Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler throws a pass against the Detroit Lions in an NFL football game in Chicago on Jan. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Even though he threw for 4,526 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2008, Cutler was traded the next offseason along with a fifth-round pick to the Bears for quarterback Kyle Orton, two first-round picks and a third-round selection.Despite a relatively average first five seasons in Chicago and much to the chagrin of many of their fans, the Bears signed Cutler to a 7-year, $126.7 million contract extension in 2014.If the Cardinals were to bring in Cutler, he could be in line to start whenever Palmer decides to retire. While Cutler would likely not be viewed as the franchise quarterback Cardinals GM Steve Keim desires, he could act as a serviceable bridge to a young quarterback of the future.It seems that Cutler would be a more plausible fit with a team like the San Francisco 49ers or New York Jets that is in dire need of an immediate starting quarterback, but the opportunity to play with exciting, young playmakers, such as running back David Johnson and wide receiver John Brown, might be too good to pass up. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments Share Name the counter-culture coach who likes to take shots on guys hated by lots of down-the-middle coaches and GMs, who is the biggest proponent of the deep ball of any coach in football, and who may need said deep ball thrower because his quarterback turns 38 this year. I think I just made a Bruce Arians-Jay Cutler marriage—and Arizona can wait until the Bears cut him and sign Cutler for two years and incentives. This doesn’t mean Arizona won’t aggressively scout college kids though.Playing with King’s idea of a “Bruce Arians-Jay Cutler marriage,” it could be wise to have a seasoned veteran on the team as Carson Palmer enters his 15th season, as veteran backup Drew Stanton and unproven Zac Dysert are the only other quarterbacks on the roster.The 33-year-old Cutler is no spring chicken himself; however, and his play took a major step back in 2016. He threw more interceptions (five) than touchdowns (four) for the first time in his career and missed 11 games with thumb and shoulder injuries.It seems likely that the Bears will release Cutler this offseason, as the team is looking to go a different route at quarterback next season.The strong-armed gunslinger out of Vanderbilt University is entering his 12th season in the league after being drafted 11th overall in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. There have been rumors that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo could wind up in Glendale soon, and, although ESPN has called this pairing unlikely, another aging quarterback who may not be on his team much longer could find his way to Arizona.Monday Morning Quarterback’s Peter King said he’s “not going to be shocked” if Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler “ends up in Arizona.”
Arizona Sports’ NFL Power Rankings Week 3: Third new team claims No. 1 spotCardinals rank: #18 (No Movement) May have saved their season by converting that 3rd-and-20 play on Sunday. — Luke LapinskiWeek 3 NFL Power Rankings: Let’s be optimisticCardinals rank: #21 (▼1) Carson Palmer had three completions on passes thrown 20 or more yards in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win after starting the season 2-of-8 on such passes. If that fourth quarter is a sign of things to come for Palmer and not an aberration, the Cardinals’ offense will be just fine.NFL Power Rankings, Week 3: Kansas City Chiefs hit No. 1 spotCardinals rank: #19 (No Movement)If Sunday’s win — yes, it was a win — is any indication, the Cardinals might be in trouble. With no David Johnson and no John Brown, Arizona’s engine was stuck in neutral at Indianapolis. Facing one of the worst defenses in the league, a unit that Jared Goff solved repeatedly, Carson Palmer was hit-and-miss. The completion percentage (barely over 50) and final tally (16 points) were off the mark. That said, the deep ball to J.J. Nelson midway through the fourth was unbelievable. What should consistently keep the Cardinals in games is the pass rush, which came alive late. Chandler Jones planted Jacoby Brissett in the turf. Tyrann Mathieu picked Brissett’s pocket. Those two might have to pull off these kinds of feats every week. Each week in The Consensus, we’ll give you a look at where national outlets (and we here at ArizonaSports.com) are placing the Cardinals in their league pecking order. This is what we saw against the Colts. The offense did just enough to force overtime, where a turnover set up the game-winning score.This isn’t a team I’m willing to give up on. The NFC West is looking like a weaker division this year, and the Cardinals have enough overall talent to make some noise there.NFL Power Rankings: Superstar Kareem Hunt changes Chiefs’ outlookCardinals rank: #22 (▼1)Chris Johnson looked OK, gaining 44 yards on 11 carries. Kerwynn Williams wasn’t so good, with 22 yards on nine carries. The Cardinals have to patch together a run game without David Johnson, and Johnson is going to be out a couple months. The Cardinals probably can’t get very far riding Carson Palmer and Chris Johnson for half of a season or more, but what choice do they have?USA Today Power Rankings – Week 3Cardinals rank: #25 (▼2)Quite a bit’s already gone wrong for this team, but it was good to see the Honey Badger re-emerge with that clutch INT in overtime.Week Two power rankingsCardinals rank: #23 (▼2)Bruce Arians has finally figured out what many already knew about this team — the quarterback is often more of a liability than an asset. 1 Comments Share Arizona Cardinals’ J.J. Nelson (14) makes a catch against Indianapolis Colts’ Quincy Wilson during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) NFL Power Rankings: Broncos raise AFC West to power of three for Week 3Cardinals rank: #20 (▲5)Carson Palmer has seen his offensive line, backfield and receiving corps ravaged by injuries, and the crumbing is in full effect. It’s on the defense to keep making big plays to save the day. – / 37 The MMQB NFL Power Rankings Poll, Week 3: Chiefs the New No. 1Cardinals rank: #22 (▼2)No comment.NFL Power Rankings: What Super Bowl hangover? Falcons firing on all cylindersCardinals rank: #17 (▲2) They haven’t looked good the first two weeks, but now come home for a big one against Dallas. They had five offensive starters out last week against the Colts.NFL Power Rankings: Where Does Every Team Stand Heading into Week 3?Cardinals rank: #23 (No Movement)The Arizona Cardinals won ugly against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2. Unfortunately, this may be how they are forced to win games all year long.The Arizona offensive line isn’t good enough to dominate, and without David Johnson, the run game isn’t capable enough to do anything special. The Cardinals are going to have to run just enough to keep defenses honest and hope Carson Palmer can take care of the football and make a few timely explosive plays.The Cardinals defense is strong enough to keep the team in games. If Arizona can limit mistakes on offense, it can play through its defense. Eventually, Bruce Arians and his offensive scheme will break through and produce a big play. The defense is also capable of making big plays. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories A team never has to apologize for winning a road game in the NFL. Winning away from home is tough, and whether it’s by a point or four touchdowns, teams will take what they can get.However, that doesn’t mean experts will be impressed by said win.That’s what the Arizona Cardinals are facing after their largely uninspiring 16-13 overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. When it comes to NFL Power Rankings, it’s about style points and how dominant a team might have been, and the voters from the battery of 10 rankings we use just weren’t all that impressed.
