Links We Like Friday
We have a special curator this week. Stephanie Todd Wong is the Executive Director of Dance Source Houston. She holds a BA in Dance from Mercyhurst College, as well as an MFA in Dance from George Mason University. Originally from Kentucky, she moved to Houston in 2008 from the Washington DC area where she spent ten years choreographing, dancing and teaching. While there, she was a dancer in the Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, had her work showcased at both Joy of Motion and Dance Place, as well as created a high school dance program for The Flint Hill School. Stephanie also served as the Interim Director of Dance/MetroDC, a local branch office of Dance/USA. She is the mom of two beautiful little girls who also love to dance!
You’ve Cott Mail – not really a website, so I’m bending the rules. But this is an email digest put together by Thomas Cott, Director of Marketing for Alvin Ailey, that I make time to read every single day (and considering my schedule, that says a lot!). Invaluable, and Thomas Cott is going to be speaking at the Houston Arts Resource Fair tomorrow, so I’m super excited about that!
Paperbackswap.com – I like to read but I don’t necessarily always want to spend a lot of money to keep up with my habit. I found this website a few years ago from a friend and it has been an awesome resource. You create a free account and list the ISBN numbers of any books you have at home that you no longer need/want to keep. Other members of the site can then request one of your books and when a request is made you mail that person the book. When they receive it, you get a credit to your account that then enables you to make a request for a book that gets sent to you for free! You can put your name on wait lists for popular titles and are notified when a copy is available and you can create wish lists of books you want to get in the future. I think they also have sister sites for movies and music, but I’ve never made it past the books.
All Songs Considered – This is a site I used to spend a lot more time on than I do now, but I miss it! It was created several years ago by Bob Boilen who used to direct All Things Considered on NPR. He so enjoyed finding new music for the music buttons between stories for that program that he created an entire program just for the music. It’s a great resource for finding new music and getting in depth info about music you already love.
Virtual Pillow – This time of year, when I’m jealous that I can’t be in the Berkshires enjoying the immersion of dance happening at Jacob’s Pillow, I find myself gravitating to the Virtual Pillow. It’s an online exhibit of video excerpts from all the years of performances at the Pillow. It’s so easy to get lost in this site.
Finally, I’m also a mom, so the New York Times blog, the Motherlode, is also one of my faves (because we all like to be reminded that we’re not alone on this great adventure called parenthood).