Life Is Beautiful Brings Over-The-Top Las Vegas Lifestyle To New Heights

first_imgThere’s something Stepford-esque about many modern-day mass-market music festivals. Take some marquee artists who have recently released new albums, cobble together a few legacy reunions, throw in a hefty helping of up-and-comers, sprinkle on a slew of art installations–and, of course, Spicy Pie–and voila! You have a money-making machine for the weekend.(Not that there’s anything wrong with that, per se. Music festivals are awesome, and Spicy Pie is scrumptious.)For all its pejorative power, a Stepford house, like those that fill the rising suburbs of Las Vegas, can be a comfortable place to live, especially if the location is on point. So while Life Is Beautiful may not have been completely unique in its content, its execution and location set it apart.To be sure, there was plenty to do that was straight out of Sin City and the wider, wilder West. Both the Blue Man Group and Cirque de Soleil made their way over from the Strip to strut their stuff for the tens of thousands wandering into and out of the festival grounds on Sunday; like many major festivals, Life Is Beautiful allows in-and-out privileges—not to be confused with the privilege of eating In-N-Out. Filling the Art Motel this year were the colorful, interactive installations of Meow Wolf, an arts collective out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. And though some of the art and much of the music at Life Is Beautiful wasn’t exclusive to this fifth-year festival in Downtown Las Vegas, that didn’t take away from the experiences themselves.Does it matter that Muse played “Dig Down,” its latest release, at Firefly and KAABOO prior to its electric set at the Downtown Stage on Saturday night? Is it important that HAIM went H.A.M. at three West Coast fests—ALT 98.7 Summer Camp in Long Beach, Bumbershoot in Seattle and Ohana Fest in Dana Point—with hits from its new album, Something to Tell You, before banging out standards old and new at the Ambassador Stage on Sunday? What about all the audiences around the world that have already rocked out with Blink-182’s new lineup or got down to Humanz, the Gorillaz’s spunky spring release?What made Life Is Beautiful, well, beautiful wasn’t just the eclectic lineup of bands, comedians, speakers, and chefs, but the setting they all shared. The sparkle of Fremont Street framed the festival grounds and beckoned to the crowds inside. The glow of Old Vegas, of long-ago go-to’s like the Golden Nugget and El Cortez, softened by the more grotesque outgrowths of that not-so-far-off stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard.The free gelato and sorbetto near the main gate, courtesy of Talenti, was a nice touch, too.In some respects, the booming art culture of Downtown Vegas was covered up or crowded out of the area to make way for the Life Is Beautiful and incoming festival goers. But a share of that overlay kept the spirit of the area’s quirky, creative “gentrevival.” And there was little the folks at Another Planet Entertainment and Wendoh deigned to do to shroud the bright, emotive murals already sprawled across some of the buildings.Good thing, too. Vegas can be (and often is) garish and overwrought. So, too, can music festivals. Both are prone to self-parody. Put them together, and it follows that those threats would grow exponentially.But at Life Is Beautiful, the over-the-topness of the two combined to create an experience that was at once enchanting and entrapping, enlightening and forceful, campy and conscientious. To call the festival Life Is Beautiful may be a bit on the nose, but in this case, it’s no less true or appropriate.[photo via Life Is Beautiful Facebook]last_img read more

Christian Borle May Play Mr. Darling & Smee in Peter Pan Live!

first_img Christian Borle Borle’s other screen credits include Masters of Sex and Smash. He won a Tony for Peter and the Starcatcher and was nominated for his performance in Legally Blonde. Additional Broadway credits include Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Spamalot and Footloose. A Great White Way family classic, Peter Pan premiered on October 20, 1954 at the Winter Garden Theatre, featuring a book by J.M. Barrie, music by Mark “Moose” Charlap and Jule Style, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins and Mary Martin in the lead role of the boy who won’t grow up. NBC has broadcast the musical live a total of three times previously: in 1955 (when it reached 65 million viewers), 1956 and 1960. The musical has been revived five times on Broadway since. The tuner’s classic songs include “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land.” Star Filescenter_img View Comments Christian Borle may play Mr. Darling and Smee in the upcoming NBC telecast of Peter Pan Live! on December 4. According to Deadline, the Tony winner is in negotiation to join the previously announced Allison Williams as Pan and Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. Pan is the Peacock Network’s follow-up to the highly rated Sound of Music Live!, which starred Carrie Underwood along with Borle and many Broadway favorites.last_img read more