Go back to the e-newsletterFour Seasons Hotel George V is delighted to announce that after just one year as Executive Chef at Le Cinq, Christian Le Squer has been awarded a third Michelin star in the 2016 Michelin Guide.This prestigious award further exemplifies Le Squer’s unique approach to combining traditional French cuisine with modernity.In addition to the prestigious third star in the 2016 Michelin Guide, Christian Le Squer was recently awarded an outstanding score of 19/20 and a fifth toque in the 2016 Gault et Millau for Le Cinq. The Four Seasons Hotel George V is the only luxury palace in Paris to achieve this double distinction.Christian says, “I am delighted to have been awarded this third star – every fine Chef’s goal – for the magnificent Parisian luxury hotel that is Four Seasons Hotel George V. My thanks go naturally to my culinary brigade and and the dining room team, who do a fabulous job every day alongside me, and to Éric Beaumard, renowned Director of the restaurant and past winner of Europe’s Best Sommelier. I’ve been reworking some of my signature dishes to satisfy a demanding clientele that’s always on the lookout for the detail that makes the difference; and I’ve been reinterpreting the conventional gastronomic codes.”Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterWestin Hotels & Resorts has announced that it has partnered with illustrator Johanna Basford in Asia Pacific, reinforcing the brand’s Feel Well pillar. The partnership will see Johanna’s colouring sheets available across close to 50 Westin properties in the region till early 2017, including The Westin Melbourne and The Westin Sydney. Johanna will also be exclusively illustrating three colouring sheets for Westin Hotels & Resorts in Asia Pacific, with more details in the coming months.“I’m delighted to be partnering with Westin,” said Johanna Basford. “I love the way they care for their guests’ wellbeing and find charming ways to help them relax and enjoy their stay in such beautiful surroundings.”Johanna has been touted as the visionary who spearheaded the worldwide adult-colouring phenomenon with the debut of her book, Secret Garden in 2013. Secret Garden has sold over 15 million copies internationally and is available in 40 foreign editions. Ever since, she has published another three books – Enchanted Forest (2015), Lost Ocean (2015) and Magical Jungle (2016) – with one more due by the end of 2016. Drawing is both her passion as well as her form of relaxation, and millions have found colouring her illustrations calming and therapeutic.“We are thrilled to partner with Johanna Basford, an inspiring and globally renowned adult-colouring illustrator,” said Vincent Ong, Senior Brand Director, Brand Management, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific. “At Westin, everything we do is designed to help guests feel their best. Collaborating with Johanna complements and cements the Westin brand’s approach and positioning to wellbeing; with colouring as a way to help our guests achieve calmness and mindfulness, whilst also sparking creativity.”Westin is dedicated to be a partner in travellers’ wellbeing before, during and after their stay delivered through wellness programmes and partnerships. These programmes are designed to help guests achieve wellbeing around six pillars: Eat Well, Sleep Well, Move Well, Play Well, Work Well and Feel Well. This latest partnership with Johanna Basford strengthens the Feel Well pillar, promoting mindfulness, calmness and relaxation for guests on the road.Sharing similar values, Johanna’s mission is to make the world a happier place through colouring while the Westin brand is ultimately committed to ensuring that guests feel better when they leave than when they first arrived. With close to 50 Westin hotels and resorts across Asia Pacific and more than 30 the pipeline, the Westin brand is gaining increasing momentum and reinforcing its position as a leader in wellness and hospitality.Go back to the e-newsletter
Photo credit: The GaztronomeTop pick: burger with Stichelton cheese from Jacob’s Ladder Farms; lamb fillet wrap from Ladle & SkilletVictoria Stewart’s blog about London street food can be found at www.londonstreetfoodie.co.uk Photo credit: Sub CultTop pick: any of the heartbreaker burgers from Tongue ’n’ Cheek.E8 trio: Netil Market + Broadway Market + Schoolyard, Bethnal GreenOnly serious street foodists would take on all three of these brilliant neighbouring markets, but at least you have the option if you’re in E8. Each one is very different in character – big, bustling Broadway Market with its stacks of fresh produce and also crepes, fish wraps and Persian stew; its miniature sister around the corner in the schoolyard where you can find dumplings or hot chocolate; meanwhile a short stroll to Netil Market opens up a whole banquet of options, including Afro tacos, Taiwanese buns and cheese toasties, and all sold from small wooden shacks. Photo credit: The GaztronomeTop pick: spectacular smoked salmon from House of Sverre; a melted cheese crepe from Crepe SuzetteRopewalk at Maltby + Druid Street Markets, BermondseyVenture to this neck of the woods and you’ll get a double hitter which includes the thriving, bigger Ropewalk at Maltby Street Market and, just around the corner, the teeny, newer one on Druid Street. The first, open on weekends, is where you’ll find one of London’s best bakers and doughnut makers, St John’s Bakery, as well as the clodhopper reuben-on-rye sandwiches from Monty’s Deli, and peri peri chicken from African Volcano. Druid, meanwhile, is a Saturday-only operation run by food writer and events organiser Miranda York. Primarily a produce market, it’s also topped up with regular street food traders like the New Orleans-inspired Decatur, as well as an ace selection of guest stalls. Photo credit: The GaztronomeLondon’s booming market staples, like Borough Market, are still an excellent place to spend time – and there is plenty of good hot food to take away, too – but it’s often nicer to focus on the smaller ones to ensure that more of your time is spent eating than queueing. Find out where Victoria Stewart reckons you will find London’s must-taste traders. photo credit:Mother Flipper burger from Toby Allen at Brockley MarketBrockley Market, LewishamAfter launching in Lewisham, south east London, in the autumn of 2011, this Saturday market run by visionary manager and professional photographer Toby Allen has been consistently good – you only need glimpse at his luscious pictures laid out on the market’s Instagram feed to get a feel for what’s on offer there. What’s nice about this one is that there is something for mostly everyone – excellent fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, fish and meat for locals to scoop up, and a range of hot and cold takeaway food from burgers and wraps and crepes to a man who makes Polish