Caps bring back winger Vrana with 2-year deal

The Capitals have re-signed winger Jakub Vrana to a $ 6.7 million, two-year contract, completing the biggest item left on Washington’s offseason checklist. – NHL

Newlyweds Zoë Kravitz and Karl Glusman Bring Their Amore to Italy

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After exchanging vows in France a week ago, it seems the newlyweds went south to continue celebrating. The new wife and…

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Lakers agree with Cousins, bring back Rondo

Free-agent center DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to a one-year contract with the Lakers, and sources say the team is bringing back point guard Rajon Rondo on a two-year deal. – NBA

You can now bring your favorite arcade cabinet home from Walmart

You can now bring your favorite arcade cabinet home from WalmartWalmart is selling new versions of classic arcade machines like 'Mortal Kombat.'

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Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid Bring the Star Power to the Versace Show

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Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid all made their way down the catwalk at the Fall 2019 Versace fashion show during Milan Fashion Week on…

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Hillary Scott’s Outfits Bring the Glitz and Glam to Lady Antebellum’s Las Vegas Residency

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It Starts with a Flicker: How Games Can Bring Humanity Closer Together

I was once removed from a synagogue by security because members of the congregation thought I was a terrorist. It was 2006, and I was on a three-week-long backpacking trip in Australia and eager to participate in the Kol Nidrei service of Yom Kippur, the opening of the holiest holiday of the year. But instead […]



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Going Trick-or-Treating on Wednesday? Bring Your DIY UNICEF Box to Raise Money for the Cause

Remember those little orange boxes you could take trick-or-treating to raise money for UNICEF? They’re back — and you can even make one by yourself before you go collecting candy on Wednesday night.

The Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign kicked off in 1950 and has raised nearly $ 177 million to help the organization provide children with healthcare, nutrition, safe water, emergency relief and educational services.

While some might not see the difference some spare change can make, it’s huge: 50 cents provides one packet of ready-to-use therapeutic food to help a malnourished child, $ 2 provides 10 bars of soap and $ 5 provides one UNICEF backpack for a child to use at school.

Can covers are available to download at, along with more information on this year’s #BeScaryGood campaign, featuring Slappy from the movie Goosebumps 2. Those who have their hands full with chocolate but still want to help can contribute at It’ll feel just as good as that post-holiday sugar high.

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Zara Larsson, Olivia Palermo Bring out the Bling for Balmain

SHINE BRIGHT: Guests matched their outfits to the gleaming chandeliers of the Hôtel de Ville ballroom at the Balmain show.
Musician Vic Mensa sported a heavily embellished leather jacket, while French singer M. Pokora favored a pair of black sequined pants. Pokora, who is dating American singer Christina Milian, is working on his next album, which will be out in 2019. “But the details are top-secret,” he said.
A new album is also in the cards for Swedish singer Zara Larsson. “I’m releasing the first single very, very soon. I’m excited, it feels like a long time since I put out anything.” Her hit single “Symphony” featuring Clean Bandit was released in March 2017.
Larsson had a bone to pick with French gastronomy. “I’m sorry to say I find French food quite bland,” said the singer. “I like spicy dishes. But you guys have a lot of butter, which I love.” Larsson just recently tried snails, and is now a firm fan of the typically French dish. “But then anything with garlic and butter is nice.” Touché.

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Larsson was seated near model Alessandra Ambrosio, who had just got back from shooting an advertising campaign in Poland.
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Colorado College Student to Bring Supreme Resale Marketplace to Los Angeles

BUSINESS-MINDED: Never underestimate the business savvy and passion of a Supreme fan. Take 20-year-old Zachary Dorf, who used to consistently camp outside Supreme’s New York store, while still in high school, just so he could get his hands on the latest drops.
That devotion grew a social media fan base that later evolved into a business bringing together vendors and consumers of Supreme and other coveted streetwear brands to buy and trade, called Solepreme Con.
Saturday, Dorf brings Solepreme to Los Angeles for the first time, on Cahuenga Boulevard, for five hours of buying, selling and trading of brands such as Supreme, Off-White, Gucci and Raf Simons.
Dorf, whose father owns the winery and music venue City Winery, estimates the West Coast show, totaling some 40 vendors, will draw attendees about on par with New York, which has been about 1,000 people. He’s charging $ 25 for general admission in addition to $ 119 for a single vendor table.
Back in his teens, the University of Colorado Boulder student, who is studying entrepreneurship, would typically be one of the first 10 customers inside the Supreme store on drop days. Aside from garnering Instagram followers through his dedication, Dorf would sometimes gain insider information on drops.
When he

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Sprint, LG Aim to Bring First 5G Smartphone to US Next Year

Sprint has announced it is partnering with LG to bring a 5G enabled smart phone to the US market within the first half of 2019.

Revealed by Sprint, 5G intends to bring faster and more reliable internet speeds to its customers, claiming the shift to 5G will allow for full-length HD movie downloads to happen within seconds, and allow for high speed games to be played “without delays, hiccups or lag-time.”

Sprint also insists that its 5G enabled Massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) cell sites will be able to handle 10 times the capacity of its LTE systems. No specifics for the model or price of the 5G LG smartphone have been given.

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Caps bring back Orpik on 1-year, $1 million deal

Veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik is returning to the Stanley Cup-champion Washington Capitals on a one-year, $ 1 million deal. – NHL

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Bring Romance Back to Miami After Engagement

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Bring neutral site NHL games back to North America!

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Saloni Lodha, Eugenie Niarchos Bring Obsessions to Life With New RTW Collaboration

TEAMWORK: Designer Saloni Lodha and fine jeweler Eugenie Niarchos have brought their mutual obsessions — traveling, bright colors, embellishments — to life via a new ready-to-wear capsule collection that will drop in September.
After continuously sharing ideas and meeting in different places across the globe, the longtime friends finally decided to create something together. “We would travel to Bombay and to Hong Kong, pick up references from each place and talk about all the different dresses we wanted to design and where each style would work,” said Lodha, whose label, Saloni is best known for its vibrant, printed dresses.
“I think I can get into Eugenie’s head and we love all the same things,” the designer added during the launch lunch at Dartmouth House in London’s Mayfair.
The capsule channels the same fantasy-filled aesthetic that Niarchos’ jewelry is known for: There are tiger prints that pay homage to her spirit animal, sequin dresses and midi skirts reflecting her love of mermaids and intricately embroidered pieces that reflect on both designers’ fascination with India.

The Saloni x Venyx collection 
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Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande and More Fashionistas Bring Their 2018 Met Gala Looks to Life in Vogue Video Portraits

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Roseanne Barr Kept an Iconic Prop From Roseanne…And Didn’t Bring it Back for the Revival

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To Really Ski Backcountry, Bring Your Paraglider

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They Died Near the Border. Art Students Hope to Bring Them Back.

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Chrissy Teigen’s Street Style PJs Bring New Meaning to Comfy Chic

ESC: Chrissy TeigenChrissy Teigen just made it a lot easier to look amazing and live up Beyoncé’s famous lyrics, “I woke up like this.”
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Lupita Nyong’o, Tiffany Haddish and More Stars Bring Major Style to the 2018 Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon

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Samsung's Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus bring major camera improvements

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Curry on Kyrie: We bring out best in each other

As Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving went back and forth and combined for 86 points in their showdown Saturday night, the Warriors’ Kevin Durant said of the two stars, “You just got to sit back and enjoy the show.” – NBA

Eclectic to Bring Its French Sensibility to New York City

Franck Malègue has had a long-standing love affair with New York City, so it’s no surprise that he chose Manhattan as the location for his first store outside of Paris.
The owner and designer of Eclectic, a men’s outerwear brand, will open a 1,600-square-foot store at 27 Greene Street, next to The Webster, early next year. It will join his two shops in Paris, in Le Marais and off the Avenue Montaigne, and a concession shop at Le Bon Marché.
The Paris-born Malègue started Eclectic in 2011 after spending several years in brand development for cosmetics, accessories and ready-to-wear companies. The tight collection of coats and jackets blends traditional designs with high-tech materials in a line he describes as “active tailoring,” or “tailored urbanwear” that “bridges together durability, functionality and elegance.”
Eclectic offers just 18 styles and each piece uses a canvas interlining in the front panels and lapels to give the garments shape and employs technical fibers and fabrics such as Cordura, Airnet, bi-stretch cotton and microfibers to provide wind- and water-repellency, stretch and other properties for today’s active man. One example is a sport coat in a 3-D mesh that Nike uses for its shoes.
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Jurassic World will ‘bring back the fear’

To announce the first trailer for the Jurassic World sequel, director J A Bayona spoke to Sky News about “bringing back the fear”.
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Uber Wants to Bring On-Demand Flying Taxis to LA

When people think of future promises unfulfilled, they often lament the lack of the flying car. Ride-sharing service Uber wants to change that in a way no one could have predicted 50 years ago.

Instead of a vast highway system of flying cars like we were promised in Back to the Future 2, UberAir instead wants to bring on-demand electric flying taxis to Los Angeles and Dallas-Fort Worth by 2020.

