1. officialcrow:

    presentreign:

    Everyone IN NY should read this

    Everyone who wants to come to NY should read this

    Everyone should read this if you’re thinking about NY in any way, shape or form.

    yeah check out these things exclusive to new york, home of the worlds only sidewalk, subway, and sanitation systems

    (Source: jessehimself, via aurajones)

     

  2. RA Noah’s App of the Week

    This week:
    Clear

    Untangle your life with Clear - the to-do and reminders app that ensures you stay focused on what matters. Clear’s playful and clutter-free interface makes it easier than ever to stay organized. It’s as easy to use as pen and paper: pull down to add a new item and swipe right to complete a task - it’s that simple. Once you start organizing your life with Clear you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.

    Available on the App Store for $4.99.
    One app for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch

     

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  4. Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind

    Well that’s a mouthful.

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    But it’s also an amazing show that’s been around since 1988. It opened at Stage Left Theater in Chicago on December 2, 1988. Conceived and directed by Greg Allen, the show was written and performed with an eight-person ensemble and billed as “an ever-changing attempt to perform 30 Plays in 60 Minutes.” The show promised an emotional and intellectual roller-coaster of ideas and images ridden at break-neck speed by a participating audience. Greg Allen created the formula for Too Much Light… from an amalgam of different influences. In typical postmodern fashion, a theory was borrowed from here, a form was stolen from there. From our namesakes, the Italian Futurists, came the exultation of speed, brevity, compression, dynamism, and the explosion of preconceived notions. From Dada and Surrealism came the joy of randomness and the thrill of the unconscious. From the theatrical experiments of the 1960’s came audience interaction, breaking down all notions of distance, character, setting, and illusion. Finally, from the political turmoil of the 1980’s came a socially conscious voice and a low-tech, “poor theater” format. This aesthetic, embraced by an ensemble of highly dedicated, talented writer/performers, became Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.

    In the spring of 1995, three one-time Chicago Neo-Futurists and two brand new recruits ventured to Manhattan to perform T.M.L.M.T.B.G.B. They opened first at the emerging H.E.R.E Theater, and then moved to the raw energy of Ludlow Street’s Todo con Nada. A sixth member was added to the New York company, and Greg Kotis premiered his play Jobey and Katherine. This New York run of Too Much Light lasted just over two years until the supplies ran low and the ensemble was scattered to the winds (the ‘winds’ being various other remarkable projects too numerous to mention here).

    In 2004, the Neo-Futurists broadened their horizons yet again from the Second City to the City That Never Sleeps (or at least, to its neighboring borough). On April 8, 2004, an almost entirely new cast of ten ripped into our first performance of Too Much Light at the Brooklyn Lyceum in Park Slope. On October 9, we, like the Muppets, took Manhattan, launching an acclaimed run of Too Much Light at the Belt Theater.

    Since opening in Brooklyn in 2004, the New York Neo-Futurists have performed at Sarah Lawrence, Fordham, Six Figures’ Artists of Tomorrow Festival, the Providence Improv Festival, and Ladyfest. We have appeared on the Joey Reynolds Show and the Derek and Romaine Show, and have been featured in The New York Post, Pinque Magazine, and Comedy Magazine, to name a few. In January 2005, The New York Times published a feature article on Too Much Light.

    In New York, Chicago, and beyond, The Neo-Futurists continue to expose and explore new artistic territory, all consistent with the original mission to create interactive, highly personal, emotionally and intellectually challenging art for the general public.

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    ~Zach

     


  5. Let’s talk meditating.

    Let’s talk about meditation.

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    It’s not easy to do. Often we feel that there is just not enough time in the day to sit down, clear our minds, and essentially do nothing for even ten minutes of our day. There is too much to do to be bothered with slowing down.

    Meditation, however, has proven to provide some significant and sometimes surprising benefits to people who sit down for even five minutes every day and focus on one simple thing: a mantra, a word, an element, or even simply their own breath. 

    Some of these benefits include the following:

     On a physical level, meditation can:

    • Lowers high blood pressure
    • Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks
    • Decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
    • Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
    • Improves the immune system
    • Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy

    With that in mind, some research suggests that meditation may help people manage symptoms of conditions such as:

    • Anxiety disorders
    • Asthma
    • Cancer
    • Depression
    • Heart disease
    • Pain

    ·   The emotional benefits of meditation can include:

    • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
    • Building skills to manage your stress
    • Increasing self-awareness
    • Focusing on the present

    ·    There are many ways to get started with meditation, so you can experiment with different types of meditation to discover which is most beneficial to you. Who knows, you may open the door to a whole new world of possibilities for your personal well-being.

    Try it for yourself!

    - Eve

    Helpful links to learn more:

    http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/meditation/in-depth/meditation/art-20045858

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/09/reasons-to-meditate_n_5785332.html

    http://lifehacker.com/what-happens-to-the-brain-when-you-meditate-and-how-it-1202533314

    http://www.how-to-meditate.org

     http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/mindfulness-meditation-benefits-health_n_3016045.html

     

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    (Source: englishsnow, via englishsnow)

     

  7. The season doesn’t premiere for a month, but the AHS: Freak Show trailer is pretty much old news already.

    How do you feel about the new season? (I’m not sure I’m feelin’ it)

    Are you going to watch it? (I can’t do horror)

    Should we have a premiere party? (Obviously, I can’t attend because I can’t do horror…but let me know how it is!) 

    These are all important questions. 

    ALSO!

    Here is an article about similarities between AHS: Freak Show and Nip/Tuck. Some images in the article may be a graphic (they are of horror/plastic surgery). [x

    Here is another article about ableism and Halloween (it’s mostly about mental health stigma, but it raises the issue of my number one concern for the show and it’s handling of “freaks”) [x]

    Let me know what you think!

    - Jenna B.