Scene4 Magazine - Arts and Media:

June 2013

Scene4 - International Magazine of Arts and Media - inFocus | June 2013 |


Going on 60
Michael Bettencourt
Scene4 Magazine: Michael Bettencourt | www.scene4.comI swore I would not do this, that I would not write about turning 60, that I would not catalogue and comment upon the thousand shocks that 60-year old flesh is heir to - back fat, love handles, less-than-prim erections, random mechanical joint aches, ear hair, and nose hair.

Of Vivaldi and Women
 Arthur Meiselman
Scene4 Magazine: Arthur Meiselman |
What do you know about self-possessed loneliness? Bone-aching, silent, time standing-still loneliness. An aloneness that the titillation of television or drugs or music, even suicide holds out no hands of hope.

I'm Not Professional Enough for You?
Nathan Thomas

Scene4 Magazine: Nathan Thomas | I've never been a member of any union. To be fair, I had no reason to join the union.  I always worked outside the biggest cities.

The Duct Tape Messiah - redux
Les Marcott

Scene4 Magazine: Les Marcott | www.scene4.comEvery once in a blue moon, I'll hear a song I've never heard before and it will not only touch my heart – it will also land a solid punch to my gut. The first time I heard the songs of Blaze Foley it did exactly that.


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Scene4 Magazine: "42 " reviewed by Miles David Moore | June 2013 |

FILM (reviews)
42, The Place Beyond the Pines

42 is an old-fashioned movie in every way, telling a story that cannot be retold often enough.  In contrast, The Place Beyond the Pines is distinctly bravura filmmaking.
Miles David Moore

Scene4 Magazine | Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises | reviewed by Karran LaLonde Alenier | June 2013 !

Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises

Septime Weber's new ballet Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises is a rich experience of exuberant, athletic dance, engaging live music and eye-striking costumes.
Karren LaLonde Alenier

Scene4 Magazine - "Cinderella" at San Francisco Ballet | reviewed by Renate Stendhal | June 2013 |

San Francisco Ballet's Cinderella

It's the old hat with a few added feathers. Wheeldon's Cinderella is a potpourri of idées reçues.
Renate Stendhal

Stein's "America"
The best remedy against trench foot was keeping the feet dry. In WWI, Stein ordered a Ford truck from America and turned it into an ambulance and distributed
Red Cross supplies.

Karren LaLonde Alenier

The Poet Robert Stock
"Stock is the rarest. His work embodies greater erudition, greater inventiveness, and probably more imagination than any American contemporary of his time."
David Wiley

Musical Theatre Today
Bringing It Off The Page

It is performances like these which renew our connection to sung drama and which remind us of the complex challenges of the American musical theatre today.
Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold

Scene4 Magazine - Karren Alenier - The Steiny Road To Operadom | Scene4 Magazine - Luang Por Sila | Janine Yasovant | June 2013
Scene4 Magazine:The Poet Robert Stock | David Wiley | June 2013 |
Scene4 Magazine: Kathi Wolfe - Life Among The Heffalumps |
Scene4 Magazine: Comics - "My Old Man - Déjà Nu?" | Elliot Feldman | June 2013 |
Scene4 Magazine: Musical Theatre Today | Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold | June 2013 |

Luang Por Sila and
Its Historic Murals

The legend of Luang Por Sila is another focal point for Buddhism in Thailand in order to understand the concept of "The Middle Way" (the way to avoid extremes).
Janine Yasovant
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Joyce Brothers
the $64,000 Encounter And Me

Most of you in your youth, I'm sure, were Lake Woebegone children – strong, good-looking and above-average.  Not me. I was no fledgling genius.
Kathi Wolfe

My Old Man!
Déjà Nu?

An ongoing series by
Scene4's resident and Florida swamp-loving mad cartoonist

Elliot Feldman


Scene4 Magazine — inSight - Views and Perspective on the Arts
Scene4 Magazine: Perspectives-Images | A Stroll Through San Francisco's Mission District - The Photography of Jon Rendell | June 2013 | Scene4 Magazine: Perspectives-Images | A Stroll Through San Francisco's Mission District - The Photography of Jon Rendell | June 2013 |

A Stroll Through San Francisco's Mission District
The Photography of Jon Rendell

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

Tower/A Lesson In Art History
The Art of David Wiley

Scene4 Magazine: Dialogue- "Azucena's Lament" | Griselda Steiner | June 2013 |

Azucena's Lament  Griselda Steiner
Lyric solo from the musical Hypatia  


Scene4 Magazine: Perspectives - Dialogue | Undress Me | Michael Bettencourt | May 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 | May 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 | June 2013 |


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.

The Fever Dream of Captain America
Our fever dream of empire
has weakened the body politic.
Imagination and Identity
No more script ghettos — free the imagination!
Mary Poppins is a Capitalist Fairy Tale
It's not about the witchy nanny but the family's father, Mr. Banks.  Really.
On Acting
Pretending can lead us to the truth about ourselves..





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