Reports: Corbin, Nats reach 6-year, $140M deal

All-Star Patrick Corbin, who was 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA and 246 strikeouts for the Diamondbacks last season, has reportedly reached a six-year, $ 140M deal with the Nationals.
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Jolie and Pitt reach child custody agreement

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Cos Broadens Reach in Mainland China With Tmall and Four New Stores

COS SPRINGS IN CHINA: Six years after Cos debuted in China, the minimalist sportswear label will be stepping up its efforts with next month’s online store launch on Alibaba’s Tmall platform.
The two-tiered effort will involve aligning with China’s largest business-to-consumer marketplace for both Chinese and international brands and retailers, and the start of the stand-alone site cosstores.cn. The H&M-owned company will also be extending its reach in mainland China with new stores.
There are currently 28 Cos stores in 17 cities and four more will be added this year. In Shanghai, a new flagship is planned for the Jing An Kerry Centre. Stores in Beijing, Xiamen and Guangzhou will also open in the coming months.
Marie Honda, managing director of Cos, described the launch online as a milestone in the company’s global expansion. Describing the Cos brand as “a fantastic addition to Tmall’s strong portfolio of fashion brands,” said Jessica Liu, president of Tmall Fashion and Luxury. “Chinese consumers are among the most savvy and style-conscious in the world, and we are very excited to introduce Cos’ timeless designs to the more than half a billion consumers on Alibaba’s platforms.”
In honor of the occasion, the brand will be unveiling its installation “New

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Qualcomm, Taiwan Reach Settlement in Patent-Licensing Dispute

Qualcomm notched a victory in its effort to preserve its patent-licensing business, saving the company nearly $ 700 million in fines.
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Vegas, Fleury reach 3-year, $21M extension

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has agreed to a three-year, $ 21 million extension that keeps him with the Golden Knights through the 2021-22 season.
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Sources: Nets reach two-year deal with Napier

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Croatia thrive in extra time to reach World Cup final

For the third straight game, Croatia needed extra time. For the third straight time, they won, knocking out England to reach the World Cup final.
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Will top draft prospect Mo Bamba reach his ridiculous ceiling?

The Texas center won’t be the No. 1 pick. But will he turn into the best player? That’s starting to look like a real question now.
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Fortnite player first to reach elusive game island

A YouTuber has shown how a glitch in Fortnite let him return to the game’s ‘spawn island’.
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The one milestone Kershaw thinks is out of reach

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Shipping Regulators Reach Deal to Cut Carbon Emissions

Historic pact aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2050; the U.S. and Saudi Arabia offer only objections to otherwise unanimous agreement.
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Dead Star Trek actor’s family reach deal with Fiat

The parents of late Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin have settled a wrongful death claim against the makers of the car which killed him.
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Reports: Phillies, Arrieta reach multiyear deal

The Phillies have agreed to a multiyear deal with right-hander Jake Arrieta, according to multiple reports.
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Entering Year 4, it’s up to Mariota to reach tantalizing potential

The Titans still believe their young quarterback can be elite and lead them to a Super Bowl. But entering his fourth season, it falls on Mariota to prove them right.
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Source: Red Sox reach deal with J.D. Martinez

The Boston Red Sox agreed to a deal with slugger J.D. Martinez, a source told ESPN’s Pedro Gomez.
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Sources: Clips, Williams reach 3-year extension

Lou Williams, who is averaging a career-high 23.3 points per game this season, has reached a three-year extension with the Clippers, sources told ESPN.
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In Puerto Rico, Artists Rebuild and Reach Out

Visitors to the post-disaster island found many artists eager to help one another, and their communities.
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Universal Standard Broadens Its Reach With Performancewear Geared for Large-Size Women

GETTING IN THE GAME: Major athletic labels like Nike and Lululemon aren’t the only ones developing performance-oriented collections for large-size women: Universal Standard officially launches its first activewear collection today.
Convinced that the estimated 100 million American women who are above a size 14 deserve the same workout options as their straight-sizes peers, the direct-to-consumer e-commerce company has developed GAME by Universal Standard. Alex Waldman, Universal Standard’s cofounder and chief operating officer, said, “This consumer is so consistently sidestepped in terms of quality and performance, that she is in a continual state of waiting to be taken seriously. We knew what was missing not only from the constant stream of feedback from this consumer — but from being this consumer.”
With an increasing number of brands competing in the category, the sports and fitness clothing business is expected to reach $ 231.7 billion in worldwide sales by 2024, according to a report by Global Industry Analysts Inc. Even UFC octagon girl Arianny Celeste, an HPE Clothing fan, has gotten in the game with a new fitness app “The Ultimate Body.”
Instead of fast-fashion styles like cotton leggings, oversized T-shirts and neon-colored activewear, Universal Standard has created full-length leggings, bodysuits, runner tanks and power Ts

