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New event space in Layton gives the community a great place to eat and play


SALT LAKE CITY (Good Things Utah) — It’s the season to gather over a good meal, and few places do it better locally than Roosters Brewing Co and The Co-op at Layton. Now sporting its newly renovated guest space, Roosters has a lot to offer as Davis County’s first and only microbrewery.

As part of the building updates, a new event space was added to the already bustling restaurant and brasserie, giving customers an especially convenient venue for hosting parties and promotions, trainings and tributes.

“It’s been a long time coming,” remarks owner Kym Buttschardt of their latest renovations. “And it’s flexible – we have big rooms, small rooms… We’re a gathering place and it was a real community need for us.”

This space is interchangeable, so it can be resized to accommodate private gatherings without sharing with other events.

Choose from a tasty selection of starters or opt for a buffet from the restaurant organized menu. The place also offers the possibility of serving alcoholic drinks on request.

Roosters Brewing Co. and The Coop in Layton are located at 758 Heritage Park Blvd.. To find out more, visit online at CoqsBrewingCo.com.

Our foodie friend Katy Sine from Taste Utah caught up with Kym Buttschardt to get a glimpse of the space for herself and try out some of the amazing menu options for visitors.

Watch new episodes of Taste Utah every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. or check the website at TasteUtah.com.

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An open role for an auditorium designer offers a reflection on the architecture of performance | New

Following last week’s review of an opening for a Net Zero Emerging Leaders Intern at LEVER Architecture, we are using our Job Highlights series this week to explore a vacancy on Archinect Jobs for an auditorium and seating designer at Theater Projects Consultants.

The full-time position, based in Norwalk, Connecticut, calls for a “creative and passionate auditorium and seating designer” with prior experience in theatrical and architectural design. Among the role’s responsibilities will be designing room shapes and seating arrangements for a variety of projects, including performance venues, immersive environments, themed entertainment, education, corporate and entertainment spaces. public gathering.

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Why the role interests us

Throughout the year, our editorial has seen how the design of performance halls and theaters involves careful engagement across a wide range of scales. On an urban scale, recently completed projects such as OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center and Snøhetta’s Hopkins Center for the Arts demonstrate the power of performance venues to become iconic cultural icons for their surrounding context.

At the other extreme, theater design also requires a mastery of intricate detail, including seating arrangements that create a connection between performers and audience, and material choices that don’t compromise acoustic quality; choices that can extend down to the material used on the undersides of the seats themselves.

Related on Archinect: OMA’s New Role-Defying Theater Design Debuts in Taipei

Thanks to technological advances such as the smartphone and online streaming, the design of performance venues is also increasingly necessary to cater to a digital audience, as well as a physical audience. The challenge of developing performance spaces in the digital age is often spoken of by renowned designer Es Devlin, who has created sets for cultural icons including Beyoncé and Adele.

“We live in a time of hyper resonance, the consequences of which are both exhilarating and devastating,” Devlin noted ahead of the 2020 London Design Biennale, for which she served as artistic director. “In our global digital age, design can instantly cross borders and bridge cultures. It can positively change behavior and transform societies.

“Perspectives can change and lives can be improved when new ideas resonate and are embraced by extended communities,” Devlin added. “Designers have the power to influence and amaze their audiences to effect these profound changes, using the mass networks at their disposal to resonate with practices that will help build a more sustainable future.”

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Further Reading for Interested Applicants

Job Highlights is one of many ongoing weekly series showcasing the opportunities available on our industry-leading job board. Our Meet your next employer profiles and interviews of interesting studios with vacancies currently available on Archinect Jobs, while our weekly summaries organize job opportunities by location, career level and job description.

White Rock Music Venue/Studio Among Surrey Art & Business Award Winners, for Innovation

The winners of the sixth Surrey Art & Business Awards were announced on Tuesday evening (22 November) at an event at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel.

The awards, presented by Scotiabank, are organized by the Surrey Chamber of Commerce to celebrate people and businesses that enhance Surrey’s arts community.

“We need the arts more than ever for our city’s economic development, mental health and creativity,” said Anita Huberman, President and CEO of SBOT.

White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios won the Arts and Innovation award, Lyn Vera-Lay won the Cultural Ambassador award for her work with the Surrey Arts Council, singer Argel Monte De Ramos won the Music Award and Liane Davison received the Legacy Award for her work as Surrey’s cultural manager.

The event‘s keynote speaker, Mayor Brenda Locke, spoke about her economic plans to support Surrey’s arts and culture industry.

Biographies of the winners are displayed below, as submitted by the Surrey Chamber of Commerce.

Arts and Innovation Award: Blue Frog Studios (other finalists were Royal Canadian Theater Co. and XBa Center of Dance)

“Blue Frog Studios is a concert hall and commercial recording studio. This state-of-the-art 5,000 square foot facility can accommodate an 80-piece orchestra and accommodate 100 studio audiences for unique, up-close and personal concerts with some of the world’s most talented artists. The studio provides world-class sound, lighting, and 4K video and audio recording technology with an exceptional production team. Blue Frog Studios produces over 200 concerts a year and has hosted several concert artists and Juno and Grammy award winners, including Jim Byrnes, 54-40, The Washboard Union, Jimmy Rankin, Jeff Martin of The Tea Party, Chilliwack, Valdy , Dan Hill , Shari Ulrich, and many more. In 2021, Heritage Canada’s Creative Export program chose Blue Frog Studios to promote Canadian musicians and performers outside of Canada. With a significant grant, Blue Frog Studios developed the “Canadian Music Unearthed” project, which has greatly benefited artists, musicians, video production support and staff while capitalizing on a esteemed global online entertainment sector. to $150 billion a year by 2025.”

Cultural Ambassador Award: Lyn Verra-Lay, Arts Council of Surrey (other finalists were Face the Music and Semiahmoo Arts Society)

“Lyn Verra-Lay comes from a family tradition of giving back to the community. As a child, she played for the Whalley Legion Community Band, practicing her flute in a community marching band led by her father. She taught art for 23 years at the Surrey Arts Centre. She also volunteered for over 30 years with the Fraser Valley Musical Society as a CTC nominated performer, producing many local musical theater events. She volunteered as a producer for A Night on Broadway, a benefit concert for the Surrey Food Bank, which raised over $10,000 to support the food security challenge. In 2017, she was named BC Culture Days Ambassador, representing Surrey’s diverse cultures and arts. Currently, she works as a coordinator for the Youth Arts Council and the Wandering Angels Lantern Festival.

Music Prize: Argel Monte De Ramos (other finalists were Joash-Alvin Almeda/Babylung and JJ Lavalee)

“Argel Monte de Ramos is a talented Filipino singer and songwriter. He started his musical career in 2014 when he sang at a fundraiser in Fleetwood for the BC Cancer Society. Since then he has taken part in many community events in the Lower Mainland including Surrey Night Market, Surrey Doors Open, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Open House and most recently the Surrey Fusion Festival in Holland Park. In 2021, Argel received the Excellence by a BIMPOC Artist Award at the Fraser Valley Music Awards. That same year, he also won Music BC’s Canadian Songwriter Challenge. He is also the recipient of a Gold Award for Songwriting and a Silver Award for Vocals at the World Performing Arts Championships held in Los Angeles. Besides music, Argel is also interested in the performing arts and works as a theater actor, playwright and director. His dedication and passion inspire young immigrants who dream of making a name for themselves in the music and arts industry. Argel also works as an assistant for Arts Umbrella’s community programs in Surrey, helping students access free arts classes.

Legacy Award: Liane Davison

“Liane Davison served 32 years of unrivaled dedication and passion for arts and culture in Surrey before retiring as Culture Manager for the City of Surrey earlier this year. Liane began her career as a curator at the Surrey Art Gallery and was recognized by BC Business Magazine as one of the top 30 people under 30 to watch for future achievement. For 18 years she curated numerous exhibitions, including the sound installation Forty-Part Motet by Janet Cardiff and the Quilt of Belonging by Esther Bryan. Under his leadership, Liane enabled the acquisition of essential works from the Museum’s permanent collection, many of which are national treasures. She has facilitated community engagement initiatives that have resulted in over 100 public art projects like Eagle Calling, an elegant Frank Hurt Park High School sculpture commissioned by Robert Davidson, one of the world’s foremost visual artists. acclaimed from Canada. Liane was instrumental in the development of Surrey’s Culture Plan (2012-2016) and was subsequently a member of the staff working group for the City of Surrey’s award-winning Parks Recreational Culture Strategic Plan (2018- 2027), which included many cultural goals and strategies. . She also presented the concept of the interactive art museum – securing the future of the gallery at three times its current size downtown (a commitment of $15 million in the 2024-2025 capital projects budget of the city). The town’s cultural community will continue to grow from decades of seeds planted during Liane’s tenure to champion Surrey art and artists for generations to come. Liane’s contribution to the arts and culture industry in Surrey is a true legacy.

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Survey Shows Buy Now, Pay Later Could Matter This Holiday Season – Forbes Advisor

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As inflation continues to plague the United States as we head into the holiday season, buyers are looking for whatever monetary relief they can get. This includes short-term “buy now, pay later” loans. Many consumers, especially younger consumers, prefer BNPL over other financing options due to the lack of interest charges, simple approval process, and ease of use.

A buy now pay later plan lets you spread equal payments over multiple months, making it useful for big purchases like a TV or sofa. When you repay a BNPL loan on time and in full, you can often avoid interest charges. Borrowers generally find it easier to qualify for an BNPL plan with lenders such as Affirm, Afterpay and Klarna than a traditional credit card or loan.

However, some BNPL loans offer 0% interest for a certain period only, meaning you could be stuck with interest payments down the road. Other BNPL loan options charge interest upfront.

Additionally, some BNPL plans hit borrowers with fees. And if you pay late, it could show up on your credit reports.

In November, Forbes Advisor and OnePoll surveyed 1,000 US consumers who have used BNPL at least once to find out what their experiences have been, what they think of the popular funding trend and how they could use it this holiday season.

The survey results indicate that BNPL will be almost as popular among holiday shoppers as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but this payment method could eat away at their finances the way Jack Frost nibbles on people’s noses.

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Americans plan to rely on buy it now and pay later during the holiday season

The survey results demonstrate the widespread use of BNPL, with five major industry players originating 180 million loans in 2021 totaling more than $24 billion, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

In the survey, 64% say they will use BNPL to buy gifts during the holiday season. And many of those shoppers may shell out more money than they bargained for: 70% of respondents say they would use BNPL to spend more than they bargained for.

The survey also indicates that buyers do not necessarily use BNPL for big ticket items. The most popular types of purchases are clothing, electronics and shoes. And 40% of respondents say they would use BNPL for a purchase under $100.

Howard Dvorkin, president of Debt.com, says BNPL can be a useful tool or a nuisance. Dvorkin says you could win if you use a BNPL loan and pay it off before interest charges kick in instead of carrying a balance on a high-interest credit card.

“But you have to be a checklist type of person – someone who regularly watches the deadlines in your life. Otherwise, these benefits evaporate,” he adds.

Consumers are using buy now, pay later in surprising ways

The main reason cited for using BNPL is to reduce the impact of a large purchase (66%). But the second reason is more open to interpretation. More than half (51%) say they use it to buy something they can’t afford right now.

Meanwhile, 70% would consider BNPL for everyday purchases, not just special purchases. One in five respondents would use it for less than $50.

Ed Mierzwinski, senior consumer program director at the nonprofit watchdog group PIRG, cautions against relying on BNPL to pay for everyday purchases like food and gasoline.

“You should never pay over time — ‘four easy payments!’ — for something you’ll need to replace sooner. You’ll need food and gas again before you finish paying,” says Mierzwinski. “These consumers need better budget planning, not more opportunities to spend money.”

In fact, a recently published academic study found that new BNPL users experience “rapid increases” in overdraft fees and credit card interest and fees compared to non-users. The study looked at the banking data of 10.6 million US consumers. The researchers say their study underscores concerns about the potential damage BNPL could cause to overall spending habits and financial health.

Types of purchases made with Buy now, pay later

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Does buy now pay later encourage reckless spending?

When it comes to BNPL, the splurges may be on the rise.

Seventy percent of respondents say they use BNPL to spend more than expected, while one in four uses it to justify an impulse purchase. Still, some BNPL users are practical: 57% say knowing that BNPL exists makes them more comfortable dealing with a surprise bill, like replacing a major appliance.

Dvorkin says that in many cases it might be better to use a credit card unlike a BNPL loan. That’s partly because the BNPL makes it even easier to spend the money you don’t have, he says.

“While each plan is a little different, all charge high late fees. And if you don’t pay off the full balance, you’ll face a financial nightmare later,” says Dvorkin.

When a borrower fails to make timely payments, many BNPL lenders charge late fees that often amount to around $7 for each missed payment on an average loan of $135, according to a report published in September 2022 by the CFPB.

For example, BNPL lender Klarna charges a late fee of up to $7 after a 10-day grace period after a missed payment. Klarna only charges one late fee for each late payment. For comparison, a credit card issuer can charge up to $30 for the first late payment and $41 for a subsequent late payment within six billing cycles.

Reasons Consumers Use Buy Now, Pay Later Services

For some people, like those who can’t qualify for a credit card, BNPL can be a blessing, according to Jim Triggs, president and CEO of Money Management International, a nonprofit credit counseling agency.

“If a consumer needs tires for their vehicle, their water heater breaks down, or other unforeseen, unbudgeted emergency expenses arise, BNPL is often their only option, especially when it comes to free or low-cost financing options,” says Triggs.

Still, Triggs says customers often tell him they regret making a major purchase with an BNPL plan, even though they felt able to repay the loan.

Majority of Gen Z users don’t believe they are in debt when using Buy Now Pay Later

Forty-three percent of BNPL users do not consider themselves in debt when they owe money on a purchase, even though BNPL is a form of debt. This rises to 51% among Gen Z users. Meanwhile, 57% of all respondents say they have made late payments on an BNPL purchase.

Dvorkin notes that many BNPL plans offer multiple months of 0% interest. But if you make a late payment or miss a payment, you could face hefty financial penalties, he says. And the situation can get worse if you are dealing with several BNPL loans at the same time.

The survey shows that the average BNPL user currently refunds three previous purchases.

“I would never recommend juggling multiple BNPL shots at once, any more than I would recommend juggling hand grenades with all the pins drawn,” advises Dvorkin.

Taking out multiple BNPL loans around the same time can potentially cause you to overspend and increase your debt load.

It should be noted that most BNPL providers do not yet report payment activity to the three major credit bureaus. However, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion accept BNPL payment data, which means BNPL loans may show up on your credit reports.

What does all this mean? Depending on your behavior, BNPL payments could help or hurt your credit score if they show up on your credit report. Or your BNPL payment activity might have no effect on your credit score if your BNPL lender does not report your information to major credit bureaus.

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The trendy “buy now, pay later” financing option is used for purchases that are smaller than you think, including holiday gifts. Consumers should be careful though – BNPL may encourage unplanned purchases. And while it’s different from other types of debt like credit card debt or mortgage debt, owing money on a BNPL purchase is still a form of debt.

Survey methodology

This online survey of 1,000 American American adults who have used a “buy now, pay later” service at least once was commissioned by Forbes Advisor and conducted November 9-14, 2022 by the market research firm OnePoll.

Stocks slide to start Thanksgiving week as oil slide drags down energy names

Shares fell in a volatile session on Monday to start a short week of trading due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Fears that China could tighten Covid restrictions again after reporting deaths from the virus weighed on markets, driving down energy stocks and oil prices. Traders also looked for other signals from the Federal Reserve regarding future interest rate hikes.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 82 points, or 0.24%. The losses for the average of the 30 stocks were somewhat mitigated by a jump of disney shares. The S&P 500 lost 0.53% and the Nasdaq Composite fell 1.18%.

“It puts a damper on the story of the global economic recovery that we hoped would usher in a reopening in China,” said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at B. Riley Financial.

Disney shares rose more than 7% after the company announced that former CEO Bob Iger would return to lead the entertainment giant, replacing Bob Chapek immediately. Iger’s return to Disney ends a brief and turbulent tenure for Chapek, who took over as CEO in February 2020.

The recent bear market rally is likely on hold due to a shorter Thanksgiving holiday trading week, which could lead to increased volatility and lower volumes as traders take time off. Earlier in the month, stocks rose with October’s Consumer Price Index reading and gained momentum with last week’s wholesale price reading.

Last week, traders were stymied by messages from Federal Reserve officials, who were less impressed with the numbers and reassessed their optimism about the possibility of slowing inflation. The market will get more information on the central bank’s way forward to digest when Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester and St. Louis Fed President James Bullard speak on Tuesday.

“With 375 basis points of Fed rate hikes so far, an inverted yield curve, inflation spikes and commodity prices still part of the story, we can almost conclude that we are behind. in the economic cycle,” Liz Young, SoFi’s chief investment strategist, said in a note over the weekend.

The New York Stock Exchange will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving and will have a shortened trading day on Friday. This week, traders will digest more speeches from Federal Reserve leaders as well as earnings reports from Best Buy, Nordstrom, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dollar Tree.

Cameroonians attack presidential celebration event in France


A Cameroonian cabinet minister was reportedly killed at a location in France where President Paul Biya was due to celebrate his 40 years in power.

It was reported that angry Cameroonians based in France stormed the venue on Saturday and overpowered security, destroyed the cake and decorations and attacked attendees.

It is believed that furious members of the diaspora wanted to kill the president but he was not yet on the scene at the time of the attacks.

In a video shared on social media, a number of men and women can be seen storming the hall and destroying the well-decorated hall before leaving minutes later with a body lying in a pool of blood. .

Biya has ruled the central African country since 1982 following the resignation of the country’s first post-independence president, Ahmadou Ahidjo.

For years there have been reports of human rights abuses and corruption by the Biya-led government.

The world’s longest-serving head of state is said to be opposed to any form of political opposition threatening to end his dictatorship.

The main political and economic leaders of the country would be its faithful, from the president of the National Assembly to the head of the army and the head of the oil and gas company of the country.

Many Cameroonians fled into exile to avoid being arrested and killed by Cameroonian forces.

The Cameroonian government had not confirmed the minister’s death or issued a statement on the attack on Sunday evening.

Compiled by Kamogelo Olaitan

The Future of Crypto Is in the Regulated Banking System

After reaching all-time highs in 2021, cryptocurrency prices have not found a permanent bottom. And the appeal of crypto’s promise to reinvent money has also reached its limit with a very niche audience. To appeal to a wider, more mainstream user base, proponents of the new technology will need to completely overhaul the way they promote it.

Imagine your cousin, your dentist, or someone else you know who is least likely to experiment with money or technology. I think of my mother. She will never use a bitcoin wallet at Coinbase or open a savings account in USDC, a dollar-pegged digital stablecoin. She will never want a non-fungible token for a digital collectible on Tom Brady’s Autograph Network. But she might be willing to verify her identity on her mortgage lender’s website if it would speed up the home buying process. And if this process of digital identification was powered by the blockchain technology that underpins cryptography, she wouldn’t even have to know.

Most people are like her: they aren’t interested in any new technology unless it can help them do things faster, cheaper, and more securely. This is why iTunes was a winner. This is why Amazon.com is a juggernaut. This is why Netflix has gained so many followers. And that’s why payment apps like Zelle and Venmo have massive appeal.

The problem with crypto so far – in addition to its volatility, scams and failures of untested middlemen – is that many of the problems it claims to solve have already been solved. We can already send digital payments or create online savings accounts. And we can do it with the same currency that we use to pay our taxes and conduct cash transactions. So why do we really need cryptocurrency?

Create trust

Let’s go back to where it all began: our need to trust money. This is why the financial sector is full of terms such as trust, security, custodian, guarantee. Nevertheless, every once in a while there is a calamitous breach of confidence in which bankruptcies proliferate, investors are wiped out and millions of people lose their jobs and homes.

An example was the Great Depression, when people discovered that the banks they had entrusted their money to were not as safe as they had hoped. In the aftermath, government power and a new regulatory structure were put behind the banks to help restore confidence. In the United States, that meant creating the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Securities and Exchange Commission, and a new housing authority to help support an increase in home lending.

Then the financial crisis of 2008 showed how insufficient these guarantees were. Major financial institutions and their regulators seemed unprepared for the collapse in house prices and its effects on financial markets and the economy in general. Suddenly, people no longer trusted the banks or the government.

Enter crypto. Bitcoin was born in a white paper published on October 31, 2008, just weeks after Lehman Brothers went bankrupt and the government and Federal Reserve began bailing out the banks. The document said digital trade was too dependent on trust in financial institutions. The idea was to create “an electronic payment system based on cryptographic proof instead of trust”. Indeed, the lack of trust. Instead of relying on bankers repossessing your house while paying themselves massive bonuses, people could opt for a secure, decentralized network called the blockchain. The crypto, enthusiasts said, would rival the existing centralized financial system in due course.

Almost 15 years later, this new currency has lost much of its utopian appeal. It turns out that, for most people, this new financial system requires trusting an institution – perhaps a wallet provider or token exchange or decentralized finance (DeFi) lender. And too many of them have turned out to be fraudsters or vulnerable to hacks. Today, even some of crypto’s most passionate advocates say the market needs government regulation to regain trust and attract established financial institutions that were once the enemies of crypto.

If crypto doesn’t offer a more reliable alternative to traditional finance, then what’s the point? So far, its main users seem to be people afraid to use their own government’s currency due to political or economic risks or because they want to evade law enforcement. Otherwise, its primary use has been for speculation – betting on the value of currencies themselves or digital assets, such as NFTs, purchased with currencies.

How to Rebuild Crypto

I have an idea, however. When we talk about financial transactions, we are actually talking about two different things.

There is money, a medium of exchange that allows us to buy or sell goods and services more efficiently than barter. But to make such media trustworthy, it must be a reliable store of value over time. Otherwise, you risk exchanging your valuable good or service for a token that quickly drops in purchasing power. Indeed, it is the intertemporal nature of certain transactions that requires the most trust.

So, when we talk about money, the second thing we also talk about is debt, that is, transactions that are intertemporal from the beginning. At the end of the first quarter of 2022, total credit to the non-financial private sector stood at over $37 trillion in the United States.

And few types of debt are more common than mortgages. In 1920s America, buying a house might mean paying half the value up front and borrowing the other half for five years. Before the US government stepped in, lenders didn’t trust buyers enough to make a 30-year loan with just 10% or 20% upfront, as is often the case today. There are now over $10 trillion in residential mortgages in the United States.

But real estate transactions and mortgages are notorious for the amount and complexity of documents required. Keeping track of necessary information and processing it efficiently can be difficult. Facilitating these types of transactions – by putting essential information about properties, owners and loans on an immutable digital ledger – could make crypto indispensable.

For loan originators, after an initial investment in technology, a digital record could result in significant time and labor savings. Some of these savings could be passed on to borrowers. For the mortgage applicant, automated verification of identity, income, bank account statements, etc., would speed up a stressful but unavoidable process.

If established and regulated financial services companies moved their home loan documentation to such an ecosystem, they could eventually move a myriad of other services as well.

We have already seen well-known companies investing in blockchain technology. Hedera Hashgraph enjoys the membership of some of the biggest names in technology and banking, including Boeing, Deutsche Telekom, Google, LG and Nomura. And even though JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon has called cryptocurrencies “decentralized Ponzi schemes,” he invests the bank’s money in a digital ledger called Onyx coin systems, which JPMorgan’s website describes as seeking “to help address the complex challenges of cross-border payments, simplify customer liquidity funding needs, and deliver next-generation corporate treasury services. Could this portend a new future for the underlying crypto technology? A highly regulated system of established businesses transacting through a more secure digital database?

Not only do these initiatives lack the Wild West appeal of the early years of crypto, but they are also the polar opposite of the completely anonymous and decentralized networks that crypto enthusiasts hoped to create. Ethereum’s website describes DeFi as “an alternative to an opaque system, tightly controlled and maintained by decades-old infrastructure and processes.” But Ethereum’s examples for current DeFi use cases — helping people take out loans without using personal ID and allowing crypto-savvy Argentinians to escape inflation — seem unlikely to stick. extend to the general public.

When I first started thinking about crypto and trust, I was optimistic about the chances of restarting the crypto space. But as I thought more about how existing crypto platforms are organized, it seemed almost impossible to turn the culture of DeFi and NFTs into something that can truly replace existing banks and money. But the idea of ​​moving part of our financial system to a distributed ledger could still work.

We could end up with a hybrid of three different trust systems: trust in established brands and institutions, trust in regulatory protections, and trust created by a supposedly immutable and tamper-proof digital ledger. All of these were proven imperfect by the Great Depression, the Great Financial Crisis of 2008, and the crypto crash. Perhaps the combination will be less imperfect. There is some value in that. But that’s not the future of money.

Edward Harrison writes about bonds and currencies for Bloomberg’s Markets Live blog.

Taylor Swift Ticketmaster mayhem draws attention to DOJ investigation


On Friday, Taylor Swift weighed in on the chaotic rollout of her “Eras Tour” concerts this week for the first time, expressing frustration with Ticketmaster’s handling of ticket sales and saying the experience for fans was like “passing by several bear attacks”.

Swift’s comments come at a precarious time for Ticketmaster, as the Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the company. The investigation was confirmed by a person familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to discuss the situation. The person said the Justice Department investigation predated the Swift concert drama and its parameters were not immediately clear.

The Justice Department declined to comment.

“It goes without saying that I am extremely protective of my fans,” the singer wrote in a statement posted on Instagram. “It’s really hard for me to trust an outside entity with those connections and loyalties, and excruciating for me to just watch mistakes happen without recourse.”

On Thursday, after a few days of glitches and hours of waiting for concert tickets on Ticketmaster’s website, the company announced it would halt sales on Friday due to “extraordinarily high demands on the ticketing systems and… ‘a stock of tickets remaining insufficient to meet this’. request.” In a since-deleted blog post, Ticketmaster said more than 2 million tickets were purchased for the tour on Tuesday, setting a record for a single-day performer.

Taylor Swift’s Ticketmaster Collapse: What Happened? Who is to blame?

Ticketmaster attributed the malfunctions to a combination of “bot attacks as well as fans who didn’t have invite codes”, bringing the number of system requests on its website to 3.5 billion, which it said he was four times the previous peak. The company added that only 15% of “customer interactions on the site encountered problems”, but that was still “too many”.

“There are a multitude of reasons why people have had such a hard time getting tickets and I’m trying to understand how this situation can be improved in the future,” Swift wrote in her statement. “I’m not going to excuse anyone because we’ve asked them many times if they can handle this kind of request and we’ve been assured they can.”

Ticketmaster’s parent company, Live Nation Entertainment, did not respond to a request for comment.

The “Eras Tour” fiasco has fueled longstanding complaints about the conduct of Live Nation Entertainment, which has been accused of operating a monopoly in online ticket sales. In 2010, the Justice Department allowed Live Nation, an event promoter and venue operator, to merge with Ticketmaster, on the condition of agreeing to a code of conduct intended to address antitrust concerns. In 2019, the Justice Department alleged that Live Nation Entertainment violated the terms of the agreement, which was set to expire in 2020; after investigation, a new agreement was extended until 2025.

The New York Times first reported that members of the Justice Department’s antitrust division launched an “extensive” investigation into Live Nation Entertainment earlier this year.

The expectation was high for Swift’s return to the stadiums; her last concert tour, promoting the “Reputation” album, was in 2018. Swift has since released four records: 2019’s “Lover”; 2020s “Folklore” and “Evermore”; and last month’s “Midnights,” the success of which made her the first artist to land the top 10 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In her statement on Friday, Swift noted that she had “brought so many elements of my career internally” as a way “to improve the quality of my fan experience by doing it myself with my team. who cares about my fans as much as I do.”

“To those who didn’t get tickets, all I can say is my hope is to give us more opportunities to come together and sing these songs,” she wrote. “Thank you for wanting to be there. You have no idea what that means.

Julian Mark contributed to this report.

‘This is the people’s place’: Here’s what’s new after Boston City Hall Plaza’s $95 million renovation


The renovation project was led by Sasaki, a Boston-based global design firm, and Shawmut Design and Construction, a Boston-based construction firm. According to the press release, the city operations firm of the Department of Public Amenities handled the renovation in partnership with the Department of Property Management and management services company Skanska USA.

“City Hall Plaza is the people’s place, and it’s now a civic front yard that all can access and enjoy,” Dion Irish, chief operating officer for the City of Boston, said in the statement.

Daniel Abramson, an architectural historian and professor at Boston University, explained that the city’s renovation of the plaza is a diversion from its original purpose when it was first completed in 1968, according to the Cultural Landscape Foundation.

“[The plaza] had to look like a European square. It would be for crowds of individuals to mingle, sit and watch each other, talk,” Abramson said in a phone interview with the Globe. “They thought of it as a place of pedestrian crossing. You were supposed to cross it from one part of town to another.

The $95 million project reverses that goal, Abramson said, transforming the space into something closer to a public event venue. Abramson said the plaza once served as a regional magnet for downtown Boston. But today, the space has been “domesticated,” as city officials refer to the space as “Boston’s front yard,” he said.

“It’s a different take on public use,” Abramson said. “Wanting to turn the square into a neighborhood park is a historically interesting change in terms of the intentions and the way in which [the space] has been used.”

Architects and city officials involved in the renovation said at Friday’s event that they had three main goals: To make the space more welcoming, accessible and sustainable.

Mayor Michelle Wu and other officials announced on Friday that the newly renovated City Hall Square included changes to make it much more accessible.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff


After listening to feedback from Boston’s “disabled community,” city officials replaced Boston’s crooked brick ankle plaza and inaccessible stairways with “smooth cobblestones and gently sloping walkways,” Boston Disability Commissioner Kristen McCosh said in a city press release.

Inaccessible stairs connecting Cambridge and Congress streets, separated by dozens of feet of elevation, have been replaced with smooth, flat, brick slopes accessible to people who use wheelchairs, scooters or have other needs . The staircase leading to the main entrance of City Hall has been replaced with a brick slope, the north entrance to the building, closed since 9/11, has been reopened along the second floor entrance to the building and the plaza has renovated its lighting to make the space more accessible and safer, McCosh said at Friday’s event.

“Now I can proudly say that people with disabilities are no longer limited to one path,” McCosh said. “Now they can use the whole place. From today they have the same access as everyone else and that’s something they can be really proud of.

The new town hall square offers slides for children and adults.Craig Walker/Globe Staff

Event and gathering spaces

To foster community and accommodate more events in the plaza, the renovation included the installation of seven “plug and play” locations, according to the city’s press release, for all Boston residents and community groups to enjoy. . With the expansion of “civic event spaces,” Boston City Hall Plaza can now accommodate up to 25,000 people, according to the release.

This reimagining of the square’s space includes “three small venues for events and gatherings,” according to the statement, and a new civic pavilion has been erected on Congress Street equipped to support public gatherings, meetings and events.

The plaza is now home to a “kinder-brutalist” playground, said Amy Mahler, manager of the mayor’s office of new urban mechanics, during a press tour of the plaza, offering children the chance to play on slides and climbing in jungle gymnasiums. a space reflecting the iconic Brutalist architecture of Boston City Hall.

” I can not wait ! I will come back with the kids in more appropriate clothes for the slide,” Wu said.

Mirabelle Berman Reinhardt played trumpet with the Boston Latin School Big Band at the reopening of City Hall Plaza.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

public art

The brutalist architectural style of the square is now complemented by inviting public art installations. After issuing a call for artists in February, the city selected metalworker Rhea Vedro to create a sculpture. It will be displayed to visitors at the northern entrance to the square for a year from next spring.

The city also commissioned public artist and illustrator Yuke Li to create two-dimensional graphic designs “for the new display system on the west exterior wall of City Hall,” according to the city’s press release. , and “the wall panels near the new civic pavilion, which will also be installed for a year.

“We are so excited about the opportunities for creative expression and cultural celebrations that this renovation brings to the city,” Kara Elliott-Ortega, Chief Arts and Culture Officer, said at Friday’s event. “This plaza should reflect all of Boston’s communities and cultures, and the arts are needed to make it a welcoming place.”

Elliott Eggleston and his daughter Tavi, 2, visited the new Plaza Play Scape at City Hall Plaza. The plaza now displays “permeable surfaces,” such as a resin-bonded sidewalk that will absorb up to 180,000 gallons of stormwaterCraig F. Walker/Globe Staff


Another main priority for the renovation was to use “green infrastructure” to help the city meet its environmental sustainability goals, according to the city’s statement. The plaza now displays “permeable surfaces,” such as a resin-bonded sidewalk that will absorb up to 180,000 gallons of rainwater, which will be reused to water the 250 new trees and countless other plants scattered to provide shade, beautify space, and improve air quality.

City officials also replaced 50 lights with “efficient LED technology” and “22,500 feet of granite and brick pavers were reused or recycled,” according to the release.

“We have focused on integrating sustainability into all aspects of the design [of the plaza]Sasaki Landscape Architect Mauricio Gomez said at Friday’s event. “Adding hundreds of trees and thousands of shrubs and perennials to the site provides significant environmental benefits.”

Katie Mogg can be contacted at [email protected] Follow her on twitter @j0urnalistkatie

ANNIE is coming to the Center for The Performing Arts in San Jose in January 2023

Leaping lizards! Broadway San Jose, a Nederlander Presentation, today announced that the all-new tour of the iconic Tony Award-winning musical ANNIE will play at San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts (255 S. Almaden Blvd.) in Jan. 10-15, 2023. Tickets are available now online at broadwaysanjose.com, by calling 408-792-4111, or in person at the San Jose Civic Box Office (150 W. San Carlos St., San Jose). Group orders of 10 or more can be placed by calling 669-242-8558. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

ANNIE’s performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m. (press night); Wednesday January 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday January 12 at 7.30 p.m.; Friday January 13 at 8 p.m.; Saturday January 14 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; and Sunday January 15 at 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

This new multi-week tour is produced by Troika Entertainment, LLC and kicks off at the Landmark Theater in Syracuse, NY on October 4th. , a new and heartfelt production to audiences across North America. »

“This show, with its iconic lead character, continues to delight generations of theatergoers old and new as they joyfully sing in the face of great adversity with perseverance, courage and cunning,” said director Jenn Thompson. “For decades, ANNIE has continued to shine brightly, not only as a call to our best angels, but also as an example of the hard-earned thrill of hope: promising a better ‘Tomorrow’ not just for Annie her -even, but for all who need his message now more than ever.”

ANNIE is directed by Jenn Thompson, who at age 10 starred as “Pepper” in the original Broadway production, choreographed by Patricia Wilcox (Motown, A Night with Janis Joplin), with orchestrations by Dan DeLange . Talitha Fehr is the music coordinator and Elaine Davidson is the music director.

The design team includes scenic design by Wilson Chin (Pass Over), costume design by Alejo Vietti (Jersey Boys), lighting design by Philip Rosenberg, sound design by Ken Travis (Disney’s Aladdin), hair and wig design by Ashley Rae Callahan and the cast. by Paul Hardt of Hardt Casting, LLC.

The lovable “Sandy” pooch is trained once again by Tony Award Honoree William Berloni (ANNIE, A Christmas Story, Legally Blonde).

In the title role of Annie is Ellie Pulsifer, a 12-year-old actress from South Florida, who is making her touring debut. Christopher Swan will portray Oliver Warbucks. In the role of Miss Hannigan is Stefanie Londino. Also featured in the tour are Julia Nicole Hunter as Grace, Nick Bernardi as Rooster, Krista Curry as Lily and Mark Woodard as FDR. Addison, a stray dog ​​rescued by William Berloni through the Humane Society in 2017, stars as Sandy.

The orphans are Riglee Ruth Bryson, Bronte Harrison, Vivianne Neely, Izzy Pike, Kenzie Rees and Valeria Velasco.

The ensemble featured includes Kolten Bell, Bradley Ford Betros, Luther Brooks IV, Harrison Drake, Laura Elizabeth Flanagan, Jataria Heyward, Carly Ann Moore, Kevin Ivey Morrison, Leeanna Rubin, Andrew Scoggin, Sophie Stromberg and Kaley Were.

Staying hopeful in tough times can take a lot of determination, and sometimes a lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of viewers that the sun is always around the corner, and now the most beloved musical of all time is about to return in this new production – as you remember and just when we need it most. This celebration of family, optimism and the American spirit remains the ultimate remedy for all the blows that life throws at you.

ANNIE features a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. The three authors received the 1977 Tony Awards for their work.

Courtesy of Tribune Content Agency, LLC, ANNIE is based on Harold Gray’s popular comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” which premiered in the 1920s in the New York Daily News and became one of the most read books of the 1930s and 40s. Lyricist Martin Charnin bought a coffee table book titled “The Life and Hard Times of Little Orphan Annie” as a Christmas present for a friend in 1970. The bookstore clerk was too busy to wrap the book, so Charnin took the book home to wrap it. Instead, he read it and fell in love with the comic and set about getting the rights to it. The friend never received the book.

The original production of ANNIE had its world premiere on August 10, 1976 at the Goodspeed Opera House (Michael J. Price, executive director) and opened on Broadway on April 21, 1977 at the Alvin Theater (Neil Simon theatre). It went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Album, and seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan ) and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin). It closed on Broadway after playing 2,377 performances. ANNIE was revived on Broadway in 1997 and again in 2014. It has been made into a movie three times (1982, 1999, 2014) and recently premiered as a live-action television production on NBC. The show remains one of Broadway’s biggest musical hits of all time; it has been performed in 28 languages ​​and has been taking place somewhere in the world for 45 years.

ANNIE’s beloved score includes “Maybe”, “It’s the Hard Knock Life”, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”, “Easy Street”, “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and l eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow”.

This production of ANNIE has been licensed by Music Theater International.

ANNIE’s engagement in San Jose is presented in conjunction with Broadway San Jose, a Dutch presentation, and is a subscription offering from the 2022/23 season.

Broadway San Jose – the Northern California branch of the Nederlander Organization – presents touring Broadway musicals at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts and is a member of the Broadway League.


Los Angeles— BELLATOR MMA, a leading global mixed martial arts organization, is proud to announce the addition of two new sponsorships from BLACKHAWK Tire and OLD WORLD INDUSTRIES and its PEAK brand.

BLACKHAWK Tire and PEAK will both be part of every national BELLATOR event with in-cage signage and co-branded posts on all BELLATOR social media channels. The mark for both begins this week in conjunction with BELLATOR 288, which will take place Friday, November 18 at Chicago’s Wintrust Arena and will stream live on SHOWTIME.® at 9 p.m. ET.

“We’re thrilled to become the ‘official tire’ of an iconic MMA brand like BELLATOR. This sponsorship aligns perfectly with BLACKHAWK Tire’s rugged attitude and the inspired performance we put behind every product we make, taking every tire from initial concept to the street,” said Mark Pereira, Chief Marketing Officer, BLACKHAWK Tire. “We are thrilled to have millions of fans around the world ‘Spot the Hawk’ at BELLATOR events with our logo on the web and throughout the arena.”

“BELLATOR MMA is a natural choice to connect with our consumers and promote PEAK® The Vision and Safety product line, including automotive lighting, wiper blades and windscreen washer, said Philip K Philip, CMO, Old World Industries. “We are just as excited about the sponsorship as we are about the BELLATOR MMA event happening this Friday night in Chicago, where our headquarters is located.”

Friday BELLATOR 288 is headlining two world championship fights, including the World Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Final rematch between world champion Vadim Nemkov (15-2, 1 NC) and ranked No. 1 Corey Anderson (16-5, 1 NC), while the co-main event includes Patrick “Pitbull” (24-10) defending his lightweight belt against the undefeated, ranked No. 1 Usman Nurmagomedov (15-0).

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For more information on upcoming BELLATOR MMA events, visit BELLATOR.com.

Updated schedule of BELLATOR events – click links for updated fight cards

Fri, November 18 // BELLATOR 288: Nemkov vs. Anderson 2 / ‘Pitbull’ vs. Nurmagomedov // Wintrust Arena // Chicago, IL.

Fri, December 9 // BELLATOR 289: Stots vs. Sabatello // Mohegan Sun Arena // Uncasville, Conn.

Sat. December 31st // BELLATOR MMA vs. RIZIN // Saitama Super Arena // Saitama, Japan

Fri. February 24 // BELLATOR DUBLIN // 3Arena // Dublin, Ireland


BELLATOR MMA is a premier global mixed martial arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Led by veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, BELLATOR events take place in major cities around the world and can be seen on television in over 160 countries for an available audience of over one billion people. In the United States, BELLATOR can be seen on SHOWTIME. BELLATOR is comprised of a leadership team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, development/fighter relations, venue sourcing, creative/ sponsorship development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. BELLATOR is based in Hollywood, Calif., and is owned by entertainment giant Paramount, home to the world’s biggest entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across TV, film, online platforms and mobiles.

Is Genesis the latest victim of the FTX contagion? Here is the untold truth

  • Genesis announced it was pausing withdrawals but other features were running
  • A Few Crypto Projects Came Out to Indicate Their Exposure or Lack of Genesis

Another blow has been dealt to the cryptocurrency industry as it begins to recover from the ripple effects of the FTX crash and apparent bankruptcy filing.

This November has been a brutal month for cryptocurrencies, and now Genesis has declared that it will no longer process withdrawals. How far does this go and what aspects of Genesis were affected?

Explain Genesis

On November 16, Genesis Global, an institutional crypto lender, announcement that it would temporarily halt takeovers and new loan originations. Genesis Global has claimed unusual market instability linked to the collapse of the struggling cryptocurrency exchange FTX as the reason for the decision.

This turmoil led to abnormally high withdrawals, which the company says depleted its liquidity.

Genesis Global further affirmed that all of its operations, including derivatives trading, custody and spot trading, are operating normally. Digital Currency Group, the company’s parent company, had declaredcategorically, that the news had no bearing on its own operations since the release.

Gemini and Circle exposed, Tether covered

Good, Geminia cryptocurrency exchange, job on November 16 that there may be withdrawal delays for its Earn product. The Earn product on the cryptocurrency exchange is operated by Genesis.

This product allows users to earn interest on their dormant cryptocurrency deposits. The announcement went on to say that the cryptocurrency exchange is working to return Earn Program customer funds as soon as possible. The company also assured customers that the move had no negative effect on other Gemini offerings.

Gemini platform users seemed terrified of the suspension of withdrawals for the Earn program. This may have been aggravated by the brief breakdown that the exchange experienced on November 16.

Interestingly, on the same day, Tether published a brief statement claiming that the company was not involved in Genesis Global or the Gemini Earn program. This meant that there was no USDT on deposit with the institutional lender for the project.

On the other hand, Circle claimed to have been exposed to Genesis. In response to Genesis’ announcement, the project Posted a statement revealing the existence of a product called Circle Yield.

He also mentioned Genesis as a counterparty in Circle Yield, which was described as an oversized fixed-term yield contract. The total value of the loans was listed at $2.6 million by Circle, which added that “strong collateral agreements” had been put in place to protect the loans.

There are still rumors of an additional impending collapse related to the FTX disaster. The cryptocurrency industry seems to be on its toes at the moment, preparing for the worst. The longest month on record for investors and businesses could be this November.

ISS: American walkers Cassada and Rubio ventured outside the space station on Tuesday


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The first in a series of year-end spacewalks began Tuesday morning outside the International Space Station.

