Wednesday, August 31, 2016

2010 Indianapolis Circle of Lights Festival

For the 48th year, Indianapolis’ Monument Circle will celebrate the Circle of Lights, presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481. This annual Indianapolis tradition will take place on Friday, November 26, 2010, when Monument Circle lights up downtown Indianapolis for the first time this season. Fifty-two garland strands and 4784 colored lights will be strung from the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument. In addition 26 giant toy soldiers, 26 candy canes and 90,000 lights on the Circle’s trees will complete Monument Circle’s holiday decorations.

This Indianapolis event is free and usually attracts more than 100,000 residents and visitors, so arrive early to find parking and space. Live entertainment begins at 6pm, including soloists, show choirs, dancing troupes and more from Indiana and around the country. Those not wanting to risk the cold and the crowds can tune in on their televisions from 7-8pm. The monument itself will be lit around 7:45pm. The child who wins a statewide coloring contest gets to flip the switch with Santa and our Indianapolis mayor.

If you wish to attend Indianapolis Circle of Lights Festival, I recommend arriving very early downtown. Parking on the street in Indianapolis is free on the weekends, but not until 6pm on Fridays. Even paid parking will be a rare commodity once it gets closer to time to light up the monument. Read this article to learn more about where to park in downtown Indianapolis. I suggest getting to downtown no later than 2 or 3pm. Before the show, have an early dinner at one of the restaurants in the area. If you’re brave, get some Christmas shopping done in Circle Center Mall; but, like all shopping centers, the mall will be packed the day after Thanksgiving. You can also take a carriage ride through downtown Indianapolis to see the holiday sights before the Festival begins. Regardless, if you want to experience the Circle of Lights up close, find your place in Monument Circle between 4pm and 5pm. The Circle itself will be very crowded, however. If you want to see the “tree” light up the night but wish to avoid the crowds, try hanging out at the City Market, east of the Circle on Market Street just a few blocks, for a clear view of the monument.

Statewide auditions for performances were held September 30 and October 9. The coloring contest is scheduled to run from November 1 – 17. For more information, contact Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. (IDI) at 317-237-2222, or visit their website.

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2010 Grammy Award Nominations - Official List #2

See Page 1 of the Official Grammy Award Nominees List

Field 11 – Gospel
Category 56 – Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

• Audience Of One
Heather Headley
[EMI Gospel]

• Renewed
Sheri Jones-Moffett
[EMI Gospel]

• Just James
J Moss
[GospoCentric/ Verity]

• Smokie Norful: Live
Smokie Norful
[EMI Gospel]

• Bold Right Life
Kierra Sheard
[EMI Gospel]

Field 12 – Latin
Category 57 – Best Latin Pop Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

• 5to Piso
Ricardo Arjona
[Warner Music Latina]

• Te Acuerdas…
Francisco Céspedes
[Warner Music Latina]

• Sin Frenos
La Quinta Estación
[Sony Music Latin]

• Hu Hu Hu
Natalia Lafourcade
[Sony Music Latin]

• Gran City Pop
Paulina Rubio
[Universal Music Latino]

Field 12 – Latin
Category 58 – Best Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

• Rio
[Nacional Records]

• Y.
[EMI Spain]

• Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo
Calle 13
[Sony Music Norte]

• La Luz Del Ritmo
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
[Nacional Records]

• La Revolucion
Wisin Y Yandel
[Machete Music/Wy Records]

Field 12 – Latin
Category 59 – Best Tropical Latin Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

• Asi Soy
Isaac Delgado
[Machete Music]

• Ciclos
Luis Enrique
[Top Stop Music]

• Guasábara
José Lugo Orchestra
[Caminalo Discos Inc./Sony Music Norte]

• Gracias
Omara Portuondo
[World Village]

• Bach In Havana
Tiempo Libre
[Sony Classical]

Field 12 – Latin
Category 60 – Best Regional Mexican Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

• Corazón Ranchero
Shaila Dúrcal
[EMI Mexico]

• Necesito De Ti
Vicente Fernández
[Sony Music Norte]

• Compañeras
Mariachi Reyna De Los Angeles
[Serenata Records]

• 10 Aniversario
Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea
[Shea Records/East Side Records]

• Pegadito Al Corazón
Joan Sebastian
[Balboa Records Co. & Discos Musart]

Field 12 – Latin
Category 61 – Best Tejano Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

• Borders Y Bailes
Los Texmaniacs
[Smithsonian Folkways Recordings]

• Divina
Stefani Montiel
[Ro Records/World Records]

• All The Way Live
Jay Perez
[Tejas Records]

• Point Of View
Joe Posada
[Baby Dude Records]

• Radiación Musical
Sunny Sauceda Y Todo Eso
[Tejas Records]

Field 12 – Latin
Category 62 – Best Norteño Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

• Dejame Soñar
Cumbre Norteña
[Sony Music Latin]

• El Niño De Oro
El Compa Chuy
[Sony Music Norte]

• Pese A Quien Le Pese
Los Rieleros Del Norte

• Tu Noche Con…Los Tigres Del Norte
Los Tigres Del Norte

• Soy Todo Tuyo
Los Tucanes De Tijuana

Field 12 – Latin
Category 63 – Best Banda Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

• Se Nos Murio El Amor
El Güero Y Su Banda Centenario

• Mas Adelante
La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De Rene Camacho

• Derecho De Antiguedad
La Original Banda El Limón De Salvador Lizárraga

• Tu Esclavo Y Amo
Lupillo Rivera

Field 13 – American Roots
Category 64 – Best Americana Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

• Together Through Life
Bob Dylan

• Electric Dirt
Levon Helm
[Dirt Farmer Music/Vanguard Records]

• Willie And The Wheel
Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel
[Bismeaux Records]

• Wilco (The Album)

• Little Honey
Lucinda Williams
[Lost Highway Records]

Field 13 – American Roots
Category 65 – Best Bluegrass Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

• Could We Get Any Closer?
Jim Lauderdale
[Sky Crunch Records]

• The Crow / New Songs For The Five-String Banjo
Steve Martin

• Buckaroo Blue Grass
Michael Martin Murphey
[Rural Rhythm Records]

• Almost Live
Bryan Sutton And Friends
[Sugar Hill Records]

• Destination Life
Rhonda Vincent

Field 13 – American Roots
Category 66 – Best Traditional Blues Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

• A Stranger Here
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

• Blue Again
The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band Featuring Rick Vito
[429 Records]

• Rough & Tough
John Hammond
[Chesky Records]

• Stomp! The Blues Tonight
Duke Robillard
[Stony Plain Records]

• Chicago Blues: A Living History
(Various Artists)
Larry Skoller, producer
[Raisin’ Music]

Field 13 – American Roots
Category 67 – Best Contemporary Blues Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

• This Time
The Robert Cray Band
[Nozzle Records/Vanguard]

• The Truth According To Ruthie Foster
Ruthie Foster
[Blue Corn Music]

• Live: Hope At The Hideout
Mavis Staples

• Back To The River
Susan Tedeschi
[Verve Forecast]

• Already Free
The Derek Trucks Band
[Victor Records]

Field 13 – American Roots
Category 68 – Best Traditional Folk Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

• Cutting Loose
David Holt And Josh Goforth
[High Windy Audio]

• Naked With Friends
Maura O’Connell
[Sugar Hill Records]

• Polka Cola: Music That Refreshes
Jimmy Sturr And His Orchestra
[Starr Records]

• Singing Through The Hard Times: A Tribute To Utah Phillips
(Various Artists)
Jacqui Morse, Kendall Morse & Dan Schatz, producers
[righteous babe records, inc.]

• High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project
Loudon Wainwright III
[2nd Story Sound Records]

Field 13 – American Roots
Category 69 – Best Contemporary Folk Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

• Middle Cyclone
Neko Case

• Our Bright Future
Tracy Chapman

• Live
Shawn Colvin

• Secret, Profane & Sugarcane
Elvis Costello
[Hear Music]

• Townes
Steve Earle
[New West Records]

Field 13 – American Roots
Category 70 – Best Hawaiian Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

• He Nani
Tia Carrere & Daniel Ho
[Daniel Ho Creations]

• Friends & Family Of Hawai`i
Amy Hanaiali`i
[UA Records]

• Nani Mau Loa: Everlasting Beauty
[Ho`omau Inc.]

• Masters Of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2
(Various Artists)
Daniel Ho, George Kahumoku, Jr., Paul Konwiser & Wayne Wong, producers
[Daniel Ho Creations]

Field 13 – American Roots
Category 71 – Best Native American Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

• Siyotanka
Michael Brant DeMaria
[Ontos Music]

• Spirit Wind North
Bill Miller
[Cool Springs Music Group]

• True Blue
Northern Cree
[Canyon Records]

• Wind Songs – Native American Flute Solos
John Two-Hawks
[Circle Studios]

• Riders Of The Healing Road
Johnny Whitehorse
[Silver Wave Records]

Field 13 – American Roots
Category 72 – Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

• Alligator Purse
Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet
[Yep Roc Records]

• Lay Your Burden Down
Buckwheat Zydeco

• Stripped Down
The Magnolia Sisters

• Live At 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Pine Leaf Boys
[MunckMix, Inc.]

• L’Ésprit Créole
Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole
[Valcour Records]

Field 14 – Reggae
Category 73 – Best Reggae Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

• Rasta Got Soul
Buju Banton
[Gargamel Music, Inc.]

• Brand New Me
Gregory Isaacs
[Tad’s Record]

• Awake
Julian Marley
[Ghetto Youths/Tuff Gong/Universal Republic]

• Mind Control – Acoustic
Stephen Marley
[Ghetto Youths/Tuff Gong/Universal Republic]

• Imperial Blaze
Sean Paul

Field 15 – World Music
Category 74 – Best Traditional World Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

• Ancient Sounds
Rahim Alhaj And Amjad Ali Khan
[UR Music]

• Double Play
Liz Carroll & John Doyle
[Compass Records]

• Douga Mansa
Mamadou Diabate
[World Village]

• La Guerra No
John Santos Y El Coro Folklórico Kindembo
[Machete Records]

• Drum Music Land
Ten Drum Art Percussion Group
[Wind Music]

Field 15 – World Music
Category 75 – Best Contemporary World Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

• Welcome To Mali
Amadou & Mariam

• Throw Down Your Heart: Tales From The Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3 – Africa Sessions
Béla Fleck

• Day By Day
Femi Kuti
[Mercer Street Records]

• Seya
Oumou Sangare

• Across The Divide: A Tale Of Rhythm & Ancestry
Omar Sosa
[Half Note Records]

Field 16 – Children’s
Category 76 – Best Musical Album For Children
(For albums consisting of predominantly music or song vs. spoken word.)

• American Heroes #3
Jonathan Sprout
[Sprout Recordings]

• Banjo To Beatbox
Cathy & Marcy With Special Guest Christylez Bacon
[Community Music, Inc.]

