A 55th anniversary evening with Rick Norcross, Feb 24

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Band leader, singer and award-winning songwriter Rick Norcross will kick off the first celebration of his 55th anniversary year as a professional musician with a multi-media concert at Burlington’s magnificent Willard Street Inn on Saturday evening, February 24th. Though there will be other 55th anniversary celebrations over the course of the year with his band, Rick & The All-Star Ramblers, none will be staged in a more intimate or opulent setting than the Solarium of the Willard Street Inn, Vermont’s premier Bed & Breakfast Mansion, built in 1881 in the Hill Section of Burlington by a prominent businessman and Vermont State Senator.Rick Norcross 1967 Promo Shot Tampa. courtesy photo.Rick will perform a selection of his award-winning, often humorous, Vermont songs from his seven previous record albums, including songs from his early years on the folk music circuit from the ‘60s touring in England, Holland, Ireland, Spain and Canada.  There will be a wine tasting before the concert showcasing Shelburne Vineyard and bottles of Shelburne Vineyard wine will be available to purchase during the show. The Willard Street Inn will provide a Vermont Cheese Board and Willard Street Inn Chocolate Chip Cookies, Gelato Sandwiches and a coffee and tea bar. There will be a number of door prizes awarded during the evening’s festivities.In addition to Rick’s concert performance, there will be two digital presentations shown before the concert and during the intermission. The first will be a photographic retrospective of Rick’s 55 year career in music capturing the look and feel of the music business over his long career. The second show will feature images culled from his 1969 to 1974 position as music writer, reviewer and photographer at The Tampa Times, a 70,000 circulation afternoon daily newspaper in the 13th largest market in America. Tampa was a major venue for touring music stars of the day and Rick had free rein to cover any non-classical performance in small clubs, concert halls, stadiums and rock festivals in central Florida and southern Georgia.This is a rare opportunity to see these photographs of major stars of the day, taken with on-stage, front row and back-stage access, striking images of Elvis, Janis Joplin, Chuck Berry, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Crosby Stills, Nash & Young, to name just a few. These photos taken by Rick have only been seen twice in gallery shows since they were shot nearly 50 years ago, the latest exhibit shown two years ago at the Burlington City Arts Gallery on Church Street.In a review of the BCA exhibit, Rutland Herald arts correspondent Jim Sabataso wrote, “The exhibit at BCA is a rare opportunity to see his work from those fertile years. The collection features shots both tranquil and kinetic. Some offer a glimpse of these iconic artists in quiet, unguarded moments of backstage repose. Others capture the raw action of the performance. In stark black and white, these photographs are no less colorful as they crackle with the energy of their subjects.”“Burlington has much to be proud of, but the rich career that Rick Norcross has led and the incredible talent that he has shared with this City for more than 50 years is unmatched. We look forward to many more years of lyrics from this Burlington institution.”                                      …Burlington City Arts Executive Director Doreen KraftThis will be Rick’s final performance before heading down to Fort Worth, Texas to attend the 22nd Annual Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Awards Ceremony. Rick & The All-Star Ramblers are finalists in two award categories, “Western Swing Duo/Group of the Year” and “Western Swing Album of The Year” for the 2017 CD release, “Welcome To OUR Vermont/2,” a musical tour of Vermont, with 13 Vermont songs penned by Rick. Rick & The All-Star Ramblers took the Academy of Western Artists’ “Best Western Swing Song of the Year” honors in 2015 for “You Can’t Make It Up,” another Rick song about a date to a Hardwick Academy Junior Prom in 1962.There wil be copies of Rick’s biography, “Riding My Guitar – The Rick Norcross Story,” and five of his previous CD recordings, including his latest 2017 release, “Green Mountain Standard Time,” all available for adoption.“Rick Norcross is a true Vermont original, a kind of musical Jack Kerouac. Stephen Russell Payne’s new book, Riding My Guitar – The Rick Norcross Story perfectly capures his talent, his history and his good heart.”                              …Howard Frank Mosher, award-winning Vermont author“Rick Norcross and the Ramblers are staples of the music scene in Vermont and have been for several decades. Norcross has established himself as a fine vocalist, songwriter, raconteur and all-around good guy.  Norcross has kept Western Swing alive in this state and done a lot of performing for good causes.”                                …Barre Times-Argus Music Reviewer Art EdelsteinTickets for this very special 55th anniversary event are priced at $25 each and, as there are only 40 seats, must be purchased in advance from the Willard Street Inn. Doors open at 6:30 and the show begins at 7 pm. Make it a staycation and receive two free tickets when you book a room at the Inn for the night of this memorable performance. To purchase “A 55th Anniversary Evening with Rick Norcross” tickets or to make a Willard Street Inn room reservation for the night, call (802)651-8710. The Willard Street Inn is located at 349 South Willard Street(link is external) in Burlington.last_img read more

