Arts: Literary Arts Opinion/POV

Celebrating AAPI Month with Books by 3 Asian American Women

Last December (2021), I had the opportunity to participate in an online class called “Contemporary Personal Narratives by Asian American Women: A Cultural Exploration” with Lori Rotskoff. I’d never taken a literature class outside of college before, but I was very excited to read books by Asian American women.read more.

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Arts: Cinematic Arts Events/Exhibits/Festivals

Compelling Films by Women at 33rd Annual HRW Film Festival

New York’s 33rd annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival continues, with ten sets of screenings — often with post-screening Q&A sessions — spread across auditoria at Lincoln Center (on the Upper West Side) and IFC Center (in Greenwich Village).

But the good news is that if you don’t live in Manhattan — and even if you do — you can stream these invaluable films at your convenience on the Festival’s digital platform through Thursday night (May 26th) when the Festival closes.… read more.

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Arts: Performing Arts Opinion/POV

“Hello, Gorgeous.” Our Love Makes Beanie Feldstein Beautiful!

I went to see the new Broadway revival of Funny Girl on April 23, which put me at the last matinee performance on the final day of previews…

Then, after Funny Girl opened the next day and all the reviews started coming in, I asked myself: What show did these critics see?

When I went into the theater, I was already a big Beanie Feldstein fan.… read more.

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Arts: Visual Arts SWAN of the Day

The Guerrilla Girls Go ‘Beyond the Streets’ to Fight Injustice

On this day in 2018, the Guerrilla Girls opened their infamous Beyond the Streets LA exhibition.

The Guerrilla Girls formed nearly 40 years ago. Made up of anonymous women artists, they came into prominence with a mission to fight sexism and racism within visual art, film, politics and pop culture. Wearing gorilla masks to conceal their identities, the Guerrilla Girls use engaging headlines, posters, books, billboards and public appearances to expose corruption and injustice.… read more.

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Arts: Visual Arts Events/Exhibits/Festivals

Marilyn Stafford Inspires Young Photographers to Speak Their Truth

“I think of myself as a storyteller, speaking through the lens of my camera. I have always endeavored to find a way to bring awareness to the public eye, to tell stories that are socially relevant and to create change for the better.”

Photography is an art form that allows us to engage with a reality we may only have heard of in stories.read more.

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Arts: Cinematic Arts SWAN of the Day

Alexandra Byrne: Costume Design From Shakespeare to Superheroes

Ten years ago today — on May 4, 2012 — the Marvel Cinematic Universe released The Avengers. Therefore, today is also the day that Alexandra Byrne, previously best-known for her excellent work on costume design for period pieces, assumed responsibility for crafting much of what we see the MCU team of superheroes wearing in the subsequent films of this enormously influential franchise.… read more.

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