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Hahn-Bin, or, "Ya Gotta Have a Gimmick," as the song says...

Posted at 8:29 PM on January 19, 2012 by John Birge
Filed under: The blog

Art museums have always appealed to the eye. Many appeal to the ear as well with music concerts. This Sunday, the North Dakota Art Museum offers both, with an unusual recital.

This young violinist appeared up in the New York Times Style section last year; his name is Hahn-Bin, and you can check him out here:


Or is that just Grace Jones?


What's your take on this Xtreme dress-up stuff? Isn't there enough distracting superficiality in the world already? Hahn-Bin, your teacher Itzhak Perlman never needed to act like Lady Gaga to get his point across.

Then again, perhaps Gypsy was right: Ya Gotta Have a Gimmick: