Author: Jamie Chandler

Review: Constellations by New City Players at The Vanguard

Theater in the Round is a lost art indeed. Last Saturday night at The Vanguard in Fort Lauderdale I had the exquisite pleasure of seeing Constellations, produced by the New City Players. This play was performed on a minuscule round stage in the middle of the theater surrounded by a rapt and intimate audience that was devoted entirely to the evening’s 75 minutes-long performance. Directed with understated elegance by Mary Elizabeth Gundlach, Nick Payne’s play is but a simple dialogue of two young lovers, performed here by Jessica Schulte and Jordan Armstrong to exacting precision. Simplicity here is not...

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Not Your Average Secretary: 96 Years-Young Sylvia Bloom Donates $8.2 Million

The splendor of wealth does not always show itself. For Sylvia Bloom, a 96-years-young retired secretary who passed away earlier this year, her $8.2 million dollars in donations to various charities represent a story of humility, philanthropy and generosity rarely seen. Ms. Bloom donated $6.24 million of that amount to the Henry Street Settlement, a social service group in New York City.  Ms. Bloom was a frugal secretary for the same law firm for over 67 years. She accumulated her wealth by paying attention to the investments of the attorneys in her office, who were often asking her to...

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Ellen DeGeneres Is Creating A Better and Kinder World Everyday

When you win a Presidential Medal of Freedom it means you have done something moderately brilliant in your career. Ellen DeGeneres, recipient of the 2016 Presidential Medial of Freedom that was awarded by President Obama, is an inspiration to millions every day thanks to her television show “Ellen” and her engaging social media presence. Her philanthropic endeavors include donating millions of dollars to help fight hunger, fight cancer and ending bullying. She launched the Small Change Campaign with Ben Affleck that contributes to fighting hunger throughout the United States. Here are other charities Ellen gives to: ACLU of Southern...

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Five Female Musicians Making Waves

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards aired this past Sunday, and as the ceremony progressed, there was plenty of talk online about how the Time’s Up movement would engage with the music industry. Lorde, the only female artist nominated for Album of the Year for her 2017 hit “Melodrama”, was not asked to perform, and by the end of the night only one woman had received a solo award. People across the web questioned how so few women received recognition, and in response, the Record Academy President was quoted as saying women in music need to “step up” if they...

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Art | Basel Miami Beach 2017 Highlights: Dan Rees at Galeria Murias Centeno

Eerily uncanny and evocative, the work of Welsh artist Dan Rees stopped me in my tracks soon after I entered the cavernous steel box of the Miami Beach Convention Center for the 2017 version of Art | Basel Miami Beach. Represented by Galeria Murias Centeno in Porto, Mr. Rees’s sculptures and paintings could easily be mistaken for innocent musings and child-like awe. This would not be an egregious mistake. In fact, it is precisely this innocent grace and technical effortlessness that make the show so impactful. The word “impact” is what comes to mind when considering the techniques employed...

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