The man seemed to extract every possible ounce of power and emotion out of his body during his performances: He was blessed a voice with an unreal vocal range. Despite his wild gesticulations, he had an impressive control over his voice down to the tightest vibrato.

The Prize

It is the inclusion of new works to this homogeneous classical music canon, I now realize, that must be celebrated, whether they be works of hip-hop or works by female composers.

Becky Portman

I’ve always been Becky. I think it’s because my parents felt weird calling an infant such a large and syllable-filled name like Rebecca. First I was Baby Becky then Becky Boo then Miss Becky then just Becky.


Paola Uccelliera, a tough wine maker, leaned in to me as I enjoyed a tasting at Uccelliera and said, “It’s a bit of a mess, no? But that is okay. Verona is the reason this works. Verona forgives everything.”

QLF Records

PNL is one of those rare artists (think Springsteen or Jay Z) that can imbue their music with a convincing sense of grandeur.

Billie Eilish

Just like those of us who left bubblegum-pink lip gloss for fishnets, Eilish has broken the restraints of Ariana Grande-style pop-stardom only to find herself in another box: that of the emo princess.

It takes a community

This past weekend, I was responsible for recording a performance of the opera “Alcina.” I was stationed with my little recording unit on a platform above the stage of the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre — though I could see everything happening below me, neither the performers nor the audience could see me.

“D*** in a Box”

Comedy asks the same questions as horror, just with a lighter take. The building tension in comedy is the setup, a question to be answered, a premise to explore; the answer is the punchline. Like in horror, the question begs the audience to wonder, what’s going to happen?


I constantly remind myself that while food is sustenance and fuel, it's also much more. Food is the memories I have of my grandmother in the kitchen, kneading dough and singing something I no longer remember the words to.

Etheridge Knight

It is interesting in somewhat different ways to examine the story of Knight, whose story of oppression is distinctly and troublingly American.