Performance Venue – Whistle Stop Depot Fri, 14 Jan 2022 22:48:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Performance Venue – Whistle Stop Depot 32 32 Ordway Announces New Vax Policy As More Venues Cancel Shows Fri, 14 Jan 2022 21:48:19 +0000

As canceled or postponed arts events pile up, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has announced stricter vaccination requirements.

Beginning February 1, the St. Paul venue will not only require vaccination (or a negative test result within 72 hours of performance), but proof of a booster vaccination. Masks remain required and must not be cloth masks; The theater is now mandating more Omicron resistant protection such as N95 or KN95 masks. The guidelines apply to all performances by Ordway, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera and the Schubert Club at the venue.

The variant continues to anger the plans of the performing arts. The touring production of Come From Away, now playing at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis, has canceled two other performances – Friday night and Saturday afternoon – but intends to resume the show on Saturday at 8 p.m. after gaining a little time to bring new performers into the cast from the Broadway, London and Toronto productions. The musical runs until January 23.

Park Square Theater is postponing its revival of musical drama Marie and Rosetta after several performances were canceled. Originally slated for January 19, the drama about music pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe is being “put on hold” in hopes of a later premiere.

“We have heard the concerns of our guests and are facing challenges in the rehearsal space due to COVID-19. As we prioritize the health and safety of both our artists and audiences, everything tells us to take a breath and return when we can,” said executive director Mark Ferraro-Hauck.

Yellow Tree Theater pushes “In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play” back. The comedy is set to debut at the Osseo Theater on February 4th and will now run from June 2nd to June 26th.

Two events at St. Paul’s Landmark Center have been postponed. The “Urban Expedition China” dance/culture program originally scheduled for Sunday will now take place on February 20th. Black Sea Odyssey, featuring Ethnic Dance Theater and originally scheduled for February 20th, will take place as a virtual event in March.

In clubs in the Twin Cities, about one in five live music performances scheduled for this weekend has been postponed or cancelled, mostly at the request of the artists. Canceled shows include Samantha Fish at First Avenue on Saturday and Tina Schlieske at the Dakota on Saturday (which was replaced by Ginger Commodore’s tribute to Sidney Poitier that same night).

Other concerts canceled in the coming days include annual tributes to Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton at Cabooze and Turf Club respectively; rapper Sean Anonymous’ birthday bash on 7th St. Entry; Best Coast tour date at Fine Line and Kiss the Tiger performance at Icehouse.

Three shows have been canceled at the Crooners Supper Club in Fridley – Jennifer Grimm on Friday, Songs of Laurel Canyon and Lynne Rothrock on Saturday and Robert Robinson on Sunday. The venue will remain closed until February 3rd for renovations.

Authors Chris Riemenschneider and Jon Bream contributed to this report.

The Mayor of Malaga confirms that the bid for the AC37 venue on the Costa del Sol is under negotiation Thu, 13 Jan 2022 02:09:18 +0000

America’s Cup: The Mayor of Malaga confirms that the bid for the AC37 venue on the Costa del Sol is under negotiation

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January 13, 2022

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Leading Spanish sailing journalist Juame Soler confirms on his blog that the Spanish port city of Málaga has been working discreetly for several weeks to host the 37th America’s Cup.

The regatta bid, to be held in 2024, was confirmed by the mayor of the city in the heart of the Costa del Sol, Francisco de la Torre, the event that would offer “high economic performance in exchange for moderate infrastructure investments. ”

The report makes it clear that private sponsors are being sought to reduce the public contribution.

Later, Soler reports that Daniel Pérez, the leader of the PSOE, as the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party on Malaga City Council and the party’s provincial secretary, has indicated that they need to study the circumstances of the cup in other cities and has asked De la Torre not “always asking the central government to seek investment” and being “more serious”.

The Andalusian city, just 65 nautical miles from Gibraltar at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, is the third Spanish city to be associated with hosting the 37th America’s Cup. Valencia were the first to drop out when expected regional funding failed to materialise, but there was commitment yet to be crystallized from backers of companies that would have had a commercial stake in the Cup. When Valencia withdrew there was a second bid around Barcelona that was trying to get more benefit for the whole of Spain and could therefore justify a federal financial involvement. But that offer seems to have slipped off the radar, too. Soler says in automatic translation that Barcelona, ​​”who had a very advanced project to host the cup, finally decided not to bid because, after all, the administrations didn’t have them very much for the job.”

Although no formal announcements have been made for the venue shortlist, Malaga is in the mix along with a refocused offering from Cork, Ireland, where the bases and America’s Cup Village are located in the city centre. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is also listed – but has some political downsides.

