"Many economists and technologists believe we’re coming into the machine age, where humans will compete with technology for jobs and ability to create value. I think they are partially right. In Star Trek, machines enabled humans to be more social. See the world through this lens, and you realize all of this technology combined with human ingenuity can be brought together to drive towards something new — a world where all people count."
Los Angeles - The reality between science fiction and fact has become so blurred that the boundaries that had separated the two disciplines into their respective autonomous realms, have inexorably been increasingly blending thanks to the spectacular advancements in technology over the last decade.
What seemed 10, 15 years ago as purely a Star Wars special effects showcase, concocted by the dream wizards up in San Marin County at the Skywalker Ranch, code for George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic, is fast becoming today's reality.
I recently came across a TED lecture on that very subject . No not George and his special effects masters but how in this case Star Trek, the 60's pop sci-fie that birthed the Trekkie franchise, that incidentally continues to this very day, that much of the technology fantasized and propped on both the television series and their subsequent movie franchises, is becoming a reality.
The future ladies and gentlemen has arrived and isn't planning on leaving any time soon.
Nilofer Merchant, a former tech executive who’s now a two-time book author, gave a presentation as to what that future might bring in the next 30 years. The title of her talk on TED...HOW STAR TREK WILL FINALLY COME TRUE.
Check out the clip below and follow her at her blog, Yes & Know, or on Twitter @nilofer.
Los Angeles -- If one were to see Hell or experience it before the afterlife one need look no further than Auschwitz, a place that has become the reflection of all that is vile, cruel, hideous and the grotesquely obscene within the psychological frame work of humanity's darker side. A place that some have described as Hell on Earth that only ceased operation when the Red Army entered the camp and were met by the skeletal remains of the living dead.
This coming April marks the end of the most devastating War humanity wrought upon itself. Unofficially the combined death toll of both civilian and military combatants that began with the invasion of Poland in September 1939 and concluded with the utter destruction and decimation of Germany and her people in April of 1945 was pegged globally at about 70 million. Officially, however, the death toll has remained somewhere around 50 million. Yet what makes this mass genocide so difficult to fully comprehend probably lies in the methodology propagated toward the execution of the "final solution", that premeditated murder spree of innocent civilians across the European/Eurasian continent, unabated by any guilt and/or mercy.
Moreover, the murderers as has been pointed out repeatedly, were themselves in less precarious times, committed ubiquitous citizens who in the hours of peace would have faded into the mass of humanity unnoticed, and forgotten...like a spec of sand settled within a bedrock of sandy beaches.
As the surviving generation of the camps, mostly Jews, and yes the "final solution" at its core was driven by an almost hysterical crusade to eradicate Jewry and her people in the most sadistic yet efficient manner, is disappearing daily. The mortality table has now generously tipped in their favor, finally awaiting its last pickup. That one can speculate that within a decade most if not all, with the exception of a handful, will be gone and with them the legacy of the eyewitness account to the greatest crime and tragedy in all the annals of human existence.
Therefore in remembrance of the day God wept, herewith below is a BBC dramatization of the facts behind Nazi Germany's plan to kill all undesirable people that were racially impure according to the theology they mandated and preached at the time.
What makes this version so special is the fact that the British Broadcaster did a detailed historical analysis culled from the records found after the war and by commentaries from educators and eyewitnesses, those that are still living, to create a non-judgmental report as to the socio-economic and political roots of the conspiracy to willfully and deliberately commit the biggest mass murder of all time.
Los Angeles -- William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon, known for such timeless iconoclastic works as "Romeo And Juliet", "Othello", "King Lear", "Macbeth" and "Hamlet" brought to life a tale of love and commerce in what was then a dominant commercial city state on the northeast end of the Italian peninsula, in the Laguna Veneta, at the west end of the Adriatic Sea, Venice. A mash up of islets and canals that begat commerce in a treasure trove of mercantile intrigue where merchants and their clientele plied their trade for monetary gain vying to capture the hefty profit margins that awaited those who were lucky to master the craft of money making. Set against this free wheeling rendition of capitalism in its purest form, is the story of a young Venetian, Bassanio and the love of his life Portia, a wealthy Venetian who has captivated his heart.
From the hometown of Marco Polo, William Shakespeare crafted a tale of romance and tragedy against the back drop of Venice's political, social and religious angst, mixed with Shakespeare's poetic trademarked verbiage and Byzantine styled plot collusion. Peter Nikkos plays Shylock, the money lender who holds the keys to either a positive or negative end to our story. So before I give it all away why don't we find out.
Opening night is tonight 3/27 and it is sold out. However it is playing also Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8 pm and Sunday matinee (no matinee this Sunday) 4 pm over the next three weekends.
You can purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets. Here is the the link:
Merchant of Venice Plot Summary Courtesy of No Sweat Shakespeare
"A young Venetian, Bassanio, needs a loan of three thousand ducats so that he can woo Portia, a wealthy Venetian heiress. He approaches his friend Antonio, a merchant. Antonio is short of money because all his wealth is invested in his fleet, which is currently at sea. He goes to a Jewish money lender, Shylock, who hates Antonio because of Antonio’s anti-semitic behaviour towards him.Shylock nevertheless agrees to make the short-term loan, but, in a moment of dark humour, he makes a condition - the loan must be repaid in three months or Shylock will exact a pound of flesh from Antonio. Antonio agrees, confident that his ships will return in time.
