Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Local business struggles to stay afloat Bedouin Beats hopes to increase interest in belly dancing

“Anybody, any body” is the motto of Bedouin Beats co-owners Michelle Kaplan and Stacie Clarke.

“It doesn’t matter what body size or age or ability, belly dancing can work for you,” said Kaplan.

But that’s a tough sell these days. Clarke recently posted on their Facebook page: “With registration and sales at record lows, we are not sure how long we can sustain this business as we hoped we could. If you had been considering taking a class, now is definitely the time to register.” Continue reading Local business struggles to stay afloat Bedouin Beats hopes to increase interest in belly dancing

SkirtsAfire celebrates female-centric work Annual festival brings audiences together to enjoy art

Actor Annette Loiselle has always intuitively known that women were at a disadvantage in the arts, but it took her some time to really pin it down.

“I don’t know if there was a specific point, because when I was in theatre school it didn’t even occur to me that things are stacked against us,” Loiselle said. “Even though, when I auditioned for the BFA program, one of their stipulations when they were putting together a class for that year [was] it had to be two-thirds men and one-third women.” Continue reading SkirtsAfire celebrates female-centric work Annual festival brings audiences together to enjoy art