Auckland are believed to be on the sidelines, but the New Zealand government appear to have little appetite for hosting the 37th trophy. An exclusive three-month period of negotiations ended with the government offering a hosting fee that represented a 25% reduction on that offered for AC36. Auckland Council has tipped the SailGP event a higher hosting fee than they, the organizers of the 37th America’s Cup, offered. A bid from Kiwi Home Defense was flat-footed from the start and the Board of Emirates Team New Zealand has declined to delve further into the rogue group.

Sail-World understands an America’s Cup team has attempted to gain access to Auckland to start sailing in September this year. However, all applications were rejected – an action which confirms Auckland cannot host the 2024 event. All teams including owners can start sailing from September 17, 2022 and new teams can start sailing version 1 AC75 in five months from June 17, 2022.

Soler reports (via automatic translation) that De la Torre has assured Emirates Team New Zealand is “very interested” in the city due to “the combination of its strategic location, climate, wind regime, culture and history, infrastructures and connectivity”, quality and hotel capacity, but the mayor “insists that the cost of this project falls on private sponsors”.

He goes on to say that supporters of Malaga’s bid are “talking” with the Andalusian government, the Provincial Council, the Ports Authority and state ports. Culture and Sport Minister Miquel Iceta says Malaga would require “only” an adjustment in an area of ​​the port where the teams’ bases would be located, rather than the construction and expense of new infrastructure.

Interestingly, the mayor “Francisco de la Torre” has claimed that some of the cup teams could start settling in the city between late 2022 and early 2023. The preliminary events are scheduled for the first quarter of 2024, with the Cup itself expected to be completed around a month before the start of the 2024 Olympic Games, at the end of July 2024.

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Music and theater events canceled across Sonoma County as COVID regulations prohibit large gatherings Tue, 11 Jan 2022 04:42:57 +0000

Entertainment venues across Sonoma County tried late Monday to reschedule and reschedule events for the next four weeks in response to the latest local restrictions on large gatherings deemed too risky by the county health authorities amid an unprecedented spike in cases related to the Omicron variant.

It was a continuation of the nightly reshuffle that hit theaters, concert halls and symphony halls with the first shutdown orders almost two years ago at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

As of 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, indoor gatherings of 50+ people and outdoor gatherings of 100+ are banned for 30 days in response to dramatically rising COVID-19 case rates in the county. That means concerts, theater performances and more will be suspended for the time being. (Exceptions have been made for some schools, workplaces, and religious gatherings, as well as museums, shopping malls, and restaurants.)

It was a sharp turnaround for the art and entertainment world after months of slow recovery, as live shows gained momentum and more concerts and performances were scheduled than a year ago.

Many venues were still working off the backlog from past events.

Now they will postpone or postpone their plans until at least mid-February, leaving an already fragile but important part of the local economy in a pandemic limbo again.

At the 1,600-seat Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, the new restrictions will affect 10 upcoming major events, said Rick Nowlin, president and CEO.

“While the long-term impact of COVID on live performance has been devastating, the health of our community is of paramount importance and all of us at LBC will continue to help keep people safe,” Nowlin said in a statement.

“We will immediately start postponing and rescheduling or canceling 10 major events scheduled until February 11th if there is no other alternative,” he added.

Individuals with tickets to upcoming events estimated at 5,400 visitors should expect emails and phone calls from the Luther Burbank Center and check the center’s website for updates.

Anita Wiglesworth, vice president of programs and marketing at the Luther Burbank Center, noted that the venue is already grappling with an accumulation of postponed events due to the pandemic. The latest order is going to be another hit.

“This affects events that were previously postponed due to COVID and are now sold out,” she said.

Even before the county announced on Monday, the Santa Rosa Symphony had to switch to Monday night in the middle of a concert series over the weekend due to a positive COVID-19 test and exposure that affected the performers.

The show on Saturday evening with the symphony with the pianist Olga Kern and the debut of a new work by the composer Gabriella Smith took place in the Green Music Center as planned.

But concerts on Sunday and Monday have been significantly reduced in size; Monday to just three musicians after a brass player revealed they had been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and a string player reported testing positive for COVID-19.

“Out of the greatest caution and concern for our musicians, we have exempted all orchestra members from performing this evening,” said Alan Silow, President and CEO of Symphonie, in a letter to ticket holders for the concert prior to the announcement of the new restrictions by the county was broadcast on Monday.

The symphony’s next concert, scheduled for February 12-14, will take place after the 30 days of the new restrictions have expired. There will be an all-American program and the black pianist Florence Price will play Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”.

An intimate downtown Santa Rosa venue with an eclectic cast from singers to magicians, Lost Church has been plagued by pandemic restrictions since it opened amid the health crisis.