pickles and another who bakes cakes. Top pick: boudin ‘sausages’ from Decatur; a round of the creamiest butter from &. Butter Culture.Berwick Street Market, SohoBerwick Street has been home to a regular market since 1892 and actually, despite a recent update, it stills feels like a slightly chaotic and old school version of what some of the other London markets are doing – but, then, that’s part of its charm. This weekday lunchtime market runs from Monday to Friday, and if you look carefully enough you’ll find some excellent dishes worth trying. I often start at the top for a decent lunchtime hit, then wrap it up with a few pieces of really fresh fruit from the grocery stalls at the Peter Street end. Regular traders include burger maestro Cristiano Meneghin of Tongue ’n’ Cheek, sub sandwich kings Sub Cult, burrito hawkers Freebird, and green boxes from Savage Salads (but be prepared to queue at this one). Photo credit: Netil MarketTop picks: Bao’s pork belly bao is unfailingly good.SC Market, WaterlooLike other markets, this one has gone through various incarnations under different management. What’s up now, though, every Friday to Sunday afternoon, is a gigantic and consistently strong line-up of traders from all over the world. In fact I’d wager that even if you stayed there for an entire weekend you wouldn’t manage to get through the regular stuff – and that’s before you’ve tried anything made by guest traders including – depending on the week – Hank’s Po Boys, Busan BBQ or Sea Dog Food. RelatedThings to do in London at Christmas that will make you feel festiveTwinkling lights, towering Christmas trees, mulled wine and ice rinks, the capital knows how to do Christmas. Whether you’re heading down to London with the kids this festive season or yo’re just looking for some Christmas ideas to get you in the spirit, here’s our guide on where and how…12 of the best indoor markets in EuropeFoodies on tour: discover the delicacies and delights of Europe’s best covered markets.6 Secret Supper Clubs: the world of underground eateries6 Secret Supper Clubs: the world of underground eateries
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Find hotel dealsCheck-inCheck-outGuests12345678910Rooms12345Search hotels 1. Rio de Janeiro – fly from £330 Fly to Rio de Janeiro from £330 Find hotels in Chicago Find hotels in Valencia In the city… Photo credit: Maylat Fly to Tel Aviv from £92 Where to stay: inspired by New York’s glamorous Studio 54 nightclub, 57 Hotel is a boutique hotel close to the Central Station and Chinatown, surrounded by the popular restaurants and bars of Surry Hills. At an affordable £78 a night, it’s ‘luxe for less’ at its best. Think ‘US beach city’ and LA or Miami will probably spring to mind before Chicago. But the Windy City won’t let a little thing like not being on the coast stand in its way. Perched on the edge of Lake Michigan, Chicago has 28 miles of lakefront ‘coastline’ and a whopping 24 beaches to choose from. North Avenue Beach is a popular summertime spot with seaside activities like stand-up paddle boarding, beach yoga and kayaking. There’s even free Wi-Fi so you can ‘work from the beach’. Or if peace and quiet is a top priority, tucked-away Helen Doria Beach has great views with none of the crowds. 2. Chicago – fly from £245 Tel Aviv often flies under the radar, but word about this creative, cosmopolitan city is starting to spread. Art lovers should make a beeline for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art – the building’s architecture is worth a visit alone – before discovering street art in the bohemian neighbourhood of Florentin. Next up, hunt for treasures in Jaffa Flea Market. You might need to sift through a lot of tat to unearth an antique gem, but that’s half the fun. After another spectacular sunset, Tel Aviv’s party scene sparks to life. Before you head out to enjoy the hedonistic nightlife, line your stomach with sabich: slices of fried aubergine with eggs, potatoes and salad, drizzled in tahini and wrapped up in a warm pita. You’ll thank us later. Where to stay: you can’t get much better located than the memorably-named Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel. Prices start from £110, and for that you’re close to the beach and the bustling ‘Magnificent Mile’, one of the city’s best shopping destinations. Fly to Valencia from £26 With its enviable location on the Mediterranean Sea, you’ll find designated beaches for dog walkers, segregated religious beaches and popular surf spots without wave breakers (like laidback Jaffa Beach). The most popular strip of sand is Gordon Beach, where you’ll find everything from outdoor gyms to volleyball courts. Take a break from bronzing with a game of matkot (paddle ball). The beach is filled with the telltale click-clack sounds of the local sport, so grab a racquet and sweat it out to really earn your evening sabich. All flight and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of writing on 29 April 2019. 5. Tel Aviv – fly from £92 Legendary Bondi Beach marries golden sands with a buzzy city backdrop – making it the place to be. The kilometre-long curve draws swimmers, surfers and sunbathers from all over, and it’s also the starting point of a scenic 5km coastal walk to Coogee Beach, which has plenty of quieter sandy stop-offs en route. For the best surf spot, take the ferry from Circular Quay to the pine-fringed beach at Manly. The slow ferry is cheaper and gives you more time to soak up the views on the way – so be sure to bagsy an outside seat. Find hotels in Tel Aviv 4. Valencia – fly from £26 Download the Skyscanner app On the beach… Find hotels in Rio de Janeiro Can’t decide between a city break steeped in culture or a fly-and-flop beach break in the sunshine? Well, now you don’t have to. We’ve found five of the coolest cities on the coast that promise the best of both worlds. Photo credit: BackyardProduction 3. Sydney – fly from £425 Photo credit: Carl Larson Photography Fly to Sydney from £425 On the beach… In the city… In the city… Fly to Chicago from £245 Dreamy Las Arenas Beach is just 2km from the city centre, but with none of the built-up resort vibes you may expect. At the northern end, it blends into La Malvarrosa Beach, another wide stretch of fine sand with a laid-back, local feel. Both beaches are within easy reach of the city by bus, bike or tram. For something a little further out, history buffs should leave time for the half-hour drive to Sagunto – an ancient port-side town, complete with Roman ruins and a beautiful beach. On the beach… Find your hire car Where to stay: five minutes from the City of Arts and Sciences, Hotel Malcom and Barret offers modern rooms, Wi-Fi, waterfall showers and great views of the city. Plus, there’s free bike hire for adults, so you can explore Valencia at no extra cost. Oh, and did we mention prices start from just £53 a night? You can’t