Candler Park Music & Food Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: Dispatch, Greensky Bluegrass, More

first_imgCandler Park Music & Food Festival has released its 2019 lineup, featuring performances from Dispatch, Greensky Bluegrass, Dr. Dog, Trampled By Turtles, Stephen Marley, Larkin Poe, Funk You, Aqueous, and Webster.In addition to a stand-out lineup, the festival will also host a food village featuring fare from local vendors and food trucks, an artist market, adult field games, a craft cocktail bar, and the Terrapin Brew Lounge complete with an expanded selection of rare Terrapin craft brews.Related: PHOTOS: Candler Park 2018 Sees Standout Sets From Lettuce, Gov’t Mule, PettyGrass, & MoreCandler Park Music & Food Festival expects to draw 20,000 people to the Atlanta area for its 11th edition on May 31st and June 2nd. As festival producer and Rival Entertainment partner Josh Antenucci explained in a press release, “Year after year, our music bookings elevate the festival to new heights. A far cry from your usual neighborhood park event, Candler Park Music & Food Festival curates a perfect two day musical experience that blends local talent with trendsetting chart climbers and national headliners, all while maintaining that cherished community park vibe that got us started a decade ago.”You can get your tickets here, or head over to the festival’s website for more information.last_img read more

Tim McCarthy promotes safety with humor

first_img“May I have your attention please? This is Tim McCarthy with the Indiana State Police.” A thunderous cheer roars up from the student section, followed by a chorus of shushes raining down upon the crowd of more than 80,000. Through the open window of the Public Announcement (PA) box at Notre Dame Stadium, Sergeant Tim McCarthy hears it all. After 53 years of delivering a safety tip in between the third and fourth quarter at Notre Dame football games, McCarthy has seen it all too. “I always got a kick out of the crowd noise. In the old press box, I used to stand on what I’ll call the outside balcony with all the television cameras and so forth just to get the crowd noise,” McCarthy said. “I used to look and watch the students and that was always a lot of fun.” McCarthy said his superiors at the police department were the first ones to encourage him to deliver a safety message to fans during a home football game. “1960 … There were two games left in the season when I got the assignment, and so I gave the safety announcement very formal like a state trooper should, I guess,” he said. “I was very nervous about it. It went over pretty decently, but nobody listened to it with the crowd noise and all.” McCarthy said he decided after the 1960 season to try a different approach that might make the crowd listen to his safety message.  “I told [my superiors] … I’m going to start using a quip at the end and see what happens, and the following season – that was in 1961 – in the very first game there was a discussion among the referees for something and the crowd was unusually quiet.  “So I gave the thing. The message gave a pitch on drinking and driving. And I said, ‘Remember, the automobile replaced the horse, but the driver should stay on the wagon.’ And I got a lot of groans and boos and things like that.” The next game McCarthy said he tried to focus on driver attitude and said, “Remember, some drivers are like steel – no good when they lose their temper.” McCarthy said more boos followed this announcement, but over time the crowd began to look forward to his sayings. “About the end of the season I noticed a kind of quieting down because everybody’s waiting to see how corny the quip line was going to be. And I just started it off from there; got to be fairly popular at the games,” McCarthy said.  McCarthy said he now gathers ideas and listens for plays on words during the offseason. As games resume, he organizes them into quips that vary from season to season, although some lines do get repeated. “Last season … there was an awful lot of construction around the South Bend area and we focused a little bit on that for a couple games,” McCarthy said. “Generally, I have one on the site in case of rainfall … I have one for snow too, but we haven’t had snowfall for a long, long, long time … This is my 54th year of doing it, so I have run into repeats from time to time.” McCarthy said he carefully prepares to deliver the quips because he fears making a mistake in front of a crowd of 80,000. “I do get nervous, I’m always nervous,” he said. “I have three-by-five cards and I just write the whole message I’m going to give on the three-by-five card. It’s everything, you know, I even write my name on it so I don’t mess up. You never know what’s going to happen.” The students not only support his puns but also maintain the energy of the stadium as a whole, McCarthy said. “They’re the ones that kind of keep the excitement of the game going, I think, students,” he said. “In my opinion they’re No. 1 every season. They really do a good job for Notre Dame in cheering the team.” McCarthy said he used to direct traffic with the police during home football weekends in addition to speaking during the games. He said he retired from the police department in 1979 and served two terms as Porter County sheriff. “[Now] I’m just kind of retired, and the Notre Dame thing is kind of a hobby,” McCarthy said. “I sure enjoyed my career with the state police, and it makes me feel a little bit a part of it again.” When asked how long he wants to continue delivering safety messages, McCarthy said he has plans for the long run. “I wish forever! Because I love it,” McCarthy said. “It’s a lot of fun, I’ll tell you.” Contact Lesley Stevenson at lsteven1@nd.edulast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Urges Legislature to Pass Proposals for Safe and Secure Elections

