The Roots To Close New York’s Highline Ballroom With Final Show Next Month

first_imgHighline Ballroom in New York City is slated to close its doors for good in the coming weeks. The announcement came earlier this month when its owners revealed that the landlords of the building in which the music venue and two-level event space sits will not be renewing their lease going forward. It only makes sense, however, that if you’re going to go out, it’s at least worth going out with a bang.That appears to be the case for the final days of Highline Ballroom, which has existed in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan for the last 12 years. The venue announced on Monday that their final show will take place early next month on February 5th, with a headlining performance from The Roots.Tickets for the final event starring the popular alternative hip-hop group will run at a manageable $40, and presumably go on sale this Friday, February 1st, although there’s no specific on-sale information on the event page as of Tuesday morning.Seeing The Roots listed as the final performers at Highline Ballroom does come as somewhat of a surprise considering the band isn’t even originally from New York City. Though, the band has managed to make New York City their home away from home in recent years. Back in 2016, the group established an NYC edition of their Roots Picnic with the two-day festival coming to Bryant Park and featured performances from Dave Chappelle, D’Angelo, Wu-Tang Clan, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, and more. The band has been primarily headquartered in New York City since 2009 when they were named the house band of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.Highline Ballroom management did reveal that they’re looking into the possibility of reopening the venue at a different location within the Chelsea and Meatpacking District areas of lower Manhattan, although fans shouldn’t hold their breath on an announcement coming anytime soon.Speaking of reopenings, another local New York City venue, Webster Hall, also announced recently that will reopening its doors at some point later this year following some serious renovations which began back in August 2017. So New Yorkers at least have that going for them, which is nice.last_img read more

Bertolt Brecht’s A Man’s A Man Opens Off-Broadway

first_imgBertolt Brecht’s A Man’s A Man opens at off-Broadway’s Classic Stage Company January 30. Starring Tony nominee Justin Vivian Bond and Gibson Frazier, the production is directed by Brian Kulick and features new music by Grammy- and Tony-winning singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik. In addition to Mx Bond and Frazier, the cast includes Elizabeth A. Davis, Martin Moran, Jason Babinsky, Steven Skybell, Tony winner Stephen Spinella, Ching Valdes-Aran and Allan K. Washington. A Man’s A Man tells the story of Galy Gay, a simple man out shopping who, by the trickery of some soldiers, is turned into a soldier, enlisted into Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and, eventually, reassembled into a killing machine. The play is Brecht’s ode to the inhumanity of man.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

On the Blogs: FirstEnergy’s Double Standard

first_imgOn the Blogs: FirstEnergy’s Double Standard FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Dennis Wamsted at WamstedOnEnergy:These two aging facilities—the Sammis plant’s newest unit is 45 years old while the oldest is 57; the Davis-Besse facility is 39 years old but it has a history of serious maintenance problems—have been battered by the drop in natural gas prices, the influx of new wind and solar generation, and the continued stagnation in overall electricity demand. The battering has been so bad that they essentially can’t compete in the current market, and FirstEnergy is asking state regulators to bail them out while hitting customers with new monthly charges that could run into the billions of dollars over the coming eight years.In its pleadings with the Ohio PUC, FirstEnergy has said the bailout is essential to keep the plants operating, and that the plants, in turn, are needed to maintain reliable, affordable electric supplies in the state—in other words, could I get a little re-regulation here, please.In defending the company’s proposal, Doug Colafella, a FirstEnergy spokesman, told the Toledo Blade: “We like to think of it as an insurance policy against volatility and the future uncertainty of the marketplace. It’s a concept we think will benefit customers because it considers the long-term volatility of the marketplace.”That doesn’t sound at all like the pro-competition track laid down by former CEO Alexander (Remember, “competitive markets, over time, will produce the lowest prices for customers.”) or the pro-competition testimony offered just months ago in Maryland regarding renewables (Remember, “competitive markets, not regulatory mandates, provide the most economical solution….”).Well, the competitive markets have spoken in Ohio (and the broader PJM territory in which FirstEnergy’s generating units operate), and Sammis and Davis-Besse simply can’t compete. This point was driven home by PJM itself in a recent report: “The simple fact that a generating facility cannot earn sufficient market revenue to cover its going-forward costs does not reasonably lead to the conclusion that wholesale markets are flawed,” PJM wrote. “More likely, it demonstrates that the generating facility is uneconomic.”It’s time for FirstEnergy to stand by its competitive mantra and close those two plants, not seek to soak its customers for billions for plants that are no longer economic.Full item: FirstEnergy Fails the Test on Utility Competition With Its Bailout Bidlast_img read more

