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Third Annual Online Blog Conference Returns September 8

Third Annual Online Blog Conference Returns September 8

Pint Sized Baker and Dieter’s Downfall will host the third annual Online Blog Conference

The Online Blog Conference will be hosted by Pint Sized Baker and Dieter's Downfall.

The third annual Online Blog Conference returns via Google + Hangout on September 8, and will be hosted by Pint Sized Baker (one of The Daily Meal’s own culinary content partners!) and Dieter’s Downfall.

On each Monday in September, successful bloggers from all over the Internet will present topics including how to make money by blogging, optimize SEO, self-publishing and pitching outside the blog, and photography and styling.

The Online Blog Conference is open to all bloggers (although you must register) who are interested in growing their online presence and monetizing their work. Bloggers are encouraged to join the private Facebook page to network, ask questions and learn from fellow bloggers.

If you are not able to view the presentation live, they will be available for viewing all month long on YouTube.

During the conference there will giveaways from OXO, Urban Accents, PadSquad, and Blogging Concentrated as well as discounts and trial memberships from CoSchdeule and Circloscope.


Milken Conference returns this fall as in-person event in Beverly Hills

The Milken Institute will hold its annual conference in-person in October after going virtual last year.

The event, organized by billionaire financier Michael Milken’s think tank, will take place in Beverly Hills from Oct. 17 to 20, according to a statement issued Thursday. Some parts of the conference will be live-streamed, the organizers said.

Focusing on the theme of “Charting a New Course,” it will be held at the Beverly Hilton hotel and delve into the disruptions and innovations wrought by the global pandemic. The event has historically gathered some of the world’s most influential people.

Conference organizers across industries have grappled with how and when to hold events after most were scrapped last year amid the Covid-19 pandemic. But an increase in vaccinations may have bolstered confidence in renewing gatherings. In the last week, the U.S. administered 3.4 million vaccine doses per day, according to the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker.

SkyBridge Capital’s annual SALT Conference, which was canceled last year, will also be held in-person this year, from Sept. 13-15 in New York City’s Javits Center Expansion. It’s usually held in Las Vegas.

A representative for the Milken conference said it’s working out on-site details with health experts and is keeping government guidelines in mind, and as such could not comment on whether attendees will be required to be vaccinated.


Premier human-computer interaction conference returns in virtual format

The Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI) will hold its annual flagship conference, the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2021), virtually from May 8-13. The conference, which has run yearly since 1982, is resuming after a one-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic. CHI 2021 will be the biggest ever, with more than 4,500 participants from 75 countries registered. By contrast, the largest CHI to date, in 2019, had 3,800 participants.

CHI, widely recognized as the most important global showcase for human-computer interaction, provides researchers and practitioners from around the world the opportunity to gather to discuss the latest in interactive technology.

Dozens of widely-used products and technologies have debuted at CHI prior to market deployment, including various foundational AI technologies, Internet of Things (IoT), smart homes, wearable devices, fitness tracking devices, social networking, instant text messaging, human-robot interaction, multi-touch and 3D interaction, and tangible interfaces, among others.

"This is the first year that CHI will be an entirely online conference," said Yoshifumi Kitamura, CHI 2021 general Co-chair. "So, as organizers, we put a good deal of effort into making it the best possible experience for attendees. We observed and got feedback from other virtual conferences that were held in 2020, to get a sense of best practices. For example, we learned that it was easier to manage sessions that had pre-recorded videos, but that attendees preferred live Q&A sessions. We also learned that, with global conferences, many attendees couldn't stay up late for presentations they were interested in. We factored all these considerations into the CHI 2021 schedule. We divided the global 'day' so that any attendee of CHI 2021 would get a chance to see most of the main program content without being up all night."

A CHI Global Schedule has been designed to preserve the equity of access to content, regardless of where a person is situated geographically.

Also, the fact that this will be the first fully virtual CHI opens new opportunities for global participation. There will be lower registration rates for all attendees and significantly reduced rates to widen participation from economically developing countries.

"This year's theme--Making Waves, Combining Strengths--encourages authors and delegates to make waves as they feature the latest discoveries and advances in HCI and shake up the existing state of affairs," said Aaron Quigley, CHI 2021 general Co-chair. "From the first- time student author to the seasoned industry delegate, different people with different interests, experience and expectations all come together at CHI to share and learn from one another. People approach CHI with different research interests, varying educational perspectives or with specific and unique industry needs. As a result, CHI becomes a platform to combine the strengths of different people from different perspectives."

The organizers added that what they learn from this experience will help shape future CHI conferences. "We hope to learn from the experience of synchronous vs asynchronous interactions," added Quigley. "This will impact our plans to meet physically, to interact with physical experiences, or generate new ideas such as regional hubs or even 365-day hybrid events."

HIGHLIGHTS OF CHI 2021

Below is a partial list of events. For a complete calendar of accepted papers, workshops, and courses, visit the CHI 2021 Full Schedule of Events.

Keynote Speakers

"See What I Mean: Making Waves with the Blind"
Chieko Asakawa, IBM Fellow and IBM Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University

Asakawa works in the area of accessibility and who herself is blind, will present on how emerging technologies have improved the quality of her life, showing various examples through her daily life. She will also describe her latest work on NavCog, a smartphone-based navigation system, and AI Suitcase, a navigational robot to help the blind navigate in the world. In her keynote, Asakawa will discuss new needs that became apparent under the pandemic and the potential ways to address these needs. Finally, she will discuss how the implementation of new technologies into our society can be accelerated and what will be expected of the CHI community to make our world accessible and inclusive.

"Which Humans? Innovation, Equity, and Imagination in Human-Centered Design"
Ruha Benjamin, Princeton University

Human-centered design, without careful consideration, could reinforce longstanding forms of inequity and injustice, and even producing new forms of discrimination and exclusion. In her keynote, Benjamin, will examine a range of technologies used in education, healthcare, employment and more, and present conceptual tools we can use to think about the social values embedded in our research, pedagogy, and designs. Benjamin has studied the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine for more than 15 years and speaks widely on issues of innovation, equity, health and justice.

CHI 2021 Best Papers and Honorable Mentions

The SIGCHI "Best of CHI" awards honor the top 5% of conference submissions. This year, 28 papers were selected to receive a Best Paper award, and 114 papers were selected to receive an honorable mention.

CHI 2021 Workshops

The conference will feature more than 50 workshops.

About the ACM CHI Conference

Originally a small conference for psychologists interested in user interface design, the annual CHI conference has grown to include a diverse group of interaction designers, computer scientists, engineering psychologists, developers, and performing artists. CHI also addresses the organizational integration of technology, and the use of technology in all areas of life.

About SIGCHI

SIGCHI, the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction, is the premier international society for professionals, academics and students who are interested in human-technology and human-computer interaction (HCI). SIGCHI serves as a forum for ideas on how people communicate and interact with computer systems. This interdisciplinary group of computer scientists, software engineers, psychologists, interaction designers, graphic designers, sociologists, and anthropologists is committed to designing useful, usable technology which has the potential to transform individual lives.

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.

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Startup Boston Returns this September with Week-Long Conference for Innovators

BOSTON (PRWEB) July 10, 2019

Startup Boston, an organization offering groundbreaking events for the development and celebration of the innovators, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who push boundaries and solve tough problems, today announced the speaker lineup for its third annual conference. Designed to connect, educate, and celebrate Boston's startup community, Startup Boston Week 2019 will run from September 16-20 and offer more than 50 free events for a diverse range of startup players. Owners, managers, vendors and investors will share lessons learned, actionable best practices, and other valuable insights for inspiring creativity and strategic growth.

“Startup Boston Week is a remarkable whirlwind, jam-packed with actionable tactics for startup founders, funders, employees and business leaders,” said Bobbie Carlton, founder of Innovation Nights and Innovation Women. “It’s remarkable to see so many members of Boston’s tech scene come together to support one another’s growth and build community. Startup Boston Week brings together a diverse mix, including women, people of color, and others typically underrepresented in the industry. This ensures dynamic conversation and fresh perspectives.”

This year’s conference has been divided into eight tracks: Founders & C-Suite, Customer Success & Support, People Ops & Team Leaders, Sales & Marketing, Product & Design, Engineering, Startup Community, and Investors. Attendees are encouraged to either focus on one track or mix and match to customize their learning and networking experiences.

Startup Boston Week 2019 attendees will hear from Boston’s brightest entrepreneurs, strategic advisers, top-tier investors, community leaders, civic supporters, and students in sessions such as:

Dena Upton, VP People, Drift — Secrets to Scaling a Sustainable, Open Culture
Evy Chen, Founder and CEO, Evy Tea — From Start to Scale: Doing More with Less at a Bootstrapped Startup
Josh Encanacion, Talent, Learning, and Development Partner, Simply Business — Optimizing Your Company for Inclusion & Belonging
Lauren Abda, Founder, Branchfood — Food Fails By Founders: Mistakes that Kill Products in the Food and Beverage Industry
Leah Knobler, People Operations, Help Scout — Optimizing Your Company for Inclusion & Belonging
Nabiha Saklayen, CEO, CellinBio — How to Build a Winning Startup Team While in School
Tom Hazel, Founder and CTO, ChaosSearch — Engineer Your Engineering Team: Tactics for Finding and Retaining the Best Tech Talent

In its third year, Startup Boston Week is expected to draw thousands of attendees from the local startup community to more than 60 events, and is backed by support from program sponsors like Justworks, Brex, and Matter. Last year, the conference held 52 events, featured 165 speakers, and was attended by over 2,800 professionals. Organizers anticipate an even higher turnout this year in response to past years’ success stories and Boston’s booming startup scene.