• Family Time
Ziggy Marley
[Tuff Gong Worldwide]

• Great Day
[Milkshake Music]

• Jumpin’ & Jammin’
Greg & Steve
[Greg & Steve Productions]

• Pete Seeger Tribute – Ageless Kids’ Songs
Buck Howdy
[Prairie Dog Entertainment]

Field 16 – Children’s
Category 77 – Best Spoken Word Album For Children
(For albums consisting of predominantly spoken word vs. music or song.)

• Aaaaah! Spooky, Scary Stories & Songs
Buck Howdy
[Prairie Dog Entertainment]

• Captain Nobody
Dean Pitchford
[Random House Audio/Listening Library]

• Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales
(Various Artists)
Sharon Gelman, Michele McGonigle & Alfre Woodard, producers
[Hachette Audio]

• The Phantom Tollbooth
David Hyde Pierce
[Harper Children’s Audio]

• Scat
Ed Asner
[Random House Audio/Listening Library]

• Through The Looking-Glass And What Alice Found There
Harlan Ellison
[Blackstone Audio Inc.]

Field 17 – Spoken Word
Category 78 – Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)

• Always Looking Up
Michael J. Fox
[Hyperion Audio]

• Jonathan Winters – A Very Special Time
Jonathan Winters (Music By Verne Langdon & Skip Edwards)
[Dejavu Record Company/The Orchard]

• The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Richard Dreyfuss & David Strathairn
[BBC Audiobooks America]

• The Maltese Falcon (Dashiell Hammett)
Various Artists Including Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh, Edward Herrmann & Others
Yuri Rasovsky & Josh Stanton, producers
[Blackstone Audio Inc.]

• We Can Have Peace In The Holy Land
Jimmy Carter
[Simon & Schuster Audio]

• Wishful Drinking
Carrie Fisher
[Simon & Schuster Audio]

Field 18 – Comedy
Category 79 – Best Comedy Album
(For comedy recordings, spoken or musical)

• Back From The Dead
Spinal Tap
[The Label Industry/Artist2Market Distribution]

• A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All!
Stephen Colbert
[Comedy Central Records]

• Internet Leaks
“Weird Al” Yankovic

• My Weakness Is Strong
Patton Oswalt
[Degenerate/Warner Bros.]

• Suckin’ It For The Holidays
Kathy Griffin
[Music With A Twist]

• Tall, Dark & Chicano
George Lopez
[Comedy Central Records]

Field 19 – Musical Show
Category 80 – Best Musical Show Album
(Award to the Album Producer(s), and to the Lyricist(s) & Composer(s) of 51% or more of a new score. (Artist, Lyricist & Composer names appear in parentheses.))

• Ain’t Misbehavin’
Robert Sher, producer (Various, composer; Various, lyricist) (30th Anniversary
Cast Recording With Ruben Studdard, Frenchie Davis & Others)

• Hair
Noah Cornman, Kurt Deutsch, Joel Moss & Steve Norman, producers (Galt MacDermot,
composer; James Rado & Gerome Ragni, lyricists) (New Broadway Cast With Sasha
Allen, Gavin Creel & Others)
[Razor & Tie Entertainment/Ghostlight Records]

• 9 To 5 The Musical
Frank Filipetti, producer; Dolly Parton, composer; Dolly Parton, lyricist
(Original Broadway Cast With Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty &
[Dolly Records/Artist2Market Distribution]

• Shrek The Musical
Peter Hylenski & Jeanine Tesori, producers; Jeanine Tesori, composer; David
Lindsay-Abaire, lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Brian d’Arcy James, Sutton
Foster & Others)
[Decca Broadway]

• West Side Story
David Caddick & David Lai, producers (Leonard Bernstein, composer; Stephen
Sondheim, lyricist) (New Broadway Cast with Matt Cavenaugh, Josefina Scaglione &
[Masterworks Broadway]

Field 20 – Film/TV/Visual Media
Category 81 – Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
(Award to the Artist(s) and/or Producer(s) of a majority of the tracks on the album, or to the individual(s) actively responsible for the concept and musical direction and for the selection of artists, songs and producers, as applicable.)

• Cadillac Records
(Various Artists)

[Music World Music/Columbia]

• Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds
(Various Artists)

• Slumdog Millionaire
(Various Artists)

[N.E.E.T./Interscope Records]

• True Blood
(Various Artists)


• Twilight
(Various Artists)

[Summit Ent./Chop Shop/Atlantic]

Field 20 – Film/TV/Visual Media
Category 82 – Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
(Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series or other visual media.)

• The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (Disc 1)
Alexandre Desplat, composer
[Concord Records]

• Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
Nicholas Hooper, composer
[New Line Records]

• Milk
Danny Elfman, composer

• Star Trek
Michael Giacchino, composer
[Varèse Sarabande]

• Up
Michael Giacchino, composer
[Walt Disney Records]

Field 20 – Film/TV/Visual Media
Category 83 – Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
(A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written specifically for a motion picture, television or other visual media, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

• The Climb (From Hannah Montana: The Movie)
Jessi Alexander & Jon Mabe, songwriters (Miley Cyrus)
[Walt Disney Records; Publishers: Vistaville Music, Hopeless Rose Music, Music Of Stage Three, Mabe It Big Music.]

• Decode (From Twilight)
Josh Farro, Hayley Williams & Taylor York, songwriters (Paramore)
[Summit Ent./Chop Shop/Atlantic; Publishers: WB Music Corp/But Father, I Just Want To Sing Music/Josh’s Music/FBR Music, Meaux Hits/Hunterboro Music, Rimutaka Music.]

• Jai Ho (From Slumdog Millionaire)
Gulzar, A.R. Rahman & Tanvi Shah, songwriters (A.R. Rahman, Sukhvinder Singh,
Tanvi Shah, Mahalaxmi Iyer & Vijay Prakash)
[N.E.E.T./Interscope Records; Publisher: KM Musiq.]

• Once In A Lifetime (From Cadillac Records)
Ian Dench, James Dring, Amanda Ghost, Beyoncé Knowles, Scott McFarnon & Jody
Street, songwriters (Beyoncé)
[Music World Music/Columbia; Publishers: B-Day Publishing/EMI April Music, Amanda Ghost Bucks Music Group Ltd./EMI Blackwood, Red Ink Music Ltd., Ian Dench Music/Songs of Kobalt Music, Chrysalis Music.]

• The Wrestler (From The Wrestler)
Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)
[Columbia; Publisher: Bruce Springsteen.]

Field 21 – Composing/Arranging
Category 84 – Best Instrumental Composition
(A Composer’s Award for an original composition (not an adaptation) first released during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only.)

• Borat In Syracuse
Paquito D’Rivera, composer (Paquito D’Rivera Quintet)
Track from: Jazz-Clazz
[Timba Records]

• Counting To Infinity
Tim Davies, composer (Tim Davies Big Band)
Track from: Dialmentia
[Origin Records]

• Fluffy
Bob Florence, composer (Bob Florence Limited Edition)
Track from: Legendary
[MAMA Records]

• Ice-Nine
Steve Wiest, composer (University Of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band)
Track from: Lab 2009
[North Texas Jazz]

• Married Life (From Up)
Michael Giacchino, composer (Michael Giacchino)
Track from: Up – Soundtrack
[Walt Disney Records]

Field 21 – Composing/Arranging
Category 85 – Best Instrumental Arrangement
(An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

• Emmanuel
Jeremy Lubbock, arranger (Chris Botti & Lucia Micarelli)
Track from: In Boston

• Hope
Vince Mendoza, arranger (Jim Beard With Vince Mendoza & The Metropole Orchestra)
Track from: Revolutions
[Sunny Side Records]

• Slings And Arrows
Vince Mendoza, arranger (Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge)
Track from: The Comet’s Tail: Performing The Compositions Of Michael Brecker
[MAMA Records]

• Up With End Credits (From Up)
Michael Giacchino, arranger (Michael Giacchino)
Track from: Up – Soundtrack
[Walt Disney Records]

• West Side Story Medley
Bill Cunliffe, arranger (Resonance Big Band)
Track from: Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute To Oscar Peterson
[Resonance Records]

Field 21 – Composing/Arranging
Category 86 – Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
(An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

• A Change Is Gonna Come
David Foster & Jerry Hey, arrangers (Seal)
Track from: Soul
[143/Warner Bros.]

• Dedicated To You
Laurence Hobgood, arranger (Kurt Elling)
Track from: Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music Of Coltrane And Hartman
[Concord Jazz]

• In The Still Of The Night
Thomas Zink, arranger (Anne Walsh)
Track from: Pretty World

• My One And Only Thrill
Vince Mendoza, arranger (Melody Gardot)
Track from: My One And Only Thrill

• Quiet Nights
Claus Ogerman, arranger (Diana Krall)
Track from: Quiet Nights

Field 22 – Package
Category 87 – Best Recording Package

• Back From The Dead
Brian Porizek, art director (Spinal Tap)
[The Label Industry/Artist2Market Distribution]

• Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Stefan Sagmeister, art director (David Byrne & Brian Eno)

• Middle Cyclone
Neko Case & Judge, art directors (Neko Case)

• Splitting Adam
Jeff Harrison, art director (Splitting Adam)

• Tathagata
Szu Wei Cheng & Hui Chen Huang, art directors (Various Artists)
[Wind Music]

Field 22 – Package
Category 88 – Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

• A Cabinet Of Curiosities
Mathieu Bitton & Scott Webber, art directors (Jane’s Addiction)
[Warner Bros./Rhino]

• The Clifford Ball
Masaki Koike, art director (Phish)

• Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Stefan Sagmeister, art director (David Byrne & Brian Eno)

• Lost In The Sound Of Separation (Deluxe Edition)
Jordan Butcher, art director (Underoath)
[Tooth & Nail Records]

• Neil Young Archives Vol. I (1963-1972)
Gary Burden, Jenice Heo & Neil Young, art directors (Neil Young)

Field 23 – Album Notes
Category 89 – Best Album Notes

• The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions (1935-1946)
Dan Morgenstern, album notes writer (Louis Armstrong)
[Mosaic Records]

• Dance-O-Mania: Harry Yerkes And The Dawn Of The Jazz Age, 1919-1923
Mark Berresford, album notes writer (The Happy Six)
[Rivermont Records]

• Gonzo: The Life And Work Of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson – Music From The Film
Douglas Brinkley & Johnny Depp, album notes writers (Various Artists)
[Legacy Recordings]

• My Dusty Road
Ed Cray & Bill Nowlin, album notes writers (Woody Guthrie)

• Origins Of The Red Hot Mama, 1910-1922
Lloyd Ecker & Susan Ecker, album notes writers (Sophie Tucker)

Field 24 – Historical
Category 90 – Best Historical Album

• The Complete Chess Masters (1950-1967)
Andy McKaie, compilation producer; Erick Labson, mastering engineer (Little
[Hip-O Select/Geffen Records]

• My Dusty Road
Scott Billington, Michael Creamer & Bill Nowlin, compilation producers; Doug
Pomeroy, mastering engineer (Woody Guthrie)

• Origins Of The Red Hot Mama, 1910-1922
Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin,
mastering engineer (Sophie Tucker)

• Take Me To The Water: Immersion Baptism In Vintage Music And Photography 1890-1950
Steven Lance Ledbetter & Jim Linderman, compilation producers; Robert Vosgien,
mastering engineer (Various Artists)

• Woodstock – 40 Years On: Back To Yasgur’s Farm
Cheryl Pawelski, Mason Williams & Andy Zax, compilation producers; Dave Schultz,
mastering engineer (Various Artists)

Field 25 – Production, Non-Classical
Category 91 – Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
(An Engineer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.))

