BeachLife Festival Combines Best Of California Coastal Culture To Create Promising Music Platform

first_imgPhoto: Brandon Weil The best festivals on the annual calendar do more than congregate great bands, delicious food, and eye-popping art. Like the palm trees and desert winds at Coachella, and the fountains and landscaping of Chicago’s Grant Park at Lollapalooza, the events that grow into massive phenomena are grounded in the way they integrate, connect with, and embody the spirit of their surroundings.Which is to say, if Saint Rocke owner Allen Sanford, Pennywise singer Jim Lindberg,  and LiveList founder Rob Lissner play their cards right in the years to come, they should have a long-lasting hit on their hands in the BeachLife Festival. The inaugural gathering on Redondo Beach proved to be the perfect combination of timeless music, tasty local eats, coastal vibes, and a wide variety of accommodations to fit just about any budget. Better yet, seemingly every decision made by the organizers—up to and including the use of falcons on site to scare away seagulls, pigeons, and other pesky birds—showed a respect for and understanding of this spectacular setting.The 8.6-acre site across from the Crowne Plaza Hotel tidily contained the entire three-day festival and made for quick trekking for the all-age, easygoing crowd. Whether swaying to Bruce Hornsby’s classics on the turf at the HighTide Stage, skipping to Donavon Frankenreiter in the sand at the LowTide Stage, or rocking out to Lost Beach between food vendors at the smaller RipTide Stage, BeachLife offered a sampling of comfortable settings in which to enjoy a slate of artists well-suited to the clientele native to Los Angeles’ South Bay.Even in that small space, the festival managed to pack in plenty of creature comforts, from free arcade games for kids and VIP viewing areas at both of the main stages, to celebrity chef-curated eats at the SideStage Experience and living room-like accouterments in (and stunning sunset views from) the Captains Cabanas. Festival-goers hardly had to pay top dollar for access to gourmet food familiar to LA locals, be it an acai delight at Amaze Bowls, a lobster roll from Captain Kidd’s Fish Market, a beachside burger at Ruby’s Diner, a slice of classic festival pizza courtesy of Spicy Pie or a perfectly singed pie cooked up by Roberta’s.All of this would’ve been little more than window dressing, though, without great music. To that end, BeachLife delivered with offerings that, while spectacular on their own, fit the overall Southern California vibe to a tee while hitting on every subset therein.For those keen on plant-based reggae grooves, there was Steel Pulse pulling from a song catalogue spanning more than four decades and Ziggy Marley mixing his own songs with those of his legendary father. For lovers of breezier tunes, there were the strums of Jason Mraz and the uplifting harmonies of Dawes. For folks pining for the care-free nostalgia of ‘90s alt-rock, Sugar Ray, Everclear, and Violent Femmes offered their respective blasts from the past—all on Saturday, no less, after Chris Robinson revived the Black Crowes’ repertoire with As the Crow Flies on Friday.If you were a little bit country and a little bit rock n’ roll, you could’ve caught Grace Potter on one stage, Big Head Todd and the Monsters on another, and stuck around to see Willie Nelson and Family close down the festivities on Sunday. If you were a retired hippie in search of some favorite jams, you were probably in heaven, whether starting Day 3 with a bit of worship to Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, rekindling a love for live music to Blues Traveler or basking in the spryest performance in some time from the great Bob Weir—be it spearheading his own set with the Wolf Bros or dropping into Slightly Stoopid’s “Acoustic Roots” show (also featuring Chali 2na of Jurassic 5).Best of all, a diligent attendee could’ve seen all of the acts on the HighTide and LowTide stages (and checked out all the other offerings) without extraordinary effort. The set times were arranged to allow for performers to take turns between stages and the audience to migrate accordingly.Granted, much of that scheduling was likely an invention of necessity. After all, in such close quarters, having two full-sized stages rocking at once would’ve created a bit too much sonic dissonance for this tranquil coastal community to abide.Odds are, though, that the BeachLife Festival won’t always be so cozy. The founders have made no secret of their desire to upgrade the facilities, including a small park of water slides near the LowTide Stage that remained off-limits for the time being. With a 10-year lease on the site, the organizers should have ample opportunity to experiment with the space and (perhaps) expand to accommodate more stages, more kiosks and, of course, more customers.In truth, BeachLife has already situated itself to reach countless music lovers who couldn’t bring themselves to Redondo Beach for Cinco De Mayo weekend. The festival was practically designed to be broadcast to the world, with LiveList involved from the jump and cameras of all kinds spanning the grounds.Clearly, BeachLife is equipped to grow far beyond the bounds of the sands and the marina that constituted much of the festival’s borders. With that may come an even more eclectic lineup to suit the tastes of a more global audience.For now, though, BeachLife is a fitting complement to the ever-multiplying slate of modern mega-festivals—one that felt far more like a long-running staple of a vibrant community than a first-year upstart on a crowded concert calendar. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Kristin! Pippin! The Phantom Visits the Queen!

