Few lyricists are more creative than New Yorker Mark Campbell. Three of his latest commissions have been showcased this spring on Virginia stages. He neither owns nor drives a car, but his imagination travels at supersonic speed.
In March, Signature Theatre of Arlington produced “And the Curtain Rises.” Music for the comedy about the near-demise of America’s first musical was composed by Joseph Thalken, recipient of Signature’s third Musical Theatre Composer Grant; the book was by Michael Slade and the lyrics by the prolific Campbell.
The world premiere of “The Inspector,” a comic opera commissioned by Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, occurred the final week of April. This madcap show built upon greed, graft and mistaken identity was Campbell’s fourth collaboration with composer John Musto. Their first joint venture was the opera “Volpone,” also a Wolf Trap commission. The recording was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010.
Their second opera, “Later the Same Evening,” was inspired by Edward Hopper paintings in Washington’s National Gallery of Art. It premiered at the University of Maryland and will be performed this coming summer by Glimmerglass Opera.
Their third opera, “Bastianello,” was based on folk tales. It celebrated the 20th anniversary of the New York Festival of Song where Musto’s concert songs receive frequent performances and was followed by a Wolf Trap Opera Company production in 2010.
“The Inspector” is the team’s re-imagination of “The Government Inspector” by Nicolai Gogol, a play that delighted Tsar Nicholas I for its satirical look at human greed and political corruption. The new setting is a small Sicilian town populated by scheming politicians who await a bureaucratic inspector dispatched by Mussolini. The Campbell-Musto version is not an adaption of the play, but sails off merrily to suit the unspoken requirement that all opera must be built around dire life and death circumstances. Musto, who leans toward Italian music, did not want to write a Russian opera, so Campbell began scouting about for a time of large bureaucratic rule and rising power. Having spent a month in Sicily, he concluded that the Mussolini regime, the period between 1925 and 1930, was the most amusing setting.
To launch the 15th Virginia Arts Festival on the 150th anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter, the VAF committee recruited Campbell and Broadway composer Ricky Ian Gordon to create an appropriate musical to premiere at Norfolk’s Harrison Opera House.
Campbell is renowned for his wit, but he took development of the story and lyrics for “Rappahannock County” very seriously, frequently journeying by train to Richmond to study pertinent official documents, letters and newspapers.
He separated the script into five sections to focus on key elements in each of the five years that marked the Civil War. The 30 characters are played by five performers: two Caucasian men and one woman, and an African-American man and woman. As he developed the plot, he jotted ideas for songs on note cards. Of the thirty songs he sent Gordon to score, they selected twenty.
Campbell focused on records about the effect of the war on the people and the reasons citizens put forth for going to war and retaining slavery. The more he read, the more he realized that all of the arguments and discussions that have reemerged since President Obama was elected parallel many prevalent at that time. The lyrics of the opening number giving the religious justification for slavery come directly from a sermon he found in the Virginia Library archives.
In “Sanctified by God,” a minister cites scripture as proof that slavery is sacrosanct and for the common good. A woman in his congregation concurs, believing it to be “A Noble Institution” in which “our Negroes are a happy lot,” and a gentleman declares that the issue is not slavery but “States Rights.”
At the outset of the war, there were no decent maps for Confederate field officers. “Making Maps,” sung by Jedediah Hotchkiss, Robert E. Lee’s chief cartographer for the Army of Northern Virginia, expresses concern that his maps will destroy the world he and his fellow Virginians know.
“‘re aware the final goal…
Is not to orient a man, but parcel to a plan
For spoiling valleys, for torching forests,
For bloodying rivers, for rupturing ridges,
Fields, farms, paths, groves, all lost,
Leveled into an ashen heap…”
As the scenes progress from heralding a “Quick War” to the realization that the South is fighting a “Lost Cause,” Campbell’s songs convey the growing despair among Virginians. His final song, “April Will Return Again,” renews hope to all who have suffered…while acknowledging that a gentle April may be years away.…
Few lyricists are more creative than New Yorker Mark Campbell. Three of his latest commissions have been showcased this spring on Virginia stages. He neither owns nor drives a car, but his imagination travels at supersonic speed.
Martial arts are a popular way to gain full body fitness while at the same time training the mind. Unfortunately, as things increase in popularity so do the numbers of people waiting to take advantage of you and take your money. Black belts can be purchased without any real know-how, and a dishonest individual can set up a school without having to answer to any national or statewide regulatory organizations. So how can you make a wise decision when choosing between martial arts schools? Here are four areas to investigate before you make a commitment.
