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After a highly competitive bid, Lionsgate has acquired the original screenplay “Run” by the writing team of Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanian and placed the project on fast-track development. The studio plans to shoot “Run” in the fall. The story centers on a homeschooled teenager who begins to suspect her mother is keeping a dark […]



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Searching for More Happiness?

In all the years I’ve been coaching, there’s been and continues to be one strong theme that exists with almost every client. That is, their desire to become happier. Here, in the UK some believe that happiness is about having a curry and beer on a Friday evening. Okay, not everyone is of this opinion, but many Brits are. I too would like to be happier. That’s not to say I’m unhappy. Far from it, I take great pleasure in my work, my marriage and my desire to improve myself. In saying that, a little more happiness would not go amiss.

Apart from guiding others, amongst other things, about how they can become happier, my own desires have become less apparent. What I mean is happiness is not always top of my mind. Somehow, helping others to have a better life has redirected the focus away from my desires and towards being of service. Therefore, my personal development has kind of taken a back seat. Okay, I still continue to take care of myself, eat healthily, keep fit, read avidly and research. Do those aspects of taking care of me make me happier? I don’t think so – I do think they prevent unhappiness creeping in to my consciousness.

The whole area of happiness is not totally understood by the general public. Somehow many believe that quick-fixes enable us to be happier. Research has discovered that almost every quick-fix, including miracle diets, don’t work in the long run. In saying that, it’s as if we all become addicted to the illusion that happiness is within easy reach. I’d say that happiness is in within reach, albeit not easily so. In essence, it’s to do with discovery. Yes, first we need to discover what makes us truly happy. For some, the joy of watching their children grow, for others their retirement. For me, I’m happiest when I am fulfilling my purpose.

In part, my aim is to teach, guide and clearly communicate that with the awareness of our purpose, self belief is buoyed. It also encourages us to convey our passion more authentically. In addition, it provides huge meaning to our lives. Although I don’t have the remedy for finding more happiness. Only you have that, just look deeply within to discover it. To locate your happiness button, ask yourself what sends a ripple of deep satisfaction through your being. Then, consider the times when your self esteem is at its highest. Furthermore, when did you last feel at peace, calm and without worry or stress?

The answers to these questions, will enable authentic happiness to manifest with greater ease. In short, being the Best Version of you: kind, empathetic, considerate, compassionate, optimistic and personable, etc. I was asked if having all of these qualities is ideal. Yes, it is ideal, so by just developing one of these is a great place to start. And like an addiction, you’ll become desirous of attaining more of these qualities. Remember, any actions we take in the affirmative become a part of who we are. Also, our self awareness grows stronger. And remember, the better we know ourselves the better we become at knowing who we authentically are. And happiness will follow.

Some tips:

-To discover more happiness begin by looking inside, not outside

-Spend time considering what makes you authentically happy

-Do your best to avoid spending time around negative people

-Giving to others unconditionally makes us happier

-Luck has a part in being happier, just make sure you are in when it comes calling

-Remember, material wealth is not the answer to becoming happier

-Know you have all the answers about knowing how to be happier

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Baseltopia: Searching For Utopia (and Dystopia) at Art Basel 2015

Constant working on Ovoid Construction, 1957. Courtesy Collection Fondation Constant; © Constant/Fondation Constant c/o Pictoright Amsterdam 2015. Photo: Tom Haartsen.

The great hall of the world’s most influential international art fair might seem like the last place one might find utopia. Indeed, it almost seems antithetical to the art fair environment, as a realm of commercial activity predicated on exclusivity and lavish displays of luxury it is hardly the setting for utopian ideals (unless your idea of utopia includes sold-out booths and a fully stocked VIP lounge). While the fair itself might not serve as the inspiration for a utopian society, several projects at this year’s Art Basel invoke the notion of the imaginary, the ideal, and the impossible.

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY, Rendering, 2015. Courtesy Rirkrit Tiravanija, Nikolaus Hirsch, Michel Müller and Antto Melasniemi.