come to Chicago without snapping a selfie with ‘The Bean’, the shiny reflective sculpture in Millennium Park. Designed by Sir Anish Kapoor is officially called the Cloud Gate and, since it launched in 2006, it’s fast become one of the city’s most-photographed sites. Afterwards, head to a different kind of park to catch a Cubs game. Stock up on merch and grab a hot dog at Wrigley Field – one of the oldest ballparks in the US. If rain stops play, you’ll be spoiled for choice with indoor activities too, as Chicago rivals even New York with its choice of museums and galleries. For culture seekers, the downtown Art Institute of Chicago should be top of your hit list. For the best views of Rio, choose a cloudless day and head high. You’ll meet the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue at the top of Corcovado mountain, while a cable car (or a hike, if you’re feeling spritely) up to the granite peak of Sugarloaf Mountain will reward you with panoramic views from the mountains down to the sea. Refuel at trendy Oro in Leblon for a dinner inspired by Brazil’s foodie heritage, then shimmy over to the edgy Lapa district for dancing, live music and the toe-tapping rhythms of samba spilling out into the streets. And, just in case you need more of an incentive to start planning your trip, Norwegian have just launched new, low-fare, direct flights from London Gatwick to Rio, from £170 (one way), meaning it’s never been easier or cheaper to get there. ‘Been-there-done-that’ in Barcelona? Valencia should be the next urban beach destination on your Spanish bucket list. Wander the tree-lined and fountain-speckled plazas to soak up all the history and architecture, from a vast Gothic cathedral (claimed to be home to the Holy Grail) to the sleek, futuristic buildings of the City of Arts and Sciences. As the birthplace of paella, it would be sacrilege to plan a trip here without including at least one dinner of the traditional rice dish. Restaurant Levante is a favourite with the locals – just check the opening times carefully and book in advance to avoid a long wait. Get even more travel goodness straight to your inbox.Sign up On the beach… Photo credit: Alexander Spatari In the city… In the city… When you’re done with city sightseeing, it’s time to don your skimpiest swimwear and join the bronzed brigade along the glorious curve of Copacabana Beach. The 4km stretch of sand is jammed with locals (known as Cariocas), football fans, kiosks, food vendors and admiring visitors alike. Ipanema Beach, a little further south, is slightly quieter and cleaner, but both world-famous beaches will be busy at the weekend. If you really want to escape the crowds, jump in a car and head for Praia da Reserva Beach. It’s in a protected area, so expect fewer people and more nature in exchange for an hour’s drive out of the city. Where to stay: for an affordable stay close the beach, Américas Copacabana Hotel delivers on both counts – it’s only £44 a night, and it’s a caipirinha’s throw from the sand. It even has a swimming pool, so you can skip the short walk to the sea for a pre-breakfast swim. On the beach… Are you ready to find your half-beach half-city destination? Search for flights below: ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map We all know that a trip to Sydney goes hand in hand with a visit to the Sydney Opera House. Admire the World-Heritage-listed architecture from the steps, then mooch around the inside foyers for free. If money’s no object and you’ve come with an empty stomach, foodies can take a four-hour ‘Taste of the Opera House’ tour, which includes a poke-bowl making masterclass, lunch and a decadent dessert at the fancy Bennelong restaurant. Next on the sightseeing checklist – and handily just next door to the Opera House – is the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You could walk or cycle across, but the best way to experience it is to climb the steel arches for yourself. BridgeClimb offers experiences with all the kit – book their ‘twilight’ climb for memorable sunset photos. Afterwards, head to Glenmore Hotel’s rooftop bar to admire the twinkling harbour views with a cocktail in hand. Photo credit: Dabldy Where to stay: feel like a local with an apartment at B House for £91 a night. You’ll find the light, airy studios in the historic centre of Tel Aviv, close to Old Jaffa and Carmel Market. 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Jimmy Kimmel participates in the “Jimmy Kimmel Live and 90th Oscars” panel during the Disney/ABC Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2018 11:35 am PDT Last Updated Jan 8, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PASADENA, Calif. – As the host of the Oscars in two months, Jimmy Kimmel watched Seth Meyers on the Golden Globes and felt that one of the monologue jokes was written specifically for him.Meyers on Sunday said he felt like the first dog being sent into outer space, as the first awards show host since the flood of reports about sexual misconduct began with stories about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour. How would the audience react to jokes about the topic?“I do thank him for being that litmus test,” Kimmel said Monday. The topic will surely be talked about on the Oscars, but he can’t write material too far in advance because it’s hard to predict what the public mood will be, or if other news breaks in the interim. “Who’s to say Harvey Weinstein is going to be alive in two months?”The “Time’s Up” movement took over the Golden Globes, from the comments that winners gave in accepting the awards to the black outfits worn by attendees to show solidarity for women. Kimmel said it was refreshing how it gave celebrities something to talk about besides fashion on the red carpet.“How can you argue that this is anything but cool?” he said. “It’s a good subject to take on.”One subject sure to come up at the Oscars is last year’s epic envelope mix-up in which Warren Beatty mistakenly proclaimed that “La La Land” was the best picture winner instead of “Moonlight.” If something that disastrous happens again, “everyone at ABC should be fired,” Kimmel said.Still, the comedian in him admitted that a repeat “would tickle me deeply.”Don’t expect ABC to shy away from the moment while promoting the upcoming show. While the network takes what happened seriously, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said on Monday that “to not have fun with it would be silly.”Kimmel defended one of his stunts from last year’s Oscars broadcast, when he surprised a bus full of tourists and brought them into the theatre to meet celebrities in the audience. It could have been a disaster. “Some said it was,” he said.But he feels it’s important to do something unexpected.“I do like there to be some danger in the show and I hope that it would be appreciated for what it is,” he said. “You don’t like to have everything buttoned down, because if you do, you’ll bore the audience.”This past year has been a big one for Kimmel, who competes with CBS’ Stephen Colbert and NBC’s Jimmy Kimmel in late night. He won attention for his emotional monologues on healthcare triggered by the needs of his infant son, who was born with a heart defect. Kimmel dismissed people who argued that he helped save former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law when they came at a time Republicans in Congress were considering repeal.He said it was weird to see the response to speaking out on the topic.“It is overwhelming and it is silly,” he said. “I think that sometimes you get too much credit and too much praise and this has been one of those times. But you have to accept it, because there are times when you feel the whole world is against you and you don’t understand why.” Kimmel sees Seth Meyers as ‘litmus test’ for Oscars host
