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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lotus Moment: Rainy Night In Newark

By |September 17th, 2017|

Why This Is Awesome: One warm, rainy night in Newark this past summer, I returned to my car after an event at a popular location along Halsey St. When I arrived at my little sedan, I couldn’t help but feel taken aback by the scene […]

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 Ups & Downs Of Montmartre

By |June 11th, 2017|

Why This Is Awesome: Do I really need to explain this one? My birthday trip to Paris this year left me with a host of memories I’ve only yet to begin to unpack. But this image is one of my favorites that I captured during my […]

100 Years In The Making: Highlights From Musée Rodin

By |May 29th, 2017|

When most people think of the famous sculptor Auguste Rodin, they say “The Thinker.” Or “Le Penseur” if they’re fancy. But when you ask me, I say “The Kiss.” And “The Gates of Hell.” And “The Burghers of Calais.” And “I Am Beautiful.” And … well, […]

Lotus Moment: By The People

By |May 8th, 2017|

Why This Is Awesome: There’s an old aphorism that says the personal is political, and I’m inclined to agree.

Just as this beautiful facade of the Newark City Hall building was crafted to reference history, ideology and innovation, the personal lives that we share with one another […]