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25/10/2010

Vampire Weekend at the Bowl: Where's the meat?

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – During their nearly 90-minute set Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl, New York-based indie Afro-popsters Vampire Weekend came off like the missing link between 1980s two-hit wonder Haircut 100 and legendary punks the Clash.

Like Haircut 100, Vampire Weekend are a cute bunch of preppy kids who churn out incessantly hummable, energetic tunes. Like Joe Strummer and company, the band plunders world-beat sounds that are likely unfamiliar to their core fan base, save for those who've heard their parents' Paul Simon records.

But one can't knock Vampire Weekend for their musical thievery because the quartet does it so well, and they're open about their influences. They've even paid back the debt by collaborating with and enlisting the Very Best -- fronted by Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya -- as an opening act.

On Sunday, Vampire Weekend took the stage following a brief set by electro-toasting duo the Very Best and Baltimore's Beach House, whose surreal psychedelic drone-pop made VW sound like Justin Bieber by comparison.

Not that Vampire Weekend is as lightweight as the Bieb, but it's hard not to watch the band and wish there was more weighty subject matter on top of their chicken-scratch guitar riffs and skittering Afro-beats. Boyish good-looking frontman Ezra Koenig slid easily from his smooth Paul Simon-like croon into a falsetto in songs like "White Sky," and the band played with bash-'n'-pop exuberance on "Cousins." But throughout the majority of the set, one had to wonder whether there was anything more to Vampire Weekend's songs than a soundtrack for dancing on a warm September night.

Halfway through the set, Vampire Weekend finally made a statement with "One (Blake's Got a New Face)," a scathing indictment of plastic surgery that would make a perfect soundtrack selection for a big-screen adaptation of a Bret Easton Ellis novel. Before the tune, Koenig instructed the crowd it was a call-and-response song in which the "appropriate emotion is ecstatic anger."

A keyboard-heavy cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm Goin' Down" also showed promise, as did a stretched-out take of "Diplomat's Son," highlighting its reggae rhythms, and the dreamy "I Think Ur a Contra," with bassist Chris Biao on an upright piano and Koenig using revolutionary lingo as a metaphor for personal politics. That sort of potential makes one hopeful Vampire Weekend will develop from a pleasant diversion into a band that truly matters.

CT Association of Nonprofits to host the 8th Annual Connecticut Nonprofit Conference

Nonprofits are vision focused and mission driven. On Monday, November 22, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., the CT Association of Nonprofits, based in Hartford, will host the 8th Annual Connecticut Nonprofit Conference at the Omni Hotel in New Haven, 155 Temple Street.

Hartford, CT (PRWEB) October 25, 2010

Nonprofits are vision focused and mission driven. On Monday, November 22, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., the , based in Hartford, will host theat the Omni Hotel in New Haven, 155 Temple Street.

The event will include informative seminars, panel discussions, Legislative Award Presentations, networking and more. Keynote address “It's Not About Surviving, or Even Thriving. It's About Prevailing” will be delivered by Jan Masaoka, Director & Editor in Chief of Blue Avocado, author of The Best of Board Café, and former Executive Director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services. She has been listed eight times among the "Fifty Most Influential People" in the nonprofit sector nationwide, and in 2003 she was named "Nonprofit Executive of the Year" by Nonprofit Times.

“Our theme this year is ‘vision focused and mission driven’ as we believe that describes the power of the nonprofit community we serve,” said Mark Berardi, Director of Membership Development & Training Services. “Through the conference, we provide nonprofits with the tools and information they need to continue on this determined path.”

While this is a nonprofit conference, for profit businesses are encouraged to attend as well. In Connecticut, nonprofits employ 12% of the State’s citizens, granting over $500 million annually and controlling nearly $6 billion in assets.

“Since the nonprofit sector is a big contributor to our State’s economy, this event is advantageous for all organizations,” Berardi said.

