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In Beer We Thirst: 7th Annual DC Beer Week Returns August 9-16, 2015

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Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 15, 2015 Craft beer fans, rejoice! The 7th annual DC Beer Week returns to the National Capital Region this summer with a variety of educational and tasting events planned throughout the week of August 9-16, 2015. “The DC beer scene has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years because of breweries (local, regional, and national), bars, restaurants, bottle shops, distributors, and, most importantly, beer fans,” says 2015 DC Beer Week co-chair Bill DeBaun. “DC Beer Week is a celebration of our local scene and a chance to continue that growth.” As in past years, dozens of venues in the District, Virginia and Maryland will host a variety of events, including beer dinners, tastings, tap takeovers, and more. Restaurants, bars, breweries, and other venues interested in participating in this year’s DC Beer Week should contact DC Beer Week organizers via email at dcbeerweek(at)gmail(dot)com for more information. This year, DC Beer Week will kick things off with a massive event that will bring together 20 of the region’s best breweries. Brewers on the Block will take place on Sunday, August 9 at Suburbia at Union Market. The day-time event will have all the same fun as the event by the same name in 2014, but much, much bigger. Tickets start at just $ 30 and will be available soon through More information about the 7th Annual DC Beer Week will be posted at in the coming weeks. In the meantime, be sure to “Like” the DC Beer Week Facebook page ( and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@dcbeerweek; #DCBW2015), for the latest updates. # # # MEDIA CONTACT:    Jackie Ludden | Ludden, LLC Ph: 202.297.9054 E: Jackie(at)luddenllc(dot)com 2015 DC BEER WEEK KICKS OFF WITH 2ND ANNUAL BREWERS ON THE BLOCK AT SUBURBIA AUGUST 9TH Media Contact: Jackie Ludden 202.297.9054 | jackie(at)luddenllc(dot)com WHAT: DC Beer Week is excited to announce its kick-off event at Suburbia on Sunday, August 9, 2015. The 1967 Airstream bar outside of Union Market in northeast DC will host 20 of the region’s top breweries, cideries, and meaderies to mark the beginning of the 7th Annual DC Beer Week. The daytime event will feature tastings, music from DJ-59, a ribbon cutting ceremony with a special guest who will also tap the first official keg of DCBW’s Solidarity Beer of 2015, and more. This year’s participating breweries include (and more will be added): 3 STARS BREWING COMPANY ATLAS BREW WORKS BLUE MOUNTAIN BREWERY BOLD ROCK CIDER CHARM CITY MEADWORKS DC BRAU BREWING COMPANY DEVILS BACKBONE BREWERY FLYING DOG BREWERY HELLBENDER BREWING COMPANY LOST RHINO BREWING COMPANY MAD FOX BREWING COMPANY OLIVER ALES PORT CITY BREWING COMPANY REALEREVIVAL (RAR) BREWING STILLWATER ARTISANAL ALES UNION CRAFT BREWING WHEN:        Sunday, August 9, 2015                      1:00 VIP Entry                      2:00 General Admission Entry                      5:00 Event concludes WHERE:     Suburbia @ Union Market                      1309 5th Street, NE, Washington, DC. VIP tickets are priced at $ 60 per person and General Admission tickets are $ 35. Food and some retail items will be available for purchase. To get tickets to the event, please visit Also, check out for all of the events coming up this DC Beer Week, August 9-16, 2015. ### About DC Beer Week Chef/beer aficionado Teddy Folkman and local distributor Jeff Wells started DC Beer Week in 2008 to celebrate the small, but enthusiastic craft beer community in the Nation’s Capital. Since then, the event has grown each year, attracting thousands – from self-proclaimed beer geeks and home brewers to the casual beer drinker. In 2014 the event included over 100 different events throughout the District and surrounding area. More Music Press Releases

EPS Literacy and Intervention Announces 2015 S.P.I.R.E. Award Winners, Recognizing Student Achievement in Building Literacy Skills

