On this day Feb 28-1953, Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick announce that they have determined the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule containing human genes.

Though DNA–short for deoxyribonucleic acid–was discovered in 1869, its crucial role in determining genetic inheritance wasn’t demonstrated until 1943. In the early 1950s, Watson and Crick were only two of many scientists working on figuring out the structure of DNA.

California chemist Linus Pauling suggested an incorrect model at the beginning of 1953, prompting Watson and Crick to try and beat Pauling at his own game. On the morning of February 28, they determined that the structure of DNA was a double-helix polymer, or a spiral of two DNA strands, each containing a long chain of monomer nucleotides, wound around each other.

According to their findings, DNA replicated itself by separating into individual strands, each of which became the template for a new double helix. In his best-selling book, The Double Helix (1968), Watson later claimed that Crick announced the discovery by walking into the nearby Eagle Pub and blurting out that “we had found the secret of life.”

The truth wasn’t that far off, as Watson and Crick had solved a fundamental mystery of science–how it was possible for genetic instructions to be held inside organisms and passed from generation to generation. Read Full Story


Flooding and severe storms are one of the biggest worries for municipalities throughout the U.S. as they prepare for the effects of climate change. In Detroit, getting ready for changing weather patterns has prompted a creative new way to use the city’s vacant lots, most of them left from demolished homes.

Through a joint project with the University of Michigan, Wayne State, Michigan Sea Grant, city leaders in Detroit and support from residents, an innovative way to deal with storm water is flourishing.

Great Lakes Bureau shows you the “Secret Gardens” that are cropping up all over the city and changing communities for the better. This segment is part of an ongoing public media reporting initiative called “Peril and Promise,” telling the human stories and solutions of climate change. It airs February 28th on “SciTech Now” anchored by PBS’s Hari Sreenivasan on Detroit Public Television at 11pm ET.



March is a special month, not only because it’s when the spring equinox occurs, but also because it will host two full Moons this year—one on the 1st and another on the 31st (just as we had two full Moons in January). READ MORE

The exact time of the next full moon is:
Thursday * 1st March 2018 * 07:51:21 pm (EST)
Moon sign: Virgo 11° 23'

Here you find this time converted into different timezones for other cities:
WELLINGTON = Friday * 2nd March 2018 * 01:51:21 pm (NZDT)
SYDNEY = Friday * 2nd March 2018 * 11:51:21 am (AEDT)
TOKYO = Friday * 2nd March 2018 * 09:51:21 am (JST)
BEIJING = Friday * 2nd March 2018 * 08:51:21 am (CST)
BANGKOK = Friday * 2nd March 2018 * 07:51:21 am (ICT)
DELHI = Friday * 2nd March 2018 * 06:21:21 am (IST)
DUBAI = Friday * 2nd March 2018 * 04:51:21 am (GST)
MOSCOW = Friday * 2nd March 2018 * 03:51:21 am (MSK)
BERLIN = Friday * 2nd March 2018 * 01:51:21 am (CET)
LAGOS = Friday * 2nd March 2018 * 01:51:21 am (WAT)
LONDON = Friday * 2nd March 2018 * 12:51:21 am (GMT)
RIO = Thursday * 1st March 2018 * 09:51:21 pm (BRT)
SANTIAGO = Thursday * 1st March 2018 * 09:51:21 pm (CLST)
NEW YORK = Thursday * 1st March 2018 * 07:51:21 pm (EST)
MEXICO CITY = Thursday * 1st March 2018 * 06:51:21 pm (CST)
CALGARY = Thursday * 1st March 2018 * 05:51:21 pm (MST)
LOS ANGELES = Thursday * 1st March 2018 * 04:51:21 pm (PST)
ANCHORAGE = Thursday * 1st March 2018 * 03:51:21 pm (AKST)
HONOLULU = Thursday * 1st March 2018 * 02:51:21 pm (HAST)



UNSOLVED is a new limited series that draws from the experiences of Greg Kading and Russell Poole, two former LAPD Detectives who led separate investigations into the murders of iconic rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. FULL CAST

From Universal Cable Productions (UCP), Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. is a scripted true crime serial that chronicles the two major police investigations by LAPD Detective Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel) into the murders of Tupac Shakur (Marcc Rose) and Biggie Smalls (Wavyy Jonez).

Emmy Winner Anthony Hemingway (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) directed the pilot and will executive produce the series, along with Mark Taylor through their Hemingway | Taylor production company. Kyle Long (Suits) wrote the pilot and will also executive produce.

