RIDE Foundation (Robyn & Italo Dance Events), formed by Pro-Am ballroom dance partners, Robyn Shreiber and Italo Elgueta, has announced that its inaugural gala, DANCE FOR AFRICA, will benefit the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF).RIDE was established in 2016 to create one-of-a-kind dance events for difference-making charities, encompassing humane and ecological causes and featuring the talents of compassionate stars of the dance world. The inaugural gala will be held at 6PM, July 23 at L.A.’s Boulevard3 with a program featuring top dance, vocal and artistic performances.Headliners will include Dancing with the Stars’ Karina Smirnoff, indie music duo Alexander Jean Feat. Mark Ballas and BC Jean, Step Up’s Briana Evigan, artist Brian Olsen and vocalist Trenyce Cobbins. Shreiber and Elgueta, renowned in the world of ballroom dance and competition, formed the RIDE Foundation (Robyn & Italo Dance Events) to “create events in which dancers can use their passionate art to impact and support the wonderful charities addressing the world’s needs.”“We are excited to launch our non-profit organization with a gala benefitting African Wildlife Foundation, a non-profit so close to our hearts,” say Robyn and Italo in a joint statement. “Our goal in forming RIDE was to combine our love for ballroom dance with our passion for making the world a better place. We are both extremely impressed with and strongly support the work of AWF, and are honored to make the organization the beneficiary of our inaugural gala,” they add.“We are thrilled that RIDE chose AWF for their inaugural event,” says Craig Sholley, AWF’s Senior Vice President. “AWF’s mission is to ensure that wildlife and wild lands thrive in a modern Africa. As a result of a recent AWF safari experience, Robyn Shreiber’s passion for Africa and AWF’s work has blossomed. We are delighted that Dance for Africa will bring a combination of wonderful exposure to our cause and critical financial support for our important conservation efforts.”The inaugural event will feature a spectacular African-inspired live ballroom dance show produced by Italo, with Dancing with the Stars’ superstar Karina Smirnoff, a Season 13 Mirror Ball Champion, debuting a new solo performance she choreographed in honor of “Dance for Africa.” The Ukrainian beauty will also perform a passionate trio number with Professional World Finalist Justinas Duknauskas and Top Amateur Austin Joson. Karina, a five-time U.S. National Champion, is a strong advocate for environmental and wildlife causes.Indie Duo Alexander Jean feat. Mark Ballas and BC Jean, and Trenyce Cobbins are the event’s special musical performers. Alexander Jean’s debut EP titled “Head High,” released in 2016, debuted at #1 on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart, and their power-pop ballad and debut single “Roses and Violets,” also hit #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and #6 on the iTunes overall chart. The duo’s next album is scheduled for release this summer.Vocalist, Actress and Dancer Trenyce Cobbins, will perform three songs written by an African artist. Cobbins, an “American Idol” Top 5 finalist, has become a darling of the theater world, headlining top Broadway musicals and plays, including “Dreamgirls,” and “The Vagina Monologues.”Brian Olsen, whose Art in Action has been making waves around the world for his “rock n’ roll” style of painting on canvas, an explosive and colorful show choreographed to music with audience participation, will open the evening by painting three art pieces in honor of the inaugural gala.Briana Evigan, an AWF Ambassador, will serve as the gala’s emcee. Briana made her major feature debut as the star of the box office hit Step Up 2: The Streets in 2008 and reprised her role in the 2014 installment of the franchise, Step Up: All In.The Africa-themed gala event will feature cuisine, cocktails and décor native to the exotic continent. The evening will also include two raffle winners to an African Safari in Tanzania, as well as a silent auction with one-of-a-kind items.For more info and tickets, click here.