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How Extra Butter Aims to Reach a Broader Audience

Extra Butter is sharpening its focus to reach more customers.
The sneaker chain, which was cofounded by Jason Faustino, Ankur and Nick Amin in 2007, has homed in on Faustino’s love of film with its newly designed boutique on the Lower East Side.
The space, which is located at 125 Orchard Street, mimics a movie theater. Sneakers and clothes are displayed on the perimeter of the store and theater seats sit in the center. The outside of the flagship features a marquee and a ticket window. When the store is closed, a screen comes down over the storefront that streams movies throughout the night.
“After 10 years in business, we wanted to refocus what our brand DNA and message is,” said Bernie Gross, Extra Butter’s creative director. “We wanted to emphasize film and cinema and translate that into an elevated retail experience.”
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Source: Yanks, Marlins reach terms on Stanton

The Yankees and Marlins have agreed to terms of a trade for Giancarlo Stanton, according to ESPN and multiple reports. The reigning National League MVP still has to agree to the deal under the terms of his no-trade clause.
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CBS and Dish Reach Agreement, Ending Thanksgiving Blackout

Dish Network Corp. said it reached a carriage agreement with CBS Corp. and was restoring the programmer’s stations to more than two million subscribers impacted by a three-day blackout that lasted through CBS’s Thanksgiving Day NFL game.
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Untuckit Expanding Reach With Retail Stores, Other Apparel Categories

NEW YORK — Untuckit is an old-fashioned feel-good American success story.
Two business school buddies with not a stitch of fashion industry experience started a company in 2011 to provide a solution to a problem they saw in the men’s apparel market: button-down shirts that looked and fit properly when worn untucked.
The business launched as strictly an online play with just the one signature product and financed with $ 150,000 raised from friends and family. They came up with a signature sail insignia for the tail of the shirts and it was off to the races.
By last June, Untuckit had attracted the attention of California venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, which invested $ 30 million to fund the company’s growth.
Since its founding, Chris Riccobono, executive chairman, and his partner Aaron Sanandres, chief executive officer, have expanded into a range of men’s categories including polos, sweaters, sweatshirts, shorts and even sport coats as well as women’s wear and shoes. And Untuckit also operates 18 stores around the country.
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Electronic Arts, NFL Reach Out to Casual Esports Gamers

Electronic Arts and the National Football League are teaming up to create an annual videogame tournament aimed at a different kind of esports competitor: the player at home.
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Album Review: On Arcade Fire’s ‘Everything Now,’ Pop Can Reach Deep and Be a Distraction

The band’s new album glitters with pop allusions, but when the balance between earnestness and exhilaration slips, it becomes slighter than earlier works.
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‘Hamilton’ Producers and Actors Reach Deal on Sharing Profits

The show, which could make hundreds of millions of dollars, is sharing some of its wealth with the actors who were in the room where it happened.
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A&E performance in England sank to a new low in February for the second month in a row, official figures show.
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Strellson to Expand Reach in Canada, U.S.

TORONTO, Canada — After opening a North American flagship in Toronto in 2012, Strellson, the upscale Swiss men’s wear brand, is planning a major expansion in Canada and the U.S. in a move designed to feed the Millennial businessman’s hunger for affordable work attire.
Over the next four years, the label, which targets 25- to 40-year-old professionals, will open eight to 10 freestanding stores across Canada, including one in Vancouver this fall, followed by 2016 openings in Ottawa’s Rideau Center and Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Center.
Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Montreal are also on the rollout list, according to Mark Altow, president of Strellson North America. The stores will be 1,800-2,000 square feet, he said, but the company is not ready to reveal the exact locations.
Strellson’s ongoing retail partnership with Canadian department store Hudson’s Bay Co. will change. The retailer currently operates 19 shops-in-shop for Strellson in its HBC stores, a number that will rise to 25, Altow said.
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Reach Your Highest Potential By Checking Your Ego At the Door

Our world is a projection of us. Often times, we get what we give, which is why it is so important for us to remain focused on giving our best each and every day.

