At opening night of Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park this past Wednesday night, event organizer BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, honored independent club owner, concert promoter, publisher, and overall good guy Peter Shapiro. The man behind Brooklyn Bowl, The Capitol Theatre, Relix, Lockn’ Festival, Jazz & Colors, the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary Fare Thee Well performances, and a myriad of other ventures was being celebrated for all of these accomplishments, but more importantly for his commitment to the arts, culture, and community in continuously working to make such events, initiatives and programs accessible to everyone.Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings had the honors of headlining the first concert at the Bandshell this summer. It was the groups first time back at the park since 2010, and they did not disappoint. Even at 60 years old and two bouts with cancer under her belt, Jones has more energy than most people in their twenties. Watching her dance around the stage and take command of the entire ensemble, she is like the female version of James Brown, as that uptempo soul-funk just begs for you to get up and dance. After the main stage performance in the Gala Tent, the festivities continued with a special disco-funk dj set from WFUV‘s Rita Houston that kept the evening rolling along in fine fashion.Prior to the performances, the Opening Night Gala to kick off the 38th season of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival saw presenters Leslie G. Schultz and Jack Walsh (President and Vice President of BRIC, respectively) along with artists and long-time friends such as Soulive/Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead/Benevento-Russo Duo drummer and namesake Joe Russo deliver a few words about “Shappy” (as his friends call him), to an audience consisting of musicians Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits, Almost Dead/American Babies Tom Hamilton, Scott Metzger, moe.’s Al Schnier, Mississippi Allstars’ Luther Dickinson, Jackie Greene, Michael Franti, Lettuce/Soulive’s Neal Evans, Blues Travelers John Popper, DJ Logic, HeadCount executive director Andy Bernstein (Shapiro is a founding board member), along with collaborators from Madison House, Shore Fire Media, and more. Krasno discussed Shapiro’s uncanny ability to make things happen, “Peter is never afraid to take a chance. He is a master connector, and always puts the best people together to make the best events”.As Shapiro spoke, you couldn’t help but notice the humble spirit and obvious super fan come out in the way he talks about music and these epic events that he has spearheaded over the years. After thanking his wife, Shore Fire Media Vice President Rebecca Shapiro, his two children Roxy and Simon, his supportive mother and two brothers, as well as his entire team at Dayglo Ventures he took time to recognize two people in his life that were responsible for all of this: his father and lawyer David Shapiro and Wetlands Preserve founder Larry Bloch, both of whom have since passed. Without Bloch’s willingness to hand over the club to a gung-ho 23-year old in 1996, along with his belief in Shapiro’s vision, as well as the support and both life and legal advice from his father, we may have not had those last five years (from 1996-2001) of one of the best clubs New York City has ever seen, and who knows if Brooklyn Bowl ever comes into fruition. He did sneak in a third person very important figure, just for the record. You guessed it….Jerry Garcia.Shapiro went on to discuss the importance of having spaces and events in which people can create, celebrate, and mourn. There are three staples that need to happen for this type of intrinsic success:1. Good weather2. Focusing on net worth doesn’t create a good vibe. Make people happy first and foremost, then worry about making a few dollars for yourself.3. Create magic and memoriesPeople’s memories of you last forever, and going that extra step to achieve the best possible vibe is the “X” factor that Peter Shapiro has accounted for in all of his ventures, and the reason why he is such a successful businessman, organizer, and community leader. Having served on the Board of Directors of the City Parks Foundation Arts Committee for several years, being a founding board member of HeadCount, and his involvement in other non-profit organizations, Shapiro is an example of how you can be a success in business while still doing incredible philanthropic deeds and leaving a positive impact on the community. He left us with a quote that he and his daughter came up with, “The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe the possible, and to do it with others”. Keep on believing, Peter, because we most certainly believe in you.[all photos courtesy Marc Millman Photography] Load remaining images
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His rivals are Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian who won the last two editions, and Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City. The Player of the Year, and the winners of seven other male and female categories, will be announced at a ceremony in Egyptian Red Sea resort Hurghada. World Cup A couple of weeks after the awards banquet, Egypt will host another eagerly anticipated event, the draw in Cairo for the group stage of World Cup qualifying. The latest FIFA rankings are expected to determine the seedings, meaning Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon, Mali and DR Congo will be in pot one. All those nations except Mali have played at the World Cup, and an Ivory Coast team that can call on the dazzling footwork of Wilfried Zaha could be the most dangerous second seeds. Cup of Nations Trouble lies ahead after a change from a January/February to June/July tournament this year to avoid tug of wars between clubs and countries over the services of Europe-based stars. The first revamped Club World Cup, featuring 24 teams, is