NYU professor leads talk on persona of Frank Sinatra

first_imgThe Notre Dame department of Film, Television and Theatre hosted professor of cinema studies Dana Polan of New York University on Tuesday night for a talk on singer and actor Frank Sinatra, whom Polan called an American entertainment icon, particularly after World War II.The talk, titled “Ring-a-ding-ding: Performance Styles in the Movies and Music of Frank Sinatra,” took place at the Browning Cinema in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and was followed by a screening of the 1955 Sinatra film “Young at Heart.” The department of American Studies and the Gender Studies and Teaching Beyond the Classroom programs also sponsored the event. Jack Lyons | The Observer Dana Polan, a New York University professor, uses scenes from Frank SInatra’s films to facilitate a discussion on his persona before a screening of the 1955 film “Young at Heart” on Tuesday.The visit by Polan overlapped with “Sinatra,” a class Film, Television and Theatre professor Pam Wojcik is teaching this semester.Polan discussed the “voyeuristic” nature of film throughout his lecture, touching on the saying, “You’re watching something that’s for you, but is pretending you’re not really there.”Few stars did this better than Sinatra, Polan said.Polan used multiple clips of the star exhibiting what he called a “confrontational” style, where a confident Sinatra establishes a bond with an audience that “avowed how he seemed to be singing personally to each audience member,” Polan said.However, Polan said this manner of “force strutting and swagger,” which appeared in Sinatra’s more energetic swing tunes, was only one side of the Sinatra coin. Polan also touched on the other side; he noted that, while Sinatra’s ballads addressed the singer himself, the performance still existed for the purpose of the audience.In addition to his ability to cross emotions in his performance, both Polan and Wojcik said they studied Sinatra for his ability to cross media.While known primarily as a singer, Sinatra’s acting career earned praises from critics and audiences alike. Appearing alongside the method actors of the 1950s, the untrained Sinatra channeled his abilities to become what Wojcik called a “method singer” to portray his complex characters.“There’s a virtuosic performance of vulnerability,” Wojcik said in an interview. “He’s broken in so many ways that I think are surprising if you just think of him as a singer.”Despite his vulnerability, Sinatra existed as an icon of masculinity in 1950s American culture, Polan said.“The person who would want to be Elvis is an Elvis impersonator, whereas the person who wants to be Sinatra is every American in the postwar period,” Polan said.For Polan, who is authoring a book on the legendary Sinatra album “Songs for Swingin’ Lovers” with Sinatra scholar Chuck Granata, Sinatra’s performance resonates even today from his ability to captivate an audience while making it appear natural at the same time.“Part of his power is that it doesn’t seem studied, it doesn’t seem mannered, it seems like who he is, even if it is a performance,” Polan said.Tags: Browning Cinema, dana polan, Department of Film Television and Theatre, Frank Sinatralast_img read more

Govt seeks to boost tourism in West Sumatra with new port, road

first_imgTopics : West Sumatra recorded a contraction of 33.24 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the accommodation sector as the province’s economy plunged by 4.91 percent yoy in the April-June period.The Jokowi administration is also developing a road to support the connectivity of the planned Tapang Bay Port to bolster not only the province’s tourism, but also its trade.The Transportation Ministry aimed to conclude by August the detailed engineering design of the port infrastructure as the government had completed the feasibility study and the master plan, said Ridwan.With regards to supporting infrastructure, the government has built 33.86 kilometers of the roads to connect the port. It has also built seven bridges of a total 13 planned.“We want to develop the coastal areas of West Sumatra, so they are not left behind other areas by constructing a road connecting Bunga Tanjung and the port location, as well as other infrastructure on the side of Tapang Bay Port,” said Ridwan.West Sumatra Deputy Governor Nasrul Abit said his office was preparing the necessary permits to expedite the development of the Marina Center and the infrastructure to support the Tapang Bay Port.“It is Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Ministre Luhut Pandjaitan’s idea via deputy Ridwan to develop the Marina Center in the estuary, which will connect to Mentawai Islands regency,” said Nasrul, a Gerindra party politician. “We are preparing all the permits. We are expecting everything to be processed as soon as possible.” The government plans to develop port infrastructure in Padang to spur tourism in West Sumatra, especially in the Mentawai Islands regency, an official has said.The planned Marina Center would not only serve as a port but also culinary center, said Ridwan Djamaluddin, the undersecretary of infrastructure and transportation coordination at the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister.The port, to be operated by state-owned PT Pelindo II, emerges as the government’s measure to offer sea transportation for tourists wanting to visit the Mentawai Islands regency, an aspiring destination for surfers. It will give tourists an additional option as the government also plans to develop an airport on the island.“There is a world-class tourist attraction in the Mentawai Islands regency. Thus, we need to prepare quality infrastructure, so when tourists want to visit the island, they have a good port here,” Ridwan was quoted in a statement as saying on Monday.The plan comes at a time when tourism in West Sumatra has almost ground to a halt. No foreign tourists came in through Minangkabau International Airport in Padang Pariaman regency in June, marking zero foreign arrivals for a third consecutive months as the industry was reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.But the occupancy rate of star-rated hotels in the province started to pick up by 9.87 percentage points to 21.14 percent in June from May, in part thanks to government officials on work trips.last_img read more

