Jay Blakesberg & Alan Paul’s IGE 2018 Barcelona Diary: Sagrada Familia & Royal Academy Of Fine Arts Gala [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Innovative Giving Enhancement (IGE)‘s fourth-annual Music and Art Immersion Community in Barcelona, Spain, is currently underway. The yearly event brings a crew of talented musical ambassadors to foreign destinations where they cross paths with a broad range of multi-genre European artists for ten days filled with immersive international improvisation and collaboration. Lauded music photographer Jay Blakesberg and New York Times best-selling Allman Brothers biographer Alan Paul will be bringing you daily updates on the happenings of the 2018 IGE Music and Art Immersion Community via Live For Live Music. You can check out today’s entry from Barcelona below: Yesterday’s activities for the IGE 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Community began with all 85 participants and most of the musicians and staff divided into three groups for tours of the remarkable, still-under-construction Sagrada Familia cathedral.In the evening, everyone made their way over to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts—a spectacular 19th-century museum—for a formal gala, with guests and artists alike turning in their T-shirts for embroidered Western wear, sequined gowns, and a few tuxedoes. In a parlor room, with oversized oil paintings of Catalan nobility looking down, Holly Bowling kicked off the evening with a haunting solo rendition of the Grateful Dead’s “Weather Report Suite.” Over the next three hours, with a cava-fueled intermission break, most of the participating artists took to the front in various combinations, with nary a microphone or electric cord in sight.It was a remarkable setting for a night of acoustic collaborations. Highlights included Nicki Bluhm singing Patsy Cline’s “She’s Got You” backed by Bowling, Ross James on guitar and Keith Moseley on bass, with Midnight North’s Elliott Peck and Grahame Lesh on background vocals. Peck, Lesh, and Eric Krasno also sang an aching version of Crosby, Still and Nash’s “Hopelessly Helping.” Greensky Bluegrass’ Paul Hoffman and Anders Beck closed their strong set by bringing out Bluhm, mandolinist Scott Law, and others for a rip through Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.”The night closed with an all-hands-on-deck run through “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” with Bill Nershi leading the charge.  After the song ended, the musicians picked it back up in small groups as the audience drifted forward, blending together under the statues and paintings.—Alan PaulYou can check out Jay Blakesberg’s photos from day five of IGE’s 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Community below. Check back tomorrow for another entry in Alan Paul and Jay Blakesberg’s IGE 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Community diary, exclusively on Live For Live Music.IGE 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Community | Barcelona, Spain | 10/10/18 | Photos: Jay Blakesberglast_img read more

DNC middle class forum set for Wednesday

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr America’s Credit Unions and RealClearPolitics will conduct a second middle class forum Wednesday, this one at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia. The forum is scheduled to begin at noon (ET), and a link to a live video stream will be available on cuna.org.“Decoding 2016: The Middle Class Vote” will start with a keynote interview with John Anzalone, the head pollster for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Next will be a panel with Jim Kessler, senior vice president for policy at think tank Third Way, as well as A.B. Stoddard and Sean Trende of RealClearPolitics.The forum will conclude with a keynote interview with Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and a Q&A session.A similar forum was held at the Republican National Convention last week, also sponsored by America’s Credit Unions and hosted by RealClearPolitics. continue reading »last_img read more

Blake Griffin’s double-double leads Clippers past Bulls

first_imgCHICAGO — When the Los Angeles Clippers lost All-Star Chris Paul to a separated shoulder, they turned to Blake Griffin for leadership.And he has responded by stepping up his play.Griffin had 26 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 112-95 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. The Clippers improved to 7-3 since Paul, who was averaging 19.6 points and 11.2 assists, was injured.“Blake doesn’t run from a challenge,” Clippers guard Jamal Crawford said. “He’s one of the hardest workers I’ve seen.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I don’t think any aspect of our defense was any good,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said.The Clippers have won four straight against the Bulls, and improved to 3-2 on their seven-game trip.Chicago cut the lead to eight in the third quarter but Darren Collison answered with two quick baskets and the Clippers led 92-80 heading to the fourth.Los Angeles got off to a strong start. The Clippers shot 10 for 14 on 3s and finished 64.1 percent overall from the field in the first half to take a 68-55 lead at halftime.Jordan’s dunk gave the Clippers a 60-39 lead, their largest margin, with 3:52 left before halftime.Los Angeles was 7 for 8 from beyond the arc in the first quarter to set a franchise record for 3s in a quarter. The Clippers led 41-26 after shooting 73.7 percent in the period.“That’s kind of what we talked about, especially defensively,” Griffin said about the quick start. “But we still didn’t do a good job in the first quarter. We were just so hot early. We got that lead and kept it. Especially on the road, you never want to come out sluggish.”In the teams’ previous meeting, the Clippers routed the Bulls 121-82 on Nov. 24 for their worst loss of the season in the first game after Derrick Rose suffered a season-ending knee injury.The Clippers were averaging 105.4 points, fifth in the league. The Bulls were one of the NBA’s top defensive teams, holding opponents to 92.5 points per game before Friday.“Giving up 3s, we strive for five or less,” Bulls forward Taj Gibson said. “That was just crazy. We kept fighting. But once they give a team like that confidence, it’s hard to shut them off.”J.J. Redick scored 18 points and shot 4 for 7 from 3-point range.Collison, playing despite a sprained toe, had 17 points.Boozer, back from a one-game absence due to a sore left calf, scored 16 points in the first quarter.Gibson added 18 points, Mike Dunleavy had 17 and Joakim Noah 12 as the Bulls shot 43 percent from the field and 6 for 19 from 3-point range.The Bulls were without Kirk Hinrich, who missed his second consecutive game with a strained right hamstring.“I think we were passive,” Bulls guard Jimmy Butler said. “I don’t like the word ‘soft,’ but I think we were a little bit of that too.They got the shots they wanted to get. We didn’t make it too tough for them at all.”NOTESRivers said the Bulls shouldn’t let Thibodeau get away. Thibodeau was on Rivers’ coaching staff from 2007-10 with the Boston Celtics. “I think it would be nuts not to have him here,” Rivers said. “He’s the best coach, one of the best coaches, in the league, so if you have that, that’s an asset. And I don’t think any right-minded organization would allow that asset to leave. Because with all this adversity they’ve had with injuries, if you allow that one to leave, things will fall apart — and that would be pretty much a guarantee.” Thibodeau declined to address rumors about his future. … Hinrich will possibly miss the Bulls’ trip to Charlotte on Saturday as he continues to receive treatment, Thibodeau said. … Thibodeau said it would be a great experience for Rose to play for Team USA if he is healthy. Rose was one of 28 players named to the 2014-16 national team pool. The FIBA Basketball World Cup will be Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain. Rose is out for the NBA season after undergoing knee surgery on Nov. 25. … Thibodeau picked up a technical foul with the Bulls trailing 86-74 with 2:10 left in the third quarter.center_img The Clippers enjoyed a strong outside game, opening up Griffin on the inside, and he finished with his 27th double-double.“(I want to be) a leader for us, knocking down shots and being able to mix up my game, going inside when I felt the need to and going outside when I needed to,” Griffin said.Crawford added 19 points for the Clippers, who had six players score in double figures and shot 54 percent from the field — including 13 for 21 on 3-pointers. DeAndre Jordan added 10 points and 12 rebounds.“They were open, the right guy was taking them, all of our 3-point shooters,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “They made them, and that opened it up for Blake.”Carlos Boozer scored 22 points for the Bulls, who snapped a three-game winning streak.last_img read more