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Women playing vital roles as NBA assistant coaches, and changing the course of basketball

The WNBA tipped off its inaugural season with a three-game schedule nearly 24 years ago.

On that day, about 90 minutes before the Cleveland Rockers hosted the Houston Comets in a matchup featuring three future hall of famer players, reserve guard Jenny Boucek, who overcame daunting odds and made the team during an open tryout, summarized her emotions about what was about to transpire.

“I can’t imagine that there will be a more exciting day, maybe my wedding day,” said Boucek on June 21, 1997, from just outside her Gund Arena locker room. “I’m just going to try to soak it all in.”

Fast forward nearly a quarter of a century and Boucek is thriving in the NBA as one of the league’s eight female assistant coaches.  It's fitting that during Women's History Month, we look at the future of women in the NBA, and that future is bright.

Their duties are varied and fluid, but women assistants are playing integral roles with San Antonio (Becky Hammon), Cleveland (Lindsay Gottlieb SHS 1995), Memphis (Sonia Raman), New Orleans (Teresa Weatherspoon), Dallas (Boucek), Sacramento (Lindsey Harding), Toronto (Brittni Donaldson), and the L.A. Clippers (Natalie Nakase).

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Off-Broadway Reunion of BAD JEWS, THE GETT Featuring Tovah Feldshuh (SHS 1966), and More to Stream Through April & May

Play-PerView has raised almost $350,000 to date in support of arts organizations and other charities across the country impacted by the COVID-19 virus through 45 major live-streamed events and additional auxiliary programming. Today, on the occasion of the company's first anniversary, Play-PerView announces programming and casting for upcoming events through May 15th.

The next installment of "The Debrief," Play-PerView's ongoing InstagramLive programming, will take place on Friday, April 2nd. Featuring Vella Lovell ("Mr. Mayor," "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"), the live-stream will take place at 6:00pm EST at

On Saturday, April 10th at 7:00pm EST, Play-PerView will live stream Babette in Retreat by Justin Sayre ("2 Broke Girls"). Directed by Ellie Heyman (The Great Work Begins: Scenes from Angels in America), this production will feature Becca Blackwell (Is This a Room, Hurricane Diane), Nathan Lee Graham (Zoolander, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Randy Harrison ("Queer as Folk," Cabaret), Drama Desk Award winner Bradford Louryk (Christine Jorgensen Reveals, The Erotic Diary of Anne Frank), author Justin Sayre ("The Comeback," The Meeting*), Tony Award nominee Mary Testa (OKLAHOMA!, Xanadu), Auden Thornton ("This Is Us"), and Jack Weatherall ("Queer as Folk," The Elephant Man). In Babette in Retreat, a farce about love and responsibility, she was one of the most famous courtesans of her day, but now at 50, Babette has decided to retire to her country house, wanting to live in isolation, with only her beloved maid Charlotte for company. After a lifetime of pleasing others, she's ready to please herself. Unfortunately, her plans are destroyed even before her own arrival, as one by one those closest to her all come to the cottage wanting for something. Following its initial presentation, Babette in Retreat will be available on-demand through April 14th. This reading will benefit the Ali Forney Center.

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Biden backs corporate tax hike to fund infrastructure

President Biden is defending a plan to raise the top corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% to fund his $2 trillion "American Jobs Plan," noting the rate was much higher for decades until President Trump cut it in 2017. CBS News senior White House and political correspondent Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post national political reporter Jacqueline Alemany (SHS 2007) , and Axios Justice and Race reporter Russell Contreras spoke to "Red and Blue" host Elaine Quijano about what comes next.

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The Dallas-Fort Worth Gallery Openings You Must Visit This April

Like all of us, the Nasher Sculpture Center has a lot of plans that are on hold. Some of them indefinitely and, I imagine, some forever.

In place of those plans, most of us instead have a year (and counting) that we can’t get back. March 11, 2020–???? is a still-growing pothole in our collective memory waiting to swallow nostalgia or at least run it off the road—that is, whenever we get enough distance to start remembering this cursed period of time, or the strength to actually do it. I hope and believe I will acquire the former at some point. I doubt I’ll get the latter. I’ve put most of the past year through a paper shredder in my mind already.