Josh Cassada and Frank Rubio, NASA’s first spacewalkers and astronauts, began their excursion outside the space station at 9:14 a.m. ET and ended at 4:25 p.m. ET, lasting 7 hours and 11 minutes.

Cassada wore the red-striped spacesuit as Extravehicular Crewman 1, while Rubio wore the unmarked spacesuit as Extravehicular Crewman 2.

Astronauts assembled a mounting bracket on the starboard side of the space station’s truss against the backdrop of spectacular views of Earth.

The hardware was delivered to the space station Nov. 9 aboard a Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft, which delivered its cargo safely despite deploying only one of its two solar arrays after launch.

This hardware will allow for the installation of more deployment solar panels, called iROSAs, to give the space station a boost of power. The first two deployment solar panels were installed outside the station in June 2021. A total of six iROSAs have been planned and will likely increase the space station’s power generation by more than 30% once everything is up and running.

During two more spacewalks on November 28 and December 1, a crew of two astronauts will roll out and install another pair of solar panels once the mounting hardware is in place. The solar panels will be delivered on the next SpaceX Dragon commercial resupply mission, which is currently scheduled to launch on November 21.

Spacewalks are routine for the space station crew as they maintain and upgrade the aging orbital laboratory, but Tuesday’s spacewalk was NASA’s first since March. The agency’s spacewalks came to a halt after European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer completed his first spacewalk with water in his helmet.

A thin layer of moisture that exceeded the normal amount expected was discovered in Maurer’s helmet once he returned to the airlock after a nearly seven-hour spacewalk. Maurer promptly discarded the helmet, in an event NASA considered “a close call”, and water samples, suit material and the spacesuit itself were returned to Earth for investigation. NASA officials have determined that the suit did not suffer any hardware failure.

“The cause of the water in the helmet was likely due to the performance of the integrated system where several variables such as crew effort and crew cooling parameters led to the generation of comparatively greater amounts of condensation. larger than normal in the system,” according to NASA in a blog post. after the update.

“Based on the results, the team updated operational procedures and developed new mitigation material to minimize scenarios where the built-in performance results in water accumulation, while absorbing any water that appears. These measures will help contain any liquid in the helmet to continue to ensure the safety of the crew.

NASA officials gave the ‘go’ for spacewalks to resume after concluding the review in October.

The survey team developed techniques to manage temperatures in the suit and added new absorption bands to the helmet, said Dina Contella, operations integration manager for the International Space Station program.

The thin orange pieces were placed in different parts of the helmet, which has already been tested in orbit by astronauts inside the space station.

“We took several different models of this and the crew on board ran water, basically trying to inject water into the helmet at the same rate, which would be kind of the worst case scenario. And we found these pads to be very, very effective,” Contella said.

Tuesday’s spacewalk allowed the crew to test out the new pads as they worked outside the space station ahead of more complex spacewalks of installing solar panels in both next weeks.

Meanwhile, a Russian spacewalk is due to take place on Thursday. Cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin will begin their walk at 9 a.m. ET to work outside the Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module. The duo will prepare a radiator for the transfer of the Rassvet module to Nauka during their seven-hour spacewalk, which will also be streamed live on NASA’s website.

Holidays, Christmas concerts in the Erie area in 2022

What many consider to be the most wonderful time of the year is almost here, with carol sings and holiday concerts to attend in the Erie area.

Members of Motown’s legendary bands are ready to play for you at the Warner Theater, the Hot Sardines are heading to Mercyhurst University, the Erie Philharmonic is gearing up for the two pops, and Handel’s “Messiah” Tennessee Backporch has you covered. invites to “Follow the Star,” Kenny G brings his saxophone to Erie, Tuba Christmas is back, and a new group of professional backing vocalists performs “The Essence of Christmas.”

We searched online calendars, websites, Facebook and more for November and December events. If you know of a holiday concert or choral performance that isn’t already on our list, email full details to [email protected]


“A Motown Christmas” is slated for Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Warner Theater, 811 State St. This family-friendly show will feature a world-class vocal group comprised of past and present members of Motown’s most legendary bands, including Ali Woodson. Temptations, Miracles and Contours. Tickets are $52, $47, and $42 plus fees. Call 814-452-4857 or visit erieevents.com for tickets.

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Mercyhurst University

“Holiday Stomp” with The Hot Sardines will take place November 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Mercyhurst University’s Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, 501 E. 38th St. The jazz band will infuse Christmas classics with their unique and upbeat sound. . sound as part of the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture’s MIAC Live 2022-2023 series. Tickets are $45, $35 and $30 for adults; $40, $30 and $25 for seniors; $35, $25, and $20 for youth and non-Mercyhurst students, plus fees. Call 814-824-2663 or visit miac.mercyhurst.edu/events/holiday-stomp-hot-sardines for tickets.

The Hot Sardines will bring their

A “Holiday Concert Celebration” will be performed as part of the “Mercyhurst Christmas Gala” on Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m. at the university’s Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, 501 E. 38th St. The Wind Ensemble of the school and Civic Orchestra will perform as part of the annual gala. Tickets are $8.50 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under. Visit Mercyhurst.edu/events/a-mercyhurst-christmas-gala-holiday-concert-celebration for tickets.

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Erie Phil

The Erie Philharmonic will perform its annual holiday pop concert, “Come Home for the Holidays: A Soulful Christmas,” twice on December 3, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., at the Warner Theater, 811 State St. Join the Erie Phil will be featured guests including Blaine Krauss, CoCo Smith and Shaleah Adkisson, as well as the Philharmonic Chorus, Junior Chorus and Youth Chorale. Tickets cost between $10 and $56 plus fees. Call 814-455-1375 or visit eriephil.org/22-23#22-23pops for tickets.

The Erie Philharmonic and Philharmonic Chorus are featured at their 2016 holiday pop concert. The 2022 concert will be on December 3.

Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 250 W. Seventh St. The event will feature the Erie Philharmonic Choir, Erie Philharmonic Orchestra and various soloists. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students. Call 814-455-1375 or visit eriephil.org/messiah for tickets.

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Tennessee back porch

Julie and Chris Moore perform during Tennessee Backporch's

“Follow the Star” will be offered four times through Tennessee Backporch on Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 5-7 at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 8880 W. Main St., McKean. Variety Band Erie’s Christmas Concert will feature original music and creative covers of favorite Christmas songs. Tickets are $20. Visit facebook.com/tennesseebackporch for more or bit.ly/3huNKsY for tickets.

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Kenny G.

Kenny G will be at Erie's Warner Theater on December 8, 2022 for his

Kenny G will bring “The Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour” to Erie on December 8 at 7 p.m. at the Warner Theater, 811 State St. favorites steeped in his captivating and distinctive blend of R&B, pop, Latin and jazz. $117, $87, $67, $47, plus shipping. Call 814-452-4857 or visit erieevents.com for tickets.

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Christmas tuba

Hundreds of spectators watch the 2014 Tuba Christmas Erie concert at Penn State Behrend.  The event featured 65 musicians from the Erie area and beyond performing on low valve brass including euphoniums, baritones and tubas.

The Tuba Christmas Erie Concert returns December 10 at 1 p.m. to the McGarvey Commons at the Reed Union Building at Penn State Behrend, 4701 College Drive, Harborcreek Township. Tuba, sousaphone, baritone and euphonium players of all ages, some dressed in festive attire and with instrument decorations, will participate. Free. Call 814-898-6289 or visit bit.ly/3UENSUQ to learn more.

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St. Peter’s Cathedral

“A Festival of Nine Lessons and Songs” will be held Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at St. Peter’s Cathedral, 230 W. 10th St. Performed by the adult choir, the event will include readings and songs, including the “Christmas Day” by Gustav Holst. Free. Call 814-453-6677 or visit stpetercathedral.com to learn more.

St. Peter's Cathedral in Erie is shown August 8, 2018. The cathedral is the parish of the Catholic Diocese of Erie.

“The Essence of Christmas” will be presented by Transcendence on December 17 at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Cathedral, 230 W. 10th St. The concert kicks off the first season of professional choristers under the auspices of St. Peter’s Cathedral. . This first performance will feature seasonal choral works by composers such as Praetorius, Victoria, Byrd, Britten and Lauridsen, and Kirke Mechem’s “The Seven Joys of Christmas” with guest artist and harpist Julia Jamieson. Free. Call 814-453-6677 or visit stpetercathedral.com/transcendence for more information.

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Find more holiday-related and general entertainment events at GoErie.com/calendar.

Dana Massing can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @ETNmassing.

Learn About Matryoshka Nesting Dolls, Kayaking in Alaska: This Week’s Events

Civil War presentation, General Fitz John Porter

STRATHAM – On Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m., the Stratham Historical Society and the Wiggin Memorial Library will present a program on the life and military service of General Fitz John Porter of the Union Civil War. Presenter, Professor Kimberly Alexander, will present her research on her career, as evidenced by a Strawbery Banke exhibition she curated in 2011. She is also the author of a book, “Hero or Coward: The Story of General Fitz John Porter”.

This presentation is free and open to the public, at the Morgera Community Hall, Stratham Fire Station, corner of Winnicutt Road and Portsmouth Avenue, Stratham. A 6:30 p.m. meeting of members of the Stratham Historical Society will precede the program.

Stratham Historical Society Open House

Stratham Historical Society

STRATHAM – The public is invited to stop by the Stratham Historical Society Open House on Tuesday, November 15 from 6-8 p.m. at 158 ​​Portsmouth Avenue, Stratham. This event is free and open to the public. Visit the historic 1911 building of the Stratham Historical Society, see the museum’s many artifacts and various collections. Learn more about what they are doing to preserve Stratham’s history.

Discussion of traditional Matryoshka nested doll making

SOMERSWORTH – On Wednesday, November 16, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Somersworth Public Library, Marina Forbes will share many examples of Matryoshka nesting dolls, including examples of her own work and extensive collection, as she examines the rich folk tradition and symbolism of the appearance of dolls. Also try pelmeni. The event is free and open to the public.

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Community Resilience Workshop for Berwick residents

BERWICK, Maine – Residents of Berwick are invited to participate in a public workshop that will help identify and prioritize projects aimed at addressing the local impacts of climate change. This workshop will be held at the Berwick Public Library on Wednesday, November 16 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Led by the City of Berwick and the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission, the workshop will feature experts and attendees discussing climate impacts at Berwick and priority projects for the community.

Family game night at Dover Library

DOVER – Wednesday, November 16 at 6 p.m. will be Family Game Night, as always the third Wednesday of every month at the Dover Public Library. Families can play a fun selection of card and board games and meet other board game enthusiasts in the community. You can also bring your own games. All ages are welcome.

Caregiver cafe

DOVER – On Wednesday, November 16 at 10:30 a.m., join Cornerstone VNA at the Dover Public Library for a monthly Carers Coffee in support of family carers in the Dover area. Come for a morning of support, education and conversation.

Seacoast Village Project Presents Travel Conference

PORTSMOUTH – The Seacoast Village Project will present ‘Taking Nature’s Measurement: A Glacier Bay Kayaking Adventure’ with Walter and Emma Rous on Wednesday, November 16 at 3 p.m. at the Durham Public Library. The program is free and open to the public.

In the summer of 2021, Walter and Emma Rous took a long kayak trip on their own through the wilderness of Glacier Bay in Alaska. In this program, they will share their journey and “take the measure of nature” through photography, nature writings and some architectural analogies.

Walter Rous has an architecture degree from MIT, has designed numerous coastal projects and loves photography. Emma Rous taught environmental literature in the English department at Oyster River High School. Walter and Emma are observers and explorers of the natural world and have been canoeing, kayaking and hiking together for 50 years. They live in Durham.

The live presentation will also be available via Zoom. Pre-registration is required for the in-person and virtual event. Interested participants should go to www.seacoastvillageproject.org and select the correct event on the website calendar to register.

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ARA presents an eyewitness account of the effects of the Marshall Plan

DURHAM – The Active Retirement Association presents an eyewitness account of the effects of the Marshall Plan by ARA member Meche Romoser, who will share his and his family’s survival experiences after World War II. This free event is open to the general public and will take place on Thursday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Durham Community Church, 17 Main Street, Durham, or via a Zoom link. Pre-registration is required at [email protected] whether you attend in person or via Zoom. Don’t forget to indicate how you plan to participate when you register.


DOVER – On Thursday, November 17 at 3:30 p.m., children in grades 1 and up are invited to make and take home a Thanksgiving turkey decoration with a glove at the Dover Public Library.

Epping Middle High School Drama Club Presents ‘Clue’

The Epping Middle and High School Drama Club rehearses a scene from their upcoming production of

EPPING – The Epping Middle High School Drama Club brings murder and laughter to the Epping Playhouse stage with a production of “Clue” (High School Edition). The play will take place on November 18, 19 and 20. Tickets will be $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.eppingtheater.org/EMHSClue.html.

Family movie at the Eliot Library

ELIOT, Maine — On Saturday, November 19, from 1 to 3 p.m., the William Fogg Library will present its family film, “Little Women.” The movie is free and there will be free popcorn.

STEM Saturday

DOVER – On Saturday, November 19 at 10 a.m., children in grades 1 and up are invited to make a battery out of a potato at the Dover Public Library. All supplies will be provided.

China unveils radical measures to save the real estate sector

New home prices have been falling for more than a year in China


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Chinese authorities have unveiled sweeping measures to save the country’s ailing real estate sector, as regulators seek to make up for years of tough pandemic measures and a real estate crackdown that have stalled the world’s second-largest economy.

The banking regulator and central bank issued a 16-point set of internal guidelines on Friday to promote the “stable and healthy development” of the industry, which were reported by Chinese state media on Monday.

The measures include credit support for indebted property developers, financial support to ensure the completion and delivery of projects to landlords and help with deferred repayment loans for home buyers.

It came on the same day the National Health Commission issued 20 rules to “optimize” China’s zero-Covid policy, where some restrictions were eased to limit its social and economic impact.

“We see this as the most crucial pivot since Beijing dramatically tightened funding for the real estate sector,” Ting Lu, chief China economist at Nomura, said in a note.

“We believe these measures demonstrate that Beijing is willing to undo most of its financial tightening measures.”

Hong Kong shares jumped more than 3% on Monday after the measures were unveiled, extending Friday’s rally of more than 7% before paring gains to 1.7% at the close.

Hong Kong-listed shares of China’s biggest developer by sales, Country Garden, closed up 45% while shares of main competitor Greenland gained more than 35%.

Beijing imposed widespread restrictions on lending to property developers in 2020, which exacerbated their liquidity problems and caused the default of several of the most important bonds.

The ripple effects on the massive property sector have been severe, with cash-strapped developer Evergrande – China’s largest – and others failing to complete projects, sparking mortgage boycotts and protests home buyers.

The measures emphasized “guaranteeing the handover of buildings” and ordered development banks to provide “special loans” for this purpose, according to a copy circulating online.

The document ordered financial institutions to treat public and private real estate businesses on an equal footing, as well as to “actively cooperate with troubled real estate businesses in risk management.”

The measures also included “extending transition period provisions…home loans” for struggling developers, and supporting “high-quality real estate businesses to issue bond financing”.

“The plan includes financial stability measures which aim to prevent mass defaults and therefore ensure a ‘soft landing,'” ANZ analysts wrote in a note.

But analysts have warned that these changes – alongside the limited easing of zero Covid measures – will not prompt an immediate recovery for the struggling sector.

“While few expect a financial crisis caused by the current housing downturn, the prevailing view is that the housing sector will remain weaker for longer. As a result, the worst is far from over for developers,” Macquarie economist Larry Hu said in a note. .

“The package is not a bailout of property developers,” wrote Andrew Batson, analyst at Gavekal Dragonomics.

“With the new policies, the government is working to make its current approach to Covid containment and the housing market work, rather than moving to a different approach.”

New home prices have been falling for more than a year as demand struggles to recover due to tight ongoing pandemic controls that have undermined consumer confidence.

Senator Ed Markey hits back at Elon Musk after he answers impersonation questions

Elon Musk’s Twitter profile is seen on a smartphone atop printed Twitter logos in this illustration taken April 28, 2022.

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Sen. Ed Markey on Sunday chastised Twitter owner Elon Musk for his response to Markey’s request for answers regarding the platform’s new verification and impersonation policies.

After a Washington Post reporter managed to create a fake verified account claiming to be the Massachusetts Democrat, Markey shared a letter to Musk on Twitter Friday, asking him “to explain how it happened and how to prevent it from happening again”.

In response, Musk replied to Markey in a tweet sunday and said, “Maybe it’s because your real account looks like a parody?”

Markey didn’t seem to like Musk’s response.

“One of your businesses is under a consent decree from the FTC. Automotive safety watchdog NHTSA is investigating another for killing people. And you spend your time fighting online. Fix your businesses. Or Congress will,” Markey wrote in a tweet sunday.

Twitter appears to have suspended the $7.99 per month Twitter Blue verification program shortly after the Post conducted its test as celebrity and brand impersonations proliferate on the platform.

But before the break, the Post was able to set up a Twitter account called “@realEdMarkey” using “a spare iPhone, a credit card and a bit of creativity.” The account received a blue verified check mark, even though Markey already has two legitimate verified accounts.

The blue check is supposed to be a feature of paid Twitter Blue, but the Post reporter found that Twitter said the fake Markey account was verified “because he is notable in government, news, entertainment, or a other designated class”.

Twitter recently lost key privacy and content moderation managers.

“Safeguards like Twitter’s blue checkmark once empowered users to be intelligent, critical consumers of news and information in Twitter’s global public square,” Markey said. wrote in his letter to Musk. “But your takeover of Twitter, the rapid and random imposition of platform changes, the removal of safeguards against misinformation, and the firing of large numbers of Twitter employees hastened Twitter’s descent into the world. Wild West of social media.”

Markey asked Musk to respond to his questions in writing by Nov. 25.

The exchange between Musk and Markey on Twitter is not the first time the pair have faced off.

Musk is also the automaker’s CEO You’re here, and Tesla’s driver assistance systems are branded Autopilot and Full Self Driving in the United States. During a series of Tesla crashes in August 2021, Markey and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) expressed “serious concerns” about how the company advertises them. technologies. They asked the Federal Trade Commission to open an investigation.

The senators also called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in June to take “aggressive investigative and enforcement action on vehicles equipped with Automated Driving Systems (ADS) and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS )” after the administration released data showing more than 500 crashes in vehicles equipped with these technologies.

– CNBC’s Lauren Feiner and Laura Kolodny contributed to this report.

Planes collide mid-air during Wings Over Dallas event, footage shows



Two planes crashed in midair during an air show Saturday afternoon in Dallas, according to the FAA.

“A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra collided and crashed at the Wings Over Dallas Airshow at Dallas Executive Airport in Texas at approximately 1:20 p.m. local time Saturday,” a statement from the company said. the FAA. “At this time, it is not known how many people were on the two planes.”

It is not known how many people were on board the planes or if there were any injuries.

Dallas Airport Executive, which hosted the event, said fire and rescue crews were responding. The FAA will participate in an investigation led by the National Transportation Safety Board, according to the release.

The B-17 was called the Texas Raiders, said Leah Block, spokeswoman for Wings Over Dallas Commemorative Air Force organizer.

Videosapparently from the area, showed that a plane had hit another in flight with people on the ground gasping.

Anthony Mendoza, 27, was at the Wings Over Dallas event with a friend when around 1:45 p.m. a P-63 fighter jet cut the rear of a B-17 bomber, breaking its back in two, did he declare. The front half of the B-17 plunged into the ground, followed by the other aircraft.

“They hit the ground and burst into flames,” Mendoza, who was sitting about 500 yards from the crash, told The Washington Post. “People were in shock. There were people crying, holding each other, visibly upset.

Kris Truskey, 43, who was near the airport’s main terminal with her husband and son, said in a message to the Post that she saw the tail of the B-17 ‘get sliced ​​off’ before the dive and a “fireball”. ”

The crowd took a while to realize it wasn’t part of the show, 25-year-old Mollie Brock said.

“We all saw it, but it took a second for everyone to think it was an accident.”

She and her husband sat about 100 feet from the track during the show. A group of P-63 planes had escorted the B-17, she said, as fireworks simulating bombs exploded.

Paramedics rushed to the scene, Mendoza and Truskey said, and about half an hour later the crowd was asked to leave and the rest of the event was called off.

“I just hope everyone involved is doing well, and praying for their families and loved ones. We are all hoping for a miracle.

He said it was “a lot of wind”.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson (D) called the accident a “terrible tragedy”.

At their peak during World War II, according to Boeing, B-17 bombers could accommodate two pilots and eight crew members. About 12,000 were made and “only a few B-17s survive today, displayed in museums and air shows; most were scrapped at the end of the war.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

Proposed downtown Lafayette performing arts center would be a huge catalyst for growth, study finds – Developing Lafayette

You may have heard that the Heymann Performing Arts Center may soon cease to exist and that new locations for the Performing Arts Center in Lafayette are being considered. One of the locations being considered is along the Congress Street corridor in Downtown Lafayette, and that would completely change everything. The other location being discussed is along the Cajundome Blvd corridor, which would not have such a significant impact, according to a recent redevelopment site survey.

Link to the redevelopment site survey pdf: https://downtownlafayette.org/wp-content/uploads/DDA_PAC-Redevelopment-Study-111022.pdf

Below is a comparison of the number of existing hospitality businesses within walking distance of potential performing arts center sites.

The green dots indicate the performing arts center and the parking lot. Blue dots indicate all existing entertainment, hospitality and retail businesses within a half mile radius.

The concept plan, which was commissioned by the Downtown Development Authority earlier this year, illustrates how a new 2,200-seat performing arts center could be sited along Congress Street next to the First Horizon tower. The plan would be transformational, adding over 750 structured parking spaces, additional restaurants and retail structures, and a new outdoor performance area.

Hypothetically, let’s just say that the Performing Arts Center is to be built at the proposed location in downtown Congress Street. It would completely remodel Congress Street along with W 2nd Street and W 3rd Street; paving the way for increased private investment, more walkable shops and restaurants, and a view that would rival that of other city vistas of similar size along a major thoroughfare.


The site, located just a block from Jefferson Street, is one of several similarly sized lots downtown that could serve as the site of a new performing arts center. The site survey was commissioned to show an example of how a downtown performing arts center works, said Downtown Development Authority CEO Anita Begnaud.

If Lafayette is to develop as many other comparable cities with large downtown areas have developed, placing such a focal point for the arts in a culturally arts-centric neighborhood only makes sense.

The Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) has already provided funding for structured downtown parking. And the addition of parking in the area presents several opportunities for private investors to build businesses that would complement a performing arts center, such as restaurants, hotels and retail.

“Not only could a performing arts center ‘fit’ downtown, but we believe a downtown location provides the best return on investment from an audience perspective,” Begnaud said.

“From day one, visitors to a downtown performing arts center could find shops, restaurants, bars and more than 100 other entertainment and hospitality related businesses that already exist within five minutes on foot,” Begnaud said. “An entertainment venue like a performing arts center only truly succeeds as part of an overall quality visitor experience. This is why the national trend over the past few decades has been to locate performing arts centers in city centers.

Asheville, Greenville, Pensacola and Greensboro are just a few examples of successful downtown performing arts centers that were designed to be catalysts for downtown revitalization and are key contributors to the centers’ prosperity. urban.


DLU was one of several organizations that co-signed a letter to Lafayette City Council last week supporting the creation of a public process to choose a site for a new performing arts center that would consider the impact economic potential and overall community benefits. .

“As we continue conversations about the most important public investments we’ve ever made as a community, I think we need to engage the general public in a meaningful way,” Begnaud said. “The hundreds of downtown business owners, entrepreneurs, and residential and commercial building owners all deserve the opportunity to demonstrate that a downtown location would provide the best experience for visitors and the best return on investment.

Below are progress renderings of what the Congress Street corridor could become if downtown Lafayette becomes the host neighborhood for the Performing Arts Center.

Sarasota’s Asolo Rep opens the season with a timely production of ‘Cabaret’

As a choreographer and director, Josh Rhodes has spent at least part of the past 15 years helping to reinvent or rediscover older musicals for Sarasota audiences at the Asolo Repertory Theater.

He worked on “Barnum”, “The sound of music,” “Guys and Dolls” “Avoid” “Hair” and more, finding ways to make them sound new, even to viewers who know every word.

But every time production art director Michael Donald Edwards mentioned John Kander-Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s 1966 musical “Cabaret,” Rhodes backed off.

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“I think it’s a perfect show that had perfect productions,” he said. “Everyone was seeing ‘Cabaret’ so beautifully done on Broadway and on tour, why do we have to bring them another one?”

But last winter, when Edwards brought it up again as a possibility for the 2022-23 season, Rhodes was more on board with directing the musical, which is set in Berlin in 1929 and 1930 at dawn. of the rise of the Nazi Party.

“I suddenly felt like it was even more of a time than usual to discuss ‘Cabaret’ and discuss this history, our human history of something as disgusting as the rise of the Nazi Party,” he said. he declared. “There is more anti-Semitism now. There is a growing rise of fascism. The only thing we can do as artists is to start by just telling these stories to the public and reminding people of our history, our human nature, and how easy it is to behave in this way and wonder where are we in the current world where we live. What am I doing to fight anti-Semitism and people who use others as scapegoats? »

The musical tackles current issues

Lincoln Clauss describes his emcee character in

Rhodes and two cast members spoke about the show the same week the entertainer formerly known as Kanye West was fired from numerous companies after posting anti-Semitic remarks online. And evidence of Jewish hatred has become more evident across the country.

“Cabaret,” based on Christopher Isherwood’s memoir “I Am a Camera,” is set at Berlin’s Kit Kat Klub, where a mischievous master of ceremonies oversees a provocative, sometimes saucy production featuring a diverse assortment of singers, dancers, and musicians. , including headliner Sally Bowles. Harold Prince directed the original Broadway production with Joel Gray as emcee, and Sam Mendes directed an acclaimed revival starring Alan Cumming.

At Asolo Rep, Rhodes works with Lincoln Clauss as emcee, Iris Beaumier as Sally, Alan Chandler as Clifford Bradshaw—Isherwood’s version of the show—and a cast of mostly Sarasota newcomers. His team also includes musical direction by Angela Steiner, costumes by Alejo Vietti and scenography by Tijana Bjelalac.

The musical is mostly set at the club, as well as the boarding house where Cliff lives (with Sally a frequent visitor), run by Kelly Lester like Fraulein Schneider.

The songs – including “Two Ladies”, “So What?” “Maybe this time”, “If you could see her” and the title number – comment on what is happening in the social and political world outside the cozy club.

Rhodes said he was focusing on a period in Berlin when there was “a burst of beauty and the art was flourishing. They were almost about to vote for gay rights. Berlin had the potential to be a new democracy. There was a moment when you could have had some hope for the values ​​we have and you thought Berlin might have had a different outcome.

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Clauss said he found his way into his character and tried to avoid getting caught up in what Gray, Cumming or others had done with the role.

“The catch with the emcee as an actor is that people see him as this ordinary, ubiquitous being, almost as a metaphor for what’s going on in Germany. It’s not really playable,” he said. Clauss sees him more as an artistic leader, “the orchestrator, the puppeteer, who wants to put on a really good show no matter what. That’s my emcee’s goal.

According to Rhodes, the club is full of talented artists and Beaumier thinks Sally “hopes to be the biggest star. She hopes to make her mark in the world as another black icon after Josephine Baker.

Beaumier said his mother watched the movie “Cabaret” (starring Oscar-winning actress Liza Minnelli as Sally) many times when she was a child. “I loved the songs in the movie, but I didn’t really know the musical or what it all meant until high school and then college, when I dug a little deeper to find out what it was all about. acted.”

A sketch of the costume designer

As a black performer, Beaumier never saw herself in the role as Sally is traditionally played by white actresses. “I was able to read the script for the first time as if Sally Bowles was a black woman in Germany. I am the daughter of immigrants. Her mother’s family is from Ghana and Togo and her father was born and raised grew up in France.

“Baker went to Berlin and they loved her, and she went to France and they loved her even more. It’s my duty to honor her hopes and dreams as the next star,” Beaumier said.

The show is all new to Clauss, who admits to not being fully aware of the songs and their varying meanings.

“I’m one of those people who heard ‘Cabaret’ and thought it was a jovial number,” he said. “I didn’t realize ‘Maybe This Time’ is about an abortion. I was coming in completely blind. I didn’t see the movie.”

Rhodes said he had the opposite problem. “That’s what scared me. I knew it too well.


Music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Joe Masteroff. Directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes. From Nov. 16 to Dec. 12 31 Asolo Repertory Theater, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets start at $35. 941-351-8000; asolorep.org

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Disney Drop sends media stocks to worst drop in 30 years

(Bloomberg) – Walt Disney Co. just suffered its worst one-day rout in 21 years. Warner Bros. Discovery Inc., Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. and AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. all trade under $10. Paramount Global – home of MTV, CBS and Top Gun: Maverick – has lost half its value this year.

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Within months, Hollywood’s feel-good streaming story turned into a horror show.

Consumers are streaming more movies and shows, and watching less in theaters and on traditional channels. To encourage change and attract subscribers, media companies put some of their best programs online. But the new services are losing tons of money, even as viewers are abandoning traditional channels in droves. Executives who promised a smooth transition to the digital age are being punished by Wall Street, with media stocks heading for their biggest annual loss since at least 1990.

“The media and entertainment industry is going through a major transition,” said Porter Bibb, a longtime investor and business watcher. “They entered the tunnel, and no one knows where they will exit.”

The change is evident in the number of consumers canceling their pay-TV subscriptions. Cable TV giants Comcast Corp. and Charter Communications Inc. together lost nearly 800,000 TV subscribers last quarter. At this rate, that will mean millions less customers to help pay for MTV, CNN and ESPN.

The only bright light this quarter was Netflix Inc., whose loss of subscribers in the first half of the year prompted a reassessment of business models and industry stock values. The streaming industry pioneer reported a higher-than-expected 2.41 million new subscribers last quarter. Its shares are still down 57% this year.

Losses from Disney’s direct-to-consumer arm, driven by the Disney+ streaming service, more than doubled to $1.47 billion in the company’s fourth fiscal quarter, due to higher programming spending and the cost of deploying the service in new countries.

Weak cable TV ad revenue also hurt the company’s performance, as it has for other media giants. Disney ended the day down 13%, the biggest one-day loss since Sept. 17, 2001, when trading resumed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Losses in media stocks are not for all Hollywood entertainment companies. The biggest loser on the S&P 500 Media & Entertainment Index this year is Meta Platforms Inc., Facebook’s parent company, which derives almost all of its revenue from advertising. Meta is down 70% this year.

The deterioration in Disney’s traditional TV business could be the biggest shock to this week’s earnings, according to MoffettNathanson analyst Michael Nathanson. The company forecast high-single-digit earnings growth next year, well below what it expected.

“Rarely have we been so incorrect in our forecasts of Disney earnings,” Nathanson wrote in a research note Wednesday. “It appears that the negative economic strength of the cord-cutting (plus a weakened advertising market) has finally begun to manifest itself in Disney’s fiscal year 2023 results,”

Disney’s sales of $20.2 billion were about $1 billion lower than analysts’ forecasts. Earnings, excluding certain items, fell to 30 cents, missing the average estimate of 51 cents from analysts polled by Bloomberg.

Disney told investors this week that losses from its streaming business have peaked.

At the Paley International Council summit in New York on Wednesday, Disney CEO Bob Chapek acknowledged Wall Street’s frustration with massive investments in online TV, including ESPN+ and Hulu.

“Our investors expect us to get a return on that,” he said.

The company, he noted, will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. There will be speed bumps, Chapek said, especially when trying out a new business model.

“But it’s definitely better than the other option, which is to disappear,” he said.

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AbilityPath Unveils New Inclusive Outdoor Community Event Venue | Community


AbilityPath, one of the peninsula’s largest and oldest nonprofits serving children and adults with disabilities and their families, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last month commemorating the new event venue. outdoor facility at its Middlefield campus in Palo Alto.

The renovated courtyard is designed to advance AbilityPath’s mission to develop innovative programs that promote inclusion and provide opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

The “RESPECT” Tribute Concert, Nov. 1 at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center, explored the life and legacy of legendary singer Aretha Franklin – The Parthenon

The concert took place after the fourth anniversary of Franklin’s death on August 16, 2018.

The program intertwined stories from Franklin’s personal life and career. Throughout the show, the focus has been on the impact her parents, especially her father, had on her.

As a child, Franklin was surrounded by stalwarts of black culture thanks to her father, Reverend CL Franklin, who hosted star-studded house parties. Franklin was raised around gospel singers such as Sam Cooke, Mahalia Jackson, Albertina Walker and James Cleveland.

Early in her professional career, Franklin shifted from singing gospel music to singing secular music. She was inspired by singer Sam Cooke (considered the king of soul), who made the transition from gospel to pop music. The program discussed Franklin’s blending of genres and her journey to finding a signature singing style.

“Aretha would try to find her signature style,” said performer Nattalyee Randall. “She wasn’t very pop. She wasn’t really R&B. She wasn’t completely gospel, but she was an unstoppable mix of all three.

Several of Franklin’s career-defining accomplishments were listed at the end of the evening, such as winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom, being the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and being the youngest person ever to receive the Kennedy Center Honors. .

Franklin has also won 18 Grammy Awards along with numerous legendary and lifetime achievements and managed to place more than 100 singles in the Billboard top 100, according to performer Ashton Weekes.



We are one of the world's leading developers of mobile games creating fun,
innovative experiences that entertain and engage our users. We have built
best-in-class live game operations services and a proprietary technology
platform to support our portfolio of games which enable us to drive strong user
engagement and monetization. Our games are free-to-play, and we are experts in
providing novel, curated in-game content and offers to our users, at optimal
points in their game journeys. Our players love our games because they are fun,
creative, engaging, and kept fresh through a steady release of new features that
are customized for different player segments.

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plus our own direct-to-consumer platforms. Through these platforms, users can
download our free-to-play games and can purchase virtual items to enhance their
game-playing experience. Players can purchase virtual items through various
widely accepted payment methods offered in the games. Payments from players for
virtual items are non-refundable and relate to non-cancellable contracts that
specify our obligations and cannot be redeemed for cash nor exchanged for
anything other than virtual items within our games.

Our games are played primarily on various third-party platforms for which the
platform providers collect proceeds from our customers and pay us an amount
after deducting platform fees. We are primarily responsible for fulfilling the
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transactional payment processing fee to accept payments from our players for the
purchase of in-app virtual goods. Payment processing fees and other related
expenses for in-app purchases made through our direct-to-consumer platforms are
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We define Average Revenue per Daily Active User, or ARPDAU, as (i) the total
revenue in a given period, (ii) divided by the number of days in that period,
(iii) divided by the average DAUs during the period. We believe that ARPDAU is a
useful metric to describe monetization.

Monthly active users

We define Monthly Active Users, or MAUs, as the number of individuals who played
one of our games during a calendar month. Under this metric, an individual who
plays two different games in the same calendar month is counted as two MAUs.
Similarly, an individual who plays the same game on two different platforms
(e.g., web and mobile) or on two different social networks during the same month
would be counted as two MAUs. Average Monthly Active Users for a particular
period is the average of the MAUs for each month during that period. We believe
that Monthly Active Users is a useful metric to measure the scale and reach of
our platform, but we base our business decisions primarily on daily performance
metrics, which we believe more accurately reflect user engagement with our


Operating results

The table below shows the results of our key financial and operating metrics for
the periods indicated. Unless otherwise indicated, financial metrics are
presented in millions of U.S. Dollars, user statistics are presented in millions
of users, and ARPDAU is presented in U.S. Dollars.
                                                   Three months ended                     Nine months ended
                                                     September 30,                          September 30,
(in millions, except percentages, Average
DPUs and ARPDAU)                                2022                2021               2022               2021
Revenues                                    $    647.8          $   635.9          $ 1,984.3          $ 1,934.0
Total cost and expenses                          516.4              481.4            1,641.2            1,483.8
Operating income                                 131.4              154.5              343.1              450.2
Net income                                        68.2               80.5              187.8              206.2
Credit Adjusted EBITDA                           203.5              217.0              602.5              672.6
Adjusted EBITDA                                  230.7              247.8              690.1              770.2

Non-financial performance metrics
Average DAUs                                       9.0               10.4                9.7               10.4
Average DPUs (in thousands)                        310                293                315                296
Average Daily Payer Conversion                     3.4  %             2.8  %             3.3  %             2.8  %
ARPDAU                                      $     0.78          $    0.67          $    0.75          $    0.68
Average MAUs                                      30.2               35.4               32.4               34.4

Comparison of three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2021

                                                           Three months ended September               Nine months ended
                                                                        30,                             September 30,
                                                               2022              2021              2022               2021
(in millions)                                                                          (Unaudited)
Revenues                                                   $   647.8          $ 635.9          $ 1,984.3          $ 1,934.0
Cost of revenue                                            $   181.8          $ 179.2          $   554.8          $   546.1
Research and development                                       115.1             91.5              353.0              268.5
Sales and marketing                                            145.4            141.1              476.9              427.7
General and administrative                                      74.1             69.6              256.5              241.5
Total costs and expenses                                   $   516.4          $ 481.4          $ 1,641.2          $ 1,483.8


Revenues for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 increased by
$11.9 million and $50.3 million, respectively, when compared with the same
periods of 2021. The net increase in revenues is primarily derived from the
combination of meaningful growth in select non-slot game titles and the
acquisition of Reworks in the third quarter of 2021, which were partially offset
by meaningful declines in certain of our slot-themed games. We continue to see
favorable impacts on revenues in certain of our games from our ongoing
improvements to monetization, new content and product features


Revenue cost

Cost of revenue for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 increased
by $2.6 million and $8.7 million, respectively, when compared with the same
periods of 2021. The favorable impact of reduced platform fees associated with a
higher percentage of our revenues being derived through our direct-to-consumer
platforms was more than offset by the increased platform fees associated with
revenue from Reworks and an increase in amortization expense associated with
both the acquisition of Reworks and with recently capitalized software
development costs.

Research and development costs

Research and development expenses for the three and nine months ended
September 30, 2022 increased by $23.6 million and $84.5 million, respectively,
when compared with the same periods of 2021. In addition to the impact of
increased expenses associated with the acquisition of Reworks, the increase in
research and development expenses was primarily due to increased headcount and
employee compensation costs, including increased stock-based compensation
expense, and increased facilities costs associated with additional leased

Sales and marketing expenses

Sales and marketing expenses for the three and nine months ended September 30,
2022 increased by $4.3 million and $49.2 million, respectively, when compared
with the same periods of 2021. In addition to the impact of increased expenses
associated with the acquisition of Reworks, the increases in sales and marketing
expenses were primarily due to increased marketing promotions and increased
media buy expenses.

General and administrative expenses

General and administrative expenses for the three and nine months ended
September 30, 2022 increased by $4.5 million and $15.0 million, respectively,
when compared with the same periods of 2021. Included in general and
administrative expenses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022,
with no comparable amounts for the three and nine months ended September 30,
2021, are decreases to contingent consideration of $11.4 million and $14.1
million, respectively. Included in general and administrative expenses for the
nine months ended September 30, 2021, with no comparable amounts for the nine
months ended September 30, 2022, are bonus expenses of approximately $35.4
million paid as a result of the successful initial public offering of our stock
in January 2021. Excluding these specific discrete items, general and
administrative expenses would have increased during the three and nine months
ending September 30, 2022 when compared with 2021, primarily as a result of
increased headcount and employee compensation costs, including stock based
compensation costs, and expenses incurred in 2022 in connection with the
evaluation of strategic alternatives for the Company.

Other Factors Affecting Net Income

                                         Three months ended               Nine months ended
                                           September 30,                    September 30,
                                          2022             2021           2022            2021
(in millions)                                               (Unaudited)
Interest expense                   $     31.5            $ 23.7      $    81.1          $ 124.8
Interest income                          (5.8)             (0.2)          (9.1)            (0.5)
Foreign currency exchange, net           (1.5)              0.8            0.9              0.6
Other                                     0.1               0.6            1.3             (0.3)
Provision for income taxes               38.9              49.1           81.1            119.4

Interest expense

Interest expense for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022
increased by $7.8 million and decreased by $43.7 million, respectively, when
compared with the same periods of 2021. Interest expense for the three months
ended September 30, 2022 increase as a result of higher average interest rates
on our variable rate debt. Included in interest expense for the nine months
ended September 30, 2021, with no comparable amounts in 2022, is the write-off
of approximately 22.9 million of

original issue discount and the recording of approximately $14.5 million in
expenses, both recorded in connection with the March 2021 refinancing
transactions. Excluding the impact of these discrete components of interest
expense from 2021, interest expense declined by approximately $6.3 million for
the nine months ended September 30, 2022 when compared to 2021, primarily as a
result of lower average interest rates on our outstanding indebtedness in the
early part of 2022.

Provision for income taxes

The effective income tax rate for the three months ended September 30, 2022 was
36.3% compared to 37.9% for the three months ended September 30, 2021. The
effective income tax rate for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 was 30.2%
compared to 36.7% for the nine months ended September 30, 2021. The effective
tax rates were determined using a worldwide estimated annual effective tax rate
and took discrete items into consideration. The primary differences between the
effective tax rate and the 21% U.S. federal statutory rate for the three and
nine months ended September 30, 2022 were due to tax positions that do not meet
the more likely than not standard, the inclusion of Global Intangible Low-Taxed
Income, and nondeductible share-based compensation. The primary differences
between the effective tax rate and the 21% U.S. federal statutory rate for the
three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 were due to tax positions that do
not meet the more likely than not standard and rates in foreign jurisdictions
and the relative amounts of income earned in those jurisdictions.

Net revenue

Upon aggregating all of the components of our results of operations above, net
income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 decreased by $12.3
million and $18.4 million, respectively, when compared with the same periods of

Reconciliation of Credit-Adjusted EBITDA to Net Earnings

Credit-adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and should not be construed as an alternative to net income as an indicator of operating performance, or as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities as a measure. liquidity, or any other measure of performance. in each case, as determined in accordance with GAAP.

Below is a reconciliation of Credit Adjusted EBITDA to net income, the closest
GAAP financial measure. Our Credit Agreement defines Adjusted EBITDA (which we
call "Credit Adjusted EBITDA") as net income before (i) interest expense, (ii)
interest income, (iii) provision for income taxes, (iv) depreciation and
amortization expense, (v) stock-based compensation, (vi) contingent
consideration, (vii) acquisition and related expenses, and (viii) certain other
items. We calculate Credit Adjusted EBITDA Margin as Credit Adjusted EBITDA
divided by revenues.

