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2gether (band)

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2gether (usually stylized as 2ge+her, 2Ge+Her or 2GE+HER; pronounced “Together”) was an American fictional boy band whose composition, songs

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, and formation story is a satirical approach to the boy bands of the 1990s, such as New Kids on the Block, ‘N Sync and Backstreet Boys. They were part of a self-titled MTV TV movie and spin-off television series.
The band, movie, and TV series were created by writers Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn, who also wrote many of their songs.

Each member was “drafted” into the band to fill a particular niche or market to a particular group.
Their manager is Bob Buss.
In the movie, the band had a breakout single, “U + Me = Us (Calculus),” which they followed up with “Say It (Don’t Spray It)”. A soundtrack was released in real life, which also included songs from other fictional bands, including Whoa and Unity. The actors who played the characters did the vocals for their performances. They opened several shows for Britney Spears’ 2000 summer tour, always appearing in character. Their sophomore record, though its music was used throughout the TV series, was full-length and solely performed by 2ge+her. Like the soundtrack, the music was comedic but also satirical of pop song conventions. The single “The Hardest Part of Breaking Up (Is Getting Back Your Stuff)” was released before the album and charted at 87 on The Billboard Hot 100 and spent several days on MTV’s Total Request Live. “Awesum Luvr” was also released, but failed to chart.
The band debuted in the movie of the same name on MTV; directed by music-video director Nigel Dick, it was actually the first full-length movie produced exclusively for MTV, and was broadcast without interruption on February 21, 2000.
2gether’s rival in the movie was popular boy band, Whoa(Based on both Backstreet Boys and N*Sync). Bob Buss(Alan Blumenfeld) was the manager for Whoa until he was ousted by the band in favor for assistant manager, Noel Davies(Tyler Labine), who supported a member’s decision to have a tattoo on his chest(which Buss is against). In retribution, Buss went to recruit talented men to rival Whoa and found them in Jerry, Mickey, the Linus brothers(Doug and Chad) and Q.T. McKnight. He christens them as 2gether, at Doug’s suggestion and he begins training them for a potential show in Jacksonville. The first act at a pageant show started off well until Q.T. faints and is rushed to a hospital. The change in 2gether’s lead singer strained the relationship between Buss and Jerry. Jerry returns home to his girlfriend, Erin, in his hometown to apologize to her. Soon the other members briefly went their separate ways and Buss soon found himself lamenting on his situation. Feeling remorseful for hurting Jerry, he makes a telephone call to apologize for his behavior and is reunited with the Linus brothers with a healthy Q.T.. Mickey is arrested for property damages, but Buss is able to save him. Soon a few fans who implores Buss and the other members of 2gether to perform in Jacksonville. By the time that they reach Jacksonville, Buss discovers to his disgust that Davies had beat him to the show and Whoa is performing. Buss is about ready to cede defeat when Jerry shows up with Erin and reinvigorates 2gether to perform. With Erin’s help, Whoa’s show is sabotaged and they’re accused of lip-synching by the fans who jeer them off the stage. She then helps 2gether perform well and despite Davies’ best efforts to have them removed, Steinmetz convinces him to let the new band finish after seeing the fans’ positive reaction. Davies claims Whoa is still better than 2gether and will find a way to make a comeback. Steinmetz disagrees and leaves, making Davies realize it’s over for Whoa. 2gether becomes the new popular boy band, Whoa fades into obscurity and is forced to work as singers for a radio talk-show in Oklahoma, while Davies is fired by Steinmetz for his role in sabotaging 2gether’s performance.
Following the success of the movie’s broadcast, MTV used the same characters as part of a regular series, 2ge+her: The Series, which ended near the end of its second season due to the death of Michael Cuccione. The last episode produced for the series, “Fat,” was never shown in the U.S., though it was in Canada and Britain.
2gether’s rival on the show was upcoming boy band 4ever, after Whoa’s decline in popularity in the end of the movie. Jerry and Erin eventually break up when the stress of 2gether’s stardom and fans became too much for their relationship to deal with. 2gether has parted ways with Stuff Records for an unspecified record label in Los Angeles, and Bob Buss for another manager.
Production took place in Vancouver, Canada at Burnaby Studios.
In early November 2011, the surviving members of 2gether announced they hoped to reunite for a concert in Los Angeles. In early 2012, MTV gave the group the go-ahead to begin production on the reunion mockumentary/movie, but will decide whether to air it at a later date. A large portion of the proceeds will go to the Michael Cuccione Foundation.[citation needed] On January 23, 2012, MTV signed off creative control on the 2gether reunion project.[citation needed]

