“Blair Witch” takes too many wrong turns

first_imgTwitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin Previous articleTCU VGP (Ep. 03 – Tokyo Game Show, Favorite gaming moments and more)Next articleSizzle Reel (Ep. 02 – Blair Witch, Fox and more) Chris Garcia RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR This image released by Lionsgate shows Wes Robinson, left, and Valorie Curry in a scene from “Blair Witch.” (Chris Helcermanas-Benge/Lionsgate via AP) printThis image released by Lionsgate shows Wes Robinson, left, and Valorie Curry in a scene from “Blair Witch.” (Chris Helcermanas-Benge/Lionsgate via AP)A sequel to a beloved horror classic, “Blair Witch” had the opportunity to build on its legacy and deliver another great horror film, but unfortunately, it does neither.The film follows protagonist James and his friends as they try to find his missing sister, Heather, who he believes was kidnapped by the Blair Witch. The film slowly trudges its way through the first act, in which very little happens.Plot-wise, “Blair Witch” is pretty straightforward. Fans of the original will appreciate the homages and updated take on the “lost in the forest” scenario, and the film offers a few new interesting ideas into the series’ lore.The film falters, however, when it fails to follow up on the concepts it introduces. Certain scenes will present new mechanics that are often ignored. While this could have been used to help expand the mystery surrounding the events of the film, hardly anything sticks. It is done so much that it becomes lackluster by the time the credits roll.The cast of “Blair Witch” seem to be split between over-the-top or completely unemotional. This makes the film harder to watch as the acting sometimes twists what would be serious moments into unintentionally funny ones. The characters themselves also say or do things that come across as ridiculous or obnoxious, which makes it difficult to invest in their well-being once the horror finally kicks in.Visually, the film is a mixed bag. While the forest setting looks nice and there are a few different types of cameras (including a drone) used to document the events of the story, the footage itself is hard to follow due to intense camera movement. Moments that would be visually interesting are stopped short or missed entirely, and the film has multiple scenes where it becomes difficult to tell exactly what is going on.There are a few effective jump scares, but nothing that really comes across as memorable or compares to the creepiness of the original. This leaves “Blair Witch” feeling like an ineffective remake rather than a sequel that improves on the original’s faults.Verdict:“Blair Witch” brings some new ideas and jump scares to the table, but the lack of commitment paired with forgettable characters causes this film to become lost in the woods.3/10 Frogs Chris Garcia ReddIt TCU VGP Video Finale (Ep. 25 – Call of Duty WWII, Cluster Trucks and more) Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ + posts Sizzle Reel (Ep. 23 – Star Wars Celebration, DC Rumors and more) Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/center_img Twitter TCU VGP (Ep. 24 – Battlefront Details, Telltale’s Guardians and more) TAGSphotos Chris Garcia is a senior film and journalism double major from Midland, Texas. When he’s not working on student media’s newest podcasts, he can be found watching the latest releases at the closest theater. Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ Facebook ReddIt Linkedin Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Sizzle Reel Finale (Ep. 24 – Teen Titans, Star Trek: Discovery and more) Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

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Hazing allegations surface against TCU’s suspended Delta Tau Delta Charter

