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This second article in my series about the absurdly productive trans-national art star Jan Fabre (the first is here ) has very little to do directly with him or his work. Rather, it is about the State Hermitage Museum, one of the wonders of the world. We take a look at it because it is on this field which Fabre agreed to stake a claim.
It’s a watershed year fraught with turmoil for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Across the American South, queer, trans and gender-nonconforming people are facing wave after wave of legislation that threatens our safety, well-being and very existence
Mexico and the US: separated by a river, some fences, and a long history of American racism. Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters Luis Gómez Romero , University of Wollongong In an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes, United States president-elect Donald Trump highlighted some campaign promises that he actually plans to keep.
Welcome to Headline Hangover – our weekly take on some of the ridiculous local, national and global news stories. Here’s a look back some of the headlines that caught my attention for the week of November 6, 2016: President-Elect …uhh..
In November 1983, The Pointer Sisters released their most successful album, Break Out , which spawned four Top Ten singles, won two Grammy Awards, and sold three million copies. One of its hits, The Neutron Dance , prominently featured in Beverly Hills Cop , peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100, #4 in Australia, and #1 in Canada
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.
Dear Hillary: I’m an Independent, former Republican, and I’m voting for you. I have disagreed with some of your political views, but I’ve been a fan of yours since your “baking cookies” comment in 1992 . If we are lucky enough to dodge the catastrophe of Donald Trump there is no going back to politics as usual.
A suspected serial killer in South Carolina may have made veiled references to the alleged killings in a series of Amazon.com product reviews. Todd Kohlhepp, who is linked to up to seven deaths, was leaving the reviews under the name “me,” NBC News reports. In a 2014 review for a lock, the account linked to Kohlhepp claimed to have five of them on a shipping container
When Donald Trump was one of 17 candidates vying for the Republican nomination, he was asked about autism at a debate in September 2015. Trump put the blame squarely on vaccines: “You take this little beautiful baby, and you pump — I mean, it looks just like it’s meant for a horse, not for a child, and we’ve had so many instances, people that work for me, just the other day …
If you don’t plan to vote because you think your vote doesn’t count please consider this: The world needs you to be their proxy. Polls show that most of the world passionately hopes that Hillary Clinton becomes president. Non-Americans can’t vote for her, but you can, on their behalf
There’s so much stress and pressure on parents and kids today, we forget our sense of humor. We need to have fun time with our kids so they become resilient, enjoyable, and find time with us as pleasant, loving people who are great to spend time with.
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
Moundsville, West Virginia There are two types of Halloween mounds: One is the delicious coconut candy bar. The other is the tumulus or Hügelgräber , a.k.a. the burial mound.
Paul Beatty was on Tuesday named as the first American to win the prestigious Man Booker fiction prize, for “The Sellout,” a biting satire on race relations in the United States. The narrator of “The Sellout,” an African-American called “Bonbon” tries to put his Californian town back on the map, from which it has been officially removed, by re-introducing slavery and segregation in its high school. The 289-page novel begins with “Bonbon” facing a hearing in the Supreme Court, looking back over the events that led up to that point.
So we had the final presidential debate this week, and Donald Trump went right on being Donald Trump, which should have surprised precisely no one by now. Our subtitle today, of course, refers to the two most amusing (or horrifying, take your pick…) things Trump said during the debate. Since then, both “bad hombres” and “nasty women” are trending online
When it’s Alzheimer’s should the person be told the diagnosis?
When I was in the third grade I got a wild hair up my ass to learn to play the violin. I have absolutely no idea what possessed me to become enamored of this instrument, except perhaps the fact that it was smaller than I and had very beautiful curves, which I admired.
