This year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival offered no shortage of entertainment value, including performances by Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead, Lady Gaga, award-winning film composer Hans Zimmer, and many more, along with various art installations and other festival grounds fare. But perhaps the most awe-inspiring sensory display at the popular California desert event was “Chrysalis,” an 8-minute psychedelic experience projected onto a massive geodesic dome. The 360° audiovisual spectacle starts with a “Shamanistic rite-of-passage ceremony,” and embarks from there on a breathtaking cosmic odyssey.Obscura Digital, the firm responsible for the exhibit, is a San Francisco-based creative technology studio that orchestrates entertaining, informative, and educational experiences with interactive installations, large-format architectural projections, and immersive environments that generate a sense of awe and inspiration for live audiences. Thanks to the Obscura, you can watch footage of the entire light show below (though, of course, a conventional video can’t really come close to capturing the full Antarctic Dome experience):You can also watch Obscura Digital’s official recap video from the installation, which gives some added perspective on the awesome scale of the spectacle and the dumbstruck reactions of its thoroughly satisfied patrons:As the project’s Creative Director Joshua Pipic explained to Vice, “The power of it is that it’s not just a VR headset—it giant and powerful and really takes up all the space in front of your eyes. People overuse the word ‘immersive,’ but it’s the most immersive thing I’ve ever worked on.” And when Pipic says this is the most “immersive” project he’s worked on, you can trust it’s coming from a reliable source: Obscure has designed and brought to life innovative audiovisual exhibitions on the facades of such iconic structures Empire State Building, St. Peter’s Basilica, The Sydney Opera House, and more. You can check out more of Obscura’s incredible work on their website.[h/t – Vice][Cover photo via Obscura Digital]
View Comments 3. Hough’s Single But Not Ready to Mingle “I have to be single,” says Hough—and getting together with his co-stars is now off limits. “It literally feels like you are breaking up with somebody every time, and it can be heartbreaking. It’s better not to get [romantically] involved.” 4. The Perfect Broadway Role? Although he’s no longer a practicing Mormon, Hough doesn’t drink alcohol or coffee when he’s working on a show. He’s also starred in the West End in Footloose. All of which has got us dreamcasting him in a certain show at the Eugene O’Neill… Related Shows Five-time Dancing with the Stars winner Derek Hough is a busy man, currently working two jobs on two coasts. He is starring alongside Tony winner Laura Benanti in the Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, while appearing on DWTS’ 20th season in Los Angeles. Hough recently sat down with the New York Post and we discovered all sorts of delicious tidbits about the bi-coastal heartthrob and his projects. 5. Hough’s Definition of Fun Hough’s definition of fun is as impressive as his trophy collection. “I thought: ‘Wouldn’t it be fun if I did Dancing With the Stars on my days off?’” How does he manage it? “I say that I’m living on ‘NET’ time, as in No Extra Time.” Spring Spectacular runs at Radio City through May 3; DWTS airs on ABC on Mondays at 8/7C. 1. Spectacular is Different to Broadway “What’s so wonderful is that it’s not a Broadway show,” says Hough. “It’s not a play, it’s a spectacular.” He goes on to describe the piece as “more theatrical, magical and whimsical than anything I’ve ever seen before.” New York Spring Spectacular 2. April Showers Happen Inside 70 feet of water falls on Radio City Music Hall’s stage while Hough sashays through puddles to “Singin’ in the Rain.” His Gene Kelly moment comes complete with 36 umbrella-twirling Rockettes. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016
The Monomaran Crewtender- Endurance class NG2727 will be delivered to Coastwise in December next year and will sail under the name of COS Master. “In close collaboration with marine architect Fred van Dorresteijn (VDD Design, Dordrecht), Next Generation Shipyards succeeded in translating our basic principles into an unparalleled vessel design,” said Douwe van den Berg from Coastwise. According to the parties, the new vessel combines the stability of a catamaran with the speed and fuel efficiency of a monohull. SeaZip Offshore Service will be responsible for the commercial management of the vessel. The 27m long aluminium vessel has room for 30 persons, can carry a load of 15 to 22t, and will be fitted with a deck crane. Its cruising speed is 27kn. “The design provides the stability of a traditional catamaran and the speed and fuel efficiency of a monohull, which implies ultimate comfort combined with the best possible performance. Absolutely the best of both worlds.” Source: SeaZip Offshore Service The contract signed on 27 August is said to include options for three other vessels. Coastwise Offshore Services and Next Generation Shipyards have signed a contract to build a new type of service vessel for the offshore wind market.
WASHINGTON, D.C — Global remittances are projected to decline sharply by about 20 percent in 2020 due to the economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown.The projected fall, which would be the sharpest decline in recent history, is largely due to a fall in the wages and employment of migrant workers, who tend to be more vulnerable to loss of employment and wages during an economic crisis in a host country.Remittances to low and middle-income countries (LMICs) are projected to fall by 19.7 percent to $445 billion, representing a loss of a crucial financing lifeline for many vulnerable households.Studies show that remittances alleviate poverty in lower- and middle-income countries, improve nutritional outcomes, are associated with higher spending on education, and reduce child labor in disadvantaged households.A fall in remittances affects families’ ability to spend on these areas as more of their finances will be directed to solve food shortages and immediate livelihoods needs.“Remittances are a vital source of income for developing countries. The ongoing economic recession caused by COVID-19 is taking a severe toll on the ability to send money home and makes it all the more vital that we shorten the time to recovery for advanced economies,” said World Bank Group President David Malpass.Within the Caribbean countries, money transfer agencies like Western Union have seen a spike in the number of people that have turned up at their locations to collect funds during the COVID-19 pandemic.Many Caribbean residents, including the newly unemployed, poor and vulnerable, have been forced to depend on income from their family and friends overseas to survive. The challenge is that many Caribbean immigrants and even seasonal workers now have no income and thus, little to no money to send back home.Remittance flows are expected to fall across all World Bank Group regions, most notably in Europe and Central Asia (27.5 percent) and Latin America and the Caribbean (19.3 percent).World Bank