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Lucerne Festival’s Diversity Impulse Sparks Debate

LUCERNE, Switzerland – The Lucerne Festival here, one of the premier classical music events, has long had a reputation for exclusivity.

For much of the event’s 84-year history, women and people of color struggled to be heard on stage, and the audience remained overwhelmingly white and wealthy.

But this summer, the festival, which officially begins on Friday, is trying to rebuild its image, by programming its season under the sign of diversity: a series of concerts featuring black and Latino artists, as well as women.

“We don’t have to be radical, but we have to be aware,” Michael Haefliger, the festival’s executive and artistic director, said in an interview. “You should have this feeling of shaking the pitch a bit and realizing that you have excluded a certain part of the public for a long time.

This will is part of a larger effort to address serious racial and gender disparities in classical music, an area in which women and people of color are still underrepresented among performers, conductors , composers and administrators.

“This is a big step forward in bringing the issues in our field to light,” said Chi-chi Nwanoku, founder and CEO of Chineke! Orchestra, a British ensemble made up largely of musicians of color which will be presented in Lucerne this year. “Much of the classical music that we are proud of today is inspired by black artists, black musicians and black composers. But we don’t hear that side of the story.

Lucerne leaders hope the focus on diversity will help spark discussions about racism, sexism and exclusion in classical music. They attempted, with mixed success, to capture the public’s attention. A series of conferences related to the theme have been added to the agenda, including a recent one entitled: “Seeing is believing? Black artists in classical music! A marketing campaign features an assortment of chess pieces reinvented for an era of inclusivity: a knight reborn as a purple unicorn, a bishop wearing zebra stripes.

But the festival’s efforts have been met with skepticism by some artists, audience members and commentators, who see the campaign as mere publicity and say it will do little to address systemic disparities in the industry. And others say the festival should focus on art, not social issues.

“This type of public relations can alienate the natural audience of this festival,” said Rodrigo Carrizo Couto, a freelance journalist based in Switzerland. “Why are we doing this? Why are we following some kind of California curriculum?”

Since the 2020 murder of George Floyd and the ensuing wave of Black Lives Matter protests, orchestras have come under pressure to appoint more women and minority artists as music directors; opera companies have been called upon to program more works by forgotten composers; and performing arts organizations have been criticized for not moving quickly enough to recruit leaders of color. Some groups have been exposed for using dark make-up in productions of operas like “Aida”, long after the racist caricatures had disappeared from many stages.

In Lucerne, the debate on equity and inclusion was particularly heated. The festival’s board of directors is made up mostly of white men. His orchestra includes 81 men and 31 women; only two musicians represent minority ethnic groups.

Haefliger said he started thinking before the pandemic about ways the festival could use its platform to shed light on issues of racism and sexism in the industry – inspired by the 2016 festival theme, “PrimaDonna”, which featured female conductors. He said he wanted to “break the ice” around discussions of race and gender.

“We are not a political organization,” he said. “But in a way, culture is also a social responsibility, and we are part of society.”

The idea of ​​dedicating the festival this year to diversity quickly caused a setback in Switzerland.

Der Bund, a German-language newspaper in nearby Bern, published an article calling the theme “an affront”, saying that while it seemed well-intentioned, it could have the effect of giving guest artists the impression that they were only invited because of their skin color. .

Although this year’s festival, which runs until mid-September, will feature regulars like the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, there are plenty of newcomers. All of the soloists making their debuts this year, including trumpeter Aaron Akugbo, violinist Randall Goosby and pianist Mishka Rushdie Momen, are people of color. Several renowned artists of color will also be in attendance, including cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, sopranos Golda Schultz and Angel Blue, and composer Tyshawn Sorey. As part of the pre-festival lineup, Ilumina, an ensemble of young South American musicians, performed works by Schubert, Bach, Villa-Lobos and others.

Particular emphasis will be placed on the music of black composers; 16 will be presented during the festival. During the red carpet opening on Friday, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, who is also part of the Lucerne board, performed a concerto by Joseph Boulogne, a black composer born in the 18th century.

Some musicians have expressed satisfaction that Lucerne leaders are tackling representational issues head-on. Still, they said it was too early to judge the success of the effort and that the festival could demonstrate its sincerity by inviting performers and composers of color back in the future.

“I don’t believe we should embrace diversity as a buzzword,” said Schultz, who will sing a recital at the festival and appear in a semi-stage production of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” “I appreciate their willingness to tackle these issues. Someone has to take a risk, and it won’t be perfect.

Gerard Aimontche, a pianist of African and Russian descent who performed ahead of the festival this week, said it was important to make a special effort to feature black and Latino artists, given the lack of diversity on the best stages in the world. Still, he added that he yearned for the day when it would no longer be necessary to use terms like “diversity” at a festival.

“Right now you have to provide a special introduction because otherwise no one would ever know us,” he said. “But hopefully in 50 years it will be different. Even though the whole orchestra is made up of people of color, we’ll just be another orchestra, and people will come like they do to hear any another orchestra.

On Tuesday evening, the main concert hall in Lucerne was filled with the sounds of Chineke! Junior Orchestra, which performed pieces by black composers Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Stewart Goodyear, as well as a symphony by Tchaikovsky. The auditorium was not full, but the orchestra was warmly welcomed, with whistles and cries of “Bravo!” »

During the rehearsal, Venezuelan conductor Glass Marcano, who was conducting the concert, told the orchestra musicians that performing in Lucerne was a special occasion. She took selfies with the orchestra and assured the musicians that they would be up to it.

In an interview, Marcano said that classical music would only thrive if it welcomed a wide range of voices.

“We present classical music in all its richness and diversity,” she said. “From now on, this should be considered normal.”

Indian incentive; Korea Management – Deadline

Welcome to another edition of International Insider. This week you have me, Jesse Whittock, telling you the great stories from beyond America’s shores.

Indian incentive

Draw them into: Indian television production is one of the big developing international narratives of 2022, and the country is desperate to attract more foreign actors to its shores in the wake of a difficult pandemic. Our Asia Editor, Liz Shackleton, looked at a new 30% cashback that the country’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has rolled out in recent months. Here’s the science part: the incentive will reimburse up to 30% of eligible expenses up to around INR 20 million ($260,000). An additional 5% (INR 5 million/$65,000) is available for productions with larger Indian crews. To be eligible, productions must obtain I&B approval and spend a minimum of INR 25 million ($325,000). There are several other caveats, but Liz explains it better than me, so read more here. Sources say the (relatively moderate) incentive will come in handy for independent projects looking for the final financial piece of the jigsaw. As is often the case, nothing is completely straightforward in India and several points are still unclear – including how each project is assessed, how long reimbursement and script approvals will take, as well as the daily logistical problems for international productions. But make no mistake: India is going international and you’ll be seeing a lot more of this beautiful country on the big and small screen very soon.

Also in Asia: Liz reported on the 29 projects selected for this year’s Asian Project Market (AMP) at the Busan International Film Festival. New works from Thai Aditya Assarat, Chinese Wang Qi, Vietnamese Le Bao and Myanmar’s Maung Sun, whose producing partner Ma Aeint is currently in prison, sentenced to three years of hard labor by the country’s hardline military junta. Ma Aeint is still attached as a producer on Maung Sun’s project Future Laoban and we will wait to see how things develop. For a full list of APM selections, click here.

Under Korean management

Soyoung Lee

From ‘Squid Game’ to super-agent: Soyoung Lee is a South Korean talent agent you need on your radar. Founder of one of the biggest agencies in the country, Saram Entertainment, she is the face of the company which represents squid game Apple TV+ star Hoyeon, Kinha Kim Pachinko and Oscar nominee Yeri Han minari. Like Netflix squid game has conquered the entertainment world, and its biggest stars are signing with major US agencies, Soyoung quietly tends to the interests of its voluminous book of Korean stars. Unlike losing her clients to rivals in the United States, she told Max in an extensive interview that she even thinks the explosion of Korean TV means she could eventually find American actors working in his country. What a truly intriguing turnaround for TV and film that would be. With Paramount Global’s Chief Honcho, Bob Bakish, recently designating Korea as a key territory for Paramount+, and content budgets in the country have grown significantly, we’ll be watching developments closely.

On site in Locarno

Matt Dillon

In the “TGV”: Let’s move on to Zac Ntim, who wrote this missive after a trip to the fashionable film festival in Switzerland. Locarno drew big crowds and big stars for its 75th edition, which kicked off last week with a lengthy opening ceremony followed by the international premiere of the action comedy festival High-speed train. The crowded opening night took place in Locarno’s famous Piazza Grande square and was a return to form for the festival after a full cancellation in 2020 and a slimmed down version last year. Despite mixed critical response, High-speed train was well received by festival-goers, who gave the film a warm applause as it was introduced by a surprise video call from star Brad Pitt.

Awards Season: Although Pitt didn’t make it to Locarno in person, his co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson did drop by the Piazza, where he received the festival’s Davide Campari Excellence Award. Shows what just showing up can do for you. In fact, Taylor-Johnson was the first of several high-profile names to land at the festival to receive awards, with Jason Blum, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Matt Dillon taking home the festival award for lifetime achievement. accomplishments, an honor which he told Deadline comes with a comedic balance of positives and negatives. “I’m too young,” he joked. “But I’m doing this because I hope there’s a director here who says, ‘Good job,’ because I’m only as good as the directors I work with.” The festival has yet to award any prizes for its official competition section, but German filmmaker Lukas Nathrath took home the top prize in the First Look sidebar for unfinished projects with a feature debut. one last evening. The award comes with €50,000 ($51,500) in post-production services from Swiss and German production house Cinegrell. The festival ends on Monday. For more information about Locarno, read here.

Depp Impact

Johnny Depp in Jeanne du Barry

Johnny is Louis: Johnny Depp finally made a headline this week that had absolutely nothing to do with his ongoing court drama. Melanie got this big scoop as she unveiled a first look at Depp as France’s King Louis XV in director Maïwenn’s historic love story Jeanne du Barry. Predictably, social media exploded when news of the image, which shows a side profile of a heavily made-up Depp, spread like wildfire. Production company Why Not also confirmed that filming for the film began quietly on July 26, with the resulting feature marking Depp’s first film role in three years and coming shortly after winning his savage libel lawsuit. , rambunctious and often disturbing against ex-wife Amber Heard. Read Mel’s full story here.

Racism runs rampant in UK TV and film

Betu

Damning report: In Britain, there is a lot of talk about how the film and television industry can eradicate – or at least begin to genuinely combat – racism. Sadly, many believe these words are rarely matched by action and a Bectu survey published this week found that 61% of ethnic minority respondents experienced racism at work. Similar numbers had witnessed racism and/or said it had impacted career progression. Systems for reporting racist incidents proved totally ineffective and there was a crushing lack of confidence in the ability of broadcasters and unions to deal with complaints. Really depressing stuff. “It is now the job of industry leaders to listen to our demands and formulate a racism reporting body,” said Philippa Childs, head of Bectu. “It’s not too late to tackle racism in broadcasting, and we’ll keep the pressure on until we see real progress.” With the Edinburgh TV Festival fast approaching, now is the time for action. Read on to find out more.

Lars Von Trier’s diagnosis

Director Lars Von Trier poses for photographers as he arrives at the premiere of the film ‘The House That Jack Built’ at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday May 14, 2018. (Photo by Vianney The Caer/Invision/PA)

” In good spirits ” : Sad news as longtime Lars Von Trier producer Louise Vesth has revealed the Oscar-nominated director and Cannes Palme d’Or winner has Parkinson’s disease. The diagnosis was made public ‘to avoid speculation’ ahead of the premiere of Von Trier’s next series Exodus from the Kingdom, which was unveiled as a selection from the TIFF Primetime program on Wednesday. Von Trier will continue to work on the show and Vesth said the Dane was “in good spirits and being treated for his symptoms”. Deadline wishes him good luck.

The essentials

Cary Grant and Jason Isaacs

🌶️ Hot : Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter) will portray Hollywood royalty Cary Grant in a dramatic biopic for ITV and BritBox International, Max wrote on Monday.

🌶️ Another: Baz scored a scoop by revealing 61st Street star Tosin Cole landed the lead in the blue story the Netflix series from creator Rapman Supacell.

🌶️ A third : Season two of Capturinguh, captured the coveted August holiday slot on BBC One in the UK, previously occupied by ratings hits Bodyguard and Vigil.

🧑‍💼 New Job: Former Bron Studios head David Davoli joins Anonymous Content as president of International. Andreas broke this one.

🎤Address: British news broadcasting heavyweight Emily Maitlis will deliver the influential James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival later this month.

🤝 Deal concluded: Nancy was the first to announce the news Universal International Pictures has reached a deal that will see Majid At Fattaim Distribution release its films in Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries.

🏆 Latest rewards: Park Chan-wook’s Decision to leave will represent Korea in next year’s International Feature Film category at the Oscars, a first opportunity for the acclaimed author.

🏆 Box office: Black comedy about domestic violence by Alia Bhatt darlings got Netflix’s highest global opening for a non-English Indian film, by Caroline Frost.

🇺🇦 Ukraine 1: Max has revealed that Oscar-nominated producer Den Tolmor is creating a feature film based on a Canadian “lone wolf” sniper who fought the Russians during the first months of the invasion, tentatively titled The good fight.

🇺🇦 Ukraine 2: A series of anthologies documenting the early days of the Russian invasion, Those who stayedis forthcoming from Red Arrow International Studios and FILM.UA.

🇺🇦 Ukraine 3: I reported that the Organization of Ukrainian Producers has completed filming its latest film inside the war-torn country, in the form of a doc Mariupol. Hope not lost.

Max Goldbart and Zac Ntim contributed to this week’s International Insider

Stocks close mixed after further signs of slowing inflation

By STAN CHOE and ALEX VEIGA, AP Business Writers

NEW YORK (AP) — An afternoon pullback left Wall Street stock indexes mixed, wiping out most of their morning gains fueled by another encouraging inflation report. The S&P 500 closed down 0.1% on Thursday. The Nasdaq also fell, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose slightly. Investors weighed new data showing that wholesale inflation slowed more than economists expected in July. This bolstered hopes that inflation could be close to a peak and that the Federal Reserve will be less aggressive than expected in raising interest rates. Stocks pared their gains after Treasury yields rose. The Walt Disney Co. rallied after reporting stronger-than-expected quarterly results.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier history appears below.

Wall Street stock indexes turned mixed late Thursday afternoon, losing some of their early gains on more encouraging inflation data.

The S&P 500 fell 0.1%. The benchmark was up 1.1% at the start after a report showed inflation at the wholesale level had slowed more than economists expected. The report bolstered investor hopes that inflation could be close to a peak and that the Federal Reserve will be less aggressive than expected in raising interest rates.

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The market is coming off a strong rally on Wednesday, when relief swept through the markets after a colder-than-expected reading on consumer-level inflation.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 10 points, or less than 0.1%, to 33,323 as of 3:28 p.m. EST, and the Nasdaq composite was down 0.6%. All indices rose further in the morning but pared their gains after Treasury yields rose.

Inflation is still painfully high, of course, and the economy gave false signals before relief was on the way, but the rug has been pulled out of lower investors. Some Fed officials also made comments after Wednesday’s inflation report, suggesting their battle against rising prices is far from over. But enough hope for a spike in inflation and the Fed’s aggressiveness piled up that the S&P 500 had roughly halved its losses from the start of the year, and it rose more than 15 % from its mid-June low.

Tech stocks and other investments hardest hit early in the year by the Fed’s aggressive rate hikes were among the strongest, and the Nasdaq climbed more than 20% from its June low.

Thursday’s encouraging signal on inflation helped fuel a broad-based rally that faded in the afternoon, with declines in health care and technology stocks offsetting gains from energy companies, banks and others .

The Walt Disney Co. jumped 4.5% after the entertainment company reported higher earnings for its latest quarter than analysts expected. It cited strong performance at its US theme parks and announced price increases for its streaming services.

Companies whose earnings depend most on a strong economy have generally held up better. Energy stocks as a group rose 3.4% for the biggest gain among the 11 sectors that make up the S&P 500. They benefited from higher oil and natural gas prices. Shares of commodity producers in the index gained 0.5% and financial companies rose 1%.

Concerns about a possible recession still loom in the market, as the Federal Reserve continues to raise interest rates to fight inflation. Such increases are purposely slowing the economy, and parts of the economy have already weakened under their weight, particularly the housing industry. But a resilient labor market provided a strong counterbalance, leading to a confused outlook for the economy.

A report on Thursday showed fewer American workers filed unemployment claims last week than expected, a potentially encouraging sign regarding layoffs. But it was nonetheless the highest number since November.

Traders are now betting on the Fed to raise overnight interest rates by half a percentage point at its meeting next month. That’s down from the 0.75 percentage point rise they were forecasting ahead of Wednesday’s stun of a consumer inflation report.

The Fed’s last two hikes were 0.75 points, an acceleration from its previous two hikes of the year as the central bank intensified its fight against high inflation. Even if the Fed manages to slow the economy enough to eradicate inflation without causing a recession, higher interest rates drive down the prices of all types of investments.

Treasury yields were mixed on Thursday, after paring earlier losses. The 10-year yield rose to 2.88% from 2.79% on Wednesday evening.

It is still lower than the two-year yield, which stands at 3.20%. It’s a relatively unusual event that some investors consider a fairly reliable signal of an impending recession, although the gap between the two has narrowed somewhat.

In overseas markets, European stocks ended mixed, while Asian indices were mostly higher.

In Thailand, the SET fell 0.2% after the country’s central bank raised its benchmark interest rate by 0.25 percentage points to 0.75% a day earlier. The Southeast Asian country’s economy has been hit hard by the pandemic, which has ravaged its all-important tourism sector.

AP Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach contributed. Veiga reported from Los Angeles.

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The “sweetest” event in Istria should take place again

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The Sweet Istria (Slatka Istra) festival is held annually on the eve of Assumption Day, August 14, in the center of the Istrian village of Vižinada.

After a two-year break, this year will be the 24th anniversary of the event that celebrates the sweet culinary tradition of Istria and brings you its scents and flavors and takes you back to ancient times when artisans and women of Istria prepared traditional Istrian sweets.

The event validates the past and its customs, the landscape and its inhabitants. This event brings together housewives and housewives who prepare sweets according to old recipes, such as fritule, kroštule, cukerančić, paštine, pandešpanj, pinca, breskvice, bucolaj and povice, as well as a special selection of homemade cakes called “istarske užance”.

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They will be presented during an exhibition in the hall of the school, where they will be evaluated by a jury of experts, and the best will be rewarded.

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In addition to the exhibition, an excellent entertainment program has been prepared as well as a high-end eno-gastro offer, a football match, tastings of wine, oil and local products from the Vižinada region , a presentation of the traditional Istrian cake at Maraston House and , at the end of the evening, a concert by the Replay Band and the Vigor Group.

The festival continues in Vižinada on the second day, August 15, with the celebration of the traditional folk festival of St. Mary Vela. Concerts by the ZT Vižinada – Banda d’ottoni Visinada brass band and the KUD “Istarski želježničar” Roč brass band at 8 p.m., while at 9 p.m. the Malvazija brass band and the Mambo kings will entertain.

The event, which begins at 6 p.m., is free.

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The Spark Scholarship gives a John Glenn graduate the opportunity to shine

Winning a performing arts scholarship in high school helped Kaden Furtaw gain confidence for the college application process.

A year after receiving $1,000 through the Spark arts mentorship program, Furtaw is set to attend Saginaw Valley State University while working part-time as a music class teaching assistant at Bay City Academy. .

Furtaw says the scholarship was key to his confidence when applying to colleges. He encourages others to take advantage of the opportunity.

While Korie Lee Blossey sang, Ryan VanDenBoom tap danced during the Downtown Shuffle Around on September 12.The Spark Fellowship, which kicked off in 2020, is hosting its third annual tap dance fundraiser on Saturday, August 27. Ryan VanDenBoom, one of the scholarship program’s founders, a graduate of Bay City Central High School and a Broadway performer, leads the classes. Registrations are requested.

Fundraising is for the one-time scholarship that provides performing arts training to Black, Indigenous, and students of color in the Great Lakes Bay Area.

Furtaw, who was one of two 2021-22 winners, chose monologue, dance and vocal training. The other 2021-22 recipient was Alexus Yorch.

“It was an amazing process. Really fun. I learned a ton of things from it,” says Furtaw.

Kaden Furtaw recently played Troy Bolton in a performance of “High School Musical” at the Midland Center for the Arts (Photo courtesy of Midland Center for the Arts)During monologue training, he learned how to present himself effectively, pick up tips on etiquette, and grab the audience’s attention. The lessons also emphasized the importance of not rushing and maintaining eye contact.

As a veteran of local shows, Furtaw knew his dancing skills needed help. He then chose to study dance.

“I wasn’t a dancer,” Furtaw said. “I didn’t know anything about dancing. I didn’t know any of the terms. I struggled a lot with that.

During auditions, when asked to perform a specific move, Furtaw would stop to see what others were doing and then imitate their moves. This is no longer a problem.

“After going through the dance training, I can definitely say that I feel comfortable auditioning and knowing the terms people tell me to do,” Furtaw says. “It was just such a good learning experience for that.”

Image courtesy of Spark Art Mentorship Program Finally, he took voice lessons with Dr. Matt Travis, a Bay City native and Senior Director of Art Planning at the Midland Center for the Arts. Travis led the classes, but also helped Furtaw with the shows he appeared on last year and with college auditions.

Help paid off. Later this month, Furtaw will begin studying education and acting at SVSU. He will also work as a teaching assistant and assistant director for the Bay City Academy shows. He is also Assistant Stage Manager for “Rent”, which has its last performances this weekend. Tickets are available online.

Furtaw is confident that he will be involved in theater for the rest of his life.

I don’t care what I do, where I am or how long it takes. Right at the end of the day, if I’m around or at the theater somehow, that would make me happy.

Her experience has been so positive that when her sister, Jecara Williams, asked her if she should apply for the 2022-23 program, he was happy to encourage her.

On Saturday, August 27, VanDenBoom will present classic steps in a way that dancers of all skill levels can relate to. (Photo credit: Ben Tierney)“I said, ‘Jecara, it’s been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I’ve learned so much, created so many great relationships, and they’re great people too. I’ve say yes, Jecara, go ahead.”

Jecara, who begins eighth grade this fall at Bay City Academy, is one of four recipients of the 2022-23 scholarship. The other recipients are: Deacon Hayward, Myah Shelton and Zoe Whitlock.

South Africa to charge 14 minors with raping 8 women

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African prosecutors have charged seven independent minors with the rape of eight women nearly two weeks ago in Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg.

Seven other men are to be charged with rape on Thursday, officials said.

The rapes of the women – who were part of a film production crew shooting a music video at an abandoned mine in the area – have sparked protests and violent attacks against independent miners, known as zama-zamas.

Residents accuse the miners of operating illegally and committing many other crimes in their neighborhoods.

Following the rapes, angry locals went on a rampage, assaulting the miners before handing them over to the police and burning down the camps where they lived, their belongings and their mining tools. Protests broke out in and around Krugersdorp, including Kagiso, Bekkersdal and Mohlakeng.

The 14 suspects were identified by witnesses on Tuesday, according to the National Prosecutor’s Office. More than 80 suspects have been arrested in a police raid on a disused mine in Krugersdorp after reports of rapes and robberies emerged.

Seven of the suspects were charged at Krugersdorp Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday with multiple counts of rape, sexual assault and robbery. The other seven will appear in court on Thursday, officials said. Those who will be charged on Thursday were in another court on Wednesday where they were charged with being in South Africa illegally.

“We cannot rule out the possibility that more people will be charged and added to the docket as investigations continue. We will be led by the direction the investigation takes,” National Prosecuting Authority spokeswoman Phindi Mjonondwane told the court.

Illegal mining is rampant in many parts of South Africa, such as Gauteng and Free State provinces, where miners dig for gold deposits in disused and abandoned mine shafts. Miners hold gold illegally and often operate in heavily armed syndicates, according to local reports.

Various community and political organizations protested outside the court where the men appeared on Wednesday, demanding that the suspects be denied bail and that the government address the scourge of gender-based violence in South Africa.

Home loans will cost more as mortgage company HDFC raises lending rates by 25 basis points

Home loans are now more expensive for new and existing customers according to a 25 basis point increase in the benchmark lending rate announced by mortgage lender HDFC Ltd. The price increase has been effective since August 9.

The main housing loan company had raised the lending rate by 25 basis points on August 1, making the recent hike the second for this month.

The world’s largest home finance company said in a statement that it will increase its retail prime rate (RPLR) on home loans by 25 basis points effective August 9, 2022, on which its rate home loans (ARHL) are calibrated.

The move came after the RBI hiked key interest rates by 50 basis points, taking the repo rate to 5.40%, in its latest monetary policy announcement in a bid to contain rising interest rates. price.

Over the past three months, HDFC has implemented a total of six increases. Since May of this year, the rate has risen by a total of 140 basis points.

Rates would increase by 25 basis points for current customers (0.25%). For its loans to current customers, HDFC uses a three-month term. As a result, loans will be updated to a subsidized loan rate based on each customer’s down payment date.

In line with the RBI’s monetary tightening since May, financial institutions are going wild with interest rate hikes.

Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company Unveils Hall of Fantasy League Season 2

CANTON, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (“HOFV” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: HOFV, HOFVW), the only resort, entertainment and media company focused on the power of professional football, is delighted to share details about Season 2 of the Hall of Fantasy League (“HOFL”), the first national fantasy football league available to the millions of fantasy football fans nationwide!

Season 2, featuring the NFL’s all-time greatest rusher Emmitt Smith as commissioner, introduces a new format that combines the two most esteemed elements of fantasy sports – a season-long competition and contests. DFS-style weeklies. HOFL Season 2 is open to anyone 21 or older in the United States, is free to play, and features a cash prize pool totaling $75,000. The Season 2 Live Draft will take place at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 14, 2022. WWE’s The Bump host Matt Camp will host the HOFL live stream event onsite at the Hall of Fame Town. The draft will also air live on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports (ch. 87) and can be viewed on the Hall of Fantasy League YouTube channel.

This season, HOFL has expanded to 12 national franchises – all with General Managers who are leading professional fantasy football experts. Joe Dolanwho served as general manager of the defending champion Atlanta Hot Wings last season, is returning this year, as is Melissa Jacobs (Denver Mile Highs), Josh Hayes (New York Bodega Cats), Jeff Ratcliffe (Philadelphia Powderkegs), Scott Engel (Seattle Haze) and Jeff Mans (Vegas Pocket Kings). New managers for this season include Mark Blook aka “Dr Roto” (Boston Barflies), Stephie Petits (Chicago Hogmollies), Lindsay Rhodes (Green Bay Winter Mist), Marcas Grant (Los Angeles Acolytes), Lawrence Jackson Jr. (New Jersey Council Walkers) and Matt Harmon (Goats of Ohio).

To play, participants sign up and then pledge allegiance to their favorite franchise (“Huddle”), giving them exclusive access to the team’s GM’s insights and advice that they can leverage into their own game. In Week 1 of the NFL season, entrants select players based on eight tiers that they believe are best positioned to be among the top performers in a tier each week – called “legendary rosters.” Points from legendary formations are combined, creating a weekly score, and participants choose new legendary formations each subsequent week. Participants can “double” points when a player from their legendary formations is also part of their clique.

“These unique contest formats provide an experience that allows everyone – regardless of skill level – to participate in a truly innovative, exclusive and exciting community,” said Rob Borm, Executive Vice President of Games for HOFV. “The HOFL experience for fans will be unlike any other existing fantasy league.”

Registration for the HOFL Season Contest will be open until September 8, 2022, but participants can still play in the weekly format throughout the HOFL season. More information on the league’s rules and terms and conditions can be found at www.theHOFL.com.

About Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company

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Barenaked Ladies will perform at the Morris | New

SOUTH BEND – The Morris Performing Arts Center has announced that the headliner of Morris 100 Fest will be Barenaked Ladies. The concert will close “Best. Week. Ever”. and Morris 100 Fest on October 1.

Over 33 years, Barenaked Ladies have sold 15 million records worldwide and built an arsenal of hits such as “If I Had $1,000,000”, “One Week”, “Pinch Me” and “The Big Bang Theory Theme”.

In addition to the headliner on Saturday, the free two-day Morris 100 Fest will not only celebrate 100 years of the Morris Performing Arts Center being a staple in our community, but the completion of interior renovations in the first phase of the Morris 100 Fundraising campaign project.

The celebrations will host an entire block filled with two stages featuring a lineup of local and regional artists, a Ferris wheel, games and activities, food trucks, street performers, fireworks and more.

Free outdoor entertainment includes performances by: The Why Store, Blammo, Smash Kings, The 1985, Lalo Cura and Morris partners Southold Dance Theater and South Bend Symphony Orchestra

Barenaked Ladies will perform at 7:30 p.m. on October 1. The Bergamot will open the first concert back in the theater following the exciting completion of the Phase 1 renovations.

Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. this Friday. To purchase tickets for Barenaked Ladies, visit www.morriscenter.org. To find out more about the festival, visit www.morris100.org.

Inside making of ‘Bluey’ Season 3, coming to the US on Disney+

What makes “Bluey” so special?

The beloved animated preschool show about a 6-year-old Blue Heeler dog named Bluey, his younger sister, Bingo, his mother, Chilli, and his father, Bandit, returns for its highly anticipated third season Wednesday on Disney+.

After launching in Australia in 2018, “Bluey”, which is co-commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and BBC Studios, premiered on Disney Junior in September 2019. There are now “Bluey” toys and books “. “Bluey’s Big Game, a stage show, will begin its U.S. tour at Madison Square Garden on November 18. Earlier this year, a life-size Airbnb of the Heeler house was meticulously created in Brisbane. (One lucky family even got to stay the night.) And Lin-Manuel Miranda and Natalie Portman both lend their voices to episodes of the new season.

“It’s been magical five years, really,” says “Bluey” creator Joe Brumm.

Both popular and critically acclaimed, “Bluey” is arguably the best kids’ show currently on television. But what exactly sets it apart from the litany of children’s shows now available to viewers? What’s the secret sauce that makes “Bluey” exceptional?

When you pull back the curtain on the inner workings of the series, the answer becomes clear.

Workshop culture

As production wrapped in April on the show’s third season, The Times received a virtual tour of Ludo Studio in Brisbane, Australia, where the show is being produced from script to screen. The open-concept studio, which features exposed brickwork and wood-beamed ceilings, is dotted with “Bluey” memorabilia. There’s the little red wagon featured in the Season 1 episode “Wagon Ride,” the Airbnb house watermelon rug (the rest was donated), and the original melodica used to compose the “Bluey” theme. The shelves are lined with multiple awards (including the International Emmy Award) and a mammoth production schedule (“a train that doesn’t stop,” says Daley Pearson, executive producer and co-founder of Ludo Studio) is pinned to the wall.

It’s representative of the warm working environment Brumm cultivated on “Bluey,” inspired by his three years previously working on British animated series “Charlie and Lola.” “It was a wonderful atmosphere,” he says. “Great people, great project, great place. I wanted to do a show that was good and successful and fun, but the main thing I wanted was that feeling of return. It was about taking a new generation of animators and making them fall in love with being animators and making them realize that they had chosen very wisely in their careers. Because it’s a magical career.

The majority of Ludo’s staff have been with the show since its inception; many were promoted as the series progressed. “You really have to give the animators, the art directors, the designers the ability to create and put their own work into the show,” says director Richard Jeffery. “When you create that culture, amazing things happen. People can thrive that way.

Each seven-minute episode of “Bluey” takes four months to produce. There are four rotating teams working on an episode, with each team shifted by a week. Every Friday, the entire “Bluey” team comes together to screen episodes that are at various levels of completion. Every 10 episodes, they throw a milestone party, with themes like “superheroes,” “kings and queens,” and “the 80s.”

Lead animator Seb Powell, who leads one of the four animation teams, says these screenings are “vitally important”. “As creative people, you have to see your end product. You have to see what you earn and what your teammates earn,” says Powell. “When you don’t have that, you feel like you’re on a treadmill.”

They all credit Brumm for the tone. “Joe is the most laid-back, unassuming person I’ve ever met,” says Melanie Zanetti, who plays Chilli. “But at the same time, he is very clear in his vision and he also demands excellence. I think when you’re a team of people and you know you’re doing something wonderful, that energy is contagious.

A creative team of children's shows pose on a red carpet with an award.

The “Bluey” team with their 2022 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Children’s Show.

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Writing

Neither sweet nor sarcastic, the show’s cohesive tone is perhaps its greatest asset. “Each episode usually starts with something that I notice in my kids’ lives or in the lives of my wife and I that keep coming back,” says Brumm, who writes each episode.

Typically, an episode centers around a game that Bluey and Bingo are playing. “Play is a child’s first draft of life,” says Pearson. “That’s where you learn responsibility and compromise and all that hard and great stuff.”

Bandit and Chilli never seem to get tired of playing with their children. Charlie Aspinwall, executive producer and co-founder of Ludo Studio, says the show is “the perfect representation of patient parenting.” “If you had a perfect world with as much time as you wanted, you might be able to parent that way,” he adds.

