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    Entertainment & Pop Culture

    Entertainment and leisure activities have been a part of all cultures in one form or another since the ancient times, whether the activity in question involved participating in a dance performance, attending a Broadway show, going to a music festival, or watching a movie.
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    Featured content, September 18, 2020

    What’s the Difference Between Jam, Jelly, and Preserves?
    Just how many ways can fruit be spread?
    Demystified / Entertainment & Pop Culture
    Homemade fruit jam in the jar, jelly, preserves
    You Ought to Be in Pictures: 8 Filming Locations You Can Actually Visit
    Lights, camera, adventure!
    List / Entertainment & Pop Culture
    Bag end on Bagshot row from the movies Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit in Hobbiton, New Zealand, Australia
    Carlo Gesualdo: Murder, Witchcraft, Choral Music
    This nobleman and composer led a troubled life and left behind some unsettling musical compositions.
    #WTFact / Entertainment & Pop Culture
    Portrait of Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (Venosa, 1566-Gesualdo, 1613), Italian composer. Painting by Francesco Mancini. Naples , Museo Storico Musicale
    What Is the Legacy of ABBA in Popular Culture?
    Find out about ABBA’s lasting pop cultural relevance.
    Companion / Entertainment & Pop Culture
    Palanga, Lithuania-December 31,2018 ABBA Arrival concert in Palanga concert hall.
    Circus
    Circus, an entertainment or spectacle usually consisting of trained animal acts and exhibitions of human skill and daring....
    Encyclopedia / Entertainment & Pop Culture
    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
    Ballet
    Ballet, theatrical dance in which a formal academic dance technique—the danse d’école—is combined with other artistic elements...
    Encyclopedia / Entertainment & Pop Culture
    Chinese music
    Chinese music, the art form of organized vocal and instrumental sounds that developed in China. It is one of the oldest and...
    Encyclopedia / Entertainment & Pop Culture
    Chinese music: 12 pitches of the lü
    History of the motion picture
    History of the motion picture, history of cinema from the 19th century to the present. The illusion of motion pictures is...
    Encyclopedia / Entertainment & Pop Culture
    One photograph of a series taken by Eadweard Muybridge of a running horse.

    Entertainment & Pop Culture Quizzes

    The Shining (1980) directed by Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) Actor Jack Nicholson, left, with actress Shelley Duvall in a scene from the horror film. Motion picture director movie screenwriter
    This or That? Book First vs. Movie First
    Movie buff, bookworm, or both? Some of these famous titles were books first, and some were films first. Try to guess which...
    Fruit. Grapes. Grapes on the vine. White grape. Riesling. Wine. Wine grape. White wine. Vineyard. Cluster of Riesling grapes on the vine.
    Scientific Names of Edible Plants
    All of these plants are fairly common, but do you know their scientific names?
    Andy Griffith (left) and Ron Howard in the television series "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-1968). (comedy)
    Griffin or Griffith?
    Are you good with names? Try to remember whether these famous folks are named Griffin or Griffith.
    Take the Money and Run (1969) Comedian and actor Woody Allen as Virgil Starkwell in a prison scene from the comedy mockumentary film directed and cowritten by Woody Allen. Allen's first leading role in a movie
    The World of Woody Allen
    What was Woody Allen’s first film? What instrument does the famous director play? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
    Seed. Nut. Walnuts. Juglans. Close-up of raw walnuts.
    Walnuts: Fact or Fiction?
    Nuts about walnuts? Find out how much you really know.
    A bakers dozen. Thirteen bread rolls. Baker's dozen, yeast rolls, bakery, baked goods
    Isn’t It Obvious?
    You may think the answers to these questions are obvious, but look again! Don’t be fooled by the questions in this tricky...
    American actors (from left) Vera Miles, John Gavin, and Anthony Perkins in "Psycho" (1960); directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
    Match the Movie Slashers
    You’d know them if you saw them hiding in your closet, but what films are these famous movie slashers from?
    10:058 Mice: The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse, country mouse and city mouse having a picnic with an apple and acorn
    Food in Literature: Fact or Fiction?
    Grab a snack and a good book and test your knowledge of food in literature.
    Lager beer.
    Plants and Booze
    Plants can make a lot more than salads! Test your knowledge of popular drinks and the plants that go into making them.
    Cheese assortment. Cheese variety. Brie cheese(round in foreground) Blue cheese (right) swiss cheese(with holes) and parmesan cheese (wedges in background) Hard cheese and soft cheese. Cheeses. Dairy.
    Cheese: Fact or Fiction?
    How much do you really know about cheese (aside from the fact that it’s delicious)? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
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    Entertainment & Pop Culture Subcategories

