Arts and Culture

Tsitsi Dangarembga
Dewaine Farria

During the late ‘90s, the Camp Lejeune library shared a parking lot with the base Burger King. On weekend mornings, I’d park my pickup between the two and visit the library until hangover hunger sent me scurrying across the asphalt for a burger and fries to go with whatever books I’d checked out.

Sofia Jawed-Wessel

Vishwas R. Gaitonde

Aria Chiodo

Shrinagar Francis

Omar Baig

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden concluded their recent exhibit, Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s (Feb 14–May 13, 2018), with a gala in honor of Jeff Koons.

Paula Halperin

In the opening scene of Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s As boas maneiras (Good Manners), the ominous score punctuates Clara’s face (Isabél Zuaa) as she rings a bell in a São Paulo luxury apartment building. A curt male voice interrogates her on her purpose. Once she specifies her destination, the doorman proceeds to rudely ask her to take the service elevator. Clara’s face frowns in displeasure. She then enters Ana’s sumptuous apartment, and into a world of fantasy and dread.

Aria Chiodo

The 2018 PEN World Voices Festival boasted a theme of Resist and Reimagine, with events, panels, and readings exploring various modes of resistance (to intolerance, fascism, racism, sexism, to name a few), as well as different modes of communication and creativity. The festival (now in its 14th year) has a continual devotion to international and multicultural voices coming together, letting new writers be heard, and bringing established writers and activists together in conversation.

Aria Chiodo

The PEN World Voices Festival included a variety of staged readings of plays, presented at the Martin E. Segal Theatre, part of the CUNY Graduate Center. Keeping with PEN’s purpose of international dialogue and diverse perspectives, this program boasted 10 plays by respected dramatists, each from a different region of the world. Two of these works dealt directly with war and the effect of war on communities and individuals.