first_imgWe’re living in a Golden Age of festivals. If you love live music and a great outdoor hang, there’s never been a better time to find your ideal fest. From big music bashes to boutique gatherings, there are fun galas taking place nearly every weekend from spring through fall, throughout the Blue Ridge and beyond. To help you wade through the options, follow BRO’s guide to choosing the right festival, focusing on the best experiences in tunes, brews, and adventures.In the following pages you’ll also find a Festival Calendar, rounding up nearly 100 of the region’s best bashes.Witness History at the Super JamsSince its first year in 2002, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (June 9-12;), has become the pace setter for the current explosion of multi-band mega fests, bringing 80,000 fans to a 700-acre farm in the middle of Tennessee for one of the country’s most eclectic, high-profile music extravaganzas. Endure the elements—heat, dust, and crowds—and you’ll be treated to sets from a wide range of artists, this year including Pearl Jam, Dead & Co., a reunited LCD Soundsystem, Jason Isbell, and Death Cab for Cutie.While Bonnaroo has definitely grown beyond its jam band roots, that spirit is still alive with the festival’s annual Super Jam. Usually starting around 1 a.m., the jam has yielded some legendary collaborations between artists who don’t normally play together. In 2007 Ben Harper mixed it up with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, and in 2012 the jam staged D’Angelo’s musical comeback, with the neo-soul icon backed by Questlove and a hand-picked funk band. Last year upped the ante with a themed “80s Throwback Superjam” that turned into a huge dance party led by Pretty Lights, DMC of Run DMC, Metallica’s Rob Trujillo, and Chance the Rapper. This year it hasn’t yet been revealed who will be in the mix, but the festival has also added a Bluegrass Super Jam on Sunday led by banjo-playing comedic actor Ed Helms.Another event that specializes in creating spontaneous onstage moments is the Lockn’ Music Festival (August 25-28; Arrington, Va.), a four-day sonic rager that takes place on the idyllic Oak Ridge Farm in Nelson County, Va. This jam fan’s paradise offers an alternative to the usual festival formula by holding bands on two massive side-by-side stages with no overlapping sets. The fest is also known for orchestrating interesting collaborations between artists, like last year’s mingling of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh with Santana and Warren Haynes, as well as Widespread Panic’s set with reggae icon Jimmy Cliff. No collaborations had been announced at press time, but the initial line-up is a doozy, featuring Phish, My Morning Jacket, Ween, and many more.Lockn' - Friday - Timmermans-20150911-162_FIXCatch the Legends While You CanEarlier this year, we received sudden reminders that rock legends are not immortal when David Bowie and Glenn Frey of the Eagles passed away within days of each other. Fortunately, many of the old school greats are still on the road, but frankly, a lot of them are a little long in the tooth. Festivals often offer the opportunity to knock multiple legends off your musical bucket list at one time.This spring and summer Greg Allman is hosting his Laid Back Festival ( in five different cities, including Atlanta on May 7 and Nashville on June 25. The Allman Brothers Band keyboardist is now 68, but since his main group retired in 2014 he’s seemed energized and maintained an active touring regimen, mixing Brothers classics and his own material with his solo band. At the Laid Back opener in Atlanta, Allman is bringing along fellow rock vets ZZ Top and steadily rising outlaw country crew Blackberry Smoke. This summer Allman is also playing FloydFest and Peachfest in Scranton, Pa.Fans of fast picking and grinning should plan a trip to southwest Virginia for Dr. Ralph Stanley’s Hills of Home Memorial Weekend Bluegrass Festival (May 26-28). Still performing at age 89, Stanley is a pioneer of the high lonesome sound dating back to his days playing with his brother Carter in the Stanley Brothers in the 1940s. He still plays a set every day at his annual festival, a down-home, multi-band traditional bluegrass gala in a beautiful setting that’s approaching its 46th year.Add Some AdventureFestivals are much more than multi-band concerts. Sure, the music might be the main draw that lures you through the gates, but these days many festivals offer adventure opportunities alongside the sounds. The Mountain Music Festival (June 3-4;, a two-day bash in West Virginia’s New River Gorge, has a line-up of adrenaline-inducing activities to match its roster of killer bands. Taking place at ACE Adventure Resort, a 1,500-acre spread in the heart of the gorge, the festival site sits next to some of the best whitewater runs and climbing crags in the region. Before you get down to sets by Trampled by Turtles, the Infamous Stringdusters, Lotus, and Galactic, take a rafting trip on the Lower New or bring your mountain bike and ride ACE’s 30 miles of trails. Other activities offered during the fest: Zip lining, paddleboarding, and a mud run.Another popular event that’s recently upped its