Scene4 Magazine - Arts and Media:

May 2013

Scene4 - International Magazine of Arts and Media| The Anatomy of Collaboration | May 2013 !


The Squirrel and My Cat
Michael Bettencourt
Scene4 Magazine: Michael Bettencourt |
On April 6, 2013, I was attacked
by a squirrel on my back deck
while having lunch with
the Marvelous Maria Beatriz

The Jew In The Box
 Arthur Meiselman
Scene4 Magazine: Arthur Meiselman |
He sat propped up against the back wall, one of his legs twisted away from him like a puppet's limb. His reddish and blue face was a mask smoothed and scrambled by the plastic bag over his head.

What I Learned About King Lear
Nathan Thomas

Scene4 Magazine: Nathan Thomas | Having recently completed
a run playing Lear, I've learned
a few things.
I pass them on to
those who are interested.

Revising History
Les Marcott

Scene4 Magazine: Les Marcott | www.scene4.comOften we learn that these vaunted historical figures were not gods but flesh and bone like the rest
of us whose lives consisted of
vices and poor judgment.

Pros Up the Wazoo
Claudine Jones

Scene4 Magazine: Claudine Jones | Don't quite recall how the subject of defining professional came up, but as usual, once a word enters the domestic atmosphere, it stays until it has been replaced or has worn out its welcome.

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Scene4 Magazine: "Z " reviewed by Miles David Moore | May 2013 |

FILM (reviews)
Zero Dark Thirty
Z is the father of any number of political thrillers with tragic or problematic endings. Forty-four years after its release, it remains the model for all political thrillers.
Miles David Moore

Scene4 Magazine | The Anatomy of Collaboration | May 2013 !

The Anatomy of Collaboration
The Musical Play as a Social Context of Songwriting.
It's diplomacy, it's psychology, it's a lot of psychiatry—it's knowing the person you're dealing with, and the sensitivities of the two of you. Some writers can't collaborate
Ernie Harburg and Bernard Rosenberg

Scene4 Magazine - Ballet Revivals at San Francisco Ballet | reviewed by Renate Stendhal | May 2013 |

Ballet Comparisons

Best and second best in San Francisco Ballet
revivals - bringing back John Cranko's 1965 ballet Eugene Onegin for a second season was a no-brainer.
Renate Stendhal

Stein's "America"
The best remedy against trench foot was keeping the feet dry. In WWI, Stein ordered a Ford truck from America and turned it into an ambulance and distributed
Red Cross supplies.

Karren LaLonde Alenier

How'm I Doing?
Koch: The Documentary

The film brought forth other flashbacks: pictures of the mayor, trying to stifle persistent rumors that he was gay, pretending to have a romantic relationship with a former Miss America.
Kathi Wolfe

Scene4 Magazine - Karren Alenier - The Steiny Road To Operadom |
Scene4 Magazine - Khung Phra Chao Lanna | Janine Yasovant | May 2013
Scene4 Magazine: Kathi Wolfe - Life Among The Heffalumps | Scene4 Magazine: Comics - "My Old Man - Free, Jewish, and 91" | Elliot Feldman | May 2013 |

Khung Phra Chao Lanna

A live outdoor exhibition of the Life of the Lord Buddha. Each concept is expressed through different architectural buildings and scenes.
Janine Yasovant
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My Old Man!
Free, Jewish, and 91

An ongoing series by
Scene4's resident and soon to be deported mad cartoonist

Elliot Feldman


Scene4 Magazine — inSight - Views and Perspective on the Arts
Scene4 Magazine: Perspectives-Images | Dead Daffodils - The Photography of Jon Rendell | May 2013 | Scene4 Magazine: Perspectives-Images | Dead Daffodils - The Photography of Jon Rendell | May 2013 |

Dead Daffodils
The Photography of Jon Rendell

Scene4 Magazine — inSight - Views and Perspective on the Arts
Scene4 Magazine: The Art of David Wiley - "Listening" | May 2013 |

Listening/Focal Point
The Art of David Wiley


The Boogeyman  Les Marcott
It's not always the stray or the intended bullet.  It's not the bad heart, the bad liver, the Mad Cow disease, Anthrax, the knock out punch of a heavyweight fighter.  And it's not the bus that comes out of nowhere to plow you over. 


