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Aviva Breaks – No, Smashes – All
Conventions Through the Beauty of Dance
By Morgan Rojas for cinemacy.com
In a word: Groundbreaking. In two words:
Must Watch. Aviva is a surreal, dance-driven
fever dream set against a Jewish-Israeli
NYC backdrop of love, loneliness, and the
yearning for growth. Breaking the fourth
wall immediately and casually addressing
this loose and transparent structure with
confidence and ease, Aviva shouldn’t work.
But it does, and wonderfully.
What starts out as a promising long-distance
relationship becomes much more complex when
European-living Aviva – played by both Zina
Zinchenko (and at times by Or Schraiber) –
moves to New York City to be with the man
she loves, Eden (played by Tyler Phillips, and
at times Bobbie Jene Smith). The protagonists,
at times, are played by both a man and a
woman, interchangeably swapping genders
in the middle of scenes. The masculine and
feminine qualities within every person are given
a physical body here, showing how we all
are gender-fluid when it comes to expressing
emotions and navigating through life. The rest
of the film is just as poignant, including entire
scene-long monologues, naked contemporary
dance, and beautiful cinematography.
Aviva is a groundbreaking production from
Boaz Yakin, who is probably better known
as the director of the Denzel Washington
football drama Remember The Titians, or the
Brittany Murphy/Dakota Fanning comedy
Uptown Girls. Aviva is nothing – nothing
– like his previous work. In fact, I had to
do a double-take when I saw his name in
the credits. The choreography from former
Batsheva Dance Company member and costar
Bobbi Jene Smith is a visionary feat,
making the arthouse Aviva - available to
rent at www.outsiderpictures.us - one of my
favorite films of 2020. •
Aviva, courtesy of Outsider Pictures.
See Citizen Scientist, page 5
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News for the City of Good
Neighbors from an Old Guy
named Norb Huber
Where Does It Stop?
I have to say something. I can’t
be quiet. It is time to stand up for
something I believe in. Or do I
just roll over and let the loudest
voices rule? I can understand why
statues commemorating Confederate
leaders are being knocked over but
now the mob is knocking down any and ever
statue. Columbus was one of the first on the
list but now Junipero Serra is being defaced
and destroyed in many California locations.
Some radical leaders are calling for the destruction
of the images of Jesus, the European
depiction of Jesus, that supposedly represents
white superiority. Even stain glass windows
of cathedrals have been targeted. This is going
too far. I don’t care what color of human skin
Jesus had while he walked here on Earth. I do
care that the beautiful images that we have to
remind us of his love for us are being destroyed.
Why do we need to change the names of cities
that are named after historical people from
our past? Does it really matter if that person
is politically incorrect years after their death?
We all have shortcomings. We all are sinners.
We all have skeletons in our closets. Jesus
said, “he that is without sin among you, be
the first to cast the rock”. He also
said, “take the beam out of your
own eye before you take the speck
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have no fear of God. Thou shall not
steal doesn’t even cross their minds. I know
that I speak for many of my loyal readers
when I say we need to stand for what we
know is right. We love our country. We love
America’s history, filled with good and bad.
We truly have been the greatest nation that
this world has ever known. We share values
that bind us together. Those values of respect
for authority and for each other, justice, equal
rights and liberties, and patriotism. We love
our flag and what it represents. We love our
military people who are there to protect us.
We love our peace officers who put their lives
on the line every day and night. Without law
and order, there simply is chaos. These values
are not reserved for one race. These are shared
values. God is colorblind. I believe that a
majority of Americans are also colorblind. We
want the best for all people, regardless of race.
See Huber’s Hiccups, page 7
Citizen Scientist: Cruise
Control for Martian Motoring
By Tommy Vinh Bui, MLIS Associate
Librarian Inglewood Public Library
School may be out but that doesn’t mean
the learning ceases, space cadets. Summer
means it’s time to pursue some knowledge
acquisition outside of mandated curriculums
without plodding through yet another wearisome
Zoom session for the umpteenth time. This is a
golden opportunity to wrap your brains around
an edifying endeavor that’ll produce some real
world results. Other-worldly, actually.
With your help, Citizen Scientists, you can
help the NASA Curiosity Rover form a more
nuanced understanding of its surroundings and
effectively navigate the asperous terrain of
Mars. Using newfangled online tool A14Mars,
participants can help to label terrain features
in images already transmitted from the distant
Red Planet. This process will aid in training
an artificial intelligence algorithm to speedily
and automatically read the local landscape.
Quickly find yourself stranded and surveying
the dusty red orb that is Mars. Clamor
over crevices and climb cairns of conspicuous
space cobblestones. Slalom endless avenues of
sand or careen to a halt on a bevy of bonnie
bedrock. You can explore heretofore unearthed
topographies and demarcate boundaries around
turbulent terrain and help classify with labels.
These labels will be critical to refining
and honing the Martian terrain-classification
algorithm SPOC (Soil Property and Object
Classification). Terrain recognition is key to
gallivanting around Mars. Prior missions have
encountered hiccups when mired in sand pits
when terrain has proven to be a cumbersome
encumbrance to unfettered data-gathering. And
that’s where machine learning analytics come
into play. With your help accumulating accurate
training data to learn from, you would be essentially
imbuing the Curiosity Rover with the
same technology implemented in self-driving
Tommy Vinh Bui