Colin Kaepernick is speculated to have been blackballed because of his national anthem protest. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images Sport)Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is reportedly set to work out with the Seattle Seahawks a week after Pete Carroll revealed he’s considering him for a back-up role.Kaepernick has remained unsigned since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March and NFL Network reported the Seahawks will have him and other reserve quarterbacks work out Wednesday, May 24, a change of plans notwithstanding. Former Denver Broncos quarterback Austin Davis also is set to visit.Kaepernick’s rumored meeting adds fuel to speculation that he could be joining the Seahawks after Carroll was asked if the team is considering putting him and fellow free agent Robert Griffin III behind QB Russell Wilson.“We’re looking at everybody. We really are,” Carroll told “Brock and Salk.” “We’ve been tracking everything that’s going on, and we’ve got cap and roster issues and stuff like that that we’re still trying to manage properly. But, quite frankly, yes, we are looking at all those guys.”Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett believes Kaepernick, who stirred controversy after his season-long protest of the national anthem, would make a great addition.“I think a person that’s dedicating their life to creating change, why wouldn’t you want that type of leadership in your locker room?” Bennett told 710 ESPN Seattle. “Why wouldn’t you want a young person that’s dealt with people wanting to kill him because of his choices in life?“So, I don’t know why people feel like that is a problem.”
On Sunday, users spotted a mock-up of a text exchange between Tim Cook and Kevin Durant — the NBA star who’s the subject of an Apple docu-series about his early life and career — on Apple’s placeholder page for the live-stream. Also seen was an image showing an incoming call from Chris Evans, who is starring in Apple’s “Defending Jacob” limited-series thriller.It’s still not clear when those Apple original series will be available — or how much users will have to pay to watch them. Those details are expected to be revealed Monday.Initially, Apple’s subscription-video product is expected to center on a bundle of third-party TV services; in recent months, the company has held talks with HBO, CBS, Showtime and Starz about being part of the integrated service. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said last week that it will not be part of Apple’s subscription service.Apple has been negotiating with HBO, Showtime and Starz to offer their streaming services for $9.99 per month each, the Wall Street Journal reported. Apple also plans to charge a fee for its originals, per the WSJ report, which didn’t have that pricing info.The company sent out invitations to the March 25 confab to media two weeks ago, which said only “It’s show time.”In addition to news on the video front, Apple also is expected to launch a revamped news subscription service based on Texture, a magazine-subscription app the company acquired a year ago. The Wall Street Journal is reportedly in the mix, while the CEO of the New York Times Co. signaled it’s going to sit out.Apple also may announce a game-subscription service at Monday’s event, Bloomberg reported.Cook tweeted Monday ahead of the event, “Excited for a big day ahead!” along with a GIF showing the sun rising on the Steve Jobs Theater. Monday is the coming-out party for Apple’s Hollywood ambitions: After years of trademark secrecy about its plans to stream into video entertainment, the tech giant is set to pull back the curtain at a media event.The live program kicks off at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET, on Monday, March 25, from the Steve Jobs Theater at the tech giant’s campus in Cupertino, Calif. Apple is offering a free live stream of the big reveal at apple.com/apple-events/livestream.In addition to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the company has invited stars of several of its original series to the event, who are expected to join execs in unveiling the first looks at clips of some of Apple’s projects.Shows that Apple has announced to date include a Reese Witherspoon-Jennifer Aniston morning show drama; dramas “Little Voices” and “My Glory Was I Had Such Friends” from executive producer J.J. Abrams, with the latter starring Jennifer Garner; drama “Are You Sleeping” starring Octavia Spencer; and a comedy about a video-game development studio from Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”). Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
