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PJ Harvey and John Parish Have a Fortuitous Collaboration

Making music for more than two decades

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2009
John Parish and Polly Jean Harvey have been making music together for more than two decades. And while Harvey is better known for a solo career that has made her one of the most vital artists on the planet, Parish is the guy who initially recognized and nurtured her singular skills.  

Playing with Abstraction

Semantics’ latest exhibition abstracts everyday life

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The body of work on display in Semantics Gallery is, at first sight, as inexplicable as the show’s title suggests: She Keeps It In Play/They Don’t Know What To Call It. As abstract paintings, drawings and sculptures, the works leave much to the imagination but they don’t entirely defy explanation.   

New Day Rising?

Will film (and video) be a useful tool in breaking musical acts?

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Can film (including, defining the term broadly, Internet videos) save popular music from its commercial destruction? Three recent and vastly disparate examples — Anvil, Susan Boyle and Leonard Cohen — give hope.  

A Walk in Her Shoes

Marcelina Robledo: local filmmaker, educator and much more

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Marcelina Robledo is a woman of many hats. Or, perhaps more accurately, many shoes. Robledo, 38, has walked the road less traveled, a collection of winding paths that has led her to her present place in life. She is a self-starter who is constantly reinventing herself, rolling with life’s punches and taking risks.  

Made by Women

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Traditionally, as a woman, people expect you/me to make a lot of things: homes, babies, CityBeat Women’s Issues, etc. Thankfully, no one required me to get pregnant during the making of this special section. I probably would have said no. But since it’s already 2009, I figured we’ve been fighting for equality long enough that some of the social stigma has worn off of this Suzy Homemaker persona. Instead of revolting against her, we could probably recognize her, maybe even embrace her — but only if she said it was OK. Otherwise it’s sexual harrassment.  

Bizarre Experience

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Let me preface this by saying that I’m in no way a “food snob.” There is nothing in the world I enjoy more than a local hole-in-the-wall restaurant of quality, but I have to comment on Lora Arduser’s take on AmerAsia in Covington (“Asian Haven,” issue of April 29). My husband and I were pumped about giving this restaurant a try and found the opportunity to do so last Monday when one of our local faves, Riverside Korean (directly across the street), was closed.   

Why You Should Eat Like the Ancients

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
About 5,000 years ago, the great saints of India downloaded a complete dietary system that can help you lose weight without eating less, achieve balance and serenity and live a longer life. OK, it sounds like an Acai Berry ad, but it’s actually part of the oldest and most authoritative of Hindu texts, the Vedas.  

We’re Different … or So We Think

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I bet Peggy Noonan would feel differently if it was her son being waterboarded. Thats one of the first thoughts I had upon hearing the amazing comment uttered from her mouth during a recent discussion on an ABC political talk show. Noonan, 58, was a speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan and now is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal.  

Tragic Beauty

Anna VanMatre’s paintings convey the complex power of nature

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2009
“It’s a paradox — the beauty is so tragic,” Anna VanMatre says of the theme behind her latest series of graphite paintings, DeNatural Disaster.  

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