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In an Unsettled Life, Singing Opera Became Her Rock

Advertisement Solita Hanna unexpectedly rose from her seat when social workers asked women at a Brooklyn shelter to share their talents during a party. Some of the homeless women were known as vocal and outgoing, so it was no surprise when they recited poems. But staff members at the shelter were surprised when Ms. Hanna, still fairly new to Transitional Living Community, for women with severe mental illness, came forward. Ms. Hanna was not sure what to sing. She looked over to Adrienne Terry, the shelter’s program director, for guidance. “What’s in your heart?” Ms. Terry asked her. With grace and control of every German lyric, Ms. Hanna astonished everyone in the room as she stood upright as if on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Terry said, and belted out “Nacht und Träume,” a classical song by Franz Schubert whose title translates into “Night and Dreams.” “We had no idea this young lady could sing,” Ms. Terry said. “She just blew us all away and brought tears to our eyes.” M..

Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky's Home Burglarized During Family Vacation in Aspen

The 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' stars and their kids traveled to Aspen, Colorado, a day before the incident, in which over $1 million in jewelry were stolen. "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" stars Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky had an unpleasant ending of 2017. The couple's new home in Encino, Califoria, was burglarized on Wednesday, December 27. The pair were not at home that time since a day before the incident, they traveled to Aspen, Colorado, for a family vacation with their kids, Sophia, Portia as well as Farrah, Kyle's 29-year-old daughter with ex-husband Guraish Aldjufrie. According to TMZ, over $1 million in jewelry and $150,000 worth of watches owned by Umansky were stolen from the house. It was unknown how the burglars nabbed the jewelry since it was in a lock box. The housekeeper reportedly was the one who discovered the break-in. The house, which the couple bought in October for $8.2 million, had a security system,..

Celebrity Big Brother: Who are the new housemates?

Eight new celebrities walked (with their umbrellas) into the Celebrity Big Brother house on Tuesday evening. This series is a little different to normal - the first batch of housemates are all female, although male contestants will be added later this week. Channel 5 said it was launching the show with the female-only cast to mark the 100th anniversary of women over 30 being given the vote. Former Liverpool player John Barnes will be the first man to enter the house on Friday. Why Celebrity Big Brother is going all-female"Putting the women in first and allowing them to settle and take control of the house before the men arrive will create an interesting dynamic," Tamsin Dodgson, Celebrity Big Brother's executive editor, told BBC News. "How do the different groups cope with power and what impact does gender really have? Fundamentally though it will be a lot of fun to watch." Here are this year's contestants (so far): Jess ImpiazziJess is best known for appearing in MTV reality..

Opera Software changes name to Otello Corporation

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway’s Opera Software has changed its name to Otello Corporation, it said in a statement on Monday. The developer of software for advertising, telecoms, games and other online business also plans to change its current OPERA ticker on the Oslo Bourse, although a new trading symbol has not yet been created, it added. The company sold its key internet browser business, known as Opera, in 2016. Reporting by Oslo newsroom Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.Let's block ads! (Why?)

Olympic College opens new arts and health sciences building

Buy PhotoThe new College Instruction Center at Olympic College's Bremerton campus officially opened on Tuesday, the first day of winter quarter.(Photo: Larry Steagall / Kitsap Sun)Buy Photo BREMERTON — Some of the key cards don't work. There are a few boxes still to be unpacked. Some seats in the theater are yet to be installed. Much like a home on move-in day, the College Instruction Center has a few loose ends. But on Tuesday, the first day of winter quarter at Olympic College, students and instructors were making themselves at home and relishing the new 70,000-square-foot arts and health occupations building. "I love this building. It's really modern," said Daniel Carlin, a music major sampling the acoustics of the band room by playing some improvisational jazz on the piano. The room’s arched wooden baffles and corrugated curtains with an industrial chic look are typical of the architecture throughout the $46.5 million building, in which form and function work in tand..

