Celtic Indian Arvel Bird brings his “Animal Totems Concert” to the Sedona Arts Academy July 15, 7-9 p.m. (Courtesy)

Celtic Indian Arvel Bird brings his “Animal Totems Concert” to the Sedona Arts Academy July 15, 7-9 p.m. (Courtesy)

Celtic Indian Arvel Bird brings his “Animal Totems Concert” to the Sedona Arts Academy July 15, 7-9 p.m.

Of his 25 recorded CDs, Bird will pull music from his three Animal Totem CDs, Native, Contemporary and World Music genres.  His brand is a reflection of his mixed-blood American Indian and Celtic heritages.

With his violin, fiddle, Native flutes, and Irish whistles, Bird weaves a powerful tapestry of music and stories of animal’s spirit/totem powers.

Classically trained as a violinist, Arvel Bird’s Animal Totems’ concert, compositions and performances are a confluence of styles from Celtic, bluegrass and his original Native American folk and Celtic rock orchestrations.

As he worked to develop his own music style and a large following, Bird went wherever the music called him, which led him away from classical and toward Bluegrass, Appalachian, Folk and Celtic.

During his years in the Midwest, Bird won the Indiana State Fiddle Contest four times while still perfecting a variety of performance styles.

From 1986 to 2000, Bird toured with Glen Campbell, Loretta Lynn, Tom T. Hall, Ray Price, Louise Mandell, and Clay Walker. During his 13 years in Nashville, he built a master recording studio to help him launch his own independent record label, Singing Wolf Records.

Initially the studio provided him with a haven to write and record his own music, and later recorded hundreds of songs and album projects for songwriters and independent artists.

One of Bird’s favorite aspects of touring is the worldwide travel to Scotland, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and in prestigious locations including the Sky Dôme in Toronto.

A prolific songwriter, Bird released his 24th and 25th CDs in 2016 adding to his two EPs and two DVDs. Five of his releases have earned him international music awards.

One of his most cherished is for his classical recording, Tribal Music Suite: Journey of a Paiute, a Celtic and Native American concerto for violin and Native American flute, that earned him Best Instrumental Album and Best Producer/Engineer (with Grammy-winning producer Tom Wasinger and Nashville engineer Chas Williams) at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards.

Although once based in Nashville, Bird is now settled in Cottonwood still connecting with audiences the old-fashioned way … live. This is where Bird’s emotionally driven performances thrive, igniting concert venues, symphony halls, festivals and more, leaving his audiences inspired, transfixed, and transformed. www.arvelbird.com facebook.com/thearvelbird

Tickets for the concert are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. Ticket Link: https://bit.ly/Arvel-Bird-Concert

The Sedona Arts Academy in The Collective Sedona is located at 7000 SR 179, Suite C-100 in the Village of Oak Creek. SAA will be following COVID-19 guidelines, for more information call (860)705-9711.

Christopher Coppala, nephew of Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola and older brother of actor Nicholas Cage, will share his knowledge of filmmaking and the film industry with a group of Mississippi students this fall.

The Mississippi School of the Arts has partnered with San Francisco Art Institute for the upcoming 2021 semester.

An SFAI instructor Coppola will co-teach with MSA film instructor John Kelly Shelburne.

Students will write, shoot, produce and complete a series of short films centered around the Mississippi River and with the inspiration of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.”

The project will explore racism, fear, injustice, corporate takeovers, gentrification and balkanization in comparison to poetry, music, art and storytelling. The inspiration, Coppola said, comes in part from his uncle Francis Ford Coppola who taught him, “The job and purpose of cinema is to convince people that the world they live in is not the only one available to them.”

This summer, film students from SFAI and MSA will read the Dickens classic and begin their research to explore the relevance of the story in the world today. In the fall, SFAI students will collaborate across the state to write, and travel to Mississippi to shoot and edit with their MSA classmates. Then MSA students will travel to San Francisco to collaborate with students there.

The premiere of the project will be held at both schools simultaneously with a live audience and online streaming.

The class will meet twice weekly and will also feature guest lecturers.

“This collaboration will allow students from both MSA and SFAI to learn about each other’s environments and create cinematic works that reflect their feelings and what they hope viewers will learn about these two cities,” Shelburne said.

Two MSA Media Arts/Filmmaking seniors recently won first and third place in the high school student film competition of the Tupelo Film Festival. Ronald Ries, of Collinsville, won first and Addison Laird, of Natchez, won third for their short films.

