So the researchers set up an experiment: They recruited 30 men to dance to a drumbeat for 30 seconds. The men were given no specific instructions on how to dance, and their movements were recorded via a sophisticated motion-capture system. Each dancer’s 30-second routine was then used to animate a “featureless, gender-neutral” computer-generated avatar. Researchers asked 37 women to view each of the dancing avatars and rate their performance on a seven-point scale. But how to quantify what’s going on in each video? The researchers developed a taxonomy of individual dance moves. They isolated three key body regions and the main joints within — the central body, including the neck and torso; the legs, including the knees, hips and ankles; and the arms, including the shoulders, elbows and wrists. For each dancer, they measured the degree and type of movement at each joint — speed, size and variety of movements like bending, twisting and tilting.
The Oakland-born production company whose viral YouTube videos are crafted by a three-man team — Yoram Savion, Benjamin Tarquin and Kash Gaines — will have its day on the big screen when the fifth annual San Francisco Film Society’s “Cinema by the Bay” showcases their video “Dance Then and Now.” The theatrical compilation of street dance videos featuring Oakland-based Turf Feinz will be shown at 9:30 p.m, Saturday at the Roxie Theater, Savion is the company’s ringleader, a 29-year-old who grew up in France, Berkeley and Oakland, After one film production class at UC Berkeley, he began teaching film at the East Oakland teen center, Youth UpRising, On the surrounding, gritty streets, “turfing” — and Turf Feinz, the local group leading the revolutionary white satin ballet slippers - baby girl shoes, toddler girl - flower girl shoes - christening shoes dance form — was grinding its way into existence..
Details: 7 p.m. Jan. 15; $37-$49; www.sjchambermusic.org; Cello Suites tickets ($35-$40) and concert information are at www.voicesofmusic.org. 5 “Mama at Twighlight — Death by Love”: This new play by Oakland’s Lower Bottom Playaz’ founding director Ayodele Nzinga gives us insight into an inner-city family and touches on everything from the inequities of the justice system, health care, religion, restrictive gender roles and more. Nzinga directs the work in a LBP production running Jan. 12-29 at the Flight Deck in Oakland.
Toy/Stuffed Animal Pet Show: 4-5 p.m, July 7, Kids in grades K-5 can bring their favorite stuffed animal to the library and it may win a prize, Fratello Marionettes: 4-4:40 p.m, July 10, Kids are invited to the Fratello Marionettes’ presentation of “Carnival of the Animals,” sponsored by the Clayton Community Library Foundation, Puppet white satin ballet slippers - baby girl shoes, toddler girl - flower girl shoes - christening shoes Workshop: 4-5 p.m, July 14, Kids in grades K-5 are invited to make a puppet, write a script and put on a show, Register in advance, Paws to Sing: 7-7:30 p.m, July 14, Kids ages 5-11 and their families are invited to sing along, move along and play along..
We never got to see how the DEA picked up where Hank Schrader’s secret investigation left off and how they began sorting (with Marie Schrader’s help, no doubt) through the tangled mess of the Heisenberg meth operation. As we saw in the Sept. 22 episode, when Walt’s keeper arrives at the New Hampshire cabin with a month’s worth of the Albuquerque Journal newspaper, Walt voraciously dives into the news with a narcissist’s desperation, so he can read about the investigation and wallow in his failures; I daresay fans of “Breaking Bad” were just as eager as Walt to see how it went down — what the agents learned and still do not know — in those intervening months between the shootout and the finale.
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