Nightclub city – Tup Tup Mon, 01 Aug 2022 13:53:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nightclub city – Tup Tup 32 32 NYC workers wait 90 minutes in line for a modern Cava lunch Mon, 01 Aug 2022 12:23:20 +0000

The midtown lunch rush is back.

On a hot summer day in midtown Manhattan, where no one is supposed to be working, a fashionable crowd lined the sidewalk outside Cava’s fast-paced Mediterranean restaurant.

The Greek-inspired chain’s Broadway and 38th Street location was jokingly hailed as ‘the hardest club to get into in all of Manhattan’, in a now-ubiquitous TikTok ad posted by a Big Apple influencer . Embedded tweet.

Do you remember the epidemic? Do you remember when Midtown restaurants were in full swing? Tell that to the modern lunch attendants who wait up to 90 minutes in a booth outside the door for them Lemon chicken dishes.

“I queued for an hour and a half to get food here. It’s good and healthy,” Kathleen Meszkiewicz, 25, told The Post, sweating in the glorious sunshine.

Cava on Broadway has been called “the hardest club to get into in all of Manhattan” due to its notoriously long lunch streaks.
Robert Miller

Cava was first launched in 2010 in Rockville, Maryland. The brand is now popular in the Washington, DC area. Lately, however, newly opened branches in Manhattan have become something of Chipotle’s post-pandemic response, or their various $20 hash salad joints.

In the TikTok clip, which has garnered more than 1.1 million views, a crowd of subsistence seekers sacrifice their hour-long lunch breaks while waiting to get their hands on $13 worth of veggies, protein and a mix of cereals.

DIY Cava dishes are so popular, with options like falafels, spicy lamb meatballs and grilled vegetables, as well as a range of delicious dips, that those hoping to grab lunch at the restaurant chain fast often try to beat the pre-order rush. Via the Cava app or the website. Miszkiewicz, who was ordered to carry on with his colleagues, found these efforts thwarted.

Fans of Greek-inspired cuisine say they don't mind the long lines, as the restaurant offers a healthy, inexpensive alternative to greasy hot dogs and downtown pizzerias.
Fans of Greek-inspired cuisine say they don’t mind the long lines, as the restaurant offers a healthy, inexpensive alternative to greasy hot dogs and Midtown pizzerias.
Robert Miller

We pre-ordered our food [online] 11:30 a.m. for 12 p.m. pickup now 12:30 a.m. and still pending. “It’s boring, but the food is worth it.”

One restaurant’s puzzling popularity argues for a restaurant back in town at lunchtime, which saw steep declines in 2020 and 2021 when most of the workforce was working (and eating). ) at home.

But Broadway Cava general manager Yasmere Mercedes said her store has seen a boom in sponsorships since becoming more commercial. They are required to return to their offices several times on a mixed schedule, at the beginning of this year.

“It’s been really great to see how the business has grown since the pandemic,” Mercedes, 21, told The Post as customers rushed to the door. “We’re actually making more money now than before the pandemic.”

Other locations, such as Cava at 42nd Street near Bryant Park and the one on Madison Avenue at 40th Street, also draw crowds of midday customers.

As nine-to-five-year-olds continue to adjust to their real-life working lives, many are using every minute of their lives on vacation afternoons to eat, drink and maybe even have a romance. .

“I wish,” Emily Seitz and Jill Folger, both 26, said when asked if they’d ever flirted with a society hottie on their nightclub-style kava line.

Customers line up on the street at Cava, Broadway and 38, New York.
Extreme summer temperatures haven’t dampened enthusiasm for the Kava branch on Broadway and 38th Street in the Garment District.
Robert Miller

Best business friends, who pre-ordered their orders, waited 15 minutes as part of the pick-up crowd.

However, most of them seem content to just walk in and score goodnight no.

“The line is always too long,” Manny, 35, who works in construction and asked that his last name not be used, told the Post. In the past, she’d waited over 45 minutes for her usual bowl of habanero chicken, having only 15 minutes left for food.

In such cases, Manny said with a laugh, “I’m back in my office and eating fast food.

Similarly, software pro David Carmichael, 29, told The Post that he usually doesn’t mind letting the minutes go by while he waits for a bowl of falafel and feta.

The restaurant's general manager said his site is making more money now than it did before the nationwide COVID-19 outbreak.
The restaurant’s general manager said his site is making more money now than it did before the nationwide COVID-19 outbreak.
Robert Miller

But even that has its limits. “Every time I see the queue outside the door, I walk away,” he said.

