METRIC TOUR DATES:11/05/13 – Orlando, FL – UCF Arena *11/06/13 – Chapel Hill, NC – Memorial Hall11/07/13 – Richmond, VA – The National11/08/13 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center *11/09/13 – Fairfax, VA – Patriot Center *11/11/13 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center *11/13/13 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden *11/15/13 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center *11/16/13 – Portland, ME – The State Theatre11/17/13 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena *11/21/13 – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills *11/22/13 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom *11/23/13 – St. Paul, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium *11/24/13 – Chicago, IL – UIC Pavilion *11/25/13 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues11/26/13 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena *11/27/13 – Duluth, GA – The Arena at Gwinnett Center *12/01/13 – Hong Kong – Clockenflap Festival12/03/13 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – KL Live12/05/13 – Manila, Philippines – Samsung Hall12/07/13 – Perth, Australia – Metro City12/09/13 – Melbourne, Australia – The Forum12/11/13 – Brisbane, Australia – The Tivoli12/12/13 – Sydney, Australia – Enmore Theatre12/14/13 – Auckland, New Zealand – Powerstation* special guest of Paramore Electro-rockers Metric have are keeping extremely busy these days. With several opening dates scheduled in support of Paramore (including a show at Madison Square Garden next week), along with dates in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Emily Haines and company have released a new music video for title track of their most recent album, Synthetica. On top of that, the band is getting ready to release details with regards to two offshoots from Synthetica; the full version of the Synthetica Reflections album (set for release on Nov. 12th), and the band’s new mobile app entitled METRIC Synthetica.The video for “Synthetica” was the brainchild of long-time Metric collaborator and director, Justin Broadbent, who created a kaleidoscope-like vision:“Using a quadratic mirroring effect achieved with a custom designed camera, the viewer is confronted with a hypnotic, repeating image of an art gallery collapsing in on itself … As the camera turns 360 degrees from a singular eye-level vantage point, we see beautiful patterns caused by inanimate, contemporary art objects and lights located around the space as Emily strides alongside the camera, occasionally falling behind, and sometimes forging ahead”.
FONTANA, Calif. — The Southern California full celebrity treatment welcomed Kyle Larson upon his Friday arrival to Auto Club Speedway.The track brought some Hollywood glitz and glamour to its Walk of Fame, and Larson rolled up in style, chauffeured by the speedway’s 1948 Chevrolet woodie wagon. A gathering of adoring fans cheered the home-state favorite’s return to the 2-mile track, but his appearance took an odd turn when hosts opened the ceremony up for a brief Q&A.PHOTOS: See Larson honored and more scenes from the track“Hey, why don’t you do us all a favor and take (Kevin) Harvick out this week?” blurted out one fan, prompting a nervous smile from the guest of honor. However blunt the wording, the question of how to halt Harvick’s three-race win streak remains a front-burner issue for Larson and the rest of the field entering Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).“I don’t think you can slow him down. We’ve all got to get our stuff to be able to compete with him right now,” Larson said. “I don’t think we’re far off. We were definitely off at Phoenix, but in Atlanta, he’s always fast. And then Vegas he was fast, too. But I think we’re only something small away from getting to be as good as he is.”RELATED: Historic streak in Harvick’s sightsThe closing race of NASCAR Goes West marks a time of transition for the defending Auto Club winner, both personally and professionally. On the career side, Larson joins Chip Ganassi Racing and the rest of the Chevrolet campaigners in the sorting-out period for the new Camaro ZL1, now entering just its fifth race in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition.Larson noted that Toyota experienced similar growing pains last year with the racing debut of the automaker’s new Camry. He said that Team Chevy was on a similar, if not quicker pace with its progress, and Auto Club presents a unique sweet spot for Larson: Four of his five big-league victories have come on 2-mile circuits (three at Michigan, one in California).“There’s still a lot of opportunity to learn about these cars and what their different characteristics are, really for the bodies,” Larson said. “The chassis, suspension and all that stuff is basically the same. I feel like we’re off to a good start with it.”On the personal side, Larson and his fiancée, Katelyn Sweet, are expecting their second child in May. The couple already have hands full with their energetic 3-year-old son, Owen, who added his own handprints in the wet cement for Larson’s Walk of Fame marker.RELATED: Larson, Sweet get engagedThe family wrapped up an extended stay in the Phoenix area after last weekend’s race, taking some time off for golf and visiting with friends. But after the California weekend, it’s back to North Carolina for a two-day test next week at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s road course and the continuing preparation for baby No. 2’s arrival.“Everything’s been good. I think with the first one, you think about it every day and it goes super-slow, the nine months,” Larson says. “With this one, we haven’t found out gender, haven’t done any parties or anything like that. This one’s gone by a lot faster, so far the pregnancy has, so it’s creeping up on us. It’s only a couple months away, really.“So we’ve got to get to work on rooms and clothes — but we don’t know the gender yet, so we can’t really do any of that. But it’s going to creep up on us.”