Most of the artists who will perform this month have either canceled or postponed their shows due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, Josh Windmiller, development director of The Lost Church, said Monday afternoon.

So far, the performance of the musicians Kendra McKinley and Tay and the Janglahdahs on January 15th and a performance of the singers Emma Noren and Nat Lefkoff on January 23rd have been canceled.

Michele Kappel, operations manager for the Lost Church, said she will work to postpone the January and early February events instead of canceling them.

“Many of us ask, ‘Is it right to still gather together?'” Said Kappel. “We roll with the blows. We went through it once; we’ll do it again. We want our audience to stay safe and our artists to feel comfortable when they perform. “

Here is a first list of the canceled entertainment events as of Monday night. Find out more online at for further cancellations and additions to this list during the week.

Vermilion Theater: The last three performances of “Cyrano” are planned for this Friday to Sunday. Executive Director Diane Dragone said the 111-seat theater is considering continuing performances but capping ticket sales to 50.

Epicenter: A representative from the sports and entertainment center did not respond to a request on Monday.

Graton Resort and Casino: The sold-out January 15th performance by comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer has been postponed to March 19th.

The lost church: The venue is working on rescheduling the January and February events; some shows have been canceled.

Luther Burbank Center: 10 major events until February 11th postpone, postpone or, if necessary, cancel

Mystic: A representative of the Konzerthaus did not respond to a request on Monday.

Phoenix: A representative of the Konzerthaus did not respond to a request on Monday.

6th Street Playhouse: A representative of the small theater did not respond to inquiries on Monday.

Even before the county issued the new restrictions on Monday afternoon, employees announced closings at several venues, many in response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. These included:

Petaluma Historical Library & Museum: Closed January 10th – 31st

Sebastiani Theater: John McCutcheon’s performance postponed from January 10th to June 6th and Bedouin and Shannon Lay postponed from January 14th

Sonoma County Philharmonic: Winter concerts postponed for February 5th and 6th, postponed to a later date

Paramount Theater features tribute bands, country music, and comedy this month | Sun, 09 Jan 2022 05:15:00 +0000

BRISTOL, Tennessee – Looking for a night out in the Tri-Cities? Consider stopping at the historic Paramount Theater.

In addition to being a historic landmark, the Paramount is a cultural hub for the city of Bristol, hosting dozens of performances each year. This winter and spring, the Paramount line-up features a well-rounded group of musicians and other acts.

This January, the Paramount is hosting a variety of shows. Two award-winning tribute bands will perform: Rumors, a Fleetwood Mac tribute, will play on January 14th and the Black Jacket Symphony will pay homage to the Beatles’ White Album on January 18th.

The Paramount will also host a performance by Grand Ole Opry star Marty Stuart and escort on January 23rd.

Comedy fans can enjoy Bill Engvall of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour as he brings the “Here’s Your Sign – It’s Finally Time Farewell Tour” back to Paramount for the last time on January 30th, closing the venue’s listing for the month . Engvall will perform twice – at 5pm and 8pm

Later in the season, the Symphony of the Mountains woodwind quintet will perform Woodwinds and All That Jazz, featuring works by Gunther Schuler and Appalachian composer Greg Danner, as well as a solo performance by SOTM’s principal cellist Mathew Wilkinson. The Paramount will also host countless other musicians, including 2011 American Idol winner Scott McCreery. The shows will feature artists and bands from many different genres, including country, bluegrass and contemporary Christian.

In addition to enjoying live performances, guests will also have the opportunity to experience the historic Paramount. The theater, built in the 1930s, celebrated its 90th birthday last September. Although it fell into disrepair in the 1960s and 1970s, the original building has been preserved. Ongoing renovations, which began in the late 1980s, have managed to restore much of the theater’s original Art Deco and Italian interiors, as well as adding dressing, rehearsal and storage space. The last renovation of the Paramount, which began in January 2021, included repairing water damage and restoring some of the iconic murals.

Tickets, especially for shows in January, sell out quickly. Interested parties, especially families who want to sit together, should act soon. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office or by calling (423) 274-8920 during the box office opening times from Tuesday to Friday from 12.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Tickets can also be purchased on For groups of more than 10 people, a discount can be granted depending on the show. Please direct inquiries about group discounts to the telephone number at the box office.

Paramount offers a selection of snacks and refreshments, as well as a fully stocked bar for guests 21 and older with ID. Paramount is located in historic downtown Bristol, steps from a variety of restaurants, bars and parking, making it a convenient evening for the whole family.

