June 20, 2013 |
"A Hijacking" is as lean, focused and to the point as its title. A cargo ship is hijacked in the middle of the Indian Ocean, and this expertly done, ultra-tense Danish thriller places you in the middle of the action in the most intense way. Gripping from first frame to last, "A Hijacking" is written and directed by Tobias Lindholm, best known as the co-writer on Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt" as well as the crack Danish TV series "Borgen. " It is Lindholm's tip-top notion to have the action go back and forth between what happens on the vessel and what goes on back home in Denmark.
May 28, 2013 |
A fan slapped Beyonce on the behind at a Denmark concert this weekend. And Queen B, currently on her Mrs. Carter Show world tour, wasn't too happy about it, giving him a small dose of what it's like to anger her alter-ego, Sasha Fierce. During her Monday performance of "Irreplaceable" at Copenhagen's Forum venue, the pop diva, wearing a bedazzle bodysuit, walked to the edge of the stage to greet fans and share the mic so they could sing along. As she shook hands with a few concert-goers, one eager male fan gave her a small love tap on the derriere as she walked away.
April 1, 2013 |
On April 22, René Redzepi and the team behind the MAD Symposium will be holding the third edition of MAD Mondays at the Grand Teatret in Copenhagen. The event, part of a monthly series of conversations about the future of food, will be presented in English and streamed live. Past MAD Mondays have included "What is Creativity?" featuring panelists Paul Cunningham, chef Erwin Lauterbach , Tal R and Knud Romer, and "Who Will Feed Us?" with Thomas Harttung, farmer and founder of Aarstiderne ; chef Christian Puglisi of Relae and Manfreds ; Arlene Stein, director of Terroir Symposium in Canada; farmer Soren Wiuff; and Henrik Zobbe, associate professor of agricultural economics and policy at the University of Copenhagen.
June 6, 2012 |
Little Mermaid, meet Han, a polished steel hunk who also perches on a rock overlooking a famous Danish harbor. And he blinks (or is he winking at you?) once an hour. The two sculptures are cities apart -- the Little Mermaid overlooks Copenhagen while Han gazes out from Helsingoer about 28 miles to the north -- but share a common size and look. And that's likely the point: Han, which means "him" in Danish, hopes to draw as many tourists to his town, a.k.a. Elsinore, thanks to Shakespeare, as the century-old Little Mermaid does to hers.
May 18, 2012 |
The Pacific Symphony performs music for an unlikely audience -- gamers battling the hellish underworlds of Diablo III. The symphony teamed up with Irvine-based game developer Blizzard Entertainment, known for the Warcraft and Starcraft franchises, for the long-awaited third installment in the Diablo series. More than 100 musicians recorded the score live last July in Costa Mesa's Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall under the baton of Eímear Noone. “It was important to give Diablo III its own sound - - not only via the compositions, but even in the manner in which it was recorded,” Blizzard Entertainment's audio director Russell Brower said in a news release about the project.
May 16, 2012 |
Oh, Copenhagen. You brought us the Midcentury furniture designs that make "Mad Men" an interior decorator's dream and saw the wisdom of bike commuting long before L.A. earned its first CicLAvia. Now you've one-upped every philharmonic in the world with video of your orchestra (Sjællands Symfoniorkester) making an entire subway train weak in the knees with a flash mob performance of Grieg's "Peer Gynt" on a Copenhagen Metro train. In a video filmed last month that justifiably went viral, the Copenhagen symphony is subtly introduced on one of the station's signs with the announcement, "Classical special train: Enjoy the music," before treating commuters to probably one of the most beautiful rides of their lives.