In the Nasher’s case, where those plans should be, exhibitions meant to be open now, there is “Nasher Mixtape,” curated by Catherine Craft. On view through September 26, the show is drawn from the Nasher’s permanent collection, though almost a third of the works are making their debut at the museum, and many others haven’t been seen in a while. There are familiar names (David Smith, Joan Miró, Nancy Grossman, Martin Puryear) and newer ones (Nicole Eisenman (SHS 1983) Melvin Edwards, Maren Hassinger).

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BWW Book Review: A STORY THAT HAPPENS By Dan O'Brien

Playwright Dan O'Brien made a splash in LA theatre back in 2017 when The House In Scarsdale: A Memoir For The Stage received multiple Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Nominations, including best writing for O'Brien, for its lauded production at Boston Court. Based on his own traumatic childhood, O'Brien's play was, according to this critic in my review for TheaterMania, "a Rube-Goldberg contraption of a back history, whether fact or fiction, [that] leaves audiences fascinated once the play concludes."

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Six artists—including Nicole Eisenman and Ibrahim Mahama—shortlisted for Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth public art commission

The shortlist of artists for one of the world’s most famous public art commissions—the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square—has been announced. The six artists invited to propose works for the next two winning commissions are: Nicole Eisenman (SHS 1983) , Samson Kambalu, Goshka Macuga, Ibrahim Mahama, Teresa Margolles and Paloma Varga Weisz.

The artists’ proposals will go on show at the National Gallery in London from late May to July, and can also be viewed online. The selection will also be put to public consultation. Both winning commissions will be announced this summer, and then be shown on the plinth in 2022 and 2024 respectively. Members of the Fourth Plinth commissioning group, who will select the winning entries, include the broadcaster Jon Snow and the artist Jeremy Deller.

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Dan O'Brien is an internationally-recognized playwright and poet who has received such honors the Guggenheim Fellowship in Drama, the Horton Foote Prize, the Edward M. Kennedy Prize and two PEN America Awards. O'Brien has published three poetry collections (War Reporter, New Life, and Scarsdale) and is set to release his new book next month.

Entitled 'A Story that Happens: On Playwriting, Childhood, & Other Traumas', the book is collection of essays originally written as a series of craft lectures for the annual Sewanee Writers' Conference. Drawing on O'Brien's experience with cancer, childhood abuse, his friendship and collaboration with a war reporter, and his years of playwriting, this book delivers meaningful reflections on storytelling in the theatre, and insights into writing through the lens of trauma and triumph.

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Fury over Truworths’ Primark push

Truworths CEO Michael Mark (SHS 1968) may have bitten off more than he can chew with his decision to pounce on the Primark name — which Truworths is using as its entry into SA’s low-cost fashion market.

The retailer has spent considerable effort gaining access to the Primark name ahead of its 15-store launch. It began investigating use of the brand — which registered in SA more than 40 years ago — in 2013, later going to court to ask that Primark UK’s registration of the name in SA be expunged. When it lost in the high court, it took the matter on appeal...


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Every Nicole Eisenman Picture Tells a Story

Nicole Eisenman (SHS 1983), whose paintings and sculptures often show people—with cartoonish distortions of their hands, feet, and noses—trying to make the best of tragicomic circumstances, grew up in a house on a quiet street in Scarsdale, New York. A gate in the back yard opened onto the playing field of the elementary school where she was once a student; she could wait at home in the morning until the bell rang, and then run, and not be late.

One day last July, Eisenman was standing at that garden gate. She had driven from Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, where, in a studio close to her apartment, she was working on three large paintings, each of which included at least one vulnerable-looking figure making awkward, and to some degree ridiculous, progress under skies filled with clouds. Eisenman had painted a bicycle accident; a procession involving someone atop a giant potato; and a man on a zigzagging path blocked by Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs.

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Steve Kerr regrets not pursuing Lindsay Gottlieb (SHS 1995) to work for Warriors

Steve Kerr conceded Monday that he regrets not hiring a qualified college basketball coach who left the Bay Area to accept a job on the staff of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Seeing former Cal women’s coach Lindsay Gottlieb get away from the Warriors' backyard might sting a bit more because she has cited the Warriors coach as one of influences.

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