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Thursday 21 January 2016
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Bonnaroo today unveiled its 2016 lineup with a special feature on TBS’ Conan. The world renowned four-day multi-stage camping festival, celebrating “15 Years of Magic,” will take place June 9 – 12, at Great Stage Park, the spectacular 700-acre farm and event space located just 60 miles south of Nashville in Manchester, TN. Tickets for the 2016 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will be on sale beginning Friday, January 22nd at 12:00 PM EST, exclusively via CLICK HERE. The 2016 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival marks the event’s 15th anniversary and as such, is being celebrated with more than 150 musicians, bands, and comedians performing across its 12 unique stages. The lineup features a strikingly deep roster of talent that includes Pearl Jam, Dead & Company (2 sets), LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole, Ellie Goulding, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tame Impala (late night), Death Cab For Cutie, M83, Haim, Miguel, Chris Stapleton, Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram), Tyler the Creator, Lamb of God, Blood Orange, Kamasi Washington, Waxahatchee, Vince Staples and many more. Additional announcements will be made in the coming weeks. For complete details and regular news updates, please visit CLICK HERE. The Bonnaroo era began in 2002 and was almost immediately named one of the “50 Moments That Changed The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Rolling Stone. Each year since has seen the annual event consistently expanding the parameters of what a music festival can offer in the 21st century. Being America’s only major all hours music festival, Bonnaroo presents fans with a seemingly infinite number of entertainment options over the course of its four days, most notably, its comedy tent, whose lineup has featured some of the most groundbreaking comedians of our time, including Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer, Louis CK, Zach Galifinakis, Chris Rock and more. The 2016 Bonnaroo Comedy Theatre lineup will be revealed this spring. Additionally, Bonnaroo’s 24-hour cinema tent offers fans an opportunity to catch an A-list array of one-of-a-kind happenings, spanning director spotlights, interactive screenings, live film scoring, and high energy Q&A sessions with special guest artists and actors. Consistently searching for ways to improve the event each year, organizers have recently announced significant upgrades to the festival site, which will now feature its own water line allowing for more than 400 toilets and hundreds of showers, as well as a large number of additional water filling stations. Equally important since the festival’s inception has been uncovering new ways to give back to the community. As a result, the Bonnaroo Works Fund (BWF) charity initiative was established, supporting a number of regional and national organizations devoted to improving arts, education, and environmental sustainability in communities across the country. In 2015, BWF donated more than $300,000 to upward of 50 organizations and has donated more than $7 million to over 100 organizations in total. For further information, please visit CLICK HERE. Bonnaroo is a truly global event, with tickets purchased in all 50 U.S. states and over 37 countries around the world. As one of the planet’s foremost musical events, Bonnaroo has brought together over a million fans, more than 1,600 artists and 150 comedians in its 15-year history. The complete Bonnaroo 15th anniversary lineup is below: Pearl Jam Dead & Company (2 sets) LCD Soundsystem J. Cole Ellie Goulding Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Tame Impala (Late Night) Death Cab for Cutie M83 Haim Halsey Ween Jason Isbell CHVRCHES Miguel Chris Stapleton Judd Apatow & Friends The Chainsmokers SuperJam Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram) Band of Horses Leon Bridges Grace Potter Father John Misty Adam Devine Purity Ring The Claypool Lennon Delirium Two Door Cinema Club Sam Hunt Flosstradamus Zeds Dead Tyler The Creator Bridget Everett Griz Mavis Staples Touchpants Lamb Of God Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Kurt Vile & The Violators Blood Orange Adventure Club Lord Huron RL Grime The Bluegrass Situation SuperJam Featuring Ed Helms and Friends X Ambassadors Piff the Magic Dragon Lucius Vince Staples Third Eye Blind Cymande Misterwives Clutch GoldLink Lettuce St. Lucia Cashmere Cat Goddamn Comedy Jam Fidlar Ibeyi Keys N Krates Sam Bush Band The Wood Brothers Saint Motel Daughter The Floozies Marian Hill Kamasi Washington BØRNS Post Malone Shamir Allen Stone Brett Dennen Oh Wonder Boy & Bear Dungen Judah & The Lion Steve Gunn Steep Canyon Rangers The Oh Hellos The Internet John Moreland Andra Day Anderson East Twin Peaks Bully Natalie Prass Chicano Batman Givers Hermitude Jarryd James Lizzo Papadosio Rayland Baxter Vulfpeck Sara Watkins The Knocks Waxahatchee Beach Fossils Whilk and Misky Hundred Waters The London Souls Lolawolf Civil Twilight Roman Gianarthur LANY Con Brio Flux Capacitor CLICK HERE # # #
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Wednesday 16 December 2015
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This week I attended a screening of Concussion, a new Will Smith movie about the impact of repeated head trauma in the National Football League (NFL). Friends at Values Partnerships had informed me of Concussion and invited me to the screening in Washington, D.C. I had viewed the trailer and read more about the film before attending. My initial response to my assistant was, "Wow, this movie seems to be attacking the NFL. No one in their right mind would tackle football, a very highly regarded sport in America! I do not wish to touch this."The movie tells the story of Dr. Bennett Omalu, a Nigerian doctor and brilliant forensic neuropathologist who discovers the true harm of concussions, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and fights to share his research with the world.The film was powerful, visceral, but also in a way, deeply spiritual. The courage displayed by Dr. Omalu stemmed from his strong faith and moral conviction. A big theme of the film is how Dr. Omalu thinks he's the "wrong person" to have discovered this problem - implying that, through faith, unlikely people can change the world. He maintained his determination and faith to make people aware of this issue even in the face of considerable resistance. This clip shows a bit of the challenges he faced, and the strength it took to overcome the opposition he faced.As Concussion moved on in its story, it became more amplified for me to question if the NFL should be solely responsible for concussions in their players. I have to say though, after attending the screening at the Regal Theater in Washington, D.C. and meeting Dr. Omalu, I came away with a completely different understanding of the issue. I might be one of the few yogi sisters who can actually sit through a football game and share about the plays, penalties, and more! My initial reaction was to prematurely interpret some of the rhetoric I read and saw in the trailer as an attack on the NFL. However, it's not my nature to make a judgment after hearing only one side of any story. Come on, I'm a yogi sister!The movie illustrates the danger of some sports, especially football. However, the NFL didn't create concussions - concussions are casualties of certain sports. The NFL is a for-profit business. As Dr. Omalu explained after the screening, "The brain does not wear a seat belt" and is not designed to withstand continued trauma. Multiple hits to the head and head butting can cause irreparable damage. Athletes are aware of possible head/brain trauma and make a conscious choice to play the game.Perhaps what I see here for the NFL as a best practice would be to utilize some of its profits towards those players who were responsible for its revenue by implementing programs for their athletes. For example, meditation and empowerment programs that could be made available. The one billion dollar settlement with injured former players is fine, but if not used in a helpful way, it could be a waste. These players will need someone to see them through the real hard times.I believe the role of the NFL could be to offer regular meditation sessions for all the players, so they can have a practice of creating a strong mind especially when they are off the field. It would also be helpful to develop a section in the NFL that will support families and perhaps research that could help to stabilize the damage already done and prevent future irreparable damage to our athletes.I believe Concussion will give us a wake-up call on how we support and reward players who have brought so much joy into our lives. When concussions occur, affected players might not be able to take the ball down the 50 yard line anymore; the ball they will have to take is the ball of life to see this trauma through.