Such was the case with 33-year-old Lauren Vass and her colleagues, who took a look at their extensive range of kava and immediately opted to eat elsewhere.

“It’s long and we have to go back [to work]Fes was groaning, working as a wholesaler for women living downtown.

Others were also deterred by the Cava crowds.

Despite the common club-like streak, most regular customers admitted that they didn't mingle or emotionally mingle with other people in the business while waiting.
Despite the common club-like streak, most regular customers admitted that they didn’t mingle or emotionally mingle with other people in the business while waiting.
Robert Miller

“I’m not a queuing person,” said Megan Neville, 37, who stopped by with fellow model Margaret Derby, 30.

“It’s good food,” Derby said. But the TikTok nightclub [aspect] not mine “.

]]> DJ Snake and Tiesto will play in Atlantic City to save Lucy the elephant Sun, 31 Jul 2022 13:35:10 +0000

HQ2 Nightclub and HQ2 Nightclub – home to the East Coast’s largest outdoor pool party – welcomes a star-studded lineup of international DJs to the original US resort for the first-ever Lucy Weekend The Elephant.

From August 5 to August 8, fans will be treated to performances by global stars such as DJ Snake, Tiesto, Dombresky, Kim Lee, Fergie and Markus Schulz. All will come together in the name of supporting the restoration of Lucy The Elephant, America’s oldest and most beloved roadside attraction.

Lucy the Elephant was built by the developer, James Lafferty, in 1881 as a gimmick to attract buyers to his landholdings along the coast of South Atlantic City (now Margate). Eventually, a popular hotel was built near Lucy. Presidents and royalty have traveled from all over the world to stay at the nearby Elephant Hotel and climb the stairs of Lucy’s howdah.

Throughout her history, Lucy has survived hurricanes, ocean floods, and even a fire. However, in the 1960s, it became apparent that there was one disaster that Lucy could not overcome: neglect. By then, the once proud jewel of the South Jersey Shore had become an almost hopeless miserable wreck.

In 1970, Lucy was sold to the Save Lucy Committee for $1 because the land she was on was intended for condo construction. Lucy was moved to her current location and restoration began. 52 years later and standing by the ocean, the elements have taken their toll on Lucy.

Lucy is now in the final stages of a $2 million exterior restoration project. To date, over $1.5 million has been raised. To help raise these additional funds and bring more attention to Lucy, The Ocean Casino Resort and HQ2 Nightclub/Dayclub decided to launch Lucy The Elephant Weekend with a portion of the proceeds going to the project.

“The Save Lucy Committee couldn’t be more thrilled that Atlantic City’s NEWEST Casino and America’s OLDEST Roadside Attraction have partnered to benefit the major restoration project underway at Lucy the Elephant,” said Richard. Helfant, executive director and CEO of the nonprofit organization. organization. “Elephants have always been a symbol of good luck and we hope Lucy brings luck and good fortune to all who attend this exciting weekend at HQ Nightclub/Beachclub and Ocean Casino Resort. We are extremely grateful to the staff and the management of Ocean Casino Resorts and Lou B Industries for bringing together these two iconic symbols of Atlantic City.

Friday, August 5 – Nightclub – Kim Lee
Saturday August 6 – Beachclub – DJ Snake
Saturday August 6 – Discotheque – Dombresky
Sunday August 7- Beachclub – Tiësto
Sunday August 7 – Nightclub – Fergie
Monday August 8 – Discotheque – Markus Schulz

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TCM Film Festival returns to Hollywood with Spielberg, more Tue, 19 Apr 2022 07:22:25 +0000

FILE - Steven Spielberg appears at the 94th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Los Angeles on March 7, 2022. The TCM Film Festival returns to Hollywood this week, kicking off Thursday with help from Spielberg, who will be on hand to celebrate the 40th anniversary of

FILE – Steven Spielberg appears at the 94th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Los Angeles on March 7, 2022. The TCM Film Festival returns to Hollywood this week, kicking off Thursday with help from Spielberg, who will be on hand to celebrate the 40th anniversary of ” AND the extra-terrestrial”. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, file)

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Fans of classic films know the importance of a grand entrance, and the folks at Turner Classic Movies are pulling out all the stops for the return of the TCM Classic Film Festival to Hollywood this week.

