Friday, August 16, 2013

"El Año en que Nací (The Year I Was Born)." On The Boards Opens 13/14 Season With a Latino Play. (Sponsored)

OnThe Boards has been an organization very well respected in Seattle since artists founded it in 1978. For many years now, it has supported local performing artists as well as international innovators in contemporary dance, theater, and music.

OtB is starting their 2013-2014 season with a Chilean play written by Argentinean Lola Arias. Her play, El año en que nací, is about eleven Chileans born during the reign of Pinochet. They wonder about their parents lives and start reconstructing them using letters, old clothes, hazy memories, and music, in their attempt to better understand their past, their present, and their future. Can you imagine what that must be like?

The Pinochet era has probably been one of the most difficult eras in Chile. Many disappeared creating much fear and anger among its citizens.

In El Año en que Nací, writer Lola Arias, added several moments of humor. During interviews to newspapers,  Arias has explained why she wrote these funny parts.

“Humor is a very corrosive element to face horror and tragedy, an element that, at times, allows you to think about things much more than pain does,” Arias told La Tercera.

“I am interested in the tension created by someone telling their own story, always on the edge of the abyss, feeling their limits,” she said. “It makes it much more human and contradictory. An actor can play with it in a way that person’s son cannot. The son presents all the contradictions, and it is much more complicated.” - The Santiago Times.

I really hope you come to support this play that will run from September 19th through the 22nd. In the mean time, I’ll just think about an old phrase that came to my mind after reading what this play is about; “To know where you’re going, you must know where you came from.”

Buy your tickets here. 

About the Writer

Lola Arias is a writer, director, actor and musician whose work plays with the overlap zones between reality and fiction. She works with everyone from professional performers to laymen, animals and babies. She has created work for both stage and site-specific performances, most notably with Ciuades Paralelas, a festival of site-specific urban projects she founded with fellow OtB alum Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll). Her works have been performed throughout Europe and Asia. This performance marks part of her first tour to the US.

Preview of El Año en que Nací. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Falling in Love with Instagram... Again.

How often do you update an application right after its update is released? I rarely do, except for this time. 

I am an Instagram lover; I share as many pictures and videos as possible on this app, and that's why  I rushed to download it immediately after I read about the new features on this update like, being able to upload videos from your phone library, and straighten pictures within the app.  

After the app was updated, I started playing with it; I discovered that, just like the specifications said, I could upload videos from my phone library. I added old videos; I put them together, trimmed the beginning and the end of each segment and, although I had filled all fifteen seconds, I was still able to edit the first few seconds of the first video. I was perplexed about all the cool things I could now do! 

On the next video collage, you will see videos from the 4th of July, July 15th, August 6th and 7th; all put together and edited directly on Instagram. What do you think? 

This is just one of the many things I discovered I can do with one of my favorite apps, but I am sure I am missing some other great features. Please, share with me, and my readers what other fun things you've done with this new update!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Taking a Video With Your Camera Phone?

Thanks to the amazing technology that we have in our hands, for the past few years, I have witnessed all my friends upload videos of their family vacations, their kids' concerts, or the concerts they go to. I mostly enjoy all of them, except, when I see some common mistakes we make when using our camera phones to shoot our videos. This is why I decided to share these few tips on how to better capture on video those precious moments.

  • Do not hold the camera vertically:
This position would be fine if you were taking a picture, or reading emails, but not when you're shooting a video. The reason is that, when you use it vertically, you are capturing only one person instead of getting the whole scene. Another reason is that it really looks awkward when someone plays the video on their widescreen monitor. 

Here is the example of how NOT to do it:
  • Do not hold your camera with only one hand.
Many camera phones come with hand stabilizers but honestly, who likes to watch a video where everything is shaking?  

  • Remember to use airplane mode.
Imagine what would happen if you start recording the first steps of your baby, or the concert of your favorite band, and all of a sudden you receive a phone call... Do I need to say more? No? Good! 

I hope you find this post useful, and if you have some extra tips, please feel free to share them on the comments!