“Finding the head is the main scientific result. There’s been lingering controversy about this.” – A new reconstruction of hallucigenia sparsa answers questions about the shape and orientation of the animal, something that was previously so mysterious that scientists in the 70s had it upside down.
National Center for Transgender Equality (2013): Our Moment for Reform: Immigration and Transgender People
The US Supreme Court upholds subsidies on the federal exchanges in King v. Burwell in a 6-3 ruling written by the Chief Justice Roberts. Rejecting Chevron deference, the court decided that Congress actually intended for the federal exchanges to work like the state exchanges.
Shodo Performance Koshien is an annual competition, held in Ehime, of massive-scale Japanese calligraphy performed live by teams of high school students. (The videos with two-digit numbers in their titles are actual performances.) This year’s will be held in Shikokuchuo-shi, Ehime, on July 26. Interested in trying it yourself, but don’t feel like breaking the bank on an enormous horsehair brush? Try using a modified mop!
Dear Readers: We have some John Doe II news to talk about. I’m not absolutely positive what’s up – but I have some strong suspicions, which I will go into. Whatever’s going down, the timing of this could not be more threatening to Scott Walker’s impending presidential campaign. First you need to know that the more »
Action Man: Battlefield Casualties is a disturbing spoof toy commercial in a campaign by Veterans for Peace UK to raise the military recruitment age from 16 to 18. Warning: autoplaying video with graphic violence.
If you’ve attended a Palladium Chamber Players concert, you know that our ensemble is composed of some of the country’s finest chamber musicians.
But just to prove it, please pick up this week’s New Yorker magazine. There on Page 6 is a full page photo of two members of our handsome quartet – Ed Arron and Jeewon Park. The husband and wife team are stars in New York chamber circles and the photo was highlighting their appearance at the Caramoor Festival, where chamber music is a staple. Last year, Jeewon was featured in the New York Times.
Here’s what The New Yorker said:
Every summer, Caramoor, the most elegant of the Northeastern music festivals, offers concerts devoted to opera, orchestral music, roots music, and jazz. But since the festival’s founding, at the close of the Second World War, chamber music has been a vital part of the enterprise. In recent years, the quietly charismatic cellist Edward Arron (pictured above, with his wife, the pianist Jeewon Park) has been a major player here; this week, he joins several fellow-alumni of the festival’s prestigious young-instrumentalists program in one of his “Edward Arron and Friends” concerts. They perform two intimately connected pieces: chamber versions of Strauss’s “Metamorphosen,” a threnody originally written for string orchestra, and of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” which Strauss quotes in his own work.
Ed and Jeewon, along with Jeff Multer, Danielle Farina, will be back next season for FOUR concerts. Kickoff show is Nov. 18, followed by 2016 shows on January 13, Feb. 17 and March 23. Season subscriptions will go on sale in September. Look for details coming soon at mypalladium.org.
The New Yorker has a profile of Sen. Diane Feinstein and her role in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence “torture report” — including her conflict with CIA Director John Brennan over his spying on the committee’s staff.
I asked [Feinstein] whether she was disappointed in Obama’s lack of support for the torture report. She paused, and replied, “Well, let me say that there are people who don’t want to look at the whole truth. And I don’t know whether the President read our report or not. I certainly haven’t heard from him since.”