Day: March 18, 2020


Dance is a fundamental part of self-expression, creativity, and being alive. Now more than ever, at this time of six foot distancing, social isolationism, and staying “safe” in the privacy of our own homes we need to be reminded of how we are in this together, and find ways to create a sense of community. Dare to …

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Michelangelo Drawings At The Getty

Editor’s Note: This exhibition was reviewed before The Getty closed due to coronavirus. When in the presence of genius, you know it! This exhibition of Michelangelo’s drawings presents  a collection of his drawings from the Teylers Museum, Haarlem, the Netherlands supplemented with drawings from the Cleveland Museum and the J.Paul Getty Museum. It provides a …

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Francis Johann: Two Poems

Manila Drugs are rampant,              like shirtless men walking your dirty streets. Your bumpy, filthy pavements              mirror your pier and your cove. Still, your muddied bay remains home To many couples holding hands While walking along the breakwater. Manila, You’re bleaker Than the moon’s darkest side and Dylan’s desolated row. Manila, You and your people breathe …

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How to Live In a Time of the Coronavirus

My daughter’s school is closed until further notice, like many other schools across the country. Colleges and universities are also temporarily closing their doors on in-person classrooms and are uploading class materials on remote websites for students to continue their study. Social and sporting events are also cancelled. The 2020 NBA season is suspended, and …

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Waiting It Out

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 6:30pm. It’s pitch dark. Still. The power went out at 3:15pm, so there’s no light. The stock market went down another gazillion points again today, so there’s no money. The food in the freezer and fridge is spoiling as I write. Soon there may be no food. The TV’s dark. The internet’s …

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Cable Ties Offers an Audacious Second Set

On their 2017 self-titled debut, Cable Ties showcased a mix of spirited riffs and rhythms, hook-filled melodies, and expressive vocals, alternating between tense restraint and cathartic abandon. The Australian band’s new/second release Far Enough shows the trio expanding their musical scope, featuring infectious jams, torqued vocal deliveries, and lyrics that address such ineluctable issues as …

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