Before entering the fair proper, visitors will encounter a DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY, a project by Rirkrit Tiravanija in collaboration with German architects Nikolaus Hirsch/Michel Müller and Finnish chef Antto Melasniemi. Housed under a modular bamboo and steel structure installed on the Messeplatz at the entrance to the fair, Tiravanija’s project operates under the principles of a sustainable, ecological, community-minded, self-sufficient sharing economy–a kind of inverse of the economy of the art fair inside. Under its bamboo scaffold, visitors are encouraged to partake in the communal offerings of Thai food and fresh herbal tea, gathered from an on-site garden and brewed in water heated by solar energy. There is no set menu or price list: in lieu of the exchange of capital, compensation for these communitarian comestibles is self-determined by the consumer, who can make a donation, or even help in the cooking, serving, or washing up. DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY forms an extension of the land, an artistic community located near Chiang Mai in Thailand, founded by Tiravanija and artist Kamin Lertchaiprasert, that “engages with the idea of an artistic utopia” built on and actively exploring models of ecological sustainability. It might seem a rather unsustainable practice to commission a large-scale structure under which fair patrons and artists will practice a utopian gathering during a week-long art fair, but the materials will be reused: at the end of the fair’s run, the installation will be dismantled and then shipped to Thailand, where they will serve as the basis for the construction of a new workshop building for the land.

Constant, Grundriss New Babylon über Den Haag (New Babylon over The Hague), 1966. © Constant/Fondation Constant c/o Pictoright Amsterdam 2015. Photo: Tom Haartsen.

Artists have been imagining utopia since the term was coined centuries ago, but few have dedicated themselves wholeheartedly to its practical design. One such artist was Dutch artist-architect Constant, who spent the years 1956 to 1974 designing and theorizing a radical vision of a utopian urban environment he called New Babylon. Visitors to Art Basel will be treated to an unprecedented gathering of Constant’s architectural models, paintings, drawings, photo collages and other works, some previously unseen, presented by Amsterdam-based Borzo Gallery, in the Features section of the fair. Constant, a one-time member of the CoBrA group and the Situationist International, proposed that people of the future, freed from menial labor by mass automation, would engage in a nomadic existence, drifting through sectors of the city in search of play and pleasure, denoted by shifting zones of light and color. Constant expressed his expansive vision of a new urban environment through the innovative use of unconventional and industrial materials like metal, concrete, Perspex, and plastic. He eventually ceased working on the New Babylon project, realizing that the current social conditions of humanity would not support such a revolutionary program, and resigning the project to the realm of the utopian–an imaginary ideal. Part of Art Basel’s Salon Program includes a talk concerning Constant’s New Babylon on Thursday, June 18, from 6-7pm.

Kader Attia, Arab Spring, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Galleria Continua; Photo: © Oak Taylor-Smith 2013.

The line between utopia and dystopia is notoriously thin, and utopian ideals often propel acts of violence and vandalism. Kader Attia’s large-scale installation Arab Spring (2014), which is included in the Unlimited sector of Art Basel, presented by Galleria Continua, seizes upon a moment of revolutionary iconoclasm, where utopian desires turn destructive. Attia’s installation, comprised of the same glass display cases that were destroyed at the Egyptian Museum during the riots of the 2011 Arab Spring, which he ritualistically breaks with bricks and stones in a performative reenactment of the raid, brings to mind the tenuous grip humanity holds on its own history, and its readiness to destroy that history in the hope for something new.

Ed Atkins. Courtesy the artist and Cabinet.