• Ellipse
Imogen Heap, engineer (Imogen Heap)
[RCA/Megaphonic Records]

• Gossip In The Grain
Ethan Johns & Dominic Monks, engineers (Ray LaMontagne)
[RCA Records]

• My One And Only Thrill
Helik Hadar & Al Schmitt, engineers (Melody Gardot)

• Safe Trip Home
Jon Brion, Grippa, Greg Koller & Jim Scott, engineers (Dido)

• Swan Feathers
Richard Alderson, Chris Allen, Roman Klun, Lawrence Manchester, Rob Mounsey, Jay
Newland & Gordie Sampson, engineers (Leslie Mendelson)

Field 25 – Production, Non-Classical
Category 92 – Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
(A Producer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.))

• T Bone Burnett
• Moonalice (Moonalice) (A)
• Secret, Profane & Sugarcane (Elvis Costello) (A)

• Ethan Johns
• Gossip In The Grain (Ray LaMontagne) (A)

• Larry Klein
• Acadian Driftwood (Zachary Richard) (T)
• Bare Bones (Madeleine Peyroux) (A)
• My One And Only Thrill (Melody Gardot) (A)
• Our Bright Future (Tracy Chapman) (A)
• Tide (Luciana Souza) (A)

• Greg Kurstin
• It’s Not Me, It’s You (Lily Allen) (A)
• Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future (The Bird And The Bee) (A)

• Brendan O’Brien
• Black Ice (AC/DC) (A)
• Crack The Skye (Mastodon) (A)
• The Fixer (Pearl Jam) (S)
• Killswitch Engage (Killswitch Engage) (A)
• Working On A Dream (Bruce Springsteen) (A)

Field 25 – Production, Non-Classical
Category 93 – Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
(A Remixer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses for identification.) Singles or Tracks only.)

• Don’t Believe In Love (Dennis Ferrer Objektivity Mix)
Dennis Ferrer, remixer (Dido)

• The Girl And The Robot (Jean Elan Remix)
Jean Elan, remixer (Röyksopp)

• I Want You (Dave Aude Remix)
Dave Aude, remixer (Dean Coleman Featuring DCLA)
Track from: I Want You
[Yoshitoshi Recordings]

• No You Girls (Trentemøller Remix)
Anders Trentemøller, remixer (Franz Ferdinand)
Track from: Blood: Franz Ferdinand

• When Love Takes Over (Electro Extended Remix)
David Guetta, remixer (David Guetta Featuring Kelly Rowland)

Field 26 – Surround Sound
Category 94 – Best Surround Sound Album
(For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.)

• Colabs
David Miles Huber, surround mix engineer; David Miles Huber, surround mastering
engineer; David Miles Huber, surround producer (David Miles Huber, Allen Hart,
DJ Muad’Deep, Seren Wen, Musetta, Henta, Marcell Marias & Gail Pettis)

• Flute Mystery
Morten Lindberg & Hans Peter L’Orange, surround mix engineers; Morten Lindberg,
surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Emily Beynon,
Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fred Johnny Berg, Catherine Beynon & Philharmonia Orchestra)
[2L/Lindberg Lyd]

• Kleiberg: Treble & Bass
Morten Lindberg & Hans Peter L’Orange, surround mix engineers; Morten Lindberg,
surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Daniel Reuss,
Trondheim Symfoniorkester, Marianne Thorsen & Göran Sjölin)
[2L/Lindberg Lyd]

• 1970 – 1975
Nick Davis, surround mix engineer; Tony Cousins, surround mastering engineer;
Nick Davis, surround producer (Genesis)

• Transmigration
Michael Bishop, surround mix engineer; Michael Bishop, surround mastering
engineer; Elaine Martone, surround producer (Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony
Orchestra & Choruses)

Field 27 – Production, Classical
Category 95 – Best Engineered Album, Classical
(An Engineer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.))

• Britten: Billy Budd
Neil Hutchinson & Jonathan Stokes, engineers (Daniel Harding, Nathan Gunn, Ian
Bostridge, Gidon Saks, Neal Davies, Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Rose, London
Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
[Virgin Classics]

• Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10
Peter Laenger, engineer (Michael Tilson Thomas & San Francisco Symphony)
[SFS Media]

• QSF Plays Brubeck
Judy Kirschner, engineer (Quartet San Francisco)
[Violinjazz Recordings]

• Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloé
Jesse Lewis & John Newton, engineers (James Levine, Tanglewood Festival Chorus &
Boston Symphony Orchestra)
[BSO Classics]

• Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 15
John Newton & Dirk Sobotka, engineers (Valery Gergiev & Orchestra Of The
Mariinsky Theatre)

Field 27 – Production, Classical
Category 96 – Producer Of The Year, Classical
(A Producer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.))

• Blanton Alspaugh
• Carlson, David: Anna Karenina (Stewart Robertson, Christine Abraham, Sarah
Colburn, Robert Gierlach, Christian Van Horn, Kelly Kaduce, Opera Theatre Of
Saint Louis & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra)
• Menotti: Amahl And The Night Visitors; My Christmas (Alastair Willis, Ike
Hawkersmith, Kirsten Gunlogson, Dean Anthony, Todd Thomas, Kevin Short, Bart
LeFan, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Nashville Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony
• Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges (Alastair Willis, Julie Boulianne, Chicago
Symphony Chorus, Chattanooga Boys Choir, Nashville Symphony Chorus & Nashville
Symphony Orchestra)
• Schubert: Death And The Maiden (JoAnn Falletta & Buffalo Philharmonic
• Sierra, Roberto: Missa Latina ‘Pro Pace’ (Andreas Delfs, Nathaniel Webster,
Heidi Grant Murphy, Milwaukee Symphony Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)

• Steven Epstein
• Adams: Doctor Atomic Symphony (David Robertson & Saint Louis Symphony
• Bernstein: Mass (Marin Alsop, Jubilant Sykes, Asher Edward Wulfman, Morgan
State University Choir, Peabody Children’s Chorus & Baltimore Symphony
• Corigliano: A Dylan Thomas Trilogy (Leonard Slatkin, George Mabry, Sir Thomas
Allen, Nashville Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
• Fauré: Piano Quintets (Fine Arts Quartet & Cristina Oritz)
• Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs Of Joy And Peace (Yo-Yo Ma & Various Artists)

• John Fraser
• Britten: Billy Budd (Daniel Harding, Nathan Gunn, Ian Bostridge, Gidon Saks,
Neal Davies, Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Rose, London Symphony Chorus & London
Symphony Orchestra)
• Midsummer Night (Kate Royal, Edward Gardner, Crouch End Festival Chorus &
Orchestra Of English National Opera)
• Schubert: Schwanengesang (Ian Bostridge & Antonio Pappano)
• Shadows Of Silence (Leif Ove Andsnes, Franz Welzer-Möst & Sinfonieorchester
Des Bayerischen Rundfunks)

• David Frost
• An American Journey (Eroica Trio)
• Journey To The New World (Sharon Isbin, Mark O’Connor & Joan Baez)
• Korngold: Violin Concerto; Schauspiel Overture; Much Ado About Nothing
(Philippe Quint, Carlos Miguel Prieto & Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria)
• Mozart: Piano Concertos 21 & 22 (Jonathan Biss & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra)
• O’Connor, Mark: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 3 (Ida Kavafian, Mark O’Connor, Paul
Neubauer & Matt Haimovitz)

• James Mallinson
• MacMillan, James: St. John Passion (Sir Colin Davis, Christopher Maltman,
London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
• Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (Valery Gergiev, Choir Of Eltham College, Choral Arts
Society Of Washington, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
• Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 15 (Valery Gergiev & Orchestra Of The
Mariinsky Theatre)
• Shostakovich: The Nose (Valery Gergiev, Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur,
Vladislav Sulimsky, Chorus Of The Mariinsky Theatre & Orchestra Of The Mariinsky

Field 28 – Classical
Category 97 – Best Classical Album
(Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s) if other than the Artist.)

• Bernstein: Mass
Marin Alsop, conductor; Jubilant Sykes; Steven Epstein, producer; Richard King,
engineer/mixer (Asher Edward Wulfman; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Morgan State
University Choir & Peabody Children’s Chorus)

• Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Ragnar Bohlin, Kevin Fox & Susan McMane, choir
directors; Andreas Neubronner, producer; Peter Laenger, engineer/mixer; Andreas
Neubronner, mastering engineer (Laura Claycomb, Anthony Dean Griffey, Katarina
Karnéus, Quinn Kelsey, James Morris, Yvonne Naef, Elza van den Heever & Erin
Wall; San Francisco Symphony; Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Girls Chorus & San
Francisco Symphony Chorus)
[SFS Media]

• Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloé
James Levine, conductor; Elizabeth Ostrow, producer; Jesse Lewis & John Newton,
engineers/mixers; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Boston Symphony Orchestra;
Tanglewood Festival Chorus)
[BSO Classics]

• Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges
Alastair Willis, conductor; Julie Boulianne; Blanton Alspaugh, producer; Mark
Donahue & John Hill, engineers/mixers (Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Chattanooga
Boys Choir, Chicago Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony Chorus)

• Shostakovich: The Nose
Valery Gergiev, conductor; Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur & Vladislav Sulimsky;
James Mallinson, producer; John Newton & Dirk Sobotka, engineers/mixers; Mark
Donahue, mastering engineer (Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre; Chorus Of The
Mariinsky Theatre)

Field 28 – Classical
Category 98 – Best Orchestral Performance
(Award to the Conductor and to the Orchestra.)

• Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Simon Rattle, conductor (Susan Graham; Berliner Philharmoniker)
[EMI Classics]

• Bruckner: Symphony No. 5
Benjamin Zander, conductor (Philharmonia Orchestra)

• Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloé
James Levine, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra; Tanglewood Festival Chorus)
[BSO Classics]

• Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 15
Valery Gergiev, conductor (Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre)

• Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4
Antoni Wit, conductor (Jan Krzysztof Broja, Ewa Marczyk & Marek Marczyk; Warsaw
Philharmonic Orchestra)

Field 28 – Classical
Category 99 – Best Opera Recording
(Award to the Conductor, Album Producer(s) and Principal Soloists.)