adventure game is FloydFest (July 27-31), an eclectic roots music carnival that takes place just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Floyd, Va. Since its inception back in 2002, FloydFest has become known for bridging the gap between Appalachian traditions and the melting pot of independent roots music from the around the rest of the world. On nine stages big headliners like Greg Allman, Warren Haynes, Bruce Hornsby, Greensky Bluegrass, and Fela Kuti perform alongside up and comers like Head for the Hills and West African music act Selasee & the Fafa Family.G0041941_FIX-759x500Set on a mountain plateau that’s surrounded by some of Virginia’s most scenic terrain, FloydFest organizers now offer plenty of ways to explore this pristine open space. In addition to a 5K trail race, the fest also has a nine-hole disc golf course and onsite singletrack on the Moonstomper Mountain Bike Trail. There’s also an organized off-site 19-mile ride, the Belcher Mountain Beat Down, which features 1,600 feet of climb and offers shuttle service back to the festival, as well as organized paddling trips on the Little River.Party on the Appalachian TrailIf you love the outdoors and you live in the footprint of the Blue Ridge, Trail Days (May 13-15) is a bucket list festival. Set in the quaint southwestern Virginia town of Damascus, known as Trail Town, U.S.A., the festival is a big reunion for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers and a huge weekend party that lets all outdoor enthusiasts become immersed in A.T. culture. Throughout the weekend, check out gear booths, hear live bluegrass, and watch hikers get goofy in a parade, talent show, and prom. There are also talks and presentations by A.T. legends of yesteryear.At the fest, mainly set in Town Park but spreading throughout town, it’s also easy to enjoy the surrounding scenery. The A.T. runs right through Damascus, so it’s easy to pick up the trail and take a hike. You can also bring your bike and jump on the rugged Iron Mountain Trail for some tough singletrack or the family-friendly Virginia Creeper Trail for an easy rail trail ride. At night pitch a tent at one of the designated campgrounds on the edge of town. You’ll likely find a hiker to share some old trail stories and sips from a jar of ‘shine.Bring the Whole FamilySure, bringing the kids to a huge festival with thick crowds might seem like an overwhelming proposition. But fortunately the Blue Ridge has some intimate musical gatherings that feature top-notch line-ups to please mom and dad while also holding plenty of activities to keep the little ones happy. If you’re inclined to make it a family affair, check out one of these kid-friendly fests.LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival)May 12-15; Black Mountain, N.C.theleaf.orgThe Lake Eden Arts Festival—better known as LEAF—goes above and beyond when it comes to keeping kids entertained at a multi-band music festival. A few years ago the fest, nestled within the mountainous Camp Rockmont, expanded its offerings for youngsters with the addition of eight Family Adventure Villages that include everything from puppetry and hands-on nature programs to art projects and organized games. Add swimming and paddling in Lake Eden and the kids will certainly be tuckered and ready for some tent slumber.In addition to the family fun, LEAF features one of the most diverse arrays of artistic offerings of any fest in the region: live music, dance workshops, healing arts, and much more. There’s also the music, which covers sounds from around the globe. Acts this year include Shovels and Rope, Juan De Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All-Stars, Fatoutmata Diawara, and Sarah Jarosz.Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival May 26-29; Martinsville, Va.roosterwalk.comThis homegrown festival recently got some new digs, moving last year to the scenic Pop’s Farm near Martinsville. Attendance has increased as fest organizers continue to add bigger national acts to the Rooster Walk line-up, but this is still a relatively small event with plenty of open space and a dedicated kid’s area to keep the kiddos happy. Acts on the bill this year include Lettuce, the Sam Bush Band, Perpetual Groove, and the Revivalists.Bonus: This festival has a heartfelt purpose, created to honor two Martinsville locals who passed away. Proceeds from your ticket dollars go to a high school scholarship program created in their honor, as well as other regional charities.Red Wing Roots Music FestivalJuly 8-10; Mt. Solon, Red Wing takes place in the relaxed confines of Natural Chimneys Park, a comfortable campground in the shadow of towering limestone rock formations. The festival, located in the Shenandoah Valley near Harrisonburg, was started by lauded string band and area natives the Steel Wheels, who curate a carefully selected line-up of Americana and acoustic music acts that perform on multiple stages in very close proximity. This year the fest will be headlined by Dawes, Shovels and Rope, the Lone Bellow, and the Steep Canyon Rangers. “We want music that draws from traditions of old country, folk, singer-songwriter, Cajun and bluegrass—what you would consider the roots of