Category: Arts/Entertainment

Bruce Carpenter

Art Appreciation: Meet Bruce Carpenter

Author and co-author of more than 20 books and numerous articles on Indonesian art, culture and history, Bruce W. Carpenter is considered a leading expert in the field...

Gerard Van Keulen’s magnificent 1728 map of Java

The Mapping of Java

The islands of Java and Bali located 8 degrees south of the Equator in the Indian Ocean are two of the 17,000 islands that make up the Republic of Indonesia, the...

_The Turning of Mount Mandara_ .Mangku Mura 1973, natural pigments on cloth, Photo -David Irons

Kamasan: An Ancient Living Tradition

Imagine you are a master Balinese painter, and your King has recently commissioned you to do a piece of work. As you sit down in front of a large cloth stretched upon a...

Phtoo by Ev Jenya Kadnikova

Bali to London Blues: Erik Sondhy

London Blues, released on the IndoJazzia Musik label in May, is an extraordinary collection of solo pieces by Bali’s own Erik Sondhy, recorded in one take at the...

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Jakarta Players to Stage Sarah Ruhl’s ‘Eurydice’

The Jakarta Players will perform “Eurydice”, a contemporary reimagination of the Greek tragedy of Eurydice and Orpheus by playwright Sarah Ruhl. “Eurydice” opens...

Cata Odata Art Space _Distopia_ Exhibition - Image by Cata Odata

Art Spaces in Bali

When thinking of Bali’s premier art and cultural destinations, immediately the tourist Mecca of Ubud springs to mind. For those treading the art map, the well-known...

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Sax in the City: PT Java Festival Production

The Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival debuted in 2005, staging 146 shows which were visited by 47,500 festival-goers. Arguably the largest jazz festival in the...

CD reissue of 1st Jazz record

The Kids Went Wild in Batavia

“The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician.” – Louis Armstrong Joey Alexander’s nomination for two Grammy Awards has created a...

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Mama Says Relax

OK, I’ll admit it; I’ve been on a bit of a Will Meyrick-athon of late. He’s a busy guy, so we’ve busily been bringing you news of his latest ventures. But his...

Jalan-Jalan (Mike Stoner) online

Jalan Jalan – A Novel of Indonesia

Mike Stoner Tuttle Publishing 2016 ISBN 978-0-8048-4629-5 The dozen or so books about Indonesia that I’ve reviewed, most for these pages, have been undertaken with...

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Filling the Grill

In the early ‘90s, I was working in sales and marketing at the Sari Pan Pacific Hotel in Jakarta. Our fine dining room was called the Jayakarta Grill and for many...

Tim Hannigan, A Brief History of Indonesia | Photo Courtesy of the Jakarta Post

A Brief History of Indonesia

A Brief History of Indonesia Tim Hannigan pub. Tuttle 2015 pp.288 ISBN 978-0-8048-4476-5 (pbk) ISBN 978-0-4629-1716-7(ebook) The sub-title is far from brief: Sultans,...

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A World of Tradition

I love traditions. Family traditions, national traditions, anything that is traditional in the true sense of the word. I guess it’s because they give me a sense of...

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Serving the Greater Good: Meet Michael Franti

Michael Franti is an internationally-acclaimed musician and lead vocalist of Michael Franti and Spearhead, who is also a global activist for social justice and spiritual...