Chocomang approved the theme, then Me, & Petrushka collated the results, & everybody mixed to levels that exceeded my hopes. I mastered the project, & after hosting it, you all get the benefit.
Personally, I like much Christmas music. ( The "Little Drummer Boy" being my favorite ) It's been a thrill to mix for this comp, & I really enjoy listening to it repeatedly. There's tracks by established, skilled mixers like Rudec, SMASH, rappy, DJ Spider, & more. Artists used include Mariah Carey, Depeche Mode, Eric Clapton, Book Of Love, & plenty more, all combined in appealing arrangements.
The best part for me, ( along with the mp3's ) is interacting with the contributors. A finer group of individuals I can't imagine. Rappy, a long time pal, & accomplished bootlegger, brought with him a superb new mixer named Al Colle. You can hear his Christmas contribution "I Like Christmas" ( Mariah Caey vs Cardi B ), plus he sent along two swell bonus tracks you will enjoy much.
Alexandra Petri: Dear Mitch, here is how the president's impeachment trial should go (Washington Post)
Thank you so much for being so extremely willing to coordinate with us here at the President's Team! Whatever it is that has made you entirely alter your position about how much power the Senate has to check the president since, uh, 2016, we appreciate you! Here is the president's dictated list of requests for his Senate Trial. Obviously, there are a couple of ways this could go, so we wanted to get the options to you early!
The first opera specifically composed for TV in America was commissioned by NBC and first performed by the NBC Opera Theatre on December 24, 1951, and broadcast live as the debut production of the Hallmark Hall of Fame. What is the title of this one act opera?
Amahl and the Night Visitors is an opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti with an original English libretto by the composer. It was commissioned by NBC and first performed by the NBC Opera Theatre on December 24, 1951, in New York City at NBC studio 8H in Rockefeller Center, where it was broadcast live on television from that venue as the debut production of the Hallmark Hall of Fame. It was the first opera specifically composed for television in America.
Menotti was commissioned by Peter Herman Adler, director of NBC's new opera programming, to write the first opera for television. The composer had trouble settling on a subject for the opera, but took his inspiration from Hieronymus Bosch's The Adoration of the Magi hanging in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
As the airdate neared, Menotti had yet to finish the score. The singers had little time to rehearse, and received the final passages of the score just days before the broadcast. The composer's partner Samuel Barber was brought in to complete the orchestrations. After the dress rehearsal, NBC Symphony conductor Arturo Toscanini told Menotti, "This is the best you've ever done."
Mark. was first, and correct, with:
"Ahmal and the Night Visitors."
Amahl and the Night Visitors
Amahl and the Night Visitors. A Christmas themed opera about the 3 kings that visited baby Jesus bearing gifts. The tv opera was broadcast live in B/W (as was common practice in the early '50s) and not recorded. It became an annual tradition at NBC and was broadcast live several times until 1963, when NBC recorded it in color and rebroadcast the recorded version until 1965, when the composer gained the rights and refused permission to show it because he didn't like that version. NBC recorded it again in 1978, but it was only shown once.
It's possible I watched it as a child in the '60s although I have no memory of it.
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Alan J answered:
Amahl and the Night Visitors.
I wonder if Mom watched it for me
Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Mac Mac said:
Ahmal and the Night Visitors
Cal in Vermont wrote:
Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
Amahl and the Night Visitors
So I'm guessing it's "Amal and the Night Visitors." I may have watched it as a kid, but I have no memory of it.
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Daniel in The City said:
Amahl and the Night Visitors
Billy in Cypress U$A wrote:
Amahl and the Night Visitors
NOTE: Everyone should ask Pelosi to delay sending the impeachemnt articles to the Senate until Moscow Mitch agrees to allow the Democratic leadership to call all the witnesses it needs to interview in the public Senate trial.
