Zoe
Phillips
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 5:46pm
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It’s said that every theater is inhabited by at least one ghost, and contrary to legends propagated by Halloween, these ghosts do not like the dark. Thus, when the curtain falls and a theater’s house empties, an employee will leave a light — a ghost light — to burn onstage until the performers return. Across the world, ghost lights have remained on and untouched for months. But the lives of performers continue offstage, each day adding pressure to find performance spaces on digital platforms.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 5:22pm
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It’s said that every theater is inhabited by at least one ghost, and contrary to legends propagated by Halloween, these ghosts do not like the dark. Thus, when the curtain falls and a theater’s house empties, an employee will leave a light — a ghost light — to burn onstage until the performers return. Across the world, ghost lights have remained on and untouched for months. But the lives of performers continue offstage, each day adding pressure to find performance spaces on digital platforms.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 5:35pm
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It’s said that every theater is inhabited by at least one ghost, and contrary to legends propagated by Halloween, these ghosts do not like the dark. Thus, when the curtain falls and a theater’s house empties, an employee will leave a light — a ghost light — to burn onstage until the performers return. Across the world, ghost lights have remained on and untouched for months. But the lives of performers continue offstage, each day adding pressure to find performance spaces on digital platforms.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 7:51pm
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It’s said that every theater is inhabited by at least one ghost and contrary to legends propagated by Halloween, these ghosts do not like the dark. Thus, when the curtain falls and a theater’s house empties, an employee will leave a light — a ghost light — to burn onstage until the performers return. Across the world, ghost lights have remained on and untouched for months. But the lives of performers continue offstage, each day adding pressure to find performance spaces on digital platforms.

Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 4:11pm
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A camera looks out onto a dimly lit living room. The frame is slightly unlevel, tilted up toward the right. In the bottom corner, a candle flickers; its shadow dances over the comfortable white drapes at the end of the room. Deep piano music starts, and a woman walks into view. She’s dressed simply: just shorts and a tank top. She starts to lunge toward the left, but then the video quickly changes to a different woman. This time, we’re outside, and the new subject continues the lunge from the previous shot.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 4:16pm
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My grandfather has run out of coffee. Every morning, he mixes a blend of Colombian dark roast from Costco that he pours into a thermos to keep hot for the rest of the day. No milk, no cream and no sugar. Just coffee. He buys the grounds in three pound cans that will last him a few months, but right now he barely has enough for two more days. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 5:11pm
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Hello readers. I hope that you are well, that your hands are washed and that your thoughts remain calm. I’ve had this B-Side in my calendar for over a month. I am so excited that it’s finally here. I remember the day I put it in my calendar. I wrote down when the articles would be due, when they would go to production here in the newsroom and the date they’d be published. Like most things in my calendar, I wrote them with certainty. I envisioned the future through the truth of the present. Most of us do this, and we usually don’t notice it.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 12:37pm
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Two hands on a clock. A date in a history book. Tiny grains of sand cascading through the waist of an hourglass. Time tends to be malleable. Hours melt across disciplines, years stretch between facts and minutes explode underneath microscopes. Each creates a spectrum of worlds within which research can happen, helping minds grow. In Ann Arbor, these worlds coexist quietly among offices and classrooms across the University. I am highlighting a few of them today. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 9:31pm
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On Apr. 29, 2011, Catherine Middleton floated out of a retired Rolls-Royce Phantom VI parked directly in front of the main entrance of London’s Westminster Abbey. The morning wind caught her delicate veil as she rose to stand on the red carpet laid before her. Gracefully, she switched the hand holding her spring bouquet to adjust the flying lace. As she stood poised for her royal entrance, her sister calmly adjusted the dress’s seven-foot train.

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 3:59pm
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There are many things to love about tap dancing. There is the shuffle, an even beat made from the balanced forward-backward brush of the ball of the shoe across the floor. More rhythmically, the flap involves a syncopated brush forward that ends in a separate tap with the ball of the foot. For more complexity, the riff requires the toe and heel to dig through the ground in separate movements that create a deeper and longer sound.