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Amsterdam has a Night Mayor. How else can cities rejuvenate their night-time economies? ©Massimo Catarinella

Amsterdam, a city with a Night Mayor. How can cities rejuvenate their night-time economies? ©Massimo Catarinella

Amsterdam has a Night Mayor. I’m not sure that the pun works the same way in Dutch, but perhaps that’s appropriate—the independent appointment is a serious one that reflects how important the night-time economy now is to a major city. The city already has a Mayor whose focus is the day-to-day—but added one for whom night-life is a serious business. The idea is catching on and now councils around the world are looking at ways that they can appoint Night Mayors of their own to provide focus for lobbying, consultation and policy development when it comes to the night economy.

When cities are reshaped, and new life brought into urban areas, the catalyst is often entertainment, and more specifically music. There is now a global conversation about how government—central and, most importantly, local, can support the music industry. This conversation takes place at events like the Music Cities Convention in Brighton, Liverpool Sound City and Primavera in Barcelona. Happening events in happening cities.

As with so much that is good in modern life, there is a distinctive Australian strand to all of this. I think it was Jan Morris who pointed out that Australia has become a must-visit country on today’s gap year equivalent of the Grand Tour. A lot of that is to do with clubs, bars and restaurants—the infrastructure of entertainment. Melbourne’s laneways have brilliant bars because the barrier to entry—a license and a lease—cost so little that entrepreneurs can try out their ideas. If it works it stays open. And, crucially, the big licensed trade is prevented from strangling startups at birth.

Adelaide, often an innovator, has gone one step further and at the end of last year was recognised by UNESCO as a music city. This is a reflection of the strong support that the South Australians give to music not just as an art but as a business. As Joe Hay, formerly a linchpin of the Thinkers in Residence programme and now a consultant to cities around the globe, puts it:

“The key to South Australia’s success was a committed local government who recognised the cultural and economic contribution made by music. A process that enabled the government to design and deliver regulation and licensing changes, a business accelerator program, initiatives supporting venues and the development of artists and music professionals.”

In short, music was looked at—and looked after—by the Industry Department rather than Culture. A simple but fundamental shift. It doesn’t eliminate the challenges—the decline in venues, the threat of digitisation and piracy to traditional routes for earning money—but it ensures that the responses to them are commercial in form.

Of course, this is the easy part: redefining the problem. The hard work is solving it. Particularly when you remember the vicious circle of gentrification. Abandoned urban spaces provide a playground for artistic experimentation. Pioneers are followed by hipsters and then, increasingly rapidly, by the mainstream. An area goes from edgy to popular swiftly. Then the developers move in and the new residents in the trendy condos complain about the noise of the night time economy and demand licensing restrictions. The wheel turns and the search for new urban space starts anew. It’s a good problem—a problem of success. But maybe it should be managed more proactively. Sadiq Khan is appointing a Night Czar –but that sees the evening economy as a problem to be managed, the clubs and restaurants as potential noise nuisances. London needs a figure representing its night life as big, bold and brash as that night life itself. Time for a Night Mayor for London! 

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23 Aug 2016

By Rachel Rowney

This November, the 22nd edition of the Global Superyacht Forum returns to Amsterdam. For the 2016 event, the organisers want all attendees to be Made Smart by the programme – not just because it’s an anagram of Amsterdam – but also to ensure that all delegates leave the event with smarter ideas, smarter solutions and better ways to do business.

With 32 workshop sessions and focus groups across the three days, each session will be finely tuned to reflect industry topics that need a platform for debate and education.

This year’s programme is open to everyone and we are offering the industry a chance to raise topics that will be explored, debated and discussed, in order to develop smart ideas and improve the way we do things.

What would you like to change about our industry?

What can we do better in any facet of the business or technology?

What new smart ideas should we be exploring for the future?

Email programme manager Rachel Rowney with your suggestions.

Focus groups will be concise, educational seminars focusing wholly on superyacht-focused problems and solutions. Panel presentations and discussions will provide expert industry insight and showcase the latest in technology. Workshops are interactive debates, driven by the audience and providing attendees the opportunity to share their views.

