Tickets Now On Sale for Off-Broadway Run of A Night with Janis Joplin

first_img View Comments Take another little piece of our hearts, Janis! Tickets for the off-Broadway run of A Night with Janis Joplin are now on sale. The Janis tribute, after an acclaimed run on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre, will play the Gramercy Theatre beginning April 10. A Night with Janis Joplin celebrates the inspirations of one of rock’s greatest legends and takes audiences on a musical journey with Joplin as her unforgettable voice made her a must-see headliner all across the country when she exploded onto the music scene in 1967. The show features many of Joplin’s hit songs, including “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Down on Me,” “Summertime,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Ball ‘n’ Chain,” “Maybe,” “Kozmic Blues,” “Cry Baby” and “Mercedes Benz.” Mary Bridget Davies will reprise her performance as the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Additional casting will be announced soon. The show is written and directed by Randy Johnson.center_img Star Files Mary Bridget Davieslast_img read more

The Olympia Film Society presents 32nd Annual Olympia Film Festival

first_imgSubmitted by The Olympia Film Society The Olympia Film Society is pleased to announce a number of special guests attending the 32nd Annual Olympia Film Festival, held at the historic Capitol Theater Friday, November 6, 2015 through Sunday, November 15, 2015.Joining us opening night, and again on the evening of Tuesday, November 10, actor and filmmaker Crispin Glover will be screening two of his films, and performing his live show, “Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show.”  Mr. Glover is known for his scene-stealing turns in both cult classics and Hollywood blockbusters (Back to the Future, River’s Edge, Wild at Heart, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Charlie’s Angels), and his boundary-pushing work as a filmmaker, author and musician.On Saturday, November 7, we welcome Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame member and radio personality, Marco Collins, and filmmaker Marq Evans for a Q&A, following the screening of Evans’ new documentary,The Glamour and the Squalor.  The film chronicles Collins’ rise to prominence in the early 90’s as an influential tastemaker and breaker of artists such as, Beck, Weezer, The Foo Fighters, and Death Cab for Cutie.Throughout festival we will be hosting an number of post-film Q&As –including those with local filmmakers, Zach Weintraub (Slackjaw) and John Portanova (Valley of the Sasquatch), and a special Skype session with filmmaker Jen Senko, who offers a unique opportunity for audiences to give their feedback on her work-in-progress documentary, The Brainwashing of My Dad, also screening at the festival.A full schedule and ticket information for the Olympia Film Festival is on the way!  For interview opportunities with any of the above-mentioned artists, please contact OFS Marketing Coordinator, Hannah Eklund at 360.754.6670, ext. 12, or email at [email protected] Facebook17Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Saints add depth in goal with signing of Alexandre Sirard

