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]
03Mar Rep. Lucido takes the plunge Shelby Township lawmaker participates in fundraising event for Special Olympics of MichiganToday in Lansing Rep. Pete Lucido braved the elements of a Pure Michigan winter day to help raise money for the Special Olympics at the Legislative Polar Plunge.More than a dozen lawmakers this year participated in the annual event, with temperatures in Lansing reading approximately 28 degrees Fahrenheit. The event raises money for the nearly 21,000 athletes who take part in Special Olympics Michigan. This year, the plunge raised $30,000 for the year-round program, which offers sport and activity for those with intellectual disabilities.“This is such a fun event and for such a great cause,” said Rep. Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “I was proud to sport the Shelby Lions Football uniform as I jumped into some very, very cold water to bring attention and raise funds for this very important cause. I can’t wait to take the plunge again next year! Go Shelby Lions!” Categories: Lucido News,Lucido Photos
Cable operator UPC Poland has today added Eurosport HD and Eurosport 2 HD to its line-up.Both channels have been added to the Super HD package, which now includes 15 HD channels.Eurosport 2 HD will also be available on the network of Aster, now owned by UPC.
Roughly 60% of smartphone and tablet users watch between one and five hours of TV or video on these mobile platforms each week, according to Parks Associates. The US research firm said that this video consumption will help drive in-app ad revenues to more than US$5.6 billion by 2017, with 44% of tablet owners and 32% of smartphone claiming to have increased viewing on these platforms in the past year.Separately, Parks released stats last week claiming that 55% of US smartphone owners and 61% of tablet owners use TV-related apps at least once a month.The research claimed that more than 23% of US smartphone owners aged 18 to 34 use TV apps on their smartphone to schedule DVR recordings, while more than 22% have used an app that transforms their smartphone into a remote control for their TV or set-top box.Overall, Parks tips the number of global TV app users on smartphones to reach 1.29 billion by 2018.“TV app usage is altering the use cases for multiple connected devices; currently 57% of connected game console owners are using the device to watch TV shows. We are also seeing new revenue opportunities emerge through in-app solutions in the smart home and Internet of Things,” said Parks Associates president Stuart Sikes.
Discovery’s Quest channel has started live streaming, the first time the channel operator has taken a linear service online in this way.The online Quest will be available in the UK and Ireland and this weekend will have live coverage of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.Discovery largely owns all rights to shows on its channels, giving it the freedom to launch them in other windows and on other platforms without having to clear additional rights.The company told DTVE sister title TBI that the programming line-up will be exactly the same online as on linear. Quest shows include Bear Grylls: Born Survivor, Wheeler Dealers and Discovery staple Wheeler Dealers.Quest already makes some shows available to watch online through its on demand and catch up service, but has not previously made the full channel available online.“This is a further evolution of our digital presence that allows our audience to watch what, where and when they want,” said Quest chief Simon Downing.“Streaming Quest live online to complement our linear, catch-up and on-demand services is a milestone in the continued growth of the channel which will pave the way to reach even bigger audiences. The start of what promises to be a thrilling Rallycross season is the perfect occasion to go live online, bringing all the action direct to your devices.”Making a key sports event such as Rallycross available on linear and online could mark an effort to experiment with how sports events are distributed. Discovery owns Eurosport and has snagged multiplatform rights to the Olympics. It has pledged to make the games the first ‘digital Olympics’.