Benjamin Taylor, of Saltillo, won second place. Taylor will attend MSA beginning in August.

“We’re excited to see our Media Arts students succeed in the high school classroom. MSA continues to shine in the world of film since the inception of the Media Arts/Filmmaking discipline in 2015” said MSA Executive Director, Dr. Suzanne Hirsch. Applications for MSA in the media, theatre, dance and vocal departments are still open for the 2021-2022 school year. Visit www.msabrookhaven.org for more information or to apply.

ELIZABETH, NJ — On May 25, students and families of Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy were made aware of the death of a fellow student through a letter sent by Principal Michael Ojeda. 

Kevin Issac Goldsmith passed away the day prior at the Children Hospital of Philadelphia after complications with his Leukemia treatment. Kevin was a junior at the high school, known for being a student who was always willing to lend a hand. He had a love for music, playing many instruments including the guitar. His passion for baseball led him to playing for many teams across the City of Elizabeth and Union County, participating for many travel clubs and teams. 

“While we mourn his loss, we take solace in the example he set and the spirit of friendship he shared with all of us,” said Principal Ojeda in a letter sent to the parents and teachers. “We honor his memory by living out the best virtues that he embodied and extending care and grace to our fellow students, staff, and families.” 

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Kevin’s father Joel set up a GoFundMe page, asking for people to help cover funeral expenses and any unpaid medical bills. At the time of publishing, the page had raised over $23,000- almost five times the original goal of $5,000. 

Many of those who donated to the fundraiser shared their memories of Kevin to the page. One of the top donations was from a group of people who called themselves School 27 Family. The group also expressed the fond memories they shared with Kevin. 

“Kevin walked the halls of School 27 proudly with his baseball bag hanging on his back. He smiled bright and always greeted his friends and his teachers. He made us laugh all the time and blessed us often with his musical talent. We were lucky to have him as a part of our family. We pray for his family and hope that they find solace knowing what a wonderful young man he was. He meant so much to us. May he rest in eternal peace.” 

Former teachers and other educators also donated to the GoFundMe page and shared their memories of having Kevin in their classroom. One teacher shared the memories she had along with her donation. 

“It is with heartfelt condolences that I write this loving tribute on behalf of your beloved son, Kevin. As a student, Kevin left a lasting impression on this educator. Seems like only yesterday that Kevin and I would be discussing his baseball stats or favorite rock bands of the ’70s and ’80s,” the teacher wrote. “Kevin was also a huge hit when he played the guitar at our talent show rocking a new hairstyle! Kevin was a true gentleman who was compassionate and kind. Kevin lived a life with purpose and passion,” she concluded.

Kevin is survived by his loving parents

Having a mobile art studio will make off-site programs more convenient for instructors as well as students, Brammer and Wright agreed.

Before the bus, independent instructors would load up their own vehicles with supplies and travel to various community locations to provide programming off campus — but if something was forgotten, or supplies ran out, the instructor would not have access to the necessary items, possibly causing the class to end early or unintentionally leave someone out. Now, art supplies are stored and stocked in the bus, which eliminates the worry of forgetting a product or running out of supplies while out and about, Brammer said.

The mobile operation also allows for flexibility to adapt to ever-evolving COVID-19 guidelines, even as most restrictions are being lifted.

The Academy will hire a part-time worker to run the Academy in Motion program. This employee will serve as the bus driver, an instructor, and continue forming connections within the community to expand and optimize the program’s reach, Brammer said.

“We really wanted to have someone whose main focus was to provide this access to our community,” she said.

The Academy does not plan to stop with these preliminary programs. Eventually, it hopes to cultivate a curriculum expanding beyond fine and visual arts and use art as a form of coping and therapy for those struggling with grief, mental health conditions, addiction, and other factors. Such programs would be conducted in conjunction with professional art and music therapists and organizations, and broaden the populations the Academy could reach with the healing power of art.

Lynchburg, Va. – The Academy Center of the Arts is announcing a new mobile arts program, Academy in Motion.

The program strives to bring the art to the people in Greater Lynchburg with barriers to accessing on-site arts programs at the Academy’s downtown campus.

Delivered through a bus, converted into a mobile classroom, the Academy is offering off-site art instruction at community centers, senior living facilities, public spaces, detention centers and more.

Academy in Motion allows flexibility as COVID-19 health regulations continue to evolve.