A new podcast titled Still Chasing premieres on Wednesday. Hosted by Mike Finoia of Impractical Jokers and author Michael Shields, Still Chasing chronicles over two decades of traveling to see Phish play across the country.Related: Phish Shares Pro-Shot Video Of New Year’s Eve Countdown At MSG [Watch]As noted in the podcast description, “some addicts chase the dragon. Others chase the danger. These two addicts chase moments…provided by the band Phish”. The two podcasters have been chasing the Phish from Vermont for over half their lives.Throughout the series, Finoia and Shields conduct intimate fan interviews, play lost tapes, and provide previously unheard anecdotes from members of the Phish community. It highlights the connection between devoted fans and the band. It tackles the topic of fanaticism. Even more importantly, it answers the question of what keeps that devotion thriving in a world where it can be difficult to hold a fan’s attention for a night—let alone a year or decade.While some may criticize the dedication, Finoia asks listeners to think before passing judgment. “Take a look at yourself,” he says. “You’d skip work for a fantasy draft or lie to your grandmother for a Walking Dead marathon, so back off. My thing just happens to be live music”.The podcast will be released, in its entirety, on January 15th and is brought to you by Osiris. Click here for more information.
Following the 2016 presidential election, The Get Right Band channeled its anger and frustration into a stomping new song, “Pulled Up Root”. Today, as the country sits less than two months away from another election cycle, The Get Right Band has shared a new music video for the track off its latest album, Itchy Soul.From the first pounding notes of “Pulled Up Root”, it’s immediately apparent how angry the band—comprised of guitarist Silas Durocher, bassist Jesse Gentry, and drummer Jian-Claude “JC” Mears—was back in 2016, and how much of that anger it still holds onto. Yet, even with all of the raw emotion that’s contained in “Pulled Up Root”, the vicious air guitar and air drumming adds some levity to the video as it makes fans realize how silly they must look in the crowd at concerts.Related: Bob Weir, Dave Matthews, Lenny Kravitz, More Join HeadCount/Global Citizen ‘Just Vote’ InitiativeIn recent months, The Get Right Band has marched alongside Black Lives Matter protestors as the country also faced a myriad of other issues both economic and social justice related to the outbreak of COVID-19. Once again the band felt “Pulled Up Root”—once again, the song became all too-relevant.“When I wrote ‘Pulled Up Root’ I was feeling so beat down by Trump being elected and all the things that represented–that so many people in our country, at best, weren’t concerned with his misogynistic, racist, bigoted words and actions, and at worst, actively supported them,” Durocher said. “Music is usually the best place for me to deal with my emotions, and I knew the song that was coming out of these feelings had to be a basher. If we could rock hard enough, if JC could smash the drums loud enough, if Jesse and I could get distorted enough and jump around the stage enough, if band and audience could all yell together in unison… maybe we could force that anger and heartbreak for the country into something cathartic for ourselves and for our fans.”Watch the new music video for “Pulled Up Root” by The Get Right band.The Get Right Band – “Pulled Up Root” (Official Music Video)[Video: The Get Right Band]For more information about The Get Right Band, head to the band’s website.
