Metropolitan Theater – Northwest Metropolitans http://northwestmetropolitans.com/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 06:08:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-5.png Metropolitan Theater – Northwest Metropolitans http://northwestmetropolitans.com/ 32 32 THE ROOTS AND REVERBERATIONS OF LOS ANGELES COUNTRY-ROCK, PRESENTED BY CITY NATIONAL BANK https://northwestmetropolitans.com/the-roots-and-reverberations-of-los-angeles-country-rock-presented-by-city-national-bank/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 02:36:00 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/the-roots-and-reverberations-of-los-angeles-country-rock-presented-by-city-national-bank/ The exhibition will examine the Los Angeles-based movement that transformed popular music and inspired future generations of country and American artists. NASHVILLE, Tenn.and LOS ANGELES, June 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum announced its next major exhibition with two separate events at Troubadour in Los Angeles and the […]]]>

The exhibition will examine the Los Angeles-based movement that transformed popular music and inspired future generations of country and American artists.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.and LOS ANGELES, June 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum announced its next major exhibition with two separate events at Troubadour in Los Angeles and the museum’s Ford Theater in Nashville. The exhibition, Western Edge: the roots and reverberations of LA country-rock, presented by City National Bankwill be housed in the museum’s newly transformed 5,000 square foot gallery and will open September 30 for a run of almost three years.

West edge will examine the close-knit communities of Los Angelessingers, songwriters and musicians who, from the 1960s to the 1980s, embraced country music, frequented local nightclubs and created and shaped the musical fusion known as “country-rock” – ultimately having an impact indelible and lasting on popular music.

The exhibit will examine the rise of the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco, Eagles, Emmylou HarrisNitty Gritty Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt and many others who have found commercial success by fusing rock & roll beats and attitude with country and bluegrass instrumentation and harmonies.

The musical contributions of these pioneers were expanded by the next generation of Los Angeles roots music artists – the Blasters, Rosie Flores, Los Lobos, solitary righteousness, Dwight Yoakam and more – who once again drew inspiration from traditional American music. Mixing hard-edge honky-tonk, Mexican folk music, rockabilly and punk rock, these artists – along with their country rock predecessors – inspired future generations of country and American artists.

Today’s announcement included special performances by several artists central to the exhibition’s narrative:

  • Winner of several Grammy Awards Dwight Yoakam and country-rock lighting Chris Hillman (the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Desert Rose Band and more) performed “Sin City” and “Time Between” together at Troubadour in Los Angeles.
  • Member of the Country Music Hall of Fame Emmylou Harris sang “The Road”, his song in tribute to fellow country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons, at the museum’s Ford Theater in Nashville. Harris also joined Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and country singer and songwriter Matraca-Berg on stage for a performance of “Mr. Bojangles” in the museum theatre.

The West edge exhibition traces the history of young musicians who, in the 1960s, gravitated around Los Angeles as a bastion of youth-focused counterculture and a burgeoning recording hub. Newcomers found a rich local music scene rooted in clubs such as the Ash Grove, which featured young bluegrass bands including the Dillards and Kentucky Colonels alongside previous generations of masters of American roots music.

The exhibition also highlights the historical importance of the Troubadour in West Hollywood, which served as an important haven for like-minded artists. It provided space for creators to collaborate with a healthy dose of competition, challenging each other to write better songs, create tighter harmonies, and master their instruments.

“A new hybrid sound has grown from humble beginnings in a few small LA nightclubs and has quickly become one of the most popular musical styles around the world,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “Inspired by Bob Dylan and the Beatles, these artists and musicians also found community in their appreciation of traditional country, folk and bluegrass music. They built on this foundation, creating songs of unusual lyrical depth and ‘a layered musical richness – adding new textures to rock sounds that resulted in a wholly original form of American music.’

The museum’s curatorial and creative teams conducted over 40 hours of filmed interviews and collected an array of significant artifacts from central figures in the music movement for display in West edge. The exhibit will feature stage outfits, instruments, original song scripts and more. Interactive elements will illustrate the connections between the artists who make up the musical communities explored in the exhibition, allowing access to audio recordings, performance clips, original interview footage and historic photographs.

West edgeThe opening weekend of will include a pair of unique concerts in the museum’s CMA Theater, made possible in part by exhibit travel partner American Airlines:

  • Western Edge: Los Angeles Country-Rock in ConcertFriday September 30at 7 p.m.
    A lineup of musical stars associated with country-rock will perform, as well as torchbearers who have been influenced by the sounds and artists of the Los Angeles music scene. Performers include David Alvin (the Blasters, the Knitters), Alison Brown (in tribute to California bluegrass), Rodney Dillard (the Dillards), Rosie Flores, richie furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco), Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Chris Hillman (the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Desert Rose Band), Bernie Leadon (Hearts & Flowers, Flying Burrito Brothers, the Eagles), John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Wendy Moten (in tribute to Linda Ronstadt) and Pedersen Grass (Desert Rose Band and instrumentalist for Linda Ronstadt, Gram Parsons and many others). The house band will be led by a Grammy-winning guitar virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist. John Jorgenson and understand Jay Dee Maness (steel guitar), Steve Duncan (battery) and Marc Fain (low). More performers to add.
  • Desert bunch of rosesSunday October 2at 7 p.m.
    For the first time in over a decade, the Desert Rose Band will reunite for a special concert.
    In 1986, former Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers member Chris Hillman founded the band with Pedersen Grass and John Jorgensen. The original lineup included Bill Bryson (bass guitar), Jay Dee Maness (pedal steel guitar) and Steve Duncan (drums). The original members of the group will take the stage for this highly anticipated event, with Nashville bass player Marc Fain replace the deceased Bill Bryson. The Grammy-nominated group has garnered hit singles and won numerous awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

Tickets for the events will go on sale to the public this friday june 24at 10am here.

The exhibition will also be supported by multiple educational programs, as well as the release of an illustrated and thoroughly researched book with a long-running main essay. Los Angeles music journalist Randy Lewisamong many other contributors.

More details about the exhibition and the accompanying book will be announced before the exhibition opens. Exhibition information and updates are available at www.CountryMusicHallofFame.org.

