New “Season of Black Art” in San Francisco Celebrates Black Music at AAACC November 18th

“Season of Black Art” (SOBA), curated through February 2024 held its successful kickoff October 29th. The newly launched continuum of creativity, SOBA celebrates Black Music from Motown to Jazz to Gospel to Funk to Hip Hop as the beat goes on!

Season Of Black Art @ AAACC Monthly Thru Feb 2024

Season Of Black Art @ AAACC Monthly Thru Feb 2024

SAN FRANCISCONov. 10, 2023PRLog — Posted Courtesy of Wright Enterprises Community Spotlight San Francisco ~Dallas ~~~
Originally Distributed Tuesday, November 7, 2023




: Rodney Earl Jackson Jr., Director, Season of Black Art (SOBA) ; Melorra Green; Melonie Green, Executive Directors AAACC; Nate, “the Soulsanger,” Grammy nominated Ryan Nicole; Mr. Danny Duncan; Othello Jefferson: Jeannine Anderson; Osunfemi; Totiana White, Christopher Burch AKA Goya Goon, creator of iconic “Season of Black Art” image and more unsung artists from among the over 200 members of the AAACC Dream Keeper Cohorts.

WHAT: The second event of the inaugural “Season of Black Art” (SOBA), a new art series held monthly showcasing Black Culture & Creativity through February 2024. It will focus  on the diversity of Black Music. The audience will experience a quantum leap from one genre to another as it moves to the rhythm from room to room.  From Motown to Jazz; to Gospel to Funk; to Hip Hope to R& B, the halls of AAACC will be filled with the sound of music to include Mr. Danny Duncan’s musical “Every Saturday Night” and Othello Jefferson’s “I, Too Sing America.” Plus, as the audience strolls through the center, they’ll enjoy the artwork of Christopher Burch, AKA Goya Goon, who created the iconic design of The Season of Black Art.

WHERE: African American Arts and Culture Complex (AAACC) 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA. 94102

WHEN: Saturday, November 18, 2023, 6 p.m. Doors Open; Reception 6:30 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. Theater Doors Open; 7:30 p.m. Show Begins

WHYSeason of Black Art  illuminates and educate the Black community about itself and to engage communities of all ethnicities to have a fuller view of the Black experience besides the rigidity of news and limited media narratives, The African American Art and Culture Complex (AAACC) presents a captivating celebration of Black creativity and culture at the Season of Black Art showcase in San Francisco from October 2023 through February 2024.

SOBA series of extraordinary events will feature hundreds of talented Black artists and collectives, presenting a diverse array of artistic expressions. Audiences will experience thought-provoking speaker series, interactive presentations, and inspiring performances. It is for Everyone. Featured artists and ticket details will be posted at or as they are announced.



The African American Art and Culture Complex

(AAACC) is operated with a vision to be a space for Black Creatives and Communities to thrive. AAACC is a space for Black creatives to present, gather, and learn, while being a space for all to experience Black art and culture. Individuals and organizations are engaged that align with its mission and core values: Creative Equity, Excellence, Freedom of Expression, Fun & Innovation and Health & Wellness.

The Holiday Season is Going to Get Spooky in Rockford, Illinois

ROCKFORD, Ill.Nov. 2, 2023PRLog — Spooky and Christmas might seem an unusual combination. The truth is, spooky stories and Christmas time were tied together for many years, and still are in some countries. Remember that “A Christmas Carol” is actually a ghost story. It’s just one example of a rich tradition. A number of authors, artists and artisans will be paying tribute to that tradition on December 2nd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a free-admission event called “Put the Spooky Back Into Christmas.” The location will be Veteran’s Memorial Hall at 211 N. Main in Rockford.

The event will feature several authors including,  Frank Coffman, Gary Hill, Kathi Kresol and Stephen Osborne. Not only will each author have books available, they will be on hand to chat and sign books. Each author will also have a spooky holiday reading as part of a video that will be playing during the event.

Frank Coffman is a published poet and fiction writer with several collections available.  One of his poems with a dark holiday theme was featured in “Horrifying Holidays: Holiday Spookfest.” In addition to writing several books, Gary Hill runs local science fiction and horror imprint Tales of Wonder and Dread which lists “Horrifying Holidays: Holiday Spookfest,” “Put the Spooky Back Into Christmas: Classic Holiday Horror Tales” and “Horrifying Holidays Two: More Holiday Spookfest” among its catalog.

Kathi Kresol has been researching the history of Northern Illinois for twenty years. She has published two solo books and has collaborated with other local authors and shared articles in three books featuring compilations of Rockford authors. She shares the stories she finds researching Spooky stories in her presentations, her column ” Voices from the Grave” in the Rock River Times, and her events for Haunted Rockford. Stephen Osborne obviously never lost his love for the macabre, as it turns up often in his writing. In addition to his own books he has one story each in “Horrifying Holidays” and “Horrifying Holidays Two.”

