Performance Venue – Whistle Stop Depot Wed, 29 Jun 2022 10:32:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Performance Venue – Whistle Stop Depot 32 32 Hyundai Venue N Line launch is imminent: what to expect? Wed, 29 Jun 2022 10:11:48 +0000

Hyundai Venue N Line would come in two flavors and offer better handling. It would also receive cosmetic updates to set it apart from the regular model.

Just this month we saw Hyundai roll out the 2022 facelift of its compact SUV Venue. With the update, the Venue got a new look and some more features inside. However, Hyundai doesn’t plan on stopping just yet as they plan to launch the N-Line avatar of the venue in the coming months. Prices for the 2022 Hyundai Venue start at Rs 7.53 lakh and go up to Rs 12.57 lakh. The N Line avatar could be north of Rs 11 lakh (all prices are ex showroom).

The N-Line recipe

Hyundai cars with the N-Line badge are geared for performance and the first N-Line vehicle we got in India was the i20 N-Line in September 2021. Just last month we also saw how the Creta N-Line appeared on the international market. While it may be a while before we get this vehicle, the launch of the Venue N Line is much closer. We believe the Venue N Line will be offered in two trim levels. The i20 N Line is available in N6 and N8 configurations and the same will most likely be the case for the Venue N Line. Of course, there could be single and two-tone options for both variants, giving customers even more choices.

Exterior changes to the Hyundai Venue N Line

As for the exterior changes, the car keeps the same overall design but could increase the amount of black finishes to make it look sportier. The N-Line badging would be visible on the grille, sides and tailgate. We also expect Hyundai to spray paint the lower part of the front bumper and the sides with a splash of red. Other changes would include a redesigned front bumper and a stylish dual-tipped exhaust.

Changes inside the Hyundai Venue N Line

On the inside, the cabin retains the same features and layout as the regular Venue, but comes with an all-black color scheme with red accents on the seats and certain parts of the door and dashboard. N-Line insignia will also appear on the inside. Apart from that, there will also be features of the regular Venue like the 8-inch infotainment system, connected car features, power driver seats and more.

Hyundai Venue N Line powertrain

Venue N Line comes only with the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 118 peak horsepower and 172 Nm peak torque. As for transmission options, the regular Venue is offered with either a 6-speed iMT or a 7-speed DCT. It looks like Hyundai will skip the iMT gearbox for the N-Line models and only offer it with a DCT. Just like the i20 N Line, the Venue N Line could be treated with a retuning of the suspension and steering to deliver more feel and feedback, which in turn makes it safer at higher speeds. The regular Venue only gets disc brakes up front, but the N Line would have disc brakes on all four wheels.

The Premier Convention and Trade Show for electrical contractors travels to Austin in October Mon, 27 Jun 2022 18:00:00 +0000

NECA 2022 Austin will feature a virtual option making each training session available to all registrants. Whether in person or virtually, all attendees will have access to on-demand content after the convention.

“All of us at NECA are incredibly excited to welcome the entire industry together to another memorable congress and exhibition,” said the CEO of NECA David Lang said. “NECA 2022 Austin is set to be the largest event in our association’s history, connecting attendees with more products and services, more education and more opportunities to meet with industry peers than ever before. This year is going beyond imagination, building anything to support the electrics and taking our contractors to unprecedented heights in a city we’ve never hosted before.”

Attractive speakers and networking

Attendees can hear directly from world-renowned speakers including retired US Army employee Sargent Travis Mills, Hall of Fame NFL running back Emmit Smithand 60 minutes Correspondent and former CBS evening news anchor Scott Pelley. The event will include an interactive opening reception in the famous Austin City Limits Live Concert Hall at the Moody Theatre. Finally, the convention concludes at the Palmer Events Center with Carly Pearce, 2022 Country Music Awards Singer of the Year.

Electrical apprentices light up the show

Apprentices, training managers and trainers are invited to take part in the NECA Apprentice Appreciation Day. We have planned a special program for trainees at all levels of electrical design. After the program, all participants visit the NECA Show free of charge.

Industry-leading training and exhibitors

NECA provides world-class, timely educational offerings with dynamic speakers and educators from around the world. Experience more than 300 exhibitors on the exhibition area, who make the NECA Show the leading event for electricity, light, energy and communication technology.

Visit for full details on NECA 2022 Austin, including a schedule and registration details.


