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Rolls Royce, Rose, Muse, Vaughn Lowery, 360 Magazine,

ROLLS-ROYCE EXPLORES A VERY UNIQUE MUSE: A ROLLS-ROYCE ROSE

This year more than ever, as we have been confined to our homes while the natural world flourishes around us, we are reminded of the wonders of nature. Spring is a time of hope and optimism, when bird song crescendos and flowers greet us with heady scent and vibrant colour. As we approach the first ever online RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Rolls-Royce looks a little closer to home and reflects on a Bespoke and storied rose, preparing for an abundant bloom.

In the courtyard of the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, a rare flower — the Phantom Rose — is cultivated. Bred solely for the marque as a source of inspiration, Rolls-Royce’s Global Centre of Luxury Manufacturing Excellence is the only place in the world where this rose can be found.

British Rose breeder Philip Harkness, of the award winning Harkness Roses, bred the Phantom Rose especially for the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective. His family has been breeding roses since 1879, establishing a tradition of beautiful blooms associated with the Harkness name. Today, plants and flowers bred by Harkness Roses remain a constant favourite on the international horticultural scene, winning gold at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show more than 25 times in the last 50 years.

On commissioning the rose, Rolls-Royce Bespoke Designer Sina-Maria Eggl, commented, “The rose had to embody Rolls-Royce’s poise, elegance and allure. The result was a very pure, delicate but voluminous white flower: sensual, but strong in presence, with an alluring aroma and extra winter durability.”

The Phantom Rose grows in a specially designed bed, fringed with lavender, running alongside the reflection ponds adjacent to the marque’s award winning Sir Nicholas Grimshaw plant. Indeed, it is no coincidence that both Rolls-Royce associates and the marque’s Bespoke Designers can view the rose bed through the plant’s floor-to-ceiling glass as they work.

The Phantom Rose is a blousy, creamy-white flower, offering a full bloom of 50 petals and a rich perfume. Harkness describes it as a quintessentially English rose, which took eight years to develop. It was, he says, a labour of love. “A rose has the ability to captivate you on many levels. It is a thing of beauty, it can stimulate the senses with wonderful perfume, the soft touch of the petals or the rasping pain from a thorn. It touches our emotions, signifies love and appears in some of our finest poetry. How can a simple flower live up to this expectation? The rose that Rolls-Royce has commissioned makes easy work of the task. Observe the glory of the bloom. There can be few more enjoyable experiences, thanks to the unending generosity and diversity of nature captured in one single rose.”

In 2017, an iteration of the rose debuted in a one-off design for Phantom’s Gallery. The Gallery is protected by an uninterrupted piece of glass that spans the width of the marque’s flagship, behind which a recess presents an up-lit stage, becoming an area for patrons to embrace the unique storytelling characteristic of the marque.

Stems of the rose were flown to awaiting master artisans from world-renowned porcelain manufacturer Nymphenburg, Bavaria, Southern Germany. Here, the rose was examined in its varying stages, from bud to full bloom, before being crafted by hand for the Gallery in the finest black and white porcelain ever created by the company. The development process alone lasted three months in order to achieve the same level of delicacy as the Phantom Rose itself.

More recently, the Phantom Rose acted as a primary point of inspiration for Rolls-Royce Bespoke Designer Ieuan Hatherall. It was here that an extraordinary Bespoke commission began, consisting of over one million stitches, for a Swedish entrepreneur with a passion for flowers. The Phantom Rose is illustrated in varying stages of maturity in the finest embroidery throughout the interior of a highly unique, one-of-a-kind Phantom.

Ieuan Hatherall commented, “There is a transcendent beauty when a rose garden is in full bloom. The commissioning patron wanted to create that same feeling of awe; an abundance of flowers to lift the spirit and celebrate nature’s decadent beauty.”

Ahead of the first ever online RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 18-23 May, Rolls-Royce releases an extended interview with the commissioning patron of The Rolls-Royce Rose Phantom. Click here to view the extended film.

