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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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The Board of Trustees of the National Gallery is delighted to announce that they have appointed John Booth as Chair.

He will take over from Sir John Kingman, who has been interim Chair since Lord Hall of Birkenhead stood down from the role in May 2021.

John originally joined the National Gallery Board in February 2021 as liaison Trustee of the Tate Gallery, where he served as Deputy Chair. He was appointed a National Gallery Trustee by the Prime Minister in August 2021.

John Booth is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who chairs The Prince’s Trust and a number of public and private companies including Maintel plc and the London Theatre Company.

Speaking of his appointment, John said ‘I’m delighted to take up this role as the National Gallery prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2024. The Gallery’s amazing collection, including so many of the world’s greatest paintings, belongs to the whole nation and we look forward to sharing it afresh with visitors as we emerge from the pandemic, and as we continue to grow our international digital presence.’

National Gallery interim Chair Sir John Kingman commented ‘The National Gallery Trustees are delighted that John will be our next Chair, leading the Board as we work towards making a reality of our vision to mark the Gallery’s forthcoming Bicentenary in 2024.’

National Gallery Director, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, added ‘All of us at the National Gallery are immensely looking forward to working closely with John Booth. He becomes our Chair of Trustees as we develop our plans for the Gallery Bicentenary in 2024 and brings a wealth of experience and skill to enable us to realize them for the benefit of the public.’

John Booth’s first term as Chair will last until 2025 when he will be eligible to serve a further term, subject to the Prime Minister’s consideration at the appropriate time of any reappointment as a trustee.

John Booth is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who chairs a number of public and private companies including Maintel plc and the London Theatre Company. He also serves as a non-executive director of several investment management businesses and has venture capital interests in e-commerce, media and telecommunications.

He chairs The Prince’s Trust and Pallant House Gallery and is a trustee of the Chatsworth Settlement and the Arts Foundation.

John read Modern Languages at Oxford University where he is a Fellow of Merton College. He is an ambassador for the homelessness charity Depaul International, a Deputy Lieutenant for West Sussex and sits on the Honours Committee.

The National Gallery Board consists at any one time of 12 to 14 Trustees, all of whom are appointed by the Prime Minister through open competition under the public appointments process, save for one, who is appointed by the Board of Tate. The Trustees are required by The Museums and Galleries Act 1992 to appoint one of their number to be Chair.



The Recording Academy® announced today the appointment of Todd Dupler as Vice President of Advocacy & Public Policy, effective immediately. Dupler will report to Chief Advocacy & Public Policy Officer Daryl Friedman, whose title recently updated from Chief Advocacy Officer. In his role, Dupler works with the Academy's leadership to develop policy positions on issues affecting the music community and represents the interests of the Academy's members before Congress and federal agencies. He also coordinates state and local advocacy with the Academy's 12 regional chapters. Friedman continues to oversee the advocacy division focused on championing creators' rights and elevating important policy issues that stand to affect the music community. He also orchestrates cross-departmental efforts to advance the overall advocacy goals of the Recording Academy.

"I'm thrilled to welcome Todd into his elevated role as Vice President of Advocacy & Public Policy," said Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. "His track record for advocating on behalf of music creators nationwide has proven to be invaluable to the music community. As we continue to evolve to better serve the music industry at-large, we are excited to see what great work he will lead to ensure fair treatment and compensation for music creators."

Dupler joined the Recording Academy in 2012 and most recently served as Managing Director of Advocacy & Public Policy. He was instrumental in launching the Academy's District Advocate program — the largest grassroots music advocacy initiative of its kind — as well as the GRAMMY® Fund for Music Creators, the Academy's political action committee, where he currently acts as the GRAMMY Fund's Treasurer. He has also managed the GRAMMYs on the Hill® Advocacy Day for nine years.

Dupler has over two decades of experience in Washington, D.C., and extensive knowledge of Capitol Hill and the legislative process. Prior to joining the Academy, he served on the legislative staffs of two members of Congress and a United States senator, including serving as the legislative director to the chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. In this role, Dupler helped facilitate negotiations to reform copyright law, and was a liaison to stakeholders in the creative industries. In addition, he was also a presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor and has experience in state government.

He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and serves on the board of the Texas State Society of Washington, D.C. He also previously served on the board of the Copyright Alliance. He received a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Baylor University.

