Wind ices Lake Erie – Sunbury News

Wind ices Lake Erie – Sunbury News

Mounds of ice collect along the Lake Erie shore at Hoover Beach, in Hamburg, NY, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. High winds howled through much of the nation's eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

Mounds of ice collect along the Lake Erie shore at Hoover Beach, in Hamburg, NY, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. High winds howled through much of the nation’s eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

Rose Hirschbeck, of Hamburg, NY, photographs mounds of ice collected along the Lake Erie shore at Hoover Beach, in Hamburg, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. High winds howled through much of the nation’s eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

A family walks near a massive build up of ice that was pushed onto the shore of Mather Park in Fort Erie, Ont., Monday, February 25, 2019. A windstorm Sunday broke an ice boom in Lake Erie and allowed the ice, which was floating on the water at the mouth of the Niagara River, to shove over the retaining wall and onto the shore and the roadway above. (Tara Walton/The Canadian Press via AP)

High winds cut power, inundate Lake Erie shoreline with ice

By CAROLYN THOMPSON

Associated Press

Tuesday, February 26

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — High winds howled through much of the eastern U.S. for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mounds of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie.

Wind gusts of hurricane force — 74 mph (119 kph) — or higher were reported around the region, including West Virginia and New York. While atop Mount Washington, the Northeast’s highest peak of 6,288 feet (1,916 meters) in New Hampshire, a gust of 144 mph (231 kph) was recorded.

Toppled trees and power poles, easy targets for strong winds that uprooted them from ground saturated by rain and snowmelt, plunged homes and businesses into darkness, though in most places power was expected back quickly as winds died down by the end of Monday. Hundreds of schools were delayed or canceled in New York alone.

The wind peeled off roofs in places. In Syracuse, New York, scaffolding blown off a building knocked down power lines.

Wind advisories and warnings were in effect through Monday in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast up to northern New England. In Maine, police say a trucker blamed wind for causing his tractor-trailer loaded with bananas to swerve and overturn on the Maine Turnpike. While in Sandusky, Ohio, a motorist captured video of a tractor-trailer flipping over on a bridge .

Giant chunks of ice spilled over the banks of the Niagara River across from Buffalo on Sunday, creating a jagged, frosty barrier between the river and a scenic road.

Dramatic footage captured by park police in Ontario showed the massive chunks roiling onto shore. High winds had raised water levels on the eastern end of Lake Erie in a phenomenon known as a seiche and then, according to the New York Power Authority, driven ice over a boom upstream from the river.

Ice mounds 25 to 30 feet (8 to 9 meters) high also came ashore farther south, piling up on several lakefront properties in suburban Hamburg.

“We’ve had storms in the past, but nothing like this,” resident Dave Schultz told WGRZ. “We’ve never had the ice pushed up against the walls and right up onto our patios. … It’s in my patio, the neighbor’s patio, and the patio after that.”

A voluntary evacuation for the area was issued Sunday.

Empty tractor-trailers and empty tandem trucks have been banned on some highways. Trucks were also banned on some bridges in New York City, where the winds sent litter swirling in the canyons between skyscrapers and rocked sidewalk food carts precariously.

STORM AND OUTAGE UPDATE: WINTER STORM QUIANA – 11:30 A.M.

Update: 11:30 AM, 2/27/2019

GAHANNA, Ohio, Feb. 27, 2019 – About 800 AEP Ohio customers remain without power in the hard hit areas of Steubenville, Canton and New Philadelphia after Sunday’s windstorm took down trees, power lines and almost 150 poles across the company’s service territory. At the height of the event, 76,000 customers lost power.

Status of Restoration Efforts

As restoration work was completed in other parts of the state, additional crews were moved into these areas yesterday. Outages that restore the greatest numbers of customers have been completed. Outages that restore fewer or single customers often take crews more time to complete. While difficult terrain and single outages have slowed the restoration process in the remaining areas, all customers are expected to be restored by end of day. Today’s restoration times by area are as follows:

Canton North – 3 p.m.

Canton South – 6 p.m.

New Philadelphia – 11 p.m.

Steubenville – 8 p.m.

Safety Messages

Never touch a downed utility wire, no matter how harmless it looks. It can be difficult to distinguish between a power line and a cable or telephone line. All downed lines should be considered energized and dangerous. And don’t touch anything in contact with the line, such as trees, fences or puddles of water, since they can conduct electricity. Keep children and pets away from this potential hazard. Call AEP Ohio to report any downed lines or equipment.