first_imgGov. Wolf Urges Legislature to Pass Proposals for Safe and Secure Elections Press Release,  Voting & Elections Governor Tom Wolf urged the legislature to quickly pass his plan for safe and secure elections that ensures voters will receive mail-in ballots early, have time to return them, and that counties will have the time they need to quickly count the anticipated historic number of votes cast. The governor also reminded voters that the best way to make sure their vote is counted is to sign up now for a mail-in ballot and return it well before the Nov. 3 election.“My administration continues to have great confidence in the state’s election system,” said Gov. Wolf. “Regardless of whether you cast your vote from the convenience of home with a mail-in ballot, or in person on election day, my administration has worked hard to ensure that every person has their voice heard and every vote is counted. These proposed reforms will further strengthen our elections, help people to vote safely from home, and assist counties in processing the surge in mail-in ballots.”The primary in June was the first time that voters could use mail-in ballots after the historic, bipartisan Act 77 of 2019 signed into law by Gov. Wolf last fall. Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly embraced mail-in voting with nearly 1.5 million voters casting a mail-in or absentee ballot, more than half of all votes cast. Despite the record increase in mail-in ballots, and pandemic-related challenges, the primary was administered smoothly with few disruptions.The Department of State and counties are using experiences from the primary to make improvements for the general election. Many counties, which administer Pennsylvania’s elections, are preparing for millions of mail-in ballots by increasing the use of high-speed scanners and other technology to quicken ballot canvassing and vote counting.In addition, based on experience in the primary, Gov. Wolf called on the legislature to take immediate action on election improvements including:Allowing counties to start pre-canvassing ballots 21 days before the election rather than at 7 a.m. election day to make vote counting faster. Pre-canvassing involves counties scanning and verifying the ballot envelope, matching the voter’s signature to voter rolls, opening the mail and secrecy envelopes, and removing and scanning the ballot. Counties would not tabulate or report vote totals until polls close at 8 p.m. on election day.Allowing counties to count eligible ballots postmarked by election day and received by the Friday following election day to ensure that all ballots mailed by the deadline are counted.Requiring counties to start sending mail-in ballots at least 28 days before the election rather than 14 days as currently required. The change ensures voters who apply early will have at least four weeks to receive and return their ballot.Providing counties flexibility to appoint poll workers to vacant positions earlier than five days before an election. More poll workers are still needed, and the Department of State is encouraging businesses, colleges and organizations to reach out to their county elections office and volunteer at their local precincts.The governor made the announcement during a news conference at Ridgeway Community Church, which serves as a polling place in Dauphin County. The governor was joined by Centre County Commissioner Chair Michael Pipe.“If you want to vote by mail, apply now and your county will send you a ballot as soon as it is finalized,” said Gov. Wolf. “When you receive your ballot, complete it and mail it back as soon as you can so your county gets it in plenty of time.”The Department of State soon will launch a public awareness campaign to inform voters how to apply for a mail-in ballot and will partner with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Allegheny County on voting initiatives.Eligible voters may apply for their mail-in or absentee ballot online at votespa.com, in person at their county election offices, or by paper forms submitted by mail. Once the county determines the voter is eligible, counties will send the voter a ballot with return postage paid by the Department of State, so casting a ballot is free to voters. Voters have several convenient options to return their ballot by mail, in person at their county election office or at drop boxes, which many counties expect to provide.Voters may register to vote and apply for their mail-in or absentee ballot online, in person at their county election offices, or by paper forms submitted by mail. The voter registration deadline for the Nov. 3 general election is Oct. 19. The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is Oct. 27. Online application for mail-in and absentee ballots are available in Spanish.Pennsylvania is not automatically sending ballots to voters.For voters who prefer to vote in person, polling places will be available in all counties on election day, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.Ver esta página en español. August 27, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

