TED, which stands for "Technology, Entertainment, Design," will be held in Long Beach again this year from Feb. 9-13. If you wanted to go, it's a little late. The popular conference sells out about a year in advance. It's gotten so popular you have to send a pitch letter of sorts to get in.
But if you still want to be part of the TED gang, there are still a few spots available at TEDActive, a remote version of TED held in Palm Springs which features the full TED2010 program via live satellite.
Source: The Tech Chronicle (www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/techchron/index)
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a U.S private nonprofit foundation best known for its conferences, now held in Europe and Asia as well as the U.S., devoted to what it calls ideas worth spreading. Its lectures or TED Talks, widely disseminated on the internet, are remarkable for being subject to a strict time limit of 18 minutes regardless of a speaker's eminence – referred to on occasion in jest as the TED commandment.
TED was founded in 1984; the first conference happened in 1990. TED's early emphasis, consistent with a Silicon Valley center of gravity, was largely technology and design. Its co-founder was Richard Saul Wurman, credited with having coined in 1976 the term information architect. As popularity of the talks has spread, so has the range of subject matter, to cover almost all aspects of science and culture. Those who have given TED talks include Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Bill Gates, the founders of Google, the evangelist Billy Graham and various Nobel Prize winners.
TED's curator is the British former computer journalist and magazine publisher Chris Anderson. It is owned by the Sapling Foundation. Since 2005 three TED Prize winners have each year been awarded $100,000 to assist them realise a chosen "wish to change the world," unveiled by each at the main annual conference – within the specified 18 minutes.
Domenica 20 Dicembre 2009 / Sunday November 20, 2009
[VIDEO] SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH... - "LEAVING LAS VEGAS" & "IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY"
[CHARTS] "KILLER LIFE" - TRIPLE A NATIONAL AIRPLAY - DECEMBER 18
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Mercoledi' 16 DIcembre / Wednesday December 16, 2009
[NEWS] NEWS ABOUT STEPHEN'S KING MUSICAL: GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY
Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County is a musical theater collaboration between Stephen King and John Mellencamp, set to open at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta in September 2010. It tells the story a tragedy in the small, fictional Mississippi town of Lake Belle Reve. Mellencamp told Rolling Stone that if the play does well in Atlanta, it would then move to Broadway.
"The story involves domestic turmoil, and is played by a cast led by Kris Kristofferson, in the role of Joe, the father, and Elvis Costello, as the satanic character The Shape. Rosanne Cash plays Monique, the mother, with the sons enacted by Will Daily (Frank), Dave Alvin (Jack), Alvin’s real-life brother Phil Alvin (Andy) and John (Drake).
Sheryl Crow stars as Jenna and Neko Case is Anna, with boxing legend Joe Frazier playing caretaker Dan Coker and Stephen King himself in the role of Uncle Steve. The narrator is “24” star Glenn Morshower."
[NEWS] SHERYL NAMED 2010 AWC INTERNATIONAL MATRIX AWARD HONOREE
The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) announces Sheryl Crow as the 2010 International Matrix Award recipient.
Ever year since 1970, NYWICI has awarded outstanding women in communications the prestigious Matrix Awards. The long list of past winners reads like a who-is-who of exceptional women in the fields of advertising, books, broadcasting, film, magazines, new media, newspapers and public relations and is a true reflection of achievements by women in communications.
Past winners have included Bernadette Peters, Geena Davis, Joan Didion, Amy Tan, Toni Morrison, Christiane Amanpour, Barbara Walters, Arianna Huffington, Meryl Streep, Annie Leibovitz, Anna Wintour, Gloria Steinem, Helen Thomas, Anna Quindlen and Cindy Adams to name just a few.
Matrix Ticket + Membership (will expire May 31, 2011): $300
Source: New York Women In Communication (www.nywici.org).