Table Rock 50K: Unfolding the Knowing

first_imgThe Table Rock Ultras held in early to mid December in the Linville Gorge have always caught my attention, for two reasons: 1. it is in the Linville Gorge, a place I know and love; and 2. you run Kessler Highway along the western rim, with sustained 20% grades. Sign. Me. Up. Finally, this year I made the decision to get out and run the Table Rock 50k.I seem to never think about a race until I am actually in the process of going to the race. Often I do not know when the race starts until the night before, or where the start is at… or how to get there. I just know, “hey I want to do this race,” Sonni writes my training plan, and I follow it… disciplined and diligently, one day at a time. Then, all of a sudden, the race is here.[What do I do?]Hello again, pre-race anxiety. You would think after all the years I have been racing this would go away.I generally see myself as a confident person. I am confident in my ability, I trust my training, and I know I am ready when I toe the line. What is it about a race that makes you lose that confidence?Simply put, it is a visible measure—for all to see. A race quantitatively measures what you have qualitatively been practicing in your preparation. You are thrown into a place of vulnerability. You line up saying, “Here I am. What I’m about to give is all I have for today.” There is nowhere to hide. There are no more workouts to complete, no more diet changes to make, and no turning back. Accepting all you can do within yourself is one thing—accepting what others will think of you is entirely another. It is a place of judgment. Will what I have to give today be enough? Am I enough?All these insecurities stir within me, disrupting my usual confidence. The entire way to the race I was anxious. I kept trying to burry it.[I’m fine. You’re prepared. You can do this race in your sleep… no problem.]As I picked up my packet, this anxiety must have been evident. The race director introduced me to someone as “the hot shot,” to which I quickly responded, “No I’m not! I don’t know what I’m doing!!!” My response was serious in that moment.[Do I know what I’m doing?]The phrase “do what you know” came to mind. I know how to pin my number on, I know how to get my race fuel ready, and I know how to warm up. And so I did. As I did the things I know, the anxiety melted away and confidence returned.[I’ve run 50k’s before. I’m ready. I know.]As the pre race announcements were given, I noticed a guy shifting nervously back and forth when course markers were being explained. “You’ll be fine, you won’t get lost. It’s an easy-out-and-back,” I said with a smile. I noted the role reversal—just a few minutes ago I was that guy, unsure.[I know.]We gathered around for the start. I notice the energy stirring in my core. There it is again.[“Am I enough?”]Then I hear, “GO!”—and all bets are off. It’s like I remember who I am. My center returns. I do not think. I just go. Left foot, right foot. Left foot, right foot. Striking the ground on my toes, I bound away.[I know.]As I made my way up the climbs to Wiseman’s View, things wandered into and out of my mind. The weather on race day was frigid—low 30’s and raining or sleeting pretty much the entire way. I love running in the rain. It feels pure, as if it provides clarity somehow. In the cold, wet rain, I climbed.[I can’t feel my hands. I’m soaked. I can’t escape this cold.]Hellgate 100k was the same day as Table Rock, and I had friends racing there. I thought about their midnight start time in these conditions and quickly warmed up from any chill I previously had.Another climb came. I looked right, Shortoff Mountain staring back at me through the mist and fog. Such simplicity displayed in existence, the mountains just are. I found myself wrapped in their presence, and continued to climb.[Do I really know what I’m doing?]I reach the aid station at mile 14 just before the Wiseman’s View turnaround for the 50ker’s. I am greeted by a friend and my dad, who are volunteering for the day. I was expecting to see my dad at the Wiseman’s View aid station, so it was a welcome surprise to see both of them here, where I knew I would see them twice during the race instead of just once. My friend filled my water flask, we exchanged quick hello’s and I was off. I called out, “I’ll be back!” over my shoulder, then turned and headed up the next climb.[I’m almost there. I know.]Wiseman’s view was enveloped in white fog. I paused for a moment, recalling how the Gorge appears below when it is a clear day. Then it was time to go.As I made my way back down the mountain, I was content. I knew there were still some climbs ahead even though it was a mostly downhill trek, so I was ready to give the energy needed to get up them when they came. I stopped and joked with my dad and my friend at the aid station for a bit. My friend said, “Ok now go on, Alisha…” and this time I called, “Hey, you think I’m going to win?” I heard my dad and friend chuckling as I left.[I know. …But do I know?]I noticed my statement surprised me as I continued to pounce down the mountain.[How do I know what I am doing?]I kept running.Four miles to go and at the last aid station, I realized I was not all that tired. I made the last push to the finish, 4 hours and 34 minutes after I started. I won.[Do I know what I am doing?]Completely soaked and freezing, I changed into some dry clothes. Who was the first person I called? My dad. He was still working the aid station with my friend in the freezing rain and sleet.“Dad, I won.”“You did?!” he exclaimed.I realize there will be moments in life I may feel like I do not know what I am doing. But in this moment, I know. I know was prepared. I know I am supported. And, full of stillness, I know I am enough… until next time.last_img read more