In the event of a major power interruption, life-support customers are encouraged to contact AEP Ohio’s toll-free customer service number to advise our representatives of their situation. Due to the nature of restoration activity, AEP Ohio cannot assure priority restoration for life-support customers. Life-support customers are advised to take precautionary measures to protect themselves in the event of a power loss. Contact relatives or friends for assistance or temporary accommodations in the event of a prolonged outage. Keep emergency phone numbers (physicians, hospitals, safety services, utilities) posted near your telephone.

Customer Information

Customers are reminded that during storm restoration situations, AEP Ohio tree crews clear rights of way of trees and move on to the next location. AEP Ohio does not return to remove the cut trees. Property owners are responsible for brush removal.

Residents without power are asked not to stop crew trucks as this will only slow down repairs. AEP Ohio asks for your patience and understanding during the restoration process. In many areas, crews must rebuild significant portions of electric facilities to restore power.

AEP Ohio cannot connect power to any home or business where there is damage to the service entrance. The service entrance is the area located 1) at the meter, 2) between the meter and the home’s electrical panel, or 3) the location where AEP Ohio’s cable connects to the home/business owner’s cable. Customers need to have a qualified electrician repair this damage before power can be restored to the home or business.

Next Update

This is the last update on this storm.

Customers can report outages and check the latest restoration information for their account via AEPOhio.com/Outages or by loading the AEP Ohio app. Restoration information is also posted on Facebook (Facebook.com/AEPOhio) and Twitter (Twitter.com/AEPOhio).

Prior Updates

2/26/2019, 2:00 PM ET

2/25/2019, 5:30 PM ET

2/25/2019, 11:30 AM ET

2/24/2019, 7:45 PM ET

Customer Calls

Customer Solutions Center

(800) 672-2231

About AEP Ohio

AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at AEPOhio.com.

American Electric Power based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s more than 17,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,300 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.

Shipping container cabin adds to unconventional lodging options in Ohio’s Hocking Hills

Yurts, tipis, cozy cottages or sparkling new Sleep Inn offer diversity

LOGAN, Ohio – Not only does Ohio’s Hocking Hills region offer breathtaking scenery and unforgettable experiences, it also boasts a host of lodging options that are truly one-of-a-kind, with these wildly diverse offerings making it easy for an entire family, a couple or a group of friends to escape into the woods for some uninterrupted time together. Travelers can book lodging and find out about this unique area via ExploreHockingHills.com.

New this year, a beautiful, comfortable oasis was crafted from three 40-foot-long steel shipping containers. The Box Hop is a family getaway and rental cabin built by Seth and Emily Britt, a realization of a college dream that had stuck with Seth for years. The structure is set on 18 lush acres in the midst of the Hocking Hills. It features a full kitchen, two bathrooms, three bedrooms and sleeps eight. A gas fireplace, rooftop patio and six-person hot tub are among other amenities. This unusual 900-square-foot cabin rents through Airbnb with detailed information and images found at TheBoxHop.com.

As a complete juxtaposition to the area’s prolific woodland cottages, cabins and quirky lodging offerings, the brand new Sleep Inn offers relaxing accommodations with easy access to a variety of local attractions, including Columbus Washboard Company, the last washboard factory in the U.S. still making the boards, Stuart’s Opera House, Hocking Hills State Park, High Rock Adventures, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours and Rockbridge State Nature Preserve.

A number of truly unconventional places in the Hocking Hills allow visitors to rest their heads after an unforgettable day in the hills. Travelers can spend the night in a historic train caboose, an authentic 1920s general store, and a vintage salt and pepper shaker museum. The authentic Native American tipis of At Boulder’s Edge allow visitors to experience first-hand just how special a visit to southeast Ohio’s Hocking Hills as they learn about the region’s rich native American history. Ravenwood Castle’s Medieval Village, castle rooms and Fairytale Village Cottages offer beautiful surroundings, wooded paths and one-of-a-kind Medieval-themed accommodations. A traditional Scottish hamlet, complete with Old World-style crofts and cottages, is part of the charm of The Glenlaurel Scottish Inn, which transports guests back to Medieval Europe, yet retains today’s modern conveniences. Glenlaurel’s fine dining and authentic Scottish Links Golf help visitors truly immerse themselves in a historical Scottish experience.

