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Summer essays:
Henry P. Raleigh on Film- I Know You'll Love it;
Dawn Lille on Three Dance Companies at The Joyce
Justie Bayon Espoz on Jose Carlos Martinez;

Cornelia Seckel's Cultural Scene
Norman Kolpas Round Top Music Festival;
Rena Tobey on Theresa Bernstein;
Raymond J. Steiner on Tastes and Opinions;
Mary Alice Franklin on Time Saving Tips for Social Media;

Cornelia Seckel on her Travels to Nashville;
New for July Opportunities

Travel and Culture: Nashville- Country Music & much more
By Cornelia Seckel
The Grand Ole Opry began just five years after commercial radio was born in the United States.

I’m not a country music person, but I am now after spending 5 days in Nashville, where country music is part of the air one breathes. Visiting the Musicians Hall of Fame gave me a deeper appreciation for the musicians behind the performer: the composer, lyricist, sound engineer. .…
(see essay)
The Grand Ole Opry began just five years after commercial radio was born in the United States

Dance: Three at The Joyce: Evidence, Malpaso, Compagnie CNDC-Angiers
By Dawn Lille
“Event” Compagnie CNDC – Angiers

The Joyce Theater, on 8th Avenue and 19th Street, is a 472-seat venue for dance that is the result of a 1982 conversion of the Elgin Movie Theater. It showcases multiple types of dance from all over the world 52 weeks of the year and also commissions new work. The month of March saw three companies in succession.…
(see essay) Event” Compagnie CNDC – Angiers (Photo: Patrick André)

Music: Previewing This Year’s Round Top Music Festival
By Norman Kolpas
Entrance to Round Top Festival Institute’sThe U.S. and Texas flags fly near the entrance to Round Top Festival Institute’s 1,000-seat Festival Concert Hall.

…Sure, you might instantly think of the late great pianist Van Cliburn, a Texan who, at the age of 23, brought the U.S. a Cold War triumph through his 1958 victory at the inaugural Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow—and who, soon thereafter, inspired a now-renowned, Fort Worth-based quadrennial piano competition named for him. Or, if you’re a cello aficionado, you may well have in your CD collection performances by Lynn Harrell, who spent his formative years in the Dallas area before rising to prominence as one of the world’s greatest performers on that instrument. .…(see essay)

Film: I Know You'll Love it
By Henry P. Raleigh
drawing by Henry P. Raleigh

At one time or another I imagine every film aficionado has unwittingly run into this social contretemps. Simple enough on the face of it such a misstep can lead to devastating consequences- long time friendships irrevocably destroyed, marriages strained to the breaking point, neighbors joined in combat. It may begin innocently, a random search over Netflix offerings, an idle scan of HBO-GO, a boot-legged CD, no matter old, new, independent you stumble upon a movie that knocks your socks off, a fem, not one of your ordinary Hollywood crowd pleasers and shamefully by-passed by critics, ignored by the gabbling bloggers... (see essay)

Art Essay: Theresa Bernstein and “In The Elevated”
By Rena Tobey
Theresa Bernstein at her easel with the lost painting Moonlight Masquerade, 1915

In the early 1900s, the emerging New Woman artist began to depict her world in bold ways, distinct from her predecessors. While benefitting from the breakthroughs of preceding generations, these modern women asserted their professional identities and demanded the same kind of recognition as their male colleagues. Theresa Bernstein (1890–2002) typified this New Woman artist. (see essay)

Theresa Bernstein at her easel with the lost painting Moonlight Masquerade, 1915. Photo as reproduced in Gail Levin, ed., Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art and the related website.
Culturally Speaking:
By Cornelia Seckel
The auction at the 14th Annual Vassar Haitian Project,  Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
The auction at the 14th Annual Vassar Haitian Project,
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

…Andrew Meade, Assistant Dean of the College for Campus Life and Director of International Services at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY is the coordinator for The Vassar Haitian Project. This year marked the 14th Annual auction and sale. The live auction, with hundreds of students, parents, and members of the community participating, featured 32 pieces of Haitian art, and raised about $6,000. …(see essay)

Peek and Pique: Tastes and Opinions
By Raymond J. Steiner

The old French adage, "Chacun à son goût" ("To each his own taste") — is put less elegantly by an unnamed American: "An opinion is like an anus; everyone has one and they all stink!" Unfortunately, 'artspeak' is entirely made up only of "tastes" and "opinions" making critiques, reviews, and explications of art, that are, in the end, merely 'arguments' without 'factual' basis to support the artwriter's "tastes" and/or "opinions.…(see essay)

Get Social   Time Saving Tips for Social Media
By Mary Alice Franklin
social media icons

Who has time to play around on social media when there is artwork to be created? If you’re interested in staying visible in today’s fast-paced world, then the answer should be you. Dismissing social media has become something of a bygone era. Social media is not only helpful, but is necessary and vital to almost any business, no matter the size. It’s true that it can take up a tremendous amount of your time –.... (see essay)

Dance  Jose Carlos Martinez
By Justine Bayod Espoz
Jose Carlos Martinez
Since his induction as the CND’s sixth director in 2011, Jose Carlos Martinez has made it his goal to prove that Spain should and could have a world-class dance company that performs a balanced and expertly crafted classical and contemporary repertoire. However, re-integrating classical dance over his first three years of tenure has been no easy task. The former Étoiles of the Paris Opera Ballet and recipient of France’s highest cultural honor, the Commandeur de L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Spain’s National Dance Prize, inherited a company almost entirely populated with contemporary dancers with little to no classical training.–.... (see essay)
Jose Carlos Martinez

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