The World to Watch– David McWilliams, Economist, Iconic Ltd; Dambisa Moyo, International Economist; Yang Hengjun, Senior Fellow, Tianda Institute. We now have a window on the world like never before. Can we channel this awareness to gain new insights? Image: Mahmoud Hams, Agence France Presse (Getty) Video Rating: 5 / 5
Adrian Danchig-Waring and Amanda Hankes, two dancers with the NYCB, stopped by Google NYC to discuss their upcoming performance, Dancers’ Choice. The Discussion is moderated by Meghan Kent and hosted by Lee Stimmel. New York City Ballet will present its third Dancers’ Choice program on Sunday, June 12 at 7:30 PM. A benefit for NYCB’s Dancers’ Emergency Fund, the event was conceived by NYCB’s Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins in 2008 to give the Company’s dancers an opportunity to plan an NYCB performance. This year Soloist Adrian Danchig-Waring and Corps de Ballet member Amanda Hankes will oversee the evening’s programming and casting, as well as the marketing and promotional efforts. The framework for this year’s programming will be the role of the “muse” in art. The evening will specifically explore the theme of woman as muse- a sentiment echoed in Balanchine’s famous quote “Ballet is Woman”- as well as demonstrate the theme of Stravinsky as muse- a nod towards Balanchine’s frequent collaborator. These themes will be showcased during the evening’s performance in a series of pas de deux selections from George Balanchine’s Agon and Rubies from Jewels, Angelin Preljocaj’s La Stravaganza, and the only performance this season of Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy. The evening will also include George Balanchine’s iconic work Apollo, as well as exciting debut performances in nearly every role. As in previous years, the evening will also showcase the dancers’ off stage talents … Video Rating: 3 / 5
Music, Computing, People: An Emerging Dimension for Engaging One Another Creatively, Expressively, and Socially. The computer, in its many shapes and sizes, is evolving rapidly and pervading our everyday lives like never before. Mobile computing devices have become much more than simply “mobile”, increasingly serving as personal and “natural” extensions of us. Therein lies immense potential to reshape the way we think and interact, and especially in how we engage one another creatively, expressively, and socially. This talk explores interaction and social design for music through the computer, told through laptop orchestras, mobile phone orchestras, an audio programming language, designing the iPhone’s Ocarina, ecosystems for crowd-sourcing musical creation, and an emerging social dimension where computer, music, and people interact. Ge Wang is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), and researches programming languages and interactive software systems for computer music, mobile and social music, and education at the intersection of computer science and music. Ge is the author of the ChucK audio programming language, the founding director of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) and of the Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra (MoPhO). Concurrently, Ge is the Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Smule, and the designer of the iPhone’s Ocarina and Magic Piano. Video Rating: 5 / 5
owendell.com Visit with Owen Dell, leading sustainable landscaping advocate and architect as he discusses our cities 3-Day Food Supply and “How to Have an Edible Landscape”. You can find Owen’s book, “Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies” here www.owendell.com Video Rating: 5 / 5
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: KA SHEN’S JOURNEY is the definitive and true life story of NANCY KWAN, who as a young Eurasian girl from Hong Kong captured the hearts and minds of cinemagoers around the world in her stunning motion picture debut role in THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG (1960), then in her unforgettable follow up role as “Linda Lo” in the all Asian, Rodgers & Hammerstein Hollywood hit musical FLOWER DRUM SONG (1961). With just two pictures in two years, the Eurasian girl from Hong Kong would become one of the most sought after young stars in Hollywood. But, the motion pictures that would follow would never again mirror, that initial success.