Phil Lesh Confirmed To Play Two Nights At LOCKN’ Festival

first_imgWith an announcement this evening, LOCKN’ Festival confirmed what we already knew: Phil Lesh is coming. The festival added a new tidbit in their post, however, as Lesh will be playing with “Friends” on both Saturday and Sunday nights.The festival’s post showcases all of the Grateful Dead artists performing at the festival, and shows that Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will hit Thursday and Friday to provide a counterbalance for Lesh. Check out the image below.What does this mean? Well, for starters, it means that Lesh can host two completely unique “Friends” lineups. Take a look at our top 10 picks for Lesh’s Friends!We’ll just to wait and see who Lesh chooses to perform with him, considering there are countless selections from this great lineup. LOCKN’ is set for August 25-28 in Arrington, VA, and more information can be found here.last_img read more

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Broadway Grosses: Today’s An Amazing Day for Dear Evan Hansen; Here’s Why

first_img View Comments Ben Platt & Laura Dreyfuss in Broadway’s ‘Dear Evan Hansen'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) It’s a good thing those Dear Evan Hansen songs are the kind that get stuck in fans’ heads for forever! In the midst of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s La La Land Oscar buzz, their Broadway music-making magic has been released in a cast recording, which hit earbuds on February 3. Just weeks later, the Ben Platt-led musical is becoming a usual suspect in the top five in terms of capacity. Dear Evan Hansen played at 102.69% capacity this past week, raking in $1,100,061, exceeding its potential of $1,071,224. Come From Away also made the top five in terms of capacity, playing with 101.24% and earning $322,942 after only three preview performances. Eleven productions broke $1 million this week, including usual heavy-hitters like Hamilton, The Lion King, Wicked, Aladdin and The Book of Mormon, as well as Sunset Boulevard, Paramour, The Great Comet, A Bronx Tale and School of Rock.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending February 19:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($2,866,806)2. The Lion King ($1,845,100)3. Wicked ($1,807,973)4. Aladdin ($1,468,566)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,382,863)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Jitney ($368,102)4. Come From Away ($322,942)3. In Transit ($289,545)2. The Price ($280,192)*1. Significant Other ($226,779)**FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (101.88%)2. Hamilton (101.56%)3. Dear Evan Hansen (101.38%)4. Come From Away (101.24%)***5. Sunday in the Park with George (99.99%)**UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Waitress (83.98%)4. In Transit (81.23%)3. The Phantom of the Opera (75.30%)2. The Present (73.73%)1. On Your Feet! (72.91%)*Number based on four preview performances**Number based on seven preview performance***Number based on three preview performancesSource: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

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Asheville has become the first city in NC to declare a “climate emergency”

first_imgFoothills Conservancy says that the purchase of the tract ensures permanent protection of a segment of Canoe Creek and its tributaries, forested uplands, agricultural land and scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and South Mountains. Read the story here:  To join one of the classic hikes, pre-registration is required. To see a full list of the upcoming hikes, and to register, visit the Friends of the Smokies website:  Friends of the Smokies has announced that registration is now open for the 2020 Classic Hikes of the Smokies in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The hikes feature interpretation of the trail, history, and park projects supported by Friends of the Smokies. According to the Friends of the Smokies website, the hikes support restoration and rehabilitation of some of the Smokies most impacted trails through the Trails Forever program. After months of back-and-forth between Asheville city officials and climate activists, Asheville has become the first in the state to declare a “climate emergency” and set goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Foothills Conservancy purchases 330 acres in Oak Hill for future park Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina has acquired 330 acres of the Oak Hill Community Park and Forest project, the first of a two-part acquisition process that is expected to total 651 acres, the organization said on their website. They continue to raise funds to purchase the second 321-acre parcel of property, which they hope to acquire by May 2020. In the resolution, the city commits to ending greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Council also committed to switching all municipal operations to 100% renewable energy by 2030 and the entire community by 2042, the Citizen Times reports. “The city of Asheville recognizes the need for a new strategy to address climate change,” Amber Weaver, head of the city’s Office of Sustainability, told the Citizen Times.  Read the story here: Asheville has become the first city in NC to declare a “climate emergency” Registration now open for “Classic Hikes of the Smokies”last_img read more

