PEOPLE AND CULTURE
What is happening outside the Akron Civic Theatre is about to become as exciting as what happens inside the building
As part of its Staging the Future capital campaign, the Akron Civic Theatre has developed a public art strategy that will make a dramatic contribution to the aesthetic landscape of the areas surrounding the theater. Through capital funding, including a major gift from Rick and Alita Rogers, internationally recognized artists have been commissioned to create installations that will become attractions unto themselves. These works of art will draw national attention to the changing landscape and rebirth of downtown Akron.
The transformation will create more ways for the public to enjoy the Civic by offering an exciting collection of public art around the venue. Large-scale murals on the exterior walls of the Civic will deliver a big visual impact on the neighborhood, and additional works created by local and regional artists will create an “art park” around the building.
Muralists El Mac and Aiseborn commenced work on the Civic’s exterior wall facing W. Bowery Street overlooking Lock 4, and muralist Louise Jones (Ouizi), has begun her work on the exterior wall on S. Main St. overlooking Lock 3. The outdoor donor wall honoring leadership gifts to the Staging the Future capital campaign will be designed by Rochester, New York-based glass artist Nancy Gong. The installation will be located on the elevator wall along the S. Main St. sidewalk adjacent to the entry point of the Civic’s arcade.
The Civic’s public art strategy also includes as many as ten works commissioned or acquired from local and regional artists. The theater will announce its process for selecting local artists in the coming months.
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In response to an increasingly challenging theatrical landscape and sustained key market closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cineworld, parent company of Regal, today announced that it will be temporarily suspending operations at all of its 536 Regal theatres in the U.S., as of Thursday, October 8, 2020.
The world's first voice-activated museum
Planet Word, a revolutionary museum dedicated to the power, beauty, and fun of language and to showing how words shape the human experience, opened its doors to the public. Housed in Washington, D.C.’s historic Franklin School, Planet Word is the world’s first voice-activated museum, featuring immersive galleries and exhibits that will engage visitors of all ages in experiencing words and language from a wide range of perspectives. General admission is free.
Founded on the belief that literacy is fundamental to the health of democracy, Planet Word aims to inspire and renew a love of words, language, and reading. Appreciation for the power of language fosters empathy and encourages civil discourse. By engaging people of all ages with language, Planet Word encourages visitors to both fall in love with the joy and whimsy of words and understand how vital they are to American society and to our world.
“I am so thrilled to open Planet Word’s doors to the public and cannot imagine a more fitting time for a museum of language to open in our nation’s capital,” said Planet Word founder and CEO Ann Friedman. “Democracy depends on literate citizens. I hope that Planet Word can provide a forum for civil…
Emanuele Filiberto, Italy’s last king’s grandson, is opening up his first standalone storefront in Westwood. The restaurant will expand beyond handmade pasta into Roman-style pizza, Sicilian arancini, salads, and desserts.
Prince Emanuele is also a promoter of charitable causes for the local Los Angeles communities of disabled children in need of school supplies.
Last year, Prince also supported Caterina’s Club to provide warm meals, affordable housing assistance, and job training to homeless and low-income families throughout Southern California. Due to His Highness’s noble efforts, a nationally acclaimed award of Presidential Volunteer Service Award was given to him as an honor offered in recognition of his sustained service.
Combing food, Italian culture, and humanitarian efforts is truly a creative endeavor for bringing the best of Savoy tradition to the world. Prince Emanuele’s international background made this possible! The modernity of an aristocrat is reflected by his down to earthiness and pragmatism in humanitarian work. Proving food to the local communities also means extending the collaboration with people from all walks of life. “The grounding is important; you see how people are struggling during this COVID-19; for this, we are all one,” Prince commented.
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TIME Commemorative Edition Honoring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life and Legacy
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In the spring as businesses began to close and people stayed home to slow the spread, some wondered what to do with their time.
Not Will Thompson. Instead of perfecting a sourdough bread recipe or organizing his home, he continued to follow his passion and move forward with his projects as much as possible. As an actor/writer/producer, story ideas are always running through his head, so he captures them on paper as they occur. Thompson is always working on multiple projects. His energy knows no boundaries.
Unfortunately, because of COVID-19 health precautions, production on his film, Good Intentions, was disrupted in May. The movie is about a Chicago police officer who resorts to crime when money troubles jeopardize his wife’s life. In addition to writing, directing and producing, Thompson plays Officer Alex Mason. With more than 200 cast and crew members on set, this was his largest production to date.
Good Intentions is being produced by Urban Visionary Films, a company Thompson founded so he could share stories from his heart. Its first foray into the entertainment world was the critically acclaimed short film Related Destiny, which was inspired by Thompson’s personal experiences. He wrote, produced, acted and made his directorial debut in…
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The new edition includes 10 additional subject rankings in STEM fields
U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, today released the 2021 edition of the Best Global Universities rankings. With data on nearly 1,500 schools, the rankings evaluate universities from dozens of countries on academic research and reputation.
Two countries are represented by the overall top 10 schools: the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Harvard University maintains its No. 1 rank, while Massachusetts Institute of Technology comes in at No. 2. Stanford University and the University of California–Berkeley are third and fourth, respectively. The U.K.’s University of Oxford finishes out the top five in the overall ranking.
This year’s edition includes schools from 86 countries, up from 81 last year. The U.S. has the most universities in the overall ranking with 255, followed by these countries:
- China: 176
- U.K.: 87
- France: 70
- Germany: 68
“The Best Global Universities methodology places significant emphasis on academic research,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. “With rankings by subject, region and country, students and their families can easily learn more about schools based on their specific needs and interests.”
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