DALLAS MAVERICKS TO CELEBRATE DIRK NOWITZKI’S HISTORIC 21st SEASON

The Dallas Mavericks are celebrating all things Dirk Nowitzki over the next week as the legendary player wraps-up his 21st season in Dallas.

 41.21.1. AUGMENTED REALITY WALL IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS

The back of the YMCA building (601 N Akard), which can be seen from the intersection of Field Street and Ross Avenue, has been taken over with an incredible 68’ x 193’ Dirk Nowitzki mural and augmented reality activationFans are directed to Mavs.com/AR to access instructions and once activated, Dirk comes to life with 21 shots from all 21 of his historic seasons.

The creative and technology studio Groove Jones produced the AR experience, with creative direction from the Dallas Mavericks, by taking both photo and video assets to bring the animation to life. The wallscape will be active through April 13th and fans are encouraged to share their experiences through social media using the hashtag #mavsAR.

For more information on the wallscape, please visit Mavs.com/AR.

 EXCLUSIVE DIRK CELEBRATION COLLECTION FROM THE HANGAR AND DALLASMAVS.SHOP

The Hangar and dallasmavs.shop will feature an exclusive merchandise collection celebrating Dirk with 41.21.1. apparel and novelties including t-shirts, caps, canvases, commemorative patches, decals and more.  The only place to find official 41.21.1. merchandise is at Mavs Hangar stores inside American Airlines Center or at dallasmavs.shop.

In addition to the new merchandise collection, 1,000 Limited Edition Nike Dirk MVP Swingman Jerseys arrived this week to be sold exclusively on dallasmavs.shop and at Mavs Hangar stores.  The Dirk MVP Swingman Jersey is one of seven player jerseys created by Nike for current active league MVPs who have taken their game to another level.   The jersey is black on black on black and incorporates matte satin twill, laser perforation and a metallic ink swoosh.

The Dirk MVP Swingman is available now at dallasmavs.shop and at the arena Mavs Hangar stores in time for the game tonight, Friday, April 5th.

 TUESDAY, APRIL 9th: MAVS VS SUNS

PARTY ON THE PLAZA PRESENTED BY BUDWEISER

AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER (2500 VICTORY)

Party Starts: 5:30pm

Doors: 6:00pm/ Tipoff: 7:30pm

Fans are encouraged to arrive early to walk the blue carpet on Victory Plaza for the final home game of the season.  In addition, fans without tickets to the game can join in on the fun by visiting the ESPN tent or listening to ESPN leading-up to the game for a chance to win last-minute tickets.  DJ Joe Ramirez will be spinning tunes and the Budweiser Build-A-Bar (for all patrons 21+) will open at 5:30pm, the FOX Sports Southwest pre-game broadcast will be LIVE on the plaza beginning at 6:30pm and several activities will be available for the entire family including photo booths, a sign-making station, face painters and more.

At the game, each fan will receive a Limited Edition Dirk t-shirt sponsored by 5miles, a commemorative game ticket and a Dirk Build-A-Head.

The first 3,000 kids in the doors at AAC will receive a free Dirk jersey sponsored by AT&T, and the first 7,000 adults (21+) will receive a free lanyard at doors presented by Budweiser.

13,000 fans will receive a Dirk poster at exits sponsored by Panini.

The DIRKBURGER and DIRKWURST are both back by popular demand for the month of April at American Airlines Center.

The DIRKWURST, with German mustard and pickled red cabbage on a Bavarian pretzel bun, will be sold out on the Plaza prior to the game for $15 and includes a Mavs branded koozie, chips and choice of a 16oz Budweiser or bottled water.

The DIRKBURGER, still the most popular burger sold at AAC, is a 1/3 LB Burger with jalapeno beer cheese, bacon onion marmalade, arugula and mustard horseradish aioli on a Bavarian pretzel bun served with French Fries and will be sold for $14 in Valor Burger and Bar.

For those without tickets to the game: HERO, the new bar and entertainment center open on Victory Plaza, will showcase the game and celebrate Dirk for all MFFLs for free, located at 3090 Olive Street on the west side of Victory Plaza following the Party on the Plaza.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10th: MAVS VS SPURS

DALLAS MAVERICKS OFFICIAL WATCH-PARTY PRESENTED BY BUDWEISER

HERO (3090 OLIVE STREET)

Party Starts: 6:00pm

All MFFLs in the DFW area who want to celebrate Dirk and his legendary 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks are invited to join the Mavs at HERO on Victory Plaza for a watch party presented by Budweiser.  Mavs ManiAACs and Dancers will make appearances and DJ Joe Ramirez will spin tunes and raffle off autographed items and memorabilia.