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Volleyball: No. 3 Wisconsin silences any doubt of road struggles

first_imgDespite facing a 2-1 deficit to then-No. 14 Purdue University Friday night, the No. 2 University of Wisconsin volleyball team returned to Madison unscathed from yet another challenging road trip this season over both Purdue and the University of Indiana.While it is often challenging for a top five team to do, Wisconsin had no trouble proving itself against an even more legitimate contender in Indiana this weekend. The Badgers (12-1, 4-0 Big Ten) had already shown the rest of the Big Ten what this year’s squad was made of after they dispatched then-No. 18 Ohio State University and the University of Maryland in consecutive sweeps to open Big Ten play a week ago.Volleyball: Wisconsin heads to Indiana, Purdue to kick off Big Ten road scheduleThe Badgers asserted their dominance over Ohio State University and the University of Maryland in the comforts of the University Read…The final question surrounding UW was whether the Badgers could perform at the same level on the road as they did at home against top-tier Big Ten talent. If there was anyone doubting Wisconsin’s ability to travel before last weekend, they’re aren’t anymore.After coming from behind and stealing the last two sets 25-21 and 15-6 to beat Purdue 3-2 overall, Wisconsin made it clear that no matter the location, this year’s Badgers have been a force to be reckoned with.While the Boilermakers (11-3, 1-2 Big Ten) did an admirable job of containing freshman standout and outside hitter Molly Haggerty, sophomore middle blocker Tionna Williams stepped in with a career-high 17 kills to help put the Badgers over the edge. Williams eclipsed her previous 2016 season-high of 15, which came in the Badgers’ only loss of the season at then-No. 11 University of North Carolina.Junior outside hitter Kelli Bates also added a double-double performance, recording 10 kills and 15 digs in the team’s winning effort. Wisconsin claimed its sixth win over a ranked team through only 13 games on the season.Volleyball: Wisconsin back on track for national contention after 4-0 Big Ten startAfter then-No. 11 University of North Carolina bested the University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team to end their perfect 5-0 start, Read…Yet, Friday night’s comeback victory over Purdue was only half of the Badgers’ total success last weekend. Despite having to travel over a hundred miles and take on Indiana less than 24 hours after battling Purdue in five sets, Wisconsin hit the ground running in a 3-0 commanding sweep over the Hoosiers.Indiana (12-5, 1-3 Big Ten) dropped its third consecutive game after losing to Wisconsin at home last Saturday, leaving the Hoosiers with a rocky 1-3 start to Big Ten play. Despite averaging a .141 hitting percentage on the season, Bates finished Saturday’s win over Indiana with a career-high .643 hitting percentage, and also led the team in kills with 10 total.The Badgers now travel to Rutgers on Wednesday to take on the Scarlet Knights and hope to extend their winning streak to eight.last_img read more

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James Michael Wimberly, 65, Wellington: April 5, 1950 – Nov. 25, 2015

first_imgMike WimberleyJames Michael Wimberly, of Wellington, died Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at his home in Wellington, at the age of 65.Mike was born the son of James “Cotton” and Joyce (Taylor) Wimberly on Wednesday, April 5, 1950 in El Dorado, Kansas. His parents precede him in death.Survivors include his companion, Linda M. Swygert; daughter, Christie Wimberly-Larson; daughter, Jessica Mashburn; six grandchildren; brother, Brad Wimberly; brother, Brett Wimberly; sister, Stacy Steele and sister, Debbie Finkle. A celebration of his life begins at 6 p.m., Saturday, December 5, 2015, American Legion Tom Schwinn Post No. 90, Wellington.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

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33 bodies recovered after massive boat fire, 1 missing

first_imgWednesday, dive teams continue to pull bodies out of the water after a massive boat fire off the Southern California Coast.The Coast Guard says 33 bodies have been recovered and one person remains missing out of the 39 people aboard.Five crew members managed to escape the before the boat went up in flames, The Coast Guard said.The cause of the deadly fire remains unclear at this time.Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are currently on the scene near Santa Barbara to determine what happened and why.The 75-foot vessel was chartered for three days by a commercial dive group based in Santa Cruz, and the deadly fire occurred Monday morning.This story is developing.last_img read more

