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April 2013


So Far, So Good
Michael Bettencourt
Scene4 Magazine: Michael Bettencourt | www.scene4.comIn a play of mine, Light. Fantastic., Clu Martin, a writer, in speaking with another character about why he, Clu, tried to commit suicide, talks about how the phrase "What is the point?"

A Man For All Seasons But One... redux
 Arthur Meiselman
Scene4 Magazine: Arthur Meiselman |
I'll keep it short with cloudy details because I haven't retold it much and I'm uncertain as to the final outcome of the events and the relevance or danger of the facts today.

On Turning 50
Nathan Thomas

Scene4 Magazine: Nathan Thomas | I don't know why it's such a big deal.  Thirty-seven was bigger than forty.  Forty-nine was nothing.  But hitting the big "five-oh" this month looms large.

There Are No Gatekeepers
Les Marcott

Scene4 Magazine: Les Marcott | www.scene4.comI've come to the sad realization that there are no gatekeepers – no arbiters of good taste, and/or good sense to filter out the spam and the garbage, fraud and the fraudulent.

Pros Up the Wazoo
Claudine Jones

Scene4 Magazine: Claudine Jones | Don't quite recall how the subject of defining professional came up, but as usual, once a word enters the domestic atmosphere, it stays until it has been replaced or has worn out its welcome.

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Scene4 Magazine: "Beasts of the Southern Wild" reviewed by Miles David Moore | April 2013 |

FILM (reviews)
Beasts of the Southern Wild

Few Best Picture Oscar nominees have come so completely out of left field: a low-budget picture whose director and two leading actors are all newcomers to feature films, and whose protagonist is six years old.
Miles David Moore

Scene4 Magazine: San Francisco Ballet's "Rite of Spring" reviewed by Catherine Conway Honig | April 2013 |

San Francisco Ballet's Rite of Spring

Possokhov has not caused a revolution nor replicated a classic. He and his collaborators have movingly and beautifully celebrated the timeless horror and beauty of death and its promise of rebirth. 
Catherine Conway Honig

Scene4 Magazine - "Nijinsky" at San Francisco Ballet | reviewed by Renate Stendhal | April 2013 |

A Thinking Man's 'God' of Dance

In large swaths of red and black cloth - his arms spread like a figure of Christ – once the God of Dance, a sacrificial lamb in the end.
John Neumeier's Nijinsky at San Francisco Ballet
Renate Stendhal

The Muse
Gertrude Stein and her partner Alice B. Toklas were picky about the women they considered friends. Marie Laurencin, the only woman painter in Stein's circle of artists remained a friend throughout her life with Stein.
Karren LaLonde Alenier

The Artist as Rhoda Morgenstern:
'Victorious Losers' Rule

Yesterday, I woke up sweating — not knowing whether to laugh or cry.  I'd had one of those dreams that feel so real you can't believe it's only a dream — though you fervently wish it wasn't happening.
Kathi Wolfe

Sundance 2013
Reviews of

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Scene4 Magazine: The Arts of Thailand - Interview with Tippanet Yaemmaneechai  | Janine Yasovant | April 2013 |
Scene4 Magazine: Kathi Wolfe - Life Among The Heffalumps | Scene4 Magazine: Comics - "My Old Man - Morrie and Martha!" | Elliot Feldman | April 2013 |

The Blending of
Past and Present

Interview with
Tippanet Yaemmaneechai.