Morning Seminars will run 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and include such topics as: Nonprofits and the Changing Media Landscape: Attracting the Attention Your Cause Deserves, delivered by a panel of local journalists; Create Powerful Partnerships: Inspire Greater Investment in the Community, delivered by a panel of Community, Corporate & Family Foundation Executives; and Courageous Community Leadership with Heidi Brooks, Ph. D: Director, Leadership Development Program, Yale University.

Afternoon Seminars will run 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. and include: Nonprofit Sustainability:Develop Your Business Plan During this Workshop! with Jan Masaoka; Making the Ask: The Art and Science of Asking for Money Face to Face with Rebecca M. Bryan, CFRE: President, R. Bryan Associates, LLC; Corporate Collaborations: A Roadmap for Engaging Corporate Support with Michael Feller, Ed.D.: Principal, Strategic Philanthropy Advisors, LLC and Greg King: Principal, Strategic Philanthropy Advisors, LLC; 3 Steps to Enhance Your (Emerging!) Leadership Impact with Meghan Lowney, MSW: Founder/Principal, Ripple Effect Consulting, and; Strategic Financial Management: Supporting Your Mission with Dawn Bryant, CPA: Viola, Chrabascz, Reynolds & Co., LLP Certified Public Accounts.

Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the exhibit hall will open at 8:45 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served. As part of admission, attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy valued at $10-$20 to the event that will be donated to the NBC Connecticut Joy of Sharing Toy Drive. DonorPerfect is the premier sponsor of the 8th Annual Connecticut Nonprofit Conference.To .

About Connecticut Association of NonprofitsConnecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits) is the largest membership organization in the state dedicated exclusively to working with nonprofits in Connecticut. As the voice of nonprofits for over 30 years, CT Nonprofits has connected organizions with information, education, advocacy and collaboration, helping members focus their energy on the people and communities they serve. To learn more visit .

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Beyond the Wall

Wrongfully Accused College President Finds Personal Strength, Forgiveness

Chicago, IL (Vocus) October 24, 2010

For Dr. Dolores Cross, veteran marathon runner and honored college and university president, Jan. 6, 2006, was the last day of her life as she knew it.

After having resigned from her position as president of a fragile historically black college in Atlanta, Georgia only four years earlier, Cross found herself in a cold courtroom that Tuesday morning, listening in dismay as she was fined, sentenced to a year of house arrest, 500 hours of community service and five years probation. False accusations and press reports spread that she had embezzled millions of dollars in student financial aid in her role as president of Morris Brown College—a crime she did not commit. What did happen and how did she deal with it?

Cross’ haunting and inspirational memoir Beyond the Wall: A Memoir details her life from a childhood in Newark, N.J.’s housing projects to a résumé that includes roles such as faculty at Northwestern University and Claremont Graduate School, vice chancellor of student affairs and special programs of the City University of New York, president of Chicago State University, president of the GE Fund in Fairfield, Conn., and distinguished professor in leadership at the Graduate School of City University of New York. Her memoir, Beyond the Wall, is a story of overcoming childhood hardships, achieving against the odds, falling into an abyss of despair and using the power of life’s lessons to forgive and emerge stronger. It is a voice for all men and women, regardless of color or background, who have given themselves to a cause—only to find their lives and dreams being ripped away. It chronicles her struggles during and after, and her indictment, a decision that was made “without (her) having ever been personally interviewed by the FBI, the Office of the Inspector General, the Grand Jury or Assistant U.S. Attorneys.” It is Cross’ chance to finally tell her side of the story.

Beyond the Wall: A MemoirBy Dolores E. CrossISBN: 9781449700942Paperback 6x9, $19.95Hardcover 6x9, $35.95Approximately 268 pagesAvailable atand .

About the author: Dr. Dolores E. Cross completed her undergraduate degree at Seton Hall University, her master’s degree at Hofstra University, and her PhD at the University of Michigan.In a career that has spanned over 30 years, Cross has been an educator and advocate in the promotion of, access to and excellence in higher education. A veteran runner, Cross ran her first marathon at 50 and has completed 20 since. She resides in Chicago.

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