14 December 2020

In Memoriam: Meg Jones | Reporter | Raconteur | Friend to Many


Reporter Meg Jones with Skyriter typewriter
Meg Jones with Skyriter Typewriter
Photo by J.A. Jablonski (c) 2018

Two years ago Meg Jones, reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and I met up at a coffee shop on Milwaukee's East Side. I had something to give her: a typewriter. Not just any typewriter, a Skyriter. The Skyriter was popular with journalists and war correspondents due its small size, portability (only 9 lbs including its metal case), and reliable action. In the 1970s, the case was updated to a soft-sided thing so that reporters, writers, and travel writers could tuck it under their airplane seats.

Meg Jones was both journalist and war correspondent. I admired the heck out of her and regular read her stories in JSOnline. I wanted her to have her own "reporter's typewriter." Five years before she'd already typed on the very machine I gave her, though she might not have remembered it that day in January 2018.

Meg Jones typing on a Skyriter Typewriter in 2013
Photo by J.A. Jablonski (c) 2018

I used to collect typewriters. In 2013, Meg contacted me. Somehow she'd heard about me and these machines. I posted about that interview here. This is how I described how it came about:

"She googled typewriters AND Milwaukee, and my post about last year's Summer Solstice Type-In came up.  Like any reporter worth her salt, she tracked me down and asked if she could call.  And like a good librarian, I said, "Sure, I have lots of info you could use for a story." 

Meg called, we talked for about 30 minutes.  Then, offhandedly, she asked, "So how many typewriters do you have?"  "Well," I says, "about 25."  Then came that amusing nano-second pause and Meg asked, "Would you mind if I came over to your house to see them? Oh, and could I bring a photographer?"

It was a lovely afternoon's conversation. Meg was delightful and completely interested in everything. Talking to her was like talking to an old friend. She said she liked to make her own short report videos on her phone and might I please type something for background noise. (That's her typing at the end with me holding her phone over her shoulder.)

Her JS Online Video

From 2013 on we'd run into each other now and then, usually on the way in to a Brewers game at Miller Park. She was a serious fan. She'd stop for a friendly chat but then promptly motored off with great intent. She wanted to see everything game-related: batting practice, pregame, everything! One got the feeling that life itself was that to her: to be seen in total.

She was so excited to receive the Skyriter--wanting to know where it came from, if anyone had used it for writing before her. I had to admit that I'd gotten it via eBay and didn't know. We followed each other on Twitter then, and exchanged snail mail addresses to correspond, and for the couple years since she sent me her holiday letters. They were a blast to read! She SO enjoyed her work, her travel, and the people she met. They were travelogues in and of themselves.

Back in September Milwaukee's own Boswell Books hosted Iranian novelist Salar Abdoh for a conversation about his latest book Out of Mesopotamia, in which Abdoh discussed the "endless war" from a Middle Eastern perspective. Meg Jones was the host for the conversation, and oh my, was it fascinating. I've watched a lot of book launch interviews and this was anything but. Abdoh and Jones were of a kind and clearly respected each others' war reporting experiences.

Salar Abdoh Virtual Event for Boswell Book Company
Host: Meg Jones | Runtime: 59 min

Not too long ago I got another of her letters. She told me what she'd been doing and where she'd been of late. Then she thanked me again for the Skyriter. She had it on display in her guest bedroom, she said.

Meg Jones' obituary is here. You can hear her vibrancy, her joy, her professionalism throughout. And you can hear how much she will be missed by her colleagues and friends.

Rest in Peace, Meg. Rest in Power. Thank you for what you gave us all. How you will be missed.

09 December 2020

Sequestering Arts: The Yuletide Edition


"Winter Scene" | Jean Beaufort
(CC0 Public Domain | Source)

Very best wishes of the solstice season
and good health to you & yours!

Sequestering Arts | About this intermittent series

With the world in lockdown due to Covid-19 (<-- link to the CDC info site), many people are struggling, practically, emotionally, and creatively. As a long-time creative & librarian I thought I might be able to help by doing what I do best: finding/sharing information. My goal is to provide links to interesting, comforting, & creative online resources that you can explore & enjoy while home- or place-bound.