But when the ego gets involved, things can get messy and derail those with even the best intentions. Why? Because the ego operates out of personal motive. Unlike confidence — which involves having faith in your abilities to handle whatever comes your way — the ego primarily operates out of one’s own wants and needs. It seeks approval, appreciation and adoration at all costs and often results in being incapable of comprehending anyone else’s perspective. The ego assigns motive, is not open to feedback and sees insult where there isn’t any. All in all, the ego is very ill behaved.

As you might imagine, this path won’t take us very far in life. You see, the primary difference between confidence and the ego is that confidence has the ability to move us forward, while the ego will only hold us back. The ego is what’s behind our tendency to be defensive and avoid self-reflection. Unfortunately, this kind of mindset stunts personal growth and keeps us from fully learning from the lesson or situation at hand. If we want to grow, we must silence the ego and stop allowing it to take over. The goal isn’t necessarily to kill it, but to dilute it in an effort to move forward and be content with questioning it when necessary.

Now, I know what you’re thinking — this is easier said than done. It certainly can be. Releasing instead of feeding the ego will be painful at first. But a bad day for the ego is a great day for the soul and self-growth, so don’t be afraid to go there. Here’s how we can begin to move past it to reach our fullest potential and live happy:

1. Depersonalize
If you are spending precious time and energy trying to get others to believe you are right, they are wrong or that you should be appreciated more than you are then you’ve definitely personalized your situation. Focus on what you can do to move forward and add value. Focus on earning respect and appreciation for the right reasons. Take the higher ground, but remain humble in the process. If you point that action out to others, the ego has once again taken over and you lose — so watch your step and remain focused on the task at hand.

2. Get Neutral and Focus on Next Steps
Put an end to defensive responses or reactions. Defense is, after all, the first act of war. If you find yourself in this position, stop defending. Find a place of neutrality and allow yourself to calm down so that you are in a better position to think clearly and make good decisions. Greet change with a simple “good to know”, avoid the argument with the reality of the situation and move onward.

3. Avoid Knee-Jerk Criticism
When someone makes a decision or suggestion that you don’t necessarily agree with, search for a common ground instead of immediately pointing out all the reasons why their plan or idea is “wrong”. Resistance wastes time and energy that could, instead, be spent on validating and contributing to the effort rather than attempting to block it for self-serving reasons. Consider a plan that could work for the group and even prove more beneficial instead of just being right.

4. Learn and Grow from Feedback
At one point or another, we all receive feedback about ourselves from friends, family or co-workers that isn’t necessarily positive. And yes, it can be hard to hear at times. However, we must remember that while the feedback alone won’t hold us back, an unwillingness to absorb or act on it does. Be open to hearing the viewpoints of others as well as the possibility that you are not perfect. You might just learn and improve upon yourself in the process.

5. Lead by Example
Wondering where to begin or who to work on? Start with yourself! That’s right, you go first. Do your part and do it unconditionally. Often times, that which is missing is what we are not providing. Step up, do the work and the rest will fall into place.

So the next time you find yourself getting defensive or assigning motive to someone’s actions or decisions, know that the ego is once again at play. Move past it by recognizing it early and consciously changing your mindset. Be mindful of its limiting beliefs and false sense of reality and release it so you can move forward and see your circumstances for what they really are. Once you’ve freed your mind and rid yourself of egocentric thoughts, your world will become much clearer and the possibilities will be endless.

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The Struggle to Reach Out and Tell the Climate Story

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“Nope, no. No. Nuh-uh. These aren’t good.”

I’m sitting next to one of my instructors at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism where I’m taking a course in multimedia. We’re going through a series of photographs I’d taken for an assignment and he’s critiquing them.

“The photos don’t make me feel anything,” he says.

The day before, I had gone out to shoot photos with an agenda: to find a story about climate change and how it affects people — the same thing I do every day at work. I intended to find a science person to interview about the California drought and work in a climate change angle. But that was not going to happen. The instructors had given us an insanely tight deadline for a series of assignments — all due simultaneously — and restricted the location for our stories. On top of that, I was struggling with unfamiliar equipment.