The Global Superyacht Forum will take place from 14 – 16 November in Amsterdam. Click here to register.

Amels, Awlgrip, Caterpillar, Clyde Co, Marlink, MARSS, MTN (an EMC Company) MTU Friedrichshafen, Palladium Technologies, Triton Submarines, Van Berge Henegouwen (VBH) and Yachtsure24 are this year’s event partners.


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The Amsterdam Dance Event turns 21, this year. It’s time for something special, so the world’s largest club-based festival just announced a whopping 76 additional artists representing every corner of the groovin’ world.

Alesso, Crystal Castles, Hot Since 82, Nicki Romero, The Chainsmokers, Miss Kitten, Louisahhh, Dubfire, and way more join the ranks of previously teased artists Axwell  Ingrosso, Martin Garrix, Maya Jane Coles, and others.

5 Reasons Amsterdam Dance Event Belongs on Your Bucket List

Sleep will be rare, but in the case you do need a disco nap, the fest is happy to introduce ADE SLEEP/OVER, a pop-up campsite 15 minutes away from Amsterdam Central Station at the NDSM Shipyard. Bunker down with fellow dance nerds in one of the industrial setting’s 400 heated accommodations. We hear the views are pretty spectacular. As an added bonus, SLEEP/OVER will be the scene for a lot of special programming, including musical events, artist talks, and art installations.

Keynote speakers will include Hudson Mohawk, members of Soulection, Om’mas Keith, Sevn Alias and Hef, and more. Check the full lineup of artists announced below, in alphabetical order.

Amsterdam Dance Event’s ADE Live to Feature RÜFÜS, SUUNS, Jessy Lanza  More

Acid Arab (FR)

Adam Beyer (SE)

Agoria (FR)

Alesso (SE)

me (DE)

AnD (GB)

Andhim (DE)

Arjun Vagale (IN)

Art Department (CA)

Axwell ? Ingrosso (SE)

Barnt (DE)

Bart Skils (NL)

Ben Klock (DE)

Benny Rodrigues (NL)

Blind Observatory (DE)

Cari Lekebusch (SE)

Cassy (GB)

Chris Liebing (DE)

Christian Smith (SE)

Coyu (ES)

Craig David (GB)

Crystal Castles (CA)


Daniel Avery (GB)

Daniel Miller (GB)

Dannic (NL)

Dano (NL)

Dave Clarke (GB)

Derrick May (US)

Dixon (DE)

DJ Nobu (JP)

Dollkraut (NL)

Dubfire (US)


Elias Mazian (NL)

Ellen Allien (DE)

Etapp Kyle (UA)

Fedde Le Grand (NL)

Floorplan (US)

Frankey Sandrino (DE)

Gerd Janson (DE)

Gregor Tresher (DE)

Hardwell (NL)

Hector Couto (ES)

Henry Saiz (ES)

Hernan Cattaneo (AR)

Hot Since 82 (GB)

Ida Engberg (SE)

Jackmaster (GB)

Jamie 3:26 (US)

Jamie Jones (GB)

Jarreau Vandal (NL)

Jeff Mills (US)

Jennifer Cardini (FR)

Joris Voorn (NL)

JP Enfant (NL)

Karenn (GB)

Karotte (DE)


Kölsch (DK)

Kryder (GB)

Kypski (NL)

Laurent Garnier (FR)

Levon Vincent (US)

Locked Groove (BE)

Loco Dice (DE)

Louisahhh (US)

Maceo Plex (US)

Magda (PL)

Marcus Worgull (DE)

Margaret Dygas (GB)

Martin Garrix (NL)

Mathew Jonson (CA)

Maya Jane Coles (GB)

Michael Mayer (DE)

Miss Kittin (FR)

Mitchell Niemeyer (NL)

Monika Kruse (DE)

Nicky Romero (NL)

Nicole Moudaber (GB)

Noisia (NL)

Octave One (US)

Paco Osuna (ES)

Palms Trax (DE)