Credit Adjusted EBITDA and Credit Adjusted EBITDA Margin as calculated herein
may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies
within the industry and are not determined in accordance with GAAP. Our
presentation of Credit Adjusted EBITDA and Credit Adjusted EBITDA Margin should
not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by
unusual or unexpected items.
                                          Three months ended            Nine months ended
                                            September 30,                 September 30,
(in millions)                             2022           2021          2022           2021
Net income                            $    68.2       $  80.5       $  187.8       $ 206.2
Provision for income taxes                 38.9          49.1           81.1         119.4
Interest and other, net                    24.3          24.9           74.2         124.6
Depreciation and amortization              39.6          36.5          121.7         103.0
EBITDA                                    171.0         191.0          464.8         553.2
Stock-based compensation(1)                31.6          23.0          106.8          72.8
Contingent consideration                  (11.4)            -          (14.1)            -
Acquisition and related expenses(2)         6.1           1.2           19.7          43.2
Other one-time items(3)                     6.2           1.8           25.3           3.4
Credit Adjusted EBITDA(4)             $   203.5       $ 217.0       $  602.5       $ 672.6
Net income margin                          10.5  %       12.7  %         9.5  %       10.7  %
Credit Adjusted EBITDA margin              31.4  %       34.1  %        30.4  %       34.8  %

(1)  Reflects, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021,
stock-based compensation expense related to the issuance of equity awards to
certain of our employees.
(2)  Amounts for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 primarily
relates to expenses incurred by the Company in connection with the evaluation of
strategic alternatives for the Company. Amount for the nine months ended
September 30, 2021 primarily relates to bonus expenses paid as a result of the
successful initial public offering of the Company's stock in January 2021.
(3)  Amounts for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, consists of
$1.9 million and $12.1 million, respectively, incurred by the Company for
severance and for the nine months ended September 30, 2022, $4.0 million
incurred by the Company for relocation and support provided to employees due to
the war in Ukraine. Amounts for the three and nine months ended September 30,
2022 also include $2.7 million and $6.1 million, respectively, incurred related
to the announced restructuring activities.
(4)  Executive management is compensated, in part, based upon achieving certain
Adjusted EBITDA targets as more completely described in our proxy statement.
Adjusted EBITDA for these purposes represents Credit Adjusted EBITDA shown
above, further adjusted to reflect certain elements of cash-based compensation
and other items as shown below.
                                        Three months ended            Nine months ended
                                          September 30,                 September 30,
(in millions)                           2022           2021          2022           2021
Credit Adjusted EBITDA              $   203.5       $ 217.0       $  602.5       $ 672.6
Long-term cash compensation(a)           27.0          28.5           79.9  


M&A related retention payments(b)         0.2           2.3            7.7           9.1
Adjusted EBITDA                     $   230.7       $ 247.8       $  690.1       $ 770.2
Adjusted EBITDA margin                   35.6  %       39.0  %        34.8  %       39.8  %

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin are key operating measures used by
our management to assess our financial performance and to supplement GAAP
measures of performance in the evaluation of the effectiveness of our business
strategies, to make budgeting decisions, and to compare our performance against
other peer companies using similar measures. We evaluate Adjusted EBITDA and
Adjusted EBITDA Margin in conjunction with our results according to GAAP because
we believe they provide investors and analysts a more complete understanding of
factors and trends affecting our business than GAAP measures alone.
(a)  Includes expenses recognized for grants of annual cash awards to employees
pursuant to our Retention Plans, which awards are incremental to salary and
bonus payments, and which plans expire in 2024. For more information, see Note
13, Appreciation and Retention Plan, of our consolidated financial statements
included in this document.

(b)  Includes retention awards to key individuals associated with acquired
companies as an incentive to retain those individuals on a long-term basis. The
amounts for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, primarily
relates to the reduction of contingent consideration payable to employees of the
Company that were also selling Shareholders of Reworks. This portion of the
contingent consideration is being accounted for as an M&A retention payment to
these employees, with changes in the amounts recognized as compensation expense.

Cash and capital resources

Capital expenditure

We incur capital expenditures in the normal course of business and perform
ongoing enhancements and updates to our social and mobile games to maintain our
quality standards. Cash used for capital expenditures in the normal course of
business is typically made available from cash flows generated by operating
activities. We may also pursue acquisition opportunities for additional
businesses or social or mobile games that meet our strategic and return on
investment criteria. Capital needs are evaluated on an individual opportunity
basis and may require significant capital commitments.


Our primary sources of liquidity are the cash flows generated from our
operations, currently available unrestricted cash and cash equivalents,
short-term bank deposits, and borrowings under our Credit Facility and Revolver.
Our cash and cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits totaled $1,255.4
million and $1,117.1 million at September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021,
respectively. As of both September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, we had $600
million in additional borrowing capacity pursuant to our Revolving Credit
Facility. Payments of short-term debt obligations and other commitments are
expected to be made from cash on the balance sheet and operating cash flows.
Long-term obligations are expected to be paid through operating cash flows, or,
if necessary, borrowings under our Revolving Credit Facility or, if necessary,
additional term loans or issuances of equity.

Our restricted cash totaled $1.6 million at September 30, 2022 and $2.0 million
at December 31, 2021. Restricted cash primarily consists of deposits to secure
obligations under our operating lease agreements and to secure company-issued
credit cards. The classification of restricted cash as current and long-term is
dependent upon the intended use of each particular reserve.

On October 10, 2022, we announced the acceptance for purchase of 51,813,472
Shares in the Tender Offer at a price of $11.58 per Share. Upon the closing of
the Tender Offer, we used approximately $600 million of the cash from our
balance sheet, excluding fees and expenses, reducing our balance of cash and
cash equivalents to approximately $650 million.

Our ability to fund our operations, pay our debt obligations and fund planned
capital expenditures depends, in part, upon economic and other factors that are
beyond our control, and disruptions in capital markets could impact our ability
to secure additional funds through financing activities. We believe that our
cash and cash equivalents balance, short-term bank deposits, restricted cash,
borrowing capacity under our Revolving Credit Facility and our cash flows from
operations will be sufficient to meet our normal operating requirements during
the next 12 months and the foreseeable future and to fund capital expenditures.

Cash flow

The following tables provide a summary of our cash flows for the periods indicated (in millions):

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The Washington Center for the Performing Arts announces the arrival of a postmodern jukebox in June

Submitted by the Washington Center for the Performing Arts

Jhe Washington Center has been teasing patrons with a mystery performer since announcing their season in June. Billed as the “Mystery Show”, tickets sell well even though the performer is a secret. Today the secret has been revealed, Postmodern Jukebox is coming to the Olympia on June 8!

According to Executive Director, Jill Barnes, “Postmodern Jukebox is one of our most requested events in our customer surveys. We are thrilled to finally see them perform on the Washington Center stage in June 2023.”

Scott Bradlee founded Postmodern Jukebox in 2011 with the idea of ​​remaking today’s pop hits into the classic sounds of yesterday’s legends. Miley Cyrus has become The Platters. Bruno Mars became Frank Sinatra. The Spice Girls became the Andrews Sisters. Guns N’ Roses has become Bessie Smith.

More than a decade later, Postmodern Jukebox has become a pop culture mainstay in its own right, having played over a thousand shows on six continents around the world, including acclaimed venues like Radio City Music Hall. , the Sydney Opera House and the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. In the process, Postmodern Jukebox has introduced audiences to many of the world’s greatest singers, dancers and instrumentalists, many of whom have become stars in their own right.

Part celebration of vintage music and culture, part ”Saturday Night Live’ for singers”, a Postmodern Jukebox show is an unforgettable journey through time making pop music history – in your own city native.

As Barnes says, “If you know them, you know their musicianship is sophisticated, polished and fun. If you don’t know them, you certainly know the lyrics to their music. Postmodern Jukebox reinvents contemporary hits and revisits them with vintage flair. From Aerosmith and Bowie to Lady Gaga and The Strokes. I encourage you to put them on your playlist and watch their fantastic music videos online, you will be wowed by their swing, jazz, ragtime originals of your favorite hits.

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit performance venue whose mission is to inspire audiences and performers of all ages through live performance, thereby enriching the vibrancy of our community.

Ticketing information

Calendar of events 2022-2023

Disney Removes COVID-19 Vaccination From Many TV Shows

Walt Disney told a series of his TV shows on Friday that he would no longer require cast and crew to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as hospitalizations decline.

Productions, including the first responder drama ‘9-1-1,’ will no longer require workers in front of and behind the camera in the highest-risk areas of their sets to be vaccinated, people with knowledge of the matter have said. who were not allowed to speak publicly.

The use of vaccination mandates has been accepted by unions and producers as part of the agreement said back to work last year. A dozen shows are affected and other protocols, including masking and testing, will remain in place, a person familiar with the matter said. Disney may still require vaccines for certain productions.

Disney declined to comment. SAG-AFTRA said in a statement that producers have always had the option of whether or not to impose the mandate.

The Burbank-based entertainment giant is one of the first major studios to remove vaccine mandates from so many shows, a sign of the diminishing risk of virus outbreaks that have led to costly production shutdowns. . Some other studios are also no longer mandating vaccinations for cast and crew.

Vaccination mandates have been controversial in parts of Hollywood. Some actors strongly opposed mandatory vaccinations, triggering a break within SAG-AFTRA.

Union president Fran Drescher celebrated the decision on social media on Saturday.

“As a nation, we have to be very careful that fear doesn’t turn into fascism,” Drescher said in a video posted on Twitter Saturday. “When cards have to be presented to identify if you are included or excluded, we are at a tipping point of an America that I no longer recognize. I must commend Disney for taking the position of no longer imposing vaccines on their decorations.

Drescher, who said she is vaccinated, has lobbied against the use of vaccination mandates, even though the board of the union she leads has backed its use. The union previously estimated that around 25% of production required vaccinations.

The back-to-work agreement allowed producers to require workers in high-risk areas, typically where actors are maskless in front of the cameras, to be up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations.

“All companies signatories to the back-to-work agreement have always had the power to choose to implement – ​​or not to implement – ​​vaccination mandates on productions at their discretion, as long as they are compliant. to the requirements of the agreement,” SAG-AFTRA spokeswoman Pam Greenwalt said in a statement.

The back-to-work agreement was extended last month until January 2023. The agreement includes sick pay as well as requirements for testing, vaccinations and masking in movies and TV shows.

The problem of silent weaning

Every time I see the words “quietly quit smoking” my heart is starting to race. The term, popularized by a Gen Z TikToker encouraging employees to do the bare minimum at work, floods me with the same panic I felt as a teenager when it seemed like even a minute of slack could sabotage my future.

In high school, I spent time in foster care and homelessness, praying that an Ivy League college and a top job could catapult me ​​into stability. Even as a teenager, I realized that getting into a somewhat more exclusive college would make it easier for me to land a well-paying job right out of college – and that would make the difference between taking on the debt that afflicts so many of my millennial peers or immediate security. In the talk of the death of workaholism, few talk about the winner-takes-all circumstances that make the phone impossible for many of us.

As a teenager, I embodied the hustle culture, not because I wanted to, but because I had to. I grew up in a chaotic working family. My parents’ mental health issues meant an unstable home life. In high school, I jumped from sofa to sofa, slept in my car and stayed in a shelter. College seemed like my only way out, but only a few elite universities offered full financial aid to low-income students. In a school, even at a lower level, I would have had to take out massive student loans that would have kept me attached to the life I was fighting to leave. The pressure weighed on me constantly. I couldn’t sleep, seized with terror from the test results and grades. I abused Adderall and cut myself to clear my mind so I could study harder.

I would never say it was healthy. But I didn’t make those choices in a vacuum. They were calculated based on available incentives. And when the admissions decisions rolled in, I felt vindicated: Harvard gave me a full ride, including a check each semester for travel and books. The other Ivies and liberal arts schools I attended asked me to pay around $13,000 a year. If I had chosen to go to a school that was a little less selective, I would have gotten over $200,000 in student loans.

While I was extremely lucky to land a full ride to Harvard, I saw disappointment and the cost of missed opportunities all around me. After losing her job during the Great Recession, my mother attempted to revive her career by applying for a government job. But after failing a typing test — and not getting the job — she ended up working three gigs to pay the bills, none with health insurance.

Once on campus, I met international students who were terrified of not getting jobs that sponsored visas and being forced to leave the country after graduation. The line between success and failure seemed razor thin. And everything was so unpredictable: it was almost impossible to know if you had succeeded until it was too late. The only solution I could think of was to work as hard as humanly possible at every possible moment. The Hustle culture was ingrained not only in my mind but also in my body, etched in my nervous system.

Sometimes I relaxed. I landed an internship in software engineering at Google for the summer before my senior year of college. Feeling safer, I spent my evenings after work at the gym and socializing instead of studying for interviews. In the fall, Google offered me a full-time position, but I received no other offers. It meant that I had no way to negotiate. Google was offering me $130,000 a year, an impressive sum and more than four times what my single mom made when I was a teenager, but my classmates were getting much higher offers. In an industry notoriously hostile to women, I was loath to earn less. Could it really be 12 weeks of dining with my roommates instead of studying Crack the coding interview would make a six figure difference?

I consoled myself by telling myself that I had been lucky to get the job at Google, that I couldn’t have hoped for better. Then, the day before Google’s decision deadline, I received a call from another company’s recruiter who told me he had lost my resume. I flew to California the next day and easily landed the most lucrative job. By the end of the week, Google had matched the offer to pay me $200,000 a year. With just one interview, I was going to make an extra $70,000 a year, and that amount grew to a gap of $100,000 by the time my shares were acquired.

I was stunned, less ecstatic than shocked. The huge difference confirmed my long-standing paranoia that one wrong move could materially alter my future. Like many people, my salary was not just for me: I wanted to be able to provide for my mother’s needs financially and, when the time came, to participate in the studies of my nephews and nieces. Because I graduated from Harvard without any student loans and immediately landed a six-figure job, I was able to save money right out of school, gain stability, and ultimately have the type of life I might consider retiring to.

But I can’t help but notice how the dialogue around the silent shutdown makes so many assumptions about race and class. Yeah, it’s great that a white lawyer can go down to four days a week without taking a pay cut or that an upper-middle-class creative can take a step back to just focus on the projects he love. But these hypotheticals ignore the realities of our unequal society, where cashiers, warehouse workers and home health aides work long hours for low pay and little job security. Most people don’t scramble for self-realization. They jostle each other because they need to survive.

It is crucial that, as a society, we recognize the toll that work takes on us. But treating the culture of hustle as an individual disease ignores the “culture” part of it: this behavior stems from a system where tiny gains lead to outsized prizes. While it’s healthy to step back and ask yourself if the benefits are worth the cost, quitting smoking silently isn’t the solution for everyone. This risks being one more individual solution to a social problem, one that does not benefit everyone and which may leave the most vulnerable workers to take over.

Emi Nietfeld is a former Google engineer and Facebook. She is the author of a memoir, Acceptance. You can find her on twitter @eminietfeld.

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Sienna Miller says Broadway producer told her to ‘f—off’ after asking for pay to match male co-star

Sienna Miller recently said a Broadway producer once told her to “f—off” after asking for a salary equal to that of her male co-star in the production.

The actress told British Vogue for its December issue that she earned less than half of what her male counterpart earned and she told the ‘extremely powerful’ producer “It’s not about the money – it’s a matter of fairness and respect, thinking they would come back and say, ‘Of course, of course.’ But they didn’t. They just said, ‘Well, go ahead then.'”

Miller didn’t name the show because she didn’t want to be ‘mean’, but she only headlined two shows on the Great White Way – 2009’s ‘After Miss Julie’ and ‘Cabaret’ in 2015.

She said while she initially felt ‘awful in my skin and embarrassed’ about the incident, she later discovered it was a ‘pivotal moment’ for her career and self-esteem. self.


Sienna Miller of ‘Wander Darkly’ attends the Acura Festival Village IMDb studio on location at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
(Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)

“I realized that I had the right to be subsidized for the work that I would have done as well,” she said.

She also said that when she filmed “21 Bridges” in 2019 with Chadwick Boseman, the late actor reallocated some of his salary so she could earn a salary equal to it.


“‘What you did was extraordinary and meant the world,'” she told Boseman at the time. “He came up to me when we were done and said, ‘You got paid what you deserved.'”


She added that actors “10 years younger” than her have the “word ‘no'” in their language in a way that I didn’t. [Now] if you say, “I don’t feel comfortable” in front of any type of setting, they laugh at their pants. You are included in a conversation about your comfort level. It changed everything.”

Auburn’s Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center Unveils Bill and Carol Ham Amphitheater in Special Ceremony


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The Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University today announced the official naming of the Bill and Carol Ham Amphitheater with a special dedication ceremony in the afternoon.

Nearly 200 guests, including local dignitaries, university officials, friends and family, joined the Hams in celebrating the occasion at the Gogue Center. The new name, which was approved by the Auburn Board of Trustees in September, honors the Hams’ deep service to the community and their transformative impact on the cultural landscape of the university, the city of Auburn and the state of Alabama.

“Carol and I are honored to have our names on this magnificent amphitheater,” said Bill Ham, Auburn’s mayor for two decades. “The Gogue Center is at the forefront of providing performing arts in Auburn and surrounding areas, and as a community we are treated to dozens of wonderful events, including those that teach the arts to Auburn youth, students from surrounding communities, and students at Auburn University. It is a place where the city and the university interface in the same way that the community supports university sporting events.

“We know it’s here thanks to the vision of Jay Gogue and the hard work of many people, many of whom are here today. Having an event like this is a humbling experience that I can’t quite describe.

After remarks, Gogue Center executive director Christopher Heacox and Mindy Street, director of development, presented the Hams with a commissioned illustration of the amphitheater created by Auburn alumnus and Gogue Center volunteer Betsy Logan. . A memorial marker bearing the amphitheater’s new name was later revealed near the venue’s entrance.

“What an honor to be here today and recognize the incredible leadership and enduring support that Bill and Carol Ham have provided to the great city of Auburn and all within this community for so many years,” said Bob Dumas, interim chairman of the Auburn board of directors and a longtime friend of Bill Ham. “Today we celebrate their longstanding contributions, and we do so in a truly appropriate place – a community formed where academia and performance intersect, strengthening our neighborly bonds with each other in brotherhood, l education and artistic expression Bill and Carol have been and continue to be strong supporters of the arts and Auburn University, and we cannot thank them enough for their unwavering commitment to the city of Auburn.

“On behalf of the Auburn University Board of Trustees, I am thrilled to see this nomination for two Auburn alumni who exemplify our beloved university’s creed and its land-grant mission of giving back to others.”

A native of Auburn and lifelong resident, Bill Ham was elected to the Auburn City Council in 1986. Two years later, he was elected mayor, a position he served for five consecutive terms. Supporting education and diversifying the local economy were among his top priorities during his tenure.

“One of my goals as mayor was to continue to improve our relationship between the city and the dress,” Bill Ham said. “Jay Gogue and I shared a goal to do better and more effective work for the city and the university through mutual support. I am delighted that Chris [Roberts] and Ron [Anders] will continue this excellent relationship.

During his tenure as mayor, Auburn maintained one of Alabama’s highest-rated school systems, and with the addition of more than 3,000 high-tech jobs, the city began to thrive as a powerhouse. economy of the region.

“I’ve never been around someone who was so focused on doing the right thing for the right reason,” Auburn Mayor Ron Anders said. “Every day Bill Ham got up, he tried to make Auburn better, and he worked for Auburn everywhere, all the time. Bill Ham wanted to make Auburn the best they could be, and he worked tirelessly.

“As we celebrate the naming of this amphitheater for Bill and Carol, I think it’s perfect because it’s a representation of the partnerships Bill has fostered in our community. It is representative of his total commitment to our city and our university, and it is a place where our families can have a good time and celebrate precious memories together.

Bill Ham has also worked tirelessly to strengthen the partnership between the city and the university. He was instrumental in the establishment of Auburn Research Park, the expansion of Auburn University Regional Airport, and the consolidation of the city and university police forces. He was also a driving force behind the town’s original donation in support of the construction of the Gogue Center and its naming of the town of Auburn Lawn and Porch.

“Bill and Carol were early supporters of building this performing arts center here in Auburn,” said Auburn University President Christopher B. Roberts. “They understood the positive cultural and economic impact this would have on our campus and our community as a whole. They also knew it would enhance our city’s reputation and contribute to a better quality of life for our citizens.

“Bill and Carol, we thank you for your love of our city and for your love of Auburn University, and I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to honor Bill and Carol’s commitment and dedication to our community than to have our amphitheater bear their name. The Bill and Carol amphitheater will long be a reminder of their legacy that I hope will serve as an inspiration to others of the impact you can have when you live your life in the service of others.

Carol Ham has been an educator in Auburn City Schools for over 30 years. In addition to her time spent with students in the classroom, she hosted an after-school tutoring program at the Boykin Center for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County for nearly a decade.

She continues to serve the community in many volunteer roles, including serving as the house society president of the Alpha Beta Chapter of Chi Omega, and assisting with multiple disaster recovery and COVID-19 relief efforts led by the East Alabama Medical Center.

The Hams both earned bachelor’s degrees in education from the university in 1977, with Carol earning a master’s degree in education in 1979.

The couple have a deep appreciation for the arts and champion the positive cultural and economic impacts the arts provide. They were Gogue Center’s earliest advocates and remain passionate participants in its continued success, as season subscribers, sponsors and donors.

Bill was a founding member of the Gogue Center Development Board and currently sits on its Engagement Board. Committed philanthropists, the couple also fund a scholarship awarded by the Auburn University College of Education and support the Spencer Cancer Center at East Alabama Medical Center.

“There has been phenomenal interaction between the city and Auburn University while I was here,” said former Auburn University president Jay Gogue, who was accompanied by his wife, Susie, as speakers at the celebration. “Bill and Carol are great people, and this recognition is fitting. On behalf of all of us, we say thank you.

The 17,000-square-foot, 5,000-seat amphitheater opened in August 2019 with the Walter Stanley Theater and Virginia Katharyne Evans Woltosz. The Gogue Center introduced a new series of amphitheaters as part of its 2022-23 performing arts season.

The series’ first lineup included performances this fall from Vince Gill and Wendy Moten; Jason Isbell and Unit 400; and Tab Benoit and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band will join Motown legend Smokey Robinson to close out the series on Saturday, April 22.

Kearney Artist Guild will present Art Gala at the Merryman Performing Arts Center

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KEARNEY — With the Museum of Nebraska Art closed for renovations, area artists still wanted a place to display their works and offer them for sale.

“We were really sad that MONA closed,” said guild member and former president Ginger Wilson. “There had been the Kaleidoscope event for many years. We wanted this to continue while the museum is under construction. Kearney Artist Guild has decided to organize its own event. So it’s not related to Kaleidoscope or MONA, but it has the same kind of flavor and appeal.

Kearney Artist Guild will present Art Gala from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Merryman Performing Arts Center. Artists will have their works for sale. Admission to the event is free.

The event will feature the work of 20 artists.

Painting by Alissas Harris – The event will feature artwork by 20 central Nebraska artists.


“There’s a lot of guild members that participate, and then there are other artists that we reached out to,” Wilson said. “It’s a mix of painters, jewelry artists, and potters — and all of that — to have that artist flair in this beautiful exhibit that people can come to.”

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An event like Art Gala allows artists to meet patrons and also gives patrons a better understanding of the people behind the art.

“Having the chance to talk about my work and everything I do is one of my favorite things as an artist,” Wilson said. “Meeting people, making that connection, inspiring them with what I do, that’s important. Often, artists stay at home in their studios. Being able to talk to people about what they do is really special for us.

Denise Christensen, executive director of the Merryman Performing Arts Center, understands the importance of events like the Kearney Artists Guild Arts Gala.

“The gala is just one of the ways Merryman supports visual arts in our community,” she said.

The Way of Water trailer released by 20th Century Studios

(Gray News) – The new trailer for the highly anticipated sequel to ‘Avatar’ was released on Wednesday.

The sci-fi sequel titled “Avatar: The Way of the Water” is set to hit theaters on December 16.

According 20th century workshopsthe second installment of the franchise is set more than a decade after the events of the first film.

Directed by James Cameron and produced by Cameron and Jon Landau, the Lightstorm entertainment production stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Kate Winslet.

Variety reports that the film will have the return of Lang’s villainous character, Colonel Quaritch, who is apparently resurrected through a form of Na’vi avatar and once again at odds with Pandora native Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), and his companion Jake Sully (Sam Worthington).

The studio said the film begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri and their children). It would show the troubles that follow them, the lengths they go to protect themselves, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.

According We Weeklythe sequel began filming in 2017 with much of the third film also being filmed and slated for release in 2024.

‘Avatar’ has set box office records since its release in 2009, grossing more than $2.9 billion, according to IMDb.

Biden-Harris administration announces first round of landmark investments to increase competition and expand meat and poultry processing capacity

More than $223 million in grants and loans will increase competition and economic opportunity for meat and poultry processors and producers across the country, and help reduce costs for working families

OMAHA, November 2, 2022 – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the Biden-Harris administration is investing $73 million in 21 grant projects in the first round of the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP). MPPEP is responding to President Biden’s call to increase competition across the economy to reduce costs for American families. Today’s announcement will increase meat and poultry processing capacity, which in turn will increase competition, support producer incomes and strengthen the food supply chain to reduce costs for producers. working families and create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas. In addition, the Authority is investing $75 million in eight projects under the Meat and Poultry Intermediate Loan Program, as well as more than $75 million in four meat and poultry projects in the under the Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Scheme.

These announcements support the Biden-Harris Administration’s Action Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive, and Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain, which devotes resources to expanding independent processing capacity. As President Biden Underline earlier this year, the creation of fairer markets and more opportunities for family farmers is helping to lower prices at the grocery store.

“Since President Biden made a commitment earlier this year, the USDA has worked tirelessly to give farmers and ranchers a fair chance to compete in the marketplace, which in turn helps reduce food costs to the American people,” the agriculture secretary said. Tom Vilsak. “By launching independent processing projects and increasing processing capacity, these investments are creating more opportunities for farmers and ranchers to get a fair price, while strengthening supply chains, delivering more food produced closer to home for families, expanding economic opportunities and creating jobs in rural America.”

The USDA is achieving the multi-pronged goals of these investments:

  • Support producer-driven business models: Montana Premium Processing Cooperative (MPPC)a start-up cooperative, created in partnership with the Montana Farmers Union and Farmers Union Industries, will use MPPEP funds to offer independent producers in Montana an option for a local USDA-inspected meat processing facility in an area that is currently not federally inspected. Processing.
  • Strengthening local and regional food systems: Vermont Livestock Slaughtering and Processing connects hundreds of Vermont and Northeast farmers with the individuals, families, schools and businesses they supply. Thanks to their MPPEP investment, they are now ready to revitalize and modernize their multi-species facility, tripling their throughput.
  • Reduce barriers to treatment: Cutting-edge meat company, a plant in Leakesville, Mississippi, processes pork and beef for producers in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida. With this investment, they will significantly increase their capacity and reduce the six-month processing backlog producers are currently facing.
  • Large-scale competition: Greater Omaha Packing in Omaha, Nebraska, will open new opportunities for cattle producers by increasing their beef processing capacity by 700 head per day. The project will also support 275 additional jobs.
  • Restoring jobs in rural areas: pure grassland, recently purchased a shuttered poultry plant in Charles City, Iowa, with the goal of returning hundreds of jobs to the small rural community and increasing poultry processing in the upper Midwest. The project sources directly from producers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, who are also shareholders and co-owners of the company.
  • Empowerment of family businesses: New Stockton Poultry in Stockton, Calif., is a family-run business that sources and processes specialty chickens to meet demand within diverse immigrant communities and beyond.

The investments announced today are part of a series of financial assistance tools to help producers and lenders increase their capacity in the food supply chain.

The MPPEP was designed to support capacity expansion projects in concert with other private and public financing tools. Today’s announcement is the first round of funding made available under MPEPP Phase I. Further announcements are expected in the coming weeks. The USDA will also soon begin receiving applications for a new phase of deployment of an additional $225 million, for a total of up to $375 million, to provide surge funding for independent processing plant projects. that meet a demonstrated need for more diverse processing capability. For more information on the MPPEP, see the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program Page.

The Meat and Poultry Intermediate Loan Program (MPILP) provides grants to not-for-profit intermediary lenders who are financing – or planning to finance – the start-up, expansion or operation of a slaughterhouse or other meat and poultry processing. MPILP’s goal is to strengthen the financing system for independent meat processors and create a more resilient, diverse, and secure U.S. food supply chain. In the first round of MPILP, $75 million was awarded to eight lenders in seven states. Applications for the second round ($125 million) are currently being accepted and are due December 31, 2022.

Under the Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program (FSCGLP), the USDA partners with lenders to guarantee loans to help eligible entities develop meat processing and poultry and strengthen the US food supply chain. Lenders provide loans to eligible cooperatives, for-profit corporations, non-profits, tribal communities, government agencies, and rural and urban dwellers. Since the launch of the FSCGLP in December 2021, more than $250 million in loans have been guaranteed for projects in the middle of the food supply chain. Four of them, announced today and totaling more than $75 million, are aimed at meat and poultry processors.

For a complete list of rewards under these programs, visit: www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/11-02-2022-Food-Systems-Transformation-Chart-OSEC.pdf (PDF, 211 KB)

Today’s announcement is one of several actions the USDA is taking to increase processing capacity and increase competition in meat and poultry processing to make agricultural markets more accessible, fair , competitive and resilient, and builds on the Department’s efforts to transform the country’s food system. Additional information about all of these programs is available at www.usda.gov/meat.

The USDA touches the lives of all Americans every day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris administration, the USDA is transforming the U.S. food system with a greater emphasis on more resilient local and regional food production, promoting competition and fairer markets for all producers, ensuring the access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and income streams for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and capacity clean energy in rural America, and committing to equity across the department by removing systemic barriers and creating a workforce that is more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.


The USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

Churchill Downs (CHDN) completes acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment

November 1, 2022 4:48 p.m. EDT

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Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced today that it has completed the Company’s purchase of substantially all of the assets of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment LLC (“P2E”) for a total consideration of $2.75 billion (the “P2E Acquisition”). The acquisition of P2E includes all of P2E’s assets and operations in Virginia, New York and Sioux City, Iowa, and follows the receipt of customary licensing approvals from the Virginia Racing Commission, New York State Gaming Commission and the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.

“Today marks an important moment in the evolution of Churchill Downs Incorporated,” said Bill Carstanjen, President and CEO of CDI. “This transaction significantly expands our geographic footprint to Iowa, New York and Virginia, introducing a unique set of assets and attractive organic growth opportunities for our company. We are delighted to welcome the teams from each of these well-established properties to Churchill Downs Incorporated.

P2E Acquisition includes:

  • Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent, Virginia, as well as six historic Rosie’s Gaming Emporium (“Rosie’s”) horse racing facilities across Virginia. Rosie’s locations currently include Collinsville, Dumfries, Hampton, New Kent, Richmond and Vinton, and include approximately 2,700 historic racing machines (“HRM”).
  • Del Lago Resort & Casino in Waterloo, New York, a 96,000 square foot casino with approximately 1,700 slot machines, 80 table games, a 205-room hotel, nine restaurants/bars, 758 covered parking spaces, a park a 6,000 square foot sports betting area, a 2,400 seat entertainment venue and a 7,200 square foot outdoor event venue.
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City, Iowa, a 45,000 square foot casino with 639 slot machines, 20 table games, a 54-room hotel, 1,511 parking spaces, two live entertainment venues, a collection of 100-piece musical memorabilia, and a Hard Rock-branded sportsbook.

The P2E Acquisition also includes other development rights:

  • The opportunity under Virginia law to develop up to five additional HRM entertainment venues in Virginia with collectively up to approximately 2,300 additional HRM.
  • The rights to build a new HRM entertainment venue with up to 1,800 HRM in Dumfries, Virginia. The Dumfries project is located in northern Virginia and the initial phase is expected to open in 2023.
  • The rights to develop a new HRM entertainment venue with up to 150 HRM in Emporia, Virginia. The Emporia project, located along I-95 near the North Carolina border, is expected to open in 2023.
  • The rights to P2E’s ongoing efforts, in partnership with Urban One, to develop ONE Casino + Resort, a $565 million destination casino in Richmond, Virginia.

Macquarie Capital acted as exclusive financial advisor and Sidley Austin LLP acted as legal advisor to CDI.

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ISU Performing Arts Center Adds Sensory Performances and New Creative Works

The ISU Center for the Performing Arts has announced the addition of sensory events to the show schedule. These performances last 60 minutes and will take place at the ISU Studio Theatre. We hope these events will increase access to the arts for people with sensory disabilities and their families in our community. Everyone is welcome.

Director of Arts Programs Carly Shank said: “Both of these shows are designed for those who are sensitive to dramatic change. We won’t be having any major lighting changes or sound changes. It’s in our venue more small, so it’s not so overwhelming and everyone can feel more comfortable.”

Musician Chris Vallillo and Springfield’s Copper Coin Ballet Company have crafted performances that showcase their art forms while minimizing the challenges to the senses that traditional events sometimes pose.

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More information at: UISpac.com/education/sensory-friendly

Discover the music of emerging black artists and witness new creative work in progress! Black Futurez: Mixtape, Side 1, Friday, November 18, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at UIS Studio Theater

Following performances by local musicians, Our Stage/Our Voices Artist-in-Residence Reggie Guyton will lead the performers in a brief discussion. The event will conclude with a look at some of the spoken word and musical work Mr. Guyton has developed during his residency at ISU.

Weaving together mythical lore, parable and personal experience, the unfolding narrative of Black Futurez: Mixtape can best be described as a compilation of the ideas and emotions of black youth living in the present day. Featuring creator Reggie Guyton alongside special artists and guest musicians, you’ll get a glimpse of this evolving work.

About our stage / our voices:

Our Stage/Our Voices is a new program developed and sponsored by the ISU Center for the Performing Arts in which members of historically underrepresented communities address issues of inequality in regional performing arts with the aim of achieving to diversity and inclusion. The Artist-in-Residence position will rotate annually as Our Stage/Our Voices works to amplify voices and stories throughout the community and create spaces for opportunity, understanding and originality.

Local actor, director and performing artist Reggie Guyton is the first Our Stage/Our Voices Artist-in-Residence. In calendar year 2022, Mr. Guyton will collaborate with regional Black artists to explore and celebrate the Black experience in America.

Kidscreen » Archive » Cameo taps kids’ brands to engage young fans

Cameo wants the children’s entertainment industry to know it’s open for business as it aims to become a hub for brands and creators looking to engage young fans.

Since its launch in 2017, the online platform has carved out a strong market niche as a service allowing consumers to purchase short, personalized video messages from celebrities ranging from skateboarding legend Tony Hawk to rapper OG Snoop Dogg.

Its business really took off during the pandemic, when consumers stuck at home flocked to Cameo in droves as a way to reach out and connect with friends and family. Today, the platform has over 50,000 personalities, who have delivered over four million cameos and live calls to their fans around the world.

But the reach of these messages is exponentially greater than their sum total, says Cameo president Arthur Leopoldgiven that 85% of them are shared on social networks or otherwise distributed to friends by their recipients.

A number of celebrities, voice actors and TikTok stars with an appeal to children have been longtime residents on the platform, including Scott Innes (the voice of Scooby-Doo) and Ernie Sabella ( who voiced Pumba in The Lion King).But children’s entertainment brands were conspicuously absent until more recently.

The platform added popular YouTuber Blippi in 2019, then struck a deal with Universal to feature The Boss Baby posts in October 2021. The success of those launches piqued the company’s interest. “We want to partner with more studios and IP owners,” says Leopold. “Children’s content is a big opportunity for us.”

The company is poised for growth now after securing US$100 million in funding last March. And breaking into more niches and fandoms is high on his priority list, according to Leopold. Cameo is also introducing new features that will give kids a wider variety of options to connect with the characters they love, such as live events with 10-15 minute streaming experiences and live video calls. .

Outside of mascots at live events, there aren’t really many opportunities in the market for personalized interactions, says Leopold. “On Cameo, brands and characters can speak directly to children, and that kind of engaging experience can turn a child into a lifelong fan.”

This potential for building lasting relationships with fans is one of the main reasons Toronto’s Guru Studio chose to bring its flagship animated series True and the Rainbow Kingdom on the Cameo platform in June.

Guru had previously received requests from parents wanting True to speak to their children in home videos. But back then, there weren’t many kids’ brands on Cameo, and animated characters were even rarer (except for a few big brands like Thomas and Friends from Mattel).

Studio saw opportunity to meet existing demand while creating new type of consumer product that could mark milestones in children’s lives, says VP of Marketing Daniel Ratner.

True is one of the first animated characters to appear on Cameo, where families can order short videos in which the eponymous character wishes children a happy birthday, celebrates their milestones (like college graduations), or simply says hello. The videos are about a minute long, and Guru charges $25 for each (Cameo taking standard 25% on all transactions).

The job of animating and customizing the videos would have been too expensive and time-consuming for the studio to handle on its own, so it turned to Texas-based software developer Aquifer Motion. Aquifer has built a platform that uses 3D animation, AI and AR to allow producers to create videos for any platform, a perfect service for Cameo.

Live performers can record themselves reading the personalized message, then Aquifer’s technology will automatically overlay True’s animated face and voice over the videos.

Guru provided Aquifer with artwork and oversaw the animation featured in the video posts to ensure it was true to the show. The studio also built a simple pipeline for scripts, approvals, and animation to ensure that turnaround time would keep up with demand. Using this process, Guru is typically able to deliver a video message within three days.

The response from kids and families has been positive, and when kids share their reactions to the videos on social media, Guru can see in real time what’s working and what they like most about the brand, Rattner says. “Personalized video is an exciting opportunity to go beyond traditional consumer product and television experiences,” he said. “It offers something unique, personal and intimate.”

Cameo is also proving to be a welcome replacement for live events, adds Steve Watts, a YouTuber whose channel, Steve and Maggie, has amassed 5.4 million subscribers. Its namesake preschool show features Watts and a bird puppet singing songs, telling bedtime stories, and playing games.

COVID-19 put all live performances featuring Steve and Maggie on the shelf, and those opportunities still haven’t returned to pre-pandemic levels. But since joining Cameo in 2020, Watts has been able to connect with his fans around the world through live calls and personalized videos.

Cameo helped YouTuber Steve Watts stay in touch with fans when the pandemic forced the cancellation of live events.

As he seeks to expand his brand beyond YouTube, Watts can also highlight his success on Cameo during meetings and negotiations with potential broadcast and distribution partners. His 250+ videos of Steve and Maggie on the platform, along with the positive reviews they’ve generated from happy customers, help him demonstrate the popularity and engagement potential of IP.

Watts also discovered some simple strategies for succeeding on Cameo, like raising the price of a video if demand hits a certain level, or setting up windows in the live experience feature where he can meet 20-30 fans. right after the other.

“There were more and more requests for me to record messages, and Cameo came on my radar at just the right time,” says Watts. “With the click of a button, I can be thrown into someone’s living room and talk directly to the fans.”

Kids yoga feeling Jaime Amor— whose YouTube channel Cosmic Kids Yoga has 1.3 million subscribers — says Cameo helps her engage with her audience in ways that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. On YouTube, Amor’s ability to converse one-on-one with his viewers is limited because comments are not enabled on children’s videos.

During the pandemic, she was inundated with emails from families asking her to make personalized videos to wish the kids a happy birthday or give them a pep talk, and she was responding to those requests herself.

Going it alone was time-consuming and left too much room for error – Amor had to take notes of what the families wanted her to say, record the videos, then email them directly to the recipients. Managing this “side business” with its regular content production schedule quickly became overwhelming.

Amor joined Cameo in early 2022, seeing it as a way to make the process faster and easier. Now she simply opens each request from a notification that arrives on her cellphone, which activates her camera and a teleprompter preloaded with message details. She records the greeting on video and sends it immediately.

She can also re-record as needed, and the app keeps her up to date on deadlines so she doesn’t miss a child’s birthday. The app also handles payment and video delivery, and allows Amor to send a quick text through its chat feature to thank the person who made the request. She’s only made about 10 videos this way so far, but she’s yet to start marketing the fact that she’s on the platform (wanting to test the waters first).

Despite its slowness, Amor says Cameo is already opening up other opportunities beyond individual home videos. For example, she has received several requests from teachers who want her to give pep talks to their classes to get kids interested in exercise and physical activity. She sees this group approach as a new way to reach a wider audience, while creating something special and personalized.

She adds that the future of personalized videos for kids looks bright. “It’s a wonderful connection that’s super personal. Kids can participate in what you create when they submit what they want to see, and that makes the content that much more important to them. And it reinforces their engagement with the end product.

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Did you know that sweet corn has Cincinnati roots? Here is his origin story

Halloween time has arrived and, as in previous years, our nation seems violently divided on one important issue: candy corn.

Ohio’s favorite candy is a popular topic of debate in this country. But, no matter how much some people hate it, many still eat the polarizing candy. According to USA TODAY, approximately 35 million pounds of candy corn are sold each year.

But where does the country’s most controversial candy come from? You can thank – or blame – Cincinnati for that.

Although George Renninger of the Wunderle candy company invented candy corn in Philadelphia, a company in Cincinnati made it famous.

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Small tricolor beans were first made commercially here over 120 years ago. And the original recipe, perfected by the Goelitz Confectionery Co., is still made today by the same family that first brought it to the nation’s attention.

Let’s take a look at the origin story of the Candy Corn villains.

Sweet corn started out as ‘chicken feed’

Goelitz Confectionery Co. was established in Belleville, Illinois in 1869. In 1889 Adolph Goetliz moved to Cincinnati to become part of the candy supply and transportation networks. In the Queen City, he and his two brothers started making sweets, including candy corn.

Back then, sweet corn was called “chicken feed” or “buttercream.”

It was made with: sugar, water, corn syrup, fondant (which is also water, sugar and corn syrup), marshmallow (also made of sugar, water and gelatin) and a little wax.

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It wasn’t always a Halloween staple

At first, candy corn was not for Halloween, which was not widely celebrated in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was actually a popular Christmas treat.

At the Goetlitz factory, sweet corn was made in the summer to stock up for the big autumn candy season. It was cooked in huge cauldrons and then poured into portable buckets holding 45 pounds.

Cincinnati food historian and blogger Dann Woellert’s book, “Cincinnati Candy, a Sweet History,” includes a 1922 advertisement for Nuss’ Butter Cream Corn that read, “A remarkable salesman and repeater, sold in buckets, boxes and in typical, eye-catching novelty packaging for Christmas and New Years.”

The Candy Corn Scandal of the 1950s

According to Pennsylvania State University, sweet corn didn’t become associated with Halloween until the 1950s, when there was a dramatic increase in advertising in October. At the time, it only cost 25 cents a pound.

However, tricolor beans faced a scandal earlier in the decade that could have dampened the sweet treat’s growing popularity.

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Mashed reports that in 1950, children across the country suddenly fell ill after Halloween, developing significant gastrointestinal distress that caused them to break out in welts and rashes. The FDA got involved and discovered that it was one of the basic ingredients of the candy that caused the disease: orange dye no. 1.

The dye, approved in 1906, was used in the manufacture of several foods and gave sweet corn its orange stripes. But it turned out to be poisonous and later banned. However, the suspicion surrounding sweet corn remains to this day.

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Sweet corn was first made commercially in Cincinnati over 120 years ago.  The original recipe, perfected by Goelitz Confectionery Co., is still made today by the same family that first brought it to the nation's attention, just now as the Jelly Belly Candy Co.

Adolph’s brother Herman operated a branch of the family business in Chicago, and Adolph moved there, merging the two branches.

In 1922 Herman took copies of the family recipes and moved to Oakland, California.

The two Goelitz companies operated separately until 2001 when they came together as the Jelly Belly Candy Co. and became famous for manufacturing unique candy flavors in addition to candy corn.

In 2018, the company introduced a new package featuring original art of a rooster and the logo that read “something worth singing about.” The corn is a bit smaller and tastes slightly different than market leader Brach’s.