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Britton Wilson, Shamier Little advance to World Championships in the 400m hurdles Sun, 26 Jun 2022 02:29:16 +0000

EUGEN – Training partners Britton Wilson and Shamier Little qualified second and third for Saturday’s World 400m hurdles championships at Hayward Field, while Sydney McLaughlin improved on her world record with the win.

Wilson improved her Arkansas school record to a 53.09 as a runner-up to a 53.75 she set while winning the SEC title. Wilson moves up to #10 on the US all-time list and is #3 on the all-dates-all-time college list.

Ahead of Wilson on the all-date college list are McLaughlin, with a college-record 52.75 in 2018, and UCLA’s Sheena Johnson (52.95) in 2004.

“I’m super happy and excited,” Wilson said. “I’m glad I did PR and I was so close to 52 seconds.”

Little, a volunteer assistant with the Razorbacks, posted a season-best 53.92 to become their second world team. McLaughlin, the world record holder in 51.46 from the Tokyo Olympics, won the race in 51.41.

All three will return to Eugene and Hayward Field for the World Championships, which take place July 15-24.

“Shamier was a great mentor and a great friend,” said Wilson. “I’m just so happy that I made it to the World Championships with her. I knew it would be the two of us and I’m just so happy with the result.”

Little added, “I’m just so grateful and excited to have made this team. I look forward to coming back and having more success in this place. My first reaction was to see where I finished. Place counted as long as I finished in the top three. I knew the time would come with the effort.

“It is very special to go to the World Championships with Britton. This is my baby, I’m so happy for her. Having her as a training partner, seeing her make this team and everything she’s achieved this season has really inspired me. I look forward to seeing her on this journey.”

At the start of the meet, Arkansas graduate Kiara Parker competed in the 200m and placed fifth and 14th in her run with a time of 11:00 p.mth move into the semi-finals on time.

The 1,500m final featured current razorback Lauren Gregory and Arkansas graduate Nikki Hiltz. graduation 10th and 11th In the race, Hiltz clocked 4:10.97 while Gregory clocked 4:12.04.

Heidi Nielson, who rode in the 3,000m final of the USATF U20 Championships, finished third with a time of 9:52.98 while temperatures in Eugene hit 91 degrees. Half of the Hayward Field track was shaded during the race.

Nielson has already qualified for the U20 World Championships with a silver medal performance in the 5,000m. There may be an opportunity for them to attend both events in Cali, Colombia.

Shafiqua Maloney, who competed at the Jamaica Championships, ran 52.29 in the 400 meter heats.

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US swimmer Anita Alvarez saved by coach Andrea Fuentes at World Championships Thu, 23 Jun 2022 18:20:23 +0000
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Two-time Olympic swimmer Anita Alvarez passed out and sank to the bottom of the pool during the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest on Wednesday. Her Team USA coach, Andrea Fuentes, dove to save her, lifting her limp body and tumbling her back to the surface.

A series of photos captured the dramatic rescue. One image shows Fuentes fully clothed reaching underwater while attempting to grab the unconscious swimmer. Another shows the couple entwined while Fuentes leads them both to catch their breath.

Alvarez received urgent medical attention after the rescue.

After the incident, Fuentes accused the lifeguards at the venue of not acting quickly enough given the danger.

“It was a big shock,” Fuentes told Spanish newspaper Marca. “I had to step in because the lifeguards wouldn’t.”

Alvarez was participating in the women’s free solo final when she stopped breathing, prompting major concern from her teammates and viewers at the venue and on social media.

In an Instagram update on Wednesday, the official US artistic swimming account shared a statement from Fuentes, who said Alvarez had been thoroughly evaluated by doctors and was recovering. Thanking people for their well wishes, she said the athlete is “feeling fine now.”

“Everything is fine,” she wrote, before highlighting the risk swimmers, like other athletes, face in their performances.

“We’ve all seen images where some athletes don’t make it to the finish line and others help them get there. Our sport is no different than any other, just in a pool,” she said. “We cross borders and sometimes we find them.”

Alvarez, from Tonawanda, NY, started swimming artistically, better known as synchronized swimming, at the age of 5 until 2017. She is now considered a seasoned veteran and a member of Team USA competing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games and Tokyo Games 2020, postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic.

