Today, the new Fillmore New Orleans has announced that Foo Fighters will christen their stage for their grand opening celebration, set to take place on Friday, February 15th, and Saturday, February 16th, 2019. The two shows will feature support from a pair of fan-favorite New Orleans acts. On February 15th, Dave Grohl and company will be joined by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, while the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will serve as support on February 16th.A pre-sale period begins tomorrow, Tuesday, October 9th, at 10 a.m. Central Time. General public on-sale for the newly announced shows begins on Friday, October 12th, at 10 a.m. Central Time. For more information on the new Fillmore New Orleans or to purchase your tickets to the Foo Fighters’ grand opening run once they go on sale, head to the venue website.Early this past summer, Live Nation announced plans to open a new branch of The Fillmore at Harrah’s Casino New Orleans, LA. The news of the new 2,000-capacity venue’s opening was initially announced during a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the iconic Fillmore West in San Francisco.“New Orleans is a city with a proud musical heritage, and we could not be more excited that The Fillmore will join the host of great live music that this city has to offer,” said Ron Bension, president of Live Nation’s Club & Theatre group. “The venue’s industry-leading amenities and intimate 2,000-person capacity fill a gap in the market and will attract performers that often bypass the city, which will ultimately give audiences an even wider array of concert experiences to enjoy.”“It was important to Harrah’s New Orleans that we find the right partner to help us transform our second-floor space into a destination,” said Dan Real, Caesars Entertainment regional president-south and Harrah’s New Orleans general manager. “In a city where live music abounds from street corners to the stage, The Fillmore is a perfect addition to Harrah’s New Orleans and will create memorable experiences for both locals and guests.”The New Orleans venue will be the newest addition to Live Nation’s Fillmore brand, which already includes rooms in Charlotte, NC; Miami, FL; Silver Spring, MD; Detroit, MI; and Philadelphia, PA. Considering its location, The Fillmore at Harrah’s New Orleans will showcase local architectural styles, such as wrought iron gates and gas street lanterns.The Fillmore at Harrah’s New Orleans will also include a Lobby Bar, BG’s Lounge, and a VIP room named after original Fillmore impresario, Bill Graham. In addition to the concert area, the venue will feature an array of private event spaces for corporate gatherings, weddings, private dinners, and more.The Fillmore New Orleans Intro Video[Video: The Fillmore New Orleans]
Aldel Brown grew up just a 20-minute drive from Harvard’s campus, but attending the University seemed like distant possibility. Yet this year Brown — who regularly describes himself as “just a kid from Boston” — has arrived as a member of the Harvard Law School (HLS) Class of 2017.“As far back as second grade, I’ve wanted to go to law school, and attending HLS is a dream,” he said. “I always felt that there were wrongs in the world, and I wanted to help solve those problems. So I was always thinking about the law. It was something I always wanted to pursue.”While Brown’s future lies in a courtroom, his past is rooted in two other courts: basketball and tennis. From a young age, he played both sports in neighborhoods all over Boston.Taking tennis lesson in the summers and after school, and playing basketball after tennis lessons, Brown’s prowess in both games flourished. Tennis taught him self-reliance and focus, while basketball emphasized the importance of teamwork and collaboration.When his mother signed him up for Tenacity, which emphasizes success both on the tennis court and in the classroom, Brown realized he could go even further.“I received free tutoring and free tennis lessons at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury,” he said. “That was a great place to meet new people, play tennis, and also finish my homework in a controlled environment. That experience helped me interact with different cultures, personalities, and ethnic groups through the games of basketball and tennis. You have kids coming from the suburbs and playing kids from the city, and vice versa.”That diverse experience gave Brown insight into how to reach his potential, and his first introduction to Harvard. Tenacity runs tennis clinics at the University, bringing local kids to the campus at an early age.A strong familial focus on education also resulted in Brown attending St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass., where he played on the tennis and basketball teams and captained the tennis team as a senior. He enrolled at Howard University in 2008. It was during his sophomore year, while completing a two-semester internship in Washington, D.C., that his passion for education reached the next level.Working as an administrative clerk with the U.S. Department of Justice’s natural resources section, and interning with U.S. Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, Brown began writing speeches for the congressman and working with constituents in his district.“I was able to meet a diverse set of working-class professionals who were as passionate about education as I was,” Brown said. “We collaborated on creating a charter school, the Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School, in D.C. I helped write the school’s charter in 2010, and we opened our doors to 54 students during the fall of my senior year, in 2011.”After graduating from Howard in 2012, the school’s board approached Brown to become Shining Stars’ executive director, when he was only 23.“It was an amazing experience,” he said. “Being responsible for the education of over 80 kids, meeting the responsibilities and duties laid out in the charter, it was a blessing that brought me to tears. It was an incredible challenge and afforded me the chance to push myself harder than I’d ever imagined.”Now vice chair of the board of trustees for the school, which will have more than 120 students this year, Brown said he hopes to one day be involved at the macro level by writing legislation to encourage equal opportunities and access to education for all students. Attending HLS, he said, is a crucial part of that goal.Brown also plans to volunteer with Tenacity, the program that first brought him to Harvard’s campus, while he earns his law degree, teaching tennis to Boston schoolchildren at the Murr Center on Monday nights.“I really wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for all these pieces coming together,” Brown said. “Playing basketball, being part of Tenacity, going through the charter school experience — those experiences are ingrained in me now, and they’re the fuel for me being at HLS. Coming back home and having this great opportunity in my hometown for the next three years … everything’s come full circle.”