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What to Know About Crowd Crush or Crowd Surge



On Saturday – in what appears to be one of South Korea’s deadliest disasters since 2014 – nearly 150 people were killed in a crowd crush during Halloween celebrations in Itaewon, the first large-scale holiday for holidays since the start of the pandemic.

The event can be described as a crush or a crowd surge, but not a stampede, said G. Keith Still, a crowd safety expert and visiting professor of crowd science at the University of Suffolk in England. A crush or surge occurs when people are crammed into a confined space and there is a movement such as a push that knocks the crowd down. Essentially, Still says, a “domino effect.”

A stampede implies that people had space to run, which was not the case in Itaewon, he said. The more people in the crowd, the greater the force of the crowd crush.

“The whole crowd goes down as one, and if you’re in a confined space, people can’t get up again,” Still said.

How human stampedes, like the one near Mecca, turn deadly

In a Twitter thread on Saturday, a person who said they were in the crowd describe people “fall like dominoes and scream”.

“I really felt like I was crushed to death,” they said in another Tweeter. “And I breathed through a hole and cried and thought I was dying.” The person continued, writing that they were near the top of the crowd, shouting, “Please save me! and people nearby pulled them up.

During a surge, the pressure above and below people in the crowd makes it difficult to breathe as their lungs need room to expand. It takes about six minutes to enter compressive or restrictive asphyxiation, the likely cause of death for those killed in a crowd crush, Still said.

People can also injure their limbs and lose consciousness as they struggle to breathe and escape crowds. It takes about 30 seconds of compression to restrict blood flow to the brain and for people in a crowd crush to become dizzy.

Crowd surges can be triggered by many difficult situations, such as people pushing others or someone tripping, Still said. But events aren’t usually caused by people in distress or pushing their way out of a crowd. These reactions usually come after the crowd begins to break down, Still said.

“People don’t die because they panicked,” he said. “They are panicking because they are dying. So what happens is when bodies fall, when people fall on top of each other, people have a hard time getting up and you end up with arms and legs twisting together.

Similar events have happened around the world, including this month at a soccer stadium in Indonesia, which killed 130, and last year at the Astroworld Festival in Texas, which killed 10.

Most of Astroworld’s dead victims were in a heavily populated area, video timeline shows

At Astroworld, most of the deceased fans were close together in the southern quadrant of the room. The place was surrounded by metal barriers, which would have compressed people if a crowd had arisen near them, allowing no way to regulate the flow of people.

Although the crash in Itaewon happened on a street, the crowd was so dense that movement was extremely restricted and there was no way for people to get out vertically, said Norman Badler, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania which studied crowd compression.

Over the past year, crowds have gathered more frequently since pandemic restrictions were largely eased, another factor in recent crowd surges. More people are likely attending events such as Halloween celebrations in Itaewon, Still said, because they have been restricted for so long.

He added that the increase in mass gatherings that are now permitted underscores the need for crowd management training, which declined when the pandemic hit because large events were rare.

Martyn Amos, a professor at Northumbria University in England who studies crowds, said such large events require proper planning and trained people to handle crowds.

“The general point is that these incidents will continue to occur until we put in place proper crowd management processes that anticipate, detect and prevent dangerously high crowd densities,” Amos said in a statement to The Washington Post. .

How I paid off $20,000 in student loans and car debt in 18 months

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  • My wife and I had about $20,000 in student loans and auto debt when we got married.
  • We decided to use the debt snowball method to pay it all off, but realized we needed to earn more.
  • We got promotions and took side hustles, and celebrated every milestone.

$20,000. This is the amount of non-mortgage debt my wife and I accumulated in our marriage before we started getting serious with money. 15% of our take home pay went to student loans and car payments, and we only paid the bare minimum. We felt like we were stuck in debt until the terms of the loans were lifted, and by then we would probably have new debt to replace it since that’s exactly what people were doing.

My wife was, at the time, the more financially knowledgeable half of our partnership due to her family’s decent education in the fundamentals of money management. I was a little more naive about the whole money thing and was happy to let my wife control the financial direction of our new marriage.

Two big moments happened around the same time to change that. My wife encouraged me to learn more about money so we could be equally responsible for our family’s financial decisions, and the school where I was teaching asked me to teach a financial math class during of the next school year.

Both were signs that I needed to get on board and learn more about finance, which I did through many podcasts and books. The end result was a blazing fire to get us out of debt and onto a journey of financial independence that included the ability to early retirement.

We opted for a debt repayment strategy

Our debt was pretty straight forward and there were a lot of positives to build on. There was no credit card debt, we didn’t overbought our house, and when we did buy new cars, we bought some of the cheapest new cars on the market (a Corolla and a Civic). Our student loan debt was collective $12,000 and the rest was car debt.

Having seen the Snowball methods and debt avalanche set up, we opted for a snowball approach to take advantage of the first victories for motivation. This meant that we tackled our smallest debt first, then accumulated the largest, deferring the payment of the previous debt to the next as they were paid off.

Our refrigerator was adorned with a new poster showing each of our debts (three student loans and two cars), the total amount owed for each, and small fundraising thermometers to visually show our progress toward paying off each.

The chart made it a fun experience and kept us going when progress seemed small or insignificant each month. Walking by the board each day helped keep the fire burning to stay true to our plan and not give up until it was all gone.

We have reduced expenses as much as possible

Personal finance is really simple at its core. Earn more than you spend and put that extra money (“the spread”) to work on increasing your net worth.

In this case, paying off our debt was the best way to improve our net worth. The problem for us is that there was no gap at the start. We had inflated our lifestyles to the point of consuming our entire paychecks each month, with a minimal amount going to retirement accounts and nothing to savings.

We cut expenses where we could, but there wasn’t much else we could cut back then. We needed more revenue to fill the gap needed to aggressively pay down our debt.

We found ways to earn more

Over the next 18 months, my wife and I increased our income through eight different sources. These included improving our earnings in our full-time jobs through professional development and job changes, as well as finding part-time jobs, employment contracts and starting our own businesses.

As a teacher with summer leave and a therapist who sets her own schedule, one thing we had going for us was the time and flexibility to create these new sources of income and sustain them for a short period of time. My wife worked in a vineyard and took a part-time job as a school social worker. I wrote up the curriculum for my school district and started tutoring math in the evenings.

My favorite side activity was officiating girls’ lacrosse. While being the one in the center of the field with the whistle might not sound appealing to you, it was a way to earn a great hourly rate of around $1 per minute, plus it had exercise built in.

We identified milestones and celebrated them

At first it was easy. The first two student loans were only a few hundred dollars each, so they dropped pretty quickly. After that, progress was slow. The snowball of money we were throwing at the debt had grown, but it was still only making a small dent each month, which was super demoralizing at times.

We’ve found that if we break down big debt into smaller steps that we can celebrate, it keeps the small quick wins mentality alive.

Celebrating usually consisted of a little treat for ourselves. Nothing to derail our efforts, but something to reward us for our hard work and persistence. It could be as simple as a sweet treat or takeout instead of cooking.

We were smart about future debt

Once we made the last payment 18 months after starting, it was decided that future debts were going to be avoided as much as possible.

We continue to use credit cards, but they are still refunded in full each month for enjoy the rewards.

We immediately began funding an emergency fund to cover events that might force us into debt.

Instead of inflating our budget with all the money freed up through debt repayment, we kept making car payments to ourselves and saved it in a high yield savings account. This allowed us to pay for a used car in 2021 without having to take out a long-term car loan.

We’ve also used high-yield savings accounts for things like Christmas gifts, annual HOA expenses, and vacations. Everything we can now reasonably plan, we do.

Red Bluff’s Downtown Art Walk Turns 20 – Red Bluff Daily News

Get ready for Tehama County’s beloved event for art lovers, the 20th Annual Red Bluff ArtWalk, to be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, November 4 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, November 5 November, sponsored by the Tehama County Arts Council.

“We have an incredibly large and thriving community of talented artists here and many will be featured at the 28 participating businesses downtown,” said ArtWalk President Toni Gaylord. “The mission of the Tehama County Arts Council is to spread an appreciation of all the arts throughout Tehama County.”

A variety of art mediums will be on display, ranging from traditional art to unique vinyl records, art caricatures, art dolls and books, macrame, pottery, glass blowing, wood paintings , digital art, fiber art and performing arts.

On Friday night, get ready to stroll through downtown Red Bluff to meet featured artists and learn about their amazing art, sample the best wine in the Upstate, meet business owners, and start your holiday shopping.

Admission and ArtWalk Card brochures are free. Watch for ArtWalk flags in front of participating businesses.

Art groups featured at various venues will include the Sun Country Quilters, Red Bluff Art Association, Tehama County Photo Club, Washington Street Productions, Tehama Creatives, Red Bluff High School Art Department and young local artists.

There will be live music at various venues and Tehama Creatives will host a special event at Cone-Kimball Plaza of a visual media art presentation projected onto the wall beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening.

This year, as an added feature, several top North State wineries will be offering samples of some of their specialty wines at the Friday night event.

Tickets are on sale now for the Friday night wine tastings, $15 each in advance at www.tehamaarts.org or www.eventbrite.com and $20 on the day at the box office tables. Pick up your pre-purchased wristband or purchase tickets Friday nights from 5-8 p.m. at three different locations downtown, 700 East Block Main Street, 600 West Block Main Street and 400 South Block Walnut Street.

Saturday is family day and we quietly enjoy the art in the place. Create your own sidewalk chalk art at 724 Main Street. For more information, write to tcac[email protected]

From the luxury car collection, production house and more

Rishab Shetty is currently enjoying the success of his film – kantara. The film sees him take on two roles as he plays the lead while also being the director. With Sapthami Gowda in a central role, the Kannada film broke several box office records.

And while the film is currently one of the highest rated Indian films on IMDb, its box office success, the love it has received domestically, among other things, speaks for itself as to what he is an actor apart. While he was at it, his net worth has certainly been the subject of many conversations now that it has definitely increased.

Here is the actor’s net worth!

Sumptuous car collection:

According to reports, the actor bought a pearl white Audi Rs 83 lakh! 7 and also owns a few luxury cars on top of that. It was his wife Pragahti, who shared the images of this new addition to their roster on social media while praising Rishab for her hard work and dedication.

Has a production house:

With the sociopolitical drama of 2018 Sa.Hi.Pra. Shaale KasaragoduKoduge: Ramanna Rai, the actor who became a producer and since then has only made his mark. Reports on India TV indicate that he is set to work with Allu Aravind and has already given his nod to a film.

Interestingly, Kantara has managed to raise Rs 170 Crores so far and is currently on track to reach the Rs 200 crore collection figure. Meanwhile, the film was made on a mere budget of Rs 15-16 Crore and that speaks for itself.

Rishab Shetty net worth

Rishab Shetty made her big screen debut with Ulidavaru Kandante in 2014 after debuting as a television actor. He then went on to become a director, teaming up with southern actor Rakshit Shetty on the crime drama. Ricky. Courtesy of Kantara’s success, his wealth has never been higher and his reported net worth is $1.5 million (Rs 12 crore 40 lakh) (as reported by Mashable India).

Krea and Klarna All Successful SME Loan Scheme

Swedish FinTechs created and Klarna said Wednesday (October 26) that their partnership has helped small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in this country to receive larger loan offers at lower interest rates.

According to a Press release, the collaboration is between Krea, a digital lending platform for SMEs, and Klarna Kosma, Klarna’s fintech platform for banks and retailers. The statement said the partnership has helped businesses receive 15% larger loan offers on average, at a 4% lower interest rate.

“Using Klarna Kosma, SMBs can quickly and securely deliver transaction-level data directly from their business bank account to the Krea platform,” the statement said. “This detailed data on the company’s day-to-day operations gives lenders the confidence to offer larger loans at lower interest rates.”

The companies say this has led Krea to facilitate more small business loan approvals, with more than 20,000 loans offered to SMEs this year.

“Following the Covid pandemic, it has become even more important for lenders to value businesses based on their most recent cash flows,” said Carsten Leth, chief commercial officer of Krea. “Klarna Kosma’s open banking solution allows us to help more small businesses access finance at better rates.”

PYMNES noted earlier this month that many small businesses find themselves in a precarious situation. Although more than half of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) surveyed for our Main Street Health report said they expected to see full-year revenue for 2022, a surprisingly large number – 12% – said that ‘they were less certain of their chances of surviving until 2024.

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More than two years of COVID-19 chaos, coupled with protracted and runaway inflation, rising interest rates and economic uncertainty, have been strong enough to give many of these so-called SME survivors a second thought.

While this has had a negative effect on the prospects of some SMEs, it has also opened up the possibility for some financial institutions to offer capital and cash flow assistance or payment solutions that can reduce costs and help companies stressed out to save time.

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Penn State cancels event featuring Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes



A day after Pennsylvania State University shut down an event that was to feature Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, criticism continued Tuesday over the planned appearance and its abrupt cancellation.

The university had initially resisted calls to cancel the event sponsored by a group of students, citing the importance of respecting free speech rights. But officials said escalating violence led them to cancel Monday’s event shortly before it was due to start. The combination of agitated protesters, at least one physical altercation, a surge of crowds towards the event site, and chemical spraying of the crowd and police led to the decision, officials said. Penn State.

One person was arrested, but the school said an investigation was ongoing and others could face charges.

In a statement to the campus community, Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi called McInnes and Alex Stein, who was also scheduled to appear, “provocateurs known for their hateful opinions and rhetoric.

The Proud Boys are a far-right extremist group with a history of violence, known for instigating street fights with perceived enemies, including those from the anti-fascist or antifa movement. Federal investigators have accused Proud Boys leaders of conspiring to forcibly oppose President Biden’s swearing-in, which culminated in the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.

McInnes stepped down from his role in the Proud Boys in 2018. But Cassie Miller, senior research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), said he continues to promote the group and “remains intimately involved in their internal affairs”. .

Daryle Lamont Jenkins, a veteran anti-fascist organizer who heads the hate-monitoring group One People’s Project, attended the protest and said none of the attacks came from protesters.

A student protest group said members of the hate group sprayed an irritating chemical at people in the crowd. McIness hit back, blaming the other side.

Monday’s event was to be hosted by Uncensored America, which was founded by a Penn State student in 2020 with a stated mission to empower “young Americans to fight for free speech to give back free and fun American culture. He invited Stein, billed by the band as a comedian and professional troll, and McInnes, billed as a comedian and political commentator, for a comedy show called ‘Stand Back & Stand By’ – echoing words used by Donald Trump , addressing the proud Boys, during a presidential debate in 2020.

“I was clearly censored. Alex Stein was clearly censored,” McInnes said Tuesday. “The room was tiny. Fifty people could probably fit in there. Boys would be racist, sexist, whatever f— they push,” he said, insisting the group is a “patriotic men’s drinking club.”

In a statement, Uncensored America said the organization always encourages people to be peaceful and condemns all violence. “Unfortunately, participants were intimidated by violent protests and were unable to enter the site safely,” the organization said.

Stein said calling him a racist or a fascist is “the furthest thing from the truth”.

Miller of the SPLC said the event was part of a larger far-right extremist playbook that seeks to use universities as a venue to legitimize and normalize harmful ideas. She said the violence followed a previous public appearance by McInnes and wrote a letter to Penn state officials earlier this month expressing her concerns.

In his statement to the campus community, Bendapudi said Stein and McInnes “will celebrate a victory for being canceled, when in reality they contributed to the very violence that compromised their ability to speak.” The counter-protesters were also likely to “celebrate a victory that they forced the university to cancel this event,” she said, “when in reality they boosted the visibility of the cause even at which they oppose”.

When asked if he considered the cancellation of the event a “victory,” McInnes said no, adding, “Antifa won this round.”

The event drew opposition in the weeks leading up to it. A petition calling on the university to end the event, which it described as “a platform for fascists and the promotion of hateful and baseless misinformation”, has garnered more than 3,200 digital signatures.

Wyatt DuBois, a spokesman for the university, said a mass email was distributed Friday to Penn State students, faculty and staff by an anonymous group opposed to the event. The message encouraged direct confrontation with the two speakers, he said. As a result, officials urged the campus community to avoid the event.

On Monday, several hundred students, faculty and others gathered at another location on campus for a counter-programming event emphasizing unity. But many others gathered to protest Stein and McInnes.

Stein entered the protest peacefully and it heightened tensions, according to Bendapudi. Stein criticized the cancellation on social media, later tweeting a video of him mocking and taunting furious protesters, one of whom spat at him.

A person dressed in black began to hold up a can before spraying chemical irritants into the crowd, from a video from Ford Fischer from News2Share. In the clip, the police did not intervene.

“Some brave people have been pepper sprayed by members of hate groups authorized by the PSU Administrator to terrorize our campus,” the student group Student Committee for Defense and Solidarity said in an Instagram post. The group also criticized the police response.

Gary King, professor of biobehavioral health, watched the protests.

“I was happy to see the students at Penn State defending something other than a touchdown,” King said, “and leading the administration forward.”

Maria Luisa Paul and Spencer Hsu contributed to this report.

Just Dance | Ohio Wesleyan University

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Ohio Wesleyan Dancers and Choreographers to Perform “Orchesis 22/23” Concert November 11-12

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio — Ohio Wesleyan University’s Orchesis Dance Company will present three performances of “Orchesis 22/23” highlighting pieces choreographed by students and professionals ranging from “quirky and playful to moving and introspective,” the company said. director Janet Schroeder.

This year’s “Orchesis 22/23” will feature choreography by Schroeder, guest artist Isaiah Harris and six student choreographers. Performances will be at 8 p.m. November 11 and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. November 12 on the main stage of OWU’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Admission is free, but reservations are required at owu.edu/orchesis.

Guest choreographer Harris, who recently earned his MFA in dance at Ohio State University, works with Wesleyan students from Ohio to present “The Liturgy of Muses,” a work that examines the relationship between identity and spirituality and how the two coexist. on the scene. The piece incorporates the African Diaspora movement and liturgical dance found in the American black church.

Harris described the piece as “an interpretation of WEB Dubois’ ‘double consciousness’ superimposed on a sort of ‘triple consciousness’ as the dancers explore their identities, their respective muses and one of the five Clark sisters (of the well-known group known to gospel singers).

Also during “Orchesis 22/23”, senior Kayla Rush of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania will perform a piece she choreographed called “An Inquiry”. The work is part of her main project, “Choreography as a Research Laboratory,” which used research questions to create and develop movement material. Favorite phrases from the creative process were combined to create the piece.

In addition during the dance concert:

  • Junior Ali Dix of Marion, Ohio creates a space for dancers to explore their individuality while thoughtfully incorporating the dynamics of movement.
  • Junior Isabelle Tinti-Kane of Marblehead, Massachusetts reflects on time and experience in her piece, “This Place Will Outlive You”.
  • Junior Chloe Williams of Wilmington, Ohio offers a study of gifts and the challenges of meaningful relationships.
  • Sophomore Grace Frye from Newark, Ohio uses tap dancing to explore the concept of time.
  • Sophomore Brielle Decarolis of Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, invokes nostalgia and joy through youthful and playful movements and relationships.
  • Orchesis director Schroeder, Ph.D., a part-time performing arts teacher and percussive dance artist, invites audiences to “feel the groove and the boogie” with the entire cast.

To learn more about upcoming Orchesis and Ohio Wesleyan performing arts events, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and competes in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through its signature experience, the OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan teaches students to understand issues from multiple academic perspectives, volunteer in service to others, build a diverse and holistic perspective, and translate knowledge in the classroom in real-world experience through internships, research, and other hands-on learning. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the US News & World Report and Princeton Review “Best Colleges” lists. Connect with OWU expert interview sources at owu.edu/experts or learn more at owu.edu.

After Leslie Jordan’s death, ‘Call Me Kat’ at Fox will halt production

Production on Season 3 of “call me kat” will put the production on hiatus following the death of Leslie Jordan, Variety has learned. The actor died on Monday in a car accident at age 67.

Season 3 is currently streaming on Foxwhich premiered on September 29. Since the comedy series debuted in 2021, Jordan has held the regular role of Phil, the head baker at Kat’s (Mayim Bialik) cafe, who is newly single in Season 1. In Season 3, Episode 7, who is currently airing Nov. 10, it gets its first love interest, a man named Jalen played by John Griffin in a guest spot.

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Fox Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, which produces “Call Me Kat,” released statements following Jordan’s death.

“We are shocked and devastated by the tragic passing of Leslie Jordan today,” the Fox statement read. “Leslie was so much more than an Emmy award-winning comedian who we laughed with all these years. He was the kindest person you could imagine who simply lit up a room and brought pure joy and huge smiles to millions of people around the world. The truest of Southern Gentlemen, Leslie carried an infectious exuberance, an indelible sense of humor and, throughout, gave us countless fond memories that will last forever. So As we mourn this sad news, we also want to offer our deepest condolences to Leslie’s family, friends and fans who were so dear to her.

WBTV’s statement reads: “”Warner Bros. Television is devastated by the tragic and sudden loss of our dear friend Leslie Jordan. Leslie was an amazing person and talent. He brought joy to fans around the world. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans at this time.

“Call Me Kat” is produced by That’s Wonderful Productions, Sad Clown Productions and the production arm of BBC Studios in Los Angeles in association with WBTV and Fox. Jim Patterson and Maria Ferrari are co-showrunners and executive producers alongside Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak for That’s Wonderful, Bialik for Sad Clown Productions, Angie Stephenson for BBC Studios and Miranda Hart, who created “Miranda”, the British series ” Call Me Kat” is based on.

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Securities Financing Regulation News | Taiwan tightens restrictions on short selling again

Taiwanese financial authorities on Friday tightened restrictions on short selling, following similar action in the Taiwanese market taken on October 3.

Under new rules enforced by the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan (FSC), restrictions will apply to short sales of an equity security if its stock price has fallen 3.5% or more from its closing price for the previous trading session.

Under these circumstances, investors will be prohibited from using the previous closing price, or a lower price, to short sell the stock by borrowing securities, according to a statement released by the FSC via the Central News Agency (CNA). from Taiwan.

However, securities firms and futures traders will be exempt from these restrictions if they conduct short selling activities for hedging purposes, according to the FSC.

The FSC’s Securities and Futures Bureau reported that stock prices of 105 stocks on the main board of the Taiwan Stock Exchange and 47 stocks traded on the OTC market fell 3.5% or more on Friday, October 21.

As a result, these stocks were covered by the new short-selling rules when Taiwanese markets reopened this morning.

Tim Burton Says He’s Done Making Disney Movies, Calls Company “A Horrible Big Circus”

Anyone hoping for a sequel to Tim Burton’s “Dumbo” shouldn’t hold their breath.

Speaking at the Lumière Festival in Lyon after receiving the Lumière Award, Burton revealed that the 2019 film likely marked the end of his longtime creative relationship with Disney (via Deadline). He began his film career as an animator at Disney before Warner Bros. hires him to make his directorial debut in “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.” He returned to work with Disney on films like ‘Ed Wood’, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Frankenweenie’ and most recently ‘Dumbo’.

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Burton believes the entertainment landscape has changed to the point where it no longer makes sense for him to collaborate with the entertainment giant. He said his experience working on “Dumbo” made him realize that Disney had gotten too big for him.

“My story is that I started there,” Burton said. “I was hired and fired many times throughout my career there. The thing about “Dumbo” is why I think my days with Disney are over, I realized that I was Dumbo, that I worked in this horrible big circus, and that I needed to escape. This film is quite autobiographical on a certain level.

During a masterclass at the festival on Friday, Burton also shared his thoughts on the state of superhero movies. His seminal 1989 film “Batman” helped establish many genre tropes – and Burton is surprised at how influential he continues to be.

“It was very exciting to be at the start of it all. It’s amazing how much it hasn’t really changed in a way – the tortured superhero, the weird costumes – but for me, at the time, it was very exciting. It was new,” he said. “What’s funny about it now is people say, ‘What do you think of the new ‘Batman?’ , ‘It’s too dark, it’s too dark’. Now it looks like a light romp.

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TeaLula in Park Ridge is expanding its tea room


Tea merchant Sheila Duda announces that TeaLula is expanding her tearoom to offer weekend afternoon teas and welcome more visitors. TeaLula will also be adding a light lunch menu during the week.

This expansion comes as customers seek to nurture the health-focused lifestyle that tea propagates; requests for private event space have also increased since 2021.

“I love being part of the community; I can’t imagine being anywhere else,” says Duda.

TeaLula has been the premier supplier of loose leaf teas to the community of Park Ridge, Illinois since 2008. Certified Tea Specialist Sheila Duda and her husband Fred opened the shop to provide an oasis for sharing the world of tea welcoming novices and the long – loose leaf tea consumers. TeaLula’s first expansion was in 2017 adding space for customers to enjoy their loose leaf tea in a café and for tea education workshops.

TeaLula offers white, green, oolong, black and Pu’er tea, as well as herbal infusions, rooibos and herbal teas. Customers can browse over 150 unique loose leaf teas and always try a sample at the tasting bar. TeaLula offers a variety of tea accessories to help you enjoy a cup wherever life takes you. The Dudas carefully select the products they stock in the store and proudly sell ForLife teapots and gourmet honey from the Savannah Bee Company. They are proud to be part of the tea community and bring flavors from around the world to everyone who walks through the doors of TeaLula. They provide customers with the quality and community that only an independent business can provide.

If you would like more information on this topic, please call Sheila Duda at 847-823-8327 or [email protected]

Election ’22: Should the state invest more in arts and music education in K-12 schools? | Way of life

Editor’s note: This story is the product of an ongoing collaboration between Citizen and California State University, Sacramento’s journalism program. This fall, students contributed stories on topics that impact members of the Elk Grove community. They are taught by Philip Reese, Sacramento Bee reporter and assistant professor of journalism.

Voters across California will decide in November whether California should allocate funds from the state budget to arts and music education in public schools.

If Proposition 28 passes, the state will set aside the equivalent of 1% of the previous year’s education funding for arts and music education in K-12 public schools and charter schools. year, which translates to about $800 million to $1 billion per year, according to the office of the California Secretary of State.

Of the total amount, 70% would go to schools based on their share of statewide enrollment, and the remaining 30% would go to schools based on their share of low-income students enrolled statewide, according to the Office of the Legislative Analyst.

Schools with more than 500 students must spend at least 80% of funding to employ teachers. The remaining funds will be spent on teacher training, school supplies and education partnerships.

Christopher Hoffman, superintendent of the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD), which is California’s fifth-largest school district, said he supports Proposition 28 because visual and performing arts “are a important part of a well-rounded education”. and any continued support for such programs is certainly welcome.

“We support the concept of identifying a continuing source for (visual arts and performing) programs, but there’s still a lot of work to do if (proposal) 28 passes,” Hoffman said via e-mail. mail.

Some parents with children in EGUSD said they support Proposition 28 if dedicated funding can bring more arts and music programs back into schools.

Tiana Perry-Carty, 35, said she supports Proposition 28 because her son attends the same performing arts school she attended as a child, but the school no longer has the arts and music programs she remembers.

“I can really see the effect on the type of educational experience he has,” Perry-Carty said. “They don’t really have a theater program anymore. The music is still there, but it’s really reduced.

She said that to give her son artistic and musical experience, she takes him to theater performances in the Sacramento area. She said her artistic and musical interactions shaped her educational experience, and “it’s just sad that they don’t have those experiences in school.”

“It kind of shaped that, I love Shakespeare, which is not really (something) someone my age and (being) African American loves,” Perry-Carty said. “’She likes Shakespeare? What’s going on?’ But I studied it when I went to college because I fell in love with it.

Iliana Becerra, 20, also an EGUSD alumnus, said she supports Proposition 28 because students would have more opportunities to get involved in arts and music programs.

“They will be able to financially afford to be in their program if school districts give (students) the necessary equipment,” Becerra said. “(The arts and music) allow students to express themselves and find hobbies and interests.”

Becerra said arts and music programs are essential for a child’s personal development, as they will be able to connect with others and peers who have the same passion.

Former Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner started the campaign for Proposition 28. He said the number one reason California voters should support it is that one in five schools has a program of full-time arts and music.

“We have a chance here…to do it the right way without raising taxes [for] nobody,” Beutner said. “All we’re going to do is set aside some money, make sure it goes to schools, (and) give schools the opportunity to decide how it’s used and what type of art. I mean everything from song and dance to theater to animation to pottery and everything in between.

In November 2021, the Los Angeles Times published an op-ed in opposition to Proposition 28. The publication wrote that if the ballot initiative passes, schools must use the new funds they receive for arts and of music. However, the funds they are currently spending on the arts could be used for something else in a “backdoor way to increase funding for schools”.

“That’s not true; I’m a little embarrassed as an alumnus of a big institution,” said Beutner, who served as the media’s editor for parts of 2014 and 2015. checked the facts.There is specific language in the proposal that says this money can only complement, not supplant, school programs.

In September 2022, the Los Angeles Times backtracked and published an endorsement of Proposition 28.

Lance Christensen is a Republican running in the nonpartisan race for California Superintendent of Public Instruction. He said he is a father of five with his youngest in first grade and his oldest recently graduating from high school. The contestant said they all play an instrument and sing. While he is against Proposition 28, he said he is not against the arts and music.

“We may regret that this proposal is passed in the next few years,” Christensen said. “If the school cuts happen again, this mandate will require (schools) to keep music and arts teachers rather than keep a STEM classroom teacher.”

Christensen said he recently visited a K-12 charter school in Santa Ana that had a huge underserved population and “more guitars, ukuleles, pianos, flutes (and) violins than you could shake.”

“Their test scores were better than most of their competing regular and traditional public schools, and they were able to accomplish this much better because they had the discretion and decided that music and the arts were really important,” a- he declared.

“I think a lot of public schools are often constrained by decisions made at the administrative level,” Christensen added. “Art and music lessons can be improved without needing more funding. Having amazing teachers makes all the difference, so parents would be more likely to donate money to the programs.

He said he worked for 17 years in the California legislature and learned never to underestimate the ability of the California legislature “to really screw up education funding.”

Christensen said state lawmakers like Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova and state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, were not in favor of providing funding. more for the arts in schools through legislation because they are backed by teachers’ unions who don’t care. as much on funding the arts and music; Christensen said this inspires voters to seek ballot box budgeting solutions.

“I have no idea who Lance is or why he brought up Ken Cooley,” Jillena Hernandez, Cooley’s chief of staff, said via email.

Hernandez did not respond to a request for comment on Cooley’s position on Proposition 28. Representatives for Pan did not respond to requests for comment.

Some parents whose children are not enrolled in EGUSD also support Proposition 28.

TaiJuana Jackson, 40, lives with her children in Elk Grove but sends them to their home computers to attend school virtually at Abeka Academy, a Christian distance-learning program based in Pensacola, Florida.

“They actually built art into the curriculum until fourth grade, and then we also ask them to do piano (and) ballet in the community, but we have the capacity to afford that,” said Jackson. “I think when it comes to music, there aren’t a lot of programs, especially for underserved kids, to get access to private lessons and such.”

Despite her children’s out-of-state learning circumstances, Jackson said she supports Proposition 28 because it would provide kids with a way to express themselves beyond math, science or reading.

Hoffman said one of the first things EGUSD would likely do if the proposal passed is consider which of its programs and positions it would develop on an ongoing basis.

“We also have a roadmap for (visual and performing arts programs) that outlines what we want our (visual and performing arts) programs to be and a dedicated source of funding would allow us to accelerate this plan,” he said.

Saskatchewan. the government commits an additional $7.5 million to film and television production

The Government of Saskatchewan is further boosting the film and television industry with an additional $7.5 million for Creative Saskatchewan’s production grant.

In the 2022-2023 budget, the grant was increased from $2 million to $10 million. The additional $7.5 million announced Thursday brings the total grant commitment to $17.5 million for this year alone.

Culture Minister Laura Ross made the announcement at the John Hopkins Regina Soundstage.

Ross said 13 projects received part of the initial $10 million grant.

“We know this additional $7.5 million investment will build on that momentum, help grow our workforce, increase tourism, and support our arts and culture sectors alongside so many other industries. important.

In August, Creative Saskatchewan and the government announced tv series king of killers received $8 million of the $10 million available in the grant. It was allowed to exceed the $5 million funding threshold because the project was deemed to have a “significant impact on the local economy”.

“It is estimated that an investment of this caliber will result in approximately $32 million in economic activity for Saskatchewan,” said Erin Dean, CEO of Creative Saskatchewan.

“This includes significant opportunities for Saskatchewan’s hospitality and service sector. Productions need accommodation, catering services, costumes, props, skilled labor, legal and accounting support, and much more.

Ross said the province decided to increase the grant due to high demand.

She said the total was allocated in just four months and Creative Saskatchewan argued that additional funding could build momentum and generate economic activity.

Dean said the process for receiving grants is based on eligibility and “first come, first served.”

She said projects receiving money so far include seven documentary series, one sketch comedy series, two children’s series and two drama series.

Dean said out-of-province-based productions must partner with a local company to receive funding.

Filmmaker and Wavelength Entertainment executive Chris Triffo said the extra cash is “just the start” for the province’s industry.

“There has never been a time in my career where there has been such a hunger for content and any jurisdiction open for business will get some of that content and some of that capital,” Triffo said.

This film and television production soundstage in Regina is set to get busier with increased provincial government investment in Creative Saskatchewan. Its grant grew from $2 million to a total of $17.5 million in one year. (Government of Saskatchewan)

Triffo said the industry needs to bolster its workforce in the province, but continued investment could do that quickly.

“The hope is that there will be 140 to 150 jobs created throughout the year and then every year after that it should start to double and ideally we can get into the thousands,” Triffo said.

“Some of the other jurisdictions have [40,000 to 200,000] that work and we hope that the government will continue to support the industry that we will have more and more labor here. »

“The future looks great,” says the filmmaker

In 2012, the provincial government decided to eliminate the old Film Employment Tax Credit, which covered up to 55% of labor costs in film and video productions.

The ruling forced the majority of industry workers in the province to relocate to other jurisdictions.

A study conducted by SaskFilm and the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce found that from 1998 to 2012, the film industry generated over $500 million in economic activity after government spending, or over $36 million in annual economic activity.

A report of 2020 by Statistics Canada showed that the operating revenue generated by film, television and video productions in Saskatchewan in 2007 was $42.2 million. In 2019, revenue had fallen to $17.2 million.

Ross said the benefit of government grants is that “all the money stays here in Saskatchewan, so there’s no wastage.”

Ross said the old program “didn’t serve the film industry as well as the current program. It’s totally different.”

“It’s the best time to be in Saskatchewan in the film industry,” Ross said.

Triffo was asked about the decision to eliminate the tax credit a decade ago and said he preferred to look forward.

“Nothing to gain by thinking about it. Today is a new day and the future looks great.”

“Predatory” loans to buy pets have an interest rate of 189%, despite Iowa state laws

An Iowa couple who unwittingly bought a critically ill dog on a loan with an 189% interest rate now wants lawmakers to protect consumers from a similar experience.

Jeff and Jennifer Bowman, whose story was the first reported by the Washington Postbought a 12-week-old English Bulldog from a Petland store in Iowa City three years ago.

The price for the pup, which they later named Zeke, was $4,400. “They told us the price and I almost fell on the ground,” recalls Jennifer Bowman. The couple hadn’t planned on spending so much money on a new dog, but with Zeke, she says, it was “love at first sight.”

“They put us in a little room where we could sit with Zeke and he could run around, and we fell in love with him,” Jeff Bowman said.

Adding taxes, a $300 “returning supplies kit” and an Iowa Hawkeyes dog collar, the Bowmans owed Petland a total of $5,001.07. The couple deposited $500 and, with the help of Petland staff, they signed papers financing the rest of the purchase through two separate loans, one for $1,500 and the other for 3. $000.

A Petland clerk warned the couple of the interest rate they would face if they did not repay the $1,500 loan within 90 days.

“They said, ‘Try to pay because after a certain point the interest rate is going to skyrocket,'” recalls Jeff Bowman. “But we didn’t know how much it would increase.”

Rent-a-bank loans avoid state interest caps

Although Iowa interest rates are capped at 36%, the Bowmans later discovered that the $1,500 12-month loan, issued through a company called EasyPay, stipulated that they did not repay the loan within 90 days, an interest rate of 188.98% would be applied to the loan.

The loan documents, which include a disclosure statement from the federal Truth in Lending Act, clearly set out the precise terms of the agreement – ​​showing the Bowmans would have to pay $1,827 in finance charges to borrow $1,500 , for a total refund of $3,327. EasyPay would automatically withdraw $128 from the couple’s bank account every two weeks.

But that statement was one of many filed with the Bowmans that day, and the couple were more focused on Zeke than on the terms of the loan. Additionally, they were unaware that Zeke had serious health issues that would result in multiple and costly visits to the vet, which would impact their ability to repay the loan.

The higher interest rate was made possible by EasyPay processing the loan through Utah-based Transportation Alliance Bank. It’s a process that animal welfare and consumer advocates call “rent-a-bank,” and it allows finance companies like EasyPay to route loans through federally regulated banks in out of state who do not have to conform to interest rates. ceilings set by the States.

The National Consumer Law Center claims that these “predatory” practices have resulted in hundreds of complaints.

Among them:

  • A New Jersey consumer who purchased a Cocker Spaniel and was charged 152% interest, five times the New Jersey legal limit of 30%.
  • A Georgian consumer who complained that the pet store did not tell her that EasyPay finance charges amounted to an interest rate of 180%. “My pup was supposed to be $2,500 (and) is now almost $7,000.”
  • A Florida consumer who said he ended up with damaged credit after buying a puppy that immediately fell ill and eventually died. “I only borrowed $2,200. …I owe $5,500 on my credit report, due to interest,” the consumer complained.
  • Another Florida consumer purchased a Shih Tzu puppy that died after the family incurred $1,280 in veterinary bills. After the pup died, a debt collector kept calling to collect on the loan.

Last year, Congress passed a resolution repealing a Trump-era rule that was enacted by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency that facilitated such lending.

“In many states, these lenders are controlled by caps on the amount of interest they can charge,” President Joe Biden said as he signed the resolution. “But some loan sharks and online lenders have figured out how to circumvent these limits…using a partnership with a bank to avoid the state cap and charging outrageous interest – some as high as 100% interest, which is staggering. … The last administration let it happen, but we won’t.

Eliminating the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency rule hasn’t stopped the bank leasing process — and proponents say further action by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Congress are still needed.

A coalition of consumer groups, including Public Citizen, the Public Interest Research Group and the Consumer Federation of America, have petitioned the FDIC, which regulates banks. The groups are urging the agency to end the practice of banks serving as “fronts” for companies they view as predatory lenders.

Earlier this year, they wrote to the FDIC and said, “FDIC-supervised banks are helping predatory lenders make loans up to 225% APR that are illegal in nearly every state. … Bank leasing programs have flourished at FDIC banks over the past few years, and it’s time for that to end.

Zeke dies, collection calls continue

The Bowmans say the financial impact of the loans for Zeke was significant. “We almost lost our home,” Jennifer Bowman said.

When the couple realized the interest rate they would face if they didn’t rush to pay off the EasyPay loan, they enlisted the help of Jeff’s mother, who paid off the balance using a credit card with a much lower interest rate.

As difficult as it was, it pales in comparison to the emotional and financial problems that Zeke’s health issues caused the couple.

“It wasn’t until a few days after we brought him home that he started bleeding from his hindquarters,” Jennifer Bowman said. A series of diagnostic tests would eventually show that Zeke had Giardia, an intestinal infection caused by a microscopic parasite. Further tests by a specialist showed that Zeke had an abnormal kidney and was unlikely to reach the age of 5.

“It was terrible,” Jennifer Bowman said. “I used to take him to puppy training classes, but he couldn’t play too long because he was getting exhausted. It was so hard to watch because he was so full of life and he wanted to play. He was the best dog – so happy.

In February 2021, Zeke died of kidney failure at the age of 20 months, with veterinary records describing a number of physical issues including a history of allergic skin disease, gastrointestinal complaints and respiratory issues. A veterinarian later said Zeke’s death was a direct result of his “genetic and breeding history”.

Violation history

American Canine Association records of Zeke indicate he was born at Twin Birch Kennels, a kennel run by Lavern and Marietta Nolt of Charles City. The kennel has a history of regulatory issues, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture records.

The kennel’s last USDA inspection, in June, found several violations, including failure to provide adequate veterinary care to four English Bulldog puppies who had weak hind legs, and failure to maintain adequate identification and veterinary records.

In February, similar issues were noted by a USDA inspector who reported that several Twin Birch dogs were not receiving adequate care, including a bulldog with a “big red growth” covering a third of its right eye. “The dog has not been evaluated by a veterinarian,” the inspector said, and the kennel did not intend to have the condition diagnosed or treated.

Petland officials reimbursed the Bowmans in full for the purchase price of Zeke, less finance charges, and some of the couple’s veterinary bills. After Zeke’s death, the Bowmans stopped paying the second of two loans they had obtained through Petland. To this day, Jennifer Bowman said, they continue to receive calls from a collection agency and their credit rating has taken a hit.

Legislation stalled in Congress

In 2019 and 2021, a bill was introduced in Congress to provide a permanent national solution to the rent-a-bank problem by establishing a 36% interest rate cap that would apply to all lenders. But this proposal has met with strong opposition from the financial sector and has not yet been approved by Congress.

With federal action stalled, some states have taken action. Illinois banned high-interest loans, and California now prohibits online pet stores, regardless of their physical location, from assisting with the financed purchase of dogs, cats or rabbits.

As for EasyPay, the company acknowledges that its interest rates can reach 199%, but says it makes financing an option for people who otherwise wouldn’t even qualify for a loan.

“Many Americans are being left behind by the traditional banking and credit system,” the company told The Washington Post. “EasyPay facilitates financing options to ensure that these consumers have a reliable and secure choice to access otherwise unavailable credit for urgent needs and discretionary purposes.”

Petland officials could not be reached for comment, but told the Washington Post that in April 2021, the company stopped offering loan options with triple-digit interest rates.

As for the Bowmans, they now have a new dog — one acquired from a friend, not a dealer — but they still want others to know about Zeke and the financial and veterinary risks associated with puppy mills and pet financing. company.

“We reached out to the Better Business Bureau, the US Department of Agriculture, the Attorney General’s office — all of them,” Jennifer Bowman said. “We tried to get Zeke’s story out there just so another family wouldn’t go through what we went through.”

This article first appeared in the Iowa Capital Dispatcha sister site to the Nebraska Examiner in the State Newsroom Network.

David Beckham sues fitness company ‘F45’ for over $20 million


David Beckham and Greg Norman are suing the F45 fitness franchise for more than $20 million, claiming they entered into promotional deals to help grow the brand, which did not pay them “substantial cash and stock compensation.”

According to legal documents, obtained by The Blast, Beckham and Norman claim they signed on to promote F45, which was on its way to becoming one of the biggest brands in the fitness world. Obviously, both athletes being the greatest in their respective sports, agreed to use their images and brands to grow the business.

As part of the deal, the two stars struck a deal that would include annual payments ($1.5 million for Beckham) and a percentage of company stock. In the suit, the company representing the two stars, says F45 has benefited significantly from its relationship with them, which “enhanced its public profile and credibility and helped roll out new fitness offerings for F45.” As a result of their efforts, Beckham and Norman claim that F45 went public in 2021 at a valuation nearly three times higher than it was two years earlier.

