President Trump named SafeCare 2019 Person of the Year for Delivering Great Healthcare

2019 Person of the Year for healthcare

Fighting The Corrupt Establishment To Better Our Lives

For too long, hospital groups and group purchasing organizations (GPO) have contributed to high healthcare cost, by stifling competition in the marketplace, and opposing price transparency to patients”

— Yisrael Safeek, MD, MBA, CEO of The SafeCare Group

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY, UNITED STATES, December 11, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — SafeCare magazine announced today that its 2019 Person of the Year for healthcare is US President Donald J. Trump. This is the fifth year that the magazine recognized the individual who has contributed significantly toward improving the access, cost, and quality of healthcare across the globe.

Other contenders that made the 2019 shortlist included former VP Joe Biden for his “Obamacare On Opioids” and Sen. Elizabeth Warren for her “Tomahawking Private Insurance” healthcare plan.

The SafeCare cover reads: "Delivering Great Healthcare: Fighting The Corrupt Establishment To Better Our Lives“, and the cover image features the official portrait of the President of the United States. This is the third consecutive year President Trump is Person of the Year for healthcare.

“For too long, powerful special interests, hospital groups, and group purchasing organizations (GPO) have contributed to high healthcare cost, by stifling competition in the marketplace, and opposing price transparency to patients,” stated Yisrael M. Safeek, MD, MBA, CEO of The SafeCare Group. “The do-nothing Congress allows this symbiosis of sleazy sharks to masquerade a step above the law, touting “value” and “savings”, while all the while operating against the free market economy. The special interest cost Americans hundreds of billions of dollars yearly, and contribute to the fleecing of America through an organized pay-to-play racket. President Trump is fighting the corrupt special interests to better our lives.”

Here are 10 of the President’s 2019 outstanding healthcare accomplishments:

I. Improving Price and Quality Transparency
II. Protecting and Improving Medicare for Seniors
III. Ending Surprise Medical Billing
IV. Expanding Coverage for Small Businesses and Workers
V. Reducing Prescription Drug Prices
VI. Advancing American Kidney Health
VII. Protecting Against Global Health Threats
VIII. Modernizing Influenza Vaccines
IX. Protecting Healthcare Benefits for Americans
X. Expanding State Opioid Response Grants

This Person of the Year edition also features:
– Medicare for All Myths
– Healthcare Marketplace Competition
– Medicine’s Glass Ceiling
– Telemedicine
– OxyContin Horror Show
– Physician Burnout
– Mind-Body Care

SafeCare appreciates our readers and strive to deliver information on the people, ideas, organizations and novel technologies affecting safe, efficient, and quality healthcare to the sector’s most influential leaders.

About The SafeCare Group®
The SafeCare Group is focused on helping patients by extending our products across their healthcare journey – everything from finding a hospital, writing reviews, and staying connected afterwards. In 2019, we introduce RateAHospital.com, an easier way for patients to find, compare and rate hospitals based on hospital experiences. In 2013, we launched 100 SafeCare Hospitals® rankings. Since 2016, we invested heavily into Artificial Intelligence (AI) software known as Intelligent Healthcare™. Leveraging machine learning and deep-learning capabilities, the AI platforms foster a new generation of AI applications, which are able to sense, reason, act and adapt, to address a range of healthcare challenges in areas such inpatient death, readmissions, medical errors, infections, cost, and sepsis. Since 2014, our SafeCareSoft® SaaS solutions enable hospitals to take advantage of disruptive healthcare software that optimize hospital ratings and regulatory accreditation. The SafeCare Group® was founded in 2010. For more information about The SafeCare Group, visit www.safecaregroup.com

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HIP Video Promo presents: Pennan Brae swaggers in "Strut 1980s" music video world premiere on Medium

Pennan Brae

Pennan Brae – The Astronot

The latest video by the Vancouver, BC singer, songwriter, guitarist, and filmmaker is a playful, propulsive, and frequently hilarious tribute to the decade.

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA, December 11, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Watch "Strut-1980s" on Medium

It’s been thirty-nine years since the launch of MTV. The first batch of Rubik’s Cubes were released in America four decades ago. Yes, the 1980s were a long time ago. But the Day-Glo decade continues to cast a long shadow over contemporary music: arguably, all of the biggest hits of the past few years have drawn inspiration and borrowed sounds from the new wave, post-punk, and radio-friendly hard rock. Arguably, the ’80s was the last pop era that wasn’t dominated by nostalgia: it had its own sound, its own style, and its own attitude. Little wonder, then, that those years are still very much with us.