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Churches open their doors and continue to develop | Letters Fri, 07 Jan 2022 18:28:00 +0000

Simon Jenkins rightly ridicules the idea of ​​the Church of England as “a national body of grandees” because if the church exists at all, in a meaningful sense, then it is at the local, ecclesiastical level (churches could or even serve as banks). Beer, we can’t leave them empty, December 31st). But here, in my opinion, Jenkins mistakenly omits two similar terms: community and community. The local “congregation” of the churches consists only of those who actively celebrate services in the church building – and in rural contexts there are often very few.

The “parish”, however, is the much broader population of the parish – the parishioners, all those who live within the parish boundary. Our task in the country church is – if we want to survive locally – to contribute to revitalizing the community feeling of the people both in the church building and in the beliefs and values ​​that it represents.

This means that one does not seek to “convert” the people in the church, but rather to help them own their church, both as a sacred space and as a common ground – a place of human meaning. Philip Larkin went into this in his elegiac Church Going: “It is a serious house on serious earth / in whose clear air all our constraints meet / are recognized and dressed as fates.”
Rev. Dr. John Caperon
Crowborough, East Sussex

Simon Jenkins rightly advocates ways in which redundant churches can be restored and converted for use by charities and social enterprises, but fails to mention the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) which does just that.

With 356 such churches in her care, she initiates and leads a number of projects that not only bring these buildings to life, but also promote and protect jobs in the monument construction sector and support the work of specialists and craftsmen, many of them during the lost their jobs after the pandemic; a prime example is in Sunderland, where the work has met with local interest and participation from young people who would otherwise be unemployed.

With its experienced employees and its expertise in this highly complex area, the CCT is ideally equipped to maintain and promote these buildings for local use. All it needs now is adequate government funding and better publicity for its work so that it can apply its innovative approach on a much larger scale.
Andrew Hillier

Simon Jenkins is absolutely right about the strong historical bond between a parish and its local church buildings, even when they are no longer used as places of worship. These are not just the places where so many were baptized, married, or buried – many (like ours) are also beautiful buildings that deserve to continue to be used and loved by the communities in which they are rooted.

Here in Stannington we are fighting to save the former Knowle Top Methodist band for our community – to save our after school club and brass band rehearsal room, and to create a fabulous new arts and performance space that has historic potential makes optimal use of tiered seating in its calm and beautiful interior.
Jenny van Tinteren
Stannington, Sheffield

I was interested in Simon Jenkins’ article on the use of church buildings. In our rural community of Mursley, we actually opened The Church Arms. Inspired by the nailing up of our village pub in October, the church opened the door to meet the community’s need for a place where one can meet other villagers and have a carefree or more serious conversation. This project was fully supported by the Diocese of Oxford. Judging by the response to our project, I would encourage other churches to experiment. It’s not just about schnapps either, we have soup and cake lunches at other times.
Andrew Cowell
Mursley, Milton Keynes

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Christine Gallagher | University of Immaculata Wed, 05 Jan 2022 14:41:03 +0000

Hip Hop & Harp

When Christine Gallagher met rap musician Kuf Knotz at a Whole Foods in Wynwood, Pennsylvania in ’13, ’15 MA, her whole life changed. It was just months before Gallagher Knotz first appeared with his former band at a fundraiser for a nonprofit called Beyond the Bars, where they served on the board of directors.

“I thought his music was great and I thought, ‘If I were ever to be a performer, I want to be in something like this.'” At the time, however, Gallagher was a full-time music therapist. . Two months later she had her fateful encounter with Knotz and decided to approach him and let him know that she would be interested if he ever needed a harpist.

“He was like a harpist?” Gallagher fondly remembers it. However, Knotz sent her some of his song tracks. In November 2017, he contacted her and asked if she could play at Underground Arts (a local music venue in Philadelphia) that night – the soundcheck was in two hours. At this point in her career, she had never performed in front of an audience that was likely to congregate on the subway.

“Though I knew my only chance to do this would be if I didn’t say yes at that moment,” she says.

She admits that she had to improvise throughout the show, relying on the music therapy skills she acquired at Immaculata: listening, matching, leaving space and being present. She describes how she got through that first gig with so much adrenaline that it literally drowned out any nervousness she might have felt. She channeled all of the experiences she’d had while running in schools, shared apartments, and other unfamiliar places as a music therapist to ground herself. A little encouragement – “You Got This” – didn’t hurt either. The audience loved the juxtaposition of the set.

Gallagher and Knotz played a few more gigs before he asked Gallagher if she could sing too. Soon after, she started playing the harp and singing, and they took it out on the streets as a duo.

Years later and the duo grows strong. In 2018, Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise (Gallagher’s artist name) released their first album, which they only sold on shows to pay the tour costs. Her current album “Kəˈmyo͞onədē” [Community] released in 2021, is available on all platforms (including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Bandcamp, and Amazon Music). Her radio team secured airplay on college and triple-A radio stations, making them more accessible to a wider audience.

