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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 – …

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A Photograph of An Israeli Soldier Becomes Part of Jeep’s Super Bowl Commercial

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

The NFL’s (National Football League) Super Bowl Sunday is the most important single-day event in the advertising industry. At the first Super Bowl in 1967, a 30-second Super Bowl commercial cost about $40,000. In 2016, a 30-second Super Bowl commercial costs $5 million plus. This year, in celebration of their 75th year and the 50th Super Bowl, Jeep aired one of the …

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United Pianos For Peace: “If music be the food of love, play on”

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

“Music is a global language, United Pianos has the power to unite us together, by bridging cultural and political gaps,” says Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon.  Amid the usual hotbed of controversy that the United Nations ignites, the Israeli Mission to the UN has sought to soothe the soul through a Social Media campaign entitled United Pianos.  It’s the …

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My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes Of The Holocaust

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

In our current turbulent world in which anti-Semitism and the refugee crisis make headlines everyday, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, Oren Jacoby ponders in My Italian Secret: “Would you risk your life to save a stranger?” “It’s a question, sadly, very relevant again today,” Jacoby tells me by phone from a stopover in Chicago on the way to New York. “Not many …

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Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict – A provocative glimpse into one of Modern Art’s most eccentric and overlooked visionaries

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

If Peggy Guggenheim had lived during the Italian Renaissance, she might have rivaled the Medicis in procurement of art. The 20th Century American art patron and avowed bohemian, Peggy Guggenheim, was overshadowed by her libidinous lifestyle, eccentricities and the artists (mostly men,) who benefited from her fortune and acumen. “People just didn’t realize her pivotal role in the Modern Art …

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Photographer, Asher Svidensky Captures the Eagle Huntress Through A Passionate Lens

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Can you imagine Indiana Jones wielding a camera instead of a bullwhip? Photographer, intrepid adventurer, documentary storyteller, Asher Svidensky, travelled to West Mongolia walking in the footsteps of Genghis Khan to capture the all-male preserve of eagle hunting.  Or so he thought. What he discovered to his astonishment, was the first female eagle huntress, 13-year-old Ashol Pan. “Most people love …

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Cirque du Soleil: KOOZA Is A Pandora’s Box of Hilarity and Sheer Death – Defying Acrobatics

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

You’ll never look at a hamster running inside a wheel the same way again. Two horned daredevils propel a suspended 1,600-lb double- caged apparatus, Wheel of Death, by running and leaping inside, outside and backwards across their respective steel purgatories. The audience collectively gasps. Some cover their eyes. That’s when KOOZA’s writer and director, David Shiner sends in the clowns …