Pennan Brae certainly remembers. The latest single and video by the Vancouver, BC singer, songwriter, guitarist, and filmmaker is a playful, propulsive, and frequently hilarious tribute to the decade. He pokes fun at the excesses of the era and exaggerates its indulgences for comic effect. Still, it’s also clear that Pennan Brae truly loves the ’80s, and understands what made them such a vivid time for everybody who experienced that fevered, neon-lit time.

And “Strut 1980s” isn’t merely a simulation of a time gone by. Yes, he’s got access to film equipment and musical instruments (listen to those classic synth stabs) that’ll pull you back in time like taffy. With the help of producers Kirk Kelsey & Grammy nominated-Eric Alexandrakis, the trio created a time portal to the decade & achieve the sound Pennan was looking for. The song was then mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Sean Magee (The Beatles Remasters, Tina Turner) at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

The album (Gravity – The Astronot) enlisted help from a few talented accomplices who know more than a little about ’80s sound. Drummer Steve Ferrone has hit the skins for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Duran Duran, and Eric Clapton, and bassist Garry Gary Beers was a co-founder and thirty-five-year member of INXS. When they lock into a groove, they do so with the authority of guys who helped write the rulebook on ’80s pop rhythm.

Just like the ’80s artists who first took advantage of music videos, Pennan Brae understands the expressive power of film. He’s a screenwriter & filmmaker as well as a songsmith, with 2 feature films produced in the past 2 years. The Astronot (2018), & 2 Below 0 (2019), have received accolades from over 100 film festivals on the 2018/19 film festival circuit. Pennan Brae developed the script, composed the soundtrack and acted in the films while director Tim Cash brought that vision to the big screen. Cash is back in the director’s chair for “Strut 1980s,” and he’s shot the works – he’s decorated the clip in Day-Glo, filling it with props, costumes, and characters reminiscent of the glory days of MTV. Pennan Brae gets into the spirit, too: he’s totally convincing as an ’80s rock star. It’s a bold introduction to an imaginative artist with an impeccable sense of pop and rock history – and a wonderful sense of fun, too.

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Audiences Agree WITH A LITTLE HELP… IT'S JOHN BELUSHI Brings The Comedy Legend Back To Life For Limited Off-Broadway Run

Jack Zullo (With A Little Help… It’s John Belushi) on stage at Saturday Night Live

WNBC-TV says, “Looks like a good show!"

WNBC-TV says, “Looks like a good show!”

— WNBC-TV

NEW YORK CITY, NY, USA, December 10, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Comedian John Belushi is a New York icon, having made his initial fame as a member of Saturday Night Live’s original cast, which turned late night TV on its head in the ‘70’s. Nearly 45 years after the show’s debut, actor Jack Zullo (“Bell Canyon,” “Epic Rap Battles of History”) brings Belushi’s story to life on the Off-Broadway stage at Theatre 80 (80 Saint Marks Place, NYC) in a multimedia production that is as riveting and raucous as the man himself.

Synthesizing his own fascination with Belushi with his background as an actor, writer and filmmaker, Zullo has created an honest portrayal of the icon that is connecting with audiences. Garnering an impressive Show-Score rating of 72, the audience members themselves have described With A Little Help… It’s John Belushi as “ambitious,” and that Zullo was, “amazing,” and that he, “inhabited the spirit of John.” Jim Belushi himself saw the show in an earlier run and was impressed that Zullo had, “captured the spirit of the time,” and said, “I loved how aggressive you made John on stage.”

WNBC-TV’s “Weekend Today In NY” recently featured Zullo in studio for a sit-down interview with anchor, Michael Gargiulo, who was impressed by the scope of Zullo’s commitment to this and proclaimed, “what a project!” Zullo was later given a private tour of the SNL studio where Belushi made his initial fame.

With A Little Help… It’s John Belushi plays at Theatre 80 through December 22. Tickets are $30 – $40 and are available at www.withalittlehelpshow.com.