Summary Kim Cattrall’s missing brother ‘unexpectedly’ dies, police in Alberta end search Actress Kim Cattrall has taken to social media for help to find her missing brother. (Photo Kim Cattrall/Instragram) by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 4, 2018 6:45 am PDT Last Updated Feb 4, 2018 at 1:07 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LACOMBE, ALTA. (NEWS 1130) – Less than 24 hours after actress Kim Cattrall took to social media to for help finding her brother, she has announced he has died.It is with great sadness that myself and my family announce the unexpected passing of our son and brother, Chris Cattrall. At this time we ask for privacy. We want to thank you all on social media for your outpouring of love and support in this trying time. pic.twitter.com/n4dQAMrTvS— Kim Cattrall (@KimCattrall) February 4, 2018RCMP issued a bulletin on Saturday saying 55-year-old Christopher Cattrall had been missing from his home in Lacombe, Alberta, and hadn’t been seen since Tuesday.My brother Chris Cattrall is missing. Contact Blackfalds RCMP at 403-885-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 if you know of his whereabouts. #Alberta https://t.co/ueyBcSpdgm— Kim Cattrall (@KimCattrall) February 4, 2018In an Instagram post, Kim Cattrall said her brother’s keys, cellphone and wallet were left on a table in the house, and his front door was unlocked. She added his seven dogs were left alone. RCMP in Alberta wrap up search after Kim Cattrall’s brother vanished on TuesdayOutpouring of support on social media for Kim Cattrall after her missing brother dies brother|kim cattrall|missing
by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Mar 27, 2018 1:22 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 27, 2018 at 3:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this file photo dated Nov. 27, 2017, showing Harvey Weinstein’s former assistant Zelda Perkins during a media event in London. During an interview with The Associated Press Tuesday March 27, 2018, Perkins said she tried to stop Weinstein abusing women two decades ago, making him sign a legal agreement that required him to seek therapy and mend his ways. (Ian West/PA via AP) LONDON – Harvey Weinstein’s former assistant says she tried to stop him abusing women two decades ago, making him sign a legal agreement that required him to seek therapy and mend his ways.Zelda Perkins quit Weinstein’s film company in 1998, along with a colleague who accused the movie mogul of trying to rape her.As part of a settlement, Perkins signed a non-disclosure agreement. It kept her silent, but also committed Weinstein to attend therapy for three years. And it required the company to spill the beans to its then-owner, the Walt Disney Co., or to fire Weinstein if he made any more payouts over alleged wrongdoing.Perkins said her hope was to “create protection for people in the future.”Under the terms of the agreement, Perkins chose the therapist Weinstein was to consult. She doesn’t know whether he ever went to the sessions.“I have no idea if any of the obligations were upheld,” Perkins told The Associated Press on Tuesday.She said that a year after she left the company she ran into Weinstein at the Cannes Film Festival, and “he told me that everything I had done was pointless.”Perkins is due to testify Wednesday before the British Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee, which is investigating sexual harassment and the use of non-disclosure agreements, or NDAs. Conservative lawmaker Maria Miller, who chairs the committee, says there are concerns the gag orders might be used to “mask the scale of this problem.”NDAs are common in the corporate world, but Perkins says her experience shows they can be used to let perpetrators get away with wrongdoing while silencing their victims.The agreement Perkins signed kept her quiet about Weinstein’s behaviour for almost 20 years. He continued to be one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers until last fall, when women — including Hollywood stars — publicly accused him of groping, exposing himself to them or forcing them into unwanted sex.Weinstein has since been fired by the company he co-founded and expelled by Hollywood’s film academy. Police in the U.S. and Britain are investigating multiple claims of sexual assault.Weinstein denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.Perkins was in her early 20s and says he had barely heard of Weinstein when she began working for his then-company, Miramax, in London. She says he was a challenging employer.“Everybody knew that he had a roving eye and he pushed it with women,” she said. He also had a fearsome temper, and didn’t respect usual office boundaries, sometimes walking around naked or in his underwear.“I was 22 and I was like, ‘OK, this is what it must be like in the big league,’” Perkins said. “This guy is really important — he doesn’t have time to wear his trousers.”Perkins says she wasn’t aware of any allegations of sexual assault until a younger colleague came to her in distress during the 1998 Venice Film Festival and said Weinstein had tried to rape her. The pair flew back to England and went to lawyers, “with the presumption that we were going to prosecute him in court.”Told they could not prosecute in England because the alleged crime took place in Italy, the two women ended up negotiating an agreement that saw each receive 125,000 pounds (now $177,000).While Perkins managed to get the agreement to impose conditions on Weinstein, she said the negotiating process “was humiliating and degrading. I was made to feel like I was in the wrong for trying to expose his behaviour.”She was told she would be held responsible if her family or friends disclosed details of Weinstein’s behaviour. She couldn’t see a therapist unless the therapist also signed a non-disclosure agreement. Perkins was not even allowed to have a copy of the agreement she had signed.Perkins said the experience left her “trapped in a vortex of fear.”After a couple of job interviews in Britain where people “presumed that I’d been his girlfriend,” Perkins she left Britain for several years. She now works as a theatre producer in the U.K.