The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards® — music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world's leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

For more information about the Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, "like" Recording Academy on Facebook, and join the Recording Academy's social communities on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.


#CulturedPeachy #WashingtonDCPeachy Now Open: "Sargent, Whistler and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano"

Exhibition Examines Cultural Exchange Between American Artists and Venetian Glassmakers During the Late 19th Century

“Sargent, Whistler and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano” invites visitors to voyage to Venice in the first comprehensive examination of American tourism, art making and art collecting in this Italian metropolis.

On view in Washington, D.C. through May 8, 2022, the exhibition features more than 140 artworks, including rare etchings by James McNeill Whistler, major oil paintings by John Singer Sargent, and work by Robert Frederick Blum, William Meritt Chase, Charles Caryl Coleman, Louise Cox, Frank Duveneck, Ellen Day Hale, Thomas Moran, Maxfield Parrish, Maurice Prendergast, and Julius LeBlanc Stewart.

These paintings and prints intermingle among rarely seen Venetian glass mosaic portraits and glass cups, vases and urns by the leading glassmakers of Murano, including members of the legendary Seguso and Barovier families. More than a quarter of the objects in the groundbreaking exhibition are from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection, joining loans from more than 45 prestigious museums—such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago—and from private collections.

The exhibition gives fresh attention to women artists who were often sidelined in the history of the period, such as Mabel Pugh. As both makers and collectors, Italian women were at the forefront of reviving and sustaining Venice's glass, bead and lace industries. During the same time, American patrons and collectors like Isabella Stewart Gardner and Jane Lathrop Stanford also supported Venice's other decorative arts industries, most notably mosaics, lace and jewelry, incorporating their passions into what would eventually provide the foundation for their own respective museums in the United States.

The exhibition is organized by Crawford Alexander Mann III, curator of prints and drawings at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Commentary about the project by Mann is available in an introductory video produced by the museum and in an interview published on the museum's blog "Eye Level."

Additional installation photography is available via Dropbox.

The gorgeously illustrated catalog features five new essays from experts in the history of American art and Venetian glassware. Members of the media interested in obtaining a copy of the catalog are urged to contact Katie Hondorf.

“Sargent, Whistler and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano” is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Generous support has been provided by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C., Chris G. Harris, the Raymond J. and Margaret Horowitz Endowment, Janet and William Ellery James, William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment Fund, Maureen and Gene Kim, the Lunder Foundation—Peter and Paula Lunder Family, Lucy S. Rhame, Holly and Nick Ruffin, the Smithsonian Scholarly Studies Awards, Rick and Lucille Spagnuolo, and Myra and Harold Weiss.

The accompanying catalog is supported in part by Jane Joel Knox.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

In-kind support has been provided by Christie's.

Related Exhibition

The exhibition "New Glass Now" is on view at the Renwick Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum's branch for contemporary craft, from Oct. 22 to Mar. 6, 2022. It offers a global survey that highlights the innovation shown by a new generation of glassmakers. The exhibition, organized by the Corning Museum of Glass, features a range of objects, installations, videos and performances by 50 artists working in more than 23 countries. Their work challenges the very notion of what the material of glass is and what it can do.

Planning a Visit to the Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is open with a reduced weekly schedule and health and safety measures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visitors are advised to consult the museum's website,, for up-to-date guidance about current policies, operating hours and requirements for face coverings.

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the home to one of the most significant and inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The museum’s main building is located at Eighth and G streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station and is open 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Its Renwick Gallery, a branch museum dedicated to craft and decorative arts, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. and is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free. Follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Website:

Image Credit:
Installation photography of Sargent, Whistler and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano, 2021, Courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; photo by Albert Ting.



The Recording Academy® announced today the appointment of David Gregory as Chief Information Officer, effective immediately. Reporting to Co-President Panos A. Panay, Gregory leads the Information Technology team responsible for the overall technology infrastructure at the Academy and its awards shows, including network and systems technology, distribution and support of mobile devices, and training. He is responsible for driving operational technology and processes for IT, ERP, CRM, data security, governance, risk, and compliance while using technology to generate value, maintain security and increase productivity. Gregory also oversees the applications that manage membership and the voting process for the GRAMMY Awards® and supports the organization in achieving its diverse business objectives.

"Implementing new technological solutions is critical as we sharpen and modernize our service to staff and members," said Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. "David's track record will further accelerate the Academy's growth as we continue to refine our practices on every level and transform the future of the organization."

