Hello, Lady Liberty! See the New Star of Heart and Lights at Radio City

first_imgThe Rockettes are heading back to Radio City Music Hall—but this time, they’ll be sticking around all spring long! The new dance musical Heart & Lights will begin performances March 27, but before the love letter to New York City premieres, we’ve got a sneak peek of the show’s biggest star: Lady Liberty! A 26-foot tall animatronic Statue of Liberty puppet built by the Creature Technology Company traveled for six weeks to get to her new home in the Big Apple. Composed of 1,760 pounds of steel, 753 feet of fabric and 20 motors, the giant puppet is almost as grand as the green goddess herself. Check out this Hot Shot of the new statue, then see her in person at Radio City! View Commentslast_img read more

Festival Bands to Watch

first_imgThe Futurebirds, um, rock.Sure, seeing your favorite band on the main stage is a blast, but one of the best things about festivals is discovering new music. Look for these four Festival Bands to Watch at regional festivals.The Apache RelayInitially cast as successors in the spreading movement led by the Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons, this Nashville outfit has moved beyond acoustic parameters to deliver high-energy indie roots music with a refreshing rock edge. Anchored by the heartfelt songbook of front man Michael Ford, Jr., the band’s tunes accelerate with infectious melodies while swathed in a balance of gritty electric guitar from Mike Harris and grounding comfort from Kellen Wenrich’s fiddle. For a primer, check out the great cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper” from the band’s latest album, American Nomad, an apt title from a group of dedicated road warriors. Appearing at the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion. The Devil Makes ThreeThe Devil Makes Three is a California acoustic trio that brings a rowdy punk edge to the primitive traditions of early blues and ragtime. With odes to Jack Daniels and the pure energy of wood and steel, the band chugs through rowdy foot-stomping live shows of jug band music, folk, and rockabilly. The group delivers three-part harmonies through the spirit of the front porch played with the intensity of a rock show—not an easy feat sans drummer. Catch them on the last day of FloydFest.Gary Clark Jr.This fast-rising guitar ace likes to combine the explosive atmospherics of Jimi Hendrix with the soulful touch of Stevie Ray Vaughn. His talent was fostered from a young age amid the widespread musical opportunities of his hometown in Austin, Texas, mainly at the famed nightclub Antone’s. Now he’s traded licks with many of his heroes, including outspoken fan Eric Clapton. Clark Jr., though, isn’t just about guitar dexterity. His major label debut, last year’s Blak and Blu, showcases his soulful vocals and steady R&B grooves just as much as his ax chops. Appearing at the SweetLife Festival.Futurebirds – Featured in this month’s Trail Mix!The next great band to emerge from the storied music scene in Athens, Ga., which, in case you needed a reminder, birthed the likes of R.E.M., Widespread Panic, B-52s, and the Drive-By Truckers. Members of Futurebirds started jamming together as students at the University of Georgia, and in just a few years, they’ve developed a tight blend of country-hued garage rock that offers some of the same hair-raising satisfaction as Crazyhorse and early My Morning Jacket. The sound can be rowdy and charging with electric guitar outbursts but also mellow and ethereal with dripping pedal steel licks that accent the soulful lyrics from a band full of songwriters. The group is currently touring behind a new release, Baba Yaga, opening dates for Band of Horses in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia this month. You can also catch them at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.Check out the rest of our Outdoor Festival Guide!last_img read more

Benefits of membership in the state or regional credit union association

first_img 62SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Patti Hazlett As Director of Corporate Communications for the Mountain West Credit Union Association, Patti oversees all aspects of public affairs and communications for the Association and member credit unions. She is … Web: https://mwcua.com Details Is your credit union a member of a State League or Regional Association? If it is, are you fully engaged in all the opportunities that membership affords? Just like members of our credit unions have a variety of benefits available to them, credit unions have many different channels by which they can become engaged in the credit union movement. It’s the power of association.Depending on your interest and specialty, there are many options at your fingertips through membership. Most leagues and associations put political advocacy at the forefront of activities and involvement, and that is by far the number one priority that the movement can impact. But, there are also several other, and equally important areas that you can either get involved with or gain knowledge through. Those include young professional activities, education & training programs and future leader development. Political advocacy is a critical element of the credit union movement. Grassroots efforts include engaging other employees of your credit union to participate in fundraising, candidate/elected official meetings, member education, get out the vote efforts, issues involvement and more. Each league or association has team members dedicated to mobilizing members in these efforts. You can get as involved as you like, and it will make a difference.Young professionals are the future of our movement and we are heavily investing in their development. Specific YP programs can have elements of all aspects of involvement, from political action, to education to training for the future. There are also tremendous opportunities in these groups for community involvement. YP’s are energetic and their enthusiasm is contagious. It’s worthwhile for member credit unions to provide the opportunity to employees to get involved in Association YP efforts.Education and training programs likely touch the most number of League and Association members. With a wide variety of in-person and online trainings, members can provide up-to-date and relevant training for their employees either as part of their membership, or at a fraction of the cost it would be outside of the Association or League. Using economies of scale, the League or Association is able to secure high-level training that helps in all areas of credit union operations; from human resources, to compliance, to new rules and technologies; to basic training, and more. Certain groups, such as compliance, marketing, human resources and others also have specialty specific networking opportunities. This allows for idea sharing, problem solving and relationship building, which are all foundational to our movement.Leaders of the future need specific training and development and many Leagues and Associations are providing that intense training through workshops and multi-day/month training programs. This gives potential C-level employees the kind of exposure and training they will need to step into roles leading their credit unions in the future. In a safe, structured environment, these programs offer participants a variety of scenarios and situations that they can glean practical knowledge from to bring into their next role at their credit unions and beyond. These programs are also great places for networking and relationship building. As members of the League or Association, credit unions have a unique program of opportunities open to them. Across the credit unions, every employee can benefit from membership. Get all you can out of your membership, and invest in your employees in the process. It’s a win-win.last_img read more

Jakarta discusses ‘new normal’ possibilities for nightclubs, massage parlors

first_img“A possibility for nightclubs, for example, is that they are allowed to reopen their businesses except for dance floors,” Cucu said as quoted by tempo.co on Tuesday.Nightclubs must also impose social distancing when they open for business, he added.Health protocols for COVID-19 containment, such as temperature checks and handwashing, must be also maintained.”We will follow the guidelines from the WHO to reopen nightclubs and other leisure establishments,” Cucu said, adding that authorities were discussing reopening massage parlors, where physical distancing was quite a challenge.Therefore, Cucu added, the leisure industry would be the last to reopen as the government implemented new normal policies.Jakarta deputy governor Ahmad Riza Patria has said that the Jakarta administration is preparing the transition from large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to new normal protocols.Before entering the transition period, he said, the Jakarta administration would evaluate the third phase of PSBB, which began on May 22 and is to end on June 4. (asp)Topics : The Jakarta administration is set to begin implementing “new normal” protocols this week. However, it remains unclear when nightclubs and massage parlors will reopen and under what restrictions.Jakarta Tourism Agency head Cucu Ahmad Kurnia has said he has scheduled a meeting with representatives of the leisure industry to discuss the eventual implementation of new normal policies in the industry.The administration said it would talk with experts to establish the details of the arrangements. last_img read more