minority experience, but it’s for all people. It was so good to see the audience at its season three preview reflected this. Although the Friday, July 29 performance was an […]

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Circus Juventas’ “Grimm” enchants

St. Paul, Theater // August 1, 2011

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St. Paul is home to the largest youth circus arts school in America. Who knew?  In the realm of kids’ activities, Circus Juventas is a far cry from piano lessons and Little League. It’s just so much more fabulous. The school, which has been packed to the gills with area kids and growing exponentially since […]

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The brute strength of “Cirque Éloize iD”

Miami, Theater // August 1, 2011

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If you love Cirque du Soleil as I do, you will enjoy the edgier and more aggressive “Cirque Éloize iD,” which opened last Tuesday night at the Adrienne Arsht Center, but don’t expect the same quality of storytelling you would from

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Opening up closed art doors

Miami // July 29, 2011

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The “DCG Open” at the David Castillo Gallery is a summer group show that aims to illuminate works from Miami area artists who are not represented in galleries and may be off the radar screen of the exhibition circuit. It’s a great idea and a community builder, as long as

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Nurturing young talent

San Jose & Silicon Valley // July 29, 2011

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By Evy Schiffman, Community School of Music and Arts When 7-year old Ethel arrives at the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) for her weekly piano lesson, she can’t wait to start playing. She’s been practicing pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Tchaikovsky and is eager to put her fingers on the keys. And […]

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“In Bloom” at the Susanne Hilberry Gallery

Detroit // July 29, 2011

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You’ll find no flowers when you visit the Susanne Hilberry Gallery to see “In Bloom,” the four-person show on view there until August 6. Not real ones, anyway. There’s a Styrofoam box full of artificial flowers, watered fruitlessly by a half-hearted burble. And there’s an abundant sense of growing and blooming in much of the […]

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