Stage & Film articles

Indigenous Earth Wisdom and Shamanic Healing

Indigenous Earth Wisdom and Shamanic Healing

By Tench Phillips   Once upon a time–not that long ago–we were all indigenous peoples who lived intimately with nature on what was essentially a very different planet than the one we inhabit today. There were countless numbers of land and sea animals and a vast diversity of plant species. Man was self-sufficient and used

The Veneer of Civil Society and the Hidden Roots of War

By Tench Phillips How does a civilized society disintegrate into civil war and murder within a short span of time? Throughout the last century, state backed violence has been waged time and again by modern industrial societies against their own citizens. Germany’s descent into fascism is the most notorious example but there’s been many more

STAGE: Wonderful Wiz It Is

By Jerome Langston It’s quite fitting that it’s Anthony Stockard, who shows up first. The Wiz is being rehearsed at Brown Memorial Hall, on the campus of Norfolk State University, and I’m here to interview key members of the cast, along with the ambitious production’s co-directors. As Norfolk State University Theatre Company’s producing artistic director,

FILM: The Food Industry Is Making Us Sick

By Tench Phillips, Naro Cinema I have been advised by my wife against tackling the topic of this month’s column–she feels that I’m not qualified to write about the relationship between food and health. You see, I’m not a cook and I would rather watch Michael Pollan’s four-part series ‘Cooked’ on Netflix than actually do

Top Spring Musical Theater Performances

Compiled by Staff   Turandot Virginia Opera March 17, 19, 21 Based on an ancient fable set in China, this story of the legendary Princess Turandot, so desirable that men risked their heads for her hand in marriage, weaves the quest for love with the ultimate consequences. From the opening moments of Puccini’s extravagant and

Top Spring Dance Performances

Compiled by Staff   Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Swan Lake Presented by Virginia Arts Festival March 31 – April 2 Chrysler Hall Granted its “Royal” title in 1953 by the just-crowned Queen Elizabeth II, this legendary troupe is one of the world’s oldest premier dance companies and the longest continuously operating ballet company in North

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