“I think I’m only just beginning to realize what it stole from me,” Perkins said of her experience with Weinstein — and his lawyers. “It stole my belief and my confidence in myself and in society.”She plans to urge the British lawmakers to tighten up rules so that NDAs can’t be used to silence reporting of crime.Perkins says the Me Too and Time’s Up movements against harassment and inequality which have erupted in the wake of the Weinstein revelations have made her feel “hugely liberated.”“It’s given me a faith back in society, and huge motivation to actually join in society and do something about it,” she said.“The fact that Harvey was the beginning of this snowball, to me, is just completely thrilling.”___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawless Ex-Weinstein assistant says she tried to stop him in 1998
by The Associated Press Posted Jul 11, 2018 2:38 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2018 at 3:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Man charged with attacking minion on Florida boardwalk DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A man has been charged with attacking a person dressed as a minion cartoon character along a popular Florida boardwalk.Police say Jamie Roehm was costumed as a yellow, cylindrical minion and working outside Jungle George’s on Daytona Beach’s boardwalk Sunday evening when a man started messing with him. According to the police report, Roehm says the man slammed him onto the pavement and kicked him when he tried to get back up.Police said witnesses cheered 25-year-old Ryan Nihart on during the alleged attack. The store owner and others helped detain Nihart until police arrived. He was charged with battery and criminal mischief.The Palm Beach Post reports Roehm declined medical treatment, saying he was mostly bruised. The store owner told police the $300 minion suit was destroyed.___Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com
NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam told a group of protesters demanding clemency for a Tennessee woman serving life in prison that he’s reviewing her case.Cyntoia Brown was 16 when she killed a man who had picked her up for sex. She was tried as an adult and convicted of first-degree murder. Her lawyers say she was a sex-trafficking victim afraid for her life. Celebrities including Kim Kardashian and singer Rihanna have rallied support for her.The protesters Monday used a bullhorn to lead chants for clemency at a Nashville library where Haslam was speaking on higher education at a forum sponsored by The Tennessean newspaper.The paper reports that the outgoing governor told an audience member that he’s reviewing her case along with several others.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2018 12:34 pm PDT Protesters demanding clemency for woman, interrupt governor
Britney Spears puts Vegas shows on hold due to dad’s health FILE – In this April 12, 2018 file photo, Britney Spears arrives at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Spears is putting her planned Las Vegas residency on hold to focus on her father’s recovery from a recent life-threatening illness. The pop superstar announced Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 she is going on an indefinite work hiatus. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 4, 2019 11:27 am PDT LAS VEGAS — Britney Spears is putting her planned Las Vegas residency on hold to focus on her father’s recovery from a life-threatening illness.The pop superstar announced Friday she is going on an indefinite work hiatus.Her residency was scheduled to kick off in February at Park Theater at the Park MGM casino-resort.Spears says she is dedicating her focus and energy to care for her family.The statement announcing her decision says her father, Jamie Spears, has had a complicated recovery after becoming ill two months ago, undergoing emergency surgery and spending several days at a hospital.Refunds for “Britney Domination” shows are available at the point of purchase.Bill Hornbuckle, president of casino operator MGM Resorts International, says the company respects Spears’ commitment to her family.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DC’s go-go sound becomes anti-gentrification battle cry In this image provided by Akil Ransome, musician Anwan “Big G” Glover, lower right, wearing red-track suit, performing at the Moechella music rally at the corner of 14th and U street NW in Washington, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Go-go music, a distinctive Washington DC-specific offshoot of funk, has endured for decades through cultural shifts, fluctuations in popularity and law enforcement purges. Now go-go has taken on a new mantle: battle hymn for the fight against a gentrification wave that’s reshaping the city. (Akil Ransome via AP) by Ashraf Khalil, The Associated Press Posted May 30, 2019 6:27 am PDT WASHINGTON — It’s the soundtrack of “Chocolate City,” the non-federal Washington that has traditionally been a tent pole of black America.Go-go music, a distinctive D.C.-specific offshoot of funk, has endured for decades through cultural shifts, fluctuations in popularity and law enforcement purges.Now go-go has taken on a new mantle: battle hymn for the fight against a gentrification wave that’s reshaping the city.“It’s a very deep cultural thing,” said Justin “Yaddiya” Johnson, an activist and creator of the #Don’tMuteDC campaign. “When you think about go-go, you should think about D.C. culture. It should be the symbol of our culture.”Many longtime Washingtonians fear that culture is being steadily eroded as the city becomes whiter and richer. A recent controversy over an innocuous noise complaint placed go-go at the centre of a perfect storm of gentrification symbolism.The owner of a popular mobile phone store in the historically black Shaw neighbourhood was told to turn off the go-go that he had been playing through sidewalk speakers for more than 20 years. He claims the complaint came from a resident of the gleaming new mixed-used apartment building erected on the next block.The reaction was fierce. Seemingly overnight, a protest movement and petition drive sprung up and members of the D.C. Council started weighing in. Within days, the decision was reversed.The mini-controversy was over almost before it started. But it obviously touched a nerve.