Leave it to The Economist. The British magazine known for its wry humor summed up the candidacy of Donald Trump in a single cover image released on Thursday: Just in case it wasn’t obvious what they were getting at, the magazine posted an animated version on Twitter: Donald Trump has taken a knuckle-duster to American political culture https://t.co/fDJdgUuQtF pic.twitter.com/cBKOS2abYv — The Economist (@TheEconomist) October 13, 2016 “ Healthy democracies depend on unwritten rules ,” the magazine’s lead article stated. “The Republican nominee has trampled all over them.” Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar , rampant xenophobe , racist , misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S
“I would get on the bus thinking, maybe he’ll stop today,” Jessica explains, holding back tears as she speaks. Her words haunt me. Jessica, along with 3.2 million other kids in the United States are bullied every year.
Tim Burton graces us with his latest fantastic film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children based on the novel by Ransom Riggs. The story features a young man, Jacob finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time. The danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.
Ruby Elliot was a teenager when a constellation of mental health complications disrupted her life. When an eating disorder , depression and long hospitalizations forced her to stop going to school, she began to draw. http://rubyetc.tumblr.com/post/134930674472/what-fun One one the most intense struggles Elliot faced with mental illness was the inability to articulate what she was going through , which led her to feel even more isolated and self-destructive, she wrote on Rethink.org . Her drawings helped her communicate problems without verbalizing them. “You lose a lot of autonomy when you’re that ill,” Elliot, who lives in the U.K.
A friend of Life in the Boomer Lane brought up a very serious issue at their breakfast out, the other day. For those of you who are now completely distracted by the word “breakfast,” and want all the details, LBL will say that she had scrambled eggs (soft scrambled) and coffee.
French-Palestinian performing artist DJ Sotusura wears Jobedu’s “Biggie” T-shirt The first time I saw Jobedu T-shirts, it was during the Dubai International Film Festival last year, when I spotted a girl wearing a black tee with a big white heart on it and Arabic writing. I late found out the writing spelled out “One Love”.
Lest you think that Life in the Boomer Lane is beating you over the head with her enthusiasm for One Day U, you are absolutely correct. She attended her second One Day U yesterday
When Mirabelle Harris first shows up in the new Amazon series The Kicks , it’s like, “Okay, the mean girl is in the house.” Then an odd thing happens. Isabella Acres, who plays Mirabelle, not only makes her sympathetic, but kind of cool. “She can seem standoffish, but there are reasons behind the wall she puts up,” says Acres
A life-sized cutout of the Terminator proved frighteningly realistic in Canada . Police in Toronto issued a warning on Twitter Wednesday night after receiving reports of a man walking around the downtown area with a gun . More…
No, really, says Michelle Dockery, there is kinship between Lady Mary Crawley, whom she played on Downton Abbey , and Letty Raines, whom she plays on TNT’s upcoming Good Behavior. More..
It has been exactly three years since my cancer miracle took place during the 2013 “Year of Faith” when Pope Francis began his papacy honoring Holy Mother Mary with prayers and a bouquet of roses.
How To Be Amazing — Epi36: Michael Showalter Comedian Michael Ian Black, tends to wield his delightfully wry — nay, sardonic — wit quite liberally when he’s encountered on two of his three podcasts.
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In 1781, Benjamin Franklin wrote a satirical letter, purporting to be a proposal for a subject for European scientists to study. Franklin, an amateur scientist himself, was making a snide point about what he considered to be rather frivolous research by the Europeans. The equivalent today would be those American politicians who routinely point out some of the more far-fetched research the federal government now funds.
Susan F. Axelrod is Executive Vice President of Regulatory Operations at FINRA . In this capacity she oversees Enforcement, the Office of Fraud Detection and Market Intelligence, and Member Regulation.
Like most women, I can’t help but notice the parts of myself that have slumped and sagged as I’ve aged. The bags under my eyes now have over-night valises of their own. The veins in my legs and on the backs of my hands are starting to show through in blue
Kate Beckinsale is a performer who has always ably jumped between such bombastic Hollywood fare as Total Recall and her signature Underworld series, and smaller offerings such as her latest project, Love & Friendship .