first_imgWelcome TCU Class of 2025 Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Linkedin printThe hazing allegations that led to the suspension of TCU’s Delta Tau Delta chapter include forcing pledge members to use sex dolls and toys, allowing them to be burned by lighters and matches, according to a report from TCU police.In December, the fraternity’s national office announced the immediate suspension in a press release that reported, “an investigation confirmed multiple violations of the fraternity’s risk management policy, including hazing, during the fall 2017 semester.”One student listed the following accusations in the report:Students were required to recite the Greek alphabet while holding a lit match that could not be blown out until finishing the alphabet. Some of the students were burned from this activity.Students were forced to do planks, push-ups and other exercises.Students’ forearms were burned by lighters.Students were blindfolded and held in a closet for more than an hour.Students reported rampant racism.Pledge members were told to perform sex motions with sex dolls and toys.TCU Police interviewed 34 members of the fraternity regarding these claims.One pledge had burn marks on his fingers, which he claimed was from cooking ramen at his residence hall. The burn was photographed and, according to the report, was “inconsistent” with his story. Another pledge said he was required to hold a lit match while reciting the Greek alphabet and that other members received minor burns from the practice.One pledge said he burned his finger while cooking ramen, not at the chapter house, but police say the evidence and his story were “inconsistent.” (Photo courtesy of TCU Police)Investigators found burn marks on the forearms of three pledges who acknowledged they were burned by active members with cigarette lighters at a bar.Students in the report identified members who “walked up to the pledges and burned them on the inside of their forearms with a hot lighter” in order to make a significant mark. The incident happened in September and has left visible scars.The report indicated that the incidents were reported to the chapter’s Honor Board, but not the University of Fraternity and Sorority Life. All three students have declined to pursue criminal charges.Eight pledges said they knew about the burning incident, according to the report.Three pledges acknowledged that they were burned with a lighter at a bar by active members. (Photo courtesy of TCU Police)Ten pledges admitted to being blindfolded as part of a “bonding process” where they would walk under the chapter seal. None of them admitted to being forced into a closet.Eight pledges said they had to do planks and pushups during chapter meetings. They cited various reasons from health purposes to punishment. The report notes that most of the pledge class was present for this, but many lied about this allegation during the interview.Most of the pledges said they knew about sex dolls and toys being in the chapter house and all but one said they were used by upper classmen for pranks. One pledge said they were asked to “make motions” with the sex toys.Three pledges said they’ve heard “racially charged comments” in the chapter house, but the ones who made the comments were not identified.None of these students agreed to cooperate as complainants in a criminal case regarding the physical assault claims. The rest of the allegations aren’t criminal offenses, but they do violate TCU’s Policy on Hazing. The national office of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity suspended the TCU chapter Dec. 13 partly because of hazing incidents that took place this semester.The decision comes after “an investigation confirmed multiple violations of the fraternity’s risk management policy, including hazing, during the fall 2017 semester,” according to a press release.The Epsilon Beta Chapter was informed of the decision Dec. 3. It is no longer in good standing or permitted to operate in the name of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, according to the release.The Epsilon Beta Chapter was founded in 1955 as the fraternity’s second chapter in Texas. It has operated continuously since then and initiated 1,332 men into Delta Tau Delta.Chancellor Victor Boschini said the university is against these types of behaviors and “we will do whatever possible to protect the health and safety of all students.”Representatives from TCU’s Office Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Epsilon Beta Chapter President have not returned a request for comment. 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What we’re reading: WikiLeaks founder arrested

first_imgFacebook Twitter Olivia Wales Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Linkedin Olivia is a journalism major from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She enjoys running, hiking and planning adventures with her friends. When she is not writing, you can find her at the TCU Recreation Center, fiercely competing in any intramural sport. Previous articleHoroscope: April 11, 2019Next articleHoroscope: April 12, 2019 Olivia Wales RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Meet the 2021 Student Body Officer Candidates Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Chemistry professor misses first TCU basketball home game in 40 years due to pandemic restrictions Facebook Linkedin Lessons of perseverance ‘Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programs + posts What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines ReddIt Twitter Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ printWe’re back and we’re reading – everything from “Politico” to “The New York Times.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and everyday news. Today, we’ve got Julian Assange’s arrest, another Brexit delay, and the Sudanese president under house arrest.Founder of WikiLeaks arrestedWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, according to The New York Times. Assange released thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails during the 2016 presidential campaign, but has been on target by the United States government since his 2010 release of secret American documents.The charge carries up to five years in prison and is not an espionage charge.Sudanese president ousted in military coupSudan’s army overthrew the country’s president, placed him on house arrest and declared two years of military rule, according to CNN.Former President Omar al-Bashir ruled for thirty years but has been forced from power amidst accusations of conducting an ethnic cleansing campaign. Thousands of protestors advocated for his removal on the streets of Sudan. Once he was ousted, people took to the streets in celebration. Another Brexit delayNearly three years after the British people voted to leave the European Union, Brexit has been delayed once again, according to CNN.Brexit is now scheduled to occur on Oct. 31, 2019, which means that the British people will have to hold elections for the European Parliament. The extension would allow the U.K. to leave early if a deal can be made before the new deadline.Avenatti charged in 36-count indictmentMichael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’ attorney, was indicted for embezzlement, fraud and cheating on his taxes on Wednesday, according to Politico. He was arrested last month in New York for allegedly trying to “shake down” Nike for up to $25 million. Avenatti is also charged with failure to pay personal income taxes and embezzling from a paraplegic man. Avenatti said he will not plead guilty to the charges. Democrats investigate EPA officials’ clientsTop EPA officials rolled back air pollution regulations, benefitting their forming clients; therefore, the House Energy and Commerce committing is probing for potential violations, according to Politico. The Democrats on the committee will look into communications between utilities and a lobbying firm that employed the EPA’s air chief and senior counsel. The committee will look for ethical violations related to the ties between the clients and top officials. Former Pope Benedict XVI breaks the silence on sex abuse scandalIn an essay published yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI blamed the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church on liberalization, according to CNN.Benedict asserts that society’s loss of religious beliefs is at the heart of the crisis. He also said that changing traditional moral standards on sexuality both in the Catholic Church and in society played a large role in laying the foundation for sexual abuse.The former Pope’s essay breaks his silence on the issue.That’s all we have for today. Check back tomorrow for more. ReddIt Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Image by the Boston Herald. last_img read more

