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Hoa Nguyen

Hoa Nguyen

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This blog provides an angle on Vietnam's economy as well as its culture influencing business performances in this country. .. view profile

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Chris Grasso

Chris Grasso

Life

Chris is a freelance writer who lives in Florida and loves the sunshine... view profile

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Stephen Stapczynski

Stephen Stapczynski

World

Stephen reports on Asia & Pacific news and politics. His primary interests include Japanese domestic politics, US-Japan relations, and geopolitics in East Asia... view profile

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June Rousso

June Rousso

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Barry Bassis

Barry Bassis

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Barry has been a music, theater and travel writer for over a decade for various publications. .. view profile

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Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson

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Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist. American by birth and now based in South America, Jerry covers social justice issues globally... view profile

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Richard Cox

Richard Cox

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Linda Moore

Linda Moore

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John Christopher Fine

John Christopher Fine

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Deborah Asseraf

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Bianca Silva

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Liz Leafloor

Liz Leafloor

Science

Liz Leafloor is a Freelance Writer, Copy Editor, and Graphic Artist. She explores mysterious subjects and hidden histories... view profile

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Peter Valk

Peter Valk

Food & Dining

Peter Valk is a tea expert who has traveled Asia extensively, steeping himself in traditional Chinese culture. He's been in Chinese tea business since 2007... view profile

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Zachary Stallings

Zachary Stallings

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Miles Young

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Ryan Nakada

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  • A Boisterous Production of “The Taming of the Shrew” at Baruch

    Michael Moss and Elissa Klie as Petruchio and Kate

    Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” is a difficult play to present effectively and the production presented by Baruch Performing Arts Center and TGW Acting Studio and directed by Thomas G. Waites is uneven.

    The play begins with a sort of prologue in which a drunken tinker named Christopher Sly (Joshua Walter) is tricked into …

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  • “Essential James Taylor” – Highlights from the Singer-Songwriter’s 45 Year Career

    Highlights from the Singer-Songwriter's 45 year career

    An unknown 20 year old with a history of psychiatric and drug problems arrived in London in 1968 and within days was recording his debut album for Apple Records. The label was founded that year by the Beatles and it was an artist-focused label, reflecting their tastes and those of Peter Asher (formerly a member …

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  • Love, Birds and Revolution in “The Mapmaker’s Opera”

    Joel Perez (Diego Clemente) and Madeleine Featherby (Sofia Duarte)

    The New York Musical Theatre Festival is presenting “The Mapmaker’s Opera,” an ambitious new musical based on the novel of the same name by Bea Gonzalez. Victor Kazan wrote the book and lyrics and Kevin Purcell the music. There is much to commend in the work despite its flaws.

    The action takes place in the …

    Read More

  • Sunlight

    The Poetess 

    The sun is pouring rays of love

    with every shining peace and whisper

    on every leaf glows a prayer

    on every gentle flower a word

    with every fish swims the sound

    every hour baskets of change

    our life flowing into miracles.…

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  • The Portrait of Beauty poem

     

     

    The smile sends a friend

    Into a peaceful descend

    In the flowers gentle colors

    Opens the scent of God’s door

    To our heaven’s floor

    Within faiths beauty

    Is the portrait to summers dynasty.

     …

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  • Tea and Honey

    The tea of summer

    Grows the finest measure

    Planting a masterpiece to joyful days

    Natural ways

    Warmness to inspire

    Dressed in healthy attire

    The honey of summer

    Brings roses of the purest

    Fresh flowers

    Twinkling showers

    Heavens embrace

    A Velvet  lace

    Vibrant towers 

    Of the highest power.

     By: JoyAnne O’Donnell…

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  • Savion Glover’s “OM” Seeks Transcendence Through Tap Dance

    OM (Savion Glover and Company)

    Savion Glover’s dance work, “OM,” begins with a recording of Kenny Garrett’s “Calling,” a jazz piece in the spiritual style of John Coltrane. Then, the stage is filled with votive candles, religious artifacts (a crucifix, a statue of Buddha, and a photograph of Mahatma Gandhi) and the images of famous African-American dancers (Michael Jackson, Gregory …

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  • Gardner McKay’s “Sea Marks:” A Lonely Sailor Finds Romance at Irish Rep

    photo by Carol Rosegg

    If you’re seeking an evening of charm and romance, head to the Irish Repertory Theater where Gardner McKay’s “Sea Marks” has been enchanting audiences.