Patrick Topping (GB)

Paul Ritch (FR)

Paula Temple (GB)

Raresh (RO)

Rebekah (GB)

Rebolledo (MX)

Recondite (DE)

Rhadoo (RO)

Ricardo Villalobos (CL)

Richie Hawtin (CA)

Richy Ahmed (GB)

Robert Hood (US)

Roman Flügel (DE)

Route 94 (GB)


Russ Yallop (GB)

Sandrien (NL)

Secret Cinema (NL)

Seth Troxler (US)

Shanti Celeste (CL)

Skepta (GB)

Slam (GB)

Sofie Winterson (NL)

Sonns (GR)

Speedy J (NL)

Stephan Bodzin (DE)

Steve Rachmad (NL)



Sven Väth (DE)

Tale of Us (IT)

Tiësto (NL)

The Advent (PT)

The Chainsmokers (US)

The Darkraver (NL)

The Martinez Brothers (US)

Tripeo (NL)

Tube Berger (DE)

Zes (NL)


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As we reported last week, Ultra Worldwide’s massive RESISTANCE concept is on its way to becoming a stand alone event series with its debut event boasting Lima, Peru as destination of choice.

It’s hard to believe that it was only 18 months ago that RESISTANCE was born, also in South America – Buenos Aires, and has since made its way to Ultra festival events on five continents. Anticipating this 14 October event, RESISTANCE will also make its way through Asia with three select dates across the continent.

Starting in Singapore (10/11) before moving on to Bali (15/16) and finishing up with a huge Tokyo (17-19) event, RESISTANCE will grace three Ultra festival stages with its versatile curation and state of the art production design. Along for the ride will be Dubfire, Nic Fanciulli, Nicole Moudaber, ArtDepartment, Reboot, Matador, Technasia, Shaded (live), Hector, Yotto and RioTGeaR as just a few of the names set to perform.

Check out the tour flyer and Tokyo’s teaser trailer below. Find tickets at the link after the video.

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Soon poetry and music will fill the Harlem home of legendary poet Langston Hughes again.

Over 800 people have donated to a nonprofit arts group that plans to turn Hughes’ long-time home into an arts collective. Money and supported flooded in over the weekend after CNNMoney highlighted the effort to save the home from gentrification on Friday.

Journalist Dan Rather and African-American magazine The Root shared the story on Facebook, among others.

“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support. We will be able to sign a three year lease with the option to buy or renew,” says Renee Watson, a writer in Harlem who is leading the campaign.

Hughes lived on 20 E. 127th Street in East Harlem from 1948 until his death in 1967. It was an epicenter of the Harlem Renaissance, with jazz and poetry regularly heard by anyone passing by.

Today, the home sits silent. No one lives there. The current owner has attempted to sell it before. With property values in the area skyrocketing, Watson figured it was only a matter of time.

The owner told Watson she would hold off on putting the home up for sale again, if Watson could raise $40,000 by September 1 to cover six months of rent. That goal has now been met — and exceeded.

Before CNNMoney’s story, the “I, too” arts collective (named after one of Hughes’ most famous poems about African-Americans, which ends with the line “I, too, am America”) had raised about $25,000 from 238 people. Now the group has over $52,000, as over 550 more people joined in with donations.

Watson’s ultimate goal is to raise $150,000. That would be enough for Watson and her all-volunteer team to rent the home for the full year, renovate it a bit and open it to the community for readings, workshops and other events.

Housing prices in Harlem have shot up in recent years. The current owner tried to sell the home as recently as 2011, for a mere $1 million. The deal fell through. Now real estate agents estimate that it’s easily worth over $3 million.

The area is known as the last bastion of affordability on the entire island of Manhattan. It’s just north of Central Park and accessible by several subway trains. There’s even a Whole Foods grocery store opening near the Hughes house soon.

The home is landmark protected, so the current owner — or any future owners — would have trouble simply tearing it down and putting in a modern condo.

