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Today is the birthday of the famous and controversial German composer, Richard Wagner. Known for his numerous operas (as well as his anti-Semitic views), the mastermind behind works like "Tristan and Isolde" and "Tannhäuser" would turn 200 years old if he were still alive today.
Born in Leipzig in 1813, Wagner lived a life in the spotlight, whether he was premiering blockbuster dramas at concert halls across Europe or palling around with historical figures like King Leopold II. Drama seemed to follow the composer wherever he went, from his tumultuous marriages and affairs to his extreme political views. Yet amidst celebrity and infamy, Wagner managed to produce 113 works, listed in his Wagner-Werk-Verzeichnis (Wwv) catalog. Two centuries later, symphonies and opera singers are still performing his pieces.
To celebrate Wagner's 200th birthday, concert halls across the world are hosting homages to the controversial musical great. In addition, New York Public Radio »
- Katherine Brooks
Sophia Myles, best known for appearing in the first two Underworld movies, as well as playing Isolde in Tristan and Isolde, will reportedly appear in an important supporting role in Transformers 4. Myles joins an all-star cast which already includes; Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz and Stanley Tucci. According to The Wrap, [...]
Whether you love, hate or couldn’t give a monkeys about Transformers 4, the ever-growing bizarre list of actors attached to star is too intriguing to ignore. Last week it was announced that Kelsey Grammer had signed on as the film’s human antagonist. Now, The Wrap reports that British actress Sophia Myles has clambered aboard the fourth instalment.
According to the report, her role is being kept secret for now but The Wrap’s source who has read the script believes she is to play a scientist. She’ll join an entirely new band of cast members for what is being touted as a reboot to the franchise.
Myles’ breakout role was in 2002′s Underworld. She’s since followed that up with leading roles in Tristan and Isolde alongside James Franco, and the Jamie Bell vehicle, Hallam Foe. As the Transformers: Dark Of The Moon cast have been given the heave-ho, »
- Gem Seddon
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, »
Previously on Merlin, the series, realizing it will soon be entering its last season, quickly ticked off the mythical legends of Tristan and Isolde, the Sword in the Stone, and a Congress able to actually make a decision on anything (now that’s really fantasy fiction!), Arthur had yet another crisis in confidence (I’m sorry, but if I had Bradley James’ body my crises would be more likely to involve public nudity than waning confidence). Nonetheless, he rallied in time to defeat Morgana (again) who had invaded the kingdom (again) and restored Camelot (again) to its usual air of peace and prosperity (again, until next week.) Arthur married Guinevere/Gwen (which means Kate Middleton will be the second commoner to be Queen of England) and an injured Morgana was saved by being breathed on by a deformed hairless Chihuahua (funny, when my dog breathes on me all I get »
5 items from 2013
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