How Theater for Young People Could Save the World

March 20th is World Theater for Children and Young People Day. Some of you might be thinking, “Oh lord, why do we need a day to celebrate actors being silly, wearing bright colors and singing obnoxiously at squirming kiddos and bored parents?”

But if you think that’s what Theatre for Young People is, you’re missing out on truly powerful, hilarious, bold, engaging, surprising theater that might just save the world.

Around the world artists are creating a new stripe of Theatre for Young People that combines the elegance of dance, the innovation of devised theater, the freshness of new plays, the magnetism of puppetry and the inciting energy of new musicals. Kids have access to more and more mature theatrical visions premiering from Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center to Atlanta’s Synchronicity Theatre to San Francisco’s Handful Players to Ireland to Adelaide to Kosovo to Cape Town.

These plays range from re-imagined fairy tales and adaptations of favorite books to brand-new plays and electric new musicals

Candleman is a 3D platformer that will make your heart melt

Proper 3D platformers are a rarity these days, especially on the Xbox One. That’s why we’re intrigued by Candleman, a charming adventure featuring a tiny wax-based hero. To succeed, you’ll need to decide when and how to melt your little candle. Illumination can trigger vital bridges, or spook dangerous ghosts. As your hero shrinks in size, you’re also able to jump higher and flutter across gaps that would otherwise be impossible to traverse. The caveat? Candleman can only burn for 10 seconds before he disappears entirely. To survive, you’ll need to get used to the dark.

Candleman is also unusual because it was developed by Spotlighter, an indie outfit based in Beijing, China. Few Xbox One games emerge from this region — unsurprisingly, most of the console’s software comes from Western developers, playing to the audience Microsoft has nurtured in the US and Europe. Candleman started as a game jam project in 2013, and quickly gained recognition for its resource-based puzzle-platforming.

Marta Becket, desert icon who made the Amargosa Opera House a destination

Becket, who died Monday at 92, spent decades presenting self-written, one-woman shows at the Amargosa Opera House, first in front of only empty seats and then full houses as fans drove deep into the desert to watch her perform.

The opera house in Death Valley Junction, a former mining hub seven miles from the Nevada state line, was at once a classic desert curiosity and a cultural beacon in the middle of nowhere.

A classically trained dancer who grew up in New York and danced at Radio City Music Hall, Becket made her debut at the opera house in 1968.

By her estimation, the population of Death Valley Junction was two — she and her husband. When he left her, the population shrank to one.

Aside from the occasional drifter, nobody arrived to see her performances. So she painted a large and festive audience on the walls and a Renaissance-style explosion of billowy clouds, cherubs and musicians in an ocean of blue on the ceiling.

“People asked why I did it, and I said ‘Well, I have to

Home Theater System for a High Definition Super Bowl

The annual Super Bowl is not only football’s big day, it is also one of the best excuses to have a viewing party.

For 2017, the Big Game will be held on Sunday, February 5th and broadcast on Fox and Fox Deportes TV. The broadcast of the game is scheduled to begin at 3:30pm PST/6:30pm EST on Sunday, February 5th, from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. However, there will be several hours of pre-game TV programming.

Check your local TV, cable, or satellite provider for the programming available in your area. For 2017, the Super Bowl will be broadcast in 720p resolution.

In order to fully appreciate the Super Bowl, you need an HDTV and Home Theater System.To prepare for the best home-bound Super Bowl viewing experience, check out the following three setup tips:

Receiving the Game

Make sure your antenna, cable, or satellite box is functioning properly and that you will be able to receive the channel in your area that is broadcasting the Super Bowl. If you will be receiving the Super Bowl via an antenna and need to get one, check

Home Theater Troubleshooting Tips

Home Theater Setup Frustrations

You’ve finished setting up your new home theater system and big-screen TV. You turn everything on and…nothing happens. Most consumers, including us “pros”, have moments like this. However, this doesn’t mean that it is time pull out the cell phone and dial tech support or a repair man just yet.

Before you grab the phone, there are some practical things you can do, and knowledge you can arm yourself with, that may get your system running, or determine what the actual problem is that needs repair.

Nothing Turns On

Check all power connections. If you have connected everything into a surge protector, make sure the surge protector itself is turned on and plugged into the wall. Believe it or not, this is one of most common reasons that home theater systems and/or televisions don’t power up the first time.

No TV Reception

Make sure your antenna, Cable, or Satellite box is connected correctly to your Television. If you have a standard Cable or Satellite box, make sure it is connected to the antenna/cable connection on your TV and that your

Everyone Loves Entertainment

Whether you’re a talented singer-songwriter or a writer looking to pen sitcoms, the entertainment industry is one place that has a career for just about anyone.

