Arts: Performing Arts SWAN of the Day

Queen of Comedy Amy Poehler — No Limit to Her Potential

Often dubbed the modern-day queen of comedy (not to be confused with her best friend and frequent acting partner, Tina Fey, who you can read more about in this FF2 article by Katusha Jin), actress, writer, producer and director Amy Poehler celebrates her birthday today!

A Massachusetts native, Poehler graduated from Boston College before deciding to pursue comedy professionally in Chicago.… read more.

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Arts: Visual Arts FF2 Reviews

Guerrilla Girls Make Good Trouble in “The Art of Behaving Badly”

As someone who has taught intro to art courses using the Guerrilla Girls’ Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art (published in 1998), it’s difficult even for me to properly introduce the Guerrilla Girls.

For one, the Guerrilla Girls mask in gorilla face, occludes identity, and they are a fierce feminist force — one fighting for fairness in the art world.read more.

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Arts: Visual Arts SWAN of the Day

“Big Eyes” World of Margaret Keane Always Authentic Then & Now

Margaret Keane, one of the most successful living artists since the 1960s, celebrates her 94th birthday today! Keane is known for her paintings of large-eyed, childlike figures, which ultimately inspired the 2014 Tim Burton film, Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams in a dazzling performance as Margaret Keane. read more.

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Arts: Performing Arts SWAN of the Day

Indomitable Actress Melissa Leo Conquers Screens of Every Size

File:Melissa Leo.jpgFrom winning an Academy Award to a Golden Globe to an Emmy to a Critics’ Choice to a Screen Actors Guild Award (the list goes on!), Melissa Leo has made us laugh, cry and everything in between. Today, we wish this acting icon a very happy birthday!

Leo’s performance in the popular soap opera All My Children jump-started her career, earning her the aforementioned Emmy win, and leading to further appearances in television series as well as films.… read more.

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Arts: Literary Arts Events/Festivals

BPL’s 2021 Virtual ‘LitFilm Series’ Showcases Women Writers

Starting Monday, September 20 and running through Saturday, September 26, the Brooklyn Public Library will be hosting LitFilm: A BPL Film Festival About Writers.
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Arts: Performing Arts SWAN of the Day

Amma Asante Fearlessly Shines Bright Light on Hidden History

“When I look in the mirror I see the woman I knew I wanted to be as a child. When I was a young girl, I had a vision of the woman I wanted to be. And I often reached out to women of color in America for inspiration. My mother would regularly buy Essence and Ebony. I would look at those magazines filled with images of professional, intelligent women of color who knew who they were, who enjoyed who they were, and who were surrounded by other people who enjoyed who they were.… read more.

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