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It’s Time to Bring Pre-1972 Copyrights Out of the Dark Ages: Guest Post by Rep. Darrell Issa

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Rihanna Teams With Ofo Bike-sharing to Bring Bikes, Scholarships to Foundation

RIHANNA’S WHEEL POWER: Less than a week after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss educational matters, Rihanna has launched a five-year educational partnership with the world’s leading bike-sharing program Ofo.
Set up through her Clara Lionel Foundation, the eight-time Grammy winner-led “1 KM Action” will help fund CLF’s Global Scholarship Program and support dynamic educational programs in Malawi. In addition, some students have already received bikes to help young girls get to school safely, “cutting down those very long walks they make to and from school all alone,” Rihanna said. Some teachers have also been given bicycles to get to class on time.
After graduating from college and before starting Ofo and becoming its chief executive officer, Dai Wei volunteered for a year as a teacher in one of China’s more impoverished regions. “We believe in unlocking every corner in the world with equal access to education as well as with our bike-sharing scheme,” he said.
The pairing with the Clara Lionel Foundation comes at a time when the station-free Ofo is in the process of trying to raise $ 1 billion. Last month Alibaba helped the three-year-old bike-sharing start-up raise $ 700 million. The 29-year-old Barbadian does not have a deal with Ofo

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Charlie Gard’s Parents Fight to Bring Terminally Ill Son Home: Our ‘Last Wish Is That Charlie Dies at Home’

Connie Yates returned to London’s High Court on Tuesday to request permission for her and her partner, Chris Gard, to bring their terminally ill son, Charlie Gard, home to die — just one day after ending their legal fight over treatment of their 11-month-old son.

London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), where Charlie has been receiving treatment since October, argued that there are no doctors able to oversee Charlie’s death at home and expressed concerns about getting the proper medical equipment into the couple’s home.

Their lawyer, Grant Armstrong, told Judge Nicholas Francis that his clients’ “last wish is that Charlie dies at home.”

“The parents wish for a few days of tranquillity outside of a hospital setting,” he said. “The parents had hoped that Great Ormond Street would work with them.”

Yates added: “We promised Charlie every day we would take him home. It seems really upsetting after everything we’ve been through to deny us this.”

Lawyers for GOSH told Judge Francis they “would like to be able to fulfill the parents’ wishes… if it is safe and practicable and in Charlie’s best interests.” GOSH doctors argued that moving Charlie to a hospice would be the best option.

The court has given the family until noon on Wednesday to find a medical practitioner that is prepared to take up the couple’s case.

Charlie, who was born on August 4, 2016, has a rare genetic condition called mitochondrial depletion syndrome, which causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage. He is currently on life support and unable to move his limbs or eat or breathe without assistance. His parents wanted to take him to the U.S. for nucleoside therapy. And after a lengthy legal battle, they made the decision to end their fight on Monday.

A lawyer representing Chris Gard and Connie Yates told the High Court that “time had run out” for Charlie after a U.S. doctor said it was too late to give him nucleoside therapy. The parents were given the test results from Charlie’s most recent scans on Friday.

“Charlie has suffered extensive muscular atrophy,” Armstrong said in court. “This is irreversible even with . Chance of improvement can’t now be delivered.”

Speaking in court on Monday, Yates said making the decision to “let him go” was the hardest thing she and her partner had done in their lives, and that they still believed his condition could have improved with treatment had it been administered earlier.

The family’s story has made headlines worldwide, with Pope Francis and President Donald Trump offering support to the grieving parents.

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Alessandro Michele to Bring His Gucci Touch to Printemps

RETAIL THEATER: Printemps Haussmann is turning to Gucci designer Alessandro Michele to set a fresh tone for back-to-school with dresses, shoes and bags set in a deep purple, cinema-inspired backdrop.
For seven weeks starting Aug. 26, the Gucci products are to be showcased in a movie-theater-style setting, with the theme stretching from a pop-up store below ground through the escalator banks.
Five wide windows on the women’s store Boulevard Haussmann will be crafted to resemble tiny movie theaters projecting images of the winter collection. Plush seats will be upholstered in various mismatched fabrics, another trademark of the Italian designer, who is lionized in fashion circles for breathing life back to into an iconic Italian brand.

Leather moccasins are part of an exclusive Gucci collection for Printemps. 

The special collection includes a pleated dress in bright pink silk satin, decorated with an oversized rose in the same fabric and carrying a price tag of 2,980 euros.
A reversible pink wool cardigan, embellished with winged insects, will go for 2,500 euros.
Emerald green leather moccasins adorned with a pair of large, earthy moths are priced at 1,100 euros, the same price for a slide-on, fur-lined version.
A matching purse with chain and leather straps will sell for 3,500 euros.

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BHV Marais to Bring Mickey Mouse to the Rue de Rivoli

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS: BHV Marais is bringing Mickey Mouse, one of France’s favorite Americans, to its sprawling Rue de Rivoli store in September, where images of the “guest of honor” will be sold on T-shirts, mugs and smartphone cases.
Window displays will set the popular cartoon character in a Paris skyscape amidst white, fluffy clouds. Mickey Mouse paraphernalia will be sold in a temporary Disney Store on the ground floor and the mouse’s famous silhouette and gloves will be scattered throughout the floors of toys, books and kitchenwares.
Under the direction of Alexandre Liot, the 160-year-old Parisian trinket and hardware seller has been repositioning itself as a lifestyle destination. Reflecting this focus on younger, urban clients, the store recently set up a farming space on the rooftop where it grows flowers and hops for a local beer.
A capsule collection under the label of its parent company, Groupe Galeries Lafayette, will include a cotton sweatshirt and T-shirts in blue, gray and white with the classic Mickey Mouse image. Adult T-shirts will be priced at 24.99 euros and the children’s size will cost 16.99 euros.
Other Mickey products include a colorful Samsonite suitcase with vintage images and a price tag of 115 euros; a collection

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Yes, You Need to Bring an Umbrella to the Beach

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Here’s How to Bring a Little Effortless French Style Into Your Life

From Alain Delon and Serge Gainsbourg to Cristóbal Balenciaga and Hedi Slimane, France has a long history of producing some of the most stylish guys on the planet. And while half of the appeal is that devil-may-care attitude, these 12 essentials certainly won’t hurt when it comes to channeling some French cool for yourself.

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Flutronix Bring Their ‘Urban Pop Art’ to Baruch PAC


By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, November 25, 2016

It’s about time. The flute is coming back.

The instrument best known in the classical world had been an emotive, fiery and dreamy component of the pop and jazz worlds in the ’60s and ’70s. In jazz, there were Bobbi Humphrey and Hubert Laws (still the top vote getter in jazz polls), not to mention the three-minute flute solo by multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy on the tune “Stolen Moments” on Oliver Nelson’s classic Blues and the Abstract Truth recording. In pop the flute showed up on a couple of Beatles songs (“You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” and “Fool on a Hill) but was fully thrust into the limelight by Ian Anderson in the rock-charged Jethro Tull band. Then there was Charles Miller’s soulful and mysterious flute lines in Eric Burdon and War’s hip radio hit “Spill the Wine.”

But the flute faded from the instrumental palette as saxophones, plugged-in guitars and keyboards dominated after the ’70s. Raucously loud and fiercely energetic versus elegant calm and delicate wafting. Today the shift back to a flute world beyond the symphony is beginning in crossover music with one of the keystone stars of the resurgence being the duo Flutronix–Brooklyn-based flautists Nathalie Joachim (also the vocalist) and Allison Loggins-Hull–who are taking their instrument to worlds it’s never known. While both are classically trained, they playfully reference jazz electronics, soul, pop and hip-hop into their repertoire that they call “urban art pop.”

In an ancient history reference, Joachim and Loggins-Hull met via the aught’s social networking site Myspace and began discussing–and playing–how to create beyond the orchestra and thereby redefine the flute while also staying true to the tradition. So while their music is technically challenging, they also drive the music into the future with the beats and verve of jazz and contemporary pop. Flutronix’s latest recording is the EP City of Breath, which features originals as well as classical composer Steve Reich’s “Vermont Counterpoint,” treated to the pair’s own flute-driven vision. Its self-titled debut was released in 2010, followed by the strongest recording of its catalog, 2014’s 2.0, which features a killer cover of the new wave band Eurythmics’ 1983 dance club megahit “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).”


Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull of ‘Flutronix’
appear at Baruch PAC Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Series.

While Joachim and Loggins-Hull are devoted to flute education–including sheet music downloads on their website as well as their workshops in the New York area and beyond–it’s their dynamic performances full of unison, harmonic and counterpoint flute playing as well as the electronics and rhythmic support that single them out as top-drawer flute adventure seekers who are crisscrossing musical genres with aplomb.

Flutronix plays its rousing music on December 2 in the Baruch College Performing Arts Center’s Milt Hinton Jazz Perspective Concert series, which offers a liberal arts complement to the school’s academic emphasis on business and public affairs. The series was founded by Milt Hinton, considered to be the dean of jazz bassists and dubbed The Judge by his fellow players. He was a member of the Baruch faculty and passed away in 2000. The Flutronix show represents the 25th anniversary of the series.

Click here for tickets to Flutronix at Baruch Performing Arts Center, Friday December 2nd at 8pm.

Cover Photo: Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull. Photo by Patrice O’Brien.

Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor at ZEALnyc, writes frequently for noted Jazz publications, including DownBeat and Rolling Stone, and is the author of Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes and Bruce Lundvall: Playing by Ear.

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‘I Can’t Bring Myself To Empathize With My Wife’

Reader Unempathic Husband writes,

I found your site and have spent several hours reading posts (obviously, it’s after 2AM), as I find it on point and no bullshit. I’m willing to, as you say, cast a critical eye on myself with regards to my relationship with my wife. Here’s my question: I find myself — sometimes reflexively — angry and resentful to the point that I have difficulty doing the things you suggest, i.e. empathetic and validating responses. A quite literal physical response.

