February 2024


The City by the Bay
Icons of San Francisco, one of the oldest cities in the American West.
The Photography of Jon Rendell

(Bleep)ing Lovely
Flora and Son, Ted Lasso
Both are filled with rough-and-ready, often reprehensible characters who never met a sentence they couldn’t stuff with obscenities.
Miles David Moore

Birthdays Are Very Favorable Too
Gertrude Stein at 150
with gifts, Barbies and AI.

Hans Gallas


Free Will
MichaelBettencourt | Scene4 Magazine | www.scene4.comA tranche of physicists, neuroscientists, and philosophers argue that “free will” is an illusion, a feeling that people have about the actions they take, but not more than that feeling.  
Michael Bettencourt

Floating In the Wind
Arthur Danin Adler  Scene4 MagazineThere was a time when my life and most lives world-round were much simpler. I grew up in upstate New York on the edge of Lake Ontario where I relished the distinct four seasons.
Arthur Danin Adler

Before Jaipur
Claudine Jones | Scene4 MagazineLast night I crashed at about 10 o’clock after a very light, in fact almost invisible Thanksgiving. Peculiar to be sitting there at a lovely table with an empty plate and a glass of seltzer, watching everybody else eat.
Claudine Jones

Book Reviews
Les Marcott | Scene4 Magazine | www.scene4.com
She became an international sensation when slated for execution.
He writes about the dirty rotten business called politics.
She is transformed by the power of American roots music.
Les Marcott

Incorrigible Landscape
Gregory Luce | Scene4 Magazine In December 2020, I had the pleasure of reviewing Helen, or My Hunger by Gale Marie Thompson. I am happy to report that Thompson has finally published a new collection, equally as rich.
Gregory Luce

Patrick Walsh | Scene4 MagazineMusic has many cross-genius collaborations. In film, nothing surpasses Ran, Kurosawa’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play, King Lear. Think about it: Kurosawa covers Shakespeare.
Patrick Walsh


The Iliad as Foundation for
Tender Buttons?

Karren Alenier

“The Little Girl by the Fence at School”
William Stafford

It demonstrates how emotionally and philosophically rich and powerful just eight lines of poetry can be.

David Alpaugh

Gabriele Münter: Post-Break Up With Kandinsky
Beyond what is already known, there exists a late, revealing letter, of four handwritten pages, by Münter.
Jelena Hahl-Fontaine
Edited by Lissa Tyler Renaud

The Goddess as Active Listener
Part Five
 When I remember Sue Castigliano,
I think of almost naked dancers vaulting above the horns of Cretan bulls, to the sound of waves breaking in the distance

Brian George

Wasana Srisang
วาสนา สีสัง
Thai artists' contribution to society today is better, because it is no longer so high that it is out of reach
Janine Yasovant

Kinky Boots
 The Musical

Sophisticated, exuberant, tender, “Comfort Theatre” from the Before Times flying resplendent in today's context,
nerve-wracking, bedeviled Now.

reviewed by Lissa Tyler Renaud



The Superhero and the Web Reality     Altenir Silva  
Behind the shrub lay the lifeless body of a woman. I quickly retrieved my glasses and took a closer look. To my shock, it was Laura Kramer, the renowned Victoria's Secret angel.

The Boy Who Loved Christmas     Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold  
Charles Cooke ran his long, slender fingers through his chestnut hair and closed his eyes.  It was a gesture he absently reverted to whenever he was lost in thought.


A Solo in New York:
My Interval Paintings
For this month's feature, I am excited to preview my solo exhibition about to open at The Painting Center, in Chelsea, NYC.
The Art of Philip Gerstein

Objective Correlative
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  | 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






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A Brief But Quirky History of the Arts
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The Rising Fall of the Arts
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The One
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What Is Art?
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View of the Arts
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The Art of Sex in the Arts
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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

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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