“I think that was messed up. Go-go IS D.C. Go-Go is our history,” said community activist Tiffany Richardson, one of the thousands of fans who turned out on a Tuesday night this month for an outdoor concert/protest featuring go-go mainstays Backyard Band. “They’re not going to stop go-go.”The concert, mischievously named “Moechella,” was organized by Johnson under the #Don’tMuteDC banner. And since it was a protest, he didn’t need to secure a permit, so police obligingly blocked off several city blocks. The location —the corner of 14th and U streets — was no accident. That intersection was once one of the hearts of black D.C.; now it’s within two blocks of a Trader Joe’s and a lululemon.To the uninitiated, go-go music seems indistinguishable from funk. What sets it apart are a specific conga-driven syncopation, known as the pocket beat, and a culture of call-and-response that turns the crowd into part of the show. Go-go bands feature multiple percussionists and often multiple vocalists— with one usually designated as “lead talker.”“It’s the drumming it’s the rhythm pattern. It’s the feel of the rhythm,” said Liza Figueroa Kravinsky, founder of the band Go-Go Symphony. “In go-go, the fans know who the conga player is more than the guitar player.”The late Chuck Brown is generally considered the godfather of the sound, starting in the early 1970s. And bands like Rare Essence and Trouble Funk have all flirted with mainstream success, but there has never been a full-scale breakout star. Probably the most famous go-go song is “Da Butt” by Experience Unlimited, which was showcased in the Spike Lee film “School Daze.”While the music retains a local fanbase, musicians and devotees say the scene is still recovering from the effects of the crack epidemic, which ravaged Washington and turned go-go shows into magnets for violence. Eventually police began shutting down famous clubs like the Ibex in 1990s and forcing the shows out of the city.Anwan “Big G” Glover, lead talker of Backyard Band, still recalls the time with bitterness. Authorities blamed the music for drawing violence when he says go-go was simply the ambient soundtrack of a city in crisis .“Those rave parties in the suburbs with these rich kids — if anything happened there, they could just cover it up. That was the difference,” he said.The purge was especially damaging because go-go is all about live performances. Glover and others say there’s a missing generation of fans who weren’t exposed to live go-go in their youth.“The reason a lot of kids don’t know about go-go is that it’s been erased,” said Angela Byrd, founder of “Made in the DMV” incubator for local artists and activists. She was speaking at a recent #Don’tMuteDC conference. “I feel like go-go was pushed out, but it’s coming back.”This official mistrust has continued. As recently as 2010 the alternative weekly City Paper published the Metropolitan Police Department’s bi-weekly internal “go-go report” tracking all the shows in the area.Glover says the attitudes of the police have eased a bit in recent years and Backyard Band and others now play regular shows around the district. But there’s still a shortage of the all-ages shows that used to be the main gateway for young new fans. That age gap was evident during one of Backyard Band’s recent shows at a bowling alley in Chinatown. The concert drew a healthy crowd of about 150 people — many of whom were obvious hardcores who knew every song by heart. But almost everybody seemed to be at least 35 years old.Now the renewed attention comes at a time when go-go may organically be approaching one of its periodic flirtations with mainstream popularity .Glover has gained personal fame for a memorable recurring role as Slim Charles on the popular TV show “The Wire.” Artists as diverse as Snoop Dog and Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters have paid public tribute to the genre. Rare Essence and Backyard Band have both performed at the South by Southwest music festival and Backyard Band recently scored an improbable hit with a go-go cover of Adele’s “Hello.” Wale, the most famous Washington rapper, pays regular homage to go-go and recorded a song with TCB, purveyors of a neo-go-go sound called bounce-beat.But local musicians still feel authorities have kept the culture at arms-length. They want to see the District government embrace go-go the way Chicago has done with blues and New Orleans with jazz. They want a go-go museum , a hall of fame and go-go landmark-themed tours.Glover says District politicians tend to rediscover their affection for go-go during election season.“They love us at campaign rally time,” he laughed. “They know that’s the only way to bring people out.”Ashraf Khalil, The Associated Press
by News Staff Posted Jul 2, 2019 9:14 am PDT Woody Allen makes La Scala debut directing comic opera AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MILAN — Woody Allen said Tuesday as he prepared for his directing debut at Milan’s La Scala opera house that he has “always had a warm and affectionate following in Europe.”Allen was greeted with applause at a news conference ahead of the weekend premiere at La Scala of Puccini’s comic one-act opera “Gianni Schicchi” with the prolific filmmaker as director.Unlike in Hollywood, the 83-year-old Allen’s acceptance in Europe appears largely untouched by allegations of sexual misconduct that have been revisited in the wake of the #MeToo movement.In the United States, Amazon Studios terminated an agreement to distribute his latest film, “A Rainy Day in New York.” The film will be released in the fall across Europe. Two of the film’s stars have said they would donate their salaries to charities fighting sexual abuse.Alongside the La Scala production, a cinema museum in Milan is showing a retrospective of 28 Allen films. After Saturday’s “Gianni Schicchi” premiere, Allen said he plans to travel to San Sebastian, Spain to work on his next film. The cast includes Christoph Waltz.Allen said that his work “resonates with Europeans in a way that they relate to.”“I know when I started making movies 50 years ago or almost 50 years ago, for whatever reason I always had a very warm and affectionate following in Europe,” he said. “And even when films of mine were not as well received in the United States, always in Italy, France and Germany, all over Europe, they received my films well.”He continued: “Maybe when I grew up, I was an addict for European films, I watched them all the time. Maybe through some process of osmosis my films resonate with Europeans. ” Allen’s “Gianni Schicchi,” which he first staged in Los Angeles, is being performed alongside Salieri’s “First the Music, Then the Words” directed by Grischa Asagaroff. Most of the performers are students from La Scala’s academy.Allen said he was persuaded by Placido Domingo to direct opera – but it took him a long time to come around.“I didn’t know if I had any ability to do this sort of thing. I had done cinema and not even that much stage work. I found it to be a very enjoyable experience,” Allen said.The director said he long enjoyed listening to opera, but usually sees only the first two acts of a production due to early-morning filming schedules.“What I always wanted was an evening of just third acts, so I could see all the third acts I missed over the years,” he said.Allen’s said he staged “Gianni Schicchi” in the neorealist style of 1950s directors like Vittorio De Sica and Federico Fellini — after ideas to make Schicchi a rat among mice or a cigarette among organic produce were rejected.He said he would have preferred a different ending for the opera, based on an incident in Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” which sees the title character condemned to hell for profiting from a ruse.“I have a weakness for people who live on the margins of society and slightly outside of the law, so have I have great affection for Gianni Schicchi,” Allen said. “I would not put him in hell at the end of the movie. I would retire him with a good pension and let him go off and lead a very happy life in the country. “Colleen Barry, The Associated Press