The realization that they get the best out of each other gives both musicians a look from a different artistic perspective. Knotz’s music style has always been based on hip-hop and the spoken word, with positive messages and motivational topics being the focus. Gallagher brought classical music into play.

“The reviews have been incredible,” says Gallagher. She explains that her billboard gets people’s attention: hip-hop and a harpist? “How will that be?” The feedback they received from the audience is appreciation and gratitude. They are often told that their performance was a therapeutic experience that, according to Gallagher, “is not a typical reaction in a bar!” that people can identify with. Although her songs touch on current events, Gallagher says there is always this basic message of moving forward.

Out of the conviction that they support community music therapy and the encouragement of their fans, Gallagher and Knotz have added music therapy workshops to their tour schedule. As a licensed professional consultant (LPC), Gallagher founded the community outreach performance project Higher Grounds Music. She explains that the organization is a group practice for music therapy on the street.

Gallagher has been teaching graduate music therapy courses at the Immaculata since 2018. Teaching a few weekends during the semester allows her and Knotz to tour their schedule. No matter which city you visit, Gallagher will find a place to hold music therapy workshops. They have conducted workshops in universities, schools, libraries, yoga groups, community centers, and perform at night in bars, coffee houses, art centers, and theaters. They recently did a workshop in Indiana for children in need of emotional support before they play three concerts on this road trip.

Although Knotz has always been community-oriented, the concept of collaborative music therapy was alien to him. However, with his commitment to community musicians, his role in the workshops has become as important as Gallagher’s role as a clinical therapist.

The input from community musicians is at the heart of community music therapy. So there is a connection between the participants, musicians and therapists. Gallagher realizes that some people are more connected to Knotz and others to her. “It creates this extra energy that we both provide – that we wouldn’t have without the other,” she adds. But even though they are a self-sufficient duo, they gladly accept help and support on their musical path.

On tour, Gallagher and Knotz meet the loveliest and most caring people who make it possible to survive on the street. One such example came when they were traveling through Alaska in the middle of winter – the coldest and darkest time of the year for the state at the northwest end of North America.

“We built this tour in Alaska without really knowing what we were getting into,” admits Gallagher. When their plane landed there was an additional eight hour hike to get to the concert venue. Gallagher recalls people asking, “Do you have emergency snow gear? Are there ways to protect yourself from animals? Do you have any extra gas? ”Gallagher admitted that she and Knotz were currently questioning the decision to perform in Alaska. However, the community came to her rescue and provided all necessary supplies. They were very grateful because Gallagher realized they were in the middle of nowhere with no gas stations and tons of snow!

Gallagher wants to run more workshops, not just in the US but internationally, while creating what she calls what she calls a ripple effect that the music therapy sessions bring to the community and their subsequent performances. The ultimate goal is to expand the program for their workshops and provide resources so that the community can continue if the duo are eliminated.

Outside of touring, Gallagher and Knotz support their musical careers by expanding their music therapy program. They expanded their organization, Higher Grounds Music, and were involved in projects such as composing songs for a video game for children with autism.

The ability to continue practicing music therapy while touring and performing is the best of both worlds for Gallagher. “When I got around to it, I didn’t realize I was going to make my dream come true – everything I’d worked for,” she says. “I didn’t know it was given to me.”

Her advice to anyone considering a similar career path: Just say yes.

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Everything You Should Know About New Chicago Vaccine Requirements, Cook County – NBC Chicago Mon, 03 Jan 2022 15:48:30 +0000

Now where do you need to show proof of vaccination in Chicago and Cook County? Which evidence is accepted? Do you need a booster vaccination to be considered fully vaccinated?

With new vaccine requirements going into effect for many in the Chicago area, here’s a breakdown of all the information you need to know about the new safeguards.

Where are vaccinations required?


Proof of Chicago vaccination regulations is for anyone ages 5 and up and includes restaurants, bars, gyms, and other venues such as sports and entertainment arenas. The rules do not apply to those who are in the venues for less than 10 minutes, such as those who are picking up takeout.

According to the new guidelines, people aged 5 and over must present a complete vaccination certificate, but people aged 16 and over must also present an ID that corresponds to their vaccination certificate. Employees in such locations must also either be vaccinated or wear a mask and show evidence of weekly negative COVID-19 tests.

The city noted that its mandate for interior masks also remains in effect.