After two years of virtual editions due to the pandemic, the festival kicks off Thursday with the help of Steven Spielberg, who will be on hand to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “ET The Extra-Terrestrial.” He and stars Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace and Robert MacNaughton will gather at the TCL Chinese Theater for a chat with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz ahead of the new IMAX restoration of 1982 movie screens.

This is Spielberg’s first time at the festival. He will also make an appearance to showcase a 4K restoration of George Stevens’ “Giant,” starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean.

“ET” isn’t the only 40-year-old reunion on the slate. Kevin Bacon, Tim Daly, Steve Guttenberg and Paul Reiser reunite for a discussion and screening of Barry Levinson’s “Diner.” And Aileen Quinn joins Alicia Malone to talk about the lead role in John Huston’s “Annie.”

The festival will celebrate talents like Bruce Dern, 85, ‘Carrie’ star Piper Laurie, ‘The Hustler’, ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Children of a Lesser God’ and Floyd Norman, now 90 . , the 86-year-old animator who’s been in everything from ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘The Jungle Book’ to ‘Toy Story 2’. The cast of ‘Cooley High’ and ‘A League of Their Own’ will be on hand to discuss their movies and Lily Tomlin will also cement her Hollywood legacy with a hand and footprint ceremony outside the TCL Chinese Theater .

“It’s a proverbial embarrassment of wealth,” said Pola Chagnon, chief executive of TCM. “Bringing people together in these places is so special.”

Chagnon and the others behind the festival are “giddy” to finally be able to reunite again at historic venues along Hollywood Boulevard, from the Chinese Theater to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Both venues have been the scene of Academy Award ceremonies and are within walking distance of the Dolby Theatre, the current home of the Academy Awards. Red lipstick and fedoras aren’t necessary, but many attendees like to take the opportunity to dress up and pay homage to Hollywood’s Golden Age fashions for screenings of films and animated lectures.

In addition to screenings of well-known standards like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Tootsie,” “Spartacus,” and “Paper Moon,” the program also features “dark gems” that aren’t widely available.

“Our fans have eclectic tastes,” Chagnon said. “Some people want to see things they’ve seen before. Some want to see things they’ve never seen. They want the discoveries.

One such find is the 1945 romantic comedy “The French Way,” starring Josephine Baker as a nightclub owner during World War II in France, which has never been shown before. Los Angeles. Another is a new digital copy of “The Pajama Game,” which has been tied to rights issues for years, and also coincides with what would have been Doris Day’s 100th anniversary year.

“I’m thrilled that people are going to find out things,” said Charlie Tabesh, head of programming.

He is particularly looking forward to the screening of Herbert Ross’ “The Last of Sheila,” a 1973 cult thriller written by Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim and starring James Coburn, Dyan Cannon and Richard Benjamin.

The festival will once again be headquartered in Hollywood Roosevelt, which since its opening in 1927 has housed Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin and Montgomery Clift and played supporting roles in films like “Almost Famous” and “Catch Me If You.” Can.” At the festival, it will serve as the seat, with panel discussions featuring honorees like Dern and Laurie and poolside screenings of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Soylent Green” and “Blue Hawaii.” t is also the venue for the closing party on Sunday.

They will also have midnight screenings of “Miracle Mile” and “Polyester” and a live reading of “I Married a Monster From Outer Space” with David Koechner and Laraine Newman playing the roles from the picture. 1958 science fiction.

“One of the filters for us is ‘What can we do live that you wouldn’t enjoy in the same way if it was on the network? sort of juice at the moment. You know things can go wrong! And just hearing others laugh around you makes it a special experience.

And every TCM festival has its special unscheduled moments too, even those that seem small like watching a movie legend watch one of their films. Chagnon fondly recalls sitting in a theater years ago near Tony Curtis during a screening of “Some Like It Hot” and the joy of watching him answer jokes.

“Some of this talent hasn’t seen an audience for a long time,” she said. “Understanding that their work lives on, that new audiences see their work and that it is always considered and respected? There are not many places for this opportunity.




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Dixon City Council to consider appeal of downtown whiskey bar – The Vacaville Reporter Sat, 16 Apr 2022 00:38:03 +0000

A decision by the Dixon Planning Commission to permit a new whiskey bar on North First Street was met with opposition, as a resident sent a letter to the city appealing the commission’s decision. This call will be presented to City Council at Tuesday’s meeting.