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. The Phantom of Windsor Castle: Original Phantom of the Opera star Michael Crawford was recognized by the Queen at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle March 7, according to the BBC. The Tony winner was made a CBE (that’s Commander of the Order of the British Empire, in case you were wondering), for his work supporting a wide range of charities. Acrobat-Actor Orion Griffiths’ Inspirational Return Journey to Pippin After Injury: Trust us, the CBS This Morning video below is worth watching. It’s an inspirational story to take us into the weekend. Pippin’s Orion Griffiths suffered a serious back injury and managed to make a remarkable recovery using his sister as a role model. Kristin Chenoweth to Play London: U.K. fans are going to get to see Broadway favorite Kristin Chenoweth! The Tony and Emmy winner will play a one-night-only concert, An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth, at the historic Royal Albert Hall on July 12. The star will take fans on a ride of laughter, heartbreak and thrills with an array of her most memorable songs and Broadway show tunes, including music from Wicked, Glee and Promises, Promises. Kristin Chenoweth View Comments Star Fileslast_img read more

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London’s Dreamgirls, Starring Amber Riley, to Release Cast Recording

first_img View Comments Amber Riley in London’s ‘Dreamgirls'(Photo: Dan Brinkhoff) London’s lauded production of Dreamgirls, starring Amber Riley, is releasing a full cast recording. The Sony Music Classical album is due out on Amazon on April 14—and fans can pre-order it today.The Casey Nicholaw-helmed production at the Savoy Theatre marks the musical’s London debut. The double-album, produced by Dreamgirls composer Henry Krieger and mixed by Andy Bradfield,  was recorded live at the theater with a 14-piece orchestra. The original Broadway cast recording garnered two 1983 Grammy Awards for Best Musical Album and Best Vocal Performance for Jennifer Holliday’s “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”Featured on London’s Dreamgirls cast album will be stars Riley, Liisi LaFontaine, and Ibinabo Jack, as well as Joe Aaron Reid, Adam J. Bernard, Tyrone Huntley and Nicholas Bailey. Need something to hold you over until this cast album hits earbuds? Watch Amber Riley slay the iconic number “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” below.center_img Or, hear Riley and LaFontaine perform “Listen.” There’s no way, no, no, no, no way we won’t have this cast album on repeat.last_img read more

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Minnesota’s second-biggest utility plans major renewable energy expansion

first_imgMinnesota’s second-biggest utility plans major renewable energy expansion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Bismarck Tribune:Great River Energy aims for 50 percent of its power to come from renewable sources within the next 12 years. A proposed wind farm in south central North Dakota would be a large component of the Minnesota-based cooperative to get there.The GRE board approved the initiative and announced the new goal Wednesday at its annual meeting. “Great River Energy has already met Minnesota’s 25 percent renewable energy standard eight years ahead of requirements,” Great River Energy President CEO David Saggau said in a statement.The 50 percent goal also comes with interim renewable energy goals of 30 percent renewable generation capacity by 2020 and 40 percent by 2025.GRE’s renewable portfolio includes 468 megawatts of wind energy, 50 megawatts of which are produced in North Dakota. Assuming its purchase partner, NextEra Energy Resources, receives the necessary regulatory approvals to build, GRE aims to have 350 megawatts of wind production in the state in 2020 with the addition of the proposed 133-turbine Emmons-Logan wind farm. Success of that project would make it GRE’s largest single source wind power contract.Wind is the cooperative’s second-largest source of power behind its roughly 1,200 megawatts of coal-fired electric generation capacity from its two North Dakota-based power plants. The proposed wind farm would close the gap between the two generation sources, bringing wind production up to 768 megawatts. It would increase the amount of power produced by GRE in North Dakota to 1,800 megawatts, benefiting the cooperative’s Minnesota- and Wisconsin-based membership. “Renewable energy, particularly wind, is currently our lowest-cost option for new generation resources,” Saggau said.More: Power cooperative doubling down on renewableslast_img read more

