Dolby Theatre

The Dolby Theatre is a live-performance auditorium in the Hollywood and Highland Center shopping mall and entertainment complex, on Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. Since its opening on November 9, 2001, it has been the venue of the annual Academy Awards ceremony, it is adjacent to the El Capitan Theatre nearby on Hollywood Boulevard. The theater was designed by David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group, with Theatre Projects Consultants with the Oscar ceremonies in mind. Though the stage is one of the largest in the United States—roughly tied with the Edward C. Elliott Hall of Music at Purdue University—measuring 113 ft wide and 60 ft deep, its seating capacity is only about half the Hall of Music's, accommodating 3,332 people; the result of astute planning and technical design, the auditorium is successful as a venue for televised theatrical performance. The architectural team consulted extensively with leading production personnel in Hollywood, achieving a functional cable infrastructure, with an underground cable bunker that crosses under the theater to truck locations on adjacent streets.

Power is substantial and accessible. The theater has a unique Rockwell-designed cockpit in the orchestra seating area for camera and stage management; the hall from the front entrance to the grand stairway is flanked by storefronts, as well as Art Deco columns displaying the names of past recipients of the Academy Award for Best Picture, with blank spaces left for future Best Picture winners, well into the 21st century. The columns are set for Best Picture up to 2071. In a fashion reminiscent of Hollywood movie-making, the building is dressed before the Academy Awards ceremony, sometimes with a different sign on its facade, red drapery to hide its storefronts, the famous red carpet running up its grand stairway; the theater is rented to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for weeks before Oscar night. Having hosted the awards ceremony annually since 2002, the theater is best known for this event. During the rest of the year, it hosts numerous live concerts, awards shows, symphony performances, other events.

The theater was sponsored, until February 2012, by the Eastman Kodak Company, which paid $75 million for naming rights to the building. In early 2012, Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection; the theater's name was temporarily changed to the Hollywood and Highland Center at the suggestion of the venue's landlord. On May 1, 2012, it was announced that the venue would be renamed the Dolby Theatre, after Dolby Laboratories signed a 20-year naming-rights deal. Dolby updated the sound system first by installing Dolby Atmos; the company plans to continue updating the auditorium with newer technologies as they become available. From September 2011 until early 2013, the venue was home to the permanent Los Angeles Cirque du Soleil show Iris, an acrobatic journey through the world of cinema, featuring an original score by Danny Elfman; the show made significant changes to the theater, including adding lifts deep under the original floor. It was announced on November 29, 2012, that Iris would close on January 19, 2013, after only two seasons, due to lack of profit.

After hosting the Academy Awards on February 24, 2013, the theater reopened for touring acts and headliners. As of 2016, the theater hosts the live shows of America's Got Talent, it hosts the America's Got Talent Holiday Spectacular that broadcasts live during the Christmas season. List of concert venues L. A. Live Media related to Dolby Theatre at Wikimedia Commons Official website

Association of Road Racing Statisticians

The Association of Road Racing Statisticians is an independent, non-profit organization that collects and publishes statistics regarding road running races. The primary purpose of the ARRS is to maintain a valid list of world road records for standard race distances and to establish valid criteria for road record-keeping; the official publication of the ARRS is the Analytical Distance Runner. This newsletter contains recent race results and analysis and is distributed to subscribers via e-mail; the ARRS is the only organized group. Ken Young of Petrolia, California was a retired professor of atmospheric physics and former American record-holder in the indoor marathon who holds two of the top 10 marks in the event. Ted Haydon, a former track coach for the University of Chicago Track Club and the United States in the 1968 Olympic Games staged an indoor marathon for Young so that he could make an attempt at a world record in the indoor marathon. Young earned a PhD in geophysical sciences with a minor in statistics, taught at the University of Arizona.

Young was the founder and director of the National Running Data Center, self-described as "an independent, non-profit organization devoted to the collection, analysis and dissemination of long-distance running information." This group developed road racing records in the United States. After the United States Congress passed the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, The Athletics Congress, now known as USA Track & Field, replaced the Amateur Athletic Union as the national governing body for the sport of athletics. Although the records maintained by Young and the NRDC were "unofficial", The Athletics Congress recognized them as its official records at their annual meeting in late 1979. In 1986, the official record-keeping for TAC would be assumed by TACStats known as the Road Information Center. Association of Road Racing Statisticians - Official website Association of Road Racing Statisticians - Facebook Press release outlining formation of the Association of Road Racing Statisticians Association of Track and Field Statisticians


Chithrakuzhal is a 2010 Malayalam film directed by Majeed Gulistan. Chithrakuzhal is a Children's film based on protection of the Nature; the title of the English version of the film is The Bird Catcher. A Forest Ranger’s school going kid Charu happens to get lost in the forest by a trap laid by the poachers who had a grudge with his father. Caught and taken away by the poachers, the boy is spotted by a tribal boy Virundhan who lives in the forest and, incidentally his classmate too. In the school the tribal boy got a nickname ‘The Bird Catcher’ as he is believed to catch & take away the birds for cooking and eating; the tribal boy, in the forest searching for some rare herbal medicinal plants for his ailing mother, becomes the savior & guide to the forest officer’s son. The journey reveals the many conditions, skills & qualities of the tribal boy Virundhan to Charu, of the modern upbringing. Both of them chance to meet Amina, a girl of their class, who happened to be in the forest, running away for fear of police.

In the daring journey of the three together, they deal the dangers and obstacles and learn about the environment & the threats lurking in it. The journey and its experience transforms them to sharing and concerned human beings with better values; the film was set in the backdrop of the forests of the Western Ghats in South Kerala. It was shot in the deep forests of Peppara, Neyyar and Meenmutty; the film was completed in 2009 and competed for the best Children's film in the Kerala state film awards and the National film awards. Chithrakuzhal has the distinction of being the first Dolby Digital Children's film in Malayalam; the film was premièred in Thiruvananthapuram on 6 October 2010 during an exhibition on wildlife, in the presence of the Minister of Forests Mr. Benoy Viswam Amal Ashok as Virundhan, the tribal boy Sidharth as Charu, the forest Ranger's son Meera Nair as Amina, the classmate Madhu as Charu's grandfather Vijayaraghavan as the Forst Ranger Geetha Vijayan as Charu's mother Stella as Amina's mother Vijayakumari as Virundhan's mother Sunitha as the tribal woman Indrans as the Forest guard Monu as the Big Fat Chithrakuzhal was selected to the 2011 Lucknow International Children's Film festival.

The film was selected to the 34th Cairo International Film Festival. The music of Chithrakuzhal was done by Ashwin Johnson; the lyrics are by renowned Malayalam poet Kavalam Narayana Panicker. The song "Thathindhaka theytharo" sung by Sri Devi, Jenny and Kanchana is popular among children. Official site article