The scenarios of the show are intimately linked. Perhaps the most beloved is the Season 2 episode titled “Sleepytime,” which won an international Prix Jeunesse award in June. In the episode, Bingo wants to put “a big girl” to sleep, meaning a sleep where she stays in her bed all night. In seven minutes, “Sleepytime” captures the musical beds that unfold during the night, as well as a nostalgia for growing up.

Surprisingly, Brumm names Dan Harmon’s comedy “Community” as one of his inspirations. “I just copied the way he structured his story,” he says. “It’s interesting how you can condense that into seven minutes. Sometimes your plot points just have to be one-shot.

Brumm counts the Season 2 episode “Bin Night,” where each week Bluey and Bingo help Bandit take out the trash and recycling bins while talking about their lives, among his favorite episodes. “It was written like a musical score,” he says. “I think that sums up what ‘Bluey’ is about: the rhythms of life and how good it is for kids to have those rhythms, young and old.”

“Bluey” also lets parents make mistakes, Zanetti says. “They apologize for what they did, and I just think she’s an amazing model,” she says. “Showing that being vulnerable is actually how you bond. I also love that mom and dad have equal amounts of domestic and emotional work. Bandit, for example, is regularly shown doing the laundry or helping to make the bed.

The show never frequents its young audience. “It doesn’t speak to them. He doesn’t try to teach them things. They learn through experience and play,” says Aspinwall. But he says you need “a bit of a grain in the oyster” to balance out the show’s inherent sweetness. So, for example, you see Bandit plunging the toilet and wondering “What are these kids eating?” in Season 1’s “Grannys.”

“‘Bluey,’ it was just that I was rejecting a lot of other shows and forming a little fence around her,” Brumm says. “I don’t care what’s been done before, because when I watch children’s TV, most of the time I want to turn it off. “

A cartoon dog holding an umbrella in the rain

“Bluey” draws scenarios from intimately relatable experiences. Here, Bluey is trying to use her umbrella to stem the spray of rainwater.

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The look of the show

With animation, everything is intentional – nothing happens, says Pearson. It takes a lot to give a cartoon dog show a sense of authenticity.

The show’s color palette, which producer Sam Moor describes as “a vibrant pastel”, captures the light in Australia. “I wanted ‘Bluey’ to be when you see it, you say ‘Hey, it’s ‘Bluey’,” Brumm explains. “The main thing is that we have the blue and orange from Bluey and Bingo. I think those two colors kind of caught on in Australia.”

The series also has a special effects department. It makes the splashing water in “The Creek,” the falling building blocks in “Daddy Robot,” and the splashing mud in an upcoming Season 3 episode feel real. “We do anything that adds a kind of realism to their world,” says host Nicole Clowes. “We’re the garnish of the show, the sauce on your sundae.”

The sound of the show

As sound designer, Dan Brumm, Joe’s brother, creates the soundscape for the show. “This show is very naturalistic and very organic,” he says. “I try to make everything feel as real as possible so that kids and their parents are kind of immersed in that world.”

No sound is produced. Brumm, who also voices the character Uncle Stripe, travels around Brisbane with his microphone to capture the distinct sounds of children playing on a playground, sliding down a slide or swinging in a swing. For “Wagon Ride”, Brumm borrowed his brother’s little red wagon and recorded as he wheeled his two daughters around. “They make a pretty unmistakable noise,” he says. “I try to put myself and my family in the sounds that I create.”

A family of cartoon dogs in their living room

Bluey and Bingo are playing when they realize mom and dad are cleaning up, so they try to run away until mom freezes them.

(Ludo Studio)

Composer Joff Bush scores each episode, rarely using the same music twice. “During a seven-minute episode, we’ll be talking for hours,” Bush said. “We talk about mythology. We talk a lot about what these stories are about, what perspective we’re going to come from with the characters. I probably spend more time on a seven-minute episode than when I worked on an album. There’s a lot of attention to detail.”

Bush, who plays Busker, is particularly interested in the musical dramaturgy of post-war Japanese cinema. “There is a way to stop your readers,” he laughs. But it uses the same “character seeding” technique popular in this genre. So, for example, if they want to emphasize Chilli’s storyline a bit more in a certain episode, they can seed a musical note played earlier in the episode. “One note could change the whole story,” he says.

All of this will be featured in the highly anticipated third season of the show.

“The theme for the season is, ‘Please don’t let this season be the season where everyone says it wasn’t as good as the season before,'” Brumm laughs. “The theme, as always, is play, and how play can help children grow into adults, helps them grow, helps them reunite a family, eases difficulties… In the end, that’s all that ‘Bluey’ is.”

Student loan bill calls for reform and end to PSLF program as alternative to Biden ‘program’

(NEXSTAR) – As President Biden says he’s gearing up to make a decision on student loans any day, a new bill proposed by Republican lawmakers could upend any measures Biden could take.

Calling it a “responsible alternative to Biden’s general student loan program,” three representatives — House Republican conference chairwoman Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.), Republican education and labor committee leader Virginia Foxx (RN.C.) and Republican Review Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-Ind.) — introduced a bill last week to reform the nation’s federal student loan system.

“The US student loan system is broken,” lawmakers said in a statement. joint release. “This bill fixes critical flaws in that system, so that higher education institutions no longer have an incentive to impose excessive debt on students for degrees that don’t pay off.”

The Reforms Act for Responsible Educational Assistance through Lending (REAL)or REAL Reforms Act, a five main axes.

Among the notable aspects is the proposed end of the Civil Service Loan Cancellation Program for new borrowers. Commonly referred to as PSLF, the program aims to erase student loan debt from certain public service workers who meet multiple requirements.

Lawmakers are also calling for protection for students, borrowers and taxpayers. They recommend ending the student loan repayment pause, which was originally initiated by former President Donald Trump at the start of the COVID pandemic and has since been extended several times.

The bill would revise the income-contingent repayment (IDR) plan and eliminate interest capitalization that “inflates” a borrower’s loan balance. Loan limits for borrowing and the end of uncapped borrowing for graduate students under the Grad PLUS program are also offered.

The legislation includes targeted student debt relief “for borrowers who need it most.” This includes borrowers who have made payments for several years but “saw their balances explode due to the Democrats’ ill-conceived repayment policies.”

Additionally, it aims to change the way Pell Grants can be used, particularly for “short-term, career-focused programs that provide valuable referrals for in-demand jobs.” The new Workforce Pell grant is expected to be used for programs that allow graduates to progress “rapidly and at a fraction of the cost” of a traditional college bachelor’s degree. Programs deemed less valuable might not have higher tuition fees than the increased income students get from attending.

Justin Draeger, president and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, said in a Release that the organization was “pleased to see thoughtful proposals [the House Republicans’] legislation” but was “alarmed” to see the PSLF on the block.

According to NASFAA, this bill incorporates certain aspects of the PROSPER Lawwhich Foxx introduced in 2017.

The Biden administration has proposed changes to the federal student loan system which include measures to discharge the loans of certain borrowers, limit interest capitalization rates and help borrowers working as public servants to obtain a forgiveness on their loans.

Other Democratic lawmakers have recently introduced student loan bills, particularly the PSLF program.

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) has proposed legislation that reduce the time it takes to get relief half through the PSLF program. Later, two New Jersey Democratic lawmakers presented a proposal that would make it easier for some civil servants previously ineligible for loan relief under the same program.

While there are a few sign student loan payment break could be extended again, and that some might see debt relief, the Biden administration’s plan remains mostly a mystery. Biden is expected to make a decision before the end of the month.

Hill’s Brad Dress contributed to this report.

Falling ticket sales halve company’s value to $785 billion

The Vue International Cinema chain cut its valuation by around half to around £650m ($785.6m).

The temperature reports that the company is being restructured under a deal that shielded it from a 130 million euro lawsuit in Germany and allowed fresh money to flow into operations. This follows last month’s announcement that Vue’s lenders will take control of the business, replacing former majority owners Alberta Investment Management Corporation and Omers (the two Canadian pension funds).

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Vue had a banner year in 2019, when it was valued at around £2billion, but the chain suffered huge losses in early 2020 as a result of Britain’s Covid lockdown, and later that year -there when studios hesitated to release big budget films like James Bond no time to die in cinemas.

by Christophe Nolan Principlereleased in August 2020, struggled to recoup its $205 million budget, although it recently enjoyed returns of $365.5 million.

This year promises to be brighter, driven by Tom Cruise’s return to fighter piloting in Top Gun: Maverick enjoying a global box office windfall of $1.28 billion so far, although cinema ticket sales are otherwise at 65% of pre-Covid figures – impacted by factors such as Disney’s decision to release titles such as Pixar turn red directly on the Disney+ streaming platform.

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THE DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS EVENTS CENTER PRESENTS DIRTY HEADS “LET’S GET IT KRAKEN 22” TOUR TONIGHT, SATURDAY, AUGUST. 6

Presented by Reggae Rise Up and Live Nite Events, Dirty Heads returns to the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center on Saturday August 6, with their “Let’s Get It Kraken 2022” tour.

Known for their hits ‘Vacation’ and ‘Lay Me Down’, Huntington Beach natives Dirty Heads bring an immersive experience to the music scene by blending hip-hop, rock and reggae, churning out top-notch SoCal tunes and… contagious grooves. Their latest single, “Life’s Been Good”, is their take on Joe Walsh’s 1978 hit – check it out here. With Grammy-winning SOJA, Tribal Seeds and The Elovaters, locals and tourists alike are invited to experience an evening of reggae fun under the sun with good vibes, good drinks and unparalleled sounds.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday August 6th. The event is for all ages. General admission tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.

For your convenience, the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center has partnered with the City of Las Vegas to offer plenty of parking options for event-goers at a discounted rate. To purchase parking for Dirty Heads, visit https://dlvec.com/parking

For more information on the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, visit https://dlvec.com

A well-done “Guess who’s coming to dinner” served at the Riverside | Arts & Theater

BY GAIL CHOOCHAN THE FREE LANCE-STAR

After the lighthearted “Nunsense” earlier this summer, Riverside is going for meatier fare with “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

The local performing arts center brings this beloved melodrama to the main stage in a thoroughly satisfying production, under the wonderful direction of Anita Gonzalez. It’s a powerfully moving and inspiring story about interracial love and family. Todd Kriedler’s adaptation of the iconic film is laced with raw honesty, along with frequent touches of humor, as it navigates the deep and uncomfortable conversations that arise when Joanna Drayton brings home her black fiancé, John Prentice, to meet his parents and get their blessing. . Their union catches everyone off guard, from his liberal parents, to his mother’s horrible assistant Christina, to his family’s longtime housekeeper, not to mention John’s own parents.

While “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” sounds dated with its 1967 mentality, its story about race relations still resonates today. Hard to believe it was last month – in 2022 – that the House passed the Respecting Marriage Act, protecting the rights of interracial and same-sex marriages, in a bipartisan 267-157 vote. Come on, love is love, friends.

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The film, featuring a screenplay by William Rose, was groundbreaking in its depiction of an interracial romance between a white woman and a black man at a time when such a marriage could not exist in 17 states. Within a year of its release, the Supreme Court released its landmark decision in Loving v. Virginia involving the Caroline County couple and struck down anti-miscegenation laws.

Full disclosure: I’ve never seen the Stanley Kramer classic starring Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, and that’s a good thing. It made it more exciting to see how this story unfolds in Riverside, without the constant comparisons to acting legends and the Oscar-winning film itself.

In the staging, the Drayton family’s spacious and inviting living room serves as the main setting for the play. Their well-appointed home, with envious views of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, was meticulously imagined by set designer Frank Foster and properties master/dresser Destiny Fauntleroy. And retro wardrobe pieces by Kyna Chilcot, lighting by Weston Corey and sound by J. Pat Bragg Jr. complete the atmosphere.

Riverside has recruited an exceptional cast, capable of directing Kriedler’s dense dialogue as well as handling the series’ dramatic and comedic undercurrents. The talents of all nine performers are maximized in this show, and even those late to the party – Crystal Henry Arful-Addoh and Neal Grace-Burks as John’s parents – get time to share their thoughts on the imminent marriage.

Marc D. Lyons makes a memorable Riverside debut as a handsome widowed doctor who has found love again. John is the picture of poise and sensitivity, but when pushed, audiences are made aware of a deeper emotional side to his character and gain insight into their own family issues. Rachel Pulley, who has appeared in several of the company’s productions, is a joy to see on stage with her character’s overflowing enthusiasm. The love shown during their dynamic exchanges is palpable, and you just want them to get their happily ever after.

Robert John Biedermann and Kathy Halenda take on the heavy roles of Matt and Christina Drayton. “I know the world as it really is there,” he says. As an overworked newspaper editor, Matt sees what happens every day and worries about what will happen to his daughter if this marriage goes through and what kind of life their children would have. Matt’s galvanizing words during a dramatic scene are one of the show’s most heartbreaking moments. And Halenda, an all-around Riverside favorite, is formidably associated with Biedermann as a stoic and fiercely supportive mother.

As the tough but caring housekeeper, Tillie, Nancy M. Crawley is lovely and she also gets the best one-liners. Tillie is very protective of Joanna, whom she watched grow up. She’s extremely suspicious about this new relationship, thinking John might be some kind of hustler, but like many characters on this show, there’s an opportunity to change hearts and minds.

And Alan Hoffman as Monsignor Ryan, and Matt’s golf buddy, brings a lot of levity to the tense situation and is seemingly the only one to embrace John immediately without reservation.

With heartfelt performances and a powerful message about love and family, this is “dinner” you want to sit down for.

Audition Dates Set For Sauk’s “Steel Magnolias”

Six women of varying ages are needed for The Sauk’s upcoming production of “Steel Magnolias.”

The action takes place in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the women who are “anybody” come to get their hair done. Aided by her passionate new assistant, Annelle (who doesn’t know if she’s still married or not), the outspoken and wise Truvy hands out free shampoos and advice to the town’s grumpy rich, Ouiser, (“I’m not mad , I’ve just been in a bad mood for 40 years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good old boy”.

Auditions will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16 and 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 at the Sauk Theater, 240 E. Chicago in Jonesville. The auditions will consist of cold readings of the script. No preparation necessary. Please bring a list of all conflicts from August 21 through October. 23. There are roles for six women (ages 19-70). Anyone 18 and older can audition for the production. Ron Boyle will direct.

Performances are October 13-15 and October 20-22 at 8 p.m. with matinees at 3 p.m. on October 16 and 23. All performances are at the Sauk Theater, 240 E. Chicago in Jonesville. All tickets are $8-$13. The October 13 performance is a preview of Pay What You Can. Preview tickets are not sold in advance. All senior tickets for the October 20 show are $5. Tickets are available at www.thesauk.org or by calling 517-849-9100.

“Steel Magnolias” is sponsored by Olivia’s Chop House and Saucy Dog’s Barbecue. The 2022 season is sponsored by Joyous Journey Photography. The 2022 media sponsor is WCSR Radio Hillsdale and The Dale 99.5 FM.

Jury in Alex Jones trial awards Sandy Hook parents $45 million more

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas jury on Friday ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay the parents of a child killed at the Sandy Hook school in 2012 by drawing $45.2 million in punitive damages for spreading the lie that they helped organize the massacre.

The jury announced its decision a day after awarding the parents more than $4 million in compensatory damages and after testifying on Friday that Mr. Jones and Free Speech Systems, the parent company of his disinformation outlet, Infowars, were worth $135 million for $270 million.

Mr Jones was found guilty last year of defaming the families of the victims while spreading false theories that the shooting was part of a government plot to confiscate Americans’ guns and that the families of the victims had been complicit in this scheme.

This week’s trial was the first of three to determine how much Mr Jones owes families for the suffering he caused, and the amount of the award is sure to be disputed. Jurors deliberated for about four hours before delivering Friday’s verdict.

Compensatory damages are based on proven harm, loss or injury and are often calculated based on the fair market value of damaged property, lost wages and expenses, depending on Cornell Law School. Punitive damages are intended to punish particularly injurious behavior and tend to be awarded at the discretion of the court, and are sometimes many multiples of a compensatory award.

The case decided this week was brought by Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son Jesse Lewis died in the attack in Newtown, Connecticut. It was the first to stem from several lawsuits filed by the victims’ parents in 2018.

“This is an important day for truth, for justice, and I couldn’t be happier,” Ms Lewis said in the courtroom after the verdict.

Before jurors began deliberating on punitive damages, Wesley Todd Ball, a lawyer for the family, told the jury that he had “the ability to send a message to everyone in this country and can – be this world to hear”.

“We’re asking you to send a very, very simple message, which is: stop Alex Jones,” he said. “Stop the monetization of misinformation and lies. Please.”

Mr. Ball had asked the jury for punitive damages of about $146 million, in addition to the $4 million in compensatory damages awarded on Thursday.

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How much Mr Jones will actually have to pay in punitive damages will certainly be the subject of legal action. Texas law caps punitive damages at twice compensatory damages plus $750,000.

But Mark Bankston, a lawyer for Mr Heslin and Ms Lewis, told reporters on Thursday the matter would likely end up in the Texas Supreme Court, and legal experts said there were disagreements over the constitutionality of the ceiling.

Mr. Jones’ attorney, F. Andino Reynal, said the punitive award would eventually be reduced to $1.5 million.

Mr Jones believes ‘the First Amendment is under siege and he is eager to continue the fight,’ Mr Reynal said after the verdict.

After the jury award, judge Maya Guerra Gamble also paved the way for another step that could prove problematic for Mr Jones.

Lawyers for the family had revealed during the trial that Mr Jones’ team had apparently inadvertently sent them a huge cache of data from Mr Jones’ mobile phone, and on Friday Judge Gamble said that she would not stand in the way of lawyers for Mr. Heslin and Ms. Lewis relaying the messages to law enforcement and the House Jan. 6 Committee.

The committee subpoenaed Mr. Jones to appear in its investigation into his role in planning the pro-Trump rally in Washington on January 6, 2021, which preceded the attack on the Capitol.

In the Sandy Hook defamation cases, a trial for damages in another lawsuit is set to begin next month in Connecticut, but could be delayed due to a bankruptcy filing last week by Free Speech Systems. Lawyers for the families criticized the move as another attempt by Mr Jones to protect his wealth and escape judgment.

The Texas case allowed plaintiffs to present testimony about Mr. Jones’ wealth and the operations of his businesses, which in addition to airing his shows make money selling merchandise.

Bernard Pettingill Jr., a forensic economist and former professor of economics at the Florida Institute of Technology, testified Friday as a witness for Mr. Heslin and Ms. Lewis that Mr. Jones “is a very successful man.”

Infowars averaged $53.2 million in annual revenue between September 2015 and December 2018, Pettingill said. Since then, there’s been a “nice healthy increase” in the company’s revenue, including sales of survival products and supplements, and it brought in nearly $65 million last year, it said. -he declares.

At one point, Mr. Jones was paying himself an average of $6 million a year, Mr. Pettingill said.

In its bankruptcy filing, Free Speech Systems reported $14.3 million in assets as of May 31, with $1.9 million in net income and nearly $11 million in product sales. Free Speech Systems also had nearly $79.2 million in debt, 68% of which was in the form of a note to PQPR Holdingsan entity that appoints Mr. Jones as manager.

Last year, after Mr Jones was found liable by default in the Sandy Hook cases, he began pumping $11,000 a day into the PQPR, Mr Pettingill said.

The ‘gigantic’ loan from PQPR, a shell company with no employees, is actually Mr Jones ‘using this note as a clawback to pay himself off’, Mr Pettingill said, although Mr Jones’ lawyer insisted that PQPR is a real business. . Another note will mature when Mr Jones turns 74 (he is now 48).

Mr Pettingill said he managed to track nine private companies associated with Jones, but had to piece together information in part because Mr Jones’ team resisted discovery orders.

“We can’t really put our finger on what he does for a living, how he actually makes his money,” he said.

“His organization chart is an inverted T, which means everything goes to Alex Jones. Alex Jones made all the big decisions, and I think Alex Jones knows where the money is,” Mr Pettingill said. “He can say he’s broke, he has no money, but we know that’s not right.”

Mr Reynal, Mr Jones’ lawyer, said in his closing statement on Friday that ‘we got no evidence of what Alex Jones actually has today, we got nothing of what FSS has today, what money they have, what assets they have to pay.

Mr. Jones and associates such as Genesis Communications Network, which helped syndicate his show for decades, claimed to be aware of the financial troubles, using the libel cases as an opportunity to implore fans to donate.

Mr Jones complained that his earnings had plummeted after he was banned from major social media platforms in 2018. Mr Bankston pushed back to court on Wednesday: ‘Well after your platform your numbers keep going up improve,” he said.

After Friday’s verdict, Ms Lewis stressed the importance of having had the opportunity during the trial to confront Mr Jones directly in the courtroom earlier in the week.

“I have to look him in the eye and I have to tell him the impact his actions have had on me and my family and not just us – all the other families in Sandy Hook, all the people who live in Sandy Hook, then the ripple effect that that has had around the world,” she said. “It was a cathartic moment for me.”

It was also significant, she said, that Mr Jones saw a video, shown in court, of Jesse alive, running through a field. “I think he was punished,” she said of Mr Jones. “I think he’s been held accountable, and I hope he really takes that to heart because at the end of the day, love is a choice, and what he says – lies, hate – it’s also a choice.”

Elizabeth Williamson reported from Austin, Tiffany Hsu of San Francisco and Michael Levenson from New York.

This military vet has the secret formula to becoming a great leader

When military veteran and business leader Phyllis Newhouse walks into a room, no one has to guess who’s responsible.

After spending 22 years working in cybersecurity and intelligence for the US military – where she served in the Pentagon and created the Cyber ​​Espionage Task Force – the trailblazer made a name for herself when she founded her own cybersecurity company in 2002, Xtreme Solutions.

As CEO of the 6,500-person company, his clients include the Defense and State Departments, Microsoft, Dell and other large corporations. But that was just the beginning for the serial entrepreneur.

In 2019, Newhouse and actress Viola Davis teamed up to launch ShoulderUp, a women-led influencer fund that aims to help women entrepreneurs access capital through a portfolio of media, technology and sports entertainment.

The following year, she co-founded and became CEO of a company called Athena, a Special Purpose Acquisitions Company (SPAC) that went public on the New York Stock Exchange, making her the only black female CEO. of a SPAC listed on the NYSE. In the wake of this success, she co-founded and now leads a second SPAC, ShoulderUp Technology Acquisition.

In 2021, Newhouse made history as the first black female CEO of an NYSE-listed SPAC, Athena Technology Acquisition Corp.
In 2021, Newhouse made history as the first black female CEO of an NYSE-listed SPAC, Athena Technology Acquisition Corp.Nicole Pereira/NYSE

It’s clear that Newhouse is an unstoppable force with a singular mission: to help women — especially women of color — tap into their potential and become leaders. To that end, she launched an online course, “Taking the Lead: The 11 Principles of Leadership,” which aims to share the lessons she learned throughout her military and business career.

The investment powerhouse recently spoke with Know Your Value contributor and “Morning Joe” reporter Daniela Pierre-Bravo about why it’s so crucial for women to recognize the value they bring to the world. work and how that translates into leadership opportunities.

Play your value card

“The one thing the military teaches leaders first is that in order to lead anything or any organization, you have to know who you are as a leader,” Newhouse told Pierre-Bravo. “It starts with knowing your value card.”

In his experience, that means identifying weaknesses before others, taking action to improve them, and focusing on the passions and strengths that help you stand out. “I was in the room and I asked the women, tell me what’s your value card…the thing you’re most passionate about, the thing you love doing,” Newhouse said. “By the time you figure it out…this value card will carry you across the room.”

And when it comes to women in leadership positions who feel a sense of isolation or alienation at the top, Newhouse sees that as a benefit, a value in itself. “You talk about being the only one – the only woman, the only vet, the only black one, the only Asian one,” she told Pierre-Bravo. “It’s what you do the moment you become the only one, the only one has the power and the privilege…to change the perspective of this room, so that you can change the dynamic of this room.”

Avoid the Valley of the Three Ds

According to Newhouse, the path from becoming a good leader to being a great one comes down to intentionality and regular reflection. “I think sometimes women just want to be good,” she said. “Great [leadership] is difficult because tall requires constant identity checks; you have to get up in the morning and say “Who am I today, who do I want to be?”

This includes acknowledging and dealing with the setbacks that often prevent women from advancing as leaders, which Newhouse admitted she knows all too well. “Don’t get stuck there because you might miss life’s greatest opportunity,” she said.

Newhouse suggested building a team of collaborators, mentors and professionals who can help solve these problems with their unique perspectives and skills. Conversely, she encouraged women to agree to coach and counsel their partners in exchange for a mutually beneficial relationship.

Share your ROCs

Over the past few years — and especially since the start of the pandemic — Newhouse has focused her influence as a great leader on empowering other women as entrepreneurs through mentorship and investment.

“We’re a long way from having a seat at the table,” Newhouse said. “We talked about moving the needle, well the clock has been broken for a long time so the needle will never move – when you have a level of success there is a deep responsibility to support others throughout their trip.”

At this point, Newhouse has a formula, and she suggested that’s all women need to be successful. This is called the ROC: Resource. Opportunity. Link.

“Just think, if Phyllis (for example) needed that connection that could change her whole life, are you willing to give her a connection,” she told Pierre-Bravo. “We tell women to use their ROCs, give your ROCs, and watch what comes back in your hand the next day.”

As an investment strategy, she says women in leadership positions can elevate others to positions of power. “We open up investment opportunities to all women because you can have all the money in the world, but you might not have access to that opportunity,” she noted. “Or you have a great opportunity but don’t have the capital to fund it – and if we brought those worlds together – that’s where we create opportunity and that’s where we’re most valuable to others.”

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Like businesses, churches grapple with growth and changing needs when evaluating capital projects

Here is the scenario:

A decades-old company tries to decide what to do with its aging headquarters amid changing market demands and new customer expectations.

Now, if instead of business, market, and customer, you substitute the words church, community, and members, then you begin to understand that churches face the same challenges as businesses in deciding when and how to adapt their buildings and their assets to meet changing needs. .

Legacy versus relevance

There is probably no better capital improvement project in the Greenville area that demonstrates how a church has had to deal with a whole range of considerations than First Presbyterian Church A $33 million construction program is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Founded in 1848 and deeded from the property it now occupies in 1850 by Vardry McBee when he laid out the original municipal core, the 3,000-member First Presbyterian Church is a downtown landmark at 200 W. Washington St. for generations.

Despite a population shift to the suburbs beginning in the 1960s, church leaders remained determined to remain actively involved in the inner city, according to David Dixon, a church elder and member for more than 35 year.

Dixon is also a senior architect in Greenville Craig Gaulden Davis, the company responsible for the First Presbyterian project. He says the building project was inspired in equal parts by an appreciation of the church’s heritage as an integral part of the downtown landscape, as well as a commitment to remain relevant and engaged with the downtown.

First Presbyterian Church. Rendered courtesy of Craig Gaulden Davis

“Looking forward, I think what (church leaders) see is such a vibrant, growing city and still a city that has a strong faith base,” Dixon said. “They really want to engage with the city of Greenville, engage with the people.”

To this end, the design team had to develop spaces that could fulfill several roles. The approximately 75,000 square feet of new construction needed to integrate seamlessly with the existing 150,000 square feet of the main sanctuary and adjoining family life center.

At the center of this goal is a courtyard facing West Washington Street that connects the original sanctuary to a new multi-story youth facility and arts center/auditorium that also incorporates a new gym into the second level.

This courtyard is meant to be open and welcoming to the public and will be bounded on one side by a private cafe that will also be open to the public, Dixon said. CGD architect Rebecca Wilson says incorporating such open space into the heart of the First Presbyterian campus underscores the church’s commitment to active participation in downtown life.

“They have a really amazing location downtown and they have a huge yard that could easily have been building space that they’re kind of giving back to the community,” says Wilson.

Dixon adds that with the church property comprising only about two blocks, planners wanted to accommodate a range of uses with the new buildings. The arts center includes a 1,000-seat auditorium that will be used for both worship services and performing arts performances. Between the upper level of the auditorium and the new sports hall is a gallery where works of art will be exhibited.

The ultimate vision for the arts center, Dixon says, is to engage the community in the visual and performing arts.

meet growth

Designing buildings that can meet the needs of performance space, whether through contemporary worship service or theatrical or musical performances, is a growing need among churches nationwide, according to Equip Studio Sims Key Founding Partner.

The Greenville-based design firm works with churches across the country and specializes in buildings and spaces to meet their needs and the communities they serve. Increasingly, churches need their buildings to meet a wide variety of needs and these designs now incorporate AVL — audio, visual, lighting — to achieve much of that versatility, Key says.

Churches are increasingly recognizing that their facilities have been underutilized and that upgrading them to fill more roles allows churches to expand the impact of their ministries within their communities, according to Morgan Reynolds, director of communications from Equip.

Reynolds says many of the company’s clients specify that they want a space “that works great for worship on Sunday mornings but does X, Y, and Z the other six days of the week.”

The stair tower of the First Presbyterian Church. Rendered courtesy of Craig Gaulden Davis

Like First Presbyterian with its arts center auditorium, churches across the country are increasingly using their places of worship to welcome and engage with surrounding communities.

“I think we’re seeing a lot more community-driven programs,” Reynolds says.

He adds that COVID has also prompted many churches to incorporate production space into their AVL upgrades as they look to expand their online ministries.

First Auditorium of the Presbyterian Church. Rendered courtesy of Craig Gaulden Davis

Church redefined

As communities grow and change, the churches that serve them also continue to change. Many churches, especially in suburban areas, now see an opportunity in converting empty big-box stores into worship and multi-purpose spaces, according to Key of Equip Studio.

Meanwhile, urban churches like Grace Church of Greenville face severe space constraints and must seek new ways to accommodate growth.

The church is now considering swapping a small parking lot adjacent to its downtown campus for two or three stories in a 10- or 11-story building that could be developed on the plot, according to Grace’s director of business operations Jeff Randolph. .

The Augusta Road Baptist Church is struggling with an aging building that would cost around $1 million just to restore it to full working order. Jhe historic congregation is now trying to find the balance between fulfilling its mission and being good stewards of its resources, according to Ed Zeigler, lead architect with Craig Gaulden Davis and Augusta Road member who is helping to develop a new master plan for the church.

“We have a 20th century facility and we’re trying to make a 21st century church,” he says.

The good news is that churches and their members are increasingly willing to try new approaches and creative solutions to meet changing needs.

“You always have to think about what’s next,” says Zeigler.

FilmOne wraps up filming on first original ‘Adire’

After a few weeks at various vintage locations in Ibadan, West Africa’s leading film company, FilmOne Entertainment, has wrapped filming and is now in post-production on its first original feature film, Adire. With the next few weeks scheduled for editing footage, sound and special effects, the film is set to have its world premiere soon.

Set in modern times with a touch of “vintage” Nigeria, Adire is a drama that captures the escapades of a young fashion entrepreneur (now a retired prostitute), who suffers the impact of a collision between the consequences of his adventurous past and a wasted present. by the toxicity of the wife of a judging clergy. It stars award-winning and iconic actresses, Kehinde Bankole (Adire) and Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi (Folasade) in lead roles and features other leading actors in supporting roles including Yvonne Jegede, Yemi Blaq, Femi Branch, Idowu ‘Iya Rainbow’ Philips, Ibrahim Chattah, Lizzy J, as well as Ifeanyi Kalu, Kelechi Udegbe, Mike Afolarin, Dami ‘Goldfish’ Ogunsi, Tomi Ojo, Layi Wasabi, Onyinye Odokoro, among others. The film is directed by acclaimed filmmaker, Adeoluwa ‘Captain Degzy’ Owu, and has Emmanuel ‘Cinemmaofficial’ Igbekele Odihiri as the cinematographer.

Adire is written by Jack’enneth Opukeme, one of the brilliant minds at FilmOne Entertainment. “Adire is a theatrical portrayal of the struggles of young women in today’s world, performed by actors who resonated with her message and were generous enough to allow their vulnerability to bring authenticity to her emotions. unreservedly, his humor and utter grandeur. I am grateful to the management of FilmOne Entertainment for giving me the opportunity to tell this very unique story, and I am sure it would leave audiences wanting more.” said Opukeme.

Kehinde Adire

FilmOne Producer and Head of Production Mimi Bartels expressed her satisfaction, “The film is professionally developed in-house and was a creative joy to work with. The cast and crew brought their A game, diligently helping to bring the story to life,” said Bartels, who is Nigeria’s highest-grossing producer in 2021.

“What we set out to achieve is to tell a culturally inspired and engaging story that would resonate with viewers of different works of life and demographics. With the amount of work that has gone into this, I predict it will be a household name, and we couldn’t be prouder,” she said.

Reflecting on the impact of the project, the director, Captain Degz, is enthusiastic: “Adire is the truth and therefore
much more. I really enjoyed working on this project and also learned some valuable life lessons.

Addressing ‘live and let live’, it promises to leave an imprint on your heart,” he said.

