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New: Polin Museum- History of Polish Jews in Warsaw Poland
                by Mark Laoisa
New: The First TCM Film Festival by Keith Nieto

New: Is Broadway Invulnerable? by Wendy Caster
New: Ceativity Flows from the Hand: The Case for Longhand Writing
                by Leigh Donaldson
New: Poetry by Allison Stone and Christina Turczyn
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Winter Memories Dawn Lille
My 2 Cents, Musicals for a Penny Jacquie Wolf
Christopher Hampson and the Scottish Ballet
                  Justine Bayod Espoz

Help Desk 4 Creative
Merritt Minnemeyer
Juneau, Alaska, part 3- 1st Friday Artists,
Theater and Scenery                   Cornelia Seckel
Cornelia Seckel's Blog: What's up and more
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I am so pleased to add Merritt Minnemeyer to our list of contributors. I believe the column Help Desk 4 Creatives will provide an important service to our readers.

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New: Travel and Culture: Juneau, Alaska, part 3-
           1st Friday Artists, Theater and Scenery
By Cornelia Seckel







One of the most glorious places I visited was Mendenhall Glacier, 13.6 miles long, it is one of many glaciers of the Juneau Icefield, and one of the most visited glaciers in Alaska. (see essay)

New Art: Polin Museum-
           History of Polish Jews in Warsaw Poland
By Mark Laiosa
Roger McGuinn
Detail of ceiling of of a synagogue from Gwozdziec (photo by Mark Laiosa)

…One highlight is a duplication of a synagogue from Gwozdziec (now Ukraine). The Bema, a raised platform for Torah readings, is painted with primary colors that dominate a dazzling array of patterns, topped by a ceiling with zodiac signs and animals. The artist used his or her imagination in depicting an elephant - a dachshund with tusks and trunk. … (see essay)

New: Film: The First TCM Film Festival
By Keith Nieto
Robert osborne
Robert Osborne

It was a sunny day in April, when I just happened to be strolling down Hollywood Boulevard, who should stop me in the street, but Robert Osborne himself!
I struggled to grasp the realization that I was face to face with a man I worshipped - the man I dreamed of growing up to be. A man whose warmth and knowledge of classic film allowed me to believe idols still roam the planet.…
(see essay)

New Theater: Is Broadway Invulnerable?
By Wendy Caster
poster of Sweat

The original title of this essay was “Is Broadway Committing Suicide? And Does It Matter?” But the more I thought about it, the more I came to admire Broadway’s dogged longevity. … Broadway also has those amazing buildings. I love all theaters. Holes in the wall. Black boxes tucked away in office buildings. Dingy rooms on scary blocks. Theatrical magic can happen anywhere. But Broadway theaters are gorgeous and full of history. …(see essay)

New: Speak Out — Ceativity Flows from the Hand:
                 The Case for Longhand Writing
By Leigh Donaldson

……Composing thoughts and reflections on paper is a powerful layer of expression that should never be reduced to being an antiquated art form. Short of face-to-face contact, handwriting remains an effective communicative tool for expressing the full range of human thought and emotion. Spoken words often leave very little trace unless recorded by a machine. The written word can be literally and physically held on to for a lifetime and beyond for everyday people, historians, biographers and writers alike. (see essay)

Dance: Winter Memories
By Dawn Lille

Guillermo Estrada, Jr. and Laurel Lynch as the hero and heroine of Mark Morris’s production of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

This past winter dance in NYC was as full of opportunities for watching as ever. Although each performance leaves the viewer with a different outlook or feeling, a few stand out.…One all-Robbins program included The Concert, Glass Pieces and Moves. The last, a ballet danced in complete silence, was created in 1959. … (see essay)
Guillermo Estrada, Jr. and Laurel Lynch as the hero and heroine of Mark Morris’s production of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Photo: Nan Melville