set for June 17 to July 4 2021 in China, effectively ruling out a mid-year Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Senior CAF officials say off the record that a return to January/February dates is likely, and with it the possibility that an increasing number of players will put clubs first. Nations Championship Tunisia have reportedly decided because of fixture congestion to withdraw from the 2020 edition in Cameroon of the tournament for footballers playing in their country of birth. Traditionally a biennial January/February competition, it is slated for April 4 to 25 this year in three southern Cameroon cities, the capital, Yaounde, Douala and Limbe. The 16-nation championship will test the readiness of Cameroon to stage the Cup of Nations next year after construction delays led to them being replaced by Egypt as 2019 hosts. Loading… Champions League Tunisian club Esperance have been erratic as they seek an unprecedented third straight title, battling to overcome a Chadian club then defying the odds to defeat Raja in Casablanca. They have lost several 2019 title-winning stars, including Algeria winger Youcef Belaili, and the starting line-up for a group match last weekend included only four Tunisians. Record eight-time champions Al Ahly of Egypt, TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and Casablanca clubs Raja and Wydad are potential threats. Confederation Cup A new name will be engraved on the trophy this year as recent winners Ahly, Etoile Sahel of Tunisia, Mazembe, Raja and Zamalek of Egypt are all competing in the Champions League. Judged by group form up to the halfway mark, Cairo outfit Pyramids could become the third Egyptian winners of a competition modelled on the UEFA Europa League. Emirati Salem al Shamsi has invested millions in a squad dominated by Egyptians but also containing stars from Burkina Faso, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Tunisia and Uganda. Super Cup Zamalek are threatening to boycott the February 14 match against Esperance scheduled for Qatar, a country Egypt accuses of destabilising the Middle East region. Controversial club chairman Mortada Mansour says Zamalek will change their stance only if ordered to do so by the government. “I do not understand why CAF want to stage the match in a country which is an enemy of Egypt. We are African clubs so why should we play in Asia?,” Mansour asked during a press conference. CAF The six-month secondment of FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura to crisis-plagued CAF ends on January 31 and there will be huge interest in what progress the Senegalese has made. Her brief was to introduce reforms, notably in governance, competitions and refereeing, to an organisation World Soccer magazine labelled the “biggest basket case in football”. Assisting Samoura is CAF president Ahmad Ahmad, who has not commented on various allegations against him, including corruption, financial misappropriation and sexual harassment. TV There have been no broadcasts in sub-Saharan Africa of CAF national team and club fixtures since November after a 12-year TV deal with a French company was scrapped. Lagardere Sports paid one million dollars (890,000 euros) in 2017 for the TV and marketing rights, but separate judgments ruled the deal illegal because there was no tender process. Desperate football followers have resorted to streaming, but fixture options are limited and the high cost of internet data is an additional obstacle. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Liverpool sharpshooter Sadio Mane is expected to become the first African football headline-maker of 2020 by winning the Player of the Year award in Egypt next week. The January 7 ceremony will set in motion a year sure to be full of drama on and off the field with 2022 World Cup and 2021 Cup of Nations qualifiers in the mix.
Police investigators in Paris, France say they believe an electrical short-circuit was the likely cause of this week’s fire at the famed Notre Dame Cathedral.Investigators are still questioning cathedral staff and workers who were renovating the nearly 850-year-old Gothic-era structure, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office.Since the cathedral will be closed for at least several years, Bishop Patrick Chauvet, rector of the Catholic parish that worships at the Notre Dame, has suggested building a temporary structure on the plaza directly in front of the landmark. He says, “The rector has no cathedral for the moment. …. But I’m going to try to invent something.” The City Hall approved the proposal on Thursday, “subject to technical restraints.”French President Emmanuel Macron says he wants Notre Dame to be restored within five years, just ahead of the 2024 Summer Olympics, which Paris is hosting.The cathedral’s lead roof and spire were destroyed. However, its iconic bell towers, rose windows, organ, and artworks were preserved.
A man and a woman have been arrested after they were allegedly caught having sex in front of a police station.The incident occurred Tuesday near the Key West Police Station.According to the report, authorities received a tip about the couple from a passerby who reportedly told them that the couple seemed ready to fornicate.When authorities arrived at the scene, they found the couple, identified as Gary Hill and Crystal Frances ” in the act.”Authorities say Hill was found with his shorts around his ankles while Frances was wearing neither pants or underwear.When authorities asked what the pair where doing, Hill replied “It was a Key West moment.”The officer then asked the pair to put back on their clothes. While Hill promptly began getting dressed, Frances refused to do so, which led authorities to believe that she may have been intoxicated.Officials also found a bottle of vodka near the couple.Hill was arrested and charged with Lewd & Lascivious Indecent Exposure and having sex in public. Frances was initially taken to the hospital but once she is released, a warrant is expected to be issued for her arrest.