But for Watson and many donors to the project, the goal isn’t just to keep the home from going to the highest bidder, it’s to revive the house as a place as a cultural center. With donations pouring it, it will no longer be a “dream deferred,” like the first line in one of Hughes’ poems.

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SOMERVILLE - David Vail ran the 5K race at the Steeplechase Distance Run three years ago with his wife, Linda, to mark their 40th wedding anniversary, finishing first in his age category. This year, he will be helping to lead the event’s 5K walk to mark another personal milestone — the one-year anniversary of his diagnosis with lymphoma.

Vail, of Dunellen, will join fellow cancer survivors on Sunday, Sept. 25, for the eighth annual Steeplechase Distance Run, which benefits patient support services and educational programs at the Steeplechase Cancer Center.

“The support that I received at the Steeplechase Cancer Center was just tremendous. Everyone feels like family,” said Vail, who had surgery last year to remove a cancerous mass in his armpit and completed chemotherapy treatment in January. “I am proud to be participating in my first Steeplechase Distance Run as a cancer survivor and to help give hope to others who are courageously battling this disease.”

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The event features a 10K run, 5K run, 2-mile walk and kids’ sprints. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Amsterdam School in Hillsborough.

The Steeplechase Distance Run is organized by Somerset Health Care Foundation, which raises funds for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.

The race has raised nearly $800,000 for the cancer center since its inception. More than 1,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2015 event.

“The Steeplechase Cancer Center is committed to providing the full continuum of care for our patients through every step of their cancer journey,” said Deirdre Blaus, director, The Steeplechase Cancer Center. “With the support of all those who participate in the Steeplechase Distance Run, we are able to offer support and educational programs encompassing wellness, prevention and survivorship initiatives to complement the advanced medical procedures and technologies that we offer.”

The Steeplechase Cancer Center offers a wide range of complementary medicine programs for cancer survivors, including yoga classes, tai chi, massage, reiki and cooking classes. In addition, the center hosts many support groups, including groups for specific cancers and groups tailored specifically to men and women.

Its Survivors in Motion oncology rehabilitation program is designed for cancer survivors of all fitness levels, helping patients improve their quality of life and regain their highest level of functioning. Special education events are held throughout the year for patients and community members. Each June, the cancer center invites survivors to a free Day of Hope event that includes dinner and a guest speaker.

Among the largest teams participating in the Steeplechase Distance Run is Team Jonathan, formed by Delia Figueroa, M.D., of Branchburg, in memory of her son who was a 2005 graduate of Somerville High School and, despite his diagnosis of brain cancer, graduated with honors from Stony Brook University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering.

“This event is a labor of love for me,” said Figueroa, who is medical director of informatics at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset and a former Emergency Department physician. “I walk in memory of my son, Jonathan, and in honor of his caregivers at the Steeplechase Cancer Center. His fraternity brothers — many who never even knew my son — come from as far away as Long Island to participate. Colleagues from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset also join us. I am proud to say that last year, we had four medal winners from our group.”

This year’s 10K run begins at 8:45 a.m., followed by the 5K run and 2-mile walk at 9:30 a.m. Kids’ sprints will be held at 10:45 a.m. Registration is $30 before Monday, Sept. 19. The entry fee for kids’ sprints is $10.

Awards will be presented to first-, second- and third-place male and female winners in the 10K and 5K runs and the top three male and female finishers in each age group. In addition, there will be first-, second- and third-place awards for the top male and female Hillsborough residents.

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Google doodle: History of the Olympic games and how Britain made it global. 1896 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece, Mens 100 metres,The start of the race won by USA's Tom Burke (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Mens 100 metres,The start of the race won by USA’s Tom Burke (Picture:Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Before the Summer Olympics, Greece had held the Ancient Olympic Games every four years in Olympia from around 776BC.

These games saw competitors compete to win wrestling contests, chariot racing, running races and other sports.

These games are thought to have been abolished sometime between 393AD and 394AD by Roman Empire emperor Theodosius I, a Christian who considered the games too ‘pagan’.

