AMATO OPERA house – BEL CANTO on the Bowery, New York

 

Only 103 seats and all with a perfect view and acoustics, hand painted scenery and originally design costumes, singers and actors that perform for the great passion of music and bel canto, not for money.

Amato Opera house has entertained opera lovers for 61 years of uninterrupted production. Founded in 1948 by husband and wife team Anthony and Sally Amato, grew to become not only a must-go theatre where to appreciate opera in NYC’s cultural scene, but also a reference point for theatre students and singers, thanks to the enthusiasm, creativity and energy of Mr. and Mrs. Amato.

The Marriage of Figaro by Rossini, was chosen in May, 2009, as it started 61 years before at the auditorium of Our Lady of Pompeii church on Bleecker and Carmine Sts., to end an uninterrupted production. Last permanent home was at 319 Bowery, in the East Village.

HAPPY hours – street DRUNKARDS in New York

I used to live in Hell’s Kitchen, NY, before the New Times Square induced cleansing. Drunkards below my windows and drugs dealing at nighttime.

FIGHT club – PEACEFUL Sunday afternoon

They look like you and me: harmless. But you don’t want to get into a fight with them for just no reason. They know boxing, wrestling, kicking, judo, karate and you name it. They’re nice, ordinary guys, they do business and smile, chat and shake hands and like to be photographed, outside the ring. But once they’re in the ring, the hidden beast surfaces, feeding on your blood and the crowd’s roars at the smashing sound of fists hitting your face and breaking your nose. You eventually give up and the fight is over. Winner or loser, it doesn’t make any difference since there’s no money to win, but a sort of inner relief. Yes, because finally you felt alive, away from the supermarket aisle wanderer, from the cubicle dweller, from the diaper changer. And tomorrow is Monday, a week away from another peaceful Sunday afternoon.

Fight Club – the movie, with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.

CARHENGE – celebrating myth in NEBRASKA

 

Carhenge, along Country Road 59 near the city of Alliance, Nebraska, is a replica of Stonehenge, England. Built by Jim Reinders as a memorial to his father, is formed by American cars all painted in gray spray paint; it was dedicated at the June 1987 Summer solstice.

Frequently used in popular culture, it has made appearances in movies, Omaha by Dan Mirvish, on books covers, Velocity by Nancy Krygowski, and mentioned in travel books, 1,000 Places to See in the USA & Canada Before You Die.

LE AMERICHE IN SCALA 1:1 – un libro di MICHELE MOLINARI

 


LE AMERICHE IN SCALA 1:1
In viaggio, da New York a Buenos Aires.
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Copertina morbida, 256 pagine.
Ed. Lulu.com, 2008.
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Prima tappa: Penn Station. Ultima tappa: Retiro. Ma mica diretto, no. Molte tappe di approssimazione successiva collegate da treni autobus e traghetti, tutti mezzi pubblici sia ben chiaro, magari anche qualche tratta a piedi. Perché se è l’Altra America che voglio conoscere, tanto vale che cominci da subito. E veda cambiare i volti e gli abiti, veda mutare le valli in deserti e montagne e campi coltivati, ascolti i dialetti e le musiche e quello che la gente vorrà raccontarmi sulla vita, la loro, la vita nelle Americhe.

Un viaggio on the road ricco di emozioni e incontri ben raccontati.

Nato a Mantova nel 1960, Michele Molinari è giornalista e fotografo free lance, ama le grandi città ma non può fare a meno degli spazi aperti. Lavora appassionatamente per fare del viaggio un modus vivendi, senza mancare di occuparsi di temi sociali, stili di vita e fatti di costume. Attualmente vive a Buenos Aires.

Leggi alcune pagine del libro su Ruta 40.

Compra il libro da Lulu o da Bol.it.

 

ALL AMERICAN – a photo book by BARBARA DIJKHUIS and AUKE VLEER

ALL AMERICAN

Barbara Dijkhuis & Auke Vleer

 

- The wonder of America is its National Parks and cities’ majestic buildings.

- [Yawn] We’ve heard this so many times. Tell me more, what else?

- People, faces, horizons.

- Hum, yeah, it could be, you’re getting closer.

- I’ve got an idea, let’s ask somebody that doesn’t live here, a couple of foreigners that come virgin-eyed and travel the States West-to-East.

- Hey, good idea, that’s just what Dutch designer Barbara Dijkhuis and photographer Auke Vleer did.

all american is the visual photo diary of a 5,000 mile journey from LA to NY, illustrated by 750 photos chosen from a few thousand originals, which give us a perception many American eyes can no longer.

all american is not concerned with canyons, arches or spires, however impressive they may be. It’s not about old quarters, mile-long bridges or sleepless cities. Rather it’s about the people that live amongst these wonders, passing their days inside X-mas lit American houses, driving on American cars toward serene American sunsets and flashing around huge American smiles. It’s a visual reality we often miss because we see it everyday. But it’s anything but ordinary. Dijkhuis and Vleer reveal the core of American life and landscape in its subtle and beautiful simplicity.

Double page photos of La’s swamps, NM vast desert, NC foggy valleys alternate with pages of Very Large Array, Ca and Nv residents, kids’ smiles and WV beer drinkers. Then come the breath-taking beautiful twenty-pictures-page series: the motel room decoration is style un-inspiring; the landscape sooths the spirit; the driver is exhilarating and the rear mirror is genius.

The book opens with a 3,000-word Tyler Whisnand sentence that is one of the most original declarations of love to his own country: America.

Michele Molinari

all images © Barbara Dijkhuis & Auke Vleer

The book opens into a map: the route from Los Angeles to New York, mainly driven on backroads.

Miliage numbers on the map correspond with the miliage numbers in the book images.

Buy all american.

 

DEATH ROW – Angola, Louisiana State PENITENTIARY

The world continued to move toward abolition in 2009. The number of countries that have removed capital punishment entirely from their laws rose to 95 as Burundi and Togo abolished the death penalty for all crimes. While 58 countries retained the death penalty, most did not use it. Eighteen countries were known to have carried out executions, killing a total of 714 people. The United States came fourth in rank, after China, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, with 52 executions.

However, this figure does not include the thousands of executions that were likely to have taken place in China, which again refused to divulge figures on its use of the death penalty. In fact, since the outcries of the international community has become more fervent, certain countries still mantain the executions secret. This mostly happens were the press is muted.

Many humanitarian associations fight daily to abolish a nation’s right to decide the life, and the death, of their citizens. Among the most important are Amnesty International and Hands Off Cain. To help make change is easy, sometimes it’s enough to spread the word to open the eyes of those whom do not want to see.

More information about humanitarian organizations: The Moratorium CampaignDerechos.

Many more links: 1000+ Death Penalty Links.

Some reading suggestions:

The Green Mile, a novel by Stephen King

Dead Man Walking, a novel by Sister Helen Prejean

Condemned: Inside the Sing Sing Death House, by Scott Christianson, Director of New York Death Penalty Documentation Project

Against the Death Penalty: Christian and Secular Arguments Against Capital Punishment , by Gardner C. Hanks

Cell 2455, Death Row, by Caril Chessman inmate; an insider view.

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