“We’re taking Startup Boston Week to the next level in 2019 by actively connecting startups and entrepreneurs with the resources they need, while tying these efforts back to our broader community,” said Startup Boston Founder and Lead Organizer, Stephanie Roulic. “With the Startup Boston Week Dealflow Mixer, we’re inviting out-of-state investment firms to connect with Boston-based accelerators, startup advisors, and leaders from surrounding communities. Our Student Startup Fair will showcase college-aged entrepreneurs to support them in building local awareness around their startups. Each of these events help us bring in new voices to broaden our collective perspective.”

To register up to attend Startup Boston Week, http://startupbos.org/events/. To learn more about the speakers and events, visit http://startupbos.org/.

Startup Boston is a volunteer-driven organization on a mission to create opportunities to strengthen Boston’s startup community. Their flagship program is Startup Boston Week, a free, five-day events series designed to connect, educate, and celebrate Boston’s startup community. Whether you’re an aspiring founder, a leader at a growing company, or someone exploring opportunities to work with or at startups, Startup Boston Week has an event for you. More information can be found at http://startupbos.org or on Twitter @startupbosorg.

Media Contacts
Matter Communications for Startup Boston
Emma Lasch
startupboston(at)matternow(dot)com


AGE of Central Texas Blog

AGE of Central Texas will host the 3rd Annual “Williamson County Caregiver Conference” on Saturday, September 17th, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Wingate by Wyndham Round Rock Hotel & Conference Center. Sponsored by AARP Texas, the free Conference includes a keynote presentation by Dr. David Zuniga, break-out sessions, and community resources to support family members who are caring for a senior adult.

The annual event was created to help ease the challenges of caring for an aging family member by providing unpaid caregivers with relevant information and vital resources. The attendees will discover local resources, acquire skills to better manage their caregiving situation, and connect with other caregivers and local experts on aging. The day also includes workshops on topics related to caregiving, with experts available for questions.

This year’s Conference features a keynote presentation by Dr. David Zuniga, who will be speaking on “The Middle Way of Caregiving: Caring for Ourselves and Our Loved Ones.” Dr. Zuniga earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Austin, Texas, specializing in caregiver and patient support, stress reduction, and healthcare decision-making. His current psychology practice includes providing seminars on meditation and wellness, and also therapy groups for caregivers and patients living with advanced illnesses. Dr. Zuniga publishes widely and speaks internationally at leading academic conferences on wellness and healthcare.


Raise 2021 Returns to Washington D.C. for Hybrid Conference

INDIANAPOLIS , May 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- OneCause, a leader in online and event fundraising, today announced the Raise Fundraising Conference will return in-person to Washington D.C. and simultaneously livestreamed around the world on September 13-14, 2021 . Following a successful all-virtual Raise 2020, this year's conference will bring together the nonprofit industry in-person and online, with an immersive hybrid experience for learning, collaboration, and innovation.

"We're thrilled for the next evolution of the Raise Conference, bringing together the best of both the in-person and virtual worlds for our first hybrid conference experience," said Steve Johns , chief executive officer for OneCause. "Along with an amazing line-up of sessions, this year's Raise is about reenergizing event fundraising: sharing lessons learned, exploring future strategies, and celebrating the continued innovation from our growing community of fearless fundraisers."

This year's conference will feature two keynote speakers: energizing leadership coach, Pam Sherman , and Executive Director for Cerner Charitable Foundation, Shanna Adamic. Through personal storytelling and guided exploration, both keynotes will help fundraising leaders ignite their passion, embrace change, and grow their impact. In addition to the keynote sessions, this year's Raise Conference will feature a multi-track conference featuring today's top fundraising professionals and industry experts, alongside interactive Q&A, and unique networking and collaboration opportunities.

Tickets are now on sale for Raise 2021, including limited in-person tickets available with access to 'in-person only' sessions, networking events, and meals. All in-person activities will follow the latest social distance protocols to provide a safe environment for live collaboration. Both in-person and virtual attendees will have access to the full session line-up and on-demand conference sessions.

The Raise Awards are also now open for nominations through June 1 . The annual awards recognize the vision, passion, and dedication of top fundraising professionals and nonprofit organizations who are shaping the future of fundraising. In addition to the award recognition, winners receive a cash donation to their mission on behalf of OneCause.

For more information and to register for Raise 2021, visit: https://www.onecause.com/raise/.

OneCause creates user-friendly fundraising software that helps nonprofits engage donors, raise more money and save valuable time and resources. Our full suite of cloud-based fundraising solutions has powered 6,000 organizations, well over 20,000 fundraising events, and helped nonprofits raise more than $3 billion . OneCause has been recognized by Inc. Best in Business, is a TechPoint MIRA award winner for Mobile Technology Excellence & Innovation, and a Stevie® Award winner for excellence and innovation in Customer Service.

Pam Sherman is a writer, actress, professor and recovering attorney, who today combines her business and creative background to speak all over the world about having an EDGE in the best possible way. Through sharing her personal story, Pam helps others improve creativity, deepen connections, and ignite passion for their mission. She is a highly rated global resource for leaders in Fortune 500 companies, law firms, and nonprofits in leadership, communications, and development. Pam is an active member of the charitable community, volunteering her time and passion to the Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley, the Humane Society, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others. For more information please visit: www.thepamsherman.com.

Shanna Adamic is the Executive Director of Cerner Charitable Foundation overseeing corporate philanthropy and volunteer initiatives for Cerner, a global healthcare technology company. Her ongoing work focuses on driving outcomes for the foundation's health and wellness programs. Shanna's team recently lead the volunteer staffing and training for Operation Safe, a high-throughput COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Lead by a coalition of Cerner, healthcare systems and municipalities, Operation Safe delivered 97,000 vaccines in just 32 clinic days to Missourians. Shanna and team leveraged their volunteer programs and special events experience to apply the same people-first logic to recruit and train the 4,250 volunteers needed for the effort.

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Boom in China Firms Listing in the U.S. Comes to Sudden Halt

(Bloomberg) -- At least three Chinese companies have put their plans to list in the U.S. on hold, heralding a slowdown in what’s been a record start to a year for initial public offerings by mainland and Hong Kong firms.A bike-sharing platform, a podcaster and a cloud computing firm are among popular Chinese corporates holding off plans for a U.S. float, put off by recent market declines, souring investor sentiment toward fast-growth companies and lackluster debuts by peers like Waterdrop Inc.Hello Inc., Ximalaya Inc. and Qiniu Ltd. are postponing plans to take orders from investors, even though the three had filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission well over two weeks ago. In the U.S., companies can kick off their roadshows two weeks after filing publicly and most typically stick to that timetable.“The recent broad market selloff, combined with the correction of the IPO market since the beginning of last month when some new issuers tanked during their debuts, may make the market conditions less predictable for newcomers who are ‘physically’ ready -- meaning they have cleared all regulatory hurdles for IPO -- to get out of the door,” said Stephanie Tang, head of private equity for Greater China at law firm Hogan Lovells. “Some participants may choose to monitor the market for more stable conditions.”The delays throw a wrench in a listings flood by Chinese and Hong Kong companies in the U.S. that already reached $7.1 billion year-to-date -- the fastest pace on record -- after booming in 2020. Demand for IPOs surged as a wave of global stimulus money, ultra-low interest rates and rallying stock markets lured investors despite Sino-American tensions and the continued risk of mainland stocks being kicked off U.S. exchanges.READ: Stock Market’s Million Little Dramas Come Down to a Supply GlutThe S&P 500 Index capped its biggest two-week slide since February on Friday amid mounting investor concern over inflation and its impact on tech and other growth stocks. China’s CSI 300 Index remains in a technical correction, having fallen 10% from a February peak, while the Nasdaq Golden Dragon China Index, which tracks Chinese companies listed in the U.S., has slumped more than 30% from its high that month.Waiting OnHello, which offers a bike-sharing platform plus electric scooters for sale, has delayed its planned launch and is still undecided on its prospective valuation given rising investor caution about new shares, Bloomberg News has reported. It had been planning to raise between $500 million and $1 billion in the offering, although the final number will depend on valuations, according to one person with knowledge of the matter.Online podcast and radio services startup Ximalaya and enterprise cloud services provider Qiniu have put their listings on hold after beginning to gauge investor interest at the end of April, people with knowledge of the matter said, asking not to be identified as the information isn’t public.The sounding out of investors, or pre-marketing process, generally comes after filing for an IPO and before formal order-taking in a roadshow. Hello declined to comment while Qiniu didn’t immediately respond to an emailed request for comment. Ximalaya’s IPO process is ongoing and the company will seek public listing at an appropriate time depending on market conditions, it said in response to questions.Weak DebutsThe poor performance of recent Chinese debutants has also sapped investor confidence. Insurance tech firm Waterdrop has plunged 38% from its offer price since going public earlier this month. Onion Global Ltd., a lifestyle brand platform, has fallen more than 8% below its IPO price.In fact, almost 59% or specifically 20 of the 34 Chinese firms that have listed in the U.S. this year are under water, data compiled by Bloomberg show, among them the two largest IPOs -- e-cigarette maker RLX Technology Inc. and online Q&A site Zhihu Inc. Of the ones that listed in 2020, just 40% are trading below their IPO prices.The recent volatility in global markets has spooked U.S. companies as well. They have also been delaying floats or facing weak debuts.For some, the current challenges faced by Chinese listing hopefuls are likely to be transitory, with the hotly-anticipated IPO of ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing Inc., which has filed confidentially for a multibillion-dollar offering, set to prove the real test of investor appetite for the China story.Apart from Hello and the two other firms that are said to delay IPO plans after kicking off their pre-marketing process, Chinese road freight transport platform ForU Worldwide Inc., which filed for a U.S. offering on May 13, and online education company Zhangmen Education Inc., which filed on May 19, are waiting in the wings though they have yet to pass the two-week hallmark.“There is a natural strong growth in China which international investors will still want to invest in over the longer term,” said Gary Dugan, chief executive officer at the Global CIO Office in Singapore.(Updates prices throughout, adds more details in the second-last paragraph.)More stories like this are available on bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

