Author: Suzanne James

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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Exclusive 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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Rudin Prize at the Norton Museum of Art

The four artists featured, Clare Benson, Elizabeth Bick, Alexandra Hunts, and Wesley Stringer, were nominated by more established senior contemporary photographers Arno Minkkinen, Shirin Neshat, Rineke Dijkstra, and Michael Kenna, respectively. Curated by Tim B. Wride, the Norton Museum of Art’s William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography, the exhibition unwittingly provides an illustrated manifesto on the relationship between sociological inquiry and image-making among young artists today in terms of the work featured and the subject-matter of photos shown. Make no mistake, this show is a cold demonstration of art as concept that drives the production of image-making....

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Ocala Pastor Roland Scroggins Is Helping Alzheimer’s Patients With His Beautiful Hand-Made “Fidget” Quilts

Sometimes it’s the little things and the little gestures that make a difference. Ocala, Florida Pastor Roland Scroggins brings comfort and even happiness to local Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia patients by giving them gifts of his hand-crafted “fidget” quilts. The quilts are colorful and comfortable lap quilts complete with zippers, buttons, frillies and other interesting textural items sewn on the surface to help keep the hands of his elderly friends busy. Studies have show that by manual manipulation of objects, Alzheimer’s patients can reduce stress and suffering caused by their debilitating disease. “Most of the people who get these...

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