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Joe S replied:
Amahl and the Night Visitors. I'm sure you thought I knew that, well I didn't, I looked it up. Our family didn't have a TV until 1954 so I wouldn't have seen it live, In fact if we did have a TV in 1951 I wouldn't have seen it then either. I was 7 that year and had no interest in opera.
I did watch TV on occasion, There was a strange girl who lived on the same street, but a couple of blocks away. She always dressed up like a cowboy, mostly like Hopalong Cassidy. She had a bicycle and taught me how to ride it, and she had a TV. I watched Howdy Doody and Kate Smith with her. There was a program about soldiers in WWII that came on every week, it showed how hateful the Germans and Japanese were, kinda scary. I watched that with her once in a while. She didn't go to our school, but everyone knew her and liked her. I think her parents were rich, but I never met them. Thought you might like to know that.
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Song: "Punky Instrumental" from the album DEMOS & IDEAS
Artist: New Project
Artist Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Info: "None of these tracks are final mixes. They were recorded in different times and places with different means. Many by ourselves in the basement. Some of the songs feature our guitarist on drums, just so we could quickly record the tracks to hear them back for rearranging, and to post in the search for band members to complete the lineup."
"Even if they aren't final mixes, they sound good to me. I'm glad New Project released them." - Bruce
The album contains these instrumentals: 1) Spooky Instrumental, 2) Summer Instrumental, 3) Metal Instrumental, 4) Bitchfit Instrumental, 5) Shooter Instrumental, 6) Demons Instrumental, 7) Military Instrumental, and 8) Punky Instrumental.
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Triumph the Insult Comic Dog has been pooping on celebrities since he got his start on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" in the mid-90's. Now Triumph is taking his insults to a new medium with his live quiz show podcast featuring celebrity panelists and cash prizes (for charity). "Let's Make A Poop!" is presented by Starburns Industries and Team Coco Podcasts.
• Bill Cosby was an athlete before he became a stand-up comedian and movie and TV star. He once became the high-jump champion of the Middle Atlantic Conference by psyching out his opponents. He had not been jumping well, managing to clear only about six feet. However, at the meet a bump was on the approach to the high jump, and a few athletes had complained about it. Soon, Bill's voice was heard coming loudly from a tent: "There's really a terrible bump out there. There's no way anybody is going to jump over five-ten today." Mr. Cosby won the championship with a jump of only six feet, which was actually a short height in that event.
• Comedian Bernie Mac admires baseball player Pete Rose, aka Charlie Hustle. He tried to imitate Mr. Rose - once. Playing softball, he tried to steal second base. Trying to beat the throw to second, he slid headfirst - and tore off a bunch of skin on his chest. Normally, Mr. Mac's skin is black, but for a while after that slide, his chest was pink. Mr. Mac says about Charlie Hustle, "Now tell me he don't belong in the Hall of Fame."
• Dick Van Dyke was tall at a very young age - 6-foot-1 at age 11. Because of his height, he tried out for the basketball team. However, he lacked coordination and warmed the bench all season. He had a chance to play in only one game - but unfortunately, when he jumped up to go on the court, his pants caught a splinter in the bench and the seat ripped out.
• The world's strangest comedian could very well be Andy Kaufman. One of his alter egos was Tony Clifton, an obnoxious jerk. While co-starring on Taxi, Mr. Kaufman wanted Tony Clifton to appear, but he insisted that he and Tony have separate contracts, separate dressing rooms, and separate parking spaces (although Mr. Kaufman, of course, was Tony Clifton). The good people at Taxi liked Mr. Kaufman, so they granted his wishes, but they soon discovered that Tony Clifton was not the right character to have on the show, so they decided not to use him. Mr. Kaufman, in the character of Tony Clifton, was outraged, and he yelled, "If you're going to fire me, you better bring security guards, and I want to be fired on stage." The good people at Cheers liked Mr. Kaufman, so they granted his wishes, and they fired Tony Clifton on stage. Mr. Kaufman, in the character of Tony Clifton, put on a great act, yelling at the Cheers head honchos, "You'll never work in this town again." Of course, security guards escorted Tony Clifton out of the building (just as Mr. Kaufman, in the character of Tony Clifton, had wanted), and soon afterward, Mr. Kaufman, in the character of Mr. Kaufman, walked in the building, acted like nothing had happened, and did not mention Tony Clifton.
