[Video: The Met Philadelphia][H/T Philly.com] As reported at Philly.com, Philadelphia’s Metropolitan Opera House on North Broad Street will be converted into a new 3,500-capacity Live Nation concert venue, with plans for the site to open to the public as early as December of this year. To complete the massive renovation project, Live Nation entered into a partnership with well-known Philly real estate developer Eric Blumenfeld. As detailed in the article, the cost of the renovation is now projected at $56 million, which comes in over $10 million dollars more than the projected total cost of $45 million announced in May of last year.Notably, Bob Weir and other members of the Grateful Dead are investors in the project. This investment is not necessarily too surprising, given Weir’s and Live Nation head Geoff Gordon’s close relationship. In 2016, Weir officiated Gordon’s wedding to Sayeeda Gordon during a performance at The Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. As Live For Live Music has previously reported, the wedding took place during the set break of the show, which was a stop on Weir’s “Campfire Tour” promoting his solo album, Blue Mountain—in addition to the private nuptuals, the show itself saw sit-ins by Joe Russo and Tom Hamilton.The Metropolitan Opera House is a large 3,500-person venue that takes up a full city block at Broad and Poplar Streets. For the renovation, the main theater will be converted for seated and standing-only general-admission concerts; however, the opera house also contains a number of smaller rooms that could be converted into lounges and additional performances spaces. With the venue’s opening anticipated for the end of 2018, no acts have been announced for The Met’s opening. However, in addition to concerts and, likely, comedy shows, Holy Ghost Church, a partner and former full owner of the space, will host services at the venue after its reopening.As noted by Philly.com, in contrast to other mid-size concert venues around Philadelphia, The Met will be larger and “a good deal more posh” than venues like The Fillmore, Electric Factory, Academy of Music, and Tower, which house a capacity of around 2,500 people. The Met could also be a good fit for artists like Arcade Fire, Lorde, and Lana Del Ray who could easily sell out the renovated space and that have recently performed at a half-full Wells Fargo Center, which has a capacity of around 20,000 people.The Metropolitan Opera House was formerly a historic world-class opera house, which was built in 1908 by the well-known theater impresario Oscar Hammerstein I—also the grandfather of the famed musical librettist Oscar Hammerstein II of the critically acclaimed composing duo, Rodgers and Hammerstein. While the venue was used as an opera house through to 1934, the renovation will mark the next evolution of the building, which has formerly been used as a movie theater, ballroom, sports venue, and church.However, the renovation project will likely be a difficult one. The building was unused and vacant from 1988 to 1995, eventually being saved from demolition in 1996 by a different church group after the city declared the site was imminently dangerous. However, after Holy Ghost Headquarters Revival Center bought the church and spent $5 million dollars stabilizing the venue, the church group tapped Eric Blumenfeld for a development partnership and sold the building to him for $1. In 2015, the church filed a lawsuit against Blumenfeld for the lack of progress, though in 2017, the Holy Ghost Church and Blumenfeld reached a joint ownership agreement.As Blumenthal stated last year about the Metropolitan Opera House, “It’s a glorious old building that had been neglected that anyone with any intelligence would tell you to tear down.”With Holy Ghost Church, Blumenfeld, and Live Nation all on board and full steam ahead, the crew is hopeful that the renovation will be completed by December 2018, though already the expected renovation date has been pushed back from September 2018. You can watch the promo video for Live Nation’s new, renovated concert venue at The Met in Philadephia below.
Oct 9, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Southeast Asian nations have agreed to band together to coordinate response to the deadly avian influenza outbreak that has caused 31 human deaths and widespread poultry losses.Agriculture ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) concluded a 2-day meeting with a statement Friday that said the H5N1 avian flu is threatening “global public health, poultry production, trade and economic development,” according to a Reuters news service story. They plan to create a task force focused on the disease.ASEAN’s member countries are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Two of those countries have made independent announcements about bird flu this week.Avian influenza has returned to Indonesia, where hundreds of chickens were killed last week, according to Thursday’s Jakarta Post. But an Indonesian official announced that the flu strain responsible for poultry deaths there couldn’t be spread to humans, according to news reports.Agriculture Minister Tri Satya Putri Naipospos, director of animal health, said on Wednesday that tests conducted in Hong Kong found that the H5N1 flu strain in Indonesia differed from the flu that has killed people in Thailand and Vietnam this year. It was of a genotype that does not infect humans, Naipospos was reported as saying.The World Health Organization (WHO) countered the claim.”We know of no studies that would support that kind of contention,” WHO spokesman Dick Thompson told Reuters. “A closer reading of the study would indicate that H5N1 can infect humans no matter which strain we are talking about.”A WHO expert told Agence France-Presse the situation was a case of misinterpretation. That news agency quoted the WHO’s Steven Bjorge as saying that Indonesia’s virus differs somewhat from the virus in Vietnam and Thailand, but it is still part of the same Z genotype that has caused deaths in the latter countries.Also on Wednesday, Vietnam announced it had contained its latest avian flu outbreak, according Agence France-Presse.”Basically, Vietnam has successfully controlled bird flu. Over the past 20 days, no new cases of bird flu have been reported in Vietnam,” Bui Quang Anh, a spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, told Agence France-Presse.Anh also told the agency that the Vietnamese government was not covering up avian influenza despite its refusal to release test results conducted on a 14-month-old boy who died Sep 5. Avian influenza was suspected in his death, the story said.