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Software Review: Xara Designer Pro X11


Xara Designer Pro X11 is an all-in-one design tool that handles bit maps, vector illustration, photo editing, page layout and website design/publishing. It combines the features found in Xara’s stand-alone products -- Xara Web Designer 11 Premium, Xara Page & Layout Designer 11, and Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 11 – into one package. I installed Designer Pro X11 and compared it to the competition in terms of user experience, features, and cost. Read More »

Tiquipaya II, People’s World Conference on Climate Change 2015

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When was the last time you got to attend a brainstorming session with the president of a country? Read More »

Concert-Cabaret Review: ‘Tehorah’ Featuring Adrienne Haan (NYC, Oct. 29, 2015)

Adrienne Haan

A German chanteuse and German pianist teamed with an Israeli string quartet at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall presenting songs from multiple cultures to celebrate the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations. Read More »

NYC and Hamptons Film Fest Review: ‘Carol’ with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara

Cate Blanchett, Todd Haynes, Carol, HIFF, NYFF

Opening at the NY and Hamptons Film Festivals, "Carol," starring Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett shows that sometimes forbidden love is the most electric and entrancing of all. Read More »

Language Matters in Life and Business: Press Release Purgatory

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You wouldn't know the music business was in crisis from the number of press releases Blogcritics receives every day. Unfortunately, far too many of them aren't doing their subjects any good. Read More »

NYC and Hamptons Film Fest Review: Michael Moore’s ‘Where to Invade Next’

Michael Moore, Where to Invade Next, NYFF, HIFF

Michael Moore's European invasion brings back the spoils of peace, equity and humanity reflected in some of the best practices and programs that Europe has to offer. Read More »

Theater Review: ‘Piaf! Le Spectacle’

Piaf, Anne Carrere, Piaf Le Spectacle

Edith Piaf's story is inspiring and triumphant amidst sorrow and loss, all revealed in the autobiographical grandeur of her classic, French songs. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘texts&beheadings/ElizabethR’ by Karin Coonrod and Compagnia de’ Colombari

texts@beheadings/ElizabethR, photo by Teresa Wood.

This avant-garde but entertaining show brings Queen Elizabeth I's personality craftily and colorfully to life using her poems, prayers, and speeches, dozens of threads stitched artfully together into a gracefully energetic mini-biography. Read More »

What are U.S. Marines Doing in Peru?

Huge march in Lima protesting US marines in Peru. Photo: teleSUR / Rael Mora

Will U.S. news soon be filled with stories comparing the Shining Path to Isis, as an excuse to wage war in the land of Machu Picchu? Read More »

Five Tips for Maximizing Fun at Tailgates


LeeAnn Weintraub, LA-based registered dietician and nutrition consultant, is such a nice, caring, and considerate lady. In her recent nutrition column, “Tips for mindful eating at tailgates.” she gives thoughtful, well considered advice on how to totally ruin the experience. If you follow her advice, you might as well stay home, eat a salad with non-fat dressing and watch Oprah re-runs. Let’s make a few corrections to her "5 ways to eat right at tailgate parties." Read More »