The Australian-based John Butler Trio will be touring North America extensively this year, working their way through number of headlining concert dates and festival performances, much to the delight of fans who have eagerly awaited their return. Already known as a force in the music world with a delightful blend of rock that appeals to jam sensibilities and unreal musical skills that frequently leaves onlookers with their jaw dropped, the trio will be bringing their music to the masses at a slew of festivals this summer, including The Ride Festival in Colorado, LOCKN’ in Virginia, and their debut at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois. They also have announced dates for individual shows, which will see them traveling from coast to coast between August 17th through September 12th.You can check out the full dates for their summer tour below or on John Butler’s website, and check out a video of John Butler playing “Ocean” at Rothbury back in 2009, in case you’ve forgotten that he’s the man.Summer Tour 20177/8 – Telluride, CO – The Ride Festival8/17 – Washburn, WI – Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua8/19 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre8/23 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak8/24 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre8/25 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore8/26 – Arrington, VA – Lockn’8/27 – Asheville, NC – Highland Brewing Company8/30 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival9/1 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre9/3 – Kansas City, MO – Crossroads9/7 – Boise, ID – Egyptian Theatre9/9 – Vancouver, BC – Malkin Bowl9/10 – Bend, OR – Athletic Club of Bend9/12 – Jacksonville, OR – Britt Music and Arts Festival
Look out, because there’s another show coming to Broadway that has magic to do. The Illusionists—Witness the Impossible will astonish the Great White Way with a series of spectacles this fall. The show will dazzle audiences at the Marquis Theatre beginning November 26 and run through January 4, 2015. Opening night is set for December 4. Related Shows The Illusionists has toured internationally, making appearances in Mexico City, London, Dubai and more. The show recently played a sold-out season at the Sydney Opera House. The Illusionists View Comments The Illusionists—Witness the Impossible brings some of the most incredible illusionists on earth to the stage. They thrill, mystify, shock and delight audiences with hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016
View Comments Satisfied? There will be ten show-stopping performances at the 2016 Tony Awards! Hosted by Tony winner James Corden, the ceremony is set to broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City, on CBS, on June 12.The high-energy evening will feature performances from the 2016 Tony-nominated Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical shows, including Tony nominees Brandon Victor Dixon and Adrienne Warren and the cast of Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed; Tony nominees Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski and the cast of She Loves Me; Tony nominee Alex Brightman and the cast of School of Rock; Tony nominee Danny Burstein and the cast of Fiddler on the Roof; Tony nominees Danielle Brooks and Cynthia Erivo and the cast of The Color Purple; Tony nominees Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo, Leslie Odom Jr., Renée Elise Goldsberry, Christopher Jackson and Daveed Diggs and the cast of Hamilton; Tony nominees Sara Bareilles, Christopher Fitzgerald and Jessie Mueller and the cast of Waitress; Tony nominee Carmen Cusack and the cast of Bright Star; and the cast of Spring Awakening.The telecast is also set to feature a performance by Gloria Estefan and the cast of On Your Feet!As previously reported, presenters will include Uzo Aduba, Cate Blanchett, Tony Nominee Edie Brickell, Claire Danes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, James Earl Jones, Daniel Dae Kim, Carole King, Diane Lane, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Lucy Liu, Tony Nominee Steve Martin, Marlee Matlin, Audra McDonald, Patina Miller, Andrew Rannells, Saoirse Ronan, Barbra Streisand, Blair Underwood and Oprah Winfrey. Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry & Jasmine Cephas Jones in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus)