Photos and video of the Los Angeles and Nashville events

  • Photos of performances and artifacts presented on stage for download here. (all photos by Brett Carlsen (Nashville) and Kevin Winter (Los Angeles)/Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum).
  • Performance music videos, remarks and artifact B-rolls are available here.

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum collects, preserves and performs country music and its history for the education and entertainment of diverse audiences. Through exhibitions, publications, digital media and educational programs, the museum explores the cultural significance and enduring beauty of the art form. The museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization licensed by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is among the largest – visited history museums in the United States. The Country Music Foundation operates Historic RCA Studio B®, Hatch Show Print® Poster Shop, CMF Records, Frist Library and Archive and CMF Press. The museum’s programs are supported in part by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.

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With $90.9 billion of assets, City National Bank provides banking, investment and trust services through 74 branches, including 22 full-service regional centers, to Southern Californiathe San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville, Atlanta, washington d.c. and Miami*. In addition, the Company and its investment subsidiaries manage or administer $80.6 billion in clients’ investment assets. City National is a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one of the world’s leading diversified financial services companies. RBC serves more than 17 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through its offices in Canada, United States and 27 other countries. For more information about City National, visit the company’s website at cnb.com.

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LG Arts Center Seoul to open on October 13 with LSO, concert by Cho Seong-jin https://northwestmetropolitans.com/lg-arts-center-seoul-to-open-on-october-13-with-lso-concert-by-cho-seong-jin/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 08:28:42 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/lg-arts-center-seoul-to-open-on-october-13-with-lso-concert-by-cho-seong-jin/ Exterior of LG Arts Center Seoul (Bae Ji-hun/LG Arts Center Seoul) The LG Arts Center Seoul will open its doors on October 13 with a special concert by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Simon Rattle and Korean pianist Cho Seong-jin. The 41,631 square meter complex in southwest Seoul, which cost 255.6 billion won ($198 […]]]>

Exterior of LG Arts Center Seoul (Bae Ji-hun/LG Arts Center Seoul)

The LG Arts Center Seoul will open its doors on October 13 with a special concert by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Simon Rattle and Korean pianist Cho Seong-jin.

The 41,631 square meter complex in southwest Seoul, which cost 255.6 billion won ($198 million), took 4.5 years to complete.

Designed by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando, ​​it is the architect’s second major performing arts center, after the Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre.

“I wanted to create a one-of-a-kind performance complex, giving visible features to the lobby, atrium and corridor,” Tadao said in a statement from LG Arts Center Seoul.

The arts center, located at the entrance to Seoul Botanical Park, includes two stages, two rehearsal rooms, three classrooms, a studio and a rooftop space.

LG Signature Hall, the main hall of LG Arts Center Seoul (Bae Ji-hun/LG Arts Center Seoul)

LG Signature Hall, the main hall of LG Arts Center Seoul (Bae Ji-hun/LG Arts Center Seoul)

The versatile 1,335-seat LG Signature Hall is slightly larger than Seoul Arts Center’s main concert hall. “There will be no performance that the LG Arts Center Seoul cannot accommodate due to its size,” general and artistic director Lee Hyun-jung said during a press tour of the venue on Tuesday.

In addition to the main hall, U+ Stage, a black box theater, will offer a variety of stage settings. It can accommodate up to 365 seats and will be used for experimental performances.

The sound system was designed by London-based theater consultancy Theater Projects. The main concert hall has a variable sound absorption system, a reflector and a mobile tower, while the U+ stage is equipped with an immersive sound system with 60 speakers, which can create multi-dimensional sound that completely envelops the listener.

As the new LG Arts Center Seoul is right next to a two-line subway station and close to Gimpo International Airport, the building was constructed to protect it from unwanted noise and vibration. This is the first use of such technology in the country, according to LG Arts Center Seoul.

The former site of the LG Arts Center closed in February after 22 years in Seoul’s wealthy Gangnam-gu’s Yeoksam-dong. The LG Arts Center presented more than 867 works and 6,300 performances. More than 4.5 million people had visited the center since it opened in 2000.

The new center is located in Magok-dong, Gangseo-gu, an area which is part of an urban development project and where the LG Group’s R&D complex LG Science Park is also located. The Magok Arts Center was built as part of LG’s corporate social responsibility initiative and donated to the Seoul Metropolitan Government. After the donation, LG’s non-profit organization, LG Yonam Cultural Foundation, was granted the right to operate the arts complex for the next 20 years.

A two-month opening festival will be held from October 15 to December 18, during which 14 concerts and performances will be presented. The festival will feature a mix of classical and popular performances by national and international artists.

Festival highlights include performances by pianist Sunwoo Yekwon, violinist Clara Jumi Kang, Korean traditional music-inspired band Leenalchi, French dancer Yoann Bourgeois and the Al Di Meola Jazz Trio with guest guitarist Park Joo-won , among others.

Packages for the festival will go on sale at 2 p.m. on July 11 via the center’s official website, with regular ticket sales starting July 14.

Interior of LG Arts Center Seoul (Bae Ji-hun/LG Arts Center Seoul)

Interior of LG Arts Center Seoul (Bae Ji-hun/LG Arts Center Seoul)

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10 Reasons Every Architect Should Visit Greece https://northwestmetropolitans.com/10-reasons-every-architect-should-visit-greece/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/10-reasons-every-architect-should-visit-greece/ Greece is home to the most influential heritage and architecture in the world. The country, known as the cradle of Western civilization, is full of hidden treasures. From Greek mythology to ancient architecture, Greece is a destination on every architect’s list, history buffs and travellers. The medieval towns, centuries-old monuments and numerous temples of Greece […]]]>

Greece is home to the most influential heritage and architecture in the world. The country, known as the cradle of Western civilization, is full of hidden treasures. From Greek mythology to ancient architecture, Greece is a destination on every architect’s list, history buffs and travellers.



The medieval towns, centuries-old monuments and numerous temples of Greece are a must-see for any budding architect or designer. Here are 10 reasons why Greece is a must visit for all architects.

ten White Tower of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki’s White Tower has become a major tourist attraction over the years. The architects marvel at the tower’s Ottoman architecture which is a product of mosaic floors and brick, stone and plaster walls. Fascinating artifacts inside the museums include wall paintings, displays of Byzantine culture, and archaeological artifacts. Of course, history buffs can’t get enough of the tower’s rich history, as the monument once served as a fort housing the air defense forces of Thessaloniki.

