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Who is Sky Guy

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A graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Tom Vilot is an artist and self-taught software engineer. He has been part of numerous group shows and participated in Boulder’s jurried “Open Studios” two years.
After working in the software industry for almost twenty years, Mr. Vilot decided it was time to merge his two passions: astronomy and kids.
Being the quintessential “kid magnet,” Mr. Vilot has been volunteering at the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, CO., in their K-12 outreach program.
Mr. Vilot studied acting for two years.
He launched SkyGuy.com, a series of short videos answering the many questions he has received from kids while volunteering at Fiske. The project is an abrupt change from his past, throwing himself into a completely new industry and learning all new tools. Once again, he is rapidly teaching himself. This time it is video, lighting, sound, editing and animation.

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St. Augustine Native American Flute Workshop

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flute 1Dean Allan Slickis, Director of OM Studios, is an enthusiastic instructor with a wealth of teaching, recording and performing experience. On April 24, 2014, he will be offering a workshop, The Native American Flute: A Beautiful Experience in Balance and Harmony at Amiro Art & Found at 7:00p.m.

The workshop is designed for the absolute beginner and is limited to only ten participants to ensure a relaxed, creative, and intimate atmosphere. Advance registration and payment of $40 is required. To reserve your space, call Amiro at 904-824-8460. Amiro Art & Found is located at 9C Aviles Street in beautiful downtown Saint Augustine, Florida.

Topics covered during the two-hour workshop will include: How to Hold the Flute, First Fingerings, Beginning Melodies, Phrasing, Traditional Songs and Resources, and Playing from the Inside.

Dean brings passion and the true joy of music to his students. He completed undergraduate studies in the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at Parsons School of Design in NYC, the Detroit Institute of Music and Dance, Southwest Missouri State University, and Shaw University. His graduate and professional work includes the Hindustani classical music of North India, the classical rhythms of North Africa and the Middle East, and a bit of Andalusian flamenco.

Over the years, Dean has successfully taught hundreds of students throughout NE Florida via private and group instruction and course offerings at the Florida Community College at Jacksonville, the First Coast School of Music, Music Time Studios, the St. Johns County Continuing Education Program and the First Coast Technical Institute.

 

Source: St. Augustine VCB

Runner Runner

“Runner Runner” a Loser Loser

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“Loser Loser”

“Hotshots” looks at a movie!

Runner Runner stars Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck in a movie about offshore gambling, and it brings to mind an eternal truth about gambling: “The house always wins.”

Runner Runner

In this case the house is the movie theater, and the loser is you.

Timberlake plays Richie Furst, who is earning his masters degree in finance at Princeton and is also a teaching assistant, but he spends a lot of his time playing online poker, which causes him to be called into the dean’s office for a meeting.

The dean tells Richie that he has his hands in his fellow students’ pants, he is an affiliate for online gaming, and then says, “You will close up shop immediately.”

Like all gambling suckers, Richie doesn’t listen to reason, he plays online poker again on a popular Website, bets everything he has, and loses it.

However, Richie’s two buddies and colleagues use statistics to convince him that the Website cheated him, and so Richie travels to Costa Rica, where the Website is located, to confront the owner of the Website.

Affleck plays Ivan Block, the owner of the gambling Website, and after Richie learns that Block is like The Wizard of Oz and nobody gets close to him, Richie manages to get an invitation to meet Ivan on Ivan’s boat.

Ivan tells Richie that he thinks Richie is exceptional, and Ivan offers Richie a job working for him.

After Richie proves himself to Ivan, Richie now believes that he has almost everything he wanted, and he invites his two buddies from Princeton to come down to Costa Rica and work with him.

However, Ivan confesses that he hates his business and that it is not fun anymore, even though it allows Ivan to do whatever he wants. There are payoffs and bribes to local officials that are necessary for him to run his business, and it is also very dangerous.

Yes, Richie gets beaten up a couple of times doing his job for Ivan, who even knew it would happen.

Ivan tells Richie that everybody has something worth more to them than money, and in Richie’s case it is his father.

You know how some movies seem to have been made just because of the exotic location? This is one of those movies.