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) – An 8-year-old boy desperate for a drink tried to get into a neighbor’s home by sliding down the chimney, but got stuck for more than four hours, authorities said.West Valley City police Sgt. Robert Hamilton said the thirsty boy climbed a tree to get onto the home’s roof, then slid down the chimney feet first on Friday. The boy made it 30 feet down the chimney before he became wedged between the basement and main floor.Hamilton said the boy, who lives several blocks away, recently had been in the house for a play date with a grandchild visiting the family who lives there. The family, who had gone out to dinner, returned home to hear a boy crying in the chimney, Hamilton told the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News.“I was haunted by the fact we had this child in our chimney,” said the homeowner, Richard Draper.Because of the narrowness of the chimney, as well as its twists and turns, rescuers could not pull out the child with a rope, Hamilton said. They cut an 8-by-5-foot hole in a wall to free the boy, who escaped with little more than scrapes and bruises.The boy “was surprisingly very calm on scene. His only worry was he was still thirsty when we got there,” Hamilton said. The boy was able to move his arms, so rescuers dropped water to him.A firefighter carried the soot-covered boy to his mother, who reported him missing earlier.Hamilton said he didn’t know who would end pay to repair the hole in the home.
Brothers Ayaan and Mickey Naqvi, who live in Shelton, Connecticut, were decorating their family Christmas tree last year when one of their favorite ornaments succumbed to the forces of gravity. (The beloved family dog, Zara, whose tail Ayaan describes as an “ornament missile,” may have played a part as well.)While the tree decoration in question was beyond repair, from its broken shards sprung a bright idea: What if there was a better way to hang ornaments so they’d be truly secure?From that epiphany, the Ornament Anchor was born.Amanda NaqviUsing a loop and toggle system, Ayaan created the prototype and presented it for a school project. The reception was overwhelmingly favorable—so favorable in fact, the boys quickly decided to turn their invention into a potential money-making proposition.“My brother and I worked together to design the product, patent it, create an awesome website, calculate profit margins and did our own market analysis,” Ayaan told CNN. “We did everything to the point where every month was Christmas.”This wasn’t the boys’ first commercial invention rodeo: A previous gadget landed the pair and their family on an episode of Shark Tank. While they didn’t cut a deal, it was a true learning experience.RELATED: Selfless Teen is Local Hero After Daily Trips During Lockdown To Clean Dirty Road Signs And Cut Back Town’s HedgesFrom $1,000 in sales in six hours at a local Christmas trade show, the Ornament anchor went on to be showcased on Good Morning America and featured on QVC. In one year, the brothers’ brainchild has raked in more than $250,000.Flush with success, Ayaan and Mickey are determined to pay their good fortune forward by donating 10% of their profits to local animal shelters. “Ever since I was super young, I’ve had a fascination with all of life’s creatures,” Ayaan explained. “My goal is to help as many animals in need as I can.”The boys admit that starting a new business in 2020 has had its challenges. While they’re enjoying their well-earned windfall, adjusting to distance learning and other constraints of the coronavirus lockdown wasn’t easy.MORE: Tennessee Teen Raises Thousands of Dollars For Food Banks By Making and Selling His Own Vanilla – WATCHThrough the turbulent times, they say they’ve just tried to take things one step at a time and keep a positive attitude because that—along with the love and support of their family—are what keeps them anchored.SHARE The Boys’ Story and Their Festive Invention With Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAccording to tradition, January 6th (a.k.a. The Twelfth Day of Christmas) is when you’re supposed to take down your Christmas tree. Sadly, many folks, as they wrap up precious ornaments until next holiday season may find themselves a few keepsakes short.Ornaments are fragile things. All it takes is curious cat, a running toddler, or even the misguided sweep of a vacuum cleaner sucking up stray needles to destroy a cherished family memento.And that’s just what inspired a pair of 12-year-old entrepreneurs to take action.
