Music & Film

If music be the food of love, play on. … And if film wants to tag along as dessert, I won’t complain.

Why The Newark International Film Festival? Here’s Why…

By |September 5th, 2016|

I. Love. Festivals! A bit reductive, but it’s true. I love festivals. Music festivals. Book festivals. Fringe theatre festivals. I even love those festivals dedicated to just one type of food, like strawberry festivals. The ingenuity of the participants combined with the welcoming spirit of […]

Cheadle Takes Us Miles Ahead

By |April 25th, 2016|

Last week, we marked the passing of one of the most celebrated American music icons of the last 30 years. Many of us fought the news with disbelief, frustration, and finally acceptance in the form of remembered anecdotes, animated gifs, and laughter through tears. Some […]

Lotus Moment: The Drumadic World of Jazz

By |December 13th, 2015|

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I Know What You Did Last October (Berman, Zola & Brooks)

By |November 10th, 2015|

It’s no surprise to anyone that NYC is brimming with guest lecturers and book signings to feed its massive bookworm population. And it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that someone who has met authors as varied as Ray Bradbury, Vanessa Garcia, Barbara Ehrenreich […]

Can You Candombe? and How Argentina Lost Its Roots

By |September 24th, 2015|

I feel shame. Well, a little shame. Why? Because until 5 weeks ago, I had never heard of the dance and tradition of candombe, the Afro-Latino art form unique to Uruguay and the descendants of African slaves in the Southern region of South America. Thankfully […]

Indie Artist Showcase: A Moving Image

By |July 6th, 2015|

Today’s sociopolitical climate is rife with any and all manners of injustice — from military occupation to forced relocation to economic inequality to police brutality. With that injustice comes artists eager to give voice to the voiceless, choosing to use their work as a mouthpiece […]

What Happens When Books Go "Out Of Print"?

By |August 12th, 2013|

I had the pleasure of taking in a showing of the new documentary Out of Print during the Indianapolis International Film Festival. The topic is understandably important to me thanks to my publishing background, but as a devotee of reading books on the printed page, […]

Creating Something from Nothing — The Art of Rap Review

By |June 21st, 2012|

Music documentaries are plentiful to the hardcore fan searching to know more about their favorite artist or movement. But great music documentaries are much harder to come by. So imagine my delight when Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap not only met my expectations, […]

"Ravel"ing in Shostakovich's Re-awakening

By |May 22nd, 2012|

I love all types of music. I love old theaters. I love exploring my city. So what took me so long to venture out to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s (ISO) inaugural wave of Krzysztof Urbanski’s first season as Music Director? This Polish-American whippersnapper has left […]

Painting in Red & Black: Hearing Radmilla at the Eiteljorg

By |March 22nd, 2011|

In February, I shared how I’d planned to follow the upcoming presentations for the Red/Black: Related Through History exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian & Western Art in Indianapolis. Well, this past Saturday, the joint venture between the Eiteljorg and the Smithsonian’s National […]