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"Whoever lives for his body alone is also a basilisk, a dragon, and an asp, not, indeed, generated as yet, but meanwhile moving alive until he dies...For if a man lives in sperm, his very sperms turn into worms, and remain worms, and in the day of the resurrection they shall be buried in the deepest parts of the earth, over which shall walk those who have risen".
The Composition of Metals: Book the First, Concerning the Generation of Natural Things, Paracelsus, in The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus, Volume 1: Hermetic Chemistry

The New York Guggenheim is having a sculpture exhibition.
Exhibition: David Smith: A Centennial
Venue: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Dates: February 3—May 14, 2006
Will Travel to Centre Pompidou and Tate Modern

Widely considered the greatest sculptor of his generation, David Smith (1906–1965) created some of the most iconic works of the 20th century. Marked by the use of industrial materials, especially welded metals, and the integration of open space, Smith’s three-dimensional version of Abstract Expressionism revolutionized the art of sculpture in the U.S. and around the world. Organized on the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth, David Smith: A Centennial presents over 120 of his greatest sculptures, as well as a selection of his drawings and sketchbooks, from his entire 33-year career as a sculptor

[ www.guggenheim.org/smith/images/overview.jpg ]
David Smith with Australia, Bolton Landing, New York, ca. 1951 Audio Tour entry for Australia





From Star Wars, The Musical
originally posted 22/2/2006
Threepio: (quickly) ... I am programmed to adapt to whatever functions you may require of me...</p>

    I am a high-grade model of a multipurpose service droid,
    I've information on each planet, nebula, and asteroid,
    I know the inner workings of most anything mechanical,
    I'm friendly with all life forms both organic and botanical;
    I'm very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical,
    I calculate the odds, and my reports are quite emphatical;
    About your moisture 'vaporators I think they make perfect sense,
    Of course, I know the Bocce verbs in future and imperfect tense

    I'm fluent in six mill-i-on or more communication types;
    I know the shortest distance to a hundred good vacation sites;
    In short, I will excel at anything for which I am employed,
    I am a high-grade model of a multipurpose service droid.

    Jawas: In short, he will excel at anything for which he is employed,
    He is a high-grade model of a multipurpose service droid.
    Threepio: I can tell you local time on Alderaan and Coruscant,
    I'm capable of changing lights, from neon bulbs to fluorescent,
    I'm programmed in politeness, I say "thank you," "sir," "madam," and "please,"
    I'm not too good at telling tales -- unless they are in Ewokese
    Though I know all the mountain scapes and which sand dune is hillier,
    Though I can't put my finger on why this place is familiar --

THREEPIO pauses a moment as OWEN looks guilty.</p>

writers Kris "Rogue" Shindler and Jess Suess, arranger Steve Peters
The Star Wars: Musical Edition was transformed from just words on paper when Shindler moved to Boston and began working with the MIT Musical Theatre Guild, a student-run community group." ...

The reaction was very positive, and the project proceeded. But due to technical limitations, the Board recommended the ambitious trilogy be pared down to just the first act, A New Hope. It was an editorial decision not too different from the one George Lucas made when first writing the original Star Wars.
The Star Wars: Musical Edition debuted to a sell-out audience in February 2003. "We sold out six out of the eight shows," says Shindler. "We tried to cram in as many people as we could, and even added performances. But we still unfortunately had to turn people away."
As with all live theatre, the show is constantly evolving, adding the latest jibes and topical humour
The musical kicks off with the spirited "Trilogy Tonight," a saga-spun incarnation of "Comedy Tonight" from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Seuss intros the show as the beflanneled director
"In the original version we had Luke, because that made sense. It was a parody of the Forum song, and in that, it's the main character doing the intro. But then I thought it'd be perfect to have George come out in jeans and the flannel</p> ...
    Motti: Walkers!
    Han: Fast Talkers!
    Leia: Complexity!
    Ben: Dyslexity!
    Rebels: Reprise!
    Imperials: Spies!
    Luke and Vader: Sons!
    Leia and Han: Buns!
    Everyone: Gamblers!
    No Roman gods
    None Greek or Norse
    Just a Jedi learning the Force
    Dark side and Light side
    Which he must decide
    We promise it turns out all right
    Hobbits tomorrow
    Trilogy, trilogy, trilogy,
    trilogy, trilogy, trilogy,
    trilogy, trilogy
    Trilogy tonight!

Star Wars Trilogy: Musical Edition
November 11-12, 16-19, 2005 at 8pm; matinee performances at 2pm November 13 and 20</p>
massachusetts institute of technology www.mit.edu/~mtg/PastShowsPresent-2005.html

Theatre Guild strikes back with 'Star Wars' spoof
Sarah H. Wright, News Office
November 9, 2005

The Boston Globe
My Fair Leia? MIT troupe turns epic into a musical (printer-friendly)

by Devra First, Globe Staff | November 6, 2005
In this ''Star Wars," presented by the MIT Musical Theatre Guild, Han and Leia tango, there's a burlesque version of ''The Imperial March," and ''When You're Good to Mama," from ''Chicago," becomes ''When You're Good to Jabba." Melodies from ''My Fair Lady," ''Evita," ''West Side Story," ''Jesus Christ Superstar" -- they're all here, as are references to everything from ''The Jetsons" to Joss Whedon's ''Firefly." And, yes, Han Solo* sings ''Don't cry for me, Princess Leia."
[* or possibly Bail Organa]</p>

In 2003, MTG put on a version of the show that covered the first film, ''A New Hope." ''The week after we closed," Shindler says, ''it wasn't, 'OK, that was fun,' it was everybody asking, 'When are we gonna do ''Empire Strikes Back"?' "

Well, you can't have ''The Empire Strikes Back" without ''Return of the Jedi," thought Shindler and Suess. And so ''Trilogy" was born. Between the orchestra, the production staff, and the cast of 32, at least 70 people are now involved in the show.
''Operatic Wookies, tap-dancing stormtroopers," she says. ''How can you go wrong?"

    © Copyright 2005 Globe Newspaper Company.

February 10, 2006 Brandeis University's Community Newspaper TheHoot.Net
ww.thehoot.net/?module=displaystory& story_id=1090&format=html
MIT's Star Wars - The Trilogy: The Musical" takes the audience down the dark side
by David Pepose
Friday November 18, 2005

.... [The reviewer wasn't very happy with the production.]
The music was not terrible across the board, however, as the tangentially relevant Wedge's Lament, a solo by Matt Stern '08, was a musical gem, and Luke, Han, and Ben's Force Fugue and Han and Leia's I Know Tango were both incredibly satisfying to watch as they sang with panache, charisma, and genuine style.
The real strength of the show, however, was not when the actors were hamming it up by singing bad lyrics, but when they were engaged in the truly funny dialogue in the show ...


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