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How a Plano Company Gives a Lifeline to a Ukrainian War Movie

With Plano-based independent distributor Well Go USA looking to grow its portfolio of international war films, Sharpshooter: The White Crow seemed a natural choice.

Current events, however, have given new relevance and urgency to this obscure Ukrainian drama, which is unfolding during the build-up to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

That importance isn’t lost on executives at Well Go, which will release the film in select North American markets, including Fort Worth, this weekend. It will also be available through online streaming platforms.

“It’s the least we can do to support this film community and ensure that Ukrainian stories are heard at a time when they really can’t yet tell them on their own,” said Doris Pfardrescher, President and CEO of Well Go. “What is happening in Ukraine right now is extremely sad, and we are proud to highlight this story of courage and patriotism, along with everyone involved in making it happen.

Based on a true story, the gritty and evocative film follows a physics professor (Pavlo Aldoshyn) in the Donbass region who suffers a family tragedy at the hands of invading Russian troops. The ex-pacifist joins the military as an unconventional sniper bent on revenge and defending his country’s future.

It was created with the support of the Ukrainian State Film Agency, was co-written by Mykola Voronin – the real-life sniper whose story is featured – and features around 100 members of the armed forces and the Ukrainian national guard. Even outside of those careers, several of the major players are currently fighting on the front lines.

“Factual and historical elements can always increase a film’s appeal, but in this case it also gave us a sense of ease in releasing the film at this time, knowing that we were telling an important story about someone. ‘one who also fights to defend his country in real time,” Pfardrescher said. “For us, it was radically different to aim to entertain audiences with a made-up story that deliberately exploits the moment of an unfolding human tragedy. .”

Pfardrescher sees the white crow acquisition as another step in diversifying a niche portfolio that has helped the Texas-based company thrive in a crowded indie distribution landscape with competitors on both coasts.

“The rise of the digital age has played a huge role in achieving our success away from industry hotspots. There are so many things we can do now without being near that just weren’t possible 10 or 15 years ago,” she said. “We’re also very pleased to support the kind of stories that are rare or otherwise couldn’t be told.”

The film’s release in its home country has been delayed indefinitely by the ongoing military conflict. We will go, best known for its extensive library of new Asian action and repertoire titles, will instead introduce the film to the US market. Next come territories in Asia and Europe, which Pfardrescher hopes will help him find the audience he deserves.

“Any time there is a major humanitarian crisis, it can evoke that pervasive sense of helplessness,” she said, “because really how much can you do to make a concrete, measurable difference to the halfway around the world? But that’s part of the beauty and power of cinema, especially through independent filmmakers, and it’s firmly rooted in the heritage of cinema.


A mixed doubles snooker event will take place in Milton Keynes in September

Men’s World Champions Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Selby will take part in the inaugural BetVictor World Mixed Doubles (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Archive)

The World Snooker Tour has announced a new addition to its schedule with the introduction of a mixed doubles event.

The first BetVictor World Mixed Doubles tournament will take place in September.

Snooker is hoping to “show its inclusivity” in Milton Keynes, where the world’s top four men will each be paired by the top four women in a new event which will be shown live by ITV.

WST Chairman Steve Dawson said: “This is the first time a mixed doubles snooker event will be broadcast live on free-to-air television, so this is a very important moment for our sport.

“We are delighted to partner with ITV and BetVictor for this fantastic tournament.

“Snooker is a game for everyone, regardless of age, gender and nationality, and we have proven this with the expansion of our tour and the sport locally.

“There’s no reason the men and women can’t compete together and we’re delighted to have – for the first time – four women on our professional tour in the coming season.”

Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, Mark Selby and Neil Robertson will each be paired with Reanne Evans, Ng On Yee, Nutcharut Wongharuthai and Rebecca Kenna.

The team draw will take place in advance, with one man drawn to play alongside each woman and four pairs will compete in a round-robin format, followed by the final, on the weekend. -end from September 24 to 25.

Each round robin match will feature four frames, with all frames to be completed and teams will score a point for each frame, the WST said.

The two players from each team will make alternate visits to the table rather than alternate shots and the top two teams from the group stage will advance to the best-of-seven frame final.

Dawson added: “The BetVictor World Mixed Doubles will be an opportunity for all eight players to compete in pairs, creating a different dynamic to the usual individual formats.

“It will be fascinating to watch for both live audiences and viewers.”

It will be the first televised mixed doubles snooker event since 1991, when Steve Davis and Allison Fisher teamed up to win the title in Hamburg.

CircusTalk Launches Expanded Online Casting Tools for Circus and Performing Arts | New

CircusTalk, the online casting and career marketplace for circus and the performing arts, announces the launch of a new membership tier, Talent Seeker PRO, which helps talent seekers conduct detailed talent searches for circus, variety arts, dance and physical theater artists.

NEW YORK, June 292022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — CircusTalk, the online casting and career marketplace for circus and the performing arts, announces the launch of a new membership tier, Talent Seeker PRO, which helps talent seekers to carry out detailed talent searches for artists in the circus and variety arts, dance and physical theatre.

The new functionality allows talent scouts to perform detailed searches, allowing them to identify specialist or multidisciplinary artists via the search functionality by discipline. Talent seekers can also manage their preferred candidates on a dashboard that provides several workflow organization tools, such as custom search sets, tags, and lists.

Last year, CircusTalk conducted a qualitative research project designed to explore the casting process from the perspective of talent scouts and learn more about their methodology, tools and resources. The research concluded that although the circus is undeniably a distinct art form, it is not always recognized as such and has yet to be fully integrated into the broader performing arts sector. Barriers to its inclusion include the specialized technical acumen of the circus, higher production costs and high safety standards compared to other forms of art and entertainment. As of 2021, the circus casting field is still primarily built on personal networks, proprietary databases, and referrals, and lacks formal casting dispatch practice. These processes perpetuate exclusivity within the industry, rather than supporting the creation of a level playing field for circus artists and creators.

Casting for TV, Film and Theater has been integrating independent online casting databases into the hiring process for more than two decades to broaden the selection and screening process and make it more efficient and inclusive. “It was time for non-verbal performative artists to have the visibility and accessibility that an online casting platform can provide,” says the co-founder of CircusTalk, Andrea Honis. This idea of ​​boosting visibility has long been a principle behind the work and mission of CircusTalk. Since its launch in 2017, its talent database, accessible via CircusTalk.com, has grown exponentially; today it features more than 27,000 performers from 193 countries.

“I’m excited to launch this feature and proud to be able to fill a gap in the market. Our independent database of international talent is designed to serve freelance casting directors, casting specialists within companies and organizations, and anyone looking to hire talent but doesn’t have the luxury of a private database. I’m confident that the accessibility this bespoke casting tool provides will also support more diverse and equitable casting practices. », declares Stacy ClarkCEO.

The demand for multidisciplinary talent is growing in the performing arts, theatre, film and television. While CircusTalk’s research highlighted that circus has enormous potential and momentum for growth within the performing arts, it also highlighted that the industry has work to do to better integrate circus. and variety arts in the performing arts business. arts.

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Andrea HonisCOO Founder, CircusTalk, 1 9172706208, [email protected]

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Siddharth Roy Kapur’s production house announces eight new shows

Film producer Siddharth Roy Kapur, under his production house Roy Kapur Films (RKF), has announced an impressive new slate of series in development and production for 2022-2023. From historical epics to powerful family dramas, this compelling roster of series will be nurtured and created by an exciting mix of new talent and established filmmakers.

Speaking about the announcement, Jinesh Shah, Head, RKF Originals said, “With these eight phenomenal series, we are ready to bring audiences an assortment of gripping stories. We look forward to training our lenses on different worlds with these talented filmmakers and delving into the psyches of intriguing, layered and compelling characters.

‘Shershaah’ director Vishnuvardhan is set to make his series directorial debut with an epic, multi-season action drama that will tell the compelling story of an integral part of the military history of the United States. India in the Twentieth Century.

Mahesh Narayanan, one of Malayalam cinema’s brightest young directors who had a landmark year with India’s first screen-life film ‘CU Soon’ and groundbreaking political thriller ‘Malik’, will helm a multi-thriller film from spy season set in the Middle East and South Asia.

Hardik Mehta, the national award-winning director of acclaimed satire “Kaamyaab” and Netflix show “Decoupled”, will headline a thrilling family drama series set across Europe, l Africa and India in the rarefied and exclusive world of warring business families.

Abbas Tyrewala, screenwriter of ‘Maqbool’ and ‘Main Hoon Na’, whose debut film ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’ is a youth cult classic, will write and star in a suave and stylish spy action-drama series , set in the cloak and dagger world of South Asian counterintelligence.

‘Matka King’, which was announced last year, will be created by acclaimed ‘Sairat’ director Nagraj Manjule, and is based on the fascinating world of gambling ‘matka’ and the dangerous and brilliant men who play it. have led.

Arati Kadav, one of the winners of the 2022 BAFTA Breakthrough Awards whose debut feature ‘Cargo’ became cult in the Indian ‘lo-fi’ sci-fi space, is creating a series that will be a fresh and quirky take on romance in the science fiction genre.

One of RKF’s efforts has been to empower new voices by giving them a platform to showcase their new approach to storytelling, and that continues with the launch of two rookie directors.

Bhavesh Kapadia, popular commercial filmmaker and mastermind behind some famous Nerolac and Crompton commercials, will make his directorial debut with a series of wild and entertaining female-led comedy thrillers.

Anubhav Chopra, best known for his Netflix documentary “House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths,” will write and direct a young adult drama series, set in the pressure cooker environment of a modern high school.

On the other hand, there are feature films lined up from the production house for release – ‘Pippa’, ‘Woh Ladki Hai Kahaan?’ and ‘Bas Karo Aunty!’, as well as the highly anticipated season 2 of the web series ‘Rocket Boys’.

Barcelona debt, Everton FFP and Neymar future: Why June 30 is so important

What are you doing on June 30?

It’s pretty much slap bang in the middle of summer, so maybe it’s an impromptu barbecue in the park? Retreat to a beer garden safely knowing that Thursday is the new Friday? Buy the kids a tub of ice cream so everyone can cope with the unbearable heat?

These are all options if you are not involved in football. If you’re involved in football, chances are you’ll be running around screaming, trying to get things done, because this year June 30 seems to be the date around which the next season pivots.

It is a date that could have a significant impact on the short and medium term future of Barcelona, ​​Manchester United, Atletico Madrid and half of the other Spanish teams, Paris Saint-Germain and Neymar, from Everton and a large number of EFL clubs. So not much then.

Let’s start with Barcelona. Their financial mess has been well documented, with Joan Laporta and the rest of the board trying to find increasingly creative ways to keep the club operating under the crushing weight of their €1.3 billion debt.

June 30 is so important because that day represents the end of their financial year, the outcome of which will determine the salary cap La Liga will impose on them when they make their own calculations, due on July 31.

So Barcelona need the money, and fast. That could come in a variety of creative ways, including the “financial levers” Laporta asked club members to pull earlier this month. This would either involve selling around half of Barca Licensing and Merchandising, the company that controls much of their business operations, or selling a maximum of 25% of their future TV revenue.

For a layman, even knowing he needs cash fast, selling long-term income for a short-term cash injection seems risky at best. “There are payday loan elements in all of this,” says Kieran Maguire, football finance expert and host of the Price Of Football podcast. “It’s a short-term solution with a long financial tail.”

As of this writing, no such sale has been confirmed but Laporta and the Barcelona board will do their utmost to deliver something before the clock strikes midnight on the 30th.

Again, for a layman, a much more sensible option would be to simply cut spending by selling some players, and then more importantly not bringing in other, potentially even more expensive, players. That’s why their pursuit of Robert Lewandowski seems so strange, but it’s Barcelona: they must always feel competitive, always glamorous, always able to attract the best stars, even if they barely have two pesetas to spare. to rub.

And in all honesty, they do too, as anyone who follows Frenkie de Jong’s torturous saga will attest. The current mood music seems to be that Barca and Manchester United have largely agreed a fee of £56m plus add-ons, but Barcelona’s need to raise funds by the 30th June weighs on everything.

Barcelona aren’t the only Spanish club approaching financial D-Day. Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil said this week that his club must raise €40m by June 30 or they will also incur a loss during the year. If that happens, La Liga rules mean they could only spend one euro for every three they raise.

Valencia must also sell, with Carlos Soler and Goncalo Guedes the likeliest departures. Sevilla have already sold Diego Carlos to Aston Villa which has at least given them enough leeway that they don’t have to ship Jules Kounde for less than he’s worth. Espanyol could be content to find €25m, and Celta, Alaves, Real Sociedad and Real Betis are among the other clubs holding a garage sale to meet the La Liga deadline.

There is a similar, although somewhat less dramatic, situation in England. As in Spain, June represents the end of the financial year for several clubs, and the Premier League team for which there seems to be the most stakes is Everton.

“Premier League club finances overall, from a financial fair play perspective, look quite healthy,” Maguire said. “But Everton are the club closest to the FFP limits.”

The short and simple version is that it would be extremely helpful if they could sell someone by June 30. The full picture is much more nuanced than that, as Patrick Boyland and Greg O’Keeffe explain here, but since June 30 it’s also been the end of the four-year FFP cycle (extended from the usual three to account for COVID-19 seasons), this is their last chance to add incoming funds to their 2021-22 profit and loss calculations.

The easiest way to do this is to bring in a big fee for a big player, echoing what Crystal Palace did a few years ago. “Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sold to Manchester United on June 30, 2019,” Maguire explains. “Palace had lost around £40m that year, but by selling Wan-Bissaka on June 30 and not July 1, the £40m loss turned into a £5m profit.”

So who will go? Dominic Calvert-Lewin would be an attractive candidate, mainly because he was bought for £1.5million in 2016, so his sale would represent ‘pure profit’, whereas the situation for a player who costs more is a little more complex.

To use a hypothetical example, let’s say Everton bought a player in 2018 for £25m on a five-year deal. For financial reporting purposes. these costs would be amortized over his deal, meaning his “book value” decreases by £5m every year. The book value of this player, who has been there for four years, is now said to be around £5m. If they sold him for £15m, then they could ‘book’ a profit of £10m. But if they sold Calvert-Lewin for £50m, almost all of that would fit into their calculations.

However, an injury-plagued season means there is a limited market for him. Elsewhere, Juventus have Moise Kean on a two-year loan with an obligation to buy in 2023, so why would they bring this forward just to suit Everton’s accounts? Tottenham are keen on Anthony Gordon, but it would be a big gamble – in many ways – to sell a homegrown youngster who, even with a new contract on the horizon, would not be among their highest earners.

All paths point to Richarlison, then. Tottenham and Chelsea are interested, but the problem is that everyone now knows Everton have to sell, so they don’t mind offering the best price. The feeling is that the most likely outcome will be the Brazilian’s departure, whoever can pay in time, but that’s far from certain.

If Everton don’t make this sale, the walls won’t exactly come down, but they won’t be able to make any meaningful signings this summer and will have to, like last year, rely on free transfers, loans, loans with options of purchase. , loans with purchase obligation and any other creative option that comes to mind.

And then there is Neymar. The man who remains the most expensive player in football history has felt increasingly irrelevant over the past year: he is, at best, his club’s third most important player, behind Lionel Messi and the world’s first striker/sportsman. director, Kylian Mbappé.

The next few days represent the last hope for PSG to move on to Neymar (Photo: John Berry/Getty Images)

Nevertheless, the contract he signed in the spring of 2021 – billed at the time as a three-year extension committing him to PSG until 2025 – was actually a five-year extension. An additional year to the deal was triggered in early July 2021, and another year will come into effect in early July 2022, meaning his deal will now run until 2027.

Unless he leaves before this extension is triggered. Which would force someone else to take his salary and ideally give PSG some sort of transfer fee. The suggestion is that they would like him to find another club, but unsurprisingly there is no colossal queue to sign a 30-year-old who is on colossal wages, missed 18 games in the season last with various ailments and wasn’t exactly a world beater when he was fit to play.

Sources told Athleticism that Neymar would like to return to Barcelona, ​​but even if they manage to emerge from under their financial rubble, they have other priorities. There has been speculation in the French media about Newcastle United, Chelsea or Manchester United as potential destinations, but Neymar has been pretty clear that he doesn’t want to play in England.

“I expected all the players to do more than last season,” PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said last week, in theory speaking of the whole team, but you don’t have to squint. too many eyes to read between the lines. “A lot more. The message is clear: work every day at 200%. Those who want to stay in their comfort zone will stay away.

Basically, if you think he’s now non-transferable, extending his contract would make him absolutely, totally non-transferable, a contract that will last until he’s 35. These few days therefore represent the last hope, for a few years at least, of moving from all the experience. Otherwise, he will stay at PSG and everyone will have to do their best.

All of these extraordinary events are on top of the usual frenzy of expiring contracts, which is a financial consideration for these clubs as many players receive bonuses at the end of their contracts. A Football League player, for example, is thought to owe £27,000 when he leaves a club who, let’s put it simply, could do without paying £27,000 to a player heading for the door.

Finally, after all that, real football. Thursday will see England’s final friendly ahead of Euro 2022 against Switzerland in Zurich, their final tune-up ahead of the tournament opener against Austria next Wednesday.

It’s the last chance for Sarina Wiegman to ponder the answers to the remaining questions about her team. Who will play in front? Is there room for Fran Kirby? And Ella Toone? Who will start at left-back? Does the 5-1 win over the Netherlands put undue pressure on a team already under pressure?

If nothing else, watching this might be a good way for anyone trying to figure out all the financial chicanery to clear their brains a bit. That, or the ice cream thing.

(Additional reporting: Patrick Boyland, Adam Crafton and Dermot Corrigan)

(Top photos: Getty Images; Design: Sam Richardson)

Review: A Deep Dive into Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

Leonard Cohen was at the height of his career when he finally finished “Hallelujah.” Well, the first version of “Hallelujah” – there would be many, many versions when all was said and done. He had worked on the lyrics for seven years. Yet when he submitted the album “Various Positions” to his longtime record label Columbia Records in 1984, company president Walter Yetnikoff decided not to release it in the United States. What would become Cohen’s seminal anthem was dead on arrival.

But in the new documentary “Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Songin theaters Friday, directors Dayna Goldfine and Dan Gellar examine how despite the odds, the song managed to come to life thanks, in varying degrees, to Bob Dylan, John Cale, Jeff Buckley and Shrek. Yes, Shrek. Today, four decades after its initial recording, it’s downright ubiquitous, a regular feature of movies, TV shows and singing competitions around the world.

It’s an interesting film that starts at the end – his last performance in 2013, singing “Hallelujah”, of course – and goes back to the start of his songwriting career to trace how he got there. It feels, in some ways, like two different movies: the first part is a standard biographical documentary that then focuses on the resurrection of “Hallelujah” outside of Cohen, before finally returning to Cohen and his triumphant final tour. As the title suggests, it’s a journey and a long journey.

The filmmakers are in love with their eloquent subjects, from Judy Collins and composer/arranger John Lissauer to a childhood friend and her rabbi Mordechi Finley. One of the main voices is journalist and author Larry “Ratso” Sloman who has interviewed Cohen many times over 30 years and whose recordings of those interviews are used to let Cohen speak for himself. The stock footage is also quite extraordinary and elegantly paired with Cohen’s music.

Much of the film is dedicated to chronicling Cohen’s own spiritual journey and evolving relationship with his Jewish faith, from his poetry to his final years at a Zen center atop Mount Baldy. Singer Regina Spektor marveled at her kindness during her performance at Coachella in 2009, saying it was like Cohen was teaching the audience how to be good.

And yet, despite all the talk and praise for his research, it’s a film that seems utterly oblivious to the fact that he’s the father of two. We see pictures of them as babies with their mother during a casual mention that her family was separating. A reporter mentions the children later, but only in the context of clarifying that their mother Suzanne Elrod was not in fact the woman he was singing about in Suzanne.

There could be many reasons for this, including perhaps honoring the wishes of her adult children or wanting to focus on work. But the absence of any acknowledgment renders this attempt at a deep and holistic portrait of Cohen incomplete at best. There’s more time spent explaining the aesthetic of “Shrek” than his relationship with his children.

Or maybe they just weren’t really part of the path to “Hallelujah,” despite her daughter having a child with Rufus Wainwright, who is responsible for one of the song’s most famous covers, featured on the smash hit “Shrek”. soundtrack.

Much of the credit for the song’s extended lifespan goes to “Shrek”. Even though movie soundtracks have dwindled somewhat in cultural currency, it’s hard to underestimate the power of hearing a great song for the first time in a movie.

Interestingly, however, it was John Cale’s cover that became the most influential. He stripped down the arrangement, sat down on the piano, intoned the lyrics, and turned “Hallelujah” into a melodic anthem. Jeff Buckley even said that although Cohen wrote the song, it was Cale’s version that he covered. Nobody, it seems, from Brandi Carlile to Bono to Eric Church, sings Cohen’s version.

In an interview, after “Hallelujah” reached No. 1 (The X Factor contestant Alexandra Burke), No. 2 (Jeff Buckley) and No. 36 (Cohen) in the UK in 2008, Cohen said he thought “people should stop singing it for a little while. Sloman thinks he was joking, but that doesn’t even matter at this point. The song got bigger than Cohen and seems destined to live in the culture for years to come.

“Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song,” a Sony Pictures Classics theatrical release Friday, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association for “brief strong language and sexual material.” Duration: 115 minutes. Two and a half out of four stars.


MPA Definition of PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some content may be inappropriate for children under 13.


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Where is the next Women’s World Cup? 2023 Tournament Dates, Venue, Locations

It may be a summer for the Women’s Euro, but there is a Women’s World Cup on the horizon.

The pandemic has disrupted the international football schedule, meaning UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 has been delayed for a year and will take place in England in July.

This means Europe’s big teams will have a year to prepare for the next World Cup, where the United States will all be ready to defend their crown.

Here are the important details about the hosts of the next event.

Where is the next Women’s World Cup?

The next Women’s World Cup will take place in Australia and New Zealand. This is the first ever co-hosted tournament in women’s football.

The host nations were confirmed on Thursday June 25, 2020.

Where will the 2023 Women’s World Cup matches take place?

The host cities and stadiums are:

Venue Location Ability
Hindmarsh Stadium Adelaide 16,500 (expanding to 22,000)
Eden Park Auckland 50,000
Suncorp Stadium Brisbane 52,500
Forsyth Barr Stadium Dunedin 30,748
Waikato Stadium hamilton 25,800
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium melbourne 30,050
Perth Rectangular Stadium Perth 22,500
Australia Stadium sydney 83,500
Sydney Football Stadium sydney 45,000
Wellington Stadium Wellington 34,500

Where will the 2023 Women’s World Cup final take place?

The 2023 Women’s World Cup final will take place at Stadium Australia in Sydney.

When does the 2023 Women’s World Cup start?

The first game will take place on July 20, 2023, with the final on August 20, 2023.

Who will play?

The draw has yet to be made, but we already know that New Zealand will be in Group A, with Australia in Group B. There will be 32 teams in the tournament – the biggest Cup in the feminine world to this day.

Tickets Available for Summer County Children’s Theater Productions | Entertainment

The Williamson County Department of Parks and Recreation (WCPR) and the Williamson County Performing Arts Center (WCPAC) at Academy Park have opened ticket sales for WCPR Children’s Theater productions for the summer 2022.

Straight to the Stars Youth Theater is WCPR’s theater company that produces straight-up (non-musical) plays featuring high school students. The summer production of 2022 will be “Anne of Green Gables”.

Adapted by Joseph Robinette from LM Montgomery’s beloved novel of the same name, “Anne of Green Gables” follows the story of feisty orphan Anne Shirley.

Adopted from an orphanage in Nova Scotia by Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, Anne’s acclimatization to life in Avonlea isn’t exactly easy. The Cuthbert siblings wanted a quiet boy to help them on their farm, but instead they get Anne, a redhead, freckled, and free-spirited who turns their lives upside down with her eccentric behavior. Anne navigates school, friendship and life in Avonlea in this charming coming-of-age tale.

The play is produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. Performances will take place on July 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. both evenings. Tickets are $10 until July 6 and $12 starting July 7 for all ages. Children 3 and under can sit on an adult’s lap without a ticket.

Rising Stars is WCPR’s theater group for young performers in grades one through eight. The Rising Stars summer production for 2022 will be “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR”.

Based on the popular Broadway production and Oscar-winning film, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR”. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. It features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, plus new songs by Menken and Tim Rice.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is actually a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into himself. But time is running out. If the Beast doesn’t learn his lesson soon, he and his family will be doomed for eternity.

This production will feature fun interactive elements so the audience can be part of the show. The play is presented under special arrangement and all licensed materials are provided by Music Theater International in New York. More information is available at www.mtishows.com.

The performances will take place on July 29 at 7 p.m. and July 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 until July 17 and $12 starting July 18 for all ages. Children 3 and under can sit on an adult’s lap without a ticket.

Tickets for all upcoming events are on sale now and can be purchased at www.wcpactn.com.

Amcomri Entertainment realizes its growth strategy

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Amcomri Entertainment Inc. (“Amcomri” or the “Company”) (NEO: AMEN) (Frankfurt: 25) (OTC: AMNNF), a producer and distributor global independent film, TV series and documentary company, today provided a company update following its second quarter as a publicly traded company.

During the second quarter of 2022, Amcomri participated in the largest film market in the world, the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes; acquired the assets of Flame Media, a television production and distribution company; strengthened its Board of Directors with the appointment of seasoned HR professional, Michelle Sangster; and listed on the OTC stock exchange in the United States under the symbol AMNNF.

Bringing its largest selection of in-house productions and library catalog to the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes to date proved to be the highlight of the quarter. During two weeks at the world famous film festival and market, the company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, achieved the following milestones:

  • 101 Films International has secured worldwide distribution rights to Left Behind: The Rise of the Antichrist.
  • Amcomri Productions, 101 Films International and Hollywood Classics showcased their extensive catalogs, highlighted by titles such as Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist, The Gates, A Home for the Holidays, Christmas at the Holly Day Inn and Dark Asset.
  • Amcomri Productions has entered into a multi-picture production deal with Studio Atlantic, becoming an official funding partner for the Irish-based production company‘s upcoming slate of releases. 101 Films International has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the slate.
  • Amcomri Productions and 101 Films International, alongside Head Gear Films, have announced the production of Diabolical, the latest film from Daniel J Phillips and the first feature in a three-picture slate with SunJive Studios, Monster Pictures and Pictures in Paradise. I evils financed by Amcomri Productions and Sunjive Studios with worldwide distribution handled by 101 Films International.
  • 101 Films has secured the pre-purchase acquisition of Blood for Dust (2022) starring Kit Harrington, which begins filming in August 2022, with a UK release in 2023/24. The deal was made between 101 Films and Highland. 101 Films also completed the post-production acquisition of fear the night (2022) with Maggie Q, which will be released in the UK in the first quarter of 2023.

“We went to Cannes brimming with excitement thanks to our most expansive new release slate yet and extensive film libraries,” said Robert Price, CEO of Amcomri. “Partner response has been exceptionally strong and validates our growth strategy.”

Another key achievement in the second quarter was the acquisition of the assets of Flame Media, a global distributor of factual and documentary television content based in the United Kingdom and Australia, for total consideration of approximately C$3.0 million. . This latest deal has grown Amcomri’s TV content library to more than 4,500 hours of TV programming.

“Our rapid start as a public company continued into the second quarter, demonstrating the progress we are making in all areas of the business,” added Mr. Price. “We had remarkable success at Cannes, acquired outstanding television content and libraries, and strengthened our board of directors. What a great start for our organization. I congratulate all members of the Amcomri team for their efforts in achieving these achievements. »

About Amcomri Entertainment Inc.
Amcomri Entertainment Inc. (NEO: AMEN) (Frankfurt: 25) (OTC: AMNNF) provides global distribution capabilities to independent producers of films, documentaries and television series as well as its own in-house productions. With decades of experience across all key media platforms, Amcomri is quickly becoming the go-to team for independent producers seeking the widest possible audience for their productions. The Amcomri Entertainment Inc. group of companies includes 101 Films, 101 Films International, Hollywood Classics International, Amcomri Productions, Appreciated Media Global, Amcomri Productions and Abacus Media Rights.

For more information about Amcomri, see its disclosure documents on SEDAR at www.sedar.com or visit the company’s website at www.amcomrientertainmentinc.com.

Contact information

larry howard
Amcomri, CFO
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +353-87-686-8255

Pierre Boucher
MBC Capital Markets Advisors, Chairman
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 514-731-0000

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking statements” and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws (collectively, “forward-looking statements”), including statements regarding the Company’s plans, intentions, beliefs and current expectations with respect to future business activities and operating performance. Forward-looking statements are often identified by the words “may”, “would”, “could”, “should”, “will”, “intend”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, ” esteem”, “expect” or similar expressions. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not based on historical fact but rather reflect the Company’s expectations, estimates or projections regarding future results or events based on management’s beliefs, assumptions and estimates believed to be reasonable at the date on which the declarations are made. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements involve risks and uncertainties, and undue reliance should not be placed on them, as unknown or unforeseeable factors could have material adverse effects on future results, performance or achievements. the company. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may differ materially from those described herein as anticipated, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Although the Company has attempted to identify important risks, uncertainties and factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be others that cause results not to be those anticipated, estimated or expected and these changes could be material. The Company does not intend and undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as otherwise required by applicable law. Investors are cautioned that trading in the Company’s securities should be considered highly speculative. For a more detailed discussion of these risks and uncertainties, please see the section titled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Information Form dated March 28, 2022 and available under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar .com.

Canada Drives secures C$40 million in funding round from goeasy

Investment will propel Canada Drives’ continued expansion across the country

VANCOUVER (British Columbia), June 27, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Canada Drives (“the Company”), Canada’s largest 100% online car shopping and home delivery platform, announced the closing of a C$40M equity financing from Canadian company goeasy Ltd. (“goeasy”), one of the leading non – leading consumer lenders. With the Company operating in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and most recently in Saskatchewanthe funding will be used to expand into new provincial markets, increase available inventory and enhance its digital platform.

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As part of this investment, Canada Drives and goeasy will partner to further integrate car financing into the online car shopping experience. This initiative supports Canada Drives’ mission to be the easiest place to buy or sell a car in Canada and to make car shopping fair, transparent and accessible to all Canadians.

“The goeasy-led investment further positions Canada Drives as the industry leader in the Canadian automotive e-commerce market. The new capital, along with the strategic partnership, will allow us to grow our available inventory, improve our market-leading service and continue to expand across the country,” said Cody Green, co-CEO of Canada Drives. “Our customers will always be our top priority, and our growth is focused on how we can better serve Canadians from coast to coast.”

The funding round follows the company’s expansion into Saskatchewan and the launch of the fully automated system.”sell my carin May 2022. With the new capital, Canada Drives will also aim to double the number of Certified Pre-Owned vehicles available in existing markets and the team to support its ambitious growth plans.

“Canada Drives has established itself as the market leader in online car retail, sharing our common vision of a seamless customer experience,” said Jason Mullins, President and CEO of goeasy. “Since launching their online car retail platform in late 2020, thousands of Canadians have chosen Canada Drives to purchase their next vehicle. We look forward to helping finance their consumers’ automotive purchases and are proud to invest in the company as they aim to develop an industry-leading online car buying experience, all from the comfort of your own home.”

Canada Drives is now available to over 25 million Canadians and has seen significant sales growth, with a 580% increase in the past year, following a 100 million Canadian dollars fundraising completed in early 2021.

For more information, visit canadadrives.ca.

About goeasy
goeasy Ltd., a Canadian company headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, provides non-preferred leasing and lending services through its easyhome, easyfinancial and LendCare brands. Supported by more than 2,300 employees, the Company offers a wide variety of financial products and services, including unsecured and secured installment loans. Customers can transact seamlessly through an omnichannel model that includes an online and mobile platform, more than 400 locations across Canada, and point-of-sale financing offered across retail, food and beverage verticals. motorsports, automotive, home improvement and healthcare through more than 4,000 dealers across Canada. Throughout the company’s history, it has organically acquired and served more than 1.1 million Canadians and originated more than $8.2 billion in loans, with one in three easyfinancial customers getting a prime credit and 60% increase in credit rating within 12 months of borrowing.

Accredited by the Better Business Bureau, goeasy is the proud recipient of several awards, including Waterstone Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Glassdoor Top CEO Award, Achievers Top 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in North America, Greater Toronto Top Employers Award, the Digital Finance Institute’s Canada’s Top 50 FinTech companies, ranking on the TSX30 and ranking in the Report on Business ranking of Canada’s best growing companies, honored by The Globe and Mail’s Lead Here Female Executives Gender Diversity Benchmark and has been certified Great Place to Work®. The company is represented by a diverse group of team members from over 75 nationalities who strongly believe in giving back to the communities in which it operates. To date, goeasy has raised and donated over $4.38 million to support its longstanding partnerships with BGC Canada, Habitat for Humanity and many other local charities.

goeasy ltd. the Common Shares are listed on the TSX under the symbol “GSY”. goeasy is rated BB- stable trend by S&P and Ba3 stable trend by Moody’s. Visit www.goeasy.com.

About Canada Drives
Canada Drives is the largest 100% online car buying and home delivery platform available in Canada. Customers can purchase Certified Pre-Owned vehicles, pay in full or finance, sign all paperwork, and have their vehicle delivered to their doorstep as quickly as the same day. Through Canada Drives, buying a vehicle online saves Canadians time and money and reduces the stress and pressure often associated with buying a car. Canadians can also sell their vehicle to Canada Drives for a fair price and have the vehicle picked up the next day. Canada Drives made buying, selling or trading a vehicle with confidence, convenience and ease.

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10 Wrestlers Who Got Caught After Leaving WWE

Having to quit a dream job at one of the biggest companies in the world has to be one of the toughest times in a professional wrestler’s life. Likewise, many past superstars have had to leave the promotion either of their own accord to pursue other ambitions or by getting released from their contracts.

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The wrestlers we talk about on this list are gone WWE at different time intervals and took different trips, but the most common thing they did was be in the best shape of their lives. With that said, let’s take a look at 10 wrestlers who got caught after leaving WWE.

ten JTG

The WWE Universe remembers JTG for his time on the Cryme Tyme tag team alongside the late Shad Gaspard between 2006 and 2010. Cryme Tyme was one of the most entertaining tag teams ever. WWE history, but unfortunately they couldn’t get their hands on it. on championships.

After JTG and Gaspard split in April 2010, JTG moved into singles competition, which didn’t go over very well for him. He found himself out of the business in 2014 and returned to the independent circuit, where he continues to perform to this day. But before rejuvenating his in-ring career in the Indies, he continued to put himself in the best shape of his career and shared the incredible results on social media, and received tons of appreciation from fans.

9 Carlito

Carlito was one of the most hated heels in his early days in WWE, and he made a big impact debut by defeating John Cena to win the United States Championship.

He went on to achieve decent success in WWE winning the Intercontinental and Tag Team Championships throughout his WWE career. WWE released him from his contract in 2010 after he violated the company’s wellness policy. Following the exit, he returned to the independent circuit and remained on the sidelines.

But when he made a surprise appearance at the 2021 men’s Royal Rumble match, fans were surprised to see the phenomenal form he was in. He looked better than ever and caught the attention of the WWE Universe, but he didn’t sign a contract with the company and returned straight to India.


8 Vladimir Kozlov

Vladimir Kozlov made his WWE debut in April 2008 and the company booked him from the start as an unstoppable monster heel. He quickly started programs with main event stars like Triple H and Jeff Hardy and even beat The Undertaker cleanly in a one-on-one match.

But his momentum soured at the end of his WWE stint, and he was relegated to a comedic act by teaming up with Santino Marella. He found himself out of the company in 2011 and returned to the Inoki Genome Federation, then retired from in-ring competition in 2012.

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He stayed away from all the hype but made sure he was in the best physical shape of his life, and the results he shared on social media blew fans away.

seven Major Breakage

Big Cass’ exit from WWE was uneventful after he was released by the company due to behavioral issues including being intoxicated in public and disobeying direct orders from Vince McMahon.

WWE released him from his contract in June 2018 and Cass himself has revealed that his struggle with depression, anxiety and alcohol addiction were major factors in his release.

He slacked off after the exit and looked worse in his matches on the independent circuit. However, he picked himself up and trained hard to be ripped and in the best shape of his life.

6 Adam Rose

Adam Rose was that superstar that fans never followed despite the company’s efforts to build him into the midcard. He had a unique character and an equally unique entourage in his Rosebuds.

Some of his Rosebuds became WWE main event stars, but Adam Rose never found any real momentum because his character was watered down so quickly.

He left WWE after the company suspended him following actual allegations of domestic violence. He returned to the independent circuit and reinvented himself by undergoing an incredible physical transformation that earned him tons of praise from fans.

5 Jinder Mahal

Jinder Mahal’s first run with WWE did him a disservice as he remained in the lower tier of the midcard and then had to be part of the disappointing 3MB faction alongside Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater.

He was let go by WWE in June 2014, and he went to India, where he reinvented himself by going into a more muscular physique, which led to him making a return to WWE.

His second run proved to be extremely successful as he won the WWE Championship to everyone’s surprise and held it for 170 days.

4 Pac

Current AEW star Pac is well known in the WWE Universe as Neville, a former Cruiserweight and NXT Champion. Pac’s final days with WWE saw him leave the company due to frustrations with his creative direction in 2018.

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Pac had a decent physique during the final days of his WWE run, but once he left the company he found himself in the best shape possible and got ripped. This opened the doors for him to debut for All Elite Wrestling, where he continues to perform to this day.

3 Drew McIntyre

Drew McIntyre’s first run with WWE had its fair share of ups and downs as he rose from Vince McMahon’s chosen one to being part of the 3MB comedy faction.

WWE released him from his contract in 2014, but he didn’t let the setback hurt him as he reinvented himself in the independent circuit and Impact Wrestling, and in the process he was in top shape. of her career.

His excellent run in Impact Wrestling opened the doors for his return to WWE, and he made sure he didn’t fall on the cards like last time. Drew took advantage of his opportunity by becoming a two-time WWE Champion.

2 Edge

Rated R Superstar Edge’s in-ring career came to an abrupt end after he had to announce his retirement after suffering multiple neck injuries. WWE inducted him into the Hall of Fame in 2012, and fans thought they’d seen Edge’s last as an in-ring performer.

