Monday, January 26, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: SHILPA PRIYA JAGADEESH - DIRECTOR
The Washington Post recently profiled Indian-born young film director Shilpa Priya Jagadeesh (who is know to her fans as Priyabharati Joshi). Ms. Jagadeesh is currently filming a Bollywood-style movie in the Washington, DC area. The film, titled e-Preeti, is intended, according to the director, to correct misconceptions people in India have about immigrant life in America.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
FRESNO HOCKEY PLAYERS FACE UNCERTAIN IMMIGRATION FUTURE
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
MUSIC CRITICS AT USCIS NEARLY WRECK STAR'S US RECITAL
The rising young Dutch mezzo-soprano Cora Burggraaf has been gaining attention with operatic roles and recital programs from London to San Francisco. Still, presenting her New York recital debut on Sunday afternoon at the Frick Collection was clearly a personal milestone. She traveled to the United States just for this one performance. And in a wide-ranging program of French and German songs, she sang beautifully.
Yet there was one major complication. Because of a last-minute ruling from a regional immigration office, Ms. Burggraaf’s accompanist, the British pianist Simon Lepper, was denied a visa. As it routinely does, the Frick had applied for two visas well in advance. But the ruling, which came on Thursday, stated that these two artists had not performed together enough to make them a duo. So Ms. Burggraaf had to travel alone.
Fortunately, the Frick found an impressive substitute, Jonathan Kelly, an experienced vocal accompanist currently on the faculties of the Yale School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. Still, the ruling on the visa application is another example of the inexplicable assessments of the immigration agency regarding touring artists in a post-9/11 world. Ms. Burggraaf and Mr. Lepper have performed together several times. If two artists feel that they make a compatible duo, how can their judgment be questioned?
Monday, November 24, 2008
IS INDIA THE NEXT BASEBALL HOTSPOT?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
PAVING THE WAY FOR LATINO NFL OFFICIALS
The New York Times had a story on the front page of the Sunday Sports section this morning profiling Cuban-born Alberto Riveron, one of the first Hispanic officials in the National Football League. It takes years to work up to ranks before one of the coveted NFL jobs opens and Riveron spent 15 seasons officiating college games before getting his NFL break.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
SOPRANO WILL SKIP US TRIP DUE TO VISA HEADACHES
Hat tip to Dan Kowalski for the tip.The Washington Chorus will present Bach's grand Mass in B-minor on November 16th with, among others, renown counter-tenor Daniel Taylor and tenor Charles Daniels, both associated with the Theatre of Early Music, a Montreal based early music group and choir, of which Taylor is the director. A promising assembly, but they will have to make due without another baroque specialist: The mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson (UK) who is scheduled to sing won't be able to come, because the London consulate would not issue her visa without a personal appearance. (She was on tour in Spain at the time, which complicated compliance somewhat.)