Twentieth Century – Kafkas Diasporasi Sun, 16 Jan 2022 14:52:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Twentieth Century – Kafkas Diasporasi 32 32 By virtue of convenience, we are guilty of gross negligence Sun, 16 Jan 2022 14:17:00 +0000
Zeenath Khan

This morning, national news channels were ablaze with footage of the fire that engulfed the Secunderabad Club. During the night, a fire caused by a short circuit destroyed most of the main building of the Club.

Mid-morning, a series of apocalyptic images flooded my phone. Against the backdrop of reddened skies, towering flames and flashing lights, a pair of firefighters valiantly pointed a hose at the fire. In another, a century-old tree remained rooted in its spot as smoke billowed from the skeletal remains. With the onset of dawn, the devastation was complete. The Colonnade, the billiard room and the administrative office were now reduced to ashes. Latest reports suggest that the library and mixed living room, with hand-painted murals depicting scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, did not succumb to tragedy. Fortunately, no human injuries or fatalities resulted from this incident.

Although the Secunderabad Club is one of the oldest and most distinguished clubs in India, its origins are humble. Salar Jung I, visionary Prime Minister of Hyderabad in the 19th century, used the building as his personal hunting lodge. According to the club’s website, he offered the premises to the then British resident for his evening recreation. Located in the heart of the Secunderabad cantonment area, the Club became the focal point of social activity for the British Army. Legend has it that young Winston Churchill left an unpaid bill at the Club when he was stationed at Secunderabad as a sub.

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At the turn of the 20th century, the Club entered its golden age. It was the time of glittering balls, lobster dinners and waiters in starched white. Shy, chaperoned debutantes batted their eyelashes at dashing army officers. Oldies remember Deccan Airways planes swooping down and showering them with toys on Christmas Day.

The fire had not just cost a building, but a slice of Hyderabad’s history. General Syed Ahmed El Edroos, commander of the Nizam’s army, was the first non-British president of the Club. After the union of the state with India in 1948, the victorious General Chaudhuri took up the mantle. Over the decades, much has changed in the city’s political and social landscape. The Secunderabad Club offered the city’s inhabitants a sort of continuum, a place where the old and the new met. I associate some of my earliest childhood memories with the Club. When I was two years old, I was floating in his pool in a plastic tube. In the 80’s and early 90’s it was the coolest and maybe the only teen hangout in town.

We flocked to the Club’s outdoor movie screenings and lined up at the chaat and tandoor counters.

Turning sixteen meant a license to attend the dances and use the adult library.

Thirty years later, passing in front of the cannons posted on either side of the Club’s gates has always given me the impression of coming home. The Club dated us all and should have survived us. It was the link between past, present and future. When the order of events is reversed, it is always a cause for distress.

Buildings can be rebuilt. I have been told that the Club is full of funds. I hope those in charge will preserve the colonial aesthetic of the Club.

Life has a habit of throwing unexpected challenges at us. I never imagined writing a eulogy for a place. Throughout the day, I wondered if the stone and wood that made up the Club screamed in pain as the searing flames scorched their molecules. If so, then by virtue of convenience, we are all guilty of gross negligence.

Zeenath Khan, a Hyderabadi by birth, is a writer residing in Mumbai

It’s time to welcome back America’s military and foreign policy hawks Fri, 14 Jan 2022 22:55:22 +0000

Last week, US and NATO officials met with Russian officials about the country’s threat to Ukraine. There should be no negotiation. Russia has good reason to doubt that America will execute an offensive strategy.

It is a perennially uncomfortable topic for Democrats that the United States must pursue aggressively to counter Russian and Chinese expansion and the destabilizing impact of Islamic terrorism used surgically by those powers to sow instability.

For Republicans in Washington, the so-called foreign policy hawks have either been driven out of town or driven out of the conversation by President Donald Trump and other so-called “eternal wars” whistleblowers. Their absence from the national discussion has been devastating to global perceptions of America’s strength.

Not only has the Russian democracy experiment failed, but since the beginning of the Obama administration, our desire to maintain the independence of the former Soviet states has also been largely a failure. Russian President Vladimir Putin has focused on proxy wars and “fifth column” attacks for two decades. This is paying off as one former Soviet republic after another is now controlled by the iron man who once called the collapse of the Soviet Union one of the “great tragedies of the 20th century.” “.

In the Beltway, control from the left has meant paralysis. As he did with Iran, President Biden again telegraphs to the world that we have not come to play hardball with anyone, let alone Russia and China.

Mr. Biden’s interests appear limited to promoting billions of dollars in welfare expansions, delivering speeches disparaging American democracy and making accusations of racism against his own people. Her party is more focused on climate change, critical race theory and advancing her war on gender than fending off our opponents.

The mainstream media is also complicit in the erosion of American power. In an effort to help the left advance its national agenda and culture war, they blur the lines between democracy and communism, freedom and despotism.

The strong leadership role of the United States on the world stage cannot be considered a rusty holdover from the 20th century. It must last. The Europeans do not lead. They plunged the globe into two of the deadliest conflicts in human history over the past century.

Europe’s frayed alliances have made it dependent on Russian energy, impervious to Chinese aggression and unable to show its collective strength without an American commitment to back it up.

If Russia has no intention of invading Ukraine, as they indicated this week, then there is no reason for the United States not to deploy a limited number of military advisers and of advanced defensive weapons in Ukraine. If Putin is not interested in Russian imperialism, then NATO, with the strong support of the United States, should begin the process of Ukraine joining.

Until Russia reverses its current position, further sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline should receive bipartisan support in Congress.

Russia is building bases and alliances in Somalia, Sudan and Nigeria. Chinese weapons are flowing to Houthi terrorists in Yemen through Iranian ports. After failing to deliver on its Doha commitments, the United States handed control of a strategically located Afghanistan, now on the verge of collapse, to the Taliban and a hodgepodge of Islamic terror groups.

