March, 2013

TAEM interview with Prof. George D. Stanley, Jr. of U. of Montana

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Stanley UMPC collections credit_ Todd Goodrich (Photos by Todd Goodrich)

  TAEM- With our Science section expanding so rapidly, The Arts and Entertainment Magazine , is constantly searching the great colleges that we are seen in to explore the many branches of science that they offer. Our student readers have shown a great interest in Marine Biology and Paleontology, and we are delighted to include a University that excels in both.

   Professor George D. Stanley, Jr., of the University of Montana teaches a course that involves the study of marine fossils found on the North American continent and the surrounding oceans as well as many locations throughout the world. Professor, please tell our student readership about your own formal education and what first interested you about this particular branch of the world of science.

University of Montana logoGS-Well my field of science is paleontology, a subject I became fascinated with at the tender age of 10. As an avid fossil collector, I dreamed of one day being a world adventurer and paleontologist and somehow I have kept up with that dream. I received a BA from the University of Tennessee and my PhD at the University of Kansas.  Following my graduation, my education continued as a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum where I developed a, exhibit hall of ancient life and made many valuable contacts for my career.  As a Fulbright Fellow in Erlangen, Germany, I studied corals and the limestone reefs in the Alps. I guess what drew me into the field of paleontology was gorgeous fossils, life and deep time. Paleontologists really are time travellers, reconstructing the ancient past by digging up fossilized life of the past. That’s awesome in any sense. (more…)

TAEM interview with Prof. Todd Messegee of NVCC

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Todd-Messegee-New-YorkTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is devoted to student education. Our coverage includes articles on Authors, Music, Science, the Arts , Cinema, and more. We are fortunate to be able to present Professor Todd Messegee to all those students who utilize our magazine as a learning tool to guide them in their choice of careers.

Todd, your work and skills encompass most of the fields in liberal arts, and you teach these to students at the Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please tell our student readers about the education that you undertook to achieve your skills, and the schools that you attended for it.

TM- First off let me state for the record that I was not a good student in Junior High or High School! I tried to do the best I could but the standard method of lecture style teaching has never worked for me. Independently, I started reading books about artists and writers when I was about 13 years old. That information was much more interesting to me than the curriculum that I was supposed to be studying. Despite my rather average grades and respectable but not outstanding SAT’s I got into a nice Art School. I spent a year working on a photography and drawing portfolio when I finished High School and was accepted into the Photography program at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). It wasn’t until I was there at RISD that I really learned how to learn. Everyone has their own strengths when it comes to taking in information and mine is all visual. If I can attach a visual image to a piece of information, I’ll remember it. This comes in very handy as a visual artist but it made it impossible to become skilled at math since I couldn’t generate any images that went with the formulas, at least not any positive images! (more…)

TAEM interview with Prof. Peter Winant of the GMU School of Art

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Peter Winant TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine touches upon many subjects that our student readership is interested in. The subject of Art is one of many that we write about so that they look to us as a learning tool for. Art takes shape in many forms and the subject that we would like to talk about at this time is sculpture.

 At George Mason University in Northern Virginia we have found the perfect source for the answers to all our questions. Professor Peter Winant is not only an excellent teacher, but a well know artist that has created many renowned sculpture projects. Peter, please tell our student readers about your early education.

PW- I was fortunate to have a family who understood the value of and was committed to education for their children. I grew up in a college community where parents expected high standards for elementary, middle and high schools, and was fortunate to attend excellent schools. While I knew from age 10 that I wanted to make art, and sculpture in particular, my curriculum was broad based, and for its time was relatively integrated. Science was connected to language, and language to history, etc. In other words, the learning process was synthetic. One thing that was of great importance to me, and that I learned extensively from was playing sports. I loved the mix of physical exertion, tactical/critical thinking and intercommunication that is present in team sports, as well as the self-discipline. (more…)

TAEM interview with artist Kavita Bali

Friday, March 29th, 2013

       2_kavita_bali__Formal_Photo__2013TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine  presents many facets of the artistic world to all our student readers who follow us to help enhance their chosen careers. We are very fortunate to be able to present a multi-talented artist, Kavita Bali, to our vast readership.

Kavita, tell us about your love for art and the education that you undertook to achieve your dreams.