Kading, who will also serve as co-executive producer, led multiple law-enforcement task forces investigating the murders and authored the book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations.

The series also stars Jimmi Simpson (Westworld) as Detective Russell Poole, Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo) as Officer Daryn Dupree, Jamie McShane (Bloodline) as Det. Fred Miller, Brent Sexton (The Killing) as Det. Brian Tyndall, Luke James (Black Nativity) as Sean “Puffy” Combs, Aisha Hinds (Underground) as Biggie Smalls’s mother Voletta Wallace, and Letoya Luckett (Rosewood) as Suge Knight’s estranged wife Sharitha Golden.


In 1974, Capitol Records issued an unremarkable hard-rock album. Receiving a low-key release and promoted through an underground marketing campaign, the album received limited—sometimes scoffing, sometime favorable—press attention for its eerie similarities to a famed rock ‘n’ roll icon who perished under mysterious circumstances three years earlier.

Some audiophiles questioned the recordings as a lost solo album recorded prior to that iconic musician’s death; others believed the icon still alive, in hiding and recording music; others believed the album an elaborate hoax—a prefabricated band created by musicians and producers looking to profit on the celebrity of a deceased rock star.

To this day, some music journalists dismiss this phantasmal effort as a “comical” concept album: a parody of the then trendy, excessive and bloated rock operas created during the emergence of the progressive-rock epoch of the late Sixties and early Seventies.

This is the ethereal tale of that wizard of Detroit and his epic encounter with the storied Lizard King of Los Angeles. This is a historical journey of the Phantom’s time; a melodious trek through the excitements and the innovations, a musical expedition through the hypes and excesses and the successes and failures of the rock ‘n’ roll music industry and one of its mythical creations: 1974’s Phantom's Divine Comedy: Part 1.

This is the story of the man who replaced Jim Morrison in the Doors.


#LesMiserables opens in the Fisher Theater ltonight, and will run through March 11. Don't miss it! via Broadway In Detroit - The Fisher Theatre and more!

FEBRUARY 27 -MARCH 11, 2018

Tuesday - Saturday at 8:00pm
Sunday Evenings at 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00pm


Fisher Building
3011 W. Grand Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan 48202

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1).

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Ghost, Fitz & The Tantrums, Chase Rice, 
 George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, 
Stone Sour & more!

Fort Wayne, Ind. (February 27, 2018) – The anticipation and the wait is almost over as a restored new, premier music and special events center will open its doors this May in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Clyde Theatre today announced its first round of upcoming concerts and on-sale dates and will continue to announce and roll out shows on an ongoing basis.

Located in Quimby Village on the Southwest side of downtown Fort Wayne, the Clyde Theatre will provide a unique opportunity for fans to experience some of their favorite touring artists and performers who might not have normally made a stop in Fort Wayne in the past.

The Clyde Theatre is a stunning venue and art deco masterpiece that has survived the test of time. The former movie theater, originally built in 1951, will now consist of a main performance hall featuring a large footprint of more than 21,000 square feet of floor space and will be utilized as a 2,150 capacity general admission concert hall and multi-functional special events center.

Rick Kinney, General Manager of The Clyde Theatre and Even Keel Event Productions stated, ““We’re excited to announce this first wave of concerts to help establish the Clyde Theatre as Fort Wayne’s premier music venue. This is a small sample of what people can expect in the years ahead as we bring in national touring artists covering a wide variety of musical tastes and genres.

It’s important to us that we connect Fort Wayne concert lovers to new and up-and-coming acts while also bringing in classic and well-known artists. Stay tuned, because we’ll be announcing even more performances in the weeks to come!”


In 1949, Clyde Quimby commissioned architect A.M. Strauss to draw up plans for the Clyde Theatre at Quimby Village in Fort Wayne, IN. Opening on April 19th, 1951, as a 1782 seat movie theatre, the Clyde was bustling with patrons as the regions premier movie house serving citizens from all over Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio.

When entrepreneur Rick Kinney purchased the building at a 2012 tax sale, a majority of the interior finishes had been stripped away by previous owners, leaving nothing but a shell of memories from a day long gone.

Today this art deco masterpiece has survived the test of time and consists of over 21,000 sq. ft. of floor space. The main performance hall, which has had all of its seats removed, will be utilized as a 2,150 capacity, general admission, multi-functional concert hall and special events center.