What CEOs want from CMOs

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What do credit union chief executive officers want from their chief marketing officers (or the person leading their marketing efforts)? That is a burning question Jeff Rendel sought to answer. He presented his findings at CUNA’s Marketing & Business Development Certification School (which if you have not attended is a “must do” event for every credit union marketer or business development person).As part of his research, Rendel received over 400 responses from credit union CEOs.“Talent is overrated,” Rendel said. “The responses showed that 61% of CEOs are not satisfied with the innovation shown by their CMOs and 53% of CEOs feel they aren’t getting the strategic thinking they need from marketing.” He went on to note that 47% of CEOs are unsatisfied with the level of agility demonstrated by their CMOs and 51% of CEOs are looking for better member insights from their marketing leaders.So what do CEOs really want from their marketing team? According to Rendel, four traits were paramount: continue reading »last_img read more

Port operator Pelindo III records decline in ship traffic

first_imgMeanwhile, imports fell even faster, dropping by 42.2 percent to $8.44 billion, the lowest since 2009, due to weak domestic demand for consumer goods, raw materials and capital goods.Saefudin said Pelindo III projected an annual decline of shipped goods by around 9 percent to 15 percent by the end of 2020. The company recorded 75 million tons of goods being shipped last year.“We made the projection based on the effects of lockdowns in Indonesia’s export destinations and import source countries,” he said.To spur demand for transshipment services, Pelindo III is offering a 35 percent discount on the loading and unloading fees.The company is also offering a 50 percent discount on the seaport service charge and 85 percent stevedoring charges discount for freighters that are part of the government’s maritime highway program.“We are trying to rebuild optimism by supporting our exporters, which effort will eventually stimulate economic growth” Saefudin said.Saut Gurning, a maritime economy expert from November 10 Institute of Technology (ITS), said government support in the form of nontax state revenue (PNBP) exemptions, among other things, was needed to ease sea freighters’ burden and keep the industry afloat.“Because of the rising operational expenditure during the pandemic, combined with slumping revenue, many shipping companies are under intense pressure. What they need are fiscal incentives,” he said.Saut added that rules stipulated in Government Regulation No. 15/2016 regarding PNBP collection in the transportation sector needed to be reviewed to provide stimulus for the industry.“PNBP has become a boogeyman in the business sector, and it needs to be reviewed. The government could help the industry by reducing [companies’] expenditure,” he said.Topics : State-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) III has recorded a decline in ship traffic in this year’s first half as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts global trade and decimates the sea freight and logistics industry.Pelindo III president director Saefudin Noer said Wednesday that the company’s ports had seen an 8 percent year-on-year (yoy) decline in overall ship traffic and 10 percent annual slump in freight ship traffic in the first half of 2020.The company manages 43 seaports in seven provinces, including the logistics hub of Tanjung Perak seaport in Surabaya, East Java, and the Semarang container terminal in Central Java, which is used for shipping routes to China, South Korea and Singapore, among other countries. “We have seen a 15 percent decline in international container ship traffic to our seaports. However, the flow of goods to our Surabaya and Semarang seaports remained relatively stable as demand for goods is still growing in some regions,” Saefudin said during a webinar held by media outlet Kompas.Indonesia’s sea freight industry suffered a double blow in May, as falling international trade and a global oil price slump put pressure on shipping demand, according to the Indonesian National Shipowners Association (INSA).The association reported that container shipping revenue had fallen by 10 to 25 percent from normal levels. Revenue from bulk carriers, such as tankers, tugs and barges, had dropped by 25 to 50 percent.Statistics Indonesia’s (BPS) data show that Indonesia’s exports plunged 28.95 percent yoy in May to US$10.53 billion, the lowest since July 2016, due to falling exports of coal, coffee and palm oil as well as oil and gas.last_img read more

