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Puto el que lo lea!

21Jun

Carta  a quien corresponda: Durante años te has dedicado a explotar la nostalgia del mexicano, de su necesidad de reforzar la pasión por sus colores. Ponte el penacho, El sombrero de charro, la verde, canta cielito lindo etc.

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Thanksgiving is typically associated with feel-good food, friends and family. However, since this year it comes on the heels of a nasty election season, there may be an added guest at the dinner table: Hostility

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With the country feeling about as fractured as it’s ever felt, Thanksgiving ― a holiday already fraught with family demons ― is looking to be a doozy. Here’s some advice we gave you in 2013 about what not to bring to the Thanksgiving table, updated:   1) Your politics.

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Jazz up your Thanksgiving meal with some show-stopping soups, salads and sides. From Curried Cauliflower Soup to Broccoli with Chipotle-Honey Butter , these easy and elegant dishes will be the stars of your holiday spread.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – If you’re a Los Angeles native, resident or even visitor, you will probably cringe at the combination of “LA” and “rush hour.” Sitting in LA traffic is an excruciatingly painful task, and not just because of the hours you spend putting pressure on your lower back. If your brakes aren’t screeching because of the driver who just cut you off, then you’re probably yelling about the bumper-to-bumper deadlock. Truth be told, traffic is infuriating, exhausting and unproductive

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Zadie Smith writes novels about the people and themes that seem particularly freighted with political baggage these days: immigrants, multiracial families and social groups, the white and non-white working class.

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The cast of “ Hamilton ” didn’t throw away their shot to speak directly to a very important member of their audience Friday night: Vice President-elect Mike Pence. As Pence, who was booed loudly upon entering the theater , tried to leave the Broadway musical after the final curtain call, actor Brandon Dixon , who plays the part of Aaron Burr, asked him to stay

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Twitter users are imagining what could be Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s favorite musicals, following his eventful evening watching “ Hamilton .” The Indiana governor was widely  booed on entering the Richard Rogers Theater  in New York City on Friday night, and the Broadway show’s cast addressed him with a powerful message  as he later left. News of the incident caused the #NameAPenceMusical hashtag to globally trend on the micro-blogging service, with users putting their own Pence spin on classic musical shows

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When Vice President-elect Mike Pence went out for a night of theater in Manhattan, he probably didn’t expect to be the opening act. Some of the attendees at a Friday night showing of “Hamilton,”  Lin-Manuel Miranda ’s  Founding Fathers-themed Broadway musical , were apparently not thrilled to see the Indiana governor at the show.

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We Can’t Win a Fight We’re Not In

18Nov

In this wrenching week, I have been thinking about something my former boss Paul Wellstone liked to say: “You’ve got to start a fight to win a fight.” An animated professor-turned-senator from Minnesota, Paul’s willingness to be confrontational, and his refusal to back down from a fight he believed in, was central to his political and organizing strategy.

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Drivers in Fort Worth, Texas were in for a Thanksgiving surprise this week when traffic cops gave them turkeys instead of tickets.  In an effort to spread some holiday cheer and bond with the community, five teams of officers were dispatched across the city to hand out dozens of frozen birds, said ABC-affiliate WFAA . “Even though we do enforce traffic law and we do have some unpleasant decisions to make, we still are about the people,” officer Anthony Colter, who made five stops, told Houston’s KHOU.

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London’s Heathrow Airport released its first-ever  Christmas commercial this week, and it looks like a winner.  The clip features an aging teddy bear couple trying to navigate the giant airport, and builds up to what Heathrow Airport’s Julia Weir called “ that ‘Love Actually’ moment ,” according to PRWeek.   Plus, c’mon… it’s got teddy bears going through immigration:  “ We love the film and hope the bears’ journey through the airport captures that excitement you feel when walking through Heathrow arrivals into the arms of your loved ones at Christmas,” Heathrow’s commercial director Jonathan Coen said in a news release.

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Six years ago, Jackie came back from a visit to her friend in Warsaw with the recipe for one of the great simple dumplings: leniwe pierogi, or lazy pierogi. They’re lazy (or the cook is) because, first, there’s no filling, just dough (a delicious cheese-based one at that); and, secondly, because they take just a few minutes to make. They can be eaten by themselves with butter and optional fried breadcrumbs, as a dessert, with butter and sugar, or even as a side dish with braised meat – not traditional, but delicious.

