Exploring the world of art & culture with mind & soul

Four In Four

By |March 19th, 2018|

It’s a blogging cliché to write a post around your birthday, sharing the lessons that you’ve learned so far in life. Often the stuff of lifestyle bloggers, it’s a subject that doesn’t seem to fit the tone of those of us covering topics like entertainment, […]

Did You Hear About: Montclair Literary Festival 2018

By |March 12th, 2018|


I love a good festival! Whether it’s for music, art, film, poetry or just the cultural exchange of ideas, festivals make the world feel just a bit brighter and reminds you there’s a lot of talented people in the world who will enrich our lives […]

Steal This Quote: Jawaharlal Nehru

By |March 4th, 2018|

 The art of a people is the true mirror to their minds.
— Jawaharlal Nehru, former Prime Minister of India, activist and writer

Making Newark A City Of The Arts

By |February 26th, 2018|

If you recall, back in January, I reported on Newark’s community info session for the conversion of a long dormant bank building on South Ward’s Clinton Ave. into an artist’s housing and creative community center. That session, and the details shared, is just one of […]

Lotus Moment: The Year Of The Dog

By |February 19th, 2018|

Why This Is Awesome: Kung Hei Fat Choi! Are you ready for the Year of the Dog?

Longtime followers of this blog may recall that I traditionally set my New Years’ goals to align with the beginning of the Lunar New Year, not January 1st. Well, […]

Reading Between The Lines: Der Vang And Whitehead @Newark

By |February 11th, 2018|

Last week saw the continuation of the year-long academic showcase Writers at Newark Reading Series, hosted by Rutgers University-Newark’s MFA Creative Writing program. On Tuesday, February 6, students, professors and Brick City residents welcomed Walt Whitman award-winning poet Mai Der Vang and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson […]

Steal This Quote: Ursula Le Guin

By |February 4th, 2018|

 There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories. 
— Ursula Le Guin, American author, illustrator and poet

Voices In The Library: Queer Newark Oral History Project

By |January 30th, 2018|

As it’s been mentioned many times in the past year, Newark is changing. It’s been on the come-up for a few years, but in the last 2 or 3 trips around the sun, it finally seems to be … well, coming up. But despite what […]

Lotus Moment: As Life Passes By

By |January 21st, 2018|


Why This Is Awesome: A common theme among writers, artists and creatives of all kinds is the idea that the ordinary minutiae as life passes by often escapes the attention of those focused on the grander, more salient aspects of their day. That’s why it’s up […]

An Anchor For Artists: The Nina Simone House

By |January 14th, 2018|

Is Newark on the verge of developing its first artists’ housing co-op? That was the $64,000 question asked at last week’s community meeting for the future Nina Simone House in Brick City’s South Ward neighborhood. Spearheaded by the Mayor’s office along with the Newark Community […]