By Ken Stickneyken.firstname.lastname@example.orgPort Arthur city officials Monday continued to await results of soil tests on ground possibly contaminated in Bryan Park on Gulfway Drive. Results may be another week in coming. The city has been given three deadlines — March 6, April 20 and May 11 — to clean up contamination at the site. Most recently, the engine and tender have been moved on new track from the site of the possible contamination and soil has been removed and sent for testing.“We haven’t gotten definitive word on the soil test,” City Attorney Valecia Tizeno said.City attorneys said Monday afternoon that they have been in contact with TCEQ to advise them of progress made by the city at the park, as well as to let the state know they are still awaiting test results. Assistant City Attorney Gaylyn Cooper suggested TCEQ understands the city is making a good faith effort to address TCEQ’s concerns.Among other topics for the executive session was the value of the land at Bryan Park. Tizeno and Cooper said they could not comment on that portion of the meeting because of the attorney-client privilege extended to executive, or closed, sessions. The City Council held a Monday morning meeting in executive session ostensibly to discuss, among several items, legal advice about environmental issues.The city is under Texas Commission on Environmental Quality mandate to address possible contamination of ground beneath where the Kansas City Southern Locomotive No. 503 has been exhibited in the park for as long as 60 years.Concerns about contamination arose last summer in the wake of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey, when some neighbors to the park expressed concerns about asbestos on the locomotive and contamination from leaking oil, possibly under the tender attached to the locomotive. They said the City Council did not take action on what was discussed in private.Mayor Derrick Freeman said the Bryan Park, one of 33 city parks, could not be sold without voter approval.
How much collaboration has there been with Tom Edge on crafting the screen adaptation?I’ve not been closely involved with the screenplay as Tom Edge wanted to take things in a different direction. The original play has some elements of fantasy to it, but Tom (as demonstrated in his work on TV’s The Crown) is a very fact-based writer and I think he wanted the story to be much more true and precise.How do you see Judy differing from End of the Rainbow?There was a feeling that when put on film it all needed to be less “theatrical.” So the movie will be quite different to the stage play: a companion piece rather than a straight stage-to-film adaptation. This is also why we have a different title. Renée Zellweger in a promo image as Judy Garland in Judy(Photo: BBC Films) Tracie Bennett received great acclaim as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow. Why is Renée Zellweger the right actress to embody the role in Judy?It was the producer who found Renée Zellweger for the project. Everyone has been blown away by what she’s doing with the role, both in terms of singing and interpretation. I don’t want to speak too soon, but I’m getting amazing reports from the set about how great she is as Garland. She has already demonstrated her singing prowess in Chicago and we have also seen how charismatic she is on-screen and how dedicated she is as an actress. So I think Judy fans will be pleased. Plus we also have Rufus Sewell, Finn Wittrock and Michael Gambon in the cast, plus Broadway’s Rupert Goold directing. So it all looks very positive. Peter Quilter on opening night of Broadway’s “End of the Rainbow”(Photo: Fernando Leon/Getty Images) In 2012, audiences cheered the powerful Broadway debuts of British playwright Peter Quilter and Tony-nominated star Tracie Bennett with the main-stem arrival of End of the Rainbow, an Olivier-nominated play about the tumultuous final years of Judy Garland’s life. Screenwriter Tom Edge (The Crown) has adapted Quilter’s work into the forthcoming feature film Judy—starring Oscar winner Renée Zellweger in the title role—which is slated for a 2018 release. Broadway.com caught up with Quilter to discuss the evolution of the big-screen take on his play and find out why Zellweger is the perfect choice to embody the iconic star of stage and screen.How did the film adaptation of End of the Rainbow come about?A movie of End of the Rainbow became a possibility during our run of the play at the Belasco Theatre in 2012. Several prominent movie people came to see the show and things started bubbling immediately. But it still took a few years to assemble the right producer, director, screenwriter and star. With the success in New York and London, plus the play running in a further 20 countries, I think we always had a decent chance of getting it up on-screen. Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow on Broadway(Photo: Carol Rosegg) View Comments
