Monday, 23 April 2012

Koninginnedag 2012 Live Stream Amsterdam, Queen's Day Festival Online

Koninginnedag 2012 Live Stream Amsterdam, Queen's Day Festival Online

Koninginnedag or Queen's Day is a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Celebrated on 30 April (the 29th if the 30th falls on a Sunday), Koninginnedag is Queen Beatrix's official birthday. Though Queen Beatrix was born on 31 January, the holiday is observed on 30 April as it was the birthday of her mother and predecessor, Juliana. Many of the traditional activities are held outside, and observing the holiday in April makes suitable weather more likely.

The holiday was first observed on 31 August 1885 as Prinsessedag or Princess's Day, the fifth birthday of Princess Wilhelmina, heiress to the Dutch throne. On her accession, the holiday acquired its present name, Koninginnedag. When held on 31 August the holiday was the final day of school summer vacation, leading to its popularity among children. Following the accession of Wilhelmina's daughter Queen Juliana in 1948, the holiday was moved to her birthday. Her daughter, Beatrix retained the celebration on 30 April after she took the throne in 1980. Beatrix altered her mother's custom of receiving a floral parade near a royal palace, instead choosing to visit different Dutch towns each year and join in the festivities. In 2009, the Queen was carrying out this custom in the town of Apeldoorn when a car was driven into a crowd surrounding the royal family's vehicle; seven people in the crowd were killed, and the car's driver also died soon afterwards.

Koninginnedag now sees large-scale celebrations, with many concerts and special events in public spaces, particularly in Amsterdam. An outdoor concert is held on Amsterdam's Museumplein, where as many as 800,000 people may gather. To aid visitors in returning home by train after the festivities outdoor events must end by 20:00, and the Museumplein show by 21:00. The city centre is closed to cars, and no trams ride in the heart of the city; people are urged to avoid Amsterdam Centraal railway station and use other stations if possible from their direction. International trains that normally begin or terminate at Amsterdam Centraal are instead directed to a suburban stop.

In recent years parties and concerts have been held the evening before Koninginnedag. Nightclubs across the Netherlands organise special events for what has become known as Koninginnenacht (Queen's Night). Many young people celebrate in the streets and squares (and in Amsterdam, the canals as well) throughout the night, and after all-night partying join the crowds at the vrijmarkt.

Big Sur Marathon 2012 Live Stream, Date, Weather

Big Sur Marathon 2012 Live Stream, Date, Weather

Big Sur International Marathon is an annual marathon held in California, USA along the Pacific coast. The marathon was established in 1986 and attracts about 4,500 participants annually. In addition to the marathon, the event usually includes a 21 mile race, a relay, a 5km run and various walks. Runners in the marathon have 6 hours in which to complete it. Since the marathon was first run, over $2m in grants has been disbursed to charities.

All the finish line for all events is the Crossroads Shopping Center in Carmel, California. The Marathon begins south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, the Power Walk and 21-mile race begin at Andrew Molera State Park, and the 10.6 mile walk and run begin at Rocky Point Restaurant. The 9 mile and 5km races begin and end at the finish line. Big Sur is a sparsely populated region of the Central Coast of California where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. The name "Big Sur" is derived from the original Spanish-language "el sur grande", meaning "the big south", or from "el país grande del sur", "the big country of the south". The terrain offers stunning views, making Big Sur a popular tourist destination. Big Sur's Cone Peak is the highest coastal mountain in the contiguous 48 states, ascending nearly a mile (5,155 feet/1571 m) above sea level, only three miles (4.8 km) from the ocean.

Although Big Sur has no specific boundaries, many definitions of the area include the 90 miles (140 km) of coastline from the Carmel River south to the San Carpoforo Creek, and extend about 20 miles (32 km) inland to the eastern foothills of the Santa Lucias. Other sources limit the eastern border to the coastal flanks of these mountains, only three to 12 miles (19 km) inland. Another practical definition of the region is the segment of California State Route 1 between San Simeon and Carmel.

Hamburg Marathon 2012 Live Stream, Date, Start Time, Route, Weather

Hamburg Marathon 2012 Live Stream, Date, Start Time, Route, Weather

Hamburg is the home of the Hamburg Marathon, an annual marathon race over the classic distance of 42.195 km (26.219 mi) held in Hamburg, Germany. In 2009, 13,938 participants were counted. The first edition took place in 1986 with about 8,000 participants. The Hamburg Marathon was named for the sponsoring companies Hansemarathon (1986–1990), Shell-hanse-Marathon (1991-1997), Shell-Marathon (1998-1999), Hansaplast-Marathon (2000-2002), Olympus-Marathon (2003-2005), Conergy Marathon (2006-2008) and 2009-2010 Möbel Kraft Marathon Hamburg, with 13.938 participants. Several championships are integrated in the marathon, the Hamburg Championships, the Hamburger Betriebssport- Meisterschaften, the Hamburger Polizei- Meisterschaften. In 1988, 1995 and 1999, the German Championships, and in 2006 and 2007, the German Championships for the blind and partially sighted were competed during the Hamburg Marathon.

It is one of Germany's largest road running competitions and a total of 15,174 runners participated in the 25th edition in 2010. The record participation for the event came in 2005 when a total of 17,502 runners completed the course. Hamburg's official name is the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (German: Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg). It reflects Hamburg's history as a member of the medieval Hanseatic League, as a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire, and also to the fact that Hamburg is a city-state and one of the sixteen States of Germany.

Hamburg is a major transportation hub in Northern Germany and is one of the most affluent cities in Europe. It has become a media and industrial centre, with plants and facilities belonging to Airbus, Blohm + Voss and Aurubis. The radio and television broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk and publishers such as Gruner + Jahr and Spiegel-Verlag are pillars of the important media industry in Hamburg. In total there are more than 120,000 enterprises.

Stagecoach 2012 Live Stream, Indio Country Music Festival Lineup, Online Feed

Stagecoach 2012 Live Stream, Indio Country Music Festival Lineup, Online Feed

The Stagecoach Festival is an outdoor country music festival presented by Goldenvoice. The festival is located in Indio, CA, USA. It has various types of artists that attend, whether they be mainstream or almost unknown. The Stagecoach Country Music Festival returns in 2012 for the 6th year with the addition of a third day of music to the schedule.  The Stagecoach Country Music Festival will be held in Indio, California on Friday, April 27th, Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th.