  • Location:
    Thessaloniki

  • Business hours :
    8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., daily

Related: These Greek Islands Are Worth Your Vacation, And None Of Them Are Santorini Or Athens

9 The Parthenon at the Acropolis

The Parthenon is another huge monument that attracts tourists planning a vacation in Greece. Once dedicated to the goddess Athena, architects can now feel like royalty as they stroll around the magnificent monument. This piece of architecture has a rich meaning, from serving as a religious center to being a symbol of power and prosperity.

  • Location:
    Temple of the Acropolis, Athens

  • Business hours :
    Open 24/7

Related: 10 Greek Islands To Consider For Your Very First Time There


8 The Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens

The spectacular cathedral was founded on Christmas Day 1842 and lasted 20 years, thanks to the exemplary work of three chief architects of Athens. The Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, also known as Metropolis, is made of marble taken from 72 demolished churches all over Greece. The cathedral houses three tombs of saints executed during the reign of King Otto and is surrounded by several statues that are worth photographing alongside.

  • Location:
    Athens

  • Business hours :
    7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., daily

seven The city of Delphi

Delphi, an ancient sanctuary with breathtaking views, is one of Greece’s most famous archaeological sites besides the Acropolis. Architects and history buffs can delve into the myths of the mysterious shrine, known as the Navel of the Earth. Delphi is also home to the Temple of Apollo, the Tholos, and the Greek-themed Pythian Games.

  • Location:
    Phocis

  • Business hours :
    Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

6 Epidaurus Theater

The Hellenistic atmosphere of this marvelous theater is every architect’s paradise. In ancient Greece, the great theater of Epidaurus hosted festivals and sports in the worship of the god of medicine, Asclepius. Its capacity is estimated at 13,000 to 14,000 spectators. The theater has an expansive stage, auditorium, and orchestra ground, making it one of the flawless acoustic theaters in the world.

  • Location:
    Epidaurus

  • Business hours :
    Winter 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., summer 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.


5 Mystras

Mystras is an exciting cocktail of Greek architecture and Western-style design. The city has renovated churches and palaces that make it look like a city of ancient castles. Mystras is nestled in the ranges of Mount Taygetos, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to Byzantine houses and medieval-looking streets for architects to admire. Mystras is also home to beautiful villages like Neos and Trypi which tell the story of fascinating Byzantine culture and architecture.

  • Location:
    Peloponnese

  • Business hours :
    8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., daily

4 Palace of Knossos

Known as the center of Minoan civilization, the Palace of Knossos is another product of ancient Greek architecture. The archaeological site is still teeming with history buffs and architects, all trying to understand the awe-inspiring myths and legends dating back to the Neolithic period. King Mino’s throne, which dates back to 1500 BC. sits prominently inside the well-preserved ruins of the palace.

  • Location:
    Crete

  • Business hours :
    Between

    8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., daily

3 Temple of Hephaestus

the old Temple of Hephaestus is a tourist attraction that makes visitors never want to leave. The monument boasted of a mixture of classical and Doric architecture and was designed by one of the most talented architects, Iktinus. Doric columns with lavish decorations captivate the hearts of image lovers. Additionally, the temple served as a place of worship for two deities, Hephaestus and Athena.

  • Location:
    Athens

  • Business hours :
    8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., daily

2 Rhodes

When it comes to well-preserved medieval towns around the world, Rhodes tops the list. Conquered and inhabited by the Turks, Romans and Italians, the city is a hotbed of architectural ideas left by the three cultures. As a result, the city features stunning monuments like the Muslim Library and the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, a prime example of Gothic architecture.

  • Location:
    South Aegean

  • Business hours :
    9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday

1 Stoa of Attalos

Stoa means a closed passage, and King Attalus II built the architectural marvel as a gift to the people for the education they received from the city under the philosopher Carneades. The building is a mix of Greek and Doric architecture and served as the largest trading center until 267 AD when it was destroyed. Recently renovated in 1956, Stoa of Attalos is now a famous archaeological museum that attracts tourists every year.

  • Location:
    Agora, Athens

  • Business hours :
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily

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The Berkshire Art Museum reopens with an exhibition of works by artists from the Thursday evening dinner group | theater arts https://northwestmetropolitans.com/the-berkshire-art-museum-reopens-with-an-exhibition-of-works-by-artists-from-the-thursday-evening-dinner-group-theater-arts/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/the-berkshire-art-museum-reopens-with-an-exhibition-of-works-by-artists-from-the-thursday-evening-dinner-group-theater-arts/ While North Adams predicted a surge of tourists following the huge Mass MoCA project, no one anticipated a surge of artists. Although small and certainly not a major urban arts hub, the city has attracted dozens of artists in recent years who find North Adams an economically feasible yet culturally stimulating alternative to expensive metropolitan […]]]>

While North Adams predicted a surge of tourists following the huge Mass MoCA project, no one anticipated a surge of artists. Although small and certainly not a major urban arts hub, the city has attracted dozens of artists in recent years who find North Adams an economically feasible yet culturally stimulating alternative to expensive metropolitan areas.

The Berkshire Art Museum exhibits artists who have a common interest: dining together on Thursday nights at Meng’s Pan-Asian. There is no artistic style that binds this group. It’s a most unusual excuse for an exhibition, but one that will whet your appetite.

There are examples throughout art history of artists congregating in bars and cafes – Dadaists frequenting the cafes of Zurich, Impressionists and Cubists in various cafes in Paris, and after the WWII Abstract Expressionists gathering in various New York bars. Usually geography and time were the common threads and not necessarily a shared art style. Often the artists were young and not yet famous – or on the verge of success.

When our community-eating started in North Adams, we weren’t as young as the famous artists in Paris or New York. After a decade or two, most of us drifted into the senior category while older transplants expanded our group. It’s common to find 25 to 35 artists – plus art-loving spouses and friends – coming in for a meal and gossip.