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MGM Resorts International – Reopening Plans

MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL RELEASES HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN FOR RE-OPENING UNITED STATES PROPERTIES

Expert input, digital innovation and operational enhancements are at the forefront of MGM Resorts’ “Seven-Point Safety Plan

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) today released a report outlining the comprehensive health and safety protocols the company is implementing prior to re-opening its domestic properties and resorts which were temporarily closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report details MGM Resorts’ “Seven-Point Safety Plan” – a multi-layered set of protocols and procedures designed in conjunction with medical and scientific experts to deter the spread of the virus, protect customers and employees and rapidly respond to potential new cases. The full report can be found HERE.

“Preparing for the moment we can re-open our doors, MGM Resorts focused on developing a plan that puts health and safety at the center of everything we do. Our ‘Seven-Point Safety Plan’ is the result of months of consultations with public health experts and outlines our comprehensive approach to welcoming guests back safely,” said MGM Resorts Acting CEO and President Bill Hornbuckle. “Our properties will not look the way they used to for a while, and that’s not only okay, it’s critically important. We will continue providing the hospitality experiences we are known for, but we must do so safely. We will continue working with experts and following guidance from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and government officials and regulators as we evolve these protocols based on the latest information.”

EXPERT GUIDANCE

MGM Resorts Lead Health and Safety Advisor: Dr. Shannon Magari, Vice President of Health Sciences for Colden Corporation

MGM Resorts is working with Dr. Shannon Magari, ScD, MPH, MS as its lead health and safety advisor for this process. Dr. Magari is the Vice President of Health Sciences for Colden Corporation, an occupational health, safety and environmental firm. Dr. Magari obtained her Master of Science from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and received her doctoral training and served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health – specializing in Occupational Epidemiology.

OVERVIEW: MGM RESORTS’ SEVEN-POINT SAFETY PLAN

The full report, including detailed protocols, procedures and operational enhancements can be found HERE.

These protocols and procedures focus on balancing the customer service guests have come to expect from MGM Resorts with the urgent need to apply knowledge about COVID-19 and adapt environments accordingly. This plan is being implemented at MGM Resorts’ properties throughout the United States, with additions and changes being made based on local jurisdictions.

MGM Resorts’ Seven-Point Safety Plan is as follows:

    1. Screening, Temperature Checks and Employee TrainingMGM Resorts has implemented employee-screening measures to assess signs and symptoms of infection and whether the employee resides or cares for someone who has recently been diagnosed with the virus. Employees are currently and will continue to go through temperature checks before entering properties.Guests will be asked to abide by a similar self-screening protocol prior to arriving and during their stay. Guests who have reason to believe they may have been exposed to the virus are strongly urged to follow CDC guidelines for self-quarantine and not travel. We will look forward to welcoming those guests once the self-quarantine period is complete.

 

    1. Mandatory Masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)All MGM Resorts employees will be provided and required to wear an approved mask when on our properties. We will also strongly encourage guests to wear masks in public areas and offer masks to any guests who need one, free of charge. Gloves will continue to be worn by employees who require them to do their jobs, such as food handlers and employees who clean public areas. Additional categories of employees required to wear PPE will be identified by medical experts.
      • Drink service: We will ask guests to minimize the amount of time masks are removed when drinking on the casino floor.
      • Eating: We will ask guests to refrain from eating on the casino floor to minimize the amount of time masks are removed.

 

    1. Physical Distancing: Six-foot physical distancing policy will be in place, wherever feasible, with floor guides serving as reminders throughout MGM Resorts properties. From time-to-time, six-foot distancing will be challenging – and in those cases, reasonable mitigating protocols will be implemented, such as plexiglass barriers or eye protection for employees. Plexiglass barriers will be installed in areas throughout casinos and lobbies, where appropriate, for the safety of guests and employees. Signage will be installed throughout properties to guide employees and guests on how to safely practice physical distancing.

