U.S. warns citizens about traveling to Mexico’s Cancun and Los Cabos as violence surges – LA Times

The U.S. State Department has warned its citizens about traveling to Cancun and Los Cabos, two of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations, after a surge in violence in those regions.

A travel advisory issued Tuesday upgraded the warnings for two states, Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur, saying turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime and shootings in which innocent bystanders have been killed.

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Writing a Nonfiction Book? 5 Ideas For Attracting Agents/Editors And Keeping Readers Engaged | HuffPost

I will never profess to anyone that writing a book is easy, but nonfiction writers do have a leg up over their novelist and memoirist peers in that nonfiction can and should be formulaic. It’s all about your table of contents, and if you bang that out on the front end and feel good about the points you’re hitting, you have a strong template to guide you all the way through to the end. Yes, you still have to execute good writing and keep your reader interested in your topic, but there are a few tricks (ie, skills) that you can implement to attract agents and editors—and eventually readers.

Full Story:  Writing a Nonfiction Book? 5 Ideas For Attracting Agents/Editors And Keeping Readers Engaged | HuffPost

DC Unveils Joker-Batman Mashup, The Batman Who Laughs | Nerdist

Now this is a scary villain!!  Holy Cow – nightmares from the concept art alone!!

Earlier this month, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Dark Nights: Metal #1 set up DC’s newest event and briefly teased the evil incarnations of Batman who are invading the DC Universe. Six of the evil Batmans were apparently mashups of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego with other well known heroes like the Flash, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman. However, DC held back on revealing the Batman Who Laughs until now, and we can see why!

More pics & full story here: DC Unveils Joker-Batman Mashup, The Batman Who Laughs | Nerdist

Kosice: amazing street art in Slovakia’s city of culture | Metro News

Wow – this is some seriously beautiful street art!  I really love how large some of the works are and how they make the whole street they are on feel like your in a gallery.  Absolutely stunning.

Be sure to follow through with the link at the end of this post to view all the photos and read the story.  Don’t forget to book your tickets to visit in person when you’re done! 😉

What connects an army barracks, a swimming pool and a tobacco factory?

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The Art School Survival Guide | HuffPost

This is full of what seems to be good advice.  This is the kind of info I hear from art students all the time.

An education in art can be a wonderful thing. But if we’re being real, it also fosters a weird environment, full of pretentious kids who think they’re the next Dali. It doesn’t matter if you’re studying film, writing, painting, or design, the arts attract a motley crew of people, all of whom believe they’re the real tastemaker. That being said, it can also not be a complete waste of money if you take the time to grow new creative friendships and accept that you have a lot to learn before success finds you. So if you’re about to start your first semester or heading into your next, we’ve got you covered with some helpful pointers to make your art school experience a tiny bit more bearable.

Full Story:  The Art School Survival Guide | HuffPost

Timonium woman teaches art class aimed at easing stress of veterans, first responders – Baltimore Sun

There should be more programs, maybe even some organized charity events that help PTSD and other traumatic event victims to deal with their stress through the arts.  Whether its painting, writing, music, dance – whatever, these should all be offered to veterans and other stress related victims.  How much evidence do we need regarding the healing powers of the arts?  Treating the “soul” is what art does … and these folks definitely deserve to have that opportunity.

Drafted out of high school, Ziegler went to Vietnam, coming home after he was wounded before serving overseas in Germany. While in Europe, he made time to visit the Louvre Museum in Paris, never losing his passion for art.

This year, Ziegler engaged that passion again, as he regularly traveled from his home in Linthicum to Epiphany Episcopal Church, in Timonium, to try his hand at making masterpieces of his own. His destination was a class taught by Mary Rever, an artist and teacher from Timonium who offers free painting lessons to military veterans and first responders.

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Nielsen Releases First Canadian Live Music and Brands Study | Billboard

Really interesting information here.  It shows just how important “live performances” can be for a musician/band.  How the fans feel after your show and your interactions with them and just how that can translate into more sales of various goods – including merch & streaming purchases.  Good info for you independent artists.

Eighty-five percent of adults surveyed for Nielsen’s first Canada Live Music & Brands Report revealed cost as one of the most important deciding factors in purchasing a live music event ticket and 70 percent buy their tickets within two weeks of the onsale.

Sixty percent of their annual music spend is on live music events and 40 percent of the attendees bought the artist’s CD after the show, 29 percent streamed their music and 20 percent paid for a download(s).

Full Story:  Nielsen Releases First Canadian Live Music and Brands Study | Billboard

When musicians want their songs in TV shows, movies and streaming sites, they go here – LA Times

Great article detailing how to break into this market and just what it can do for an up-and-coming musician’s career.

Over the past few years, the Florida-based indie/pop musician has toured relentlessly on a shoestring budget, building a small but loyal fan base that helped her raise money to release a handful of singles and music videos.

But her big break came in January when Dudukovich’s song “War Paint” was featured in Fox’s network TV series “Lucifer.” In addition to the $3,000 paycheck, the high-profile song placement gave her legitimacy in the industry, making it easier to book gigs and find producers to work with.

Full Story: When musicians want their songs in TV shows, movies and streaming sites, they go here – LA Times

Music can improve our cities. So why isn’t music urbanism a thing? | CityMetric

Proof that the arts can make a real difference in a young person’s attitude and life.  Why we don’t have more community based programs like this is beyond me.  How much evidence do we need before we actually start caring about this stuff?

The program, called Youth on Record, taught songwriting, production, DJ and other skills, and its success was staggering. The high school truancy rate of those attending the after-school program was cut in half, as they weren’t allowed to attend if they didn’t go to regular classes. In addition, a new income stream was created for local musicians who were paid to teach. Since the school was first set-up, the organisation has recorded albums, staged a community festival and improved the lives of hundreds of residents.

Full Story:  Music can improve our cities. So why isn’t music urbanism a thing? | CityMetric