Everyone loves entertainment. Whether you’re into romantic weepies, punk rock, or the Food Network, there’s a niche to fit virtually every artistic taste. TV, film, music, theater, and even radio continue to be strongholds in the vast world of entertainment, but with the growth of the Internet and digital media, new technologies only increase the ways in which we are entertained- and the opportunities to make your own career a part of that process.

Plus, you don’t have to be a performer to participate. Do you love the magic of movies, but have no desire to get in front of the camera? Are you a music buff, but can’t sing to save your life? Never fear. Although entertainment is usually equated with the big-name movie stars and musicians that make it seem so glamorous in the first place, it could not exist without the thousands of professionals that create, produce, and support the films, TV shows, theater productions, and radio programs that we so eagerly consume.

Advertising, engineering, business,

Smart Bed, ‘Emotional Honda’, Insightful Shoes, and More

The technology industry’s annual CES convention kicks off this week and is expected – as usual – to broadcast what the industry considers to be the top trends of the year.

 Press previews started Tuesday for the event, which will be held Thursday through Sunday.Technology companies headed into the 50-year-old showfighting what has become a difficult narrative to shake: that there’s nothing new to show. It has been years since the show has turned out a really exciting gadget. That reflects broader criticism of an industry that seems to have no blockbuster follow-up to the smartphone.
 The industry is still innovating, analysts say, but just in a different way. Consumers will see more services instead of gadgets coming out of this year’s show, with products that combine both hardware and software.
 Take smart-home technology, for example. This area has been a highlight for several years, and analysts expect it will make some of the biggest splashes in this year’s show.

The technology industry’s annual CES convention kicks off this week and is expected – as usual – to broadcast what the industry considers to

What Is Home Theater and What Does It Do for Me?

Home theater refers to an audio and video equipment setup in your home that tries to duplicate the movie theater experience.

Application Of Home Theater

The application of this definition can vary widely, however. Many consumers are intimidated by the term “Home Theater” as they think this means a lot of money, equipment, and cables running all over the place.

Custom Home Theater

At its most complex, you can indeed have a custom built home theater that costs tens of thousands of dollars with a high end large screen TV or video projector, Blu-Ray Disc player(s), a media server, separate amplifiers for each channel controlled by a master preamp or controller, in-wall speakers, and a couple of subwoofers that can just about shake down the entire neighborhood.

Practical Home Theater For Everyone

However, in reality, home theater as actually applied in most homes, does not necessarily consist of an expensive custom installation, nor a lot of money. A modest  home theater setup can be something as simple as a 32 to 55-inch TV, combined with at least a DVD player,  sound bar, stereo receiver

Instagram Testing Multi-Photo Album Uploads on the Android App

f you feel constrained by your inability to share multiple photos on Instagram in a single move, a new feature will soon make your vacation look beautiful in a single album.

According to a report in Droid Life on Thursday, Instagram is testing a new feature in the Android app that lets users share multiple photos from their smartphone’s gallery as an album on the photo-sharing network.

Only advertisers are able to share multiple photos from their gallery currently which users can swipe through horizontally, but with the test, it looks like the feature may make its way to all 600 million Instagram users soon.

“Users can select up to 10 photos from their galley, slap on filters to each photo they choose, then upload the photos as an album to your timeline. From your followers’ perspective, they will see the album and can then slide through the various shots, liking photos as they go,” the report noted. While users can select photos and apply filters, they cannot yet upload the entire album to their Instagram timelines.

So for, only limited users can see the feature on

The future of home entertainment

The script for home entertainment is one that is continuously being written and rewritten. Predicting the future of home entertainment is impossible. But preparing for future possibilities is not.

An entertaining future

Entertainment today comes at consumers as rapidly as they want it—on demand and on the go. Over the last decade, the media industry has turned out massive amounts of content and users have widely embraced new technologies for consuming that content—from smartphones to streaming platforms. The result? A rich and dynamic new era for home entertainment.

Today’s abundance of quality content and the rich tools for accessing it belies the reality, however. A lot of uncertainty remains. New technologies can lose their luster as new tools emerge. Methods for connecting consumers to content can arise quickly—and become archaic just as quickly.

The script for home entertainment is one that will be continuously written and rewritten in coming years. Knowing exactly what the future holds is impossible. But preparing

Drone Could Carry a Person

When it comes to industrial copter-type drones, it’s easy to think that there are just two varieties: little ones that carry Amazon-type small packages, and full-sized unmanned helicopters. Griff Aviation, however, recently announced an aircraft that sits somewhere between the two. The Norwegian company’s Griff 300 weighs 75 kg (165 lb) on its own, and can reportedly lift a payload of up to 225 kg (496 lb).