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Count Basie Theatre Series Raises More Than $400,000 for Charities

first_imgRED BANK – In the months that followed Super Storm Sandy, the Count Basie Theatre quickly became the hub for fundraising concerts and events.Charities, local and national musicians, and television celebrities reached out to the Basie and creative endeavors began. Count Basie Theatre CEO Adam Philipson spearheaded the plan to fill the calendar with not only Count Basie Theatre presented shows or rentals, but also with outside organizations needing a space that could accommodate the public. The results have yielded substantial donations for the relief efforts in the Monmouth County area.The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties was among the organizations assisted with fundraising efforts by the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank following Super Storm Sandy. Accepting a representational check, from left, are: Charles Woolston, a board member for the theater and foodbank; Peter Ardolino, a theater foundation board member; Linda Keenan, the foodbank’s director of development; Red Bank Councilman Ed Zipprich and Michael Parent, theater board members.“Our vision was to become an active agent of change and support during one of the worst national disasters” Philipson said. “We opened our doors and hearts to the families that were suffering and were grateful to have had so many artists willing to participate with us.”Of the many concerts that took place over the past three months, Count Basie Theatre presented or co-presented events generated funding toward Sandy relief from combined donations through Count Basie Theatre Raffle ticket sales, the Grace Potter & The Nocturnals performance, a private donation from the Feaster Family and Swing’ and Singin’ for Sandy Relief featuring The Manhattan Transfer.Other events that took place at Count Basie Theatre included An Evening with Brian Williams and Jon Stewart (both Williams and Stewart matched the funds raised from ticket sales); Hope for the Highlands and Santa for Seabright (Brian Kirk and the Jirks).A total of $415,782 was raised and allocated to: Lunch Break; Foodbank of Mon­mouth and Ocean Counties; VNA; Salvation Army New Jersey Division; St. Rose High School Music Department; and Count Basie Theatre Performing Arts Academy for bussing displaced students to the theater to see special performances as part of the Basie’s Outreach Program.Response from the recipients has been overwhelming and the staff at the Count Basie Theatre are happy to have helped facilitate the process.“The Board is very honored with this kind gift in recognition of the efforts of the staff and volunteers in the days following the storm to continue the vital services to our community that defines our mission,” said Bonnie Featherstone-Johnson, Lunch Break board of trustees. “We are indeed humbled.”Organizations like the Salvation Army provided 214,488 meals and 7,381 blankets. Rosemary Calderalo of the Salvation Army New Jersey Division said, “Thank you so much. We are very moved by the Count Basie Theatre’s support. You are a great community partner.”last_img read more

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FSU load up with Jamaican talent

first_imgFlorida State University (FSU) has boosted its track and field programme with a lot of Jamaican ammunition for the upcoming season.One of the Seminoles’ chief recruit is former Wolmer’s Girls and national junior sprinter Shauna Helps who will forego her final year of high school to take up a full scholarship at the Tallahassee-based institution.Among the females she will be joined by the much-travelled Peta Gaye Williams, who broke the Class One 100 metres hurdles record at the GraceKennedy ISSA Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships this year, former Immaculate High jumper Safia Morgan, who won the Under-20 girls high jump at this year’s Carifta Games and former Holmwood Technical athlete, the outstanding and multitalented Gleneive Grange, who just completed two successful years at New Mexico Junior College.The four will join up with former St Jago High thrower Kellion Knibb, who has already made a successful mark at that institution in her area. Not known for a strong showing among the females, it is expected that with the calibre of female athletes now at the institution, they are expected to put in a stronger performance at the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Championships, which should enable them to improve on their sixth-place finish at last season’s NCAA Outdoors.According to the school’s website, Helps is excited about her new school and is looking forward to the upcoming season.”It’s actually a very comforting feeling, not just because of the freshmen coming in,” said Helps.”You have some seniors and juniors who are also from Jamaica. I know them from high school in Jamaica, we’ve been through numerous Champs and numerous national teams. It’s great that I come here and know that they have my back and also the freshmen have my back. It’s great all round,” noted Helps.When asked why she opted for Florida State despite having other options,” she replied: “It’s a champion school.”Known for its strong male programme, as they have won the Atlantic Coast Conference 11 times – FSU have also strengthened that aspect with Calabar High sprinter Edward Clarke and Wolmer’s Boys’ sprinter Raheem Robinson.They will be joined by St Jago High sprinter Chad Walker, in January, plus former Kingston College jumper Keneil Grant, who just transferred from Texas Tech University.last_img read more

