5 Mayıs 2015 Salı

FACT/SF Hunts for Relief at San Francisco's Joe Goode Annex

It's no use trying to guess what Charles Slender-White will come up with next. Since its founding in 2008, his agile contemporary dance troupe, FACT/SF, has defied pigeon-holing. "Maddening" and "thought-provoking" are words that crop up often, both in reference to his dance theatre pieces and his more abstract work.Slender-White's background in dance is unusual even by the eclectic standards of the Bay Area, which is fertile ground for makers of contemporary dance and dance theatre, and whose audiences are sympathetic to experiments.

Trained as a gymnast and a springboard diver through his teens (he lettered at Cal), he started taking dance seriously at age 19, as a sophomore in UC Berkeley's dance program, under Marni Thomas Wood, distinguished alumna of the Martha Graham Dance Company. While the program gave him a rigorous grounding in Graham and Cunningham technique, he got his ballet fix at Berkeley Ballet Theater.

Summers at the American Dance Festival in North Carolina brought him in contact with Tatiana Baganova, who whisked him off to dance with her Provincial Dances Theatre, a pioneering modern dance company in Russia. So, straight out of college, the inexperienced Slender-White found himself in the industrial city of Yekaterinburg the first and only American dancer in a company that was heroically fusillading centuries-old traditions of classical dance in Russia. He recalls his two years with the company as inspiring and grueling, surrounded by the highest caliber dancers and immersed in the revolutionary repertoire that Baganova was introducing to Russian audiences.

He was particularly proud of having danced in Baganova's updating of the 1923 Nijinska-Stravinsky classic, Les Noces, and in her surrealist Wings at Tea, inspired by a Chagall painting. The latter involved flying pigs, women made up like dolls, with massive coiffures, men in business suits, both sexes smoking cigarettes like chimneys. They danced the samba with buckets of water, into which the women dipped their hair, then flung their wet hair around. Which all made for treacherous partnering.

Lured back to California's sunnier climes, Slender-White formed his own company, and in 2012, in a fitting nod to his Russian influences, he took FACT/SF on tour to eight cities across Russia, with the support of the U.S. State Department.

2 Mart 2015 Pazartesi

President Erdogan: Former Miss Turkey Faces Prison For Insulting

The lawyer for a model and former Miss Turkey says she could face up to two years in prison for social media posts that prosecutors have deemed to be critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Emre Telci said Wednesday an Istanbul prosecutor is demanding that Merve Buyuksarac be prosecuted on charges of insulting a public official. A court will decide whether to start proceedings. Buyuksarac was detained last month for sharing a satirical poem on her Instagram account. She denies insulting Erdogan. She becomes the latest figure to face trial for insulting Erdogan, amid fear the country is lurching toward authoritarian rule. In recent years, Turkey has curbed media freedoms, cracked down on critical social media postings and prosecuted hundreds of people who took part in mass anti-government protests.

1 Mart 2015 Pazar

Iraq Reportedly Launches Large-Scale Military

Iraq's state TV says government forces backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters have begun a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group. Al-Iraqiya television said Monday that the forces were attacking the city of Tikrit, backed by artillery and airstrikes by Iraqi fighter jets. It said the militants were dislodged from some areas outside the city, but gave no details. Hours ahead of the operation, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on Sunni tribal fighters to abandon the extremist group, promising them a pardon. Tikrit, some 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, fell into the hands of the Islamic State group last summer along with the country's second-largest city of Mosul and other areas in Sunni heartland.

24 Ekim 2014 Cuma

Zelda Williams Pays Tribute To Late Father Robin Williams With Tattoo

Robin Williams' daughter is keeping the memory of her late father alive in a very permanent and personal way. On Tuesday, Zelda Williams shared a photo of the newly inked hummingbird on her right hand, along with the beloved actor's birthdate, "7.21.51." The tattoo is a tribute to her father, who died in August. "For poppo," she wrote along with the photo. "Thank you to the incomparable @dr_woo_ssc for so beautifully bringing my reminders to life. I'll always put my hand out to shake with a smile."

The 25-year-old, who previously quit Twitter and Instagram after being taunted by trolls following her Robin's death, went on to say that she wasn't sure how she'd be using her account in the future. "As for this Instagram, I don't know in what capacity I'll continue using it in the future, but I'm leaving it up regardless so that fake accounts hoping to use my name or misuse my family's photos will get no traction," she wrote. "To be clear, this is MY ONLY account. Publicly, I have Twitter, and this. If other people post quotes and photos claiming to be me or my family, please, do not send them personal information or click links, even for charity.They could be utilizing sympathy to scam you. For the record, no one has ever or will ever speak for me but me. Thank you."

Obama! Offers Federal Support To NYC In Caring For Doctor

WASHINGTON  President Barack Obama is offering federal support to New York as it responds to its first Ebola case. Obama spoke Thursday night to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The White House says some officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were already on the ground, with another team expected to have arrived late Thursday. Obama is asking Cuomo and de Blasio to stay in close touch with Ron Klain, Obama's "Ebola czar," and public health officials in Washington. He's pledging more help if needed to ensure proper care for the patient and safety for health workers and the public. A doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa tested positive Thursday. He's the fourth Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S.

15 Eylül 2013 Pazar

Scarlett Johansson Stuns At New York Premiere Of 'Don Jon'

It's good to be Scarlett Johansson, if red carpet photos from Thursday night's New York premiere of "Don Jon," the directorial debut from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, mean anything. The newly engaged actress was positively glowing as she posed in a sea-green dress and nude platform stilettos, and wore her hair swept back in a high ponytail. Her engagement ring was also on full display as she smiled for cameras.

Johansson stars alongside Gordon-Levitt, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza in a film about a man who is addicted to porn.

Earlier this week, the 28-year-old star spoke out about her engagement to French journalist Romain Dauriac, whom she had been dating since at least November 2012. "My friend was like 'congrats on timing,'" she told "ET Canada," in reference to the added publicity while touring for a movie. "Things work out the way they do. Maybe it's better just to get it out the way."

Julianne Hough's Stylish Shorts Make Yet Another Appearance

Aside from Miley Cyrus, Julianne Hough is the queen of short shorts.The stylish star rocked another pair of cutoff shorts while out and about in New York City yesterday (Sept. 13). Donning a colorful scarf, sandals and a hobo bag, Hough looked carefree and fashionable as she made her way down the street.

The 25-year-old dancer-turned-actress was in town for fashion week, but also attended the Estee Lauder Modern Muse Fragrance Launch Party on Sept. 12, where she wore a sheer white dress.

"My style has completely evolved from when I was first on 'Dancing with the Stars.' I can actually see the real color of my skin now," Hough recently told ET Online of her changing style. "I think it was a lot more glitz and glamour and costume, and I think now I'm trying to be a little bit more natural and understated -- but still fun -- but definitely a bit more everyday. I don't think I could walk down the street with some ballroom shoes on, and a little glitzy outfit, and feel comfortable. I think this is way more me now." THIS probably meaning short shorts and t-shirts.