The instructors also told us not to get blocked into our initial vision. But I was blocked and I was ticked off, too. It was obvious that I was not going to have my way. I felt like I was being pressed into an assignment that was impossible to complete within the allotted time frame. And frankly, I also thought the assignment was beyond my skill set and unrealistic for me.

But the assignment was due and there was no way I was going to quit. I was out in the field, walking around, and I absolutely had to find a stranger, interview him or her and make it work, period, end of story, done. Wandering through my assigned neighborhood, I stopped to admire a well-groomed garden in the front yard of one of the homes. When the homeowner, Migdalia Collazo, walked out onto her porch, I asked if she would allow me to photograph and interview her.

During that first photo shoot, I focused on composition, color, light and context, thinking that was the route to a compelling shot. But my photos were lacking the most important element: a compelling story, something to feel.

After the critique, my teacher’s words stayed with me, reverberating in my head:

The photos don’t make me feel anything.
The photos don’t make me feel anything.
The photos don’t make me feel anything.

As a climate and Earth science communicator, I find this is the biggest challenge. We’re in a constant fight to capture attention, to move people, to make them care about how their behavior is affecting Earth.

To feel something.

But we get caught up with logical analysis of facts and don’t understand why many people don’t hear our stories. This is incredibly frustrating because, for us, climate change is so important, so dire, such a big deal. We desperately want to reach out and let our stories be told, to find the right way for the meaning to get through.

So from now on, I’m committed. My goal is to find a way to inspire you to feel something.

I look forward to reading your comments,
Laura

This post originally appeared on NASA’s Earth Right Now blog.

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When people think about artistic achievement, many focus on an individual’s triumph in winning an award, a trophy, or some honor to recognize his talent, effort, and skill. The truth, however, is that the road leading up to that person’s moment of glory was paved with the input and contributions of many others. If you don’t believe me, try listening to a series of acceptance speeches from the Tony, Emmy, Golden Globe, or Academy Awards ceremonies.

In her 1996 book, It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us, Hillary Rodham Clinton tried to show how, for better or worse, many people outside the nuclear family can influence a child’s growth and behavior. While most folks are quick to recognize the kind of teamwork that leads to victory in sports or politics, few grasp the collaborative effort required to bring many forms of art to fruition.

From the intimate communication required between a recitalist and accompanist to the full-throttle grandeur of Brunnhilde’s immolation scene at the end of Der Ring des Nibelungen (when a soprano’s voice must carry over the sound of a large, Wagnerian orchestra); from the sensitive ensemble work of a string quartet to the full impact of an orchestra, soloists, and chorus performing the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, a great deal of rehearsal, discipline, informed choices, and collegiality is required to deliver an ideal musical experience.

Two new productions focus on the teamwork that goes into bringing a piece of art to life. While their stories take place on different continents, in different eras, and within vastly different cultures, each work manages to shine a light on the need for cooperation and attention to detail.

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Theatre Rhinoceros recently presented the Bay Area premiere of Alan Bennett’s play, The Habit of Art (2009). In the following video clip, Bennett describes some of the inspiration for his play, how he arrived at the play’s peculiar dramatic structure, and explains how the character of Stuart (the young rent boy) embodies some of his early (albeit nonsexual) emotions as an undergraduate at Oxford.

Some may say that Bennett’s drama employs the old play within a play gimmick, but he takes matters much further than that. Several actors pretend to be a talking chair, bed, and mirror. At one point, an actor in rehearsal has a hissy fit after being referred to as “a device.”

With Tamar Cohn doing double duty as Kay (the stage manager) and a talking chair — and Kathryn Wood appearing as George (an assistant stage manager) — the supporting cast includes the following actors:

  • Seth Siegel appears as Charlie, a young actor portraying a rather clueless boy soprano working with Benjamin Britten.
  • Michael DeMartini appears as Neil, who portrays a frustrated playwright struggling to cope with a group of actors in rehearsals (who are doing a stunning job of trashing his play) while he is commuting between Leeds and several other cities.
  • Craig Souza appears as Donald, the actor who portrays Humphrey Carpenter (the author who would eventually write biographies of both W. H. Auden and Benjamin Britten). In a curious turn as an actor trying to puff up his role, Souza appears in drag while attempting to play a sousaphone.
  • Justin Lucas appears as Tim, the actor who portrays a young hustler hired by Auden for some casual sex.