To see Jack’s entire WNBC-TV interview with Michael Gargiulo: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/on-air/as-seen-on/New-Show-Tracks-the-Rise-of-John-Belushi_New-York-565927092.html

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2X Grammy Nom, Martha Wash, (yes, the same one from “It’s Raining Men”), drops new album, Love & Conflict, Jan 6, 2020

Martha Wash Love & Conflict Album

Purple Rose Records prepares for Martha Wash's latest celebration of music, Love & Conflict, available worldwide Jan 6, 2020

NEW YORK, NY, USA, December 10, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — December 10, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MARTHA WASH’S NEW ALBUM
LOVE & CONFLICT
SET FOR RELEASE ON JANUARY 6th, 2020
FIRST SINGLE “NEVER ENOUGH MONEY” OUT JANUARY 6TH, 2020

Martha Wash tends to be the singer everyone recognizes. She is the powerful voice behind such classic hits as “It’s Raining Men”, “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” and “Carry On”. Now with the release of her new album Love & Conflict, everyone will also know the name Martha Wash. The album is fearless, groundbreaking and shows that Martha has plenty to say outside of the confines of dance/club music. This eclectic collection of mesmerizing blues-rock and adult contemporary songs is a stylistically adventurous journey for the legendary two-time Grammy-nominated singer. The songs are genuinely heartfelt and there is a connection in that every song has a positive message. The one constant is the amazingly powerful and confident voice of Marth Wash.

Love & Conflict has Martha collaborating with Canadian producer Sami Basbous and his team. “My producers took me out of my comfort zone and into a new musical direction and the results are both uplifting and thought-provoking. I think that everyone will relate to the lyrics on this album and each listener will get their own message from the music,” explains Martha Wash.

The first single “Never Enough Money” is a dirty, gritty no-nonsense blues rocker that addresses greedy jerks and can be seen as a statement for where we are heading as a society in today’s ever-changing world culture.
Link here for “Never Enough Money” https://soundcloud.com/purple-rose-records/never-enough-money
The mastery of Love & Conflict is to balance Martha’s past to the present building on her legacy. Martha opens her voice with a conscience. The culture of Love & Conflict is deftly mixing genres. It is pushing hearts and minds into listening, moving, caring and soul-searching. In Love & Conflict Martha frees herself and spreads the enlightenment of love and humanity.

TRACKLISTING FOR LOVE & CONFLICT

1. Glamour Flows
2. Like Fire
3. Soaring Free
4. Flowers Blossom
5. Never Enough Money
6. Don’t Forget My Name
7. Honey, My Friend
8. Rise & Shine

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CINEFASHION FILM AWARDS 2019 WINNERS

Tommy Davidson & Natasha Leggero hosting the 2019 CFFAS (Photo Credit: Jen Lowery)

Zandra Rhodes accepting The Designer Icon Award (Photo Credit: Jen Lowery)

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, December 10, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The CineFashion Film Awards is excited to announce the winners from it’s 6th annual ceremony which took place December 9th at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. The star studded event included notable attendees such as Chaka Khan, Rachel McCord, Natasha Leggero, Byron Scott, Radha Mitchell, Larry Sanders, Maria Conchita Alonso, Beverly Todd, and many more. The 2019 CFFAS will air on Cinemoi Network January 12th.

The evening’s top awards honored Pierre Cardin with The Lifetime Achievement Award, Zandra Rhodes with The Designer Icon Award, Sister Sledge with The Timeless Icon Award, A’kai Littlejohn with The Emerging Designer Award and Jean Watts with The CineSpotlight Award For Emerging Music Artist.

See the full list of winners below.

Best Fashion Feature Film:

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Dumbo
Focus Features, Downton Abbey
A film by Alessandro Soetje, Tomorrow and the Butterfly
A CORI COPPOLA PRODUCTION A P. DAVID EBERSOLE & TODD HUGHES FILM, HOUSE OF CARDIN — WINNER
A Gianni Versace documentary, The Genius of Gianni Versace

Best Fashion Film:

North Sails: "La Mer" (Victor Claramunt)
Hermes: "Not So Square" (Laura Weaver)
NOUVELLE VAGUE (OMAR PERINEAU) — WINNER
#GucciEyewear (Adinah Dancyger)
L'Oreal: "MARTAN" (Daan Groot)
Bally x Champion (Errol Rainey)

Best Director for a Fashion Film:

Pedro Pontoni (Fashion Bodies: About Limits, Opinions and Warpaint)
JJ Torres (Out of the Realms)
Gsus Lopez & Cristian Velasco (Lola's Manifesto)
Casey Brooks (Stuart Weitzman: "Dare to Daryl")
ALEXANDER KAHAN (NON GRATA: EPOCA DORADA) — WINNER

Best Director for a Feature Film:

Tim Burton (Dumbo)
Michael Engler (Downton Abbey)
Alessandro Soetje (Tomorrow and the Butterfly)
P. DAVID EBERSOLE & TODD HUGHES (HOUSE OF CARDIN) — WINNER
Salvatore Zannino & Scott Cardinal (The Genius of Gianni Versace)

Best Costume Designer:

RYAN ROSEWALL (10 HOURS IN A MOTEL ROOM) — WINNER
Wesley Madson (Stella McCartney SS19)
Colleen Atwood (Dumbo)
Anna Robbins (Downton Abbey)
Kendal Mae Boyl (Net A Porter: "In the Bank")

Best Actor:

Yassine El Ouardi (When We Were Strangers)
Guido Raguza (Severiano)
FRANCESCO CUIZZA (WARRIOR WITH A CROWN) — WINNER
Alexander “Sasch” Zverev (ZZegna)
Colin Farrell (Dumbo)
Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey)
Finley Hobbins (Dumbo)

Best Actress:

MADALINA AIVANOAIE (PRINCESS) — WINNER
Madelief Veldhuisen (When We Were Strangers)
Nastya Timos (Be Ready)
Patricia Peñalver (Out of the Realms)
Afra Cuellar (We Mexicans)
Bella Hadid (Dazed x Ricardo Tisci)
Katty Ukhanova (Escape)
Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)
Nico Parker (Dumbo)

Best Cinematography for a Fashion Film:

Arice (OFFSET)
YURI PIRONDI & INES VON BONHORST (THE FUNAMBULIST) — WINNER
Alessandro Ubaldi (Olympia)
Boldizsar CR (Storm in the Palace)
Alexis Cherigny (Early Bird)
Tobias Marshall (Film Me)

CFFAS 2019 SPONSORS:
RYU, Lee World, Chateau de Berne, Beautician CC, Hydra Facial, Azure Med Tech, Davines, OrganiCBD, A Luxe Design, Studio Ahn, Sunder, Kafa Bars, Nutrivista.

About: The CineFashion Film Awards, presented by Cinemoi Network is an international fashion film awards show, a live broadcast honoring fashion in film and iconic world-acclaimed dignitaries. Known as one of fashion's most glamorous events, Cinemoi's annual CFFAs event honors fashion-oriented films created by innovation filmmakers, actors, musicians and designers.

Cinemoi Television Network is fast-becoming a leader in the film, fashion, and luxury lifestyle industry, delivering exquisite innovative television network content dedicated to curated programming. Including both modern and classic films, fashion films, fashion weeks around the globe, popular talk shows, film festivals, and international lifestyles. The Cinemoi Television Network was created by philanthropist Daphna E. Ziman.

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Teaser Drops for STUPID CUPID a New Original Web Series By Sarah Randall Hunt and Yaroslav Altunin

STUPID CUPID us

Stupid Cupid

On set of STUPID CUPID in NYC with director Yaroslav Altunin

Stupid Cupid

Counterclockwise: Sarah Randall Hunt, JJ Hawkins, Wayne T. Carr, Joana Sotomura

A web series about four best friends seeking to fix modern love with a dating app that takes on a mind of its own.

What do you do when you don't feel the love from the tech industry or dating apps? Make your own.”

— Stupid Cupid

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, December 10, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Stupid Cupid is Sarah Randall Hunt and Yaroslav Altunin’s new original comedy web series about four friends creating a dating app in an effort to fix modern love. The episodes are based on hilarious true life dating stories.

Stupid Cupid, created, co-written, and produced by Hunt (Chronic) and written and directed by Altunin is part of the inaugural class of grant recipients from Made in NY Women in Film and Theatre Fund the centerpiece of a series of initiatives by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) addressing the underrepresentation of female and female-identifying creatives in film, television and theatre. Stupid Cupid, Season I will be accessible beginning February 14, 2020 through Over-The-Air (OTA) and via 7 different cable carriers in the New York Metropolitan area. It will also be available On Demand via the website, on the NYC Media iOS app, Taxi TV, and on iTunes. For more information on the series and where to watch it, visit www.stupidcupid.us or @stupidcupidus on all social media.

The story: Four best friends attempt to fix modern love by building a dating app that develops a mind of its own.

Impulsive and passionate CEO Alex gets an offer she can't refuse to buy out the app and at the same meeting, discovers her app is, well, pretty stupid. She then seeks out a date using her app. After it ends horrifically, she drinks too much and decides to fix the app herself by deleting a bunch of code. Hilarity ensues when the app starts working better than before, forcing the rest of the team on dates to figure out what's miraculously making the app work better than ever.

These four folks that the tech industry forgot may very well be the worst people tasked with fixing love. Cutie patootie Harper, COO, is dealing with a crumbling marriage that may only be mended by seeing other people. Reed, CFO, thinks he's got the player game down until he meets a con artist. CTO Stevie is overwhelmed with a secret crush and transitioning, so he doesn't bother dating until he has no other choice. And Alex is questioning whether she's on the right track in both her career and love life.