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China's Huawei Technologies said it will launch its new Harmony operating system for smartphones on June 2, its biggest move yet aimed at recovering from the damage done by U.S. sanctions to its mobile phone business. U.S. sanctions banned Google from providing technical support to new Huawei phone models and access to Google Mobile Services, the bundle of developer services upon which most Android apps are based. The new HarmonyOS will only go some way to mitigating the impact of the 2019 sanctions that also barred Huawei from accessing critical U.S.-origin technology, impeding its ability to design its own chips and source components from outside vendors.

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(Bloomberg) -- PG&E Corp. has reached a deal to sell its iconic San Francisco headquarters to real estate joint-venture Hines Atlas for $800 million as the utility giant moves to cut costs after it emerged from bankruptcy last year.PG&E, which plans to move to Oakland next year, needs approval from state regulators to sell the 1.7 million-square-foot (158,000-square-meter) complex, which includes 77 Beale Street and 245 Market Street, according to a statement Monday.The sale comes as office markets around the globe have been battered by the coronavirus pandemic. One broker estimated in 2019 that PG&E’s headquarters could bring in more than $1 billion. The utility giant is one of the most high-profile companies to leave San Francisco for Oakland, a less expensive city located across San Francisco Bay.Nearly a dozen bids were submitted for the property, according to a person familiar with the matter. That level of interest suggests real estate investors are willing to bet on a rebound for office demand in the city.“It’s a fantastic bet on San Francisco,” said J.D. Lumpkin, executive managing director at commercial real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakefield in San Francisco, who wasn’t involved in the deal. “While San Francisco has taken its lumps through Covid, perhaps more than other cities, there’s a lot of evidence that we will rebound over the next two or three years.”PG&E didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about the bids. The company’s shares rose as much as 2.1% Monday.Unlike some other large property sales in San Francisco since the pandemic, the complex will require a substantial amount of renovation. It also doesn’t have a tenant in place, so the buyers will have to fill it in a few years once the redevelopment is finished.Also See: KKR Said to Buy $1.08 Billion San Francisco Dropbox OfficesSan Francisco’s overall office vacancy rate in the first quarter shattered the previous record high hit during the dot-com bust at the turn of the century, according to CBRE Group Inc. That’s pushed rent down and weighed on the value of buildings.The sale price is about $200 million less than expected, Citigroup Inc. utility analyst Ryan Levine wrote in a research note Monday. That raises the prospect that PG&E may need to raise equity this year, he said.Offset BillsPG&E intends to distribute about $400 million from its gain on the sale to customers over five years to offset bill increases as it invests in safety and operational improvements. In an added benefit, most PG&E workers will have shorter commutes to their new office, the company said.CBRE’s San Francisco Capital Markets team brokered the deal.PG&E filed for bankruptcy in early 2019 after collapsing under liabilities from wildfires sparked by its equipment. Though the company exited Chapter 11 last year, it remains burdened by about $42 billion of debt, raising concerns about its financial durability and ability to make the investments required to fire-proof its grid.Hines is one of the biggest private real estate investors and managers in the world, according to its website. Hines Atlas is a joint venture between Hines and another investor, a Hines spokesman said. He declined to name the other investor.(Adds details of bid beginning in fourth paragraph.)More stories like this are available on bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

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Singapore’s Richest Property Family Warns of Cooling Measures

(Bloomberg) -- The Singapore government may step in to introduce property curbs if home prices keep rising, according to the city-state’s richest property family, marking the first time a developer has waded in on the issue.City Developments Ltd. Chairman Kwek Leng Beng “noted that the residential market has been performing well though he cautioned that if property prices continue to rise, there may be a time that further cooling measures could be introduced to control the prices,” records from the company’s annual shareholder meeting show. The gathering was held on April 30, with the notes filed at the Singapore Exchange on Monday.Singapore’s property market has rebounded sharply in recent months, making the sector a bright spot as the economy recovers from the pandemic. Prices of properties ranging from public apartments to private units and luxury bungalows have been rising, with some hitting records.That has prompted growing speculation that authorities may take steps to calm the market and prevent it from running ahead of the economy. But a recent Covid-19 outbreak may test the market’s resilience as the city-state returns to lockdown-like conditions last imposed a year ago.At the shareholder meeting, Chief Executive Officer Sherman Kwek expressed optimism about the prospects of CDL’s residential projects and office properties in Singapore.The number of home units sold in the city-state has recovered to a healthy level despite the pandemic, said Kwek, who is the chairman’s son. Transaction volume last year equaled that of 2019, with close to 10,000 units sold for the entire market. And there’s still pent-up demand, especially among buyers who are upgrading from public to private apartments, he said.“While there is uncertainty surrounding whether the government would implement new cooling measures, the overall residential market remains very stable,” the notes said, citing the CEO’s comments.More stories like this are available on bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

First Warning Sign in Global Commodity Boom Flashes in China

(Bloomberg) -- One pillar of this year’s blistering commodities rally -- Chinese demand -- may be teetering.Beijing aced its economic recovery from the pandemic largely via an expansion in credit and a state-aided construction boom that sucked in raw materials from across the planet. Already the world’s biggest consumer, China spent $150 billion on crude oil, iron ore and copper ore alone in the first four months of 2021. Resurgent demand and rising prices mean that’s $36 billion more than the same period last year.With global commodities rising to record highs, Chinese government officials are trying to temper prices and reduce some of the speculative froth that’s driven markets. Wary of inflating asset bubbles, the People’s Bank of China has also been restricting the flow of money to the economy since last year, albeit gradually to avoid derailing growth. At the same time, funding for infrastructure projects has shown signs of slowing.Economic data for April suggest that both China’s economic expansion and its credit impulse -- new credit as a percentage of GDP -- may already have crested, putting the rally on a precarious footing. The most obvious impact of China’s deleveraging would fall on those metals keyed to real estate and infrastructure spending, from copper and aluminum, to steel and its main ingredient, iron ore.“Credit is a major driver for commodity prices, and we reckon prices peak when credit peaks,” said Alison Li, co-head of base metals research at Mysteel in Shanghai. “That refers to global credit, but Chinese credit accounts for a big part of it, especially when it comes to infrastructure and property investment.”But the impact of China’s credit pullback could ripple far and wide, threatening the rally in global oil prices and even China’s crop markets. And while tighter money supply hasn’t stopped many metals hitting eye-popping levels in recent weeks, some, like copper, are already seeing consumers shying away from higher prices.“The slowdown in credit will have a negative impact on China’s demand for commodities,” said Hao Zhou, senior emerging markets economist at Commerzbank AG. “So far, property and infrastructure investments haven’t shown an obvious deceleration. But they are likely to trend lower in the second half of this year.”A lag between the withdrawal of credit and stimulus from the economy and its impact on China’s raw material purchases may mean that markets haven’t yet peaked. However, its companies may eventually soften imports due to tighter credit conditions, which means the direction of the global commodity market will hinge on how much the recovery in economies including the U.S. and Europe can continue to drive prices higher.Some sectors have seen policy push an expansion in capacity, such as Beijing’s move to grow the country’s crude oil refining and copper smelting industries. Purchases of the materials needed for production in those sectors may continue to see gains although at a slower pace.One example of slowing purchases is likely to be in refined copper, said Mysteel’s Li. The premium paid for the metal at the port of Yangshan has already hit a four-year low in a sign of waning demand, and imports are likely to fall this year, she said.At the same time, the rally in copper prices probably still has a few months to run, according to a recent note from Citigroup Inc., citing the lag between peak credit and peak demand. From around $9,850 a ton now, the bank expects copper to reach $12,200 by September.It’s a dynamic that’s also playing out in ferrous metals markets.“We’re still at an early phase of tightening in terms of money reaching projects,” said Tomas Gutierrez, an analyst at Kallanish Commodities Ltd. “Iron ore demand reacts with a lag of several months to tightening. Steel demand is still around record highs on the back of the economic recovery and ongoing investments, but is likely to pull back slightly by the end of the year.”For agriculture, credit tightening may only affect China’s soaring crop imports around the margins, said Ma Wenfeng, an analyst at Beijing Orient Agribusiness Consultant Co. Less cash in the system could soften domestic prices by curbing speculation, which may in turn reduce the small proportion of imports handled by private firms, he said.The wider trend is for China’s state-owned giants to keep importing grains to cover the nation’s domestic shortfall, to replenish state reserves and to meet trade deal obligations with the U.S.No DisasterMore broadly, Beijing’s policy tightening doesn’t spell disaster for commodities bulls. For one, the authorities are unlikely to accelerate deleveraging from this point, according the latest comments from the State Council, China’s cabinet.“Internal guidance from our macro department is that the country won’t tighten credit too much -- they just won’t loosen further,” said Harry Jiang, head of trading and research at Yonggang Resouces, a commodity trader in Shanghai. “We don’t have many concerns over credit tightening.”And in any case, raw materials markets are no longer almost entirely in thrall to Chinese demand.“In the past, the inflection point of industrial metal prices often coincides with that of China’s credit cycle,” said Larry Hu, chief China economist at Macquarie Group Ltd. “But that doesn’t mean it will be like that this time too, because the U.S. has unleashed much larger stimulus than China, and its demand is very strong.”Hu also pointed to caution among China’s leaders, who probably don’t want to risk choking off their much-admired recovery by sharp swings in policy.“I expect China’s property investment will slow down, but not by too much,” he said. “Infrastructure investment hasn’t changed too much in the past few years, and won’t this year either.”Additionally, China has been pumping up consumer spending as a lever for growth, and isn’t as reliant on infrastructure and property investment as it used to be, said Bruce Pang, head of macro and strategy research at China Renaissance Securities Hong Kong. The disruption to global commodities supply because of the pandemic is also a new factor that can support prices, he said.Other policy priorities, such as cutting steel production to make inroads on China’s climate pledges, or boosting the supply of energy products, whether domestically or via purchases from overseas, are other complicating factors when it comes to assessing import demand and prices for specific commodities, according to analysts.(Updates copper price in 11th paragraph.)More stories like this are available on bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