  • Sonnets in Solitude | Royal Shakespeare Company | Videos
    Playlist (62 videos to date):
    [From description] "RSC actors perform Shakespeare's sonnets. When Covid-19 closed our theatres and stopped all live performances, so we turned to Shakespeare's poetry."

  • Until the Flood | Milwaukee Repertory Theater | Written & Performed by Dael Orlandersmith | Directed by Neel Keller | Video | Runtime: 1:02:01
    [From About] " About the Flood: Pulitzer Prize finalist and celebrated performer Dael Orlandersmith (Forever) explores the social uprising in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Pulling from her extensive interviews with Missouri residents, Orlandersmith crafts a stunning theatrical experience that must be seen. The Chicago Tribune called it “palpably compassionate” and raved that it “achieves a great beauty by bringing us together rather than driving us apart.”

  • A Christmas Carol | Milwaukee Repertory Theater | Free from Dec 1-24, 2020
    Mark Clements’ Classic Production of A Christmas Carol

    [From webpage] "Each year, nearly 40,000 people experience Milwaukee Rep Artistic Director Mark Clements’ epic adaptation at the beautiful historic Pabst Theater. We are opening our video vault to bring a never-before-seen recording of the 2016 production filmed and produced by HMS Media. This production will be available for FREE to view Dec 1 – 24 as our gift to theater lovers worldwide."
  • The Gauntlet | Sydney Opera House | Video | Runtime: 25:17
    [From description] "Performed as part of Antidote in 2018, The Gauntlet is a genre-bending performance work, which combines choirs and vocal ensembles, contemporary choreography and site-specific storytelling. In this newly commissioned film, composer Sxip Shirey and choreographer Coco Karol discuss what it takes to create an immersive piece of this nature."

    This is really an unusual piece and, for those of us missing human contact & interaction, emotionally satisfying.


  • Rock the bagpipe! Scotland the Brave / We will rock you @ Switzerland | Video | Runtime: 4:39
    Apologies to my father-in-law! But they really are kicking it here!

  • Live - As Quatro Estações e Valencianas: Alceu Valença e Orquestra Ouro Preto | Video | Runtime: 2:50:37
    Originally streamed on 12/6/2020 | https://youtu.be/D219aLq4e4A
    [Translation of the video description's first paragraph - via Google Translate] "The Ouro Preto Orchestra celebrates the 125th anniversary of SulAmérica with two lives in a row, Sunday, December 6, transmitted directly from the historic city of Minas Gerais. All under the baton of Maestro Rodrigo Toffolo, with the participation of Alceu Valença and the guitarist Carmelo de Los Santos."

  • 20 minutes of Celtic mandolin, cittern and mandola | Video | Runtime: 22:40
    [Performers: Ian Stephenson &Tom Kimber]

  • Joe Utterback - Concert Fantasy on George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess; Sets for Piano solo Performed by pianist David Allen Wehr
    Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsneRuLOc8g1x_-vtiMR0T4Y8HyrAXF0v
    As many of you know I quite like this musician! This album is one of my favorites. If you are interested in acquiring his CDs, see the link provided in the description. FYI: Wehr is the Dean of the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University. They have a nice YouTube channel of performances too: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGvll7oZ4lQOXpQ7fxdAUiw

  • Alicia Keys: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert | June 2020 | Video | Runtime: 27:46

  • Florence + the Machine: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert | October 2018 | Video | Runtime: 14:01

  • Library of Congress Concerts | LOC website, YouTube, & Facebook
    NB: Not all videos will be available on all platforms, and some will be available only for a limited time; check each page for options as the event nears.
    [From webpage] "Our 2020-2021 season will be presented entirely virtually, through a freshly-conceived portal to our concerts, conversations, lectures and much more, available free of charge to everyone. In our 96th season, encountering unprecedented times and unpredictable challenges, we embark on an exciting venture: to share our concerts, and the Library’s magnificent music collections, with the greatest possible audience worldwide. New music and new media come together in a year that sees a mini-fest of Latinx composers and the world premieres of three new Library of Congress commissions. Two virtual residencies feature the JACK Quartet and violinist Jennifer Koh, visionary artists fired by a passion to reflect the rich diversity in our society and our music. '(Re)Hearing Beethoven' is a festive 250th birthday celebration you absolutely can’t miss: performances of revelatory transcriptions of the composer’s nine symphonies introduced by artists and scholars in programs."