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Greenville, Wisconsin (PRWEB) June 04, 2015 EPS Literacy and Intervention, a division of School Specialty, Inc., today announced the winners of its 2015 S.P.I.R.E.® Awards, honoring students who have overcome significant challenges to improve their reading proficiency, as well as the teachers who go the extra mile every day to guarantee their students have the opportunity to improve their literacy skills. S.P.I.R.E. is a comprehensive and multisensory reading intervention program that integrates phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension in a 10-step lesson plan especially designed for struggling readers. “It is an honor and privilege to recognize the determination of these students as they strive to build the literacy skills vital for success in school and life. Reading the stories of how they faced their obstacles head-on and surpassed expectations makes choosing just one student a challenge – they all are winners,” said Bodie Marx, senior vice president and general manager of School Specialty Curriculum. “We are proud to celebrate the achievements of our 2015 S.P.I.R.E. Award winners.” The 2015 S.P.I.R.E. Super Star of the Year is Kimberly, a fourth-grader at Liberty Elementary School in Franklin, Tennessee. As a native Spanish speaker, Kimberly faced several challenges with her reading progress. When she was placed in a Tier 3 S.P.I.R.E. reading intervention group at the start of the school year, Kimberly was reading at the 18th percentile. By the end of the school year, she had jumped to the 33rd percentile. Her teacher, Marguerite Pryor, said S.P.I.R.E. gave Kimberly a newfound awareness of phonemes, vocabulary. and sentence structure and through independent study, she has reached her goals for the year. “She has become so aware of how words are spelled and pronounced,” Pryor said when nominating Kimberly for the award. “Because her vocabulary has increased, her comprehension has also improved significantly. I am so very proud of Kimberly’s growth!” Kimberly will receive a $ 100 gift card to, where she can find books to read during the summer. As the 2015 S.P.I.R.E. Teacher of the Year, Tracy Miller of Plainview Primary School in Tar Heel, North Carolina, is known for her energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to her students. Many of her students demonstrated two years of reading growth during the course of one school year. In nominating her, Rena Jessup, an exceptional children teacher at the school, said Miller is a compassionate, highly motivated go-getter, noting she was able to turn a non-reader into a reader with S.P.I.R.E. Jessup said, “If Tracy could teach S.P.I.R.E. 24/7, she would do it. Students couldn’t wait to get to class, because she helped them travel a path to success with S.P.I.R.E.” Miller will receive a $ 100 gift card to and a $ 350 gift certificate to use toward the purchase of materials from EPS. The students honored as 2015 S.P.I.R.E. Super Star finalists are: Damien, fourth grade, Liberty Elementary School, Franklin, Tennessee When Damien began the school year, he had reading comprehension obstacles to overcome and according to his teachers, April Harper and Jeannette Abbott, he felt defeated and lacked the motivation to work toward making gains in reading. He was placed in a Tier-3 S.P.I.R.E. program and the change was remarkable. Damien began the school year reading at 54 words-per-minute (WPM); by the middle of the year, he had increased his speed to 107 WPM. Damien’s success cultivated an insatiable love of reading and improved his confidence in other academic subjects. By the end of the school year, Damien had increased his reading fluency by 92 percent. Harper and Abbott call Damien, “an inspiration.” Roman, fourth grade, Angier Elementary School, Angier, North Carolina Diagnosed with a learning disability, Roman was discouraged and had very little confidence in his reading ability. He was able to read independently at a first grade level and about 45 WPM at a second grade level. In 2014, Roman began work with S.P.I.R.E. three times a week during summer school and twice a week when school started. He started at Level 1 and 10 months later, was proficient in Level 4. Roman began to earn As and Bs, which placed him on the honor roll for the first time in his academic career. He now holds the highest grade point average in his reading class and no longer requires daily reading intervention. The educators honored as 2015 S.P.I.R.E. Teacher of Excellence finalists are: Jessica McInnis, exceptional children’s teacher, Covington Street Elementary, Laurinburg, North Carolina McInnis is hailed by her fellow educators for her ability to use technology and creativity in implementing S.P.I.R.E, into the classroom. She incorporates a Smart Board into the curriculum and ongoing assessment drives instruction, allowing her to help her students successfully master each level. When nominating McInnis, literacy coach Laura Britt said, “Jessica’s knowledge of S.P.I.R.E. is unmatched. Her attention to detail and fidelity of the program have been key to the success she has had with it. Above all is her care and concern for her students. She works tirelessly to ensure S.P.I.R.E. truly meets the needs of her students.” Stacie Wood, exceptional children’s lead teacher, Lafayette Elementary School, Kipling, North Carolina Known as the “S.P.I.R.E. Guru,” Wood’s love of learning is the foundation of a S.P.I.R.E. program that is popular and well-respected. Educators from schools in and around the area come to observe Wood teach the program and learn more about her methods. Fellow teacher Sarah Fiero, who nominated Wood, said, “Stacie is always willing to go that extra mile to help a teacher be more successful with the program. The level of confidence the program has instilled in her students is phenomenal! Through her use of the program, her students have progressed from struggling readers to confident readers who can quickly and successfully decode words. S.P.I.R.E. and Stacie Wood have given children at our school the priceless gift of the love of reading.”     To read the nominations of these outstanding students and teachers, visit: S.P.I.R.E. has been used throughout the country with great success by thousands of students who need a direct, systematic, and sequential approach to reading. Based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, S.P.I.R.E. is now in its third edition, which incorporates the most recent research regarding best practices in reading and language arts instruction. The program includes many opportunities for practice, ensuring students experience continuous and visible success. Learn more at About EPS Literacy and Intervention EPS Literacy and Intervention provides K–12 blended-media solutions that build core skills and close the achievement gap in reading and math. With powerful instructional tools and high-quality materials, the company’s reading and math intervention solutions are proven to help struggling students. From universal screening to interventions, progress monitoring to data-driven decision-making, and professional development, EPS offers an integrated approach to effective teaching and learning. For more information on EPS and its proven programs Wordly Wise 3000®, Academy of READING®, Academy of MATH®, MCI, S.P.I.R.E.®, Path Driver for Reading®, Path Driver for Math™, Explode The Code®, EPS Customized Learning, and more, visit About School Specialty, Inc. School Specialty is a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace. The Company designs, develops, and provides educators with the latest and very best school supplies, furniture and both curriculum and supplemental learning resources. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential. 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Area Diesel Service, Inc. to Host the 2015 Horsepower Expo & Open House

