Oscars 2018

25 Mar 19
Joachim's Honors Blog

The end of the semester is getting closer, which means that students are being given bigger papers and assignments to write, and the same can be said about me. The one I’ll write about in this blog is my Honors Research Project, which, in short, is a minimum nine page paper about a self-chosen topic […]

25 Mar 19
Through the Shattered Lens

Bleh.  I might to watch a lot of movies and write a lot of reviews today but, as I sit here writing this, I am currently so sick that even looking at the glowing screen of my laptop gives my motion sickness.  Like seriously, I had to take a Dramamine just to be able to […]

25 Mar 19
rtbnnews

There we have it, folks. For the fifth time in franchise history – 8 seasons in Atlanta and 37 in Calgary – the Flames have reached the 100-point mark in the NHL standings. The previous times the Flames reached 100 points included: 1987-88: 105 pts (48-23-9) 1988-89: 117 pts (54-17-9) ** won Stanley Cup ** […]

25 Mar 19
EmaBee's Art

Today is the first ever official feast day of St. Oscar Romero, one of the most widely recognized leaders of liberation theology. He was canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church this past October (2018). We remember him on March 24th, which is the day he was martyred in 1980, assassinated by right wing […]

25 Mar 19
Kailin Li

Perloff, Richard. “Social Media Effects on Young Women’s Body Image Concerns: Theoretical Perspectives and an Agenda for Research”. Sex Roles, Vol.71(11), 2014, pp.363-377. Robert W. Woodruff Library DiscoverE, doi:10.1007/s11199-014-0384-6.  The theoretically-driven research article offers a number of ideas and models of social media influences on body image. Social media, as the main form of mass […]

25 Mar 19

To Sleep With Anger is a Charles Burnett film from 1990. Burnett was one of the first Black filmmakers, arriving half a decade before Spike Lee and a real pioneer in the late 70s. His films were not widely seen, with this being the first that got wide distribution (his first, Killer of Sheep, was […]

25 Mar 19
The Curious Adventures of Dr. Furious

It’s been a while since I last wrote. Almost two months, to be exact. The cold and work both managed to overwhelm me, I guess.  Truthfully, I did start three posts, but other than a line or two, there just wasn’t much worth posting. I’ve been dealing with a strange phenomenon:  When I awake, if […]

25 Mar 19
Archy news nety

<div _ngcontent-c14 = "" innerhtml = " Social media icons placed on a computer keyboard – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest, Snapchat etc. applications Photo credit: Getty Getty "Social Media Roundup" is a weekly overview of news related to all your favorite websites and applications used for social networks. Published Sunday, "Social Media Roundup" will […]

