This week, the famed singer and performer Julia Pastrana
was laid to rest near her birthplace in Sinaloa, Mexico.
Julia Pastrana died in 1860. Her husband had embalmed her body and exhibited it in a touring display for many years afterward, together with the remains of their infant son. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena
on Feb 16, 2013 -
As over 4,000 hungry and doubtless pretty funky passengers and crew of Carnival Cruise Line (Yeah, the Costa Concordia was theirs, too) ship Triumph, who've been without ventilation, hot food, and working plumbing
[NYT link] since a fire broke out in the engine rooms last Sunday, near land (they hope) it's a good opportunity to re-read David Foster Wallace's classic piece on luxury cruises, "Shipping Out
"[.pdf] (also published as "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again.") And personally, I don't care if he may have made some of it up
posted by mojohand
on Feb 14, 2013 -
Carnaval (or Carnival)
week is over in Brazil, and the judges have decided: the winning samba schools of the two main parades in the country, Rio and São Paulo, were Beija-Flor and Vai-Vai. And both chose musicians as their themes. Beija-Flor
honored Roberto Carlos, known as the king of Brazilian music. From his origins in Jovem Guarda (an early form of Brazilian pop and rock'n'roll
) to the adoption of romantic melodies, he is considered a living Elvis Presley. Vai-Vai
, on the other hand, chose as a subject João Carlos Martins
- whose life could be a MeFi post in itself. [more inside]
posted by Trielli
on Mar 9, 2011 -
Giant anteater. Skiing Batmen. Knight stirring his his cappuccino. Red devils. Snow falling on the beards of face painted gourd toting evil spirit rebukers. CARNIVAL!
posted by cashman
on Feb 15, 2010 -
It's Carnival Time! In 2002, Silflay Hraka
launched the internet's first carnival: The Carnival of the Vanities
. Carnivals are showcases of the best that blogs have to offer; bloggers send in posts they have made that they are especially pleased with, and a rotating editor collates them into a weekly edition with editorial comments. Think of carnivals as best-of-the-blogosphere magazines. The Carnival of the Vanities (current edition here
) doesn't have any particular focus, but a number of offshoots dedicated to specific fields have popped up. Stay up to date on blog postings about philosophy
, the early modern period
, and (if desperately bored) cats
. A new carnival about atheism, The Carnival of the Godless
, will be coming out at the end of the month.
posted by painquale
on Jan 23, 2005 -
There Is Only One Carnival...
but a lot of sambas
to go with it. Get Rio de Janeiro's 2003 songs here and, at least spiritually, join the escola
) of your choice. It's the real stuff, guaranteed to put a spring in your step. If you get the French Fashion TV
channel, you can watch the desfiles
) live! Oba! Oba!
[Some Real, WM or something required - forgive the indefinition, I'm just back from the first Carnival party and a bit drubk. Last year's songs were featured in this post.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Mar 1, 2003 -
It's Carnival Time!
New Orleans Mardi Gras celebrations are steeped in tradition
. From beads
and king cakes
to invitation-only balls
, carnival has been a part of the city's history since the French held private masked balls and parties in 1718. Although Spanish rule interrupted the party for 90 years, many of the krewes
have been around since the 1800s. Today, parade floats are considered an art form and some krewes spend up to $700,000
on a single float. With such excess abounding, consider yourself warned
posted by ajr
on Feb 27, 2003 -
Not Flying Down To Rio For The Carnival?
Never mind! Beat the crowds but catch the beat by listening to this year's terrific sambas
before the rest of the world can. This is the real
shanty-town stuff, not the watered-down touristy rubbish[WindowsMedia required
]that passes for Samba. This year my favourite for first prize is Mangueira
. What's yours? The Brazilian Carnival
[learn all about it here
] starts Saturday and goes on straight through to Tuesday. For the latest inside information - including the Bin Laden Mask controversy - O Globo's
special web site[In Portuguese
]is unbeatable. Enjoy!
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Feb 6, 2002 -