At the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, three fully-loaded high-end Mongolian yurts, complete with luxury amenities such as tiled showers and skylights, offer yet another option for visitors seeking to sleep in the unusual. In addition, Salt Creek Retreats offers rustic cabins and a yurt on 60 secluded acres near miles of private trails, a fishing pond, scenic overlook and a river for swimming. Dog friendly and fully stocked with dishes, utensils, pillows, chairs, heater and a grill, the yurt sleeps up to six. Complete accommodation booking and visitor information is found at ExploreHockingHills.com.

Beyond the quirky, a number of Hocking Hills lodging operators have taken luxury to a wild, new level. Majestic Oaks Lodge is one of the dozens deluxe lodges in the Hocking Hills that are fully loaded with far more comforts than most homes. With space for a whopping 44 guests, this stunner boasts 9,000 square feet of indoor living space; 4,800 square feet of gorgeous outdoor decks with two eight-person hot tubs; a heated, indoor pool; eight full baths; a dazzling gourmet kitchen and 18 acres of woodlands and trails.

Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio, Hocking Hills offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make every day feel like Saturday, with plenty of Admission: FREE activities, such as the new John Glenn Astronomy Park. The region boasts a wide variety of affordable lodging, from camping, cabins, cottages and yurts to treehouses, country inns and traditional hotels. In addition to hiking trails, parks and forests, the Hocking Hills is the Canopy Tour Capital of the Midwest, with 55 ziplines being offered via three distinct guide services. Unique gift and antique shops, canoeing, horseback riding, bird watching, fishing, spas and more add to the allure of the Hocking Hills as the perfect place to unplug. Complete traveler information is available at ExploreHockingHills.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).

“The Dollop” Podcast Tour Stops at the Davidson March 30

In 2014, history buff and comedian Dave Anthony decided to begin a new podcast wherein he would write up an unknown story from American history and read it to a different comedian each week, garnering a spontaneous reaction he hoped would be hilarious. His first guest comedian was Gareth Reynolds. The pair clicked immediately, and fans agreed, flooding social media with their approval. “The Dollop” quickly shot up the charts, drawing fans of both comedy and history to Dave’s wild stories of history and Gareth’s quick improv skills. Now with millions of downloads, “The Dollop” has become a regular presence at the top of the podcast charts, as well as selling out shows in both the US and Australia.

CAPA presents “The Dollop” at the Davidson Theatre (77 S. High St.) on Saturday, March 30, at 8 pm. Tickets are $25.50-$54 and can be purchased in-person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), online at www.capa.com, or by phone at (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.

About Dave Anthony

Stand-up comedian, actor, and writer Dave Anthony has performed stand-up comedy in every state in the US, except Alaska, which he barely considers to be a state. He has appeared at the

Montreal Comedy Festival, the Vancouver Comedy Festival, the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. He has performed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Late, Late Show,” and Comedy Central. Anthony has a recurring role on IFC’s “Maron” and has made guest appearances on “The Office,” “Arrested Development,” and “Hello, Ladies.” He was also co-host of the critically acclaimed “Walking the Room” podcast, a regular on Australia’s TOFOP with Wil Anderson, and a founder of the Los Angeles Podcast Festival.

About Gareth Reynolds

Gareth starred in NBC’s “The Real Wedding Crashers” which was as creatively stimulating as it was successful. Through that show, he began producing and writing his own material, eventually making shows at Comedy Central, the Travel Channel, and MTV. In 2015, he began doing an American history podcast called “The Dollop” which currently gets more than 5 million downloads every month and takes him all over the world to do live episodes. Between his podcast and touring the country doing stand-up, he has taken the lead on the ABC show “Hail Mary,” has been seen on IFC’s “Maron,” has written for Netflix original series “Flaked” and is currently writing on “Arrested Development.”

www.DollopPodcast.com

CALENDAR LISTING

CAPA presents THE DOLLOP

Saturday, March 30, 8 pm

Davidson Theatre (77 S. High St.)