I have made some progress on this through breathing and pacing (and digging my fingernail into my thumb to mute any unfair outward response), but what else can I do to get over this? I feel as though I am the woman sometimes, and my feelings and opinions are not being heard and have no value. I can’t say day without her saying night. My desire to want to be empathetic is very low. Thank you for your insights, and any additional advice you can provide.


Dear UH,

Well, at least you’re acknowledging your block against empathizing.  This is half the battle, as most unempathic people say, “I would empathize if my partner just was more/less XYZ.”  You do allude to finding your wife contrary and difficult, but you are also noting that you have an overarching automatic response that prevents you from empathizing.

I encourage you to seek your own counseling and also to try couples work.  I bet that you saw angry and cold responses between caregivers in your childhood, because, otherwise, empathy would come more instinctively to you.  I also note that you write, “I feel like the woman…” and you equate being the woman with not feeling heard or validated.  This dynamic may have been one that you saw growing up, where one party’s opinion never matters.  If you saw a marriage where people were locked in a power struggle or where one person’s needs never mattered, it is likely that you are replicating that pattern unintentionally in your marriage now.  According to imago theory, your wife likely reminds you on a subconscious level of a caregiver who never validated or acknowledged your perspective, which is why it is so deeply triggering to you now when she opposes your views.

You need to learn new ways of responding, which likely start with figuring out why you yourself feel so triggered by your wife’s behavior that you shut down and are unable to put yourself in her shoes.  Empathy takes practice, but first it is essential to understand why you feel incapable of it, which is likely because little of it was shown to you or observed by you in early life.  After processing the impact of early observations and interactions, you can move forward and open yourself up to empathizing with your wife, which takes a lot of strength that you are not feeling right now.

I believe that the next step would be to share with your wife that you are trying to empathize with her, but you feel a mental block against it, and you need to figure out what is causing it.  That is when you can suggest couples work, as well as individual work for you. She will likely agree, if not the first time you suggest it, then eventually if you keep bringing it up. Good for you for trying to figure this out before the marriage is irrevocably harmed.  Keep me updated and till we meet again, I remain, The Blogapist Who Says, The Same Advice Goes When You Find It Hard To Empathize With Your Child.

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Creator of the best-selling P90X workout series, Tony Horton shows you how to Bring It! for the results you want. Over the past 25 years, Tony Horton has helped millions of people-from stay-at home moms to military personnel to A-list celebrities-transform their bodies and their lives with innovative workouts and cutting-edge advice. Now in his first book he shares the fundamentals of his fitness philosophy with millions more, revealing his secrets for getting fit and healthy and melting away pounds. One-size-fits-all diets and exercise regimens just don’t work-that’s why Tony creates unique programs for each of his clients. In Bring It! he shows you how to build your own diet and fitness plan tailored to your individual lifestyle, preferences, and goals. With a Fitness Quotient (FQ) quiz designed to assess your likes, dislikes, and current fitness level, you can choose the program that’s right for you. In photographs and easy-to-follow instructions, Tony demonstrates his unique moves and exercise combinations that include cardio fat burners, lower body blitzers, core strengthening, plyometrics, yoga, and more. You’ll also discover Tony’s fat-blasting eating plan and detox tips, delicious recipes, and mental motivators. Whether you’ve never been to the gym before, are looking to get bikini ready, or simply want to take your workout to the next level, Tony Horton can give you the results you’ve been looking for. A better body-and future-is possible when you commit to change. Get ready to Bring It!

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Olsens to Bring Elizabeth and James In-house

IN THE OLSEN HOUSE: Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen have made the call to bring their Elizabeth and James label in-house for the first time since its 2007 launch. The licensee, Los Angeles-based Jaya Apparel Group, has produced the contemporary collection from the start. Founded in 1982, the 140-person West Coast conglomerate also manufactures the Olsenboye label, various Disney licenses, proprietary ones and various private labels.
The two-time Council of Fashion Designers of America women’s wear winners’ new setup with Elizabeth and James will be evident with the pre-fall/fall 2016 apparel collection.
The decision was purely contractual, as in one that has wound down, according to a spokeswoman for the designers and Jaya Apparel’s chief executive officer Jane Siskin. “It’s been an amazing eight years and we’ve enjoyed working with them immensely. We look forward to a great future for both parties,” Siskin said.
Known to be entrenched in The Row, Elizabeth and James and their other fashion ventures, the Olsens stand to become even more involved with the day-to-day operations of their secondary label.

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Extroverts Sparkle, Introverts Glow: What You Bring To The Dating Game

My best friend in high school was a pretty, outgoing, talkative extrovert. Not only did she have gorgeous skin, a cute figure, and shiny brown hair that fell practically to her bottom, she was also flirtatious, opinionated, and quick to laugh. Boys were irresistibly drawn to her, and it seemed to me that she could get the adoring attention of anyone she wanted. At parties, she was the center of attention, the one laughing the loudest and flirting the hardest, and enrapturing everyone she met. In social situations, I felt dumpy, clumsy, and dull next to her.

About 400 years later, when through the modern miracle of the Internet I reconnected with people from high school, I was dumbfounded to learn that I hadn’t been nearly as invisible as I’d thought. People noticed me; boys noticed me; even one of my secret crushes noticed me and admitted that he’d had a little crush on me too. (Too bad neither of us said anything at the time, but that’s high school.)

This realization forced me to recast my whole high school experience and, to an extent, my own self-image in a different light. A softer one.

Here’s the point: Sometimes we imagine that to get attention, we have to compete with extroverts’ glitter and sparkle, and that can be discouraging. But it’s also not correct. Remember how your mom used to tell you that if you just be yourself, the right person will come along? For what is probably not the first time, your mother was right.

The reality is that you are not competing with extroverts for attention. Extroverts and introverts are apples and oranges. Extroverts sparkle—introverts glow. Extroverts are fireworks—introverts are a fire in the hearth. Extroverts attract people who like razzle-dazzle—introverts attract people who want to bask in their warmth. Remember that, if you’re looking for a one-and-only.

If you come from a family where introversion was not appreciated (or even if you didn’t), you might set out on your quest for the right relationship with a one-down mindset, imagining you will be easily overlooked or will have to behave like someone you’re not in order to get attention. But that’s not the way to go. People are drawn to others who are comfortable in their own skin, which for you means knowing yourself and liking who you are.

Besides, trying to be who you aren’t in order to attract a mate can backfire in many ways. First of all, there’s a matter of truth in advertising. My husband still brings up the very sexy top I wore to the party where he finally asked me out. “I never saw it again,” he says, with a hint of wry bitterness. It was the first and only time I ever wore that thing. It just wasn’t me. It was a blouse for an exhibitionist, not an introvert. While Tom has forgiven the deception (sort of), it offers a lesson: Don’t misrepresent yourself, or, even if everything else works out, you’ll never hear the end of it.

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How Keeping a ‘Today I Failed At’ Notebook Can Bring You Success

The first time I ever sang in public was two years ago in one of Greece’s most prestigious Theatre-arts audition rooms in front of some of the most celebrated actors, vocal coaches and directors of my birth country. Five days later I called and found out I hadn’t been accepted. I was devastated for an afternoon but the next morning I had university classes to attend to so I pulled myself together and plotted my next move.


At that time, I relied on physics laws to force me off the ground but it was only after I read Thrive that I was ready to plan my Failure crusade — corps. During my first encounters with failure, I was living by two scientific rules:

1. Inertia is “the property of matter by which it retains its state of rest or its velocity … so long as it is not acted upon by an external force”. One can either see failure as an intruding force in life and let it stop one’s movement or, rather, as an identifying force of life and continue undistracted. Once inertia is destigmatized, it reveals its motivating persona

2. Resilience is “the amount of potential energy stored in a material when deformed” and young cells are proven to be the most resilient. I perceive of all amateurs- college applicants, job seekers, new mothers, dieters, as being young. Failure must be seen as a deconstructive rather than a demolishing force. Resilience gives amateurs no other choice than to channel their potential energy into reconstruction

Crafting these quotes, I urged myself to stay restless and hungry for life. I made a bucket list of experiences and started crossing things off. As Arianna Huffington states in Thrive, some jobs are concluded once you admit to yourself that they will never happen. Making the best of my limit — oblivion, I would overreach and fail and then I would under reach and fail again. Once this book landed in my hands, I had set up an immune system for failure but was seeking for advise to turn this into something productive.


Little by little, simple suggested practices turned into essential habits of my everyday life. I started hiking, organizing my diaries and reviewing them, taking on new projects and giving up on old ones. I would quote passages to my family and friends and then follow up with my own interpretations. Arianna Huffington will not drag you to the finish line but will cheer your way through the track. She helped me build a self coaching — non psychologist mediated — system. She gave me what I needed to turn failure into possibility.

I moved on to set up my Today I Failed At notebook, along with a Facebook page to introduce it. My fail-book, is an everyday diary that consists of six simple sections:
1. Date — section
2. Today I failed at — section where I write what I did not achieve today
3. Comments I gathered — section
4. Feelings — section
5. Do I persist — section (with yes and no tick boxes)
6. If yes, thoughts on adjustments — section


Today I Failed At users must commit to the following ground rules:
1. Admit irreversible defeat and let go
and most importantly,
2. Revise the adjustments section once a week

After a few months of Today I Failed At coaching, here are my re-adjusted failure quotes:

Nothing will be perfect in the end. Life is not a classroom with predictable pop quizzes. It will throw failures your way again and again. The more you are prepared for them, the more appreciative you’ll be of success

People who have only succeeded have died young. Take Huffington’s advise, redefine success and work for it

Always compare yourself to others. Are you healthy? Do you have food on the table? Do you have a family? Do you live in a peaceful country? Do you have freedom? Do you have access to education? As many times as you fail there’s always someone out there who only wishes to have had your luck. Quit misery. Be grateful

Nurture failures, not champions. Celebrate your children’s defeats as indicators of evolution. Embrace the opportunity and teach them about quitting, re-strategizing and being fearless. Help them dive into life

-You might feel powerful when you don’t know what your limits are but you will only thrive, once you make them work to your advantage

Become a thriving failure crusader.


