French train stations now have vending machines that dispense short stories to entertain you while you wait
Which is why France’s idea to install free short story vending machines is genius.
The idea was trialled a year ago in the country’s Grenoble train station, where it went down so well that they decided to roll it out across more stations.
You simply choose your wait-time – one, three or five minutes – and the machine will dispense a story accordingly. All for free.
The stories are all printed on paper, and topics range from children’s stories to lyrical poetry.
The authors of the stories are all anonymous, and over 5,000 have submitted stories.
The machines have been installed at 24 train stations all over France, with plans to introduce them at a further 11 by the end of the year.
The idea was dreamt up by publishing house Short Edition, which specialises in short stories.
‘Our ambition is to see distributors pop up everywhere to encourage reading – and writing – and to promote our artists,’ Short Edition director Christophe Sibieude told Télérama. ‘The paper medium is a breath of fresh air, it’s more unexpected that a smartphone screen.’
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October 15, 2016
Written by Cesi Davidson
Directed by Isreal McKinney
This timely story explores microaggressions between two business partners as they cross boundaries within America's racially divided past through magical realism. Audience members, who shared their personal experiences with racism in June, contributed to the expansion of the play.
George Bruce Library
518 West 125th Street
(Between Amsterdam & Broadway)
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Written by Harrison David Rivers
Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges
Limited engagement October 19th thru November 20th
Retha and Nina Baker have always been close—folding laundry together, chasing fireflies together, and enduring the summer heat together. But when their mother dies unexpectedly and their neighbor, George, returns home from college, the sisters’ relationship begins to fray and long-held desires threaten to tear them apart. Set on the outskirts of an all-black town in rural Kansas, SWEET is a coming of age story about the sacrifices we make to hold on to the ones we love.
A DAY BY THE SEA
By N.C. Hunter
Directed by Austin Pendleton
The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row – 410 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues
A Day by the Sea is a warm, human and often humorous depiction of the "crisis" of middle age. Julian Anson, a once-promising Foreign Service employee, confronts professional disappointment and personal failure while picnicking along the English seaside. Jolted into the realization that maybe it’s not too late - he seizes an opportunity to correct his past mistakes and start fresh - but will the results be any different?
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Absorbing, Great acting, Overrated, Great staging
See it if you enjoy family dramas. The acting is superb.
Don't see it if you need a play to finish as strongly as it begins...it fails to deliver on the build up of the first three-quarters of the play.
Also Spoiler(ish): The final 10-15 minutes have a totally different (and unwelcome) feel from the rest of the excellent play. If it weren't for the disappointing ending, I would have LOVED this play.
Funny, Cliched, Fine, Solid but too everyday, Good writing
See it if biting family comments make you laugh. It's a love letter to how shitty it is to live in New York & whether it's really worth it.
Don't see it if you're bored by common bickering, no matter how cleverly written. I prefer theatre that challenges & stretches, not reminds me of normality.
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow
See it if so you can see what all the hype is about. It may not seem like it but I did like this just didn't live up to what I was expecting.
Don't see it if you want to be blown away which is what I was hoping for. Sorry many other plays that are like this but much better.
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging
See it if because Van Hove got this one right; you're ok with minimal sets for the sake of exceptional story telling; brilliant performances
Don't see it if sliding accents bother you (it did me) but everything else was superb!
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Disappointing
See it if you love Arthur Miller and/or intense theatrical dramas. Mark Strong delivers an excellent performance as Eddie.
Don't see it if you're over-hyped. Or rather still do see it, but lower your expectations so you won't be disappointed. Nothing can live up to that hype.
Dizzying, Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated
See it if . . . . you are a devotee of Faure's Requiem which is played constantly throughout the evening.
Don't see it if Van Hove sucked the life right out of this play by making it pretentious. Nothing more than "The Emperor's New Clothes."
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME
Funny, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking
See it if You are interested in race relations in mostly friendly environments, want to see boundaries pushed involving sex and nudity
Don't see it if If you don't like house lights going on or audience participation.
Also Interesting show that brings up great issues in a really great. Sadly, there are several great threads that just don;t come together into a great whole
Original, Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Disappointing
See it if you enjoy how Ars Nova, one of the most original theatre co's, challenges theatrical conventions & controversy, this time on race & sex.
Don't see it if you expect any new insight on race relations. It begins with a clever premise (based on an actual event) but falters with "backstage" antics
Ambitious, Disappointing, Irrelevant
See it if Edgy productions that seem to be more about the performers than about the subject
Don't see it if You are expecting to see something about the Underground Railroad. The title is a tease - an opening gambit that gives way to something else
Also The sex, and there is a lot of it, seems almost gratuitous and totally unnecessary to the story/message.The underlying message bout race relations is of course complicated, but not best served here
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
Clever, Dizzying, Intelligent, Intense, Entertaining
See it if you would like a quirky and delightful adaptation with very clever, though simple, staging, and the action happening right in your face
Don't see it if you don't like adaptations that change or condense the original, or non-traditional productions with actors playing multiple roles
Original, Clever, Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing
See it if You want to get a laugh from Jane Austen.
Don't see it if You love Jane Austen's characters as much as I do. Yes, she wrote them with foibles, but this staging substitutes mockery for discernment.
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Great staging
See it if you remember the movie and know the plot.
Don't see it if you expect a lovely version of a good movie and book.
