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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 […]

The Many Highs (And Lows) Of The Greatest Showman

By |December 26th, 2017|

In the past, I’ve written a few film reviews on my blog, the majority of them for small independent films or documentaries. But what they’ve all had in common is a connection to the arts. So it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch that […]

Steal This Quote: Edgar Degas Redux

By |November 12th, 2017|

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very different when you do.
— Edgar Degas, French artist, painter and sculptor

Lotus Moment: Looking Up Redux

By |November 6th, 2017|

Why This Is Awesome: I snapped this shot on the Storefront Project Gallery patio when I attended the Fumeroism exhibit two weeks ago. Some of the patrons were milling out back drinking wine and beer, catching up on each others’ life events, and regurgitating American stereotypes […]

Fumeroism Up Front

By |October 30th, 2017|

Last Thursday, I donned my best poseur-wear and made my way to the Lower East Side to a nondescript art space for the quintessential New York art experience: the gallery opening. And not just any gallery opening, the “Grafstract” by Fumero gallery opening. If the name […]

Lotus Moment: Steel Horses Can Be Just As Beautiful As The Real Ones

By |August 20th, 2017|

Why This Is Awesome: In a recent attempt to learn more about the Garden State, I took a quick trip over to Mills Reservation for an introduction to hiking, Jersey-style.

It was a wee muggy thanks to the rainy spring we’ve had, but I enjoyed my stroll […]

Lotus Moment: The Only Wide Brush I Admire

By |July 16th, 2017|

Why This Is Awesome: Two years ago, I left my hometown in the Midwest to relocate to another city with deep roots in the world of jazz, innovation and working class perseverance. But do you know what else those two cities have in common? A love […]

Lotus Moment: Grafstract In Progress

By |September 12th, 2016|

Why This Is Awesome: While taking care of business this Saturday along Halsey St., I had the good fortune to park my car in front of a mural in progress being created by Fumero, a Brooklyn-based artist, muralist and designer venturing out to our side […]