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Des Moines, Ia. (PRWEB) June 16, 2015 Area Diesel Service, Inc. recently announced it will host the 2015 Horsepower Expo & Open House on Saturday, June 20 at the Area Diesel shop—1440 Northeast 56th Street, Pleasant Hill, Iowa 50327. The event is free to the public and is loaded with activities and entertainment for experienced diesel professionals, horsepower enthusiasts and fun-seeking families alike. As in years past, the 2015 expo will be a celebration of big-time horsepower, though Area Diesel Service Iowa Branch Manager Corey Stallings promises even more fun this time around: “After a 5-year hiatus, our crew plans to pack all the action we missed into a single, day-long bash! We figure we owe it to all our fellow diesel lovers who asked us to bring it back this summer.” The annual expo lets vendors exhibit the latest diesel power products and services, and it also marks an opportunity for attendees to put their trucks and cars to the test in an open-call horsepower competition. “As much as I love talking engines and parts with people who drop by our exhibit,’ said Stallings, “there’s no denying the horsepower contests will be the highlight of the day. Diesel owners love to show off their rigs, and we love to see who can bring the real heat.” The diesel performance specialists at Area Diesel have teamed with key event sponsors—Diesel-Up, Midwest Truck Products, American Radiator and Deery Brothers Chevrolet—to offer cash prizes for the horsepower contests. Up to $ 1,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to contest winners in four categories: High Horsepower GM, High Horsepower Ford, High Horsepower Dodge, and Highest Horsepower Overall. With cash on the line this year, contestants can shoot for more than simply the envy of their peers. Powerhouse Mobile Dyno will provide a sophisticated dynamometer to test and verify the high horsepower marks for each category. The contest is open to 35 participants, and entry fees are $ 75, which covers two attempts on the dyno and a limited-edition t-shirt to commemorate the day. Pre-registration for the contest is open now via the Area Diesel Service website. In addition to watching or joining the horsepower competition, attendees can learn new ways to increase diesel power and performance. They will have access to experts from Borg Warner Turbo Systems, Agricultural Diesel Solutions, Truck Edition, Magnum Quality Replacement Parts and more to learn about turbochargers and other performance products. The expo will also feature numerous giveaways, live music by Joe Inman & Co. and delicious food, served county fair style, by Marcia’s Sweet Treats. Asked what else to expect at the 2015 Horsepower Expo & Open House, Stallings replied, “Let’s not forget the number one draw that brings so many people out: the chance to check out lots and lots of powerhouse diesel trucks!” For more information on the Horsepower Expo or on Area Diesel Service, visit the company website or contact Corey Stallings at CoreyS(at)areadiesel(dot)com. To read the latest news and information on diesel power products, visit the Well Revved blog at, or follow Area Diesel on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

