Walt Disney World slashes park hours for fall
ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World will cut its theme-park operating hours this fall, with Epcot closing two hours earlier than normal despite hosting the Taste of Epcot Food & Wine Festival.This week, Disney announced the coronavirus shutdown had cost the company $2 billion.The theme-park giant generally reduces its operating hours as tourism slows after the busier summer months, but this year has been far from the normal pattern. Since reopening in July after a monthslong shutdown because of the pandemic, the parks have been admitting only a small percentage of the usual number of visitors. T...
And now Metallica will perform for a drive-in movie theater near you
Time to trade in the pick-up truck for a muscle car, drive-in concert movie goers.After a series of country music shows, Metallica has signed on as the first major rock band to film a new performance to be shown in dozens of drive-in theaters across the country.The thrash kings’ pre-taped live set will be screened Aug. 29.Tickets go on sale Friday through Ticketmaster for $115 per vehicle, up to six people, similar to what Garth Brooks charged when he opened this drive-in concert movie series in June. There’s also a pre-sale beginning Wednesday through Metallica’s fan club. Tickets come with a...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Karla Peterson: Showtime's 'The Go-Go's' tells the many messy stories behind the band's pioneering music
Before they made history, they made noise. Before they appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in their underwear, they performed in grimy L.A. clubs wearing fishnet stockings and garbage bags. Before they became the toast of the radio, MTV and the Billboard charts, they were getting spit on by England’s finest skinheads.And long before they became the queens of pop, the members of the Go-Go’s were punks. And as a new Showtime documentary goes to great, loving lengths to remind us, they still are.Given that the band’s debut album, “Beauty and the Beat,” turns 40 next year, it’s tempting to keep...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Disney World annual passholders feel slighted as theme parks navigate COVID-19 pandemic
ORLANDO, Fla. — Calling Disney World to cancel her annual pass was almost as nightmarish as navigating Florida’s overwhelmed unemployment benefits system this year.Jen Vargas says she was on hold for five hours with Disney. It gave her enough time to decide on dinner, cook and eat the meatless tacos, do the dishes and then some.Craig Hicks once went to Disney World up to five times a week, snapping photographs of a beautiful Florida sunset behind the Cinderella Castle to share on social media. That was before the pandemic. Now, that unlimited access is gone, even though Hicks still pays $70 a ...
Despite the pandemic, the show goes on in Medora, N.D.
On some nights in the North Dakota Badlands, there are forces more threatening than the coronavirus.Fifteen minutes before the cast of the “Medora Musical” was expected to launch into its opening number on a July night, an executive who had clearly drawn the short straw shuffled onto the outdoor stage to announce that impending lightning was forcing them to scrub that evening’s performance.As the roughly 700 spectators filed out of the Burning Hills Amphitheatre, one teenager allowed herself a moment of sarcasm — “Supergood!” — before cajoling her companions to stop for ice cream on the way ho...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Rapper made 'derogatory' video about rival gang before he was killed; Chicago police are bracing for retaliation
CHICAGO — Police were bracing for retaliation shootings on the South Side after a rapper was killed in a brazen Gold Coast attack, possibly because he had recently made a video featuring “derogatory statements” about rival gang members who have died.Carlton Weekly, 26, who performed under the name FBG Duck, was a member of a Gangster Disciple faction that has been involved in a fierce feud with the Black Disciples on the South Side, according to police.Officers in at least four police districts — Wentworth, Grand Crossing, Gresham and Englewood — have been warned to use “extreme caution” becau...
Joe Biden, Dwyane Wade among speakers at Parkland victim's virtual birthday event
MIAMI — The parents of Joaquín Oliver, a 17-year-old boy killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018, are holding a 20-hour online event this week to raise awareness against gun violence, marking what would have been Joaquín’s 20th birthday.On Tuesday, Patricia and Manuel Oliver are hosting Guacathon 2020, inspired by Joaquín’s nickname, Guac. The marathon will be an event featuring musical performances, an auction and Democratic speakers like former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.The event will be streamed on Fa...
COVID-19 resurgence leaves movie studios, theaters mired in uncertainty
The Pines Theatre, a 450-seat venue with one screen in Houghton Lake, Michigan, opened in 1941 and has survived numerous up and downs of the movie business.Its latest challenge? The uncertainty caused by the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the United States.In mid-June, after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer moved northern Michigan to Phase 5 of the state’s reopening plan, the Pines was able to screen movies for the first time since mid-March.Under reduced capacity and safety measures, it started running older hits like 1985’s “Goonies” and 1993’s “Jurassic Park.” But after screenings of the 2016 animate...
Detroit Free Press
NASCAR at New Hampshire full results: 3 things we learned from Brad Keselowski's win
LONDON, N.H. — Brad Keselowski danced with Denny Hamlin for most of the 301 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday evening. With 81 laps left, Keselowski made the final pass for first place and held onto the lead with clean air and a faster car through the checkered flag.Hamlin finished in second followed by Martin Truex Jr. in third at the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.The veteran drivers bobbed and weaved around each other, exchanging the lead 12 times between Keselowski and Hamlin, but it was the No. 2 Ford Mustang that powered Keselowski through to his third win of the season as the race...
The Charlotte Observer
Art Institute of Chicago reopens — and returning visitors finally get an art fix
CHICAGO — Early visitors, as the Art Institute let the public back in for the first time since mid-March, didn’t go to “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte,” typically the museum’s most crowded work.At one moment during the first hour of reopening day Thursday, only a security guard stood in front of Georges Seurat’s routinely besieged pointillist study of a Parisian waterfront park.Instead, many headed straight to the Modern Wing and the museum’s newly hung Basquiat canvas — the Art Institute’s first by the 1980s art world darling — and many more queued up to get into the big El Greco special exhibit...