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Laugh and poke fun at the Presidential Debates with this humorous video

If you’re excited for the first Presidential Debate of 2012 – or if you just want to laugh, watch this video. It has everything from Hillary Clinton’s Victoria’s Pant Suits to George H.W. Bush’s silver foot in his mouth:

 

 

If this interests you the Harvard Kennedy School has a pre-debate “Politics as Theater” discussion with Aaron Sorkin, Chuck Todd, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, and Alan K. Simpson.

Watch the video on Live Stream.

Take the Downton Abbey personality quiz! – Season 3 returns January, 2013

source: PBS

 

That’s right, our favorite British costume drama, Downton Abbey, returns on January 6, 2013, to PBS’ Masterpiece Theater. And because that is far too many months to wait, we have some Downton treats:

The show gets significant historical events right. The depiction of the 1918 “Spanish” ‘flu epidemic is accurate—it came on suddenly, people could be well in the morning and near death at night. And it was people in the prime of life, 20-40 year olds, who were most at risk.

However, the depiction of trench warfare is mixed. The show captures what scholar Paul Fussell described as the “ridiculous proximity” between the home front and the trenches. For instance, the posh department stores Fortnum and Mason and Harrods both had gift assortments specially chosen for the front—and delivery was efficient!

  • A photo slideshow, from the The Right Honourable Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham to Bates and Mr. Carson

 

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3 of the 12 victims in the Aurora shooting died protecting their ladies

In the movies the Dark Knight does not always save his lady, but in the Aurora theater the story unfolded differently. The male instinct to rescue and protect kicked in the way it does in less complicated superhero tales. At least three of the 12 victims of the shooting died because they were physically protecting the women they came to the movie with. Alex Teves, 24, used his body as a shield to cover his girlfriend. He was shot, and she survived. Matthew Robert McQuinn threw his body in front of his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler. He too was killed, and she was pulled to safety by her brother, Nick Yowler. Jonathan Blunk, 26, pushed his girlfriend, Jansen Young, under a seat. Again, he was killed, and she got out after the shooting was over. Young crawled out and realized she and her boyfriend were alone in the theater, only he was really wet, and she couln’t believe what had happened, so she tried to convince herself that someone must have thrown a water balloon. (Here is Young in one of the saddest Today show videos ever, her trying to match the steady upbeat tones of the format while talking about gruesome stuff: “I think John just took a bullet for me,” she says. “He provided me the opportunity to survive.”)

 

Source: Slate - In the Aurora Theater the Men Protected the Women. What Does that Mean?

 

 

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Archaeologist discover Shakespeare’s original theater

The remains of London’s second playhouse, The Curtain Theatre, could be unearthed in Shoreditch as part of a development by Plough Yard Developments.

The Curtain Theatre was home to William Shakespeare’s company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, before they settled at the Globe and staged several of Shakespeare’s plays including Romeo and Juliet. Despite being immortalised as “this wooden O” in Henry V, which had its premier at The Curtain Theatre, little detailed information is known about this early playhouse. Excavations are expected to provide great insight into its history.

Archaeologists from Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) have been undertaking exploratory digs at the site of The Curtain Theatre in Hackney. They have discovered what is believed to be one of the best preserved examples of an Elizabethan theatre in the UK. The discoveries include the walls forming the gallery and the yard within the playhouse itself.

 

Learn moreRemains of Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre discovered in Shoreditch

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Oscars Outdoors – summer screening series in Hollywood

Bring a blanket and escape to the movies under the stars this Summer!

Oscars Outdoors is a summer screening series at the Academy’s new open-air theater, located on the Academy Hollywood campus.

Food Trucks provided by Roaming Hunger. Trucks will vary each night and will be tailored to the movie showing whenever possible. Trucks are subject to change.

Please check back regularly for updates.

*Attendees are encouraged to bring low lawn chairs, blankets, warm clothing.*

 

Purchase tickets at Oscar Outdoors.