InstructorsIt is a good idea to inquire as to how many years each of the instructors have trained and who with. Keep these questions in mind as you look at martial arts schools: Do they give respect to other students or treat them poorly? Respect must be both given and received to maintain a healthy student-teacher relationship. What is the attitude of students while performing routines? Do you think the instructors will help make this a positive experience for you?
SafetyGood schools will be as invested in safety as they are in teaching martial arts.Before you sign up to practice at a school, check out certifications. Try out a class, to see how the instructors work with students. A good instructor should be concerned with student health and safety by teaching the proper way not only to perform moves but to also condition muscles to prevent injuries.
The FacilityWhile facility types of martial arts schools vary widely and are not always an indication of quality, you should take into account what you require. Basic functionality should be apparent, but past that are you looking for some place that provides lockers and showers, so you can change after work? Also consider the distance you will have to travel and the number of times per week. Cleanliness, heating, and air conditioning are also things to consider.
InstructionDifferent schools will use different methods for instruction, training techniques and style. Some schools will be devoted to one style of martial arts, other will teach a wide range. Most martial arts schools will also have a variety of class size, either large group training, small classes, or one-on-one instruction. There are pros and cons to each class type, and your selection should depend on your personal preferences.
ClassesDon’t forget to ask about the scheduling of the classes. Most schools have set days and times (unless you are receiving private instruction) and missing classes is frowned upon. Will you be able to focus particular nights depending on your work schedule and other demands on your time? Will you be in a mixed ages class? Do you prefer to be taught with other adults?
If there are multiple martial art schools in your area, you can compare privately owned schools with chain schools, as well as affordability. Choosing a martial arts school to train is just a first step in the practice, so if one school doesn’t work out, you can always try out another.…
Arts and crafts can be so much fun for anyone. There are so many different selections, so you can basically just do about anything your imagination desires. This article will help you enjoy doing arts and crafts more.
Since many crafting projects create messes, use newspaper to cover your surface before you begin. After the project is complete, simply toss the newspaper to keep your project worry free.
Remember that doing arts and crafts, especially with children, will be messy. If you don’t like messes, use newspaper to cover the area. Consider making use of washable materials, such as adhesives and markers.
Are you trying to save money while buying crafting supplies? Check out a second hand store. A clever artist can find supplies at many different places. You have to check back often because thrift store stock is always on the move.
There are countless jewelry supplies online that offer what you need to make your own pieces of jewelry. You can get beads, chains and other items to create beautiful pieces. A lot of today’s trends incorporate costume jewelry. By making your own, you’re not spending as much, and you can blend your jewelry with your wardrobe.
If you are having arts and crafts time with children, remember that you don’t have to have exact examples of each project. You should not show an example at all or show off different examples so that your kids can use their imaginations. To illustrate, they may come up with ways to paint or glue something that didn’t occur to you. Expressing their own vision is paramount to how they execute the project.
Look in your kitchen for craft materials. Many gems can be found there. Tin foil, empty metal cans, glass jars, paper plates and even uncooked pasta pieces await your creativity. Dried foods like beans and pasta can also be used.
If you change your mind about your oil painting picture, just paint over it. Oil is a great medium to work with when learning to paint. It may even add some depth to your new project!
To create a cute bird feeding alongside your children, use some pine cones and peanut butter. Roll the sticky pinecone in birdseed. Once dried, add a string and hang it from a tree. The birds will come flocking.
Take the time to make a few gifts instead of purchasing them. You can customize your gifts to suit recipients, and give them on special occasions. Many people like homemade gifts better than ones from the store, and you save a ton of cash each year as well.
Etsy is an excellent site for crafters. There are tons of crafts you can buy, or you can use the site to get some great ideas. You can also use Etsy to list some of your best projects for sale to make a little extra money to support your craft.
Now that you know more, you can implement this advice with skill. Regardless of your personal preference of craft, always hunt for chances to hone your craft and get some fresh ideas and inspiration. Use what you learned here and get creative.…
There is a lot of debate about the best martial arts for self-defense. Some consider sports based arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai the best. Others believe so- called “Reality Based” styles such as Krav Maga are better. Then there are those who are convinced that tried and true, traditional arts like Karate or Kung Fu are superior. Here is a list of 5 arts that many experts consider to be the best to protect yourself on the street:
1. Kickboxing: Kickboxing (including Muay Thai) is a great combat sport that develops both kicking and punching ability. It also teaches you how to take a punch. While it does not teach you other important aspects of self-defense (such as situation-awareness, prevention, etc.), it does develop the skills you need in a street fighting situation.
