5 Most Famous Bands For Corporate Events

Trade shows and corporate events include stage shows to entertain attendees, between or after scheduled training programs, and trade show presentations. The reason for the entertainment is two parts…

  • Not all in attendance at a trade show or corporate event are included in all of the training and show events.
  • Maintaining an interest in the show or training often includes breaks for entertainment or side shows relevant to the event.

The key to finding the right band for a corporate event or trade show is knowing what’s popular with your specific group of people, and what songs they listen to on radio, or Pandora. To find out, ask. Ask team leaders what is popular with their team members at any given time, and most leaders will know.

Show Bands offer premier Corporate Entertainment

Whether you’re looking for an innovative way to entertain at your trade show, or a grand finale for the Corporate Event of the season, a show band performing at your awards dinner, convention, or trade show will improve the carry over and make your event even more memorable. The best show bands, may not be the most famous, but rather the high-end band that performs top current hits.

Big Band Era brings back Ambiance of House Parties

Whether you’re listening to a world-class drummer, or Sinatra-style vocalists, the sound of a 14 piece brass band, or 20 piece string orchestra sends you back in time… To a gentler day, when house parties, grand weekends, and elegance meet glamour. You’ll want to be there, for the waltz, for the dance… But even more, you’ll want to make some new memories.

Swing Bands will Move You

One superb female vocalist, or a crooner, reminding you of Sinatra on the stage, creates the essence of elegance and romance. Your marketing team will find themselves remembering more than the dance at your event… They’ll remember what they learned about marketing, because the music connects the dots.

Latin and Salsa Bands

The hottest performer-vocalists in salsa band, with 13 piece jazz band lights up a 2 hour show featuring salsa, mambo, and other rhythms. Bring on the live videos for decision making – you won’t be able to resist these high-end dancers and singers, moving to the rhythm.

Jazz Bands

Top quality music, featuring show-case selections, popular tunes, and current hits with skilled musicians and exquisite talent. The BEST of what can be found across America, featuring the ultimate upbeat tunes.

Your event will be the talk of the season, with any of these high-end, top-quality feature bands and entertainer selections.

Source by David Levin

The Good And The Bad Of Contextual Advertising

Contextual advertising is a type of online advertising commonly used for content-based websites. With contextual advertising, targeted ads appear based on the page’s actual content.

First, a contextual advertising system scans the text of a webpage for keyword phrases. Then, the system returns specific, targeted ads based on the content people are viewing.

If a person is looking at a page of art supplies, the ads in those pages would be of art suppliers, painting sellers, online art museums, and such.

Contextual ads appear as:

  • Separate ads that are placed in specific areas of the page
  • Inline or in-text contextual ads

Sponsored links ads

Generally these ads are text ads with links to the related websites. The website owner can choose the location on his website where he would like to place contextual ads. Your ad will come in a box labeled sponsored links. You will need to use the services of pay-per-click search engines to do contextual advertising. This format is popularized by Google AdWords and Adsense.

Inline ads

Inline ads appear in the form of links to the text phrases in the content of the website. When the mouse hovers over that phrase, a short description will come in a box that looks like a tool-tip. If the reader wishes to know more, he can simply click on the link.

Advantages of contextual advertising

  • You get to reach only those people who are already looking for that information or related information
  • You pay only if anybody clicks on your link
  • Such links don’t annoy people
  • If the information you provide is good the user gets delighted

Disadvantages of contextual advertising

  • It distracts people away from the content they want to read
  • If the location of the ad is between the content, then people might get annoyed
  • Such ads have become so common that web users have started ignoring them
  • Your competitors’ ads might get placed along with your ads
  • Serious users who are looking for information generally do not click on ads

Source by Anuja Aggarwal

Crowd Pleasing Piano Standards – The 10 Best Piano Songs of All Time

Music is truly an international language, reaching out to people of all ages and backgrounds. There are certain piano songs that are sure to please whenever they are heard. The following list of the best piano songs of all time includes a little something for everybody.

First on the list is ‘The Entertainer’ composed by Scott Joplin. This jaunty ragtime classic is still instantly recognizable, thanks to its appearance in the 1973 film, ‘The Sting.’ ‘The Entertainer’ gets toes tapping every time.

‘As Time Goes By,’ composed by Herman Hupfeld, is another classic popularized in the cinema. Not only is the song itself featured at the end of, ‘Casablanca,’ but it is also used as a recurring instrumental theme throughout.

Originally published in 1924, ‘It Had to be You’ is still one of the best known torch songs. Composed by Isham Jones with lyrics by Gus Kahn, ‘It Had to be You’ has been featured in numerous films and performed by numerous artists.

‘Don’t Get around Much Anymore’ is a Duke Ellington big band jazz standard that translates beautifully to a piano arrangement. The song enjoyed renewed popularity performed by Harry Connick, Jr. in the film, ‘When Harry Met Sally.’

Sometimes a more recent piece can instantly achieve status as a standard. Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man’ is such a song. ‘Piano Man’ is a great sing-along favourite.

‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin,’ a Cole Porter composition, has been performed by a wide variety of artists. However, the song is best known as a signature tune for Frank Sinatra.

A sentimental gem, ‘Moon River’ is a classic collaboration between Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini. As is the case with many standards, ‘Moon River’ gained its popularity from the cinema. The tune was originally featured in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ but over the years has been used in many other films and television shows as well.

No list of top piano songs is complete without Gershwin. ‘I Got Rhythm’ is a standout in a long list of popular work by brothers George and Ira, as is their Broadway song, ‘Fascinating Rhythm.’ Both of these songs typify the Gershwin style that profoundly influenced the jazz scene of the time.

Finally, ‘Your Song’ by Elton John (lyrics by Bernie Taupin) might be a considered a pop tune, but it’s certainly become a standard. Elements of jazz and folk combined with deeply sincere vocals and lyrics make this a song that will always please.

Source by Tan Jian Yong

Botticelli – Enduring Artist of the Renaissance Period

The Renaissance produced some of the most prolific artists that are still heralded today as the great standard of talent and execution. One of the most prominent artist’s on this list is Botticelli (1445 – 1510). He encompassed a style of painting that emphasized a pure state-of-mind and a preference for nostalgia that has made him the “especial object of Pre-Raphaelite admiration in the nineteen century… ” 1 However, outside of his own lifetime, Botticelli became the “The Forgotten Florentine”, as his work “suffered centuries of neglect before it was rediscovered by the Victorians.” 2

Like many of his contemporaries, Botticelli had an expressive, even emotional aspect to his painting. He was energetic and intense but simultaneously refined in execution. A grace was exuded through his linear presentation of design and blend of clear colours that enhanced delicate natural details. With an evocative sensitivity toward the artists of the Middle Ages, Botticelli combined all of these attributes in his remarkable works. This is most evident in his major paintings of Primavera and The Birth of Venus in addition to a number of other images that were equally outstanding. Before exploring these creations, it is helpful to become acquainted with the background of this famous artist.

Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi was born in Florence in 1445. His family affectionately nicknamed him Botticelli which is an Italian rewording of the word “botticello,” meaning “small wine cask”; this name would remain with him forever. His working-class family prided themselves in providing tanning and quality weaving goods that were highly sought after at the time. Although quite poor, the family was close-knit and existed in happy domesticity. Botticelli was a talented but restless child and his parent’s decided to remove him from school and instead send him to work as an artist’s apprentice.

His training began with the goldsmith, Maso Finiguerra from where he progressed to the studio of artist Fra Filippo Lippi in 1461. The majority of Botticelli’s experience was painting frescoes for Florentine churches and cathedrals which eventually led to working with the painter and engraver Antonio del Pollaiuolo. In addition to learning his craft from these artists’, Botticelli also made valuable connections to wealthy and powerful families. Confident with his talent and ability to secure commissions, Botticelli established his own workshop in 1470. It was at this time that he received his first appointment and had the opportunity to exhibit his considerable gifts. His first patron was the Merchants’ Guild for whom he completed the painting of Fortitude for the Council Chamber. This was secured for him by way of his Medici family connections – the most prominent of Florentine families.

During his career, Botticelli was engaged by several noteworthy patrons, including the wealthy Medici Dynasty, Pope Sixtus IV and writer Dante Alghieri. It was through these clients that Botticelli completed some of his greatest works which transformed him into a highly regarded artist of the day. The Medici family had a significant influence on the success of Botticelli and throughout his working life they provided him with a steady tributary of clients. In addition, the Medici’s themselves were highly desirous for numerous original Botticelli paintings. Of these works, Primavera (above) and Birth of Venus were two of the most outstanding that Botticelli created for the Medici’s and they were displayed in the Medici Villa Castello. The interpretation of these pictures has made reference to the long, slender proportions of Venus together with showering her in soft golden light that “may depict Venus as a symbol of both pagan and Christian love.” 3 These two paintings helped to establish Botticelli as having both secular and non-secular abilities with his painting.

Once the Sistine Chapel was complete in 1481, it was the duty of Pope Sixtus IV to assemble a special group of artisan’s to decorate the interiors; Botticelli was one of them summoned to contribute. Delighted with the opportunity, Botticelli went to the Vatican in Rome and there he executed The Punishment of Korah, The Youth of Moses and the Temptation of Christ. After a year in Rome, Botticelli returned to Florence in 1482 and he became more sought after than ever before. His work at the Sistine Chapel brought him an abundance of new commissions that ranged in subjects from secular to religious subjects and took the form of banners, wedding chests (cassoni) and paintings. His renditions of Madonna and Child images were particularly renowned and his studio created many reproductions of his own originals as they were too popular and hence financially lucrative not to exploit. Botticelli also hired several assistants and prospered to a level he never anticipated.

During this time, Botticelli also embarked on illustrations for writer Dante Algheri’s most prolific work, The Divine Comedy. Commissioned by Lorenzo Medici for these images, Botticelli spent time from 1480 …

The History of the Ballet Tutu

Say the word “ballerina” and most people will picture her in a tutu. Tutus have long been the most revered form of ballet costume; their angelic frothiness adds at magic quality to the look of a ballerina. When she wears one, she looks like a sugary confection that belongs on the grandest of cakes. While many are familiar with the word “tutu”, most have no idea why is a tutu called a tutu, or anything about its history.

It is said that the first tutu was worn in Paris, by Marie Taglioni, during her 1832 performance of La Sylphide. Taglioni’s tutu was short enough to reveal her infamous footwork. This time period was known as the Romantic period in ballet costume history, and this tutu was called the Romantic tutu. This long, floating, ethereal style is made with 3-5 layers of tulle.