In Washington DC, where I grew up, artists met frequently. After gallery openings, hungry artists often headed to Chinatown. Chinese restaurants were affordable and open late – you could even order dinner after midnight. When Barbara and I moved to North Adams in 1990, there was no community of artists until we started the Center for Contemporary Artists (CAC) in the historic Beaver Mill which hosted approximately every summer 100 artists as well as directors of museums/galleries from all over the world. . During my decade as director, the CAC was the hub of the emerging art scene; attending CAC dinners was the way to meet other artists.

Although my addiction to Chinese food remained, ethnic food was limited when we first arrived; there were only a few Chinese choices. A small take-out restaurant on Eagle Street has agreed to provide Chinese vegetables not offered on their menu. When they moved later and had a sit-down restaurant, our friend Peter May used our weekly need for Chinese food to include our informal Spanish-speaking group. As this group dissipated, diners were replaced by artists and other art-loving friends.







Dinners at the table

“Thursday Chinese Dinner Group performers,” before the pandemic, met weekly at Meng’s Pan-Asian restaurant in North Adams.




When the restaurant owner changed, artist Wendy James suggested the band move to Peking/Sushi House on Main Street. Joy (co-owner with her chef-husband Meng) assured us that she could supply our requested Chinese dishes. This change of venue has proven incredibly popular with artists.

Over the years dinners have changed usually due to conflicts with group drawing nights – Monday to Wednesday to Thursday. Today, we order separately rather than in a family fashion – especially since margaritas are the most common drink of choice and therefore check quantities vary widely.

When Joy and Meng decided to close Sushi House and remodel the Peking but with a new name and a new look, we suggested using “Pan-Asian” in their name as it represented what they offered – a choice of Chinese, Korean, Thai and Japanese sushi. and noodle dishes. As Meng is the master chef, he became “Meng’s Pan-Asian”.

With the entrance located about 40 feet from the Main Street sidewalk, it was obvious that the large alley wall needed some art to brighten up the pathway. Rather than paying to make new panels, a painting in my studio seemed perfect. Since it had imperfections from the glue process, I was willing to take a chance and install it outside. I also lent small pieces of abstract art to install inside. I thought the restaurant should reflect not only its Asian cuisine, but also the fact that the largest museum of contemporary art in the United States is just around the corner and many Mass MoCA visitors would frequent the restaurant.

I don’t know as many historical examples of older artists gathering in one specific place as we do. This is perhaps one of the benefits of creating in North Adams and why the town has become a mecca for artists; it is much easier to meet and socialize here than in a big metropolis.

The Berkshire Art Museum’s exhibition, ‘Artists of the Thursday Chinese Dinner Group,’ showcases a variety of artistic styles, which in turn reflect the variety of personalities and interests of a group of artists who simply enjoy dining together. Thursday night.

This exhibition was scheduled for 2020 but was postponed for two years due to Covid-19. The pandemic has also reduced our weekly dinners (the restaurant is currently operating for take-out only) and for most of us this is one of the most missed social gatherings.

Eric Rudd is a sculptor, mixed media artist and founding director of the Berkshire Art Museum. The museum, located in the former First United Methodist Church, was founded by the Barbara and Eric Rudd Art Foundation in 2012 and opened to the public in 2014.

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Review: Stage Left’s ‘Pass Over’ Production Unpacks the Complicated Coping Mechanisms of the Black American Male Experience https://northwestmetropolitans.com/review-stage-lefts-pass-over-production-unpacks-the-complicated-coping-mechanisms-of-the-black-american-male-experience/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 00:35:55 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/review-stage-lefts-pass-over-production-unpacks-the-complicated-coping-mechanisms-of-the-black-american-male-experience/ Antoinette Nwandu’s piece “Pass Over” made me nervous. Does he walk the thin line of egregious circumstances but significant substance? Although written with all audiences in mind, does it lose its black authenticity with this responsibility? Pass Over, directed by Malcolm Pelles, is a gripping story about what it means to be Black in America, […]]]>

Antoinette Nwandu’s piece “Pass Over” made me nervous. Does he walk the thin line of egregious circumstances but significant substance? Although written with all audiences in mind, does it lose its black authenticity with this responsibility?

Pass Over, directed by Malcolm Pelles, is a gripping story about what it means to be Black in America, finding room for the funny, the hopeful, and the deadly without forcing anything. Influenced by “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett. “, Pass Over tells the story of two black men using escapism to find a way to literally escape their ghetto.

All was well in director Malcolm Pelles’ production at the Stage Left Theater.

There’s a black presence everywhere, with Wu-Tang clothing and MF Doom stickers on the lampposts. There’s also a universal display of black dialects as main characters Moses and Kitch bounce around their day using flavors of Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta slang, but the online deliveries are what makes Pass Over so relatable. . It could be any US metropolitan city. That’s the point.

Dahveed Bullis and Matt Slater star as Moses and Kitch respectively, giving phenomenal multi-faceted performances portraying a shared dream of “getting out of the hood” by any means necessary.

When Kitch recites a long list of his homies dying from gun violence, it helps stir up emotions about the endless violence black people face in America. Julio, Andre, Justin with the elbow rash, Kev, Da’Quan, Fat Joe, Dumb Terry, Terry’s cousin with the messed up knee, are all men who died and survived Kitch’s dreams of get out of it, and their heirlooms could be trapped in that dream too. Bullis and Slater skillfully depict the power struggles of black masculinity, homophobia, hypermasculinity, and hypersexuality.

Act I serves as an emotional journey from pessimist to hopeful, with the duo naming 10 things they will receive once they travel to the “Promised Land”, a place where hood issues don’t exist and where being black is not lethal. While that place may not exist in America, Moses and Kitch are toying with the idea, and it’s time to show Bullis’ on-stage dynamism and Slater’s hilarious skepticism, wondering about the ” difference” between caviar and fish eggs. The duo’s on-stage chemistry makes them familiar.

But that all changes when Mister, a random white man played by Danny Anderson, walks into the room. Anderson plays Mister and Ossifer, which means Officer, which is a fantastic distortion of the word if you say it too quickly, like you’re freaking out about being killed.

Mister displays a disconnect that many non-black Americans may feel toward black communities. He doesn’t give up when he hears the rapid gunshots and doesn’t remember if his mother or his mother’s “hitwoman” cooks the pinto beans a certain way. He even enjoys a picnic on the block from which Moses and Kitch beg to leave. It’s a fantastic demonstration of how white cognitive dissonance will always clash with black trauma and hypervigilance.

