Welcome to Our
25th Year of Publication

July 2024


Murals and Grafitti
in Fitzroy, Australia

A testament to its rich cultural tapestry, artistic freedom, and its role as a hub for creativity.
The Photography of Jon Rendell

 Mark Morris World Première
 Via Dolorosa
plus Socrates at
Cal Performances Berkeley

Renate Stendhal


An Enchanted Evening Enjoys Its 75th Anniversary
Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s
South Pacific

Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold

Art in Miniature
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
Strange Way of Life

Two of the most renowned living directors surprised their fans in the past year by releasing short films.
Both films are masterful.

Miles David Moore



The Body and the New House
MichaelBettencourt | Scene4 Magazine | www.scene4.comWith the buying of our new house, my body has found
a new phase of being, a constant state of stiff, sore
and not-so-supple. 
Michael Bettencourt

Promise Me A Garden
Arthur Danin Adler  Scene4 MagazineOn this, our 25th anniversary,
here is a tribute to that beginning
and the woman who inspired Scene4.
Arthur Danin Adler

Run-up to Showtime
Claudine Jones | Scene4 MagazineSupreme Court strikes down federal ban on bump stock devices  
Oh absoLUTEly, yes!! Now we just need these folks to stand in a big ole circle. Preferably all likkered up.

Claudine Jones

The Old Men Monologues - Part II
Les Marcott | Scene4 Magazine | www.scene4.com
All right, first I would like to thank everyone for showing up tonight. 
I realize it's a little late for some of us guys. However, there is coffee available for those who are nodding off.
Les Marcott

Notes Toward a Memoir of Madness and Writing - Part II
Gregory Luce | Scene4 MagazineThe tipping point arrived on an unseasonably warm day in late January. My anxiety had ratcheted up to a near panic attack, ironically enough as I was heading for an appointment with my psychiatrist.
Gregory Luce

“A brilliant red Barchetta . . .”
Patrick Walsh | Scene4 MagazineSummer after summer, I get deeply into the Rush song
“Red Barchetta”. Maybe it’s because I do a lot of cycling in the warm months and on a favorite route of mine, the bucolic country road.

Patrick Walsh


Three Trapped Tigers: A Cautionary Tale
The writing style with its highly evolved word play evokes Stein’s nemesis James Joyce and the Joy(ce) ride accomplished in Ulysses.
Karren Alenier

The Emperor of Ice Cream
Wallace Stevens

All poems have a You and an I—although they don’t always use those pronouns explicitly. In the simplest instances the “I” is the creative presence we call The Poet.

David Alpaugh

Re-Visiting July 2020
Peace and War:

Some Unknown Poems by Kandinsky

So many of the early pieces in this series–since 2019–deserve re-visiting by its longtime readers, as well by readers who joined us more recently.
Jelena Hahl-Fontaine and Lissa Tyler Renaud

The Stranger Face of the Friend
Part Four
 At cross-purposes, wearing constellated masks, two actors perform what they are scheduled to perform, and they may not turn to applaud each other’s skill.

Brian George

Benjamat Bangluang
เบญจมาศ บางหลวง
She is a good example of a new artist, presenting women of Thailand. Those who see her work ask what happens when she conveys the meaning of her own life.
Janine Yasovant



A Trip of An Idea     Altenir Silva  
James McDahousing, a writer, is typing the following words on his MacBook: "Then, Gordon, after some minutes of looking in the mirror, turned the light off, and only the walls of that silent place heard the sound of a gunshot.”



The Art of David Wiley

To Welcome This Summer
I am writing this welcome on the threshold of the Summer Solstice arriving in our Northern Hemisphere.
The Art of Philip Gerstein

The Art of SS. Burrus
A Retrospective

When the Earth is ravaged
and the animals are dying,
a new tribe of people will appear
on the Earth

Patrick Nagel
It’s in the Eyes



Scene4 Magazine: Perspectives - Audio | Theatre Thoughts  | Michael Bettencourt  | www.scene4.com

Theatre Thoughts
An entertaining array of audio essays on an array
of theatre topics by an astute and entertaining essayist

You Don’t Say!
Occasional Musings by an occasionally amused writer



Undress Me  
In a bar, Laura turns to Stefan and asks him to
undress her, by word of mouth, in his best mother tongue

Light Fantastic  
Weighty matters of brain neurons and addiction, two kisses, single-malt scotch, the green dance of blue, yellow lasers

Ear Buds
What happens when we love our devices
 — and they love us back

The Greed Gene
A young couple is told by their genetic counselor that
their child has the greed gene, there is nothing they can do


Letters to the Editor






Prior Issues
From The Archives



Scene4 Magazine - www.scene4.com

July/August 2015|

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October 2014|

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July 2014|

Scene4 Magazine - www.scene4.com
April 2014|

Scene4 Magazine - www.scene4.com
January 2014|

Everything Old Is New Again
January 2013|

What Is Obscenity and What’s Not?
January 2012|

A Brief But Quirky History of the Arts
January 2011|

The Rising Fall of the Arts
January 2010|

The One
January 2009|

What Is Art?
January 2008|

View of the Arts
January 2007|

The Art of Sex in the Arts
February 2006|

State of the Art of the Arts
October 2005|


The Steiny Road
Index of Karren Alenier’s
columns and writings

Film Reviews
Index of Miles David Moore’s 
reviews and writings

Index of Renate Stendhal’s
writings and reviews

Index of Arthur Danin Adler’s
columns and writings

Kandinsky Anew
Index of the series by
Lissa Tyler Renaud


Good Reading Is Currently On Sale Here

Karren Alenier
The Dresser addresses what’s
underneath the art

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