I’ve been refraining from talking about the Dharun Ravi case, because it’s pretty complicated. On the one hand, after reading the New Yorker article and other material, it’s pretty clear Dharun is a grade-A jerk. And Tyler Clementi’s death was a terrible tragedy. But on the other hand, 10 years in prison is a serious thing, as Ta-Nehisi Coates points out. Ashvin shared a link to a blog post on “Deporting Homophbia”:
I have been Tyler and Dharun in a post 9/11 U.S. that accuses white men of exploiting the rest of the world and accuses brown men of destroying it. I have been Tyler and Dharun in a post 9/11 world where white men advocate for homosexual rights and advance homophobia and where brown men are understood as always homophobic. I am being presumptuous, so let me stop.
It’s an interesting take on things, and has made me think about the media coverage of the event and if and how Dharun’s race has played into how the story has been told.
Via Kamalika I learned about a lawsuit against IMDB.
A gem from SMBC via Cosma. The Beef Tensors are a nice touch.
Sepia Mutiny is shutting down, and Amardeep has some closing thoughts.
We always get to hear these stories about how service providers needs differential pricing for network traffic because they can’t make money, but then stories like this make me question the integrity of the complainers.
I heard Of Monsters and Men on KEXP and their show is sold out in Chicago, boo. Here’s their crazy video though:
The Bach Collegium San Diego, a group with whom I sang on occasion has a Kickstarter going to fund a tour. Please consider helping them out!
The Bach St John Passion is truly coming full circle for the BCSD, as it was our debut concert in 2003. This year marks our second annual performance of this work. We are seeking to establish an annual tradition of performing a Bach Passion (and other Passion Music) near Holy Week and Easter leading to an eventual Easter Festival.
In order to help bring this annual tradition to reality, we’re asking that you consider helping to sponsor the 16 singers who will form the dynamic vocal ensemble that will propel this dramatic work. The size of the donation is not as important as the interaction and participation of our those who believe in our mission and work. We thank you in advance for your generosity and we look forward to seeing you at the performances in April!
Because I needed more highly stylized 20th century Austrian art, I saw the performance of Pierrot Lunaire and The Soldier’s Tale at the Chicago Symphony last night — wow! Pierre Boulez had to bow out on the advice of his ophthalmologist, but Cristian Macelaru did a great job replacing him. Pierrot is one of my favorite pieces, and Kiera Duffy gave a stellar performance — the only thing that was missing for me was more embodiment of the character of Pierrot. This was clearly a choice, and maybe in a big performance space it wouldn’t work, but one thing that makes this piece pop in the chamber setting is the singer taking on the character of Pierrot, especially in the later movements, packing tobacco into the bald pate of Cassander, or rubbing the spot on moonlight on his black coat. The other element of the production was the projections on three screens behind the performers — rather abstracted visual compositions with the English translations moving and fading in and out in a distressed Courier. The affect reminded me a bit of those mid-episode breaks in “darker” anime shows like Lain. Perhaps a bit over the top?
The second half of the program was The Soldier’s Tale, featuring John Lithgow as the narrator, Kevin Gudahl as the devil, and Adam Van Wagoner, Demetrios Troy both playing the soldier, and Lindsey Marks as the princess. This was the best performance of this piece I have seen, even though I had an obstructed seat in the second balcony. The screens were put to good use here, helping demarcate the acts and providing some great moments for silhouettes, especially as the devil played the violin at the end.
The ITA Workshop is here! Blogging will happen, I hope, but probably not as extensively as before.
An important look at 6th Street in San Francisco (h/t Celeste).
You got that right, Arnold Schwartzenegger.
Werner Herzog is sometimes off-puttingly weird, but this critique (until around 3 min) is on-point (h/t B.K.).
The Death of the Cyberflâneur (h/t Mimosa). I am looking forward to being a flâneur in Chicago. The mild winter has helped, but I am rather looking forward to the spring for it. For now I suppose I am more of a cyberflâneur… Also, I hate the prefix “cyber.”