Lim family's global assets on radar after Singapore court move

SINGAPORE (Reuters) -A Singapore court has approved a freeze on up to $3.5 billion of assets of the family behind collapsed Hin Leong Trading Pte Ltd, boosting the prospect of debt recovery from the former oil trading empire that counts some of the world's biggest banks among its creditors. Hin Leong was wound up in March after failing in a year-long effort to restructure more than $3 billion in debts after the COVID-19-led oil crash laid bare huge losses. Founder Lim Oon Kuin admitted in a court document last year to directing the company not to disclose hundreds of millions of dollars in losses over several years.

St. Louis Fed's Bullard: Most cryptocurrencies are 'worthless'

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard told Yahoo Finance that among the thousands of private cryptocurrencies out there, 'most of them are worthless.'

China Braces for $1.3 Trillion Maturity Wall as Defaults Surge

(Bloomberg) -- Even by the standards of a record-breaking global credit binge, China’s corporate bond tab stands out: $1.3 trillion of domestic debt payable in the next 12 months.That’s 30% more than what U.S. companies owe, 63% more than in all of Europe and enough money to buy Tesla Inc. twice over. What’s more, it’s all coming due at a time when Chinese borrowers are defaulting on onshore debt at an unprecedented pace.The combination has investors bracing for another turbulent stretch for the world’s second-largest credit market. It’s also underscoring the challenge for Chinese authorities as they work toward two conflicting goals: reducing moral hazard by allowing more defaults, and turning the domestic bond market into a more reliable source of long-term funding.While average corporate bond maturities have increased in the U.S., Europe and Japan in recent years, they’re getting shorter in China as defaults prompt investors to reduce risk. Domestic Chinese bonds issued in the first quarter had an average tenor of 3.02 years, down from 3.22 years for all of last year and on course for the shortest annual average since Fitch Ratings began compiling the data in 2016.“As credit risk increases, everyone wants to limit their exposure by investing in shorter maturities only,” said Iris Pang, chief economist for Greater China at ING Bank NV. “Issuers also want to sell shorter-dated bonds because as defaults rise, longer-dated bonds have even higher borrowing costs.”The move toward shorter maturities has coincided with a Chinese government campaign to instill more discipline in local credit markets, which have long been underpinned by implicit state guarantees. Investors are increasingly rethinking the widely held assumption that authorities will backstop big borrowers amid a string of missed payments by state-owned companies and a selloff in bonds issued by China Huarong Asset Management Co.The country’s onshore defaults have swelled from negligible levels in 2016 to exceed 100 billion yuan ($15.5 billion) for four straight years. That milestone was reached again last month, putting defaults on track for another record annual high.The resulting preference for shorter-dated bonds has exacerbated one of China’s structural challenges: a dearth of long-term institutional money. Even before authorities began allowing more defaults, short-term investments including banks’ wealth management products played an outsized role.Social security funds and insurance firms are the main providers of long-term funding in China, but their presence in the bond market is limited, said Wu Zhaoyin, chief strategist at AVIC Trust Co., a financial firm. “It’s difficult to sell long-dated bonds in China because there is a lack of long-term capital,” Wu said.Chinese authorities have been taking steps to attract long-term investors, including foreign pension funds and university endowments. The government has in recent years scrapped some investment quotas and dismantled foreign ownership limits for life insurers, brokerages and fund managers.But even if those efforts gain traction, it’s not clear Chinese companies will embrace longer maturities. Many prefer selling short-dated bonds because they lack long-term capital management plans, according to Shen Meng, director at Chanson & Co., a Beijing-based boutique investment bank. That applies even for state-owned enterprises, whose senior managers typically get reshuffled by the government every three to five years, Shen said.The upshot is that China’s domestic credit market faces a near constant cycle of refinancing and repayment risk, which threatens to exacerbate volatility as defaults rise. A similar dynamic is also playing out in the offshore market, where maturities total $167 billion over the next 12 months.For ING’s Pang, the cycle is unlikely to change anytime soon. “It may last for another decade in China,” she said.More stories like this are available on bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

Battered Bitcoin claws back losses as oil rallies on recovery hopes

Consumer-related stocks helped tip London markets into the green, following two weeks of drops, helped by a weekend of Covid restrictions being eased. “It seems investors have had a good weekend and have realised how many other people have also been enjoying newly reinstated opportunities,” said Danni Hewson, financial analyst at AJ Bell. “From cinemas to restaurants, shops to bingo halls, real life has translated into share gains for companies like Primark owner Premier Foods, The Restaurant Group and the Rank Group.” The domestically-focused FTSE 250 index added 84.31 points to close at 22,483. Gambling company Rank Group led the leaderboard, rising 14.2p to 196.2p, followed by Mr Kipling’s parent Premier Foods, which gained 6p to 107.6p. Joining them in the top 10 was Frankie & Benny’s owner The Restaurant Group, which added 6.4p to 128.4p, as well as pub chain Wetherspoon. Similar types of blue-chip companies helped push the FTSE 100 to close in positive territory, though gains were tempered by miners which mostly fell after China’s commodity price warnings. Meanwhile, stocks globally struggled for momentum as investors awaited key US inflation readings for guidance on monetary policy. London’s benchmark FTSE 100 edged up 33.54 points to close at 7,051.59 Catering company Compass Group led the charge, up by 43p at £15.82. Gambling firms Entain and Flutter Entertainment also finished in the top 10, gaining 35.5p to £16.14 and 270p to £13.20 respectively. They were followed by hotel owners Intercontinental Hotels Group and Whitbread, which rose 98p to £49.22 and 59p to £31.50, respectively. Heavyweight oil stocks also performed well as oil prices extended Friday’s rally and climbed higher after Iran said that gaps remain in negotiations aimed at reaching a deal to end US sanctions on its crude. Iran said there are still differences around the timing of when countries will return to compliance with the original 2015 nuclear agreement, allaying some concern about a rapid ramp-up in the Persian Gulf nation’s output. While the market is anticipating the Islamic Republic’s supply will pick up again by late summer, the demand recovery will be strong enough to absorb it, according to Goldman Sachs. The bank expects Brent futures to hit $80 (£57) a barrel in the next few months. Royal Dutch Shell added 10.4p to £13.50, while BP rose 4.2p to 316.4p. Dominating the bottom of the rankings and dragging on the index, however, were miners including Fresnillo, Antofagasta, BHP and Evraz. RBC also cut its price target on Chilean miner Antofagasta. Elsewhere among companies, shares of FTSE 250 software firm Kainos fell 25p to £13.87 despite saying its annual pre-tax profit more than doubled in an eleventh consecutive year of growth, surging 124pc to £57.1m in the year through March. Revenue grew by 31pc to £234.7m while booking rose 6pc.