Producer, Barbara Babarinsa, admired the technical input in the development of the story: “Adire embodies an unconventional poetic dialogue that redefines the whole essence of storytelling. It is a relatable, culturally rewarding and timeless work of art. We gave everything for it; we did some magic,” she said.

FilmOne Entertainment is renowned for its co-productions in the recent past, with a filmography that includes several blockbuster and award-winning films, such as Aki & Pawpaw, Fate of Alakada, Ghost and The Tout Too – all written and co-developed in-house; Prophetess, The Wedding Party franchise and Sugar Rush, to name a few. Therefore, Adire is the first film produced solely by the company, imagined, developed and produced exclusively by its content team.

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FilmOne Entertainment co-founders and Adire executive producers Kene Okwuosa and Moses Babatope jointly expressed their satisfaction, “Over the years, we have engaged in production partnerships that have allowed moviegoers to enjoy the best on the big screen and in streaming. Therefore, to solidify our successes, we decided to tap into the abundance of talent and professionalism that makes up our production team to make our first original – a masterpiece for global audiences. Adire will long resonate with the standards of great storytelling,” they said.

Adire is just the first in FilmOne’s slate of originals set to shoot this year. Two other titles should be completed before the end of the year. Publicity and media engagements in preparation for the film’s release will begin in the coming weeks.

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ABOUT FILMONE ENTERTAINMENT

FilmOne Entertainment is an independent entertainment company focused on the distribution and production of film content, inside and outside Nigeria. We distribute and produce a wide range of consumer and commercial images, including international and indigenous films, and maintain strategic alliances and relationships with international studios and distributors.

The FilmOne team comprises West Africa’s most recognized professionals in film distribution, production, marketing and general consultancy, with a combined experience of over 50 years, acquired in the UK, in the United States of America and Nigeria.


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Factoring company’s legal dispute halts operations and puts drivers in a bind

Freight factoring is used by many drivers and aims to provide initial capital to run their businesses. However, as a large group of truckers recently learned, freight factoring is not without its risks.

On July 18, a temporary restraining order and injunction were filed on behalf of CoreFund LLC. The Waterford, Texas-based factoring company says bank accounts used to run the business were wrongfully frozen, essentially halting day-to-day operations.

The temporary freeze – which CoreFund said was the result of a disagreement between the two brothers who control their holding company and trust – has jeopardized the livelihoods of more than 350 customers. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association became involved in the case in an effort to help drivers.

“The role of factoring companies, including CoreFund, in financing these smaller trucking companies has become an important factor in mitigating some of the supply chain impact challenges facing industries across our country. “, say the court documents. “Many of these truckers who cannot obtain financing from CoreFund will be forced to park their trucks and close their doors because they cannot obtain financing from traditional sources or even other factoring companies.”

Additionally, CoreFund representatives say they were not made aware of the impending account freeze. No money has been paid to drivers who bill the company since July 18.

Lack of money is just one of the problems faced by drivers caught in the middle of legal wrangling. The problem is to make the problem worse of Privileges of the Uniform Commercial Code.

The Uniform Commercial Code is a comprehensive set of uniformly adopted state laws governing all business transactions in the United States. A UCC lien is used by lenders to establish a prior claim on a borrower’s assets, including the collateral used for the loan. Simply put, the lien protects lenders by making it easier to collect money owed if a borrower goes bankrupt or defaults on their loan.

Additionally, the lien prohibits the borrower from factoring charges with another company or obtaining collateral from multiple lenders. CoreFund holds UCC privileges on every contract that has considered charges with them. However, when the company’s operations came to a halt, privileges prohibited drivers from seeking the factoring services of another company to keep their business running. To make matters worse, no one was available from CoreFund to help drivers end the lien.

On July 27, OOIDA Executive Vice President Lewie Pugh made a statement to the court regarding the case. In the statement, Pugh highlighted the difficult position that CoreFund’s legal issues have placed drivers in.

“CoreFund’s failure to pay individual motor carriers under their contracts imposed an immediate hardship on motor carriers, preventing them from being able to pay their expenses necessary to keep their business operating,” Pugh said. “CoreFund’s inability to terminate its UCC privileges on motor carriers has caused further difficulties for motor carriers who are thus unable to enter into contracts with new factoring companies to keep their businesses going.”

In the statement, Pugh called on the court to immediately terminate UCC liens held by CoreFund, which would allow carriers to make alternative financing arrangements. Additionally, Pugh demanded that all outstanding debts be paid to the motor carriers.

Jim Jefferson, Director of OOIDA Business Services Department, followed the case closely. According to Jefferson, many drivers had to park their trucks while they waited for the case to be resolved.

“There are truckers who are closed and cannot operate at the moment because not only do they owe them money according to their contract, but because that money has been paid, they have no funds to continue to operate,” Jefferson told Land Line. “They can’t pay their fuel bills, so they can’t get fuel. Essentially they are closed and cannot operate because CoreFund is closed. »

The first step towards resolution has been taken. On July 28, the court appointed Timothy Hassenger as receiver of CoreFund Capital.

According the Security and Exchange Commission, a receiver is a neutral third party appointed by the court to protect property belonging to a person being sued. The court grants the receiver powers over the property that generally include taking legal control and protecting the assets. Additionally, the receiver is responsible for filing claims on behalf of the entity and distributing assets to defrauded investors, plaintiffs, or creditors through a court-approved plan.

Essentially, by appointing a receiver for CoreFund Capital, the company can return to factoring charges for drivers as soon as possible. On August 1, the receiver told the courts it could take up to two weeks to get the company back on its feet. According to Jefferson, since the afternoon of August 3, money owed to drivers during the account freeze has not been paid.

A number of OOIDA members were among the drivers affected by the closure. OOIDA President Todd Spencer said members play an important role in alerting the Association to issues facing drivers.

“Our members are our eyes and ears on the front line of almost all trucking, both good and bad,” Spencer said. “Having a direct link to the problems that need to be solved allows us to be better informed to find the best solution. Truckers have always been absolutely essential to our entire country. Anything that harms those behind the wheel needs to be addressed.”

In addition to OOIDA’s role in legal proceedings, the association’s business services department has been working to help truckers get back on the road.

Jefferson said the department distributes application forms that drivers can submit to CoreFund Capital’s receiver. The application asks CoreFund:

  • File a UCC-3 termination with the Texas Secretary of State and provide confirmation of filing.
  • Provide carriers with a general revocation of its existing assignment notices on company accounts receivable that carriers can pass on to their customers.
  • Provide a commitment that CoreFund will not seek redress or pursue any legal remedy against the carriers’ business as a result of their decision to leave CoreFund because “the recent closure of CoreFund frustrated my ability to run my business”.

While factoring can be seen as a “necessary evil” for some drivers — providing the capital needed to run their business — Jefferson says the Association doesn’t recommend truckers go this route.

“We try to steer members away from factoring companies when we talk to them all the time because of the commitments involved in this UCC,” Jefferson said. “When you transfer all your customer accounts to a third-party company, anything can happen at this point.”
One suggestion he makes to drivers looking for faster pay is to look for brokers who offer quick payout options. While brokers will charge a fee for quick-pay loads, Jefferson says the percentage is usually about the same rate a factoring service would charge. However, unlike factoring companies, prompt payment charges do not involve the same financial commitment from the driver, allowing them to negotiate loans with whomever they see fit. LL

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Governor Newsom’s Courts Tout California as a ‘Free State’

Amid outcry over anti-abortion laws in Hollywood, California Governor Gavin Newsom is urging studios to do business in California.

“Now more than ever, you have a responsibility to take stock of your values ​​— and those of your employees — when doing business in these states,” Newsom says in a political ad published in Variety. “So to those who have the power to decide where to film, where to hire, where to open new offices, we in California say, walk like this.”

The comments mark Newsom’s latest effort to tap into growing concerns raised by Hollywood talent and workers about states that have passed tougher abortion laws following the Supreme Court’s June ruling in quash Roe against Wade, who had organized abortions as a constitutional right.

Newsom, who is running for re-election, called out red heads of state for their positions on gun control, abortion and education.

In Georgia, the law prohibits abortions when the fetus has a detectable heartbeat, which can take place as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. Georgia has hosted many Hollywood productions including ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’, ‘Family Feud’ and ‘Stranger Things 4’.

Last week, hundreds of TV showrunners and writers, including Shonda Rhimes and Ava DuVernay, expressed their concerns in a letter to Disney, Netflix and other studios, asking them for details on how they would support the pregnant workers who work in low-income states. right to abortion.

“Currently, anyone who is pregnant working on one of your productions in states that have criminalized abortion is doing so at great risk,” according to a letter the group sent to Netflix.

Studios including Netflix and Disney have said they will reimburse out-of-state travel for full-time employees who work where abortion care is limited.

In her statement, Newsom touted the benefits of working in California instead of states like Oklahoma and Georgia that have restricted abortion rights. He also expressed support for legislation that would extend the state’s film and television tax credit program through 2030 and invest $1.65 billion in the program, which is funded through 2025.

“Expanding this program will help ensure that California’s world-class entertainment industry continues to drive economic growth with good jobs and a diverse and inclusive workforce,” Newsom said in the release.

California competes with states, including Georgia, that offer lucrative financial incentives for Hollywood productions. A recent report by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation estimated that California lost nearly $8 billion in economic activity and 28,000 jobs due to moving productions out of state.

California Film Commission executive director Colleen Bell said she believes “working with and supporting a state that violates fundamental freedoms is contrary to the core values ​​of the industry.”

“More than ever, California offers the best value and values,” Bell said in a statement.

Editor Anousha Sakoui contributed to this report.

Tuscaloosa Council Approves Design Phase of Saban Center, Event Venue

The Tuscaloosa City Council frequently deals with big numbers, and Tuesday’s meeting was no exception, with approvals of more than $1.4 million each for McWright’s Ferry Road improvements and Jack Slope Stabilization. Warner Parkway, both passed quickly and unanimously.

But tens of millions could rise as the city moves toward completing another pair of major works, passing a resolution Tuesday night backing a move to “design phase services” for the Saban Center and Tuscaloosa Event Center. offers.

“I’m willing to bite one at a time, but I can’t do both. No,” District 4 Councilman Lee Busby said in the only dissenting vote against moving to the design phase.

The former will become a state-of-the-art, interactive learning center offering science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, with added theater and outdoor recreation, created on and around the site of which has been for about 20 years. Tuscaloosa News.

Councilman Lee Busby cast the only vote against a resolution supporting the move to

The latter is a proposed convention, sports and events center designed to fill a gap in the city’s ability to attract events. Hired in 2020, the Johnson Consulting Group out of the Chicago study took longer than expected, due to the pandemic. The city’s $110,000 contract urged the group to gather data on the feasibility of a site and, if necessary, consult on size, scope and location, in conjunction with Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports. , West Alabama Chamber of Commerce and Tuscaloosa County. Parks and Recreation Authority.

The other six councilors voted a quick yes.

“The resolution passes, congratulations. We’ll move on to the next step,” said Mayor Walt Maddox, who has advocated for the center’s creation since passing his Elevate Tuscaloosa plan in 2019.

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District 5 Councilman Kip Tyner was also clearly pleased and eager, adding “…I’m a big advocate for 30,000 square feet for this event center….”

District 7’s Cassius Lanier said “…this is a great investment, and we look forward to all of Tuscaloosa realizing that the possibilities are great for our district, and we’re looking to get everyone on board, so that we can make this dream a reality.”

Norman Crow, elected in March 2021 to represent District 3, said it was important for the community to know that due diligence was done. “We’ve had a bunch of work sessions. We’ve done a lot of extra miles, in my opinion…Overall, I think this will transform our community.”

District 2’s Raevan Howard spoke, as the second-senior council member, about the long history behind planning the event center. “From the time we first introduced Elevate until tonight, the hard work seems to be paying off. … Our families and children need and deserve so much more, and I’m very excited about this moment.”

The Saban Center will be a state-of-the-art, interactive learning center offering science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, as well as theater and outdoor recreation.

The mayor praised members of the business community who have stepped up to support Elevate and promised the center would present happy challenges for Kelsey Colglazier Rush, who recently took over as CEO and President of TTS, after Don Staley’s retirement last month. .

“Our goal is to get you so busy filling hotel rooms that you’ll need more and more resources, which we will have. So good luck,” Maddox said.

“It’s a historic night, and I want to thank everyone for playing a part in this… Congratulations to Tuscaloosa.”

Filling of hotels

Johnson Consulting weighed in favor of a venue of 20,000 square feet or more, with potential lounging areas, located on at least 2 acres of land, but ideally 5 acres, also ideally built near the current hotel cluster and coming from downtown.

Estimates indicate that such a venue could help fill an additional 30,000 hotel rooms each year, by hosting large-scale basketball or volleyball tournaments; cheering, dancing, gymnastics and weightlifting events; or what Johnson called “something unique,” like competitive video game tournaments, which ring strong in college markets. The venue could also contain more traditional meeting and ballroom spaces, as well as space for a variety of entertainment.

Johnson’s findings suggested a market gap between 12,000 square foot and 70,000 square foot venue sizes, which a Tuscaloosa Event Center could fill. The consultants also suggested “leveraging our existing assets”, such as PARA’s Bowers and Sokol Parks, and the Phelps Center, in support of the event facility.

Once proposed with a planned budget of $60 million, the Tuscaloosa Events Center was more recently reduced to $43 million, with the $17 million difference going toward land purchase, engineering and the design of the Saban Centre, and the planning and construction of the River District. Park, the outdoor component of the Saban Center, currently under construction. But the final costs are not yet determined.

The challenge, according to the consultants, would be to gain a foothold in an already saturated sports venue market, such as the Finley Center in Hoover and the Crossplex in Birmingham.

“There are so many indoor sports venues in our driving time now that we may find it difficult to break into the market,” said the consultant’s summary. “However, if we are determined, we can certainly leverage our unique strengths and offerings to pursue new business.”

Carthage Voters Reject New Performing Arts Center | New

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Carthage School District voters have rejected a proposal that would have allowed the district to borrow $18 million to build a new performing arts center on the Carthage High School campus.

The vote was 2,474 to 2,238, with 52.5% voting in favor of the bond issue. The measure needed a majority vote of 57.1% to pass.

A vote for the proposal would have extended the district’s 83-cent debt service tax for two years, from 2040 to 2042, to allow the district to repay bonds and build a center that includes the new auditorium and meeting rooms. enlarged classrooms for the vocal music, orchestral and theater departments.

This, in turn, would have created more space at Carthage High School by allowing the district to turn the oversized spaces currently used by these programs into classrooms.

The district held two information meetings, one on August 25 and one on June 28, to spread the word and answer questions about the bond issue.

Carthage Superintendent Mark Baker told voters at those meetings that the current auditorium is about 40 years old and no longer meets the needs of the high school students who use it.

Baker said the new auditorium would have had 1,250 seats compared to 800 in the current auditorium, but the new classrooms were what differentiated the performing arts center from just an auditorium.

“An auditorium is a room where the event takes place,” Baker said. “A performing arts center takes everything into consideration, your classrooms, your workshops, all rolled into one. You have the auditorium and you have everything that goes into the auditorium, it’s a performing arts center. It’s more than just a room.

Separate classrooms and storage areas for orchestra, choir and theater programs will be constructed at the rear of the auditorium, giving each class direct access to the auditorium stage.

He said a performing arts center, located in the heart of the 80-acre campus, has been part of plans to build the land since they were drawn up in 2006. It’s one of the last two missing elements of that overall plan. from campus, the other being a baseball diamond on the northeast corner of the lot.

Baker had said the district would raise between $2 million and $4 million in private donations to complete the installation, which he said would likely cost between $20 million and $22 million.

The first donation was announced in 2020 when the family of John O. (Pat) and Carolyn Phelps said they would donate $750,000 to the project in exchange for the facility’s naming rights.

Will the student loan payment break be extended again?

(NEXSTAR) – Federal student loan borrowers have not been required to make a payment on their loans since March 2020. With less than a month to go until the payment pause ends, will borrowers see another extension of the Biden administration?

While it’s clear that President Biden is approaching some sort of decision on student loans, it’s unclear what that decision will entail. Last week, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden would make a decision on student loan repayments, but that she would “let him speak”. Biden said the move would come before the end of August, when the current payment moratorium is expected to end.

Lawmakers and advocates have called on the Biden administration to extend the payment pause, which also suspends collection of delinquent loans and freezes interest rates at 0%.

More than 130 organizations recently sent a letter to Biden urging him to extend payment break until after proposed adjustments to revenue driver repayment plans have been processed. At the end of last week, a group of Democrats called the Biden administration to extend the pause because restarting payments could hurt Americans already facing rising costs.

This comes as student loan servicers have one would have said to wait over sending billing statements before the last day of the payment pause, which sparked speculation that Biden could once again extend the pause.

Others pointed to November’s midterm as a reason for the Biden administration not only to push back the deadline for suspending payments, but also to write off student loan debt. The Biden administration floated the idea of canceling $10,000 per borrowerwith the possibility that there is may be restrictions based on income or type of degree.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Education says The Hill late last month that they “will continue to assess the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economy on student borrowers.”

“We will communicate directly with borrowers on the end of the payment pause when a decision is made,” the spokesperson added.

As it stands, federal student loan borrowers should plan to begin repayments in September.

According to Department of Education, when the pause is over and at least 21 days before a payment is due, your loan servicer will send you a statement or notice. This will include how much you owe and when exactly it is due. Your loan manager may already have an estimated payment amount and due date for you. More details on how to prepare for the end of the payment break can be found here.

In the meantime, you may want to check your eligibility for student loan forgiveness. About 1.3 million borrowers have seen $26 billion in student debt forgiveness since President Biden took office.

This includes thousands of borrowers who have benefited from debt cancellation under the revamped PSLF program and 690,000 other borrowers who saw a total of $7.9 billion in student loans wiped out through releases due to borrower defense and school closures. More than 400,000 borrowers have received more than $8.5 billion in debt forgiveness through total and permanent disability release.

The Biden Administration agreed to cancel $6 billion in federal student debt for approximately 200,000 borrowers as part of a proposed class action settlement. Borrowers say their college defrauded them and their requests for relief from the Department of Education have been delayed for years.

WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT, INC. (NYSE: WWE)

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New York, New York – Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationally recognized investor rights law firm, is investigating whether members of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ( “WWE” or the “Company”) (NYSE: WWE) breached their fiduciary duties in connection with alleged sexual misconduct by former WWE Chairman and CEO Vincent McMahon. McMahon temporarily stepped down as CEO and Chairman of WWE in mid-June amid an investigation into the alleged misconduct. The the wall street journal reported that McMahon had agreed to pay more than $12 million over the past 16 years to suppress allegations of sexual misconduct and infidelity. McMahon resigned from the company on July 22, 2022 and is under investigation by the board.

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Scottsdale Police to Hold Training Event in Old Town | Arizona

(The Center Square) – A popular Scottsdale nightlife spot will become a mass casualty preparedness training site.

Scottsdale residents should be aware of the Scottsdale Police Department’s Mass Event Training on August 3, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Cake Nightclub in Scottsdale’s Old Town Entertainment District.

“The purpose of the training is to give our officers the opportunity to continue training their response to a mass casualty event, such as an active shooter, in a realistic environment. The scenarios are created to be a learning environment for our officers and Riot Hospitality Group employees,” the department said in a statement.

Besides Cake Scottsdale, Riot Hospitality Group operates Clubhouse Maya and Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row. They also run restaurants such as The District, Farm & Craft and El Hefe. Alongside Caesar’s Palace, they recently began construction of Seven, a hotel project in Scottsdale Fashion Square.

The training is organized in light of various mass shootings at entertainment venues in the past, such as Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. In Scottsdale, various schools and businesses were the target of threats from an unknown caller in April. Although the messages ended up being empty threats from a man in the UK, the city took the matter seriously, leading to the man’s arrest by the police department from Manchester.

According to FEMA, common targets for mass casualty events include locations easily accessible to the public, soft targets, high employee turnover rates, and abnormal business hours: all aspects of a entertainment.

Los Angeles, 1992′ back on the LA stage – Pasadena Star News

The ‘beat of society’ has been a vast social wasteland for the past couple of years and, like most of us, I have become accustomed to the angst that dominated our way of life during the time of the COVID. Yet somehow we manage to survive. This column is a testament to Angelenos’ irrepressible dedication to improving life in Southern California.

Three decades after its world premiere at the Mark Taper. Forum, Anna Deveare Smith’s “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” will return to the Mark Taper Forum as part of Center Theater Group’s 2022-23 season.

Originally performed solo by Smith, the work was redesigned for a cast of five actors.

“Anna’s piece introduced us to the individuals who shaped, responded to, and were touched by a pivotal moment in LA’s past,” said CTG CEO Meghan Pressman. “No production in our history has lit up our city like this.”

Scheduled for March 2023, the play drew on more than 350 interviews with Angelenos to explore the simmering tensions that sparked the Los Angeles riots following the acquittal of LAPD officers charged in the Rodney King police brutality case. .

COMING

Mike Birbiglia (photo by Joan Marcus)

WEDNESDAY: The Center Theater Group presents “The Old Man and the Pool” by Mike Birbiglia. The Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center. Performances continue until August 28.

AUGUST 9: Center Theater Group presents “The Prom.” The Ahmanson Theater at the Music Center. Performances continue until August 28.

AUGUST 13-14: The Mount Wilson Observatory launches “Arts at the Observatory”, an ongoing program of arts at Mount Wilson, featuring “Within Sound: The Acoustic Sculpture of Michael Brewster”, in the telescope dome of 100 inches. 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

AUGUST 14: Pacific Chorale presents a free Choral Festival community concert. Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa. .

AUGUST 27: San Marino Motor Classic presents Symphony of Cars Gala and Automotive Fine Arts Society Art Exposition from 4-6 p.m. Free entry. Gala: 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $275. The gala will benefit the cancer support community. Lacy Park, San Marino. www.sanmarinomotorclassic.com.

AUGUST 28: San Marino Motor classic with over 450 classic cars. The auto show will support the Pasadena Humane Society and the Rotary Foundation of San Marino. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lacy Park, San Marino. www.sanmarinomotorclassic.com.

AUGUST 28: A Noise Within kicks off its season with Peter Hall’s musical adaptation of George Orwell’s satire, ‘Animal Farm’. Performances continue at the A Noise Within Theater in Pasadena through October 2.

AUGUST 28: Chamber Music LA presents “Music Box LA,” a landmark concert celebrating the city’s vibrant chamber music scene. Zipper Hall at Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles. 3 p.m.

SEVEN. 9: Pacific Opera Project presents a 1950s-inspired production of Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love.” The El Portal Theater, North Hollywood. Performances continue until September 18. pacificoperaproject.com.

SEVEN. 13: Center Theater Group presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical, “Oklahoma.” The Ahmanson Theater at the Music Center. Performances continue until October 16.

Lina Gonzalez-Granados (Photo: Courtesy of LA Phil)
Lina Gonzalez-Granados (Photo: Courtesy of LA Phil)

SEVEN. 17: LA Opera opens its 37th season with Donizetti’s ‘Lucia de Lammermoor’, conducted by Lina Gonzalez-Granados in her debut as resident conductor. Performances continue at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion until October 9.

SEVEN. 21: Center Theater Group presents “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe”. The Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center. Performances continue until October 23.

OCT. 1: Celebrating the Gooden Center’s 60th Anniversary Gala. The Gambling House in Pasadena.

OCT. 1: “An Evening with Motown”. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.

OCT. 7: Ballet Hispanico celebrates its 50th anniversary with “Noche de Oro”. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.

OCT. 9: “Sunday Funday”, a series of free, family-friendly dance, music and theater experiences. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.

OCT. 13: Mambo Kings and Camile Zamora present “Havana Nights”. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.

OCT. 15: The Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena hosts its annual “Black Tie and Burgers” gala, celebrating the club’s 85th anniversary.

OCT. 15: “Phoenix”, Stewart Goodyear’s first piano concert in Wallis. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.

OCT. 15: Pacific Chorale opens its 2022-23 season with Durufle’s ‘Requiem’ and Jocelyn Hagen’s ‘Les Cahiers de Léonard de Vinci’. Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa.

OCT. 16: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor and the West Coast premiere of Shelley Washington’s “Both.” Alex Theatre, Glendale. 7 p.m.

OCT. 16: A Noise Within continues its fall season with August Wilson’s “Radio Golf.” Performances continue at the A Noise Within Theater in Pasadena until November 13.

OCT. 21: “Body Traffic”, a contemporary dance performance. e Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.

John Irving (AP file photo)
John Irving (AP file photo)

OCT. 23: An evening with author John Irving. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.

OCT. 27: “Falling Out of Time”, musical adaptation by composer Osvaldo Golijov of David Grossman’s novel. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.

OCT. 22: LA Opera presents the West Coast premiere of “Omar” by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels. Performances continue at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion until November 13.

NOV. 5: The Methodist Hospital Foundation will honor Paul Rusnak at its 33rd annual Crystal Ball. Proceeds will support the purchase of the Da Vinci surgical robotic system for the hospital. Pasadena Convention Center.

NOVEMBER 6: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents “Echoes of Austria” with works by Barber, Ligetti, Schubert and Brahms. Zipper Hall, The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles.

NOV. 19: Soprano Angel Blue makes her Los Angeles Opera debut in Puccini’s Tosca, conducted by Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv. Performances continue at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion until December 10.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo (file photo by Rick Diamond, Getty Images for IEBA)
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo (file photo by Rick Diamond, Getty Images for IEBA)

NOV. 22: “Invincible – The Musical” with music by Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills. Performances continue until December 17.

Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle struggled to produce content

All in all, Prince Harry’s opening speech on July 18 at the United Nations to celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day was a decent strike, both for the prince, for the Mandela Foundation which invited him and for the UN. The prince took great pains to outline the details of the great man’s monumental 27-year incarceration, generously quoting Mandela, with, as always, a nod to the prince’s mother, Diana, whose acquaintance with Mandela was sincere. Harry mentioned the photo of Diana and Mandela together, laughing, at ease in each other’s presence during a meeting in 1997, a photo given to Harry by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, which Harry has said to have “on my wall and in my heart”. Even though Harry remained focused on the subject of the man, the message was that his mother was always with him, and with us.

The prince listed many of the current crises facing Africa, from the historic drought in the Horn of Africa to the work of his own charity supporting children orphaned by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana, Sentebale. He kept the big issues in mind, the most important of which was Mandela’s global reach and relentless activism. This was Harry at his best, straight arrow, heart on his sleeve, telling us what he was thinking.

He concluded with these words: “Let us seek what we have in common, let us empower all to claim our democracies and harness the light of Mandela’s memory to illuminate the way forward. Unapologetically idealistic, with a large dollop of that extreme ease of connecting to everyone, you’d almost think Harry Mandela’s International Day speech was a bit of old Harry, before his abrupt and publicly bitter departure from 2019- 2020. British monarchy and his family. In a weird way, the speech kind of served as proof that that other, quirky, charming Harry – the one who can effortlessly merge the personal and the political – somehow still exists.

Except. While we can say that every man now has overhead, Prince Harry has overhead, including his wife and family now that he is no longer a member of the royal family. Meghan Markle may have some cash stashed away from her years in Canada as a TV actress and lifestyle blogger, and hopefully she will. But, either way, that amount won’t even bear the freight of her sizable carbon footprint, like the private jets she’s taken to and from the Queen’s Jubilee in June, or even the prodigious staff shelling the “content” for Archewell’s entertainment and media weapons. On the surface, at least, there’s no money-making content from Archewell’s for-profit content arms. Facing intense problems of its own, Netflix, after going deep into the Windsors of Montecito business with a $100million report, has just canceled Ms Markle’s show pearlan animated film that was nearing production.

Harry seems to realize that he needs to go out and earn ducats. That’s why when they arrived in California and Hollywood in 2020 and 2021, Harry and his wife landed a veritable blizzard of deals, including with Netflix and Spotify, but also with corporate mental health startup BetterUp. and towards his the inevitable autobiography told to autobiography.

The most imminent lucrative projects in the pipeline are inextricably the products of this new rain-making Harry. The first is his autobiography told with The tender bar author JR Mohringer, a book that has now been rescheduled to become a staple in fall book lists. The second, which will debut at an undetermined point when Netflix feels it has enough storytelling in the box, is Harry and Meghan’s ongoing documentary/reality show behind the scenes as they manage their many charitable endeavors. global and commercial projects under the Archewell umbrella. Of the two projects, the book will undoubtedly be the most explosive and, for Harry in any case, the most successful.

But the last time we visited some of the deals made and generated by the leaders of the fledgling foundation/engine of political engagement/entertainment production house/self-improvement entity/lifestyle empire, there were the content problem. In practical terms, this means that there is a large creme de la creme superstructure of Hollywood and Silicon Valley talent in Archewell’s divisions. But apart from the ongoing production work on the documentary Soul of Invictus – a deep-dive documentary, starring Harry, into the 2020 Invictus Games – and aside from continuing work on Netflix and the couple’s personal documentary/reality show, and mental health documentary series with Oprah “The Me You Can’t See”, there were no products. The couple have a lot riding on this autobiography and the Netflix documentary of their lives, in other words.

Part of the problem is that it’s simply difficult to produce impactful content in any medium, and that difficulty is compounded when it’s as difficult as figuring out what the production entity, Archewell, actually is. supposed to do. This is a non-profit, yet somewhat commercial media/charity venture. But the last time we visited some of the deals made and generated by the leaders of the fledgling foundation/engine of political engagement/entertainment production house/self-improvement entity/lifestyle empire, there were the content problem. And this problem has not gone away.

The second complication is that the couple are, admirably, deeply politically engaged in a wide range of causes, some of which, like Sentebale, Harry’s Lesotho and the Botswana HIV Orphans Charity, or Invictus, are well established. But these efforts and many others take time and pay off. Therefore: They seem rushed and spread quite thinly. It was on their way to The Hague Invictus ceremony and games that they dropped at Windsor to reconnect with the Queen.

This picture is not mitigated – in fact, it is only intensified – by the long-running tensions between the Montecito Windsors and the Windsors of Windsor. These tensions came to a head with the March 2020 accusations of racism made by the couple to Harry’s family in the CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey. This brings us back to Harry’s next book, which is due out in a few short and blustery back-to-school weeks. For its part, the royal family would fear the publication.

See how mortgage rates change over time

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Much has been said about a slowdown in the housing market in recent months. Rising interest rates — coupled with high house prices and dwindling consumer confidence amid a looming recession — have potential homeowners guessing about that next big purchase.

While these are all valid factors, consumers who are concerned about high interest rates could benefit from putting their rate into broader context. Rates have certainly increased since the pandemic days over the past two years, but historically they are still relatively low. Mortgage rates reached 18% in the 1980s, which is much higher than today’s rates.

Just take a look at this chart of the St. Louis Federal Reserve to see how today’s mortgage rates compare to those of the past. The chart shows the popular 30-year fixed-rate mortgage from 1971 to the present, identifying when there was also a recession, which generally correlates with rate spikes.

Average 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the United States

St. Louis Federal Reserve

Given recent Q2 GDP or Gross Domestic Product data suggesting a technical “recession,” it will be interesting to see how mortgage rates react. We can look at this chart over the weeks to see how rates change and compare it to other recessionary periods in previous years. For example, the 2008 recession saw a 30-year mortgage peak of 6.63%. The current 30-year rate, at the time of this writing, is 5.30%, but we’ll see how recession fears will impact that.

While the best mortgage rate is really the lowest you can get, you can get better context as to where your rate ranks when you look at the St. Louis Federal Reserve chart.

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Mortgage lenders who help you get a lower rate

Much of your mortgage rate will depend on personal factors such as where you live, your credit score and the amount you plan to pay as a down payment, as well as the type, term and amount of the mortgage. That said, some mortgage lenders have been known to help buyers get as low a rate as possible.

For instance, SoFi offers a 0.25% cashback when you set a 30-year rate on a conventional loan, while another special offer offers customers up to $9,500 cash when buying a home through the SoFi Real Estate Center, which is powered by HomeStory. SoFi members can also get $500 off their mortgages.

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Working with a lender that offers shorter loan terms, such as 15-year loans, can also help you get a lower rate, as these are usually based on your level of risk. If you pay off your loan faster – which usually requires a higher monthly principal payment since the term is shortened – you may be rewarded with a lower interest rate, as your declining balance shows you are at less risk when it’s about defaulting on your loan.

Rocket Mortgage offers loan repayment terms as low as eight years. Keep in mind, though, that applying for a mortgage with a low credit rating, which Rocket Mortgage allows, most likely means you’ll get an interest rate above the lender’s APR range, regardless of the term. of the loan you choose.

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Olin Kreutz confirms he’s out of NBC Sports Chicago after CHGO incident

Six-time Pro Bowler for the Bears Olin Kreutz recently spoke out for the first time since being fired by Chicago-based sports media company CHGO Sports in May after allegedly assaulting a co-worker.

Kreutz was an analyst for NBC Sports Chicago. In May, he allegedly “grabbed CHGO colleague Adam Hoge by the neck in response to an offhand remark” during a staff meeting at the CHGO office. The two did a show together called NBCSCH’s Football after-show where Kreutz had become a household name for his Bears analysis.