Over time, the tutu grew shorter and shorter in length to reveal more of the intricate footwork that dancers performed. Over the next fifty years, the hemline crept higher and higher up the leg, until it looked more like today’s bell tutu, a softer, longer style first worn by the Italian ballerina Virginia Zucci in the 1880s. This first Classical tutu style ended just above the ballerina’s knees. Later, the tutu shrank even further to become the Classical tutu, or Pancake tutu, the final product of the tutu evolution. This type of tutu has a stiff skirt that juts out horizontally from the hips, with hooping (encased petticoat wire tacked within its layers) to help it retain its shape and stiffness.

George Balanchine developed one final category of tutu styles, known as the powderpuff tutu. It is similar to the Classic tutu, but does not have hooping, and contains fewer layers of tulle, making it softer and more flowing than the traditional Pancake tutu.

The name, however, came from the ballet viewers in the “cheap seats”. As previously discussed, the length of the tutu was dictated by the ballet patrons, who wished to see the spectacular feats that the dancers were performing. Long ago, the people in the audience who bought cheaper tickets sat in the lower part of the theater, and often had a peek under ballerinas’ skirts…at their bottoms! Of course this caused quite a bit of talk…baby talk, that is. The French baby talk word for this part of the anatomy is “cucu”, which eventually became “tutu”.

Obviously, the name stuck. However, it is a bit amusing to consider origin of the name of one of the most revered costumes of one of the most revered forms of dance. Tutus are and ever shall be tutus; lovely to look at and fun to talk about.

Source by Grier Cooper

Different Types of Body Art

These are the different types of body art:

Jewelry is the most common type. This is a temporary type which almost everybody wears (sometimes) like a ring or necklace.

Tattoos are a type of body art which is permanent. Tattoos are created by colored materials inserted beneath the skins surface. The most common reasons to get tattooed are:

  • Wanting to show your individuality and uniqueness
  • Belonging to a group that has tattoos
  • Pleasing your partner
  • Identifying with a (known for tattoos) subculture

Piercings are a temporary type (which may leave a scar when removed). Body piercing is the creation of an opening in the human body in which jewelry can be worn and the word piercing refers to this opening. The most common piercing is an earring, but you can get a piercing in almost everybody part of your body.

Nail art is another temporary type which is applied on your nails. It is really nice and affordable. It exists of (colourful) decorations on your (natural or fake) nails. It can be anything from stones and sparkles to tiny feathers.

Body paint is also a temporary type. It is painted on to the skin, and only lasts for several hours.

Nowadays body painting is becoming very popular in the use of TV an film projects, advertising, media, sporting, modeling events, runway, and much more.

Airbrush is a temporary type as well. Ink is sprayed on to the skin by an artist (sometimes through a stencil). The resulting design usually mirrors the look of a real tattoo, without any pain. If you use the best inks, the tattoo can last up to at least two weeks.

Henna is another temporary type. Henna the paste of a flowering plant which is used for body (and fingernails) paint and hair dye, especially in various festivals and celebrations. The paste is left on the skin for a few hours to overnight and the stain lasts a few days to a month. How long it will last depends on how long it is allowed to stay on the skin, the quality and the individual skin type.

Tooth Art is also a type of body art. The are different types of tooth art, some are permanent, some are temporary:

  • you can replace your tooth (or teeth) with (a) gold one(s)
  • you can get a (removable) cap for one tooth
  • you can get a (removable) grill for all of you (upper)teeth
  • you can get a diamond into one tooth (or in more teeth)

Scalpelling is a type of body art, which procedure is similar to piercing and it is also for the creation of decorative perforations through the skin and other body tissue. It is most commonly used as a replacement for or enhancement of ear piercings.

Implants are a temporary type (which may leave a scar when removed). Implants are devices placed under the skin for decorative purposes. You can get them in different shapes through an incision.

Branding is a permanent type of body art in which a mark (usually a symbol or pattern), is burned into the skin,

with the intention of creating a scar. This is performed using a hot or very cold branding iron.

Another permanent type is Scarification. This involves etching, scratching, or some sort of superficial incision or cutting as a permanent body modification, etching pictures, words or designs into the skin. During this process, scars are formed by cutting the skin.

Source by Vienna Geerlings

Types of Inclement Weather

There are many precautions made by drivers before getting on the road, but some situations are completely out of the control of even the safest driver. Facing situations such as unforeseen inclement weather requires motorists to exhibit an exceptionally high amount of caution behind the wheel. Anyone who fails to acknowledge unacceptable driving practices in unusual circumstances may be sacrificing the wellbeing of themselves and others. Individuals injured in car accidents that are caused by the irresponsible behavior of negligent drivers may be eligible to receive financial compensation for their medical expenses and other losses.

Types of Inclement Weather

Inclement weather can exist in many forms and can vary from place to place according to the geography and climate of each location. Some of the weather patterns that lead to dangerous driving conditions include:

  • Heavy rains- can obscure the view of the driver and make the roadways unsafe
  • Snow- can pile up on roadways, creating dangerous driving conditions and restrict the reliability of the driver’s view
  • Ice- can create slippery surfaces and compromise the traction of tires
  • Hail- can damage vehicles and safety signs or warnings
  • Blizzards- can lead to extreme amounts of snow and ice
  • Heavy winds- can create debris and unsafe conditions for cars
  • Tornadoes- can create serious danger for anyone on the road by moving vehicles or debris unexpectedly
  • Hurricanes- may lead to floods and heavy rains
  • Lightning storms- can create a distraction for drivers as well as lead to damage or debris on roadways
  • Dust storms- may decrease the ability of the driver to see out of their vehicle and drive safely

Source by Karen Whitehurst

Is Running A Painting Business Seasonal?

