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“Jefferson Airplane – (the Letter) Give Me A Ticket For An Aeroplane (with lyrics)” 

“Jefferson Airplane – (the Letter) Give Me A Ticket For An Aeroplane (with lyrics)” 

The Letter” is a pop rock song first recorded by the American group … “The Letter” launched Chilton’s career and inspired numerous cover versions. Also as in the Jefferson Aeroplane version. The Jefferson Aeroplane an American rock band which formed in San Francisco in 1965.

1965–1966: FormationEdit

In 1962, 20-year-old Marty Balin recorded two singles for Challenge Records, neither of which were successful. Balin then joined a folk group called the Town Criers from 1963 to 1964. After the Beatles-led British invasion of 1964, Balin was inspired by the success of the Byrds and Simon & Garfunkel in merging folk with rock to form a group in 1965 that would follow that lead.[1] With a group of investors, Balin purchased a former pizza parlor on Fillmore Street,[2] which he converted to a music club, the Matrix, and began searching for members for his group.[3]

Balin met folk musician Paul Kantner at another local club, the Drinking Gourd. Kantner, a native San Franciscan, had started out performing on the Bay Area folk circuit in the early 1960s, alongside fellow folkies Jerry Garcia, David Crosby and Janis Joplin. Kantner has cited folk groups like the Kingston Trio and the Weavers as strong early influences. He briefly moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1964 to work in a folk duo with future Airplane/Starship member David Freiberg (who subsequently joined Quicksilver Messenger Service).

Balin and Kantner then recruited other musicians to form the house band at the Matrix. After hearing female vocalist Signe Toly Anderson at the Drinking Gourd, Balin invited her to be the group’s co-lead singer. Anderson sang with the band for a year and performed on their first album before departing in October 1966 after the birth of her first child.

Kantner next recruited an old friend, blues guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. Originally from Washington, D.C., Kaukonen had moved to California in the early 1960s and met Kantner while at Santa Clara University in 1962. Kaukonen was invited to jam with the new band and although initially reluctant to join he was won over after playing his guitar through a tape delay device that was part of the sound system used by Ken Kesey for his Acid Test parties. Kaukonen came up with the band’s name, based on the name of a friend’s dog.[4] A 2007 press release quoted Kaukonen as saying:

I had this friend [Steve Talbot] in Berkeley who came up with funny names for people,” explains Kaukonen. “His name for me was Blind Thomas Jefferson Airplane (for blues pioneer Blind Lemon Jefferson). When the guys were looking for band names and nobody could come up with something, I remember saying, ‘You want a silly band name? I got a silly band name for you!’

The “classic” lineup of Jefferson Airplane, from October 1966 to February 1970, was Marty Balin (vocals), Paul Kantner (guitar, vocals), Grace Slick (vocals), Jorma Kaukonen (lead guitar, vocals), Jack Casady (bass), and Spencer Dryden (drums). Marty Balin left the band in 1970, and then it officially broke up in 1972 when Kaukonen and Casady moved on to their own band, Hot Tuna. Slick and Kantner regrouped with Balin and recruited new members to form Jefferson Starship. Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and was presented with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.Wikipedia.org

 

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Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group is a performance artcompany formed in 1991.[1] It is best known for its stage productions around the world. It combines many different categories of music and art, both popular and obscure in these shows.[2]

Blue Man Group

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Blue Man Group in Brazil in 2009

Blue Man Group currently has continuing theatrical productions in Las Vegas, Orlando, Boston, Chicago, New York Cityand Berlin. In addition to the stage theatre show, Blue Man Group has toured the globe with multiple national and global tours; been a guest on various TV programs as both characters and performers; appeared on the Norwegian Cruise Line ship, Epic; released multiple studio albums; contributed to a number of film scores; performed with orchestras around the US, and appeared in advertising campaigns. Blue Man Group was referenced in a story line of the TV series Arrested Development.

In July 2017, Cirque de Soleil purchased the Blue Man Productions for an undisclosed sum. Cirque announced plans to expand Blue Man Group globally and diversify the live entertainment production.[3]

Blue Man Group grew out of a collaboration between three close friends, Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1988. It originated as a celebration to the end of the 1980s. The three men wore blue masks and led a procession that included the burning of a Rambo doll and a piece of the Berlin Wall.[4] The stunt caught the attention of MTV’s Kurt Loder, who covered the event, and the strange Blue Men gained attention. The Blue Man character emerged from small “disturbances” on the streets of the city, growing into small shows at downtown clubs, eventually becoming a full performance at the Astor Place Theatre in 1991.

