Dennis Rodman was one of the toughest and most flamboyant player in the NBA. In the ’90s, the notorious 6 foot 8 inch controversial basketball player was the No. 1 rebounder on the court. But he was just as famous for his dyed hair, piercings, tattoos and press-grabbing antics—on and off the court.Rodman sat down with Sports Illustrated at a horror convention where he was signing copies of his children’s book and disclosed some private things that you might not have known about him.Watch the video in the player above and share your thoughts in the comments below.
News We sat down with Benson and Shore backstage at Austin City Limits (ACL) to discuss the band’s matchless legacy, the memorable moments of making their new album, how they came to collaborate with the Avett Brothers on a song about Willie Nelson, and more.Can you tell us what’s behind the title of the new album, New Routes?Benson: The idea was that there’s new pathways, but we are a roots American band and that’s always been our handle.It’s a great title and album—what do you feel you accomplished that was new for Asleep at the Wheel on this album?Benson: Well, Katie, for one, she shares the vocals and writing chores with me and so that’s what it’s all about [.] I’ve had so many wonderful people in the band, over 100 people for 48 years, and so when Katie joined and Dennis [Ludiker], the other fiddler, and then Connor [Forsyth] on the piano, they all contributed things, and Josh [Hoag] on the bass, so there was a new bunch that had new ideas that I could work with.Katie, your stamp on this album is unmistakable. Are there moments or songs on it that stick out to you as favorites?Shore: I love the whole record. It was a lot of fun, and I kind of can’t believe that it’s out. We put our heart and soul into this record, but I really love this, and I’m totally biased cause it’s the song that Ray and I wrote, but “Call It A Day Tonight” I think is my favorite. I love that it’s so rooted in swing, and the fact that we wrote it together, and I live in a really small town outside of Austin, so we love it. We love playing that every night.Can you tell us a little bit about how you wrote that together? Benson: I had an idea for a song and she had an idea for a song and the two met. And then, as I’ve said before, co-writing usually you gotta be in the same room with the person. Well, she and her husband live out there in the middle of nowhere and I live in town, and so we would text each other, and you can sing into your dang phone now, and so, I’d play a guitar thing, and she’d send everything back and forth and that’s how we finished it. But the idea was about a song about somebody late at night in Austin, Texas, looking for love when the lights go down.I heard you say somewhere that Willie writes like that also with via text.Benson: Yeah, with Buddy Cannon. Yeah, that’s how he writes.Reminds me of the song on your new album, “Willie Got There First,” with the Avett Brothers – how’d that come together?Benson: Seth and Scott [Avett] are friends of ours and Seth sent me that song. He’s a song writer so, and we share ideas and I went “Man, that’s an incredible song, I mean gosh.” So I played it for Willie. It’s an homage to Willie Nelson and what a great song writer he is and how we’re not jealous but we’re all going “Oh well, that idea, throw that out the window because Willie already wrote that song.” So I played it for Willie and I said, “What do you think?” He went, “It’s so hard to be humble.” [laughs]He’s so funny and so, I call Seth back and we had booked the date with the Avett Brothers and Asleep at the Wheel at the Long Center in Austin, Texas. And I said “Let’s record it.” The next day he went, “Yeah, okay.” So, that was the deal. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 6, 2018 – 4:43 pm In Austin With Asleep At The Wheel Backstage With Asleep At The Wheel In Austin asleep-wheel-talk-new-routes-willie-nelson-more-acl Twitter Email Ray Benson and Katie Shore of the legendary western swing band discuss their latest Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 6, 2018 – 4:45 pm Western swing might not be what it is today without one man: Ray Benson. Since founding Asleep At The Wheel in 1970, Benson has shaped the modern iteration of the classic genre. The group’s latest effort, New Routes, is injected with the fresh voice and fiddle chops of Katie Shore and shows Benson and crew at their finest, bringing the format he helped popularize and evolve into a whole new age and in front of a new audience. Facebook Asleep At The Wheel Talk ‘New Routes,’ Willie Nelson & More At ACL You and your band have