How a small town in Britain inspired the Olympics revival

Google doodle: History of the Olympic games and how Britain made it global. MUCH WENLOCK, ENGLAND - MAY 30: Resident Gabrielle Drake looks out of the window of Hollybush Cottage as the Olympic Torch passes through Much Wenlock the birthplace and former home of William Penny Brookes the founding father of the modern Olympics on May 30, 2012 in Much Wenlock, England. The Shropshire town of Much Wenlock is the birthplace of William Penny Brookes the founding father of the modern Olympics. The first Wenlock Olympian games were held in 1850 for 'every grade of man' amongst the athletic events it even included knitting and academic studies such as writing and arithmetic. Wenlock, one of the London 2012 mascots is named in honour of the Shropshire town. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
The first Wenlock Olympian games were held in 1850 for ‘every grade of man’ amongst the athletic events it even included knitting and academic studies such as writing and arithmetic (Picture:Getty Images)

Hundreds of years later, a small town called Wenlock, in Shropshire, would hold the ‘Wenlock Olympic Games’ each year where competitors would complete a series of challenges to win a prize. Events included a three-mile bicycle race, jousting and a one-mile running race.

The games were thought up by the town’s doctor William Penny Brookes in 1850 in the hope of promoting the ‘moral, physical and intellectual improvement of the inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood of Wenlock, and especially of the working classes, by the encouragement of outdoor recreation and by the award of a prize.’

The games, which are still held today, were witnessed by a 27-year-old French historian called Baron Pierre de Fredy, Baron de Coubertin, in 1890 and he went on to be inspired enough to found the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with the idea of establishing a new form of the Olympic games internationally. These would be held every four years like the Ancient games.

Dr Brookes is considered, to this day, one of the founding fathers of the Olympic games.

But why were the new games held in Athens?

Google doodle: History of the Olympic games and how Britain made it global. 1896: The Olympic stadium in Athens built by the Greek philanthropist Averof for a cost of one million drachmas. It was the scene of the 1896 games. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Olympic stadium in Athens cost of one million drachmas (Picture:Getty Images)

Two philanthropists called Evangelos and Konstantinos Zappas funded a huge restoration project on the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens.

It was decided that this is where the first modern games would be held in 1859, and it was used again in the 1870 games and 1875 games.

The first modern Summer Olympic Games, which were partly funded by a trust left by the Zappas cousins to the Greek government, included nine sports and 43 events held over 10 days.

This included weightlifting, gymnastics, shotput and a marathon.

Why do the modern Olympic games have rings in the symbols?

Olympic Rings
The rings all interlock too

The colourful Olympics symbol was designed by Coubertin to signify ‘five inhabited continents (his interpretation)’ taking part in the Olympic games – Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

He didn’t specify which colour represent which continent but explained once:

‘A white background, with five interlaced rings in the centre: blue, yellow, black, green and red…is symbolic; it represents the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time.’

The rings were established as the official Olympics symbol in 1915, after the 1912 Olympic Games held in Stockholm, but didn’t appear until the Olympic games in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1920 as World War I forced the 1916 games to be cancelled.

They were originally designed for the 20th anniversary of the games and some suggest the five rings may also symbolise the five games that had already been held before the anniversary.

Who was the first major Olympics winner?

Google doodle: History of the Olympic games and how Britain made it global. 1896 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece, Throwing the Discus, P, Paraskevopoulos of Greece who won the silver medal with a throw of 28,95 metres (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Throwing the Discus, P, Paraskevopoulos of Greece who won the silver medal with a throw of 28,95 metres (Picture: Getty Images)

Greek athlete Spyridon ‘Spyro’ Louis won the marathon race in the first Olympic games. He is now considered a hero in Greek sporting history.

Now the Olympics attract around 10,500 athletes from 204 countries around the world.

How do the Winter Olympic games fit in?