 

    1. Handwashing and Enhanced Sanitization: Prior to property closures in March, MGM Resorts implemented increased and enhanced routine cleaning, based on CDC guidelines, with a focus on high-touch surfaces in common areas. We will continue using proven cleaning products in accordance with EPA guidelines for coronaviruses, bacteria and other infectious pathogens. Electrostatic sprayers will be used in many large areas to allow us to apply disinfectant more efficiently.In addition, custom-built handwashing stations with soap and water, along with hand-sanitizing stations, will be readily available in high-traffic areas and with a visible presence. Signage will be installed to guide and remind employees and guests of the importance of proper handwashing protocols.

 

    1. Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Controls and Air Quality: MGM Resorts has always placed a high priority on air quality for our guests and has reviewed the operation of HVAC systems to identify additional opportunities to enhance their effectiveness. Rigorous measures in accordance with established guidelines to help mitigate the risk of virus transmission have been taken throughout our properties.As scientific information becomes available about the virus, and as additional guidance from state and local authorities and our medical experts evolve, we will continue to review and adjust the operation of our HVAC systems, fully recognizing the important role they have in keeping employees and guests healthy and safe.

 

    1. Incident Response Protocols: MGM Resorts has protocols in place aimed at reducing the chance infection will spread. In the unfortunate event a guest or employee tests positive for the virus, we will activate incident response protocols to ensure the infected individual has access to medical treatment, exposed areas are thoroughly sanitized and, when possible, notify those who may have come in close, prolonged contact with the infected individual. MGM Resorts has medical and security personnel on staff to respond quickly in the event of an incident.

 

    1. Digital Innovations: MGM Resorts is reimagining several aspects of the guest experience through technology to transition current processes into contactless options for guests that eliminates or reduces the need for waiting in line.
      • Contactless Check-In: Guests will have the ability to complete the check-in process entirely themselves through the MGM Resorts mobile app. This includes the ability to process payment, verify identification and obtain a digital room key, all through a mobile device. If preferred, physical keys will be available through self-serve key encoders. Employees will be available for guests who prefer check-in without using their mobile device, while still maintaining a line-reduced environment.
      • Food & Beverage: Digital menus will be available to view on personal mobile devices via QR code. Virtual queues will be in place for guests when immediate seating is unavailable. Guests will receive a text message notification when their table is ready.

 

ABOUT MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 29 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings in the United States and Macau, including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry such as Bellagio, MGM Grand, ARIA and Park MGM. The Company’s 50/50 venture, ROAR Digital LLC, offers U.S. sports betting and online gaming through market-leading brands, including BetMGM and partypoker. The Company is currently pursuing targeted expansion in Asia through the integrated resort opportunity in Japan. Through its “Focused on What Matters: Embracing Humanity and Protecting the Planet” initiative, MGM Resorts commits to creating a more sustainable future, while striving to make a bigger difference in the lives of its employees, guests, and in the communities where it operates. The global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information, please visit us at www.mgmresorts.com. Please also connect with us @MGMResortsIntl on Twitter as well as Facebook and Instagram.

 

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Spice Island Beach Resort – November 2020 Reopening

SPICE ISLAND BEACH RESORT, GRENADA EYES NOVEMBER 2020 REOPENING

The team at Spice Island Beach Resort has been carefully monitoring local, regional and international developments related to the COVID 19 pandemic, and verily believes that the resort can play an integral role in the economic recovery of Grenada and more specifically the hospitality sector. The team continues to prepare steadfastly in order to be fully operational for a tentative reopening on 01st November, 2020.

The Spice Island Beach Resort’s first priority is the health and safety of its staff and guests and therefore will be working with all the guidelines of the local and international health officials regarding COVID 19, particularly all the protocols required for restaurants and hotels along with the accompanying amenities and services.

“The management and staff will make the necessary adjustments to the resort’s operations in order to adapt to the new normal that will be required once travel and social restrictions have been eased by the Government of Grenada,” said Janelle Hopkin, president and managing director of the resort.

