This Actor Makes A Living Getting Killed By Samurai

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“Seizo Fukumoto has been stabbed, slashed and sliced with Japanese swords for over 50 years. He is one of the top kirareyaku actors, stuntmen who specialize in being killed by the hero samurai in period movies and TV shows. A true kirareyaku is one who can make viewers cringe in their seats, … Mr. Fukumoto said.”

‘Singularly Clueless’ And ‘A Shade Disingenuous’: Anne Midgette On The Current Sexist-Critics-Vs.-Singers-Of-Size Brouhaha

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“Mentioning a singer’s looks may be relevant in some cases, but dismissing a strong vocal performance as a ‘problem’ because of those looks seems to me singularly clueless. Opera’s history has been full of the physiques that gave birth to the fat-lady cliché. To suddenly act as though credible looks represented the ultimate criterion of a successful performance is at the very least confusing.”

Saudi Arabia To Spend $1.7 Billion To Build 230 Museums


While Saudi art up to the present day will be included in the scheme, the emphasis is on archaeology. “‘Islam is a great religion and through its openness and sustain­ability it has enlightened the rest of the world,’ said Prince Sultan. ‘But if we only research the history of Saudi Arabia post 610AD and say nothing about our history before then, we are belittling Islam.'”

Saudi Aramco To Build Major Cultural Center in Dhahran


The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, set top open in 2015, “has been designed by the Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta and will have a library, archive, multimedia theatre, children’s discovery zone, a great hall for international exhibitions and an ambitious museum.”

Is Fear Of Failure Holding China Back?

“Business leaders like Steve Jobs who bounced back from embarrassing failure to reach their greatest success are a common American archetype, and a common motif for the TED Talk set. But in China, where entrepreneurship is a newer phenomenon and millions are only recently emerging from poverty, the idea that you need to fail before you can succeed is a tougher sell.”

The 911 Museum – How To Pay Respect


“With more than 10,000 objects, 23,000 images and 500 hours of film and video, the 110,000-square-foot Memorial Museum opens with a collection and square footage to match many substantial museums. That’s why the museum, along with the memorial, cost a staggering $700 million, requiring a $24 adult admission and a $60 million annual budget that’s far from fully endowed. At such a scale, it cannot entirely avoid grandiosity.”

‘Fun Home’, Estelle Parsons Winners At 2014 Obie Awards

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‘Fun Home’, the musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, won two prizes, for musical theater and for its ten-year-old co-star, Sydney Lucas. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins earned best new American play honors for two different scripts, and the 86-year-old Parsons took home a Lifetime Achievement award.

Osipova And Vasiliev Join Ranks Of Ballet-Star-Slash-Impresarios

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“It started off as a novelty and now it’s becoming a trend, as Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev have joined the list of top-flight ballet dancers who are opting to expand their performing (and earning) potential by presenting their own independent projects. In recent years that list has included Darcey Bussell, Carlos Acosta and the all-male Kings of the Dance ensemble, all of whom have moonlighted from their home companies to present and star in programmes of works they’ve personally selected or commissioned.”

‘It’s A Company’s Job To Figure Out How To Roll With Those Punches’: Anne Midgette On The San Diego Opera Saga


“If BMW announced that it was closing up shop because that there was no longer the market for luxury cars that there once was, people would laugh, and say that it served them right. … Whatever the future of opera and classical music may be, it looks like it favors the smaller, more flexible, more spontaneous, more visionary, and may look bad for the monumental and the status quo. I fail to see how that’s a bad thing.”

Why There Are Ghostwriters


Jessa “Bookslut” Crispin considers the reasons that ghostwriters’ clients want to be seen as authors in the first place, why the ghostwriters themselves will do the job, and why the reading public calmly accepts the arrangements.

An Ancient Byzantine iPad?

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“Turkish archaeologists excavating a harbor site on the European side of the Bosphorus have unearthed a 1,200-year-old wooden object which they claim is the ancient equivalent of a tablet computer. The device was a notebook and tool – in one.”

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San Diego Opera Votes Not To Shut Down


Board President Carol Lazier, surrounded by fellow board members, opera staff, choristers and union members made the announcement at a news conference outside the Civic Theatre in downtown San Diego where the company stages its operas.