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Դժվար ընտրություն․ A hard choice

Հոկտեմբերի 13-ին տեղի ունեցավ մեր շատ սպասված ներկայացումը՝ «Դժվար ըտրություն» (A Hard choice): Որոշ սովորողներ բեմադրությունը ներկայացրել են դիտորդի տեսակետից, մենք կցանկանանք այն ներկայացնել, որպես կազմակերպիչներ։ Նախագծի կազմակերպիչներն էինք ես և Արաքս Քալիճյանը։ Սկսենք ասելով, որ այսպիսի նախագիծ նախաձեռնելը, ղեկավարելը շատ ավելի բարդ էր, քան կարելի է պատկերացնել։ Ընթացքում բախվել ենք բազմաթիվ խոչընդոտների, վերջին պահին կատարել ենք որոշումներ և ստիպված ենք եղել արագ կողմնորոշվել ամեն իրավիճակում։ Սկսել ենք աշխատել ամենասկզբից՝ ոչինչ չունենալով, այնուհետև գրել ենք սցենար, ընտրել ենք դերասաններին, զարդարել բեմը։ Մեզ ամբողջ ընթացքում շատ է օգնել ընկեր Նունեն, ում շնորհիվ հնարավորություն ունեցանք Սունդուկյանի թատրոնից հագուստ վերցնել։ Նշենք նաև, որ բոլոր տաղանդավոր սովորողների շնորհիվ, ներկայացման ամեն քայլափոխին տեղի է ունեցել իմպրովիզացիա։ Կարծում եմ նածագծի ընթացքում մասնակիցներից բոլորը որևէ նոր բան բացահայտեցին իրենց մեջ։ Մենք բացահայտեցինք մեզ մեջ թաքնված կազմակերպչական, ստեղծագործելու, խնդիրներ լուծելու հմտությունները։ Ներկայացումը, ներկայացմանը պատրաստվելու ընթացքը լի էին նոր ձեռքբերումներով և հաջողություններով։ Բոլոր մասնակիցները նախագծին յուրահատկություն ավելացրեցին, և նույնիսկ ամենափոքր դերերը մեծ նշանակություն ունեցան։

«Դժվար ընտրություն». սովորել՝ կատարելով

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Around the world in 15 minutes

Shushan – Welcome to MSBC. I’m your today’s host Shushan and right now we’re live. Our journalists are sent to different, both democratic and non-democratic countries of the world during this yearend to see their culture and some developments of their own. This year is unusual, since we face the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Our journalists are sent to Paris, London, New York and Barcelona, authoritarian North Korea’s capital Pyongyang.
Armen, our correspondent from Paris, the floor is yours.

Armen Malyants – My mama always said, “When in Paris, visit the famous Louvre Museum.” There are plenty of good reasons to visit the Louvre! So many works of art to discover in this fabulous museum.  

Following a closure due to the pandemic, the Louvre Museum has finally reopened its door to visitors since May.  

You can’t go to the Louvre and not see Leonardo DaVinci’s most famous work of art, but be prepared for the crowds surrounding this mysterious masterpiece! However be aware, that you will be far from the only person wanting to get a glimpse of this famous lady. 

But today is special, since a unique collection is exhibited here. The exposition consists of paintings from different collections. It is called Recreating famous artworks. Meet the curator – Lucy.

Lucy’s speech and display of artworks

Shushan – Thank you, Armen and Lucy

Now Let’s go to Milan and pass it along to Luiza.

Luiza – I am in Milan, Italy. Italy is the land of the opera, and you’ll find many opera houses in the country. “La Scala opera house is the city’s meeting place. ‘See you at La Scala,’ they say,” wrote Stendhal in 1817. Even today, La Scala continues to be a favored center for social activity and exchange, within a celebrated cultural setting. While many theaters elsewhere in Europe shut their doors, a premiere marks the opening of Milan’s cultural calendar.

Follow me. The show must go on and La Scala opera season is open despite COVID. The audience and orchestra members wear masks, while the singer performs standing at a distance.

*Saten and Karine perform La spangiola *

Shushan- Thank you Luiza. Now let’s pass the mic to Nune in London.

Nune

Mix with industry experts and see the latest catwalk ranges at London Fashion Week, with iconic events and activities focusing on the latest trends.