• Back when Johnny Carson was king of late-night television as host of The Tonight Show, Drew Carey - and every other standup comedian - dreamed of getting on the show. They also dreamed of being called over by Mr. Carson to sit on the couch - something he did only when he really, really liked a comedian's act. Unfortunately, Mr. Carey missed his first chance to be on The Tonight Show. While he was out of town, he did not check his messages, and when he returned to LA, he heard the message inviting him to be on The Tonight Show. He called The Tonight Show immediately, of course, but unfortunately they had already found another comic. The booker told Mr. Carey, "We'll get back to you." Mr. Carey took the mishap well, figuring that when The Tonight Show called again, he would have more experience and be funnier. Sure enough, The Tonight Show did call him again - two years later. Mr. Carey was very, very funny, and Mr. Carson invited him to sit on the couch. This TV appearance started many good things for Mr. Carey, who says, "I would take a bullet for Johnny Carson."
Alternet has a story (link below) that has a link to the pdf of Predator's 6-page letter to Nancy Pelosi. It's amazing reading--the reading equivalent of watching a massive traffic pile-up. I read every unhinged word and marveled that the man is not confined in an institution for his own protection AND to protect the rest of us from him:
CBS fills the night with FRESH'Survivor'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Charlize Theron and Martha Stewart.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, , with guest host Melissa McCarthy, are Laura Dern, Mark Duplass, and Mariah Carey.
NBC opens the night with a RERUN'Ellen's Greatest Night Of Giveaways', followed by another RERUN'Ellen's Greatest Night Of Giveaways', then still another RERUN'Ellen's Greatest Night Of Giveaways'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, Dua Lipa, and James Blake.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are John Mulaney and Rodrigo Santoro.
Scheduled on a FRESHLilly Singh is Malala Yousafzai.
ABC begins the night with the LIVE on the East Coast, FRESH on the left coast'Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: 'All In The Family' And 'Good Times', followed by a RERUN'black-ish', then a RERUN'mixed-ish', followed by another RERUN'mixed-ish'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Brie Larson, Jamie Foxx, Bryan Stevenson, Molly Hopkins, and Yola.
The CW offers the chestnut 'Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer', followed by a FRESH'Masters Of Illusion'.
Faux fills the night with a FRESH'The Masked Singer'.
MY recycles an old 'Dateline', followed by another old 'Dateline'.
A&E has 2 hours of old 'Court Cam', followed by a FRESH'Born This Way', and another 2 hours of old 'Court Cam'.
AMC offers the movie 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation', followed by the movie 'Elf', then the movie 'Mrs. Doubtfire'.
[6:00AM] MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-The Nude Man
[6:45AM] STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (1979)
[9:45AM] STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (1984)
[12:15PM] STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME (1986)
[3:00PM] STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY (1991)
[5:30PM] STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982)
[8:00PM] ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES (1991)
[11:00PM] PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS (2012)
[1:00AM] ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES (1991)
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 18-Cause and Effect
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 19-The First Duty (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NJ', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of NJ', then a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Dallas', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of OC', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
FX has the movie 'Logan', followed by the movie 'American Made', then the movie 'American Made', again.
History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper', then a FRESH'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH'Vikings'.
