Arts First, last, and in between

first_img Rite of spring One artist will attempt to dig a hole to the other side of the planet. A group of first-years will perform an entirely student-produced musical about love and work set 35,000 feet in the air. Twenty dance troupes will convene for an outdoor showcase.These are just three of the concerts, exhibitions, and hands-on activities that comprise the Arts First festival this weekend, celebrating Harvard’s creative spirit both inside and out of the classroom.The festival, now in its 27th year, opens with the Harvard Arts Medal Ceremony on Thursday, celebrating this year’s recipient, U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith ’94. Returning alumni performers also include saxophonist and composer Don Braden ’85, theater director Peter Sellars ’81, and musician and writer Ali Sethi ’06.As an undergraduate, Sethi, a classically trained singer from Pakistan, relished the opportunity to see artists perform and discuss their crafts on campus. As an alumnus working in the arts, he sees great value in performing at Arts First.“It’s very heartening to see art being celebrated in your academic environment,” he said. “The quality of life and discourse, the ability to revel in the subtleties of text and the joys of music, to be able to enter into and take part in a centuries-old craft — these are some of the things that make life worth living.”Sethi will bring classical Sufi poetry to the contemporary stage with “The Covenant of Love: The Poetry, Music, and Spirituality of South Asian Muslim Cultures,” which closes the festival. Sethi, Grammy-winning producer Noah Georgeson, and a group of musicians will perform musical tributes to Sufi Muslim poetry with commentary from Ali Asani ’77, a professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures.,Sethi and Asani will also explore the music and poetry of the ghazal, a form of literature dating to the seventh century, at a Friday event sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute. “The Art of the Ghazal” will provide intellectual and cultural context for the art form that, for Sethi, is a channel for building connections between ancient spirituality and contemporary issues of identity and culture.“The ghazal has been the main vehicle for edgy love poetry through the ages, and poets have used the amorous form of the ghazal to put forth very political ideas,” said Sethi. “They have challenged hierarchies and normative thinking about gender, religion, sexuality, and the division between material pursuits and spiritual pursuits. Many of the issues that we call identity politics today have been discussed in interesting and creative ways through ghazal poetry.”Like Sethi, other performers at Arts First reimagine classical forms of theater, studio art, and music for contemporary audiences.The Harvard Pops Orchestra will bring its signature offbeat symphony to Science Center Plaza on Saturday for a triple-header with CityStep and The Harvard Undergraduate Drummers (THUD) to kick off the daylong Performance Fair.“An assumption about classical music is that it’s stodgy, but that’s not what Pops is,” said orchestra co-president Elida Kocharian ’21. “At a Pops concert, you’ll see people laughing onstage. It’s very different from other classical performances.”The Pops program includes the “Star Wars” title song, a video-game play-along to “The Legend of Zelda,” a piece based on the 1888 poem “Casey at the Bat” arranged by music director Allen Feinstein ’86, and “CatCerto,” a Mindaugas Piečaitis piano concerto written for a cat accompanied by orchestra.“The performance is going to be experimental and different, which is the best thing about Pops,” said Ava Hampton ’21, the Pops’ other co-president. “The goal is to have as much fun as possible and to have everyone in that crowd having fun. At Arts First, it’s all about participation and making art accessible.”,The spirit of accessibility at the festival is physical, cultural, and financial. Many events are free and open to the public. The Smith Campus Center will house new public art installations like “Passage of Time,” a sculpture installation by Graduate School of Arts and Sciences student Meng Jiang that evokes a Zen garden.“The arts at Harvard are abundant and constant throughout the academic year, and Arts First is the culmination of the arts year on campus,” said Jack Megan, director of the Office for the Arts (OFA). “It’s this great crescendo where we all come together and celebrate our community of creativity. There are no barriers to entry. Whatever your background and ability, everyone belongs in the festival. It’s my favorite weekend of the year.”Highlights include:At the Harvard Arts Medal Ceremony, Tracy K. Smith ’94 will converse with radio and TV journalist Callie Crossley, Nieman Foundation ’83, Institute of Politics ’02, with a welcome by poet Professor Jorie Graham and a presentation by Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow. Thursday, 4 p.m., Agassiz Theatre.One hundred and eighty students from the Radcliffe Choral Society, Harvard Glee Club, and Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum will perform “A Sea Symphony” by Ralph Vaughan Williams in a celebration of Walt Whitman. Friday, 8 p.m., Sanders Theatre.The Fromm Players at Harvard will perform “Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine,” a reimagining of the life of Josephine Baker directed by Sellars and featuring soprano Julia Bullock. Friday, 10 p.m., A.R.T.’s Oberon theater.Allston brings Arts First across the river with the OFA Ceramics Program, a discussion with the Boston Ballet leadership, the Ed Portal’s Western Avenue Arts Walk, and more. For all Allston listings, visit, Dance & Media presents “The Danube,” a love story by playwright María Irene Fornés directed by Morgan Green. Thursday through Sunday, Farkas Hall.The Bow & Arrow Press, a working letterpress in Adams House, hosts an open house for those interested in learning the art of letterpress. Saturday, 11 a.m., Adams House B-Entry.For a complete listing of events, visit Arts First at 25 Relatedcenter_img Exuberant Arts First celebrates on both sides of the river Organizers and participants reflect on festival’s evolution and impactlast_img read more