There will be a number of vendors on hand. Bast & Baetyl Alchemy will have a large selection of copper jewelry and accessories, including necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, belts, pins and hair pins. Their aesthetic is already spooky, but they will be making a selection of winter items including pieces featuring Krampus and other holiday superstitions and mythology. Chris Geebus is an artist specializing in comic style inks, realism acrylics, graffiti blaster and a little bit of a Jack of all visual art trades, Holiday themed horror prints and originals will be on deck for “Put The Spooky Back Into Christmas”

Directly connected to Kathi Kresol, Haunted Rockford’s table will have her books for sale  along with Christmas ornaments including needlepoint. MsAndi’s Creations will make custom sublimation and DTF items including glassware, t-shirts, key chains blankets and more. In addition to other designs, they are licensed to create official “Put the Spooky Back Into Christmas” and “Horrifying Holidays” merchandise.

Next Life Creations is focused on creating one-of-kind art from items found in nature. For this event they will have a selection of witch ball/Yule ornaments, wood slice ornaments and decorative lanterns and more. Artists Samantha S. and Britta E. create custom stained glass and fused glass art under the name Seen-Through-Glass, and they will have an array of works available, many of which will fit the Spooky Christmas theme. Samantha Hochmann will be representing Tinker Swiss Cottage and will have Christmas ornaments and Tinker Swiss Cottage T-Shirts. As a bonus, there will be gift baskets available at both the Haunted Rockford and Tinker Swiss Cottage tables that will include goodies for fans of Spooky stuff..

Additionally there will be other spooky displays and more adding to the mood and vibe courtesy of ScaryHouse Studios. This event was made possible, in part, by a 2023 Action Micro-Grant from the Rockford Area Arts Council.

Season: A letter to the future new story trailer revealed, PS5 features detailed

Document, photograph, and record life as you find it, while you still can.


In Season: A letter to the future, you play as a young woman from a secluded village exploring the world by bike for the first time, collecting memories before a cataclysm washes everything away. Your journey brings you to a strange valley where the seeds of the next Season have been planted. You meet the last remaining inhabitants the day just before theyre to be evacuated. In this last moment, you try to piece together the mysteries of the valley. Every conversation, every landscape, brings you closer to understanding: what is this Season and why is it ending?

Why is the story?

Most of the themes of Season: A letter to the future are expressions of the anxieties of our age. Were heading towards a future we know will be worse than the present. As this becomes more certain, it has an attendant thought that feels even darker: These awful years are also the good times. The story exists to give some kind of poetic expression (poetic meaning barely under control, the subconscious has the wheel) to these thoughts and feelings, to defamiliarize them, tear them up and put them back together in a fantasy world. There is another major motif to the story as well: The five senses.

The senses or how things feel

The game often calls attention to your senses. The screen goes black several times as the character closes her eyes to listen closer to sounds. How things taste, feel, or smell, are often described as you explore. This theme found potent expression in many of the features available only on PlayStation 5. How does it feel to ride a bicycle? The adaptive triggers let us vary the resistance depending on the speed or the steepness of the road, so going uphill feels uphill. The haptic feedback also changes as you cycle over different types of terrain. When recording audio in the game, you hear the sound but you also feel the shape of it in the vibration of the DualSense controller.

Season also uses Tempest 3D AudioTech to add a deeper level of detail to the spatial dimensions of sound. The world is populated with ear-catching sounds that demand this close inspection. Music doesnt just exist in the score but is part of the world, self-playing musical instruments, tunes from the radio, unusual bird songs, wind singing through bamboo. These are rich details but given the thematic importance the game attaches to our senses, they take on an added layer of meaning.

Interact with the world and its people

There are many diverse people you will meet on your adventure through the world of Season. When you come across them, each is preparing for the changing Season in their own way. Join them in their final moments in their home, and record their stories.

Kochi, a young boy, takes you on a bicycle tour of a valley the day before it is flooded. Get to know the home he grew up in as he prepares for his final goodbye.

Maytora, an outsider artist, documents the story of the valley through her sculptures. Youre the only witness to her final piece.

Easel is the last monk of Tieng Valley. Left behind by his teachers and friends, Easel awaits the change of the Season in isolation, with nothing to pray for until you arrive.

You guide them through moments of quiet crisis. In their lives, the change coming to the world is not abstract, it is immediate. They are trying to navigate, to survive, to find a way to live. You help them. You remember them. In your journal, carry them with you.

  • A stunning bicycle road trip: Wind your way through stunning landscapes on your bicycle. Slow down and take in the incredible scenery in vista after memorable vista.
  • Explore a mysterious world: Meet a diverse cast of characters along your way, who will change the course of your story. The land of Tieng Valley is open for you to explore, investigate and learn about the past and the future of this place.
  • Document, photograph, and record: Collect memories, make recordings, and discover the secrets of this Season before it ends. Your journal is the key to understanding this world.
  • Beautiful soundtrack: Listen to the haunting score as you travel, a perfect accompaniment for your journey.
  • Important choices: Pay attention to your surroundings as you live through the story and resolve the end of Season. Choose the questions you ask characters carefully, as these choices will impact your relationships and understanding of the world. Remember, what you collect is what will be saved for the next Season.

