The Power of Music as a Motivator

Scientific research indicates that music promote enjoyment of physical activity. Dr. Costas Karageorghis, a leading researcher in sports psychology, has conducted dozens of clinical trials with a broad range of professional and amateur athletes: tennis players, long and short distance runners, basketball players, bicyclists and others. His findings have led him to conclude that music distracts people from exhaustion and pain, increases endurance, boosts mood and even increases metabolic efficiency.

Dr. Karageorghis comments, “Music helps to induce alpha brain wave activity, which is responsible for our dreams and rest states. This leads to a state known as ‘flow’ – which is an ultimate motivational state – in which sportspeople are completely immersed in what they are doing and feel as if they are functioning on autopilot.”

One of Dr, Karageorghis’s many studies found that people who exercise while listening to music not only experience an increase in endurance by as much as 15%, but are also left happier and more satisfied by the workout. Also, music is particularly useful for getting through that last push or extra mile. Dr. Karageorghis believes this is because music redirects an exerciser’s attention from the not-so-pleasant sensations of physical exhaustion.

In my personal experience – like at a spinning class – appropriate music makes all the difference. In fact, spinning teachers are often valued as much for their playlist as they are for their enthusiasm and skill.

So what music is suited for exercise? The researchers used Queen, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Madonna in their experiments. As intuition suggests, music with more beats per minute and louder, low frequency sounds work best. Our favorite set list includes:

Bottom line: Play that funky music!

To learn more:

Dr. Costas Karageorghis http://www.brunel.ac.uk/sse/sport-sciences/people/dr-costas-karageorghis

Run to the Beat http://www.runtothebeat.co.uk

The Beat Goes On: The effects of music on exercise


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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Grammy Award®-winning singer and actress Pink will make a special appearance on the Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.
“We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar® stage for the very first time,” said Zadan and Meron. “She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast.”
Pink has won three Grammy Awards and six MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Collaboration for the single “Just Give Me A Reason” from her 2012 album “The Truth About Love.” The song was her eighth to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart, setting an industry record. Named Billboard Woman of the Year in 2013, Pink has sold over 40 million albums and 65 million singles.
Acting under her given name, Alecia Moore, she received critical acclaim for her role in the 2013 ensemble drama “Thanks for Sharing,” which starred Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Pink added to the list of performers


AT&T Pro-am 2014

Saturdays third round was suspended due to inclement weather. The 30 mile per hour winds and rain delayed the tournament for two hours.

The third round resumed but golfers were unable to finish. They resumed Sunday morning and completed this morning. The final Round will tee off at 9 am.
Jimmy Walker continues to lead, will he take home the pot of gold?
J. Walker (MP) -13 F -4


Sundance Institute Receives $5 Million Grant from Open Society Foundations


 Innovative documentary films addressing some of the most important issues facing the world today received a boost with a $5 million grant to the Sundance Institute. Christopher Stone, president of the Open Society Foundations, announced the dollar-for-dollar matching grant at the Sundance Film Festival.

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. Working with local communities in more than 100 countries, the Open Society Foundations support justice and human rights, freedom of expression, and access to public health and education.

Park City, UT — Innovative documentary films addressing some of the most important issues facing the world today received a boost with a $5 million grant to the Sundance Institute. Christopher Stone, president of the Open Society Foundations, announced the dollar-for-dollar matching grant at the Sundance Film Festival.

“My foundations have long supported arts and culture–especially film–as a means to build and strengthen open societies around the world,” said George Soros,

Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundations. “This support will help bring open society issues to a wider audience.”

The Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program advances nonfiction storytelling on a broad range of contemporary social issues and provides leading support for independent documentary filmmakers worldwide. 

The Open Society Foundations in 1996 launched the Documentary Film Program, which was made part of Sundance Institute in 2002.

“Documentary films profoundly impact our culture; they challenge the traditional role of journalism by illuminating stories that inform, inspire and connect us as members of a global community, said Robert Redford, Founder and President of Sundance Institute. “The continued support from George Soros and the Open Society Foundations speaks to our shared belief in the value and power of documentary film.” 

Through a suite of year-round programs including direct grants to filmmakers, Labs, creative and tactical resources, and a variety of partnerships and international initiatives, the program provides a unique, global resource for contemporary independent documentary film. 

 “The Open Society Foundations have long been one of the world’s leading supporters of those defending and promoting human rights,” said Chris Stone, President of the Open Society Foundations. “We believe that film can intensify conversations on rights, justice, and social ills.”

For nearly three decades, Sundance Institute has promoted independent storytelling to inform and inspire audiences across political, social, religious and cultural differences. Through labs, funding, special projects with key partners and the Sundance Film Festival, the Institute serves as the leading advocate for independent artists worldwide. 