Germany's team Eric Frenzel, Bjoern Kircheisen, Johannes Rydzek and Fabian Riessle, from left, celebrate winning the silver as Norway's gold medal winners Magnus Hovdal Moan, Haavard Klemetsen, Magnus Krog and Joergen Graabak, from left, applaud during the flower ceremony of the Nordic combined Gundersen large hill team competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Germany’s team celebrate winning the silver as Norway’s gold medal winners applaud during the flower ceremony of the Nordic combined Gundersen large hill team competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (PIcture: AP)

These were established much later, first being held in Chamonix, France, in 1924. The first Winter Olympic games included five sports – bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, Nordic skiing and ice skating.

The skiing event was broken into three other events, ski jumping, cross-country skiing and Nordic combined and the ice skating split into figure skating and speed skating.

Like the Summer Olympic Games these were agreed to be held every four years.

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Grand Opening of Amaize
Amaize (2258 S. University Dr., Davie) will officially open a second location of the restaurant chain. Attendees will enjoy cachapas, arepas, mechados, and more. The first 100 guests will also receive free coffee for a year as well as an Amaize coffee mug. Those who check in on the Facebook page with a photo and hashtag of #AmaizeYou can win one of three vouchers for free arepas for 30 days. Visit

Pizza Party at Pizzacraft Artisan Pizzeria
From 5:30 p.m. to close, Pizzacraft Artisan Pizzeria (330 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale) allows guests to purchase a bottle of wine and a pizza for only $30. That’s less than a tank of gas for some. Wine varietals include pinot grigio or Chianti. Visit

$5 Prohibition Burger
Tap 42 (1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale and 5050 Town Center Circle #247, Boca Raton) is offering its Prohibition Burger for $5. The craft beer haven’s creation is made with a special burger blend, applewood smoked bacon, a secret sauce, Dijon, and white cheddar. Visit


Tap Tap Tuesday
Burlock Coast (1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) will allow diners to enjoy $5 draft beer and $8 casked wine. This special is from 6 to 10 p.m. Visit

Farmer’s Market at Whole Foods
Whole Foods in Fort Lauderdale (2000 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale) is showcasing a farmer’s market in the south side parking lot from 4 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Call 954-398-2000.


Kentucky Whiskey Dinner
Burger Bar (4650 Donald Ross Rd., Palm Beach Gardens) will host a four-course meal along with a whiskey pairing. Courses include pecan-crusted goat cheese on baguette, grilled venison slider, roasted pork tenderloin, and chocolate bourbon Bundt cake. This starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $55. Reservations are required. Visit

One-Year Anniversary of SuViche
SuViche in Las Olas (401 E. Las Olas Blvd. #150, Fort Lauderdale) turns one year old and will celebrate with an open bar and free appetizers from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will also be extended happy hour specials such as two-for-one drinks and dishes starting at $5. A live DJ is the roe on this sushi/ceviche party. Call 954-656-3663.

Beauty and the Feast will keep your tummy happy.

Lobster at Beauty the Feast Bar | Kitchen
Treat yourself. Beauty the Feast Bar | Kitchen (601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) offers a Maine lobster feast dinner special every Wednesday. The dinner consists of a 1.5-lb Maine lobster and creamy risotto with sweet peas, corn, and roasted jalapeño. This is $29.50 with an additional $12 if guests want to pair a choice of wine, beer, or bourbon flights. Talk about decadent. Visit

College Panini Night at Corner Bakery Café
Corner Bakery Café (2240 NW 19th St., Boca Raton) will let college students get a second panini or the corner panini combo for free with a college ID. This recurring event is every Wednesday at 3 p.m. Visit


Crepes and Cider Pairing
Le Rendez-vous (221 Datura St., West Palm Beach) will allow you to try their crepes paired with bubbly cider. The crepes start at $5 as does the cider, so you can get a delicious pairing of the two for only $10. There are also crepes of the day if you are feeling spontaneous. This starts at 5 p.m. Visit

All Month Long

Dine Out Lauderdale at Burlock Coast
Burlock Coast (1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) will be partaking in Dine Out Lauderdale until September 30. Guests can enjoy a three-course meal for $36. Visit

