In addition to erasing a decade of growth in Denver’s art scene, with nearly $1 billion in losses in 2020 as compared with 2019, last year’s venue closures and stay-at-home orders could continue to threaten the metro area’s creative economy for years to come. That’s one of the takeaways from a new report compiled by Colorado Business Committee for the Arts , which found that key metrics for financial health in Denver arts and culture plummeted by double-digit percentage points in most categories — some by nearly 50%. The 2021 Economic Activity Study of Metro Denver Culture, typically released every two years , complies self-reported data from the roughly 300 members of the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District for 2019 and 2020. The SCFD is the seven-county metro area program that injects about $60 million annually into cultural nonprofits, thanks to a voter-approved sales tax. “(The study) illustrates years of record-breaking cultural growth, which hit an all-time … [Read more...] about Nearly $1 billion lost in Denver’s arts and culture threatens future growth, CBCA study finds
You're sitting in the afterglow of a Thanksgiving meal in Texas. Maybe you took off work, maybe you have to clock in today. Either way, two things are certain — you're being digitally ambushed by "can't miss" shopping deals and you're eating leftovers. First order of business, peeling back the foil to cut a piece of grandma's pecan pie. While now it seems to be a second-nature staple, there's a reason why pecan pie is a holiday favorite in Texas and across the South. The season pecan trees are most ripe for harvest coincides with the fall and winter, usually November through January. Due to its accessibility, it is easy to see how the nut would become a longstanding fixture on the dining table. "A lot of people get very excited about pecans. In the Thanksgiving and Christmas time people get excited because historically people in the South have harvested pecans because they're available that time of year and and use them in Thanksgiving and Christmas foods," says Troy Swift, who … [Read more...] about Cracking the prehistoric and cultural significance of the Texas pecan
0 Local Voices The newly formed Culture Club South Bay launches its first online live event Saturday, August 22 with Bruce's Beach historian, music, more. Liz Spear , Patch Staff Posted | Updated Reply MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — Tune in to a free cultural experience of diversity tomorrow (Saturday, August 22) when Culture Club South Bay broadcasts its first online live event from 4-6:30 p.m. on Facebook Live and YouTube. Manhattan Beach resident and real estate agent Allison Hales is one of the founders of Culture Club South Bay, which wants to bring diversity and inclusion to the South Bay. Hales, who has lived in Manhattan Beach for 2 years, realized there was a lack of diversity when her world became more amplified due to COVID-19 and people not traveling around as much outside of basic necessities. What she discovered was that her friendships and activities kept her in a diverse world but once she was no longer as … [Read more...] about Manhattan Beach: Culture Club Features Diversity, Education
A legislative aide in New York’s state capital grabbed the thigh of a lobbyist so hard at a fund-raiser that he left finger-shaped bruises on her skin. A top official at a state agency projected a picture of a colleague in a bikini for all to see in a meeting she was attending. Another lobbyist described a legislator touching her thighs and feeling her chest in his State Assembly office. And a state senator said a male colleague told her she looked “like a Bond girl” as they sat near each other in the chamber. The senator, Julia Salazar, who declined to identify her colleague, also recalled attending a fund-raiser just outside the Capitol in 2019 where another legislator’s staff member began commenting on her appearance. “He said, ‘You should be on a calendar,’” recalled Ms. Salazar, who was 28 at the time. “I was so embarrassed that I left.” If encounters like these are unacceptable and potentially career-ending, especially in the #MeToo era, they are also a defining part … [Read more...] about ‘Bond Girl’ Talk and Groping: Albany’s Toxic Culture for Women
“This is going to be sexy, damn it,” is not something you think to yourself before embarking on a genuinely sensual activity, but I had high hopes before pressing play on my eight-minute “quickie meditation .” I was listening to Guided by Glow, an app that produces “erotic audio sessions.” I found myself in sweatpants and a messy bun, lying on my bed—where I’d eaten pizza mere moments before—ready to listen to a faceless, honey-voiced lady named Sky “take [my] body and mind on a journey of surrendering to [my] inner goddess’ sexual desires.” Wham, bam, thank you ma’am porn it was not. This would take time. First, Sky would lead me on an opening meditation—breathe in, breathe out—while I waited for the story to begin. “I picture you lying on some soft sheets,” she cooed. I stared at a grease stain on my bedding that was the size of a gigantic movie theater ice cube. Sky led me in some more deep breaths, and told me to look at my belly. “I would rather not,” I said back to … [Read more...] about These Sexual Meditation Apps Want to Get You Off. You Might Also Fall Asleep.