MUI advises Muslims to pray at home as Indonesia sees increasing COVID-19 cases

first_imgIndonesian Ulema Council (MUI) deputy chairman Muhyiddin Junaidi has advised Muslims to pray at home as COVID-19 cases in the nation have shown several spikes over the past few months. “Muslims in areas with a high number of [COVID-19] cases are advised to refrain from performing Friday and regular prayers in public places,” Muhyiddin said on Thursday as quoted by tempo.co.Indonesia saw another record-high of 3,861 daily virus cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 207,203.As for Muslims in areas with a low number of cases, Muhyiddin suggested they pay attention to health protocols and implement them when performing prayers in public places.Read also: Indonesia’s latest official COVID-19 figuresHe also reminded Muslims to carry out more good deeds by helping other people in need through zakat (alms) as well as donations.Muhyiddin also asked preachers to help educate Muslims on the importance of health protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic through sermons.He also encouraged all Muslims to say a certain prayer, asking for God’s protection from the infection. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 18-7 loss to Johns Hopkins

first_imgNo. 6 Syracuse lost to No. 17 Johns Hopkins 18-7 at the Carrier Dome on Saturday. A week after defeating then-No. 4 Virginia by one goal, SU’s offense faltered, firing just 25 shots to JHU’s 46.Here are three takeaways from the game.Problems at the XAfter one of Danny Varello’s best performances of the season, the sophomore couldn’t get anything going from the faceoff X, losing 13 of his 22 attempts. Against Virginia, SU’s top faceoff option won 16-26 of his opportunities, edging the Cavaliers’ Justin Schwenk in the battle, who going into the game was seventh in the nation in faceoff percentage. But Varello couldn’t ride that momentum into the game against the Blue Jays as he appeared constantly frustrated, wondering if the ball would eventually bounce in his favor.At one point Varello sidestepped and burst off the field. It had been a rough going but he had his fourth faceoff win of the game. As he turned his back an SU player had the ball and he had done his job. When he checked back at the action, the ball was on the ground with a Johns Hopkins player scooping it up, starting a break that ended in a score.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVarello turned back around, away from the celebrating Blue Jays players, held his stick on top of his helmet and pulled it down in frustration. Even when he did right, things still continued to go horribly wrong.Trouble keeping upSyracuse was dominated on the offensive end on Saturday. The Blue Jays fired 46 shots to the Orange’s 25 and SU couldn’t score more than two goals in a row without being interrupted by a Johns Hopkins goal. Dom Madonna faced heavy pressure the entire game, with many of the goals he allowed as a result of being trapped alone with a JHU player directly in front of the goal.Voigt comes up emptyBradley Voigt, who replaced the suspended Nate Solomon in the starting lineup, didn’t provide anything for Syracuse. All season long, Solomon had served as a reliable scoring option for the Orange, netting five goals on the year and taking the fourth-most shots on the team. But, Voigt couldn’t provide that same firepower for Syracuse as the Junior fired one shot, while recording an assist for the silent Orange offense. Comments Published on March 10, 2018 at 3:19 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more