I was just eavesdropping in on someone’s conversation this morning who just started their own painting business but complains that it is a bit slow. Someone else remarked saying that “they didn’t want to burst their bubble but painting is seasonal”.

Well, I WOULD like to burst that guy’s bubble and say, “No, painting is not seasonal. Only the type of painting you do can be classified as seasonal”. Yes, EXTERIOR painting is seasonal from spring until fall unless of course you live in a warmer climate.

But other types of painting like faux painting, mural painting, interior painting for residential, commercial and industrial are year round markets you can stay busy in.

As a matter of fact, when I first started my painting business, it was in the early fall. I found residential work all the way through the winter – even the toughest part, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not too bad I guess for my first year starting out.

Look at it this way, if running a painting business was seasonal then all painting companies (big, medium-size and smaller ones) would only be able to work half the year. Paint stores might as well shut down for the winter as well. Even window washing isn’t seasonal no matter how cold it gets.

If you don’t want to do interior painting and just want to be an exterior house painter then yeah, it’s seasonal. You just need to find a winter service like snow plowing or something. But if you want work all year long there is plenty of it.

If you are serious about operating a successful, painting business that stays busy year round, you are going to need to know how to run the business end of it successfully as well as the painting end. Having a business partner for this could be an advantage for you.

Two important secrets to running a successful painting business are advertising and doing accurate estimates. Get these two things right and the rest of it pretty much falls in place.

Some companies focus more on doing commercial and industrial painting and some specialize more in the residential and smaller commercial painting markets.

Once you decide if you are going to want or need a reliable business partner, employees and which painting markets you want to capture, you can then focus on your marketing better.

I read about one large painting contractor in the Chicago area that decided to focus on the commercial and industrial painting markets. He found out quickly that these two markets have deep pockets.

Of course with this type of painting you will have to buy some serious painting equipment. And you will need an experienced crew that is used to commercial and industrial painting.

Is this type of painting seasonal? They might slow a down a bit during the winter but then again there is plenty of large interior projects all year round. If anything were seasonable about the painting trade it would only be because of exterior painting in colder climates, not staying busy or the money.

Source by Lee Cusano

Your Confession Of Wealth – You Can Have What You Say

(Confess this boldly several times a day)

Yesterday is gone forever and tomorrow will never come, therefore, Today is my day of salvation. The set time for God to favor me is come. This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvelous in my eyes. Today is the day which the LORD has made; I rejoice and am glad today. Save today LORD: send prosperity today.

Today is the day of my super natural debt cancellation. Today is the day that God brings me to my wealthy place. Today is the day of my favor because God has anointed me for wealth and I am ready to move in my position. Today I am a covenant commander of wealth. Today I hear His voice because I do not harden my heart. I am ready to sow today. I am ready to receive today. Today my heart is fixed trusting in the Lord. I will never be broke another day in my life because today God is my only provider of wealth.

“Money Cometh to Me Now”, in the Name of Jesus. All money knows my name and is seeking me out today. Wealth over takes me today because I am a money missionary. I know what to do with money and wealth today. Silver and gold wealth and riches, “Come to my house today.” Today I magnify the Lord in my wealth and give him pleasure.

Today I am a living epistle of Christ and His glory because He continually supplies me out of HIS RICHES AND GLORY. My Body is prosperous today, my mind is prosperous today. Every thing that God has willed to me prospers today. Today my faith makes manifested blessings appear before me.

Source by Alfred Grenfell Fishburne, Jr

Managing Change "When Alligators Are Nipping at Your Heels"

Day to day problems of the business often prevent leaders from taking the time out to think, plan and act in order to make the kind of transformational changes that are needed in organizations. In the Heart of Change, John Kotter presents the case study “When Alligators Are Nipping at Your Heels” as an example of a leader who decided to deal with the crisis confronting him and his organization before he began to look for ways to transform the organization. Kotter quotes Nick Pearce as saying that “you have to focus on putting out the big fires and on anything that can quickly restart those fires” before you can begin working on bigger transformation (Kotter, p. 25).

However, the pace of work and change is happening so quickly in today’s work environment, a leader runs the risk of using “putting out fires” as an excuse of not finding the time, energy and focus to address the very real issues that need to be changed within an organization. The felt need to focus on the fires, in fact, can derail any effort for implementing change. “Many of the current struggles with transformation are a result of leaders not attending to the cultural, behavioral, and mindset components of transformation or not attending to them in ways that make real impact” (Anderson and Anderson, p. 16).

Managers are often compelled to deal with the business issues of the day. They feel their expertise and experience is needed to help “put out fires” in their area of expertise. Leaders however, recognize that they must focus on the business of building “burning platforms” that help people and organizations realize the need for change, that compel them to move out of their comfort zone and begin to change (Kotter, p. 27). This takes time, energy and focus. Using excuses that the organization has too many fires to put out only distracts from the real attention and encourages employees to fall back in the old way of doing things rather than focusing on the change at hand.


Anderson D. and Anderson L. (2001). Beyond change management. San Francisco: Jossey – Bass/Pfeiffer.

Kotter, J.P. & Cohen, D.S. (2002). The heart of change: Real-life stories of how people

change their organizations. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

Source by James Gehrke

The Decline and Fall of Martial Arts Films and the Rise of the Action Blockbuster Movie

Comparing martial arts films of the 1970s to the action blockbusters of 2009/10

Red Cliff, Ip Man and True Legend are already iconic of the early 21st century “martial arts films”-although many can argue they are more action spectacle than true “kung fu” films. The 1970s, on the other hand, didn’t rely on eye-candy effects and were defined more by the true grit of its martial arts actors: Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, the Five Venoms, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Jimmy Wong, and other real fighters trained in genuine kung fu, karate and other arts.