New Zealand locks down all nursing homes

first_imgAUCKLAND – New Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide on Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone the September 19 general election. A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday. Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand’s borders. Ardern said health officials were also locking down aged care homes across the country because they could act as transmission hotspots. Police in face masks manned roadblocks on major roads in Auckland to enforce the new measures. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the new COVID-19 outbreak could force her to postpone next month’s general election.SCREENGRAB FROM WHO VIDEO There was panic-buying at supermarkets across New Zealand and huge queues at coronavirus testing stations. (AFP)last_img read more

From the desk of the Laguna Vista city manager

first_imgWe are encouraging all those that want to participate to decorate their golf carts, boats/trailers, and vehicles. Special to the PRESSMemorial Day Parade and CeremonyThe Town of Laguna Vista is making plans for its upcoming Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on Monday, May 30 at 5pm to pay our respects to the men and women that have given their lives in defense of our country.Please join the Town Council of the Town of Laguna Vista as we remember and honor our heroes.Parade:  The “Always Honor, Never Forget” Parade will be starting at 5pm from the Laguna Vista Public Library on FM 510 towards the Veterans Park.Thirty-two (32) members of the “Warriors Unified In Arms” from Brownsville will be participating in the parade.  This is a group of mostly Vietnam veterans.  We will be needing golf carts, etc. to transport these Brownsville veterans and have them participate in our parade.  We are asking the community to help us transport these veterans. The honorary guest and keynote speaker (and Brownsville resident) will be John (Johnny) A. Perez.  He is a World War II veteran.   Mr. Perez joined the U.S. Navy at the age of fifteen with his mother’s permission.  After basic training in San Diego, CA, he boarded the USS Franklin which took him to Pearl Harbor.  Upon arriving, he was sent to Waipio Peninsula for additional amphibious landing training.  He then boarded a personnel ship (APA) to the Mariana Islands he was promoted to boatswain mate second class.  According to his Navy records, he was 18 years old but in reality he was only 16 years, 7 months old.  In February of 1945, he sailed to Iwo Jima where he saw the Franklin (Big Ben) again.  In March of that same year, while aboard an APA, he witnessed the USS Franklin almost destroyed after being hit by piercing bombs dropped by Japanese dive bombers.  While making an amphibious landing on Iwo Jima, the LCM (the landing craft mechanism) that he was operating was hit by enemy fire.  He was injured and flown to a hospital in Roi-Namur in the Marshall Islands.  He was awarded a Purple Heart while in the hospital.  In December of 1945, after his hospital stay, he boarded the USS Oakland to San Francisco, CA.  He served 19 straight months of sea duty before being honorably discharged on February 18, 1946 at Camp Wallace, TX.Ceremony: The Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at Veterans Park, following the Parade.  During the ceremony, the hymn for each military branch will be played.  We are encouraging all veterans to attend and be recognized.The American flag, which flew at the American Embassy in Saigon, will be encased in glass and on display during the ceremony.  The enemy attempted to destroy this flag while it flew.  It was later liberated when the Saigon Embassy was evacuated.This year marks the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. All veterans are encouraged to wear military uniforms, hats, caps or other symbols of patriotism.  Survivors of veterans are invited to join in the march and are asked to carry photographs of their loved ones who served in the military.  The entire community is encouraged to participate in this event. Share Please make every effort to join us.  Thank you.Rolando VelaCity ManagerTown of Laguna Vista122 Fernandez StreetLaguna Vista, Texas 78578 We want to especially invite all veterans to participate in this parade. RelatedFrom the Desk of the Laguna Vista City ManagerSpecial to the PRESS The Town is proud to announce the upcoming community events: Easter Egg Hunt by the Bay on Saturday, March 26 The Town has scheduled the Easter Egg Hunt by the Bay for Saturday, March 26 from 10am to 12noon.   We’re going to have the Easter Bunny along with an egg hunt and treats…March 18, 2016In “Opinion & Advice”From the Desk of the Laguna Vista City ManagerSpecial to the PRESS The Town is proud to announce the upcoming community events: Easter Egg Hunt by the Bay on Saturday, March 26 The Town has scheduled the Easter Egg Hunt by the Bay for Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.   We’re going to have the Easter Bunny along with an egg hunt…March 4, 2016In “News”Aircraft Carrier Memorial plaques to be unveiledBy MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Unveiling of three bronze plaques at the Aircraft Carrier Memorial in Laguna Vista’s Veterans’ Park will highlight Memorial Day ceremonies here on May 28. The Town of Laguna Vista will host a Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on Monday at 5 p.m. to pay…May 25, 2018In “News” The “Warriors Unified In Arms” Color Guard will be participating in this Parade. Phone:  (956) 943-1793Fax:        (956) 943-3111Email: [email protected] the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