2. Karate: This Okinawan art is often looked down upon because of the many bad schools that exist. However, if you can find a good dojo, you can learn great striking skills that can be very helpful in a self-defense situation. Karate teaches you to use powerful strikes against the weakest points of the body, which is a very effective strategy.
3. Wing Chun Kung Fu: This is probably the most popular Kung Fu style that exists, mainly thanks to Bruce Lee, who learned it from grandmaster Ip Man. Like Karate, Wing Chun mainly focuses on lighting fast strikes to vulnerable parts of the body. It is a great self-defense style for women as, according to legend, it was created by a woman.
4. Japanese Ju-Jitsu: Developed by the samurai warriors of ancient Japan, this martial art can best be described as the “mixed martial art” of its day. Unlike the styles we mentioned before, which focus mostly on striking, Ju-jitsu has a much wider arsenal, including throws, joint locks and more.
5. Krav Maga: This fighting system was developed by the Israeli army and incorporates a wide variety of fighting techniques from striking to grappling and wrestling. Because it is meant for the battlefield Krav Maga has many moves that can be lethal, so they should not be used unless in true life or death situations.
There are so many martial arts that choosing the right one for self-defense purposes can be quite a challenge at times. While almost all martial arts will improve your self-defense skills at least a little, some arts will give you a bigger edge than others. By choosing one (or several) of the arts listed above you should be able to significantly improve your chances of surviving an attack.…
The freedom to create wonderful items of great beauty is why arts and crafts is such a beloved activity. From engraving to fashion design, shoe making to scrapbooking, there is bound to be an activity for you to enjoy. To learn more about the fun of it, please reading the following article.
You can use many different things for arts and crafts. Some good choices are paper goods that are often thrown away. Rather than throw away all rolls from toilet paper or paper towels, keep some on hand to use in projects. Magazines and newspapers can also be used. Take a moment to think about what you can do with an item before just throwing it away.
Don’t be extra hard on kids when they are creating their works of art. Let them be creative and free. If you are telling them they did something wrong, they’ll sour on the project.
Remember that, with kids, craft projects are always messy. Cover everything nearby with butcher paper to keep it clean. Washable adhesives and markers are some other options.
Beadaholique offers you a way to find everything you need to make jewelry. They offer a wide variety of chains, accessories and beads in make unique and beautiful jewelry. A lot of fashions today include the addition of costume jewelry. Create pieces for every outfit and save some dollars when you make it yourself.
Crafting is fun with kids. Let your kids run wild with their imaginations, either by not showing examples, or by showing a range of differing possibilities. They might switch an eye and an ear on a face, for example. Imaginative ideas should come before ideal execution.
Search for new arts and crafts inspirations online. The Internet if full of ideas of exciting new projects. No matter who is doing the project or how old they are, you can find something that you can all do by looking online.
To get that cloudy look out of your mosaic once the mortar has dried, spray some glass cleaner onto a rag and wipe the mosaic clean. It may be tough to get the mortar powder out otherwise, and it’s never a good thing to have that powder ruining your final project.
People of all ages can enjoy craft projects. If you have several kids in a group, think about which project they can all enjoy. If you can’t think of anything, ask around. Someone will have a good idea.
If you have been searching for different materials to use for your arts and crafts, then take a look at items in your kitchen. You can find a wealth of potential arts and crafts supplies here. You can use old dishes, jars, metal and a plethora of other objects that are perfect for crafting. Dried foods like beans and pasta can also be used.
Learning about crafts begins with this article. Take what you have learned and translate that into a beautiful work of art. Soon you will be creating gorgeous crafts, and you can thank this article for the ideas.…
Do you like making art? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge with others? Regardless of your particular niche, this piece can help provide you with useful information. It’s always time to take your hobby to the next level, so prepare yourself for another step in the right direction.
Are you wondering where the best places are to find supplies for crafting? There are a lot of sites that give you great savings on your craft supplies. Look on the Internet for the supplies you need. Several top Internet stores even provide free shipping.
Using old newspaper on your craft table will help with any mess you might create. After completing the projects, you can then just get rid of the newspaper and move on.