SLCC Names Artist/Activist, Entrepreneur/Tech Expert 2015 Distinguished Alumni

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Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) April 17, 2015 Salt Lake Community College has named Ruby Chacon and Paul Mayne as its Distinguished Alumni. They will be recognized at SLCC’s 2015 Commencement Ceremony May 7 at the Maverik Center, 3200 South Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City. Chicana artist Ruby Chacon was told by an advisor that she would never finish high school and that she should just drop out. Even as she was walking for commencement, she thought it might be a mistake that she was being allowed to graduate. Her first college classes were in California, where she met a Chicano counselor who gave her the confidence to pursue a higher education. Chacon returned to Utah, attended SLCC and eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah. Chacon grew up in a small “chaotic” house in Salt Lake City and didn’t have her own bedroom until she was a teen. She had to take turns with her younger sister sleeping on the sofa. “Artwork just kind of help me escape from all the chaos,” Chacon said. “Drawing was my privacy.” In a way, she said, art “chose” her, and it would one day become a “language” for her to give voice to and make sense of a world that, in her view, didn’t accurately represent her family or portray her heritage. After college Chacon began researching her family history as a means of developing a counter narrative to the damaging one that she says informed her identity while growing up Hispanic in a mostly homogeneous Salt Lake City. That path led her to central and southern Utah, where she heard about two aunts who were miners, how one of them opened her own restaurant and how a majority of her first cousins graduated from high school and in some cases college. Chacon learned about how her relatives were segregated in schools, told to drink from separate fountains and were hit for speaking Spanish in school. “I realized that the further away you are from knowing your own story and your history, the more it gets informed by someone else and the more of a devastating impact it has,” she said. Chacon took that realization and a reformed identity and poured it into her artwork, gradually making a name for herself in the Utah art community. She and her ex-husband Terry Hurst founded Mestizo Institute of Culture & Arts (MICA) in Salt Lake City to “enrich and celebrate” diverse cultures through the arts. Today MICA’s partners include the University of Utah’s University Neighborhood Partners, NeighborWorks Salt Lake, Gallery Stroll Salt Lake, and the Mestizo Coffeehouse. Chacon now lives in California and is working with a mentor who is teaching her the art of silk screening. Paul Mayne is founder and CEO of Bloom Built, creator of the hugely successful journaling application Day One, which last year earned the “Apple Design Award” and in 2012 the Apple App Store’s “App of the Year” award and has been downloaded more than 4 million times. Mayne took classes at SLCC that taught 3D animation, graphic design and how to author a CD Rom. “I had great professors who helped me realize what is possible,” Mayne said about his experience at SLCC. By 1999 he earned an associate of applied science degree while taking courses in SLCC’s architectural program. But he turned his interests toward graphic design and headed up the hill to the University of Utah, where he recalls being way ahead of other students due to completing his general studies first at SLCC. He eventually graduated from the U of U with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Mayne found jobs working as a visual designer, art director for an ad agency, an interactive designer and web developer. During that time an idea started brewing to develop a journaling app, which he pitched to people but never got anyone to “latch on” to the project. “I really wanted to start tracking things in my life to see if I could use that data to determine various things,” Mayne said. In December 2010 he took a month off and went to work out of his home, with the result being a journaling app that people can use for everything from fly fishing and cooking to traveling and tracking a child’s growth. In March 2011, Mayne introduced Day One. “It just kind of took off from there,” he said. It was featured as a “Showcase” app for the Mac and iPhone app stores. “That gets a lot of attention,” he said. The iPhone app started out at $ 1 and has gone up to $ 5 – for the Mac computer it costs $ 10. More than a million customers have paid for Day One, while more than 3 million were able to download it for free during a promotion. Sales these days are steady. “I thought sales would tail off,” Mayne said. “I was hopeful it would maintain. And then I realized I could build a business around it.” Mayne started Bloom Built with just himself and ran it out of his home. This year Mayne is building a two-story building in Lehi split into four areas that will also house his growing business, which is developing updates and companion pieces for Day One. “There’s a lot more potential that we really haven’t tapped into yet,” he said. “I love what I do.” Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 60,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.

Thompson Hotels Named Exclusive Hotel Partner for 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

