There’s a new Prince of the Courtroom at the Ambassador Theatre! NFL Legend and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George will make his Broadway debut in Chicago on January 12; he is scheduled to play a limited engagement through February 28.George has previously made stage appearances in such works as Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man (Nashville Repertory Theatre), Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog (Amun Ra Theatre) and in the title roles of both Othello and Julius Caesar at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. George won the Heisman Trophy in 1995 while playing for Ohio State University. That honor served as the prelude to a nine-year career in the NFL, which saw him lead the Tennessee Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV and selected to the Pro Bowl four consecutive years, finishing his career with the Dallas Cowboys.Chicago currently stars Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. View Comments from $49.50 Chicago Related Shows
He added: “For all he is eight going on nine, he has not had a hard time of things.“He has run 40 times in his life, which is not a lot for a sprinter of his age, and touch wood he is a very sound horse with no aches and pains. It all contributes to him being in such good form at this stage of his life.” – Advertisement – Judicial returned with a fine effort to finish second in the Palace House Stakes back in June, before adding the Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle on his next start and then also winning the Queensferry Stakes at Chester in August.He has not run since finishing fourth at York in September. But Steve Brown, husband and assistant to Camacho, revealed this weekend’s feature race has been the long-term aim.He said: “Judicial has had a nice preparation for this. The ground at the back-end of the turf season is generally against him, which is why we planned to wait for the Golden Rose.- Advertisement – “I think it looks a stronger race compared to last year, and obviously he will have a penalty to carry for his Group Three win at Newcastle. It will be a tougher test for him, but at the same time we are looking forward to it.“In winning this race last year, he really proved himself over six furlongs, and I think that extra furlong over the last 12 months has really suited him. He has looked a better horse over six furlongs, because he has been able to travel more within himself.”While Judicial is now in his seventh season, Brown feels the fact he has been lightly raced is key to how he is maintaining his form.- Advertisement – Judicial will bid for back-to-back wins in the Betway Golden Rose Stakes at Lingfield.The eight-year-old sprang a 20-1 surprise in the 2019 edition of Saturday’s Listed heat, and trainer Julie Camacho was looking towards All Weather Finals Day with her charge until the April event was cancelled because of the Covid-19 lockdown.- Advertisement –
Accra Hearts of Oak and Great Olympics are joint bottom of the Ghana Premier League after two rounds after they both suffered their second respective losses of the season.Hearts were beaten 3-0 at Medeama with goals coming from Prince Opoku Agyemang and Nana Kofi Babil while Olympics fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Aduana Stars with the winning goal from Nathan Kwasi Richard in the 92nd minute.AshGold travelled to Techiman and got themselves a 1-0 win against Eleven Wonders with Yousif Mubarik scoring the winner.Asante Kotoko came back from a goal down to beat Legon Cities FC 3-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium on Friday.Inter Allies followed Kotoko’s lead and beat Bechem United 2-1 also at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.Kwabena Kyeremateng scored for Bechem while Victorien Adebayor and Salifu Moro got the goals for Inter Allies.WAFA proved strong at home and got past Ebusua Dwarfs 2-0 with Eric Asumani and Daniel Owusu getting the goals.The only blank game of the round happened in Berekum where Chelsea and Liberty Professionals faced off.The league table has Medeama, Aduana Stars, Dreams FC, AshGold and Kotoko leading the pack on 6 points from their first two matches.In all 17 goals were scored in the second round of the league.
