Amanda Palmer, of Dresden Dolls fame, returns to her high school
in Lexington, MA to assist with an original, student-written play. Running May 7-9th at Lexington High School
, the play, entitled "With The Needle That Sings in Her Heart", is inspired by (and features live music from) Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
, and is about "Anne Frank as imagined by an artist, and about how Anne uses her imagination and fantasy-mind to escape the horrors she experiences in a death camp." [more inside]
A tale of two countries
Some time ago, the french & German tv channel Arte
had created an internet extension devoted to audio only, Arteradio
. This website contains hours of audio creations. This is the place where you can listen to The first radio drama /la première fiction radio /in two languages and one version /en deux langues et une seule version /a BBC-ARTE Radio coproduction /enregistrée à Paris et London /recorded on location /diffusée en hertzien /broadcasted on BBC Radio 4 on February, 4th, 2009 /online on arteradio.com.
You can also listen to McKenzie Wark
, or to the moment of silence
created on September the eleventh 2002, to Steve
, to English pupils in Paris
, to Susan George
, to Dean Hurley
commenting his work, and then dive into the complete unknown, and pure French sounds, like these
testimonies about masturbation, or about la chanson
, like a Paris postcard
, or even a street
Explore the playful side of invention and the inventive side of play in Invention at Play
. Learn how play connects to the creative impulse of both historic and contemporary inventors. [more inside]
Quick, before Tim Burton's "re-imagining dark gems
of the 1970s" spree continues with the film version
that will obliterate all recollection of the original musical thriller's style! Check out 1982's Emmy-winning televised performance of Sweeney Todd
, with George Hearn and the inimitable Angela Lansbury. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
. Or, just skip to the highlights, A Little Priest
. Also, check out the style of the inventive, minimalist revival
or read the original penny dreadful!
The most creative jazz musician to originate anywhere outside the United States
(Duke Ellington) is maybe the great guitarist Django Reinhardt. It is true that he gave birth to a style which is now played by many musicians
. His achievements are outstanding, if we consider the events of his life
. He still fascinates both the scholar
(great links but in need of some work : see french wiki
for more biographic details) among other things because of controversial details (his survival during WWII and the very origin of swing manouche
)) and the aspiring guitarist
) (essential resource
). But it's maybe better just to listen
- and watch
- him play. Further watching : Nuages
, an amateur documentary in 1 2 3 4 5
Animals at Play
: Stuart Brown, a physician and clinical researcher who founded the National Institute for Play
, describes Norbert Rosing's striking images
of a wild polar bear playing with sled dogs.
to the controlled, indoor world of modern kids might be Adventure Playgrounds
. Messy, chaotic, but counter-intuitively, safer than traditional playgrounds, there are only two in the US: Listen
Adventure Playground on NPR, or check out some flickr shots
In Europe, where they originated from the rubble of WWII
, and in Japan where they are also popular, the importance of play that involves risks is better understood
. There are hundreds
of Adventure Playgrounds
outside of North America.
. Mattel recalled one of their Barbie products today, a sweet little toy to teach kids responsibility called Barbie and Tanner
. But watching that commercial closely one must wonder, if those magnets are coming out of Tanner so easily, surely they won't stay in your kid. Perhaps the design flaw had nothing to do with magnets but rather such an ill-conceived product. So, after Tanner poops out the magnet, you do what with it?
Leave Those Kids Alone
. The idea that parents should be engaging in play with their children is a modern concept (and not necessarily a good one, according to anthropologist David Lancy
You may know that November is NaNoWriMo
, but did you know that this June is the first annual Script Frenzy
What was in YOUR childhood toybox? Mr. Potato Head
? Magic 8 Ball
? G.I. Joe
? Betsy Wetsy
? Polly Pocket
? No matter what generation you're from, The Vintage Toy Encyclopedia
and The Big Red Toybox
have facts and history on (almost) all of your playthings.
