Arts & Life


Fri January 11, 2013
Arts & Life

Opera Colorado Trims Season Due To Lack Of Funding

Romeo and Juliet
Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Opera Colorado is cutting its schedule by a third after a lacking year end fundraising campaign in 2012. The company will now perform only two productions for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

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Fri January 11, 2013
The Salt

Between A Rumba And A Roll: Dissecting A Bartender's Beat

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 12:36 pm

Bartender J.P. Fetherston demonstrates his shaking technique while making a pisco sour at Rappahannock Oyster Bar in Washington, D.C.
Karen Castillo Farfán NPR

When you walk into a crowded bar, the sound may not be apparent at first. But before long, your ears will pick up the rhythm of an unmistakable beat.

It's a bartender's shake.

"Some people think I'm listening to a rumba when I'm shaking," says D.C. bartender Eddie Kim. "I don't think it matters what the background music is as long as you keep a rhythm."

Another Beltway bartender, J.P. Fetherston, agrees, adding that the spectacle helps him keep his audience captivated.

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Fri January 11, 2013
The Salt

In The Battle Between Health And Taste, Why White Bread Still Wins

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 6:59 am

White bread, we just can't quit you.

The tantalizing aroma of freshly baked brioche is hard to resist, while a virtuous loaf of whole wheat often lacks that same allure. Blame it on the ferulic acid.

See, whole-wheat bread contains all parts of the wheat, including the bran, but white bread does not. That bran in the wheat bread contains the aforementioned ferulic acid, which overrides the compounds that give white bread its mouthwatering smell, according to new research.

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Fri January 11, 2013
Around the Nation

After Pot Skit, School Invites Jimmy Kimmel To Visit

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 6:35 am



Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Humboldt State University invited Jimmy Kimmel to come see for himself. The TV host mocked the university for its marijuana research program. He ran a fake commercial, saying graduates could enjoy careers like dog walking or Occupying Wall Street. The university and student body presidents wrote a letter saying the skit was funny, but unfair. And now the school has invited Kimmel to deliver its commencement address. No word if he'll bring a match.

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Fri January 11, 2013
The Salt

This Butter Sculpture Could Power A Farm For 3 Days

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 7:49 pm

A 1,000-pound butter sculpture is unveiled at the 97th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg last week.
Bradley C. Bower AP

For more than a week, it was the belle of the ball, the butter with no better: a giant 1,000-pound dairy sculpture that occupied the place of honor at the annual Farm Show in Harrisburg, Pa.

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