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Associazione italiana donne per lo sviluppo

  • May 24, 2016

L’Associazione italiana donne per lo sviluppo (AIDOS) è un’organizzazione non governativa, nata a Roma nel 1981, che si prefigge lo scopo di diffondere e promuovere i diritti umani delle donne, la loro libertà e dignità nei paesi in via di sviluppo. Al fine di ottenere tale risultato, si è adoperata per mantenere contatti continuativi con altre organizzazioni (femminili e non) ed ha costituito, nella sede di Roma, un centro di documentazione per mantenere un aggiornamento costante.
Alla AIDOS il Ministero degli Affari Esteri italiano ha riconosciuto l’idoneità ad operare nei paesi in via di sviluppo ed è anche ente consultivo per il Consiglio economico e sociale delle Nazioni Unite (Ecosoc). Con l’Organizzazione delle Nazioni Unite mantiene rapporti costanti collaborando anche a varie iniziative. L’AIDOS, inoltre, costituisce, in Italia, il centro focale dell’ISTRAW (Istituto internazionale dell’ONU per la ricerca e la formazione del progresso delle donne) e dell’UNFPA (Fondo delle Nazioni Unite per la popolazione).

I punti chiave dell’operato dell’AIDOS sono:
L’AIDOS si occupa di effettuare missioni volte alle formazione ed assistenza tecnica del personale locale, sulla base di studi preventivi che abbiano identificato i bisogni primari delle donne al fine di poter attuare strategie di miglioramento della condizione femminile e, con esso, di tutta la popolazione. Questa modalità d’azione mira a rafforzare le capacità dei gruppi locali per poter favorire la sostenibilità dei progetti.
L’AIDOS opera in vari paesi del mondo istituendo consultori familiari, promuovendo l’educazione e l’informazione sulla condizione femminile e sui diritti delle donne, a cominciare dai diritti umani. Conduce campagne di informazione e sensibilizzazione, nonché corsi di formazione sulla prevenzione delle mutilazioni genitali femminili, promuove l’empowerment economico attraverso la creazione di centri servizi per la piccola imprenditorialità femminile.
AIDOS ha esportato e adattato a diversi contesti culturali il modello italiano dei consultori familiari, integrando progressivamente i servizi specificamente rivolti all’assistenza ala salute sessuale e riproduttiva, alla prevenzione della mortalità e morbiditòà materne, alla pianificazione familiare e alla prevenzione di malattie a trasmissione sessuale, compreso l’HIV e AIDS, con servizi di counselling psicosociale, di assistenza legale e di prevenzione della violenza contro le donne, con particolare attenzione alla violenza domestica e familiare. Centri per la salute delle donne sul modello dei consultori sono stati aperti con il supporto di AIDOS e in collaborazione con partner locali nella Striscia di Gaza (Jabalia e Burej), in Giordania, Siria, Nepal, Venezuela, Argentina e Burkina Faso. Le attività di tali centri si caratterizzano sempre per un forte coinvolgimento della comunità attraverso incontri di sensibilizzazione e informazione volti a favorire l’accesso al centro, nonché per servizi specifici rivolti agli uomini e mirati a ridurre gli stereotipi di genere che spesso impediscono alle donne di ottenere assistenza sanitaria e di esercitare il proprio diritti di scelta in materia di sessualità e riproduzione.
AIDOS ha iniziato a lavorare sul tema delle mutilazioni dei genitali femminili Fgm nel 1986 in Somalia. Da allora sono stati realizzati progetti di prevenzione della pratica in collaborazione con partner locali (in particolare associazioni parte della rete africana IAC – Inter African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the health of Women and Chidren, e con associazioni di donne giornaliste e operatrici di media in numerosi paesi: Etiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Mali, Benin, Gambia, Egitto. Tra il 2002 e il 2004 AIDOS ha dato vita a una collaborazione con l’organizzazione Non c’è pace senza giustizia di Emma Bonino per l’abbandono di questa pratica. coordina il sito e progetti per il miglioramento della copertura mediatica di tematiche relative alle mutilazioni dei genitali femminili/escissione con l’obiettivo di contribuire alla costruzione di un ambiente socio-culturale favorevole all’abbandono di questa pratica, concentrandosi in particolare sul miglioramento della produzione radiofonica attraverso l’utilizzo di audio documentari in collaborazione con l’associazione Audiodoc. Ha condotto in Italia il progetto “Mutilazioni dei genitali femminili e diritti umani nelle comunità migranti (2008/2009) in collaborazione con le associazioni ADUSU – Associazione diritti umani – sviluppo umano di Padova e Culture Aperte di Trieste da cui è scaturito il programma di formazione partecipativa “Strada facendo. Verso l’abbandono delle mutilazioni dei genitali femminili in Italia”.
AIDOS conduce campagne di informazione, sensibilizzazione, e advocacy politica, per la promozione di iniziative di cooperazione allo sviluppo volte a migliorare la condizione delle donne e raggiungere gli Obiettivi di sviluppo del Millennio. Con particolare riferimento a questi ultimi, AIDOS è parte del network europeo AFGH, Action for Global Health, che mira a contribuire al raggiungimento degli Obiettivi di sviluppo del Millennio per la Salute (MDG 4, MDG 5 e MDG 6)
AIDOS fa parte della rete europea EURONGOS, che riunisce organizzazioni non governative europee attive nel settore della salute sessuale e riproduttiva e della popolazione.
In Italia si sta adoperando per la diffusione delle tematiche riguardanti lo status femminile nei paesi in via di sviluppo. Si occupa, inoltre, di tradurre e diffondere l’annuale rapporto dell’UNFPA sulla popolazione mondiale.