However, Edge began making changes to his physique just in time for his return to the ring at Royal Rumble 2020, and when he finally made his entrance to the event, fans were overwhelmed to see him in action again and again. also at the sight of his new and improved physique.

1 The rock

The Rock’s first run with WWE ended in 2004 when The People’s Champion left the company to pursue his Hollywood ambitions. Throughout his first run in WWE, The Rock had a decent physique, but that’s nothing compared to the shape he’s in today.

After his release from WWE, The Rock slowly began making physical transformations, which turned out to be massive as he ended up looking like he ate his previous version for supper.

His new and updated physique helped him get back in the ring between 2011 and 2013 and also made him look spectacular in his films.

Miss Lexington Lauren Dickson wins

Miss Lexington Lauren Dickson was crowned Miss Tennessee 2022 Saturday night at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis.

Dickson graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin and is pursuing an MBA at Union University.

She is now aiming for the Miss America pageant as she tries to win the Voluntary State title for the first time since 1987, when Kellye Cash-Sheppard won.

Miss Lexington Lauren Dickson is crowned Miss Tennessee 2022 on Saturday, June 25 at the Cannon Center in downtown Memphis.  She is crowned by Miss Tennessee 2021 Tally Bevis.

At the start of Saturday’s program, the 36 Miss Tennessee contestants were narrowed down to 12. In addition to Dickson, the finalists were:

  • Miss Music Row Samantha Hennings
  • Miss Roane County Tannah Kirkland
  • Miss Sullivan Eliza Sanders County
  • Miss Nashville Savannah Maddison
  • Miss Historic Jonesborough Jordan Bowling
  • Miss Gatlinburg Hawa Ceesay
  • Miss Milan Crown and Scepter Kaylah Johnson
  • Miss Jackson Abbie Bayless
  • Miss Robertson County Brandee Mills
  • Miss Greater Gibson County Lauren Blodgett
  • Miss East Tennessee Taylor Parsons.

Each of the 12 asked a question related to a hot topic, including racism, gun control, book bans and the opioid crisis. The women all showed composure and displayed their personalities when answering their questions.

The 12 finalists also once again showcased their talent to the judges. While the majority showed off their vocal or dancing skills, Parsons stuck to “Soul Man,” while Ceesay performed a spoken word performance about his bullying experience.

Before Dickson was crowned, the field was down to five: Dickson, Sanders, Johnson, Mills and Blodgett.

Mills was second, followed by Sanders in third, Blodgett in fourth and Johnson in fifth.

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Saturday night’s finals followed two nights of preliminary competition Thursday and Friday at the Cannon Center.

Thursday’s preliminary winners were Sanders, Social Impact Pitch and Onstage Interview; and Mills and Dickson tied for overall talent.

Friday’s preliminary winners were Bayless, Global Talent; and Dickson, Social Impact Pitch and Stage Interview.

It was the second year in a row that the Miss Tennessee pageant was held in Memphis. Competitors arrived in Memphis on June 19 and spent the week touring Bluff City, including Beale Street and Overton Square.

Also in Saturday’s final, Lexington’s Outstanding Teenager Jane Marie Franks was named Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teenager. The teen finals took place earlier Saturday at the Cannon Center.

This story will be updated.

Porsha Hernandez is a reporter for The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at [email protected]

Lucas Finton is a journalist at The Commercial Appeal. He can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @LucasFinton.

Pine Knob Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Saturday Country Festival

The Pine Knob Music Theater celebrated its 50th anniversary with a little boot scooter boogie.

Crowds of fans packed the amphitheater on Saturday for the final edition of the 99.5 WYCD Hoedown, a two-stage affair that will culminate with an evening of Brooks & Dunn.

Gates opened at 4 p.m., half a century to the day – in fact, almost to the hour – after Pine Knob debuted a matinee concert by David Cassidy.

That June 25, 1972 show kicked off a long and storied history for Pine Knob, which has long established itself as one of the most successful summer music venues in the United States. The golden anniversary is at the center of a season-long campaign at the amphitheater.

History was made behind the scenes in the form of Brooks & Dunn tour manager Bill Thompson, a concert business veteran who worked his first Pine Knob show two months after the amphitheater opened – in August 1972, when he was lighting director for the soft-rock band Bread. He was greeted with a celebratory banner in the food court on Saturday.

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Bill Thompson, tour manager of country duo Brooks & Dunn, poses backstage at the Pine Knob Music Theater on June 25, 2022, with a banner commemorating his very first show there in August 1972.

While the 50th anniversary leg was certainly not lost on Saturday’s audience, most were preoccupied with the party at hand, a seven-hour country extravaganza that also featured lead artists Scott McCreery and Tenille Townes. . Many had warmed up for the long day of tailgating in the Pine Knob parking lots, where country tunes blared from trucks and car trunks.

The more than 15,000 fans in the crowd were to receive a commemorative anniversary poster when they left the venue later that night.

The Hoedown doesn’t quite have the history Pine Knob has had over the decades, but it’s an institution in its own right. For 32 years, it was a downtown Detroit staple before moving to the grounds of Clarkston’s venue, then known as the DTE Energy Music Theater, in 2016 and downscaling to a one-person event. daytime.

The music kicked off on Saturday with a set from smoky-voiced newcomer Kassi Ashton, while Parmalee made his first appearance at Hoedown since 2014, playing a set that included the titled number 1 country song in the US, “Take My Name”.

Marquee at the Pine Knob Music Theater on June 25, 2022, the venue's 50th anniversary.

Why the Hollywood sign was lit for the first time in 22 years

For years, Philippe Bergeron and Jeff Kleiser have dreamed of lighting up the Hollywood sign.

The sign has lived in Kleiser’s backyard since 1987, when he bought a stunning A-frame along Mulholland Drive, the house closest to the Los Angeles landmark. Good friends and top computer animators since the 1980s, Bergeron and Kleiser spent many nights partying on that same A-frame, staring at the white letters above them and wondering what it would take. to enlighten them.

“There were several times when I thought I could do it,” said Kleiser, who runs a recording studio called Under the sign Studios out of sound Hollywood house. “I thought I could convince the Accademia Museum, which opened last fall, to do something on the sign to celebrate their opening. But I failed to interest them.

Thirteen years later, however, the two got their wish when their desire converged with the need for cable television network BET.

Paramount and BET (Black Entertainment Television) have approached the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which owns the licensing rights to the sign, to project images onto the sign ahead of Sunday’s BET Awards. Paramount Global, owner of BET, had partnered with the chamber to commemorate the brand’s 100th anniversary in 2023, but wanted to do something ahead of time to promote one of their flagship award shows.

Separately, Kleiser had called his former classmate Jim Griffin, who was consulting with the chamber on birthday plans, about how his house could be used to help host the light show after dark.

Griffin told Kleiser the BET Awards were interested, and Kleiser locked up Bergeron, who had founded PaintScaping, a 3D projection mapping agency in Los Angeles, to do just that kind of work. The three got together and immediately got to work.

“When we were discussing all the great ideas we could do, in regards to 100 years of Hollywood, before the official partnership, and considering the lineup for this year’s BET Awards, I thought it would be a great opportunity to partner with the chamber to activate the Hollywood sign,” Kim Paige, BET’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer, told The Times. “There was a lot of enthusiasm and interest; we are doing something that has never been done before.

The sign has been lit a few times in the past, most recently in 2000 for the millennium celebrations. (Kleiser was in New York with his family watching the New Year’s Eve fireworks, so he couldn’t see it.) However, Friday marked the first time images were projected onto the billboard. , transforming it from a static symbol of Hollywood. to a dynamic display of black excellence.

The sign lit up with images from previous BET Awards, featuring performances from Tyler, the Creator and Lizzo. American flags and the phrase “Culture’s Biggest Night” – the slogan for the awards ceremony – also flashed on the sign.

“Doing things like this for the first time, you’re always trying to understand what the actual feasibility is, to make sure we’re executing with excellence,” Paige said. “Fortunately, since this is the first time the sign has been lit in 22 years, the technology has advanced considerably.”

The team had less than two weeks to achieve this, a far cry from the two months Bergeron would normally have needed for such a significant comeback. But for this job, Bergeron was born ready.

“We started doing logistics long before that, just in case we got the call,” he said. “We knew what projectors to bring, what lenses…it’s very specific and high-end equipment that we need for that. So we were already basically there to press send.

At the top of Kleiser’s house and about 1,100 feet from the Hollywood sign are six searchlights – one focused on the letters “HOL”, another on the “LYW” and a third on the “OOD” (with an emergency floodlight for each section to provide additional brightness and insurance in the event of a failure.)

Of course, these aren’t your ordinary floodlights — they’re Barco-UDX lasers rated at 40,000 lumens and powered by a 56,000-watt generator stationed in the side yard of Kleiser’s house. (For comparison, a highly rated home theater projector selling for $4,999 packs under 3,000 lumens.)

“No projector in the world could project onto the panel as a whole,” he said. “The technology doesn’t exist yet. But technology exists for three letters.

Harder to find than the projectors, however, were the lenses. The project required extremely narrow lenses capable of focusing light into a laser beam.

“We had to book them well in advance and hope for the best,” he said.

Once the equipment was secured, the next step was to figure out how to create the imagery to hit the panel, rather than the hole in the “O” or the gaps in the “W”. For the PaintScaping team, it was simple: a deluge of photos from all angles, stitched together to create a 3D model of the sign and the house.

“You take a picture from the projector POV. And then you take about 50 different photos that you feed into software to create a 3D model,” he said. “But it also creates a 3D camera inside the software. So the sign and the house are the same relationship as the virtual sign in the 3D software and the 3D camera. You give that to the artists, and automatically it will line up.

The files were then turned over to BET, which commissioned its artists to portray decades of Black Hollywood while incorporating some of the biggest moments from previous BET Awards ceremonies. Paige didn’t want to treat the Hollywood sign like a billboard. She wanted a visual campaign celebrating the joy and achievement of black people – in line with the mission of the awards show.

“The intention was not only to use this iconic Los Angeles landmark, but to demonstrate all that is amazing and positive when we think about black culture,” she said. “It’s a very dynamic experience. We don’t support the panel, as much as we enable the panel. »

To film the activation, BET and PaintScaping used drones. On Friday evening, two drone teams buzzed around the sign, Bergeron calling directions from Kleiser’s home seat. A third team was stationed in the field for a down-to-earth vantage point, allowing for options when assembled for the final product.

“I would like the drone team to go through one of the O’s,” Bergeron said with a wry smile.

The footage won’t be shown in its entirety at Sunday’s BET Awards, but portions will instead be incorporated into the rest of the production. Angelenos have plenty of time to see it in person — the light show will last another three hours on Saturday night. For those who can’t see it, however, BET plans to release videos of the installation as well as behind-the-scenes footage of how it came together.

Of course, eagle-eyed residents — and Halsey fans who made the pilgrimage to the Hollywood Bowl for her concert earlier this week — got an unintended glimpse Tuesday night, when the team tested the spotlight for s to make sure everything was working fine.

Bergeron is used to testing his screens much more discreetly, with the only publicity coming from a few curious passers-by asking what’s going on. This time, however, much of the internet saw it after it went viral on TikTok and was posted by multiple people on Twitter.

“There were a lot of theories,” he said of the backlash. “We were celebrating the summer solstice, it was a sign from God, it was preparation for permanent installation, Halsey, Pride… you name it. We recognized like five causes that night.

“We wish it were that way,” Paige laughed when asked if the decision to test so visibly was intentional. “No, it was really about trying to assess the technical grid. And there was a lot of excitement once we realized we could actually do it.

For BET, the mission was to go further and better. Last year, the BET Awards reached a record 2.4 million viewers (up from 3.7 million in 2020), despite being simulcast on BET, MTV, MTV2 and VH1, among other channels.

Of course, this brand isn’t specific to BET, as viewership for awards shows, including the Grammys and Oscars, has trended downward in recent years.

“We don’t take it for granted that they’re going to log on every year,” Paige said. “We are thinking of ways to invite them to be part of this meaningful evening, whether it’s local viewing parties and giving previews, because we always want to keep those great moments of surprise and fun for which we are known.”

For Bergeron, however, it’s simply a looping moment he’s been waiting for since he launched his company in 2009.

He had bigger projects (see the display PaintScaping created for Britney Spears’ Las Vegas residence in 2018, which was 550 feet wide and 26 stories high, covering 3.2 acres of light). He also had some more difficult ones (like the time when they projected on a rocket at Cape Canaveral, hitting the rocket and the building that contained it with separate projections).

However, as fulfilling as they are, it’s hard to match the allure of these 99-year-old nine-letter hilltops.

“It’s not our biggest, and it’s not our toughest [project] technically,” he said. “But the mix of excitement and visibility is by far number one. There is no comparison. I mean come on. It’s the Hollywood sign.

Nasdaq bear market: 4 magnificent growth stocks you’ll regret not buying on the downside

It’s been a tumultuous start to the year for Wall Street and the investment community. Since hitting their respective closing highs between mid-November and the first week of January, the iconic Dow Jones Industrial Averagewide seat S&P500and technology driven Nasdaq Compound (^IXIC 3.34%) fell by 19%, 24% and 34%. This officially places the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq in a bear market.

While there’s no doubt that bear market declines can be frightening given the speed and unpredictability of declines, the story is pretty clear that these declines are a once-in-a-lifetime buying opportunity for patient investors. .

Image source: Getty Images.

While it may take time to recoup the downside associated with a bear market, every notable decline throughout history, including in the Nasdaq Composite, has ultimately been erased by a bull market.

The latest widespread decline uncovered a slew of incredible trades among growth stocks. Below are four gorgeous growth stocks you’ll regret not buying during this Nasdaq bear market decline.

CrowdStrike Holdings

The first phenomenal growth stock that stands out among its peers is the end-user cybersecurity company CrowdStrike Holdings (CRWD 5.77%). Although its price-to-sales ratio is still high compared to other cybersecurity stocks, CrowdStrike’s platform and customer engagement metrics suggest its premium is well deserved.

What makes CrowdStrike so special is the company’s cloud-native Falcon security platform. Being built in the cloud and powered by artificial intelligence (AI) allows Falcon to become more efficient at assessing and responding to threats over time. In a typical day, Falcon monitors approximately 1 trillion events. While CrowdStrike isn’t the cheapest option available for end-user security, a gross retention rate of over 97.3% for nearly four consecutive years suggests it’s the most cost-effective option. efficient.

CrowdStrike also has a knack for enticing existing customers to spend more. Despite a compound annual subscriber growth rate of nearly 100% over the past five years, the most impressive growth statistic is the percentage of users with four or more cloud module subscriptions.

In the company’s last quarter, 71% of subscribers purchased at least four cloud module subscriptions. Just over five years ago, that number was in the high single digits. Getting existing customers to purchase additional services is CrowdStrike’s golden ticket for adjusted gross margins to eventually reach 80% or more.

Innovative industrial properties

Cannabis-Focused Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Innovative industrial properties (IIPR 4.94%) is a second stellar growth stock that you will kick yourself if you don’t buy it during the Nasdaq bear market decline.

As of June 15, IIP, as the company is more commonly known, had 111 cannabis cultivation or processing facilities covering 8.4 million square feet of rental space in 19 states. The beauty of buying properties and leasing those assets for long periods of time is the transparency and predictability of operating cash flow that comes with this operating model.

Although IIP stopped reporting some of its metrics after announcing new deals, it has previously said that all of its rental space is leased, with a weighted average lease term of more than 16 years. That’s a long trail of predictable rental income. In addition, the company is able to pass on annual inflationary rent increases to its tenants.

Innovative Industrial Properties also benefits from a lack of cannabis reform on Capitol Hill. The company’s sale-leaseback program buys properties for cash from companies with limited access to traditional financing. In return, he leases the property to sellers, thereby gaining a long-term tenant.

Two businessmen looking at three computer screens displaying large amounts of data.

Image source: Getty Images.

Palantir Technologies

A third magnificent growth stock that you’ll regret not recovering from the Nasdaq bear market decline is the mining company Palantir Technologies (PLT 7.72%). Similar to CrowdStrike, Palantir’s price/sell multiple is not so acceptable during a bear market. But it is a company with clear competitive advantages that deserves a higher valuation.

Palantir is actually two key platforms under one umbrella. The Gotham platform provides data collection and exploration, and aids in mission planning for federal governments. Meanwhile, the Foundry Platform helps companies better understand large amounts of data to streamline their operations. There isn’t a company on the scale of Palantir doing what it does, which is what makes it so unique.

For years, government contracts have been the primary driver of Palantir’s growth. Securing multi-year contracts with the US government helped propel annual sales growth of approximately 40%. But there’s also a ceiling when it comes to Gotham’s addressable market. The AI-based technology that Palantir uses will simply not be offered to government entities deemed to be potential threats to the United States.

Over the long term, Palantir has only scratched the surface with its biggest growth engine, Foundry. The company’s number of business customers more than tripled at the end of the first quarter. However, this “tripling” is only equivalent to Palantir ending the quarter with 184 commercial customers. The range of opportunities for Foundry is seemingly limitless.

Assets received

A gorgeous fourth growth stock you’ll almost certainly regret not buying as the Nasdaq plunges is a cloud-based lending platform Assets received (UPST 5.71%). Despite obvious concerns about rapidly rising interest rates on lending platforms, Upstart has the tools and intangibles to thrive.

The theme of this list is the uniqueness of the product or service being offered, and Upstart is no different. This company’s lending platform is AI-driven. Instead of relying on a traditional loan verification process that can take weeks, Upstart’s lending platform, which partners with lending institutions, can offer on-the-spot approvals. Nearly three-quarters of all loans processed through Upstart are instantly approved and automated. This saves lending institutions money.

But it’s not just about saving money. Upstart’s AI lending platform enabled people with lower average credit scores to be approved for personal loans. While these people may not have been approved through traditional means, they do have a chance with Upstart. Interestingly, Upstart’s approval delinquency rate mirrored the traditional loan verification process, although Upstart’s applicants had a lower average credit score.

Even as lending rates rise, Upstart’s platform has demonstrated its value to financial institutions. Add to that Upstart’s push into the auto loan origination market, and you have a strong case for double-digit sales and sustained long-term earnings growth.

Sports and Entertainment Spotlight: Hailey Bieber’s ‘Rhode’ Skincare Company Sued Over Trademark Infringement Claims by a Fashion Brand of the Same Name | Foster Garvey PC

Welcome back to the “Spotlight” – it’s the very first and certainly not the last of summer 2022. That’s right, folks. Although I expect my readership to fade to “joint and related” levels, I will always be the proverbial falling tree in the forest as I produce the content in case there are any eyeballs to read it. Although the weather has been unusually cool here on the East Coast, temperatures appear to be reaching a metaphorical boiling point for Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder as he appears set to be subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee investigating allegations of rampant workplace misconduct within the COs organization and a subsequent bogus investigation apparently accepted by the NFL. If Snyder complies with the subpoena, he will do so on the heels of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who was grilled yesterday. And if Goodell’s experience is any indication of how intense this could get for Snyder, he better lather up in SPF 100 to withstand the congressional spotlight. For all of you, a kinder and more jovial “Spotlight” follows:

  • No amount of glowing skin could save Hailey Bieber Rhode’s skincare company (also Bieber’s middle name) from being taken to court over trademark infringement claims by an established fashion brand of the same name (Rhode). Of course, who could forget the age-old words of trademark scholar William Shakespeare, “a Rhode by any other name would sound as good”?
  • Perhaps paving the way for greater acceptance of cannabis-derived products, Major League Baseball has become the first major sports league to allow teams to enter into sponsorship deals with cannabidiol (CBD) companies, provided that the companies’ products are certified by NSF International as containing no detectable levels of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Translation: OMG MLB said OK to CBD.
  • South Korean entertainment company and “Baby Shark” creators, Pinkfong, is launching a new NFT project based on (what else?) “Baby Shark.” Apologies to those of you whose memories of listening to this song on repeat have just been erased.

Endorsement offers, sponsorships and investments

Blurred lines: Sports investors rise as brands embrace new ways to partner with sports stars
June 22, 2022 via City AM
When Anthony Joshua and Dazn announced a new partnership last week, one of the most eye-catching aspects of the deal was that it involved the British heavyweight boxer acquiring a stake in the sports streaming platform.

Once empowered by Title IX, female athletes are now among the big winners of the new era NIL
June 21, 2022 via Los Angeles Times
An 8-year-old girl grasps the chain on a swing. “If you let me play,” she begins. During the remainder of Nike’s commercial first aired in 1995, young girls play on a merry-go-round, sit on a swing and toss a softball while a list of statistics show the physical and emotional benefits of sport.

Rhode, the fashion brand, is suing Rhode, Hailey Bieber’s beauty line
June 21, 2022 via Fashionista
Rhode, the fashion brand co-founded by Purna Khatau and Phoebe Vickers in 2014, is suing Hailey Bieber and her skincare line, also Rhode, because of her name.

MLB approves CBD sponsorships in historic change for sports leagues
June 22, 2022 via Sports Business Journal
MLB and its teams are now free to sell CBD sponsorships, a development likely to reverberate across the industry and open up a new category of sponsorship in professional sports.


Deshaun Watson’s 20 regulations may be too late to dodge NFL suspension
June 21, 2022 via Sportico (subscription may be required)
Attorney Tony Buzbee, who is representing plaintiffs in 24 lawsuits against Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson for alleged sexual misconduct in massage therapy, announced that 20 of the lawsuits have been tentatively settled.

Oliver Luck and Vince McMahon settle XFL breach of contract lawsuit
June 20, 2022 via Sportico (subscription may be required)
Former XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck and Vince McMahon have reached a settlement in their federal breach of contract lawsuit. The terms of the settlement are not known. Luck, who was fired for cause as XFL commissioner in April 2020, sued McMahon and Alpha Entertainment for more than $23.8 million.

SEC Fears of Johnson v. NCAA Labor Case Exposed in Amicus Brief
June 20, 2022 via Sportico (subscription may be required)
In the latest sign that Johnson v. NCAA federal case that argues college athletes should be paid at least as much as their work-study classmates worries the establishment, the Southeastern Conference and a group of 13 education associations have submitted briefs amicus to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

music industry

Music Producer Wins Royalty Raise in Streaming Row
June 21, 2022 via Law 360 (subscription may be required)
A top electronic music producer says his former record label agreed to meet his demands for higher royalties for online streams to settle their legal battle.

’70s rockers say Warner is cutting musicians’ streaming royalties
June 17, 2022 via Law 360 (subscription may be required)
Two members of 1970s pop rock band Orleans have accused Warner Music of intentionally miscalculating royalty rates for the digital release of recordings and depriving musicians of their proper compensation, a class action lawsuit claims proposed in federal court in Nashville.

Sony battles Jimi Hendrix UK copyright case
June 17, 2022 via Law 360 (subscription may be required)
The UK branch of Sony Music has sought to suspend a copyright challenge in England over royalties from recordings of Jimi Hendrix songs, as they relate to proceedings in the United States.

Cinema and television

Naomi Osaka Launches Media Company With LeBron James’ SpringHill
June 21, 2022 via Sportico (subscription may be required)
Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka is getting into the entertainment business by launching a media company in partnership with LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s The SpringHill Company.

David Beckham’s Studio 99 backs Premier League billionaire streak
June 21, 2022 via Sportico (subscription may be required)
David Beckham’s Studio 99 is producing a series on the rise of football’s Premier League billionaires for Paramount+ as the streamer unveils a factual 5-person UK list that includes shows on luxury yachts, the monster from Loch Ness, Simple Minds and strippers to Las Vegas, Deadline reports.

LIV Golf has marquee names and giant purses. So why not agree TV?
June 16, 2022 via Chicago Tribune
For the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Tour, the strategy to lure top golfers like Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson away from the prestige and stability of the PGA Tour was simple: offer cash, and lots of silver.

Game On: Sports Begins To Take Control Of The Biggest Cable TV Networks
June 16, 2022 via Variety
FX has long been known for iconoclastic dramas like “The Shield” or “The Americans” that feature flawed protagonists and inventive storylines. Next year it might serve more of those things – but not from scripted series.

Non-fungible tokens (NFT)

Tarantino tells court that Miramax has no right to block ‘Pulp Fiction’ NFTs
June 22, 2022 via Reuters
Director Quentin Tarantino told a Los Angeles federal court that Miramax LLC couldn’t block his ‘Pulp Fiction’ NFT auction because they’re based solely on his script, which he says the studio didn’t have. no right.

Exclusive: French Montana Reveals Plans to Impact Music and Crypto with Web3, NFT and Metaverse
June 21, 2022 via Benzinga
Speaking exclusively to ChangeNOW PR Manager Mike Ermolaev, 17-time “Billboard Global Top 10” rapper French Montana made a big announcement about entering the cryptocurrency space – a move that will revolutionize the music, the Web 3 and the NFT ecosystems.

Pinkfong Announces First-Ever Generative NFT Project
June 20, 2022 via WILX-TV
The Pinkfong Company, the global entertainment company behind the pop culture phenomenon “Baby Shark”, has announced that it will dive even deeper into NFTs with the release of Baby Shark: Collection No. Two, the very first generative art collection of 10,000 unique NFTs featuring Baby Shark and his family, on MakersPlace, the premier marketplace for digital collectibles.

Brooklyn Bowl Turns 1, Evolving Nashville’s Live Event Experiences

Nashville has emerged post-COVID as one of the top 10 stops for musical artists looking to navigate the “new normal” and continue to earn a living as touring professionals.

Key to that moment was the city’s now year-old “new kid on the block” on a legendary metaphorical block, the two-level, mixed-use 40,000-square-foot Brooklyn Bowl in Germantown.

The idea for the space originated in New York, and it has sister sites in Philadelphia and Las Vegas. It received the “Best New Live Venue” award in February at the 33rd Annual Pollstar Awards. This followed the publication on the live music business pointing out that two other historic venues in Music City, – the 130-year-old Ryman Auditorium and the quarter-century-old Bridgestone Arena, as highest-grossing theater and arena in the music industry, respectively, in 2021.

A look inside the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville.  Since its opening almost a year ago, the hall has hosted more than 200 shows on its stage.

Curiously, a look at Pollstar’s inaugural concert market rankings review shows that Nashville’s growth is only similar to that of Las Vegas. So if you’re wondering why it’s necessary to have a room that can accommodate 1,200 people standing to take up space next to the similarly sized Cannery Ballroom, Marathon Music Works, and Ryman with a capacity of 2,000 places, it starts here.

Comparable to Vegas, Nashville’s socio-economic boom has created a situation where a city that may not be near the nation’s top 10 media markets is still experiencing dynamic growth in the entertainment industry.

The Brooklyn Bowl outpost in Nashville was scheduled to open in March 2020 but was halted by COVID-19. However, since its full opening on June 25, 2021, with two nights of Old Crow Medicine Show headlining, the venue has hosted over 200 shows on its stage.

The Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville features a mix of bowling and live music.

Additionally, a variety of offerings, including private events, 18 bowling lanes, a menu curated by New York’s Blue Ribbon catering service, and unobstructed views of Nashville Sounds baseball games from the venue’s back patio, have been available (brothers Chris and Tim Ward, sons of Sounds co-owner Frank Ward, own the building that houses the Brooklyn Bowl).

Brooklyn Bowl talent buyer Colin Keegan notes that heading into the venue’s second year, a staff that includes Sara Barnett and Carl Gatti, the former assistant general manager and entertainment director, respectively, at Lower Broadway’s ACME Feed & Seed, have “bonded together” and are “excited” about what’s to come.

A look inside the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville.

Keegan discusses high-end sightlines, world-class sound and a dedication to quality experiences for fans and bands as key characteristics of the site’s early success as a live music venue.

“We try to make everyone feel at home and happy when they’re in this building,” he says.

Keegan also cites artists like Charley Crockett and Patrick Droney, who performed to sold-out shows at the Brooklyn Bowl, as a benchmark of where the venue has established itself in Nashville.

The origins of the Brooklyn Bowl in 2009 in the Williamsburg neighborhood of its namesake New York City borough and its five-year expansion to Las Vegas are comparable to the current boom era of Nashville.

The Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville's Germantown neighborhood is a 40,000 square foot, two-level mixed-use venue.

In 2009, entertainment impresario Peter Shapiro’s Brooklyn Bowl concept — a combination music club and bowling alley built from a 23,000 square foot former iron foundry — arrived. It fused the area’s burgeoning hipster scene with stylish nightlife elements, LEED-certified and eco-friendly technology and a mix of musical acts ranging from indie dance and rock to hip-hop to become the one of the best places in America.

In 2013, Shapiro and company announced the expansion of the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas. It arrived a year later as a 78,000 square foot club with two levels and a 2,000 capacity concert hall inside the Linq Hotel at Caesars Palace. Notably, Madison Square Garden Entertainment was announced as a minority investor in the project.

“We want to be a venue that grows acts to interact with historically significant venues in Nashville like the Ryman and Exit/In and fit into the existing concert ecosystem in town,” similar to the Brooklyn Bowl in 2009, Keegan says. .

A look inside the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville.

“As Nashville evolves, we will perfect our art of providing diverse, quality programming that welcomes everyone.”

He says he’s excited to see Nashville gaining fame as a national touring marketplace where multi-faceted venues offering affordable and elevated experiences are growing in popularity.

In short, a town once known for its wild honky-tonk nights has added bowling and baseball to its boozy and musical party atmospheres.

“We’ve got wet feet in this town now,” Keegan says. “So we will continue to show love to artists and fans by going above and beyond to make everyone feel at home here.”

Lundstrum Performing Arts offers scholarships in hopes of turning new students

A training ground for world-class performers called Lundstrum Performing Arts in North Minneapolis is one of the community’s best-kept secrets. Specializing in dance, voice, and drama, the center attracts students from across the state.

The Lundstrum Performing Arts summer program is in full swing and it’s a resource that is becoming increasingly accessible.

Providing training for young people in dance, singing and drama, the center has been producing musicals and top talent for over 90 years.

“The mission is to inspire children through musical theater,” Lundstrum executive director Amy Casserly Ellis told FOX 9.

Ellis is now working to make the center more accessible by offering scholarships this year to northern students and those who live in nearby suburbs. “I think it’s a real way to unite a community,” says Casserly Ellis.

“It’s really important to keep the passion for the arts alive,” said Lundstrum dance teacher Nieya Amezquita.

Amezquita says performance art for some students is just the tipping point.

“Whether they want to be performers or want to take a different path, there is everyone here who can find something to learn and remember that will help them succeed in whatever path or industry they choose, which is not to be taken lightly,” Amezquita said. .

At Lundstrum, the belief is that every small step can lead to big transformations.

“I think the arts bring people together like nothing else can. They touch people’s humanity,” Ellis said.

Northside Strong Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the fall.

How to Access Home Equity in a Financial Emergency

Financial emergencies such as medical bills, car repairs, unexpected fines and even urgent pet care can easily throw a wrench in your financial plans. As rising costs and fears of a recession raise financial worries, the average American needs to carefully consider their options.

While an emergency fund is good insurance against financial turmoil, it’s not always an option. Only 44% of Americans have enough funds to cover a $1,000 emergency expense, while only 47% have more rainy day savings than credit card debt. And even then, consecutive crises can quickly wipe out your savings. While taking out a personal loan or going into debt on a credit card can pay the bills now, fees and interest rates can be major hurdles.

Meanwhile, homeowners with equity in their homes have another option. By taking advantage of owning your home with equity loans, equity loans, and equity sharing agreements like Unlock, you can avoid paying high interest rates in times of financial hardship.

How home equity can be an option for unexpected expenses

Home equity is the portion of the home you own on a mortgage; essentially, it’s the difference between the value of your home and the amount you owe. The more you have paid on your mortgage and the more the market value of your home increases, the more equity you have available. There are several options for leveraging the value of your home.

A cash refinance is a type of mortgage refinance that allows you to replace your current mortgage with a larger loan in exchange for money taken from equity. Another option – the traditional home equity loan – allows homeowners to borrow a cash lump sum against their equity to be repaid later. On the other hand, a home equity line of credit (HELOC) offers flexibility in how much you can withdraw. It should be noted that home equity loans and HELOCs have separate repayment terms and interest rates from your original mortgage.

A fourth option is to enter into a share-sharing agreement. Equity sharing companies will buy back a share of the home’s equity in exchange for more of the equity in the future. Homeowners redeem their equity share after an agreed period of time or pay a percentage of the amount for which they later sell the house.

Home equity agreements can be attractive to homeowners who are looking for other ways to get equity out of their home, but may not be able to afford increased or additional monthly payments. Also, the process can be relatively faster and have lower credit requirements while avoiding high interest rates.

What to consider when cashing in equity

While home equity can be a financial cushion, it’s not a good idea to treat your home like a piggy bank for incidental expenses. Cashing out your capital does not happen instantly and comes with fees, requirements, and other factors to consider.

Most equity loans, HELOCs, refinances, and sharing requirements require you to have more than 20% equity in your home, while some require 20% equity remaining after withdrawal. These options have income requirements and minimum credit scores.

Additionally, a cash refinance replaces your previous monthly payment and term and starts over, while home equity loans and HELOCs require a separate payment in addition to your main mortgage payment each month. For these options, the total amount you pay each month for your mortgage will increase. Other refinancing options, home equity loans and equity sharing agreements will give you lump sum cash. HELOCs, on the other hand, are flexible in how much you withdraw.

Finally, refinance, home equity loans and HELOCs can take several weeks to be approved. Since these are essentially loan applications, you will not be able to access your money immediately. All forms of stock withdrawals also come with closing costs.

Access to equity comparisons

Capital requirement 20% equity 15% to 20% equity 15% to 20% equity 20% equity
Min. credit score requirement Varies — usually 620 Mid 600s Mid 600s 500
Maximum loan amount 80 percent equity 80 percent equity 80 percent equity 10% of the total value of the house
Approval time 45 to 60 days with a 3-day waiting period 14 to 42 days 30-60 days 10 to 30 days
Payment Lump sum Lump sum Credit line Lump sum
Interest rate Fixed or variable Fixed Variable None
Repayment Terms Single monthly payment over 15 to 30 years Additional monthly payment over 5 to 30 years Variable additional monthly payment over 20 years No monthly payments; the owner pays back the agreed percentage of the value of the house
Costs 3% to 5% of the loan 2% to 5% of the total loan 2% to 5% of the total loan 3% of total loan, other closing costs

Why Access Home Equity Through Sharing Agreements

Equity sharing agreements can be a viable option for owners who need quick and less demanding access to cash. While there are downsides to splitting stocks, here are a few reasons why this option may be for you.

Lower requirements

Home equity shares often come with lower requirements than a refinance, home equity loan, or HELOC. If your credit score has dropped due to bill buildups or you don’t meet the income requirements for traditional home equity withdrawal methods, a share of your home equity can still free up your money. during your recovery.

Faster collection

Home equity stocks can make you money faster. Although there is still a turnaround time for application approvals and home inspection, stocks can offer faster withdrawal than traditional stock access methods – sometimes in as little as 10 minutes. days – without a waiting period.

No monthly payments

One of the biggest advantages of a share split arrangement is the lack of monthly payments. Refinances, equity loans, and HELOCs can punch up your wallet with increased or additional monthly payments. Home equity shares, however, only require payment upon the sale of the home or the end of the sharing agreement, giving you a chance to get back on your feet before you pay out.

Avoid rising interest rates

You don’t have to pay interest on a capital share when it’s time to sell your home or redeem the share. This means that even if interest rates go up, your payment will stay the same.

How Unlock quickly turns equity into cash

Unlock is a capital sharing company that allows you to access your capital quickly and efficiently, with lower requirements and no monthly payments.

Unlock works by redeeming a future share of your home’s equity in exchange for immediate cash. When the share begins, you can access between $30,000 and $500,000, depending on the value of your home, up to a certain home equity threshold. In exchange, Unlock receives more of your equity at the end of the deal or when the house is sold – so if you sell 10% of your total equity at the start, Unlock will receive 16% at the end of the term.

Owners have flexibility in how they reimburse Unlock. You can sell your house and unlock the amount from the sale price. You can also redeem the share before the end of the contract, either in installments or in a lump sum.

Unlock can offer a more flexible path to financial freedom if you’re stuck in a bind. If an unexpected medical bill has depleted your emergency fund and hurt your credit score, withdrawing through Unlock means you can pay your bills and not have to worry about qualifying for a refinance, paying high rates on a personal loan or juggling increased payments. .

Plus, if your home’s value increases due to upgrades, you can still pocket the difference when you sell.

Freeing up money now can also chart a better course for your future. When you’ve lost your job, your capital money doesn’t just have to pay the bills – you can also use it to further your education and start a higher-paying career.

With these benefits in mind, see if Unlock is right for you. If you have at least 20% equity in your home and a credit score of 500 or higher, it may be worth seeing if you to qualify.

The bottom line

Although a financial emergency can add a lot of stress to your life, it’s not the end of the world. Your property can give you an extra layer of protection when things go wrong, but keep in mind that it shouldn’t replace insurance or a handy emergency fund when it comes to being prepared. to a financial emergency.

Whether it’s a new baby, a car accident, or paying off your credit card debt before rates go up, Unlock can give you a quick and easy way to access the equity in your home, freeing you from financial fears in the future.

Caribbean entertainment platform focuses on “Caribbean experience” content

June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month, and media company Good Music Good Times is creating content about the Caribbean experience.

Good Music Good Times is a Caribbean-based entertainment platform, and while the content is designed around radio, the owner says it extends beyond radio.

“To make people realize that good, there’s this high-quality content available here that you can come and see,” said Karem Marcel, owner of Good Music Good Times. “And you can get the things that are true to your identity and true to your culture.”

Marcel worked at a major bank in New York for 10 years and used what he learned about business relationships from that job to start his own business in the basement of his house.

The media platform hosts live streams of DJs broadcast on various social media platforms, with the most popular platform for these streams being Twitch.

The studio behind these streams is meant to capture the visual pull of viewers, and it continues to stand out by featuring guests who use the company’s airwaves to showcase their talents.

The broadcast company also covers and hosts events, including its “One Caribbean One Culture” festival which premieres on July 24.

Dallas City Council approves new safety requirements for event promoters and venue operators

The Dallas City Council unanimously passed an ordinance on Wednesday to bolster safety with new requirements for venue operators and promoters who advertise large events that don’t need permits.