Leave No Child Inside
Are children disconnected
from the natural world? With the rise of endless variations of in-home entertainment, parents are finding it harder
to get kids to play outside
, get muddy, and
explore nature. Are we inadvertently creating yet another childhood malady (Nature Deficit Disorder
One of the worst and best hockey plays you will ever see - all within fourteen seconds. Former first overall pick
, Patrik Stefan of the NHL's Dallas Stars, gets an open shot at an empty net with fourteen seconds left in the game...and misses. The Edmonton Oilers regain control of the puck, make a long pass down the length of the ice and score to tie the game with two seconds left!
than you can shake a spear at.
is a recent craze in Japanese school yards. Apparently it's an absorbing task
, one that anyone
can pick up. There are even competing, previously undisclosed techniques
"We can't do anything about it. We just have to obey.
" Fulton (Mo.) High School drama students learn that resistance is futile.
a play by sikh author Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti
has been dropped because of violent protests from members of the birmingham sikh community
Catholic archbishop feels that violation of the sacred place of the Sikh religion demeans the sacred places of every religion
As an aside at least enoch was wrong
Once again folks - in the right corner it's religion , erm.. running round in circles like a scared fool its freedom of expression.
OK, Seattleites, see the American flag here
? On the sidewalk below is where your 3rd & Pine McDonalds now sits. Man, I can see five buildings here that are still standing, but that red brick one at the lower right got replaced early
. Now here's the Northern Life Tower
. Note how the bricks lighten towards the top, so as to make it look taller from below--very subtle, that. It's one of Seattle's two Art Deco buildings, the other being the Exchange Building
. You can cut through that one, coming off the ferry at First Avenue and take the elevator to walk out on Second Ave rather than climb that steep hill, you know.
And consider on what playground equipment
our grandparents got to play. Lucky stiffs--you can't even find a decent 50s era swing set in a park in this town anymore. Penny Postcards From King County
, from Penny Postcards of Washington
, from Penny Postcards
. Man, I loves me some vintage postcards. And if you do, too, check that last link--it's got all 50 states.
At what point did the muse disappear and become replaced by the dramaturg? "Scripts aren't written, they're rewritten", goes the cry from all the script gurus - all the literary managers, editors, producers, dramaturgs - not just in theatre but film, too. Why do they say this? Because their jobs depend on it. If scripts were left alone, what would they do?
Dominic Dromgoole writes about playwriting in the UK.
Want to see some great theater and learn a bit about our great system of justice and capital punishment? Then The Exonerated
may be the show for you.The other night I went to see The Exonerated, which has been playing Off Broadway since last fall and is also appearing in theaters around the country this year. Composed wholly from court records and interviews by playwrights Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, this documentary drama recounts true tales of horror from the American criminal-justice system. The actors sit downstage and read their parts as the stories of six innocent citizens condemned to death row unfold. If this sounds like a worthy endeavor, it is; if it sounds dull or didactic, it isn’t.
stage play debuts in Toronto and former Kids In The Hall
alumni are implicated in its production. Deconstructed French farce, post-modernism run amuck, or yet another sign of the impending teevee apocalyse? (via BoingBoing
is a new play about the nobel-winning physicist richard feynman. the idea is intriguing, and if anyone should get the one-man-show treatment it's feynman
. but does the idea of alan alda playing feynman seem slightly off somehow?
On the Internet, no-one knows you're a reclusive Grandmaster...
It's the sketchiest of reports, but it looks as if Bobby Fischer
is playing matches with other Masters at the International Chess Club
site. It's pretty heartwarming (if a little ironic) to think that the anonymity and distance of online play may be luring this notorious control freak
out of retirement... but is the revelation likely to scare him off again?
, one of the longest theatrical experiences ever has finally opened in London, and according to one critic, there is no greater endurance test.
Always looking for an angle, The Guardian sent four journalists around London on May Day to see what other culture can be experienced in 12 hours, 40 mins.
Merope Mills did film - "9:15pm. Both Dennis and Annette are working at the box office and, on seeing me again, Annette throws me the look of a concerned landlady, as in, "Haven't you had enough yet?" I, drunk on moving images, defy her concern and head straight back in. I might as well not have moved - it's straight back to screen five where I'm feeling rather territorial about the sudden influx of people. Nod off in the epic Traffic (18) for 15 minutes but dream about Michael Douglas so decide this little discrepancy still counts."
3 perspectives on work: We Need Less Labor, More Days
, from the Washington Post; Fuck Work
, an Unamerican Activities manifesto; and the essential The Abolition of Work
by Bob Black.