This past Friday, Goose delivered their highly-anticipated seventh installment of Goosemas. This edition of the annual year-ending concert looked a little different, as the Connecticut-based jam quintet performed from a rooftop in New York’s Rockefeller Center without the presence of fans. On Monday, Goose shared footage of “The Empress of Organos” from Goosemas VII and announced a rebroadcast of the entire concert.Saturday, December 19th will see a full rebroadcast of the Goosemas Livestream From Rockefeller Center at 8 pm ET. This free rebroadcast will take place across several mediums, including Facebook, YouTube, and FANS, instead of a Twitch exclusive like the original broadcast. Just as with the premiere of Goosemas VII, donations are still open and encouraged to Conscious Alliance and the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA)’s Save Our Stages efforts. The initial Twitch stream drew over 60,000 viewers while raising over $45,000 for the two beneficiaries.“In a year when music and its empowering spirit has been stifled for so many, Goose’s performance was magic,” Gus Field (Tishman Speyer / Rockefeller Center) said in a press release. “And what better place to do this than from Rockefeller Center, where culture and community come together to surprise and delight. A huge thank you to Goose and their amazing team, Peter Shapiro, and the Rockefeller Center team for making such a special evening possible.”Related: Goose Shares Pro-Shot “All I Need” From Bingo Tour [Watch]This lively rendition of the Goose original, which debuted November 6th, 2020 at South Farms, gets jumping right from the start thanks to Peter Anspach‘s hot piano playing. Guitarist Rick Mitarotonda soon takes up the mantle with his effects-laden guitar work before dropping in with the song’s lyrics. Like the rest of the band’s Goosemas performance, this rendition of “The Empress of Organos” abounds with tight playing and inspired improvisation—no doubt influenced by their decision to play in the round—as the group takes it beyond the 15-minute mark.Watch Goose perform “The Empress of Organos” from Rockefeller Center for Goosemas on December 11th.Goose – “The Empress of Organos” – New York, NY – 12/11/20[Video: Goose]
It’s also easy to love the cast of this movie. Jennifer Lopez stars in what might be her best performance ever. She’s is a magnetic force of nature who absolutely dominates the screen. That’s no small feat as she’s working with Constance Wu, who also turns in a solid performance, as well as powerhouses like Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer and none other than Cardi B and Lizzo. That’s an amazing cast, and while there’s not enough time to allow them all to shine equally, they are each given some memorable moments that should please their fan bases.The other woman who must be discussed is director Lorene Scafaria. I don’t think this movie would have worked if it had a male director at the helm. There’s a refreshing female gaze on these sex workers, one that is frequently judgment-free and one that revels in the camaraderie between these characters.That’s not typical for any movie about strippers, even when they are played by glamorous movie stars. Most of the time I would expect to leave the theater feeling a bit icky from the camera leering at all the half-naked women in the movie. This one doesn’t flinch from the scene, but neither does it turn the players into one-note caricatures. The new movie, “Hustlers” is a lot of fun.Despite its sex worker setting, this film turns out to be a female empowerment story where the ladies finally get to exploit the men who have been exploiting them for years. Granted, what they’re doing in the movie is illegal and immoral, but they’re sticking it to Wall Street jerks, so it’s easy to cheer on these scantily-clad anti-heroines.Based on an eye-opening New York Magazine article, “Hustlers” tells the Hollywood-true story of a group of Manhattan strippers who were drugging the wealthy men at their strip club and getting them to rack up huge credit card bills that they were too inebriated to notice. The women justified their actions by claiming that, in the wake of the 2008 recession, they were only stealing from men who stole from America. I’m not sure that I buy this premise, but there’s no denying that it’s easy to shunt moral qualms to the side and simply fall in love with the film’s sexy, Robin Hood-ish story. Between that girl-power vibe, the superb performances and the kicky, crime caper plot, it’s no wonder that “Hustlers” is generating so much buzz. I’ll stop just short of calling it one of my favorite movies of the year, but I absolutely had a blast watching the film. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lopez garner some award notices in a few months. Neither would I be surprised to find audiences rushing out to the theater to kick it with these crowd-pleasing “Hustlers.”Movie reviews by Sean, “The Movie Guy,” are each week in “The Port Arthur News” and seen weekly on KFDM and Fox4. Sean welcomes your comments via email at [email protected]
Sequans Communications, a developer and provider of IoT and 4G/5G modules, has announced the expansion of its research and development resources in Israel with the opening of a new design center for the purpose of accelerating 5G product development. The new team is mainly focused on the development of Sequans’ new 5G broadband and critical IoT products that will complement its existing massive IoT products, including the company’s flagship Monarch and Calliope platforms. Sequans has been involved in the development of 5G technology for many years and has continually invested in 5G R&D through its involvement in research partnerships with industry visionaries and through its membership in the 5G Public-Private Partnership (5G-PPP) since 2013. The expanded R&D center will allow Sequans to strengthen its leadership position in 5G and complete its comprehensive product portfolio addressing the three primary 5G IoT market segments-broadband, critical, and massive IoT.Sequans’ new R&D center in Israel has been established to accelerate its ongoing 5G development and is a reflection of the company’s commitment to keeping its IoT products at the leading edge with best-in-class performance and lowest cost. The 5G products Sequans is developing for production include its 5G-compliant Monarch 2 LTE-M/NB-IoT chip announced in 2019 that will address the massive IoT market and the coming new Taurus 5G chip that will address the broadband and critical IoT markets.