“We will be back and we can hardly wait to welcome our new and returning guests,” said Hopkin. “Just the thought of their smiling faces and creating memorable experiences for them, keeps us going,” she added.

Hopkin outlined her current plans for the resort, highlighting the on-going enhancements which commenced two years ago. “There’s a lot more work to be done to take us to the next level and that is what we will be using this time to achieve,” she noted.

The newly appointed President and Managing Director of the resort, who succeeded her late father Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG, says, “we still have a lot going for us and my intention is to complete the work my dad began by sticking to the master plan he unveiled in 2018 and rolling out a new and improved resort for 2021.” The resort’s reservations team will be available Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m., through the resort’s telephone +1-473-444-4258 and reservations email reservations@spicebeachresort.com will continue to be active. Resort management will also be available during these times and for any questions on the numbers provided in the resort’s voicemail. Tucked away on a spectacular stretch of Grand Anse Beach just 10 minutes from the airport, Spice Island Beach Resort encompasses 64 elegantly-appointed suites including 17 private pool suites as well as luxurious beachfront accommodations which open directly onto the sand. The independent, family-owned property has garnered significant attention in recent years as Grenada’s tourism stature grows internationally.

Visit www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com for more information. Connect with Spice Island Beach Resort on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.
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Kim Petras – “Malibu”

KIM PETRAS Joined by Demi Lovato, Paris Hilton, Jonathan Van Ness, Charli XCX, Madelaine Petsch, Jessie J, and many more for “Malibu” (At Home Edition) Fan Video

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Kim Petras has released the star-studded, “At Home Edition” fan video for her brand new single “Malibu.” PRESS HERE to watch the video, which features Kim’s most spirited fans alongside some special celebrity friends including Demi Lovato, Paris Hilton, Jonathan VanNess, Charli XCX, Loren Gray, Madelaine Petsch, Jessie J, Pablo Vittar, Aquaria, Todrick Hall, NikitaDragun, Aly & AJ, Dorian Electra, Slayyyter, Brittany Broski, Teddy Quinlivan, Bowen Yang, and many more.

Following break-up banger “Reminds Me“, “Malibu”  is a glittering, sun-kissed bop with instrumental elements and raw vocals, inspired by the silver screen, Baywatch fantasy of Malibu. The track is the next in Kim’s string of undeniable singles which have racked up more than 320 million global streams, including “Icy“, “Heart to Break“, “Sweet Spot“, “Close Your Eyes“, “Broken“, “Hillside Boys” and “I Don’t Want It At All” and follows her critically-acclaimed, 12-track project Clarity  which dominated Spotify’s “New Music Friday” and Apple Music’s “Best of The Week” for ten consecutive weeks.

Kim recently performed as part of The Stonewall Inn Gives Back – A Livestream Fundraising Concert for the LGBTQ+ Nightlife Industry alongside Cyndi Lauper, Kristin Chenoweth, Troye Sivan, Rufus Wainwright, Betty Who, Allie X, Alan Cumming, and more. Kim performed a cover of Paris Hilton’s single “Stars Are Blind” Kim also recently received a GLAADOutstanding Music Artist award nomination for Clarity after being nominated last year for Turn Off The Light, Vol. 1.

MORE ON KIM PETRAS:

Fast-rising international pop sensation Kim Petras has become one of music’s most buzzed-about artists. She has racked up more than 320 million global streams, and her  critically acclaimed debut full-length project Clarity dominated Spotify’s “New Music Friday” and Apple Music’s “Best of The Week” playlists for 10 consecutive weeks with its acclaimed singles, including glacial hit “Icy” which landed her on Good Morning America for her national TV debut.