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If you’re on the prowl for a romantic safari destination, look no further than Asilia Africa’s Highlands camp in Tanzania. Located in a mountain forest  on the slopes of Olmoti volcano , the Highlands camp comprises eight futuristic dome suites. Each suite contains a king-sized bed, a luxurious bathroom with running hot water and flush toilets, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Serengeti.  Visitors can climb the Olmoti volcano or descend into the Ngorongoro Crater from camp.

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It’s no secret that we’re bombarded with bothersome headlines more often than pleasant ones.

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It has been almost a week and I am still not prepared for President Trump. I was sure that Hillary Clinton had it in the bag. I had convinced myself that Donald Trump’s arresting, but toxic, message, his misogyny and rage against the “other”, together with his general lack of discipline, organization or depth would do him in.

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Undocumented immigrants didn’t have a vote or a voice at the ballot box on Election Day, so many have turned to social media to speak out.  Immigrants right leader Gaby Pacheco , who became the first undocumented Latina to testify in front of Congress about immigration reform in 2013, understood the pressing need to take action against President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to get rid of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which temporarily shields young undocumented immigrants who were brought illegally into the U.S.

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Meatless Monday: Table Manners

14Nov

I believe going vegan has a positive impact on your health, your karma, your planet, but you can argue otherwise and I will listen and not reject you.

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Sorry, Orson. This time we’re invading Mars, not the other way around.

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Some travelers prefer the beach and nature, others have a soft spot for the pool, and everyone wants a killer view. For all those times when you can’t choose between the two, there’s an infinity pool.

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By AsiaToday reporter Lee Mi-hyun – Asian Millennials, born between the early 1980s-early 2000s, are eating out more often and more interested in traveling abroad than Western counterparts. In particular, Millennials in emerging markets such as China and India are seeing their average wage increase and their buying power will increase further in the coming years. Let’s look at the spending habits of the Millennials in Asia.

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At first glance, it is easy to dismiss poker as a silly game that middle-aged men play at their weekly guy’s night to one-up each other and earn some treasured cash winnings. However, first appearances can be deceiving.

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A New Donald?

12Nov

To my considerable surprise, I am coming to believe that there may still be hope for Donald Trump.

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My wife came down to breakfast Thursday morning still in a daze over the outcome of the election. She said, poignantly, “I feel just like I did after my father died. I used to wake up each day with a sense of dread saying ‘that really didn’t happen, did it?’ But it did happen, just like this election happened, and I’m having that same sense of dread”

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Many survivors of the Paris attacks say their lives were altered on that horrifying night. Salim Toorabally is no exception, but it took him days to realize that he had experienced Nov. 13, 2015 differently from his colleagues

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She’s a drug addict and compulsive thief just coming off a prison term. He’s a professional hitman. They meet under sordid and lethal circumstances and quickly go criminal.

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Last week, we pre-empted our usual Talking Points format for a pre-election column.

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Money and Politics in the Age of Trump

11Nov

Cross-posted from the Brennan Center for Justice Earlier this week millions of Americans woke up with the political hangover of a lifetime.

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Donald Trump likes to talk about “draining the swamp.” The president-elect seems to mean cleaning up corruption in Washington. But for the real swamp of 2016, you needn’t look to our capitol ― just pick up your phone and open Facebook.

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It’s been a rough couple of days for some Hillary Clinton supporters, but a young mother’s story of her walk on Thursday will likely help disappointed voters get back on track. Margot Gerster, of Chappaqua, New York, posted on Facebook that she’d been “feeling so heartbroken” since Clinton’s surprising loss to Donald Trump. To get over her blues, Gerster took her baby daughter hiking on Thursday near their home. “We were the only ones there and it was so beautiful and relaxing,” Gerster wrote.  Someone else had the same idea for making the most of a beautiful autumn day after the bitter campaign season

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This piece is co-authored by Jens Ole Hansen, Global Market Director, Ramboll Energy How can you accelerate implementation of the Paris Climate Accord? That is the common theme of the side events at Cop22 Climate Conference in Morocco right now

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Regina Spektor has a knack for turning simple chord progressions into ethereal expressions of joy, longing and sadness – sometimes all three in the same breadth. Her intonation alternates between whimsy and passion. This was all on display at her recent Town Hall show when she took the stage with a string quartet plus bass and drums.

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Reactions from world leaders to the shocking presidential victory of Donald Trump steadily trickled in early Wednesday. Most ― even from leaders who’d been critical of Trump in the past ― offered diplomatic congratulatory statements

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Is President-Elect Trump A Climate Disaster?

