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Realist Painter, Robert Bateman And Photographer, Birgit Freybe Bateman Call Of The Wild

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

A charging rhino’s skin is so deeply creviced and weathered you can almost touch it’s hide and taste the African Savanna’s dust ; snow accumulates silently on an American elk’s antlers, the animal oblivious to the swirling snowstorm around him. The cold is palpable. At first glance they both appear to be photographs but are actually paintings in habitat by …

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Black Hills Estate Winery – Passionate Winemaking with a Distinctive Celebrity Vintage

In Food & Wine, News by Laura Goldstein

Longevity for many hot young stars is somewhat of an anomaly in Hollywood unless they parlay their talents in many different directions. Vancouver-born Jason Priestley, who played teen heartthrob Brandon Walsh, in the ‘90s hit TV series Beverly Hills 90210, recognized that early, directing 19 episodes in the show’s 10-season run. The handsome 47-year-old Priestley made his feature film directorial debut with Cas & Dylan starring Richard Dreyfuss …

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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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Wine, Design, De-Stress and Dine Makes 50th Parallel Estate Winery A Destination For All the Senses

In Food & Wine, News by Laura Goldstein

I’m imagining floating in one of Sheri-Lee Turner-Krouzel’s vino therapy treatments absorbing all those antioxidants (and if that doesn’t work, I can always drink the treatment!) Dreaming is what got the enterprising Sheri-Lee and husband, Curtis Krouzel into the winery business in the first place. Their 10,000 square-foot, high-tech 50th Parallel Estate Winery in Lake Country, Okanagan, Canada’s wine capital,  has been constructed in …

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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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Daniel Libeskind – “One Day In Life” An Exploration of Music, Design and Space

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

Can you imagine concerts held in a moving streetcar, a hospital’s operating room or the apartment building where Oscar Schindler once lived? Architect, Daniel Libeskind with the Alte Oper, will bring together 75 spectacular concert performances in unusual and unexpected venues within Frankfurt, Germany, May 21 to May 22, 2016, and all within a 24-hour period, interpreting One Day In …