The Griff 300 is an octocopter, meaning it has eight propellers each powered by a separate motor. Depending on how much it’s carrying, one charge of its battery pack is good for a claimed flight time of 30 to 45 minutes.

It’s manually flown from the ground using a radio remote control, although users can also opt for a custom helicopter-cabin-like mobile control station in which they fly it by first-person view.

Buyers can of course saddle it up with whatever cargo carriers, sensors or other gear they wish, although specific payload options are available as extras. These have been designed for users such as the armed forces, law enforcement, fire fighters, and search and rescue teams. There’s also a package aimed at wind

How to Integrate Your PC into Your Home Theater System

The most basic way to integrate your PC with your home theater is by simply finding a way to connect your PC or Laptop to your home theater system. To do this, check to see if your HDTV has a VGA (PC monitor) input connection, if not you also have the option to purchase a device, such as a USB-to-HMDI or VGA-to-HDMI converter that can also allow a PC to be connected to an HDTV.

In addition, to connect the audio from your PC to your home theater system, check to see if your PC has an audio output connection that can be connected to your TV or to your home theater receiver. This may require an adapter plug as well.

If you are able to connect both video and audio of your PC to your TV and home theater system in this fashion, you can then use your PC’s internet access to capability to watch internet or store images and video on your TV and listen to the audio through either your TV speakers or home theater speakers.

Surround Sound

If you also have

Is Music the Key to Success?

ONDOLEEZZA RICE trained to be a concert pianist. Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, was a professional clarinet and saxophone player. The hedge fund billionaire Bruce Kovner is a pianist who took classes at Juilliard.

Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement. But what is it about serious music training that seems to correlate with outsize success in other fields?

The connection isn’t a coincidence. I know because I asked. I put the question to top-flight professionals in industries from tech to finance to media, all of whom had serious (if often little-known) past lives as musicians. Almost all made a connection between their music training and their professional achievements.

Skills Needed to Be a Makeup Artist

A career as a makeup artist can be exciting and different every day. The satisfaction comes from using makeup to help people look their best or become characters far different from their usual selves. Makeup artists work in entertainment, theater, television, film, retail stores and on their own. They learn the necessary skills through courses at local colleges, universities or community colleges and on the job.

Before the Makeup

Makeup artists must learn important skills even before picking up a sponge or brush. They learn to assess a client’s skin type, including coloring, condition and sensitivity. These factors determine the type and colors of makeup to use. Learning color principles is an intricate skill that takes into account race, ethnicity, obvious skin color and undertones of color. Makeup artists must also study a client’s bone structure to decide where and how to apply types and colors of makeup to achieve the desired results.

Applying Makeup

Makeup artists learn to properly prepare the skin before applying makeup, using cleaning, toning and moisturizing techniques for different skin types. They practice applying foundation, blush, eye and brow liner, shadow and lip color. They also learn

What makes South Korean entertainment click?

The booming industry behind this regional angst is the subject of “The Korean Wave: Korean Popular Culture in Global Context.” It is a new collection of academic essays, of varying quality, on the South Korean entertainment sector’s rise to prominence in East and Southeast Asia. It was edited by Yasue Kuwahara, a professor at Northern Kentucky University, and published by Palgrave MacMillan.

From Manila to Mongolia, Seoul’s television and music companies have found enthusiastic audiences. Their success reflects the cultural allure of one of the region’s most advanced economies and has opened doors for other South Korean industries, including tourism and cosmetics.

In the collection, there is the obligatory chapter on “Gangnam Style,” the tongue-in-cheek hit by rapper Psy that became the most viewed music video in Internet history.

The authors do well to focus on the new role of music consumers in helping to promote songs by sharing them online — although there is needless hyperbole in their closing statement that “Gangnam Style” “may have been a turning point in global entertainment.”

Likewise, the book gets off to a shaky start by opening with an essay, by the British professor John Walsh, that

5 next-generation makeup artists on making it in beauty

Kanako Takase
Since moving from Tokyo to New York at 22, Kanako Takase’s career has only shot upwards. After interning for Pat McGrath, she started to mine her own individual style, mixing mediums and crafting painterly, colorful beauty looks that experiment with everything from grunge motifs to face jewels. The most important thing, she says, is “not to be afraid of going opposite to ‘trend’ when you have a chance to explore,” especially when the looks are being created for people she trusts. Takase adds, “I started my own career this year after four years of working with Yadim” – for whom she worked as a first assistant – “and I just feel blessed by what’s been happening around me so far.” In a short time, she’s managed to work with Chloë Sevigny, Julia Cumming, and Daria Werbowy and brands including Hermès, Diesel, and Topshop. Takase is ever-modest, though, adding cheerfully and rather poetically, “I’m looking forward to working with people who can push me out from my comfort zone and meet the new version of me.”