The ordinance, effective immediately, requires venue operators and developers to sign a detailed, city-approved safety plan prior to the event and are responsible for costs incurred should the occasion result in an emergency response. “Commercial promoters” — people who advertise an event that doesn’t need a permit — must also pay a fee and register with the city.

The requirements target events such as dance performances, concerts, outdoor activities and other paid entertainment that are not already monitored by current municipal processes. The city currently requires a special use permit for events that meet certain criteria and have a crowd of 100 or more.

Events organized for or by non-profit groups are exempt from the new order.

Murder rate rises in Dallas, amplifying feelings of helplessness and calls for change

The new rules were requested by Dallas police after two mass shootings at events that did not have permits. The shooting — one at an outdoor concert in southeast Oak Cliff on April 2 and the other at a spring break party at a south Dallas event venue on March 19 — has killed two and injured at least 25 others. The city and some attendees filed lawsuits against the promoters and owner for the filming of the concert.

Police Chief Eddie García and city officials have expressed the need to pass the ordinance before the summer when violence typically increases, but some residents with experience in organizing events have argued that the process had been rushed and that the order would have unintended consequences by only penalizing people who have already followed the rules.

The city held 10 public meetings over the past month to gather feedback and made minor changes to the ordinance and clarified some terms. Still, 11 people — most representing businesses or public safety organizations — sent a letter Friday to city officials, asking for more time for comment and saying the ordinance would hurt Dallas’ economic and cultural vibrancy. while straining the city’s resources.

Harley Barnes of Lively Local Markets speaks at a May 17 Dallas Police and City Council meeting. Officials gathered to hear public comment on an order targeting event promoters and venue operators.(Rebecca Slezak / Staff Photographer)

“Passing this ordinance at such short notice is unfair and unfair to the hundreds of Tories like us and would-be Tories who would no doubt be blindsided by this ordinance during one of the busiest seasons in the production of live events in recent years,” the band wrote. .

Council members said Wednesday that the rules could be changed later and that the city attorney’s office had already made changes based on public comment.

City officials plan to conduct outreach activities over the next 60 days to train people on the new registration system. The city attorney’s office said violations of the ordinance would not result in penalties until then.

Dallas police address violent crime, motives for murder and recruiting at city council meeting

“What worries me about the delay is that there will be another incident, something tragic will and could happen, and that we waited and didn’t do everything we could to keep our citizens safe as best we can,” said Adam McGough, who leads the public safety committee.

Mayor Eric Johnson called the ordinance a step in the right direction.

“There’s no ordinance we can pass or anything we can do that will stop all bad people from doing bad things,” he said. “At the end of the day, we have to hold people accountable for their wrongdoings. A bad person with bad intentions can do a lot of harm.

New Englert Theater director imagines Iowa City venue’s next act

In the three years John Schickedanz worked at the Englert Theater, he helped the Iowa City venue through a global pandemic, intensified when the theater’s longtime chief stepped down and ushered in the reopening of the organization in nonprofit in a changing performing arts landscape.

Adding to that list is his new role as executive director of the Englert Theatre, which he officially began on June 6 after serving as acting chef.

“Englert is so loved by the community that this is an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” Schickedanz told the Press-Citizen. “It’s also the culmination of a lot of my passions and work.”

After a difficult reopening, the executive director said the theater is ready to embrace its future as a performing arts venue and community arts leader.

‘It helped me get to where I am today’: theater closure brings new opportunities

Schickedanz joined Englert in 2019 as Chief Marketing Officer after a decade in the financial services industry.

Schickedanz had begun to reevaluate his work, wondering what his goals were and what contribution he wanted to make to the community where he lived.

The Fort Madison native grew up knowing Iowa City’s arts community and had come to town to see shows after the theater opened in 2004.

“When Andre (Perry) gave me the chance to take on the role of marketing director, it was really a dream come true at the time,” he said.

John Schickedanz, the Englert Theater's new executive director, poses last week in the Performing Arts Hall in downtown Iowa City.

Schickedanz moved to Iowa City around the same time as the 2008 flood. He said he saw how the relationship between Englert and Auditorium Hancher – who lost his home to the flood and worked with theater to help with programming – changed the trajectory of theatre. Although Schickedanz was not affiliated with the theater until 2019, he observed the evolution of the theater.

“I’m lucky to have this background and to see how Englert has grown,” he said. “I even know just since I’ve been here, how our vision of this organization has changed, how we view ourselves and where we hope to go in the future.”

About six months into Schickedanz’s job as marketing director, the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Communications became the fact that the theater had to close – which lasted 18 months – and lay off staff. Some of the responsibilities that would have been given to Schickedanz as chief marketing officer would not occur until the theater reopened.

The closure helped prepare Schickedanz to take on the role of executive director.

He said that during the pandemic, the Englert Theater staff were “all doing things that none of us knew how to do before”.

A virtual season, podcast, and renovations were among the many things the theater and Schickedanz were doing. He served as an executive producer on some of these programs, communicating on salary, gear, lineup and more.

“It really gave me a lot more insight into the organization as a whole outside of the marketing silos and helped me to be able to interact with different staff members that I normally wouldn’t have had a lot of interaction with. interaction,” he said. . “I think that helped me get to where I am today.”

The closure wasn’t the only challenge. The reopening of the theater was also difficult.

The theater had to hire and retrain staff amid the transition from Perry’s departure, secure the theater’s finances and maintain community confidence that Englert was taking the necessary steps to ensure the space was safe to visit during the pandemic, he said.

The theater also dealt with the cancellation of acts, a common occurrence in performance halls across America.

Now that those challenges have been met, the theater is able to think about the future, Schickedanz said.

‘We need to have a clear consensus on the direction we’re taking’: What’s next for Englert Theater

Perry announced he was leaving the Englert Theater in August 2021.

He had worked with Schickedanz for three years.

“In my experience with him, John has always been a leader,” Perry told the Press-Citizen in an email. “He guides projects with thoughtful precision, but more importantly, he acts with compassion. He cares about the people – the community, the artists and the staff – and he wants everyone to succeed. I’m so excited to watch and enjoy this next chapter of the Englert Theatre.”

The theater embarked on a nationwide search to fill the role.

In a press release on Schickedanz’s appointment as Executive Director, Board Member Jesse Singerman said, “Schickedanz’s understanding of Englert’s mission and vision for the future of the arts at Iowa City…really stood out in a deep pool of talented candidates.”

“I think Englert, as a leader in the arts in this community, has a real opportunity to play an even bigger role than we already do in terms of access to the arts, bringing diverse art on our stage and ensuring that the local arts ecosystem is supported,” said Schickedanz. “But we need to have a clear consensus on the direction we are taking.”

While Schickedanz will be able to guide conversations about the future of Englert, he wants to hear from everyone who works in the theater and the people the theater works with in the community about what gaps it can fill.

“I have an idea of ​​where we are, and I have a lot of ideas that I can bring to the table about where we’re headed,” he said. “But it shouldn’t just be my voice.”

Schickedanz said his assumption of what the theater might do in the coming years, from a financial standpoint, is that the theater will have to ramp up its programming to justify the growth the organization needs. That could be more programming in other community spaces or filling the Englert more often, he said.

L’Englert can also better demonstrate its impact and communicate to the community some of the “incredible” work the nonprofit does, especially when it comes to which artists it features and why, according to Schickedanz.

He said the theater has an “obligation to the community” to invest in arts education and access to the arts.

This work has already begun through the Strengthen Grow Evolve campaign, which conducts research on how to “improve access to the arts and expand engagement” for Johnson County schools and communities.

“We’ve grown tremendously over the past 15 years, and I’ve really challenged staff to think about our organization differently,” he said.

“We are no longer a struggling organization. We have become a leader in this community, not only in Iowa City, but also in Johnson County and eastern Iowa. And we are considered a programmatic leader nationally. We must therefore think of ourselves differently because we have a role to fulfill.

Paris Barraza covers entertainment, lifestyle and the arts at Iowa City Press-Citizen. Contact her at [email protected] or (319) 519-9731. Follow her on Twitter @ParisBarraza.

Fountain Theater revives play ‘ROE’ as ‘political rally’

When the Supreme Court’s initial draft opinion to overturn Roe v Wade was leaked, Fountain Theater artistic director Stephen Sachs said he immediately took action to “give voice to what is happening right now. moment”.

“As a theater maker, I wanted to find a way to use our art form as a vehicle for social action,” he says.

Sachs sought to set up staged readings of Lisa Loomer’s play “ROE,” which delves deep into the people behind the landmark abortion rights case. To speed up the process, he reached out to people who had worked on previous productions of the play, bringing in performers from Chicago’s 2020 Goodman Theater production of “ROE” in addition to local actors.

The “guerrilla-style, hyper-staged” reading, which will run from June 25 to July 10 at the Fountain Theater in Hollywood, began rehearsals on June 16, bringing back familiar faces from previous “ROE” productions that , like Sachs, were flustered by the impending decision. On the evening of July 1, Emmy-winning actors Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless will support the timely production as co-hosts. Their presence adds more weight to Sachs’ notion that the race is more than a theater, it’s “a political rally.”

“The issue of abortion is one of the most contentious and contentious issues facing our country,” Sachs says. “A lot of us already have strong opinions – one way or another – about it, but I think a lot of us aren’t really aware or don’t remember how we are. got there.”

Director Vanessa Stalling walks among the cast and crew of the play as they kick off rehearsals at the Fountain Theater on Friday, June 17, 2022.

(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)

Sachs believes “ROE” will help educate and enlighten people on the case. The play tells the stories of attorney Sarah Weddington, who argued Roe against Wade in the Supreme Court, and Norma McCorvey (known in the case as “Jane Roe”), a woman with a complex background seeking to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. It follows the two women after the landmark 1973 ruling and reflects on the contentious debate over legalizing abortion in the United States.

Loomer’s play had its world premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2016. She says it was in response to 2016 presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

“It started when it looked like Hillary was going to be president,” Loomer says, “and now I’m approaching a moment that could be the end of Roe vs. Wade.”

In each iteration of “ROE”, Loomer rewrites the beginning and ending of the piece to reflect the present and connect to current events. In the six years the play has played across the United States, she says, the cultural divide on abortion has widened.

“I can’t think of a play that looks at current history in which the time frame of its staging has reflected such a drastic change in our country,” she says.

Two women seated at a table with scripts in front of them.

Kate Middleton, left, and Christina Hall rehearse “ROE.”

(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)

When the opinion leaked, Christina Hall, who is set to represent Weddington in the reading, says she was in “stunned silence”.

“I couldn’t even really talk about it,” Hall says, adding that it was like “a step back.”

She says she joined the reading to re-emphasize the story of Roe vs. Wade after starring in the Goodman Theater’s 2020 production. She hopes the reading can “remind everyone that this is important”.

“It’s about honoring the legacy of our ancestors,” she says. “It’s about honoring the legacy of our daughters. It’s about knowing how we move forward as much as it’s about learning where we came from.

Kate Middleton, who plays McCorvey, sees education as central to ROE. For her, “Information is the key.

“The play was written to show both sides of the argument, and it was done well,” says Middleton, adding, “Information needs to be provided on this very important story and [its] the story, and then people can make their decision based on that.

Exploring the complex history of how McCorvey became involved in the case and her attitudes afterward allows the audience to see the differing opinions in the abortion debate. Middleton says she wants the reading to spur people to action, especially after spending more than two years in a pandemic.

“The fact that this issue has been brought to the table again at this time is appalling to me after everything everyone has been through,” she said.

A woman in a blue T-shirt and jeans sits at a table with a script.

Kate Middleton will play Norma McCorvey, aka plaintiff “Jane Roe,” in “ROE.”

(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)

Sachs turns to theater to address critical issues such as abortion rights. He says he aims to create a “gathering place for the people of Los Angeles” through the series of readings.

“It’s one thing to read something in a newspaper or watch it on the news, but to see human beings engaged in these real-life issues in person before you humanizes these great social challenges in a way that is unique to the world. theatre,” he explains.

To make the bitter reality easier to swallow, Loomer uses comedy in the play to humanize the characters and portray the issue of abortion rights on a personal level. Director Vanessa Stalling says the comedy provides a unifying moment for audiences to reflect on.

“When you have space in your brain to laugh, you have space in your brain to think,” Stalling says.

After the first day of rehearsal, Stalling says the impending Supreme Court opinion adds a new focus to the play.

“The room just resonates in a different way,” she says. “You hear the lines a little differently now, knowing that Roe [vs. Wade] could be gone.

A woman, seen from behind, points to three women seated at a table opposite her.

Director Vanessa Stalling works with seated actors Kate Middleton, left, Christina Hall and Susan Lynskey on ‘ROE’ at the Fountain Theater on Friday, June 17, 2022.

(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)

As the cast takes over the outdoor space of the Fountain Theater to revitalize the characters of “ROE” and the monumental affair in United States history, Sachs seeks to create a safe space for Angelenos to reflect on the drastic changes in the right to abortion.

“I’m really into catching lightning in a bottle and creating theater in the moment,” says Sachs.

The series of readings was created through an accelerated process that could only be achieved with passion for the cause.

“Artists are angry and scared, and don’t want to feel hopeless or helpless,” he says. “And it’s a way of doing what we do, artistically, to give voice to this crucial issue for women.”

Shropshire Musical Theater Company seeks performers for production of Shrek JR

A Shropshire musical theater company is looking for junior performers to star in an exciting new production of Shrek JR at Theater Severn.

Following the success of their Easter productions Matilda Jr and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat, Get Your Wigle On will give young performers the opportunity to perform this new JR musical title based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film and the fantastic comedy Broadway musical. .

The musical follows the story of the film – everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a group of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

With plenty of imaginative set and costume possibilities and a host of exaggerated roles for an expandable cast, there’s a part for everyone in this dazzling adventure story.

Open auditions for performers ages 9-18 will be held this week at the company’s downtown dance studio.

Those interested in auditioning are asked to book an audition slot through the Get Your Wigle On website. You can also call one of the musical theater teams on 01743 272217 or email [email protected] for more information.

Shrek Jr will take place at Theater Severn in April 2023.

An overnight incident took place at Bolivar train station

BOLIVAR, Tenn. – Late Sunday evening, WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News received phone calls, messages and reports of an alleged shooting that allegedly took place at a Shell gas station in Bolivar.

We received video from a tipster who went live on Facebook during the incident. The video shows a large police presence at the Shell located at 320 West Market Street.

You can see at least five or more law enforcement vehicles, a warning tape surrounding the building, and an ambulance.

Throughout the video, you can also see several people standing outside the gas station. The Facebook Live lasted a full hour.

We visited on Monday morning and the gas station appeared to be operating during normal hours, with customers coming and going.

A man who lives nearby said he was walking his dog outside when he heard a few gunshots. He said he thought someone was hammering something until he noticed vehicles speeding past the gas station.

Another neighbor says she was outside around 10 p.m., but didn’t hear anything. However, she says she noticed some police lights and didn’t give it a second thought.

Details of possible injuries and the number of people involved have not been confirmed by authorities at this time.

We contacted the Bolivar Police Department for more information, but due to observance of the holiday, most officials were away from the office.

Stay with us online and live as details become available.

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‘Falsettos’ arrives at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin

APPLETON, (WFRV) — The Next Chapter Actors, an independent theater company from northeastern Wisconsin, will present four performances of the musical “Falsettos” this week at the Kimberly-Clark Theater at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (PAC). Info.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on June 23 and 24 and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on June 25.

“Falsettos” was written by William Finn (music, lyrics and book) and James Lapine (book).

The show premiered on Broadway in 1992 and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, winning Best Book and Best Original Score. The musical was revived on Broadway in 2016. The revival was filmed and adapted for the PBS television series “Live from Lincoln Center,” which aired in October 2017.

The Next Chapter Actors is a non-profit theater group made up of community members who perform theater focused on “real world” events and topics.

Artistic director Kyle Weidman describes “Fallettos” as “a contemporary musical about family, relationships, therapy, bar mitzvahs and AIDS.

“Marvin, a neurotic and closeted homosexual leaves his wife, Trina, and son, Jason, to be with his lover, Whizzer. In time, Trina ends up romantically involved with the family’s psychiatrist, Mendel, while Jason is stuck in the middle.

“Things are racing and problems are getting worse, but with the help of their lesbian neighbors, Charlotte and Cordelia, Marvin and his entire family are learning to grow and face their future with love and dignity.

Cast and Crew: Natalie Beck, Alexis Berget, Abby Charlier, Joseph Gallo, Chase Grabowski, Craig Hietpas, Marki Hietpas, Tyler Hietpas, Brittney Koerner-Wrench, John Leja, Jensen Mackenzie, Audrey Soberg, Austin Walls, Ethan Wege , John Wiedman, Kyle Weidman, Tina Weidman and Sarah Wheeler.

Many players have extensive experience in the region’s stages.

“Falsettos” is The Next Chapter Actors’ third production to premiere at PAC. The company was launched by Kyle Weidman in 2016.

Australia’s power crisis forces manufacturers to consider overseas moves and production cuts

By Byron Kaye

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s biggest building materials makers are cutting operations, raising prices and considering moving production overseas to manage a spike in electricity and gas bills, adding to pressure on the government to solve the country’s energy crisis.

The CEOs of Brickworks Ltd, the country’s largest brick maker, and Boral Ltd, the largest maker of most other building materials, have signaled the changes even as Australia’s new Labor government seeks to strengthen the power supply and lower electricity prices.

Electricity prices jumped in Australia amid a shortage of coal-fired generation due to planned and unplanned outages, driving up demand for gas-fired generation along with demand for gas for heating jumped during a cold spell.

The price spike was exacerbated by record global coal and gas prices, fueled by sanctions against Russia.

That has left Australia’s A$100 billion ($70 billion) manufacturing sector, a major consumer of electricity and gas, exposed to soaring costs, especially those whose cheaper long-term energy contracts are coming. at expiration.

Brickworks, for example, has gas contracts with Santos Ltd averaging AU$10 per gigajoule, locked in for two years, against the current government-mandated AU$40 price cap.

“If we were to pay, when our contract was renewed (the current spot price), we would no doubt be closing factories and moving production overseas,” said Lindsay Partridge, managing director of Brickworks.

Brickworks pays just $3 per gigajoule for gas in the United States, where it owns Pennsylvania-based brick maker Glen-Gery Corp.

“If we’re driving and you had to pay AU$40 and I could buy petrol in the US for AU$3, then that’s a pretty easy equation to solve,” Partridge added.

The United States generates only a sixth of Brickworks’ revenue from building materials, but the company could save money by shipping its products back to Australia, he said.

Boral, which lowered its full-year profit forecast in May in part because of energy costs, told Reuters it had scaled back operations due to “the speed and scale of the change in energy prices”.

“We have been forced to temporarily reduce certain areas of our operations and unfortunately had no choice but to pass the increases directly on to customers,” Chief Executive Zlatko Todorcevski said in an email to Reuters. without specifying the size or the products concerned. by the cuts. “We have also had to accelerate our overhead review plans as we offset these inflationary challenges.”

Boral welcomed the Australian energy market operator’s decision last week to cap wholesale power prices and take control of the power supply, but Todorcevski said the temporary measures “don’t do not provide long-term confidence to large manufacturers”.

The Business Council of Co-Operatives and Mutuals said this month that manufacturers were choosing between shutting down “unprofitable operations” and passing higher costs on to consumers as energy bills jumped by more than 600 % in a few months.

Incitec Pivot, Australia’s biggest fertilizer maker, said it would close its Brisbane plant at the end of 2022 because it was unable to secure an affordable gas deal.


The latest crisis has highlighted the need for increased domestic gas supply for a country that is the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Industrialists have long called for gas export controls or gas reservations for the domestic market. Gas prices have more than tripled since 2014, when Australia started exporting LNG from the east coast.

In Western Australia, where 15% of gas is reserved for local consumption, domestic prices are only a fraction of the east coast price cap.

“There is certainly a strong call from many quarters for something to be done and a lot of people pointing to gas export controls,” said Tennant Reed, director of energy policy at the Australian Industry Group.

Australia’s new resources minister, Madeleine King, said all options were on the table to deal with gas supply challenges.

Successive governments have previously opposed a gas reserve on the east coast, under pressure from gas producers who say the structure would discourage new investment.

“It’s something I raised 10-12 years ago with the previous Labor government about exporting all the gas and connecting the east coast of Australia to international markets,” said Partridge, CEO of Brickworks.

“Now everything has gone home to roost.”

($1 = 1.4388 Australian dollars)

(Reporting by Byron Kaye; Additional reporting by Sonali Paul in Melbourne; Editing by Lincoln Feast.)

Auto repair chains lure customers with terrifying interest rates on sketchy repair loans

Auto repairs are expensive. Nowadays, with automotive technology evolving at such a high speed, we are seeing more complex systems in our cars. Because of this, once-minor repairs, like a fender bender, could now be an expensive repair because the bumper has so many sensors and wiring. With this in mind, there has been a rise in auto repair chains that entice customers to obtain exorbitant loans for costly repairs.

A person looking under the hood of a car | Getty Images

Should you take out a loan for a car repair?

It’s not so much financial advice as advice for navigating car repairs. This problem is not new. Predatory lending is a major problem in the United States, but don’t worry. The best way to defend yourself against loans like this is to do your research and be prepared, so you don’t get cheated.

According to The Drive, the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) flagged some auto repair chains for using predatory and possibly “circumventing the law” lending to lure customers into outrageous interest rates. The NCLC says these “rent-a-banks” charge customers up to 189% interest on auto repair loans. These criminal rates leave people with even small repair bills unable to repay the loan.

What is EasyPay Finance?

Brake pad service on a Ford Mustang performed by IFBB professional wheelchair bodybuilder Johnny Quinn

Servicing the Brake Pads on a Ford Mustang | Patrick Smith/Getty Images

EasyPay Finance is one of the “rent-a-banks” accused of being particularly odious. This group works in conjunction with TBA Bank of Ogden, Utah. EasyPay Finance has received hundreds of complaints of deception regarding various loans. Customers at furniture stores, pet stores, and auto and tire repair centers are offered these 90-day payment plans with juicy incentives.

The main hook offers full interest repayment if the loan is repaid within the specified time. However, these loans often hide insane interest rates that reach up to 189%. The NCLC has gone so far as to say that these loans are unethical, cruel, and even illegal in some states. In many cases, interest rates are hidden in the fine print. Some don’t even mention the rate until the paperwork is complete.

Which companies work with EasyPay Finance?

The reader says military veterans and active service members are among the most indebted.

This has led to allegations that stores facilitating these loans may be working with EasyPay to trick some customers.

Brands known to be affiliated with EasyPay, according to the NCLC, are Big O Tires, Grease Monkey, JiffyLube, Meineke, Midas and Precision Tune Auto Care.

Auto repairs are no joke these days

Tesla auto car service performed by service technician in Ningo, Zhejiang, China

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With the computerization of almost every aspect of modern cars, auto repairs have become more expensive. So even without predatory lenders, auto repairs can be very difficult for some people. By definition, these are the same people most susceptible to predatory lending.

Elyse Hicks, consumer policy adviser at Americans for Financial Reform, said ABC 27“Easy Pay and its leasing partner TAB Bank are attacking people in a way that exploits the centrality of cars in American society.”

To make matters worse, the complaints collected from the BBB, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the NCLC’s Ripoff Reports are more varied than the high interest rates. EasyPay’s sketchy practices lead to big administrative errors and unresponsive customer support. The Drive notes that EasyPay is even accused of making withdrawals from accounts for amounts not approved by the loan agreement. Sometimes these extra charges add to a customer’s debt with EasyPay.

The automotive market is already hard to follow these days without companies actively misleading people. Stay chill, friends.

RELATED: 3 Questions You Should Ask the Mechanic Before You Pay

‘Juneteenth A Global Celebration for Freedom’: How to watch and who’s performing

The event commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the United States and aims to educate viewers about the federal holiday enacted by President Biden last year.

Concert artists will include Chaka Khan, Khalid, Yolanda Adams, Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Billy Porter, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Earth, Wind & Fire, Jhené Aiko, Killer Mike, Lucky Daye, Mary Mary, Ne-Yo, Michelle Williams, Mickey Guyton, Robert Glasper, The Roots and Bell Biv DeVoe. The Re-Collective Orchestra, an all-black 68-piece symphony orchestra, will also perform.

Oscar-winning director Questlove and Adam Blackstone serve as musical directors for the event.

What to expect

The show is produced by creators Shawn Gee of Live Nation Urban and Jesse Collins Entertainment. Gee spoke to CNN in an interview on Thursday and explained how the show came to be.

“CNN and Live Nation had a big event called ‘NYC Homecoming Concert’ and the corporate relationship was formed at that event, and so CNN came back and said we wanted to do something around Juneteenth – big and bright and strong. Within Live Nation, Live Nation Urban is really the one that’s focused on black culture, so when the call came to the company, they ran the CNN team to me and they got says if you want to do something big, you have to do it with Shawn.

As for the location? “Similarly, I got a call from the Hollywood Bowl the year before and we couldn’t do it because of the short time frame, but I was able to marry the two ideas.”

Gee said the show will have many facets.

“We chose a group of artists who represent various genres,” Gee explained. “It’s not just music, there’s also narrative parts. We’re featuring different people who were pivotal in making this a federal holiday. The third thing is we’re going to make sure that people know the fight is not over.”

If you log in, you’ll also see former first lady Michelle Obama deliver special remarks. Famous presenters include Debbie Allen, Team USA gymnast Jordan Chiles, actors Michael Ealy, Gabourey Sidibe and Kendrick Sampson, comedians Leslie Jones and Lil Rel Howery, and ABC’s “Black-ish” stars Deon Cole, Marsai Martin and Miles Brown.

How to watch

The evening kicks off with a pre-show hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon at 7 p.m. ET, followed by the concert at 8 p.m. ET. The event will air on CNN and stream live for pay-TV subscribers via CNN.com and CNNgo where available.

Cinema to Reopen as SALA Los Alamos Event Center – Los Alamos Reporter

The lights were back on at the Reel Deal on Saturday night and the Hillstompers came out of the rain to entertain guests at the Los Alamos Network 25th Anniversary. Photo by Mayor O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Los Alamos Network owner Allan Saenz with his family at Saturday’s event. Pictured with Saenz are his mother, Ileana, wife Christa, daughter Sophia and sons Noah and Wesley. Photo by Mayor O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Among the guests at the Los Alamos Network 25th anniversary celebration were, from left, Leo Jaramillo, Ericka Gorman, Sammi Owens and Bill Gorman. Photo by Mayor O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

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There has been a lot of anticipation in the community over the past few days, especially when posters were seen outside the old Reel Deal Theatre. Then photos on social media showed the theater lights on, as they were before it closed, and there was a lot of speculation.

On Saturday evening, during a celebration of the 25e anniversary of Los Alamos Network hosted by Allan Saenz, it announced the purchase of the Reel Deal, which it will reopen as SALA Los Alamos Events Center and indeed retain its former usage while making some changes.

A few months ago, Saenz bid on a silent auction item at a Rotary club in Los Alamos, which included a private movie screening for a winner and his friends in a Reel Deal Theater auditorium donated by the former owner. of Reel Deal, Jim O’Donnell. and Leadership Circle, LLC. Saenz at the time was thinking of showing a movie to Los Alamos Network customers on the 25the birthday would be a good thing to do.

Saenz met with O’Donnell about his silent auction purchase and after speaking with O’Donnell and seeing the empty building, he returned to his office. One of his employees, Alicia Griego, said, ‘Allan, you should buy the cinema.

“I said, no way, there’s no way I could do this, and then I started researching and looking at a lot of things, and I started thinking this might work. Talking to many people, we see the theater reopening not only for movies but for many other things,” Saenz said. “That’s the idea behind the name SALA. Sala in Spanish is a room or space open and SALA is going to have open spaces for different types of activities.

He said that while talking with members of the community, many ideas for the event center came up, including watching Costa Rica play football at the World Cup! He said work is continuing on the project, but yes, the theater will be open again.

Guests at Saturday night’s event dined at food truck fare and were entertained by the Hillstompers before heading to one of the theaters where they watched a presentation about 25 years of the Los Alamos network.

Saenz and Eric Burnside also announced the launch of a new website, [email protected], which went live while everyone was at the theater, despite a power outage in town that affected part of the community.

News from the Los Alamos Reporter will be featured on the new website.

The Hillstompers were in top form Saturday night at the Reel Deal Theater. Photo by Mayor O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Sammi Owens and Eric Burnside Saturday night at the Reel Deal. Photo by Mayor O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Claire Singleton dances with the Hillstompers on Saturday night. Photo by Mayor O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Guests enjoy the music of the Hillstompers. Photo by Mayor O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Allan Saenz presents an engraved gift to Jim O’Donnell on Saturday night in honor of his years of community service while running the Reel Deal Theater. Photo by Mayor O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Los Alamos County Council Chairman Randall Ryti and his wife Wendy Swanson at Saturday’s event. Photo by Mayor O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Sara Eliav watches the Hillstompers on Saturday night at the Reel Deal. Photo by Mayor O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those who attended the Los Alamos Network’s 25th anniversary celebration. Photo by Mayor O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Pictured in the Reel Deal on Saturday night are, from left, Hans Herrmann, Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Herrmann and Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation Executive Director Lauren McDaniel. Photo by Mayor O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Los Alamos County Broadband Manager Jerry Smith and his wife at Saturday’s event. Photo by Mayor O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

A Hillstompers musician approaches the audience. Photo by Mayor O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Amélie causes a wide smile at the Center for Performing Arts – The Millbrook Independent

by Kevin T. McEneaney

If you still have a touch of Pandemic Blues, you can chase those worries away by attending Amelie at the Rhinebeck’s Center for Performing Arts where Kacie Boice (as Amélie) and Frank McGinnis (as Nino, the Moon Suitor) will transport you to the magical realm of 1970s and 1990s Paris. This unconventional musical set and romance in a Parisian cafe will make you laugh, make you want to sing along, and make you believe that the United States might one day magically transform into the France of comic book legend. The play tells the peculiar romance of two shy and unconventional people who shyly, reluctantly fall in love. The character of Amélie wants to please everyone and not herself! Singing of both tracks offers whimsical enchantment and delicious charm with the greatest graceful burden falling on the shoulders of soprano Kacie Boice. Lots of fun comes from voice projection Direct song….

Kacie Boice

Other notable performances include Mark Colvson who plays two distinctly different characters, an autistic painter who continually repaints Boating Party Lunch by Jean Renoir, and a sentimental, depressed, bipolar man who has a grandson he’s never met – Amélie makes it possible. Michael Juzwak plays Amélie’s senile father and a host of additional small roles: too many to count! At the cafe, Jody Satriani, Lynne Czajka, Melissa Mathews and Grace Burkhart are happily in tune as Amélie secretly and successfully plots to brighten their lives.

Mark Colvson and Kacie Boice

Jabez Jackson as Lucien and Adrien delivers a litany of exuberant laughs and deft comedic mimes. Jon Lee delivers an exuberantly satirical version of Elton John that is a real hoot. Dorothy Luongo as Amelie’s quirky, strict mother, Amandine, is all too convincing. We can’t wait to see young Zoey Morse again.

With veteran director Ellen Honig, this production goes through an intense emotional clip. Joanne Schubert played keyboard for the first act, then Paul Schubert played keyboard for the second act. The harmonious group of five musicians is always on stage in the background. As a scenic artist, Tom Starce delivers many digital extras, especially in photography. Sharon Penz’s choreography allows the large cast to dance and sway on a modest stage. Stage manager Paige Serell moves the photo booth, tables and chairs around so quickly it seems like a magical show.

You could spend thousands of dollars on a trip to Paris and eat in the wrong cafes when the freshly built French Music and Dance Cafe is open just down the street in Rhinebeck. You’ll laugh at the witty lines and discover those long-lost wonders of the pre-pandemic world where life can be fun, silly, and rejuvenating. Yes, you too can be reborn in song!

Frank McGinnis and Kacie Boice

Amelie is scheduled until July 3rd. For tickets, go to https://www.centerforperformingarts.org

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Yellowstone Repertory Theater’s Production of ‘Mud Blue Sky’ Worth Watching | Entertainment

The Yellowstone Repertory Theater continues its fourth season with a performance of “Mud Blue Sky” at the NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, which runs this weekend and next.

“Mud Blue Sky,” written by Marisa Wegrzyn, follows Beth, Sam, and Angie, a trio of flight attendants who reunite at a Chicago-area hotel. Their plans go awry early and often, and the group is interrupted by Jonathan, a high school drug dealer fleeing an unsuccessful prom.

YRT’s performance features a quartet of actors, all wonderful, some of them so trained they used to perform at NOVA when it was still Venture.

Anjanett Hawk stars as Beth, apparently the main character in the play. She’s a flight attendant, struggling with chronic pain and in late middle age while wondering whether to take a shrinking buyout to avoid the next round of layoffs. Hawk, a veteran actress who lives on the Hi-Line, shines in the role. She’s all about nerves and rough edges, giving a performance that emphasizes her character’s ferocity, while tackling the vulnerabilities that lurk beneath.

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Beth buys pot from Jonathan, brought to life with charm and ease by Jalani Lee. Jonathan is fresh out of prom, with a rented tuxedo (“I love teenagers in tuxedos, it’s like seeing a little dog in a Halloween costume,” growls one character) and a host of anxieties about of college and growth.

Anjanett Hawk as Beth and Barbara Stube as Sam in Marisa Wegrzyn’s Yellowstone Repertory Theater’s “Mud Blue Sky.”

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The pair are joined for a night of misadventure by delightfully nerdy Barbara Stube as Beth’s bacchanalian colleague Sam and Jorden Gilfeather as Angie, a recently fired former flight attendant. Angie gets the meatiest monologue in the play and Gilfeather is a game, subverting a character that exists for most of the play as comic relief in the emotional pivot of the whole story.

This is an example of how the whole script works. Wegrzyn’s prose is piquant and funny, intermittently effervescent and ponderous. It’s about small tragedies and wrecks in people’s lives, and how they interact with others.

And the location of the Roebling Theater in NOVA is pretty perfect. Set designers Craig Huisenga, Eric Logan and Company all did a great job capturing the drab interior of a dilapidated hotel room, with cheap pressed wood furniture, lamps that look like they were installed in the 1970s and the kind of stock photos that line the walls in places like this.

Plus, with NOVA’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” happening next door, the halls were filled with fairies, Athenians, and other colorful characters.

“Mud Blue Sky” is directed by Huisenga, who is also one of the co-founders of YRT. The theater company chose the play, Huisenga said in a press release, “because it’s funny and poignant, and it sympathizes with women balancing family and careers in stressful public jobs. We also like let the play surprise us – you assume the story will flow in a very superficial and formulaic way, but the playwright, Wegrzyn, goes further.

He is right. That empathetic touch and a handful of great performances make “Mud Blue Sky” a flight worth taking.

Nexo Co-Founder: Crypto Crash “Like the Panic of 1907”

Antoni Trenchev, co-founder and managing partner of the crypto lending platform Nexocompared the current crypto crash to the Panic of 1907—the first global financial crisis of the 20th century, in which wealthy Wall Street institutions were forced to come to the aid of their struggling peers.

“It reminds me, quite frankly, of the bank panic of 1907 where JP Morgan was forced to step in with its own funds and then rally all these guys who were solvent to fix the situation,” Trenchev said. Bloomberg Television Friday. “It was before the Federal Reserve, so there was no lender of last resort.”

He added that “the current situation is very similar” to these events, emphasizing that the company is committed to being part of the solution that will result in a consolidation of the broader crypto space.

While declining to comment on “ongoing processes,” Trenchev revealed that Nexo had been approached by three “family” Wall Street banks that “are looking to leverage their expertise with those that are creditworthy to help address the overall situation”. He added that the crypto space is heading towards “acquisitions and consolidation of the space.”

Earlier this week, Nexo offered to acquire “certain remaining eligible assets” from struggling rival Celsius, whose sudden decision to freeze withdrawals played a significant role in the subsequent market decline.

Until today, neither party had provided further comment on the matter, however, Trenchev has now said Nexo’s plan is to help “remediate the situation for the entire ecosystem”.

The crypto and Nexo crash

If Celsius, a crypto lending platform with nearly $12 billion in assets under management, becomes insolvent, it could have a domino effect on the market.

Three Arrows Capital (3AC) is one of the companies that may not be able to meet its commitments. The Singapore-based crypto hedge fund reportedly began selling assets earlier this week, including $40 million worth of Lido Staked Ethereum (stETH).

In the past, Nexo has partnered with 3AC on the development of a non-fungible token (NFT) loan product; however, it never took off.

Nexo declared earlier this week that he currently has no exposure to 3AC, which Trenchev reiterated in his interview with Bloomberg Television. “A few years ago they came to us and asked us for an unsecured loan, which we didn’t feel comfortable giving because it went against our risk management parameters, and they got it somewhere else,” he said.

Trenchev, however, noted that while lenders who have made unsecured loans to 3AC should be concerned, he “isn’t immediately worried about the ripple effects.”

“I think what happened to them is to a large extent already factored into the selling pressure we saw on Monday and Tuesday,” the Nexo chief said.

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Six Flags Entertainment Co. (NYSE:SIX) Chief Financial Officer Gary Mick Acquires 1,325 Shares

Six Flags Entertainment Co. (NYSE:SIX – Get Rating) Chief Financial Officer Gary Mick purchased 1,325 shares of Six Flags Entertainment in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 15. The shares were purchased at an average price of $23.82 per share, with a total value of $31,561.50. Following the purchase, the CFO now owns 30,000 shares of the company, valued at $714,600. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available via this hyperlink.

Gary Mick also recently made the following trade(s):

  • On Monday, June 13, Gary Mick purchased 1,000 shares of Six Flags Entertainment. The shares were purchased at an average price of $24.34 per share, with a total value of $24,340.00.
  • On Friday, June 10, Gary Mick purchased 1,000 shares of Six Flags Entertainment. The shares were purchased at an average price of $27.01 per share, with a total value of $27,010.00.

NYSE SIX traded down $2.88 on Thursday, hitting $20.19. 5,030,395 shares of the company were traded, compared to its average volume of 1,827,601. Six Flags Entertainment Co. has a 12-month low of $19.91 and a 12-month high of $47.24. The stock has a 50-day simple moving average of $33.29 and a 200-day simple moving average of $38.63. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.75 billion, a PE ratio of 11.03 and a beta of 2.24.