Jeremy Benjamin - Cold Hard Cash

Jeremy Benjamin is a singer-songwriter from London, Ontario. Signed to Divergent Recordings, a subsidiary of True North Records.

Jeremy Benjamin (Zeyl) is an award-winning Songwriter whose work spans the genres of Folk, Pop, Country and Gospel. Since 2007, Jeremy has served as the songwriter and leader of the internationally-acclaimed Folk Vocal Trio Isobelle Gunn along with both his wife and his sister. 

In 2013, Jeremy released a commissioned work entitled Heidelberg: Songs from the Catechism to critical acclaim within the Christian Church. Jeremy took a full-time role as Director of Worship Arts at Talbot St. Church in London, Canada in 2014 and served there until 2017.

During his tenure in London, Jeremy created the Body & Soul Collective and began touring and teaching his songs in the U.S. and Canada at worship conferences and retreats. In 2017, Jeremy signed a record and publishing deal with True North Records and is currently working on an album to be released in 2018.

Jeremy lives in London, Canada with his wife and two children.

Label: Divergent Recordings / True North Records


 I found this news article yesterday on the Ann Arbor Library page and it is a true story.. My cousin Steve Hill chased down some bank robbers with a dog catching truck! Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor folks might remember this...My uncle Dick and Steve are in the photos...

A limited duty officer with the Ann Arbor Police Department, Steve Hill (crouching, left) played a key role in the capture Thursday of three bank robbery suspects. Hill, shown with his father, Police Lt. Richard Hill (far left), and Police Chief Walter Krasny, indicates a rust spot on his dog control truck where a bullet might have glanced off the vehicle as he followed the suspects' fleeing car and radioed in its location to other police patron cars. Hill was unarmed as one of the suspects fired several shots back at his truck.

Steve Hill and his Dad Richard G. Hill (standing)

Father-Son Combination - Limited Duty Patrolman Steven Hill (left) has joined the Ann Arbor Police Department to help form the first father-son combination in the department's history. His father, staff Sgt. Richard G. Hill (right) has been a city policeman for more than 15 years. Their boss is Deputy Police Chief Harold E. Olson, shown going over their reports.

both have passed away Rip Uncle Dick and Cousin Steve


How to Choose the Best Country Band for Your Event

Are you planning an event this coming Saturday and one of the things on your list is finding a country band for performance? Different country band performers provide these services, and therefore, it is upon you as the customer to choose the right group to work with. You need a band that will deliver the best performance and wow your crowd too.

So, use the following tips to guide you in choosing the best country band for your event.

• Focus on the Event
What event are you planning for? Is it a wedding, a birthday party or even a funeral. Focusing on the event helps you make the right decision when choosing the band to perform at the event. Although some groups perform in all events, it is always good to work with a band that offers their services in specific events since it will be more comfortable coordinating with them regarding the songs to play.

• Know your Crowd
Another tip to guide you in choosing a performance band is by thoroughly understanding your crowd. If they are young, get a band that will provide energetic and vibey songs, but if they are elderly, slow performances will be the best choice since they can easily enjoy and dance to the music. Also, if the crowd is a mixture of the two, ensure the band that you chose will be able to entertain and engage all the invitees.

• The Budget
The amount of money that you have set aside to spend on hiring a band will profoundly determine the kind of group to get. This is because all bands have different charging rates depending on various factors with experience being the first one.

So, set aside enough money to find a competent and experienced group that will give a good performance, and also choose a band that will not lead you to overspend. Research on the internet since some country music bands have websites where their customers can contact them from. For example, visit greenlightbooking.com to see some of the leading country music bands that you can work with.

• The Type of Songs to Play
The kind of music that is played communicates the type of event that is going on. For example, a wedding performance is different from a funeral performance. Therefore before the due date, go through all the music that the band has set to perform in your event to see if it will blend well with the theme of the event or not.

• The Services
Choose a band that has an excellent communication and relation skills such that if you require asking them anything at any time, they will gladly assist you. They should also be flexible such that if you need them to change their songs or style of performance, they should be willing to compromise or even advice you where necessary.

Use the above great tips to help you choose the best country music band to work with. Working with a group that you can relate to makes your event run smoothly and be fun. So, to make your event stand out, choose a band that has a good experience, and that has an excellent selection of music as well. You can ask for help from a friend about the best band to hire to save time.



The U.S. couldn't contain its excitement Saturday morning after defeating Sweden 10-7 for Team USA's first ever Olympic curling gold medal.

