Find out more fascinating details about Chinese opera:
* Why is the clown mask so colourful?
* Who is the "big painted face"?
* What does it signify when an opera performer stands on the table?
*** Co-published by Asiapac Books and The Chinese Opera Institute, with the support of the National Arts Council
From Playboy's classic archives comes a trilogy of mini volumes, each devoted to a certain hair color destined to quicken a man's pulse. Blonde? Brunette? Redhead? In the fifties, sixties, and seventies, it seemed like all the Playboy models, not just blondes, had more fun. Building sandcastles in the buff, romping on tiger skin rugs, or starting pillow fights, beauties of every tress are captured in these timeless color photographs. Playboy contributing editor James R. Petersen introduces each book with a heartfelt text, and witty quotes are sprinkled throughout. At once evocative and whimsical, this handsome collection is a perfect gift for a gentleman—whether he prefers a blonde, marries a brunette, or has always had a thing for a redhead.
This curious collection of maps explores the unique personalities of 28 cities around the world, shedding light on the strange and marvelous ways in which humans interact with the places they call home. Artist and creative cartographer Adam Dant dissects Manhattan in an anatomical diagram, traces the form of a Picasso nude in the streets of Monaco, and transforms the crisscrossing paths of boats on the Bosporus into the nerves of Istanbul. Dant draws on the history, culture, and geography of each city and on the beguiling aesthetic of antique maps to create gorgeous works of cartographic art. Witty, insightful, and adorned with a gold foil–stamped cover, this book will capture the imaginations of travelers, map enthusiasts, history buffs, and dreamers.
Children are naturally musical, but many parents don’t know when or how to begin their child’s formal musical education. Whether you wish to encourage your child’s musical growth, or would like to plan more advanced study, this book provides insight and guidance for parents of children from toddlers to teenagers. Beth Luey and Stella Saperstein walk you through the basics of finding the right instrument and instructor for your child, the ins and outs of music lessons, and successful ways to manage practice time. Along the way, they let you know what questions to ask and why. This is the place to find practical, friendly, and knowledgeable advice about marching band, orchestra, and recitals—even the possibility of a musical career. With a thorough list of resources and a glossary, this guide will help you encourage your child to channel that joyful ruckus into beautiful music.
Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience.
In Story, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the "magic" of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.
Since humans first began thinking creatively – as opposed to merely procreatively – about sex, men and women have spiced up their love lives with this and that. Every civilization has come up with its own sex objects and sex toys. From rudimentarily-fashioned objects to the most exquisite ivory carvings of the Far East, eroticism has found expression in a multitude of different forms all displayed here. The beauty and the craftsmanship of these artistic masterpieces bear striking witness to the powers of generation in every culture throughout history. From works of art to sex toys, historian Hans-Jürgen Döpp analyses the complexities of human behaviour and the secret delights of those who own the little treasures featured in this book.
Pets are the most endearing of subjects. This beautifully illustrated, user-friendly manual shows aspiring artists how to capture the essence of the animals they love using a range of drawing media. Whether you are a complete novice or whether you want to take your pet portraits to the next level, How to Draw Pets will provide a firm grounding from which you can gain the confidence to develop your own style.
-More than 20 step-by-step projects
-Exercises showing how to master the primary shapes of popular pets
-Tutorials on drawing your pet from life and from photographs
-Demonstrations of a range of compositions
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