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Six Flags Entertainment (NYSE:SIX – Get Rating) last released its quarterly results on Thursday, May 12. The company reported ($0.76) EPS for the quarter, beating analyst consensus estimates of ($1.07) by $0.31. Six Flags Entertainment achieved a net margin of 10.31% and a negative return on equity of 15.34%. The company posted revenue of $138.10 million for the quarter, versus $122.26 million expected by analysts. During the same period last year, the company made ($1.12) earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue increased 68.4% year over year. On average, stock analysts predict Six Flags Entertainment Co. will post an EPS of 2.55 for the current fiscal year.

Several stock analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Citigroup cut its price target on shares of Six Flags Entertainment from $51.00 to $41.00 in a Friday, May 13 research report. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft cut its price target on shares of Six Flags Entertainment from $57.00 to $56.00 in a Friday, May 13 research report. Truist Financial cut its price target on shares of Six Flags Entertainment from $46.00 to $32.00 in a Friday, May 13 research report. B. Riley lowered his price target on Six Flags Entertainment stock from $63.00 to $55.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a Thursday, April 21 report. Finally, Rosenblatt Securities assumed coverage for Six Flags Entertainment stocks in a report on Monday, April 25. They have set a “buy” rating and a price target of $56.00 on the stock. One equity research analyst gave the stock a hold rating and eight gave the stock a buy rating. Based on data from MarketBeat, the company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $49.89.

Several institutional investors have recently changed their holdings in SIX. Verition Fund Management LLC increased its holdings in Six Flags Entertainment by 61.5% in the first quarter. Verition Fund Management LLC now owns 22,936 shares of the company valued at $998,000 after acquiring 8,731 additional shares in the last quarter. Walleye Capital LLC increased its stake in Six Flags Entertainment by 1,076.5% in the first quarter. Walleye Capital LLC now owns 88,735 shares of the company valued at $3,860,000 after acquiring an additional 81,193 shares last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its stake in Six Flags Entertainment by 39.5% in the first quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 106,483 shares in the company valued at $4,632,000 after acquiring 30,140 additional shares last quarter. Weiss Multi Strategy Advisers LLC purchased a new position in Six Flags Entertainment during the first quarter at a value of $8,262,000. Finally, Penn Capital Management Company LLC increased its position in Six Flags Entertainment by 0.7% during the first quarter. Penn Capital Management Company LLC now owns 60,218 shares of the company valued at $2,645,000 after purchasing an additional 425 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors hold 88.55% of the company’s shares.

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Six Flags Entertainment Corporation owns and operates regional theme and water parks under the Six Flags name. Its parks offer various thrill rides, water attractions, themed areas, concerts and shows, restaurants, game rooms and retail outlets. The company also sells food, beverages, merchandise and other products and services at its parks.

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Business in the back, party in the front: Salted Words hosts an open house in a new event space – Leader Publications

DOWAGIAC – Walking down E. Division Street in Dowagiac, passers-by are greeted by a mural of angel wings with a Bible verse written beside it.

“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt,” the sign reads. “So that you know how you should respond to each.

Inside the mural-decorated facade is a custom sign company and the new Salted Words event venue. Owned by mother-daughter duo Tracy Saylor and Robin Bowman, Salted Words held an open house on Monday night to show off its new event space, as well as joining the Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon-tying ceremony.

“It’s a great night,” Saylor told a crowd of home fans. “We hope you keep coming back and renting the front space and seeing what we do all the time. We hope to change what happens in front of this building forever.

Salted Words started as a craft project in a spare bedroom and slowly evolved into a thriving Esty business. As the business grew, Saylor and his daughter Bowman bought the old Division Tire building at 313 E. Division St. and turned it into their shop.

The duo always had ideas to turn the building’s empty storefront into a community space, and after more than three years, the idea came to fruition after a private birthday party they hosted.

“People were asking if they could also rent it for a birthday party or anniversary,” Saylor said. “We think it will be a nice, smaller room for people to rent at an affordable price, rather than spending $1,000.”

In addition to renting the space for private events and meetings, Salted Words plans a monthly “Makers Market” featuring local Michiana-area artisan products, as well as food vendors. The first market is scheduled for July 14-16.

“Thinking about it, I’m heartbreaking how God brought this place together,” Saylor said, in a Facebook post after the open house. “The process from start to finish of this [renovation] will have a special place in my heart. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for this place. As of this day, we are now officially open for business! Praise be to our almighty that he carried us through!

Room rental packages start at $190. To reserve space or browse their selection of custom signs, visit saltedwords.com.

Colorado’s Moulin Rouge actor surprised by reunion with performing arts teacher – News, Weather & Sports For All Of Colorado

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SonyLiv Lines Up ‘Freedom At Midnight’ Drama Series – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: SonyLIV has commissioned its most ambitious original series to date, an adaptation of the Indian independence non-fiction book freedom at midnightas the streamer prepares to become a global service within three years.

News of the series order came in an extensive interview with SonyLIV’s Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer, Danish Khan, who also oversees Sony Entertainment Television and production arm Studio NEXT. During the conversation, he touched on several other new commissions, global expansion plans and the future of the popular Scam detective thriller brand.

drama series midnight freedom is based on a non-fiction book by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins and presented as an epic political thriller set in 1947, the year of India’s independence and partition. Abhinandan Gupta, Adwitiya Kareng Das and Gundeep Kaur are adapting the text as writers.

“Independence was not just a move from British rule to an Indian democratic system. It was made up of many elements, actors, subtexts and undercurrents and this text is very well documented on the inner workings of the days leading up to Indian independence,” Khan told Deadline.


SonyLIV sister company Studio NEXT is working on freedom at midnight with Emmay Entertainment trio Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani and Nikkhil Advani, who produce with the latter as showrunner. “We have the right partner – Nikkhil Advani has done a fantastic job with our rocket boy series,” Khan said.

The second season of Rocket Boy – about the men behind India’s nuclear and space programs – is one of many more SonyLIV originals to come, along with others including Vikas Bahl’s good bad girl; in-house manufacturing Faadu; Tanaavan adaptation of the Israeli drama Fauda; and garmiwhich comes from Tigmanshu Dhulia.

Khan’s chief noted that since SonyLIV shifted from a catch-up service to a subscription model focused on ambitious original shows in June 2020, the streamer had grown from less than 80,000 users to more than 18 million.

SonyLIV chief revealed freedom at midnight was the service’s biggest production investment to date, with filming planned in India, Switzerland and the UK and several high-profile stars set to be cast. “It’s the most expensive and ambitious show we’ve done so far, just because of the number of people involved and the number of great lead artists,” he said.

The show is currently in an extended pre-production stage, with plans to shoot in the next six to nine months, COVID permitting.

He also revealed three other original shows: Children of Libertywhich is from showrunner Sudhir Mishra and based around a group in their mid-twenties in 1977 who suffered the first government crackdown in their lifetime; Jazz Town ’71, which deals with the Bangladesh liberation war and which Khan presents as “the only language war”; and India’s first election, about how despite massive illiteracy after India’s independence in 1947, a democratic election was held. Rahul Dholakia is a creator and director and StudioNEXT produces.

Global launch plans

SonyLIV, which like Studio NEXT is part of Culver Max Entertainment (fka Sony Pictures Networks India), operates in a fiercely competitive Indian OTT market, where Disney+ Hotstar and Viacom18 battled this week for IPL rights. He has access to Culver Max’s library of shows and movies, but is now focused on pursuing original orders.

Khan said the service, which is known for popular crime drama Scam 1992: The story of Harshad Mehtacould reach far beyond its current subscriber base and was now beginning its international expansion partially delayed by the pandemic – with plans to be a global service for the Indian diaspora within three years.

SonyLIV is currently available in 28 territories including Europe, UK, Middle East, North Africa, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. In the United States, it launched on Sling TV.

One in five or sixth people in the world is Indian, so the market is really big but the value hasn’t been unlocked over the years,” Khan said. “The thing is, technology like OTT, good direct-to-consumer and long-tail shows are more likely to travel. It may take time, but we will be a great Indian content service for the global market.

Turning a “scam” into a big business

Elsewhere, Khan spoke about the future of Applause Entertainment’s production Scam franchise, which began with Scam 1992: The story of Harshad Mehta and will soon continue with Scam 2003: The Telgi Storywhich stars Gagan Dev Riar as counterfeit magnate Abdul Karim Telgi and has Hansal Mehta as showrunner.

“Scam it’s not about the crime but about a very smart and capable person losing his way and his morals,” he said. “These cases will continue to emerge in society. They are absolutely brilliant minds, ambitious people, and they always have a story for everyone. The brand can continue for Applause and us.

Scam 2003 Set to launch in 2023 as part of what Khan calls a strategy of “cerebral yet entertaining” original shows.

Mortgage rates fall sharply after Fed announcement

The pace of soaring mortgage rates over the past few days has only been staggering— especially since it started when rates were already near their highest levels in more than a decade. From an average level of 5.55% for a leading 30-year fixed quote on Thursday, the average lender was up 6.28% yesterday afternoon.

The drama began with last Friday’s Consumer Price Index (CPI), a key inflation report that showed prices rising faster than expected. Inflation is the Fed’s main concern right now and the main reason for its increasingly aggressive efforts to raise rates in 2022.

CPI alone would not were worth the drama we witnessed, however. The frenzy of the past few days was compounded by the fact that the financial market knew there was a Fed announcement coming on Wednesday AND that the Fed was in its regularly scheduled “blackout period.” During the blackout period, the Fed refrains from public commentary on monetary policy. In other words, markets were unaware of what the Fed’s response to the CPI data might be, and imaginations ran wild.

When we finally heard from the Fed today, the initial reaction suggested the market wild imagination was actually quite accurate. The Fed raised its key rate by the same 75 basis points (0.75%) forecast by Fed Funds Futures (negotiable contracts that allow markets to bet on the level of the Fed Funds rate). Not only that, but the initial reaction in bonds (where we would expect to see the most visible reaction, and the financial instruments that dictate the movement of interest rates) has been quite sideways.

How is it possible ? ! If the Fed increased by 75 basis points, wouldn’t mortgage rates increase by 75 basis points?

This question is a popular source of frustration for those of us in the industry. The short answer is that the fed funds rate does not dictate mortgage rates. At best, large shifts in expectations for the fed funds rate usually translate quite well to the dynamics of mortgage rates. The bottom line, however, is that by the time the Fed raises or cuts mortgage rates, mortgage rates have already reacted to whatever the Fed might do.

Back to today’s positive turn of events for rates… It wasn’t until Fed Chair Powell made a key comment that bonds felt reassured. What did Powell say? It was actually quite simple. Powell does not expect rate hikes of 75 basis points to be common and that the next meeting would involve a decision between that and 50 basis points.

For a market that was “safe”, we would see 2 consecutive 75 basis point increases, worth a reprieve from the recent stress. Importantly, by raising 75 bps at this meeting and leaving it on the table for the next meeting, Powell also showed the markets that he was serious about righting the Fed’s wrongs on the security front. inflation (the “wrongs” being that the Fed let politics get too hot for too long and underestimated the tenacity of the current inflation regime).

The bond market rejoiced, with the bonds that specifically underpin mortgage rates improving enough for the average lender to cut rates by at least a quarter point. Some lenders have lowered rates more than that, depending on the starting point. By this I mean that the rate cut depends on the actual level of yesterday’s rate quote. If it was 6.75%, for example, some lenders have dropped as low as 6.25% (one of the biggest one-day falls in history), but if it was 6.25, the same lender might have only been down about a quarter point (still phenomenal, but not 2x phenomenal).

As has been and continues to be the case, the mortgage market is currently a highly stratified and highly volatile environment. There are no credit availability issues (i.e. money is available to lend and there are no “signs of stress” like some poorly worded articles irresponsible as claimed recently), but it’s not all sunshine and lollypops when it comes to buying and selling mortgage bonds in the secondary market. This affects prices and rates both in terms of high rate levels and volatile moment-to-moment movement. The other noticeable effect is that loans that previously allowed the lender to pay the borrower’s closing costs instead require borrowers to bring cash to the table.

Whether or not rates continue to fall is a matter of debate and uncertainty. What we saw today was a reasonably logical rally after the bond market got too excited over the past few days. Overall, the most meaningful rate rally can only come from reassuring inflation data. As I had advised for the past few months, this will take several months to materialize. Until then, we expect a volatile sideways range. This range was quickly widened this week, but the high rates seen yesterday should serve as a ceiling for now. Worrying new developments in inflation would be needed for this to change.

The company behind PUBG shows off its ‘hyper-realistic’ virtual human

Krafton is best known for games like PUBG and the next Callisto Protocol – but today he is showing something very different. The company is teasing a “virtual human” named Ana, who it says will “help establish” its Web3 ecosystem. The character was built using the Unreal Engine – which itself has a tool specifically aimed at realistic digital people – as well as what Krafton describes as “hyperrealism, rigging and learning in depth”.

It’s unclear exactly how Ana will fit into the loosely defined vision of a metaverse or Web3, though Krafton has flirted with NFTs and blockchain in the past. In the meantime, it looks like his realistic virtual human will try to become some kind of celebrity instead. “We expect her to spark the interest and popularity of Gen Z around the world,” Josh Seokjin Shin, head of Krafton’s Creative Center, said in a statement. “Ana will release an original music track and expand her scope as an influencer in various fields of entertainment and esports.”

Image: Krafton

This kind of virtual influencer isn’t a new concept, of course, and these digital personas have already made their way into everything from music videos to video games to Ikea installations, not to mention social media like Instagram and Tik Tok. Krafton, however, seems to be betting that the focus on technology will make his character stand out and prevent the demise of unfortunate virtual beings like the star of Final Fantasy: Spirits Within.

Krafton says he will release more details about Ana later this year, including “a unique story arc.” Who knows, maybe she’ll make her way into a massive fantasy epic.

An event space for rent to celebrate a baptism

HALTOM CITY, TX, June 15, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — A baptism is definitely one of the proudest moments within a family. Whether it is a newborn baby being baptized or an older person who has just become a believer, it is a joyful event.

This is where we come in. Because that’s what the Tarrant Events Center specializes in – celebrating joyous events.

So when you’re looking for a small event space to rent – ​​a place to gather and break bread after a christening – look no further. And while we can do small, we can also do up to 275. In a brand new location with all kinds of state-of-the-art amenities in Haltom City, TX.

“It makes sense in a beautiful way,” says Tarrant Events Center marketing manager Jennifer Knittel. “People have baby showers here, and then they want to socialize and share the joy here after baptisms. And maybe a year later an uncle or a friend wants to accept the Catholic faith, and we also have his baptism party. .

Once you call to book TEC as your christening afterparty venue, you’ll discover many special features, including food choices ranging from the caterer or chef of your choice to the proverbial BYOB, which stands for Bring Your Own. bottle (needless to say, you bring your own baby). There is over an acre of shady greenery to walk around and enjoy the day; we also accept dogs. And at the end, an invoice that has been discussed beforehand, reflecting our popular all-inclusive pricing.

“Add to that that we have a convenient, easy-to-find location and that we truly understand the significance of such a blessed event, and you’ll be telling your friends about us,” enthuses Jennifer.

“When they tell me what it was like when they sprinkled water drops on the head of such an innocent little one, I’m the one who has to wipe my face. I tear up for everything that is beautiful, ”she smiles.

To find out why TEC is the best choice of all local venues for special events in honor of baptisms, wedding anniversaries, and more, call Tarrant Events Center at (817) 996-3636 or visit our website.

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The Tarrant Events Center (TEC) is located at 5230 Denton Highway, off the 820 loop, in Haltom City, Texas. With over 5,000 square feet of indoor space and one acre of landscaped grounds, TEC is an ideal party space rental for adults and children. For more information, call Jennifer at (817) 996-3636 or visit Tarrant Events Center.

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Palm Beach County Cultural Council Kicks Off Summer with Sizzling Summer Performing Arts Series

Your arts forecast this summer is hot, hot, hot with the Palm Beach County Cultural Council’s Summer Performing Arts Series!

The first in-person series since 2019, The Council will host exciting evenings of dance and music in July and August at its main gallery in Lake Worth Beach. Featuring local artists, performances will include a special retrospective dance night with Demetrius Klein Dance Company (July 2), a bluesy and groovy night of soul music by JM and The Sweets (July 9), an exclusive tribute to the punk band British rock The Clash from feel-good reggae rockers Spred The Dub (August 6) and acoustic folk favorites from South Florida folk band The Lubben Brothers (August 20).

“We are thrilled to invite locals to the Palm Beach County Cultural Council for our first in-person summer concert series in three years,” said Dave Lawrence, President and CEO of the Cultural Council. “Reflecting our mission to nurture the arts locally, the series will feature a fantastic lineup of local artists. It’s a wonderful opportunity to support Palm Beach County’s cultural community and enjoy uplifting summer evening performances. in a unique historical space.”

The performances scheduled for the Summer Performing Arts Series are as follows:

Saturday July 2 – Demetrius Klein Dance Company
On the eve of Demetrius Klein’s 60th birthday, the Demetrius Klein Dance Company will present a special retrospective evening with excerpts from works that span from 1986 (when the company was established) to the present. Some of Klein’s most important and award-winning works will be represented, in addition to a special new work woven throughout the exhibition. This is not to be missed !

Saturday July 9 – JM and The Sweets
South Florida soul band JM and The Sweets will make your summer Saturday a little sweeter! Led by Palm Beach-based singer-songwriter Josh Miles, the band’s music can be described as sometimes bluesy, relentlessly groovy in others, and always soulful. The band’s debut EP, Sol Village, was released in May 2017 via Stank Records.

Saturday August 6 – Spred the Dub
Long-time local favorite “good time reggae” band Spred the Dub will perform original songs and a tribute to The Clash, the English rock band formed in London in 1976 whose musicians were key players in the original wave of British punk rock.

Saturday August 20 – The Lubben Brothers
Acoustic Folk Favorites The Lubben Brothers return to the Cultural Council to wrap up their Summer 2022 Performing Arts Series. Comprised of triplets who are each high-energy acoustic musicians, the Lubben Brothers specialize in tight vocal harmonies and an eclectic mix of folk instruments including banjo, mandolin, whistle, accordion, hammered dulcimer and fiddle.

All performances will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Main Council Gallery, located at 601 Lake Avenue in Lake Worth Beach. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Regular tickets are $10 for standing room only, $20 for members or $25 for non-members. VIP tickets (which include reserved seating and a free drink per person) are $30 for members or $35 for non-members. Tickets are currently on sale at www.palmbeachculture.com/summer.

The Palm Beach County Cultural Council is the official arts and culture support agency for The Palm Beaches, Florida’s cultural capital. Based in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building in downtown Lake Worth Beach, the Council presents year-round exhibitions and exciting performances featuring artists who live or work in Palm Beach County. The Council showcases spectacular work by local artisans at its Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach Store, offers free resources to visitors at its Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Visitor Information Center, and hosts frequent events at its project space. outside, offering a view of the building. iconic mural of Martin Luther King Jr. by renowned Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra. The council is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and a full calendar of cultural events at The Palm Beaches, visit palmbeachculture.com.

Paramount Global appoints Syrinthia Studer EVP, International Productions

Syrinthia Studer has joined Paramount’s Global Content Licensing Division as Executive Vice President of International Productions.

After being promoted to Executive Vice President of Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Films, she will now oversee content strategy, development and production of local language and micro-budget films for the studio’s new business unit. His area of ​​expertise will focus on culture-specific originals and local-language remakes from Paramount Pictures’ film library, with projects released through limited theatrical platforms or direct to consumers globally. Studer will be based in Los Angeles and will report to Dan Cohen, Head of Content Licensing for Paramount Global.

“Syrinthia has incredible creative instincts for finding stories that audiences around the world will relate to,” Cohen said. “We are thrilled to have her join our division and look forward to the world-class content she and the team are developing.”

“Great stories know no boundaries,” Studer said. “I am thrilled to join Dan’s team to launch this venture and look forward to working with filmmakers around the world to help bring local language and culturally rich films to global audiences.

Studer has worked with Paramount brands for over 20 years. Productions launched during his tenure at Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Films include upcoming sports family comedy “Fantasy Football” starring Marsai Martin, “The J Team” starring and executive producer JoJo Siwa, and upcoming comedy film “Honor Society,” starring Angourie Rice. and Gaten Matarazzo.

Studer also served as Executive Vice President of Global Acquisitions at Paramount Pictures, where she oversaw global content acquisition activity, acquiring films for domestic and international theatrical release and distribution across multiple platforms, including including streaming and digital VOD. His other leadership positions have been in strategic marketing and acquisitions in addition to new business development with the Loews Cineplex Entertainment movie theater chain. Among his notable acquisitions are “Book Club” with Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen and “Boyhood” by Richard Linklater.

Cheyenne Jackson launches production company with husband Jason Landau

Cheyenne Jackson adds producer to his resume. The actor and singer quietly launched a production company, Shiny Boy Entertainment, with his husband Jason Landauthe couple tells me exclusively.

Their first project is “Brutal”, director Sam McConnell and writer Nicolas CitonComedic short about a news anchor (Jackson) who acquires a leaked sex tape of a longtime US senator. The cast also includes Rachel Harris (“Lucifer”), Angelique Ross (“Laid”), Johnny Sibily (“Queer as Folk”), Drew Droege (“Research Party”) and Matthew Morrison (“Joy”). “Brutal” will premiere June 18 at Frameline in San Francisco, followed by additional screenings at the festival throughout the summer.

Jackson became producer of “Brutal”, a co-production with Julie Christeas from Tandem Pictures, after McConnell offered him the lead role. “We use ‘Brutal’ as a proof of concept. We think it would be a great series in the vein of ‘Veep,'” Jackson said.

Jackson and Landau, a merchandising and branding executive, married in 2014. They are parents to five-year-old twins, Willow and Ethan.

Shiny Boy started getting together about a year ago.

“We’ll watch a show or a movie together and we’ll both get the same rating about a scene,” Jackson explains.

Landau said, “Like last night, we were watching something and we stopped a scene and was like, ‘OK, if we wrote the scene, that’s what’s missing. Why people didn’t get it is because it didn’t happen or it didn’t happen.

Cheyenne Jackson and Jason Landau at the Sean Penn CORE Gala at the Hollywood Palladium on June 10, 2022 in Los Angeles.
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They finally realized they might be onto something bigger than just couch reviews. “Jason kept saying, ‘We have to do something together. We have to work together,'” Jackson says. “I was a little reluctant because…”

Jason chimes in, “Because we want to stay married.”

But their working relationship is going pretty well. “We have about three or four projects in various stages of development, some that we write from scratch and some that we acquire from people,” Jackson says.

“We see that there is a missing hole in how people tell stories and in what stories are told,” Landau says. “The main thing is that we are both seekers of truth.”

Jackson says his “Call Me Kat” co-star and producer Maim Bialik was a source of inspiration. “Especially watching her write, direct and produce her first feature film while being an executive producer and co-star, I started thinking, I can do this,” he says.

Jackson’s credits also include “Julie and the Phantoms”, “Watchmen”, “American Horror Story”, “30 Rock”, and “Glee”. He was nominated for Drama Desk Awards for his work in “Xanadu” and “Finian’s Rainbow” on Broadway.

As the Biennale grows, locals ask, “Who owns Venice?” »

VENICE — Since its founding in 1895, the Venice Biennale has become one of the most important contemporary art venues in the world, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city for its influential exhibitions and performances.

The event, which this year runs until November 27, keeps Venice at the center of the global cultural conversation. More concretely, it generates regular visitors, often at night, whom the city prefers to day trippers.

But a rapidly shrinking part of Venice’s local population feels that the Biennale, aided by the current municipal government, monopolizes space that could be used by locals to create a sustainable year-round cultural and economic life in the city. beyond tourism.

The city’s grant to the Biennale last March of more space in the Arsenale – a former shipyard whose high red brick walls enclosed an industrial operation capable of producing one warship a day – has meddled to a complicated debate about the future of one of the city’s greatest public assets and, by extension, the city itself.

“Arsenale is much more than the Biennale,” said Giorgio Suppiej, secretary of the Forum for the Future of Arsenale, a coalition of more than 60 local groups that has spent a decade pushing for greater accessibility to the site, and who is suing to block the March decision. (A court is due to hear the case later this month.) The group staged a protest in February ahead of the city’s ruling that was attended by hundreds of Venetians, who held signs reading “Arsenale to the City.” and “Arsenale Open and Alive All Year.”

The Forum says the historic Arsenale workshops should be dedicated to boat building, rowing groups and the display of traditional craft, which it says could create jobs while preserving a way of life. traditional Venetian life.

The Biennale is a “beautiful thing for Venice, let that be clear,” Suppiej said. But it “cannot be an asset that takes away even more important things,” he added.

The Arsenale, whose 120 acres make up a large part of the historic center of Venice, is jointly owned by the City of Venice and the Italian Navy, which still maintains an active base there. The vast complex was virtually closed to the public until the Biennale exhibited there in 1980. Even now, locals can only enter much of the Arsenale after purchasing a Biennale ticket for 20.50 euros, or about $21.40. Much of the city’s holdings in the Arsenale are rarely accessible to the public, and much of it remains unused.

The March decision – the result of an agreement between the city, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Culture – paves the way for the Biennale to create the International Center for Research on Contemporary Arts, a workspace for artists and scholars material from the institution’s archives. As part of the plan, the Biennale will also construct facilities for its growing educational wing, the Biennale Colleges, and invest millions to restore the Arsenal’s fragile walls, buildings and canals.

The aim was “to repopulate this part of the city and make Arsenale live 365 days a year”, said Biennale president Roberto Cicutto, making Arsenale a place where art is not not only exhibited, but also created. He added that the new center would bring long-term visitors and permanent jobs, although it was too early to say how many.

Although the March deal guarantees free entry to part of Arsenale all year round, the Forum and its supporters say that is not enough. They also bristled at the city’s decision to hand over a number of waterfront buildings on the site to the Navy as part of the deal, as no guarantees were given that those buildings would be made accessible. to the general public. The Ministry of Defense declined to comment.

Cicutto said the debate over the future of the Arsenale had more to do with the city’s management of the complex than the Biennale’s involvement. The new Biennale center would occupy buildings that would be unusable if not renovated, he added. “We restore things that have been destroyed,” he said. “It would be a crime not to take advantage of it and not make this place available to the world.”

The new center will ultimately be just a small part of the Biennale’s presence in Venice, which now extends far beyond its original location in the Giardini della Biennale, where many countries present their national pavilions. Official side events, as well as independent exhibitions intended to coincide with the Biennale, can be found even in the most remote corners of the city.

“The Biennale is eating it all up,” said Marco Gasparinetti, a residents’ rights advocate who sits on Venice City Council. Artisans have struggled to find affordable workshops, as landlords prefer to rent ground floor space at the Biennale, he added. “Renting to the Biennale, even for a few months or a few weeks, generates absolutely incredible sums,” he says.

While the Biennale brings hundreds of jobs to Venice, many are low-paid seasonal positions, Gasparinetti said. Despite its bonafide high culture, the Biennale contributes to some locals’ growing sense that Venice is “not for us, but for others”, he added.

Donatella Toso, 67, a retired schoolteacher who lives in the Castello neighborhood near the Arsenale, said she enjoyed visiting the Biennale and was “proud that my city is home to a such an important cultural event“. But as she watched her neighborhood change, she added, she couldn’t help but see the Biennale as “part of a dynamic of expropriation that has impoverished the city.” Rising rents were pushing residents to leave, she said, and more space in the neighborhood was given over to Biennale events.

“For me, the Biennale is a delight,” said Leo James Smith, 23, who runs a local nonprofit that focuses on urban regeneration in Venice. “There is a lot of activity from all over the world in Venice, and the Biennale is the artistic expression of that.” But, he said, he was increasingly aware that the Biennale was using “its enormous economic power to occupy many spaces that could be put to better use”.

Giuseppe Saccà, the leader of the largest opposition party on the city council, said the Biennale had made mistakes, but added that it would take very little for the organization to build a better relationship with locals. He said he blames city officials’ lack of imagination and strategic planning for Venice’s continued domination by tourism. Yet while politicians can struggle to formulate a vision, he said, the Biennale was “one of the few institutions in this city that has plans, raises funds and works at some level” .

“Every company has its social responsibility, and so does the Biennale,” said Saccà. But the city must ultimately ensure the Biennale develops responsibly, he added, noting that the mayor of Venice sits on the Biennale’s board. And some problems, like excessive rents and Venice’s dwindling population, just aren’t going to be solved, Saccà said. “You can’t ask the Biennale to do something that isn’t the Biennale.”

The student is ready to perform in DC

Bryan Wade, a music student at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, will represent the UAPB in Washington, DC as he performs with the 369th Experience Band beginning today.

He will be one of 65 students representing 21 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) at the event, according to a news release.

Wade will begin touring today through June 20 with the band in Washington, D.C., with Continuing the Legacy, a week-long series of events and performances celebrating Juneteenth, Black Music Month, and military and musical contributions. African Americans throughout history.

Other planned group activities in Washington include a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and a parade with top US military bands passing the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) and ending at National World War I Memorial. located in Pershing Park.

Following their performances in Washington, the new 369th Experience Band will continue with performances in New York, Brest and Paris in France, and other historic locations.

“This is another exceptional opportunity and exposure for our deserving students,” said John R. Graham Jr., UAPB Groups Director. “We thank this organization for teaching history while providing real-world experience for these bright young African-American men. Bryan is an exceptional student musician who will represent our university extremely well. We are proud of him.”

The 369th experiment is part of a series of events approved by the World War I Centennial Commission to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I in Washington. Members of the 369th Experience Student Band will learn the history and repertoire of the original Harlem Hell Fighters Band.

“Additionally, the band will retrace its steps by performing the band’s repertoire during the centennial celebrations. This historic series of national and international programs and musical events depict the African-American and Puerto Rican experience from World War I to through the eyes of the 369th U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as the Harlem Hell Fighters,” the statement said.

“Bryan’s participation will honor these soldiers by recognizing, preserving and celebrating their contributions to the world and to music as they help us recreate the Harlem Hell Fighters band. Led by bandleader James Reese Europe and drum- major and singer Noble Sissle, the famous The fiery arrangements of ragtime, jazz and blues of the regimental band of the Harlem Hell Fighters first introduced European audiences to the new sounds of this American music,” according to the press release.

Details: https://www.369experience.com/meettheband.

Bryan Wade will represent the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in Washington, DC (Special to The Commercial)

‘Squid Game’ season 2 in the works, Netflix confirms

“Squid Game”, the highly acclaimed South Korean TV series, has been officially renewed by Netflix for a second season.

The survival drama series which went instantly viral after its release in September 2021, continues to be the most-watched program on Netflix globally, having racked up 1.65 billion hours viewed in its first 28 days on the streaming site.

While most Korean dramas (or K-dramas) usually only last one season, the show’s worldwide success made creator Hwang Dong-hyuk feel like he almost “didn’t have the choice,” he said during a red carpet celebration for the show last seen. year.

“It took 12 years to bring the first season of ‘Squid Game’ to life last year. But it took 12 days for ‘Squid Game’ to become the most popular Netflix series of all time,” said Hwang in a letter written to fans, published by Netflix on Sunday.

When the new season could be ready, however, remains unclear as production is in its early stages, producer Kim Ji-yeon said. Tudum, Netflix’s official “behind the streams” publication.

“We’re working on the script right now and creating the shape of the story,” Kim said, adding “there’s definitely a lot of pressure on how to do it. [Season 2] even better.”

The show is a cutthroat drama set in dystopian Seoul, where 456 gamblers, most of whom are heavily in debt, are lured into a series of children’s games for a chance to win a prize equivalent to US$38 million. .

Fans can expect some familiar faces to return in the new season, Hwang said, confirming that last year’s winner “Gi-hun will be back with The Front Man, in addition to an all-new character”.

“Join us once again, for a whole new round.”

Fans of the show took to Twitter to express their excitement:


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Tony Awards has stars – and those who are usually out of the limelight | Entertainment News

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Darren Criss’ favorite night of the year has arrived. It’s the Tony Awards. “I’m never silent about the Tonys. I love the Tonys,” he says.

Criss won’t just be watching the Tonys on Sunday, he’ll be working as well. He’s co-host with Julianne Hough of an hour-long pre-Tony celebration at Radio City Music Hall, and he even wrote an original song about the show he’ll be performing, revealing “a bit of my nerdy inclinations. “.

Criss and Hough will cast the Creative Arts Tonys on Paramount+, then hand over hosting duties to Ariana DeBose for the main three-hour CBS TV show from the same stage, live coast-to-coast for the first time.

The season – with 34 new productions – represents a full return to theaters after nearly two years of pandemic-enforced shutdown. In the last Tonys nine months ago, winners were drawn from just 18 eligible plays and musicals, and many competitive categories were exhausted.

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DeBose, the Tony-nominated theater veteran and Oscar-winner for “West Side Story,” said Broadway had to attend a party.

“I feel like if ever there was time, now is the time,” she said. “I think it’s a triumph to just have gotten to this point, to have made art and to have a show.”

The telecast will feature performances from this year’s Tony Award-nominated musicals including “A Strange Loop,” “Company,” “Girl from the North Country,” “MJ,” “Mr. Saturday Night”, “Music Man”, “Paradise Square” and “Six”. The original cast members of the 2007 Tony Award-winning musical “Spring Awakening” will also team up and perform.

“A Strange Loop,” a theatrical meta-journey about a playwright writing a musical, enters the show with 11 Tony nominations. Close behind with 10 nominations each are “MJ,” an organic musical by the King of Pop stuffed with his greatest hits, and “Paradise Square,” a musical about Irish immigrants and black Americans scrambling to survive. New York at the time of the Civil War.

The best actresses in a musical are Sharon D Clarke of the revival of “Caroline, or Change” and Joaquina Kalukango of “Paradise Square”. The best actor in a musical may be Jaquel Spivey of “A Strange Loop” against Myles Frost as the King of Pop in “MJ the Musical.”

“The Lehman Trilogy,” Stefano Massini’s play spanning 150 years about what led to the collapse of financial giant Lehman Brothers, is the top contender for Best New Game, while David Morse in a revival of ” How I Learned to Drive” by Paula Vogel is the main contender for Best Actor in a Play. Her co-star, Mary-Louise Parker, could become the first actor to receive the Tonys for Best Actress in a Play back-to-back.

The producers are once again expanding the show through streaming partner Paramount+, adding an extra hour before the three-hour main awards telecast to celebrate Tony’s creative nominees in categories including sound design and lighting. . Often in the past, these acceptances were taped earlier and inserted into the broadcast.

Criss and Hough — who each had roles this spring on Broadway — are hosting this first hour, which will air exclusively on the streaming network.

“I think they recognized that a lot of the moments that weren’t made public were worth showing and were worth showing and were worth giving to the people who lived through those really amazing moments. a little recognition and recognition,” said Criss, who stars in a cover of David Mamet’s “American Buffalo.”

Hough, who made her Broadway debut with a role in the all-girl political comedy “POTUS,” was impressed with the talent level of her peers.

“I always consider Broadway performers and creatives to be artistic athletes, because ability, tenacity, discipline, hard work and everything that goes into it – and artistry – is just beyond that.” , the “Dancing with the Stars,” said the veteran.

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St. Albert Holds Grand Opening Ceremony for New Fire Hall – Edmonton

The City of St. Albert held a grand opening ceremony this week for the municipality’s new fire station that replaces the one that was located at 18 Sir Winston Churchill Avenue.

“We are extremely grateful to the province for more than $11 million in grants from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative program,” Mayor Cathy Heron said in a post on the city’s website.

“This new facility also includes a state-of-the-art emergency operations center, thanks to the federal government’s contribution of more than $778,000 through the Investing in Canada infrastructure program.

The ceremony for the new facility at 20 Gate Avenue took place on Wednesday and Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver and MPP Marie Renaud were among those in attendance.

The city said the new fire station will better meet the needs of the community, “providing better response coverage in the south and southeast parts of the city.”

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The Sir Winston Churchill Avenue fire station it replaces was built in 1962.

The city said the new facility includes four “double-deep fire and ambulance bays,” housing for firefighters and paramedics and the city’s fire prevention and emergency management departments.

The city said the new fire station was a $14 million project.

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Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts announces ‘Taste Of The Spencer’ fundraiser scheduled for next weekend

A delicious feast of surf and turf and tasty wines take center stage at the 2022 “Taste of the Spencer” party and fundraiser on Saturday, June 18 at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to this evening of tasteful fun in which all Spencer Theater patrons play a part! Freshly prepared lobster tail and filet mignon dinner will be served on our cool, high-tech performance stage in a festive tribute to 25 years of non-profit theater success. Bravissimo!

After the savory sweet desserts, a fast-paced live auction, guided by Texas State Champion Clay Golden, further adorns the night with offers of idyllic adventures and luxurious getaways – all trips distinctive features reflecting the worldly spirit of this cultural gem. Know that a challenge match of individual donations for each dollar raised has already been promised by a fervent supporter, encouraging magnanality! Raise your paddle and join in the fun, or just toast those pledging generous support. Just being at the party is a fabulous measure of giving – and we thank you for it!

The annual “Taste of the Spencer” – the most significant fundraiser of the theater’s calendar year – is truly a magical community-wide fundraising effort. Tickets ($125) are available at www.spencertheater.com or call 575.336.4800.

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• Texas Playboys by Bob Wills conducted by Jason Roberts on Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ($45-$66). The famous group Texas Swing includes 10 musicians on violins, keyboards and horns: “Faded Love”, “I Ain’t Got Nobody”, “New San Antonio Rose” more! Southern Fried Chicken Buffet ($25) at 6 p.m.

• Ultimate Elvis Tribute by Cody Ray Slaughter on Thursday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ($45-$76). The world’s hottest Elvis impersonator performs all of Elvis’ moves, grooves and songs with perfect voice, swagger and costumes. Chicken fajitas & chili rellenos buffet ($25) at 6 p.m.

• The Ball Brothers Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m. ($45-$56). Award-winning southern gospel quartet singing praiseworthy, message-driven melodies with their rhythm group. Buffet four manicotti cheeses & tomato meat sauce ($25) at 6 p.m.

• Le Chaperon Rouge at the Missoula Children’s Theater on Friday, July 15 at 7 pm ($10 for children, $18 for adults). Casting call for all children ages 6-17, no experience necessary. Auditions: Monday July 11 at 9 a.m. (Arrival at 8:30 a.m.). A free week-long theater workshop culminates in a public performance. Information: (575) 336-4800.