The United States won its first gold medal in Olympic curling, beating Sweden 10-7. After starting 2-4, the U.S. won its last five games. With the win, the U.S. earned a medal in its 11th different sport in PyeongChang.

Eleven medals sets a record for any nation at a single Winter Olympics. It was also the U.S.’ ninth gold medal in PyeongChang, which matches the U.S.’ total from each of the last three Winter Olympics.

Curling fever caught on in the U.S., and despite the late start, #curling was the top trending hashtag in the U.S. on Twitter, and #Shuster was second.


From left, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten

Sorry a wee bit slow on this news. Governor Jerry Brown refused parole to Manson girl Leslie Van Houten this past January. There were tons of fake news stories about Van Houten being released so I verified it and thought I would share it this in case any of you missed it too. xK

NBC NEWS LOS ANGELES — The governor of California once again denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who blamed herself at her parole hearing for letting him control her life.

Gov. Jerry Brown said in his decision that Van Houten still lays too much of the blame on Manson, who died two months ago at 83.

Brown acknowledged that Van Houten's youth at the time of the crime, her more than four decades as a model prisoner and her abuse at the hands of Manson make it worth considering her release.

"However," he wrote in his decision "these factors are outweighed by negative factors that demonstrate she remains unsuitable for parole."

The 68-year-old Van Houten is serving life for the murders of wealthy grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, when Van Houten was 19. They were stabbed a day after other Manson followers killed pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four other people in Los Angeles.



Ronald Tyrus Ilitch, one of the seven adult children of Michigan business magnates Mike and Marian Ilitch, died Friday of a suspected drug overdose in a Troy hotel.

Ron Ilitch, 61, was found dead in a room at the Troy Marriott on Big Beaver, according to police. He was on probation at the time.

The Ilitch family issued a statement late Friday afternoon, saying members of the family are mourning his death.

"On behalf of my mother Marian Ilitch and our entire family, I want to express our sadness and grief at Ron’s passing," Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, said in the statement. "We’re devastated about this loss, and we ask for respect of the family’s privacy during this difficult time."

Ron Ilitch had a history of personal struggles and run-ins with the law, including a 2014 misdemeanor cocaine conviction.

State records indicate that he was on probation until May for a more recent offense. Chris Gautz, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections, said the MDOC was supervising him on behalf of Colorado for an operating while intoxicated offense that occurred in that state.

His supervision conditions included staying away from drugs and alcohol, and making "genuine efforts" to find employment.

He was not involved in the family's many businesses, which include Little Caesars pizza, MotorCity Casino Hotel and ownership of the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings.

Troy Police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said the circumstances of the hotel death are still under investigation.

“We will be making contact with anyone else that was in the room and speaking with everyone that could have been a witness,” she said.

Family patriarch Mike Ilitch died on Feb. 10, 2017 at age 87.

My thoughts and prayers are with Denise Ilitch, her mother and family. God bless you with strength to get through this most difficult time.xoK



A special reissue of Concert for George is out now

Today they kick off the celebrations for George's 75th Birthday (February 25th) with a special reissue of Concert for George. Now available for the very first time on vinyl, as a 4-LP Box Set via Concord Music.

The 180-gram audiophile vinyl set represents the first time that all songs from the concert have been available on an audio configuration - including performances from Eric Clapton, Joe Brown, Dhani Harrison, Jools Holland, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Monty Python, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Ringo Starr and many more.


There was a wide assortment of films to see this year, way better than last year. The biggest buzz is about 3 Billboards which had really great acting but the story was too dull and tedious, we are still waiting for something to happen... The Post with Tom Hanks was good like a normal Tom movie but it wasn't spectacular.

The Darkest Hour was lacking for me due to the John Lithgow portrayal of Winston Churchill in The Crown Netflix Series. Lithgow owned Churchill! He was way better than Gary Oldman. Dunkirk was very well done except we already know that story.