Martial Arts Becomes Mainstream But Evolves Into Spectacle

Cult classics such as Enter the Dragon helped change Hollywood. Its growing popularity forced filmmakers to adopt martial arts into the formula of the “action flick.” Through the eighties and nineties, spectacle thrillers were expected to deliver “the fight moves”, even if it was only a few basic moves supported by some stuntmen and wires. Action movies became spectacles that required equal blends of story, drama, pace, “kung fu”, special effects and improbable plot twists.

In the 21st century, this became less “equal” with films relying first on special effects, then improbably plot twists (surprise is important, right?), followed by pace, martial arts skills, drama and-last and possibly least today-story. This trend extended even to the hot movies of the last few years, including Kung Fu Panda, Forbidden Kingdom, G.I. Joe and even the Transformers.

Asian Film Industry Threatens to Out-Spectacle Hollywood

With the full support and weight of China’s cultural industries, Asian film has blossomed into mainstream spectacles in high demand, led by CGI treats such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, House of Flying Daggers and other instant classics. Arguably, Asian film long ago surpassed Hollywood for imagination, with the western producers buying rights to several hugely successful Asian films. With the largest population demographic in the world, there can be no doubt that Chinese films are set to dominate the film industry in years to come.

Red Cliff and Ip Man are perhaps the best known of these new hit-classics, but the rumor mills and fansites are buzzing with all the latest “coming soon” gossip. The big buz movies in 2010 is True Legend (Su Qi Er), starring Zhao Wen-Zho as the historical Begger Su, the originator of drunken kung fu. Donnie Yen returns in both part 2 of the Ip Man saga and in the much anticipated 14 Blades. Chow Yun-Fat breaks the mold and surprises everyone in his role as Confucius.

Both Hollywood and Asia Rely on CGI and Special Effects

The growing spectacle and importance of the “action film” is both enjoyable to the escapist and annoying for the aficionado of the true martial arts. While the actors in many of the films-in particular Asian films-are genuine martial artists (for example, Donnie Yen, Jet Li and Chow Yun-Fat)-the over-dependence on CGI and elaborate choreography turns the adventure into comic book. With notable exceptions, such as Ip Man and Tony Jaa in Ong Bak (and to a lesser extent Ong Bak 2 and 3), most action films rely on the “wow” factor of dazzling camera angles and computer-aided “enhancements.”

Ninja Assassin and the Cross-Over

There are, to be sure, cross-over films such as Ninja Assassin, where actor Rain trained 14 hours a day for months to perfect real martial arts moves (albeit only a handful of repeated moves), blended together with rather Matrix-like special effects. To some, the beauty of the realistic CGI takes away from the pleasure of watching well-choreographed real martial arts.

Ong Bak, on the other hand, led by genuine martial arts expert Tony Jaa, got by on solid martial arts and good choreography. No stuntmen, thank you. Tony Jaa was hailed as the “next Bruce Lee” for this reason, with much buzz and excitement in the martial arts community, and martial arts film fansites.

There’s No Escaping Escapism

Action films are, by design, escapist entertainment. They have become somewhat comic-book (pardon me, graphic novel), but that’s what most audiences do want. We want to forget reality.

Kill Bill and Kill Bill 2 probably came closest to the ideal mix for both the escapist fan and the martial arts practitioner-fan. While it wasn’t “real” by any means, and contained a brilliant and zesty blend of satire, comic-book, spoof, and choreography, it never-the-less nostalgically hearkened back to the wondrous days of Enter the Dragon and the classic Japanese Samarai films of the 70s.

Japanese Film Stays True to Martial Arts Traditions?

Perhaps the film industry most aligned with the older traditions of martial arts film making is Japan. Zatoichi, the Blind Swordsman, was a low-budget film, that became an instant cult classic. Zatoichi took movie audiences back to the classic real-sword skills of the old Samarai films of the …

Create Unique and Beautiful Art on Canvas With Raised Stenciling

Stencils have been around since the 8th century and thought to be first introduced by the Chinese. They have shown to be a proven and long reaching method of adding ornate decoration for centuries in all areas of design.

From Arts and Crafts styling to highly ornamental and detailed Victorian designs, stencils have held their own while other methods of decoration have come and gone throughout the decades.

Being used to decorate walls, ceilings, furniture and even exterior concrete to add beauty and detail, stenciling has gained in popularity in recent years in even the wealthiest of homes and businesses.

Raised stencils are a unique twist on standard stenciling simply because you apply joint compound through the stencil openings to create a raised pattern instead of using paint. The material of these specialty stencils is much thicker than standard painting stencils which allows a significant profile to be achieved. Ordinary craft or painting stencils usually don’t work well for this application.

Raised stenciling, combined with ornamental plaster from molds was featured in our beloved “White House” at the turn of the 20th century when it graced the walls of the Red Room before Eleanor Roosevelt decided to re-decorate.

There is not much further information as to the history of Raised Stenciling and no indication as to why it did not become a popular method of decorating walls, but re-introduction of this lost art in 2004 took the country by surprise and has now become on of the most popular and interesting wall treatments of our time.