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Donald Trump In Alabama: Bring It On

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Friday joked, “I know how Billy Graham felt” as he addressed the largest crowd yet of his thriving presidential campaign.

“I would like to have the election tomorrow,” Trump crowed. “I don’t want to wait.”

Thousands of Alabama voters came out to hear the New Yorker bring his message to the Deep South. The 40,000-seat Ladd-Peebles Stadium was about half-full when Trump began his speech.

Trump was welcomed by an array of Alabama politicians, including Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, who praised him for the attention he’s drawn to immigration issues. And Trump led off his speech with more criticism of immigrants living in the country illegally, drawing loud cheers when he repeated his promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

 He reiterated his intention to end “birthright citizenship” for children of immigrants here illegally.

Trump also attacked the Obama administration’s deal with Iran to restrict that country’s nuclear program, calling it “so sad.”


And he promised to “repeal and replace Obamacare” — the health care law that’s President Barack Obama’s singular domestic achievement.

Before Trump arrived, his fans — some carrying signs, others wearing T-shirts supporting the billionaire businessman — spoke of his outsider status in a crowded field dominated by former and current elected officials as the song “Sweet Home Alabama” blared from loudspeakers.


 ”Donald Trump is telling the truth and people don’t always like that,” said Donald Kidd, a 73-year-old retired pipe welder from Mobile. “He is like George Wallace, he told the truth. It is the same thing.”

Wallace, a fierce opponent of civil rights, served as governor of Alabama and sought the presidency multiple times.

Kidd said Trump is a “breath of fresh air,” and praised him as a businessman with common sense.

Savannah Zimmerman, a 27-year-old registered nurse from Mobile, agreed. “I think he appeals to us Southerners because he tells it like it is and he has strong opinions. That is the way we are here in the South,” she said.

Mary Anne Bousenitz, 59, a retired psychiatrist from Tuscaloosa, said she isn’t offended by the insults Trump has directed at women, like “dog” and “bimbo.”

“I’m not married to the man and it’s not like I’m going to have to sit across a turkey at the table with him,” she said.

Interest in the candidate forced organizers to move a planned rally from the Mobile Civic Center, which holds about 2,000 people, to Ladd-Peebles Stadium, a 40,000-seat football stadium.

Before the rally, Trump tweeted: “We are going to have a wild time in Alabama tonight! Finally, the silent majority is back!”

During the height of the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon sought the backing of the “silent majority,” widely considered to be Americans who stood behind the Republican president and weren’t getting the attention that protesters attracted. Trump has derided elected officials and cast his candidacy as an outsider’s bid.

The Bush campaign on Friday night e-mailed thousands of supporters in Alabama, denouncing Trump as a Republican presidential candidate. The campaign statement said that Trump favors partial-birth abortions, supports restrictions on gun rights and backs laws that infringe on states’ land rights.



“Trump’s positions are deeply out of step with the Alabama way of life,” the campaign said in the email. “We know Alabama cherishes life, especially the life of the unborn.” 

Right to Rise USA, the super PAC supporting Bush, tweeted photos of a plane, with a banner ad bashing Trump and promoting Bush, flying over the stadium, before Trump’s rally.

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Cities and Art that Bring Us to Tears


So, Memorial Day is over. But, some memories continue to linger… I keep thinking about an intriguing article I read in yesterday’s New York Times Op-Ed section by T.M. Luhrmann, which asks the question, “What gives certain places their extraordinary power to move people so deeply?” It starts with a story of a teenager who went to Jerusalem. “There he met God… he had an experience so remarkable, so terrifying, so powerful… Jerusalem has this effect on so many people that experiences like this have a name: Jerusalem syndrome.”


Then, the article mentioned the so-called Florence syndrome, which brings many visitors to their knees in the Uffizi Gallery. But, actually, the more accepted description for this phenomenon is the Stendhal syndrome, named after the famous French writer, who saw Giotto’s frescoes in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, and was overcome with emotion. He wrote, “I was in a sort of ecstasy… I had palpitations of the heart… life was drained from me. I walked with the fear of falling.”


So, all of this makes me think of the famous Russian writer Feodor Dostoyevsky, who, during his visit to Dresden Gallery, dropped to his knees and started to cry in front of the famous painting, Sistine Madonna, by Raphael. All his life, he had admired this painting and kept a black-and-white lithographic reproduction of it in his apartment in St. Petersburg. Many years later, confronting the original painting in person, he experienced rapture…


I haven’t read anything about a “Rome syndrome” yet, but my first experience with this city made my heart palpitate when, as a teenager, I saw the Hollywood movie, A Roman Holiday. For us living in the Soviet Union, to travel to Italy was virtually impossible. Yet, there I was, along with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, climbing Spanish Steps and driving a Vespa by the Coliseum. I was in heaven… Many years later, during my emigration, I found myself living in Rome, continuing to be in awe of this Eternal City.


And last, but not least, let me mention Paris syndrome, which, according to the New York Times article, Japanese tourists experience when they arrive in the City of Light. Wikipedia mentions that there is a 24-hour help line run by the Japanese embassy to help tourists suffering from this condition, viewed as a severe form of culture shock. Luckily for me, my recent trip to Paris was pure joy.

Yesterday, I stopped by the Norton Simon Museum, to see a small exhibition of rare paintings on loan from the famous d’Orsay Museum in Paris. One of them is Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1, by American artist Whistler. This painting, commonly known as Whistler’s Mother, is one of the iconic artworks of the 19th century. And to see it, here in LA, is a rare treat.


Next to Whistler’s painting hangs another jewel on loan from Musée d’Orsay – a portrait of the French writer Émile Zola, by Edouard Manet. The young writer wrote a passionate essay in defense of Manet, who was rejected from participating in an official Salon in 1866. And now, all this is here for us in LA.

So, my friends, treat yourselves to a taste of Paris at the Norton Simon Museum – but, be warned, the emotions might overwhelm you…

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Here’s What’s Appropriate To Bring To An Engagement Party

The rules of wedding etiquette are constantly changing, making it difficult for modern brides, grooms and guests to find up-to-date and correct information. That’s why we launched #MannersMondays, a series in which we ask our followers on Twitter and Facebook to submit their most burning etiquette-related questions. Then, with the help of our team of etiquette experts, we get you the right answers to your biggest Big Day dilemmas. Check out this week’s question below!

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Anna Post — great-great-granddaughter of etiquette guru Emily Post and author of Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette — is here to help us answer this week’s question. Find out what she had to say below:

The short answer is that while giving an engagement gift hasn’t traditionally been expected, the trend in most parts of the country has shifted toward giving gifts. Check with your host if you are really unsure.

Back when Emily Post was first writing about etiquette in the early 1920s, engagement parties were very small, and only the closest of friends and family would give a gift. Also, an engagement announcement would often have been a surprise to guests at a party made up of close friends, who therefore wouldn’t have gifts ready to give.

Engagement gifts today are typically small tokens of the marriage to come — small household items such as picture frames, wine bottle coasters, cookbooks, sets of tea towels, or gifts the couple can share such as a pair of champagne flutes, a bottle of wine or a gift certificate for a dinner out.

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Here’s What a Lesbian Shouldn’t Bring on a First Date. A U-Haul.

The funniest jokes are the ones that are true, which is what makes the most famous lesbian joke of all so funny. Too funny for our own good, if you ask me.

“What does a lesbian bring on a second date?”

All together now: “A U-Haul.”

It’s scary but true. We are known for our insta-nesting. There’s no way around that. And why we do it is painfully simple. It’s in our nature to nurture.

So, we meet a girl we dig and the first thing we want to do is snuggle in and take care of her. It’s pair-bonding at it’s best — and it’s worst.

The thing is, although it might primarily come from a good place, it also comes from a place of fear, which is never a good place from which to operate.

When you think about marking territory, men and dogs might be the first groups that come to mind. But the truth is, lesbians don’t fall too far behind when it comes to the, “MineMineMine” behavior and mentality.

Why? Well, I’ve got a couple of ideas.

One, it’s not easy to meet the right girl. So, when you do, you want to hang on to her. I get that.

Two, we like to lock things down; it’s easier on our over-thinking, over-processing brains. If we can get a confirmation on this coupling thing down quickly, we can move on to other things like volunteering at that food bank and starting that kale garden.

Three, and don’t get all bent out of shape about this, but we are girls. And even the toughest amongst us fear a broken heart. So, having a girl park her VW in your garage and her golden retriever and jet-black feline in your house is, let’s face it, a welcome safety.

But, my friends, we have to break the cycle. This U-Hauling business may work for some, but it is not a good idea in the long run for most of us.

I repeat — not a good idea.

I know, I know. You have this friend… Or one time you… We all have those stories.
But I’m not talking about the exceptions. I am speaking of the rule. Make no mistake, insta-nesting is a dangerous game.


For starters, you miss out of a lot of the fun stuff. Sure, safe and easy might feel nice. But new and exciting feels amazing. If you’re meant to be, you’ll be. Trust me.

