On Thursday, critical darling Brandi Carlile stopped by Ellen for a performance of her acclaimed By The Way, I Forgive You single, “The Joke”. The Ellen performance came just days after Carlile nabbed three statues at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards including wins for “Best American Roots Performance” and “Best American Roots Song” for “The Joke” and a “Best Americana Album” recognition for By The Way, I Forgive You.Brandi’s Ellen performance gave fans a new kind of look at her multiple Grammy-winning track, as she opted to perform it as a solo acoustic number rather than with her full band. She also sat down with host Ellen DeGeneres for a brief interview, during which she spoke about how Ellen inspired her to come out of the closet at age 14 and acknowledged her appreciation for her current mainstream success and acceptance. You can check out the performance and interview below.Brandi Carlile – “The Joke” [Solo Acoustic], Interview [Video: TheEllenShow]In addition to winning three awards at the Grammys, Brandi Carlile delivered one of the most talked-about performances of the star-studded evening with her full-band rendition of “The Joke”—quite a different reading from the one she gave on Ellen. You can watch Brandi Carlile’s incredible performance at the Grammys below.Brandi Carlile – “The Joke” [Grammys Performance][Video: Brandi Carlile]Brandi Carlile is also preparing to head out on a major North American tour this spring and summer featuring stops at a number of high-profile festivals and venues nationwide. For a full list of Brandi Carlile’s upcoming tour dates, head to her website here.
Last week, the College of Arts and Letters named theater professor Peter Holland the recipient of the 2012 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award. Holland will be formally presented with the award at a Dec. 5 ceremony. Last year’s Sheedy Award winner, history professor Thomas F.X. Noble, will introduce Holland, who will then deliver a brief reflection on his pedagogy. The award, named for former dean Fr. Charles E. Sheedy, is the most prestigious faculty honor in the College of Arts and Letters. Since 1970, it has been given to one professor each year who “has sustained excellence in research and instruction over a wide range of courses,” according to the Arts and Letters website. “It recognizes what’s unique about Notre Dame and Arts and Letters in that it combines the best of a liberal arts college with the best of a research university,” associate dean JoAnn DellaNeva said. “We expect professors to be excellent in both teaching and research, and our students are beneficiaries of that.” Holland, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Shakespeare in performance, was chosen to receive the award based on “extraordinary” nominations from both students and faculty members that praised his engaged teaching style and informed scholarship, DellaNeva said. “We had some wonderful letters of nominations for him that talked movingly about him as a concerned professor who goes out of his way for his students, particularly the undergraduates,” she said. “We also had nominations from faculty working with him who were also really impressed by his truly exceptional undergraduate teaching.” In one nomination, a student praised Holland for channeling his passion into the classroom. “Holland continually stunned me and my friends with his knowledge and a contagious passion for Shakespeare,” the nomination stated. “When describing him to students who haven’t taken a class with him, I always say, ‘He knows more about Shakespeare than Shakespeare did.’” Jim Collins, chair of the Department of Film, Television and Theatre and the 2010 Sheedy Award recipient, said Holland’s concern for the ideas of his students and his passion for Shakespeare create a decidedly unique classroom environment. “What really makes Peter’s teaching so exceptional is not just his erudition. It’s how he values student voices at the same time he shares his vast knowledge of Shakespeare,” Collins said. “Students find his classes mesmerizing because they know they’re generating new knowledge together. It’s that spontaneous combustion in the classroom … that makes the learning so exhilarating.” The College solicits nominations for the award from the Arts and Letters community in February, DellaNeva said. Professors nominated by students and faculty are then considered by a committee consisting of DellaNeva, three former Sheedy Award winners and two undergraduate students. “All the nominees are outstanding and deserving of the award,” DellaNeva said. “It’s a very difficult process to name just one, and we would name five each year if we could. The people who aren’t named for the award this year will be reconsidered next year because they are such outstanding candidates.” DellaNeva said Holland’s breadth of teaching also set him apart from other candidates. “He also works very closely with some graduate students,” she said. “His work with graduate and undergraduate students and his outreach in bringing Shakespeare to the general public were all unique to his nomination.” Holland, who served as director of the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon before coming to Notre Dame in 2002, said teaching at the