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Justin Lucas as Tim in The Habit of Art
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The two meatiest roles are reserved for the men portraying the actors attempting to play two of Britain’s greatest 20th century creative artists. Each grew up during a time when homosexuality was barely mentionable in public; when their attraction to younger men showed up in their art in ways that might have surprised them.

  • John Fisher appears as Henry, the actor portraying Benjamin Britten, whose most powerful operas — Peter Grimes (1945), Billy Budd (1951), and Death in Venice (1973) — had strong undercurrents of repressed homosexual lust.
  • Donald Currie appears as Fitz, a popular voice-over artist who is attempting to sink his teeth into the role of Auden. As Fitz, he is nervous and crotchety about receiving changes in text and stage directions; as Auden he is an aging poet in the early stages of dementia who is prone to perseveration.

I found the structure of Bennett’s play to be a refreshing challenge for the audience, which allows them to contrast each actor’s inner thoughts with the thoughts and emotions of characters they portray. While Justin Lucas gets a rare chance to ruminate on whether the clients of the rent boy he is portraying might be famous (or someone he could tell his grandchildren about), his approach to giving his clients what they want often delivers unexpected comic moments as he attempts to deal with an eccentric old man whose impending dementia and obsession with time could frustrate the most accommodating hustler.

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W. H. Auden (Donald Currie) and Stuart (Justin Lucas) talk
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Without doubt, the evening belongs to Donald Currie, who gives a glowing performance as Fitz/Auden (even when it requires him to don an ape-like mask that can suggest the aging poet’s heavily wrinkled face.

In recent years, I’ve found myself having increased difficulty when forced to listen to music while someone is speaking (I can no longer process both forms of communication simultaneously). Thus, in a key moment when Auden was reciting his lengthy poem entitled “The Sea and the Mirror” (1942), the music from one of the sea interludes Britten composed for Peter Grimes was competing for my attention. Because I love that music so much, I don’t think I heard a word of Auden’s poem. Listen to the following performance of all four sea interludes and I’m sure you’ll understand why.

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I’m a sucker for the kind of movie that has no explosions, no car chases, and no CGI scripting. Instead, this kind of film tells a story about real people with an emotional acuity that quietly disarms the viewer and seduces him into following a slow-moving story to its end.

Yuya Ishii’s delightful new film, The Great Passage (which was screened at CAAMFest 2014) is a joy from start to finish. Bottom line? I can’t recommend it strongly enough.

Ishii’s protagonist, Mitsuya Majime (Ryuhei Matsuda), is a painfully shy introvert with limited social skills who loves to read. As the film begins, he is failing spectacularly as a sales executive for a Tokyo publishing house.

Majime lives at the Sou-Un-Sou Rooming House, where his closest friends are the elderly landlady, (Misako Watanabe), her fat cat named Tora-san, and the piles of books that fill his room. With his post-graduate degree in linguistics, Majime soon attracts the attention of Masashi Nishioka (Joe Odagiri), whose editor, Kouhei Araki (Kaoru Kobayashi), is eager to retire so that he can spend more time at home caring for his ailing wife.

It’s 1995 and, with the Internet growing in importance as a research tool, the publishing firm’s dictionary department could easily become irrelevant in the growing presence of online databases. The only way to save the dictionary department is to come up with a revolutionary new project.

The editorial team eventually decides to create a new dictionary (“The Great Passage”) which will take several years and long hours of teamwork to complete. Majime’s new boss, chief editor Tomohiro Matsumoto (Go Kato), describes the project as a modern “living dictionary” which (as opposed to standard dictionaries) will include new terminology, Japanese slang, and the spoken vernacular.

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Kaguya Hayashi (Aoi Miyazaki) and the shy dictionary editor
Mitsuya Majime (Ryuhei Matsuda) fall in love in The Great Passage

Working with a script by Kensaku Watanabe (which was adapted from Shiwon Miura’s novel), Ishii’s film also follows the budding romance between the shy Majime and his landlady’s granddaughter, Kaguya Hayashi (Aoi Miyazaki), who is determined to be taken seriously as a chef in a profession dominated by Japanese men.

