So Paulobased jewelry designer Adriana Caradors

first_imgSo Paulo-based jewelry designer Adriana Carador’s just-launched Bossa Collection bears the vibrant gemstones, bold shapes and playful whimsy that have made the year-old line one to watch. Her designs have developed a cult following among a coterie of private clients.Carador’s newest collection takes its inspiration from the color, architecture and landscapes she’s encountered during her global travels, which have included destinations as diverse as Bali, Russia, Italy and beyond. Available exclusively by private appointment and at trunk sales in locations including Aspen, Beverly Hills and Palm Beach and New York City, the jewels retail for $1,800 to $10,900.www.adrianacarador.comlast_img

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first_img by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2018 7:08 am PDT Last Updated Mar 21, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – On its face, PBS has a huge challenge in promoting filmmaker Helen Whitney’s upcoming documentary on facing mortality. Most people want to avoid the subject of death, not see a two-hour film about it.Watching “Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death” makes clear that it’s a lot more about life.The film, which premieres on March 26 at 9 p.m. EDT, features interviews with several thoughtful people for whom death is more than an abstraction. They include an historian whose attitude is changed by a youthful near-death experience, a man with terminal cancer who builds his own coffin, a former Islamic radical who questioned his beliefs about immortality while in solitary confinement, a pastor who struggles to regain faith after the deaths of two sons.There’s also a filmmaker who doesn’t want to confront the fact that her best friend is dying. That would be Whitney.“What is it that you most fear?” Whitney said. “I don’t think that people have these conversations. I don’t think they do until the last minutes. It’s not just about being brave at the end. It’s about how you live your life now.”Whitney’s parents died within three months of each other when she was 12, and she said that influenced many of the choices she made in a film career that has stretched beyond 40 years. She’s taken a special interest in spiritual matters, with projects on how the 2001 terrorist attacks affected people’s religious beliefs, the concept of forgiveness, Mormons and Pope John Paul II.With “Into the Night,” she wanted to have those conversations. After all, her film says, “there is nothing that we will ever do that feels so alone as dying.” The film is framed by actor Gabriel Byrne reciting Dylan Thomas’ famous poem, “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,” to show that when the time comes, some do and some don’t.Caitlin Doughty’s life changed in fourth grade, when she witnessed a young girl fall off an escalator to her death at a shopping centre. It stuck with her, and she eventually became a mortician and a leader in the death salon movement, where people gather to talk about mortality. “Death happens and it can be messy and it can be gross, but it can also be beautiful,” she says.Phyllis Tickle, the historian who was terminally ill when she talked with Whitney, nearly died in childbirth as a young woman. She had the sensation of moving toward a light and a voice asking if she were ready and she said, no, that she wanted to raise a family with her new husband. She survived. Tickle said she’s aware some people doubt such near-death experiences, considering them some neurological trickery; her husband was among them and didn’t want to talk about it. The film takes no side in the debate.What the experience did was leave her utterly unafraid of death, which she jokingly hoped would come while sitting on her deck with a bottle of Jack Daniel’s in front of her.“Once the fear of death goes,” she says, “you can’t be afraid of life. You’re a different person.”Tickle died a few months after speaking to Whitney, as did Jeffrey Piehler, a surgeon with prostate cancer. Together with a friend who was a carpenter, he built his own coffin, a task his family found morbid. Piehler found impending death liberating, enabling him to see “life in Technicolor,” let loose of destructive emotions and enjoy his family.As Whitney searched for people to talk to and conducted interviews for the film, she worked as usual with Ted Winterburn. Technically her film editor, Winterburn was a partner who helped shape the direction of Whitney’s projects. But at 80 years old, Winterburn was dying himself of prostate cancer. It was a subject that largely went unspoken between the two.“I didn’t make it easy for us to talk about because at some level I was not accepting the fact that he was going to die,” Whitney said. “The irony did not escape me.”Winterburn approached her, and said it was time to talk about it, if only because she would soon need to find a new editor. That led to some of the best discussions they ever had as friends, and an interview she conducted with him ends “Into the Night.”Proud as she is of the work, Whitney is well aware that it was a tough sell for distributors and viewers. PBS stepped up. Beth Hoppe, former programming chief for the public television service, said she recognized the film was important and that PBS had a role to occasionally be an outlet for projects that would otherwise have difficulty finding a home. She compared it to the 1983 film about childbirth, “The Miracle of Life,” of which DVD copies are still being offered for sale by PBS.“Once people start to contemplate this, it will have a long life,” said Hoppe, who now works at ABC News.To potential viewers, Whitney has a simple message: Don’t be scared.“I think it will give people an urgency to their lives not to push off the meaningful conversations, to forgive another person or make amends, to not put off something you have a passion to do,” she said. “Think, ‘what is my story, what is the importance of my life.’ Drill down on that, so that when the moment does come, you’re not filled with regrets.’” PBS film forces viewers to confront mortalitylast_img read more