Pokémon Specials at Quarterdeck
Quarterdeck Restaurants (multiple locations) will serve Pokémon-inspired drinks, such as the Oddish Pear Martini, Pikachu Punch, and Slowpoke Strawberry Lemonade. Additionally, guests will get a free dessert with purchase of a meal if they show their Pokémon Go app to their waiter. This is available until September 30. Visit

August iPic Specials
iPic Theaters (Mizner Park, 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton) will feature the Pegu Club cocktail and the Ooey Gooey MMs Sweet Pizza during the entire month of August. The Pegu Club cocktail is comprised of Grand Marnier, New Amsterdam Gin, and lime. Ooey Gooey MMs Sweet Pizza is made of Nutella, pretzels, MMs, toasted marshmallows, and chocolate disks. Visit

Specialty Summer Cocktails
Apothecary 330 (330 Himmarshee St. #101, Fort Lauderdale) will showcase not one, but two cocktails for the summertime. One is the Green Tea Lavender Mojito, and the other is PEAping Tom, geared toward those who like martinis. Call 954-616-8028.

Josie’s Ristorante Summer Discount
Josie’s Ristorante (1602 S. Federal Hwy., Boynton Beach) will offer 20 percent off the entire menu until September. This is for dine-in only and is not applicable with other discounts or offers. Visit

Stout Bar Grill Summer Happy Hour
Stout Bar Grill (3419 N. Andrews Ave., Oakland Park) will feature half-off drinks, flatbreads, and appetizers Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Visit

For more events, visit our online calendar or pick up the print edition of New Times every Thursday. To submit an event, use our online form

Natalya Jones is a food and music writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in entertainment and fun things to do in South Florida, follow her on Twitter.

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August 22, 2016
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[] Los Angele CA/Boston MA – 360 VR filmmaking is the theme at this year’s SuperMeet highlighted by the making of “Pure McCartney VR” and “Giant,” a virtual reality experience inspired by real events

The stage show agenda has now been set for the Ninth Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet, to take place during IBC2016 on Sunday, 11 September at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in the heart of Amsterdam, NL. The SuperMeet agenda will feature presentations on 360 VR filmmaking, including the making of “Pure McCartney VR,” a series of VR documentary shorts, directed by Tony Kaye featuring Sir Paul McCartney. Tickets to the the Amsterdam SuperMeet can be purchased at the SuperMeet website. Doors open at 16:30 and SuperMeet stage show begins at 19:00.

Scheduled to appear on stage will be editor and creative director Duncan Shepherd. Duncan will provide some unique insight into the creative process of editing and compositing stereoscopic 360 video for music videos and short-form documentaries, bringing together many different elements from various sources to create unique and compelling VR video experiences. Duncan will focus his presentation on the six part “Pure McCartney VR,” a series of documentary shorts he edited. Directed by noted music video director Tony Kaye (best known for directing American History X) “Pure McCartney VR,” take us into the studio to film Sir Paul McCartney sharing stories behind some of his most famous songs. The shorts were edited using Apple Final Cut Pro X and produced in association with Jaunt VR.

HP and NVIDIA will present the VR experience “GIANT.” Inspired by real events, this immersive virtual-reality experience, which mixes both game engine and live-action video, transports the viewer into the family’s makeshift basement shelter. Giant had its world premiere at 2016 Sundance Film Festival New Frontier, and its European premiere at Cannes Film Festival where it garnered strong emotional responses from both the general public and the press. Filmmakers and the creators of Giant, Milica Zec and Winslow Porter, will present.

Longtime SuperMeet sponsor Blackmagic Design will present the making of “Playing with Fire.” Cinematographer Klaus B. Pedersen will be the presenter and give us an exclusive preview of his documentary short featuring Katalin Konya, the three-time world amateur champion in kickboxing. Bearing all the hallmarks of a challenging shoot, not only will Klaus tell us why he chose to shoot with the Blackmagic Design URSA Mini, but how and why he used DaVinci Resolve, to craft his creSymplyative vision.

