The cereus is a gangly plant, long skinny arms straggling out in all directions. But once a year, in July, it becomes beautiful when its flower appears. This happened recently in the offices of Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, an unexpected piece of inspiration and authenticity for its upcoming production of John Beckwith’s Night Blooming Cereus. Beckwith wrote the opera 60 years ago with late poet James Reaney.
It’s that lust for freedom — to be true to herself and damn the consequences — that is both the source of Carmen’s attraction and the reason for her downfall in Bizet’s opera. “I’ve never been married. In high school, girls were talking about getting married and having kids. I wanted to get out of the clutches of parents. Being free is its own glorious narcotic,” the mezzo soprano says in an interview on break from her day job as a broadcaster with CBC Radio.
It was spontaneous, joyful and loud. The ovation ticket holders gave Canadian war veterans as they entered the lobby of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts on a recent evening. There to see Soulpepper’s production of Billy Bishop Goes to War, the former soldiers who spent their youth in battles across the ocean were delighted by the welcome. “I pretty near cried,” admits John Hall, 96, from Saskatchewan, who was a tank operator with the 6th Armoured Regiment in the Second World War.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".