Raised Stenciling is not limited to walls and ceilings however. It finds its way in to art forms of all kinds! Used with wood putty or “Wood Icing” on furniture, it creates the look of hand carved designs that fool even the most experienced carpenter! Used on concrete, it appears that the design has been hand carved as a raised element.

Creating fabulous artwork on canvas using plaster stencils is easy and inexpensive.

To plaster stencil on canvas, choose canvas that is mounted to board rather than canvases that are stretched over wooden frames. You need that hard surface to plaster on.

Prime the canvas just as you would a wall before painting it.

An interesting, textured background could be achieved by spreading a thin coat of joint compound or plaster of paris over the primer with a trowel, allowing a skip textured effect by letting the trowel or scraper create natural dents and slight ridges. Allowing the flaws of naturally spreading the compound will give a more detail to the surface.

Allow it to dry completely.

Seal the plaster with a wash of 1/2 white glue and 1/2 water. This will allow any paint finish you do on the surface to go on smoothly. Joint compound or plaster and is very porous and will not absorb paint easily. The glue wash makes the surface consistent and non-porous.

I’ve used three different materials when creating raised designs on canvas: Plaster of paris, joint compound and molding paste (found in art stores).

Situate your Raised Plaster Stencil on the canvas as desired and tape in to place. You can choose to pre-tint the joint compound with deeply pigmented craft or artists paints prior to adding the design to the canvas.

Apply the compounds using a small trowel or plastic scraper by simply smoothing it over the openings of the stencil. By scraping the stencil smooth, the material will be forced in to all the nooks and crannies of the design so that the image is crisp and clear. Without removing the stencil, you can now add more mixture up to ½” thick. Note that the thicker the material is applied, the more cracks you may have in the dried product. In some cases, this can actually be a quite desirable effect.

Un-tape the stencil and gently peel it back from the canvas to reveal the design and allow to dry. Seal the design with the same glue and water mixture to minimize the porosity or use artist’s varnish.

Any number of methods of coloration can now be used to finish the canvas art, from faux finish techniques, to color washing by mixing translucent wall glaze with craft paints, to airbrushing.

There are lots of stencil designs that are perfect for creating a Plaster Painting but also consider cast plaster pieces as well. A combination of both would be spectacular! Consider a background of Raised Plaster Branches from a stencil and then applying Ornamental Plaster Leaves from a mold. Talk about 3-D art!

Cast plaster pieces can also form a natural frame by gluing them to the outer most edge of the canvas. © Victoria Larsen 2012

Source by Victoria Larsen

Every Child Is Special: A Movie Review

Every Child Is Special is probably my first Bollywood movie. (I do not count Slumdog Millionaire because I have watched it only in parts and have not even gotten to the ending, haha.) Anyway, Every Child Is Special is a Hindi drama film released in 2007 (Taare Zameen Par, translation: Stars On Earth) produced and directed by Aamir Khan. It tells about a boy, Ishaan Awasthi, who was always getting in trouble at school for being so misbehaving and out of focus from his lessons. Too often, he would be caught by his teacher daydreaming and getting low grades. Because of this, his father sent him to boarding school, all alone and homesick with the hope of disciplining him. But the academic status of Ishaan did still not improve. Instead, he became withdrawn and lonely, far from the Ishaan who was active and fun-loving. Then came a new art teacher who would just change the way Ishaan would act towards school and learn to appreciate himself even more.

How can I not love this movie? Darsheel Safary is perfect for the role of Ishaan Awasthi. Safary, with his innocent eyes and face, made me laugh with his funny antics and at the same time rend my heart as he goes through the agony of enduring boarding school alone and away from his parents. From start to finish, the movie gripped my attention, and the musical portions added to my fascination. I cannot speak about the technical aspects of film-making as I am not knowledgeable of such, but for an easy to please movie fan like me, Every Child Is Special is one heart-touching movie.


Every Child Is Special is an eye opener as to the worth and significance of every child. The story deals with an issue that is as real as it is unrecognized – dyslexia. I first knew about dyslexia in the book, Pearl Harbor by Randall Wallace, but the movie has increased my education on this kind of ailment.

Every Child Is Special is a movie that can tug the heartstrings and at the same time bring hope that having dyslexia is not a desperate situation. Family support, patience, and love are central themes in this story, plus the primary focus on painting and art. The theory on multiple intelligences in education plays a major role in this movie and can be very informative to teachers and parents alike.

I really love this movie and I highly recommend this to everyone. My sister has also been nagging me to watch The Three Idiots. Maybe, tonight.

5 stars.

Source by Lynai Lamason

Different Types of Fabric Printing

The different printing types are

• Discharge

• Reactive

• Khadi (White Ink )

• Water Base Pigment

• Oil Base Pigment

• Cotton Burn out

Discharge Printing

Discharge Printing is printing on a dyed fabric, this method uses destroying agents such as chlorine or hydrosulfide to destroy color on the fabric and makes colorful print on it. This type of printing has ability to make bright, opaque on dark fabrics. The printed fabric is then steamed and washed thoroughly

Reactive Printing

Reactive printing is generally made using heating process and this is the method of printing a wax, dyes, pigments or other colorants onto a fabric or some other printable materials. The printing process uses plate method, first the image print onto a first substrate which acts as an intermediate between the first substrate and materials substrate and then image is transferred to the materials substrate that may be cotton or some other printable material, here the colorants cross linking takes place by the reaction between compounds selected from each of two chemical groups. These two chemical groups capable with reacting with active hydrogen and anyone of this group if it is present in the ink, then the image prints onto the material substrate

