Original Cast at NY Philharmonic’s “West Side Story”

During intermission at NY Philharmonic’s orchestration of “West Side Story,” I read in wikipedia that the movie adaption changed lyrics like: “When you’re a Jet if the spit hits the fan” to “When you’re a Jet let them do what they can.” An older lady sitting in the next row overheard me telling my friends, and nodded saying: “YEP – they had to clean it up for the screen!!” A few minutes later, the conductor explained that tonight’s show was in honor of West Side Story’s 50th anniversary. Several original cast members were in the audience, and each stood up …

Opening Ceremony Blog – Spike Jonze Presents: Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma

A reminder that artistry is beautiful and transcendent. From Spike Jonze: The other day, I was lucky enough to be at an event to bring the arts back into schools and got to see an amazing collaboration between Yo-Yo Ma and a young dancer in LA, Lil Buck. Someone who knows Yo-Yo Ma had seen Lil Buck on YouTube and put them together. The dancing is Lil Buck’s own creation and unlike anything I’ve seen. Hope you enjoy. –Spike Jonze,http://www.openingceremony.us/entry.asp?pid=3238

Street Art in Buenos Aires

All around Buenos Aires, you stumble across huge murals – each with a unique voice and subject.   If you happen to be in the city, Graffitimundo does an excellent tour…                          

Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo

Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo is an association of Argentine mothers whose children were the desaperacidos during the military dictatorship of 1976 to 1983. Beginning 10 years ago, these women would regularly meet in the Plaza de Mayo, each wearing a head scarf with her vanished child’s name. Now every week, they continue to march.  And each week, portenos young and old as well as tourists from near and far bear witness to their protest.