In late 2021, husband and wife Mickey Renger and Tiffany Fabiani applied for a conditional use license for Whiskey Barrel 707 Lounge and Pub which will be located in the vacant Bank of America building on the corner of North First and East B, which Associate Planner Scott Greeley described in a previous staff report as the largest unoccupied space in downtown Dixon.

Renger and Fabiani’s vision for Whiskey Barrel is for a lounge and bar that will serve as a venue for touring artists and will also host a 1940s-style cigar lounge, cornhole tournaments, parties karaoke, televised sporting events and UFC Fight Night, comfort food and appetizer menu, terrace for brunch and more. Suggested hours of operation are noon to 2 a.m. daily with live music scheduled from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The project was presented to the commission at its March 8 meeting, and the commission voted 6 to 1 to approve the conditional use permit. The only opposing vote came from Commissioner Loraine Hernandez-Covello, who supported the project as a whole but felt that further consideration was needed on the design of the outdoor space.

On March 18, resident Ginger Emerson — both individually and on behalf of a group called Old Town Neighbors — sent a letter regarding an appeal about the project. Emerson argued that the commission’s public hearing violated Brown’s Law regarding the project description and questioned whether any written comments were made within the public record, the proposed use violated the order of zoning, reviews by the police and fire departments were based on the labeling of the project as a pub and lounge and did not take into consideration the use or concentration of liquor licenses in the centre- city, downtown has an undue concentration of liquor licenses, and no design review or findings have been made to support the proposed exterior modifications to the building.

In a protest letter to the Department of Liquor Control, Emerson also wrote that Whiskey Barrel would be located within walking distance of two churches, including Calvary Chapel a few blocks away, a park, a library and the college. John Knight.

“As a former teacher. I am concerned for the welfare of children in the entire community, but I am particularly concerned about the influence of another liquor store on children living in or near downtown Dixon,” she said. writing. “Are parents trying to instill moral values ​​in their children supposed to forbid them to go to the park or the library or just ride their bikes or walk along B Street past the Whiskey Barrel to access at the underpass?”

The staff report included two additional protest letters, one from resident Deborah Allen and the other from an anonymous author.

For Emerson’s first point, Community Development Manager Raffi Boloyan wrote that the Planning Commission’s notice of hearing was published in two local newspapers and mailed to landowners within 300 feet.

“This notice was published in two local newspapers and mailed to property owners within 300 feet,” he wrote. “The notice accurately describes the address of the project, the requested fee for a use permit, the type of hearing that would be conducted, the date/time/location of the hearing, how to participate and how submit comments. The notice also clearly provides the name. project planner’s phone and email, encouraging anyone to contact the planner with questions. or someone wants to review the plans before the meeting.

Boloyan also wrote that no written comments were received for the item when the staff report was finalized and posted online, and comments received after the report was copied and posted to the commission were included in the staff report for Tuesday’s board meeting.

Regarding use, Emerson argued that the business should be considered a nightclub and would therefore be subject to an overlay of use and assembly and not permitted on the site.

In response, Boloyan wrote that the definition of assembly use “makes it clear that assembly use should not include use where people typically arrive/leave at varying times”.

“As proposed, this facility would be open 14 hours a day, and during most of that time patrons came and went as they pleased,” he wrote. “Therefore classification as a nightclub does not conform to the zoning ordinance definition and classification of use as a pub/lounge is appropriate for the use.”

In response to Emerson’s claim that the police, fire and engineering department reviews were based on a ‘mischaracterization’ of the property as a pub and lounge, Boloyan included memoranda from the chiefs of the three departments, which indicated that they “clearly understood the use. evaluated it in accordance with each department’s applicable codes, regulations or outlook and provided appropriate comments which were addressed by plan revisions or terms of reference. ‘approval,’ according to the report.

Responding to the claim that there was an overconcentration of liquor licenses in the area, Boloyan wrote that the city does not have the authority to issue liquor licenses, as this falls under the Department of Liquor Control. and drinks (ABC).

Even then, Boloyan wrote that ABC had determined that there was no excessive licensing concentration.

“For this census tract. they identify that there are 8 licenses for sale authorized and there are 5 for sale in the leaflet,” he wrote. “That decision is up to ABC to make and if there are any issues or concerns with the data or its reports, these should be directed to ABC.”