The full lineup includes: Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Alabama, Martina McBride, Kenny Rogers, Luke Bryan, The Mavericks, Sara Evans, The Band Perry, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, Chris Isaak, Justin Moore, The Jayhawks, Eli Young Band, The JaneDear Girls, The Del McCoury Band, Brett Eldredge, Aaron Lewis, Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Boys, Uncle Monk, JD Crowe & The New South, Sara Watkins, Sunny Sweeney, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones, The Unforgiven, Greensky Bluegrass, Split Lip Rayfield, Elizabeth Cook, JD Souther, Old Man Markley.

Indio is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, located in the Coachella Valley of Southern California's Colorado Desert region. It lies 26 miles (42 km) east of Palm Springs, 70 miles (113 km) east of Riverside, and 125 miles (201 km) east of Los Angeles. It is about 86 miles (138 km) north of Mexicali, Baja California on the U.S.-Mexican border. The word Indio is Spanish for Indian. Because there are numerous festivals and special events held annually in Indio, the Chamber of Commerce deemed Indio's official nickname to be: "The City of Festivals." Year round, the Date Festival/County Fairgrounds' Grandstand Arena Stadium is the site for live music concerts (mostly amateur bands), 4x4 monster truck rallies, rodeo or horse riding events, and camel races during the National Date Festival.

Nocturnal Texas 2012 Live Stream Rockdale Festival Lineup, Online Webcast

Nocturnal Texas 2012 Live Stream Rockdale Festival Lineup, Online Webcast

Nocturnal Wonderland, is a massive electronic music festival that has been steadily growing and brings the biggest names in music and dance to an audience of up to 50,000 musical enthusiasts. On Labor Day Weekend 2010, Insomniac surprised many fans by introducing Nocturnal Festival Texas held at Apache Pass Fairgrounds in Rockdale, Texas, just outside of Austin. This event became not only the first Nocturnal Festival outside of California, but also the first multi-day Nocturnal being held on September 4th through the 5th. Insomniac would further surprise fans by announcing Nocturnal Festival California will also be two days in 2011, as well as returning to the name Nocturnal Wonderland. Nocturnal Wonderland Texas in 2012 takes place on April 27 and 28 at Rockdale.

2012 Lineup: DJ Tiësto • Chromeo • Sebastian Ingrosso • Royskopp • STS9 • Auto Body Experience • Digital Lab • 12th Planet • Adventure Club • Eprom • Gramatik • AraabMuzik • AWOLNATION • J. Rabbit • Kevin Focus • Bingo Players • Borgore • Lotus • Minnesota • Calvin Harris • Cookie Monsta • Mux Mool • White Noise • CSS • Datsik • Dillon Francis • Dirtyloud • Emalkay • EOTO • Hardwell • Mimosa • Morgan Page • Mt. Eden • Nasty Nasty • Purity Ring • R3hab • Steve Aoki.

Rockdale is a city in Milam County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,440 at the 2000 census. Rockdale was the site of a large Alcoa smelting operation, which could produce 1.67 million pounds of aluminum per day. The ALCOA plant was closed in late 2008 - early 2009. Author George Sessions Perry was born in Rockdale on May 5, 1910, and lived much of his life there. Mary Sue Whipp Hubbard, the third wife of L. Ron Hubbard, was a Rockdale native.

Creamfields Australia 2012 Live Stream Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth

Creamfields Australia 2012 Live Stream Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth

Creamfields Australia is an annual dance music festival held in major cities throughout Australia. Events company/brand Totem Onelove, who also produce Stereosonic, brought the brand to Australia in 2010. The Creamfields brand comes from the people behind Liverpool's famous Cream club. Headliners in 2010 included The Bloody Beetroots, Steve Angello, MSTRKRFT, Ferry Corsten, LMFAO, Dave Clarke and Marco V. In 2010 it was held in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Headlining the festival in 2011 was Deadmau5, Martin Solveig, Skrillex, Chuckie, Simon Patterson, Gabriel & Dresden, Wynter Gordon, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May. It was held in Adelaide (under the name Planet Cream) on the 22 April, Perth on the 23rd of April, Melbourne on the 25 April, Canberra (under the name Warehouse) on the 26 April, Sydney on the 30 April and finished in Brisbane on the 1 May.

Other Creamfields festivals have been held throughout the world in cities such as Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Andalucía (Spain), Punchestown (Ireland), Punta del Este (Uruguay), Alcala de henares (Spain), Istanbul (Turkey), Vilnius (Lithuania), Mexico City (Mexico), Moscow (Russia), Prague (Czech Republic), Lima (Peru), Santiago (Chile), Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte (Brazil),[5] Malta and Wrocław (Poland) and Lisbon (Portugal)

2012 Lineup

David Guetta
Above and Beyond
Dirty South
Giuseppe Ottaviani
Sied Van Riel
Bombs Aways
MC Stretch

New Orleans Jazz Festival 2012 Live Stream, Jazz Fest Dates, Lineup

New Orleans Jazz Festival 2012 Live Stream, Jazz Fest Dates, Lineup
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, often known as Jazz Fest, is an annual celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. Use of the term "Jazz Fest" can also include the days surrounding the Festival and the many shows at unaffiliated New Orleans nightclubs scheduled during the Festival event weekends.

The Festival has been held yearly since 1970, when it was founded by the New Orleans Hotel Motel Association, to form "the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation" that owns the Festival, and George Wein's "Festival Productions, Inc" was contracted to produce the Festival. To produce the Festival in New Orleans, George Wein put together a key group of artistic advisers, among them Ellis Marsalis, Richard B. "Dick" Allen and Harry Souchon. Dick Allen, the curator of Tulane University's Hogan Jazz Archives, recommended Archive employee Allison Miner and intern Quint Davis to Wein to help produce the first festival. After Wein established the Festival, Miner and Davis ran the day-to-day operation of Festival Productions Inc.-New Orleans under George Wein's and the Foundation Board supervision for many years. Quint Davis currently holds the position of CEO of Festival Productions, Inc.- New Orleans. Miner is largely credited with the founding the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive, which contains recordings from musicians interviewed at the festival as well as other documents, photographs and ephemera related to the Festival and the Foundation's holdings including early WWOZ 90.7-FM recordings. When Miner died on December 23, 1995, the interviewing stage was renamed in her memory, the Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage. After Hurricane Katrina, the stage was temporarily merged with the Lagniappe Stage which is housed in the Grandstand, and in 2009 it was reinstated as a full stage.

Prior to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, similar "New Orleans Jazz Festivals" were held by different organizers in the 1960s. The first two New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivals in 1970 & 1971 were held in Louis Armstrong Park, then known as Beauregard Square, in the area of the park known to be the historic Congo Square and the adjoining New Orleans Municipal Auditorium. Starting in 1972 Jazz Fest has been held at the New Orleans Fair Grounds and Racetrack.