Keep in mind that arts and crafts with kids are going to be messy. If messiness stresses you out, protect your surfaces with a paper covering. Washable materials, such as markers and adhesives, may also help you.
If you cannot spend much on supplies, shop at different thrift stores. Goodwill and similar stores often have things that crafty individuals can use. You do have to look regularly though, as great possibilities don’t sit on the shelves long.
Always remember the principle of first things first in arts and crafts. It’s far too easier to have more than one project going at a time. This is how many projects stay unfinished. Focus, and tell yourself to finish your first project before doing any others. Finishing your projects is a very rewarding experience that will help you progress.
You can find a lot of crafting supplies on Etsy. That site offers things that are sold by individual people. You can buy supplies, and you can also sell what you make there, too! The site is great if you need unusual or vintage items for crafting.
To create a cute bird feeding alongside your children, use some pine cones and peanut butter. Then roll the peanut butter concoction in birdseed. Once dried, add a string and hang it from a tree. The birds will come flocking.
Arts and crafts are a good way to keep a big group of people entertained, regardless of age. It doesn’t matter who you are, there are arts and crafts projects you’ll enjoy doing. You can find out age specific project groupings by looking online.
Try out a Spirograph to explore the role of patterns in drawing. Watching the pens create interesting patterns and shapes shows them how wave patterns work in physics.
When you do projects with kids, try to think of additional teaching opportunities within them. Make the most of addition and subtraction; find learning opportunities in everything you do.
Consider buying wholesale for your arts and crafts supplies, if you usually find them very expensive. When you buy them at retailers, you usually pay a lot more than you need to. However, buying wholesale will allow you to get more for less. You can then share with friends and family, or you might decide to sell the extra for a little profit.
You are probably looking for more information related to your hobby. You are ready to get started now. What’s the hold up? It’s fun making crafts, and when you become better you become, you enjoy it more.…
Are you looking for tips on craft projects? You may just want to make something new and keep it to show at your home. You can do many different things with arts and crafts. Read on for some great tips.
There are all sorts of things that you can use for your arts and crafts. You probably throw away a lot of paper, but it can be recycled into many different types of projects. Empty rolls for toilet paper or paper towels work, too. Old magazines and newspapers are useful. Get creative with items you usually toss out, and try to use them in projects.
Don’t come down on kids when they are doing crafts. Let them be creative and free. If you are telling them they did something wrong, they’ll sour on the project.
Remember that kids will likely make messes when doing arts and crafts. If that stresses you out, put newsprint or butcher paper down on surfaces to catch drops of glue, paper, glitter and other crafting debris. Washable materials, such as markers and adhesives, may also help you.
If you can’t seem to find reasonably priced art supplies, check second hand stores. Goodwill and similar consignment stores have a lot of goodies to entice the savvy artist. Check in frequently as items come in every day.
Seek new ideas out on the web. There are many websites where you can gain inspiration and ideas. It doesn’t matter the age because you can find something for everybody.
Keep your supplies for arts and crafts organized. Your supplies can be stored in many various ways, just find one that works the best for you. If your supplies are organized, finding the right item for any project will be a lot easier. This will also allow you to easily see exactly what is available to you.
When your mortar dries on a mosaic, spray it with Windex and wipe clean. This must be done before you finish the project so that your sealant doesn’t dry cloudy as well.
Search for some good materials to work with? Take a look in the kitchen. You can find a wealth of potential arts and crafts supplies here. You have metal cans, empty jars, aluminum foil, and much more. Even dried beans and pasta can turn into crafting materials.
With oil painting you can paint over mistakes or regrets. Oil is versatile, and painting an extra coat will not damage the canvas. Actually, it might even give your new painting an interesting design and amazing depth.
Arts and crafts are entertaining to people, both young and old. Regardless of age levels, there really are projects that will suit everyone. Search the Internet to find projects relevant to your particular group.
Prior to picking a project, be certain to assemble the needed supplies. It’s never fun to begin a project and have to stop because you lack needed supplies for completing it. Write down everything you need beforehand, then run out and purchase those items.
As previously stated, there are lots of ways to create in arts and crafts. From the simple to the extravagant, the subject is very broad. Use these tips to create amazing art.…
Anyone can have fun doing arts and crafts. All it takes for enjoyment is some knowledge and the proper materials. This article will prepare you to get started. Then, you need to figure out what to make.