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first_img In this Sept. 12, 2018 photo, comedian and actor Kevin Hart talks to the students after being announced as the principal for a day at Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas. Hart was named principal for the day. Hart was in town promoting his new movie, Night School. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Sep 13, 2018 7:50 am PDT Last Updated Sep 13, 2018 at 9:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DALLAS – Actor Kevin Hart has surprised the students of a Dallas high school by dropping in to be interim principal for a day.Hart told hundreds of cheering students at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Wednesday that under his leadership they would be eating “chicken nuggets every day.”The comedian encouraged students at the arts-focused magnet school to believe in their talents and not be discouraged if they are rejected. He said they know better than anyone what they are capable of doing.Hart’s day at school was arranged to promote his new movie “Night School,” scheduled to open in theatres Sept. 28. The movie about adults attending night school to earn their GED certificates also features Tiffany Haddish.center_img Actor Kevin Hart principal for day at Dallas schoollast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2019 12:36 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alfonso Cuaron arrives at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Cuaron, Dafoe, Spike Lee react to their Oscar nominations LOS ANGELES — Reaction from selected nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards, announced Tuesday in Beverly Hills, California:___— “Cinema needs the opportunity to be diverse. What mainstream cinema and the theatrical experience has lacked in general is diversity. And I’m talking about diversity in terms of stories and characters and ways of doing films.” — Alfonso Cuaron, nominated for best director for “Roma,” one of ten nominations for the film. Via phone interview.— “Thirty years is a long time, ain’t it?” — Spike Lee, on his first Oscar nomination as director in a three-decade career, for “BlacKkKlansman.” Via phone interview.— “It feels great. I’m still freezing my butt off.” — Willem Dafoe, who for months has been in Canada filming the Disney sled-dog movie “Togo.” Via phone interview.— “The subject matter we’re talking about is a very unpleasant time in history, and we did it with an unusual style in storytelling. We knew it was going to be polarizing, but we felt like it was in a good way.” — Adam McKay, director of “Vice,” nominated for best picture and several other Oscars. Via phone interview.— “To break down a wall like that, to be your ancestors’ wildest dreams, to show other young women of colour and boys and girls that you can do whatever you want no matter what struggles you have in your life — all of that. That’s what it means to me.” — Hannah Beachler of “Black Panther,” the first African-American to be nominated for production design. Via phone interview.— “We always felt that if Alex was able to climb up El Capitan without a rope and succeed — that for us is always going to be the win already.” — Jimmy Chin, co-director with of “Free Solo,” the nominated documentary about Alex Honnold becoming the first to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan without ropes. Via phone interview.— “I GOT NOMINATED FOR AN OSCAR THIS MORNING!!! This is the morning of all time to be alive. We did it!” — Ruth E. Carter, nominated costume designer for “Black Panther.” Via Twitter.— “As a daughter of a domestic worker and an indigenous woman myself, I am proud this movie will help those of us who feel invisible be seen” — Yalitza Aparicio, nominated for “Roma.” Via emailed statement.— “It’s a national pride. Lebanon doesn’t have a real cinema industry in the real sense of the term. With our first nominee last year and this one this year, it’s a big step.” — Nadine Labaki, director of Lebanon’s “Capernaum.” Via phone interview.— “Hot damn!” — Sam Rockwell, best supporting actor nominee for “Vice,” via emailed statement.___For full coverage of the Oscars, visit: .The Associated Presslast_img read more

