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Month: August 2017

10 Famous Musicians With Hearing Impairment

Hearing loss is not a rare thing in the rock ‘n’ roll world. We all know how loud it can get out there, at the gigs. This can cause significant hearing damage over time for the performers, such as tinnitus, etc. The good thing is that a hearing problem can’t stop you from playing music in your head. We all know the story of Ludwig van Beethoven, but here are ten more musicians that had suffered from various types of hearing loss. Neil Young One of the greatest musicians and songwriters of all time, Neil Young, has left an...

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A Bessie Smith ‘dream Project’ Makes Its D.C. Debut

Miche Braden as the title character in “The Devil’s Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith,” being staged by Mosaic Theater at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. (Chris Banks) Miche Braden’s performance as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” in 1991 was so impressive that her director, Joe Brancato, in Upstate New York, asked the actress whether she had a dream project that she wanted to do. She immediately said: “Bessie Smith.” It was a savvy choice, for it was Smith’s mid-1920s success as the first African American recording star that made the subsequent...

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Poetry Springs Up In The Gardens This September

Hannah Francis It stands some 30 metres tall in the middle of the Royal Botanic Gardens, the precious cavities in its trunk home to cockatoos and other native birds. Few would realise this river red gum is older than the gardens themselves, or that it was once much nearer the Yarra River – before white settlers diverted it in order to build the gardens. SHARE Share on Facebook SHARE Share on Twitter TWEET Link Ryan Prehn and the remnant river red gum, which could be up to 300 years old, according to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Photo: Eddie Jim...

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Chuck Palahniuk: Books & Short Stories

Though the name Chuck Palahniuk might not ring a bell, you probably know some of his work. In this lesson, we will look at the novels and short stories of this prolific contemporary author. Bibliography ”The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.” As long as you haven’t been living under a rock since the late 1990s, there’s a good chance you know the second rule, too: Don’t talk about Fight Club! Fight Club was Chuck Palahniuk’s breakthrough novel. Since then, he has kept pretty busy publishing novels and short stories. Let’s take...

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Joker Origin Stories Don’t Work, And A Movie Won’t Either

Deadline reports that two writers have been assigned to work on a DC Films movie that would tell the origin story of the Joker in a gritty, hard-boiled ’80s setting. Naturally, fans got upset . That’s OK. Fans get upset about nearly everything. But even a terrible, yelling, nitpicking clock is right twice a day. The problem with an origin story is that it undercuts everything that makes the Joker a terrifying villain — even for a hero who uses fear as a weapon. Trying to give the Joker an origin story is a dumb idea Here’s what we...

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