Philly’s Met Opera House Opening As A $56 Mil Concert Venue In December 2018

first_img[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.last_img read more

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Harvard yield highest since 1960s

first_imgNearly 84 percent of students admitted to the Class of 2021 have chosen to matriculate at Harvard College. The last time the yield reached this level was in 1969, when 83.1 percent of the Class of 1973 chose to attend.“Many changes at Harvard over the past decade have greatly enriched the undergraduate experience,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “In addition, Harvard’s deep commitment to financial aid has expanded access to promising students from all economic backgrounds.”As students share their reasons for coming to Harvard, they often mention the four-fold increase in the number of small freshman seminars to 130; an augmented advising system that doubles the number of freshman advisers to more than 400 and includes 200 peer advising fellows and 60 resident proctors; expanded research opportunities with close faculty collaboration; the creation of more than 40 secondary fields (minors); many more options for study abroad; the new John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; and a rich array of new possibilities in the humanities, including a concentration in Theater, Dance, and Media, as well as the opening of the new Harvard Art Museums and re-vitalized theater opportunities through the Office for The Arts and the American Repertory Theater.“Students are also excited about the opportunities available under the ‘One Harvard’ concept,” said Fitzsimmons. “Many extraordinary resources are available to undergraduates across the entire University—at Harvard’s graduate schools and the affiliated research institutions and hospitals.”“The students who will be enrolling here in August are more economically diverse than those in last year’s freshman class,” said Sarah D. Donahue, Griffin Director of Financial Aid, sharing that two-thirds of the entering class applied for financial aid; nearly 24 percent qualified for the low-income portion of the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative; more than 19 percent requested application fee waivers; 17 percent are eligible for Pell Grants; and 15 percent are first-generation college students.“One in five Harvard families has an annual income less than $65,000 and pays nothing toward the cost of the student’s education. Families with incomes up to $150,000 with typical assets pay 10 percent or less of their annual incomes,” said Donahue. “Many families with higher incomes also qualify for assistance depending on individual circumstances. More than half of Harvard students receive need-based financial aid, and their families pay an average of only $12,000. And students are never required to take out loans to cover the cost of their education.”Harvard is committed to ensuring that all students take full advantage of their college experience. In addition to receiving grant aid to cover the basic cost of attendance, Harvard provides more than $6 million in additional funding annually to aided students, supporting everything from new winter coats to music lessons to studying abroad to public service internships to research experiences in a lab.“Harvard’s neediest students also receive a $2,000 ‘start up’ grant to help ease their transition to college and allow them to explore the vast opportunities available to Harvard students during the school year and summer,” said Fitzsimmons. “This made an enormous difference this past year to students who received the grant, and we heard many positive things about the ‘start up’ grants from the students who will join us in the Class of 2021.”“Nearly 50 percent of the matriculants are women: 49.6 percent compared to 47.8 percent last year,” said Marlyn E. McGrath, director of admissions. “In addition, a record 13.2 percent are African Americans.”Intended academic concentrations remained similar to last year’s with an increase in social scientists, a decrease in those undecided, and minor fluctuations in the rest. Geographical origins of the Class of 2021 are also similar to last year’s Class of 2020.“We are enormously grateful to all the faculty members, students, and alumni who reached out to prospective members of the Class of 2021 throughout the year and during ‘Visitas,’ our visiting program in April,” said McGrath. “They make the critical difference in our ability to enroll the nation’s and the world’s most outstanding students each year.”Recruiting for next year’s Class of 2022 began in February with mail and email outreach. Staff will visit 70 locations in the United States this month and another 80 during the fall in addition to some international travel. Nearly 55,000 students and family members will attend these presentations and another 47,000 will visit Harvard during the course of the year.last_img read more

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DOH records 35% drop in firecracker injuries