A Beachside haven is on the market in the first time in two decades

first_img2/24 Woodgee St, Currumbin. 2/24 Woodgee St, Currumbin.Shaun Cardillo from Ray White Coolangatta is marketing the property and said the home comes with a spacious floorplan. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“After 17 years the owner is moving on,” Mr Cardillo said.“Whether you are searching for the perfect family home, beach house getaway or even the entourage lifestyle this home is a big tick on the list.” 2/24 Woodgee St, Currumbin.“The Gold Coast international airport and the John Flynn hospital are both also a five-minute drive away.” The three-bedroom home has timber flooring and multiple living areas. The main bedroom has its own balcony. 2/24 Woodgee St, Currumbin.Mr Cardillo said the home includes dual living options. “It is a large duplex and it is located in a convenient, elevated position and offering space for the whole family,” he said. “It is within walking distance to the beach as well as cafes and restaurants. 2/24 Woodgee St, Currumbin.WITHIN arms reach of Currumbin beach is this dreamy beachside haven. Kim Smith has put her three-level home at 2/24 Woodgee St on the market for the first time in almost two decades. last_img read more

Sunflower Classic draws 150-plus teams; Sobbing, Sellard top IMCA Modified mains

first_imgBy Mike HughesHAYS, Kan. (March 27-28) – Jesse Sobbing and Clay Sellard were $1,000 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature winners at RPM’s Sunflower Classic special.Sobbing took the lead on lap nine and drove on for the Friday checkers. Four-time national champion David Murray Jr. settled in the runner-up spot, followed by Mike Densberger, Dylan Sherfick, and Cody Gearhart.On Saturday, Sellard started outside pole in the 25-lapper, jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back in the caution-free event to make his way to victory lane. Sobbing chased Sellard the second half of the race but settled for the runner-up spot, followed by Gearhart, Ryan Heger and Jeremy Zorn.More than 150 race teams from eight states competed in the season lidlifter at Hays.Kyle Vanover and Mike Nichols were $750 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature winners.Vanover led all 25 laps on Friday but was challenged throughout the race by Jason Rogers and Nichols. Rogers held off Nichols for runner-up honors.A double winner at last year’s Sunflower show, Nichols took the Saturday lead on lap 10 from Nick Tubbs. Casey Woken finished second in the caution-filled event, followed by Vanover.First in $500 to win Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod mains went to Daniel Gottschalk and Clay Money.Kurtis Pihl led the first four laps of Friday’s 20-lap feature before Gottschalk took control and led the rest of the way. Money got by Tyler Frye on the last lap for second.Money led the distance on Saturday, the same race he won a year ago. Frye chased him most of the race but settled for second. Gottschalk was third.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victories, also good for $500, went to Andrew Burg and Jesse VanLaningham.Burg made his first ever appearance at RPM Speedway and made it worth the long drive as he led all 20 laps on Friday. Kyle Bond and Colton Pfeifer were next to the stripe.Duane Wahrman led the opening lap on Saturday before VanLaningham took a lead he would not relinquish. Adam Armstrong finished in the second spot with Garrett Hager third.The only double winner of the weekend was Ramsey Meyer, $200 richer for each Mach-1 Sport Compact victory.Meyer led all 12 laps of Friday’s caution-free feature. Second was Kiowa Higdon and third went to Art Herzog.Meyer took the Saturday lead