Football: Dembele suspended as Dortmund reject Barcelona bidBerlin, Germany | AFP | Borussia Dortmund on Thursday said they had rejected an offer from Barcelona for Ousmane Dembele, as the wantaway forward was suspended for missing training.Dortmund said a move by Dembele to the Camp Nou, where he is being lined up as a replacement for Neymar, was unlikely, after they turned down an offer that did not reflect the young winger’s “extraordinary” value or the current state of the transfer market.“As there is no other offer on the table, a transfer by the player to FC Barcelona is not at this time expected, nor currently very likely,” said a club statement.Dembele, who at the age of just 20 is considered one of the top talents in Europe, has been hotly pursued to fill the void left by Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record 222 million euros ($260 million) last week.German tabloid Bild reported that Dortmund want an eye-watering 150 million euros ($175 million) for their rising star, a price Barca appear unwilling to pay.Dembele, who has made no secret of his desire to play for Barcelona, failed to show up for practice on Thursday.“We don’t know why. We tried to reach him but we were unable to,” Dortmund coach Peter Bosz told reporters.Unimpressed, Dortmund promptly suspended the Frenchman for his unexplained absence.“We will of course sanction this misconduct,” Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc said in a statement, adding that Dembele was suspended until after this weekend’s Cup match.Bild suggested that Dembele may have been trying to break the deadlock in the negotiations with his no-show.“Dembele really wants to go to Barcelona but yesterday he had to swallow the fact that the two clubs could not agree on a transfer fee,” it wrote.Speculation about Dembele’s possible move to the Camp Nou reached fever-pitch in recent days after the French international deleted the words “Borussia Dortmund” and the team’s slogan “true love” from his Twitter and Instagram profiles.Dembele himself told Gol TV last week that it was “a pleasure” to see his name on Barca’s wish list. – Couthino also ‘not for sale’-Neymar’s stunning departure to PSG has sent Barca scrambling for replacements before the transfer window closes.They are looking for someone to slot into the famed attacking line-up alongside the world-class talents of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.The Catalan giants have also approached Liverpool about signing Philippe Coutinho — though here too there has been no sign of a deal.The Spanish club were reported to have increased their bid for Coutinho to £90 million (100 million euros, $115 million) on Wednesday after two previous offers were rejected by the Premier League side.But Liverpool manager Klopp remains adamant the 25-year-old will stay at Anfield no matter what Barca are prepared to pay.“We want to have the best possible team. This means keeping the guys we have,” Klopp told Sky in Germany on Thursday.“Liverpool is not a club that needs to sell. That is set in stone. So what they pay in the end doesn’t matter.”Precocious forward Dembele joined Dortmund last summer from French side Rennes for just 15 million euros.He went on to enjoy a promising first season in the Bundesliga, scoring six goals in 32 appearances.Dembele’s skills on the pitch, including a series of dazzling assists, quickly impressed and earned him ‘wunderkind’ headlines in the German press, though he has been criticised at times for lacking discipline.“I’m not a phenomenon, I’m just trying to be decisive for my team-mates, there are a lot of talented young people in football,” a modest Dembele said last March.Dembele was already courted by Barcelona last year, but opted for a five-year deal with Dortmund to improve his game and gain more first-team experience.According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo at the time, the youngster however left Barca sporting director Robert Fernandez in no doubt about his true ambitions.“One day I will play for Barca,” he said.Share on: WhatsApp
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery’s latest sculpture commemorating their platinum medal winning wine, Rapture of the Deep, is now on display. Johnny and Darlene Camp of Opal Art Glass in Cosmopolis, Washington, installed their latest contribution for the winery’s public, outdoor sculpture display the first week of March. This illuminated blown-glass creation resembling a giant blue jellyfish hangs under a black gazebo adjacent to the winery’s exotic Color Wheel Garden.The Opal Art Glass team has previously designed and built three other sculptures at the winery. The first was for Surfer with 70 arcing glass tubes that form a breaking wave, the next was Shelter From The Storm with a series of undulating glass umbrellas, and the last was Float with over 200 glass floats in a spherical metal frame. According to winery co-owner, Kim Roberts, “Working with Opal Art Glass is one of our favorite collaborations. Johnny and Darlene also produce our unique wine bottles designed to look like Japanese fishing floats. We’ve had a great time working together and have become good friends.”The winery crafts 33 different wines and three hard ciders. They have commissioned local artists to honor each wine with a sculpture on their 66-acre grounds. In addition, they have sculptures in each of their seven destination gardens along with a central figure in their lavender labyrinth. The sculpture garden is open daily, there is no charge to experience this art display, and all ages are welcome. The winery even offers complimentary umbrellas for guests who wish to stroll the gardens on rainy days. Guests are welcome to have their canine companions accompany them in touring the gardens on leash or they can enjoy the winery’s off-leash dog park as well.A portion of the proceeds of each of Westport’s wines benefit different local charitable organizations. Rapture of the Deep benefits Aberdeen’s Driftwood Theater.