The rush has more of a chance of ruining you than solidifying you. So enjoy the slow burn instead. Go out on dates. Stay at your own place by yourself once in awhile. Don’t lose track of your friends. Leave the wedding planning for later.

When you take the time to really learn someone, you can enjoy the experience of being new and special to someone. And there’s no feeling in the world that compares to that.

Waiting for that person to call or text. Looking forward to a big date at the end of the week. Planning outings for the next time you’ll see each other — Those are the joys of dating. Why rush through them?

You have a lifetime to figure out who’s going to make dinner and who’s going to take the dog out.

I have a confession to make. I was a U-Hauler — if not literally, then certainly figuratively.

I would meet a girl; feel a connection, and get right to the relationship part, promises and all. And — you guessed it — it never worked out. I have asked myself a thousand times why exactly I do this. I have no good answer other than, sigh, genetics, old habits and, I don’t know, my star sign?

But this time around, I’m dating a new kind of girl. A non-U-Hauler, if you will. She’s younger than I; maybe the next generation is learning from our mistakes?

She is committed to her job and her friends and her life. And she wants someone to share her life.

But she doesn’t need someone.

That is something I have long preached. But I am doing a far better job of practicing this time around…

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First published in the January 16, 2015 edition of the Dallas Voice.

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Japanese Drummers Bring the Culture of Sado Island Statestide

Unlike any musical group I’ve ever heard, Kodo is a group of Japanese drummers that perform on a worldwide scale but remain rooted in the local community and rich cultural traditions of Japan’s Sado Island. The group boasts international esteem and is known for their innovative recreation of the traditional Japanese performing arts. The group spends two-thirds of the year touring (four months in Japan, and four months internationally) counting over 5500 performances in 47 countries worldwide under the theme, “One Earth”. Kodo continues to break boundaries of expression with their unique and vibrant living art-form.

They have been bringing their work to the U.S. since 1975. And thankfully we have the privilege of seeing them again–this time in North America for the Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery’s debut outside of Japan. This new production, Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery, was created by its Artistic Director and Japanese Living National Treasure Tamasaburo Bando. The leading Kabuki actor and onnagata (actor specializing in female roles), Bando was a catalyst for Kodo to break new ground in taiko expression.

I had the chance to talk to the group and get a better idea of how they make this unique mix of old and new work. You can see Kodo’s incredible performance live now through the end of March.


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Steve Mariotti: How did Kodo get started?
In 1971, a handful of young men and women gathered on Japan’s Sado Island to form Sado no Kuni Ondekoza, a way for Japanese youth to learn traditional arts and crafts. They began to study and perform taiko, eventually taking the sound of the drum around the globe on world tours–all with the intention of financially supporting their arts program.

Members lived communally in an abandoned elementary school and spent much of their time practicing the taiko and training to run marathons. After debuting internationally in 1975, Ondekoza emerged as a professional performance group that became highly acclaimed among European and North American audiences. In 1981 the group changed its name to Kodo, with the singular mission of bringing Taiko to ears around the world while preserving various Japanese art forms on Sado Island.

SM: How is Kodo continuing these traditions today?
We are always looking for new ways to explore the profound subtleties of taiko. In the past ten years, this has meant that Kodo is exploring richer levels of stage expression. The Kodo Cultural Foundation supports both local and international activities through education outreach projects designed to give back to local communities.


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SM: How does Kodo manage its tours and performances?
Since the group’s debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo has given over 3,700 performances on all five continents. This comes out to about a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan, and a third rehearsing and preparing new material on Sado Island.

As for performances, we stand by three principles to build each performance. Building a Kodo performance program begins with blending these three elements together amidst the sights and sounds of Sado Island. It is then forged into shape on the anvil of dedicated practice and rehearsal.

The first is that performances are based on traditional folk arts, learned from local practitioners throughout Japan. Our intention is not simply to replicate these historical arts. Instead, by reinterpreting and rearranging them for the stage, we strive to capture their universal spirit and energy as they filter through our bodies. Art forms rooted in the earth are developed through intimate relationships both between people and their art as well as between art and nature. Therein lie invaluable treasures rich with insights for people living in a bewildering age.


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Secondly, performances feature compositions by Kodo’s friends and mentors. These include composers Maki Ishii and Shinichiro Ikebe, Kabuki musicians RoetsuTosha and KiyohikoSemba, jazz pianist Yosuke Yamashita and Tamasaburo Bando.

The third element is that we use original works composed by Kodo members. In this case, Kodo’s members leverage their exposure to the rhythms and sounds of the many people and places they have visited as inspiration for their own creations.

SM: What is the process for joining Kodo?
Apprentices who hope to become performers or staff members will spend two years living together communally in what was once an abandoned schoolhouse. After this period, Apprentices who have been selected to become Junior Members spend one more year training and practicing in the hope that at the end of the year they will be chosen to become part of the Kodo organization.

Altogether there are currently about 100 members of Kodo, including 35 performing members including 6 junior members (27 men and 8 women) and 37 staff members. The performers range in age from 20 to 64 years old. We have 5 staff members from Sado Island. Our other members come from as far away as Hokkaido and Kyushu, and from everywhere in between.


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SM: What is the Kodo Apprenticeship program?
In a converted schoolhouse in Kakinoura on Sado Island, young people are trained, not just in musical technique but also in all matters of body and spirit. Beginning in April, apprentices live communally and train for two years. From this group, probationary members are selected to spend one year as junior members, and if they are successful, they then become full Kodo members.

Kodo seeks people of all backgrounds who are interested in becoming apprentices, and perhaps the next generation of Kodo players. Apprentices live together while they learn taiko, dance, song, and other traditional arts in the rich natural and cultural surroundings of Sado. We have some specific rules for living there: drinking alcohol, smoking, using a mobile phone and internet capable devices of any kind are prohibited during apprenticeship, and they are given the time to fully devote themselves to their lifestyle on Sado.

Upon completion of the program, apprentices hoping to become Kodo members may be selected to become probationary members. Probationary members spend an additional year training on the job and can become full-fledged Kodo members if they pass the final stage of selection.


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SM: How do members get recruited into the process, and what is daily life like once you are a member of Kodo?
Eri Uchida, member since 2010:
I started playing taiko in a local taiko group in Japan when I was sixteen, and then I moved to Canada to study abroad at a public high school. After I graduated from high school, I went back to Japan and decided that Kodo’s Apprentice Centre really was the best place to study.

On the day of a performance, I exercise near the hotel, eat a good breakfast, and see what kind of condition I am in that day. We create our daily rhythm by loading in and setting up the stage in a timely manner. While the technical crew take over the stage to set-up the lighting, we eat lunch, lightly exercise, and rehearse.

SM: What do you hope to accomplish during this North American tour?
This tour’s production, “Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery,” features a lot of theatrical moments, so the timing and delivery are very important.I think the right “timing” may vary between different countries and environments. Therefore, it will be challenging to react accordingly and nail that “timing” in each performance. I want to make each performance the best performance for that particular place and audience. Also, the number of people playing taiko worldwide is on the rise and I think that the North American taiko community is very humble and constantly thinks about what taiko means to them. Interacting with them and performing for them makes me think about my own taiko playing, too.


Photo credit: Takashi Okamoto

SM: What do you think the artistic vision is for this tour?
Yuta Sumiyoshi, Kodo member:
We started off by taking apart our production style and any fixed idea we had. We were constantly challenged to express ourselves as a single taiko performer and a Kodo member, without the traditional happi coats and hachimaki headbands. I believe one of Tamasaburo Bando’s vision for Kodo is to broaden theatrical expression by learning how to express delicate musicality instead of just hitting the drums with all our might. In addition to the beauty that is being portrayed for each individual when we play taiko to the fullest, we are asked to work through the beauty of performing arts as well.
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Enchanting Silhouettes Bring Brothers Grimm Fairytales To Life Like You’ve Never Seen Before

From the pages of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales spring a myriad of vibrant, dark and haunting images — whether it’s a little red cape bobbing through the forest on her way to granny’s house, or a young brother and sister weaving their way through the towering woods, a trail of breadcrumbs in their wake.

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Artist Andrea Dezso brings the images whirling in your mind to life — though, not quite as you might initially imagine. Her stark, black-and-white silhouettes combine simplicity and whimsy to create monochromatic stories that leap off the page and into the depths of your most thrilling childhood memories.

“I grew up in Transylvania, where my grandmother used to read me the Brothers Grimm fairytales in Hungarian from the time I was very young,” Dezso explained to The Huffington Post. “The settings of the tales felt like the forests, villages and fields I was familiar with and the characters became part of my extended family. For me the tales took place in the neighboring village or the forest up the street from our house. These were not the sanitized versions of the tales either, I remember well Cinderella’s stepsisters who cut off chunks of their large feet to fit into the glass slippers. I think these stories were read to us to teach us lessons, too. I appreciated that, as tough as life was for our family, at least they weren’t leaving me behind in the forest.”


As an adult, Dezso revisited these classic tales, transforming the fabled tales into crisp visions that would make Jacob and Wilhelm proud. “I wished to find the heart of each tale and express it visually. My aim was to create a feeling of atmosphere that could convey a strong sense of place and I wanted the drawings to look like made-up folk art, instead of simply relying on details from the region or period.”

The images, like the original texts themselves, outline the stories we all know and love, allowing the viewer to fill in the blanks with whatever details flood to mind. “I chose tales to illustrate that gave me immediate, strong mental images as I read them. The images that popped into my mind first are generally what I illustrated. Using silhouettes leaves room for the reader’s imagination; not everything is concrete, it’s more a conjured world of dreams, in the same way that the Grimms’ tales invite in the reader.”

