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Three poems from the libretto of ‘Giraff

There was a time when China was a sea power. Admiral Eunuch Zheng He led expeditionary voyages between 1405 and 1433 in Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, West Asia, and East Africa. It was a legendary fleet, with the “treasure ships” which were nine masts, with four decks and about 400 feet in length. In […]

Today in history: it is Friday, October ...

By the associated press Today’s highlight in history: On October 29, 2018, a next-generation Boeing operated by Indonesian low-cost airline Lion Air crashed in the Java Sea minutes after taking off from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board; it was the first of two fatal crashes involving the 737 Max, resulting in the plane […]

Review: Hans Holbein struts around the G...

The original exhibition of Renaissance portraits by Hans Holbein the Younger at the J. Paul Getty Museum opens with a bang. Her stunningly beautiful painting of a young woman, wife of a London courtier, sits straight ahead on the entrance wall. Shown in standard three-quarter view, at waist height, she appears decent and composed when […]

A little wisdom from Bernard | Charles ...

BBernard de Clairvaux, the great 12th-century saint and doctor of the Church who renewed Western monastic tradition, once warned that “The gravest danger for any pope lies in the fact that, surrounded as he is flatterers, he never hears the truth about himself and ends up unwilling to hear it. Each pontificate has its courtiers. […]

“The Last Duel”, Review: Ridley Scott’s

Apparently a good man was hard to find in the Middle Ages. At least there isn’t one in Ridley Scott’s new film, “The Last Duel” (now in theaters), set in France at the end of the 14th century, in the middle of the Hundred Years War. ruinous and social unrest in the wake of the […]

Book Review: “The Christmas Pig,” by JK

THE CHRISTMAS PIGBy JK RowlingIllustrated by Jim Field Neither words nor pictures, as the best storytellers have always known, can compete with the exuberant force of the imagination of a willful reader. JK Rowling has made a virtuoso demonstration of the truth of this premise in his most recent book. “The Ickabog”, a pandemic project, […]

WISN 12 partners with Nō Studios for the

WISN 12 partners with Nō Studios for the Project CommUNITY initiative WISN 12 will feature musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, authors, poets and artisans of all types through its partnership with Nō Studios. Updated: 12:16 p.m. CDT October 5, 2021 WISN 12 will feature musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, authors, poets and artisans of all types through […]