February 2023


The Banshees of Inisherin
McDonagh creates a metaphor not only for the Irish Civil War (the movie is set in April 1923) but for recorded human history as well. 
Miles David Moore

Flora II
The Photography of
Jon Rendell

Deathbed Sayings

A favorite fictional deathbed maven, that much revered rabbi who cries, "Life is like a barrel!" When disciples ask Why is it like a barrel?—he expires, with a sigh:
"So it ISN'T like a barrel!"

David Alpaugh

The Seductive Charms of Rome
 for Early Photographers
In 1842 photography was an infant art form. What is so striking about this collection from the 19th century is the painterly quality of the images.
Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold


Fosbury Fiona
MichaelBettencourt | Scene4 Magazine | www.scene4.comDick Fosbury at the Olympics in Mexico wins the gold in the
high jump with his eponymous leap, the Fosbury Flop. Fiona,
the youngest of our four cats shows off her own version.

Michael Bettencourt

From Time to Time
ada2Some insist that we must merge human intelligence with
so-called "artificial intelligence" (as if there's any difference)
to avoid becoming irrelevant. They're wrong.

Arthur Danin Adler

Claudine Jones | Scene4 MagazineYou know how it is when you've got a relationship with
somebody that's very long standing and you're especially
comfortable, it's not high stakes. But once in a while...

Claudine Jones

Beyond Words
Les Marcott | Scene4 Magazine | www.scene4.comIt was like a fire was consuming you from head to toe. But it
could never consume your heart and soul.  And then…and then
we received the news.  Autism was the diagnosis.

Les Marcott

Far From Ordinary
Gregory Luce | Scene4 Magazine
This collection is neither proselytizing nor at all ordinary.
It is a remarkable debut and promises much more
good work to come.

Gregory Luce

Perfect Album: Powerage
Patrick Walsh | Scene4 Magazine
This is a perfect album, serving up nine helpings of what this
hard-rocking, hard-working band from Sydney, Australia
does best.

Patrick Walsh



The Politics of English
Sanaz Toossi's play English concerns Iranian students learning the dominate lingua franca and how Stein went to France to write in English which seemed a foreign language to her American audience.
Karren Alenier

Todd Field's Tár Decoded

Lydia Tár's story is about the artist's
 struggle with the magical and demonic
 power of sexual passion.

Renate Stendhal

Wan Fazri
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Don't pay more attention to the
camera than your own thoughts

Janine Yasovant

Kandinsky Anew | Lissa Tyler Renaud | Scene4 Magazine | www.scene4.com

Kandinsky's Odessa, Ukraine Context:
The Fate of Modern Art in the Russian Empire

A view of varied layers related to Kandinsky, with glimpses of other artists in Ukraine.
Gregory Vernitsky
Edited by Lissa Tyler Renaud

The Long Curve of Descent
 My goal is to take the reader to a space that will pose a subtle challenge
a challenge that may upon reflection
turn into a threat

Brian George



Fire Reborn | The Art of SS Burrus-A Retrospective | Scene4 Magazine | www.scene4.com
Patrick Nagel - It's In the Eyes | Scene4 Magazine | www.scene4.com

Stories from the Studio (#2)
The Art of Philip Gerstein

Untitled 05
Celebrations in Sutro Park
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


The Punch    Altenir Silva  
Slowly, he approached. I thought about punching his face full of scars.
But I knew I'd be dead if I attacked him. I could never have taken down that guy. Never.



Scene4 Magazine: Perspectives - Audio | Theatre Thoughts  | Michael Bettencourt  | www.scene4.com

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

With over 18,000 web pages (108,000 print pages), Scene4's Archives are a treasure of writings, commentary, visual art, graphics and media on international art and culture.

From 2014

by Michael Bettencourt

Prior Issues

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Scene4 Magazine | Distortions and Patterns | July 2022 | www.scene4.com Scene4 Magazine | Art and The City-February 2020 | www.scene4.com
Scene4 Magazine | Life Beaneath the Freeways | June 2022 | www.scene4.com Scene4 Magazine | Walt Whitman-A New Bard Is Caroling | August 2019
Scene4 Magazine | Phoenix Risen | May 2022 | www.scene4.com Scene4 Magazine | THE ROAD TO FREEDOM December 1220 | www.scene4.com
Scene4 Magazine | Frida in Celebration | April 2022 | www.scene4.com Scene4 Magazine - ART -November 2013 - www,scene4.com
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The One
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What Is Art?
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State of the Art of the Arts
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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

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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