Because of the terms of Portia’s father’s will, all suitors must choose from among three caskets, one of which contains a portrait of her. If he chooses that he may marry Portia, but if doesn’t he must vow never to marry or court another woman. The Princes of Morocco and Arragon fail the test and are rejected. As Bassanio prepares to travel to Belmont for the test, his friend Lorenzo elopes with Shylock’s daughter, Jessica. Bassanio chooses the lead casket, which contains her picture, and Portia happily agrees to marry him immediately.
Meanwhile, two of Antonio’s ships have been wrecked and Antonio’s creditors are pressurising him for repayment. Word comes to Bassanio about Antonio’s predicament, and he hurries back to Venice, leaving Portia behind. Portia follows him, accompanied by her maid, Nerissa. They are disguised as a male lawyer and his clerk. When Bassanio arrives the date for the repayment to Shylock has passed and Shylock is demanding his pound of flesh. Even when Bassanio offers much more than the amount in repayment, Shylock, now infuriated by the loss of his daughter, is intent on seeking revenge on the Christians. The Duke refuses to intervene.
Portia arrives in her disguise to defend Antonio. Given the authority of judgment by the Duke, Portia decides that Shylock can have the pound of flesh as long as he doesn’t draw blood, as it is against the law to shed a Christian’s blood. Since it is obvious that to draw a pound of flesh would kill Antonio, Shylock is denied his suit. Moreover, for conspiring to murder a Venetian citizen, Portia orders that he should forfeit all his wealth. Half is to go to Venice, and half to Antonio.
Antonio gives his half back to Shylock on the condition that Shylock bequeath it to his disinherited daughter, Jessica. Shylock must also convert to Christianity. A broken Shylock accepts. News arrives that Antonio’s remaining ships have returned safely. With the exception of Shylock, all celebrate a happy ending to the affair."
PRESS RELEASE: MERCHANT OF VENICE -- CITY SHAKES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Allison Volk
Tel: (303) 819-8691
DOWNTOWN SANTA MONICA THEATER COMPANY THROWS RED CARPET
The City Shakespeare Company celebrates the opening of ‘The Merchant of
Venice’ on March 27
! SANTA MONICA, March 12, 2014 – The City Shakespeare Company is kicking off
it’s 2014 season with a bash - literally. The Santa Monica-based theater
company is hosting a red carpet masquerade ball on opening night, Thursday,
Theater-goers will be in for an evening of Hollywood-style red carpet arrivals at 7
pm, complimentary wine, a performance of the show, with a DJ, dancing and
prizes for the best masquerade costumes to conclude the evening.
But the company, which is currently housed in an old warehouse space within
walking distance to the 3rd Street Promenade, doesn’t have any delusions
about the challenging material they are tackling. Brooke Bishop, director of the
play and City Shakes’ co-artistic director, sees value in producing this
“My intention is to have people leave the theater asking questions instead of
making judgements,” Bishop states. “If this play sparks a dialogue, if people
leave wondering not who was right and who was wrong but rather if right and
wrong even matter at all, I will be pleased, and know we've done something
Peter Nikkos, who plays the historically-charged role of Shylock, the Jew, writes,
“There is Shylock in everyman; my humble goal is to show the audience the
‘every-man’ in Shylock.”
If you go: The Merchant of Venice plays Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8
pm March 27 thru April 12, and Sundays April 6 and 13 at 4 pm. Location is 1454
Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Plenty of free street parking after 6pm.
Doors open at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/583598. Thursdays, April 3 and 10 are pay-what-you-can at the door. For
more information, please visit www.CityShakes.org.
Los Angeles -- If you are ever curious as to the difference between a star and a character actor. Look no further than clicking this entry to view the following culled from the Film Index. Even the still images display the dynamic properties that made these stars superstars. Whether in front or behind the camera their talent and skill are head and shoulder above the rest. Let's keep the cameras rolling!
John Oates’ New Album Good Road To Follow Out Today
-- Lead Single “Stone Cold Love” with Ryan Tedder --
March 18th, 2014, Nashville, TN…Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, John Oates, kicks off his much anticipated new solo album Good Road To Follow (PS Records / Elektra) today with the lead single “Stone Cold Love”, a collaboration with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder. The album started as a yearlong series of digital singles and has culminated in a three-disc set of genre-specific EPs aptly named Route 1, Route 2, and Route 3.
“Stone Cold Love” was written, performed and produced with Tedder, front man for OneRepublic, at his studio in Denver, CO. The song is a new sound coming from Oates, who IS singing lead, which might be hard to discern for fans. Tedder admits creating something totally different with Oates was all part of the plan. “I get off on throwing people a curveball and having them say, ‘I had you pegged and this is completely not what I thought you would’ve done.’” Oates echoes that saying, “It is definitely the track on the album that won’t sound like anything else.” Both musicians agree that the end result is an edgy, powerful, hard-hitting introduction to Good Road To Follow.
To hear “Stone Cold Love” visit:
John Oates on Soundcloud
To watch Oates and Tedder discuss the story behind the song visit:
John Oates Detours Episode 9: “Stone Cold Love”
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