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center | John Coltrane
    I must confess Coltrane's work does a serious whack on my synesthesia (and not in a good way) but if you are into his stuff, here's a great playlist.


  • How to fold a 3D Paper Star
    [From description] "This is an origami tutorial on how to fold a fancy 3D paper star. Nice ornament for Christmas as well as party decoration for all seasons. I also recommend it as a paper aroma diffuser to purify the room air. You can make it from a sheet of A-sized copy paper. Folding pattern is simple so that you can make both 8-pointed and 6-pointed stars."

  • Origami with Jo Nakashima | Tutorials | Videos
    Playlists: https://www.youtube.com/c/JoNakashimaBR/playlists

  • TheJasonOfAllTrades | Videos
    [From About] "I'm an itinerant DIY'er and liver of life. By "liver," I don't mean the organ. Maybe I need a better word for this."

    As some of you know, I come from a family of artist/makers/creatives. I learned to sew on my grandmother's treadle machine! Pretty sure all of my siblings sew. I recall one of my brothers sewing a camping tent because at the time they didn't sell 'em for us tall folks. This gent would fit right to my family, especially for his sheer joyful interest in the machinery of the makery.

  • Fable the Raven | Did you know Ravens can talk?! | Video | Runtime: 6:25
    I have a small "unkindness" of ravens featured in my mystery novel (in process) so I like to track this sort of thing.

  • Around the world in 1896! footage from 1800's with added sound | Britannia Panopticon | Video | Runtime: 42:03

  • STRANDBEEST EVOLUTION 2017 | Theo Jansen | Video | Runtime: 4:19
    [From Wikipedia] "Theodorus Gerardus Jozef "Theo" Jansen is a Dutch artist. In 1990, he began building large mechanisms out of PVC that are able to move on their own and, collectively, are entitled, Strandbeest. The kinetic sculptures appear to walk. His animated works are intended to be a fusion of art and engineering."

  • The Last Knit | Directed by Laura Neuvonen | Video | Runtime: 6:44
    A wonderfully quirky animated film from Finland.

  • London Kensington Side Streets & Mews - 4K Walk | Video | Runtime: 37:23


I've found it especially helpful to have these longer videos playing on an older laptop which I have set to the side of my writing desk.
  • Ambience/ASMR: Writer's Library from the 1930s, 4 Hours | Ambience of Yesteryear | Video | Runtime: 4:00:07
    [From description: "List of Sounds: - wild songbirds - wood crackling as it burns in the fireplace - footsteps; doors opening & closing - clothing & upholstery softly rustling with movement - handling & flipping through antique hardback books; stroking the covers & spines - perusing & sorting papers - turning pages - jotting notes with a pencil - sketching in charcoal; drawing with pastels - writing cursive by hand with a fountain pen - pouring & stirring tea in fine bone china - the gentle clinking of teaware"]

    Their entire playlist is rather nice. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx70KF3RlS36RnGOtN8VKfQ

  • Fireplace 10 hours full HD | Video | Runtime: 10:01:25

  • Afternoon JAZZ - Relaxing Cafe Jazz Music - Lounge Music For Study, Work, Relax | Relax Music | Video | Runtime: 10:11:15

  • Pottery Throwing ASMR (no voice or music) | Kai Ceramics | Video | Runtime: 11:35


05 November 2020

Cool Book: Slippery Creatures by KJ Charles


KJ Charles Slippery Creatures Book Cover

My review of KJ Charles' Will Darling Adventures has been updated and moved to my author website: J.A. Jablonski. You can link to it here:

27 September 2020

Sequestering Arts | A Little Music, A Little Theater

Illustration from
J. J. Grandville's Un autre monde (1844)
Sequestering Arts | About this intermittent series