Selling her first ticket in 2019, Kim sold out her first-ever headline tour last summer in minutes during presale, and her international The Clarity Tour sold out The Shrine in LA and two back to back nights at Avant Gardner in NYC. Kim’s undeniable voice and imaginative artistry have skyrocketed her to international recognition and earned her major mainstream media acclaim from the likes of NY Times, NPR, Vanity Fair, People, Rolling Stone, MTV, Glamour, Elle, Variety, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, Billboard, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Paper, V Magazine, Noisey, OUT, Pitchfork, i-D, Refinery29, and more.

First breaking out with her #1 Spotify Global Viral 50 bop “I Don’t Want It At All“, Kim launched into Top 40 radio with her pop hit “Heart to Break” opened for Troye Sivan’s nationwide Bloom Tour last year, revived and redefined Halloween music with her spooky project TURN OFF THE LIGHT, collaborated with Charli XCX, Cheat Codes, MAX, SOPHIE, Lil Aaron, and more, appeared on “How It’s Done” from the Ariana-Grande-produced Charlie’s Angels soundtrack, and has been featured on multiple billboards in New York, London, and Los Angeles as a Spotify RISE artist.

PRAISE FOR KIM PETRAS

“‘Outstanding… Clarity is full of songs that are stitched so tightly and varnished so brightly that they… transcend into something utterly new.” – New York Times

“One of pop music’s brightest talents.” – Pitchfork

“‘Clarity’ might be the best-constructed collection of R&B-inflected pop music by a female European singer.” -Variety

“Petras has slowly built a committed cult following thanks to pure pop bops like  “I Don’t Want It At All” and “Heart To Break.” – Cosmopolitan

“Petras demonstrates a robust knowledge of several decades of pop music” – Vice

“…the sparkling songcraft and knockout performances across Clarity prove her inherent talent.” – Billboard

“Kim Petras is making her pop dreams come true – on her own terms.” – People

“America’s Sweethearts shift old paradigms and inspire millions to work towards becoming them. Petras is on that track already…Clarity proves just how powerful and versatile Petras can be…” – Paper

“The next savior of pure unadulterated pop may be upon us…” – V Magazine

“It’s clear that Kim Petras is on the fast-track to stardom” – L’Officiel

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Shy Glizzy Continues to Make Headlines

NEW INTERVIEWS WITH FLAUNT, REVOLT, & MORE 

CHECK OUT “LONELY VIBES” VIDEO BY SHY GLIZZY TODAY! 

GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum Washington, DC rapper Shy Glizzy continues to make waves and headlines throughout the culture.  In the past week alone, he has popped up everywhere.  In case you missed it, Flaunt spoke to him in a detailed interview, and BLEU described him as “leading the scene” in another feature. He also sat down with REVOLT TV for an interview, while Def Pen and AllHipHop both covered his generous donation of $10,000 to Martha’s Table in his hometown of Washington, D.C. Right now, he’s putting the finishing touches on his highly anticipated new project Young Jefe 3—coming very soon. Stay tuned for more music!

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ABOUT SHY GLIZZY:

The past decade of DMV rap belonged to Shy Glizzy. Over the course of a slew of singles, mixtapes, and the critically praised full-length Fully Loaded, he has posted up 100 million-plus total streams and even notched a co-sign from Beyoncé, who bopped to “Awwsome” in 2015 at Global Citizen Festival. He also garnered a GRAMMY® Award nod for appearing on Goldlink’s triple-platinum “Crew.” His bold and bruising lyricism continues to incite tastemaker applause. Of his 2019 project Covered N’ Blood,  Pitchfork commented, “As with all of his best work, the D.C. rapper’s latest finds him grappling with trauma, haunted by the specter of death at every turn.” Meanwhile, The Washington Post has applauded his “artfully pressurized style of mouth-music that keeps you listening close, with every syllable prompting a balancing act in your brain.” The FADER has even called his hooks “silky smooth.” All signs point to the next decade of the DMV belonging to him as well.