“The beauty of this program is its flexibility,” says Geoffrey Kershner, executive director. “Programs can be delivered directly, conducted outside, and travel to a myriad of locations.”

Academy in Motion will offer painting, drawing, clay handbuildingand craft instruction, as well as a wide variety of educational offerings beyond.

“While economic factors can be a common barrier to arts engagement, the Academy is acutely aware that there are other significant obstacles including transportation, timing, sense of acceptance or belonging in our spaces, physical accessibility of those with handicaps and limited mobility, and even having someone to attend a program with,” said Kershner. “To address those barriers, the Academy cannot be limited by its physical campus. With Academy in Motion, we will be able to bring the arts out to the community, not simply ask the community to come to the arts.”


Academy in Motion will expand existing programs established through years of partnerships, such as Altavista YMCA and the Jubilee Family Center, and build new partnerships across the non-profit, social service, and educational sectors.

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The Academy of Fraud  & Abuse Arts and Sciences

    From the Desk of the President

April 27, The Year of Our Lord Two-Thousand and Twenty One

Re: The 2021 Fraud-Academy Awards

Esteemed Members of the Academy;

It is with great sadness that I have to share with you the news that the 2021 Fraud Academy Awards — known throughout the world as the Fraudies –have regretfully had to be cancelled. We’ve all endured so much over the past year-plus and I know we were all looking forward to getting together in an intimate setting for an evening celebrating the best and brightest of our industry.

Sadly, there is not too much to celebrate this year due to the increasing popularity of the Arkose Labs Fraud & Prevention Platform among businesses that we used to be able to successfully target. This year’s awards have been canceled not because of a pandemic, but simply due to the fact that we have nothing to celebrate. 

Rich gold mines of financial account information, virtual gaming items, travel reward points, streaming media accounts to resell and so much more have disappeared. It’s costing us so much money and time to launch attacks, that we simply have not been able to turn a profit this year. All of our best bots have been stopped in their tracks. Our fraud farms have been stymied and rendered ineffective. Truly, these are dark times. 

It is amidst this current landscape that we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Fraud-Academy Awards. Believe me, it was an onerous decision that our executive committee wrestled with for many long days and nights. Many tears were shed. But with few demonstrated successes to celebrate, it would impugn the high character of what these awards stand for to go forward. The Fraudies ought to mean something, my friends. 

For many of you, and for myself as well, this is a concerning time. First, the pandemic-related lockdowns of last year forced the cancellation of the 2020 Fraud-Academy Awards and impacted the ability of our fraud rings to get together and work on our behalf. And now this. Many of you might be contemplating the odious possibility of obtaining a real job. I know I speak for the entire academy when I say that none of us wants to contemplate that eventuality. But we are fraudsters. We are resilient, innovative, and tenacious. We shall never give up the fight. We shall press on boldly. 

Unless, of course, the 2022 Fraud-Academy Awards also have to be canceled due to our attacks continuing to be detected and stopped. In that case, my friends, the academy may disband, and our communications with you ended. Let us hope it does not come to that.


Your President,

Borysko Melnyk

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Arkose Labs authored by Bryan Yurcan. Read the original post at: https://www.arkoselabs.com/blog/the-academy-of-fraud-abuse-arts-and-sciences/

Nomadland has swept the Oscars with wins for its director Chloe Zhao and its lead Frances McDormand as well as best film – with British stars Daniel Kaluuya and Emerald Fennell also among the winners.

Zhao, who was born in China, is the first woman from an ethnically diverse background to win the Academy Award for directing, and the second woman in history, after Kathryn Bigelow’s triumph 11 years ago for The Hurt Locker.

Accepting her statuette for her directing, Zhao told the audience at Los Angeles’ Union Station: “I have always found goodness in the people I met, everywhere I went in the world.

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“So this is for anyone who had the faith and the courage to hold on to the goodness in themselves, and to hold on to the goodness in each other, no matter how difficult it is to do that.”

Nomadland continued its dominant run, with Frances McDormand picking up the award for best actress, who told the crowd the night needed a karaoke bar.

Sir Anthony Hopkins, who was absent from the ceremony, won the award for best actor for his performance in The Father, with the film also winning best adapted screenplay.

Sir Anthony’s win came as somewhat of a shock, with Chadwick Boseman widely tipped to win posthumously for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – one of his final films before his death.

Daniel Kaluuya, winner of the award for best actor in a supporting role for "Judas and the Black Messiah," poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, Pool)
Daniel Kaluuya won best supporting actor. Pic: AP

In a video on Instagram after the ceremony, Sir Anthony said that he “did not expect to get this award”.