Khadi Print (White Ink Print)

Khadi Print is mainly done on dark or light colored fabric. The Printing method involves titanium dioxide with other auxiliaries mixing up these two materials into the colorants gives different color combination and the important factors always to keep in mind proper mixing gives need print and soft handle

Water Base Pigment Printing

Water base pigment is a type of powder that has to be mixed with water to get pigments. The powder comes in various colors different shades of each color can get by amount the water mixed in the powder. During the mixing there is possibility for dust particle to get into it since the mix up makes a soft paste then the dust particles can be dried out easily. Water base pigments are the largest majority of pigments used today. It gives quality and long lasting print

Oil Base Pigment Printing

Oil based pigment printing gives fine and quality prints and the print made on any fabrics can be dried out quickly. The pigment comes oil based and amount of pigments can be increases by additives. The different colors can get by adding white oil pigments into the colored pigment. The additive is mainly used to increase the amount without spoiling the color hue.

We all aware of that Tirupur a city from Tamilnadu, India is named as small japan. It is named because of its huge production of fabrics, t-shirts, etc. fabric printing Tirupur gives a quality and quick services because of its wide experience in this industry

Source by Shameer Khan

Criminal Justice Job and Their Resume Objective

The careers in the field of criminal justice include the positions in law enforcement, forensic departments, court and security. Each of these job positions needs working under the supervisions of the criminal justice system. This is to allow people attain peace, justice and order. There are various career choices in criminal justice career. One of the best career choices is of a criminal justice lawyer. Financial position is also an important career choice offered by this field. When applying for such positions, you need a resume showing your relevancy for the job. The financial resume objective in it should explain to the employer how you can be beneficial to the company if you are hired.

Criminal Justice Jobs

The requirements of the particular job will depend on the area of expertise. The overall aim of these different jobs will remain same to make sure that all laws are imposed. The advantage of this career is that there are wide ranges of opportunities in criminal justice career and something to fit one’s interest. People interested in medicine or science may find jobs in crime labs. Those interested in financial jobs can find opportunities in private and public limited companies.

The criminal justice resumes should emphasize on certain elements relevant to the profession. Experience is much important for all job positions. But in case of criminal positions, educational details and certifications are much more important. When writing the resume for criminal justice positions, it is important to emphasize on listing the qualifications and skills necessary for the position.

All the professional resumes share different characteristics. Criminal justice CV are somewhat different from other professional resumes. Education and professional certifications are much important parts of these CV rather than experience. Hence, focus on writing these details in your CV when you are making an application for this position.

Job Description for Criminal Justice Job Positions

Following are some important job duties that a person working in the field of criminal justice has to handle:

• Designing the emergency preparation plans

• Undertaking disaster prevention programs

• Preparing the training manuals for the emergency management team

• Providing assistance to the commercial loss prevention programs

• Verbal de-escalation and criminal uneasiness

• Contribute to decrease in material theft

• Participate in site visits, security meetings, etc.

Job Objectives

Objective Statement for Experienced Candidate

An experienced criminal justice with extensive experience in the field, looking for a job to utilize the old skills and learn new job skills while benefiting the company. I would like to work for bringing up considerable change in the judicial system of the country

Objective Statement for Entry Level Candidate

As an entry level candidate, I aim to bring the remarkable change in the judicial system of the country by enforcing laws from my side. My self-motivated, enthusiastic and energetic nature can help me in working efficiently

Objective Statement for Internship Candidate

As an intern candidate, I would like to learn about criminal justice as much as I can. I can utilize this knowledge in my work and gain one-time experience that can help me in the near future to get the job in the similar field

Some Criminal Justice Jobs

Information Security Officer

There are number of certifications one need to complete for working as an Info sec Officer. The training companies like Info sec Institutes offer the job specific skills like ethical hacking and data recovery. The certification programs needed for this position are CISSP training, C ISM, I TIL Certification, Comp TIA certification, etc.


Paralegals are responsible for drafting various documents for lawyers and handling the preliminary interviews of candidates. They also perform research on legal codes and judicial decisions. The knowledge of law is necessary for working as a paralegal.

The skills required for working in this position are:

• Brilliant written and research skills

• Strong knowledge of law

• Excellent organizational skills

• Excellent customer service skills

Crime Scene Investigator

Crime scene investigator is the most popular and sought after career in US. The competition for it is extremely fierce. The requirements for working as a crime scene investigator are:

• Age should be within the range of 23-37

• Citizen of US with a valid driver’s license

• Possess a 4 year degree certificate from accredited university

• Fluency in language

• Fighting skills, knowledge of handling various weapons, and have mobility

Apart from these jobs, there are many other career opportunities provided in this field. You need to know the basic work profile of each of these jobs and design your objective statement and resume accordingly.

Source by Jennifer Joe Parker

2000-2010 – The Decade That Music Died

Over the past ten years a majority of the top ten songs on the Billboard charts has been consistent trendsetters. Songs that have saturated radio airwaves by the masses are placed in constant rotation to enthrall us. These songs appeal to a certain audience that often allow those in the music industry to capitalize on the opportunity to gain new fans of the most popular genres of music today. But some of these genres of today music have lost the luster for true music lovers, that they often resort to the classic CD’s from their youth just to hear music they deem as good music.

But what is considered “good music”? According to industry executives, “good music” is “any music that can capture the attention of an audience.” However; for the demographic of listeners in their mid twenties to mid thirties, “good music” is music that’s worth listening to many years after, and whose lyrics has meaning and depth.