• Britten: Billy Budd
Daniel Harding, conductor; Ian Bostridge, Neal Davies, Nathan Gunn, Jonathan
Lemalu, Matthew Rose & Gidon Saks; John Fraser, producer (London Symphony
Orchestra; Gentlemen Of The London Symphony Chorus)
[Virgin Classics]

• Messiaen: Saint François D’Assise
Ingo Metzmacher, conductor; Armand Arapian, Hubert Delamboye, Rod Gilfry, Henk
Neven, Tom Randle & Camilla Tilling; Karin Elzendoorn, producer (The Hague
Philharmonic; Chorus Of De Nederlandse Opera)
[Opus Arte]

• Musto, John: Volpone
Sara Jobin, conductor; Lisa Hopkins, Joshua Jeremiah, Museop Kim, Jeremy Little,
Rodell Rosel & Faith Sherman; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (Wolf Trap Opera
[Wolf Trap Recordings]

• Shostakovich: The Nose
Valery Gergiev, conductor; Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur & Vladislav Sulimsky;
James Mallinson, producer (Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre; Chorus Of The
Mariinsky Theatre)

• Tan Dun: Marco Polo
Tan Dun, conductor; Stephen Bryant, Sarah Castle, Zhang Jun, Nancy Allen Lundy,
Stephen Richardson & Charles Workman; Ferenc van Damme, producer (Netherlands
Chamber Orchestra; Cappella Amsterdam)
[Opus Arte]

Field 28 – Classical
Category 100 – Best Choral Performance
(Award to the Choral Conductor, and to the Orchestra Conductor if an Orchestra is on the recording, and to the Choral Director or Chorus Master if applicable.)

• Handel: Coronation Anthems
Harry Christophers, conductor (Alastair Ross; The Sixteen Orchestra; The

• Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Ragnar Bohlin, Kevin Fox & Susan McMane, choir
directors (Laura Claycomb, Anthony Dean Griffey, Elza van den Heever, Katarina
Karnéus, Quinn Kelsey, James Morris, Yvonne Naef & Erin Wall; San Francisco
Symphony; Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Symphony Chorus & San Francisco Girls
[SFS Media]

• Penderecki: Utrenja
Antoni Wit, conductor (Gennady Bezzubenkov, Iwona Hossa, Piotr Kusiewicz, Piotr
Nowacki & Agnieszka Rehlis; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Boys’ Choir &
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir)

• Song Of The Stars: Granados, Casals & Blancafort
Dennis Keene, conductor (Erica Kiesewetter; Mark Kruczek & Douglas Riva; Voices
Of Ascension)

• A Spotless Rose
Paul McCreesh, conductor (The Gabrieli Consort)
[Deutsche Grammophon]

Field 28 – Classical
Category 101 – Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)
(Award to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and to the Conductor.)

• Bartók: 3 Concertos
Pierre Boulez, conductor (Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer,
Neil Percy, Tamara Stefanovich & Nigel Thomas; Berliner Philharmoniker & London
Symphony Orchestra)
[Deutsche Grammophon]

• Bermel, Derek: Voices For Solo Clarinet And Orchestra
Gil Rose, conductor; Derek Bermel (Boston Modern Orchestra Project)
Track from: Bermel, Derek: Voices

• Korngold: Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 35
Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor; Philippe Quint (Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria)
Track from: Korngold Violin Concerto; Schauspiel Overture; Much Ado About Nothing

• Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3
Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor; Evgeny Kissin (Philharmonia Orchestra)
[EMI Classics]

• Salonen, Esa-Pekka: Piano Concerto
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Yefim Bronfman (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Track from: Salonen
[Deutsche Grammophon]

Field 28 – Classical
Category 102 – Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)
(Award to the Instrumental Soloist.)

• Caroline Goulding
Caroline Goulding (Christopher O’Riley & Janine Randall)

• Chopin
Maria João Pires
[Deutsche Grammophon]

• Journey To The New World
Sharon Isbin (Joan Baez & Mark O’Connor)
[Sony Classical]

• Oppens Plays Carter
Ursula Oppens
[Cedille Records]

• Sonatas & Etudes
Yuja Wang
[Deutsche Grammophon]

Field 28 – Classical
Category 103 – Best Chamber Music Performance
(Award to the Artists.)

• Ginastera: String Quartets (Complete)
Enso Quartet (Lucy Shelton)

• The Hungarian Album
Guarneri Quartet
[RCA Red Seal]

• Intimate Letters
Emerson String Quartet
[Deutsche Grammophon]

• Schumann/Bartók: The Berlin Recital
Martha Argerich & Gidon Kremer
[EMI Classics]

• Takemitsu, Toru: And Then I Knew ‘Twas Wind
Yolanda Kondonassis, Cynthia Phelps & Joshua Smith
Track from: Debussy & Takemitsu: Air: Music For Harp, Flute & Strings

Field 28 – Classical
Category 104 – Best Small Ensemble Performance
(Award to the Ensemble (and to the Conductor.))

• Bach: Orchestral Suites For A Young Prince
Monica Huggett, conductor; Gonzalo X. Ruiz; Ensemble Sonnerie

• Josquin: Missa Malheur Me Bat
Peter Phillips, conductor; Tallis Scholars

• Lang, David: The Little Match Girl Passion
Paul Hillier, conductor; Ars Nova Copenhagen & Theatre Of Voices
[Harmonia Mundi]

• Song Of Songs
Stile Antico (Alison Hill & Benedict Hymas)
[harmonia mundi]

• Vivaldi: Concertos
Daniel Hope & Anne Sofie von Otter; Chamber Orchestra Of Europe (Kristian
[Deutsche Grammophon]

Field 28 – Classical
Category 105 – Best Classical Vocal Performance
(Award to the Vocal Soloist(s).)

• Bach
Anne Sofie von Otter (Lars Ulrik Mortensen; Anders J. Dahlin, Jakob Bloch
Jespersen, Tomas Medici & Karin Roman; Concerto Copenhagen)
[Deutsche Grammophon]

• Bel Canto Spectacular
Juan Diego Flórez (Daniel Oren; Daniella Barcellona, Patrizia Ciofi, Plácido
Domingo, Mariusz Kwiecien, Anna Netrebko & Fernando Piqueras; Orquestra De La
Comunitat Valenciana; Cor De La Generalitat Valenciana)

• Recital At Ravinia
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Drew Minter; Peter Serkin)
[Harmonia Mundi]

• Un Frisson Français
Susan Graham (Malcom Martineau)
[Onyx Classics]

• Verismo Arias
Renée Fleming (Marco Armiliato; Jonas Kaufmann; Orchestra Sinfonica Di Milano
Giuseppi Verdi; Coro Sinfonica Di Milano Giuseppi Verdi)

Field 28 – Classical
Category 106 – Best Classical Contemporary Composition
(A Composer’s Award. (For a contemporary classical composition composed within the last 25 years, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year.) Award to the librettist, if applicable.)

• Crumb, George: The Winds Of Destiny
George Crumb (James Freeman)
Track from: Crumb: American Songbooks 2 & 4
[Bridge Records]

• Higdon, Jennifer: Percussion Concerto
Jennifer Higdon (Marin Alsop)
Track from: Alsop Conducts MacMillan, Adès, & Higdon
[London Philharmonic Orchestra]

• Pärt, Arvo: In Principio
Arvo Pärt (Tõnu Kaljuste)
Track from: Pärt, Arvo: In Principio
[ECM New Series]

• Sierra, Roberto: Missa Latina ‘Pro Pace’
Roberto Sierra (Andreas Delfs)

• Wyner, Yehudi: Piano Concerto “Chiavi In Mano”
Yehudi Wyner (Robert Spano)
Track from: Wyner, Yehudi: Orchestral Works
[Bridge Records]

Field 28 – Classical
Category 107 – Best Classical Crossover Album
(Award to the Artist(s) and/or to the Conductor.)

• A Company Of Voices: Conspirare In Concert
Craig Hella Johnson, conductor; Conspirare (Tom Burritt, Ian Davidson & Bion
[Harmonia Mundi]

• Jazz-Clazz
Paquito D’Rivera Quintet (Trio Clarone)
[TIMBA Records]

• The Melody Of Rhythm
Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer (Detroit
Symphony Orchestra)
[E1 Music]

• QSF Plays Brubeck
Quartet San Francisco
[Violinjazz Recordings]

• Twelve Songs By Charles Ives
Theo Bleckmann; Kneebody
[Winter & Winter]

• Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs Of Joy And Peace
Yo-Yo Ma (Odair Assad, Sergio Assad, Chris Botti, Dave Brubeck, Matt Brubeck,
John Clayton, Paquito d’Rivera, Renée Fleming, Diana Krall, Alison Krauss,
Natalie McMaster, Edgar Meyer, Cristina Pato, Joshua Redman, Jake Shimabukuro,
Silk Road Ensemble, James Taylor, Chris Thile, Wu Tong, Alon Yavnai & Amelia
[Sony Classical]

Field 29 – Music Video
Category 108 – Best Short Form Music Video
(For an individual track or single promotional clip. Award to the Artist and to the Video Director/Producer.)

• Mr. Hurricane
Ben Steiger Levine, video director; Sach Baylin-Stern, video producer
[Verve Forecast]

• Boom Boom Pow
The Black Eyed Peas
Mat Cullen & Mark Kudsi, video directors; Anna Joseph & Patrick Nugent, video
[Interscope Records]

• Life In Technicolor II
Dougal Wilson, video director; Matthew Fone, video producer

• Wrong
Depeche Mode
Patrick Daughters, video director; Jonathan Lia, video producer

• Her Morning Elegance
Oren Lavie

Field 29 – Music Video
Category 109 – Best Long Form Music Video
(For video album packages consisting of more than one song or track. Award to the Artist and to the Video Director/Producer of at least 51% of the total playing time.)

• In Boston
Chris Botti
Jim Gable, video director; Bobby Colomby, video producer

• Johnny Cash’s America
(Johnny Cash)
Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, video directors; Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville,
video producers

• Anita O’Day – The Life Of A Jazz Singer
(Anita O’Day)
Robbie Cavolina & Ian McCrudden, video directors; Robbie Cavolina, Melissa Davis
& Ian McCrudden, video producers

• Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy World Tour Live
Keith Urban
Chris Hicky, video director; Blake Morrison, video producer
[Capitol Nashville]

• The Beatles Love – All Together Now
(Various Artists)
Adrian Wills, video director; Martin Bolduc & Jonathan Clyde, video producers

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2010 Indiana State Fair

The 2010 Indiana State Fair opens August 6 and will run thru August 22. This years state fair will prove to be a perfect way to spend a summertime day of fun. Gate Admission for the fair is $8 for adults with children 5 and under are free. Discount tickets are on sale for $7 at all Indiana Walmart stores, CVS/pharmacy stores, Indiana Farm Bureau offices, The Marten House Hotel and the Indiana State Fairgrounds box office. Discounts and special prices are available almost everyday, click here for Special Pricing and Discounts.

Indiana State Fairgrounds are located at 1202 E. 38th street in Indianapolis, Indiana. For directions and parking information you can click here.

