Emmy-nominated producer Dee Haslam to be featured at Women’s Endowment Fund dinner
Written by Kristen Ashby
AKRON, Ohio (March 12, 2014) – Emmy-nominated television producer Dee Haslam is coming to Akron to share her experiences as an industry leader and pioneer. Haslam, the CEO and founder of RIVR Media, will discuss women’s leadership and philanthropy at the Women’s Endowment Fund’s “For Women, Forever” annual dinner April 24. Tickets for the event are on sale now at www.regonline.com/forwomenforever.
Haslam’s love for television was inspired by her father, famed producer Ross Bagwell Sr., who became her mentor in the industry. After college, she spent 13 years working for her father’s production company, Cinetel, before co-founding RIVR Media in 1999. In the years since, Haslam has grown RIVR Media into a multi-million dollar enterprise known for producing “Trading Spaces” and other hit reality shows on cable networks like HGTV and Animal Planet. Her company also writes, directs and produces high-profile film and online projects.
In 2010, Haslam co-created Moving Picture Books, an award-winning line of animated children’s books. Her work with both companies has earned her numerous awards, including an Emmy nomination for “Whale Wars,” the Parents Choice Award, and the New York Festivals World Medal. Haslam’s professional associations include the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and the International Women’s Forum, where she cultivates and mentors emerging female leaders worldwide.
Working Class Vegan Man enjoys sharing his vegan insight on how to health up. He talks food, facts, and fun and how improvements in each can fix that rotten attitude and ignite your energy. So, how can we trust the advice of this Working Class Vegan Man? Good question. Let’s deconstruct this super hero who’s willing to save his fellow man.
First, what is a man and how can Working Class Vegan Man claim to be one? Well, there’s the obvious anatomical usuals that come with being a man. Right, but is he a MAN? What do we mean by a MAN? Does he have a gut, goatee, and calf tattoo? No. Does he come up with excuses why he should sit on the couch instead of head to the gym in the morning? Nope. Okay, then you’re gonna have to convince me that he’s a man. Well, he can outrun other 40-year-olds for long distances without being winded. His chest holds firm without having saggy pieces. His arms are defined like those of other welterweight-sized men. So wait. What is a man? Well, that’s just it. The Working Class Vegan Man will challenge the modern assumption of MAN, suggesting that MAN, given a few tweaks here and there, could feel stronger and more fulfilled in life.
Second, he’s working class. What does he do for a living? Is he a hands-dirty, jeans-wearing construction worker? No, he’s a high school history teacher. Can he quit his job on the spot? No. Does he have to think about things like health insurance and a reliable mode of transportation. Yes. Is the purchase of a new pair of jeans a family decision? Yes. Definitely working class.
Regional artists entered their freshest work this season for the 10th Annual FRESH ART exhibition, which continues through April 19. Regular gallery hours are Thursday from noon to 9 p.m. in conjunction with the Akron Art Museum, and Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
A group of 57 works were chosen by juror, Alexandra Nicholis Coon, the Director of the Massillon Museum of Art. Spanning media, matter and unique materials, the artists chose to approach their pieces in a variety of ways, from the abstract and ethereal to the conceptual and surrealistic. Fresh Art is an annual juried show in which contemporary area artists working are challenged to stretch their imaginations and produce new works that reflect novel thinking and unusual materials.
Believing in the power of local artists, Summa Health System supports the exhibition’s cash awards. Brenda Cummins, director of Community Engagement, presented the awards at the March 7 opening and commented, “Supporting artists who have a “fresh” take on their art creates an opportunity to heal more than our patients…it heals the community!”
Jeri Sapronetti and Sam Caler make up the eccentric and talented Akron rock duo, Time Cat. Sapronetti sings and plays bluesy guitar with the occasional shredding, while Caler plays the drums, adding sophisticated rhythms and originality. The group draws on many classic rock influences such as Led Zeppelin and David Bowie to create a modern rock ‘n’ roll sound full of vibrant guitar work, heavy drum beats and wild vocals that come together to make a groovy combination not commonly found in today’s music.
The band started out late 2011 after the two met at a jam night hosted at Sapronetti’s house. About a year after they met, they began playing together and soon decided they would form a band.
“It was like late 2011 when we started playing together,” said Sapronetti, “and we’ve just been playing tons and tons of shows for the last two years.”
On Friday, Feb. 21, Akron Community Foundation’s board of directors reported a record $181.6 million in assets as of Dec. 31 – an increase of $12.6 million over the same quarter last year. The growth was fueled by more than $5.7 million in gifts received Sept. 1-Dec. 31 and investment returns of 5.8 percent for the same quarter.
Cleveland native Dominick Farinacci — a rising star who has earned the respect and support of jazz greats Wynton Marsalis and Quincy Jones — is bringing his trumpet home to Northeast Ohio for The University of Akron's JazzFest 2014 on March 18--21.
UA's JazzFest 2014 opens March 18 at 8 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall, 157 University Ave., with a concert featuring UA student jazz ensembles. The second concert, on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stage Door of E.J. Thomas Hall, features UA faculty and students performing Miles Davis' groundbreaking work, "The Birth of Cool."
Farinacci performs with the UA Faculty Jazz Combo on March 20 and the UA Student Jazz Ensemble on March 21. Both of those concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Stage Door of E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St. on campus.