Army Kills FARC Leader Who Participated in Kidnapping Twelve Legislative Deputies

first_imgBy Dialogo February 18, 2010 Colombian forces in the south of the country have killed four FARC guerillas, including a leader believed responsible for an attack on the Palace of Justice in Cali in 2008 that left four dead and believed to have participated in the kidnapping of twelve regional deputies in 2002. EFE received confirmation of this today from the head of the Pacific Joint Command, Gen. Justo Eliseo Peña, who specified that the operation was carried out Monday in the town of López de Micay, in the department of Cauca (in the southwest), where the leader known as “Narices” [‘Noses’] died. Iván Cárdenas Carrillo or “Narices” was, according to General Peña, the commander of the “Manuel Cepeda Vargas” Front, a faction of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). He added that following the joint operation by the Colombian army, navy, and air force, more than twenty weapons and documents in the power of the rebels were recovered. “Now it will be the responsibility of the Attorney-General’s Office to verify the authenticity of the document that one of those killed was carrying and from which we know that he was the man known as Narices,” Gen. Peña indicated to EFE. With the death of Narices and three other FARC guerrillas, “we’ve taken a weight off of Cali and the south of the country in general, since they were committing crimes in this region,” the officer explained. Among the charges against the guerilla leader were attacks on police stations in Buenaventura and the kidnapping of the twelve regional deputies from El Valle in 2002. In 2007, eleven of the twelve regional legislators died while in the hands of the FARC, in a confused encounter between rebel factions. He was also accused of responsibility for the attack on the Palace of Justice in Cali, which cost four lives and left another twenty-six people wounded, and of numerous kidnappings in the Colombian southwest.last_img read more

Ighalo to wear customised boots at Man U

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Odion Ighalo has revealed a touching tribute to his late sister following his loan move to Manchester United. Ighalo took to Instagram last December to mourn his sister Mary Atole’s passing, posting pictures of them both with the message: “R.I.P sister @blackboldbeautifull 12-12-19.” The 30-year-old striker has since secured a move to his childhood club United to boost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attack and is determined to make the most of his time at Old Trafford. But Ighalo has provided a timely reminder that there are more important things in life than football, revealing how he intends to honour his sister’s memory while he is on the pitch. Ighalo posted a photo of a pair of Nike bootball boots with “Mary Atole” inscribed on them, along with the Nigerian flag. The forward added the caption: “MARY ATOLE (nee ighalo) lives forever 12-12-19.” Ighalo’s post received over 30,000 likes in three hours, and the striker reposted a number of well-wishers’ messages in his Instagram story.Tags: Manchester UnitedMary AtoleOdion Ighalolast_img read more

Di Matteo dismisses AVB rumours

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo has insisted he was totally loyal to Andre Villas-Boas before taking over as interim Chelsea boss.Speaking to Eurosport-Yahoo!, Di Matteo dismissed rumours he conspired against Villas-Boas prior to the Portuguese’s sacking as Blues manager.He said: “I did my best and Andre knows it. I did not conspire against him and all the decisions we took, we took together.AdChoices广告“I have always behaved with the utmost professionalism and loyalty towards the club, the staff, the team and fans.“All new managers inevitably replace a colleague when things go wrong or results are not up to expectations. This is the nature of football.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ron Thompson out of walking boot during practice and other notes

first_img Comments Junior defensive end Ron Thompson was out of a walking boot for the first time in over a week at Tuesday’s practice. He walked around on the outskirts of the field without pads, but wore a practice jersey and did pushups and stretched with the team during the final preseason practice open to the media for the first 20 minutes.Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said on Aug. 14 that Thompson would be out about three weeks with a lower-body injury. Now, Thompson, who recorded 32 tackles last year, is one week away from the initial timetable set.“Just need to be smart with him,” Shafer said. “It’s one of those injuries where the kid might be feeling better but that tissue right down in there, you just want to make sure it’s healed up real well.”When asked if Thompson would be held out of the season opener against Rhode Island in a week and one day, Shafer said, “Ron Thompson’s doing a good job with his rehab. I’ve been really pleased with his work ethic in the training room. I’m looking forward to when the doctors say he’s back.”Other notes and observations from Tuesday:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOver the past two days, senior long snapper Keith Mitsuuchi took reps with the first team during field-goal drills. Throughout much of the preseason, freshman Matt Keller worked with the first team and special teams coordinator Tim Daoust said on Monday night that Keller has locked up the snaps for punts, but it’s a battle for field goals.Ben Lewis practiced on Tuesday in a white jersey, which is usually reserved for quarterbacks and players who are working through injuries, but Shafer didn’t give any info regarding his health status.“He really likes white,” Shafer said of why Lewis wore a different jersey. “I said, ‘Give him a white jersey today, he’s been busting his tail.’”Parris Bennett didn’t practice on Tuesday because of a minor lower-body strain, but Shafer said, “He’s fine. Coaches were mad at me for taking him off the field today, but I just felt like I wanted to see him get freshened up a little bit.”Sophomore safety Antwan Cordy wasn’t at practice on Tuesday due to a personal matter, Shafer said.Syracuse used just junior wide receiver Brisly Estime, sophomore hybrid Ervin Philips and freshman walk-on running back Jacob Hill to field punts on Tuesday, a much smaller group than what SU used earlier in camp. Published on August 25, 2015 at 8:12 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more