Writing

  • Theater Review: Cabaret by Marty Fugate

    Theater Review: ‘Cabaret’ by Marty Fugate The Nazi party wasn’t much of a party. Not a fun-loving bunch, those guys. Even so, their jackboots, leather accessories and sweaty outdoor rallies had a sadomasochistic, decadent association — a hint that, deep down, those Nazi boots were kinky boots. When it comes to this theory, “Cabaret” is […]

  • Get Out of Town: Pine Island by Su Byron

    Get Out of Town: Pine Island by Su Byron Matlacha rhymes with “cachet.” It seems fitting. Less than two hours south of Venice, this unique island enclave has a cachet all its own. Known as the gateway to Pine Island, it’s an authentic slice of Old Florida, easily reached over a drawbridge. Once upon a time, Matlacha was a thriving fishing village. […]

  • Art News: Syd Solomon Exhibition by Marty Fugate

    Art News: Syd Solomon Exhibition by Marty Fugate   “Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed” is a traveling exhibition looking back at an often-overlooking influence on Solomon’s abstract art —  the techniques of camouflage. Like many brilliant inventions, it was a product of wartime. In 1941, the artist had enlisted in the First Camouflage Battalion of […]

  • Baby Face by Su Byron

    Baby Face by Su Byron Remember that scene from Brazil where the plastic surgeon stretches the surgery-obsessed woman’s face like rubber until it looks like a hideous plastic mask? Old-school cosmetic surgery often had that effect, and maybe that’s why I am still ambivalent about the concept, even though I frequently report on plastic surgery […]

  • ‘Spunk’ cries the blues in Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe production by Marty Fugate

    ‘Spunk’ cries the blues in Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe production by Marty Fugate  “Spunk” is now working its spell on the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe stage. It’s a faithful adaptation of three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston, the Harlem Renaissance writer and folklorist. Playwright George C. Wolfe reworked her words; Chic Street Man wove […]

  • 8 Great Venice Cocktails by Su Byron

    8 Great Venice Cocktails by Su Byron Here’s to eight amazing drinks.   1 At Beach Road Wine Bar and Bistro you can select from 70 outstanding wines, craft beers and wine-based cocktails and a menu of creative offerings. Try the white sangria, created with white zinfandel, ginger ale, oranges and lemons and Prosecco. Order […]

  • A Parisian Art Odyssey by Marty Fugate

    A Parisian Art Odyssey by Marty Fugate Paris is the city of lights — and the city of hype. The hype is especially thick when it comes to Paris’ art and artists. Blame that on “La Bohème,” “Moulin Rouge” and José Ferrer’s knee-walking portrayal of Toulouse-Lautrec. Movie and theatrical clichés fill our American noggins. (Close […]

  • Well-Being: The Path to Happiness by Su Byron

    Well-Being: The Path to Happiness by Su Byron Happier people are healthier people. Here’s how to get there. The pursuit of happiness is more than a philosophical quest—it’s good medicine. Studies show that happy people are healthier people; having a positive attitude has positive results. Optimism, hopefulness, enthusiasm, engagement and other upbeat traits are associated […]