KB-   My love for art is analogous to my joy for life as well as a sincere desire to share what is within me with others. Art is an expression of our emotions and the ability to tap into that intangible space where the mind is free to fly without being weighted down by rules or parameters on how to journey into the depths of our being. Art has always been a haven of peacefulness in my life. It is where I go when I wish to express the dancing of my soul. The creation of art is more a need than a desire. It is more about sharing than debating. Art has the power to unify beyond logic. (more…)

TAEM Attends the Feb. meeting of NOVAC at GMU

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Andrea-Jones-and-our-Publisher TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine recently attended the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club February meeting that was held at George Mason University. The guest speaker for the evening was Andrea Jones from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

The program centered upon the latest achievement of NASA involving its newest robotic rover sent to the planet MARS.  The mission was established to run a number of experiments for possible future manned landings on the red planet. There have been a number of robotic instruments sent before, but none large enough to conduct the list of experiments needed to expand our current knowledge of the planet. (more…)

TAEM News Flash ! ‘Bollywood to Hollywood’ producer in the News !

Friday, March 29th, 2013

We just learned that ‘Bollywood to Hollywood’ producer Devajit Chakraborty, who we interviewed in our October 1, 2010 issue has expanded his venue and has now started a new personal management company.

His creation is called XBIT-GIGAS and you can find it in our Web Partner section of our magazine. He is part of the largest conglomerate in the Entertainment Industry. This new enterprise is the perfect amalgamation of strategy and execution and aims at delivering unmatched results for your business. (more…)

‘The Lighthouse on Bloody Shoals’ by Guest Author Alphonse Daudet

Friday, March 29th, 2013
Jim Gaines

Jim Gaines

The Lighthouse on Bloody Shoals

By Alphonse Daudet

Translated by James F. Gaines

            Last night I couldn’t sleep.  The north wind was angry and the bellows of its great voice kept me awake until dawn.  Roughly swinging its worn-out vanes that whistled in the breeze like the rigging of a ship, my old mill creaked all over.  Tiles from the roof crazily flew off.  In the distance, the clustered pines that covered the hillside waved around and rustled in the dark.  You would have thought you were on the high seas…

It reminded me perfectly of the persistent insomnia I had experienced three years earlier, when I lived at the lighthouse on Bloody Shoals, down on the Corsican coast, at the mouth of the Gulf of Ajaccio.

Another pretty spot that I had found to dream in and to be alone. (more…)

‘The Tweed Update’ by Roger Tweed

Friday, March 29th, 2013
Travel Time with Roger Tweed

Roger Tweed

Recovering But Not Catching Up Our portfolio continued its positive trend over the past three weeks, but once again failed to keep pace with the S&P 500.  Strong gains in Boeing (BA), Wisdom Tree Japan Hedged Equity (DXJ), and News Corp. (NWSA) were offset by pull backs in Whole Foods Market (WFM), SPDR S&P China (GXC), and SPDR Gold Trust (GLD).  Over the past three weeks, our portfolio gained 1.72% while the S&P 500 gained 2.07%.  Since its January 10 inception our portfolio has gained 1.4% while the S&P 500 has gained 5.8%.  (more…)

TAEM interview with Director Pedro Cunha

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Photo by José Pedro GomesTAEM- European films have always been developed differently from those made in America. They tend to blend art with music and filmmaking. Films like The American are good examples of these differences. The Arts and Entertainment Magazine was informed of a noted filmmaker from Portugal by a close friend as someone that we should take interest with. He is Director Pedro Cunha,  not to be confused by and actor from that country by the same name. Pedro, please tell our readers about your early interest in films and the education that you undertook to achieve success.

PC- My early interest in films started in 1997 when I started to write the way I felt a film should be written. This early exercises were simple, I watched a film and then I tried to write it on paper. The education that I had was in graphic design in the high school and then I chose film and TV to college education. (more…)

TAEM Interview with Prof. David Britton of the University of Glasgow

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Prof. David BrittonTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is constantly gathering the greatest scientific minds from around the world to interview so that all our student readers can learn from them. We are very happy to present Professor David Britton from the University of Glasgow, Scotland to readership. In case that you weren’t aware of the fact, our publisher’s father, and eight generations before him, were born in that fair city.

David, we are very proud to have you interview with us. Please tell our readers about your early education and how it prepared you for your future.