from Herzog on lap four. Higdon passed Herzog for second.The Sunflower Classic was sponsored by Xtreme Motorsports and D & B Motors and powered by Casey’s General Stores,March 27 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jesse Sobbing; 2. David Murray Jr.; 3. Mike Densberger; 4. Dylan Sherfick; 5. Cody Gearhart; 6. Eddie Belec; 7. Kyle Rohleder; 8. Ryan Heger; 9. Jeremy Frenier; 10. Greg Gustus; 11. Corey Lagroon; 12. Anthony Roth; 13. Mike Petersilie; 14. Joel Lane; 15. Jason Schoenberger; 16. Nate Moore; 17. Jesse Richter; 18. Rick Fierro; 19. Joe Cleveland; 20. Dusty Springer; 21. Nick Link; 22. Jeremy Zorn; 23. Clay Sellard; 24. Brian Calhoon.Stock Cars – 1. Kyle Vanover; 2. Jason Rogers; 3. Mike Nichols; 4. Tyler Tipton; 5. Casey Woken; 6. Nick Tubbs; 7. Jody York; 8. Chad Sterling; 9. Trevor Schmidt; 10. Andrew Altenburg; 11. Tyler Hahn; 12. Nolan Remus; 13. Michael Pepper; 14. Kevin Wagoner; 15. Lloyd Meeske; 16. Cody Zimmerman; 17. Aaron Gray; 18. Josh Crombie; 19. B.J. Wagoner; 20. Geoff Jermark; 21. Brandon Conkwright; 22. Jason Schoenberger; 23. Luke Pfannenstiel; 24. Justin Lewis.Northern SportMods – 1. Daniel Gottschalk; 2. Clay Money; 3. Tyler Frye; 4. Dakota Sproul; 5. Joe Couse; 6. Austin Carter; 7. Trenton Kleweno; 8. Kurtis Pihl; 9. Ryan Moser; 10. Jeremy Sigler; 11. Brian Cross; 12. Pat Bedore; 13. Cameron Meyer; 14. Justin Gibbens; 15. Shane Meeks; 16. Kenny Schmidt; 17. Bentley Pywell; 18. Angel Munoz; 19. Tyler Watts; 20. Brendon Damon; 21. Kevin Tabor; 22. Henry Henderson; 23. Bryan Herrick; 24. Blaine Walt.Hobby Stocks – 1. Andrew Burg; 2. Kyle Bond; 3. Colton Pfeifer; 4. Jesse VanLaningham; 5. Tyrel Smith; 6. Kyle Pfeifer; 7. Brock Beeter; 8. Eric Cross; 9. Monte Honas; 10. Zach Olmstead; 11. Garrett Hager; 12. Jamie Songer; 13. Tommy Fose; 14. Cody Williams; 15. Reagan Sellard; 16. Brady Bencken; 17. Brandon Beeter; 18. Shay Simoneau; 19. Duane Wahrman; 20. Brian Stich; 21. Ron Wehling; 22. Adam Armstrong; 23. Cody Graham; 24. Jason Sucky.Sport Compacts – 1. Ramsey Meyer; 2. Kiowa Higdon; 3. Art Herzog; 4. Kirk Pfannenstiel; 5. Randy Murphy; 6. Brandon Lobdell; 7. Andrew McClellan; 8. Nathan Barton.March 28 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Sellard; 2. Sobbing; 3. Gearhart; 4. Heger; 5. Zorn; 6. Sherfick; 7. Belec; 8. Murray; 9. Jeff Hunter; 10. Frenier; 11. Larry Sutton; 12. Rohleder; 13. Moore; 14. Roth; 15. Jacob Adler; 16. Cleveland; 17. Densberger; 18. Schoenberger; 19. Richter; 20. Link; 21. Fierro; 22. Calhoon; 23. Trent Gray; 24. Heath Steffen.Stock Cars – 1. Nichols; 2. Woken; 3. Vanover; 4. Sterling; 5. Nick Tubbs; 6. Shannon Maughlin; 7. Hahn; 8. Tipton; 9. Remus; 10. Altenburg; 11. Jeff Tubbs; 12. Jason Davis; 13. Jeff Whiting; 14. Chase Conaway; 15. Robert Rutherford; 16. Trevor Schmidt; 17. York; 18. Lewis; 19. Conkwright; 20. Pfannenstiel; 21. Zimmerman; 22. B.J. Wagoner; 23. Rogers; 24. Schoenberger.Northern SportMods – 1. Money; 2. Frye; 3. Gottschalk; 4. Walt; 5. Delbert Smith; 6. Carter; 7. Nate Ginest; 8. Kleweno; 9. Couse; 10. Munoz; 11. Moser; 12. Henderson; 13. Sigler; 14. Meyer; 15. Sproul; 16. Kaid Calhoon; 17. Gibbens; 18. Pywell; 19. Eric Pfeifer; 20. Cross; 21. Thomas Nelson; 22. C.J. Pfannenstiel; 23. Watts; 24. Damon.Hobby Stocks – 1. VanLaningham; 2. Armstrong; 3. Hager; 4. Tyrel Smith; 5. Bond; 6. Bencken; 7. Jeromy Wagner; 8. Cross; 9. Brock Beeter; 10. Wahrman; 11. Songer; 12. Fose; 13. Colton Pfeifer; 14. Stich; 15. Olmstead; 16. Sucky; 17. Jace Smith; 18. Simoneau; 19. Brandon Beeter; 20. Kurt Hansen; 21. Graham; 22. Kyle Pfeifer; 23. Williams; 24. Honas.Sport Compacts – 1. Meyer; 2. Pfannenstiel; 3. Herzog; 4. Higdon; 5. Murphy; 6. Lobdell; 7. McClellen; 8. Barton.last_img read more