The love of Jazz Fest has cemented thousands of friendships over the years. Fessheads, Pet de Kat Krewe, Threadheads and other sub-groups reunite annually at the Fair Grounds Race Course where their ritual includes flags and spirit poles easily spotted among the thousands of festival attendees. Sub-groups throw annual parties with top musical talent and invites are via word-of-mouth.

Indie Music Fest 2012 Live Stream, Las Vegas Sunset Park Online Feed, Lineup

Indie Music Fest 2012 Live Stream, Las Vegas Sunset Park Online Feed, Lineup

Las Vegas hosts the Indie Music Fest, being held at Sunset Park, Las Vegas, Nevada. This is a unique annual grassroots music festival/showcase, that is not your typical festival. It is specifically designed for the unsigned indie artist, writer and musician, the environment and the local community. The Indie Music Fest is also, making a major effort in the attempt to create many Green opportunities at the event, from the ground level up!

Sunset Park, one of the largest parks in Las Vegas, is located near McCarran Airport in the southeast part of town. The park is bordered by Sunset Road on the north, Eastern Avenue on the west and Warm Springs Road on the south. Accumulation of the land for the park began in 1909, when it became the Miller Ranch. It later became the Vegas Stock Farm, which trained and raced Thoroughbred racehorses. Clark County, Nevada acquired the property in 1967 and turned it into a park. Sunset Park Pond is around 14 acres (57,000 m2) in surface area and 10 to 12 feet (3.7 m) deep. It is home to various species of water fowl and fish. A distinct feature is small island in the middle of the pond where several Easter Island heads sit.

At the Indie music Fest there will be many activities and some will include: 3 stages to support up to 40+ of the best unsigned indie bands, representing the genres of: R&B, Rock, Urban, Adult Contemporary, Punk and Rock, from all across the United States. We will have the "Indie Fest 5K Run" benefiting: Habitat For Humanity, Music Industry VIP's, Vendors representing products and services.

Kentucky 3 Day 2012 Live Stream, Three Day Event Online Feed, Lineup, Weather

Kentucky 3 Day 2012 Live Stream, Three Day Event Online Feed, Lineup, Weather

The Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event is an eventing competition held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The Rolex Kentucky is a CCI**** eventing competition, and the only four-star show in the Western Hemisphere. Four stars is the highest level of competition, the same level of competition as Eventing at the Olympics. The event is sponsored by Rolex watches and is known by many equestrians simply as Rolex. Prize money of $250,000 is distributed among the top placings with $80,000 as well as a Rolex watch being awarded to the first place horse and rider.

Competition takes place over four days (Thursday through Sunday), although the event's name says it continues to indicate a three day competition. Dressage competition is on Thursday and Friday (due to the large number of entries), cross-country is on Saturday, and show-jumping is on Sunday. Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm and an educational theme park opened in 1978 in Lexington, Kentucky. It is located off Kentucky State Highway 1973 (Iron Works Pike) and Interstate 75 in northern Fayette County in the United States. The equestrian facility is a 1,224-acre (4.95 km2) park dedicated to "man's relationship with the horse." Open to the public, the Park has a twice daily Parade of Breeds, showcasing both common and rare horses from across the globe. The horses are ridden in authentic costume. Each year the park is host to a number of special events and horse shows.

Besides thoroughbred horses, standardbred greats such as Western Dreamer, Cam Fella and Rambling Willie have made the Kentucky Horse Park their home, as well as 5-gaited Saddlebred gelding CH Gypsy Supreme and late champions CH Imperator and CH Sky Watch. A number of horse sculptures stand in the Kentucky Horse Park, including a Man o' War statue on a pedestal near the entrance. There is also a life-size statue of the 1973 U.S. Triple Crown winner Secretariat with jockey Ron Turcotte aboard being led by groom Eddie Sweat. From harness racing, there is a statue of Bret Hanover.

Vanessa Williams & Helen Williams Live in LA for book signing

Event: Vanessa Williams & Helen Williams Book Signing
When: 26 April 2012 @ 7pm
Where: Barnes and Noble located at 189 The Grove Drive, inside of the Grove shopping center, in Los Angeles.

About the book:

The highly anticipated first book by a widely respected entertainer whose career highlights include The Right Stuff, Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, and former Miss America

When Vanessa Williams was growing up, she had a plan: She’d go to college and major in musical theater; afterward she’d get her MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and then she would embark on a successful career on Broadway. And to make sure she stayed on that path, her mother, Helen Williams, gave her a list of things that she should never— ever—do.  Near the top of that list was “never ever pose nude for anyone.”  So when Vanessa became the first African-American woman to win the title of Miss America in September 1983 (an accomplishment that she never planned for or desired), only to be forced to resign ten months later due to a nude photo scandal, the lives of both Vanessa and Helen took an unexpected turn.  But Vanessa survived this setback, and many others to come, to enjoy a thirty-plus-year career as an award-winning singer and actress. Vanessa has been asked to write her memoir many times, but only now—with the help of her mother—is she ready to tell her story.

 Vanessa grew up in Millwood, New York, part of one of the town’s only black families. As a teenager, Vanessa defied Helen, flirting with boys, drinking, and smoking pot.  But despite their early conflicts, Helen has always ardently protected her daughter, staying in contact with the FBI about the multiple death threats Vanessa received after being crowned and being there for her during the dissolution of her two marriages.

Now the mother of four children, Vanessa describes how she’s made it through the ups and downs of her life as well as her career.  Jointly written by Vanessa and Helen and filled with dozens of personal family photos and mementos, You Have No Idea is an empowering celebration of the love between a mother and daughter and the life of a woman who beat the odds to achieve her destiny.

The Wanted - Live Appearance in Los Angeles

Event: The Wanted signing copies of their CD
When: 26 April 2012 @ 2pm
Where: Barnes & Noble, 189 Grove Drive, LA

The Wanted are a British-Irish boy band. The band consists of Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes. Their debut single, "All Time Low", was released in July 2010 and reached number one in the United Kingdom for one week.

Their debut studio album, The Wanted, was released on 25 October 2010 and peaked at number four in the United Kingdom. The first single from their second album, "Gold Forever", was released in aid of "Comic Relief" and reached number three on the UK Singles Chart.

The band's second number one hit, "Glad You Came", topped the singles chart in the United Kingdom for two weeks, and in Ireland for five weeks. Their second studio album, Battleground was released on 7 November 2011.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

The Lucky One London Premiere with Zac Effron Attending

Event: The Lucky One London Premiere
When: 23 April 2012 from 5pm
Where: Chelsea Cinema London

Zac Effron has been confirmed as attending the London Premiere

Starring: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Jay R Ferguson, Riley Thomas Stewart, Joe Chrest

About the film: U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) returns to North Carolina from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive-a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't even know. Learning her name is Beth (Taylor Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.