She started liking the poetry of India’s poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore while in school, and now China’s noted dulcimer player Liu Yuening has made the first Chinese transcription of Tagore’s songs with the aim of creating an enduring basis for India-China ties as the two countries embark on summit-level talks after a month of problems this week. ‘Tagore’s poetry is like music, it is melodic, sweet and lovely,’ Liu said in an interview here on her way back from Kolkata where she attended the opening of a China gallery at Rabindra Bharati University in Jorasanko, Tagore’s ancestral estate, earlier this week. The gallery has several photographs of Tagore and his family members’ visit to China. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ At a concert in Kolkata to mark the 150th anniversary Tagore’s birth in 2011, Liu on the dulcimer had presented a combination of Chinese and Indian music accompanied by Indian musicians and instruments like the tabla. Beyond her childhood love for Tagore’s poetry, it is her musical instrument – yangqin or the Chinese-hammered dulcimer – that has made Liu the leading exponent of the India-China music dialogue and a key ambassador of culture. The yangqin is a stringed musical instrument with the strings stretched over a trapezoidal sounding board. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix ‘The first world-wide dialogue between Indian yangqin or santoor and Chinese yangqin was held in Calcutta in 2011 at the concert themed ‘Night of the Orient, When East Meets East’, said Liu, who has studied in India with noted santoor maestro Shiv Kumar Sharma. ‘More than 20 countries around the world have this instrument that originated in the Iran-Iraq region,’ Liu said of the Chinese dulcimer that is quite similar to the santoor.Liu undertook a seven-month research at the University of Delhi on a Ford Foundation fellowship in 2009 to explore the grammar of the two musical instruments of the same family. Liu, who is a professor at China’s Central Conservatory of Music and the youngest professor of yangqin in the country’s history, aims to create an enduring basis of dialogue ‘between our two oriental cultures’. ‘With my Indian gurus, I am trying to make a new style of India-China music… Chinese melody, put in the Indian raga structure to create a new sentence and style,’ Liu said.Liu directs a yangqin ensemble called Jasmine and plans to bring it to India on a music tour of the Buddhist heritage sites. In May 2009, Liu held a trio concert with an Indian band called the Kedia Brothers in Jharkhand, where the yangqin, the sitar and the sarod were played together. ‘The basic tones in Chinese music are also found in India music,’ said Liu. Chinese Premier arrived in the Capital to have the first summit-level formal talks.
April 10, 2003BELL SALE: The Soleri studios at Cosanti and Arcosanti have produced a beautiful selection of bells that are offered at a Secret Sale at Arcosanti starting Friday, April 10 until Sunday, April 12. 2003. The gallery at Arcosanti will be open from 9am to 5pm. [Photo: Jeffrey Manta & Text: sa]
January 18, 2005 To continue the report on storm damage repair: at the southern most part of the dam is a spillway that let’s overflow water run into the field behind the dam. The spillway is clogged by deposits of silt and stone by the tremendous traffic of water. [Photo & text: sa] C.A. McDonald from Camp Verde cleans the chanel with heavy equipment. [Photo & text: sa] Silt deposits reach far into the field. [Photo & text: sa] The power of the rushing water moved big rocks. [Photo & text: sa]
Digital TV and broadband technologies company Pace will preview its multiscreen Whole Home solution at IBC.The platform lets service providers distribute linear pay TV services and on-demand content to connected set-top boxes, tablets, smartphones, games consoles and connected TVs in the home.Pace said the pre-integrated Whole Home hardware and software solution lets pay TV and broadband providers extend their content reach while delivering an experience that engages subscribers with more screens and longer viewing.The Pace Elements software platform includes content protection with Titanium’s Unified Rights Management, Tungsten’s open standards-based device software, Helium’s gateway software that connects and distributes broadband media services around the home, and Cobalt’s Service Delivery Platform for interactive, personal and customisable services.It also uses Oxygen’s customisable user interface and Elements Framework and SDKs so operators can develop apps and services, and is integrated with Pace’s ECO Service Management platform.“Subscribers want TV technology that simply works, is invisible and instant, with an intuitive and consistent user experience across multiple devices. Discovery, playback, pause and resume should be effortless. Operators need technology platforms that are standards-based, flexible and free from vendor lock-in; that can quickly and easily be integrated into existing pay TV head-ends with minimal disruption,” said Pace International president, Shane McCarthy.At IBC Pace said it is also launching an enhanced version of its ECO Service Management platform, designed to optimise and simplify the delivery and management of triple-play and connected home services.It offers support for multi-vendor hardware and software networks, comprising remote configuration, trouble-shooting, device management and customer analytics to reduce opex and capex costs and improve the subscriber experience.Pace will exhibit at IBC at stand B19, Hall 1.