In 2014, history buff and comedian Dave Anthony decided to begin a new podcast wherein he would write up an unknown story from American history and read it to a different comedian each week, garnering a spontaneous reaction he hoped would be hilarious. His first guest comedian was Gareth Reynolds. The pair clicked immediately, and fans agreed, flooding social media with their approval. “The Dollop” quickly shot up the charts, drawing fans of both comedy and history to Dave’s wild stories of history and Gareth’s quick improv skills. Now with millions of downloads, “The Dollop” has become a regular presence at the top of the podcast charts, as well as selling out shows in both the US and Australia. Tickets are $25.50-$54 and can be purchased in-person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), online at www.capa.com, or by phone at (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. www.capa.com

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. CAPA also appreciates the generous support of the Barbara B. Coons and Robert Bartels Funds of The Columbus Foundation and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

About CAPA

Owner/operator of downtown Columbus’ magnificent historic theatres (Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre) and manager of the Riffe Center Theatre Complex, Lincoln Theatre, Drexel Theatre, Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts (New Albany, OH), and the Shubert Theater (New Haven, CT), CAPA is a non-profit, award-winning presenter of national and international performing arts and entertainment. For more information, visit www.capa.com.

Camp Kesem at The Ohio State University Announces Plans for Spring Benefit

Ohio State

Camp Kesem at The Ohio State University, a chapter part of a nationwide community driven by passionate college student leaders that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer, is pleased to announce plans for its spring fundraiser, Make the Magic. Make the Magic, which will be held on March 23, 2019, from 5:00-8:00 pm at Columbus Marriott Northwest in Dublin, Ohio. Tickets for the event are $65 and are available at https://donate.kesem.org/event/camp-kesem-at-the-ohio-state-university-make-the-magic-fy-2019/e213922 .

At this year’s Make the Magic, guests will enjoy a cocktail hour, hors-d’oeuvres, dinner, and an auction-style event, while you connect with our cause through engaging activities and conversations with our incredible student leaders, alumni, and even some campers! Funds raised during this annual fundraising night of dinner, philanthropy, and entertainment will help provide year-long peer support and send 190 kids to camp. Each ticket also includes a drink ticket, dinner, and a dessert.

In the summer of 2017, over 7,200 children attended free summer camps during over 100 week-long sessions of Camp Kesem held at fun and exciting sites from coast-to-coast. Camp Kesem is organized locally in Columbus, Ohio by dedicated students from The Ohio State University. In summer 2019, Camp Kesem at The Ohio State University will host 190 campers from June 30-July 5 and July 6-12 at Camp Kern in Oregonia, Ohio.

Over 5 million children have been impacted by a parent’s cancer and Camp Kesem is the largest national organization dedicated to this unique population. This camp experience and Kesem’s year-round support has a lasting impact on children by providing them a peer-support network that understands their unique needs, builds confidence, and strengthens their communication skills.

Children attending Camp Kesem at The Ohio State University will participate in a host of fun activities including camp fires, the Empowerment Ceremony, Messy Games, and the fashion show! Nightly “Cabin Chats” allow campers to open up to their peers and counselors.

Camp Kesem at The Ohio State University is organized by dedicated students at The Ohio State University who work year long to plan and fundraise for an impactful week of camp. Student volunteers and counselors experience leadership development and undergo extensive training prior to camp. Camp Kesem is provided free of charge to all participating families and is therefore supported by private donations and community support.

ABOUT CAMP KESEM

Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. Camp Kesem operates over 100 free summer camps in 40 states for children ages 6 to 18 who have been impacted by a parent’s cancer. This camping experience and Kesem’s year-long programs have a lasting impact on children by providing them a peer-support network that understands their unique needs, builds confidence and strengthens their communication skills. In 2017, Camp Kesem served over 7,200 children coast-to-coast, all funded by generous donations from individuals and corporate support. For more information on Camp Kesem, please visit www.kesem.org, Facebook.com/CampKesem, and @CampKesem on Twitter & Instagram.

ABOUT CAMP KESEM AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Camp Kesem at The Ohio State University was founded in 2011 and supports children in the Columbus community by providing two, one-week long summer camp experience and year-long peer support. Camp Kesem at The Ohio State University is operated by 120 student volunteers and serves approximately 168 campers ages 6 to 18 per year. For more information about Camp Kesem at The Ohio State University, please visit www.campkesem.org/ohio-state or Facebook.com/CampKesematOSU.

