Allison Newsome

The RainKeeps of Allison Newsome

The RainKeeps of Allison Newsome #39, July/August 2022 Allison Newsome’s RainKeep sculptures harvest the rain much as canopies of the redwood tree of her childhood home in the Santa Cruz Mountains catch coastal fog and direct condensed moisture downwards. The upper section is spread like the petals of a flower in hues of red, green…

Jonas Salk Vaccinating His Family During the Trial Stage

Remembering the Polio Pioneers

Remembering the Polio Pioneers #38, May/June 2022 In the 1950s, children lived in fear of contracting the disease poliomyelitis—polio for short—which could lead to paralysis and even death by paralyzing the muscles that help a person to breathe. This is the extraordinary story of two physicians—Thomas Francis Jr. and Jones Salk—whose collective research resulted in…

A Tribute to Mike Renzi

A Tribute to Mike Renzi #37, March/April 2022 Mike Renzi was a legendary jazz pianist and arranger who was regarded as the accompanist of choice for many of the finest popular singers of his generation. He was also music director of Sesame Street for twelve years. He grew up in Providence and although he later…

“Pop Classics” and the 1941 ASCAP Boycott

“Pop Classics” and the 1941 ASCAP Boycott #33, June/July 2021 Credit: Magazine A Praça (Town Square) http://www.magazineapraca.com/ The story of how increasing song royalty rates resulted in a 1941 radio boycott of all music created by members of the Association of Songwriters, Composers and Publishers, and the way the boycott changed the music people heard on the…

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire #31, March/April 2021 Credit: Magazine A Praça (Town Square) http://www.magazineapraca.com/ Observing the 110th anniversary of the New York Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, a story of one woman who perished that day, and how the deaths of 146 garment workers led to the institution of worker protections and strengthened fire safety laws.…

Six Christmas Movies You May Have Missed

Six Christmas Movies You May Have Missed #29, November/December 2020 Credit: Magazine A Praça (Town Square) http://www.magazineapraca.com/ Synopses of six favorite and lesser known movies to view during the holidays with a screenshot from each.Christmas is just around the corner so here is an early gift of some of my favorite and less familiar holiday movies: The…

Remembering Ronald Colman

“Remembering Ronald Colman” #27, July/August 2020 Credit: Magazine A Praça (Town Square) http://www.magazineapraca.com/ An appreciation of the English actor, Ronald Colman, his three decades of films from silents to the 1947 Academy Award for A Double Life, and overview of some of his finest screen performances. Lovers of classic black-and-white cinema will immediately recognize the names Bogart, Gable,…

Antônio Carlos Jobim: “Father of Bossa Nova”

“Antônio Carlos Jobim: “Father of Bossa Nova” #28, September/October Credit: Magazine A Praça (Town Square) http://www.magazineapraca.com/ A remembrance of the legendary Brazilian songwriter, pianist, guitarist and arranger, his collaboration with Brazilian poet Vinicius de Moraes, and a look at some of his best recordings and movie scores. “The Girl from Ipanema,” “One Note Samba,” “Desafinado,” “Corcovado.” All…