He added: “I’m very grateful to the Academy and thank you, and I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early.

“And again, thank you all very much… I feel very privileged and honoured.”

Elsewhere, Daniel Kaluuya was named best supporting actor for his role as Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Judas And The Black Messiah, while Emerald Fennell walked off with best original screenplay for her debut movie and Sky Original, Promising Young Woman.

Judas And The Black Messiah also won best original song, giving the film two wins in LA.

Taking to the stage, Kaluuya, who is the first black British winner of the supporting actor award, said he admired Fred Hampton, who was shot and killed by police in Chicago in 1969, adding: “When they played divide and conquer, we say unite and ascend.

“There’s so much work to do guys and that’s on everyone in this room.

“This ain’t no single man job. We’ve got work to do.

“I’m going to get back to work Tuesday morning, because tonight I’m going out.”

Sound Of Metal, starring Briton Riz Ahmed as a punk drummer who loses his hearing, also took home two awards –

It’s been postponed by months, moved in part to a train station, and might be missing a fair few nominees due to travel restrictions, but the Academy Awards are finally taking place.

And after a year which has seen cinema releases scrapped and rescheduled, film festivals taking place virtually, and the number of voters increased to be more representative, this is actually going to be one of the most interesting Oscars races in recent memory.

While in the run-up to last year’s awards it was obvious who was going to take home each of the four acting prizes, as the same group – Brad Pitt, Laura Dern, Renee Zellweger and Joaquin Phoenix – had cleaned up at all ceremonies prior, things aren’t so clear cut this year.

So if you’re in the market for tips ahead of filling out your Oscars ballot then look no further, as the team behind Sky News’ film and TV podcast Backstage has used all its experience and knowledge (plus a large amount of guess work) to give you the following predictions…

Animated Feature

Jamie Foxx's character in Soul. Pic: Disney +
Soul has already received several awards so far this year. Pic: Disney +
  • Onward
  • Over The Moon
  • A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
  • Soul
  • Wolfwalkers

While we’d like to give honourable mentions to British nominee A Shaun The Sheep Move: Farmageddon and the fabulous and original Wolfwalkers, this one’s an easy one: Soul has got this award sewn up. The first ever Pixar film to feature an African-American protagonist, the film tells the story of a jazz musician on the verge of his big break.

Touching, poignant and with an exploration of the existential, Soul might not be on many youngsters’ favourite film lists but it’s proved a big hit with the grown-ups and become an awards juggernaut this year, sweeping up gongs throughout the season.

Adapted Screenplay

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Pic: Amazon Studios/ AP
Could Borat become an Oscar winner? Pic: Amazon Studios/ AP
  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • The Father
  • Nomadland
  • One Night In Miami
  • The White Tiger

You might be wondering what great literary work Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is based on, but here’s a fun Oscars fact: sequels are always eligible for the adapted screenplay category, rather than original. So that’s why it’s here. We think this is Sacha Baron Cohen‘s best chance of making an Oscars acceptance speech, though he is also in the running for best supporting actor.

The spoof film has been steadily winning awards this year, with voters wanting to reward Baron Cohen and his team’s skewering of political figures. Plus, he brings a star quality to the category that might well weigh in his favour when it comes to undecided Academy members filling out their ballots.

Original Screenplay

Writer/director Emerald Fennell, left, and actress Carey Mulligan promote their film Promising Young Woman during the Sundance Film Festival in Utah in January 2020. Pic: AP
Promising Young Woman’s writer and director Emerald Fennell (left) and star Carey Mulligan. Pic: AP
  • Judas And The Black Messiah
  • Minari
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Sound Of Metal
  • The Trial Of The Chicago 7

This is a tough one to call. Academy voters might plump for Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial

A year after the pandemic threw New York into turmoil, THE CITY is examining the shaken-up jobs market — including the varying impact on different sectors and evolving predictions of what’s to come.

The Muse Hotel in Times Square tried with very little success to navigate the coronavirus pandemic. It closed when the economy paused last year, reopened three months later and shut its doors again on Jan. 3.

“We just weren’t able to grow the business,” said Matt Hurlburt, the general manager. “We were averaging 20% occupancy with average room rates 40% of what they would normally be.”

But now the hotel is scheduled to reopen on March 24 just as Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifts COVID-19 quarantine rules on all domestic travelers. And Hurlburt is optimistic that tourism is about to begin its comeback.