    This two character play starts an epistolary work, letters back and forth between a man and woman. Colm Primrose (Patrick Fitzgerald) is a fisherman in a remote island in the west …

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  • Verdi’s “Don Carlo” in all its Majesty

    A legendary performance with Gobbi, Vickers and Christoff

    The 1958 production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Don Carlo” at Covent Garden is legendary for its combination of remarkable talents, notably the conductor Carlo Maria Giulini, the director of Luchino Visconti, and three of the greatest singing actors of the last century: Jon Vickers, Tito Gobbi and Boris Christoff. Unfortunately, there is no video available but …

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  • Alternative Lifestyles on the Boards

    Photo by Joan Marcus

    I recently had a conversation with two of my colleagues at work. The man was telling about his plan to fly to California with his husband and one-year old child. The woman recounted her experiences traveling with infants. That conversation could not have happened a decade ago and, just as President Obama evolved on the …

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  • Glyndebourne’s “Don Pasquale” with Danielle de Niese

    Alessandro Corbelli and Danielle de Niese prove there's no fool like an old fool

    Gaetano Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” is one of the comic gems of Italian opera. The work premiered in 1843, five years before the prolific composer’s death.  Opus Arte has just released a DVD of the winning 2013 Glyndebourne Festival production.  The main attraction is the star turn by the captivating Danielle de Niese, but other pleasures …

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  • “Rugantino” is Still Enjoyable After All These Years

    photo by Pino Le Pera

    The Italian musical comedy “Rugantino” last played in New York for three weeks in 1964. For the 50th anniversary of the Broadway production, a revival returned to City Center (131 West 55th Street) for three performances (June 12, 13 and 14).

    With a large cast, an impressive revolving set, singing and dancing and a lot …

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  • Zdenek Otava: The Great Czech Baritone

    Recordings by the great Czech baritone

    “Zdenek Otava: Baritone” is a 2-CD/1-DVD set (on ArcoDiva) of a superb singer, who is unknown in the United States. Otava (1902–1980) was a star in his native Czechoslovakia for half a century, but his name doesn’t even appear in any of my reference books on classical music or opera. Perhaps politics had something to …

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  • Race Still Matters, On Stage and in American Life

    Louis Armstrong recalls his life and times in Terry Teachout's play

    There seems to be a new type of play: a show that depicts a show business legend at the end of his or her career, which is also the end of their lives. First, there was “End of the Rainbow” about Judy Garland. This season there have been two about Billie Holiday. First was “Lady …

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  • “Love Duets” from Opera’s Hottest New Couple: Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello

    Husband and Wife Rising Opera Stars Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez Release an album of love duets

    The new album, “Love Duets” (on Warner Classics) is not one of those combinations put together by a record company. The two American singers, soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello, are in fact married. They are both winners of the Richard Tucker Award (Pérez 2012, Costello 2009) and their acting and good looks receive …

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    fruit basket

    By Deborah Asseraf

    So you’ve got your drill down, on your client’s birthdays (or their kid’s birthday depending on how savvy you are) you ship off a basket of fruit, bottle of wine or a table book. A gift so bland that whether you were sending it to someone you’ve met yesterday or your cousin …

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  • How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

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    Recently, I attended a networking event that decided to get cute with introductions. They asked guests to say their names, what they do and a fun fact about themselves. I was total stumped. Working 16 hours a day leaves few hours left for more than chores, eating and sleeping. Panicked, when my turn came around …

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  • Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

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    Originating in China and Japan, paper lanterns are often associated with celebration. They are usually made out of thin, brightly colored paper and bamboo or a collapsable metal frame, with a bulb or a candle placed inside, resulting in a beautiful glow!

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  • OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

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    “The food we serve is different. It’s all about having fun,” Yoel Sanchez said. He was born in Matanzas, Cuba. His family moved to Miami, Florida in 1991, then to the Keys in 1998, where Yoel attended high school. He worked in restaurants to earn money. Yoel’s father is in the stone crab and lobster …

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  • Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

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  • A Boisterous Production of “The Taming of the Shrew” at Baruch

    Michael Moss and Elissa Klie as Petruchio and Kate

    Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” is a difficult play to present effectively and the production presented by Baruch Performing Arts Center and TGW Acting Studio and directed by Thomas G. Waites is uneven.

