RSSAll Entries in the "Arts" Category

See that guy flirting with Stevens? As a distraction from the California bar exam, she went on a date with him, and then ditched before dinner arrived. "It was the only date I ever left," says Stevens, who has osteogenesis imperfecta.

Unfractured Dreams: A Photo Essay

By Michael Mullady While still a grad student at San Francisco State University four years ago, Bethany Stevens, 30, teamed up with photographer Michael Mullady to capture life as a young woman wheelchair user in the Bay Area. Mullady followed Stevens everywhere, including tagging along on her dates and even to parties. To see the […]

Physically Integrated Dance Comes of Age

Physically Integrated Dance Comes of Age

The last act of the 2008 Sins Invalid performance opened with a dark stage backlit with dusk-blue. To the sound of a pulsing Maori keening chant with techno highlights, wheelchair dancer Rodney Bell slowly lowered down onto the stage via cables. Sometimes dangling upside down, sometimes appearing to somersault, Bell, a T3-6 para, gyrated along […]

Gleeks on Staff

Gleeks on Staff

The Fox channel’s hit show, Glee, follows a high school show choir and features a diverse cast of students ranging from gay to wheelchair user. The musical-comedy veers into satire, and at any time someone might just burst into song. Glee often deals with social issues, only with a soundtrack. But the show is edgy […]

Photos by Christopher Voelker / Voelkerstudio.com

Cityzen Toby

The first thing you’ll probably want to know about Tobias Forrest is where he was raised, whether his childhood was really lousy, how he broke his neck and all that what-doesn’t-kill-you-makes-you-stronger kind of crap. There’s a lot of that. But first, some random coincidences: 1. Toby’s dad, Alan Olsen, who is in fact his uncle, […]

Into the Great Beyond

Into the Great Beyond

Among travel lovers, one school of thought holds that “the journey is the destination” — that the true mind-broadening joy of travel lies not in arriving somewhere as planned, but in experiencing all the unplanned things that happen while you’re getting there. Through these chance encounters and random events — be they delightful, aggravating or even dangerous — […]

The Education of Professir X

The Education of Professir X

“People ask me, how do I have sex? What’s different for me now is, it’s more spiritual, more mental, more emotional. I don’t feel a physical body, so in order to feel my mate, I must feel her with my heart, with my soul, with my mind. That’s how I have sex. That’s how I […]

Les McCann: Free and Funky

Les McCann: Free and Funky

It’s about everything. It’s about religion, about life, about God, about truth. It’s about how we live. The damn stair lift isn’t working! And it’s brand new, too! Three men fiddle with it, jump up and down on it, push the buttons over and over while jazz legend Les McCann sits in his bulky, airline-style wheelchair […]

Tommy Hollenstein: Tracking Art

Tommy Hollenstein: Tracking Art

Tommy Hollenstein’s artwork is colorful and chaotic yet infused with the optimism and transformative drama that define the Southern California experience. Tommy is a native Angelino ex-surfer boy who sports a mini-Mohawk bleach job and a tanned and mellow Valley boy manner. He’s been getting lots of traction, so to speak, with his work. He […]

Wheeling Surreal

Wheeling Surreal

Contemporary artist Jon Wos, who came into this world with osteogenesis imperfecta, uses his painting to plumb the depths of his identity. Another emerging artist …

Lisa Thorson: Improvising a Life

Lisa Thorson: Improvising a Life

As a 21-year-old senior at Boston Conservatory of Music in 1979, Lisa Thorson was well on her way to a career in musical theater. “I was doing a fair number of shows outside the college and had just landed the lead female role in a 1940s musical that had a lot of pretty athletic dancing,” […]