By Jim Harrington | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: July 19, 2019 at 12:40 pm | UPDATED: July 20, 2019 at 6:11 am Keeping fans safe has always been a priority at concert venues in the San Francisco Bay Area, but the increase in gun violence across the U.S., and the 2017 mass shooting at Las Vegas’ Route 91 Harvest music festival in particular, have sent shudders through security personnel and ratcheted up security measures to unprecedented degrees. These days, attending a concert is rather like flying out of SFO. You can keep your shoes on, but you’d best plan on arriving early, especially at venues such as Shoreline Amphitheatre, where the crowds are large and the lines long. And make sure you review security rules ahead of time — an increasing number of venues have instituted “clear bag” rules. Here’s a look at what concertgoers can expect when visiting some of the top local venues. (Note: This story will be … [Read more...] about Concert security: What to expect at major Bay Area venues
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By Richard Guzman | Southern California News GroupPUBLISHED: March 13, 2019 at 10:25 am | UPDATED: March 13, 2019 at 10:35 am The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival returns for its 20th anniversary edition to the Empire Polo Club in Indio April 12-14 and April 19-21. Yes, 20th anniversary. Coachella is almost old enough to drink and older than a lot of the kids that are going to be there this year. Two decades of anything except jail time is quite an accomplishment and with all these years under its musical belt it’s pretty safe to say the festival is the musical event of the year. Yet some people may still have questions about the festival, especially for first time goers who have somehow missed it 19 times. So here are some insider-knowledge tips to help you out if you’re heading to Coachella. What is Coachella? OMG are you serious? If you don’t know that by now you probably have no business attending, but fine we’ll explain anyway. It’s not just … [Read more...] about Coachella festival: Here’s everything you didn’t know you needed to know about the event
PUBLISHED: 15:50 01 March 2019 | UPDATED: 16:29 01 March 2019 An Aldi own brand packet was found in a KP Hula Hoops multi-pack. Photo: Kristy Loades Kristy Loades A mum has claimed consumers are “paying over the odds” after she found an Aldi crisp packet in a Hula Hoops multi-pack she bought from Waitrose. An Aldi own brand packet was found in a KP Hula Hoops multi-pack. Photo: Kristy LoadesKristy Loades, 44, from Fleggburgh, was bewildered to find an empty packet for Aldi’s own brand Snackrite ‘hoops’ in the pack of KP Hula Hoops she purchased in an online shop from Waitrose in North Walsham.The mum of three raised concerns that the packet proved shoppers were paying more than necessary for branded versions of the same product.Mrs Loades said: “I just opened a multi-pack of KP Hula Hoops which I bought from Waitrose and inside was an empty bag of the Aldi hoops own brand inside. “This shows that consumers are paying over the odds for KP … [Read more...] about Does an Aldi own brand packet found in a Hula Hoops multi-pack prove the crisps are the same?
Viet Nam News By Minh Thu Việt Nam’s beauty has inspired millions, and French painter Léopold Franckowiak is no exception. The Frenchman of Polish origin has come a long way since first arriving in Huế eight years ago, with his latest exhibition perhaps his crowning achievement. Franckowiak’s Rendez-Vous wrapped up on Tuesday after a month-long exhibition in Phú Vang District, the central province of Thừa Thiên-Huế. The exhibition displayed about 30 oil paintings curated by the Le Brothers, Lê Ngọc Thanh and Lê Đức Hải, founders of New Space Art Foundation, where local and foreign artists are supported. For many years, Franckowiak’s work consisted largely of installations and performances, but when he moved to Việt Nam, he focused on painting portraits. “Canvases help him remember his childhood and the relationship with his friends and family back in Europe,” artist … [Read more...] about Việt Nam inspires French artist
John Carlisle Detroit Free Press Published 12:12 PM EST Dec 25, 2018 THE UPPER PENINSULA – Randy Kluck liked to drink. If he wasn’t drinking wine on his front porch at his house he was drinking liquor on a barstool at some dive bar in Sault Ste. Marie, where he moved to be close to his son Kevin, who came here to attend college. The two were such buddies that Kevin refers to his dad by his first name. “He really was always my best friend,” said Kevin, 36. “So I just think of him as ‘Randy.’ ” Six years ago, they were drinking on the porch, and Randy came up with an idea — how about they spend the summer together on an epic road trip through the Upper Peninsula and write a book about all the amazing bars they’d stop at along the way? There would be so many nights they’d get to spend side-by-side on barstools, so many long drives along the empty highways, so much to tell each other, so much … [Read more...] about Upper Peninsula drinking guide becomes cult classic