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Beauty And Brains: Actress Olivia Cheng Is As “Kick-Ass” As Her Netflix Marco Polo Alter Ego, Mei Lin

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Wearing only a diaphanous silk robe, her provocative foreplay is conveyed through a graceful, mesmerizing dance; a spider spinning her web. Her prey – three leering soldiers, sent by her corrupt brother Chancellor Jia Sidao to attack her, are hypnotized by her sexual innuendo. And that’s when Mei Lin, favourite Imperial concubine, drops her robe and strikes. Throwing a large dagger disguised as …

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Persona Non Grata: When Compassion Supercedes Personal Gain

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

“I just did what human beings should do. You do the right thing… not for gain. Not for recognition. The refugees needed my help. I could give it to them. It was the right thing to do. That’s all.” Chiune Sempo Sugihara In his new feature film, Persona Non Grata, director, Cellin Gluck sheds light on a little-known hero of WWII: Japanese diplomat, …

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What Happens When the Most Creative Minds In Art and Science Brainstorm? The Brain Project, of Course!

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Phosphorescent mica particles  produce an eerie glow from each hemisphere; bronze fingers entwine themselves around a human brain like roots of a living tree while networks of neural transmitters resemble an intricate spider’s web. This is no mad scientist’s laboratory or scenes from a 50s sci-fi flick. Rather, they’re sculptural interpretations of the brain as re-imagined by 100 artists, designers …

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Mystique’s Sexy Blue Reptile Skin & Wolverine’s Retractable Metal Claws Brought To Life By Gordon FX Smith

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

He has stood among the dead, even perpetrated the atrocities of war, but never fought the battle. He has performed open heart surgery, dissected John F. Kennedy’s brain and transplanted metal claws into Hugh Jackman’s hands, all done with no medical qualifications. Gordon “FX” Smith was always a benign Dr. Frankenstein. He’s a graying special effects prosthetics wizard who preferred leather to lab coat …

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“Zimbelism” – A Documentary on Remarkable Tales from the Dark Room of Photographer, George S. Zimbel

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Don’t let his grandfatherly demeanor under a lustrous thick head of white hair fool you. At age 86 and one of the last bastions of North American street photographers known as “humanists”, George S. Zimbel is one tough cookie. A champion of the Everyman (and woman,) his lens has captured burlesque queens, truckers and presidents, movie stars and kids just …

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Justin Freer Beams Up To The Podium To Conduct Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Growing up in Orange County, California in the 80s, music prodigy, Justin Freer never imagined he’d one day become Maestro Freer conducting for a 100-city North American tour of Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour. It’s presented by CineConcerts, CBS Consumer Products and Paramount Pictures. Too young to watch the original Star Trek series, but a fan …

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Jennifer Teege – My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. So much has been written about the victims of the Nazi regime. But what if you discovered that you were related to one of its most notorious perpetrators? That was the case for author, Jennifer Teege, as she so poignantly strives to extricate her own identity from that of a monster through a series of …

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Bringing Van Gogh To The Masses: The Shopping Center As Art Gallery

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

“I think the Van Gogh Museum was quite shocked when I first proposed the idea of touring shopping malls with the Van Gogh Museum Edition Relievos,” laughs Diedrick van Eck, CEO of Tribute International that is distributing the high-quality replicas of nine Van Gogh paintings. After all, in an 1882 letter to his brother Theo, post-Impressionist painter, Vincent wrote about …

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Diane Nelson Brings the Art of Decorative Concrete To Life

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Roy Rogers horse, Trigger left a hoof print. Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe left an imprint of his eyeglasses and B.C.’s Sarah McLachlan, a star surrounded by maple leaves. From the iconic celebrity signatures in Hollywood’s former Grauman’s Chinese Theatre’s sidewalks to Canada’s Walk of Fame, concrete has left a legacy of many indelible impressions. Diane Nelson of Brandon-Johnson Art and Design has taken the humble medium and raised the bar to …

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Irrevocably Bound Together In Star Trek History, William Shatner’s Tribute To Leonard Nimoy Explores Friendship and Regret

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

When Leonard Nimoy passed away on Friday, February 27th 2015, at age 83, he had inspired countless actors, politicians, astronauts and ordinary people.  The outpouring of tributes to the man, who truly inhabited the iconic character of Spock on Star Trek, was universal. But none more poignant than that from William Shatner in the form of his new book, Leonard – …