April 18, 2002 California musiciansPaul Sprawl and Jaia Suri stopped by the Arcosanti Amphitheater for oneof the intersecting dates on their eight-month parallel U.S. tours.Arcosanti Community Council sponsors many impromptu concerts like thisoutside of the CollySoleri Music Center programs throughout the year. [Photo: RL &text: Ira Murfin] Jaia playedbeautiful songs and even graced us with a little poetry as she strummedher guitar and got wonderful and surprising new sounds out of thebanjo. For her CDs,info and tour schedule. [Photo: RL & text: IM] Paul gave us bluesy,haunting tunes that really showed off the versatility of the guitar, asa percussion instrument among other things. He improvised a song oftribute to the heater which kept his fingers nimble on the drizzly andchilly spring evening. For his CDs, info andschedule [Photo: RL & text: IM] A bluegrass/reggaeconcert was hosted at Arcosanti on Saturday. The High Grass Pickersplayed until sunset. [Photo & text: RL] Kindred, a reggaeband from Tempe, provided a mellow mood in the vaults. This was theirthird show here at Arcosanti. Check for more information aboutArcosanti Events. [Photo & text: RL]
French pay TV operator Canal+ has secured the rights to carry the country’s Top 14 rugby competition until 2023.The operator, which currently holds the rights to the competition until 2019, has won the most recent tender offered by the National Rugby League.Canal+ Group already owns the rights to the ProD2, Super Rugby Rugby Championship and France’s test matches in the southern hemisphere.According to Canal+, which has held the rights to Top 14 Rugby for 30 years, the popularity of the game has been growing in France and rugby is now the country’s second most popular sport.
Facebook is reportedly developing a big-screen video app as part of its efforts to position itself as a video-first company.According to the Wall Street Journal, the social network is working on a video app for TV set-top boxes, including the Apple TV.The report also said that Facebook is in talks with media companies to license long-form, TV-quality programming, with the app to provide another way for Facebook to distribute that content.Facebook said earlier this month that it had changed to how its news feed surfaces relevant videos, placing more emphasis on longer content, while the firm has long been working to up its video credentials.Ricky Van VeenFacebook rolled out live-streaming via Facebook Live to all users last year and in December also introduced live 360° video streaming for the first time.Recent reports indicate that Facebook is due to start testing mid-roll video ads so that publishers can monetise the videos they upload to the social network.Tech news site Recode also reported in December that CollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen – who joined Facebook as head of global creative strategy earlier this year – is leading talks with TV studios and video producers about licensing shows to bolster the social network’s video efforts.