The US withdrawal from Iraq paved the way for Russian and Iranian influence. China is concluding agreements with several countries in Central and South America. Logic dictates that North Korea’s new hypersonic missile, if it is truly operational, would be made with Chinese components. China is building new nuclear missile fields and expanding its navy at an alarming rate.

The US military and foreign policy hawks must rebuild their nests, and fast. Being more warmonger today is not about running headlong into military conflict. This is not a “shoot first, ask questions later” philosophy. We have more tools at our disposal than ever to aggressively shape the global balance of power. This does not only mean long-term military commitments.

The left is more than happy to be consumed by expanding abortion rights, fighting climate change, funding ineffective anti-poverty programs and other notions of utopian public policy than acknowledging the devastating impact on our economy and our security by emboldened authoritarians.

Biden-style negotiations with terrorists, communists and dictators will not work. Ronald Reagan’s “we win, they lose” attitude must make a comeback. Official Washington must once again welcome the hawks into the policy-making conversation, lest the doves fly the free world out of the sky.

• Tom Basile is an author, former Bush administration official and host of “America Right Now” and “Wake Up America Weekend” on Newsmax Television.

The Invisible Adivasis of Jamshedpur Thu, 13 Jan 2022 02:35:10 +0000

In his short story Where is Gopal?, published on January 1 in Salon, author Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar writes about the life of two factory workers Adivasi, Purnima and Gopal, who come from the Sandalwood villages surrounding Jamshedpur in Jharkhand and work in one of the industrial townships on the outskirts of the city. Hansda (her last name) says they walked hand in hand through the 500-acre Jubilee Park, visited the chic new PM Mall, sitting by the Kharkai River in Kanderbera.

Growing up in Jamshedpur, I didn’t know Purnimas or Gopals. I hadn’t met them at Jubilee Park, PM Mall (or its less posh predecessors), or on a picnic in Kanderbera. They were not found in my predominantly bourgeois neighborhood of Bengalis and Biharis, nor with my friends, who were for the most part the children of Tisco executives, nor even in my school which was a little more motley, which had a pinch of students from the neighboring Muslim quarter.

Jamshedpur is often regarded, mainly by people like me who grew up in this clean, green and tidy city and who continue to cherish it with a deep and lasting nostalgic love, as “cosmopolitan”, and this is a sign of the how effectively the Adivasis were erased from its cultural, social and economic life that we never even noticed that the original inhabitants of our city were totally lacking.

They had at least one name for us – we were the diku, non-Adivasis.

A few months ago it was an essay / review by Hansda that made me see this more clearly than ever. In his review of the book In the forest, the field and the factory: Adivasi dwellings in 20th-century India by Gauri Bharat for the Third Eye Portal, he writes: “Do the Adivasis build cities? Yes they do. Are they not those who mix cement and water, those who carry mortar on their heads and climb the scaffolding, those who work amid the scorching tar fumes under the scorching sun? But are these Adivasis building these cities for themselves? Do they own these cities? No.”

Bharat, who is an architect and head of the History and Theory of Architecture program at CEPT University in Ahmedabad, is also from Jamshedpur and reflects a fairly common experience when she writes in her book (published by Yoda Press in December 2019): “As a youngster who grew up in Jamshedpur, which is one of the largest centers of iron and steel production in southern Jharkhand, I was largely oblivious to the presence of ‘Adivasis in the city and beyond. I’d heard of them of course, but they were almost abstract, living somewhere deep in unknown forests, far outside the modernity of the city.

The book is the culmination of 20 years of research work on adivasi houses, particularly Sandalwood, a subject on which there has been little academic research in post-independence India. When and why did the Sandalwood families give up building wooden houses and turn to earth construction? How did the different sandalwood villages develop distinctly different wall art traditions? What are the different parts of a typical Sandalwood house? Why don’t Santal houses have windows on the outside? Bharat set out to answer these questions and in doing so she immerses herself in a new kind of historical narrative, which not only offers insight into the daily life of Sandalwood, but also provides an important perspective on the erasure of the adivasi history in the narrative of Jamshedpur as a model post-industrial city.

In Forest, Field And Factory by Gauri Bharat published by Sage / Yoda Press

“This powerful narrative not only captured people’s imaginations, but actually made the region relevant to the nation almost entirely through the prism of industrial development… for most people there was no meaningful history. before the creation of mines and factories, ”writes Bharat in his introduction to the book.

“It’s almost as if the city has come to life from nothing…. But we know that’s not true, that there were Adivasis living here when the first bricks were laid. There are colonial records of the surveying and settlement process, which took place in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you look at the survey maps from that time, you can see that the places that make up Jamshedpur today are dotted with the names of Adivasi villages. They existed in the 1850s, ”Bharat explains in a call from Ahmedabad. She believes that much of what we see – and don’t see – today is part of this historical invisibility. “About 120 years ago, if the Adivasis were not even considered as full citizens, there was no question of creating a space for them within the urban fabric. The erasure is historic, but marginalization is a type of continuous process that extends to the present day, ”Bharat explains.

The lucid, non-exotic but empathetic way in which Bharat writes the book makes it fascinating read not only for students of architecture and architectural history, but also for anyone interested, even from afar, in the life of the Adivasis. in modern India. It not only provides an important perspective through which to look at these communities, but also records how the changes in the way they build their homes, the orak, indicate the evolution of priorities and social structures. “During one of my research trips, I met a woman from Sandalwood who was leading a self-help group and had a busy life. She had built a modern concrete house instead of a orak. She told me very clearly “now I have time to do other things because I am not sitting plastering the walls all day”, referring to the mud walls of oraks which must be maintained with fresh mud. Most of this work, of course, falls on the women, ”Bharat explains.