David Beckham claims F45 failed to pay him millions in stock and cash

David Beckham sues fitness company 'F45' for over $20 million


The lawsuit includes copies of action photos posted on Instagram by the footballer, showing him in an F45 studio and training. Additionally, he claims to have provided marketing and promotional services including public and private appearances, photo and video shoots, social media and printed materials for a period of 5 years. In 2021, F45 officially announced Beckham as a global partner, posting footage of him training at an F45 facility, and Beckham claims F45 co-founder Adam Gilchrist even described the company’s affiliation. with Beckham as “a monumental partnership”.

But, claim the star athletes after holding their end of the bargain, F45’s business began to falter in 2022 due to “fiscal mismanagement and macroeconomic pressures” and F45 is said to have withheld millions of dollars in contractual consideration from Beckham and to Norman.

Mark Wahlberg buys part of F45, brings in Beckham and other celebrities

David Beckham sues fitness company 'F45' for over $20 million


Fun fact: In 2019, the star actor Mark Wahlberg acquired a 36% stake in the F45 company. The company’s international growth and rising popularity attracted high-profile investors (such as David Beckham) and “led an investment round that would have valued the company at approximately $634 million”. The fitness company also struck up a relationship with the former NBA star Magic Johnson. The lawsuit says it was Wahlberg’s connection to Beckham and others that led to their signing with the company.

In the end, Beckham claims the company did not issue him shares of the company that was contractually obligated. As a result, David says the stock’s value dropped, making his share “about $11.33 million on the first vesting date, January 15, 2022. As of September 23, 2022, however, their value had dropped precipitously and was approximately $1.97 million – a mere fraction of the value (Beckham’s Company) would have received had F45 timely complied with its contractual obligations.”

Soccer star David Beckham is suing for more than $20 million in damages

David Beckham sues fitness company 'F45' for over $20 million


Additionally, Beckham says the company has given “preferential treatment” to other investors, including insiders and directors, to allow them to get more out of their ownership. Alleging that he “thus made freely tradable, many more shares to various entities affiliated with Fortress Investment Group during this same period, and had accelerated the acquisition of other shares issued to Wahlberg, another key celebrity, who is also a board member, director, and insider.”

The soccer player is now suing the fitness company for more than $20 million in damages.

Crowds gather to wish “Happy Birthday” to the Fuertes Telescope


The Fuertes Observatory and its Friday night open house, where visitors can marvel at the starry sky through “Irv”, the telescope at the Irving Porter Church, have been bright spots in a bleak year of first pandemic for Gillis Lowry ’24.

“When everything else was dark, I knew I could count on the observatory and ‘Irv’ every Friday night,” said Lowry, an astronomy student and member of the Cornell Astronomical Society, a student organization. “After so many years of love for space, I was finally looking at this immensity that I had only ever seen through screens.”

Lowry and more than 115 others celebrated the telescope’s 100th anniversary at a special event Oct. 14 at the observatory.

Partygoers tucked into space-themed cupcakes, peered through the telescope and pored over a display of old instruments and photos from the observatory. Philip Nicholson, Professor of Astronomy, spoke about the development of observatories at Cornell – Fuertes is the fourth – and the people who championed astronomical research at Cornell.

Philip Nicholson, professor of astronomy, gives a presentation on the history of the observatory and the telescope.

Polina Shchetirina, who moved to Ithaca this fall with her husband, a Cornell postdoctoral fellow, saw the observatory and was intrigued when she heard about the event.

“The universe is so inspiring, to see something that’s bigger than us,” she said. “Also, I’ve never seen anything through a telescope, so I was excited to observe tonight.”

The telescope is one of the few in the world that still functions as it did in the early 20th century, using a weighted clockwork mechanism to track the sky as the Earth rotates on its axis.

The observatory’s namesake, Estevan Antonio Fuertes, professor of civil engineering, pushed the university to build and equip a first observatory for its students. This first building was a small wooden structure located on the Quad des Arts, built around 1880.

“For the first half of our observatories’ history, most of the work done there was done by civil engineers, who were trained to do field surveys,” Nicholson said. “One of Professor Fuertes’ main goals, shared with founder Ezra Cornell, was to introduce more practical elements into the curriculum.”

The construction of new buildings resulted in the observatory being demolished and relocated several times before it was moved to its current location, overlooking North Campus. “They thought no one would ever want to build anything on the other side of Beebe Lake,” Nicholson said with a laugh.

The building was completed in 1917, but it would be another five years before funds were raised for a large enough telescope – an effort led by Professor Irving Porter Church, Class of 1873, a mechanical engineering student who became a professor applied mechanics and hydraulics. .

A man of varied interests, Church owned his own 4-inch telescope. “He thought it was a shame the university didn’t have funds for a larger telescope to observe stars and galaxies, to do what would now be considered astronomical observations and used not just for engineering training. “, said Nicholson. When Church discovered a pair of 12-inch glass blanks that the University of Chicago’s Yerkes Observatory was not using, he himself donated $1,000 and held an alumni fundraiser. students to fit them into a compound lens and then provide an appropriate telescope mount. .

Attendees enjoyed space-themed cupcakes at the event.

The telescope was always intended for use by students for observation, not as a serious research instrument, Nicholson said. Professor Samuel Boothroyd, Cornell’s first professor of astronomy, began the practice of holding telescope open days in 1923, a tradition that was continued into the 1960s by his successor, Professor William Shaw, and now by students of the Astronomical Society.

“The observatory means a lot to us, and it’s really nice to be able to be here to celebrate this milestone,” said Justine Singleton ’24, an astronomy major who is also part of the Astronomical Society. She said students also use the Hartung-Boothroyd Observatory, located about 10 miles from campus and built in 1975, for research and the senior lab class in astronomy.

Today, around 4,000 people visit Fuertes and its museum each year. The observatory is open every Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight for visitors to look through “Irv” and several rooftop telescopes to see planets, stars, nebulae and galaxies. Along with Friday events, Fuertes is sometimes open to the public for astronomical events like lunar eclipses, Singleton said.

Kathy Hovis is a writer for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Theater Alumni and Teachers Receive 2022 Artists 360 Awards

Courtesy of Artists 360

Clockwise from top left: Kholoud Sawaf, Na’Tosha De’Von, John Walch and Karen Castleman.

The Mid-America Arts Alliance recently announced the recipients of its 2,022 Artists 360 Awards, recognizing 26 high-profile visual and literary artists from northwest Arkansas – including theater department alumni Kholoud Sawaf and Na’Tosha De’Von, and faculty members Karen Castleman and John Walch.

Artists 360, a program of the Mid-America Arts Alliance, made possible with support from the Walton Family Foundation, provides grants and professional development opportunities to individual artists from all disciplines in the greater Northwest region of the United States. ‘Arkansas.

Grants include learning opportunities to develop entrepreneurial skills and build lasting careers, creating a network of leading regional artists.

Each year, a $25,000 Creative Impact Grant is also awarded to an outstanding artist who has “contributed to and nurtured the cultural ecosystem of the region.” This year’s recipient is Kholoud Sawaf, an MFA graduate.

“Kholoud being the recipient of the 2022 Artist 360 Creative Impact Award is another phenomenal example of the exceptional work done by University of Arkansas alumni, students, faculty, and staff,” said Michael Riha, department chair. theater. “We are so proud of her and all that she has achieved and we can’t wait to see what she will achieve next.”

Sawaf has worked in theater and television in Syria, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. Her career has been built on telling stories on stage, on film, in museums and on site-specific work.

The Artists 360 Awards site states that Sawaf and his work have “had a tremendous impact on our community both in Northwest Arkansas and beyond… From his original theatrical work, 10,000 balconies, created and produced with a $250,000 grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, her immersive and social work at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with the Marshallese community, her partnership with ArkansasStaged to bring Curbside Theater to people during the pandemic.”

Sawaf told the Artists 360 Awards team that “As storytellers, we are the voices of many people silenced, we are the interpreters of lost songs and forgotten lullabies, and that puts us in a position of ‘enormous responsibility and enormous privilege’.

Acting MFA alumna Na’Tosha De’Von has been named an Artists 360 Project Grant recipient, receiving a $7,500 grant to help complete her work in progress, Am I not a womana solo show about a young black woman named Nia and the emotional roller coaster of ebbs and flows in her life.

John Walch, head of dramaturgy for the theater department, was also named winner of the Artists 360 Project Grant program, receiving $7,500 to help fund his work on a new play that will explore failed government initiatives from the mid-1990s. 1970, notably the “Metric Conversion Act of 1975” and the “Voluntary Desegregation”. .”

Drama Department Dance Instructor Karen Castleman was also awarded a $15,000 Community Activation Grant for her project, Dance Chance NWA Season 2, which provides emerging and established choreographers in Northwestern Arkansas a platform to present new works.

“I’m thrilled for Na’Tosha, John and Karen,” Riha said. “They too are incredibly talented and their projects bring attention to much-needed community issues and projects. Artists 360 awards and funding are doing amazing things to grow our region’s arts community and make it a place where more artists than ever can thrive, and we couldn’t be more grateful for that.”

‘Philly on fire,’ ‘Bella!’ tie for the Library of Congress prize


LOS ANGELES — Documentaries about feminist leader and politician Bella Abzug and a deadly 1985 Philadelphia police bombing are the winners of this year’s Library of Congress Film Prize.

“Bella! and “Philly on Fire” were selected by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and veteran documentarian Ken Burns, the latter among those for whom the award is named. This is the first time that two films have been shortlisted for the award, which is in its fourth year.

“They were both spectacular,” Burns said in an interview. He and Hayden, who were tasked with making the final decision after the submissions were sorted through “a few layers” of judges, realized they faced an impossible decision.

“We couldn’t choose one and not the other,” Burns said. Each of the winners announced Tuesday for the Lavine-Ken Burns Prize for Film from the Library of Congress will receive the full $200,000 grant for use in final production and eventual distribution.

“Bella! is directed by Jeff L. Lieberman (“The Amazing Nina Simone”) and chronicles Abzug’s pioneering election to the House of Representatives in 1970 and her fight for women’s equality, civil rights, and LGBTQ causes. Burns calls it “one of the most energetic and wonderful films”.

“I’m old enough to have followed Bella Abzug for most of her career, and I’ve learned so much about it,” he said.

“Philly on Fire,” directed by Ross Hockrow and Tommy Walker (“Kaepernick & America”), examines the Philadelphia police attack on the headquarters of a black liberation group, MOVE. Eleven people died, including five children, and around 60 neighborhood houses were destroyed.

It’s an “urgent and important and timeless film, and so meticulously made and so balanced,” Burns said. “An event like this could easily be treated superficially and used as some kind of political or polemical cudgel to beat the public. And it doesn’t do that. This makes the public a kind of equal partner in its discovery.

The Library of Congress Prize was created to support documentaries using original research and archival material to “bring American history to life.”

Grants of $25,000 will go to four finalists: “Cannabis Buyers Club,” directed by Kip Andersen and Chris O’Connell; “Imagining the Indian: The Fight Against the Native American Mascot,” directed by Aviva Kempner and Ben West; “Raymond Lewis: LA Legend,” directed by Ryan Polomski with co-director Dean Prator; “Virgil Thomson: Creating the American Sound”, directed by John Paulson.

The award is funded by Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine through their non-profit Crimson Lion Foundation and provided to The society of the best angels, a non-profit organization raising funds for Burns’ work and to support future documentarians.

Burns’ extensive body of Emmy-winning work as a producer and director includes ‘The Civil War’, ‘Benjamin Franklin’, ‘Jackie Robinson’, ‘Country Music’, ‘The Vietnam War’ and the recent ‘The US and the Holocaust.”

Securities Financing Regulation News | REGIS-TR joins forces with Spanish bank Cecabank

REGIS-TR has partnered with Spanish wholesale bank Cecabank to simplify and facilitate reporting compliance processes for its clients.

Cecabank previously worked with REGIS-TR as a long-term provider of regulatory solutions in the Spanish market.

Cecabank specializes in securities services, offering reporting solutions to Spanish financial institutions, supporting them through EMIR, UK EMIR and SFTR reporting.

Nick Bruce, Head of Business Development at REGIS-TR, comments: “We have worked closely with the Cecabank team for a long time and are delighted to officially partner with them. Our wide range of partners from industry-leading organizations enables our customers to realize operational advantages and greater efficiency.

Massimo Salerno, Director of Treasury, Risk and Reporting Services at Cecabank, comments: “Partnering with REGIS-TR will help our Regulatory Reporting as a Service clients in the Iberian Peninsula to gain efficiencies and comply with regulatory requirements. EMIR, SFTR and EMIR REFIT in a smooth and efficient way.

“The partnership will mark a new step in the long-established relationship between the Cecabank ecosystem and REGIS-TR, leveraging previous experiences of EMIR and SFTR prior to the implementation of EMIR REFIT.”

Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. will present a very special Elden Ring jazz music streaming event on December 3, 2022

Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. will present a very special jazz music streaming event – broadcast live from Hollywood and featuring Grammy-winning musician Kenny Garrett in collaboration with up-and-coming talent Takuya Kuroda – on December 3, 2022. L he music event Ring: A Night in the Lands Between will be held at the famed Bourbon Room in Hollywood, California and will be available live to viewers in the United States. Select songs from ELDEN RINGfeaturing recognizable melodies from the game’s soundtrack, will be performed live in jazz format – complete with improvisation – by a live band led by jazz legend Kenny Garrett on alto sax and next-gen player Takuya Kuroda on trumpet.

Two shows will be presented on December 3rd at 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time, with performances that will translate the ELDEN RING soundtrack in jazz for the very first time. Tickets to the physical event and live stream are available at various tiers, with VIP packages including collectibles, the ELDEN RING digital soundtrack and post-show VOD access. For more information and to purchase tickets starting today, please visit www.EldenRingLive.com.

To view this promotional trailer for the event on the YouTube trailer for this event, featuring artists Kenny Garrett and Takuya Kuroda, click here.

With over 16.6 million copies sold worldwide, ELDEN RING immerses players in a sprawling RPG blending FromSoftware’s carefully crafted gaming experience with a dark new story imagined by the influential creator Hidetaka Miyazaki DARK SOUL® video game series, and George RR Martin, author of the New York Times best-selling fantasy series, “A Song of Ice and Fire.”

“We want to celebrate the incredible success of ELDEN RING presenting this truly unprecedented live, live jazz concert, offering fans a different way to immerse themselves in the rich and engaging world that dominated their playing days and nights last year,” said Wataru Nakasuji, Senior Director Esports & Live Entertainment, Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. “While video game soundtracks have gone through such variations as symphonic music and even rock n’ roll, our jazz event ‘A Night in the Lands Between “explores a wonderfully different treatment of ELDEN RING soundtrack. Jazz master Kenny Garrett and next-generation player Takuya Kuroda are both truly world-class musicians, respected and recognized by jazz enthusiasts around the world, and they are now lending their various talents to birth a new way creative way to merge music and video. Games.”

“If I can choose one word to describe this project, it’s epic,” said Takuya Kuroda. “I think that’s really the important part, it’s just the experience of watching the performance by us, and [saying] like “wow this is beautiful”, then “wow this is really the music for ELDEN RING.”

“I always think about the fact that we’re taking the audience on a journey,” Kenny Garrett said. “It won’t be what you thought it was.”

Developed by FromSoftware Inc. and produced by Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., ELDEN RING is a fantasy action-RPG set in a world full of mystery and peril. Journey through the Lands Between, a new fantasy world created by the influential creator Hidetaka Miyazaki DARK SOULS video game series, and George RR Martin, author of the New York Times bestselling fantasy series, “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Unravel the mysteries of the power of the Elden Ring. Encounter opponents with deep backgrounds, characters with their own unique motivations to help or hinder your progress, and fearsome creatures. ELDEN RING features vast fantasy landscapes and shadowy, intricate dungeons that are seamlessly connected. Travel the breathtaking world on foot or on horseback, alone or online with other players, and completely immerse yourself in grassy plains, sweltering swamps, spiraling mountains, eerie castles, and other sights grandiose on a scale never before seen in a FromSoftware title. For more information visit www.bandainamcoent.com/games/elden-ring.

About Kenny Garrett
With his illustrious career that includes notable stints with Miles Davis, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, as well as a heralded career as a solo artist which began there over 30 years ago A few years ago, Kenny Garrett is easily recognized as one of the most brilliant and influential living masters of modern jazz. And with the wondrous Sounds From The Ancestors, GRAMMY® Award-winning Garrett shows no signs of resting on his laurels. Please look:

Takuya Kuroda is a highly respected trumpeter and arranger born in Kobe, Japan, and based in New York. Midnight Crisp is Takuya’s seventh studio album, entirely self-produced and following on from 2020’s highly acclaimed Fly Moon Die Soon. Takuya established himself on the New York jazz scene performing with Jose James and DJ Premier. The new project Midnight Crisp will be released on October 21, 2022. Please see:

About Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc.
Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc., part of the Bandai Namco Group, is one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of interactive entertainment for major video game consoles, PC, online and mobile platforms. The company is known for creating many beloved classic industry franchises such as PAC-MAN®, GALAGA®, TEKKEN®, SOULCALIBUR® and ACE COMBAT®, and releasing the critically acclaimed DARK SOULS™ series and the hit track ELDEN RING™. Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. is also the Western Hemisphere’s leading publisher of anime-based video games, including GUNDAM™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, DRAGON BALL™ and ONE PIECE®. Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. is headquartered in Irvine, California. More information about the company and its products can be found at http://www.bandainamcoent.com.

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Ballon d’Or 2022: Full list of nominees, date, time, location, live stream details


With just hours to go until the 2022 Ballon d’Or awards are presented, football fans around the world couldn’t be more thrilled to hear who will be announced as the world’s best footballer of the year. As always, a total of 30 nominees were once again shortlisted for the biggest individual award of the year.

Surprisingly, among the list of nominees, the seven-time winner Lionel Messi was not retained on this occasion. Ahead of what promises to be an exciting event, here’s a look at the full list of nominees, date, venue and details for the Ballon d’Or 2022 live stream.

When will the Ballon d’Or 2022 take place?

The 2022 Ballon d’Or Awards Ceremony will take place live at 12:00 PM IST on Tuesday, October 17.

Where will the 2022 Ballon d’Or take place?

The ceremony will take place live at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

How to watch a live event in India?

Fans wondering how to watch the football event live in India can tune in to Sony Sports Network, which holds the official broadcast rights in the country.

Ballon d’Or 2022 Live Stream Details

As for the Ballon d’Or 2022 live stream in India, fans can tune in to the Sony LIV app.

Where else can I watch the event live?

Fans around the world can watch the 2022 Ballon d’Or ceremony live on L’Equipe’s YouTube channel and website. In the meantime, it will also be available on the official Eurosport website and app. The event will begin live at 7:30 p.m. BST or 2:30 p.m. ET on Monday, October 17.

2022 Ballon d’Or nominees

real Madrid

1) Karim Benzema

2) Antonio Rudiger

3) Thibaut Courtois

4) Vinicius Junior

5) Luka Modric

6) Casemiro


7) Mohammad Salah

8) Trent Alexandre-Arnold

9) Luis Diaz

10) Fabinho

11) Darwin Nunez

12) Virgil van Dijk

Manchester City

13) Kevin De Bruyne

14) Phil Foden

15) Joao Cancelo

16) Riyadh Mahrez

17) Bernardo Silva

18) Erling Haaland

Manchester United

19) Cristiano Ronaldo

Tottenham Hotspur

20) Harry Kane

21) Son Heung-min

Bayern Munich

22) Sadio Mane

23) Joshua Kimmich


24) Robert Lewandowski


25) Kylian Mbappe

Borussia Dortmund

26) Sebastian Haller

AC Milan

27) Mike Maignan

28) Raphael Leao

RB Leipzig

29) Christopher Nkunku


30) Dusan Vlahovic

Ballet, ghosts, dinosaurs and more coming this week

Whether you’re looking for dancing, drinks, dinosaurs and more, we’ve got you covered in The 10 for the week of October 17-23.

Kyiv City Ballet presents “Swan Lake” at MPAC

Kyiv City Ballet’s first U.S. tour continues Tuesday with “Swan Lake” at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show range from $27 to $62 and are available online at mpaconline.org/events. However, buyers can get $5 off tickets using code MGMB at Ticketmaster.

You Could Win $10,000 at Beat The Odds Casino Night

The Beat The Odds Casino party will take place on October 20 at the Wynlakes Country Club.

Wynlakes Golf and Country Club, 7900 Wynlakes Blvd, Montgomery is hosting Beat the Odds Casino Night and Draw on Thursdays from 5-9 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the Central Alabama Cancer Wellness Foundation. They will have real casino tables, with dealers for blackjack and other card games, as well as a craps table, roulette and slot machines. There is also live music and a buffet. They’re going to be giving away prizes like a pair of Iron Bowl tickets, getaways, electronics, a Henig Furs vest, and more. There is a Big 5 auction. Whoever gets the winning raffle ticket gets $10,000. General admission tickets are $125 and are available online at bit.ly/3dcz9R5.

Come to Wind Creek for the Main Street Wetumpka Wine Pull

The 2022 Main Street Wetumpka Wine Pull is Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m.

An evening of gorgeous views and Fire Steakhouse wine pairing awaits guests at the Main Street Wetumpka Wine Pull on Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Penthouse Suite at Wind Creek Wetumpka. Each pair of participants will “draw” a bottle of wine and receive two exclusive wine glasses. Each ticket will be entered into a raffle for prizes. Main Street Wetumpka members get 2 tickets for $100. For non-members, it’s two for $150 or $75 for a single person. They are available online at bigtickets.com/events/main-street-wetumpka/winepull2022.

Sip & Salt Soak Workshop at Shoppes at EastChase

The Sip & Salt workshop is Thursday at The Shoppes at EastChase.

Here’s a chance to sit back and relax, while making something to take home to sit back and relax. Aqualime Skincare presents a Sip & Salt Soak workshop on Thursday at The Shoppes at EastChase in Montgomery. It’s in the workshop space next to Men’s Warehouse. While you craft a custom 8 oz. salt bath, you’ll also enjoy light refreshments, fall-themed sips, a free EastChase swag, a Sephora MUA pop-up, free hand massages, and a chance to win a Sephora gift. Tickets are $40. You can get them online at aqualimeskincare.com/products/sip-salt-soak-workshop.

Jurassic Quest dinosaurs return to Montgomery

Jurassic Quest brings dinosaurs and more to the Montgomery Convention Center at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Three days of prehistoric wonders return to Montgomery this weekend with the return of Jurassic Quest on Fridays from 1-8 p.m., Saturdays from 9-8 p.m. and Sundays from 9-5 p.m. at the Renaissance Montgomery Convention Center in downtown Montgomery. Admire life-size dinosaurs, including the Spinosaurus and the T-Rex. You can discover ancient inhabitants of the ocean, including a 50-foot megalodon. Kids can also ride a dinosaur, explore bouncy houses, create dinosaur crafts, dig for fossils, meet baby dinosaurs, and walk with dinosaurs. Standard admission tickets for children and adults are $22. Those 65 and older enter for $19. For kids ages 2-10, they have unlimited kids’ admission for $37, which includes unlimited access to stationary and walking dinosaur rides, fossil digs, and inflatables. Get tickets online at jurassicquest.com/upcoming-events. Select a day and an entry time. All guests 2 years and older must have a ticket.

Halloween Roaring ’20s Murder Mystery Event at Fitz

Sprinkler rods are used at the Fitzgerald Museum as part of ghost hunting when the Southern Ghost Girls visit there in October 2021.

From 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, the Fitzgerald Museum is teaming up with the Southern Ghost Girls to bring their murder-mystery dinner back to the former home of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, 919 Felder Ave. , Montgomery. Play your part while mingling with the guests. Can you catch the killer? Tickets are $80 per night and include drinks and hors d’oeuvres. For a separate $45, the Ghost Girls will conduct a Halloween Ghost Hunt/Paranormal Investigation at The Fitz each night at 10 p.m. Links to purchase tickets available at https://www.thefitzgeraldmuseum.org/events/2022/10/21/ghost-girls-meurtre-mystère-et-chasse-aux-fantômes. Learn more at www.southernhostgirls.com

Oktoberfest at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah

The Messiah Lutheran Church celebrates Oktoberfest on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Come one, come all to a fun-filled Saturday afternoon Oktoberfest at Messiah Lutheran Church, 6670 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, 2-6 p.m. Admission is free and enjoy the music of the John Bull Trio. They will also have German and American food, pet adoptions, used book sale, treasure room, beer garden, arts and crafts, community market, raffles and a children’s play area.

Motor show and concert on Saturday

There is a car show and a music festival on Saturdays.

There is a car show with live music and food vendors on Saturdays at C Thomas Ventures, 3360 Selma Highway, Montgomery. CB Racing presents an auto show from noon to 5 p.m. For the Fall Music Festival from 7-11:30 p.m. there are special performances by Trew The Star, FPJ, Johnboy, and more. Parking is available at MLK Elementary School and shuttle service will be provided. Registration to be part of the auto show is $30. Tickets are $10 for the car show only, $20 for the concert (or $30 for both). Children 12 and under enter free. Get them online at eventbrite.com/e/car-show-concert-tickets-401342485177

Pride Celebration at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

The Pride Arts Festival takes place Saturday at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and Montgomery Pride United are offering a free afternoon of art and celebration on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the museum, One Museum Drive, in Blount Culture Park. There will be artist demonstrations and performances from Montgomery Pride United, as well as artistic creations in the studios and tours of the permanent collection featuring LGBTQ artists.

Comedy Royale 2022 on Saturdays

It's a night of comedy royal with Henry Welch, Bruce Bruce, Sommore and Lavell Crawford on Saturday at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center.

There’s an amazing night of Royal Comedy coming up Saturday at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. Four comedians bring their acts: Henry Welch, Bruce Bruce, Sommore and Lavell Crawford. Catch the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $99, $75 and $59.

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Shannon Heupel at[email protected].

Mamie Till’s depiction seen as a tribute to black women leaders

Aaron Morrison, Associated Press

Posted Sunday, October 16, 2022 11:17 a.m. EDT

Last updated Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 11:17 a.m. EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gwen Carr straightened in her seat as she heard lines of dialogue spoken by the actor playing Mamie Till-Mobley, the mother of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy whose lynching in Mississippi in 1955 catalyzed the civil rights movement in the United States.

“Watching this movie, I became Grandma Till,” Carr said last month at a private preview screening of “Till,” the Orion Pictures and United Artists biopic that debuted Friday in as the first feature film recounting the historic atrocity and Till-Mobley’s quest for justice for Emmett.

Carr is the mother of Eric Garner, a black man held in a fatal chokehold by a New York City police officer in 2014 during an encounter that began with an arrest for alleged unauthorized sale of cigarettes. His final gasps recorded on video, viewed millions of times around the world, was one of the first flashpoints of the Black Lives Matter movement. She demanded that her countrymen not look the other way or dismiss Garner as another victim of an unjust policing system, but instead see him as a reason to reform that system, similar to Till-Mobley’s message.

“I would tell anyone, ‘A mother can tell a child’s story better than anyone else,'” Carr said. “And that’s what she said in that movie.”

As “Till” debuts, the studio and production companies behind the film have teamed up in a campaign to recognize black women and black mothers who carry on the legacy of Till-Mobley and fight for justice, equality and equity. From civil rights and politics to business and performance art, the campaign includes events and screenings in select cities across the United States that honor the courageous works of black women whose contributions have historically been overlooked, minimized or have been footnoted.

Codie Elaine Oliver, filmmaker and co-creator of the Oprah Winfrey Network docuseries “Black Love,” was a guest speaker at a Tuesday screening in Los Angeles, alongside TV personality and writer Natalie Manual Lee , who hosts the YouTube series “Now with Natalie.” Both women are mothers of young black children and said Till-Mobley’s story guides the work they do in their respective fields.

“I try to live each day, acknowledging the pain of my ancestors, parents and grandparents, being a storyteller who consciously presents (black people) as loving husbands, fathers, mothers and wives,” said said Oliver. “I haven’t been through what (Till-Mobley) has been through, but I recognize that any of us could, especially as black mothers.”

In the late summer of 1955, Till-Mobley put Emmett on a train from Chicago to visit his uncle and cousins ​​in his native Mississippi. Just as black women and men today give their children “the talk” about navigating traffic stops and other encounters with police officers, Till-Mobley warned Emmett that he was visiting a place where his safety depended on his ability to silence his outgoing and uncompromising nature. around the whites.

“Sure in himself, confident of a boundless future, he must have gazed upon the wide open spaces of the Mississippi Delta in amazement,” Till-Mobley wrote of his son in a 2003 memoir co-authored with Christopher Benson. Emmett was “completely oblivious to the boundaries that had begun to close in on him as soon as he got off that train.”

On the night of August 28, 1955, Emmett was taken from his uncle’s home in Mississippi at gunpoint by two vengeful white men. Emmett’s alleged crime? Flirt with the wife of one of his captors.

Three days later, a fisherman on the Tallahatchie River discovered the teenager’s bloated corpse – one of his eyes was detached, an ear was missing, his head was chopped off and struck. Till-Mobley demanded that Emmett’s remains be brought back to Chicago for one of the open-casket public funerals attended by tens of thousands. And at the trial of his killers in Mississippi, which ended in their acquittal, Till-Mobley bravely took the witness stand to counter the perverse image of his son that had been painted for jurors and court watchers. court case.

Throughout the film, Till-Mobley is portrayed as a woman full of apprehension about sending her only child to a place plagued by racial hatred. But her immense love for Emmett outweighs her pain and grief, at least enough to find purpose and meaning. In a 1995 interview with The Associated Press, 40 years after her son’s lynching, Till-Mobley, a woman of faith, said God sent Emmett to Earth on a special mission to awaken the nation and the world.

“The humanity and the brilliance of her, and how selfless she is as a black woman for taking on this role as a figure of grief and possibility,” said Danielle Deadwyler, who plays Till-Mobley in the film. “If she hadn’t had the courage to do this, we wouldn’t have known, and the world probably wouldn’t have known, the ramifications of racism. She made us all aware.

The mission to spread Emmett’s story, as only a mother could, had immediate effects. The civil rights movement gained momentum. Rosa Parks, the civil rights figure arrested for refusing to give way to a white passenger on a separate bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in December 1955, said she was motivated that day by the injustice in Emmett’s case. And a decade after Emmett’s death, Till-Mobley’s involvement in the movement helped spur the passage of landmark federal civil rights and suffrage legislation.

Till-Mobley died of heart failure in Chicago in 2003, before her memoir was published. In total, the impact of his defense of civil and human rights spans more than six decades. In March, after numerous failed attempts in Congress over a 120-year period to make lynching a federal crime, President Joe Biden signed the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act into law.

Till-Mobley’s example of sacrifice and perseverance continues to fuel black women like YouTube host Lee.

“I think there was a bridge between fear and faith for her, and in that in-between she clung to courage, strength, grace and mercy,” Lee said. . “It doomed me. She wasn’t expecting anyone else. She used what she had in her hands to answer the call of her life.

Nse Ufot, CEO of the New Georgia Project, a nonpartisan civic engagement organization that works to increase voter turnout for historically marginalized Georgians, said “Till” is a long overdue “thank you” to black women who have been inspired by the history of Till-Mobley.

“It’s a love letter to black mothers and a love letter to black women – an acknowledgment of how we show up in the community, at work, in defense of black lives,” Ufot said. “I hope black women see themselves in history and have their love cups poured a little there, as we go out and take on the world.”


Associated Press news researcher Rhonda Shafner contributed.

Jennifer Garner celebrates the 5th anniversary of Once Upon a Farm

Just days after paying tribute to his Uncle Robert on National Farmers Day, multihyphenate Jennifer Garnier still has more to commemorate.

Today, October 15, the 13 Ongoing 30 celebrates the fifth anniversary of its organic snack company Once Upon a Farm.

Garner is one of four co-founders, and she wished them all a happy birthday in the caption of a new Instagram post to mark the milestone, celebrating the success of their hard work.

The post features a wide range of videos and photos of his work on the company over the past five years, including their first strategy meeting, seeing their products in Canada for the first time, handing out samples in a wholesale store and several adorable snaps of Garner working on the family farm.

“Congratulations Jen!!! You deserve all the success in the world!!!” Eva Longoria celebrated alongside him.

“Wow!!! You are amazing!! Congratulations!!! ❤️❤️❤️,” Ina’s Garden commented.

Business fellow Gwyneth Paltrow wrote: “So AMAZING!!! 🥕🍎🍠”

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Meanwhile, Zoe Saldana left a series of cheering emojis in response.

And of course, the brand’s fans were there to celebrate too.

“I can’t thank you enough for these amazing products!! The thought, care, time, effort and LOVE that went into creating these kids food pouches are so so amazing!!” commented one.

“You are an amazing woman! The product is FABULOUS!!! Thank you for taking the time and effort to have a healthy product for the kids, but us adults to enjoy too!!!🔥 🔥🔥❤️❤️❤️,” said another.

“Know this was a great find for me (an adult) to get away from sugar. These are great mid-morning or mid-afternoon treats that have been essential for staying on course. Plus veggies extra ones too. Not just for kids! Thanks for a great product 🙌🏻,” the love continued.

Congratulations, Jennifer! Here are the next five years.

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You get some student loan debt wiped out, but what about the rest?

By Cecilia Clark

Whether you need smaller payments, want to pay them back faster, or work in the public service, make a plan now before the holidays.

This article is reprinted with permission from NerdWallet.

According to an August press release from the White House, twenty million people, or nearly 45% of federal borrowers, will see their debt wiped out by the cancellation of President Joe Biden’s student loan. However, for the 23 million borrowers who still have debt, now is the time to develop a repayment plan.

“January will be here before you know it,” says Damian Dunn, certified financial planner and vice president of corporate financial wellness platform Your Money Line.

Payments resume in January 2023. But, Dunn says, with the holidays coming up, by January, spending and borrowing time are the biggest for many people. As a result, many borrowers can be overburdened in January if they don’t plan now.

They won’t just pick up where they left off in March 2020, when payments and interest were halted. Payment amounts and options may vary.

Borrowers can expect the remaining balance of their loan to be re-amortized after cancellation. This means that their cancellation amount, either $10,000 or $20,000, will be deducted from the total they owe. Their payment term will not change, but they will receive a new monthly invoice based on the recalculation of the remaining balance. Many borrowers will see a smaller bill as a result.

Here’s what to do next.

If you work in the public service

Prioritize Public Service Loan Forgiveness Waiver, or PSLF, if your job makes you eligible. The Department of Education can count more payments toward the 120 needed for pardon under the waiver. This means you could see full forgiveness much sooner.

The last day to apply for the waiver is October 31.

You can still apply for the PSLF after the waiver ends, but the terms won’t be as generous.

If you are comfortable with your regular payments

If you made regular payments during the pandemic pause without financial strain, keep doing it. Continuing to pay during the pandemic means you saved money because your dollars went straight to the main balance.

However, if you haven’t made payments during the pandemic, start setting aside your payment amount now to make sure it will fit into your budget. By doing so, you could pay a three-month lump sum once payments resume.

If your student loan bill is smaller after the cancellation is applied, continue to make your original payment if you can. This way, you’ll save money on interest charges and pay off your debt faster.

Making room in your finances gives you time to adjust your budget if necessary. But you have other options if you can’t make it work.

Read: Have your student loans been forgiven? Here’s where to put some of that extra cash now

If you need small monthly payments

If you know you’ll have trouble making your monthly payments, contact your servicer to discuss income-based reimbursement, or IDR, options. Four income-driven repayment plans currently set your payout at 10% of your Discretionary Income. Payments could be set at $0 if your income is low.

These plans also wipe out your remaining balance after 20 or 25 years.

Borrowers can also expect a new income-based repayment option, announced alongside the cancellation. The new plan will reduce the amount of income considered discretionary and halve the payout percentage to 5%. It will also reduce the forgiveness period to five years for those whose original total loan balance was $12,000 or less.

As unpaid interest continues to accumulate and capitalize under existing plans, the government will cover unpaid interest with the new IDR. That means borrowers who want to cut their monthly payments — potentially by half or more — and who don’t mind extending their repayment term could benefit the most from the new plan.

However, high-income borrowers may not see lower payments with income-driven repayment.

Related: Moving forward with federal student loan relief — what’s next?

If you want to pay off your debt faster

If you want to pay off your debt faster and don’t want to refinance with a private lender, the best strategy is to:

Consider refinancing if you have private student loans or federal debt carrying higher rates.

With student loan refinancing, borrowers replace their existing loan with a new one. Ideally, the new loan will have a lower interest rate and more favorable repayment terms.

Student loan refinance rates have increased, but borrowers with the strongest credit profiles can still find a lower rate.

Borrowers should not refinance until at least 2023 – once the cancellation is applied to their account and the interest-free forbearance is over. If you refinance, your federal student loans will become private and will no longer be eligible for federal benefits, like forgiveness and IDR.

The decision to refinance should come down to long-term financial benefit, says Clark Kendall, certified financial planner and president of Kendall Capital Management. For example, if you can go from a 7% rate to a 5% rate, you can save that 2% or increase your 401(k) contribution.

See also: Your $10,000 student loan debt has been forgiven. Should you pay your credit card bill or take advantage of the falling stock market?

Dunn also warns borrowers to consider their risk of losing federal benefits. “I would double-check the math and make sure you’re in a better position,” he says. “Maybe a slightly lower payout doesn’t outweigh the overall benefit of having federal protections.”

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Cecilia Clark writes for NerdWallet. Email: [email protected]


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Date and location set for Ginna pre-release event


Date and location set for Ginna pre-release event

Posted Oct 15, 2022 3:00 PM IST

Vishnu Manchu is busy with promotions for his upcoming movie Ginna which is slated for a high volume release on October 21st. The theatrical trailer suggested that the film would be very entertaining. Along with Telugu, the film will also be released in Hindi and Malayalam.

The latest update is that the pre-release event of the film will take place tomorrow at JRC conventions in Hyderabad starting at 5:30 p.m. Buzz for the film is already good, and the event should drive it forward. Payal Rajput and Sunny Leone play the female leads.

Suryaah directs Ginna and stars Vennela Kishore, Naresh, Sunil, Annapurnamma and others in pivotal roles. Produced by AVA Entertainment and 24 Frames Factory, Anup Rubens is the musical director.

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Performing Arts in Los Angeles This Weekend

WEST LOS ANGELES – “I like to remember, ‘At least I’ll always be a footnote in the art history books!'” That’s what John Fleck has to say about his role as one of the “NEA Four”, a quartet of performance artists who, in 1990, had their grants canceled by the National Endowment of the Arts under pressure from Washington – in particular, Senators Alphonse D’ Amato and Jesse Helms, who led a coalition of fellow conservative senators to impose guidelines preventing the organization from supporting whose work “may be considered obscene”.

When The Blade sat down with the veteran LA performance artist to have a chat about his latest show – an extravagant new cabaret called “It’s Alive, IT’S ALIVE!”, which opens February 19 at the ‘Odyssey Theater – we knew we had to ask him about the incident that made him famous. What exactly did he do that was so obscene that the government felt it had to intervene?

“It was a show called ‘Happy All the Little Fishes’, in 1988. I had this toilet that I found on the street, and I put it on wheels and took it to the stage – I was dressed as a mermaid – and I created this whole religious epiphany where I threw up in the toilet, and I was like, ‘God, why did you stop loving me?’

“Then God answered from the toilet, ‘I never stopped loving you, you stopped loving me!’, and it became this ‘toilet bowl miracle.’ A Bible appeared, and then – being a punk, you know it was the old days of punk rock – I took my penis out and peed in the toilet, and I read this Bible passage and I experienced this miracle, and then I put my hand down the toilet, I had these little bowls in there, and I pulled out a goldfish. And I thought to myself, ‘God answered my prayer. with a stupid goldfish?’ Anyway, I learned the meaning of love through that little goldfish, and that was the seed of the play,” Fleck recalled.

Over thirty years later, many of our readers might think it feels like just another Saturday night – as many did back then, too. Nevertheless, it caused a sensation. Starting as a club show (with the now defunct Theater Carnivale troupe at the Olio, Silver Lake), it eventually moved to the now demolished Tiffany Theatre; Somewhere along the way, says Fleck, a friend suggested applying for an NEA grant, and he did. To his surprise, he received $5,000.

In 1990 he tells us: “I remember coming home from doing a show at Chris Brownlie AIDS Hospice in 1990, and on my answering machine there was like 40 phone calls from CNN and so right away, saying ‘What are your do you think your grant was taken away from you?’ That’s how I found out. And I was like, ‘Whoa, Senator Jesse Helms, you really do NOT like my work !’ And then, you know, one thing led to another and we ended up going to the Supreme Court – and here I am a hundred years later.

The four artists (Karen Finley, Tim Miller and Holly Hughes were the other three) won that Supreme Court case in 1993, marking a victory for free speech, but the NEA – again, under pressure – subsequently stopped awarding funds to individual artists.

Fleck says the whole episode gave him an exaggerated reputation that dogged him for years.

“I remember talking to Holly Hughes and saying we couldn’t create anything because all we were doing was standing up for ourselves. I was reading things like ‘John Fleck masturbates in front of an audience!’ or that Helms said I peed on the picture of Jesus Christ, and I was like, “Wait a minute, I’ve never done that.” But all of a sudden, I was tagged. labels, they really stick. I spent a lot of time trying to unpack mine and define who I really was.

Looking back now, he sees a clear connection between the lascivious repressive atmosphere of those years and the resurgence of extreme conservatism today – something that is particularly evident in the extremist fervor of the MAGA crowd.

“OF COURSE, we all want to make America great, I don’t know about it ‘yet’, but there IS this mythology. We were founded on great principles, let’s make it great as a democracy. But do you all remember how great it was in the late 80s and 90s, with Reagan in power who never mentioned AIDS? And here we are in another fucking contagion, but of course let’s go back and pretend that this shit never happened.

“But really, for the far right, what they mean is that some people are great and some people aren’t great.”

Ideally, the subject allows Fleck to skillfully talk about his next piece.

“In ‘IT’S ALIVE!’ I play three characters, and one of them is this far-right guy, and it’s fun to spit all this misogynistic and homophobic stuff – it always makes the audience laugh, because it’s such a releaser pressure, these things that we’re not supposed to say. And then I also play this mythical Covid germ, which is basically on the far left, sort of, and he’s “an emissary of love” , saying that the virus is not here to kill humanity, its mission is to save the world. And on top of all that, you know, damn it, I’m a gay performance artist and there’s definitely a queer sensibility in all of this.

In other words, his new show may not be “lewd,” but it’s sure to ruffle some feathers.

“I love pushing those buttons,” enthuses Fleck. “To make an audience uncomfortable, make them look at reality. We have to be grounded again. We’re all lost in our own realities, there’s like MSNBC reality and there’s people like my family in Cleveland who are… whoo! Man, they believe in crazy bullshit!

“But really, I’m just trying to take all of us away from being so grounded, to get to the roots of our humanity, to remind everyone – and yeah, I know that sounds simplistic – that it’s all about to love each other.”

Still, he’s quick to assure us that the show is meant — mostly, at least — to just be a “good time,” using musical numbers, dance sequences, and broad characters in “a hilarious, theatrical roller coaster. unique” skewering our fears and assumptions about everything from COVID-19 to our identity as inhabitants of the earth in this precarious moment.

