March 2024


Mere Mortals
A world premiere
at San Francisco Ballet
launches a promising new era.

Renate Stendhal

The Enduring Appeal
of the Commedia dell’Arte
It was the theatre of the mask. The entire essence of the tradition, born in Renaissance Italy, was founded on the concept of stylized illusion.
Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold

Brideshead Eviscerated
Saltburn, The Holdovers
If asked whether I find it a fascinating descent into depravity or an annoying collection of cheap tricks meant to titillate the audience, I would say, “Yes,” with a slight prejudice toward the latter.
Miles David Moore

Postcards from Egypt
Jon Rendell


MichaelBettencourt | Scene4 Magazine | www.scene4.comFor 19 days in 2023, from July 28 to Aug. 15, we made our first trip to Ireland, picking up a car in Dublin (after staying in the city for three days) and driving around the perimeter of the island.  
Michael Bettencourt

La cuisine du démon
Arthur Danin Adler  Scene4 MagazineWhen the preparation, consumption of food journeys beyond survival nutrition, it lands at the gate of entertainment as the art of cooking and it’s as indexing, revealing, and self-defining as any art form.
Arthur Danin Adler

Not all right all right
Claudine Jones | Scene4 MagazineYug. I'm incontinent. Not all the time of course, not that bad
and it's not a medical condition that requires intervention
—just a royal pain.

Claudine Jones

Songs and Stories: Part I
Les Marcott | Scene4 Magazine |
There’s a story behind every song. Maybe a dream, a keen observation about the human condition, an epiphany, a funny situation, a news item, or a muse – someone that inspires your creativity.
Les Marcott

March Blows In
Gregory Luce | Scene4 Magazine It arrives as a welcome but not always civil guest, alternately bringing cold, sun, wind, rain, warm temperatures, offering the hope of and then disappointing with another blast of winter.
Gregory Luce

St. Patrick’s Day in the 33rd County
Patrick Walsh | Scene4 MagazineA fish takes for granted the water in which he swims. As a kid in 1970s Woodside, Queens, I never thought twice about how most of my classmates had a parent or two who spoke with a brogue.
Patrick Walsh


From the Belly: Poets Respond
Why does Gertrude Stein use the word “niggers” in Tender Buttons? How has this affected the presentation of a forthcoming book?
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

“Nina and Me”:
Jelena's Years with Kandinsky's Wife (Part 1)

When you are reading Jelena on Nina, you are only a few degrees of separation from Nina herself—and who else do you know besides Jelena who had lunch prepared for her by Nina Kandinsky!
Jelena Hahl-Fontaine - edited by Lissa Tyler Renaud

The Goddess as Active Listener
Parts Six - Eight
 Few suspected how old my teacher really was, how many centuries she had spent preparing for her role. Her eyes were publicly accessible

Brian George

Pakkawee Gangtonglang
ภัควี แก่งทองหลาง
The sculptures that are made are contemporary works. Most of the work that is done is from one's own point of view, expressed from one's own feelings
Janine Yasovant



Mx. Sturges Will Not Come to Thanksgiving     Altenir Silva  
Since Clemon Sturges left Middleburg, a small town in Loudoun County, Virginia, to live his real life in New York, he has never returned to visit his family, and he hasn't heard anything about them.


Long Live the King!... of Prussia
I simply love exhibiting at The Painting Center in New York. I think their Project Room is perfectly suited to showing abstract work.
The Art of Philip Gerstein

Flowers In Magnesium Vase
Artist Statement
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


Scene4 Magazine -

July/August 2015|

Scene4 Magazine -
October 2014|

Scene4 Magazine -
July 2014|

Scene4 Magazine -
April 2014|

Scene4 Magazine -
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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