At least in theory – and a “specific and simplistic imagination of this culture” has emerged. After being ignored, the Adivasis became mythologized and romanticized as mere dwellers of the forest; “The antithesis of industrial modernity”, as Bharat puts it.

The complexity of the Adivasis societies in which she has done her fieldwork appears in this book – unlike a certain account that imagines the Adivasis as somehow more egalitarian and sexually liberated than the mainstream, for example, her book reveals that the Most villages and communities are patriarchal. and hierarchical, just like most Indian companies. Women are still not allowed to enter jaherthan Where jahera– the sacred groves of the Sandals – and it is always the oldest man in the house who is authorized to offer worship to the family deities in the bhitar, which is the sacred place in the orak.

A similar complexity underlies our understanding of what Sandalwood houses “should” look like and their importance, Bharat says. At the end of her fieldwork in each village, she would conduct an exercise where she would show around 30-40 photographs of the village to its inhabitants, then ask them to choose the most important places. Unanimously, in the many villages where she carried out this exercise, people gathered the sacred wood, the jaherthan, as the most important place, usually followed by the majhithan, another sacred site for Santals which marks the home of the ancestral chief, or majhi, from the village. After that came the village school, then usually a water source, and so on.

the orak hardly ever featured in this list, and Bharath finds it fascinating. “I told them that surprised me, because as a foreigner I thought their homes were remarkable – they really are stunning pieces of architecture. But they were like ‘uska kya hai? Wahan hum sirf sone jaate hain‘. Now our way of thinking is that the home is an important, central, and meaningful place in our lives. This is where you start to see that there is a clear difference in how they value their environment, and the logic behind that value, versus how we as outsiders would appreciate their environment. », Explains Bharat.

Adivasi modernity doesn’t have to look like non-Adivasi modernity, but that doesn’t mean there is no Adivasi modernity, she adds. “So you have someone who works in a factory, who has a cell phone, but who lives in a mud house and visits the sacred grove. There are so many identities within one identity that we as outsiders consider Adivasis to inhabit… there are so many points of tension, ”she said.

And it is this complexity in a traditional setting that the book of Bharath brings to life. In the forest, the field and the factory, the Adivasi is not only the Adivasi, but perhaps we are still the diku.

]]> The remarkable life of Lady Rhondda Sun, 09 Jan 2022 09:16:30 +0000 Margaret Haig Thomas (1883-1958) by Alice Mary Burton (1893-1968) Parliamentary Art Collection Next week BBC Radio 4 shines the spotlight on Welsh suffragist Margaret Haig Thomas, better known as Lady Rhondda, appointed by former Supreme Court President Lady Hale for the Great Lives program. Lady Hale will be joined by expert …]]> // = do_shortcode (‘[in-content-square]’)?>

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Next week BBC Radio 4 shines the spotlight on Welsh suffragist Margaret Haig Thomas, better known as Lady Rhondda, appointed by former Supreme Court President Lady Hale for the Great Lives program.

Lady Hale will be joined by expert professor Angela V. John to discuss the living life of Lady Rhondda who survived the sinking of the Lusitania, went to jail for setting fire to a mailbox in the name of women’s rights and became the first and to date only a woman President of the Institute of Directors.

The show will air on Tuesday January 11 at 4.30 p.m., and again on Friday 14 at 11 p.m., after which it will be available for catch-up online.

Journalist, businesswoman and tireless champion of women’s rights, Margaret Haig Thomas (who became Mrs / Lady Mackworth and from 1918 Lady Rhondda) led a multi-faceted and powerful life as l ‘one of the animators of Welsh and English society in the first half of the 20th century. But this life was not without drama and danger as evidenced by these three extracts from his biography by Angela V. John, Turning the tide: the life of Lady Rhondda, Parthian, 2013:

In 1909, Margaret and activist Annie Kenney, both activists from Ms. Pankhurst’s Women’s Social and Political Union, held a women’s suffrage meeting at the Bowen Jenkins Memorial Hall in Aberdare.

Margaret was received with cheers, hoots and whistles. She first explained the main purpose of the WSPU, since Annie Kenney had advised her to always say what she wanted and why, and then how she planned to get it. But there followed such a cacophony of sounds – boos, screams, the shrill sound of a trumpet, the screams of a cat, a police whistle and a rattle – that his words were drowned out. She persevered, mentioning Asquith (cheers followed) and noting that she could not understand “how a liberal loyal to his principles can object to the vote being given to women on the same terms as men” … But “Inappropriate gestures,” the singing of funny songs and the noise from outside where a crowd was scratching the rough windows, ensured that nothing more could be said.

The women tried to restore peace, but herrings, ripe tomatoes and cabbages were thrown onto the platform. Even Kenney, a seasoned activist, had a hard time making his voice heard …

Aberdare’s reunion quickly got out of hand. Dead mice were thrown onto the platform and live mice let loose into the body of the room, along with hydrogen sulfide, snuff, and cayenne pepper (producing loud sneezing). Windows were smashed, many chairs were smashed, and “a certain fear was fostered of something approaching panic.” Although initially refusing to give up, after another ten minutes of unsuccessful attempts to be heard, even Kenney surrendered. The women slowly exited from the back of the platform into the gymnasium and escaped in a taxi.

In May 1915, during World War I, Margaret and her father, the industrialist and politician DA Thomas, returned from a business trip to the United States. They traveled on the Lusitania and when it was torpedoed not far from the Irish coast it was sucked in with the ship.

Margaret found herself at the bottom of the water in the dark. She still held her father’s lifeline. She later told reporters that she was “more and more terrified” of drowning by becoming entangled in part of the ship. But although her wrist caught on a rope and left a lasting mark, she managed to free it. She grabbed a piece of wood a few inches wide and several feet long.