"I am delighted to welcome David to the Academy as our new Chief Information Officer," said Panos A. Panay, Co-President of the Recording Academy. "I've had the pleasure of working together with David for many years and look forward to bringing his talent and experience to the Academy as we architect and redevelop our data and technological infrastructure to meet the demands and needs of a new Academy and a new music business."

Before joining the Academy, Gregory served as vice president of technology resources at Berklee College of Music for six years, where he led the implementation of major enterprise cloud applications including Salesforce and Workday, and taught advanced music theory and composition for Berklee Online. He also held roles as vice president of technology at Smith College and chief information officer at Colgate University.

From 1994 to 2002, Gregory was the founder and chief creative officer for Media Station, a digital media company that developed interactive products for companies such as Disney, Hasbro and Mattel, where he designed the games and produced music for The Lion King's animated storybook games.

Gregory holds a bachelor's and master's degree of music in composition from the University of Michigan and a certificate in music for film and television from Berklee Online.

The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards® — music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world's leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

For more information about the Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, "like" Recording Academy on Facebook, and join the Recording Academy's social communities on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.



The first half of 2021 has raised the confidence of Italian eyewear players: ANFAO data from the January-June period improve expectations and anticipate a complete return to 2019 levels as early as year’s end.

Key features:

- Above all optical frames for exports and ophthalmic lenses in the domestic market are leading the recovery.

- The main export markets for Italian eyewear are all showing revival. For some of these, eyewear sales have already returned to pre-covid levels.


2021 is likely to be crucial for the recovery for global economies, also due to the massive influx of Covid vaccines.

China and the United States were able to react immediately to the crisis and were the first to meet the recovery head on, as early as last year.

In terms of infections and resumption of business as usual, the vaccine has certainly played a key role in Italy. Confidence among households has taken a positive turn while spending levels have also risen. Investments, production and exports, especially in the manufacturing sector, have shown fast reaction times and are on their way to a strong recovery. Even the outlook for public accounts appears to be better than expected.

Nonetheless, there are still some critical factors that could undermine this general recovery, starting with the substantial uncertainty instilled by variants of the virus and by the course of the pandemic and vaccination campaigns.

In Italy, inflation trends and the announced increases in energy prices, the boost to the recovery given by the construction sector (will this be sustainable over the medium- to long-term?) and, above all, compliance with the conditions imposed by Europe for Italy’s Recovery and Resilience Plan, will all require close monitoring.

In this general setting, Italian eyewear is also following this track, with a recovery that appears to be exceeding forecasts for early 2021.

“2020 was an extremely challenging year for the sector and for our entire ANFAO System - both for the Association and for our industry-leading trade fair: MIDO,” stated President Giovanni Vitaloni. “We had anticipated that 2021 would be a somewhat subdued transition year, as we waited to see a recovery of pre-Covid values only in 2022. The first half year’s data, from both domestic consumption and above all from exports, have instead allowed us to adjust our forecasts for the better, to the point of believing we might just reach 2019 levels by the end of this year.

Even at the trade fairs that are finally popping up again on the markets: take for example, DaTE or SILMO, held just a few days ago, where there were clear signs of recovery and a strong desire to start back anew. From this standpoint, I am viewing the next MIDO with great optimism. Even though there is still an atmosphere of having to coexist with the pandemic, this trade fair truly offers an invaluable opportunity for relaunch.”


Exports, which we should recall make up around 90% of the sector’s production, stood at €2,034 million, up over 52% against the same period in 2020, and only 4 percentage points below 2019 levels.

This acceleration was more markedly observed in the frames segment, whose exports in the January-June 2021 period surpassed the levels of the same period in 2019.

Less enthusiastic were the exports of sunglasses, which recovered nicely over 2020, but which still remained negative compared to 2019 (-6.7%).

Encouraging data come from the monthly export trends for the first half of 2021 that were actually very similar to those from 2019 and even exceeded those levels in April and June.

However, by far the most interesting and encouraging analysis for Italian eyewear is by geographical region and country.

Exports recovered nicely in all geographical areas compared to 2020.

The most significant figure, however, was the result in value achieved compared to the same period in 2019 for exports to Europe and America, which together claim well over 80% of the sector's total exports:

- exports to Europe +55.6%

- exports to America -4%.

