New Colfax district head says future of arts district will come…

first_img A gallery vistor looks at Karl Hatchett Jr.’s artwork Friday evening, Sept. 14 along East Colfax Avenue. This month’s art walk in the Aurora Arts District included the launch of a new lighting system on the exteriors of buildings along the strip, along with a formal dedication by Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Weil remembers walking from his home to the Aurora Fox theater when it was still a cinema to see the premiere of “Star Wars.” He recalls his routes through the sidestreets surrounding the Colfax corridor, the strolls from his home near 17th Avenue and Florence Street, near City Park and Aurora’s first fire station. Most of all, he remembers the walking.As the newly appointed manager of an arts district that’s seen its share of ups and downs in the past decade, Weil says that kind of accessibility is a key to the neighborhood’s future.“It has changed a lot, but there’s still the sense of neighborhood and community. There’s still the walkability,” said Weil, who starts as the managing director of the recently redubbed Aurora Cultural Arts District this week. “The people who are really going to appreciate this district the most are right in its backyard.”Weil, a painter, sculptor and public artist, now lives and works in the River North Art District, a trendy stretch of galleries, studios and shops he cofounded in an industrial neighborhood north of downtown Denver in 2005. Weil went on to work on branding and building the 40 West Arts District built around the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and the Edge Theatre in Lakewood. Weil’s newly formed position in his hometown is just one of many recent change-ups at the Aurora Cultural Arts District that ACAD leaders and local business managers say hint at a new era for the neighborhood.“I can actually see stuff happening,” said Charles Packard, executive producer at the Aurora Fox theater. “This is the first time that I’m involved in the push, and just being closer to it gives me more optimism … For me, having been here for 13 years, this feels like the real deal.”Beyond the new $200,000 lighting project that started in September, the face and feel of the district is starting to morph. Longtime anchors like the Aurora Fox theater, the Red Delicious Press and the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts gallery are still going strong, but the area also boasts new arrivals like the Vintage Theatre and the Collection gallery. Officials rolled out the new title of Aurora Cultural Arts District earlier this year, following the election of former Aurora lawmaker Bob Hagedorn as board president. What’s more, city officials announced this week that ACAD representatives put in a successful bid for the former TOSA gallery space at 1400 Dallas St. that will serve as a community arts center and Weil’s new headquarters.“There’s a pretty great infrastructure in place, as far as the connection between the neighborhood and the city of Aurora,” Weil said. “I come from a strong branding and marketing background … That is sort of my first step, to get my head around how they’ve been presenting themselves.”City officials say the changes in the district are part of a bigger resurgence along the stretch based on new retail spaces and economic development. The promise of a nearby light rail station and the upcoming expansion of Iola, Fulton and Kingston streets into the Stapleton neighborhood have also played a part.“I think what we’re seeing now is some very clear signs that healthy economic markets are resurging,” said Moira Dungan, a senior development project manager with the city. “I think there’s some pent-up demand. There’s a lot of interest from investors. I don’t know if it’s the new light rail or new streets, but markets have been pent up and there’s money available to do things.”Such hopeful visions may feel familiar for anyone who’s followed the progress of the neighborhood since the city created an urban renewal area in 2001. The city’s arts district has seen plenty of fits and starts. The past decade has seen the construction of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library on East Colfax Avenue and Dayton Street, as well as the Florence Square apartment buildings across the street. But starting in 2008, the recession put its own pressures on the area. Venues like TOSA and the Shadow Theatre closed down, and artists like Kim Harrell and Theresa Anderson left their digs on East Colfax to find studio space elsewhere.But in the past year, the district has been on a kind of rebound, hosting events, festivals and shows that have drawn audiences from Denver and beyond. The Aurora Fox has hosted cutting-edge shows and regional premieres, productions that have garnered awards and acclaim from Denver newspapers and television stations. The Vintage Theatre has had its own critical successes with shows like “RFK,” and even the new gallery dubbed “The Collection” at 9801 E. Colfax Ave. has drawn attention for its ambitious mix of artwork, classes and live music.Before its most recent reinvention as “The Collection” last year, the building served as a home base for a community art project led by Denver artist Phil Bender. But under the guidance of manager Satya Wimbish, the small space next to the Florence Apartments has started bringing in bigger crowds.“I want people to want to come back, to come work on their art work or their music. I want to allow people who wouldn’t usually have an opportunity a chance to be able to display their work,” Wimbish said. “We’re at a place now where we’ve got people coming together again and getting excited about the district and getting excited and wanting to be involved.”But Dungan said the new energy is just part of a longer process that started with the creation of an urban renewal district in 2001 and continued with construction projects like the Martin Luther King Jr. Library and the Florence Square apartments.“I don’t think these things are linear, they’re a spiral,” Dungan said. “We’ve been exercising the same strategies. I just think the environment has shifted.” Gallery vistors look at Morgan Barbary’s artwork Friday evening, Sept. 14 along East Colfax Avenue. This month’s art walk in the Aurora Arts District included the launch of a new lighting system on the exteriors of buildings along the strip, along with a formal dedication by Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Tracy Weil, an artist and co-founder of the RINO Arts District in Denver, will start as the new managing director of the Aurora Cultural Arts District this week. Weil’s newly formed position in his hometown is just one of many recent change-ups at the Aurora Cultural Arts District, shifts that ACAD leaders and local business managers say hint at a new era for the neighborhood. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)center_img AURORA | This 16-block stretch of East Colfax Avenue wasn’t so different when Tracy Weil was a kid going to West Middle and Aurora Central High schools. 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TigerSharks move north