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NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) April 15, 2015 As the premier hotel partner of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival™ (TFF), Thompson Hotels invites guests and attendees to experience the Festival as few ever do with its two New York City luxury lifestyle properties, Smyth and Gild Hall, serving as home bases from April 15 to April 26, 2015. VIP packages will offer insider access to the Festival’s most buzzed-about film screenings, red carpet premieres, industry talks and events. Always in the know, Thompson Hotels will also be behind the scenes at TFF’s biggest celebrations, documenting cultural experiences throughout the Festival on the brand’s Upper Stories blog. And, enter-to-win contests will be hosted on Thompson Hotels’ social channels for fans and film aficionados to have the chance to win tickets to screenings and insider access to Festival events. Thompson Hotels’ Smyth and Gild Hall properties are the destinations for Festival-goers and fans. The recently reimagined Smyth – located in the heart of Tribeca – will be humming with excitement, as well as hosting jury and press events amid its residential-style gathering spaces. Gild Hall – nestled among Lower Manhattan’s colonial-era streets – will be an intimate meeting place for Festival filmmakers, hosting such gatherings as a filmmaker trivia night. For guests looking to be fully immersed in TFF 2015, Thompson Hotels invites them to be VIPs by taking advantage of two experiential packages:     Red Carpet Reverie Package – The uber-exclusive Vesey Pass, limited in quantity and typically only available to Festival insiders, ushers guests into star-studded red carpet film premieres, official screenings, panel discussions and Festival hospitality lounges – all while indulging in Thompson Hotels’ luxurious accommodations. Available at Smyth and Gild Hall, the package includes: o    Penthouse Suite accommodations o    Two Vesey Passes per night o    Complimentary bottle of champagne upon arrival o    Complimentary house car service to screenings o    Breakfast for two daily o    Complimentary gourmet mini bar, exclusive of alcohol Smyth rates start at $ 4,000 per night; Gild Hall rates start at $ 1,016 per night. To book this package for either hotel, visit     Green Light Encounter Package – Guests can be among the first to discover emerging artists and take in new works by established film industry talent – all while living like a local at one of Thompson Hotels’ iconic New York destinations. Whether it’s cocktails at Andrew Carmellini’s new Evening Bar at Smyth, or stolen moments in the upper-level hideaway wine lounge and bar at Gild Hall, this package has all the makings of an inspiring getaway. Available at Smyth and Gild Hall, the package includes: o    Two Festival screening passes per day o    Two complimentary seasonal cocktails o    Best available rate for the room of your choice Smyth rates start at $ 470 per night; Gild Hall rates start at $ 336 per night. To book this package for either hotel, visit: Prior to the kick-off of TFF 2015 on Wednesday, April 15, Thompson Hotels will take to Upper Stories ( to reveal its top Festival picks and share a curated guide of where to eat and drink near Festival events, serving as a go-to resource for locals, guests and film enthusiasts alike. Following TFF’s Opening Night World Premiere screening of LIVE FROM NEW YORK!, the energy and thrill of the Festival will come to life on Upper Stories with posts recapping some of the most talked about, exclusive events – including the Monty Python 40th Anniversary Celebration and Closing Night GoodFellas 25th Anniversary Celebration – as well as engaging Q&As with top directors and actors from the Festival. Fans looking to be at the forefront of the Festival can follow @ThompsonHotels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for real-time interviews, insider access to red carpet events, and a chance to win exclusive Vesey Passes and tickets to see three of the most buzzed-about films at this year’s Festival – The Driftless Area, Good Kill and Sleeping With Other People. Or, come back next year as a VIP with Thompson Hotels by visiting and entering to win two insider passes to TFF 2016, plus a two-night stay in a luxury suite at Smyth. The Grand Prize Winner will be selected and announced at the close of the 2015 Festival. About Thompson Hotels Founded in 2001, Thompson Hotels is an international hospitality company that offers sophisticated luxury to its discerning clientele. The Thompson portfolio of lifestyle hotels includes Gild Hall and Smyth Tribeca in New York City; Thompson Chicago; Thompson Toronto; Belgraves in London; and, the recently opened Thompson Miami Beach. Thompson Hotels also has multiple new projects in development, including The Cape in Los Cabos, Thompson Playa del Carmen, Thompson Nashville, and Thompson Seattle. Follow @ThompsonHotels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for news and updates. For more information, please visit About Smyth, a Thompson Hotel Custom tailored to its downtown location, Smyth is an intimate 14-story and 100-room hideaway centrally located at 85 West Broadway on the corner of Chambers Street, just steps away from the subway and many boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, parks and cultural attractions that compose the thriving neighborhood of Tribeca. With designs overseen by New York-based Gachot Studios, the hotel showcases artwork from local galleries and artists throughout its lobby, which is divided into the Living Room, Library and Den, as well as the Evening Bar serving a creative a seasonal cocktail menu by mixologist Anne Robinson (PDT, Booker and Dax) and a bar menu by chef Andrew Carmellini’s of the hotel’s adjoining restaurant, Little Park. About Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel Gild Hall, Thompson Hotels’ Wall Street property, is located on historic Gold Street and brings a new level of design savvy and service to Manhattan’s illustrious Financial District. Designed by Jim Walrod, the simple yet luxurious rooms feature oversized leather-tufted headboards and elegant custom-designed wooden furniture, topped with rich flannel throws and mahogany details. The hotel features a bi-level, Tuscan style wine bar and lounge, Felice Ristorante & Wine Bar, adorned with dramatic chandeliers and boasting extensive wine programming, as well as 126 handsome, cosmopolitan rooms and suites. Effortlessly blending classical European sensibility with American contemporary style, Gild Hall serves as a modern-day gentleman’s club for the kings and queens of Wall Street. For additional information, visit, and follow Gild Hall on Facebook and on Twitter at @Gild_Hall. About Tribeca Film Festival The Tribeca Film Festival helps filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. It is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2001, following the attacks on the World Trade Center, to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music, and culture, the Festival brings the industry and community together around storytelling. The Tribeca Film Festival has screened more than 1,600 films from more than 80 countries since its first edition in 2002. Since inception, it has attracted an international audience of more than 4.9 million attendees, and has generated an estimated $ 900 million in economic activity for New York City. Related Music Press Releases

Carmus Productions, LLC Announces Singing For Safety – Sing It On, and Band-Jam-Battle, New Extreme Music Competitions At Carmus Jamboree Music Festival Aug 14-15, 2015

