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Ballet Mechanique to Land in Washington, D.C.

THOUSANDS FEAR FOR THEIR HEARING, FLEE FOR THEIR LIVES! The infamous Ballet mécanique is coming to Washington, DC, but not in any way it’s been heard before. And it’s not going to be for just one performance…it’s going to be played over 30 times. George Antheil’s 1925 masterwork, which was never heard in its original version (for 10 percussionists, two pianists, three airplane propellers, electric bells, siren, and 16 player…

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Happy, Happy Poetry

The Swing Robert Louis Stevenson HOW do you like to go up in a swing,   Up in the air so blue? Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing   Ever a child can do! Up in the air and over the wall,   Till I can see so wide, Rivers and trees and cattle and all   Over the countryside? Till I look down on the garden green,   Down on the roof…

Better living through video games?

The York team recently compared 94 bilinguals and monolinguals between the ages of 30 and 80. It found that while both groups started showing cognitive decline by age 60, the rate of slowing for bilinguals was much slower. Now young people who play video games are showing this similar pattern of high performance in resisting irrelevant impulses. The current report compared 50 avid players against 50 non-players and then subdivided…

Cubists Launch Unnavigable Web Site

The International Society of Cubists officially launched its Web site today, a brilliant rejection of natural form and perspective that metaphysically establishes the implication of movement, analytically redefines spatial relationships, and is an absolute bitch to navigate. “What the hell is this? I can’t tell how to get anywhere,” one of the site’s first visitors told the Cubist Society’s Webmaster-Curator, Paulo Cassat. “Is this art, or is this a Web…