Also VERY cleverly staged; but the screechy voices of most of the women in the cast spoil the entire evening
SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS
Original, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Entertaining
See it if you want to remember why you go to theater instead of binge watching TV. I left feeling as if I had spent a week in the country,
Don't see it if you need everything spelled out -- subtleties, implied relationships and unspoken backstories are what makes this production exciting.
Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched
See it if You need to be reminded that words can fall short & there are other ways to communicate. Or, if u like unique staging regardless of message
Don't see it if You don't like experimental theater or would object to a naked guy on stage.
Quirky, Banal, Disappointing, Overrated
See it if you both respect alternative therapy and spiritual practices, but also want to see them tweaked.
Don't see it if you're easily physically uncomfortable. This play is literally hard to sit through, with most of the "action" on the far edge of the stage.
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We took a quick trip up to Baltimore recently and had a good time using the water taxi system to get around (All day pass is $14.00, well worth it)
A First Map of the Entire Milky Way
Jeffrey Kluger @jeffreykluger
ESA/Gaia/DPACAn all-sky view of stars in our Galaxy – the Milky Way – and neighboring galaxies, based on the first year of observations from ESA’s Gaia satellite, from July 2014 to Sept. 2015.
The largest all-sky survey of our galaxy ever assembled
Nearly a million miles from Earth, at a gravitationally stable point in space on the opposite side of our planet from the sun, is the greatest little mapmaker that ever existed. It had better be great because its job is huge: to paint a three-dimensional portrait of the entire galaxy. That, if you’re counting, is a structure measuring 100,000 light years across—which is an awful lot of real estate to keep your eye on.
The mapmaker in question is the Gaia satellite, a 4,500-lb. (2,030 kg) craft launched by the European Space Agency in 2013. Gaia’s mission managers don’t pretend they can spot every object in the galaxy, which includes an estimated 300 billion stars to say nothing of planets, moons, asteroids and more. But a good 1 billion stars ought to help them take the Milky Way‘s overall measure and reveal new clues about its structure, formation and history.
This image, released on Sept. 14, provides a first rough glimpse at the map to come. So far, Gaia has actually exceeded its original goal, getting a reasonably good bead on 1.142 billion stars. Much more precise positional measurements, along with the stars’ apparent motion relative to Earth, are still to come.Space is a very big place. It will be a long, long time before we map it all, but Gaia offers a good start.
"Take the picture already"
On weekends this fellow plays bluegrass in the town center in Shepherdtown where I live
7 Reasons Street Photography Is Good For You
by Chris Wilson
Street photography is good for you. On many levels I have noticed that street photography has had a very positive benefit on my life. If you are a street photographer, then I’m sure you’ve noticed this too, and if you aren’t a street photographer, I’m sure you’ll want to give it a try now.
1. Street photography gets you out
Street photography requires you to get out in public. Sure, you can apply street photography ideas to non street photos but if you want to take street photos (candid photos in a public space) then you need to get out. This has a lot of health benefits including…
You end up walking a lot
Many people live pretty sedentary lives (I’m sure it’s worse in the suburbs of certain cities than living in the centre of a city) but with street photography you have to get out and walk (unless you do a series on public transport). That means you will burn off some calories and stay fit and healthy.
Street photography gets you exploring around you
If you start doing street photography, you’ll quickly start exploring the world around you and discovering new places and spots. You’ll want to go to more interesting places and learn more about the sides of your city that you don’t know about. This also has the benefit of encouraging you to get out more and explore as well as helping you to get more connected with your area.
2. Street Photography is social
Although street photography is traditionally about being invisible on the street, it is also incredibly social. You’ll find yourself engaging and meeting many people if you start going out on the street.
One of the big social aspects of street photography is with other street photographers. Going to meet ups with other photographers as well as photo walks and conferences (not to mention the blogging communities. Hi guys.)
If you direct people on the street with street portraits (what I would consider a sub genre of street) then you’ll start to engage with people and meet many new folks. If you just try and take one persons photo a day, you’ll end the year meeting 365 people. That’s not too bad.
3. Street photography gets you out of your comfort zone
Most of us live most of our lives stuck in our comfort zones. This might not seem bad but in truth it makes us unwilling to take risks and missing out on the best things in life. Street photography can be a way to daily break out of your comfort zone and stretch yourself. Meaning that when other opportunities come in life, you’re more used to taking those chances when they arise.
4. Street photography (should) make you less judgmental
This isn’t true of everyone, but I know it has been true of me. Street photography has made me less judgmental of people. That’s not to say I don’t still hold personal beliefs and even think those ideas would be good for people (i.e. being an alcoholic isn’t a good life choice…whether it is a choice or not) but I won’t turn my nose up at someone who look or acts differently to me.
5. Street photography is inspiring
Photography (including street) is inspirational. It makes us feel and aspire to different ideas. It can help us feel empathy for those around us. It can cause us to questions ideas and values we hold In a way that words sometimes can’t.
6. Street photography keeps your brain active
Learning something new keeps your brain active and younger. This helps you to keep learning as you get older and also stay more mentally sharp.
7. Street photography makes you more aware of dangers on the street
When you start taking street photography, you’ll become a lot more aware of all the things going on around you on the street. This helps you to be more aware of dangerous things going on around you. Helping you to stay safe while on the street.
I LOVE BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS FROM FILM
July 1938, John William Warde commits suicide at the Gotham Hotel, New York City
AND HERE'S SOME ANIMALS FOR YOU...................
I LOVE BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS FROM FILM
July 1938, John William Warde commits suicide at the Gotham Hotel, New York City