Fujioka, Ikeyama retain WBO titles

first_img WBO, Nao Ikeyama, Naoko Fujioka GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Bantamweight Naoko Fujioka and minimumweight Nao Ikeyama each defended her WBO title on Monday.The 40-year-old Fujioka, who captured her third different weight class when she won the bantamweight crown last year, defeated countrywoman Shindo Go in a unanimous decision in their 10-round title fight. Fujioka who was making her first defense improved to 15-0 with one draw and six wins by knockout. KEYWORDScenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 On the same card at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall, Ikeyama retained her title for the fourth time with a draw in her 10-rounder against Saemi Hanagata. The draw left the 46-year-old Ikeyama’s record at 9-2 with one draw and one win by knockout. last_img

Oscar noms 2020: Snubs and surprises

first_imgBarbara Nitke/STX(LOS ANGELES) — Many of the Oscar nominations announced Monday morning were predicted by awards shows prognosticators, but as always, there were more than a few snubs and surprises.Although the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reported that a record 62 women were nominated, comprising one-third of the nominees, no female directors were recognized despite several strong contenders.Also, the acting categories were overwhelmingly filled with white actors and actresses, leading many on social media to post using the familiar hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite. Cynthia Erivo was recognized for her work on Harriet, as was Antonio Banderas for his role in Pain and Glory, but other possible nominees who were overlooked included Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez and Lupita Nyong’o.The 2020 Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 9, in Hollywood and will be broadcast live on ABC.  Here’s a look at some other the other nominations snubs and surprises.SnubsAll the female directors: Although the directing category was comprised solely of men, there were several women who could have been recognized: Greta Gerwig for Little Women, Lulu Wang for The Farewell, and Marielle Heller for the nominated A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Other possibilities included Hustlers‘ Lorene Scafaria and Queen & Slim‘s Melina Matsoukas.Jennifer Lopez and Hustlers: Jennifer Lopez was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award for her starring role in Hustlers, but did not get recognized by the Academy. Hustlers was completely shut out.Awkwafina and The Farewell: Awkwafina became the first actress of Asian descent to win the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical. but she wasn’t nominated for an Oscar and neither was her film, The Farewell. Some also thought Zhao Shuzhen, the actress who played Awkwafina’s grandmother, should have been nominated, too.Robert DeNiro: The Irishman received 10 nominations, but many expected one of them to be for its star, Robert DeNiro. He was snubbed.Eddie Murphy: The comedian’s starring role in Dolemite Is My Name earned him a Golden Globe nomination, but not an Oscar nod.Taron Egerton: Taron Egerton’s portrayal of Elton John in Rocketman earned him a Golden Globe, but he was not nominated for an Oscar.Jamie Foxx: The Oscar-winner’s portrayal of a wrongly-accused man in Just Mercy was thought to to be worthy of his second Academy Award, but he wasn’t nominated.Christian Bale: The Ford v Ferrari actor was recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Screen Actors Guild, but not by the Academy.Frozen 2: The mega-successful follow-up to Frozen has earned more than $1 billion worldwide, but wasn’t nominated for best animated feature.“Spirit” from The Lion King: This could’ve been Beyoncé‘s opportunity to win an Academy Award, but her song “Spirit,” from The Lion King, wasn’t recognized for best song.Us: Jordan Peele’s scary follow-up to his Oscar-winning debut Get Out was snubbed despite acclaim for Lupita Nyong’o’s starring performance.Uncut Gems: Adam Sandler’s latest film has had audiences’ pulses racing, but wasn’t nominated for an Oscar.SurprisesKathy Bates: Some were surprised to hear the Richard Jewell actress’s name called Monday morning. Bates, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for the role, plays the mother of Richard Jewell, the security guard who was wrongly accused of the 1996 Olympics bombing.Klaus: The Netflix animated film about Christmas was nominated for best animated feature.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more