Dramatic Steps to Tell ‘An American Ballet Story’ No One Knows

An American Ballet Story Rating: 7/10 Director and Writer: Leslie Streit Style: Documentary Time: 94 minutes Trailer: vimeo.com/672952777 Review by Mike Szymanski Even if you are a dance aficionado you may not have heard of Harkness Ballet. Even if you are — or were — a professional dancer (and I know more than just a few) you probably never heard of Rebekah Harkness, who founded that … Continue reading Dramatic Steps to Tell ‘An American Ballet Story’ No One Knows

The LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL announces its Closing Night feature presentation: Patricia Chica’s ravishing coming-of-age drama MONTRÉAL GIRLS

The Los Angeles International Film Festival is proud to present the LA Premiere of Canadian director Patricia Chica’s highly anticipated directorial debut MONTRÉAL GIRLS, which will also be the closing night film. The story follows Ramy, a Middle-Eastern young man’s turbulent journey and his quest for love and enlightenment while discovering his true calling along the way.  MONTRÉAL GIRLS is written by Patricia Chica (who also directed, produced and edited) … Continue reading The LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL announces its Closing Night feature presentation: Patricia Chica’s ravishing coming-of-age drama MONTRÉAL GIRLS

Getting Real ‘22: Flipping the Frame Conference Program Announced

The International Documentary Association (IDA) announced today that Getting Real ‘22, its biennial convening for documentary practitioners, will be held both in-person in Los Angeles and with a virtual audience from all around the world next month from September 27-29. The Getting Real ’22 conference will approach documentary’s foundational quandaries from a new thematic perspective: Flipping the Frame. Traditional power dynamics — between funder and filmmaker, documentarian and … Continue reading Getting Real ‘22: Flipping the Frame Conference Program Announced

Questions About Seeds And Germination

By Jannie Vaught There have been some questions coming up about seeds and germination. People thinking the seeds they purchased are not viable. Germination, the sprouting of a seed, spore, or other reproductive body, usually after a period of dormancy. The absorption of water, the passage of time, chilling, warming, oxygen availability and light exposure may all operate in initiating the process. Britannica definition. When … Continue reading Questions About Seeds And Germination

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Announces the MetLiveArts 2022–23 Season of Performances

World premieres and site-specific performances include new works by Theaster Gates and The Black Monks; composer and vocalist Arooj Aftab in The Temple of Dendur; a new Quartet in Residence, Catalyst Quartet; and dancer and choreographer Bijayini Satpathy The Met today announced its 2022–23 season of live performances, which will include commissioned and site-specific works that will take place in multiple galleries at both The … Continue reading The Metropolitan Museum of Art Announces the MetLiveArts 2022–23 Season of Performances

EarthX and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to Present The Way of the Rain – Hope for Earth

A Multidisciplinary Environmental Performance Created and Directed by Sibylle Szaggars Redford, in Collaboration with Music Composer Tim Janis and Performance Film Artist Floyd Thomas McBee Special narration and Spoken Word by Robert Redford Saturday, October 22, 2022 – Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas EarthX and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra today announced the U.S. Premiere of The Way of the Rain – Hope for Earth. This multidisciplinary environmental … Continue reading EarthX and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to Present The Way of the Rain – Hope for Earth

‘The Whole Lot’ Has a Whole Lot Going for It

The Whole Lot Rating: 7/10 Director: Connor Rickman Writer: Matthew Ivan Bennett Style: Drama Time: 75 minutes By Mike Szymanski Don’t pick a character that you like or relate to early on in this family drama. Chances are, you may change your mind about him or her pretty quickly, and many times in this twisting reunion of brother and sister. “The Whole Lot” really has … Continue reading ‘The Whole Lot’ Has a Whole Lot Going for It

The Sixth Annual Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival

Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival (LEFUFF) is an official 501c3 non-profit which showcases exclusively feminist experimental art and alternative groundbreaking films. LEFUFF’s programming highlights fourth wave feminist cinema through transformative media and vanguard technologies bridging the gap between the Avant Garde and Narrative world. LEFUFF features films from over 30 different countries ranging in genres from Documentary, Experimental, Narrative, Horror, Female Sexuality, and Psychotropic … Continue reading The Sixth Annual Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival

The Latinx House, Sundance Institute, Netflix and Shondaland Announce Inaugural Cohort for Adelante Directors Fellowship

