Archives for August 26, 2009

Booze, Barack Obama and Social Media

Photo-illustration by James Porto (Photo: From left to right: Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP; Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP; Kristoffer Tripplaar/Sipa Press; Lawrence Jackson/Landov; Joshua Roberts/UPI/Landov; Courtesy of the White House; Lauren Victoria Burke/Courtesy of ABC News)

This week, I read two very different, but two very fascinating, articles that have more in common than you would think: engagement.

No, not the type with rings and vows-to-come, but engagement: the relationship between messengers and receivers.

The first article, from the Miami Herald, interviewed local bartenders here in South Florida about people going out during a recession and how to be a good customer.

The second article, by US News and World Report, was about “Brand Obama.” Basically, what did David Plouffe create (even though they didn’t use his name, we all know who the “brand” stemmed from) that made it so successful? [Read more…]

Sing for me, please, Mr. Spencer-Worthley

By: Sarah Fahey, guest blogger

The newest name on the classical-crossover scene is that of British tenor Thomas Spencer-Wortley.

Born and raised in Derbyshire, this 27-year old singer has impressive background in music. A former member of both the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and the British Concert Singers, he studied at Trinity College of Music for five years gaining a Bmus honours degree before completing his studies at the Royal College of music with a post-graduate diploma and an LRAM certificate. His first professional break came when he was offered the part of Schlomo in the UK Tour of Fame the Musical and he spent a lot of 2007 touring the country with this production.

Feeling equally at home on stage in the West End and in opera [Read more…]