This is where it Getz good for NoHo rocker

December 25, 2019

first_imgRoots rocker Jennifer Getz doesn’t know whether anything will come of her Los Angeles Music Awards nomination when winners are announced tonight at the Music Box Theater. But the dreadlocked singer from North Hollywood is hopeful. “I’m really stoked that they think I’m a great songwriter, and if it helps jump-start my career, that would be awesome,” said Getz, who’s up for best female singer-songwriter of the year at the event that organizers expect will be its biggest ever. The L.A. Music Awards, founded 15 years ago with the ambitious goal of unifying the independent music scene, spotlights local, unsigned talent in 13 categories. Winners will be determined by the artists and their fans, who cast their votes at a listening party last month. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week New this year is the honoring of industry veterans – Spencer Davis, C.C. DeVille of Poison and trumpeter Lee Thornburg of “The Tonight Show” band to name a few – during the $250-a-seat gala that producers are in talks to have air in January on L.A.’s KHIZ (Channel 64). “Could you imagine if an indie band gets an L.A. Music Award and then sees a rock star get an award, it gives them a different outlook,” said Alfred C. Bowman, executive producer and founder of the L.A. Music Awards. Bowman created the show in 1991 after an enlightening conversation with Gazzarri’s club owner Bill Gazzarri, known as the Sunset Strip’s Godfather of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Gazzarri, who died three days later and whose club is now home to The Key Club, was ranting about the MTV generation’s lack of imagination and the rising grunge movement. As Bowman tells it, he asked Gazzarri what could be done to “repair this fractured music scene here?” His answer: Start an awards show – but make it about the music. The L.A. Local Rock Music Awards had its premiere at the now-defunct Mardis Gras club in Long Beach in December 1991. A year later, the awards show became the L.A. Music Awards and expanded to include other categories because music was changing, with more soul/r&b and hip-hop acts popping up. Since then, internationally renowned acts have passed through the L.A. Music Awards’ doors on their way up, including System of a Down, the Black Eyed Peas and No Doubt. “Gwen Stefani could not sing a lick, but she had this pink mohawk and did cartwheels,” recalled Bowman, adding that, despite it all, he could see that even then she had star quality. Getz says she wouldn’t mind a little star power rubbing off on her, although at this point she’d settle for tour support. She averages a few shows a month, which she posts at her official Web site, www.jennifergetz.com. “All I want to do is play,” said the Sherman Oaks native whose nomination was based on her emotionally charged 2004 debut album, “Makin’ History,” which garnered her praise from the indie music press. Kitty Magik.com likened her “clever lyrics” to those of Ani DiFranco, while Soul Shine.com dubbed her “Bob Dylan in Drag.” “She’s superb,” said Bowman, who handpicked her CD from the thousands of paid submissions from unknown artists. “She’s got dreadlocks, with beautiful green eyes and great songs that are very radio-friendly. “You got to be the complete package in this business, and so someone like her, yeah, she has a lot she can do with this (nomination). “It all comes down to the will of the artist,” he said. Sandra Barrera, (818) 713-3728 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Top Ten News Stories of the Decade

December 16, 2019

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in For those interested in energy efficiency and residential construction, what were the top ten news stories of the decade? I propose the following list — a list inevitably influenced by the years I spent as editor of Energy Design Update.2000 — Vermont creates the nation’s first “energy-efficiency utility”A March 1, 2000 decision by the Vermont Public Service Board transferred responsibility for the delivery of state-mandated energy-efficiency programs to Efficiency Vermont, a new “energy-efficiency utility.” The new utility is funded through a monthly charge on customers’ electricity bills.Scudder Parker, who was at that time the director of the Energy Efficiency Division of the Vermont Department of Public Service, explained, “We believe this is the best way to remove the inherent conflict that utilities have between selling electricity and conserving electricity.”2001 — Home Performance With Energy Star program launchedA new program to encourage energy-efficiency improvements in existing homes, Home Performance With Energy Star, was launched in New York in 2001. For years, dozens of utilities have offered subsidized energy audits for existing homes. But Home Performance With Energy Star was one of the first programs to offer subsidized energy audits by home performance contractors who were also qualified to perform energy retrofit work.Studies have shown that homeowners are much more likely to undertake energy improvements if they are offered a “one-stop-shopping” option rather than a multi-step process involving an auditor and several different contractors (for example, an HVAC contractor and an insulation contractor). A joint program of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Home Performance With Energy Star is now active in 27 states.2002 — Energy Star Homes programs established in all 50 statesAlthough the Energy Star Homes program was launched in 1995, it took until August 2002 for all 50 states to have an Energy Star Homes… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