[NEWS] SPECTACLE - REPORT FROM SUNFILTERED
SPECTACLE REPORT: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH…
Sheryl Crow on Guitar Pull
December 14th, 2009 by Alan Light
The four artists who join Elvis Costello this week for SPECTACLE’s second annual “guitar pull” are all extraordinary singers and exceptional songwriters. But with all due respect to Neko Case, Ron Sexsmith, and Jesse Winchester, only one of them has been able to strike the balance that Elvis describes as the ability to have “huge commercial successes, but put heart and soul and smarts in them as well.” This master of creative juggling is Sheryl Crow.
It has now been more than fifteen years since the former music teacher from Kennett, Missouri made the leap from background singer (most notably, as part of Michael Jackson’s touring band) to A-List frontperson with 1993’s Tuesday Night Music Club. That album, which was recently reissued in an expanded two-CD edition, sold over seven million copies and won Crow the first three of her long list of Grammy Awards—though, as she tells Elvis, the album’s breakthrough hit, “All I Wanna Do,” almost didn’t make the final cut.
In a way, her seemingly sudden success has caused some listeners to overlook the caliber and consistency of Crow’s music. “When I came out with ‘All I Wanna Do,’ a lot of people felt I was just some pop diva,” she told me last year. “Most people still think that.” Other artists, though, certainly appreciate her work; she has shared stages and studios with Kid Rock, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, and many more. “She has a wonderful ability to make words work, to phrase, to really build a song,” her friend and frequent collaborator Stevie Nicks once said.
Perhaps Crow’s greatest strength also sometimes presents an obstacle—her role as one of very few artists capable of bridging numerous musical worlds, from old-school rock snarl to contemporary hooks, from country to folk to radio-ready pop. Over the course of her six albums, sometimes this has even created a bit of confusion about her own musical identity (back in 2002, she told me that “I had gotten so far away from who I am that I didn’t know who I was writing for”), but it adds up to a career that long ago should have silenced all of her early skeptics.
“There are the older, real classic rock stars, and then the rest of us fall somewhere between that and the readymade pop stars,” she has said. “We’re really in some no-man’s land. We just have to wait, and I guess maybe we’ll get that respect when it’s time to retire.” For Sheryl Crow, that respect is long overdue.
Giovedi' 10 Dicembre / Thursday December 10, 2009
[MAG] RIVERSIDE MAGAZINE - DECEMBER 2009 - JANUARY 2010 ISSUE
[NEWS] SHERYL JOIN SARAH MCLACHLAN FOR LILITH FAIR 2010 TOUR!
Sarah McLachlan will headline the main stage at Lilith 2010, the reborn touring music festival which highlights women in music that she co-founded in the 1997. Among the artists joining Mclachlan on the road will be Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Erykah Badu, Colbie Caillat, Ke$ha, Tegan and Sara, Miranda Lambert and Metric.
As previously reported, Lilith Fair will re-launch in 2010 visiting cities around the United States and Canada including New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto and Chicago, among others. Dates for the shows have not yet been announced. The festival is also expected to make a two week run through Europe and the U.K.
Other musicians confirmed for the 2010 tour include A Fine Frenzy, Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Chairlift, Jill Scott, Sugarland, Brandi Carlile, Sara Bareilles, Zee Avi and The Weepies.
Lilith Fair reported 104 shows to Billboard Boxscore from 1997-1999 that grossed $52,937,965 and drew 1,616,500 people. The shows featured a wide range of acts including Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Dixie Chicks, Erykah Badu, Sinead O'Connor and Me'shell Ndegeocello, among others.
