|EMA—Erika M. Anderson—just released her debut album, Past Life Martyred Saints, in June 2011. On the record, she mixes gentle, pathos-filled folk, ingratiating halos of feedback, electro-aggression (especially on the single “Milkman”), and even hip-hop. In other words, this South Dakotan—now Californian—perfectly embodies this mixed-up, jumbled-up, data-filled, genre-exploding world of ours.|
Miranda Sajdak is on a mission. The up-and-coming, award-winning filmmaker is doing everything in her power to promote and fundraise for her new short film, Gone, a film about grief, loss, and dealing with issues of identity. I had the chance to sit down and talk with Sajdak about her inspirations and aspirations for Gone, her future filmmaking ambitions, her thoughts on the LGBT film community, and on LGBT films in general.
| ||As part of Philadelphia’s renown Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, I recently attended New Paradise Laboratories's newest work, Extremely Public Displays of Privacy. New Paradise Laboratories is a performance ensemble that imagines theater as visionary experience. The pieces value sudden inspiration, paradigm shifts, and shocks to the system. The company aims towards the ecstatic in both the form and content of its work. It uses a variety of creative strategies to achieve its ends, including company-devising techniques, cross-media design elements, and installation in alternative spaces. The collaborative environment of its working process influences the content of the pieces.|