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Chang W. Lee/The New York Times A hang glider model at “1001 Inventions,” a show about Muslim contributions to science, at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens. And why, after all, should it be any different? Isn’t that the cry made by most of us? We want to be acknowledged, given credit for our unique experiences.
In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatles fanatic named Jerry Levitan (b. 1954, Toronto; lives in Toronto), armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview. Thirty-eight years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin (b. 1980, Toronto; lives in Toronto) has woven a visual narrative that tenderly romances Lennon's every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Jerry Levitan is the producer of I Met the Walrus. He is a musician, actor, filmmaker, writer, and lawyer living in Toronto. He is the best selling author of his account of meeting John Lennon, also titled, I Met The Walrus .
Paul Kolnik/New York City Ballet New York City Ballet: Sterling Hyltin, center, with Amar Ramasar, left, and Tyler Angle in Benjamin Millepied’s “Plainspoken,” which had its premiere on Thursday at the Koch Theater. But, not being an examiner, I still can’t see why, for all his skill, Mr. Millepied, a City Ballet principal dancer, became a choreographer in the first place.
In , which is to receive the full Carnegie treatment this season with JapanNYC, a two-part festival starting in December, an intense fascination with Western classical music has a longer history. It is best symbolized in the public mind by the conductor , who has maintained a booming career in the West over half a century. Mr. Ozawa, who is the artistic director of JapanNYC, began an onstage comeback from cancer surgery last week here at the Saito Kinen Festival. But this festival and its location bring to mind other Japanese pioneers as well.
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In March 2001, the Customs Service was investigating a New York gallery suspected of dealing in illicit art and antiquities when agents got a tip that two boxes containing “clay objects” from Syria were being smuggled into the country from Dubai. When inspectors examined the shipment at Newark they found the cuneiform tablets, each one smaller than a deck of cards, and an expert verified that they had been looted from southern Iraq. That summer, the tablets were placed where all seized items were then stored — in a vault in the basement of the United States Customs House at 6 World Trade Center. “We had stored the tablets down there, and then when 9/11 happened, the building was destroyed along with everything else,” said James McAndrew, a senior special agent at the agency who was the case officer for the clay items. “I was aghast. I was horrified.”
Those ethereal creatures at , who communicate solely with physical grace and train their whole lives to perform in silence, are now talking to the audience from the stage. This week, the opening of the company’s fall season, principal dancers have been stepping out to say a few words about themselves and the coming programs. The unusual move is part of a broader effort by City Ballet to humanize dance, connect better with the audience and, ultimately, sell more tickets. “Ballet has always had this stigma, this mystique, this standoffish art form that you couldn’t touch,” , the company’s ballet master in chief, said in an interview this week. The new approach, he added, is “about breaking barriers.” But more than just ballet’s mystique is on the table.
Now through Saturday, Asia Society New York is hosting local artists Lisa and Jacob Hodsdon , who specialize in the traditional Japanese folk art of Kokeshi Dolls. Each doll is turned on a lathe, then painted by hand. A distinctive feature of the dolls is their lack of arms and legs—a characteristic that inspired the design of the Mii avatars on the Ninendo Wii game console . The colorful dolls have cheerful expressions and are believed to bring good luck. See the slideshow below for some examples of the Hodsdons' art and to get a taste of the work that goes into each one.
Program: Great Performances Episode: Dance In America: Wolf Trap's Face of America The 90-minute program showcases aerial dancers off the cliffs of Yosemite National Park, synchronized swimmers underwater at Coral Reef National Monument, and follows some of the country's most exciting young dancers to Mammoth Cave, Wright Brothers National Memorial, the remains of a sugar cane plantation at Virgin Islands National Park, and the sacred terrain of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>