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Jay Blakesberg & Alan Paul’s IGE 2018 Barcelona Diary: Greensky Incident, Holly Bowling, Flamenco [Photos]

first_imgInnovative Giving Enhancement (IGE)‘s fourth-annual Music and Art Immersion Community in Barcelona, Spain, is currently underway. The yearly event brings a crew of talented musical ambassadors to foreign destinations where they cross paths with a broad range of multi-genre European artists for ten days filled with immersive international improvisation and collaboration. Lauded music photographer Jay Blakesberg and New York Times best-selling Allman Brothers biographer Alan Paul will be bringing you daily updates on the happenings of the 2018 IGE Music and Art Immersion Community via Live For Live Music. You can check out today’s entry from Barcelona below:The IGE 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Community is currently happening with Eric Krasno; Nicki Bluhm; Grahame Lesh, Elliot Peck and Ross James of Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Family Band; the String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann, Keith Moseley and Bill Nershi and his wife Jillian; Greensky Bluegrass’s Paul Hoffman and Anders Beck; guitarists Scott Law and Barry Sless; and Everyone Orchestra drummer and leader Matt Butler. Every day and night has the musicians playing in various formations at hand-picked venues around the city, virtually all of them exclusively for the trip participants.Yesterday was day five, the halfway point, and it began with Bill and Jill Nershi playing an intimate acoustic show in the hotel’s H2O room as guests sat rapt, while some sipped coffee and others did their morning yoga at the Nershis’ feet. The afternoon saw Holly Bowling play a two-hour set of her interpretations of Phish and Grateful Dead music in the otherwise empty European Museum of Modern Art.The night was capped off inside a beautiful 17th-century hall with an exclusive and quite excellent flamenco performance, followed by Greensky Incident, a one-time collaboration between Beck, Hoffman, Moseley, Nershi, and Hann. Jill Nershi and Nicki Bluhm jumped on stage for some spirited chorus singing, and when they ended, the guests filed out into the slick cobblestone streets and mostly headed off together for the 15-minute walk back to the hotel.Today began with various group tours of the epic Sagrada Familia. More musical adventures await this evening.–Alan PaulYou can check out Jay Blakesberg’s photos from day five of IGE’s 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Community below. Check back tomorrow for another entry in Alan Paul and Jay Blakesberg’s IGE 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Community diary, exclusively on Live For Live Music.IGE 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Community | Barcelona, Spain | 10/9/18 | Photos: Jay Blakesberg Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Speakers announced for Harvard Graduate Council Leadership Conference

first_imgSpeakers from all over the world will come together on April 8, 2017 for Harvard Graduate Council’s Leadership Conference. The event includes TEDtalk style presentations, panel discussions, and problem solving scenarios. Speakers from industries such as social development, business, finance, entertainment will discuss key leadership attributes that lead to success.Speakers include Sri Raj Bhowmik (Founder of Soulbath Peace Foundation), Dennis Benzan (Vice Mayor, Cambridge), Irina Paradnaya (Executive Producer, Bolshoi Theater), Harold Kent Heredia (UN General Assembly Advisor, Philippines), Pavel Krapivin (Former VP of Warner Bros. Entertainment), Antwan Steele (“Single To Single” author), and Dolly Amaya.For speaker bios visit our website. Tickets for the event are available here.last_img read more

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System Engineers at VCE – Scientist or Artist?

