The night before the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas in May, Madonna was sitting in the arena attached to the MGM Grand hotel, staring at a double of herself. The double, who was standing on the stage many yards away, was younger and looked Asian but wore a similar lace minidress and a wig in Madonna’s current hairstyle, a ’30s movie star’s crimped blond waves. “It’s always the second person with the wig — she wants to see it,” a stage designer said, adding that when she makes a decision, she is definitive. “Madonna wants 10 options, but when she says it’s the one, it’s the one.” Madonna was observing Madonna to make sure Madonna was doing everything perfectly. Up on the stage set of a funky urban street with lampposts and a tiled bar, the double hit her marks and held a fist up to her mouth like a faux microphone for a rendition of “Medellín,” the on-trend, Latin-inflected song that Madonna would be … [Read more...] about Madonna at Sixty
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Dave Malloy’s extraordinary new chamber-choir musical Octet uses a simple structure to go spelunking into a complex, ominous, continuously exquisite series of caves. He’s taking on the never-sleeping, ever-proliferating “monster” that is the internet, with its infinite rabbit holes and terrifying back alleys, and his nimble, humane investigation into the “addiction, obsession, insomnia, depression … isolation, anxiety,” and — despite it all — possibility of that vast virtual country feels both playful and intensely personal. Malloy himself was at the center of an online rage-storm back in 2017 when his musical Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 — a scrappy downtown darling turned Broadway cult favorite — made some controversial casting choices in the face of low ticket sales. Two years later, one of the many exhilarating aspects of Octet is that it shows an artist making lemonade, turning painful … [Read more...] about Theater: Octet, by Dave Malloy, Takes Flight on 8-Bit Wings
The April Pink Moon is at first glance a misnomer. For this Friday’s Full Moon will not look a pretty pink, instead casting a hazy shade of pale orange down from the heavens. But this month’s Pink Moon is still worth watching out for and here are the best times to spot Earth’s satellite at its best. Related articles NASA weather WARNING: Vanishing clouds 'will cause weather APOCALYPSE' Water on Saturn’s moon? Liquid lakes on Titan STUN astronomers The April Full Moon will look at its photogenic finest when it rises and sets. Many of the Moon’s nicknames have come to us from Native American culture Royal Observatory Greenwich Not only will this month’s Full Moon look larger to our minds when it is close to the horizon, but there will also be significantly less glare. Observing Earth’s satellite when it is high in the sky could be too bright white to look at for more than a few seconds. But a Full Moon will be less bright and … [Read more...] about Full Moon 2019: When is the April Full Moon? What time does the Pink Moon rise?
April’s Full Moon has a tough act to follow in 2019. This year began in style, with three consecutive Supermoons wowing stargazers around the world. And although the April Pink Full Moon will not be quite as spectacular, it certainly should not be missed. Related articles Hubble 'lost’ light: NASA photo shows DEEPEST-EVER view of universe Black holes to accelerate interstellar craft to near-LIGHT SPEED The April Full Moon will peak in brightness shortly after midday, Friday, April 19. Many of the Moon’s nicknames have come to us from Native American culture Royal Observatory Greenwich In the UK, the Earth's lunar satellite will reach its Full Moon phase at around 12.12pm BST (11.12am UTC), when viewed from London. This means it will take place eight hours before the moon rises for the night. Stargazers will consequently not be able to see the April Pink Moon until after 8.05pm BST (7.05pm UTC). Despite its name, April Pink Full Moon will not actually be … [Read more...] about Pink Moon 2019: How to watch the April Pink Moon rise on Friday?
A black hole is a region of spacetime exhibiting such strong gravitational effects that nothing, not even light, can escape. Scientists have previously revealed how they spotted a supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. Andrea Ghez, an American astronomer and professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA has been tracking the object ever since. Related articles Billion-mile-wide SUPERMASSIVE black hole poised to swallow Earth REVEALED: How scientist spotted SUPERMASSIVE black hole Amazon Prime’s “Secrets of the Universe” reveals how Dr Ghez and her team used telescopic images, alongside computer-generated technology, to produce a 3D simulation of the phenomenon 26,000 light-years away. The 2015 series detailed: “This is the first time scientists have visualised inside a black hole. “Their guide is Einstein and what his equations tell them. “Space here is so warped, the black hole acts like a giant lens, … [Read more...] about Black hole BREAKTHROUGH: How scientists ‘looked INSIDE spacetime for FIRST time’