[8:15A] The Mist
[11:00A] Dark Skies
[1:00P] Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
[3:00P] Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
[9:45P] Tommy Boy
[12:00A] Toast of London - Submission
[12:31A] Toast of London - The End
[1:02A] Toast of London - Bonus Ball
[1:33A] The Mist
[4:18A] Toast of London - Submission
[4:49A] Toast of London - The End
[5:20A] Toast of London - Bonus Ball
[5:51A] The Three Stooges - They Stooge to Conga (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:20am] The Andy Griffith Show
[6:55am] The Andy Griffith Show
[7:30am] The Andy Griffith Show
[8:00am] The Andy Griffith Show
[8:30am] The Andy Griffith Show
[9:00am] Criminal Minds
[10:00am] Criminal Minds
[11:00am] Criminal Minds
[12:00pm] Criminal Minds
[1:00pm] Criminal Minds
[2:00pm] Criminal Minds
[3:00pm] Criminal Minds
[4:00pm] Law & Order
[5:00pm] Law & Order
[6:00pm] Law & Order
[7:00pm] Law & Order
[8:00pm] Law & Order
[9:00pm] Law & Order
[10:00pm] Law & Order
[11:00pm] Law & Order
[12:00am] Law & Order
[1:00am] Criminal Minds
[2:00am] Criminal Minds
[3:00am] Criminal Minds
[4:00am] Hap and Leonard: The Two-Bear Mambo - The Two-Bear Mambo
[5:00am] Hap and Leonard: The Two-Bear Mambo - Ho-Ho Mambo (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'X-Men: First Class', followed by the movie 'xXx: Return Of Xander Cage', then the movie 'Edge Of Tomorrow'.
There's nothing quite like The Far Side. The comic strip, which ran from 1980 to 1995, felt less like a standard Sunday funny and more like a daily experiment trying to figure out the inner psyche of humor. Now, the comic strip is finally available online so fans and newcomers can get a taste of the far side of life. And there may be more in store in the future.
As reported by the New York Times (via Polygon), a brand new website for the series, TheFarSide.com, launched on today. It features daily strips from creator Gary Larson's prior Far Side comics, alongsides collections, sketchbooks, and other surprises. In a letter posted back in September, Larson said he started the website to have control of his creation, and try and deter unaffiliated digital archives of his work with their own sites or stores. The reason he's taken so long to do so, Larson revealed in the letter, is because he's not really a fan of the internet.
"Truthfully, I still have some ambivalence about officially entering the online world-I previously equated it to a rabbit hole, although 'black hole' sometimes seems more apropos," he wrote.
Larson told NY Times that he doesn't plan on reviving The Far Side because he's retired, but he did say he's "looking forward to slipping in some new things every so often." So, while there won't be a new Far Side series, there will, occasionally, be some new things for fans to get excited by.
An associate producer at CBS News filed a gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the company on Tuesday, claiming she was stripped of work and told to stay quiet by the network after complaining against a prominent "60 Minutes" senior producer who allegedly sent her an inappropriate photo and engaged in excessive alcohol use during work hours.
Cassandra Vinograd, a London-based associate producer, described in the 29-page lawsuit several "serious concerns regarding highly inappropriate, unprofessional and upsetting events" involving senior producer Michael Gavshon, who is considered one of the network's "pre-eminent producers." Gavshon is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
Vinograd, who previously worked for NBC News in London, alleged that Gavshon openly consumed alcohol at work and in the field in front of several CBS employees, but it was part of the culture at the company to tolerate this despite Gavshon becoming "belligerent or passed out drunk" on several occasions, according to the complaint.
While Vinograd was still fairly new to the company, she said she joined Gavshon and several other crew members for a two-week work trip to Hungary where she claimed the senior producer often "consumed so much alcohol that Cassie and other employees would have to repeat things to him as well as decipher his slurred words," the complaint stated.
It took a few months to become a reality, but PBS channels are now available on YouTube TV. Over 100 member stations for PBS and PBS Kids are streaming live (the mix depends on where you live, of course), with on-demand content also on-hand if you can't tune into broadcasts. More stations should be available sometime in 2020.
This is helpful if you thrive on Masterpiece performances or (older) Sesame Street episodes, but it also fills an important gap in YouTube TV's lineup. You now have public television without turning to PBS' own sites and apps, or relying on over-the-air broadcasts -- it's more like conventional TV service, just without some of the usual hassles.
