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Watch Digital Dancers Electrify the Streets of Istanbul

Are you open to the idea of otherworldly beings moving amongst us, benign but unseen? Director Gökalp Gönen seems to be in the above video for jazz innovator Ilhan Ersahin’s “Hurri-Mitanni” (Good News). Things kick off in a decidedly low key manner—a young woman sets off for a nighttime stroll through the streets of Istanbul, her face deliberately obscured by a snugly tied black and white cloth. Turning a corner, she passes an anonymous figure, wrapped head to toe in similar stripes. Do...
Tags: Travel, Google, Technology, Instagram, College, Dance, Animation, Istanbul, Harlem, Facebook Twitter, Ayun Halliday, İlhan Erşahin, Gonen, Gökalp Gönen, Sophia Topkaki


Lou Reed Concert Film Berlin Streaming Free Online for the Next Week

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SzuZfOZnp4 Last laughs can be sweet, and according to music journalist, Anthony DeCurtis, his friend, the late Lou Reed, “reveled” in the critical drubbing that greeted his 3rd solo album, 1973’s Berlin. Not immediately, however. Berlin, which followed hard on the heels of Reed’s widely adored Transformer, had a painful, protracted delivery. This was due in part due to RCA execs getting cold feet about releasing Reed’s grim concept record as a double albu...
Tags: Google, Music, Film, College, Berlin, New York City, Theatre, Brooklyn, New York Times, Andy Warhol, Rolling Stone, ANN, Lou Reed, Nancy, Cornell University, Lola


The Five Minute Museum: A Stop Motion Animation Shows the History of Civilization at Breakneck Speed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQV-0nbAFjE Experimental director and animator Paul Bush‘s 2015 short film The Five-Minute Museum, above, is the dizzying antidote to standing, footsore, in front of a vitrine crowded with  or exquisitely crafted pocket watches and wondering, not about history, culture or the nature of time, but whether you can justify spending $15 for an underwhelming cheese and tomato sandwich in the museum cafe. It’s a breakneck stop motion journey through the history ...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Comedy, London, College, History, Animation, Museums, Switzerland, Victoria, Hayao Miyazaki, Zurich, Bush, Facebook Twitter, Pushkin, Geffrye Museum


Experience the Bob Ross Experience: A New Museum Open in the TV Painter’s Former Studio Home

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkD43oXeloQ Bob Ross is as renowned for the gentle encouragement of his voice as for his speedy technique: indeed, these very qualities are synonymous with the name “Bob Ross.” His revival in recent years has as much to do with the de-stressing effects of his permed onscreen persona as with our awe, ironic or otherwise, at his kitschy picture-perfect landscapes in under an hour. He’s become as much a saint of public television as Mr. Rogers and even more o...
Tags: Google, Art, Television, Youtube, College, Museums, Smithsonian, Bob, Air Force, Ross, Rogers, Facebook Twitter, Northern Virginia, Muncie, Josh Jones, Muncie Indiana


The Plastic Bag Store: A Pop Art Installation with a Whimsical But Deadly Serious Environmental Message

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKe9pPYN3Ac When COVID-19 exploded in New York City last March, it erased everything on the calendar, including: All live theater… The city’s freshly implemented ban on single use plastic bags… And  , a pop-up installation that was preparing to open in Times Square. The theaters remain dark, but the ban is back on, as of October 19th. The 7-month pause was hastened by the pandemic, but also by an unsuccessful lawsuit brought by flexible packing manufacture...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, College, New York City, Food & Drink, Times Square, Facebook Twitter, Ayun Halliday, Frohardt, Disgusting Food Museum Curates, Plastic Bag Store, Robin Frohardt


Trips on the World’s Oldest Electric Suspension Railway in 1902 & 1917 Show How a City Changes Over a Century

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TqqdOcX4dc Today we take a ride on the world’s oldest electric suspension railway—the Wuppertal Schwebebahn in Germany. Actually, we’ll take two rides, traveling back in time to do so, thanks to YouTuber pwduze, who had a bit of fun trying to match up two videos discovered online for comparison’s sake. The journey on the left was filmed in 1902, when this miracle of modern engineering was but a year old. The train passes over a broad road traveled mostly ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Design, College, Germany, Bloomberg, History, Physics, Monty Python, Michael Palin, Facebook Twitter, Corporate Communications, Ayun Halliday, Wuppertal, Wuppertal Schwebebahn, Schwebebahn


