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Stories are an essential part of human civilization.  Every person’s life is one’s own individual narrative.  There are also stories that have been told and preserved for hundreds and even thousands of years.  There is the story of Abraham and Isaac, Siddhartha Gautama  and the Bohdi Tree, Achilles and Agamemnon, Arjuna and Krishna, Mohammad and… Read more »

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The lives of musicians are endlessly fascinating.  Through dedicated and devoted practice, the instruments become part of the their being, a natural appendage of their life.  The instruments become their voice through which they communicate with the world.  The stimulus of their life, the spirit of their time, their personal desires and heartbreaks are transformed… Read more »

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Most people are familiar with the fable of the enraged lion marauding villages.  Brave warriors are sent to defeat the lion and one after another the warriors are lost, rendering the villages increasingly vulnerable.  Finally, a tiny mouse meagerly and harmlessly visits the lair of the lion and finds a thorn stuck in his paw. … Read more »

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Recently, I was sitting at Central Park with the playwright Lily Rusek.  We paused and silently watched the traffic swirl around Columbus Circle.  Then our eyes climbed the twinkling towers into the sky.  As we stared at the beauty of the city, she made the comment, “You know, sometimes I forget I live in New… Read more »

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Early in the day on December 31st, visitors will begin pouring into the city to participate in the Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration. If you plan to be among the one million people who will ring in the New Year with the ball drop at midnight consider this: you may stand in the cold… Read more »

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Only in New York can one attend a soul concert performed by a fat white man, who calls himself Har Mar Superstar, and see a guest appearance by a nostalgia provoking child-star. That’s right, Macauly Caulkin, accompanied Har Mar Superstar for one song last night at the Bowery Ballroom. His appearance just added to a… Read more »

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Dance and music are older than human civilization.  Dance and music are older than the human species.  Organisms on this planet have been communicating through expressive, exhibitory movement and phrased arrangements of sounds for hundreds of millions of years.  When we communicate through music and dance, we touch something greater than all that we know…. Read more »