2010 Year of the Pigs is the theme presented by Indiana Pork Farmers .for this years state fair. You will find pigs everywhere in celebration of the Indiana Pork Industry. The Indiana Pork Farmers have announced they will be introducing a new sandwich at this years fair.

Several new events are planned for this years Indiana State Fair including the celebration of “Bridges to Japan” exhibit with Japanese performances, food and displays. Another you will want to see is the 25 foot sculpture of Grant Woods’ famous “American Gothic” portrait depicting traditional farming life.

There will be lots of concerts, entertainment, animals, exhibits, midway rides and great food at this years Indiana State Fair. For more information and how to order tickets see The Great Indiana State Fair website.

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2010 IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships: Preview and Predictions - Men's Events


The 14th edition of the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held in Doha, Qatar, from May 12-14, 2010. The United States beat the Russians in the medal count 12-13 in the last indoor world championships, held in Valencia, Spain, in 2008. Following is a preview of the men’s competition and a prediction of the winner in each event.

60 Meters

The defending champion, Olusoji Fasuba, of Nigeria, is not scheduled to defend his title, so a new indoor world champion will be crowned. Watch Ivory Williams, of the United States, who comes into the competition with the year’s fastest time, an altitude-assisted 6.49, which won the United States national championship. Williams will be challenged by Dwain Chambers, of Great Britain, who won the bronze medal in 2008. Last year, Chambers established a European record of 6.42 for the event. His best 60 meters in 2010 is 6.50. Mike Rodgers, of the United States, who placed fourth in 2008, returns with an altitude-assisted time of 6.52. Antiguan Daniel Bailey enters with a 6.54, as does Jamaican Nesta Carter. Lerone Clarke, of Jamaica, and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, of Great Britain, both have records 6.55. Local favorite, Samuel Francis, of Qatar, the indoor Asian titlist in 6.58, should be considered a medal threat, as well as Churandy Martina, of the Dutch Antilles, who has recorded 6.58, too.

Prediction: Ivory Williams

400 Meters

The gold and silver medalists from 2008, Tyler Christopher, of Canada, and Johan Wissman, of Sweden, will not be returning in 2010, but bronze medalist, Chris Brown, of the Bahamas, will be competing in Doha. Brown enters the competition with a time of 46.20, the 24th fastest time this year. Bershawn Jackson, of the United States, brings an altitude-assisted 45.41 to the competition, the fastest time of the field. Americans Jamaal Torrence and Gregg Nixon, who have clocked 45.76 and 45.77, respectively, hint a US medal sweep. David Gillick, of Ireland, who has clocked 45.52, poses a serious medal threat, as does Demetrius Pinder, of Jamaica, and Dmitry Buryak and Denis Alekseyev, of Russia.

Prediction: Bershawn Jackson

800 Meters

Of the 2008 medalists, onlyAbubaker Kaki, of the Sudan, the defending gold medalist, is returning; his best time this year is 1:46.29, the sixth best time this year. He shall be challenged by his teammate Ismail Ahmed Ismail, who has posted 1:45.99 for the third fastest time. Adam Kszczot, of Poland, follows Ismail, with 1:46.00, is in the medal hunt, as well as Jakob Holusa, of the Czech Republic, who has posted 1:46.09. Another medal threat comes from Boaz Lalang, of Kenya, who has clocked 1:46.37, the seventh fastest time this year. Nick Symmonds, the US champion at 1:47.59, is a long shot for a medal, but should make the final.

Prediction: Abubaker Kaki

1500 Meters

Defending 2008 champion, Deresse Mekonnen, of Ethiopia, will return to defend his title in 2010; his 3:33.10 is the fastest time so far this year, and his 3:34.17 ranks as the third fastest. Expect Abdalaati Iquider, of Moracco, at 3:34.68, and Gideon Gathimba, of Kenya, at 3:35.40, to challenge Mekonnen for the title. Haron Keitany, of Kenya, brings a 3:35.69 to the field of contenders. Others to consider include Diego Ruiz and Alvaro Rodriguez of Spain and Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbab of France.

Prediction: Deresse Mekonnen

3000 Meters

The defending gold and bronze medalists, Tariku Bekele and Abrehem Cherkos, of Ethiopia, will be returning to Doha. Bekele has clocked 7:31.75, the second fastest time this year, while Cherkos has clocked 7:34.38, the ninth fastest time. Their main competition will come from Augustine Kiprono Choge, of Kenya, who has clocked 7:31.75, the fastest time this year. Sammy Mutahi, of Kenya, who has posted 7:32.02 this year, is a medal threat, as well as Sergio Sanchez, of Spain, who has clocked 7:32.41.

Prediction: Augustine Kiprono Choge

60 Meter Hurdles

The defending champion, Liu Xiang, of China will return in 2010, but with only an 8.09 clocking so far this year. The main medal contenders are Terrence Trammell, of the United States, and Dayron Robles, of Cuba. Trammell has the top two times in the world this year, 7.41(A) and 7.43, while Robles has the third and fifth fastest times at 7.44 and 7.48. Petr Svoba, of the Czech Republic, is a contender as well, with the fourth fastest time of 7.44. David Oliver, of the United States, ranks as the year’s fifth fastest performer with a 7.49. Russian Evgenyi Borisov, who posted a 7.53 in second place at Lieven behind Robles, must be considered a medal threat as well as Bahamian Shamar Sands and Hungarian Daniel Kiss, who have clocked 7.54 and 7.56, respectively.

Prediction: Dayron Robles

High Jump

From 2008, only silver medalist Yaroslav Rybakov, of Russia, and bronze medalist Kyriakos Iaonnou, of Cyprus, are returning in 2010. Rybakov, the year’s third best performer, has the fifth highest jump at 2.33 meters, while Iaonnou is the 21st best performer at 2.30 meters. The man to watch, however, is Ivan Ukhov, of Russia, who has the top three jumps this year, with a best of 2.38 meters. Jesse Williams, of the United States, the year’s second best performer, brings an altitude assisted jump of 2.34 meters to the competition. Others to consider as medal contenders, include Oksu Torro, of Finland, at 2.32 meters, Dusty Jonas, of the United States, at 2.32 meters, Dmytro Dem’yanyuk, of Ukraine, at 2.31, and Martin Gunther, of Germany, at 2.30.

Prediction: Ivan Ukhov

Pole Vault

Steve Hooker, of Australia, is the only returning medalist from 2008. Hoping to add the indoor title to the outdoor title he won last year in Berlin, Hooker comes into the meet with a vault of 5.91 meters, achieved outdoors in Sydney. The best indoor vaulter in the field is Renaud Lavillenie, of France, who owns the year’s best performance at 5.85 meters, followed by Malte Mohr, of Germany, at 5.83 meters. Other medal contenders include Kevin Rans, of Belgium, at 5.71 meters, Dmitry Starodubtsev, of Russia, at 5.70 meters, Aleksandr Gripich, of Russia, at 5.70 meters, Tim Mack and Derek Miles, of the United States, both at 5.70 meters, and Maksym Mazuryk, of Ukraine, at 5.70 meters.

Prediction: Steve Hooker

Long Jump

Godfrey Mokena, of South Africa, will be returning to defend the gold medal. Although he has not jumped indoors in 2010, he has registered outdoor altitude-assisted distances of 8.22 meters (wind-aided) and 7.93 meters, in Durban, South Africa. The best sea-level indoor performer coming into the competition is Salim Sdiri, of France, who reached 8.24 meters to win the French title. His teammate, Kafetien Gomis, jumped 8.21 meters in the national championship. Brian Johnson, of the United States, at 8.19 meters, ranks as the year’s third best performer behind the French. Cuban Wilfredo Martinez has posted the fourth best jump going into the competition at 8.18 meters. Other medal contenders include Viktor Kuznyetsov, of the Ukraine, at 8.11 meters, and Christian Reif, of Germany, at 8.10 meters. Christopher Tomlinson, of Great Britain, who won the silver medal in 2008, enters with a jump of 7.99 meters.

Prediction: Salim Sdiri

Triple Jump

Since Phillips Idowu, of Great Britain, will not be returning to defend his title, Christian Olsson, of Sweden, the co-world record holder in the triple jump, must be considered the favorite. Olsson, whose best performance this year is 17.32 meters, ranks second to Fabrizio Donato, of Italy, who leads all performers at 17.93 meters. Cubans, Yoandris Betanzos and Arnie David, Girat, rank third and fourth among the year’s top performers, with 17.30 meters and 17.27 meters, respectively. Walter Davis, of the United States, at 16.99 meters, and Jadel Gregorio, of Brazil, at 16.92, should contend for medals as well.

Prediction: Christian Olsson

Shot Put

Christian Cantwell, the defending gold medalist, returns with a throw of 21.95 meters, the year’s best put. He also owns the third, fifth, and six best throws of the year. His main competition will come from Andrei Mikhnevich, of Belarus, who has the second longest throw of the year at 21.81 meters. Cantwell’s countryman and rival, Reese Hoffa, at 21.20 meters, should be competitive for a medal. Ralf Bartels, of Germany, brings a 21.02 to the completion. Tomasz Majewski, of Poland, the reigning Olympic champion, does not seem to be top form for the meet with only 20.86 meters this year.

Prediction: Christian Cantwell

4 x 400 Meters

The defending champion, United States, should not have difficulty repeating in 2010, as Bershawn Jackson, the national indoor champion, Jamaal Torrance, the year’s leading performer, and Kerron Clement, the indoor world record holder at 400 meters compose the nucleus of the squad. While the Bahamas, led by Demetrius Pinder and Chris Brown, figure strongly for the silver medal, a host of teams, including and Jamaica, Russia, Belgium, France, Ireland and Great Britain will vie for the bronze.may also harbour medal chances.

Prediction: United States


Brian Clay, of the United States, the defending champion, will return in 2010; his main competition, however, will come from countryman, Trey Hardee, the reigning world outdoor decathlon champion. Although both have not posted heptathlon totals for 2010, expect near world record performances from the Americans. The best performance this year, 6300, belongs to Aleksey Drozdov, of Russia, followed by 6254 by Oleksiy Kasyanov, of Ukraine, then 6206 by Andrey Krauchanka, of Belarus, the reigning silver medalist. Others to consider include Leonel Suárez, of Cuba, and longtime veteran Roman Sebrle, of the Czech Republic.

Prediction: Trey Hardee


IAAF, Doha 2010 – PROVISIONAL ENTRY LIST – as at 8 March 2010, IAAF World Indoor Championships Website

Ottavio Castellini, Indoor – Top Lists – Men, IAAF Official Website.

Mirko Jalava, “Combined Events PREVIEW – Doha 2010 World Indoor Champs,” IAAF Official Website.

Steve Landells, “Men’s Events PREVIEW – Doha 2010 World Indoor Champs,” IAAF Official Website.

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2010 House of Representative Elections

The election result in the past two elections for the House of Representatives has been the same as the US Senate and presidential race-Democrats won.

In 2006, the Democrats retook the House from Republican control, gaining 31 seats. In 2008, the Democrats gained another 21 more seats, which pushed their total up to 257 seats, compared to the Republicans 178 seats.

