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Alvin Ailey Dance Theater – An evening of modern dance

Basel recently played host to America’s best known cultural ambassador – the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, and I had the opportunity to tick one more ‘artist to watch’, off my bucket list. Established in 1958, the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre brings forth a mix of ballet, contemporary dance, modern dance and African native dances through striking themes. Alvin Ailey grew up at a time when African Americans faced racial discrimination, violence and lynching. He met his mentor Lester Horton in 1949 and learnt classical ballet jazz, native American dances, painting, acting, music, set design, and costuming. He took over...

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Evita – From rags to riches

Sowgandhika Krishnan reviews ‘Evita’ – a musical by Andrew Webber that shows Eva Peron’s journey from rags to riches. Eva Peron is a controversial political figure and Andrew Webber is well known for his musicals. So a chance to watch ‘Evita’ – an Andrew Webber musical about Eva Peron’s rags to riches story – was something I wasn’t going to miss. Even if it was on a Sunday! I was looking forward to the musical’s most successful number – “Don’t cry for me Argentina” and, the portrayal of a controversial protagonist on stage, especially one who dies at the...

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India celebrates its 71st Independence Day

On the occasion of India’s 71st Independence Day, we asked some of our readers a couple of questions: “What are some of the things you love about India, and would be proud to share with the rest of the world?” and “What are some of the things you hope will change?”. Here’s what they had to say. Illustration by Sharanya Mageshwaran. Viola Snophan “India is all about the warmth of people and place. Needless to say, the rich culture, rural beauty, delicious cuisine, hospitality and the sense of belonging, make India appealing. The exuberant celebrations and social gatherings raise...

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Matter-of-fact

  • Matter-of-Fact of the week #45:

    Jacques Edwin Brandenberger

    Jacques Edwin Brandenberger was a Swiss chemist and textile engineer who in 1908 invented cellophane. Jacques saw a wine spill on a restaurant tablecloth and was inspired to create a cloth that would repel liquids instead of absorbing them. He created a film using cellulose that was transparent as well as water resistant. He sold the US rights to DuPont in 1923.

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Emergency numbers

112 - International emergency call

117 - Police emergency call

118 - Fire Station

140 - Breakdown service

143 - Crisis line

144 - Emergency Rescue

145 - Toxin information

147 - Children emergency call

163 - Road condition