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3 tips for having good work relationships

first_img 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details It’s good to enjoy your work. It’s also good to enjoy those people you work with. If your work relationships aren’t what they should be, here are a few tips to turn those into healthy, productive work relationships.Be respectful: People tend to respect those who have given them respect. Your coworkers will know when you’ve zoned out or aren’t quite being upfront and honest with them. Do your best to be sincere, and pay attention when someone is trying to convey a message. Knowing you’re not being heard can be a frustrating thing when you’re on a team.Nip it in the bud: There will be disagreements in your work relationships. People see things differently and have completely different ideas about the best way to accomplish work goals. Talk things out, find resolutions, and if that doesn’t work, find a neutral 3rd party who can help mediate. Your mom always said “never go to bed angry,” and this is a good motto for relationships with coworkers. Always try and resolve issues as quickly and pleasantly as possible.Don’t get too personal: Bringing too much of your personal business into the office can be distracting and interfere with the job at hand. You want your relationships to be good, but you also need to keep work the top priority.last_img read more

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Best Practices: Community involvement with Denver Community Credit Union

first_imgAs financial institutions look to better-implement their brand footprint in the communities they serve, increasing importance is placed on community involvement. This isn’t old-school community involvement where you could get away with having a table or booth at an event with a couple of passive employees handing out flyers. Community involvement that works well in 2017 is defined much more by proactive, deeper-level meaningful interaction between bank or credit union staff and the populations they serve.A terrific example of this comes from Denver Community Credit Union (Denver, CO; $315 million assets; 25,000 members). In its quest for community involvement, Denver Community focuses on a number of key areas including financial education and a heightened awareness of the brand.“Since Denver Community implemented a financial education program in 2005, it has reached tens of thousands of people with the message of financial empowerment,” said Helen Gibson, VP of Marketing and Education. “In 2016, 2,395 people attended classes at the credit union, listened to podcasts, or participated in financial coaching.” continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Create inclusion in times of uncertainty