The Japanese Traditions of Sashiko & Boro: The Centuries-Old Craft That Mends Clothes in a Sustainable, Artistic Way

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=H464u4q_JGk The state of our troubled planet dictates that disposables are out. Reusables are in. And anyone who’s taught themselves how to mend and maintain their stuff has earned the right to flaunt it! A quick scroll through Instagram reveals loads of visible mending projects that highlight rather than disguise the area of repair, drawing the eye to contrasting threads reinforcing a threadbare knee, frayed cuff, ragged rip, or moth hole. While some practi...
Tags: Google, Art, Fashion, Japan, Instagram, College, Life, History, Philosophy, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Facebook Twitter, Edo, Ayun Halliday, How to Learn for Free, Atsushi, Austin Bryant


Recipes from the Kitchen of Georgia O’Keeffe

What shall we read before bed? Georgia O’Keeffe was a fan of cookbooks, telling her young assistant Margaret Wood that they were “enjoyable nighttime company, providing brief and pleasant reading.” Among the culinary volumes in her Abiquiu, New Mexico ranch home were The Fanny Farmer Boston Cooking School Cookbook, The Joy of Cooking, Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit and Cook Right, Live Longer. Also Pickups and Cheerups from the Waring Blender, a 21-page pamphlet featuring blended cocktails, that n...
Tags: Google, Art, Maryland, College, Georgia, Food & Drink, Libraries, Wood, Santa Fe, Gene Hackman, Facebook Twitter, Sotheby, Abiquiu, O'Keeffe, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ayun Halliday


The Dance Theatre of Harlem Dances Through the Streets of NYC: A Sight to Behold

It’s nearly impossible to find an unblemished square of pavement in New York City. Unless the concrete was poured within the last day or two, count on each square to boast at least one dark polka dot, an echo of casually discarded gum. Confirm for yourself with a quick peek beneath the exuberant feet of the Dance Theatre of Harlem company members performing on the plaza of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building during the 46th annual Harlem Week festival. For obvious reaso...
Tags: Google, New York, College, Life, New York City, Dance, New York Times, Edgar Degas, Harlem, Facebook Twitter, Hudson River, City College, George Washington Bridge, New York City Ballet, J S Bach, Arthur Mitchell


Students of the Dance Theatre of Harlem Dancing Through the Streets of NYC

It’s nearly impossible to find an unblemished square of pavement in New York City. Unless the concrete was poured within the last day or two, count on each square to boast at least one dark polka dot, an echo of casually discarded gum. Confirm for yourself with a quick peek beneath the exuberant feet of the Dance Theatre of Harlem company members performing on the plaza of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building during the 46th annual Harlem Week festival. For obvious reaso...
Tags: Google, New York, College, Life, New York City, Dance, New York Times, Edgar Degas, Harlem, Facebook Twitter, Hudson River, City College, George Washington Bridge, New York City Ballet, J S Bach, Arthur Mitchell


10,000 Vintage Recipe Books Are Now Digitized in The Internet Archive’s Cookbook & Home Economics Collection

“Early cookbooks were fit for kings,” writes Henry Notaker at The Atlantic. “The oldest published recipe collections” in the 15th and 16th centuries in Western Europe “emanated from the palaces of monarchs, princes, and grand señores.” Cookbooks were more than recipe collections—they were guides to court etiquette and sumptuous records of luxurious living. In ancient Rome, cookbooks functioned similarly, as the extravagant fourth century Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome demonstrates. Written...
Tags: Google, Europe, College, America, Rome, Atlantic, Food & Drink, New York Times, Smithsonian, Jesus, Archives, Western Europe, UCLA Berkeley, Facebook Twitter, Crocker, Josh Jones


Learn the Stories Behind Iconic Songs: The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You,” REM’s “Losing My Religion,” Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” & More

There was a time when pop lyrics did not exactly spark curiosity, doo-lang doo-lang doo-lang. They may have tapped into some universal teenage feelings, but rarely inspired further thought along the lines of “Hmm, I wonder what—or who—inspired that.” Dutch station NPO Radio 2’s interview series Top 2000 a gogo lifts the veil. Each entry reveals the origin story of a well known song. The late Bill Withers, above, intimated that every woman he’d even been involved with thought "Ain’t N...
Tags: Google, Music, England, Youtube, College, Life, Mtv, Paris, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Rex, Keith Richards, Jack Lemmon, Jones, Marc Bolan, Facebook Twitter