“I wanted to go back to my performance roots, doing cabaret and playing with a band, so we have a two-piece band and singer-dancer-actors helping me out. It had been brewing for a year and a half. I still think of him as that baby, and he popped his head out in September when we did the workshop, and we had a great response, and now baby wants to be born!

This baby, written and performed by Fleck and directed by his longtime collaborator David Schweizer, will appear on stage at the Odyssey from February 19 to March 20, with tickets and information available at 310) 477-2055 or OdysseyTheatre.com .

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  • Market Growth Over the Forecast Period
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  • Market segmentation
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  • Challenges
  • Major market players and their detailed profiling

Global Video Production Camera Market Size:
The global video production camera market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 6.1% over the forecast period. The major factor that is expected to drive the growth of the market is the growing demand from the entertainment industry. The demand for movies is increasing in the entertainment industry. According to a new study, the typical person expects to stream around 300 different movies or TV shows in 2022. Besides, growing demand for HD channels is expected to be another factor likely to drive the growth of the market. In India, the number of HD viewers more than doubled, increasing by more than 140% in 2019 compared to 2017.
Additionally, the growing demand for home entertainment is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of global Internet video subscribers grew by approximately 25%, totaling approximately 1 billion subscriptions. In the years to come, it is expected that this trend will continue. During the lockdown phase, people spent more time indoors as everything was closed, including theaters. Hence, their preference for home entertainment has increased. Therefore, to develop quality videos more than a user can consume on smartphones or television, the demand for video production cameras is expected to increase. The global video production camera market is estimated to generate a revenue of USD 57.92 billion by the end of 2031. Additionally, the market generated a revenue of USD 32.33 billion in 2021.
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Global Video Production Cameras: Key Takeaways

  • DSLR and Mirrorless Camera Segment to Propel Highest Growth
  • Growing urbanization to drive market growth
  • The studios and broadcast segment will generate the largest revenues

Growing urbanization to drive market growth
Globally, the rate of urbanization is at an all-time high. Nearly 5 billion people would live in cities by 2030, compared to more than half of the current world population. Cities are more developed in case of technology and the standard of living of most city dwellers is also high. Therefore, they tend to spend more on expensive video cameras. There are also a large number of production houses located in urban areas due to which the demand is high.
Additionally, the demand for smartphones has increased which is also expected to influence the growth of the market. The number of smartphone users worldwide is expected to reach 6 billion in 2022, an increase of around 4% per year. Smartphones nowadays consist of advanced cameras which allow shooting videos with standard quality compared to other video production cameras. Hence, their demand is expected to increase over the forecast period.

Global Video Production Cameras Segmentation by Type

  • Compact cameras
  • Traditional film cameras
  • DSLR and mirrorless cameras
  • 360 cameras
  • Professional and Broadcast Video Cameras
  • Cinema cameras
  • Smartphone cameras
  • Action cameras

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The DSLR and mirrorless camera segment is expected to generate the largest revenue of USD 12,512.6 million by the end of 2031. The growth of the segment can be attributed to the increase in the number of events and the increase in the number of people watching sporting events on television. In 2019, more than 149 million Americans watched live sports once a month. Mirrorless cameras are typically used to broadcast sporting events. They include unique features including autofocus system, silent shutter, compact size and others. Plus, they have great body image stabilization, making them a perfect fit. Additionally, DSLR cameras are popular among professional sports people and press photographers. With a DSLR, the photographer can use a variety of lenses because each lens can be removed and replaced with another with a different focal length.

Global Video Production Camera Market, Segmentation by End User

  • Company
  • Studio & Broadcast
  • Educational institutions
  • Great venue and events
  • Others

The studios and broadcast segment is estimated to hold the largest revenues of $15,988.3 million by the end of 2031, due to the increase in the number of television commercials, newscasts , entertainment shows, news magazines, reality shows and more. In 2021, television had a total of approximately 14,610 brands and approximately 9,230 advertisers, of which more than 40%, or approximately 4,480, were either new advertisers or repeat advertisers. Similarly, approximately 7,400, or more than 50% of brands, were either new or returning. Additionally, the studio and broadcast industries are adopting high-end robot remote control cameras, which is also expected to drive the growth of the segment.

Few well-known market leaders in the world video production camera market which are profiled by Research Nester are Canon and Nikon Inc. these two companies work more to improve their product by having a healthy competition.

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Recent developments in the global video production camera market

  • On May 3, 2022, to enable the integration of the Seervision suite with Canon PTZ cameras, Canon and Seervision entered into a collaboration. Seervision is now able to provide the video production automation solution alongside its current range of PTZ cameras. By integrating the software suite with Canon robotic cameras, a new range of customers can now use cameras in live and hybrid events, in corporate and educational settings, and in other situations.
  • On October 28, 2021, the latest Z-series full-frame (Nikon FX format) mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z 9, is unveiled by Nikon India Private Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nikon Corporation Tokyo. It’s designed to exceed expectations with unparalleled performance and innovative capabilities that are firsts for Nikon and the mirrorless category.

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What is a Reverse Mortgage? – Advisor Forbes Australia

A reverse mortgage allows a homeowner who has paid off their property to borrow money using the equity as collateral.

This is a type of home loan available to Australians aged 60 and over, and it helps people who have exhausted their savings and sources of income. In other words, someone who is asset-rich but cash-poor.

Interest is charged on a reverse mortgage as with any loan, but the borrower is not required to make any repayments. That said, voluntary payments are possible.

How does a reverse mortgage work?

A person with a reverse mortgage stays in their home and does not make repayments. Interest is charged on the loan and the interest rate is usually higher than a standard home loan. The loan must be repaid in full, plus fees and interest, when the home is sold on the person’s death.

Reverse mortgage lenders apply different criteria, but generally as a person ages they can access a greater proportion of the equity in their home.

“There are pretty strict loan-to-value (LVR) guidelines that borrowers can release,” says Darren Moffatt, Founder and CEO of Seniors first. “Everything is determined by age and linked to life expectancy.”

For example, a person over the age of 60 may have access to funds worth 15% or 20% of the total property value. As a guide, add 1% for each year after age 60.

What are the advantages ?

Perhaps the greatest benefit of a reverse mortgage is that it allows a person to stay in the home they love. You don’t have to sell the house to free up some cash.

It also comes with a negative equity guarantee, which means that even if a property loses value to the point that it is worth less than the loan (known as “negative equity”), the borrower will not owe any additional money on the loan.

“Reverse mortgages are the most regulated financial credit product in Australia. There are very strong consumer protections written into the regulations, one of which is a non-negative capital guarantee,” says Moffatt.

To benefit from the guarantee, three conditions must be met. Council rates must be paid on time, the property must be insured and any necessary repairs must be carried out.

What are the disadvantages ?

A reverse mortgage can be costly if the wrong loan structure is chosen for your situation. Choose a lender carefully and weigh the different alternatives they offer. A reverse mortgage is more complex than a standard home loan.

“Will you take a lump sum or a reserve of money? You don’t want to unnecessarily incur more interest charges than necessary,” says Moffatt.

What to consider before applying

Moffatt encourages families to talk about the possible implications of a reverse mortgage. Moffatt encountered a small minority of children who focus more on the size of their inheritance than on the day-to-day financial needs of their parents.

“In our experience, adult children and recipients are generally very supportive of parents using these loans,” Moffatt says. “But there were times when the kids weren’t super happy. It is better to put everything on the table before embarking on this kind of loan.

There are also potential implications for the old-age pension that need to be taken into account.

“In the vast majority of cases, borrowing funds through a reverse mortgage will not affect the old age pension. It depends on the use of the funds,” says Moffatt.

If the funds are used to give money or make an investment, they can be valued according to the asset test and reduce the amount of the pension. Always check with Centrelink first.

How to qualify for a reverse mortgage

A reverse mortgage is not subject to income conditions. It is accessible to people over 60 who own their home.

Other options

In addition to a reverse mortgage, there are several ways to leverage the equity in your home:

equity release agreement

sharing of the proceeds of the sale of the house (reversion of the house)

· the Home Equity Access Program

Home equity release

An equity release agreement allows you to sell a portion of a home’s value. The owner receives a lump sum or installment payments while continuing to live in the house. Fees are paid on the part that has been sold and the proportion of owner’s equity decreases over time, which covers the fees paid.

Sharing of the proceeds of the sale of the house (reversion of the domicile)

Also known as house reversion, this allows the owner to sell a “share” or “transfer” (in other words, a proportion) of the future value of the house while remaining in it. A lump sum is paid to the homeowner, who keeps the remaining equity in their home.

Home Equity Access Program

Formerly known as the Pension Loans Scheme, it is provided by the government through Services Australia and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Qualifying older Australians can receive a tax-free voluntary fortnightly loan, which can be used to supplement their retirement income.


Is a reverse mortgage a good idea?

If the correct loan structure is obtained, a reverse mortgage offers a way to stay in the family home instead of selling it to raise cash to live on. For many people, this is a huge advantage. Others may prefer to downsize.

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Is Cartoon Network becoming a business? Hosts and fans are worried

Following Tuesday’s news of layoffs and restructuring at Warner Bros. Television Group, many fans and animation creators have taken to social media to express concern about the state of Cartoon Network Studios within the company – which sources at Warner Bros. argue is unfounded.

The layoffs, announced on Tuesday, have heavily affected the company’s animation division. As noted in a memo sent by TV group chief Channing Dungey, the three studios that make up the animation division — Warner Bros. Animation, Cartoon Network Studios and Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe – will remain intact. While Hanna-Barbera will operate independently due to geographic distance, Cartoon Network Studios and Warner Bros. Animation will merge their development and production teams. Announced Thursday, Cartoon Network executives Tricia Melton and Jill King are the latest to participate in the merger.

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Audrey Diehl will oversee the combined children’s and family series, Peter Girardi will lead the combined adult animation development, and Bobbie Page will lead the combined lead production. All three are Warner Bros. executives. Animation. Sammy Perlmutter, who will lead the development of long-running animated series, and Ed Adams, executive vice president and general manager, have previously worked at both animation studios. Sam Register will continue to oversee animation as a whole.

This merger has been interpreted by some – including animation news site Cartoon Brew – as a move to halt the development of original shows at the company. While Cartoon Network Studios primarily focuses on creating original shows, Warner Bros. Animation focuses on developing projects based on existing franchises, including Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes, and DC Comics superheroes. As such, people in the industry — such as former Cartoon Network CEO Brian A. Miller — as well as fans of Cartoon Network’s production, have speculated that the merger will cause CNS to focus on producing shows based on existing properties rather than new IP.

While the full effect the consolidation will have on Cartoon Network shows remains to be seen, sources at Warner Bros. denied the studio was going anywhere, saying the structural changes were made “to optimize organizational efficiency between WBA and CNS”. Additionally, sources said the restructuring comes after departments such as programming, casting, legal/business affairs, and artist relations teams spent two and a half years working across the three studios. animation.

And oh yes, the Cartoon Network style will remain intact, a company insider promised IndieWire.

The sources maintained that Cartoon Network would remain dedicated to developing new artist-driven animated projects, pointing to upcoming original shows in active development. These projects include Juston Gordon-Montgomery’s “Invincible Fight Girl” and “Samurai Jack” and the upcoming “Unicorn: Warriors Eternal” series from “Dexter’s Laboratory” creator Genndy Tartakovsky.

“CNS remains a key animation production studio within Warner Bros. Discovery and the industry’s destination for bold, original animated series,” Warner Bros. sources said. Discovery at IndieWire.

That said, Cartoon Network Studios has not been immune to project cancellations and removals since David Zaslav took over as CEO and President of Warner Bros. Discovery. The studio-produced “Driftwood” TV movie was canceled during production, and shows such as “Infinity Train” and “Summer Camp Island” were cut from airing on HBO Max.

Miller wasn’t the only one mourning Cartoon Network Studios; see more reactions to the news below.

Tony Maglio contributed reporting.

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Event venue news for October 2022


We’re bringing together the biggest venue news of the month, in one convenient place. Do you have any advice? Get in touch!

In case you missed it
On BizBash this month, we’ve rounded up exciting new event spaces across the country, including Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Nashville, New Orleans and New York. We also spotted 12 unique locations around the world available for group buyouts, visited six properties that offer pickleball courts for team building, and learned how Georgia’s Barnsley Resort brings Southern flair to events. company.

Looking for more hospitality industry news? BizBash editors also recently met with executives from Accor, who discussed the rise of bleisure travel, and the Four Seasons, who provided a behind-the-scenes look at the luxury group’s creative rebranding. . Meanwhile, longtime hospitality professional Lisa Messina, now the first-ever sales manager for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, shared her insights from her work at one of the nation’s top tourist destinations. BizBash also recently got a glimpse of Seattle’s new convention building, as well as other notable event spaces in the city. See more: Seattle’s new Summit convention building is a game-changer for the cityPhoto: David Newman

Here are four more things you should know this month…

1. IMEX America is currently ending in Las Vegas.
The annual trade show for the global meetings, events and incentive travel industry tends to attract a who’s-who of global destinations, who flood the show with eye-catching booths and interactive activities. We’ll bring you more news from the show next week, but so far reports coming out of the event are showing positive signs for the venue sector.

Several exciting new event spaces have been announced, including a $100 million renovation of the 2.1 million square foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, where the show is currently taking place; updates will include technology upgrades, digital signage and an all-new design, all of which are slated to debut in 2024.

Another notable announcement? The Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s new 50,000 square foot luxury event center is scheduled to open in early 2025 adjacent to the hotel. It will include two divisible ballrooms, 10 breakout rooms and a 9,000 square foot rooftop terrace, adding to the hotel’s existing 200,000 square feet of event space. What's new in event venues: collaboration-focused meeting rooms, eco-friendly keycards, IMEX updates, and more.“As we have witnessed the influx of people and businesses moving to Miami over the past three years, there was a clear opportunity to build on Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s long heritage as a destination of choice for elite travelers and to create an epicenter of experiences and events in South Florida,” said Brett Mufson, president of Fontainebleau Development, in a press release.Rendering: Courtesy of Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Various DMOs and CVBs also sounded optimistic during their IMEX announcements, including NYC & Company, which announced 800,000 group nights expected on the books through the end of this year. The bureau also reported that the city’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is experiencing an upsurge in events, with a 14% increase in bookings from September to December compared to the same period last year.

2. Global hotel occupancy has officially surpassed pre-pandemic levels, but staffing issues remain a major problem.
The positive news from IMEX might not surprise those who have seen the latest data from travel agency Amadeus. The company’s Agency360 and Demand360 data sources show strong indicators of recovery for the remainder of 2022. In fact, for summer 2022, global hotel occupancy averaged nearly 70%, an increase of 5% compared to summer 2022. 2019.

When it comes to group travel, data shows group occupancy is consistently between 1-2% of pre-pandemic levels for the remainder of 2022 as the conference industry begins to rebound; Data from Amadeus also shows that group bookings are starting to stretch with more confidence into 2023, with 4.3 million bookings already made for the start of 2023.

However, challenges remain. According to a new member survey conducted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), 87% of hotels are still experiencing staffing shortages. Hotels are looking at higher wages, more flexible hours and expanded benefits to try to recruit employees; national average hotel wages for 2022 now hover around $22 an hour, higher than any year on record.

The AHLA Foundation is also extending its multi-channel advertising campaign to publicize career paths in the hotel industry; Click here for more information. “Today’s tight job market creates unprecedented career opportunities for current and potential hotel employees, and AHLA and the AHLA Foundation are working tirelessly to get the word out,” said the AHLA President and CEO, Chip Rogers. “With salaries, benefits, flexibility and upward mobility at historic levels, there has never been a better time to work in a hotel.”

3. Sustainability remains in the foreground.
This column has reported on innovative sustainability-focused measures several times in the past – and the news just keeps coming in as more venues take drastic steps to go green. Last month, for example, the 377-room Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver eliminated all non-essential single-use plastics from its property, earning North America’s first single-use plastic-free certification from from GreenStep Solutions Inc, based in British Columbia. What's new in event venues: collaboration-focused meeting rooms, eco-friendly keycards, IMEX updates, and more.The four-year process involved replacing 36,000 plastic key cards with reusable, FSC-certified cherry wood (pictured); replace all small toiletries bottles, water bottles and laundry bags with reusable alternatives; and the integration of fiber-based solutions for F&B containers and cutlery.Photo: Courtesy of Fairmont Pacific Rim

Meanwhile, Universal EV Chargers, a division of Universal Green Group, recently secured nearly $10 million in government green power grants to help the hospitality industry and other businesses deliver services. electric vehicle (EV) charging. “Hospitality businesses like hotels are excellent sites for EV charging stations because they are located where people travel and offer multiple desirable amenities for EV drivers,” said Hemal Doshi, CEO of Universal Green Group, in a press release. “We’ve worked extensively with hotels over the past decade to install their solar panels, and our understanding of their business models and operational needs has largely informed our strategy.”

4. Sonesta unveiled what it calls “an experiential meeting space concept.”
This week, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, one of the fastest growing hospitality companies in the United States, unveiled Sonesta Work Suite, a new multi-zone meeting space concept designed to enhance collaboration. Developed based on customer feedback and accommodating up to 50 people, multi-zone designs offer distinct spaces for working (with seating that promotes brainstorming and head-down working), socializing (with lounge that encourage relaxation and social connection), and recharge (areas dedicated to catering and refreshment).

Interactive and experiential elements include puzzles, brain teasers, anti-stress novelties and other visual enhancements that spark creativity and spark conversations. There are also in-suite dining programs, as well as user-friendly technology solutions to enhance collaboration. Meeting spaces, which can be booked by the hour, are currently available at Sonesta Irvine in California. The concept will roll out across the country in the coming year.

Marvel Suspends ‘Blade’ Production, Pushes Release to Late 2024

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Don’t expect to see Mahershala Ali hunting vampires on the streets of Cleveland, or anywhere else, for that matter, anytime soon.

Marvel was hoping to start filming “Blade” in Atlanta in November. The studio, however, is now pressing the pause button as it searches for a new director after Bassam Tariq left two weeks ago. according to The Hollywood Reporter. The hope is to restart production in early 2023.

As a result, the film’s release date has been pushed back 10 months from November 3, 2023 to September 6, 2024.

A “Blade” film crew was originally scheduled to spend nine days Nov. 14-22 in Cleveland shooting scenes for the film. But when Tariq’s exit – officially due to “ongoing changes” to Marvel’s production schedule – was announced, speculation was that filming would instead take place in the spring of 2023. However, cleveland.com learned that the studio isn’t quite ready to publicly commit to a new tentative timeline just yet as the script is still being rewritten.

The original screenplay was reportedly written by Stacy Osei-Kuffour (“Watchmen”) before Beau DeMayo (“Moon Knight”) was brought in to take over. As it stands, “Blade” is set to be the 36th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sandwiched between “Thunderbolts” (July 26, 2024) and “Deadpool 3” (November 8, 2024).

8 cash advance apps that work with Chime

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Chime is a fintech company, not a bank. Banking services provided by The Bancorp Bank or Stride Bank, NA, Members FDIC.

Chime is a popular fintech app that provides users with simple banking services like a checking account, savings account, and secure credit card. It is a very popular application due to its simplicity and user-friendly interface. Although Chime simplifies the banking process for its users, you might need some extra help if you’re in a cash crunch.

Best cash advance apps that work with Chime

Although they seem like an obvious option, payday loans are actually very dangerous. This is why you should consider cash advance applications because of their easier processing and quick service. If you use Chime, you should research cash advance apps that work with it for easier processing.

Here are some of the most popular cash advance apps that work with Chime:

  • albert
  • Cleo
  • Empower
  • Varo
  • SilverLion
  • David
  • Fork
  • Klover


Albert is one of the most popular cash advance apps compatible with Chime. There are no processing or late fees. You can get an advance of up to $250 that you can repay with your next paycheck.

Albert is not a bank itself and banking services are provided by Sutton Bank. He deposits the advance directly into your Chime account.


  • Funds deposited in Albert Cash and Albert Savings are FDIC insured.
  • Users can earn up to 20% cash back when they purchase gas, groceries and more with an Albert debit card.

The inconvenients

  • The free version of Albert does not include personal finance tips and rewards.

2. Cleo

Similar to Albert, Cleo is one of the cash advance apps that will work with Chime. There are no processing fees when trying to get a cash advance in the Cleo app. A user can get up to $100 cash advance through Cleo.


  • Cleo has many useful features that help users build credit and avoid overdrafts.
  • It provides users with tools that encourage savings and prepare budgets.

The inconvenients

  • Cleo’s cash advance feature is not free. Users must subscribe to Cleo Plus or Cleo Builder by paying a monthly fee of $5.99.
  • Cleo charges an additional $4 fee for express transfers.

3. Empower

You can easily connect your Chime account to Empower as it is one of the Chime compatible cash advance apps. You can get instant credit up to $250 on the app. Empower is a very popular cash advance app and has provided over $400 million in cash advances.


  • Empower does not charge any interest on the money it advances.
  • There are no late fees for late payment.
  • It has a debit card called Empower Card which has no overdraft fees and users can get express cash advance delivery on the debit card.

The inconvenients

  • Cash advance features are not free, and users must sign up for an $8 monthly subscription after a 14-day trial period.

4. Varo

Varo has a financial management system and is one of the best cash advance apps that works with Chime. It helps users take control of their money with Varo Bank Visa contactless debit cards and 24/7 branchless mobile banking. Depending on your usage, you can get up to $100 instant cash advance.


  • Users can get up to 6% cashback for using Varo cards. Each time the cashback amount reaches $5, Varo automatically transfers the amount to your bank account.
  • Varo has high-yield savings accounts that pay interest.

The inconvenients

  • The criteria for receiving cash advances are complicated. You can only qualify if your account has been active for more than 30 days.
  • A cash advance is only available to those who have received $1,000 in direct deposits in the past 31 days. The user must have their Varo Bank debit card linked to their Varo bank account.
  • There is a tiered fee structure for cash advances.

5. Silver Lion

MoneyLion is a complete banking platform and one of the best cash advance apps that works with Chime. Similar to Varo, MoneyLion’s cash advance limits are dependent on direct deposits. A user can get an advance of up to $250.


  • MoneyLion offers different financial products and users can get an advance of up to $1000 if they register with them.
  • If you have a MoneyLion debit card, you can access instant cash advances.

The inconvenients

  • Users need to pay 3%-5% of the total cash advance amount as a fee.


Dave can be considered one of the best cash advance apps that work with Chime. It is very popular due to its ExtraCash feature which allows users to get a cash advance of up to $500. The process is quick and you can easily transfer funds to your Dave spending account to spend the money you received.


  • There is no interest or credit check required to obtain a cash advance from Dave.
  • You can spend the money instantly with the Dave Debit Mastercard®. There is no waiting period or low balance issue.

The inconvenients

  • Dave charges a subscription fee, even though it’s only $1 per month.
  • There are additional fees for Instant Funds Transfer.

7. Branch

Although Branch is one of the cash advance apps that work with Chime, you must place your direct deposits into the Branch account to qualify for a cash advance. It is a comprehensive financial management tool that provides advances of up to $500 on a user’s earned salary.


  • Branch has several financial wellness tools that can be used by businesses and incorporated into their policy structure. It can act as a complete financial management system for all employees.
  • Users can get cash advances of up to 50% of their paycheck – limited to $500 – which are automatically deducted on the next payday. There are no fees involved in these advances.
  • Branch Cards are debit cards that come with a free checking account and digital wallet that can be used to pay bills and make purchases. There are no overdraft fees or minimum balance requirements for these cards.

The inconvenients

  • Branch’s mobile app often experiences disruptions that create issues with cash advances.

8. Klover

Klover is a cash advance app that works with Chime. It’s a good option if you need extra money before payday and lets you get up to $100 free of charge.


  • The registration process is very simple and fast. The user just needs to provide their personal details, link their bank account and verify their paycheck to get started.
  • You can win extra cash in daily raffles in the Klover app. Winners are announced daily and you get cash rewards. You can also earn points by adding information about yourself which is converted into cash and increases the amount of your advance.

The inconvenients

  • To be eligible for an advance, the user must have made three regular direct deposits within the last two months. They cannot have a job gap and the payments must come from the same employer.

Final take

Sometimes, when money is urgently needed, asking your friends and family can get awkward. That’s why a cash advance is often seen as a convenient option for getting some quick cash.

Although they may seem useful, you should be careful when borrowing money from cash advance apps, never borrow more than you can afford to repay.

Chime Cash Advance App FAQs

  • Does FloatMe work with Chime?
    • FloatMe is a cash advance app that provides instant cash to its users. However, FloatMe does not currently work with Chime.
  • Which apps will allow me to borrow money instantly?
    • There are various cash advance apps like Dave, Earnin, Albert, and Varo that allow users to borrow money instantly. The amount of the advance depends on the eligibility criteria defined by each of these applications. However, the user should check the requirements and restrictions before using the services of these apps.
  • Can I get a cash advance on my Chime card?
    • Chime does not have a direct cash advance program. However, when you use a Credit Builder card to withdraw money from an ATM, it is considered a cash advance. Since Chime charges no interest or fees on this transaction, it works like a debit card.
  • Do any lending apps work with Chime?
    • Cash advance apps and payday loan apps like Dave, Varo, Albert, Cleo, Empower, and MoneyLion work well with Chime. Users should check individual app requirements and ways to link their Chime account to them.
  • Does Albert work with Chime?
    • Albert is a cash advance app that works perfectly with Chime. You can easily connect your Chime wallet to the Albert app to receive the cash advance directly to your Chime account.

Information is accurate as of October 10, 2022.

Editorial note: This content is not provided by any entity covered by this article. Any opinions, analyses, criticisms, evaluations, or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author alone and have not been reviewed, endorsed, or otherwise endorsed by any entity named in this article.

Chime is a fintech company, not a bank. Banking services provided by, and debit card issued by, The Bancorp Bank or Stride Bank, NA; FDIC members.

2022-10-11 | NYSE: WWE | Press release

WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced “WWE Campus Rush,” a multi-campus college athlete recruiting tour that will visit top NCAA Division I colleges in search of the next generation of WWE.

WWE Superstars such as Big E, Bianca Belair, Omos, Madcap Moss and Raquel Rodriguez, who have all transitioned from college athletics to WWE careers, will speak to student athletes at every stop on the tour and educate them about the world leader in sports entertainment. . Working with each university, student-athletes will learn about WWE’s “Next In Line” (NIL) and the resources they can use, including brand building, social media, fan engagement, media training, etc. Each stop on the tour will feature a spirited competition featuring student athletes battling it out on the microphone to cut the best WWE-style promo.

“WWE Campus Rush” will begin tomorrow, October 12 at the University of Mississippi and will visit a total of eight universities from five conferences during the fall semester, including:

Looking ahead to 2023, ‘WWE Campus Rush’ will visit the University of Florida, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of North Carolina, Texas A&M University, of Oklahoma, Auburn University, University of Illinois and Northwestern University.

“WWE Campus Rush will serve as a central pillar in our commitment to finding the next generation of WWE Superstars among today’s elite college athletes,” said James Kimball, Chief Talent Strategy and Operations Officer at “The college sports talent pipeline at WWE has proven to be effective, as evidenced by current champions Roman Reigns and Bianca Belair, and we look forward to visiting major college campuses across the country to showcase ourselves in a new way.”

WWE launched its “Next In Line” program in December 2021 and currently has 25 active athletes with NIL partnerships. Three inaugural class athletes joined the company after graduating from college and have begun training. train full-time at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.

Additionally, WWE exclusively hosted more than 100 college athletes from more than a dozen different sports in multi-day talent trials in 2022. WWE recruited nearly 50 athletes from these events in a growing effort to find the most talented athletes in the world.

Learn more about the path to WWE at wwerecruit.com.

About WWE

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Additional WWE information is available at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com.

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McMahon, could exercise ultimate control over our affairs, and his interests could conflict with the holders of our common stock class A; our share buyback program; a substantial number of shares are eligible for sale by the McMahons and the sale, or the perception of possible sales, of such shares could cause our share price to decline; and the volatility of our Class A common stock. In addition, our dividend and stock repurchases depend on a number of factors, including, among other things, our historical and projected liquidity and cash flows, our plan strategy (including other uses of capital), our financial results and condition, our contracts and our legal condition. restrictions on the payment of dividends (including under our revolving credit facility), general economic and competitive conditions and any other factors our Board of Directors may deem relevant. 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Deadly red tide feared to return after Hurricane Ian


Many Floridians remember mounds of dead fish lining beaches and signs warning swimmers to stay out of the water thanks to an outbreak of red tide that lasted two years after Hurricane Irma. Now an environmental engineer fears a repeat after Hurricane Ian.

“Every time we get a regular storm, we have all this nutrient load from fertilizers or herbicides or sewage overflows,” said Tracy Fanara, environmental engineer and author of the Red Tides research, to FOX Weather on Monday. “Now that was the next level.”


Red tide is a naturally occurring harmful algal bloom. Algae, still in the water, eat up the newly found nutrients and bloom uncontrollably. The flowers produce toxins that kill fish, crustaceans, birds and mammals. Algae and toxins can irritate people’s skin, eyes and respiratory tract, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Humans can get sick from eating fish or shellfish in red tide areas, Fanara told FOX Weather last fall.


“So with Hurricane Ian, we have all of these chemicals. We have submerged cars, we have so much more bacteria because not only have we had sewage overflows, we’ve had pipe bursts. We have people who can’t flush the toilet because the water table is so high, so they use the outside as a toilet,” Fanara explained of the effects of Hurricane Ian on the overfeeding of children. nutrients available to algae.” So we have all these bacteria entering our coastal waters. And that’s our main concern right now is the bacteria levels, the pathogen levels.”


And it’s not just the Gulf Coast that is inundated with nutrient-rich floodwaters. More than 7 million gallons of sewage leaked through manhole covers, flooding streets in Brevard County and then into the Indian River Lagoon, FOX 35 Orlando reported.

“When I look at it now, I just see it being used as a toilet,” environmentalist Estelle Bailey told FOX 35 Orlando.

Photos of astronaut Bob “Farmer” Hines aboard the International Space Station showed massive amounts of dirt and silt dumped into the Gulf of Mexico days after Ian’s impact.


The water and dirt are full of decaying felled trees, fertilizers from farms and pollutants.

“This photo shows how the Florida Peninsula is losing all the water that Hurricane Ian dumped on it,” Hines tweetedadding that the photo was taken two days after Ian landed.

Upwelling, a possible source of red tide

The Tampa Bay area also experienced reverse storm surge, much like during Irma. When Ian made landfall, his winds blew water from the Gulf of Tampa Bay. Residents were actually able to go out into the bay.


The same reverse thrust occurred during Hurricane Irma in 2017. Meteorologist Ian Oliver referred to the event as “Irma 2.0” when Ian landed.

Fanara said the reverse thrust could have resulted in upwelling. Deeper, colder, nutrient-rich water from far below could have flowed to the surface.

“The best guess we have is that these blooms are offshore at the bottom of the ocean. Now, with the upwelling we’ve seen from the water pushing off Tampa Bay, it looks a lot like the Hurricane Irma, which we know triggered an upwelling event.”

The massive red tide bloom in Florida from late 2017 to early 2019 killed nearly 600 sea turtles, more than 200 manatees and more than 204 dolphins, according to a report from the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

The bloom has also hurt tourism by driving visitors away from the beach and reducing the output of the local fishing industry.


Fanara and her colleagues will continue to monitor Florida water for red tide. At the same time, the Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative is in its third year of discovering strategies and technologies to reduce the volume and impact of blooms.

Other companies seek to control algae and ozone to restore areas where the red tide has depleted the water of oxygen or dead zones.

Arts Calendar: October 14-21 – Portland Press Herald

Muddy Ruckus will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 15 at Sun Tiki Studios in Portland. Contributed


“Stories of Immigration: Exploring the Diverse Cultural Heritage of the Communities of Brunswick, Topsham and Harpswell”: Pejepscot History Centre, 159 Park Row, Brunswick, through December.

Pressure sprayed: USM Glickman Library, 96 Falmouth St., 7th Floor, Great Reading Room, Portland. To see in December, usm.maine.edu.

Running With Scissors 6×6 and Open Studios: Belleflower Brewing, 66 Cove St., Portland, through October. rwsartstudios.com.

“Scenes from Maine”: An Annual Exhibition of Paintings: Richard Boyd Art Gallery, 15 Epps St., Portland. Until October, richardboydartgallery.com.

Tom Payment: “The Anxiety of Possibilities”: Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland. Through October 29, greenhutgalleries.com.

friday 10/14

Opening reception for “The Morphing Medium”: 5:00 p.m., Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, 15 Middle St., A3, Portland.

Fall Members Show: 10 a.m., Meetinghouse Arts, 40 Main St., Freeport.

Portland Works Photo Exhibit Honoring the Nobility of Hard Work: 10 a.m., UMVA Gallery, 516 Congress St., Portland.

Thursday 10/20

Opening Lecture: Ocean Mask Exhibition: 4:30 p.m., Bowdoin College, 255 Maine St., Brunswick.

In progress

Casco Bay Artisans: 68 Commercial St., Building A, Portland, cascobayartisans.com.

Maine Art Collective: Multimedia experience led by 14 Maine artists using media ranging from sculpture to jewelry, painting to photography. Maine Art Collective, 18 Exchange St., Portland.


friday 10/14

Riotsville USA: 7 p.m., Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland.

Monday 10/17

A Snorkel in Cuba: 7 p.m., Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland.

Friday 10/21

Oshima Brothers: Visual Album Premiere, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., No. 201, Portland.

In progress

Apohadion Theatre: 107 Hanover St., Portland, theapohadiontheater.com.

Frontier Theatre: 14 Maine Street, Brunswick, explorefrontier.com/events/all.

Merrill Film Society: Watch movies for yourself and join a Zoom chat. Email Mike at [email protected] for an invite.

Southworth Planetarium: 96 Falmouth St., Portland, in person, usm.maine.edu/planet/location-and-hours.


In progress

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick: free admission, bowdoin.edu/art-museum.

Maine Children’s Museum and Theater, 250 Thompson’s Point Road, Portland. “Snow in the Jungle” until November 13, ideal for 4 to 9 year olds and their families. $15.

Maine Historical Society – “Northern Threads: Two Centuries of Dress”: Part II on view through December 31, 489 Congress St., Portland, mainehistory.org.

Maine Jewish Museum: “Color Fields,” Joan Busing; “Generational Layers: Gerstenblatt-Berg Family Collage Portraits,” Paula Gerstenblatt; “Following the Light,” Judy Glickman Lauder, through October 28.

Peary-MacMillan Museum of the Arctic: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Bowdoin College, 255 Maine St., Brunswick, bowdoin.edu/arctic-museum.

Portland Observatory: 138 Congress St., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday for 45-minute guided tours. Details at portlandlandmarks.org.

Tate House Museum: Hourly tours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday through October 29, 1267 Westbrook St., Portland. Masks may be required. Free – $16, book at tatehouse.org.

Victoria Mansion: 10 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. through October 31, 109 Danforth St., Portland. Free – $35, victoriamansion.org.


friday 10/14

Carnivale Bella Morte: 8 p.m., Gino’s Rock Club, 625 Congress St., Portland.

Halloweird with Drivetrain, One Hundred Thorns and Loki: 8 p.m., Free Street, 77 Free St., Portland.

Hollywood Nights: 9 p.m., Aura Maine, 121 Center St., Portland. $19.50 to $25.50.

Mindy Smith: 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., #201, Portland.

Music at the Museum: Edinburgh to Mt. Vernon: Noon, Bowdoin College, 255 Maine St., Brunswick.

International Open Mike: 7:30 p.m., songs and poetry, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland.

Peppa Pig: 6 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland.

The Wolff Sisters & Dwight & Nicole & Palomino Motel: 7 p.m., Portland House of Music and Events, 25 Temple St., Portland.

Tim O’Brien with Jan Fabricius and Chris Smither: 8 p.m., Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield.

Tommy & Saundra O’Sullivan Live: 7pm, The Music Loft at Linden Lea, 655 Elmwood Road, Pownal.

Saturday 10/15

Cadenza concerts: 7 p.m., Cadenza, 5 Depot Street, Freeport.

Dan Blakeslee and the Calabash Club: 8 p.m., Sun Tiki Studios, 375 Forest Ave., Portland.

Muddy Ruckus: 7 p.m., Sun Tiki Studios, 375 Forest Ave., Portland.

Pandelis Karayorgis Quartet “Cutout 4” – Dimensions in Jazz: 8 p.m., Portland Conservatory of Music, 28 Neal St., Portland.

Shred is Dead: 8 p.m., Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland.

sunday 10/16

An Evening with Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan: 7 p.m., State Theater, 609 Congress St., Portland.

Wednesday 10/19

Austin Meade & ZZ Top: 7:30 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland.

Violins of Hope: 6 p.m., Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland.

U.S. Marine Band, “The President’s Own”: 7:30 p.m., Orion Performing Arts Center, 66 Republic Ave., Topsham.

Thursday 10/20

Kim Lehmann, Viola: 12:15 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland.

Friday 10/21

Connor Garvey Music: 7:30 p.m., Blue, 650A Congress St., Portland.

Lulu Moss: 8 p.m., The Apohadion Theatre, 107 Hanover St., Portland.

Mihali: 9 p.m., Aura Maine, 121 Center St., Portland. 18 years and over with valid ID.

Slothrust: 8 p.m., State Theater, 609 Congress St., Portland.

In progress

Afrobeat Saturdays: 9 p.m. Saturdays, Aura Maine, 121 Center St., Portland, eventbrite.com.

Darlin’ Corey: 6 p.m., first Friday of the month through December, Port City Blue, 650A Congress St., Portland.

Foundation Friday: Second Friday of the month, Flask Lounge, 117 Spring St., Portland. Community. Dance. Music. To like. See flasklounge.com for the weather.

Fourth Friday Jazz with rotating special guest: 8-11 p.m., The Dogfish Company, 128 Free St., Portland. thedogfishcompany.com.

Irish Music Night: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Blue, 650A Congress St., Portland, facebook.com/IrishNightAtBlue.

Karaoke: 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Thursday, Sea Dog Brewing Company, 125 Western Ave., South Portland. sopo.seadogbrewing.com.

Open DJ Night: Every Tuesday at Flask Lounge, 117 Spring St., Portland. Bring records, CDs or a gamepad; all formats/genres are welcome. flasklounge.com.

Retro Party: Rotating DJs the last Saturday of each month, Flask Lounge, 117 Spring St., Portland. flasklounge.com.

Sunday Open Mic: 3-7 p.m. every Sunday, O’Donoghue’s Pub, 103 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

Under the Covers: 8-11:30 p.m., third Friday of the month, Seasons Grille, 155 Riverside St., Portland. Free.


“When We Were Young and Fearless”: Through Oct. 23, Mad Horse Theater Company, 24 Mosher St., South Portland. Make a reservation and pay after the performance, madhorse.com.

friday 10/14

A Haunted History Comedy: 7:30 p.m., Bell Buoy Park, 72 Commercial St., Portland.

Brunswick Folk Dance: 6 p.m., 35 Union Street, Brunswick.

Thursday 10/20

“A Comedy of Errors”: 7:30 p.m., The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick.

Scottish Country Dance Class: 6 p.m., Topsham Grange Hall, Pleasant St., Topsham.

Friday 10/21

“Sweeney Todd – The Barber Demon of Fleet Street”: 7:30 p.m., Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland.

In progress

Monday of the Minds: A CommUNITY Hip Hop Showcase: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. every second and fourth Monday, Flask Lounge, 117 Spring St., Portland.

Portland Swing Project: swing dance classes for all levels, Mechanics Hall, 519 Congress St., Portland. portlandswingproject.com.

Thursday Night Comedy: 7 p.m. every Thursday, Stroudwater Distillery, 28 Resurgam Place, Portland. Hosted by Ian MacDonald. Rotating weekly programming. $10 online or in person, eventbrite.com.

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George Harrison would have been happy to just do comedies with handmade films

George Harrison said he would have been happy to just do comedies with his production company, HandMade Films. Comedy was the reason he entered the film world in the first place. His Monty Python friends needed financial help for their movie Brian’s life after the withdrawal of their producers. So George stepped in and never really got out.

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George Harrison started HandMade Films when he decided to produce Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’

In the late 1970s, Eric Idle told George that EMI had dropped production on the new Monty Python movie, Brian’s life, because they thought it was blasphemous. George liked the idea of ​​the film and disagreed with EMI. So he thought of financing the project.

“I asked Denis O’Brien, who had been my business manager since late 1973,” George said. Movie commentary. “After thinking about it for a week, he came back and offered to produce it. I let out a laugh because one of my favorite movies is “The Producers,” and we were about to become Bialystock and Bloom.

“Neither of us had thought of going into film before, although Denis had the opportunity to manage Peter Sellers and deal with some of the later Pink Panther films. It was a bit risky I guess, totally out of line for me, but, as a huge Monty Python fan, my main focus was to see the movie get made.

Brian’s life was George’s first step into the film industry. Then George said that O’Brien “had a bug for it”.

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George only wanted to do comedies with HandMade Films

Part of the reason George kept HandMade Films was that all of his comedian friends kept coming to him with great scripts.

“Terry Gilliam presented us with this brilliant idea, which turned into bandits of time“, said Georges. “Michael Palin had done a BBC-TV series, Tear the wiresa series of 30-minute films, and I told him one day that if he ever wanted to write a great Tear the thread that would be just awesome. So he did. He also did A private functiona hysterical little film by Alan Bennett which did very well in England… Anyway, one thing led to another, and our films continued to happen.

So it’s no wonder George only wants to do comedies with HandMade Films. However, there was another reason George wanted to stick with the genre. George didn’t want to get carried away with the number of projects the production company did. To cut back, he wanted to stick to comedies only.

“The logistics of all of this make it very difficult to get all of these movies out at the same time,” George said. “These plates you’re trying to spin are big and heavy, you know. It’s good that he is [O’Brien] go for it in some ways, though.

“I would have been content to do Brian’s life and bandits of time– much happier doing comedies. But, then, if I was running this company, I don’t think it would have lasted that long or that far, really. I would probably have encouraged us to make films that were even crazier than us.

“I know I wouldn’t have been so adventurous in some areas. But at the same time, I don’t want to get too adventurous. I like to be safe and secure, you know.

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George wanted to make a “silly comedy movie full of silly music”

One of George’s dreams was to make a “silly comedy movie full of silly music”. For the most part, George didn’t combine music and film in HandMade Films. He wrote songs for movies like “Shanghai Surprise”, “Water” and “Time Bandits”, but that was it.

However, George dreamed of combining his talents.

“One day I’d like to do a real silly comedy full of silly music,” George said. “I don’t really want to be a screenwriter or an actor, but I have a lot of silly ideas in my head. If we can make enough money it doesn’t matter if I waste a few millions on my own ideas, I would like to follow some of them. Maybe for my last adventure, I will have this huge but very cheap flop with all my homies in it.

Unfortunately, George didn’t get a chance to make his film or cut HandMade Films down in size. However, the production company continued to make great little movies. Like everything else in George’s long career, they are part of his legacy.

