Scene4 Magazine

February 2014



Obituariaum - Robert Gullie and Anthony Pezzula - Scene4 Magazine February 2014


Michael Bettencourt-Scene4 Magazine
Touching A Nerve
"Neurophilosophy", what one
might call philosophy made flesh.

Michael Bettencourt

Arthur Meiselman-Scene4 Magazine
Santayana and Star Trek
Welcoming the future.
Respecting the past.

Arthur Meiselman

Nathan Thomast-Scene4 Magazine
The Devil Is In The Details
Hamlet would be a shorter play
if Hamlet were an atheist.

Nathan Thomas

Les Marcottt-Scene4 Magazine
Dining With Orson Welles
Conversations that catch Welles
at his most raw and revealing.

Les Marcott

Claudine Jones-Scene4 Magazine
Saddles Blazing
To be quite clear: awards
ceremonies make one ill.
Claudine Jones

Patrick Walsh-Scene4 Magazine
Remembering Dave Brubeck
His music places him among the giants of Jazz.
Patrick Walsh


12 Years A Slave reviewed by Miles David Moore Scene4 Magazine February 2014

FILM 12 Years A Slave
Most movies released this year—seem utterly trivial compared with this best film of the year.
Miles David Moore

Alfond-Lunder Pavilion and Art Collection  reviewed by Carla Maria-Verdino Süllwold  Scene4 Magazine-February 2014

ART Alfond-Lunder Pavilion and Art Collection
Dazzling gift transforms a college
and a town.

Carla Maria-Verdino Süllwold

Obituariaum - Robert Gullie and Anthony Pezzula - Scene4 Magazine February 2014

OBITUARIAUM: End Prose and Portraits
Collages and characters as subjects of obituaries in the style of the early twentieth century
Robert Gullie and Anthony Pezzula


Scene4 Magazine - Karren LaLonde Alenier - The Steiny Road To Operadom |

Tender Buttons - 100 Years
2014 is the centennial year of Stein's Tender Buttons. Xcitement abounds.
 Karren LaLonde Alenier

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR  reviewed by Renate Stendhal  Scene4 Magazine-February 2014

FILM Blue Is The Warmest Color
Bizarre sheet acrobatics
at the center of this tale
Renate Stendhal

DETROIT BANKRUPTS ITS ART  Elliot Feldman Scene4 Magazine February 2014

Detroit Bankrupts its Art as Diego Rivera
goes well with the Reznicks' drapes

Elliot Feldman

Scene4 Magazine: Kathi Wolfe - Life Among The Heffalumps |

Murphy Brown Lives!
I need chocolate now!!!! 
I have PMS!

Kathi Wolfe

PATTAHALUNG Arts of Thailand  Janine Yasovant February 2014

Arts of Thailand Phatthalung
An exceptional place with a
a wonder of life and nature.

Janine Yasovant

THE MARFIELD PRIZE Karren LaLonde Alenier Scene4 Magazine February 2014

BOOKS The Marfield Prize
A unique national award for arts writing
with a handsome purse of $10,000.

Karren LaLonde Alenier


Scene4 Magazine — inSight - Views and Perspective on the Arts
Portraits The Photography of Jon Rendell Scene4 Magazine February 2014 Portraits The Photography of Jon Rendell Scene4 Magazine February 2014
Scene4 Magazine — inSight - Views and Perspective on the Arts

The Photography of Jon Rendell

Encounter The Art of David Wiley Scene4 Magazine February 2014

The Art of David Wiley

Moon Tides Griselda Steiner Scene4 Magazine February 2014

Moon Tides  Griselda Steiner
Old prophesies/poems of memory/now the center of a wheel


Summer Day  Harriet Halliday Renaud
She woke up slowly, in the heavy morning heat, because Miss Peskin's voice was calling. "I hate you, Miss Peskin," she thought, through the haze of sleep. "Go away."

Scene4 Magazine: Perspectives - Dialogue | Undress Me | Michael Bettencourt | February 2014 |

Undress Me  Michael Bettencourt
In a bar, Laura turns to Stefan and asks him to undress her by word of mouth, in his best mother tongue.

Scene4 Magazine: Perspectives - Dialogue | The Greed Gene | Michael Bettencourt | February 2014 |

The Greed Gene  Michael Bettencourt
A young couple is told by their genetic counselor — the "genie of genes" — that their child has the greed gene, and there is nothing they can do.

Scene4 Magazine: Perspectives - Audio | Theatre Thoughts  | Michael Bettencourt | February 2014 |



By Design **
Writing plays is, in the end, about the designed theatre of a human's being.

Original Sin **
The third in my series of what I think
is real theatre.

Rage As Healing
Sometimes rage is the only appropriate artistic response to the times in which we live.

Death To The Ten-Minute Play
Something about the short-play format does not sit right.

Gallery Going
Art galleries are very much like theatres, with the same blessings and drawbacks.

Macho Zone
It is such a gift to have the chance to be at the center of a universe.



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Letters to the Editor

Q for "quick" - long and short reviews on theatre and film

Que Pasa
Notices, announcements and coming attractions

Karren LaLonde Alenier
The Dresser addresses what's
underneath the art

Miles David Moore
Thoughts and observations
from, to, for or against

Arthur Meiselman
Sightings and musings
of a time traveler

Les Marcott
Dr. Barnabus T. Bynum's
Travelling Minstrel Show


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Scene4 Magazine  Comics with Elliot Feldman
A complete index of all of Elliot Feldman's comics and cartoons in Scene4 with links.
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Scene4 Magazine: Writings | Renate Stendhal |
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The authorized version of Lester Cole's HOLLYWOOD RED

Hollywood Red: The Autobiography of Lester Cole  ©2013 Scene4 Books

One of the founders of the Writers Guild of America and the most unrelenting and outspoken member of the blacklisted Hollywood Ten, Lester Cole was a protégé of the legendary Cecil B. De Mille, a roommate of Cary Grant, a pal of Humphrey Bogart, a gadfly to Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, and then there were... the women in his life.

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Scene4 Books is proud to offer the authorized reprint of this controversial autobiography. Timely! Provocative! Startling! Now, after 32 years, a witness to the nightmare of what we did and what we may be doing again.

Few Americans remember the dark days of the House Un-American Activities Committee. From 1938 to 1975 it traveled like a carnival throughout the country, breaking up families, turning friends into enemies, destroying reputations and lives. This is the intimate, inside story of one of the Hollywood Ten, screenwriters and directors jailed for defying HUAC's nightmare of enforced orthodoxy.

"...the best 'inside' book yet about Hollywood under HUAC, a book that brings the whole period, and what came before and after, into frightening clarity, but also a book that is moving, exciting, funny and blessed with humanity."
— Carl Foreman, Director and Screenwriter whose films include High Noon, The Bridge On The River Kwai, Guns of Navarone, Young Man With A Horn and others.

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