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Hey, Arts Nonprofits: Words Aren’t Action, Sympathy Isn’t Empathy

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Yes, we know you care. Yes, we know you “stand with” Black people. Your words are lovely. Now get away from the keyboard and start taking action.

If Stalin Had a Least-Favorite Musical, Would This Be It?

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"The Glorious Death of Comrade What's-His-Name" is based on a 1928 play, "The Suicide," by Nikolai Erdman, who was later exiled to Siberia.

What You Can Do Today to Help Artist Immigration

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Two petitions could move the needle before the American government creates a worldwide catastrophe for artist immigration.

Bowser Bruised as DC Arts Soap Opera Ends — For Now

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The mayor of DC -- and all the battling political stakeholders of the city's cultural scene -- now have a chance to act like adults. The artists deserve it.

Our Sweet Land of the ‘Indigenous American Berserk’

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"What does it mean to be an 'American'?" Philip Roth had an idea -- one that runs through all our literature.

Impeachment! A Very Special Podcast Episode

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Maybe Trump can finally be hauled to the federal hoosegow where the lifelong criminal belongs.

Native Playwright and Others Fear a New Trail of Tears

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With the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) under right-wing attack, Mary Kathryn Nagle sounds the alarm.

Does Your Nonprofit Arts Board Always Vote Unanimously?

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Unending total agreement can hurt nonprofit arts groups. There are better ways to be a board.

Boycott For Choice: Can Artists Be Profiles in Courage?

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If you are an artist and pro-choice, you have to confront a terrible and difficult question.

Dancing on the Head of a Constitutional Crisis Pin

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And if Trump won't comply with court orders, what then? Or refuse to leave office, what then?

Hello Libertarian, My Old Friend

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He launched a movement to reform our two-party system. He remains committed to it.

‘Lockdown’ Appeals for Justice Reform — and Compassion

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Playwright Cori Thomas learned to see the San Quentin incarcerated as individuals, not as past crimes.

Sackler, Altria, MacArthur: Ethical Quicksand in Big Philanthropy

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Is our collective conscience bothered before we accept the gift or after the public outcry?

Another Crash, Another Arts Funding Downward Spiral?

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We're not being alarmist. The signs are already there.

Mr. Trump, Tear Down This Wall

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Notes from the latest government shutdown, now at Day 100.

Diversity and the Arts: Can the US Escape Whiteism?

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What we do about the one is related to what we do about the other.

LIC Artists Pledge to Resist Amazon Art Washing

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Cuomo, de Blasio and Amazon betrayed the cultural communities of Queens. An artist collective says no.

Mossad, Charlie and Khalil: ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Comes to TV

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The Arab-Israeli conflict rages on, making a TV version of John Le Carre's 1983 novel sadly relevant.

Any Artist Would Be More Qualified Than Heather Nauert

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For US Ambassador to the UN, that is. Let's get more artists into the Foreign Service.

Should Progressives Ignore the Caravan?

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Phantom national security crises are clearly being manufactured. Let’s not be distracted.
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Which President Ignored Bounties on Our Murdered Soldiers?

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Either the ignoramus president was told the intelligence and did nothing about it or no one on his staff told him. Which sounds worse?