O’Brien keen to make most of recall

first_img The 27-year-old West Ham defender has just five senior caps to his name with a combination of injuries and former Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni’s decision to ignore him for long periods having limited his involvement. However, he has a seat on the plane for Wednesday afternoon’s flight to Cologne and with interim boss Noel King’s defensive options stretched for Friday’s daunting World Cup qualifier against Germany by suspensions to Richard Dunne and John O’Shea – the pair will be available for Kazakhstan’s visit to Dublin on Tuesday – he could be required. Press Association Joey O’Brien is desperate to make up for lost time after winning a return to the Ireland squad. “I have been playing, last year in the Premier League and the year before that in a good Championship team. “But it’s up to the manager. He has his own ideas on players and what he wants and how the players fit the system he wants to play. “It’s a different way of football, international football, to club football, so we will just see what happens.” Ireland will land in Germany knowing they cannot realistically make it to Brazil next summer, but determined to do all they can to avenge their 6-1 humbling by the Group C leaders at the Aviva Stadium in October last year. O’Brien was not part of that squad, but he has been left in little doubt as to what the aim is for the return fixture. He said: “There’s a feeling after the last game and how it went to put it right. That’s the aim. “We are not going over there thinking we are just going to be beaten and it’s over, we are going over to get a result and hopefully, we can.” That would bring an end to a frustrating period in O’Brien’s international career, although he remains philosophical about the situation. He said: “Look, I was injured for a couple of years really and the manager had come in and maybe had his players and had his ideas of a team, so when I came back and I was playing, he wasn’t really putting me in the squads. “But that time has gone now. It’s a new manager, so it’s just looking forward and hopefully I can feature somehow in the next two games.” O’Brien’s chances may not have been helped by comments he reportedly made over Trapattoni’s treatment of him, and while he admits he spoke “too openly” to a journalist, he insists that suggestions playing for Ireland meant nothing to him could not have been further from the truth. He said: “I learned a really hard lesson then. It hurt me a little bit. Then I was injured for so long, so I couldn’t really put it right. “But look, it’s gone now, it’s in the past and I am here now, so hopefully I can play in the next two games.” O’Brien’s club form will do him little harm as he attempts to force his way into King’s thoughts, although he accepts that it is only what he does on the training pitch this week that will dictate that. He said: “Hopefully I can train well and impress the manager and hopefully, I might get a shout. last_img read more