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jill Nowacki Jill Nowacki started her career with credit unions in 2001. She has taken on leadership roles at credit unions and state and national trade associations. Now, she uses her experience … Web: www.humanidei.com Details Imagine a time when you felt like you didn’t belong: Maybe you were new to a group of people who had known each other for years, you were visiting a family who spoke a different language, or you were attending a service in a faith that observed traditions you didn’t know. Uncertainty intensifies feelings of not belonging. Other people’s long-standing jokes seem exclusive, not being able to engage in conversation is alienating, following a step behind what everyone else is doing creates fears of being judged. In times of global uncertainty, everyone is more vulnerable to feeling disconnected. Fostering an inclusive workplace becomes more important than ever; however, during times of crisis, investing in culture can be quickly set aside, chalked up as “nice to have” rather than “needs to have,” with focus on this delayed until the “real” business issues are addressed. Inclusive workplaces are much more than a luxury to make employees feel good, though. They are key to surviving challenging times where better decisions are made, employees are more engaged in building to successful outcomes, and consumer needs are better understood (and therefore met). In our current state– with disrupted shifts, remote work, and not enough information– employees may feel less like they belong than ever before. If you are not intentionally including team members, you may find that just when you need employees to come together for the greater good, they disengage. Or, they stay through the crisis, but as soon as things start to return to “normal,” they leave for an environment that is more welcoming—one where inclusion is a priority all the time, not just when it is convenient for the people in charge.Here are a few ways to stay focused on inclusion:   Pay Attention to Who You Turn To: In tumultuous times, it is natural to seek the familiar. This might look like consistently turning to the one or two employees you know the best, have the most natural conversations with, or who share a similar way of thinking. While it feels like you are communicating frequently, by turning to the same employee over and over, others are left out of communication loops and you may miss key information or great ideas. If this happens in a newly-turned remote environment, it could result in days or weeks passing without direct connection to some individuals. While managing a team through crisis, intentional effort must be made to check in with every team member. Do not let out-of- sight become out-of-mind when there is physical distance between you and your team and do not assume they will contact you if they have questions or ideas. Schedule and adhere to regular contact with all team members, send summary emails about changing circumstances, and always ask your employees about their needs, what they are observing, and for their ideas. Acknowledge the Reality of Each Individual’s Situation: It keeps being said, “we are all in this together,” but the truth is that we are not. Sure, we are all in something together, but it is not the same thing: Some people are caring for newly at-home children, others are worrying about at-risk parents. Some have spouses working in healthcare with extended shifts and increased vulnerability, while others are married to restaurant employees and preoccupied by the lack of work. Your executives may be social distancing from home offices as branch employees greet coughing members in the lobby. We are all experiencing juggling acts we never anticipated, coordinating logistics with physical space and emotional and financial burdens. This is not business as usual. Leaders should assure employees that distractions and disruptions are understandable. On conference calls, dogs might bark, delivery drivers could ring doorbells, children will decide that the moment the conference call starts is exactly when they are starving to death and bored and need to know what will happen if they/grandma/the dog* contracts Covid-19. Tellers might need to step away from their work stations to take calls from home or deep breaths. It might seem obvious, but proactively convey that you recognize these extraordinary circumstances. Provide the opportunity for people to share what is impacting (and distracting) them and acknowledge you know they are doing the best they can. Offer grace and support to each human on your team and for the unique challenges they face.Change Your Policies (Or Put Them On Hold): If you review your policies right now, you may find many areas where current practice is outside of policy. For example, many remote work policies state that if children are home, there must be another care provider present. As we practice social distancing, this option is impractical. Do not leave employees wondering what policies do and not apply. By identifying policies (remote work, sick leave, employee overdrafts, etc.) that can be put on hold and communicating this hiatus to employees, you convey your awareness that people are facing unprecedented situations, as well as your trust that employees will continue to contribute as fully as possible—even without a policy guiding their behavior. This message of respect is critical for fostering feelings of inclusion. Recognize (but don’t accept) That It is Lonely at the Top: In a crisis, it can feel even lonelier at the top. As a leader, you are in a position to care for your team, the long-term interests of your business, and all the unique circumstances arising in your life outside of work. With so many professional development and networking opportunities canceled, it may be hard to access the support network you would normally turn to. A culture of inclusion requires engaged leaders who bring others in, though, so do not allow this feeling of isolation to translate to how you connect with your team. Take care of yourself by reaching out to other leaders to share ideas and bolster one another and bring that leadership back to your team.Intentional effort is critical to creating an inclusive environment. This remains so important in uncertain times. What are you doing to build a workplace that keeps all of your team members connected, respected, and included?*Information shared by my 8-year-old in our household between conference calls: There is no evidence from the CDC that the dog can contract or transmit COVID-19. Please do not take this as fact-checked medical or scientific research.last_img read more

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Petr Cech reveals how he reacted to Jose Mourinho decision which forced him to quit Chelsea