The Muse Hotel in Times Square has seen a steep decline in business while area theaters and office buildings shuttered during the coronavirus outbreak, said general manager Matt Hurlburt, March 9, 2021.

The Muse Hotel in Times Square has seen a steep decline in business, said general manager Matt Hurlburt.
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“I feel good about the end of the year being our best time period in 2021,” he added. “I base that on expectations about the success of the vaccine rollout, how people’s savings are up and the pent-up demand for people to get out and start to get on the road again.”

New York City lost a record 631,000 jobs last year. And no two sectors of the city’s economy have been hit harder than tourism and the arts, which rely on visitors for the majority of their audience. The pandemic plunge of tourism is the key reason why New York City’s economy ranks 81st out of 82 metropolitan areas for job losses, according to economist Barbara Denham of Oxford Economics.

Both sectors were thriving before the coronavirus struck New York a year ago.

Leisure and hospitality jobs, which includes restaurants and hotels, had soared to about 475,000 at the end of 2019, an increase of 100,000 during the last decade of ever larger numbers of tourists flocking to the city.

The arts thrived as well, according to a recent report from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, providing full- or part-time jobs for 93,500 people and another 31,000 freelancers, an increase of 42% over the past decade.

The plunge has been wrenching.

‘Selling Into a Void’

Just over half of the leisure and hospitality jobs have disappeared. The percentage is even higher in the arts and entertainment sector, where two-thirds are gone. The number of tourists declined to an estimated 23 million last year from 67 million in 2019.

“For the last eight months of 2020 it was like selling into a void,” said Edward Shapard, general manager of The Dominick hotel, formerly known as the Trump Soho. “It was not an issue of could we drop rates. No one was coming to New York and the state didn’t want anyone coming.”

A week before the pandemic, average hotel occupancy stood at 72%, according to STR, a global hospitality data and analytics company. A month later it had hit 20%. Numbers climbed to

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| 3:29 p.m.

The Music Academy of the West has announced plans for its practice rooms, teaching studios, and halls to again resound with music.

The Music Academy hopes international, federal, and local health and travel guidelines will allow it to operate at the academy and on its residential campus.

Adhering to health and safety protocols, the academy intends to welcome fellows, faculty, and guest artists back to Santa Barbara for the 2021 Summer School and Festival.

Following the success of its 2020 Music Academy Remote Learning Institute (MARLI), the academy is preparing a transformative, world-class training experience for its fellows. In addition to concentrated training and performance opportunities, the Innovation Institute curriculum offers entrepreneurial training for fellows.

Throughout the summer, interactive seminars will focus on best practices for building rewarding and sustainable careers.

Audiences will be able to participate in the festival remotely online, with the potential for a limited number of in-person events, should conditions permit in the state and county. Concerts, masterclasses and seminars will be streamed virtually during the festival, via the Academy’s website.

The annual Summer Festival schedule has been modified for 2021 to allow additional time for more people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. A six-week program is scheduled June 28-Aug. 7.

Regular testing will be implemented, and a period of quarantine may be scheduled when participants arrive, pending guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Everyone involved will receive a comprehensive guide of health, safety, and social-distancing protocols prior to their arrival. 

The academy’s administration is being advised by the leader of the Infectious Disease Clinic at the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department as an integral part of the planning process. The academy is being informed of the latest news regarding vaccines, testing, and compliance with local health orders.

The academy is also referencing safety plans successfully executed by leading music conservatories and presenting arts organizations.

The 2021 Summer School and Festival will feature exceptional faculty, guest artists, and unique collaborations that will impact the community through performance and learning opportunities.

The fellow experience online and in person will include seminars with professionals who influence music and society, and private lessons with faculty and Mosher guest artists.

As part of a multi-year partnership, London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) musicians will coach remotely, with the option for orchestral instrumentalists to audition for the opportunity to perform with the LSO and music director Sir Simon Rattle as a part of the Keston Music Academy Exchange.

Signature events of the festival for audiences will include masterclasses, chamber concerts by fellow and faculty ensembles, side-by-side performances, and competitive events including the Solo Piano Competition, Fast Pitch Awards, and the Digital Challenge launched last summer.

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, founder and artistic director of the New World Symphony, music director laureate of the San Francisco Symphony, and LSO conductor laureate, will work with fellows on orchestral scores and rehearse and lead the Academy Chamber Orchestra in concerts filmed at the Granada