American music,” Steel Wheels front man Trent Wagler said about crafting the festival’s line-up. “We’re working hard to find great music that defines that term for us.”While the festival’s musical ambitions are broad, attendance is intentionally kept relatively small to accommodate families. Red Wing also has an impressive slate of kid’s activities, including a Kinfolk Stage devoted to music for little ones.Dig into Country’s Roots in BristolLocated on the southwest Virginia/eastern Tennessee border, Bristol holds great historic significance in the first generation of country music. Back in 1927 a record producer named Ralph Peer working for the Victor Talking Machine Company set up a recording studio in a hat factory on State Street, the small city’s main drag. After placing an ad looking for Appalachian musicians from the surrounding area, Peer organized the now-famous Bristol Sessions, which yielded the first recordings by bluegrass pioneer Jimmie Rodgers and the legendary Carter Family.The legacy of those historic recordings is upheld at the Smithsonian-affiliated Birthplace of Country Music Museum, and it really comes to life every fall at the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion (September 16-18), a bustling street festival that spans downtown and incorporates roots music from a range of generations and styles. Impressively, the festival manages to seamlessly bridge traditional icons with emerging acts in roots rock and indie folk, hosting bands and singer-songwriters along State Street (which straddles the Virginia/Tennessee line) on 22 stages—some outdoors, others inside theaters and bars. At first it may seem like a stretch to see Loretta Lynn on a bill with Houndmouth, but when you consider the evolution and stylistic shake-ups in country music through its near century in existence, this festival’s line-up makes perfect sense. Additional acts on the bill this year include Cracker, Marty Stuart, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Keller Williams, Anderson East, and many more.Pick with Your Heroes at Jam CampDelfest (May 26-29) is a progressive bluegrass and roots music festival hosted by genre legend Del McCoury in the scenic Potomac River Valley of western Maryland. The festival’s line-up mingles top-notch string bands and heavyweights in Americana and roots rock, this year featuring Bruce Hornsby, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Greensky Bluegrass, the Infamous Stringdusters, and Railroad Earth, along with the usual sets by Del and his sons in the Travelin’ McCourys.To make the most of the festival, consider coming early for the DelFest Academy, a four-day bluegrass camp that features instruction for musicians of all skills levels by acts on the fest bill. Starting the Sunday prior to the festival, the Academy offers the chance to learn from pro pickers with specific instruction for guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and bass. In addition to the instrument classes, the camp also includes plenty of group jam sessions, intimate performances by instructors, and Bluegrass Karaoke, which gives students a chance to play a song backed by their heroes. Instructors this year include all of the Travelin’ McCourys, Andy Falco of the Infamous Stringdusters, and mandolin-playing songstress Sierra Hull.Another Jam: Banjo ace Pete Wernick of Hot Rize also hosts a Bluegrass Camp prior to Merlefest every April in Wilkesboro, N.C.Drink the Best in BrewLast fall, the Brewers Association announced that there are now more than 4,000 active breweries in the U.S. and 75 percent of adults age 21 and older live within 10 miles of a local brewery. It’s hard to predict how big the craft beer boom will get, but as more brewers continue to open new operations their best opportunities to get beers in the hands of new drinkers are at the many craft beer festivals taking place across the country.With Virginia and North Carolina being craft beer hotbeds, it’s no wonder that the Blue Ridge is full of beer fests. Just outside of Charlottesville, Va., in the small town of Crozet, regional mainstay Starr Hill Brewery is getting set to host the IPA Jambeeree, a new fest that will celebrate the best in hoppy brews from the Commonwealth. The Jambeeree will feature a dozen Virginia breweries pouring more than 40 local IPAs. New varieties have taken hops in many directions, so whether you like bitter, piney, floral, or fruity, you’ll find what you’re looking for at this beer bash. Add live music, food trucks, and brewer exhibits, and you get some serious good times taking place at Hangar Park, across from Starr Hill’s brewery and tap room.Down south, Burning Can (July 15-16) is hosted by Oskar Blues Brewery at its REEB Ranch outpost in Brevard, N.C. Taking place at a scenic spot on the edge of the Pisgah National Forest, the fest features more than 50 killer breweries that put their best liquid in cans, as well as plenty of outdoor playtime, including a Beer Relay trail run, group mountain bike rides, a dirt-jumping comp, and paddle trips. Plus, there’s camping, so you don’t have to worry about getting home after drinking too many Dale’s Pale Ales.last_img read more

