ZZ Top Announces Las Vegas Rock Musical, ‘Sharp Dressed Man’

first_imgA new ZZ Top rock musical, Sharp Dressed Man, is in the works and set to premiere in 2020. The forthcoming show is executive produced by ZZ Top members Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard, and Dusty Hill, as well as produced by their longtime managers Prem Akkaraju and Carl Stubner. Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment, led by Michael Gruber and Jason Gastwirth, is developing the show, which was written by Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins.A press release explains, “Sharp is an outrageous, bawdy musical romp about a Lone Star auto mechanic who becomes a modern-day Robin Hood, stealing hearts — and car parts — with the help of his merry band of beer drinkers and hell raisers.”Billy Gibbons added his thoughts on the new production in a statement, explaining, “We’re excited about this fantastic project and look forward to hearing our music in a new innovative context. Fans have often told us that we’ve provided the soundtrack to their lives, and this is very much in line with that kind of enthusiastic thinking.”Recently, ZZ Top announced their plans to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a new, career-spanning compilation album, Goin’ 50. The album is scheduled to arrive on August 16th via Warner Bros. Records.The band is one of the headlining acts scheduled to perform at the inaugural Exit 111 Fest in Manchester, TN this fall, which takes place on the same site as Bonnaroo. In addition to playing three nights as part of their 50th Anniversary Texas Bash across Texas later this month, the band will continue their anniversary summer tour with an international leg of dates beginning on June 4th in Helsinki, Finland. ZZ Top will return to the States to begin the North American leg of their summer tour on August 16th in Ridgefield, WA.Fans can head to the ZZ Tops’s website to pre-order the album, in addition to finding ticketing information and a full list of upcoming tour dates.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Bill will transfer GAL program

first_img Bill will transfer GAL program Senior EditorA bill that transfers the state’s guardian ad litem program from the court system to an executive agency has passed the House Judiciary Committee. That panel also approved a bill revamping the process for trying residential construction defect cases, although some representatives said the measure has serious flaws.Rep. Nan Rich, D-Sunrise, sponsor of the HB 439 on the GAL system, said that while a gubernatorial blue ribbon panel found guardians indispensable to helping children caught up in court proceedings, the courts had not identified it as central to their functioning.Her bill would move the agency from the court system to the Justice Administration Commission, which now oversees accounting for the state’s public defenders and prosecutors. The program would be overseen by a director who would report to the governor.One major change was in staffing for the new statewide office. Rich’s bill originally mirrored Gov. Jeb Bush’s budget, which called from transferring 10 employees from the Office of the State Courts Administrator to the new statewide guardian office. Court officials opposed that, saying they have no more than two positions that support the guardian program and cutting 10 positions would require reducing support for other vital programs.Under Rich’s bill, as amended, there would be eight positions assigned to the new office, and no more than two would come from OSCA. The remainder would come from vacancies within GAL local operations.Lisa Goodner, deputy state courts administrator, said after the meeting that court officials are happy with that solution.Rich said the new program would oversee the 4,500 volunteer guardians and the GAL’s $23 million budget. It will also oversee the related attorney ad litem program, and provide for training and education.“It is critical that the guardian ad litem be given a home in this session in order to continue the program,” Rich said, adding the transfer to the JAC will produce uniformity and improve operations.The committee unanimously approved the bill. A similar measure, SB 1974, has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Skip Campbell, and has been referred to several committees, including the Senate Judiciary Committee.The construction defects bill came up as a proposed committee bill. It calls for giving contractors and subcontractors notice and an opportunity to fix construction defects on residential properties before filing a construction defect lawsuit.Despite criticism the bill was too one-sided, it passed, although Chair Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, said he would ask House leadership to refer it to another committee for further work. The bill was originally scheduled only for Judicial Committee review before going to the House floor.Representatives of the construction industry said it would save them money by giving them a chance to repair problems without having to pay legal fees to defend actions in courts. They said frequently the first they knew of a problem was when a lawsuit was filed.But Debra Zappi-Henley, representing the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, said the only area in tort law where the state requires presuit notification is in medical malpractice cases. And that was done only after extensive studies showed the public benefit, and no such research has been conducted for construction cases, she said.Rep. John Seiler, D-Pompano, said he could support the idea of notification with a chance to fix a problem, but added contractors themselves could address the problem by revising their construction contracts without resorting to any legislation.He also said the bill was stacked against homeowners victimized by shoddy construction. Each separate defect requires a separate notice, Seiler said, and homeowners with multiple defects could be swamped by the paperwork. He also said that the statute of limitations in some cases could expire while homeowners are pursuing the repairs and mediation under the bills procedures.In the case where a contractor does not intend to make the repairs, homeowners could be left with malfunctioning heating or aid conditioning for several months before they could seek a legal remedy.Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, agreed. He also noted the bill contained a provision making it a second degree misdemeanor to give a homeowner something of value to encourage them to file suit. That could be read, he said, that if someone invited neighbors over for dinner to discuss construction flaws, they had violated the law.Rep. Phillip Brutus, D-North Miami, said he would vote for the bill, but only because Kottkamp promised another committee would review it. The bill now requires homeowners to specify why they reject a proposal to fix a problem from a contractor, but the contractor does not have to detail why a homeowner-proposed settlement was rejected.Likewise, there are penalties for homeowners who reject a settlement offer and then fail to do substantially better in court, Brutus said, but none for contractors who do the same.“ “I think it’s good but, but in a bad fashion. We ought not to kill it but allow it to go forward and make it a better bill,” Brutus said.After the meeting, Kottkamp wrote to Speaker Johnnie Byrd requesting an additional committee reference, but as this News went to press, no action had been taken. Bill will transfer GAL program April 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Your credit union’s digital strategy is probably wrong

first_imgCompeting in the digital space is getting more and more difficult but also more and more essential to the credit union’s sustainability. Chances are your current digital strategy is missing these five things.Organizational Alignment – most credit unions have all their data in silos. IT is doing one thing, marketing another, branches another, call center another, remote delivery another… You get my drift. To expertly deliver your digital capabilities and savvy the entire organization must be aligned and working toward the same digital vision, goals, delivery channels, data utilization, processes and services.Process Alignment – most credit unions have different processes channel to channels and process to process. To be successful, organizations must align these processes to improve the member experience regardless of how they choose to engage the organization.Risk Tolerance Alignment – most credit unions have different tolerances for deposit risk and lending risk depending on the channel the member chooses to engage the organization. These tolerances need to be aligned and designed to minimize the amount of friction the member experiences as they engage the credit union. continue reading » 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more