Maria Callas, “Ave Maria”

Via someone on Twitter--I'm sorry I forgot who! … [Read more...]

“Dance of Creation”: I Review the Fantastic Ballets Russes Exhibit

at the National Gallery: ...It’s ambitious, and it mostly works. Even the walk over to the exhibit feels like a part of the show: In the cool, white, high-ceilinged landing of the gallery, you walk past George Segal’s 1971 plaster sculpture The Dancers, in which a ring of four calm and focused women practice their moves. From this image of peace and clarity you suddenly enter the dark, exotic, lush world of the Ballets Russes exhibit: a world of inspiration and ecstasy. The walls are close, the … [Read more...]

The Apocalypse Art Prize

bring the kids!: Benefactors of the Apocalypse Art Prize are hoping artists will respond to Thomas’ encouragement to explore an artistic language with a long shelf life as well as a source of subjects with endless opportunities “for imaginative representation.”Participation in the competition is free and open to all during the year 2013. Winners will be announce June 1, 2014 and awarded prizes according to the age category of the participant.1. Participants 16 years and older compete for … [Read more...]

The Beauty of Obedience

After I spoke on that panel in New York last night, some of the organizers took us out to dinner. They mentioned that this was the last of three panels on Gay Catholic Whatnot (the first two having been on Scripture and moral theology, I think), and we discussed whether it made sense to open out the discussion to broader topics. I think the organizers were probably right to avoid bringing in new tangentially-related topics like e.g. Women in the Church, but if I got to pick the most important … [Read more...]

Sublime skating for Easter

I could watch this every day. So beautiful and poignant. … [Read more...]

“Last Minute Banquet”

delicious, delicious parables: If the stuff that is in the Bible isn't true, if it doesn't work today and if Jesus didn't really mean what he said - I'm not interested in any of it. Thanks, but you can keep your rituals and your moral teaching. However, I believe what's in the Bible is true, it does work today and Jesus really meant what he said. And I build my life on that belief.Jesus tells a story about a rich man who invites guests to a dinner. They all politely decline with various … [Read more...]

Hidden gem in Hartford: the Wadsworth Athenaeum

Before the storm hit, Ratty and I visited the Wadsworth Athenaeum, a really terrific art museum in Hartford, CT. The selection is great: Dali, Degas, Chagall, an unusual Munch landscape, a fun painting of "Gossiping Women" by none other than Goya, etc. There are little delights like a porphyry bathtub from ancient Rome, an ostrich ewer made from an ostrich egg, and for some reason a stuffed gar. There are depictions of scenes and people I'm not sure I've seen before in art: a statue of Sappho, … [Read more...]


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