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Two Donegal groups in the running for Ireland’s Most Creative Group

first_imgTwo Donegal companies are among ten Irish companies who will take on the challenge of creating a piece of large-scale public art.The challenge is part of a new series set to be broadcast on Tg4.Creative Company is a new entertaining arts-based competition 6-part series coming to TG4 from January 9th, that captures the imagination of the Irish public as we embark on a mission to find Ireland’s most creative workplace. Are ordinary workers able to band together and create a piece of art? Will a cleaner be more artistic than the CEO? Can a workplace survive the ultimate creative test that is the collaborative production of a large-scale piece of art?The workers from all levels of the organisations will be encouraged to operate as a team and make the piece of art on their own premises from concept to completion. Can a group of amateurs be transformed into an arts collective? Will we find the next David Hockney or the next David Brent?Selecting ten companies and organisations from across the country, Creative Company pairs each with an accomplished Irish artist, throughout the entire process and working with the companies involved will be Dublin based painter Bríd Higgins Ní Chinnéide and Liam de Frinse, an award winning multidisciplinary artist from Belfast.The project is judged by a team of expert art critics, Evelyn O’Rourke, Broadcaster RTÉ; Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire, National Gallery of Ireland; and Helen Carroll, Business to Arts. Five workplaces will make it to the grand final and a public vote will help decide which workplace created the most impressive piece of art and deserve to be crowned Ireland’s most creative company.Participating companies are Circle K, Energia, The Gleneagle Hotel, Big O Taxi’s, Donegal ETB, The Dingle Hub, Standún, Donegal Yarns, Raidió na Life and Maurice Ward Transport. The winning company will not only claim the title of Ireland’s most creative, but their artwork will be put on public display in Dublin’s CHQ at the heart of Dublin’s business district for a period of three months. Who will be crowned Ireland’s most Creative Company? Two Donegal groups in the running for Ireland’s Most Creative Group was last modified: December 12th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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MH370 in southern Indian Ocean

first_imgAustralia’s crash investigator is confident that MH370 ended its flight in the southern Indian Ocean off Western Australia, despite doubts and confusion this week. In major developments in the ten-week search for the missing plane, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said that it had eliminated the area around where black box pings were detected early last month as doubts were cast on the origin of those signals. On Wednesday the US Navy’s deputy director of ocean engineering Michael Dean told CNN there was now broad agreement that the black box pings came from some other man-made source unrelated to the Boeing 777. The plane disappeared on March 8 carrying 239 people. The navy immediately watered down that statement as “premature and speculative”, but sources told that it was likely that the signals received were not from the black boxes and were of “unknown origin”. Mr Dean said if the pings had come from the recorders, searchers would have found them.According to CNN, Mr Dean said “yes” when asked if other countries involved in the search had reached that conclusion.“Our best theory at this point is that the pings were likely some sound produced by the ship . . . or within the electronics of the towed pinger locator,” Mr Dean said.However that is curious as if that was the case surely the pings would have “followed the ship” – they did not.They were all picked up in the same basic area as the ship swept back and forward through the search zone.The comments from Mr Dean are very unfortunate as Australia is charged with responsibility for the search, and is also supposed to be the source of all information related to that effort.The “premature” revelation came as searchers wrapped up the first phase of efforts, having scanned 850sqkm of southern Indian Ocean floor with the Bluefin-21 without finding any wreckage from the plane.However, the total search area based on satellite data from British-based Inmarsat is 60,000sqkm.Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss told Parliament the search would move into a new phase in August that could take as long as 12 months.“We are still very confident that the resting place of the plane is in the southern Indian Ocean and along the seventh [satellite] ping line,” he said, referring to an arc identified from satellite data from Inmarsat. Transport safety bureau chief commissioner Martin Dolan told the agency was “confident” the plane was in the southern Indian Ocean.The Chinese survey ship Zhu Kezhen has begun mapping the ocean floor, supported by the Haixun 01 and Malaysian vessel Bunga Mas 6, which are assisting with transporting the data to Fremantle each week for processing by Geoscience Australia.That mapping precedes a deeper sea search by a commercial contactor.Clearly it is going to be a long and tedious search.last_img read more

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