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‘Dishonorable’ is Pitch-Perfect Preston

‘Dishonorable’ is Pitch-Perfect Preston

BY TRAV S.D.  (travsd.wordpress.com)    |  It’s interesting to speculate what the history of American theatre would have been if the movie industry in Hollywood had not come along to lure away some of its best talents. A primary case in point is writer-director-producer Preston Sturges, best known today for his unprecedented (and never repeated) […]

Bad Things Happened Here

Bad Things Happened Here

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Set largely in a world of murky dusk that’s about to be overtaken by pitch black night, experimental Filipino filmmaker Raya Martin’s self-proclaimed “homage to American Independent Horror” conjures all of the dread, much of the pounding soundtrack and a few potent whiffs of the boogeyman histrionics found in 1978’s “Halloween” […]

Bold Course Corrections

Bold Course Corrections

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Gently awoken by parental cooing, Cissy needs little prompting to join her mother in the singing of a favorite nursery rhyme about a blossoming youth, for whom the future holds limitless promise. The only flaw in that plan? The person being coaxed to emerge from the covers is a grown woman […]

An Intimate Epic About Growing Up

An Intimate Epic About Growing Up

BY SEAN EGAN  |  There is, quite literally, nothing like writer/director Richard Linklater’s latest feature. The conceit is simple — the film follows the life of Mason Jr., a young boy from a broken home, as he grows into a young man in Texas. Within this framework, though, lies a quiet tour de force of […]

It’s Melting! It’s Melting!

It’s Melting! It’s Melting!

BY SCOTT STIFFLER    |  Like the noonday sun bearing down on a treat from the Mister Softee truck, time has been melting away the New Ohio Theatre’s Ice Factory Festival — its annual summertime showcase, where emerging and established companies develop their work. Of the six featured Ice Factory productions, three remain. Through July […]

A Natural Connection Between Words and Music

A Natural Connection Between Words and Music

BY PUMA PERL  |  Anyone remember the song, “Poetry In Motion,” recorded by a guy named Johnny Tillotson? The opening lines are Poetry in motion, walking by my side Her lovely locomotion keeps my eyes open wide Motion and locomotion — a natural connection between words and music. Any good songwriter feels it, and the […]

An Unfolding Awareness of Psychic Abilities

An Unfolding Awareness of Psychic Abilities

Linda Lauren brings mediumship into the mainstream BY CATHY TOWLE  |  Linda Lauren’s “Medium Rare: The Memoir of a Fourth Generation Psychic Medium” is another fine addition to the growing list of Spirit Medium literature. Chronicling her life from childhood to the present, Lauren tells the story through the lens of an unfolding awareness of […]

Just Do Art

Just Do Art

THE WEST VILLAGE CHORALE SUMMER SINGS SERIES The weather outside might be frightful — but in no way, shape or form is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas. You wouldn’t know that, though, if you happened to stroll by historic (and air conditioned) Judson Memorial Church on the early evening of July 14. […]

Cycle of Life

Cycle of Life

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Life has a way of abruptly putting the brakes on — or at least taking the air out of your tires. When we first meet 17-year-old Bobby, she’s a highly skilled, hell-on-two-wheels bike messenger who seems to care about little other than getting her adrenaline fix and delivering her package on […]

The Golden Age of Graffiti

The Golden Age of Graffiti

BY NORMAN BORDEN  |  Like so much else in New York City, graffiti isn’t what it used to be. Oh sure, street art is still around in many forms (thank you Banksy), but not the way it was. In the 1970s and early  ’80s, the state of the art was subway graffiti, which many New […]

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