Entering the new year, the sojourn tax increased

first_imgAccording to the new Decree, in the A-class tourist resort in the main summer part of the season in hotels and similar accommodation, the fee increases from HRK 8 to HRK 10. The paid means of the sojourn tax are delivered to the users according to the following schedule: 1% The Red Cross, 2,5% it is paid into a special account of the Croatian Tourist Board, intended for development projects and programs for creating new tourist programs in underdeveloped tourist areas, 65% the tourist board of the municipality, city, town, 10% the county tourist board and 25% Croatian National Tourist Board. Also, sojourn tax for persons providing catering services of accommodation in the household and on the family farm increases by 15% ie it is determined in the amount of HRK 345,00 per bed and camping unit., in B class HRK 293,25, in C class places HRK 241,50, and in D class HRK 172,50. Attachment: Decree on determining the amount of sojourn tax for 2019center_img The lump sum of the sojourn tax paid by the owners or users of the vessel for themselves and for all persons who spend the night on that vessel (sailors) is determined in the following amounts: With the entry into the New Year 2019, the tourism sector has undergone many legal changes, and one of them is the increase in the sojourn tax, which is higher by 25 percent.last_img read more

Bundesliga: Haaland strikes two more goals as Dortmund rout Cologne

first_img Having claimed a hat-trick as a replacement on his Dortmund debut last Saturday to inspire a 5-3 win away at Augsburg, Haaland, 19, again showed clinical finishing. Promoted ContentThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Awesome And Unusual Staircases From All Over The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Loading… “For Erling, it’s simply wonderful – five goals, two games, there are worse starts,” said Dortmund captain Marco Reus.“Especially here at home – that’s why we signed him.“That was a good step forward from us – also from me personally,” added Reus who was criticised for missing clear chances against Augsburg.With his team 3-1 up, Haaland came on for his first home appearance with an hour gone and 11 minutes later was on the scoresheet, slamming home the rebound of a saved Julian Brandt shot.He then showed his speed to beat Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn, tucking the ball into an empty net on 87 minutes.Dortmund coach Lucien Favre explained why Haaland was again only a second-half replacement.“He didn’t train in December due to injury, therefore we have to be careful with him,” said the Swiss.“He’s not ready to play from the start, we have a plan for him.”The result leaves Dortmund level on 36 points with defending champions Bayern Munich and four behind leaders RB Leipzig.Goals by Raphael Guerreiro and Marco Reus gave Dortmund a 2-0 half-time lead.England winger Jadon Sancho grabbed a third after the break and Cologne striker Mark Uth claimed his first goal for the visitors before Haaland’s entrance.The teenager has 33 goals in 24 games this season having netted 28 times for Salzburg before Dortmund snapped him up for 20 million euros ($22 million) last month.Dortmund were ahead with less than a minute gone at Signal Iduna Park as Sancho threaded a pass through to the unmarked Guerreiro who slotted home a first-time shot.It was Dortmund’s fastest goal this season.The hosts dominated and were awarded a penalty, which was reversed when VAR took a long look at defender Sebastian Bornauw’s lunging tackle on Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi before deciding the foul was just outside the area.Mats Hummels then clattered the woodwork with a thumping header.However, Dortmund went into the break 2-0 up when Hummels long-range pass put Reus in behind the defence.The Germany winger showed great timing to sweep the ball into the net on 29 minutes.Cologne’s Colombia striker Jhon Cordoba hit the post with Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki beaten just before Sancho grabbed the hosts’ third.Reus slid the ball into the path of the England winger, who slipped his marker and fired home four minutes after the break.With an hour played, Uth claimed his first goal for Cologne when the ball fell to him unmarked on the left.However, the scene was set for Haaland to claim his two goals with Cologne’s defence tiring and unable to cope with the towering teenager’s runs.‘Simply wonderful’ Haaland hits two more goals as Dortmund rout Cologne https://t.co/SGMzF5ckhk pic.twitter.com/TrG5abG5zT— CleanSheet (@Cleansheet) January 24, 2020Read Also: Erling Haaland preparing himself for Premier League actions, Raiola“He’s living his dream right now, we don’t want to wake him up,” joked Dortmund’s sports director Michael Zorc.“He’s trained well this week and is incredibly ambitious. He wants to score every goal possible in practice and gets really angry if he doesn’t take a chance.“He’s got a really good mentality. That’s why we signed him.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Teenager Erling Braut Haaland scored twice more off the bench on Friday as Borussia Dortmund moved up to third in the Bundesliga with a 5-1 thumping of Cologne.Advertisementlast_img read more