Runner Runner is nothing more than a loser loser.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

The Sapphires

“The Sapphires” a Sweet Story Set During Vietnam War

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“Sweet Story Set During Vietnam War”

“Hotshots” looks at a movie!

THE SAPPHIRES is inspired by the unlikely, but true story of four girls from the aboriginal outback of Australia who form a singing group that entertains the American troops in Vietnam during the war.

The Sapphires

The movie begins in 1958 in Australia, and we see four little girls who love to sing performing before an audience. Suddenly a group of government officials show up, and one of the little girls, Kay, is taken away from her family by the officials, because she has light skin, and forced to live in a city with a white family.

This was all part of a government program to integrate aborigines into Caucasian society.

Then the movie shifts to 1968, and we meet Dave Lovelace, played by Chris O’Dowd, who is sleeping in his car and arrives late to work in a bar where he is the emcee of a local talent show, and his boss puts him on his last warning.

Dave says to the audience, “I sort of start off slow, and then I slowly peter out.”

Two young aborigine girls, Gail and Cynthia, are singing in the talent show, they announce that they are from “black fella’ country,” and they sing a country song that the audience doesn’t pay much attention to.

But when their younger sister, Julie, suddenly joins them on stage, their singing becomes much better and so does the audience’s appreciation.

After the talent show, the girls approach Dave, show him a newspaper clipping about an audition in Melbourne for singers and dancers to perform for the troops in Vietnam, and ask him to help them go to the audition.

Dave agrees to help, but says they should sing soul music instead of country music and that Julie should sing lead instead of Gail, which doesn’t please Gail one bit.

Also, while they are in Melbourne, they track down their cousin, Kay, who had been abducted 10 years earlier, and she is able to join them for the audition.

Ironically, while Dave is coaching the girls and teaching them choreography, he says that they should sing their soul songs “blacker.”

So, the girls, accompanied by Dave as manager and chaperone, entertain the troops in Vietnam, where there is danger, conflict, and even romance.

The Sapphires is a sweet and mostly true story set during the Vietnam War.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

Smashed

“Smashed” about Wasted People

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“Wasted”

“Hotshots” looks at a movie!

Smashed is just another in a long line of films about alcoholics going back at least to the 1945 The Lost Weekend with Ray Milland and the 1962 Days of Wine and Roses with Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick, and the only thing different is that this time the lead alcoholic character is a woman.

Smashed

You’ve come a long way, Baby.

Also, it is an independent film that was shot in only 19 days; so don’t expect too much in the way of production values.

And the only message in films about the fall and more falling of an alcoholic is “Don’t do this,” which leaves only great acting, marvelous settings, or compelling story to see a movie like this, none of which are contained in this movie.

Kate is played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and she is married to Charlie, played by Aaron Paul.  Kate is a first-grade schoolteacher, and Charlie stays at home and writes music, although we find out later that Charlie has wealthy parents who support them.

In fact, when they wake up one morning after another night of binge drinking, Kate makes a reference to the fact that Charlie stays home and writes, and Charlie says, “Yeah, but my real job is to change the sheets.”

Kate even takes a drink from a flask in her car on the way to work, and then when she is in the classroom teaching her students, she throws up into a wastebasket because she is so hung over.

This prompts one of the students to ask Kate if she is pregnant, because the kid’s mother does that when she is pregnant.

So, Kate lies and says yes, which just leads to an embarrassing chain of events when Kate’s principal and other teachers find out.

Well, Kate keeps drinking, Charlie keeps drinking, and Charlie’s brother and their friends keep drinking, too.  Eventually Kate admits that she has a problem, and she agrees to attend a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous with another teacher in the school, played by Nick Offerman.

However, a few meetings don’t do the trick, and Kate keeps drinking and worse.

Matters become aggravated between Kate and Charlie, too, even though he makes a half-hearted attempt to stop drinking along with Kate’s attempts.

Smashed is about wasted people, and don’t waste your money on it.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

Bad Teacher Movie

“Bad Teacher” Worse Writers

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“Worse Writers”
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Bad Teacher stars Cameron Diaz in the title role, because otherwise who would want to see a movie about a bad teacher?