The Avengers London Premiere with Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston & Robert Downey Jr attending

Event: The Avengers London Premiere
When: 19 April 2012 from 5pm
Where: Westfield Cinema, Shephards Bush, London

Confirmed as attending: Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. & Tom Hiddleston

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Gwyneth Patrow, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Stellan Skarsgard, Lou Ferrigno

About the film: Nick Fury is director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency. The agency is a who's who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster.

San Francisco International Film Festival 2012

Event: San Francisco International Film Festival 2012
When: 19 April – 3 May 2012
Where: Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, The Castro Theatre, SF Film Society Cinema, SFMOMA and the Pacific Film Archive Berkley, San Francisco

19 April – Opening Night with special screening of Farewell, My Queen – At Castro Theatre
26 April – Film Society Awards Night at the Warfield Theatre – Celebrity packed event

San Francisco International Film Festival (abbreviated as SFIFF) is the oldest continuously running film festival in the Americas. Organized by the San Francisco Film Society, the International is held each spring for two weeks, presenting an average of 150 films from over 50 countries. The Festival highlights current trends in international film and video production with an emphasis on work that has not yet secured U.S. distribution.

Since its inception, the International has grown to serve over 80,000 patrons, with screenings held in San Francisco, Berkeley, and the Peninsula. Graham Leggat became the executive director of the festival on October 17, 2005. The Scottish-born Leggat died on August 25, 2011 from cancer, aged 51.

Tribeca Film Festival 2012

Event: Tribeca Film Festival 2012
When: 18 – 29 April 2012
Where: Various Venues throughout Manhattan

Spotlight features include:

2 days in New York with Julie Delpy & Chris Rock
Any day now with Alan Cumming & Garret Dillahunt
As luck would have it with Jose Mota & Salma Hayek
BAM150 with interviews from Laurie Anderson, Robert Wilson,
A better life (Une Vie Meilleure) by Cedric Kahn
Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story by Raymond De Felitta
Broke by Billy Corben
Cheerful weather for the wedding with Felicity Jones, Elizabeth McGovern & Luke Treadway
Chicken with plums (Poulet aux prunes) with Mathieu Amalric
Deadfall with Eric Bana, Charlie Hunnam, Olivia Wilde & Kris Kristofferson
Elles with Juliette Binoche
Free Samples with Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter & Jess Weixler
The Giant Mechanical Man with Jenna Fischer & Chris Messina
Hysteria with Maggie Gyllenhaal & Hugh Dancy
Mansome with Jason Bateman
Take this waltz with Michelle Williams & Seth Rogan

About the Festival: The Tribeca Film Festival is a film festival founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff in a response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the consequent loss of vitality in the TriBeCa neighborhood in Lower Manhattan.

The mission of the festival is "to enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience." The Tribeca Film Festival was founded to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking center and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan.

In 2006 and 2007, the Festival had over 8600 film submissions and 1,500 screenings. The Festival's program line-up includes a variety of independent films including documentaries, narrative features and shorts, as well as a program of family-friendly films. The Festival also features panel discussions with personalities in the entertainment world and a music lounge produced with ASCAP to showcase artists. One of the more distinctive components of the Festival is its Artists Awards program in which emerging and renowned artists celebrate filmmakers by providing original works of art that are given to the filmmakers' competition winners. Past artists of the Artists Awards program have included Chuck Close, Alex Katz, and Julian Schnabel.

The festival now draws an estimated three million people — including often-elusive celebrities from the worlds of art, film, and music — and generates $600 million annually.

Country Music Marathon 2012 Live Stream Nashville, Date, Weather

Country Music Marathon 2012 Live Stream Nashville, Date, Weather

Nashville is the home of The Country Music Marathon and half marathon events. The route begins in Centennial Park and continues along many of Nashville's sights including music row, Belmont University, the State Capitol Building, the Cumberland River, Shelby Park, Shelby Bottoms Greenway, and ends outside LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans. Many bands and high school cheerleaders entertain runners and walkers and friends, families, and neighbors join in cheering everyone on. The marathon is followed by an evening concert which has previously featured Sara Evans, Phil Vassar, Jo Dee Messina, Brad Paisley, and Lee Roy Parnell among others.

The marathon was first held in April, 2000 when 3230 men 2589 women completed the event. As popularity for the event grew, a half-marathon was added in 2002. This was soon followed by the addition of a kids marathon. The number of participants in the 2008 event exceeded 30,000 total entrants. Unlike Nashville's other marathon, the Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon, the Country Music Marathon is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.

Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County. It is located on the Cumberland River in Davidson County, in the north-central part of the state. The city is a center for the health care, publishing, banking and transportation industries, and is home to a large number of colleges and universities. It is most notably known as a center of the music industry, earning it the nickname "Music City".

The downtown area of Nashville features a diverse assortment of entertainment, dining, cultural and architectural attractions. The Broadway and 2nd Avenue areas feature entertainment venues, night clubs and an assortment of restaurants. North of Broadway lies Nashville's central business district, Legislative Plaza, Capitol Hill and the Tennessee Bicentennial Mall. Cultural and architectural attractions can be found throughout the city.

Ironman South Africa 2012 Live Stream, Port Elizabeth SA Online Feed, Weather

Ironman South Africa 2012 Live Stream, Port Elizabeth SA Online Feed, Weather

The Ironman South Africa is a year since 2000 in March or April held triathlon sports event on the Ironman distance (3.86 km swim, 180.2 km cycling, running 42.195 kilometers) in Port Elizabeth in South Africa. The name "Ironman Triathlon" refers to both the original Ironman triathlon and the annual Ironman World Championship. Also called Ironman Hawaii, the world championships of the event, held annually in Hawaii since 1978 (with an additional race in 1982), are now preceded by a series of qualifying events. Ironman Triathlon became known for its grueling length, harsh race conditions, and television coverage.

People completing such an event within the strict event time cutoffs are agreed to be recognized as "Ironmen": the plural "Ironmans" refers to multiples of "Ironman" as a short form of "Ironman Triathlon". In the triathlon community an Ironman is someone who has completed a race of the appropriate distance, whether or not it falls under the aegis of WTC. The Ironman Triathlon is a grueling event that pushes its participants to the limits of endurance. Some, however, find the prescribed distances fall short of these limits. Hence, events such as the double iron triathlon have come about.

