A Year Into the Pandemic, What Is the Future of the Corps de Ballet? Here’s Why It Matters. – pointemagazine.com

Occasionally, in my dreams, I relive the entrance of the Shades from La Bayadre. From the quiet, hypnotic buildup of arabesques snaking down the stage to the prayerlike moment when the entire corps de ballet freezes in a front tendu, arms crossed and eyes turned upwards, it is where my mind goes for rest and contemplation, more so than any extraordinary variation. A year into the pandemic, large-scale ensembles are also what I've missed the most on the ballet stage

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Spurning the morsel – Chessbase News

[Note that Jon Speelman also looks at the content of the article in video format, here embedded at the end of the article.] In the infancy of modern chess, in the mid-nineteenth century, sacrifice was king, and it was supposedly considered ungentlemanly to disdain the tasty bait which the opponent proffered. Later on, as standards rose, pragmatism asserted itself and sacrifices were judged on their merits: you accepted material when this seemed possible (or if there was no choice), but declined otherwise. Personally, I err on the side of the latter, taking pieces when sacrifices look ridiculous, but otherwise, as a first reaction, striving to find a way to create my own threats and maybe take the bait later on, on my own terms.

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Is AI Next in REI Education? – Think Realty

How virtual environments are helping and hurting real estate instruction Over the past year, real estate investment (REI) organizations have scrambled to remain relevant and operative as the pandemic has shut down and altered in-person meetings. Mostly gone are the three-day live bootcamps, the annual conferences in vacation spots like Las Vegas and Orlando, and even the REIA meetings at hotels

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Perseverance when faced with a checkmate | Clergy Corner – Woodland Daily Democrat

By Mike Umbenhaur, Pastor Woodland Presbyterian Church One of the side-effects of being ordered to shelter-in-place for all this time has to be acquiring a desire to watch television, movies or LIVE-streaming videos. I cannot believe how much I have watched series after series; sometimes spending an entire day binge-watching something! I know that is probably not how a pastor should be spending his time. However, I know that I am NOT alone! A series that my wife and I watched, as did many others, was Netflixs The Queens Gambit

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Anya Taylor-Joy wins first SAG Award for role in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ – Alternative Press

Anya Taylor-Joy has won the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series award at the SAG Awards for her powerful performance in The Queens Gambit. This year, Taylor-Joy was up against a strong group of female actors including Cate Blanchett for Mrs. America, Michaela Coel for I May Destroy You, Nicole Kidman for The Undoing and Kerry Washington for Little Fires Everywhere.

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