Korea Consumer Confidence Hits 3-Year High as Recovery Quickens

(Bloomberg) -- South Korea’s consumer confidence strengthened to a high of almost three years in May, fueling optimism that the economy is on track for a strong recovery from the pandemic slump.The consumer sentiment index rose for a fifth straight month to reach 105.2, the highest since June 2018, the Bank of Korea said in a statement Tuesday. A reading above 100 indicates optimism outweighs pessimism.The improvement was driven by stronger-than-expected economic growth in the first quarter, a positive exports performance, progress in vaccinations and better jobs data, according to the central bank.Alongside a 53% surge in exports so far this month, the stronger sentiment reading will likely figure among recent data the BOK board will review Thursday for its rate decision and growth projections. All economists surveyed see the BOK keeping its main rate on hold. Most of them also expect a significant upgrade to the current forecast for a 3% expansion this year.Korea has so far staged an export-led recovery, but rising confidence bodes well for private consumption amid signs of an uptick.Among the components of the headline index, households’ assessment of the current economy contributed most to the increase, followed by their views on the economy and spending going forward.Households’ inflation expectations for the next 12 months edged up to 2.2%, a two-year high. Their outlook for interest rates reached 118, the strongest since early 2019, indicating that more people expect rates to go up than down.The survey of 2,298 households was conducted May 10-14.More stories like this are available on bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

Reddit Traders Help Chinese Billionaire Exit AMC With Gain

(Bloomberg) -- Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin’s Dalian Wanda Group Co. was facing headwinds on its AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. investment as the movie chain was hit hard by the pandemic.Then the retail investor army from Reddit’s WallStreetBets forum stepped in, helping send AMC shares up as much as 839% in January.Wanda has taken advantage of the rally, cutting its stake to just 0.002% from 6.8% in an April 9 disclosure, according to a filing Friday. The company has gained about $675 million, including dividends, from its investment since 2012, according to a Bloomberg analysis.Wanda bought AMC in May 2012 and took the company public the following year. It started to trim its position from 2018 as the conglomerate, which had accumulated large debts after acquiring overseas trophy assets, contracted its investments outside China.AMC shares lost more than 70% of their value last year as the company struggled with the coronavirus pandemic. It considered options including a potential bankruptcy to ease its debt load, Bloomberg reported in October, citing people familiar with the matter.Then day traders who congregated on Reddit’s WallStreetBets forum gave AMC and Wang more room to breathe, inspiring a turnaround in the stock. While the company has fallen from its high in January, the stock has still jumped to $13.47 from $2.12 at the end of last year.The stock gained 12% as of 1:48 p.m. in New York on Monday as posters on a Reddit forum cheered on the news. ”The second coming is upon us! Been holding since January,” one Redditor wrote, while another posted “my AMC is green! Welcome back! Now to the moon please.” Despite the gain, Wang’s fortune has continued to decline and he’s now worth $9.2 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, down $5.9 billion this year.A spokesman for Wanda cited an earlier AMC statement saying the group’s film unit and AMC will enter into a long-term strategy and cooperation agreement.(Updates with Reddit traders activity in eighth paragraph)More stories like this are available on bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

NVIDIA Split Announcement Raises Red Flag

The systems chip manufacturer announced a four-for-one stock split on Friday morning, effective on July 20th.


Your Best September

At the start of each month the BYT staff compiles a list of things we’re particularly looking forward to seeing, reading, eating, touching etc. Our goal is for you to have the best possible month. This may help.

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Before we begin, get your tickets to our Freaks and Greeks party now. It is the best and it sells out every year:

This one’s simple: 1 city 12 hours over 100 riddles. The Hunt is a huge, city-wide scavenger hunt. Originally started in San Francisco, the spectacle makes its way to D.C. on September 24. Teams of two to four run, walk, bike, or take public transportation around the city, using a dedicated phone app to discover hidden areas and solve clues and riddles that lead teams to new locations around DC each location then has a new experience…maybe you’ll search for a hidden phrase…or maybe you’ll arm wrestle a stranger. YOU JUST DON’T KNOW. Dress up in a crazy costume (or don’t)! Take it seriously (or don’t)! (Awards include the Buzz Aldrin Award for the longest distance traveled or the Average Joe Award for the most average team.) Regardless of how much you try, it’s a great opportunity to team up with some buddies and check out parts of DC you might not otherwise see. Awesome prizes are up for grabs (concert tickets, $500 in Lyft credit, kayaks, bear suits, etc.), and there’s a huge afterparty with free beer from New Belgium, prizes from the North Face and Lululemon, and a free lunch from local darlings Sweetgreen. This is going to be an awesome day-long event. -Logan Hollers

There is no better adventure than educating yourself so why not take that next step? In fact, why not take it ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD! Come to the Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel September 26th for all your international grad school needs. You’ll have the opportunity to meet fact to actual face with admissions directors from top-ranked schools, learn about the best Masters and PhD programs ALL OVER THE WORLD and here’s my favorite part: Find out how you can tap into $1.7M worth of exclusive scholarships to fund your postgraduate degree. It’s time to get out there and be someone, someone with a job that maybe has a 401K because we all know your social security will be completely depleted by the time you’re old enough to collect it. – Jennifer Tisdale

The festival is not till November (Save the date!) But the competitons are live. Three categories for competition offer a unique chance to win cash and other prizes and gain exposure during the FotoWeekDC Festival (including having your work shown at the National Geographic Museum) and on all FotoDC online platforms. Enter today!

Just as the summer is wrapping up, Caitlin Teal Price invites us to Stranger Lives a photographic typology of sunbathing New Yorkers on the stretch of sand between Coney Island and Brighton Beach. The 40 life sized images on display at the Katzen Art Center were shot from above with a Mamiya RZ 6࡭ Camera and Kodak Portra film between 2008 and 2015. These sharply focused portraits encourage you to stare, to wonder and to fantasize about the lives of strangers. The scars, veins, and wrinkles on the skin, the pattern on the blanket, the style, and placement of shoes and accessories, can all be read as signifiers of identity, class, and desire within a life beyond the frame. -Svetlana Legetic

Some brand new art is coming to D.C.’s most Instagrammable museum. Since the departure of (some) of the Wonder collection, we’ve been waiting to see what the Renwick would do next, and while it’s not the lines around block art we’ve come to expect, it still looks cool as hell. Made up of pieces from four different artists who work with a variety of mediums (including some very beautiful porcelain work), Visions and Revisions is looking to exploring our constant connection with the past and present. What I’m trying to say is, whether you’re into art or not, it looks sweet. -Kaylee Dugan

Kristen Morgin Mighty Mouse 2006 Unfired clay, wood, wire and paint. Courtesy of the artist and Marc Selwyn Fine Art Collection, Beverly Hills. © Kristen Morgin. Used by permission. Image courtesy of the artist and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills

Arts collective The Prismatic has a new self-titled exhibit on display at the Korean Cultural Center opening September 9th. Each of the seven members of The Prismatic is from a different discipline (including a sculpture, graphic design and ceramics) and the exhibit thematically explores the human condition and individuality. On opening night, there will be a reception featuring an in-person introduction by each of the artists in The Prismatic. -Tam Sackman

Nina Cho, BENT MIRROIR SERIES, 150x150x250mm, 2014, Polish brass, Copper, Stainless steel

Civilian Art Projects launches its 11th season with “Muriel Hasbun & Caroline Lacey: Calling to You,” a photographic exhibition about legacy, the construction of memory, and cultural identity. The exhibition opens on September 10, and will be on view until October 22, 2016. There is a public reception for the artists on Saturday, September 10th, from 7 to 9 p.m. -Svetlana Legetic

Caroline Lacey, She Kept Boltanski, 2016, archival pigments print, 24″ x 16″

D.C. hasn’t had a new Smithsonian since the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian in 2004, and it’s difficult to imagine something more overdue than the National Museum of African American History & Culture. We’ve been staring at its daring architecture for years, and I honestly cannot wait to get inside and check out the exhibits. Covering a broad variety of topics, from sports, popular culture, religion, military service, and so much more, the museum sounds like it is truly going to be a sight to behold. Tickets for the opening weekend are already gone, but hopefully we’ll be able to check everything out very soon. -Kaylee Dugan

The Washington Monument as seen from the interior of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American history and Culture, April 13, 2016. Architectural photo by Alan Karchmer

Art and Science? Yes, that’s the theme of the upcoming series taking place in conjunction with the Hirschhorn’s Suspended Animation exhibit, talking about that not-so-distant future where man and machine become one. September’s event is called “Digital Doppelgangers” and it features artist Josh Kline, who made that freaky video of a digital Obama recreating a famous speech that’s on display in Suspended Animation right now, and Stanford Professor Matthias Niessner. -Tam Sackman

Josh Kline, Still from “Hope and Change,”2015. Courtesy of the artist 47 Canal, New York and Candace Barasch.

In the mood to see some Yayoi Kusama while you await her full retrospective to hit DC in 2017? How about Mickalene Thomas, Jennifer Rubell and essentially a who’s-who of most celebrated contemporary female artists? Well, you’re in luck. National Museum of Women in the Arts invites you to NO MAN’S LAND, a provocative survey of contemporary art by women from one of the largest and most diverse collections in the U.S.—the Rubell Family Collection. To kick things off, the museum is hosting an after hours reception the day BEFORE the exhibition opens in earnest, on August 29th. Open bar, great music, and more. Grab tickets here. -Svetlana Legetic

Listen up, fans of unreliable narrators: Mike Love wrote a damn book. The worst Beach Boy ever is here to tell us about how he was the best Beach Boy ever and honestly this will probably be a ridiculous and fun read despite the man’s inherent villainy. Don’t worry, true believers, I Am Brian Wilson comes out in October and will act as a cleansing fire, healing all the ridiculous inanity of all that came before. All that said though, Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy by Mike Love is probably still worth leafing through, you know? -Matt Byrne

Atlas Obscura, which is like Trip Advisor without the terrible Yelp-y type parts, is publishing their first book, a collection of some of the most unique and interesting sights to see around the world. A bar in a tree? Sure! A hole in the ground with fire happening inside called The Gates of Hell? You got it! Get this book, your life will be more interesting afterwards! -Matt Byrne

If you need to be convinced to buy and immediately read all of Norm MacDonald’s new memoir, I don’t know what to tell you, my dude. It’s Based on a True Story: A Memoir and I trust our guy Norm to have turned out a compelling, unexpectedly touching collection of tales from his weird life in showbiz. -Matt Byrne

