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November 24th, 2014 by jeanne powell · No Comments

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 →]

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The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

November 13th, 2014 by jeanne powell · No Comments

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.

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CHICAGO the musical

November 11th, 2014 by jeanne powell · No Comments

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.”

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BELLE, a film review

November 5th, 2014 by jeanne powell · No Comments

“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.

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Gabi Wilson appearing on the BET Awards Tonight

June 29th, 2014 by editor's pick · No Comments


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!

Here’s some links to what we said about her at the time, and also about tonight…

Gabi’s Facebook Page
Gabi Wilson on the BET Awards

Gabi Wilson at Listen and Be Heard Poetry Cafe with her father Kenny Wilson

Gabi Wilson at Listen and Be Heard Poetry Cafe with her father Kenny Wilson



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Artgenève 2014 – Salon d’art – Booth L03

January 29th, 2014 by editor's pick · No Comments

Galerie Sébastien Bertrand |

Nickel Tub, Cynthia Westwood, 2013. Oil on canvas, 105 x 160 cm
We are pleased to announce our 

participation in  
January 30th – February 2nd, 2014
12 am – 8 pm
Hall 1, Palexpo
Booth L03   
We will present works by :
Jonathan Hartshorn, Michael Hilsman, Sam Kaprielov, Alexander Kosolapov,
Cynthia Westwood and Yarisal & Kublitz
Image :
Nickel Tub, Cynthia Westwood, 2013. Oil on canvas, 105 x 160 cm.

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Jack Radics – Way 2 Long

January 28th, 2014 by editor's pick · No Comments

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Poetic Conversation in Greenville for Martin Luther King jr.

January 20th, 2014 by editor's pick · No Comments

Gil     Glenis


Poetic Conversations:

About Martin Luther King, Jr. and Social Justice

with Gilbert Allen and Glenis Redmond


January 27, 2014 at 6:30pm

The Peace Center for the Performing Arts

Ramsaur Studio

(located at 101 West Broad Street)

Gilbert Allen lives on Paris Mountain and teaches at Furman University, where he is the

Bennette E. Geer Professor of Literature.

Glenis Redmond is the Poet-in-Residence at the Peace Center, a nationally acclaimed performance poet,

and a touring artist with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Come listen to these two poets as they explore Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message and themes of social justice.

There will be an audience talkback following.


For more information or to RSVP your seat, contact Staci Koonce at 864.679.9203 

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“Caravelles” by Toucas Trio Vasco

January 20th, 2014 by editor's pick · 1 Comment



Toucas Trio                                                            Vasco

“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

Free promokit here











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Last Call for Entries! – Dream Quest One – Poetry and Writing Contest – Winter 2013-2014

December 29th, 2013 by sunflowerz · No Comments

Introduction: Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest is 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 →]

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