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The Dreamscapes Project

The Dreamscapes Project is a rock band from Reston, Virginia that formed in 1997 and prominently features the cello. 1997-2000 The Dreamscapes Project formed in 1997 when Keith Center met Jeremy Rodgers and Ricky Bongos at George Mason University. They formed a group later rounded out by drummer Ed Bizzell and violinist Donna Griffith; this line up self-released Focusing the Madness in 1999. 2001-2005 Bizzell and Griffith left the band and were replaced by Dave Clark on drums and Ben Guy on cello. This lineup won the Jaxx Battle of the Bands in 2002. In 2002, they released their first live album...a lot more colors in my world recorded at Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA. In the following years they competed in the Emergenza Battle of the Bands. In 2004 Keith Center was named the best rhythm guitarist in the Washington, D. C. region, the band ranked #1 in the Washington region by popular vote. Jeremy Rodgers was named Best bassist in the Washington region in 2005; that year they were the runner-up in the D.

C. finals, making them the only band out of the 432 which participated in the DC Region to reach the Emergenza DC finals twice. It was during this period that the band began to expand outside the DC area and become a more regional act. In 2005 they hit the studio again and recorded their third album There Are No Safe Words, with Figment Studios and Pure Shift Productions. 2006-2014 In 2006 drummer Dave Clark was replaced by percussionist Eric Sanford. Shortly thereafter, the Dreamscapes Project was voted the highest ranked unsigned original act in DC; the band brought in producer Ted Comerford and engineers Jeff Juliano and Paul Hager for their album, Pity in a Heartbeat, released in 2007 on Figmental Records. Prior to the album, The Dreamscapes Project released the single, Still Love on, where the group peaked at #1 in folk rock in the DC area and #2 in acoustic rock in the state of VA. The band peaked at #13 in folk rock and #53 in acoustic rock nationally on Myspace. Pity in a Heartbeat would prove to be its most commercially successful album, receiving airplay on 150 radio stations across the country.

The group increased its performance schedule and continued to expand into new geographic areas during this time. In 2009, the band returned to the studio to record a three song EP. Due to issues with the studio, the songs were not released until 2014, under the name E. T. B. T. P. T. In 2010, the group launched its most ambitious endeavor: The Twelve Days Project; every month, the band released a new song online in conjunction with a re-imagination of the song by each of the following: another local musician or group, a local visual artist, a local poet or prose writer. Each month, they would have an official release performance and donate all of the proceeds from that show to a local charity. In both 2010 and 2011, the Dreamscapes Project was named musician of the year by Northern Virginia Magazine. In 2012, the band joined Third Eye Blind and The Dirty Heads on the bill for the Downtown Countdown in DC. Although, it had slowed its tour schedule by this time, the group peaked at #1 on the DC charts in each of the following categories: Rock, Folk Rock, Acoustic Rock and Alternative in 2012 and 2013.

After taking a couple of hiatuses to focus on family matters, the band played its last show on April 19, 2014. Both Clark and Bizzell were in attendance; the final performance and the penultimate show were recorded and released on the multi-disk set, Fare Well and Good Mourning. Keith Center - lead vocals, 12-string acoustic guitar Benjamin Guy - cello, vocals Jeremy Rodgers - electric bass Gordon Shankman - drums Eric Sanford - percussion Focusing the Madness... A Lot More Colors in My World. There Are No Safe Words Pity in a Heartbeat The Twelve Days Project et bt pt Fare Well and Good Mourning Official Website Discography

Byers Lake (Alaska)

Byers Lake is a small lake in Denali State Park, within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, United States, 28 miles north of Talkeetna. The lake is named for a fisherman, brought there many times by bush pilot Don Sheldon in the 1950s, it is accessible from the George Parks Highway and has a developed campground, several public-use cabins and a small boat dock. The Alaska Veterans Memorial is on a hilltop adjacent to the lake. Gasoline-powered motors and floatplane landings are not permitted on the lake; the lake used to contain a sizable population of lake trout but due to overfishing in the time since the highway was built in 1972 the population has dwindled, landings of lake trout are now rare, although there are still burbot in the lake as well. Migrating salmon come into the lake but salmon fishing is not permitted. Campers are advised to keep a clean camp as the campground is visited by bears; the lake is home in summer months to trumpeter swans and common loons. Media related to Byers Lake at Wikimedia Commons

Edgar Church

Edgar Church, was a comics collector and artist who worked independently and for the telephone company in Colorado illustrating commercial telephone book advertisements, precursors to Yellow Pages advertisements. Church kept thousands of miscellaneous periodicals in his Colorado home to use as references for his art. From these magazines he would clip images; the collection of comic books that he amassed known as the "Edgar Church collection" or the "Mile High collection", is the most famous and valuable comic book collection known to surface in the history of comic book collecting. The collection consisted of between 18,000 and 22,000 comic books, most of them in high quality grades, was discovered and bought in 1977 by Chuck Rozanski of Mile High Comics. About 99% of it was sold by him to various collectors; the collection is famed for holding the highest quality copies of many Golden Age comic books, including the best known copy of Action Comics #1. Edgar Church had one child with each of his wives.