OK! Magazine featured the appearance of Bella Thorne and her boyfriend, Gregg Sulkin, at Santa Anita Park. The mention reported, “All dolled up for the races! Bella Thorne was spotted looking glamorous with her dapper looking boyfriend, Gregg Sulkin at Santa Anita’s Opening Day celebration kicking off the track’s winter meet.”Via OK! Magazine
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals It’s likely Murakami won’t try to build a lead, or even stay in the lead pack, early in today’s race, a strategy she used early in the season. Instead, she’ll probably save her energy for the end and try to pick off runners in the race’s closing stretch, Saugus coach Christian Standley said. Murakami didn’t take the lead at the state meet until the final mile, then blew by the leaders for a seven-second victory (17:43). She ran a fast, 5:20 opening mile at the early-season Woodbridge of Irvine Invitational and faded to fourth, 21 seconds behind Serrano of Phelan’s Kauren Tarver, the fourth seed in today’s race after winning last week’s California Div. II title in 17:36. Today’s race will be five kilometers (3.1 miles), the same distance as the state meet. The Mt. SAC course was 2.91 miles at the Mt. SAC Invitational in October. The extra approximately quarter-mile is nearly imperceptible to the runners, Standley said. His team’s sixth-place finish at the state meet was recognized in the community. Saugus principal Bill Bolde took the team to lunch earlier this week, and Murakami said she has received several congratulatory calls. “It’s been a hectic week,” she said. “It started to sink in in the car (after the race), but I’m still amazed (I won).” A change in strategy helped Saugus cross country runner Shannon Murakami win her first state title last week. She’ll use a similar approach in today’s Foot Locker West Regional at Mt. San Antonio College, her first step toward competing at the national level. The top eight finishers advance to next week’s Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in San Diego. Murakami is seeded fifth – seventh overall in the West – according to dyestat.com. Several of the region’s top runners, including Corona del Mar of Newport Beach’s Annie St. Geme, the California Div. III champion, will be in Portland, Ore., today competing at the Nike Team Nationals. The top two Western runners in that race also advance to the Foot Locker national meet. Murakami is ranked behind some of the country’s best runners,including Marie Lawrence of Reno, Nev., and Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo’s Jordan Hasay. Lawrence, the defending West Regional champion, has finished second in the past two Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. Hasay, a freshman, posted the state meet’s best time (17 minutes, 11 seconds over 3.1 miles) in winning the Div. V title. The state title was the most prestigious of her career. She can add to her resume by qualifying for her first national championship. Murakami finished 22nd at last year’s Foot Locker West Regional while suffering from a cold; she won the event’s freshman race two years ago. “There’s a first time for everything,” she said. Also: Former Canyon runner Adam McDonald, last year’s Foothill League champ, will run today at Nike Team Nationals with Mountain View of Orem, Utah. He is expected to challenge for one of the two available Foot Locker berths. Sean Martin, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“I was inspired by the spirit and positivity of that African music,” says songwriter Jerry Dammers. “I was trying to get in a few Latin rhythms, but also township jazz.” (Image: Svennevenn, Flickr) • Futhi Ntshingila Deputy Director: Protocol and Ceremonial Services Office of the Presidency +27 12 308 1619 [email protected] • South Africa’s national symbols • Full text: Jacob Zuma’s tribute to Nelson Mandela • World honours Madiba at 90 • South Africa cries for Mandela • Nelson Mandela: A life in photographsSulaiman PhilipBruce Springsteen had 17 albums of his own music to choose from to open his January tour of South Africa. Instead, he kicked off all three shows – in Cape Town and Johannesburg – with a cover, and a 30-year-old cover at that. The song? Free Nelson Mandela by songwriter Jerry Dammers, frontman for British ska band The Special AKA.On Freedom Day this year, Sunday 27 April, Dammers was awarded the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo in silver, a national order given to “eminent foreign nationals and other foreign dignitaries for friendship shown to South Africa”.Released in 1984, the four glorious minutes of ska that is Free Nelson Mandela was an immediate global success, climbing into the top 10 of the British singles chart and reaching number one in New Zealand. It became the unofficial anthem and slogan for the international anti-apartheid movement and hardened the global public’s view against the apartheid regime. A survey at the time found that three-quarters of British 16- to 24-year-olds knew who Mandela was and wanted him released because of Dammers’s hit.Watch Bruce Springsteen perform Free Nelson Mandela in Cape Town on 26 January 2014:In a recent interview with the Guardian, Dammers downplayed his role, saying he was nothing but a songwriter. “It’s a fantastic honour and it’s amazing that it’s remembered in South Africa. But it’s nothing compared to the sacrifices the people in South Africa made to fight apartheid.”It’s serendipitous that Dammers should be awarded an honour named for Oliver Tambo. It was Dali Tambo, the founder of Artists Against Apartheid and son of Oliver, who set in motion the events that led to the recording of Free Nelson Mandela and the subsequent founding of the British branch of AAA.The cover art for a Free Nelson Mandela single, reissued in the Netherlands to commemorate Madiba’s release from prison on 11 February 1990. (Image: 2 Tone Records)Music to fight Thatcher’s BritainBritain