Author: Suzanne James

Wall Street Philanthropist Bill Miller Donates $75 Million to Johns Hopkins University Philosophy Department

Who says Philosophy is boring? Wall Street Investor Bill Miller, the man who famously  beat the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index for 15 consecutive years announced a gift of $75 million to the philosophy department of Johns Hopkins University.  The donation was formally announced on Tuesday and is the largest gift to a philosophy department anywhere in the world, ever! The funds will rename the Johns Hopkins Philosophy department after its benefactor and allow for a doubling of full time faculty to twenty two professors. The gift will also support graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and create new courses whose goal...

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Review: The Little Foxes at Palm Beach Dramaworks

The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman is a work of theater with a long and sumptuous history. The 1939 play whose title comes from Chapter 2, Verse 15 of the Song of Solomon (“Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.) originally starred Tallulah Bankhead in the first production staged in New York. It was made into a 1941 film starring Bette Davis. In 1949 the play was also adapted into an opera titled “Regina” by Mark Blitztein. There was also a television mini-series in the 1950s and numerous re-stagings hence....

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Review: Ing an Die at the Carnival Studio Theater, Miami

Contemporary dance performances are perhaps the most unpredictable events of all the performing arts. One never knows what to expect from the performers and choreographers, other than supremely toned bodies exhibited in costumes and clothing that push the boundaries of modesty and exhibitionism equally. In fact, it appears to this reviewer that the fashions of dancers would make for a great blog, book or paper topic for those, like me, who are intrigued by the nature of clothing and it’s contextually-specific relationships to the human body. In James McGinn‘s Ing an Die, performed recently at the Arsht Center’s Carnival...

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Art Basel Miami Beach Announces 2017 Gallery Line Up

Get ready for the annual Miami Beach art fest known as Art Basel. The art fair organization based in Basel, Switzerland has created a sensation with its Miami Beach version. The fait in the Miami Beach Convention Center has spawned many copycats and satellite fairs, making Miami and Miami Beach the places to be if you want to party with art stars, collectors, curators and hangers-on. The people-watching and fashion alone are worth the trip. Oh, there’s contemporary art as well. The leading, most discerning (and pompous, snobby, and pretentious) galleries, galleristas, wannabes and artists will be there. So...

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Interview With Robert Silverman, a Progressive Rabbi for the 21st Century

Rabbi Robert Silverman is one of the most celebrated and progressive Rabbis in America. The Boca Raton-based Silverman has been a wedding officiant for over 40 years and was one of the first South Florida wedding officiants to preside over same-sex unions. The following interview was conducted over the course of a few weeks in September 2017. Describe a recent beautiful wedding you officiated. What was the most memorable moment? A couple from New York planed a destination wedding in South Florida. We spent a lot of time on Skype, Emails and phone calls. The wedding was in beautiful...

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