2015-12-13-1449970882-2136060-IMG_1469.JPGPhoto by Antonia Silvera

Dr. Bennett Omalu simply spoke the truth of his discovery and shared it. Sometimes the truth can set you free, but it depends on who is the holder of that truth. Let's consider the physicians taking care of players who are more than likely receiving high salaries - Concussion may be a catalyst for those doctors to reconsider why they became a physician in the first place - was it for a game or to make lives better? They are on the sidelines to address issues that not only impact the game, but also impact lives.In light of the new research provided by Dr. Omalu, it seems the movie Concussion highlights that all parties involved have a responsibility going forward.· For example, on the part of the NFL, many believe there could be more sensitivity shown to the players, rather than to potential profit and perhaps meditation and empowerment programs could be offered for the players to make them more self-aware of their choices, intentions and feelings. 
· The physicians examining patients could be more aware of the brain's vulnerability to injury in sports generally and specifically football, given that it is such a high contact sport.
· The players themselves could more thoroughly assess the potential for life altering injuries and brain trauma as a possible consequence of the sport.
· The spectators who find so much entertainment in this national sport could have more compassion for the health and well being of the athletes who are getting battered and bruised and support the implementation of the new concussion protocols which have been put in place.The film Concussion is not just about the issue of concussions in the NFL, it highlights the daily decisions we each have to make between inaction and action, silence and courage. On December 25th, Christmas Day, this eye opening movie will be released in theaters around the country. Football has the power to unite a nation, and even a world. Let's not turn a blind eye on the players and to the issue of head trauma and concussions. We are at a time of great transformation and we are all in this together.


In photo: Dennis Brant, Dr. Omalu, Sister Jenna, Ryan Brant
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Sunday 29 November 2015
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Harvard beat RPI 4-0 Saturday at Compton family Ice Arena in Notre Dame, Ind to capture the Shillelagh Tournament trophy.
Submitted by Benito Lopez

