On Saturday, October 25, the 16th annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art benefit dinner and contemporary art auction raised a record $7 million with funds benefiting amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Dallas Museum of Art.Close to 465 people attended the sold-out black-tie event, chaired by noted art patrons and longtime TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art supporters, John and Lisa Runyon, and hosted annually by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky at their Richard Meier-designed home, The Rachofsky House.“Our heartfelt thanks go to the artists, gallerists, and TWO x TWO supporters. Their generosity has allowed us to raise $7 million, bringing our 16-year total to $52 million. TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art continues to play a monumental role in fundraising for amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art,” said Howard Rachofsky.The fundraising total was announced this morning by Howard Rachofsky at a private brunch hosted by Amy and Vernon Faulconer and Cindy and Howard Rachofsky. The brunch event was held at The Warehouse, a private art storage facility, owned by Howard Rachofsky and Vernon Faulconer, which includes an extensive library, and 18,000 square feet of exhibition space.Gavin Delahunty, the Dallas Museum of Art Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, spoke about artist Wade Guyton and his work, followed by Eric Muscatell, Vice President of Development, amfAR, who presented Wade Guyton with amfAR’s 2014 Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS.The Saturday evening gala was designed by Todd Fiscus of TODD Events, who carried out a golden hued theme within the Freedome, a 7,000-square-foot geodesic dome which stood at 48 feet tall in the center and seated the gala guests.The night included cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a seated, multi-course dinner. The evening began with thank yous to the sponsors by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, TWO x TWO Director Melissa Meeks Ireland, and award-winning actor and longtime TWO x TWO supporter John Benjamin Hickey, who also served as the emcee for the gala.Maxwell Anderson, the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, also addressed the guests. Actor Allison Janney, a guest of Presenting Sponsor Audi of America, introduced the featured entertainer CeeLo Green, the multi Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter. Also in attendance were Erykah Badu and Tyson Chandler.There were 125 works of art offered in the live and silent auctions this year. The live auction, conducted by Jamie Niven, Chairman, Sotheby’s, North and South America, featured works by 2014 amfAR honoree Wade Guyton as well as Do Ho Suh, Jeff Koons, Sadamasa Motonaga, Frank Bowling, Roni Horn, and Shinro Ohtake. Guyton’s piece went for a record-breaking $2.6 million.The annual black-tie gala, part of a week-long series of events, is the largest U.S. fundraiser for amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art. Since its inception, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art has raised $52 million in support of essential AIDS research at amfAR and for the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art.Source:amfAR
“We are optimistic for the performance of the industry overall this year. Economic and job growth should continue to drive expansion in exhibitions,” says Allen Shaw, CEIR economist and chief economist for Global Economic Consulting Associates, Inc. The tradeshow industry continued its steady recovery following the market collapse in the late 2000s, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). The CEIR Index, a composite figure that accounts for net square footage (NSF), number of exhibitors, attendance and revenue of all major U.S. tradeshows, was up 1.8 percent last year. While the growth is slightly off the projected 2.0-percent return, it marks the fourth-consecutive year of positive gains. The group is forecasting continued improvement over the next three years, as well. Projections show 2.8-percent growth this year, followed by 2.4- and 2.0-percent gains in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Market-by-market performance varied considerably in 2014. Up 5.2 percent, financial, legal and real estate shows were at the top of the industry, followed by building, construction, home and repair (5.1 percent) and food (4.4 percent). Education (-3.0 percent), machinery and finished business outputs (-1.0 percent) were at the opposite end of the spectrum.
Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Samsung Galaxy Note 10 info leaking Turo 2 Google HTC Samsung Apple,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Sprint Tags Boost Mobile $155 at Google Express Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Amazon Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $210 at Best Buy Apple See it Read Google Home Hub review Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $60 at Best Buy Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $6 at Tidal DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Share your voice Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See All 0 Comments Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) null Rylo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET Mobile $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Angela Lang/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $59 at eBay $999 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Read DJI Osmo Action preview reading • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 rumored to ditch headphone jack $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See It Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $299 at Amazon • I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Share your voice Tags Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 4:35 $999 Read the Rylo camera preview Now playing: Watch this: See at Turo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) The Galaxy Note 10 may be the first Samsung flagship to say bye-bye to the headphone jack. Juan Garzon / CNET Samsung has prided itself in keeping the headphone jack on its flagship phones, but that may come to an end with its large-screen Galaxy Note 10. The Note 10 won’t include a 3.5mm headphone jack, according to an Android Police report Thursday citing a source “familiar with the company’s plans.” Also going are physical buttons for power and volume, which will be replaced with pressure sensitive areas similar to the Google Pixel 2 and HTC U11 squeeze function. Samsung said it doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation. Apple made the controversial move to remove the 3.5mm port when it released the iPhone 7 in 2016. Google, OnePlus, Huawei and others followed suit by removing the jack from their flagship phones, with Samsung being the most notable phone maker keeping it. Physical buttons appear to be slowly on the way out as more phone makers look to create sleeker designs. A reveal for the Note 10, sometime this summer, will answer other big questions, such as will there be multiple models, what will the battery capacity be and is there going to be a camera on the stylus. Read the AirPods review Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Apple iPhone XS $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $520 at HP Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Chris Monroe/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. The Cheapskate Best Buy Amazon
Puri JagannadhTwitterDirector Puri Jagannadh made a shocking admission on copying movie iBoy without referring to it. He said that the chip concept from iSmart Shankar starring Ram Pothineni is inspired by Hollywood movies.iSmart Shankar is slated for release in the cinema halls on July 18. Kick-starting its publicity, the makers of the film recently released its trailer on the internet. The chip concept featured in this video fuelled speculations that the movie must be a copy of the Hollywood film iBoy starring Bill Milner.In an interview, Puri Jagannadh, who is currently busy with the promotions of iSmart Shankar, admitted that a portion of the movie has been inspired by Hollywood films, but did not mention the name of iBoy.”I did not have a hit after Temper and this was hurting me big time. Somehow I wanted to make a hit film and in this process met Ram. He told me to write a bad boy kind of a role for him and that is how ISmart Shankar was born. The chip concept is inspired by Hollywood films and I have set the rest of the story in Telangana,” Puri Jagannadh told in an interview to 123Telugu.The director denied having difficulty in adapting the Telangana dialect for iSmart Shankar. “I did not do any homework for the Telangana backdrop. One of my co-directors helped me with the dialect and as my wife is from Telangana I am used to this style of speaking at home,” added Puri Jagannadh.Talking about Ram Pothineni, Puri Jagannadh heaped praises on the hero. The director said, “Ram has this crazy energy which has not been tapped by many directors. I tried to bring all of that out and as his role is a local mass guy, Ram has gone all out and his performance is the biggest highlights of the film. I feel that the newcomers should learn how to act after seeing Ram’s performance.”iSmart Shankar is an action film, which is written and directed by Puri Jagannadh, who has also jointly produced it with actress Charmme Kaur. Ram Pothineni is seen romancing two young actresses like Nidhhi Agerwal and Nabha Natesh in the film, which is expected to bring back the fallen glory of both the hero and director.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Haik started her career at the Times-Picayune’s NOLA.com website, where she was managing editor. In 2006, she shared in two Pulitzer Prizes with The Times-Picayune for staff coverage of Hurricane Katrina, for breaking news and public service. She also served as assistant managing editor for the Seattle Times’ website, where she also shared in a staff Pulitzer in 2010 for the coverage of police officer shootings. She holds a masters of arts in communication theory degree from the University of New Orleans and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Nicholls State University. Vice Promotes Cliff Gulibert to Oversee Digital Video as Executive Producer (EXCLUSIVE) Popular on Variety Vice Media’s Doug Jossem on Ending Their Seven-Year Relationship with HBO Vice Media has recruited Cory Haik, former publisher of digital news start-up Mic, as chief digital officer to lead the youth-culture company’s global internet businesses.Haik will be based at Vice’s Brooklyn headquarters and report to CEO Nancy Dubuc. She most recently worked at Mic, which last fall laid off virtually its entire staff before being acquired by Bustle Digital Group for a reported price tag of $5 million.As Vice’s chief digital officer, Haik will focus on global audience growth and development, platform partnerships and digital product innovation. She is tasked with creating expanded partnerships and reach for the some-1,500 pieces of content Vice produces on a daily basis, in collaboration with the company’s editorial, video, distribution, product and audience