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24 Feb 19
Memo Of The Air

    “She, not it. Ymbryne’s are always female.” -Miss Peregrine Here’s the recording of last night’s (2019-02-22) KNYO and KMEC Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show ready to enjoy. (Left-click for instant-play. Right-click to download.) And thanks to Hank Sims of Lost Coast Outpost here’s a page with the latest show and also […]

24 Feb 19
IndieWire
The tone of this year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards was set early, when host Aubrey Plaza kicked off the annual awards ceremony with a girl-powered pre-taped show opener, which featured Hollywood heavyweights like Marcia Gay Harden, Rosanna Arquette, Christina Ricci, Sharon Stone, and Marisa Tomei playing at summoning indie film-fueled power in literal witch garb. Putting the focus on women and their impact on the industry isn’t exactly groundbreaking these days, but the Spirits weren’t just going for cheap gags in service of a laugh or two. Unlike other awards season to-do’s, the Spirits nominated plenty of women, including in the Best Director category, a space that still doesn’t typically find room to recognize the work of creators who happen to be female. Plaza’s opening monologue pointed out that 60 percent of the ceremony’s nominated directors were women, and though she admitted that really means just three out of five nominees, putting it in percentage terms “makes it sound way scarier to your uncles.” [pmc-related-link href=”https://www.indiewire.com/2019/02/spirit-award-winners-list-2019-1202046293/” type=”Read More:” target=”_blank”]2019 Independent Spirit Awards: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Triumphs[/pmc-related-link] While the Best Director win ultimately went to Barry Jenkins for his “If Beale Street Could Talk” — which also won Best Feature — the director didn’t sidestep the subject, telling the crowd that he didn’t want to win the award, especially given the current state of an industry that still struggles to award and recognize its female talents. “I’m not gonna lie, man,” Jenkins said. “I didn’t want to win this damn award. With everything going on in the world, it just feels strange to be up here.” Jenkins also used his acceptance speech to challenge the industry to work with more women and to tout the impact of women on his own work, including a special mention of fellow nominee Lynne Ramsay. Debra Granik at the 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards While the Best Director win did not ultimately go to a woman — in a category in which they were the majority, still to something to celebrate — the power of female filmmakers was felt throughout the awards ceremony, as female-directed features dominated a number of other categories. The first win of the night may have gone to a man, but in his Best Supporting Male acceptance speech, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” star Richard E. Grant continued to tout the work of the film’s essential women: director Marielle Heller and star Melissa McCarthy, thanking Heller for her “compassionate” creativity and directing and McCarthy for being the perfect partner for such a tricky film. Backstage, he added that working with the pair was like “winning the jackpot, double times over.” Asked if the experience of working with a female director was different, Grant said, “Completely and utterly,” noting that the film he made before “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” was the R-rated superhero film “Logan,” which involved “everybody being mean as shit” and cutting each other’s heads off with knives. “She’s a brilliant director, Marielle Heller,” he added. The first female director to be honored at the show wasn’t a surprise — second annual Bonnie Award recipient Debra Granik had been announced weeks before the show — but the presence of the “Winter’s Bone” and “Leave No Trace” filmmaker was met with wild cheers and a standing ovation from the audience. For the filmmaker, who was also nominated for Best Director, the Bonnie Award is about moving forward in a positive way. “The Bonnie Award is saying, ‘keep going, nose to the grindstone, get back to work, we like what you do, do more work,'” Granik said backstage. “It’s encouragement, it’s mainline encouragement.” Best Screenplay went to another female director: Nicole Holofcener who, along with co-writer Jeff Whitty, won for their adaptation of Lee Israel’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” While Holofcener did not direct the film, which she had been attached to for many years before it was finally made by Fox Searchlight, the “Enough Said” filmmaker was not content to accept the award without sharing it with its eventual director, Marielle Heller. After inviting Heller on stage, Holofcener added, “She did this little thing called directing the movie.” Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty, and Marielle Heller at the 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards Speaking backstage, Holofcener was asked about being nominated for six Indie Spirits (including previous writing nods for “Please Give,” “Lovely & Amazing,” and “Enough Said,” all of which she also directed) and finally winning one for a film that she only wrote. “Someone else had to direct the movie, clearly,” Holofcener cracked. Asked about Heller being consistently snubbed for her work during this awards season, Holofcener stayed honest. “I don’t know if this is because she’s female, I know this could easily happen to a male director, but it seems really unfair and strange, just strange,” she said. “I mean, I’m nominated for a million things, the actors are too, it’s like they didn’t direct themselves. I feel that Marielle was cheated, and I feel bad about that. And I know if I was in her shoes, I’d be pretty upset, too.” Elsewhere, Best Editing winner Joe Bina won for his work on Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here.” Backstage, the frequent Werner Herzog collaborator also praised Andrea Arnold and touted his work with Ramsay as “the most symbiotic” relationship he’s experienced yet in his career. “I think we see things the same way, when she shoots films,” he said. “A large part of it is just finding the right people to work with. I did with her.” Even films that were not directed by women were dominated by a distinctly women-centric spirit, including Glenn Close who won her very first Spirit for her turn in “The Wife,” based on the Meg Wolitzer novel of the same name and centered on a woman who lives in the shadow of her more famous husband (with a big twist on that concept that frames the film’s shocking final act). Glenn Close arrives at the 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards The film was directed by Björn Runge, but it boasts a screenplay by Jane Anderson and a producing team filled with women, including Anderson and Nina Bisgaard. [pmc-related-link href=”https://www.indiewire.com/2019/02/debra-granik-marielle-heller-oscars-2019-1202044494/” type=”Read More:” target=”_blank”]Debra Granik and Marielle Heller Open Up About Being Left Out of This Year’s Oscar Conversation[/pmc-related-link] Earlier in the afternoon, while accepting his Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, “Eighth Grade” filmmaker Bo Burnham shouted out his female star, nominee Elsie Fisher (or, as he put it, “Elsie Fisher, Elsie Fisher, Elsie Fisher”). Backstage, the filmmaker told the assembled journalists that “any award for the film is really an award for Elsie.” And when the “Suspiria” team hit the stage to accept their Robert Altman Award, it was only women who were on hand to accept the honor, as director Luca Guadagnino was not present. Along with casting directors Avy Kaufman and Stella Savino, the female-powered ensemble cast of the film filled the space, including Tilda Swinton, Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, and Dakota Johnson. In their acceptance speech, Savino billed the Dario Argento remake as “a great portrait of women’s power.” This year, so were the Indie Spirits. The 2019 Spirit Awards returned to their usual home inside the big white tent just north of the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, February 23.
24 Feb 19
DebisZoo