With their launch only a week away, the team is in a race against the clock to save the app, and themselves, before their careers and love lives get deleted. Will they sell? Or will Stupid Cupid take off? Either way, they're on this wild ride together with an app that gives you not what you think you want, but what you truly need.

Sarah Randall Hunt (Creator / Producer) Sarah got her BFA in Acting at Emerson College. She’s appeared on stage and screen alongside Tim Roth, Vince Vaughn, Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson, Gary Anthony Williams, and more. She was nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Musical by BWW West. As a producer, her films have shown at KCFF, First Friday Film Fest, LAFF’s Danny Elfman Film Competition, etc,

Yaroslav Altunin (Writer / Director / Editor) is a Russian-born writer and director, raised in a family of dancers and classical musicians in Seattle. After working on feature films, documentaries, and music videos there, Yaroslav moved to Los Angeles to continue screenwriting armed with a BA from Arizona State University and an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA, Yaro’s script “Absence of Courage” was #1 on the Hitlist last year.

JJ Hawkins (Stevie) Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and now a transplant to Los Angeles, J.J. has ignored all his prejudices against Southern California to bring queer representation to the world of film and television. He’s a non-gender-conforming trans-masculine kid and he’s here to use his voice for those who can't. You can catch JJ in the recent SonyPlaystation Pilot, “All Rise,” “Two Roads,” “The Red Line,” “NCIS” and more films and theatre performances.

Wayne T. Carr (Reed) has performed on stage at: Guthrie Theatre, Goodman, Yale Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Indiana Rep, Oregon Shakespeare, Utah Shakespeare and many more. He has been seen on TV and Film in: SWAT, Stuck in the Middle and Who's Afraid of the Big Black Wolf. Graduated from Penn State with an MFA in acting.

Joanna Sotomura (Harper) was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She moved to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University before starting her career in film and television. After graduating, Joanna starred in the cult horror film Madison County. Since then, she's worked on such series as The Good Place, Hawaii 5-0, Criminal Minds, NICS: Los Angeles, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Great News, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and many more. Joanna also starred in the acclaimed series Video Game High School and Emma Approved, both of which were named the top 1 and 2 web-series of 2013 by VARIETY Magazine. Emma Approved then went on to win a Creative Arts Emmy in 2015. Be sure to catch Joanna in Wong Fu Production's feature film Everything Before Us available on Vimeo now.

The cast also includes Zina Wilde (BILLIONS, The Climb), Amy Jo Jackson (High Maintenance, Funny or Die), Tyler Hollinger (What Would You Do?, All My Children, Colors), Eric Colton (SWELL), Elijah Guo (Law & Order, Patriots Day, The Blacklist), Wunmi Fowora (Freedom Train), Dewey Caddell (Malevolence 2: Killer, Random Acts of Flyness) and Dylan Adams (Rumpelstiltskin, Walls).

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The Day Tchaikovsky Changed My Life

Tears and Trombones by Nanci Lee Woody Book Cover

I don’t know how much time passed before everybody stood up and started clapping again and yelling, “Bravo! Bravo!” Everybody except me. I just sat there in a daze, staring at the musicians.

One trip to the symphony and I knew what I wanted to do.

I had begged unceasingly to see Tchaikovsky’s concert after Maurice, the turd in fifth grade, said they’d never let “barefoot, fruit-picking trash” like me into any concert hall.”

— Nanci Lee Woody, Tears and Trombones

SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA, USA, December 10, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — I clearly remember the day my mother took me to the San Francisco Symphony, even though she had to scrimp and save for every penny to put food on the table, even though she had never been to a concert in her life, and even though she was nervous about driving on those spine-curdling hills in the City. I had begged unceasingly to see Tchaikovsky’s concert after Maurice, the turd in fifth grade, said they’d never let “barefoot, fruit-picking trash” like me into any concert hall.

So Mom, feeling sorry for me, braved those hills and when we stopped in awe at the beauty of the War Memorial Opera House, she said she felt it was all worth it. Inside, Mom held my hand, walked and read all at the same time.

“After intermission they’re performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major. That’s who you wanted to see.”

“What does ‘D Major’ mean?”

“I’m not sure,” she replied. “Let me read some more.” She frowned. “It doesn’t say a thing here about D Major, but it says that Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer from the Romantic era.”

“What’s a composer?”

“That’s who writes the music.”

“What does the Romantic era mean?” I was upset, not knowing so many things.

Mom was a little short with me when she said, “I told you I’ve never been to a symphony concert before. These program notes don’t tell us everything.”