Here you have to show the vaccination card:

Indoor dining

Establishments in which food or drink is served including, but not limited to, restaurants, bars, fast food outlets, cafes, tasting rooms, cafeterias, food courts, grocery store dining areas, breweries, wineries, distilleries, banquet halls, and hotel ballrooms

Indoor fitness

Gyms and Fitness Facilities, including, but not limited to, Gyms, Recreational Facilities, Fitness Centers, Yoga, Pilates, Cycling, Barre and Dance Studios, Hotel Gyms, Boxing and Kickboxing Gyms, Fitness Bootcamps, and other facilities for conducting indoor groups -Fitness classes.

Indoor entertainment and recreation places where food or drink is served

Including, but not limited to, movie theaters, music and concert halls, live performance venues, adult entertainment venues, commercial event and party venues, sports arenas, performing arts theaters, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, card rooms, family entertainment centers, game areas, billiard halls and others
Recreational play centers.

This also includes the United Center, announced the venue.

The arena’s new policy mirrors that of the city. Fans from 5 years of age must provide evidence of full vaccination. Fans 16 and over must also present ID that matches their vaccination card. And the mask mandate also continues to apply.

A negative COVID-19 test will no longer be enough to enter the arena.

In Chicago, some museums have also decided to adopt the new guidelines.

City officials said technically only areas that allow indoor dining in museums would be subject to the new requirement.

“If a facility has both indoor and outdoor areas (e.g. a museum with indoor and outdoor areas for guests), only the indoor area is covered by Chicago vaccination,” a city statement said. “In addition, only the dining area (eating or drinking) within a museum has to meet the requirement.”

However, you should check with each location individually, as some require proof of vaccination to enter.

The Field Museum announced that anyone 5 years or older must be vaccinated to enter.

Places not included in the requirement:

  • Houses of worship
  • Grocery stores (although indoor dining areas would be included in grocery stores)
  • Locations in O’Hare International Airport or Midway International Airport
  • Locations in a residential or office building, the use of which is restricted to residents, owners or tenants of this building
  • Catering establishments that exclusively offer non-profit catering services, such as soup kitchens
  • Schools and daycare centers


• People who enter a facility for less than 10 minutes to order and
Implementation of food; Delivery of goods; or use the bathroom;
• A non-resident performer who does not regularly perform or provide services
in a covered place, or a non-resident accompanying such a performance
Artist, while the performer or person is in a covered place for the
Purposes of the performance of such an artist;
• A non-resident professional athlete or a non-resident natural person who does such
Professional athlete who, as part of his regular
Employment for the purpose of professional athlete / sports team competition;
• People who have previously received a medical or religious exemption (e
from an employer), provided that these patrons present proof of establishment
medical or religious exemption and a COVID-19 test done by a doctor
Specialist within the last 72 hours before entry.
• A person 18 years of age or younger who enters a covered area to
Participate in a school-organized activity or after-school care program run by. is offered
any public or private school before kindergarten up to grade 12; and
• A person who competes for the purpose of voting in a municipality, state, or state
Choice; or, in accordance with the law, to assist or accompany or observe a voter

Suburb of Cook County

The suburb of Cook County will also join Chicago and require proof of vaccination for such rooms.

The county ruling – which includes all suburbs except Evanston, Skokie, Oak Park, and Stickney – requires proof of vaccination for customers 5 years and older in indoor food or beverage locations, including bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, fitness facilities, and more . Everyone 16 and older must also show ID that matches their vaccination card.

Some of the suburbs not included in the order have chosen to mandate alongside the county. At the same time, some suburbs of Cook County that were included in the mandate choose not to implement it.

New rules come into effect in Evanston, Oak Park and Skokie on January 10th.

Meanwhile, the guides at Orland Park and Elk Grove Village have stated that they have no plans to enforce the requirement.

Here you have to show the vaccination card:

Indoor dining

Facilities in which food or drinks are served and are intended for consumption on site. This includes, but is not limited to, restaurants, bars, fast food outlets, cafes, tasting rooms, cafeterias, food courts, grocery store dining areas, breweries, wineries, distilleries, banquet halls, and hotel ballrooms

Indoor fitness

Fitness centers include facilities such as fitness studios, yoga studios, group fitness classes, recreation centers, and dance studios, among others.

Indoor entertainment and recreation places where food or drink is served

The entertainment venues include cinemas, concert halls, live theater and music rooms, sports arenas, bowling alleys and amusement arcades.

What about places that aren’t in the new guidelines?

Places not included in the requirement:

– Houses of Worship

-K-12 schools, preschools, and daycare centers

-Indoor locations in a residential or office building that are restricted to residents, owners or tenants of the building

– Charitable catering establishments such as soup kitchens


-Persons who enter a facility for less than 10 minutes to order and deliver food, make a delivery or use the toilets

-Persons who have previously received a medical exemption, provided that proof of the medical exemption and proof of a negative COVID test are presented to the company upon entry within the last 24 hours.