It’s harder for me to imagine a more inclusive and feel-good festival. Everyone likes books, at least a little bit. Bring your roommate who is only into teen lit. Invite your conservative parents. Hit up your movie snob friends. There will probably be a author, panel discussion, or book for them. Highlights this year include a presentations by Stephen King, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shonda Rhimes, Bob Woodward, Salman Rushdie, and so much more. You really can’t go wrong. -Kaylee Dugan

Launched in 1982 in response to a surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries, Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Every year, the DC Public Library joins hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country in drawing attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events, Uncensored: the cocktail party, which is one of BYT’s favorite events every Fall and something we are very proud to media sponsor. -Svetlana Legetic

I don’t get to say this often about comics so damn it I’m gonna say it now. Jeff Dye is a handsome man. He’s handsome and funny. Normally that’s NOT OKAY but I’ll take it. – Jenn Tisdale

Here comes the National Zoo, with yet another food and/or booze-themed rhyming event. Like Brew at the Zoo and Boo at the Zoo, this one is awesome. Grapes with the Apes, held on September 1st (so, like, tonight), is an event designed to do two things: raise funds for the continued upkeep of the Great Ape House (home to the Zoo’s six western lowland gorillas) and allow guests the opportunity for an up close and personal view of the primates while sipping on award-winning local and national wines. Live music, local food trucks, and a commemorative wine glass only add to the experience. This one time I went to the zoo (not a huge fan of animals in captivity in general, but I went) I was chilling in the Great Ape House, and this gorilla came over and sat and stared at me. We totally locked eyes and had a moment for like a solid 60 seconds. I felt guilty. I was also happy I wasn’t on the other side of the glass. That was a weird story, but a long way of saying you should make it to this event, support the admittedly noble conservation efforts of the Zoo, and try to connect with (and empathize with, maybe?) the huge, awesome, one step away from humans, gorillas. -Logan Hollers

2016 has brought a lot of change to Atlas Brew Works. The Ivy City brewery opened a slick new taproom. It promoted Daniel Vilarrubi to head brewer. The production team refined its procedures and purchased new equipment to make beers like Rowdy, Ponzi, and District Common taste even better. And it rolled out three summer beers, one of which – Dance of Days – is one of the best local beers of the year. (Explore all of these developments in greater depth with our Freshly Tapped: Dance of Days profile.) So, if you haven’t been to Atlas in a while, it might be time for a visit.

You won’t find a better excuse for one than the brewery’s third anniversary party on Saturday, September 10. Tickets cost $15, which gets you admission to the party and your first beer, plus a donation to Living Classrooms Foundation. Once inside, you’ll be able to roam the taproom, Atlas’ outside bench area, and the production side of the brewery. So, you know, go crazy and wear sneakers. And as in years past, Atlas has brewed an anniversary beer to mark the occasion. This year, that beer is Rowdier, an imperial version of its flagship rye pale ale. Bold move, Atlas.

Speaking of books and cocktails, the Literary Cocktails series at Petworth Citizen has been one of our favorite Friday things in town, and this “marriage of alcohol and murder” edition is almost too perfect to miss. Chantal Tseng tackles the queen of civilized crime and best-selling author of all time in her Washington Post-approved #GetLit Literary Cocktail series: Dame Agatha Christie. Bring in a stack of books, or pop next door to Upshur Street Books to grab one, and join us for DC’s booziest celebration of books. Hope none of the cocktails smell of almonds* (or do we hope that they do?). -Svetlana Legetic

If you’re a beer nerd, the average beer festival may have three or four beers that you’re really excited to try. And there’s nothing wrong with that! Beer festivals are a great way for breweries to get their flagship or seasonal offerings in front of new customers. Plus, good beer is a good beer, whether you’re drinking it for the first or seventy-third time. But sometimes it’s hard to justify the price of admission.

Snallygaster is an entirely different story, though. Now in its fifth year, the festival is designed to attract the most discerning craft beer fans. It’s line-up is an insane 350-beers deep, and it is loaded with hard-to-find imports, DC debuts, and just generally delicious beer. Trying to pick highlights is a laughable endeavor. OK, fuck it, here are some that jump out right now: RAR and Aslin’s Walk of Shame (a blonde ale with coffee and cocoa) J. Wakefield’s Miami Madness (a Berliner Weisse with mango, guava, and passion fruit) The Veil’s Sleeping Forever imperial stout and its vaunted Master Master Shredder Shredder Double IPA Maine Beer’s Lunch IPA Manor Hill’s Citra Splendor IPA… You get the idea? You get the idea.

Tickets cost $35, though it only covers a handful of drink and food tickets. The VIP option, meanwhile, gets you in an extra 90 minutes early, and it affords you the opportunity to snag those whales before the General Admission plebeians. And as a super extra added bonus: Speed Ortiz is playing. That rules so hard. Revisit Kate Flynn’s interview with the band here. -Phil Runco

For the past seven years, DC Beer Week has gotten bigger and better with each iteration. There’s no reason to think the 2016 edition will be any different.

If you’re unfamiliar, here’s the deal: For eight days and nights, DMV breweries descend upon the district for dozens of events spread all over town. Those events include beer dinners, regionally themed or style-centric tastings, tap takeovers, and so much more. I literally went to a cookie-beer pairing last year.

This year’s slate is still being announced, but so far it includes: the fourth annual BrewHaHa kickoff at Old Ebbit Port City’s Virginians-only Commonwealth Classic at the Heurich House a beer cocktail competition at DBGB and Denizens’ second Make It Funky festival, which focuses on wild and sour beers.

Watch this space for more events as we get closer to September 24. And check out my Draft Picks monthly beer guide for more information about some of these events. -Phil Runco

The District is rife with film festivals. Between AFI Docs, Environmental Film Festival, and Fantastic Films, at any given time you could be going to film festival screenings and not even realize. DC Shorts is one of my personal favorites, because you get to see such a wide variety of styles, genres, and quality all in one showcase. There are romance films, docs, horror, mystery. There are films by established directors and films by people who have never made a short before. Much like short stories, there is an art to the short film, and the DC Shorts Film Festival is showing off some of the best. -Kaylee Dugan

Author: The JT LeRoy Story in theaters September 9

Jeff Feuerzeig is responsible for two of the best documentaries about underground rock music ever made: Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King and The Devil and Daniel Johnston, both of which captured intimate moments that help shed light on the idiosyncratic personalities behind some of the most innovative and compelling music of the 1980s & 90s. Feuerzig is now bringing his singular knack for nonfiction filmmaking to the literary world with Author: The JT Leroy Story, the twisty-turny tale of one of the biggest scandals to ever rock the publishing world. -Matt Byrne

Blair Witch in theaters September 16

For months it was only billed as The Woods, teased as the latest film from horror auteur Adam Wingard, responsible for the very good You’re Next and the nearly perfect The Guest, before being revealed as a sequel to The Blair Witch Project at one comic con or another a few months ago. Whatever it’s called this thing looks cool as hell and I’m very much looking forward to seeing it. -Matt Byrne

Operation Avalanche in theaters September 16

Wikipedia bills Operation Avalanche as an “American-Canadian found footage conspiracy thriller film” and if that doesn’t get you excited we are different kindsa dudes, okay? It’s about a couple of guys in the 1960s who end up stuck in the middle of NASA’s plan to fake the moon landing. I love it already and I am not even CLOSE to having seen it yet. -Matt Byrne

If you A.) love Japan, or B.) love good food (or, like me, C.) love Japan and good food), you need to make it to Right Proper on September 13th. The creators of Brooklyn, NY’s Sumo Stew are bringing the show to DC. Here’s what’s on tap: Japanese alcohol (that means amazing whiskies), sumo wrestling on TV, bento boxes, and, best of all, a huge pot of chankonabe, a Japanese stew that sumo wrestlers commonly wolf down to put on mad weight. Think of a large, family-style hot pot, but with way more protein and designed to be served in massive quantities and eaten with a shitload of beer to wash it down. That’s chankonabe. The DC version will feature a miso dashi broth with chicken and pork meatballs, shrimp, salmon, cabbage, and mushrooms. And those bento boxes? They’re going to be filled by guest chefs from some of DC’s best restaurants (Toki, Red Hen, Hazel, to name a few) giving their takes on Asian cuisine. Tickets are $50. That’s a steal. Kanpai! -Logan Hollers

DCVegFest is a free festival held right down by Nationals Park on September 24 that highlights the many benefits of choosing plant-based foods. Sounds crunchy, sure (and it is), but it’s also a hell of a good time. Tons of free food samples, more than 130 vendors, a beer garden, a kids’ zone, live music, cooking demonstrations, and talks from authors and celebrities. Best of all: it’s FREE. Bring your dog, try some bites and beers, and resolve to cut back on meat. -Logan Hollers

Angel Olsen My Woman available September 2

I hope I never meet Angel Olsen. I mean, I’ve interviewed her before, and that was a nice time, but the way I think about her is based largely on her music, which is other-worldly good. And so I don’t want to meet her, because then it would hit extra home that she (like all of us) is a human navigating this blue planet, and I like to imagine her as having a more mystical incarnation than that. Anyway, I don’t plan on meeting her anytime soon, but I do plan on listening to her new record for a renewed sense of amazement, and I think you should, too. -Megan Burns

Khruangbin @ DC9 September 6

This Texas based band put out a sleeper hit with their debut album, The Universe Smiles Upon You – one of the most sonically interesting records I’ve heard in a while. They have a reputation for putting on great live performances, and it’s not often that you have a chance to see a Thai funk inspired band on this side of the world. Grab a drink on the rooftop to keep the Labor Day party going, then pop downstairs to melt your worries away. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez

Kanye West, The Saint Pablo Tour @ Verizon Center September 8

I guess most people have very strong opinions about Kanye at this point, which means you’ve either been looking forward to this show for months, or you are having an allergic reaction to thinking about Mr. West. All I can say is that this man is the best entertainer I have seen in my life, and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for us next week. ULTRALIGHT BEAMS. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez

Pansy Division Quite Contrary available September 9

Legendary queercore band Pansy Division is one of the most underrated bands in punk rock, responsible for some of the most hilarious, charming, and catchy pop-flecked punk music ever written. Quite Contrary comes just in time for the band’s 25th anniversary, Based on track titles alone, the band looks to be showcasing a newfound maturity, no gleefully puerile track names like “He Whipped My Ass in Tennis (Then I Fucked His Ass in Bed)” or 󈬄 Years of Cock” or “Bill & Ted’s Homosexual Adventure,” there’s the more introspective sounding “Work on it, Babe” and “(Is This What It’s Like) Getting Old.” I can’t wait to listen to this thing and unlock what secrets these song names hold. -Matt Byrne

Psychic Twin Strange Diary available September 9

Just last week I sat down with Erin Fein (founding member of Psychic Twin) in a Greenpoint diner to talk about this record. Written during a tumultuous, post-unraveled-marriage period of time, it’s not only a major triumph, but it’s FUCKING WONDERFUL TO LISTEN TO. “Strangers” is one of the tracks I’m most stoked on if you’re into the Stranger Things theme song, you will understand exactly what I’m on about as soon as you hear it for yourself. I could not recommend this more // SHOUTING IT FROM THE INTERNET ROOFTOPS, BITCHES. -Megan Burns

Blood Orange @ Lincoln Theatre September 13

Dev Hynes is a sensitive soul, an empath, and a genius. As an artist, he reinvents himself every record, and is continuously grappling with tough issues and conversations – about race, gender identity, police brutality, and a sense of belonging, all themes that vibrate throughout Freetown Sound, his latest release. He hasn’t done much by way of public performing since 2013’s Cupid Deluxe, and this show at Lincoln Theatre promises to be really special. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez

Still Corners Dead Blue available September 16

I really love Still Corners, but I am beyond stoked to have new material from the band I had set “Fireflies” as my alarm clock for a while because I liked it so well, but as anyone who’s not a morning person and who’s tried to incorporate good songs into the wake-up routine knows, you can become quickly embittered. I think we can expect great things, though, and while we wait I’ll be listening to “Endless Summer” nonstop, because ACCURATE. -Megan Burns

Die Antwoord Mount Ninja And Da Nice Time Kid available September 16

Do I really have to say anything here? I think we’re all fucking stoked to see what these mad (mad like the British mad, aka insane, not like, angry, although maybe they are that too, I don’t know) motherfuckers have up their South African sleeves. (Looking especially forward to the music videos.) -Megan Burns

Willie Nelson’s non-profit puts on one of the most all American good times shows (for a great cause) every year and with everyone from Neil Young to Strughill Simpson to Nathaniel Rateliff and Alabama Shakes on the bill for the DC September throw-down, you almost can’t afford to kick off the harvest season any other way. Get tickets and learn more about the cause HERE.

After The Walkmen went on hiatus a few years ago, more than half the band got to work preparing solo albums, which have up to this point ranged in quality from good to very good. I Had A Dream You Were Mine is the second album released by Walkmen frontdude Hamilton Leithauser using his own name, and he’s splitting the bill with former Vampire Weekend member/sonic craftsman/multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij. Rostam’s ear for off-kilter pop production helped make VW’s Modern Vampires of the City the band’s finest album and one of my favorite records of the decade and I can’t wait to hear what he brings to the table, working with Leithauser’s more old-fashioned, ‘70s singer-songwriter-indebted style. -Matt Byrne

LVL UP Return To Love available September 23

Lo fi DIY punk dudes LVL UP’s third album represents a massive leap for the band, both sonically and businessly, making the transition from working with scrappy punk labels like Exploding in Sound and Double Double Whammy to the big daddy dogs at Sub Pop Records. Return To Love is their strongest album yet, a fuzzy collection of guitar driven, Mount Eerie-indebited jammers that I can’t wait to listen to over and over and over. -Matt Byrne

OH OKAY SO MAYA RUDOLPH AND GRACE LIEBERUM ARE IN A PRINCE COVER BAND CALLED PRINCESS. I WOULD DIE FOR THEM. – Jenn Tisdale

If you’re not watching Adam Ruins Everything (maybe because you don’t have cable and his show is on truTV and you’re like WHAT’S THAT) then you’re only ruining yourself. Conover delightfully tackles all you thought you knew and breaks it down until you no longer understand what’s real. He sounds like the perfect boyfriend. – Jenn Tisdale

Perfect, super smart, super catchy pop-music. That’s all you need to know.

Our Nat Geo collaboration is always one of our favorite events of the year, and the 2016 edition looks as good, if not better than others: Dan Deacon, French Horn Rebellion, Ecotone and Smudge are DJing, there are explorer talks and giant flip cups, and drag queens and all sorts of other cool stuff. And you, obviously you. $25 tickets are on SALE NOW, price goes up day of. GRAB THEM HERE.

It’s been half a century since Captain Kirk and his culturally diverse posse boldly went where no nerd had gone before. To celebrate, the National Air and Space Museum is inviting fans of the world-wide science fiction phenomenon to partake in three night geekfest sponsored by Roddenberry Foundation. Thursday will feature a screening of the show’s first episode introduced by Rod Roddenberry, the son of Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Friday’s agenda includes IMAX screenings of two documentaries, For the Love of Spock and Building Star Trek. For Saturday’s event–which is for over 21s only–guests will be invited to get hammered and do a spot of stargazing while they explore the Smithsonian gardens. Sign me up, Scotty! -Norm Quarrinton

It’s time to give back to the community you regularly destroy with jumbo slice trash, vomit, and other drunk people detritus. I don’t know if any of you guys have been to Adams Morgan in the daytime recently, but it’s a great little place with nice local shops and restaurants, and not just a boozy destination (although, it is also that). Go celebrate the diversity, quality, and over all loveliness of one of the first neighborhoods you (probably) visited when you first came to D.C. Oh, and try to make it to one of the fundraisers too. -Kaylee Dugan

The H Street Festival, DC’s premier neighborhood event is, straight-up, one of the best days of the year in DC. I even say this as a jaded H St. resident who usually wants to keep people away from “my spots.” But for one day a year, at least, I’m cool with it. Come enjoy everything that makes H St. great: local businesses that actually know regulars’ names and care about people unique artists and vendors selling all manner of wares and a genuine happiness to share with others the fun side of the neighborhood. No need to drive – it’s packed. Take the metro to Union Station or jump on the X2 across the Hopscotch Bridge. Then work your way down from 4th to 14th, stopping in for beers, food, and absurdity the entire way. Realizing I’ll have to miss this event this year almost made me cancel my trip to Thailand. Have twice as much fun so I can live vicariously through you. -Logan Hollers

The fine folks of Broccoli City have quietly been building toward a FULL BLOWN CARNIVAL in the parking lot of RFK to promote, you guessed it, smiling! It’s much more than that. The mission, should you choose to accept it (don’t except it) is to promote a positive mental attitude towards school by getting kids excited about education. And bonus…THE ZIPPER! – Jenn Tisdale

The Incredible Food Race is like The Amazing Race but with more food, a much smaller budget, and more family bonding. Produced originally for Food Network Canada, this month we finally get a taste of this summer camp team building exercise ass cooking challenge. Sure, Iron Chef is like never on anymore and every other Chopped episode seems like some sort of theme-y or stunt-based garbage, but at least there are new breaths of fresh air like this. -Matt Byrne

Fred Armisen and Bill Hader’s insanely well-made series of documentary parodies Documentary Now! is super underrated and will be returning for a second season later this month. Armisen and Hader bring the weirdest parts of each other out, showcasing pitch-perfect impersonations and dead on replications of such legendary documentaries as Grey Gardens, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and Stop Making Sense. It’s a good show. -Matt Byrne

Dean Cain. Ellen Cleghorne. JWoww. These are just a few of the huge names you’ll have the chance to see fuck up a quiche on Worst Cooks In America: Celebrity Edition. Take all the ridiculous ineptitude of past seasons of Worst Cooks In America and add 100% more celeb-itude and you’ve got a *

America has never needed South Park more than it does right now. Not only has 2016 given us the ugliest presidential campaign (with the two least-popular candidates) in U.S. history, we’ve had to endure it without Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central. The network’s flagship cartoon satire has a lot of slack to pick up, particularly considering it’s operating on abbreviated seasons. Give ’em hell, boys. -Tristan Lejeune

It’s hard to believe JonBenét Ramsey disappeared* 20 years ago. In this six hour docuseries investigators go balls to the wall while delving into this case. They even go as far as to rebuild her entire house within a 50,000 square foot warehouse so they can PHYSICALLY TEST OUT WHAT MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE HAPPENED. This is going to be insane. – Jenn Tisdale

*Let’s face it, she was probably killed by her parents.