first_imgFor more than three years VCE has been perfecting the science of building and supporting its Vblock System and IDC’s recent report shows our remarkable success with customers.  Our clients and peers can point to the precision with which the Vblock System is engineered and tested, world-class components and manufacturing facilities, compliance and certification software and expert support teams as reasons for our success. These are all impressive, but there is another contributor: VCE’s vArchitects, or system engineers.Our customers come to us with a variety of needs – each seeking to offer some type of enhanced service to their user community. Many of these enterprises understand that IT must become more agile, scalable and available to better serve users. Some understand how to transform their infrastructure and departments to meet these needs, but others are just beginning.  Sometimes we have precise metrics to work with, such as sizing SAP from existing installations, but in many cases, our clients are looking for guidance as to how to begin their transformational journey.Our vArchitects lay the groundwork for success long before any of the technology or process is brought to bear.  The vArchitect works with our clients in the earliest days of our relationship and prepares them to transform both their IT technology as well as processes and organizations from the traditional siloed approach to convergence.“Customers look to the VCE system engineer to understand the ways we can flexibly fine-tune VCE offerings to solve seemingly impossible or costly problems.  In an ever-changing business landscape, some cases may appear too complex or ambiguous to solve, but vArchitects have developed their own artistry for solving these challenges.ShareThe Vblock System provides an extraordinary foundation for quickly remedying customer problems, but sometimes customers require a bit more flexibility. Our vArchitects, many of whom have practiced their craft for 20 or more years, draw on their depth of experience to solve these client requests. They are not deterred by incomplete information or changing requirements, instead vArchitects embrace this complexity and ambiguity in helping guide our clients toward transformational designs that accommodate change and prepare them to embrace these challenges as a core part of our value. The vArchitects can work with a customer to pre-integrate, pre-test and pre-validate additional requirements that fulfill client-specific technological needs that are not provided on every Vblock System.This process reminds me of an earlier role from years ago, where my data center infrastructure team was vexed by continuously changing and conflicting priorities from the various application teams we supported. Several times a month we would have changes in priorities and face incredible churn. As we planned and mobilized to meet one requirement, new challenges arose, and we needed to re-plan to a different set of priorities.  In that environment, our team decided to re-align its project management to use Agile methods to structure our cycle times to our developers’ Scrum iterations. Rather than fighting the nature of our developers’ needs we re-aligned our way of working to their way of working.  All of a sudden we were delivering applications and satisfying their requirements with relative ease.Similarly, experienced system engineers draw on years of system design and deployment experiences to see patterns and help our clients embrace and prepare for the agility and velocity being required of them in their businesses.  They create system designs, which anticipate growth and other unknown variables as well as potential needs, without breaking the bank on up front capacity.  They align our Vblock System options and software to client organization and governance requirements and guide them toward deployments that allow our customers to transform at a rate of change that is consumable.  This is where the art comes into play.In engineering, we often talk about “design elegance” with great reverence.  It’s an aesthetic quality that sometimes refers to simplicity. It’s a harmony or even visual balance between the problem and solution.  As consumers, we often find that mobile products have these qualities. It’s hard to describe, but consumers sometimes feel an emotional connection with the technological harmony.VCE customers often feel that harmony in our products, especially when vArchitects and clients collaborate to develop unique solutions and see them arrive beautifully constructed. Again and again, we hear stories of our clients having pictures taken in front of their new Vblock Systems. They’re thrilled to tour our manufacturing facilities and see THEIR system being assembled.  Some clients have even asked to sign the side panels of their new systems.When I have the privilege of speaking to our new vArchitects at VCE, which happens very often, I challenge them to not only use their technological intellect to solve hard problems, but I also remind them to use their creative side to artistically solve these problems.  Engineers that embrace design elegance and take the time to collaborate with clients to create technological solutions that “fit” their clients’ culture, abilities and weaknesses can help provide an even greater transformation to their business.“We are rapidly hiring around the world. If you are a wicked smart and technically rigorous engineer, but are willing to let your artistic side come through, check out our Careers page.Sharelast_img read more

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Stephen Ward to Close in London’s West End

Featuring a book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black (who collaborated with Lloyd Webber on Sunset Boulevard), Stephen Ward tells the story of the scandalous Profumo Affair of 1963, in which Secretary of State John Profumo had an affair with a call girl by way of an osteopathic experimentalist (the titular Stephen Ward) who stands trial for pimping out clients. The production stars Alexander Hanson as Ward, with Charlotte Spencer as Christine Keeler, Charlotte Blackledge as Mandy Rice-Davies, Anthony Calf as Lord Astor, Daniel Flynn as John Profumo, Joanna Riding as Valerie Hobson, Ian Conningham as Ivanov, Chris Howell as Murray, Ricardo Coke Thomas as Lucky Gordon and Wayne Robinson as Johnny Edgecomp. The world premiere of Stephen Ward, the latest musical from legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, has set a closing date of March 29 in London’s West End. Directed by five-time Olivier winner Richard Eyre, the show began previews at the Aldwych Theatre on December 3, 2013 and opened on December 19.  View Comments read more

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Soul Doctor Opens Officially Off-Broadway

first_img Soul Doctor In addition to Nelson, the cast includes Dan’yelle Williamson as Nina Simone, as well as Dianna Barger, Debra Cardona, Jacob Heimer, Anthony Laciura, Don Meehan, Hayden Wall, Lee Hollis Bussie, Rosalie Graziano, Janelle McDermoth, Erin Mosher, John Plumpis, and Jesse Swimm. Welcome back, Shlomo! The off-Broadway production of Soul Doctor opens officially on December 14 at The Actors Temple. Mindy Cooper directs a cast that features Josh Nelson as Shlomo Carlebach. The musical., which played on Broadway in 2013, features music by Carlebach, lyrics by David Schecter with additional lyrics by Carlebach and a book by Daniel S. Wise. View Comments The bio-musical tells the story of the beloved yet controversial father of popular Jewish music, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, and his friendship with legendary jazz singer Nina Simone. As a “Rock Star Rabbi” of the 1960s, Carlebach struggled to harmonize his traditional beliefs with the “free love” generation. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 25, 2015 Related Showslast_img read more