A Buckeye fans dream Michigan USC in trouble

September 28, 2019

Sometimes in life we are faced with difficult choices. I’m talking about the provocative kind of ‘What If?’ questions that your professors pose to you in class on morally ambiguous issues, the things that poke holes in previously held, ironclad ethical beliefs. For those comics buffs out there, think of the ending of Alan Moore’s fantastic graphic novel ‘The Watchmen.’Today’s perplexing problem is this: If you were forced to choose between the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan to be gutted by possible NCAA sanctions, which would you choose?First, some history is in order.Recent thorn in Ohio State’s side, USC, is facing all sorts of potential trouble. The issues started when questions began surfacing about past USC Heisman Trophy-winning running back and future Mr. Kim Kardashian, Reggie Bush. Bush has been accused by two would-be sports marketers of accepting a car, cash and a lavish home for his parents in return for a business partnership once Bush turned pro.According to these two men, when it became clear that Bush had no intentions of following through with his end of the bargain, the businessmen filed a civil suit that brought all the dirty laundry to light.Then there is the case of another USC tailback, Joe McKnight. He was allegedly seen driving an SUV registered to businessman Scott Schenter. According to reports, Schenter owned a company which had registered the domain name 4joemcknight.com.Apparently the USC practice facility parking lot looks an awful lot like the lot outside a typical Jay-Z party—unusual for college kids living on a small stipend.Add to this the already-proven improper benefits accepted by former USC basketball player O.J. Mayo and you have the beginnings of what is known as “a lack of institutional control.” This is often the first note in the death knell of some universities’ athletic programs. At the very least, it can lead to a loss in number of scholarships or the vacating of wins or titles.In the case of Michigan, the infractions appear to be far less serious and yet, could have greater ramifications for OSU’s football program.According to the findings of the NCAA investigation, already-embattled Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez violated NCAA rules by failing to comply with practice time rules. He allegedly allowed members of his staff to improperly conduct and monitor ‘voluntary’ summer workouts.While this may sound trivial to most, in conjunction with his failings on the field, Rodriguez is under heavy fire from not only the NCAA, but his own fan base. This is the first time in the storied history of UM’s football program that there having been allegations of impropriety, and UM’s snooty alumni are all up-in-arms.Apparently the wine-and-cheese crowd at the Big House has short memories and has already forgotten about the basketball banners that were unceremoniously removed from the rafters of their hoops arena following the Fab Five debacle.So there you have it. Who would you rather see laid low by the heavy-hand of the NCAA infractions committee? The Trojans who ruined what could have been a magical season long before the Purdue Boilermakers got their chance to, or archrival Michigan, who Buckeyes bear the deepest of enmity for?It’s like choosing between steak and lobster or paper and plastic: nearly impossible. It’s like choosing between Todd Boeckman and Terrelle Pryor. Okay, maybe that’s a bad example.Part of me would like to pick USC, but I’ve come to realize that most of the reasons I held them in contempt revolved around their jerkishly smug former coach Pete Carroll. But with the grim specter of possible sanctions hovering over his head like the sword of Damocles, he bolted for the rainy gloom of Seattle.The other part, the one that has hues of scarlet and gray, wants to select Michigan. My disgust for the maize and blue has grown since the hiring of Rodriguez, and I’d like nothing more than to see him looking for work. However, that may not serve the long-term interests of Buckeye fans.His grating personality and fish-out-of-water offensive attack may be just the thing to keep us in a position of dominance in the Big Ten for years to come.Faced with a choice like this, I guess I’m gonna have to be a “have your cake and eat it too” kind of guy. I say to hell with ‘em both. read more

September 18, 2019

Souttar impressed by Belgiums ruthlessness

first_imgScotland defender John Souttar has revealed that Belgium are the best team he has ever faced after his country were hammered 4-0 by Roberto Martinez’s men.The Hearts defender was earning his first senior cap and lamented three individual Scotland errors which led to Belgium goals.Souttar, 21, insisted he can learn much from the experience after dealing with some of the planet’s most talented players. Scotland now face Albania in their first Nations League tie on Monday evening, and Souttar admitted they must eradicate mistakes quickly. “It was the biggest test for me by far,” he said, as quoted by EdinburghNews. “It was a learning curve for me playing against them. I felt good and I enjoyed it. I felt that we did some good stuff in the game but the result obviously dampens it.Kevin De Bruyne, BelgiumThere’s no midfielder like De Bruyne: Roberto Martinez Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to the Belgium boss, the best midfielder in the world is Kevin De Bruyne after a fantastic Monday display against Scotland.“The difference was three individual errors, costing three goals. They punish you and they’re ruthless. Their finishing is ruthless and their movement is ruthless. If I’m going to be where I want to be, I’m going to have to play people like that and learn from it. On a selfish note, it was good to go up against players like that.”“We’ve got to learn quick. The manager [Alex McLeish] has come in and put his own philosophy in. You can see the change of formation so we have to learn quickly. Monday will be a completely different game. All focus sn on that now because that’s the important one.”“Belgium are second in the world for a reason. They are a top team and you saw in the World Cup how good they are,” he said. “They knocked Brazil about the park and it was always going to be tough. To test yourself against that at this stage of my career is brilliant. “It’s something I’ve strived for for a long time.”last_img read more

September 18, 2019

Wayne Rooney feels enormously proud for England

first_imgEngland legend Wayne Rooney is not sorry for missing out on the last World Cup, he is actually quite content with The Three Lions’ recent success.As one of the most competitive animals that England has produced in a long time, it would only be natural if Wayne Rooney felt a little bit envious of his compatriots when they reached that historic World Cup semifinal during the summer.But the DC United player is very happy with the career that he led with the national team, as well as the top scoring record that he left after parting ways with the squad.When asked about the experience of watching England as a fan, Rooney gave the most honest answer and proved that he truly is a legend because he feels happy for all his teammates who experienced that historic moment during the World Cup.“It was great to watch the games. The last time I watched England and wasn’t part of the set up was when I was 16, just 17,” said Rooney on BBC Sport.“So to go back to that and watch as a fan rather than having those connections as being a part of it was different to what I was used to – it was great to chill out, watch the games and support the team.”“I have seen players in the past who have retired and they maybe don’t want England to do well, I’ve spoken to players who have had that opinion.”“But as an England fan I obviously wanted them to go one step further [at the 2018 World Cup] and get to the final, where anything can happen.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I think they have brought a bit of pride back to the England set-up. I felt the timing was right when I retired from England, not only for myself but I think for the team.”“It was the right decision to let the team move on and it was the right time. I have no regrets,” he concluded.Wayne Rooney | Record breaker.The @England record goalscorer celebrates his birthday today 🎈Have a great day, @WayneRooney. pic.twitter.com/0GEYIvlP0R— Wembley Stadium (@wembleystadium) October 24, 2018last_img read more