She rose to the surface in the middle of what literally appeared to be a sea of ​​people. They were crammed with “boats, henhouses, chairs, rafts, planks and god knows what else”… Half dazed, Margaret was beyond acute fear. She later wrote that with death so near, “the acute agony of fear is not there; the thing is too overwhelming and amazing for that ‘…

A few boats were visible but it was impossible to swim more than a few fathoms and Margaret was loath to give up her board. It was extremely cold and the swell was making her sick. It also caused people and debris to drift away. She thought of a possible invention: Attaching a small bottle of chloroform to each lifeline would help the drowning person pass out. Looking at the sun high in the sky, she wished she could. It was the last thing she remembered.

But after about two and three-quarters hours in the water, as it started to get dark, she was picked up by a rowing boat. She had only been located because a wicker lounge chair had floated under her, lifting her up a bit. A mark in the water was detected and Margaret was discovered. She was presumed dead. She and a number of bodies were transferred to a small patrol steamer called the Bluebell which patrolled the waters between Kinsale and Ballycotton. She was dumped on the bridge. Fortunately, an aspirant thought that maybe there was “some life in this woman” and took care of her.

Turning the Tide by Professor Angela V. John

After his father had obtained his daughter’s permission from the monarch to succeed him as a “full peerage”, the 2sd Viscountess Rhondda argued that she and the two dozen other women in her place should be able to sit in the House of Lords. This is not the case, argued the Earl of Birkenhead, who was both Lord Chancellor and Speaker of the House of Lords. He overturned the decision to proceed that had been taken by a Lords committee.

In Birkenhead’s view, the judgments and opinions of the “average” woman were “more tinged with emotions and personal considerations” than those of the average man and, in times of crisis, could “prove to be a source of instability and disaster for the State ”.

The subject of women in the House of Lords struck a chord. It symbolized unfinished business for Margaret and was a natural part of the protracted struggle for the vote, ending women’s struggle for parliamentary representation. For Birkenhead, it was also linked to the past, rekindling visceral feelings towards savage activists …

The notion of peer women was far more threatening to Birkenhead than female suffrage. Because it struck the heart of his world. It threatened the male establishment that this clubbable man cherished most, the space and place that nurtured, exhibited and applauded his virtuoso performances and the seat of his authority. A verse in Time and Tide [the influential weekly paper that Margaret had founded in 1920 and would edit from 1926] spoke of “Bold Birkenhead” who thought:

it would put the whole sky in a rage,

See a peerage in the golden cage.

Margaret was everything Birkenhead worried about and vice versa. Unlike many Lords, she had spent her adult life working and in the male world of business. A cartoon from the Sunday Chronicle showed Birkenhead as a medieval Horatius holding the bridge as Lady Rhondda and her “Amazonian cohorts” advanced. Her relentless attack on women’s rights helped ensure that Margaret persisted.

Turning the Tide is published by Parthian and is available for purchase here… ..

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Spring 2022 Theater in Central Georgia preview: musical, playlist Wed, 05 Jan 2022 15:24:00 +0000

MACON, Georgia – 2022 has just started, but the 2021-2022 theater season in Central Georgia is still going on. Here is a list of all the plays and musicals happening in several theaters in Central Georgia this year.

This play is based on a spy detective novel that was later turned into a Hitchcock masterpiece. It’s a comedy that will feature just four actors playing at least 150 different characters throughout the production.

“There’s a very goofy, silly sense of humor. Kind of like the Monty Python skits or the Saturday Night Live style, ”said production manager JP Haynie.

Haynie compared this show to “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)” because it also has a small cast of characters playing many roles.

“Anyone looking for a night of escape, looking to get away from 9-5, get away from everything that is going on in the world and know they are just going to sit and laugh and have a good time. good time. I think that’s the perfect thing about this show, ”said Haynie.

  • Little shop of horrors: 25 March – 3 April

This production is based on a classic musical of the same name. Little Shop of Horrors follows the adventures of Seymour, a nerdy flower seller. When the flower shop is threatened with closure, Seymour exhibits a mysterious plant which he later discovers has developed a taste for blood.

Haynie says this show is one of her favorites.

“There is a lot of heart to do. It’s a little scary, it’s a little sci-fi, but it’s definitely one of those cult classic musicals that I love, “he said.

  • Anne of the Green Gables: May 20-29

This production is currently listed as a mystery show by Macon Little Theater, but they initially left 13WMAZ on the surprise. Anne of Green Gables is based on classic children’s tales, where orphan Anne Shirley is adopted from Nova Scotia by Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. The production follows Anne throughout her life as she adapts to new circumstances and lifestyles.

“It’s going to be an epic and moving adventure. Great for younger audiences and once again that powerful young girl who’s leading this story, so we’re really excited about it, ”said Haynie.

  • Legally Blonde: The Musical: July 15-24

For the last production of the 2021-2022 season, Macon Little Theater will offer Legally Blonde: The Musical. This story of empowerment and self-esteem follows Elle Woods and her attempt to change the face of Harvard Law. Based on the classic movie, Legally Blonde is a fun, light-hearted comedy that will make you want to curl up and crack!

Perry Players Community Theater:

  • All brewed: February 10-20

This jukebox musical features a roustabout guitar player named Chad who has just been released from prison. The next community he comes to has strict enforcement of the Mamie Eisenhower Decency Act, which prohibits necks in public, loud music, and tight pants. In town, Chad brings the town back to life through his music and dance movements. Loosely inspired by Shakespeare Twelfth Night, this musical is about the tunes of Elvis Presley and is sure to get you in the swing.

“I think only the actors are very excited to present this show and I think Perry is going to be amazed at what they actually see,” said show director Kenny Jones.

Warner Robins Little Theater:

  • The game that goes wrong: 11-13, 18-20, 25-26 Feb.