Mounds of ice collect along the Lake Erie shore at Hoover Beach, in Hamburg, NY, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. High winds howled through much of the nation’s eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

Rose Hirschbeck, of Hamburg, NY, photographs mounds of ice collected along the Lake Erie shore at Hoover Beach, in Hamburg, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. High winds howled through much of the nation’s eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

A family walks near a massive build up of ice that was pushed onto the shore of Mather Park in Fort Erie, Ont., Monday, February 25, 2019. A windstorm Sunday broke an ice boom in Lake Erie and allowed the ice, which was floating on the water at the mouth of the Niagara River, to shove over the retaining wall and onto the shore and the roadway above. (Tara Walton/The Canadian Press via AP)



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Piyush Mishra says won’t sing Husna till Pak addresses terrorism issue – Hindustan Times

Piyush Mishra says won’t sing Husna till Pak addresses terrorism issue – Hindustan Times

He is one of the most talented men in Bollywood in the present day and is known for his writing, his ‘poetic’ acting, writing and performing poetry as well as taking the true meaning of good content forward in what is called mainstream Bollywood. He also started his band and named it Ballimaaraan – after a place full of memories of Old Delhi, Mirza Ghalib and the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk. Mr Mishra is using the power of music and the magic of words to make a difference – one of the most notable being the conservation of the Aarey forest land which is a proposed project for the Mumbai Metro. He says he was just a “helping hand” in this conservation effort but it is his wife and the others who have done all the groundwork. His involvement has helped popularise this effort because his name is Piyush Mishra, he humbly adds.

Ahead of his headlining performance at HT Imagine Fest 2019, we spoke with Piyush Mishra about his theatre days, his love for Delhi, his band Ballimaaraan, Mirza Ghalib, his favourite medium of expression – films or a live performance (and theatre) and one of his most loved compositions, Husna. Read on.

On National School of Drama, Delhi:

Piyush Mishra, a noted theatre personality has spent nearly two decades of his professional life in New Delhi, studying theatre at NSD, acting, writing, and eventually directing plays. It was not until 1998 that he decided to move to Mumbai and make a base there. He said that it was a choice he made for his wife and his children because his experiences of following art and theatre which probably filled his soul, but hardly ever filled his pockets. So while he expresses poignantly through his roles in Bollywood and definitely through his words, films are a way for him to earn money before fulfilling any other requirement.

He says that wherever I go, I always remember Delhi, especially Mandi House where I’ve spent some crucial years. Bombay (Mumbai) too has given me a lot but I can’t let go of Delhi, I get refreshed whenever I’m in Delhi and my creativity spikes whenever I visit, there’s a lot more I want to do here and I’m sure I’ll write 5-6 songs as soon as I leave here.

On writing:

He says that I had lesser control over my creativity when life was in turmoil (damadol), he could keep writing and composing upto 3-4 songs in a day. As of today, he is more relaxed and enjoying the space he is in and there’s no rush to churn out something creative. His work speaks for himself as of today and he is more at peace now. He says the phase he went through earlier was great in terms of working, writing, composing more but what good is that space or that form of creativity when you can’t sleep at night?

On Bhagat Singh, his friend:

He is credited with writing the powerful dialogues of The Legend of Bhagat Singh followed by more noteworthy projects. It was the play titled Gagan Damama Bajyo, he co-wrote with N.K. Sharma for their theatre group, Act One, that started his ‘friendship’ with the extremist freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. Speaking about the play and the film which was inspired by it, Mr Mishra said that he has lived with Bhagat Singh while understanding the character and writing for him along with the others who were fighting the freedom struggle with Bhagat Singh. He says that most people don’t even know his full name wasn’t just Bhagat Singh that’s why it was important for him to share the story of Bhagat Singh Sandhu and how he was deeply affected by all that was going on in the country before he decided to join in the struggle and applied his methods to the revolution.

“Behron ko sunane ke liye ek dhamake ki zaroorat hoti hai,” a dialogue in the play and subsequently the film, explains the sentiment of these new-age freedom fighters aptly. Mr Mishra goes on to add that he cannot fully explain the relationship he shares with Bhagat Singh but he has spent time with him and seen him upfront while living the character through the process of writing the play and the dialogues of the film, nearly a decade later. In a TED talk titled My Friend Bhagat Singh a few years ago, he spoke about the man that Bhagat Singh Sandhu was and what inspired him, drove him to tell the story.

