SXSW 2020 Film Review: “Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time”

Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time is a documentary about a unique time in music history where musicians, hippies and creative types all lived in a rustic canyon in the heart of Los Angeles in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Slated to have premiered at SXSW 2020, the film celebrates the music of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Love, The Mamas And The Papas, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Doors, Frank Zappa and more. Laurel Canyon provided an outlet for musicians to create some of the most influential and infamous albums.

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DriveItAway App Offers “Touchless” Delivered Car Rental with Purchase Option

While the United States has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, whether it’s work or school, many companies are looking into ways to help consumers during this challenging time. Announced today, the DriveItAway app has adapted its app-based platform to meet the challenges car dealers and consumers face in the current coronavirus environment. The app allows for fully remote “touchless” rental contracting, payment, renewal etc., so no person-to-person close physical interaction is required and the transaction is engineered to be a rent-to-buy model. Consumers now can have a vehicle delivered to them to drive today with the option to buy at a later time, and with a substantial amount of the rental fee going towards the ultimate purchase should he/she exercise the option to buy.

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SXSW 2020 Film Review: My Darling Vivian

When you think of Johnny Cash you think of a few things; Folsom Prison Blues, Walk the Line and June Carter but what about his first wife, Vivian Liberto? In My Darling Vivian, a South By Southwest (SXSW) 2020 Film documentary, audiences for the first-time get to know the first Mrs. Cash as her daughters, Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, and Tara, share with us firsthand HER story. Vivian’s story is a life of love, isolation, fear, heartbreak, and survival that viewers will see throughout the 90-minute film.

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Classkick Announces Free Real-Time Virtual Home School Learning App For Coronavirus Affected Schools Throughout U.S.

Announced this week, Classkick, www.classkick.com, the leading virtual learning app that shows teachers in real-time exactly what students are thinking and learning, are immediately offering the Classkick Pro School Membership for free for Coronavirus COVID-19 affected schools (a $1499 value). Because of the widespread U.S. school closures, over 3,000 new schools signed up for Classkick’s remote learning app, with over 1,000 schools unable to pay immediately. With many more schools closed and children’s education at stake, Classkick is offering Classkick Pro School for free for all schools in need. To sign up, go to https://classkick.com/coronavirus.

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Austin Music Foundation Announces Free Virtual Consultations and Online Music Business Workshop

Announced today, Austin Music Foundation (AMF) are moving their programs online for the time being and will continue providing consultation services at no cost to the Austin music community. They also announced their free webinar “Time to Pivot: Adjusting Your Music Business Strategy” scheduled for March 27th. Below are details for both announcements.

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SXSW 2020 Film Review: FOR MADMEN ONLY

FOR MADMEN ONLY is a documentary about the comedic legend, Del Close, that shows his journey of creating his autobiography for D.C. Comics titled “Wasteland.” Del Close co-authored the graphic horror anthology with John Ostrander and one story in almost every issue of Wasteland was an embellished portrayal taken from the comedian’s intriguing life. The 90-minute documentary directed by Heather Ross was slated to have its world premiere during the now canceled South By Southwest (SXSW) 2020 Film Festival as part of the Documentary Feature Competition category.

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Sennheiser’s #Dontstopthemusic Streamed Concerts

Since the coronavirus pandemic the live music industry has taken a major hit but Sennheiser, the well-known audio company is reminding music fans to #Dontstopthemusic. Following concerts with Mousse T., Love Fame Tragedy, Logan D. and Madoc, #DontStopTheMusic, Sennheiser’s exclusive streamed concert series, continues with rock band Good Boy Daisy, singer-songwriter Katie Cole and Swiss-Chilean producer and DJ Luciano.

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Sickfestivals.com Tracks Canceled Music Festivals Globally

The festival and live music industries have taken a massive hit since the coronavirus outbreak from canceling Austin’s South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival to rescheduling the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals. To help everyone stay on top of things, Slovenia-based music data company Viberate has put together a comprehensive list at www.sickfestivals.com, updated daily. Sickfestivals.com is a new free service that lets music fans track which festivals have been canceled or postponed. In case fans have already bought tickets and made travel arrangements, they can hopefully cancel in time to get a refund.

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TransparentBusiness to Help Women-Led Businesses Thrive Amid COVID-19 Restrictions

For most Americans, it has been their first week working from home and self-quarantined amid the COVID-19 Restrictions. Announced today, Silvina Moschini co-founder of TransparentBusiness, is on a quest to help women-lead businesses by offering unlimited and free access to the TransparentBusiness remote working and management platform while the COVID-19 restrictions are in place. They will also help the companies to deploy work-from-home programs. By offering the free service and support people will be able to make a smooth transition to allowing their employees to work from home. 

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Boca Raton Museum of Art Presents “Keep Kids Smart with ART” Online Series

With most of the United States forced to self-isolate and practice social distancing along with schools canceled parents are now looking for homeschooling options. Even though the Boca Raton Museum of Art is closed to the public, starting this Friday, March 20, the museum is launching a new series of free Online Community Art Initiatives for all ages at this link. Featuring the new Keep Kids Smart with ART series to help parents and their children who are home from school.

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