So if the music industry has released nothing but “good music” over the past ten years, then why is it that the demographic of listeners in their mid twenties, thirties and older doesn’t find it worth listening to?

After further discussion with Atlanta’s LS Muzik Group, a company representative says, “most of the music that is released today has a certain appeal that reflects the trend set during that time. If at that time, snap music or crunk music is the sound that’s in, then that’s what the trend will follow. It is rare that you’d find “good music” [from the likes of] a Neyo, R. Kelly, Usher, Mary J Blige, Anthony Hamilton, or Musiq Soulchild to name a few. Not including good folk, rap, country, gospel, blues, jazz, or alternative rock music from some great artists who are worth listening to also. But out of the few named, there’s really not that many artists today that has potential for longevity. These artists are force fed to the consumer just to make record sales. We truly doubt half of them will be around to play sold out arenas in the next ten years.”

Hoping to bridge the gap between the two demographics of listeners in their mid twenties to mid thirties, the company looks to bring back good music that is worth listening to by adapting the Motown approach by signing good talent and releasing heartfelt songs with meaning.

Although the idea to bring back good music is what LS Muzik Group intends to do, there’s still that certain group of listeners the company may struggle to gain. Mainly because the music industry have already captured the attention of this group over the past ten years with music that has a sound of its own, a sound that has captivated them with what LS Muzik Group deems as over synthesized sounds. It is unclear however, as to how the company plans to win over that demographic, when all they know is what the music industry have force-fed them.

And because of this, the dividing line between the two demographics has left a void in the music industry, simply because true music lovers aren’t as fascinated with listening to over synthesized sounds that has little to no substance. This has crippled record sales over the past ten years.

In spite of the clever marketing initiatives by the music industry to capture true music lovers, the effort hasn’t been significant enough to impact their decisions to enjoy listening to the music released today thereby causing most of the music released today to barely go gold or platinum. This is all due in part not only to the Internet, but because true music lovers in their mid twenties, thirties, and older who enjoy good music, are not buying what is most popular today. But if what’s popular is Trey Songz or Chris Brown, then how is it that either of the two artists survives in such an industry where their level of success or failure is dictated by their marketing, and not their music.

“Record companies have gotten somewhat smart on how they market and release artists. Their idea to market and release Chris Brown or Trey Songz on the same Tuesday as they would Robin Thicke or K Jon isn’t the same. Simply because record sales for Chris Brown or Trey Songz may be slim for the first week of release, that marketing and releasing Trey Songz against K Jon on the same date would immobilize their sales goal of going gold or platinum, against a more likely artist that can, who has a more mature fan base of true music lovers who enjoy listening to good music,” says one industry executive.

This scenario is all too common in the industry today, whereas album release dates are rescheduled all due in part to …

Event Decor Committee – What Are My Duties?

Event decorating for adults is a bit different than a typical children’s birthday party. Sure, you can decide on a theme and then search the Internet to see what’s available but 9 times out of 10, your search results are going to be geared towards children’s parties.

Some decorations can be adapted for use with either but I do not recommend decorating a grown up gala event with toilet paper and a few balloons. It will give your guests the impression that you did not care enough to plan and execute a decorating scheme. And, with a fund-raising event, this can be detrimental. You are asking guests to spend a lot of money to attend this event (babysitters, ticket prices, buy auction items, attire of the event, etc…). They want to be entertained, amused and feel they are important.

The other end of the spectrum is hiring an event planning service or having unlimited funds at your disposal. Neither of these options may suit your budget. If not, then it’s time to visit the “in-between” option.

Most events have a general committee made up of the Event Chairperson and sub-committee chairpersons. Decor is usually a sub-committee that deals with the decor planning for an event. This may include any number of areas within the event (room, table, buffet, auction tables, entrances, etc…) and I recommend it does cover all these areas and any other where any type of decor will be needed.

This will make it easier to keep track of the decorating budget and who’s responsible for what. I also recommend that the Decor Chairperson work closely with other committees that will also use the chosen “Theme”. It is necessary to have cohesion, a sense of continuity when a theme is involved.

For example, say you decided as a committee your theme will be “Ancient Egypt” and your color scheme will be gold, purple and teal. Great!

Now at a full meeting of all committees, you learn that the “Print/ Marketing” committee has decided to use a red font and a Fleur-de-leis on the invitation. Huh? Uh-oh: major “one hand does not know what the other hand is doing” scenario.

This can and should be nipped in the bud. A theme/mood and colors should be decided right from the start so that all committees are working toward the same end.

Duties could include the following (and anything else unique to your event).

• Secure volunteers for your committee. (Remember to use anyone with a background, knowledge or contacts that could be useful to the decorating committee.

• Decor should create an environment for the event. Make a detailed plan of all decor needs/wants.

• Your plan for decorating should be in accordance with the rules of the venue and within the limits of the theme (if you have one).

• Work with other committees where decor will overlap (i.e. food, entertainment, auction tables, invitations, etc…)

• Purchasing decor, set-up and breakdown of decor

• Reimbursement/purchase orders for decorations – report to Finance/Budget committee.

• Keep General Chairperson in the loop of all your plans (communication beforehand can avoid problems later).

Following a POA (plan of action) can make your job as Decor Chairperson or committee member much easier. Research and pre-planning are key to a successful event. Have Fun! Let your creative juices flow and your event will be one to remember!

Source by Mandee Sears