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Recent Posts for the Yoko Miwa Trio

In the past month, I've covered jazz past and present at the Yoko Miwa Trio's blog. Here's a sampler of recent posts, click the titles to read the full posts.


Reflections on Ken Burns’s JAZZ, Episode 1
After starting to blog for the Yoko Miwa Trio, I felt inspired to learn more about jazz history. I wanted to hear the jazz while I learned about it, so I turned to the documentary JAZZ, by Ken Burns. In this series of posts, I’ll share my thoughts as I journey through some of the crucial decades in jazz history....
Jazz on the Harbor Unless you only just discovered the Yoko Miwa Trio, you know they’ve won some awards, * but did you know that the performance center they will be playing on Friday, February 15 with special guest Rebecca Parris is award-winning, as well?
Use Your Smile Muscles Have you ever wondered about the name of the wine bar where the Yoko Miwa Trio plays Saturdays, and Yoko plays solo piano many Tuesdays? “Les Zygomates” (Lay ZEEG-oh-MAHTS) is French for some of…

Happy Birthday, Kate! ... Analyzing Happy Birthday, Felicity!

Happy Birthday, Kate! ... Analyzing Happy Birthday, Felicity!
My friend Kate asked me to analyze an American Girls book and point out things that are inaccurate or just plain misleading as a birthday present to her. Because the analysis is a birthday present, I chose a birthday book – Happy Birthday, Felicity! It’s the fourth book in a series following the life of Felicity Merriman, a ten-year old girl in 1770s Virginia. The Felicity books came out in the early 1990s, and while the American Girl empire keeps expanding, Felicity’s stories are one of the ones I remember from my own childhood.
Before I begin, I just want to say that there are a lot of great things about the American Girl books, and I don’t mean my criticisms to be a condemnation of the books. Some things are not wrong but oversimplified, and in some cases I would have chosen to simplify them differently or not at all. Some elements of the American Girl books disproportionately represent girls with lives of privilege, and s…

New blogging -- Createquity

Fairly soon, you'll be seeing posts from a new blogging project of mine appearing here. I'm excited to announce that I have been chosen as a writing fellow for Createquity, a blog that describes itself as "a unique virtual think tank exploring the intersection of the arts with a wide range of topics ... a hub for next-generation ideas on the role of the arts in a creative society."


Read more here:
Announcing the Spring 2013 Createquity Writing Fellows

Three of My Favorite Boston Bookstores

Queerly Bookish: Three More Favorite Bookstores As promised, here is the second half of my “favorite bookstores.” Like last time, I chose three of my favorite local bookstores and I will explain why I like these stores and what I think of their queer book sections. I’m picking up where I left off, giving you the stores in ascending order by the Queer Quotient (see the last post if you don’t know what that is).
Read on... 

Queerly Bookish is a column I write for Diffuse 5, a Boston-based collection of resources for the LBTQ community. The column presents book reviews and notes on the Boston literary scene, including events, publications, and more.