On Husna, his much-loved composition:

Being a big fan of Piyush Mishra isn’t always enough, sometimes there are no words to describe what you feel about the impact that an influential person makes on you, especially when your aspirations are linked with his body of work. I asked him to sing a few lines from this song, a love letter from one lover on this side of the border to his beloved on the other side. Mr Mishra, however, refused to do so. For a brief moment, it made me feel I had probably offended him by asking him to sing a song just a few minutes before his LIVE performance at HT Imagine Fest. But the thought was far deeper than I felt.

Mr Mishra said he will not sing Husna till Pakistan acknowledges “this problem called terrorism”. Explaining his stand he says that the song is closest to his heart but he will not sing it till the issue of terrorism is addressed by our neighbouring country. “It is a torture for me that my fans want to listen to this song but I’ve sworn not to sing it. I have said it at a public forum that I will not be singing Husna until the problem is addressed. We have reached a point where the water has gone above our heads and it’s not fair that jawans are being martyred left right and centre. I understand that Pakistan might say that we are also victims of terrorism given that there are attacks in your country too, children were gunned down in Peshawar, and the situation in Karachi after the attack on Benazir Bhutto Sahiba.”

“If you’re also victims of terrorism, then you must take a stand, Imran Khan Sahab. This is where we must draw the line. It is a political issue so I don’t want to comment any more than this, however, I want to see how much Husna is demanded of me and how far am I able to control not singing it.”

Mr Mishra closed our discussion that evening by singing his heart-wrenching song, Ik Bagal Mein Chaand Hoga, from Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1.

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‘The Russian Five’ Red Wings Doc To Be In Theatres in March – wkfr.com

‘The Russian Five’ Red Wings Doc To Be In Theatres in March – wkfr.com

The long awaited, award winning documentary, The Russian Five, about the five Russians who helped restore the Detroit Red Wings to hockey glory in the the 1990’s and early 2000’s, will begin to be shown around the state of Michigan on March 22nd. Celebration Cinema Crossroads had the movie on it’s website.

The movie made it’s debut last year at the Freep Film Festival, and has picked up awards there, at the Traverse City Film Festival and several others. But, now, as they say, it’s coming to a theatre near you.

“I think that the communal experience of watching a movie in the theater together with your friends and family is especially important for ‘The Russian Five’.  “We watched and cheered on our Red Wings together at the Joe, so being able to watch the film in a theater full of Red Wings fans, with everyone reliving these memories together, really is the ultimate viewing experience.” – Director Joshua Riehl in the Detroit Free Press

 

 

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Juilliard Opera Theatre 2018-19 Review: Dido and Aeneas – OperaWire

Juilliard Opera Theatre 2018-19 Review: Dido and Aeneas – OperaWire

Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” has always left room for discussion in regards to musical content and timeline. However, it is with this openness that Juilliard took the opportunity to mold this opera into what was a remarkably intimate production of English Chamber music that told the heartbreaking story of a hell-bent Queen of Carthage. More specifically, Conductor Avi Stein and Director Mary Birnbaum insightfully inserted four additional Purcell arias within the opera that generated an overall well-rounded and emotionally complete musical arrangement that further emphasized intense moments of passion and fierce pride.

Exquisite Intimacy

Audience members were seated in a semi-circle around the intimate stage at Juilliard’s Willson Theater. The period-instrument ensemble Juilliard415, conducted by Stein, consisted of six violinists, a violist, a cellist, two harpsichordists and Theorbo/Guitar player. The intimate setting was perfect because every audience member could experience each facet of the Overture and it was impossible for one to not feel as though they were being transported back to the 17th Century.


Scenic Designer Grace Laubacher and Lighting Designer Anshuman Bhatia created an atmosphere of prestige with a sophisticated modern design that used saturated lighting of pinks, blues, gold, and indigo that showcased an artistically notable stage setting. In the middle of the space was a rectangular polished stone table that had matching stools for guests of the opening dinner party to be seated. And a billboard sized neon “EMPIRE” installation was suspended above the Juilliard415 ensemble.

The costumes were stunning and Costume Designer Oana Botez did not hold back when using her imagination to create special pieces for each singer. Aeneas’ suit was incredibly beautiful with its metallic floral pattern that pieced together perfectly from head to toe. This suit alone was a notably tailored piece of art that was only one look within an array of other elevated designs.

