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December 2011

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Michael Bettencourt
Walkabout Thoughts
I'm walking down the street and I'm talking to myself.  And the thought I'm having is this.  First of all, it's not about me as the writer, not about a career as a writer.  It is about something else. It's about taking what I write to create value.

Arthur Meiselman
Singers of Songs
A continuous dimension I travel through is music. It is the balance to my visual world and a purveyor of intimate and relentless privacy. In that dimension, of all the singers I have ever heard, seen, enjoyed, opera, theatre, jazz, pop,
only two linger and hover above
all the other voices. Both are American.

 Nathan Thomas
Why Don't You Speak Better?

 In America, we haven't quite found a way to embrace the various dialects of American English.  We hold out as a model a region-less, dialect-less speech. This kind of speech is very American – "I come from nowhere and will disappear ultimately like the will o' the wisp." We do not use the dialects of our country. And some dialects we actively dislike.

Les Marcott
The Santa Claus Monlogues

There's no red carpet treatment this year Santa. No helicopter arrival. No band. No parade. No fanfare. No grand entrance. It's the year of lowered expectations. You'll simply arrive in a rusty Olds 98 pushed by volunteers. You'll come through the back way and make a brief statement. You'll then sit down with the kids, read a story, take a few pictures, and walk back to the rusty Olds and be pushed away. Santa simply can't promise more than he can deliver.

Claudine Jones
chocklit Kleen

I forget why, but I did update my passport somewhat recently (oh yeah, went to Guam. Oops, blocked that out) & so had to get a new photo. It has to 'look' like you. No smiling and no scarves or hats either. I took some trouble to appear 'natural'—not to run afoul of the *shudder* TSA—and yet now less than a year later, the hair is not behaving...yag. I know I've said before that with me it's all about the hair, but really. I'm serious.

Scene4 Magazine — reView - review film, theatre, dance, music and other arts
Scene4 Magazine: "The Ides of March", "Margin Call" reviewed by Miles David Moore December 2011

FILM (reviews)
The Ides of March, Margin Call
Both films feature dream casts and long stretches of high-intensity dialogue, but only one persuades us of the overwhelming, poisonous importance of the skullduggery it portrays.
Miles David Moore

Scene4 Magazine: "Red Mother" |  Ned Bobkoff  December 2011

Red Mother

Using Brecht's "Mother Courage" as a jumping off place, Muriel Miguel of the Spider Woman Theater Ensemble embraced the war torn, twisted reality of a native woman worming her way from one war to the next
Ned Bobkoff

Scene4 Magazine: Richard Cory's Untold Story | David Alpaugh December 2011

Richard Cory's Untold Story

Much envied by the "people on the pavement" he went home "one calm summer night" and "put a bullet through his head."
David Alpaugh

Scene4 Magazine: "Xerxes by Händel" by Renate Stendhal December 2011

Xerxes by Händel

San Francisco Opera may have already reached the zenith of this season with Händel's one and only "comic" opera.
Renate Stendhal

Should the Steiny Road Poet
 call 2011 the year of
Gertrude Stein?

Karren Alenier

Holy Holidaze, Batman!
Five Gift Ideas for Starving Poets and Other Lesser Mortals

If you're like me, life is more scary now than it was this time last year, even though then we wouldn't have thought this was possible.
Kathi Wolfe


A World Elsewhere
David Alpaugh

Scene4 Magazine — inSight - Views and Perspective on the Arts
Scene4 Magazine - Karren Alenier - The Steiny Road To Operadom -
Scene4 Magazine: Lia Beachy - La Femme La Mujer La Donna
Scene4 Magazine: Kathi Wolfe - Life Among The Heffalumps
Scene4 Magazine: Comics - "My Old Man - Bakky, Nakky, Saki" Elliot Feldman December 2011
Scene4 Magazine: "A World Elsewhere" | David Alpaugh | Decemober 2011
Scene4 Magazine: Mika Oklop - "The Former Future" | Lissa Tyler Renaud | December 2011

Letter Heads
When was the last time you received a letter, either hand-written or typed, through the postal service? I'm talking about a personal letter, not an appointment reminder or a birthday card from your dentist.
Lia Beachy


My Old Man!
Bakky Nakky Saki
An ongoing series by Scene4's resident mad cartoonist
Elliot Feldman

The Former Future: The U.S. Writings of
Mika Oklop
A writer of legendary stature in the former Yugoslavia, this is the first publication of Mika Oklop's longer expatriate writings.
Lissa Tyler Renaud

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