Even greater optimism arose from the export analysis to individual countries , which shows that among the main markets for Italian eyewear the gap compared to 2019 was either partly or totally closed, except for Spain.


In the first half of 2021 there were encouraging signs even on the domestic market for Italian eyewear.

Though the recovery was clear compared to 2020, where sales in the eyeglass channel for the first half of 2021 grew by more than 30 percentage points, they were still about 4% below the levels of the same period in 2019.

This dynamic seems to be following the general Italian eyeglass market trend from recent years: growth propelled by ophthalmic lenses (and within that, moved by the segment with the highest added value - progressive lenses) and partly by frames. Sunglasses, which recovered well from 2020, remained somewhat sluggish and still far from 2019 levels.

In this context, it will also be necessary to monitor the online channels, which are seeing significant growth for the sunglass sector, also due to advanced digitalization, greater familiarity with digital tools and almost immediate availability.


Based on the first half year’s results, ANFAO revised its forecasts for 2021 upwards. If the trends were to remain constant, the sector would close the year at a slightly higher value (between 0.5% and 1%) than in 2019, both for exports and for production.


#TastyTidbits THE WORLD’S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS UNVEILS ITS 2021 RANKINGS Mirazur restaurant makes its debut in the prestigious “Best of the Best” category

During the annual ceremony of the prestigious The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 - which took place on Tuesday, October 5th in Antwerp, Belgium - Mirazur restaurant was honoured with the “Best of the Best” Award. Chef Mauro Colagreco accepted the accolade on behalf of the restaurant, joining the ranks of former No.1 winners on stage.

In June 2019, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants inaugurated the “Best of the Best” category, honouring those restaurants voted as No.1 and recognising them as “iconic dining destinations”. This means that having achieved the ultimate position, winners will no longer feature within the active list, but join other former No.1 restaurants in a separate, dedicated category.

And so, on Tuesday 5th, Mirazur restaurant became the first French restaurant to enter this prestigious club alongside El Bulli, The French Laundry, The Fat Duck, Noma (initial location), El Celler de Can Roca, Osteria Francescana and Eleven Madison Park.

Mauro Colagreco and Mirazur entered The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for the first time in 2009. Since then, the restaurant has moved steadily up the rankings, featuring in fourth place in 2017, then third place in 2018, before being awarded the number one spot in 2019. This achievement meant that it was the first time since the creation of the ranking in 2002 that a French restaurant had taken the top-ranking spot and in doing so, Mauro made awards history.

For Mauro, joining this esteemed group represents great pride: “I am proud to be part of The 50 Best Restaurants Hall of Fame representatives. And to be part of a new style of French kitchen, one that lives to the rhythms of nature and the influences of the world. This recognition also offers visibility that allows us to raise our commitments higher and reflect on the challenges of our sector today and in the future. As a chef and restaurateur, we owe it to ourselves to lead by example and to show that change can be driven through food.”

Such an honour is a reward for the many years of care and support Mauro has demonstrated to Mirazur and the region of Menton, as well as the producers and suppliers he works with. As a chef always driving forward, Mauro continues to be inspired by his surroundings and will open two new restaurants this season within The Maybourne Riviera hotel - Riviera Restaurant, which opened on September 22nd and Restaurant Ceto, which will open its doors on Saturday, October 9th. Within this large-scale project, Mauro sees another opportunity to bring his culinary vision to the fore, leaning on his surroundings and harnessing the very best in local ingredients and produce, putting the region at the forefront of the international dining scene.

About Mirazur
In 2006, Mauro Colagreco established Mirazur in Menton, France, in an unusual 1930s Modernist building with sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea. Much more than a restaurant, Mirazur is a Mediterranean estate, a way of life, a way of thinking and living with nature as its focus. In 2019, Mirazur received three stars from the French Michelin Guide and was voted No.1 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ list. Today, always on the move and with a desire to continue learning and moving forward, Mauro Colagreco pursues his dreams to put the concerns of the Earth at the centre of his creations.

About Mauro Colagreco
From his native Argentina to the French Riviera, the journey was passionate. But above all, it was a path strewn with travels, discoveries, ambitions, and hard work that led him to the top of his art. His daring and his vision reflect his cuisine that transcends the seasons and the region. Always Mediterranean, instinctive and generous. Convinced of the benefits of short circuits and strong links he has forged with nature, chef Mauro Colagreco is committed to saving the planet. He works to fight climate change in the best possible way, a chef without borders, constantly on the move, he rubs shoulders with excellence in all its simplicity.