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr All eyes are on Brazil. This South American country is catching the world’s attention as the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics. However, there is much more than athletic inspiration to be drawn from Brazil. Having completed its EMV chip card liability shift in 2011, Brazil is ripe with lessons on how to thrive in a post-magnetic stripe landscape.As countries, like Brazil, embrace EMV technology on a larger scale, they face a new set of fraud challenges. Those challenges often involve an increase in card-not-present (CNP) fraud. Countries yet to undergo a complete EMV liability shift can learn the following from Brazil’s post-shift fraud environment:Use every tool in the toolbox. A combination of resources, including algorithms, human intelligence and consumer verification tactics, can help identify and predict new fraud trends.Embrace the data – all the data. When analyzing consumers’ accounts for potential fraud cases, complete datasets are a must. The more complete the data is, the greater the chances of identifying card activity outside a consumer’s typical behaviors. continue reading »last_img read more

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest Postscenter_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth and Bucksport wrestling teams both performed well in their respective meets Saturday. The Eagles won two of their three matches in Belfast, and the Golden Bucks had three wrestlers who topped their weight classes in Howland.Ellsworth beat Belfast 42-36, topped Oceanside 42-26 and lost to Medomak Valley 37-30. Ellsworth captains Trent Goodman, Peyton Cole and Josh Wright went a combined 9-0 on the day. The biggest highlight for the Eagles came in the 160-pound division when Cole beat defending state champion Ben Ripley of Oceanside 11-0.The Eagles also saw Logan Lord, Andrew Brown and Amber St. Peter each finish the day at 2-1, and Scott Firley, Sam Holler, Charlie Hughes, Reece Khan and Nick Taylor added additional wins. Among Ellsworth-sponsored independent wrestlers, Bangor Christian’s Oakley Dugans and John Bapst’s Jared Smith both finished 3-0, and Bapst’s Jacob Emery went 2-1.Despite being down a few wrestlers because of injuries and illnesses, the Bucksport Golden Bucks excelled at their meet in Howland. Bucksport’s Foster Ashmore, Devin Darveau and Brody Boynton finished first in their weight classes to give the team more first-place finishers than every team except Foxcroft. It was the second week in a row in which the trio came out on top.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Howland meet wasn’t team scored, which meant each wrestler competed to place and win his or her individual weight class rather than playing team matches against other schools. It’s not the format Bucksport head coach Dan Ormsby prefers, but he wasn’t about to complain about how his team fared.“It’s always good when you can do well in tournaments that aren’t scored by team because it’s harder to keep the team together,” Bucksport head coach Dan Ormsby said. “When it isn’t scored, you have much less of an idea where your guys are at. … I’m really happy with the energy our team showed and how we overcame that.”P.C. Greer kept the Golden Bucks competitive toward in the larger weight classes by finishing second in the 195-pound division, and Samuel Murphy and David Gross finished third at 220 and 285 pounds, respectively. Alex Burbank, Nick Prins and Richard Perkins were the other Bucksport wrestlers to place.“Overall, Bucksport was a force to be reckoned with,” Ormsby said. “Bucksport has not seen a team of this skill or size since 2009.”The next meet for both teams will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Ellsworth High School. Joining them will be Calais, Woodland and Washington Academy. The Eagles and Golden Bucks have another meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: We’re now at same level as Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes they’re now at the same level as Manchester City.Despite defeat at City last week, Klopp was delighted with what he saw.”From my point of view we were never on a level with City since I came in,” said the German.”We won games against them, especially since Pep, but in these games City were better.”We only scored more goals, but the possession was at least 60:40 for them in all the games but we won them. Now it was 50:50.”We had our moments (on Thursday) and caused them completely different problems to the games before.”Last year the Champions League (quarter-final) game at home when we won 3-0 it was a brilliant game but we were under pressure in a lot of moments.”I don’t know if we had more than four shots on target but we were quite clinical that day.”That’s how you have to play against City, in the moment when you get the ball you have to make the best of it.”This game was different and that is an important step for us. It is very important we see it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAshley Judd cheering on the Kentucky basketball team.LEXINGTON, KY – MARCH 07: Ashley Judd watches the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Florida Gators at Rupp Arena on March 7, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 67-50 to finish the regular 31-0. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Tonight, the undefeated top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats take on fifth-seeded West Virginia in the Sweet 16. The winner advances to the Midwest Regional final to play either Notre Dame or Wichita State. Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd is as excited for this game as you would expect she’d be. So excited that she recorded a video dedicated to her favorite team as soon as she woke up. Needless to say, she’s supremely confident in UK’s ability to move to 37-0 tonight. According to Judd’s scouting report, Trey Lyles and Willie Cauley-Stein will be too much for the Mountaineers, and WVU’s pressure defense will be neutralized by the play of ‘Cats point guard Aaron Harrison. //I woke up with this on my mind: Sweet 16! Here are my eyes just opened I am supposed to be trading spiritual texts and…Posted by Ashley Judd on Thursday, March 26, 2015Her acting career has been her calling card but Judd might have a future as a basketball analyst.last_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights The contest forms part of activities in observance of National Cyber Awareness Month in October, under the theme ‘Cybersecurity our Shared Responsibility,’ with the sub theme ‘Think Before You Click’. The Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (Ja-CIRT) in the Ministry of Science and Technology is inviting members of the public to participate in its ‘Be Cyber Safe’ 2018 jingle competition.center_img The Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (Ja-CIRT) in the Ministry of Science and Technology is inviting members of the public to participate in its ‘Be Cyber Safe’ 2018 jingle competition.The contest forms part of activities in observance of National Cyber Awareness Month in October, under the theme ‘Cybersecurity our Shared Responsibility,’ with the sub theme ‘Think Before You Click’.Interested persons will be required to submit a jingle that highlights cyberthreats and risky behaviour among young people, adults and businesses, and provides information on how to reduce those risks and stay safe online.Communications Specialist in the Ministry, Patrice Gilpin, told JIS News that the jingle is being used as a tool “to invite all of Jamaica to be part of the conversation about cybersecurity”.“What we want is for persons to think about how they use the Internet. They should think about the many ways they go online to conduct business and engage in general activities, if there are risky behaviours, and what are the threats they may fall prey to and become a victim,” Ms. Gilpin said.She said that Ja-CIRT is encouraging individuals to do some research “and find out how, as adults, we can protect the children, how children can become aware of the dangers and how they can protect themselves while they are online”.The jingle competition is open to every Jamaican except employees of the Ministry of Science and Technology and their relatives. Persons are invited to create a 60-second jingle that gives advice to children, colleagues, or the entire Jamaica about how to stay safe online, for the chance to win a $60,000 cash prize.The jingle, with original lyrics and music, should be submitted to [email protected] Members of the public will be able to vote online, on Instagram: @mstgovjm and a panel of judges will make the final decision.The deadline for submission of entries is Friday, October 26, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. For further information on the rules and regulations governing the competition, persons can call 876-929-8990-9.last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: OOCL UK-based containership charter owner Global Ship Lease saw its net income for the quarter drop to USD 4.2 million from USD 6.8 million reported in the first quarter of 2017.The company’s operating revenues were at USD 36.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, down from USD 39.6 million seen in the same period a year earlier.“In the first quarter, we continued to maximize the value of our contract coverage with top-tier counterparties by maintaining full employment across our fleet of mid-sized and smaller containerships,” Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, said.During the quarter, GSL reached an agreement for the extension of its charter for the 8,063 TEU containership OOCL Qingdao with Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL).The extension commenced with effect from March 11, 2018, at a fixed rate of USD 14,000 per day.Additionally, on March 1, the company agreed to acquire a 2005-built, 2,800 TEU containership for USD 11.3 million. Following delivery, which is expected to be during the second quarter of 2018, once the existing charter terminates, the vessel will commence charter employment with CMA CGM for a period of 12 months at a fixed rate of USD 9,000 per day.“As we have successfully extended charters that support our strong cashflows, we are beginning to capture the benefits of a marked strengthening that is underway in the market for mid-sized and smaller vessels,” Webber said.GSL informed that the long-term market trends driving the appreciation in mid-sized and smaller containerships “continue to be robust, with limited vessel ordering, a strong global economy, and idle capacity of the global fleet at a very low level of less than 1.5%.”last_img read more

