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The power of trans

first_imgIt was all about transformation.“Trans Arts” was a two-hour panel Wednesday of poets, critics, and performers who in some cases identify with the gender opposite from the bodies in which they were born.Stephen (sometimes Stephanie) Burt, a Harvard professor of English, moderated the late-afternoon panel at Sackler Lecture Hall, wearing flats, a stylish black dress, and a deep black, shoulder-length wig.He also emceed two hours of evening performances, including a video by documentarian D’hana Perry and storytelling by transgender legend and “Gender Outlaw” author Kate Bornstein, whose 2012 memoir is titled “A Queer and Pleasant Danger.” To see Bornstein at work, said Burt afterward, was “transformational.”That was the idea. Before the event, Homi Bhabha, director of Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center, described it as a University-wide coming out for the trans arts, including texts, media, and performances from within the world of what insiders call the trans and genderqueer life. The center was co-sponsor of “Trans Arts,” along with the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.It is time “to help build communities” in support of art-making outside the cultural binary of gender norms, Bhabha told an audience of 70. “Transgender occupies an extremely important political and cultural territory in contemporary society.” Its art and even its existence, he said, “trumps the tyranny of identity… It disturbs gender norms grounded in polarities.”In April, Bhabha read Burt’s “Diary” in the London Review of Books, an account of a convention for the transgendered in suburban Massachusetts. (“I am looking for better answers,” Burt wrote of his periodic adult experiments in cross-dressing, “and for better shoes.”) Bhabha wrote his colleague the next morning, and the idea of “Trans Arts” came to be.The panel, as the subject might suggest, offered a modern touch and a skew toward youth, as did the audience. Panelist Kat Baus ’15, an English concentrator, is on Harvard’s slam poetry team. Perry, a video experimentalist with a recent M.F.A. from Emerson College, is a DJ who follows New York’s club scene. Michael M. Weinstein, a Ph.D. student in English at Harvard, is a young critic and creative writer. And Tim Trace Peterson is co-editor of “Troubling the Line,” a new poetry collection featuring trans writers.But the panel embodied the fact that transgender life is for some older people too, and that it goes back in time. Bornstein is 65, and joked that her performances — theatrical, one-woman renderings of written texts — evoke the past. Panelist Michael Bronski, a journalist and critic in his 60s who has written  “A Queer History of the United States,” kept going back to the cross-gender explorations of 18th-century novelist Samuel Richardson.The 40-something Burt opened with a few lines from Book I of the 17th-century epic poem “Paradise Lost,” which even today delivers a whiff of modern air: “For spirits when they please / Can either sex assume, or both …”“Trans Art” was about the ambiguities that emerge when a person “can either sex assume,” to say nothing of those making a transition from one gender to another. “It’s complicated,” said Burt — a statement he said could easily be “a crawl along the bottom of the screen” if “Trans Art” had been a television show. “Your inner feelings complicate the binary.” The first thing gender ambiguities often yield is an attraction to live theater, he said, where from the beginning gender-switching was a part of acting, and where men for centuries played women onstage.But with the emergence of video, said Burt, the trans art world is no longer dependent on just books or on live theater.Such gender ambiguities can yield a commonality of experience. Panelists recounted those moments when, say, someone confronts you on the subway or in a coffee shop with a question that might be just existential if it were not funny too: “Who are you?”Perry “experiences life in between,” in a gender twilight outside cultural norms. Someone might say “sir” in line at a checkout counter, and “at home I might be ‘they’ to them. To other people I might be ‘she.’”Burt called it a case of “bodies and gender roles that don’t match with one another.” That clash itself could lead to “lives as works of art” among the transgendered, said Bronski. If so, those lives are often performance art. Perry remembered being called “a twofer” by a man puzzled at the idea of gender ambiguity. “I’m someone who ends up existing nowhere and everywhere at the same time.”Weinstein recalled a stranger asking, “Are you a male or a female? I can’t quite figure it out.” His answer was, “Have a nice day.” Baus told a story like that about the subway, and the apparent need “to be read as one or the other” by people in public — wanting to explain that, in gender terms, “there are folks who can’t live in your architecture.”In a clip from “Loose,” a video work-in-progress, Perry showed a black girl coming out as a boy, but whose outfit, attitude, and skin color now made her threatening as well as puzzling. It’s part of “the doubletalk you get,” said Perry, “when you don’t fit in someone’s box.”Peterson said that a few themes emerged among the 54 trans poets featured in the collection, all in answer to the pressures and pleasures of gender ambiguity. One theme concerned the imagination that the cultural margins sometimes spur in artists and writers. (She mentioned Burt’s poetry as an example.) Then there was the courage it takes to write from the cultural outside, and the trauma that can reflect, too.The panel showed there was plenty of room for trans artists to poke fun at one another, and at the carnival the transgender world can sometimes appear to be. There’s a lot of “let’s show” to trans arts, said Burt, but sad social realities leaven that playfulness. “A lot of people are being fired, hurt, or being killed for who they are,” Burt said.Celebrate the “culture of the trans,” Bhabha suggested earlier, but be awake to transgender realities that exist “at the limits of love and rejection. The trans arts are as much about justice as they are about joy.”last_img read more