University has been a transformative experience due to the high level of engagement of his students. “Before I came to Notre Dame, I was getting burned out as a teacher, but teaching here has revivified the experience for me,” he said. “It’s fun to teach Notre Dame students. I get a deep pleasure every time I go to class, and my heart goes up on the way there. This is what I got into the profession to do.” His students also strengthen the relationship between his teaching and research, Holland said. “My teaching informs my research because smart students ask smart questions that push me to rethink what I’m doing and how I do it in my research,” he said. “My research informs my teaching because it is entirely on Shakespeare, which is what I spend my time teaching here.” Without engaged, curious students, professors cannot exercise their full teaching potential, Holland said. “You can be a good teacher with bad students, but I don’t think anyone would know about it,” he said. Although the pool of nominees for the Sheedy Award was quite competitive, Holland said he thinks one intangible quality gave him an advantage over other nominees. “I do have one built-in advantage over other faculty, which is that I can’t help the fact that I have a British accent,” he said. Above all, Holland said he is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Notre Dame community. “I really do feel lucky to be working, teaching and researching at Notre Dame,” he said. “The accident that brought me here shows some kind of good luck and good fortune. It’s a pretty good place to be.”
This week, the College’s annual “World Cinema Festival” will emphasize women directors and strong female characters.Hosted by the Center for Womens Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) at Saint Mary’s, the weeklong series will feature five films in the Vander Valet Auditorium.Mana Derakhshani, associate director of CWIL, said a grant from Franco-American Cultural Exchange program called Tournées originally made the event possible. Since then, CWIL has been hosting this event every year.“This effort supports the internationalization of the campus in the curriculum with the Global Learning outcomes of the Sophia Program, in the increase in our study abroad opportunity in the expansion of exchange programs with international colleges and university,” Derakhshani said.According to a poster advertising the event, “The World Cinema Festival” will include the following films: “La Mujer sin Cabeza,” “The Indendies,” “A Separation,” “Talentine” and “Autumn Gem.”“La Mujer sin Cabeza” (the Headless Woman) is an Argentinean psychological-thriller film focusing on social class systems, and follows the life of a woman who after being impacted by an event becomes psychotic. The film records changes in Veronica’s psychological state after a life-changing incident.“The Indendies” is a Canadian film adapted from the play The Incendies focuses on the final wishes of a mother to send her two sons to the Middle East in search of their roots.“A Separation” is an Iranian film centers on the lives of an Iranian middle class couple who separate and have to deal with lower class care giver who cares for his father with Alzheimer’s.“Talentine” is a Malaysian comedy film about a group of young students who attempt to find their footing before stepping out into the real world. “Autumn Gem” is a Chinese documentary that explores the life of China’s first feminist Qiu Jem and her challenging traditional gender roles and demanding equal rights for women.Following the screening of “The Indendies,” first-year Melissa Mendez spoke highly of the film. “I like the plot twist and the war that became part of the story,” Melissa Mendez said. “I loved the war and revolt attacks.” Each film shown in the Festival aims to expose viewers to issues faced by international countries and step into the shoes of unique characters, according to advertising for the event. “I hope that this provides students with the opportunity to learn about other parts of the world, hear languages other than English and discover the cinematic art beyond Hollywood-type films,” Derakhshani said.Tags: CWIL
The “hippest trip in America” could become the hippest trip on the Great White Way! Broadway producer Matthew Weaver (Rock of Ages) has acquired the stage rights to Soul Train, the groundbreaking musical variety TV show. Weaver is in talks with film and theater names to join the creative team. Further details will be announced in due course. View Comments “We are putting together a top notch team of artists to ensure Soul Train is the hippest trip on Broadway,” Weaver said in a statement. “We want to thrill the audiences who loved the TV show and introduce the incredible music and style of Soul Train to a new generation.” Soul Train, created by the late Don Cornelius, is the longest running first-run, nationally syndicated music program in TV history. The show featured performances by R&B, pop, soul, hip hop, funk, jazz, disco and gospel artists and highlighted a diverse cast of dancers. It was reported in 2012 that Soul Train Holdings LLC, owned by NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, had been trying to mount the TV franchise on Broadway. Weaver bought the theatrical rights from the company.
