Buffalo schools fail kids when teaching that all White people play part in systemic racism: Rufo - Fox News

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Buffalo schools have adopted a curriculum that pushes the controversial idea that all White people perpetuate systemic racism, while 80% of its students fail to reach proficiency in reading and writing, an editor said Wednesday.  City Journal editor Chris Rufo, during an appearance on "The Ingraham Angle," said the "diversity czar" of Buffalo public schools was caught on tape saying she believes that America's sickness leads some White people to believe Black people are less than human.  One of the district's instructional materials also includes the assertion that "all White people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism." He said the narrative of system racism has also spread to schools across the country, which shifts attention away from "their own abysmal failure to educate kids." BUFFALO'S SCHOOL DISTRICT TELLS STUDENTS THAT 'ALL WHITE PEOPLE PLAY A PART IN PERPETUATING SYSTEMIC RACISM' "Woke academics and

The Yard Heats Up Winter with Dance, Music, Theatre - The Vineyard Gazette - Martha's Vineyard News

The Yard Heats Up Winter with Dance, Music, Theatre - The Vineyard Gazette - Martha's Vineyard News


The Yard Heats Up Winter with Dance, Music, Theatre - The Vineyard Gazette - Martha's Vineyard News

Posted: 22 Feb 2021 01:57 PM PST

After canceling its 2020 summer season due to the pandemic, the Yard is back with a virtual series of winter and spring performances by cutting-edge artists in dance and music, along with family-friendly ensembles including Boston-based Bonnie Duncan and The Gottabees and Sandglass Theater of Putney, Vt.

The Chilmark dance colony also is partnering with Slough Farm in Edgartown for a physical residency in late March, provisionally planned to include a pair of in-person dance performances at the farm.

This weekend, Ms. Duncan's Look Up: A Hot Air Balloon Adventure takes families on a half-hour adventure in the sky at 3 p.m. Feb. 27 via Zoom, concluding a month-long series of weekly interactive performances titled ScreenPLAY!.

"They mix theatre and movement and puppetry, and this is just such an inventive way to use Zoom to have fun, really and to connect with other kids and families," Yard executive director Chloe Jones told the Gazette Monday.

While the performance is recommended for ages three and older, Ms. Jones said there were babies taking part in last week's Gottabees show, What We Found in the Forest. "They were into it," she said.

Families wishing to take part in Saturday's final ScreenPLAY! can reserve their virtual spaces at dancetheyard.org/screenplay.

On Feb. 27 at 5 p.m., the Yard presents an online look at the latest work in progress by the music and dance duo of composer Everett Saunders and choreographer Marjani Forté-Saunders, whose collaboration is called 7NMS.

Supported by the Yard, the pair have been working on the piece, titled PROPHET, in their community of Pasadena, Calif. Saturday's online presentation will include footage of the new work as well as opportunities for the audience to ask questions of the artists, Ms. Jones said.

On March 6, Islanders of all ages and abilities can get into the rhythms of Afro-Brazilian music in an online workshop with Music from the Sole, whose performers Leonardo Sandoval and Gregory Richardson had their last Yard residency in 2019.

Working bilingually in English and Portuguese, the duo use body percussion and string bass to introduce popular common Brazilian claves (rhythmic patterns) such as samba, maracatú and bossa nova, to workshop participants as they build and perform a polyrhythmic ensemble piece.

"That's going to be a blast," Ms. Jones said.

Based in New York city, Mr. Sandoval and Mr. Richardson are also receiving Yard support to continue developing Partido, the piece they worked on during their 2019 Island residency. The March 6 workshop will include an update on Partido, Ms. Jones said.

Over the last 10 days of March, Slough Farm will host the New York city dance duo LaTasha Barnes and Caleb Teicher in the Yard's final residency of the season.

"Caleb Teicher has actually been to the Yard many times," Ms. Jones said. "He's an acclaimed tap dancer who many in our audience know from Dorrance Dance."

Mr. Teicher is also fluent in other forms of dance, including Lindy Hop, jazz and musical theatre, Ms. Jones said. Ms. Barnes, another Dorrance Dance collaborator, adds house, hip-hop and waacking (a disco style) to her tap, jazz and Lindy skills.

"She calls herself a tradition-bearer of black social dance forms," Ms. Jones said.

Two live performances are planned for Slough Farm, on March 26 and March 27, with further details to be determined, Ms. Jones said.

"There definitely will be opportunities for people to engage with those artists while they are here," she said.

An online puppetry show for young audiences, Sandglass Theater's Rock the Boat, explores themes of migration, displacement and interconnectedness April 10 at 3 p.m. Students from two elementary schools in Vermont contributed to the story.

The Yard's winter-spring season ends May 8 with aninteractive performance and dance workshop featuring La Mezcla, an all-female rhythm ensemble from San Francisco whose percussive music is rooted in Mexican-American traditions and social justice.

