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European Masks

Europe Masks can be traced back over several centuries. Our ancient ancestors seemed to know the power of disguise even before written history. These traditions and links to shamanism could possibly pre date all our knowledge of recorded history. Masks of one form or another can be found in our …

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Memories of My Senior Prom

Prom season has arrived and kids everywhere are trying to think of a unique theme that will give them a night that they will never forget. When I was graduating from high school, every school in our area was doing one of the typical themes, but we wanted to try …

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Othello’s Desdemona – A Well-Rounded Tragic Heroine

When reading or viewing Shakespeare’s tragedies in print, stage play, or movie form, one will find various discussions surround the theme of voluntary and involuntary character transformation. For example, one may observe the transformational process of Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, whereby her character initially was against patriarchal …

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Innovations in Embedded iPad Application Development

Apple’s iPad is expanding functional boundaries to business and other utility areas as well. Previously, iPad usability was limited to entertainment and leisure purposes, but now, business world is taking deeper interest in iPad, and encouraging innovation to enhance interest in work and provide handy connectivity to workflow. With this …

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Two Opera Performances in Europe 2013

At the Wiener Staatsoper on 24th June we heard Richard Strauss’s valedictory opera ‘Capriccio’, a wonderfully knowing and skilfully-written piece which moved me greatly. I don’t share Gunter Selling’s dismissal of it as an insubstantial work; on the contrary, I think Strauss was able to distil so much wisdom and …

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How to Write a Novel in Just 3 Days

My name is Laura Roberts, and I wrote an entire novel in just three days. No, I’m not crazy. Yes, it was for a contest (the 3-Day Novel Contest, held annually by a bunch of crazy Canucks over Labor Day weekend). And yes, you can do it too. Writing a …

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The Importance Of Teaching Resilience

Fostering Resilience and Independence in our Young Students Fostering resilience and independence in our students is an important educational goal. Educators, clinicians and parents need to seek ways to foster children’s independence and resilience. Resilient children are likely to grow to be more successful, emotionally healthy, happier, responsible adults. Children …

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The Mask: A Modern Slapstick Movie – Comedy At Its Best

Deep in the bay, a piping worker finds a wooden mask in a locked metal box. Mean while, Stanley Imkiss a normal bank clerk gets walked all over at work. He buys concert tickets for his girlfriend. She says that she has a friend coming into town then. Stanley lets …

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Comedy Magic – Putting Comedy in Your Magic Act

Without any doubt, comedy is the one ingredient which appeals most to an audience and supplies the greatest possibility for an entertainer who uses magic as his material. Just look at who are the highest paid entertainers on film and television – the majority are comedians! So how does a …

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Physical Theatre and Commedia Dell’arte – An Interview With Wyckham Avery

Q: How did you start in physical theatre? A: When I was a teenager I was very lucky to have worked with Dan Hurlin who is a phenomenal performance artist, writer and teacher. We didn’t talk about the work as a genre like ‘physical theatre’ or ‘realism’ or ‘absurdism’ we …

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