In both elections, Democrats won House seats all across the board. In 2006, most of the victories were in New York, Pennsylvania and Indiana, with seat pickups scattered all about the country. In 2008, the Democrats won a lot of their seats in the southwest. They even were able to win a House seat in the state of Idaho.

That has left the Republicans with a lot of work to do in order to retake the House from the Democrats. In order to do that, Republicans would need to win at least 39 seats from the Republicans. Republicans were able to do that twice, once in 1994 and in 1946, when both Presidents Clinton and Truman were unpopular.

However, many have noted that major tidal waves in the House usually don’t happen, unless something really unpopular the other side does carries it. According to some of the best political observers, 2010 for the House shows few opportunities for seat gains by either party.

It appears that the wave the Democrats were able to ride has subsided, but it also appears Republicans are going to still have trouble riding a wave of their own, with Obama’s approval rating still in the 50s. Unless Obama’s approval rating drops significantly to Bush levels, it is unlikely Republicans will ride a wave, according to political analysts.

Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report said that the number of competitive House races will be small, which would be a good thing for the Democrats. He added that a lot of their success will be measured on how well the economy improves.

Larry Sabato, a professor in Virginia, said the election does favor Republicans to win some seats in 2010. But he added that it remains unlikely that the gain will be huge enough to retake the House, considering how big the margin is now for Democrats.

Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report even went as far to say that Republicans have no chance at retaking the House, citing the big majorities for Democrats and the few seats there are that will be competitive.

Wikipedia did list 103 of the most competitive races coming up this year. However, both incumbent parties will have some competitiveness to the races and according to Cook and Rothenberg, most of them have a likely chance they will stay in favor of the incumbent.

Out of the 103 seats, very few of them are tossups. Some of the tossups are held by Republicans, including the New York Congressional seat 23 and Louisiana seat two.

Democrats only have three tossups, which include Alabama Congressional seat two, Idaho seat one and Maryland seat one.

There are other seats that “lean” Democrat and Republican, which means they are slightly favored toward the incumbent and could become tossups at anytime. However, the number of the “lean” seats is relatively small and includes both parties, which means both parties have a chance at gaining seats.

The midterm elections are still a while away, but signs of the talk among the pundits has begun, as well as the talk of campaigning itself.

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2010 Hot Prom Theme Songs

Finding the perfect prom theme song is extremely important, yet difficult. With all of the songs from different styles of music, how do you choose? You have to consider how the prom theme song matches with the rest of the decorations. Do you want the song to be funny, romantic, hip, or maybe more on the soft side?

2010 prom is right around the corner for some. Start researching prom songs and themes at least 3-4 months ahead of time. This way you can listen to the song, see how the song fits in, and switch it up if needed.

I took the opportunity to research this for all the prom goers, and what a hard time I had trying to come up with some great prom theme songs. I wanted to include slow romantic songs, hip and fast songs, soft rock, and oldies but goodies all in one article.

These are the prom theme songs I came up with for 2010. Hope you enjoy.

A Time For Us From Romeo and Juliet- David Feygin

Don’t Forget To Remember Me- Carrie Underwood

Ever The Same- Rob Thomas

Far Away- Nickelback

Freebird- Lynyrd Skynyrd

Got To Be There- Jackson 5

Imagine- John Lennon

Irreplaceable- Beyonce

Keep Holding On- Arvil Lavinge

Oh What A Night- Billy Joel

Our Song- Taylor Swift

Save Tonight- Eagle Eye Cherry

See You On The Other Side- Ozzy Osbourne

The Rose- Bette Midler

True Colors- Phil Collins

Walk It Out- Unk

When You Believe- Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey

Save The Last Dance- Michael Buble

Lips of An Angel- Hinder

Don’t Stop The Music- Rihanna

Babe- Styx

Don’t Let Go- Bryan Adams with Sarah McLaughlin

Melt With You- Modern English

Open Arms- Journey

Sailing- Christopher Cross

Don’t You Forget About Me- Simple Minds

Take My Breath Away- Berlin

At Last- Etta James

I’ll Stand By You- Pretenders

Kiss Kiss- Chris Brown

Never Let You Go- Third Eye Blind

With Arms Wide Open- Creed

Until The End Of Time- Justin Timberlake

Eye Of The Tiger- Survivor

Set Adrift On Memory Bliss- PM Dawn

I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing- Aerosmith

I remember You- Skid Row

Little Wonders- Rob Thomas

Golden Years- David Bowie

Just Dance- Lady Gaga

Pants On The Ground- Larry Platt

Live Your Life- Rihanna

May I Have This Dance- Copeland

Flightless Bird, American Mouth- Iron and Wine

Some of the hottest prom themes to go with the songs mentioned above are Alice In Wonderland,Circus spectacular, Fallin For You, Retro, Unmasked, Young forever, Sweet Dreams, Hollywood Kisses, You’re My Cinderella, An Enchanted Estate, Twilight Hideaway, Castle In The Sky, and

Moonlit Journey are amongst some of the hottest prom themes for 2010.

Expect Sweet Dreams to be one of the top themes. This theme is set with lots of stars, shiny black and metallic silver, blue mini lights, and a beautiful gold arch with blue stars hanging on top and in-between. This look is totally impressive. It will make you feel like your in a fantasy at your prom.

If you are on the prom committee and need to find out where to find/purchase a theme, head over to,, or These websites offer decorations, prom theme kits, favors, invitations, murals and more.


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2010 Horoscope for Pisces

As the year begins, others around you seem to be busy doing nothing and you can think of plenty jobs you would welcome a helping hand with. Pisces, remember those who refuse to give assistance NOW, when they ask for a favour in the future.

Pisces, there is no way you can be in two places at once even though some seem to think you have this magical ability. If others are expecting too much from you, let them know that there is only so much you can do in the one day.

Also it looks like during the new year celebrations, someone will tell you what THEY consider to be a secret. Do you tell them that all the world and his brother happen to already know this information or will you be kind by not shattering their false conceptions? – Pisces, it’s up to you.

Pisces 2010 Astrology Predictions

Now once the year gets underway, if a professional you had relied on to work on your behalf fails to deliver, look to someone else who is more reliable. Should others use too-much-work as an excuse for their neglect, you can lessen their load by taking your business elsewhere. 2010 is a year when you should be firm with others and think of yourself. The more assertive you are, the more you stand to gain.

If you need help around the time of your birthday, you should be thinking about who is the best person to support or advise you. One thing is for sure, you shouldn’t try to continue on your own when no man is an island.

Pisces is a sensitive and spiritual sign. This is a year when you will seem to be more in touch with your intuition. It might also help you if you were to discuss a recurring dream with a Cancerian or Piscean. – They may offer helpful insight into the possible meanings. After some illuminating conversations during the first three months of the year, you will be left with plenty food for thought.

Your attention will be drawn to health matters during the middle of the year when a friend or someone in the family might be feeling under the weather. Or you could be studying alternative forms of medicine, massage or aromatherapy as a way to help you relax more.

Pisces 2010 Horoscope

In August, a friend or partner’s good fortune will rub off on you. Someone will want to treat themselves and those who matter most to them. Pisces, you’ll be included in their list and all I can say is: don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

Everything will seem to be going your way in September but this could lead to complacency. – Best not to let your good fortune go to your head otherwise you could make a move or say something that will lead to a degree of embarrassment.

Moving on to the last five months of the year and a lot of thought, debate and planning will have gone into activities carried out at this time. That’s why you could be surprised when a number of creases still need to be ironed out before things go smoothly. Be patient and you will succeed.

If by October, you haven’t yet enjoyed any travel, you will be ready by then, to take a holiday. Someone close will be in the mood to grab a bargain and although this might mean packing your bags immediately, there will be no complaints from you.

2010 Astrology for Pisces

As a Piscean you often sense how people feel without them putting anything into words. In November, however, you might be overly sensitive to those who are depressed and miserable. – Don’t spend too long with them or they could make you melancholy too.

The end of the year is a good time to push your own interests or to offer your support when a friend or loved-one needs it. Some decisions will need quick thinking and although you would prefer more time to deliberate over them, you must take a deep breath and give an answer before 2011 begins.

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2010 Honda Fit Review

The 2010 Honda Fit is Honda’s answer to the growing numbers of subcompact, fuel efficient vehicles on the road today. Honda understands the need for a vehicle priced below that of the Honda Civic and as such introduced the Honda Fit to compete in the low priced segment of subcompact vehicles. The Honda Fit provides a lot for your dollar. Read on to learn more about the specifics of the 2010 Honda Fit.

Pricing: The Honda Fit offers several different styles that have their own base prices. The variety of styles is a way to make a Fit “fit’ into every budget. The most basic version of the 2010 Honda Fit is simply called the Honda Fit. This base version starts at a low price of $14,750. Upgrading from the base version gets you into the Honda Fit Sport which starts ay $16,260. The top of the line model is the Honda Fit Sport with Navigation and starts at a base price of $18,110.

Standard Features and Options: The 2010 Honda Fit includes a wealth of standard features and options. Some notable features include the availability of a manual transmission or an automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Additionally, the Honda Fit comes with six airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist, and traction control on the Fit Sport and Fit Sport with navigation models. All Fit models come with active head restraints, a 2nd row Magic Seat that folds flat, 10 cup holders, and ABS. Fits are equipped with expected options such as power windows, A/C and so on.

Performance: The 2010 Honda Fit is a great handling vehicle that rewards its driver and has been praised time and again for offering the sportiest ride of any subcompact. The Honda Fit features a 1.5 liter VTEC 4 cylinder engine that churns out 117 hp. The engine is classified as an ULEV Ultra Low Emission Vehicle. The Fit returns up to 28 mpg city and 35 mpg highway depending upon which model and transmission you choose. The Fit is geared towards the enthusiast driver and is regarded as a fun to drive vehicle.

Bottom Line: The Honda Fit offers an affordable vehicle that delivers. It provides driving excitement while still being an economical and sensible choice. It includes expected safety features and has several additional options to chose from. Like most vehicles from Honda, the Fit holds its resale value well and will likely be a reliable car for years to come. Its gas mileage, though not stellar, outshines many other vehicles in this class.

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2010 Indy 500 Recap

I have been an Indy Racing fan since my very first Indy 500 back in 2000. Many people will remember that day for the effect weather had on its running. The 2000 Indy 500 was famous for its three hour delay entirely caused by rain alone. While the 2000 Indy 500 was historical for its weather, it compared nothing to yesterday’s race.

If you haven’t already heard, this year’s Indy 500 was the hottest on record. Race officials announced that the temperature in Speedway, Indiana, reached as high as 96 degrees Fahrenheit, an extremely high temperature for any day in May in central Indiana. Track temperatures were reported to be as high as 130 degrees.

