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

La Metamorphose

EDEN GARDENS. La Metamorphose Spring/Summer 2019.

In the gardens of La Métamorphose, the woman is certainly a flower that hatches, but this woman is conquering in her femininity, delicate in its strength, it is a multi-faceted woman, muse, but also leader.

Pastels emphasize hatching, whites purity and light. The precision of the cuts, the determination.

Pale roses of love that crown your head,

Fade every summer?

Their stems will bend to the rising wind.

Rose petals have fallen in the path.

O Belle, pick them, since our dream flowers

Will fade tomorrow!

Put them in a cup and all closed doors,

Alanguis and cruel, thinking of the dead days,

We will see the agony of roses

Raves of perfumes.

The big garden is defaced, my egoist,

Day butterflies to other flowers have fled,

And only from now on will come to the sad garden

The moths.

And the flowers will die in the profane chamber.

Our roses alternately shed their pain.

Beautiful, sob a little … Every flower that fades,

It is a love that dies!

Guillaume Apollinaire, There is, “Picking”, posthumous publication, 1925.

 

Maria Aristidou

Maria Aristidou’s Spring/Summer 2019 “Symplexis” collection.

You dont always know what s hidden behind a closed door, yet even when you think you do, you always wonder if you are right.  A closed door is, more often than not, a mystery to all of us. We are humans and curiosity is, whether we like it or not, a human imperfection.  And when that door has an arch and a keystone, intertwining to form a coherent symplexis, it becomes a mystical and wondrous gate, behind which imagination can run wild!

So, open it. If you dare.

Maria Aristidous Spring/Summer 2019 knit couture collection was quite the challenge.Inspiration for the pattern came from a single vintage arched door found during a walk inside the old city walls of Nicosia. The simplicity of the doors facade, together with the complexity of the engineering behind it, gave rise to a series of design trials that lead to this fine timeless pattern for the fabrics of SS 2019 collection. Hand embroidery embellishments on a colorful palet of luxurious knit fabrics made by the designer, capture the beauty and the essence of a woman. Unexpected cuts on timeless classic designs with modern details are the signature of the designer’s Spring/Summer 2019 “Symplexis” collection.

In 2015 Maria Aristidou introduced her first A/W 2015 Limited Knit Scarf Collection, a beginning of a new concept in her designs.  The magic of knitwear inspired her to first explore and then create, using luxurious threads and elaborate techniques, various knit patterns.  The craftsmanship of detailed hand embroideries adds to the uniqueness of Maria Aristidou’s fabric collections for the couture evening and accessories.  The process of fabric production for each collection starts from the very beginning.  Yarns such as wool, viscose, lurex, cotton, silk and velvet (depending on the season the designer works on) are ordered from Paris and Italy.  Then, a series of patterns, first designed on paper, are passed on to the computer knit programmer to be then processed by the programs set for the knitting machines. What follows is a series of testings to establish which yarn will be used on which machine and for which pattern, how thick or thin the fabric will be, colour sampling combinations, hand-embroidery design testing, quality and durability checks etc. The only fabric that is actually bought, and not produced by the designer, is the lining needed for each garment.

Once the desired patterns are developed, and the fabric samples are finalised and tested, the fabric production takes place.  That is, cutting and sewing (with finishings done with knit trimming on each piece of the garment) along with hand embroidery.

All production takes place in Cyprus.

“No Tears Left To Cry” #1 Most Added Song

The brand new single from multiplatinum, record-breaking superstar ARIANA GRANDE“No Tears Left To Cry” is the #1 most added song to Top 40, Hot AC, and Rhythm radio formats.  With 247 radio stations adding the song across the three formats, and one of the few artists in history to receive commitments from entire Top 40 panel in the debut week.  Last Friday, iHeartRadio gave the new single its world premiere, reaching over 13 million Total Audience Spins on the day alone.

Listen to “No Tears Left To Cry” HERE. Watch Official Music Video HERE.

ARIANA took to Instagram this morning to announce that she will be appearing on The TonightShow starring Jimmy Fallon, taking over the entire show May 1. Make sure to tune in for the debut television performance of “No Tears Left To Cry” and more!

ABOUT ARIANA GRANDE
With her powerful vocals and astonishing range, Ariana Grande has emerged as one of the most magnetic and massively successful performers in pop music today. At age 24 she’s delivered three platinum-selling albums and surpassed 18 billion streams, in addition to nabbing four Grammy Award nominations and landing eight hits in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With her most recent album — 2016’s critically acclaimed Dangerous Woman — Grande both boldly defies expectation and reveals the full force of her voice (recently hailed as an “extraordinary, versatile, limitless instrument” upon Grande’s appearance on Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list).

Since making her full-length debut with 2013’s Yours Truly (featuring the game-changing, triple-platinum smash “The Way”), Grande has brought her striking vocal presence to a genre-blurring breed of pop, taking on R&B, soul, and electronic music with equal nuance and assurance. Arriving in 2014, her sophomore effort, My Everything, garnered a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album and spawned the 6x-platinum hits “Problem” and “Bang Bang” (a Grammy nominee for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance). Through the years, the longtime actress and former Broadway star has proven the scope of her talent by appearing on Scream Queens and Hairspray Live! and showcased her comedic chops by hosting Saturday Night Live. With her social media following now surging past 200 million, Grande has also earned numerous accolades from the MTV Video Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and American Music Awards (including the highly coveted Artist of the Year prize).

The first artist in music history to see the lead single from her first three albums debut on the Billboard Hot 100, Grande embraced a more uncompromising vision than ever before in the making of Dangerous Woman. With People noting that the album “celebrates feminine might,” Entertainment Weekly praised Grande for “having something meaningful to say with that jaw-dropping voice — one of the most exquisite in pop today.” Grande wrapped up her widely lauded Dangerous Woman Tour in support of the album, performing 85 arena shows worldwide.

“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.