Regarding the last point that the design review was not done and conclusions were not made to support the exterior changes to the building, Boloyan wrote that the scope of the proposed exterior changes was also limited to accommodate an enclosed outdoor meeting space and potentially a new paint job, he wrote. was not significant enough to warrant a design review.

If future changes are deemed substantial, Boloyan wrote that this would trigger a requirement for the Planning Commission to review the proposed changes.

Staff recommends that Council dismiss the appeal and uphold the Board’s decision.

In other business, Fire Chief Todd McNeal will present the Fire Department’s annual report and Council will consider approving the process for changing the governance structure of the Solano Community Action Partnership.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 600 EA St. The meeting can also be viewed online at

50 years in show business, Lonnie McFadden opened his own nightclub in Kansas City to feel at home | KCUR 89.3 Fri, 15 Apr 2022 08:00:00 +0000

Lonnie McFadden has something important to say.

“Happy 41 years of marriage. Happy anniversary to LaVelle and Martin,” the Kansas City jazz performer said, in the first half of her show on a recent Saturday night at Lonnie’s Reno Club at the Ambassador Hotel.

The old-fashioned nightclub is packed with guests. Black-and-white photos of Charlie Parker and other Kansas City jazz legends line the walls.

LaVelle and Martin smile as the audience cheers wildly.

At 66, McFadden is celebrating a milestone himself. It’s his 50th year in show business, but the first time he’s had his own place.

When McFadden’s regular gigs were canceled due to COVID-19 in 2020, he started a weekly live gig. Soon, however, staff at the Ambassador Hotel approached him to perform – first outside. McFadden jumped at the chance. He says his need to perform outweighs his fear of COVID.

“Just to play for people and there’s laughter and smiles and applause and dancing,” McFadden says. “Oh, man, it’s just a good time.”

McFadden named the club after the original Reno Club, where Count Basie forged the Count Basie Orchestra in 1935. And it was there that radio broadcasts first introduced Kansas City jazz to the world.

“I am happy to have the chance to tell the story of Basie and Hot Lips Page, Mary Lou Williams, The Chocolate Drops, Charlie Parker, so many great musicians and so many great things that have happened here in history jazz. and I like to tell the story,” says McFadden.

In the front row, Sandy and Leo Miller are at the Reno Club to celebrate 39 years of marriage.

“And just reliving Kansas City history. And I think that’s wonderful. Just wonderful,” says Sandy Miller.

Lonnie McFadden tap dances on stage at Lonnie’s Reno Club downtown at the Ambassador Hotel

McFadden grew up a few blocks from 18th & Vine. His father, tap dancer Jimmy McFadden – known as “Pops” – toured with Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker and Count Basie in the best jazz bands of the thirties and forties.

“I’ve always been proud of the DNA, of everything we have here that makes our swing different,” McFadden says. “That makes it emotional. It’s bluesy. Oh, it’s just awesome to me.

McFadden was a 16-year-old trumpeter at Lincoln High School when he was picked up by legendary Kansas City funk band Clyde N’em and Her.

“Every weekend I go to school, I play these shows with Clyde N’em and Her at these nightclubs: AG’s Lounge, The Inferno, 50-Yard Line, all these mostly black clubs because At the time, a predominantly black band couldn’t play at Country Club Plaza.”

When the band went on the road, they asked him to join the tour. McFadden says he found himself at a crossroads.

“I had to make a decision and for me it was not a decision, but I had to speak with my mother and my father,” he recalls.

McFadden says he was able to convince his parents that he was serious about music.

“And that was the start. I left high school at 16 and left Kansas City to hit the road.

“What you see up there is me celebrating life,” Lonnie McFadden says of his energetic performances.

Around Kansas City, McFadden is known for putting on high-energy shows. But he sees it a little differently.

“People say I have energy,” McFadden says. “I have no energy. What you see up there is me celebrating life, celebrating the fact that I can actually do something that I’ve always wanted to do. And I do and I pay the bills.

“He’s the Michael Jordan of jazz,” says Cindy Bussjaeger, sitting at a table with a friend during a break from the music.

“I watched him at Phoenix Jazz in high school,” Bussjaeger says. “I would say it was 20 years ago. Super proud that he is at the Ambassador hotel and I mean goosebumps. You can’t leave this club without getting goosebumps.


After Lonnie McFadden’s show, Federica Spagni (left) McFadden and Cindy Bussjaeger pose with him for a photo.