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Round House (Nunspeet, Netherlands)

  • May 24, 2016

The Round House (Dutch: Ronde Huis) was a round villa in the Netherlands, located in the municipality of Nunspeet. It was demolished in 1967 but its traces remain visible in the landscape.

In 1890 Frank van Vloten (1858–1930), from the Dutch patrician family Van Vloten, purchased the estate Groeneveld in Hulshorst, in the municipality of Nunspeet. He sold the property in 1891 to his wife Constance Lans and they finally moved into the property in 1893. In 1895 Frank van Vloten purchased land closer to the village of Nunspeet and together with his brother Willem van Vloten he founded the company Nieuw Nunspeet. In 1902 another 360-hectare patch of land was added to the company. In 1906 the first stone was laid of a round villa which would become known as Het Ronde Huis (The Round House).
The Round House had three floors and a flat roof. An entrance road circled around the house towards the main entrance on the second floor which had a balcony all around the house. The round inner gallery on the third floor received daylight through a couloured glass dome in the roof. After the establishment of the Round House the surroundings were transformed to a landscape park.
The estate included roughly the area between Nunspeet railway station and Vierhouten, with remains of the park still visible in the form of ponds surrounded with Rhododendron bushes and a Honey locust. Van vloten experimented with different forestry management methods and introduced several alien tree species and plants. Nowadays, the Nunspeet golf course is situated on part of the former estate.
Frank van vloten constructed a 600 mm (1 ft 11 5⁄8 in) pony-drawn tramway from his estate to Nunspeet railway station. It was built in Decauville-style portable rail track. One surviving tram carriage was restored to working order at the Pony- en Motortram ‘t Joppe (nl) and now resides at the Stichting Rijssens Leemspoor (nl) heritage railway.
Frank van Vloten died in 1930. The estate was divided and sold. The house and its surroundings became now property of Staatsbosbeheer and started deteriorating, other parts of the estate were clearcut by a local forester.
During the Second World War the house was used as a labour camp of the Dutch Arbeitseinsatz. Nearby refugees hid in the forest in a shelter later to become known as the Verscholen Dorp (Hidden village). In 1944 a Rheinbote ballistic missile launchpad was constructed on the estate.
After the war the former labour camp became a family resort for social weak families and from 1961 to 1966 it was a holiday camp. At the end of the sixties it was decided to demolish the house and camp.
Articles published in 1976 and 2006 speculated that Frank van Vloten organised orgies and occult rituals at the Round House. In 2011 a Dutch weblog published an even more extreme version of these rumours and the subject was debated on the Dutch FOK! forum, where several participants started an investigation. In 2012 a controversial book was published which stated that Frank van Vloten was a member of a Pan-Germanist cult and the publication attracted some media coverage. Two magazines, Skepter and G-Geschiedenis, put the theory in question in 2013, followed by two crime thrillers in 2014, loosely based on the rumours. A new non-fiction book was published on June 14, 2014 in which the conspiracy theories are dubbed a saga. There is absolutely no grounds to suspect Frank van Vloten as a pan-German occultist and a lot of written statements have proven that nothing out of the ordinary happened in the extraordinary house.
Coordinates: 52°21′36″N 5°48′04″E / 52.3599°N 5.8010°E / 52.3599; 5.8010

