On a recent afternoon, just after dismissal at Valley Charter Middle School in Van Nuys, a small group of students, along with half a dozen professional comedians, walked around a classroom. Whenever they encountered another person, the rules directed, they had to make eye contact and a noise, seemingly the weirder the better. The other person had to repeat the noise and then come up with a new noise. And so it went for several minutes. At a glance, it looked silly.
Singing original, improvised music in front of a small crowd would be intimidating for most people. But the dozen or so autistic teens and young adults in Spectrum Laboratory’s Monday afternoon music class, held in a rented room at Leo Baeck Temple, seem to relish their moment in the limelight. Garth Herberg, one of Spectrum Laboratory’s co-founders and the principal music teacher, helps the students by having them first create what he calls a jam board.
A Gospel Shabbat service at Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village on Jan. 5 called to mind the alliance once forged between Jewish Americans and African- Americans from the early 1900s through the civil rights movement. The service, which drew a full house and featured a band and choirs singing gospel music, was born out of the friendship between Beth Hillel’s Senior Rabbi Sarah Hronsky and Ward AME Church’s Rev. John Edward Cager.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".