Dawn Hudson, chief executive officer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, announced today that, after a successful and transformational tenure, this current term will be her last as Academy CEO.

“After more than ten years and the incredibly successful opening of our new museum, I’ve decided, when this term concludes, it will be time for me to explore other opportunities and adventures as this can hardly be topped,” said Hudson. “We’ve achieved so much together that’s been most important to me — our ongoing commitment to representation and inclusion; adapting the Academy into a digitally sophisticated global institution; and creating the world’s premier movie museum that will be the destination of film fans for decades. The Board of Governors and I are mutually committed to a seamless transition to new leadership. I’m excited for what the future holds, for both the Academy and for me.”

“Dawn has been, and continues to be, a groundbreaking leader for the Academy. Advancements in the diversity and gender parity of our membership, our increased international presence, and the successful opening of a world-class Academy Museum — a project she revived, guided and championed — are already part of her legacy. I know the Board of Governors joins me in looking forward to our collaboration with Dawn in the many months ahead, as we map out a plan for succession,” said Academy President David Rubin.

Hudson joined the Academy as CEO in 2011. In her role, she oversees the Academy’s 450-person staff in Los Angeles, New York and London; operations and outreach, including awards, membership, marketing, communications, finance and technology; the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and the Academy Foundation. The Foundation includes educational initiatives, fellowships and grants, the Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Film Archive.

With Hudson at the helm building and overseeing its financial assets, including the Oscars®, the Academy has become more accessible to its members and people around the world. The institution has achieved advances in technology and the modernization of its infrastructure, which have enabled greater global outreach, member communications and events, online voting and streaming on the Academy Screening Room, and a significantly expanded social media presence.

Under her leadership, Hudson has driven significant diversity, inclusion and representation initiatives across the Academy membership, governance and staff. As a result, the Academy more than doubled the number of women and underrepresented ethnic/racial communities within its membership through the A2020 initiative, bringing in the most diverse class in the organization’s history at that time. Hudson also oversaw the creation of Aperture 2025, establishing inclusion standards for Oscars eligibility, to further the Academy’s efforts to advance representation in the entertainment industry.

Hudson was integral to the development of the Academy Museum, which opened to the public in September and is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts and sciences of moviemaking.

A search for Hudson’s successor will soon be underway, and she will have a vital role in the transition.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.



#NHLPeachy @NHL Kopitar, Ovechkin and Stamkos Named NHL ‘Three Stars’ of the Week

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin and Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 17.


Kopitar tallied a League-leading seven points (four goals, three assists) in two games last week, helping the Kings split a pair of contests. He opened the campaign with a record-setting performance Thursday, scoring his fifth NHL hat trick and matching his single-game career high with five points as the Kings defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 at STAPLES Center. He recorded the most points by a King on opening night in franchise history; became the third player in franchise history with a hat trick in a season-opening game, joining Luc Robitaille (Oct. 6, 1988) and Jari Kurri (Oct. 4, 1991); and, at 34 years and 51 days, became the oldest player in League history with five points in a season opener. He eclipsed the previous mark set by Phil Esposito (31 years, 232 days) on Oct. 10, 1973 (w/ BOS). The Kings captain completed the week by figuring in both of his team’s goals (one goal, one assist) in a 3-2 home loss to Minnesota Saturday.

The 34-year-old Jesenice, Slovenia, native was the Kings’ top pick, 11th overall, in the 2005 NHL Draft and is skating in his 16th season with the club. Kopitar led the Kings in scoring in 2020-21 (13-37—50 in 56 GP), topping the club for the 13th time in the past 14 seasons. He ranks among the franchise’s top five all-time in games (2nd, 1,131); goals (4th, 350); assists (3rd, 657); points (4th, 1,007) and game-winning goals (3rd, 57).