Earlier, in the magical realm of Nesht, Mayra ara’Ferren, a powerful Ring-Witch, and her Clan, were tasked to investigate deadly attacks on the kingdom by something dark and unknown. By defying her Clan and her King, Mayra discovered that their attackers were enslaved dragons. With her sword, her powerful magic, and fierce witch-warriors to assist […]

24 Feb 19
Orange Street News

By Hilde Kate Lysiak February 23, 2019 A Patagonia woman was shocked to discover that she was sharing her house with a mountain lion. When Cindy Peterson woke up on the morning of the 15th and looked out the same window she has looked out for years, she saw a bit of a different site […]

24 Feb 19
Archy Worldys

Dozens of millions of Nigerians went to the polls on Saturday, a week after a delayed electoral delay. The most populous nation in Africa is struggling with challenges such as a stumbling economy and a continued Islamist uprising by Boko Haram fighters. Immediately before the elections, one soldier was killed and another 20 injured when […]

24 Feb 19
❤ Bibi's Book Blog ❤

  Hi y’all!   Soooo… it’s been quite some time since I’ve done one of these update pots. Mostly since like August/September of 2018, I had to cut way back on my blogging. I simply didn’t have neither the time nor the energy to keep it up. As some of you’ll know, I got a […]

24 Feb 19
Ross&Roll

February 23, 2019 Today was opening day of Spring Training for the Chicago Cubs, and we were there!  We haven’t been to a spring training game since we brought my dad out here for his 70th birthday.  That was in 1999!  Back then there were bleacher seats, but now they have Sloan Park. Sloan Park […]

24 Feb 19
West Africa Living

Fulani herdsmen From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to navigationJump to search Fulani wedding Fulani herdsmen or Fulani pastoralists are nomadic or semi nomadic Fulani herders whose primary occupation is raising livestock.[1] The pure Fulani pastoralist engages in random movement of cattle while the semi-nomadic makes transhumance migration and return to their camps or homes.[2] The Fulani herdsmen are largely located in the Sahel and semi arid parts […]

24 Feb 19
Ephemeris Carmeli

The sign on my wall says NO SMOKING, right underneath a cartoon silhouette of a man engulfed in flames. There are a lot of guys who complain that the Rift is a pretty humorless place, but I get paid to track down the difficult to find, and jokes are no exception. My office, such as […]

