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Friday, November 5, 2010

Elvis-loving Chilean Miner's Appearance on Letterman

Posted By on Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 2:00 PM

I kind of love Edison Pena, the Chilean miner who is scheduled to visit Memphis and Graceland in January.

Last night he was on Letterman, and it's a very entertaining interview ... even with his translator.

Pena's also doing the New York marathon this weekend, despite a knee injury he suffered while trapped in the mine.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Costume Shop

Posted By on Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 10:47 AM

This might not be the right blog for this, but Opera Memphis is selling dresses, robes, and pantaloons from its famed costume stock. And it's just in time for Halloween.

I hit the preview sale yesterday, and I have to say ... it was amazing.

They are only selling a fraction of it, but Opera Memphis' costume collection includes more than a million pieces. (Ed.'s note: It's a closet the rivals only my own.) It has costumes from at least 13 shows, a lot of them made in Europe, and the pieces date from 1940 to the present.

Costumes for sale include those from shows, such as La Boheme, which the opera has half the costumes for, and some are one-offs, period pieces that were used to fill in the chorus but don't go with any particular set.

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"We have so many costumes and we only have so much space to store them," said director of development Christiana Leibovich. "We really love the idea of people being out in the community in really amazing costumes and being like, 'I'm wearing an original opera costume.' These are costumes you couldn't rent for the price we're selling them."

Some of the costumes are so well-traveled they even have passport stamps.

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(More after the jump.)

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Gray World

Posted By on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 3:40 PM

The NYT's magazine preview this week is about how old the world population is:


Right now, the world is evenly divided between those under 28 and those over 28. By midcentury, the median age will have risen to 40. ... By 2018, 65-year-olds, for example, will outnumber those under 5 — a historic first. In 2050, developed countries are on track to have half as many people under 15 as they do over 60. In short, the age mix of the world is turning upside down and at unprecedented rates.

This means profound change in nearly every important relationship we have — as family members, neighbors, citizens of nations and the world.

The reasons include longer life expectancies in developed countries and lower birth rates.

(One of the key transitions in U.S. demographics has to do with different birth rates between residents born here and recent immigrants to the country, and that same trend is also keeping the country "younger" than some other developed nations.)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Book Club

Posted By on Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 11:52 AM

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The upcoming issue of the Flyer is one of our twice-yearly literary issues, and if you ever had any doubts how much we love the written word, this issue will quickly dispel them.

In addition to all the "book reports" — the in-house lingo for our individual assignments — Bianca Phillips wrote about a church-organized South Memphis library, John Branston wrote about his overall love of libraries, and I wrote about a fiction workshop with author Richard Bausch.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Waterslides and Weddings

Posted By on Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Any other weekend, Mike Carpenter would have won "favorite county commissioner" for officiating my friends' Robin and Bill's wedding. (Congratulations, you guys!)

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  • Stacey Greenberg

But there was no way he could compete with this:

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  • Aimee Lewis

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fit for a Zombie

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 2010 at 9:35 AM

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  • Stacey Greenberg

Just in time for the annual Memphis Zombie Massacre — this Friday at 6:30 p.m on South Main — you can learn how to survive a Dawn of the Dead.

For those of you just as interested in zombie moves as zombie movies, this month's Wired magazine brings us this fun, little class: the St. Charles, Illinois, ZombieFit.

"To prepare for Z-Day, students do cardio, lift weights, and practice parkour maneuvers in a foam rubber mock-up of an urban environment.

'It's about being quick and efficient with your movements,' explains instructor Jess Randall."

To remain healthy — and alive — participants practice climbing, falling, hurdling, and breaking away from a zombie's death grasp.

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