The event is free and open to the public (21+).

For more information, visit mavs.com.

Maisha Simmons To Lead NAACP Foundation Relation Efforts

Maisha Simmons, MPA recently joined the NAACP as the Deputy Chief Director of Development/Sr. Director of Foundation Relations. Most recently Simmons served as a Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in an administrative role supporting the management of team operations and functions.

“We are excited to have Maisha as part of the Development Team at the NAACP to lead our efforts in Foundation Relations. She brings to our organization deep and trusted relationships within the philanthropic community and has the passion and dedication to support partnership between the NAACP and the funder community,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO.

For more than 20 years, Simmons has been dedicated to serving community organizations where she worked on issues like community violence prevention, early care and education, childhood obesity and youth development. Notably she led RWJF’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of young men and boys of color which was recognized during the Obama Administration through the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.

“As one of the first Program Officers at RWJF to facilitate the relationship between NAACP and the Foundation I have seen first-hand the impact that can come from civic organizations in partnership with philanthropy to address some of the real challenges that communities face today. I look forward to continuing this practice at NAACP,” said Simmons.

Simmons is a graduate of Rutgers University and Baruch College and joins the Association as it restructures to better align its operations with the current political and civil rights climate.

Maps Glover

Maps Glover closed his month long residency at the A Creative DC: Brookland studio space with a performance art piece titled “Don’t Talk to the Artist While in Practice” and an open house for fellow artists and supporters. Glover is a DMV local artist that went to school at the Delaware College of Art and Design. He creates work inspired by human behavior and observation. He visualizes how time affects that behavior and how observation of that behavior alters the viewers perspective. Performances is where he best express himself, in this medium all of the ideas he has about how we interact with our emotions and make decisions as humans comes to life.

During the residency he created 27 art pieces centered on police brutality, media, and the speed of life. In the middle of the studio stands an installation, he calls an altar, created for a previous performance series that took place at transformer dc. The installation includes paper airplanes folded, unfolded, and refolded by hand that represent the 987 African Americans killed by police brutality this year.

The checker board pattern is a new theme in the work and represents the quickness of life.  These pieces touch on the theme of age due to Glover turning 27 this year. He uses visuals of news and media in a couple already sold paintings that show news personalities discussing people’s lives and ultimately misrepresenting them. Police brutality and black life are a subject matter repeatedly examined by Glover and is present throughout all of his work.

By Katelynn Dunn

Zeni Media Group interview with Maps Glover The Way That You Live: Interview with Maps Glover

“THE GOOD SIDE,” A NEW SONG FROM TROYE SIVAN, IS OUT TODAY

Today, Troye Sivan shared another new song, “The Good Side.” Available for download and streaming HERE, it follows last week’s release of hisnew single, “My My My!” Both songs are from his forthcoming album, which will be out this spring on Capitol Records.

Tune in to “Saturday Night Live” on January 20 to see Troye perform as this week’s musical guest.

Troye Sivan     Photo Credit: Hedi Slimane

“My My My!” was the top trending topic worldwide after its release last week and the official video, directed by Grant Singer (Lorde, The Weeknd), became the #1 trending clip on YouTube. After only six days, cumulative worldwide streams surpassed 25 million.

Pitchfork named it the “Best New Track” and observed, “With his throbbing new single “My My My!” – one of the first great songs of this young year – Sivan is celebrating pure joy, the feeling of being swept up and rendered invincible by new love.” TIME placed it on its list of “5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week” and Rolling Stone hailed it as “a joyous preview of his upcoming album.” Idolator noted, “the searing track has all the makings of a major hit.”

OUT said, “Gone are the emotionally pure days of the heart-wrenching Blue Neighbourhood trilogy of videos or his house party sleepover visuals for ‘Youth.’ In their place, the Australian singer has a sensual, swaggering new video…” NPR Music observed, “It’s an infectious celebration of sexual desire.”

Troye was recently selected by designer Pierpaolo Piccioli to be the face of the Valentino Spring 2018 menswear advertising campaign. His 2015 debut album, Blue Neighbourhood(Capitol Records), topped the iTunes charts in 66 countries. It has sold more than two million adjusted albums worldwide and is certified Gold in the U.S. Streams across all platforms exceed 1.5 billion while video views have surpassed 500 million.

The New York Times hailed Troye as a “prototype for tomorrow’s global pop star” and he appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone, Out and V Magazine. Associated Press named Blue Neighbourhoodas the No. 1 album of 2015 and Rolling Stone awarded it four stars.The single “Youth” claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Club Play chart and has been certified Platinum in the U.S. His numerous awards include a Billboard Music Awards trophy and two GLAAD Media wins.