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Jenn Gambatese Starts Performances in School of Rock

first_img Star Files She’s in the band! Broadway alum Jenn Gambatese begins performances in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock—The Musical on August 9. She succeeds Sierra Boggess as Principal Rosalie Mullins; Boggess played her final performance on August 8 before departing for Paris, France to play Christine Daaé in the Tony-winning composer’s The Phantom of the Opera. Gambatese originated the Broadway roles of Jane in Tarzan and Natalie in All Shook Up, played Glinda in the first national tour of Wicked and was also on Broadway in Hairspray, Is He Dead?, A Year with Frog and Toad and Footloose.Currently in performances at the Winter Garden Theatre, School of Rock is based on the 2003 film of the same name, featuring music from the movie, as well as an original score by Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes and direction by Laurence Connor. The show follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.The cast also currently includes Alex Brightman, Spencer Moses and Mamie Parris. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 Jenn Gambatese Jenn Gambatesecenter_img School of Rock – The Musical Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

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The case for millennials

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Millennial this, Millennial that. “Let’s start with doing Facebook.” This is typically how the conversation goes when it comes to that conversation in most boardrooms and planning sessions. We look at Millennials as kids—not actual people with money, financial needs, or dreams. Until we advance our mindset past “Millennials want us to be on Facebook,” we might as well focus on ads for certificate rates in the obituary section.A recent article in The Street published some good numbers about where Millennials currently stand financially, as well as where they will be in the next few years. The most general fact, perhaps the one that you should take most seriously, is that Gen Xers and Millennials will make up over half of the wealth by 2030.Get this: the generation born after 1995 (you know, those kids) are set to graduate and enter the workforce this year, just as 3 million Boomers announce their retirement. This opens the door for Millennials to take those vacated higher paying positions. That alone should jumpstart savings, which Millennials have only just started considering. They are also in the market for buying cars, getting married, buying homes, and needing general financial guidance for life. continue reading »last_img read more

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Benefits of prepaid cards for members in challenging times

first_img continue reading » From coping with social distancing guidelines to the increasing unemployment rate and newly surfacing fraud scams, the coronavirus pandemic is greatly impacting financial security and stability for many. In this most challenging time, prepaid cards are one way to provide a safe and convenient payment option for your credit union members.Security and Peace of MindPrepaid cards are the perfect companion to a debit card and/or checking account in providing an added layer of security from financial fraudsters. Members can use them to make purchases online or by phone, thereby limiting the exposure of their primary accounts and the risk of losing major funds. The cards also reduce the need to carry cash, helping to prevent loss and theft, and the possibility of transmitting the virus.Additionally, prepaid cards are a great budgeting tool, as the card can only spend the amount of money loaded onto it. Members can access their prepaid account online and check their transaction history and balance before shopping, ensuring they remain within their spending limits to avoid debt. They can also use the cards to separate discretionary money from other funds to pay for necessities. Members can also be assured that if their prepaid card is lost or stolen, their loaded funds can be reimbursed to their full balance. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Asia’s factory pain eases as region emerges from pandemic