09Nov

Anyone concerned with US politics and climate change may be nervous after Tuesday’s national election. He said he would ‘cancel’ the Paris Agreement , although what this means is unclear.

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“By 2050, around 50 percent of all chemicals produced will be biobased.” –Dr. Wim Soetaert Biodegradable biobased products made without fossil-fuel feedstocks are showcased at the Biobased Europe Pilot Plant in Ghent, Belgium. The products include a laundry liquid and a hand soap made by Ecover, shower gels by Nivea and Sanex, a skin oil by Kneipp, and a window de-icer by Forever, as well as samples of the plant’s biodiesel and bioethanol

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This is the fifth in a series aimed at educating the public about the serious psychological instability of Donald Trump. Many now are rightly concerned about the potential for blood in the streets that will be triggered by a DT defeat. Despite the shadow of doubt cast by F.B.I

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on tour by Grand Imam Ali Mustafa Yaqub at the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta in 2010.

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Anyone who thinks a minor event like voting is going to shut down the television news industry’s coverage of the 2016 presidential election probably also thinks The Walking Dead is a spinoff from the Grateful Dead. Nope, in all likelihood Tuesday’s voting will give the TV news channels a chance to say, “Hmmm, someone won, that’s interesting,” and wade right back in. Truth is, we’ve learned a lot both from and about contemporary television news in this election.

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Good news, friends: we’re almost done with the worst of the 2016 political shenanigans. But the fat lady hasn’t sung yet. What do you do when you can’t turn on any form of media without being smacked by slinging mud?

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Female Radicalization: Media Analysis

07Nov

Why do young people, including girls and women, turn radical and what role does the Internet play in their radicalization? Lebanese sociologist Mona Fayyad said students of violence mechanisms should consider ties between the environment and violent behavior, including contextual hereditary and biological factors, systemic psychological elements from depression to character to personality to an individual’s learning capacity, to political, social, and cultural elements.

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While this train wreck of a national election comes to its long awaited conclusion, I keep thinking about how the world is changing and how little this election reflects the reality of the world around us. Technology has changed our economy, communication systems, society, and lifestyles, a set of facts unobserved by our national politics.

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In 2012, President Obama won Illinois’ 20 electoral votes and 57.6% (3 million of 5.2 million voters) of the Illinois popular vote.

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Furthering his talk of a “rigged” election , Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump  said it’s “almost like cheating” when celebrities like Beyoncé  and Jay Z rally for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton . “On quick notice, we didn’t bring any so-called stars along ― we didn’t need them,” Trump told the crowd at a rally in Reno on Saturday

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There is no skill more vital to an entrepreneur than effective networking.

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This film, which received a standing ovation at its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016, tells the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who fought the Supreme Court to legalize interracial marriage.

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Donald Trump gave an important and revealing speech in Pennsylvania  this week, although the significance may have been less what he said and more who said it with him.

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With luck the US presidential election results will be decisive on November 8. There will be a clear winner and no election disputes will emerge. Yet as the polls tighten nationally and in critical swing states there are possibilities of a contested election

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Beyonce and Jay Z performed at Hillary Clinton’s big get-out-the-vote rally in Cleveland Friday night.

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When you think of a bulletproof black superhero, Nic Cage probably isn’t the first name that comes to mind, but, oh, how wrong you are. For those who don’t know, Cage, the nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola (” The Godfather ”), started off his career as Nicolas Coppola.

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The “Will & Grace” cast has been very busy this fall.  First, they reunited in an effort to get out the vote , and now they’ve dazzled one lucky Los Angeles audience with a musical number supporting Democratic nominee  Hillary   Clinton . Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack and Megan Mullally joined forces to sing their support for Clinton at a  weekend fundraiser to the tune of “Officer Krupke” from “West Side Story.” YouTube sensation Randy Rainbow  gave the classic a new twist with lyrics celebrating Clinton and bashing her GOP opponent  Donald   Trump

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Having a nail stuck into your candy bar is nothing to snicker about. Two families in southern Michigan report that they found candy in their kids’ Halloween bags that contained nails or thumb tacks. An unidentified firefighter for the Fremont Fire Department who took his kids trick-or-treating near Coldwater Monday night discovered a Snickers bar impaled by a nail  and two other pieces of candy with thumb tacks in them, according to WANE.com.  None of the tampered candy was eaten

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While other kids flaunted their superhero and cartoon character costumes on Monday (hey, nothing wrong with that!), six-year-old Jodie was paying homage to black history. Jodie, who lives in Alabama, dressed up as 6-year-old Ruby Bridges , the first black student to attend an all-white school in the south. Her dad, a U.S

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X Japan frontman Yoshiki playing to a crowd of tens of thousands during the first ever Visual Japan Summit (image courtesy of the festival) From the moment legendary and pioneering Japanese rock act X Japan announced the first-ever Visual Japan Summit , the party was always going to be a massive success.

