May 15, 2010 |
David Mamet has little use for political correctness, windy academic theorists or Bolshevik-minded theater directors. He's also not too keen on "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" or those big, splashy Broadway sets that make audiences go "Ohh." As Mamet writes in "Theatre," one of two new books published by the prolific playwright-screenwriter-essayist, "When we leave the play saying how spectacular the sets or costumes were, or how interesting the ideas, it means we had a bad time."
June 18, 2012 |
Over the years, Disney theme parks have offered over 200 different varieties of Mickey Mouse ears for guests to wear. The latest version, which debuted Friday with the relaunch of Disney California Adventure, includes technology that let the ears glow and change colors in sync with the music of shows at Disney theme parks. But they are not cheap: The price for the glowing ears is $25 while the plain black version sells for about $14 at the park. The video above shows how the ears glow to the "World of Color" attraction at California Adventure.
January 9, 1999
I hope that the powers that be at the L.A. Philharmonic take heed of Robert C. Hamilton's outcry (Saturday Letters, Dec. 26). Just one minor correction to his on-the-mark (and delightfully caustic) criticism of the musical offerings. That pattern he describes, of sandwiching outlandish music between classics (the "bait and switch" strategy), is not only of this season. It has been the practice for several seasons. I can understand that ambitious (and young) conductors are eager to keep up with the "latest" and give new composers exposure, but they should be more discriminating in what they select.
May 2, 2013 |
Need a new ear? In the future you may be able to print one out and pop it on. Taking us one step closer to a future in which we are all part human, part machine, scientists at Princeton University have created a pair of high functioning bionic ears made of a mix of cellular material, silicone and electronics and printed them using a $1,000, off-the-shelf, 3-D printer. The "designer cyborg ears," as the researchers call them, look a lot like regular ears but have the potential to hear frequencies way beyond the reach of normal human hearing.
August 20, 2006
RACHEL ABRAMOWITZ'S article about Gong Li contained this comment: "Chinese -- not the most sonorous language to Western ears ... " This was extremely offensive to me, as she made no effort to distinguish between the hundreds of dialects in Chinese -- particularly between Mandarin and Cantonese -- and instead generalized the Chinese language as not being sonorous "to Western ears." Though Mandarin and Cantonese share the same written language, they sound absolutely nothing alike.
June 7, 2012 |
Just where does an up-and-coming jazz talent go after covering the Red Hot Chili Peppers? While that's a reductive way to introduce a talent as promising as Linda Oh -- who turned in a deft reworking of "Soul to Squeeze" on her album "Entry" -- the bassist-composer follows up her promising debut with "Initial Here," which provides further proof that Esperanza Spalding is not the only female bassist-bandleader worthy of acclaim. Oh was born in Malaysia and raised in Australia before moving to New York five years ago. Backed by a roster of top-tier New York City talent that includes keyboardist Fabian Almazan, drummer Rudy Royston and saxophonist Dayna Stephens, Oh looks to her diverse background for inspiration.