Wednesday marked the second time Alvarez, 25, passed out while swimming. It’s also the second time Fuentes steps in to save her.

Last year in Barcelona, ​​the swimmer passed out during an Olympics qualifying competition, prompting her coach to dive in and pull her out of the water. It remains unclear what caused Alvarez’s collapse, but the sport often requires swimmers to hold their breath.

“Accelerated swimmers only catch their breath occasionally and need clean air when they have a chance to breathe,” according to the team’s official website.

US artistic swimmers, separated and out of the pool, are still trying to stay in sync

During the coronavirus pandemic, athletes around the world have been forced to find alternative methods of training, including the US artistic swimming team, who have been forced to train alone and at times stand on their heads in their bedrooms – to perfect their leg movements – themselves when this was the case nationwide in swimming pools closed.

Fuentes told the Washington Post that the team was turning to virtual group training sessions, which were sometimes joined by other international swimmers. Alvarez, she said, taught the group a TikTok dance.

It is still unclear whether Alvarez will take part in the team event on Friday. Doctors are scheduled to examine her on Thursday.

]]> Caesars Sportsbook at Chase Field now open with Guy Fieri’s DTPHX Kitchen + Bar Tue, 21 Jun 2022 21:50:00 +0000

An opening event took place June 21st with remarks from Caesars and D-Backs representatives, a first bite sample of menu items and ceremonial first bets, and a donation of $20,000 from Caesars to the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation.

“We are very proud to be Caesars Sportsbook and Guy Fieris Kitchen + Bar to Chase Field and Downtown Phoenix,” said Eric Hess, Co-President of Caesars Digital. “This destination offers sports bettors and non-sports bettors, locals and visitors alike, an experience they can’t find anywhere else. Thank you to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Guy Fieri to make that possible.”

“What an incredible day for our fans, sports enthusiasts, guests and especially our organization,” said President and CEO of D-backs Derrick Hall. “We are proud to partner with Caesars Entertainment and Guy Fierito bring world-class sports betting, dining and event space downtown year-round Phoenix. Everything about this dynamic venue, from the food to the design to the service, has been carefully planned to provide guests with an unparalleled experience.”

Bloc9 Architecture acted as architect for the project in collaboration with Borisoff Design Studio, while The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company acted as general contractor to create a venue that conveys the Caesars Sportsbook brand in a modern way through a vibrant and contemporary space designed for suitable for a Caesar.

The opening of Guy Fieris DTPHX Kitchen + Bar at Caesars Sportsbook is the celebrity chef’s first-ever full-service restaurant in Arizona. Designed in partnership with Fieri and directed locally by Executive Chef Kayla LasaskoWith experience from The Barking Bodega, Desert Diamond Casino and the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa, Guy Fieri’s DTPHX Kitchen + Bar offers freshly prepared food, signature and classic cocktails and an extensive beer and wine list. The menu also features a combination of new recipes and Fieri’s personal favorites from his other restaurants, including the world-famous Trash Can Nachos ($20) and award-winning Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheeseburger ($18). Other highlights of the menu are:

  • Jalapeno Pig Poppers: Jalapenos stuffed with andouille and cheese, wrapped in maple bacon and then smoked and glazed with bourbon brown sugar barbecue sauce ($18)
  • Real Deal Dilly Wings: a dozen wings with dill pickle salt, garlic butter, and buttermilk ranch ($16)
  • Morgan’s Veggie Burger: Scratch made with donkey sauce, pickles, onions, lettuce, tomato and crunchy onions on a whole wheat bun ($16)
  • Motley Que Pulled Pork: Pulled pork shoulder in Guy’s Bourbon sauce with brown sugar, stacked with citrus salad, cucumber chips, aged cheddar cheese, onion straw and donkey sauce on a toasted pretzel hoagie ($17)
  • Blackened Salmon: Pan-fried salmon with blackened “dirty” fried rice, charred asparagus, and garlic-lime butter ($28)
  • Cheesecake Challenge: Half a New York-style marble cheesecake topped with potato chips, pretzels, and hot fudge ($24)

“I’ve worked with the Caesars team for almost a decade, opening restaurants together across the country. They are the best of the best,” he said Fiery. “The idea of ​​bringing this next-level restaurant concept to market Arizona, a place where I’ve featured more than 30 restaurants through “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” over the years, was a no-brainer for me. Thank you to the D-Backs and Caesars for making it possible.”