Laura Michelle Kelly & Jose Llana(Photos: Caitlin McNaney and Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Let’s all whistle a happy tune for this casting news! Olivier Award winner Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana will star as Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam, respectively, in the upcoming national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The King and I. The touring production of the Tony Award-winning musical revival will launch on November 1 in Providence, Rhode Island, before continuing to additional cities across the country.“Jose was so superb on Broadway in The King and I that I begged him to join us on the tour and l feel we are incredibly lucky to have him. He brings such joy and virility and strength to the King. And he is one of Broadway’s great talents,” said director Bartlett Sher, in a statement. “Laura Michelle has one of the best voices on Broadway matched with an extraordinary heart. Her work on Finding Neverland and Mary Poppins distinguished both of those shows with her natural grace and joy. She will be an exquisite Anna Leonowens.”Kelly recently starred as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies in the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning musical Finding Neverland. She took home an Olivier Award for the title role in the West End’s Mary Poppins—a performance she later reprised on Broadway. Kelly has also appeared on the Great White Way in Fiddler on the Roof and on the London stage in Speed the Plow, Les Miserables and Peter Pan. Kelly previously starred as Anna Leonowens in a production of The King and I at The Muny in August 2012.Llana returns to the role of the King of Siam after two starring engagements in the Tony-winning Lincoln Center revival of The King and I. His other Broadway credits include Wonderland, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Flower Drum Song, Rent, Streetcorner Symphony and the 1996 production of The King and I, in which he performed the role of Lun Tha. On screen he has been seen in Hitch and Sex and the City.In addition to Kelly and Llana, the cast of The King and I will feature Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang, Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Manna Nichols as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Anthony Chan as Prince Chulalongkorn, Graham Montgomery as Louis Leonowens and Baylen Thomas as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey.The show’s ensemble will include Heather Botts, LaMae Caparas, Andrew Cheng, Michelle Liu Coughlin, Daniel Edwards, Nicole Ferguson, Marie Gutierrez, Mindy Lai, Darren Lee, Q Lim, Stephanie Lo, Michael Lomeka, Nobutaka Mochimaru, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Yuki Ozeki, Marcus Shane, Sam Simahk, Michiko Takemasa, Jeoffrey Watson and Kelli Youngman, with Kayla Amistad, Jaden Amistad, Adriana Braganza, Amaya Braganza, Rylie Sickles, Rhyees Stump, Noah Toledo and CJ Uy as the Royal Children.Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical, set in 1860s Bangkok, tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children.Directed by Bartlett Sher, the Lincoln Center revival of The King and I received four 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Costume Design of a Musical.