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER OUR best swimmers will battle the rest of Australia as the Casey TigerSharks prepare for another gut-busting…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Track upgrade for Berwick

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER EDWIN Flack Athletics Track is now runner-ready with track works completed ahead of the 2015/’16 summer athletics…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Nadal sent packing at Queen’s, Murray and Wawrinka win

first_imgBy Martyn HermanJust when it seemed safe for Rafa Nadal devotees to peer up from behind the sofa the Spaniard suffered another horror show at the hands of Ukrainian spin wizard Alexandr Dolgopolov at Queen’s Club in London on Tuesday.Former world number one Nadal looked rejuvenated last week when he won the Stuttgart grasscourt title having endured a title-less run on his beloved European claycourts and arrived at the Aegon Championships with a spring in his step.But the form the 14-time grand slam champion displayed in Stuttgart was only fleetingly in evidence as he went down 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4 to a player ranked 79th in the world.Despite a dispiriting loss in front of Spain’s former king Juan Carlos, who was sat in the front row, the 29-year-old tried to remain positive with Wimbledon a little under two weeks away.“This week I lost an opportunity, but I am playing better than before, and enjoying more on court than before,” he told reporters. “Today I lost. I accept. I keep going. I’m going to practise hard. I hope to be ready to play well in Wimbledon.”Second seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who claimed Nadal’s French Open crown this month with a memorable defeat of Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros immediately hit top gear when he swatted away Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-3 6-4 in 49 minutes.Wawrinka will face big-serving South African Kevin Anderson on Wednesday.Top seed and home favourite Andy Murray got in the Wimbledon spirit by donning a pristine all-white kit in a 6-4 7-5 defeat of Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun, a player he beat on the way to winning the title at the All England Club in 2013.Also on the menu at the select west London club was defending champion Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria who completed a 4-6 6-3 6-4 win over American Sam Querrey, the 2010 winner, after bad light stopped their match the day before.Fifth seed Nadal, who won the Queen’s title in 2008, but has stayed away in recent years because of gripes with the British tax system, saved two points that would have seen him trail 4-0 but he could not claw back the opening set.The Mallorcan survived a match point in the second set tiebreak with a swinging serve and levelled it when Dolgopolov missed an attempted pass, celebrating with a trademark upper-cut.Dolgopolov boasts a richer variety of spin than an election campaign manager and a curious backhand sidewinder that can bamboozle opponents but he paid for being too clever with an attempted drop shot and surrendered serve at 1-1 in the decider.Nadal looked in control but he loosened his grip at 4-3 and Dolgoplov levelled with an angled volley.Even then Nadal has an immediate chance to break again, but missed a bread and butter forehand with the court begging.Dolgopolov then pounced, belting a backhand return winner and then threading a forehand down the line to seal a second consecutive victory against Nadal.Results from the Queen’s Men’s Singles Round 1 matches on Tuesday:Andy Murray (Britain) beat Lu Yen-Hsun (Taiwan) 6-4 7-5Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) beat Jeremy Chardy (France) 6-7(3) 6-2 6-4Gilles Simon (France) beat David Goffin (Belgium) 6-7(6) 7-5 6-2Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) beat Rafa Nadal (Spain) 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4Gilles Muller (Luxembourg) beat Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) 6-7(5) 6-4 7-6(5)Viktor Troicki (Serbia) beat Paul-Henri Mathieu (France) 7-6(4) 1-6 6-4John Isner (U.S.) beat Jared Donaldson (U.S.) 7-6(11) 6-4 6-4Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) beat Sam Querrey (U.S.) 4-6 6-3 6-4Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) beat Nick Kyrgios (Australia) 6-3 6-4last_img read more

