To See in the Looking

'Walking in the wilderness allows me to look at beauty created beyond the capacity of any human endeavor. ' RON BOLTON from his journal entry composed while hiking the John Muir Trail.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Speaking of Family and Cultural Identity

An exclusive JULES interview with award winning illustrator JUANA MARTINEZ NEAL, whose new picture book, ALMA AND HOW SHE GOT HER NAME, celebrates cultural identity.
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Key Man Claus(e)

On his all-instrumental Yuletide offering, KEYS TO CHRISTMAS, pianist-producer JEFF COLLINS offers seasonal delights with a twist, and engaging thoughtful moments as well.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Sustainable Agriculture News & Notes

Organic seeds with your coffee? The ancient Pongamia Tree as a biofuel feed solution? A New Britain, CT, farm seeks to improve a neightborhood with sustainable urban agriculture? Read about it here.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Exploring Celestial Harmony

On 'Spheres,' his new album, violin great DANIEL HOPE explores Music of the Spheres, the junction between philosophy, mathematics and music. Blame Pythagoras.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Caruso on The Art of Singing

ENRICO CARUSO holds forth on the ART OF SINGING in an excerpt from a 1909 collection of h is public utterances on his art. The wealth of embedded videos include the 1918 silent film MY COUSIN, featuring the great singer in a du...
by David McGee
 

 

 

Dear Santa Claus

From 1901, a collection of charming holiday stories for boys and girls. They don't write 'em like they used to
by David McGee
 

 
 

‘Serious, Fascinating, Independent’

On ENTANGLED FORTUNES, the RED NOTE ENSEMBLE does justice to five major chamber pieces written by Scottish composer EDDIE MCGUIRE. Classical editor ROBERT HUGILL weighs in on a fine album.
by David McGee
 

 

 

‘Africa Is My Home’: Captivating Look at a Captivating Woman

JULES considers 'AFRICA IS MY HOME,' the fictionalized story of a real-life child named Margru, taken from her home by slave traders in West Africa, and brought to the U.S. on the Armistad.
by David McGee
 

 
 

The Ellingtonian ‘Nutcracker’

An appreciation of THE NUTCRACKER SUITE as DUKE ELLINGTON & BILLY STRAYHORN reimagined it in 1960 and of a new take by THE HARMONIA ENSEMBLE conducted by STEVEN RICHMOND.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Rocketship X-M

DEEP ROOTS THEATER: Now playiing--Rocketship X-M, a 1950 sci-fi opus starring Lloyd Bridges in a script by blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo that subtly proselytizes against the hazards of nuclear at a time when The Bomb w...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Our Shrinking Woods

In his essay 'Our Shrinking Woods,' guest columnist GREG KIELBACK considers how 'industrialized corporate farming techniques have altered the structure of agriculture and therefore our communities.'
by David McGee