Remember the young lady who said all she wanted for Christmas was her “two front teeth”?Well, for the moment I have all my teeth, and I don’t need ties, shirts, socks and other useful but predictable gifts. But there are some things for the garden I’d like.Books Top the ListOn my Christmas list are books. Every time I go to the book store, I’m drawn to the gardening-book section. I won’t put any of the northern writers on my list, but not out of any residual feeling from the Civil War.I’ve just had my fill of comments about cool springs, illustrations of lovely, friable soil, and pictures of lilacs and head lettuce. I want books written by Southern garden writers. The ones written by the people on latitude south of Rabun County just may have a better grasp on our climate, pest problems, soil type and growing conditions.Tools That Will LastI want tools that will last. Don’t give me those wimpy little hand tools with painted flowers on them. I want heavy duty ones that endure. Cheap tools are just that, and likely to bend just as I’m opening ground, as daylight wanes, for a bag of caladiums. I want rakes and shovels whose heads will stay on the handles.I don’t want the accessories – Japanese gardening pants, hose carriers in the shape of frogs, or clever garden signs that proclaim my garden the stopping place for the world-weary traveler. Give those to my wife. I want stuff I can use.Gardening Promissory NotesWhen my children were younger, they gave me gardening promissory notes as gifts. Under a gardening chore was the childish scribble, “Daddy, just let me know when you want me to do this.”This is such an unusual gift, so personal, and it always meant so much to me. I probably didn’t collect on some of them (Hmm, I wonder if it is too late?) but they were all the more delightful because they gave me an opportunity to spend more time with my growing gardeners.Put Some Thought Into ItWhatever you want as a gift or want to give as a gift to someone, put some thought into it. Is it useable? Or will it just sit there? A load of compost for a gardener is really not a bad idea.Now that I really think about it, all I want for Christmas is a normal gardening year. I’ve been gardening in Georgia for almost 20 years and am still looking for that “normal season.”But then I might miss the challenge. And that reminds me – given our rain deficit, a drip irrigation system would be nice.
Must-See Sights Blue Ridge Parkway to Waynesboro For craft beer fans, Basic City Beer Co. is sure to please. This kid-friendly microbrewery offers taproom or outside seating for sipping cold brews and enjoying brick oven pizza, shareable small plates, and “fancy-full” hot sandwiches, while the younger set stays occupied with games like corn hole and skeeball. Stable Craft Brewing is another solid option with a beach volleyball court, corn hole golf (yes, you read that right), and horses for the kids to pet. Waynesboro is home to many restaurants with amenities like outdoor seating and kid-friendly menus. Take everyone for BBQ or fried catfish at The Fishin’ Pig where kids eat free on Wednesdays, and there is live music in the outdoor “Pig Pen” every weekend. Benny Stivale’s in downtown serves up 28-inch pizzas that require two plates for a slice! And if your entire party enjoys burgers, try Tailgate Grill for classic beef burgers and shareable portions of crispy french fries. Don’t forget to round out your meal with fresh, custard-style ice cream at Kline’s Dairy Bar or delicious soft serve at Willy’s Ice Cream. Natural Bridge: Stop to gawk at Natural Bridge State Park’s 215-foot limestone arch, discover living history at the Monocan Indian settlement, and hike the seven miles of trails. Kids will also get a kick out of feeding the animals in the drive-through habitats at Virginia Safari Park. Parkway and nearby: Two short but wonderful hikes are Crabtree Falls and White Rock Falls, which travel along or to waterfalls. The Parkway has numerous opportunities to pull over and admire the scenery. Waynesboro is called the Gateway to Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, and at just four miles away from the entrances, it’s an ideal place to rest and replenish after a long day of driving and outdoor fun. Waynesboro has much to offer the road-tripping family, including family-friendly places to eat, a wealth of outdoor experiences, and a downtown filled with shopping, dining, and culture. Where to Stay I-81 to Blue Ridge Parkway There are many great places to pause along this stretch of your journey, but keep an eye out for a few of our favorites… Let the kids get some energy out on a short hike! Visit Shenandoah National Park for the Blackrock Summit hike, which is a 1-mile addition to the Track Trails for Kids program and includes an activity to go along with the hike. Nearby Humpback Rocks can be accessed at Mile Post 5.8 along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The steep mile up to the overlook pays off with heartstopping views of the Shenandoah and Rockfish Valleys. For an easier stroll that gives a look at the geology of the area, try Greenstone Overlook at MP 8.8. Nurture the budding artist in your family with a trip to the Shenandoah Valley Art Center, a working studio and gallery with a gift shop all in one, and the P. Buckley Moss Downtown Gallery. For educational and stimulating activities for both the older generation and kids, check out at the Waynesboro Heritage Museum which features