Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre


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I’ve always been fascinated by rehearsals, both as a spectator and performer. Sometimes, as an actor, I enjoy rehearsals more than performances. The most amazing things can happen in rehearsal that somehow are never re-captured in performance.

A few weeks ago I attended a rehearsal of the Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre. Here’s my report as broadcast today on the Arts Express radio program on WBAI 99.5 FM NYC and Pacifica affiliates across the country.

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March Newsletter Announcement


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As promised, our second free issue of the March Arts Express Newsletter is here and people have been saying nice things about us.

“That Arts Express newsletter is so remarkably beautiful and brilliant and fascinating and clever and well done!”

“Looks great. You have all been very busy. I was very pleased to read the review of Parasite. I wholeheartedly agree!”

If you didn’t catch our inaugural issue, think of it as a print extension of the conversation started on our global radio arts magazine, Arts Express, heard on WBAI 99.5 FM in NYC,, and Pacifica affiliates across the country, in Paris, Beijing, and Berlin.

Every month, it’s full color pages of Arts Express goodness, filled with fascinating interviews, reviews, scripts of our radio drama, photo features, gossip, film, theatre, book recommendations and more.

Here’s a preview of what’s in our March issue:

* An interview with Canadian-Iranian actor Cas Anvar, who talks about his anti-Mossad film, The Operative.

*An extraordinary portfolio of photographs of the work of artist Alexandra Dillon, a surrealistic painter who creates art on found objects.

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Alexandra Dillon

* Women Film Critics Circle reviewer and Arts Express Executive Producer, Host Prairie Miller, reveals her pick for the Women’s Movie of the Decade.

* An Arts Express Extra: The script to our original radio drama, Three Secrets.

*Plus: The Guest List–our recent guests; The Back Room–news and gossip about WBAI and the Arts Express crew; and information about exclusive giveaways and how to win an opportunity to broadcast your own work on the air.

It’s all in the new free Arts Express Newsletter.

If you’re not yet subscribed, you can get your free pdf copy every month to your email address, by sending an email to and put Subscribe in the subject line. We’ll do the rest!


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And don’t miss our next radio show, Tuesday 3/3 at 4am NYC time, which you can hear on or WBAI 99.5FM NYC. The show features:

** Hanging With Sam Jackson In Romania: A Conversation With Actress Maggie Q, the international action star talks about beating up burly men in her movies—while knocking down those submissive China doll stereotypes at the same time.

**The Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater performance in rehearsal, at the Alvin Ailey Theater in NYC: A look at a collage of their works exploring fundamental human questions–in dance and conversation.

** Poetry Corner: Spotlighting Black youth in spoken word performance.

** Screening Room: Who is Gargamel, and what do the Smurfs have to do with war criminal and Trump official for meddling in Venezuela, Elliot Abrams? And connections to pirates, snakes, Smurf fairies, Karl Marx, the Cold War, untamed eyebrows, and the Smurf village as a giggly caricature of a Marxist commune.

All on Arts Express!


“Jimmy Mack, You Better Hurry Back”: Martha And The Vandellas


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Monday Morning, Martha and the Vandellas put out the call.

Why Berry Gordy named the group The Vandellas seems to be a mystery, but they charted 26 hits in just nine years.

Thanks to YouTuber SuperCanopus

Trash To Gold


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Gene Kelly, Michael Kidd, and Dan Duryea as three GIs about to be discharged, set out on a binge and do an incredible dance number with trash can lids. From the film, It’s Always Fair Weather, the last Gene Kelly–Stanley Donen collaboration.

Thanks to YouTuber Peggy Afuta

The Great Debate


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“I’m the only one on the stage who…” — Wednesday, 2/19, Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobachar, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren
(With a tip of the hat to masercot)

“I’m the only one on the stage who has mudwrestled with a ferret.”

“I’m the only on the stage who has chopped down all the trees west of the Mississippi with Babe, The Giant Blue Ox.”

“I’m the only one on the stage who doesn’t give a crap that I took three tabs of LSD ten minutes ago.”

“I’m the only on the stage who speaks nightly with Elvis.”

“What are you talking about?! I’m the guy who passed the Silly Walks Amendment.”

“I’m the only one on the stage who played Mah Jong with Barack Obama.”

“I’m the only one on the stage who isn’t on the stage.”

“I’m the only one on the stage who is wearing three jock straps.”

“I’m the only on the stage who’s wearing two clown shoes—on each foot.”

“A little girl in 1850 jumped on a train, took dead aim, and shot Jesse James. That little girl was me.”

“I’m the only one on the stage with an outty belly button.”

“I’m the only one on the stage with a dead body in my refrigerator.”

“I’m the only one on the stage lip -synching the whole debate.”

“I’m the only one on the stage who’s a graduate of the DeVry Institute.”

“I’m the only one on the stage, Chuck, who has undergone nasal irrigation.”

“I’m the only one on the stage who’s playing a kazoo.”

“I’m the only one on the stage with a banana in my ear.”

“I’m the only one on the stage who is wearing a mustache made of yak hair.”

“I’m the only one on the stage who’s speaking in Klingon.”

“Socks keep falling down whenever you limbo? I’ve got a plan for that.”

“I’m the only one on the stage who’s a Siamese twin.”

“I’m the only one on the stage who’s having open heart surgery performed on me as we speak.”

“I’m the only one on the stage who can open a bottle of Perrier with my teeth.”

“I’m the only one on the stage who can beat Donald Trump at Chinese Checkers.”

“A little girl in the year 2050, donned her jet pack and flew to the moon. That little girl was me.”

“I’m the only one on the stage who is hopping on a pogo stick.”

“I’m the only one on the stage who’s done the hokey-pokey with Martin Luther King.”

“I’m the only one on the stage who sleeps in jammies with built-in feet.”

“I’m the only one on the stage who has Borscht dribbling down his chest.”

“Let me be perfectly clear: no one should have to choose between slaughtering a porcupine and caressing a weasel.”

Kissing Other People


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I was at a dance theatre concert the other day, and this was one of the songs they danced to in the program. I thought it was a cute pop song, and the accompanying official video by Lennon Stella even more cute.

More at Lennon Stella

“I Am Spartacus”: Kirk Douglas


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Kirk Douglas died this month. Here’s a piece I did, broadcast today on Arts Express, WBAI 99.5FM NYC, about Kirk Douglas’s finest hour.

You can listen by clicking on the triangle above.

“I Wonder How Your Engine Feels”


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Monday morning, Josh Turner and his mucho-talented friends steal a lesser-known Simon and Garfunkel song, “Baby Driver,” and joyride.

Keyboard – Adam Saxe, Vocal – Taylor Bloom, Vocal – Ben Cooley (with the grey hat), Guitar – Josh Turner, Bass – Marc Encabo, Percussion – Bob Sale

More at Josh Turner Guitar

Double Vision


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Some wonderful optical illusions here, some with visual explanations, others not, that may have you doubting your perceptions.

Do they tell us anything about where consciousness is located? Maybe not, according to Ricardo Manzotti, one of the authors of Dialogues On Consciousness. More about that fascinating book in a later post.

Thanks to YouTuber Mr. Mind Blow

Where Did You Learn To Dance?: Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds


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I was so happy to learn that the year after Singin’ in the Rain was made, O’Connor and Reynolds made another movie together (sans Gene) called I Love Melvin. Here’s a great dance number from the film.

Thanks to YouTuber warnerarchive