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Jose Mourinho sanctioned Petr Cech’s departure from Chelsea in the summer of 2015 (Picture: Getty)Petr Cech knew the writing was on the wall and his Chelsea career was effectively over from the moment Jose Mourinho selected Thibaut Courtois to start in goal on the opening weekend of the 2014/15 Premier League season.The Czech Republic international had been a pivotal figure during Mourinho’s trophy-laden first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge and maintained his status as the club’s undisputed No.1 under a succession of subsequent managers. Cech was the penalty saving hero in the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern Munich but Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge coincided with Courtois’ two-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid ending. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Belgium international, who had just helped the Spanish side to the league title, was given the nod for the opening game of Chelsea’s campaign against Burnley and never relinquished the No.1 shirt from then onwards.ADVERTISEMENT Full Screen Cech did win another Premier League winners’ medal and started in the Carabao Cup final win over Tottenham but was unwilling to settle for a position as Courtois’ understudy and moved to Arsenal in the summer of 2015. Petr Cech reveals how he reacted to Jose Mourinho decision which forced him to quit Chelsea About Connatix V67539 1 min. story Video Settings PLAY Metro Sport ReporterSunday 10 May 2020 8:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.4kShares Petr Cech retired at the end of last season following Arsenal’s Europa League final defeat against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Recalling the end of his Chelsea career, he told the club’s official website: ‘I was not happy at all,’ he remembers. ‘I could see in pre-season how hard I was working. There was nothing obvious suggesting I wouldn’t be ready to keep my spot.‘But in a football team you can only have one goalkeeper playing every week, and unfortunately that was the way it went. Thibaut was regarded as the future of the club with all his potential and quality. I understood the choice was made, even if I didn’t think it was my time.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Leaving Chelsea was the hardest decision I had to make,’ continues Cech. ‘Having played for this club for such a long time, and becoming a big part of the history of the club, I always thought I was going to finish my career at Chelsea, or maybe leave for the last couple of years.‘At that moment I didn’t feel like it was like the last couple of years. That was not what I pictured in my head. But it was clear my journey had come to an end, and I decided I was going to go and try something else.’MORE: Chelsea risk losing Charlie Webster as Borussia Dortmund eye next Jadon SanchoMORE: Chelsea star Reece James reveals his favourite position and reflects on breakthrough season Advertisementlast_img read more

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Il Cigno development to fly high over Taringa

first_imgAn artist impression of Il Cigno at 69-73 Swann Road, Taringa.***THE BASICSIL CIGNODeveloper: TDF ProjectsPrice: From $995,000Location: 73 Swann Rd, Taringa An artist impression of Il Cigno at 69-73 Swann Road, Taringa. An artist impression of Il Cigno at 69-73 Swann Road, Taringa. An artist impression of Il Cigno at 69-73 Swann Road, Taringa.TDF Projects will launch Il Cigno in December, featuring 11 three-bedroom apartments, one two-level three-bedder and three four-bedroom sky homes.TDF developer David Tenison-Woods said the 11 apartments were dedicated to single-level living with no stairs, and three of the ground-level apartments had exclusive access to a courtyard and garden. An artist impression of Il Cigno at 69-73 Swann Road, Taringa.“The communal garden area offers another quiet space to relax,” Mr Tenison-Woods said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago“It’s a quality over quantity lifestyle. Swann Road is literally close to every amenity including small shopping centres, large shopping towns, golf courses, universities and medical centres and hospitals. “Transport is at the front door.”Mr Tenison-Woods said the target market was pre-retirees and retirees, including those who had decided to move from the family home but did not want to compromise on the luxuries and space they’d come to expect in a large family home.“It’s for those who want to make the move once and this is why we offer them three-bedroom living so they aren’t trying to squeeze into the already condensed two-bedroom market which often offers only one car space and very little storage,” he said. “Our clients want to feel like they are upgrading on style while downgrading on expensive maintenance.” Standout features of the development include views north to the city and south to the Border Ranges. All apartments feature high ceilings and open plan living.last_img read more

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Bulldogs Weekend Baseball Results

first_imgThe Bulldogs took their second loss of the season from Charlestown on Saturday. The Bulldogs only amassed one hit for the game. The one bright spot for Batesville was a single by Calvin Sherwood in the first inning.Drew Fifer of Charlestown was credited with the victory on the mound. He allowed one hit and zero runs over seven innings, striking out ten.Shane Meer took the loss for the Bulldogs. He went four and a third innings, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out four.With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the EIAC. Batesville will take on conference rival East Central on Monday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.The JV Baseball team was victorious over the weekend in a lopsided win over the Union County Patriots by a score of 25-0.Adam Cox was impressive on the mound as he finished the game with a no hitter. He faced 18 batters, 13 of which he struck out.The Bulldogs tallied 12 hits. 10 different players got at least one hit and 11 different players had at least one RBI, led by a game high 4 by Lleyton Ratcliffe.The Bulldogs have a tough week ahead of them as they return to conference play on Monday night at 5:30 at East Central and again at 5:30 on Thursday at home.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jason Meyer.last_img read more

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