The best film for pure fantasy entertainment was The Shape of Water. The lead actress was so good and my land I love Richard Jenkins in anything! He steals every scene! Even with a big aquaman in the bathroom he ruled! Loved Octavia Spencer trying to keep the story moving along! Any hoo, please leave comments about your favorites below the post plzz. xoK

Best Picture: Links to Official Trailers below

“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Lead Actor:

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Richard Jenkins and Sally Hawkins both nominees for The Shape of Water

Lead Actress:

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Supporting Actor:

Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Sally Hawkins with Octavia Spencer in the Shape of Water

Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”


“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

Animated Feature:

“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito
“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha
“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Animated Short:

“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant
“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon
“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray
“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory
“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin
“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay:

“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh


“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins
“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema
“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison
“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

Best Documentary Feature:

“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman
“Faces Places,” JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda
“Icarus,” Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan
“Last Men in Aleppo,” Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen
“Strong Island,” Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes“Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel
“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon
“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Best Live Action Short Film:

“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk
“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson
“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr.
“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton
“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Best Foreign Language Film:

“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)
“The Insult” (Lebanon)
“Loveless” (Russia)
“On Body and Soul (Hungary)
“The Square” (Sweden)

Film Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith
“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel
“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory

Sound Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green
“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King
“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Sound Mixing:

“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill
“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
“The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Production Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau

Original Score:

“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer
“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood
“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell

Original Song:

Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Makeup and Hair:

“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick
“Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten

Costume Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran
“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran
“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges
“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira
“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle

Visual Effects:

“Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick
“Kong: Skull Island,” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan
“War for the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist



Team USA takes home the gold!

The United States women's ice hockey team beat Canada 3-2 in the 2018 Olympics championship matchup in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Wednesday. A goal by Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson in the sixth round of the sudden death overtime shootout, which lasted 20 minutes, gave the U.S. its victory.

This was the first gold medal for the U.S. since 1998, when the first women's hockey tournament in Olympic history was played in Nagano, Japan. READ MORE


happiest of birthdays to my darling girl... 
love you to the moon and back baby! xoMOM



Joanne Shaw Taylor has established herself as the UK’s number one star of the blues-rock world. The girl with the big voice and killer guitar chops has toured extensively around the globe, released critically acclaimed albums and gained a global fan base. Her eagerly anticipated US tour commences on March 1st in Boston and says farewell in Phoenix on March 24th.

Joanne’s 2009 debut album White Sugar opened the door and with her breaking the notoriously hard-to-crack US market. She beat the stereotypes of age and gender, gaining acclaim from critics and peers alike. Subsequent albums; Diamonds in the Dirt (2010), Almost Always Never (2012) and Songs From The Road (2013) followed and Joanne’s fan base grew globally.

In 2014 Joanne reunited with her White Sugar album producer, Jim Gaines, recording her next album The Dirty Truth in Memphis. It was a joyous return to Joanne’s original sound of mixing blues influences with rock riffs. A critical success, The Dirty Truth was released on Ms. Taylor’s own indie label Axehouse Records.

Following international recognition in 2016 including performances on Later… With Jools Holland, BBC’s Glastonbury coverage and outstanding reviews for her latest and biggest selling album to date, Wild. Recorded at Grand Victor Sound Studios, Nashville TN, ‘Wild’ has been produced by Kevin Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Aerosmith, Journey, Iron Maiden) and features members of Joe Bonamassa’s band.

Joanne toured with a formidable force starting 2017 selling out UK and European dates. With the EU solidly under her belt it’s time to take America by storm this March.


Joanne on Jools Holland

Joanne on Spotify


Rock Legend TODD RUNDGREN Headlines Cleopatra Records First Ever SXSW Showcase!

Los Angeles, CA - One of the few remaining truly independent, privately owned record labels in existence today, L.A.-based Cleopatra Records has been championing underground music and outsider artists since its inception in 1992. Now, the label has teamed up with the biggest music festival dedicated to discovering and promoting new talent, SXSW, to announce the first ever official Cleopatra Records showcase. Headlining this special event is legendary songwriter/producer/guitarist, Todd Rundgren, an artist well known for pushing the boundaries of rock and pop with his distinctive flair for the eccentric and unusual. Todd’s newest album, White Knight, was released by Cleopatra Records in May of last year and features guest performances by Trent Reznor, Robyn, Joe Satriani & more.

In addition to Rundgren, the showcase will also bring together some of the label’s newest acts including dreamwave artist Pastel Ghost, whose first album Abyss has been reissued by Cleopatra and will also see their forthcoming album released later this year on the label. Alternative metal cabaret act from Mexico, Descartes A Kant, partnered with Cleopatra for their newest album Victims Of Love Propaganda in May of last year while L.A.’s own death rock architects, Egrets On Ergot, released Surfeit Of Germütlich last October. Electronic duo United Ghosts will issue their Cleopatra debut later this year while local Texas band Nite, consisting of twin brothers Kyle and Myles Mendez, saw their newest release Reborn launched in July of 2016. Each of these bands demonstrates the label’s fondness for uniquely creative acts and a commitment to supporting truly artist-driven music.

