Arts & Entertainment - Articles

There was a time when if you saw someone walking and talking out loud, you crossed the street. The immediate reaction was that the person was some sort of nut, talking to him/herself. Now, it's impossible to ascertain who's crazy or who's sane merely by noting whether they're talking into space or on their cell phone.

At 77, I recently re-located from Manhattan, where I spent my entire adult life, to Anguilla, the island that was to become my home. As you can imagine, there were a staggering number of steps necessary to move to a new life. But having to face all that packing paled in comparison to the fear, insecurity and doubt it engendered.

“YOU MUST HAVE BEEN....” and “AT YOUR AGE...” Without undue vanity, it would not be inappropriate for me to nod and say, “Yes, I'm beautiful!” when stopped on the street by people who wish to praise me, and often to take my picture as well.

You might remember that to be the name of a popular TV show years ago. I recall watching it with my kids when they were young, vegging out munching popcorn in front of the TV.  Fast forward four decades, and here I am, at 77, actually LIVING ON PARADISE ISLAND! How did this happen?

In May, the Department of Transportation chose Petrosino square as a docking station for its city-wide CitiBike program—effectively displacing any future art shows. Though many strongly object to its current placement, the program is generally considered popular and favored by residents. They support the alternative transportation but believe it should be moved to the roadbed where most of the bike rentals are located. On Wednesday, June 19th at 8:30am the SoHo Alliance will hold a rally to save the park.

John Davis, recently retired from Army Intelligence, provides us with the conundrum of America in the current world of terrorism and hidden wars. How do we maintain our freedoms as we change and adapt to the new realities of engagement? While he gives us some answers, he describes the choices that we must make through analogies that clearly make the decision much easier. 

Is this a question you've ever asked yourself? I have. Though I've had cherished friendships throughout my life, from time to time, one of them would betray me. Should this have set me thinking about distrusting all of them? No, it certainly shouldn't have. But I did!

As DeMaio’s inaugural solo exhibition at Sacred Gallery, I Walk The Line features over 20 monochromatic paintings and drawings, marking a departure from his former vibrant pop culture-filled canvases. By restricting his color choice to black, white and silver, DeMaio focuses on the strength of his line and detail in the worlds he creates. Using sources from anatomical drawings in Grey’s Anatomy to studies of ice cream cones, DeMaio fills these realistic figures with playful, swirling and surreal objects from skulls to clowns and crosses.

It has always bothered me that aging in America is viewed as a downward spiral… and a repulsive one at that! It’s no wonder that the younger set clamored for Betty White to appear on Saturday Night Live. Her life-loving, bubbling energy, at 90, is an inspiration for men and women of every age. She's living proof that aging doesn’t have to take away beauty, vitality and, yes, sexuality!

Does the Boomer Generation, along with women in their 20s', 30’s, 40’s and up hate the prospect of aging? You bet they do! As generations of women see themselves gaining weight, having less energy, getting sick, weak and sexless, they are panicking…with good reason.