Eastern Europe takes best shot at filmmaking

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAs producers Ed Zwick and Pieter Jan Brugge explained, while searching for ideal sites, they looked for a setting that had thick forests and an urban landscape nearby. “We actually explored the location on the `Google Earth’ to see how the forest was accessible to the city center,” said Zwick, producer of such blockbusters as “The Last Samurai” and “Blood Diamond.” The two found no adequate settings around the Polish capital, Warsaw, and Romania’s forests are high in the mountains and too far away from Bucharest. So they chose Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital. For the post-communist economies of Eastern Europe, international movie production is a bonanza. Foreign movie productions brought some $76million to the Czech Republic in 2006, according to Dusana Chrenekova, spokeswoman for Barrandov Studios. VILNIUS, Lithuania – Ducking beneath a shower of bullets, three unshaven men in filthy overcoats jump out of a concealed forest dugout, dragging a heavy machine gun and shouting commands to fellow rebels. A brutal battle ensues between Nazi soldiers and resistance fighters under the leaden sky, and in the din – replete with explosions – the cattle in a neighboring village trample away in fright. But it’s all an illusion on the site of “Defiance,” a World War II action flick recounting the story of a Jewish resistance movement in the Polish-Belarussian forests. The $50million production, set for 2008 release, was a major victory for Lithuania, a country of 3.4million, which beat out bigger Poland and Romania as potential shooting sites. Eastern European movie sites are fighting for Hollywood cash with nearly as much ferocity as the fake battles in the movies. Bogdan Moncea, marketing director of Castel Film in Romania, said foreign film studios over the past five years have injected more than $183million into the economy. This year Castel Film produced “Adam Resurrected,” a Holocaust-related movie directed by Paul Schrader and starring Willem Dafoe and Jeff Goldblum, as well as “Mirrors,” a thriller starring Kiefer Sutherland. But times have changed. In the early 1990s, Eastern European cities could entice Hollywood producers with a simple combination of Old World charm and significant cost savings. Now they must dangle technology, experience and even tax reductions in order to lure the multimillion-dollar productions. In Hungary, the government has approved a huge tax break for movie productions, and the Romanians might follow suit. The incentives are paying off. Next year a slew of grade-A films shot in Eastern Europe – including “Transsiberian” with Woody Harrelson and Ben Kingsley – will be released. Competition among premier East European locations is stiff, and each studio does what it can to entice foreign productions – particularly now that the region has become considerably more expensive. MediaPro, a Romanian studio that recently produced Joel Schumacher’s horror flick “Town Creek,” estimates that filming costs are 20percent lower in Romania than in the Czech Republic. But Chrenekova of Barrandov Studios, which last year opened what it claims is Europe’s largest soundproof stage, measuring 44,800 square feet, cautions that you get what you pay for. “As far as Romania and Bulgaria, which are the cheapest places for moviemaking, they don’t have the proper infrastructure and lack the specialists we have,” she said. Ramunas Skikas, director of the Lithuanian film studios LKS, agrees that the final decision often boils down to funds. “Most of us (East European countries) offer similar scenery and quality of services, but the one thing that makes up filmmakers’ minds is the production cost,” Skikas said, adding that costs in Lithuania were 20percent lower than in competing East European countries. The Lithuanian countryside was used for the sweeping battle scenes in the TV miniseries “War and Peace,” based on Leo Tolstoy’s legendary novel. The four-part series, produced by several European countries, was first shown in October in Belgium. But as countries like Hungary and the Czech Republic catch up with Western Europe in terms of prices, government support can mean the difference – which is why Hungary now offers filmmakers a 20percent tax rebate. Incentives like these show to what extent countries are willing to go to keep producers returning and why filmmaking is here to stay. “In the digital age, production traveling is a given, and films will be made where they can best be served,” said Iain Smith, producer of “Cold Mountain,” a movie that was impugned by Hollywood filmmaker unions for being filmed entirely in Romania even though the subject matter was the U.S. Civil War. “In this, Eastern Europe has taught the Western nations a huge lesson,” he added. At one point the producers of “Defiance” had considered filming in Canada, but the cost factor canceled that option. “The reality of the labor market is such that it was less expensive (to film in Lithuania) than going to Canada,” Brugge said. In “Defiance,” a true story based on a book by Nechama Tec, four brothers by the name of Bielski escape from the clutches of the Nazis and begin rescuing other prisoners. Soon they establish an armed rebellion headquartered in underground forest dugouts. “This story probably for the first time depicts the Jewish people not … as passive beings who are marched into ghettos and deported into concentration camps,” said Zwick. The movie will allow viewers “to see the drama of someone who has been stripped of everything, is being hunted and becomes defiant,” he said. Both Zwick and Brugge said filming in Lithuania, which ended in October, had been an emotional experience, and that they would recommend the Baltic state to other producers. “In Hollywood, everything is more about the logistics – how to get the coolest plane or the coolest car for a film, whereas here often you have to make things and the physical skills (of) people are extraordinary in some cases,” Brugge said. “Being here has restored my faith in filmmaking.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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