“Ugly” Turns To “Beautiful,” “Stupid” To “Smart”

by Allan Appel | Apr 6, 2017 3:14 pm

Allan Appel Photo “Who can share a word someone said about you?”

It didn’t take long for “ugly” and “stupid” to emerge as answers to that question from the circle of 25 jumpy pre-teen girls.

Then author Sakina Ibrahim led the girls in a dance movement to propel those words out, way out the window.

And let their opposites in.

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A Festival Soldiers On

by Brian Slattery | Mar 30, 2017 10:25 pm

Courtesy A&I Chad Herzog, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas’s interim co-executive director and director of programming, stood on the stage in a large room on the first floor of Alexion, on College Street. Before him, artists and filmmakers mingled with bankers and civic leaders. A countdown clock projected on the wall that looked more like something for a sports event — maybe a nod to March Madness? — had just run out. Herzog was on stage to announce A&I’s lineup for 2017.

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