“But did Tchaikovsky play the violin?”

“He started piano lessons when he was only five.” She shook her head like she didn’t believe it. “Goodness.”

“How come he wrote music for the violin, then?”

She put her finger over my lips. “You can just stop asking questions.”

After she read a little more, she said, “Look, son. Here’s a picture of the man who’s going to be playing his violin.”

“That looks like a fiddle. Is it the same thing?”

She ignored my question. “If you’ll listen, you can hear inside they’re playing Mozart’s music right now. And we’re having to sit out here in the lobby and miss it.”

“Is Mozart in there?”

“I don’t see how he could be, since he was born in 1756.” She laughed. “There’s a world of things to learn, Joey. Like this, for example.” She pointed to her program. “Mozart was a child prodigy.”

“A child what?” I asked.

She read a little bit more trying to find the answer before telling me that Mozart at six years old could play blindfolded and with his hands crossed over. She also read that Mozart composed his own music when he was just nine years old, my age. I didn’t see how that could be and said so.

Finally, the music inside ended and people came pouring into the lobby. Mom grabbed my hand. “We can go in now.” A woman who said she was an usher looked at our tickets. “Is this your first time at the symphony?” she asked.

Mom blushed and nodded. The usher touched her arm and led us to the very front row. “These seats aren’t taken. You sit here with your boy.”

After a while, there must have been a hundred people on the stage. “Look at all those fiddles,” I remarked.

“Violins, Joey, violins!”

I was surprised to see so many different sizes of violins, some so big the men had to stand beside them and hold them up. And there were all kinds of strange-looking horns and drums.

The squawky noise they were making didn’t sound too good. I thought maybe Mom was right and I wouldn’t like the concert after all, but I didn’t tell her that. Maurice the piss-pot had said Tchaikovsky would be here, but he wasn’t, since he was dead, too.

My thoughts were interrupted with the sound of clapping as a man carrying a violin walked onto the stage. The audience got quiet as he turned to face the orchestra and motioned to a man with a strange-looking black horn to play a note while he tried to copy it. That didn’t look too hard to me, but it must have been important because when he was satisfied he’d got the note right, the rest of the instruments with strings had to try. When they all hit the same note, the strange black horn sounded again, and the other horns had their turn to try to copy the note. If this was what a concert sounded like, it was pretty boring. The first guy who started this whole thing sat down and another man with a violin came onto the stage and the audience went wild. I didn’t understand what all the clapping was about as nothing had happened besides that one note being played over and over again.

“That’s the soloist, Joey,” Mom whispered.

When the audience settled down, a man dressed in a long black coat with tails on it walked to the center of the stage and bowed several times. Everybody clapped all over again for a long time and still there was no music.

“That’s Pierre Monteux,” Mom said. “He’s the conductor. And before you ask, he’s the leader of the orchestra.”

Finally, the conductor turned to face the musicians, raised his stick and when it came down the orchestra began to play so softly at first that I could hardly hear them. I was confused and didn’t know where to look or how to listen to the different sounds coming from all around me. When the man with the violin began playing, I thought it must be the sweetest sound anybody ever heard. The breath went out of me. Everything but that music was shut out of my mind.

I don’t know how much time passed before everybody stood up and started clapping again and yelling, “Bravo! Bravo!”

Everybody except me. I just sat there in a daze, staring at the musicians. Mom shook me and asked if I was all right. She pulled me to my feet as the San Francisco Symphony played The Star Spangled Banner. I could feel the music come into my chest as the horns sounded the melody of the rockets’ red glare and I knew right then what I wanted to be some day. I wanted to be somebody really special, somebody just like that man who played the violin.

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Gilded Age New Orleans

Fanny Newcomb and the Irish Channel Ripper book cover

And into this humid, hot mess of a city I toss my heroine, Fanny Newcomb. And ask her to solve a murder.

New Orleans street scene

With a quarter of a million citizens and ships from the mighty Mississippi river depositing strangers in the city every day, someone was always causing trouble for someone else.

Phto of old engraving showing a canal

When New Orleanians tired of the hustle of the Canal Street business district or the bustle of the Mississippi river roustabouts, they retreated to resorts on Lake Pontchartrain, only a few miles from the heart of the city.

So much more than hookers, hurricanes, and Mardi Gras!

