Empty Stocking nears end

first_img Facebook Empty Stocking nears end WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Pinterest Previous articleTEXAS VIEW: Hairstylists get more training than Texas cops?THE POINT: That’s unacceptable.Next articleSULLUM: Trump’s election conspiracy theory requires followers to join him in an alternate universe Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – December 17, 2020 center_img Local News Facebook With only 1 day to go in the 26th year of the Empty Stocking Fund our goal of $100,000 won’t be met without your help. The fund is low this year and is used to help needy families in Ector County. The annual fundraising effort by the Odessa American and The Salvation Army is used for a good holiday meal and small gifts under the tree. The gifts will be handed out today and we are down to the wire. Donations may be mailed or delivered to the Salvation Army Community Center, 810 E. 11th St., or the Odessa American, 700 N. Grant, Suite 800. ZIP codes for both are 79761. Call the Salvation Army at 332-0738. The Empty Stocking Fund was created by the Odessa American in 1995 and has raised more than $2 million. Donate online at tinyurl.com/vh5fjdz ON THE NETtinyurl.com/vh5fjdz TAGS  Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

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Dark Star Orchestra Recreates 12/28/87 To Kick Off NYE Run In Philly

first_imgVeteran Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra launched their four-night New Year’s run at the newly-dubbed Franklin Music Hall (formerly the Electric Factory) in Philadelphia on Friday night. Generally in top form, the band smoothly played through a scorching setlist originally performed by the Grateful Dead at Oakland Coliseum Arena on December 28, 1987.About 2,500 fans packed the smoky venue, and the atmosphere in the Franklin stayed energetic and upbeat throughout the show. The crowd started to boogie as soon as the band eased into the opening chords of “Feel Like a Stranger”. Following the staccato ending to “Stranger”, beloved three-chord jam “Franklin’s Tower” gave lead guitarist Jeff Matson some space to find his balance for the night. He did so in dramatic fashion, delivering soaring solos between verses. “New Minglewood Blues” followed, finding rhythm guitarist Rob Eaton busting out slide licks and giving renowned keyboardist Rob Barraco a chance to perform a standout organ solo.The band slowed things down a bit with a masterful, sensitive take on “Row Jimmy”, then drew on Barraco’s powerful vocals to cover the Brent Mydland-written “Far From Me.” Eaton then led the band into one of the Dead’s favorite Bob Dylan covers, “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” before Mattson took the reins and steered the group right into an uptempo “Sugaree,” typical of the ‘87 era. The boys closed out their first set with a high-energy “Hell in a Bucket,” leaving the audience wanting more.Sure enough, Dark Star came back onstage to deliver the dance tunes. They began their second set with a remarkably good “China Cat Sunflower”, which inevitably flowed into its neighbor “I Know You Rider.” This early combination had everyone dancing in the standing-room-only venue, and the band kept the romping good times going with a notable performance by bassist Skip Vangelas during a blazing “Cumberland Blues”.That’s right! – “Man Smart (Woman Smarter)” was up next, which kept the crowd standing and dancing right through the second-set staples of “Drums” and “Space”, which saw percussive theatrics from drummers Dino English and Rob Koritz. Emerging from the depths of “Space”, “The Wheel” would have been a major highlight of the show, with much of the audience belting the chorus of the familiar anthem. Yet, it found itself overshadowed by an absolutely flaming version of “Truckin’”, during which Mattson led the band to its highest peaks of the night before transitioning into a crawling, gritty take on the Howlin’ Wolf tune “Smokestack Lightning”.The clock struck midnight as the band geared up for sad, bluesy “Black Peter” before closing out the second set with a smoking hot “Sugar Magnolia.” The last tune’s “Sunshine Daydream” outro had everyone on their feet once more, and held the crowd over as the band disappeared backstage. Reappearing for the encore a few moments later, Dark Star Orchestra finished the show with a beautiful, tender “Black Muddy River”, which proved a fine ending to an excellent show.Dark Star Orchestra will finish their stand at the Franklin tonight (12/29) at 8:30 pm before heading up to play December 30 and 31 at 7 pm at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey.Setlist: Dark Star Orchestra | Franklin Music Hall | Philadelphia, PA | 12/28/18Set 1: Feel Like a Stranger, Franklin’s Tower, New Minglewood Blues, Row Jimmy, Far From Me, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Sugaree, Hell in a BucketSet 2: China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Cumberland Blues, Man Smart (Woman Smarter), Drums > Space, The Wheel, Truckin’, Smokestack Lightning, Black Peter, Sugar MagnoliaEncore: Black Muddy Riverlast_img read more

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Ballet Northwest Showcase: Young Choreographers set to Delight Audience at SPSCC

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Ballet NorthwestFor the seventh year, young choreographers from Olympia’s Ballet Northwest will surprise and delight the audience at the Young Choreographers Showcase (YCS) on Sunday, August 26, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts on the South Puget Sound Community College campus.Ballet Northwest created YCS in 2012 to allow Company dancers to explore creativity and leadership in dance and create their own choreography. “As our dancers became more and more comfortable with different dance styles they started to show an interest in choreography. We created the Showcase to give these dancers the opportunity to stage their creativity,” said Ken Johnson, Co-Artistic Director at Ballet Northwest.At the event, the audience will encounter a variety of styles of dance, including ballet, modern dance, and jazz. Choreographers get to take advantage of professional lighting and costumes.This year YCS will showcase original productions from 16 choreographers including three Ballet Northwest alumna; Sunny Swasey attends the University of Utah, Audrey Wright attends Cornish College of the Arts and Victoria Aukland attends the University of Washington.To participate in the event, dancers had to apply, indicate the style of music they would use as well as how many dancers they would need to stage their production. The Johnsons and other teachers mentored the students throughout the creative process as well as at rehearsals. “We provided guidance and would pop into rehearsals to make sure things were going well and progressing. We’ve discovered that this process is a great leadership opportunity for the students. They have to manage rehearsal times, make sure dancers are available and take charge of their peers,” said Josie Johnson, Co-Artistic Director at Ballet NorthwestKen Johnson added, “It is exciting to see the amazing quality of work that these local, young choreographers produce. Audiences are continually blown away by the choreographers’ imagination coming to life on the stage.”Tickets are $15 (plus $3 Washington Center service fee) and can be purchased at www.olytix.org or by calling 360-753-8586.last_img read more

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