With the world in lockdown due to Covid-19 (<-- link to the CDC info site), many people are struggling, practically, emotionally, and creatively. As a long-time creative & librarian I thought I might be able to help by doing what I do best: finding/sharing information. My goal is to provide links to interesting, comforting, & creative online resources that you can explore & enjoy while home- or place-bound.
  • Mary Pappert School of Music | Duquesne University
    Music on the Bluff - Virtual Series

    Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyejVSw0ivQBeIiC7wa2lN1nsBljMSIiB

    [From website] "Beginning in September, we will release a new Bluff Series video on the Mary Pappert School of Music YouTube channel that will feature the talents of Artistic Director and pianist, David Allen Wehr, along with our all-star faculty, members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and internationally-renowned guest artists."
    • Sonata for Cello and Piano (Debussy)
      Fri Sep 18th - Thu Oct 15th 
    • Première Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano (Debussy)
      Fri Oct 16th - Fri Nov 20th

  • Ralph Zurmühle | Composer & Pianist
    Live Recording Session at Little Big Beat Studios

    [Video description] "
    Video of the full program performed in the live recording session on the 19th of August 2020 at Little Big Beat Studios in cooperation with Tangente, Eschen/FL. There is a unique silence in such a recording session, a silence that is challenging, intense and at the same time extremely inspiring - one can literally hear the drop of a needle. The connection between performer and audience is intimate through the use of earphones and both journey together, moment by moment… with every key touched, every note played and every melody transmitted.

    [From website] "The Swiss composer and pianist was born in Zürich and grew up mainly in Liechtenstein. He graduated from the University of Zürich and lives in Spain. Ralph discovered his natural ability for the piano at the age of five. He fostered his talent over decades with jazz and classical music training in Zürich and Liechtenstein. Imbued with subtle changes of tempo and nuance, crossing various musical genres, Zurmühle’s compositions maintain the intuitive feeling of improvised music. With great sensitivity to touch, he combines fluidity and freedom with refinement and development, resulting in graceful melodies, sublime sound textures and introspective ambiences."

  • Beall & Finch
    Playlists: https://www.youtube.com/c/BeallandFinch/playlists
    [From website] "Jesse Finch and Rosalind Beall are two guitarists who enjoy playing classical music and also writing their own music (with classical, folk and singer-songwriter influences)."

* * * * *

 Procession of Characters from Shakespeare's Plays | Link/Info below

"I don't think people should bother to read Shakespeare.
They should see him in the theatre. Reading just reduces him to an examination subject."  

~ Sir Ian McKellen (Source info below)

  • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre | Romeo & Juliet |
    Available: 9/28/2020 - Feb Half-Term 2021

  • Sadler Wells Theatre
    Sadler's Wells Theatre is a performing arts venue in Clerkenwell, London, England. Noted on 9/10/2020 (What's On Stage). They are set to reopen for public performances and will be releasing archived shows online. See their website for show info.

  • Cirque du Soleil | 60-MINUTE SPECIALS
    See their playlist of 1-hour specials here:
  • The Curve Theatre (Leicester, England) | My Beautiful Launderette
    Available until the Curve reopens
    Hanif Kureishi's play based on his Oscar-nominated screenplay, featuring original music from Tennant/Lowe of the Pet Shops Boys. Omar Malik and Jonny Fines star in the production, filmed at Leicester's Curve theatre in 2019.

  • Clock Productions (Chicago, IL, US) | Black Joy
    [From website] "BLACK JOY is a World Premiere featuring a variety of original scenes, songs, and spoken word pieces, all written and performed by Black artists. The festival will have a Facebook premiere on October 9th and also be available to stream here on the website from October 9th thru 23rd. Tickets are a Pay-What-You-Can donation.Adapted and Directed by Clock alumna Kayla V. White, BLACK JOY takes a physical and emotional journey through the seasons, sharing stories about being Black in America."

  • St. Ann's Warehouse (Brooklyn, NY)
    • Julius Caesar | October 9–15
      [From website] "Harriet Walter, Jackie Clune, and Jade Anouka star in Phyllida Lloyd's all-female production of the Shakespeare play, filmed in December 2016 at the Donmar Warehouse King's Cross in London."
    • Henry IV | October 16–22
      [From website] "Harriet Walter plays the title role in Phyllida Lloyd's all-female production of the Shakespeare play, filmed in December 2016 at the Donmar Warehouse King's Cross in London."