Source: Billboard magazine
Mercoledi' 9 Dicembre / Wednesday December 9, 2009
[PICS] VEVO LAUNCHES PREMIERE - DECEMBER 8
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 08: Sheryl attends the launch of VEVO, a music-video website, at Skylight Studio on December 8, 2009 in New York City. (Photos by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Pic1: Sheryl; Pic 2: with Jimmy Iovine; Pic 3: with John Mayer
(Photos by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
Pic 4: with Justin Bieber; Pic 5&6: with Rihanna
(Photos by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
Pic 7: with Jean Bernard-Levy (Chairman of Vivendi Universal), Eric Schmidt (CEO Google), Doug Morris (Chairman and CEO UMG), Rolf Schmidt-Holtz (CEO Sony Music); Pic 8&9: with Bono
(Photos by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
Martedi' 8 Dicembre / Tuesday December 8, 2009
[RADIO INTERVIEW] SHERYL ON WNYC's SOUNDCHECK - DECEMBER 8, 2009
30 minutes - 64 khz, 16 bit, mono - also available on YouTube
[NEWS] SHERYL FEATURED IN NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT AMERICAN WILD HORSE PRESERVATION
Sheryl Crow & Viggo Mortensen lend their support and knowledge for preserving the last few remaining free roaming wild horses and burros in America. Informing the viewer on the tragedy of over 33,000 wild horses being held in government holding facilities. More wild horses are in captivity then remain in the wild.
The PSA informs viewers on how they can contact their federal legislators urging them to vote in Favor of H.R. 1018 (R.O.A.M.) and the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 503/S. 727).
The haunting profound aesthetic powerful images of America’s last remaining wild horse herds will resonate in the hearts and minds of viewers forever. Director James Kleinert captured many of these profound creatures in the wild and tragically being brutally rounded up for removal and sent to wild horse concentration camps where they now await their possible death sentence.
“Disappointment Valley” A Modern Day Western about the plight o America’s Wild Horses premiered as a work in progress at the Santa Fe Film Festival. The reaction of the audience during the screening was profound with the sound of crying heard in the darkness of the theater during the scenes of the horses that had been brought to their end in Mexico on trucks with Oklahoma plates. The question on everyone’s mind was: Are these America’s Wild Horses being slaughtered?
The film has breathtaking scenery and absolutely magnificent wild horses and undeniably heartbreaking facts about the systematic extermination of America’s Wild Horses. Disappointment Valley features horse advocates Viggo Mortenson, Daryl Hannah, Sheryl Crow and Raoul Trujillo. In addition to this list of stars a long list of others speaks out on what is happening to our horses. They include former Director of the Bureau of Land Management Jim Baca, energy consultant, Randy Udall, Horse Advocate Madeline Pickens and Michael Blake who wrote “Dances With Wolves.”
The film chronicles the gross mismanagement by the BLM, the brutal capture methods, the inhumane conditions the horses are held in, plus the wanton waste of taxpayer’s money. The reaction of the audience was outrage, anger, frustration and confusion on why the wild horses have been pulled off of millions of acres of public land. The film detailed the cost to taxpayers to capture them at $2,500 per horse.
According to the BLM web site holding costs for 2008 were $27 million and the overall costs of capture and holding will reach $85 million in 2012. The BLM site goes on to say they have removed over 79,000 wild horses and burros from 2001 to 2008. Estimates of the number of horses remaining in the wild range from the BLM estimate of 37,000 to a private count commissioned by Michael Blake that put the number at less than 15,000.
The BLM site states “by not removing excess horses from the range, the result would be an ecological disaster for Western public rangelands: overpopulation of herds, overgrazing of forage, eventual malnutrition and starvation of horses and burros, damage to native vegetation and riparian areas, damage to wildlife habitat, increased soil erosion, and lower water quality.”
An audience member commented that BLM land contains millions of cattle which are known to eat grass down to the ground. He went on to say horses on the other hand eat the tops of the grass allowing it to grow back.
[NEWS] OPPOSITION GROWS TO SALAZAR'S WILD HORSE PLAN
By MARTIN GRIFFITH
Associated Press Writer
SPARKS, Nev. —
Dozens of wild horse advocates plan to go before a federal advisory panel here on Monday to try to persuade public land managers to change their plan to relocate thousands of free-roaming mustangs from the West to preserves elsewhere.