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For the past 6 years we have been told, THIS would be the year of the 3D Printer. As much as manufacturers would love for every man, woman and child to suddenly decide they need a 3D printer, it just has not happened. While there are many explanations for why 3D printers have not gone mainstream, one factor has been price.

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WASHINGTON ― Vice President Joe Biden doesn’t think that Hillary and Bill Clinton should shut down the Clinton Foundation if she is elected to the presidency. In an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Biden told host John Dickerson that there is no evidence of anything illegal related to the foundation and said he thought that its successful programs should be continued under new leadership. “It does too much good to shut it down,” Biden said.

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Donald Trump’s standing is improving in some polls, but he still faces a large Electoral College deficit.

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Hilary (Brenda Meaney) and Spike (Dan Clegg): What’s on their minds? God and math. Photos by Kevin Berne Can everything in human life, or in existence of any sort, be explained by higher math and supercomputers

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New York City’s Metropolitan Opera was evacuated Saturday after an audience member sprinkled an unidentified powder into the orchestra pit during the second intermission of a performance of “Guillaume Tell.” The Met said on its Facebook page that it had canceled the evening performance of “L’Italiana in Algeri” while police investigate the incident.

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Native American leaders vowed on Saturday to protest through the winter against a North Dakota oil pipeline they say threatens water resources and sacred lands and are weighing lawsuits over police treatment of arrested protesters. Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II said he and other tribal leaders were working on providing food, heat and shelter for protesters opposed to the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline.

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“ Hamilton ” is a ground-breaking musical for many reasons. Beyond its score and story and performances, though ― all of which are fervently praised, and rightly so ― there’s a simple reason the hype behind this generation’s biggest theatrical moment is deserved: representation matters

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The latest of Hogarth’s retellings of Shakespearean plays by eminent authors is a match made in dystopian heaven. (If such a thing could exist.) Margaret Atwood, the author behind great ecological speculative fiction like the chilling MaddAddam trilogy, meets William Shakespeare’s most climate-obsessed drama: “The Tempest.” Not, of course, that Atwood goes with the obvious, stormy angle. Instead, Hag-Seed leans into the elements of theatricality, imprisonment and deception within “The Tempest,” telling the story of Felix, a once-ambitious artistic director who’s been living in grim isolation since his righthand man stabbed him in the back and took over the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival in his place

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LOS ANGELES ― Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals blasted county Sheriff Sandra Hutchens in court Friday over a seeming refusal to turn over all evidence related to a tainted jailhouse informant program that has allegedly violated the rights of numerous defendants and threatens to upend multiple murder cases in the county. “This court has been waiting a long time. I am patient, but I have been waiting a long time,” Goethals said to Deputy County Counsel Elizabeth Pejeau

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You may think you love Gumby, but we’re positive Jolene loves Gumby more. Emily Crisp recorded her golden retriever, Jolene, playing with a stuffed Gumby toy in a viral video posted on Thursday. The video turns from adorable to downright you’ll-want-to-cry-it’s-so-cute when Crisp’s boyfriend, Ben Mesches, shows up in a Gumby costume

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This weekend, Hindus all over the world will celebrate Diwali, the Indian New Year signifying the triumph of good over evil. Also this weekend, Bollywood action star Ajay Devgn will celebrate the release of his most ambitious project to date – “Shivaay” – a film in which he has a triple role..

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Thanksgiving at the Baldwin household may be a tad tense this year. Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is splitting the famous quartet of actor brothers, and even causing them to come to virtual blows via Twitter

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Zaki’s Review: Inferno

28Oct

When I reviewed The Da Vinci Code ten years ago , I found the feature adaptation of Dan Brown’s best-selling novel beset with glacial pacing and a decidedly un-cinematic structure. Despite my many qualms, director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks (turning in his usual thoroughly reliable performance as Brown’s hero, Harvard Professor Robert Langdon), certainly weren’t among Da Vinci ‘s problems. When the pair reunited three short years later for follow-up Angels & Demons  (based on Brown’s first Langdon novel), it seemed to mostly address the pacing problems of the previous installment, and I found it mostly engrossing (albeit mostly forgettable too).