Caesars Sportsbook is now open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 11 p.mon Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 a.mon Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 a.mand on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m Guy Fieris DTPHX Kitchen + Bar is open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m and on Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m for gastronomy and up 1 O ‘clock both nights for beverage service. The venue will also be open on non-D-backs days and will have extended hours during football season.

The Caesars Sportsbook app integrates mobile sports betting with Caesars’ industry-leading loyalty program, Caesars Rewards. Every wager placed on the mobile app rewards the bettor with Tier Credits and Reward Credits which can be used to unlock unbeatable experiences across the Caesars portfolio of properties and partnerships, including access to VIP experiences with the D-Backs at Chase Field or in the heart of the famous Las Vegas Strip.

Eligible Sports Fans in Arizona You can download the Caesars Sportsbook app, register and deposit funds to take advantage of a special sign-up offer for first-time users:

  • Insure your first bet for up to $1,500
    • Sign up, deposit and place your first bet
    • If this first bet is not a winner, you will receive a free bet equal to your first stake up to $1,500

Caesars is an official sportsbook partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, an authorized Major League Baseball game provider, and has partnerships with the NFL, NBA, NHL and several individual teams.

To get refreshing real-time industry updates and join the empire of like-minded Caesars, players can connect with Caesars Sportsbook on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @CaesarsSports. For more information, visit or @GuysDTPHX on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR) is the largest casino entertainment company in the United States and one of the most diversified casino entertainment providers in the world. Since its founding in 1937 in Reno, NV, Caesars Entertainment, Inc. has grown through the development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions. Caesars Entertainment, Inc.’s resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah’s®, Horseshoe® and Eldorado® brand names. Caesars Entertainment, Inc. offers diversified gaming, entertainment and hospitality facilities, unique destinations and a full range of mobile and online gaming and sports betting experiences. Associated with its industry-leading loyalty program, Caesars Rewards, the company is focused on creating value with its guests through a unique combination of impeccable service, operational excellence and technology leadership. Caesars is committed to its employees, suppliers, communities and the environment through its PEOPLE PLANET PLAY framework. Know when to stop before you start® Problem Gambling? Call 1-800-522-4700. For more information, visit

About Arizona Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks provide industry-leading entertainment in a clean, safe, family-friendly environment and make a positive impact on their fans and associates. Their mission is guided by the Circle of Success: team performance, fan experience, financial efficiency, workplace culture and community contribution. The highlight on the D-Backs’ court was their 2001 World Series title, the only championship among the 4 big Valley teams. Since its inception in 1997, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has donated $75 million in charitable donations to the Arizona community, more than the state’s other professional sports teams combined. The club, founded in 1995 and whose inaugural season was 1998, plays its home games in the city centre Phoenix at Chase Field, the first major league stadium in The United States to offer a pool and a retractable roof over a natural grass (now artificial) grass playing surface. For more information, visit or follow @Dbacks and @LosDbacks on social media.

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Massive New Jersey country beach festival defies noise issues and storm evacuation Sat, 18 Jun 2022 13:44:00 +0000

As with any good mullet, Friday night’s party took place on Wildwood Beach.

As Eric Church began his headlining set and wrapped up day two of Barefoot Country Music Fest’s sprawling multi-stage jamboree on the Jersey Shore sands, fans began to bitch.

The sound was muffled; nowhere near loud enough for the people in the main admissions department, behind the VIP fenced area, but in front of the second row of speakers, which blared out the North Carolina singer’s hits to the rest of the crowd totaling nearly 30,000.

“Turn it up, turn it up!” fans sang between songs, and many stomped off in disgust because Church’s chanting wasn’t much louder than the “Pass the tram, please!” alert back on the promenade. But those who retreated into the crowd found that the tone was much sharper farther away. The only problem then was that they couldn’t actually see the Miller Lite Main Stage and were forced to watch video screens that showed the pseudo-lawless church in grayscale for most of the night. I still have no idea what color his shirt was.

Fans watch Eric Church perform on day two of Barefoot Country Music Fest in Wildwood on Friday June 17, 2022. Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for

As with all great concerts, what the performer hears on stage is very different from what the audience hears, so Church had no idea as he made his way through his 90+ minute rocking jams like “Creepin'” and “Stick that in tormented Your Country Song, as well as his party songs Drink in My Hand and Smoke a Little Smoke. The set ended appropriately with Church’s biggest hit, a song called “Springsteen” as the fans sang along, helped by the distant screams of the roller coaster riders on Morey’s Pier.

