Why not a spiral?

We’re done with rectangles. Aren’t we?
Unless of course they are twisted into Möbius strips.

Spirals give us the sensation of continuous motion. Photo from Sam Woolfe

For those of you unaccustomed to spatial jests, I am suggesting that we are ready to operate within a new paradigm, one that challenges, clashes with the old to move us forward. In every corner of the globe, there’s rampant anxiety, despair, panic. When we panic, we freeze until a little voice within says…”don’t just sit there, do something!” Bottom line, we need change.

To change, we need to move. Who understands motion best, intuitively and scientifically? — dancers. They grapple…

10 possible mash-ups of Broadway, Central Park & Harlem

by Deirdre Towers

Saks Fifth Avenue

Yesterday, I strolled through Saks Fifth Avenue, glancing at price tags and snapping photos. It was empty of course because of Covid. Or was it deserted because of the retail implosion?

Once the luxurious spine of New York City catering to predominantly white ladies-who-lunch and the men who keep them, Fifth Avenue may have to re-invent itself. What if shoppers simply don’t come back because the 1% has moved to their second or third homes and the 99% prefer home delivery?

NYC is a hub of innovators, designers…

while scrambling to resist the undertow

photo by Author. Cove in South Thomaston, Maine

I have been a mess lately. Haven’t we all?

That mess — how can one describe it? A storm of conflicting emotions? My instinct has been to run, to flee as though from a house on fire, Achilles’ tendons be damned. Flip the soul-draining energy and ride the wave away from it all. In the fix-it-mode, I tried — ineffectually — to wrench my lover and friends away from their all-consuming obsession to understand what caused the fire and how to squelch it. Couldn’t we just galvanize artists and scientists to create a tsunami of positive energy?

Occasionally, a cool…

A scene from The Truth Has Changed, running until 19 at The Public Theater as part of The Public’s 16th Annual Under the Radar Festival. Photo Credit: International Wow Company

Josh Fox released in 2010 a documentary GASLAND that won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance, and seemingly as many fans as enemies. Ten years later, this New York theatre director turned documentarian returned to New York to appear at The Public Theatre in his unforgettable, multi-media one man show The Truth Has Changed in the 2020 Under The Radar Series.

As a verbal showman, he has mastered the art of suspense, surprise, and nuance. He is mesmerizing as his voice rises and dips, he flips the lights, picks up a banjo, jumps on a table and pauses while a…

Waterfront Museum in Red Hook, on the Hudson River. Photo by Steve McGill

Oysters To The Rescue, Again and Again…

by Deirdre Towers

The Billion Oyster Project caught my attention as a romantic attempt to salvage the Hudson River. And it’s working! The Hudson River is reportedly the cleanest it’s been in 50 years.

28 million oyster shells recycled from 75 restaurants. have been planted in NYC Harbor. The oyster shells filter the water, removing some of the nitrogen dumped into the river from septic tanks — thereby reducing oxygen in water — by absorbing it into their exoskeleton.

Imagine 220 acres of oyster beds. That’s how much of a natural seafood farm…


Indian classical dancer Shantala Shivalingappe regaled us with a stunning program at The Joyce Theater. The last work Bhairava jolts you immediately with the fierceness of her scolding fingers twitching faster than a teleypist, held high by the back-lit dancer. For 600 years, Kuchipudi dancers have admonished the heavens in this manner to destroy fear by shocking them with an ascendant lightning rod. This dance makes you feel like a child being intimidated by your mother to Never again do whatever heinous thing you did. …

Magda Bellanova and a client in Bellanova Beauty Lab in Brooklyn, NYC

It’s been known to…

by Deirdre Towers

Imagine a facial so relaxing you feel wise, opened, and tall!

That’s how I felt when I left Bellanova Beauty Lab in Brooklyn yesterday, October 2, 2019, as the first client to experience Magda Bellanova’s newly acquired skills in Sculptural Lifting Massage. Bellanova learned this technique from a Russian named Yakov Gershkovich. Gershkovich massages the face, jaw, neck, and upper back to trigger lymphatic drainage and a surge of energy. …

Deirdre Towers

Writer/Choreographer produced LA CHANA, the award-winning documentary, the Dance on Camera Festival (1994–2012), and Bell 8 Installations.

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