Despite all its problems (namely the one where Jeffrey Tambor plays the role of a trans woman), this is one of my favorite shows OF ALL TIME. It returns for a third season on September 23rd , and this big idiot (you can’t see if but I am pointing to myself) prematurely took advantage of an Amazon Prime month-long trial on August 13th, but YOU can still hack the planet and subscribe for a free thirty days starting immediately to binge it REAL HARD and then cancel before you have to actually pay. (Recommended move.) -Megan Burns

14th Street’s Constellation Theatre Company started the year off very, very strong with their production of Equus now let’s see how they transition to fall with their production of this Tony-winning musical comedy. Set in a town where a severe drought leads to a ban on private commodes, the show is like Anyone Can Whistle stuffed with toilet humor. -Tristan Lejeune

The only problem with staging a modern theatrical classic is the sky-high expectations. If you’re the Roundhouse Theatre in Bethesda and you’re doing Angels in America, that problem is essentially doubled: the monumental show about AIDS in Reagan-era New York is actually two plays. The first, “Millennium Approaches,” opens September 7 the second, “Perestroika,” joins the party on September 25 and runs until October 30. Particularly exhausting for the cast will be the six dates (Oct. 5, 8, 15, 19, 22, and 29) the two halves are performed back-to-back. Tony Kushner’s masterpiece has won Tonys, Emmys, Golden Globes, and a Pulitzer. So, you know, no pressure. -Tristan Lejeune

Like every popular video game franchise, the critically acclaimed and universally adored BioShock series is finally getting the inevitable remaster/re-release treatment. I was a latecomer to the BioShock franchise. BioShock Infinite–the third game in the series–had already been out for a few months by the time I started playing the first one. It’s pretty remarkable that I managed to avoid having the game’s intricate plot spoiled for me in the six years between its release and my completion of it. Despite some clunky control issues, it’s a stunning game with as much style as substance. We don’t really need to discuss the first sequel, which was made by a different team and is essentially a glorified epilogue to its predecessor. With BioShock Infinite, however, the series reached a stunning and heartbreaking crescendo. Infinite is one of the most jaw-droppingly engaging games of all time, and I can’t wait to play it on a slightly better console than the one on which I first played it. -Norm Quarrinton


Third Annual Online Blog Conference Returns September 8 - Recipes

Happy weekend! Plan the perfect weekend with our picks.

Happy weekend! Plan the perfect weekend with our picks.

Looking for more? Here’s what’s going on in Philly!

All Weekend

Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

101 South Union Street, Kennett Square

This weekend-long festival features food, family fun, arts and crafts, kiddie rides, live performances, and much more! There’s also a carnival midway all weekend long at 600 Broad Street with even more rides and fun.

Broomall Fire Company Fall Carnival

Broomall Fire Company, 1 N. Malin Rd., Broomall

The Broomall Fire Company will be hosting its annual carnival with rides, games, and lots of family fun.

Disney’s Enchanted Tales Series: ‘Moana’

Movie Tavern, 110 Bartlett Avenue, Exton

This September, Movie Tavern is showing a different Disney classic each weekend for only $6! This week, it’s Moana!

‘The Crucible’

SALT Performing Arts at the Theatre at Yellow Springs, 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs

SALT presents this Arthur Miller play about the Salem Witch Trials–and if your teens need to read it in English class this year, get a head start! The play is rated PG-13. Tickets available online.

First Responders Weekend at Sesame Place

Visit Sesame Place for an up close look at emergency vehicles, photos with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends dressed up in uniform and more!

Sunflower Festival at Hurricane Hill Farm

704 E. Reeceville Rd., Coatesville

Come and explore four acres of beautiful sunflowers at Hurricane Hill, including a scenic hayride out to the field. Plus, fun attractions like the small corn maze, rides, and more. Advanced tickets are required.

Saturday

Bryn Mawr Day

7 N. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

This free family fun event includes firetruck rides, face painting, acrobatic circus performances, petting zoo, live music, and more.

Early Access Morning at Elmwood Park Zoo

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

Elmwood Park Zoo offers the opportunity for guests with special needs and their family to enjoy early entry to the zoo. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the zoo in a relaxing setting before it opens to the general public. Pre-registration is required.

Family Game Day at Ardmore Library

Bring the family and play various board, card, and tabletop games. Instructions are included with each game, so don’t be afraid to try something new!

Family Fun Day

Paoli Presbyterian Church, 225 S. Valley Rd., Paoli

Family Fun Day is a community event that follows the Race for Refugees 5K, raising money to support the humanitarian crisis in Syria. The free event includes hayrides, crafts, music, food, face painting, and much more fun.

Royersford Community Day

Main Street between Third and Seventh streets, Royersford

This annual community event includes live music, food trucks, a new beer garden, vendors, a car show, and more. Plus, a kids’ area includes games, rides, and bouncy houses!

Free Preview Dance Classes at Institute of Dance Artistry

37 E. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

At 10:30 am, kids age 3-6 can do a free class then at 11:30 am, kids in grades K-3 can do a free hip-hop class! Open House and registration for all ages runs throughout the whole event.

Grandparent’s Day Story Time and Craft

Belmont Hills Library, 120 Mary Waters Ford Rd., Bala Cynwyd

Celebrate Grandma and Grandpa, or any other special adult in your life. Geared towards toddlers but all ages welcome.

First Notes Baby-Toddler Music

Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne

In this free class, little ones (ages 0-3) will take their first steps in singing, rhythm, movement, and small instruments. Pre-register online to reserve your spot.

Malvern’s Endless Summerfest

Celebrate the end of summer with a day of fun, including live music, face painting, kids’ activities, games, inflatables, lots of food vendors, and more!

Haverford Music Festival

More than 30 musical acts are set to perform on multiple stages for a full day of late-summer family fun at this free festival.

Phoenixville Blues Festival

Come enjoy a free day of performances by local, talented blues musicians, great food, and fun activities.

Descendants Event at Sweet and Sassy

250 Plaza Drive Providence Town Center, Collegeville

Get ‘Descendants’ makeovers, sing and dance, and more! Book online.

Art in Elmwood Park

1325 Harding Blvd., Norristown

Enjoy live performances, meet vendors, local artists, and more.

Magical Unicorn Event at Sweet and Sassy

250 Plaza Drive, Providence Town Center, Collegeville

Get a unicorn makeover, eat snacks, and end with a Unicoronation! Book online.

REV Theatre Presents ‘Valentine to Vaudeville’

West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 225 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd

REV Theatre Company will bring musical joy to West Laurel Hill Cemetery with a free, unique, and exciting entertainment experience that’s fun for the whole family. This event is free and family-friendly, and West Laurel Hill encourages families to bring blankets or chairs and a picnic to enjoy on the grounds before the performance.

Friends of Glen Providence Park’s Arts in the Park

Glen Providence Park, 550 W. State Street, Media

Bring a blanket or chair, and relax on the lawn by the historical stage for a late afternoon concert by Bill Ricchini of Summer Fiction.

Outdoor Movie Night: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Suburban Square, Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore

Gather in the courtyard for a fun, free outdoor movie night!

Sunday

Fall Super Sunday

Spring Super Sunday event promises family-friendly fun. State Street will be filled with vendors, arts and crafts, food, and much more throughout the day.

Grandparents Day at Elmwood Park Zoo

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

Grandparents will receive free admission to the zoo and special on-site discounts when they visit with their grandkids.

Neighborhood Fair at Berwyn United Methodist Church

This free fair includes music, pony rides, face painting, bouncy house, food, and family fun.

Princess Meet and Greet at Sweet and Sassy

250 Plaza Drive Providence Town Center, Collegeville

Share a magical party with princesses, including spa services, treats, photos, and of course a princess coronation!


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Avalara CRUSH Returns with Virtual Global Tax Compliance Event

Avalara Jan 28, 2021

SEATTLE, WA — January 28, 2021 — Avalara (NYSE: AVLR), a leading provider of tax compliance automation software for businesses of all sizes, today announced Avalara CRUSH Virtual, its fifth annual tax conference and industry gathering. The completely virtual conference will take place on May 27, 2021. Bringing together experts and practitioners at the forefront of the complex world of tax compliance, commerce, and technology, Avalara CRUSH Virtual offers opportunities to participate in interactive learning experiences, exchange ideas, and engage with peers and experts. For more information or to register at no cost for Avalara CRUSH Virtual, please visit AvalaraCRUSH.com.

Global tax compliance: New rules for a new era

The global pandemic rattled governments, businesses, supply chains, and consumers, accelerating change and introducing new habits. Businesses have been forced to refine their strategies, increasingly digitizing their operations in response to consumer purchasing behaviors. Governments are reeling from the economic impact, and likely will use tax as a strategy to recover.

Avalara CRUSH Virtual is an event designed to help businesses understand what to expect and how to navigate change.

“2020 created unimaginable challenges and disruptions for businesses around the world. During this year’s virtual event, we aim to provide attendees with the information and resources needed to help ensure tax compliance doesn’t get in the way of opportunity,” said Scott McFarlane, co-founder and CEO of Avalara. “As we look forward, we’ll all be preparing for a new era in tax compliance, and this year’s Avalara CRUSH will help attendees navigate the new rules that will define global commerce.”

New for 2021 is an immersive, solution-based activity center — CRUSH City — which allows attendees to self-select experiences to learn how to solve pain points, watch detailed product demos, download reports and guides, and more. CRUSH City will open three days before the event for registered attendees to explore on their own, with limited activations available. When Avalara CRUSH Virtual officially begins, CRUSH City will fully open to round out the day of thought leadership and experiences.