Other posts in this series can be found via this link.


Source/Image Credit
  1. The Telegraph. "Sir Ian McKellen: Don't bother reading Shakespeare." By Patrick Foster,  27 Oct 2015.
  2. Procession of Characters from Shakespeare’s plays, c 1840  | William Shakespeare | Signature from Last Will  

02 September 2020

Cool Book: The Four Profound Weaves: A Birdverse Book by R.B. Lemberg


The Four Profound Weaves Book Cover

My review of R.B. Lemberg's The Four Profound Weaves: A Birdverse Book  has been updated and moved to my author website: J.A. Jablonski. You can link to it here:

A Reader with Serious Attitude

Face | Artist: J.A. Jablonski
May not be used without permission

It is likely that I am not the person many writers of books would want as a reviewer. I am, as I describe myself to myself, an angry reader. I am not out to attack anyone when I read, nor am I looking to punch down or up or any which way. Simply put, I wish to be taken, persuaded, challenged, entertained (if fiction), and informed (if non-fiction) and I want it to be done with grace, style, and some measure of verbal power. If this does not happen, due to the vagaries of my psychological and intellectual wiring, my immediate response is the emotion of anger.

I spent many years reflecting on why this is so. It boils down, ultimately, to my two pet peeves: of having my time wasted and of seeing what could have been done well not done well. And I’ve learned how to use this anger, to harness it, be patient with it.

As a long-time writing instructor (of undergrads, master’s and PhD students) I’ve noted that when I am angry it is a sign to back away for a moment then come back with teacherly questions: Why am I angry at this moment? Is it a badly constructed sentence? Awkward phrasing or word choice? Is it a sloppily thought-out concept? Does the thesis or core idea lack credible support? Would I have stated it differently? Do I simply disagree? I am never angry at the person, it is the words, the thinking, the approach that riles me. I use these questions to guide the feedback I give and corrections I suggest. My students have told me they found my commentary always helpful.

As an academic in the Humanities and Social Sciences--a teacher of literary criticism and information organization, an academic librarian (and professor), a one-time theater major, an artist, and a long-time, wide ranging reader--my emotional response to non-student work is more nuanced. I recall telling someone that I find watching live theater so very difficult. If I see a crack between canvas flats in the scenery that should not be there, a hem on a skirt that’s fallen and not been caught for repair by the wardrobe crew, an artifact or prop that does not match the era being staged, or an actor pulling too hard for an audience reaction, I find myself pushed out of the imagination bubble that the play and players want to create for me.

It’s not that I want perfection. Lord no, there are few things that achieve that. 

I saw a play once where an actor, who was to open a scene with the main character, apparently missed his cue, leaving the main actor alone on the stage for nearly 3 excruciating minutes. The onstage actor didn’t miss a beat. He broke the fourth wall and began talking to the audience, in character, explaining why the other character was late, harkening back to the first time they’d met, then detailing how he’d learned about that little personality quirk. On the spot, he created and performed a backstory that didn’t take the audience away from the play and kept them within the bubble of belief. (When the other actor did appear, the audience broke into applause for this little narrative gift, much to the latecomer’s confusion.)

Most importantly, I save my anger as a reader for me. It is my response alone. What it gives me, though, is a sense of immediacy, of intimacy, with the story. What I want is a sense that the person(s) creating the thing are utterly present, that they have seen beyond the bones of plot, of setting, of description, and of character. 

I want to trust the author and, in return, I want them to trust me back and leave me alone with their story and their words. In the end, and I know this as a writer and creative myself, the thing made is no longer yours. The thing viewed, read, or heard by the person at the other end is theirs to be cherished or not, valued or not, remembered or not. The interpretation is theirs. 

The author/artist is something of an angel, certainly they are a gift giver. I like to think my anger honors that. What it does do, is serve as fuel for my respect for those who create in any realm, a respect most profound.