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Soroptimist Club to Host Monte Carlo Night

first_imgProceeds from Monte Carlo Night will support the Soroptimist mission to improve the lives of women and girls in the local community. Support Altadena-Pasadena Soroptimists and change your luck on Friday the 13th! 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Benefits Soroptimist Club to Host Monte Carlo Night From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | 11:23 am More Cool Stuff Tickets are $40 apiece and can be purchased online at www.soroptimistaltapas.org, or by calling (626) 577-0534. Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  The Altadena-Pasadena branch of Soroptimist International will host a Monte Carlo Night on Friday, November 13, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Women’s City Club of Pasadena, located at 160 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Business News HerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Food and a no-host bar will be available at this event, as well as the opportunity to play roulette, blackjack and craps. Attendees will play for prizes and raffle gifts. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

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Rhea Chakraborty Arrested In Drug Case By Narcotics Control Bureau

first_imgNews UpdatesRhea Chakraborty Arrested In Drug Case By Narcotics Control Bureau LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK8 Sep 2020 4:08 AMShare This – xActor Rhea Chakraborty was arrested by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Mumbai under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act) in relation to allegations of procurement and consumption of drugs, said KPS Malhotra, Deputy Director, Narcotics Control Bureau to the media.Actor Rhea Chakraborty arrested by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Mumbai: KPS Malhotra, Deputy…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginActor Rhea Chakraborty was arrested by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Mumbai under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act) in relation to allegations of procurement and consumption of drugs, said KPS Malhotra, Deputy Director, Narcotics Control Bureau to the media.Actor Rhea Chakraborty arrested by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Mumbai: KPS Malhotra, Deputy Director, Narcotics Control Bureau— Prasar Bharati News Services (@PBNS_India) September 8, 2020She was questioned for several hours on Monday and Tuesday by the NCB. Her brother Showik Chakraborty was arrested last week.Rhea is accused of abetting the suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, which happened on July 14. The Central Bureau of Investigation is investigating that case on orders of the Supreme Court.Earlier today, the Mumbai police had registered an FIR against the sisters of Sushant Singh Rajput and a Delhi-based doctor on Rhea’s complaint that they hatched a conspiracy to serve banned drugs to Rajput on a false prescription which could lead to chronic anxiety attack resulting in the commission of suicide.Next Storylast_img read more

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Lava in Hawaii so widespread it can be seen from space

first_imgEuropean Space Agency(HONOLULU) — The spread of lava in the Puna district of Hawaii’s Big Island has gotten so large that it can be seen from space.The European Space Agency (ESA) tweeted unbelievable photos of the lava that has gushed from more than 20 fissures on the island since Kilauea erupted on May 3. Fissures No. 6, 13 and 22 have been the most active, flowing to the southeast into the ocean, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The photos were taken on May 23 and shared by the ESA on Friday.There have been a total of 82 structures damaged from the lava so far, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Of those damaged, 41 are houses.The acreage covered by lava as of Friday night in Hawaii was 2,232 acres, officials said. The Civil Defense Agency also noted that 37 homes are “isolated” either due to lava surrounding them or roads being cut off by the flow.There’s still a potential for lava to cut off all access to the Lower Puna area, which would trigger the helicopter evacuations that officials have been planning.As of Friday, there were 230 people in shelters, the agency said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Shamrock Challenge raises money for Special Olympics

