May 4, 2003RICHIE HAVENS: The concert season at Arcosanti started with a wonderful performance by Richie Havens. [Photo: Henry Diltz & text: sa] For each concert/dinner combination, the audience is invited to arrive before dinner for a special tour. [Photo & text: sa] The cafe is nicely prepared for the concert dinner. Set-up crew and serving staff [from left] Roma Tre student Francesca Venturoni, April workshopper Robert Clyde, maintenance staff member Gwen Birk, Roma Tre student Chiara Voicu and Italian Project staff member Matteo di Michele. [Photo & text: sa] Chef Jim Powell directs the set-up of the serving line. The menu for the evening is: Chickenbreast sauteed with Rosemary and Thyme, Tempeh sauteed with Cilantro and Cremini Mushrooms, Jasmine Rice, Eggplant roasted in Olive Oil and steamed Asparagus with roasted Red Pepper Sauce. The dessert was Rasberry Sorbet served with Anise and Mint Dark Chocolate. [Photo & text: sa] The serving crew is in place and ready for action. [Photo & text: sa] Appreciative comments could be heard throughout the diningroom. Dinner was delicious. [Photo & text: sa] Richie Havens arrived in the early afternoon and spend some warm-up time with his accompanist Walter Parks. [Photo & text: sa] [Photo: sa] [Photos: sa] The concert was well received. Richie Havens entertained the crowd with thoughtful songs and some very funny stories. It was a pleasure to attend another well organized event at Arcosanti. [Photo & text: sa]
June 16, 2008 This week-end was filled with wonderful music during the JUNETEENTH 2008 Jazz Splash Festival. Images of the performances will be posted on 6/18/08. Today’s report gives a few glimpses of some of the preparation for the event. We reported on 1/18 through 1/25/08 about the removal of the old tent that covered the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. Planning department and Graphics are working on a new design for coverage of the stage and seating area. [photo] David Tollas and Jeff Buderer are on top of scaffolding, errected on the stage of the theater, to secure the mid-point of a parachute. [Photo & text: sa] An interim solution for shelter from the intense sun during this 3-day event, was worked out by Director Tomiaki Tamura. Maintenance crew custom cut and trimmed pieces from good parts of the old tent and installed them over the stage area. Construction crew, and many volunteers from other departments, installed a very large parachute to cover the seating area. [Photo & text: sa] The parachute was folded in half, each cord lined up and linked with its opposite and strong rope tied to the individual cords. With the crew distributed along the third floor of the west side of the East Crescent and along the roof of the east side, the ropes were slowly tied in tandem to have clean and even distribution over the stepped seating area. A smaller parachute was installed over the keystone area to give shade to some of the vendors [photos on 6/18]. [Photo & text: sa]
French cable operator Numericable launches its IPO today, one of the biggest public offerings in France since 2009.Numericable is offering about a quarter of its total capital on the Paris stock exchange and is hoping to raise about €650 million with a price range between €20.30 and €24.80, valuing the company at between €5.06-5.57 billion including €2.75 billion of debt.The IPO will allow private equity investors Carlyle and Cinven a partial exit, while Patrick Drahi’s investment vehicle Altice will increase its stake in the operator from 24% to 30%.By 10:00 Numericable’s shares were being traded for €26.39, according to financial daily Les Echos.
Sophie Turner in Power ShiftPublishing group The Huffington Post is making #PowerShift, a digital doc series fronted by Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner.The digital series will examine the power of social media and how young people are using it to effect positive change around the world.“Social media has amplified the voice for my generation around the world and changed the way that we communicate,” said Turner. “I am a huge advocate of social media and thrilled to be given the opportunity to delve deep into its influence and impact on society at large.”The series will be produced by GroupM Entertainment, the production arm of media agency GroupM, and UK indie Broad Bean Media.Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington said: “I’m delighted that, as part of our “What’s Working” initiative to reimagine journalism with an emphasis on solutions, #PowerShift is putting a spotlight on real people using social media to change the world, in a way that’s both inspiring and entertaining.”AOL, now owned by Verizon, bought The Huffington post in a US$315 million (€278 million) deal in 2011 and the new series will be hosted all 15 global editions of The Huffington Post. It will also be hosted on the platform AOL On video platform.AOL has been pushing more heavily into original content, ordering series including Beyond the Horizon with Jared Leto and Park Bench with Steve Buschemi. These, and other originals, are unveiled at an AOL digital upfront in New York, while the new Huffing Post series was announced last night at its own digital upfront in London.Hamish Nicklin, Managing Director of AOL UK, said: “#PowerShift will be a fascinating series, commissioned out of the UK, and highlights AOL’s commitment in creating premium video content that delights consumers and enables brands to connect with audiences across a fragmented digital ecosystem. We are thrilled to announce the series at AOL’s event at the IAB Digital Upfronts.”