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Sing It On Vocal Competition and Band-Jam-Battle Competition Offer Mega Prizes! Idaho Falls, Idaho (PRWEB) July 14, 2015 It is announced today that Carmus Productions, LLC has initiated two extreme music competitions to help raise funds for charity, and offer smaller town talent opportunities to receive greater exposure with their music ambitions. Sing It On – Vocal Competition, has the theme of “Singing For Safety”, to help local Domestic Violence Charity. Christine Campbell – event producer/promoter states, “We are excited to launch “Singing For Safety” as the theme for our vocal Sing It On competition, as a percentage of funds goes to local Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center.” The Sing It On winner will be flown to Nashville, TN to be mentored by a top producer and recorded at a top recording studio. Campbell continues, “This is a wonderful chance for a very talented individual to have a life-time experience. We are not promising any “making famous” anythings, we are just providing a great reward for those who have worked extremely hard at something they love to do, and that is SING.” Band-Jam-Battle Competition is for bands to exploit their sound and expertise in making music, regardless of the type it is. The final winning band will receive $ 1,000.00 and Band Equipment. Promoter Christine explains, “We don’t have the means to send a band to Nashville, as that is quite costly, but we can offer money and band equipment from local music store, Mike’s Music. Prizes will increase year after year, and this is what we can do right now.” The charity that will benefit from this contest is Salvation Army. Preliminary contests are being held July 29-30, 2015, at Civic Auditorium, Idaho Falls, ID. Sing It On Preliminary is Weds, July 29th at 7pm; Band-Jam-Battle is July 30th at 7pm. There will be 5 top artists and 5 top bands to move onto the final competition at Carmus Jamboree 2015. Sing It On Finalists perform on Friday, Aug 14 at 2:30pm, and Band-Jam-Battle finalists perform on Saturday, Aug 14, at 2:30pm. Carmus Jamboree USA Festival 2015 comprises of national concerts, car-show, camping, 7 fairs, and 30 events that help 30 charities. Sing It On and Band-Jam-Battle are 2 of the many daytime events that are making a positive difference for non-profits. To get more information go to website:

The Slanted Sound are selected to play Artscape 2015

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Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) June 23, 2015 Coming off of an amazing performance in support of their latest CD release “Between a Rock and a Funk Place” at the Rams Head Live – Baltimore, local funk rock group The Slanted Sound have been selected to play at Artscape 2015 on July 19 at 2:30PM on the Sound Off Live! Festival Stage.They were selected as one of the winning bands from a juried competition organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts held at the Metro Gallery. The Slanted Sound was formed when a group of Maryland musicians and college students from Harford County Community College and Towson University came together around diverse musical influences such as Stevie Wonder, The Allman Brothers and Snarky Puppy. The band members are Keith Tuttle, Walsh Kunkel, Zachary McKinney, Graham Mitchell, Riley Battaglia, Mohammed Gbadamosi, Laura Banner and Jake Fidler. You can find background, pictures, music, videos and more about The Slanted Sound at their websites: Also appearing at Artscape 2015 will be headliners George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on the MICA Main Stage. Press Contact: Dave McKinney (Manager) at 410.703.3603 Related Music Press Releases