Following the incident, Kreutz reportedly contacted Hoge privately about the incident, but did not address the situation publicly. However, when the report revealed the company was firing him, Kreutz said he had “already decided his time at CHGO was up,” citing some things he deemed “unprofessional” about running the company. company, according to Chicago Sun-Times.

“I know they came out and said they fired me, but…it was my decision,” Kreutz told the Sun-Times. “And like I told my kids, you do something like that, you pay the penalty. You take the punishment and then you try to become a better person and try to learn from every situation.

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Speak Sun-Times, Hoge did not need treatment and did not file a police report after the incident. He also wanted to continue the show with Kreutz. However, Kreutz was against the idea, saying he “believes his time is up” at CHGO.

More so, the two-time All-Pro center said the incident made some of his colleagues “uncomfortable” in the building.

“…If people don’t feel good about me being there, obviously I don’t want to be there,” Kreutz told the Time. “From my point of view, how could that change? … And, if they are afraid of me, then you should ask them what they intend to tell me. answer to that.”

While Kreutz will no longer work for NBC Sports Chicago, he also worked as an analyst for 670 The Score in Chicago. But, it has not been determined if he will return to the platform.

Kreutz played for the Bears from 1998 to 2010 before spending a season with the Saints.

Historic Pueblo Musical ‘Song of Pueblo’ Returns to Stage

On August 12, local musicians will take the stage at the Hoag Theater at Pueblo Community College for the first time since 2019 to perform “Song of Pueblo,” a musical story chronicling more than three centuries of Pueblo and southern Colorado history. .

Deborah Espinosa, former director of the El Pueblo History Museum, began producing “Song of Pueblo” in 2008. She said Native tribes who lived in the Arkansas Valley in the 1600s during the Flood of 1921, Pueblo’s history is complex with stories that touch the entire nation. A single exhibition wouldn’t be able to encapsulate all the stories she wanted to tell, so she turned to the performing arts.

“I didn’t know anything about the performing arts,” she said. “I’ve never worked much with musicians, not in museum production. It was a learning lesson, but I was surprised how quickly everyone came to the idea. .an oratorio for Pueblo.”

“Song of Pueblo” is both an auditory and visual experience. Visuals of historical re-enactments and documents are shown on the big screen while an ensemble of local musicians play songs written specifically for the production.

The production’s songs are written by Daniel Valdez, an actor and songwriter whose accolades include working as associate producer on “La Bamba,” a 1987 biopic about Richie Valens. Espinosa and her husband, Juan, first met Valdez in 1973 while working with Cesar Chavez and the United Farmworkers of America.

“We gave subjects (to Valdez) – the 21 Flood, the Ludlow Massacre and the Sand Creek Massacre…all the stories are based on events that happened in and around Pueblo,” Juan said. .

While songs like “Flood of ’21,” “On Ludlow Field” and “Death at Sand Creek” are solemn songs about tragedy, other tracks, like “Founder’s Fandango,” are more upbeat. “Founder’s Fandango” shines a light on the many pioneers who claim to have founded Fort Pueblo in the mid-19th century.

“There’s a really good beat, kind of a cutesy lyric about all the men who claimed to help found Pueblo,” said Felicia Gallegos Pettit, the song’s lead singer. “Then the song goes, ‘Wait a second, there must have been women there too. That’s when we start to understand how women really played a role in the traditions they brought from their hometown.”

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Some Puebloans may get a glimpse of their own family histories through the show.

“They Came to Pueblo” is about the rich traditions that were brought to Pueblo through immigration. Two historic neighborhoods, Elm Street and Bojon Town, have songs dedicated to the Italian and Slavic immigrants who settled in these neighborhoods to work in the nearby steel mill and foundries.

Aavalajn Wiggins, a percussionist who joins the “Song of Pueblo” ensemble this year, said the show gives Puebloans, especially young people, a fuller understanding of Pueblo history.

“A lot of them don’t know the whole history of Pueblo, although a lot of them know their history very well, or their families and different things like that,” he said. “It’s good to understand Pueblo under five flags, the flood, the history, how we got St. Mary Corwin Hospital, how we got CF&I. It’s just a big story.”

Doors to the August 12 show open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and will be sold at the door. It will be one of three performances of “Song of Pueblo” this year, with later dates to be announced.

After:“Discover the vision of Leonardo da Vinci” with the new exhibition Sangre de Cristo

Pueblo Chieftain reporter James Bartolo can be reached by email at [email protected].

Netflix sues creators of alleged infringement of ‘Bridgerton’

Netflix sues ‘The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’ for copyright infringement and unauthorized musical stage production

Netflix Inc on Friday July 29 sued the creators of an alleged unauthorized musical production of its popular period drama Bridgerton, accusing them of copyright infringement after creating a demand for their infringement on TikTok.

The lawsuit was filed against Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear in federal court in Washington, DC, three days after a sold-out performance by The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical in the Kennedy Center of this city.

A lawyer for the defendants made no immediate comment, having yet to review the complaint.

Bridgerton, based on the best-selling romance novels by Julia Quinn, drew 82 million viewers in the first four weeks of the series’ Netflix debut, a record at the time. It was renewed for a second season and inspired a spin-off series and live event, The Queen’s Ball, hosted in six cities.

Netflix said after Bridgerton was first published in December 2020, the defendants began posting about the series on TikTok, where they have 2.4 million subscribers, including creating songs based on characters, scenes, dialogues and plot points.

The company said it repeatedly warned the defendants to quit, but they followed up with an album titled Bridgerton’s Unofficial Musical, which won a Grammy Award, and their stage show.

“The Barlow & Bear ride started on social media, but expands ‘fan fiction’ far past its breaking point,” Netflix said. “This is a gross violation of intellectual property rights.”

This week, the Barlow and Bear musical played to a sold-out crowd at the Kennedy Center in Washington, where Netflix was hosting its own live Bridgerton Experience.

The Kennedy Center show “attracted Bridgerton fans who would otherwise have witnessed the Bridgerton Experience and caused confusion about whether Netflix had approved unauthorized derivative works of Barlow & Bear,” Netflix said in the court case.

A performance in September is scheduled at the Royal Albert Hall in London, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit seeks to stop the alleged violations, as well as unspecified damages. – Rappler.com

Senior Center Names August Events

DELPHOS — Here’s what’s happening at Delphos Senior Citizens in August:

HCF Management (Roselawn) will be in the center at 11 a.m. on Friday August 5 to lead our Funday Friday group in a trade. Call the center at 419-692-1331 to register for the craft so we know how many seniors to expect.

Bingo Special: August 2 – Bridge Home Health & Hospice, August 10 – Meadows of Delphos, August 11 – Vancrest, August 23 – HCF Management (Roselawn), August 24 – Community Health Professionals.

Community health professionals offer a monthly foot care clinic here at the Center on the second Tuesday of each month starting at 1 p.m. They’ll cut your nails for $20. They will be here on August 9. If you would like to come, please call us at 419-692-1331 to put your name on their list. When you call, please let us know if you need transportation.

The August Good to Know, Lunch & Go program will take place on August 17th. Cheryl Begay of Comfort Keepers will tell us how her staff can ease your transition from hospital to home. Call 419-692-1331 before 5 p.m. on August 11 to reserve your spot.

Have you ever tried exercising here at the center? During the month of August, we will have it every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am. Mondays are led by an instructor, Cathy Heitmeyer. Wednesdays are cardio-drumming, while Fridays are workout videos. Get moving and you’ll feel better!

The euchre group is still trying to get enough players together to keep the action going every Friday afternoon. If you are interested in playing, come to the center on Fridays at 1 p.m.

If your group is looking for a meeting place, call us at 419-692-1331.

The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to its summer home in Saratoga

Photo by Lori Van Buren


The Philadelphia Orchestra performed on its opening night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 in Saratoga Springs, NY

Alongside the orchestra, BalletX, Philadelphia’s contemporary ballet company, premiered a new work choreographed by New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck. The orchestra, accompanied by musical director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and a host of special guests, will be in residence in Saratoga for three weeks.


Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ Season 3 Production Halted Due to COVID-19

Production on Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ season three has been “paused due to rising COVID-19 cases.” The news comes amid unconfirmed online rumors that star Henry Cavill has tested positive for the virus, but the streamer only says filming has ‘paused due to COVID and we’ll be up and running as soon as it’s safe. to do it,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Season 2 production was also halted due to the 2020 pandemic, pushing the season release to December 2021. No premiere date has been announced for the show’s third season, which also features Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra, Mimi Ndiweni and Eamon Farren. Robbie Amell, Meng’er Zhang, Hugh Skinner and Christelle Elwin were also added to the cast.

The official login line recounts, in season 3, as the continent’s monarchs, mages, and beasts clash for capture, Geralt takes Ciri of Cintra underground, determined to protect his newly reunited family from those who threaten to destroy it. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich serves as showrunner and executive producer along with Tomek Baginski, Jason F. Brown, Sean Daniel, Mike Ostrowski, Steve Gaub and Jaroslaw Sawko. (ANI)

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How do solar panels work?

Understand a solar home system

Besides the solar panels themselves, there are many other aspects of a solar home system that contribute to its efficiency. First of all, there are inverters which allow the energy generated by the solar panels to be used by the house. Then there is the performance monitoring system which gives you data on how well your solar system is performing. In addition to these tools, you can also add batteries to your system, to become even more energy self-sufficient. Finally, there’s the mounting hardware, which provides the foundation for your home solar system.

Solar panels collect light and create power

As we know, solar panels collect the sun’s rays which generate electricity. Electricity comes in two forms: direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC). These terms refer to the way electricity flows in these two systems. In a DC system, current flows in one direction. However, in an alternating current system, the electrons change direction, moving forwards and backwards through the circuit.

Solar systems and batteries use and produce DC electricity while most homes and their appliances use AC electricity. So the question becomes, how can we use solar energy to power a home if the currents are not compatible?

Inverters convert direct current into usable alternating current

We use solar energy to power homes by converting direct current from solar panels into usable alternating current with tools called inverters.

Solar inverters can quickly and quickly reverse the direction of electron flow – to alternate current – so they can power your home. Essentially, inverters change the way power flows through a solar cell, so the DC power from the solar cells is compatible with the AC power your home needs. Inverters tend to last around 10-15 years and there are two main types, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

  • String/central inverter: String inverters, also called central inverters, alternate power from multiple panels at once, which means most residential solar systems need 1 to 2. Since you don’t need many of these inverters, this can reduce the cost, but having the panels all connected can make it difficult to troubleshoot issues with specific panels.
  • Micro-inverters: Microinverters handle the current from a single solar panel in the system. So if your system has 20 panels, you need 20 microinverters. These inverters are great for homes that have irregular shapes or receive variable sunlight, but buying an inverter for each solar panel in your system can add up quickly.

Performance monitoring systems provide production data

Performance monitoring systems provide you with historical and real-time data on the energy production of your solar home system. This information can help you find maintenance issues, especially if some panels aren’t producing as much power as others. It’s common for your performance monitoring system to come from your inverter manufacturer, so depending on the type of inverter you’re using, you’ll be able to see different issues more easily.

Batteries offer even more energy independence

Most solar systems do not come with batteries, but they are becoming increasingly popular due to their advantages. The batteries store the extra energy you have accumulated during the day, which you can use later when the sun is not accessible.

Batteries are especially needed for off-grid homes, homes not connected to the power grid. However, batteries can also be beneficial for homes connected to the power grid. Batteries can help homeowners avoid some of the costs associated with using electricity during peak hours and can also provide electricity during power outages.

If you decide you want a battery for your home solar system, you may also need an inverter for your battery, as the electricity it stores will be in the form of direct current and most homes require alternating current.

Mounting hardware provides the base for the solar panels

The mounting hardware is what holds the solar panels in place. Although usually not visible, it is an essential component that can alter the appearance of the solar system.

Solar panel installers will determine the best location to install the mounting hardware, either at the same angle as the roof or at a different angle depending on where the panel can receive the most sunlight. Installers will drill holes in the rafters, secure the bracket with steel bolts and seal the surrounding area. Then they will attach the solar panel to the bracket and connect it to the power supply.

Bally’s Announces Final Results of Tender Offer

PROVIDENCE, RI, July 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — at Bally’s Corporation (NYSE: BALY) today announced the final results of its amended “Dutch Auction” tender offer, which expired at midnight, New York City hour, at the end of the day on July 22, 2022.

Based on the final count made by American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, the tender offer depositary, 4,697,619 common shares were validly tendered at the final purchase price of $22.00 per share and not validly withdrawn, including shares which have been contributed by notice of guaranteed delivery.

Pursuant to the terms and conditions of the tender offer, at Bally’s agreed to purchase an aggregate of 4,697,619 common shares at the purchase price of $22.00 per share, for a total purchase price of $103,347,618, excluding fees and costs related to the public offering. These shares represent approximately 8.9% of the at Bally’s outstanding common shares. As at Bally’s accepted for purchase all shares which have been validly tendered at an equal or lower purchase price $22.00 per share and not validly withdrawn, there is no pro rata factor. The Custodian will promptly pay for all Shares accepted for purchase.

at Bally’s may, in the future, decide to buy back shares from time to time on the open market or in the context of over-the-counter transactions, subject to applicable law. Each of these repurchases can be carried out under the same conditions or under conditions more or less favorable to the selling shareholders in these operations as the conditions of the public takeover bid. at Bally’s currently has $334.6 million available for use under its previously announced return of capital program.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC acted as lead manager for the tender offer and Capital One Securities, Inc., Truist Securities, Inc. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC acted as co-lead managers. file. MacKenzie Partners, Inc. served as information agent and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC acted as depositary.

About at Bally’s society

at Bally’s Corporation is a global casino entertainment company with a growing omnichannel presence of online sports betting and iGaming offerings. It currently owns and operates 14 casinos in 10 states, a racetrack in Colorado and has access to OSB licenses in 18 states. It also owns Gamesys Group, a leading global online gaming operator, Bally Interactive, a premier sports betting platform, Monkey Knife Fight, the fastest growing daily fantasy sports site in North AmericaSportCaller, a leading global provider of B2B free games, and Telescope Inc., a leading provider of real-time fan engagement solutions.

With approximately 10,000 employees, at Bally’s Casino operations include over 15,800 slot machines, 500 table games and 5,300 hotel rooms. Following the closing of the previously announced transaction with Tropicana Las Vegas (NV), as well as the completion of the construction of a land-based casino near the Nittany Mall in State College, Pennsylvania, at Bally’s will own and operate 16 casinos in 11 states. Its shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “BALY”.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are all statements other than statements of historical fact and can generally be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”. of”, “plan” and “will” or, in each case, their negative, or other variations or comparable terminology. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. Accordingly, these statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual events may differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements made by at Bally’s in this press release, its reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and other public statements made from time to time speak only as of the date of their publication. New risks and uncertainties arise from time to time, and it is impossible for at Bally’s to predict or identify all of these events or how they may affect him. Factors that could cause these differences include, but are not limited to, the risks and uncertainties associated with the payment for shares accepted in the tender offer and the timing of the tender offer, as well as the factors discussed in at Bally’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021subsequent quarterly report on Form 10-Q and other reports filed by at Bally’s with the SEC. at Bally’s does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.

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Capital Acres, Bismarck’s new event venue

BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) — Brides and event planners got that pre-wedding sparkle with the announcement of Bismarck’s new event location, Capital Acres.

This equestrian training center will benefit from special attention over the next year to give it a new lease of life. Capital Acres will soon have its new name and will have a completely different purpose.

“Capital Acres is Bismarck’s newest full-service luxury event center,” said owner and event coordinator Hannah Haynes.

Hannah and her business partner, Caroline Crary, dreamed of opening this type of place. Drawing on their past experience planning their own weddings, they wanted to create a space where couples could bring their ideas to life.

“It will look more like a modern blank slate, imagine lots of white. White walls, polished concrete floors, we will have a large 40 foot long bar which will really be the centerpiece of the space, but other than that it will just be a big empty space for the bride and groom to walk in and out of. do whatever they want,” Caroline said.

The barn sits on 20 acres of land. The venue itself measures 18,000 square feet and will accommodate over 500 people. One side of the barn will have a living room and space for wedding parties to prepare.

The other side will have a catering area. Capital Acres announced the opening on Thursday, and this weekend has already booked a summer 2023 wedding. If you’d like to rent the space, head to their website www.capitalacresnd.com.

Capital Acres is located at 2897 Southeast 93rd Street.

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musical, comedy, adults-only, Shakespeare, premieres

There are a few classics opening in Cape Cod theaters this week, but several shows are regional premieres or debuts of some sort so audiences can try their luck in unfamiliar territory. Both Outer Cape shows come with a warning about adult situations and language, leaving the young family at home for those.

On our website https://www.capecodtimes.com/entertainment you will find reviews of recently opened shows including those at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, Academy of Performing Arts Orleans, Cape Cod Shakespeare Festival of Chatham, Cape Rep Theater in Brewster, Cape Playhouse in Dennis, College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, Harbor Stage Company in Wellfleet and Cape Cod Theater Company/Harwich Junior Theatre.

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Jack Baumrind, left, plays Michael Banks and Mia Nadeau is Jane Banks' sister in the Academy of Performing Arts production of the musical

For what’s new, check out these shows:

The (Comical) Consequences of Destruction

Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (2357 Route 6) will produce the regional premiere of Taylor Mac’s “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” (July 27-August 19), a “profane” and “bloody” play based on the original and the Shakespeare’s setting during the fall of the Roman Empire.

The show is described as a brash, bawdy comedy centered on two minions sorting out what’s left of humanity, a story about how “those with power and those with money destroy things (and) what are those who do not have the power who are left to clean up the mess”; http://www.what.org/gary/.

Donna McKechnie, Tony Award winner (

Broadway Song and Stories

Capping off July for the “Broadway @” shows at the Art House (214 Commercial St.) in Provincetown, with performances at 7 p.m. on July 30 and 31, Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie will make her debut with the series, with Sirius XM radio’s Seth Rudetsky serving as music director and host.

McKechnie is best known for originating the role of Cassie in “A Chorus Line,” and other Broadway credits include “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Promises, Promises,” “Company” and “On The City”; https://provincetownarthouse.com/.

More soon:‘Most ambitious lineup’ yet: Audra McDonald and Chita Rivera headline summer of over 40 stars at Provincetown’s Art House, Town Hall

More Musicals

Other musicals playing in local theaters this week are:

► At Jerry Herman’s “Granny”, about a young boy who goes to live with his bohemian aunt and learns about life together, playing at 7.30pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 4pm Sundays until August 21 at Chatham Drama Guild, 134 Crowell Road; $25 and $28; chatdramaguild.org or 508-945-0510.

► College Light Opera Company, will continue to produce “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” a musical version of the beloved fairy tale, through July 30 at the Highfield Theatre, 60 Highfield Drive. Then on Tuesday, August 2, CLOC will open Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Murderers” which focuses on people throughout history who have or have attempted to assassinate presidents; http://www.collegelightoperacompany.com/.

More family shows

Cape Cod Theater Company/Harwich Junior Theater will kick off its second series of family shows on the outdoor stage with “Charlotte’s Web,” the classic story of a friendship between a spider and a pig, playing at 7 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, July 30 to August 16.

Next, “Fairy Tale Heroes,” three 20-minute fairy tales adapted by local playwrights and presented by the cast of junior players, will be shown at 10 a.m. Wednesday through Friday, August 3-19. Ticketing and information: https://capecodtheatrecompany.org/.

Joe MacDougall and Stephen Walker star in the New England premiere of

The FCC Banned Love Affair

The Provincetown Theater (238 Bradford St.) will present the New England premiere of “Jerker,” Robert Chesley’s “sensual love story” that follows a telephone romance between two gay men in 1980s San Francisco. Joe MacDougall and Stephen Walker star, under the direction of the company’s artistic director, David Drake.

“Jerker” will play at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday from August 1 through September 1. 1; “Provincetowntheater.org, 508-487-7487.

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The script includes profanity, sexual situations and nudity, so it is intended for mature audiences only. Drake notes a controversy in 1986 when a Christian minister filed a complaint with the FCC, claiming that he had accidentally listened to a radio program containing excerpts from “Jerker”. Despite Chesley’s protests, the FCC ruled the broadcast to be indecent and possibly obscene, sanctioned the station, and implemented stricter broadcast indecency guidelines.

New York-based MacDougall has previously starred in WHAT and ‘Lonesome Planet’, ‘Salome’ and ‘The Normal Heart’ at the Provincetown Theater, as well as Todd Flaherty’s feature film ‘Chrissy Judy’, which had its premiere world at the 2022 Provincetown International Film Festival. Walker, originally from England, makes his US stage debut in this show. Her film and television credits include ‘Different for Girls’, four seasons of the BBC series ‘Word on the Street’, ‘Kinky Boots’ and ‘A Wedding Most Strange’.

Josh Drake stars as Jerry Mulligan (the role of Gene Kelly) in the stage version of the musical Gershwin

A classic of film music translated on stage

Cape Playhouse will open the regional premiere of the dance-centric “An American in Paris,” based on the 1950s musical written by Gershwin, with performances August 3-13 at the theater, 820 Main St. (Route 6A) , Dennis; https://www.capeplayhouse.com/an-american-in-paris/.

The musical has a book by Craig Lucas, telling the story of a young American soldier in Paris just after World War II who falls in love with a French woman who is also looking for a fresh start. A multi-credit Broadway cast will be led by Josh Drake (currently on Broadway’s “Aladdin”) and Leigh-Ann Esty (Carousel of Broadway’s “Rodgers and Hammerstein” and 11 seasons with the Miami City Ballet), who performed the opposite each other in a 2020 production of “An American in Paris” outside of Chicago.

Also in the cast as Madame Baurel is Jennifer Smith, who has appeared in 15 Broadway productions, including the original companies of ‘La Cage Aux Folles’, ‘The Secret Garden’, ‘Víctor/Victoria’, ‘The Producers and “Anastasia”. .” Director/choreographer will be Emmy Award-winning Al Blackstone (“So You Think You Can Dance”) whose credits include Broadway’s “Wicked the Musical,” in collaboration with Garrett Taylor, in his fifth season as as Resident Music Director of Cape Playhouse.,

Contact Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll at [email protected] Follow on Twitter: @KathiSDCCT.

Would love to produce Ranbir’s directorial venture, says Alia | Entertainment News

Mumbai: Bollywood star Alia Bhatt said on Monday she would love to produce her actor-husband Ranbir Kapoor’s debut film and would be “upset” if he didn’t ask her to be part of the project.

During promotions for his latest release ‘Shamshera’, Kapoor reportedly expressed a desire to try his hand at filmmaking.

The actor, who will next be seen in ‘Brahmastra Part One: Shiva’ alongside Bhatt, said he had already written a story during the pandemic-induced lockdown and was looking for writers to flesh it out.

During the launch of the trailer for his upcoming film “Darlings”, Bhatt’s first production venture, the actor was asked about the possibility of producing Kapoor’s debut film.

“We discussed it, actually. I told him that if you didn’t force me to produce it, I would be very upset!

“I told him that if you don’t want to take me as an actor, that’s fine, he said to me: ‘No, no, I need you, you are a tyrant’, as a joke. I I’m a creative producer so I’m going to make my creative contributions at the writing stage and produce it,” she told reporters here.

“Darlings” marks the directorial debut of writer Jasmeet K Reen. The dark comedy set in Mumbai will begin streaming on Netflix from August 5.

Alia and Ranbir. File photo


Bhatt produced the film through his Eternal Sunshine Productions banner, in conjunction with superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment.

The actress, last seen on the big screen in ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, said she was surprised by Reen’s sharp writing and immediately wanted to produce ‘Darlings’.

“When I met Jasmeet in 2019, I had a busy schedule. But I’m used to taking narration because you never know where a good script can come from. The narration was quite normal and suddenly it changed speed.

“I was right on the edge of the seat and it’s rare that I’m surprised by a script, but it happened with ‘Darlings’. Naturally, I thought I’d like to be a producer on that too,” said declared the 29-year-old added.

Bhatt recalled Khan telling her that he doesn’t usually co-produce films but made an “exception” for her. The duo had co-starred in “Dear Zindagi,” the 2016 coming-of-age drama film.

“He (Khan) said we would have a lot of fun and enjoy shooting the movie. He recently saw the movie and in typical ‘Darlings’ style, he messaged, ‘Thank you Darlings for made this movie,'” she said.

“Darlings” stars Bhatt alongside Shefali Shah, Vijay Varma and Roshan Mathew.

According to the official synopsis, the film explores the lives of a mother-daughter duo trying to find their place in the city, “searching for courage and love in exceptional circumstances while struggling against thick and thin.”

Karrin Taylor Robson spent almost $2 million in July and loaned himself another $1.85 million

PHOENIX — If Republican Karrin Taylor Robson fails in her bid to defeat Kari Lake in Arizona’s fast-approaching gubernatorial primary, it won’t be for lack of spending.

Taylor Robson spent nearly $2 million in the first half of July, four times more than Lake, and lent himself an additional $1.85 million, according to pre-primary campaign finance reports.

Taylor Robson loaned her campaign $750,000 on July 5 and $1.1 million on July 8, bringing her total cash flow to $15.2 million, according to its report from July 1 to 16which was due to be delivered to the Arizona Secretary of State’s office on Saturday.

Taylor Robson spent more than $1.9 million for the final required reporting period before the Aug. 2 primary, while Lake spent around $417,000.

This was after Taylor Robson dropped around $10.4 million for Lake’s $1.4 million from April to June.

Across the entire campaign, Taylor Robson spent more than $18.4 million to $3.6 million on Lake.

The new financial reports show the candidates have nearly even cash remaining, with Taylor Robson at $267,000 and Lake at $261,000. But Taylor Robson can probably go to the well for more cash flow during the mad rush to Election Day.

Taylor Robson, who entered the race as a relatively unknown real estate developer and board member from Arizona, used her family wealth to boost her profile and try to nab Lake. Her husband, Ed Robson, 91, amassed a fortune building planned retirement communities.

While the Donald Trump-backed former local TV news anchor has been leading in the polls throughout the race, Taylor Robson has caught up and been embraced by establishment Republicans.

She has endorsed the man she wants to succeed, limited-term Governor Doug Ducey, and campaigned last week alongside former Vice President Mike Pence on the same day Trump rallied to Lake and to its approved candidates in Arizona.

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Casting for the performing arts center

Mornington Peninsula Shire is starting a feasibility study after identifying three possible sites for a “world-class” regional arts and conference centre.

Council-owned properties in Hastings, Mornington and Rosebud have been recommended by consultants as the best of 23 possible sites for the cultural arts centre.

The cost has been estimated at $110 million to $150 million, with possibly an additional $60 million for a “future workplace” if Mornington is chosen as the location.

The financial projections come with a warning that construction costs are likely to soar by 3-4% per year.

The county’s 2021/22 budget included $350,000 for an “arts and culture plan”, of which $37,000 has been spent and the feasibility study is expected to cost $250,000.

An additional $492,000 is provided in the 2022/23 budget for a business case and site assessment.

The 1,000-seat performing arts center would be supported by a 450-seat conference and reception center “with the capacity to complement the organic growth of the area into a cultural district”.

The chosen sites are:

Council offices, library and parking lot at Queen Street, Mornington and the Peninsula Community Theater at the corner of Nepean Highway and Wilsons Road.

Council offices in Hastings, King Street car parks and the Fred Smith reserve on the foreshore.

Land at Wannaeue Place, Rosebud and the foreshore.

The report by consultants William Ross Architects stated that the “optimal strategic location” for a regional arts center was “in the middle of the [Port Phillip side of the] shire” due to population density and ease of access.

The report warned that it was “not easy to get people to buy tickets to live theater performances” and that “performing arts centers are loss-making community facilities”.

He said ticket revenue could contribute “as little as 25-30%” to the operating costs of performing arts centers and that larger centers, like the one the county is considering, typically need annual operating grants. from $500,000 – $1.2 million.

While stating that the county’s proposed regional arts and conference center was “an exciting and significant project”, the report said it was “vital” for a venue to be able to “attract the greatest number of participants”. and users.

He said a feasibility study was the “essential” next step towards a performing arts center for the peninsula.

The study should include a “market needs analysis” (assessment of community and visitor audiences) and a business case to identify the “substantial annual operating subsidy” the council would have to pay to be successful.

“This business case would provide a solid foundation on which to pitch the project to the community and seek significant funding grants,” the report says.

The Frankston Arts Center is considered to compete with audiences in Mornington, but not with those likely to attend shows in Rosebud or Hastings.

An arts center in Rosebud or Hastings is also seen as having “significant potential” community benefits but bringing “little change” to Mornington.

The operating grant provided by the council is seen as ‘reasonable’ for Mornington and Rosebud but ‘high’ at Hastings ‘due to the need to develop public involvement’.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – July 26, 2022

Yeah. Jordan Peele’s ‘Nope’ debuts at No. 1 with $44 million opening

“Nope”, the UFO thriller by Jordan Peele topped the North American charts in its first weekend in theaters with estimated ticket sales of $44 million, Universal Pictures said Sunday. While it doesn’t come close to the $71 million debut of “Us,” it’s still very impressive for an R-rated original film — and the biggest of the pandemic for an original screenplay.

‘No,’ which opened in 3,785 theaters in the United States and Canada, is Peele’s most expensive film to date with a production budget of $68 million, not including costs. marketing and promotion. “Us” cost around $20 million to produce, while “Get Out” was made for just $4.5 million. Both films ultimately grossed over $255 million worldwide.

Reviews were largely positive about “Nope,” which features Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun and pays homage to UFO movies like “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Signs,” and is currently 83% based on Rotten Tomatoes.

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“That’s a big number,” said Jim Orr, president of national distribution for Universal. “It’s amazing how well that plays too.”

“Jordan Peele made an amazing movie,” Orr added. “And it’s absolutely something that should be seen on the big screen.”

The film is off to a strong start with $6.4 million from Thursday previews. By the end of Friday, it had grossed $19.3 million. About 68% of the opening weekend audience was between the ages of 18 and 34, which is the “sweet spot” for a horror movie. Audiences were also quite diverse according to exit polls, indicating 35% Caucasian, 33% Black, 20% Hispanic and 8% Asian.

And many chose to experience “No” in IMAX, which accounted for about $5.2 million of its first weekend earnings.

“It’s incredibly gratifying to see a visionary like Jordan Peele, who represents a new generation of filmmakers, use our technology in innovative ways and create an experience meant to be seen in IMAX,” said Rich Gelfond, CEO of IMAX.

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Word of mouth will be critical in the coming weeks for “No”, which begins its international rollout on August 12.

“An opening weekend for a Jordan Peele movie is not the right measure. We have to see where it will be in a month,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. could have solid, long-term playability as word gets out.Just watch ‘Elvis’ to see that a movie doesn’t need to open big to be a big hit.

“No” knocked “Thor: Love and Thunder” in second place in his third weekend. The Disney and Marvel blockbuster starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman added $22.1 million, bringing its worldwide total to $598.2 million.

Universal”Minions: The Rise of Grulanded in third place with $17.7 million in its fourth weekend. The animated pic grossed $640.3 million worldwide.

Sony’s adaptation of the best-selling “Where the Crawdads sing”, meanwhile, sees a modest second drop over the weekend. The film starring Daisy Edgar-Jones has grossed an estimated $10.3 million from 3,650 locations. It has now grossed $38.3 million domestically.

Gru (Steve Carell, center) and his buddies Kevin and Stuart go on a wild ride through the

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from Paramount”Top Gun: Maverickrounded out the top five in its ninth weekend with an additional $10 million. Earlier this week, it overtook “The Avengers” to become the ninth-biggest domestic release of all time with a total of $635.6 million.

In limited release, “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” continued its expansion and grossed $846,950 from 590 theaters.

Estimated Friday-Sunday ticket sales at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final national figures will be released on Monday.

1. “No”, $44 million.

2. “Thor: Love and Thunder,” 22.1 million.

3. “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” $17.7 million.

4. “Where the Crawdads Sing,” $10.3 million.

5. “Top Gun: Maverick,” $10 million.

6. “Elvis,” $6.3 million.

7. ‘Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank’, $3.9 million.

8. “The Black Phone,” $3.5 million.

9. Jurassic World Dominion, $3 million.

10. “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris,” $1.4 million.

Millennial mom with $77,000 in student debt and autistic son can’t work full time

  • Linda Vick has student debt of $77,000, which is $7,000 more than when she graduated from college in 2011.
  • Much of this is due to interest, despite ten years of payments.
  • She says her debt makes it difficult to provide specialist care for her son, who has autism.

Linda Vick, 39, has struggled to balance work and raising her five-year-old son, who has autism, over the past few years.

“The reason I only work part-time is because we can’t have childcare,” she told Insider. “There are no after school programs…there is no list of babysitters here who know how to work with children with special needs, if there is an after school program , it’s like a 6 month waiting list.”

Vick was laid off from her job as a mail clerk at Boston College this summer, where her husband currently works in housekeeping. Even when she was still working, Vick’s family faced a trap: working meant she wasn’t there to care for her son, and not working meant she couldn’t afford him. provide the specialized care he needed. Her husband, Jeffrey, works full time.