The South African Ironman is held in Port Elizabeth. Port Elizabeth was founded as a town in 1820 to house British settlers as a way of strengthening the border region between the Cape Colony and the Xhosa. It now forms part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality which has a population of over 1.3 million. "The Windy City" has a subtropical climate with light rain throughout the year. Under the Koppen climate classification, Port Elizabeth has an oceanic climate. The area lies between the winter rainfall, Mediterranean climate zones of the Western Cape and the summer rainfall regions of eastern South Africa. Winters are cool but mild and summers are warm but considerably less humid and hot than more northerly parts of South Africa's east coast.

London Marathon 2012 Live Stream, Online Feed, Date, Weather

London Marathon 2012 Live Stream, Online Feed, Date, Weather

The London Marathon is one of the biggest running events in the world, and is one of the five top world marathons that make up the World Marathon Majors competition which has a $1 million prize purse. It has been held each spring in London since 1981. The race is currently sponsored by Virgin Money, as the Virgin London Marathon. Previously the event was sponsored by Flora (from 1996 to 2009).

The race was founded by the former Olympic champion and renowned journalist Chris Brasher and Welsh athlete John Disley. It is organised by former 10,000m world record holder David Bedford as Race Director and Nick Bitel as Chief Executive. Set over a largely flat course around the River Thames, the race begins at three separate points around Blackheath and finishes in The Mall alongside St. James's Palace. Since the first marathon, the course has undergone very few route changes. In 1982, the finishing post was moved from Constitution Hill to Westminster Bridge due to construction works. It remained there for twelve years before moving to its present location at The Mall.

In addition to being one of the top five international marathons run over the traditional distance of 42.195 km (26 miles and 385 yards), the London Marathon is also a large, celebratory sporting festival, second only to the Great North Run in Newcastle, in terms of the number of participants. The event has raised over £450 million for charity since 1981, and holds the Guinness world record as the largest annual fund raising event in the world, with the 2009 participants raising over £47.2 million for charity. In 2007, 78% of all runners raised money. In 2011 the official charity of the London Marathon is Oxfam.

Set over a largely flat course around the River Thames, the London Marathon is generally regarded as a very competitive and unpredictable event, and conducive to fast times. Spanning 42.195 kilometres (26 miles and 385 yards),[17] it is the only Marathon course in the world that is run across two hemispheres, starting in the Eastern Hemisphere, crossing the Prime Meridian in Greenwich after 9.8 km (6.1 miles) and finishing in the Western Hemisphere.

Madrid Marathon 2012 Live Stream, Date, Weather

Madrid Marathon 2012 Live Stream, Date, Weather

The Madrid Marathon (Spanish: Maratón Popular de Madrid) is an annual marathon race which takes place in Madrid, Spain, in late April. The event was first held in 1978 and has since gained IAAF Silver Label Road Race status and had over 10,000 runners participate in the 2010 edition.[1] A 10 km road race was added to the event program in 2010.

The race course begins near Paseo de Recoletos and heads north past the Biblioteca Nacional de España, then the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. After 8 kilometres the route turns southwards and heads back towards Nuevos Ministerios. Runners then follow a twisting south-westerly route. After passing Plaza Mayor, it goes north past the Royal Palace of Madrid and reaches the half marathon mark at Parque del Oeste.

After exiting the park, it traces a path south for a few kilometres and includes a six-kilometre loop within Casa de Campo. After a section which loops back south and north, the course heads east towards Madrid Atocha railway station. It runs along the perimeter of Buen Retiro Park and finishes inside the park at Paseo del Duque de Fernán Nuñez. The combination of an undulating course and the altitude of the city has made it difficult for runners to produce fast marathon times. The course is AIMS-certified and is eligible for record performances.

GLAAD Awards 2012 Live Stream, LA Media Awards Schedule, Dates, Online Feed

GLAAD Awards 2012 Live Stream, LA Media Awards Schedule, Dates, Online Feed

Event: GLAAD Media Awards Los Angeles 2012
When: 21 April 2012 from 4.30pm
Where: Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles

This year’s special guests include:
Ellen DeGeneres, Anna Paquin, Valerie Bertinelli, Fran Drescher, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Josh Hutcherson, Ali Larter, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, Betty White, Gilles Marini, Molly Shannon, Kim Wayans

The GLAAD Media Award is an accolade bestowed by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to recognize and honor various branches of the media for their outstanding representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives.

In addition to film and television, the Awards also recognize achievements in other branches of the media and arts including theatre, music, print media and advertising.

Honorees are selected by a process involving over 700 GLAAD Media Award voters and volunteers and are evaluated using four criteria: "Fair, Accurate and Inclusive Representations" of the LGBT community, "Boldness and Originality" of the project, significant "Cultural Impact" on mainstream culture, and "Overall Quality" of the project. Results are then certified by a "Review Panel" who determine the final list of recipients based on voting results and their own "expert opinions".

The first GLAAD Media Awards ceremony honoring the 1989 season was held in 1990, and recognized 34 nominees in 7 competitive categories.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Brighton Marathon 2012 Live Stream, Online Feed, Date, Weather Forecast

Brighton Marathon 2012 Live Stream, Online Feed, Date, Weather Forecast

Brighton is the host town for the Brighton Marathon, a road race run over the distance of 42.195 km or 26 miles and 385 yards. The inaugural Brighton Marathon was organised by former international athlete Tim Hutchings. The first running of the race took place on 18th April 2010. The race opened to 12,000 entries, with 7,589 participating on race day. The course start line was at Preston Park. The route took in some of the sights of central Brighton before heading East towards Rottingdean. The race then headed west out to and around Hove, before returning on the seafront and finishing on Madeira Drive, close to Brighton Pier.

The Brighton Marine Palace and Pier is a pleasure pier in Brighton, England. It is generally known as the Palace Pier for short, but has been informally renamed Brighton Pier since 2000 by its owners, the Noble Organisation, in an attempt to suggest that it is Brighton's only pier. The West Pier was its rival but was closed in 1975 and was subsequently severely damaged by fires and storms, with the remaining iron structure being partially demolished in 2010.

The pier features prominently in the 1971 film, Carry On at Your Convenience, and it is frequently shown iconically to "set" film and television features in Brighton, for example in scenes in Mirrormask, The Persuaders, the Doctor Who serial The Leisure Hive (1980) and the 2007 film, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Much earlier on in 1896 the pier was also shown in many silent films. R.W. Paul shot the iconic film, On Brighton Beach, which included both the Palace Pier and the West Pier. Palace Pier is the title of a novel by Keith Waterhouse, set in Brighton, and it is the setting for a scene in the Graham Greene novel Brighton Rock. In 2010, the Palace Pier was the setting for part of an episode of Midsomer Murders, "The Sword of Guillaume".

