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Ed Emshwiller

Edmund Alexander "Ed" Emshwiller was an American visual artist notable for his science fiction illustrations and his pioneering experimental films. He signed his illustrations as Emsh but sometimes used Ed Emsh, Ed Emsler and others. Born in Lansing, Michigan of Germanic descent, he graduated from the University of Michigan in 1947, studied at École des Beaux Arts in Paris with his wife, novelist Carol Emshwiller, whom he married on August 30, 1949, he studied at the Art Students League of New York. From 1951 to 1979, while living in Levittown, New York, Emshwiller created covers and interior illustrations for dozens of science fiction paperbacks and magazines, notably Galaxy and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, he debuted in the pulp magazines with about 50 interior illustrations and four cover paintings for the May to December 1951 issues of Galaxy, a monthly edited by H. L. Gold. In that year or 1952 he did his first book cover for the U. S. paperback edition of Odd John Because he experimented with a diversity of techniques, there is no typical Emsh cover.

His painterly treatment for the August 1951 cover of Galaxy Science Fiction prefigures work by Leo and Diane Dillon. In 1964, a Ford Foundation grant allowed Emshwiller to pursue his interest in film. Active in the New American Cinema movement of the 1960s and early 1970s, he created multimedia performance pieces and did cine-dance and experimental films, such as the 38-minute Relativity, he was a cinematographer on documentaries, such as Emile de Antonio's Painters Painting, feature films, such as Time of the Heathen and Adolfas Mekas' Hallelujah the Hills. Emshwiller's footage of Bob Dylan singing "Only a Pawn in Their Game" on July 6, 1963 at a Voters' Registration Rally in Greenwood, was shot for Jack Willis' 1963 documentary The Streets of Greenwood and appears in D. A. Pennebaker's Dylan documentary, Dont Look Back, his films of the 1960s were shot in 16mm color, some of these included double exposures created by rewinding the cameras. He was one of the earliest video artists. With Scape-Mates, he began his experiments in video.

In 1979, he produced Sunstone, a groundbreaking three-minute 3-D computer-generated video made at the New York Institute of Technology with Alvy Ray Smith. Now in the Museum of Modern Art's video collection, Sunstone was exhibited at SIGGRAPH 79, the 1981 Mill Valley Film Festival and other festivals. In 1979, it was shown on WNET's Video/Film Review, a single Sunstone frame was used on the front cover of Fundamentals of Interactive Computer Graphics, published in 1982 by Addison-Wesley. After a period as artist-in-residence at the Television Laboratory WNET/13, where he worked on the effects for The Lathe of Heaven among other projects, he moved to California where he was the founder of the CalArts Computer Animation Lab and served as dean of the School of Film/Video at the California Institute of Arts from 1979 to 1990, he served as provost from 1981 through 1986. In 1987, he created his electronic video opera, for the 1987 Los Angeles Arts Festival, in partnership with composer Morton Subotnick.

It was his last completed work presented in October 1989 at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria. One of Emshwiller's neighbors in Levittown was Bill Griffith acclaimed for his Zippy syndicated comic strip, Griffith's parents sometimes posed as models for Emshwiller's illustrations. Griffith, who credited Emshwiller as an influence on his becoming an artist, was painted by Emshwiller into the front cover of Original Science Fiction. Griffith commented, "He didn't point me to cartooning, but he pointed me into art in general and showed me a way of understanding how within one artist, there could exist this pop culture impulse and a fine art impulse." Emshwiller won one of the inaugural Hugo Awards in 1953, as the previous year's best "Cover Artist". Cover artists and interior illustrators were not thereafter distinguished by the Hugo Award for Best Artist under various names. On June 16, 2007, he became the third artist inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, his paintings of aliens were displayed in the Alien Encounters exhibition of the Science Fiction Museum, which houses the hall of fame, at that time.