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Social Resilience and Emergency Preparedness

27Oct

This article series is from Prepared Neighborhoods , my soon-to-be-published book about mutual aid among citizens before, during and after a natural disaster.

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Gillian Murphy and Marcelo Gomes in ‘Her Notes.’ Photo: Rosalie O’Connor By Sheila Kogan, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, October 27, 2016 Jessica Lang, award-winning choreographer who has had a long association with the Joyce Theater, has choreographed her first ballet for American Ballet Theater, titled Her Notes , to the piano music of Fanny Mendelssohn Hansel, the elder sister of Felix Mendelssohn. The music is noteworthy because the compositions of Fanny Mendelssohn Hansel have largely been unknown – it wasn’t considered acceptable for a woman of her time (1800s) to publish music – but she wrote over 400 piano pieces (a few published under her brother’s name). Lang chose excerpts from Das Jahr , which I thought was beautifully Romantic (comparable to Chopin, perhaps) and gorgeously played by pianist, Emily Wong

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CNN host Anderson Cooper pointed out Wednesday night the ridiculousness of  Donald Trump  surrogate Newt Gingrich accusing Megyn Kelly of being “ fascinated with sex ”.  “For Newt Gingrich to accuse Megyn Kelly of being fascinated by sex. This is a guy who is, what, on his third marriage, cheated on his first two wives, and was having an affair while he was impeaching Bill Clinton,” Cooper said

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If there’s one thing people know about Ina Garten ― the Food Network’s “Barefoot Contessa” ― it’s that she loves cooking for her husband, Jeffrey.

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Grilled Cheese Recipe Grilled Cheese with prosciutto on a bed of rocket is a warm and gooey gourmet delight that takes less than 5 minutes to make but the combination of salty cured meat with thick smoked mozzarella cheese and a drizzle of truffle will transport you to Italy with every bite. This is 10 times better then buzzfeed grilled cheese. Watch Grilled Cheese video recipe: Ingredients: 1 x full scamorza cheese (Smoked Mozzarella) ½ glass of white truffle oil (you can substitute this for Evoo if you don’t have any) 4-5 slices of prosciutto 100g fresh rocket Utensils: 1 x medium size non-stick flat saucepan 1 x serving spatula (not plastic) 1 x serving board (preferably wooden) Method: 1

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The Election and The Market

26Oct

As the election draws near, many people are wondering about the impact on their investment portfolios. It’s been a crazy season, but to answer that question, let’s make one large assumption: The American democracy will survive the season, and the American economy will continue to grow and provide jobs in the future.

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Part 3 of a series on Rotterdam’s efforts to become a sustainable and “climate-proof” city. The city and port of Rotterdam

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Aisle View: Life Harvest

25Oct

Lincoln Center Theater and Playwrights Horizons, two of New York’s prime non-profits with well-earned reputations for quality plus numerous award-winners between them, both have intimate houses upstairs with small-for-off-Broadway capacities (under 130 seats). The Claire Tow (LCT3) and Peter Jay Sharp (PH) Theaters are often used for adventurous-but-chancy fare, with successful productions subsequently transferred to the mainstage or simply skipping to Broadway. Since both organizations have chosen to open their newest offerings tonight, we have no option but to place them in the very same review.

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Benedict Cumberbatch taking on the title role in “Hamlet” became the fastest selling show in London theater history  last year, with 100,000 tickets selling in just minutes.

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Unlike most seeds, Seed Food and Wine Festival never started small. It was a great big vegan celebration when co-founders Alison Burgos and Michelle Gaber launched it two years ago.

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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – It was a battle of the sequels at the multiplexes this weekend, as “Boo! A Madea Halloween” narrowly edged out “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” to claim first place at the domestic box office. The latest film in the long-running Madea series racked up $27.6 million

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Sizzling: Josh Schell as Nick, Beth Wilmurt as Martha, David Sinaiko as George Photos by by Jessica Palopoli Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? strips bare the deceptions and bonds that hold together two horrible marriages. Shotgun Players’ current staging of the 1962 classic strips bare the dynamics of those relationships, without distractions.

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