The choreography also shone at different junctures. “Cupid only throws the dart” was an aesthetically pleasing choreographed moment that illuminated a vocally rich cast and sensitive period-ensemble. Everyone did an excellent job expressing the dance-like pulse of Purcell’s music.

“The Triumphing Dance” was also another moment that showcased an impactful cast of singers that could dance as well as sing on a higher level. And maestro Stein also remarked on this effect by saying “in a sense, the chorus carries the show, giving it much of its impact. They can act in many different ways: setting the scene, or as a Greek chorus commenting on what has just happened. In short, the chorus becomes a multidimensional character throughout this opera.”

The Added Arias

The first additional Purcell aria, “If love’s a sweet passion” from “The Fairy Queen” was sung by Shakèd Bar in the role of Dido. Bar sang this while viewing a photo of Aeneas that Belinda held up for her to see. Her voice exhibited a warm and sensual tone and this piece proved to be a solid fit for this private moment between Dido and her thoughts of Aeneas. The chorus also sang in this aria and displayed a sharp routine of choreography to emphasize the court’s sophistication and elegance.

At the end of Act One, the second additional aria “How happy the lover” from “King Arthur” was sung by the chorus, with solo moments including Richard Pittsinger, a duet featuring William Socolof and Joan Hofmeyr, and two trios with Britt Hewitt, Shereen Pimentel, and Carlyle Quinn, among others. While the chorus sang and moved about the stage, Dido and Aeneas imitated a shared moment between two lovers. The overall effect of adding this aria here was potent because the audience was given the chance to fully digest the passionate affair between the two characters.

The third additional Purcell aria “Urge me no more,” Z. 426, was sung by the First Witch, Shereen Pimentel. She showcased her outstanding stamina and poise as both singer and dancer in this aria, especially when she did a triple turn at the edge of the table on stage. Pimentel exemplified a balanced performance throughout as both singer and dancer.

Chance Jonas-O’Toole sang the final additional Purcell aria “See, even Night herself is here,” from “The Fairy Queen.” His voice was transformative in this piece and he masterfully phrased each line so that his emotional connection to every word was his guide. One might say that he had the audience in the palm of his hand during this aria.

Vibrant Vocal Moments

In addition to the memorable new arias, the artists put together some fascinating work in other passages throughout the opera.

Belinda’s opening aria “Shake the cloud from off your brow” was sung by Mer Wohlgemuth which displayed a crisp, clear soprano voice. Wohlgemuth’s diction was impeccable throughout her entire performance. Moreover, it was Bar’s captivating voice while singing “Ah! Belinda, I am prest” that foreshadowed her final aria “When I am laid” as something to be highly anticipated. Wohlgemuth also had an similarly potent interpretation of “Thanks to these lonesome vales;” the phrase “so fair the game, so rich the sport” was tenderly interpreted.

Myka Murphy, as the Sorceress, followed Jonas-O’Toole’s solo with the powerful aria “Wayward sisters you that fright.” Murphy moved about on top of the table and drew all eyes to her sinister and sensual portrayal of character. Her voice was a powerhouse that drove along this aria with an abundant quality of strength.

Aeneas’ aria “Behold upon my bending spear” showcased Dominik Belavy’s Baritone as he sang “a monster’s head stands bleeding, with tushes far exceeding.” Belavy also portrayed strong character as he sang in response to the Spirit he encounters in the woods. “Stay Prince and hear” is an aria featuring The Spirit of the Sorceress in the form of Mercury. Both Belavy and Hewitt sang with conviction. The Spirit also carried with her a case that held a neon yellow banner (similar to the neon “EMPIRE”) that read “HERO.” Hewitt gave Belavy this banner to wear as he took on the weight of Aeneas’ decision to follow the orders of the gods “to gain th’ Hesperian shore and ruined Troy restore.” This was the moment when everything changed for every character and malicious sorcery took hold of the storyline.

Act Three

Act Three brought everything together with fascinating narrative drive.  “Come away, fellow sailors” and “The Sailors’ Dance,” were beautifully choreographed with chorus members wearing iridescent rain coats that were both eye and ear catching as they swished-and-swooshed back and forth, imitating ocean waves in motion. Streamers of similar iridescent style were pulled across the ceiling of the theater that bounced all colors off each other and cleverly captured the full image of the ships and sailors in motion.