first_imgHere’s a list of the 2017-18 productions with comments from Smillie:Bittergirl — The MusicalBy Annebel Fitzsimmons, Alison Lawrence and Mary Francis MooreDirected by Greg OchitwaSept. 27-Oct. 15“A year ago I was on a jury . . . and I read 48 scripts in a period of a couple of months and Bittergirl was one of them. It’s by three amazing actors and it premiered as a straight comedy and it had tremendous success. Then they went back to the drawing board and recreated it as a musical so now it’s set to 1960s doo-wop hits, which is the music of my youth. It’s about getting dumped. There’s one man and he plays as the partners of all the women in the cast. There’s three women in the cast and it follows their journeys of getting dumped and getting over it. It’s a lot of fun.”A Christmas CarolAdapted by Michael ShamataDirected by Kelli FoxNov. 18-Dec. 24“It’s a beautiful adaptation. It really takes the story from the point of view of Jacob Marley and following the journey of Scrooge and his transformation.”Around The World In 80 DaysBy Toby Hulse, based upon the book by Jules VerneDirected by Ruth SmillieJan. 17-Feb. 4, 2018“This is in a similar style of The Hounds of the Baskervilles, where there’s three actors that play multiple characters. It’s an hilarious send-up of the Jules Verne classic. The three actors play dozens of roles and the play takes us around the world in boat, train, elephant, everything. It’s really fun.”UsBy Kelley Jo Burke and Jeffery StrakerDirected by Valerie Ann PearsonFeb. 28-March 18, 2018“Us is a new play by Kelley Jo Burke and Jeffery Straker. It’s a brand new musical. It’s a play that’s set in a camp for queer youth about a community of young people coming together with their peers. It’s an uplifting play about coming in.”I And YouBy Lauren GundersonDirected by Kelli FoxApril 11-29, 2018“This is one of most amazing plays I have ever read in my life. I can’t tell you too much about it because the ending is unbelievable. What I can tell you is that it’s about a young woman who has had a serious chronic illness. She hasn’t been to school for months and one of her classmates arrives at her home to work on a homework assignment on Walt Whitman’s poem Leaves Of Grass. And what happens as the play unfolds is one of the most powerful and moving experiences in our capacity as a human.”Shrek The MusicalBased on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William SteigDirected and choreographed by Stephanie GrahamMay 23-June 17, 2018“I saw the movie with my kids and I like the play better than the movie. It’s hilarious, it’s got all the elements of the movie but it goes deeper. It’s more a celebration of different and accepting people or ogres for being different. It’s a really fun piece.”[email protected]/ThePloughboyBY Jeff DeDekker, Regina Leader-Post Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Globe Theatre is still busy with its 2016-17 main stage season but Ruth Smillie is already looking ahead with the unveiling the 2017-18 season.Globe Theatre is currently presenting The Last Wife, which runs through March 19, with Key Change (April 12-30) and The Little Mermaid (May 24-June 18) to follow.For Smillie, the artistic director and CEO of Globe Theatre, juggling the responsibilities of current and upcoming seasons is just part of the job. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JAMES, B.C. — A leaner holiday season lies ahead for those who work at the Conifex Timber Inc. sawmill in Fort St. James.The company has announced a two-week curtailment beginning Monday and continuing until November 26 at the mill about 160 kilometres northwest of Prince George.A second two-week curtailment is also planned around the Christmas period.Conifex says it requires a 15 per cent cut in lumber production for the quarter.Chief executive officer Ken Shields says the curtailments are due to falling lumber prices, stiff export duties, increasing log costs and a drop in log quality as commercially viable mountain pine beetle timber runs out.Shields says the actions are an attempt to mitigate the impacts on employees as much as possible for 2018 and into next year. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — The federal government recorded a deficit of $100.5 billion in October, a big increase from a year ago that was primarily caused by quirks in the calendar.The Treasury Department says the deficit shot up 59 per cent from the same month a year ago. Last year’s October deficit was smaller because the government paid $48 billion in benefits in September because Oct. 1 fell on the weekend.The government has run a deficit in every October going back to the early 1950s. The new report begins a budget year in which the federal deficit is expected to soar above $1 trillion, reflecting in part the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts Congress approved last December.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Presslast_img read more