Long Beach Grand Prix 2012 Live Stream, Dates, Online Feed, Weather

Long Beach Grand Prix 2012 Live Stream, Dates, Online Feed, Weather

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is an open-wheel race held on a street circuit in Long Beach, California. Christopher Pook is the founder and promoter which began as a vision while working at a travel agency in downtown Long Beach. It was the premier circuit in the Champ Car from 1996, and was the first event in the World Series each year from 2004. The 2008 race was the last race for Champ Cars as the series merged with the Indy Racing League, and is now an event on the Izod IndyCar Series calendar.

The Long Beach Grand Prix in April is the single largest event in the city of Long Beach. Attendance for the weekend regularly reaches or exceeds 200,000 people. The Long Beach Grand Prix is the longest running major "street" race held on the North American continent. It started in 1975 as a Formula 5000 race on the streets of downtown, and became a Formula One event the following year. From 1984 to 2008 it was a CART/Champ Car event. Other popular events during the Grand Prix week include a Firestone Indy Lights race, an American Le Mans Series race, and the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.

The current race circuit is a 1.968-mile (3.167 km) temporary road course carved out of the city streets surrounding the Convention Center of Long Beach, California primarily over the former location of The Pike historic amusement zone. It is particularly noted for its last section, which sees a hairpin turn followed by a long, slightly curved front straightaway which runs the length of Shoreline Drive. The circuit is situated on the Long Beach waterfront, and is lined with palm trees (especially along the front straightaway), making for a scenic track.

Milan Marathon 2012 Live Stream, Date, Online Feed Milano City Marathon

Milan Marathon 2012 Live Stream, Date, Online Feed Milano City Marathon

The Milan City Marathon is a marathon race previously held every November in Milan, Italy. It was first organised in 2000 by the Milano City Marathon Club. The 2009 edition of the race, initially set for November 2009, was shifted to April the following year. The newly scheduled event featured a marathon, half marathon, and relay marathon event. The move proved popular and at least 7213 runners took part in the activities that year.

Milan is a city in Italy and the capital of the region of Lombardy and of the province of Milan. The city proper has a population of about 1,318,000, while its urban area, roughly coinciding with its administrative province and the bordering province of Monza e Brianza (created in 2004 splitting the eastern part from the province of Milan itself), is one of Europe's largest with an estimated population of 4 million spread over 1,980 km2.

There are few remains of the ancient Roman colony that later became a capital of the Western Roman Empire. During the second half of the 4th century, Saint Ambrose, as bishop of Milan, had a strong influence on the layout of the city, redesigning the centre (although the cathedral and baptistery built at this time are now lost) and building the great basilicas at the city gates: Sant'Ambrogio, San Nazaro in Brolo, San Simpliciano and Sant'Eustorgio, which still stand, refurbished over the centuries, as some of the finest and most important churches in Milan. The largest and most important example of Gothic architecture in Italy, the Milan Cathedral, is the fourth largest cathedral in the world[52] after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Cathedral of Seville and a new cathedral in the Ivory Coast. Built between 1386 and 1577, it hosts the world's largest collection of marble statues with the widely visible golden Madonna statue on top of the spire, nicknamed by the people of Milan as Madunina (the little Madonna), that became one of the symbols of the city.

Paris Marathon 2012 Live Stream, Date Champs Elysees Online Feed, Weather

Paris Marathon 2012 Live Stream, Date Champs Elysees Online Feed, Weather

The The Paris International Marathon (French: Marathon International de Paris) is an annual marathon which takes place from the Champs-Élysées heading towards the Place de la Concorde and continuing through the city to finish at Foch Avenue. The present Paris Marathon dates from 1976. It is normally held on a Sunday in April and is limited to 37,000 runners. It is organised by the Amaury Sport Organisation. It is notable for the attractive route through the heart of the city of Paris, and for the food and drinks stations which include wine, beer, cider and oysters.

Unlike most other marathons, but like all races in France, the Paris Marathon requires a doctor's note affirming the runner is physically fit to run a marathon. The race starts on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées going downhill to circle round the Place de la Concorde before turning right onto Rue de Rivoli. The route passes the Louvre, then goes round the Place de la Bastille, and down Boulevard Soult to the Bois de Vincennes. A long loop of the Bois de Vincennes returns the route into the heart of Paris. The halfway point is reached at Rue de Charenton. The route now follows the course of the Seine, passing Île de la Cité and going under the Pont Neuf, then a series of tunnels. There is a large drinks station and foot massage at Trocadéro, opposite the Eiffel Tower. The route continues along the Seine, before branching off east to eventually pass though Bois de Boulogne, emerging for the final 200 metres and the finish on the Avenue Foch.

The first Paris Marathon, the Tour de Paris Marathon, took place in 1896. A big crowd gathered to watch 191 participants. It was run over a course of 40 km from Paris to Conflans-Sainte-Honorine via Versailles, and the organisers decided to award a commemorative medal to all runners who finished the race in less than 4 hours.

Vienna City Marathon 2012 Live Stream, Date, Weather Forecast

Vienna City Marathon 2012 Live Stream, Date, Weather Forecast

The Vienna City Marathon is an annual marathon race over the classic distance of 42.195 km held in Vienna, Austria since 1984. The first edition was held on March 25, 1984 with a total of 794 competitors. It is Austria's largest road running event and the 2010 edition had record participation with 32,940 runners from 108 nations taking part.

The route starts at the Vienna International Centre, traverses the Reichsbrücke and the traffic junction Praterstern on the left side of the Danube channel, then runs alongside the Ringstraße until reaching the Vienna State Opera. After crossing the left bank of the Wien river on Wienzeile to the Schönbrunn Palace, the route goes back to the Heldenplatz (via the Mariahilferstraße) where the half-marathon finishes. The full-marathon runners, however, are continuing past the Rathaus to the Alsergrund and to Friedensbrücke, crossing the Reichsbrücke once more to reach the Prater again. After having passed the Ernst-Happel-Stadion and the Lusthaus, the route leads over the Franzensbrücke to the Ringstraße where the runners reach the finish at the Heldenplatz.

Grand National 2012 Live Stream Aintree Racecourse Online Feed, Weather

Grand National 2012 Live Stream Aintree Racecourse Online Feed, Weather

The Grand National is a world-famous National Hunt horse race which is held annually at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England. It is a handicap chase over a distance of four miles and 856 yards (7,242 m), with horses jumping thirty fences over two circuits of Aintree's National Course. It is currently scheduled to take place each year on a Saturday afternoon in early April. The next Grand National will be held on 9 April 2011.