Although late 19th century New Orleans was renowned for the hookers of Storyville, the devastating hurricanes of the 1880s, the elevation of Mardi Gras to a state holiday, there’s so much more to know”

— Anna Brazil, author of Fanny Newcomb and the Irish Channel Ripper

SAN MATEO, CA, USA, December 10, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Although late 19th century New Orleans was renowned for the hookers of Storyville, the devastating hurricanes of the 1880s, and the elevation of Mardi Gras to a state holiday, there’s so much more to know about the Crescent City during this time. And I trekked into all of New Orleans’ Gilded Age history to write my debut mystery FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER.

For starters, there was an assassination that was followed by lynchings (1890), an all-out political insurrection (1874), and a riot that killed 28 people (1900). There were duels in City Park and gunfights on Canal Street. There were too many bankruptcies, lottery swindles, and drunken sailors to count. And every year there was a long, hot summer plagued with the constant threat of yellow fever.

With a quarter of a million citizens and ships from the mighty Mississippi river depositing strangers in the city every day, someone was always causing trouble for someone else. Truly, Gilded Age New Orleans is a dream city for an historical mystery writer!

But back to summer…when the heat truly hit in late May, New Orleanians of means retreated to breezy coastal cities in Louisiana and Mississippi. During this “dull season”, those citizens who remained in town stocked their iceboxes, lightened their wardrobes and rooms with cotton fabrics, and, as advised by the daily newspapers, stopped working by 3pm.

And into this humid, hot mess of a city I toss my heroine, Fanny Newcomb. And ask her to solve a murder. Twenty-five and learning to make a living on her own, Fanny finds herself teaching typewriting to the hard-working factory girls of the city’s Irish Channel neighborhood. It’s a grim life.

Fortunately for Fanny and her crew, in addition to the problems mentioned above, New Orleans was also the entertainment oasis of the South.

Throughout the late 19th century, New Orleanians reveled in what the city maps called Places of Amusement. For grand music, they attended the French or Grand Opera Houses or the Academy of Music. For dramatic entertainment, they visited the St. Charles, Avenue, or Faranta’s Theatres, stages where Edwin Booth and Sarah Bernhardt both made appearances. For a peak at circus curiosities or a bit of common sensationalism, they bought a ticket to Robinson’s Dime Museum.

Horse lovers and gamblers alike visited the Fair Grounds, home of the Louisiana Jockey Club and their racecourse. New Orleanians in need of a quiet place for contemplation could visit a former racecourse, because the 1830’s Metairie Race track had been transformed into the elegant and fashionable Metairie Cemetery after the Civil War. Even in traditionally laissez-faire New Orleans, a cemetery could not be called a Place of Amusement, but because the city had above-ground burials, many of the cemeteries did become celebrated centers of beauty and relaxation.

When New Orleanians tired of the hustle of the Canal Street business district or the bustle of the Mississippi river roustabouts, they retreated to resorts on Lake Pontchartrain, only a few miles from the heart of the city. The “pleasure grounds” of Milneburg, Spanish Fort, and West End offered a variety of hotels, restaurants, casinos, theatres, shooting galleries, and bathhouses. A visit to New Orleans was never considered complete without a “trip to the lake”.

Many New Orleanians were more charitable than cultural. Like all large American cities in the late 19th century, the city was home to churches, synagogues, charity hospitals, Young Christian Associations, a Woman’s Exchange, and—most vital to Fanny Newcomb’s story—a settlement house to assist immigrants in assimilating to their strange and dangerous new city.

Fortunately for me, there is a lot more to Gilded Age New Orleans than hookers, hurricanes, and Mardi Gras. Which means that there’ll be a lot more murders for Fanny Newcomb to investigate.

Tory Hartmann
Sand Hill Review Press, LLC
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"Twas the Night Before New Years Eve," Debbie Joyce Sings the Nancy Wilson Songbook

Debbie Joyce sings the Nancy Wilson song book.

Jazz legend Nancy Wilson's niece Debbie Joyce puts on a one of a kind intimate concert event showcasing the Nancy Wilson songbook.

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 9, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Debbie Joyce, Niece of Legendary Jazz Singer Nancy Wilson sings the definitive interpretation of the Nancy Wilson Songbook featuring the Tony Campodonico Trio in an intimate cabaret experience "Twas the Night Before New Years Eve: Debbie Joyce Sings the Nancy Wilson Songbook," at the Rockwell Table and Stage located at 1714 North Vermont Ave. Los Angeles California at 8:00pm.

If you like Nancy Wilson, you’ll love Debbie Joyce’s show! Who else could do a better performance of the Nancy Wilson Songbook, than Nancy’s very own niece, Debbie Joyce. Her performance IS the DEFINITIVE Nancy Wilson Show. Debbie performs her legendary Aunt’s original songs and many of them are from Nancy Wilson’s never before heard private collection. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to experience Nancy Wilson's music as only her niece can sing it.