Ingeborg
After over a decade in the industry, NYC-based makeup artist Ingeborg has worked with everyone from Chanel Iman to

Misty Copeland In American Ballet Theatre History

History was made in the ballet world this week when soloist Misty Copeland was promoted to principal dancer, thereby becoming the first black female principal in the 75-year history of the American Ballet Theatre.

Copeland, now 32 years old, has been dancing with the American Ballet Theatre for over 14 years, nearly eight as a soloist. Most recently, she starred as Odette/Odile in “Swan Lake” at the Met, a role dance critic Alastair Macaulay called “the most epic role in world ballet.“

Copeland’s name is known far beyond the traditional confines of the ballet world, in part due to her emphatic openness regarding the problematic relationship between race and ballet. As Elizabeth Blair explained on NPR: “It’s hard for any ballet dancer to succeed, regardless of race, but a black dancer is up against a centuries-old aesthetic — the idea, for example, that the swan must be feather-weight and snow white, and so does her prince.”

Copeland’s rise to fame, despite the centuries of tradition working against her, has served as an inspiration for young dancers who don’t fit

No One Ever Told You About Being a Dancer

To watch Gemma Freitas soar and spin across the stage, it’s easy to think that all aspects of dance must come naturally to the Juilliard senior. But while her raw talent and performer personality were obvious from the get-go, grace didn’t always come quite so easily. “When I was younger,” she says, “I was not the most physically blessed with technique. I was kind of pigeon toed, and a bit chubby. But I had so much personality, and I loved putting on shows—being in front of people and telling stories.”

And no wonder—dance is, after all, in Gemma’s bones. The daughter of a ballerina, she trained in jazz, hip-hop, and acrobatics before eventually turning her focus to ballet as a teen. “I knew a performance career was something I wanted,” she shares. Yet, when it came time to audition for Juilliard, she attended tryouts without believing she had a real chance of getting in. “I never thought it would happen. When I got the call saying I was accepted, I just fell to the ground.”

For the last several years, Gemma has been rigorously training to enter the professional dance world—sometimes up to 12 hours a

Why You Should Never, Ever Listen When Someone Says ‘You Weren’t Born To Do That’

Most people probably pass by Misa Kuranaga without realizing who, exactly, they just overlooked. At 5’1 with a delicate build, Misa blends into the crowded Boston populace.

This woman, who hails from Osaka, Japan and probably weighs less than most American sixth graders, is a principal dancer for the Boston Ballet. And while her stature and size may defy the standards of “ballet beauty,” she is an international success story in the ballet world.

Q: What was it like growing up as a Japanese ballerina?

Misa Kuranaga: As a teenager, I struggled. My body isn’t really the perfect proportion for a ballet dancer. I’m pretty petite — only 5’1 ¾. But I knew I wanted to be a ballerina since I was seven. I never took other lessons, and my whole life was about ballet. I didn’t know anything besides ballet, and it was the only thing I loved.

I won some international competitions when I was a teenager, including a very famous one for young dancers who want to dance in a world famous ballet

How the 90s changed theatre in the UK

There seems to be a bit of a 90s revival going on. The Lyric Hammersmith recently staged a 20th-anniversary production of Mark Ravenhill’s Shopping and Fucking, Philip Ridley’s 1991 play The Pitchfork Disney opens at Shoreditch Town Hall, directed by Jamie Lloyd, later this week, and Martin Crimp’s The Treatment is to be revived by Lyndsey Turner at the Almeida in April. Meanwhile, at Styx in Tottenham Hale, Rift are staging a whole 90s season kicking off with Sarah Kane’s Blasted, and featuring Anthony Neilson’s Normal and Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker (which had a brilliant revival with Maxine Peake in Manchester in 2015).

It’s good to see The Skriker in the Rift season because it hints at the fact that the range of plays produced in the 90s goes far beyond the In-Yer-Face moniker, which has tended to define the era. With hindsight that tag hasn’t always been most helpful because of the narrowness of the label and its emphasis on sex and violence. Yes, the 1990s did produce Kane, Ravenhill and Jez Butterworth, but it produced a wide range of voices including Roy Williams, Jonathan Harvey, Judy Upton, Zinnie Harris, David Eldridge, Helen Edmundson, David Harrower,