Waterlogged

IthoughtI thought I caught the edge of a familiar shape

floatdownAnd so descended in haste through heavy waters

downbelowMany a soul caught there, cold and unwavering on the base of these depths

decendingBut the yawning hollow was not half as wide as it seemed. 

upforairSo I refilled my lungs

returnTo return again, to search for you

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Books Aren’t Just for Reading Anymore

Whether on a small or large scale, these clever projects will make you think twice about the power of a good book.

Artist: Johnathan Callan

Artist: Mike Stilkey

Artist: Brian Dettmer

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Artist: Guy Laramee

Artist: Jennifer Koshbin

Artist: Alex Queral

Artist: Su Blackwell

Artist: Alicia Martin

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Blow Out the Candles, America

Wishing you all an awesome America-filled independence day.

And if you’re wondering what all the fuss is about this day any way, revisit the star-studded 1776 for a little musical-filled history lesson. This passionate tirade from Adams is one of my favorites:

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Fame’s No Easy Substitute For Love

And you, who knows me better than all, a touch is all it takes. 

Our communion has been treasure enough, but oh, to have this promise.

“But how, with all this light?”
“Can’t you see the constellations?”

Their eyes like our eyes, darling. 

He’s not the only one who waits for you.

Another season gone by. The crown you said you didn’t crave keeps you from us here. 

Words are fleeting, love. What’s left are memories.

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Visual storytelling for Rachel and Andrew Jackson à la Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

America, America

Lookin’ good, America. I can only hope that when I’m 236 years old, I can still look this feisty. Take a glance at how certain trend setters are adding a dash of patriotism into their lineup to give a creative nod to the ol’ Stars and Stripes.

 

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Modern Day Pocahontas

What happens when the fashion world takes hold of the past and gives it its own modern spin? A few glimpses can be found below – a cultural identity pared down to a few key pieces.

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Neverland Never Gets Old

I love reinventions of classic stories – provided that the new piece enhances the original work rather than mar any memories of it. After a much-talked-about off-Broadway run, Peter and the Starcatcher is one such example. And it’s taking Broadway by storm. This production, aided by the brilliant direction of Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), explores the story of how Peter Pan became the boy as we know him. This show is another one that’s on my wish-list.

Take a look how the director utilizes minimal props and set to create an imaginative atmosphere – one formed mainly by characters doubling as seven roles or so, from monsters to pirates to trees, in order to create the world of Neverland.

Always nourish the child inside of you. It is the source of joy, creativity, and faith.  Shows such as this one are made possible by enabling that young spirit that lives in us all. When you, with childlike fervor, believe there are no limitations to what you can do, obstacles always become a little less daunting. Avenge those pirates and avast ye mateys!

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A Whole Slew of Angels in America

“In this world, there is a kind of painful progress. Longing for what we’ve left behind, and dreaming ahead.”
― Tony Kushner

Angels, angels everywhere. Ever since Kushner’s acclaimed play burst onto the scene in 1993, it’s taken the theatre world by storm – a tempest kicked up by the wings of hundreds of different iterations of the angel figure. Take a stroll down memory lane and see how a number of different productions imagined this pivotal role:


1993, Original Broadway production

1997, Theater Dortmund

2001, Guilford College

2003, HBO series

2004, American Conservatory Theatre

2010, Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf’s commemoration of Amsterdam’s DeLaMar Theatre’s opening

2010, Signature Theatre

Which version is the most effective? It’s remarkable that despite their physical/design differences, these angels are all relatively close in terms of presentation.

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You Can Dance If You Want To

“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking”

-Agnes De Mille

There’s something absolutely wonderful about these shots of some of the greats in rehearsal. Little moments before the polish went on, right in the midst of finessing a piece. Yet even in these “rough” shots, it’s easy to pick out the stars. They’re electric. Eartha Kitt and James Dean hanging in dance class? No biggie. Bob Fosse demonstrating wild 90 degree angle wrists for his troupe? Makes it look easy. Judy Garland and Gene Kelly catching some serious air? Obsessed.

What is your signature move? Dare you find time in your day to try out any of those above.

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Harlequin Everywhere You Look

“But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present.”

–  Michel-Rolph Trouillot

The commedia character of Arlecchino is ever-present today. Also, known as “harlequin” style, this print can be found almost everywhere.

In art:

In decoration:

In fashion:

In nature?

I wish. These guys would be beautiful.

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