first_imgForget about the nice summer weather.The movers and shakers from the Selkirk College Men’s Hockey Team are doing their best to dream of success on ice after inking a major cog in next season’s team — former Western Hockey League netminder Alexandre Sirard of Calgary.Sirard joins the Saints for the 2012/13 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season following three seasons of junior hockey spent in the WHL, AJHL and SJHL.”I’m excited to be coming to Selkirk College and joining the Saints,” said Sirard, who describes himself as a quick, athletic goaltender with a good foot work in a team press release. “I’m looking to establish myself as a top player in the BCIHL and play a role in building a winning team, while also having good marks in school.”As an 18-year old, he saw action with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos and compiled a record of 3-4-1 with a 3.14 goals-against average and .870 save percentage in nine games.He went on to play two-plus seasons of Junior A hockey, primarily with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Melville Millionaires.He was named the Mills’ Playoff MVP in 2011 following a first-round series loss to the Estevan Bruins, who he held to 11 goals on 172 shots over five games. Sirard split the 2011/12 season between the University of Regina and the Prairie Junior Hockey League’s Pilot Butte Storm, who he helped to a league championship following his late season addition.He concluded his junior career with a record of 29 wins, 27 losses and sevven ties. “Alex is a talented netminder whose experience in Major Junior and Junior A hockey has prepared him well to take the next step at the college level,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”With a largely new group coming in this fall, getting solid and steady goaltending will be crucial to team success early in the season.”Alex is coming off a championship run last season and he’s highly motivated to be a key piece of another winning team at Selkirk College.” The 21-year old has shown an ability to step up his game in the playoffs, where he has posted a 2.68 goals-against average and .927 save percentage over the past two seasons. Sirard is the second goaltender to commit to the Saints this offseason, joining former KIJHL and VIJHL stand-out Stephen Wolff. Also committed to the Saints for the 2012/13 season are forwards Logan Proulx (Cowichan Valley, BCHL), Thomas Hardy (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jackson Garrett (Comox Valley, VIJHL), Stephen Saretsky (Wellington, OJHL), Cole Thomson (Kerry Park, VIJHL), Scott Swiston (Creston, KIJHL), Connor McLaughlin (Fernie, KIJHL), Kyle Golz (Grandview, PIJHL), Cody Fidgett (Delta, PIJHL), John Proctor (Delta, PIJHL), Matthew Luongo (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jared Seutter (Chase, KIJHL) and Brodie Gibbon (Oceanside, VIJHL) and defencemen Brett Kipling (Melville, SJHL), Dylan Smith (Richmond, PIJHL), Mark Strachan (Kimberley, KIJHL) and Lucas Hildebrand (Revelstoke, KIJHL).last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 9, 2015)–Santa Anita Park has announced that it will provide the first 5,000 attendees on Saturday a beautiful American Pharoah, Triple Crown Champion collectable print, free of charge with paid General Admission. Each item will be accompanied by a protective plastic roll-up sleeve.The print showcases the Bob Baffert-conditioned Triple Crown Champ and jockey Victor Espinoza in three must-see shots . . . winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes . . . and thereby becoming racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years this past Saturday. (All photos were shot by acclaimed equine photographer, Skip Dickstein).First post time on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. (Please note, the American Pharoah Triple Crown Champion poster will not be available in Santa Anita’s Infield Area). –30–last_img read more