• A1A – The Official & Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m. ($45-$76). The famed tropical rock band is the ONLY Buffett-endorsed tribute band: “Margaritaville,” “Cheeseburger In Paradise,” “Son of a Sailor,” and more. Baked Pacific Cod Buffet ($25) at 6 p.m.

• Pavlo on Friday, July 29 at 8 p.m. ($45-$66). Stunning guitarist and band fusing flamenco, Greek, Latin, Balkan and classical traditions into a unique “Mediterranean” sound. Pavlo’s rhythmic blends of guitars, basses and percussion create intoxicating original music. Sponsored in part by Scott Northam, CPA, PC. Beef & shrimp kebab buffet ($25) at 6 p.m.

• Tony Orlando in concert Saturday August 6 at 8 pm and Sunday August 7 at 2 pm ($76-$79). Pop-Rock music icon, actor, entertainer, 3x AMA winner with a string of #1 mega hits: “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree”, “Knock Three Times”, “Candida” , others will be joined here with his band of 6. Career highlights include 15 top 40 hits, 2 platinum and 3 gold albums, Congressional Medal of Honor, Hall of Fame of the vocal group, a television variety show. Appearing with a gang of 6. Buffets ($25): Saturday: Angus beef meatloaf at 6 p.m.; Sunday: chicken & waffles at noon.

•Kathy Mattea Saturday, August 13 at 8 p.m. ($66-$69). 2 Grammy-winning stars and band: “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses”, “Walk the Way the Wind Blows”, “The Battle Hymn of Love”, and more. Chicken and Green Chili Lasagna Buffet ($25) at 6 p.m.

• Jim Curry’s tribute to the music of John Denver Saturday, August 20 at 8 p.m. ($45 – $66). Join famed singer Jim Curry and his band for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer-songwriters to ever grace the stage. BBQ beef brisket buffet ($25) at 6 p.m.

**Offsite Event Rainmakers Golf Tournament Tuesday, August 23 at 7 a.m. ($125) – Benefiting Spencer’s operations and programming.

• Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Thursday, August 25 and Friday, August 26 at 8 p.m. ($76-$79). Grammy Hall of Famers, this group of 6 is one of the most iconic country-folk-rock bands in American music history: “Mr. Bojangles”, “Long Hard Road”, “Fishin’ In The Dark “, etc. Buffet, Friday only: Fried chicken steak with sauce ($25) at 6 p.m.

• Lonesome Traveler Live In Concert on Saturday, September 3 at 8 p.m. ($45-$66). Multimedia production with a cast of 6 musicians celebrating the tunes of the folk music era: “Blowin’ In The Wind”, “Midnight Special”, “Puff, The Magic Dragon”… Buffet of catfish nuggets crispy fries ($25) at 6 p.m.

The 2022 Summer Season is sponsored in part by the Hugh Bancroft Jr. Foundation, Eleganté Lodge & Suites, Elevate Hotel at Sierra Blanca Ruidoso, KOBR Channel 8, MTD Media, Walton Stations of New Mexico with additional season support from Ruidoso Ford-Lincoln, RD & Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation, Rainmakers Golf & Lifestyle Community, Comcast Spotlight, Burt Broadcasting, Carlsbad Radio, Majestic Communications, Ruidoso.net and First National Bank of Ruidoso.

The Doobie Brothers 50th Anniversary Tour with Michael McDonald takes off

BRISTOW, Va. – Sitting under a tent backstage, Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston offer a simple philosophy on The 50 year tenure of the Doobie Brothers.

“The songs,” says Johnston. “When people get up and sing back, that’s the magic part.”

The soft-spoken Simmons also credits the authenticity.

“It’s almost a novelty to see a band that sings and plays and doesn’t have a big dance production that’s part of the show,” he says, smiling behind his mask.

Indeed, no dancer or acrobat was seen at the Doobie Brothers Friday night show at Jiffy Lube Live in Virginia, the band’s first performance since a mini-residency in Las Vegas in Mayas well as its sequel of the 50th anniversary tour who played his first round last fall.

The veteran rockers planned to kick off this new leg of the tour last week, but as COVID dictates, so do postponements. Despite the caution practiced behind the scenes — masks required, social distancing if possible — and the monkish existence the guys practiced in Vegas (“I haven’t been anywhere except to walk to CVS,” Johnston says, while Simmons admits missing meals with the gang), the virus has crept into Doobie’s ranks. Five dates have been rescheduled; just another speed bump for a tour that, like dozens of others, was originally planned for 2020.

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What’s special about the anniversary run – which runs through October – is in part to celebrate the Doobies’ achievement of still attracting thousands of fans to sing along happily with their chameleon catalog. But it is also about the inclusion of Michael McDonald.

The snowy-haired soul-pop luminary joined the band in 1975 and helped revamp their sound. He left in 1982 for a thriving solo career, but McDonald always maintained a friendly relationship with his bandmates. Considering he last toured with them in the 90s, his comeback is an undeniable draw.

“I think Mike is having a great time,” says Simmons, as he and Johnston agree that a possible extension of the world tour into 2023 – South America, Australia and Japan are under discussion – makes sense since McDonald’s is an attractive part of the package.

Hours after speaking, Simmons and Johnston hand over the spotlight to McDonald to walk the stage first, slipping behind his keyboards to roll out the opener to “Nobody.”

The rest of the frontline – Simmons, Johnston and guitarist John McFee – join him as the band continues on “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)”, offering a hailish floating finger guitar playing Simmons, a gritty scream from McDonald’s and Johnston’s impeccable singing, his voice like honey mixed with grain.

In May, the Doobie Brothers played a mini-residency in Las Vegas.

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For the next 2.5 hours, the Doobie Brothers will captivate a packed amphitheater with album snippets (“South City Midnight Lady,” “Here to Love You”) and melodious radio hits (“Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Minute By Minute”, “What A Fool Believes”). They present three new songs from last fall’s “Liberté” album – their first since 2014 – and in a rare scene, hardly anyone in the audience rushes for a bathroom break, perhaps because the tracks, especially “Easy” and “Better Days,” are nice and comfortable additions to their work.

McDonald’s distinctive lead vocals remain a combination of smoke and silk and the band’s backing vocals – bassist John Cowan, percussionist Marc Quiñones, drummer Ed Toth and saxophonist Marc Russo – are all seasoned aces.

Even without the label a 50th anniversary edition, this tour features the Doobie Brothers at their peak, with both their vocals — particularly the shimmering harmonies that anchor “Black Water” and “Listen to the Music” — and their musical dexterity intact. It’s an admirable feat considering the main players are all in their early 70s and are lifelong road dogs.

But more than three weeks of rehearsals last summer and an indisputable affection for the show keep the Doobie Brothers motivated.

“The band sounds really good,” Simmons says. His eyes narrow as he smiles. “Not that I mean to brag.”

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What is Wall Street’s target price for Redbox Entertainment Inc (RDBX) stock on Friday?

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Central Fresno event center sees repeated break-ins and vandalism

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Kemi Fagbule is the owner of the Fagbule Glass House event center in downtown Fresno.

The building has hosted many weddings, quinceañeras and birthday parties over the past 13 years.

While it may look run down and vacant now, that wasn’t the case just a few months ago.

Fagbule says that in addition to the events held here, a church has been renting the space for two years.

But now she can no longer run the business because of all the damage, especially because the problems are persistent.

“Two days ago, I just spent $1,500. We fixed the glass, we fixed the door, everything was clean. We swept and guess what? They came back the next day.”

On April 24, she entered her business to find it destroyed. Since then, Fagbule says the crimes have only gotten worse.

The crooks continue to break in, throw paint, vandalize the building with graffiti, cut and steal wires, air conditioners and the electric meter.

They also broke windows and glass doors.

Fagbule says at least one person has been arrested, but the attacks have not stopped.

In broad daylight this week, she saw someone on a bicycle with a saw in front of her apartment building.

Fagbule believes the person behind the crimes is a former client who she says threatened to ruin her building.

She is now asking the police and the city for help as the bills pile up.

But she says city code enforcement instead issued its citations, saying the exterior walls are damaged, deteriorated and dilapidated.

While she says the city wants to shut down her building, she hopes to keep fighting.

A statement from the city reads: “Code Enforcement has an open case for this property. However, we have worked with the owner and have not issued a citation. We have also referred the owner to EDD, where there may be an option for a low-interest loan to help with repairs.”

A spokesperson also explains that the money paid by Fabugle for enforcing the code was for administrative costs.

Fresno police also provided answers.

The department says it has an open investigation and officers are investigating a few people who were arrested at this location for similar incidents.

Since April 24, they have taken four reports, three of which have led to citations and/or arrests.

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Todd Snider shares American Troubadour tour dates

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Todd Snider has shared an extensive set of US tour dates. The series of shows has been dubbed the American Troubadour Tour and will see the musicians make coast-to-coast stops alongside Lilly Winwood, Nicki Bluhm, Ryan Montbleau and Ray Wylie Hubbard – at select gigs.

The tour opener lands on September 7, when the artist appears at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount, Va., with Lilly Winwood, a Nashville native and daughter of Steve Winwood. The latter will remain for the next six concerts, which will see the musician perform in Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut.

After a heavy kickoff on the East Coast, Snider will reunite in Denver, Colorado on September 29 to perform at the Paramount Theater with Nicki Bluhm. He will follow up with two shows at Big Sky Country on October 1 and 2 before a concert on October 3 at the Egyptian Theater in Boise, Idaho, with Ryan Montbleau.

They will continue to head west, performing in Portland, Oregon on October 6, followed by a stop in Seattle on October 8 and San Francisco on October 14. Next, Snider and his band will play a handful of Southern California dates before a two-night adventure at The State Room in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Ray Wylie Hubbard, starting October 24.

Next, Snider will perform at Washington’s in Fort Collins, Colorado on October 26, before a gig at Knuckleheads in Kansas City, Mo. on October 28. The final stages of his US Troubadour tour will consist of a Scottish Concert at the Rite Hall in Omaha, Neb., on October 29, followed by a concert at Wooly’s in Des Moines, Iowa, the following evening. The final stop lands on Halloween and will see the band perform at the Jamf Theater in Eau Claire, Wis.

The vast majority of ticket sales will begin this Friday, June 10 at 1 p.m. ET. For more information, visit toddsnider.net.

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Todd Snider’s American Troubador Tour Dates:

September 7 – Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, Va.*

September 9 – Infinity Hall Norfolk – Norfolk, Connecticut*

September 10 – Narrows Center for the Arts – Fall River, Mass.*

September 11 – Infinity Hall Hartford – Hartford, Connecticut*

September 13 – Swyer Theater at The Egg – Albany, NY *

September 15 – StageOne – Fairfield, Connecticut*

September 16 – Natick Arts Center – Natick, Mass.*

September 17 – Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, Pennsylvania*

September 18 – The Queen – Wilmington, Del.*

September 29 – Paramount Theater – Denver, Colorado+

October 1 – The Wilma – Missoula, Mont.+

October 2 – The ELM – Bozeman, Mont.+

October 3 – Egyptian Theater – Boise, [email protected]

October 4 – Tower Theater – Bend, [email protected]

October 6 – Revolution Hall – Portland, [email protected]

October 7 – Soreng Theater at the Hult Center – Eugene, [email protected]

October 8 – Neptune Theater – Seattle, [email protected]

October 9 – The Bing Crosby Theater – Spokane, [email protected]

October 12 – Arcata Theater Fair – Arcata, [email protected]

October 13 – Raven Theater – Healdsburg, [email protected]

October 14 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, [email protected]

October 16 – Rio Theater – Santa Cruz, [email protected]

October 18 – The Fremont Theater – San Luis Obispo, [email protected]

October 19 – The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, [email protected]

October 21 – Paradise Performing Arts Center – Paradise, CA~

October 22 – Bally’s Lake Tahoe Casino Resort – South Lake Tahoe, Nevada ~

October 24 – The State Room – Salt Lake City, Utah~

October 25 – The State Room – Salt Lake City, Utah~

October 26 – Washington’s – Fort Collins, Colo.

October 28 – Knuckleheads – Kansas City, Mo.

October 29 – Scottish Rite Hall – Omaha, Neb.

October 30 – Wooly’s – Des Moines, Iowa

October 31 – Jamf Theater – Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

* with Lilly Winwood

+ with Nicki Bluhm

@ with Ryan Montbleau

~ with Ray Wylie Hubbard

Vancouver Directors Guild Reaches Deal to Avoid Production Shutdown

The Vancouver branch of Directors Guild of Canada struck a deal with the studios, averting a strike that threatened to shut down film and television production in British Columbia.

The union issued strike notice on April 26 after talks with the Alliance of Film and Television Producers and the Canadian Media Producers Association reached an impasse. This follows the union’s first-ever strike authorization vote earlier in the month, which passed with 92.2% support.

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In a statement released Wednesday, the union said it had reached an agreement in principle.

“Since this afternoon, the DGC BC has reached an agreement in principle with the AMPTP and the CMPA,” the union said. “We are finalizing the language of the MoU and will post more details as soon as this is complete.”

The union represents about 1,700 producers and other film and television workers in the Vancouver area. Negotiators have been working on a new contract since the last deal expired in March 2021. The union previously said the studios were refusing to budge on issues including higher pay rates for low-wage workers, compensation COVID testing and increases retroactive to the expiration of the last agreement.

British Columbia has become a television production hub over the past two decades, thanks to generous subsidies from the provincial and federal governments. Production continued during negotiations, with producers signing “safe harbor” agreements that would allow them to continue in the event of a strike. However, no new safe harbor agreement has been granted since the strike notice was issued. Under Canadian law, the union was required to give 72 hours’ notice before calling a strike.

The AMPTP and the CMPA had warned earlier that the union’s move risked forcing productions to relocate outside the province.

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Mortgage and home loans could be easier with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s plan

  • In a historic move, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced changes to address systemic racism that has kept people of color out of homeownership.
  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are rolling out a credit scoring system that factors rent payment into the credit score.
  • Other measures include down payment assistance, improved underwriting guidelines, reserve funding for emergencies and reduced mortgage insurance premiums.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are implementing major reforms aimed at helping disadvantaged communities become owners and ensure that home buyers of color remain owners.

The initiative of the two federally backed mortgage lenders announced Wednesday is the most sweeping overhaul since the housing crash of 2008. Some of the costliest items exclusively reviewed by USA TODAY include down payment assistance, standby funding for homeowner emergencies and lower mortgage insurance premiums.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are also rolling out a new credit-reporting system that factors rent payments into credit scores, one of the biggest systemic barriers experts say is keeping renters of color from being able to buy a home.

“It’s really powerful, almost like the government owns the problem,” said Naa Awaa Tagoe, acting deputy director of the Housing Mission and Purposes Division at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulatory agency which oversees the secondary mortgage market, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. “It’s Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac saying, ‘Yes, there is an equity problem in housing finance, and here are the steps we need to take to fix it.'”

The three-year strategy also defined plans to increase fairness in the underwriting process, address valuation disparities in multifamily housing, and fund permanent supportive housing programs primarily intended to provide housing for homeless people.

As part of that effort, Freddie Mac is expected to issue $3 billion in affordable housing bonds this year.

By 2024, Freddie Mac wants to fund the construction of 30,000 new multi-family units that build tenant credit, accept housing choice vouchers and are designed to be inclusive for people with disabilities. They want to make the credit building program accessible to 300,000 units.

The lender also wants to fund loan offers in underinvested communities and neighborhoods at risk of losing affordability.

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By 2024, Fannie Mae aims for 140,000 consumers to complete the first home buying process with any provider and 90,000 to complete the Fannie Mae course.

Some of the measures have already been tested. From September 2021 through May, approximately 2,000 applicants have benefited from Fannie Mae’s credit scoring system which factors in positive rental payment history to build creditworthiness. About 50% of the candidates belonged to racial minorities.

Even as home prices have soared in 2021, the American dream of owning a home of their own has become a reality for many Americans, including first-time home buyers.  Fueled by pandemic-induced low interest rates and low foreclosure rates, the 2021 housing market saw its highest number of home sales in 15 years.

Discrimination kicks people out of the home buying process

In collaboration with the Federal Housing Administration and Department of Veterans Affairs, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guarantee directly or indirectly 70% of the single-family mortgage creation.

Neither Fannie Mae nor Freddie Mac do loans. Instead, the two organizations purchase mortgages from lenders to hold, sell, or repackage as securities. This helps generate more loans and increase the stable supply of mortgage dollars.

Before the housing crash of 2008, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pumped more money into the housing finance system and bought an inordinate number of mortgages, which helped inflate house prices. After the Great Recession of the late 2000s, the two were placed in conservatorship.

In the United States, home ownership has long been considered the most important vehicle for wealth accumulation.

The median net worth of white homeowner families was $300,000, of which $130,000 was attributed to housing, according to the 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances, the most recent available. That number drops to $113,000 for black homeowner families, of which $67,000 comes from home equity. And for Latino families, about $95,000 of their median net worth of $165,000 is tied to owning a home.

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Homeownership has historically remained out of reach for people of color due to decades of divestment and racist practices such as redlining, which have allowed banks to limit lending, mortgages and insurance in geographic areas. based on race and ethnicity.

As a result, the gap in homeownership rates between black and white families is greater today than when segregation was legal, according to a study by the Urban Institute. About 71% of white Americans own homes, compared to 41% of black Americans.

Just as black Americans have lost jobs and health at a higher rate than whites during the COVID-19 pandemic, black homeowners have also had a harder time keeping their homes.  Now, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are implementing major reforms aimed at helping disadvantaged communities become homeowners.

“The depth of racism involved in past housing regulation is deep and persistent and is embedded in the fabric of the US housing market to this day,” said David Clunie, executive director of the Black Economic Alliance, a coalition of business leaders. business and non-partisan advocates committed to the economic advancement of the black community. “Our entire economy will benefit from increased access to affordable homeownership.”

For Tagoe, this is all the more why the initiatives are unprecedented.

“That’s a big number, when you think about the gap. But how do you get to this gap?” Tagoe said. “So there are multiple points along the way. These are complex issues. And that’s why, you know, we need these plans; we need really thoughtful and comprehensive approaches to solving the problem because it’s a difficult problem.”

Real estate prices are soaring across the country

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s announcement comes as median home prices and rents across the country soar.

In the first quarter of this year, the median price of a home hit a record high of $428,000, according to the Federal Reserve Economic Data Databasesaid Fred.

Year-over-year rent increases have soared 90% nationwide, most recent analysis from Rent.com found. In some markets, like Austin and Oklahoma City, rents have soared more than 112%, two years after a pandemic recession put nearly 40 million people at risk of eviction.

A majority of Americans also believe it is a bad time to buy a house for the first time since 1978.

Only 30% of American adults said now was a good time to buy a home, according to a new Gallup poll, due to an annual inflation rate that accelerated to 8.5% in March. and 30-year fixed rate mortgage interest rates that exceeded 5%, up 3% in 2020.

Taken together, ordinary Americans are seeking relief in an overpriced housing market that has exacerbated inequality.

“Let me keep it for the record because it was about time,” said James Carras, assistant lecturer at public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “That’s what they should have done from the start. And it’s a good first step.”

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‘Always Sunny’ Actor Rob McElhenney Launches Web3 Writers Room With Ethereum NFTs

In short

  • Adim is a new web3 entertainment company from actor and creator Rob McElhenney.
  • The startup will use decentralized writers’ rooms to develop intellectual property, then share future royalties or revenue with co-creators holding NFTs.

The Web3 The world is built on a decentralized and collaborative philosophy, and it attracts creators from traditional media industries who want to try something new. Now, actor and filmmaker Rob McElhenney of the hit TV series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” aims to use technology to co-create content and share potential future royalties.

Adim is McElhenney’s new “entertainment tech” company, which will see the co-creator and star of “Always Sunny” and “Mythic Quest” work alongside up-and-coming creators to develop new characters and story ideas. The “Adimverse” will cover the original intellectual property created by the participants, and these co-creators will benefit from future entertainment projects that exploit this intellectual property.

“Every beloved character in the history of TV, film and gaming has been imagined and brought to life through collaboration,” McElhenney said in a statement. “Adim is preparing the next evolution of these groups – communities of creators, writers, artists, designers, developers, fans and friends working together to create and own a new generation of content.”

In the initial format, 100 creators will be chosen from all applicants to join a virtual writer’s room with co-founder and co-chairman Adim McElhenney as well as TV writer Keyonna Taylor. At the end of each session, all participants will receive a “Core Character” NFT which conveys a share of ownership over the intellectual property that has been developed in that cohort.

Ultimately, the owners of these non-transferable NFTs will be eligible to receive royalties or revenue share from any projects that use their co-created intellectual property. Although the Adidasr website does not specifically specify which blockchain network will be used for NFTs, it does mention Ethereum gas fees (the costs associated with transactions on the Ethereum network) and quotes Ethereum wallets As Metamask and rainbow.

A NFT is a blockchain token that serves as proof of ownership of an item and often represents digital assets such as profile pictures, artwork, collectibles, and video game items. They can also function as ownership shares, as in this example and others, such as rapper Ice Cube’s BIG3 basketball league. sale of team ownership through NFTs.

Adim raised $5 million in seed funding in a round led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. General Partner Chris Dixon tweeted about funding today.

“Blockchains are social media. Composability gives artists the power to take assets and information generated by NFTs or protocols and use them anywhere on the chain,” Dixon wrote, in part. “Members of the Adimverse community could create user-created characters and build them from the original Adim universe.”

Alongside McElhenney, Adim was co-founded by serial entrepreneur Richard Rosenblatt alongside Chase Rosenblatt, Melissa Kaspers and Spencer Marell. Richard Rosenblatt is also co-founder of Autograph, a sports and entertainment company NFT which includes NFL quarterback Tom Brady as a co-founder.

Adim’s advisory board includes McElhenney’s wife and ‘Always Sunny’ co-star Kaitlin Olson, as well as actor Ryan Reynolds, who co-owns Welsh soccer team Wrexham AFC with McElhenney.

This is not the first Web3 project to embark on collaborative creation with an NFT component. Archie Comics, for example, recently revealed an Archiverse project which allows NFT owners to participate in a full-scale writer’s room to develop comic book stories.

Andromeda’s Lost Children, meanwhile, allows NFT collectors to develop characters that can be used in future sci-fi novels by author Jason Michael Primrose. Likewise, gadgets– a project co-created by actress Mila Kunis’ studio – is a wrestling-themed anime series that allows NFT owners to expand on character and story details for the series.

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originally published: 06/07/2022

(Middletown, New Jersey) — Middletown Arts Center will host a benefit concert for Ukraine featuring soprano Malena Towers who will perform to the music of Vivaldi, Mozart, Puccini and Lloyd Webber. Experience an afternoon that is sure to awaken the love and power of music in your heart on Sunday, June 12 at 4:00 p.m. Proceeds from the concert will go to Ukrainian children and refugees in America and Europe. There will be a reception to follow with a silent art auction.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and are available for purchase on line or by calling the box office at 732.706.4100. The Middletown Arts Center is located at 36 Church Street in Middletown, NJ (next to the Middletown train station). Free parking is available on site with additional free parking available in the station’s metered car park on weekday evenings after 6:00 p.m. and on weekends.

Soprano Malena Towers received her Masters of Music with Distinction with a Concentration in Vocal Performance from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2016. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Higher Institute of Arts in Havana, Cuba in 2010.

Malena has given opera, zarzuelas, and classical music concerts, as well as taught in the United States and abroad in Austria, Israel, Spain, Ecuador, Cuba, and Venezuela. She became a finalist in the Jerusalem Opera Program International Voice Competition in 2018. In 2016, she won the award for Outstanding Performer of the Year in Texas. In March 2015, she won first place and the McKinney Award in the National Association of Teachers and Singers (NATS) competition in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Chapter.

She also became a semi-finalist in the Orpheus Vocal competition in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. During this last competition, the jury recognized her with the following words: “You illustrate the artistic characteristics essential to the success of a professional singer. For her performance at this event, she received a summer scholarship to attend the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS), Graz, Austria, 2016. Additionally, Malena sang at the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine .

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In Guayana, Venezuela, she founded the first opera company in Bolivar State. This company promoted opera stages, workshops, and classical concert opportunities for youth and young adults. Malena had the opportunity to sing in front of an audience of 24,000 teachers and students during the Educational Convention at the San Felix stadium, Venezuela, 2012. Guayana’s press review from the Nueva Prensa and Primicia newspapers was “The melodious voice and the angelic face that captivated the hearts of the people of Guayana. The Cuban soprano Malena Towers has performed successfully in her country and in ours, singing in several venues in the states of Bolivar and Valencia, as well as on television and radio broadcasts”.

Most recent roles: Susanna (Le Nozze Di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) Gilda (Rigoletto)(screened Summer 2019, Israel) Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte), Aglae (Echo and Narcisse), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Fairy Godmother (Cinderella), Norina (Don Pasquale, Musetta (La Boheme) Venues: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and National Opera Center in New York, Natnanyia Amphitheater, Israel, Brooklyn Music School Theater, National Theater of Havana, Cuba, Oratorio San Felipe Neri, Havana, Cuba, Club Italo Hall de Guayana, Venezuela, Opera Production of the Atlantic Music Festival at Maine’s Colby College Theater, Feinberg Messianic Center, Brooklyn, Reynolds Auditorium at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, AIMS Festival in Austria. It performs its annual classical opera concert at Middletown Art Center, NJ for a cause car itative.

She performs and teaches voice in her studio “It’s Music”. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian. She also plays the piano and conducts choirs brilliantly.

Middletown Arts Center (MAC) is an award-winning, state-of-the-art facility in Middletown, NJ that offers arts-focused performances, exhibits, classes, and camps. It is conveniently located opposite Middletown Station and its recently expanded MAC Annex is minutes from the Middletown Reformed Church Education Building. The MAC is operated by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Middletown Township Cultural and Arts Council, which is dedicated to providing quality arts programming and events to Middletown and surrounding communities.

Russian and Ukrainian pianists meet in Texas at the Cliburn Competition

FORT WORTH, Texas — On a recent hot morning, 30 young pianists from around the world gathered in an auditorium at Texas Christian University here for the start of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, one of the most prestigious competitions in the classical music.

The atmosphere was festive. But politics also made an appearance. The Cliburn, defying pressure to ban Russian competitors after the invasion of Ukraine, had invited six Russians to participate, along with two pianists from Belarus, which supported the Russian invasion. A Ukrainian also made the cut.

As they signed posters outside the auditorium and were outfitted in cowboy boots, a Cliburn tradition, several competitors from those countries said they struggled to think beyond the war.

“It’s a tragedy, what’s happening now,” said Dmytro Choni, a 28-year-old pianist from Kyiv. “I try to stay focused on the music.”

Ilya Shmukler, 27, a Russian competitor, said he sometimes felt guilty about the invasion. “The key words for me,” he said, “are shame and responsibility.”

The politics surrounding the Cliburn competition show how the war changed the performing arts. Unaccustomed to wrestling with geopolitical concerns, arts organizations are now forced to resolve difficult questions about the rights of Russian and Ukrainian artists, the morality of cultural boycotts and the limits of free speech. Many institutions have cut ties with artists closely associated with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, while continuing to welcome Russians with less public political leanings.

Competitions like the Cliburn, which help determine who moves up in the field, have come under intense scrutiny. Some competitions, responding to pressure from board members and activists, banned Russians altogether. Others announced their intention to disinvite the Russians, only to face a backlash and reverse course weeks later.

The debate over Russian performers echoes similar discussions in sport, with Wimbledon saying it won’t allow players from Russia and Belarus this summer, and football’s international governing body FIFA expelling all the Russian teams of the world competition.

The Cliburn, named after Van Cliburn, an American whose victory in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958 during the Cold War was seen as a sign that art could transcend politics, said he had an obligation to champion Russian artists, who have long been a prominent force in classical music.

The Cliburn has also taken steps to ensure some degree of political compliance, warning contestants that any statements in support of Putin or the invasion of Ukraine could result in disqualification or revocation of awards.

“I don’t think sanctioning a 22-year-old pianist will have any effect on the Russian government,” said Jacques Marquis, Cliburn’s chairman and CEO. “It will play exactly into Putin’s playbook, if we isolate the Russian people.”

While the Cliburn won widespread acclaim in the arts world for allowing Russians to compete, the decision alienated some Ukrainian activists and Texas residents. Some have argued that the only way to pressure Moscow to end the invasion is to cut political, economic and cultural ties.

“It’s a shame that the Cliburn doesn’t pay attention to human suffering and public opinion,” said Reverend Pavlo Popov, the leader of a Ukrainian church in suburban Dallas. “How do you influence Russia? It has to come from the people. If they don’t like war, if they want to be part of the civilized world, if they want to be part of these competitions, they have to defend the same values.

Many Russian competitors now live outside Russia and have said they are vehemently opposed to the invasion. Some took part in demonstrations and signed petitions calling for the withdrawal of Russian forces.

Anna Geniushene, a 31-year-old pianist from Moscow, said she felt a duty as an artist to show solidarity with Ukraine. When she tried to summon the right character for a set of Brahms Ballads during the quarter-finals of the competition, she said, she thought of the heartbreak and suffering in Ukraine.

“I have a lot of discussions with different people who are really surprised to know that the whole population, the whole nation, does not support and root for Putin,” said Geniushene, who lives in Lithuania. “Being an artist doesn’t mean you’re some kind of freelancer, living in a completely different world and forgetting about politics and everything you’re not involved in. You have to speak up and spread the word.”

Even as they denounced the war, many Russian competitors said they were upset by the scrutiny of Russian artists in the United States and Europe. Some Western cultural institutions have required artists to condemn Putin as a condition of performing. Others have removed works by Russian composers in an effort to show solidarity with Ukraine.

“The fact that you are Russian does not mean that you are a bad person,” said Sergey Tanin, 26, a Siberian pianist who added that he had lost commitments and invitations to competitions since the beginning of the war. “We shouldn’t be forced to have political discussions before concerts or competitions.”

The Russian participants said they felt the Cliburn provided a platform to remind the world of a side of Russia distinct from Putin’s warmongering.

Arseniy Gusev, a Russian pianist who grew up in Saint Petersburg, said that as an artist he had moved away from contemporary Russia but felt intimately connected to its history, and in particular to the music of composers like Scriabin and Rachmaninoff.

“I can no longer say that I belong to this contemporary Russia, but I feel that I am connected to certain parts of its past culture,” said Gusev, 23, who will start a graduate program at Yale School. of Music in the fall. “And I think that unites a lot of us here.”

In March, shortly after the invasion of Ukraine, Gusev attended scouting auditions for the Cliburn in Fort Worth. Its program was to feature several works by Russian composers. But he replaced some with works by Valentin Silvestrov, Ukraine’s best-known living composer, believing it was not appropriate to play so much Russian music in light of the war.

As the Cliburn enter their semi-finals this week, several contestants have said they are trying to keep some distance from the war, fearing it will become a distraction. But the conflict sometimes seemed inevitable.

Denis Linnik, 26, a Belarusian pianist, said that in the weeks leading up to the competition, he read news about the war around the clock, using his phone for up to 12 hours a day. He said he sometimes considered withdrawing because he didn’t feel good about competing.

He is still struggling with his decision to participate, he said, although he was reassured by the presence of Choni, the only Ukrainian participant. Winning the Cliburn requires intense focus, and when the contestants are together, they rarely discuss politics. When they gathered in an auditorium on Saturday evening to hear the results of the preliminary round, pianists from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine sat together, talking in Russian about interpretations of the music, conservatory teachers and the feeling of the piano on stage.

“Sometimes it doesn’t feel like there’s a war going on, which is maybe a good thing for a pageant, where we celebrate the beauty of art and craftsmanship,” said Linnik. “But it hurts a little that you don’t feel it.”

For the public and the jury, the war seemed to color the performances.

“You can feel the intense emotion of what is happening,” said Marin Alsop, the famous conductor, who chairs the jury. “Maybe some of it is projected on it, but I think it’s very authentic from them.”

When Choni took the stage last week during the preliminary round, a man in the audience shouted “Glory to Ukraine!” Internet commentators flooded a live stream of his performance with Ukrainian flag emojis.

Choni said that as the only Ukrainian competitor he sometimes felt the added pressure, but added that he appreciated the support from the public and his colleagues. Between performances and practice, he sends messages to his relatives and friends, assuring them of their safety.

The music, he hopes, could serve as therapy in a dark moment. While practicing here, he played pieces by Ukrainian composers, including trifles by Silvestrov, to remind him of his homeland.

“The goal has to be to unite people, to give some kind of relief to what’s going on in the world,” he said. “Music can be a remedy, a treatment. It’s always been like that, but maybe in these times it’s especially relevant.

Longtime Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto plays Rock & Roll for Children benefit show

This Saturday, Liberty DeVitto plays the annual Rock & Roll for Children Foundation Concert at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland, to benefit the NIH Children’s Inn.

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He’s played on countless Billy Joel hits, from “Uptown Girl” to “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”

This Saturday, Liberty DeVitto plays the annual Rock & Roll Foundation for Children concert at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland, to benefit the NIH Children’s Inn.

“I did the first for [founder Jon Belinkie] and did a few after that, it’s been running since 2004, so it’s been around for a while,” DeVitto told WTOP. “I believe in children, I have a 5 year old, I also have older daughters and I love children. I believe in the healing power of music.

The Children’s Hostel allows families to stay with their children while they receive care.

“It’s a good thing,” DeVitto said. “It’s a bit like Ronald McDonald House, but without the clown. Families can stay with children and children become children instead of patients.

The concert will also feature Ricky Byrd and 90s cover band White Ford Bronco.

“I play ‘You May Be Right’, Ricky is going to do ‘I Love Rock n’ Roll’,” DeVitto said.

Born in New York in 1950, DeVitto grew up on Long Island and learned to play the drums after seeing The Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964.

“I was born in Brooklyn, my dad was a New York cop stationed in Brooklyn, so he didn’t want us to live there, so he moved us to Long Island,” DeVitto said. “When I was 17 I played at this club called the My House on Long Island. I was in a band called The New York Workshop, Billy was in a band called The Hassles. Sometimes the two bands were playing together.

He officially joined Billy Joel as a drummer in the mid-1970s.

“When it was time for us to get together and he was coming back to New York and he wanted a New York style drummer, Doug Stegmeyer, who was Billy’s musical director at the time, said, ‘ Well, you know the guy.’ … It’s a long relationship. … I think I played on 23 of his 24 Top 40 hits. The only one I didn’t play on was “Piano Man.” It was before me.

Their first album together was Joel’s fourth studio album, “Turnstiles” (1976), featuring classic tunes like “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” and “New York State of Mind”.

“My first with him was awesome,” DeVitto said. “We did it on Long Island. It was kind of a bombshell, really, I think it sold 50,000 copies. … ‘Turnstiles’ had some great songs on it. The only element missing from this album was producer Phil Ramone. Now that he had the band it just wasn’t being produced like when Phil walked into ‘The Stranger’ you could hear the difference in production.

Indeed, “The Stranger” (1977) features hits like “Movin’ Out”, “Just the Way You Are”, “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”, “She’s Always a Woman” and “Only the Good Die Young” .

“’Only the Good Die Young’ is cool because I played with brushes in the studio. Instead of chopsticks, you’re playing with paintbrushes,” DeVitto said. “But ‘Scenes from an Italian Restaurant’ goes through a lot of phases. The Brenda and Eddie part is quick, so it’s a lot of fun.

They then recorded “52nd Street” (1978), which included “Big Shot” and “My Life”.

“I have a band now, The Lords of 52nd Street, it’s myself, Richie Cannata and Russell Javors, who were in Billy’s original band,” DeVitto said. “We do all the Billy stuff [and] one of my favorite songs to play is “Zanzibar”, because it’s really fast jazz swing in there. It’s on the ’52nd Street’ album, which is really cool. I like to play this song. It’s a challenge.”

They followed with “Glass Houses” (1980) with “You May Be Right” and “It’s Still Rock ‘n’ Roll to Me”, followed by “The Nylon Curtain” (1982) with “Allentown” and “Goodnight Saigon, and “An Innocent Man” (1983) with “The Longest Time”, “Tell Her About It” and “Uptown Girl”.

“I remember when we recorded [‘Uptown Girl’] I was walking with another band member and I looked at the other band member and I said, ‘That’s the dumbest song he’s ever written’, and I turned around and he stood right behind me. He said, ‘You’re right, it’s the dumbest song I’ve ever written.’ Only the lyrics are stupid: “uptown girl, living in an uptown world”.

Followed by “Storm Front” (1989) with “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, “I Go to Extremes”, “Shameless”, “Leningrad” and “And So It Goes”, followed by “River of Dreams” ( 1993) with the hit title track.

“I wrote about all the songs I recorded with Billy and my memories in the studio in the book I put out a year and a half ago called “Life, Billy and the Pursuit of Happiness”,said De Vitto. “All those songs are in there if anyone wants to know what it was like to record them. … Billy wrote the foreword, it was the first time I heard how much he enjoyed what I was doing.

His career is not just that of Billy Joel, from Meatloaf to Carly Simon to Paul McCartney.

“There’s a song called ‘Beautiful Night’ that we recorded on the latest version of ‘Flaming Pie’ that came out. There is a box. It was recorded by me, then it was recorded by Ringo [Starr], he made different versions. … I learned by playing Beatles records, self-taught, I can’t read music, I don’t know anything about music apart from playing the drums.

There are a lot of famous drummers who can’t read sheet music.

“There are a lot of guys like that, especially drummers,” DeVitto said. “You feel the music. The battery is felt more than anything else. It’s not what you play, it’s how you play it. Myself, Buddy Rich, Larry Mullen from U2, we don’t all read music, Ringo.

He always supports the teaching of music to children through his New York Charity Little Kids Rock.

“Little Kids Rock was started by Dave Wish, a teacher in California,” DeVitto said. “After school he saw kids hanging around, so he said, ‘I’ll give you guitar lessons if you promise to come all the time. It started with 20 children and now nearly 750,000 children have been through it. This returns the instruments to the school where the music program was removed.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley chats with Liberty DeVitto (Part 2)

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What about student loan forgiveness for parents? – POLITICS

INTERGENERATIONAL DEBT AGREEMENT — It is common knowledge that many students take out loans every year to attend college in hopes of increasing their earning potential. What is less known is that their parents are too – and they don’t reap the benefits.