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Maria in der Hoffnung

  • May 24, 2016

Das christliche Andachtsbild Maria in der Hoffnung (auch Maria guter Hoffnung, Mariä Erwartung, Maria gravida) stellt die schwangere Muttergottes dar, auf deren Leib oft bildhaft oder symbolisch das ungeborene Jesuskind erscheint.
Das Motiv der graviden Gottesmutter steht in deutlichem Zusammenhang mit der Heimsuchung Mariens. Beide Bildtypen verbreiteten sich erst im 13. Jahrhundert und besonders nach Einführung des entsprechenden Kirchenfestes (1263 im Franziskanerorden, 1389 allgemein, 1441 im Konzil von Basel hervorgehoben). Wurden Maria und Elisabeth bei den Heimsuchungsszenen nur selten und erst spät ihre ungeborenen Kinder sichtbar auf den Leib appliziert, so ist bei der Maria in der Hoffnung als Einzeldarstellung diese Visualisierung fast die Regel und findet sich schon bei den frühesten Beispielen um 1300. Besonders in Frauenklöstern war das Motiv beliebt. Regionale Verbreitungsschwerpunkte waren Böhmen und Bayern. Verwandte Andachtsbilder kennt man aus Spanien (Madonna do O), Frankreich (Vierge de l’attente, vierge du Signe), Italien (Madonna del parto). In nachmittelalterlicher Zeit geht die Popularität des Darstellungstyps deutlich zurück, letzte vereinzelte Beispiele stammen aus dem 18. Jahrhundert.
Maria in der Hoffnung, schlesische Holzskulptur um 1420, Frauenkloster Marienstern (Lausitz)
Maria gravida vom Gnadenaltar der Wallfahrtskirche Bogenberg, 14. Jahrhundert
Heimsuchung, Schwaben um 1440, Bayrisches Nationalmuseum München
Joseph träumt von der Schwangerschaft Mariens. Fresko in der Martinskapelle Bregenz, um 1360.

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Carolyne Barry

  • May 24, 2016

Carolyne Barry (eigentlich Carole Stuppler; * 20. Juli 1943 in Brooklyn, New York City) ist eine US-amerikanische Tänzerin, Schauspielerin, Schauspiellehrerin und Casting-Direktorin.

Barry beteiligte sich von 1964 bis 1965 als Tänzerin und Sängerin an der Fernsehshow Shindig!.
Sie hatte 1965 ihren ersten Fernsehauftritt in der Serie Mr. Novak. Weitere Rollen spielte sie in Serien wie zum Beispiel Raumschiff Enterprise (1967), Solo für O.N.C.E.L. (1967), Here Come the Brides (1968–1970), FBI (1971), Der Chef (1971), Hotel (1986), Der Denver-Clan (1987) und California Clan (1987).
Ihren ersten Filmauftritt hatte sie 1966 in Out of Sight. 1976 spielte sie in Dark August an dem sie sich auch als Drehbuchautorin beteiligte.
Von 1983 bis 1989 betrieb Barry die Professional Artist Group in der sie sich als Schauspiellehrerin und Casting-Direktorin betätigte. Seit 1982 ist die Carolyne Barry Workshops eine der erfolgreichsten Schauspielschulen in Los Angeles. Barry und ihre Kollegen trainierten tausende von professionellen Schauspielern. Auch schrieb sie Trainings-Programme für angehende Schauspieler, sowie ein Buch namens Hit The Ground Running.

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Meister der Cité des Dames

  • May 24, 2016

Als Meister der Cité des Dames wird der namentlich nicht bekannte mittelalterliche Buchmaler bezeichnet, der von ungefähr 1400 bis 1415 mit seiner Werkstatt in Frankreich – wohl in Paris – tätig war.