The steeplechase is the centrepiece of a three-day meeting, one of only four run at Aintree in the racing season. It is the most valuable National Hunt event in Britain, offering a total prize fund of £950,000 in 2011.The race is popular amongst many people who do not normally watch or bet on horse racing at other times of the year. The Grand National has always been run over the same course at Aintree and consists of two circuits of sixteen fences, the first fourteen of which are jumped twice. Participating horses cover a distance of four miles and four furlongs, the longest of any National Hunt race in Britain. The course is also notable for having one of the longest run-ins from the final flight of any steeplechase, at 494 yards.

The Grand National was designed as a cross-country steeplechase when it was first officially run in 1839. The runners started at a lane on the edge of the racecourse and raced away from the course out over open countryside towards the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The gates, hedges and ditches that they met along the way were flagged to provide them with the obstacles to be jumped along the way with posts and rails erected at the two points where the runners jumped a brook. The runners returned towards the racecourse by running along the edge of the canal before re-entering the course at the opposite end. The runners then ran the length of the racecourse before embarking on a second circuit before finishing in front of the stands. The majority of the race therefore took place not on the actual Aintree Racecourse but instead in the adjoining countryside. That countryside was incorporated into the modern course but commentators still often refer to it as "the country", much to the confusion of millions of once-a-year racing viewers.

Many well-known jockeys have failed to win the Grand National. These include champion jockeys such as Terry Biddlecombe, John Francome, Josh Gifford, Stan Mellor, Jonjo O'Neill (who never finished the race), Fred Rimell and Peter Scudamore. More recently Richard Johnson and Adrian Maguire have failed to win the race.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Chinese Grand Prix 2012 Live Stream, Shanghai International Circuit Webcam Feed, Weather

Chinese Grand Prix 2012 Live Stream, Shanghai International Circuit Webcam Feed, Weather

The Chinese Grand Prix is a round of the Formula One World Championship. It is currently held at the Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, designed by Hermann Tilke. When completed in 2004, it was the most expensive Formula One circuit facility, costing $240 million. The track is 5.451 km long and features one of the trickiest corners combinations on the Formula One calendar, comparable to that of Istanbul Park's turn 8, also designed by Tilke. Turn 1 and 2 are a very demanding 270 degree, right-handed corner combination that requires a lot of speed whilst entering and it tightens up towards the end. The Chinese Grand Prix has been notable for having a different winning driver at every one of its 7 races.

The vision of a Chinese Grand Prix started in the early 1990s. The Chinese government had originally planned for an F1 circuit to be located in the city of Zhuhai in Guangdong Province, southern China. The Zhuhai International Circuit was designed and built and was provisionally added to the 1999 F1 World Championship calendar, but the track failed to meet certain standards set by the FIA. However, the Chinese government did not give up and eventually, with assistance from the organizers of the Macau Grand Prix, held the first ever Formula One race in China in 2004.

In 2002, it was announced that the management of the Shanghai International Circuit had signed a 7 year contract with the Formula One Management to host the Chinese Grand Prix starting from the 2004 season until the 2011 season. The Chinese Grand Prix debuted on September 26, 2004, and was won by Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello. The following year, it hosted the final round of the Formula One championship, in which the newly crowned world champion Fernando Alonso won and claimed the constructor's title for Renault F1. In 2006, the Chinese Grand Prix was won by Michael Schumacher - his last victory in Formula One before his initial retirement at the end of the season. It was only in February 2011 that a deal was agreed between F1 and the organisers of the Chinese round of the world championship. Reasons for the delay appear to have been over the fee paid to F1 to host the race. After racking up losses year after year, the organisers of the race refused to pay the fee required, reported to be amongst the highest paid to host an F1 race. F1 bosses appear to have reduced the fee and the new agreement to host an F1 race runs to 2017.

Coachella 2012 Live Stream, Music, Arts Festival Indio Empire Fields Online Feed

Coachella 2012 Live Stream, Music, Arts Festival Indio Empire Fields Online Feed

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly known as Coachella or Coachella Festival) is a three-day (formerly a one or two-day) annual music and arts festival, organized by Goldenvoice (a subsidiary of AEG Live) and held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California, in the Inland Empire's Coachella Valley. The event features many genres of music including alternative rock, indie, and electronic music as well as large sculptural art. The event has several stages/tents set-up throughout the grounds, each playing live music continuously. The main stages are: Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, and the Sahara Tent (2006 also saw the addition of a smaller Oasis Dome).

The Coachella Music Festival has a desert setting (the city of Indio is a part of the California Desert), with daytime temperatures frequently rising to over 100 °F (38 °C). The festival enjoys little cloud cover or shade. The temperature drops drastically after sunset. The Coachella festival tries to reduce its carbon footprint on the environment every year which involves not just employees but also attendees. The festival highly promotes carpooling for its attendees which include rewards for people who participate. For attendees who choose to carpool with four or more people in one car and have the word "carpoolchella" displayed somewhere on their car they have a chance to be selected by a secret spotter for a chance to win VIP tickets/pass for Life for everyone in the car. In 2007 Coachella teamed up with Global Inheritance to start a 10 for 1 recycling program, in which anyone who brings ten empty water bottles will be given a fresh new water bottle for free. In 2009 the festival introduced refillable water bottles for attendees to purchase for ten dollars in which purchasers would get free refills at a number of refill stations inside the festival and within the campgrounds.

Line Up for 2012:

Friday 13 & 20th April

The Black Keys, Swedish House Mafia, Pulp, Refused, Arctic Monkeys, Mazzy Star, Afrojack,  Explosions in the Sky, M83, Amon Tobin, Madness and many more

Saturday 14 & 21st April

Radiohead, Bon Iver, The Shins, David Guetta, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Kaskade, Miike Snow, Jeff Magnum, Sebastian Ingrosso, Andrew Bird, Feist, fIREHOSE and more

Sunday 15 & 22nd April

Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg, At the Drive-in, Justice, Florence and the machine, AVICII, Beirut, The Weekend, Girl Talk, Calvin Harris, The Hives, DJ Shadow, Nero and more.

Springing the Blues 2012 Live Stream, Jacksonville Beach Festival Feed, Dates

Springing the Blues 2012 Live Stream, Jacksonville Beach Festival Feed, Dates

Coming to Jacksonville Beach, Florida every year at Springtime is the famous Springing the Blues music festival, featuring blues artists and musicians old and new in one of the largest celebrations of blues music in the country. Springing The Blues is a free outdoor blues music festival designed to celebrate America's indigenous musical form and promote support of the arts. The three-day oceanfront event features a number of renowned blues performers as well as numerous displays and activities geared for the entire family. It is held at Jacksonville Beach, Florida's Oceanfront SeaWalk Pavilion on the 1st weekend of April each year.