Parents who have taken out loans through the Parent PLUS Loan program are accepting “one of the riskiest federal student loan options.” according to an analysis by The Century Foundation. And although more than 3.7 million families owe more than $104 billion in federal student loans, they have been largely left out of talks of sweeping debt cancellation.

— Ten years after the start of parental repayments, 55% of the capital remains unpaid, said Peter Granville, author of the report and TCF senior policy associate, in an interview. “Many borrowers are treading water to cover month-to-month interest and, if possible, repay principal,” he said. “If you look 20 years from now, even then 38% of that principal remains unpaid.

“If you just do the math, that means for a lot of parents; they spend more time repaying these loans than the time they spent with their child at home raising them before going to college,” he said.

“Why were they left out?” Granville said this could be due to a lack of data. “Researchers kind of felt in the dark when it came to Parent PLUS because there’s very little data on these parents themselves,” he said, adding that there’s “a lot less knowledge about actual parents and their track record in taking out these loans.

– Granville’s report is based on new data released last year in the College Scorecard system that included new reimbursement data, including for Parent PLUS. This is the first deep dive into data, and the release of the report comes as President Joe Biden seeks to finalize his federal plans to cancel student loans. The report highlights the importance of extending any relief to parents with PLUS loans.

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WHO DEFENDS PARENTS? — Last year, dozens of civil rights groups asked in a letter parents and other types of loans should be included in any debt cancellation plan. They called on the Biden administration to forgive $50,000 in student loans per borrower. The Education Trust, which signed the letter, is working on other reports on Parent PLUS programs and supports the recommendations of the TCF report, according to Brittani Williams, who leads the group’s work on student loan debt.

– Racial disparities are prevalent on the program, Williams said. “Particularly for low-income families, as well as Black and Latino families, parents disproportionately take Parent PLUS loans,” she added. “Because of this heavy use and the conditions that are put in place, it can be seen as adverse…and the conditions are really exacerbating the racial wealth gap.”

— Especially for black and Latino families, Williams said, the notion “that a college degree equates to upward mobility or upward economic status” is still true, meaning they take on the loans with the belief that it will pay off. “Sometimes the truth is that that mobility just isn’t there because of the burden of debt,” she said. “That’s why Ed Trust is asking for the cancellation.”

— Other problems to solve: Parents are excluded from key relief options, including income-contingent repayment and waiver of public service loan repayments, according to Persis Yu, policy director of the Student Borrower Protection Center. “They’ve been left out of so many different relief programs so far,” Yu said. debt.”

– “It’s so overwhelming that you now need intergenerational debt to be able to pay for college,” Yu said. “It puts a heavy burden on families who don’t have the wealth…and unlike student debt – at least in theory – this debt will not contribute to the increased earning potential of parents. And we know that’s not necessarily true for a lot of students either.

EXCLUSIVE: GROUPS URGE CARDONA TO ADOPT A WHOLE-CHILD STRATEGY FOR PANDEMIC RECOVERY – The Alliance for Learning and Development Science, along with 50 education and youth development organizations, sends a letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona outlining a recommended path for the recovery of Covid-19.

The public letter“Charting a path to Covid recovery for all young people,” explains “how to speed up recovery from Covid requires focusing on the whole child”. The groups call for three initial immediate actions:

— First: Groups say Ministry of Education and education providers should commit to “embracing a shared mindset” that it will take several years to recover. Recovery requires “a sequenced, comprehensive, focused, and flexible approach to meeting the academic, social, emotional, and health needs of young people.”

— Second: Educators and state and local leaders need “the best information we have.” build on existing evidence and continually improve this information over time. The groups ask for consistent “practical and evidence-based guidance” for educators.

—Third: The groups say that revamping and aligning schools and other learning environments is crucial.

“DIFFICULT” MOMS — Today, thousands of suburban women must attend the National Troublemaker Training, led by Red Wine & Blue, a Democratic-leaning group that has trained and connected nearly half a million suburban women. They train women and mothers to mobilize and organize their friends to “combat extremism – from book bans to government-mandated pregnancies to gun violence – and to hold extremist politicians accountable in November”.

— Training is also part of the group’s strategy Large turnout of troublemakersa new organizing campaign to urge women to “do more than vote in the 2022 midterm elections”, according to a press release. Moms Rising and local parent organizations will also participate in the launch event.

— Democratic Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow is expected to be part of the training alongside suburban moms from North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Red, Wine & Blue founder Katie Paris will also share announcements about the program and target states. Watch training at 20 hours

PARENTS SUE SCHOOL FOR HIDING STUDENTS’ PRONOUNS — Alliance Defending Freedom, on behalf of a group of parents and teachers, is suing the Harrisonburg City Public School Board over its policy that requires staff to use pronouns that a student identifies with, but prohibits staff from sharing them with the parents.

— ADF, in a press release, accused the school board of “usurping the right of parents directing their children’s education and forcing school staff to violate their religious beliefs by asserting the board’s view of gender identity. He also said the policy instructed ‘staff to mislead and deceive parents’.

The trial, ADF v. Harrisonburg City Public School Boardwas filed in Rockingham County Circuit Court after send a letter in January about the district’s gender transition action plans, which specify that students’ families should only be involved when deemed “appropriate,” the ADF said.

– “Parents – not public schools or government officials – have the fundamental right to direct the upbringing, care and upbringing of their children”, said ADF lead attorney Ryan Bangert. “Teachers and staff cannot deliberately hide information about children’s mental health from their parents, especially since some of the decisions children make at school have potentially life-altering ramifications.”

– Seeking to boost Native American education while preserving tribal culture, federal education officials travel to northern Idaho as $1 million grant rolls out: The Spokesperson’s Review

— A fake online university posing as the UN is scamming potential students out of thousands of dollars: NOLA.com

— Growth of Women’s Sport: A Title IX Timeline: The Pittsburgh Post Gazette

— Iowa’s public universities aim to expand online education: The Gazette

— Opinion: What happened to the EP? It is losing ground in our academic improvement effort: The Washington Post

Brantley Dunaway, Founder of B Entertainment Company, Featured on BillionSuccess.com

Brantley Dunaway, Founder of B Entertainment Company

Brantley Dunaway is an entertainment industry leader with experience as an actor, director and producer

Brantley Dunaway is an entertainment industry veteran

Brantley Dunaway was a natural choice to be featured on www.BillionSuccess.com as part of its series on entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA, June 6, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Brantley “Brant” Dunaway, founder of Company B Entertainment, was recently featured on BillionSuccess.com (https://billionsuccess.com/brantley-dunaway ) . As an industry veteran with a background as an actor, producer and creative leader, Brantley Dunaway was a natural choice to be featured on www.BillionSuccess.com as part of his series on Entrepreneurs in the Business Industry. entertainment.

Billion Success Media is a support system for new entrepreneurs, self-published authors and freelancers. It provides a number of online services to help new entrepreneurs launch and grow their new business. Among its services are web design, web content management, web services and online magazine publishing, book publishing, digital products and other digital services. It is an educational platform for entrepreneurship and fatherhood.

Brantley Dunaway shared his thoughts on a wide variety of topics, including his journey and how he started the company B Entertainment, the skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur, his plans to grow his business, how he splits up and separates its business from its competitors. , the mistakes he made while starting his business and the lessons he learned, as well as some of the biggest challenges he faced and how he overcame them.

In response to the question, “What helps keep you motivated and motivated to continue in your business,” Dunaway said:

“There are a few things that help keep me motivated and motivated in my business. First of all, I’m always thinking about ways to improve and grow my business. I’m constantly brainstorming new ideas and to look for ways to take my business to the next level. Secondly, I am surrounded by an amazing team of people who are just as passionate about what we do as I am. Seeing their dedication and hard work motivates me to continue to and finally, I’m always looking for feedback from my clients. Hearing their positive feedback reminds me why I do what I do, and it drives me to keep striving for excellence.

Dunaway also offered advice for those starting out on the entrepreneurial path:

“If you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur, there are a few valuable tips I recommend you keep in mind. First, it’s essential to have a clear vision for your business and a well-defined plan to achieve your goals. This means taking the time to research your industry and develop a solid business strategy, which will help you stand out from the competition and be successful in the long run.Secondly, it is important to surround yourself with like-minded people who can supporting you throughout the process.Whether through networking groups or online communities, having people who can offer advice and guidance can be extremely beneficial as you work to grow your business. always be ready to learn from your mistakes and adapt as needed.

To read the full interview, go to https://billionsuccess.com/brantley-dunaway.

To learn more about Brantley Dunaway and his projects, please visit www.brantleydunawayproducer.com

About Brantley “Brant” Dunaway

Brantley Dunaway has been featured in Nfocus magazine as well as Today’s Man. He was named one of 22 people to watch by 5280 magazine. Dunaway has spent a lot of time acquiring intellectual property and to date his work includes titles such as I Am Charlotte Simmons by the famous novelist Tom Wolfe. During his extensive and varied work in the music industry, Brantley has had the opportunity to work with many talented and well-known artists, including Dave Mathew, Dave Grisman, Joan Baez, Third Eye Blind, Ben Harper and many others.

Brantley Dunaway is perhaps best known for his work in theater and film. Dunaway’s London and Broadway productions have included Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of Bombay Dreams; Gone with the Wind directed by Trevor Nunn; and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks with the late Uta Hagen and David Hyde Pierce, with Polly Bergen and Mark Hamill.

Dunaway served as producer on the film adaptation of Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, starring Javier Bardem and Giovanna Mezzogiorno and written by Oscar-winning writer Ronald Harwood. Brantley Dunaway was recently named Producer and Executive Producer of Faire Wind and Song, an expedition documentary series and global community initiative that explores cultural evolutionism through music and cuisine.

Brantley Dunaway of Atlanta, Georgia is an actor, producer and creative leader who has been professionally active in the entertainment industry for over 25 years, producing, presenting and developing work for theatre, feature films, experiential marketing initiatives and the music industry. . His projects range from Network Television to Broadway, and include production tours and branded entertainment for consumer-focused companies.

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North Texas hosts DreamHack and Overwatch esports events

It was a big weekend for esports as tens of thousands descended on the DFW area for the DreamHack Gaming Festival and a massive Overwatch tournament.

DALLAS — For years, North Texas has proven itself to be a hub for esports and video games — and not just for the United States. The region is certainly attracting international attention.

If more proof is needed, look no further than this weekend.

Not one, but two major gaming events took place in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex this weekend, drawing tens of thousands of fans to the area in celebration of video games and esports.


DreamHack, an international gaming brand that hosts festivals around the world, hosted its first event in Dallas for the first time in three years, and the excitement over the return of major in-person events was evident over the weekend. .

Crowds filled the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center as fans had plenty of options on their gaming plates, such as live competitive matches and rows of tables packed with consoles and PCs for attendees to play against each other others.

Organizers told WFAA that the event brought together more than 33,000 attendees from 50 states and 29 countries over three days.

Championship games from popular video games Rocket League and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive were featured at the convention, and fans got to cheer on their favorite teams.

Colleges from North America and Europe participated in a rocket league championship tournament at DreamHack. DFW was represented by the University of Texas at Arlington esports team.

With a brand so internationally known and having held its main events in Sweden and other countries, what brought DreamHack to Dallas? Shahin Zarrabi, vice president of strategy and growth at DreamHack, told WFAA that North Texas is perfect.

“Dallas loves games. There are so many players here, esports teams, organizations. We came here in 2019 for our first event in Dallas, coming from Austin before,” Zarrabi said. “Dallas showed us so much love, so it was a no-brainer for us to come back here.”

After having to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic and having to cancel 2020 and 2021 events, Zarrabi said he’s glad DreamHack is back in Dallas and becoming something more than a simple esports event.

“We want to create a platform for everyone to come and connect, explore, be themselves. All gaming under one roof. It doesn’t mean you have to sit and play or watch someone else play,” Zarrabi told the WFAA. “You might be dressing up as someone in a video game…or meeting your favorite designers online.”

“We want to create this platform, this arena, for people to come and just be who they are and follow their passion,” he added.

And of course, the city of Dallas also sees the fruits of the great gaming festival.

According to Zarrabi, the 2019 event in Dallas generated around $3.6 million for the city.

“I hope Dallas loves us as much as we love them,” he said.

Overwatch League Launch Clash

And, about 20 minutes west of the Dallas Convention Center, another major esports event was happening at the same time.

Overwatch, a popular first-person shooter, was the focus of this event as the game’s esports league held a $225,000 tournament – ​​the Overwatch League Kickoff Clash – at Esports Arlington Stadium.

The Dallas Fuel, a team owned by Dallas-based organization Envy Gaming, was the host city, as pro teams from across the country and thousands of fans descended on North Texas. This weekend’s tournament was the first major in-person event of 2022 for the Overwatch League.

Geoff Moore, president of Envy Gaming, told the WFAA that events like this are proof that the North Texas region is becoming a huge esports hub.

“It brings in a lot of people who love [Overwatch] from out of state Texas, other cities in Texas to Arlington and the Dallas-Fort Worth area,” Moore said. “It really fulfills the vision that the city of Arlington had when she invested in creating this venue that they were going to bring people from all over the country and even other countries to events like this depending on what those people really have a pent up demand to see live and to share with each other.”

Organizers told the WFAA that more than 4,000 fans attended the four-day event.

In March, Esports Stadium Arlington also hosted the first major event of 2022 for the Call of Duty League, where thousands of people cheered to sell-out crowds. Dallas-based OpTic Texas, part of Envy Gaming, won the grand prize at this event.

Organizers told the WFAA that about 75% of ticket buyers for this event came from outside the DFW area.

Grand Opera returns with “La Traviata”, the season finale of Opera Santa Barbara

When Grenada comes alive with the production of Verdi’s masterpiece La Traviata on Sunday June 12, it marks a return to the land of grand opera for Opera Santa Barbara (operasb.org). It also marks a long-awaited return to an ambitious corporate mission already underway.

Since the company’s last “grand opera” project in November 2019, OSB has embarked on an ingenious reflection on how to operate under fire and lockdown. Among his accomplishments of creative workarounds were drive-in operas at Ventura Fairgrounds and unique smaller productions at Lobero. Those included mariachi opera Cruzar La Cara De La Lunatransgender in one act Like aa Puccini/Da ​​Falla double title on Halloween, an updated version of Handel Mixesand an abridged version of Wagner Das Rheingold.

Kostis Protopapas, the artistic and general director (and conductor this Sunday), is at the head of the admirable initiative of the company, in the midst of adversity. He explained, “The traviata The performance will be a celebration of everything we have accomplished since March 2020. Our company was one of the few performing arts organizations in California that remained active throughout the lockdown and successfully weathered the ups and downs low after reopening. Going back to a full grand opera with a full orchestra and chorus feels like the last chapter of Around the world in 80 daysexcept that our journey lasted about 800 days.

This production of Verdi’s 1853 adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ novel The Lady of the Camellias features familiar faces/voices. Soprano Anya Matanovic takes lead role, after roles in OSB the crucible and Das Rheingoldalongside tenor Nathan Granner, memorable in OSB’s 2018 Bohemian.

La Traviata is one of the most important works in the repertoire,” says Protopapas. “First of all, it was the first ‘realistic’ opera in the history of the genre. Until then, any opera included a large element of fantasy – ancient myths and gods, historical figures, exotic locations, etc. So the music is absolutely perfect. It is masterfully crafted to give singers the ability to sculpt realistic characters. It is also remarkable how Verdi creates a new kind of musical drama without deviating substantially from established musical standards.

Director Tara Faircloth, previously behind OSB’s 2017 Puccini production The Rondinedesigned a new interpretation of La Traviata. Protopapas explains that the director “envisions the story as a piece of memory”.

Faircloth said: “Whenever you bring together a group of performers to create a live opera, there’s a bit of magic in the air. Our production features fairly traditional and lush costumes, but we have a gorgeous new set design by François-Pierre Couture and also a small troupe of dancers from the State Street Ballet. The visual world is a beautiful blend of delicate, feminine symbology and dancer-driven transitions that help create a dreamlike state of memory and emotion.

OSB, founded in 1994, has gone through many phases and changes, and survived and, in its own way, thrived through a potential downtime. In a sense, the extreme challenges the performing arts have faced over the past two years have prompted a call to rise to the occasion.

“There are no crises in art, only opportunities, however painful they may be at times,” Protopapas said. “John F. Kennedy said, ‘The artist becomes the last champion of wit and individual sensibility against an intrusive society and unofficial state.’ Never has society been more intrusive and the state more unofficial than during the pandemic and the years that preceded it, and in this sense the duty of the artist has never been more urgent.

“Additionally, the disruption of the pandemic has also been a reset button in the arts. We were forced to think creatively and economically and forget about ‘business as usual’. As a result, we became more efficient and more focused on the essentials of art: the music, the artists and the storytelling. »

OSB’s future looks bright – and grand – again. “What our company does is produce dynamic musical theater that both draws inspiration from the operatic tradition’s past and looks to its future,” Protopasas said. “Artistically, we plan to produce classic and contemporary works with equal passion and boldness for a long time to come.”

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Pakistani singer Abrar Ul Haq is still suing Karan Johar, T-Series for ‘stealing’ his song: ‘It’s mine and I’ll get it back’

Pakistani singer and politician Abrar Ul Haq has assured his fans that he is still taking legal action against Karan Johar and T-Series for allegedly stealing his song “Nach Punjaban” for the upcoming film Jugjugg Jeeyo. Jugjugg Jeeyo, star of Varun Dhawan and Kiara Advani, presents a revamped version of the song, titled “The Punjabban”.

“The Punjaabban” appeared briefly for the first time in the trailer and prompted Abrar Ul Haq to tweet to claim he didn’t sell his song to anyone and will take Johar to court. In response, T-Series said they had “legally acquired” the rights to the song and that it is also available on the Lollywood Classics YouTube channel.

“All due credits must be included on all platforms when songs are released. As represented by Moviebox Records Label, the copyrights of said song belong exclusively to Moviebox only with all valid documentation,” the statement continued.

In a new video shared on social media platforms, Ul Haq said, “Many fans have asked me ‘why didn’t you go to court against Karan Johar and T-Series for stealing your song ‘Nach Punjaban”? . The answer is, yes, I’m going to court, don’t worry.

He tagged the Twitter handles of Johar, his production company Dharma Productions and T-Series and also used the hashtag #StopStealingOurSongs.

He added that just giving credit is not enough because he never sold the song and gave no one the right to use it. “It’s mine and I’ll get it back, God willing, and I’m coming to court. See you there,” he added.

The film, directed by Raj Mehta, is a joint production between Dharma Productions and Viacom18 Studios. The film stars Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani, Anil Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Manish Paul and Prajakta Koli. It is set to release on June 24, 2022.

Gen Z and millennials are defaulting on car loans at far higher rates than before the pandemic

The finances of young Americans may have begun to crumble under the weight of auto loans – yet another worry to contend with in this precarious economic environment.

According to new data from credit reporting agency TransUnion, Gen Z and Millennials now have auto loan default rates significantly higher than their pre-pandemic levels. Generation Z, which includes people born in 1995 and later, has a late payment rate of 2.21%, compared to 1.75% before the pandemic. Millennials, those born between 1980 and 1994, have fallen behind on car loans at a rate of 2.14%, compared to 1.66% before the pandemic.

The data comes against the backdrop of near-unprecedented auto costs. The average new car is now $46,526, just slightly below the record high of $47,000 set in January, according to Kelly Blue Book and its parent company, Cox Automotive.

The Cox Automotive/Moody’s Analytics Vehicle Affordability Index hit its worst mark on record in April, showing the median weeks of income needed to buy the average new vehicle now stands at 40.6 weeks, or nearly a year’s salary, compared to a downward revision. 40.2 weeks in March.

“New vehicle affordability continues to be much worse now than it was a year ago, when prices were significantly lower and incentives were higher,” Cox said in a press release. “The estimated number of weeks of median household income needed to buy the average new vehicle in April increased 18% from last year.”

Amid these challenges, the total volume of auto loans has plummeted. In the last three months of 2021, according to TransUnion, the number of loans granted fell 3% to 6.5 million compared to the same period a year earlier.

This may be satisfactory enough for the Federal Reserve to conclude that financial conditions have tightened as hoped. Meanwhile, TransUnion said creditors appear to be responding to changing conditions by offering various types of forbearance to borrowers.

“Supply shortages have driven up vehicle prices, and international plant closures will lead to an increasing shortage of inventory throughout the year,” TransUnion said. said in a May 23 blog post. “In addition to the increase in vehicle prices, the rise in inflation will also have an impact on the purchasing power of consumers. To help control monthly payments, we anticipate that lenders may offer consumers options such as extended loan terms to offset affordability issues.

Still, auto loan defaults are a sign amid the broader trend of a general rise in the cost of living. Although no generation is immune to this phenomenon, young consumers are the most affected, as they have fewer accumulated assets to act as a buffer.

Indeed, a new survey of Gen Z and Millennials by consulting group Deloitte found that the cost of living was the top overall concern for both groups, ahead of other issues such as climate change. , unemployment, mental health and personal safety.

“Financial anxiety is prevalent among Gen Z and Millennials,” Deloitte noted. “They worry about their day-to-day finances and fear they won’t be able to retire comfortably.”

Deloitte also found that nearly half of both generations were living on paycheck to paycheck and worried about not being able to cover their expenses, with 30% of both groups expressing general financial insecurity.

The consultancy also found that a third of millennials and 43% of Gen Zers have held side jobs in addition to their main job. Meanwhile, 26% of Gen Zers and 31% of Millennials said they weren’t confident they would be able to retire with financial comfort.

It’s possible that these younger generations have stretched their wallets, thanks to an otherwise healthy pay raise they recently received, especially compared to other generations. Data from Bank of America shows that between May 2021 and April 2022, Gen Z and Millennials received wage increases of 19.9% ​​and 11.3%, respectively.

“Some of the increase in Gen Z will simply reflect members of this group entering their careers after education, which inevitably involves significant salary changes,” according to Bank of America. “But it’s worth noting that Millennials seem to be seeing higher net pay increases than Gen X – it’s Gen X where the median salary is the highest, so it looks like Millennials are catching up .”

But the Deloitte survey indicates that the overall financial situation of younger generations is changing.

“Fast forward to 2022 and, unfortunately, economic conditions and quality of life have deteriorated in many parts of the world,” the survey said. “Now, in the third year of the pandemic, we are also facing alarming geopolitical conflicts, extreme weather events, inequality and a sharp rise in inflation. Rather than being a temporary condition, the disruptions seem to be part of the new normal.”

KK Showed No Symptoms of Illness: Event Company Answers Fans’ Questions

The unexpected death of the KK singer soon after a live performance at a college festival in Kolkata has left his fans angry and shocked. Many claimed that the air conditioning in the Nazrul Mancha auditorium, where the singer was performing, was not working properly. Many have raised questions about why KK was not rushed to hospital as he felt unwell. Event management company BlackEyed Event House has now shared a lengthy statement on Facebook in which they answered all questions regarding the incident. Read also : KK didn’t want to get out of car after seeing ‘too many people’ at venue, says singer who performed before him

The statement from BlackEyed Event House read, “We would like to apologize to everyone for this late post about the unfortunate accident that happened after our show with KK sir. Since then we have been busy with the formal proceedings. We would like to state in advance that our role in the entire event was that of coordinating the artists. We have had a very special bond with KK sir over the years and are shocked by his sudden passing. We have seen many questions addressed to our event management company, let us know the answers below:

1. Have the ACs been turned off?

No, the ACs were running and working at full capacity. Nazrul Mancha has a specific seating capacity, but few extra people are forced into the auditorium. It is very obvious that the auditorium having AC installed for a specific capacity of people cannot function properly when the crowd exceeds the capacity. The venue was chosen by the college authorities and we have nothing to do with the choice of venue or the management of the venue infrastructure.

2. Was there a forced entry? Why was the crowd not managed?

Yes, there was a forced entry into the auditorium. From the outer door to the auditorium door were bouncers and police forces as well as the student union who did their best to actively manage the crowd. But the crowd was beyond their expectations and the crowd threw rocks at the volunteers to gain entry. The police did their best to manage the crowd wisely.

3. Was KK Sir forced to perform?

He didn’t have to play. Also, there was no communication from KK Sir or his band members that they wanted to stop the performance. KK sir gave his best until the end and we, his manager and everyone associated with this show supported him in every way we could in our capacity.

4. Why was KK Sir not rushed to hospital from Nazrul Mancha?

KK Sir showed no symptoms of illness and played vigorously until the very end. We’ve also seen high performing artists picking up towels to wipe their faces in the past; it does not necessarily indicate that the performer is showing symptoms of illness. After each rigorous show, we see the artists tired and escorted as soon as possible. The videos circulating on social media that KK sir was kicked out due to chest pains are absolutely fake and not even from the May 31 show. KK Sir returned to the hotel and also took selfies with fans, before falling ill. His manager also confirmed the same.”

The company further added, “This is an unfortunate loss for all of us, especially ‘us’ as we have been associated with KK sir for a good number of years and have developed a personal bond with him. As we mourn the loss of a loved one, we would like to ask you to understand our situation and introspect if we deserve the hate campaign that some people have started on social media. If you find comfort in doing this, we will be happy to support the weight of your anger The coordination of the artists was our responsibility and we did our best.

The Day – Norwich events venue owner files false arrest complaint in ongoing dispute with city

Norwich – In the latest round of the battle between the city and the owner of allegedly illegal event venues on Friday, owner Huey Min Lee did not appear in court on a criminal charge related to the dispute and instead filed a notice of intent to sue the city and state’s attorney for false arrest.

Lee, 61, from Norwich was charged by Norwich Police on May 3 with failing to reduce a fire risk, following an inspection of her Mount Crescent House, a suspected illegal high street events at 270 Broadway. A court clerk said Friday that Lee failed to show up for her 10 a.m. Friday court date to answer the charge, and a new arrest will be ordered for failure to appear in court.

Lee instead filed an intent to sue form with the court on Friday, alleging that Senior Assistant State Attorney Donna Parker and Norwich Fire Marshal Mark Gilot “conspired to make a false arrest against Huey Min Lee, owner of Mount Crescent House”.

In his two-page filing, Lee repeated earlier claims that Gilot violated his private property rights by illegally entering his Mount Crescent House property for the December 13 fire inspection, leading to the charge criminal. Lee also claimed that Gilot committed mail fraud by sending him the notice of violation after the inspection. Gilot wrote in his inspection report that he found 18 fire code violations during the Dec. 13 inspection.

Separate from the criminal case, the city filed a civil lawsuit against Property LLCs for three of Lee’s Norwich properties – 270 Broadway, 380 Washington St. and 113 Mediterranean Lane – which would be operated as large event venues in violation of city zoning regulations.

The court denied Lee’s motion to dismiss the case and a remote hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on July 1 at the city’s request for a court injunction to restrain Lee from hosting large events in the three properties. A court ruling is also pending in the civil case on Lee’s motion to find the city in contempt for allegedly violating his private property rights.

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Theatre, comedy, art and Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters


The Marvelous Marvelous at ASF

Now through June 26 at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, this Off-Broadway hit takes us to Springfield High School’s 1958 prom, where we meet and learn about the lives and loves of Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy: four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. When the Wonderettes reunite to perform at their 10-year reunion, we learn about the ups and downs the girls have had over the past decade and are thrilled to find that no matter what life throws at them, they will overcome it together. Featuring over 30 classic hits from the 50s and 60s including ‘Lollipop’, ‘Dream Lover’ and ‘Lipstick on Your Collar’. asf.net.

The Journey to Bountiful

Wetumpka Depot presents The Trip to Bountiful.

As part of the 42nd season, the Wetumpka Depot presents The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote. Bountiful follows the heartwarming journey of Carrie Watts, a widow who escapes the confines of her son’s cramped urban apartment to make one final trip to her former home in the small Texas town of Bountiful. Show dates Thursday through Saturday until June 11 at 7:30 p.m. There is a matinee on Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at Wetumpkadepot.com or by sending a check to WDP PO Box 1031, Wetumpka, Al 36092 or at the door. Tickets are $15. Ticket questions can also be emailed to [email protected] The Wetumpka Depot Theater is located at 300 S Main St in historic downtown Wetumpka.


Theo Von at MPAC

Theo Von is at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

Comedian, actor and writer Theo Von heads to the Montgomery Performing Arts Center Saturday at 7 p.m. with his “Return of the Rat Tour.” Tickets cost between $39.50 and $79.50 and are available at mpaconline.org. Theo’s podcast, This Past Weekend, is one of the top comedy podcasts, garnering 5 million plays per month on audio alone. Theo has an upcoming “Regular People” Netflix special coming October 19th. Theo has appeared numerous times on Joe Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, regularly on Joey Diaz’s The Church of What’s Happening Now, and was voted guest of the year on The Fighter and The Kid by TFATK listeners. in 2017 and 2018. Previously, Theo was the host of Howie Mandel’s EP Howie Mandel’s TBS hidden camera show Deal With It, which ran for three seasons. He also hosted Yahoo’s popular daily recap show, Primetime in No Time, one of the most-watched shows on the web with nearly a million views per day. Theo also made guest appearances on Inside Amy Schumer, Why? with Hannibal Buress, Arsenio, Last Comic Standing, won Comedy Central’s Reality Bites Back and Live at Gotham.

Free breakfast for bikers

Harley-Davidson of Montgomery is hosting a free Bikers and Breakfast on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. 655 N. Eastern Blvd. This takes place on the first Saturday of each month.

DJ Tre Blues and Soul Saturday

Harley-Davidson Montgomery hosts DJ Tre Live Soul and Blues on Saturday. Free food and music, plus gift cards. 655 N. Eastern Blvd.

Art+Lettres: Do not move

Join the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts on Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. for Art+Letters: Hold Still. In this groundbreaking book, a unique interplay of story and image, Mann’s preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and the fabled landscape of the American South is revealed to be almost genetically predetermined, inscribed in his DNA by the family history that precedes it.

Capturing roses with Laura Bocquin

Join the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Capturing Roses with Laura Bocquin. Laura, local artist and flower enthusiast, will guide participants through the charm of fresh roses to capture unique visions with pencils, watercolors and acrylic paints. Material included in the price of the course. Seating is limited, so register early to claim your spot! $50 for the course, members get 25% off


Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters at MPAC

Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters perform at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center on Sunday.

Tickets range from $12 to $47 and are available at mpaconline.org for Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters on Sundays at 7 p.m. Formed in 2007, The Boxmasters have recorded an impressive and diverse catalog of music that touches on their love of a wide range of influences, but most importantly, 1960s rock and roll. Listening to The Boxmasters, one can hear obvious odes to the Beatles, the Byrds and the Beach Boys, but also important to The Boxmasters are The Mothers of Invention, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and Big Star. Since the formation of The Boxmasters, several longtime friends have contributed to the band’s sound, but the core of The Boxmasters has always been Andrew and Thornton. As primary songwriters, the Boxmasters’ sound has evolved as the duo constantly strive to find new inspirations, new sounds and new ways to express what’s in their hearts and minds. spirit. But at the heart, there is a backbeat, meaningful lyrics and emotionally played music. As a touring band, The Boxmasters cultivated a rabid cult fanbase across the United States and Canada. Opening for ZZ Top, Steve Miller, George Thorogood and Kid Rock The Boxmasters proved to win over a large following. As a headliner, frequent stops in Kansas City at “Knuckleheads”, Springfield, Illinois at “Boondocks” and “Merrimack Hall” in Huntsville, Alabama showed a dedicated but ever-growing following. Two appearances at Levon Helm’s “Midnight Ramble” in Woodstock, New York were standout performances for the band, as well as the “Ramble at The Ryman” which Levon hosted in 2008. The Boxmasters performed on “The Grand Ole Opry” in 2015, another in a growing resume of must-see venues.

Verde Summer Sunday Brunch

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Join the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and Cafe Verde on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Verde Summer Sunday Brunch. Join Nick and Davena Jernigan for a summer brunch. Limited places. The menu and reservations are available online.

The Outpouring Worship Event at the Riverwalk Amphitheater

The Outpouring returns to the Riverwalk Amphitheater on Sunday, an evening of prayer, worship, music and dancing.

Come to the Riverwalk Amphitheater on Sundays from 4-7 p.m. for The Outpouring: Worship on the River. Don’t miss this spirit-filled showcase presented by Hearts & Heels, Sunday Morning Gospel and WVAS.

This free event will feature live prayer and worship from pastors and worship singers throughout the tri-county area. This is a unified, interfaith worship event that will bring all believers together in one place to experience the outpouring and power of the Holy Spirit. The evening will begin at 4 p.m. with intercessory prayer, followed by a festive night of worship.

Bring your garden chairs and blankets. There will be food vendors, prayers and praises on the river.

Howard Katz honored with the Rozelle Radio-TV Award

Howard Katz, who has been involved in NFL media for nearly two decades and helped propel the league’s popularity to new heights, was selected Thursday as the recipient of the Pete Rozelle Broadcasting Award.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame presents the award annually in recognition of outstanding and longstanding radio and television contributions to professional football. Katz will be honored during Hall of Fame week in August in Canton, Ohio.

“I can’t think of a more deserving recipient,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Quite simply, the NFL wouldn’t be where we are today without Howard Katz.”

Since joining the NFL in 2003, Katz has served as Chief Operating Officer of NFL Films and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Broadcast and Media Operations, overseeing the formation of the league and prime time game selection.

Katz said he had “always tried to do good for everyone. I tried to look through other people’s lenses and gauge their reaction.

Pro Football Hall of Fame President Jim Porter noted that last season, 24 of the top 25 shows for national ratings were NFL games.

“It reflects the hard work and foresight that Howard and his team put into the overall schedule,” Porter said. has always been important to Howard.

A graduate of Colgate University, Katz broke into television in 1971 as a production assistant at ABC Sports and worked on the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, “Monday Night Football” and “Wide World of Sports”.

In 1993, he became ESPN’s executive vice president of production and helped the network launch ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPN Radio, ESPN International, ESPN Classic and the ESPY Awards.

Six years later, he returned to ABC and relaunched the “Monday Night Football” franchise with the hiring of John Madden.

“Somewhere in your life you want to work for Howard Katz,” Madden said in a Katz tribute video during the Livingston, New Jersey, native’s induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2014.

In 2003, Katz joined the NFL to run NFL Films and also helped create the league’s flexible scheduling model that further boosted interest in prime-time games. This year, it’s helping the league scale its streaming offerings through its partnership with Amazon.


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Stock market records gain as investors await May jobs report

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The stock market shook off a shaky start and ended higher on Thursday, marking its first gain in this holiday-shortened week.

Tech stocks were among the winners as Microsoft erased an early loss.

Trading has been choppy in recent days as investors remain concerned about inflation and the interest rate hikes the Federal Reserve is using to fight it.

The S&P 500 rose 1.8%. The benchmark is up 7.1% since hitting the edge of a bear market two weeks ago. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.3% and the Nasdaq 2.7%. The 10-year Treasury yield slipped to 2.91%.

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Communications stocks, companies dependent on direct consumer spending and some large industrial companies gained ground. Facebook parent company Meta Platforms rose 5.4%, the day after COO Sheryl Sandberg announced that she was retiring. Expedia Group gained 6.3% and Boeing climbed 7.5%.

Small business stocks rose, signaling confidence in economic growth. The Russell 2000 gained 2.3%.

Bond yields have been relatively stable. The 10-year Treasury yield, which helps set interest rates on mortgages and other loans, fell to 2.91% from 2.93% late Wednesday.

Utilities and energy stocks fell. The pullback in energy stocks came as U.S. crude oil prices rose 1.4%, despite the OPEC oil cartel and allied producing nations including Russia saying they would increase production by 648,000 barrels per day in July and August.

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Gasoline prices above $6 are displayed at a gas station in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, May 27, 2022.

Gasoline prices hit new high at $4.71

Rising energy prices have fueled inflation, which is already at its highest level in four decades. U.S. gasoline prices hit a new record high on Thursday, with the average price at the pump costing $4.71 a gallon, according to the AAA Auto Club Federation.

Investors remain focused on the balance between inflation, rising interest rates and economic growth. The Federal Reserve is being closely watched as it attempts to blunt the impact of inflation by raising interest rates from historic lows during the pandemic.

Several economic reports released on Wednesday reinforced expectations that the Fed would continue to aggressively raise interest rates. Wall Street fears the Fed is slowing economic growth too much and potentially sending the economy into recession.

Wall Street will get another glimpse into the health of the broader economy on Friday when the Labor Department releases its jobs report for May. The labor market was initially slow to recover from the impact of the virus pandemic, but rebounded strongly with low unemployment and ample job vacancies.

Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary and Sirius are preparing a movie podcast

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Long before Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary won an Oscar for co-writing “Pulp Fiction,” they were just a few moviegoers working at a Manhattan Beach, Calif., video rental store, discussing and recommending movies and becoming the filmmakers they were meant to be. be.

Now, nearly 40 years after meeting at Video Archives in 1983, Tarantino and Avary are revisiting that pivotal moment and the films that made them with the Video Archives podcast, a new adventure from SiriusXM Stitcher premiering this summer. The company said Thursday that on each episode, Tarantino and Avary will review and discuss films culled from the original library of the Video Archive.

“We never imagined that 30 years after working together behind the video archive counter, we’d be together again doing exactly the same thing we did back then: passionately talking about movies on VHS,” they said. Tarantino and Avary in a joint statement. “Watching movies was what initially brought us together and made us friends, and it’s our love of movies that still brings us together today.”

When Video Archives went out of business, Tarantino purchased their inventory and essentially recreated the store in his home. He once estimated it to be nearly 8,000 videotapes and DVDs. On the podcast, they teased that they would cover everything from “controversial James Bond films” to startling set photos and beyond.

“Quentin and Roger have left such a lasting mark on cinema,” Scott Greenstein, chief content officer at SiriusXM, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be able to help them revisit this formative moment in their careers and bring their recommendations to a new and wider audience.”

The Video Archive podcast will be available this summer on Stitcher, the SXM app, Pandora, and other podcast platforms.

Sedona Arts Center Hosts First Ever Tailgate Paint Out Event

An outdoor painting by Williamson Tapia in a tailgate setting, ready for the event. (courtesy of SAC)

From June 3-5, the Sedona Arts Center (SAC) will host its first Tailgate Paint Out in the center’s outdoor spaces. The event will welcome guest artists as well as members of the community interested in participating or observing plein air style painting.