The group is new to the Yard, Ms. Jones said. "This is an example of how working remotely helps us to connect with artists who are further apart geographically."

For performance and workshop details, visit the Yard online.

Brenda Lucas: Community news for Tuesday, Feb. 23 | Features/Entertainment - Huntington Herald Dispatch

Posted: 22 Feb 2021 09:00 PM PST

GRADS: Two Chesapeake, Ohio, residents were among more than 1,100 students awarded degrees from Marshall University in December. Ryan A. Jarrell graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree. Mary Kelci Parker earned an associate in nursing degree.

CALLING ALL BRIDES: The 17th annual Charleston Wedding Expo is from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. Admission at the door is $10. An exclusive VIP event including a fashion show presented by Bravo — Live DJ and Lighting Extravaganza is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $25. Door prizes are also awarded.

MEMBER: Madison Edwards is the newest member at Westmoreland Baptist Church. May she be welcomed into the congregation with open arms and continue to walk in His goodness and love.

FESTIVAL: Marshall University School of Music hosts the 12th annual Festival of New Music featuring chamber, electro-acoustic music and more at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25-26. Concerts are streamed online on the Marshall School of Music YouTube channel. Guests include Kevin von Kampen, Lori Baruth, David Oyen, Shelby Ard, Zack Merritt and others. The College of Arts and Media and the MU Foundation also provided support for this festival.

LISTED: Five local residents were named to the dean's list for the fall semester at Cedarville University. They are James Barber of Ashland; Cassidy Brammer of Kenova; Emily Kuhn of Ona; Sarah Lilly of Huntington; and Joseph Wagoner of Barboursville. To be recognized in this list, students must obtain a 3.75 grade point average or higher for the semester and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours.

WORKSHOP: City of Charleston's Office of Public Art continues its Zoom virtual workshops from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 4, on how to create self-portraits that become part of the Martin Luther King Jr. mural at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. Workshop materials are provided and available for pick up from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Monday before the event at the center, 314 Donnally St., Charleston. Pre-registration is required. Contact http://bit.ly/3in7vig. Other workshops are offered April 8 and May 6.

MILESTONE: On Jan. 1, Lenville Mays of Proctorville, Ohio, celebrated his 100th birthday with a community hosted parade with more than 100 cars in reaching this milestone. However, a few days ago, this Owens-Illinois Glass Co. retiree and long-time member of Beulah Baptist Church was called to his heavenly home. He will greatly be missed by this family, friends and at Fairland sports events as he attended regularly.

CUZ: A few months before his 60-plus birthday, Joey Adkins hung up the hat of being a long-time employee of Steel of West Virginia to begin retirement and stay busy on his farm and doing additional church work. Joey, first cousin of mine, is being wished love on his special day, Feb. 23, which still makes him a few months older than me. Joey also shares the same birthday of our late aunt, Nellie Adkins Colon of Chicago, Ill., who passed away near her birthday in 2013. Nellie continues to be missed and loved.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Cheryl Liller, Peggy Mynes, Fenton Cummings, Jeanette Bailey, Justin McDearis, Debbie Benton, Carla Seamonds, Karen Dailey, Brian Dilcher, Dawn Ball, Cecil Wilks, Angela Wilmink, Caleb Wise, Tucker Jennings.

TODAY'S ANNIVERSARY: Michael and Alicia Watts (1991).

CHUCKLE: A minister forgot the name of a couple he was going to marry so he said from the pulpit. "Will those wishing to be united in holy matrimony, please come forward after the service." After the service, 13 old maids came forward.

125+ Full Sail Graduates Contributed to Nominated Releases at the 78th Golden Globe® Awards - PRNewswire

Posted: 23 Feb 2021 06:02 AM PST

WINTER PARK, Fla., Feb. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Full Sail University, an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in entertainment, media, arts and technology, is proud to announce that 125+ graduates have been credited on 45+ Golden Globe®-nominated projects at the 78th Golden Globe® Awards. This year's virtual ceremony is scheduled to broadcast live on Sunday, February 28, and will air on NBC. The 78th Golden Globe® Awards will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler from opposite coasts.

During this year's awards, Full Sail University graduates have produced, filmed, edited, and assisted in the creation of nominated work across 24 categories including: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Television Series - Drama, Best Original Score – Motion Picture.

"Our alumni are doing phenomenal things in the world of entertainment. Each year, I am humbled to watch as their talents are showcased across numerous projects recognized by the Golden Globe® Awards, and for their various contributions to television and film – this year is no different. I look forward to tuning in on February 28 to cheer on and celebrate the incredible work of our graduates," said Jay Noble, VP of Alumni.

Full Sail graduates have contributed to many popular projects at this year's Golden Globe® Awards including: Lovecraft Country, Ozark, The Mandalorian, Ted Lasso, One Night in Miami, The Crown, Soul, Onward, Tenet, and The Queen's Gambit to name a few.