Review: In ‘Marianne & Leonard,’ a love immortalized in song by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Jul 3, 2019 5:56 am PDT This image released by Roadside Attractions shows Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen in a scene from the documentary “Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love.” (Roadside Attractions via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email It’s not exactly a hit parade, the songs that have been turned into movies. There was the shambling reconstruction of Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant,” the fizzy pop of “Earth Girls Are Easy,” the Sandra Bullock rom-com “Love Potion No.9.” But digging into a Leonard Cohen song, as the documentary “Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love” does, holds more promise. Cohen’s songs can hold eternities in them.And the story behind Cohen’s classic ballad “So Long, Marianne” is indeed one that spans many years, from the masterful Montreal singer-songwriter’s beginnings to his death in 2016. In the early ’60s, Cohen was living far from his native Canada in a sun-kissed bohemia paradise on the Greek island of Hydra, taking acid, writing feverishly and falling in love with a young, blonde, warm-spirited Norwegian woman named Marianne Ihlen, who had a son from her first marriage to the writer Axel Jensen.Their blissful romance came before fame found Cohen. When he turned from novel writing to music and eventually — coaxed by Judy Collins — singing his own songs, Cohen was catapulted far from Hydra, signed to Columbia Records and hailed as a baritone-voiced sage. Among his first songs was an ode to Ihlen, “So Long, Marianne.” It wasn’t initially intended as an epitaph to his relationship with Ihlen but came to be one.They continued together off-and-on for years, but gradually grew apart. Cohen, whose fifth studio album was titled “Death of a Ladies Man,” moved on to other places and other women. (Janis Joplin was among them.) Yet Cohen’s romance with Ihlen became mythic, a legend Cohen burnished, himself. He put her photograph on his second album and continued to talk reflectively about Ihlen on stage after their relationship disintegrated. Shortly before Ihlen died at 81 of leukemia in 2016, Cohen left her a tender message that soon-thereafter went viral.“I’m just a little bit behind you, close enough to take your hand,” said Cohen. He died four months later.“Marianne & Leonard” bookends its tale with that moment, and it sometimes stretches to fill the chapters in between. Since the film was made posthumously, neither of its principles were interviewed, leaving Broomfield to rely largely on secondhand sources. And Cohen and Ihlen’s connection, while obviously deep, feels less like a feature-length story than a short; a song, not an album.Broomfield is a veteran British documentary maker who has often inserted himself into his films about Tupac Shakur, Kurt Cobain and Whitney Houston. But even though Broomfield also had a romance with Ihlen, he largely keeps his distance here. The golden footage of Ihlen and Cohen on Hydra is curtesy of D.A. Pennebaker, who was there in between making a pair of ’60s non-fiction classics: “Don’t Look Back” and “Monterey Pop.”Those images and the passage of time give “Marianne & Leonard” a wistful nostalgia and a melancholy reflection on how love can reverberate for decades in life and in art, long after its participants have parted.But strands of the story tug at that romantic notion. Those misgivings are best voiced by Aviva Layton, widow of the poet Irving Layton and friend to the couple, who takes a dim view to the open marriages of the ’60s and the children who often paid the price. Ihlen’s son, Axel, wound up in a mental institution. And the rosy portrait is muddied, too, by the years Cohen strung Ihlen along at great pain to her, even as he sung her praises around the world.And yet the sweet melody of “So Long, Marianne” is hard to resist. Earlier this year, the love letters Cohen wrote Ihlen fetched $1.2 million at auction. But Cohen, himself, may have felt some guilt over Ihlen and Axel receding from his life. In the poem “Days of Kindness,” he wrote: “I pray a loving memory exists for them, too, the precious ones I overthrew for an education in the world.”“Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love,” a Roadside Attractions release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for some drug material, sexual references and brief nudity. Running time: 97 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Press
August 28, 1997Push to finish wall forms for tomorrow’s pour.
September 2, 1999Jerry Brown, mayor of Oakland,CA., visiting the Arcosanti Community.Photos by: Doctress Neutopia
May 6, 2009 The current workshop participants visited TALIESIN-WEST. [from left] Daniel Anderson, Maryah Smith-Overman, Gen Yamamura, Alison Gross, Julie-Anne Ketchum, Marco Tilocca, Edward Cassan, Frédérick Michaud, Laurence Chave, Dongock Park, Myeonghak Sung, Rick Peterson and Paolo Van Erp. Paolo Van Erp is the son of alumnus Peter Van Erp [1976-1979] and alumna Chiara Romano Van Erp [1977+1979]. Peter and Chiara were married under the Vaults at Arcosanti in 1980. In front of Rick is Cosanti Foundation Director Mary Hoadley. [Photo: by courtesy of J.Rorke/TaliesinWest & text: sa]
September 1, 2010Congratulations to the July 2010 graduating workshop participants!![Back from left]Youngho Cho from Korea, Bruce Ford (scholarship), Marina Cogliani from Italy and William Mazerat from France.[Front from left]Rebecca Robinson from England, MARINA SAPUNOVA from Russia, Eva Bauerle from Germany and Matthew Poot (scholarship). Also 3 year-old Sasha, participant in all things at Arcosanti.Thanks for all your hard work in construction, landscaping, recycling and the cafe. Special thanks to Marina Sapunova, who worked in the Archives. We so much enjoyed your reports for Today@Arcosanti!