-A non-resident performer or a non-resident accompanying the artist who does not appear regularly in a store for which the order is for.

-A non-resident professional athlete or a non-resident accompanying person of the athlete who enters a covered place as part of their regular employment for the purpose of professional athletics or sports competition.

– An individual aged 18 or younger who enters a company to participate in a school activity or afternoon program offered by a K-12 public or private school.

-Any person who enters a company to vote in an election or to support or accompany a voter or to observe an election.

What is “fully vaccinated”?

The Chicago Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said the city’s definition of “fully vaccinated” is consistent with that of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“By fully vaccinated, I mean fully vaccinated as the CDC defined it: give off your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or your only dose of J&J for two weeks now,” Arwady said during a press conference last month.

Do you have a negative test?

Employees at such locations as bars, restaurants, and gyms must either be vaccinated or wear a mask and provide evidence of weekly negative COVID tests.

However, patrons do not have the option to deliver a negative test result and instead must be fully vaccinated while indoors, according to the latest announcement by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

How can you show a vaccination card?

  • COVID vaccination card
  • Photocopy of the vaccination card
  • Digital vaccination protocol or a printed log from your vaccine provider

According to the new guidelines, people aged 5 and over must also present a complete vaccination certificate, but all persons aged 16 and over must present an ID that corresponds to their vaccination certificate.

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Evidence of vaccination or COVID-19 negative test required for sports and arts events | MSU today Sat, 01 Jan 2022 20:27:54 +0000

Michigan State University will require proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test for on campus sports, music, arts, and theater events.

Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required from all participants aged 12 and over within 72 hours of the event. Participants who are unable to provide the required information will not be admitted to the venue.

Policy applies to ticketed events at the MSU Broad Art Museum, Wharton Center, Auditorium, and College of Music performances, such as concerts and recitals, held at the Fairchild Theater, Alumni Memorial Chapel, Cook Recital Hall, or Murray Hall the Hollander Hall. Theater, arts and music events will begin this policy on January 4th with the Cats performance at the Wharton Center and will last through the Spring Semester of 2022.

The policy also applies to men’s and women’s home basketball, hockey, wrestling, and gymnastics events. The first scheduled sporting event where the policy is in effect is the men’s basketball game against Nebraska on January 5th and will continue for the duration of the winter / indoor sporting events.

For events and all interior rooms of the MSU, the university’s obligation to wear an inner mask still applies.

In order to comply with the vaccination requirement, participants must present their COVID-19 vaccination card or a digital picture along with a photo ID that matches the name on the ID card. Students, lecturers and employees of the MSU can show their university ID as proof of compliance with the university’s vaccination requirements. Participants who cThose who do not provide proof of vaccination should bring photo ID and either a printout or photo of their negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the start of the event. People under the age of 17 accompanied by an adult do not need to present photo ID.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to have additional time for review and entry. No test options are available for event participants on site. Prior to arrival, guests should have their COVID-19 negative results completed and on hand.

For those who need help finding a COVID-19 testing site, please visit the state of Michigan Website.

In addition, the MSU Museum will be temporarily closed to the public until January 31. The museum collections remain accessible to researchers by appointment.

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The relaxed performance of Sleeping Beauty in De Montfort Hall was a dream Fri, 31 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +0000

According to my 15-year-old daughter Poppy, who was diagnosed with autism, the holiday season is more about pantomimes than presents.

When she found out she would go to the laid-back performance of Sleeping Beauty at De Montfort Hall after Christmas – Covid willing – it gave her something to look forward to after the big day.

There’s a lot more that venues need to be aware of in terms of safety, so we were delighted that the management of the entire performance felt very safe.

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We had our Covid Pass checks before entering the building and bag controls were straightforward upon entering. We picked up our tickets at the box office with no queues and although the venue was full the staff did an excellent job of navigating people around the building so as not to cause disruption.

On our way to our seats, we discovered a sensory toy table where Poppy had the opportunity to choose a free sensory toy which really helped her keep her busy during the performance.

Wendi Peters Sleeping Beauty

We made our way upstairs and were quickly served at the kiosk before taking our seats.

The whole atmosphere in the venue felt very relaxed as the staff showed us to our seats. We were pleased to find that the lights remained dimmed throughout the performance.

The show was easy to follow and my daughter got involved at appropriate times, mostly by booing the wicked fairy Carabosse, who was excellently characterized by Wendi Peters.

She loved all of the characters, but her favorites were Fairy Phoenix, played by Maddie Moate and Jarred the Jester, played by Jarred Christmas – she enjoyed screaming every time they took the stage.