GORILLAZ LAUNCH INNOVATIVE NEW APP TO IDENTIFY NEW ENGINEERING TALENT

Jaguar Land Rover join forces with Gorillaz to address the global shortfall in engineering talent, by launching a new innovative mixed reality app to inspire future generations and identify bright sparks to fill 1,000 new roles

19th June 2017, Alternate Reality: Jaguar Land Rover joins forces with Gorillaz to address the global shortfall in engineering talent, by launching a new innovative mixed reality app to inspire future generations and identify bright sparks to fill 1,000 new roles.

Jaguar Land Rover and Gorillaz are working together to recruit the next generation of world-class electronics and software engineering talent, with a code-breaking challenge found in the virtual band’s app. The best performers will be fast-tracked through the recruitment process, helping to meet the company’s ambition to employ thousands of bright new talents over the next year. It’s a major change in the way the business looks for candidates, aiming to tackle the engineering skills gap and inspire and attract a diverse range of talent and new thinking.

The new Jaguar Land Rover recruitment area will launch in The Gorillaz App on 19th of June in the form of a 360-environment situated in the garage of the band’s home which also features all the iconic vehicles from Gorillaz’ past. Here, applicants can explore and take a two-part challenge. The first part, designed to educate users about the benefits of electric vehicles, involves assembling the Jaguar I-PACE Concept, Jaguar’s first all-electric five-seater sports car. The second and more demanding part of the game, developed to engage and recruit budding electronic wizards and coders, will focus on cracking code – there are more than  4,000 combinations, as well as cipher in an alternate reality format. The challenges put a stronger focus on skills and talents than on qualifications. 

The project follows on from Jaguar Land Rover’s STEM initiative with Gorillaz in 2016, where founder member and female guitarist, Noodle, became Jaguar’s Formula E Racing and global STEM Ambassador. 

Jaguar Land Rover is hoping the mixed reality app will tackle the engineering skills shortfall by attracting a diverse range of talent. As well as identify talent, the company hopes to both inspire the next generation of engineers and also attract more women to the profession. Only 9% of the UK engineering workforce is female – this has remained the same since 2005 (IET 2015). In fact, the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, while Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead with nearly 30% of the engineering workforce female.

