A digital edition of the oldest surviving manuscript of Euclid’s Elements, the founding document of Mathematics, will now be available to the public on the internet. The manuscript has been displayed in the Bodleian Library since 1804. When asked whether such developments may result in fewer visitors, Martin Kauffman, a curator at the Bodleian said “for rare things, digitisation is unlikely to make a dramatic difference to visitor numbers, and could even help to whip up interest.”ARCHIVE: 1st week MT 2005
4/5True West is a grim family drama that plays out the disastrous relationship between two brothers. Screenwriter Austin is peacefully writing his script in California when his delinquent brother, Lee, rocks up to do it bit of burglary in the area. Lee also has an idea for a movie script, a ‘true western’ as he calls it, and eventually persuades Austin’s producer to drop his brother’s script in favour of his own. At this, the brothers go through a reversal of roles, as Austin turns to drink and Lee becomes obsessed with his screenplay. The plot unsurprisingly spirals into violence.The play is compact and tightly written, feeding on the destructive dynamics between the brothers. The interchanges between the brothers feel real, often uncomfortably so, and we get a sense of dragged-up old bitterness and a long, bad history between them. Both are played convincingly; Tom Palmer is frightening and charismatic as Lee, and Sam Caird is painfully believable as the cowed, obliging Austin. Raymond Blankenhorn makes an effective producer, evoking the outside world with slick professionalism. The claustrophobic plot is reflected in the set and the small cast. The intimate space of the Burton Taylor will enhance this and heighten the explosive atmosphere.A longing for the true West pervades, reflected in Lee’s urge to write a real Western. He speaks evocatively of the clean air in the desert, where he has been for 3 months. As things esaclate, Lee exclaims, ‘this would never have happened out on the desert.’ This is the only breath of hope in the oppressive airlessness of the play. Yet there is something compulsively watchable about True West. The brilliant, terrible dynamics between the brothers draw you in, well acted and totally gripping. By Elizabeth Bennett
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× HOBOKEN — A new exhibit is running at the Hoboken Historical Museum until Dec. 23. “World War I Centennial: Heaven, Hell or Hoboken,” was to kick off with a free opening reception on Sunday, Aug. 4 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum,1301 Hudson St.The exhibition focuses on the transformation of Hoboken and its residents after the U.S. entered World War I and converted the city into the main port of embarkation for the U.S Expeditionary Forces destined for Europe. The exhibit will evoke life in Hoboken during the Great War through silent films of soldiers gathered at the Hoboken port, and will include government war posters, on loan from the Jersey City Free Public Library.Personal photographs, letters, uniforms, and commemorative items will also be on display and reveal the unique contributions and perspectives of Hobokenites, including Mrs. Frank R. Markey, who worked with the Red Cross assisting soldiers, and Peter G. Spinetto, who regularly wrote postcards from the fields in France to his family on the city’s west side.They will be displayed along with Spinetto’s helmet, adorned on the interior brim with the names of places he traveled to, as well as the photographs he sent home.
It’s hard to think of two touring acts better than Turkuaz and the New Mastersounds in the world of funk. Both have carved their respective sounds in tribute to eras of old, but in distinctly different ways. Turkuaz, the 9-piece powerfunk outfit from Brooklyn, pays homage to the theatrical style of legends like the Talking Heads and Sly and the Family Stone; the New Mastersounds, to the contrary, have a raw vintage sound akin to instrumental funk greats like the Meters and Booker T & the M.G’s. The bands have recently kicked off a nationwide co-headlining tour, which made a stop at the historic Boulder Theater on Friday night.On this particular night, it was the New Mastersounds turn to bat lead off. Eddie Roberts, the suave leader of the band who wore a sport coat for the duration of the performance, was on his A game. His jazzy guitar licks and catchy phrasings anchored the tunes, allowing ample room for keyboardist Joe Tatton to dance and explore on the Hammond B3 organ. The band cooked from one song to next, eventually enlisting Turkuaz saxophonists Josh Schwartz and Greg Sanderson to join in on the fun.Next up was Turkuaz, with a slightly larger lighting rig and a much larger cast. Each of the nine members wore a different unique color, a light-hearted approach consistent across much of the band’s recent marketing. Their show was a well-scripted collective experience with surprisingly few extended solos, but it was tasteful guitarist Craig Brodhead that got his name called the most.Turkuaz’s time was a welcomed mix of original tracks, mostly off their latest release “Digitonium,” and select covers. There were renditions of Hot Chocolate’s disco hit “Every 1’s a Winner,” the Talking Heads’ “Slippery People” and The Band’s “The Shape I’m In” ended the set.The band encored with “On the Border,” a cover of a New Mastersounds cut recently released on a 7’’ EP that Roberts and Tatton returned for. It was a fitting collaboration and close to one of the funkiest nights of music Boulder, CO has seen in some time![Photo via gergyt // Instagram]
