Arts

To date, there are many poems and songs written to document the mistreatment of Black and Brown people and people among marginalized communities; many works that were created solely for the purpose of amplifying the looming shadow of America’s past (and present), that people of color might one day be truly liberated and validated. These
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During the worst of 2020, I had a playlist that reflected my mood.  Most of the time it was (and remains) smooth jazz because sometimes I just don’t want any words of any kind in my head…especially if the song became an earworm.  Besides that, I kept playing “The Waiting” by Tom Petty (“Every day
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Marking New Years this year will be especially celebratory. Who wouldn’t want to pop the champagne and make a toast (socially distanced, of course) to the end of 2020?  No celebration would be complete without fireworks, so here’s a repeat from out archives that’s a  cheat sheet of some popular ones. Brocade: (at left) A spider
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The Adoption, a graphic novel by written Zidrou (learn about him here) and illustrated by Arno Monin is a different sort of ‘coming of age” tale. Here, Gabriel, a 75 year old retired butcher in France, must feel his way though the changes when his son Alain, and daughter-in-law Lynette adopt Quinaya, a tour-year-old from
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Franco Nero, 78, first made his name as the titular Django in Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 spaghetti western and has appeared in more than 230 films. Now starring in Robert Port’s new military WWII thriller, Recon, this is Nero’s latest foray into war drama, previously starring in Force 10 from Navarone, The Battle of Neretva and
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The usual traditions like Easter or Passover, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hanukkah are on hiatus this year and (we hope) they’ll return in 2021. Luckily, there are other traditions of mine that are not affected by the pandemic – and they are in my bookshelf.  There are some books that I re-read every year for the
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Recently I had the unsettling experience of losing internet connectivity entirely.  No signal – not wirelessly, not wired, nowhere, nohow.  Nada. Niente. Bupkis. I checked the wires, the connections, rebooted the modem, exchanged the modem. Nothing worked. It took a day or so for the technician could arrive.  Meanwhile I experienced what life without connectivity
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What does Aging with Attitude mean to you? If you can answer that question in a cellphone video of up to 30 seconds, we want to hear from you! Senior Planet is asking our members to step up and tell the world how Senior Planet has helped you transform aging by telling the world “Aging
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Best known as one-half of legendary pot-fueled comedy duo Cheech & Chong (their website is here), Canadian-born Tommy Chong, 82, is today a vocal advocate for the health benefits of cannabis. With six gold records and eight films during their reign, Cheech & Chong defined a pot era with their unique brand of “stoner-comedy”. After the
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In these stay-at-home times – where my local radio station jokes “bar hopping” now means placing a different bottle of wine in each room – many wineries have offered online tastings on Facebook, Instagram and Zoom for weeks. Many are free. You often don’t need to buy the wine to watch (but of course it’s
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So many people have taken to the internet, to watch educational videos, to watch movies, to see a performance via Zoom or streaming video, to watch a lecture, or to take on-line classes, especially with Senior Planet. I’ve been exploring different aspects of art with the Frick’s Cocktails with a Curator series, and I am
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Brooklyn-born actor Louis Gossett Jr., 84, reckons we’re never too old to learn something new – today spreading the word about the connection between music and brain health with his role as an Alzheimer’s patient in a heart-warming new film, The Cuban (link to info is here). After making his Broadway debut at just 17,
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A group of British care home residents refused to let lockdown dampen their spirits. They’ve spent their Coronavirus-imposed quarantine acting like teenagers and recreating famous album covers, complete with make-up and fake tattoos…and gained worldwide fame.   Robert Speker, events coordinator at Sydmar Lodge in North London, came up with the idea to keep seniors’ spirits
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By now, we’re all wearing face masks as a matter of course.  I’m as committed to limiting the spread and flattening the curve as the next person.  However, wearing a mask when it’s 90 degrees and 90 percent humidity feels like I”m wearing a (used) diaper! AUGH. Also, while it’s nice to eat to food
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