 

Friday, June 15 – CASABLANCA (1942) SOLD OUT

Food Trucks: Hungry Nomad, Crepe Deville, Crispy Waffle and Frites, Brasil Kiss

 

Saturday, June 16

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937) SOLD OUT
Food Trucks: Valentino’s, Fluff Ice, Funnel Cake Frenzy, Brasil Kiss

 

Friday, June 22

RAISING ARIZONA (1987)

Food Trucks: Trailer Park Truck, King Kone, Gravy Train Pouterine, Brasil Kiss

 

Saturday, June 23

FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986) SOLD OUT
Food Trucks: After School Special, Good Times Classic Ice Cream, Buttermilk Truck, Brasil Kiss

 

Friday, June 29

A STAR IS BORN (1937)
Food Trucks: Chasing Paradise, Del’s LA, Crepe’N Around, Brasil Kiss

 

Saturday, June 30

THE GOONIES (1985) SOLD OUT
Food Trucks: The Lime Truck, S’cream Truck, Jose O Malley’s, Brasil Kiss

 

Friday, July 6

STAGECOACH (1939)

 

Saturday, July 7

THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1996)

 

Friday, July 13

GHOST (1990)

 

Saturday, July 14

THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)

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Play Me, I’m Yours – thirty pianos across the city for anyone to play

Touring internationally since 2008, Play Me, I’m Yours is artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. For three weeks beginning April 12, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra brings Play Me, I’m Yours to Los Angeles.

Thirty pianos, designed and decorated by local artists and community organizations, are featured across Los Angeles County and are available for everyone to play, in celebration of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane’s 15th anniversary as LACO music director.

 

PDF poster, that includes a map of the piano locations.

 

There is also a FREE pop-up tribute under the lights of Hollywood on Thursday, April 26th at 8:45PM.

Love Letters to LA: Pianos Live

A one night only concert around the piano located outside of the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Kicking off the final week of the pianos’ LA visit, the concert will feature stripped down, unplugged performances by over a dozen local artists. Each artist will perform one song – a cover of their choosing that means “Los Angeles” to them.

The piano tour also includes a website for the public to upload photos, videos, and post comments. Here are a few of them:

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Historical photos of UCLA and Westwood Village from first day of classes to late-1930s

Historical photos of UCLA and Westwood village from the late-1920s to late-1930s, just as the school and campus was being built.

The first day of classes in Westwood were in 1929 with 5,500 students and was also the first year the UCLA football team played the USC football team.

Thx to KS Bruin

Royce Hall on the first day of classes, 1929. The building was ready...the grounds not so much. 
Aerial view of campus, 1929. The original four buildings are (mostly) done, as is the bridge, but Janss Steps aren't yet, nor is there much of anything surrounding campus.
The bridge (famous, secret, hidden, mythology) between Schoenberg and Perloff. Now completely underground with all the area around it filled in to make it look a road, except for those secret tunnels...that all Freshman are told about.

Another aerial shot showing Moore Hall and Janss Steps under construction.

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Broadway in Orange County at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

The other day I was walking through South Coast Plaza and saw the most amazing advertisement: Cats, Blue Man Group, American Idiot, Les Misérables, Shrek the Musical.

I stopped in awe and saw that all these plays were right here in my home town, Orange County, playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

The center, formerly called the Orange County Center for Performing Arts, changed its name this year in honor of the Segerstrom family who has donated millions ($200+ million) to make the center a world-class draw.

The photos alone make it worth a visit.

Tickets for the broadway shows are as little as $45 for three shows. There are also custom season tickets packages where you can mix-match (with a 20% discount) for cabaret, jazz, dance, classical, theater, family and special shows.

Here is the 2011-2012 Broadway Schedule:

  • Shrek the Musical - Oct 4-16, 2011
  • Riverdance - Oct 28-30, 2011
  • Blue Man Group - Nov 8-20, 2011
  • White Christmas - Dec 13, 2011-Jan 1, 2012
  • Cats - Jan 17-22, 2012
  • Come Fly Away - Jan 31-Feb 5, 2012
  • Traces - Feb 28-Mar 4, 2012
  • Million Dollar Quartet - Apr 24-May 6, 2012
  • American Idiot - May 29-Jun 3, 2012
  • Les Misérables - Jun 12-24, 2012
  • La Cage Aux Folles - Jul 24-Aug 5, 2012


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