After benefiting from a sudden and important legacy, the inept and accident-prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society embarked on the production of an ambitious 1920s detective story. They are delighted that neither the casting issues nor the problems techniques do not bother them currently. However, a hilarious disaster ensues and the cast begins to crack under the pressure, but can they get production back on track before the final curtain falls?

Governing Council Senior Vice Chairman Bill Felton said the board chose the show because the world is in desperate need of comedy these days.

“Everyone was hoping that 2022 would be a new era of comfort, peace, joy and happiness, but you know what? We have to create our own happiness,” he said.

  • Four old Broads: May 13-15, 20-22, 27-28

This show is a comedy about three women who are each other’s best friends and end up welcoming a fourth woman into their group. The story centers on their friendship as they uncover the secrets of where they live.

Felton says it’s a hysterical play that reminds him of the Golden Girls.

  • I don’t behave badly: 20-23 Jan.

The inimitable Thomas “Fats” Waller gained international fame during the heyday of the Cotton Club and this new swinging and catchy music. While not quite a biography, I don’t behave badly evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original as a versatile cast struts, struts and sings the songs he made famous in a career that spanned upscale clubs to downtown town of Tin Pan Alley. The intoxicating music of Fats Waller will delight and energize audiences while providing excellent insight into a vibrant period in American history and music.

Evan Goldman is torn from his busy preteen New York life and finds himself in a sleepy Indiana town after his parents divorce. Surrounded by a panel of simple-minded college students, he needs to establish his place in the popular hierarchy. Can he sit on a comfortable link in the food chain by throwing an unforgettable bar mitzvah … or will he hang in the end with the outcasts?!?

  • Enchanted April: March 18-27

From the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim. Feeling lost in the shadows of marriage and forgotten in the stampede of post-war society of the 1920s, two London housewives pool their savings to rent a villa in Italy for a women-only vacation, recruiting reluctantly a pair of tough upper class women to share the cost and experience. Together under the Mediterranean sun, the four women face off – then begin to bond and blossom – until the men upset the balance again.

  • The room mate: April 7-10

Sharon, in her 50s, recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her home in Iowa. Robyn, also in her 50s, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage her own deep desire to completely transform her life. A dark comedy about what it takes to turn your life around – and what happens when the wheels come off.

  • The color purple the musical: May 13-22

The color purple is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. This musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and popular 1985 Steven Spielberg film) highlights Celie, an oppressed young woman whose personal awakening over 40 years forms the arc of this story. epic. With a joyful score of jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, The color purple is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life.

This metaphysical portrait of Henry VIII and the six women of his life contrasts this king, the quintessential Renaissance man, with modern liberal thought and concludes that humanism died in the twentieth century. Henry remains the same everywhere, but women progress in their dress into modern times, showing their knowledge of the lasting effects of Henry’s thoughts.

  • The SpongeBob Musical: July 8-23

The stakes are higher than ever in this vibrant musical, as SpongeBob SquarePants and all of Bikini Bottoms face utter annihilation in their underwater world. Chaos erupts. Lives are on the line. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises and takes center stage. The power of optimism can truly save the world!

Perry’s Muse Theater reopens after renovations

“Just to brighten up the space people live in”: the 567 Center is organizing an artist showcase in downtown Macon

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These are Betty White’s best performances Mon, 03 Jan 2022 17:01:00 +0000

Five-time Emmy winner and at the forefront of female-led television, Betty Blanche lit up screens for over seventy-five years with his satirical wit and charm. Having played in countless roles in television, film, radio, White has made a name for himself in his outstanding and everlasting career. White is credited as the first woman to produce a sitcom and was included in some of the first categorized female Emmy nominations. With the news of his passing, many are reflecting on his impact on the entertainment industry. In commemoration of his work, here is a list of his best performances, to name a few.

Related: Golden Girls Veterans Share Memories Of Betty White: ‘She Had It All’

Notable for being White’s first feature film and the only one to come for a few decades in his career. Released in 1962, the film is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winner, Advice and consent, written by Allen Dury. The film was directed by Otto Preminger and received generally positive reviews from critics. White received positive reviews for her small role in the film as Kansas Senator Elizabeth Ames Adams.

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In 2019, at the age of 97, White voiced the role of Bitey White (a pun on his name), a toy tiger, in Toy story 4. She starred alongside Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Carol Burnett as a set of toys in the movie that reflected the personalities of their respective actors. White described her role as a tiger in the film as “just plain perfect” to her in an interview with USA Today.

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White guest-star as herself on The John Larroquette show in an episode that brings together the cast of Daddy’s Girls where Laroquette participates in the writing of White’s memoirs. White’s appearance also acts as a parody of herself and a retrospective of her role as Rose Nylund in Daddy’s Girls. She received an Emmy in 1996 for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role.

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After a Facebook campaign for White to be the host Saturday Night Live With nearly 500,000 subscribers, White went on to host an episode on March 11, 2010. She became the series’ oldest host and won another Emmy for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. She acknowledged the campaign on Facebook in her opening monologue saying, “I didn’t know what Facebook was, and now that I know what it is, I have to say it sounds like a huge waste of time. .

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White’s self-produced variety show was ahead of its time, female-led and female-led. This would be one of three attempts at a show called “The Betty White Show”. This version, created in 1954, was boycotted for playing the first African American on a variety show. White defended him and his show, responding to the backlash with “I’m sorry.” To live with.”

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White became the “first lady of game shows” after starring in several popular game shows in the mid-20th century. In particular, White received a Daytime Emmy for his work on Just men! in 1983. Although the show received a small number of viewers, White was the first woman to receive this award.

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Released from 2010 to 2015, Hot in Cleveland is one of White’s more recent notable roles. The show revolves around three Los Angeles women seeking change in Cleveland, Ohio, after renting a house through White’s character Elka. Although she was nominated for an Emmy for her role, she did not win that year.