pioneered western swing, and brought this music to a lot of new people. Can you talk a little bit about the style?Benson: Well, it’s Texas music. It was born in Texas, Oklahoma, and California, and in the southwest in the ’30s, ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s, and kind of disappeared, and so we started [it back up]. My first record was a Bob Wills tune in 1973, and here we have Katie Shore who is 30-years-old and she’s playing western swing, along with dozens of other fiddlers, singers, songwriters that are not on the mainstream pop but there is a, what, I’d say 10 or 20 bonafide western swing bands in California,Shore: Yeah, so there’s a lot.Benson: [all over] America, back east New Jersey, in Belgium. So, it’s kind of like bluegrass was, it caught on in a way and it’s alive and kicking.Shore: It’s timeless and it helps too that Scott and Seth love western swing and the Old Crow Medicine Show, and when I was growing up one of my very favorite records was “Asleep at the Wheel,” but all of my favorite country singers, the Dixie Chicks, they were all playing these tunes and so it all, it connected the dots and I think for younger generations, you know, the Avett Brothers being so into it, or Old Crow, I mean, I think it’s always going to resonate, you know. It seems like people that love music find it; even if it’s a matter of time. That’s my two cents.Katie, what’s it like for you to share the stage with Ray and with the band?Shore: It’s pretty great. I used to come to ACL. I remember one year it was super muddy. It’s always hot and sweaty. I would come for the whole weekend. And it’s been really neat to actually be on stage and it’s an honor, but we have a great time and we love doing hometown gigs so this is kind of the best of both worlds for sure.Hozier Opens Up About “Nina Cried Power,” Reveals What’s On His PlaylistRead more
Swami Vivekananda was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the West. He had also been a ‘pakhawaj’ player and is known worldwide for his contribution in the revival of Hinduism. He is an epitome of Indian culture. To further pay regards to this outstanding individual, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the opening of ‘Vivekanand Auditorium’, housed in the Kathak Kendra, one of the constituent units of the Sangeet Natak Akademi by the push of a button, on Swami Vivekananda’s death anniversary in the national Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The President was received by Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture, NK Sinha, Secretary Minister of Culture and Shekhar Sen, Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi. The President, spoke of how the concept of an auditorium or ‘preksha grihas’ was founded as early as in the ‘Natyashastra’, the Sanskrit text on the various forms of performing arts. He spoke about the extraordinary talent of Swami Vivekananda who was himself an established pakhawaj player and hailed from a family of talented musicians. And thus it was only befitting to dedicate this auditorium in the name of Swamiji. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe also said that the Akademi has provided a safe haven to artists and practitioners and a vibrant intellectual space to thinkers and scholars.The Welcome address was given by Aruna Sairam, Vice Chairperson of SNA. NK Sinha spoke about the challenges faced in modern times where speed, technology and quick results are expected by everyone. In this situation one has to nurture and provide support to musician and dancers who train for years in the art forms to provide patrons of these art forms with time, patience and rigorous practice besides sheer courage to surrender one’s entire lifetime to its dedicated pursuit. This auditorium was a humble offering in that direction of support born of deep appreciation and respect to the artists. Dr Mahesh Sharma spoke about how in India we trace our heritage back thousands of years and how through the Guru-shishya parampara owing to the unique history of India, layers of evolution were added to these art forms through diverse new innovations, influences and ideologies. No dance form displays this better than Kathak. He also elaborated about the importance and role that an auditorium plays in the life of an artist. The auditorium which has been built keeping the best acoustics and architectural principles in mind will provide the students of Kathak Kendra and the artist community with a world class auditorium. The function was marked with a short cultural programme. For the inauguration there was Shunk Vadan, Vedic chants and a song of Swami Vivekananda.