The official SXSW showcase for Cleopatra Records will be held at Elysium in downtown Austin, TX on March 15th. The first band will start at 8pm.



Nine of Pentacles
What you will gain is time to enjoy the fruits of your labour; this is a time of prosperity and a time to congratulate yourself for a job well done.

You can take your foot off the gas pedal and relax a bit!

The Nine of Pentacles is about enjoying the good life and the fruits of your labour. You have worked hard to get here, so now, sit back and relax and enjoy some of life’s luxuries. You deserve it! Do not be afraid to splurge, indulge or pamper yourself, particularly if it is as a reward for all of your hard work. Treat yourself to a special occasion, to simply celebrate the journey you have been on to achieve your goals and to re-energise yourself for the next phase. You are close to reaching completion, so acknowledge this and then prepare for what will come after.



Recently, in a very exciting game, the Denver Nuggets went against the Milwaukee Bucks, with the Nuggets’ Center, Nikola Jovic making a record triple-double in the first half to inspire a Nuggets win. Looking back at the game, and the team’s celebration afterwards, I think it would be nice to identify the benefits of team sports to people who engage in them.

In a research conducted by the London School of Economics, it was discovered that individuals who partake in sports activities requiring more than one participant, gained more benefits, more than just the physical. Some of these benefits include exhibiting comfort in social situations, camaraderie among teammates, ease in understanding individual roles in team work, and support through challenging times.

To encourage more participation in team sports, listed below are some benefits of engaging in team sports.

1. Gain comfort in social events

Individuals who take part in sports requiring teammates do show the ease to feel comfortable in social situations. Naturally, when thrust into unfamiliar surroundings, among strangers, most people tend to withdraw, looking for means to get back to familiar surroundings.

Partaking in group games helps gradually ease new entrants into new socially uncomfortable situations. Being involved in the game, new entrants do not have time to think or analyze the social situation – their minds are completely focused on excelling in the game.

2. Nurture team spirit

People all over the world tend to respond, in the same way, to winning. All the more, when there are people with similar interests to celebrate it with. Scoring a point, a goal, making a home run, or winning the game are events that team players are going to celebrate together. These celebrations also tend foster team spirit.

3. Develop teamwork

Team sports involve identifying different roles and positioning for participants, all working toward a common objective. For example, to play baseball team members are placed in roles of the pitcher, catcher, left field, right fielder etc. Identifying the different roles, getting players to understand their roles, and overall influence of these roles in the game develops teamwork. This quality should also reflect in business and other aspects of life.

4. Exulting in being part of a group

In team sports, players on the same team are expect to put on the same clothes or jerseys, to easily identify each other. For most, these behavior tends to extend to after-game events. It is not unusual to see team members, who take part in basketball games, don the sportswear of their favorite teams i.e. the Los Angeles Lakers cuffed knit beanies, Denver Nuggets Hat or New York Knicks bracelets to signify their membership in the group.

5. Moral Boost from contribution to team accomplishment

Every team game involves members of the team acting out their role successfully, to the overall success of the team. As the individual observes the effect of his contribution to the team success, there is the boost in esteem from witnessing the addition of value, and contribution to team wins.

6. Delegating for team success

To accomplish team goals which involve different roles and skill set, each member of the team receives a duty or set of tasks that helps in the completion of the team goal.

This trait is also reenacted in team sports, as team players learn to identify their roles in each particularly game, and try dutifully to play this role. In the NFL, for example, players are delegated to mark certain team members of the opposing team. Sometimes, cash rewards are earned for a successful performance.

7. Developing friendships after the game

Team sports involve players having to work with each other to the success of the game. Player signal to each other, attempt to understand each other’s movements, positioning, and when runs are being made by teammates, to the culmination of the game.

After the games, these understanding also reflects, as teammates do tend to hang out, take part in social events together, visit each other, and do other things together.

8. Resource to better handle challenges and adversity

Like every other person, members taking part in a team sport do face challenges and difficulties at different periods. However, benefits to being part of a team include team members’ support to help the affected team member get over the challenges. Team members sometimes do provide moral support, finance, time, and contacts, to help the suffering team member.

The above benefits of team sports are by no means exhaustive. It just goes to show how much team sports can benefit the individual. The London School of Economics assert that participation in team sport activities lead to overall satisfaction with life. So, if you are planning to stay at home and run on the treadmill, you could do better by engaging in a team sport.
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