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Local music has never sounded so good, thanks to a new collaboration between Anthology and KPRI (102.1).

Beginning Oct. 9 the 10 p.m. sets on Friday nights at Anthology will be dedicated to performances by San Diego's emerging local artists. But if you can't make it, KPRI will be broadcasting the shows live.

Anthology's co-owner Marsha Berkson sees this collaboration as a sign that local music is alive and thriving.

"Since Anthology opened two years ago, it has become THE place to play for local musicians," Berkson said. "This allows many great San Diego musicians to play in a world-class club in front of enthusiastic music fans. KPRI has the most eclectic playlist of any commercial radio station in town, and the local bands that play here are sure to reflect that diversity well."

It's truly a sound investment in the community by both parties, especially where sound is concerned, according to Anthology's homegrown Friday host, Cathryn Beeks.

"Anthology has the best sound system in San Diego, if not California, and as a result, these great local bands will sound great -- both in the club and on the radio."

Tickets are only $10 and for more information visit anthologysd.com.

Looking for success in the hospitality industry? On Oct. 13 and 14 at the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Del Mar, the conference, "Solutions for the Hospitality Industry in the Inhospitable Economy," takes place where several of the region's hotel and financial experts will present strategies and solutions for navigating and succeeding in the hospitality industry, in this current economy.

The panel will be providing economic forecasts for the hotel industry and will also give strategies for buying and selling distressed assets, managing distressed hotel assets and dealing with special servicers in this economic environment. The evening prior to the event, the speakers will host a cocktail reception free to attendees who prepay for the event.

Robert Rauch, president of R.A. Rauch & Associates Inc., assembled a panel of experts with more than 75 years of combined experience. The panel includes M. Guy Maisnik, P.C. of JMBM law firm, Steve Hanover, principal of Sequoia Capital Partners, and Rauch.

The conference cost is $30 per person and includes the evening cocktail reception, continental breakfast and all briefing materials. Call 858-720-9500 for more information.

A new athletic collaboration between FIT Athletic San Diego and Performance Gaines, is stretching the athletic performance training experience.

Through this new venture, it is anticipated that many of the country's top professional athletes will conduct their off-season training at FIT Athletic located in East Village, downtown. The trainers at FIT Athletic will be implementing the Performance Gaines program, a training system created by Travelle Gaines, a leader in athletic training.

Besides allowing pro athletes to improve their athletic prowess, Perfomance Gaines @ FIT Athletic will be available to aspiring amateur (college and high school) athletes who want to maximize their physical capabilities and ability to compete.

The end result is not only a benefit to existing FIT Athletic members, but will also create a sports institute where talent from surrounding high schools, universities and professionals can continue to improve upon their athletic abilities.

Other than the obvious athletic benefits to the participants, FIT Athletic President, Scott Lutwak sees community benefits as well.

"This is a win-win for San Diego at large. Many of the athletes participating in Performance Gaines @ Fit Athletic will be from out of town, so they will be spending money on hotels and apartments, grocery stores and restaurants, and other businesses as well," Lutwak said.

The San Pasqual Casino Development Group Inc. announced Bruce Howard has been appointed general manager of Valley View Casino. Howard previously served as general manager of Valley View Casino from 2003 to 2007, when he left to work as general manager of The M Resort in Las Vegas.

With 23 years of gaming industry experience, Howard most recently served as senior vice president and general manager of Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg in Vicksburg, Miss.

During his previous time at Valley View Casino Howard helped open a $114 million expansion and remodel of the casino culminating in April 2007. Looking forward, Howard will play an integral role in strengthening the position of Valley View Casino and in the opening of the casino's Four-Diamond luxury hotel that is currently under construction and scheduled to open in mid-2011.

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