On June 21st, the streets, parks, and churches of Berlin will come alive with music as the Fete de La Musique welcomes summer. More than 4000 musicians will celebrate on 103 stages throughout the city. The Fete is the "open house" of the Berlin music scene.
Four 7" singles peek into the back stories of the hardcore band's rock opera, including its narrator, Octavio, on "What They Didn't Know."
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The members of F---- Up don't know when to stop. The hardcore band's discography is littered with 12" singles based on the Zodiac, mixtapes, Christmas singles, three full-lengths and who-knows-what else. It's appropriate, then, that the band's latest album, the 78-minute rock opera David Comes to Life (streaming in its entirety here), has an odd assortment of bonus material attached to it.
Trumpeter Theo Croker, who is making a new album with Dee Dee Bridgewater, lives and works in Shanghai.
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The port city of Shanghai, now China's most populous, had a thriving jazz scene prior to Communist control in 1949. Now, with economic restrictions relaxed and development booming, the scene is coming to life again — at least it would seem, from news about Shanghai jazz musicians lately.
Trail maintenance is an ongoing need in natural areas all across Kentucky. In response, Saturday has been designated National Trails Day. Volunteers in eastern Kentucky will work on a couple of trail projects. Workers will gather near the Cumberland Falls area to re-route a quarter mile portion of trail along Bark Camp Creek in Whitley County. Steve Barber is executive director of the Sheltowee Trace Association.
The first HIV diagnosis was made 30 years ago. Since then, it’s spread to epidemic proportions in the United States. As Fast Company writes, “it’s probably more prevalent in your neighborhood than you think.” To prove that point, the company profiles the creators of AIDSvu, an interactive map that shows a county-by-county breakdown of adults and adolescents with an HIV diagnosis. You can look at the map here.
Worries about a loss of momentum in the U.S. economy continued to make stock markets jittery Thursday. Major foreign exchanges experienced sell-offs following the sharp drop of more than 2 percent in U.S. indexes Wednesday. The markets are responding to data that suggest the U.S. recovery will remain a long, hard slog.
Mark Vitner, senior economist and managing director of Wells Fargo, says the market sell-off was a response to a tide of negative news in the past few days.
"There's been a lot of disappointing economic data," he says.
Just as soon as V.S. Naipaul closed the book on one of literature's juiciest spats, he opened his mouth and started another one. This time the Nobel Laureate for literature said no woman writer could ever be his literary equal. He said that on Tuesday, but his comments are just now starting to echo on the Web.
<strong>Class Of '62:</strong> Michael Fassbender proves his blockbuster mettle as Magneto in <em>X-Men: First Class, </em>a swift and stylish relaunch that lays out the Cold War-era origins for Marvel's superheroes.
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There's much to admire about X-Men: First Class, a combination reboot and prequel for a three-film mutant-superhero series that peaked with its rousing second entry, then hit the wall in a by-the-numbers adventure that languished between workmanlike and perfunctory.
It's a quest that never seems to end — the search for a safer birth control pill.
Some thought it might be at hand almost a decade ago when a new generation of oral contraceptives came on the market. They contained a hormone called drospirenone, which some thought would be less likely to cause dangerous blood clots.