Holocaust Survivor Ela Stein Weissberger Brings a Message of Hope & Resistance in a Revival of the Opera ‘Brundibár’


Park Ridge, Illinois-based Petite Opera Productions has revived the children’s opera Brundibár, a piece written before World War II by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása and librettist Adolf Hoffmeister. The opera was first performed at an orphanage in Prague but performances ceased as Krása and the children in the orphanage were taken to Terezín, which is also referred to as Theresienstadt concentration camp. The Nazis enjoyed the opera and had children in Terezín perform the opera for a segment of a propaganda film. What they did not know was that the story of Brundibár—in which children defeat a bully—served as a message of hope and resistance to the prisoners in the camp.

Only 100 of the 15,000 children in Terezín survived. One of the survivors, Ela Stein Weissberger, performed the opera in Terezín as a child and has worked to bring it to the world. In an interview with the American Grandparents Association, she said, “I want to speak for the children who died; I ask people to remember my friends. By doing this, they stay alive in our hearts and minds. I’m the bridge between today’s children and generations to come. And if we, as survivors, keep talking, we’ll be heard. We can’t keep it silent—it’s a part of our bodies.”

She joined Petite Opera in their current run of the opera and spoke with NPR‘s Cheryl Corley about it. “The Brundibár, in our eyes, was Hitler,” Weissberger said.

Archival footage of the opera being performed at Terezín was released in the documentary Holocaust: Theresienstadt.

The opera is also the basis of a children’s book by the same name written by Tony Kushner and illustrated Maurice Sendak.

photo by Cheryl Corley

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‘Wavelight’, A Beautiful Time-Lapse of Star Trails Against the Wave Sandstone Formation in Arizona

Wavelight” is a beautiful time-lapse video of star trails set against the Wave sandstone formation in Arizona taken by Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic. The video was produced through a partnership between Heffernan’s Sunchaser Pictures, Mehmedinovic’s Bloodhoney, and BBC Earth. The video features the composition “Nebula” by Mark Petrie.

Heffernan uploaded a number of gorgeous stills from the shoot to the Sunchaser Pictures Flickr account.





images via Sunchaser Pictures

Creative German Photographer Interacts with Clouds in Imaginative Photos

usetheclouds by Markus Einspannier

German photographer Markus Einspannier playfully interacts with clouds in an ongoing photo series tagged #UseTheClouds. In the series, Einspannier either poses in front of a cloudy sky or digitally inserts a person or object into a cloud photograph. Einspannier recently told the Instagram Blog that he has been photographing clouds since he was 13. You can follow along on his Instagram account.

usetheclouds by Markus Einspannier

usetheclouds by Markus Einspannier

usetheclouds by Markus Einspannier

usetheclouds by Markus Einspannier

usetheclouds by Markus Einspannier

photos via Markus Einspannier

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Conan O’Brien Takes His Associate Producer Jordan Schlansky Coffee Tasting

On a recent episode of Conan, host Conan O’Brien took his associate producer Jordan Schlansky to Intelligentsia Coffee for a coffee tasting after Schlansky bought an unauthorized espresso machine for the office. O’Brien questions and mocks Schlansky about his coffee preferences as Intelligentsia employees talk about their roasting and tasting process. O’Brien has a history of picking on Schlansky in past segments on the show.

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Brilliant Series in Which Sloths Replace Humans on Iconic Album Covers

Aladdin Sloth

Matt Tucker, the Picture Editor at BuzzFeed UK, has created an unusually brilliant photo series in which sloths replace humans on iconic album covers. It’s just as Matt said, “Because sloths make everything better…”

Sloth This Way


Abbey Sloth

The Freewheelin' Sloth Dylan

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Sloths Club Band

images by Matt Tucker/BuzzFeed

‘Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series’, An Episodic Adventure Game Based on HBO’s Adaptation of the Book Series

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series is an episodic adventure game by Telltale Games that’s based on the HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin‘s book series, A Song of Ice and Fire. The game specifically begins near the end of season three of the show and ends near the beginning of season five. According to Telltale, characters that appear in the game that have appeared in the show will be voiced by the same actors.

This new story tells of House Forrester, a noble family from the north of Westeros, loyal to the Starks of Winterfell. Caught up in the events surrounding the War of the Five Kings, they are thrown into a maelstrom of bloody warfare, revenge, intrigue, and horror as they fight to survive while the seven kingdoms tear themselves apart.

In addition to the recently released teaser trailer, Telltale revealed several characters from the game to a variety of outlets. Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series currently has no hard release date beyond “soon.”

Artist Creates an Inventory of Her 657 Personal Possessions and Reads It Aloud in a 7-Hour Performance

On January 1, 2013, artist Chelsea Hodson began cataloging all her 657 personal possessions, one per day, in a project entitled Inventory. She posted each object to her Tumblr blog, each accompanied by a photo and a description. They can be most easily viewed in her blog archive. After nearly two years, she had created a more than 40,000-word catalog. On October 19, 2014, Hodson staged INVENTORY: Under Objects Under Oath, a seven-hour durational performance during which she read the entire catalog aloud. The performance was presented by Marina Abramovic Institute in collaboration with Imagine Science Film Festival, where the performance took place.

Inventory by Chelsea Hodson
INVENTORY: Under Objects Under Oath

Inventory by Chelsea Hodson
Inventory #305: Argyle sweater


Eros, beating me cruelly with a rod tied round with hyacinths, ordered me to run by his side; and as I ran through fierce torrents and thickets and gullies the sweat distressed me, my heart climbed to my nose and I might have perished; but Eros fanned my brow with his tender wings and said, “Can’t you love, then?”

—The Anacreontea, Fragment 31

Inventory by Chelsea Hodson
Inventory #216: MacBook Air


If intelligence is assigned to those smart enough to invent their own tools, & if crows have begun dropping nuts in the street so cars can crack them, then are our brains comparable? Ravens are capable of looking into a mirror & recognizing a “self.” I saw a raven in a sky & saw my “self.” I wrote about it on my tool which I purchased, but did not invent, was not even close to inventing.

Inventory by Chelsea Hodson
Inventory #173: The Paris Review, No. 201


If you include a self-addressed envelope with your submission, The Paris Review will mail you a piece of paper that’s made by cutting a full-sized piece of paper into eight pieces. I’ve begun saving my palm-sized notes, so in a few years I’ll have a full-sized letter from The Paris Review for my archives.

photos via Chelsea Hodson

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