first_imgManufacturing activity also expanded in Vietnam and Malaysia, pointing to a slow but steady recovery ahead.Japan and South Korea continued to see manufacturing activity shrink, underscoring the heavy blow the pandemic dealt to their export-reliant economies, although the pace of their declines slowed.”The chance of a V-shape recovery in the manufacturing sector appears slim at this stage,” said Joe Hayes, economist at IHS Markit, which compiles the survey.”We’re still awaiting signs of meaningful improvement in Japan’s manufacturing sector, with the PMI for June failing to stage a substantial recovery.” Asia’s factory pain showed signs of easing in June, as a rebound in China’s activity offered some hope the region may have passed the worst of the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.But sluggish global demand and fears of a second wave of infections will tame any optimism on the outlook and keep pressure on policymakers to support their ailing economies.China’s factory activity grew at a faster clip in June after the government lifted coronavirus lockdown measures, a private sector survey showed on Wednesday. China’s Caixin/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 51.2 in June from 50.7 in May, marking the highest reading since December 2019. That followed a similarly upbeat reading from the Chinese government’s own PMI on Tuesday.Vietnam and Malaysia also saw their PMIs crawl back above the 50-mark separating growth from contraction, a welcome sign for policymakers struggling to combat the pandemic’s fallout.But analysts expect any recovery in the region to be slow.While China’s export orders shrank at a slower pace, its employment contraction worsened, the PMI showed, underscoring the fragile recovery in the world’s second-largest economy.”Overall manufacturing demand recovered at a fast clip, but overseas demand remained a drag,” said Wang Zhe, senior economist at Caixin Insight Group.Japan’s PMI rose to a seasonally adjusted 40.1 in June, while South Korea’s PMI ticked up to 43.4 – both remaining far below the boom-or-bust threshold of 50.Separately, a Bank of Japan survey showed big manufacturers’ confidence sinking to levels last seen during the 2009 global financial crisis, reinforcing expectations the country was sinking deeper into recession.”If demand doesn’t rebound fast enough, companies will have to shed jobs,” said Shinichiro Kobayashi, senior economist at Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting. “That will delay Japan’s economic recovery, which could end up in a L-shape.” center_img Topics :last_img read more

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first_imgAustralia: BHP Iron Ore has ordered a wagon dumper from Strachan & Henshaw valued at A$7m for its Port Hedland terminal.Bulgaria: A US$23·8m contract to refurbish 50 BDZ passenger coaches has been awarded to Adtranz and MAV DVJ Kft of Hungary.Czech Republic: Vodni Stavby AS has won a Kcs969m contract to upgrade a 9·6 km section of the CD network between Decin and the German border. Completion is scheduled for October 1998.Egypt: Using funding from Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, ENR has signed a DM9m contract with the German arm of Adtranz to maintain and supply spares for 40 diesel locomotives. An option worth DM8m covers 45 more locos.France: Dynicom interrogators from Amtech have been ordered for 150 sites on the SNCF network. Supplied through GEC Alsthom, the interrogators will read/write tags fitted to SNCF rolling stock.Hungary: Cogeco of Italy is due to begin electrification of three MAV routes totalling 256 km by the end of March. Work on the Balatonszentgyorgy – Murakeresztur, Szekesfehervar – Szombathely and Rakospalota-Ujpest – Vacratot routes is scheduled for completion in 2000.Lithuania: Vector International Inc is to supply Lithuanian Railways with rolling stock painting equipment valued at Lit3m for its Vilnius works.Poland: Using European Investment Bank loan funds, PKP has called for bids to rebuild Zychlin and Nowy Tomysl stations.Romania: Metalastik Vibration Control Systems has won a contract to supply rubber-metal bonded suspension components for 10 CFR electric locomotives being rebuilt by SC Caromet SA.Sweden: Nordwaggon has ordered 100 steel coil wagons from Transtech for FM60m. Deliveries are to begin late this year for completion early in 1998.USA: San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission has ordered eight double-deck commuter cars from Bombardier and has called tenders for two diesel locomotives, expected to cost US$1·7m each.C A Rasmussen Inc has secured a US$6·3m contract to undertake track improvements at Los Angeles Union station for Southern California Regional Rail Authority.Portec has installed 61 hydraulic lubrication systems and soil and ballast protection mats on BNSF’s Pasco – Auburn route. Rail rollover prevention devices and over 200 bonded, insulated rail joint plugs were also supplied.Motor Coils Manufacturing Co has signed a US$4m to supply Egyptian National Railways with traction motors. Union Pacific has taken delivery of an EC-4 track geometry car built by Plasser to a UP design. The car can reach 96 km/h under its own power.A&K Railroad Materials is to begin deliveries of rail worth US$3·6m for the Salt Lake City light rail scheme in May.last_img read more