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Released in 2009, Proposal is a romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. White plays Reynolds’ character’s grandmother, Andrew Paxton. The film received mixed reviews, but still received multiple awards, with White receiving a few nominations. For young audiences, this film is one of the first that comes to mind when they think of White, arguably surpassing the leading roles of Bullock and Reynolds.

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Considered one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, The Mary Tyler Moore Show was revolutionary and extremely successful even with its feminist points. Arriving in season four, White played host, Sue Ann Nivens, on The happy housewife show, a show within the show. White viewed the role as one of the highlights of his career, with his complex and contrasting character becoming a fan favorite for the remainder of the series.

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Her most famous character and performance are probably those of Rose Nylund in Daddy’s Girls, a naive woman from a small town who moved to Miami after her husband died. The show received cult following for its well-written comedy and iconic performances by White, Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty. The show has received numerous awards, with each of the lead actresses receiving an Emmy Award for their performance on the show. The series has dealt with a variety of controversial topics and received critical acclaim throughout its airing. A spin-off of the series called, The Golden Palace, is slated for release in January 2022.

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The Vibal Foundation celebrates Filipino art with The Art of Window, Display, and Design Sat, 01 Jan 2022 22:10:12 +0000

Vibal Foundation (VFI) has released the latest addition to its growing Fifty Shades of Philippine Art series: Window Art, Display and Design, written by Chito Vijandre and Ricky Toledo.

The book was launched during VFI’s virtual event, which honors its matriarch, Esther Vibal.

Richly complemented by more than 500 beautiful images of shop windows, works of art, sights and artistic monuments from around the world, The Art of Window, Display and Design presents the creative display of merchandise that can also quickly transform. in their own art form transcending the banality of everyday objects to achieve an artistic visual narrative that is more transcendent and enduring for all time.

This latest addition to VFI’s Fifty Shades of Filipino Art catalogs not only lists the famous designer lifestyle and home furnishings storefronts, but also their interiors and fashion productions. The book contains 10 essays showcasing a myriad of artistic styles and design elements from around the world and provides tips and principles for visual merchandising, interior design, and fashion.

One of the highlights of the book is a trip to Kenya inspired by the Hollywood film “Out of Africa” ​​and the legendary tale of Isaac Dinesen, leading to a detailed study of the Anglo-African safari style; an in-depth look at the concept of mono without consciousness or transience of life and the Japanese art and style filtered through Kyoto geisha culture; a peek into the world of fantasy and imaginative recreation seen through the mad King Louis of Bavaria; the distillation of classical aesthetics through the prism of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca and an intimate tour of the Eternal City; a behind-the-scenes look at the authors’ private residence which is a true showcase of intercultural influences; and a summary of the cultural kaleidoscope of multicultural elements behind the duo’s highly successful fashion shows for the Philippine Red Cross.

Another special feature is the emphasis on shop windows as an art form.

Some of the iconic streets of the world in New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and Milan are not only known for their street paintings, but also for their specialty shops which capture the attention and appreciation of the public with a window full of wit, quirky and even relevant. statements.

It was in the 1950s that Robert Leudenfrost announced that in the United States, “window display is quickly recognized as a new art form”. From museum exhibits, great art has taken over the Main Street with young artists stretching their canvas to the huge amounts of glass windows installed in shopping malls. Some of the world-famous artists of the 20th century exhibited their unique artistic styles and visions in retail store displays, including surrealist Salvador Dali and pop artist Andy Warhol.

Much like fine artists, storefront designers need to engage potential customers with visual messages and designs that speak to their world and beyond. Each display case requires the perfect mix and expressive use of color, lighting, space, accessories, fabrics, mannequins, technology, cultural references and ingenuity.

The book’s creative duo, Vijandre and Toledo, share a mutual love for the visual and performing arts.

Vijandre launched his career as a fashion designer, dressing the young and glamorous women of the city. He has also mounted some of the most stylish fashion shows in the country. He then focused on interior design, creating distinctive residences for Manila’s A list while designing upscale shops and restaurants.

Meanwhile, Toledo made his debut as a production manager at an Italian publishing and design house. He later established his own creative consulting studio, creating award-winning TV commercials and promotional shows in several world capitals.

Readers can purchase The Art of Window, Display, and Design and other PFD books from the Vibal, Lazada, and Shopee online store.

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After the pandemic, back in the void? – Lake County Record-Bee Wed, 29 Dec 2021 14:41:12 +0000

How should American society evolve in 2022? Full steam ahead, American style, text-and-spend, gorge and dandle, everything revolves around me and my friends, as usual? This is what I hear from A-listers these days. Back to normal, baby!

Newsflash. Normal hasn’t been so rewarding in the last ten or twenty years. I agree that we need the convenience part of normal, definitely yes. But the same old degradation of the soul is normal, certainly not. The workers are unhappy. Politics are disrupted. The teachers leave the classrooms and run for the hills. Business people are stressed. And the kings of finance count more and more money. Is this the normal that our leaders want us to return to?

Our problem is the extreme individualism of society, and the extreme irresponsibility of individuals who in no way think of their neighbors when they do what they do. Freedom with irresponsibility has become the new blind faith of the masses.

Changing individual behavior will be the solution not only to the pandemic, but to a much better future. Who wants to buy a ten minute trip to space, if the earth you come back to isn’t worth a column of salt or a handyman’s dam?

America needs. . . America is ready for. . . tectonic change. The last great reform of the Western way of life occurred 500 years ago. The great event that occurred in the early 1500s is often referred to as the Reformation. But religion was only a small part of the change that took place. At the same time, there was a huge scientific revolution that rocked the world of voodoo alchemy from the Dark Ages to modern science. In addition, there was a huge political revolution that buried the monarchy six feet underground and replaced it with democracy. It turns out that little people who lack self-confidence are still capable of big things when they work at it.

