There is something ruthless about Alonzo King. King—who exudes the ease and innate savoir faire one associates with Duke Ellington—is the founder, choreographer, and force behind Lines Ballet, currently in the midst of its 2015 spring season at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The world premiere of Biophony, his collaboration with natural soundscape artist Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford is a stunning, moving, and, at times, frightening testimony to navigating the pitfalls inherent in one of the scariest things an artist ever has to face: a really great idea.
British author Nick Hornby’s obsessions with music and sports have been well reflected in About a Boy, High Fidelity, and a slew of other writings, but recently, the auteur has delved into different themes: He wrote the screenplay for Wild, the film starring Reese Witherspoon based on Cheryl Strayed’s bestseller; and his new novel, Funny Girl, centers on a woman who unexpectedly achieves fame in 1960s London when she becomes the star of a wildly popular BBC comedy series.
For some, Mexico City comes with a warning label. When I posted on Facebook that I was going, my sister emailed me an article about beheadings. A tennis pal cautioned me to take only radio-controlled taxis, to avoid the risk of being taken for a metaphorical (and literal) ride.
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