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New: Gurlitt: Status Report: Nazi art theft and its consequences            Exhibit in Bonn Germany Henry Cavanagh
New: Mixed-Use Properties
Michele Gambetta
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Study Reveals Paradigm Shifts Among Cultural Audiences
           Lisa Buchmna
Response to New Study
Kathleen Arffmann

The Oldish Woman and the Show Wendy Caster
My 2 Cents~ A Review of Tiny Beautiful Things Jacquie Wolf
In Memoriam Henry P. Raleigh (1930-2017) Raymond J. Steiner
Dance~ /peh-LO-tah/ Dawn Lille
Staring Fear in the Face: Documentary Art and Mortality
           Justine Bayod Espoz
Creatives —Attend to your Creativity Merritt Minnemeyer
The TCM Festival After Party Kieth Nieto


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In Memoriam Henry P. Raleigh (1930 ~2017)
By Raymond J. Steiner

(see essay)

New Speak Out: Mixed-Use Properties
By Michele Gambetta
mixed use property

…Mixed-use properties are unique in that they provide owners with the ability to have two different legal occupancy uses - both residential and commercial tenants - in one building. … These buildings are often purchased for their rent-roll income, and are considered an asset-class. Since they include both residential and commercial tenants they usually bring an attractive texture and synergy to neighborhoods.(see essay)

New: Art Review: Gurlitt: Status Report: Nazi art theft and its consequences
By Henry Cavanagh
Couple, by Hans Christoph, 1924, watercolor and copying pencil on rice paper. (Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn)
Couple, by Hans Christoph, 1924, watercolor and copying pencil on rice paper. (Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn)

…Ironically, the flight of artists to the four corners of the world made German Expressionism influential, defining the arts for most of this century. The 'degenerate' works here represent an endless list of names every cultured person knows: Kirchner, Chagall, Kollwitz, Klee, Picasso, Renoir, Matisse. Most have not been seen publicly for nearly 100 years.… (see essay)

New Study Reveals Paradigm Shifts Among Cultural Audiences
By Lisa Buchman

In mid-October, a new study was released that measures the changing behaviors of cultural audiences nationwide. It contained many surprises. Culture Track ’17 affirms America’s interest in cultural activities, but they have to be fun, relieve stress, be interactive and social. When respondents were asked Why engage in a cultural activity? their top choice was to have fun.(see essay)

See Response to this study by Kathleen Arffmann

Theater: My 2 Cents~ Tiny, Beautiful Things
By Jacquie Wolf
playbill Tiny, Beautiful things

The set is an interior of a small home with a living, dining and kitchen area from which our cast brings to life the questions and answers that form the whole of the experience. Nia Vardalos as the author, is the center of this drama created from a stint as an advice “columnist” on a literary website. Easily coerced into assuming the mantle of “Sugar” we are privy to Strayed’s faltering first steps as she develops her style. She hits her stride rather quickly and responds to the collection of lost and yearning people seeking advice and dispenses it by tapping into her largely painful, occasionally joyful, experiences and regrets.
(see essay)

Dance: /peh-LO-tah/
By Dawn Lille

/peh-LO-tah/ (detail)
photo:Rebecca Greenfield

…Marc Bamuthi Joseph sees this world game, known as soccer in the United States, as “the only thing the entire planet can do together.”
Joseph is exploring the “ecology of egalitarianism” as played out on the soccer field, intrigued by the fact that the concept of equality is elusive. The audience enters the theater and immediately shares a set with a large round luminous object projected on a plain dark backdrop and a soccer ball sitting in a pool of light on stage center.
(see essay)

Theater: The Oldish Woman and the Show
By Wendy Caster
The King and I, 1968 revival. From left: Michael Kermoyan as the King, Constance Towers as Anna, and Anita Darian as Lady Thiang. Photo by Friedman-Abeles; from The New York Public Library Digital Collection.

It’s tougher to blow me away these days. After all, what could be new after nearly five decades of theatre-going? However, when I am delighted or surprised, whether by a plot turn or an acting decision or genuinely original writing, I appreciate it all the more. Before I saw Hamilton, I was unsure that theatrical rap would work for me. . (see essay)

The King and I, 1968 revival. From left: Michael Kermoyan as the King, Constance Towers as Anna, and Anita Darian as Lady Thiang. Photo by Friedman-Abeles; from The New York Public Library Digital Collection.

Film: The Red Carpet After Party of the TCM Festival
By Keith Nieto

…After watching the glorious remastered copy of the film on the big screen, we were swept off to an old Hollywood nightclub. There was an electrical charge in the air that evening. Or was it the open bar? The vast open balcony room was perfect for stargazing. Banquettes and open tables allowed guests the freedom to mingle with new and old Hollywood. My new friend and partner-in-crime, Jennifer, believed we should think of the event as a candy store. … (see essay)

Help Desk 4 Creatives: Attend to your Creativity
By Merritt Minnemeyer
Help Support Advice Guidance

…Fellow creatives, I am here to tell you that it is not in a person’s best interest to hide, or judge, or deny what is inherent in us. Allow me to give you permission (should you be seeking it) to be fully you. Not only in your own little corner feverishly working on your next project, but in every aspect of life. (see essay)

New: Theater: Staring Fear in the Face:
                      Documentary Art and Mortality
By Justine Bayod Espoz
Baby Mama pure joy
Baby Mama pure joy

… Maybe it’s the fact that the audience willingly came to hear a story that makes it art, or the fact that said story elicited a visceral reaction without requiring that we experience the situations described firsthand. From behind the fourth wall, we stared at the goblins and ghosts, we witnessed human frailty, remembered those lost, and awaited the cycle of death and rebirth, ultimately leaving us unscathed but not unchanged. Is that not the goal of great art? (see essay)