City can handle atmosphere at Tottenham’s new home – De Bruyne

first_imgKevin De Bruyne claims Tottenham’s new stadium will not be a significant factor in Manchester City’s Champions League clash against Spurs.The London club have been energised by completing their long-awaited move into their new home in the past week.Spurs are hoping the feelgood factor continues as they host quadruple-chasing City in the quarter-finals of the European competition on Tuesday but De Bruyne says it makes no difference.“I don’t care about the stadium,” said the Belgian playmaker. “I care about the team we play.“Everybody talks about the stadium like it’s something special. Everybody has a stadium, everybody has supporters.“They’ll be up for it, they’ll probably be a little bit more excited, but in the end it’s a stadium with supporters. I don’t think there will be any difference.“If they go to Wembley with 80,000 or are there with 62,000, it’s going to be the same. It’ll be a tough game but I think we’ll be all right.”City are bidding to go further than they did last season, when they were knocked out at the quarter-final stage by another Premier League rival in Liverpool.De Bruyne does not believe there are any lessons to be learnt from last year’s experience, however.“Nothing,” said the 27-year-old. “Different team, different year, different players. Last year we had a great season but we didn’t make it beyond the quarter-finals and that’s it.”City go into the game fresh from securing a place in the FA Cup final – their second domestic final of the year – with victory over Brighton at Wembley on Saturday. With Pep Guardiola’s men still controlling their Premier League title destiny, the quadruple dream remains alive.De Bruyne said: “There’s no point thinking about it. You know how heavy the schedule is? I think people underestimate how the fixtures come that quickly.“We don’t even have time to have a rest ourselves so how can we think about what’s going to happen in four weeks? We’re just going to play Tuesday and then hopefully play a good game.”City have remained in London to prepare for the Spurs encounter. One advantage the hosts will have had is the benefit of a free weekend prior to the first leg.City boss Guardiola said: “It’s really good but we don’t have too much time to tell ourselves it’s so good because the only focus right now is: don’t drink one drop of beer or alcohol, rest, eat good, regeneration and prepare for the game against one of the best teams in all terms in the Premier League and Europe, when they had six days to prepare and we had two-and-a-half.”City have won 22 of their last 23 games in all competitions but they remain in a tight tussle for the Premier League crown with Liverpool.“Of course, if we want to be in contention in all competitions you have to make these kind of numbers,” Guardiola said.last_img read more