But the ultimate defining characteristic of utopia, and its converse, is its non-existence. The word “utopia” in fact derives from the Greek for “no place” (the word “dystopia,” meaning “bad place,” arising from the confusion caused by the homophonous “eutopia,” or “good place”). In a sense, then, a “utopia” could be any fictional world, existing in the future, in a parallel universe, or even just in the imagination. At the same time, its definition seems to predicate that any utopia is also an impossibility, existing only in a hypothetical space. That imaginary space, where conjecture conspires to show us what “could be,” is, of course, fertile territory for art that revels in such speculative future thinking. This kind of hypothetical, future-facing work will certainly be encountered in many forms at Art Basel, from the digital surrealism of Ed Atkins (presented by Cabinet in Unlimited) to the precarious constructions of Sarah Sze (presented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery).

Sarah Sze, Model for a Second Chance, 2015. Courtesy the artist and the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.

Alyson Shotz‘s Imaginary Sculptures (2014-2015, presented by Carolina Nitsch Gallery), like all utopias, exist only in language. Installed throughout the city, part of the Parcours program of Art Basel, simple signs with short texts describing imagined sculptures that acknowledge the theoretical sculptures’ implausibility as actual artworks–“a sculpture made of a cloud” or “a sculpture that is dispersed in the air”–while opening the mind to the possibility, inviting the viewer to imagine if such a thing could, in fact, possibly be.

Alyson Shotz, Imaginary Sculptures, 2014-2015. Courtesy the artist and Carolina Nitsch.

Art Basel is open to the public from June 18 – 21, 2015 at Messeplatz Basel. The floorplan is available here.

Art Basel Parcours is installed around Basel’s Münsterplatz, and is free and open to the public. A map to the installations can be downloaded here.

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY is free and open to the public daily from June 14 – 21, 2015.

Natalie Hegert

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Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers, the American Heiress Who Taught the World about Style

Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers, the American Heiress Who Taught the World about Style

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Searching For The Missing LInk

If only every problem had a simple solution! Just think:

  • Wars would not need to be fought.
  • Diseases could be cured overnight.
  • New technologies could instantly develop dazzling solutions to seemingly impossible challenges.
  • Everyone could just forget all their troubles and and live happily ever after.

Those who live in a reality-based world understand that life’s challenges tend to be more complex in nature. As people mature and learn new skill sets, their problem-solving techniques broaden, expand, and help them to understand more complex issues. Alexander Miller’s article entitled ‘Shock And Kill’ Approach Cures Mice Of HIV In World First points to the complex interrelationships inherent in developing a vaccine which can cure AIDS.

During the 2014 SFDoc Fest, a curious, low-key documentary entitled Wicker Kittens focused on a group of people who form teams to compete in jigsaw puzzle-solving competitions. While they share a friendly sense of competition, the film makes it pretty obvious that most contestants are there for the camaraderie and the sheer joy of working on jigsaw puzzles. However, Mike Scholtz (the film’s producer and co-editor) notes that because good puzzles can cost as much as $ 30 apiece, “the revelation that there is a used jigsaw puzzle store [Duluth’s Second Look Books] was like a nuclear bomb in the jigsaw-puzzling community.”

* * * * * * * * * *

Down in Mountain View, TheatreWorks recently presented the regional premiere of Water By The Spoonful, the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Quiara Alegria Hudes. The action takes place in 2009 (six years after Elliot left for Iraq) and bounces around between locations in Philadelphia, San Diego, Japan, Puerto Rico, and most importantly, Cyberspace. As Hudes notes:

“Unlike the first play in this trilogy (Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue), which is very micro and very finely crafted, Water By The Spoonful is big and sprawling. It doesn’t have neat edges and there’s a lot of overlap. It’s not an easy play to produce, nor is it an easy play to understand on first read or on first viewing. It’s a challenging play — a big work that has a wide lens.”