Sitting in the second turn, I easily felt the heat. I intentionally wore as little as possible when I went to the track. I wore one of the lightest, thinnest shirts I own, and I am glad I did. I also made sure to drink lots of water to avoid being overcome by heat exhaustion. At one point, we actually drank all the water in our cooler, meaning I had to make the trek to the concession stand so I could buy two three dollar bottle of Dasani. Normally, I dislike Dasani’s distinct flavor, but I was so thirsty and borderline dehydrated I didn’t even notice it. When we got home, I noticed just how good a shower can feel. Taking a shower was the best feeling in the world after the pounds of sweat that soaked into my clothes.

The one thing that made me laugh were all the people literally asking for a heat stroke. For one, my uncle wore a black t-shirt and a pair of jeans. One top of that, he drank beer. Somehow, he did not get heat exhaustion. I don’t even think he was dehydrated. The rest of the public wasn’t so lucky. Immediately when we showed up to the track we sat under a stand in turn two. When we were under the stands, a man was carried away on a stretcher and had apparently been overcome with heat stroke. Another story on the news said that a sixty year old woman was taken to the infield hospital due to excessive exposure to the heat.

Other than the ridiculous heat, the race was very entertaining. While Dario Franchitti dominated the race, the last couple minutes were very intense, considering the number of different driver that led the race. I was rooting for Ed Carpenter, Graham Rahal, and Marco Andretti. I was satisfied with their performances other than the fact Rahal seemed a bit clueless at times with his track violations. I’m already looking forward to next year, praying that the weather will be a little more favorable.

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2010 Miami Winter Music Conference Ultra

Being that I was there to see and enjoy the music the atmosphere along with Miami’s people I have to say it was good between the lines. What I mean the performances were intoxicating I watched front row VIP style Nos and Damian Marley perform hits like One Love the crowd went wild the day was Florida’s best sunny and tropical. Afterwards I went to the Carl Cox tent where Erick Morillo took over the stage with classic Ibiza style Miami Space famous music by their legend. Running back to catch this Dead Mau5 whom everyone was loony over.

From the beginning I saw the best costume and Miami Attire gorgeous people dressed up for their favorite performers the one I did not know was this dead mouse guy or dead mau5 but I was going to subject myself to seeing this grand ending performance missing my personal favorite Paul Okenfold to see this man mouse do his best and I will say it was more than worth it. The show started almost at eleven this DJ comes in view wearing a dead mouse head piece like the ones all over the park through out the day. He takes over the stage like no other even Tiesto my ultimate favorite could not have out done this dude. The crowd went wild and I took pictures videos of this history taking place in Miami own Bicentennial Park. He roard for over an hour yet it was still not enough to contain the speculators they begged for more. Being the first year Miami’s Ultra Winter Music conference sold out we were slowly pus shed towards the exit where the historic Biscayne Boulevard was closed with police activity everywhere and homeless upset due to their bus seats being take over (I got footage of that too).

Will I be back next year maybe probably not why well first I am thirty five and tired plus I will add what was not worth the price. My husband and I paid $590.00 for two VIP tickets the drinks were not free not only that they were $5.00 a water bottle, and Heineken beer the rum was an unknown name that went less than a measured shot into a plastic cup with more juices than liquor I drank one and that was that. The food was utterly expensive and sorry but awful I had a chicken Ka Bob with no flavor stale fries with no salt spending an average of $1000.00 not to enjoy the food and liquor made my fun average to top it off you couldn’t bring your own water I understand liquor but charging what they were we should have been at least aloud that. Maybe why (I only noticed two) some were fainting on the grounds. Miami knows these kids ingest pills or rolls or beans whatever they are calling the drug today and what this drug does is dehydrate you; now put them in a hot place full of sweating people and no liquids not good. When we asked our VIP staff why the drinks weren’t free he laughed and said recession wow that was the answer yet the tickets are ridiculously more expensive and they sold out for the first time in twelve years. Good news next year there will be three days of Ultra and more seating for the VIP.

The VIP was worth it if you had plenty of mullah to fork over because we had front row seats to the main stage and for all the main performers like DEAD MAU5 the people who didn’t VIP were green with envy but the price made it impossible for some. In the east side of the park there was a secluded area were you could indulge in $10.00 Sushi and plenty of shade canopies, bean bags and space to put down throws and relax take in the DJ just for that special area , eat, drink Heineken’s or just relax. Miami saw it’s money that weekend all the clubs were jumping afterwards all open and the lines were on the streets. I hope the officers and the paramedics, fire department were getting what they deserved because their jobs were cut out for them this past weekend and they were everywhere. I live here since 1975 I love Miami though it can be a little overwhelming at times but fun like Winter Music Conference has the whole city up 24-7 and fun is everywhere. Last point I did not see not one fight not one argument the only negative effect was the ATM’s rang out of movie and no credit cards were accepted anywhere so people were upste for a few, after an hour or so they were up and running something to think about next year that and more soap by mid day the dispensers were on the floor and no means of clean hands. It was great fun and I am sure more will be buying tickets on-line rather than going and finding out Miami’s best was actually sold out in this so called recession.

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2010 MAC Conference Tournament: Welcome to Cleveland!

The 2010 MAC Conference Tournament is about to get underway and as usual the action should be exciting, unpredictable, and it will culminate with a team getting the automation bid to the NCAA Tournament on March, 13.

The four preliminary games begin on Sunday, March 7 with games held at the campus sites. The winners from the campus sites will join the top four seeds at Quicken Loans Arena on March 11.

The top seed and favorite is Kent St. and they will open playing the winner of Ohio and Ball St. Kent St. should win that game and advance. Second seeded Central Michigan is no stranger to doing well in the MAC Tournament. They will open playing the winner of Bowling Green and Western Michigan.

The third seed is Akron and look out for the Zips. They play the winner of Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan. Coming in as the fourth seed in the 2010 MAC Tournament is Miami (OH) they open playing the winner of Toledo and Buffalo.

The real party begins with the second round games in Cleveland on March 11. All the top seeds should be in good shape this day. I would say they would all advance to Friday’s semifinal games.

That would create a Friday of incredible basketball at the 2010 MAC Tournament. Central Michigan and Akron would kick things off.Akron defeated Central Michigan during the regular season and I expect they would win again here. Top seed Kent and Miami are up next. Kent is too strong and playing too well right now to lose.

The final and game and championship should pit Kent and Akron against each other. Kent beat Akron both times during the regular season. The games weren’t close and Kent poses several matchup problems for Akron. Kent again should go on to win and earn the 2010 MAC Tournament championship.

This is the 10th year for the tournament in Cleveland and the 30th year overall for the MAC Tournament. Players like Dan Majerle, Earl Boykins, Ron Harper, and Gary Trent have earned their stripes in the MAC Tournament over the years. We’ll see what surprises are in store for this year.

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2010 Los Angeles Chinese New Year Restaurants

I like to walk to a delightful restaurant every once in a while. Not always (that’s why I live in Los Angeles) but occasionally, very occasionally, I take a stroll to a local eatery.

This Chinese New Year, I plan to do just that. On February 14th, my husband, daughter and I will wander through the canals, circumnavigate the gentry and march right into two of the best local Chinese restaurants in Venice. It won’t be to celebrate with red hearts and valentines, but with red peppers and steamed baos (our definition of love.) We’ll drive to another place later (C’mon, are you surprised?)

Mao’s Kitchen -Is a journey from door to table, from ordering to eating and from check to…well, door again. Each dish is prepared to order. Mao’s is a perfect place to try the simple dishes that, back in Mao’s day, were considered for the peasants. The Mapo tofu is spicy and addictive and the sesame yam beef pleases every corner of my palate. They even offer a choice of brown or white rice (only in Venice!)

Mao’s Kitchen, 1512 Pacific Ave., Venice, CA 90291 (310) 581-8305.

Szechwan Restaurant-Was established in 1981 and, bowing to the desires of LA’s Westside crowd, has even started offering a choice of white or brown rice. The staff wavers on friendly, all ages are welcome but don’t look for crayons and a kid’s booklet at the door. The enormous booths are perfect for large groups to spread out and share delectable chow fun or mouth watering mu shu.

Szechwan Restaurant, 2905 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey, CA (310) 821-6256.

Empress Pavilion-We can’t walk to this restaurant, however, the Chinese New Year Banquet on Friday, March 5th at Empress Pavilion is worth the drive. Located on the edge of Chinatown, right off the 110, this restaurant is the best place to go for dim sum. It’s also the perfect place to celebrate Chinese New Year, again.

Empress Pavilion, 988 N. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 617-9898.

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2010 Massachusetts Ballot Questions: Results and Analysis

Remember when the biggest rally turnouts in college centered on the students’ rights to drink on campus? When you mess with people’s alcohol, they come out in droves. The Massachusetts alcohol tax repeal helped bring voters to the polls yesterday.

2010 Massachusetts Ballot Questions

Question 1: Sales Tax on Alcoholic Beverages: Yes

Massachusetts voters voted yes and repealed the 2009 sales tax imposed on alcohol and alcoholic beverages. The repeal passed by a narrow margin overall and had the most support from the New Hampshire border towns. The repeal will cause a “$110 million in revenue” according to state finance officials. Yet last year there was a surplus in the budget. Last year’s surplus prompted Governor Patrick to sign a last-minute approval of the Sales Tax holiday in August.

Question 2: Repeal housing comprehensive permit law: No

Question 3: Sales and Use Tax: No

Massachusetts voted no on question 3, which will keep the 6.25% sales tax in place. Some are wondering why Question 1 passed and Question 3 did not. The answer is simple: Question 3 went too far. Question 3 sought to reduce the 6.25% sales tax down to 3%. Had the Question tried to take a baby step instead, and asked for a sales tax reduction from the current 6.25% to the pre-September 2009 rate of 5%, it would have had a better chance of passing. All Question 1 did was put things back they way they were before last year’s increase.

Is Massachusetts Really Taxachusetts?

Massachusetts first added a sales tax in 1966, according to the Mass Budget and Policy Center. Massachusetts has often been called “Taxachusetts.” Massachusetts is one of the few states that don’t allow “local option” taxes on top of sales taxes. Local option taxes add yet another layer of taxation to residents.

Massachusetts Compared

Compared to other states, Massachusetts residents are on the lower end of the scale in terms of the percentage of their income they pay in general sales tax. In 2006, Massachusetts ranked 45th with 1.4 percent of residents’ total income going to sales tax, compared to Louisiana at the top with 5.6% of personal income going to general sales tax.

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2010 Little League World Series Scores Final; 2010 LLWS Schedule Heads to Championship Games

2010 Little League World Series scores are final for the Thursday Little League World Series schedule. These Little League World Series scores provided a lot of excitement, but they also prolonged the life of Hawaii to an extra game on Friday. Coming in to today, Hawaii needed to beat undefeated Georgia to force a re-match game on Friday, and the Washington vs. Texas game was going to present a winner in Pool B.

