ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Frank O. Gehry Associates' desig for MIT's new Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences was named "Boston's Best 2000 Architectural Project" in the July 26-August 8 issue of the Improper Bostonian. The magazine states, "The architectural model looks like something you'd see on a science-fiction movie set, an almost comical conglomeration of dissimilar forms... It promises to be wacky and wonderful. We can't wait."
ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Kera Washington, the new director of MITCAN, MIT's African music and dance ensemble, was one of 10 semi-finalists selected in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz's International African and Latin Jazz Hand Drum Competition, held September 9-10 at the Kennedy Center's Open House Arts Festival in Washington, DC. Judges included Giovanni Hidalgo, Babatunde Olatunji, Ray Barretto, Milton Cardona and Candido -- "all the amazing faces and hands that would make me nervous enough to perform my best," said Ms. Washington, who performed two pieces. "One was a story of Haitian and Brazilian rhythms, a family outing of sorts. The second was a composition of my father's, Keni Washington (a tenor sax player based in Indianapolis), which again featured Brazilian and Haitian rhythms," she said. The competition will be the focus of a documentary on BET Jazz and is a feature on NPRJazz.org.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 20, 2000.