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Serie A season could end by July 15

first_imgWith training expected to resume on May 4, Serie A should start playing games on May 31 and finish by July 12, leaving the Champions League and Europa League until later, it’s reported. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World6 Most Handsome Indian Actors10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do This would allow for three to four weeks of training, at which point the players would be ready to get back on the field for the weekend of May 30-31. There are two options for Europe’s leagues going forward, as they could either play all their remaining fixtures and finish in mid-July, or play with the Champions League and Europa League ties in the same timeframe. According to, the former is becoming more and more likely, leaving UEFA until July to work out completing their tournaments. As the domestic leagues are more complex and have so much more riding on them, they will be given the priority. The lockdown order in Italy was extended to May 3, as while new cases and intensive care admissions continue to drop, the death rate remains relatively steady at 550-600 every day. It seems increasingly likely that players will be allowed to train from May 4, split into different groups to allow for social distancing. In fact, the Corriere dello Sport suggests that clubs will try to get permission from April 27 to begin intensive physical and medical tests, so they can ensure that players are safe and healthy.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… Read Also: Ronaldo has had advantages in the quarantine – Lazio chiefIf Serie A did resume on May 31 and was played every three days, the season would be over by July 12.UEFA have floated the idea of a Final Four or even Final Eight tournament in a neutral venue to work out the Champions League and Europa League winners.The Coppa Italia is also midway through the semi-finals, but that could even be delayed until next season.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Mikel brands Hazard laziest player

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Stoke City manager salutes Mikel Lampard: Tomori won’t leave Chelsea Eden Hazard has been brandished the “laziest player I have played with” by former Chelsea teammate, John Obi Mikel, while also insisting Hazard remained an “incredible talent”. Mikel, now playing in Turkey, spent 11 seasons at Chelsea, five of them alongside Hazard, but was far from complimentary of the Real Madrid forward’s work ethic, while insisting Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was the hardest working. Hazard’s start to life in Spain has not gone to plan, with injuries hampering his progress. Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has questioned the fitness work Hazard has put in earlier this month, with former teammate Mikel the latest to question Hazard’s methods. “The laziest player I have played alongside is Eden Hazard,” Mikel told beIN Sports in Turkey. “Hazard has an incredible talent, maybe not as good as [Lionel] Messi, but he can do whatever he wants with the ball at his feet. “He didn’t like to train hard. While we were working he was waiting for us to finish training just standing there. But on Sundays he was always man of the match, it was unbelievable.” When asked who the hardest working player he’s played alongside was he said “Frank Lampard,” with no hesitation whatsoever.Tags: Arsene WengerChelsea FCEden HazardFrank LampardJohn Obi Mikellast_img read more