"At Full Sail we take pride in how we teach our students. Through our hands-on approach to learning, students mirror the collaborative nature and workflow needed for the film and television industry. It is an honor to see our alumni applying what they have learned at Full Sail to their careers," stated Rick Ramsey, Education Director of Visual Arts.

For more information on the 78th annual Golden Globe® Awards Ceremony, please visit https://www.goldenglobes.com/ and to learn more about Full Sail alumni, please visit fullsail.edu.

About Full Sail University:   
Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in entertainment, media, arts and technology. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has received numerous accolades throughout its 40+ year history, including most recently a 2020 "Top Graduate & Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design" by The Princeton Review, a 2020 "Top 50 Film Schools" by The Wrap Magazine, and a 2019 "School/College of the Year" by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges.    

Full Sail University is a graduate and undergraduate degree-granting institution offering on-campus and online degree programs in areas related to Art & Design, Business, Film & Television, Games, Media & Communications, Music & Recording, Sports, and Technology. With over 78,950+ graduates worldwide, Full Sail alumni have worked on countless award-winning projects with individual recognition including OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Video Game Award honors.  

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Trio of wind instruments featured in outdoor chamber music concert at Longue Vue Sunday - NOLA.com

Posted: 22 Feb 2021 07:30 AM PST

While most of the New Orleans area's performing arts groups have been involuntarily idled by the coronavirus pandemic for nearly a year, Joel Bein is pressing ahead in an effort to "get something out there."

Bein, the founder and artistic director of the New Orleans Chamber Players, has scheduled an outdoor performance for a trio of musicians on the spacious lawn of Longue Vue House and Gardens at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. During the hourlong program, titled "Flowing Winds," three wind instrument players will perform nearly a dozen short pieces, most by contemporary composers.

Audience size will be limited to what is allowable under citywide guidelines, and all spectators will be socially distanced and masked, Bein said. 

The concert sold out quickly, but if the city changes gathering restrictions, more tickets might be available by Sunday. It's also being videotaped and will be viewable on the Chamber website at neworleanschamberplayers.org.

"I was energetically seeking to come up with some type of a performance, given all these parameters and restraints we're in right now," Bein said. "I saw that the Longue Vue House hosted a couple of outdoor performances in the fall with LPO, and so I got in touch with them. Given the circumstances, the best we can do is to have an outdoor performance.

"As an artist, I have a drive to create, and I want to see music happen," Bein said. "I want to do a program, and I want this music to come alive."

To make the program happen, Bein recruited Sarah Schettler on flute, Daniel Parrette on clarinet and Josiah Bullach on French horn. All three are members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

The program will include works from myriad living composers including Christopher Lowry, Elizabeth Raum, Bright Sheng, Viet Cuong and Jim Stephenson. Add to the mix are deceased composers Claude Debussy, Edgard Varese, Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Sigurd Berge, Miklos Rozsa and Andre Jolivet.

Deciding which instruments to feature in the program was not easy for Bein, but with a master's degree in wind conducting from the University of Michigan, he chose three wind instruments. "I wanted to create that sonority that's so beautiful with the wind-sound. I also wanted to keep it simple, and it's easier for those instruments to play outdoors than it is for the oboe and bassoon," he said.

Most of the selections are not well-known pieces that would be instantly familiar to classical music enthusiasts, but Bein wanted to include otherwise obscure pieces he'd encountered in his studies. Some of his familiarity with the works of living composers came through personal contact with them.

Stephenson, a full-time composer from the Chicago area, will have three short French horn etudes in the program, the titles of all of which are wordplays on the word "May," the month in 2020 in which they were composed. The titles are "Come What May," "Reflections from Maytudes" and "Mayberry Blues."

Explaining how the project originated and developed, Stephenson said, "Last spring, when the whole world shut down and us composers were faced with so many performance cancellations, we were faced with the question of 'What music do we write now? What can we compose that might be relevant?'"

With his experience composing etudes for a number of different instruments, Stephenson decided to try his hand at the French horn. With the assistance of the renowned former Chicago Symphony hornist Gail Williams, he put word out online that he was composing a horn etude every day for the month of May, and any horn players who were willing to subscribe could take a shot at collaborating with him on a final version. Two hundred and fifteen French horn players responded, and the trio of pieces being performed by Bullach on Sunday are the results of that collaboration.

Bein described the pieces as "happy and uplifting tunes to lift spirits."

The two of them met briefly at a conference, and Stephenson said he was surprised when Bein told him, "'We're going to be doing some of your music.' ... Living composers really appreciate it when our work gets performed."

Flowing Winds

WHAT: An hourlong chamber music concert presented by the New Orleans Chamber Players

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28

WHERE: Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans

TICKETS: Go here for tickets 

NOTE: The by-donation event is out of tickets, but additional seating might be available if capacity limits are increased by the city prior to the performance. It's also being videotaped and will be viewable at neworleanschamberplayers.org

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