8 items from 2013
Call it the ultimate back-to-school pep talk. Students returning to classes at the Georgia Institute of Technology got a rock solid bit of inspiration from one of their own this week, when sophomore mechanical engineering student Nicholas Selby stepped up to speak to the school's incoming freshmen. Wearing a black mortarboard hat and traditional academic robe, Selby, 19, took to the stage at the school's opening convocation on Sunday with Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathrustra (also known as the opening theme to 2001: A Space Odyssey) soaring in the background, to deliver a stirring speech that has since gone viral on YouTube, »
- Andrea Billups
You'll never look at college-level speeches the same way after you watch the gloriousness that is Georgia Tech sophomore Nick Selby's speech at the school's freshman convocation this past Sunday. Set to the tune of Richard Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra (a.k.a. the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey), Selby practically pounds as his chest as he motivationally screams about the school's "tradition of excellence." »
- Andrew Kirell
Boy meets girl doesn't always end up sunshine and kisses. At its heart, this new drama, written by Skins co-creator Bryan Elsley, is about getting comic mileage out of dating's cringeworthy and/or car-crash moments. But its dramatic structure – nine self-contained half-hour "dates" that interlink, the jilted returning for another shot at romance – is smartly wrought. Catch up with the first four episodes now on 4oD.
Podcast: The Hive Cast
Wide-ranging alternative music podcast series in which rock evangelist Matt Pinfield – owner of one of the best bourbon-choked voices in broadcasting – takes on everything from the history of heavy metal to contemporary beard-folk (a recent Iron & Wine special) and Brit indie (Palma Violets). Also available on Soundcloud and iTunes.
Professor Iain Stewart continues his look »
- Gwilym Mumford
Festival Theatre, Adelaide
This isn't the first time 2001: A Space Odyssey has been screened with an orchestra - Robert Ziegler has previously conducted it at London's Southbank Centre. Yet any big-screen showing of Stanley Kubrick's 1968 masterpiece has to be a treat, and this version, accompanied by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, adds extra resonance to a work that already has enormous grandeur and gravitas.
At first, there are no visuals at all. Ligeti's ominous, dissonant chords emerge from, then fade back into the silence and darkness. Then the opening credits flare onto the screen, accompanied by Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra, and suddenly we're overwhelmed. Our senses have been bombarded a fair bit since the late 60s, but Kubrick's film still shocks – not just with its ambitions, but that fact that they're achieved. Right before our eyes we can see the movements of the solar system, a feeling »
- Alex Needham
It is hot and busy in this corner of Australia called Adelaide. The festival atmosphere is town is buoying us all up through long days and late nights, here in the 30+ degrees heat – for me a welcome change from a miserable March in the UK.
I was last here in 2000, to conduct a pair of concerts for the then artistic director (and all round Australian arts heroine) Robyn Archer. Then, it was a series on the east German composer and Brecht collaborator Hanns Eisler, performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Chamber Singers. These two ensembles are back again this year, to perform in a special project that originated at London's South Bank: 2001 A Space Odyssey – Live.
Live film »
Washington — Hip-hop artists including rappers Nas and Somalia-born K'naan will take center stage in an unexpected place next year, highlighting their generation and art form alongside opera, ballet and theater at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The center, a memorial to President John F. Kennedy, announced Tuesday that its 2013-2014 season would include the weeklong festival "One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide." It also plans to feature an international theater festival with works from at least 10 different nations and new American works commissioned in theater, opera and music.
The 2014 hip-hop festival will open with Nas rapping with musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra on music from his classic debut album "Illmatic." The festival will also feature Puerto Rican musicians Calle 13 and a graffiti exhibition.
The mix of rap, DJing and graffiti with more traditional arts at one of the nation's busiest performing arts centers will make the year unique, »
TV: Bank Of Dave
Last year, Channel 4 cameras followed minibus magnate Dave Fishwick as he attempted to set up a new independent bank in his hometown of Burnley, armed only with his impeccable everyman logic, frustration with the established "bastard banks", and an inability to take no for an answer. This Thursday, C4 is back with Dave to find out how Burnley Savings And Loans is getting on. If you didn't catch the original programmes, they're available now on 4oD. Dave's boundless enthusiasm is infectious, and the bit where he starts singing along to Mary's Prayer in his car is priceless.
TV: The Sound And The Fury: A Century Of Music
Familiar territory for anyone who has read Alex Ross's indispensable The Rest Is Noise, »
- Gwilym Mumford, Sam Richards
The Railway – Keeping Britain on Track
New six-parter documenting the struggles of the beleaguered souls who staff our train stations. First, to King's Cross, where employees are instructed to wear clip-on ties to avoid throttlings from customers irked by late arrivals. They're a likable bunch: Laxman, soon to retire, is still sprinting about trying to get the trains to run on time, while marvellously waspish cleaner Roni isn't a fan of first-class passengers: "They pay to make a mess, we're paid a pittance to clean it up." Gwilym Mumford
Live Uefa Champions League
It's the "round of 16" and, with both Manchester City and Chelsea having tumbled out during the group stage, we're afforded a welcome opportunity to see Neil »
- Gwilym Mumford, Mark Jones, Jonathan Wright, Martin Skegg, Ben Arnold, Andrew Mueller, David Stubbs
8 items from 2013
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