Arts and Culture

Niki Singleton

What happens when our basic human right to give food to each other is hijacked and made illegal by authorities? Last month, a Texas chef, Joan Cheever - who has been giving to those in need for more than 10 years - was fined $2,000. Cheever will be fighting the fine in Municipal Court on June 23, by arguing that under the 1999 Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, she has a right to serve food to the homeless because she considers it a free exercis

Laura Scheriau

Meet Cameron Bury, Nick Palmer, Brendan Sheargold, Mitch Grace, and Tim Byles. Together, they are Far Away Stables, an Australian band with a smooth blend of modern rock styles with a few jagged edges.

Laura Scheriau

Jamie Crawford, a visual artist from the UK, works with lens-based media, sculpture, and installation. His work is characteristic of an uncanny, subconscious and oniric artistic conception that allows the spectator to define their own understanding of art. Jamie painted quite early in his career but lately has turned his attention to more immediate, contemporary practices through digital media.

Laura Scheriau

In this second edition of The Beat, our interview series with musicians, meet Justin Klump, an American folk-pop songwriter and guitarist living in Nashville, Tennessee.

Laura Scheriau

The Mexican artist Salvador Diaz has gained international recognition with his three series: “Album de Familia,” “Diarios de Viaje y Desplazamiento,” and “Periodicos.” The world that he creates through this intelligent use of words and pictures is full of messages, some quite subtle and some very obvious, but more importantly, all true to his belief that art captures time.

Laura Scheriau

Over the past couple of years there has been an increased fascination with Disney characters–especially the princesses. This is partially due to the spate of releases that put heroines (princesses, not princes) front and center, including Brave and Frozen. The ladies are gaining interest thanks to some serious makeovers, from goth to hipster, pin-up to zombie, renaissance to urban. The results are most welcome.

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Mallory Nezam

There is a quote commonly used within The Movement (as we call it) that reads, “They wanted to bury us.

Laura Scheriau

In this inaugural edition of The Beat, a series of interviews with musicians, I speak with Matt Wong, a 17-year-old virtuoso guitar player and teacher from New Jersey.

To get a sense of his character and musical tastes, I asked Matt to open his digital music library, shuffle the tunes, and tell me the first three songs that appear. The results:  “Jean Pierre” by Miles Davis, “What You Want,” from the musical Legally Blonde, and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”

And on that note...

Marti Trgovich

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