The Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival, hosted by the event’s namesake The Magic Beans, has announced that it will be returning once again to the majestic Rancho Del Rio Vail Valley after a successful first go-round at the site this past summer. Beanstalk organizers have confirmed the event will take place the weekend of June 22nd-25th, 2017, and feature a bevy of activities outside of what is sure to another top-notch lineup, including swimming, tubing, whitewater rafting, hot springs, and miles of hiking/biking trails. There is nothing quite like a Colorado music festival.The Magic of Beanstalk Festival: Supergroups & Collaborations In The Rocky MountainsLast year’s lineup saw The Magic Beans host acts such as Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The New Mastersounds, Electron, and several solid super jams and collaborations, one of which being “The Magic Brownies,” which witnessed The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein led a supergroup which consisted of Tom Hamilton, Allen Aucoin and Beans members Scott Hachey and Casey Russel. Expect more of the same this year.Festival Director Ryan Noel discussed, “We couldn’t be more excited to return home at Rancho Del Rio. It’s what the fans wanted and what we wanted in 2016 but couldn’t make it work. We worked hand in hand with Eagle County to ensure we were able to return for 2017. No more shuttles! All the music will take place at Rancho which we’re thrilled about as well. Our ‘Early Bean’ tickets sold out in 48 hours so it’s looking like we’ll have consecutive sell-outs at Rancho as the capacity is super limited. We’ll be announcing artists in a few weeks in 2 waves as well.”And check out The Magic Beans perform two late-night shows in NYC on Dec. 30th and 31st post-Phish at American Beauty, with fellow up and comers Spafford (get tix for the 30th here, and 31st here).For additional festival information, click here.
A new big screen version of Gypsy starring Barbra Streisand could be back on, this time with Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bugsy) at the helm. According to Variety, STX Entertainment is in advanced negotiations to make the movie musical, featuring Streisand as legendary stage mother Mama Rose, a reality.Adam Fogelson, chairman of STX Entertainment, first developed the project while he was studio head of Universal Pictures. “It’s Barbra Streisand doing one more, if not the last, movie musical of her career,” he told Variety, adding that Gypsy was “one of the most famous and satisfying musicals ever.”Universal Pictures put the project in turnaround last fall after five years of well-publicized development. Although the film is now reported to be directed by Levinson, produced by Streisand and Joel Silver and written by Richard LaGravanese (The Fisher King, The Last Five Years), many names have been attached over the years. Streisand herself was once mentioned to direct, as was Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde) and Matthew Warchus (Matilda), while Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes was mentioned as a possible screenwriter.As for co-stars, John Travolta once said he was Streisand’s pick for the role of onscreen husband Herbie and that Golden Globe Award winning actress and pop star Lady Gaga could play daughter Louise, who becomes burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, but there’s no confirmation of their involvement in the film.According to the report, production on the film could start as soon as this year. View Comments Barbra Streisand (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
The National Governors Association (NGA) has selected Vermont, as one of only six states, to develop high-quality, comprehensive state early childhood systems through a new initiative, Ready States: A Project to Develop Key Components of State Early Childhood Infrastructure. With a history of successful investments in early childhood systems and a high rating for child health and wellbeing, Vermont has the vision, team, and commitment to use this technical assistance to help ensure that all Vermont’s young children get what they need to grow, learn and thrive.“This opportunity comes at a perfect time,” Governor Douglas said of the award. “Vermont is committed to redesigning how we provide government services with a focus on performance-based measures and greater accountability using data to improve outcomes and service delivery. The NGA’s “Ready States” initiative will help us develop a much needed early childhood data system.”Over a 10-month period, the six selected states – Vermont, Kansas, Louisiana, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington – will develop action plans for state early childhood development infrastructure in governance, program quality, professional development or data systems, and work with a team of national experts to develop effective policy change strategies. According to the NGA, the strategies and policies developed by the selected states are intended to serve as ideas and best practices for all states.Vermont will build on previous strategic and successful infrastructure investments in the areas of governance, program quality, and professional development. Vermont already has an established early care, health and education governance body; Building Bright Futures, a state-wide early care and education quality recognition systems (STARS) and an early childhood professional development system, the Northern Lights Career Development Center. This technical assistance grant enables Vermont to develop the missing data systems piece by developing a comprehensive early childhood data system that will collect high quality, longitudinal data about young children, protect child and family confidentiality, track results and inform data driven policy decisions that will maximize resources.Vermont already has in place the NGA Ready State Initiative’s required core team comprised of government and community leaders who are in a position to develop and implement policy and strategies to build Vermont’s comprehensive early childhood system.Janice Mantell, Executive Director of Building Bright Futures (BBF), said: “We’re very pleased that Vermont was selected as one of six states for this important NGA Initiative that matches so well with our state’s vision and plans. BBF welcomes the opportunity to be part of this effort to ensure that Vermont’s children thrive. As we know, our children are our present and future – investing in them early on serves us all.”Source: NGA.