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. More…
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Sandy Saputo is chief marketing officer for Bare Esecentuals , and is a member of the company’s executive management team. In this role, she is responsible for the company’s worldwide marketing and business strategies for bareMinerals and Buxom brands
With Europe wracked by a variety of challenges – Russian aggression in Ukraine, terrorism, waves of immigrants from the Middle East, sluggish economies, and populist movements questioning the very democratic foundations of their societies.- it is wise to recall the spirit of Lennart Meri, the Estonian president in whose memory a major international conference is being held this weekend in Tallinn. Since its inception a decade ago, the conference has been attended by prominent European and US scholars, politicians and policy makers, who have often praised the open and intellectual rigor of the proceedings
A gold watch wasn’t enough for a security guard with a heart of gold. Kifleab Tekle received a check for $183,179 from former students and parents at a private celebration at The Hockaday School in Dallas, on Monday. Tekle, who retired after working as a security guard at the school for 30 years, was regarded as the “Hagrid of their Hogwarts” according to The Dallas Morning News , and most students were appreciative of his good sense of humor, jokes and smile, as well as his commitment to his job.
How’s your attention? Spread out?
Reading magazines this week, I learned tha t: The average German owns 10,000 objects. (Time, 4/11/16) Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are in a jar in a safe-deposit box
Divorce after 60 may be painful, but, at least it is no longer a taboo subject.
For a lot of republicans, documentarian and activist Michael Moore is the worst, most dishonest, and most dangerous filmmaker ever. But when looking at his filmography, no one can dispute his track record for shining a light on issues several years before they’re noticed by the corporate media or adopted by politicians. With his first film, 1989’s Roger & Me , Moore showed the devastating effects of offshoring and corporate callousness on his hometown of Flint, Michigan
THE GRAND PARADISE *** out of **** OUR MOTHER’S BRIEF AFFAIR * 1/2 out of **** THE GRAND PARADISE *** out of **** THE GRAND PARADISE IN BROOKLYN Great art is usually immersive. If I open a novel by Charles Dickens, I can soon forget my surroundings entirely. A transporting album like Pink Moon by Nick Drake creates its own dusky, late night reality
When you have a large family, traveling together can be a challenge. But with a little bit of planning and research, family vacations with children and grandchildren can be a great way for generations to bond
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A member came to our credit union with no job and very poor credit. At the time, her parents’ credit was also deteriorating because they cosigned her student loan. We had a very straightforward conversation with her and pointed her toward seeking a job in her career, which she found and with wonderful benefits.
One year ago, today my wonderful father, Martin Sydney Greene, passed away, 8 days before his 87th birthday.. But what happened over the next few days would confirm to me that, indeed, neither my beloved father, or anyone, ever really dies, or goes away
The news industry today is all about experimentation. In the face of great change and opportunity, news outlets are constantly developing fresh strategies, offerings and partnerships to further engage with audiences, communities and advertisers.
The Australian Open is one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world. It’s ok, you’ve probably watched as many Aussie Open tennis matches as you have Home Alone movies without Macaulay Culkin. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Poor Mrs. Hughes. Just when it looked like she’d won her Hundred Years War not to have her wedding overshadowed by the Crawley family, she got upstaged anyhow
SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE TWO OR THREE PEOPLE WHO HAVEN’T SEEN IT : The Force Awakens is a brilliantly manipulative piece of film-making meant to reel in everyone who loved the first three Lucas films and rightly despised the next trio. And make them bring their kids, too
Insights into the advantages of studying abroad from the College Tourist Spring Team 1. Roslyn Kent – University of Calgary Studying abroad means that you can learn how to integrate yourself into a new city, environment and even culture
Not everyone associated with Fox’s American Idol agrees it’s time for the show to be sent home. The most popular and influential unscripted television show of the 21st century just launched its 15th season, which will be the last
Are you thrilled that you can skip over TV ads with your DVR and squelch online ads with an ad-blocker? Don’t get too cocky! As you read this, advertisers are striking back all over the place with in-your-face ads that you literally can’t avoid because — as they boast on Madison Avenue — you’re captive . That’s right: Outside your home, there are still ads that you must watch whether you like it or not.