DB-  My father was a physicist (PhD from Oxford and then worked with Marconi) who became a teacher after he was badly injured in a car crash and spent a long time rehabilitating. Neither of my siblings showed inclinations to follow in his footsteps but it must have been a good part of the reason why I took physics at university. During the last year of my undergrad degree, I was vaguely wondering what to do next when I saw a poster for the University of Victoria in British Columbia. It was a spectacular aerial view with the university in the foreground, surrounded by forest, and then the eye was led across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the snowcapped Olympic Mountains in the background. On the spur-of-the-moment I applied and, to my astonishment, I was offered a funded place in graduate school there. I was hooked! At UVic I did an MSc in Nuclear Physics (a measurement of pionic atoms) and then a PhD in particle physics (looking at rare decays of the pion) at the TRIUMF facility located in Vancouver. However, there was one other key part of my early education that has had a big influence: I loved writing, though my spelling and handwriting were so awful that the teachers did not always reciprocate my enthusiasm! These days, I tell my students that their ideas are only as good as their ability to present them, and that writing and presentation skills are essential. I know it has been one of the things that has helped my career.   (more…)

TAEM Interview with Professor Ken Elston of GMU’s Theater

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Prof. Ken Elston TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has interviewed many actors, directors, and producers over the years. Each time we have always asked how they received their start in their respective careers. Education has always been our focal point in giving our student readers a foothold towards success to achieve their dreams.

With that in mind we wanted to explore the beginnings of an actors career, and dwell on the education that they would need. Professor Ken Elston of George Mason University, located in Northern Virginia, excels in teaching students the fine art of acting and helps them hone their careers and thus realize their dreams. Ken, tell us about your own early education in this field and where you studied.

KE- I was lucky enough to have exposure to the arts early in my life. Besides a strong high school experience in theater and a family who scheduled weekends around theater and art, I began working in professional summer stock while still in middle school. I was a double major (Political Science and Theater) as an undergraduate at Temple University, a state school that gave me a scholarship support to study what I valued. Then before attending graduate school, at Ohio State, I worked in a “company system”, as an actor in repertory theater, which is something that hardly exists in the profession anymore. In many ways, that is the problem that educational theater has to solve: How do we provide experiences for our students that access the kind of journeyman learning previously available after graduation? (more…)

TAEM News Flash ! – Attention All Student Filmmakers !

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Washington Plaza Hotel    The Arts and Entertainment Magazine proudly announces the upcoming 4th Annual World Music and Independent Film Festival. The Festival will be held in Washington, DC, and this is a chance for All filmmakers to be recognized by their peers.

The event will take place from Sunday, August 18th through Saturday, August 24th, 2013. The screening of the top films will be shown at National Navy Memorial Museum 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC held at Washington Plaza Hotel 10 Thomas Circle NW Washington, DC. (more…)

TAEM interview of Musician and Artist Kohinoor Roy

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Kohinoor_Roy_01TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is seen around the world and we constantly seek, and discover, talent for all our readers to learn about. Our recent discovery, Kohinoor Roy, is an artist and musician from India. Kohinoor, please tell our readers about your early life, and the family who influenced you in your artistic passions.

KR-I was born in an Indian family, in the eastern part of India. My father was a Lawyer and mother is an ex faculty of Physics. They have always been very supportive in comprehending my creative passion. They never tried to impose any career choice of their own upon me and the continuous motivation and support from them has always been very inspiring to me which has helped me to learn all the things I wanted to learn, since my childhood. (more…)

Art and the French Revolution by author Joseph J. O’Donnell, Sr.

Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Self-Portrait Jacques Louis-David

Jacques Louis-David

Art has done much to describe the history of mankind, both as a culture and ultimately a species. Early art was an expression of man’s surroundings, and told much about our early stages of development. It was also a subliminal way to change our thoughts.

One of the great examples of this was the work of French artist Jacques Louis-David. His paintings and caricatures of the French revolutionary period, and the times that followed, was displayed to uphold the French Revolution and bolster the Republic that came after. In fact the Revolution that followed in the wake of the ‘Great Enlightenment’, also known as ‘The Age of Reason, that swept Europe and America some years before, changed the very basis of Western Civilization.

His artwork was displayed to the average man in France to gain popular opinion for the Revolution. His work The Death of Socrates was made to show that Socrates, who was about to sip a cup of hemlock, would rather die an honorable death as opposed to being subjected to a dishonorable life of living under the rule of the upper classes, represented by the shackles left under his bed.

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