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As ‘Bridesmaids’ Turns 10, Let’s All “Hold On” to Its Happy Ending

We all love a good wedding comedy. Bridesmaids (2011) does an excellent job of making us—the women in the audience—laugh out loud at the ridiculous contrasts between “Annie” (Kristen Wiig) who is the long-time best friend of the bride and new wannabe number one “Helen” (Rose Byrne). The Wiig/Mumolo screenplay—by Wiig and co-screenwriter Annie Mumalo—artfully […]

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Confidence, Comedy & Collaborative Costuming: Meet Costume Designer Leesa Evans

As part of our 10th- anniversary tribute to the modern comedic classic Bridesmaids, Roza Melkumyan explores the filmography of its costume designer, Leesa Evans, who has costumed and collaborated with some of today’s funniest female comedians!

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Dreaming of Live Music and Fairs in 2021

At this point, we are fatigued from hearing about the millions of ways that the pandemic has thrown our lives into disarray. Whether it is staring at a computer screen for 10 hours a day, ordering groceries online, or struggling to see family and friends, this past year has certainly exacted its toll. The pandemic […]

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Longing for My Return to the Circus Tent

A hush falls over the entire audience. All 200 eyes are staring up at the ceiling as the performer prepares to do a big fall. Or there’s scattered sharp intakes of breath when the aerialist does something seemingly impossible, like catching the bar with their toes. It’s the beauty and glory of the circus. Circus […]

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Virtual Art Vs. Live Art: What Art Enthusiasts Will Enjoy After Lockdown

Since spring of 2020, the pandemic has shut off some of the most loved places for art enthusiasts, hobbyists, and collectors. The artists themselves have lost out on opportunities to showcase their training, their talents, and ultimately the chance to progress their careers. For the audience, we’ve had to omit any in-person experiences from our calendars, which are probably filled with events that have been crossed out with notes of postponement again and again.

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Dr. Jill Biden’s Inauguration Fashion Conveys Unity & Learning While Championing the Work of American Designers

On a brisk winter’s day in January, the 46th president, Joe Biden, was sworn into office. Standing at his side in turquoise was our new First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden. Her impeccably tailored tweed coat is a Markarian original designed by Alexandra O’Neill, who also created its matching ocean-colored dress. O’Neill founded the luxury womenswear label in 2017 with the idea of combining celestial romanticism and timeless designs that maintain sustainability. Dr. Biden’s ensemble was designed and produced by O’Neill and her team in New York City’s Garment District.

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