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Should We Bring Marriage Into Our Love Lives?

I once wrote an article about how love fits into marriage but after co-writing, The New I Do, Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels, with Vicki Larson, I realize that a better question to ask is how our outdated paradigm applies to the way people in love couple these days.

For the first time in literally thousands of years, marriage in our Western culture has viable, socially acceptable, competition and the pressures (and necessitation) of marriage have diminished greatly.

In the past 50 years, the marriage rate in the U.S. has fallen dramatically. In 2008, a mere 26 percent (one quarter) of people in their 20s were married as compared to 68 percent (two thirds) in 1960.

We have not stopped coupling in our culture (although staying single is a perfectly acceptable lifestyle choice for younger adults). Rather, increasing numbers of up-and-comers have rejected tradition not legalizing their unions; even when they go on to have children.

Having lived with two serious boyfriends at different points in my life, I understand this choice and in many ways, I think it makes sense. There are things you learn about togetherness in general and your partner in particular that you might not learn any other way. There is also a stronger sense of commitment (albeit unspoken in most cases) in a relationship when you live together.

What’s the advantage to shacking up over marriage? You can have a lovely relationship, be very committed in the moment, and yet, if or when you break up, you can simply go your separate ways back out into your single worlds. It’s certainly easier and cleaner to split when you don’t have all the legalities to contend with: Maybe just a few dishes, airline points or pieces of furniture to split, but nothing small claims court can’t handle.

But here’s the rub: Big problems emerge when couples make other kinds of long term commitments that do bind them legally — like buying property together or worse, having children together — without having protections in place. As outdated as marriage can be, one thing it does do is provide important protections to both parties if a breakup occurs.

No one knows that better than the one who got the raw end of a real estate deal (with no recourse) or the one who got booted out on the street with a 2-year-old and a 5-month-old. While there are laws that protect children in those situations, there are not the same protections for partners as there are for spouses.

As we watch the pendulum swing toward a less structured paradigm, I think we’ll start seeing and hearing more about this kind of fallout. And it won’t be pretty.

Why can’t we have more options than risking so much by coupling but avoiding marriage or opting for security by marrying someone we may not want to be with forever? It’s not as if it’s never been done before.

The Romans had three different levels of marriage: Confarreatio, the most formal option had more religious overtones; Coemptio, was a less formal and more business-like union; and Usus, was an informal marriage that occurred by default when a couple lived together for more than a year. (Confarreatio and Coemptio required ceremonies but Usus did not have a marriage ceremony).

Throughout history, people have married for all kinds of reasons that had nothing to do with love–primarily for business and monetary gain, for political gain and to procreate. Love was even seen as an impractical emotion in these relationships. The Greeks, seeing the insanity caused by those in love, coined the phrase “lovesick.” Indeed, some cultures even described love as dangerous when it came to setting up stable family structures.

Having spent the past two years (and more) researching the subject of marriage for my book, I can tell you that informal changes are actually happening to the institution behind closed doors.

Unbeknownst to family, friends, and clergy, young couples tying the knot are agreeing to themselves the conditions they want to see in place. Ryan and Lisa is one such example: These twenty-somethings are marrying with a purpose and an end date (rather than out of love “because it’s what you do.”). They agreed to have children together but they also agreed that their marriage would end when the kids are out of the house (the option to stay married was there, but not the expectation).

At the other end of the age spectrum, unapologetic third-time marriers (many of whom are Baby Boomers) are stating unequivocally that they want only the best parts of marriage. How are they doing this? Many are vehement about maintaining their autonomy. Some are choosing to live in separate houses, others are asking for open marriages, and still others are quite frank about needing practical things like someone to grow old with, someone with insurance benefits or someone who has financial security.

Far from breaking from traditional marriage, these seeming rebels are reverting back to ways of old. Yet, because they fear being judged, many of these couples keep these arrangements secret. But why? Are they really doing anything wrong? Are these couples harming themselves? Are they harming anyone else? Are they taking anything away from anyone?

If you think about it, marriages based on love often have the most fallout because love is fragile. Love can easily turn to dashed expectations (especially since expectations are so much higher for lovers than they are for friends), jealousy, betrayal and even hatred. These are the things that crimes of passion are borne out of.

Now, I’m not saying that love has absolutely no place in marriage, but perhaps love shouldn’t be in the number one spot. Perhaps we should rethink purpose-driven marriages rather than emotion-driven ones. Perhaps we should give individual couples the right to pick and choose aspects of relationship that they want rather than assuming that monogamy and forever are right for everyone. As things stand now, those who don’t play by the current rules are told they are doing something wrong, or they are looked at as odd, damaged or unlucky.

Whether you agree with this article or not, I hope this topic will get you talking with others about the shame-based all-or-nothing paradigm we have set up now.

We received a terrific compliment recently from a TV talk-show producer. He said that before he read the book, he was against the concept. He fully expected to disagree with us. But, when he read the book, he realized that what we said made good sense and he thanked us for writing it.

If you’d like to open your mind and read more about these ideas, pick up a copy of The New I Do, Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels. If you know someone who’s just about to get married or re-married, do them a favor and get them a copy of The New I Do. And, finally, if you or someone you know is considering ending their marriage, tell them to read this book first. There may be a creative solution to their problem in its pages.

A previous version of this article appeared in Susan’s Contemplating Divorce Column on

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Remember Your Favorite Fleece From College? Designers Say It’s Time to Bring It Back


In his fall show, Altuzarra sent models down the runway in evening dresses and skirts styled with what we can most accurately describe as Patagonia-style fleeces. Though the styling was epically amazing, it may have fallen a little short of practical for most of us. That being said, it did nothing to stop us from swooning over each and every piece.

Altuzarra reminded us of the Patagonias of our past that we didn’t even realize we had forgotten about. So, in lieu of a black-tie event fit for the likes of his satin gowns, the winter season is the perfect time to appreciate a great fleece. Cozier than anything you will ever own, your fleece can be rocked everywhere from the ski slopes to the city streets. This winter, I definitely pulled a few of my old fleeces out of storage and—confession time—I even bought an awesome pullover from Crewcuts (seriously, shop some of the larger sizes in the boys’ department and you’ll be surprised what you can find!).

Now, some of you may have already tossed the fleeces of your past, and others are not overly enthusiastic to shell out designer prices for your fleece of choice. For both those reasons and more, we have rounded up 20 of the best fleeces of the season. Grab one before the holidays and cozy up at home with your family and friends!

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These Images From ‘Serial’ Bring The 15-Year-Old Murder Case To Life

“Serial,” the world’s most popular podcast, is coming to an end next week after just 12 episodes. The real-life mystery show about a 1999 murder has become a smash hit — for a podcast, anyway — and cultivated a strong community of fans.

Seriously, don’t doubt the loyalty of the “Serial” fan base. They’ve produced an active subreddit, combed the Best Buy that features prominently in the show for clues and come up with elaborate conspiracy theories. All in an effort to figure out who killed Woodlawn, Maryland, teenager Hae Min Lee.

According to the state of Maryland, it was Adnan Syed, Hae’s ex-boyfriend and her classmate at Woodlawn High. The state’s case rested primarily on the testimony of one man, known in the podcast only as Jay, whose story changes noticeably over the course of his several taped interviews with detectives. According to Jay, Adnan strangled Hae in a 21-minute window of time between leaving school at 2:15 p.m. and calling Jay to come pick him up at 2:36 p.m. on Jan. 13, 1999. Adnan has always maintained his innocence, but it didn’t matter to the jury: He was convicted of murder at age 19.

“Serial” host Sarah Koenig gives listeners some great descriptions — Adnan’s eyes are big and brown, “like a dairy cow,” while his classmate Nisha sounds “like a chipmunk” — but without visuals, we thought listeners may still have been left without a full picture of the case. Below are maps and photos we’ve rounded up from around the Internet.

Hae Min Lee, victim

Nearly one month after disappearing on Jan. 13, 1999, Hae’s body was discovered in Maryland’s Leakin Park. Described as popular and “always happy” by teachers, Hae played lacrosse and field hockey at her school. She had previously dated and broken up with Adnan — giving him the only clear motive for murder, according to the state — but had recently started dating a guy named Don, whom she worked with at a LensCrafters. A local news station once interviewed her, shown below.

Lee’s family is likely familiar with the podcast, but not pleased. “I pray that you don’t have to go through what we went through and have your story blasted to 5 [million] listeners,” a man claiming to be Lee’s brother wrote on Reddit. He posted an email purportedly from Koenig to verify his authenticity.

Adnan Syed, convicted of first-degree murder

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Described by many as a kind, social, athletic “golden child” — or a “psychopath” — Adnan, now 34, was given a life sentence in 2000. Since then, he’s been in jail, where he’s maintained his innocence and — as he explained on the podcast — tried to become a better Muslim.

Jay, key witness for the state


The Daily Mail claims to have one photo of Jay, but we can’t confirm its authenticity. Jay was a small-time drug dealer who accused Adnan of murdering Hae and led detectives to her car, which had still been missing even after her body was found. Because parts of Jay’s story don’t line up with the cell phone records the state used in its argument, Koenig all but suggests he may have worked with the prosecutors to craft a timeline implicating Adnan, regardless of what really happened that day.