What’s your best advice for this year’s nominees? BILLY: Enjoy the ride! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. STEPHANIE: This year’s nominees certainly don’t need my advice on award ceremonies. Have you seen the list of Leading Ladies in a Musical this year? They’re old pros, each and everyone of them. SHALITA: Hey, last year was a blast for me because I had never been nominated, and it was my first time on Broadway. So, I really didn’t have anything to lose. Just have fun! LAURA: Breathe, show up and try to enjoy it. It will be crazy and demanding, but exciting and so very special. What do you wish you had brought to the Tony ceremony? BILLY: I wish I could have brought my mother as my date. Unfortunately, she’s in a wheelchair and I knew I wouldn’t be able to focus on attending to her needs. STEPHANIE: I wish I had brought a larger evening bag to stuff a few hard candies and a small deodorant. (It’s pretty hot and sweaty on the red carpet, and not in a good way!) SHALITA: A fan! It was sooooo hot! LAURA: A granola bar or some fruit snacks or something for all that stress and adrenaline…and not eating from 2PM to 11PM. What did you bring to the ceremony that was invaluable? BILLY: My support system. My angels, my sister, my mentor/patron Suzi Dietz and my manager of 23 years, Bill Butler. STEPHANIE: I brought my husband, Sebastian, and his calm and care were invaluable to me amongst the excitement and chaos. SHALITA: Beef jerky—smartest thing I did that night! LAURA: My clutch literally was too small to carry anything I didn’t NEED. Congrats to all of the 2014 Tony nominees! Has it sunk in yet? Has your phone stopped ringing for even one second? Are you still in your jammies? That’s OK. It’s never too early to get some good advice from people who went through the circus of awards season last year. Here’s some helpful hints from Billy Porter, Stephanie J. Block, Shalita Grant and Laura Osnes. What should one do right before his or her name is called? BILLY: BREATHE! STEPHANIE: Right before your name/category is announced ask your date to quickly check your face, teeth, etc…making sure all are clean and free of schmutz! SHALITA: Smile. LAURA: Lip gloss check, of course. A Tony nominee should always… BILLY: Honor the moment and write a speech. You have a one in five chance. Don’t get up there lookin’ like Boo Boo The Clown! STEPHANIE: Always think of every member of your cast, crew, creative and producing team while going through the whole awards season. We’re only there because of what was created together. Also, have a lot of flattering dresses (or suits) readily available. SHALITA: Bring powder to interviews. LAURA: Remember to be grateful during Tony season. View Comments A Tony nominee should never… BILLY: NOT prepare a speech. STEPHANIE: Speak about shows they have yet to see. You will be caught in the fib. Whoops! SHALITA: Be unprepared. LAURA: Publicly show the exhaustion and sickness you are undoubtedly going through during Tony season. What’s the question you were asked the most during Tony season? BILLY: “Who is styling you?” I styled myself. STEPHANIE: I was asked how it felt to “finally be a TONY nominee.” I grew to love the usage of the word “finally”—It somehow felt like a badge of honor. SHALITA: “How does it feel?” LAURA: “Where were you/how did you find out you were nominated?”
