Yara al-Hasbani was putting the finishing touches to her make-up for a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in Damascus when she found out her father had been tortured to death. It was the moment the dancer's world turned upside down. "The little girl in me died at that moment," says the 24-year-old, who had protested alongside her family against Syria's regime in 2011 at the start of the brutal civil war. Six years on, Hasbani may be living a new life in Paris, but her feelings on the war at home spill onto the stage through her poignant contemporary choreography. Her first Parisian performances, in the public squares at Republique and Trocadero, right by the Eiffel Tower, were tributes to the hundreds of Syrian children killed in a chemical weapons attack in 2013. "I took inspiration from the photos," Hasbani says. "I imitated the positions of the children's curled-up bodies." She is just kicking off performances of "Unstoppable," a 12-minute solo retracing her journey to … [Read more...] about A Syrian dancer’s journey from hell to the Paris stage
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By Raju Mudhar Staff Reporter Fri., March 23, 2018 Win or lose, Jessie Reyez knows that this is only the beginning. The local singer is coming off a monster year where her hit track, “Figures” — off her well received Kiddo EP — opened the doors to stardom for her, culminating in four Juno nominations, including for Breakthrough Artist. She’s tied with the Arcade Fire for the most nominations going into Sunday night’s awards ceremony in Vancouver. “I’m excited and super amped. I’m honoured to be recognized, but I still feel like I have a ways to go,” Reyez said in an interview. “It’s always two sides. I feel like I’ve been doing this for years and, now that good things are happening, it’s like ‘Now is your moment, don’t f--k it up.’” Read more: We ranked Toronto’s top 100 songs — here are 15 that didn’t make the cut Article … [Read more...] about Sure, Jessie Reyez has as many Juno nominations as Arcade Fire, but she feels like she’s only getting started.
By The Associated Press Thu., March 22, 2018 WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump and former Vice-President Joe Biden are in a rhetorical smackdown over who could clean the other’s clock in a brawl. Trump, reacting to comments Biden made about him earlier in the week at an anti-sexual assault rally, tweeted Thursday: “Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!” At the University of Miami on Tuesday, Biden cited lewd comments the Republican president made in a 2005 Access Hollywood tape about grabbing women without their permission. “If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him,” said Biden, a Democrat. He also said any man who disrespected women … [Read more...] about Trump says ‘crazy’ Biden would go down ‘crying’ if ex-VP tried to ‘beat the hell out of him’
By Mary Esch The Associated Press Mon., March 19, 2018 ALBANY, N.Y.—Former Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon said on Twitter Monday that she’ll challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York’s Democratic primary in September. Her announcement sets up a race pitting an openly gay liberal activist against a two-term incumbent with a $30-million (U.S.) war chest and possible presidential ambitions. “We want our government to work again. On health care, ending mass incarceration, fixing our broken subway,” Nixon said in a video announcing her candidacy. “We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us.” Nixon has her work cut out for her. A Siena College poll released Monday showed Cuomo leading her by 66 per cent to 19 per cent among registered Democrats, and by a similar margin among self-identified liberals. Nixon did a little better among younger and upstate Democrats, but didn’t have … [Read more...] about Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon running for New York governor
By Daniel Dale Washington Bureau Chief Tues., March 6, 2018 WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump was asked how he can avoid his tariffs on steel and aluminum turning into a trade war. He said “trade wars aren’t so bad,” since the U.S. has a trade deficit. And then he said he is going to get tough on trade “in a very loving way.” “We’re going to straighten it out,” Trump said at a White House news conference on Tuesday afternoon, referring again to trade deficits. “And we’ll do it in a very loving way. It’ll be a loving, loving way. They’ll love us better. And they’ll respect us much more.” He did not explain what he meant. But his message was clear: he was not budging from the tariffs he announced last week, even under intense pressure from around the world and from his own party. Article Continued Below Trump is being urged by many Republicans to immediately … [Read more...] about Trump says ‘trade wars aren’t so bad,’ he’ll run this one in ‘a loving, loving way’