To start the Little League World Series schedule for Day 7 was the Washington vs. Texas game, and very early it looked like Washington was going to run away with the game. They had beaten Texas on Wednesday night, and jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Texas on Thursday afternoon. It just wasn’t meant to be though, as the tough Texas offense came through when it counted the most, and then shut down the Washington offense in the sixth inning. Texas won 7-5 and advanced to the 2010 United States Championship Game on Saturday.

In the night game, it was Hawaii vs. Georgia to decide who would win Pool A. If Georgia won the game, they would advance to the United States Championship Game on Saturday, but if Hawaii won, it would mean another game on Friday. The Hawaii offense showed up early and often, and despite a late rally of three runs by this Georgia team in the bottom of the sixth inning, Hawaii was able to prevail 7-4. Now Hawaii forces an additional game which will serve as the final elimination game of the tournament.

Hawaii vs. Georgia round two takes place on Friday at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) on ESPN, and the winner unfortunately has to also play on Saturday against a Texas team that gets an extra day of rest. We are down to just four games left at the 2010 LLWS, and things are getting very interesting.

2010 Little League World Series Scores (Day 7 — August 26)

Texas 7 — Washington 5 (Final)

Hawaii 7 — Georgia 4 (Final)




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2010 Major League Baseball Mid-Season Awards

We’re coming up on the 2010 MLB All Star game so it’s time to look at the mid-season MLB award winners.

AL MVP – Miguel Cabrera

There are really three candidates for the AL MVP, and they are all offensive powerhouses for teams in contention for going to the playoffs. They are New York’s Robinson Cano (.346/.396/.575), Minnesota’s Justin Morneau (.342/.436/.613), and Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera (.338/.416/.631). With all due respect to Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre, and Vladimir Guerrero, these three players have been in a class of their own.

It’s a really tough call. Robinson Cano has been the best hitter in a Yankees lineup filled with superstars like Derek Jeter, Mark Texeira, and Alex Rodriguez. Miguel Cabrera and Justin Morneau have had to be the strength in their lineups. Joe Mauer has played very well, but nothing like he did last year. Miguel Cabrera has had some help from Magglio Ordonez and rookie Brennan Boesch, but not much else.

We’re going to give Miguel Cabrera the nod over Justin Morneau. While Robinson Cano has been wonderful, he’s benefited from a pretty beefed up lineup. Miguel Cabrera gets the nod just on pure numbers, as he’s currently 2nd in the AL in home runs with 20 and RBIs with 68, ahead of Justin Morneau’s 17 HRs and 54 RBIs.

NL MVP – Joey Votto

It’s almost cliche to just pick Albert Pujols. After all, he’s won 3 NL MVP awards over the last 5 years, and nearly won a fourth, barely losing to Ryan Howard in 2006. As of this writing, he’s hitting .306/.415/.571. He’s second in the league in OPS (.987), and leads the league lead in home runs, walks, and is second in RBIs with 60.

Unlike last year, where Albert Pujols had 30 home runs before July, he has been somewhat human this year. That means there is actually some competition for the MVP award. The primary competition comes from two Cincinnati players, Scott Rolen and Joey Votto. Cincinnati was not expected to compete this year, however they’re currently in first place in the NL Central and have been battling the Cardinals the entire year to lead the division. The resurgence in Scott Rolen’s hitting has been a key factor. Scott Rolen appeared to be aging quickly and couldn’t reclaim his former hitting ability. He’s struggled, not hitting more than 11 home runs each of the last 3 years, and posting a .823 OPS at the best. However, this year he’s hitting .302/.368/.577 with a .945 OPS. He already has 17 home runs and 56 RBIs. Joey Votto has been a tad better, hitting .313/.414/.574 with a .988 OPS, leading the NL at the time of this writing. Adrian Gonzalez, David Wright, and Andre Ethier are also having great years for their teams too, however they’re not quite in the same category as the other candidates.

Scott Rolen gets some bonus points for bringing a great veteran presence to Cincinati’s locker room, however both Albert Pujols and Joey Votto have been superior offensively. Statistically, Albert Pujols and Joey Votto have been in a dead heat. As of this writing, 1/100th of a point separates them in OPS. We’ll give the nod to Joey Votto as he’s been a tad more consistent month to month than Albert Pujols. If this were the end of the year, I imagine Joey Votto would win the MVP. While voters love Albert Pujols, they are human. They aren’t fond of giving the award to the same person every year unless it’s not even close.

AL Cy Young – Jered Weaver

The AL Cy Young picture is a bit tougher than the NL one described below. No single pitcher has really stood out amongst the pack. David Price currently leads the league in ERA and Wins, however has a relatively non-impressive 1.20 WHIP. It’s good, but not really good. Cliff Lee has been absoultely outstanding so far. He’s tied for second in the league with a 2.45 ERA, leads the league in WHIP with 0.92, and has an absolutely insane 78-5 strikeouts to walk ratio. He also leads the league in complete games with 5. However, it’s tough to give the award to somebody who’s missed 4-5 starts due to injury. Jon Lester, Jeff Niemann, Clay Buchholz and several others have also been impressive and would warrant some consideration for the Cy Young award. However, we’re going to award it to Jered Weaver. He’s currently leading the league in strikeouts with 124 and has walked only 26 batters. He’s currently fourth in the league with a 1.06 WHIP, but has over 24 more innings pitched than Trevor Cahill. He also is tied for the league lead in Quality Starts with 14. The AL Cy Young race is quite close, so it’s really hard to predict how it might end up at the end of the year.

NL Cy Young – Josh Johnson

There are several other pitchers that are also having great years and deserve consideration, such as Adam Wainwright, Roy Halladay, and Yovani Gallardo, there are only really two pitchers under consideration for the NL Cy Young. While Ubaldo Jimenez started the year brilliantly, he’s begun to trail off, as he had a 4.41 ERA in the month of June. On the other hand, Josh Johnson has been consistently brilliant all year. He currently leads the NL with a 1.82 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP, tied for fourth with 115 strikeouts (and only trails Tim Lincecum’s league leading 121 by 6). He also is amongst the leaders in strikeouts to walks ratio, as he’s only walked 27 so far. In comparison, Ubaldo Jimenez currently has a 2.27 ERA, 107 strikeouts, and 44 walks. The only thing Ubaldo Jimenez currently leads in is wins. If the statistics were a bit closer, Ubaldo Jimenez might be given a tad more credit for having to pitch in a much tougher ballpark, however Josh Johnson has clearly stood out at this point.

AL Rookie of the Year – Brennan Boesch

Three’s really no contest for the AL Rookie of the Year award. Brennan Boesch of the Detroit Tigers is having an incredible season. He’s been absolutely incredible since securing a starting sport earlier in the year. He’s hitting an amazing .342/.338/.603 with 12 home runs, 46 RBIs, and an incredible .991 OPS. There really isn’t any other rookie in the AL worth mentioning.

NL Rookie of the Year – Jaime Garcia

There are several rookie position players that have played well, such as St. Louis’ David Freese (.296/.361/.404, 4 HRs, 36 RBIs), New York’s Ike Davis (.257/.332/.424, 9 HRs, 36 RBIs), Atlanta’s Jason Heyward (.251/.366/.455, 11 HRs, 45 RBIs), Florida’s Gaby Sanchez (.305/.373/.482, 9 HRs, 38 RBIs). However, St. Louis’s Jaime Garcia has really stood out amongst rookie pitchers. Jaime Garcia has a 2.10 ERA, which is good enough for second in the NL, and better than Cy Young candidate Ubaldo Jimenez’s. The only knock against Jaime Garcia has been his relatively low number of innings pitched. Usually, the edge in Rookie of the Year voting goes to a position player who plays regularly. However, being second in the league in ERA really stands out, so we’ll give the nod to Jaime Garcia. The picture could be far different by the end of the year.


“ESPN Statistics”, ESPN

“ – Major League Baseball Statistics and History”, Baseball-Reference

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2010 Lexus ES 350 Review

Lexus, now a separate entity that debuted in 1989 as a division of parent company Toyota, has an exceptionally well known, well deserved, reputation for building dependable, reliable, luxurious vehicles. H.D. Powers and Associates has named Lexus well over a dozen times as “most reliable brand” in the US. Consumer Reports and also designated Lexus “among the top 5 most reliable” vehicles over and over again.

The 2010 Lexus ES 350 model, a five passenger, mid-size luxury car, is considered an “entry level” car by Lexus. It is still, however, a luxury car and comes standard with many luxury features, such as: push-button start/stop, dual-zone automatic climate control with air filtering, power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, 10-way power front seats with memory that also sets the mirrors and steering wheel, and a 48 month/50,000 mile warranty. The main option package, including heated and cooled front seats, which are a pleasure to ride in, along with the other features in that package, make the ES 350 far above “entry level” in my book.

The Lexus ES 350 has a 3.5 liter V6, four-cam, four valves per cylinder engine with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). It is rated at 272 hp and is a Certified Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle. Engine-speed sensing, progressive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering is a joy to drive. The six-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission shifts very well, and carries the 2010 Lexus ES 350 from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. Electronically limited to a top speed of 137 mph, the EPA Fuel Economy Rating (city/highway) is 19/27 mpg. The Lexus ES 350 sports independent MacPherson struts (dual-link at rear) with coil springs, gas-pressurized shock absorbers and stabilizer bars front and rear. From my experience, it handles exceptionally well with great power response – all while being extremely quiet and smooth.

The 2010 Lexus ES 350 has a starting price of $35,175. When adding the one $5000 option package (mentioned above), the $875 delivery, processing and handling charge, the price quickly rises to $41,005. There are also some desirable “dealer installed” accessories, which could add an additional $2483 for a total delivered price of $43,488. These include very nice 17 inch alloy wheels with wheel-locks, rear spoiler, side-molding, trunk mat and cargo net, and paint protection front and back. As always, it’s all those “must have extras” that bust the budget, but at $43,488 for a luxurious, reliable, well built Lexus that holds its value well, very worth considering.

Lexus service departments are very well known for their expertise and for their top notch, super luxurious waiting areas having many amenities. These include free refreshments (coffee, pastries, fruit, yogurt and soda pop), free “loaner cars”, and your car will always be returned freshly washed after servicing. Lexus employees are instructed to “treat each customer as we would treat a guest in our home”.

I purchased a just-under-five-year old “5-year-lease return” ES 300 Coach Addition model with 47,000 miles from another state and had the local dealership do an after-purchase general inspection for about $140. They found, and fixed under warranty, nearly $3000 worth of repairs, including a new timing belt. All these repairs were at no additional charge, and all under the nearly expired (for both time and mileage) warranty – plus the free brand new loaner car. I now have two Lexus vehicles, the ES and an SC model, and the few times routine maintenance has been needed, we have always had a brand new ES to drive until they finished. No wonder Lexus has one of the highest “customer loyalty” ratings in the auto industry. The service is a bit higher priced than the same service might be elsewhere, but I, for one, enjoy the extras and especially the dependability of their service department.

The 2010 Lexus ES 350 certainly does capture the Lexus slogan, “The Pursuit of Perfection”!

(Source: Wikipedia, the official Lexus website and personal experience)

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