Guardians of the Galaxy coming to Disneyland Resort Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted by SAN DIEGO — The superheroes are coming! While attending San Diego Comic-Con, Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, announced that the Guardians of the Galaxy will be coming to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim in summer 2017, timed perfectly to the release of the hit film’s sequel.“The incredibly talented Disney Imagineering team has found a way to harness the spirit which drove Guardians of the Galaxy’s success to create this immersive experience. With its debut timed to the release of the film’s sequel, we are eager to present the attraction to the millions who visit Disney California Adventure and place them in the center of the action as they join in a mission alongside our audacious Guardians of the Galaxy team,” he said.‘Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!’ will take Disney California Adventure park guests through the fortress-like museum of the mysterious Collector, who is keeping his newest acquisitions – the Guardians of the Galaxy – as prisoners. The project is the result of a collaboration between the creative minds behind the comic books, the films and Walt Disney Imagineering.More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoThe Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District. The Resort’s hotels are the 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the 973-room Disneyland Hotel, and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme.For more information go to Disneyland.com. Monday, July 25, 2016
Share By: Colleen BarrySource: The Associated Press Monday, November 13, 2017 Massive Eataly World theme park opening in Italy BOLOGNA, Italy — The man behind the Eataly food empire is opening a massive attraction – part permanent trade fair, part agro-food theme park – that aims to create a showcase for excellence in Italian food.Eataly’s owner Oscar Farinetti hopes Eataly World, opening Nov. 15 in Bologna, will boost tourism and even food exports. The experience is designed to increase demand for Italian food along with brand loyalty and consumer interest in the 150 or so food businesses represented.Eataly already has nearly 40 stores worldwide, the newest one in Los Angeles. The company intends to list a 30 per cent stake on the Milan stock exchange in 2018 or 2019.Visitors to Eataly World can follow food production from field and stall right to their plates. They’ll see grain growing in the fields, milled into flour, processed into pasta and served at the table. Workshops will show how to refine rice and hunt for truffles, along with cooking classes for making fresh pasta, sorbetto or pizza.Eataly World includes 47 restaurants and bars, some 40 production areas making everything from gelato to candied fruit, 22 gardens and half a dozen stalls with cows, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens. The site, covering 100,000 square meters (more than 1 million square feet) in a former wholesale fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts of Bologna.Farinetti wants to do for Italian food what Milan Fashion Week has done for Italy’s ready-to-wear industry: Create a global showcase for excellence that stimulates demand across the sector.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong Kong“I hope that this becomes the most important place in the world for whoever wants to study food, eat well and understand the history of food,” Farinetti said during a preview this week. “In this, we need to think big, like in the fashion world.”He said his goal is to showcase “the simplicity of Italian food.”“Italian cooking, unlike that of the French, was created in the house. It was invented by our great-great-great grandmothers. Since it was born in home kitchens, it needs to be simple. But it is difficult to be simple, because it needs to start from the earth, and you need to have healthy soil, with very little chemicals,” he said.Eataly reported a loss of 11 million euros in 2016, down from a profit of 713,000 euros the year before, as revenues dipped 15 per cent due to stronger competition and the end of a boost from the Expo 2015 world’s fair. The company hopes new stores and greater efficiency will restore profitability.Its Italian name FICO stands for Fabbrica Italiana Contadina, or Italian Peasant Factory. The acronym has a double-entendre: Fico means fig in Italian, or cool in Italian slang.Fabrizio De Filippis, a professor of agriculture policy at Rome’s state university, praised the initiative as a first to bring together Italian agriculture, the processing industry, gastronomy, commerce and tourism.“It is exactly the incarnation of this capacity to put together these various pieces, which in the past didn’t have much love for each other,” De Filippis said.More news: Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksFarinetti is aiming for 6 million visitors a year, half from abroad, for Eataly World. Its 150 food businesses represent the best of Italian regional food, like seafood from coastal Rimini and lamb skewers from southern Puglia. Farinetti hopes visitors will want to travel to those places to experience the origins of the food they’ve sampled at Eataly.“If we want to double tourism, we need them to go to the provinces, which are wonderful. We can’t have them just go to Florence and Venice, which are already packed,” Farinetti said. “I would like them to see where things are created. The valleys of Taggia, that marvel, and all its olive oil presses. I would like them to go see the pasta makers of Gragnano, south of Naples. We need to convince the tourists to come see the Po Delta, Salento, the lakes, Arab-Norman Palermo.”Food and agriculture contribute 187 billion euros a year to Italy’s economy, or more than 11 per cent of GDP. The food industry has functioned as a driver for economic recovery, with exports in the first six months of this year growing by 11 per cent, according to the Coldiretti agricultural lobby. Germany, France and the United States are the top three markets. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Culinary Tourism, Italy, Theme Parks & Attractions