Plein air is a French term meaning “outdoors”. In the art world, it refers to the practice of painting outdoors rather than in the studio. Famous artists such as Claude Monet, Renoir and Georgia O’Keefe were known to practice this style.

“We host an outdoor event every October,” said JD Jensen, operations coordinator at SAC. “But we wanted the chance to have an event that everyone could attend.”


On Saturday evening at 5 p.m., the Tailgate Paint Out begins. The group of 24 guest artists will draw or paint “en plein air” while community members are invited to park their vehicles in the lower parking lot of the arts center and tailgate among the painters.

“Most of the guest artists are established in their own mediums and styles, but may not be plein air painters,” Jensen said. “We focus on artists who have never participated in one of our events or who are emerging artists. We hope this event will help broaden their knowledge and skills. Additionally, we wanted to involve the community in a fun and free outdoor event.

Attendees are encouraged to bring comfortable chairs to relax in and can enjoy free food and drink from the Heartline Café or pack their own picnic baskets. The artists’ prizes will be awarded at 6:30 p.m.


On Sundays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., members of the community are invited to paint alongside professional artists during the Community Paint Out. Participants can even choose to sell their paintings at the event and be considered for a prize. The only requirement is that they register with a SAC staff member upon arrival. A prize with a $500 prize will be awarded to the best community painter on Sunday.

“We want to encourage community members to get out there, get involved, and have fun,” Jensen said. “It’s a great opportunity to practice and learn.”

Additional activities will include an open painting for guest artists on Friday at 10:30 a.m. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. that evening, the opening reception includes a meet-the-artists and art sale. The community is encouraged to attend.

All events will take place at the Sedona Arts Center and are free. Tailgate Paint Out is supported by a grant from the AZ Tourist Board.

Cindy Cole is a freelancer for The Independent. Contact her at [email protected]

PSPC hosts Young Artists Festival on Sunday – The Daily Gazette

The grounds of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center will resonate with joyous noise on Sunday with the fifth annual Young Artists Festival. More than 500 teenagers, mostly who dance, play an instrument, sing, write poetry, paint or create all kinds of visual arts, will celebrate this collaborative event.

The theme of the festival is interdependence, as when a poet works side by side with a musician, just as members of a community depend on each other for hope and happiness, especially during a tragedy. or a disaster.

“We’ve noticed how it builds community, especially in a cross-disciplinary discipline,” said Dennis Moench, vice president of education at PSPC. “All forms of art are linked.”

This concept has been at the heart of the festival since its conception. More than five years ago, Moench, SPAC executive director Elizabeth Sobol, and members of the Empire State Youth Organization, which included then-music director Helen Cha-Pyo, met to discuss ways to feature students from all artistic disciplines. Noting that there were few venues in the Capital District that could handle such a crowd, Cha-Pyo suggested that since SPAC had the biggest stage in the area, why not turn it into a festival, Moench said. .

“Everyone thought it was a great idea,” he said.

They decided to limit student participation to the 11 counties that made up the Capital Region and Adirondack Park. Submissions were received in the fall and everyone was encouraged to apply as long as they could create work that fit within one of the artistic disciplines.

“The focus was on the process and the enrichment of the student rather than the end product,” Moench said. “It was for them to experience the joy of the creative process and come to love this art form even before reaching a higher level of skill. There were no limits. »

From the beginning, there have always been many dancers and musicians who have applied, including those from ESYO, Capitol District Youth Chorale, Northeast Ballet, and most recently, students from SPAC School of the Arts. Applications in the visual arts have increased significantly with this year attracting over 200 students.

“Poetry has been a roller coaster,” Moench said. “Last year, with the pandemic, we had the most students writing. But this year there were fewer.

Despite the numbers, Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco visited SPAC to work with three poets who have held virtual workshops over the past few months. One of the students is Lauren Zhu, an eleventh grader from Shaker High School, who was named the literary arts winner and will recite her winning poem, “I think better with my eyes closed,” in the finals of the event.

“I had two workshops with Mr. Blanco and he helped me tighten the language and be more specific,” Zhu said. “He was awesome . . . amazing. He taught me how to revise and play.

While her goal is to write more often, do summer workshops, and refine the process, Zhu noted that she doesn’t have any friends who write poetry — though she also works in the school newspaper. But the festival’s theme of interdependence is meaningful to her because many of her friends practice other artistic disciplines, she said.

She will also be on stage with Blanco, who will recite her own poem, “Declaration of Interdependence.” It will be during the last event of the day, when around 200 of the students will be on stage to perform in some measure.

Before that there’s an art exhibit of over 50 works, games, balloons, workshops, free ice cream from Stewart’s, ESYO’s CHIME program of 100 kids performing, poetry readings , dances ranging from classical to hip hop and Irish dancing, singing choirs, and a special tribute to David Janower, who led the Albany Pro Musica until his death, with “Omnia Sol”, which was sung at his memorial.

Moench said the continued support from Adirondack Trust Company and this year’s CDPHP made the festival possible.

People must register to attend either at www.spac.org or www.spacfoya.org, or at a table at the entrance to the site. The event is free upon registration.

Masks are optional but required backstage; no proof of vaccination is necessary.

Young Artists Festival

WHEN: 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday
WHERE: Saratoga Center for the Performing Arts
MORE INFO: www.spac.org; 518 584-9330

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Communist Party, military themes help Alibaba’s struggling entertainment unit turn a profit

Production and distribution of films exploring themes such as the 100e anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China helped Alibaba Pictures Group turn a profit in the year ending March 31, the company said today.

The chronically money-losing film and entertainment arm of Chinese e-commerce heavyweight Alibaba Group reported net profit of 169.8 million yuan, or about $26 million, compared with a loss of 96, 3 million yuan a year earlier. Revenue rose 28% to 3.6 billion yuan in the run-up to recent Covid lockdowns in Shanghai and elsewhere in China.

Alibaba Pictures “confirmed its value of everyday people performing heroic deeds that promote strong feelings and positive vibes, while capturing major themes, such as the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, the 70th anniversary of the China’s entry into the Korean War against US forces, as well as China’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic,” the company said in a statement.

The group “has produced and distributed many outstanding films celebrating the Chinese spirit, Chinese values, and Chinese strengths and aesthetics, including, among others, ‘The Battle of Changjin Lake’ and its sequel ‘Water Gate Bridge, “which uphold the heroic spirit and patriotism,” Alibaba Pictures said.

Alibaba Pictures was involved in the production and distribution of 44 films in the 12 months to March 31, grossing more than about 26 billion yuan at the box office, accounting for 71 percent of the domestic film box office, said he specified.

Alibaba Pictures’ earnings report for the year through March ends years of red ink. It lost 96.3 million yuan for the year ending March 2021, 1.15 billion yuan for the 12 months ending March 2020, 253.6 million yuan for the year ending March 31 2019, 1.8 billion yuan for the 15 months ending March 31, 2018 and 958.6 million yuan for the year ended December 31, 2016. He earned 466 million yuan in 2015, but lost 415 million yuan in 2014.

Alibaba Group, whose main founder is billionaire Jack Ma, made a big leap into the entertainment industry in 2014 just before its IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. Alibaba Group bought a 60% stake in ChinaVision Media Group, a Hong Kong-listed media content and program producer, for $805 million at a price of HK$0.50 per share in June 2014. tripled following the announcement, and ChinaVision changed its name to Alibaba Pictures.

Shares peaked at HK$4.9 in 2015; they closed at HK$0.70 in Hong Kong on Wednesday and have lost 35% of their value over the past year.

Alibaba Group, a powerful e-commerce leader whose businesses also include finance, logistics and supermarkets, owns half of Alibaba Pictures, according to figures from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

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Tax Advice for Clients Who Day Trade Stocks

The proliferation of retail has brought challenges as well as new opportunities for accountants. Since the tax rules surrounding day trading can be murky and complex, clients who daytimeTrade as a primary or secondary source of income may require the services of a tax specialist. One important area where this ever-growing client group may need guidance is whether to do a Sec. 475 Markatmarket election.

In this article, we offer some thoughts on day trading from a tax planning perspective. Practical examples are provided to illustrate the tax difference between the manufacture of Sec. 475 election versus not making the election.


Day trading generally refers to active trading by retail traders or owners who take shortterm positions in any class of financial asset, including traditional stocks, bonds, currencies (including virtual currency), commodities, futures and, increasingly, options on these assets. Positions are typically held for as little as a few seconds (known as scalp trading) to several days (known as swing trading). The intention of the day trader, of course, is to buy an asset at a low price and sell it at a higher price in a short period of time (in the case of a long position; a short position does the same in reverse order).

A growing number of online brokers are providing software and platforms for day traders, who can use the brokerage’s margin loans to increase their buying power to sometimes three to four times their own equity. With the recent advent of Robinhood, one of the first online trading platforms to allow its retail clients to trade with $0 commissions, day trading has become globally accessible to the people. general. The popularity of this lawsuit has caused several traditional banks and brokerages to follow suit and offer commissionfree commerce to their retail customers in addition to a more expensive alternative that charges commissions for enhanced services. Doing commissionfree trading available, these financial institutions see an opportunity to take advantage of the extension of margin lending to their trading clients.

In principle, day trading is like any other business in which stocks are bought lower and sold higher (i.e. buy low, sell high). One difference, however, is that in the financial space, a buy and a sell can be executed instantly, generating quick profits or losses. With the increased accessibility of day trading, training aimed at informing anyone interested in trading financial assets has multiplied in the market. the Internet.

As with any business, trading financial assets requires investments in equipment (e.g. hardware and software) and the payment of regular expenses, including commissions, platform fees, data charges, interest on marginbased loans and office expenses. Profit or loss from day trading has tax implications for others Incomegenerating activities.


Generally, a day trader, due to the nature and scope of trading activities, will be treated for federal tax purposes as a securities dealer (i.e. a person who buys and sells securities for his own account). If a day trader qualifies as a securities dealer, they can do Sec. 475(f) Markatmarket elections (see below).

However, an individual will not be considered a trader in securities simply because he calls himself a trader or day trader or engages in a limited amount of trading activity of any kind. To qualify as a trader in securities, rather than an investor, an individual to have to:

  • Seek to profit from daily market movements in security prices and not from dividends, interest or capital appreciation;
  • Engage in substantial activity; and
  • Pursue the activity with continuity and regularity (see IRS publication 550, Investment income and expenses, p. 68 (rev. 10 March 2022)).

If these requirements are not met, the person will be considered an investor and not a securities dealer whose trading activity is treated as a business. The determination of whether a person is a securities dealer is based on the facts and circumstances of their trading activity. Factors relevant to determining whether someone qualifies as a trader are discussed in IRS Topic #429 and summarized in the table “Distinguishing Traders from Investors” below.

Tony Khan and former WWE Superstar mock WWE for changing venue for upcoming MITB PPV event

AEW founder Tony Khan recently mocked WWE for changing the location of MITB from Allegiant Stadium to MGM Grand Garden Arena.

WWE recently announced a change of venue for the MITB PPV event from Allegiant Stadium to MGM Grand Garden Arena. This gave AEW founder Tony Khan the opportunity to poke fun at WWE on Twitter. The head of the rival company tweeted,

“Yesterday: one of my favorite days, including great visits with fans + media, a trip to LA for the most fulfilling meeting of my life with Management of Warner Brothers Discoverydinner with my dad + Dana White, where I got to break the news of MITB’s transfer to MGM to Dana, Today: AEW Rampage on TNT!

According to Bryan Alvarez in the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Tony Khan’s tweet enraged some WWE people whose names have not been revealed.

Moving to a smaller arena is believed to be an indication of poor ticket sales. The Allegiant Stadium was promoted by Cody Rhodes until it moved to the MGM Grand Garden Arena, which is also the arena where AEW held its first-ever Double or Nothing PPV.

“A genius move trying to take on Dana and the UFC in Vegas during International Wrestling Week” Khan tweeted. “See you tonight on Friday Night AEW Rampage on TNT at a special time tonight.

Khan didn’t stop there, he further mocked WWE for facing UFC International Fight Week next.

Tony Khan wasn’t the only one poking fun at WWE

Many AEW roster superstars have left WWE ships to join AEW. Superstars who think they’ve been treated unfairly in WWE never fail to pounce on the weaknesses of the company. CM Punk joined Tony Khan with his own joke. Punk was brief saying “Another Bomb Threat smh” on his Instagram alluding to Vince’s decision to change location.

In 1991, WWE announced a change of venue for the Immortals showcase apparently due to “Bomb Threats”. It was then revealed by the media Slam! Sports of Canada that the real reason for the change was low ticket sales.

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America, a group with a big name, is coming to the Hanover Theater on June 4

The folk rock group America takes its name from when the three founders lived in England.

Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley and Dan Peek met in 1969 at a grammar school in Watford, just north of London, for children of American servicemen. Their fathers served in the US Air Force. The three shared an interest in music and started writing songs.

Their initial musical act saw them sitting on stools, playing acoustic guitar and singing tightly arranged three-part vocal harmonies.

“We were always described as American guys by British musicians,” recalls Bunnell, 70.

Still, looking back more than 50 years, “there’s no definitive reason” why they chose America as their name, Bunnell said.

Anyway, America, formed in 1970, arrives at the Hanover Theater and Conservatory for the Performing Arts on June 4 as part of a new national tour.

Audiences can expect to hear classic and timeless hits such as “A Horse with No Name”, “Ventura Highway”, “Lonely People”, “You Can Do Magic”, “Sandman”, “Muskrat Love”, ” I Need You”. ,” “Sister Golden Hair” and many more.

Original members Bunnell and Beckley will lead a five-piece band. Peek, who left the band in 1977, died in 2011.

America was also at the Hanover Theater in 2019 as what was billed as its 50th anniversary tour got underway. This tour would subsequently be “delayed” by the pandemic throughout 2020.

“Time stands still for no one,” Bunnell noted in a recent phone interview. “Now we are in our 52nd year.”

America did 39 shows last year, “which was kind of a miracle,” Bunnell said. At the time of the interview, there had been 12 shows in 2022, but “we have a pretty full season (coming),” he said. “We do weekends. Sometimes three in one weekend.”

America is now firmly entrenched in America (Bunnell has a home just south of Los Angeles) and has been for a long time.

But England was where America not only got its name but also its beginnings, and perhaps could have stayed.

Besides England, Bunnell had lived in several other places in the United States and abroad as a child, and had traveled through the desert of Arizona and New Mexico when his family lived at Air Force Base in Vandenberg in California.

However, he was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England, and his mother was British.

“My father was a classic air force aviator. He met my mother. I was the first born. We have a strong British background. Gerry’s (Beckley) mother is British.”

After graduating from high school, Beckley and Bunnell had remained in England while Peek spent a semester at a University of Virginia, but returned in 1970 and joined his two friends.

Previously, the group was called The Daze. Another reason for the name change was that at the time, the three had been struck by the fact that the band Chicago had named themselves after the city of Chicago, something that had never been done before. “It was something to do with being expats living away from our own country,” Bunnell said.

The three members of America wrote their songs individually, and after Peek came back, they had a batch and they started performing in the London area.

“We were getting a bit of traction with our live show, sitting on stools. We worked hard on our arrangements,” Bunnell said.

“Our real break was meeting the right people.”

They caught the ear of Jeff Dexter, a British DJ, club promoter and record producer who took them under his wing along with fellow producer, the late Ian Samwell. Also, Bob Harris, one of the hosts of the influential BBC Radio One show “Sounds of the Seventies”, became an early champion.

This eventually led to recording an album and signing with Warner Bros. (British division).

“Jeff Dexter was able to get us to open for The Who, Pink Floyd, Rod Stewart. He had been the MC for the Isle of Wight festival. You can’t underestimate how important that was,” said Bunnell said.

People were like, “’Who are these guys on three stools in front of Pink Floyd?’ “, he recalls.

Soon after, America was on the BBC’s “Top of the Pops” TV show singing perhaps its biggest single, the haunting “A Horse With No Name.”

Dewey Bunnell, left, and Gerry Beckley are two of America's three founding members.

“Everything lined up for us,” Bunnell said.

“I Need You”, the suggested track. America was asked if there was more material.

Bunnell had written “A Horse With No Name” and it was released as a single in late 1971 in the UK. It was part of the American album “America” ​​in 1972 and was released as a single there.

The catchy acoustic song with compelling vocal harmonies and dreamy lyrics about being alone in the desert with a nameless horse was written in England. The repeated phrase, “It felt good to be out of the rain”, is a nod to English rainy weather. Bunnell said in an earlier interview, “It certainly reminded me of the times I had spent in the desert, trying to create this imagery in rainy England.” Neil Young and Crosby, Stills & Nash were clearly influences. The song reached the top of the charts in the US and No. 3 in the UK, Bunnell was not even 21 years old.

The group could not have imagined what was to come, Bunnell said. “I don’t think anyone can do it. At the time it was hanging on. We were super happy to have a record deal, super happy to hear each other on the BBC and Radio Caroline (a pirate radio) To say it’s evolved over this lifetime is pretty incredible.”

England could have remained the base of the group, Bunnell said.

“We were established by then. I had been there since 1966. We were totally comfortable living there. We could have done it, but the first tour back reignited the fuse of being those Americans .”

America toured North American club and college dates in early 1972, and legendary American producer David Geffen expressed interest in them.

“We were invited and dined by David Geffen,” Bunnell said. “He enticed us to come back. By the time we got back to England the phones were ringing, Geffen was calling and we packed our bags. We didn’t have much class separation (with Jeff Dexter). Geffen said” don’t worry about it, everyone will be compensated. We were looking forward to taking our career to the next level.”

America left for a permanent return to America in 1972.

Likewise, they were naive and inexperienced, Bunnell admitted.

“There were only three guys on stools. We needed a show. The first thing we needed was a rhythm section… All of this throws us into the deep end. I don’t know if we succeeded (at first) We didn’t play electric guitars on stage. We got mixed reviews. There was a lot of on-the-job training.

But America would keep its first promises. The second album, “Homecoming”, had another big hit, the rock “Ventura Highway”, also written by Bunnell. Later “You Can Do Magic” had both pop sound and CSNY harmonies. Soft rock, folk-jazz elements, country rock, romantic melodies, Latin-leaning rhythms, pop and disco have all been in the musical mix. George Martin (“The Fifth Beatle”) came on board for a successful period as a producer spanning seven albums (five studio recordings, one greatest hits and one live record).

A wide mix of ages found the music appealing, Bunnell noted.

“It’s been that way from the very beginning. Gerry is very good at writing these love songs that are standards. I like to think that we were a reflection of our own generation. We were hippies.”

America was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2006 and received its star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 10 years ago

Shooting 85 to 100 shows a year was a staple of America until the pandemic.

With America back on the road, does Bunnell still enjoy performing live?

“I do, actually. It’s always been pretty satisfying,” he said.

“On stage, you do it a little differently. Every night there’s a reaction from the audience.”

When asked if the pandemic was an opportunity for Bunnell to write more, he replied: “I wish I could say it (was). I’ve never been more prolific, to be honest. J needed that momentum, the three-disc deal, you got your feet fired – I was good with that…

“We don’t have a recording contract. Nobody pushes me to work. We have the live show, and that’s where the real satisfaction comes from,” Bunnell said.

“The Hanover Theater – we’re looking forward to it. The show itself is as strong as it’s ever been. It’s a great show,” he said.

Bunnell still has family in England. But when it comes to the remnants of America’s industrial relations there, “I don’t think it was ever the same (after 1972),” he acknowledged.

“I think Jeff Dexter was very upset. I haven’t seen him since. I felt bad about it, I still do. I wish we had had a clean break. There was financial compensation I’d like to say hello to Jeff Dexter Again They (Dexter and Samwell) were great fun.


When: 8 p.m. on June 4

Where: The Hanover Theater and Conservatory for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester

How much: $49, $59, $79 and $99 depending on seat location. (877) 571-7469; www.TheHanoverTheatre.org

Bradley Cooper is unrecognizable as Leonard Bernstein in an upcoming Netflix biopic

He looks important but vaguely familiar – like a long-lost uncle or that old man who plays chess every day in the park.

It’s actor Bradley Cooper, under layers of prosthetic makeup, as an aging songwriter Leonard Bernstein in “Maestro”, a biopic currently being filmed for Netflix. The streaming service released the photos on Monday on Twitterwhere they immediately caused double takes.
“Dang! He even has white hairs on his arms! What attention to detail! Whoever does makeup/hair on this movie has got to win some major awards,” gushed a user.

Cooper, 47, is also directing the film, its sequel to “A Star is Born.” It co-stars Carey Mulligan as Bernstein’s wife, Felicia Montealegre, and Jeremy Strong (Kendall Roy in “Succession”) as critic John Gruen.

Carey Mulligan and Bradley Cooper in

The new publicity photos also show Cooper as a young Bernstein, sharing a smile with Mulligan’s Montealegre.

A legend in the musical theater world, Bernstein was best known for composing the music for “West Side Story,” the 1957 Broadway show that spawned the 1961 film and Steven Spielberg’s recent remake. He died in 1990 at the age of 72.

American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein in 1970.
We do not yet know much about “Maestro”, expected in 2023. The The Internet Movie Database says it is “the complex love story of Leonard and Felicia, a story that spans over 30 years – from when they met in 1946 at a party and continues through two engagements, a 25-year marriage and three children.
Spielberg is one of the film’s producers, as is filmmaker Martin Scorsese. According to the varietyproduction on the film began this month.

US powers little used to help Ukraine

June 2022
By Jeff Abramson

President Joe Biden is taking advantage of rarely used legal authorities to expedite mass shipments of new US weapons and other assistance to Ukraine while continuing to delay the release of a new policy that broadly defines the purpose arms transfers.

In terms of helping to defend Ukraine against Russian aggression, the most symbolic decision so far has been Congress’s decision to pass legislation modeled on the Lend-Lease Act of World War II, which allowed the Roosevelt administration to quickly supply arms to American allies and transform the course of this conflict.

The Ukrainian Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 was passed by the Senate unanimously on April 6 and the House by an overwhelming 417-10 vote on April 28. In a speech touting the legislation that day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stressed the importance of “relinquishing time-consuming demands on the president’s power to send critical defensive resources to Ukraine.”

Biden waited until May 9 to sign the bill into law, providing a symbolic counterpoint to Russia’s Victory Day celebrations. “Every day Ukrainians are paying with their lives,” Biden said at the signing ceremony. “[T]The cost of fighting is not cheap, but giving in to aggression is even more costly.

Although lend-lease authorities already exist, they are rarely used. The new law removes a number of hurdles that plague Ukraine or other Eastern European countries affected by Russia’s war, including a ban on loans or leases longer than five years . Exactly how the president might use the new authority is unclear.

Meanwhile, on April 24, US officials said there was an urgent need to supply $165 million worth of ammunition to Ukraine under the Foreign Military Sales program. It was Biden’s first use of a rarely invoked authority under the Arms Export Controls Act that allows the executive branch to circumvent mandatory congressional review periods before sales can be completed. of weapons.

Unlike in 2019, when both houses of Congress passed resolutions to try to prevent President Donald Trump from using such authority for emergency arms transfers to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Biden encountered no significant opposition to its declaration of emergency. Trump had to veto the resolutions, which Congress was unable to overturn at the end of July 2019. (See LAWSeptember 2019.)

On the same day the House approved the lend-lease legislation, the Biden administration asked Congress for an additional $33 billion for Ukraine and European security through September, saying the $3.5 billion dollars from the existing authority to reduce US equities was nearly exhausted. (See LAWMay 2022.) The April 28 request included $5 billion in additional drawdown authority, $6 billion for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, and $4 billion for the Military Funding Program foreigner from the State Department.

On May 10, the House added to the demand by passing an even larger $40 billion emergency package in a 368-57 vote. In a press release, House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), who sponsored the bill, said, “Given the magnitude of the campaign of terror waged against the Ukrainian people and Ukrainian democracy, we are morally obligated to ensure that Ukraine has the security and economic assistance they need. The Senate passed the 86-11 legislation on May 19, and Biden signed it on May 21.

The law places very few barriers to the administration’s use of the funds, an issue that prompted Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to block an effort to advance the bill by unanimous consent on 12 may. He proposed including language requiring the appointment of a special inspector general to oversee the funds. That could have forced the bill back into the House despite presidential calls for quick action.

The law requires the Inspector General of the Department of Defense to provide a funds report within 120 days, a report on end-use monitoring efforts within 45 days, and an unclassified report every 30 days detailing defense articles and services supplied to Ukraine.

While accelerating arms shipments to Ukraine, the Biden administration continues to delay actions that would more broadly clarify its view of the role of U.S. arms transfers. Specifically, the administration hasn’t used the moment to finally release its new conventional arms transfer policy, despite telling congressional offices at least as long ago as July 2021 that a presidential policy that would do more to promote human rights was forthcoming.

At an event hosted by the Arms Trade Forum on April 20, Mira K. Resnick, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Regional Security, reiterated that the revised Arms Transfer Policy is “intended to to revitalize American leadership in democracy and human rights. But she didn’t say when the document would be finalized.

Civil society advocates expressed frustration with the delay in releasing the policy, which they attributed to the administration’s preoccupation first with the collapse of the Afghan government in 2021 and now with the war in Ukraine. For many of these proponents, legacy policy from the Trump administration places too much emphasis on the commercial value of arms transfers. (See LAWJanuary/February 2021.)

The current policy was not discussed publicly at recent Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) preparatory meetings in late April. At the ATT’s annual conference of states parties last August, US officials said the policy would be “finalized and released shortly” and would be used to consider “the appropriate relationship of the United States” with the treaty. (See LAWOctober 2021.)

Despite expectations that this administration would, it took no action to honor the 2013 U.S. signing of the treaty, which Trump rejected in 2019. (See LAWMay 2019.) The vast majority of countries supplying arms to Ukraine are members of the treaty. Today, there are 111 states parties to the treaty, including all NATO countries except Turkey and the United States.

Amazon India Reaches Deal With Nadiawala Grandson Entertainment – ​​Deadline

Amazon Prime Video today entered into an exclusive multi-movie licensing agreement with the full house franchise producer Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment. The deal will see six Bollywood films from Sajid Nadiadwala’s company available worldwide, with Amazon becoming home to NGE’s upcoming films soon after they hit theaters.

NGE’s film catalog includes Bawaal, Sanki, Baaghi 4 and Kartik Aaryan’s untitled project among others. They star Varun Dhawan, Tiger Shroff and Ahan Shetty and come from Indian directors such as Nitesh Tiwari (Chhichhore, Dangal) Ravi Udyawar (Mom), Samir Vidwans (Anandi Gopal) Saket Chaudhry (Hindi medium).

JThe films will also be available for rental through Amazon’s “Early Access Rental” window.

Sajid Nadiadwala, Managing Director of NGE, said: “Amazon Prime Video has helped break down all barriers in entertainment – ​​geographical, language or otherwise. With Prime Video, we believe we have found a partner who not only shares our vision of delivering immersive cinematic experiences, but also provides global distribution of the best stories from the Indian entertainment ecosystem.

“This collaboration marks NGE’s first-ever exclusive global, multi-film, multi-year deal with Prime Video – we believe this inclusive cinema partnership will enable our upcoming titles to travel beyond geographies and add value. As the world of storytelling evolves across genres, I believe this pairing will pave the way for more collaborations between the two brands to follow.

At Amazon, we start with the customer and work backwards and this collaboration is another step towards delivering on that promise,” said Manish Menghani, Director – Content Licensing, Amazon Prime Video India. “Prime Video has played a key role in greatly improving the audience base for Indian films, in all languages, both at home and abroad.

The news comes shortly after Amazon unveiled a lineup of 40 Indian originals, including drama series and feature films, and revealed a movie rental service, with customers having early access to Indian feature films and international for hire. More recently, Amazon India bosses told Deadline that an unscripted push would begin soon as the service sought to cement its local position.

Host of special events in South Lanarkshire to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

A host of special celebrations are being held in South Lanarkshire to help mark the historic occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Communities will celebrate the Jubilee with local activities during the holiday weekend of June 2-5.

Schools in South Lanarkshire will take part in a Jubilee Street Party themed day on Wednesday June 1, where a special lunchtime menu will be introduced for the occasion.

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In Hamilton, the Burnbank Jubilee Committee will meet at Holyrood Street to begin a procession through the area. They will be joined by the Larkhall Purple Heroes Flute Band as well as other local musical groups.

Thursday celebrations begin with the lighting of two official beacons in Strathclyde Country Park on Thursday June 2 by the Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, Lady Susan Haughey.

The North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band will perform ‘Diu Regnare’ and the South Lanarkshire Schools’ Chorus will sing ‘A Song for the Commonwealth’.

Rutherglen is set to be the only place in South Lanarkshire to hold a street party for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

It takes place on the city’s Western Avenue on Sunday, June 5, and is organized by members of Rutherglen West and Wardlawhill Church.

Organizers say they hope the day will be a “big party” as the community is invited to attend.

In Bothwell, a Jubilee Feast will be held at Bothwell Parish Church on Saturday 4th June. The event will be a day of community fun from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Here, locals can enjoy many activities including live music, a free bouncy castle, a magician, booths and more.

Homebuilders Taylor Wimpey are inviting communities to join them in celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at homes that showcase her developments.

Newton Farm in Cambuslang is one of the select places where locals can go for a glass of bubbly and a sweet treat to celebrate.

Lanark Lanimer’s celebrations will also tie into their event with a special Lanimer Platinum Jubilee Celebration Day on June 11th. More details can be found on Lanark Laminer’s Facebook.

Ahead of the celebrations, a spokesperson for South Lanarkshire Council told us: ‘In partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, we are encouraging our primary schools to use the resources that have been made available around the history and role of the monarchy and the meaning of the jubilee.

“Students who participate in this short activity will be presented with a commemorative certificate.”

And Lady Haughey CBE, Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, said: ‘Never before has a British monarch celebrated a platinum jubilee, marking 70 years on the throne and the extended bank holiday from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5 provides a wonderful opportunity for the local communities and people of Lanarkshire to come together to celebrate this truly historic event.

“Over the decades, Her Majesty The Queen has visited Lanarkshire on several occasions and the response from the public and communities on these visits has always been welcoming and they are joyous and festive events.

“Whether it’s hosting your own big lunch, throwing a neighborhood street party, or enjoying a formal event, I urge all communities to enjoy the festivities during this fantastic weekend. end of the platinum jubilee.”

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Allegro Optical focuses on knowledge exchange to help musicians — 4barsrest

A new, free initiative between award-winning opticians Allegro Optical and the University of York aims to improve eye care for musicians.

Allegro Optical’s award-winning opticians, recognized in the industry for their specialization in helping musicians, are hosting an innovative networking and knowledge exchange event in partnership with the University of York’s Department of Music.

‘The Musician’s Optician’ is based in the heart of brass band country with branches in Holmfirth, Greenfield and Marsden, but has earned a worldwide reputation with musicians of all genres for their expertise and excellence.

Visual health in the performing arts

“Visual Health in the Performing Arts” is a free event taking place on Thursday, July 7 (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) at the Rymer Auditorium, part of the University of York’s Department of Music ( YO10 5DD)

Dr Naomi Norton is working with Allegro Optical and the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) to organize this special event bringing together performing artists, clinicians, medical device manufacturers and organizations involved in health promotion and the well-being of performing artists.

Eye care needs

Speaking about the initiative, Allegro Optical’s Managing Director, Sheryl Doe Bsc FBDO, told 4BR, “Performers have specific eye care needs: for example, they need to be able to read sheet music details, to change focus between near and far sight and to have a good perception of space.

Bringing together eye care clinical and industry stakeholders with performing artists and organizations, this event will raise awareness of the needs of artists, what the industry can do to support them and what performing arts stakeholders can do to prevent vision problems and support those affected by them.”

Performers have specific eye care needs: for example, they must be able to read detailed musical scores, change focus between near and far sight, and have a good sense of spatial awareness. .Sheryl Doe


4BR has been informed that the event will provide delegates with the opportunity to engage in cross-disciplinary collaborative discussions as well as contribute to the development of a “Visual Health in the Performing Arts” survey and fact sheet. information BAPAM.

Free to book

This free event is funded by the University of York Place and Community Fund. Refreshments at lunch are offered to delegates.

Spaces are limited, so book early and let us know if your plans change.

To find out more please email: [email protected] or to register please use the following link: https://forms.gle/QMKcUZ5WmyhXeFN58

Top 10 Summer 2022 Lists for Arts and Entertainment

All of the Tribune’s Top 10 lists for dance, art, film, music, TV and theater from summer 2022.

After two years of delay and a few unsuccessful starts, summer music in the city is back. Britt Julious has selected some of the most interesting events of this summer.

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There’s more to summer classical music in Chicago than Grant Park and Ravinia (although those giants are never outdone). Be sure to save a spot in your summer concert calendar for these highlights curated by Hannah Edgar.

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As usual, summer is shaping up to be very Chicago — touring is back, capacity restrictions are mostly moot, and festivals are back to their usual length. Here are Hannah Edgar’s highlights for summer jazz.

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It’s the year of Chicago dancing, so it’s no surprise that there are a ton of dance events happening this summer, both indoors and outdoors. Lauren Warnecke has the details on 10 great picks for summer dancing.

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Although summer is not the traditional high season for art exhibitions, there is no shortage of exciting exhibitions in Chicago this season. Lori Waxman has selected 10 exceptional exhibitions.

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The Chicago theater has proven to be a tough business in the winter and spring of 2022, but there is hope that the warmer weather and lighter summer evenings will bring a revival. Chris Jones previews 10 exciting shows.

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If it succeeds in luring moviegoers to theaters, 2022 could well be on its way to a comeback summer season approaching pre-COVID 2019 box office action. Michael Phillips discusses 10 movies to watch this summer.

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Back when the TV season ran between fall and spring, the summer months were awash with reruns. Streaming has changed all that for good, and here we are with new shows and new seasons premiering all year round. Nina Metz has the scoop on what awaits us this summer.

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5 money-saving measures to make this Memorial Day

If you’re looking for new ways to save this Memorial Day, here are some places to start. (Stock)

This Memorial Day, as the weather warms up and summer approaches, there are several steps Americans can take to save money over the holiday weekend. If you’re looking for new ways to save, here are five strategies you can take advantage of during downtime and focus on saving money.

  1. Refinance your private student loans
  2. Refinance your mortgage
  3. Consolidate your credit card debt
  4. Work to improve your credit score
  5. Find a new car insurance provider

1. Refinance your private student loans

By taking out a new student loan with better terms to pay off your current loan – known as a refinance – you could pay off your loans faster and reduce the amount you pay each month. The current pause on federal student loan payments is in effect until August 31.

Borrowers of these loans should carefully consider refinancing options, as this would disqualify them from the current payment pause, income-based repayment (IDR) plans, and forgiveness programs like Civil Service Loan Forgiveness ( PSLF).

However, private student borrowers can compare refinance rates and potentially lower their payments. Visit Credible to find your personalized interest rate without affecting your credit score.


2. Refinance your mortgage

Similar to refinancing a student loan, refinancing your home loan could also save you money each month.

Although mortgage rates are rising, many homeowners could still benefit from refinancing their mortgage. In March, when mortgage rates hovered just below the 5% mark, data from Black Knight showed that two million homeowners could drop further their monthly payments by refinancing.

Estimated savings averaged $312 per borrower, but some could have realized savings of up to $500 or more.

If you want to refinance your mortgage, visit Credible to compare multiple mortgage lenders at once and choose the one with the best interest rate for you.

3. Consolidate your credit card debt

If you’re struggling to pay off credit card debt, consolidating that debt can help you do it faster and lower your monthly payments.

A balance transfer credit card, which typically offers 0% interest for the first six to 18 months, can help you achieve this goal and pay off your debts faster. These cards allow consumers to transfer outstanding debt from one credit card to another, consolidate your total debt into one monthly payment, and reduce your utilization rate.

If you are looking to pay off your debts and want to take out a personal loan or use a credit card with balance transfer, visit Credible to get started and get pre-approved in minutes.


4. Work on improving your credit score

Your credit score is a major factor affecting your monthly budget because higher credit scores mean better interest rates for borrowers. In turn, having good credit has a huge impact when it comes to securing favorable terms for mortgages, credit cards, and other financial products. Bad credit, however, can make it difficult to get loans and new lines of credit.

Take advantage of the time of this holiday weekend to set up some strategies that could help you increase your scorelike paying off a debt, opening a secured credit card or reviewing your free credit reports.

Visit Credible to sign up for free credit monitoring to start improving your credit score today.

5. Find a new auto insurance provider

The costs associated with buying a new or used car continue to rise, and some low-income buyers are even being overpriced of the new vehicle market.

However, drivers can cut costs by looking for a new car insurance provider. Different companies offer discounts for different reasons, such as a safe driving history, being a good student, or grouping. As a driver’s life situation changes, a new insurance company might also offer them a better rate.

Go to Credible to compare car insurers and choose the one that suits you best.


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Why WWE Just Moved Money In The 2022 Bank To A Smaller Venue


So much for WWE’s summer dominated by three stadium shows for their Premium Live Events.

WWE was set to have its first of three massive PLEs in July with Money in the Bank scheduled to take place in July at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, the site of SummerSlam last year. Now Fightful.com is reporting that WWE has announced it is moving MITB to MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas, emailing fans about the change.

All tickets purchased for the stadium have been automatically refunded, and fans who purchased tickets for the original venue will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for the new venue. Tickets would go on sale for the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 1, with the show taking place on July 2.

WWE did not provide any reason for the venue change. However, the size of the venue’s seats could be a factor. Selling a stadium show based on the name of the show is extremely difficult for any WWE event not called “WrestleMania”, especially without advertised matches.

Allegiant Stadium is the home of the NFL Las Vegas Raiders and has a capacity of over 60,000. Reportedly, he had 51,000 fans for SummerSlam last year. The MGM Grand Garden Arena, meanwhile, will hold around 12,000 people.

WrestleTix tweeted the following after it was reported that Money in the Bank was moving:

My final guess for the setup was 24,867, which means they gave out about 17,924 tickets. MGM Grand Garden Arena will likely have a seating capacity of around 12,000. Presale is next Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. PST.

Since fewer seats will now be on sale than originally, fans still planning to attend Money In The Bank 2022 face an uphill battle for tickets.

The jazz concert on June 2 will pay tribute to Pacetti

Photo courtesy of CLEF

The late Mariano Pacetti was a beloved local music educator.

Mariano Pacetti was a beloved music educator for decades, and a June 2 concert in his memory will continue his legacy in supporting fine arts education in Coweta County.