After Barefoot’s maiden voyage in Wildwood last year was beset by storms and standing water that turned the sand between Morey’s and Adventure Piers into a giant gray puddle, uncooperative weather once again disrupted Friday’s all-day music program. After a muggy afternoon, which saw scores of fans dressed in overalls and rhinestones stuck on (the day’s theme was ‘Denim and Diamonds’), the skies opened up and nearby lightning forced an evacuation from the festival site.

The second day of the Barefoot Country Music Fest in Wildwood, June 17, 2022

People evacuate the Barefoot Country Music Fest venue on the beach in Wildwood due to the threat of severe thunderstorms, Friday, June 17, 2022. Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for

Luckily, the storm passed within an hour, pushing only one main stage act, Georgia emo-rap/country hybrid Kidd G, onto the second stage later that night. With the festival continuing on Saturday and Sunday, the forecast looks brighter.

But rain or shine, this festival needs to find a better way to get its paying customers through the gate. Perhaps it was the earlier evacuation, but by around 8 p.m., the line of attendees stretched three blocks down the boardwalk before fans were pushed into an endless, snaking line on the beach itself. From the end of the line to the security checkpoint, it took a full 90 minutes — enough time to devour a Kohr Bros. vanilla-orange hat, scoop up a cup of Polish popsicles, snag an “I Love Dad Bods” t-shirt ( one of the tamer options) and maybe even take a monster truck ride in the sand. Wildwood is a magical place.

Just before Church, Tennessee star Dustin Lynch took the main stage with an hour-long set in full party mode – his latest single, literally called “Party Mode,” sure didn’t hurt. From a down-to-earth stage decorated with a lawn chair, a plastic cooler and a camp lantern, Lynch declared “New Jersey parties are tougher than anywhere else” — oh Dustin, you say that to everyone — and singled out a fan who would Tuck a Bud Light wore a beer helmet and a beer helmet. Later, a member of Lynch’s five-piece band helped him hand out plastic cups of tequila and sombreros to some female fans in the front row. As the sun went down, casting a beautiful peachy sky backstage, fans sang to his hits “Seein’ Red,” “Thinking ‘Bout You,” and a radiant cover of George Strait’s “All My Exes Live in Texas.”

The second day of the Barefoot Country Music Fest in Wildwood, June 17, 2022

Dustin Lynch performs on day two of the Barefoot Country Music Fest in Wildwood on Friday June 17, 2022. Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for

Before Lynch, hair metal icon (and recovering VH1 reality TV star) Bret Michaels led his own high-octane 60-minute performance. Though he’s not exactly a country singer, Michaels played the role and donned a stars-and-stripes cowboy hat while pacing between the country-rock covers “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Your Mama Don’t Dance” and the Poison -Hits “Talk Dirty To Switched Back And Forth I” and “Nothing But A Good Time”.

“I’m here to celebrate and celebrate with our friends,” said Michaels, who was brimming with energy (and touting Poison’s upcoming participation in a Philadelphia stadium date with Motley Crue). The set ended, predictably, with “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” which featured Michaels strumming an acoustic guitar.

The second day of the Barefoot Country Music Fest in Wildwood, June 17, 2022

Bret Michaels performs on day two of the Barefoot Country Music Fest in Wildwood on Friday June 17th, 2022. Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for

Earlier in the afternoon, newcomer Brittney Spencer turned around in a sharp 30 Minutes and remarked on how she’s “making (her) own kind of country.” That meant pop and R&B influences, as she nailed her poignant single “Sober and Skinny,” as well as cool covers of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” and Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Were Made for Walkin’.” Spencer said she’s always asked how she, a woman from Baltimore, got into this genre.

“I say, ‘Have you been to the Northeast? Because I see a lot of country fans here.”

The second day of the Barefoot Country Music Fest in Wildwood, June 17, 2022

Brittney Spencer performs on day two of the Barefoot Country Music Fest in Wildwood on Friday June 17th, 2022. Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for

Barefoot Country Music Fest takes place on Saturday, with pop-country hitmakers Florida Georgia Line headlining the all-day line-up. Georgia star Jason Aldean leads Sunday’s bill. And the festival is already booked for June 2023, when a new Garden State tradition will emerge.