Brian d’Arcy James Set for Unabomber ThrillerBrian d’Arcy James will appear in the upcoming Discovery Channel drama Manhunt: The UNABOMer, chronicling the hunt for American terrorist Ted Kacynski in the early ‘90s. According to Deadline, the Tony nominee will play Henry Murray, Kacyznski’s professor at Harvard who had his students participate in CIA-controlled experiments that are considered the ultimate root of Kacynski’s crimes. The series, which will also star Paul Bettany, Sam Worthington, Trieste Kelly Dunn and Elizabeth Reaser, will premiere later this year.Tony Nominee Alec McCowen Dies at 91Alec McCowen, a British actor who appeared on both the London and Broadway stage, died at the age of 91 on February 6. His death was confirmed to The New York Times by his nephew, Rev. Nigel Mumford. While most audiences knew him for his film roles, including James Bond’s weapons developer Q in Never Say Never Again, McCowen frequently starred on stage, including Tony-nominated turns in St. Mark’s Gospel, The Philanthropist and Hadrian VII. He last appeared on Broadway in the 1992 premiere of Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me.Christian Borle Boards Arturo Ui Benefit ReadingSave the date! Tony winner Christian Borle will headline Woodshed Collective’s 20/20 Reading Series presentation of Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. The benefit reading will take place on February 20 at Judson Memorial Church. Proceeds will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center. For more information and tickets, click here. It promises to be a decidedly different evening than what audiences can expect in his next Broadway stint: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Julie Andrews Will Teach You About Art, KidsThere is no shame if you fully intend to watch this as a grown adult; we’re not here to judge. Julie’s Greenroom, stage and screen legend Julie Andrews’ Muppet-infused children’s series, is set to premiere on Netflix on March 17. The show will encourage kids to celebrate and participate in the performing arts. Take a look at the trailer below, which features appearances by loads of Broadway favorites, including Idina Menzel, The Great Comet’s Josh Groban, Tituss Burgess, Andrews’ bestie Carol Burnett and more. View Comments ‘Julie’s Greenroom'(Photo: Ali Goldstein/Netflix)
Cramer is making the bet that if he calls for “a peaceful transition,” the media will treat him as a reasonable and responsible public figure even as he lies about the prevalence of fraud and backs Trump’s continuing legal challenges—challenges that are, let’s be clear, not “appropriate.”According to Senate Majority Whip John Thune, Biden should get classified briefings because “I think that it probably makes sense to prepare for all contingencies.” Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is hoping Trump’s legal challenges end “inside a week or so.” But on Wednesday, Thune got to the heart of Republican reticence to challenge Trump, saying “We need his voters.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – But that kind of hinting is about all these profiles in courage are willing to do. Trump, meanwhile, is bouncing from one self-serving fantasy to another without regard for how it will affect the nation—and while he fantasizes, he has pretty much quit doing the job of president, to the extent he ever did it. Trump is, of course, watching lots of television and tweeting out lies in all caps, while, Maggie Haberman reports, he “has insisted to aides that he really defeated Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Nov. 3, but it is unclear whether he actually believes it.” Advisers have reportedly tried to tell him he lost and won’t be able to overturn the election, but Trump keeps coming up with new ideas for trying to do so, even as he also talks about running in 2024 (which means admitting he lost in 2020) or building his own right-wing media empire (which, ditto). But Trump keeps coming back to his attempts to at least undermine the results of the election if he can’t overturn it.Georgia is supposed to certify its results on November 20, Michigan and Pennsylvania do so on November 23, Arizona on November 30, and Wisconsin on December 1. Trump looks set to keep trying to attack the results in several of those states, Senate Republicans have made clear they won’t oppose him doing so, and every one of those states has Republicans in positions that could allow them to attempt to overturn the will of the voters. Democracy is not out of the woods yet, in other words, despite President-elect Biden’s clear and convincing victory.- Advertisement –