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A veteran’s quest to sell, rent and buy a home

Stacy Parent helps her daughter Amber, 15, with her homework while her other daughter Mia, 10, looks on at her home in Preston on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. ‘Good things take time’ reads the picture Parent painted in his kitchen. After selling a house to downsize it a few years ago, it took Parent years longer than expected to find a house, and she ended up buying one that needed more work than she expected. would have liked. (Sarah Gordon/The Day) Buy photo prints
Stacy Parent watches her daughter Mia, 10, throw a ball for their dog Toby at her home in Preston on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. After selling a house to downsize a few years ago, it took Parent years more than expected to find a house, and she ended up buying one that required more work than she would have liked. (Sarah Gordon/The Day) Buy photo prints
Stacy Parent laughs with her daughter Amber, 15, as she helps her with homework at their home in Preston on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. After selling a house to downsize a few years ago, he has took years longer than expected for Parent to find a house, and she ended up buying one that required more work than she would have liked. (Sarah Gordon/The Day) Buy photo prints
A shelf that Stacy Parent installed at her home in Preston on Tuesday September 27, 2022. After selling a house to downsize a few years ago, it took Parent years longer than expected to find a home, and she ended up buying one that needed more work than she would have liked. (Sarah Gordon/The Day) Buy photo prints
Stacy Parent helps her daughter Amber, 15, with her homework while her other daughter Mia, 10, looks on at her home in Preston on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. ‘Good things take time’ reads the picture Parent painted in his kitchen. After selling a house to downsize it a few years ago, it took Parent years longer than expected to find a house, and she ended up buying one that needed more work than she expected. would have liked. (Sarah Gordon/The Day) Buy photo prints
Amber Parent, 15, works on her homework as she spends time with her mother Stacy and sister Mia, 10, at their home in Preston on Tuesday September 27, 2022. After selling a house to downsize there A few years ago, it took Parent years longer than expected to find a house, and she ended up buying one that required more work than she would have liked. (Sarah Gordon/The Day) Buy photo prints

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on almost every aspect of modern life and business, including the local real estate market, favoring sellers and creating fierce competition between buyers and renters.

For the past year and a half, there has been a shortage of homes for sale, especially in the entry-level and mid-range price ranges. Homes that came to market in decent condition sold quickly and above asking price. Cash buyers have come to southeast Connecticut for its coveted coastline.

Homeowners who have sold in the past year have capitalized on the market, selling quickly and generally well above the asking price. But they also faced challenges. Now, as buyers, they were on the other side of the negotiating table, looking for a home to buy or rent, in a highly competitive market with few stocks to choose from.

This was Stacy Parent’s predicament. A few years ago she sold a house in Preston. It took a single day on the market to garner multiple bids. Parent hoped to move to a new home for herself and her two school-age daughters. His wish list was neither elaborate nor indulgent. She just wanted three bedrooms, a garage, and preferably staying in Preston, so her daughters wouldn’t be uprooted from school and their friendships. She preferred a neighborhood setting, where children make friends and adults get to know each other.

As a buyer, Parent had a few things going for her. She is employed as a senior ethics and compliance officer at Pratt & Whitney. Plus, she had an average budget – around $250,000 to $600,000 in New London County.

Parent also came to the table with the assurance of a VA loan. She served in the US Air Force for eight years.

Dispelling VA Loan Myths

In 1944, the United States Congress voted in favor of a mortgage guarantee program administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Since then, the VA has backed more than 25 million VA loans, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

A VA loan is a lifetime benefit given to active duty military personnel and veterans, guaranteeing them a fair and favorable mortgage rate and a loan requiring no down payment. The CBO reports that fiscal year 2020 was a banner year for VA loans – 12% of all single-family home mortgages that year were VA loans.

From a seller’s perspective — especially in a market where he’s picking the best of multiple offers for his home — a buyer with a VA loan is a “safe bet.” According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, eight out of 10 VA loans are closed (if applicants applied within the previous 90 days).

The CBO also studied default rates, comparing VA loans to FHA loans during the years 2004, 2010 and 2012 – notably, before the pandemic. In each of those years, the default rate for VA loans was lower.

However, misconceptions about VA loans abound, among the real estate community and even among service members.

The Navy Federal Credit Union surveyed 1,000 active duty personnel and veterans for its “Spotlight on VA Loans Report (May 2022),” which found that many respondents were misinformed about how VA loans work, which is eligible, the interest rates to which applicants are subject to, or the amount of down payment required.

The survey found that 59% of active duty and 41% of veterans think VA loans have longer processing times; 58% of active duty and 40% of veterans think VA loans will have delays because of all the paperwork involved.

“One of the myths we’ve heard from the real estate community is that it takes longer to get a VA loan approved compared to a conventional loan,” according to Jessye Jordan, Corporate Communications Specialist III for the Navy Federal Credit Union, based in Vienna, Va. “We see no significant difference in the data. It usually takes about 35 days from contract to closing in both cases. There is also a notion that there is more paperwork required, but other than the borrower’s certificate of eligibility, the paperwork is basically the same for a VA loan and a conventional mortgage.

Navigate the market

After selling her home in Preston, Stacy Parent signed up with a realtor, got her approved for a VA loan through Flagstar Bank, and started her search. She found a few houses – including one she really wanted – and made serious offers, only to lose out to other buyers.

She began to experience “buyer’s fatigue”, brought on by the grief of the cycle – the search, the search for a house, the offer and seeing it go to someone else. This has caused countless buyers to resolve to rent instead.

Parent found that renting was also his best option. A friend introduced her to a landlord to whom she was renting a house for $1,500 a month – a bargain, she said, compared to others she had seen for over $2,000. As the lease expiration date approached, she dipped her toes back into the market, hiring a new real estate agent, Sara Vegliante, the broker-owner of Sara’s Realty in Preston.

The market was still competitive. The houses were selling well above the list; they sold out in record time, and buyers had to be nimble and ready “to make the biggest decision of their lives” within hours.

“The cash buyers were coming out of the woodwork,” recalls Parent.

She bid and lost four houses before she found one – and the right house too, which ticked her most important boxes: three bedrooms, a garage, in Preston, part of a neighborhood. The two-level colonial was built in 1974. It sits on a 0.73 acre lot across from Lake Amos.

The property was listed for $289,000 on May 5 and Parent purchased it on June 21 for $323,000.

It wasn’t in perfect condition, and it was a concession that Parent realized she had to make based on market conditions. While a move-in ready home would have been ideal, these types of properties fetched prices beyond his budget.

Over time, she will have to deal with fixing leaks and mitigating mold in the garage, which had poor ventilation.

“That’s the nature of the market today. You have to settle,” she said.

As with the other offers she had made on the homes, Parent had to make a high offer – about $40,000 more than asked – and she decided to use a conventional loan rather than the VA loan she had been using. started.

“I think it’s really terrible that we can’t even use that advantage,” she said.

“Some people were waiving inspections, compared to a VA loan, where you won’t be able to and they’re a little stricter on appraisals,” she said.

“This house ended up being perfect. It needed some work, but the layout itself and the space is what I was hoping for, and we’re right in front of a lake,” she said.

She believes it is also a good investment.

“When I was buying houses in the past, my grandfather would always tell me, ‘Location, location, location! Location is key. But anyone buying a house today – unless you have a lot money to put in – you’re paying too much,” Parent said. “It’s just the deal. But for the location I got, the neighborhood I got, and even though I had to do a lot of work and invest some money in it, it’s definitely a good investment.

Duluth Opera Company Offers Trans-Led Production – Duluth News Tribune

DULUTH — Lyric Opera of the North had a problem. Two weeks before rehearsals for their fall production, the company had to replace half of its two-person show.

“It happens,” said Sarah Lawrence, General Artistic Director of LOON. “You have a plan and the plan isn’t working.”

That’s when the conductor called New York baritone Lucas Bouk, who at the time was playing the same role in the same show in Colorado.

“On the phone he said, ‘I’m already off the book for both roles,'” Lawrence recalled, meaning he didn’t need the script to rehearse.

“It’s really tough music,” she said, so finding someone in a time crunch, who was in the middle of the same production and comes highly recommended by the conductor is amazing. , she continued.

“As One” opens at 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W Michigan St.

In it, two actors play a transgender protagonist on her journey of self-discovery.

Georgia Jacobson (left) and Lucas Bouk rehearse “As One” Friday night. The Duluth Lyric Opera of the North show runs Monday through Tuesday at Clyde Iron Works.

Contributed / Amy Hutchison

Georgia Jacobson, originally from Duluth, sings mezzo soprano in the role of Hannah After. And, Bouk will sing baritone like Hannah Before – but before the transition Bouk performed mezzo soprano – a rarity in opera and a surprise to Bouk himself.

“I never imagined that my new voice would be able to sing something like this, fill a room and flow through the orchestra,” he said.

Ahead of Friday night’s dress rehearsal, Bouk pondered performing “As One” in a different role, with a different voice.

Previously, Bouk struggled to relate to a character feeling happy and whole after transitioning. “It was both exhilarating and really empowering.

“I had just come out as a trans man. I was looking for myself. I had to imagine what it would be like to be happy,” Bouk said.

It’s easier today to describe Hannah’s childhood and self-discovery – personally and professionally. “I’m not transitioning anymore, I’m finally stable, finally happy and my voice is stable, my life is stable,” he said.

Bouk is among the trans artists at the forefront of this production which includes librettist opera makers Kimberly Reed, composer Laura Kaminsky, conductor Alexandra Enyart.

Opera has genre fluidity in its roots as well as a history of pushing the musical genre forward.

“When 20th-century composers wanted to suggest androgyny, deviation, or any other ambiguity on the operatic stage, they had a fertile tradition to draw on,” according to The New York Times.

Mark Hakes leans against a tree to pose for a photo.

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Although he pushed the boundaries, his stories are often still cisgender heterosexual, so it’s unique, said Mark Hakes, a Hannah Before stunt double and production consultant.

It’s become a status symbol, but opera is meant to be accessible art that tells real stories – which “As One” does. “As a trained classical singer and as a trans person and a member of our Duluth community, this is the first time I’ve been to an opera to see a story similar to mine on stage,” Hakes said.

“As One” is performed in English with surtitles; and it features a string quartet with Erin Aldridge of Duluth and Mary Alice Hutton on violin; David Arnott on viola; and Betsy Husby on cello. Duluth comedian Danielle Thralow will lead a Q&A after the performance.

General admission is $32, available at loonopera.org/events/as-one. (There’s an eight-minute scene of violence that’s followed by “a satisfying finale depicting the joy of trans self-realization,” according to LOON’s website.)

“As One” premiered in 2014 at the Brooklyn Academy of Musicals, and is now the most produced new opera in North America.

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Lucas Bouk (left) and Georgia Jacobson rehearse “As One” Friday night. The Lyric Opera of the North show runs Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. “As One” premiered in 2014 at the Brooklyn Academy of Musicals, and is now the most produced new opera in North America.

Contributed / Amy Hutchison

Bouk was at this very first production, “before I came out of myself”. The show was one of the only trans stories in the world of opera, making it a life-changing experience.

Bouk came out trans in 2017 and decided to dub the mezzo soprano role for free. He finally performed Hannah After in 2019 in San Antonio, Texas, and then again this fall in New York.

“My parents came to see it and it really helped them understand my background, I have a personal connection to the piece,” he said.

When work stopped during the COVID-19 shutdowns, Bouk was established professionally, but decided to start transitioning with hormone therapy and retraining her voice.

It’s a whole new instrument, says Bouk.

His voice remained intact the first seven months, a serious extension surfaced. He gradually began to sing one-octave Italian art songs to stabilize his voice.

After a year of testosterone, Bouk had to learn to read music again. He had gone to work solo before LOON called him. “I thought it would take at least two years to have a working instrument. Instead, I’m in Duluth singing,” he said.

Lawrence saw “As One” performed in the cities about five years ago and immediately knew she wanted to bring it to Northland.

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“It really is opera — it’s passionate, dramatic and deeply personal. Plus, there are so many access points where we can experience all parts of the human experience,” she said.

While this show spotlights a transgender protagonist, the word “transgender” is never spoken.

In the opera, Hannah flips through a catalog, noting transatlantic travels, transfiguration, Transylvania before finding the magic word, Bouk said.

Asked about this omission, he added:

“It was written in 2014, and a lot has changed since then. It was an important piece and it still is, but as a member of the trans community, I also hope for more trans stories and more representation of trans women, trans males and non-binary performers on stage .

“It’s a starting point,” added Hakes, and more inclusive performing arts, telling stories from all angles and from different identities, are coming.

  • What: “As One” from the Opéra Lyrique du Nord
  • When: 7 p.m. Monday to Tuesday
  • Where: Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W Michigan St.
  • Cost: $32 general admission; $45 reserved table; $12 student tickets
  • Information: loonopera.org/events/as-one/

Mayor of Wildwood, wedding venue argue noise, fight goes public

WILDWOOD – A spat between a mayor and a wedding venue disrupts the peace found in the scenic hilly country where Wildwood meets Franklin County.

What started as a noise complaint by Wildwood Mayor Jim Bowlin turned into dueling public accounts of how and why the mayor confronted attendees about loud music at a wedding reception last weekend.

Bowlin said venue noise is a problem for residents — like him — who live in nearby homes across the hills. The venue says Bowlin’s complaint is unfounded and that he caused a scene during the reception’s dinner hour.

On Saturday night, Bowlin went to the scene to address concerns about loud music, which he said violated Wildwood’s noise ordinance. The mayor said he waited quietly in the hallway to tell someone about the volume of the music, likening it to a rock concert that shook the floor; Silver Oaks Castle owner Ron Tate said Bowlin yelled at and disturbed about 50 guests, and the music was at an appropriate level.

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Silver Oaks employee Alyssa Ringkamp was at the front desk as a guest and told the Post-Dispatch she was amazed at Bowlin’s aggressiveness.

“I pulled him aside and said, ‘Can I help you?’ and he just started yelling about how the music was too loud… (and) it was reverberating through the hills,” she said, noting that he showed up to the official event in shorts and a “very disheveled” looking windbreaker.

Tate wrote in an email to members of the Wildwood City Council that Bowlin stormed onto the interior balcony, which overlooks the main reception area during dinner, then touched a woman on her bare shoulder to get her attention. Tate asked council members to take action in response to the mayor’s behavior.

Bowlin, in response to the email sent to council members, denied Tate’s account. He told the Post-Dispatch that he waited in the lobby to tell someone about the music volume, and he said he had never touched a woman.

The Tate location is just under half a mile east of the county line in Franklin County. The Bowlin Subdivision is across the line in St. Louis County.

Bowlin has been mayor of Wildwood since 2016, and before being elected he publicly opposed the construction of Silver Oaks nine years ago because the neighborhood is residential. He is also chairman of the Meadow Forest Estates subdivision, one of two subdivisions near the site.

Bowlin told the Post-Dispatch he was representing residents when he complained about the noise that was “easily audible over a mile away.”

Four of Bowlin’s neighbors told a reporter they had never heard any noise coming from Silver Oaks, nor did they recall hearing anything on Saturday night.

One of the venue’s closest neighbors, a couple who have lived in their home for 42 years and asked not to be named, said they heard more noise from the two neighboring subdivisions than from the wedding venue.

“I think I had one (resident call). Maybe, I mean, I didn’t, the phone wasn’t ringing, you know, really non-stop,” Bowlin said. “But I think I may have had one (resident). There wouldn’t have been more than that.

Bowlin said he believed the hills and different elevations of the house could determine who could hear what.

The rear of the venue, which includes a patio, terrace and area for holding wedding ceremonies, faces southeast towards those hills – a design according to Tate was intentional to keep noise away from nearby residences.

Bowlin noted in his email that under Missouri law, municipalities can enforce their loud noise nuisance ordinances within a mile of their borders.

“I had two options: the option I chose, which was to tell you personally or to tell the authorities,” Bowlin wrote to Tate. “I chose the former because I thought it was a closer way to deal with the situation.”

The mayor wrote that he did not shout but had to raise his voice when talking to anyone at the scene because of the loud music.

“In any event, please note that it was not my intention to interfere with the event taking place on your site,” Bowlin wrote.

Tate also claimed that Bowlin used to harass the venue via email.

“What he did on Saturday night was completely irrelevant,” he wrote.

The mayor said he didn’t know what Tate’s past harassment referred to and thought it was the first time he’d reached out about a noise complaint, and whether he’d reached out hand, he said “that would have been long enough”.

There are several security cameras in the venue’s lobby, but Tate said the company’s attorney instructed them not to release the footage.

The Post-Dispatch has reached out to all 16 Wildwood council members to comment on Tate’s email. Fourteen did not immediately respond and two declined to comment.

Yet another of Bowlin’s neighbors had a different opinion: He said he never heard anything from Silver Oaks, but he did note noise from the recently opened Westwind Hills, a wedding venue slightly closer to their homes. , can be heard – and felt – for hours.

But when asked, Bowlin said he was absolutely sure the noise he heard was from Silver Oaks.

“We just want him to leave us alone,” Tate said.

THE BOOK OF MORMON returns to the Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose, November 22-27

Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON — which played two previous sold-out, record-breaking engagements — returns to San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts (255 S. Almaden Blvd.) for a limited engagement beginning Tuesday, November 22. and until Sunday, November 27, 2022.

Single tickets are available now online at broadwaysanjose.com, by calling 408-792-4111, or in person at the San Jose Civic Box Office (150 W. San Carlos St., San Jose). Group orders of 10 or more can be placed by calling 669-242-8558. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

The performance schedule for THE BOOK OF MORMON is as follows: Tuesday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. (press night); Wednesday 23 November at 7.30 p.m.; Friday 25 November at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Saturday 26 November at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; and Sunday November 27 at 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features a book, music, and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone. The Broadway production is directed by Parker and Casey Nicholaw and choreographed by Nicholaw. The tour is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Werner based on original Broadway direction and choreography. Set design by three-time Tony Award winner Scott Pask, costume design by Tony Award winner Ann Roth, lighting design by five-time Tony Award winner Brian MacDevitt Award, sound design by two-time Tony Award winner Brian Ronan, and hair design is by Josh Marquette. Orchestrations are by Tony Award winner Larry Hochman and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Oremus. Musical supervision and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus. Casting is done by Carrie Gardner.

Since its opening on March 24, 2011, THE BOOK OF MORMON has become one of the most successful shows in Broadway history, breaking the Eugene O’Neill Theater record more than 50 times. In addition to nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical and the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, THE BOOK OF MORMON won five Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical, the NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, and four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical.

The West End production opened in February 2013, winning four Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, and breaking the record for the highest-grossing day in West End history. The first-ever UK and European tour kicked off in Manchester in June 2019, winning ‘Best Theater Show’ at the Manchester Evening News City Life Awards before touring across the UK and Europe.

THE BOOK OF MORMON has been shown on three continents and has won more than 30 international awards. The musical broke long-standing box office records in New York, London, Melbourne, Sydney, and cities across the United States and around the world.

The original Broadway cast recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.

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The BOOK OF MORMON San Jose Pledge is presented in conjunction with Broadway San Jose, a Dutch presentation, and is a 2022/23 season subscription offering.

Broadway San Jose, the Northern California branch of the Nederlander Organization, presents touring Broadway musicals at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts and is a member of the Broadway League.

Broadway San Jose asks the public to join in providing the safest possible space for guests, cast, crew and staff. For the most up-to-date information on Broadway San Jose’s COVID-19 policies, visit: broadwaysanjose.com/information/safe-and-clean-commitment/. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please email [email protected]

David O. Russell is the latest face of Hollywood’s workplace abuse problem

Last month, amid the brouhaha of backstage drama rumors of “Don’t Worry Darling,” director Olivia Wilde noted that male filmmakers are held to “very different standards” than their female counterparts. Men are “praised for being tyrannical”, she said on a late night talk showadding that their behavior can be repeatedly questioned and “it still doesn’t go beyond conversations about their actual talent or the movies themselves.”

His words were put to the test almost immediately with the release of David O. Russell’s latest film, “Amsterdam,” in theaters Friday. As attention shifted from one star-studded project to the next, the conversation swung from Wilde to five-time Oscar nominee Russell, previously accused of being verbally and physically abusive on his sets. The new film, which stars Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington, is Russell’s first in seven years.

While noting that “grand stories can overshadow more harmonious settings”, film historian Emily Carman pointed to the director’s cult, which favors men, as one reason why more extreme behavior may be tolerated. Film is a collaborative medium by nature, but directors wield a great deal of control and are therefore often placed on pedestals.

“The appeal to authorship persists,” Carman said, “and I think it’s actually a lot stronger as a marketing tool.”

The “Amsterdam” stars described working on the film as a rewarding experience, but not all of Russell’s projects have gone so well. The charges against him date back to a 2000 interview George Clooney gave to Playboy about seeing the director assault an extra who was nervous about doing a stunt on the set of “Three Kings.” Clooney said he stepped in to intervene, and then Russell headbutted and grabbed the star’s throat himself. In 2003, according to the New York Times, Russell put director Christopher Nolan in a bind while demanding that he let Jude Law, who had decided to work with Nolan, star in Russell’s project instead. Footage from the same year shows Russell shouting at actress Lily Tomlin on the set of ‘I Heart Huckabees’ after she expressed frustration with his directing style: “I’m not here to be yell at it,” he yells. , sliding objects on a desk and referring to Tomlin with gendered expletives.

In addition to other alleged outbursts, Russell has been accused of sexual misconduct compensated by his 19-year-old niece, who told the police that he smelled her breasts in 2011. Russell, who confirmed the incident but told police his niece acted “very provocative and seductive” and allowed him to touch her, was only the subject of no charges.

While stars like Clooney and tomlin said they later made peace with Russell, others held firm. In 2016, two years after an email leaked during the Sony Pictures hack alleging that Russell had “abused so much” of actress Amy Adams on the set of “American Hustle”, Adams says British GQ that the director had developed “this wild, crazy way of working” that caused her to cry and become “really devastated on set”. In a GQ cover story this month, Bale, who also starred in “American Hustle,” reminded that Russell’s behavior on the project caused him to step in as a “mediator” to defend Adams.

During the press tour for “Amsterdam,” Bale said he would happily continue working with long-heralded actor director Russell. (The film’s near-guaranteed academy attention doesn’t hurt; Bale snagged an Oscar for “The Fighter,” joining Jennifer Lawrence and Melissa Leo as actors who have won for their work on the oft-repeated films. nominees from Russell.) While journalist Jonathan Alter mentioned in leaked Sony emails that he referred to the reformed character of Russell as “total bulls—“, the director’s later high-profile projects suggest he continued to receive support from a number of powerful players in the industry.

A person familiar with the “Amsterdam” filming, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak publicly, told the Washington Post that there were “no incidents on this production”.

“There was a huge cast that loved working with him — they went public with it,” the person said.

A representative for Russell declined to comment on the allegations against him.

From a business perspective, whether Russell has moved on only matters to the extent that these powerful players act on the answer. A-list actors flocked to his projects, with some receiving his reputation for unpredictable set pieces as a creative challenge. Robbie, for example, said at the New York premiere of “Amsterdam” that Russell stars often show up not knowing “what you’re going to shoot that day, which is terrifying and also exhilarating”.

Ambitious actors have always been drawn to collaborators whose established track records of dynamic work can bolster actors’ profiles, according to Carman, a film historian on the faculty at Chapman University. While creative power in the studio era was largely concentrated in tycoons such as Louis B. Mayer or Jack Warner, it changed when the notion of directors as brands emerged with the New Hollywood movement that began in the 1960s.

This idea has persisted and, in today’s concentrated media landscape, carries significant weight.

“David O. Russell and Quentin Tarantino are brand names as much as a movie star,” Carman said. “Maybe even more so now, since movie stars still matter but seem more attached to a specific brand, like the Marvel franchise.”

Beyond awards and prestige, there’s what Kate Fortmueller, a professor of entertainment and media studies at the University of Georgia, called “the ‘the devil wears Prada’ kind of thing.” If you can survive being that person’s assistant, your career is done.” She made the comment about Scott Rudin, the producer at the center of a Hollywood Reporter expose last year, which detailed his alleged history of “unbalanced” behavior, but extended the logic to other demanding bosses.

“’Are these conditions significantly worse than any I’ve experienced? … Is it worth it for me to do this for an Oscar nomination?’ For some people, it will be worth it,” Fortmueller said. “I think culturally there’s a lot of leeway given, especially to white male directors, in terms of what needs to happen to make great art.”

Sometimes things go too far, even for top talent who have more of a say than crew members. Speaking to The Times in 2018, actress Uma Thurman reminded how Tarantino persuaded her to do her own driving stunt on “Kill Bill” even though she said she was uncomfortable doing it after hearing the car might have had some trouble. She ended up in an accident that she says left her with neck and knee injuries and made her feel helpless as a creative collaborator.

Tarantino, whose “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” grossed more than $140 million at the domestic box office the year after Thurman’s interview aired, didn’t seem to face a bigger backlash from the industry for the behavior she described. Money continues to be a huge liability factor in Hollywood, according to Carman, who said Russell’s last film, ‘Joy,’ released in 2015, grossed just under $56.5 million. at the box office, against 150 million dollars garnered by its predecessor. , “The American Unrest”.

Carman said that if ‘Amsterdam’ doesn’t achieve “the same success as ‘American Hustle’, that’s where Hollywood starts to curb those behaviors. There’s historical precedent for that. Fortmueller, who studied the working practices in the entertainment industry, noted that “Hollywood is a really tricky business because the line between art and business is really fluid and quite difficult to analyze”.

“There are certain things where, ‘This is the method he needs to create his art’ becomes a justification,” she said. “These things are going to make a lot of money. It’s hard to imagine how unregulated these working conditions can be.

Back as planned – The Fall Cycle Stage presented by Monster Energy returns to Daytona International Speedway as part of Biketoberfest, October 13-16

The iconic venue will be ready for fans and competitors in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian; Free entry to the largest motorcycle market in the region; Two-wheel racing action will be featured on Daytona’s iconic 3.56-mile road course

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (October 5, 2022) – Fall Cycle Stage presented by Monster Energy, Daytona International Speedway’s 30e annual Biketoberfest® event, WILL BE return as scheduled Oct. 13-16, as Hurricane Ian recovery efforts won’t stop the track and community from welcoming fans, competitors and enthusiasts alike.

The World Center of Racing faced high winds and heavy rain as Hurricane Ian swept across the Florida peninsula, but track staff have been working around the clock to ensure the site is ready from. Biker’s Paradise will be open Thursday through Sunday (October 13-16) for four days of exciting activities for motorcycle enthusiasts – both the iconic 3.56-mile Daytona Road Course as well as the popular Motorcycle Marketplace.

During the Fall Cycle Stage presented by Monster Energy, guests can watch two-wheeled track action throughout the weekend and enjoy live entertainment. See the Championship Cup Series (CCS) on the road course with the 39e Annual race of AMA Road Race champions as well as the American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA) and the Bagger Racing League.

When not watching the action on the track, fans are encouraged to visit the Motorcycle Marketplace, located in the Midway outside the front line (parallel to International Speedway Blvd), which will bustle with activity. The Motorcycle Market offers a one-stop shopping destination with everything from the country’s best motorcycle parts to Hot Leathers and Harley Davidson fashions, apparel, accessories, aftermarket parts sellers, as well as many other displays and activations. Admission is FREE to the motorcycle market.

Infield RV camping for Fall Cycle Scene is available for purchase, starting at $140 (which includes RV site, 4-day Infield admission, and tow vehicle pass). Additional field admissions for the four-day weekend are only $60. Bike trailer parking in a secure area outside the infield beginning Thursday, October 13 is also available for $25.

One-day field admissions are also offered (Thursday $20, Friday $25, Saturday $25, and Sunday $25). Field admissions allow fans to see the racers on 31 degrees of the bank at Daytona International Speedway for four days of thrilling action from the field, as well as access to the UNOH fanzone and garage.

To see complete details on all admission and camping opportunities for Fall Cycle Scene, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

The City of Daytona Beach Biketoberfest Master Plan is fully activated and most events scheduled for Biketoberfest will take place as scheduled. Many more local businesses are back up and running, and more are coming online daily. For accommodation information, as well as general information about Biketoberfest, customers are encouraged to log on to www.Biketoberfest.org and www.DaytonaBeach.com.

Soak up the rays on our beautiful beaches, discover local attractions and discover all the area has to offer at www.daytonabeach.com.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway at TwitterFacebook and Instagram, plus the all-new NASCAR Tracks app, for the latest speedway news.

The Arts Center has a new director

The City of Lone Tree has appointed Leigh Chandler as Executive Director of the Lone Tree Arts Center. She had been Marketing Director of LTAC since 2015, steadily increasing the number of subscribers and visitors, and was promoted to Artistic Director in June 2021. She has served as Acting Director for the past six months.


The Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, headquartered in Golden, has been a local fixture for a few years. See coloradocowboygathering.com. The gathering has announced that it will postpone its performances from 2023 to January 2024 “to save a few more coins in the coffee can. There will be a summer concert in August, the band says. We will send you an announcement at this subject and wish the organization good luck… Contact if you are interested in a position on the Board of Directors.

SCFD grants announced

The tax-funded Science and Cultural Facilities District announced grants. Arapahoe County: David Taylor Dance Company, Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, Museum of Outdoor Arts, Colorado Opera Company (headquarters in Englewood). Douglas County: Parker Arts. Elbert County: Brink Literacy Project. Jefferson County: Athena Project, Opera Company, Chicano Arts and Humanities Council. Evergreen: Stage Door, Control Group Productions. Evergreen: Children’s Choir, Evergreen Jazz Festival, Fiesta CO Dance Company, Foothills Art Center, Ovation West Performing Arts.


Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, presents SALT Contemporary Dance Company at 7:30 p.m. on October 29. 303-987-7845, lakewood.org/Government/Departments/Community-Resources/Arts-and-Culture/Lakewood-Cultural Center.

Aurora Fox

“Futurity,” a new folk musical, will be helmed by outgoing executive producer Helen R. Murray, joined by musical director Angela Steiner and choreographer Patrick Mueller. The cast also acts as a band, playing a myriad of instruments, led by Adrienne Leigh Robinson as inventor Ada Lovelace and Nick Vlachos as soldier Julian Munroe. October 7-30. 9900 E. Colfax Ave, Aurora. 303-739-1970, aurorafox.org.


“Coyote, Badger, Rattlesnake” plays through October 15 at the Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver. Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday: 3 p.m. Masks required. See buntport.com.

The comedy

“Capitol Comedy” (formerly known as Capitol Steps, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on October 17 at the Newman Center, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver. Tickets for Newman Center Presents events: newmancenterpresents.com. 303-871- 7720 .


The Littleton Symphony, conducted by Catherine Sailer, will present a concert entitled “Celestial Beauty” on October 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. Tickets: littletonsymphony.org, 303-933-6824.

Stories on stage

Subscriptions are available for the Stories on Stage season or individually: storiesonstage.com. 303-494-0523. “The Banned Books Club” is at 7 p.m. September 15 at Su Teatro, 727 Santa Fe Drive, Denver and premieres virtually at 7 p.m. September 15. Stories of contested books, commemorating Banned Books Week. Ticket information: 303-494-0523 or storiesonstage.org.

jerry camp

Jerry Camp’s “I Still Believe Tour” will take place at Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Blvd., Highlands Ranch, at 7 p.m. on October 11. Tickets: 855-484-1991 or platformtickets.com. ($24, $29.)

Studiocanal’s Anna Marsh promoted to Deputy General Manager of Canal+ | New

Marsh joined Studiocanal, the production and distribution subsidiary of Canal+ in 2008, becoming Head of International Sales and Managing Director of Studiocanal UK, before being named CEO of Studiocanal in 2019.

Marsh has nearly 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. A graduate of the University of Otago in New Zealand and then of HEC, she began her career in 2002 in the international sales department of Tele Images Productions (Marathon group), before becoming head of international sales at TF1 International.

Read more Opening the Conversation: Diversity in Media and Broadcasting

Earlier this year, Studiocanal acquired a majority stake in Dutch FilmWorks in Benelux.

Maxime Saada, Chairman of the Management Board of Canal+ Group: “I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Anna Marsh as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Canal+ Group. Thanks to her and her teams, Studiocanal now occupies a central place in the film and audiovisual industry.

He added: “Anna Marsh is a great professional, a passionate person, whom the Group is proud to count among its own. This appointment is a further illustration of the confidence that Canal+ Group has in him and of his now cross-functional role within the Group.

Studiocanal is 100% owned by French pay-TV giant Canal+. It finances and produces around 30 films a year, distributes around 50 films a year and has one of the largest film libraries in the world, with nearly 7,000 titles from 60 countries. Studiocanal also produces more than 200 hours of TV series each year internationally.

Read more New ways to expand and engage audiences

Student Loan Forgiveness App Goes Live Every Day, as Biden Administration Releases New Updates

The Biden administration is moving forward with its student loan forgiveness plan, and officials appear to be on track to issue a formal request within the next two weeks. Senior administration officials are stepping up outreach to borrowers and providing more details on how to apply and when to expect relief.

Here is the latest.

Up to $20,000 in student loan forgiveness under the Biden plan

Under a plan first announced last month, President Biden’s one-time student loan forgiveness initiative will allow up to 40 million federal borrowers to receive up to $20,000 in forgiveness. federal student loan.

Borrowers will be eligible for student loan forgiveness under Biden’s plan if they made less than $125,000 (or less than $250,000 if married) in 2020 or 2021. All federal student loans Government-held loans, including undergraduate, graduate, and Parent PLUS loans, are potentially eligible for relief.

New Student Loan Forgiveness Application Details

The Biden administration has indicated that while some relief will be granted automatically, most borrowers will need to submit an application, which will be available this month. Borrowers can also decline student loan forgiveness if they do not wish (i.e. to avoid potential state tax liability).

According to the Ministry of Education, the application for student loan forgiveness will be simple, short and easy to complete. No supporting documents will be required.

“In October, the U.S. Department of Education will launch a short online application for student debt relief,” the administration said in a mass email to borrowers. “You will not need to upload any supporting documents or use your FSA ID to submit your application.”

“We will send more details [to borrowers] over the next few days as we approach the application period,” Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in a statement. recorded video message to borrowers.

When Will Borrowers Receive Student Loan Forgiveness

The Department of Education expects a four to six week processing time for student loan forgiveness applications. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis during the application period, which will run from October 2022 to December 31, 2023.

“Once you submit your application, we will review it, determine your eligibility for debt relief, and work with your loan officer(s) to process your relief,” the education department said in the e mass email to borrowers. “We will contact you if we need additional information from you.”

According to a court filing in a legal challenge brought by Republican states trying to block the student loan forgiveness plan, the Biden administration does not expect any student loan forgiveness approvals. before October 17, 2022. A preliminary hearing on that new lawsuit is scheduled for this week — and it’s possible that legal action will complicate the expected timeline for student loan forgiveness.

Biden administration changes loan eligibility for FFELP borrowers applying for student loan forgiveness

In response to new litigation challenging Biden’s student loan cancellation plan, the Department of Education abruptly changed eligibility rules last week to exclude certain corporate-held FFEL loans (former loans issued in under the Federal Family Education Loan Program) relief. FFELP loans held by companies that have not yet been consolidated into a direct loan, or that have not been included in a request for direct loan consolidation before September 29, 2022, would not be covered.

Other FFELP loans, including defaulted FFELP loans and FFELP loans administered by the U.S. Department of Education, are still eligible for relief. The Biden administration has indicated it is exploring alternative avenues to provide relief to excluded borrowers.

Further Reading on Student Loans

In Reversal, Biden Administration Announces New Student Loan Forgiveness Eligibility Limits

5 key takeaways from the sudden change in student loan forgiveness eligibility

Biden’s student loan forgiveness could be taxable in some states

Millions of student borrowers to get payments back under Biden’s loan forgiveness initiative

Zee to Shut Down Channel to Allay CCI Concerns Over Sony Deal

On Friday, Zee proposed to shut down a major general entertainment channel, with a massive 20-30% market share in the general entertainment channel space, in a submission to the Competition Commission of India (CCI ), two people with direct knowledge of the development said on condition of anonymity.

“Zee has agreed to shut down one of its major entertainment channels. The removal of this channel’s business from the scope of the merger will ensure a reduction in the combined entity’s overall market share in certain major regions. This can assure CCI that any monopolistic pricing power of the merged entity is limited and potential audience dominance is contained,” said one of the two on condition of anonymity.

The identity of the channel that Zee agreed to shut down could not be established.

A spokesperson for Zee declined to comment, while an email sent to Sony went unanswered.

This is the first time Zee and Sony have offered a structural remedy, the person said. About a fortnight ago, Sony-Zee submitted a set of “behavioural remedies” to CCI for the deal, which did not include structural changes such as shutting down all channel activity or selling off some channels for reduce the threat of competition.

The move is aimed at allaying CCI’s concern that India’s biggest media merger could give Zee-Sony unprecedented pricing power, which could hurt the prospects of other TV stations in the broadcast industry. Entertainment.

“After an ICC hearing on Thursday, Zee and Sony submitted their ‘remedy’ by filing a rejoinder on Friday (September 30) to the original merger petition that was filed with the ICC a few months ago” , said the first person. .

Subhash Chandra’s Zee merger with Sony Pictures will consolidate at least 92 television channels, including all sports and entertainment channels from both companies, and multiple video streaming platforms under one entity in which Sony will have a majority stake.

Both companies have obtained the approvals of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), shareholders and the National Company Law Tribunal, Zee Entertainment and Culver Max Entertainment Pvt. Ltd (formerly Sony Pictures Networks India), but struggled to convince the antitrust regulator that the merger would not affect competition.

Both companies now expect to get the green signal from CCI as they have offered a structural remedy, according to the people quoted above. On September 29, Zee and Sony made a presentation before CCI to address the regulator’s concerns about market dominance.

At the meeting, Zee and Sony pledged not to abuse their dominant market position and to avoid charging above-average fees to advertisers or DTH providers for a certain period after the merger.

In August, CCI, through a notice to the two companies, said their “enormous market position” after the merger would give them “unprecedented bargaining power.”

The regulator was particularly concerned about the impact of the merger on advertiser fees and channel pricing, particularly in the Hindi-language segment.

Shares of Zee Entertainment rose 2.85% to 258.20 on BSE Friday.

In their first attempt to address antitrust concerns, Sony and Zee hinted that the merged entity was willing to offer mandatory price incentives and rebates to all channel distributors, such as broadcast satellite operators directly, on fair and non-discriminatory terms for a certain period after the transaction.

Additionally, Zee and Sony offered to create and operate “independent advertising verticals” for a fixed term.

The final structural remedy could save CCI from ordering a detailed investigation into the impact of the merger, which could delay approval for months.

In December, Sony and Zee Entertainment announced plans to merge their entertainment and sports TV channels, movie assets and video streaming platforms to create a broadcast giant in India to compete with Walt Disney Co.

While Sony is popular among viewers for its sports channels and hit reality shows like Kaun Banega Crorepati hosted by Amitabh Bachchan, Zee is a household TV name in India. It was established in 1992 under the Essel Group by Chandra, often called the “Father of Indian Television”.

In 2019, the founders of Zee had to offload their stake in the company to reduce their debts. And in 2021, with the company prone to a hostile takeover, the merger deal with Sony was struck when Zee’s promoters became embroiled in a board dispute with Invesco, the most major public shareholder of Zee Entertainment.

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🌱Symphony Under The Stars Postponed + Hall Of Fame Racing Event

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Kimmel’s pet adoption event hopes, like Annie, we all save a Sandy

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — “Anne” kicks off the new season of Broadway at the Kimmel Cultural Campus on October 11.

To celebrate Annie’s beloved musical and adorable rescue dog, Sandy, the Kimmel is hosting a very special pet adoption event. this Sunday.

“Annie saves Sandy, and we try to send that same kind of special love and positive energy,” said Fran Egler, senior programming director. & Presentations for the Kimmel Cultural Campus.

“You can come find your very own Sandy for your Annie at the Kimmel this Sunday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come meet some amazing puppies who may have a future in musical theater or just have a future in your home.”

This event is in partnership with the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA).

It takes place in front of the Kimmel Center building.

Inside, you’ll find tons of fun at the Family Fundays program at the Kimmel Cultural Campus.

The square will offer entertainment, shows and hands-on activities. Again, it’s this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A rescue named Addison plays Sandy in the show, which is on stage at the Miller Theater from October 11-16.

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illusionist dance company comes to Fairfax | Culture & Leisure

MOMIX offers an unforgettable visual experience


In 1971, Moses Pendleton co-founded the revolutionary Pilobolus Dance Theater in Connecticut, leading to the creation of MOMIX 10 years later, a chance for its dancers to combine athletic dance, captivating music, outrageous costumes, props and pure talent to present a show like no other.

Today, Pendleton continues as artistic director and is still not short of ideas for innovative visions of the human body on stage.

MOMIX is a show like no other – it presents an entertaining multimedia experience that transports audiences to a fantasy world through its signature use of magical lighting and imagery, emphasizing the beauty of the human form. combined with nature, music, scenography and life itself.

“It’s dancing, but it’s not dancing. It’s a show that doesn’t have the logic of a normal musical,” Pendleton said. “We use puppets and props; there’s ballet and acrobatics and weird illusions.

While Pendleton and company have brought MOMIX to the George Mason Arts Center in years past, on October 1, a special show will be played at the Fairfax called “Viva MOMIX”. In the show, small vignettes make up the two-act performance, blending traditional MOMIX styles of illusion, beauty, magic, fun and inventiveness.

“People should enter MOMIX with no expectations other than to take a little trip into the lands of MOMIX to escape the harsh realities they may or may not be experiencing,” Pendleton said. “It’s very physical, entertaining and very fun too.”

The exciting program is a variety of mix-and-match sections from some of MOMIX’s most popular acts.

“It’s a little fantasy world of almost 20 short numbers that are highlights of the moves we’ve made in productions over the years,” Pendleton said. “We see it as a ‘best of’ type of show; it’s our compilation album and each track has its own musical universe. It will move with the dynamics of a real vaudeville show.

For example, in “Botanica”, the work shows the infinitely renewable energy of the performers using costumes, projections, bespoke props and puppets, on a score ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi.

One of Pendleton’s favorites is “Marigold”, performed by five dancers, dressed in several tutus dyed orange to make them look like large, bulbous marigolds.

“This is part of ‘Botanica’s larger production of gardens and plants, and it’s a flower that we exhibit as a five-minute dance piece,” he said. “You see the image of a flower moving, so it’s Disneyesque that way, and the women go through a series of makeovers as the fluffy marigolds of the costume float up and down. It’s quite whimsical and magical .

Next, audiences will journey down literature’s most infamous rabbit hole, when MOMIX dancers perform ‘Alice’, a new work inspired by the children’s classic ‘Alice in Wonderland’. As Alice’s body grows, shrinks, and grows again, Pendleton’s dancers expand by means of props, ropes, and other dancers.

“Sometimes you find an idea and you can explore a chapter to see how you feel, and it’s a way for us to try something new,” Pendleton said. “We hope to bring the whole production to George Mason the next time we come to town.”

Another work from the show is “Opus Cactus”, where Pendleton brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with his signature illusionist style creating dynamic images of cacti, crawling lizards and fire dancers.

The show also includes “Lunar Sea”, which incorporates the use of illusionist costumes, ingenious lighting effects and gravity-defying physical imagery that results in transport to places never before imagined.

MOMIX will never cease to amaze, impress and inspire.

“Surprise is half the fun,” Pendleton said. “Audiences like to try to understand what they are looking at.”

For more information, visit cfa.calendar.gmu.edu/momix.

