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Theater Review (San Antonio): Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ at the Woodlawn Theatre

Cast members from Green Day's 'American Idiot.' Photo courtesy Woodlawn Theatre.

Green Day's award-winning punk rock musical shakes the stage in a great-looking and -sounding production at the Deco District's historic venue. Read More »

Oregon School Shooting – The President and the Media Get It Wrong Again

The problem with publicizing what a killer has done comes down to a responsibility and sacred trust that both the media and the president have forgotten. Read More »

Theater/Dance Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Cinderella,’ a Baroque Burlesque Ballet by Company XIV

Allison Ulrich in Company XIV's 'Cinderella.' Photo by Mark Shelby Perry

The latest dance-theater extravaganza from Austin McCormick and his scarily talented troupe transports us into a magical world of tongue-in-cheek glitz and deeply felt emotion rolled densely into a concoction of wonders. Read More »

New Software Spotlight: Adobe Elements 14 with Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements

Adobe Photoshop Elements 14

Useful new features mark these upgrades to Adobe's consumer-level versions of Photoshop and Premiere. Read More »

Pope Francis in the U.S.A. – His Mission Was Pastoral and Not Political


During his visit to the United States, Pope Francis made the most important steps the leader of the Catholic Church can make – Christ-like ones. Read More »

Theater Review (Seattle): ‘Sound’ by Don Nguyen at Azeotrope

L to R: Lindsay W. Evans, Cheyenna Clearbrook, and Ryan Schlecht. Photo by Richard Nguyen Sloniker.

Like the deaf teenage girl at its center, Don Nguyen’s 'Sound' is caught between two worlds. Read More »

Yogi Berra Dies – A Tribute From a NY Mets Fan


While the Yankees and their fans are mourning Yogi’s loss, the Mets and their fans are as well and we can claim him as ours too. Read More »

Interdrone: Smile for the Drone – Trends in Aerial Cinematography

norma desmond drone

In Sunset Boulevard, Gloria Swanson’s character Norma Desmond says, “Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.” Now, there is one more element to that mix: drones. And that close-up can pull back, rise up into the air, and in one continuous shot show you all of Beverly Hills as if you're looking down from heaven. Drones' potential has not been lost on Hollywood. Read More »

Theater Review (Seattle): ‘Brechtfest’ by The Horse in Motion

L-R Dylan Smith, Shaudi Vahdat, Liza Curtiss, Nic Morden in 'Brechtfest.' Photo by Anthony White

Who knew that Bertolt Brecht, and carousing cabaret-style dinner theater are actually a pretty good fit together? Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Rent’ by Jonathan Larson at the Harbor Lights Theater Company

rent harbor lights theater company

I wondered if the hit musical from the AIDS-crisis era would seem dated in 2015, but this new talent-loaded Staten Island production shows that 'Rent' has become a perfectly valid period piece. Read More »