 

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Snowpiercer, Titan Comics, Graphic Novel, Vaugh Lowery, 360 Magazine

Snowpiercer Saga Continues

SNOWPIERCER: THE PREQUEL PART 2: APOCALYPSE

The Snowpiercer saga continues with this brand new story by original artist Jean-Marc Rochette and Eisner nominated writer, Matz

Snowpiercer TV series debuts on TNT on May 17

August 2020 will see Titan Comics next installment in the post-apocalyptic graphic novel series that inspired the highly-anticipated TNT TV series which airs May 17 2020, starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs!

The Snowpiercer saga continues with this brand new story by original artist Jean-Marc Rochette and Eisner nominated writer, Matz

After the extinction event that caused the new ice age, the train Snowpiercer travels perpetually around the globe, with the last survivors of humanity learning to come to terms with their new reality.

Snowpiercer The Prequel Part 2: Apocalypse is available from August 25.

SNOWPIERCER: THE PREQUEL PART 2: APOCALYPSE
Written by Matz
Illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette
9781787730328, HC, $19.99
On sale 8/25/2020

After the extinction event that caused the new ice age, the train Snowpiercer travels perpetually around the globe, with the last survivors of humanity learning to come to terms with their new reality.

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AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW NOW

To celebrate the new Snowpiercer TV series, Titan Comics is publishing new softcover editions of the original graphic novels trilogy which inspired the movie Snowpiercer, starring Chris Evans, and a new TV series, starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs! Each new edition comes with a brand-new cover!

SNOWPIERCER: THE ESCAPE
Written by Jacques Lob
Illustrated by Jean Marc Rochette
9781787734425, SC, $14.99
On sale 6/2/2020

On a future, frozen Earth, a train that never stops circumnavigates the globe. On board: all of humanity that we could save from the great disaster that wrapped the planet in ice. At the front of the train, the survivors live in comfort and luxury – at the rear, their lives are worse than cattle, trapped in the squalid dark. When one of the occupants of the tail breaks through into the main train – all hell follows in his wake!
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SNOWPIERCER 2: THE EXPLORERS
Written by Benjamin Legrand
Illustrated by Jean Marc Rochette
9781787734432, SC, $19.99
On sale 6/30/2020

It has long been thought that Snowpiercer was the last bastion of human civilization… but there is another train. Coursing through the endless, wintry night, its occupants live in a constant state of terror that they will collide with the train that went before… From this second train emerges a small group of the passengers who are willing to risk their lives in the deadly cold to explore what’s left of our world.
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SNOWPIERCER 3: TERMINUS
Written by Olivier Bocquet
Illustrated by Jean Marc Rochette
Publisher: Titan Comics
9781787734449, SC, $24.99
On sale 7/21/2020

On a future, frozen Earth, humanity has been packed onto self-sustaining trains, doomed to circumnavigate the globe until the end of the interminable ice age – or until the engines give out.

When a scrap of music piques their interest, the inhabitants of the Icebreaker take the ultimate risk and cross the frozen ocean, a vast expanse with no train tracks… and no way to return to them.
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SNOWPIERCER THE PREQUEL: EXTINCTION
Written by Matz
Illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette
9781785868832, HC, $19.99
On sale now

The Snowpiercer saga continues with this brand new story by original artist Jean-Marc Rochette and Eisner nominated writer, Matz. Set before the extinction event that caused the new ice age in which the Snowpiercer travels perpetually around the globe, witness the terrifying events that led to the need for and creation of the eponymous train.
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“PANDEMIC!” – New Slavoj Žižek Book

The Book:

As an unprecedented global pandemic sweeps the planet, who better than the supercharged Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek to uncover its deeper meanings, marvel at its mind-boggling paradoxes and speculate on the profundity of its consequences?

We live in a moment when the greatest act of love is to stay distant from the object of your affection. When governments renowned for ruthless cuts in public spending can suddenly conjure up trillions. When toilet paper becomes a commodity as precious as diamonds. And when, according to Žižek, a new form of communism – the outlines of which can already be seen in the very heartlands of neoliberalism – may be the only way of averting a descent into global barbarism.