Persistent Padraig overcomes the odds to inspire others

first_imgA young Donegal man is inspiring others with his career progress and ever-positive attitude after a lifetime of medical battles.When Padraig Ferry started his new job at Pramerica in February he was asked to pick a song that best described himself. He chose ‘I’m Still Standing’ by Elton John.This was a fitting choice, since the 29-year-old had overcome so many obstacles to get to this point. Padraig suffered his first brain aneurysm at the age of 10. He was playing football outside his home in Loughanure when an extreme pain went through his head and he lost his sight.He was rushed to Beaumont Hospital, but when he woke up, he could not talk and had developed a lasting tremor. He was bed-bound for three months.“I basically had to start all over again. I knew at that stage I had an awful mountain to climb to get back to where I was,” Padraig told Donegal Daily.But the competitive kid looked up to his sporting heroes, such as the Donegal ’92 champions, to get back on his feet. He stunned medics when he walked back into rehab months later. He returned to school after that and progressed straight into secondary school at Rosses CC. Padraig went on to study for an honours degree in IT and Business Management at LYIT. But the career struggles began college when started to look for a job.“The problem was that I had no experience. It’s worse when you have a head injury, for liability reasons some employers don’t want to take you on.“I wasn’t going to stop at that. I did an ETB course in Manual and Computerised Accounting. I finally got an interview with Phonewatch in Letterkenny.”Fate dealt Padraig another bad hand in 2015 when he was struck with a second aneurysm.“I had just made a sale at work. I went home and the pain came again. I knew what it was and I thought this was it. I knew my eyesight was going to go so I ran to my neighbour’s and by pure luck, she was in and rang an ambulance.” That hill I was climbing? This knocked me back down. I had to do rehab all over again.The National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) encouraged Padraig to join the Letterkenny Men’s Shed as part of his recovery. The activities helped him with his tremor, the conversations helped him mentally, and the group led him to find even greater opportunities with work.Through friends in the men’s shed, Padraig found out about Employment Response North West (ERNW). The government-funded service helps people with disabilities find employment.“I was only after getting my degree, finding a job was the one thing I had to do. I would be a bit stubborn,” he said.Padraig’s Job Coach Iarla McGowan gave him the confidence boost that he needed. “I told Iarla my story and he said ‘I want to get you set up for a career’. I liked the sound of that,” Padraig said.Padraig Ferry is now the Mental Health Ambassador for PramericaThrough ERNW, Padraig was encouraged to apply for a job in Pramerica as they expanded their team in Gaoth Dobhair. The job offer came as the ‘best news’, he said, just before Christmas 2018.Padraig now works in a customer service team for the American multinational. His determination to rise against adversity has already earned him the title of Pramerica’s Mental Health Ambassador.If my story can help people then it’s worth telling.“I’ll be there for anyone who is going through anything, they can talk to me and I will be there to listen and share my experiences,” he said.Padraig said that he is immensely grateful to ERNW for helping him to get his foot on the career ladder.His mother Susie was his rock through every experience.There was no bigger help than my mum. She is the strongest woman I know. I fell so many days and she picked me up.Padraig’s girlfriend was also by his side through the setbacks of the second aneurysm and helped him find the confidence to go for a new career.“People like that is why I’m here. And if I can help anyone after all the help I’ve received then it’s all the better,” he said.Padraig’s spirit has earned him much admiration from those who were part of his journey.ERNW Job Coach Iarla McGowan told Donegal Daily: “There can be no underestimating Padraig’s achievements.“He is a brilliant young man. He wears a smile on his face from the beginning of the day until the end.“He has shown, in all the time I have known him, a desire to beat the hand he has been dealt and I am all the richer for meeting him.“He is an inspirational young man and I hope that he can inspire others who feel they have little hope of gaining suitable employment because of their own individual setbacks.“The opportunity that Pramerica have given Padraig is massive. It has a been a real pleasure working with the HR team up there, who have worked hard at consciously creating career opportunities within the company for people with disabilities and that has to be highly commended.”John Gorman, Principal of Rosses Community School, said that Padraig was a student who left a lasting impact on his school.“Padraig is a living lesson to every teacher that support and looking for that special spark in a student should always be core to their teaching and of their vocation.“I had the pleasure of teaching Padraig in English class. His wonderful attitude, sense of fun and always looking for the bright aspect of life and opportunity was a pleasure to witness.“As a school and as a teacher I am so proud of what he has achieved to date, a gentleman in every aspect of that word. Pramerica are very lucky to have gained this young man. They will be a great fit as I know the company work so hard to develop their people.”Employment Response North West (ERNW) hopes that Padraig’s appointment will inspire others to avail of their service and also employers, who may not have been aware of the service. The service, which is free, offers equal support to both potential service users and employers both before and during employment.Anyone wishing to avail of this service should contact their local Social Welfare Office. The Letterkenny branch of ERNW is located in the Grand Central Building (first floor). The West Donegal Office is based in An tSean Bheairic, Falcarragh and the South Donegal office is based in the Public Services Centre, Donegal Town. To get in touch with ERNW call 074 9129779 or visit Padraig overcomes the odds to inspire others was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)Tags:Employment Response North WesternwhealthPadraig ferrypramericalast_img read more

Former Raider Neiron Ball is dead at 27

first_imgNeiron Ball, a former Raiders linebacker who has been in a coma since December of 2018 as the result of a rare congenital brain condition, has died, the family announced.“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Neiron Ball on September 10, 2019 at 4:15 am. The Ball family is forever grateful for the prayers, donations, and immense support of Neiron and his recovery. Neiron was a very special and loving … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile devicelast_img

Can Humans Use Evolution?

first_imgEvolution is being used.  A press release from University of Wisconsin-Madison was titled, “Using evolution, UW team creates a template for many new therapeutic agents.”  How does one use evolution?  It continued, “By guiding an enzyme down a new evolutionary pathway, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has created a new form of an enzyme capable of producing a range of potential new therapeutic agents with anticancer and antibiotic properties.”We must keep up the heat on evolutionists till they become too embarrassed to say such things.  You cannot “use” evolution.  The moment you use it, you are doing intelligent design.  Evolution has no purpose, no aim, no guidance, no goal, and no reward – not even survival.  In Darwin’s universe, extinction happens and is just as dispassionate an outcome as survival.  If you think survival is somehow good, that’s your soul speaking.    The moment a human does the selecting, guiding or rewarding, evolution stops and intelligent design begins.  Evolution, as used by Darwin, is not just change.  It is a particular kind of change: undirected, dispassionate, purposeless, blind.  Darwin and his disciples believe that an evolutionary process could have produced all the beauty and variety of today’s highly-adapted lifeforms.  Whether it could or not, Darwin certainly would deny that anyone “used” evolution.  Darwin fought against any suggestion by compromising theologians of his day (even his close friend Asa Gray) that God used the evolutionary process to create life.    Such stories do nothing but obfuscate.  Evolution has nothing to do with it.  These scientists had a goal, and purposely selected enzymes with the properties they desired.  Darwin team, the referee just blew the whistle.  The penalty for your foul is to yield those two points to the ID team.  The title now reads, “Using selection criteria by intelligent design, UW team discovers a template for many new therapeutic agents.”  Much better; play ball.  Whoops; we just remembered the Darwin team has no goal.  Game over by forfeit.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

