Courtesy of The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Rep. Beto O’Rourke ’95 (D-Texas) is making a long-shot bid to defeat incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R.-Texas) to become the first Democrat since 1994 to win a statewide Texas office. The New York Times profiled O’Rourke’s campaign on February 19 in “The Lone Star Long Shot Who Wants to Topple Ted Cruz.”
Sam Reider ’11’s album, Too Hot To Sleep, was released on February 3. In this new work, the accordion player (and a Department of State ambassador of American music) uses jazz and bluegrass influences to create a unique sound.
On February 22, NBC announced that Brandon Victor Dixon ’07 and Jin Ha ’13 will be starring in a live-action television performance of Jesus Christ Superstar that is slated to air on Easter (April 1).
Jeff Witten ’10, LAW’15, BUS’15 appeared on Shark Tank to promote his digital wallet business, CoinOut. At the end of the February 18 episode, Witten accepted an offer for $250,000 from investor Robert Herjavec. Forbes covered the app in a February 18 article, “Cashing Out With ‘CoinOut’: Jeffrey Witten’s Digital Wallet Gives Value To Pocket Change.”