Bad Teacher

Teachers are supposed to be good. Teachers are supposed to be helpful. Teachers are supposed to be able to teach difficult subjects to recalcitrant students.

And if you don’t know what “recalcitrant” means, then you just might have been one.

Diaz plays Elizabeth Halsey, a seventh-grade teacher at John Adams Middle School, and when the movie begins, it is the last day of school and she is being honored by the principal after having taught only one year.

Elizabeth is given a $37 gift certificate as a bonus, which doesn’t say as much about her teaching abilities as it does about the sad economic state of the education system in general.

Elizabeth tells her colleagues that she doesn’t need a blackboard or a classroom to set an example, but Elizabeth doesn’t plan to return in the fall to teach a second year at the school. She plans to marry her wealthy fiance and be taken care of for the rest of her life.

However, when Elizabeth goes home that day, her plans change completely, and three months later she is back at school to teach another year.

Well, “teach” is such a loaded word. Let’s just call it sitting at the front of her classroom and planning how she is going to pay for the boob job she believes will land her a rich husband.

In fact, Elizabeth starts showing movies about teachers instead of doing any teaching herself, and when the principal questions her teaching-by-movies technique, Elizabeth says, “I think that movies are the new books.”

Then when Justin Timberlake shows up at the school as Scott Delacorte, the new substitute teacher, Elizabeth learns that he is independently wealthy, and so she schemes to snag him as her sugar daddy, but nerdy Scott has hie eye on another teacher whom Elizabeth doesn’t get along with.

Now, of course there is a scene at a fund-raising car wash in which Elizabeth shows off her body that is like many other movies before this one, of course there is a major plot to get money that backfires, and of course there is a kind gym teacher attracted to Elizabeth whom she rejects.

Bad Teacher has worse writers.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

Nowhere Boy - Movie

Nowhere Boy – Movie Trailer

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The true story of John Lennon’s troubled childhood and difficult relationship with his family is brought to the screen in this period drama. Young John (Alex Ambrose) is a bright but sharp-tongued boy living in the coastal town of Liverpool during the 1950s with his aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) and uncle George (David Threlfall). John’s father walked out on the family when he was four years old, and the boy was given to Mimi to raise, even though his mother, Julia (Anne-Marie Duff), was still alive. While Mimi’s straight-laced nature runs counter to John’s more reckless personality, they clearly love one another and the household is thrown into chaos when George dies suddenly. At the funeral, teenage John (now played by Aaron Johnson) sees Julia, and learns to his surprise that she lives only a few blocks away from Mimi. John pays her a visit, and Julia gratefully welcomes him back into her life. Julia’s personality is a much closer fit to John than Mimi, and she encourages his love for writing and music, teaching him to play the banjo. However, John’s renewed relationship with Julia brings up a number of unanswered questions, and causes new tensions between Mimi and John. And as rock & roll becomes the hot new sound of the day, John falls in love with the bold new music and makes a friend who is interested in forming a band, Paul (Thomas Brodie Sangster). The first feature film from artist-turned-director Sam Taylor-Wood, Nowhere Boy was the closing night attraction at the 2009 BFI London Film Festival.

SkyGuy

SkyGuy

Tom Vilot is Sky Guy on C1N.TV on Channel 1 Networks. A science TV series answering questions from kids.

SkyGuy Videos

Who is Sky Guy

Who is Sky Guy

Tom Vilot has a web TV series on C1N.TV in which answers science questions from kids. It is fun, quality and the best children's space blot on the net. Sky Guy from Boulder Colorado.[READ|SHARE]
SkyGuy

SkyGuy

A graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Tom Vilot is an artist and self-taught software engineer. He has been part of numerous group shows and participated in Boulder’s jurried “Open Studios” two years. After working in the software industry for almost twenty years, Mr. Vilot decided it was time to merge his two passions: astronomy and kids. Being the quintessential “kid magnet,” Mr. Vilot has been volunteering at the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, CO., in their K-12 outreach program. Mr. Vilot studied acting for two years. He launched SkyGuy.com, a series of short videos answering the many questions he has received[READ|SHARE]
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