first_imgOver the past four Sunday mornings, Notre Dame students, faculty and staff ran, rowed, biked and swam for the first annual Shamrock Challenge, sponsored by RecSports, to raise money for the St. Joseph County Special Olympics.Participants competed in a variety of athletic events spread out over the four weeks and across campus recreational facilities, earning points for miles run, sit-ups completed or inches jumped. Those who accumulated the most points throughout the month earned weekly or overall prizes provided by RecSports, Notre Dame Food Services, Legends of Notre Dame and The Vitamin Shoppe in Mishawaka.Each participant, competing as an individual or in a hall team, sponsored a Special Olympics athlete with his or her registration fee. Amy Marquez, a RecSports intern who organized the event, said Shamrock Challenge continues RecSports’ relationship with the Special Olympics after the Late Night Olympics, a similar fitness competition, ended in 2012 after 22 years due to lack of space.Marquez said she and RecSports facilities coordinator Ed Beven designed Shamrock Challenge to take place during facilities off-hours and to appeal to as many people as possible.“We wanted to try to find something to replace the Late Night Olympics, and also we were thinking of how we could get more men involved in our fitness type things,” she said. “We have a lot of group fitness things, but it’s mainly just women who are involved, so we wanted to put something together to get the men out there, and we figured men like to do competition-based things, so this is kind of the idea of it.”Shamrock Challenge began March 23 with running and rowing competitions in the Rolfs Sports Recreation Center (RSRC). The next Sunday, competitors did push-ups and rode exercise bikes in the Rockne Memorial. April 6 promoted swimming and sit-ups day at the Rolfs Aquatic Center, and this past Sunday featured a variety of activities at the RSRC, including sprints, ropes and burpees.Marquez said about 50 people registered and 35 participated. She estimated the event raised about $300. She said although space might be an issue, RecSports hopes to expand Shamrock Challenge in future years, including bringing in Special Olympics athletes to compete, as they did in the Late Night Olympics.“They go all out for these athletes, and our hope is that next year [the Special Olympics athletes] can join them and be on a team with them,” Marquez said. “We wanted to see how it would go the first year and how many numbers it would get. Hopefully next year we can do that.”Tags: Shamrock Challengelast_img read more

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‘We want to help you bring your home to Saint Mary’s’: College celebrates Mardi Gras

first_imgSara Schlecht | The Obse Students gather at Rice Commons at Saint Mary’s to celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday. The holiday takes place the day before Ash Wednesday every year as Catholics prepare for the beginning of Lent.Feathers, sequins and king cake drew students to Rice Commons on Tuesday evening for a Mardi Gras celebration hosted by the Student Activity Board (SAB) Traditional Committee.Junior Mary Grace Noteman, chair of the traditional committee, said SAB worked hard to plan activities and provide refreshments for those who attended the event.“We have some coloring activities and things to help de-stress before Lent kicks in,” Noteman said. “It’s for people to hang out and have fun and have something to eat after dinner.”Throughout the room, tables were scattered with craft supplies to decorate masks. After-dinner treats came in the form of about 15 king cakes — oval-shaped cinnamon cakes with sugar frosting in colors of gold, green and purple. These cakes are a Mardi Gras staple.Junior Sarah Catherine Caldwell, SAB vice president, said the group tried to get king cakes from Mobile, Alabama, but shipping them across the country proved difficult because the city’s Mardi Gras celebration is lesser known than that of New Orleans.“Our king cakes are from Gambino’s bakery in New Orleans, Louisiana,” Caldwell said. “They’ve been shipped from Louisiana and overnighted by FedEx.”Caldwell, who hails from Mobile, is particularly interested in the history of Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States, as the first occurred in her hometown in 1703. She noted that most people associate Mardi Gras with New Orleans but might not be familiar with the holiday’s history and presence in other parts of the country.“Nothing shuts Mobile down like Mardi Gras — except for a hurricane,” she said.During her first year at Saint Mary’s, Caldwell wasn’t particularly impressed with the Mardi Gras celebrations on campus because they didn’t feel like home. She thought the celebration was over the top.“Bigger isn’t always better,” she said.This philosophy guided Caldwell in her vision for future celebrations, which occur annually at the College. Through her involvement with SAB, she tries to make sure cultural events on campus do justice to the people who associate them with home.When it comes to Mardi Gras, getting the king cake right is important, she asserted, as there are students who come from places like New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast who are familiar with the cake’s traditional role in the celebration.“Growing up, king cake was an integral part of my Mardi Gras experience,” Caldwell said. “We knew we had to have king cake for this event.”Because of her role on SAB, Caldwell said she has a unique privilege to plan an event that brings part of her home to Saint Mary’s.“Not everyone gets to plan an event that brings their home to South Bend,” Caldwell said. “I’m just so happy that I get to do that. I love Mardi Gras. It’s one of my favorite things.”In addition to its connections to her home, Caldwell emphasized the importance of Mardi Gras for Saint Mary’s as a Catholic institution, as the annual holiday anticipates the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.“It’s one of the ways we prepare for Lent for those that are practicing Catholics,” Caldwell said. “You load up on those carbs and then you fast [on Wednesday].”The community aspect of Mardi Gras is something SAB tried to emphasize in Tueday’s event, Noteman said.“Mardi Gras is amazing,” she said. “Everyone comes together, enjoying it and taking part in this celebration … it’s such a happy time.”For Caldwell, the religious significance surrounding Mardi Gras is also important to consider.“You celebrate … and then you go into Lent immediately after this big party,” Caldwell said. “Lent is such a somber time of self-reflection.”Because SAB aims to engage the campus community with its events, the organization is open to students suggesting themes for celebrations or gatherings. Caldwell said she would be happy to discuss SAB doing events like the Mardi Gras celebration for students interested in planning cultural events.“We want to help you bring your home to Saint Mary’s, our home,” she said.Tags: Mardi Gras, saint mary’s, Student Activities Boardlast_img read more