Once Anderson gets into Ossifer’s persona, he harasses and taunts Kitch and Moses, using racial slurs and beating up on both men, calling them boys. Around him, the duo instantly erase stereotypical behaviors that will make them more palatable, in hopes of being less killable, to police officers. The macabre display of violence is a realistic look at how hope for black prosperity can easily disintegrate in hostile anti-black environments.

Overall, all the little bits of production were exceptional. “Pass Over” shows the sadistic tradition of eternal black grain and the despair that follows. It is written about black men, performed by them, but for all to see.

With that in mind, I interviewed the most important members of the Stage Left audience: Noah Cunningham and Adrian Taylor Jr., the only black men in attendance that night.

They wore all the fashion styles that our black parents tell us not to wear in a confrontation with the police; durags, big diamond earrings, Nike jumpsuits, a black hoodie covering the head and dri-fit ski goggles as COVID protection. Their clothes showed a mature friction between moving freely in black manhood and being killed for it, a prominent struggle perfectly captured in “Pass Over.”

“They made it a point in the game to know when to talk and look ‘proper,'” Taylor said. “When you talk to more professional people, you have to act a certain way to get where you want to go in life.”

Both 19 and finishing their junior years at Eastern Washington University, they are part of a young black generation that witnessed the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement after the murders of unarmed black youths such as Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Rekia Boyd. And the not-guilty verdicts and press conferences announcing that no charges would be filed for their deaths.

They called “Pass Over” a relatable display of the fears and weariness of police brutality within the black community. “The friendship they have, I really felt it when they cared about each other,” Cunningham said. “It’s not just black men keeping their heads on the pivot or protecting each other, it’s our community as a whole in these situations.”

“Even though we black men have our differences, we know when to come together and when to protect each other,” Taylor said.

Cunningham is also part Samoan and sees similarities between white people who learn about anti-black racism through “Pass Over” and its Samoan parent who understands the plight of black people. He enjoyed Anderson’s dual role of Ossifer and Mister.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a cop or a white man or a white woman, you still have that power over black people no matter where you are in life. It doesn’t matter if you’re a cop or not, racism will always prevail,” Cunningham said.

Overall, the two agreed that Pass Over captured a damning subject matter seamlessly. However, since whites don’t experience anti-black issues, the men hope that Pass Over sticks and that the privilege of detachment doesn’t erase the important message of the piece.

“I know there were a lot of white people here today, and this piece is a start of change,” Taylor said. “I like what they are doing with this piece.”

“But that’s the first step: recognizing that racism and police brutality is one thing. I feel like they gave a little insight into what we’re going through,” Cunningham said. “I don’t feel like anyone here can fully understand unless you’re black, though.”

Pass Over runs through June 19, and half of ticket sales purchased on Thursday will benefit the NAACP. For more information, visit stagelefttheater.org/.

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Bringing the dream back to life https://northwestmetropolitans.com/bringing-the-dream-back-to-life/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 01:12:01 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/bringing-the-dream-back-to-life/ Six years after the world debut of Dream of the Red Roomthe first operatic adaptation of the 18th-century Chinese epic novel of the same name, the opera will return to San Francisco with a mostly new cast and more dramatic presentation. The opera, developed for Western audiences, has gained international acclaim since its premiere at […]]]>

Six years after the world debut of Dream of the Red Roomthe first operatic adaptation of the 18th-century Chinese epic novel of the same name, the opera will return to San Francisco with a mostly new cast and more dramatic presentation.

The opera, developed for Western audiences, has gained international acclaim since its premiere at the San Francisco Opera in 2016. The opera was presented at the Hong Kong Arts Festival and toured three cities in China in 2017. It will return to the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco with seven performances from Tuesday to July 3.

Soprano Zhang Meigui plays the role of Daiyu in the upcoming opera
Dream of the Red Roomwhich is to be staged in San Francisco. [Photo provided to China Daily]

“I was excited and honored when I learned that I was going to play Daiyu in the opera. It’s such a famous novel in China, and Daiyu is a beloved literary character,” said soprano Zhang Meigui. “I hope to show the public a new version of Daiyu, especially for those who saw it in 2016.”

The 18th century novel centers on a love triangle that involves the hero Bao Yu, his beautiful cousin Daiyu, and his future wife Baochai. It is a Chinese classic and still widely read in the Chinese-speaking world.

A big fan of the story, Zhang says she knows the character well, but after re-reading the novel, she had some new thoughts.

“In the story, Daiyu is not only beautiful but also intelligent, sentimental and frail. She is also strong inside and would like to make sacrifices for love and freedom,” she says. “I want the audience to see through the beautiful and fragile appearance to the interior features – soft yet strong.”

Born into a musical family in Chengdu, Sichuan province, the 28-year-old opera singer graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2016 and moved to New York, where she attended Mannes School of Music and graduated in 2018.

Zhang debuted as Anne Trulove in The progress of the rake with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program in the summer of 2018. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2019-2020 season, singing in the roles of “Bloody Child” in Macbeth and Barbarina in Figaro.

Zhang has been preparing for the opera for six months. “I watched the video (of the 2016 production). I think the performance of the singer (playing Daiyu) was excellent, because the melody was composed in an unusual way, which is very difficult and requires a lot technical,” she says. .

Daiyu, the main character of the opera adapted from a classic Chinese novel, plays
Guzheng, the Chinese zither, on stage. [Photo provided to China Daily]

In one of the most emotionally charged scenes – the burial of flower petals – Daiyu finds his world growing darker as his health continues to decline. She sings a tune: “When spring has gone and beauty has passed, who cares for fallen petals?”

“The singer has to sustain the high notes with a pianissimo (soft) sound, which requires more breathing support and air control,” Zhang explains.

“Some parts of the music are more powerful with fortissimo (loud) and require an extremely expressive sound.”

Bright Sheng, composer of the opera, explained in a 2016 interview with China Daily why Daiyu sings in a loud voice. “Music carries emotions that words can’t explain or say. For me, it’s about crying hard, pounding your chest as she looks up to the sky to ask those questions.”