Christmas in a glass

The volume was just right, and the music made Poppy dance to every tune in her seat, desperate to get up and dance and not have to be asked twice when the audience was asked to do just that in the second half.

Poppy’s favorites were the old classics – the ghost scene – she loved to join in when the audience shouted “behind you”! and 12 days of Christmas – especially if they have ‘5 toilet paper!’ had to scream.

The plot was well told and easy to understand for all ages. Matthew Pomeroy and Natasha Lamb were just perfect as Prince Pablo and Princess Rosa.

The scenery was wonderful and the lighting was amazing – we particularly liked the disco ball effect that lights up the ceiling.

Sleeping Beauty Dancers

The magic tricks were brilliant and really made the show stand out.

This pantomime has it all – fun, jokes, magic, brilliant songs and great dance performances. Congratulations to everyone involved – a great show in a really relaxed setting.

Sleeping Beauty is in De Montfort Hall until Monday, January 3rd.

Tickets £ 15.75 – £ 21

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Hyundai Venue series gets entry-level version at an affordable price Wed, 29 Dec 2021 14:06:50 +0000

Hyundai’s Venue SUV range in South Africa has been expanded to include a new entry-level derivative that will make this versatile and modern compact vehicle accessible to more buyers.

Since its launch in late 2019, the Venue has proven itself to be a hit with its bold design, compact size and spacious interior, and reliability that Hyundai is known for.

With the Venue 1.2 Motion (manual) at an introductory price of 259,900 R – 58,000 R less than the next variant in the range – and impressive standard equipment, this smallest SUV in the Hyundai range should even attract more customers.

“We have sold 9,500 venues since launch in South Africa – an excellent average of more than 400 per month and proof of the popularity of this model, especially when you consider the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the car market last year “Says Stanley Anderson, sales and operations manager for Hyundai Automotive South Africa.

“We have identified an opportunity to offer the naturally aspirated and manual transmission Venue 1.2 Motion for young beginners at a price that makes it a real value for money.”

The power unit of the new Venue variant is a 1.2-liter, 4-cylinder naturally aspirated engine, which is coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission to propel the car via the front wheels.

The design of the Venue shows compact but confident body shapes in a new interpretation of Hyundai’s characteristic design language. The side profile shows full-volume wheel arches and strong character lines, while the bold black cascade grille incorporates Hyundai’s signature pioneering face found on the other Hyundai SUVs.

The Venue 1.2 Motion (manual) comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels with styled covers. The venue’s fresh and youthful color palette offers a wide selection of Star Dust, Denim Blue, Typhoon Silver, Fiery Red, Polar White and Phantom Black.

Interior fittings and comfort functions

The inviting interior of the Venue offers intuitive controls and future-oriented design, an excellent use of the dimensions to create sufficient space for the driver as well as the front and rear passengers, and a suitably large luggage compartment that underlines the practical character of the car.

The interior and a comfortable cabin provide ample space for both urban commuters and travelers on a long journey. The SUV styling elements and the utility of the venue make it an ideal alternative to many small cars. The cargo space is provided with a cover for additional safety and can be conveniently stowed away when not in use.

The steering wheel has audio remote controls for the Bluetooth-enabled infotainment center with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity with smartphones. The 8-inch display of the infotainment center offers functions for intuitive operation of the most frequently used smartphone functions, including app-based navigation, audio streaming and voice-controlled search functions.

Consumers will appreciate convenience functions such as a reversing camera and sensors for Rear Park Assist, electric adjustment of the side mirrors, manual air conditioning and electric windows at the front and rear.


The Venue 1.2 Motion (manual) has 2 airbags – one each for the driver and front passenger, belt tensioner with force limiter, ISOFIX child seat attachment for the rear seats and an Advanced Braking System (ABS) for safe vehicle control in difficult road conditions

Drive and suspension

Fuel economy is an important consideration for customers buying an entry-level vehicle. The 4-cylinder engine of the Venue 1.2 Motion delivers 61 kW at its peak output of around 6,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 114 Nm at 4,200 rpm. The engine is coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission.

The suspension setup of the Venue offers a good compromise between passenger comfort and superior vehicle control. The suspension and steering offer a combination of control, balance, optimization and ground clearance to achieve usability and maneuverability with a small vehicle footprint.

McPherson struts with stabilizers and coil springs are used for the front suspension, while a coupled torsion beam axle with coil springs ensures comfort and safe road holding at the rear.


The suggested retail price for Venue 1.2 Motion of R259 900 (inc.VAT) includes:

  • 7 years / 200,000 km manufacturer warranty from Hyundai Automotive South Africa;
  • A maintenance plan for 3 years / 45,000 km; and

Roadside assistance for 7 years or 150,000 km.

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