My question to you is, are we good today at sticking to what struggling rural farmers and urban traders accomplished 500 years ago? Has religion done a great job in bringing peace to earth? Have science and technology taken everyone on their own path to equality? Has politics brought everyone together into one big, big, happy family?

Five hundred years is a long time. Enough time for a lot of things to go wrong. In fact, the axial progress that began 500 years ago stopped in the twentieth century and has lost a lot of ground since World War II. Here’s why. The Reform / Scientific Revolution / Democracy movement has become totally obsolete, backward, self-destructive, bureaucratic, politicized and commercialized. Anything that took enormous effort to produce back then has now been reduced to a shiny little fake trinket and sold for the price of monthly rent to enrich dishonest people.

Then the Reformation happened because all of society in Europe shuddered with revulsion at their present way of life. Then every last human being who was dissatisfied participated in contributing something different. But not everyone was unhappy. Many people wanted the king, papists, diviners, and all of their followers to keep getting rich and in control of their lives. But a lot of people haven’t. Today, many people want the American Kings and their nobility in Washington DC, along with their pocket scientists and chaplains, to keep all of this in place. But many don’t.

Religion, in the past, was the umbrella under which everyone gathered in a storm, not because religion had all the answers, but because religion was humble and admitted that it needed more answers. . So what did the religious people do? They turned to every possible resource in the cosmos, studying them and frankly asking them as if they could help somehow. In the past, the priests of religion were those who studied science and history, the two most useful resources for mankind.

Because the education of priests was obviously so important to society, priests occupied the number two position in virtually every government alongside the magistrate. Today, the priests of religion are quite the opposite. They are opponents of science, totally ignorant of history, and often supporters of politics rather than public service. Something, someone, somewhere has to change.

The Reformation and its parallel movements made quite a big revolution, but we can learn from other axial reforms even deeper into the past. The great founding prophets of Western religion did not like the cult lifestyle of their time at all. They saw that religion had become ritualized, sedentary, ignorant and oppressive, so they incorporated science and egalitarian politics into their movements. They saw that the traditional vocation of religion had always been personal well-being, so they started with an emphasis on the health sciences: physical, emotional, mental and social. The prophets saw that people were suffering from a lack of community, of group membership, of social life, so they built this for their people. Once people could physically stand up and start walking, there was a program waiting for them to guide them in their movements.

The approach of the great prophets of holistic change was to improve all of humanity, not to gobble up a few special bank accounts. For example, Jesus spent a lot of time healing and helping everyone locally, as if they all deserved more. Jesus also spent a lot of time teaching in order to broaden people’s minds. He was not in the conduct of the sacraments every week to help people warm up their car seats. Jesus spent his time challenging the outdated and hegemonic institutions of society and creating embryonic new ones, without playing video games or browsing hateful websites.

So if we are to learn anything from history, we have to learn that public health, education, and community action are the secret sauce for the rushed revolution of the 21st century. If that doesn’t happen, we won’t.

The aim is to return to the science that education brings, to the social responsibility that comes from ethical living and to the democracy that comes from political participation. Are you in it, the little ones?

Kimball Shinkoskey is a public health worker and historian.

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Joan Didion rejects the fictions of American politics Mon, 27 Dec 2021 17:24:42 +0000

I came to Joan Didion backwards, starting with the ironic and savage essays of Political fictions, and only later by returning through his work. It started in 2001. I was in college. It’s hard to remember now the terrifying political unanimity of that moment, how the deep popular cynicism and indifference of the post-Cold War, post-Clinton scandals evaporated on September 11. to be replaced by a furious national identity card that could not tolerate the slightest deviation from a newly (at least newly opened) national warlike goal. I was 20, an aspiring radical and political leftist, barely recovered from my more problematic teenage banter with tendencies we will later call the Alt-Right or Post-Left. Political fictions, which combined the aristocratic disdain for which Didion was criticized (sometimes rightly, sometimes wrongly) with the sharp precision of observation and description for which she was praised, provided a diagnostic framework through which visualize the great upheavals of the Bush era in continuity with the staged spectacle of American policy which had preceded it. It was also very funny, especially in the chapters on Bob Woodward and Newt Gingrich, a quality that critics and admirers of Didion often underestimate. Surprisingly, this weary, hilarious, and incisive book was first published in America just a week after September 11.

Loving a writer is often a matter of the first chance encounter. I’m very glad it’s mine. I think if I had first met Didion through his famous early works, if a non-fiction creative class had instructed me to read New-Journalistic’s deliberately mannered and consciously-minded essays from Collapse towards Bethlehem and The white album– “all that princess bullshit at the consulate”, a friend of mine, less of a fan than me, called him once – then I would have been extinguished and I would perhaps never have come back. I would have found him precious and authoritative, and I would have found his most famous pieces of self-reflective revelation, the pieces “here on this island in the middle of the Pacific instead of asking for a divorce,” calculated and contrived. I think I would have found it bogus.

Instead, I read the essays in what amounted to reverse chronological order, and so my take on the production of the sixties and seventies was to see an elaboration and redaction of a lot of ” fixed ideas ”, to use one of Didion’s own ideas. titles and the gradual evolution of a style of writing towards what would become a style of thought. Didion is of course inseparable from the idea of ​​style. An interest in the superficial is something else she has often been criticized for, unfairly I think. For all the recognizable stylistic consistency of his prose across the decades of his career, it takes an intentional lack of generosity to miss the evolution of his writing and thought. In the essay “In Bogotá”, for example, written in 1974 and collected in The white album in 1979, she remembers her stay in a place which had known the violent expression of the American Monroe doctrine as “mainly images, indelible but difficult to connect”. This essay barely contains a whisper of what would become, a decade later, in Salvador, a much deeper and more burning examination of the brutal consequences of American influence and interference on the periphery of its global empire.

