There are two ancient sculptural vessels–one in Delphi and another in Jerusalem–called omphalus that claim to be the center, or navel, of earth. My sculpture Omphale, Queen of Lydia, is a human calling: an invitation to the gods to be with us; it is as if Lydia were back on earth looking for her Hercules. OMPHALE, Queen …
At the Sophie Calle’s Last Seen exhibit at Boston’s Gardner Museum the very large, gold-framed “word posters” suck all the energy out of the nearby equally-sized gold-framed images of empty framed art.
RUNNING SCIENCE is an impressive book, could call it a modern bible, that collects up-to-date data on running research and everyone who might be a serious athlete ought to check it out.
Seven make-sense, easy steps (# 5 is “wash your feet ) for getting on your mat and doing yoga, particularly for Iyengar yoga practitioners.
My Brilliant Friend is a literary work about women and friendship that is not chick-lit, the first in a planned trilogy; it fictionalizes childhood and adolescence in Naples, Italy, during the 50s, chronicling the vicissitudes of Lila and Elena’s friendship; at the same time allegorizing the modernization of Italy.
For yoga teachers and advanced/intermediate students, particularly Iyengar yogini: 12 Steps to improve your downward-facing dog
The Sadness of the Samurai is a novel about justice, forgiveness and hope: we all bleed; some wounds heal; others remain. A wonderful, large read with many dark corners.
Follow these five easy steps to empty your mind and enlighten your energy before beginning your Yoga practice.
Who else could make a film about the role of money, schizophrenia and the individual’s destruction and make it sexy, adult and stylish? Review of Elio Petri’s 1965 Italian film The 10th Victim.
Lina Wertmuller’s THE NYMPH relies on overcharged sexual visuals of Stefania Sandrelli’s backside in this film about love, war, fate and virginity.
Review of The Way We Laughed unfolds the sacrificial tale of two brothers and won The Golden Lion, in Venice’s 1988 International Film Festival.
Beautiful Anita Pallenberg plays the drugged out wife in this Marco Ferreri film that explores male existential sexuality.
Senior Iyengar instructor Dassa Oppenheimer’s 15 Steps for refining Sarvangasana (shoulderstand).
Wayne Escoffery’s birthday jazz performance at Kitano Club in New York City coincides with wedding anniversary celebration of Boston couple.
A complex story about a young Sicilian girl who transforms revenge into justice.
COOKING IS AN ART & RISO, PATATE E COZZE (RICE, POTATO AND MUSSELS) is by far the most tasty dish this blogger discovered in 2010 and it put everyone at her table in a taste trance.
Celtic Star Paul Pierce could double as Indian actor Ifran Khan in the 2006 film Deadline: Sirf 24 Ghante.
Comedy from India: Peepli Live, a not-to-miss Hindi-English film, takes you to rural India and tells the story of a farmer who might commit suicide so that his family can collect the money they need to save their property.
review of Roberto Rossellini film set in Rome during German occupation
As a vehicle to test cinema and cultural IQs,IO SONO L’AMORE/ I AM LOVE will surely challenge every film buff
Addition to the article on TEN STEPS TO QUIET THE BRAIN: POSITIONING THE EYE IN ASANA, PRANAYAMA, PRATYAHARA defines the difference between brain and mind.
Senior Iyengar teacher Dassa Oppenheimer instructs yoga students how to quiet the brain by relaxing the eye.
Amandine by Marlena de Blasi is a very romantic, breezy, innocent story about a serious time in history.It is a book that you could read out loud to your young daughter on a Sunday afternoon.
Franco Modigliani’s contribution to economics and reflections on Italy; an evening at MIT with Renato Camurri editor of a new book about Modigliani and Nobel Laureates Robert Solow and Robert Merton and Sloan colleagues Stewart Myers and Francesco Giavazzi.
Muriel Barbery’s novel THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG has a secret ingredient: being prepared to love.
REVIEW of Mary Leon Bing’s autobiography Swans and Pistols. Bing, former runway model and author of Do or Die writes about LA lifestyle, hermother and daughter and falling in love with a much younger man.
Theater/culture review of A.R.T.’s SLEEP NO MORE, a fusing of Macbeth and Hitchcock, now playing in Boston ( December 2009).
THE CHILDREN ARE WATCHING Review of famous Italian neorealist film, by Christine Palamidessi Moore.
5 steps to Pratyahara, the least known and practiced of the eight limbs of yoga, as taught by Dassa Oppenheimer
Ten important steps for doing a proper shavasana, corpse pose, as taught by Dassa Oppenheimer to her Cambridge, MA, students.