The new Broadway musical Hadestown has all the makings of a cult hit

Hadestown, the new musical that opened on Broadway April 17, has had one of the most public evolutions of any musical I know of. It started as a song cycle touring around Vermont in 2006, and from there became a star-studded concept album with a cult following. Then it was an off-Broadway show. Then it hit Canada. Then London. Every step of the way, it’s been under public scrutiny.

But what’s most amazing about it is that every time it’s evolved, Hadestown has only gotten better.

When I first fell in love with the show as a concept album

8 winners and 4 losers from Game of Thrones’ terrific “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”

“A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” is the sort of episode that first made me fall in love with Game of Thrones.

It contains plenty of clunky scenes, and it’s remarkable how little we know about how the Jon and Dany alliance plans to fight the Night King. But the core of the episode is a bunch of beloved characters spending one last, long night together, before the White Walkers arrive to possibly turn them into ice zombies.

The whole thing takes place in and around Winterfell, over what amounts to a 12-hour period, and you can almost feel …

US Navy investigates a hidden camera found on ship in a women’s bathroom

The US Navy is currently investigating a report from a female marine who said she found a hidden “recording device” in the women’s bathroom of the USS Arlington. The marine found the device, reportedly a hidden camera, in March NBC News reports.

Speaking with Stars and Stripes, Commander Kyle Raines said the Navy takes reports of sexual harassment seriously.

“The command has taken, and will continue to take, all necessary actions to ensure the safety and privacy of the victim,” Raines said.

This isn’t the first time military personnel have raised the issue of hidden cameras aboard a US …

New Mexico militia detains migrants at gunpoint in social media video

A New Mexico militia group posted a video to its Facebook page that shows members detaining dozens of people at the US-Mexico border this week. The live video was shot at night; the person behind the camera can be heard saying, “Holy hell, there are a lot of people here” and “I don’t know if we got them all.” Dozens of people can be seen on the ground, sitting quietly, sometimes breaking the silence by chatting in Spanish.

The group’s page features other videos and photos in which its members detain immigrants while armed. According to CNN, authorities are …

Two arrests have been made in death of Northern Ireland journalist Lyra McKee

Two arrests have been made in connection to the death of journalist Lyra McKee, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said in a statement posted on their website Saturday morning. McKee was shot earlier this week while covering riots in Northern Ireland.

“This morning we arrested two teenagers, aged 18 and 19, under the Terrorism Act and conducted a number of searches as part of the ongoing investigation into Lyra’s murder,” Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy told reporters, adding she was killed by indiscriminately fired shots Thursday night in Derry, also referred to as Londonderry.

Just before she was killed, …

Fandom’s new “ship dynamics” meme is all about our fave romantic tropes

If you’ve spent any time on Twitter this week, you may have noticed an outpouring of fandom art as part of the viral “ship dynamics” meme — in which people, mostly fanartists, are sharing their love of their favorite kinds of relationships through stick figures.

For anyone unfamiliar with the concept of a “ship,” it’s a very popular term within fandom, a shortened form of the word “relationship” that’s used both as a noun to describe a romantic pairing you love (e.g. “Han/Leia is my favorite ship”), and a verb to describe the act of “shipping” that pairing, or rooting …

The Seth Rich conspiracy theory needs to end now

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, released on Thursday, raises a lot of new questions — but in one section, in just under 320 words, it answered another one, putting to rest one of the most harmful political conspiracy theories in recent memory.

The report definitively disproved the notion that a Democratic National Committee staffer named Seth Rich was the source of leaked DNC documents later published by WikiLeaks, and that his July 2016 murder came as the result of his decision to leak those documents to WikiLeaks.

This wasn’t true, although Trump associates like Jerome Corsi, Roger Stone, and …

Vox Sentences: Decoding the Mueller report

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A (redacted) Mueller report is finally released; North Korea’s foreign minister wants Pompeo out of nuclear negotiations.


The long-awaited Mueller report is released

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  • The long-awaited report on special counsel Robert Mueller’s more than two-year Trump-Russia investigation was finally released, with redactions, shortly after 11 am — and the results may be more damning for President Trump than expected. [

Why so many people — including right-wing pundits — hate cargo shorts

In the latest example of right-wing figureheads arguing over topics that were litigated on the internet a decade ago, the cargo shorts debate is back.

Thanks to a steady stream of tweets over the past few weeks by men like alt-right activist Jack Posobiec and now a full-on fashion advice thread by Pizzagate theorist Mike Cernovich, once again, the validity of cargo shorts as an acceptable garment is up for discussion.

Daily Dot politics editor David Covucci compiled some of these tweets, which included one by Posobiec lamenting the replacement of midcentury bowlers and suits with cargo shorts, …

Effective Exercises for a Narrow Waist

High cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, apnea, and other diseases will all lead to a significant reduction of a person’s life span. To lower your risks of suffering from these conditions, one of the first things you should do is perform the best exercises for a narrow waist.

The ideal waist size for an average male should not be over 40 inches and for women, it should be less than 35 inches. This measurement will also depend on your BMI or Body Mass Index which takes into account your height and weight. You can consult your doctor or a …