Friday, March 18, 2005


Also spelled  Theater-in-the-round,  also called  Arena Stage, Central Stage, or Island Stage,   form of theatrical staging in which the acting area, which may be raised or at floor level, is completely surrounded by the audience. It has been theorized that the informality thus established leads to increased rapport between the audience and the actors. Theatre-in-the-round has its roots in rituals such as those performed by the ancient Greeks, which evolved into

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Nagy, Ivan

Nagy trained as a youth with his mother and first performed with the Budapest State Opera Ballet. Frederic Franklin, then the director of the National Ballet of Washington, D.C., saw Nagy when he won a silver medal at the International Ballet Competition at Varna in 1965. Impressed, Franklin

Monday, March 14, 2005

Natural History Museum

The museum was formerly an integral part of the British

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Jian Ware

The clay used for Jian ware was of a very hard, coarse grain. The inside and about two-thirds of the outside of the ware were covered with a thick,

Wednesday, March 09, 2005


The Hebrew talent, or kikkar, probably of Babylonian origin, was

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Dagobert Ii

The son of Sigebert III, Dagobert was packed off to an Irish monastery following the death of his father in 656, and the Austrasian throne was taken by Childebert the Adopted, son of Grimoald, the Austrasian mayor of the palace. After the downfall of Grimoald and Childebert,

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Sinkiang, Uygur Autonomous Region Of, Plant and animal life

Because of the great expanses of desert, the plant life of much of Sinkiang is monotonous. There are pine forests in the Tien Shan and tugrak woods in many places on the edge of the Takla Makan Desert. Apart from these trees, the most common are varieties of poplar and willow. In the Tien Shan and other mountains there is a great assortment of wild plants and flowers, many