Sunday, December 27, 2009
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Yismari has toured internationally in countries such as: Italy, Russia, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Ecuador, Canada and Panama. Now, aside from teaching at OCD and Dance Mission in San Francisco, The Beat in Berkeley, Gold's Gym and Club One in Oakland, and other venues, you can also catch her sing and dance in the Bay Area as member of the band Saoco. Lastly, she's currently the Artistic Director and Soloist with Las Que Son Son.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Something amazing has happened in Uruguay. Producer, Fede Alvarez, created a goose bump inducing short about giant robots and streams of spacecrafts invading the capital of Montevideo. Alvarez created the four-minute short, "Ataque de Panico" (Panic Attack) on a mere 300 USD budget. This little investment wielded him an increase by 100,000 fold when Ghost House Pictures (The Grudge, Boogeyman, Legend of the Seeker....) offered him a 30 million deal to create a feature film in the same vein as his short. Watch his initial endeavor below.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
It is this free attitude that makes his creations so damn good. I'm really grooving on his music at the moment. He's made an astonishing 17 LPs (most are not full length), so there's lots of music to choose from. I'm particularly fond of "Goodbye to Song," with its scratchy background and abrupt stops that nonetheless doesn't disrupt the amazing beats. "This Record Can Not Set," not only has a wonderful toe tapping sound, it also has this amusing manipulated addition mimicking what I perceive as vocals. The cleverly titled, "I thought We Could Eat Friends," is a full on fun dance song that I dare anyone to sit still for.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Post War Japan marked a major shift in Japanese society. This included (re)defining Japan in the midst of reconstruction and heavy American presence. Young men who lived through the devastation and re-emergence of Japan began recording their surroundings with cameras and coined their approach, “Are, Bure, Boke“-style (rough, blurred, out of focus). Lasting mostly through the 60s and 70s, some of the more well-known images were published in the avant garde photography magazine, Provoke.
Friday, November 27, 2009
24 year old Kseniya Simonova recently won Ukraine's Got Talent 2009 with her emotive sand art performance. Depicting devastation experienced during USSR's Great Patriotic War against the Germany in WWII, she drew tears from the audience and judges alike. Watch her work her artistry during the winning performance below.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Monkey Lounge hopes you are all spending this holiday with the one(s) you love. "Families" are special aren't they! I'm grateful I will have awesome Vietnamese food with my family today!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Originally a third-person action-adventure computer game, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time will hit the big screens 2010. Mike Newell (The Awakening, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) directs the film and it stars Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko and Brokeback Mountain). That already sounds good to me but added is Ben Kingsley playing the villainous nobleman really makes this movie a must see.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Grace Park & Tricia Helfer Cover Maxim Magazine
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Did you catch the warning about: "A well-intentioned teacher urges you to pursue higher education at a university"?
Admittedly, I feel slightly dirty recommending graduate school to my more gifted students. Really, being a professor can be a rather thankless job at times. The tenure process is brutal; students with self-entitlement issues sassing all the time; and the pay is comparable to that of a monk. For a woman professor, it's basically like swearing yourself into a monastic life.
But, in all seriousness, academia is a fairly mild/safe institution. Not counting the occasional student suicide, rape, shooting and faculty sex scandal. No, really, I know it's not perfect but it's not as bad as drugs and only slightly worst than porn. Oh, unless you're one of those who fear your kids will get indoctrinated into liberal thinking...then yeah, that's a real threat. Maybe that's what the Jehovah's Witnesses were getting at.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Debut album, “Unomia,” appears decidedly trance but also infused with extremely organic sounds such as what sounds like sticky paper getting separated (or a dead TV) as heard in “Samsara”. “West Orange” is a sweet lulling piece mainly with the piano.
His album, “The Malady Of Elegance,” has a classical refinement to it by showcasing the piano with ambient crackling sounds. It evokes images of a music genius recording herself on a cassette tape. “Threnody” feels to me like steps taken during one’s lifetime—slow, deliberate, wondrous and frightening. “The Winter Of 1539-1540” chills me to the bone leaving me feeling quite uneasy, nice. In “Evelyn,” which happens to be my mother’s name, the quick and slow beats evoke the mood of hope.
The Album “Helios” goes back to a trance sound but much more upbeat in tone than his previous albums. “Hope Valley Hill” indeed exudes a feeling of hope that is grounded. “Mountain of Ice” though heavy in nature, still moves in a dynamic pace.
In the album, “Goldmund,” Kenniff turns to classical music again. Not nearly as intense as “The Malady Of Elegance,” it is no less rich in sound and feeling. Kenniff is a musical master in the making. And boy is he prolific.