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Crewe town center is being set up for a new live music venue and bar Thu, 16 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000

A new bar and venue is being created in Crewe as the Market Hall seeks to ‘expand’ its live music programme. Market Asset Management (MAM), which operates the market hall, confirmed Crewe Central would open in the outdoor market shed.

The new venue would bring more live music to the city center and ‘compliment’ the upcoming development of Lyceum Square. The bar is run by Crewe Dog, who opened their first premises in the market hall when the building reopened last year.

Hayden Ferriby, Commercial Director of Market Asset Management, said: “The market has established itself as an exciting, vibrant place to shop, eat and drink, where people enjoy quality live entertainment and the delicious offerings of our outstanding independent and innovative company dealer.

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“Market Asset Management is therefore delighted to confirm that we will be expanding our live music program to the external areas of the market with the launch of Crewe Central, with Crewe Dog’s second bar anchoring the venue. It will be a fantastic venue in the covered shed behind the Market Hall, complementing the Lyceum Square developments.”

The covered market reopened in May 2021 after a £3million refurbishment. This came after a spike in vacancies and a drop in visitor numbers at the historic site, which began life as the Cheese Hall in 1854.

A new live music venue and bar will be set up in Crewe’s outdoor market shed

It has been relaunched with the aim of becoming a new community center and live entertainment venue. According to MAM, it has brought 16 times more people to this part of the city than under its old guise. The venue is now home to 12 independent traders and reportedly receives “thousands” of visitors every week.

The Market Hall was also a finalist for Ambassador of the Year at the annual South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Awards. The new Crewe Central venue will help the Market Hall accommodate ‘louder’ live acts. Two performances were canceled over the weekend after visitors complained about the volume of the music.

Live music events are regularly held at Crewe Market Hall
Live music events are regularly held at Crewe Market Hall

Hayden replied: “We remain committed to a live music program and family entertainment at the Market Hall.

“Some last minute changes were made this weekend but the bands are receiving the agreed fee and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

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]]> Former Broadway actor takes on the role of art director for Mamma Mia! Tue, 14 Jun 2022 12:20:27 +0000

By Andy Nixon, STN reporter

Former Broadway actor Dan Cooney takes the helm as art director for the production of Mamma Mia! at Dexter. The curtain rises this Thursday, June 17th, and runs through July 17th for a total of 25 performances.

On a recent tour of The Encore, I had a chance to sit down with Dan and talk about the differences in being an actor on Mamma Mia! vs. taking the reins as art director at the local theater level. He mentions, “It was spectacular to watch Monica create this production with her own perspective and vision,” adding, “She is extremely talented and did a phenomenal job of putting her own stamp on this show, which reflects the… space that we have here at The Encore. ”

Dan continued, “When you perform at Broadway House, you have 1,500 seats in the theater, but with our local production, Monica was able to tailor our performance to a more intimate venue, which in itself was a huge undertaking.” He adds, “That Encore seats a few hundred, so the audience can be much more involved in the story compared to a larger venue.”

This upcoming production of Mamma Mia! is being directed by another Broadway actor, Monica Kapoor, who spent time with Dan in the same performance company in 2012. This is the second year for The Encore Musical Theater Company at their new location on Ann Arbor Street in Dexter. Dan notes, “We look forward to seeing this production unfold at our venue and bring this performance to a local venue.”

For The Encore Theatre, this production was a monumental undertaking, with 24 professional actors and a larger orchestra curating the music behind the production. Theater continues to bring professional directors and actors from well-known places like New York City to perform here in Dexter. This will be the biggest show to date in its current space. During Covid the theater ran a few smaller productions with five to ten actors, including some outside productions.

Don’t miss this blockbuster summer production sponsored by Joann Socha. Performances are held at the MAAS Performance Space and take place Thursday through Sunday, with two shows on Saturday. Music and lyrics by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus along with songs by Stig Anderson.

For questions, more information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call (734) 268-6200.

MLSE’s Future of Sport Lab aims to advance Canada’s sports technology industry with the latest addition Fri, 10 Jun 2022 11:57:39 +0000
  • FSL was launched in 2018 and offers mentoring and resources
  • Graduates have raised $30 million in grants to date

The Future of Sport Lab (FSL) has enrolled eight Canadian sportstech startups in its incubator program, offering early-stage companies the opportunity to partner with Toronto Metropolitan University and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE).