Dear Facebook, This is How You’re Breaking Democracy: A Former Facebook Insider Explains How the Platform’s Algorithms Polarize Our Society

Is this what we want? A post-truth world where toxicity and tribalism trump bridge building and consensus seeking? —Yaël Eisenstat It’s an increasingly familiar occurrence. A friend you’ve enjoyed reconnecting with in the digital realm makes a dramatic announcement on their social media page. They’re deleting their Facebook account within the next 24 hours, so shoot them a PM with your email if you’d like to stay in touch. Such decisions used to be spurred by the desire to get more done ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, Youtube, College, Life, Current Affairs, Cia, TED Talks, Facebook Twitter, MoveOn, Eli Pariser, Ayun Halliday, Ian Tucker, Yael Eisenstat, Eisenstat


Four Classic Prince Songs Re-Imagined as Pulp Fiction Covers: When Doves Cry, Little Red Corvette & More

There’s a book-lined Knowledge Room in the late Prince Rogers Nelson’s Paisley Park, but the Prince-inspired faux-books that artist Todd Alcott imagines are probably better suited to the estate's purple-lit Relaxation Room. The Knowledge Room was conceived of as a library where the world’s most famous convert to Jehovah’s Witnesses could delve into religious literature, reflect on the meaning of life, and study the Bible deep into the night. Alcott’s covers harken to an earlier stage in Prince’...
Tags: Google, Books, Music, Comedy, Design, College, Warner Bros, Prince, Buick, Facebook Twitter, Paisley Park, Hendrix, Nikki, Jehovah, Alcott, Ayun Halliday


William Blake’s Paintings Come to Life in Two Animations

The poet and painter William Blake toiled in obscurity, for the most part, and died in poverty. Twenty some years after his death, his rebellious spirit gained traction with the Pre-Raphaelites. By the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, Blake was ripe to be venerated as a counter-cultural hero, for having flown in the face of convention, while championing gender and racial equality, nature, and free love. Reclining half-naked on a “a fabulous couch in Harlem,” poet Allen Ginsburg had a ...
Tags: Google, Art, London, College, Poetry, Bob Dylan, Animation, Museums, William Blake, Doubt, Eden, Harlem, Mary Wollstonecraft, Allen Ginsburg, Blake, Facebook Twitter


Watch Home Movies Starring Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Igor Stravinsky, Gertrude Stein, Colette & Other Early 20th Century Luminaries

Léonide Massine may not be not the most famous name to grace socialite Elizabeth Fuller Chapman’s home movies. In terms of 21st century name brand recognition, he definitely lags behind art world heavies Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Constantin Brâncu?i, Henri Matisse, composer Igor Stravinsky, novelist Colette, playwright Thornton Wilder, the ever-formidable poet and collector Gertrude Stein, and her longtime companion Alice B. Toklas. Such were the luminaries in Mrs. Chapman’s circle....
Tags: Google, Art, Film, College, Life, History, Museums, Museum of Modern Art, Gertrude Stein, Picasso, Colette, Moma, Matisse, Chapman, Facebook Twitter, Dali


Watch the Opening Credits of an Imaginary 70s Cop Show That Stars Samuel Beckett

: avant-garde dramatist, brooding Nobel Prize winner, , and…gritty television detective? Sadly, no, but he had the makings of a great one, at least as cut together by playwright Danny Thompson, cofounder of Chicago’s Theater Oobleck. Some twenty five years after Beckett’s death, Thompson---whose credits include the Complete Lost Works of Samuel Beckett as Found in a Dustbin in Paris in an Envelope (Partially Burned) Labeled: Never to Be Performed. Never. Ever. Ever! Or I'll Sue! I'...
Tags: Google, Television, College, Berlin, Theatre, San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, Samuel Beckett, Thompson, Facebook Twitter, Beckett, Jean, Pat Williams, Danny Thompson, Ayun Halliday


A New Interactive Map Shows All Four Million Buildings That Existed in New York City from 1939 to 1941

New Yorkers have borne witness to a noticeable uptick in the number of shiny, new buildings going up in the city over the last few years, crowding the waterfront, rising from the ashes of community gardens and older, infinitely more modest structures. Their developers have taken care to top load them with luxury amenities—rooftop cabanas, 24-hour fitness clubs, marble countertops, screening rooms. But one thing they can’t provide is the sense of lived history that imbues every old building ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Photography, Maps, New York, College, New York City, History, Architecture, Brooklyn, Manhattan, New York Public Library, Facebook Twitter, Russ, Works Progress Administration, Hudson Yards


