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Soviet Film Wednesday: Viy

Viy is a significant artifact in the history of cinema, particularly in the context of Soviet film. Released in 1967, it is widely regarded as the first horror movie produced by the Soviet film industry. The film is based on a horror novella by Nikolai Gogol, a renowned Russian-Ukrainian author whose work has been foundational …

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Julian Cope: A Revolution in Music and Eccentricity

Julian Cope, a prominent singer-songwriter, musician, author, and antiquarian, has been a revolutionary figure in the music industry for more than four decades. Born in Wales on this day October 21, 1957, Cope first made his mark as the frontman of the neo-psychedelic band The Teardrop Explodes in the late 1970s and early 1980s. With …

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Albert Frey: A Master of Desert Modernism

Born in Zurich, Switzerland on October 18, 1903, Albert Frey is widely recognized as a master of Desert Modernism. Born and educated in Switzerland, Frey’s architectural skills were honed under the tutelage of Le Corbusier, a pioneer of modern architecture. However, it was upon his move to the United States, and specifically to Palm Springs, that …

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Soviet Film Wednesday: Ivashka and Baba-Yaga

Last week we had an introduction to the Brumberg Sisters, and this week we have another great film by the duo, featuring one of the scariest characters of folklore, Baba-Yaga. While this fairy tale, and others, portray her as a child-hunting witch, there are some different renditions of Baba-Yaga. In Slavic folklore, Baba-Yaga is typically …

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Capturing The Essence: A Closer Look at the Artistry of Photographer William Larson

William Larson is a name that resonates in the realm of contemporary photography. Born on this day October 14, 1942 in North Tonawanda, New York, Larson is recognized for his pioneering work with conceptual pieces and his innovative use of sequential images to explore themes of time, movement, and change. His profound understanding of the photographic …

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Soviet Film Wednesday: Little Red Riding Hood

Meet the Brumberg Sisters, Valentina and Zinaida Brumberg, both Moscow-born artists who worked together as animators, screenwriters, and directors, creating around 50 films in total. Made in 1937, this is their spooky animation of Charles Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. Perrault’s version was a cautionary message to children about stranger danger. Soviet Film …

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Remembering Kirsty MacColl: A Tribute to Her Timeless Hits and Incredible Talent

Born on this day October 10, 1959, Kirsty MacColl, a highly regarded singer-songwriter, touched the music world with her unique blend of new wave and folk influences. Her untimely demise left a void in the music industry that can never be filled. Yet, her timeless hits continue to resonate, providing a lasting testament to her …

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The Soulful Journey of Ray Charles

“Live each day like it’s your last, ’cause one day you gonna be right” -Ray Charles The soulful journey of Ray Charles, an acclaimed singer, pianist, songwriter, and composer, is a compelling narrative of resilience, determination, and innate talent. Born Ray Charles Robinson on this day September 23, 1930 in Albany, Georgia, he overcame significant …

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The Unique Charm of Bat Trang Pottery Village

Located on the outskirts of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, lies a picturesque village known for its centuries-old craft of pottery making. This village is none other than Bat Trang Pottery Village, a place that has preserved the art of ceramics and nurtured it for generations. In this article, we delve into the unique …

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The Voice of Ronnie Spector in the Golden Era of Music

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the mesmerizing melodies and powerful voice of Ronnie Spector, the iconic voice of the Golden Era of Music. From her early days as the lead singer of the groundbreaking girl group, The Ronettes, to her illustrious solo career, Ronnie Spector’s talent and style have captivated audiences for …

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