Ovechkin notched 3-2—5 in two games as the Capitals opened the season earning three of a possible four points (1-0-1). The Washington captain began his 17th NHL season with 2-2—4 in a 5-1 opening-night victory over the New York Rangers Wednesday. The goals were the 731st and 732nd of his career, moving him past Marcel Dionne (731) into sole possession of fifth place on the NHL’s all-time goals list. Ovechkin improved his career totals to 13-11—24 in his 17 season-opening games, the most such goals and points among active players. He also became the fourth player in NHL history to record at least 150 career multi-goal games, joining Wayne Gretzky (189), Brett Hull (158) and Mario Lemieux (154). Three nights later, Ovechkin accounted for Washington’s lone tally – no. 733 – in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Lightning Saturday. The 36-year-old Moscow native moved within eight of matching Brett Hull (741) for fourth place on the League’s all-time list.


Stamkos matched Kopitar’s seven-point output in three games (3-4—7), helping the Lightning begin the defense of their back-to-back Stanley Cup titles with a 2-1-0 record. The Tampa Bay captain began his 14th NHL season by notching an assist on both Lightning goals in a 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday, followed by a two-goal, one-assist effort in a 7-6 come-from-behind overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings Thursday. All three points came after the Red Wings had built a 4-1 lead, including a pair of goals 1:12 apart late in the second period. Stamkos closed the week by recording the overtime winner and one assist in a 2-1 victory over the Capitals Saturday. The 31-year-old Markham, Ont., native is the franchise’s all-time goal-scoring leader (442) and ranks third all-time in games (844), assists (431) and points (873). His next point will tie Vincent Lecavalier (383-491—874) for second place on the Lightning’s all-time list.

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WHO: A total of 25 music teachers, from 24 cities across 16 states, have been announced as semifinalists for the Music Educator Award™ presented by the Recording Academy® and GRAMMY Museum®. In total, more than 1,135 initial nominations were submitted from 49 states. Nominations for the 2023 Music Educator Award are now open at

Name School City State
Bonnie Anderson Miller’s Point Elementary School Converse Texas
Justin Antos Dwight D. Eisenhower High School Frankfort Illinois
Stephen Blanco Las Vegas High School Las Vegas Nevada
Joshua Boyd Newnan High School Newnan Georgia
Michael Coelho Ipswich High School Newburyport Massachusetts
Kyle Cook Western Branch Middle School Portsmouth Virginia
Stephen Cox Eastland High School Eastland Texas
Cory Joy Craig Benton Intermediate School Shreveport Louisiana
Christine Cumberledge Central Junior High School Euless Texas
Brandon Elliott Moorpark College Moorpark California
Chris Gleason Patrick Marsh Middle School Sun Prairie Wisconsin
Sarah Gulish Lower Moreland High School Huntingdon Valley Pennsylvania
Ryan Mack P.S. 10 Magnet School of Math, Science, & Design Technology Brooklyn New York
Chris Maunu Arvada West High School Arvada Colorado
Amber Moss Lakeside Middle School-Garland County Hot Springs Arkansas
Trevor Nicholas Nicholas Senn High School Chicago Illinois
Zachary Pitt-Smith Edna Brewer Middle School Oakland California
Bethany Robinson Noblesville High School Noblesville Indiana
Yael Rothfeld Thurston Elementary School Ann Arbor Michigan
Jason Schayot Berkner High School Richardson Texas
Matthew Shephard Meridian Early College High School Sanford Michigan
Katie Silcott Olentangy Shanahan Middle School Lewis Center Ohio
Matthew Trevino Roan Forest Elementary San Antonio Texas
Alice Tsui New Bridges Elementary Brooklyn New York
Tammy Yi Chapman University Orange California

WHAT: The Music Educator Award recognizes current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the music education field and demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. The recipient will be recognized during GRAMMY® Week 2022.

The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators.

Teachers are also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are notified and invited to fill out an application.

Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their remarkable impact on students' lives. They will receive a $10,000 honorarium and matching grant for their school’s music program. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium and matching grants. The remaining 15 semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants.

The matching grants provided to the schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Museum’s Education Champion Ford Motor Company Fund. In addition, the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies.

The finalists will be announced in December. For more information, please visit

Established in 2008, the GRAMMY Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music through exhibits, education, grants, preservation initiatives, and public programming. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form—from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity.

For more information, visit, "like" the GRAMMY Museum on Facebook, and follow @GRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram.

The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic
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Friday, October 15, 2021

#NHLPeachy @NHL Jack Barzee to Receive 2021 Lester Patrick Trophy

The National Hockey League today announced that Jack Barzee (New Haven, Conn.) has been named the recipient of the 2021 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The annual award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.