Yazmin (Sabina Zuniga Varela) and Elliot (Miles Gaston Villaneuva)
in a scene from Water By The Spoonful (Photo by: Kevin Berne)

As directed by Leslie Martinson, Water By The Spoonful deals with two sets of overlapping families in which one woman plays a pivotal role. In the reality-based world, the audience meets the following characters:

  • Elliot (Miles Gaston Villaneuva), a Puerto Rican veteran of the Iraq War who, having returned home to Philadelphia, is attending Swarthmore College while working in a Subway sandwich shop. An aspiring actor with a leg wound, Elliot has one commercial to his credit (in which he uses his dazzling smile to great effect).
  • Yazmin (Sabina Zuniga Varela), Elliot’s cousin who is an adjunct professor of music at Swarthmore.
  • Odessa (Zilah Mendoza) a recovering addict who is Elliot’s biological mother. When Elliot was a child, his younger sister (Mary Lou) died as a result of Odessa’s neglect. As a result, Elliot was raised by his aunt Ginny (Yazmin’s mother) who was the anchor personality for their family as well as for most of the people in her neighborhood.


Odessa (Zilah Mendoza), Fountainhead (Patrick Kelly Jones), Yazmin
(Sabrina Zuniga Varela), and Elliot (Miles Gaston Villaneuva) meet up in
a Philadelphia coffee shop in a scene from Water By The Spoonful
(Photo by: Kevin Berne)

Meanwhile, in a chat room in Cyberspace, Odessa is the maternal figure (Haikumom) in an extended family of recovering crack users who are trying to stay clean. Among the people in her support group are:

  • Orangutan (Anna Ishida), an impulsive and frequently angry young woman who has been teaching English in Japan while obsessing about visiting her birthplace to see if she can connect with her birth mother.
  • Chutes&Ladders (Anthony J. Haney), an African American government worker in his fifties who is based in San Diego and tries to avoid any kind of risk that could cause a relapse. Chutes&Ladders is quick to call out other members of the group for their weaknesses, imperfections, and hypocrisy.
  • Fountainhead (Patrick Kelly Jones), a new addition to the chat room who, like Haikumom, lives in Philadelphia. A successful, married computer programmer who has managed to hide his crack use from his wife, Fountainhead is newly unemployed and still not ready to accept the fact that he’s a crackhead.


Anna Ishida (Orangutan) and Anthony J. Haney
(Chutes&Ladders) in a scene from Water By The Spoonful
(Photo by: Kevin Berne)

Ginny’s death after a long illness provides the trigger which impacts Odessa’s real and online families. Elliot and Yazmin show up as Odessa is trying to counsel Fountainhead in a local coffee shop. When they pressure Odessa to chip in for the flowers for Ginny’s funeral, she loses her grip and overdoses on crack cocaine. The only contact number the emergency medics can find on Odessa belongs to Fountainhead, who rushes to the hospital and suddenly finds himself forced to care for a woman he hardly even knows.


Fountainhead (Patrick Kelly Jones) takes on the care of Odessa
(Zilah Mendoza) in Water By The Spoonful (Photo by: Kevin Berne)

Erik Flatmo’s multi-level unit set provides numerous playing areas for the drama’s emotionally damaged characters (I kept wondering how the bathtub hidden under one platform was going to be used). However, what gives the production the fluidity it needs for storytelling purposes is the work of Erik Scanlon, whose powerful video projections allow locations to shift in the blink of an eye. As Scanlon explains:

“Projections are very integral to the story of Water by the Spoonful because of the plot element of technology (or, more specifically, the characters in the story living in various locations around the world and using the Internet as a way to connect with each other). Projections are also needed to differentiate the two vastly different worlds shown throughout the play: the ‘real’ world to the online ‘cyber chat room’ world, which will be represented (when the characters are online) as motion graphics of profile pictures with their screen names projected onto the set in a cyber universe. For Water by the Spoonful, every projection design element was pretty much mapped out and discussed weeks prior to starting tech. We discussed Leslie Martinson’s vision of the show and what aesthetic every projection element should have (whether it be a literal translation of a location or a more artistic interpretation of a scene).”