MORE NEWS: Waterfront mansion could mark Coast’s top sale The 2018 Commonwealth Games Athlete’s Village properties, now known as the Smith Collective, have hit the rental market. This Belle Maison skyhome at 129 Surf Pde, Broadbeach, costs $2250 per week to rent but comes fully furnished. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago [email protected] Ms Conisbee said one factor behind the demand was interstate migration. “The Gold Coast appears to be an escape valve for Sydney’s high prices and we see very high levels of search activity from buyers and renters in Sydney looking at the area,” she said. “It’s lifestyle and affordability — what you pay to rent in Sydney near a beach is expensive but on the Gold Coast it’s much more affordable.” Most expensive median house rent per week A fully-furnished house at 20 Seabeach Ave, Mermaid Beach, has a rental rate of $2500 per week. Fully-furnished, architecturally-designed houses are also available including a four-bedroom Mermaid Beach property for $2500 a week. The house offers all the inclusions expected of a luxury residence such as a wine cellar, media room and heated pool.Overall, the Gold Coast has a median house rent of $560 and the median asking rent for units sits at $410. The Coast’s cheapest houses to rent are in Stapylton, Springbrook, Willow Vale and Bilinga where the median asking prices are below $430 per week. Willow Vale, Nerang and Pimpama have the most affordable rental unit market where the median asking rents are less than $380 a week. If you have $2500 per week to spare you can rent 115 George St West, Burleigh Heads. The Atlantis West penthouse will set renters back a whopping $4000 per week. 1. Clear Island Waters — $850 2. Tallebudgera — $795 3. Tallebudgera Valley — $795 4. Broadbeach Waters — $790 5. Benowa — $780 6. Bundall — $750 7. Mermaid Waters — $750 8. Currumbin — $745 9. Reedy Creek — $715 10. Gaven — $710 Source: CoreLogic A house in Clear Island Waters will set renters back about $850 per week, with median prices in the Coast’s 10 most costly rental suburbs all above $700 per week. Hollywell, Benowa and Robina are the Coast’s most expensive spots to rent a unit, all with median asking rents above $500. Listed on realestate.com.au are a swath of luxury rental properties asking thousands of dollars per week.One of the most expensive, which will set renters back an eye-watering $4000 per week — or $208,000 a year — is a Surfers Paradise penthouse in the Atlantis West complex. The four-bedroom apartment at 180/8 Admiralty Drive, Surfers Paradise, also requires a $16,000 bond. Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said Gold Coast rents were on the rise due to high demand. “There’s a massive amount of activity on the website (with) very high views per listing for Gold Coast suburbs, not just on a Queensland base but nationally,” she said. MORE NEWS: Cashed-up buyers go on spending spree One-bedroom apartments start at $380 per week. Smith Collective general manager Tina Grey said she expected more stock to hit the market throughout the year offering tenants variety and more affordable living options. The 2018 Commonwealth Games Athlete’s Village properties are set to help with that. “The Gold Coast has always been a tightly held market and these new properties wereneeded to support the growth of the city,” Ms Grey said. “The recent fresh supply of properties was needed because the Gold Coast vacancy rate was quite low, but the market is adjusting now they have been built.” One-bedroom apartments in the village start from $380 per week through to three-bedroom townhouses at $595 per week. Well-heeled tenants are pay big bucks to live in lavish rentals across the Gold Coast. Affluent renters are forking out up to $4000 a week to live in flashy houses and luxurious skyhomes on the Coast. And the latest CoreLogic data shows Clear Island Waters tenants are paying the most with the median rent for a house there the city’s highest.