was a different place in the eighties. Class conflict was at a peak, the economy was depressed, and conservative, capital-friendly Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was intent on destroying the trade unions, and taking aim at the welfare state. Thatcher’s government also infamously labelled Nelson Mandela a terrorist, while the businessmen funders of her Tory party traded secretly and not-so-secretly with South Africa’s apartheid government.In this distressed and depressed Britain a passionate new musical movement arose, fuelled by the anger of punk and rebelliousness of Jamaican reggae and ska. Led by The Clash, the movement expressed the hopeless frustration of the young with songs like Guns of Brixton and the ironic Career Opportunities.Prominent in this scene was The Specials – later The Special AKA – founded by Jerry Dammers, a ska-influenced group that gave strong voice against the “money is everything” ethos of Thatcher’s Britain. Songs like Ghost Town, Gangsters, A Message to You Rudy and Too Much Too Young helped an activist generation identify its morals and spirit.Finding the lyrics for the musicIn 1983 Dammers was taken to the Nelson Mandela 65th birthday concert at Alexandra Palace in London. There he found inspiration for words to go with music he had recorded earlier.“I wrote the tune to Nelson Mandela before the lyrics,” Dammers told Uncut magazine in 2010. “By that time, especially in London, rock music was dead. It was all electro-pop, hip hop, jazz or Latin. And also, Joe Hagen had this African club at Gossip’s. I was inspired by the spirit and positivity of that African music. I was trying to get in a few Latin rhythms, but also township jazz. It was a very simple melody, three notes: C, A and E. That meant the public could sing it.“And then I went to Nelson Mandela’s 65th birthday party at Alexandra Palace. I’d never really heard of him, to be honest. Various bands sang about him, particularly [exiled South African jazz musician] Julian Bahula. And that’s where I had the idea to put this message into this tune I had hanging around.”Listen to Julian Bahula’s Jazz Afrika – Mandela (1983):Catchy pop, protest songAs a song, Free Nelson Mandela is effective for two reasons. First it is an amazingly good catchy pop tune. Second, it had a message its audience agreed with.It opens with Caron Wheeler, later of dance band Soul II Soul, doing a haunting a cappella version of the chorus. This it gives the melody a strange lift when it comes in. “If I had known anything about Nelson Mandela beforehand,” Dammers said, “I’d have probably come up with something earnest strummed on an acoustic guitar.”The main lyrics start: “Twenty-one years in captivity / His shoes too small to fit his feet …” The second line came from a pamphlet Dammers read. “A leaflet I had picked up at a concert said the shoes he had in jail were too small for his feet, so I put that in the lyric.” As it turns out, it was the one lyric Mandela quibbled over, Dammers learned later. Madiba’s prison shoes fit just fine; it was poetic licence taken by the anti-apartheid movement. “It’s testament to Mandela’s integrity that, even when his own freedom was at stake, he felt that the truth required no embellishment.”Watch The Special AKA perform Free Nelson Mandela in 1984:The song was a huge hit in Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, England and New Zealand. In 1984 the students at Wadham College, Oxford passed a motion that every college dance must end with the song, a tradition that continues to this day. In 2010 it was placed second in the New Statesman‘s list of the world’s top 20 political songs, as voted for by the magazine’s readers and members of the Political Studies Association – ahead of Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are a-Changin‘ and U2’s Sunday Bloody Sunday.Free Nelson Mandela was, of course, banned in apartheid South Africa. But singles smuggled into the country were widely played at underground parties, nightclubs, protest rallies and football matches.The 1990 Wembley concertLess than six years after Free Nelson Mandela was released, Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster Prison. Dammers is far too modest to have ever claimed that his song unlocked the prison doors, but the effect it had was one of the keys.Until this year, Dammers had never been to South Africa. He met Mandela just once, at the 1990 Wembley concert soon after Madiba’s release from prison. Mandela walked on stage to receive a 10-minute standing ovation from an audience of 170 000 people, many of them wearing Special AKA T-shirts. “I’d gone into the audience to experience it and I’ve never known anything like it,” Dammers told the Guardian. “It was reassuring: it made you think the vast majority of human beings aren’t racist and are actually all right.”Later, he met Mandela backstage. “Someone introduced me to him as the person who wrote Free Nelson Mandela. ‘Ah yes,’ he said, ‘very good.’”Watch Jerry Dammers’s Spatial AKA Orchestra give a special performance of Free Nelson Mandela on 7 December 2013, two days after Mandela’s death:Edited by Mary Alexander
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On July 18 some of the best Texas Longhorns in the nation will be coming to the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster.Prizes will be awarded that day. Grand and Res Grand will receive Sterling Silver hunting knives, with engraving on the blade, ribbons for Grand and Res and medallions.Youth will be receiving Chairs for Grand and Res Grand, and special showmanship awards for first place. Friday night at the exhibitor party, we will have special gifts for the youth. Please bring silent action items to put on the auction tables. Over night camping is available.For more information contact Tim Mills at 419-606-6184 from Perrysville, Ohio or Andrew Morris at 740-502-1558 from Malhonding, Ohio.