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Ethan Hawke, Peter Dinklage & More Sizzle in New Group Reading of Things We Want

first_imgHow does The New Group celebrate their 20th anniversary season? With a star-studded reunion! The original stars of the 2007 world premiere production of Jonathan Marc Sherman’s Things We Want performed a benefit reading on January 5 at the Pershing Square Signature Center, directed by Ethan Hawke. After the performance, stars Paul Dano, Peter Dinklage, Josh Hamilton and Zoe Kazan posed for a company photo with Sherman and Hawke, as well as New Group artistic director Scott Elliott and executive director Adam Bernstein. Congratulations! Star Files View Commentscenter_img Ethan Hawkelast_img read more

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Frozen Buds.

first_imgIt’s still too early for precise figures, but Georgia blueberrygrowers estimate at least a 15-percent crop loss as a result ofthe recent freeze.”It will take another couple of weeks to really see thefull damage because the flowers still have to open,” saidRusty Bell, president of the Georgia Blueberry Growers Association.”Then we’ll be able to see how much damage has been done.And when we harvest, we’ll know a lot more, too.”Georgia growers begin harvesting their earliest varieties ofsouthern highbush blueberries as early as mid-April and May. Themain harvest of rabbiteye blueberries, the later varieties, startsin June.Growers Make More on Early BerriesThough the actual damage isn’t known, Bell does know the freezewill hit growers’ wallets. “The main fruit we lost,”he said, “is from our early varieties when the fruit sellsfor $3 to $4 a pound. For the rest of the season, the fruit sellsfor 70 cents a pound.”Georgia’s blueberry crop is in the southeastern counties ofPierce, Bacon, Appling, Clinch and Ware. With 30 percent to 40percent of the crop sold on the fresh market, most berries aresold frozen.”Our berries, both fresh and frozen, are shipped all overthe United States and outside,” he said. “Japan is areally big fresh buyer, and we’re trying to open up some marketsin Taiwan.”The freeze seems to have spared Florida and North Carolinablueberries, Bell said, either because it didn’t get as cold asin Georgia or the plants weren’t flowering yet.The flower holds the key. If the plant’s bloom dies, the fruitdies with it.Planning for Freezing TemperaturesGrowers can take precautionary measures against potential freezes.But this one hit too hard.”A light freeze of 26 degrees or so we can prepare for,but not one in the teens,” Bell said. “Usually the coldwill just affect pollination. But this freeze killed everythingdown inside the bud.”Given enough notice, growers use frost protection to preparefor freezes. Through sprinklers, they spray plants with a quarter-inchof water per hour or more.”This sounds odd, but as ice forms it heats up the plant,”Bell said. “As long as water is continually applied and freezesto form clear ice, the plant temperature will remain around 28to 32. However, this approach can only be used when there is nowind, or for temperatures in the low 20s.”Of Georgia’s 4,500 acres of blueberry plants, 200 acres aresouthern highbush varieties and the rest rabbiteye types. Thesouthern highbush plants were hit hardest because they bloom first.”Rabbiteyes like Tifblue and Brightwell saw just a smallamount of damage because they flower a little later,” Bellsaid. “Only about 20 percent of the whole rabbiteye cropwas hurt.”New UGA Variety Bred to Bloom LaterBell says blueberry growers need a variety that flowers laterbut still matures early. Alapaha, a new University of Georgiaand U.S. Department of Agriculture rabbiteye introduction, isjust that.”This new variety blooms 10 days later than Climax, themost popular early-season rabbiteye,” said Scott NeSmith,a horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences. “Ten days doesn’t sound like a long time. But itcan make all the difference in the world when a freeze hits.””Everyone I’ve talked to is excited about the new release,”Bell said. “It sounds good, but we want to get a couple ofrows in and treat them like real farm plants and see for ourselves.Field conditions with commercial picking will be the real tests.”last_img read more

