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Editor Bios Larry Bridwell

By Larry Bridwell

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Edinburgh Fringe: Psychological impact of modern technology on working class communities

The anxieties of 21st century working-class lives has become a major theme of theater. I saw two emotionally powerful plays at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. You can see such productions next August 4 to 28,… (more)
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Four centuries of struggle for freedom at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

If you care about theater and arts, you need to put the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on your travel plans. Every August, that Scottish city hosts the word’s largest arts festival. The next, August 4 to 28, 2017, is its 70th… (more)
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Edinburgh Fringe: Social and political dynamics of shutting down British coal mines

Theater at its best tells history. That is always the case at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. The next Fringe, August 4 to 28, 2017, features 30,000 performances of over 3,000 productions of drama, musical, and… (more)
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Politics & War at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Politics have animated theater since ancient times, presenting stories of war, brutality, government oppression, and national identity. These themes were powerfully represented in August at the 2014 Edinburgh Theater Festival Fringe which hosted performing arts groups from all over the… (more)
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Avignon: Avant-Garde Performing Arts and Globalization

The best modern theater and dance is often about ideas. That was true in works at this year’s Avignon Theater Festival, held every July in the medieval city where Catholic Popes ruled from 1309 to 1377. Several performances I saw… (more)
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Venice: The Artistic Spirit of Jackson Pollack and Peggy Guggenheim

Jackson Pollack, the great pioneer of abstract expressionism, was a struggling carpenter until the avant-garde Peggy Guggenheim discovered him and made his paintings famous.  Following her death in 1979, her Grand Canal palazzo became a museum, the Peggy Guggenheim… (more)
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Summer Stockholm: Great Weather, Beautiful River Sights and Fascinating Royal History

The rich five hundred-year history of the Swedish Royal Family blends with egalitarian politics to create an enchanting country. Elegance is combined with an absence of royal snobbishness. For example, visitors are welcomed into the inner courtyard of the Stockholm… (more)
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21st-Century Jewish Life in Berlin and Krakow

Jewish culture in Central Europe is in the midst of a dazzling renaissance stimulated by the fall of communism and the enlargement of the European Union. Nowhere is that more evident than in Berlin, the heart of Germany, and Krakow,… (more)
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Louisa’s Place — From a Luxurious Apartment Hotel Explore the Twin Personalities of former East and West Berlin

The capital of Germany has two powerful personalities — the youthful urbane sophistication of former West Berlin and the 19th-century heritage of East Berlin overlaid by 45 years of communism. Louisa’s Place manifests Berlin’s combination of old and new. It… (more)
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Modern art mecca in Basel, Switzerland

The crown jewel of Basel’s forty art museums is the architecturally acclaimed Fondation Beyeler Museum. It was designed to showcase the splendid personal collection of Hildy and Ernst Beyeler, who owned an art gallery for nearly fifty years. The spiritual… (more)