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Soprano With an Armenian Accent

March 5, 2012


The vigor of Isabel Bayrakdarian, Canadian-based soprano, together with her husband and pianist, Serouj Kradjian, filled the Mandel Hall of the University of Chicago. During a two-hour performance, the couple presented song recitals that varied from Armenian folk song arrangements by Komidas to a piquant bouquet of tango-songs by Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla. In […]

Once Junk Mail Now Historical Rarity

September 8, 2011


In dentistry or at work cleaning is always a good idea.  In 1997 the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago  was in the middle of an architectural renovation.  So, everything was being moved out.   A storage closet used for large framed artwork that was rarely ever used was among […]

Q & A With Helen McCarthy Kamishibai Expert

August 29, 2011


It finally happened.  I found Helen McCarthy, Kamishibai expert in England. I bring her answers to my questions to you. Fascinating stuff! Q: What is special about the kamishibai storytelling technique? A: It mixes words and pictures in a unique way that prefigures the impact of television – so much so that, when TV began […]

Kamishibai for Kids & in Manufacturing

August 11, 2011


Bang-bang, bang- bang. The loud noise of the wooden clappers, hyoshigi (hyo-shigi), signaled the beginning of the Japanese story. It wasn’t your ordinary book reading session. It was Kamishibai “paper drama”. About twenty kids, with their parents, gathered at the Japanese American Service Committee in Chicago to get something their parents in the United States […]

The Power of Music

June 21, 2010


While Invisible Bridges is trying to build bridges between cultures Millennium Park and its Music Without Borders concerts series is destroying any conventional cultural boundaries! Every summer since 2007, Chicago’s Millennium Park, mainly its Jay Pritzker Pavilion, turns into a mock United Nations assembly, where many nations are represented and many voices are heard – […]