ON FEBRUARY 12 Netherlands Transport Minister Annemarie Jorritsma rejected the concept of open competition for passengers on the national network until at least 2000 unless ’something extra is offered which would add value to existing services.’ She threw out an application by Lovers Rail to run rival services from Amsterdam to Hilversum and Rotterdam. But Lovers will be able to operate an hourly Keukenhof Express between Amsterdam and Leiden via Haarlem to serve the tulip exhibition at Lisse next month. After reviewing the 30 routes identified by NS as unprofitable, she has agreed to the closure of Almelo – Mari
As a result, Amundi and Legal & General Investment Management came 11th and 12th, despite both breaking through the €1trn barrier. With nearly €4.9trn of assets, BlackRock tops IPE’s Top 400 latest ranking of asset managers in terms of global assets under management (AUM).BlackRock’s market share was 7.7% of global assets at the end of 2016. The firm also recorded the highest inflows during the year, bringing in €192bn – nearly three times that of its nearest rival.Amundi Asset Management, AXA Investment Managers, Goldman Sachs Asset Management and JP Morgan Asset Management made up the rest of the top five for inflows during the year. The ranking of global managers is largely unchanged from last year, but Fidelity Investments entered the top 10, reporting €2.13trn of AUM and attaining fourth place, following a year in which it expanded its exchange-traded fund business. Source: IPETop 400 Asset Managers 2017: European institutional AUMBlackRock also topped the AUM ranking of managers of European institutional assets, with €912bn.Amundi climbed several places in the ranking to fifth place, reporting an AUM increase of nearly 15% to €309bn. The French asset manager was aided by its strong inflows as well as its acquisition of Pioneer Investments.Credit Suisse moved up to 10th place, reporting €215bn of assets managed on behalf of European institutional clients. Aberdeen Asset Management fell out of the top five, following a year of outflows. The survey does not reflect the recent merger deals involving Aberdeen and Standard Life Investments, or Janus and Henderson Global Investors.Leading asset managers ran €63.3trn of assets globally at the end of 2016 the Top 400 Asset Managers survey shows. Global assets grew 12% during 2016, in line with the previous year’s growth rate.Total assets managed on behalf of European institutional clients reached €8.9trn. European institutional assets grew 2.3% during 2016.For the full Top 400 Asset Managers Special Report, click here.For last year’s rankings, click here. Source: IPETop 400 Asset Managers 2017: Inflows and outflows
As much as NOK300bn (€30.8bn) could be divested from energy stocks by Norway’s giant sovereign wealth fund.The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has tasked a group of experts with reviewing whether the NOK8.1trn (€830bn) Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) should drop all energy stocks from its portfolio – including companies involved in renewable energy.It follows advice received in November from the fund’s manager, Norges Bank, to remove the oil and gas sector from the fund’s equity benchmark index.The bank argued that offloading the stocks would make the government’s overall wealth less vulnerable to a permanent drop in oil and gas prices, taking account not only of the GPFG’s investments but also the government’s stake in oil firm Statoil. Siv Jensen, Norway’s minister of finance, said: “The government seeks a broad basis for its decision. The issue must be thoroughly examined, as is the case for all important matters in the management of the GPFG.”The ministry said it wanted the expert group to consider divestment from FTSE Russell’s energy sector indices, which are to be adjusted at the end of this year as part of a wider overhaul of the company’s benchmarks. The sector includes alternative fuels and renewable energy equipment stocks, and from 1 January 2019 will also include coal companies.The GPFG currently invests roughly 4% of its portfolio in the sector, worth roughly NOK300bn.The ministry has also launched a public consultation on the issue, and has written to Norges Bank asking for additional information about the proposed divestment of the stocks.The group will be chaired by Øystein Thøgersen, professor and rector at NHH Norwegian School of Economics. Other members include Harald Magnus Andreassen, chief economist at Sparebank 1 Markets, and Olaug Svarva, the former chief executive of Folketrygdfondet, which manages the Nordic investment segment of the country’s sovereign wealth assets.In its letter to Norges Bank, the ministry said it wanted more information on some aspects on the advice already received, including the basis for recommending a larger deviation between the fund’s benchmark index and the investment universe.“In this way, the bank can continue to invest in companies in that sector, for example, within renewable energy, by deviating from the reference index within the given risk limits,” it wrote.The government aimed to conclude the matter this autumn, the ministry said.