07/07/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents delves into our fractious politics and the need for convergent action if we are to reassert the will of the people. Attorney, author, political activist, and four-time presidential candidate, Ralph Nader has a new book that lays out the path forward.
In this digital age, when vacationers to South Florida can grab their smartphones and send jealousy-inducing photos to friends and family within seconds, it’s hard to believe the humble postcard is still hanging in there.
Visit most any local souvenir shop and there they are, usually on one or two racks tucked behind the seashell bracelets and painted coconuts. But Sarasota author Liz Coursen doesn’t think much of the postcards being sent from Florida these days.
If you’re looking for Boynton Beach’s arts district, you won’t find it near any trendy restaurants or high-end boutiques. Actually, the closest business is an auto shop and the nearest place to grab a bite to eat is a gas station on the corner.
But if no one took this artists’ enclave seriously 18 months ago . . .
“ . . . they do now!” exclaims Rolando Chang Barrero.
As one of the key players behind the up-and-coming Boynton Beach Art District (BBAD), artist and gallery owner Rolando Chang Barrero is getting no down time during South Florida's "off season." Barrero is among the region's year-round residents who stick it out during the slow, sultry months to ensure his pet projects make it through to grow another season.
"It's time to get the community to really step it up if we're going to become a year-round arts scene," said Barrero, who owns ActivistArtistA, which serves as something of a launching pad for many of the BBAD projects.
South Florida artist Virginia Erdie strives to be "a little bit of an activist" with her work. It's fitting, then, that her art has ruffled a few feathers along the way. Her next major installation almost didn't see the light of day.
08/08/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is a 20th Century “Social Justice Hall of Fame,” compiled by Occidental College professor Peter Dreier. It chronicles activists, thinkers and politicians who challenged injustice and promoted democracy. His list of vignettes includes Clarence Darrow, Helen Keller, Noam Chomsky, Studs Terkel . . . and even Bruce Springsteen.