Portraits

“Sweet Love” was a hit song from songstress Anita Baker, but it could also be a job description for this week’s Portrait. Emory McLeod is a wedding and custom-cake coordinator at Cake Life Bake Shop. A charming young woman with a lovely and frequent laugh- and I found out just before we started our phone interview that her partner is Nima Etemadi, winner of The Cupcake Wars and one of my favorite profiles from a few years back. Sweet!

I love the art of dance and, last year, I saw an amazing group of performers at the Prince, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. When I heard they were coming back, I tracked down one of the performers to get an inside glimpse. I spoke to dancer Mark Sampson via FaceTime between his rehearsals in a beautiful old building that used to be a library, but now functions as office space for the government Arts Council and Ballet Jazz and a number of different arts organizations. 

David Permut is a staple on the Sundance scene with a film-watching regime that’s hard to imagine. The award-wining film and TV producer has never lost his love of sitting in the theater and watching a story unfold on the big screen. His career spans four decades with more than 40 movies and TV series. Permut’s projects include the blockbuster-action film “Face/Off” and “Dragnet” starring Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks (if you’re enjoying all your favorite old shows rebooted for the big screen, thank David!). He’s also responsible for indie films like the hit comedy “Punching Henry” and the classic film “Richard Pryor: Live in Concert.” And many of us know him from the acclaimed, Emmy-nominated made-for-TV movie “Prayers For Bobby.” Oh, and his film “Hacksaw Ridge” was nominated for six Oscars, three Golden Globes and numerous other awards.

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