    Grace Kelly. Actors
    Acting is a performing art that involves much more than just being able to cry on command. It requires the ability to react to imaginary stimuli and situations, to put oneself into another character, to create through performance a nonexistent event, and to repeat this performance at specified times and places. Actors exercise supreme control over their voice and their body and facial movements so as to effectively and believably convey the emotional experience of the characters they represent. Although theatrical productions, television, and movies each carry unique technical demands for the actor, skilled actors can move from one medium to another without a diminution of talent; celebrated actors such as Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, and Viola Davis have been outstanding in both film and theatre.
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    King, Frank: Gasoline Alley Comic Strips & Superheroes
    Spider-Man, Batman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man: in the early 21st century, these superheroes rose to staggering global prominence. Movies featuring characters from Marvel Comics or DC Comics regularly drew in high global box office earnings, and the likenesses of these characters could easily be spotted adorning clothing, toys, backpacks, and more. Prior to the rise of the modern comic books from which these characters sprung, their precursor, the comic strip, held court. Early comic strips were produced in Europe before the form began appearing in American magazines in the late 19th century. In 1933 the first true comic books were released, marketed as giveaway advertising premiums. Five years later, DC Comics introduced Superman, the character who truly launched the superhero genre.
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    Egyptian dancing, detail from a tomb painting from Shaykh ?Abd al-Qurnah, Egypt, c. 1400 bce; in the British Museum, London. Dance
    Do you prefer tap dancing or ballet? Modern dance or line dances? The world of dance is expansive and covers a wide variety of styles and forms, ranging from simple spontaneous activity to formalized art or from a social gathering where everyone participates to a theatrical event with dancers performing before an audience. Dance is typically governed by the principles of aesthetic pleasure, self-expression, and entertainment, though these principles are not universally agreed upon by all dance groups. Regardless of ongoing debates about how to best define the art of dance, it remains true that dance is a universal language that can communicate emotions directly and sometimes more powerfully than words.
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    Becker, Walter; Fagen, Donald; Steely Dan Entertainment Awards & Festivals
    There may be no business like show business, but that doesn't mean that the people of show biz wouldn't like to be recognized with an award every once in a while. Honors like the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Emmys, and Tonys recognize outstanding work in film, television, and theater, whereas honors such as the Grammy Awards and the Juno Awards celebrate excellence in music. Additionally, annual film festivals around the world honor exceptional works and performances with awards such as the Cannes film festival's Palme d'Or and the Berlin International Film Festival's Golden Bear. Music festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival (in Switzerland) and Lollapalooza (in Chicago) feature performances by a variety of artists and groups.
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    fish on a conveyor belt Food
    The necessity of food for survival is something that all humans have in common, but the trends of diet and food consumption can vary considerably from region to region. Find out more about the ingredients, dishes, and drinks that fuel people around the world.
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    Brees, Drew Leisure & Nightlife
    When it comes to free time, everyone has his or her own activity of choice. While some may like to repose with a nice game of bridge, poker, or chess, others may find bungee jumping or bullfighting to be more engaging, and still others would rather opt for hiking or archery. Luckily, there's no shortage of leisure activities available for those who have the time, resources, and inclination to pursue them.
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    Kinetoscope, invented by Thomas A. Edison and William Dickson in 1891 Movies
    There's always been a certain sense of magic surrounding the movies. Even though movies are technically just a series of still photographs on film, projected in rapid succession onto a screen to create the illusion of actual continuous movement, good movies are remarkably effective at conveying drama and evoking emotion, and they allow spectators to immerse themselves in the world of the film. Emerging at the end of the 19th century, this art form became one of the most popular and influential media and was perhaps the first truly mass form of entertainment. Without movies, we wouldn't have such iconic movie quotes as "We'll always have Paris" (Casablanca, 1942), "Here's Johnny!" (The Shining, 1980), and "Why so serious?" (The Dark Knight, 2008).
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    Woody Allen Movie, TV & Stage Directors
    Although directors are often "invisible" to the audience in plays, shows, and movies (Alfred Hitchcock and his film cameos being one notable exception), they play an important role by controlling the evolution of the theatrical or dramatic performance. When there are actors involved, the director often oversees and shapes their performances as well. Although the auteur theory holds that the director is the major creative force in a performance, the role of the director actually varies a great deal, not only according to the medium in question but also according to the extent to which he works with actors.