Cristina Gutierrez, defense attorney

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Put a face to that, um, very distinctive voice — Reddit user nomickti unearthed this video of Gutierrez, pictured in the screenshot above. One of Baltimore’s “best-known criminal defense lawyers,” she was disbarred a couple years after Adnan’s case for mismanaging client money. As Koenig explains, Gutierrez was possibly suffering symptoms of multiple sclerosis toward the end of her law career, and in 2004, she died of a heart attack.

(Fig. A) Woodlawn, Maryland

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Reddit user jakeprops created this awesome map of noteworthy locations around Woodlawn, Maryland, where the murder allegedly took place. If Jay’s story is true, he sure did have a busy day of driving around town.

(Fig. B) Woodlawn High

Yep, looks like any other normal American high school. Adnan and Hae were both part of the school’s magnet program, while Jay was part of the regular student body. Below, you can make out two parking lots and a loop in the front of the school.

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(Fig. C) Woodlawn Public Library

Woodlawn Library, seriously pretty much on the high school campus. #serialtour

A photo posted by leggyshines (@leggyshines) on

Asia McClain claimed she had a conversation with Adnan at this library the afternoon of Jan. 13, 1999, but Asia was never called to testify in either of Adnan’s trials. Adnan stated he was on the school campus the entire afternoon, and while the library is technically off-campus, it is directly adjacent to the school.

(Fig. D) Best Buy

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Many listeners may have had a hard time envisioning a murder taking place in the Best Buy parking lot due to its public nature. But if you’ve seen the location, it becomes less difficult to imagine — there’s a side part that’s shielded from the front of the store.

The state alleged that Adnan, after committing the murder, called Jay from a pay phone at Best Buy. There is not, however, a pay phone there today, and Koenig expressed strong doubt that it ever existed. But people on Reddit say there was a pair of them at one point — in the lobby. To prove it, they photographed two electrical plates and a mismatched patch of carpet inside the front of the store. We can’t confirm the validity of these photos as evidence.

Other devoted fans also recreated the drive from Woodlawn High School to the Best Buy parking lot that Koenig herself recreated in episode five. According to the state’s timeline, Hae Min Lee would have had to make that trip — and Adnan would have had to strangle her and run to the pay phone to call Jay — in 21 minutes, right as post-school bell traffic was in full force. Koenig recreated the timeline, just barely making the 21-minute limit. She stated it was technically possible that Hae could have made that drive and been strangled in that timeframe.

In the fan-made video, the driver makes it in under eight minutes — but without the after-school traffic. He also deems the parking lot to be sufficiently secluded for a murder to take place unseen.

(Fig. E) The I-70 Park and Ride

According to Jay’s version of events, this is where he and Adnan left Hae’s car on the afternoon of Jan. 13, with Hae’s body in the trunk, while the pair took Adnan’s car in search of weed. Later that evening, they returned for Hae’s car, drove it to Leakin Park, and eventually left it in a residential lot.

(Fig. F) Leakin Park

The above photo was taken by Reddit user cat_morgue, who has an album of places of interest in the case. According to the podcast, the park has a local reputation as a dumping ground for bodies. Indeed, this is where Mr. S — the streaker who discovered Hae’s body when he pulled off the road to take a leak — led police.

A photo posted by Saalawon Abd (@salutations24) on

We noticed that quite a few Serial fans have posted evidence of their own Woodlawn tours on social media. In broad daylight, the park looks fairly innocuous.

(Fig. G) Adnan’s cell phone

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Adnan’s cell phone — the records from which were used by the state in court — was this old-school Nokia, according to longtime family friend and #TeamAdnan advocate Rabia Chaudry. She was the one who contacted Koenig initially with details of Adnan’s case, and thus “Serial” was born. Chaundry has also kept a blog about the case and the podcast.

(Fig. H) Crab Crib, home of the shrimp sale

Shrimp sale still on #crabcrib #serial #sarahkoenig #serialdrivingtour

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How to Bring a Pumpkin Pie on the Plane


Nothing says adulthood like learning to make a pumpkin pie from scratch. I’ve already started force-feeding friends pumpkin and salty honey pies in prep for a real gutfest.

The problem is that this year I won’t be heading home until the last minute or so. This means I won’t have any time to bake the pie in time for Thanksgiving because I usually like to make it a day or two in advance to let the flavors meld together. Unfortunately, this means I’ll probably have to prebake the pie and carry it onto the plane. Thankfully, there’s no real TSA rule that forbids pies on planes.

I’ve carried anywhere from meringues and cream puffs to desktop computers with me so I guess I’ve kinda cornered the market on carrying weird things on planes. (I almost once took a guy up on his offer to swap his first-class seat in exchange for several boxes of Girl Scout cookies.) Pumpkin pie, in comparison, is easy to carry on a plane and there’s more than several ways to do it.

Skip the check-in. These are the type of things you want to stow underneath the seatin front of you; the purse can go in the overhead bin for once. I’d highly suggest bringing a pie that has at least been allowed to rest for at least one night in the refrigerator; freshly baked pies will have a harder time surviving the trip. The pies should keep pretty well at room temperature, whether it’s for 30 minutes or five hours.

The easiest way to transport pies are to put them in a pie box. If I want something slightly sturdier since, ahem, I can be quite the klutz, I would opt for a pie carrier like this Pyrex Portable Pie Plate. (The major downside is that you just have to carry it back on the return trip. Ugh.) After spending all that time butchering and pureeing a bonafide pumpkin, it may be worth it though.

There’s a lot to suggest most people are probably overthinking and overworrying. MetaFilter user brainmouse points out a few years ago:

My sister recently flew with two pies that we made. They were wrapped in plastic wrap and then in standard cheapo disposable cardboard pie-carriers. There was a pecan pie and a berry pie. I believe she put them under the seat in front of her and was careful not to step on them and there was no problem getting through security (with the exception of the apparently good-natured security guard making jokes about needing to know what flavor they were before he decided whether or not to confiscate. But seriously, it was fine). They made it home just fine and were delicious.

If you’ve gone pie-crazy and plan to carry on multiple pies, the only thing that happens is the klutz factor gets amplified. Martha Stewart via The Kitchn suggests using bamboo steamer baskets to transport more than one pie for an elegant, tiered solution. Better yet, plenty of these baskets span 9 or 10 inches in diameter, which is pretty much the ideal size. This is actually my favorite suggestion.

An unusual pie solution. (Ginny / Flickr) An unusual pie solution. (Ginny / Flickr)

There’s a couple of other methods, including this one from Chowhound user erican (for those truly serious about their food and pie):

I used a largish tupperware cake holder ($ 10 from target) to carry them. After putting the first pie on the base, I put the ring from a large springform pan around it and tightened it. I put a plate on top of the springform base, and the second pie on top of that. Then I tucked in dishcloths around the bottom of both pies to keep them from shifting inside the container. I have used this method for carrying pies on long walks and car rides as well, and it always works like a charm… you have to be sure that the crust on the lower pie does not overlap the rim of the pie pan, or it will get crushed by the springform.

At the very least, it’s a good idea to have at least some liner or padding around the edges if you’re just throwing it into a box to prevent the pie from shifting and being destroyed. No one wants to eat a squash-ed pie.

Erica Ho is the editor of Map Happy. She was previously a reporter for TIME in Hong Kong and has worked for Gizmodo, Lifehacker and AOL.

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Gary Zukav: Why Even the Best Job Can’t Bring You Happiness – Help Desk – OWN

Tune in for Gary’s advice on the new series Help Desk on Sunday, September 21, at noon ET/PT.

Keith, an economics student, is about to start his career. Like many new grads, he’s nervous about entering the working world and worried about choosing the right job.

“How can I understand myself or better understand my soul to know if this job or career is worth pursuing, and if it will make me happy?” Keith says.

For guidance, he’s turning to Gary Zukav, the internationally renowned teacher and author of The Seat of the Soul. In the above video, Gary explains why even the most delightful job is not enough to fulfill Keith completely, and shows him where to find true happiness.

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‘Mountain Monsters’ Are The Quarry Of Hillbilly Hunters Trying To Bring ‘Em Back Alive

Ever heard of Mothman? Or the Braxton County Monster, Blue Devil, Sheepsquatch, Thunderbirds and Devil Dogs? Not your typical kind-hearted denizens of the forest, these and other mysterious creatures are the targets of a group of hunters known as the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings, or A.I.M.S.

The six-man A.I.M.S. crew may look like expert moonshiners, but these guys seriously research and hunt odd creatures on their TV series, “Mountain Monsters,” which kicks off its second season tonight on Destination America.

Leading this group is John “Trapper” Tice, who hopes to track and capture some of the most allegedly evasive beasts.

“They’re scary sons of bitches,” Tice told The Huffington Post. “A lot of them make a bellowing, yelling scream at you. The Wolfman did it to us in Kentucky, and just things you see, you know are way faster than we are. We usually have them beat on intelligence, so we have to use our intelligence with old school tracking and reading signs ability with new technology. And we interview a lot of eyewitnesses. That’s how we can get so close to ’em.”

Check out some of the creatures being hunted by the ‘Mountain Monsters’ team.

Native sons of West Virginia who have spent their lives navigating the backcountry make up the A.I.M.S. team. They’ve investigated monster reports in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky and Ohio, but have captured none.

“Catching one is different [from proving they exist],” said Tice. “In the first place, the guys have jobs, so we usually try to do it in three days, over a weekend and we have limited time. We’ve been very close, and it’s gonna take a bunch of luck, along with a lot of experts to do this. But I think it’ll eventually happen.”

One of Tice’s team members, “Wild Bill” Neff, is a former Marine who looks like he could probably wrestle any number of ferocious creatures to the ground. He doesn’t like the attitude of city slickers who want to go to the forests and start killing unknown animals.

