Deaf UEL photographer says condition inspires her art

Lalita Gurung, who was born in Brunei to Gurkha parents, grew up in Nepal, and came to the UK in 2006, will be showing her remarkable final-year photography project from tomorrow in Shoreditch.

The 31-year-old says that losing her hearing from meningitis complications when she was eight months old heightened her other senses.

Read at:  Deaf UEL photographer says condition inspires her art – Latest Newham News – Newham Recorder

Jazz Roots pairs music stars with Miami high school band students | Miami Herald

The Jazz Roots Sound Check program is free for the jazz band students, with transportation and tickets provided by the Arsht for each performance. Buses haul more than 150 students from the participating schools to each of the season’s six concerts, which have featured artists including Dave Brubeck, George Benson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sonny Rollins and Chick Corea.

Very cool.  I love programs that allow successful people to work with kids, those who hope to become what they already are.

Read at:  Jazz Roots pairs music stars with Miami high school band students | Miami Herald

New Chris Cornell music video released

According to CBS news Chris wanted the new video released on World Refugee Day.

Eric Esrailian, who produced the video, said Cornell filmed the video shortly before he died. Esrailian added that the rock singer wanted the video to be released on World Refugee Day.

Cornell and his family toured refugee camps in Greece in April, and there they decided that The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation would focus its efforts on child refugees.

 

‘Take Two Songs and Call Me in the Morning’: How Music Might Be Your Next Prescription Drug | Outside Online

In 2013, this question spurred Ketki Karanam, former head of product design at Nokia, biologist Marko Ahtisaari, and postdoc student Yadid Ayzenberg to lay the groundwork for the Sync Project, a Boston-based company whose main goal is to develop music as precision medicine. For the past two years, Sync has been spearheading various studies that look at the connection between music and the mind. The company has collaborated with advisers from Berklee College of Music, MIT Media Lab, and Spotify to gather dat

Source: ‘Take Two Songs and Call Me in the Morning’: How Music Might Be Your Next Prescription Drug | Outside Online

Han Solo movie: Phil Lord and Chris Miller out as Star Wars directors

No new filmmaker has been announced, but in a statement, Lucasfilm says the movie will remain on course for a May 2018 release.“Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

Posting just in case you haven’t heard about this already.  Considering it’s been trending all over social media for 24 hours – I’m sure you have, but just in case you can read about it here:

Source: Han Solo movie: Phil Lord and Chris Miller out as Star Wars directors

Canada police investigate theft of mummified human toe served in drinks | World news | The Guardian

For more than 40 years the Downtown hotel in Dawson City has served up the sourtoe cocktail, a shot of whisky with a blackened toe – nail and all – bobbing inside. Those who manage to touch the gnarled, severed toe to their lips earn a certificate. On Saturday a customer took it one step further, allegedly making off with the wrinkled digit after swallowing his drink. “We are furious,” said Terry Lee of the hotel. “Toes are very hard to come by.”

Stay interesting Canada 🙂

Source: Canada police investigate theft of mummified human toe served in drinks | World news | The Guardian

 

UPDATE:  Thief returned the toe with an apology!  (Of course they did, it is CANADA after all!)  🙂

Read about the return here:  http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/06/23/Stolen-toe-used-in-cocktail-returned-to-Canadian-hotel-with-apology/2111498224066/

Norse code: Preserving Viking Age folk art traditions | INFORUM

“We do this work because the Viking-era folk arts, the Old Norse roots of much of today’s regional European folk arts, with its influence ranging from Russia to Ireland to Iraq, need support to be preserved, celebrated, and taught to our future generations,” says HCSCC Executive Director Maureen Kelly Jonason.

Cool.  We should never let a culture completely “die out”.  Preservation programs, such as this one, are important to understanding who we are and where we came from.

Source: Norse code: Preserving Viking Age folk art traditions | INFORUM