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Sunday, July 20 2008

Pathways to Creation: Exploring Sacred Music in Fes, Morocco

PopMatters goes to Morocco for the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music to honor and share the world’s great spiritual music traditions. At this 14th annual festival, Derek Beres would hear the indigenous sounds of Vietnam, Tunisia, Norway, Pakistan, Belgium, America, and much more.


Thursday, June 12 2008

Flying Alone: Edward Hopper and America’s Night Side

Isolation is more than being alone. That is why the greatest and most discomforting presentation of isolation can be found in Hopper's paintings that include more than one person.


Sunday, February 24 2008

I Am Obama: The American Imagination and the New Black Hero

If Americans are willing to believe that the former Fresh Prince of West Philly can save the world all by himself, then there is a possibility that a black man may be the next president of the United States.


Thursday, February 21 2008

Move Over Alpha Geeks, Here Come the Fangrrls

Thousands of women gather for a sci-fi convention, and they have a pretty great life, thanks very much.


Sunday, February 17 2008

America’s Most Policed Art Form: Subway Graffiti, NYC’s Visual Criminal

The policing of the art form has been so thorough and enduring that it’s become possible to see hip-hop as just that: an agent, or better, a target, that has a life over and above the individuals that practice it.


Sunday, February 10 2008

No Punk Left Behind

How dissent is sustained in the face of consumerism and co-optation in Bloomington, Indiana, a quintessential midwestern college town.


Tuesday, February 5 2008

Plough Shares: Gardening’s Radical Edge

Can political activism be achieved with a trowel and some bulbs? For Guerrilla Gardeners, the act of urban planting is more than beautification, it's a reclamation of public space that challenges concepts of municipal ownership.


Thursday, October 25 2007

Teenage Wasteland

A night in a police cruiser in a typical American college town reveals the cumulative effects of suburban boredom.


Sunday, August 26 2007

Wyndham Lewis: The Irascible Enemy

Wyndham Lewis brought a scintillating intellect to his artistic endeavors. If only we could let him loose on the majority culture of our time.


Thursday, July 26 2007

Confidence Games on Canal Street

Consumers of counterfeit branded products may be dupes or they may be shrewd shoppers, but they are also communicators; people who demonstrate literacy in the meanings attached to certain symbols in the marketplace both of goods and ideas.


Monday, July 23 2007

The Transformation of Generation X

The fascination with the shape-shifting toy may have something to do with a metamorphosis this nostalgic cohort wants to forestall -- the change to adulthood.


Sunday, July 22 2007

Carrying the Water: On Michael Eric Dyson

It is Dyson’s ability to make himself and his work accessible to lay audiences -- ironically much like grassroots activists -- that makes him a target for those folk within the academy and elsewhere, who don’t believe that his work is rigorous enough.


Wednesday, June 13 2007

How America’s Most Renowned Improv Club Stays Second to None

Recently, Second City unveiled "Between Barack and a Hard Place" and then sat back stunned by what the gods of sketch comedy had wrought: rave reviews; talk about how the troupe is rediscovering its political edge; and box-office business like nothing the club had seen in some time.


Tuesday, June 5 2007

The Night After the Poker Party

Online poker playing is one part skill, one part chance -- and one part gambling. Some players want unrestricted access to real payoffs, no matter if they'll likely lose more than they'll win.


Wednesday, May 9 2007

Electric Litigationland

The lucrative marketing of Jimi Hendrix's image has spawned a series of lawsuits and possibly a reality show.


Monday, April 16 2007

Nine Wives

In the modern day, much like the archaic harems, there is no better way to show off a wealthy and important man than to show him surrounded by subservient women: observe James Bond or 50 Cent.


Thursday, April 12 2007

Don Imus: The Character of the Content

It would be easy to "get over" a disparaging remark about one’s race or gender (or religion or sexual orientation) if one could confidently believe that one's thus ridiculed identity would never be the cause of denied fair treatment, or extended common courtesy, in society at large.


Thursday, March 29 2007

The Death of Jean Baudrillard Did Not Take Place

The controversial French philosopher's legacy has been tarnished by reductionist readings of his work, generated precisely by the tendencies of the mass media he sought to illuminate.


Tuesday, March 27 2007

Ave Anna: Anna Nicole Smith and Celebrity Culture

Lost in the media's sensationalizing of Anna Nicole Smith was any sense of the human being behind the myth.


Sunday, March 4 2007

Not Such a Merry Dance

Should it matter that Simone Clarke, a ballerina for the English National Ballet, is also a member of the far-right, anti-immigrant British National Party?


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