Milton Glaser’s Stylish Album Covers for Bob Dylan, The Band, Nina Simone, John Cage & Many More

Milton Glaser hardly needs an introduction. But if the name somehow doesn’t ring a bell, “Glaser’s many contributions to pop culture,” as Ayun Halliday writes in a previous post, certainly will. These include “the  I ?NY logo, the psychedelic portrait of a rainbow-haired Bob Dylan, DC Comics’ classic bullet logo.” All images that “confer undeniable authority.” Many children of the sixties know Glaser well for his album covers, such as the halo photo on the front of Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits, wi...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, Design, College, Bob Dylan, Hopkins, Ray, Townes Van Zandt, Marx, Facebook Twitter, Dylan, Josh Jones, Peter Paul Mary, Glaser, Milton Glaser


Milton Glaser’s Stylish Album Covers for The Band, Nina Simone, John Cage & Many More

Milton Glaser hardly needs an introduction. But if the name somehow doesn’t ring a bell, “Glaser’s many contributions to pop culture,” as Ayun Halliday writes in a previous post, certainly will. These include “the  I ?NY logo, the psychedelic portrait of a rainbow-haired Bob Dylan, DC Comics’ classic bullet logo.” All images that “confer undeniable authority.” Many children of the sixties also know Glaser well for his album covers. Glaser designed the album art for The Band’s classic Music fro...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, Design, College, Bob Dylan, Pink, Hopkins, Ray, Townes Van Zandt, Marx, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Peter Paul Mary, Glaser, Milton Glaser


Everything You Need To Know About Viruses: A Quick Visual Explanation of Viruses in 9 Images

It’s a great time to tune in to what scientists are trying to tell us. It’s true that we’ve received a lot of conflicting information over the last four months with regard to how to best protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. Scientists and health care professionals have a learning curve, too. Their bulletins evolve as their understanding of the novel coronavirus grows, through research and hands-on experience. There are still a lot of unknowns. Some people take any evidence-bas...
Tags: Google, Science, Biology, College, Current Affairs, Facebook Twitter, Stanford Medicine, Ayun Halliday, Dominic Walliman, Walliman, COVID, Time Of Covid, Domain of Science Youtube, Michael Bramhall, Christoph von Arx


Hear an Enchanted Medieval Cover of Dolly Parton’s Classic Ode to Jealousy, “Jolene”

Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” is an endlessly renewable resource of beautiful sadness, and many a modern-day bard has a “Jolene” in their quiver. The White Stripes turned it into garage rock, Olivia Newton John did it as disco, and Norah Jones as cabaret jazz. There is the obligatory house remix. Slow it down to 33rpm and Dolly’s gender begins to blur, while her voice loses none of its plaintive mystique. “Jolene” set a standard for melancholy few, if any, tunes can meet. So, you know, there’s...
Tags: Google, Music, Wtf, Hollywood, College, Norah Jones, Dolly Parton, Link, Facebook Twitter, Parton, Dolly, Josh Jones, Newton John, Jolene, Durham NC Follow, Ayun Halliday


Shannon LaNier Poses as His Sixth Great-Grandfather Thomas Jefferson: Two Portraits Juxtaposed

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…  —Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States of America He was a brilliant man who preached equality, but he didn’t practice it. He owned people. And now I’m here because of it. —Shannon LaNier, co-author of Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Family Many of the Amer...
Tags: Google, Art, Photography, College, Virginia, America, History, Current Affairs, Museums, New York Times, Kkk, Madison, Thomas Jefferson, United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, Maya Rudolph


Thomas Jefferson’s Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Grandson Poses for a Presidential Portrait

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…  —Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States of America He was a brilliant man who preached equality, but he didn’t practice it. He owned people. And now I’m here because of it. —Shannon LaNier, co-author of Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Family Many of the Amer...
Tags: Google, Art, Photography, College, Virginia, America, History, Current Affairs, Museums, New York Times, Kkk, Madison, Thomas Jefferson, United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, Maya Rudolph


Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks’ Timeless Comedy Sketch: The 2000-Year-Old-Man