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Tuesday 10 November 2015

BSA Images Of The Week: 11.08.15

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BSA Images Of The Week: 11.08.15
Editorz, 07 Nov 11:02 PM
Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring ADM LOD, Collagism, DAIN, Ernest Zacharevic, Hellbent, Jerk Face, Kremen, La Diamantaire, Martha Cooper, Miss Me, Mr. Toll, ND’A, Norm Kirby, Obey, Pyramid Oracle, Shalom Neuman, Shepard Fairey, Sinned, and Wing . Top image above >>> Hellbent in New Jersey beaming in the autumn sunshine […]
How & Nosm At The Center Of It All – In New Jersey (VIDEO)
Editorz, 06 Nov 11:02 PM
Existentialist brothers How & Nosm brought their skillz to Mana Contemporary in Jersey City this week to knock out a huge new wall for their Urban Art Project, and you may ask yourself what is at the center of it all. How & Nosm. At The Center Of It All. For Mana Contemporary. Jersey City, […]
BSA Film Friday: 11.06.15
Editorz, 06 Nov 05:00 AM
Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities. Now screening : 1. Your Tour Through Dismaland with Butterfly and Lars Pederson 2. “The Wave”, Shepard Fairey in Jersey City 3. DIAN and his Bullshit Elephant in Brooklyn BSA Special Feature: Butterfly & Lars Pederson Give a […]
Jim Prigoff Writes: “SprayCan Art” and MEETING OF STYLES in San Francisco
Editorz, 04 Nov 11:02 PM
MEETING OF STYLES had a huge event celebrating the 28th anniversary of the seminal book Spraycan Art by Henry Chalfant and James Prigoff in September in San Francisco. Organized by the community organization Mission Art 415, a weekend long celebration took place in the Mission District that drew thousands of visitors and many artists and […]
Karl Addison Paints Pilot Seattle Wall for Next Year’s “artSEA”
Editorz, 04 Nov 05:00 AM
artSEA and its producers are planning ahead. It’s ten months until the 10 day festival that will coincide with the Seattle Art Fair, but already artSEA is putting together their lineup of public artwork and artists. Karl Addison. “Messier” Detail.  For artSEA. Seattle. 2015 (photo © Karl Addison) Today we are showing you the first […]
NUART 2015 Box Set Boasts Jamie Reid, Martha Cooper, Futura, and More
Editorz, 03 Nov 05:00 AM
A quick shout out today to a not-for-profit organization we work with in Norway called Nuart, whose Street Art festival is one of the best and which celebrated its 15th year this September. As a fundraiser for the dedicated art collectors this year Nuart produced a collection of 15 plates in boxed set to fund-raise […]
Malik and “Note” Bring 17 Street Artists to a Swiss Prison: “4661m2″
Editorz, 02 Nov 05:00 AM
It’s the ultimate captive audience for your artwork. That wasn’t the original intention for this Swiss prison mural project called 4661m² but it is one of the outcomes – and one of its myriad ironies. 4661m² Art In Prison . Malik . Claude Luethi. Niggli Imprint. Zurich. (photo © Jaime Rojo) Initiated by Aarau-based graffiti/street/fine […]
BSA Images Of The Week: 11.01.15
Editorz, 01 Nov 12:02 AM
A stunning panoply of events all at once this Halloween weekend in New York – The Mets are in the “World Series” playing here and everybody is a fan, the New York City Marathon is today (oldest participant is nearly 95), and everybody’s clocks get set back an hour. More than your average number of […]
Boo! Halloween Street Art from Your Ghoulish Friends at BSA
Editorz, 31 Oct 06:00 AM
Happy Halloween everybody! It’s a scary time on the streets and artists are always giving us disturbing and comical reasons to be frightened – it’s like we need some catharsis to help us process personal and world events. Whether it is Freddy Krueger or just a classic old bobbing skull, the specter of our fears […]
BSA Film Friday: 10.30.15
Editorz, 30 Oct 12:02 AM
Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities. Now screening : 1. NYCHOS: Translucent Fear 2. Jamel Shabazz, Street Photographer 3. VHILS: Incision 4. Pichi & Avo for “No Limit” Boras BSA Special Feature: NYCHOS: Translucent Fear Nychos sees through the animal world with a fantastical and […]
Amsterdam Dances with Graffuturism and Stencil Masters
Editorz, 29 Oct 06:00 AM
Amsterdam rocked the decks this month to celebrate urban contemporary art and street art in the Netherlands with visual and music based events giving artists many platforms to shine. BustArt and Fake for Urban Art Festival Amsterdam. (photo © courtesy of UAFA) Graffuturism, a term and movement coined a handful of years ago to describe […]
Boijeot & Renauld: Manhattan Crossed, A Perfect End at the Battery
Editorz, 28 Oct 06:00 AM
C’est fini! In 30 days Boijeot and Renauld slept with more of Manhattan than a Wall Street regulator. And the press was there to report it: The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Le Monde, the Today Show, Agence France Press (AFP), and a handful of art and design blogs all covered them from the […]
Pyramid Oracle Divining Messages on the Street
Editorz, 27 Oct 06:00 AM
On the scene for a couple of years on New York streets is the mystical portraitist of some secret order known only to the Pyramid Oracle. Many street artists use their tag or street name as a cover. This one uses it as a theatrical character ambiguously imparting truths and insights, rather hoping you will […]
New SWOON Storytelling on Battered Brooklyn Walls
Editorz, 26 Oct 06:00 AM
Like leaves scattered into the street by a gust of wind, new large wheat-pasted linotype prints have appeared across some fatigued facades in post-industrial Brooklyn this autumn. Hand cut and painstakingly spot colored, you may recognize a familiar face or two among them as these characters and their stories have appeared on walls previously, eventually […]
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