Erik Flatmo’s set for Water By The Spoonful shows the center
panel being used to project the Internet avatars for its characters
(Photo by: Kevin Berne)

“I assisted on projections for the revival of Brigadoon at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago earlier this year and instead of just painting a stagnant Scottish forest onto a set, we used projections to not only show a forest but an animated forest that we could move through for transitions, with the help of motion graphics. On the same set dressing, we could then change to a field of heather or a 1940s New York ballroom with the push of a button. Projection design really made an older show like Brigadoon not only more alive and exciting but practical as well. Erik Flatmo, the scenic designer, has given us a beautiful two-story set that ultimately serves as a blank canvas to project the various locations onto. In the show, projections will help represent everywhere from a Subway sandwich shop to a college campus, a church to a Japanese train station.”


Erik Flatmo’s unit set is transformed into a lush Puerto Rican
rainforest by Eric Scanlon’s projections in Water By The Spoonful
(Photo by: Kevin Berne)

Scanlon’s projections become especially appealing when Elliot and Yazmin travel to Puerto Rico to scatter Ginny’s ashes by a waterfall in a tropical forest. With Elliot deciding to head for Los Angeles so he can try his luck at becoming an actor — and Yazmin temporarily standing in for Odessa as the chat room’s moderator — one looks forward to seeing the final part of the Elliot trilogy (The Happiest Song Plays Last).

TheatreWorks put together an exceptionally strong ensemble with powerful performances coming from the always impressive Anna Ishida as well as Zilah Mendoza, and Sabina Zuniga Varela. As Fountainhead, Patrick Kelly Jones continued to impress with his deep emotional commitment and stunning versatility. Miles Gaston Villaneuva delivered an impassioned, muscular performance as Elliot while giving new meaning to the phrase “arms and the man.”

Hudes (who wrote the book for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical, In The Heights) is very much reflected in the character of Elliot’s cousin, Yazmin. She was also deeply influenced by jazz in her structuring of Water By The Spoonful. In the following clip, she explains how John Coltrane became a powerful force in her creative process.

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Searching for Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor and Jamie Masada at Laugh Factory’s Comedy Camp, 2002

Word is out that the casting net is circling to find someone to play the late, great Richard Pryor in a biopic. Hopefully, the focus will be on finding someone who can capture not only Richard’s stand-up skills but his richly humanizing personal life. As great as he was on stage, his offstage actions made a believer of a teenager who was celebrating his first night as a comedy club owner back in 1979. It was a first encounter I will never forget.

I had no idea what I was doing back then. I was naïve and gullible, and while English was my second language, I spoke it like it was my third or fourth. I loved comedy and opened the Laugh Factory on Sunset Boulevard with a little help from friends. At the time, the comics were on strike because they were not being paid for their work in the other existing clubs. It was my plan to split half of the proceeds from the door with the comics. What I didn’t expect was that by the end of the evening, a superstar comic would end up paying me.

Paul Mooney was the emcee for the night and brought up Tom Dreesen, George Miller, Falstaff, Brent Jordan, and other talented acts. I was doing my best to be the cashier, host, and waiter for the crowd and was running around like crazy, barely able to pay any attention to the show.

To my surprise, Mooney introduced Richard Pryor as a surprise guest, and suddenly I joined the audience in giving my full, undivided attention to the stage. I could not believe that on my opening night, the greatest living stand-up comedian was on my stage! Richard did over 40 minutes that night, and although I did not have the best sound system or any air conditioning, Richard delivered a captivating set and came off the stage soaked in sweat.

Most of the audience that night were guests of the comics and did not have to pay the door charge. At the end of the night, I opened a shoebox that was serving as a cash register and divided the money by the number of comedians who performed. It came to roughly $ 3 and some change per comic.

Richard was still there, talking with Paul. I ran up to Richard and proudly thanked him, saying, “Here is a cut of the door.” I handed him three $ 1 bills and some coins. He looked at me in a strange way, as if there was something wrong. Paul caught the look and told Richard that I was the first person to open a club and pay the comics by splitting the door with the comedians, and that this was a historic night. Richard smiled, reached into his pocket and pulled out a roll of $ 100 bills. He then wrote on one of the bills, “You need this for your rent, boy. 1979, Richard Pryor.”