Mezzo-soprano Wu Hongni plays the role of Baochai in the opera. [Photo provided to China Daily]

For mezzo-soprano Wu Hongni, who plays the role of Baochai, the challenge comes from language. Originally from Jiangxi Province, Wu graduated from Xinghai Conservatory of Music in 2011 and received her master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music in 2017. Since then, she has spent most of her time in Europe. In recent seasons, Wu has made her debut at the Royal Opera House in London as Flora in La Traviata. She has since returned to the stage as Mercedes in Carmen. “I’ve performed in Italian, German and Russian, but never in English for an entire opera,” she says.

Different from the 2016 version of Baochai, Wu says it will deepen the character and show a more independent Baochai.

Acclaimed playwright and director Stan Lai returns to direct the 2022 production. Wu says the director wants Baochai to have the characteristics of a modern, independent woman. “I like that idea,” she says.

For the new production, Sheng says he made some revisions.

“A great opera is not just great musical theater in action, but also a perfect marriage of music and drama. It’s always a high priority for the creators and production team to make storytelling easier , more directional,” Sheng said.

“As a result, the opera is more dramatic and affectionate.”

The opera also uses gongs and qin (string instruments) to create a sense of introspection. It is “meaningful” to bring back the Red bedroom dream now at a time when people of Asian descent face racism in the United States, Zhang says. She is also a victim of racism, having previously been yelled at with racial slurs.

“There is no boundary in the world of music. It can connect people from different walks of life. I hope American audiences will be touched by this opera and experience the glamor of Chinese culture,” said Zhang. “People around me are all interested in Chinese culture.”

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Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band postpones remainder of current tour after two members contract COVID-19 – Everett Post https://northwestmetropolitans.com/ringo-starrs-all-starr-band-postpones-remainder-of-current-tour-after-two-members-contract-covid-19-everett-post/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 19:50:10 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/ringo-starrs-all-starr-band-postpones-remainder-of-current-tour-after-two-members-contract-covid-19-everett-post/ Ringo Star and his All Starr Bands have postponed the remainder of their current North American tour after two band members tested positive for COVID-19 in the past few days. On Tuesday, Ringo announced that Edgar Winter had contracted the virus and would be absent from some shows, but after toto guitarist Steve Lukather subsequently […]]]>

Ringo Star and his All Starr Bands have postponed the remainder of their current North American tour after two band members tested positive for COVID-19 in the past few days.

On Tuesday, Ringo announced that Edgar Winter had contracted the virus and would be absent from some shows, but after toto guitarist Steve Lukather subsequently also tested positive for COVID-19, the decision was made to postpone the remainder of the current trek until September, before the start of the band’s previously announced fall tour.

Twelve shows will be rescheduled, ranging from a concert that was scheduled to take place tonight in Easton, Pennsylvania to a June 26 concert in Clearwater, Florida.

Ringo and the All Starr Band’s Rematch 2022 tour is traced from a Sept. 23 show in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to an Oct. 19-20 booth in Mexico City.

“We are so sorry to let the fans down,” Ringo says. “It was wonderful to be back on the road and we had such a great time playing for you all. But as we all know Covid is still around and despite being careful these things happen. I want to thank the fans for their patience, sending you all peace and love, and we can’t wait to be back in the fall.

Meanwhile, as he has done for many years, Starr is asking fans around the world to celebrate his birthday with him on July 7 by saying, thinking or posting to “Peace and Love” at noon that day- there, wherever they are. Local fan events are already being held around the world, and more details will be shared soon on Starr’s Facebook page.

Here is the full list of rescheduled All Starr Band dates:

6/11 – Easton, PA, State Theater
6/12 — Providence, RI, PPAC
6/14 — Baltimore, MD, Model Lyric
6/15 — Baltimore, MD, – Lyric Model
6/17 — Lenox, MA, Tanglewood
6/18 – Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Arena
6/19 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Metropolitan Theater
6/21 — Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Credit Union Live
6/22 – Atlanta, Georgia, Cobb Center
6/24 – St. Augustine, FL, The AMP
6/25 – Hollywood, Florida, Hard Rock
6/26 – Clearwater, Florida, Ruth Eckerd Room

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Hey Yakima Don’t burn your summer plans with a barbecue fire https://northwestmetropolitans.com/hey-yakima-dont-burn-your-summer-plans-with-a-barbecue-fire/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 17:14:24 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/hey-yakima-dont-burn-your-summer-plans-with-a-barbecue-fire/ It’s grilling season and that means it’s time to start thinking about home safety. Yakima Fire Department officials said the more time people spend outdoors, the fewer home fires firefighters will see. In fact, the United States Fire Administration states that “less than 8% of house fires and less than 6% of fatal house fires […]]]>

It’s grilling season and that means it’s time to start thinking about home safety. Yakima Fire Department officials said the more time people spend outdoors, the fewer home fires firefighters will see. In fact, the United States Fire Administration states that “less than 8% of house fires and less than 6% of fatal house fires occur in each of the summer months. In contrast, more than 12% of fires deadly and more than 10% of all house fires occur in December and January.”

Barbecues and fire pits are great but can be dangerous if not used correctly

Firefighters are urging everyone to be careful with fire pits and backyard barbecues during the summer months. Barbecue-related fires are major contributors to property damage and burns. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 10,600 home fires are started each year and 19,700 patients are sent to hospital emergency rooms due to injuries involving grates.

The state fire marshal’s office is advising residents to take steps to make this barbecue season safe.

Setup:

· Be sure to check with your local fire department for any outdoor burning restrictions or bans.

· Propane and charcoal barbecues should only be used outdoors.

· At a minimum, keep grills 10 feet from fences, exterior house walls, overhanging tree branches, or other flammable materials.

· Make sure the grill is stable and level.

· Before using the grill for the first time each year, check the gas cylinder hose for leaks by applying a mild solution of soap and water to the hose, then turning on the gas. If there is a leak, the solution will form bubbles. If you cannot stop the leak yourself, have it professionally repaired before using.

When lighting:

· Whether cooking with a gas or charcoal grill, always use caution when lighting.

· Always make sure your grill lid is open before lighting.

· When using charcoal, consider using a charcoal fire starter instead of charcoal lighter fluid and never use gasoline or other flammable liquids other than ignition fluid.

When cooking:

· Never leave a grill unattended.

· Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

· Keep children and pets away from the grill.

· Keep long sleeves or clothing away from the grill.

· Never add charcoal lighter fluid or any other flammable liquid to the fire after a charcoal grill is lit.

· After cooking, allow the grill to cool completely before storing. Keep in mind that this can take up to an hour and once completely out the coals should be discarded in a metal container.

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JAMIE DEROY & FRIENDS will present a benefit for the entertainment community fund https://northwestmetropolitans.com/jamie-deroy-friends-will-present-a-benefit-for-the-entertainment-community-fund/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 20:37:43 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/jamie-deroy-friends-will-present-a-benefit-for-the-entertainment-community-fund/ Tour de force of show business and eight-time Tony Award-winning producer Jamie deRoy will make her acclaimed Jamie deRoy & friends cabaret show back in New York’s famous Birdland on Monday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m. Artists who will light up the capitals of cabaret, theatre, music and comedy will join Ms. deRoy. The one-night-only […]]]>

Tour de force of show business and eight-time Tony Award-winning producer Jamie deRoy will make her acclaimed Jamie deRoy & friends cabaret show back in New York’s famous Birdland on Monday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Artists who will light up the capitals of cabaret, theatre, music and comedy will join Ms. deRoy. The one-night-only show is part of the club’s Broadway at Birdland concert series. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street in New York’s Theater District.

Proceeds from the event, produced by Ms. deRoy, will benefit the Entertainment Community Fund: Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative which assists those in the cabaret industry with medical needs and concerns. The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs presented him with a MAC Award for his many shows that benefited his flagship initiative. The Jamie deRoy & friends cabaret has been attracting New York audiences for over 30 years.

Ms. deRoy will host the show and welcome special guests:

Harolyn Blackwell, one of the brightest stars on stage in the United States and abroad, is a charismatic soprano who has been hailed by audiences and critics as a “model of agility, courage, charm and silver tone”. Known for her expressive and exuberant performances, as well as her radiant voice, she has had a wide and varied career on the opera, concert and recital stages of the world. She has performed with many of the world’s most distinguished orchestras, on stage, screen and on recordings, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the San Francisco Opera, Netherlands Opera, Seattle Opera, Nice Opera, Miami Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Opera Orchestra of New York, New York’s Mostly Mozart festival, and the Ravinia Festival, among others. At the Metropolitan Opera, she performed in several productions, including La Fille du Régiment, Un Ballo in Maschera, Le Nozze di Figaro, Manon, Die Fledermaus and Werther. Additional roles performed to date on other stages include Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Lakmé (Lakmé), Gilda (Rigoletto), Nannetta (Falstaff), Norina (Don Pasquale), Giulietta (I Capuleti ei Montecchi), Zdenka (Arabella), and Constance (The Dialogues of the Carmelites). Miss Blackwell also starred in the Broadway Revival of Leonard BernsteinIt is Candide in Cunégonde.

Ben Jones is the winner of the 2021 Broadway World Cabaret Award for his work in New York clubs during the pandemic. Regional credits include The Pajama Game (Sid), Guys and Dolls (Sky), Show Boat (Ravenal), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy), The Last Five Years (Jamie), Sweeney Todd (Tobias), Candide (Governor, Vanderdendur ), Follies (Buddy), Cats (Munkustrap/Quaxo) and Chicago (Mary Sunshine). Ben has appeared as a soloist with major American symphony orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus Symphony, and Oakland East Bay Symphony ,

daisy jopling is a world-renowned classical/rock violinist who has toured the world with her own band, the “daisy jopling Band” and with the creative string trio “Triology”. She has recorded 9 CDs, including 2 with BMG RCA Victor. Her solo work has included playing a concerto at the Royal Albert Hall in London at the age of 14, performing twice in front of 30,000 people at the opening of the Vienna Festival, touring with his band to 53 superb concert halls in China, creating “Illuminance” on Bannerman Island, NY which aired on PBS in 2021, and performing her own “Awakening” concert at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in 2017. In 2021, Daisy premiered a new show called “Transcendence”, directed by the iconic Olympic ceremony creator Daniel Flannery, based on African-American author Sarah Bracey White’s memoir “Primary Lessons”. In addition to touring, Daisy is currently working on a gig with her band at the Great Pyramids in Egypt on November 4, 2022.

Robert Klein has entertained audiences and has an acclaimed career in comedy, Broadway, television and film. In 1975, Klein was the first comedian to appear in a live concert on HBO. He went on to do nine one-man shows for the network and earned two Emmy Award nominations. Among dozens of lead and guest roles, he recently starred in two hit NBC series, “Sisters” and “The Mysteries of Laura.” More recently, he appeared as Grace’s father, Martin Adler in “Will and Grace.” Klein has also appeared in many notable films including “Hooper”, “The Owl and the Pussycat”, “Primary Colors”, “People I Know”, “Two Weeks Notice”, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” , and “The backup plan” with Jennifer Lopez. He was nominated for Grammy Awards in the category “Best Comedy Album of the Year” for his albums “Child of the Fifties” and “Mind Over Matter”. He received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor and won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance in the hit neil simon musical “They play our song”. In 1993, Klein won an Obie and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in Wendy Wasserstein‘s, “The Rosensweig Sisters.” In the spring of 2017, his documentary “Robert Klein I still can’t stop his leg” aired on STARZ.

Jason Kravits began her career at age 13 in Washington, DC playing Lolo on the highly acclaimed PBS series, “Powerhouse.” Several years later, after graduating from the University of Maryland, he found a home in the theater community of Washington, D.C., where he became a well-known presence at theaters such as the Round House Theatre, the Shakespeare Theater and the Woolly Mammoth. Theater Company (of which he is still a member). Along with other writers-performers Joel Jones, he developed the material for “Making Faces”, which would ultimately win Best Sketch Show at the 1999 U.S. Comedy Festival in Aspen, Co. Shortly thereafter, he landed a guest role in David Kelley’s The Practice . In addition to TV credits, he’s appeared on Broadway in “Relatively Speaking,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and “Sly Fox.”

Multi-award winning composer, author and lyricist Barry Kleinbort conducts Mrs. deRoy’s July 11 show under the musical direction of an award-winning arranger, orchestrator and conductor, Ron Abel and Steve Doyle at the Bass.

