November 2023


San Francisco Opera's Lohengrin
Lost in Fascist Banners.
Renate Stendhal

Icons in a Changing World
Barbie, Indiana Jones
 and the Dial of Destiny
Two of the most iconic fictional characters of the late 20th century were the subjects of summer blockbusters.
Miles David Moore

We finally got around to watching it, for a price on Prime, on the 55" home screen (supplied with good snacks and drams of Irish whiskey no theater could provide).
Michael Bettencourt

The Photography of Jon Rendell


ChatGPT Darling Killer
MichaelBettencourt | Scene4 Magazine | www.scene4.comIt does very well at what I call "stress-test" my writing, that is, cleanse it of tics and looseness that get in the way of saying what I want to say as clearly and as quickly as I can say it.  
Michael Bettencourt

The Last Mimosa
Arthur Danin Adler  Scene4 MagazineSitting am I on the edge of a small lake with my prosecco and orange juice as the descending tropical sun paints the sky in magentas and blues. From time to time there is a gentle spray of rain.
Arthur Danin Adler

the Earth talks
Claudine Jones | Scene4 MagazineThe logic around this dictation is probably that as of late I've taken to talking more to myself and it's perfectly understandable since I don't have anybody to talk to.
Claudine Jones

Choose Your Side
Les Marcott | Scene4 Magazine |
The endless war that the Israelis must fight for their right to exist! This piece was written nine years ago, but it remains just as relevant today and it's still just as difficult for entertainers to stay out of politics.
Les Marcott

The Persistence of Memory II
Gregory Luce | Scene4 MagazineIn my previous installment I related a humorous incident involving my baby brother who was born in Henrietta. I clearly recall going to the hospital and looking at the array of newborns in cribs.
Gregory Luce

Subtle Measures
Patrick Walsh | Scene4 MagazineThe Japanese have an ancient aesthetic concept called wabi-sabi. It grew out of Buddhism, specifically a recognition of the transience—or, more achingly accurate, the impermanence—of all things.
Patrick Walsh


Henry Crawford
He is a stand out poet clearly
positioned in the 21st Century.

Karren Alenier

There's a New Poet in our Global Village!

As I was about to begin exploring a favorite poem— Robert Frost's "Neither Out Far Nor In Deep"—a friend called to tell me about an amazing new poet who publishes under the pen name AI.

David Alpaugh

Finding Inspiration in Kandinsky:
The Art of Design Engineering

"I could relate to his art because I was a design engineer."
David Karamian
with Introduction by Lissa Tyler Renaud

Issared Wongsing
อิศเรศ วงศ์สิงห์
For more than 20 years, I have been drawing seriously. For more than 30 years, I am still studying and learning art to this day.
Janine Yasovant

The Goddess as Active Listener
Part Two
 Of whom does the inner teacher remind us? Perhaps the outer teacher is a key to unlock the inner teacher's door.

Brian George



Sad Men Write While They Cry - Part I     Altenir Silva  
I was in the Public Library in New York and silence filled the place, despite some other people also sitting in that room. I scanned the place until my eyes stopped on a man.


Art and Music... continued
Inviting you inside the Piano Factory Gallery, to the well-curated musical concerts, and a lively and informative Artists' Panel.
The Art of Philip Gerstein

The New Mascot
You Were My Epiphany
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






Prior Issues
From The Archives



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July/August 2015|

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October 2014|

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July 2014|

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April 2014|

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January 2014|

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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