28 June 2020

Sequestrian Arts | June 28, 2020

What is/are Sequestrian Arts?

With the world in lockdown due to Covid-19 (link to the CDC info site), many people are stuggling, practically, emotionally, and creatively. As a long-time creative & librarian I thought I might be able to help by doing what I do best: finding/sharing information. Below is part a series I am developing on the Sequestering Arts. The notion is to provide links to interesting, comforting, & creative online resources that you can explore & enjoy while home- or place-bound.

The series can be accessed via the image link at left or this link.


  • Richard II | Free Shakespeare on the Radio | WNYC In Collaboration with The Public

    [From website] "RICHARD II will be broadcast in four parts nightly from Monday, July 13 through Thursday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m. EST on WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820 for listeners in the New York tri-state area and will stream nationwide at WNYC.org."

  • Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester (UK) | THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES by Kendall Feaver, directed by Katy Rudd | YouTube | Runtime: 2:07:51
    https://youtu.be/BJlpxSouCOk | Audio described: https://youtu.be/l6ucmPkFJe0
    [Play description] "Anna is coming of age. Possibilities are unfurling in front of her and she’s ready to take control. But her mother’s been standing guard all these years, taking care, editing the choices. When Anna makes a decision that could affect the rest of her life, can Renee stand by and watch? From writer Kendall Feaver comes a family story full of heart and humour, of a young woman trying to take control and a mother compelled to protect her. Winner of a Judges Award at the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. (CONTENT WARNING The show contains frank discussion of mental illness throughout. There is a scene containing an attempted overdose at the end of Act One and Act Two contains graphic scenes depicting a woman suffering from extreme mental distress.)"

  • Brave Spirits Theatre | Online Play Readings

    [Info] "Brave Spirits Theatre spent the month of May exploring the history play genre in a series of live online readings of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Now, you can watch recordings of seven readings, featuring the works of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Peele, and the ever-popular “Unknown” on their YouTube page. Keep an eye out for a new upcoming date for their live reading of John Ford’s Perkin Warbeck."

    [About BST] "Brave Spirits Theatre is dedicated to plays from the era of verse and violence, staging visceral and intimate productions of Shakespeare and his contemporaries with a focus on female artists and feminist perspectives."

  • American Players Theater | Out of the Woods - Live Play Reading Series

    [From website] "We are excited to announce a new play reading series: Out of the Woods, play readings performed and recorded live. APT’s Core Acting Company, alongside some other great APT actors, will be reading a selection of plays using Zoom virtual meeting software. The readings are streamed live and recorded by PBS Wisconsin. Play readings will be posted on Fridays at 7:00 PM CT on their website: pbswisconsin.org, and free to view, with all six plays available July 17 through July 26."

  • Scottish Ballet | The Rite of Spring | YouTube | Runtime: 37:20

    [From description] "Stay Home with Stravinsky Experience the bold and electrifying rhythms of The Rite of Spring from the comfort of your own home. Following a critically acclaimed UK tour, Christopher Hampson's The Rite of Spring is now being broadcast in full for free to audiences worldwide. The performance was filmed at The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh in October and is available to stream online from 7pm BST Wednesday 27 May until 30 June 2020. Age guidance: 12+ (Contains some scenes of violence)."

  • Earth Virtual Milonga! | Next milonga - June 28th

    [From website] "The Earth Virtual Milonga (EVM) is a FREE virtual party where people from all over world meet up via the Zoom platform to do what they love to do most: to listen, watch, and dance TANGO!" (New milonga every 2 weeks.)


  • The King's Singers | "You are the New Day" (John David, arr. Peter Knight) | YouTube

    NOTE: When vinyl record albums were still a thing I bought one of The King's Singers' solely to hear their rendition of "You Are the New Day." So it was a delight to see the latest group of the King's gents with a new version.