Be inspired by the latest trends from top designers over London Fashion Week, giving you a unique opportunity to experience the runway action and exclusive fashion scene, which was previously invite-only. The London Fashion Week shows are gender-neutral shows, with some events open to the public to access online and in person. The main hub of activity is held at Somerset House, 180 The Strand, London, with various shows held at different locations across the British Capital.

Arax – As we are talking about fashion let me introduce you to different styles.

First up we have Cottagecore. It is an aesthetic and fashion style inspired by romanticized rural and farm lifestyles interpretations. It was developed throughout the 2010s and was first named cottagecore on Tumblr in 2018. Cottagecore fashion is defined by loose-fitting, flowy dresses and skirts with long sleeves or puffed sleeves. Knitted cardigans, Peter Pan collars, loose linen pants, and overalls are also staples of the aesthetic. -Lucy

Next up is goth. Gothic fashion is a clothing style marked by dark, mysterious, antiquated, and often genderless features. It is worn by members of the Goth subculture. Dress, typical gothic fashion includes dyed black hair, exotic hairstyles, dark lipstick and dark clothing.Both male and female goths can wear dark eyeliner, dark nail polish and lipstick – most often black, dramatic makeup and sometimes fishnets. Styles are often borrowed from the punk fashion. Goth fashion is sometimes confused with heavy metal fashion and emo fashion. – Milen

Grunge fashion is the clothing, accessories and hairstyles of the grunge music genre and subculture which emerged in mid-1980s Seattle, and had reached wide popularity by the mid 90s. Grunge fashion is characterized by durable and timeless thrift-store clothing, often worn in a loose, androgynous manner to de-emphasize the silhouette. The style was popularized by music bands Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. Its not always needed to wear thrifted clothing but if you want to wear grunge clothing you can wear distressed clothing , oversized baggy cloths , leather jackets and more. – nare

Hip-hop fashion in the 1990s slowly evolved from the 1980s as the hip-hop community started getting influenced by traditional African-American dressing. Bright colors, large pants and headwear were the elements, which inspired the style of dressing in the early 1990s. – Tila

The fashion of the 1930s and 1940s features prominently in the dark academia aesthetic, especially clothing items worn by students at Oxbridge, Ivy League schools, and prep schools of that period. The dark academia fashion trend pulls directly from this aesthetic, both of which reference everything from Harry Potter to Hellenistic period art, The dark academic aesthetic can best be described as a traditional European boarding school, as the style includes a lot of prep school staples: Sweater vests, tailored trousers, collar shirts, Oxford loafers, long trench coats, small leather backpacks, and plaid skirts with knee-high socks. – Shushan

Shushan – Let’s see Karine’s report from USA, New York.  

Karine – New York is one of the most famous cities in the world. Often referred to as the ‘Big Apple’, this vibrant city is known for its exclusive shops, flashy Broadway performances, and high-flying business tycoons, and it’s a city that has long captivated people from all over the world. Musicians and singers typically perform music for live audiences and recordings, audition for positions in bands, practice playing instruments and singing to improve their technique, rehearse to prepare for performances, find and book locations for performances or concerts.
By walking into any subway station you’re more than likely to find a subway performer. A number of performers have gone on to perform at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Some Guitarists practiced long and hard on the subway before making it big.
Oh, let’s see these musicians. The performers that you might see today, might be tomorrow’s greatest stars! Their story might be the fairy tale that all subway performers hope for.  

How much money have you collected today?

Arax-We’re hoping enough to perform in Carnegie Hall.

Karine- Oh, great, we would like to hear your performance.

*The band performs*

Shushan – Now let’s see what our journalist in Japan will report. Arax?

Arax –
One of Japan’s best known cultural exports, anime is popular on a global scale. Anime refers to Japanese animation that’s either hand drawn or created digitally. Although Japanese anime accounted for 60% of the world’s animation in 2016, it’s biggest impact has been on modern Japanese culture. If you travel around the country, look out for anime statues, snacks in themed packaging, and character-based advertising.

Shushan –  Now it’s time to pass it along to our courageous journalist Mark. He is a member of Reporters without Borders. He is usually sent to hot spots for his reports and faced challenges. Today he is sent to North Korea. Let us listen to his report.    