24 Feb 19
Franciscans of Life

The Christmas Season ended a few weeks ago and we’re already for Lent.  Ash Wednesday is around the corner, the sixth March. It appears to us that the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary comes before his incarnation and birth at Christmas, at the end of the year.  But that’s not really the case at all. […]

24 Feb 19
Looking for Aliens

At 47, I’ve decided that I’m due a mid-life crisis. I am single, have no children, and am tempted with a severe case of wonderlust.  If I’m going to have a mid-life crisis, then I want to make sure it will be fabulous. After my ex and I broke up after 14 years, I bought […]

24 Feb 19
The Mood Recipes

Hello friends, let’s put a hold on the story of my marriage. I came across a quarreling couple today, they were arguing while I overheard them (had no option).  That moment it struck in my mind, do opposite always attract? They both were correct from their own stands, but coming to that mutual point is […]

24 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
ALTHOUGH Tampa may seem like a busy business centre, the stylish city is home to numerous museums, driven restaurants and eye-catching public art displays. Here’s seven reasons why you should take a city break trip to this contemporary and dynamic place. 1. AMAZING ART Amazing view of the vibrant cosmopolitan side of Florida Stroll along Tampa’s Riverwalk, a 2.5-mile raised walkway that traces the curves of Hillsborough River. The striking path is dotted with public art, from glass sculptures to ceramic panels forming a “wave”. Pass them en route to Tampa Museum of Art – the shimmering mesh-fronted building showcases rare antiquities and modern installations, entry £12 (Tampamuseum.org). Nearby, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts displays vintage images on subjects such as road trips and Americana, entry £7.50 (Fmopa.org). Stroll along the Hillsborough River path and admire the stunning public art display For a stylish sleep on the waterside, check in to Aloft Tampa Downtown, from £110 a night for a double room (Marriott.com). 2. CUBAN CULTURE Like Miami’s cool neighbourhood Little Havana, historic Ybor City – a 20-minute ride from downtown Tampa on the free streetcar – is a beguiling mix of Latino culture past and present. Historic Ybor City is home to the Cuban culture in Tampa Ybor City was founded by cigar magnates in 1885, and you can still watch the tobacco being meticulously hand-rolled into fat cylinders at Tabanero (Tabanerocigars.com) and La Faraona (Lafaraonacigars.com). Walk past putty-coloured former factories and fading frescoes, browse shops in Centro Ybor (Centroybor.com) and learn about the area’s heritage at the Ybor City Museum, which is housed inside Ferlita Bakery, entry £3 (Ybormuseum.org). [bc_video video_id=”6000394313001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Coleen Rooney tore into Wayne Rooney after Florida bar crawl revelation by The Sun on Sunday”] 3. MEAT-PACKED SANDWICHES Tampanians claim that the Cuban sandwich – stuffed with smoked ham, roast pork, salami, cheese and mustard – was invented here. Miami residents beg to differ, but either way, it’s delicious. Try one for around £7 at La Segunda Bakery, which makes its fluffy yet crisp bread in-house (Lasegundabakery.com). Anise Global Gastrobar serves yummy food in a cosy, low-lit space The city’s rich heritage is also reflected in the eclectic menu at Anise Global Gastrobar, where ramen, burgers and “stinky bunz” – fluffy white buns filled with pork belly or crispy courgette – are served in a cosy, low-lit space. Mains cost around £12 (Aniseglobal.com). Or catch a 15-minute water taxi, £12 return, from downtown to upscale Ulele restaurant for chilli soup and, erm, alligator hush puppies (Ulele.com). 4. BUNGALOW BOUTIQUES Independent stores nestle alongside ‘20s bungalows in open-air shopping mall Hyde Park Village, around half an hour’s walk or a £5 Uber from downtown. Browse relaxed beach fashion at Salt Pines (Saltpines.com) or pick up pet gifts from Downtown Dogs (Shopdowntowndogs.com). You can browse for the perfect souvenir at the bungalow boutiques Refuel on charcuterie and small plates at On Swann, an airy space with dishes from around £10 (Onswann.com). In downtown, get your souvenir fix at Unlock Tampa Bay Visitor Center, whose gift store sells retro posters and jewellery crafted from Ybor City bricks (Visittampabay.com). 