After this moment, Dido, Belinda and Aeneas enter and Belinda asks Dido to see Aeneas as truthful when he approaches her to announce his fate. As Belavy neared Bar, he lifted his neon yellow “HERO” banner from his shoulders and laid it down on the table for her to clearly see his reluctance to obey the gods. This was a powerful moment that exposed the torture felt by both Dido and Aeneas as they surrendered to a malicious demise.

Dido sings “Thus on the fatal Banks of Nile, weeps the deceitful crocodile.” In this phrase, Bar vocally blossomed and emulated a guttural weeping that captured her voice in an effective way. One could feel Dido releasing her soul into the hands of her ultimate fate as Bar sang “For ’tis enough, whate’er you now decree, that you had once a thought of leaving me.”

Aeneas also reveals his truest self in this moment, as Belavy sang “No, no, I’ll stay, and Love obey!” with an appropriate self-defeat driven tone that highlighted his ability to express Aeneas’s undeniable weakness at his core. And it is Dido that puts an end to this argument by requesting Aeneas to leave her, signaling Bar as she watched Belavy walk away from both his “HERO” sign and herself while she sang “But Death, alas! I cannot shun; Death must come when he is gone,” – an eery foreshadowing tone that solidified her decision to die.

One of the most beautiful highlights of this performance was when the choir sang “Great minds against themselves conspire.” Members of the chorus encircled Dido and gently ushered her to rest in knowing that they too understood her emotional torment and pain. Each singer’s tenderness was felt and with Dido preparing for her imminent suicide, this moment seemed to stand still in time – a remarkable pause of great artistic display.

Dido’s final aria, “When I am laid” is widely known as the most popular aria in “Dido and Aeneas.” Notably, what sets this aria apart from other famous passages outside of this opera is the access it gives listeners into the heart of a proud queen just before she commits suicide and into the soul of the singer portraying Dido. One could tell from the start of the entire performance that Bar’s voice was perfect for this role, however it was not until this final aria that one might have been aware of Bar’s ability to channel a powerfully effect spirit into the final hours of Dido’s existance. Bar’s voice remained unapologetically honest and true to her own timbre in this aria. Not once did she vocally overreach or characteristically overact. And it was this pure stream of honesty that made this moment so incredibly impactful.


As chorus members sang “With drooping wings Cupids come,” Bar lowered herself into the pyre, and all stood still to “keep watch,” just before the house lights went black and everyone lunged at the opportunity to retrieve her abandoned crown of power.

Juilliard Opera Theatre 2018-19 Review: Dido and Aeneas

Kanye West committing $1 million to restore Avalon Regal Theater, owner says – WGN TV Chicago

Kanye West committing $1 million to restore Avalon Regal Theater, owner says – WGN TV Chicago

American rapper Kanye West poses before Christian Dior 2015-2016 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show on March 6, 2015 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK

CHICAGO — The historic Avalon Regal Theater sat mostly unused since 2008, but its newest owner says it could soon reopen its doors thanks in no small part to $1 million in support from Kanye West.

Owner Jerald Gary has committed to bringing the 91-year-old South Shore theater back to life, and the effort got a big boost in September when Kanye West pledged to help make the vision become a reality.

Gary said during an appearance on WVON that West is following through on his word, and recently committed to investing $1 million into the project. He said the Chicago native has already provided enough funding to get the electricity and other basic utilities turned on.

“We’re very excited and it’s been a long time coming, and we’re happy that someone has finally stepped up to the plate,” Gary told WVON on February 22.

West first announced he was lending his support during a September trip to Chicago. He stopped by the theater with Chance the Rapper and his wife Kim Kardashian during the trip, and also visited with Ald. Michelle Harris at City Hall to lobby for the project.

It wasn’t the only commitment West made to Chicago during the trip. He also posted to social media saying he would open a studio for his shoe brand Yeezy and build “DONDA schools” in the city. He’s also previously said that he plans to move back to Chicago as well.

The visit also took place while crews were filming the next season of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” and Gary says the theater will also be featured in the show’s season premiere on March 31.

Gary grew up in the South Shore neighborhood, and bought the crumbling theater for $100,000 in 2014, according to the Sun-Times. To fully fund the project, Gary said they will issuing bonds people can purchase to invest in the theater, going live on the day of the “Kardashians” premiere.

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Kanye West committing $1 million to restore Avalon Regal Theater, owner says

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