Jack White swung through Washington, D.C., for a two-show run on Wednesday and Thursday. Well, make that a three-show run.In between gigs at The Anthem, the rock icon stopped by D.C.’s Woodrow Wilson High School for an unannounced set during the students’ lunch break. While the performance may have been a surprise for these incredibly lucky teenagers, Relix reports that White cleared the stunt with the school’s principal, who couldn’t say no to the proposition.According to the school’s newspaper, this is how it all went down:Most days, Wilson students pour out of class after fourth period and shuffle down packed stairwells to the atrium, where they settle in for lunch or head off campus to get food. Assistant Principal Gregory Bargeman usually plays ‘80s hits from a speaker; once in a while, a few kids get up and dance.Today, the second floor was rattling after fourth period. Noise echoed through hallways and drowned out conversations close to the atrium. In the art wing on the other side of the school, people speculated that Bargeman must have ramped up his sound system.But it wasn’t Bargeman. It was Jack White shredding a blue electric guitar, backed by a barefoot drummer, two musicians playing multi-level synths, and a bassist.Evidently, the 12-time Grammy winner treated the students—who, as we may have mentioned earlier, were really, really lucky—to a set that included favorites like “The Same Boy You’ve Always Known”, “Over and Over and Over”, and show-closing rendition of “Seven Nation Army” that turned into a singalong as the students rushed the “stage”.White is currently on tour in support of his new album, Boarding House Reach. His next stop will be a headlining performance at the Governor’s Ball Music Festival in New York City on Friday, June 1st.Jack White’s “Seven Nation Army” finale at Woodrow Wilson High School
By Dialogo May 13, 2009 Today Colombian police official Luis Mendieta, who had been held hostage by the FARC for more than 10 years, was promoted to the rank of General by President Álvaro Uribe, who urged the Army to rescue all the hostages. In a ceremony held at the School of Police Cadets in Bogotá Mendieta was awarded the highest rank, making him the most senior official within the armed forces, even above that of the current director, General Óscar Naranjo. His wife, María Teresa Paredes, and their two children, Jenny Estefani and José Luis, received from Uribe’s hands badges that attest to their father’s position as General of Police. Mendieta was kidnapped in the seizure by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) of the city of Mitú on November 1, 1998, while serving as Commander of Police of that city, which is the capital of the department of Vaupés. “Luis Herlindo Mendieta, who was kidnapped by the FARC terrorist group in the seizure of Mitú, is promoted to the rank of major general. We award proof of his promotion to his wife, his children, and his entire family,” said the President. Awaiting the release of Mendieta, his family has saved his Christmas, birthday, and celebration gifts, and the college and university degrees of his children, who had last seen him when they were children. Uribe called on the armed forces to increase operations to rescue the 22 soldiers and policemen who are still the rebels’ captives, and said the Army is looking for the sites where they are being held. The head of state indicated, regarding the FARC’s announcement of the release of Army Sergeant Pablo Moncayo, that he will not permit political propaganda, and only allowed the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Catholic Church to participate in the humanitarian mission to meet him. “We reiterate our wish that the International Red Cross, without obstructing our military operations, receive him, along with the Catholic Church,” where the FARC indicate sergeant Moncayo is to be released,” said Uribe. He also indicated it will not accept rebels’ “maneuvers” to deceive Colombians “with the torturous offer of one-by-one release of hostages, and then reinforce their propaganda.” The FARC have demanded the presence of opposition congresswoman Piedad Córdoba, one of Uribe’s major critics, in the operation to release of Moncayo, who has been captive for over eleven years. The senator has participated in the liberation of 12 hostages that the FARC has released unilaterally, but the government decided to suspend its mediation in the release of Moncayo. “We cannot allow the FARC another chance to wear a humanitarian disguise because they, in the conscience of all Colombians, are involved in ‘Farcpolitics'” said the President. The rebel assault on Mitú left 43 dead, including soldiers, policemen, and civilians, plus 47 wounded troops and 61 abductees. Nearly a thousand guerrillas led by the military chief of the FARC, Jorge Briceño (aka “Mono Jojoy”), participated in the attack, the first and only one by these guerrillas on a departmental capital and one of the most devastating in the near half-century history of internal conflict. Mendieta is part of a list of 22 police and military hostages the guerrillas want to trade for their imprisoned rebels.
Istra Inspirit, as the only project of cultural and innovative tourism from Croatia, presented itself to the audience of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, which is being held for the 28th year in a row in Edinburgh – the City of the Festival.It is a renowned festival that brings together those eager for creative presentations of stories from around the world, thus connecting cultures, languages, generations and places. As part of this creative concept of storytelling and presentation of different cultures from around the world, Istra Inspirit was presented, presenting many stories, myths and legends from all over Croatia, performed by Petra B. Blašković and Frane Novljan, academic actors with many years of experience in performing Istra Inspirit experiences.The journey through Croatia began with Slavonia, and the revival of the legend of Perun and Veles, and continued with the legend of the Black Queen who created Plitvice Lakes to tell in an interesting way the story of the Dalmatian islands and the island of Lokrum and the story of Striborova forest and tintilinići . The presentation of Istra Inspirit ended with a presentation of Istrian customs – ‘užanci’ and the most attractive Istra Inspirit experiences and characters, among which we can single out Crispa, Morgan’s treasure, Veli Jože from Motovun, macmalići from Labin mines, villas built by the Pula Amphitheater and others. fulfilled a one-hour unique experience of Croatia and Istria.”This experience opened the Istra Inspirit project to an international audience in Edinburgh, a city where many guided storytelling tours can be visited and which can serve as inspiration and an example of good practice when it comes to presenting cultural and historical heritage. The whole trip provided a connection with experts who also apply storytelling as a concept in their business, and the audience could get to know Croatia through stories, legends and myths.”, Points out Morena Milevoj from Istra Inspirita.By the way, Istra Inspirit, one of the best tourist stories in the history of Croatian tourism, last year received great recognition from the profession and was included among the world’s best tourist stories in the prestigious and recognized book Tourism Stories published by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). That’s right Istri Inspirit the only Croatian story in the 28 best world tourist stories in the UNWTO book, which is certainly another confirmation of the excellent concept and performance.