teams. Haik commented, “Digital media has come into its own, and the opportunity to help bring together Vice’s global offerings and develop strategy for how current and future audiences will consume its groundbreaking storytelling is a privilege. This is a business I love deeply, and Vice is a brand I am so proud to be a part of.”Prior to Dubuc’s appointment a year ago, Vice Media had employed an executive with the “chief digital officer” title — Mike Germano, who was fired in January 2018 after an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him.Haik joins Vice Media as the company tries to turn the ship around with Dubuc at the helm. Earlier this year, it cut about 250 employees, or 10% of its staff, after missing revenue targets. Disney has written off $510 million of the value of its effective 21% stake in Vice Media — indicating Vice is worth much less than the $5.7 billion valuation it had two years ago — while Vice also this month raised $250 million in debt financing from a group of new investors including George Soros’ investment fund.In its digital business unit, Vice this month relaunched vice.com, which merges all of its content under one umbrella and eliminates the separate web “channels” for topic verticals like Vice News, Noisey and Munchies — a move the company believes will boost its overall audience engagement.Vice’s digital properties reach over 300 million people globally per month across multiple platforms, including 110 million in the U.S., according to the company’s estimates. At its NewFronts event for advertisers, Dom Delport, Vice’s president of international and chief revenue officer, said the company would exclude traffic from third-party affiliated sites from its overall comScore metrics as of May 15, a bid to build credibility with advertising clients.Haik was most recently publisher of millennial-focused news company Mic, which she first joined in early 2016. Prior to that, she worked at the Washington Post, acquired in 2013 by Jeff Bezos, for five years, most recently as executive director of emerging news products. “Having been on the front lines of digital for the last 20 years, Cory is the total package and a perfect fit for Vice as we build our executive team,” Dubuc said in announcing her hire. Related
Come November, winter in Calcutta will get warm and cozy as the culture capital gets set to witness the first ever International poetry extravaganza. The festival presented by The Chair Literary Trust will host poets from across the world and some from our home too. The stellar lineup of poets who will be part of these evenings are, Vladimir Matinovski (Macedonia), John W Sexton (Ireland), Miriam Van hee (Belgium), Alfred Schaffer (Netherlands), Les Wicks (Australia), Barbara Pogacnik (Slovenia), Yekta (France), C P Surendran, K Satchidanandan, Nitoo Das, Rajesh Joshi, Arun Kamal, Manglesh Dabral, Subodh Sarkar and Binayak Bandopadhyay. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The festival aims at building consciousness through poetry. Art and Poetry are the expressions of human consciousness. We endeavor to bring together the civil society in an interaction with thoughts, ideas, and questions related to human existence,” festival director Tushar Dhawal Singh said. “As the planet becomes progressively anxious with sociopolitical, radical, cultural, ethnonational skirmishes, we consider the role of Poetry as a restorative and a potent mean of diffusing values and experiences – all the more pertinent”, festival co-director Sonnet Mondal added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe inaugural programme of the fest will take place on November 23 at Rotary Sadan Hall, followed by Calcutta Heritage Bungalow readings, Walk through the City and readings at Sasha’s studio on November 24. The finale, November 25, will be a floating event with poetry on the cruise over the river Ganges.The trust has also declared a ‘Poet in residence program’ to be hosted in Kolkata during the winter months. The residency will host two to three poets from across the globe where they would be offered a stay for a month in the city with a scholarship to cover up their costs in the city. The poets will also be offered an opportunity to present public readings in the city. During their stay, the poets will interact for a cultural exchange with culturally interested people, artists, organizations, and writers in West Bengal.
2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. December 17, 2014 Entrepreneurs are some of the most stressed-out people you’ll ever meet. If left to fester, the constant worry and pressure of running your own business can spiral into a nerve-thrashing mess of anxiety, depression and despair. It’s not pretty.But Spire, an ambitious zen master for your pocket, sure is — in looks and in concept. Clipping onto your belt, or your underwear or bra, Spire is a stone-shaped activity tracker like a Fitbit Zip — only it also measures something equally as important to your health as footsteps. It measures your state of mind, or so its makers claim.Related: A Fitbit For Your Employees’ Emotional Health? It’s Already Happening. Using the real-time breathing pattern data it constantly collects and crunches, Spire gently informs you of how tense, distracted or just plain freaked out you are. Then — here’s the coolest part — it gently nudges you to focus, breathe deeply and calm down. And not in a pushy way either. It sends a series of soothing suggestions and meditations directly to your smartphone.Or, should you fall into a funk, a lethargic slump, Spire turns into a motivational coach, goading you to get up and get moving.”It’s very hard to stay mindful throughout our chaotic and always connected day,” Spire co-founder and CEO Jonathan Palley told The Huffington Post. “The design of the Spire experience is not to interrupt you every time you’re tense, but to bring mindfulness and awareness streaks of tension/focus/calm within this chaos.”Related: Weird But True: Microsoft Is Developing a Stress-Monitoring BraThe wireless-charging gizmo costs $150 and works with a free iPhone app (an Android app is on the way) that pings you with pacifying notifications all day long. Sometimes it too many notifications, according to one re/code reviewer who reported that the Spire was glitchy. Wireless connectivity was an issue and so was battery life, during her test. Spire said it’s working on it and should have the kinks worked out with updates to its hardware and software.To see Spire in action for yourself, take a deep breath and check out trippy promo video:Related: Nintendo Unveils First ‘Quality of Life’ Device: a Non-Wearable Sleep Tracker Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global