  • Brandon Acker | Introducing Gut Strings | YouTube | Runtime: 7:33

    [From Acker's About info]: "Brandon J. Acker is a sought out classical guitarist and specialist in early plucked instruments. Recent achievements include two debut CDs released by Jester Recordings and a highly praised collaboration with the creators of Les Misérables in the English language premiere of their musical La Revolution Française. He received 1st prize in the 2010 Society of American Musicians competition. He has toured extensively in the UK and Canada with Chamber Opera Chicago and performed with notable groups such as The Leipzig Baroque Orchestra, The Joffrey Ballet, The Chicago Philharmonic, The Newberry Consort, Music of the Baroque, Opera Lafayette, Haymarket Opera, Third Coast Baroque, Bella Voce and more. He's been praised for his "Salient licks on the theorbo and baroque guitar" by the Milwaukee Sentinel."

  • Stage@Seven: Beethoven: Violin Concerto | Christian Tetzlaff / Andrés Orozco-Estrada|May 2020 | YouTube | Runtime: 44:12

    [From description] "Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Frankfurt Radio Big Band live! hr-Sinfonieorchester – Frankfurt Radio Symphony Christian Tetzlaff, Violin Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Conductor Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto D major op. 61 I. Allegro ma non troppo II. Larghetto III. Rondo Beethoven cadenza arranged by Christian Tetzlaff.
    Note: In accordance with the current restrictions imposed by the Corona pandemic in Germany, this livestream series currently only features ensembles up to chamber orchestral size. The required minimum distances are respected. Streaming is also carried out in a reduced setting."

  • Compare & Contrast time! | LA CUMPARSITA (Composed in 1916)

    "La Cumparsita" is a famous tune typically played at the end of a tango milonga/dance event. It signals the closing of the time the dancers have spent in close communion. Here's a translation of part of the lyrics.

I always remember you
with the divine affection
I had for you.
And you are everywhere,
part of my life,
and those eyes that were my joy
I look for them everywhere
and I can’t find them.

Here are several versions of them for you to enjoy, compare, and, perhaps, dance to!



  • Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (3-time Hugo award winner) | “Africanfuturism: Disrupting Science Fiction”| Her talk from the 2020 Igbo Conference | Runtime: 1:15:15

    [From description] "Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American author of Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism for children and adults. Her works include WHO FEARS DEATH (in development at HBO into a TV series), the BINTI novella trilogy, THE BOOK OF PHOENIX, the AKATA books and LAGOON. She is the winner of Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Locus and Lodestar Awards and her debut novel ZAHRAH THE WINDSEEKER won the prestigious Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature. Her next novel, IKENGA, will be in stores August 2020. Nnedi has also written comics for Marvel, including BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING and WAKANDA FOREVER (featuring the Dora Milaje) and the SHURI series, an Africanfuturist comic series LAGUARDIA (from Dark Horse) and her short memoir BROKEN PLACES AND OUTER SPACES. Nnedi is also cowriter the adaptation of Octavia Butler’s WILD SEED with Viola Davis and Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu. Nnedi holds a PhD (literature) and two MAs (journalism and literature). She lives with her daughter Anyaugo and family in Illinois."

  • A collection of free [text] books from Springer

    [From website] "To help support everyone during Covid-19, Springer has released a ton of free textbooks. This is great, but their web page for this is not super friendly, and expects you to download some Excel sheet to figure out what they have on offer.This web page hopes to make it easier to access all this knowledge."


  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Asides podcast series

    [From website] "Inspired by Shakespeare’s “asides”—moments when characters speak directly to the audience and pull them into the story—this podcast shares the world of theater making from our home on Chicago’s Navy Pier. ASIDES shares valuable insights from our team of scholars, conversations with artists, and questions from our listeners to dive deeper into work happening at Chicago Shakespeare."


  • Alexander McQueen, Designer | Research Library | PDF download link included

    [From website] "Alexander McQueen’s personal collection of reference books was intrinsic to his development as a designer. The National Art Library at the V&A holds some of the books that were key to his creativity."

    NOTE: The actual library is not what's posted here. The PDF is a detailed, annotated list of the collection.

    BONUS ITEM: See Ami Waring from the McQueen design team demonstrate how the panther from the tailor’s quilt patchwork is created. | Runtime: 4:10 | https://youtu.be/dz6WaWlbTnA

  • 175 Years of ScotWays | YouTube | Runtime: 21:19

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