In keeping with Arcosanti’s traditional event-night experience, the evening began at 5 pm with an after-hours tour of Arcosanti, this time led by Arcosanti’s ecotourism coordinator, naturalist Anne-Marie Vaduva. [photo: Steven Bochinski, text: Kate Bemesderfer] At 6 pm, attendees gathered in the Cafe at Arcosanti for a sold-out 6-course meal created by Chef M. Ali Sadiqi and his team of dedicated staff and volunteers. With a menu of such culinary delights as classic Caprese sald with Arcosanti basil, fresh trout, roast potatoes with truffle oil, and a sweet polenta souffle with chocolate-hazelnut sauce, it was a full house of satisfied palettes![photo: Conrad Strano-Mcanany, text: Kate Bemesderfer] This year’s Vivaldi Festival brought together a wonderful array of performers and artists: soprano Eileen Mager, pianist GayNell Cronin, violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama, painter Jim Covarrubius, Terpiscore Dance Company, Zona Flamenca with Bernadette Gaxiola, and glass artists Joshua Dopp and Brigid O’Malley.[photo: Conrad Strano-Mcanany, text: Kate Bemesderfer] May 21, 2014On Saturday, May 17th, Arcosanti hosted the 17th edition of the Arizona Vivaldi Festival, an annual event presented by Arts Renaissance Initiative. The festival began earlier this month with events in Phoenix, is a celebration of “the maestro’s magic in song, dance, dinner and glass.” [photo: Sue Kirsch, text: Kate Bemesderfer] Following dinner, guests had the opportunity to see a live Venetian glassblowing demonstration (and a rare glimpse inside the Arcosanti Lab Building) with Joshua Dopp and his Highway Hotshop, a portable glass studio. Josh’s demonstration highlighted a weekend of glass-working activities at Arcosanti that included his 3-day workshop and fellow glass artist Brigid O’Malley’s afternoon presentation on architectural glass–keep an eye out for a glass workshop with Brigid at Arcosanti this fall. As part of the evening, one of Joshua’s pieces was raffled off to raise funds for the Arcosanti community–the lucky winner turned out to be one of the stars of the festival, Eileen Mager! More about the glass workshop in Friday, 5/23/2014 report.[photo: Conrad Strano-Mcanany, text: Kate Bemesderfer]Around 7:30, the audience settled into the Colly Soleri Music Center Amphitheater for the concert itself, which began with a tribute to Paolo Soleri from festival organizer and ARI founder Michel Sarda. With great humor and scholarship, Eileen Mager guided the audience through a selection of Vivaldi arias, Terpiscore Dance Company transformed orchestral pieces into modern movement, Thula Ngwenyama enchanted us with her Stradivarius renditions of several works, Zona Flamenca infused classical music with the energy and passion of flamenco, and Jim Covarrubius created an original painting (also raffled off to a lucky audience member at the end of the night) live onstage as the concert unfolded.[photo: Steven Bochinski, text: Kate Bemesderfer]With its unique constellation of inter-disciplinary, cross-cultural and trans-historical interpretations of one of the world’s great composers, the Arizona Vivaldi Festival remains one of Arcosanti’s premiere events–we look forward to next year’s iteration![photo: Steven Bochinski, text: Kate Bemesderfer]
Swedish broadcaster TV4 has made its first talent sign up for Talengnätverk – Talent Network – the starting point for its new MCN initiative.The broadcaster has signed up local music and comedy outfit De Vet Du as part of an initiative to bring Sweden’s top content creators on digital platforms together under the TV4 umbrella and offer advertisers a way of targeting a younger audience.TV4 Group head of business development described the creation of the Talent Network as a “natural step” that fitted with the advertising business’s need for new creative solutions to talk to younger audiences.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Champions start their new campaign off at St James’ Park this afternoon in what could be a lively encounter against Newcastle who started last season well but fell apart after Christmas.After the advice yesterday with Man U this column must come with a wealth warning I’m afraid but anyone who saw that coming needs to set up shop in a caravan as a soothsayer on Brighton beach.Man City scored goals for fun last season but their defence has looked vulnerable in the pre-season warm-ups. So it looks a fairly safe formula to predict plenty of goals this afternoon.The killer stat for the match is that City are unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League matches (16 in all competitions) against Newcastle, so if you fancy the home win you really are expecting lightning to strike twice after the events at Old Trafford yesterday.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 games)Jan 2014 Premier Newcastle 0-2 Man CityOct 2013 Capital One Cup Newcastle 0-2 Man CityAug 2013 Premier Man City 4-0 NewcastleMar 2013 Premier Man City 4-0 NewcastleDec 2012 Premier Newcastle 1-3 Man CityMay 2012 Premier Newcastle 0-2 Man CityNov 2011 Premier Man City 3-1 NewcastleDec 2010 Premier Newcastle 1-3 Man CityOct 2010 Premier Man City 2-1 NewcastleJan 2009 Premier Man City 2-1 NewcastleNewcastle’s recent signing Siem de Jong is out with a foot problem and Pardew is also without Cheick Tiote, Davide Santon and Papiss Cisse are also sidelined.For the visitors Alvaro Negredo is injured, however Aguero may feature despite lacking match fitness.For me over 2.5 goals, although short enough at 8/13 still looks the call.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS for 12 points at around 8/13 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 36.97 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321