5. LATE-NIGHT LIQUOR Despite its name, Hotel Bar isn’t in a hotel. It is, however, definitely a bar – and exactly the kind you wish was just an elevator ride from your room. Tucked a few blocks back from the Riverwalk, this cosy nightcap spot serves classic stiffeners. Try a cognac-heavy Sidecar or a Moonwalk, made with rosewater, grapefruit and Grand Marnier, £9.50 (Hotelbartampa.com). Hotel Bar is the kind of bar you wish was an elevator ride from your room More of a beer lover? Tampa is overflowing with craft breweries. Sip beers infused with coffee, chipotle or mango, £4.50 a pint, at Hidden Springs Ale Works in hip Tampa Heights, just north of downtown (Hiddenspringsaleworks.com). Or try citrusy ales, £5, at Tampa Bay Brewing Company’s lively Ybor City pub (Tbbc.beer). [boxout headline=”Our top tips”] Flight time: 9hrs 50mins Average temperature: 25C Time difference: -5 hours Currency: US dollar Return flights from the UK to Tampa start from £330 (Norwegian.com). Plan your trip at Visittampabay.com. [/boxout] 6. FOODIE HANGOUTS A brick building where streetcars used to park for the night is now one of the city’s trendiest nightspots. Armature Works, perched by the river in Tampa Heights, is a bright, airy space filled with food stalls and bars perfect for, well, perching (Armatureworks.com). At The Hall on Franklin, a five-minute walk away, vendors serve poke bowls, pizza and perfectly crisp fried chicken (Thehallonfranklin.com). On the opposite riverbank, Oxford Exchange is a restaurant, cafe and shopping destination all in one elegant, ivory-brick package. Weekend brunch, with puffy pancakes, scrambled eggs or fat breakfast sandwiches served until 4pm, is a must. Plates cost from £7 (Oxfordexchange.com). [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN FABULOUS” posts_category=”30″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] 7. SWIMMING WITH MANATEES Crystal River, just over an hour’s drive from Tampa, is one of only a few places in Florida where you can swim with manatees – sometimes called sea cows – in their natural environment. Meander down the river on an open-sided boat before snorkelling up close to the gentle giants. Stay overnight at the charming, old-fashioned Plantation Inn, which runs early morning tours from its grounds. Stay overnight at the charming, old-fashioned Plantation Inn which has beautiful views and pools Tampa is one of the only few places in Florida where you can swim with Manatees Doubles cost from £150, while tours are £50 for around two hours, including equipment and post-swim hot chocolate (Plantationoncrystalriver.com). Feeling active? Rent a kayak or SUP and paddle on the river, from £15 for two hours. Back in Tampa, be enchanted by marine creatures at the Florida Aquarium, entry £20 (Flaquarium.org). Residents include otters, pelicans and sea dragons! 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24 Feb 19
The Irish Sun
ALTHOUGH Tampa may seem like a busy business centre, the stylish city is home to numerous museums, driven restaurants and eye-catching public art displays. Here’s seven reasons why you should take a city break trip to this contemporary and dynamic place. 1. AMAZING ART Amazing view of the vibrant cosmopolitan side of Florida Stroll along Tampa’s Riverwalk, a 2.5-mile raised walkway that traces the curves of Hillsborough River. The striking path is dotted with public art, from glass sculptures to ceramic panels forming a “wave”. Pass them en route to Tampa Museum of Art – the shimmering mesh-fronted building showcases rare antiquities and modern installations, entry £12 (Tampamuseum.org). Nearby, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts displays vintage images on subjects such as road trips and Americana, entry £7.50 (Fmopa.org). Stroll along the Hillsborough River path and admire the stunning public art display For a stylish sleep on the waterside, check in to Aloft Tampa Downtown, from £110 a night for a double room (Marriott.com). 