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Roundup July, 28 2011

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01. Frank Foster, Saxophonist for Count Basie, Dead at 82

“Frank Foster, the saxophonist and composer best known for his 1953-64 tenure with the Count Basie Orchestra, died yesterday, July 26, in Chesapeake, Va. The cause of death was kidney failure. Foster, who was honored with an NEA Jazz Master award in 2002, was 82.” (JazzTimes).

02. A Glimpse at the Glamorous Dita Von Teese

“Dita Von Teese carries herself with an elegance and determination that has made her an icon in the world of burlesque, modeling, cosmetics, and fetish. By paying homage to striptease icons of the 1940s and ’50s, Von Teese helped pioneer the burlesque revival in the ’90s, and is still entertaining people by the thousands. On Tuesday, July 26, Dita Von Teese will be bringing her variety show “Strip Strip Hooray!” to House of Blues New Orleans. The glamorous Queen of Burlesque was kind enough to give Offbeat a glimpse into her world.” (OffBeat).

03. New aerial photos of London 2012 Olympic Games venues (Above)

“New aerial images of the 2012 Olympic venues.” (Telegraph).

04. Red Boxes and Cloud Movies

“By now, you’ve probably seen one of the ubiquitous Redbox DVD vending machines that populate the various malls around the nation, and perhaps you’ve had occasion to even use one, too, although given Flow’s readership, this latter prospect is somewhat unlikely. All Redbox DVDs are “top forty” hits, so to speak, aimed squarely at the lowest common denominator viewer, and incessantly chatted up in the various gossip columns and media outlets that hype the latest releases. And the machines are remarkably popular, and they should be: as Brooks Barnes noted in 2009, they are the result of a once-failed entrepreneur retooling his marketing strategy to reach a wider audience.” (FLOW).

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