Ms. deRoy is an acclaimed producer; cabaret, theatre, film and television artist; recording artist and humanitarian. In addition to Tony Awards, she has won eight MAC Awards, four Back Stage Bistro Awards and 11 Telly Awards for her extensive work on stage and screen. She has appeared on stage with such luminaries as Joan Rivers and headlined many New York nightclubs. Ms. deRoy has produced nine CDs in the Jamie deRoy & friends, all available on the Harbinger and PS Classics labels. His cabaret shows serve as the basis for his award-winning cable television show which spotlights well-known artists and newcomers alike.

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Highlights of the 2nd Istanbul Beyoğlu Cultural Route Festival https://northwestmetropolitans.com/highlights-of-the-2nd-istanbul-beyoglu-cultural-route-festival/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 08:02:00 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/highlights-of-the-2nd-istanbul-beyoglu-cultural-route-festival/ The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has preserved and maintained the cultural heritage as a whole through its tangible and intangible efforts which are presented to the world through the many important strategic events throughout the year. Among these events, a two-week festival was held last year in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu, long the center of the […]]]>

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has preserved and maintained the cultural heritage as a whole through its tangible and intangible efforts which are presented to the world through the many important strategic events throughout the year. Among these events, a two-week festival was held last year in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu, long the center of the city’s vibrant arts scene.

Celebrating the arrival of summer and art, the Beyoğlu Culture Road Festival draws attention to cultural, architectural and historical heritage, aiming to introduce different cultural experiences this year. I am very impressed by the exceptional quality of the presentations during the second edition of the festival this year. The artwork on display engages viewers to solidify the magnificence of the festival venues. Let’s take a closer look at the highlights of the exhibits on display at Istanbul’s iconic Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM) as part of the Beyoğlu Culture Road Festival.

Digital exhibition ‘Rumi’

A view of “A Family Portrait” by Büşra Çeğil. (Photo courtesy of Funda Karayel)

Refik Anadol’s digital installation “Rumi”, inspired by Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, can be viewed at AKM Theater Hall – Foyer throughout the festival. Anadol is honored to create a poetic, immersive and multi-sensory work to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest poets and philosophers in human history. Inspired by Rumi’s multi-layered philosophical lens through which he interpreted life and the universe, “Rumi Dreams” is an AI-based light and motion show that animates a vast set of valuable archival data from Rumi. This dataset, collected with the generous help of the Konya Metropolitan Municipality, includes scripts of Rumi’s “Masnavi” in 19 different languages, more than 180,000 images of dervish lodges, pages from ancient books and documents , and recordings of Sufi music and performances.

Anadol and his team process this cross-disciplinary dataset emblematic of Rumi’s worldview through machine learning algorithms. The resulting universe of data becomes the building blocks of machine-generated “Rumi Dreams,” a unique perspective from which to view Rumi’s poetic universe on an unprecedented scale. Generating a dynamic multi-sensory performance, “Rumi Dreams” is a compelling artistic expression of the convergence between the sense of light, knowledge and movement, encouraging viewers to find the light that illuminates the world. Anadol’s work will be open to the public for free until June 12.

The youth forge ahead

The exhibition “Young people are on the way” assimilates the long quest of youth in the history of humanity to a journey and opens up a space for representation in our time. Curators Nazlı Pektaş and Ayça Okay did an outstanding job in organizing this impressive event in such a short time. “Young people are on the road” is held in a large space extending to the swimming pool and the pedestrian promenade at the front of the AKM building, the road connecting the cultural center, the open spaces and the stairs. The works featured in the exhibition were produced by young artists between 2018 and 2020. Some of the works had previously been exhibited in other exhibitions, but some are making their debut with this exhibition.

Being on the road is a process. It describes going on, arriving and staying. When it comes to art, production always demands to go on. The young production, which is at the heart of this exhibition, strives to be on the road in a concrete and abstract way.

Notable by young artists

“A Family Portrait” (2022) by Büşra Çeğil, presented in the body of the exhibition “The Youth Are On the Road”, is considered an installation highlighting the concepts of childhood, youth, family and life. ‘membership. This installation, conceived as a family dinner, reminds us of the time spent healing the wounds inflicted on us by our parents, and the conversations we have and continue to have together at the same table after healing our wounds. Focusing on family and bonding forms, the installation reflects the form the artist often uses as a metaphor in his practice with different material displaying the state of merging, disappearing and continuing fluid transformation.


A view of “The Sound of The Ocean” from Caner Kaya.  (Photo courtesy of Funda Karayel)
A view of “The Sound of The Ocean” from Caner Kaya. (Photo courtesy of Funda Karayel)

There are only a few creatures that have a similar staggering effect on preserving the natural balance of the oceans like whales. The last thing these graceful giants need as they grapple with dangers like ocean plastics and noise pollution is endless wrestling with hunter trammel nets.

The consumption frenzy caused by the increase in population in the world brings with it a reckless hunt. In Caner Kaya’s work ‘The Sound of the Ocean’, exhibited as part of ‘Young People Are on the Road’, viewers are meant to associate the effect of pain, which is the final emotion that these living creatures experience when their life is brutally taken away from them, with the shortcomings of composition. While the gaps in the artwork portray the irrecoverable loss, the form itself depicts the fight fueled by the instinct for protection for the lives left behind.


Funda Karayel poses with
Funda Karayel poses with “Rumi Dreams”. (Photo courtesy of Funda Karayel)

The reason this structure was formed with unitary elements is to highlight the permanent structure and inspire viewers to be unifiers rather than disintegrators. Mint green, which forms the color of the artwork, represents peace in the natural habitats of whales. Continuity of peace is only possible as long as these areas are not disrupted

Another installation by Haydar Akdağ, “The Aesthetics of Ready Materials”, interrogates and re-evaluates everyday consumed objects by modifying their areas of use in macro and micro terms. While the artist interprets the materials he uses in his installation in an abstract, dysfunctional, geometric or organic form given the possibilities they offer; it incorporates some industry-standard mass production into a non-repetitive production process. Here, the questioning of the ready material is the idea of ​​reminding viewers of its singular value in a whole and the value of the new position it has taken in forming the whole.

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