I made a variant of this mix a little more than a month ago for a very different (and now obsolete) purpose. I recently received some mixes from very dear friends and it made me want to revisit this playlist and shift it around a bit. The old one was called “To whither, the winter storm?” I’ve de-punned it and hopefully it will get me through the winter (I’m sure we’re just in the calm before now…)
- Runaway – Imperial Teen
- Chicago – Tom Waits
- Fallen and Falling – The Ladybug Transistor
- Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out – The Antlers
- I Need A Dollar – Aloe Blacc
- Snowden’s Jig [Genuine Negro Jig] – Carolina Chocolate Drops
- Somebody Stole My Hoo-Too-Foo-To-Boo-To-Bah! – Dr. Seuss
- Someone Keeps Moving My Chair – They Might Be Giants
- No Rest For The Weary – Blues Scholars
- Elegy – Hey Marseilles
- Romance – Wild Flag
- Up Up Up – Givers
- Little Talks – Of Monsters And Men
Sacra Profana, a San Diego choir with whom I have performed before, is hoping to get funding for a new CD via a kickstarter campaign. There’s less than two weeks left in the campaign and we are getting close to our goal, but if you read this blog and are feeling generous (every $5 counts), please consider supporting this group. They are doing some really innovative programming — we did Ligeti’s Lux Aeterna, a piece I have loved since high school and never thought I would get the chance to perform.
In a further procrastination about Allerton blogging, I want to share two items from the UChicago Statistics department.
The first is that there will be a conference in early December in memory of Partha Niyogi, who passed away last year. Registration is free, so if you are in the area, you may want to come.
The other is that Patrick Billingsley passed away in April. I had no idea that he “also became an accomplished actor of stage and screen” (ideas are now percolating in my head). He was in the The Untouchables! The next time I am over there, I will take a picture of a poster they have up advertising his tenor voice performing a “tragicomic rendition” of ergodic theory and coding. I gotta find a new shtick for myself, I think.
This is my last concert in San Diego, schade! It should be a good one!
In Memoriam: Marking the tenth anniversary of 9/11
W.A. Mozart : Requiem in D minor, K 626 (Levin completion)
Bach Collegium San Diego
Ruben Valenzuela, dirigent
Claire Fedoruk (Soprano)
Angela Young Smucker (Alto)
Pablo Corá (Tenor)
Mischa Bouvier (Bass)
St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
San Diego, California
Friday, 16 September 2011
Pt. Loma Nazarene University: Crill Hall
San Diego, California
Saturday, 17 September 2011
Tickets available online.
I never knew Jell-O could be so graceful.
I kind of like this version of Take Five from Sachal Music.
Sometimes the Library of Congress does awesome things. This jukebox is up there.
I wouldn’t have believed before that there is money in a bannass stand, but I could be wrong.
The clarity in this press nugget leaves a lot to be desired. The statement “the trio has found a way to determine the smallest number of nodes that must be externally controlled to force a given network from any initial state to any desired final state,” is so vague! The full article is here. It turns out they are looking at a linear control problem where the different elements of the state are related via a graph matched to and you want the input to only be nonzero on a subset of the nodes. Thanks to Ann Wehman for the pointer.
San Diego folks : I’m singing in another concert next weekend! We’re only doing the < 10 minute piece Friede Auf Erden by Schoenberg, but there’s the spoonful of sugar that is Beethoven 5 to help the decayed remnants of late-Romantic harmonics go down smoothly…
Victory Through Peace
Orchestra Nova San Diego
Jung-Ho Pak, conductor
- Symphony No. 5
- Ludwig van Beethoven
- Egmont Overture
- Ludwig van Beethoven
- Peace on Earth
- Arnold Schoenberg
- Featuring SACRA/PROFANA, dir. Krishan Oberoi
- Ascent to Victory
- Nancy Bloomer Deussen
Friday, May 13, 2011 – 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Avenue San Diego, CA
Saturday, May 14, 2011 – 7:30 p.m. at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA
Monday, May 16, 2011 – 7:30 p.m. at Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA
Ticket prices depend on venue.