Tag: East

13
Oct
2020
Posted in programming

East Side Culture Crawl announces live and virtual programming

The 24th annual Eastside Culture Crawl has announced that it is expanding its reach this year with virtual and appointment-based studio tours and livestream demos.

 

“Each year, we welcome visitors to explore the richness and vitality of the Eastside Arts District,” says artistic and executive director Esther Rausenberg in a press release. “And while artists have faced unprecedented hardships this year, our mandate for the 24th annual Crawl remains the same—to celebrate the extraordinary talents of our visual artists and inspire a creative connection between artists and the greater community.

 

That connection for the Crawl–which takes place November 12-15 and 19-22–will be made through enhanced, interactive virtual programming, via the use of a new digital appointment scheduler for controlled, in-person engagement at open studios. A virtual preview week, November 2 to 9, will feature a curated selection of artist workshops, demonstrations, and talks, as well as the seventh annual Moving Art exhibition. 

 

“The strength and resilience, the fortitude and passion arts patrons have come to expect each year from the Culture Crawl will be on full display,” adds Rausenberg. “It promises to be an inspiring, uplifting and unifying experience.”

 

Crawl goers are invited to supplement their Eastside Culture Crawl experience through a number of feature presentations and exhibitions, including:
 
TAKE FLIGHT VIRTUAL BENEFIT
October 14–November 7, 2020
The Crawl’s fourth annual benefit and festival launch, this year’s virtual event features a silent auction, event-tote auction, and the return of the popular Art Roulette.

MOVING ART
November 2, 2020 at 7 pm (online premiere)
The Culture Crawl’s seventh annual film and video exhibition is titled “Connection in the year of our disconnect.” This showing of evocative contemporary films features 11 artists who have dug deep within their own creative reserves to embrace our multiplicity of experiences.

 

TALKING ART
November 3–5, 2020

11
Oct
2020
Posted in internet

East St. Louis students lacking internet for remote learning

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Countless parents in East St. Louis say they are relying on minimal resources while struggling to gain internet access to help their children participate in remote learning at area schools during the coronavirus pandemic.

East St. Louis is a largely Black community where nearly 40% of residents live below the federal poverty line, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Melissa Lawson, a single mother of three who lives there while juggling multiple jobs, told the Belleville News-Democrat that she already had to make adjustments to get by before the pandemic after being severely injured in a car accident. She said some of the cutbacks included canceling internet service.

“Sometimes, we would go to a McDonald’s parking lot and use their Wi-Fi, and even with that, you only get so much with the hotspot,” Lawson noted. “Then you run into the problem of what if my laptop or my iPad dies. And I don’t have a nice car, so it doesn’t have the plug-ins to charge your phone and things like that.”

Two of Lawson’s children attend Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School, which provided hotspots to students after stay-at-home orders went into effect last spring.

“We found a lot of the students did not have adequate internet access,” said Dan Nickerson, the school’s principal for the past five years, who noted that around 35% of the roughly 100 families in his school had internet access challenges.

East St. Louis and neighboring Washington Park have 200 or less residential fixed internet connections per 1,000 households, the lowest rate in St. Clair County, according to an analysis of Federal Communications Commission data that was updated in 2019 based on census tracts. Primarily white and more upscale communities such as Belleville and O’Fallon have at least 800

07
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

‘Mercenary’ Hacker Group Runs Rampant in Middle East, Cybersecurity Research Shows | World News

By Raphael Satter and Christopher Bing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saudi diplomats, Sikh separatists and Indian business executives have been among those targeted by a group of hired hackers, according to research published on Wednesday by software firm BlackBerry Corp.

The report https://www.blackberry.com/us/en/company/newsroom/press-releases/2020/blackberry-uncovers-massive-hack-for-hire-group-targeting-governments-businesses-human-rights-groups-and-influential-individuals on the group, known publicly as Bahamut, the name assigned to the mythical sea monster of Arab lore, highlights how cybersecurity researchers are increasingly finding evidence of mercenaries online.

BlackBerry’s vice president of research, Eric Milam, said the diversity of Bahamut’s activities was such that he assumed it was working for a range of different clients.

“There’s too many different things going on across too many different ranges and too many different verticals that it would be a single state,” Milam said ahead of the report’s release.

In June, Reuters reported on how an obscure Indian IT firm called BellTroX https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN23G1GQ offered its hacking services to help clients spy on more than 10,000 email accounts over seven years, including targeting prominent American investors.

BlackBerry – which absorbed antivirus firm Cylance in 2019 – stitched together digital clues left by other researchers over the years to create a picture of a sophisticated group of hackers. BlackBerry also linked the group to mobile phone applications in the Apple and Google app stores. Those apps, which included a fitness tracker and password manager, may have helped the hackers track their targets, the report said.

Apple declined to comment on the record. Two of the apps flagged by Blackberry are no longer in the Apple App Store though. A Google spokesman said all the apps in the Google Play Store mentioned in the report had been removed.

Milam declined to comment on who he thought might be behind Bahamut, but he said he hoped the report would help to sharpen the focus

02
Oct
2020
Posted in computer

Goodspeed in East Haddam presents Judy Garland songs, stories from Chicago (to your computer screen)


Judy, Judy, Judy! Musical theater legend Goodspeed Musicals will be the regional presenter for the Sunday, Oct. 11, virtual concert event “Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland,” streaming live from Chicago at 7 p.m.

Ingersoll celebrates Judy Garland with virtuosic vocals, passionate storytelling and humor. Her two-hour concert (similar to one seen on PBS) features a six-piece orchestra and classic songs including “Over the Rainbow,” “The Trolley Song,” “Get Happy” and “The Man That Got Away.”


Goodspeed’s Executive Director Michael Gennaro said in a release that “Goodspeed is delighted to partner with (producer) Artists Lounge Live to give audiences across the region access to an exciting livestream event that they can experience from the comfort and safety of their own home.” The event will feature a talkback with online audience members immediately after the performance.



Ticket proceeds will provide needed support to participating arts organizations, which include San Diego Rep and Laguna Playhouse, that are struggling to survive during the pandemic. Tickets are available for $35 by contacting Goodspeed Musicals Box Office at 860-873-8668 Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online at goodspeed.org


To view the concert, audience members must have a high speed internet connection that allows for streaming.Patrons only need one ticket per household to watch live but may choose to support Goodspeed and the performers by purchasing tickets for all those who will be enjoying the