Der Meister der Cité des Dames illustrierte mehrere Manuskripte der Stadt der Frauen (fr. Cité des Dames). Mehrere Kopien dieses von Christine de Pizan verfassten allegorischen Werkes malte der Meister wohl in Paris im Auftrag der Verfasserin selbst aus. Nach diesen Miniaturen erhielt er seinen Notnamen.
Der Meister der Cité des Dames war anscheinend auf die Ausmalung von literarischen und historischen Werken außerhalb des kirchlichen Bereichs spezialisiert und bekannt; Christine de Pizan beauftragte ihn immer wieder und der Meister schuf z. B. Bilder zu einem Geschichtsspiegel (fr. Miroir Historial) des Vincent von Beauvais.
Typisch für den Meister der Cité des Dames und seine Werkstatt sind räumlich gestaltete Bilder mit Personen mit ähnlichen und farblich gleichen weißen Gesichtern; der Stil des Meisters steht dem des Bedford-Meisters nahe und eventuell arbeitete er bei einigen seiner Werke zusammen mit dem Meister von Mazarine.
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Erik Ullenhag

  • May 24, 2016

Erik Jörgen Carl Ullenhag (ur. 20 lipca 1972 w Uppsali) – szwedzki polityk i prawnik, działacz Ludowej Partii Liberałów, parlamentarzysta, od 2010 do 2014 minister integracji.
W 1992 ukończył studia pierwszego stopnia w zakresie nauk politycznych na Uniwersytecie w Uppsali. W 1997 został na tej uczelni magistrem prawa. Kształcił się w międzyczasie na uczelniach we Francji i w Stanach Zjednoczonych.
W 1989 po raz pierwszy został radnym miejskim w Uppsali, funkcję tę pełnił do 2002. Pracował m.in. jako urzędnik sądowy. Od 1997 do 1999 przewodniczył liberalnej organizacji młodzieżowej. W 2002 i w 2006 był wybierany do Riksdagu. W 2002 objął funkcję przewodniczącego regionu Ludowej Partii Liberałów. W 2006 został jej sekretarzem generalnym, a w 2010 drugim zastępcą przewodniczącego.
W 2010 w związku z rekonstrukcją rządu Fredrika Reinfeldta po wyborach parlamentarnych objął urząd ministra integracji w Ministerstwie Zatrudnienia (zastąpił Nyamko Sabuni). Zakończył urzędowanie w 2014, pozostając członkiem parlamentu na kolejną kadencję.

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John Leonard, Baron Leonard

  • May 24, 2016

John Denis Leonard, Baron Leonard, of the City of Cardiff in the County of South Glamorgan OBE (* 19. Oktober 1909; † 17. Juli 1983) war ein britischer Politiker der Labour Party, der 1978 als Life Peer aufgrund des Life Peerages Act 1958 Mitglied des House of Lords wurde.
Leonard engagierte sich für die Labour Party in der Kommunalpolitik und war mehrere Jahre sowohl Mitglied des Stadtrates von Cardiff (Cardiff City Council) als auch Vorsitzender des Rates des Countys South Glamorgan (South Glamorgan County Council). Für seine Verdienste wurde er mit dem Offizierskreuz (Officer) des Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Durch ein Letters Patent vom 2. Mai 1978 wurde Leonard aufgrund des Life Peerages Act 1958 als Life Peer mit dem Titel Baron Leonard, of the City of Cardiff in the County of South Glamorgan in den Adelsstand erhoben und gehörte bis zu seinem Tod dem House of Lords als Mitglied an.
Seine offizielle Einführung (House of Lords) erfolgte am 14. Juni 1978 mit Unterstützung durch Eirene White, Baroness White und Gordon Parry, Baron Parry.

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Gypsy (Mystery Science Theater 3000)

  • May 24, 2016

Gypsy is one of the robot characters on the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. She is larger and less talkative than the other robots. Gypsy normally only appeared during the show’s host segments and introduction, but briefly took a seat in the theater to watch the movie in episode #412 (Hercules and the Captive Women). She was only able to deliver a couple of “riffs”, and left after realizing how bad the movie was. Along with the other robots, Gypsy was designed and built by series creator Joel Hodgson. He named Gypsy after a pet turtle his brother once owned, as the robot’s size and ponderousness reminded him of the turtle.