timely, pop-up exhibits throughout the year. Or try the Plumb House Museum, a site along the Civil War Trail, and the Russell Museum which houses the astounding art legacy of Walter and Lao Russell. Download the Traipse app for an adventure that’s part walking tour, part scavenger hunt and discover the thriving mural scene in Waynesboro, which has been nourished in recent years by the annual Virginia Street Art Festival. Outdoor Options Waynesboro boasts a robust park system with walking trails, playgrounds, and a 9-hole, par 31 Frisbee golf course at Coyner Springs Park. Additional golfing options can be found at Waynesboro Golf and Games, which has a par 3 course for both traditional golf and soccer golf, as well as a mini golf course. If fast cars are more your speed, cheer for your favorites during the drag racing at Eastside Speedway on Friday and Saturday evenings. Treat the family to the wholesome experience (and photo opps) of picking pumpkins together at Troyer’s Fruit & Produce Farm. The farm is offering their ten-acre corn maze again this year, plus seventeen acres from which to pick your perfect pumpkin! Another nearby place to catch shots of the family solving a corn maze and enjoying other outdoor activities is Skeeter’s Maze Adventure. Where to Eat Must-See Sights Your whole family will be happy staying at the locally-owned and newly renovated Best Western PLUS. This pet-friendly hotel has an indoor heated saltwater pool and is close to downtown Waynesboro, shopping, and dining. If you’d rather camp, try the North 340 Campground with its sports fields, basketball court, and playgrounds, or Sherando Lake, which has a sandy beach, swimming area, and miles of hiking trails. The South River Greenway stretches 1.2 level miles along the South River and is perfect for a family stroll or bike ride. Take in views of the city, the Blue Ridge Mountains, our river-themed LOVEworks, and the water, which is habitat to many species of fish and birds. Start your adventure by heading north on I-81 through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley to Lexington. Follow Route 11 and then Route 56 west to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Tye River Gap, Milepost 27.2. The magnificent Blue Ridge Parkway stretches 569 miles along the Blue Ridge Mountains. Refer to the interactive map for info about trails, campgrounds, waystops, road closures, and overlooks. Ready to pack the car full of kids, gear, and snacks, and get out of town for the weekend? Load up the playlists and head north along the 1-81 corridor. Explore the sites and towns along the way, making sure to include a leisurely drive along a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Finally, make Waynesboro your home base for a few days of fun before heading home.
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Batesville swimming is off and running for another summer. This program has been a success story for a long time. Nearly 100 kids have fun every summer swimming for the local club. They not only have all these kids on the team, but most of them actually score in most of the meets. Not only do they get the average kid who likes to swim, but they have families whose kids swim at an extremely high level. I am thinking about names like Gryspeerdt, Weiler, Hawkins, Hatcher, and Cox to name a few. Each year the high school program gets better and better and the number of swimmers keeps increasing. I know both programs work hand-in-hand, and the success is phenomenal. Let’s hope that somehow the school gets a pool for these kids to really reach their true potential. Thanks to the local YMCA, they at least can train in town now; and the outdoor pool is scheduled to get some much needed improvements. Drive down Mulberry Street some night and try to count the cars attending one of the outdoor meets. It is quite a sight. Batesville rules the summer swimming season.
Indiana Farm Bureau has announced a new three-year program with Polaris Industries Inc. which is now available for eligible members.“Farm Bureau members in Indiana are accustomed to having exclusive access to superior, high-quality brands, programs and products,” said IFB President Don Villwock. “This generous program from Polaris will help our members save money on high-quality, all-terrain vehicles that can stand up to rugged farm use.”Through the new program, eligible Farm Bureau members receive a $300 per unit discount on all Polaris utility and sport vehicles, $200 per unit on all all-terrain vehicles and $300 per unit on all GEM electric vehicles. Members are eligible for the discounts 30 days after joining Indiana Farm Bureau. Discounts are available for the purchase of specified Polaris off-road vehicles without exclusion in states that participate in the Polaris program.The Polaris program discounts can be accessed through FB Member Advantage!, members website. A certificate will be made available online that must be printed and taken to the dealership of choice for presentation to the sales person. Certificates expire after 60 days.
The following area Basketball players were awarded The Marion Crawley Scholarship from The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.Congratulations to the following Boys and Girls Basketball players. Sam Sehlhorst – East Central, Staci Fox – South Decatur, Baili Miller – Jac-Cen-Del, and Colton Rector – Lawrenceburg.2017 Marion Crawley AwardsCourtesy of Jac-Cen-Del Girls Basketball Coach Scott Smith.