Brazil racism problems have persisted for even longer than the United States. Their history with slavery has left a heavy scar in the national consciousness. Ruth Needleman discusses the reparations the government has planned. We also talk with Davena Karanas about the holocaust opera "The Passenger."
Most opera performances were cancelled on the night of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Over the course of that weekend, Chicago freelance writer and editor Richard Rothschild began to notice parallels between the tragedy of the stage and the tragedy of real life.
Theatrical variety is on parade this weekend as monologist David Kodeski and composer Eric Reda co-author an opera tracking a gay life in the arts, while Oak Park's Circle Theatre goes Bollywood and eta Creative Arts tackles a drama by Lonnie Elder III.
In response to my blog last week, "A Case for Government Funding of the Arts, Part 1," several readers posted comments which decried any connection between the arts and government, even calling for the disestablishment of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).These comments — which I expected —