The gameplay of Season: A letter to the future focuses on exploring, recording, meeting others, and unraveling the strange world around you. Wind your way through stunning landscapes on your bicycle. At any point, you can hop off your bike and equip a recording tool from your bag. Each captures a different element; sounds and music, art and architecture, voices of strangers, vanishing religious practices, and the traces of Seasons long past. Your tools help you examine the world more closely until youre able to grasp the culture, history, and ecology underneath it all.Season: A letter to the future will be available digitally on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 on January 31. You may pre-order now or add to your Wishlist!

New Season of the Hit Podcast Cheat! Returns Today With “Sister Swindler”, Kicking Off New Run of Episodes

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Cheat!, the hit podcast series from Somethin’ Else and Sony Music Entertainment, kicks off today with a run of new episodes, highlighted by today’s premiere of “Sister Swindler”. Hosted by journalist and storyteller Alzo Slade (Vice News), Cheat! dives into the epic stories behind some of the biggest global cheats and scandals, looking for answers about who they are, why they deceive others and asking the question, is it every okay to break the rules?

Today’s episode dives into the story of Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper, who for 30 years served as the principal of St. James Elementary—a Catholic school in Torrance, California. She implemented a curriculum that emphasized piety and Christian values—and was loved by parents, but financially, the small school struggled. There never seemed to be enough money for updated textbooks, field trips, or even lunch tables. Sister Mary Margaret decided to change all that—and spent years raising funds to help the school. But, despite the raffles, festivals, and calls to donate, nothing seemed to be getting better, that is, until the truth came out about where the money was really going – into her pockets. “Sister Swindler” touches on some foundational questions that guide the show: What makes someone cheat? And…if you were given the same circumstances, would you do the same thing?

Cheat!, which was nominated for Best Society or Culture Podcast in the 2022 Ambie Awards, brings stories of huge heists, online scams, questionable nuns and more, asking the listener to thoughtfully consider and reflect on the stories presented in the series.

Listeners can subscribe to Cheat! on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher. For more information on “Cheat!” and all other Sony Podcast shows, follow @SonyPodcasts on Twitter and Instagram.

Sugar Production in the current sugar season 2021-22 is expected to be 13% higher than the previous sugar season: Centre

Sugar production in the current sugar season 2021-22 is expected to be 13% higher than the previous sugar season. As per the revised estimates production of sugar in the current sugar season 2021-22 is estimated to be about 350 Lakh Metric Tonne (LMT) (after discounting diversion of 35 LMT of sugar to ethanol) against estimated domestic consumption of about 278 LMT. There was carry over stock of about 85 LMT at the beginning of the sugar season 2021-22.

Even after likely export of about 95 LMT, the closing stock for the current sugar season at the end of September 2022 is likely to be more than 60 LMT.  The availability of sugar in the country is sufficient to meet the domestic requirement. As such, there will be smooth availability of sugar and the sugar prices in the domestic market are expected to remain stable at reasonable levels.

A virtual meeting in this regard, was held under the chairmanship of Secretary (F&PD), Government of India with the State Principal Secretaries (Sugar) and Cane Commissioners/Directors (Sugar) of the State Governments to assess area under cane cultivation, Sugarcane and Sugar Production for Sugar Season 2021-22 (October-September) as well as export of sugar & diversion of sugar for production of ethanol here today.

            Government is also encouraging sugar mills to divert excess sugarcane to ethanol which is blended with petrol, which not only serves as a green fuel but also saves foreign exchange on account of crude oil import. In last 3 sugar seasons 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 about 3.37 LMT, 9.26 LMT and 22 LMT of sugar has been diverted to ethanol. In the current sugar season 2021-22, about 35 LMT of sugar is estimated to be diverted & by 2024-25 about 60 LMT of sugar is targeted to be diverted to ethanol, which would address the problem of excess sugarcane as well as delayed payment issue as farmers would get timely payment.

            From Ethanol Supply Year (ESY) 2013-14 (Dec – Nov) to ESY 2020-21, about ₹53,000 crore revenue has been generated by sugar mills/distilleries from sale of ethanol to Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs). In the current ESY 2021-22, more than ₹ 18,000 crore revenue is expected to be generated by sugar mills from sale of ethanol to OMCs.

            In the previous sugar season 2020-21, out of cane dues payable of ₹ 92,938 crores, about ₹ 92,480 crores cane dues have been paid to farmers, as on 18.4.2022. Thus, 99.5% cane dues of previous sugar season have been cleared. In current sugar season 2021-22, out of total cane dues payable of ₹ 91,468 crores, about ₹ 74,149 crores have been paid to farmers as on 18.4.2022 which is more than 80%. It is expected that in the current sugar season, cane price payment of more than ₹ 1,00,000 crores would be made by sugar mills to farmers. Increase in export & diversion of sugarcane to ethanol has expedited cane price payments to farmers.



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