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULETCU upends BaylorUNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Baylor has lost for the second time in three games since winning a Big 12-record 23 games in a row. Fleetwood in charge at Honda ClassicPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tommy Fleetwood birdied four of his final six holes in a 3-under 67 that leaves him atop the leaderboard through three rounds of the PGA’s Honda Classic.Fleetwood moved to 5 under for the week and one shot ahead of Brendan Steele at PGA National. The Englishman is ranked No. 12 in the world but hasn’t captured a PGA title.Steele birdied two of his first three holes on Saturday to get to 7 under before carding four bogeys in an eight-hole span for a 71.Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are two strokes back. Update on the latest sports Desmond Bane scored eight of his 23 points during TCU’s tiebreaking run as the Horned Frogs upended the Bears, 75-72. Bane drained a long tiebreaking 3-pointer with 4:42 left to put the Horned Frogs ahead to stay.PJ Fuller added 21 points for TCU, while Jaire Grayer had 13 points and nine rebounds.Jared Butler and Freddie Gillespie both had 18 points for Baylor.In other top-25 action:— Devon Dotson scored 25 points and top-ranked Kansas overcame an injury to center Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah ah-zoo-BOO’-kay) to earn its 14th straight win, 62-58 against Kansas State. Azubuike finished with six points and nine rebounds while playing just 20 minutes after hurting his ankle early in the first half. February 29, 2020 Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks forwards Andrew Shaw and Zack Smith will miss the rest of the season because of injuries, the team said Saturday.Shaw has been sidelined since Nov. 30 because of a concussion. Smith is scheduled for back surgery on March 6.In other NHL news:— The Islanders will make their full return to Long Island a year early after splitting the last two seasons between Nassau County and Brooklyn. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the team will play all home games during the 2020-21 season at the Nassau Coliseum, and any home playoff dates will take place on Long Island this season and next.PGA-HONDA CLASSIC NASCAR-FONTANA-QUALIFYINGClint Bowyer takes Fontana poleFONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Clint Bowyer (BOY’-ur) has won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Fontana, holding off six-time race champion Jimmie Johnson.Bowyer turned a lap in 40.086 seconds in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to claim just his fourth pole position in 508 career Cup races. The veteran racer also won the pole for the first time in 20 career races at Auto Club Speedway east of Los Angeles.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS The Bruins have a league-best 94 points after Charlie McAvoy provided a goal and two assists in a 4-0 shutout of the Islanders. David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) notched his league-leading 48th goal of the season and Brad Marchand added a goal and an assist.Tuukka Rask made 12 of his 24 saves in the third period of his fourth shutout of the season and 49th of his career.The Bruins entered the day with a seven-point lead over the Lightning, who are taking on the Flames.NHL-NEWSBlackhawks’ Shaw, Smith to miss rest of season with injuries Virus worries affect more sportsUNDATED (AP) — Concerns about the new coronavirus continue to have an impact on sporting events around the world.In Japan, baseball games were played in empty stadiums Saturday and horse races were held without spectators. Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon, usually one of the world’s largest races, has been restricted to elite runners.In France, Sunday’s Paris half-marathon has been called off due to the outbreak. And five Serie A soccer games in Italy were postponed on Saturday. — Freshman Al-Amir Dawes drained a twisting, driving bucket with a second left to give Clemson a 70-69 triumph over sixth-ranked Florida State. Dawes finished with 18 points and the Tigers overcame a 10-point hole in the second half before notching their third win over a top-10 team this season.— Immanuel Quickley had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in eighth-ranked Kentucky’s 73-66 verdict over No. 15 Auburn. The Tigers led 20-11 until the Wildcats embarked on a 20-3 run that helped them improve to 14-2 in the SEC.— Luwane Pipkins scored 27 points to lead Providence to its fifth win over a top 25 team this month, 58-54 against No. 12 Villanova 58-54. The Friars improved to 10-6 in the Big East and boosted their NCAA Tournament resume with a win in Philly following victories over ranked teams Butler, Creighton, Seton Hall and Marquette.— No. 13 Seton Hall pulled out an 88-79 win over Marquette as Myles Powell provided 28 points and Sandro Mamukelashvili added 26. The Pirates led by 24 midway through the second half, but the Golden Eagles pulled within 84-79 with 34 seconds to play before Seton Hall moved to 13-3 in the Big East.— Luka Garza scored 25 points and had 17 rebounds as No. 18 Iowa pulled away in the second half for a 77-68 win over No. 16 Penn State. Garza extended his streak of 20 or more points against Big Ten teams to a school-record 14 games and posted his 14th double-double of the season. Golden State says Curry is participating in full scrimmages and “continues to make good progress in his recovery” from a broken left hand. Coach Steve Kerr said earlier this week he hoped Curry would return this weekend.Curry has played only four games this season, falling on his hand Oct. 30 against the Suns.NHL-SCHEDULEB’s blank IslandersUNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Boston Bruins continue to own a sizeable lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division after winning for the 14th time in their last 18 games. — Kristian Doolittle’s 19 points and seven rebounds helped Oklahoma earn a 73-62 victory at No. 20 West Virginia. Brady Manek posted 15 points and seven rebounds as the Sooners ended a six-game road lost streak.— Andrew Jones had a career-high 22 points and Texas closed on an 8-0 run in the final minute to secure its fourth straight win, 68-58 at No. 22 Texas Tech.NBA-WARRIORS-CURRYGolden State star Curry not quite ready to return SundaySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry won’t make his return to the court Sunday against the Wizards as had originally been hoped.