Military detonates unexploded bombs in Bago City

first_imgMeanwhile, 303IB commander, Army Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, lauded the attentiveness of the local populace as mishandling explosives could have caused serious injuries and loss of life./PN BACOLOD City – A team of explosives and ordnance disposal experts from the military detonated five explosives yesterday in Barangay Busay, Bago City, Negros Occidental. Major John Joel Batusbatusan, Bago City police chief, then requested assistance from the 303IB’s Explosives and Ordnance Disposal Battalion to safely dispose of the items. Bago City police, several local officials, and local residents responded to the area and found more explosive devices. Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade spokesperson, Major Franco Ver Lopez, said they received a resident that a farmer unearthed a fragmentation grenade in his rice field. Personnel from the 1st platoon and 2nd company of the disposal battalion facilitated the process. Among the recoveries included one fragmentation grenade, a rifle grenade, a projectile grenade, and two fuse assemblies.last_img read more

Poyet not worried about bad luck

first_img Poyet said: “One of the first things a manager says to his players is to stay on the pitch and keep it 11 versus 11. “We need to give it careful attention without forgetting that you need to compete, you need to be strong and you need to tackle. It’s a balance and at the moment we can’t find the right balance. “I want to have that feeling that we’ve done everything we can to compete. We need to be stronger and better. I wish we could have played this game earlier in order that we could get last week out of our system.” Vito Mannone is expected to retain his place in goal as Keiren Westwood struggles to shake off a knock. Cuellar is ruled out with a hip injury but otherwise Poyet can choose from a fully fit squad. Poyet’s three away games in charge since taking over from Paolo Di Canio have yielded three defeats, three own goals and three red cards – although last week’s for Wes Brown at Stoke was subsequently rescinded. The Black Cats’ luckless displays have been in stark contrast to their home form, which has seen successive wins over Manchester City and Newcastle and implied an ability to steer clear of trouble. Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has called on his side to break their away day curse as they travel to Aston Villa on Saturday rooted back to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table. Press Association Poyet said: “I know that our last three away games were incredible. I try not to think too much about bad luck but when you get so many own goals and sendings-off it makes it difficult. “So far I’m not worried but sometimes when you’re down at the bottom and think you’re doing well, you get a hammer in the head that brings you back down. “We need to make sure we turn our away form into wins and prove we can get back with the other teams in the mix. All I am asking for is a normal game with no incidents.” Poyet’s first game in charge saw a 4-0 defeat at Swansea including own goals from Phil Bardsley and Steven Fletcher, and a penalty from Wilfred Bony. A Carlos Cuellar own goal saw the Black Cats slide to defeat at Hull despite battling through the second half with nine men following the dismissals of Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena. And the controversial sending-off of Wes Brown hampered Poyet’s hopes of getting something out of the game at the Britannia Stadium, although the Uruguayan has accepted the issue is in the past after speaking with referees’ chief Mike Riley this week. Brown, Cattermole and Dossena are all available against Villa and Poyet insists that despite the apparent disciplinary issues afflicting his squad, he is loathe to sap their spirit by laying down the law over future indiscretions. Cattermole in particular has now been sent off eight times in his career but is clearly regarded as an important player by Poyet, who is expected to restore him straight back to his starting line-up. last_img read more