25 Mar 19
Twin Cities
“Must have a portrait in the attic.” You periodically come upon that phrase when someone’s complimenting a contemporary who has aged gracefully. Where did it come from? Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” a kind of Faustian gothic about a conscience-less hedonist who stays young while his portrait ages upstairs. That story set in Victorian London has been transported to the modern New York fashion scene in Collide Theatrical Dance’s latest production. Collide’s modus operandi is creating original jazz ballets with pop-rock scores played and sung by a live band. Under the leadership of choreographer Regina Peluso, it sometimes uses classic literature for inspiration, as in 2016’s “Dracula,” last fall’s “The Great Gatsby” and, now, “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” This might be the company’s most ambitious project yet, when you consider that it’s set up shop on Park Square Theatre’s main proscenium stage for three weeks. On opening weekend, the adaptation boasted plenty of imagination and energy, not to mention fine covers of songs that stretch from the ‘50s to 2018. While it periodically winks whimsically at the premise, it’s a dark and dramatic narrative told entirely in dance. Dorian begins the story as a fashion photographer’s awkward assistant who becomes enamored with the industry and dreams of life on the runway. She aspires to be a mover and shaker like Lady H, an arrogant designer, and her wish comes true – evidently at the cost of her soul. In this version created by Peluso and playwright Michael Hanna, the picture is a character akin to the devil of legend, trading in temporal satisfaction for the price of eternal torment, stepping from her frame to seduce the increasingly ambitious Dorian. Of course, as in any Faustian fable, everything starts going terribly wrong. But it’s all presented in very eye-catching and ear-pleasing fashion. The band and singers Katie Gearty and Katie Bradley perform a soundtrack that’s heavy on the contemporary pop, be it courtesy of the Madonna of the ‘80s or from Taylor Swift’s latest. Music director Shannon Van der Reck and the band rock impressively on an acid rock take on Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You” and propulsive tunes by the Breeders and St. Vincent, but the intersection of music and dance is actually at its most involving on the ballads. For that, you can largely thank Bradley, who steps out of the band to become Dorian’s love interest and nearly steals the show. With a powerful voice and the most expressive eyes onstage, Bradley’s Sybil feels like a bold representative for unjaded humanity in an atmosphere of cynicism. The show’s strongest segment is a first-act trilogy of Bradley holding forth on Irene Cara’s “Fame” before she and Brittany Keefe’s Dorian succumb to love to Alicia Keys’ “Fallin’” and Bradley serenades her new amour with Monica’s “Angel of Mine.” While the finely choreographed dance numbers move the story forward splendidly, the production becomes most involving when things slow down, as on a pair of pas de deux to the old Frank Sinatra song, “Young at Heart.” Keefe ably executes Dorian’s transition from doofus to queen bee, and Chelsea Rose proves arresting as the portrait that represents both her liberation and bondage. And the statuesque, high-kicking Heather Brockman fully embodies the blend of grace and cavalier power wielding that is Lady H. They’re part of a well-oiled ensemble that we may see more of in St. Paul, as the company is moving its studio space and school into the Can Can Wonderland building in the Midway neighborhood.   If You Go Who: Collide Theatrical Dance What: “The Picture of Dorian Gray” When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; through April 7 Where: Park Square Theatre, 20 W. Seventh Place, St. Paul Tickets: $50-$26, available at 877-508-7890 or collidetheatrical.org Capsule: A jazz dance take on Oscar Wilde’s Faustian fable with a pop-rock soundtrack.  
25 Mar 19
To infinity and beyond

Introduction: Helium is an Oscar wining short film made in Denmark by Anders Walter, also known for I Kill Giants (2017), 9 meter (2012), Katusha (2014). The film is a story about a new guy is working at the hospital as the janitor and strikes up a friendship with a scared little Alfred. Alfred is […]

25 Mar 19
SFN (Stands for Nothin'!) Reviews

Us GPA: 3.7/4.0 An African American suburban family known as the Wilsons go on vacation and visit a beach/carnival area, but soon they are exposed to their villainous and mysterious doppelgängers! Jordan Peele’s Get Out was a great movie, so naturally I was excited to see his next directorial feature called Us (talk about small […]

25 Mar 19
Blockbusters Reviewed

The French Connection is an American action thriller film that grossed $75 million over a $2.2 million budget, eventually overtaking both Diamonds Are Forever and Fiddler on the Roof as the highest-grossing film of 1971.  It is based on the non-fiction book The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy by […]

25 Mar 19
From DandelionEnd

For several years now, I have been using various apps to help track what I have read, and as I have mentioned on this blog previously, I really like LibraryThing (http://www.librarything.org). Not only does it have a robust web interface, but the smartphone app is really helpful, too. I only really know how the Iphone […]

25 Mar 19
HlaMin

Updated on March 24, 2019 The Class of 69 will hold the Golden Jubilee of Graduation on December 14, 2019 at the YTU Assembly Hall. There will be Acariya Pu Zaw Pwe. This post should bring back sweet memories. It should also instill Samvega (Sense of Urgency) noting that a quarter of the Class had […]

25 Mar 19
anything but khakis

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”-Oscar Wilde ·       I completed my almost 17 year banking career on Friday.  Currently, I have no house or job. ·       What am I going to do?  As I tell my mother, don’t worry about me.  I will figure it out. ·       There is not enough […]