NiC 50: 2015 Ranking of the Most Powerful Americans 50+

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New York, NY (PRWEB) April 21, 2015 What do Bill Gates, Hillary Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Bobby Flay, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tom Ford and Ted Turner have in common? They are all on NowItCounts | NiC Magazine’s 2015 ranking of the 50 Most Powerful Americans 50+. In a 16-page spread and cover story, Richard Pérez-Feria, the award-winning Editor in Chief of more than 50 magazines and 25 websites, along with his dedicated team, chose the 50 over 50 based on the power they wield through the unique lens of its audience. To come up with the list, candidates had to be American, at least 50 years old and fall under NiC Magazine’s definition of power: Influence. If your presence, your words, your endorsement of anything moved the needle considerably in perception or tangible action — social media, legislation, business practices, innovation — you have power and deemed worthy of the list. Ranging from politicians, professional athletes, actors/actresses, television stars, high-profile chefs, authors and more, NiC’s Most Powerful Americans 50+ is ranked in order from 1 to 50. The full list will be available online (at on April 21) and in the May/June issue of NiC Magazine and will also celebrate’s magazine’s one year anniversary. 1.    Bill Gates: The single most powerful/important man on this list came to it in a classic story arch—from technology titan/bully to genuine American hero doing everything in his vast power to legitately help the world. 2.    Hillary Clinton: The only reason Hillary Clinton hasn’t already been President of the United States six years ago was Barack Obama represented an unstoppable movement. This time around, don’t count her out. 3.    Oprah Winfrey: Her mantra of positivity, kindness, forgiveness and candor with humor has been an intoxicating (and most effective) approach to building an empire. Oprah is just Oprah, and she’s helping all of us in immeasurable ways. 4.    Charles/David Koch: Easily the most feared and admired brothers in recent American history, billionaires Charles and David Koch have made it their mission in life to elect as many Republicans as possible — anything less would be deemed as failure. 5.    Indra Nooyi: As Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business in the world, Indra Nooyi is the very embodiment of the American dream. 6.    Dr. Mehmet Oz: “American’s Doctor”, Dr. Oz, remains the single-most influential person with a medical degree in this nation. 7.    Elizabeth Warren: For liberals, the senior Senator from Massachusetts is nothing short of Mother Teresa dressed up as a former Harvard professor. 8.    Maria Celeste Arrarás: The single most-watched Hispanic woman on Spanish language television, Maria Celeste Arrarás is a force of nature and much beloved to her millions of viewers. 9.    Jeb Bush: The Bush most thought would be first to ascend to the White House, Jeb Bush, the popular former two-term governor of Florida, is poised to become a viable alternative to the ever-growing “clown car” of GOP hopefuls. 10.    Ellen DeGeneres: A tireless activist for full equality across the board all while doing it with her unrivaled big name Hollywood allies and plenty of humor. 11.    Arianna Huffington: The tale of how a well-educated Greek woman conquered nothing less daunting than media itself is a story worth telling. 12.    Meryl Streep: Streep is re-emerging as a dedicated and public advocate for causes she most believes in, particularly surrounding women and girls’ rights. 13.    Bill Clinton: Bill Clinton’s strengths are so overwhelming, but his negatives are ever lurking. This is the time to keep your eye on the first President Clinton. 14.    Michelle Obama: No one could have prepared us for the special brand of sass, contemporary realness and passionate activism otherwise known as Michelle Obama. 15.    Madonna: There is only one “Queen of Pop” and Madonna has once again proven why she’s maintained her status at the single-most talked-about pop star in our midst. 16.    Bill Maher: Agree with him or not, there is no denying that his take on the soon-to-be crowded field of presidential hopefuls will be nothing short of hilarious, appointment television. 17.    Rosie Pérez: The Hispanic woman with the biggest daily platform in America with her co-hosting job on The View, she’s a most welcome addition to the landscape of endless chatter. 18.    Tim Cook: How does one replace the most beloved innovator of all time? Cook has definitely pulled off a very difficult trick, continuing the explosive growth of one of the planet’s most important companies while introducing new products. 19.    Dan Savage: As the creator of the wildly popular “It Gets Better” campaign, Savage is using his humor for the greater good. 20.    Diane Von Furstenberg: If empowering women and girls to be their best selves all while creating one of the most important fashion brands in the world weren’t enough, Diane Von Furstenberg has now entered the fractured world of realtiy television—and succeeding. Among the additional 50 Most Powerful Americans who made the list: Bill Nye (22), Gloria Estefan (24), Adam Moss (27), Barbra Steisand (29), Robert Downey, Jr (31), Howard Stern (33), Bill O’Reilly (38), Sarah Jessica Parker (39), Denzel Washington (41), Bobby Flay (44) and Whoopi Golberg (49). For the full list, visit: About NowItCounts | NiC Magazine: NowItCounts | NiC Magazine is the destination for Americans 50+ covering financial, health, beauty, style, travel, news, entertainment, sports and more. The digital platform and bimonthly magazine is helmed by award-winning Editor in Chief Richard Pérez-Feria and published by Laguna Beach, CA-based ePath Media. For the latest must-know information for dynamic adults visit; like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and visit our YouTube channel for exclusive videos. # # # Find More Spanish Press Releases

SAE Nashville Music Business Chair Voices Support for Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015

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Nashville, TN (PRWEB) April 30, 2015 Dr. E. Michael Harrington, Music Business Program (MBP) Faculty Chairperson at SAE Institute Nashville, has expressed his support for the ‘Fair Play Fair Pay Act’ of 2015, which is co-sponsored by congressional representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Marcia Blackburn (R-TN), John Conyers Jr. (D-MI), and Ted Deutch (D-FL). The bill would terminate AM and FM radio’s long history of using sound recordings without paying royalties to the performing artists and record labels, and would also change the way that satellite, Internet, and streaming services pay for the music that’s integral to their businesses. “Efforts to have artists and record labels paid when their recordings are broadcast date back to the early career of Frank Sinatra,” says Harrington, who recently shared his views about “Fair Play, Fair Pay” in a report on WZTV/Nashville. “Amazingly, the only other countries that don’t pay these fees are North Korea, China, and Iran, so it’s high time that the U.S. eliminated itself from this axis of non-performance royalty payment.” The ‘Fair Play Fair Pay’ bill emerged out of the Performance Rights Act (H.R. 848 and S.379), which was introduced in Congress in 2009. Internationally, there’s no government or industry resistance to this type of legislation, notwithstanding the U.S. and the three countries mentioned above. The bill would allow small and local radio stations to pay minimal annual performance fees, with large radio corporations paying the bulk of the royalties. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), which is funded by these corporations, opposes its passage. “The NAB has fought this idea for decades and spent millions doing so, but I don’t buy their argument about the damage that the bill will inflict upon the radio industry because stations and networks throughout the world have been paying all of the parties for many years without any undue burden on their businesses,” says Harrington. “The future of recorded music lies in access, and that access is via broadcast and not the sale of physical or digital product. Because the recording industry has shrunk so much, it’s clear that to sustain their business, record labels will need to put more effort into expanding the law to include themselves and their artists as recipients of royalties for their work.” About SAE SAE Institute provides aspiring creative media professionals with a foundation of practical theory and valuable hands-on training in their chosen areas of concentration. Under the guidance of our faculty, which is comprised of working industry professionals, students gain the essential experience they need for entry-level jobs in the entertainment business. Our students are supported in their job searches by SAE’s international network of alumni, many of whom are leaders in the music, film, game arts, and live performance arenas. We offer programs in audio technology across our seven US campuses, along with a music business program at select locations, all fully accredited and focused on preparing students for employment when they graduate. Bachelor’s Degree programs in Animation, Audio, Film, Game Art & Graphic Design are available at the two locations of Ex’pression College, which is owned and operated by SAE Institute Group, Inc. SAE Institute Group, Inc. is a part of Navitas LTD. Learn more at About Navitas Navitas is an Australian global education leader, providing pre-university and university programs, English language courses, migrant education and settlement services, creative media education, student recruitment, professional development, and corporate training services to more than 80,000 students across a network of over 100 colleges and campuses in 27 countries. Learn more at