Debbie Joyce's rich jazz lineage and smooth vocal stylings has made her synonymous with the famous MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL as the lead vocalist for the renowned bass player Leroy Vinegar. In her latest album and show, DEDICATED TO NANCY: THE SHOW GOES ON, Debbie sings with emotion and soul from the chart topping catalogue of Nancy Wilson as well as some of Nancy's favorite songs from her private collection.  

Tickets are $20 and available for purchase online.

Lisa Malcolm
LRM Publicity
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Debbie Joyce performs live.


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Middle East companies to take main stage at The New York Investment Week 2020

Larry Smith - Ex Global CIO and US CEO of Credit Suisse Asset Management and Ex Head of Global Asset Allocation for JP Morgan Asset Management - Past Event Bervann Capital Dec 2018 at 1 World Trade Center and JW Marriott Central Park

Larry Smith – Ex Global CIO and US CEO of Credit Suisse Asset Management and Ex Head of Global Asset Allocation for JP Morgan Asset Management – Past Event Bervann Capital Dec 2018 at 1 World Trade Center and JW Marriott Central Park

Francisco Sanchez - Former Undersecretary of International Trade at US Department of Commerce - Past Event Bervann Capital April 2019 at The Harvard Club of New York City.

Francisco Sanchez – Former Undersecretary of International Trade at US Department of Commerce – Past Event Bervann Capital April 2019 at The Harvard Club of New York City.

Kent Swig - Multibillion Real Estate Mogul and President of Swig Equities - Past Event Bervann Capital August 2019 at The Metropolitan Club New York

Kent Swig – Multibillion Real Estate Mogul and President of Swig Equities – Past Event Bervann Capital August 2019 at The Metropolitan Club New York

A Robust Cohort of Families and Companies from the fast improving region of the world, to gather with US counterparts on March 16 – 20, 2020 in Wall Street.

The world is once again at a historic crossroads where several agreements and situations need to go right, to prevent a global economic clash. Attending these types of events is crucial for leaders.”

— Tariq Hussain, Chief Executive Officer at Bervann Capital

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, December 10, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — 2020 signals key alerts in endless fronts:
– An upcoming recession
What to expect?
What may trigger it?
How may past lessons help us in the future?

– The US-China tensions
The impact on both economies?
The up and down sides for the rest of the world?

– The 2020 US election
As seen and observed by the global investment and business communities?

– The Global Mobility of Capital and Information
The world is evolving before our very own eyes. Money and Information move from West to East at a record pace. How did we get here?
Who are the biggest winners?
How do we see this playing out?

– The aggressive pace of the Middle East via its 2030 visions
What are the most efficient ways to engage with the Middle East?
How is the region to be perceived going forward by the rest of the world?
What place is it to occupy in the upcoming world order?

Known for staging high-powered corporate and investment gatherings, Bervann Capital (a New York City based private investment and business development consulting firm leading an investors' ecosystem with over $900 billion AUM), is once again, planning a State of the art Meeting of the Brightest at the world's financial heart – Wall Street.

From Monday March 16 to Friday March 20, 2020 – seven hundreds to a thousand investors, companies' executives, fund managers, entrepreneurs, government representatives, non-profits and medias from 100 countries, will convene in Manhattan, NY to exchange on the pressing challenges and uncertainty looming over the global economy, and take tangible steps towards strategic partnerships and active investing. Registration and More Info Here.

It's no surprise to notice a high participation from companies and individuals from the Middle East which is on a record pace of improvement and acceleration, with substantial budgets invested and visionary strategies being applied to drive local appeals towards foreign businesses, and strengthen their overseas investments with strategic partners.

The New York Investment Week 2020 is a week-long of investment conferences, fireside chats, panel discussions, breakout sessions, roundtables, capital introduction B2B meetings, pitch room presentations, exclusive sessions and networking gatherings held in the Wall Street area, in New York City.

The convention is sector agnostic, with featured industries as:
– AgriTech
– Artificial Intelligence & Data
– Aviation & Aeronautics
– Banking & Financial Services
– Climate Change
– Consumer Goods
– Defense & Aerospace
– Energy & Natural Resources
– Healthcare
– Infrastructure
– Insurance
– Logistics & Shipping
– Manufacturing
– Real Estate & Hospitality
– Sport & Lifestyle
– Technology, Media & Telecommunications
– Venture Capital
– Women Investing.

Val Nzhie
Bervann Capital
+1 212-381-0491
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