The October 2009 Issue of Agenda Magazine Focuses on Breast Cancer Awareness and Introduces Theater Reviewer Michael Reed

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Agenda Magazine ( dedicates the October 2009 issue to Breast Cancer Philanthropist Edith Speed. Michael Reed, former ballet dancer and theater producer, joins the Agenda Magazine team reviewing theater and other live performances every issue. Other features in the magazine include Iceland Fashion Week, "Face of the Month," and The Lost Symbol book review.

This October 2009 issue of Agenda Magazine ( focuses on Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is dedicated to the memory of Edith Speed. Edith was a philanthropist who helped raise money for women with breast cancer. Having been declared cancer-free for five years, she lost her own battle with breast cancer last summer. Included in this issue are breast cancer-related articles "Healing with Fashion" by Talking Chic columnist Elana Pruitt, "Breast Cancer Risk Factors" by Fitness Couture columnist Anthony Heredia, and a special letter from the editor, entitled "What Happens When the Cancer Comes Back?"

Also featured this issue are Dr. Andrew Ordon from the Emmy-nominated TV show "The Doctors"; fashion from Iceland Fashion Week, accompanied by an editorial of fashion and costume designer Bao Tranchi; an interview and portraiture editorial with Ami Vashi, Miss India; a book review of The Lost Symbol; and a theater review of "A Steady Rain" by Michael Reed, our newest contributor.

Michael Reed brings with him an extensive background. He was with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Boston Ballet, and Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montreal. Reed curates the performing artist series for Arizona State University's internationally renowned Gammage Theater and Kerr Cultural Center. He is the executive producer of the original play "Voices of Valor," and the co-producer of the Monaco Dance Forum/ASU Arts, Media and Engineering presentation of Bill T. Jones and Tricia Brown's motion e project. Reed has worked with Mikhail Baryshnikov, the Bolshoi Ballet, Savion Glover, Philip Glass, and Meredith Monk, among others. Conversely, he has consulted for The Canada Council for the Arts, the Australian Council for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pew Charitable Trust - Dance Advance Program.

"Artists are Invaluable to our continued evolution as a society as they are so brilliantly able to take our world, process it, and show it back to us in ways we had never thought of - oftentimes opening new dialogue among adversarial groups or creating new understanding to an old issue." -Michael Reed

After being quarterly for five years, the magazine made the shift to monthly back in July 2009. We focused on bringing more of a variety to our readers by adding "Face of the Month" and including more photography and fashion editorials. Agenda Magazine will continue to bring even more meaningful content more frequently with each new issue.


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