After 15 years of work (with a few deadline-related setbacks), The Great Passage is ready for publication. By this time, Matsumoto has taken ill and been confined to his home. He and his wife, Chie (Kaoru Yachigusa), are occasionally visited by Majime and Kaguya. On one of their last visits, Matsumoto asks the mature Majime to write a contemporary definition for the word “love” to be included in the new dictionary.

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Kaguya Hayashi (Aoi Miyazaki) and the shy dictionary editor
Mitsuya Majime (Ryuhei Matsuda) fall in love in The Great Passage

The Great Passage is one of those gentle gems that takes viewers into a world where words are far more powerful than guns or money and a person’s eccentricities are what make him most appealing (from both a personal and professional perspective). Here’s the trailer:

To read more of George Heymont go to My Cultural Landscape
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When people think about artistic achievement, many focus on an individual’s triumph in winning an award, a trophy, or some honor to recognize his talent, effort, and skill. The truth, however, is that the road leading up to that person’s moment of glory was paved with the input and contributions of many others. If you don’t believe me, try listening to a series of acceptance speeches from the Tony, Emmy, Golden Globe, or Academy Awards ceremonies.

In her 1996 book, It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us, Hillary Rodham Clinton tried to show how, for better or worse, many people outside the nuclear family can influence a child’s growth and behavior. While most folks are quick to recognize the kind of teamwork that leads to victory in sports or politics, few grasp the collaborative effort required to bring many forms of art to fruition.

From the intimate communication required between a recitalist and accompanist to the full-throttle grandeur of Brunnhilde’s immolation scene at the end of Der Ring des Nibelungen (when a soprano’s voice must carry over the sound of a large, Wagnerian orchestra); from the sensitive ensemble work of a string quartet to the full impact of an orchestra, soloists, and chorus performing the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, a great deal of rehearsal, discipline, informed choices, and collegiality is required to deliver an ideal musical experience.

Two new productions focus on the teamwork that goes into bringing a piece of art to life. While their stories take place on different continents, in different eras, and within vastly different cultures, each work manages to shine a light on the need for cooperation and attention to detail.

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Theatre Rhinoceros is recently presented the Bay Area premiere of Alan Bennett’s play, The Habit of Art (2009). In the following video clip, Bennett describes some of the inspiration for his play, how he arrived at the play’s peculiar dramatic structure, and explains how the character of Stuart (the young rent boy) embodies some of his early (albeit nonsexual) emotions as an undergraduate at Oxford.

Some may say that Bennett’s drama employs the old play-within-a-play gimmick, but he takes matters much further than that. Several actors pretend to be a talking chair, bed, and mirror. At one point, an actor in rehearsal has a hissy fit after being referred to as “a device.”

With Tamar Cohn doing double duty as Kay (the stage manager) and a talking chair — and Kathryn Wood appearing as George (an assistant stage manager) — the supporting cast includes the following actors:

  • Seth Siegel appears as Charlie, a young actor portraying a rather clueless boy soprano working with Benjamin Britten.
  • Michael DeMartini appears as Neil, who portrays a frustrated playwright struggling to cope with a group of actors in rehearsals (who are doing a stunning job of trashing his play) while he is commuting between Leeds and several other cities.
  • Craig Souza appears as Donald, the actor who portrays Humphrey Carpenter (the author who would eventually write biographies of both W. H. Auden and Benjamin Britten). In a curious turn as an actor trying to puff up his role, Souza appears in drag while attempting to play a sousaphone.
  • Justin Lucas appears as Tim, the actor who portrays a young hustler hired by Auden for some casual sex.

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Justin Lucas in The Habit of Art (Photo by: Kent Taylor)

The two meatiest roles are reserved for the men portraying the actors attempting to play two of Britain’s greatest 20th century creative artists. Each grew up during a time when homosexuality was barely mentionable in public — when their attraction to younger men showed up in their art in ways that might have surprised them.

