Gout de TGI Fridays

On Thursday, 19 March 2015, over 1000 chefs across five continents participated in the “Gout de France,” a celebration of French gastronomy inspired by Auguste Escoffier’s 1912 “Diners d’Epicure,” creating regionally evocative dishes conforming to a “French-style” menu: aperitif cold starter hot starter fish or shellfish meat or poultry cheese chocolate I thought of attending …

Duane Michals: Storytelling

What’s been the most amazing thing you’ve seen today? If you’ve been to the Peabody Essex Museum you might name the photographs of Duane Michals featured in “Storyteller” on view through June 21 as pretty amazing. Through image sequences, multiple exposures and the overlay of handwritten messages, Michals has developed a decades-long trailblazing reputation for …

The Comfort of Things

Once upon a time – before goat farms, pop-up cocktail parties, and quarter-life crises – I lived alone in a sparsely furnished studio where I read voraciously and quite widely. It was an education as formative as any other that might have more explicitly called itself the same and laid the groundwork for the life …

Look away, Look a-way!

If there’s a Dixie city I might claim as my own, it’d be Charleston, the Holy City, a place of sophistication and grace. Award-winning food, the Spoleto Festival, religious exceptionalism (the first baptist church in the south, last French Huguenot congregation, lots of Jews). I also notice a lot of shadows here. Through its port …

It’s not easy being free

For several years now, I’ve celebrated my home-free-ness, writing and talking about how much work and social capital is required to maintain my liberated position. The status in fact carries quite a lot of privilege. It’s not at all like home-less-ness, I’m always sure to clarify for the sake of my pride and the comfort of …

A midnight train to Georgia. . .

. . . is not possible to book from Miami. Wouldn’t that be a great way to celebrate New Year’s Eve? In motion, On the Way It’s not that there’s not a train from Miami to Georgia. Just that the timetable’s backwards: leaving at noon, arriving at midnight. 1.24 am in Savannah to be precise. …

On the road again

Now that I’m old and responsible, I realize I’ve gotten out of the habit of travelling. Even before this new-found, so-called maturity, keeping me from the road were battles with various insecurities (housing, employment, steady income). But prior to all this, in a glorious age of innocence and ignorance, I was pretty good at connecting …

Obsessive Political Correctness

Award-winning, controversial playwright Eve Ensler has a reputation for tackling the most challenging issues of our day, particularly violence against women. The worldwide anti-capitalist movement of Dumpster-diving freegans is often mocked as a first world problem of privilege. The two would not seem to have much common ground. Nevertheless, in Ensler’s new play O.P.C. (i.e …

Bad Jews

Good, entertaining, satisfying theatre is increasingly hard to find. The marketing departments for many of our artistic communities have identified easy access to audiences for fun musicals, gimmicky adaptations and emotionally trending sob stories. [How soon before the immersive audience experience, Ebola: The Musical?] All these promotional handles, unfortunately I’m afraid, too often actually just …