Pacquiao tells Horn: Work hard so we can entertain people

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer “I don’t know much about him, but I know he’s a fighter,” Pacquiao said in an interview with abc.net.au.“I haven’t watched his fights yet, but I’m going to get his last three fights and watch it,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHorn, who is nine years younger and three and a half inches taller than the eight-division champion, stopped his previous three opponents with the last a sixth-round TKO win over Ali Funeka of South Africa last December in Auckland.The 38-year-old Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) makes his first title defense on July 2 at Brisbane Stadium since regaining the WBO welterweight belt after a landslide victory over Jessie Vargas in November of last year. Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home MOST READ FILE – In this Nov. 5, 2016 file photo, Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, celebrates after defeating Jessie Vargas in their WBO welterweight title boxing match, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao will fight Australian Jeff Horn on July 2 at Brisbane’s 52,500-capacity Suncorp Stadium in a defense of Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)Even Manny Pacquiao himself admitted he hardly knows about his Australian challenger Jeff Horn, who is a former schoolteacher in Brisbane and unheralded boxer.Pacquiao arrived in Australia Monday (Manila time) to promote his fight against Horn, who holds a record of 16 wins, zero losses and a draw with 11 knockouts but hasn’t really faced an opponent that even comes close to the caliber of the Filipino ring superstar.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite UST professor dies of cardiac arrest after joining marathon Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIEScenter_img The fighting senator hopes Horn will be in tiptop shape come fight night for the two to give boxing fans a good show.“My message for him is to work hard, and make sure you’re 100 percent conditioned on July 2 so we can give a good fight, we can entertain people.”RELATED VIDEO Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Hypocrites…

first_img…in financeYour Eyewitness just can’t get these revelations from the Panama Papers out of his mind. No…not the US-30 TRILLION that’s supposedly squirrelled away from the taxmen of the world. Not the shadowy law firms from London to Timbuktu that ran the scam. What gets him is the hypocrisy of the leaders of the developed world who routinely beat us Third Worlders over the head about our “greed, avarice and lack of civic pride” that supposedly keeps us underdeveloped.Fact of the matter is that the US Trillion (let’s split the guesstimate down the line, shall we?) that’s siphoned off from the world’s tax system hurts us all – including the poor of the developed country. How many times haven’t we heard the collapse of the developed western economies in 2008 precipitated our own economic slowdown? Can’t sell our primary products. Well, it’s the financialisation of those economics that put those trillions in the pockets of their one per cent.And taken us all beyond the business downturns Marx predicted as profits are sucked out of the economy. Those profits were supposed to be reinvested. But in the off-shore tax havens like Panama – and even our own Barbados and Cayman Islands – the SUPER-PROFITS now generated are just sucked out of the system entirely! They might’ve as well gone into a black hole to reappear in some other universe. Which is where the banks behind it all are located.And we return to these worthies who’re greedy enough to have their own people go homeless (NINJA mortgages, anyone?) yet have the temerity to lecture us about probity and such like. And we return to David Cameron – who after being outed in the Panama Papers finally admitted he cashed in his tax-evaded loot inherited from his father. Cameron who lectured his own people about “fiscal constraints” and “need to tighten belts” as their recession kicked in. And of course announced in Jamaica that reparations are a no-go and we have to just work harder!That the Chinese leaders are tax evading with the best in the Panama Papers shouldn’t surprise us. Along with the western businessmen establishing all those factories in China to fill the shelves of WalMart, would’ve been the lawyers to educate them on the wonders of tax evasion. In a scene in Godfather 2, Michael Corleone is castigated by a Nevada Senator for being a “Guinea wop” involved in criminal activities. And the new Godfather simply reminds the “upstanding” WASP representative of the American establishment that the two of them aren’t really that different.It’s just that the hypocritical establishment has the power to dub their illegal activity “legal”!!…on political investmentsIt would appear that the doctrine of “political investment” – adumbrated by Raphael Trotman doesn’t apply to Joseph Harmon. The said doctrine promulgated the notion that campaign contributors to political parties view their action as “investments” which obviously must deliver a dividend to justify the outlay.It all came about after Minister of National Security and Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan bigged up his businessman friend, for funding the AFC’s headquarters – just as he’d bid for billions in Pharma supplies to the state and also was awaiting an approval for a power purchase agreement from GPL for electricity from a proposed wind farm.While pro quid quos had long been suspected in the new coalition Government – witness the murmurs on the case of the Specialty Hospital involving the same Ramjattan and one Fedders Lloyd – it seems to be confined to the AFC wing.As Opp. Leader Jagdeo pointed out, Harmon’s been “slaughtered” while Trotman and Ramjattan’s riding pretty!Was this part of the Nassau Accord?…on LG interferenceWith the launching of three new towns – and one aborted due to “technical difficulties” – several new ones are evidently on the cards. And Pressie’s promised “no political interference”.Has he informed his power-drunk Minister of Communities, Bulkan?last_img read more