United get stuck at Stoke

first_img The United manager was determined to start 2015 with a bang and on the eve of the match, he told his players to go to bed dreaming of beating Stoke. Van Gaal’s men failed to wake from their slumber in time for kick-off though as the Potters caught the visitors napping early on. Just 109 seconds into the match, Hughes’ team went ahead. Crouch headed Marko Arnautovic’s corner goalwards and Shawcross, the former United trainee, was there to guide the ball home. Van Gaal rose to his feet and looked concerned about his team’s start. United lacked pace, rhythm and cohesion in attack. Shawcross kept Van Persie quiet and the best effort Van Gaal’s team could muster at the other end was a Rooney free-kick that sailed six feet over the crossbar. Diouf exposed the visitors’ defensive troubles when he dispossessed a nervous Evans and looked down on goal, but he curled his shot high and wide. Evans wobbled again when Crouch challenged him for a long ball, but referee Oliver felt the former England striker had fouled the United centre-back. Then, completely out of the blue, United equalised. Michael Carrick ran to the near post and flicked on Rooney’s corner to Falcao, who skilfully tapped in from close range. Falcao had previously struggled to keep up with the pace of the game, but now he was tracking back and grafting for his team-mates. The Colombian went over the top on one occasion, fouling Shawcross and leaving his boot in for good measure. Stoke failed to capitalise from the resulting free-kick though as Geoff Cameron glanced Arnautovic’s cross wide. United started the second half poorly. There were too many attempts at complicated passes and threaded through-balls that did not come off, thanks partly to the heavy rain that was now falling on the uneven surface. Oliver started to lose his grip on the game too as a few rash challenges flew in from both sides. Hughes came to the edge of his technical area – not for the first time – and yelled at the referee for giving a foul against Marc Muniesa, who tangled with Falcao on the edge of the box. Stoke were adamant they should have had a penalty when Crouch’s header struck Smalling’s outstretched arm. Oliver was two yards away, but decided against giving a penalty despite Stoke’s protests. Van Gaal brought Adnan Januzaj and Ander Herrera on for Luke Shaw and Falcao, which allowed Rooney to move up front. A thrilling 10-minute period ensued, with both teams going for the win. Mata lobbed the Stoke defence to find Van Persie, who chested the ball down and volleyed just wide. At the other end, Crouch hit the woodwork from Arnautovic’s corner and Diouf’s deflected volley flew inches wide. Rafael came on for Ashley Young, who pulled up with an injury. Stoke substitute Oussama Assaidi raced past Phil Jones in injury time, but he curled his shot into David de Gea’s arms and the hosts had to settle for a draw. Although Van Gaal has gone 10 matches unbeaten, his men have drawn their last three on the road – that is not title-winning form, and the former Bayern Munich manager is experienced enough to know that. His team could have come away with nothing from this New Year’s Day encounter at a blustery Britannia Stadium. Peter Crouch hit a post in the second half and the former Tottenham striker felt he should have been awarded a penalty when his header struck Chris Smalling’s arm. That was just one of a number of decisions that infuriated Stoke manager Mark Hughes, who came to the edge of his technical area to shout at referee Michael Oliver on several occasions. Mame Biram Diouf, who managed to score just once in a two-and-a-half-year spell at United, wasted a glorious chance to put Stoke 2-0 up after an error by Jonny Evans, who had a shaky game at centre-back. Despite a stellar cast of forwards including Wayne Rooney, Falcao, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie, United rarely looked threatening on the attack. A clever second-half volley from Van Persie was the closest they came to adding a second goal. Van Gaal gave United Christmas Day off to prepare for their Boxing Day game against Newcastle, but he ordered his players in for training on New Year’s Eve. Press Association Ryan Shawcross scored inside two minutes to give Stoke the lead against his old club, but Radamel Falcao scored his third league goal to give United a point. Manager Louis van Gaal said over the festive period that United were still aiming to top the table at the end of the season, but their recent form on the road means they are now in danger of slipping even further behind Chelsea and Manchester City. Manchester United’s faint Barclays Premier League title hopes receded even further as they began 2015 with a disappointing 1-1 draw at Stoke. last_img read more

Iran Shoots Down Unarmed US Drone

first_imgA commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps says Iran is “completely ready for war” with the U.S.He made that comment after Iran shot down an unarmed U.S. Navy drone in what American officials say was international airspace today.Iran claims the drone was in Iranian airspace on a spying mission.This is the second time in a week Iran has targeted a U.S. drone. “This is a significant and dangerous provocation”: @ABC News’ @MarthaRaddatz has the latest as Iran shoots down a U.S. drone. https://t.co/Stnr55VKXk pic.twitter.com/nAB5Q3AfTI— ABC News (@ABC) June 20, 2019 It tried to shoot down a drone that was surveilling last week’s attack on one of two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.The U.S. blames Iran for attacking the tankers, which Iran denies.last_img read more