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Viz books ticket for Ascot

first_imgViztoria returned to winning ways with an impressive success in the Go Racing In Kildare Waterford Testimonial Stakes at the Curragh. Eddie Lynam’s classy four-year-old remains lightly raced and was having her first run since finishing down the field in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville in August. Dropping markedly in class to Listed level, the 15-8 favourite arrived on the scene full of running under Pat Smullen two out and quickly accounted for An Saighdiur, who had cut out the pace in company with Tylery Wonder. Press Association McCreery said: “She had to do the donkey work at Roscommon, but Leigh was able to sit in today and she did it well. The bit of experience helped her. I don’t know if she will run again this year. She had a mid-season break which helped her, and we’ll have to see if there is anything for her.” Fastnet Mist rewarded favourite-backers in the Irish Field EBF Fillies Maiden. The David Wachman-trained three-year-old was breaking her duck at the sixth attempt as she stayed on well to hold the determined challenge of Diylawa by a neck. Winning rider Wayne Lordan said of the 11-8 winner: “She was entitled to win that. The filly that beat her in Killarney has been Listed-placed twice since. The nine furlongs suited her, but she has the pace for a mile. I’d be very hopeful that she can pick up some black type next year.” She soon put the race to bed when asked, going three lengths clear of stablemate Gathering Power, who ran a good race in second. Lynam said: “It’s great to have a good horse, but even better to have a good owner. They have been very patient, and that’s the first time in a long time that she’s had her ground. There has been no problem, we have just been waiting on the ground. “She ran on very bad ground in France and ran poorly. We never found a reason for it, but that’s the only blip on her CV. “She will go for the Champion Sprint (at Ascot) next Saturday, and is entitled to take her chance.” Devonshire, sporting the famous maroon and white silks of Sheikh Mohammed, came with a strong late run to open her account at the fifth time of asking in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden. The Fast Company youngster was produced from off the pace to challenge deep inside the final furlong. Private Paradise and Corail were involved in a battle for the lead, but neither had an answer to Leigh Roche on the Willie McCreery-trained filly, who pulled half a length clear of Corail. Often, a half-sister to Giant’s Causeway, made a pleasing debut just behind the placed horses, but favourite New Alliance sadly broke down. last_img read more

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ICC World Cup Live Streaming Cricket, IND vs NZ Semi-final reserve day: Watch India vs New Zealand Live Match at Hotstar & Star Sports TV Channel

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Live Streaming Cricket, IND vs NZ Semi-final reserve day at Hotstar & Star Sports TV Channel: Ross Taylor was run-out for 74 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up three wickets as New Zealand ended on 239/8 in 50 overs. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final between India and New Zealand will turn into ‘two-day’ international as the high octane clash is set to resume today at 3:00 PM IST. The weather forecast for the day is not looking promising with overcast conditions and rain expected to dominate proceedings today. The forecast for rain is 20 per cent and it is expected to come around 4:00 PM IST. In case the game gets washed out even today, then India will go through to the final as they finished higher in the points table. Fans will be hoping that the rain stays away and that the game is completed today. Get highlights of the match here. Below are the details of how, where and when you can watch the live streaming of India vs New Zealand ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final. (Click here to get Live Cricket Score Updates)ICC World Cup 2019, Semi-final: India vs New ZealandWhat time does the live coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final between India vs New Zealand start? The 45th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 semi-final between India vs New Zealand will start at 03:00 PM IST. Will the match start over or will it resume from the point where it was interrupted?Yes, the match will resume from the point it was interrupted. So, New Zealand will resume their innings from 46.1 overs and their score will start from 211/5.What will happen if the rain continues and the match cannot resume?The match officials will try their level best to ensure that a Twenty20 game will take place. However, if the game is washed out, then India will go through to the final as they finished higher in the points table.Where will the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final between India vs New Zealand be played? The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final between India vs New Zealand will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester. Where to watch online live streaming of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final between India vs New Zealand?You can watch the live streaming of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final between India vs New Zealand on Hotstar from 03.00 PM onwards.When is the semi-final between India vs New Zealand in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?The game between India vs New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played on Saturday, July 6.Where can I check the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final between India vs New Zealand?You can follow live updates and live Score on You can watch the live cricket match on Hotstar.Where can I watch the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final between India vs New Zealand?The match between India vs New Zealand will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports Select HD. Hindi commentary will be available on Star Sports 1 Hindi. last_img read more

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