Of his son’s autism, Vick said: “He’s not very functional so he needs a lot of help. He goes to school during the day so he gets on the bus at 8:30 a.m. and get home at 3:30 p.m., and I have to leave work in time for him to be home.”

But her family’s problems have changed since she lost her job last month.

“I have to cancel all my son’s activities like adaptive gymnastics and all other programs he attends that we have to pay for,” she said. “Also, grocery shopping is a struggle on one income.”

Vick’s $77,000 in student loans adds to her family’s troubles, an amount that Insider verified via documents. When Vick graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2011 with a business degree, she owed nearly $70,000 and struggled to pay interest over the years to make up for the growing balance. Her husband earns about $32,000 a year in net pay, which Insider verified via pay stubs, and Vick receives about $800 a month on unemployment.

In April, President Biden announcement $7 billion in student loan relief for 350,000 student borrowers with total and permanent disabilities, but Vick said the relief should also extend to caregivers of people with disabilities.

“We can’t buy a house because of the debt I owe,” she said, adding that her son “would need a fenced yard to play outside because he might run away. It prevents us financially to be a good family – I can’t buy a house, I can’t get a loan, I can’t do a master’s when he’s older… it prevents me from continuing my life if I want.

“We earn enough to survive and pay the bills and that’s it”

Vick isn’t alone as a University of Phoenix grad in debt years after graduating. For-profit institutions like Phoenix have been criticized for decades for allegations of misleading students about their future earning potential, engaging in aggressive recruiting tactics and pushing many into debt while that was not the best option for them.

A few years ago, Vick called for an income-based repayment plan, which is theoretically tailored to what a debtor can afford to pay based on their income, a system that often doesn’t work in practice.

“They want you to basically pay a month’s salary in a month, and that was out of the question, so I had to keep deferring,” she said. “We earn enough to survive and pay the bills and that’s it.”

Vick worked at a company for years after graduating, thinking a business degree would propel her through the ranks of her industry. (Vick declined to disclose which company she worked for.) She said she eventually quit her job because she disagreed with her employer’s business practices and ended up working at the post office, where she stayed until she got it. son in 2017. She and her husband later started a vape business, which was shut down after Massachusetts placed a temporary ban on the sale of vaping products in 2019.

Vick and her husband filed for bankruptcy in 2019, which her school loans were not one of. This is possible to repay student loans in the context of bankruptcy, but hard.

“A lawyer to help you declare bankruptcy for school loans is very expensive,” Vick said. “If I could afford a lawyer, I would pay off my school loans.”

And caring for her son became a full-time job: He was diagnosed with autism when he was almost 2, and Vick said everything changed for her after that. Doctors told him he needed home services, group therapy and specialist care, which took up a lot of his family’s time.

“My husband and I had to switch off at the store because one of us had to be with him, and once you tell a daycare that your child has autism, they don’t want to accept it because it’s too much,” she said. “My husband and I have never seen each other… I worked at the store during the day and my husband came home at night.”

Vick said time-consuming and expensive parenting a disabled child makes it impossible to deal with her student debt – and should make her eligible for some kind of relief.

“They have a program where they forgive people with disabilities, but not their parents,” she said. “Their parents must be able to take care of them.”

Uber admits massive 2016 data breach cover-up, cooperates with feds

By Katy St. Clair | Bay City News Foundation

Ride-sharing giant Uber has reached a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors to resolve a criminal investigation into the cover-up of a major data breach suffered by the company in 2016, federal Department of Health officials announced Friday. Justice.

As part of the deal, Uber will cooperate with investigators into the company’s former security chief.

According to U.S. Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds and FBI Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan, Uber has admitted and accepted responsibility for the actions of its officers, directors, employees and agents in concealing its 2106 data breach from the Federal Trade Commission, which at the time had an ongoing investigation into the company’s data security practices.

Prosecutors say Uber admitted its staff failed to report the November 2016 data breach to the FTC, despite an ongoing data security investigation within the company. The hackers responsible for the 2016 breach used stolen credentials to access a private source code repository and obtain a private access key.

The hackers then used this key to access and copy large amounts of data associated with Uber users and drivers, including approximately 57 million user records and 600,000 driver’s license numbers. Uber didn’t report the breach until about a year later, the DOJ said, when new executive management took over. This new leadership disclosed the violation to affected drivers, the public, law enforcement, and foreign and domestic regulators, including state attorneys general and the FTC.

Resolving the criminal investigation with a non-prosecution agreement was helped by new management exposing the violation, the DOJ said, and also that the company subsequently invested “substantial” resources to significantly restructure and improve corporate compliance, legal compliance and security functions.

In 2017, former CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down – a saga portrayed in the Showtime drama “Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber” – and Dara Khosrowshahi took the helm, the former CEO of Expedia Group.

Uber agreed in 2018 to maintain a comprehensive privacy program for 20 years and to report to the FTC any incidents reported to other government agencies regarding unauthorized intrusion of consumer information.

As part of the deal with the government, Uber will also continue to cooperate with the government investigation into former security chief Joseph Sullivan, who faces charges of defrauding drivers in an alleged cover-up of the 2106 data breach.

Finally, Uber must pay $148 million and implement a corporate integrity program, data security measures and incident response and data breach notification plans, as well as biennial assessments, a said the DOJ.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Event Guide – 2022 | July 24, 2022 | Canton, Ohio

Sunday July 24
2:30 p.m. – Community Parade presented by AultCare – The parade will begin on Market Avenue at 11th Street North and head south through the heart of downtown Guangzhou.
Admission fee
Location: Downtown Guangzhou
More information

friday july 29
4:00 PM Balloon Classic and Night Glow presented by Aultman – Friday night is the first of five scheduled flights including a night glow! Dozens of balloons fill the skies of Guangzhou. There’s live music on Fridays and Saturdays, a kids’ area, and more.
Admission fee
Parking: $5
Location: Kent State on the Stark/Stark State campus
More information

Saturday July 30
6:30 AM Balloon Classic presented by Aultman – Catch the balloons on an early morning sunrise flight.
Admission fee
Parking: $5
Location: Kent State on the Stark/Stark State campus
More information

8:00 am Up, Up and Away 5K and Kids Fun Run – Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the excitement and beauty of Kent State University on Stark Campus as hot air balloons float overhead.
Registration fee: $35 for 5 km, Kids Fun Run is free.
More information

4:00 p.m. Hot Air Balloon Classic and Fireworks presented by Aultman – Dozens of hot air balloons fill the skies of Guangzhou. There is live music and fireworks!
Admission fee
Parking: $5
Location: Kent State on the Stark/Stark State campus
More information

Sunday July 31
6:30 am Balloon Classic presented by Aultman – Sunday morning is the last of five scheduled flights. Dozens of balloons will fill the morning sky over Guangzhou.
Admission fee
Parking: $5
Location: Kent State on the Stark/Stark State campus
More information

Wednesday August 3
10:00 am Football First Play Presented by Panini – A football pass from downtown Guangzhou to the Hall of Fame to kick off the NFL season.
Location: Downtown Guangzhou to Pro Football Hall of Fame
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6:00pm Play Football Skills Camp – For ages 11-14, featuring football activities designed for all skill levels. Special guests include Hall of Famers!
Location: National Youth Soccer and Sports Complex 2323 17th St NW, Canton, OH 44708.
More info and registration

Thursday August 4
12:00 PM HOF Fun Fest and Beer Fest – Fans will enjoy DJs, live band, Gold Jacket chalk talks, special guest appearances, inflatables, games and contests. Beer Fest will feature frozen drinks. 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Venue: Pro Football Hall of Fame
Admission fee
More information

1:00 PM Class of 2022 Autograph Session – Collect autographs from the Class of 2022.
Venue: Pro Football Hall of Fame Event Center
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Tickets and info

8:00 p.m. Hall of Fame Game Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Venue: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
Admission: variable
Tickets and info

friday august 5
10:30 a.m. Hall of Famer Photo Op Fans will have the special opportunity to witness a gathering of the game’s immortals celebrating excellence during this photo op on the steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Friday August 5th. The public is invited to this free event and encouraged to capture the moment and share their photos on social media.
Venue: Pro Football Hall of Fame
Admission fee
More information

11:00 a.m. Fashion Show Lunch – After lunch in the McKinley Room, guests enter the main arena for a fashion show featuring fashions from casual to dressy and everything in between.
Location: Canton Memorial Civic Center – 1101 Market Ave, Guangzhou
Tickets: $75
Tickets and info

12:00 PM HOF Fun Fest and Beer Fest – Fans will enjoy DJs, live band, Gold Jacket chalk talks, special guest appearances, inflatables, games and contests. Beer Fest will feature frozen drinks. 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Admission fee
More information

5:00 p.m. Gold Jacket Dinner – The Class of 2022 will receive their Gold Jackets at this moving event.
Location: Canton Memorial Civic Center 1101 Market Ave, Guangzhou.
Admission: $160.00 and more
Tickets and info

Saturday August 6
8:00 a.m. Canton Depot Grand Parade – A world-class parade through downtown Canton
Reserved seats: $12.50
Tickets and info

|9:00 am HOF Fun Fest and Beer Fest – Fans will enjoy DJs, live band, Gold Jacket chalk talks, special guest appearances, inflatables, games and contests. Beer Fest will feature frozen drinks. 9h00-19h00
Admission fee
More information

12:00 Consecration of the class of 2022 – The class of 2022: Tony Boselli, Cliff Branch, Leroy Butler, Art McNally, Sam Mills, Richard Seymour, Dick Vermeil, Bryant Young.
Admission: $35 to $150
Venue: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
Tickets and info

3:00 p.m. Hall of Fame Alumni Autograph Session
Venue: Pro Football Hall of Fame – Autograph Tent
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Rates and info

8:00 p.m. The Hall of Fame Village presents the Concert for Legends: Journey with special guest Donnie Iris.
Venue: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
Admission: $59 +
Tickets and info

Sunday August 7
12:00 p.m. Enshrinees Roundtable – A one-of-a-kind event that offers an unscripted, up-close and personal format where members of the Class of 2022 talk about their careers and lives.
Location: Canton Memorial Civic Center – 1101 Market Ave – Guangzhou
Admission: $90.50
Tickets

7:00 p.m. Hall of Fame Village Presents: Dave Chappelle
Venue: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
Admission: $72 +
Tickets and info

Mississippi State University Riley Center Announces 2022-2023 Fall/Winter Season

MERIDIAN, Mississippi — The Mississippi State University Riley Center for Education and the Performing Arts (MSU Riley Center) announces a new slate of shows for the 2022-2023 fall/winter season. The season is full of headlining musical acts, complete with a Broadway star and ubiquitous comedian.

The season kicks off September 17 with The Gatlin Brothers, followed by Jessica Vosk on September 30. Better known as Elphaba, the green-skinned witch from the Broadway hit Wicked, Vosk’s powerful voice is sure to shine when paired with the theater’s unparalleled acoustics. . Jay Leno, a man who needs no introduction, will deliver his stand-up on Friday, October 7.

Blurring the lines between funk, soul, R&B and psychedelic rock, New Orleans musical legend Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue will take the stage on November 19. Released in the spring of this year, Lifted is her first new album in five years. After much anticipation, the album is a great indicator of what to expect onstage.

Singer-songwriter and beloved folk icon Emmylou Harris will perform with her band, filling the Grand Opera House theater at MSU Riley Center with wise wisdom and eloquent lyrics as only she can on Friday, December 9. Wrapping up the season on January 21, The Temptations and The Four Tops are sure to pack the house with Motown mania.

The MSU Riley Center announces this season on the heels of an impressive string of sold-out shows, including an additional performance by Bob Dylan in the spring and Boz Scaggs on July 23. The beauty of the theater is matched only by its acoustics, which makes it an idyllic place for artists and patrons.

“We’re selling more tickets each season than ever before, far exceeding pre-pandemic levels,” said Dr. Terry Dale Cruse, associate vice president and principal of Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus. “Although we have been performing regularly for over 15 years now, the energy and renewed interest in downtown and our community’s collective artistic and cultural offering is palpable. To anyone planning a show or coming downtown for a weekend, my advice is don’t hesitate.

Since the opening of the MSU Riley Center in 2006, downtown Meridian has seen an influx of investment, particularly in arts and culture. The addition of the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience and the new Mississippi Children’s Museum-Meridian provide unique enrichment opportunities for adults and children that complement MSU Riley Center’s annual performing arts series and school shows. The official opening of the Threefoot Hotel in early 2022 firmly positions Meridian as a destination for arts and culture across the state and region.

Season passes to MSU Riley Center’s 2022-2023 Fall/Winter Performing Arts Series are on sale now and start at $210 and go up to $540 per person. Special mini-packs are also available, allowing customers to purchase a set of three pre-determined shows, claiming highly sought-after seats before individual ticket buyers. Ranging from $95 to $340 per person, the mini packs go on sale August 1. Ticket prices for individual shows vary, starting at $20 and going up to $150 per ticket depending on performance and seat selection. Ticket sales for individual shows begin Tuesday, August 9, following a one-day presale to Friends of the Lady members on Monday, August 8. For more information and to purchase, visit www.msurileycenter.com or call 601.696.2200.

The MSU Riley Center thanks the Riley Foundation, Phil Hardin Foundation, Mississippi State University, and members of Friends of the Lady. Their continued support helps make these shows possible.

MSU Riley Center 2022-2023 Fall/Winter Performing Arts Series All shows start at 7:30 p.m.

Larry, Steve and Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers Saturday, September 17, 2022

Celebrating their 67th anniversary in the music business, Larry, Steve and Rudy Gatlin are delighting audiences with one of the biggest greatest hits lists of all time. The Texas-born brothers first performed as child gospel singers. Their harmonious vocal harmonies launched a career that generated a Grammy Award, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 33 Top 40 records. Their breakthrough 1976 single, “Broken Lady”, launched a series of hits, including “All the Gold in California”, “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You)”, “I Don’t Wanna Cry” , “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love”, “Heartless Statues”, “Love Is Just a Game”, and “Night Magic”.

Jessica Vosk Friday, September 30, 2022

Broadway comes to Meridian in the person of Jessica Vosk. The singer and actress became one of the most famous Elphabas (the green-skinned witch) over the musical Wicked. Last November, she made her Carnegie Hall debut in a sold-out solo performance titled “My Golden Age,” celebrating the worlds of pop, rock and musical theatre. Stephen Mosher of Broadway World called it “the event of the season”. She now takes the show on the road, showcasing her powerful voice and heartbreaking sense of humor. For each performance, Vosk chooses a fan via social media to perform with her on stage. Expect an enchanting evening.

Jay Leno Friday, October 7, 2022

Jay Leno, acclaimed television host, comedian, children’s book author, corporate speaker, voiceover artist, car enthusiast and philanthropist, has earned the title of the hardest working man in show business. He is also perhaps the funniest. Even while hosting The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for two decades, he played more than 100 comedy shows a year. This fall, he and co-host Kevin Eubanks will bring back classic comedy game show You Bet Your Life, teaming up with two strangers to answer trivial questions. Leno’s many accolades include Emmy Awards, the Mark Twain Award, a Patriot Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Trombone shorts Saturday, November 19, 2022

Trombone Shorty, born Troy Andrews in New Orleans, led his own marching band when he was 6 years old. He has toured and recorded with stars such as Lenny Kravitz, Jeff Beck, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pharrell and Bruno Mars. A born showman, he commands the audience with effortless charisma. He has performed at major music festivals, at the Grammy Awards and the White House, as well as on dozens of television shows. His latest album, Lifted, features the blistering “I’m Standing Here”. “If I was a wrestler, ‘I’m Standing Here’ would be the song they played when I got in the ring,” Shorty said. “It’s about standing tall no matter what life throws at you.”

An Evening with Emmylou Harris Friday, December 9, 2022

Her eloquently simple songwriting and incomparably expressive singing over a 40-year career have made Emmylou Harris one of the most admired and influential women in music. The winner of 13 Grammy Awards and winner of the Billboard Century Award has recorded more than 25 albums. She has received three awards from the Country Music Association and four awards from the Americana Music Association. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Few artists have achieved such honesty or revealed such maturity in their writing. Harris continues to share the hard-earned wisdom that comes with aging. And, as always, she resolutely continues to look to the future.

Temptations and the Four Peaks Saturday, January 21, 2023

Soul music royalty will grace the stage as The Temptations and The Four Tops perform their staggering treasure troves of classic American songs. Billboard magazine named The Temptations the best R&B/hip-hop artists of all time. The late David Ruffin of Whynot, Mississippi sang lead on some of their biggest hits, including “My Girl”, “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”, and “I Wish It Would Rain”. The Four Tops had an equally long streak of iconic singles, including the highly romantic “Reach Out I’ll Be There”, “Standing in the Shadows of Love”, and “Bernadette”. For those who knew the heyday of Motown Records, and those who would like to, this concert is a must.

Mini Packs – On sale August 1

Brown pack 1 The Gatlin Brothers (September 17) Jay Leno (October 7) Emmylou Harris (December 9)

White Pack 2: Jessica Vosk (September 30) Trombone Shorty (November 19) Emmylou Harris (December 9)

Gray Pack 3: Jessica Vosk (September 30) Trombone Shorty (November 19) The Temptations and The Four Tops (January 21)

Season passes on sale now. Mini packs go on sale August 1. The Friends of Lady member presale takes place August 8, with all shows on sale August 9. For tickets and more information, visit www.msurileycenter.com or call 601.696.2200.

Spectra Logic explains how the University of Georgia consolidated its storage silos in the SVG College Summit case study

Hossein ZiaShakeri, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Alliances at Spectra Logic, presents the project

The SVG College Summit returned to Atlanta for the first time since 2019 for two days of panels, case studies, workshops and networking. The agenda for this year’s event touched on critical topics facing the business, ranging from live/streaming strategies; live production tools and solutions; production models based on cloud, REMI and IP; content distribution strategies; what the Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) means to you; staffing/training of your production teams; and more.

Faced with a growing and siled media archive, the University of Georgia needed a solution to unify its media archive and ensure long-term accessibility by deploying best practices to protect and preserve these irreplaceable assets even in the face of disaster. At SVG College Summit 2022, Spectra Logic explained how they helped the university consolidate its disparate storage silos into a single repository that spans the university’s future vision of managing assets across multiple sites and campuses. .

Presenter:
Hossein ZiaShakeriSpectra Logic, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Alliances

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Stagwell National Research Group (STGW) Hires Jenny Swisher as First Human Resources Manager

At NRG, Swisher will oversee people operations, talent management, training and development, employee experience and leadership development while working with the human resources and culture teams. It will build on the organization’s commitment to being a modern, progressive and people-focused workplace, where talent builds meaningful careers.

“People are a company’s most important competitive advantage and advancing an impactful human resources strategy is dynamic, constantly evolving and incredibly rewarding work,” said Swisher. “NRG’s leadership team is passionate about creating a new normal for how companies support their people – enabling them to be true to themselves, to do their best and to have an impact. valuable. Joining NRG was the perfect next step in my journey and an opportunity I had to be part of.”

Swisher is an industry veteran with nearly 15 years of experience in human resources and people operations, most recently as Executive Vice President, People Operations at technology media company BrightTALK. There, she developed and led a human resources strategy for a global workforce of 300 employees to increase engagement and retention, accelerate productivity and performance, and achieve business goals. Prior to BrightTALK, she held similar roles at retail giant Target as well as Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc.

“Jenny is a charismatic, empathetic and compassionate leader with a strong track record of building dynamic teams united by a values-driven culture,” said Jon Penn, CEO, National Research Group. “It allows employees to do their best by giving the best of themselves. We are delighted that it reinforces our commitment to making NRG the employer of choice for smart, ambitious people everywhere. »

Swisher earned a degree in business administration and marketing from University of Washington Michael G. Foster School work. She will be based at NRG Los Angeles Desk.

About the National Research Group

National Research Group is a leading global analytics and strategy firm at the intersection of entertainment and technology. Rooted in four decades of industry expertise, the world’s leading marketers turn to us for growth insights and strategy for any content, anywhere, on any device. Working at the confluence of content, culture and technology, NRG offers insights to daring storytellers around the world. To learn more, visit www.nationalresearchgroup.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram.

About Stagwell

Stagwell is the challenger network designed to transform marketing. We deliver creative performance at scale for the world’s most ambitious brands, combining culture-shifting creativity with cutting-edge technology to harmonize the art and science of marketing. Led by entrepreneurs, our more than 12,000 specialists in more than 34 countries are united in one goal: to increase efficiency and improve business results for their clients. Join us at www.stagwellglobal.com.

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The new director of Alliant Energy Center is named

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Adam Heffron was named Wednesday afternoon as the next manager of the Alliant Energy Center by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.

Heffron has extensive experience in the hospitality and entertainment industry and even worked as facilities and operations manager for Summerfest, Parisi said.

“I am thrilled to be working with Adam Heffron as the new manager of the Dane County Alliant Energy Center,” Parisi said. “Adam’s nearly 30 years of experience as a venue and operations builder, events manager and director of destination sales make him the ideal candidate for this unique role overseeing the future of the campus of the Alliant Energy Center.”

During his work with Summerfest, Heffron has helped generate more than $187 million a year in economic impact for the Milwaukee community, working with just a $65 million budget, the executive’s office said.

He also worked as Director of Event Services for the Wisconsin State Fair, where he assembled and led an events division to grow the fair’s revenue.

“I’m fortunate to lead the Alliant Energy Center team,” Heffron said. “The future is bright for the site as we seek to improve services, amenities and facilities to retain and attract new business.”

Once Heffron’s position is approved by Dane County Council, he will take office in August.

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Ruth Reveal named executive director of Muse Machine

ExploreThree artistic groups receive major grants from the Miriam Rosenthal Foundation

In high school, she memorably portrayed Miss Dorothy Brown in the Muse production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” in 2007. She was also a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

“It’s so surreal to be in this position after spending so many hours in rehearsal as a student and now being able to collaborate on the other side with amazing artists and staff,” Reveal said. “It’s overwhelming to be on the (administrative) side of the organization, but my heart is so full because I want so many students and teachers to experience this organization. I feel really lucky to continue in this legacy.

“Ruth has impressed our committee with her background in arts education, a critical element for the leadership of this organization,” said Ira H. Thomsen, chairman of the Muse Machine board of directors, in a statement. “We believe Ruth has the heart, mind and spirit to take on the role of CEO of Muse and will continue to fulfill its mission of ‘changing the lives of young people through the arts’. His background and experience in education and arts programming is a necessary and powerful combination that bodes well for Muse Machine for years to come.

Griffin Greear (center as Uncle Fester Addams) and the cast in rehearsal for Muse Machine’s production of “The Addams Family,” scheduled for June 17-19. PHOTO BY MATT SILVER

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Griffin Greear (center as Uncle Fester Addams) and the cast in rehearsal for Muse Machine’s production of “The Addams Family,” scheduled for June 17-19. PHOTO BY MATT SILVER

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Founded in 1982, Muse Machine annually serves 154 schools, 600 teachers, and nearly 77,000 kindergarten through high school students in a 13-county region across western and central Ohio, eastern Indiana and northern Kentucky.

“I am so grateful to have been asked to lead an organization that for the past 40 years has played a vital role in Dayton’s arts community,” Reveal said.

ExploreArtist and educator Willis ‘Bing’ Davis to receive 2022 Citizen Legion of Honor award

In addition to being a classically trained harpist and singer, Reveal is passionate about advocacy for the arts. She views her formative years with Muse as “transformative” and hopes to build on a solid foundation.

“Muse Machine students and teachers can access content in a variety of ways,” Reveal said. “Every student and teacher experiences Muse Machine differently, but it sparks something inside. It energizes you and wants you to explore and learn more. Muse Machine is such a great entry point to learn so many different content areas We need the whole community to love and support the performing arts Muse Machine is creating the next generation of artists, administrators, donors and audiences.

Netflix loses 1 million subscribers but defections are fewer than feared

Netflix continued to lose subscribers in the second quarter as the company tried to allay fears about its business prospects, telling investors it was “confident and optimistic about the future”.

The streaming group lost around 1 million subscribers in the second quarter, a loss less than the 2 million it had forecast would wipe out their accounts and was helped in part by the release of a new season of the hit show . stranger things.

However, in the third quarter, Netflix predicted it would gain 1 million subscribers, slower than the 1.8 million sign-ups Wall Street analysts had forecast.

The results come after Netflix spooked investors in April when it revealed its decade-long subscriber growth was over, raising questions about the value of entertainment companies scrambling to compete in streaming.

The stumble has spread to Hollywood and prompted a sell-off in shares of major media groups such as Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery, sparking a more austere approach to television and film production in recent months.

Shares of Netflix rose 6% in after-hours trading but are still down nearly 70% year-to-date. The company has been hit by increased competition, a more saturated US market and its decision to raise prices at a time when consumers are facing runaway inflation.

Asia-Pacific was the only region where Netflix added subscribers in the three months to the end of June.

Netflix registered 1.1 million subscribers there, while losing 1.3 million in the United States and Canada and 800,000 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In a letter to investors on Tuesday, Netflix acknowledged that re-accelerating its growth would be “a big challenge” but defended its status as a “streaming leader”.

The company ended the second quarter with 220.7 million subscribers worldwide, which leaves it well ahead of its rivals. Netflix has boasted that it also has more pop culture influence than its competitors, pointing to a higher “Twitter volume” for stranger things only for disney Obi Wan Kenobi TV series or Paramount Top Gun Maverick film.

Netflix outlined its plans for reigniting growth, announcing that it will roll out a new payment plan next year for users who share an account. He has pledged to crack down on password sharing, estimating that 100 million households use but don’t pay for Netflix.

After casually announcing a flip-flop on advertising during its first-quarter earnings call, Netflix offered some details on the strategy on Tuesday.

It said it plans to initially launch a cheaper, ad-supported service in a “handful of ad-spending markets” in early 2023. Netflix revealed this week that it is partnering with Microsoft to create this service.

“Our hope is to create a TV advertising model that is better than linear, more transparent and more relevant to consumers,” he said.

Netflix did not say how much it plans to invest in the new service. Co-founder Reed Hastings has previously opposed the ad for fear it could damage the platform’s reputation as a place where viewers can “chill out” from the cacophony of ads.

Netflix made $1.4 billion in net income on $8 billion in revenue in the quarter. He said a stronger US dollar led to a $339 million drop in revenue. It posted earnings per share of $3.20, beating analysts’ expectations of $2.96.

Netflix makes nearly 60% of its revenue outside the United States, which leaves it “heavily exposed” to fluctuations in exchange rates.

Tripleseat’s EventCamp returns to Boston in September

The fifth annual EventCamp one-day conference will highlight event trends, new revenue opportunities and insights from peers for event managers in restaurants, hotels, unique venues and caterers.

CONCORD, Mass., July 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Three-seaterthe leading web-based event management and sales platform for restaurants, hotels and unique venues, announced that the fifth annual EventCamp will bring together more than 200 venue and event managers across Boston this autumn.

Tripleseat created EventCamp to offer a conference designed specifically for hotel sales and event managers. It’s the only event of its kind where hospitality professionals from across the country can come together and share ideas, gain experiences and learn best practices from industry experts.

When: Tuesday September 132022
Where: The State Room, 60 State St., 33rd Floor, Boston, MA
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Ensemble Q announces new home at Queensland Performing Arts Center

Queensland Performing Arts Center has announced a new partnership with nationally acclaimed Brisbane-based chamber music group, Ensemble Q.

The ensemble will debut their new stage at QPAC with two equally exquisite concerts Septet and Mills, Mozart and Mahler in September and October, respectively.

Ensemble Q has earned an enviable reputation for brilliant programming and the highest standard of performance – appearing at festivals such as the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Queensland Music Festival, as well as national tours for Musica Viva and regular appearances on ABC Classic FM.

Led by clarinetist co-artistic director Paul Dean and cellist Trish Dean, the ensemble counts some of Australia’s finest musicians among its core artists, including solo and principal violin seats of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, soloists and chamber musicians in the national touring network, as well as as a senior teacher at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU).

QPAC Managing Director John Kotzas AM said switching to QPAC would allow the ensemble to increase its performance capacity and reach new audiences.

“Queensland is home to an incredible array of performing arts talent – ​​and QPAC is proud to have nurtured and supported outstanding local artists and bands through our residency program,” said Mr Kotzas.

“With Ensemble Q, we have another opportunity to spotlight a world-class chamber music ensemble, consisting of string quartet, double bass, wind quintet, piano and percussion, all based right here in Brisbane.

“We are delighted to welcome them as our new company in residence, as they present some of the most beloved chamber music repertoire combined with new discoveries and premieres.”

Ensemble Q co-artistic directors Paul Dean and Trish Dean said the company is excited to take the next steps in bringing performances to QPAC on an ongoing basis.

“Working with Trish and the other members of Ensemble Q is the highlight of my life in chamber music. I am proud that over the past five years, Ensemble Q has become one of the most Australia’s biggest names and I look forward to continuing this wonderful journey on the beautiful stage of the QPAC Concert Hall,” said Mr. Dean.

“I am thrilled to be working with the wonderful team at QPAC and look forward to inviting our audience to our new stage in September and welcoming new friends to our concerts,” said Ms. Dean.

Ensemble Q will present its first septet from the QPAC program on September 11, 2022. The performance will feature Beethoven’s much-loved septet paired with acclaimed composer and Co-Artistic Director Paul Dean’s brand new septet for the same instrumentation.

On October 16, 2022, Ensemble Q will again take the stage of the Concert Hall with Mills, Mozart and Mahler. The performance will include Australian composer Richard Mills’ Little Diary of Transformations, a short work for clarinet and string quartet, followed by Ensemble Q founding pianist and acclaimed soloist Daniel de Borah with his exquisite rendition of Piano Concerto No. 17, K.453 by Mozart. Together in a powerful combination of the complete ensemble, they will close the program with Klaus Simon’s incredible arrangement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.

Don’t miss this new chamber music ensemble at the APQQ in two spectacular concert programs in September and October. Tickets are on sale now at qpac.com.au or by phone at 136-246.

Europe’s Energy Crisis Will Cost You $200 Billion – Probably More

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It’s a descending chain of energy dominoes – a chain in which each tile is worth billions of dollars. A failing utility here, a nation’s supply there. When the dust settles, the total bill to save Europe’s energy market this winter will easily exceed $200 billion.

That might sound flippant, and it’s admittedly a rough estimate. But the calculation is conservative and based on what we know today. It doesn’t cover the worst-case scenario, both Russia completely shutting off natural gas supplies to Europe and a colder-than-average winter.

Very few politicians seem to understand the scale of the coming crisis and its costs, with France’s Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Olaf Scholz being among the few who seem to understand it now. (The others, in many cases, remain distracted by domestic politics.) The European Union has called for an emergency meeting of energy ministers later this month. But that is expected to precede a larger energy-focused heads of government summit before the summer break.

The EU will have to decide on a major energy saving programme, including a public campaign to support it, and make it clear that nations will help each other by sharing what little gas is available. This also means inviting the UK, Switzerland and Norway to the Brussels table.

As natural gas and power futures prices continue to climb, more European utilities and energy retailers will struggle. Take Germany, for example, where the one-year power forward contract jumped last week to an all-time high of more than 350 euros ($352) per megawatt-hour, up 750% from at an average of 41 euros between 2010 and 2020. Natural gas prices for 2023 in Europe have also increased recently.

The only chance of survival for utilities is to pass on the huge jump in wholesale prices to their customers. But that only moves the bailout down the chain, as households and businesses would then face unaffordable bills and need government help.

Ultimately, taxpayers will bear the cost – either directly and immediately, through higher retail electricity and gas prices, or later, and over time, through higher taxes to pay for bailouts. European governments should be upfront about the costs: they can win the argument that it is money well spent to stop Vladimir Putin.

Let’s start with the utility side. Germany’s Uniper SE, the biggest buyer of Russian gas, has all but failed. He recently asked for a government bailout and preliminary estimates put the bill at 10 billion euros. This will likely turn out to be conservative. Electricité de France SA has failed as a reliable generator of electricity and needs help. Paris, which already holds a majority stake, will renationalise the rest, at a cost of at least 8 billion euros.

And Uniper and EDF are just the tip of the iceberg – two of dozens of utilities serving more than 200 million homes across the EU and UK. The majority may weather the storm. But many more are going to need help. At the very least, they will need state-guaranteed loans and other government guarantees to buy super-expensive gas on the spot market to replace the loss of Russian gas. At worst, they will have to be nationalized, if only temporarily.

State-guaranteed loans are not trivial. Earlier this month, the Czech government granted CEZ, a state-controlled utility, an emergency loan of 3 billion euros. It’s for a company that serves a country of just over 10 million people. The German government, through its state-owned bank KwF, has already granted 15 billion euros in loans to the country’s gas market operator to buy gas and fill storage before winter. Whether these loans will ever be repaid is a question mark.

Now let’s look at households. The United Kingdom is paradigmatic of the problem. In February, London announced a multi-billion pound bailout to cushion the impact of a 54% increase in the country’s retail energy cap – a limit on how much utilities can charge families per year for electricity and gas. At the time, the price cap went from 1,277 pounds ($1,512) to 1,971 pounds per year, effective April 1. From October, the price cap is expected to rise to around £3,300 per year. The nearly 70% increase is expected to be announced in early August.