The ovation for Albert Pujols on Friday night will be loud, and it will be lengthy. Make no mistake about that. The future Hall of Famer became a baseball legend in his 11 seasons with the Cardinals. And even though this is his eighth year with the Angels, it will be a bit surreal to see him take the Busch Stadium field wearing a uniform that doesn’t have two crested red birds sitting on a bat, even if the new threads still include a shade of red. MORE: Home run pushes Pujols past Babe Ruth among all-time RBI leadersIt’s true Pujols didn’t leave St. Louis on the best of terms. He spurned an offer from the Cardinals that was reportedly worth north of $200 million to take Los Angeles of Anaheim’s 10-year, $240 million offer after the 2011 season — a little more than a month after Pujols helped lead the Cardinals to their second World Series title during his tenure. Things were said. Feelings were hurt.That was a long time ago, though: water under the bridge. Even with his baseball address in California, Pujols has remained active in St. Louis with his various, generous charity activities. And when he’s announced over the Busch Stadium public address system, the fans in the ballpark — and those watching on TVs/iPads/smartphones across the St. Louis region — will stand and cheer for what happened in those 11 seasons, not the agreement signed on Dec. 8, 2011. And what he did during those 11 seasons was nothing short of amazing. Historic. Epic, even.In five years at Busch Stadium II — from 2001-05 — Pujols hit .334 with a 1.045 OPS in front of Cardinals fans. In six years at Busch Stadium III — 2006-11 — Pujols hit .333 with a 1.048 OPS. In 74 playoff games for the Cardinals, Pujols hit .330 with a 1.046 OPS, 18 homers and 52 RBIs. One of those home runs (and three of the RBIs) came on a crushed two-out home run against Brad Lidge in the 2005 NLCS that will live forever in franchise lore.Speaking of lore, the legend of Pujols often includes an anecdote that he got his shot in the majors because of a 2001 spring injury to Bobby Bonilla, a hamstring misfortune that launched a Hall of Fame career. It’s a fun story to tell, if not entirely true.Tony La Russa, the Cardinals’ manager in that era, gave Sporting News the real story during a conversation last year.“Albert’s spring was so impressive that he was going to make the team anyway,” La Russa said. “You just couldn’t keep him off of it. The only criteria that Walt Jocketty (the general manager at the time) said at that point was, ‘Look, we all know he’s got a great future. You can take him on the club if there’s enough at-bats for him to get work. But if he’s going to be a bench player, he’s going to be better off developing in Triple-A.’”I thought there would be a way, because he was so versatile and played so many positions, so the way we left it was that we’d start the season like that and at some point, after a couple weeks, Walt could say, ‘Look, he’s not getting enough work. We’ve got to send him out.’ But he wanted to give us a chance to keep him busy. And Bobby’s injury helped a little bit, but Bobby was going to be a pinch hitter deluxe, just give him enough work to keep his pinch-hitting skills sharp, maybe start him a game a week or something. The truth is, Albert did make the team with that qualification.”There. All cleared up.MORE: Attempts to low-ball fan who caught Pujols homer are embarrassingPujols hit .370 with eight homers, 27 RBIs and a 1.171 OPS in his first month in the majors — starting games at third base and first base, and in left field and right field — and never really slowed down. He finished that first season with 37 homers, 130 RBIs, a .329 average, a 1.013 OPS and 6.6 bWAR. He was the easy NL Rookie of the Year winner — even though Roy Oswalt and Jimmy Rollins were outstanding, too — and finished fourth in the NL MVP voting. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a player has to have at least 10 years in the big leagues. By the end of his 10th year, Pujols was a lock for Cooperstown, even if he had retired immediately. Let’s look at a couple historical numbers up, shall we? Pujols had seven seasons with at least 37 home runs and a batting average of .327 or better. Only one player in MLB history can match that: Babe Ruth, who had 10 such seasons. The only other Hall of Famers close to Pujols include Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx (six each), Barry Bonds (five) and Ted Williams (four, though missing five years of his prime for military service kept him from ranking higher on this list).Pujols had seven consecutive seasons with a bWAR of 8.4 or higher. Willie Mays is the only other player in MLB history with that many seasons in a row.In his 11 years with the Cardinals, Pujols hit .328 with a 1.037 OPS and 445 home runs in 1,705 games. He averaged 40 homers, 41 doubles, 121 RBIs and 117 runs scored each season he wore a St. Louis uniform. He won three NL MVP awards — and had seven other top-five finishes, including second four times — and helped lead his team to two World Series titles.When I spoke with La Russa, I asked him where Pujols ranks in MLB history.