The 10 Best Movies Of 2017, According To Sean

And yet, it took me nearly until the very end of the year to see the movie that I now consider to be the best film I watched in 2017. And for the longest time, I held a quality superhero film as the bar in which other movies had to meet -- and exceed -- to be included in my annual Top 10 year-end list. So here we are. The 10 best movies of the year, according to me. As with all of these lists, it's personal, and likely very different from yours. Share yours in the comments below. But if you want to know the movies that moved me the most this year, start at 10, and work your way to number one. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Kendrick Lamar's Damn was the critics' favourite album of 2017

Kendrick Lamar's sparse and hard-hitting rap treatise, Damn, is music critics' favourite record of 2017. The album, which explores the conflicts in Lamar's personal life, his faith and American society, has topped a "poll of polls" compiled by BBC News. Second place went to SZA's sensual, intimate and partially-improvised R&B album, CTRL. Pop star Lorde came third with Melodrama, an exhilarating song cycle about the angst and ecstasy of youth. Melodrama was co-written and produced by Jack Antonoff, who worked on two other albums in the critics' top 20 - St Vincent's Masseduction and Taylor Swift's multi-million-selling Reputation. The full top 20 looked like this: Best albums of 2017 - poll of pollsArtistAlbumPoints (max: 600)1) Kendrick LamarDamn5062) SZACTRL3943) LordeMelodrama3844) St VincentMasseduction2775) LCD SoundsystemAmerican Dream1866) The War On DrugsA Deeper Understanding1497) Jay-Z4:441348) Perfume GeniusNo Shape1199) SamphaProcess11610)..

Art Mission and Theater to close

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The Art Mission and Theater's board of directors announced Thursday that the program is shutting down, less than a week after the Cider Mill Playhouse announced its future closure. The nonprofit organization, located at 61 Prospect Avenue in Binghamton, opened in 2007. The program itself is 20 years old. The theater exhibited independent films and other pieces of artwork from both regional and national artists. Those in charge of the theater said the causes leading up to the board's decision to close all came down to funding. "It's based on demand. It's gone down probably due to more streaming from home and it's just not financially feasible based on demand," said the program's Executive Director, Rebecca Sheriff. So, what are the next steps for this business? "I'm hoping that another organization will do some film programming. I think that will be the most appropriate thing for the community to still have access to view independ..

Meghan Markle Is 'So Happy' to Know That Prince Harry Quits Smoking for Her...

The 'Remember Me' star is really happy to know that her fiance finally decides to quit smoking as she absolutely despises the smell of smoke. No more bad habits! As their upcoming nuptials is getting closer, it has been reported that Prince Harry decided to give up smoking cigarettes to please his fiancee Meghan Markle. And as everyone can already imagine, the California-born former actress couldn't be any happier about it. A Palace insider told HollywoodLife.com that Meghan "is so happy that Harry quit smoking," as she "absolutely despises the smell of smoke and she always hated kissing Harry after he had been smoking." The insider noted that Harry always "uses a really strong breath freshener after he had a cigarette, but Meghan could still taste the tobacco, and smell the smoke on his clothes." "Meghan knows how tough it was for Harry to quit, so she really appreciates him quitting just for her," the source continued. "Harry says it's the le..

Ringing in the new year

By Emma Hardy, Correspondent Art, music and a fireworks display will dazzle downtown Springfield for the 31st year in a row this Sunday. The annual First Night Springfield has been a local tradition since its inception on New Year’s Eve in 1987. Now, 31 years later, the celebration continues to be a Springfield favorite. The event serves as a non-alcoholic, family-friendly event to kick off the new year with a celebration of the arts. “We’re bringing the arts downtown, and I think that’s an important thing. It helps make downtown more vibrant if we’ve got artistic events going on, and this is part of that,” said Mark Pence, event coordinator for First Night. The celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. at Springfield High School, where First Night will be offering a wide array of free children’s activities until 4 p.m. The venue will include crafting, face painting, puppet shows, clay sculptures, a giant canvas painting and much more. But fun doesn’t stop at Springfield High School. The Hoog..

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