A long time ago someone told me that I was like a beautiful rose in a land where people only appreciated tulips. I needed to hear that at the time. This poem, Unnamed Flower, isn't about me, it's about each of you, who at one time or another in life needs to be reminded that […]
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This film marks the debut of A. J. Edwards as a director, and his first film is a triumph. “The Better Angels” made its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and its international premiere at the 2014 Berlinale.
A 90 minute drama recorded in black and white, this lovely and lyrical film takes us through primal moments in the childhood of Abraham Lincoln, ranked by many as our greatest president. In a recent interview, Edwards said the interest in Lincoln came from reading Carl Sandberg’s The Prairie Years, as well as a biography by Benjamin Thomas. Other sources consulted were The Early Life of Abraham Lincoln by Ida Tarbell, and There I Grew Up by William Bartelt. [Read more →]
Director Isao Takahata has taken Japan’s classic folktale and combined it with exquisite hand-drawn animation to give us a haunting meditation on joy and compassion, love and loss. This is a wonderfully told story with a spirited and engaging heroine.
Seized with the ambition to portray “the true story of The Princess Kaguya,” as his final film before retirement, Takahata created an enchanting heroine with whom the audience can empathize. The tiniest of infants, she is discovered in a magical stalk of bamboo and rescued by a bamboo cutter. As he and his wife raise this other-worldly child, they realize her unique qualities and decide to change their own lives so that she may live hers more fully.
Chicago in the 1920s was “that toddlin’ town, the one that Billy Sunday couldn’t shut down.” Its rough and tumble reputation was celebrated onstage in a 1996 musical, winning several Tony awards, and the play has been in demand ever since. The current production visiting San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre is colorful and entertaining, with a surprise or two just for this City by the Bay.
The story? Roxie Hart (Bianca Marroquin)) is charged with killing her lover, who has been unfaithful. In jail awaiting trial, she has to compete with fellow accused killer Velma Kelly ((Terra C. MacLeod) for jailhouse privileges, press coverage, vaudeville bookings to celebrate her notoriety, and for the best defense attorney, Billy Flynn, played by John O’Hurley. The chorus establishes the situation nicely – “in this town murder is a form of entertainment.”
“Belle” is a fascinating film, combining an important time in British political history with a beautifully rendered love story. Directed by Amma Asante and written by Misan Sagay, this British film had its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
For those who thought the United States was the only western nation having to deal with the mind-bending subject of human slavery, think again. Before the U.S. had its crisis culminating in the trauma of a civil war (1861-1865), there was an ongoing debate in the U.K.
A youthful Victoria sat on the British throne (1837-1901) at a time when the sun never set on the British empire. Human slavery was a source of great income for the growing middle class in England and its colonies. At the same time the British anti-slavery movement was one of the most significant reform movements of the 19th century.
Miss Gabi Wilson is almost grown up now, and will appear tonight on the BET Awards. We remember her gifted self well. She had her first solo gig at Listen & Be Heard Poetry Cafe. She was also on the cover of our final print issue of the magazine. I always liked the picture taken by S.N. Jacobson (and her Jimi Hendrix t-shirt.) Break a leg Gabi!
“Caravelles” by Toucas Trio Vasco : a musical journey into the path of Vasco de Gama
Brilliant accordionist, composer and performer of the greatest (Charles Dumond, Angelo Branduardi, Lény Escudéro Francis Lemarque …),
and himself Brazilian Portuguese, Crestiano Toucas hits the road again with a new show called “Caravelles” in tribute to the great Portuguese navigators of the XVIth Century
and the cultural and musical fusion whose expeditions gave birth to.
Leaving free rein to his inspiration and virtuosity of his accompanists – Thierry Vaillot on the guitar and Amrat Hussain at the tablas –
he revisits in a 1:30 hour program the most authentic forms of this fabulous heritage that goes from the Fado to the Malaysian ragas –
passing through the Flamenco and the Arab-Andalusian melodies, Gypsy tunes and Persian maqamat …
The trade winds blow guaranteed for all your programming!
4 people on departure from Paris (+ dancer optional)
Available until the end of 2014
Introduction:Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contestis open to everyone, about showcasing the creative writing and poetic talent, skill and ability of all poets and writers. The Mission of Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is to inspire, motivate and encourage anyone who has the desire or love of poetry and writing, to continue doing so without the fear of failure or success! And remember, in whatever you do, “it’s okay to dream,” for dreams do come true. [Read more →]