I read the obits. If I’m not in it I’ll have breakfast. —Carl Reiner Up until this week week, it seemed as if Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner could keep their 2000-Year-Old Man routine going forever. The premise was simple—Reiner as the serious minded announcer, interviewing Brooks as an elder with a Middle European Yiddish accent about some of the historic moments, trends, and celebrities he’d had personal contact with over the years. The idea originated with Reiner, who, as a young staff wr...
Tags: Google, Comedy, Television, College, Nazis, Brooklyn, Broadway, Jesus, Steve Martin, Adolf Hitler, Judd Apatow, Mel Brooks, Second City, Mel, Dick Van Dyke, Joe


Exquisite 2300-Year-Old Scythian Woman’s Boot Preserved in the Frozen Ground of the Altai Mountains

Shoes and boots, show where your feet have gone. —Guy Sebeus, 10 New Scythian Tales  In the age of fast fashion, when planned obsolescence, cheap materials, and shoddy construction have become the norm, how startling to encounter a stylish women’s boot that’s truly built to last… …like, for 2300 years. It helps to have landed in a Scythian burial mound in Siberia’s Altai Mountains, where the above boot was discovered along with a number of nomadic afterlife essentials—jewelry, food, weapons, an...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Design, College, History, Museums, Reddit, Siberia, British Museum, Facebook Twitter, Altai Mountains, State Hermitage Museum, Ayun Halliday, Scythians, Guy Sebeus, Dan D'Silva


Listen to Medieval Covers of “Creep,” “Pumped Up Kicks,” “Bad Romance” & More by Hildegard von Blingin’

All ye bully-rooks with your buskin boots  Best ye go, best ye go Outrun my bow All ye bully-rooks with your buskin boots Best ye go, best ye go, faster than mine arrow If bardcore is a thing—and trust us, it is right now—Hildegard von Blingin’ is the brightest star in its firmament. The unknown vocalist, pure of throat, pays heed to the fascinating 12th-century abbess and composer Saint Hildegard of Bingen by choice of pseudonym, while demonstrating a similar flair for poetic language. ...
Tags: Google, Music, Comedy, College, History, Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Leeds, Joan, Windsor, Webster, Facebook Twitter, Mark Foster, Ayun Halliday, Bingen, Hildegard von Bingen


Watch a Mesmerizing Stream of Unwatched YouTube Videos: Astronaut.io Lets You Discover the Hidden Dimensions of the World’s Largest Video Platform

When times are hard, it often helps to zoom out for a moment—in search of a wider perspective, historical context, the forest full of trees… Astronaut.io, an algorithmic YouTube-based project by Andrew Wong and James Thompson, offers a big picture that’s as restorative as it is odd: Today, you are an Astronaut. You are floating in inner space 100 miles above the surface of Earth. You peer through your window and this is what you see. If the stars look very different today, it’s because they’re ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Technology, Youtube, College, Life, New York City, Argentina, Computer Science, Montreal, Thompson, Facebook Twitter, Wong, Andrew Wong, James Thompson, Ayun Halliday


An Emotional Journey into the Heart of August Sander’s Iconic Photograph, “Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance”

The portrait is your mirror. It’s you. —August Sander A picture is worth a thousand words, and compelling portraits that speak eloquently to a critical moment in history often earn many more than that. Author John Green’s thoughtful Art Assignment investigation into Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance, August Sanders’ 1914 photograph, taps into our need to interpret what we’re looking at. The descriptive title (the piece is alternatively referred to as Young Farmers) offers some clues, as doe...
Tags: Google, Books, Photography, College, History, Green, John Green, Sanders, Facebook Twitter, Greene, Richard Powers, Louis Daguerre, Ayun Halliday, East Village Inky, Three Farmers, German Westerwald


Studio Ghibli Producer Toshio Suzuki Teaches You How to Draw Totoro in Two Minutes

This is something you can do at home. Everyone, please draw pictures —Toshio Suzuki There’s no shortage of online tutorials for fans who want to draw Totoro, the  enigmatic title character of Studio Ghibli’s 1988 animated feature, My Neighbor Totoro: There’s a two-minute, non-narrated, God's-Eye-view with shading... A detailed geometry-based step-by-step… A ten-minute version for kids that utilizes a drinking glass and a bottle cap to get the proportions right prior to penciling, inking,...
Tags: Google, Art, Film, College, Animation, K-12, Hayao Miyazaki, Facebook Twitter, Totoro, Toshio Suzuki, Totoro Kiki, Ayun Halliday, Studio Ghibli Museum Build Your Own Miniature Sets