Adobe’s Bronwyn Lewis will take the SuperMeet stage for the very first time. She intends to show how Adobe Creative Cloud empowers you to create visually stunning videos faster with industry-leading video and audio apps, including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition and Media Encoder. Bronwyn will demonstrate the latest innovations in Premiere Pro CC.

In a special presentation, Sam Mestman, CEO of Lumaforge will be demonstrating the ShareStation, a “new normal” for collaboration for post production professionals.

fayteq, the highly acclaimed pioneer of real-time video modification will have free lance editor Adam Garstone show off fayIN, a motion tracking and compositing plug-in that is simple enough to be used in the edit, but powerful enough for finished graphics.

Doors will open at 16:30 for the SuperMeet Digital Showcase featuring 18 software and hardware developers including Adobe, Blackmagic Design, HP/NVIDIA, Lumaforge, Fayteq Symply, Audio Network, Avid, BH, BorisFX, Dashwood Cinema Solutions, The Future Store, Intelligent Assistance, Imagineer Systems, Lumberjack, KeyFlow Pro, Mettle, OWC, and ShareStation. Here, attendees can enjoy a few cocktails, mingle and party with industry peers, network one on one with leading manufacturers and learn about the latest trends in collaborative editing workflows for post production and broadcast markets.

Rounding out the evening will be the always wild “World Famous Raffle,” where currently over Euro62,000 Euros worth of valuable software and hardware, including a Lumaforge ShareStation Jellyfish HD 24TB, UltraStudio 4K Extreme and Atomos Ninja Flame will be handed out to dozens of lucky winners. In addition there will be a FREE bonus door raffle sponsored by HP/NVIDIA. The first 300 people through the doors before 18:00, (whichever comes first) will be eligible to win a fully loaded HP ZBook 15 workstation.

Tickets are only 15.00 Euros each (includes 2 raffle tickets) for General Admission and 7.00 Euros for students and Teachers and are on sale online only. It will be 20.00 Euros each at the door assuming any tickets are left as historically every SuperMeet sells out. Food (appetizers) and cash bars will be available throughout the evening. To purchase tickets and for complete details on the SuperMeet including updated agenda, a current list of raffle prizes and directions to the Hotel Krasnapolsky, go to the SuperMeet web site.

SuperMeets are networking gatherings of Final Cut Studio, Adobe and Avid editors, gurus and digital filmmakers from throughout the world who use or want to learn to use Macintosh-based workflows and solutions such as Apple’s Final Cut Studio suite of applications. SuperMeets are held annually in San Francisco, Austin, Las Vegas, Amsterdam, London and Boston. The SuperMeet agenda usually includes demos of new products, digital video tips and tricks, and filmmaker show and tells, including a SuperMeet Digital Showcase with vendors and small developers providing workflow solutions for digital filmmakers and content creators. All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.


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The trial of a militant over the destruction of holy sites in Timbuktu during Mali’s 2012 conflict began in the Hague on Monday, the first at the International Criminal Court to cite destroying cultural artifacts as a war crime.

Militants destroy an ancient shrine in Timbuktu in July 2012 (AFP)

AMSTERDAM: A Malian on Monday (Aug 21) confessed to ordering the 2012 attacks on the fabled city of Timbuktu, becoming the first person to plead guilty at the world’s only permanent war crimes court.

“Your honour, regrettably I have to say that what I heard so far is accurate and reflects the events. I plead guilty,” Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi told the International Criminal Court after the solo charge of cultural destruction was read to him.

His trial over the destruction of holy sites in Timbuktu during Mali’s 2012 conflict began in the Hague on Monday, the first at the International Criminal Court to cite destroying cultural artifacts as a war crime.

He also asked the people of Mali for “forgiveness”, adding he was “really sorry” and regretted “the damage my actions have caused.”

“I seek their forgiveness and I ask them to look at me as a son who lost his way,” Mahdi told the International Criminal Court.

Mahdi’s rebel group is accused of destroying nine mausoleums and the door of a mosque. Most dated from Mali’s 14th-century golden age as a trading hub and centre of Sufi Islam.

The trial is expected to last a week. He faces a maximum sentence of 30 years. 

(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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