Moving On

I moved to Amsterdam in December 2000, after a year of travelling back and forth between there and various parts of the U.S., the land of my birth.  I went for a very clear reason: to be with the man I loved.  In fact, all the big moves I’ve made in my life have been…

Q&A with Sam Heady / Free Fringe Amsterdam

For the past few weeks, I’ve been in Edinburgh, Scotland, visiting the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It’s the largest arts festival in the world, begun in 1947 by performers who hadn’t been invited to participate in the (then) new Edinburgh International Festival. Since then, it’s inspired a multitude of Fringe Festivals around the world, including the…

Not Funny

Notes From Scotland I arrived in Scotland this month for an open-ended visit, checking into business opportunities, looking for creative inspiration, and taking the chance to stretch my legs in the hills. I’ll be posting along the way… Most of the past weeks have been a bit of a happy jumble, but as my regular…

Gay Pride, and why we should take it personally

During the upcoming week, 27 July to 4 August, Amsterdam will celebrate Gay Pride.  We do this as increasingly disturbing news comes out of Russia about Putin’s crackdown on gay rights there.  And yet, there’ll be dancing in the streets of Amsterdam.  Should we be dancing? Yes, absolutely. Why? Because, unlike our friends in Russia,…

Tap my phone, go ahead. I’m so-o-o over it.

Here’s why I’m not going to get my panties all in a bunch over this most recent ‘scandal’ about the US government (or so many other governments who are keeping their heads down til the uproar dies away) spying on its citizens: because I already did. In 2001. At the time when almost every one…

Buzzing about Amsterdam

The inaugural issue of the BizArts Buzz – the new monthly e-letter for Amsterdam’s Dutch/International community – is in subscriber’s inbox’s now, highlighting events and workshops coming up in June.  There’s a lot to get excited about – especially when one realizes that the Buzz can only list a selection of the exhibitions, performances, workshops…

The BizArts Buzz

Announcing the creation of a monthly e-letter: the BizArts Buzz.  The Buzz will be filled with event listings from Amsterdam’s international Business and Arts community: exhibitions, performances, and workshops. Networking events and film nights. A sprinkling of news and commentary. And all in the second language of the Netherlands: English.  The Buzz is for the…