    The play begins with a sort of prologue in which a drunken tinker named Christopher Sly (Joshua Walter) is tricked into …

    Read More

  • “Essential James Taylor” – Highlights from the Singer-Songwriter’s 45 Year Career

    Highlights from the Singer-Songwriter's 45 year career

    An unknown 20 year old with a history of psychiatric and drug problems arrived in London in 1968 and within days was recording his debut album for Apple Records. The label was founded that year by the Beatles and it was an artist-focused label, reflecting their tastes and those of Peter Asher (formerly a member …

    Read More

  • Love, Birds and Revolution in “The Mapmaker’s Opera”

    Joel Perez (Diego Clemente) and Madeleine Featherby (Sofia Duarte)

    The New York Musical Theatre Festival is presenting “The Mapmaker’s Opera,” an ambitious new musical based on the novel of the same name by Bea Gonzalez. Victor Kazan wrote the book and lyrics and Kevin Purcell the music. There is much to commend in the work despite its flaws.

    The action takes place in the …

    Read More

  • Savion Glover’s “OM” Seeks Transcendence Through Tap Dance

    OM (Savion Glover and Company)

    Savion Glover’s dance work, “OM,” begins with a recording of Kenny Garrett’s “Calling,” a jazz piece in the spiritual style of John Coltrane. Then, the stage is filled with votive candles, religious artifacts (a crucifix, a statue of Buddha, and a photograph of Mahatma Gandhi) and the images of famous African-American dancers (Michael Jackson, Gregory …

    Read More

  • Gardner McKay’s “Sea Marks:” A Lonely Sailor Finds Romance at Irish Rep

    photo by Carol Rosegg

    If you’re seeking an evening of charm and romance, head to the Irish Repertory Theater where Gardner McKay’s “Sea Marks” has been enchanting audiences.

    This two character play starts an epistolary work, letters back and forth between a man and woman. Colm Primrose (Patrick Fitzgerald) is a fisherman in a remote island in the west …

    Read More

  • Verdi’s “Don Carlo” in all its Majesty

    A legendary performance with Gobbi, Vickers and Christoff

    The 1958 production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Don Carlo” at Covent Garden is legendary for its combination of remarkable talents, notably the conductor Carlo Maria Giulini, the director of Luchino Visconti, and three of the greatest singing actors of the last century: Jon Vickers, Tito Gobbi and Boris Christoff. Unfortunately, there is no video available but …

    Read More

  • Alternative Lifestyles on the Boards

    Photo by Joan Marcus

    I recently had a conversation with two of my colleagues at work. The man was telling about his plan to fly to California with his husband and one-year old child. The woman recounted her experiences traveling with infants. That conversation could not have happened a decade ago and, just as President Obama evolved on the …

    Read More

  • Glyndebourne’s “Don Pasquale” with Danielle de Niese

    Alessandro Corbelli and Danielle de Niese prove there's no fool like an old fool

    Gaetano Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” is one of the comic gems of Italian opera. The work premiered in 1843, five years before the prolific composer’s death.  Opus Arte has just released a DVD of the winning 2013 Glyndebourne Festival production.  The main attraction is the star turn by the captivating Danielle de Niese, but other pleasures …

    Read More

  • “Rugantino” is Still Enjoyable After All These Years

    photo by Pino Le Pera

    The Italian musical comedy “Rugantino” last played in New York for three weeks in 1964. For the 50th anniversary of the Broadway production, a revival returned to City Center (131 West 55th Street) for three performances (June 12, 13 and 14).

    With a large cast, an impressive revolving set, singing and dancing and a lot …

    Read More

  • Zdenek Otava: The Great Czech Baritone

    Recordings by the great Czech baritone

    “Zdenek Otava: Baritone” is a 2-CD/1-DVD set (on ArcoDiva) of a superb singer, who is unknown in the United States. Otava (1902–1980) was a star in his native Czechoslovakia for half a century, but his name doesn’t even appear in any of my reference books on classical music or opera. Perhaps politics had something to …

    Read More

  • Race Still Matters, On Stage and in American Life

    Louis Armstrong recalls his life and times in Terry Teachout's play

    There seems to be a new type of play: a show that depicts a show business legend at the end of his or her career, which is also the end of their lives. First, there was “End of the Rainbow” about Judy Garland. This season there have been two about Billie Holiday. First was “Lady …

