MARGOT FONTEYN, THE L.A. BALLET, AND “THE SLEEPING BEAUTY”

FONTEYN SLEEPING BEAUTY

Tony Palmer’s documentary “Fonteyn” is a fascinating take on one of the greatest ballerinas of all time. “This is the story of how the most famous dancer England ever produced was deceived and betrayed by those closest to her,” the film begins. “It is a story of courage and tenacity, of unbelievable devotion to her […]

POET DANA GIOIA AND THE UPCOMING FUTURE OF THE CATHOLIC LITERARY IMAGINATION CONFERENCE AT USC

DANA GIOIA

Dana Gioia is a poet and critic who served as chair-man of the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author, most recently, of Pity the Beautiful, his fourth volume of poems. He also has a genius for connecting people. To that end, he’s spearheaded a conference called “The Future of the Catholic Literary […]

A FOLK ART TREASURE: GRANDMA PRISBREY’S BOTTLE VILLAGE

GRANDMA PRISBREY'S BOTTLE VILLAGE

“I feel that what people call by the word ‘scavenger’ is really a resurrection.” –American sculptor Louise Nevelson (1900-1988) Tressa Luella Schafer—the woman who would come to be known as Grandma Prisbrey—was born in Easton, Minnesota, the youngest of eight children. In 1912, at the age of 15, she married the ex-husband of one of […]