At the time, I had never seen a $ 100 bill before and did not believe it was real money. Without any hesitation I looked up at Richard and said, “How did you print this?” Confused by my reaction, Richard asked Paul if there was something wrong with me as Paul gently shooed me away.

Still confused about the bill, I went next door and showed the cashier the piece of paper. I asked him, “Do they make $ 100 bills in America? Is this real?” The cashier gave me the same look that Richard gave me and answered, “Of course they do. It’s real.” He opened his cash register and lifted the drawer to reveal a couple of $ 100 bills, all looking the same as mine. Suddenly, I felt terrible. Did I insult Richard Pryor, the greatest comedian in the world, by insinuating that he was a counterfeiter?

I ran back to the Laugh Factory and saw Richard surrounded by all the comedians, including Paul. I yelled, “Richard! Richard! I’m so sorry.” He looked at me again, but this time he looked a bit aggravated, and before he could speak, I said, “Richard, I know in America they make a $ 1 bill, a $ 5 bill, a $ 10 bill, and a $ 20 bill, but I’m sorry, I really didn’t know that in America they make $ 100 bills. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.” I then offered to give him his money back and told him, “This is a lot of money. I can’t take this.”

The great Richard Pryor reached into his pocket and gave me a couple more $ 100 bills. He then put his arm around me and said, “The printing machine is still working.” I don’t know what it was about him, but when he put his arm around me, I felt safe and protected. I could see from looking into his eyes that there was a kindness, warmth, and generosity that I had never seen before. He then looked at everyone and said, “Hollywood is going to eat this dumb motherf***er alive! We all need to keep an eye on him.”

And keep an eye on me he did. He came by the club many times after that. He would pick me up at the club after hours and drive me in his Mercedes down Sunset Boulevard. He would have me sit in the back and introduced me to people on the street as “a prince from Arabia.” He liked to call the people on the street “night lizards,” and he loved pranking them. We spent hours laughing the night away.

As I got to know Richard, I saw that the only thing bigger than his talent was his heart. He loved helping people, and he loved animals. To this day his wife Jennifer continues to honor Richard’s love for animals with her charitable foundation Pryor’s Planet, a nonprofit animal rescue shelter. And he truly loved helping children. When I started my comedy camp for underprivileged children in 1984, Richard would drop in during the summers when he was in town. He would help kids ease their pain by showing how it could be transformed into humor, and he believed laughter could be healing. Richard himself had a traumatic childhood, and he was a living example of how pain could be converted into something hilarious and therapeutic. He told me often that he had “many demons,” and some of those finally cut his life short, but I truly believe he still did more good in his short time than anyone else I have ever known.

To me, Richard Pryor represents what much of stand-up comedy is today. In a sense, he truly became immortal because the comedy community still speaks of him as if he just walked on stage last night. It is important to remember that his comedy was about social change and explaining the ugly that was in us all. He spoke about racism like no one else did. He took the poison out of the “N” word, made light of our inner demons, and made it OK to laugh at ourselves.

I think there are a few comedians working today who could portray Richard in a movie. I have seen glimpses of his essence in Dave Chappelle, Mike Epps, Tony Rock, Jerrod Carmichael, Katt Williams, Kevin Hart and a few others. I just hope that the casting process includes meetings with Paul Mooney and Eddie Murphy, comics who knew Richard very well. I’ve read that Nick Cannon and Marlon Wayans are vying for the chance to play him. Whoever does eventually play him has the chance to bring Richard Pryor to a whole new generation of people, people who may have never seen a comic who could make them laugh, cry and then laugh again all during the same set. As Richard once said, “I can’t just say the words, do a lot of one-liners. I love each person I play; I have to be that person. I have to do him true.”
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