Mark – As one of the world’s most secretive and repressive societies, North Korea is an authoritarian state currently run by the supreme leader Kim-Jong Un. The government imposes harsh restrictions on freedom of information and movement by threatening the people with forced labor and public executions. UN reports document extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortion and other sexual violence in North Korea.

Shushan – Last but probably not least, as I’m here in Barcelona. We’re at the Palau de la Música Catalana. This concert hall in Barcelona, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an artistic landmark of outstanding beauty and a highly prestigious music venue. Barcelona built one of its most magnificent buildings – the Palau de la Música Catalana – in just under three years, from 1905 to 1908. It was built at the behest of the choral society, the Orfeó Català, and commissioned from the architect and politician Domènech i Montaner. Today you have the chance to hear one of our great guitarists. Let’s give a big round of applause for Ani.

*Ani performs*

Shushan – Thank you for following us throughout this journey. We are hoping you enjoyed it and learned something new.

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Dubais rule on animal cruelty

Dubai is one of the most popular arabic city. And Dubai has so many entertainment places such as the zoo the circus and even more. But let me talk about the animal rights in Dubai.

Let me tell you about the rules first then i will go on and talk about what is shown and what other zoo type places there are.

In 2016, the UAE passed a law banning ownership of dangerous, wild or exotic animals except by licensed zoos, wildlife parks, circuses, breeding and research centres. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has issued executive regulations for a new federal law on animal welfare. … The law will make it a criminal offence to use animals in a way that “goes against their nature in art and entertainment performances, in pranks, or in staged animal fights …

The UAE is committed to protecting and managing the rich biodiversity of the state and prevent the extinction of threatened species. The creation of natural reserves intend to improve the environment and protect the wildlife in the country, in addition to the promotion of eco-tourism. UAE has outlawed the keeping of wild animals, like lions or tigers, as pets. For some in the oil-rich Gulf State, owning the likes of a cheetah is a status symbol, but they now risk jail or a fine.

Now about how the zoos and circuses are in Dubai…

The zoos:

Dubai has many zoos but all of them are kind of an open zoo. The animal “cages” are very big and open like inside you will see how the animals are comfortable in there . People are not allowed to feed them unless it’s their food. The cages are cleaned and the zoos provide everything that the animals need to be healthy and don’t feel themself trapped.

Some pictures from the zoo.

The Aquariums:

There are also a lot of aquariums and underwater zoos in UAE. One of the most popular aquariums i think is in Abu Dhabi. And its called National Aquarium Abu Dhabi has opened its doors to the public. … The aquarium is the first attraction to open in Al Qana, a new waterfront destination, and is the largest aquarium in the Middle East. It’s also home to 46,000 creatures and 300 species.

Some pictures of the Abu Dhabi aquarium and Dubai mall aquarium.

The circuses:

One of the most popular Circuses is La perle. The backstory of this show is about a young girl who falls into a dream-like state and travels through the UAE in search of a lost pearl. During her journey, she comes across people from completely different worlds and cultures. This circus has no animals in it its people based with different acts.

Some pictures from the show.

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about my friend

To be honest i have a lot of friends and i cant see myself choosing in between them. But i want to talk about one of my best friends Nune. Me and Nune have known each other for 3 years now . Let me tell you how we met so we had a mutual friend and she introduced us to each other. We started talking to each other because at the time both of us liked the show stranger thing and we got closer and closer. She to be honest one of the best friends i have ever had. We both have a lot of things in common . Such as our zodiac signs are the same we like the same music genres same shows and more. We also kinda maybe know everything about each other. And im very happy to meet someone like her.

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Rock in the 20th century

Rock Music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as “rock and roll” in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s, developing into a range of different styles in the mid-1960s and later, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style that drew directly from the blues and rhythm and blues genres of African-American music and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly from a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical, and other musical styles. For instrumentation, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music with a 4
4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

Rock musicians in the mid-1960s began to advance the album ahead of the single as the dominant form of recorded music expression and consumption, with the Beatles at the forefront of this development. Their contributions lent the genre a cultural legitimacy in the mainstream and initiated a rock-informed album era in the music industry for the next several decades. By the late 1960s “classic rock” period, a number of distinct rock music subgenres had emerged, including hybrids like blues rock, folk rock, country rock, southern rock, raga rock, and jazz rock, many of which contributed to the development of psychedelic rock, which was influenced by the countercultural psychedelic and hippie scene. New genres that emerged included progressive rock, which extended the artistic elements, glam rock, which highlighted showmanship and visual style, and the diverse and enduring subgenre of heavy metal, which emphasized volume, power, and speed. In the second half of the 1970s, punk rock reacted by producing stripped-down, energetic social and political critiques. Punk was an influence in the 1980s on new wave, post-punk and eventually alternative rock.