“One of the things I learned, and I’m religious about it, I learned never to disrespect other hitters, other pitchers, other generations,” La Russa said diplomatically. “The impossibility of seriously ranking who is first, second, third, it’s impossible and disrespectful. To me, you put Albert in the conversation with the greatest baseball players — and I mean overall, because of what he was as a defensive player, a baserunner and a teammate, cheerleading and as a leader — I put him in the conversation about the greatest ballplayers of all time, without having to say, ‘He’s better than this guy or not better than this other guy.'”And then La Russa told me Reggie Jackson taught him that approach. He would know.MORE: Fan decides to give up historic Pujols ball, but he doesn’t want it nowPujols isn’t the same player he was for the Cardinals, but you knew that. He has still been able to hit the ball a long way on a regular basis; he has exactly 200 home runs in his time with the Angels (1,047 games). That number probably stacks up better than you’d think among his peers. Only 12 players have more in that same time frame (2012-present).For comparison’s sake, Edwin Encarnacion leads that list at 289 homers. Mike Trout, who played his first full season with Pujols and the Angels in 2012, has 257. Paul Goldschmidt, who played his first full season in 2012, too, has 215 homers. Bryce Harper, who made his MLB debut in 2012 (139 games), has 196 in that stretch.He has also remained very good at two other things: making contact and driving in runners. Since 2012, 80 players have appeared in at least 900 games, and 70 have struck out more in that stretch than Pujols, who has 536 strikeouts in an Angels uniform. Even this year, his age-39 season, only nine of 156 qualified batters have a lower strikeout percentage Pujols’ 11.7 percent. And, sure, RBIs are a flawed statistic, but only three players have more than Pujols’ 692 RBIs since 2012: Encarnacion (815), Nelson Cruz (722) and Goldschmidt (714). That is, admittedly, cherry-picking the things he still does well. His overall impact is way down. In his 11 seasons in St. Louis, Pujols averaged a 7.9 bWAR. In his seven full seasons with the Angels, he has averaged 1.9, and his 2019 number is 0.2, which ranks 10th among Angels hitters and 19th overall on the squad.But that’s not why Pujols will be serenaded with cheers Friday evening in St. Louis. The fans in attendance — and those watching on screens — will be thanking him for the 11 unforgettable seasons wearing a Cardinals uniform.As they should.
Councilman Mark Kelly, who voted against bringing dogs into parks, said the city should build a dog park instead. The city’s community services director is requesting money to build two of them, he added. “The compromise is to have a dog park where dogs can roam, and still have parks where people can go and not worry about dogs,” he said. “People are worried about the liability issue of dogs biting people and children, and they are concerned about the sanitation issue.” A staff report looked at how other cities handle the pet issue, and of a dozen cities, only three banned man’s best friend from parks – Covina, La Verne and Arcadia, the last of which welcomed canines to a dog park. Claremont, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas and Upland also offered dog parks, and Azusa, Duarte, Monrovia, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland and West Covina all allow dogs in parks. “In today’s society, dogs have become not just extensions of, but true members of the family,” the staff report said. The Glendora ordinance was based largely on what other cities allow. The council will review the issue in a year, and could repeal the ordinance if there are too many complaints, Herman said. The staff report also turned up a few interesting laws in other cities. Covina, the report noted, prohibits pygmy pigs in parks, but Monrovia and West Covina allow pot-bellied pigs in as long as they are on a leash. In Rancho Cucamonga parks, cats are allowed, but only if owners can get a leash on them. Leashed cats are also allowed in San Dimas parks – except golf courses. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDORA – Pups who have long been relegated to city sidewalks could be allowed into city parks as soon as June 21, under an ordinance approved Tuesday night by the Glendora City Council. Dogs would be allowed in any park except Manooshian, Sanburg and Louie Pompei parks. Dog owners would have a handful of other requirements to meet – dogs must remain on a leash, supervised by someone more than 18, and owners must clean up after their dogs, who must be more than 4 months old and in good health, among other things. The City Council voted 4-1 to let the city’s 6,000 licensed pooches on the grass. The ordinance must pass a second vote on May 22 before it would take effect after a 30-day waiting period. Mayor Ken Herman said as long as people keep control over and clean up after their dogs, he supported it. “If dogs \ are going to be responsible, not abusive, no aggressiveness or disturbing the peace in terms of barking, I think it’s great idea,” Herman said.