Yet the median annual pre-tax household income in the UK is £31,770. This means that a typical household will spend more than 10% of its income on electricity and gas — this is the standard definition of energy poverty. Without government money, families won’t pay their bills, creating a debt problem for their energy providers. Either London bails out families or it has to bail out public services.

The likely scale of UK government aid? Earlier this year, a £693 price cap increase triggered a £9.1bn payout. Bottom-of-the-envelope calculations suggest the upcoming roughly £1,300 increase would trigger a £17billion bailout.

Consider these well-known examples, and a $200 billion bill in European bailouts, nationalizations, state-guaranteed loans and the like doesn’t seem so flippant anymore.

And the problem can get worse very quickly. Again, consider Uniper. Because Russian President Vladimir Putin cut Germany’s gas supply by around 60%, Uniper loses around 30 million euros every day having to buy the same gas on the spot market. That’s around 10 billion euros a year – roughly the cost of what the German government currently plans to spend to keep it afloat. If Putin completely cuts off the flow, daily utility losses will rise to around 100 million euros per day, or more than 35 billion per year. The government will have to provide this sum if it wants to maintain people power.

If utilities are allowed to pass on higher gas costs to consumers, Goldman Sachs estimates that European households will have to pay 470 euros per month for electricity and gas, up 290% from the typical cost in mid-2020. It’s clearly unaffordable for many, perhaps most, and a much bigger bailout will be needed to help consumers get by.

Next winter will be expensive. The only question now is how much will it cost.

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• It’s not ESG that’s diverting big oil companies from their biggest reserves: David Fickling

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Javier Blas is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering energy and commodities. A former Bloomberg News reporter and commodities editor at the Financial Times, he is co-author of “The World for Sale: Money, Power and the Traders Who Barter the Earth’s Resources.”

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Netflix is ​​in choppy financial waters as we look back at the company’s 25-year history: reports

Netflix, once a Wall Street darling, is suddenly on the ropes, according to media reports. The streaming giant will release its second-quarter results on Tuesday, and it’s shaping up to be one of the most important moments in the company’s 25-year history, CNN reported. Netflix’s live-action manga series YuYu Hakusho features Tokyo Revengers’ Takumi Kitamura as the main protagonist.

Netflix is ​​having a terrible year. In April, the company announced that it had lost subscribers in the first quarter of 2022 – the first time this had happened in a quarter in over a decade. Netflix shares then caught fire, they are currently down around 70% so far this year, wiping out billions of dollars in market value, and the company has laid off hundreds of employees. Joe Russo says “Netflix’s mentality is more of a tech company mentality than a… – DiscussingFilm’s latest tweet.

The loss of subscribers wasn’t the only issue that rocked the world of Netflix. A weak outlook for the second quarter shocked investors: Netflix predicted it would lose another 2 million in the spring, CNN reported. Whatever happens on Tuesday could reshape the future of the company as well as the entire streaming industry. Like Netflix, so does streaming.

“There will be hell to pay if they report a number well above the 2 million losses,” Andrew Hare, senior vice president of research at Magid, told CNN Business. Netflix is ​​pinning its hopes on a potential savior: advertising.

The company announced Wednesday that it will partner with Microsoft on a new, cheaper, ad-supported subscription plan. Although Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has been allergic to the idea for years, advertising is now a major part of Netflix’s plans to increase revenue in the future. The new tier is reportedly coming before the end of 2022, but Netflix admits its fledgling advertising business is in its “very early days”.

The company is also focused on cracking down on password sharing and creating compelling content to help turn the tide. But will that matter if Tuesday’s numbers are so lackluster that Wall Street is turning its back on Netflix altogether? “Once Netflix becomes heavily undervalued by the market, all bets are off,” Hare said, CNN reported.

(The story above first appeared on LatestLY on July 18, 2022 at 09:15 IST. For more news and updates on Politics, World, Sports, Entertainment and Lifestyle , log in to our website latestly.com).

Wedding plans include inflation budgeting

LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) – Brides and bridal vendors gather in Longview on Saturday for Emily Rae’s spectacular bridal boutique and events. It’s a day when nearly 35 vendors help brides plan their special day. Owner Emily Gorman said their goal is to ensure all brides can book their wedding in one place.

“They’re all over East Texas, we have Tyler, Longview, we even have some from Hallsville, in the Marshal area,” Gorman said. “We have bakers, caterers, we have DJs, we have wedding favors, we have dresses, wedding planners, anything you could think of for your wedding.”

Inflation is one of the topics that many brides and vendors worry about. Laura Starling is an event coordinator and site manager at the Event Center on Alpine. She said one of the biggest inflation charges impacting the wedding industry is fuel.

“Fuel and travel expenses. I’ve noticed that a lot of people, whether it’s a planner or a rental company, or someone going to the location, have to increase their travel costs,” Starling said.

She added that the supply of cleaning products for venues was very different from a few years ago.

“Getting them at the same price as two years ago is not possible. So it is another internal cost that people have to compensate for. And they have to increase their prices and increase their rental rates”, Starling said.

Another major area impacted is food. Macia Rohrbach is the owner of Lunch Lady Catering and has been with the business for about 15 years. She said the cost of food has risen dramatically, forcing them to raise their prices.

“When we have a wife and we have a contract, what we do is we put a clause in the contract now because the future is uncertain,” Rohrbach said. “When we are 21 days away from the event, we will reassess the price situation, so the price can change per person and no one has a problem with that.”

Common advice to all vendors is to book early and have a budget.

“Book early, book your vendors early. Even if it’s a year away, many of us are already booking or are booked for 2023,” Rohrbach said.

They say it’s important to book big costs and suppliers first.

“You want to do your venue, your photographer, your DJ, your caterer, those are the main things you should focus your budget on and allocate those funds accordingly,” Starling said.

Sunday’s event runs until 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Infinity Center, 300 Tuttle Cir. at Longview. They have giveaways, food, vendors, expert panels and more.

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3 Concerts Added to County Parks and Rec’s Summer Tribute Series | Entertainment

The Williamson County Performing Arts Center (WCPAC) at Academy Park and the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department (WCPR) have announced three additional concerts as part of its 2022 Summer Tribute Series.

The series features artists who celebrate and pay homage to the music of a particular artist or group. Three events have been added for the month of August: Motor City Magic: Motown Tribute on August 6, Cash and Cline: Johnny Cash & Patsy Cline Tribute on August 13, and Twilight Train: Neil Diamond Tribute on August 20, all starting at 7 p.m.

Motor City Magic pays tribute to the label that transformed American pop music: Motown. Three singers and a seven-piece band will take audiences back in time with some of Motown’s greatest hits, including songs from top artists Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and more.

Kellye Cash and Family, backed by the West TN Strangers, will perform the familiar tunes of Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. Toe the line with classics and family stories from Kellye’s late uncle, the Man in Black. His father, Roy Cash Jr., author of “I Still Miss Someone,” will also perform several Cash favorites. For 20 years, Kellye headlined the theatrical production “Always…Patsy Cline” and will mesmerize audiences with her rich, powerful voice. His three children will also join in the iconic tunes of Cash and Cline. The tribute will end with an arrangement of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” not to be missed.

The band Twilight Train pays homage to the artistic creations and contributions of Neil Diamond with a high-energy setlist of songs that keeps the music as close to the original versions as possible. Without trying to impersonate, the band strives to recreate the unique energy of a Neil Diamond show with every performance. Hop aboard the train for a journey filled with familiar sounds to memorable new destinations.

Tickets for each show are $25 for adults and $22.50 for seniors (55+) and children 12 and under. Visit www.wcpactn.com to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saratoga Shakespeare Returns With “Much Ado About Nothing” – The Daily Gazette

When director Wesley Broulik got the call from the Saratoga Shakespeare Company board to bring the theater back to Congress Park this summer, he jumped at the chance.

He has performed and conducted shows with the company in years past, but bringing the free performances back to Congress Park after two bleak summers seemed particularly important.

“A big part of my mission as an artist is about access . . . having a cost is not a barrier to the arts,” Broulik said. “It shouldn’t cost you $125 [or] $65 to go see a show. It’s the difference between parents bringing their kids to a show and exposing someone to live professional theater, or not going at all.

Beyond that aspect, the production – “Much Ado About Nothing” – seemed on point and feasible for the company to manage with a small cast. The story revolves around two romantic couples; Hero and Claudio; Benedict and Beatrice. Ten actors make up the cast, with some, like Michael Pemberton and Aly Tu, doubling the roles.

Pemberton plays both the villain, Don John, and the clown, Dogberry. You play Hero, a docile woman who is harmed by Don John’s plot. You also play Verges, who is Dogberry’s assistant.

This is the first time that Pemberton or You have been in a Saratoga Shakespeare production. Tu recently graduated from Albright College and was looking for some interesting roles when she came across the production. Pemberton, who has starred in films like ‘Bridge of Spies’ and ‘The Family Stone,’ moved to Saratoga from New York in 2019. Earlier this year, he was in REP’s ‘The True’ and was looking for more ways to get involved in the local arts community.

Part of what appealed to him about the Saratoga Shakespeare show was the challenge of playing both villain and comic relief.

“I trained at a place called Hilberry Rep in Detroit years ago, and we did seven shows in a nine month season and so I definitely played a villain on one show and a comedic relief on another emission. But I think it’s the first time I’ve done it in the same show, which is great. It was part of the draw for me,” Pemberton said. “I tend to throw myself towards the things I fear.”

The same goes for you.

“The hero is the one who’s been wronged for most of the play and isn’t able to lend her own voice and everything and everyone makes the decisions for her. So we made Verges that mastermind behind thoughts and ideas of Dogberry, which is such a fun contrast to Hero,” Tu said.

The show, which also features Tim Dugan as Benedick and Laura Menzie as Beatrice, will take place in the round, with minimal set and costume changes. Most of the character transitions will be through the physical and voice changes of the actors.

It’s a different approach for the company.

“Staging and Staging [this] is kind of like specific choreographic Jenga but part of it is this idea of [getting] going back to basics, a very stripped down approach and focusing on storytelling,” Broulik said.

It helps to have a cast of dedicated actors, who Broulik says are some of the hardest working around.

“I’m humbled when I work here as an actor. I’m even more humbled when I’m working here as a director,” Broulik said.

Rehearsals began July 5 on the Skidmore College campus, and they staged the production in a week.

“When we were talking about my arrival on board, [Wesley] told me, it’s like being shot by a cannon. And he wasn’t exaggerating. With a contract like this, you are only entitled to 30 hours of rehearsal per week. So we’ll only be in the rehearsal room for 60 hours, whereas typically you’ll be in a rehearsal room for almost 200 hours,” Pemberton said.

He and Tu thank Broulik and production manager David Girard for making the rehearsals efficient and fun.

“David and Wesley lead these rehearsals in a very smart and efficient way. They laid the groundwork for us at the start of the rehearsal and then the rest, we just play and discover and find our feet,” Tu said.

There’s also an added sense of anticipation as the cast sets up production after the company hasn’t performed a show at Congress Park since 2019.

“There’s a different energy, there’s a hunger for all of us to want to play, to bring theater to the community again in the park for free,” Tu said.

“It’s a way for our community to get out, take a deep breath and [be in] a nice and safe environment together, and again enjoying something we haven’t been able to enjoy in a while. And make sure Saratoga Shakespeare gets going again in the future,” Pemberton said.

This season, Saratoga Shakespeare is led by Steve Greenblatt, the chairman of the board, and the company does not have an executive director.
“I’m glad Saratoga Shakespeare is not gone. That he finds a way forward to produce as we emerge from the pandemic,” Broulik said.

He added that keeping the shows at Congress Park reflects the connection between the community and the company.

“The fact that it’s in downtown Saratoga means it’s owned by the city, by the merchants, by the community,” Broulik said. “It’s accessible. It’s free and you can stumble upon it. I think there’s some value in that.

“Much Ado About Nothing” presented by the Saratoga Shakespeare Company

WHEN: 6 p.m. Wed. July 20 – Sat. July 23
WHERE: Convention Park, Saratoga
MORE INFO: saratogashakespeare.org

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Will tell you what’s free Revdi, Arvind Kejriwal fires PM Narendra Modi Jab on freebies

Arvind Kejriwal said a state spending money on its people is not “revdi”.

New Delhi:

Free water, electricity, health care or world-class primary education are not “revdis“but the responsibility of the state,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday, as he refuted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s joke on government giveaways ahead of the election on the same day, which he likened to the winter cravings of northern India.

“Today, Gagan, the son of a laborer who lost his job at Rs 15,000 per month during lockdown, managed to gain admission into IIT Dhanbad in Computer Engineering. Ask him if Kejriwal is distributing free revdis or build the future of this country,” he said, emphasizing his desire to improve public schools in the capital.

“We have transformed Government Hospitals in Delhi, built amazing Mohalla clinics. Delhi is the only mega city in the world where each of the 2 million people can get free treatment. This includes surgeries up to Rs 30, 40 or 50 lakh “, says Mr. Kejriwal.

“Those who ask me why we give 200 units of free electricity to Delhi and 300 units to Punjab – I want to ask them, how many units of free electricity do you give to your ministers? 4,000? 5,000?” he said.

“Those who abuse me for making bus rides free for women are the same people who spent thousands of dollars on private jets,” he added.

The AAP chief listed the Delhi government’s “Farishtey Scheme” which pays for the treatment of an accident victim at any hospital (“13,000 lives have been saved so far”); free yoga classes (“17,000 people take advantage of this facility”); free pilgrimages to Ayodhya, Haridwar and more.

“Despite so much being free, Delhi has a budget surplus. What’s wrong with ending corruption and using that money to help the public?” he said.

“I’ll tell you what’s free revdis are. There is a big business. He took out loans from many banks and did not repay. The banks went bankrupt. This company paid the ruling party and received no action. It’s free revdi“said Mr. Kejriwal.

“When you forgive thousands of crore loans to your friends, it’s free revdi. When you go on a trip abroad, and you look for contracts for your friends, it’s free revdi“, he said in a pointed attack apparently directed at Prime Minister Modi.

Earlier today, the Prime Minister, at the inauguration of the Rs 15,000 crore Bundelkhand highway in Uttar Pradesh – which the opposition has branded as ‘half-built’ – warned against this which he called the “revdi culture” of giving gifts for votes and said it was “very dangerous”.

‘In our country today, attempts are being made to bring in a culture of collecting votes by distributing’revdis‘. This ‘revdi culture’ is very dangerous for the development of the country. The people of the country and especially the youth need to guard against this culture,” Prime Minister Modi said.

He said that supporters of ‘revdi culture’ will never create new highways, airports and defense corridors.

“The revdi culture people think they will redeem people by giving away for free revdi. We must overcome their thinking together. I have to delete ‘revdi culture’ of the politics of the country,” Prime Minister Modi said without taking names, as did Mr Kejriwal.

Relic Entertainment has announced the release date for The Company Of Heroes 3. It will be released on November 17, 2022

And already at the beginning players are waiting for two campaigns at once. The first concerns the Allied battles in Italy and the second the operations of Rommel and his troops against the Allies in North Africa. Also, a short demo appeared on the project’s website – Mission Alpha.

Released last year and popular among people, the co-op shooter Aliens: Fireteam Elite will get a seasonal update on July 26.

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There will be a new advancement system, a new mode, and most importantly, cross-play between console and PC players. Thus, the PC-boyars will have the opportunity to teach the console serfs how to kill all those evil aliens.

Where can I find a rare, almost collectible, sealed version of a video game? In an abandoned video game warehouse? Maybe.

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On the sale of goods from a bankrupt store? It also happens. But the Reddit user found The Last of Us Survival Edition for PlayStation 3…in his closet.

In addition to the game disc itself, the release included an album with artwork and an American Dreams comic strip. How all this could end up in the toilet, and even intact, the user did not say.

In the mission, you will take command of the Deutsches Afrikakorps (DAK) as they attempt to push the British out of their strong positions. The mission is now free on Steam until July 19.

Unlike the dynamic, branching, open Italian campaign, the North African Operation is designed in a more classic, story-driven, single-player experience.

It features a host of new mechanics with tank rides that allow for built-in high-speed attacks and calls for powerful Italian units such as the Guastatori Combat Engineers and the L6/40 Light Tank.

BGSU Holds Ohio’s First-Ever Anti-Hazing Summit

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (WTVG) — Bowling Green State University has announced the keynote speaker and schedule of events for Ohio’s first-ever anti-hazing summit.

According to BGSU, the summit will take place on Tuesday, August 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Elizabeth Allan, Professor of Higher Education at the University of Maine. BGSU says Dr. Allan will present his research on campus cultures and climates, which includes classroom instruction, campus diversity, student equity and hazing and its prevention.

The summit will also include several breakout sessions to facilitate discussions on hazing prevention, mandatory reporting, external reporting, hazing through a cultural lens, and sanctioning conduct. Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Randy Gardner, will also be on hand to deliver remarks.

According to BGSU, the summit is free and open to K-12 and college professionals from across the state, including counselors and practitioners from fraternities, sororities, student groups and clubs, coaches sportsmen and university driving personnel.

The primary focus of the summit is prevention education, innovative resources, and best practices and strategies to eliminate the hazing that plagues college campuses and K-12 school systems nationwide.

BGSU says hazing prevention and education is a priority in BGSU’s Community of Care Action Plan to which the University is committed to educating and reinforcing zero tolerance for hazing of any form.

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Inside the Lou Reed Archives | Smart News

Lou Reed on stage in 1975
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When musician Lou Reed died in 2013, he left the contents of his archive to his wife, artist Laurie Anderson. The collection of tapes, articles, photos, letters, speeches and receipts stretched over hundreds of feet of shelves; the audio alone totaled 600 hours.

Deciding what to do with the archive was “like a 15-story building falling on me,” Anderson told the New York Times‘Ben Sisario in 2017.

What would her husband have wanted? Prior to her death, Reed had “not uttered a sentence” about her wishes, she said.

In 2017, on what would have been Reed’s 75th birthday, the New York Public Library announced that it would acquire the archive, making it public once it was fully cataloged. This process, the Time written, would take “at least a year”.

Now, five years later, those efforts are finally over. “Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars”, the first large-scale exhibition on the multi-talented musician, will be on view until 2023.

Lou Reed's box of 45s

Lou Reed’s box of doo-wop, rhythm and blues and 45s rock and roll

Photo by NYPL/Jonathan White. Lou Reed Papers, Music and Recorded Sound Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

For the experts sorting through the collection, the enormity of the task was daunting. Before the arrangement with the library was finalized, Anderson hired archivist Don Fleming (who is now co-curator of the exhibit).

“There were all these boxes in storage and no one really knew what was in them,” Fleming told the Guardianit’s Rob LeDonne. “So we were going from club to club, all open for the first time in years. Some weren’t that interesting. Others were stunning.

Born in 1942, Reed was a guitarist, singer, songwriter and poet. Famous both as a member of The Velvet Underground and for his solo career (when he produced his biggest hit, “Walk on the Wild Side”), he has spent most of his career in New York. Punk icon Patti Smith once described him as “the New York poet of our generation, defending his misfits as Whitman had defended his worker and Lorca his persecuted”.

Lou Reed Demo Reel

Lou Reed demo tape, postmarked May 11, 1965

Lou Reed Papers, Music and Recorded Sound Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

The archives yielded some interesting finds, including a newly discovered song, “Open Invitation,” from the 1980s, reports the Time“Sisario. But the biggest surprise was a tape dated May 11, 1965, which was left in a cardboard box in Reed’s office.

When the Archivists finally played it, they found themselves listening to some of the earliest known recordings of Reed’s Velvet Underground songs. But these acoustic recordings, like the Time says so, “are miles away from the explosive sound” that the band would develop “a few months later”.

Anderson tells Time that these early recordings illustrate the long and winding path that Reed took to develop his musical style.

“It’s a valuable thing for people to understand,” she adds. “You don’t become Lou Reed overnight.”

The exhibit also features some of Reed’s poetry works. He is much better known as a songwriter than a poet. But as Fleming said at Guardian“his words and his poetry were somehow one and the same.”

Lou Reed and his band in 1983

Lou Reed and his band (Robert Quine, Fernando Saunders and Fred Maher) performing at the Bottom Line in New York in 1983

© Jane L. Wechsler. Lou Reed Papers, Music and Recorded Sound Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

The entire collection is publicly available (minus Reed’s personal rolodex), according to the Time. Videos of his live performances span the years 1960 to 2012. His written works, which are now curated together, include album liner notes, handwritten lyrics, sheet music, short stories, and speeches. Other exhibits include Reed’s high school yearbook, his personal record collection, tour itineraries, contracts, clippings, fan mail, passports, and even his glasses.

The eclectic nature of the collection is perhaps appropriate. As Anderson told NPR’s John Schaefer, Reed’s songs tell of “a Shakespearian panoply of characters.”

“They were all New Yorkers,” she adds. “And there they are, living in the library.”

Lou Reed: Caught Between Twisted Starsis on view at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center through March 4, 2023.

Lessons Learned: Seasonal Preparation and Scaling Up Production

Lessons Learned is a column in which Brews News reaches out to start-up breweries a year after first opening to understand the challenges of opening a new brewery and share key lessons for all breweries in the making.

Seasonal readiness and scaling up production were some of the lessons learned by Bowden Brewing in its first year of business.

The brewery opened in July last year and was co-founded by Alex Marschall, Jake Phoenix, Oliver Brown, Joshua Talbot and Matthew Orman while working at New Orleans inspired bar, NOLA.

In a similar experience at Mount Gambier’s Woolstore Brewery, the downtown brewery struggled with COVID-19 restrictions in South Australia. However, as co-founder Alex Marschall explained, the challenges were expected.

“In the midst of COVID, we’ve had a number of closures, reopenings and limited capacity, so the venue and the commercial kitchen have had a number of challenges,” he said.

“But overall I think it went pretty well and it was what we expected, which is pretty good.”

The brewery itself is located in Factory 3 Bowden, which is a site that features various businesses as well as Bowden Brewing. As a result, the development application was filed with the State Commission’s Assessment Committee as well as the local council.

Marschall explained that preparation was a hard lesson learned for the company, not just with the development request process.

“When we were opening, the state government [was a challenge] so we were still figuring that out. There was a little less planning, maybe we could have done that,” he said.

“In terms of planning, going from beer production to selling on site, for us it was a challenge to try to predict the type of market flow and to try to plan a bit ahead to the seasons too.

During the colder seasons, Adelaide embraces a dark beer culture with various events held to showcase the breweries’ dark beers. Using it for your business is essential if you’re in a similar field, but preparation should be a priority, Marschall advised.

“You need to plan at least six weeks ahead in planning certain styles to fill your ready-made board. If you hit winter and you don’t have dark beers on board, you’ve already missed the boat,” he said.

“A bit of that planning, trying to predict what will sell and how much will sell, until you find a bit of a balance.”

This approach then feeds into other aspects of the business, especially when it comes to scaling production.

“We scaled our equipment to be able to work towards our production capacity,” Marschall said.

“When we originally opened, we originally had double sized fermenters that only made one batch to half fill the fermenters to help with volume.

“While we are now at about full capacity, we are doubling down on everything we do and filling the fermenters to the brim.

“Obviously with the addition of canning machines, we end up canning and kegning half the batch. So it’s about finding that balance in packaging.

Marschall said the brewery is now considering prioritizing maintenance and advised others to do the same.

“A year from now, we really need to start focusing a bit more on the maintenance of the equipment as well,” he explained.

“Not all, but a lot of equipment has 12 monthly maintenance inspections that also need to be done.

“So with that in place, brand new gear, usually you’re right for a little while, but now you want to start taking care of it so it lasts as long as it can and doesn’t burn out. in six months. ‘ time.”

Local cooperation

For a brewery based in an inner-city suburb, Bowden Brewing experienced a huge range of customers, which contributed to a local clientele.

“The area being quite apartment-heavy construction means we see a lot of people coming here with their friends from the freeway and using this entertainment space, which is good and what we wanted from the start,” said Marshall explained.

“With also being in the new development, there was a lot of excitement for us to open, and that kind of continues.

“So we have a lot of loyal locals that we see coming back every week, always eager to come and try the new beers we’ve released, which is good.”

Marschall advised that other businesses should use the collaboration to work with other local businesses.

“So we’re working with the other companies that now live in space as well. We had a coffee roaster open right next to us, as well as a dessert bar which will open shortly,” he said.

“Try to work with all the other local businesses around you to activate the whole space and have distinct but related offerings across all businesses.”

With the addition of the cannery, the brewery intends to expand its wholesale business by focusing on distribution to independent bottlers, while continuing to work with local businesses.

“We did a little more canning than we originally planned, which turned out to be a good thing,” Marschall explained.

“Everything can still get that view, as well as going to a few independent bottle shops and trying to get in, not far, but a bit more into the Adelaide community.

“So we still mainly sell what we can locally, but a bit more in bulk. Get a little more statewide exposure I guess.

Massachusetts reverse mortgage counseling relief is about to end, putting state business at risk again

Reverse mortgage counseling in the state of Massachusetts has been allowed to progress remotely by videoconference or telephone for most of the year, but the relief allowing such measures is set to expire once again. in the absence of further action by the state legislature and governor’s office. Charlie Baker (R).

This is consistent with previously published guidance and outlook by reverse mortgage professionals operating in the state, including advisors and originators.

The question of remote advice

Massachusetts is the only state in the nation that requires reverse mortgage counseling to be conducted face-to-face, a requirement that previously ran into safety concerns created by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Very soon after the declaration of a state of emergency following the pandemic, the House of Representatives and the State Senate passed a bill providing for a statewide moratorium on foreclosures and evictions during the COVID-19 emergency, which also had a provision for telephone or video counseling. for reverse mortgage transactions for the duration of the emergency.

This state of emergency ended on June 15, 2021, but the deadline for telephone or video advice has been extended to December 15.

At that time, in mid-December, the Massachusetts Division of Banking (DOB) issued a letter reminding active reverse mortgage industry participants in the state that the relief allowing telephone advice or Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) video would end as planned. on December 15, 2021. Any loans issued in Massachusetts after that date would be tantamount to requiring counseling sessions to be conducted in person.

Several weeks later, state congressional bodies again extended the relief until July 15, 2022. Although there are indications that some movement has taken place regarding an extension or even a solution potentially permanent to this problem, it has yet to materialize and it is likely that there will be yet another disruption to reverse mortgage activity within the state resulting from this piecemeal approach to relief .

Where are things now

Although the situation remains generally sub-optimal as counseling agencies and lenders must once again wait for government assistance, developments in the matter and the involvement of both the Massachusetts Mortgage Bankers Association (MMBA ) and the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) have been instrumental in finding more relief and potentially other more robust solutions. That’s according to George Downey, founder of Harbor Mortgage Solutions in Braintree, Mass.

“While all of this is going on, I think it’s worth noting that people in the industry here, both associations, have really stepped up to promote the interests of consumers,” Downey told RMD in an interview. .

While these issues do not generally appear to impact customer perceptions of reverse mortgages or their own patience with them, the industry within the state is well equipped to handle this disruption, because it had been the norm for so long. That’s according to Brett Kirkpatrick, partner at Harbor Mortgage Solutions.

“We experienced six years of in-person counseling only in Massachusetts, starting in 2014 until the declaration of an emergency in 2020,” he said. “The elders were very stressed to find transportation to a place far away from them. These are all the difficulties that we have been trying to explain to the legislator for all these years. So hopefully we are only temporarily back in this situation.

For Jennifer Cosentini, director of housing at Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp., the situation may seem a little too familiar and reminiscent of a 1993 film starring actor Bill Murray whose character relives the same day over and over again.

“We are preparing for another break,” she said. “I feel like it’s groundhog day. It’s always the same thing. We will wait, we are now ready for face-to-face in-house counselling. But then I feel like in August or September we will go back to full consultation for a short time.

The long arm of the pandemic

Another complicating factor is that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is continuing, with more virulent strains driving spikes in infection rates across the country. However, the current level of infections in Massachusetts is generally low, and certainly much lower than the surge experienced the last time the counseling waiver expired according to Data from New York Times.

However, because reverse mortgages affect a cohort that is more likely to contract serious illness from COVID-19, Downey believes this remains a factor in the conversation that should be kept in mind by policymakers.

“I think that [COVID-19] is still very much in play,” says Downey. “We are dealing with perhaps the most vulnerable cohort of seniors and their vulnerability to it. We have this new COVID variant which is now heavily publicized here as extremely contagious, and so the recommendation for older people is still very high in terms of contact avoidance. The flip side is that counselors don’t want face-to-face counselling.

Cosentini echoes the concerns of senior customers.

“I’m worried about seniors, to be honest with you,” she said. “I just don’t think they should have to come into a big office and meet a lot of different people. There are other meetings there, but they are going to meet several people, for no reason.

hope is eternal

While the disruption created by exhalation last time came around eight weeks, Downey doesn’t think the disruption to activity this time will be as pronounced as what was seen last time.

“Hope is eternal,” says Downey. “I don’t expect a major disruption at all. I’m pretty confident that at a minimum we’ll see an extension that kicks the box up until next year. But hopefully , the other bill would pass and we would have a permanent solution, so I don’t expect any major disruption.

However, he predicts there will be a short period between the expiration of the current relief and when the governor signs a bill that effectively ends most reverse mortgage counseling in Massachusetts.

Cosentini also remains optimistic that a fix will arrive.

“I’m always optimistic, as I always am,” she says. “I still think they’re going to make this permanent, so they don’t. But I will remain optimistic that they will make the change. This is going to have a big impact on our staff because we are hybrid. Now we need to make sure we have staff in the office, and we need to know when they will be there so we can have in-person sessions. It’s going to be difficult for a while. »

RMD has contacted representatives of the NRMLA but has not heard back as of press time.

Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company to Stage ‘Macbeth’ at Stackhouse Park | Entertainment

JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania – Something nasty is coming for the 31st season of a local theater company.

William Shakespeare’s tragedy ‘Macbeth’ will be staged by the Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company at 7 p.m. Thursday-July 16 and July 20-23 in the Main Pavilion at Stackhouse Park in Westmont.

Laura Gordon, the show’s director, said the troupe performed the play in 2000 and now seemed like a good time to revisit the story based on current events in the world.

“Society in turmoil”

“It’s a society in turmoil, and it’s very impactful right now,” she said.

“If it’s not one thing, it’s the next thing, and that’s what you see in the game from the opening. They’re at war and there’s no peaceful transfer of power. You have conscience and honor face to face.

Gordon said that although “Macbeth” was written in the 17th century, the story is true today.

“We have a society that can look back and say it’s not new and we haven’t evolved,” she said.

“At the end of the day, Shakespeare’s stories are stories of human beings and humans are imperfect. We try to be perfect, but inevitably we always stumble and fall.

“Macbeth” dramatizes the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for their own good.

About Manufacturing

The production follows a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that he will one day become King of Scotland.

Driven by ambition and driven to action by his wife, Macbeth assassinates King Duncan and seizes the Scottish throne.

He is then ravaged by guilt and paranoia.

Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he quickly becomes a tyrannical ruler.

The bloodbath and ensuing civil war quickly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to the realms of madness and death.

Gordon said Macbeth is the fiercest character in all of Shakespeare’s plays.

“He meets these three witches who predict he will be king, and when it all starts to unravel and come true, his wife steps in,” she said.

“We talk a lot about all of this – do witches predict or plan, and what is their role in the play, and were those ideas already there?”

All Star Cast

Gordon said the show featured a cast of veteran actors and a few newcomers.

“They’ve adopted it and they treat each other with so much respect,” she said.

“I’m not one of those directors who says, ‘Do it my way or take the freeway.’

“I want people to help each other.

“What happens then is that it reticulates into something bigger than a man’s vision.”

Gordon added that it’s exciting to see veteran actors interact with newbie performers and share their expertise.

“That’s how we want it. We always want someone new to come along,” she said.

Doug Meagher, who has been with the company since 1996, portrays the role of Macbeth.

“I like a dark role because I’m normally the comic relief in everything we do,” the Johnstown resident said.

“It’s liberating to play someone who is a complex and faulty character like Macbeth and is on the dark side of things.

“It’s fun to step into that frame and become that character and let the emotions pour out.”

Meagher said he sees Lady Macbeth as the one pulling all the strings.

“She’s the one who sees that Macbeth has a chance to become king and she knows he wouldn’t do anything unethical to make it happen, so she has to push him,” he said.

“Macbeth has ambition, but she’s the one pushing him to go through the bloody legwork to get there. Later, she has regrets and now she can’t stop him, and that pushes them both to the limit. edge of the abyss.

The writing remains relevant

Meagher said Shakespeare’s stories were written hundreds of years ago, but are still relevant today.

“He was a great observer of human character, and we’re not that different from people who lived hundreds of years ago,” he said.

“The language is beautiful to me. His words are like a song, and if you’re able to get into a beat, it’s just amazing.

Lynne McQuillan reprises the role of Lady Macbeth, a role she played in 2000.