This program will support authentic and inclusive storytelling from up-and-coming Latina directors Today, The Latinx House, the Sundance Institute’s Women at Sundance program, Netflix, and Shondaland announced three Latina directors who will participate in the inaugural Adelante Directors Fellowship, a groundbreaking program that supports up-and-coming directors’ professional development, creating a pipeline to uplift independent filmmakers as they grow in their careers and learn more about directing on a series. The Latina directors chosen … Continue reading The Latinx House, Sundance Institute, Netflix and Shondaland Announce Inaugural Cohort for Adelante Directors Fellowship

Poet Jayson G Kleinman Explores Life Underneath Love

By Jayson G Kleinman Artist Statement “Love is by no means simple, nor is it lacking in danger. The pursuit of love, of self-discovery, of mutual romantic understanding, can often lead to confusing (and at times) violent situations. The last few years of my life have been ones of self-discovery, where I’ve traversed spaces outside of where I thought I could go, at times for … Continue reading Poet Jayson G Kleinman Explores Life Underneath Love

Art Kids Returns This Summer With An Art Studio Pop-Up, Family Tours And More. Starting June 24–August 28, 2022

On Friday, June 24, the museum kicks off the summerlong Art Kids, a lively series of family programs offering unique hands-on art activities in the comfortable, playful, air-conditioned, and imaginative setting of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. With activities in the Art Kids Studio, pop-up tours throughout the day, quiet mornings for sensory-friendly activities, and collaborative art making on Friday Nights, this summer season at the … Continue reading Art Kids Returns This Summer With An Art Studio Pop-Up, Family Tours And More. Starting June 24–August 28, 2022

The First Day Of Summer Is Almost Here

By Jannie Vaught But the high temperatures we are having feel like it has already arrived. How is the “First” day of summer determined? The timing of the June solstice is not determined by a specific calendar date, but by when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the celestial equator. Therefore, the solstice won’t always occur on the same day. This year 2022 the … Continue reading The First Day Of Summer Is Almost Here

Tom Veys Arrives from Belgium to Accept the 2022 Valentin Krustev Translation Award at Special Poetry Event at the New London Public Library, July 9 at 1:00

This award celebrates the life of Valentine Krustev, who, before his untimely death was a great help and support to William Meredith and the Foundation. The award will be presented to the Belgian poet and visual artist, Tom Veys, for PANDEMIE, a translation into Dutch of the poet, Richard Harteis. PANDEMIE will also be celebrated later in July at the Bulgarian Embassy, which has become … Continue reading Tom Veys Arrives from Belgium to Accept the 2022 Valentin Krustev Translation Award at Special Poetry Event at the New London Public Library, July 9 at 1:00

Outdoor Concert Series “Off the 405” Returns to the Getty Center

Dynamic lineup includes Bartees Strange, Los Retros, Hand Habits, and Standing on the Corner Returning for the first time since 2019, Getty’s free concert series Off the 405 is back with an impressive lineup, kicking off June 18 and running through August 27. Featured artists include Bartees Strange, Los Retros, Hand Habits, and Standing on the Corner. Concerts take place from 6 to 9pm and attendees are … Continue reading Outdoor Concert Series “Off the 405” Returns to the Getty Center

THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL WITH HOLLYWOOD BOWL: THE FIRST 100 YEARS LIMITED EDITION BOOK AND VINYL BOX SET AND NEW PODCAST SERIES

300+ Page Book Presents Firsthand Accounts and Rarely Seen Photos Seven-LP Vinyl Box Set Features Recordings from the Hollywood Bowl over thePast 100 Years, Featuring Never-Released Tracks from Artists IncludingGustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil, Fred Astaire, Billie Holiday,the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Donna Summer and The Doors 10-Episode Podcast Explores Little-Known Stories of the Hollywood Bowl,Accompanied by Multimedia Website and Walking Tour Commemorative Collection To … Continue reading THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL WITH HOLLYWOOD BOWL: THE FIRST 100 YEARS LIMITED EDITION BOOK AND VINYL BOX SET AND NEW PODCAST SERIES

Judy Garland’s 100th Birthday Bash Introducing Debbie Wileman

It’s the worldwide celebration of the 100th Birthday of one of the Greatest Performers of our time, starring overnight internet sensation Debbie Wileman in an uncanny recreation of the sound of Judy Garland. Wileman has gained over 1 million online views for her spot-on recreation of Judy Garland and she is now, direct from London, onstage to dazzle Judy’s fans as well as her new … Continue reading Judy Garland’s 100th Birthday Bash Introducing Debbie Wileman