Written with his customary brio and love of analogies in popular culture (Quentin Tarantino and H. G. Wells sit next to Hegel and Marx), Žižek provides a concise and provocative snapshot of the crisis as it widens, engulfing us all.

Purchase “PANDEMIC!” HERE

The Author:

Slavoj Žižek is one of the most prolific and well-known philosophers and cultural theorists in the world today. His inventive, provocative body of work mixes Hegelian metaphysics, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and Marxist dialectic in order to challenge conventional wisdom and accepted verities on both the left and the right.

The Praise:

“An impressive feat… [Žižek] at his most powerful.” —  The Guardian

“Žižek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation.” — The New Yorker

“The most dangerous philosopher in the West.” — Adam Kirsch, The New Republic

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Mae Muller – “I Don’t Want Your Money”

MAE MULLER DEBUTS NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO, “I DON’T WANT YOUR MONEY” 

WATCH/LISTEN HERE

COMBINED GLOBAL STREAMS OF MULLER’S SONGS SURPASS 52 MILLION

“Unapologetic, self-assured and fiercely independent, Mae Muller is the next big British sensation.” – PAPER

Today, Capitol Records released Mae Muller’s new single, “I Don’t Want Your Money,” and the accompanying video. The song’s soft, soulful vibe contrasts sharply with her very direct lyrics. Muller makes it clear that money can’t buy her love – after all, she’s financially self-reliant and looking for something deeper. Download/stream “I Don’t Want Your Money” HERE.

Mae Muller says, “I wrote ‘I Don’t Want Your Money’ just under two years ago now, and I’m so happy it’s finally out! I just wanted to show that there are other ways to be treated, rather than just materialistically, especially if you have your own money! I’m financially independent, so you have to find other ways to impress me, I don’t need anything else apart from love and affection. Treat me with respect and we’re GOOD.”  The track, which was included in Spotify’s RADAR: First Listen program, was co-written by Muller and Jimmy Napes (Sam Smith, Khalid, Alicia Keys), who produced it along with Steve Fitzmaurice. Mae shot the official video herself on her iPhone while quarantined at home. The video was directed remotely by Sophie Muller (No Doubt, Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Beyoncé). In the light-hearted clip, Mae takes viewers on a colorful virtual journey of different looks, setting the scenes and displaying the emotions that come with having to explain what you do (and don’t!) need from a relationship. Watch the video HERE.

Hailed as “a clear pop sensation in the making” by Wonderland and the “new queen” by NYLON, Muller’s music pairs self-assured lyrics with strong narratives and entwined soulful pop melodies – a style that is quickly cementing the young London-based artist as a spokeswoman of her generation. She brings the same lively sensibility to her weekly #STAYHOME Instagram series, “Muller’s Corner,” featuring a mix of other artists and fans. It can be seen each Friday at 11:00 AM PT.

Prior to the stay-at-home order, Muller had completed a sold-out UK/EU headline tour and a 32-date run with Little Mix. Combined global streams of Muller’s song have already surpassed 52 million. “I Don’t Want Your Money” comes on the heels of her early 2020 single, “Therapist,” which landed on over 45 Spotify playlists as well as Apple Music’s A-List Pop, In My Room, Future Hits and more.   Muller notes, “I know what I want to say, and I know what the message is that I want to get across. I want women and young girls going through hard shit to put on my songs and feel better. We’re going through this together…”

WHAT THE PRESS HAS TO SAY ABOUT MAE MULLER…

“A clear pop sensation in the making…” – Wonderland   

“London singer Mae Muller rules.” – The FADER   

“Mae Muller’s witty and brutally honest lyrics set her apart from her peers…” – GQ   

“Sound the horns because a new queen is here.” – NYLON

“Expect an abundance of attitude…” – The Guardian 

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Adam Hambrick – “Between Me and the End of the World”

ADAM HAMBRICK RELEASES COVID-19 INSPIRED SONG “BETWEEN ME AND THE END OF THE WORLD”

FEATURED BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS’ ‘REFLECTING THE TIMES’ 

Capitol Records Nashville / Buena Vista Records’ Adam Hambrick released his new song, “Between Me and the End of the World,” today. Listen HERE.