Weekend Art Events in San Diego: ‘Grave/Grove’, The Space Lady, Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ and More


This Weekend in the Arts: Sreshta Rit Premnath at ICA San Diego; The Teros Gallery welcomes The Space Lady; Irving Flores plays Eydie Gormé; Jean Lowe at Quint; Verdi’s “Requiem” at the Shell; Ingram Ober and Marisol Rendón’s Park Social bike tour; and Nathan Englander at the Old Globe

Sreshta Rit Premnath: ‘Grave/Grove’

visual art
In the latest exhibition to occupy the San Diego Institute of Contemporary Art’s Balboa Park space, Indian and Brooklyn-based artist Sreshta Rit Premnath uses sculptural and botanical installations of weeds or other suppressed plants to explore the idea of ​​strangers to society, refugees or expelled. The vegetal installations are paired with sculptural curved, white, landscape backdrops, sparsely dotting the gallery space. Premnath worked with Pixca Farm in South Bay to grow the plants used in the exhibit.

Details: Opens with a reception from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2022. On view through February 23, 2023. Museum hours are 12-5 p.m., Thursday-Sunday. ICA San Diego – Central, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. Free.

Payare conducts Verdi’s “Requiem”

Music, Classical, Outdoor concerts
Perhaps one of the times when I felt the most “metal” (as the kids say) was playing the second movement of Verdi’s “Requiem” in an orchestra. The movement — and the whole composition — has an intensity and power almost unmatched in the classical repertoire. And it’s a setting to music of a funeral mass, which is also quite metal.

Verdi wrote “Requiem” in 1874, just a few years after the opera “Aida”. He is widely regarded as an opera composer, having written over two dozen operatic works during his lifetime. Although “Requiem” is a detour from his operas, it is still very theatrical and dramatic. The San Diego Symphony will perform two concerts with the San Diego Master Chorale and soloists.

Details: 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday, October 1-2, 2022. The Shell, 222 Marina Park Way, Downtown. $25 to $108.

Bike tour of the social park: “In collaboration with the passerby”

Visual Arts, Outdoors
Artists Ingram Ober and Marisol Rendón will present the culminating event of their Park Social installations at Otay Valley Regional Park on a weekend bike tour and accessible walking tour. The duo have installed a series of sculptures throughout the trail network, and each of their installations are located at “entry points” for the trails, reflecting the different users and inhabitants of natural spaces. I’ve described Ober and Rendón’s work in the early stages of Park Social, and you can read more about their plans here.

Details: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, October 1, 2022. Otay Valley Regional Park Ranger Station, 2156 Beyer Blvd., Otay Mesa. Free.

Lady from Space: Final Tour

Music, Electronic Music
Dubbed a “living legend of foreign music,” The Space Lady is Susan Dietrich Schneider, and this is her final tour having performed since the 1970s. Her music is, yes, “spacious,” but also pared-down, lo- fi and honest – often strange and curious interpretations of pop songs.

Los Angeles-based experimental harpist and composer Nailah Hunter also performs in this Teros Gallery showcase. Like Teros, they also bring in many friends from the arts community. Visual artist Avia Rose will create visuals for the performances, Burn All Books will be on hand, and more.

Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, October 2, 2022. Tango Del Rey, 3567 Del Rey St., Pacific Beach. $25 to $50.

John Lowe: “Swank”

visual art
Artist Jean Lowe’s latest full-gallery installation is a surreal cardboard and papier-mâché rendering of a car dealership, complete with a massive “Swank Tank”, the Hummer EV.

“Swank Tank” by Jean Lowe, a large-scale cardboard and papier-mâché sculpture of the new electric Hummer. It will be featured in Lowe’s “Swank” exhibition from October 1 to November 26, 2022 at the Quint Gallery.

Lowe’s signature space is the space between compelling realism and cartoonish parody, and applying that style to sky-high or over the top indulgences like Hummers just seems right. Apparently Quint Gallery staff will be on hand as car salespeople and will also include works by Lowe’s husband, artist Kim MacConnel.

Details: Opens with a reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. On view through November 26, 2022. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Gallery Quint, 7655 Girard Avenue, La Jolla. Free.


Eydie Gorme appears in an undated photo.

Irving Flores presents a tribute to Eydie Gormé

Music, Jazz, Latin
At Dizzy’s on Saturday, local jazz pianist Irving Flores will perform a set honoring the oft-overlooked but enduring and impactful vocalist Eydie Gormé. Kaylee Daugherty will perform on vocals, with Sean Hicke on bass, drummer Fernando Gomez and Cuban percussionist Eugenio Arango.

In a memory on NPR after his death in 2013, jazz critic Will Friedwald attributed Gormé’s magic to his emotional range. “Eydie Gormé certainly deserves respect. She’s one of the greatest performers in the American songbook,” Friedwald told NPR. Listen to “Sabor a Mí” here.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, October 1, 2022. Dizzy’s, 1717 Morena Blvd., Morena/Linda Vista. $20.

‘What are we talking about when we talk about Anne Frank’

Pulitzer Prize-winning Nathan Englander’s new play ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank’ is now on stage at The Old Globe, directed by Barry Edelstein. The story follows two childhood friends who separate in adulthood and lead very different lives. In the show program, Edelstein said that this piece not only touches on friendship and the Jewish experience, but speaks at its heart about the terrifying uncertainty of our current reality. “That anxiety is Nathan’s subject here,” Edelstein writes.

Details: On stage until October 23, 2022. Performances this weekend are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. $30 to $106.

For more arts events, to submit yours, or to sign up for my weekly KPBS/Arts newsletter, visit the KPBS/Arts Calendar.

Articles :: VBgov.com – City of Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach History Museums invites you to take a paranormal tour of historic Thoroughgood House by candlelight in October. Keep an eye out for ghostly happenings in the gardens and house as professional costumed storytellers guide you through the night. Campfires and cider will also be available at Thoroughgood House to warm your spirits on those fun and spellbinding fall nights! Tours are suitable for all ages.

Tours will be every 30 minutes from 6-9 p.m. October 20-23 and October 27-30. Tickets are $15 for adults and children 10 and older, $7 for children under 10, and can be purchased online in advance or at the door. Tours are presented in partnership with Zeiders American Dream Theater.

Click here to buy tickets for the “Ghosts of Thoroughgood Past” tours. Ticket registration is through the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation ActiveNet system. If you do not already have an ActiveNet account, you will need to create your free account before purchasing tickets.

For the latest information on events and tours of Virginia Beach history museums, visit museumsvb.org. If you have questions about tours, call 757-385-5100 or email [email protected]


The Cultural Affairs Department engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities. The department assists and directs the Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission, coordinates the city’s public art program, oversees Virginia Beach’s history museums, provides contract management for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, serves as liaises with Virginia MOCA and the ViBe Creative District, and serves as a resource for local arts and people organizations.


History museums in the city of Virginia Beach include Thoroughgood House, Francis Land House, Lynnhaven House, and the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum. The Virginia Beach History Museums are part of the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs. As part of the municipal government of the City of Virginia Beach, the Department of Cultural Affairs engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage, and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities. Visit www.museumsvb.org for more information and follow @VBHistoryMuseums on Facebook and Instagram, and @VBHistMuseums on Twitter, to stay up to date on all Virginia Beach history museum events and news.


Zeiders American Dream Theater is a non-profit professional theater that showcases new work and emerging artists, presents unique artistic experiences, and inspires creative growth in the Hampton Roads community. The founding principles of Z are that creativity drives the growth of individuals and communities; and that imagination, passion and creative discipline are universal requirements for all successful endeavors, artistic and otherwise. Our mission is accomplished through balanced programming between the development of projects and artists, the presentation of regional, national and international artists and community events.


The Rave appears to have sold its stake in Marc Geiger’s SaveLive venture

Lollapalooza co-founder Marc Geiger has expanded his growing SaveLive venue and promoter business to Milwaukee by partnering with Rave — an under-the-radar deal struck as the local gig industry evolves, with new offerings music venues causing tension in the scene.

Neither the Rave nor SaveLive have released statements about the deal, and details are not publicly known. Neither a representative for SaveLive nor Leslie West, co-owner of Rave with Joe Balestrieri, responded to requests for comment.

But the Rave is now listed as a partner on the SaveLive site – not on the homepage, but on the “partners” page – an addition that has happened since April.

Geiger, who headed the William Morris Endeavor global music division from 2003 to 2020, launched SaveLive in October 2020, as venues struggled during the pandemic, “to bring scalable services and benefits to owners of independent theaters and secondary markets,” according to a description on SaveLive’s website.

According to Variety, SaveLive’s plan when it launched was to acquire a 51% stake in independent venues and promoters, although a company representative told Variety that the majority stake deal was not not the case for all partners. SaveLive had enough clout to secure $135 million in funding in February from four venture capitalists.

Rave deal comes amid plans for rival venues

The Rave and SaveLive deal emerges as Madison-based Live Nation-backed promoter FPC Live plans to build a two-site live music complex at the former Bradley Center site in the Deer District. On Monday, FPC Live scored a narrow victory with the Milwaukee Plan Commission, securing a needed zoning change recommendation by a 3-2 vote.

That vote followed nearly four hours of debate, with several critics speaking out against the proposal aligned with a new pushback effort, Save MKE’s Music Scene, which includes Rave, Pabst Theater Group, Shank Hall and Cactus Club as supporters.

One of the recurring arguments from critics at Monday’s Planning Commission meeting was that FPC Live, with the support of Live Nation, would starve local independent promoters and venues of business. This has been the focus of a campaign the Rave has shared in recent days on its social media pages and with its newsletter subscribers protesting the venue proposal.

The fact that the Rave has the backing of SaveLive and venture capitalists could become a counter-argument to FPC Live as the back and forth continues, although Live Nation and FPC Live are still far bigger players than SaveLive and Rave.

FPC Live was the 33rd biggest promoter in the world in 2021, according to concert trade publication Pollstar, selling 187,548 tickets. It sold far more than that in 2022, with FPC Live co-chairman Charlie Goldstone recently telling the Journal Sentinel that he sold 180,000 tickets for shows at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater alone and at the BMO Harris Pavilion, as part of his preferred promoter deal with the Milwaukee. World Festival Inc. venues outside of Summerfest.

FPC Live is also the main promoter of the Fiserv Forum, including sold-out shows with Post Malone and Harry Styles. He also promoted the state’s largest single concert by attendance this year, with Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard at American Family Field.

In 2018, FPC Live’s parent company, Frank Productions, also based in Madison, sold a majority stake to Live Nation, which is by far the largest concert performer in the world. In its second-quarter earnings report last month, Live Nation said revenue of $4.4 billion, up 40% from 2019, and that the company had already sold more tickets. than she had for all of 2019, putting her on track for a banner year.

Pabst Theater Group partners with AEG

It is expected that if FPC Live opens its venue complex in the Deer district – which includes a 4,000 capacity venue and an 800 capacity venue – that virtually all visits from Live Nation clubs and theaters routed through Milwaukee will end up there. instead of the Rave, Pabst Theater Group venues and other locations around town.

The FPC Live project will then be examined by the zoning, neighborhood and development committee of the municipal council. After that, the full common council would vote on the committee’s recommendation. The board will also need to approve a liquor license for new sites.

Local firm Eppstein Uhen Architects designed the building which, if approved, would be constructed by Miron Construction, in partnership with JCP Construction. The complex could host 135 events a year, executives said, with plans to open in early 2024.

This rendering depicts the interior of a proposed ballroom-style music hall that would be part of the Iron District and operated by the Pabst Theater Group.  The 3,500-seat venue would largely be general admission with some VIP seating.

With a formidable competitor closing in on becoming a bigger player in Milwaukee, the Rave may not be the only independent local venue finding outside alliances.

The Milwaukee Business Journal reported last week that AEG, the world’s second-largest live music player, will partner with the Pabst Theater Group on a 3,500-capacity venue project, built from the ground up in as part of the Iron District project, where an 8,000-seat football stadium would serve as the anchor tenant.

Representatives for AEG did not respond to the Journal Sentinel with confirmation, and Pabst Theater Group CEO Gary Witt declined to comment.

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Joe Balestrieri’s name.

Contact Piet at (414) 223-5162 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @pietlevy or Facebook at facebook.com/PietLevyMJS.

College Prep Night is tonight at the Day Air Ballpark – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio


DAYTON — The Dayton Dragons and Day Air Credit Union will host College Prep Night, a free educational event for prospective students, tonight at Day Air Ballpark, according to a news release.

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The event will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the deadline to register was Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

High school students can talk to representatives from colleges and universities across the country.

More than 1,000 students and their guests attend, and more than 50 colleges and universities participate in the free event, according to the statement.

Some of the colleges expected to appear include University of Miami, University of Dayton, University of Kentucky, University of Cincinnati, Sinclair Community College, Wright State University, Xavier University, Edison State University and many other schools.

“Decisions about higher education are as difficult as they are important,” said Bill Burke, president and CEO of Day Air Credit Union. “We are proud to be able to offer College Prep Night as a vital resource to local families to help them make the most informed decision possible.”

Representatives will be on hand to answer any questions students may have about college life at each particular school.

BITS & BYTES: Close Encounters With Music Opens 31st Season; local writers to read; Berkshire Natural History Conference; Biennial LAB at the Fisher Center; annual OLLI art exhibition; Housatonic party in the park

Close Encounters With Music Announces New Season

Greater Barrington— Close Encounters With Music presents its 31st season opening on November 6 at 4 p.m. with the premiere of One Earth, composed by Tamar Muskal, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. The opening concert will also feature Schubert’s String Quintet performed by the Borromeo String Quartet, joined by cellist Yehuda Hanani.

In addition to offering live in-person concerts, curated online performances will be available to accommodate geographically distant listeners and newly expanded virtual followers.

Tickets, $52 (Orchestra and Mezzanine), $28 (Balcony) and $15 for students, are available from the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center or by calling 413-528-0100. Subscriptions are $250 ($225 for seniors) for the 7-concert series. Season subscriptions are available from [email protected] beginning September 8. See all upcoming Close Encounters With Music programs here.

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Readings at Book Mill Barn

West Stockbridge— Pittsfield poet Lisken Van Pelt Dus and Great Barrington memoirist

Photo courtesy of Shaker Mill Books.

Kathy Kessler (writing as Kate Calder Klein) will read from their new books at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 2at the Book Mill barn in West Stockbridge at Shaker Mill Books.

Kessler’s new book, Purveyors of Light and Shadow: Two Artists Search for Meaning, is “a double memoir about reviving artistic purpose from the rubble of past lives.”

Lisken Van Pelt Dus’ new playbook, Letters to my Dead, is a series of poems to his departed loved one that sows new understandings of love, grief and memory.

Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase and signing.

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Berkshire Natural History Conference

Pittfield— The sixth annual Berkshire Natural History Conference, with presentations by local and regional naturalists and renowned authors, will take place on Saturday October 1 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, located at 375 Church Street in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Highlighting topics ranging from rare birds to tiny organisms that live in the layers of a leaf, the event features several renowned speakers and exhibitors. It is open to the public and students of all ages and disciplines are especially encouraged to attend. General admission tickets are $25; student tickets are $15 and include forum credit. To purchase tickets, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/bnhc or call (413) 236-2127.

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Biennial LAB at the Fisher Center

Photo courtesy of Fisher Center.

Annandale-on-Hudson — Bard’s Fisher Center presents the biennial LAB this fall, a themed festival that invites and commissions artists to create new work that addresses some of the most pressing issues of our time.

The 2022-23 edition, Middle ground, is a one-year international program focusing on land and food policies and taking place on four continents. The festival includes two four-day festivals at and around Fisher Center, one at harvest time (October 13-16, 2022) and one during the growing season (May 4-7, 2023).

Fall Event Tickets, Cooking sections and The belly is a garden are on sale now.

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OLLI Art Exhibition

Pittfield— The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Berkshire Community College will host the 12th Annual OLLI Art Exhibition from Saturday, October 1 through Monday, October 31 in the Crane Room of the Berkshire Museum, located at 39 South Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The Berkshire Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. OLLI members can attend the exhibition for free and must register at reception.

In addition, a free reception will take place Thursday, October 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

The OLLI Art Exhibition showcases the work of many talented OLLI artists for fellow members, friends, family and the public. Categories eligible for entries include painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, mixed media, textile art and jewelry. Some works are for sale, with 100% of the profits going to the artist.

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Housatonic party in the park

Housatonic— A party in the park is planned for October 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Alice Brubiski playground at the corner of Front and Pleasant streets in Housatonic, Mass.

The event will feature a variety of food vendors, live music, interactive dancing opportunities and dance presentations for the whole family, “Archer” the Great Barrington Police Department service dog, a fire truck, face painting, activities sponsored by GB Libraries, and general fun for families. MUSE, the Studio for Integrated Craftsmanship will have an open house for everyone. The rainy date is set for October 2.

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Mohican Nation Opening

11:55 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Soul Prophet – Singer/Composer

12:25 p.m. – 12:35 p.m. – Tap dancers – Berkshire Pulse

12:40 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. – Johnny Blond – Karma Fun Rock

1:20 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Kaptain K & the Ites – Psychedelic Soul/R&B

1:50 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Annie Guthrie – Folk/Pop

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Swing Dancing for All – Berkshire Pulse (Park Grounds)

Prosecutors could indict Alec Baldwin for the filming of ‘Rust’

The New Mexico state district attorney could press charges against four people, including actor Alec Baldwin, for the fatal shooting on the set of “Rust”.

In a recent letter to the state finance board, Santa Fe Dist. Atti. Mary Carmack-Altwies said up to four people could face criminal charges in connection with last year’s crash that claimed the lives of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.

The letter, reported for the first time by the Santa Fe New Mexican, said his office is considering charges, including homicide and firearms violation, against four people.

“One of the possible defendants is well-known movie actor Alec Baldwin,” the district attorney wrote in a letter dated Aug. 30 and seen by The Times. She did not identify any other people who could be charged.

“If costs are justified, the [1st Judicial District attorney] plans to sue up to four people. My expenses for the ‘Rust’ [case] will start immediately and will be expensive,” she wrote.

The urgent request for funding could not wait for the next legislative session because “the evidence has just been rendered, the State is ready to make indictments in the ‘Rust’ case”, she writes.

Carmack-Altwies requested $635,500 for what she described as potentially four separate jury trials and to hire a special investigator, media spokesperson and experts.

The state gave the district attorney’s office $317,000 to appoint a special prosecutor to oversee the case, according to the state’s office website.

The prosecutor appointed Andrea Reeb as special prosecutor.

Baldwin’s phone, one of the outstanding pieces of evidence in the case, has been turned over to prosecutors, ABC News reported.

Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas of Quinn Emanuel, cautioned against assuming his client will be charged.

“The DA has made it clear that she has not received the sheriff’s report or made a decision on who, if anyone, may be charged in this case,” Nikas said. “And in my communications with the DA’s office just a few weeks ago, after the August 30 funding application was submitted, I was told that it would be premature to discuss the matter because they don’t had not yet reviewed the case or deliberated on their charging decision.”

Baldwin has repeatedly denied guilt in the shooting.

Next month will mark a year since the accident on the set of the low-budget western as questions linger over how a live tour ended on production in breach of safety practices.

Last month, another key piece of evidence was handed over to police. A long-awaited FBI report, including an analysis of the gun Baldwin fired, concluded that the gun “functioned normally when tested in the laboratory.”

The report noted that for the Pietta Colt .45 replica to fire, the trigger had to be pulled. Those results seemed to cast doubt on Baldwin’s statements late last year to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he hadn’t pulled the trigger.

However, Nikas, who was also the film’s producer, said the report’s findings had been “misinterpreted”.

“The gun only fired once in testing – without having to pull the trigger – when the hammer was pulled and the gun broke in two different places,” Nikas said. “The FBI was unable to fire the gun in a pre-test, even when pulling the trigger, because it was in such poor condition.”

Earlier this year, Hutchins’ family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Baldwin, producers and “Rust” production members who they say broke “the most basic rules of gun use.” in a film production.

Lawyers for the Hutchins family sued gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who they say was responsible for maintaining the guns on set and did not check that the gun or ammunition was safe before the first assistant director Dave Halls does not hand over the gun to Baldwin. The complaint also accuses Halls, a defendant in the lawsuit, of failing to verify that the revolver was safe.

Baldwin blamed Gutierrez Reed and Halls for the tragedy in a interview with CNN last month.

A representative for Halls and Gutierrez Reed did not respond to requests for comment.

A New Mexico state agency has imposed its maximum fine on the producers of “Rust” for breaching safety, saying they showed “complete indifference” to employee safety. Rust Movie Productions LLC has denied the allegations.

Duchess of York ‘among famous faces whose details leaked to Dark Web by Russian hackers’ | Entertainment

The Duchess of York is one of a group of famous faces who have allegedly had their personal details leaked by Russian hackers on the so-called ‘Dark Web’.

Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, 62, along with Lady Sarah Chatto, 58 – cousin of King Charles – and Sir David Attenborough, 96, have been targeted by a group known as ‘Snatch Team,” The Mail on Sunday (25.09.22) says.

Also on a list of celebrities affected are tennis star Tim Henman, 48, snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, 46, according to the publication.

The Mail on Sunday says hackers hacked into their data when they targeted luxury organic food company Daylesford, a favorite of the rich and powerful and dubbed ‘Britain’s fanciest farm shop’ “.

He added that details were leaked when company bosses refused to pay a large ransom in the form of Bitcoin, as the hack was apparently carried out using ransomware.

Daylesford – which sells £50 honeypots and is owned by Lady Carole Bamford, wife of Tory Party billionaire donor and JCB building owner Lord Bamford – admitted in June last year that it had been hacked but insisted that no personal data had been compromised.

But the Mail on Sunday said that since then hackers have uploaded a “vast cache” of stolen files measuring 80 gigabytes onto the dark web, known as a place of business for criminals in drugs, weapons, child pornography, hacked details and stolen credit card information. .

The publication said Daylesford’s leaked files included purchase orders for his wealthy clients and sensitive corporate data, including staff grievances, confidentiality agreements and banking information.

Philip Ingram, a former British military intelligence colonel, told the Mail on Sunday: “This cyberattack should be a wake-up call for security services and businesses. Daylesford is exactly the kind of company that would be viewed by Russian-based hackers as both a lucrative ransomware opportunity and a potential utility for Kremlin power brokers.

Daylesford, named after the Cotswold village where the Bamford family live, is said to have delivered food to former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but it is understood he is not among the customers whose details have been leaked.

Boris and his wife Carrie held their wedding party at Daylesford House two months ago, which is the Bamford family’s Grade I listed home.

The company, whose other products include £25 cans of loose leaf green tea and £30 bottles of olive oil, has around 800 staff and a turnover of almost £50million a year. year, and was founded after Lady Bamford started giving her children organic products. food.

Russian cybercrime has skyrocketed since President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine in February, seen as a response to Western sanctions against the nation.

Planting ‘The Willow’: Dining Couple Plans To Build Event Venue In Spring | Local News


JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown couple with a “flair” for dining plan to build a rustic wedding venue in Richland Township next year.

Flair of Country’s Corey and Mindi Crocco are setting the stage to plant “The Willow” on 75 acres of Cambria County countryside in 2023, saying they envision a modernized barn-style venue that offers brides and event planners a customizable space.

“It will be a blank canvas inside,” he said. “We want to give them a space where they can create the look they want,” said Corey Crocco.

The couple had dreamed for years of creating a wedding venue that would feature their homemade country-style dishes, he said.

They acquired land for the site along Airport Road three years ago, but COVID-19 halted their plans.

Their vision for the venue includes a full-service commercial kitchen, a 7,000-square-foot dining room large enough for 350 people, and picturesque views, he said.

The couple launched their mobile catering business in 2015, enabling them to serve crowds at festivals, weddings and other special events.

They quickly recognized that rustic “barn weddings” are popular choices, but destinations in the region often lack essential amenities and are far removed from hotels and motels.

The Willow will be built as a year-round site with heating, air conditioning and utilities – providing a scenic setting just half a mile from accommodation and other needs, Crocco said.

Flair of Country, their original company, will manage the space.

If all goes well, work will begin this fall.

But construction isn’t expected to begin until early spring, possibly March, Crocco said.

Airport officials have approved an easement to add a driveway to The Willows property through a small portion of airport property.

The authority also provisionally approved the group’s authorization to develop the area south of the airport.

A zoning waiver was granted in 2020 by the Township of Richland to build the site inside the light industrial zone.

Crocco thanked First Sum-mit Bank, which helped fund the project, and Richland Township officials for their support throughout the process.

Crocco said final permits were being acquired to begin work.

Reservations for 2024 weddings will start accepting early next year, he said.

At the airport itself, work could soon advance on a terminal building cafe that would serve passengers during lunch hours.

The Croccos established a base inside John P. Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport in 2016.

The café will be set up near the baggage claim area of ​​the terminal, next to a space already leased by Flair of Country.

Crocco said visitors will be able to choose from “to-go” items or everyday features often found on their mobile kitchen menu, such as the pulled pork macaroni and cheese sandwich, seasonal salads and other barbecue dishes. .

“We plan to open (the cafe) in January after our busy season is over,” he said.

Catering business is growing at the airport site thanks to a lease that rises to $800 a month in 2023, authority officials said Tuesday.

David Hurst is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @TDDavidHurst.

‘The Crown’ to return in November for season 5 with a new queen

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Crown” will return to its Netflix throne in early November.

The drama series about Queen Elizabeth II and her extended family will begin its fifth season on November 9, the streaming service announced on Saturday. The debut will take place two months after the Queen passed away on September 8 at the age of 96.

Production on the sixth season was suspended on the day the Queen died and again for the funeral of Britain’s longest-serving monarch.

In the upcoming season, Imelda Staunton becomes the latest in a succession of actors who have played Elizabeth over the decades of her life and reign. The first two seasons starred Claire Foy as the young Princess Elizabeth ascending the throne and becoming queen. Seasons three and four introduced Olivia Colman as a more mature queen.

The show won 22 Emmys, including a Best Drama Series trophy and Best Drama Actress honors for Foy and Colman. Josh O’Connor, who played Prince Charles as a young man in 13 episodes, won the Emmy for best dramatic actor.

The central role of Princess Diana shifted from Emma Corrin in season four to Elizabeth Debicki (“Tenet”) for seasons five and six. She stars alongside Dominic West as Prince Charles. The Prince, Elizabeth’s eldest child, became King Charles III upon his death.

Other newcomers include Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret and Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip.

Season five of “The Crown” is set to cover the royal family’s turbulent 1990s, when Charles and Diana’s marriage fell apart. The Princess of Wales died following a car accident in Paris in August 1997.

The series was widely acclaimed as a drama, but some criticized it for its lapses in historical accuracy. Two years ago, Netflix rejected requests to add a disclaimer to the series.

Peter Morgan, creator of “The Crown” and author of other dramas of recent history, including “The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon,” has defended his work, calling it documented and true in his mind.

WineInk: Aspen Regular Kosta Launches New Wine Company

Visitors to the Convene Tasting Lounge at Bacchus Landing enjoy both the Sonoma sun and the cellar’s first three releases: two vintages of Pinot Noir and a Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley.

Summon/courtesy photo

When you have been one of those lucky ones who have experienced a meteoric rise, the difficulty is often to propose a second act. It’s a problem we should all be lucky enough to have.

Dan Kosta, a highly regarded Sonoma winemaker who often comes to Aspen to share his wines, is poised to produce not just a second, but a true third act as he turns 50. And this is a culmination of all the experiences that have punctuated his life as a winemaker to date.

Earlier this month, Kosta launched a new wine venture, the DK Wine Group (DK for Dan Kosta), with the release of three wines, a pair of Pinots Noirs and a Chardonnay, from superior vineyards in the Russian River appellations. and Sonoma Coast under the Convene label. The project marks something of a renaissance for the winemaker, whose name still leads Kosta Browne’s famous Pinot Noir-centric brand which he founded, along with partner Dan Browne in 1997 with the tip the two earned while working the floor at John’s Ash Restaurant.

Dan Kosta, his wife Katie and their dog Poppy are delighted with the creation of DK Wines and the release of their new wines under the Convene label. They are even more looking forward to the birth of their child in October.

Summon/courtesy photo

According to legend, the couple bought half a ton of Pinot Noir grapes with a hand-cranked crusher and a used barrel. In 2001, under their eponymous name, Kosta and Browne produced 150 cases of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir from the 2000 vintage. A decade later, in 2011, their 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir was recognized by wine spectator as the No. 1 wine of the year. Soon after, they sold the company for $40 million to Vincraft. A rather successful first act.

Kosta Browne is now owned by the Duckhorn Wine Company and part of their exceptional Pinot Noir-based portfolio, which includes another classic producer they’ve acquired in recent years, Calera, as well as local Duckhorn Anderson Valley gem, Goldeneye. . While Kosta and Browne are no longer affiliated with the wines, their names live on the bottles.

Kosta followed Kosta Brown with another partnership project, this one with New Orleans chef and entrepreneur Emeril Lagasse with whom he co-founded AldenAlli, this time named for the women they were married to at launch. AldenAlli has crafted limited production wines and has been recognized as an important vehicle for philanthropic and charitable fundraising purposes, particularly for the annual auction that the Lagasse Foundation holds each year in New Orleans.

But now Kosta, along with his longtime winemaker Shane Finley, is ready for a new project with a new purpose.

“I love making single-vineyard wines from great places like Campbell Ranch,” Kosta said in a recent interview, referring to one of the most esteemed Pinot Noir wineries in the River Valley. Russian, one of the best places in the world for premium Pinot Noir. “But blends, wines that are made by taking the best from different vineyards and combining them, really appeal to me.”

With Convene, Kosta and Finley will source the fruit from a number of vineyards in the Russian River and Sonoma Coast appellations, then blend them to create new and interesting wines that are one of a kind. “Mixes are more fun,” laughed Kosta. “With a blend, a winemaker can be a bit more determined and have more impact than when making a wine from a single vineyard. Wines are a little harder to make, but you have the ability as a winemaker to make decisions that really affect what the wine will be. You can make selections from the different vineyards and blend the wines that complement each other best. It’s a process, but it can be very rewarding.

And this process is one of the reasons Kosta chose the Convene name for the new wines.

“Of course the name refers to the idea of ​​’summoning’ grapes from different places,” he said, “but it’s also about bringing together all those things that make wine fun for me. Having done this twice before with partners, it’s a chance to spread my wings and use everything I’ve learned.

And it goes beyond simple winemaking.

“There are so many things that go into building a business. It’s about selecting vineyards, building relationships with wine club members and working with distributors,” he said.

Here in Colorado, he works closely with John Salamanski and Penny Devine of Redstone, and their company CS Wines, to distribute the product.

“I mean, they’re like family, and one of the best things about Convene is being able to work with the people we want to work with,” he said.

Convene wines are made in a custom crushing facility in Santa Rosa, California, under the care of winemaker Shane Finley, a Vikings fan from Minnesota who has worked with Kosta since the days of Kosta Browne. Finley also shares Kosta’s vision for the beauty of blends.

“Single vineyard wines are pure expressions of the terroir; they focus on what the site does best,” Finley explained. “Blends, on the other hand, present the challenge of harmonizing disparate vineyards and all of their unique characteristics. The process of merging multiple vineyards into a true representation of its appellation is extremely rewarding.

Wines under the Convene label will initially be available through a mailing list and to wine club members. The dk-convene.com website, is the best place to visit and start a relationship with Convene. Or, instead of a virtual tour, Convene has a tasting lounge in Healdsburg, Sonoma County at a beautiful facility called Bacchus Landing, which hosts a number of the region’s top producers in a friendly environment. Reservations can also be made for in-person wine tasting experiences on the website.

A pair of pours of the recently launched Convene wines await guests at the Tasting Lounge.

Summon/courtesy photo

The day I spoke with Kosta was in the middle of the 2022 harvest and temperatures in Sonoma had reached 114 degrees.

“I grew up in Santa Rosa and I’ve never seen such hot days,” he told me as he sat in his air-conditioned car at one of the vineyards he uses.

The grapes for these wines are all harvested at night and picked by hand, he explained, and much of the harvest was already complete or underway, so the impact should be minimal on the 2022 vintage. Still , Kosta acknowledges the challenges he faces in building a new wine brand these days.

“It’s not just the climate and the heat, but the supply chain issues affect everyone,” he said.

Either way, Kosta is excited about the new opportunities this third act presents, and he’s looking forward to coming to Colorado with the wines and, of course, getting together as he shares them. .

“The goal will be to get these wines to as many A-list restaurants as possible,” he said. “I want people to be able to taste them and enjoy them.”


Concern for Syrian heritage sites after party at Krak des Chevaliers


BEIRUT — Music pulsed as colored lights danced through the crowd. The DJs kept the party going until dawn. It was like any other rave, except this one was held in a medieval castle, the Krak des Chevaliers, one of Syria’s most treasured cultural monuments.

Before the Syrian civil war, tourists flocked to the country to soak up its rich history and visit its ancient cities and castles, six of which had been designated by the United Nations as World Heritage Sites.

In 2013, as the war escalated, UNESCO placed all six on its List of World Heritage in Danger, a designation it hoped would “mobilize all possible support for the safeguarding of these properties”. But the conflict was to wreak havoc and the violence prevented UNESCO from working to repair the damage. Today, as the war draws to a close, cultural experts still struggle to access heritage sites and they fear that no one is working to protect them.

The destruction over the past decade has been extensive. The Krak des Chevaliers, or al-Hosn Castle, was hit in 2012 and 2013, damaging at least one tower. The ancient city of Palmyra was ravaged by Islamic State militants, who partially blew up a Roman amphitheater, which they used for public executions, and destroyed temples and the huge triumphal arch honoring the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus. UNESCO condemned the demolitions as a “war crime”.

The government now controls five of the six World Heritage sites and has reopened them to tourists. But UNESCO says it has carried out assessment visits to only three of the sites, citing security concerns. Since 2011, experts have been unable to reach the Krak des Chevaliers in western Syria, as well as the Qal’at Salah El-Din, a fortress dating from the Byzantine era, and the ancient Roman city of bosrah.

“Restoration and recovery of cultural heritage sites and cities can only take place after the conflict is settled,” said the UNESCO World Heritage Center when asked about the lack of access.

UN intervention in Syria has been limited to humanitarian issues, the World Heritage Center wrote in an email, saying it “supports the protection of Syrian cultural heritage from afar”. On the one hand, we assess the damage caused to cultural heritage, using remote sensing techniques. … On the other hand, we give advice on how to prepare for the restoration of World Heritage damaged by the conflict.

Footage from the Krak des Chevaliers dance party last month alarmed experts, who already feared the government was putting tourism ahead of preservation.

Amid criticism, Western tourists return to battered Syria

“Forget raves and all that: you usually have big [foot] visitor traffic, and all of that causes wear and tear on a site,” said Amr Al-Azm, a Syrian professor of Middle Eastern history and anthropology at Shawnee State University in Ohio who worked in the country before the war. “As a custodian of a site, you always try to balance the needs of local communities, the needs of site protection and the needs of site maintenance.”

The problem today, Azm said, “is that there is no oversight. We don’t know who is responsible, and there is a history of using these sites for unconventional functions, which then resulted in significant damage to the site itself.

Azm recalled an example from before the war, in the early 2000s, when air conditioners were mounted on the roof of the Aleppo citadel for a conference at the World Heritage site. The resulting damage to the ancient walls caused a scandal and led to an investigation.

“When you don’t have oversight, and someone comes in and does something like that, you end up with a lot of significant irreparable damage to the site itself,” Azm said. Such damage could lead to sites being removed from the World Heritage List, which happened with Liverpool’s Victorian Docks after UNESCO concluded years of development had caused “irreversible loss”.

Instead of bringing in international experts, the Syrian Ministry of Culture and event organizers say they are doing everything possible to ensure venues are handled with care.

When 30-year-old Michael Atallah and his partners launched their entertainment business Siin Experience, their goal was to bring electronic music to Syria and marry it with the country’s famous heritage – Sin was the name of the Mesopotamian god of moon. They wanted to interest young Syrians in ancient sites, which most had only visited on dreary school trips.

Atallah lost track of how many venues they applied for before finally getting permission to hold the rave at Krak des Chevaliers. To help get the idea across, he said, they showed the Ministry of Culture examples of concerts at other ancient sites, such as those held at the Roman-era Roman Theater of Orange in France. “We always try to show them that it’s being done overseas,” he said.

The band then hired a musical engineer from Lebanon – the regional destination for electronic raves and parties in general – who pays particular attention to the effect of vibrations on old structures. It wasn’t just about preservation, Atallah said. He also feared that old stones would break loose and fall on the crowd.

The organizers had initially planned their event inside the fortifications, but the Ministry of Culture refused them access after studying the request.

“We haven’t penetrated an inch of the castle,” Atallah said.

The event, attended by 1,200 people, took place in the outdoor car park, with the ancient castle walls serving as a backdrop for DJ decks. Lasers shot through the stone structure, sometimes tracing purple and green lines along the edges, creating the impression of a massive childish drawing of a black castle surrounded by neon lights. Then red lights flooded the place, bringing the walls to life.

Atallah hopes this will be the first of a succession of parties at historical sites. From the famous Khan Assad Pasha, a caravanserai in old Damascus, to the court of the citadel of Damascus, he wants to show what his tired country still has to offer.

“People come to you at the end of the night and say, ‘You’re helping me stay in this country,'” he said. Everyone – the organizers, the musicians, the crowd – can finally “dump all the negative energy that we all feel”.

Two Philly students now have school board seats

Two new school board members took their places at the Philadelphia School District table Thursday night, promising to center the voices of 114,000 students.

Sophia Roach, a senior at Philadelphia High School of Creative and Performing Arts, and Love Speech, a senior at Kensington High School for Creative and Performing Arts, will serve as the school board’s student representatives for the 2022-23 school year.

Student representatives do not have voting rights, but they participate in all board discussions and gather information from their peers across the city. last year’s board representatives helped choose a new superintendent.

Roach, a creative writing student at CAPA, is a founding member of the school’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee and editor of the Bullhorn, the citywide student newspaper. She works as an intern at the Mütter Museum studying the effects of gun violence on young people in Philadelphia, and CAPA director Joanne Beaver said she was “a thought partner for me as a director.”

“Sophia is a thoughtful observer of the social environment around her,” Beaver said. “She makes sure that what’s right is always at the forefront of what we do.”

Speech, a gifted artist, participates in a college-career bridging program that gives her visibility in the workplace. She is also taking all of her senior year classes at Community College of Philadelphia.

Patricia McDermott, director of KCAPA, said Speech had “a strong moral compass and a drive to help others. She is thoughtful in her words and actions and often helps other students in her classes in a way that is both supportive and extremely kind.

Mayor Jim Kenney hailed the new student representatives – the fifth pair of students to hold the position.

When the city returned the district to local control in 2018, Kenney said the goal was to hold him and others accountable for the district’s performance.

“Our student council representatives play a critical role in this process,” the mayor said.

Superintendent Tony B. Watlington Sr. interviewed Roach, Speech and three other finalists for the position, chosen from 21 qualified applicants from district and charter schools.

“I know they’re very passionate and dedicated people,” Watlington said. “Actually, I feel like they are endowed with tenacity.”

Roach told the council she was driven by a desire to represent students “who deserve to be truly heard and not just seen through demographics and standardized test scores.”

Speech said she wants to “stand up for all students and give them the best chance possible to succeed and enjoy their educational experience.”

The board also heard from Watlington and members of his cabinet at the start of the school year.

Reggie McNeil, chief operating officer, said each of the district’s thousands of classrooms was cleaned and ready for the 2022-23 year, which began Aug. 29. He also said the district has made progress on the garbage collection issues that plagued him last year. .

And while he doesn’t know about last year’s transportation problems, the on-time arrival rate still lags: 71% of school buses get kids to class on time.

Asked about the on-time target, McNeil said that while 100% would be ideal, the district is aiming for 80%, given that “we deal with calls, we have to deal with accidents that happen in the city.”

Larisa Shambaugh, district talent director, said the year started with 98% of teaching positions filled. The district has more work to do in other non-educational categories: 92% of nursing positions filled, 71% of bus drivers, 69% of construction engineers, 88% of general cleaners, 82% of staff catering, 80% of special education assistants and 76% of student climate staff.

Special education assistants are paid $22,735 per year (compared to $15,000). Board member Cecelia Thompson wondered if this was enough to attract candidates for this difficult and crucial position.

“Is that a living wage for an adult for the amount of work these special education assistants do?” Thompson asked. School board president Joyce Wilkerson said the district wants to pay a living wage and said it’s a matter of collective bargaining.

Several speakers referred to leveling, the district’s practice of moving teachers weeks after the school year begins to reflect changes in enrollment. (The school system renamed it this year, calling it “enrollment-focused resource review.”)

The district delayed leveling last year as students returned to in-person instruction after an all-virtual year for the vast majority of the school system, but it cost millions. Officials said they could not afford to completely eliminate grading, a practice that suburban and better-funded school systems do not engage in.

But Gwendolyn Roth, a seventh grader at Kearny Elementary in Northern Liberties, said the leveling was unacceptable, period. Kearny lost many teachers to leveling during her years at school, she said.

“There aren’t many teachers who teach the same grade two years in a row because someone got leveled and had to replace them,” Roth told the board. “Basically, when a teacher is leveled, the first six weeks of the year are lost in terms of class time, and there are disruptions in our schedule, like lunch and specials.”

Mother Caroline Thorn said the leveling, which is due to start next week, “isn’t fair. There is no good time to do it, but right now it would be very damaging.

Film Exec Emily Wolfe Joins Plan B Entertainment – ​​Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Film industry veteran Emily Wolfe has joined the film division of Plan B Entertainment as she continues to expand her prolific slate of films.

“We are thrilled to have Emily join our team as we look to the future of our business and continue to build our feature film slate. She will be a welcome addition to our growing business,” said Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner of Plan B Entertainment.

Wolfe recently served as co-producer on Millie Bobby Brown’s fantasy film Damsel. Former executive of Netflix, she worked for four years on more than ten films including The King, Rebecca, Let It Snow, Earthquake Bird, The Midnight Sky, Yes Dayand Paul Thomas Anderson’s unique reel, ANIMA. She started her career working for Lindsay Doran and Stacey Snider.

Plan B has a first feature deal with Warner Bros. Discovery where they are currently in production on Bong Joon Ho’s untitled film starring Robert Pattinson; and a second-look deal with MGM Studios, where they’re set to release Sarah Polley’s women who talk via Orion Pictures, and in post-production on writer/director Cory Finley’s adaptation of Unseen Hand Landscape.

In addition to women who talkPlan B’s 2022 feature slate includes Andrew Dominik Blond debuts later this month on Netflix and Emmy Award-winning director Maria Schrader’s adaptation of She says for Universal Picture which will be released in November. Other upcoming Plan B projects include David Michôd Wizards! for A24; an untitled Formula 1 racing film from director Joseph Kosinski and starring Brad Pitt, as well as Jon Watts’ untitled thriller starring Pitt and George Clooney for Apple; and with MGM an original film by writer/director Lee Isaac Chung; a big screen adaptation of Hedda Gabler writer/director Nia DaCosta; plus adaptations of bestselling author Chandler Baker’s features The husbandswith Kristen Wiig attached to the star and also a producer, and New York Times by best-selling author Lisa Taddeo Animalwhich she will adapt for the screen, marking her feature film writing debut.