Jam band heroes moe. blew into Knoxville, TN last night to delight their fans with a peek at a new song and loads of classic jams at the historic Bijou Theatre. The Bijou has been operating as a venue since 1909, but the building itself was previously a hotel that hosted live music events starting 200 years ago. Over that mind numbing span of years the building has played host to presidents, music icons and now the five guys from upstate New York called moe.Not ones to live in the past, the band decided to bring something new to the party. First off: brand new rugs. In an effort to really tie their stage together, the band freshened up their accoutrements and softened their work area. Guitarist Chuck Garvey was so taken with his that, during a particularly fiery solo, he took a moment to get down and explore his new playing surface.With new footing firmly in place, moe. kicked off the jams with the staccato intro to “Tailspin,’ drenching the sonic landscape with wailing, distortion laden guitar licks from Garvey and Al Schnier. As “Tailspin” sputtered towards the Earth, they segued perfectly into a lush and dreamy “Lost Along The Way.” “White Lightning Turpentine” gave Garvey a chance to show off his blues chops while bassist Rob Derhak shepherded the tune back and forth between its calmer sections and the more outrageous rocking portions to the delight of the crowd.Perennial audience favorite Nebraska got the energy nice and high and fueled a strong run to the set closing one-two punch of “Calyphornia” into the underplayed classic “head.” From the first notes of “head,” it became apparent that the band was intent of stretching out a bit and really letting themselves enjoy the tune. The extended instrumental break featured some stunning vibraphone work from percussionist Jim Loughlin and some of moe.’s patented “Two bodies/one brain” front line of guitarists. Cheers and applause showered the band as they left the stage for a much needed break, before getting down and dirty for the second half of the night.Though there was a ripping “Rainshine” and fun reads on the frenetic “Same Old Story” and “Gone,” the big story of the second set was a sneak peek at new tune “Prestige Worldwide.” Though the lyrics are still a work in progress, the music was a fierce call back to the most epic moe. jams throughout the years. Every member had the chance to shine, with Loughlin and drummer Vinnie Amico both taking turns at the forefront before the instrumental breaks were taken over by some inspired back and forth from Garvey and Schnier. While Derhak seemed content to lay back and hold down a truly funky bass line for the rest of his brothers in arms to riff off, he was clearly enjoying the way the music swirled around him onstage.The western themed “Shoot First” launched the closing stanza of tunes with the always enjoyable tale of the gunslinger mentality in the modern world. Closing out the second set with an extended take on the sing-song jam “Kids.” Sensing the end was nearing the fans doubled down on their grooving and met the song closing jam head on in a game of musical chicken. Neither side blinked and the collision of fan rage and band joy was a perfect circle of love given and received freely.Deciding that they should be sure to leave the venerable hall in total ruins, the band called in the king of the monsters himself, “Godzilla,” for their encore. From the instantly recognizable first notes the audience went into a frenzy and their intensity was matched by the band. With Garvey torturing his guitar against his mic stand and the veins in Derhak’s head straining under the pressure of his immense vocals moe. laid down one of their fiercest takes ever on the beloved cover. Guitarist Schnier took the mic afterwards to thank the crowd for helping make the night at this historic venue one they won’t soon forget. Judging from the shell shocked faces in the crowd it was a sentiment echoed by all in attendance.Setlist: moe. | Bijou Theatre | Knoxville, TN | 1/31/17Set 1: Tailspin>Lost Along The Way, White Lightning Turpentine, Nebraska, Where Does The Time Go?, Calyphornya>headSet 2: Rainshine, Same Old Story, Gone, Prestige Worldwide, Shoot First>Rise>KidsEncore: Godzillamoe. continues their winter tour tomorrow night, February 2nd, with a performance at Penn’s Peak. They’ll stay in the Northeast through the weekend, and will resume their touring in mid February with shows in the Southeast and more. They’ve also got some big plans for later in the year, including some Jazz Fest late nights, a Phish late night, some headlining sets at Summer Camp and the return of the moe.down Music Festival. All sorts of details can be found on the band’s website.