 “As the landscape of non-fiction storytelling continues to evolve, independent documentary filmmakers are increasingly exploring new forms and formats.” said Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute. “With the support of Open Society Foundations, Sundance Institute will continue to seek out and support inventive artists whose work pushes the boundaries of non-fiction story telling and whose stories redefine existing notions of human rights.”   

Putnam added “Sundance is also committed to providing access to platforms for artists to creatively distribute their films and inspire and engage audiences around the world.” 

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NFL San Francisco 49ers 17, Seattle Seahawks 23


Dems Da Breaks

In Sport at the professional level one must accord due respect to the concept of luck. Two equally matched teams met and one has moved on. In weeks past it was the Niners who moved upward. This week the other guys won.

In an endeavor which begins with a scouting/recruiting process, is refined with drafting/selection and becomes an ongoing process with player training/development, each franchise seeks to field the very best team possible. San Francisco has been and continues to be one of the best organizations in the league in this regard – the most recent 14-5 season being an example.

So in this last-of-the-season article we do not dwell of the what-might-have-beens. We do not single out individuals for reproach or blame – this errand is the task of fools who through their pitiful bleatings and pomposities seek only their own aggrandizement. (Having never achieved athletic prowess in any measure, their small-minded jealousy is transparent.)

Instead we celebrate the team that has given us an exciting (and yes, a winning) season of football. We commend those who, in the desire for victory and with a mind which desires to challenge itself, took the risky options and, more often than not, prevailed. While the chattering classes latch onto those risks which proved too great, the more thoughtful see the development and maturing of a talent which will increasingly benefit the team going forward.

This team which has, as the season progressed, shown increasing unity within the offensive/defensive units and which includes a wealth of talent will come back next season even stronger. We look forward to their debut in their new stadium after a well-deserved rest.


Awarding Excellence SAG Awards 2014

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The SAG Awards aired live from the Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles on Saturday on TBS and TNT.
Taking top honors American Hustle for best movie, Cate Blanchett, for Female actor in a leading role in Blue Jasmine, and Matthew McConaughey, for Best actor in a leading role in Dallas Buyers Club.

Actress Rita Moreno receive the SAG Life Achievement Award at Saturday’s ceremony. Morgan Freeman presented the “West Side Story” actress with the honor.

One of our favorite part about award shows, is the fashion! Designers get to showcase their latest designs on the the red carpet . This years favorites, Sofia Vergara,  the Modern Family beauty did not disappointed in her and donna Karan silver dress. and pretty in teal “12 Years a Slave” award winner, Lupita Nyong’o. 

Female actor in a supporting role:
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Male actor in a supporting role:
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Female actor in a comedy series:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Male actor in a comedy series:
Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Ensemble in a comedy series:
Modern Family

Male actor in a TV movie or miniseries:
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra

Female actor in a TV movie or miniseries:
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector

Female actor in a drama series:
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Male actor in a drama series:
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Ensemble in a drama series:
Breaking Bad

Male actor in a leading role:
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Female actor in a leading role:
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Cast in a motion picture:
American Hustle


An arts exhibition hosted by the Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts & Gallery 85
during Black History Month (Feb, 2014) to honor the African American experience.

EXHIBITION – Bay area artists over the age of 18 are invited to send one email with up to three digital files of artwork for review. The email address is exhibits@Gallery85.com. The subject line of your email should say, “THE JOURNEY”. The body of your email should include your name, address, email and phone number as well as the size, medium, date of completion and retail price of the artwork. Please include a brief artist statement (200 words or less) as well as a brief narrative description (200 words or less) for each entry about the inspiration for each piece. Also, please include your website address if one is available. Artist will be emailed notification of acceptance into the exhibit by February 13th, 2014.

DIGITAL FILES — All entries must include one high-res image file of each piece of artwork you are submitting including the frame if applicable. Each image should not exceed 1mb. These images will help us keep track of your submissions and ensure that they are reviewed properly. Details about the digital submissions are outlined below. Each artist is invited to submit up to three images for review.

AGREEMENT — Submission of digital files and accepted artwork shall constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to comply with the conditions set forth in this prospectus, including the following: no work accepted for this exhibition may be withdrawn prior to the close of the exhibition. Permission to reproduce the artwork for publicity or educational purposes is granted. All decisions of the curatorial team are final. Works that have previously been exhibited are eligible for the show, but also need to be submitted through this process. Artwork needs to be delivered to Gallery 85 no later than February 21st, 2014 and picked up by April 27th, 2014 or arranged for storage with the Gallery.\ Deadline: January 20, 2014 Exhibition Dates: February 27 to April 24, 2014.

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