The Taft of Woodland Hills boys’ basketball team was expected to compete for a City Section Championship this year, but the Toreadors won’t have the opportunity to do so after the City office declared them ineligible for the playoffs for using two ineligible players over the course of the season. Bernard Kamwa, a transfer from Ribet Academy of Los Angeles, and Dominick Brumfield, a transfer from Virginia, were ruled ineligible. As a result, the City Section invoked Rule 234B, which essentially means that if an ineligible player is discovered before the playoffs the team must forfeit all the games the player participated in. Taft entered Friday’s final league game against Birmingham of Lake Balboa with a 19-4 overall record, 9-0 in league but saw its record drop to 4-19 overall and 3-6 in league after the ruling. “Taft is restricted by rule from advancing to the playoffs at this point,” said Barbara Fiege, director with City Section office. “Taft will have an opportunity to appeal, but as of now, the decisions stands.” Questions regarding Kamwa’s legal guardian paperwork surfaced, forcing the Toreadors to forfeit the six West Valley League games and all but two nonleague games. Brumfield was declared ineligible over concerns about whether he lived within Taft’s attendance boundaries. “This whole thing is a mess, and apparently, were out of the playoffs,” Taft coach Derrick Taylor said. “There’s a possibility they can overturn the decision if we require evidence to support our case.” “This is equivalent to a man sitting on death row, trying to get a stay of execution. We want them to pick up the red phone and say don’t do it. That’s what it’s like. We’re waiting for some good news.” According to Taylor, Kamwa’s legal guardian, Jason Martin, has been the primary caretaker of the junior from Cameroon since 2005, though there’s a discrepancy over the claim. If Taft can provide the correct documentation, there’s a possibility the Toreadors could be reinstated. “We’re still hopeful that something can be done,” Taylor said. “If not, it’s going to be tough to tell the kids that they’re not going to get to chase their dream of playing for a City title.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
March 22, 2017ANDREAS KAPSALIS returns to Arcosanti for a Solo Guitar Performance in the Arcosanti cafe on Sunday afternoon, March 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm. “I am very impressed that Andreas could cover on guitar what I had written for piano. It is quite amazing to hear my own music performed by great instrumentalists.” – Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist and composer“Andreas is reinventing the art of guitar playing. He is the next level.” – Jim Tulio, Grammy Award winning producerConcert Ticket: $20 ($10 for students) Buffet Lunch available at Cafe: $10For ticket purchase, please call 928.632.6217Andreas Kapsalis is a Greek American guitarist and composer born in the suburbs of Chicago. His first exposure to music was through his mother, Frances, a student of opera, and his father Peter, a violinist. Andreas began teaching himself guitar at the age of 11, reading and writing music as well as music theory. At the age of 18 he suffered a hand injury; during his recovery period, he began developing his 10 finger tapping techniques. Under the tutelage of composer and producer Jim Tullio, a student of Aaron Copland, he refined his compositional approach on the guitar using these techniques. Tullio produced Andreas’ first EP with Andreas’ arrangement of Dave Brubeck’s composition Blue Rondo a la Turk, which garnered attention from the composer himself, who said “I am very impressed that Andreas could cover on guitar what I had written for piano. It is quite amazing to hear my own music performed by great instrumentalists.”Andreas began performing nationally with the Andreas Kapsalis Trio and recorded two discs featuring his compositions. While performing in LA, he was invited to apply for the Sundance Composers Labs. He was awarded the fellowship, an honor awarded to only six composers a year. This was his initiation into film composing. At the end of the Sundance Composers Lab, Andreas was invited by the directors to complete a score for their documentary film “Black Gold” among the documentaries selected for the January premier at the Sundance Film Festival. Founder of the Sundance Institute and Festival, Robert Redford, noted this was the first time in Sundance Institute history that documentary fellows and a composer fellow had an “official selection” at the Sundance Film Festival. Subsequently, he composed scores for several documentary and feature films such as “Pig Business” and “Mulberry Street” to name a few. He also has been commissioned by Northwestern University and Notre Dame to compose music for their silent film festivals as well. Following this, Andreas performed and recorded several discs with Polish singer/contra bassist Megitza and the AKGI duo. He has been performing internationally, solo and in various ensembles for festivals and concert series in North America, Europe and Asia, such as Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Calcutta Guitar Festival in India, the Canadian Guitar Festival and the Guitar Festival in the Phillipines.In addition, concerts have taken place in Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia. Most recently Andreas was invited to Armenia to participate in “Sounds of Peace” a musical exchange featuring 60 artists from 10 different countries. Throughout his career he has also enjoyed teaching guitar for many years, first at the Kapsalis Music Shoppe, Elgin Community College, and Northwestern University Mini Courses. Being very much a self taught musician with a relatively unique playing technique and musical perspective, together with the variety of cultural experiences in the world of music, and as a traveler, Andreas continues to be inspired and eager to share the beauty of music and how it can enrich one’s life. Among his many projects, Andreas is composing and arranging pieces for a solo album.
Amazon-owned on-demand platform Lovefilm has secured CBS Studios International-distributed scripted programming including The Good Wife, Blue Bloods and Dexter.The deal will see a range of shows from CBSSI launch on the platform in Germany and the UK. These include CBS series like The Good Wife and Blue Bloods and Showtime series including Nurse Jackie, Californication and Dexter.It also includes the original Star Trek series and Star Trek Voyager.Lovefilm now carries content from all of the major US studios, plus others including Miramax, Studiocanal, BBC Worldwide and Entertainment One.“We’re thrilled to announce this latest deal with CBS Studios Int., and bring another great selection of hit US TV shows to our members. The quality, quantity and diversity of what we can offer our members is absolutely fantastic which is why we’re quickly becoming the first choice subscription service for TV fans,” said Lovefilm’s chief marketing officer Simon Morris.CBS Global Distribution Group’s president and CEO Armando Nuñez said the deal was “another example of the growing licensing opportunities available for CBS’s world class content in a dynamic global marketplace”.
German consumer electronics and trade organsiations have grouped together to produce a consumer guide to smart TV. Consumer electronics trade group the GFU, electrical trade organization ZVEI and technical retail trade body the BVT have grouped together under the German Smart TV initiative to produce a pocket guide to smart TV offering brand-neutral information and advice for consumers. The guide is available on the partners’ websites as a PDF document.