Pacetti was a founding member of the Carrollton Jazz Orchestra, which will be presented in concert at the Nixon Center for Performing and Visual Arts. As a special tribute, the CJO will create a piece of music that was commissioned to honor Pacetti.

The event will also include a performance by the first Coweta County Honors Jazz Band led by Mark Hoskins, director of bands at Wheeler High School and driving force behind jazz education in Georgia.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Coweta Legacy Educators Fund, an organization created to recognize and honor arts educators who have had a significant impact on arts education in Coweta County schools.

Pacetti is the very first winner of CLEF.

One or more educators will be selected each year for the honor, and an event will be created to celebrate each recipient. The proceeds from the events, as well as any donations made in recognition of the winners, will go into the “CLEF Fund” administered by the patrons of the Centre.

The Patrons of the Center is a non-profit group organized to support the Nixon Center.

Pacetti was a music teacher at Coweta County Schools for nine years. He continued to serve the music education community in Coweta for decades thereafter through his employment with music salesmen who provided instrument repair and other services in the area.

He has also been a private lesson instructor for hundreds of students and has been a clinician, judge, consultant and guest performer on many occasions with groups ranging from beginner students to the most advanced high school ensembles.

Pacetti was widely known as a “Pied Piper” in the recruiting world, helping college band directors encourage hundreds of students to join the band. He was a band parent himself while his daughter, Christina – who pursued a career in musical performance with one of the US Army bands – attended Madras Middle School and Northgate High School.

“Mariano’s dynamic personality, incredible musical sense and immense love of people have had both a massive and lasting impact on the Coweta County music community,” organizers wrote in a press release announcing the honor. “It is with great pride that we honor him as the first of our ‘Coweta Legacy Educators.'”

Funds raised through CLEF events will be used to provide materials for use by Nixon Center students and may also provide other enrichment activities or materials in any part of the fine arts or performing arts that will benefit the student body of Coweta County Schools.

“We hope you’ll join us for an evening of jazz and a chance to remember and honor an educator, artist, colleague and friend,” said event organizer Alan Armstrong, director of groups at Northgate High School.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here. The Nixon Center is located at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan.

Lourdes Diaz is promoted to CCO of AGC Studios

Lourdes Diaz has been promoted to creative director of AGC Studios, the independent content studio founded by Stuart Ford. Ford, who is CEO and chairman of AGC, broke the news.

“Lourdes’ creative instincts, sense of humour, work ethic, managerial skills and circle of connections are all huge assets to the company and I couldn’t be more delighted to see Lourdes seize the opportunity. opportunity to further shape the future of AGC,” Ford said in a statement.

Diaz will begin his new role effective immediately. In this role, she will be responsible for overseeing the company’s television and feature film operations, managing the company’s development and production teams.

Prior to the promotion, Diaz served as president of AGC Television since the studio launched in 2018. In her role, she helped launch television programs such as “War of the Worlds,” starring Gabriel Byrne and Daisy Edgar- Jones, as well as the Australian “Troppo” series with Thomas Jane. She also led an initiative in the studio to produce content in Spanish, including the upcoming Amazon Original “News of a Kidnapping”, and several other projects such as “Te Buscare Hasta Encontrarte” for Paramount+. Diaz also served as an executive producer on Netflix’s hit documentary “The Tinder Swindler.”

“I’m so proud of the company AGC Studios has become and feel very fortunate to work with Stuart and the entire AGC team,” Diaz said. “I look forward to continuing to make AGC a premier destination for writers, directors, and film and television talent.”

Prior to joining AGC, Diaz worked at Univision Communications Inc. as President of Entertainment. She also held positions at Viacom International, where she was responsible for global production and development, and at NBC and Universal Media Studios, where she served as vice president of primetime programming.

Has my company’s annual meal breached the £150 exemption for staff entertainment?

Question from the contractor: My new accountant, despite being in the same firm I have been using for a few years now, told me that HMRC entertainment rules do not allow company secretaries to qualify for the exemption of £150, and so, it follows, the company secretary is prohibited from inviting a guest, nor would such guest be covered by the £150 exemption.

This upends our company’s understanding of the staff entertainment that we provide every year in the form of a meal. Additionally, the accountant’s notice states that we are facing a benefit-in-kind expense because the company has a director and a secretary, and both of them invited a guest (their spouse/partner), and collectively, the bill amounted to nearly £500. We think the full exemption should be £600 (£150 per guest x4), but the accountant disagrees, saying only the director and the director’s guest would have been eligible.

The accountant insists, saying that the full cost of the meal will not be deducted from the tax relief and will be considered a benefit in kind, “it cannot be divided”. Please advise.

Expert Answer: First of all, I assume of course that the company is not covered by the IR35 or in the rules of “working off pay”.

Next, do not confuse what is tax deductible for the company, with the question of tax exemption for the beneficiary of the “benefit”: these are different things.

The “entirely and exclusively” test

Basically, an expense will be deductible to the business if it is incurred “wholly and exclusively” for business purposes. Remuneration is almost always tax deductible, whether in the form of cash or benefits, provided the value of all remuneration is commensurate with the duties – the £150 limit per event does not has nothing to do with tax deductibility.

Problems, or not, of the HMRC type

It is likely that there will only be a problem if HMRC suspects a non-commercial reason for the level of pay – paying large amounts of pay to a spouse or civil partner who has no substantial involvement in the business, for example.

In a small private company, a general secretary may not (as such) do much; it is therefore possible that large amounts of remuneration (of any kind) for a company secretary who merely files the accounts at Companies House may provoke an investigation. But if the only reward a company secretary receives is a “plus one” invitation to the company Christmas party, deductibility will not be an issue.

Finally, here there is no difference between a company secretary and an employee

As for the exemption of a benefit in kind, it is true that a company secretary is an office holder and not an employee (as is a director, although one or the other can also be an employee). But the distinction doesn’t matter for most tax purposes. This is because in most cases earned income tax legislation treats office holders as if they were employees – see section 5 of the Income Tax (Income and Pensions) Act 2003 ). Thus, for benefits in kind and exemptions, there is no difference. between a company secretary, a director and an employee.

The expert was tax adviser, author and mentor David Whiscombe, consultant to accountancy firm BKL.

Brown names the Lindemann Performing Arts Center

Ms. Lindemann said that before her husband’s death, he looked forward to supporting the Performing Arts Center project, which will expand Brown’s ability to create and stage new and existing works, combine forms of art and to welcome world-renowned professors and artists to learn from and inspire students in disparate fields of study. She said she and Paxson share the belief that the arts play a vital role, not only in institutions of higher learning, but also in communities around the world.

“The arts are what make us human and separate us from other species,” Lindemann said. “Science, technology and medicine are critically important to advancing innovation and saving lives, it’s true – but music, fine art, dance and theater are just as important, because they help us remember our humanity.”

When completed, the center’s main hall will feature walls, floors, seating, curtains, ceilings and moving lights, providing artists from the University and the community the opportunity to adapt the space to their specific structural, aesthetic and acoustic needs. The building will also feature a 13-foot horizontal glazed “clear floor” that spans the main level, revealing the interior of the Main Lobby and the Diana Nelson and John Atwater Lobby to passers-by in all directions.

“The 23rd century vision of a performance hall with moving walls will be a remarkable asset to Brown’s boundless creativity students and art teachers,” said Ms. Lindemann. “And I’m intrigued by how the transparent, lighted ground floor will allow members of the Brown and Providence community to see their peers create exciting performances as they pass by.” When you see art being made, you feel something – you leave the everyday life of our world behind and step into a special place.

In addition to the range of configurations available in the Center’s main hall – from a 625-seat symphony orchestra hall, to a 250-seat proscenium theater, to an immersive surround sound media cube experimental and flat-floor setup for film or visual art installations – a custom-designed suite of modern studios, rehearsal spaces and intimate performance venues for theatre, music, dance and more art forms will serve as daily academic resources for students and faculty at Brown.

Avery Willis Hoffman, artistic director of the Brown Arts Institute, said that thanks in large part to the generosity of the Lindemann family, the center is sure to inspire future generations of students, teachers and community artists to create cutting-edge original works of art and to re-examine well-known works, practices and traditions. Hoffman said that in addition to world-class projects from international guest artists, the Lindemann Performing Arts Center will host the work of artists, performers and scholars across Brown’s six art departments and the Rites and Reason Theater. , all of which are affiliated with the BAI.

“This investment in PAC is also an investment in BAI,” Hoffman said. “This allows BAI to dream even bigger as we fulfill our goals of cultivating creative expression, stimulating discovery, and fueling innovative thinking, on campus and beyond.”

Defamation lawsuit of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: Heard’s lawyers end the case

On Tuesday, a deposition recorded in March from Walter Hamada, chairman of DC Films, which is a division of Warner Bros., was played for the jury in the libel suit between Heard and her ex-husband, Johnny Depp. Hamada testified that “Aquaman” was the highest-grossing film ever made by the company. He said the studio never planned to portray Heard as a co-lead in “Aquaman 2” and Heard’s role was not reduced in the upcoming film, titled “Aquaman the Lost Kingdom.”

“The size of the movie role that she has was determined at the beginning of the script development, which would have been in 2018, I would say. The character’s involvement in the story was kind of what it has been since the beginning,” Hamada testified in the deposition. “From the early stages of script development, the film was built around the character of Arthur and the character of Orm. Arthur being Jason Momoa and Orm being Patrick Wilson. They were always the co-leads of the film.”

Depp sued Heard for $50 million over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she wrote that the actor claims to have defamed her and made her lose her job. Heard countersued Depp for $100 million, claiming her attorney’s statements in which he called her allegations of abuse by Depp a “hoax” defamed her and cost her work.

Heard said she thinks her role in “Aquaman 2” was cut back and she had to fight to even be in the film, which is in post-production and slated to debut in 2023. (CNN and Warner Bros. are both part of Warner Bros. Discovery)

But Hamada testified in his deposition that after he filmed “Aquaman,” there were discussions about Heard’s role in a sequel.

“I think editorially they managed to make that relationship work in the first movie, but there were concerns that it took a lot of effort to get there and would we be better off recasting, finding someone who had better, more natural chemistry with Jason Momoa and moving forward that way,” Hamada said.

Hamada testified that the pair seemed to have good chemistry in “Aquaman,” but the film relied on “post-production magic,” including editing, sound design, and music, to help “ manufacture” their chemistry.

“It’s like what makes a movie star a movie star. You know it when you see it. And the chemistry wasn’t there,” Hamada said in the deposition. “A good editor and a good filmmaker can choose the right takes and choose the right moments and put the scenes together in relation to the score. The music for the scene makes a big difference.”

Hamada also testified that Heard’s role in the film and his ability to renegotiate his compensation were not affected by his involvement in the dispute with Depp, or by any statements made by representatives of Depp.

Heard’s attorneys remain in the case

Earlier Tuesday, Heard’s attorneys closed their case.

Heard testified for five days this month. Witnesses on his side have included actress Ellen Barkin, whose recorded testimony was played for jurors last week. Barkin said that while having sex with Depp in the 1990s, she once saw the actor throw a wine bottle against a wall during an altercation.

Johnny Depp in court on Tuesday.

A motion to strike Heard’s counterclaims against Depp was denied on Tuesday.

His team is expected to continue presenting rebuttal witnesses on Wednesday, which could include Kate MossDepp’s former girlfriend.

Oral arguments are expected on Friday.

Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians Partners with Acrisure Arena

The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians has been named the latest sponsor – “the official and exclusive founding casino partner” – for Acrisure Arena, a $300 million sports and entertainment center coming to Thousand Palms in December after years of anticipation.

Darrell Mike, president of Twenty-Nine Palms, told The Desert Sun that the partnership between the tribe and Oak View Group, a Los Angeles-based entertainment company that is developing the arena, has been in the works for about a year.

“We’re both in the entertainment business, so we complement each other,” Mike said. Twenty-Nine Palms owns reservation lands in Coachella and near the town of Twenty-Nine Palms, and operates a casino at each location. “We thought there was a bigger vision.”

This shared vision includes the creation of more jobs, entertainment shows and marquee sporting events in the region, as well as the involvement of the local community. Mike said Twenty-Nine Palms toyed with the idea of ​​shuttling kids to and from the arena for hockey clubs or other activities.

The tribe said it would not disclose details about the finances of the sponsorship deal, but viewed the deal as an investment in the value of the Coachella Valley.

“We’re here for the long haul,” Mike said.

Darrell Mike, president of the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, poses for a photo at Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella, California in February 2022.

The deal means the tribe’s Spotlight 29 Casino is the exclusive casino sponsor of the arena and will, in turn, receive significant branding opportunities, including permanent signs throughout the arena for all events. , its logo printed on the arena floor, casino promotions advertised at events, and a VIP lounge called The Chairman’s Club 29.

Members of Spotlight 29 and Tortoise Rock Casino, the tribe’s second largest gaming facility, will also enjoy special promotions and discounts, rewards, merchandise offers and exclusive concert presale windows.

The arena, which sits on approximately 40 acres of unincorporated land north of Interstate 10 near Palm Desert, will host the American Hockey League’s Coachella Valley Firebirds and is expected to host more than 150 sporting events and concerts. every year.

History of Agua Caliente with the bullring

Twenty-Nine Palms is not the first Coachella Valley tribe to be involved in the arena project.

The development was originally planned for downtown Palm Springs (a location that drew complaints from local residents about possible parking and traffic issues) with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians as the lead partner. But in fall 2020, officials confirmed with The Desert Sun that the project was moving towns – and that Agua Caliente was no longer involved.

In a statement at the time, former Agua Caliente president Jeff Grubbe said the tribe “reassessed its economic development priorities” during the pandemic and “couldn’t find that common thread to reach an agreement on the arena project”.

If the arena had progressed as planned in Palm Springs, Mike said that Twenty-Nine Palms was considering getting a sequel or something similar. But when the new leadership was announced, it turned out to be “a good opportunity for me to jump on it”, Mike said, although he repeated that the tribe “didn’t step on anyone’s toes – and I made sure of that.”

Twenty-Nine Palms operates its own entertainment venue, although much smaller and less involved than the Thousand Palms arena; the tribe hosts outdoor concerts and sporting events on a grassy field next to its Spotlight 29 Casino. But there won’t be a crossover between the acts that happen in the arena and those that take place at the tribe site, Mike said.

“We just tend to keep it separate,” he said. “We have our entertainment stuff, our [concert] queues, and they’ll have theirs.”

Sports betting is also unlikely to be part of the arena, even with at least one related initiative appearing on the ballot this year: a measure that has been advanced by a coalition of California tribes and would legalize in-person sports betting. on tribal lands (and four licensed racetracks).

The arena is not on reservation ground, Mike said, meaning it would not be able to offer sports betting under the initiative if it went through in November. The facility is being built on land leased by the HN and the Frances C. Berger Foundation, another project partner.

Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke said his company “tremendously respects the tribe and has long identified its leadership position in bringing great content to the Coachella Valley.”

“We all share the same vision of building a strong region,” he added in a press release, “and we are honored to work with them during such an important period of Valley growth that will bring our teams and our communities together to celebrate sport and entertainment.”

Amanda Ulrich writes about Native American tribes and desert communities in Southern California for The Desert Sun, part of the USA Today Network. Connect with us on Twitter at @AmandaCUlrich.

Upper Darby Summer Stage 47th Season Features Eight Family-Friendly Musicals – Delco Times

UPPER DARBY – Delaware County’s iconic Upper Darby summer stage, back for its 47th season of family entertainment, announces that tickets are on sale for the summer season of musical theater performances. Each year, more than 34,000 spectators enjoy the award-winning productions of the region’s premier summer theater program for young people. Ticket prices start from $10 and will go on sale May 31 on the Summer Stage website: http://udsummerstage.udfoundation.org.

The season will run from July 6 to August 11 and will include 30 performances. Those interested in becoming a member for as little as $25 have access to ticket sales starting May 23, one week before the public.

Kicking off the children’s theater series will be Disney Around the World, a celebration of the diversity of Upper Darby and the region through the music of Disney’s most popular songs. Then the season continues with the first Summer Stage for Disney’s Moana Jr. Some audience favorites return, including Elf Jr., How I Became a Pirate and James and the Giant Peach. The end of the season is the first Summer Stage for Disney’s hugely popular musical, Descendants, based on the hit Disney Channel series. Summer Stage participants—students from across the Philadelphia area—bring a special energy to these shows, which are recommended for ages 4 and up, and audience members are invited to meet the characters after the performance.

Mainstage at Summer Stage, featuring pro-level performances from adult artists ages 16-28, will create a world of nautical absurdity with SpongeBob the Musical. This award-winning adaptation of Nickelodeon’s longest-running animated children’s sitcom premiered on Broadway in 2017 and garnered 12 Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Musical. The show’s score features original songs from a roster of well-known music creators including Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Sara Bareilles, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper and David Bowie and will be performed by a professional live orchestra . Perfect for ages 8 to 80, SpongeBob the Musical is an energetic celebration of community, reminding everyone that the power of optimism really can save the world!

All performances will take place live at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill. Group sales and member sales are already available. Groups of 15 or more can email [email protected] for tickets.

Registration is open for children in grades 4-11, but slots fill up quickly. This year, the Township of Upper Darby is providing funds to residents of the Township of Upper Darby to participate in the program free of charge. Summer programs include 4-week Children’s Theater sessions, Summer Technical Theater, and the two-week Performing StArts program for students in grades four through seven. To register, visit the Summer Stage website at http://udsummerstage.udfoundation.org.

This will be the first season that Upper Darby Summer Stage will be operated as a program of the non-profit Upper Darby Arts and Education Foundation. Harry Dietzler, the founder and former artistic director of Summer Stage, will continue to support Summer Stage as executive director of UDAEF.

“In my new role at the Upper Darby Arts and Education Foundation, I’m thrilled that Summer Stage is now taking a big step forward,” Dietzler remarked. “Now that it’s fully supported by the community and a community foundation, there’s no limit to what we can accomplish.”

The Garden Club of Springfield cleans and plants three community gardens

In addition to a successful plant sale on a rainy day, members of the Garden Club of Springfield completed the cleanup of three community gardens and added new plantings. In the Garden of Hope, a quiet seating area in the Springfield Township building, new native perennials consisted of Phlox stolonifera -Sherwood Purple; Erigeron pulchellus – Lynnhaven carpet; Chrysogonum virginianum-Superstar; Maianthemum racemosum – false seal of Solomon; Rhododendron calendulaceum – Flame Azelea; and Sedum ternatum. At the 75th Anniversary Garden, located at the Springfield Library, two hydrangeas – Endless Summer Raspberry Red have been added. The new plantings will add to the beautification of the community. Members have a summer schedule for garden maintenance. At the same time, the members also created the Springfield Library Showcase.

Garden Club members will hold their President’s Luncheon and Installation of New Officers for 2022-2024 at the Springhaven Club on Wednesday, May 25.

The Garden Club of Springfield is eager to participate, as one of seven local garden clubs that are members of the Pennsylvania Federation of Garden Clubs, to present a standard National Garden Club flower display titled “From the Sea to the shining sea” at Longwood Gardens in September.

If you would like information about attending a program when meetings resume in September, contact Sue Simpson, 610-328-9111, or follow the “Garden Club of Springfield-DELCOPA” Facebook page.

The Garden Club of Springfield is a member of District I GCFP and National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Chaput receives an honorary degree from the St. Charles Concursus

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, to Bishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., retired Archbishop of Philadelphia, during its competitive examination ceremony Wednesday. Chaput gave the address of Concursus.
Concursus is the seminary’s annual graduation ceremony where academic degrees are awarded to seminarians, as well as religious and lay students, enrolled in its college and college programs.

The Seminary Honorary Degree was bestowed by Archbishop Nelson Pérez, Archbishop of Philadelphia, on behalf of the St. Charles Seminary Board of Trustees. Chaput joined a distinguished list of recipients of honorary degrees from the seminary, including Archbishop Borys Gudziak, Dr. Jacqueline Rivers, Professor Andreas Widmer, Justice Samuel Alito, Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and the former Chief Justice of Pennsylvania. Robert Nix.

Chaput is an internationally renowned scholar, writer and spiritual leader. After five years of service as chief executive and provincial minister of the Capuchin Province of Central America, Chaput was ordained bishop of Rapid City, SD, in 1988 and named archbishop of Denver in 1997. As a member of the Tribe of the Potawatomi Prairies, he was the second Native American to be ordained a bishop in the United States and the first Native American archbishop. He was installed as the 13th bishop and ninth archbishop of Philadelphia in September 2011. Pope Francis accepted his resignation in January 2020 after reaching the retirement age of 75. He is currently Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia.

For more information about St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, call 610-667-3394 or visit http://www.scs.edu.

Haverford High School team among winners of Governor’s STEM competition

Haverford High School is one of the winners of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Ninth Annual Governor’s STEM Competition. This year, 54 teams competed.

During the school year, teams of students designed and built solutions to real-world problems. Teams were required to work with a member of their local community, business, or educational entity to help create an authentic experience while providing opportunities to learn more about STEM careers. For more information on the Governor’s STEM Competition and how to enter, visit https://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/STEM/Pages/default.aspx.

Readers can email community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at [email protected].

Ethan Coen on his Jerry Lee Lewis Doc and the return of cinema | Entertainment News


CANNES, France (AP) — Most people in the film industry thought Ethan Coen was done making movies. Ethan too.

But on Sunday, Coen will premiere his first documentary, “Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind,” at the Cannes Film Festival, a film that was unknown until the festival’s lineup was announced last month. The film, which A24 will distribute later this year, is a stunning portrait of the rock ‘n’ roll and country legend, made almost entirely with archival footage, with gripping extended performances instead of talking heads.

It is Coen’s first film without his brother Joel, with whom he formed one of cinema’s most cohesive and steadfast partnerships for three decades. But they have recently taken separate paths; Last year Joel made ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’, a film he suggested his brother would never have been interested in. Ethan is also gearing up with his wife, editor Tricia Cooke (who has directed many of the Coens’ films as well as “Trouble in Mind”), a lesbian sex comedy they wrote together 15 years ago.

“Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind” began with their longtime collaborator T-Bone Burnett, who in 2019 recorded a gospel album with the 86-year-old Lewis. The film, as Coen and Cooke noted in an interview ahead of its Cannes premiere, tackles some of the more complicated parts of Lewis’ legacy. (He married his 13-year-old cousin in his early twenties, then Lewis’s third marriage.) But above all, it brings to life the staggering force of the musical dynamo behind “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”, “Great Balls of Fire “. and “Me and Bobby McGee.”

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AP: A lot of people thought you, Ethan, weren’t interested in movies anymore. What changed?

COEN: What changed is that I started to get bored. I was with Trish in New York at the start of the lockdown. So, you know, it was all kind of scary and claustrophobic. And T-Bone Burnett, our longtime friend, approached us – actually, more Trish than me – to ask if we wanted to make this movie primarily on stock footage. We could do it at home.

COOKE: It was like a home movie project. We are both big fans of his music. I had some issues with other parts of Jerry Lee’s life. I was like, “I don’t know if I want to touch this.” But it ended up being a lot of fun. Honestly, T-Bone came to see us two weeks into the pandemic, so that was a lifesaver.

AP: Ethan, what undermined your desire to make films?

COEN: Oh, nothing happened, certainly nothing dramatic. You start when you’re a kid and you want to make a movie. It’s all enthusiasm and excitement, let’s make a movie. And the first movie is just a lot of fun. And then the second film is very fun, almost as much fun as the first. And after 30 years, not that it’s not fun, but it’s more of a job than it was. Joel felt the same, but not as much as me. It is an inevitable by-product of aging. And the last two movies that we did, me and Joel together, were really difficult in terms of production. I mean, really difficult. So if you don’t have to do it, you ask yourself at some point: Why am I doing this?

COOKE: Too many westerns.

COEN: It was just getting a little old and difficult.

AP: When you say “difficult”, does that have to do with the ecosystem of the industry?

COEN: Not at all, although that has obviously changed since the starting point. But no, that was the production experience and has been doing it for – I don’t know how many years, maybe 35 years. It was the experience of making a film. More messy and less fun.

AP: Has anything turned upside down for you since you’re set to make a movie together this summer?

COEN: Again, it all depends on the circumstances. We finished this one a while ago and were still seated. We had this old script and we were like, ‘Oh, we should do this. It would be fun.” This is the film we are preparing.

COOKE: I don’t want to speak for Ethan, but I know for myself that at some point I stopped cutting, pretty much, because my priorities changed. And now our kids are grown up and we still get along and have fun doing things together. Joel and Ethan, we had written some of these things, and they were always like, “We’re going to put them in a drawer. The children will find them one day. “Now we’re here like, OK, let’s do this. Let’s open this drawer and see if anybody wants to make this movie.

AP: Do you expect, Ethan, that you and Joel will continue to break up in the movies?

COEN: Oh, I don’t know. Going our own separate ways seems to suggest this could be final. But none of this happened permanently. None of the decisions are final. We could make another movie. I don’t know what my next film will be after that. The pandemic has happened. I became a big baby and got bored and quit, then the pandemic happened. Then other things happen and who knows?

AP: Did you always envision “Trouble in Mind” as being archive-based, without a talking head?

COEN: The film has a story that predates our involvement. It was originally conceived as being more about the gospel session T-Bone produced with Jerry Lee in 2019. Along the way, they compiled a lot of stock footage. The archive footage kept piling up. It seemed more logical to talk about Jerry Lee rather than this particular session. We may have pushed it even further in that direction.

COOKE: When T-Bone originally brought it to us, he described what he wanted as a symphonic poem. I don’t think we did that. (Laughs)

COEN: Yeah, that sounds a little fruity.

COOKE: But from the beginning, we didn’t just want a bunch of talking heads, especially if they weren’t Jerry Lee’s.

COEN: T-Bone was explicit about wanting the movie to start with this performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” of “She Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye.” And he wanted it to end with “Another Place, Another Time”. And we said, “Oh (expletive), that’s great.” He said all performance. We said, “Oh, great. So, you talk about, like, a good movie.”

AP: You have each worked extensively in fiction films. Have you often thought of making a documentary? Do you watch a lot of docs?

COOKE: I had made a short documentary years ago called “Where the Girls Are” about the Dinah Shore golf tournament. In general, we both like documentaries. Frederick Wiseman and the Maysles and Pennebaker and Barbara Kopple. All those older documentarians.

COEN: Why are they all old?

COEN: Have you seen the Beatles documentary? It was fantastic. Shit.

AP: The further we move away from the films and music of mid-century America, the more it seems to me that it was such a fertile period of creation that it will never happen again. Like: Where Jerry Lee Lewis is from is no longer a place no one is from.

COEN: I totally agree. It’s like, yeah, it’s all gone now.

COOKE: Things are not discovered in the same way. For Jerry Lee, when he was young, going to a blues club was nothing he had access to before and it became this incredible passion. Everything is now so big, so global – not that that’s necessarily a bad thing – but it doesn’t feel like he has the same passion as he did in the 30s, 40s, 50s.

AP: When you see him play, his arms going up and down like pistons, he’s such a dynamo that you can’t help but wonder where that energy comes from.

COEN: Musicians are monsters. I say it in the best possible way.

COOKE: He’s talking about the Pentecostal Church. It’s almost like he was overwhelmed by this passion for the game. I just remember being mesmerized when we started looking at the footage.

COEN: Sifting through archival footage has been a unique blessing, but also a curse. Because he did his share of (expletive) stuff too.

AP: What are your personal thresholds in the behavior of an artist and the art he makes? “Trouble in Mind” does not seek to pass judgment.

COEN: If it’s a good movie, that’s why it’s good. What are we supposed to do with it? To the right. This is a permitted question. That’s what makes the movie interesting. How do you associate this magnetic artist with this imperfect person? It’s kind of like – I mean none of the Beatles married their 13-year-old cousin – but it’s kind of like the Beatles movie and why it’s so exciting. You go: Wow. They are both huge cultural figures and smaller-than-life human beings. That’s what’s amazing.

Jerry Lee is much the same. I don’t think any sane person would ask for a music embargo because his character had certain flaws. Who imposes this choice? Kudos to T-Bone for giving us the opportunity and saying it would be about Jerry Lee, this musician, and it wouldn’t be about talking heads telling us what to think of Jerry Lee or us editorializing, telling the public what to think of Jerry Lee. All of these things are not recipes for making a good movie and are doing Jerry a disservice.

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Meet a millennial with $130,000 in student debt 14 years after graduation

  • Shanna Bennett owes over $130,000 in student debt.
  • That’s $30,000 more than she owed 14 years ago when she graduated, because of interest.
  • She says it affected her credit rating, her relationships and her ability to pay off other debts, like her car.

Shanna Bennett was the first person in her family to attend college – and growing up, there was no doubt she would be.

Bennett’s family immigrated from Jamaica to Philadelphia in the 1990s when she was 7 years old.

“Once we got here, it was clear that my job was to be educated and to receive an education,” the 37-year-old told Insider. “It was a big deal for me to get into an American university and graduate. But at no time did anyone mention the cost.”

When Bennett graduated from college and graduate school in 2008, she owed more than $100,000 in student loans. After graduating, she struggled to find a job that paid enough to manage her debt, which eventually peaked at nearly $200,000 with interest. It’s been 14 years since she left school, but she still owes more than $130,000 to private loan companies, which Insider verified through documents shared by Bennett.

Bennett’s story is like that of many Americans, 43 million of whom have student loan debt — that’s one in 8, according to a NerdWallet analysis data from the May 2021 census. People aged 25 to 34 are most likely to have student loan debt, but the largest amount is owed by people aged 35 to 49, like Bennett – more than $600 billion collectively.

Since March 2020, federal borrowers have not been required to repay their student loans and have not been charged new interest, but pressure is mounting for President Joe Biden to cancel some or all of that debt. In late April, Biden said he “would have an answer” on the pardon in the coming weeks.

“It affected me in every way,” she added. “When we talk about student debt, there’s this idea that the people who talk about it openly are lazy and not hardworking, but we are.”

“I saw they were at $200,000, and that’s where the shame set in”

Bennett said she didn’t realize how difficult it would be to pay off her debt until she graduated. And even then, she didn’t realize that she could make payments for almost 15 years and owe even more than she did on graduation day.

“My family went through the process of higher education without knowing much about it,” she said. “Looking back, I would have loved it if community college was pushed more. But the idea was that it wasn’t challenging for me or good enough for me.”

After graduating from college, Bennett immediately enrolled in a master’s program in business psychology, which she said she chose based on earning potential. She is currently working as a human resources manager in a medium-sized manufacturing company, but it took her years to get a job like that.

She said she chose her field of study “without fully understanding what an entry-level position for this degree looks like,” she said. After graduating, she says she struggled to find a job, despite having two degrees in her field. When she finally did, she was only making $15 an hour.

After seven years of making the minimum payment on her monthly bill, she had barely made a dent in the principal amount. She requested forbearance so that she could temporarily stop repaying her loans, as they were too heavy to handle. But she still had to pay accrued interest each month – ranging from 6.5% to 10% – which made the process feel like it was walking on a treadmill and never reaching the end.

“It wasn’t until I got married and got my first job as a big girl that I thought, ‘Let’s go.’ And when I sat down to look at my bills, I saw they were $200,000, and that’s where the shame set in.”

“Our money should be in the market and growing”

When Bennett got engaged to her ex-husband, she told him how much debt she had and they took a course to pay it off.

The course encouraged people to pay off their smaller debts first, foregoing longer-term investments like saving for retirement in order to devote all the extra money to paying bills, she said. . It didn’t suit him. “I was a human resources manager at the time,” she said, “encouraging employees to take advantage of their benefits, and I wasn’t even registered there.”

Over the past few years, Bennett said, she’s found a wealth of resources in the personal finance community on Instagram, as well as Debt Collective, a debtors’ syndicate.

Instagram “allowed me to start pumping money into my 401k,” she said. “Our money should be in the market and growing… some of us have been in debt for over 20 years, and not throwing money away in retirement all that time is ridiculous.”

Through the personal finance community, Bennett said she also learned how to pay off her car loan, adding that her credit card bill also gets paid every month.

Bennett said she’s in much better shape than she was a few years ago, but that debt still cuts her off from the future.

“I would love to travel right now,” she said. “I have a good job and no kids, but I have this debt…I have just under $132,000 left in debt, and I’m watching very closely what the Biden administration does with student loans. .”

Indo-French production services company La Fabrique is bullish on business after new incentives for Indian filming[EXCLUSIVE]

La Fabrique Films, a production services company based in Paris and Mumbai, expects a further increase in business following new incentives for Indian filming announced at Cannes.

International productions shot in India can be reimbursed up to 35% of eligible production expenses in the country.

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La Fabrique, which specializes in filming European films in India, has been operational since 2013 and films for which it has provided production services include ‘Les Cowboys’, ‘The Best Is Yet to Come’ and ‘And Tomorrow We Will Be Dead”. La Fabrique has just completed “La Tresse” by Laetitia Colombani and business leaders Déborah Benattar and Javed Wani are currently present at the Cannes Film Market.

The initial reimbursement for international filming in India is 30%, which may increase by an additional 5% for productions employing 15% or more of the workforce in India.

“The incentives will be a big advantage for foreign producers who decide to come and shoot in India as well, because there’s this 5% bonus, they might want to employ more Indian technicians, because from our experience, we “We have amazing technicians in India. It will be an added incentive to probably replace a few foreigners with Indians,” Benattar said. Variety.

Benattar says productions may decide to move their India shooting schedules forward because of the inducement. “If they know they will get a 30% refund, they can decide to shoot and not wait for final funding. So that will definitely bring us more projects,” Benattar says.

India-bound projects that are stalled due to a funding shortfall of up to 30% will also be accelerated, Wani said. “We get a lot of requests for booster funding and these projects are going to come to life now,” says Wani. We’re going to come back to them, talk to them, and talk to them about the incentives.

La Fabrique has two other European projects in the works to shoot in India the details of which are currently under wraps and discussions are also underway with films from other parts of the world.

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Limp Bizkit at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, MI

Nu-metal band Limp Bizkit wows fans with a career-spanning set on the always sucks Jour with support from Yung Gravy, Dying Wish and Wargasm UK.

Promising rock and nu-metal band United Kingdom start the evening with an energetic set. Led by Sam Matlock and Milkie Way (Rachel Hastings) on vocals, they generated a lot of buzz in the industry and won the Heavy Music Awards 2021″Best British Breakthrough Group. Jonathan Davis of Korn recently named them his favorite nu-metal revival band.

They rip their set which includes the new song “Drildo”. The songs are driven by wicked percussion from Adam Breeze. Sam and Milkie Way use the whole stage, running and jumping. At one point, Sam gets close to the fans and briefly goes crowd surfing while singing. They close with “Spit” and a little excerpt from Metallica’s “Fuel” which makes the crowd scream. Fans should expect to hear a lot more from Wargasm UK in the future.

The Next Step is an Oregon-based metalcore band last wish. The band includes Emma Boster (vocals), Sam Reynolds (lead guitar), Pedro Carrillo (rhythm guitar), Andrew Le (bass), and Jeff Lambra (drums). They rip several songs off their 2021 debut album Fragments of a bitter memory. They too got a lot of buzz and were nominated for “Best International Breakthrough Band” at the British Heavy Music Awards.

Their set is not for the faint of heart as it features intense and harsh vocals. The stage is very bright and, sometimes, we can only make out the silhouettes of the group. Emma is the focal point as she works the stage, bouncing and butting between chants. It’s a short but very entertaining set.

Minnesota rapper Yung-sauce keeps the momentum going with a catchy set that sings, bounces and waves the arms. He begins with the song “Gravy Train” as he walks around the stage and engages the audience. He adds a bit of humor when he says that Fred told him he wanted “a little lubrication, a little gravy before the Bizkit comes out”. The crowd loves it. His set also includes the songs “The Boys are Back in Town” and “Mr. Clean” among a few others. After a long break, Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit gets out and sits in a recliner, and starts things off with the new song “Dad Vibes.” Eventually, the rest of the band join him as he begins to pace the stage, accenting the songs with his hands and throwing bent-over kicks to the side. The scene features DJ Lethal high on a platform in the center of the stage with an inflatable of a woman vacuuming with a cigarette dangling from her mouth, a nod to the album cover for always sucks. Drummer John Otto is positioned laterally on the right side, giving fans an excellent view of his powerful playing. They follow up with two more new songs, “Out of Style” and the single “Dirty Rotten Bizkit” which really shakes things up. A mosh pit erupts on the ground and some fans start surfing the front.

From there, the rest of the ensemble is packed with career-spanning hits, starting with “Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle)” which has fans throwing their fists in the air and singing along. Guitarist Wes Borland and bassist Sam Rivers join John on his drum lift as they launch into the next song “Hot Dog”. Wes always has costume and/or makeup and tonight is no different. His face is covered in white makeup with black streaks, and he wears a black mask that covers the upper half of his face. To add to that, he has contacts that blacken his eyes, and it appears his tongue is also black. It has a rather macabre vibe. He kicks off the next song, “My Way,” with a cool guitar intro and the stage also has a weird red and purple backlight. DJ Lethal scratches on the outro and the crowd gives huge cheers.

During “My Generation”, John Otto hits his drums with such authority that you would think it would be destroyed. After this song, Fred asks the crowd: “Can you feel it?”. He then says “I see crowdsurfing is legal here”, before asking “Is marijuana legal here?” This, of course, gets a huge reaction from fans. They also play a string of killer hits including “Nookie”, “Full Nelson”, “Eat You Alive” and “Faith”.

Bassist Sam Rivers is at the rendezvous tonight. You can feel the basses all over the arena as they launch into the hit “Re-Arranged” which has a large mirrored ball spinning above the stage and hit by beams of magenta light. It cuts to “Boiler”, where Fred is joined by Wargasm UK’s Milkie Way to share vocals.

Before “Take a Look Around”, Fred makes a joke about Tom Cruise writing the song as it was used in the movie “Mission: Impossible II”. During the song, Sam Matlock of Wargasm UK joins Fred on vocals as they go wild. After turning on the house lights, Fred brings in some of his crew and is also joined by the other artists as they take him to another level on fan favorite “Break Stuff.” This song drives the fans totally crazy as two large circular pits open up, and the rest of the fans jump up and down and go wild.

It’s a great end to an awesome set by Limp Bizkit, and a great evening of music by all the artists.


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