Rep. Cindy Neighbor said there isn’t much info on when the proposed constitutional amendment related to abortion would come before either chamber for debate.Each legislative session, we provide Shawnee Mission area legislators the opportunity to share their thoughts about what’s happening in the state capitol. Rep. Stephanie Clayton, Rep. Cindy Neighbor and Sen. Jim Denning are scheduled to send updates this week. We’ll also be publishing a piece from Sen. John Skubal, who was scheduled for last week but was out of town. Rep. Neighbor’s column is below.Martin Luther King Jr. DayLast Monday, we celebrated the life and works of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. Each year he is honored for his devotion and sacrifice in the name of equality and for the Civil Rights movement.On Thursday, several members of the House of Representative led by Representative Barbara Ballard of Lawrence, presented a very moving presentation of a speech and song. All House members participated in singing together, and it was a very powerful time for all members to join each other in celebration!Constitutional AmendmentA proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution, HCR 5019, was heard in a joint meeting of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The amendment would strip women of their bodily autonomy and could potentially open the door to a full ban on abortion in the state of Kansas. The hearing went throughout the entire day, with proponents and opponents testifying. On Wednesday, the amendment passed out of both committees, and was read into the Senate. Thursday, the amendment was read into the House. Thus far there is no word on when the amendment will be worked on either floor.Equality DayThursday was Equality Day in the State House. Much of the crowd consisted of students coming from all over Kansas — many of whom it was their first time in the building. Speakers included Representative Brandon Woodard and Representative Susan Ruiz, the first LGBTQ state representatives to be elected in the state of Kansas; State Senator Barbara Bollier; and Tom Witt, the Executive Director for Equality Kansas. Among the topics mentioned by the speakers were amending the Kansas discrimination act to include Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression; banning conversion therapy and more.Appropriation CommitteeAppropriation Committee members hear from the Secretary of KDOT on future transportation plans. Past plans have focused on ten-year time periods and have had a set number of projects. The Secretary is proposing a new method which would be more flexible in its development. It would involve more local input, and projects wouldn’t be planned so far out in advance so communities could better adapt to changes in their growth. The new process also counts on a sturdier funding stream, meaning the Bank of KDOT would be closed and highway funding go to funding transportation. This funding stream will be a large issue for the legislature to grapple with.InsuranceThe House Committee on Insurance heard House Bill 2053 on Wednesday, which clarifies the definition of short-term limited- duration health plans to a policy period less than one year with extensions allowed up to 36 months. The bill would also require insurance companies that issue these policies to disclose requirements in the Affordable Care Act regarding pre-existing conditions and minimum coverage. Opponents of the bill cautioned lawmakers these plans may lead consumers to lose coverage when the short-term plan expires leaving them unable to find coverage in the middle of their illness.It is a special honor to serve as your state representative. I both value and need your input on the various issues facing state government. Please feel free to contact me with your comments and questions. My office address is Room 43-S, 300 SW 10th, Topeka, KS 66612. You can reach me at (785) 296-7690 or call the legislative hotline at 1-800-432-3924 to leave a message for me. Additionally, you can e-mail me at email@example.com. You can also follow the legislative session online at www.kslegislature.org
The New York Times:Two weeks ago, I was hanging out after a speaking engagement, answering questions and chatting with some parents, when two women approached me with a great Parent-Teacher Conference question.These moms wanted to know how to parent siblings with differing talents and academic abilities. Specifically, one of the mothers wanted to know how she could best support one of her children, who works herself to the bone for B’s, while the other sibling seems to earn A’s with very little effort. As a parent of two boys with very different personalities, interests and skills, this is a question I’ve been itching to research myself.…According to the work of the research psychologist and recent MacArthur Foundation fellow Angela Duckworth, the child who is earning B’s may just be in a much better position to succeed in life than the child who is not working very hard for those coveted A’s. According to Dr. Duckworth, “grit,” or the combination of self-control required to stay focused on a task from moment to moment and sustain the effort toward long-term goals, is more predictive of success than I.Q., academic achievement or test scores.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >