The Festival Beat

When the Super Bowl Calls...
By Paul Richardson

It’s not every genre-bending, next-gen classical band that gets invited to perform at the host city’s Super Bowl party. But then Nu Deco Ensemble is not every band.

 

The Band the Internet Built
By Paul Richardson

The very abbreviated story of the internet and international sensation known as Postmodern Jukebox, which went from zero to one billion views in just 7 years.

Making Sense of the 2020 Elections
By Paul E. Richardson

“The real key to success,” Amy Walters says, “doesn’t come from getting the right internship. It comes instead from knowing your own values and your own value. You don’t have to know what you want to do with the rest of your life today. But you need to know who you are and what matters to you.”

How Happy Are We?
By Paul Richardson

Finding the keys to happiness, says Dr. Laurie Santos, requires tapping into our primate brains, and observing the behavior and activities of those who report being very happy. And the results are often surprising, but also uplifting.
 

Truth-telling and story above all else
By Paul Richardson

Roz Chast goes through the world with the eyes of a cartoonist, of a graphic storyteller who is constantly identifying and lampooning the ever anxious and self-conscious American middle class.

The Truth and Power in Jesmyn Ward's Fiction
By Paul Richardson

“Ward is one of those rare writers who’s traveled across America’s deepening class rift with her sense of truth intact.” – The Los Angeles Times

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