Franzi on Music: Dmitri Shostakovich Chamber Symphony Op. 110a

Franzi on Music: Dmitri Shostakovich Chamber Symphony Op. 110a

By Emil Franzi / SoAzNewsX SHOSTAKOVICH/BARSHAI – Chamber Symphony Op. 110a Premiere as String Quartet #8, Dresden, 1960. Dmitri Shostakovich (1910-1975) was a close friend of violist,conductor, and composer Rudolf Barshai (1924-2010). Barshai was a founding member of the illustrious Borodin Quartet in 1947 and played regularly with such great Russian performers as Oistrach, Rostropovich, […]

Franzi on Music: Prisoners of ‘culture’

Franzi on Music: Prisoners of ‘culture’

By Emil Franzi / SoAzNewsX OLDER WOMEN The recent Met broadcast of Renée Fleming signing off on her signature role as the Marschalin  in Richard Strauss’ DER ROSENKAVALIER was interesting in displaying western culture of the early 20th century and how we are often prisoners of it. You never meet the Austrian Field Marshal to […]

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW C650 GT new motorcycle review

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW C650 GT new motorcycle review

By Eric Peters It’s hilarious that they get away with calling something like the ’17 BMW C650 GT a “scooter.” Please. Ok, it looks like one. It is a step-through and it doesn’t have a manual transmission. By those measures, sure, it’s a scooter. What time does Matlock come on? But it’s also something else. […]

Eric Peters: App before you wrench

Eric Peters: App before you wrench

By Eric Peters Back in the day, when your bike wasn’t running right, you had to wrench to figure out why. Now, you can tap an app on your phone. And know what needs wrenching… without wrenching. Or at least, before wrenching. Motorscan – which makes diagnostic scan tools for Harleys and BMWs and a […]

Claire Hopley: ‘Jane Austen: The Secret Radical’ book review

Claire Hopley:  ‘Jane Austen: The Secret Radical’ book review

JANE AUSTEN: THE SECRET RADICAL By Helena Kelly Alfred A, Knopf, $27.95, 336 pages The default setting for a novel is the present day. We also have historical novels, sci-fic novels, gothic novels, and novels about other worlds – including chicklit and Scandi Noir. We call them “genre novels” to distinguish them from mainstream fiction […]

Bob Garver: “Alien: Covenant” movie review

Bob Garver: “Alien: Covenant” movie review

By Bob Garver I’ve never been the biggest fan of the “Alien” franchise, including the original film from 1979. Maybe it’s because I’ve been raised on movies that rip it off, or maybe it’s because that big surprise scare was spoiled for me long before I saw it, but I see it as little more […]

A 2000 movie review with a wrong moral lesson

A 2000 movie review with a wrong moral lesson

By Emil Franzi / SoAzNewsX CASTAWAY starring Tom Hanks and Helen Hunt Hanks plays a character who survives a plane crash by making it to a desert island but is written off for dead. He is engaged to Hunt who’s picture along with a goofy soccer ball is all he saved from the wreck. It’s […]

Meet Tolley, the single most adorable robot you’ll ever see ever — who’s also a breakthrough

Meet Tolley, the single most adorable robot you’ll ever see ever — who’s also a breakthrough

University of California San Diego engineers have put together the first soft robot which can navigate rough surfaces such as sand and pebbles. This tiny 3D-printed, four-legged bot can also change its shape to climb over obstacles and crawl through tight spaces. Led by University of California San Diego mechanical engineering professor Michael Tolley, the […]

Your brain could be hindering dieting attempts

Your brain could be hindering dieting attempts

Diets don’t work. Anyone who has lost weight and successfully kept the pounds off will tell you it’s about a lifestyle change, which if you’re a yo-yo dieter, will probably annoy you. A new study looking into why our bodies don’t work well on typical diets found that the problem is, at least partly, in […]

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