National Child Protection Week – “Let Us All Protect Children to Move South Africa Forward.”

first_imgThe Minister of the Department of Social Development, Ms Susan Shabangu, led the launch of the National Child Protection Week (CPW) campaign on Sunday 27 May 2018 in Pretoria, Gauteng. This year’s theme for the week-long campaign is: “Let Us All Protect Children to Move South Africa Forward.”It is of great importance that every person takes up the responsibility daily to protect children and play their part in contributing to a South Africa where all its citizens can live in safety, peace and harmony. Children need special protection because they are among the most vulnerable members of society. They are dependent on others – their parents and families – for care and protection.Great things are done by a series of small things brought together, therefore, each person can participate in the CPW campaign by educating themselves and sharing with others The Bill of Rights in the Constitution Section 28 which states the rights that every child has;Every child has the right –a) to a name and a nationality from birth;b) to family care or parental care, or to appropriate alternative care when removed from the family environment;c) to basic nutrition, shelter, basic health care services and social services;d) to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation;e) to be protected from exploitative labour practices;f) not to be required or permitted to perform work or provide services that –i) are inappropriate for a person of that child’s age; orii) place at risk the child’s well-being, education, physical or mental health or spiritual, moral or social development;g) not to be detained except as a measure of last resort, in which case, in addition to the rights a child enjoys under sections 12 and 35, the child may be detained only for the shortest appropriate period of time, and has the right to be –i) kept separately from detained persons over the age of 18 years; andii) treated in a manner, and kept in conditions, that take account of the child’s age;h) to have a legal practitioner assigned to the child by the state, and at state expense, in civil proceedings affecting the child, if substantial injustice would otherwise result; andi) not to be used directly in armed conflict, and to be protected in times of armed conflict.2. A child’s best interests are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child.3. In this section, “child” means a person under the age of 18 years.The CPW campaign was initiated in 1997 to raise awareness about the need for communities to protect children from abuse, neglect, exploitation and other forms of violence and ill-treatment.Let us be reminded by the words of Nelson Mandela, in his speech at the dedication of Qunu and Nkalane Schools in June 1995 when he said; “our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth who care for and protect our people”.Share how you are Playing Your Part and protecting children in your home, school and community @PlayYourPartSA #Getinvolved #Bethelegacylast_img read more

Real-Time Search Outfit Collecta Releases API, Offers MacBook Pro for the Best App

first_imgjolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts “The API is really simple to integrate,” said Collecta CEO Gerry Campbell in a phone conversation yesterday. “It works very similar to the Twitter search API. We enourage that as a standard and wanted to make sure developers could easily pick it up and use it.”Campbell had an interesting take on Collecta’s approach to the ever-more crowded real-time search space.“Our focus is real web search,” he said, “not just the social web. We’re looking across the web everywhere to find timely items.”And while other real-time search engines, such as OneRiot, have PageRank-eqsue algorithms involving backlinks and user influence to determine search results, Collecta’s results are ranked solely on timeliness.“We believe really strongly in relevance. We’re just going about it in a different way. If you want to offer real-time search, you have to be true to the timeline. We give you not the summary of the story, but the story as it unfolds.”Campbell said this type of result is good for searches on entities and events, and he and the rest of the Collecta team feel the API could be put to great use in weather or fantasy sports applications.“We think publishers will find this very interesting to use for evergreen or static stories as a widget or sidebar,” he continued.API calls are limited to 5,000 per hour for developers who have not established a relationship with the company, and Collecta does plan to charge for high-level API usage as part of their revenue model.The company was funded by True Ventures to the tune of $1.85 million and is still figuring out how the product will be monetized.“Obviously, we’re building a business here” said Campbell.”‘I ran search at AOL… I’m pretty well-versed in search-related business models.”Although he noted that the startup is “still getting all the players on the field,” Campbell did reveal that the basis for Collecta’s business strategy will be offering creative solutions to brands and advertisers. “The reason I love search is because it’s the number one place where user value and advertiser value are completely aligned. When users are coming and looking to buy something, I expect there to be those opportunities in this kind of search, as well.” Collecta, the real-time search startup we reviewed in May and again in June, is releasing their API today and announcing that the developer of the best application will receive a MacBook Pro. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Getting the Most Out of Online Training