In July 2017, it was announced Blue Man Group was bought by Cirque Du Soleil who announced they would expand.[5]

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2017 in entertainment, music, pop music

 

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“Crystal Blue Persuasion – Tommy James & The Shondells” 

“Crystal Blue Persuasion – Tommy James & The Shondells” 

Crystal Blue Persuasion” is a 1968 song originally recorded by Tommy James and the Shondells and composed by Eddie Gray, Tommy Jamesand Mike Vale.

A gentle-tempoed groove, “Crystal Blue Persuasion” was built around a prominent organ part with an understated arrangement, more akin to The Rascals‘ sound at the time than to James’s contemporary efforts with psychedelic rock. It included melodic passages for an acoustic guitar, as well as a bass pattern, played between the bridge, and the third verse of the song.

In a 1985 interview in Hitch magazine, James said the title of the song came to him while he was reading the BiblicalBook of Revelation:

I took the title from the Book of Revelations [sic] in the Bible, reading about the New Jerusalem. The words jumped out at me, and they’re not together; they’re spread out over three or four verses. But it seemed to go together, it’s my favorite of all my songs and one of our most requested.[1]

With an appropriate lighting scheme, the 2000s edition of Tommy James and the Shondells perform “Crystal Blue Persuasion”

According to James’s manager, James was actually inspired by his readings of the Book of Ezekiel, which (he remembered as) speaking of a blue Shekhinah light that represented the presence of the Almighty God, and of the Book of Isaiah and Book of Revelation, which tell of a future age of brotherhood of mankind, living in peace and harmony.[2]

When released as a single in June 1969, “Crystal Blue Persuasion” became one of the biggest hits for the group, peaking at number two on the Billboard Pop Singleschart for three weeks behind Zager and Evans‘s single “In the Year 2525“.[4] The single version differs from the album version of the song with horn overdubs added to the mix and a longer bongosoverdub before the third verse.

A primitive non-representational music video was made, that showed various scenes of late 1960s political and cultural unrest and imagery of love and peace.

Tito Puente, Joe Bataan, The Heptones, Morcheeba, Concrete Blonde and John Wesley Harding are among those who have covered the song.

 

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 “Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime” 

 “Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime” 

Once in a Lifetime” is a song by new wave band Talking Heads, released in 1981 as the first single from their fourth studio album, 1980’s Remain in Light. The song was written by David ByrneBrian EnoChris FrantzJerry Harrison, and Tina Weymouth, and produced by Brian Eno. It was named one of the 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century by National Public Radio[2] and is also included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.[3]

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 “Rio de Janeiro Street Food – It’s Brazilian Food” 

 “Rio de Janeiro Street Food – It’s Brazilian Food” 

Rio’s best local food

TERESA GEER Lonely Planet Writer

Food is a treasured part of carioca(resident of Rio de Janeiro) life. With roots in African, Amerindian and European epicurean traditions, the tastes of the Marvelous City range from meat-centric churrascarias, hearty feijoadas, vibrant street food and upscale, gourmet selections – all best accompanied by Brazil’s national cocktail, the tangy caipirinha.

All-you-can-eat meat: experience churrascaria

No visit to Rio de Janeiro is complete without a true churrascaria (traditional barbecue restaurant) experience, which is generally offered as a set menu that includes a selection of side dishes and salads – and, of course, the perfectly char-grilled, all-you-can-eat meat.

Rio has some of the finest churrascarias in Brazil. The most popular in the city include Porcão in Flamengo, Fogo do Chāo in Botafogo, and local favorite, the 63-year-old family restaurant Churrascaria Palace in Copacabana.

Pichana is a prime beef cut for Brazilian churrascaria. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet

Pichana is a prime beef cut at Brazilian churrascarias. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet

In its sleek, modern interior, the black and white photographs that hang on the walls are the only hint to Churrascaria Palace’s historic past. Every night, elegant bossa nova piano notes fill the space as the sushi chef slices sashimi and expert waiters skim from table to table, serving up succulent slices of meat to eager patrons. The peixe pintado (a meaty Amazonian fish) and sizzling butterflied picanha (beef top sirloin with a thin layer of fat) are some of the most remarkable options to try here. There is an impressive wine list with over 200 bottles, including a rare selection of the best Brazilian varietals. And for those who manage to save room for dessert, the Juliet and Romeo is a fantastic pairing of creamy white cheese sorbet and a tangy goiaba (guava) sauce.

Fill up on feijoada

Feijoada is a main staple of the Brazilian diet. It’s a feast of stewed beans in a pork or beef gravy, accompanied by crisp yellow potatoes, crunchy pork cracklings, fresh shredded kale, fluffy farofa (toasted cassava flour) and orange slices, which are meant to ‘cut through the calories’ and aid in digestion. Adapted from the food of slaves, it is now regularly eaten for lunch on Saturdays in Rio.

Hearty Feijoada is a staple for Brazilians. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet

Hearty feijoada is a staple for Brazilians. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet

There are endless choices of feijoadarestaurants in Rio. But for a truly classic experience, head to the beating heart of Rio’s tourist hub, Ipanema, to Casa da Feijoada on any day of the week. In the quaint surroundings, waist-coated waiters serve up the traditional fare in mini cauldron-like pots. Pair the meal with the smoothest filtered caipirinhasin town, known as ‘batidas’, and end with a selection of traditional Brazilian sweets – goiaba jam, doce de leite (a sweet milk puree) or caramelized banana paté.

Sample the city’s best street food

On almost every street corner in Rio de Janeiro, a cart of fresh of sweets or salgados (savory snacks) awaits. The true essence of foodie entrepreneurship in Rio de Janeiro springs from street food vendors who are on the road tossing tapioca and popping pipoca (popcorn).

Tapioca

Tapioca is a mixture of cassava flour and shredded coconut, fried into a kind of crepe with a crunchy outer shell and gooey center. Served either savory, with cheese or chicken, or sweet, with cinnamon bananas or condensed milk, tapioca is a tasty and substantial snack. Head to Feira de São Cristavão in Tijuca to try this treat at some of the top tapioca bars in town.

Pastels

On a sunny Sunday morning at Gloria’s vibrant food feira, breakfast consists of pastels – steaming hot pastry pockets filled with meat, cheese or palmito (heart of palm). And here, the top pastels in the city are best followed with a swig of pure caldo de cana (sugarcane juice).

Pastels are a popular street food in Rio de Janeiro. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet

Pastels are a popular street food in Rio de Janeiro. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet

Beach food

It’s easy to work up an appetite laying on the beach all day. Fortunately, there is an assortment of snacks to sample without ever rising off that beach towel. Crumbly empadas, (pastries filled with chicken or cheese) quiejo coalho (a skewer of salty grilled cheese) and sacolé (a popsicle made from exotic fruit juices) are all easy to gorge on at a tempting price of R$1.00.

Give gourmet Rio a go

Over the last decade, gourmet food fever has spread across Rio de Janeiro. Fashionable fine dining is now a regular pastime for cariocas who can part with the cash.

One of the most impressive establishments is Restaurante Aprazível. Set on the highest point of Santa Teresa’s winding cobbled streets, the restaurant’s intimate bamboo-roofed huts boast stunning views of the city. Experience some of the best ingredients Brazil has to offer with dishes like the gigantic heart of palm starter, which is served with a fresh olive and basil pesto. You’ll be transported to the Amazon with the rainha do baoa fish main, featuring a splash of sweet bacuri (Amazonian berry) sauce to complement the salty, crispy-skinned fish. Finish with the classic banana de Santa Teresa, a sensory treat of caramelized bananas with cinnamon ice cream.

The view from Aprazível by night. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet

The view from Aprazível by night. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet

Leblon’s Zuka is another choice spot to experience fine dining in Rio. The dining room blends seamlessly with the open kitchen, where expert chefs create plates of edible modern art. The ceviche salad pairs zesty fish with tiny, sweet biquinho peppers. Give the garlicky tomato gazpacho a try and follow it with the sweet, zingy lemon sorbet. For a divine meat dish, try the delicate flank steak.

Taste the sweet life in the Marvelous City

There is only one place that can claim the title of best cakes and pastries in Rio de Janeiro: Confeitaria Columbo in Centro is the 125-year-old master of Brazilian sweets. The vast hall’s grand colonial features, stained glass ceiling and Art-Deco tiling is a feast for the eyes.