Morning market shoppers look a little too long in Liu Peilin's direction as she passes by in a red jacket and gray wig covered in red and pink clips, her cheeks rouged in bright pink and eyeshadow in a matching shade.
The 63-year-old has become well-known not only in the little southern Chinese village where she lives, but also nationally.
In 2012, news reports of a fire in a residential complex in the eastern city of Qingdao captured footage of a man returning to the premises dressed in female clothing with his hair in braids adorned with colorful ornaments. The video went viral and Chinese netizens dubbed the man "Big Joy Brother", mocking him for his cross-dressing.
That was Liu, who had wanted to be a woman since she was a child but had suppressed the yearning for decades.
Although her brief brush with viral fame gave her an unwanted nickname and invited online mockery, it also brought her into contact with a supportive community.
Fossilized bones and teeth aren't the only source of ancient human DNA.
The genetic material also sticks around in birch pitch "chewing gum," which can hold enough DNA to piece together the genetic instruction books, or genomes, of long-dead people, researchers report December 17 in Nature Communications. By analyzing a 5,700-year-old chewed wad of pitch from Denmark, the team obtained the genome of an ancient woman, and determined that she probably had blue eyes, dark skin and dark hair.
Ancient humans likely chewed the pitch - made by heating birch bark - to make it pliable, working cells from the mouth deep into the sticky substance. Birch pitch is relatively resistant to bacteria and viruses as well as water, which would have protected the DNA from decay, the researchers say.
The team also recovered DNA from microbes that may have lived in the woman's mouth, including from older versions of Epstein-Barr virus, which causes mononucleosis, and bacteria that can cause pneumonia or gum disease. Duck and hazelnut DNA were also identified, and may be remnants from a recent meal the woman ate before popping a piece of pitch into her mouth.
American archaeologists have discovered two monumental royal tombs dating from about 3,500 years ago near a major Mycenaean-era palace in Greece's southern Peloponnese region, the Greek culture ministry said Tuesday.
A ministry statement said the dome-shaped roofs of both tombs near the Bronze Age palace of Pylos collapsed during antiquity, and the chambers became filled with so much earth and rubble that grave robbers couldn't get in to plunder them.
Nevertheless, the tombs were disturbed during the period of their use over several generations - unlike another Mycenaean grave found nearby in 2015 that yielded a stunning hoard of gold and silver treasure, jewelry and bronze arms buried with a man presumed to have been an early ruler of Pylos.
Recovered grave goods from the two tombs included a golden seal ring and a golden amulet of an ancient Egyptian goddess, highlighting Bronze Age trade and cultural links. The ministry said the discovery was particularly important as it shed light on the early phases of Greece's Mycenaean civilization.
The larger of the two tombs had a diameter of 12 meters (36 feet) at floor level and its stone walls survived to a height of 4.5 meters (15 feet) - less than half its original height. The other was about two-thirds of that size and its walls now stand two meters high. Both belong to the tholos type of tomb, massive domed underground constructions reserved for Mycenaean royalty that could reach roughly 15 meters (45 feet) in height.
Sitting on top of the Acropolis, the Parthenon is one of the most dazzling buildings from antiquity, but for 2,000 years we have been getting its name wrong, according to new research.
Dutch scholars claim that the name "Parthenon" - popularised in the Roman period - originally belonged to an entirely different building, not the vast stone temple that looms over Athens and attracts millions of tourists a year.
The real Parthenon was in fact an ancient Greek treasury which contained offerings to the goddess Athena, according to the research by Utrecht University.
Today known as the Erechtheion, it is located about 100 yards from the main temple on the Acropolis, the massive rocky escarpment that rises from central Athens.
Rather than being known as the Parthenon, the big temple should be known by its original ancient Greek name, the tongue-twisting Hekatompedon.
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