Between songs, McFadden takes a moment to introduce these celebrations.

Butler Joshua Judy prepares the list of names and goes over it with McFadden before the show, so McFadden can be sure he pronounces each name correctly.

“Carl, birthday,” Judy reads. “Larry, birthday. LaVelle and Martin, 41st birthday.

Judy says people have been holding back on marking personal milestones during the pandemic. Now celebrating is more important than ever.

“For a lot of people, they haven’t been out for a long time,” says Judy. “They needed music. They needed that chance to celebrate. If it’s a special occasion, Lonnie recognizes it.

McFadden says he’s noticed the public has a different vibe now that the COVID situation has improved.

“Every week, I can feel the energy,” says McFadden. “And I don’t know if it’s something that happens everywhere. I hope so. But I know that here the electricity is palpable. I mean, people meet us halfway and we meet them. I mean, it’s a certain synergy that happens and I love that.

And after years of performing on a different stage every night, McFadden says it’s nice to have a place of his own.

“I know everyone here,” McFadden said. “I know all the maids. I know all the cooks. I am part of the Ambassador Hotel. These are my people. So it’s like, yeah, I’ve never been part of anything. And now I’m home.

UMI announces dates for 2022 “Forest in the City” tour Wed, 16 Mar 2022 14:37:30 +0000

UMI have announced their first headlining tour in support of their upcoming debut album, Forest in the city.

The 18-date trek, named after his official debut album, kicks off May 28 at Neumos in Seattle, Washington.

After that, she will perform in major cities across the United States, including San Francisco, Phoenix, Houston, Atlanta, New York, and Detroit. the City Forest Tour will conclude on June 29 at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, Illinois.

About the tour, UMI said, “It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” She added, “A healing portal that I will open for you.”

Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 18, via her official site. If fans don’t see a show close enough to attend, UMI mentioned that other cities may be added based on responses in the comments to their tour announcement.

Earlier this month, UMI released “Sorry” as the first single from Forest in the city. It was accompanied by a music video, directed by Eddie Mandell.

Forest in the city falls on May 27. Te 15 tracks will follow his EP 2021, Introspection reinventedan update version of his EP 2020, Introspection.

IMU City Forest Tour Appointment

May 28 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
May 30 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
June 01 — Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub
June 03 — San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
June 06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater
June 09 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
June 10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
June 12 — Austin, TX @ Antone’s
June 13 — Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Dallas
June 14 — Houston, TX @ House of Blues Houston
June 16 – Atlanta, Georgia @ The Masquerade
June 18 – Washington, D.C. @ Union Stage
June 20 — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ The Fillmore Philadelphia
June 21 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
June 24 – Boston MA @ The Sinclair
June 26 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
June 28 — Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
June 29 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

Indoor ax throwing and ‘rage room’ venue opening in Swansea city center Mon, 21 Feb 2022 16:09:14 +0000

A new indoor ax throwing and ‘rage room’ venue is set to open in Swansea city center this spring.

The brainchild of Matthew Griffin, a 24-year-old carpenter from Llantrisant, Lumberjack Ax Throwing was first launched in Cardiff in November 2019, and has been so successful that the young businessman is now preparing to launch his second place just over two years later. .

The premises, which will fill estate agent Peter Alan’s empty former unit under Sin City nightclub on Dillwyn Street, are getting a facelift as Matthew and his team build six ax throwing lanes and two rage rooms from zero.

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Matthew said: “In 2017 I visited London with my brother and we came across an ax throwing place and really enjoyed it. I was a carpenter and started thinking about using my tools and my experience to create my own site in Wales.

“Two years later, in November 2019, I started Lumberjack Ax Throwing in Cardiff. Lumberjack took off well and it’s been really successful, despite the pandemic, and we’re now booked three weekends in advance.

“Following the success of the Cardiff branch, I am currently in the process of building the second site in Swansea,” he added. “The premises are the former Peter Alan unit under Sin City on Dillwyn Street, I know these premises have been derelict for almost eight years, and I think the people of Swansea will be relieved to see the premises put to use!”

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When Matthew started his ax throwing business in Cardiff he was just 21 and in his final year of university. He therefore found it difficult to find the necessary funds to undertake a good-sized unit.

He is therefore delighted that Lumberjack’s second premises in Swansea are larger than those in Cardiff.

He said: “I was a 21 year old student when I started the business so I could only afford a small unit a bit outside Cardiff city center with three ranges.