You’ll find a few more great new events this week on the ReadWriteWeb events guide. You can download the entire event calendar in iCal format or import it into your Google Calendar. You can also import individual events using the link beside each entry. This events guide is a weekly feature here on ReadWriteWeb. We publish it every weekend, as good a time as any to review your conference plans.Know of an event taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.22 October 2009: London, EnglandCloud Computing World ForumThe Cloud Computing World Forum is the perfect event for professionals to learn and discuss the future development and integration of cloud services. This one-day conference will provide a focused platform for the global cloud computing industry.The Cloud Computing World Forum is the place to meet all the key decision makers from all of the cloud service providers in one place. Show highlights include:Hear from leading case studies on how to integrate cloud computing into working practices,Learn from the key players offering services in the cloud,Benefit from pre-show online meeting planner,Evening networking reception. 18 – 19 November 2009: San FranciscoGreenBeat 2009VentureBeat, the leading innovation-focused business blog, will host the seminal conference on The Smart Grid, November 18-19 in San Francisco. GreenBeat 2009 brings together the nation’s 500 leading entrepreneurs, investors, utility and technology executives, policymakers and press to affect accelerated development of a leaner, more efficient electrical grid. With participation by Al Gore, former Vice President and Nobel Prize Winner; John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins; and industry leaders, including from Cisco, Tendril, PG&E, expect lively discussion and power networking. The program will highlight new technologies and explore the opportunities afforded by the stimulus package. For more, visit www.greenbeat2009.com.ReadWriteWeb readers, save 20% on regular price tickets with discount code GREENRWW09 here.19 November 2009: Mountain View, CaliforniaUnder the RadarFeaturing the most cutting-edge mobile startups from around the globe, Under the Radar will get you dialed in to what the 2010 mobile innovation marketplace will look like. It’s a must-attend event for dealmakers from global carriers, brands, media companies, and handset manufacturers responsible for helping their companies leverage new mobile technology and innovation in the fast-evolving digital landscape.Save $200: book by 2 October 2009, and get the early-bird rate.1 – 3 December 2009: London, EnglandOnline Information & IMS 2009Online Information and IMS together create the largest event dedicated to the information industry. Consisting of an exhibition delivering over 9,000 visitors from 70 countries, a conference and a show-floor seminar program, the event provides an annual meeting place for the global information industry.Online Information is once again set to play host to thousands of information professionals, information end-users and publishers from around the globe, meeting suppliers of online content, e-publishing, and library management solutions. IMS provides a forum for IT, business, and information management professionals to find unlimited, relevant advice, educational content and compare solutions under one roof. Attend IMS and meet suppliers of content management, search solutions, and Web 2.0 technologies.1 – 3 December 2009: Boston, MassachusettsGilbane Conference BostonJoin us at the sixth annual “Gilbane Conference Boston: Content, Collaboration and Customers.”Your content is your business, and you need to make your Web content part of an integrated platform forcustomers. You need to know solutions and technologies that are ready to be implemented today. Gilbane Conference Boston is built around the four major areas of how enterprises use Web and content technologies:Web business and engagement;Managing collaboration and social media: internal and external;Enterprise content: searching, integrating and publishing;Content infrastructure.Visit www.gilbaneboston.com for conference details. ReadWriteWeb readers, use the discount code “GILBANE” to save an additional $200. Register today!1 – 3 December 2009: San FranciscoSupernova A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 4 – 5 November 2009: Raleigh, North CarolinaInternet Summit 2009Internet Summit ’09 will feature over 75 speakers, including representatives of major Internet brands such as Twitter, Pandora, Google, Salesforce.com, Digg, Technorati, CBS Interactive, Huffington Post, Blogger, Tree.com, and many more.Topics will include social media, blogging, real time, mobile, video, search, online advertising, e-commerce, analytics, the cloud, and more.Join over 1200 entrepreneurs, senior marketers, and executives in the conversation about the future of the industry and how to capitalize on the shifting dynamics of the Internet and tap into its unlimited business potential.5 – 6 November 2009: SydneyMedia140 Sydney: Future of Journalism in the Social Media