Janine Yasovant
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My Old Man!
Morrie and Martha

An ongoing series by
Scene4's resident and soon to be confined mad cartoonist

Elliot Feldman

The Truth Will Not Be Televised

Insights from
Sundance 2013

Arthur Kanegis


Scene4 Magazine — inSight - Views and Perspective on the Arts
Scene4 Magazine: Perspectives-Images | Postcards from Puerto Rico - The Photography of Jon Rendell | April 2013 | Scene4 Magazine: Perspectives-Images | Postcards from Puerto Rico - The Photography of Jon Rendell | April 2013 |

Postcards from Puerto Rico
The Photography of Jon Rendell

Scene4 Magazine — inSight - Views and Perspective on the Arts
Scene4 Magazine: The Art of David Wiley - "Source" | April 2013 |

Source/Confabulation of Love
The Art of David Wiley


The Boogeyman  Les Marcott
It's not always the stray or the intended bullet.  It's not the bad heart, the bad liver, the Mad Cow disease, Anthrax, the knock out punch of a heavyweight fighter.  And it's not the bus that comes out of nowhere to plow you over. 


Memorial?  Harriet Halliday Renaud
It was only when the pain finally took over that I knew I had to realize something: that I had skipped some necessary piece of information about our lives. 


Violetta's Lament  Griselda Steiner
No woman should ever die to suit a hypocrite's lie.
Lyric from the musical Hypatia  


Five Easy Irish-Americans  Patrick Walsh
Hey, you remember Sully? 
Yeah, the kid with the kooky-eye.
Well I heard he made a killing
before the market took a dive.



Scene4 Magazine: Perspectives - Dialogue | Undress Me | Michael Bettencourt | March 2013 | www.scene4.comUndress Me  Michael Bettencourt
In a bar, Laura turns to Stefan and asks him to undress her by word of mouth, in his best mother tongue.

Scene4 Magazine: Perspectives - Dialogue | The Greed Gene | Michael Bettencourt | March 2013 | www.scene4.comThe Greed Gene  Michael Bettencourt
A young couple is told by their genetic counselor — the "genie of genes" — that their child has the greed gene, and there is nothing they can do to stop the expression of the gene. What are they going to do?

Scene4 Magazine: Perspectives - Audio | Theatre Thoughts  | Michael Bettencourt | April 2013 |

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Theatre Thoughts 
Eros on the Escalator
Drama can happen on the contra-flow of escalators.
Art vs Commerce
If you're not selling something, it's not art.
Authoritarian Musicals
When you leave a musical, you're anybody's fool.
The frontstage magic all happens backstage.





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This month Scene4 Books and AviarPress will publish the authorized version of Lester Cole's HOLLYWOOD RED

Hollywood Red - The Autobiography of Lester Cole - published in April 2013 by Scene4 Books and AviarPress |

One of the founders of the Screenwriters Guild (now the WGA) and the most unrelenting and outspoken member of the blacklisted "Hollywood Ten", Lester Cole was a protégé of the legendary Cecil B. De Mille, a roommate of Cary Grant, a pal of Humphrey Bogart, a gadfly to Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, and then there were... the women in his life.

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Scene4 Books is proud to offer the authorized reprint of this controversial autobiography. Timely! Provocative! Startling! Now, after 32 years, a witness to the nightmare of what we did and what we almost did again.

Few Americans remember the dark days of the House Un-American Activities Committee. From 1938 to 1975 it traveled like a carnival throughout the country, breaking up families, turning friends into enemies, destroying reputations and lives. This is the intimate, inside story of one of the "Hollywood Ten", screenwriters and directors jailed for defying HUAC's nightmare of enforced orthodoxy.

"...the best 'inside' book yet about Hollywood under HUAC, a book that brings the whole period, and what came before and after, into frightening clarity, but also a book that is moving, exciting, funny and blessed with humanity."

— Carl Foreman, Director and Screenwriter whose films include High Noon, The Bridge On The River Kwai, Guns of Navarone, Young Man With A Horn.

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 Living in a city on the Great Plains when the year of Orwell's dystopia came around, the author found nothing ominous about 1984 in Fargo. Rather, the town seemed to be dying of its pettiness. This is about a whole family that becomes bipolar - they all get alternately manic and depressed as one. An outside member, a young Marine back from Lebanon on leave, tries to fit in, but they tear his good nature to shreds. He comes out intact anyway.


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When you're asked to choose the most influential film of the last hundred years, essentially you're being asked to choose the most influential film of all time.

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