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New: Are Revivals Sexist? Does It Matter?
                      by Wendy Caster
New: Cuba 2018 ~Mural and Steet Photograpy Project
by Franc Palaia
New: Is Ballet Blanc for Whites Only? Women of Color in Ballet
                      by Dawn Lille
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Seeking Clarity by Merritt Minnemeyer
New Art Review: Kay WalkingStick~An American Artist
           at Montclair Art Museum
Christina Turczyn
New: “Cross That River” Review by Jacquie Wolf

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New Theater: Are Revivals Sexist? Does it Matter?
By Wendy Caster
My Fair Lady poster

Periodically, old shows with iffy depictions of women are revived on Broadway. People, mostly but not all women, complain about those depictions. Then other people complain about the complaints. Rinse and repeat. …Speaking for myself (and I suspect many people would agree with me), I cannot just sit back and enjoy a show that doesn’t respect me. Nor can I just sit back and enjoy a show that makes me invisible or insults me.

And why should I? (see essay)

New Dance: Is Ballet Blanc for Whites Only?
                      Women of Color in Ballet
By Dawn Lille
misty copland
Misty Copland

…The real reason for going to [American Ballet Theatre's version of Don Quixote] during the last spring season was to see Misty Copland starring as Kitri and to experience a packed, adoring house filled with young girls of all colors, who applauded every turn and balance Copland performed.
As the first African American dancer to be made a principle in ABT (2015), Copland has received a tremendous amount of attention. Why it took 14 years to promote her (she was initially brought into the transitional Studio Company by Gage Bush Englund and moved to the main company in 2001) was a widely discussed issue. Why more women of color have not been recognized by America’s leading ballet companies, including the New York City Ballet, is another. Europe has offered much more employment. (see essay)

New Art Review: Kay WalkingStick~An American Artist
           at Montclair Art Museum
By Christina Turczyn
Fun Home
Kay WalkingStick
Over Lolo Pass, 2003 Charcoal, gouache, and encaustic on paper 25X50 inches Collection of the Artist

When I look at Kay WalkingStick's Farewell to the Smokies (2007) in which haunting, barely outlined figures walk away from their land during the Trail of Tears, I think of her powerful, genre-breaking work in a political light, about the ways in which works such as Where are the Generations (1991), or Who Stole My Sky (1971) challenge the viewer to enter a world that has been driven from landscape, as words may be loosed from their histories, set adrift from meanings by the violence of neglect. In the latter painting, stacked canvas leads to a cobalt focal point. Like words, clouds disappear as they eye travels to the center of the work.. (see essay)

New ~ Help Desk 4 Creatives: Seeking Clarity
By Merritt Minnemeyer
Be the Change you want to see in the World

…The winter months are ideal for stillness. With relatively little fanfare around holidays or major events, the chilly, sparkling snow (in the Northeast, at any rate) quiets us down and afforded us the chance to pause, reflect, and begin looking ahead to the opportunities of spring. For artists, this can be a time of deep inspiration, and also perhaps of solitude.…(see essay)

New Speak Out: Cuba   2018 ~
                    Mural and Street Photography Project
By Franc Palaia
Parrott

…I went to the same places where I photographed interesting murals five years ago, and was disappointed that they were painted over. The walls had a fresh coat of Cuban blue or green. Pretty, but not very interesting. By covering up the street art, Havana has lost some of its character and soul. Believe me, I do want Cuba to improve and clean up its historic architecture, but the free spirit of street murals added a spunk that was desperately missing. ..… (see essay)

Theater: Cross That River
By Jacquie Wolf
Fun Home

…Historians estimate that 1 in 4 cowboys was Black. Surprising, of course, because we have not been subject to accurate representations of race and gender in most of our entertainment and too many of us accept entertainment as reality. We are a nation of diversity, but we manage to dismiss huge parts of our society in favor of the washed-out versions of film and theater. This show has all the merits to stand on its own as a fine story and musical; it is a bonus that it can also address our color-blind version of American History…. (see essay)