Tartlets at Confeiteria Columbo. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet

Tartlets at Confeiteria Colombo. Image by Teresa Geer / Lonely Planet
With surroundings fit for a king, Confeitaria Colombo serves up a selection of sugary temptations to match – try sweet strawberries and cream, rich chocolate or silky egg custard atop perfect tartlets. To beat the queues, the best time to go is before 12pm. Ask to be served by Orlando Duque, the humble in-house celebrity who has been famous throughout Rio de Janeiro as a proud garçom (waiter) for over 65 years.

This article was originally published in February 2015 and updated in June 2016.

 
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“ONO’U TAHITI FESTIVAL GRAFFITI” 

“ONO’U TAHITI FESTIVAL GRAFFITI” 

artwork: http://la1ere.francetvinfo.fr/polynesie/tahiti/

Welcome to the international festival of graffiti ONO’U in Tahiti!

First ever international graffiti event (2014) hosted in Tahiti, the ONO’U festival is created and supported by a young Polynesian company, Tahiti New Generation, specialized in the creation and production of international artistic and cultural events.

Tahiti New Generation

The ONO’U festival is created and supported by a young Polynesian company, Tahiti New Generation, specialized in the creation and production of international artistic and cultural events. Entrance to the festival will offer participants a unique opportunity to enjoy amazing graffiti live paintings by some of today’s major international graffiti writers and Tahitian artists. If Gauguin were alive today, he would surely have been among this group of creative people helping to pave the way for urban contemporary art in beautiful French Polynesia.

More info at source: http://tahitifestivalgraffiti.com/

2017: Ono'u and the street art already at the 
rendezvous

The Tahiti street art museum, created in October 2016, starts 2017 by inviting artists to perform new performances in Tahiti. This space dedicated to contemporary urban art allows to discover various achievements and starts this new year under the sign of street art.

http://la1ere.francetvinfo.fr/polynesie/tahiti/polynesie-francaise/2017-ono-u-street-art-deja-au-rendez-vous-433497.html

 

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5 Reasons Why Men Should Get A Pedicure

5 Reasons Why Men Should Get A Pedicure

Featured image;   http://www.new-beauty.ca/toenail-fungus-removal/

BY NIKITA MUKHERJEE 

Fancy this – You sitting in a gigantic chair with your feet sunk in a whirlpool-like basin, while you read your favourite magazine. Yes, that’s all it takes to get a professional pedicure!

And, if this is not enough to cajole you into getting one, then we have a list that gives you 5 physicals benefits of a pedicure for men. Check out the reasons!

1) Improves Foot Health

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Dirty feet are a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria. Benefit of getting a pedicure is one way to get rid of all the dirt stuck under toenails. During the process, your feet will also be exfoliated to remove dead skin that has the potential to cause problems. By adding essential oils to the foot soak, you can also get additional anti-bacterial protection.

2) Help Releases Stress

If your profession requires you to be on your feet, most of the day, then a pedicure can be exactly what you need. All men would agree that stress is the biggest enemy and given your frenetic schedules, it’s not a bad idea to take an hour out of your daily routine for a pedicure. After all, sitting and relaxing while a professional is working on your feet can be bliss. This will also help in distracting and taking your mind off issues that you had deal with all day, another reason to go for pedicure.

3) Removes Foot Odour

No one likes a stinky foot! Pedicures are the best way to remove dead skin, dirt and bacteria from the feet completely. This makes more sense in the rainy season when feet need extra care and protection. Your feet also need exfoliation to remove the bacterial infection, which you can’t get rid off in normal washes and can only be achieved vis-a-vis pedicure.

4) Prevents Ingrown Toenails

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Men, often, don’t pay much attention when you cut your toenails. This can lead to cutting nails too short or leaving miniscule pieces at the edges – both of which lead to ingrown toenails. A professional pedicure will ensure that your nails are taken care of and are also cut to the correct length. When a calf or foot massage is assisted with a pedicure, it also benefits in improving blood flow in the region while reducing the pain, if any!

5) Makes You Look Good

Let’s face it, women are attracted to men who take pride in how they look. No need to go over-the-top, but trimmed, clean and buffed nails is way to go and a great attribute to any guy. If you’ve ever got a pedicure done, you’ll understand what we actually mean, and a good way to change this condition is to actually go and get it done.

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