Kristina Wong Takes on Race and Hashtag Activism in Her One-Woman Show 'The Wong Street Journal'

Last winter, I caught up with performance artist Kristina Wong while she was doing a residency at the Montalvo Arts Center just outside Silicon Valley, developing material for her new one-woman show "The Wong Street Journal". There in a loft, she was writing material as well as doing the less glamorous work of sewing felt props for her show, which opens this week in her hometown of San Francisco. I checked in with Kristina again recently to find out what's new....more

Interview: Director Brett Morgen on Creating 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck'

In 2007, Courtney Love gave filmmaker Brett Morgen the keys to the kingdom — the kingdom of Kurt Cobain. Cobain’s clothes, toy collection, journals, artwork, videos, recordings, and other possessions were all being kept in a non-descript storage facility. Now Love, who’d been impressed by Morgen’s documentary about film producer Robert Evans, The Kid Stays in the Picture, wanted Morgen to use Cobain’s artifacts as the basis of documentary about him. ...more

Follow the Ladies of Prey As They Take on the World Championship of Taxidermy

A dead bird in the hand feels like a grenade: cold, compact, loaded. On a Saturday morning at Prey studio in downtown L.A., eight taxidermy students — a grab bag of artists and curious amateurs, all but three of them women — lower frozen European starlings into kitchen sink baptisms. They take scalpels to the specimens.  ...more

The Fine Art of Self-Sabotage

Today’s required reading: Rachelle Gardner’s “7 Bad Habits of Successful Authors.” Excellent stuff throughout, but one that resonates with me is 5: Insecure.From the post:...more

About Those Things You're Not Supposed To Say To Writers

Yesterday, there was a hashtag running wild on Twitter. I follow a lot of professional writers, so I saw a lot of tweets carrying the tag: #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter. They were mostly funny, but some of them made me cringe. And one or two of them shot me right through the heart. For example: ...more

A Mural for the Missing

A community art project that was too controversial for New York City has found a home in Phoenix, Arizona.The mural was nearly finished when I stopped by last week. Half a dozen artists were there painting or standing back to Instagram the process - which, really, is also part of spreading a message. In fact, that's how I heard about the piece....more

Rihanna RiRi by Rihanna (2015) {New Perfume} {Celebrity Fragrances}

 Singer Rihanna announced on her Twitter account yesterday that a new perfume called RiRi by Rihanna is about to launch, unveiling the first visual from the new advertising campaign featuring herself, solo......more

Magic in the Moonlight

Written & Directed by Woody Allen~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Set in the 1920's...more

The Write Spot, with Author Sheila Seabrook

I've always been fascinated by what goes on behind the scenes. Whether it's backstage photos from my favourite play, a peek into the kitchen where a chef is working her culinary magic, or simply a glimpse through an uncurtained window into a stranger's private world, there's an undeniable thrill of discovery, a sense of secrets shared. It's no surprise, then, that I'm immensely curious about where other writers do their work....more

Amazingly Aqua

  Sunset picture from www.allfacebookcovers.com Monitor Lizard photo by John K Goodman I phone from www.skinit.com Fascinator at www.fascinatorsdirect.com/au Braces on Braces Colors Opus at Pintere...more

How Travel Is Confronting

I came to France craving inspiration. I wanted to look through a window into the French secrets of romance, culture and joie de vivre. What I got instead was reflective glass, forcing me to confront my own ideas and preconceptions.   Blogging about living in France at www.kiwissayoui.blogspot.comWriting about writing at www.shufflingpaper.blogspot.com ...more