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    subcategory placeholder Music, Classical
    Rosin up your bows and get to work on those sonatas! Classical music utilizes a wealth of different musical forms, including the symphony, concerto, and fugue, among many others. It can be written for musical instruments (such as an orchestra or a string quartet) or for vocal groups (as in choral music). Most of the best-known composers of classical music worked during the last 600 years in the Western tradition; even people disinclined to seek out classical music may recognize passages from some of these composers' standout works, such as Ludwig van Beethoven's "Für Elise," Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," and Georges Bizet's "Haba?era" (from the opera "Carmen").
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    Art Tatum, c. 1947. Music, Contemporary Genres
    Hey, what's that sound? Music pervades many aspects of contemporary everyday life; it appears in commercials, blares from speakers in stores and restaurants, accompanies commuters on the way to work, and energizes gym-goers when their motivation is flagging. Music festivals such as Lollapalooza (in Chicago) and the Sziget Festival (in Budapest) attract enormous crowds by featuring an extensive lineup of musicians over several days. Today's music can be divided into any number of categories and subcategories, encompassing genres such as pop, jazz, rock, alternative, country, electronic, rap, and much more.
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    Table 3: Classical Poetic Metre Music Theory
    Why do the opening notes of Beethoven's famous "Symphony No. 5" sound strong and driving rather than leisurely and soothing? The answer can be found by turning to music theory, the study of the concepts and compositional methods involved in the creation of music. Music theory examines musical qualities such as timbre, tone, pitch, and texture, as well as compositional elements such as rhythm, dynamics, tempo, and much more. And do you have perfect pitch like Mozart? If you do you can usually hear a melody, then sit at the piano and tickle the ivories or strum the strings of a guitar and play it by ear. A song—or any piece of music—is made up of two or more parts, or sections, which together create the whole of the composition. A ritornello, for instance, is a melodic sequence that “returns” multiple times throughout the composition. Harmony, the musical scale, how chords are formed, and the musical notation necessary to allow other musicians to play a piece of music are all parts of the musical education you’ll need to be a pro in the field.
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    African log amadinda xylophone; property of the Uganda Museum, Kampala Musical Instruments
    Not everyone is gifted with an exceptional singing voice. That's where instruments come in! The principal types of musical instruments are percussion, stringed, keyboard, wind, and electronic instruments. Musical instruments have been used since the earliest times, and modern technology has in many cases simplified or improved the construction of instruments, while mechanization has made possible the mass production of instruments of all kinds. It remains true, however, that the production of an instrument of the highest quality still demands the highest degree of individual skill.
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    Jean Stapleton and Carroll O'Connor in All in the Family Television & Radio
    Is it true that video killed the radio star? When broadcast radio came into prominence early in the 20th century, it delighted the public by providing news and entertainment with an immediacy that had been unimaginable beforehand. Radio developed into the first electronic mass medium, but broadcast radio's popularity was eclipsed by television, which appeared about 1945. Television, which was originally conceived as a potential medium for education and interpersonal communication, ultimately evolved into a vibrant broadcast medium that offered a diverse slate of news and entertainment to people all over the world. By the early 21st century, the Internet made it possible to watch TV anywhere, anytime, on small portable devices.
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    subcategory placeholder Movie, TV & Stage Development & Production
    Even before the director can first call “Action!,” there’s a lot that must be done to get a movie, television show, or theatrical production ready for production or rehearsal. Screenwriters, producers, and distributors all come into play before a project moves on to the process of hiring the cast and crew, designing and building sets and costumes, creating storyboards, and more. Cinematographers, animators, and special-effects artists are among those who may be called upon to shape the look and feel of a production, ensuring its maximal success when it hits theaters or screens.
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    bugaku performance Theater
    There's no business like show business! Nothing quite matches the immediacy and electricity of a live dramatic performance, a fact which may help explain why the art form has persevered from its ancient origins up through the present day. During the 20th century, live theater demonstrated an unexpected tenacity in the face of tough competition from film, television, video, the Internet, and other media. Some works can be given full expression only by stage representation; this is why, despite economic challenges, limited technical resources and funding, and the logistical problems of touring, live theater is likely to continue captivating audiences, as it has done for centuries.
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