“The Swansea site will be much larger, offering six ranges and two rage rooms. It will be fully inclusive, open to everyone.”

A statement on the Lumberjack Ax Throwing website outlines what the company hopes to achieve: “We are proud to say that we are the first urban ax throwing experience to come down to Wales,” it says.

“The idea might sound a little crazy, but taking an ax and throwing it at a target was pretty big in America, so we decided we wanted a piece of the action.

“It’s a growing sport in America and we thought it wasn’t fair to pass it by. So whatever your ability or age, with a little practice and the help of our instructors, we will make you hit the target every time”

Ax throwing involves people throwing axes at targets - aiming at the center of the target
Ax throwing involves people throwing axes at targets – aiming at the center of the target

Matthew and his team are currently halfway through the construction of the ax throwing lanes and rage rooms at the Dillwyn Street site and aim to have the ax throwing lanes open towards the end of April or early May 2022. rage halls will follow later in the year.

The site will be open to everyone, but Matthew hopes to eventually offer ax throwing tournaments on the site.

He said: “In the US you can win up to $50,000 in competitions in this sport! We hope to open tournaments with great prizes that will bring ax throwers from all over the UK to Swansea. “

Opening hours will be confirmed later, but the team expects the site to be open from 4pm to 9.30pm on weekdays and 10am to 9.30pm on weekends.

An ax throwing range at the Cardiff site - giving insight into what the Swansea site is likely to look like
An ax throwing range at the Cardiff site – giving insight into what the Swansea site is likely to look like

What is ax throwing and what is a rage room?

Ax throwing is as the name suggests: throwing axes!

It started as a leisure activity in Canada a few years ago, but is now becoming a popular pastime in the UK for families with older children and teenagers, students, couples and people at home. looking for an original and unusual activity with friends or colleagues.

Typically, throwers stand 12 feet from a target, which looks like a large wooden dartboard, and throw one ax at a time at it, aiming for the center of the target.

It’s a fun competition: the closer you are to the target, the more points you score. And there are always trained coaches on hand to make sure every competitor follows the safety rules.

A rage room, on the other hand, is a safe space where people can destroy or smash a range of objects – a novel way for someone to vent their anger!

Going to a rage room with friends is a particularly popular leisure activity in the US, but there are a few rage room sites in the UK.

People are usually fully equipped with protective clothing and given a certain amount of time to smash and destroy a range of materials or objects, such as dishes, televisions, monitors and walls.

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]]> Buckhead City move resolved as Dickens named Atlanta mayor Wed, 01 Dec 2021 19:08:36 +0000

ATLANTA, GA – Atlanta mayor-elect Andre Dickens wrapped up his mayoral race victory on Tuesday night but woke up with a bitter pill.

A scathing congratulatory letter from Buckhead Town Committee chief Bill White came out at 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, shortly after the Mayor’s call for the run, to salute the future mayor and remind him of one of the main challenges facing the budding administration.

“We congratulate Mayor-elect Andre Dickens and look forward to working with him to ensure a smooth transition for Buckhead City as we make our future sister cities safe and prosperous! The letter began.

After worshiping law enforcement and calling for a more streamlined government to surpass an Atlanta he called a “bloated bureaucracy,” White grappled with end-of-election rumors claiming the city council chairwoman de Dickens, second-round opponent Felicia Moore, intended to reduce nightclub hours. and shutting down nude dance clubs.

“When the final day of voting for Atlanta mayor was primarily focused on the candidate who was going to be the strongest supporter of strip clubs, it was clear to Buckhead’s families that our safety priorities, d “Education, infrastructure and zoning are no longer aligned with those of Atlanta city hall,” White wrote.

Since the end of the summer, White has become the face of the movement to pull Buckhead out of Atlanta and forge a new city.

The efforts have mostly not been deterred, as only a portion of Buckhead’s nearly 100,000 residents have directly weighed in and most of the heavy legislative work to bring the town to a 2022 poll has been done by lawmakers from outside the proposed city limits. The direct action of Buckhead’s voters – those who will actually decide whether a new town should be created – will only kick in on November 8, at the last minute.

For his part, Dickens took over from Atlanta’s next chief executive on Tuesday night in his victory speech, responding to voters’ call for unity.

“They think this city needed a unifier,” he said, crediting voters. “Someone who could bring this whole town together.”