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Maduro Fails Venezuelans on COVID-19

first_imgBy Noelani Kirschner/ShareAmerica May 05, 2020 Hospitals across Venezuela face supply shortages that affect both doctors and patients. According to a national survey conducted on April 2 and certified by the National Assembly, 92 percent of the health sector doesn’t have soap on site. The same survey found that 61 percent doesn’t have face masks, and 79 percent doesn’t have disposable gloves.The National Assembly has voiced its concerns in a statement, saying, “The sentinel hospitals where 60 percent of the cases of coronavirus in Venezuela are concentrated are not in condition to care for the patients infected by COVID-19.” Sentinel hospitals are selected to collect data in an area with a high probability of encountering cases of a disease.On a health ministry website, Nicolás Maduro listed 46 medical centers his regime claimed were “prepared” to receive COVID-19 patients, according to a Reuters report.Now, he and his allies are punishing journalists, doctors, and National Assembly members for speaking out against the substandard state of medical infrastructure in their country.A freelance Venezuelan journalist, Darvinson Rojas, tweeted March 20 about the discrepancy between the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reported by the Maduro regime and the number reported by hospitals and journalists.One day later, Rojas was arrested by Maduro’s special police force, which claimed it received an anonymous tip that Rojas had been diagnosed with COVID-19, even though he had not, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. His parents were also detained and questioned by police but eventually released the same night.Upon release, Rojas’ father told a local reporter he could hear police questioning his son about his March 20 reporting on COVID-19 statistics.Rojas was finally released on April 2 with restrictions on his freedom, according to media reports in Venezuela.Similarly, Dr. Rubén Duarte posted a video on social media asking the Maduro regime for equipment so his hospital could meet minimum health codes to treat coronavirus patients. In retaliation the Maduro regime’s counterintelligence agency detained Duarte.National Assembly member Tony Geara tweeted that a local hospital in a southern state of Venezuela didn’t have running water. Police responded by searching his house for four hours. Maduro’s secret service then arrested him while he was preparing to bring food to a neighbor in need, according to the National Assembly.On March 31 the U.S. government released a plan for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela. As U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained, “The urgency for this has become all the more serious in light of the Maduro regime’s failure to adequately prepare for and address the global COVID-19 pandemic.”last_img read more

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Do This: Long Island Events for February 2014