ageNews broadcasting is evolving. Citizen journalists are coming to the fore, saving lives by tracking brush fires and changing the course of history at elections.Media140 Sydney addresses the changing face of journalism. Partnered by ABC, we bring together Australia’s leading lights in journalism, broadcasting, blogging and citizen journalism. Are Twitter and the real-time Web truly shaking up traditional media?Tickets from $165. Register at www.media140.com/sydney using promo code “readwrite” for a 20% discount.6 – 8 November 2009: Savannah, GeorgiaGeekend 2009Geekend 2009 is an interactive conference that brings together geeks from all walks of life for three days of cutting edge speakers, expert panels, afterparties, networking and mash-up opportunities. Speaker highlights include Major Nelson of Xbox Live, renowned designer David Carson, Eric Snowden of Atlantic Records, Joey Hasty of Disney, and Matias Corea of Behance, among many others. Get your geek on and enter “RWW” for $30 off the full price weekend badge. 15 – 16 March 2010: London, England2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams: Related Posts Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only 23 October 2009: Durham, North CarolinaThe Social Media Business ForumThe Social Media Business Forum will feature national and local speakers from marketing companies, technology companies, and social networks discussing ways in which business communications have changed because of social media. Sessions will look at internal and external communications methods for both B2B and B2C companies and provide actionable takeaway items for attendees to immediately implement in their businesses. The forum targets business owners, executives, business communicators, key organizational stake holders, and anyone interested in gaining practical knowledge about social media.Early bird registration is $125 until September 18, and $250 thereafter.26 October 2009: LondonMedia140 LondonThe need for brand transparency is here. Engage your consumers and share best practices and case studies of social media engagement at Media140. With award-winning speakers from AKQA, Unilever, easyJet, BBH Labs and Innocent Drinks, we explore together what works and how to do it in this burgeoning sector of marketing strategy.The real-time Web is revolutionizing communication with consumers. By pushing products and services as soon as they become available to market and monitoring direct instant feedback on your promotions you can become head of the game.Social media tools like Twitter, Flickr and Facebook are disrupting and changing traditional media and advertising. Media140 strives to understand and progress the potential of disruptive real-time social media. Share with us at [email protected] or @media140.Go to www.media140.com/brands and use discount code “readwrite” for a £95 ticket.27 October 2009: San FranciscoFailConFailCon is the first of its kind and will be one of the most relevent events ever designed for entrepreneurs and startups! We’re bringing major founders and investors in the online world to talk about mistakes they’ve made, failures they’ve experienced, what they learned and how they recovered. Topics will include founding team communication, design mishaps, investment mistakes, how not to build a viral app and much more! These talks will leave you inspired and excited to be an entrepreneur today and get you prepared for what lies ahead. More information is at snapsummit.com, and get 15% off your ticket by clicking here. Tags:#Events Guide#web 11 – 12 November 2009: Denver, ColoradoDefrag 2009 ConferenceAs online data is growing and fragmenting at an exponential pace, individuals, groups and organizations are struggling to discover, assemble, organize, act on and gather feedback from that data. In the largest sense, we’re all looking to augment the pace at which we achieve insights on raw data — to accelerate the “A-ha” moment.Defrag explores the intersection of topics like:Business intelligenceBusiness process managementSocial computing and analyticsNext-level discoveryEnterprise 2.0Next-gen emailThe semantic Web The Supernova Conference is the thought-leadership forum for the network age. It brings together over 500 business, government and technology influencers to understand how decentralization and pervasive connectivity are changing our world. It’s the only conference to focus on how networks have become the main instruments of change from both business and social perspectives.An ever-evolving network itself, the conference has become the place for highly interactive and spirited debates, making significant business connections and revelations on new innovation.ReadWriteWeb readers get a discount of $700 off the regular price when registering by 16 October 2009. Use code “RRW09”. After October 16th, the discount changes to $200 off the regular price. Register here.7 December 2009: San FranciscoSF MusicTech SummitThe SF MusicTech Summit brings together 600+ visionaries in the music/technology space, along with the best and brightest developers, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce. We meet to discuss the evolving music/business/technology eco-system in a proactive environment, highly conducive to deal making. Register with a great ReadWriteWeb 15% discount. 