There are a million different things that can be used to create something crafty. For example, paper goods are great. You can also use paper towel or toilet paper rolls. Magazines or newspapers are also good to use. Reconsider everything you plan to throw out.
Are you trying to save money while buying crafting supplies? Check out a second hand store. Places like Goodwill and other types of consignment shops have all kinds of goodies for the clever artist. Check in frequently as items come in every day.
Stay organized. There are many ways to organize your supplies, including baskets, boxes and peg boards. It will be easier to find the things you need. You will also be able to keep track of your supply inventory.
Kids at all age levels love to do arts and crafts. If there is a bunch of children in your midst, think of a project that everyone can enjoy. You can ask someone or look online for ideas for a project your group can enjoy together.
If you’re engaging in oil painting and don’t like what you’ve just painted on canvas, paint right over it. Extra coatings actually will not hurt the surface. On the contrary, it can give your painting some interesting design and depth.
You and your children can make a quick and easy bird feeder by taking a pine cone then covering the outside with peanut butter. Roll the peanut butter coated pine cone in birdseed for an instant bird feeder. The seeds will stick to it, even once it is dry. Then you simply attach a string and enjoy the sight of birds feeding.
If you need to provide some fun for a group of kids, or even adults, an arts and crafts project usually fits the bill. Regardless of the group’s age, you can find many projects for any age group. Look on the Internet for project ideas that will appeal to everyone in the group.
Ensure you have the necessary supplies before starting a project. It’s not good to be involved in a project only then to discover that you need something to finish it. List out all you need and be sure it’s available.
If you are really loving arts and crafts, how about making presents for holidays and birthdays? You can customize your gifts to suit recipients, and give them on special occasions. People will appreciate the things you make with your own two hands so much more than store-bought items.
Etsy offers crafters a way to buy and sell merchandise. They have thousands of crafts available for sale or you can just browse the website to gain new ideas for your own projects. You can also use Etsy to list some of your best projects for sale to make a little extra money to support your craft.
After reading this article, you’re ready to begin your next project. The possibilities to make things are endless. Have the family get involved by letting them choose what to make. You and your family will cherish both what you make and the time you spend together.…
For a long time all kinds of humans have enjoyed creative projects like arts and crafts. It teaches beauty and hones the imagination. If you want to maximize your hobby enjoyment and creations, then you need to be open to as much knowledge about the field as you are able. Read on to learn more.
Do you want to find a good place to purchase supplies? Many online retailers offer such supplies at incredible prices. Do a quick Internet search to find the best deals on your crafting materials. Some stores even give you free shipping, for even greater savings.
If you do craft projects that are messy, try using old newspaper for covering surfaces to prevent damage. The newspaper can be balled up and thrown away when the project is done.
You can use a variety of materials for crafts. You probably throw away a lot of paper, but it can be recycled into many different types of projects. Paper towel rolls or toilet paper rolls are useful. Old magazines and newspapers are useful. Don’t throw away things you can turn into something new.
Arts and crafts are messy. To avoid this, use newspaper or butcher paper to gather glue and glitter. Consider making use of washable materials, such as adhesives and markers.
Concentrate on one project at a time. It might be tempting to do a variety of projects at once. However, that leaves things unfinished. Take your time to finish one project before you start on another. This way, you will be more likely to finish.
You can find craft supplies on Etsy. Individuals use the site to offer items. You can buy and sell supplies there, but you can also sell your own creative products there. This is the perfect place to connect with other individuals who enjoy arts and crafts and perhaps learn a few things from them.
Remove cloudiness from mosaic after the mortar is dry by spraying glass cleaner on a rag and wiping the mosaic down. This helps clean your project and make it look great.
Arts and crafts activities are enjoyable to do with children of any age. Find a project your kids will enjoy. If you are out of ideas or drawing a blank, check around the Internet or ask friends. You’ll find something perfect for group fun.
Coming up with arts and crafts projects is a fun way to involve many adults and children. It doesn’t matter what the ages of your groups are, because there are crafts for all ages. Find crafts online for the ages you will be working with.
If arts and crafts are something you both enjoy and are good at, consider creating your holiday and birthday gifts instead of shopping. Create personal gifts throughout the year and give them away during the holidays. You can save money and give a personally created gift at the same time.
Arts and crafts are a great way to relax and make great things. When you learn what you can about crafts, you will have fun. Hopefully, you are now ready to do exactly that.…