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France: Brigitte Macron, the new victim of hoaxes | International Sun, 26 Dec 2021 02:08:50 +0000

“No, Brigitte Macron is not a man.” The headline of a French national newspaper aptly sums up the latest dilemma of the French presidential campaign and the almost Trumpist connotations it takes: a rumor that the French first lady was born male, emerged from small groups conspiracy linked to the far right, anti-synchronist websites and the anti-vaccine movement are starting to spread so much through social media that serious media nationals feel obliged to deny manifestly false information which, in this way, paradoxically obtains more circulation. So much so that the wife of President Emmanuel Macron, the real target of this entire campaign of fake news, filed a complaint with the courts.

The story, in itself, is so ridiculous that it went largely unnoticed when it began to emerge at the end of September: Brigitte Macron would be a transsexual woman who would have been born under the name of Jean-Michel Trogneux and years later the sex changed and the name. Behind the hoax is Natacha Rey, a woman linked to anti-Semitic and anti-vaccine conspiracy circles, who published her “investigations” in a far-right soap opera, Facts and documents. It began to spread on social networks after an anti-machronist Twitter account, Macronie’s Journal, will relaunch it on November 7 with the label #JeanMichelTrogneux, according to the newspaper To free.

But the real impetus was given by a four-hour interview Rey gave to self-proclaimed anti-machronist and anti-vaccination medium, Amandine Roy, on December 10, and which according to the French press has been seen nearly a half -million times. before the YouTube platform publishes it. remove. Shortly after, the label #JeanMichelTrogneux was gaining strength on social networks, retweeted, among others, by the far-right ideologue and several times condemned for anti-Semitism Alain Soral, as well as by the controversial actor Dieudonné, as well as by several testimonies from yellow vests and anti-vaccine groups, according to the BFMTV network.

In the middle of the month, there were tens of thousands of tweets and for several days it was one of the most discussed topics on the social network in France. This is when Brigitte Macron decides to take legal action, while practically all the national media echo the story, even if it is to deny it or warn against it. the danger that conspiracy theories could infect the French presidential campaign as they did with the American. Since then, the international press has also taken hold of the story, helping to disseminate it even more.

This process poses a dilemma for Belgian historian and conspiracy theorist Marie Peltier. “There is no simple answer, there are many situations in which the media, in a way, feeds these types of theories, even if they do not do it with malicious intent,” explains the author of The era of conspiracy, the disease of a fractured society (The era of conspiracy theories, the disease of a fractured society). “Conspiracy theories are the making of a story, and if the media are involved in the making of a counter-story, they risk feeding this beast. But it is also true that the imaginary conspiracy permeates our society so much that it is not an issue that can be avoided, ”he analyzes.

The phenomenon is not new. Michelle Obama had already been the victim of a similar theory during the tenure of her husband Barack Obama (2009-2017), the first black president of the United States. Indeed, as the director of the observatory against conspiracies Conspiracy Watch, Rudy Reichstadt, recalls in the magazine Maverick, the stratagem of the French hoax seems a carbon copy of the American one: before the American Alex Jones launched the transphobic hoax against Michelle Obama in 2014, Jérôme Corsi, of the extreme right, “had prepared the ground two years earlier in suggesting that Barack Obama was gay and kept it a secret ”. Also in France, on the eve of the 2017 elections, the hoax was launched that Emmanuel Macron was gay and that his marriage to Brigitte, 24 years his senior, was only a facade.

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Potential danger

The problem is that behind many of these seemingly laughable hoaxes, there is a potential danger, as demonstrated earlier this year by the assault on Capitol Hill in Washington promoted by supporters of conspiracy theories. , encouraged from the White House by Donald Trump, convinced that Democrat Joe Biden had stolen the elections. Already in 2016, another violent incident occurred, the so-called PizzaGate, when a man, convinced of a theory that then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was the head of a network pedophile run from a Washington pizzeria, armed stormed into the restaurant.

In France, last October, Rémy Daillet-Wiedermann, a conspirator who became famous in the spring for having organized the kidnapping of a girl whose mother, also a follower of conspiracy theories, had lost her power, was accused of leading an underground organization which was preparing “coup d’etat plans and other actions violent ”. He remains in preventive detention pending trial.

For Peltier, this move to violent action was only a matter of time. However, he specifies, the attackers of the Capitol or the Daillet are only a “symptom”. “The real mistake is not to properly appreciate the global nature of this political problem,” he warns. “The plot is very dangerous for the good of society, and I think it is a front line political danger, it can be a strong threat in the French presidential elections.”

How to fight against these hoaxes? In 2018, Macron promoted an anti-fake news law that aims to stop the dissemination of “deliberately false information” in the three months leading up to an election. But the “disease” of conspiracies is not cured by law alone, but requires an alternate (and compelling) story, Peltier explains.

“We are coming out of a twentieth century where great ideologies have been shattered, we have left religion and also everything that structured us as a society after World War II, the story of ‘never again’, of anti-fascism. We are in a time when, especially the younger generation, need to see the world in one way or another, to say what is happening to them, especially after the pandemic. And there, the conspiracy theories, whatever we may say, offer a story, point out culprits, heroes, pretend to see behind the scenes of the story, and it’s very attractive, so to fight against that he You also have to come up with a sort of story, a story, ”Peltier explains.

But “it’s as if the democratic or progressive field, let’s call it what we want, was all the time in reactive mode instead of proposing a counter-discourse, it is not capable of proposing a vision capable of bringing people together. and that can excite, he laments. “This is the real task, which is political and does not concern only politicians or journalists, but also citizens, it concerns us all. This is where we fail not only in France, in general in Europe ”.

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