first_imgHealth Secretary Francisco Duque said there was a 35 percent decline in fireworks-related injuries nationwide from Dec. 21, 2019 to Jan. 1, 2020. “We expect the number of cases to increase as there are late reports still coming from the regions,” Duque said. “Most additional injuries at this time come from children picking up unexploded fireworks from the streets.” MANILA – The numberof injuries due to fireworks has decreased in the run-up toNew Year’s Day 2020, according to the Department of Health (DOH). He added that most of the cases were recorded in Metro Manila. Duque renewed its call for a total ban in firecrackers use in the country as he admitted that more data is needed to support a draft bill on an absolute ban on any kind of firecrackers. Duque noted the 164 total of fireworks-related injuries tallied was lower than the 251 recorded in the same period last year but the numbers could still rise until the DOH ends its monitoring on Jan. 6. “Every firecracker, whether legal or not, can be injurious. We hope the Duterte administration will be able to create a legacy of an absolute ban on fireworks so we’ll have zero injuries,” Duque said. “Maraming ligtas na paraan para makapag ingay.”/PN No reported deaths due to firecrackers so far, Duque said. “But overall, the National CapitalRegion has registered a 16 percent drop in the number of fireworks-relatedinjuries,” the DOH secretary said, adding that only four percent of thefireworks-related injuries required amputation as most of the injury cases werejust burn and eye injuries. Children play with sparklers at Divisoria market in Manila on Tuesday. Authorities have banned the use of dangerous firecrackers, prompting New Year revelers to buy safer alternatives, such as party horns and harmless firecrackers. ABS-CBN NEWS Based on DOH’s data, top causes of firecracker injuries were due to kwitis, lusis, fountain fireworks, and piccolo. Most of the injuries happened from streets and residential homes.last_img read more

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Antonio wins Player of the Month award

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp EPL: Newcastle hammer West Ham away EPL: West Ham, Newcastle in cagey duel West Ham striker, Michail Antonio, has been crowned the Premier League’s first ever Player of the Month for July.The 30-year-old played a crucial role in West Ham’s survival, firing eight goals in just seven games to steer David Moyes’ men away from the relegation zone. He topped a seven-man July shortlist featuring Olivier Giroud, Harry Kane, Anthony Martial, Nick Pope, Christian Pulisic and Raheem Sterling to win the award.“I’m buzzing,” Antonio said. “Obviously as a professional footballer you go out there and try your hardest and your best, so to get some recognition for it is amazing.“Since I started my professional career this is definitely the best I’ve played and hopefully I can carry it on to next season.”Votes to decide the winner came from both the fans on the EA SPORTS website and the 20 Premier League club captains.Antonio’s most notable performance was when he scored his first ever hat-trick by netting four goals against Norwich to relieve West Ham’s bottom of the table trouble. He also became the first West Ham player to score four goals in a single Premier League away match.Tags: David MoyesMichail AntonioWest Ham Unitedlast_img read more

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Beat writers predict close result for Syracuse on the road at Georgia Tech

first_imgSyracuse (15-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) squares off against Georgia Tech (10-11, 3-5) on Wednesday night at Atlanta’s McCamish Pavilion. The Orange enters the game riding a three-game winning streak including its most recent win over Pittsburgh on Saturday night. It was SU’s first win on the road in ACC play.Here are our beat writers predictions for the game.Matthew Gutierrez (18-3)Bee stingGeorgia Tech 67, Syracuse 61It’s admirable what Yellow Jackets head coach Josh Pastner has done in Atlanta. He inherited a team a season ago that was returning not a single player who averaged more than 5.0 points per game. All he did was take GT, picked to finish 14th out of 15 ACC teams, to the NIT finals. On Sunday night, his unit nearly beat No. 20 Clemson. Georgia Tech has beaten Miami and Notre Dame this season, too, so GT should have its way at home against the Orange this week. Syracuse gave little reason to believe against Pittsburgh that it can pick up a second road win in conference play, at least for now.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSam Fortier (17-4)Welcome to AtlantaSyracuse 58, Georgia Tech 55These are two of the ACC’s worst offensive teams — each rank in the bottom quartile for effective field goal percentage — so expect a defensive battle on Wednesday night. That would favor the Orange, which has one of the nation’s best defenses that can block shots and nab steals with the best of ’em. As tough it is to win on the road in the ACC, the Orange should grind it out with the Yellow Jackets and rely on Tyus Battle and Frank Howard to “fill it up,” as GT head coach Josh Pastner said on Wednesday. Plus, Syracuse needs this one bad to avoid putting itself in a deep hole for its postseason chances.Tomer Langer (16-5)The big oneSyracuse 64, Georgia Tech 59This is arguably Syracuse’s most important game left on the schedule in the sense that its the most winnable road game remaining. Georgia Tech has a stifling defense but really struggles to score. Syracuse is similar, but there are two key distinctions. The Orange’s defense is stronger, and it’ll have the best player on the floor in Tyus Battle. Syracuse picks up a big road win and improves its winning streak to four. Comments Published on January 30, 2018 at 8:16 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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