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  • Though I stopped by Friction Fiction on its opening night a few weeks ago at the Soap Factory, I knew I’d want to come back in order to experience the featured animated films properly. An art gallery is an odd venue for watching movies any time, but especially so when there are people chatting and socializing around you. That said, while I might have preferred to watch this enticing selection of films in the comfort of a nice screening room, the quality of the work on offer is so high, a littl…
  • In solo performance, Shá Cage has found the perfect vehicle to showcase her many talents. Creating her own material, she devises a rich tapestry of distinct, original characters weaving their stories into a multifaceted presentation. She employs her curatorial chops by enlisting collaborators who bring their own unique talents to the production as choreographers, artists, videographers and musicians. U/G/L/Y, the second in a three-part series exploring identity, premiered at Intermedia Arts in …
  • When I think of business, I think of suits. In college, business majors were the jocks and Republicans, and I wanted to be as far away from anything like that as I could. I wasn’t much interested in science or computers, so I ended up majoring in theater, simply because working on the stage was the thing I actually liked doing. But today, as I try to make my living in the arts, I’m wondering if maybe I should have taken a business class or two after all. In October I attended the Giant Ste…
  • When I think of business, I think of suits. In college, business majors were the jocks and Republicans, and I wanted to be as far away from anything like that as I could. I wasn’t much interested in science or computers, so I ended up majoring in theater, simply because working on the stage was the thing I actually liked doing. But today, as I try to make my living in the arts, I’m wondering if maybe I should have taken a business class or two after all. In October I attended the Giant Ste…
  • The notion that art and culture shape communities and bring people together has probably been around as long as people have been making art, but in recent years the spotlight on the arts’ civic impacts has grown brighter. Creative placemaking -- arts programming undertaken by public, private, nonprofit and community entities with the express purpose of shaping neighborhoods, cities and even regions -- has dominated the field in the arts funding arena over the past few years. Such projects bega…
  • When I first meet Masanari Kawahara and Molly Van Avery in a tiny studio on University Avenue, Kawahara is wearing a cardboard contraption on his head that’s shaped like an atomic bomb. It’s for a new one-man show, Little Boy, named for its central character: the bomb, named Little Boy, that was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 -- the same city where, 23 years later, Kawahara would be born and raised. (This is, in fact, the third such work he’s created exploring Hiroshima.) Onstage t…
  • It's Wednesday afternoon in late winter, and Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) is humming with activity. In the main building, teaching artist Drew Peterson sits with three students as they practice drawing skills as part of the Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) program. Virdell Brown works one room over on a painting inspired by Malcolm X. Next door, in the Screenprinting Lab, a group of apprentices take turns operating the machines, making t-shirts, while up in the Graphic Design Lab another g…
  • When I think of business, I think of suits. In college, business majors were the jocks and Republicans, and I wanted to be as far away from anything like that as I could. I wasn’t much interested in science or computers, so I ended up majoring in theater, simply because working on the stage was the thing I actually liked doing. But today, as I try to make my living in the arts, I’m wondering if maybe I should have taken a business class or two after all. In October I attended the Giant Ste…
  • When I think of business, I think of suits. In college, business majors were the jocks and Republicans, and I wanted to be as far away from anything like that as I could. I wasn’t much interested in science or computers, so I ended up majoring in theater, simply because working on the stage was the thing I actually liked doing. But today, as I try to make my living in the arts, I’m wondering if maybe I should have taken a business class or two after all. In October I attended the Giant Ste…
  • When I think of business, I think of suits. In college, business majors were the jocks and Republicans, and I wanted to be as far away from anything like that as I could. I wasn’t much interested in science or computers, so I ended up majoring in theater, simply because working on the stage was the thing I actually liked doing. But today, as I try to make my living in the arts, I’m wondering if maybe I should have taken a business class or two after all. In October I attended the Giant Ste…