The song is a heartfelt tribute to Adams’s wife, a physician assistant who has been treating patients throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and what it has been like for Adam watching her help those in need despite the risk to own self. “This song is for all the people who step in and serve people when things go horribly wrong,” says Adam. “I have spent this quarantine watching my wife go off to work as a physician assistant to do her version of that, testing and treating people for the virus. It has given me a new appreciation for all the people who spend their lives serving others in difficult times. It’s terrifying seeing someone you love do what they were made to do but have to do it in harm’s way.”

In a departure from the norm, Adam wrote “Between Me and the End of the World” during a solo write and recorded the vocal in his bedroom while his wife was working alongside him. All of the additional recording was done remotely from each musicians’ home studio. The track was featured earlier this week by The Associated Press in their piece ‘reflecting the times’ describing the song as “a tearjerker.”

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Texas Cinnamon Shore Reopens

Cinnamon Shore Reopens, Welcomes Families Eager to Return to the Texas Coast

New protocols and procedures promote social distancing and create a haven for family fun after weeks of isolation.

Cinnamon Shore is now open to the public and for short-term vacation rentals, in line with the decision of the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Board to open the city for fun on May 1, 2020. As families eager to escape isolation head for wide open spaces like the broad beaches of Mustang Island, they will find a safe haven at Cinnamon Shore.

“We’re thrilled to welcome guests back to Cinnamon Shore, with the right changes in place to ensure everyone has a great time and remains socially distant in our little beachside town,” says Jeff Lamkin, CEO of Sea Oats Group, developer of Cinnamon Shore. The community is following the Texas governor’s executive order for reopening Texas. Under current guidelines, the development’s Dune Pool, Kiera’s Pool and Stillwater Pool remain closed, but when the governor’s order allows public pool usage in a later phase, Cinnamon Shore will have stringent sanitizing procedures and social distancing measures in place. On-site restaurants Lisabella’s Bistro and Dylan’s Coal Oven Pizzeria are now open for to-go orders, and they’re offering special Mother’s Day menus on Sun., May 10.

Other new measures to ensure the safety of homeowners, guests, and employees include: 

  • In-car check-in/check-out procedures, with concierge service so guests never have to enter the vacation rental office.
  • More frequent sanitizing of public areas, including elevators and stairwell railings, outdoor seating, and play areas.
  • Signage around the property to remind guests of social distancing.
  • Guest room cleaning with industry-leading sanitizing protocols, including attention to high-touch items such as remote controls, light switches, and the like.
  • Discontinuation of indoor social activities, as well as select outdoor activities.

For a complete look at the procedures and processes that Cinnamon Shore is establishing during this phase, see “We’re Reopening! Welcome Back.” 

Meeting pent-up demand 

Many Cinnamon Shore homeowners weathered the stay-at-home orders inside the village, enjoying spacious living quarters, walking the wide-open beach, and enjoying life beside the scenic lakes, dunes, and parks. Now, Lamkin says, pent-up demand for easy-to-drive-to vacation destinations will cause families to reserve vacation rental spots quickly for the rest of May and the peak summer season. “People are looking for alternatives to air travel for vacation time with family, and they’re looking closer to home,” he says.

With a full roster of family-friendly activities for Mother’s Day Weekend, Memorial Day, and into the summer, Cinnamon Shore is ready for more families to discover its charms. “We’ll see first-time guests and lots of longtime fans,” says Lamkin. “We can’t wait to welcome everyone heres.”

Cinnamon Shore is a New Urbanist community established in 2007. The master-planned community is known for its pedestrian-friendly streets, front porch living, and resort-like amenities. Its expansion, Cinnamon Shore South, is in the early phase of development nearby on the Gulf side of Mustang Island.

For more about the community, visit cinnamonshore.com.