The evening of Sunday, October 14th, international music star Lang Lang came to the 92nd street Y to talk about his music, career, life, and future. He also stuck around to sign copies of his newest album, The Chopin Album. With him as moderator was Sir Howard Stringer, the chairman of the Board of Directors of Sony, the company Lang Lang is signed to. The talk was interesting mainly because of the insight provided into the struggle that Lang Lang –and perhaps more widely all musicians– go through. [click to continue….]
This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of visiting the Theatre 80 Saint Marks to see Sam Eaton’s show, “The Quantum Eye,” a mix between magic and “mentalism,” and I must say, it was one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. What truly makes Sam Eaton’s performance unique is his ability to make the audience feel enthralled while at the same time recognize that, though he has found ways to harness, deceive, and guide the human brain like no other, he is still just an ordinary man.
The brochures portrayed a man with his hand outstretched holding a giant eye. It was quite obviously Photo-shoped, and immediately led me to believe that this was just another cheesy magic show where overused, boring tricks were to be displayed by an overzealous, sweaty, magician. I sat down and soon the show started. Sam Eaton, a slim man with Harry Potter style glasses walked onto the stage. He looked like an ordinary, slightly nervous person. However, as with the brochure, I soon found out that looks can be misleading. [click to continue….]