His papers are archived at the California Institute of Arts. Carol and Ed Emshwiller had three children—Eve Emshwiller, screenwriter Susan Emshwiller and actor-novelist Stoney Peter Emshwiller. Family members, including his brother Maclellan Emshwiller served as models in his illustrations. Carol and Eve Emshwiller can be seen in a Galaxy Science Fiction cover. Emshwiller died of cancer on July 27, 1990, in Valencia, where he was cremated. Ortiz, Luis, Ed Emshwiller, Carol Emshwiller, Alex Eisenstein. Emshwiller: Infinity x Two: The Art & Life of Ed & Carol Emshwiller. New York: Nonstop Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-933065-09-0 Media related to Ed Emshwiller at Wikimedia Commons Emsh and Coye Works by Ed Emshwiller at Project Gutenberg Ed Emshwiller at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database "Ed Emshwiller biography". Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame

Aki Maeda

Aki Maeda is a Japanese actress and singer. She has an older sister named Ai Maeda, she is best known in the west for her role as Noriko Nakagawa in the controversial 2000 film Battle Royale, which she reprised for its sequel Battle Royale II: Requiem. She graduated from Hosei University in 2008. Gamera 2: Attack of Legion, School Ghost Stories 2, Nanako Imai School Ghost Stories 3, Mayuko Fujii Gamera 3: Awakening of Irys, Battle Royale, High School Girl's Friend, Godzilla and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, Genji: A Thousand-Year Love, Battle Royale II: Requiem, Out of This World, Linda Linda Linda, Kyoko Harami, Saishuu Heiki Kanojo, Mizu ni Sumu Hana, 4 Shimai Tantei Dan, Ichido mo Uttemasen, Aoi Tokugawa Sandai, Sadako Fūrin Kazan, Ritsu Gochisōsan, Sakurako Muroi The Return Cosmic Baton Girl Comet-san, Comet The Cat Returns, Yuki 1999: Winter Tales 2000: Boys be... original soundtrack 2005: we are PARAN MAUM -- Paran Maum 2005: Linda Linda Linda original soundtrack 1999: Gomen Ne 2000: Daijōbu 2000: Genki no SHOWER 2001: Newcomer of the Year, Awards of the Japanese Academy: Battle Royale Aki Maeda on IMDb Aki Maeda Fansite

Tari Khan

Abdul Sattar Khan popularly known as Tari Khan is a Pakistani tabla player and vocalist. Tari Khan is the student of Ustad Mian Shaukat Hussain, he has been awarded with many accolades such as Taj Poshi, the Hazrat Amir Khusrow Award, as well as Pakistan's Pride of Performance Award in 2008. Tari Khan belongs to the tabla playing gharana called the Punjab gharana. Tari Khan was born in Pakistan, he hails from a traditional Rababi family. His father was a classical vocalist. At the age of six, Tari was so captivated by the Tabla playing of Ustad Miyan Shaukat Hussain Khan, that for the next eight years, Tari Khan heard Ustad Mian Shaukat Hussain Khan's tabla at various events. At fourteen, he formally became a student of Ustad Mian Shaukat Hussain Khan, thus beginning his journey into Tabla. Three years he would go on to perform at the death anniversary of tabla master Mian Qadir Baksh for over 2 hours, he became famous as the accompanist of the ghazal singer Ghulam Ali as well as Mehdi Hassan. Tari always provided an exquisite accompaniment: clean, crisp thekas with astonishingly quick and interesting laggis to punctuate the verses.

Because of this international exposure, musicians in India got to hear of him at a time when little cultural news escaped from Pakistan. Since Tari has gone on to musical scene as a tabla showman. Tari Khan has been awarded with several titles in his lifetime; the titles and awards range from being crowned the Golden Crown Taj Poshi, the Hazrat Ameer Khusro Award, as well as Pakistan's Pride of Performance Award, which has earned him the title of Tabla Prince of India and Pakistan. Tari Khan has accompanied various classical artists like Pandit Jasraj, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Roshanara Begum, Ustad Bade Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Ustad Ghulam Hassan Shaggan, Ustad Sharif Khan Poonchwaley, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Ramesh Mishra, to name a few, he has accompanied renowned ghazal singers like Ustad Mehdi Hassan, Ghulam Ali, Jagjit Singh, Talat Aziz, Hariharan, to name a few."His fingers produce an amazing resonance on tabla," says Hans Raj Hans, a famous Punjabi sufi music singer.

In recent years, Tari has shown an interest in singing, he Has been a disciple of Mehdi Hassan Tari Khan lives in California, US. He trains his disciples in Tabla in California also, he has several students across the globe. "Expanding his horizons, he moved to California 16 years ago, founded an academy for tabla studies there, started touring universities and conservatories throughout America and Europe. At the same time, he's been absorbing the creative influences of other musics: jazz, rock, etc." Mistry, Aban E.. Pakhawaj & Tabla: History and Traditions. ISBN 978-0-9643694-8-1. Digitala. Video of Tari Kahn and Ramesh Misra on YouTube