Launched in 2018, the program offers participants mentoring, resources and opportunities to develop their technology and scale their business. Graduates have raised more than $30 million in funding and formed significant partnerships in the sports business.

This newest cohort includes startups working across multiple areas of the esports industry, including performance, fan engagement and event experiences.

“Canada has such a passionate and innovative sportstech community. We look forward to working with these eight dynamic Canadian startups from across the country and connecting them to the FSL network of sports leaders,” said Cheri Bradish, Founder and Executive Director of FSL at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto Metropolitan University .

On the player side, the inclusion includes Drive Hockey Analytics, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and wearable puck tracking technology to improve hockey performance, while TiptapSPORTS is a touchless payment system for venues and DIBZ’s technology enhances the game day fan experience through text messaging . is a platform that allows users to book packages that combine travel, accommodation and tickets, while Innerlogic develops software that enables sports organizations to measure their workplace culture at all levels. Classlete, and Vic Park Analytics focus on content, participation and engagement.

“We are very excited to welcome a dynamic group of entrepreneurs to the MLSE ecosystem through the Future of Sport Lab,” said Sumit Arora, vice president of strategy and analytics at MLSE, which owns several Canadian sports franchises and venues, including the eponymous Toronto Maple leaves in the National Hockey League (NHL).

“The incubator offers early-stage companies an unprecedented opportunity to access our organization, venues, professional sports teams and MLSE Digital Labs for opportunities for mentoring, leadership and collaboration. We’re excited to see what they have in store this year.”

Eight men stand trial for stealing Banksy from Paris attack site Art and Culture News Wed, 08 Jun 2022 13:54:22 +0000

Seven French defendants and one Italian are on trial for stealing a Banksy artwork from a site of the 2015 attacks.

Eight men were put on trial in Paris on Wednesday accused of stealing a Banksy artwork painted on the door of the Bataclan concert hall to honor 90 people killed in the 2015 attacks on the city .

The seven French defendants and one Italian are suspected of removing the metal door from the building before dawn in January 2019 and transporting it to Italy.

It was adorned with the anonymous British street artist’s stencil of a sad young woman in 2018, giving it an estimated value of up to one million euros ($1.1 million).

A white van with covered number plates was stopped in an alley next to the Bataclan in central Paris on January 26, 2019.

Many concert-goers fled down the same alley as the Bataclan became the focus of France’s worst attacks since World War II – in November 2015, when militants from the armed group ISIL (ISIS) killed 130 people in a number of locations across the capital.

Three of the accused, in their 30s, confessed to the theft when arrested, although two said they were simply carrying out orders from a man who was not present when the door was removed, Mehdi Meftah.

Meftah, 41, who founded a luxury brand of 18-karat gold bullion T-shirts after claiming to have won €7.5 million ($8 million) in the lottery, told police that his Friend Kevin G, who was also on trial, presented the Banksy to him unannounced.

This version has been confirmed by Kevin G, one of the three believed to have removed the door but disputed by the other two.

Four other defendants, aged between 31 and 58, are charged with transporting the stolen artworks.

“Meticulously Prepared”

On the morning of the robbery, three masked men got out of the van, cut the hinges with angle grinders powered by a generator and left within 10 minutes in what an investigating judge described as a “meticulously prepared” raid.

A break-in into a generator and angle grinder from a hardware store in the south-eastern French region of Isere 12 days ago put police on the trail of three of the suspects who were recorded talking about the art theft when their phones were tapped.

Telephone records showed the men were in Paris on the night of the robbery.

Investigators pieced together the door’s route through France and into Italy, where it was found in June 2020 at a farm in Sant’Omero, near the Adriatic coast.

“The symbolism [of the theft] is what it is and nobody is trying to downplay it,” said Margaux Durand-Poincloux, one of the defenders. “But in my client’s case, it remains a grand larceny where he didn’t specify the target.”

In a separate court case, the city’s operator of the concert hall is fighting the return of the Banksy-adorned door to the building’s owners.

Works by the street artist, which often carry a political message, have fetched millions of dollars at auction.

The sole surviving attacker, Salah Abdeslam, faces a life sentence in a marathon trial that opened in Paris last September. Prosecutors will present final arguments and motions for conviction this week.