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You may know John Barrowman from the theater or from his TV work, including Malcolm Merlyn on Arrow and Captain Jack Harkness on both Doctor Who and Torchwood . You may also know his sister Carole E. Barrowman from her regular crime fiction column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel or her book...
Filmmakers Rita Coburn-Whack and Bob Hercules knew only one thing for sure about one another when they first met: they both deeply admired the writer and activist Maya Angelou. They were also puzzled by the same thing: Why hadn't anyone yet made a documentary about the icon whose work had...
Roger Shimomura is in many ways a study in contrasts. His paintings are visually bright and frequently humorous, even as they expose the dark underbelly of stereotypes and racism. They are unquestionably American, even as they warp idealized visions of American life. And their flat colors, borrowed...
Born in the Philippines and raised in the Bay Area, Barbara Jane Reyes has been navigating the nuances of multiple languages from an early age. Her poetry continues to navigate multiple languages, multiple cultures, and multiple meanings, offering a richly layered look into the complexities of...
"I’m so moved all the time by people’s stories and experiences that I just feel like I could work until I’m in my grave because there’s a never-ending source of inspiration and beauty because of what’s in people’s hearts. That is something I always forget to talk about, but it’s really the most...
In the eyes of photographer Vishal Marapon , mundane objects—fire hydrants, stairwells, street corners—become sublime paintings of the everyday. Through his thoughtful use of light, shadow, and composition, he calls attention to the "geometry of urban design", injecting new life into ordinary...
Out of more than 310,000 Poetry Out Loud competitors nationwide this academic year, there could only be one National Champion. Georgia senior Samara Elán Huggins claimed that title at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals last week, with powerful recitations that earned her top marks from the judges...
Mary Halvorson isn’t much one for labels. Jazz, experimental, avant-garde—whatever you want to call her music is fine with her. It’s the sort of categorical freedom that has allowed her to become one of the most innovative guitarists across any genre, leading one recent New York Times reviewer to...
“I have learned that being an artist is one of the most vulnerable things you can do to your mind and body…” — Christine Sun Kim From works on paper that play with our understanding of standard music notation to participatory works that explore the idea of silence, through her art practice...

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