New York Singer is ‘Lost in a Dream’ After Winning $20,000 Prize

(DGIwire) Jen Fellman was like many others in Manhattan: waitressing or bar-tending to keep a roof over her head and food in the fridge while she auditions and hopes for her big break as a singer, actress and writer. Then two great things happened:  She reached her goal on GoFundMe, raising $26,500 to pay for […]

3 Books Made Famous by Stage Productions

(DGIwire) – It’s customary for notable works of literature to inspire the creation of memorable dramas, but things don’t always work in that order. In a few cases, a stage production garners the spotlight (literally) before the version set on the page gets its full due. Here are three famous examples where the fame surrounding […]

Travel Agency Owners: The Best Customers Are Silver-Haired

(DGIwire) – What are the greatest tourist destinations on Earth? Everyone has their own opinions—but not everyone has the means to hop on a plane to actually visit them. Yet one demographic is likely to have both the will and the wallet to travel the globe: the silver-haired segment of the population. So it’s odd […]

3 Top Adventure Stories: What Makes Them Classics?

(DGIwire) – Within the pantheon of adventure fiction, certain stories have stood the test of time to gain the status of classics. Opinions are sure to differ regarding the best of the best, but it is likely that the three yarns listed here will occupy the majority—if not all—of the “all-time favorite” lists compiled by […]

Captain Hook Tells His Side of the Story in New Novel

(DGIwire) –  Peter Pan has owned the spotlight since J. M. Barrie’s original stage production of 1904 and the classic novel it spawned. But did Barrie tell the whole truth about Peter’s nemesis, Captain Hook? In his delightfully engaging debut novel, Hook’s Tale: Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself (Scribner, […]

Portraits of Fame in Black and White

(DGIwire) – “I bring music to every shoot,” writes celebrity photographer Jesse Dittmar in the opening pages of two, his extraordinary debut book. As we at ReviewLoft browsed the 62 black-and-white portraits—all taken between 2013 and 2015—in this impressive, oversized volume, we felt the music as well: the rhythms of Dittmar’s keen photographic talents and […]

Love the Arts? How to Be Supportive on a Budget

(DGIwire) — Want to support the arts but feeling a bit like Cinderella who can’t quite afford the ball? That’s understandable – at this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit (commonly known as the Met Gala), a single ticket cost about $30,000 and a table cost about $275,000, according to the Metropolitan Museum […]

Celebrating Freddie Mercury

(DGIwire) — Freddie Mercury, co-founder of the band QUEEN, died 25 years ago today, on November 24, 1991. I will always feel sad when I wonder about what amazing music and creativity was robbed from all of us far too soon due to his untimely death at the young age of 45 from AIDS. My first […]

Custom-Built Wooden Watercraft Combine Beauty and Power

(DGIwire) – Can a watercraft be a work of art as well as a mode of transportation? For many kayak enthusiasts, plying the waters is just part of the excitement: the quality and beauty of a craft adds considerable value to any marine adventure. Dan Thaler and his wife, residents of New York’s Lower Hudson Valley, […]

Skateboarding Trivia: Did You Know…

(DGIwire) — In the skateboard community across the country, it’s not uncommon to hear skaters challenging each other to do tricks that would make average mortals quake with fear. Games like S.K.A.T.E keep track of the challenges as each skater accelerates the skill and intensity of a trick and the next in line has to match […]

The Cost: Compassion Wins Over Power 3 to 1

  (DGIwire) — What is more important to voters: Power or Compassion? A New York City audience recently made its voice heard by decisively voting for Compassion. The votes were cast just before a reading of The Cost, a stage play written by Aquaila Shene Barnes and directed by Barbara Montgomery, at the BMCC Tribeca […]

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