“It’s been fun and kinda hard to wonder if I could still do it after 22 years,” the Johnstown resident said.

“For a while it felt awkward, then it felt like home.”

Difficult character

She said Lady Macbeth is a difficult character to play.

“She’s the complete opposite of me, but that part interests me,” McQuillan said.

“He’s someone who is so driven by greed and titles. It’s interesting to tap into that dark side of humanity and see what it can do to you when it invades your psyche.

McQuillan said Lady Macbeth was the real villain of the story.

“Macbeth opens the door by just saying there’s this possibility that he’s king, but he blows it away,” McQuillian said.

“She sees the future and takes him with him because he has to get there. She pushes him, but then the tables turn and she wants him to stop killing people, but there’s no going back. .

She said she hopes the audience will have an entertaining theatrical evening.

“A lot of the story is drawn from nature, so I think it’s really great that we’re providing a place where you’re surrounded by nature that’s referenced throughout,” McQuillan said.

“You can let go of the cares or cares of your world for a few hours and lose yourself in the language, beauty and uniqueness of the park.”

Other actors, actresses

Rounding out the “Macbeth” cast, Dominic Dalton as Malcolm; Anna Davis as Fleance; Iris Davis as Lady Macbeth’s attendant; Kate Davis as Hecate/Doctor; Don Evanisko as Banquo; Albert Ghantous as King Duncan; Jennifer Giuffre as the First Witch; Natalie Kurchak as the murderess; Laken Kurchak as Lady Macduff; Johnny Kurchak as Menteith/Sergeant; Ethan Leydig as Lennox; Robb Miller as Porter; Tony Malvoisin as Macduff; Lisa Paolillo as Lady/Servant; Patricia Schutte as the murderess; KC Schutte as the Third Witch; Owen P. Standley as Ross; and Larisa West as the second witch.

Gordon said the costumes in the play took on a medieval feel.

“I go with a lot of kilts in basic leathers and a variety of colors, and they’re exceptional,” she said.

“The women are wearing traditional medieval costumes with a low waist and long sleeves, and I think they’re going to look fabulous. As audiences, we want to see visually stimulating and pleasing costumes.

Gordon said it’s therapeutic for people to come into the woods and physically be part of the drama.

“I want people to slow down and breathe and feel the magic that’s out there,” she said.

“You have the same moon and stars, Elk Run between you and the mountain gushing up behind you, so there’s therapy in there and words are the ultimate psychiatrist. There’s an old Indian hunting ground there, right next to the stage, where the Indians used to hunt and then gather around the fire to tell stories, and that’s what we do.

Gordon added that the show is the perfect opportunity to introduce young people to Shakespeare.

“It would be wonderful if parents brought their children and took them to the theater,” she said.

“They really appreciate it and they understand. They are still hanging over the shore in the pond, just trying to get closer.

Free Shuttle

A free shuttle service will be available to transport guests from Westmont Hilltop Elementary School, 827 Diamond Blvd., to and from the game site.

St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church will serve Serbian cuisine for purchase.

Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

A cover for the public will be reserved.

“There’s no fourth wall in the Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company, and everyone loves it,” Gordon said.

“This year the battles are coming from the public and the king enters through the public, so they will feel part of it.”

Tickets, which are $15 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and military, are available at the door and in advance online at www.bandofbrothersshakespeare.org.

Event venue that was once Reba McEntire’s Tennessee mansion is up for sale

The former estate of country music singer and actress Reba McEntire outside of Nashville, Tennessee that has been turned into an event venue is on the market.

Nashville-based Infinity Properties is testing investors’ appetite for a lodging and events venue in one of the hottest metropolitan areas in the country.

The Estate at Cherokee Dock includes the mansion where McEntire lived for 25 years until it was sold and the surrounding property five years ago. It sits on 18 acres along Old Hickory Lake in Lebanon, about 35 miles east of downtown Nashville.

Carrying a sale price of $13.25 million, the listing is presented as a sale-leaseback. Event planning company Infinity Hospitality, a sister company to Infinity Properties, plans to sign a 10-year triple net lease with a potential buyer. With the lease, Infinity Hospitality will cover all operating expenses of the property such as taxes, insurance and maintenance.

In addition to the 13,000 square foot mansion built in 1960, the property has three other homes, an event center, a shed with stables and a swimming pool.

Infinity Properties purchased the site in December along with the site assets and reservations from the previous owner. Since then, Nathaniel Beaver, the owner of Infinity, told CoStar News that much of the property has been renovated, including adding a commercial kitchen on site.

“We had to make it a true five-star lodging and event venue,” Beaver said.

The property was once part of the 83-acre Starstruck farm that McEntire sold in 2017 for around $8 million to a property developer who divided the property for residential development. The developer quickly sold the mansion and 18 acres to a buyer who converted it into an event venue.


Michael Havens, Madison Wenzler and Ronnie Wenzler, brokers at Cushman & Wakefield in Nashville, have the list.

Virginia Repertory Theater Announces 70th Anniversary Season

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – For 70 years, the Virginia Repertory Theater has enhanced Richmond’s arts community, bringing the sights and sounds of Broadway to the Commonwealth. Virginia Rep is now one of the largest professional performing arts organizations in Central Virginia.

The non-profit theater company is thrilled to announce this year’s slate of shows. The 70th anniversary season will feature a variety of comedic and dramatic plays and musicals for audience enjoyment.

The “Signature Season” includes four shows that will be presented at the November Theater in Richmond throughout the year.

Signature season

Chicken and cookies Sep 29 – Oct 30, 2022

The funniest sitcom you’ll ever see on stage, “Chicken and Biscuits” is fresh off its Broadway run. Virginia Rep is the first theater in the region to produce this runaway success. Rival sisters prepare to bury their father and a family secret is revealed at the church altar. This laugh-packed laugh piece will feed your soul as family drama spills onto the Sunday dinner table

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley Nov. 25, 2022 – Jan. 1, 2023

Two years after the end of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, the Bennet sisters and their spouses celebrate family holidays at the Darcy estate. Mary Bennet, the bookish middle sister, is not in a celebratory mood. She is tired of missing romantic getaways. Will an unexpected guest give Mary the ultimate gift of love? Don’t miss this charming suite.

After December March 2 – 26, 2023

When a particle collides deep below the surface of the malfunctioning Earth, a mysterious woman appears. She can’t say where she came from or how she got here; she only knows that she is a poet. But when she gives voice to her weird and beautiful poems, reality itself begins to ripple and shift, becoming strangely unreliable. For physicists, it is an intriguing mystery; for the authorities, she is a threat. Could both be right? Find out if science can solve the poet’s riddle in this exciting new play.

The follies of Will Rogers June 22 – August 6, 2023

Crisp tunes, elaborate production numbers, rope tricks and comedic sketches abound in this classic Broadway musical about great American cowboy entertainer Will Rogers. Set against the backdrop of the Ziegfeld Follies, Rogers is an extraordinary host as he guides you through his life, from the family ranch to his meteoric rise to fame.

The company will also produce three more shows at Hanover Tavern this year. This series of shows is usually referred to as the “Hanover Season”, but will revert to the original name – “Barksdale Season” – to honor the anniversary.

Barksdale Season

Steel Magnolias Oct. 14 – Nov. 13, 2022

Join us at Truvy’s Beauty Salon and meet the six hilarious and heartwarming women from “Steel Magnolias”, whose antics in the salon will have you laughing through tears. The ladies chat and argue, but ultimately the strength of their bond is revealed as they support each other through good times and bad.

A Christmas on Broadway 2 Dec. 2022 – Jan 1, 2023

Just in time for the holidays, the musical theater star ensemble put on lively entertainment that celebrates the timeless Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa songs that were originally composed and performed in Broadway, Hollywood musicals and Virginia Rep. Each song tells a story. Together, they’ll warm your heart and get your toes tapping, while mesmerizing you with the behind-the-scenes holiday stories of some of the most memorable composers and theater practitioners of all time.

Oil City Symphony March 24 – April 30, 2023

From the makers of Pump Boys and Dinettes comes the award-winning, bubbly revue “Oil City Symphony,” the story of four graduates who return to their alma mater to honor their beloved music teacher. Performing an eclectic program – ranging from “1812 Overture” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” to rock standards, sentimental favorites and offbeat original songs – the four fill their tribute concert with good old-fashioned entertainment. .

Virginia Rep is currently putting on “Mamma Mia!”until August 7. Ticket information for this show and the anniversary season can be found here.

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‘Bull Durham’ Writer-Director Pens His Memoir ‘The Church of Baseball’

The genius of “Bull Durham” can be found in many scenes, including one in which minor league veteran Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) coaches newcomer Ebby Calvin (Nuke) LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) on the art of being interviewed.

“You’re going to have to learn your shots,” advises Crash. “You will have to study them. …Note this. “We have to play them one day at a time.”

“‘I have to play.’ … It’s quite boring, you know?, Nuke replies.

“Of course it’s boring,” Crash says. “That’s the goal. Write it down!”

Yes, most real post-game interviews are boring. But writer-director Ron Shelton’s 1988 film about the Durham Bulls baseball team remains the exact opposite of boring.

The greatest sports movie of all time – according to a 2003 Sports Illustrated ranking that still stands – is the subject of Ron Shelton’s new book, “The Church of Baseball: The Making of Bull Durham: Home Runs, Bad Calls, Crazy Fights, big swings and a kick.”

Kevin Costner, right, explains how baseball is really played to phenom Tim Robbins in

Shelton will talk about his memoir on Thursday at a virtual event hosted by the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn. Joining Shelton in the Zoom discussion will be Jim Burnstein, the director of the screenwriting program at the University of Michigan (and a screenwriter and producer who immersed himself in sports films with the script for “D3: The Mighty Ducks”).

Released in 1988, “Bull Durham” stars Costner as an older, wiser receiver on the Durham, North Carolina team, Robbins as the mix of raw talent and naivety that is Nuke. and Susan Sarandon as Annie Savoy, a so-called baseball groupie. who is in love with the game and who practices serial monogamy by romanticizing a player each season.

What makes “Bull Durham” such a timeless film? Burnstein says the short answer is that Shelton designed it that way.

“Ron Shelton billed it as ‘Lysistrata’ in the minor leagues. And you don’t have to be an Aristophanes or baseball fan to get it,” Burnstein says, referring to the old play. Greek on a battle of the sexes.

“He’s a pitcher, a catcher and a woman who tells the tale. She sleeps with one of them, but the other one is the good guy. You can’t help but love all of these characters. The story rings true because the minor league world Shelton creates is the one he inhabited. It’s funny and sad and perfectly cast. ‘Bull Durham’ is the benchmark for sports movies because it’s not s it’s not about sports.”

Although the movie ended up being both entertaining and sexy and bittersweet, the editing process was as nerve-wracking as, well, getting a closer look at a Detroit Tigers trying to preserve a winning score as he are two outs in the ninth inning.

Shelton reveals production ups and downs in his book, such as a studio executive wanting Anthony Michael Hall to play Nuke instead of Robbins. The memoir was praised by the likes of author Daniel Okrent, who exclaimed, “No insider has ever written so well, and so revealingly, about script rewriting, studio battles, backing vocals, the whole sausage-making process of any movie.”

All great art is the product of a struggle, even if it’s a commercially successful film like “Bull Durham”. In an email interview with Free Press this week, Shelton made it clear that the process of bringing the project to screen involves both the agony and the ecstasy of creative expression.

When asked when and how he realized his film was a classic, Shelton replied, “It’s only now that I’m beginning to understand. The experience of making it was so unfortunate that I couldn’t even watch it for 10 years. Now enough time has passed that I can enjoy it and, it seems, write a book about it.

So which cast member provided the most comedic relief during production? “The cast were hardworking and professional and committed to the task at hand, but Robert Wuhl was a comedic tonic for everyone, keeping things light and funny and always irreverent, which helped through the battles,” Shelton said. .

Wuhl was equally effective on screen in what is probably his best performance ever as pitching coach Larry Hockett. During the film’s hilarious mid-game reunion on the pitcher’s mound, Hockett offers advice on what to buy a player for a wedding gift: “”Chandeliers always make a great gift, and, uh, maybe you could know where it’s saved, maybe a mise en place or maybe a silverware pattern is good. OK, let’s take two!

Shelton, who was nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for “Bull Durham,” played minor league baseball himself for about five seasons. Thanks in large part to his expertise, the action on the ground in the film was as precise as the dialogue was offbeat.

“One of the opposing hitters, Butch Davis, actually made the majors a few years later,” Shelton said. He added that the baseball “coordinator-guru” for the film was Grady Little, a Durham Bulls manager who went on to manage in the major leagues for the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers.

After “Bull Durham,” Shelton went on to make a few more sports-themed movies, including 1994’s “Cobb” starring Tommy Lee Jones as the iconic and controversial Detroit Tigers great, and 1996’s “Tin Cup.” , a romantic comedy rooted in golf that reunited him with Costner.

For “Cobb,” Shelton said he filmed footage at Detroit’s old Tiger Stadium, which he described as his “all-time favorite baseball park,” and dined while in the Greektown neighborhood of Detroit. Motor City.

“And I hung out in Detroit with Ernie Harwell, who had a lot of stories about Ty Cobb that I had never heard,” he said of meeting the late and legendary Tigers announcer. .

From “Bull Durham” to 1984’s “The Natural” and 1989’s “Field of Dreams,” baseball movies have an emotional force and enduring resonance that puts them in a league of their own, pun intended.

Shelton admitted he didn’t know why. “I don’t know because it’s very difficult to get them made. There are almost no foreign sales for American baseball films or television, and that is the problem,” he said.

Maybe it’s because baseball is the stuff dreams are made of (to borrow from that literary star William Shakespeare) – and “Bull Durham” is the ultimate ode to that dream.

As Annie says in the voiceover that opens the film (and inspires the title of Shelton’s book): “I’ve tried them all, really. And the only church that really feeds the soul, day in and day out, is the baseball church.

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“The Church of Baseball: The Making of Bull Durham: Home Runs, Bad Calls, Crazy Fights, Big Swings and a Hit”

6:30-7:30 p.m. Thurs.

Zoom virtual chat with author Ron Shelton, the writer-director of “Bull Durham,” about his new memoir. It will be led by Jim Burnstein, director of the screenwriting program at the University of Michigan.

To register for this event, visit the Dearborn Public Library website (www.dearbornlibrary.org) and click on the calendar of events and the registration link.

Hosted by the Henry Ford Centennial Library of Dearborn.

$5M loan fund created to help South Shore condo owners and co-ops pay for maintenance and repairs

Since the day she took office in 1999, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) is trying to find a way to help condo and co-op owners with maintenance and repair costs.

On Tuesday, Hairston’s 23-year crusade finally hit the ground running, thanks to an innovative pilot program focused on the South Shore that could ultimately be a model for preserving vulnerable aging buildings across the city.

A City Council committee authorized the Chicago Department of Housing to distribute $5 million in grants to homeowners of condominiums and cooperative buildings and “low-interest, long-term loan/grant products” homeowners associations.

The loans and grants would be issued by the Chicago Community Loan Fund in conjunction with the city’s Troubled Buildings Initiative. The fund is financed by high fees paid by developers to avoid building affordable units in their residential projects.

Deputy Housing Commissioner Will Edwards said the fund was created to “rehabilitate and stabilize struggling co-op and condo buildings” starting with the South Shore – and ultimately across the city.

Grants and loans of up to $50,000 per unit would be available, but only in buildings where:

• The majority of residents are homeowners and at least half of the units are rated as “affordable”.

• At least 25% of residents have lived in the building for at least 10 years or the building has so many code violations that it is considered “distressed”.

• Residents do not earn more than 120% of the region’s median income. That’s about $88,000 for an individual and $125,000 for a family of four.

“The goal is to allow long-time homeowners, many of whom are older on fixed incomes, to stay in affordable housing and stay in their homes and age in place,” Edwards told the Housing Committee.

“Condominiums” often cannot afford major repairs, Edwards said. They often have “tenancy issues” and difficulty accessing credit or raising appraisal fees high enough to fund these maintenance projects.

“In many cases, these additional costs are far beyond the current occupier’s ability to pay. Especially when they have fixed incomes. These seniors on fixed incomes paying mortgages honestly cannot afford the exorbitant special assessments. It’s really a game of preserving ownership of the house,” Edwards said.

“Buildings over thirty years old with water, facade and concrete damage use reserves for emergency repairs, code violations. In many cases, we see these buildings appear in our struggling building initiatives. And this is one of the tools that we hope to use to solve this problem.

Bank engagement is the long-term goal and the “heavyweight,” Edwards said.

“It’s really a drop in the ocean. It’s our attempt to see if we can solve some of these issues by supporting it and creating a concept or an example that we can get the banks to work on with us,” he said.

Housing committee chairman Harry Osterman (48th) questioned how willing banks would be to work with the city to help struggling condos and co-ops ‘given their poor history of lending in communities south and west sides.

Hairston acknowledged that his quest to tackle the problem posed by deferred maintenance and city-mandated safety repairs has dragged on for 20 years.

“In the areas between 67th, 71st, South Jeffery and South Shore Drive, people were coming in, making improvements and buying buildings and condos and challenging people to stay in their units,” Hairston said.

“Over the years I’ve had condos that couldn’t keep up with the city’s people safety rating or whatever because the ratings to do these programs were so high that most of these people couldn’t afford it and had to have the buildings condemned.

Many programs are available, but aren’t “for condos, co-ops, or people on fixed incomes,” Hairston said.

“The cost of maintaining a building is increasing. But if you have a fixed income, [your income] doesn’t. These are people who have been in the community for 50 years or more,” the alderman said.

“It’s just one piece of the puzzle. It’s not something for the whole community. We’re addressing a specific issue that my constituents have told me they need help with.

In a press release issued by the city the day the loan program was introduced, South Shore was described as one of Chicago’s “most densely populated” communities with residents drawn to the neighborhood’s proximity to the Lake Michigan, Hyde Park, the University of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry. It is also close to the site of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park.

“However, a significant number of African American owners in the area residing in condominiums are at risk of being converted into high-cost units due to owners’ inability to pay for deferred maintenance or obtain longer-term loans. term than the traditional five to seven years,” the statement said.

Adult entertainment company sends lucrative offer to Zach Wilson

Adult entertainment company CamSoda has offered New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson $69,000 to help recruit MILFs to their site after reports surfaced on Monday suggesting he had engaged in a intimate experience with her mother’s best friend.

Wilson’s name made headlines after allegations emerged that he had engaged in a physical relationship with his mother’s best friend, and the incident turned out to work in the athlete’s favor star, according to a press release sent directly to the Daily Caller. CamSoda saw the appeal of having a high-profile figure like Wilson become a representative and spokesperson for their brand, and they’re offering a lot of money in return for his involvement, according to the vice’s offer letter. -President of CamSoda Daryn Parker obtained by the Daily Caller.

“How was your summer?” On the face of it, this is very hot,” Parker wrote in the opening statement of his offer letter.

“While your actions may be considered unsportsmanlike conduct in The Church of Latter-day Saints, they certainly are not at CamSoda,” Parker said.

“We would like to offer you this offseason to be CamSoda’s first official ‘Head MILF Recruiter’ to help the CamSoda team identify MILFs on Instagram who would be a good fit to perform on the site,” Parker said. (RELATED: ‘MILF and his wife next door’: Colorado cop becomes OnlyFans user, retires with $30,000 after co-workers find out)

The offer presented to Wilson was accompanied by a substantial financial offer. “For every MILF you find for the site, you’ll earn $69,000 per pop,” Parker said.

The adult entertainment site went on to describe their proposal as a “mutually beneficial partnership”, before encouraging Wilson to contact them if he had any questions.

Wilson has yet to issue a response or public statement.

Veterans can get help and enjoy camaraderie at the Berks Center

The Berks County non-profit group, Veterans Making A Difference, continues to host events for veterans to share camaraderie and receive help.

Among the gatherings, which are open to anyone who has served or is serving in the military, are those held on the second Saturday of each month at the Paul R. Gordon Veteran Social Center in Sixth and Greenwich Streets in Reading on the ground floor floor of the Rescue Mission of Hope.

The center is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the second Saturday and last Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Veterans attending on the second Saturday can even receive a to-go lunch bag, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry soap and dish soap.

Oley American Legion Post 878 donates lunches every second Saturday.

The Oley American Legion and Veterans Making a Difference team up every other Saturday to provide lunch and other items to local veterans. (Courtesy of Veterans Making a Difference)

The Legion Post and Veterans Making A Difference can help veterans through donations received from the community.

When Veterans Making A Difference and its leaders, Liz and Doug Graybill, have surplus items they can share with veterans at the Army Reserve Center along Route 724 near Kenhorst and also at Providence House at Eighth and Court streets.

Liz is also a Veterans Duty Officer with Veterans of Foreign Wars and is able to help complete forms to enroll veterans in VA health care and assist surviving spouses and veterans with VA benefits.

If you need this kind of help, want to cook a meal or donate items, contact Liz at 484-577-6898 or email her at [email protected]

Hundreds of Couples Haven’t Had a Wedding Because of COVID

Couples hold ribbons in a special ritual during a mass wedding at Lincoln Center on July 11, 2022.

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Hundreds of couples came together for a massive wedding celebration this weekend — the wedding many of them couldn’t have because COVID disrupted their plans.

There were older couples and younger ones, gay, straight and non-binary couples, couples of different races and from different places, all coming together to pay tribute to love.

“Celebrate Love: A (Re)Wedding was launched by the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York.

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“We thought about what NYC really needed right now? We realized we really needed to bring back our rituals, all the things that we couldn’t do together, and so a wedding was at the top of the list,” said Shanta Thake, artistic director of Lincoln Center.

Five hundred couples were invited to register for free.

And many have.

Sheryl Wilson and Jenn Melendez hold up their rings. The two met online through HER App, an app for women who want to date women, 1.5 years ago during the pandemic. They live on the Upper East Side.

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“We planned this beautiful wedding with friends and family in Lisbon in April 2020. And March happened and we were a month away from the wedding, and the world closed in and we knew it wasn’t going to happen “said Lauren Gibbs.

Instead, she and Rob Jenkins held a small ceremony on their front porch, with her father officiating and friends watching both on zoom and from chalked hearts on the sidewalk, neatly placed six feet away. one another.

But this celebration allowed the couple to relax and have fun, finally. “It’s been a really strange and difficult two years and it’s nice to find those times to reflect and bring joy to ourselves, to each other and to those around us,” Gibbs said.

There were older couples and younger ones, gay, straight and non-binary couples, couples of different races and from different places, all coming together to pay tribute to love.

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The trees in the outer plaza were shrouded in twinkling lights, with lanterns hanging from the branches. Some couples wore bridal dresses and costumes, others had special his and hers masks. Staff members distributed bouquets and wreaths. There were henna stations, a 360 degree photo booth and champagne.

But most importantly, there were the loved ones who celebrated with the couples; parents, friends, children.

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Not all couples get married. Fabiola and Carlos Escobar came to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. He wore a purple tie; she wore a flowing white dress and a sequined veil that she bought at Nordstrom Rack. Accompanying them as best man and bridesmaid was their young granddaughter Brianna, 7, who was asked what she learned about love from watching her grandparents.

“To be nice,” she said. “Be helpful. Be respectful. Be proud of yourself.”

Carlos and Fabiola Escobar of the North Bronx have been married for 50 years and are renewing their vows.

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The couples walked down an aisle, two by two, where they were greeted by Mayor Eric Adams and serenaded by Broadway stars. An imam, a rabbi and a minister blessed their unions.

And then they all gathered under a 10-foot-tall disco ball set atop the iconic fountain, under the stars – and danced.

Mario Cantone and Jerry Dixon performed “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man” from the musical “Showboat” to a crowd of hundreds of couples.

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Lupine Season 3 Production Updates, Plot, Release, And Everything We Know So Far

Maurice Leblanc’s ArséneLupin Gentleman-Thief novels based on the French series “Lupin” season one and two were released in January 2021 and June 2021 respectively, with a total of five episodes each. Netflix has acquired the rights to simulcast it worldwide. The series was watched by 70 million households in its first month, making it the most-watched non-English series on Netflix at the time. Without further ado, let’s dive into Lupin’s Season 3 updates.

Season 3 of Lupine has been renewed, and it is already in production, confirmed Omar Sy last year. “We can’t hide anything from you. Lupin Part 3 is confirmed!” he tweeted after a French reporter shared the news.

But since November, Sy and Netflix have made no announcements about whether filming is underway or complete in Paris.

According to the storylines of the last two seasons, almost all the key characters will reprise their roles in Lupine Part 3. This includes Omar Sy (AssaneDiop), Antoine Gouy (Benjamin Ferel), Etan Simon (Raoul), LudivineSagnier (Claire) and SoufianeGuerrab (Youssef Guedira).

Additionally, Hervé Pierre (Hubert Pellegrini), Vincent Londez (Captain RomainLaugier), ShirineBoutella (Lieutenant Sofia Belkacem), Vincent Garanger (Gabriel Dumont), Stefan Crepon (Philippe Courbet) and ClotildeHesme (Juliette Pellegrini) are also set to return to Lupin. 3.

The main cast, Omar Sy, plays a modern-day gentleman thief who takes inspiration from Arsene Lupin and swears to avenge his father’s death in the mystery thriller series.

Season 2 of Lupin ended with Belkacem receiving new evidence, which suggests that Assane was not Leonardo’s killer. Youssef tells him and Laugier about Dumont’s corruption, and the three decide to arrest him at the Pellegrini’s concert at the Théâtre du Châtelet that evening.

Philippe, in reality an accomplice of Assane and Benjamin, brings several boxes of computer equipment into the theater, one of which contains Assane. When the music starts, Assane sneaks into Hubert’s private box, holding him at knifepoint and forcing him to confess to framing Babakar for the necklace theft and having him and Fabienne murdered, being responsible. of Raoul’s kidnapping and blame Assane for Leonard’s death.

After Assane leaves, Hubert’s men pursue him through the theater and he is eventually caught by Dumont. However, Laugier, Belkacem and Youssef arrive, arrest Dumont and temporarily release Assane. Assane goes to the stage, where he publicly accuses Hubert of all his crimes, including the theft from the foundation. The stunned guests begin to leave in a frenzy. Assane, still wanted for several high-profile crimes, manages to get away with them, disguised as a firefighter.

He sends Youssef a recording of Hubert’s confession, allowing the police to arrest the businessman. Although Assane is recognized by a group of officers, he manages to evade them after stealing a speedboat. He reconciles with Claire and Raoul before going on the run. Lupine Season 3 will start from here.

As for the premiere date, currently there is no confirmed news, however, series co-creator George Kay spoke with Radio Times ahead of the Lupin Part 3 renewal. He said they expect the new season to launch in 2022.

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How Mark Zuckerberg is ‘turning up the heat’ to get rid of employees who ‘shouldn’t be’ at Meta

Facebook-became-Meta Platforms Inc META CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees in late June that the company plans to cut its engineer hiring target from 10,000 to between 6,000 and 7,000 due to the market downturn.

“If I had to bet, I’d say this could be one of the worst downturns we’ve seen in recent history,” Zuckerberg told Meta staffers during a weekly Q&A session with employees.

Meta Platforms stock is down nearly 50% year-to-date.

More than that, Zuckerberg has found a unique way to make the staff leaner and meaner.

“In reality, there’s probably a bunch of people in the business who shouldn’t be here,” Zuckerberg said, according to multiple reports.

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The tech leader intends to weed out employees who don’t meet the highest standards by “raising the pressure” on performance management goals in addition to lowering hiring goals.

“Part of my hope by raising expectations and having more aggressive goals, and just turning up the heat a little bit, is that I think some of you might decide this place isn’t for you. , and that self-selection is OK with me,” he said.

The company needs to “prioritize more ruthlessly” and “lead smaller, meaner, better-executed teams,” the chief product officer said. Chris Cox wrote in a memo to Meta staff, highlighting the difficult times the company is facing.

The additional cost-cutting measures follow a recent earnings report from Meta that found the company is generating less revenue due to slowing ad sales and user growth.

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Denver Is Your First Place to ‘Party Before You Die’: Pilot Episode of New Travel Show Features Mile High City | Culture & Leisure

Denver tourism is about to get a big injection of Jell-O in the arm.

The pilot episode of a new sibling-friendly travel show hosted by comedians and best friends Adam Pally and Jon Gabrus is all about finding fun places to eat, drink and party in the Mile High City .

“101 Places to Party Before You Die,” premiering Thursday, July 14 on truTV, is an endlessly entertaining and irreverent love letter to Denver. It’s 24 minutes of wacky and beautiful national TV exhibit that the city’s tourist board couldn’t have done a better job of producing.

The premise, inspired by the best-selling “101 Places to Get (Bleeped) Up Before You Die,” edited by David S. Miller, has our hosts married (but not to each other) living for 48 hours in eight cities ranging from Moab to Puerto Rico.






Adam Pally, left, and Jon Gabrus came to Denver in May to discuss their new show, “101 Places to Party Before You Die,” which airs Thursday, July 14 on truTV.



“I mean, it’s really there in the title,” said Gabrus, who has a broken rib from a snowboarding fall at Arapahoe Basin — and lots of dead brain cells — to show for his visit to Colorado.

“We wanted to do a travel show because we love travel shows,” Gabrus told The Denver Gazette. “Adam and I have been traveling together for a long time for all sorts of reasons, but when we go to a new city, we are not very knowledgeable about food and architecture. So we wanted to do a show exploring different cities that a regular viewer might want to go to. I mean, not everyone can go to Paris, but we wanted to show that you can party anywhere.

When they came to Denver last year and took their first look, “it took our breath away,” Gabrus said, commenting on both the scenery and the elevation. It soon became apparent to them that they wanted Denver to be the pilot episode.

“Colorado is an important state for us,” Pally said. “Denver is one of America’s fastest growing cities…and you’re the first state to legalize cannabis.”

‘Nuff said.

You might know Gabrus from the Netflix movie “Game Over, Man,” and you probably know Pally from the cult (and streaming) ABC sitcom “Happy Endings.” You’ll get to know them both a whole lot better — and probably wish they were your best friends — after watching them laugh, in all the Rocky Mountain ways.







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A screenshot from the Denver episode of “101 Places to Party Before You Die”.




There is their ski show (beep); there’s their nominal attempt to climb the Red Rocks stairs; and then there’s their visit to the International Church of Cannabis, which I’ve known for a long time has taken over the old Lutheran church at 400 S. Logan St., but supposedly just another dispensary with a smart name. But no, it’s officially recognized as a church by the IRS. One who preaches “elevationalism” – the practice of using cannabis “to reveal the best version of yourself, discover a creative voice, and enrich the community with the fruits of that creativity.” The boys show us around the psychedelic interior which hosts hourly music and light shows. “It’s the most comfortable I’ve felt walking into a church in my entire life,” says Gabrus.

If you haven’t guessed it, Pally and Gabrus are huge cannabis fans. As you can see by Pally’s leaf necklace. “Or as you can tell by our whole vibe,” Gabrus said.

You learn all kinds of things about Denver in the episode, which makes the show as fun to watch for residents as it is for travelers. For example, I didn’t know that Denver had more cannabis dispensaries than Starbucks – a fact that I think defies the laws of science and mass consumption, but OK.

Nor did I know that Denver was named after singer John Denver or the Spicy Denver Omelet – as our hosts comically argue. I’ve been telling young people for decades that we were named after the lead actor from “Gilligan’s Island.”







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Adam Pally at Denver Seriesfest in May.



The pilot episode was screened for a Denver audience two months ago at SeriesFest and was received with roaring applause. Denver appears in the show as a young, progressive, and friendly destination, using dynamic panoramas and fast-paced infographics.

First stop is dinner on the rooftop of Linger, the old morgue with a spectacular view of the neon-infused skyline. The show is diligent in highlighting menu items, such as Devils on Horseback at Linger and the Bao Bun Trio at Ace Eat Serve Ping-Pong restaurant.

They also give love and laughs to Little Man Ice Cream, Recess Beer Garden and especially Wolf’s Tailor at 4058 Tejon St. 80s nostalgia shop.







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Jon Gabrus at Denver Seriesfest in May.




Part of the fun is watching the pair interact in awesome ways with waiters and random passers-by. “We’re constantly making bits and trying to make people laugh anyway,” Gabrus said, “so we wanted to bring that kind of energy to the show as well.”

The sweetest times are when guests check in with their wives and children. Now, you might think it’s deaf for two middle-aged husbands to abandon their families for eight weekends to get away and have the most fun of their lives. But as they say on “Stranger Things”: “Try before you deny.” Both say their families got the best ending to the deal.

“My kids were happy that I left,” Pally said. “I just spent two years walking around the house in my underwear. They were like, ‘Get out of here.’ Gabrus has no children, but he said, “I know my wife loved having the house to herself for eight weekends.”

Both came away with a greater appreciation for Denver, not just as an air stop for work. “You take your food, your alcohol and your recreational activities very seriously,” Gabrus said. “Now what about cannabis? It’s a win-win-win-win.

In a rare moment of real thought, Pally said he hopes the show taps into a motivation many of us feel after the pandemic comes to a halt.