According to the MST3K storyline, Gypsy takes care of the higher functions on board the Satellite of Love. She needs to use most of her computing power to handle this responsibility, which generally makes her appear slow-witted when dealing with others. The episode #207: Wild Rebels briefly demonstrated a much brighter Gypsy when the demand on her systems was temporarily reduced. (She also made a quick appearance in the theater during this experiment when someone mentioned Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, on account of her oft-stated fascination for that show’s star, Richard Basehart.)
As the show progressed, she became a more frequent participant in the host segments, and appeared more intelligent, even attempting to sit in on an experiment during one of the Hercules movies, Hercules and the Captive Women. But she begged out after a few minutes when she “realized there were these things” she had to go take care of. Gypsy is a big fan of Richard Basehart; her brain was once X-rayed, and found to contain RAM chips and a photo of Richard Basehart. She is also a notary.
Gypsy played a key role in the show’s overall plot in episode #512, Mitchell, when she overheard the mad scientists discussing killing Mike Nelson, who was currently working at Gizmonic Institute as temp, and mistakenly believed they were plotting to kill Joel. Terrified, she worked to come up with a plan to help Joel escape. Talking with Mike over the viewscreen, they were able to locate an escape pod. At the end of the episode, Gypsy launched Joel off of the Satellite of Love in the pod, marking Joel’s departure as a regular character. The mads then plotted to send Mike as a replacement. Mike became the regular host for the remainder of the episodes.
In season six, the show introduced a device usually referred to as the Umbilicus, although in some episodes it was referred to as either the Umbilicon or the Umbiliport. The Umbilicus was a long tether that connected the Satellite of Love to the underground lair Deep 13, and allowed objects to be sent back and forth between Mike and the mad scientists who had stranded him in orbit. In its first appearance on the show, in episode #601: Girls Town, the Umbilicus was directly connected to Gypsy’s snake-like body, with objects being sent or received through her mouth. The receiving station was later changed to an oven-like hatch on the bridge of the Satellite of Love.
Gypsy also developed an independent Bohemian feminist side to her personality, beginning with the Creeping Terror episode during the Mad Scientist’s “coffeehouse poseur” experiment, when she sang, “You, the middle-class white male, are my personal oppressor!” Eventually, as the series went on, she penned her own cabaret-like one-woman show, “Gypsy Rose Me!” (a reference to burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee).
After the Satellite of Love crashed into the Earth in the final episode of MST3K (#1013: Diabolik), Gypsy is not present with Mike and the Bots in their shared apartment. Tom Servo is seen reviewing a “ConGypsCo Annual Report”, and the guys reflect on their failure to have taken up new corporate mogul Gypsy on her public offering.
During KTMA episode #6, Gamera vs. Gaos, Joel claimed to have tried to program her voice to resemble Kim Carnes, but messed it up. In a sketch in episode #13, SST: Death Flight, Gypsy was uniquely voiced and operated by a woman (Faye Burkholder). In episode #409, The Indestructible Man, Gypsy swapped voices with Magic Voice in the opening host segment.
In the Season 1 pilot, Gypsy managed to uncoil herself, revealing that she was at least 50 feet long. Joel explained that he just kept making her longer and longer compulsively when he built her (comparing it to, “When you start connecting paper clips, you get hooked on it…”).
Gypsy’s head was built out of a “Century Infant Love Seat”. Parts of an Eveready flashlight were used for her eye, the white rubber “hood” portion generally absent after the first couple of seasons. Foam tubing was used on her lips (usually a dull light gray), and her neck was made of a long black PVC hose. The head portion was painted a metallic purple, with a small amount of metallic blue on the inside of her mouth. Occasionally the tubing of her lips is colored red, giving the effect that she’s wearing lipstick.
During the initial KTMA season a different children’s car seat was used for the head portion, the entire puppet painted a copper color. This Gypsy, with small alterations, would later be used for Cambot during the opening of season one episodes.
During the KTMA season, Gypsy’s voice and operation were handled by Josh Weinstein. From the first to eighth nationally telecast seasons, Gypsy was voiced and handled by Jim Mallon, who was one of the producers and writers on the show. Starting midway through season 8 in episode #815, Agent for H.A.R.M., the job of operating and voicing Gypsy was handed over to Patrick Brantseg, who also performed most of the puppetry during filming of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie so as to allow Jim Mallon to focus on directing rather than working the puppet. Patrick Brantseg would handle the role for the remainder of the series. For the new MST3K flash series on the show’s official website, Jim Mallon once again provides the voice of Gypsy.