Man arrested for stabbing in Taylorsville

first_imgTaylorsville, IN—The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office responded to Taylorsville Wednesday morning after a report of a possible stabbing. Sheriff Matt Myers says Ross Stroud, 30, of Columbus, was taken into custody and the suspect was preliminarily charged with aggravated battery. Stroud remains in the Bartholomew County Jail following his arrest yesterday. The victim, whose condition is unknown at this time, was stabbed multiple times.last_img

Ambivalent leads Polly possibles

first_img The daughter of Authorized notched up her first Group One win in this contest 12 months ago and has continued in great form, running well against the colts in Dubai and making the frame in the Coronation Cup at Epsom. “She’s in great form. She came out of Epsom really well. It was a really good run there and was probably almost a career best after Dubai,” Varian’s assistant David Eustace told At The Races. Roger Varian’s Ambivalent is one of 15 fillies and mares in contention for the Newbridge Silverware Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday. Press Associationcenter_img “Ground doesn’t seem to be an issue with her this year. We thought she was best on fast ground, but it was good to soft at York when she won. “She’ll go there with a good chance of winning the race again.” Other possible runners from Britain include Charlie Hills’ Just The Judge, a late withdrawal at Royal Ascot, Roger Charlton’s Thistle Bird and John Gosden’s unbeaten Pomology. Aidan O’Brien’s Venus De Milo, narrowly beaten in the Irish Oaks last year, looks the main Ballydoyle contender. O’Brien could also be represented by Marvellous, Palace, Peace Burg and Terrific. David Wachman’s Lahinch Classics was narrowly beaten by Epsom third Volume at Newbury, while Eddie Lynam will be hoping his good run continues with Pearl Of Africa, and John Oxx could run Harasiya. Along Came Casey, Euphrasia and Avenue Gabrial, fourth in the Irish 1000 Guineas, complete the list. last_img read more