2. CUBAN CULTURE Like Miami’s cool neighbourhood Little Havana, historic Ybor City – a 20-minute ride from downtown Tampa on the free streetcar – is a beguiling mix of Latino culture past and present. Historic Ybor City is home to the Cuban culture in Tampa Ybor City was founded by cigar magnates in 1885, and you can still watch the tobacco being meticulously hand-rolled into fat cylinders at Tabanero (Tabanerocigars.com) and La Faraona (Lafaraonacigars.com). Walk past putty-coloured former factories and fading frescoes, browse shops in Centro Ybor (Centroybor.com) and learn about the area’s heritage at the Ybor City Museum, which is housed inside Ferlita Bakery, entry £3 (Ybormuseum.org). [bc_video video_id=”6000394313001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Coleen Rooney tore into Wayne Rooney after Florida bar crawl revelation by The Sun on Sunday”] 3. MEAT-PACKED SANDWICHES Tampanians claim that the Cuban sandwich – stuffed with smoked ham, roast pork, salami, cheese and mustard – was invented here. Miami residents beg to differ, but either way, it’s delicious. Try one for around £7 at La Segunda Bakery, which makes its fluffy yet crisp bread in-house (Lasegundabakery.com). Anise Global Gastrobar serves yummy food in a cosy, low-lit space The city’s rich heritage is also reflected in the eclectic menu at Anise Global Gastrobar, where ramen, burgers and “stinky bunz” – fluffy white buns filled with pork belly or crispy courgette – are served in a cosy, low-lit space. Mains cost around £12 (Aniseglobal.com). Or catch a 15-minute water taxi, £12 return, from downtown to upscale Ulele restaurant for chilli soup and, erm, alligator hush puppies (Ulele.com). 4. BUNGALOW BOUTIQUES Independent stores nestle alongside ‘20s bungalows in open-air shopping mall Hyde Park Village, around half an hour’s walk or a £5 Uber from downtown. Browse relaxed beach fashion at Salt Pines (Saltpines.com) or pick up pet gifts from Downtown Dogs (Shopdowntowndogs.com). You can browse for the perfect souvenir at the bungalow boutiques Refuel on charcuterie and small plates at On Swann, an airy space with dishes from around £10 (Onswann.com). In downtown, get your souvenir fix at Unlock Tampa Bay Visitor Center, whose gift store sells retro posters and jewellery crafted from Ybor City bricks (Visittampabay.com). 5. LATE-NIGHT LIQUOR Despite its name, Hotel Bar isn’t in a hotel. It is, however, definitely a bar – and exactly the kind you wish was just an elevator ride from your room. Tucked a few blocks back from the Riverwalk, this cosy nightcap spot serves classic stiffeners. Try a cognac-heavy Sidecar or a Moonwalk, made with rosewater, grapefruit and Grand Marnier, £9.50 (Hotelbartampa.com). Hotel Bar is the kind of bar you wish was an elevator ride from your room More of a beer lover? Tampa is overflowing with craft breweries. Sip beers infused with coffee, chipotle or mango, £4.50 a pint, at Hidden Springs Ale Works in hip Tampa Heights, just north of downtown (Hiddenspringsaleworks.com). Or try citrusy ales, £5, at Tampa Bay Brewing Company’s lively Ybor City pub (Tbbc.beer). [boxout headline=”Our top tips”] Flight time: 9hrs 50mins Average temperature: 25C Time difference: -5 hours Currency: US dollar Return flights from the UK to Tampa start from £330 (Norwegian.com). Plan your trip at Visittampabay.com. [/boxout] 6. FOODIE HANGOUTS A brick building where streetcars used to park for the night is now one of the city’s trendiest nightspots. Armature Works, perched by the river in Tampa Heights, is a bright, airy space filled with food stalls and bars perfect for, well, perching (Armatureworks.com). At The Hall on Franklin, a five-minute walk away, vendors serve poke bowls, pizza and perfectly crisp fried chicken (Thehallonfranklin.com). On the opposite riverbank, Oxford Exchange is a restaurant, cafe and shopping destination all in one elegant, ivory-brick package. Weekend brunch, with puffy pancakes, scrambled eggs or fat breakfast sandwiches served until 4pm, is a must. Plates cost from £7 (Oxfordexchange.com). [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN FABULOUS” posts_category=”24″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] 7. SWIMMING WITH MANATEES Crystal River, just over an hour’s drive from Tampa, is one of only a few places in Florida where you can swim with manatees – sometimes called sea cows – in their natural environment. Meander down the river on an open-sided boat before snorkelling up close to the gentle giants. Stay overnight at the charming, old-fashioned Plantation Inn, which runs early morning tours from its grounds. Stay overnight at the charming, old-fashioned Plantation Inn which has beautiful views and pools Tampa is one of the only few places in Florida where you can swim with Manatees Doubles cost from £150, while tours are £50 for around two hours, including equipment and post-swim hot chocolate (Plantationoncrystalriver.com). Feeling active? Rent a kayak or SUP and paddle on the river, from £15 for two hours. Back in Tampa, be enchanted by marine creatures at the Florida Aquarium, entry £20 (Flaquarium.org). Residents include otters, pelicans and sea dragons! 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