Michael Wolf photographer of megacities dies in

first_imgMichael Wolf, photographer of mega-cities, dies in Hong Kong AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Award-winning Hong Kong-based photographer Michael Wolf is photographed in Cheung Chau, Hong Kong in 2016. Hong Kong art gallery director Sarah Greene said that Wolf, known for his work depicting mega-cities, has died Tuesday night at his home. She said he was 64. Wolf won first prize in the World Press Photo competition in 2005 and 2010. (Blue Lotus Gallery via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2019 6:28 am PDT HONG KONG — Michael Wolf, an award-winning photographer known for his work depicting megacities, has died at his home in Hong Kong. He was 64.Wolf died in his sleep on Wednesday, said Sarah Greene, an art gallery director who worked closely with him. She did not give a cause of death.Wolf won first prize in the World Press Photo competition twice, for contemporary issues in 2005 and for daily life in 2010. His body of work included Tokyo, Chicago, Paris and Hong Kong, where Wolf moved in 1994.“His main muse was Hong Kong,” said Greene, the director of Blue Lotus Gallery. “Hong Kong was his favourite city, which kept inspiring him, zooming out on the beehive with his iconic work ‘Architecture of Density’ and zooming into the veins of the city exploring the vernacular beauty of the back alleys.”Born in Munich, Germany, Wolf was raised in the United States and Canada and returned to Germany to study photography, according to his website. He spent most of his career in Asia.He started as a photojournalist and was a contract photographer for the German magazine Stern for eight years in Hong Kong. In 2001, he began focusing on his own projects and published several books, including “Architecture of Density” in 2012, which portrays Hong Kong’s dense urban development.Greene, who helped run his studio and organized some of his exhibitions and book launches from 2013 to 2018, called Wolf “a sensitive observer who perceived the world like no other.”___This story has been corrected to show that Wolf died Wednesday, not Tuesday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

LOS ANGELES — Werner Herzog is calling The Mandal

first_img LOS ANGELES — Werner Herzog is calling “The Mandalorian” ”a phenomenal achievement” after joining the cast of the streaming series set in the “Star Wars” universe.Herzog told The Associated Press that he’ll likely appear in two or three episodes of Jon Favreau’s series as “a character in whom you cannot trust.” The series, starring Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano and Carl Weathers, is set to premiere in November with the launch of the new Disney Plus streaming service.The famed 76-year-old German writer, director and actor does have a confession: He’s never seen a “Star Wars” movie.“I’ve seen some trailers. I’ve seen some excerpts here and there. And I know about the whole franchise and about the toys for the kids and so — it’s all a new mythology,” Herzog said. … You better take them seriously.”Herzog said he was impressed by the practical, real-world approach of “The Mandalorian,” whose directors include Taika Waititi and Bryce Dallas Howard. The series is set in the aftermath of “The Return of the Jedi,” taking place five years after the Rebellion’s victory.“‘Mandalorian’ was filmed not like all the other ‘Star Wars’ or other big event films — green screen, green screen everywhere — and the camera motion-control moving there,” Herzog said. “All of a sudden you have a phenomenal step forward. As an actor, you see the entire planet on which you are. You see the landscape.”“The camera, that could even be hand-held and move in between us, sees the same landscape. It’s not green-screen and artificiality. It brings movie-making back where it should be. It’s a phenomenal, phenomenal achievement,” he said.Herzog was interviewed this week while promoting his new documentary “Meeting Gorbachev.”Ryan Pearson, The Associated Press by Ryan Pearson, The Associated Press Posted May 4, 2019 11:05 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Nov. 12, 2016 file photo, Werner Herzog arrives at the 2016 Governors Awards in Los Angeles. Herzog is calling “The Mandalorian” a phenomenal achievement” after joining the cast of the streaming series set in the “Star Wars” universe. The series, starring Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano and Carl Weathers, is set to premiere in November 2019. with the launch of the new Disney Plus streaming service. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) Werner Herzog praises new ‘Star Wars’ series ‘Mandalorian’last_img read more

January 26 2003 Installations of Arcosanti tiles

first_imgJanuary 26, 2003Installations of Arcosanti tiles which are made in our Ceramics studio can be found throughout the site. This whimsical detail is in the West Housing bathroom. [Photo & text: sa] Here is more of the same design group. [Photo & text: sa] Designs that flow from tile to tile liven up the floor of the East Housing bathroom. [Photo & text: sa] Accent tiles are used to give a visual rhythm on the kitchen wall surface otherwise flat. [Photo & text: sa] This is a counter top in in the Cafe. [Photo & text: sa] The floor of the entrance hall to the laundry room in EC2 has a selection of these tile details. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

All workshopparticipants helped with this project

first_img All workshop-participants helped with this project as part of their hands-on building experience. As raw materials are brought in and layered, bigger rocks are broken down with the help of a power drill. April 1, 2009 Work on the guardrails along the new Visitor’s Entrance path continues.Meanwhile, the Construction and Landscaping crew put together drains along the pathway. In the left-side photo, you can see the water permeable cloth material used for lining the trenches along the slabs. This cloth, filled with gravel, would keep silt away while allowing for water to flow freely. Planter beds are formed with retaining rock walls and fresh soil.The Construction and Landscaping crew continue working on the new Visitor’s Entrance, and we will resume the reports on this project on Wednesday, April 8.[Photo & text: dkt]last_img read more