first_imgIf you’ve resolved to learn some new skills in 2013 then these simple tips will help you get the most out of the time, money and energy you invest in improving your skills.Online training can be amazing. Personally I love it, a lot. Used well it is a great way to learn the fundamentals of a new software program or recreate some of cool things you’ve seen other people do.If you’re a self starter and don’t mind putting aside some of your valuable time to really get into the training you’ll definitely reap far more than you sow. But as they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions and it is very easy to simply buy the training, download it and feel good about how ‘one day’ you’ll learn all that good info. These 5 tips for online training may seem obvious, but if you follow them you’ll be well on your way to expanding your skill set.1. Break It UpA lot of online training is pretty extensive, often being 7, 8, 10 hours in length. It’s great that you’re really getting a decent bang for your buck, but that’s quite a lot to get through, take in and digest.  Personally I try to go through a couple of hours at a stretch and then my brain feels pretty full.Doing a little more often is a better way to really take it all in.  Set a schedule for working through the training, maybe an hour or two every few days.  Be consistent.  This will ensure that you don’t burn yourself out in one sitting and actually follow through with your training investment.2. Follow AlongDon’t just sit there passively watching the instructor clicking away and making it look very easy. A lot of online training come with downloadable project files which allow you to follow along with them, doing what they’re doing at the same time. By doing this you’ll take in far more of the training than if you only just watch it.This is why I like watching tutorials on my home set up as it has two monitors, one for the training and one for me to follow along. It also helps to be able to replicate (or fail to and figure out why) what they are doing as the first way to learn the software or technique, rather than trying to adapt what they’re doing to your project on the first go around.3. Take NotesTaking notes might feel like a throw back to school days, but its one of the best ways to really take in what you’re learning (as you have to understand it, interpret it and scribble it). It also means that when you want to quickly jump to the bit of information you want, you don’t have to scroll through the other 5 minutes of video to find it.  It’s right there at your finger tips.4. Adapt the Techniques to Your WorkThe point of training is to learn general techniques that you can then adapt and use in your real world scenarios, not just only replicating the instructors specific example time and time again.  While going through training exercises be thinking of how you can adapt the processess and techniques to your own work.  Successfully applying these fundamentals to your projects will be the true measure of whether you have truly learned anything.5. RepeatKnowing that you’re not going to take it all in on the first time around is a good way to start, as it frees you up to go back and dip in for refreshers as many times as you need to. Going back to your notes (it’s important to make them in the first place) is the shortcut to this.  If your notes are insufficient, keep re-watching and updating your notes as you go.Online Training Resources for Video ProsSites that have everything –, Creative Cow, Class on Demand, Video2brain, Macprovideo.  All of these sites have a vast wealth of online training for different programs, from Microsoft Office to Lightroom, plus all other usual suspects. Creative Cow has a huge range of entirely free training, so maybe check there first. Some of these sites operate on a subscription basis where you can access everything they have.Here is a handy list of some other places you might want to check out for some free, and paid for, training, products and tips.After Effects – Video Copilot, Greyscalegorilla (& lots of Cinema4D)Final Cut Pro 7 & X – Larry Jordan, Izzy Video,Motion – Ripple Training, motionvfx,Premiere Pro – Larry Jordan, Adobe TV,DaVinci Resolve – Alexis Van Hurkman, Patrick InhofferAvid – Class on Demand, Video2brain, Creative CowSmoke 2013 – FXPHD, Smoke-TrainingSo that’s my list, I’m sure I’ve missed some great sites – so why not add to everyone’s learning by commenting below with some of your favourite learning sites.last_img read more