“If the last two years have taught me anything,” he said, “it’s that you really want to do things before you die.”

Celebrate, guys.







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Jon Gabrus, left, and Adam Pally are featured on the eighth episode of ‘101 Places to Party Before You Die,’ in Maui.




St. Luke’s Episcopal welcomes new music director – Salisbury Post

SALISBURY — After a nine-month national search, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church has hired Stephen Williams as the next director of music ministries for the parish. His first Sunday in Saint-Luc was July 3.

The search committee was impressed with Williams’ exceptional musical skills, commitment to programming a variety of music for worship, and his warm and engaging personality and teaching style.

Williams grew up in Swansea, South Carolina, with what he describes as “a very musical family”. His desire to “put his musical ambitions and skills to the ultimate test” took him to Brevard College, Westminster Choir College, The Juilliard School and West Chester University.

Most recently, Williams served as Canon of Music and Performing Arts at the Cathedral of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Organ Professor in Residence at Moravian University. Prior to that, he served many years at St. John’s Lutheran Church in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania, and concurrently served as a chapel musician and organ teacher at Muhlenberg College.

As an organ soloist and accompanist/collaborator he has performed in France, England, the Netherlands, Canada and the United States with favorite recitals at St. John the Divine and Alice Tully Hall in New York , Rouen Cathedral and American Cathedral in Paris, Bristol, Wells, Salisbury and Exeter Cathedral in England, Crystal Cathedral (now Christ Cathedral) and St. Phillip’s in Atlanta. Among the special projects to his credit are the interpretation of the complete works for organ of JS Bach (four times), the six symphonies for organ of Louis Vierne, the complete works for organ of Johannes Brahms and the CD Platinum 2014 (Raven label).

Williams’ duties at St. Luke’s Episcopal Salisbury will include conducting the parish choir, evening carol choir, Canterbury ringers (bell choir), children’s choirs and serving as organist for liturgies.

“I really look forward to sharing, learning and delivering great music with you, simple to complex, ancient to modern, intriguing to invigorating and lots of in-between,” Williams wrote in a message to the congregation. “I am thrilled and honored to have been chosen to be a staff musician for the congregational family that is St. Luke’s and its talented musicians!”

Sunday worship at St. Luke’s is at 8 a.m. (no music) and 10:30 a.m., with choral evening singing on the last Sunday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The church is located in downtown Salisbury at 131 W. Council St. Further details can be found at www.SLS.church.

Pride 2022: Celebrating San Diego’s LGBTQ Artists

As San Diego kicks off Pride Week, we celebrate the creatives who make the fabric of the region’s LGBTQ community so rich, vibrant, and colorful.

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David McBean

Occupation: Actor, teacher and musical director

Age: 44

Place of birth: San Diego

Born and raised in San Diego, David McBean has a long history in the local art scene. He attended the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. At 14, he came out and began his “journey as a singer, actor and queer pianist in the 1990s, when the AIDS crisis was still active”, he says. He first performed in the ensemble of San Diego Comic Opera, then acted as an understudy in “10 Percent Revue”, his first production at the Diversionary Theater, before joining the cast. Since then, he has performed in numerous Diversionary productions, including “The Rocky Horror Show”, “The Boys in the Band”, “Psycho Beach Party”, “The Mystery of Irma Vep” and “Twist”. He was most recently in Diversionary’s “Eighty-Sixed,” a quarter century after his first show. He also starred in ‘The Legend of Georgia McBride’, ‘La Cage aux Folles’ and ‘Fully Committed’ for which he won a Craig Noel Award.

What pride means to me: My journey as a queer man has been arduous. The product of religiously sanctioned hatred, my coming out process was rooted in anger. An outcry against cultural messages that the way I love is an affront to God, society, and “Americana.” Luckily, I had supportive parents, a loving arts community, and the arms of arts educators to guide my path of discovery. Today I am blessed to be a performer, teacher, and music director – a living example of a thriving queer artist, an advocate for my students (whatever their identity) and I experience Pride as a calmer and more peaceful self-expression. -Love and acceptance.

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Artist Paris Sukomi Max at the Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego.

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Occupation: Artist and Associate Managing Director at insideOUT San Diego and Mo’s Universe

Age: 33

Place of birth: San Diego

Instagram: @parissukomimax

Take a look at her Instagram page and you’ll quickly realize that San Diego native Paris Antoinette S. Quion, whose stage name is Paris Sukomi Max, is all about celebrating and uplifting the LGBTQ community. . As one of San Diego’s most prominent drag performers, her influence goes far beyond the stage. She is active in the community – as a citizen, as a businesswoman – and does all she can to uplift people. On November 20, 2021 – Transgender Day of Remembrance – she posted: “Remember those who lived so bravely and openly so that future generations can live authentically.”

What pride means to me: As an artist, I’ve always hoped to do more and have more reach beyond being on stage to have a bit of an impact in improving the community that I love so much. I quickly learned that our visibility itself is a great way to show members of our community struggling to embrace their true selves that we can dream beyond just being alive and making it better. really. When you’re ready, we’ll be there with open arms.

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Ballet dancer Lauren Flower at Lake Murray at La Mesa.

Ballet dancer Lauren Flower at Lake Murray at La Mesa.

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Occupation: Ballet dancer at Golden State Ballet

Age: 27

Place of birth: Fresno

Instagram: @lauren_flower

Lauren Flower, you could say, has always had a love affair with dance. She started dancing at the age of 3 and honed her skills as a young dancer at the Tucson Regional Ballet and Ballet Arts. Over the summer, she took intensive summer courses at the School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Houston Ballet before continuing her training – on full scholarship – with Houston Ballet II, the second company of the Houston Ballet. After stays abroad, she returned to Arizona in 2013 and joined Ballet Arizona. Four years later, she joined the Boston Ballet. Today, she is a member of San Diego’s brand new Golden State Ballet.

What pride means to me: Pride for me is being vulnerable and celebrating by expressing my true and authentic self. As an artist, my goal is to recognize and showcase the beauty of queer identities through movement, dance and storytelling. Pride means accepting myself and others as they are and as they identify with. Within the LGBTQ+ community, it’s beautiful to embrace all sides of who we are and to enlighten each other. I am proud to identify as a queer woman in the ballet industry and to work alongside many LGBTQ+ artists today.

Lavina rich

Contemporary dancer Lavina Rich at Liberty Station's NTC Park.

Contemporary dancer Lavina Rich at Liberty Station’s NTC Park.

(Ariana Drehsler/For the San Diego Union-Tribune)

Occupation: Choreographer and founder of Push Process Movement

Age: 44

Place of birth: San Diego

Instagram: @pushprocessmvmt

Lavina Rich was recently named one of three winners of the NTC Foundation’s Emerging Artists program, which allocates studio space at Liberty Station to dancers and choreographers. “As a board member who served on the selection committee for the Emerging Visual Artists Program, we witnessed so much creativity,” said Victoria Reed of the NTC Foundation. “Each contestant impressed me with their passion and unique approach to dance. Lavina is a dancer who has taken a break and is ready to refocus on her dance experience and message. Rich, who studied dance at Grossmont College and the University of California, San Diego, explains that her mission as a dancer and choreographer is to explore “the human experience through movement, humor, and shared emotions.”

What pride means to me: Pride means being able to be authentic yourself. It means acknowledging all of our differences and similarities – and finding joy in those spaces. This means building connections across many types of mediums. Because performance matters so much, I hope to be able to pass on my experiences to the younger generation and see them flourish in building a strong dance community here in San Diego. Here’s to everyone who identifies as mixed-race, as queer, as middle-aged dancers, as chubby, as quirky art-makers. We have this.

Hervey Garcia

Muralist Hervey Garcia sits by his paintings,

Muralist Hervey Garcia sits by his paintings, ‘Sunflower Goddess’ and ‘Sunflower God’, in Hillcrest.

(Ariana Drehsler/For the San Diego Union-Tribune)

Occupation: visual artist

Age: 29

Place of birth: Tamaulipas, Mexico

Instagram: @hervey.garcia

Ask Hervey García what motivates him as an artist, and he’ll give you a pretty simple answer: his “main goal in life is to touch the feelings of the viewer through the visual arts.” Born in Reynosa in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, García is interested in a variety of artistic media, including painting, illustration, photography and film. He painted many murals all over Mexico as well as in California and North Carolina. As a painter – he uses everything from acrylics to oils – his style falls into the categories of realism and magical realism.

What pride means to me: As an artist, Pride means being yourself without being ashamed of your true identity. It’s being honest with everyone and not being sorry for who you really are, regardless of your sexual preferences, religion or ethnicity. For me, Pride is not a date, it’s an attitude towards life, and it’s a state of consciousness that, little by little, is reaching every corner of the planet.

Christian Garcia-Olivo

Artist Christian Garcia-Olivo sits in front of his acrylic on wood panel painting titled

Artist Christian Garcia-Olivo sits in front of his acrylic on wood panel painting titled ‘Essentials’ in his art studio in San Diego’s College East neighborhood.

(Ariana Drehsler/For the San Diego Union-Tribune)

Occupation: Artist

Age: 33

Place of birth: St. Barbara

instagram: @christian.garcia_olivo

Christian Garcia-Olivo stands at the intersection of many identities: he was born in Santa Barbara to immigrant parents, and he is a bilingual, Latinx and LGBTQ artist. The complexity of this intersection – which has created “a life of constant doubt, self-criticism and self-denial” – informs his work as an artist, hoping to “weave human connections and explore associations in our visual perception. He has exhibited in Italy, Spain and throughout Southern California, including his first solo exhibition at Bread & Salt in Logan Heights in 2020.

What pride means to me: As an artist, Pride is visual rainbow overload. But most importantly, it reminds us every year that we are finally here. We are recognized, we are supported and we belong. Pride is unity. It’s feeling whole, embracing all parts of yourself and living simply. I use painting as a medium to translate my human experience and rewrite our history as magnificent beings, no longer defined by stereotypes or smothered in categories. My name is Christian Garcia-Olivo and I am proud to identify as a bilingual, Latinx, LGBTQ+ artist with immigrant parents.

What to know about student loan fees

Even after calculating your capital and interest charges, you may still have to pay additional fees on your student loans. Some student loans charge application or origination fees, and fees such as late fees or returned check fees can quickly become expensive. However, there are ways to avoid most student loan fees.

What are student loan fees?

Student loan fees are fees — either a percentage or a fixed dollar rate — for taking out the loan or not making the payments. Both private and federal student loans may charge fees, but they generally have different types of fees.

Some of the fees you might expect from a student loan include:

  • Creation costs: The origination fee is calculated as a percentage of your total loan amount, which is then subtracted from your loan before it is disbursed to you. All federal student loans have an origination fee, which is currently 1.057% for unsubsidized and subsidized direct loans and 4.228% for Direct PLUS loans. Some private lenders may also charge origination fees.
  • Late charge: Late fees may be charged if you do not make a minimum payment by the due date. They are usually billed the day after payment is due, although some lenders have a grace period of up to 15 days. Sometimes it’s a percentage of the amount owed or a flat rate, but usually it’s between $5 and $25.
  • Returned Check Fee: Sometimes referred to as an “insufficient funds” fee or a “returned payment” fee, these fees occur if you don’t have enough money in your account to cover the payment or if your check has NSF. It can be a flat rate or a percentage of your loan amount, depending on the lender, but usually totals around $20.

All potential student loan fees may not be listed on a lender’s website, so you should review all the fine print before signing your loan agreement.

How student loan fees affect your payments

Loan fees can have a huge impact on how much you borrow, as well as how much you owe. For one thing, if you take out federal loans, the amount of money you get is not the amount you were approved for. For example, if you request $10,000 and are charged an origination fee of 4.228%, you will only receive $9,577.20, even though you still have to repay the full $10,000. In some circumstances, this may mean you will need to take out additional loans to cover the full cost of school if your original loan does not.

Late fees or insufficient funds charges may also accrue. If your lender charges $25 for a late payment, missing only four payments during the year will add $100 to your loan repayment. To avoid this, it’s a good idea to set up automatic payments so you don’t have to rely on calendar reminders.

Federal vs Private Student Loan Fees

There are a few big differences between federal and private student loan fees. More importantly, many private lenders have waived origination and application fees, while origination fees are charged on all federal loans. Some private lenders, like SoFi, have also eliminated other common fees like late fees.

At first glance, this may seem like a strong argument in favor of private lending over federal lending. However, fees don’t tell the whole story. Federal student loans come with a host of benefits and assistance that could help in an emergency, like the current payment pause as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Private student lenders offered help with hardship in the first few months, but it was on a case-by-case basis and not everyone qualified. Most private lenders have reinstated payment requirements for borrowers regardless of income.

Even though federal student loans charge an origination fee to borrow the loan, federal interest rates are fixed and generally much lower than the rates offered by private lenders, especially for borrowers with poor credit scores. That’s why it’s almost always best to start your search with federal loans and move on to private lenders after you’ve exhausted those options.

The bottom line

It’s a good idea to include fees in your comparison between private and federal student loans, but there are other factors to consider as well.

Look to see the total cost of loans, including total interest, monthly payments, repayment plans and discount options. By taking proactive steps like setting up automatic payment, you may never have to worry about some of the most common loan fees.

‘Bristol Casino – Future Home of Hard Rock’ opens its doors to the public

‘Bristol Casino – Future Home of Hard Rock’, a temporary full-service casino, has 30,000 square feet of casino space, with 870 slot machines, 21 tables, a sportsbook and is open to the public 7 days a week. 7, 24 -hours-a day, with ample parking. The space includes a main casino floor as well as non-smoking and high-limit gaming areas. Guests can also enjoy Mr. Lucky’s, a new restaurant, Brick’d, a brick oven pizza and take-out food outlet, and Bristol Bar, a sports bar and lounge with live entertainment. Casino customers can take advantage of the “Unity by Hard Rock” loyalty program. “Bristol Casino – Future Home of Hard Rock” offers the legendary ambiance of the Hard Rock brand with the friendly charm of southwestern virginia hospitality.

“We are delighted to open the temporary casino of Bristol,” said Jon LucasCOO of Hard Rock International. “Hard Rock’s rich and storied musical heritage is perfect for Bristol, the “birthplace of country music”. The casino’s gaming and dining facilities will make it a major entertainment destination for residents across the region. We appreciate the continued cooperation of the Virginia Lottery. Their team was great to work with. Finally, we look forward to opening the permanent casino within two years and bringing the full legendary Hard Rock experience to Bristol.”

“We are very grateful to have reached this important milestone in the project, opening the temporary casino,” said Jim McGlothlinPresident, The United Company, and Clyde StacyPresident, Par Ventures. “‘Bristol Casino – Future Home of Hard Rock’ is something Bristolians can be very proud of. We are pleased that the project is having an immediate impact on boosting from Bristol economy, creating at least 600 new well-paying jobs in the city. This is just the start, as the project will generate even more jobs when the permanent casino opens. These benefits extend across southwestern virginia as the communities receive additional tax revenue from the project. Local businesses in the Tri-Cities will see their economic development boosted by increased tourism visitation and spending. All of this would not have been possible without the strong support of local residents and leaders, for which we remain extremely grateful.”

“Wow, what an amazing day for Bristol!” said Allie EvangelistChairman of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol. “A lot of hard work and preparation has gone into preparing for the grand opening of ‘Bristol Casino – Future Home of Hard Rock’. I couldn’t be more proud of our amazing team in the energy and enthusiasm with which they have shown to help us open the doors to guests today. Bristol, the Tri-Cities and Southwest Virginia. Come and discover the casino – to gamble and dine – you will love it!”

Located on the site of the former Bristol Mall, the “Bristol Casino – Future Home of Hard Rock” is located seconds from Interstate 81 (Exit 1 in VA). “Bristol Casino – Future Home of Hard Rock” is an opening act set to turn into a headliner when the permanent Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Bristol is due for completion within 24 months. From entertainment to community impact, the temporary casino is expected to create at least 600 new jobs in Bristol, Virginia and generate significant additional tax revenue for the city, region and Commonwealth.

For more information on Hard Rock’s Temporary Casino at Bristol, Virginiaplease visit https://www.hardrockhotelcasinobristol.com/.

Project background materials – including biographies and photos – can be accessed HERE

About Hard Rock®: Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most recognized companies in the world with locations in over 70 countries spanning 265 locations that include owned/licensed or managed Rock Shops®, performance venues and cafes. HRI also launched a joint venture named Hard Rock Digital in 2020, an online sports betting, retail sports betting and internet gaming platform. Starting with a Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock has the largest and most valuable collection of authentic musical memorabilia in the world with over 86,000 pieces, which are displayed in its locations around the world. In 2022, Hard Rock was recognized as one of Forbes Magazine’s Top Diversity Employers and one of the Top Large Employers in Travel & Leisure, Games & Entertainment. Deloitte Private and the Wall Street Journal also named Hard Rock one of America’s Best Managed Companies for the second year in a row in 2022. In 2021, Hard Rock was ranked the top performing hotel brand in the study Power North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index for the third consecutive year and named Top Employers for Women by Forbes magazine. The brand is owned by HRI’s parent entity, The Seminole Tribe of Florida. For more information about Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com or shop.hardrock.com.

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Shinzo Abe, Japan’s former prime minister, dies after being shot at campaign event

TOKYO — Former Japanese leader Shinzo Abe died on Friday after being shot at a campaign event in an attack that shocked a country where gun violence is virtually non-existent.

Abe, 67, was a commanding political presence even after stepping down as Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, and he was campaigning ahead of elections scheduled for Sunday. He had just started a speech in the western city of Nara, near Kyoto, when gunshots were heard around 11:30 a.m. local time (10:30 p.m. Thursday ET).

Officials said one person was apprehended in connection with the shooting.

Abe was rushed to Nara Medical University Hospital after suffering cardio and pulmonary arrest. The hospital announced his death shortly after 5 a.m. ET.

Dr. Hidetada Fukushima, a professor of emergency medicine at the hospital, said Abe had two gunshot wounds and no vital signs when he arrived less than an hour after the shooting. Lifesaving measures, including blood transfusions, failed, he said, and Abe was pronounced dead at 4:03 a.m. ET.

Video footage of Abe’s speech showed a puff of white smoke appearing behind the former leader along with two loud, cannon-like explosions. Security guards were seen tackling a man to the ground, with video and photos showing what appeared to be an improvised weapon lying on the ground.

Speaking to reporters later, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Abe had been killed “in a despicable and barbaric manner”.

“I had prayed that he somehow survived this, but our prayers were in vain, and to receive this news – I just have no words, only that I would like to offer my deepest condolences,” Kishida said, his eyes red. and tearful.

Kishida said the election campaign for the upper house of parliament would continue on Saturday. Abe, who resigned in 2020, was campaigning for other members of the ruling conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), but was not a candidate himself.

“I believe that free and fair elections, which are the foundation of democracy, must absolutely be maintained,” Kishida said.

Photos from the scene showed Abe collapsed in the street with visible blood on his shirt, surrounded by security.
Photos from the scene showed Abe collapsed in the street with visible blood on his shirt, surrounded by security.Kyodo News via AP

Abe dominated Japanese politics for much of the decade and has remained politically active since stepping down, leading his party’s largest faction.

The incident sent shockwaves across Japan, where gun violence is extremely rare. Handguns are banned in the country, and people must undergo extensive testing, training, and background checks to obtain and retain shotguns and air rifles.

Iwao Horii, an upper house LDP member representing Nara, was standing next to Abe when the former prime minister was shot dead. “We heard two loud noises while he was talking and he fell down immediately after that,” Horii told a news conference. He said Abe was unresponsive when emergency medics tried to resuscitate him.

“This is something that shakes the very foundations of democracy and cannot be forgiven,” he said.

The shooting was also condemned by the country’s main opposition party, the centre-left Constitutional Democrats, with party leader Kenta Izumi calling it “an act of terrorism”.

Lincoln Park announces series of 8 shows 2022-23 | News, Sports, Jobs


MIDLAND – Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center has announced its 2022-2023 Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield eight-show subscription series:

– Into the Woods, October 7-9 and 14-16 (MainStage Theatre). This Stephen Sondheim classic is an enchanting and touching tour de force of musical theatre.

– Murder on the Orient Express, November 4-6 and 11-13 (BlackBox Theatre). One of Agatha Christie’s most famous crime thrillers.

— Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr., November 17-20 and December 1-4 (MainStage). This holiday classic flies off the screen in the seventh installment of our junior performance series.

— Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, from December 15 to 18 (MainStage). A two-decade-long holiday staple in Lincoln Park.

– PUFFS: Seven increasingly eventful years in a certain school of magic and magic, February 10-12 and 17-19, 2023 (BlackBox). This hilarious story gives audiences a fresh look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three would-be heroes just trying to get through a school of magic that proves to be very dangerous for children.

– SHOUT! The Mod Musical!, March 16-19, 2023 (MainStage). With its irresistible mix of hip-swiveling hits, jaw-dropping fashions and outrageous dance moves, SHOUT! The music mod! brings audiences back to the music, style and freedom of the 1960s.

— An American in Paris, April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2023 (MainStage). Inspired by the 1951 Oscar-winning film starring Gene Kelly, this classic Golden Age musical is filled with gorgeous sets, costumes and stunning choreography.

— The Play That Goes Wrong, June 16-18 and 23-25, 2023 (MainStage). A 1920s murder mystery where anything that can go wrong does just that. Nonstop laughter fills this action-packed comedy game!

“All of us at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center are thrilled to announce our new 2022-2023 season and excited to share these amazing and entertaining productions with our audience,” said Justin Fortunato, artistic director of production at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center. “The 2022-2023 Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield subscription series includes Sondheim, Mystery, Holidays, Magic, The ’60s, Gershwin and Gut busting hilarity. Who could ask for anything more? We can’t wait to see everyone here at Lincoln Park for our new season.

2022-2023 subscription packages for current and new subscribers go on sale Monday at 9 a.m. by calling the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center box office at 724-576-4644.




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A first-of-its-kind music multiplex in Georgia is set to be a game-changer for the industry

ALPHARETTA, Ga., July 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Innovative New All-in-One Music Production and Entertainment Center Opens in Subway Atlanta. The unprecedented media complex is the brainchild of label heads Emerald Nation Entertainment Lamar and Kimberly Robinsonwhich has just announced the official opening date set for August 6e2022. “We created this entertainment complex to be a mecca for new and established artists from Atlanta as well as around the world,” the Robinsons explained.

With an established track record of veteran music producers and music industry executives, emerald nation has also recently expanded its prowess in the industry, teaming up with famed Sony Music New York-based label “The Orchard”, which will serve as exclusive distributor for emerald nation worldwide releases.

With several articles in Billboard and other major media, emerald nation planted its indelible mark on the world of music and entertainment, with new Hip-Hop and R&B recording acts such as “Bobby Zeppelin“, “G-wiz” and the legendary rapper “Big Gooch” of the TRU Stone Family, who broadcast on 75k play weekly as a collective, on global services such as Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music.

Emerald Nation Entertainment has established a multi-faceted “A’ La Carte” media complex in the city of Alpharetta, Georgia unmatched by its predecessors. This universal multimedia center includes:

  • A large-scale luxury entertainment facility
  • A state-of-the-art recording studio with accomplished in-house engineers
  • A sprawling “green room” designed for filming music videos and photo shoots
  • Huge “Live” performance area and dance studio and rehearsal space
  • A complete video podcasting studio and several meeting rooms
  • On-site hair salon with professional stylists Full-service Bar & Grill
  • A luxurious living room inspired by the cinema

When asked to comment on the future of their multiplex and global distribution company, label heads Lamar and Kimberly said, “We’re not just building a national network of recording artists and producers, but we’ve also found a way to inspire creatives to realize their full potential in a relaxed and friendly environment.”

Emerald Nation Entertainment has also ensured its success by employing prestigious executives such as VP of Distribution, Grant Bakerthe nephew of the legendary jazz singer/ Songwriter Oscar Brown Jr., who has also worked with Bravo TV’s Real Housewives star Kandi Burruss of multi-platinum band Xscape, as well as international recording artist Akon and more. Also, under the tutelage of iconic music producer mike powellcredited for his work with the 8-time Grammy Award-winning singer Anita Boulangerlabel head lamar robinson served as apprentice and understudy.

Media Contact:
Lamar or Kim Robinson
Phone: 678-587-5488
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.emeraldnationent.com

SOURCEEmerald Nation Entertainment LLC

On The Money – Strong labor market barely cooled in May

Despite growing recession fears, job seekers fared well in May. We’ll also look at a potential drop in gasoline prices and new questions about the future of a cap on insulin costs.

But first, find out why the White House is abandoning Norman Rockwell’s paintings.

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Job postings and quit rate fell slightly in May

Job openings fell slightly in May as demand for workers remained near record highs, according to data released Wednesday by the Labor Department, even amid growing worries of a possible recession.

  • The number of open jobs listed in the United States on the last business day of May was 11.3 million, compared to 11.7 million in April after seasonal adjustments.
  • Although job postings fell in May, hirings, firings and quits remained about the same as in April, according to the Job Postings and Turnover Survey report. labor (JOLTS) from May.

The background: The JOLTS report showed a still-stacked labor market for workers in May, a month the US added 390,000 jobs and saw the unemployment rate hold steady at 3.6%.

  • Despite the drop in job openings, there were still nearly two gigs open for every unemployed American.
  • This mismatch can give workers many opportunities to find new jobs with better pay and better career opportunities than their current jobs.

“This is not what a recession looks like. JOLTS data for May 2022 obviously lags what is happening in the labor market now, but all indications are that it remains strong,” wrote Nick Bunker, Director research at Indeed.com, in an analysis Wednesday.

Sylvan has more here

PUMP RELIEF?

The United States on the cusp of lower gasoline prices

Gasoline futures fell more than 10% on Tuesday and since June have fallen more than 22%, raising hopes that the high price of gasoline across the country may soon come down.

The price of U.S. crude oil fell more than 8% and international benchmark Brent fell nearly 10% on Tuesday.

“We’re about to see more savings,” said Patrick De Haan, head of oil analysis at gas price tracking site GasBuddy. “I’m trying to be a little optimistic here that this relief might work its way to the pump in the weeks to come.”

  • The price of U.S. crude oil was hovering around $98 a barrel on Wednesday afternoon, down from around $108 at the end of last week, while Brent fell $10.
  • Experts say the current benchmarks should result in a 12% reduction in the price customers pay at the pump.
  • Experts say the decline is not due to real changes on the supply side, but rather to reduced consumer spending and lower demand expectations.

Tobias Burns and Rachel Frazin have more here.

NO CAP

Democratic drug pricing bill removes cap on insulin costs amid bipartisan pressure

Senate Democrats’ latest bill to cut prescription drug prices removes a provision to cap patient insulin costs at $35 a month, legislation that comes amid a push for of a separate bipartisan bill on insulin.

Capping insulin costs at $35 a month has been a top selling point for the Democrats’ economic package and has been touted by President Biden, so removing it carries some risk.

  • The provision is part of a separate bipartisan bill of the senses. Jeanne Shaheen (DN.H.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), who are advancing and could get a Senate vote this month.
  • But the Shaheen-Collins bill will need the support of at least 10 Republican senators in order to clear a filibuster and pass. By contrast, the Democrat-only drug price measure is part of Biden’s economic package, which uses a process known as reconciliation to bypass a GOP filibuster, meaning he can pass with just 50 Democratic votes. .

Read more here from Peter Sullivan of The Hill.

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Biden administration unveils sweeping changes to federal student loan system

The Biden administration on Wednesday announced several new proposed changes to the federal student loan system, including measures that help repay loans for borrowers with physical and mental disabilities, limit interest capitalization rates, and help borrowers working as public servants to obtain a forgiveness on their loans.

In a statement unveiling the proposed expansion of student loan release programs, the Department for Education said it expects to finalize a comprehensive plan by November 1, with the aim of the changes taking effect at the earliest. late July 1.

  • Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in the statement that the proposed changes “will protect borrowers and save them time, money and frustration, and hold their colleges accountable for wrongdoing.”
  • The Biden administration has so far canceled nearly $26 billion for more than 1.3 million borrowers since taking office, much of which included loans obtained by borrowers who were defrauded by their college or saw their school close before they could complete their studies.

Hill’s Brad dress has more on that here.

Good to know

President Biden spent Wednesday afternoon in the key state of Ohio courting unionized workers, seeking to convince voters that his policies are helping to strengthen the middle class as polls continue to show Americans are embittered through its management of the economy.

Biden addressed a large crowd at Max S. Hayes High School in Cleveland to announce the final rule for implementing a program created by his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief law to prop up diets multi-employer pension plan in difficulty so that unionized workers have more security in retirement.

Here’s what else we’ve got our eyes on:

  • Mortgage applications fell for the second week in a row even as rates fell slightly amid fears of a looming recession.
  • Democratic senators are pressuring the Biden administration to use its authority to deprogram cannabis, as a Senate proposal to legalize marijuana faces an uphill battle.
  • Bans and restrictions on food exports are “counterproductive” to the global food crisis and are driving “domestic prices even higher”, World Bank directors said on Wednesday.
  • The Biden administration is working on a plan that will allow foreign infant formula makers to keep their products in the U.S. market for the long term, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Wednesday.

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Live Nation acquires the concerts division of Thai entertainment company TERO

Live Nation has acquired the live music and entertainment division of Thailand-based promoter and media company TERO (TERO C&E).

The deal, according to Live Nation, signals the company’s “new growth in Thailand” via a “commitment to developing local Thai talent, while continuing to bring top international artists to the region.”

This acquisition expands a joint venture between Live Nation and TERO launched in 2015, where Live Nation Tero was established to promote international concerts and festivals by Western artists, while bringing regional artists to Thailand.

Live Nation says that through the acquisition of the TERO C&E division, Live Nation Tero is establishing itself as a “holistic company that will cover an extensive slate of international and domestic music as well as family entertainment.”

Since its establishment in 1998, TERO C&E has specialized in national touring, family entertainment, exhibitions, musicals and artist management in Thailand.

Live Nation says its new deal brings a “respected and established national promoter” to a key market, and expands Live Nation’s reach to “more fans in the region”.

Live Nation also notes that the acquisition “deepens” its strategy to bring new events to partner brands in the region, including Marriot Hotels, Mercedes, Toyota, Pepsi, Budweiser and Samsung.

“TERO C&E has it all.”

Roger Field, Live Nation Asia-Pacific

Roger Field, President of Live Nation Asia Pacific, said, “TERO C&E has it all: local expertise delivering exceptional fan experiences and career growth for international and local artists.

“Our deep partnership with TERO will expand our presence not just in Thailand but across the region, and we look forward to bringing fans an ever-growing and incredible roster of domestic and international talent, connecting them to the magic of live.”

“We are excited about the opportunities for growth in the entertainment business within one company.”

Neil Thompson, Live Nation Tero

Neil Thompson, CEO of Live Nation Tero and DMD of Tero Entertainment PLC, added: “We are excited about the opportunities for entertainment industry growth within one company, this will not only increase the number of premier players plan coming to perform in Thailand, but will now give local artists the opportunity to work with a global company to manage their live tour here in Thailand, APAC and the rest of the world.

“Our partnership with Live Nation has grown over the years and we have seen many benefits of this union for international artists.”

Brian Marcar, Tero Entertainment

Brian Marcar, Managing Director of Tero Entertainment PLC, said, “Our partnership with Live Nation has grown over the years and we have seen many benefits from this union for international artists.

“Our vision is to expand and grow the partnership to provide the same benefits to local talent so they too can have the opportunity to grow internationally, which is hugely beneficial to local fans and artists alike. local.”


In addition to expanding its presence in Thailand, Live Nation recently launched into the Philippines through the acquisition of Manila-based promoter Music Management International (MMI).

MMI was established over 20 years ago and is today a leading promoter in the Philippines, and has promoted concerts in the territory for artists including Madonna, Coldplay, U2, Harry Styles and Bruno Mars.

MMI is headed by Rhiza Pascua, who was named Live Nation Philippines’ Executive Director in April.The music industry around the world

New event space bringing a “wow” factor to Jerseyville

JERSEYVILLE — The Jerseyville “living room” now has a major addition with the Wow Furnishings and Events Center holding a grand opening at its 309 N. State St. location adjacent to Germania Brewhaus.

It’s only been a few months since Germania Brewhaus opened in Jerseyville. Now the Brynildsen family has added the adjacent center, which will use Germania for the new site’s bar and beverage area.

“Germania has cafes that are like a living room for the community, and that’s an extension for big parties,” said Barbie Brynildsen, co-owner of the Wow Center with her husband, Bryan.


“We started at the end of April,” she said. “July is pretty busy. We have a lot of showers and birthday parties, and we also have weddings that start in October.”

Brynildsen said the Wow Center is great for family and class reunions, weddings, and anything else you need a gathering space for. The center seats approximately 150 people with space for a dance floor, and an adjacent room is being set up as a ceremony site so that an entire wedding and reception can take place under one roof.

“We are thrilled to be part of the Jerseyville community. It’s a great little town; people are thrilled to have us here, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it,” Brynildsen said. “They also have a great chamber of commerce that works with local businesses which is great to see.”

Jerseyville resident Jamie Green was happy to hel