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Freeze zaps landscapes

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaWeeks of unseasonably warm weather in Georgia followed by a week of near- and below-freezing temperatures could be a deadly combination for early spring blooms in the south.“Most fruit and nut flower buds can tolerate temperatures slightly below freezing (1-2 degrees),” said David Berle, a University of Georgia horticulture professor. “But it all depends on the stage of development and the microclimate,” or local conditions.Ice can actually work as an insulator for buds. “As long as it is raining, the ‘heat’ given off by water freezing actually protects flower buds to certain point, much like irrigation of the crops would do,” Berle explained.But too many hours of hard freeze can spell doom for spring blooms, although it’s very hard to tell at this point what damage will be done, he said. “If it gets to 20 degrees, it could be serious,” Berle said. “If it gets to 27 degrees, it is likely not to be a problem, but each site is different.”The worst freezes come on cold, windy nights when a front is moving in and temperatures drop rapidly.Some woody ornamentals like azaleas may survive the freeze. “Azaleas are not as far along as most fruit crops, and in a dormant stage they are fairly cold tolerant,” Berle said. There isn’t much homeowners can do to protect fragile plants, which is why it is so important to use landscape plants that match the hardiness zone they live in. “Landscape plants hardy for this area have a great capacity to make it through freezes and frosts,” Berle said. “Typically, it is only those actually blooming at the time for the freeze or frost that suffer.” Mulching material like pine straw layered 2 to 4 inches thick can be effective to keep ice off tender buds and pansy blooms, but should be pushed back when temperatures rise to allow the soil to warm up.“It’s kind of hard for homeowners to do anything about freezing plants,” Berle said. “Covering plants with fabric only provides a few degrees of protection, and then only if well-covered. Plastic works as well for a few degrees, but must be removed before the sun comes out and ‘bakes’ the plants underneath.”Berle adds that most plants can endure frost better than freezes. Frost occurs on a clear nights as heat radiates from surfaces to the sky. When the temperature drops below 32 degrees, water vapor freezes on surfaces like blades of grass, flower blooms and your car windshield. Freezing, on the other hand, usually accompanies a cold front moving in with freezing temperatures, wind and sometimes rain. For advice on protecting landscape plants from frost and freeze or a list of the best plants for your hardiness zone, contact your local UGA Cooperative Extension agent at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or online at read more

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4-H Week

first_imgSix million students across America participate in 4-H and, of those, more than 170,000 call Georgia home. To raise awareness of the state’s largest youth development organization, the week of Oct. 1-7 has been declared National 4-H Week.The green four-leaf clover has long been identified with 4-H, as have the four ‘H’s: head, heart, hands and health. Members of 4-H pledge their head to clearer thinking, their heart to greater loyalty, their hands to larger service and their health to better living for their clubs, their communities, their country and their world. Participating youths develop life skills through hands-on projects involving volunteer work, health, science, engineering, technology, leadership, agriculture and communication.Available to children in all of Georgia’s 159 counties, Georgia 4-H began as a club for kids familiar with farm life and has grown into an organization that helps youth become successful, confident adults. Today, 55.2 percent of Georgia 4-H’ers live in urban areas, 41.8 percent live in rural, nonagricultural settings and just 3 percent live on a farm.No matter where they live, Georgia 4-H members say that 4-H helps them overcome being shy to become better public speakers, teaches them to be active in their communities, develops their leadership skills and opens the door for them to create lifelong friendships.Georgia 4-H alumni include Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, television host and legal commentator Nancy Grace and pop music artist Jennifer Nettles, all of whom acknowledge the significant and positive impact 4-H had on them as young people.Future leaders include Georgia 4-H member Amelia Day, 18, of Fort Valley, Georgia. Day won the national 2017 4-H Youth in Action Award and a $10,000 scholarship for founding Operation: Veteran Smiles. At 13, she created the community service initiative that has now reached more than 4,000 veterans and engaged more than 6,500 volunteers nationwide to hand-deliver custom care packages, notes of encouragement and musical therapy to veteran patients.Her project is just one of hundreds of community service projects Georgia 4-H’ers lead and participate in each year, from collecting pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities to donating canned goods to food pantries across the state. Under the umbrella of University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, Georgia 4-H programs are rooted in research from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and other land-grant colleges across the nation. Georgia 4-H agents supplement teachers’ efforts by using after-school lessons and in-school curricula designed to meet Georgia Standards of Excellence.“The idea of bringing UGA research and resources to Georgia students through the use of county agents throughout the state was a cutting-edge idea in 1904 and remains so even today,” said Arch Smith, state 4-H leader. “The most important work of 4-H is to help young people become better citizens and enable them to grow into responsible, active adults.”Each year, more than 30,000 Georgia 4-H youth perform community service, conduct research, compile portfolios of their accomplishments and learn public speaking skills through oral presentations at 4-H District Project Achievement.Georgia 4-H’ers also learn responsibility through livestock projects, programs and judging. Georgia 4-H partners with Georgia FFA and the UGA CAES Department of Animal and Dairy Science to provide these programs. Every year, close to 2,500 students complete a yearlong process to prepare more than 4,500 animals for exhibition at the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show and other competitions.Georgia 4-H’s camping program hosts 8,500 youth ages 9 and up each summer at five 4-H camping centers located across the state. Enthusiastic and well-trained camp counselors, UGA Extension employees, and certified adult volunteer and teen leaders work together to provide campers with fun, engaging activities. Campers return home with a lifetime of memories and lasting friendships.To learn more about Georgia 4-H, go to To learn more about Georgia 4-H’er Amelia Day, go to read more

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