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York BRINGING HUMAN RIGHTS HOMEAmnesty International resurrects its Human Rights Concert series for the first time since 1998, attracting an unprecedented lineup including The Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons, Cold War Kids, The Fray, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, Cake, Colbie Caillat, Madonna, Pussy Riot and many more! Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. barclayscenter.com $54.50-$255. 8 p.m. February 5BOB MARLEY: THE MAKING OF A LEGENDCelebrate the Reggae legend’s birthday with ultra-rare footage of the Wailers’ first practice and a young Marley back home in Jamaica, singing songs and strumming his guitar way before he was famous. Jammin’! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members/$15 public. 7:30 p.m. February 6STEVE EARLESolo and acoustic, the multi-Grammy Award winner will be performing songs spanning his more than 30-year career as well as raw, intimate versions of gems from his latest, The Low Highway. With Brooklynite-by-way-of-Louisville singer/songwriter Dawn Landes, who’ll be serenading numbers off her latest, Bluebird. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35, $50.8 p.m. February 8[colored_box color=”blue”]HOPS & PROPS CRAFT BEER FESTIVALEnjoy unlimited craft beer samples from more than 50 microbreweries spanning LI and the nation while admiring priceless antique planes, helicopters and even spacecraft and learning about the Island’s rich aviation history! Feast on platters from many local restaurants! Meet the brew masters! Smoke some premium cigars! Yes, yes, yes! There’ll be music, souvenir beer glasses and even a Beer Bus to get you to and fro safely! Not-to-be missed! Cradle of Aviation Museum, 51 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City.cradleofaviation.org $65 online/$75 DOS. $20 designated drivers. 7-10 p.m. February 8[/colored_box]THE FAB FOUR: THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTEPaul, Ringo, John and George are celebrating the eve of the 50th anniversary of their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show with this show-stopping performance at the ’Mount, mop-toppin’ through all the hits from their pivotal years, complete with costume changes. Expect pure Beatlemania unrestrained, and hopefully “Octopus’ Garden,” Blackbird,” “Rocky Raccoon” and “Long, Long, Long.” Not to be missed! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20, $25, $30, $50. 8 p.m. February 8ROSIE O’DONNELLThe multi-Emmy Award-winning TV, theater and movie star, celebrity blogger, New York Times-bestselling author and outspoken LGBT activist brings her hilarious, in-your-face brand of comedy to these special appearances, guaranteeing nonstop laughs and truly unforgettable nights! Governor’s, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.com $40-$70. February 8 & 9PENGUIN ENCOUNTERSThe Polar Vortex is a summer walk in the park for these uber-cute flightless birds! This 45-minute interactive experience allows tikes and adults to get up-close-and-personal with these fascinating creatures, meet and even pet the baby African penguins! Oh, how they swim, waddle, feed and shake those tail feathers! Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead. longislandaquarium.com $50 plus Aquarium admission. Daily: M-F 1:30 p.m., Wknds 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Daily through FebruarySATURDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTIESA whole lotta bumpin’ and grindin’ to celebrity DJs spinnin’ the most infectious Hip Hop, House and Rock, every Saturday night! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $15 fellas/$10 ladies. 9:30 p.m. Every Saturday NightA CONVERSATION WITH NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE JODY WILLIAMSJoin the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winner whose tireless efforts led to the international banning of landmines in an interactive discussion, wine and cheese reception and book signing of her memoir My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 advance/$15 door. 7 p.m. February 10BRANDI GLANVILLEThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star will be signing copies of her new relationship guide Drinking and Dating: P.S. Social Media is Ruining Romance, which chronicles her dating misadventures and bedroom escapades in the wake of her divorce from actor Eddie Cibrian. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com 7 p.m. February 12[colored_box color=”green”]IMAGINE: JOHN LENNONTwo hundred and forty hours of John & Yoko’s personal videos mesh together to form an intimate and moving collage of the Beatles legend’s life, accompanied afterward by a discussion. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members/$15 public. 7:30 p.m. February 12[/colored_box]THE PSYCHIC SISTERSMediums Jolene Paterson and Linda West will communicate with attendees’ deceased loved ones, offering guidance and hope, with proceeds benefiting The Marcie Mazzola Foundation, whose mission is to “help better the lives of abused and at-risk children.” Spiritual guidance for a great cause? Tough to beat. YMCA Boulton Center, 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50. 7:30 p.m. February 13SHPONGLETRON 3.0A sensory explosion of sound experimentation punctuated by Moroccan drums, acoustic guitars, silver flute, double bass, Turkish operatic singing, cello, backing vocals and traditional sounds, melded together and set on fire by Simon Posford (aka Hallucinogen). Yeah. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $29.50, $35. 8 p.m. February 13BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’SFall in love this Valentine’s Day, not just with your main squeeze, but the classic that encapsulates the craziness and romanticism of love itself. Afterward, enjoy chocolates, champagne, wine , live music by harpist Skyla Budd, long-stem roses and a romantic photo together in the Sky Room! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $15 members/$20 public. 7:30 p.m. February 14ROCKIN’ FIGHTS 12Whether you’re devoid of a significant other to snuggle with or find public brawling romantic, this is an unforgettable Valentine’s Day Massacre matchup guaranteed to turn this special day on its heels and begging for mercy! The main event: Undefeated Chris Algieri ”The Pride of Huntington” challenges world-ranked Baltimore native Emanuel “The Tranzformer” Taylor in a grudge match broadcast live on ESPN Friday Night Fights! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50, $60, $100, $150, $200. 7:30 p.m. February 14THE QUEERSForget roses. Forget hand-holding, lovey-dovey smooching and PDAs. Forget love. Choose punk rock. This is an insanely rare, do-not-miss “Death to Valentine’s Day” gig for all the jaded, broken-hearted and anti-social misfit romantics whose hearts are just too damn big to find perfect matches for. Two sets, with Love Songs for the Retarded performed in its entirety. Tell Joe and Jug Head Peter Chin sent ya! Insane. With Night Birds & The Scandals. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St., Manhattan. mercuryloungenyc.com $15 per set; $25 for both. 7 & 11 p.m. February 15MARC ANTHONYThe Grammy Award-winning Latin crooner returns home. Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. barclayscenter.com $65-$185. 8 p.m. February 15LET’S EAT: FOOD ON FILMTwo of the best things in life converge in a cinematic gastrointestinal smorgasbord of local dishes paired with featured food from each film, including Miso Vegetable Chowder, Veggie Sliders, Pasta Pomodoro and brownies, among others, along with a guest speaker to serve up some delectable data about the feast! Yum! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $40 advance members/$50 public/$55 DOS. 6:30 p.m. February 16MR. BEERY’S BAND BATTLE TO END CYSTIC FIBROSISTwenty five bands spanning a variety of musical genres will be rocking out all day and night to raise attention and much-needed funds to end cystic fibrosis. Now in its 18th year, this mega-music fest also features food and drink specials, prizes, gifts, and a raffle that will include BBQs, computers and a brand-new Fender electric guitar! The Band Battle is not only the perfect event to hear some of the best New York, Long Island and out-of-state bands, but also help find a cure to this unforgiving disease (Mr. Beery has raised between $7,000 and $20,000 per event toward the cause)! Come show your support and celebrate music and life! This annual must-witness event is not-to-be-missed. Mr. Beery’s, 4019 Hempstead Turnpike, Bethpage. mrbeerys.com $10. All day, all night, starting at noon. February 16[colored_box color=”blue”]BILL BURRThe standup funnyman, actor and host of Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast will unleash his comedic fury upon all those in attendance, leaving them gasping for air while they laugh and yelp uncontrollably amid his hilarious observations on dating, sports, politics and life in general. Yes, he’s that funny. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $29.50 & $39.50. 8 p.m. February 19[/colored_box]TAJ MAHAL TRIOThe legendary blues and roots multi-instrumentalist will be performing songs spanning his more than 45-year career creating some of the most moving and varied musical visions ever conjured. This is one of those rare shows that must be experienced to be believed. Your life and those of all who you meet in the future will be that much more enriched because of your attendance. Not an exaggeration. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $75, $80. 8 p.m. February 19RINGLING BROS. BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS LEGENDSThis brand-new show involves daring death-defying feats, unbelievable demonstrations of super-human strength and strange, mysterious creatures—such as a unicorn, Pegasus and Woolly Mammoth—along with tons of mesmerizing acrobatics, trapeze acts, choreography, elephants, saber-toothed lions, tigers, cheetahs and even gymnastic kangaroos and baby pigs! Don’t forget the clowns! Tons of fun for the whole family! Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. barclayscenter.com $30, $60, $85. 10:30 & 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m. February 20 through March 2BETWEEN THE BURIED & MEHeavy metal chaotic nirvana at its loudest and finest. With Deafheaven, Intronaut and The Kindred. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $18, $20, $38. 7:30 p.m. February 21BOB WEIR & RATDOGThe former Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist and former bassist Rob Wasserman keep the legendary band’s music alive for future generations of Dead Heads, delivering a ferocious mix of classics sprinkled with covers and originals. Jerry would be proud. Phish fans, if you haven’t experienced Ratdog live you are surely missing out. So get your dance on, bro. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50 & $49.50. 