Ronco, of infomercial

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Ronco, hawker of infomercial-worthy products including the Veg-o-Matic slicer and dicer and the all-in-one Pocket Fisherman, is due in bankruptcy court today. The company owes $32.7million, including $11.7million to former owner Ron Popeil, according to bankruptcy papers filed last week at a U.S. District court in Woodland Hills. The company owes money to more than 1,000 creditors, such as the Food Network, QVC home shopping network and Court TV. Ronco listed $13.9million in assets and wants to emerge from restructuring proceedings in late July or mid-August, Chief Executive Officer John Reiland said. Reiland declined to say how Ronco, which has about 100 employees, ended up in this situation. Popeil, 72, started the company in Chatsworth in 1958. The salesman extraordinaire became a legend on late-night television, grabbing viewers’ attention with the catch phrase, “But wait, there’s more.” Ronco went bankrupt once before, in 1987, then came back to make millions on a food dehydrator, spray-on hair and a bagel cutter. In 1995, Popeil, who lives in Beverly Hills, peddled his autobiography, “The Salesman of the Century,” which he co-wrote with Jefferson Grahamsold. Popeil sold the company in 2005 for $55million to Fi-Tek VII, which changed its name to Ronco Corp. In 2006, the company moved from Chatsworth to Simi Valley and signed a $6.5million, 10-year lease for an 81,646-square-foot building. Ronco stock, traded under the symbol RNCP, rose from $0.07 to $0.13 after the bankruptcy news. On Monday, it fell to $0.11. julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Exclusive – England’s Alex Scott dismisses row over FA “sexist tweet”

first_imgEngland’s Alex Scott has dismissed the row over a tweet from the official England FA Twitter account, rejecting suggestions it was sexist.The tweet, quickly deleted after an online backlash, welcomed the players home by saying: “Our Lionesses go back to being mothers, partners and daughters today, but they have taken on another title – heroes.”The message was widely criticised for appearing to portray the players as something other than simply footballers, but the Arsenal star insists the matter has been blown way out of proportion.“Every single player let it go over their head,” she told Drivetime.“It was taken out of context, if you look at it we are coming home as wives, daughters and we do have partners.“Even though we’re heroes at a World Cup, we’re normal people and when we come home we carry on with our club committments, other jobs and normal lives.”The Lionesses – despite a disappointing opening defeat to France – put in several heroic performances in Canada as they defeated Mexico, Colombia and the tournament hosts, before a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Japan in the semi-finals.But millions tuned in to watch England, even with late kick-off times, and Scott admits the squad has been overwhelmed by the public’s support.She added: “To come home to this sort of reception is beyond our wildest dreams.“We are surprised, we were wrapped up in a bubble in Canada and we heard there was a lot of press back home but you don’t really know until you get back and people stop you in the street to say well done.”last_img read more

‘Lallana’s the first name on the Liverpool teamsheet – beautiful!’ – REACTION

first_img Adam Lallana (right) is developing his game under Jurgen Klopp (left) Adam Lallana is rapidly becoming a fans’ favourite at Anfield.The Liverpool midfielder scored in the first half, as Jurgen Klopp’s men raced into a comfortable lead against ten men in the 5-1 win over Hull City.A £25million signing from Southampton in 2014, Lallana is now starting to show his true ability under the German boss.Lallana opened the scoring on 17 minutes, with James Milner netting two penalties and Sadio Mane scoring, while Ahmed Elmohamady was sent off in the opening 45. Hull’s David Meyler pulled one back but Philippe Coutinho struck just one minute later as the Reds saw out the win which saw them go third in the table.The 28-year-old has always showed potential but goals have been one big absence in his game. But this season he already has four for club and country.See some of the best reaction below… 1last_img read more