“Through six decades of service to our game, Jack Barzee played just about every conceivable role – from player to coach to general manager to scout to administrator,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Every step of the way, he tirelessly advocated for hockey in the United States and focused relentlessly on promoting the talent and skill of American players.

“Jack was instrumental in the growth of the United States Hockey League and the flourishing of franchises in Waterloo and Dubuque before beginning a 27-year career as a pro scout – four with the Washington Capitals and then 23 with the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau. Throughout, he was and remains one of the most engaging personalities and great conversationalists in the sport. For his stellar service to hockey in the United States, Jack Barzee is a fitting recipient of the Lester Patrick Trophy.”

Whether as a player, coach, scout or advisor, Barzee is widely known as an advocate for U.S. players during an era which saw their NHL representation grow.

As a player, Barzee persisted until finding a long-term home in the United States Hockey League, where he contributed to three championship teams (1966, 1967, 1968) with Dubuque.

Over his eight full seasons as head coach/owner between two USHL franchises – Waterloo and Dubuque – his teams won seven regular-season or playoff titles, but perhaps more significantly, Barzee provided important leadership as the USHL transitioned from senior to junior hockey and its destiny to become the nation’s only Tier I junior league.

After recruiting top players from around the country to help the USHL live up to its name, Barzee went on to a 27-year career as a professional scout before retiring following the 2012 NHL Draft. Barzee has been previously recognized by the American Hockey Coaches Association with the John “Snooks” Kelley Founders Award and by the USHL with its Distinguished Service Award.

Barzee will be formally honored, along with 2020 recipient Lynn Olson, as part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration in December. The event will include the enshrinement of both the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Classes of 2020 (Dean Blais, Tony Granato, Jenny Potter, and Jerry York) and 2021 (Stan Fischler, Paul Holmgren, and Peter McNab). The date and location are expected to be announced this week.

Past winners of the Lester Patrick Trophy include Dr. Jack Blatherwick (2019), Jim Johannson (2018), Peter Lindberg & Dave Ogrean (2017), Mark Howe & Patrick J. Kelly (2016), Jeremy Jacobs & Bob Crocker (2015), Bill Daly & Paul Holmgren (2014), Kevin Allen (2013), Bob Chase-Wallenstein & Dick Patrick (2012). For the full list of Lester Patrick Trophy recipients please click here.


#MovietimeInManhattan #SmallScreenScenes @TheAcademy WILL PACKER TO PRODUCE THE 94TH OSCARS® THE OSCARS SET TO AIR LIVE, MARCH 27, 2022, ON ABC

 Emmy®-nominated producer Will Packer will produce the 94th Oscars®, Academy President David Rubin announced today. It will be his first involvement with the Oscars, which will air live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, March 27, 2022.

“Will is a powerhouse producer who has enjoyed success across all movie genres. He’s already bringing a boundless energy and a focus on innovation to this year’s Oscars, to entertain the widest spectrum of fans. Many wonderful surprises ahead!” said Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.

“The power, the beauty, the romance of the imagery in movies has always attracted me. I’m fully embracing the challenge of bringing an ode to one of the most iconic mediums in the world to life. What an honor!” said Packer.

“There is no one better than Will Packer to celebrate our collective love for cinema,” said Craig Erwich, president, Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment. “Will is a world-class hitmaker and the ideal producer to capture the prestige of The Oscars and deliver a powerful and moving event.”

Packer has produced or executive produced a wide range of movies, including such films as “The Photograph,” “Little,” “What Men Want,” “Night School,” “Breaking In,” “Girls Trip,” “Ride Along 2,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “No Good Deed,” “Think Like a Man Too,” “Ride Along,” “Think Like a Man,” “Takers,” “Obsessed” and “Stomp the Yard.” His television credits include “That Girl Lay Lay,” “Blackballed,” “Ambitions,” “Bigger,” “Being Mary Jane,” “Uncle Buck” and the remake of “Roots,” for which he received an Emmy nomination. He is the founder and CEO of film production company Will Packer Productions and Will Packer Media, a television, digital and branded content company.

Shayla Cowan, chief of staff of Will Packer Productions and Will Packer Media, will serve as co-producer alongside Packer. Cowan manages and oversees all the operational activities of both companies, advises on marketing, communications and business strategies, and provides support on the development and production of the company’s films, television and digital programming.

The 94th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.



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