Past performers at Springing The Blues have included Larry McCray, Phillip Walker, Tinsely Ellis, Saffire "The Uppity Blues Women," Maurice John Vaughn, Earl King, Mitch Woods And His Rocket 88's, Susan Tedeschi, North Mississippi Allstars, Tab Benoit, Little Jimmy King, Henry Gray and the Cats, Grammy Award winner Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Ruby Wilson, Charlie Musselwhite, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, Robert Jr. Lockwood.

Blues is a music genre that originated in African-American communities of primarily the Deep South of the United States at the end of the 19th century from spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll, is characterized by specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues chord progression is the most common. The blue notes that, for expressive purposes are sung or played flattened or gradually bent (minor 3rd to major 3rd) in relation to the pitch of the major scale, are also an important part of the sound.

The blues genre is based on the blues form but possesses other characteristics such as specific lyrics, bass lines and instruments. Blues can be subdivided into several subgenres ranging from country to urban blues that were more or less popular during different periods of the 20th century. Best known are the Delta, Piedmont, Jump and Chicago blues styles. World War II marked the transition from acoustic to electric blues and the progressive opening of blues music to a wider audience. In the 1960s and 1970s, a hybrid form called blues-rock evolved.

The Avengers Hollywood Premiere with live red carpet webcam

Event: The Avengers Hollywood Premiere
When: 11 April 2012
Where: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Gwyneth Patrow, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Stellan Skarsgard, Lou Ferrigno

Catch all the red carpet action with the Live Webcam

About the film: Nick Fury is director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency. The agency is a who's who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Live London Premiere with Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt

Event: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
When: 10 April 2012 from 5pm
Where: Odeon Cinema, West End London

Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt confirmed as attending the London Premiere.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Amr Waked, Catherine Steadman, Tom Mison, Rachel Stirling, Kristen Scott Thomas, Tom Beard

About the film: A visionary sheik believes his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing can enrich the lives of his people, and he dreams of bringing the sport to the not so fish-friendly desert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative to turn the dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain's leading fisheries expert who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable. That is, until the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary latches on to it as a 'good will' story. Now, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles ArcLight Cinemas

Event: Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles ArcLight Cinemas
When: 10 – 15 April 2012
Where: Arclight Cinema - Hollywood & House of Blues – West Hollywood (Los Angeles)

Opening Night Gala – 10 April at 7.30pm ArcLight Cinema – Screening of Chittagong
Closing Night Gala – 15 April at 7pm ArcLight Cinema with LA premiere of Patang

About the festival: The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is an annual film festival held in Los Angeles, California. Established by Christina Marouda in 2003, as a nonprofit organization devoted to paving the way for a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and diverse culture by providing the public with a selection of films from and about the Indian diaspora by Indian and international filmmakers.

It features features, documentaries and shorts and presents Grand Jury and Audience Choice awards in the following categories: Best Feature, Best Documentary, and Best Short. The IFFLA's Cinematic Scoring Achievement Award is given to composers, honouring film scores.

The Three Stooges Live Hollywood Premiere with live red carpet webcam

Event: The Three Stooges Hollywood Premiere
When: 7 April 2012
Where: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood

To watch all the stars as they arrive please see the Live Red Carpet Webcam

Starring: Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Hudson & Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino

About the film: Left on the doorstep of an orphanage run by nuns, newborns Moe, Larry and Curly grow up finger-poking, nyuk-nyuk-nyuking and woo-woo-wooing their way to uncharted levels of knuckleheaded misadventure. Now their childhood home may have to close due to financial difficulties. But Larry, Curly and Moe, employed as the foster home's inept maintenance men, are determined to come to the rescue. Only The Three Stooges could become embroiled in an oddball murder plot - while stumbling into starring roles in a phenomenally successful TV reality show.

30th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 2012

Event: 30th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 2012
When: 5 – 17 April 2012
Where: Various throughout Brussels.     

About the festival: The Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF), previously named Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film (French: Festival international du film fantastique de Bruxelles, Dutch: Internationaal Festival van de Fantastische Film van Brussel) was created in 1983 as a venue for horror, thriller and science fiction films. It takes place in Brussels, every year in March. Initially organized by Annie Bozzo, Gigi Etienne, Freddy Bozzo, Georges Delmote and Guy Delmote, it now has prizes in both feature length and short films, and also hosts an international body-painting competition.

The grand prize, The Golden Raven statuette, has previously been won by cult classics such as Army of Darkness and Radioactive Dreams.

New York Easter Parade 2012 Live Stream, Date, 5th Avenue NYC Webcast

New York Easter Parade 2012 Live Stream, Date, 5th Avenue NYC Webcast

The Easter parade is an American cultural event consisting of a festive strolling procession on Easter Sunday. Typically, it is a somewhat informal and unorganized event, with or without religious significance. Persons participating in an Easter parade traditionally dress in new and fashionable clothing, particularly ladies' hats, and strive to impress others with their finery.

The Easter parade is most closely associated with Fifth Avenue in New York City, but Easter parades are held in many other cities. Starting as a spontaneous event in the 1870s, the New York parade became increasingly popular into the mid-20th century in 1947, it was estimated to draw over a million people. Its popularity has declined significantly, drawing only 30,000 in 2008.From the 1880s through the 1950s, New York's Easter parade was one of the main cultural expressions of Easter in the United States. It was one of the fundamental ways that Easter was identified and celebrated. The seeds of the parade were sown in New York's highly ornamented churches, Gothic buildings such as Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. In the mid-19th century, these and other churches began decorating their sanctuaries with Easter flowers. The new practice was resisted by traditionalists, but was generally well-received. As the practice expanded, the floral displays grew ever more elaborate, and soon became defining examples of style, taste, abundance, and novelty. Those who attended the churches incorporated these values into their dress. In 1873, a newspaper report about Easter at Christ Church said "More than half the congregation were ladies, who displayed all the gorgeous and marvelous articles of dress, and the appearance of the body of the church thus vied in effect and magnificence with the pleasant and tasteful array of flowers which decorated the chancel.

By 1890, the annual procession held an important place on New York's calendar of festivities and had taken on its enduring designation as "the Easter parade."

As the parade and the holiday together became more important, dry goods merchants and milliners publicized them in the promotion of their wares. Advertisements of the day linked an endless array of merchandise to Easter and the Easter parade. In 1875, Easter had been invisible on the commercial scene. By 1900, it was as important in retailing as the Christmas season is today.