Opera San José’s, The Barber of Seville

[Reviewed by Gloria Balderas] Last weekend, Opera San José unveiled its production of The Barber of Seville. I attended the afternoon performance on Sunday, February 13th. Conductor Bryan Nies opened with the familiar overture…that is, familiar to opera experts as a classic masterpiece and to opera apprentices as a background to classic cartoons. However familiar […]

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Synch Chaos February: Corporeal Existence

The February issue draws upon the rawness, sensitivity, and complexity of corporeal existence. The mind and body are as often artistically explored as they are scientifically explored, from their organic and simple qualities to their abstruse elements. Writing contributions: Contributions this month focus on flesh, blood, and intense emotions. We hope you enjoy reading the […]

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Paper Cutting by Béatrice Coron

Béatrice Coron is a worldwide traveler and artist who began her career in New York, NY. Coron’s work has been featured in major collections and as public art, including the NY subway system.  She describes paper cutting as “…hidden secrets behind the surface. The technique of papercutting creates dimensional drawings where the drawing is also […]

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Artwork by Michelle Waters

“My art fuses my love for animals, concern about the welfare of the planet and twisted sense of humor. I call my work ‘environmental surrealism.’ Influences include kitschy portrayals of animals from mass-marketed popular culture, the nightmarish imagery of Hieronymus Bosch, Beatrix Potter, Maurice Sendak, the writings of Edward Abbey, and my work as a […]

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Illustrations by Winthrop Prince

www.princeillustration.com “I’m from a family of artists and have drawn since I was a child. I’ve made a living as an illustrator and a syndicated newspaper cartoonist while showing my art at galleries and cafes. I try to maintain an edge between the real and abstract in my work where I am able to maintain […]

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Poetry by Laura Roberts

The Cathedral We have created these vaulted spaces, vibrating with the immaculate and tacit, the phi reflected in man. Musk and incense, conduits of memories embedded in bark and marble, hover like cleansing steam in a Turkish bathhouse, suffocating and blurring to inspire pristine aspirations to the golden unknown. The aurelian chiming, sapphire light, all […]

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Watercolor paintings by JJ Miyaoka Pakola

www.jjpakola.com “I remember being in Tokyo taking the last train home from work. Due to the train’s congestion, the nine closest passengers were all pressing against me. If there were a way to lift my feet, the throng of commuters would have surely supported my weight. While floating without any control within this vessel, I […]

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Art by Shanna Leino

Shanna Leino lives and works in New Hampshire. Materials such as linen and handmade paper are often used, which results in the natural quality of the work.  Leino describes her work as incorporating “…historical techniques and materials while bringing in my own love of tinkering and finding different ways to expand on the book as […]

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Poetry by Bruce Roberts

Night School “I can’t stay for class tonight; my eleven year old son has been arrested for murder,” matter-of-factly she murmurs, pleasant of voice, expression, as my eyes widen, widen headache and hot-air balloon size at just-another-distant-horror-story that this time has intersected my life, breaking and entering those insulating layers of facelessness, namelessness, and distance […]

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