From the 1990s, alternative rock began to dominate rock music and break into the mainstream in the form of grunge, Britpop, and indie rock. Further fusion subgenres have since emerged, including pop punk, electronic rock, rap rock, and rap metal, as well as conscious attempts to revisit rock’s history, including the garage rock/post-punk and techno-pop revivals in the 2000s. The 2010s saw a slow decline in rock music’s mainstream popularity and cultural relevancy, with hip hop surpassing it as the most popular genre in the United States. In the 2020s, the COVID-19 pandemic had a major impact on the rock scene, with many live performances being cancelled or postponed, and some artists resorting to online performances; the decade has also seen a revival of pop punk music.

Rock music has also embodied and served as the vehicle for cultural and social movements, leading to major subcultures including mods and rockers in the United Kingdom and the hippie counterculture that spread out from San Francisco in the US in the 1960s. Similarly, 1970s punk culture spawned the goth, punk, and emo subcultures. Inheriting the folk tradition of the protest song, rock music has been associated with political activism as well as changes in social attitudes to race, sex, and drug use, and is often seen as an expression of youth revolt against adult consumerism and conformity. At the same time, it has been commercially highly successful, leading to charges of selling out.

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My trip to Alaverdi

I wanted to take time off everything and go to this trip. I wanted to clear my head and have fun for 3 days before i came back home. Honestly this was my first 3 day trip of the year and i loved it the village was so aesthetic and i loved the vibe. As a horror fan it reminded me of an abandoned town or placed where scary stuff happen back to the topic. The village was full with beautiful scenery and more.

Day 1

The first day was great we had stopes but i was honestly waiting for the minute we were gonna reach our hotel when i saw where we were staying a sudden rush of excitement came. Let me add that the bus ride was fun as well i missed beige with friends singing and having fun until we reach our destination . On the ride we sang throw back songs and songs that reminded us of our pasts i loved it . The same day after we took a rest we adventured threw the village it was so fun. Later that night we decided to adventure a little further and found out that the village is filled with abandoned building and more… That night was very fun i was glad for once me and my friends could hang out and have fun and laugh. I more want to talk about the fun times and not the trip but i will add a bit of both. At night we ate snacks and had fun .

Day 2

The second day i woke up early with my friends and got ready for the day . We drank our coffee and ate breakfast that day we had a lot of places to go we went to 2 more Vanqs that we also went to a factory and also saw how people are ruining our beautiful nature. Honestly on this trip i saw the 2 sides of nature the beautiful and the ugly part. The beautiful part was the scenery and more. The ugly part is i saw how we are destroying that beautiful scenery by cutting the trees throwing toxins in the water and more… this is a horrible scene that is in our nature and this is a warning for us to change ourselves.

it might look beautiful but this is actually all a pool of metal and very dangerous toxins in water where people use the water for watering there plants animals drink from this and people get illnesses from it. and we need to stop this a man mentioned that they have found a new solution which is drying the metal/toxic water and making it usable which i think is a better idea. Now on this trip i feel like i was working as a photographer i was taking photos for everyone and of the scenery i didn’t mind tho. I liked it. After going back to the hotel me and my friends to adventure more and we found an abandoned arena and it was so cool it was next to the river we stayed there for a while and went back for food. That day we released that the next day was returning day so we had to make it as memorable as possible. AND it was we laughed and had a great and memorable night.

Day 3

When we woke we didn’t want to leave because we were going to come back home and do what we do usually do hw go to school and other stuff but we packed our bags and left that beautiful place we then had a couple of stops and came to Yerevan. The trip back nearly everyone was sleeping because we didn’t have enough sleep the day before but what can we say it was fun.

This trip was amazing and thank you to all my friends who came with me i learned more about them met new people and discovered new places overall i loved this trip.I will miss Alaverdi and i hope i can go back there someday.