7:30 p.m. February 21 & 22[colored_box color=”green”]KANYE WESTThe Yeezus Tour hits the Coliseum—Yeezianity disciples will surely follow—but will the Jesus Christ lookalike!? Only one sure way to find out! Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $39.50, $74.50, $104.50, $150. 8 p.m. February 23[/colored_box]THE TOASTERSThese ska pioneers headline a mega-ska-surf-rock-punk-reggae fest guaranteed to get you up and a-skankin’! With Mrs. Skannotto, The Pandemics & The Shipwrecks. 89 North, 89 N. Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $12 GA/$22 seated. Doors 5 p.m. February 23DONOVAN: RARE CLIPS (1964-1970S)Archival TV performance footage, promotional clips and early live concerts transport viewers on the complex musical journey that is this influential Scottish Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s storied career, including “Catch the Wind,” “Colours” and “You’re Gonna Need Somebody When I’m Gone,” among many others. Guest speaker Bill Shelley will host a discussion afterward. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members/$15 public. 7:30 p.m. February 25JOHN EDWARDThe acclaimed psychic medium, lecturer and author will be “Coming Home” to connect those in attendance with deceased family members, friends and loved ones. Will he be able to tell us when the Polar Vortex will return to the North Pole, for good, though? Probably not. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $100, $150, $225. 7:30 p.m. February 25THE PRINCESS BRIDEThe cult classic hits the “Big Screen” in all its gushy glory, accompanied by a delicious sampling of local craft beers from Great South Bay Brewery! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $8. 7:30 p.m. February 26“WOMEN OF THE WORLD” ART & PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONFeatures artwork from more than 50 Long Island artists and is being presented by Nassau Comptroller George Maragos. 1550 Franklin Ave. Mineola. Free. 6-9 p.m. February 26STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKSIndie singer/guitar god of Pavement infamy. With Disappears. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., Manhattan. boweryballroom.com $25 ADV/$30 DOS. February 26 (Music Hall of Williamsburg with Endless Boogie February 27)[colored_box color=”blue”]WAR HORSEA National Theatre Live performance complete with life-sized galloping horse puppets that have been winning over audiences worldwide, this timeless tale of a boy and his horse’s love and survival is not to be missed! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $20 members/$25 public. 2 p.m. (Also March 6 at 7 p.m.)February 27[/colored_box]MIKE BIRBIGLIAWhether you’ve laughed uncontrollably watching one of his three Comedy Central specials, listening to any of his highly praised, equally hilarious comedy albums, his New York Times-bestselling book Sleepwalk With Me & Other Painfully True Stories, during his movie of the same name, or had the good fortune of experiencing his standup comedy and theatrical routine live, you know that Birbiglia is synonymous with uproarious, side-splitting hilarity. Expect the award-winning funnyman to crank it up a notch at this gig, and your belly to hurt the next day from laughing so damn hard. Not-to-be missed! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50. 7:30 p.m. February 27. Win tickets to this show! To enter, email [email protected] with the subject “Mike Birbiglia Tickets.”MIKE DELGUIDICE & BIG SHOTSince Billy’s doing a residency at MSG for the next several months and tickets are expensive and uber-hard to come by, this is the next-best thing! Hey, they’re the only BJ tribute band with members of The Kid’s band, and they’ll be playing his hits, not the obscure stuff he’s cranking out in the city! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $10 ADV/$15 DOS. 9:30 p.m. February 28JOEY KOLAThe veteran funnyman, and Bethpage Best of LI 2014 Best Comedian, will be inciting uncontrollable, “I-can’t-breathe” laughter and ear-to-ear smiles from all those in attendance that will continue long after this can’t-miss gig! Hilarious! The Brokerage, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. govs.com $22. 8 p.m. February 28GET THE LED OUTFresh off their latest Grammy win for Best Rock Album, The Almighty Led Zeppelin—Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham—hit the ‘Mount for an intimate gig showcasing the virtuosity and absolute power that has defined their career for the past 45 years! Hey, a blurb writer can dream, right!? While not the Real McCoys, these boys, known as “The American Led Zeppelin,” will tear through Zep’s unparalleled canon, and yes, they will rock. Expect “Whole Lotta Love,” “Heartbreaker,” “Stairway To Heaven,” among many more classics. Will they attempt the violin-bow madness of “Dazed And Confused”? Or the crushingly brutal sadness that haunts “Tea For One”!? As I said, a blurb-writer can sure as hell dream. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $24.50, $34.50, $50. 8 p.m. February 28BAND OF HORSESIntoxicatingly infectious indie rock darlings, all-acoustic. With Sera Cahoone. The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., Manhattan. thetownhall.org $40. 8 p.m. February 28DEEPAK CHOPRAThe holistic health/New Age mega-guru and author will be sharing his alternative medicine knowledge to audience members in an intimate appearance poised to inform and inspire. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50 7:30 p.m. February 28last_img read more

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