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From Iceland — Grapevine Events: Madonna Party Screening, Beat the Beet, and Hilary Baird

From Iceland — Grapevine Events: Madonna Party Screening, Beat the Beet, and Hilary Baird

Published August 18, 2022

Hilary Baird Piano Concert
August 21 at 14:00 – Harpa

Your Sunday night plans sorted out: Hilary Baird concert at Harpa. Hilary Baird is an American pianist, composer and piano teacher coming to play in Europe for the first time ever! If like us, you don’t miss an opportunity to listen to Chopin, Debussy, Beethoven, Schubert, Bach and Mendelssohn, check this event out. In addition, Hilary will play some of her own works. IZ

Madonna: Truth or Dare – Partyscreening!
August 19 at 21:00 – Bíó Paradís – 1.690 kr.

Calling all Madonna fans! This one’s for you. Bíó Paradís is screening a behind-the-scenes documentary about the iconic singer’s relationships with her crew, then-boyfriend Warren Beatty, and family and friends during her Blond Ambition tour in 1990. It’s everything you ever wanted to know about Madonna, including special tidbits about her personality and how she achieved stardom. If that wasn’t enough, come early for a 20:00 pre-show with Drag Queens Faye Knús and Queen Kora and music by DJ Andrea Jóns. AND there’s a prize for the best Madonna outfit. Now you basically have to go. EL

Beat the Beet
August 20 at 13:00 – Héðinsvöllur playground, Vesturbær

What could be better than combining food with art? In this Menningarnótt workshop, participants will use beet juice as a means of self expression to draw their inner demons and monsters. Then, with the help of the good ol’ Icelandic sun, they’ll make their tormentors disappear. Sounds cathartic—and delicious. EL

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Yoshinoya will stop screening foreigners out of recruiting events | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis


Yoshinoya Holdings Co. announced on May 9 that it will stop checking the nationalities of job applicants seeking to attend the company’s recruitment events in prescreening to remove them from the process.

The move comes in response to public backlash over its rejection of a university student from a company recruitment event for its subsidiary, the beef bowl restaurant chain Yoshinoya Co.

It rejected the student on the grounds that the person was a foreign national, despite failing to contact the individual to confirm the fact.

According to Yoshinoya Holdings, it had emailed multiple students to stop them from participating in the event. But the company said it has since emailed or phoned all of them and apologized.

It also informed them of future recruitment events the company will hold, and some of them said they want to attend these events, according to the company.

“We would like to prevent a recurrence of this incident,” a representative for Yoshinoya Holdings said.

When the incident first came to light, Yoshinoya Holdings cited previous cases where it had to cancel job offers for foreign nationals studying in Japan because they were unable to obtain work visas. It admitted it has been screening out applicants it assumed were foreign nationals from its recruitment events since 2021.

However, the company will warn foreign students at these events about the possibility they may be unable to obtain work visas after receiving a job offer, it said.

The latest flap comes in the wake of another scandal just weeks ago, when the company fired a managing director for making derogatory remarks about young women.