“People from the big cities will overrun a place, and the first thing they’ll say is that they’re gonna kill it,” Neff told HuffPost. “We’ll, we’re not after it to kill it — we’re after it to prove that that animal exists. Anybody who says they wasn’t scared is a lyin’ S.O.B. I was a Marine and I do not fear. Let me tell you something — when they say they don’t fear, they’re lyin’ to ya.”

When this reporter recently sat down with some of the “Mountain Monsters” team and asked if they’ve discovered any real evidence of an unknown animal, Tice offered as his Exhibit A a 2-inch-long tooth (pictured below) he found around 2005 on a trail in Pocahontas County, W.Va. He claims it was from a Bigfoot.


Tice has never felt the need to have the tooth analyzed by any scientific organization. He says he just knows what it is.

“I thought it was a bear tooth and Bill and I had both killed bears and knew it was not a bear tooth. It’s not from a domesticated animal — nothing has a tooth like that. On my mantel, I have a skull collection of every wild species in West Virginia, from a bobcat, coyote, bears, all the way down to a gopher — I’ve got ’em all. I was bear hunting at the time, and where his toenails tracked, I seen a little bit of white in the ground and took a knife and dug it out.

“I think it’s an incisor [front] tooth from a Bigfoot.”

Watch the ‘Mountain Monsters’ team at work tracking down unusual creatures.

“Mountain Monsters” begins its second season tonight on Destination America at 10p.m. Check your local listings.

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Ansel Adams Spiritual Photographs And Quotes Bring The Awe-Inspiring Power Of Nature To Life

Today would have been Ansel Adams’ 112th birthday, and we are celebrating by taking a moment to reflect on the photographer’s singular ability to evoke the sacred power of Earth.

Renowned as a photographer and as an environmentalist, Adams’ work manages to capture the magnificent power of nature, which is probably why his work has endured among the most beloved portfolios of American art.

Here are 5 of his stunning photographs, accompanied by quotes from the artist:

“Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.”

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“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”

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“Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world.”

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“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.”

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“The only things in my life that compatibly exist with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit.”

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Bring On the Night: The Photography of Andy Summers

In 1958, Andy Summers took a bus across his seaside hometown of Bournemouth, England, grasping a guitar without a case. He was heading off to play with a dance band in a local hotel, and several people on the bus asked him how he was getting along with his banjo.

Only two years earlier, his uncle Jim had given him a broken guitar with a missing string, and ignited a spark. Piano lessons were forgotten. A man named Cloudy donated the missing string. Jazz influences turned round on his vinyl record player and in his mind. And Andy Summers tasted the power of sound from which there was no turning back.


The artist must find his instrument, to express that which is inside of him. Yet long before the instrument, there is the drive inside. The instrument is the tool of transformation from an internal emotion to the external symbolic expression of that emotion, which we experience as art. And art, in turn, elicits emotion. There is an alchemical process at the root of all art, an emotion fueling creation.

In the days of his newfound obsession with music, there was also something larger happening inside Andy Summers: the seeds of an awareness were growing in his psyche, the awareness of the power of art. He spent his time between hotel gigs, going to the Continental Theater to see the latest black and white films of Frederico Fellini, Francois Truffaut, Jean-Pierre Melville and the French New Wave cinema. Sitting in the dark, in the flickering projection, the images embedded deeply in Andy Summers, and the power of art took hold.


Fast forward. The rise of The Police. Andy Summers found himself surrounded by photographers, the center of the world’s attention; subject and object of the camera, he became the living element in an evolving story being told.

Summers turned his eye back on that which was watching him. The artist in him took the experience of all that this big life entailed and filtered it into a new creation. He lived it, processed it and returned it into the world through artistic interpretation.


With a Nikon FE in hand, Andy Summers returned to those early day influences, inspired by French cinema and black and white films. Through photography, he began to witness the witnessing, as a mirror reflection. It was a way to own himself again, to explore that which others were seeing, explore the myth from the inside, and he captured himself and the band in a way the other cameras never could.


His early sensibility connected with Man Ray and the Surrealists, and also Diane Arbus, William Klein, Lee Friedlander and Ralph Gibson. Inspired by their images he developed a vocabulary, developing an ability and strength while moving into his own practice.

He began to improvise with his camera, much like improvising on his guitar. It was a power and a muscle he had already developed through music. He had his tool in his hand, now the camera, and went out to see if he could make something with it. He would get in the zone, not thinking, but playing, reacting to his environment, like reacting to and improvising with the players in the band. A lifetime of the experience went into finding the raw in situations.


Parody and commentary of life on the road infused many of his images. He reflected playfulness and humor, and also alienation and disjointedness through the surreal. The images go far beyond the documentary capture of the experience of life on the road, also capturing the existential state of the band and the role of the musician as a traveling performer.


Andy Summers shot the fans, he shot the stadiums, the drivers, the hotel rooms, the groupies, the waiters, the band, and he shot himself. He experimented with different kinds of film, lenses, angles and composition. He began to feel a connection to photography, much like he felt about music. He went out at night after night, after a concert, roaming the streets with his camera. He went hunting for photographs in the night time streets of LA, Tokyo, London, Bali, Nepal, Maucau, or wherever the tour took the band.

He took pictures, like running scales on the guitar. He engaged the mind and the eye, pressing the button, sometimes on insignificant images, just to start somewhere. From his practice in music, he wasn’t afraid of it. Andy Summers feels that as an artist you can’t feel that fear, you can’t freeze, you have to stay fluid. As Andy puts it, just go “do some shit.”


Andy Summers plays every day, warming up the hands to practice, to keep it up. There’s a necessary physicality to maintaining the hands in fine condition, which applies to the creative mind. He always kept a recording device at hand, to capture an idea, a great lick, a little phrase, to record it and store it digitally to go back to later. Similarly he kept a book into which wrote ideas for photographic shots — “hand with hammer, gun at head, body in corridor, shark on foot” — images that he planned to take while on the road. Like running scales, he trained his eye to see the moment, and to bring images into creation out of imagining.


There is something about the anonymity of the hotel room, the sterility and uniformity, devoid of the ordinary imperfection of a home, which is both relief and oppression. Within that concept of uniformity, the element that breaks the order becomes the message. A scuba diver in the tub is a lone hero on a daring quest. A shark attack disturbs the false sense of security of the plush polyester shag roll of the wall-to-wall carpeting in the hotel suite.


The hotel is anonymous, replaceable comfort. Temporary. Transitory. The order must be broken. Perhaps it is the perfection of the hotel room that draws an unconscious desire to disturb the artificial order. And it’s nearly a tradition in rock and roll.


With music there is a smooth dialog. Inspiration comes from the gifted playing of the other players. It’s different with photography. “It’s you and the world at large. Reacting to it. Looking for it. If I go out on the street, I’m looking, I’m hunting. Seeing what comes up. It could be a shape. A movement,” Andy Summers told me when we met to talk about his photography.

He told me he went from the Nikon to using the Leica M6, in part for its compact size and stealthy appearance. Shooting candid shots in Africa or China required having the ability to get close, and taking a lot of chances. Andy Summers has always been fascinated by other musical formats and performers. One of this favorite photographic subjects was a Naxi Orchestra, which plays an ancient Chinese musical form that dates back to before the Mongolian conquest. The musicians in the orchestra were mostly in their 80s and 90s, and they welcomed his camera.


“There’s a reacting to the audience on stage, an exchange of energy. The audience gives energy back to the band, and it makes you play better. You go for it. With photography in a sense the scene is passive. You might see a striking corner on a building. And you react to it. Then you pull your own energy out,” says Andy Summers.

At the end of concerts with The Police, Andy Summers took a bow with his Leica in hand, and snapped several shots walking off stage. Seeing the camera, fans would go even more wild.

“It was like being subject and object. On stage and off. The fishbowl experience. Fans are screaming at you. And they get excited if you take their picture. For a photographer it’s a privilege to capture those shots. Excited people don’t get offended.”


One day on tour in Arizona, in 1979, The Police were playing a club venue in Phoenix. The band had run a few songs and completed their sound check. There were hours to kill before the show. This was the time when Andy usually went hunting.

As they heading back to the dressing room, Andy Summers found a leg lying in a hallway; a random leg. Andy picked it up and took it with him to the dressing room and looked at the leg, thinking about what he could shoot with it. He spent hours before the show taking pictures with the leg, in every possible scenario. One might think that with a performance ahead, he would want to rest. It is extraordinary, and the mark of a true artist, that he would use all of his available time to create more art.


Art is inside the artist and finds its expression through the instrument. The guitar. The camera. For Andy Summers they were the instruments without words. The artist brings out what is inside to give others the chance to reflect and re-experience what they already know, only now they know it in a new way.


Andy Summers still tours and travels the world, now with his Leica Monochrome and his guitar. He has published several books of photography: I’ll Be Watching You: Inside the Police, Desirer Walks the Streets, and Throb. A documentary film based on his autobiography, One Train Later, is being released this summer by Cinema Libre. The film is titled Can’t Stand Losing You. His photographic works have been shown in galleries around the world. Most recently he exhibited his show Del Mondo at the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles.

Besides continuing his photographic practice, Andy Summers also has a new band, Circa Zero, with collaborator Rob Giles. A CD is being released March 25th on 429 Records, with a tour to follow.

The artistic impulse is ongoing in Andy Summers, and we have much to look forward to, following this artist’s drive to create, to express, with his many instruments.


All images are courtesy of Andy Summers.
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