Thursday Open Thread | Alvin Ailey Dance Series

Alvin Ailey LiftThis propulsive world premiere by in-demand choreographer Aszure Barton accentuates the vitality and physical prowess of the Ailey company. Driven by the dancers’ passion, skill and collective power, the work was created over a 5-week developmental process with the entire Company. The percussive score, composed by Curtis Macdonald, is infused with the infectious energy and heart that she observed in her initial encounters with the Ailey dancers.

Barton’s exhilarating new work, her first commission for Ailey, celebrates and challenges the dancers with its markedly intricate rhythmic patterns and mercurial structure. A much sought-after dance maker whose choreography ranges from Baryshnikov to Broadway, Barton has a style that is “vulnerable and feisty, brightly adept yet peculiar, witty and impetuously wild” (Dance magazine).

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18 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Alvin Ailey Dance Series

  1. Ametia says:

    James got shot & killed. Well I’ll be DAMNED!

  2. rikyrah says:

    Good Evening, Everyone.

    Loving this Alvin Ailey series.

  3. Ametia says:

    President Barack Obama announced more sanctions today on individuals and one bank in response to Russia’s moves to annex the Crimean Peninsula, as well as an executive order that authorizes possible further sanctions on what he called “key sectors” of the Russian economy.

    “We want the Ukrainian people to determine their own destiny and have good relations with the United States, Russia, Europe — anyone they choose,” Obama said in calling for continued diplomatic efforts to resolve the ongoing crisis over Crimea.

  4. Ametia says:

    Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 03:28 PM CDT

    GOP lawmaker Frank Ruff apologizes for calling Obamacare a “tar baby”

    The Virginia state senator insists he didn’t mean anything “racial” with his comment

    Virginia GOP state Sen. Frank Ruff apologized on Wednesday for using the racially loaded phrase “tar baby” to describe Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, which the state’s new Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, has said he’ll implement ”if it’s the last thing I do.”

    According to the Virginia Pilot, Ruff made the “tar baby” remark on Tuesday while explaining his opposition to expanding Medicaid in the state. Ruff reportedly compared the expansion plan, which would rely heavily on federal funding (as is the case for all Medicaid expansions undertaken via Obamacare), as a “tar baby” that would become a problem for the state at some point in the future

  5. Raw: First Lady Arrives in Beijing

  6. A black constituent confronts Paul Ryan at a town hall meeting about his “inner city” comments

    RACINE, Wisconsin — If you could pinpoint the moment when Paul Ryan lost control of his message on Wednesday, it was when he began explaining to an African American constituent why his recent comments about lazy “inner city” men actually had nothing to do with race.

    “You said what you meant,” Alfonso Gardner, a 61-year-old African American man from Racine, told Ryan at a town hall meeting. “[Inner city is] a code word for black.”

    Ryan remained defiant though. “There is nothing whatsoever about race in my comments at all,” he said. He admonished Gardner for drawing a connection between his “inner city” remarks and race. “I think when we throw these charges around, it should be based on something.”

    ThinkProgress spoke with Gardner after the town hall to get his reaction. He said Ryan’s trying to have it both ways, saying different things to different people. “He’s out here shucking and jiving,” Gardner said. “He’s been in Congress eight terms and just now talking about poverty?”

    Gardner isn’t the only constituent taking offense. ThinkProgress interviewed a number of Racine residents this week about Ryan’s statement. They were not amused with their congressman’s words.

    • Ametia says:

      HA! Get a grip, Paul Ryan! Black folks KNOW how you FOLKS dog whistle.

      Loved this comment from the YouTube section:


      “We have got this tailspin of culture, on Wall Street in particular, of men not producing anything of value or working, and just generations of men moving money around, giving themselves big bonuses despite the fact they are destroying rather than creating jobs, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”

    • Ametia says:

      Any time you have to stand before a crowd of majority white and one black guy and say ““There is nothing whatsoever about race in my comments at all.” Well….

  7. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :-)

    Really enjoying Alvin Ailey dance series, SG2. Thanks so much.

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