If Stones Could Speak: The Palaces, Gardens and Monasteries of SouthWest Germany

Almost four million visitors each year visit 60 of Baden-Württemberg’s monuments and enjoy their very special atmosphere and the range of varied activities on offer there. Free open days, special guided tours, culinary demonstrations, garden walks make these special places come alive with stories from the past.
Anyone wanting to make the most out of Baden-Württemberg will soon realize they’ve come to the right address at Staatliche Schlösser & Gärten (SSG), the state heritage preservation agency for the state of Baden-Württemberg, or SouthWest Germany. The agency is responsible for 60 historic monuments that it maintains, develops and opens to the public. They include famous places such as Heidelberg Palace but also hidden gems such as the Palace and Palace Gardens in Schwetzingen, only 20 minutes from Heidelberg; the well-known Ludwigsburg Residential Place outside of Stuttgart as well as the lesser-known but no less stunning baroque gardens of Weikersheim Palace; the World Cultural Heritage site of Maulbronn Monastery as well as the luxurious Salem Monastery and Palace on Lake Constance and the Hohentwiel Fortress Ruins. Each estate has its own special stories that make each visit memorable as the past come alive with the lives of noble families, kings, queens and their followers.
Heidelberg Palace, the most famous palace ruin anywhere in the world, is the “flagship” of the Baden-Württemberg monument landscape and has more people visiting it than any other monument in the federal state. Its ruins are some of the most romantic in all of Europe ranging from the Elizabeth Gate constructed overnight by Ludwig V for his wife, Elizabeth Stuart to the façade of the castle which is brilliantly lit up four times each year in an enormous display of Bengal fireworks. The palace has cafes and a newly opened restaurant with one Michelin star.
Only 20 minutes from Heidelberg is the lesser-known summer palace of Schwetzingen with its extensive formal gardens, allees, and park. One of the most beautifully planned gardens in Europe, it also has a stunning restaurant open to the public which is well worth the visit especially during asparagus season. Hidden by enormous hedges, an outdoor stage is carved from a grotto where the nobles would gather and stand for hours while the king and queen sat and watched the plays.
The UNESCO monument of Maulbronn Monastery has a much different story as it was, and still is, a Protestant school. Today, it hosts concerts, culinary demonstrations, wine tastings and architectural tours. The Cistercian monastery in its rural tranquillity has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List on account of its well-preserved architecture and history. Other outstanding examples of church architecture, include the resplendent monasteries of Upper Swabia, such as Wiblingen, Schussenried and Ochsenhausen and the impressive medieval complexes, including the monasteries of Bebenhausen and Alpirsbach, and the grandiose castles and ruins of fortresses, such as Hohentwiel or Hochburg.
At a time when celebrations of the Reformation 500 years ago are going on throughout Germany, there is an opportunity to savour this anniversary year in a quite particular way in these castles and monasteries where famous events occurred. Heidelberg Palace is an example as it used to be the residence of the prince electors of the Palatinate, who espoused the Reformation at an early stage. It was here that the Heidelberg Catechism was compiled at the behest of the prince elector – and it has retained its validity through to the present. In the 16th century, the palace was the glittering stage of the powerful protestant prince electors.
In Maulbronn Monastery, the Duke of Württemberg established a school in the former Cistercian monastery after the Reformation. In doing so, he marked the beginning of a pioneering tradition, which has continued through to the present. In those regions that did not go along with the Reformation, the Counter-reformation gave birth to an artistic movement, whose stated aim was to bring heavenly magnificence down to earth. The large monasteries in Ochsenhausen or Schussenried, as impressive edifices of Upper Swabian baroque, bear effective witness to that Counter Reformation. Fourteen monasteries and palaces are playing their part in the theme year and have an open invitation to visitors.
Another highlight this year is the reopening of the renovated bel étage in Bruchsal Palace, the former residence of the bishop princes. The reconstruction of the suite of rooms in the bel étage of Bruchsal Palace is now complete and a lost chapter from Bruchsal’s history has come back to life. But more than that: in the 18th century, the prince bishops’ palace used to be one of Europe’s cultural and artistic “hotspots.” During WWII, numerous artistic treasures were taken away for safe keeping, including furniture, paintings and tapestries – more than 350 priceless items – and they are now back in their original positions. It is no exaggeration to say that the collection of valuable tapestries in Bruchsal Palace is absolutely unique. Altogether, there are 38 of them, one of the biggest collections in Europe.
The third Sunday in June is Schlosserlebnistag (Experience a Castle Day), and many people make sure it is highlighted in their diaries – not only those living in Baden-Württemberg. It is a day on which all the palaces and castles throughout Baden-Württemberg are open to the public and offer organized events particularly suitable for families. On October 8, the Erlebnistag im Kloster  (A Day in the Monastery) will be held. Visitors can find out about the world of the monks and the pupils who studied in the schools that were installed in the monastery buildings later on. Whether large monastery complexes or romantic monastery ruins, whether severe mediaeval chambers or joyous baroque dining halls, the range of impressions is extensive.
Every year, the Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten frequently renews its programming and adds new and unusual guided tours. It might be stroll escorted by a lady or gentleman in historical dress, applying all their charms and acting skills in transporting you back to their epoch; or it might be a gourmet tour, during which experiencing history is combined with a culinary extra; or, yet again, it might be a “behind the scenes” program, a children’s event or a walk by candlelight – whatever it is, it will include plenty that’s new or never been seen before.

Wendy Williams New App!

ENTERTAINMENT AND MEDIA MOGUL WENDY WILLIAMS

LAUNCHES ENTERTAINMENT AND LIFESTYLE MOBILE APP

NEW YORK, NY – May 25, 2017 – Media mogul, entrepreneur and Emmy® nominated talk show host Wendy Williams, is expanding her winning formula into Mobile with the official launch of her new entertainment and lifestyle app, Wendy Digital, available on Apple and Android, starting today.  The app aims to provide a fun content-rich entertainment experience that indulges users with a daily dose of pop culture.

Wendy Digital will feature daily celebrity ‘Hot Topics’ where users can chime in on the show’s discussion, and catch behind-the-scenes footage of Wendy ‘on the go,’ including never-before-seen celebrity interviews and video content through ‘Suddenly Wendy’. Entertainment and celebrity knowledge will be tested and rewarded through the app’s ‘E-Trivia’ section. The app also features a ‘Shopping’ section, making it easy for users to browse and purchase Wendy’s outfit of the day, her latest HSN Collection, along with her favorite product recommendations.

Wendy is introducing her own line of emoticons, WenMoji, with the launch, giving users a fun way to express themselves with a set of her widely known catch phrases, including her popular ‘How you Doin’.

“A part of what I love about my show, is the connection I have with my audience and fans, whether it be in the studio, or while they’re watching at home,” said Wendy Williams. “Now through my app, I have a brand new platform where I can continue to engage with my fans, and be able to share more behind-the-scenes intel into my life outside of the show.”

Wendy Digital is available through the app store for free. For more information on the Wendy Williams app, visit www.wendywilliamsdigital.com