“Democratic People’s Republic of Korea commands you to know that the capitalistic pigs at Moneyhorse LLC, are developing Glorious Leader!” In the guise of Kim III, players can shoot down US paratroopers, face down an American tank in front of the Juche Monument, ride a narwhal through a mined harbor, and meet Dennis Rodman on a basketball court. (includes trailer)
“Originally published in 1658 in Latin and German,” Orbis Sensualium Pictus – or The World of Things Obvious to the Senses drawn in Pictures, as it was rendered in English – “with its 150 pictures showing everyday activities like brewing beer, tending gardens, and slaughtering animals, is immediately familiar as an ancestor of today’s children’s literature.”
“Unlike educational TV shows, say, the robots are physically present and have some of the same social skills as humans. That gives them the potential to tap into a child’s appetite for one-to-one communication and help kids learn in many of the same ways a human teacher does. This is especially important when it comes to language skills.”
“‘Poetry makes nothing happen,’ William Butler Yeats once wrote. But then he never got a chance to read ‘In Praise of Air,’ a poem by Simon Armitage just installed on a building along a busy road at the University of Sheffield, England, and billed as the world’s first bit of air-cleansing verse.”
A very heavily traveled corridor, too: the track between North Philadelphia and 30th Street Station. Big swathes of the blighted landscape that commuters usually see out their windows are now covered with washes and patterns of hot pink, brilliant orange and white or neon green.
“Conductor Grant Gershon is extending his tenure with the Los Angeles Master Chorale by five years through the end of the 2019-20 season, company leaders announced on Wednesday. Gershon, who joined the choral group in 2001, will take on the title of artistic director starting in July.”
A clutch of successful productions are – in outlook, approaches to staging, and sometimes even choice of directors – finally bringing serious theatre in the British capital toward dialogue with its counterparts on the Continent. Yet, argues Andrew Haydon, there’s still some distance to go, especially in presenting new European plays in translation.
Two Steps Forward, A Half-One Back, In Detroit
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-05-14
AJBlog: Engaging Matters | Published 2014-05-14
Laughter in the dark
AJBlog: Performance Monkey | Published 2014-05-14
Walk, Do Not Dance!
AJBlog: Dancebeat | Published 2014-05-14
Artist-Activist Daniel Beaty
AJBlog: CultureCrash | Published 2014-05-14
Remembering Joe Wilder
AJBlog: RiffTides | Published 2014-05-14
“The contempt with which the Conservatives hold the cultural community in the city is palpable. You get no sense when talking to top-ranking Tories that they believe Vancouver is a metropolis deserving of a world-class museum; more so is the belief the city needs to grow up a bit first, become a little more worldly and sophisticated.”