    Read More

  • “Love Duets” from Opera’s Hottest New Couple: Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello

    Husband and Wife Rising Opera Stars Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez Release an album of love duets

    The new album, “Love Duets” (on Warner Classics) is not one of those combinations put together by a record company. The two American singers, soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello, are in fact married. They are both winners of the Richard Tucker Award (Pérez 2012, Costello 2009) and their acting and good looks receive …

    Read More

  • Mike Bloomfield: The Forgotten Icon of the Sixties

    "From His Head to his Heart to His Hands"

    My parents once took me to a concert at which the featured performer was folk/blues singer Odetta. The opening act was the electrified (and sometimes electrifying) Paul Butterfield Blues Band. They especially knocked me out with a long instrumental, an Indian raga rock fusion piece, titled “East-West.” From where I was seating, I could see …

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  • Christopher Rouse’s Requiem Has New York Premiere

    Photo by Chris Lee

    The inaugural concert of this season’s Spring for Music Festival at Carnegie Hall started with the New York Philharmonic and added forces playing the local premiere of composer-in-residence Christopher Rouse’s Requiem. The massive piece, written about a dozen years ago, requires a symphony orchestra, baritone soloist and two choirs. With the energetic Alan Gilbert conducting …

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  • Peretyatko Goes Mad in Style in “I Puritani”

    Photo by Ken Howard

    Vincenzo Bellini’s “I Puritani” is the third of the composer’s works to be performed at the Metropolitan Opera this season. (The others were “La Sonnambula” and “Norma.”) The opera was so popular from the time of its premiere in 1835 that the four lead singers– soprano Giulia Grisi, baritone Antonio Tamburini, tenor Giovanni Battista Rubini …

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  • A Tenor in Love: Juan Diego Flórez’s “L’Amour”

    The Peruvian Tenor Sings his first album of French arias

    The Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez has just released his first solo album in four years and he stakes out new territory. The CD, entitled “L’Amour” (on Decca) is comprised of French operatic arias from the 19th century. The tenor is well accompanied by the “Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna”, conducted by …

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  • Joyce DiDonato is Rossini’s Cinderella at the Met

    Photo by Ken Howard

    Giacomo Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” has its premiere in Rome in 1877 but it did not play at the Metropolitan Opera until 1997. The Cesare Lievi production is back with a new cast and the opera is as sparkling as ever. The action has been moved into the early twentieth century with a sort of surreal …

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  • “Arabella” Revived at the Met

    Photo by Marty Sohl

    Opera audiences often have to suspend their disbelief, for example, when an overweight soprano sings one of those roles where the heroine is wasting away from tuberculosis. If the singer has the glorious voice of a Sutherland or Caballe, that’s enough. However, in the current production of “Arabella” at the Metropolitan Opera, the title character …

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  • Jarmila Novotna: An Opera Singer Who Could Act

    An opera star who could act

    Jarmila Novotna (1907 -1994) was an opera star for 30 years, but she may be best known today for her non-singing roles in two Hollywood films. In the 1947 film, “The Search,” directed by Fred Zinnemann, Novotna gave a moving performance as a mother searching for her son after World War II. She also appeared …

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  • Love and Murder in Broadway Musicals

    Jessie Mueller Plays Carole King in "Beautiful" (photo by Joan Marcus)

    For sheer entertainment, nothing beats “After Midnight” (at the Brooks Atkinson Theater), a fast-paced 90 minutes evoking the Cotton Club (the Harlem nightspot during the 1920’s and 1930’s). The original club’s band was led by the young Duke Ellington and the Broadway show’s band was hand-picked by Wynton Marsalis, assuring authenticity and swing.

    There are …

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  • Sunlight

    The Poetess 

    The sun is pouring rays of love

    with every shining peace and whisper

    on every leaf glows a prayer

    on every gentle flower a word

    with every fish swims the sound

    every hour baskets of change

    our life flowing into miracles.…

    Read More

  • Tea and Honey

    The tea of summer

    Grows the finest measure

    Planting a masterpiece to joyful days

    Natural ways

    Warmness to inspire

    Dressed in healthy attire

    The honey of summer

    Brings roses of the purest

    Fresh flowers

    Twinkling showers

    Heavens embrace

    A Velvet  lace

    Vibrant towers 

    Of the highest power.

     By: JoyAnne O’Donnell…

    Read More


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