Church died in 1978 at age 89. A selection of Edgar Church's commercial art A history of the Edgar Church discovery from Mile High Comics Several Edgar Church copies listed amongst the 10 most valuable comic books in the world

Bison Motion Pictures

Bison Motion Pictures is an American film studio established in 1909 and disestablished in 1917. It partnered with Miller Brothers 101 Ranch to lease 20,000 acres to build a Western town set and an Indian village and make silent films with stars including Tom Mix, Buck Jones, Hoot Gibson and Will Rogers, it produced The Indian Massacre, by Thomas H. Ince. In 1912 it produced The Indian Raiders, Early Days in the West, Hunted Down, A Daughter of the Redskins, The Cowboy Guardians, The Tribal Law, An Indian Outcast. Fleming, E. J.. Wallace Reid: The Life and Death of a Hollywood Idol. McFarland Publishing. Pp. 242–244. ISBN 9780786477258. Bison Motion Pictures on IMDb

Du Xunhe

Du Xunhe, Courtesy name Yanzhi, Art name Jiuhua Shanren was a Chinese poet of the late Tang dynasty, with one of his poems being included in the anthology Three Hundred Tang Poems. Along with Nie Yizhong, Luo Yin, Pi Rixiu, he was one of the key figures of the late Tang realist movement of Chinese poetry. Du's poems were known for their realistic description of the outer world as well as social-political criticism, he dedicated his poems to the life of the suffering ones. Du himself argued that the aim of poetry should be "the deliverance from suffering". Du Xunhe's literary style was influenced by Yuan Zhen and Bai Juyi. Many of his poems were revelations and exposures of the life of the people in the lowest social stratum while others criticize social injustice imposed by the imperial court of Tang; this was consistent with his realist and humanist ideals. Xunhe tends to apply simple languages in his poems; as a result, his poems are more comprehensible. For example, the poem "Passing by Hucheng County again" embodies Du Xunhe's social-political concerns in plain words: Last year I passed by this county seat, when all its residents were moaning and grieving.

Now their magistrate is bestowed on a redder robe. Du Xunhe had one poem collected in Three Hundred Tang Poems, which poem was translated by Witter Bynner as "A Sigh in the Spring Palace". Du Xunhe was born in Shiqiu county of Chizhou. In his early years, he completed his education on Mount Jiuhua, he failed to pass them. In 890, after 15 years of hermetic life, he passed the exam and obtained the title of Jinshi. According to Song dynasty scholar Zhang Qixian's "Luoyang Jinshen Jiuwenji", Xunhe was valued as a literati by Zhu Wen, a Jiedushi of Tang dynasty. Du Xunhe, with the support of Zhu Wen, was hostile to the aristocrats in the imperial court. On the other hand, nobles who were offended by his behaviors plotted a failed assassination of him. Xunhe schemed to kill every noble in the court but died before carrying out his plan; the disaster of Baima, soon fulfilled his goal of eliminating aristocrats. He Guangyuan, an official of Shu during the five dynasties and ten kingdoms period had a different record of Xunhe in his work "Jianjielu", a book of anecdotes collected from previous dynasties.

According to He Guangyuan, Xunhe was alive during the reign of Zhu Wen after the fall of Tang dynasty. He's record would make Du Xunhe's date of death debatable inasmuch as He's time was not far from Du and he might be credible; the official Old History of the Five Dynasties compiled by Song dynasty government, does not support He's note on Du. Du had several contemporary friends such as Luo Yin, Fang Gan and Zhang Qiao. Song dynasty intellectual Ji Yougong and Yuan dynasty literari Xin Wenfang claimed that Xunhe was the son of Du Mu and that his mother was a concubine of Mu; such claim was adopted by Qing dynasty editors of Siku Quanshu. However, this claim was not verifiable since few historical record remained to provide a clear clue about Xunhe's parents. In 2005, one of his poem was cited by prime minister Wen Jiabao of China during a press conference. Du Xunhe poems Works by Du Xunhe at LibriVox Books of the Quan Tangshi that include collected poems of Du Xunhe at the Chinese Text Project: Book 691 Book 692 Book 693