View Comments Super Good Day! Sion Daniel Young will join the West End cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the lead role of Christopher Boone from June 22. Directed by Marianne Elliot and penned by Simon Stephens, the production is running at the Gielgud Theatre.Also from June 22, Rebecca Lacey will play Siobhan with Nicholas Tennant continuing as Ed, Mary Stockley as Judy, Jacqueline Clarke as Mrs. Alexander, Indra Ove as Mrs. Shears, Stephen Beckett as Roger Shears, Matthew Trevannion as Mr. Thompson, Pearl Mackie as No. 40/Punk Girl, Sean Mckenzie as Reverend Peters and Kaffe Keating will play alternate Christopher. They are joined by Mark Rawlings and Penelope McGhie who continue with the company and Naomi Said and Simon Victor.Adapted from Mark Haddon’s novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows teenager Christopher who is exceptional at math while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs. Shears’ dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a journey that upturns his world.The London production won seven Olivier Awards; the Broadway incarnation, which stars Alex Sharp and is playing at the Barrymore Theatre, is nominated for six 2015 Tony Awards.
Jun 30, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that the threat of an influenza pandemic remains the same, despite recent findings that the H5N1 virus has not grown more infectious for humans.Meanwhile, another fatal human case of H5N1 flu has been reported in Vietnam. A 73-year-old man died of the illness in Hanoi on Jun 28, according to news stories citing Vietnamese newspaper and television reports. The man is the 19th Vietnamese to die of avian flu since December 2004 and the 39th since late 2003, according to the reports.The WHO statement came after an international team of experts completed a week of studies in Vietnam and submitted preliminary findings to the Vietnamese government yesterday. An Agence France-Presse (AFP) report yesterday said the experts concluded that the virus had not improved its ability to spread among humans. The report quoted Hans Troedsson, the WHO’s Vietnam representative, as calling the pandemic threat “not as imminent as we initially might have suspected.”In its statement today, the WHO affirmed that the virus does not seem to be growing more dangerous, but also moved to head off complacency: “The team found no laboratory evidence suggesting that human infections are occurring with greater frequency or that the virus is spreading readily among humans. The current level of pandemic alert, which has been in effect since January 2004, remains unchanged.”Some reports now circulating suggest that WHO has downgraded its assessment of the pandemic threat. These reports are unfounded.”The statement goes on to explain that the expert panel’s mission was to investigate concerns, first raised at a Manila meeting early in May, that the H5N1 virus might be improving its ability to spread from person to person. Those concerns were based on the observation of a growing number of case clusters and milder cases across a wider age range, mainly in northern Vietnam.”More recently,” the statement continues, “testing of clinical specimens by international experts working in Viet Nam provided further suggestive evidence of more widespread infection with the virus, raising the possibility of community-acquired infection. These findings have not been confirmed by the present investigative team.”Because detecting H5N1 in clinical samples is difficult, the team took sophisticated lab equipment and WHO-approved reagents and primers with them to Vietnam, the agency said. “While these first results are reassuring, further retesting of clinical specimens will continue over the next few weeks to provide the most reliable possible foundation for risk assessment,” the statement concludes.The latest fatal human case of H5N1 flu in Vietnam was reported yesterday by AFP, citing a state-controlled television report. Today the Chinese news service Xinhua reported the case, attributing the information to the Vietnamese newspaper Youth.The man was admitted to Hanoi’s Institute of Tropical Diseases Jun 23 and died Jun 28, Xinhua reported. The story said the institute was also treating five other avian flu patients, but gave no details on them. The AFP story said two other patients had tested positive and were hospitalized, but it didn’t give any details either.In related developments, Vietnamese officials voiced dissatisfaction with avian flu control efforts and announced plans to begin a poultry vaccination program in August, according to reports published today.The Vietnam News Service (VNS) said the Ministry of Agriculture will begin vaccinating poultry in the northern province of Nam Dinh and the southern province of Tien Giang in early August.Plans call for expanding the vaccination effort nationwide in October, according to an AFP report quoting an agriculture ministry official. Vaccines will be imported from China and the Netherlands.Bui Quang Anh, director of the country’s Animal Health Department, complained that Hanoi and many other localities “had failed to implement government plans to closely control poultry breeding, selling and slaughtering areas,” according to VNS.Further, Bui said, “Only about 10 percent of H5N1-positive birds have been destroyed, because breeders are unhappy with the government’s subsidy programs.” The government decided this week to raise its subsidy to farmers to the equivalent of $1.15 per culled bird, AFP reported.Besides the vaccination campaign, avian flu control efforts include banning poultry raising in central areas of cities and towns and building “concentrated fowl slaughterhouses and distribution networks,” the Xinhua report said.See also:Jun 30 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_30/en/index.html
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