August 2023


Hamburg Ballet Festival
A Streetcar Named Desire
from Prague

Renate Stendhal

The Way Childhood Should Be
Robert McCloskey's
The Art of Wonder

Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold

Street Photography
It captures the fleeting magic of the streets revealing the extraordinary within the seemingly mundane.
The Photography of Jon Rendell

White House Plumbers
The word "conspiracy" has a negative connotation, but one person's conspiracy is another person's band of heroes.
Miles David Moore


Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick J. Deneen
MichaelBettencourt | Scene4 Magazine | www.scene4.comI read this book prompted by a story in Politico
to get a sense of what this new intellectual darling
of conservatives had to say..
Michael Bettencourt

Rivers Running Backwards
Arthur Danin Adler  Scene4 MagazineThe timely and jarring juxtaposition of the Hollywood Strike(s) and Christopher Nolan's to-date masterpiece, Oppenheimer, is a painfully recurring echo for historical perspective.
Arthur Danin Adler

Claudine Jones | Scene4 MagazineI just climbed the stairs to go pee. 30 minutes ago I did
the same thing, only it was to get some sunscreen before
I went outside.

Claudine Jones

The Life And Death of Stringbean
Les Marcott | Scene4 Magazine |
David "Stringbean" Akeman was a most beloved Grand Ole Opry star from 1942 till his death in 1973.  He shared the same birthdate with Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.
Les Marcott

A Masterpiece by Midnight
Gregory Luce | Scene4 MagazineIn no other art form does Ezra Pound's dictum "Make it New"
apply more powerfully than in jazz, particularly what is
sometimes called modern jazz.

Gregory Luce

Liner Notes: Diamonds & Diptychs
Patrick Walsh | Scene4 MagazineIt pays to read an album's liner notes. I've written before about this modern sub-genre. Sometimes you discover unexpected personnel on a track or how a song riffs on an earlier melody.
Patrick Walsh


The Gaze of Frederick Douglas
He was the leading male voice for women's suffrage in the United States. His influence on abolishing slavery and women's rights was substantial.
Karren Alenier

Name That Poem

Here are 50% of the words and syllables
in a famous American poem.

David Alpaugh

Paddy Thunvong Vongthunvong
ธัญวงศ์ วงศ์ธัญวงศ์
He created happiness and impressed the visitors and friends who were waiting
 for the time when the world would
 stop turning.

Janine Yasovant

A Lot You've Wanted to Know
About Kandinsky and Theatre, cont.

Can we find evidence of Kandinsky's theatre work in actual practitioners today?.
Kiril Bolotnikov and Lissa Tyler Renaud

My Friend, the Minotaur/ Part Three
 How evolved you are, Brian, to have not disowned your roots. How sensible you are to not wage war on the dead.

Brian George



Village Nights     Altenir Silva  
It was a Saturday night in Greenwich Village when I approached a young man who had a guitar on his back. I asked if he had a match to light my cigarette.

Quadrangle     Harriet Halliday Renaud  
Janie's voice on the phone was very clear and almost brisk, attending only to present business. Scott didn't remember Janie's ever having sounded like that.


Fire Reborn | The Art of SS Burrus-A Retrospective | Scene4 Magazine |
Patrick Nagel - It's In the Eyes | Scene4 Magazine |

Rituals of the Summer
There is hardly anything that is more Bostonian than spending some part of the summer "on the Cape"!
The Art of Philip Gerstein

Untitled #07
Affirmation of a
Submarine Empire

The Art of David Wiley

The Art of SS. Burrus
A Retrospective

When the Earth is ravaged
and the animals are dying,
a new tribe of people will appear
on the Earth

Patrick Nagel
It's in the Eyes



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

Theatre Thoughts
An entertaining array of audio essays on an array
of theatre topics by an astute and entertaining essayist

You Don't Say!
Occasional Musings by an occasionally amused writer



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

Light Fantastic  
Weighty matters of brain neurons and addiction, two kisses, single-malt scotch, the green dance of blue, yellow lasers

Ear Buds
What happens when we love our devices
 — and they love us back

The Greed Gene
A young couple is told by their genetic counselor that
their child has the greed gene, there is nothing they can do


Letters to the Editor






From The Archives


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Everything Old Is New Again
January 2013|

What Is Obscenity and What's Not?
January 2012|

A Brief But Quirky History of the Arts
January 2011|

The Rising Fall of the Arts
January 2010|

The One
January 2009|

What Is Art?
January 2008|

View of the Arts
January 2007|

The Art of Sex in the Arts
February 2006|

State of the Art of the Arts
October 2005|


The Steiny Road
Index of Karren Alenier's
columns and writings

Film Reviews
Index of Miles David Moore's 
reviews and writings

Index of Renate Stendhal's
writings and reviews

Index of Arthur Danin Adler's
columns and writings

Kandinsky Anew
Index of the series by
Lissa Tyler Renaud


Good Reading Is Currently On Sale Here

Karren Alenier
The Dresser addresses what's
underneath the art

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