Haley Ostir remembers Roy Smith

review by Bob Greene The Winnipeg and Canadian dance and theatre communities suffered a great loss with the passing of Roy Smith. Roy was a gifted actor, singer, dancer, choreographer and teacher who for over 25 years was a huge part of the Shelley Shearer School of Dance in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. until his retirement…

Gilbert Gottfried headlines Ripple Effect Artists’ Fundraiser

Ripple Effect Artists – a premier NY arts & philanthropy organization – is hosting a FUNDRAISER raising awareness for MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS Ripple Effect Artists, a major player in promoting Social Justice through the arts, is currently raising awareness for Mental Health & Wellness through film and theatre, and supporting BIPOC student filmmakers. This nonprofit arts…

Igniting the Engines of Future Generations 

“I used to write poems for my baby sister when I was 10,” is how independent musician, composer, and music producer, Derrick Duverger describes where it all began. As time went on he graduated to lyrics thanks to his friend, Irvens Andre, who had the natural ability to freestyle rap. It was tragedy that eventually…

The Naked Truth: Da’Merius Ford

“I’m an artist that likes to play and break normality” says Da’Merius Ford, one of the high-energy stars of off-Broadway’s queer musical, CAMP MORNING WOOD. “Whether that be musicals, television, poetry/ songwriting, or anything in between, I tend to gravitate towards creating and innovating my mind, as most artists do. It’s how I got here and…

Return to Camp Morning Wood … LIVE!

Return to Camp Morning Wood! This reworked, updated version premieres June 4 at Asylum Theater, 307 W 26th St, New York City. Evening and matinee performances and even late night showings include: June 4 @ 9:30; June 5 @ 11:00 p.m.; June 11 & 18 @ 9:30 p.m.; June 12 & 19 @ 2:00 & 5:00 p.m.; June 13 & 20 @ 2:00 p.m. After…

Culture Beat: A Minute with a Person of Substance

PLAYFUL SUBSTANCE IS BACK!  Bree O’Connor and her team of performance artists have been working all through the pandemic to create new opportunities and projects so that when the doors begin to open (as rumor has it they are now entertaining the notion), they are ready to expand minds and open hearts to what’s going on around us…

FIERCE radio

Review of Fresh Fruit Festival’s THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW by culture writer, EVAN MEENA The ad biz has always been a topic for sitcoms and films. It’s colorful characters and varied situations make it rife for celluloid drama. Doug DeVita’s entry in this canon is The Fierce Urgency of Now, a comedic slice of the existences of a colorful group…

A Kosher Christmas Carol

A HANUKKAH CAROL, or GELT TRIP! The Musical isn’t just “A Christmas Carol for Jews”—it’s an irreverent, heartfelt musical comedy that celebrates being the best version of oneself in pursuit of making the world a kinder place. Jewish-American playwright and Helen Hayes Award nominee Harrison Bryan teams with the BMI Workshop songwriting duo of composer Aaron…

A Whole Lotta Love for Led Blimpie

Led Blimpie Review by music and convention commentator, Jen Bush I’m a rock and roll singer who has a few Led Zeppelin songs in my repertoire. When I was asked to review Led Blimpie, a Led Zeppelin tribute band I thought, I got a whole lotta love for this assignment! Led Blimpie has been around…

A Dancers Line … Online

Jessica Jennings, founding member of Ripple Effect Artists, Inc. has kicked off a video dance project featuring over 30 dancers and actors, spanning the globe from Alaska to Italy. Together with LÎLA- Dance Alchemy For The Soul and Mare Nostrum Elements, these artists are utilizing cinema and ‘dance theatre’ to respond to the chaos of…