28 – 30 October 2009: AmsterdameComm FallThe Emerging Communications Conference & Awards is the world’s leading-edge event, spanning telecom, mobile and Internet-based communications. It’s designed to showcase and accelerate both technology and business model innovation.There is not a migratory way for telecom operators and media outlets to the future; emergent social practice is increasingly clashing with their very structure and desires. This means unprecedented opportunity for those ahead of the curve. The emerging transformations require big thoughts and big bets. eComm the venue for those thoughts and bets to be shared and heard.ReadWriteWeb readers save 10% off general admission by using the discount code “READWRITEWEB.”29 – 30 October 2009: San Francisco, CaliforniaVirtual Goods SummitThe virtual goods market has exploded as developers and publishers dive into this new opportunity. The third annual Virtual Goods Summit in October 2009 will bring together thought leaders in this space from Asia, Europe, and the US to talk about what’s changed and what’s working and the key challenges facing the industry. If you’re active in virtual goods — or thinking of jumping in — the Virtual Goods Summit is a must-attend event.New for 2009 is VGS University, a half-day seminar designed to provide a comprehensive overview of how to succeed with virtual goods. Hear from experts on topics such as why virtual goods are effective and the ins and outs of managing a virtual economy. Whether you’re new to virtual goods or seeking insights and lessons from the leaders, we encourage you to join us for the day and learn from some of our industry’s leading-edge thinkers.ReadWriteWeb readers save 15% off general admission by registering here using the discount code “READWRITEWEB.”2 – 5 November 2009: San FranciscoEnterprise 2.0 ConferenceThe Enterprise 2.0 Conference is the largest gathering for people ready to connect teams and harness collective intelligence with social tools and 2.0 technologies. Enterprise 2.0 includes visionary keynotes, informative sessions, case studies and an Expo Pavilion featuring the latest technologies. Register today and save 20% (code: CNGXES07) or get a free Pavilion Pass (code: CNGXES01). Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. 7 – 11 December 2009: Chicago, IllinoisSearch Engine Strategies 2009From social media to local search to video SEO, Search Engine Strategies Chicago puts you in front of the experts who will help you sort which technologies and channel will take you to the next level and which are just hype.Search Engine Strategies is the pioneer of educational conference series in search engine marketing. It’s the venue where the industry visionaries and thought leaders gather each year to discuss the newest trends, share insights and present the strategic action plans you need to grow your business. Sessions include:SEO Through Blogs and FeedsDuplicate Content and Multiple Site IssuesWhat’s the Link Between Search and Social?Online PR: Where to Next?Search AnalyticsSee more at www.SearchEngineStrategies.com/chicago. ReadWriteWeb readers receive a 15% discount when registering here using RWW15 code.27 – 28 January 2010: Amsterdam, The NetherlandsEnterprise Social 2.0: Rip or ROI?This senior executive event will bring together decision makers from the Top Fortune companies to discuss innovative strategies on how to maximise business performance through social media engagement. The event will include keynote speeches, best-practice presentations as well as interactive discussion sessions.The summit will provide excellent opportunities for you to hear international experts discuss best practices on how to drive business performance using Web 2.0 and social media. Key issues to be discussed include:How to integrate social media programs successfully into business strategies?Building business momentum, visibility and market growth through social mediaMeasuring success and influence using metrics and analytics: what are the tools and techniquesIntegrating viral marketing and social media into traditional marketing mixDeveloping and activating audiences using social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs Joint exhibition combining social networking and enterprise social media formatsPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesDiscount for early booking (expires September 25th)Free pass for exhibition only Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 9 – 10 November 2009: Santa Clara, CaliforniaSocial Networking World Forum — CaliforniaThis event taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center actually consists of three conferences: two days dedicated to social networking, one day dedicated to enterprise social media, and one day dedicated to social TV. 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