They plan to press the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board for alternatives to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's plan to move about 25,000 mustangs to preserves and pastures in the Midwest and East. They insist the plan is based on faulty government data that exaggerates the damage the horses do to the range, as well as the extent to which they are suffering from a lack of forage.
Horse defenders have stepped up their efforts in recent weeks, suing to block a proposed roundup of 2,700 horses in northern Nevada and lining up the support of celebrities such as Sheryl Crow, Lily Tomlin, Bill Maher and Ed Harris.
Crow took her concerns directly to Salazar in a telephone call this past week.
"One of the first things he said was something must be done because the horses are starving. We (advocates) don't believe it," Crow said in an interview with The Associated Press.
"Part of the problem is the information he's getting is skewed," she said. "My main concern is that the horse numbers not be dwindled down to the point where they can become extinct. I think he's very concerned about it as well."
Salazar made no commitment on ending the roundups, but he pledged efforts to have a horse advocate appointed to the national advisory board, which has been less than supportive of the cause in the past, she said.
"I'll still be pulling and working for an end to roundups," said Crow, who has adopted a mustang herself.
Ginger Kathrens, executive director of the horse advocacy group Cloud Foundation based in Colorado Springs, Colo., said advocates believe the BLM's figure of 37,000 horses in the wild is grossly inflated.
Kathrens said their own analysis indicates there may be only 15,000 horses on the range, and she fears herds will no longer be healthy and genetically viable if too many horses are removed.
She's calling for an independent audit to determine the actual number of mustangs both in the wild and in holding facilities.
"I don't think there's anywhere near the horses they're saying," said Kathrens, an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker.
BLM spokesman Tom Gorey said a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office last year found his agency was undercounting mustangs.
"There's no evidence for the (advocates') position. It's mere speculation," Gorey said. "We're certainly open to refining our counting techniques, but there's no indication an outside audit is needed."
Gorey said his agency removes horses before they become starving as part of its "pro-active management on the range."
"The fact that there would be horses not in emaciated conditions is not surprising," he said. "We're not going to manage them in a way so they can get to that point."
BLM officials said they plan to remove 11,500 wild horses and burros from the range throughout the West over each of the next three years because booming numbers of the animals are damaging the range.
The agency has set a target "appropriate management level" of 26,600 of the animals in the wild, about 10,000 below the current level. An additional 32,000 of them are cared for in government-funded holding facilities.
Madeleine Pickens, wife of billionaire Texas energy magnate T. Boone Pickens, questioned the wisdom of gathering more horses at a time when holding facilities are full. She opposes relocating them far from their natural habitat.
"This proposed gather schedule threatens the very survival of the remaining horse herds in the Western United States and must be stopped," she said.
Critics argue that the real motivation for ongoing roundups of the mustangs - and Salazar's proposal to ship thousands to preserves in the Midwest and East - is pressure from ranchers who don't like the horses competing with their cattle for food.
Salazar has said his plan unveiled last month would avoid the slaughter of some of the 69,000 wild horses and burros under federal control to halt the soaring costs of maintaining them.
The animals are managed by the BLM and protected under a 1971 law enacted by Congress. Soaring numbers of horses and costs to manage them - expected to jump from $36 million last year to at least $85 million by 2012 - have prompted Salazar to propose a new approach.
BLM wild horse and burro program: http://tinyurl.com/3rb6r7
[CHARTS] "KILLER LIFE" - TRIPLE A NATIONAL AIRPLAY - DECEMBER 4
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[PHOTOS] NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY - SOUND CHECK
Sheryl does a sound check before peforming at the annual White House Christmas Tree lighting ceremomy in Washington, DC. - Photos: Patsy Lynch / Retna Ltd.
Venerdi' 4 Dicembre / Friday December 4, 2009
[PHOTOS] NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Sheryl performs during the 2009 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and the opening ceremonies for the 2009 National Christmas Tree Festival at President's Park on December 3, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photos by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
[VIDEO] NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY - DECEMBER 3, 2009