Delias Delight Jewelry Launches Karmic Serenity Collection at GBKs 2015 MTV Movie Awards Weekend Gift Lounge

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Woodstock, Illinois (PRWEB) April 08, 2015 Delia’s Delight Jewelry (, in association with The Artisan Group®, will introduce its Karmic Serenity Collection at GBK’s 2015 MTV Movie Awards Gift Lounge, taking place April 10-11, 2015 at an exclusive location in Hollywood, California. From the Collection, Delia’s Delight will be gifting celebrities its White Copper Tree of Life Pendant, while select members of the press will receive a pair of White Copper Charm Earrings. The White Copper Tree of Life Pendant being gifted to celebrities features a freshwater pearl and silk ribbon in a complementary color. It is wire-wrapped onto a delicate sterling silver chain and will be gifted in one of three colors: Lilac, Rouge and Iris. Members of the press will receive White Copper Charm Earrings in one of five designs: Tranquility (Grass), Harmony (Onyx), Tree of Life (Rouge), OHM (Lilac) and Lotus (Iris). Each pair features White Copper Charms wire-wrapped in sterling silver with either freshwater pearls or semi-precious gemstones. Monica Sargeant, owner of Delia’s Delight Jewelry, designed the Karmic Serenity Collection based on her conviction that in today’s world, it is more important than ever to take time to enjoy the moment, take a break for yourself and send out positive energy back to the universe. “Karmic Serenity is the belief that the more serenity you put into the world, the more you will get back,” she says. “This Collection provides beautiful wearable reminders of what is important in life.” The White Copper Tree of Life Pendant retails for $ 56.00 and the White Copper Charm Earrings retail for $ 32.00. Both can be purchased at With good karma in mind, and because Monica believes music is extremely important to society because music heals, inspires and encourages in ways nothing else can, for each Karmic Serenity piece sold, Delia’s Delight Jewelry will donate $ 5.00 to Woodstock Illinois District 200 Music Boosters. “As with many public school music programs around the United States, Woodstock Illinois District 200 depends on fundraising and charitable donations to keep going,” remarked Monica. “Some of the instruments at one of the District 200 High Schools are over 80 years old and sadly there is no budget to replace them.” Monica Sargeant is an accomplished self taught artisan jeweler, who has been published in “Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry” and “Best of Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry: Special Edition 2010.” Monica is Level 1 certified in precious metal clay and has taken classes with some of the best teachers in the field. Her jewelry has also been mentioned in Lisa Johnson Mandell’s blog, Of her designs she has said, “Expressive and detailed designs are part of my jewelry signature. My creative journey involves discovery and evolution. My handcrafted creations are inspired by nature, history and my imagination. I love to work with metals, natural stones, fibers, resins and glass. Starting with a focal concept, I use different techniques and mediums to bring my ideas to life.” Delia’s Delight Jewelry has been gifted at GBK’s Luxury Celebrity Gift Lounge for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards and has been included in The Artisan Group Collaborative Stylist Gift Bags for “Better Call Saul,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Jane the Virgin” and “Cedar Cove.” To learn more about Delia’s Delight Jewelry, contact Monica Sargeant by email. Become a fan on Facebook (@deliasdelightjewelry), Twitter and Instagram (@deliasdelight). Follow her boards on Pinterest (@ddelightjewelry). Monica also shares her opinions, techniques and discusses art-related topics on her blog, Delia’s Delight. To learn more about The Artisan Group, visit ABOUT MONICA SARGEANT AND DELIA’S DELIGHT JEWELRY Monica Sargeant ( has been creating artisan jewelry since 2004 and has been teaching artisan jewelry in the Northwest Illinois Suburbs since 2005. Monica is published in Step by Step Wire Jewelry in a featured tutorial and as part of “Best of Step by Step Wire Jewelry 2010” Special Edition. She is also a member of The Artisan Group, an exclusive premiere entertainment marketing organization on a mission to introduce Hollywood to the best of the best in handcrafted products. Monica currently sells her jewelry on her website and select juried fine art shows throughout Northwest Illinois.

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