  • John Fisher appears as Henry, the actor portraying Benjamin Britten, whose most powerful operas — Peter Grimes (1945), Billy Budd (1951), and Death in Venice (1973) — had strong undercurrents of repressed homosexual lust.
  • Donald Currie appears as Fitz, a popular voice-over artist who is attempting to sink his teeth into the role of Auden. As Fitz, he is nervous and crotchety about receiving changes in text and stage directions; as Auden he is an aging poet in the early stages of dementia who is prone to perseveration

I found the structure of Bennett’s play to be a refreshing challenge for the audience, which allows them to contrast each actor’s inner thoughts with the thoughts and emotions of characters they portray. While Justin Lucas gets a rare chance to ruminate on whether the clients of the rent boy he is portraying might be famous (or someone he could tell his grandchildren about), his approach to giving his clients what they want often delivers unexpected comic moments as he attempts to deal with an eccentric old man whose impending dementia and obsession with time could frustrate the most accommodating hustler.

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W. H. Auden (Donald Currie) and Stuart (Justin Lucas) talk
about cock in The Habit of Art (Photo by: Kent Taylor)

Without doubt, the evening belongs to Donald Currie, who gives a glowing performance as Fitz/Auden (even when it requires him to don an ape-like mask that can suggest the aging poet’s heavily wrinkled face).

In recent years, I’ve found myself having increased difficulty when forced to listen to music while someone is speaking (I can no longer process both forms of communication simultaneously). Thus, in a key moment when Auden was reciting his lengthy poem entitled The Sea and the Mirror (1942), the music from one of the sea interludes Britten composed for Peter Grimes was competing for my attention. Because I love that music so much, I don’t think I heard a word of Auden’s poem. Listen to the following performance of all four sea interludes and I’m sure you’ll understand why.

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I’m a sucker for the kind of movie that has no explosions, no car chases, and no CGI scripting. Instead, this kind of film tells a story about real people with an emotional acuity that quietly disarms the viewer and seduces him into following a slow-moving story to its end.

Yuya Ishii’s delightful new film, The Great Passage (which was screened at CAAMFest 2014) is a joy from start to finish. Bottom line? I can’t recommend it strongly enough.

Ishii’s protagonist, Mitsuya Majime (Ryuhei Matsuda), is a painfully shy introvert with limited social skills who loves to read. As the film begins, he is failing spectacularly as a sales executive for a Tokyo-based publishing house.

Majime lives at the Sou-Un-Sou Rooming House, where his closest friends are the elderly landlady, (Misako Watanabe), her fat cat named Tora-san, and the piles of books that fill his room. With his post-graduate degree in linguistics, Majime soon attracts the attention of Masashi Nishioka (Joe Odagiri), whose editor, Kouhei Araki (Kaoru Kobayashi), is eager to retire so that he can spend more time at home caring for his ailing wife.

It’s 1995 and, with the Internet growing in importance as a research tool, the publishing firm’s dictionary department could easily become irrelevant in the growing presence of online databases. The only way to save the dictionary department is to come up with a revolutionary new project.

The editorial team eventually decides to create a new dictionary (“The Great Passage”) which will take several years and long hours of teamwork to complete. Majime’s new boss, chief editor Tomohiro Matsumoto (Go Kato), describes the project as a modern “living dictionary” which will (as opposed to standard dictionaries) include new terminology, Japanese slang, and the spoken vernacular.

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Kaguya Hayashi (Aoi Miyazaki) and the shy dictionary editor
Mitsuya Majime (Ryuhei Matsuda) fall in love in The Great Passage

Working with a script by Kensaku Watanabe (which was adapted from Shiwon Miura’s novel), Ishii’s film also follows the budding romance between the shy Majime and his landlady’s granddaughter, Kaguya Hayashi (Aoi Miyazaki), who is determined to be taken seriously as a chef in a profession dominated by Japanese men.

After 15 years of work (with a few deadline-related setbacks), “The Great Passage” is ready for publication. By this time, Matsumoto has taken ill and been confined to his home. He and his wife, Chie (Kaoru Yachigusa), are occasionally visited by Majime and Kaguya. On one of their last visits, Matsumoto asks the mature Majime to write a contemporary definition for the word “love” to be included in the new dictionary.

2014-04-02-kaguyamajime2.jpg

Kaguya Hayashi (Aoi Miyazaki) and the shy dictionary editor
Mitsuya Majime (Ryuhei Matsuda) fall in love in The Great Passage

The Great Passage is one of those gentle gems that takes viewers into a world where words are far more powerful than guns or money and a person’s eccentricities are what make him most appealing (from both a personal and professional perspective). Here’s the trailer:

To read more of George Heymont go to My Cultural Landscape
Arts – The Huffington Post
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