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Fanfara Kalashnikov

  • May 24, 2016

Fanfara Kalashnikov ist eine neunköpfige Brassband aus Berlin. Die Gruppe steht in der Tradition jener Hochgeschwindigkeits-Blaskapellen, die in den Ländern des Balkans auf Hochzeiten und Dorffesten spielen und seit den 90er Jahren zunehmend Eingang in die westliche Popkultur finden.

Die Mitglieder von Fanfara Kalashnikov gehören zur jungen Generation dieses Genres. Sie stammen aus Rumänien, der Ukraine, Griechenland und Deutschland. Hinzu kommen Gastkünstler aus Bulgarien, Italien, Serbien und Lateinamerika. Ihre Musik ist von Jazz, Rock, Funk und elektronischer Musik beeinflusst und integriert u.a. Elemente von Ska, Flamenco, Raggamuffin und sibirischem Schamanengesang.
Fanfara Kalashnikov wurde im Jahr 2000 von einer Gruppe junger Musiker in Iași, Rumänien gegründet. Der Bandname ist von Goran Bregovićs gleichnamigem Song aus dem Film “Underground” inspiriert. 2002 nahmen die Musiker für das Label Roton ihr Debütalbum “Fanfara Kalashnikov” auf, 2003 präsentierten sie ihr Programm erstmals auf einem internationalen Festival in Frankreich.
Ende 2006 zogen fünf der Musiker nach Berlin. Im April 2007 trat die Gruppe im Rahmen der Jazz Streetparade Celle zum ersten Mal auf einem Festival in Deutschland auf. Im Sommer 2007 engagierte die rumänischstämmige R’n’B-Sängerin Miss Platnum Fanfara Kalashnikov als Begleitband für ihr Musikvideo Come Marry Me, gemeinsam mit Peter Fox , und ihre Auftritte im Vorprogramm von Seeed in der Berliner Wuhlheide.
Zwischen Frühjahr 2007 und 2015 hatte Fanfara Kalashnikov rund 400 Auftritte in neun europäischen Ländern, u.a. auf der Kasseler documenta (2007), den Internationalen Filmfestspielen von Berlin, bei Radio Multikulti, Funkhaus Europa, dem „Theater der Welt“-Festival in Halle (2008), dem Jazzfest Gronau, Dranouter Folk Festival , Przystanek Woodstock, in der Late Night Show „Inas Nacht“, auf der Cité Rêvée (2009), La Ghironda, dem Wacken Open Air, Fusion Festival (2010), in der Essener Philharmonie (2011), auf dem Melt! Festival (2011, 2012), dem Bürgerfest des Bundespräsidenten und im Rahmen der Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (2013).
Der Bekanntheitsgrad von Fanfara Kalashnikov beruht, neben Live-Auftritten, darunter gemeinsamen mit der Sängerin Pat Appleton, Rupa & the April Fishes und dem Dancehall-Duo Mono & Nikitaman, auf ihrer Zusammenarbeit mit Gruppen wie Panda (Single und Video “Frauen und Männer”, 2007), 2raumwohnung (Single “Wir werden sehen”, 2009) und Beats Antique (Album “Contraption”, 2009) und Künstlern wie Vic Ruggiero (Album “Something In My Blindspot”, 2008) oder Dota Kehr (Single “Bis auf den Grund”, 2010).
2009 war Fanfara Kalashnikov Teil von Arto Lindsays “Penny Parade” anlässlich des 20-jährigen Bestehens des Hauses der Kulturen der Welt. 2010 entwickelte die Gruppe für das Wacken Open Air ein Programm mit Klassikern der Rockgeschichte. 2011 und 2012 spielte sie auf einem Party-Truck, begleitet von Samba-Trommlern, jeweils das Abschlusskonzert des Melt! Festivals. 2012 wurde ihr Werdegang im Rahmen der Ausstellung “Stadt der Vielfalt” anlässlich des 775jährigen Stadtjubiläums auf dem Berliner Schloßplatz dokumentiert. 2014 trat die Band in dem von der Firma HEINEKEN produzierten Musikvideo “Around the World in the Key of G” auf und im Rahmen des ARTE-Specials von “Durch die Nacht mit…” zum 25. Jahrestag des Mauerfalls gemeinsam mit dem britischen Autor Ken Follett und dem ehemaligen ungarischen Ministerpräsidenten Miklós Németh.

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