Violetta's Wish -'Trust'  Griselda Steiner
Lyric duet from the musical Hypatia  


Five Easy Irish-Americans  Patrick Walsh
Riordan, Jimmy Riordan,
was an ex-pug turned thug
who darkened the darkness
of the Blarney Stone by day.


Scene4 Magazine: Perspectives - Dialogue | Undress Me | Michael Bettencourt | May 2013 | www.scene4.comUndress Me  Michael Bettencourt
In a bar, Laura turns to Stefan and asks him to undress her by word of mouth, in his best mother tongue.

Scene4 Magazine: Perspectives - Dialogue | The Greed Gene | Michael Bettencourt | May 2013 | www.scene4.comThe Greed Gene  Michael Bettencourt
A young couple is told by their genetic counselor — the "genie of genes" — that their child has the greed gene, and there is nothing they can do to stop the expression of the gene. What are they going to do?

Scene4 Magazine: Perspectives - Audio | Theatre Thoughts  | Michael Bettencourt | May 2013 |

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Theatre Thoughts 
Eros on the Escalator
Drama can happen on the contra-flow of escalators.
Art vs Commerce
If you're not selling something, it's not art.
Authoritarian Musicals
When you leave a musical, you're anybody's fool.
The frontstage magic all happens backstage.
The Fever Dream of Captain America
Our fever dream of empire has weakened the body politic.
Imagination and Identity
No more script ghettos -- free the imagination!





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he authorized version of Lester Cole's HOLLYWOOD RED

Hollywood Red - The Autobiography of Lester Cole - published in April 2013 by Scene4 Books and AviarPress |

One of the founders of the Screenwriters Guild (now the WGA) and the most unrelenting and outspoken member of the blacklisted "Hollywood Ten", Lester Cole was a protégé of the legendary Cecil B. De Mille, a roommate of Cary Grant, a pal of Humphrey Bogart, a gadfly to Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, and then there were... the women in his life.

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Scene4 Books is proud to offer the authorized reprint of this controversial autobiography. Timely! Provocative! Startling! Now, after 32 years, a witness to the nightmare of what we did and what we almost did again.

Few Americans remember the dark days of the House Un-American Activities Committee. From 1938 to 1975 it traveled like a carnival throughout the country, breaking up families, turning friends into enemies, destroying reputations and lives. This is the intimate, inside story of one of the "Hollywood Ten", screenwriters and directors jailed for defying HUAC's nightmare of enforced orthodoxy.

"...the best 'inside' book yet about Hollywood under HUAC, a book that brings the whole period, and what came before and after, into frightening clarity, but also a book that is moving, exciting, funny and blessed with humanity."

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In This Issue

Some Of Us Kill
 Love in wartime from Afghanistan to Iowa.

Werewolf In The Hall
Benevolent werewolf vs crooked politicians for control of a small town.

Two One-Act Plays

Jack Moskovitz



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Scene4 Magazine:  WRITING | The Former Future: The U.S. Writings of Mika Oklop | Lissa Tyler Renaud - December 2011 |
Scene4 Magazine: DANCE (Film) | Black Swan | reviewed by Renate Stendhal - February 2011 |

The Former Future: The U.S. Writings of Mika Oklop
A writer of legendary stature in the former Yugoslavia, this was the first publication of Mika Oklop's longer expatriate writings.
Lissa Tyler Renaud
December 2011

Dance (Film)
Black Swan
...of psychological and stylish coherence, making me think of certain works by Polanski and Cronenberg.
Renate Stendhal
February 2011

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The Steiny Road to Operadom
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