Monthly Archives: December 2014

Readers WishWant Dining Establishments, Home Entertainment

Posted by Thomas on December 31, 2014
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Exterior of Joes Crab Shack Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 in Latham, NY (Lori Van Buren/ Times Union).
Lori Van Buren.

We asked our Facebook followers exactly what they would such as to see in Midland. Remarks included popular chain dining establishments, retail and home entertainment alternatives for kids and grownups. A few of you seem to have sensible expectations. (Is a Panera Bread really asking for too much?) And some of you took the concept of DESIRE list to heart. (Sorry, however we do not see a gambling establishment in downtown Midland’s future). Right here are the highlights of what you would such aswant to see in Midland next year.

More restaurants, kindly!

Joe’s Crab Shack took the spot of many wished-for dining establishment, followed closely by Panera Bread and TGIFriday’s. The Cheesecake Manufacturing facility, Applebee’s and Pei Wei also saw several votes. Other dining establishments Midlanders want include In-N-Out Hamburger, La Madeleine, PF Chang’s, Krispy Kreme, Red Robin, Landry’s, Rockfish, Longhorn Steak House, Pappadeaux, Boston Market, Chuys and Rudy’s BBQ.

Amuse us

It’s not a surprise Midlanders desire more to do. Your home entertainment desire list consists of venues for activities such as rock climbing, miniature golf, and laser tag. Indoor entertainment hubs such as Main EventCenterpiece and Dave and Busters scored high. More than a few readers pointed out zoos and museums dealing with children. Among the desires more than likely never ever to come true: a theme park (sorry, however we have not become aware of any strategies to bring back Water Wonderland), Fiesta Texas, 6 Flags, Sea World and a gambling establishment in downtown Midland.

If you sell it, we will come


Entertainment calendar, week of Dec. 28

Posted by Thomas on December 30, 2014
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Plan your week in entertainment with these pop-culture highlights.

MONDAY, 12/29

Watch: The Gold family is back with new adventures from their Detroit pawn shop in the ninth season premiere of Hardcore Pawn (9:30 ET/PT, TruTV).

TUESDAY, 12/30

Watch: This years Kennedy Center Honors gala features an especially impressive lineup, including Sting and Tom Hanks. The star-studded lineup of tribute performers includes Bruno Mars, Meryl Streep, Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga, with host Stephen Colbert. The broadcast of the ceremony, taped earlier this month, is at 9 ET/PT on CBS.


Arts League On The IncreaseIncreasing Once Again

Posted by Thomas on December 08, 2014
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When the restored Horton Plaza Park opens late next year, among its functions will certainly be a gleaming brand-new box office that represents a different resurgence all its own.The ArtsTix Box WorkplaceTicket office may be a reasonably little part of the $17.7 million project to broaden and revamp the historical downtown park, but it’s a huge minute for the San Diego Carrying out Arts League, as both a noticeable symbol and an essential component of the company’s gradual return to relevance.Founded 30 years ago

as the San Diego Theater League, the League was once a prominent gamer on the local cultural scene, acting as a trade group, advertising clearinghouse and all-around unifying force for area arts organizations.But as it went through management changes, fundraising problems and shifts in the cultural landscape over the previous years or so, the League seemed to fade from the picture.D. Candis Paule, a veteran San Diego star turned casting director, remembers a time when “at some time in every discussion(about performing arts here ), the League showed up due to the fact that it was constantly a source of info, a source of aid, a source of opportunity to satisfy others in the market.”Now, Paule, who’s the League’s board president, and Gary Kramer, its vice president and executive director, are intending to recover the organization to that sort of vibrancy, while updating its objective and techniques.”Tower Records didn’t stay up to date with times– they thought they could just be a record establishment,”Paule states by method of example.”And they disappeared.” And the Carrying out Arts League, it simply slept.

When Gary and I came aboard, we stated, maybe we do not need the ‘What’s Playing’guide (a previous print providing )anymore, but we do need a more powerful online presence.”It was, how do you take previous successes and equate them into current necessities? I believe that’s the secret for any organization– if you don’t keep up with the (state )of your industry, then you’re destined for dormancy.”Restarting the booth Paule and Kramer, the creator and creative director of the San Diego-based National Comedy Theatre, belong to a reconstituted Carrying out Arts League board that signed on in 2012 with an aim to re-energize the group.Part of the impetus was the truththat the League’s former ticket booth, which had actually stood near Third Opportunity and Broadway since 1989, was scheduled for demolition since of the park task. Leadership was required to guide the plansprepare for the brand-new ArtsTix facility, whose construction is supported to the tune of$100,000 by Civic San Diego(the city’s development arm).”Plus, it was simply time to turn the page on the Performing Arts League and take it into the 21st century, “states Kramer.”So a variety of tasks began once morerenewed, not the least which is a brand-new web site,” at “We began getting involved in( those)other jobs and flipping the light switches back on. “Amongst those jobs: the Star Awards, a yearly event that honors arts volunteers. One of the League’s signature happenings in decades past, the awards show had been ceased however has actually made a returnpicked up under the new management. It will take place in January for a 3rd straight year, and Kramer states numerous hundred individuals are expected.


Female Opens An Expert Cuddle Store And Charges $60 An H.

Posted by Thomas on December 08, 2014
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Carla AxtmanProfessional cuddler Samantha Hess unwinds with Portland musician KaiKani 7 Vanity.If youre in need of a cuddle session, look no additionally than Samantha Hess, a professional snuggler in Oregon who just opened her own expert cuddling establishment.

She charges $60 an hour for private cuddling sessions, and company is apparently thriving.

Hess had 1,000 customers in the very first week of her establishment opening.

Hess, 30, states her work is a kind of treatment and is purely platonic.

She began her business in the start of the year after being influenced by a man holding a Totally free Hugs indicator. Her cuddle sessions were so popular that she was able to open her own studio, which she called Cuddle As much as Me.

In July, Company Insider reported on Hess entrepreneurship,

She is fast to prevent any improper actions, through her in-person vetting procedure, a full-page waiver with predetermined guidelines and borders, and transparency with her clients. In our culture, the only experience somebody has with this sort of touching has been in a charming sense, Hess states. Its not constantly easy for individuals to switch their brains to merely being platonic about it.

Hess highlights that it is only suitable to touch her where it would be OKAY to touch a youngster. If shes uneasy with anything, she offers her client two taps to indicate for them to stop. If theyre looking for a replacement for sex, theyre not going to be pleased with my service, she states.

A great deal of her customers are guys who suffer from serious traumatic diseases or disabilities that avoid them from having regular human contact.

According to Buzzfeeds report on Cuddle As much as Me, customers can chooseopt to snuggle in various style spaces like a maritime beach room. Each space likewise has video camerascamera for security issues.

Carla AxtmanSamantha Hess.

The Cuddle Up To Me website has been getting so much traffic that the server has, for now, shut down. But Hess ensures visitors on the front page that the website will certainly be up and running once more quickly.

I call my service a massage for the mind, Hess says. Its implied to invigorate you and make you feel that openness and joy in your brain by resetting your system from top to bottom.


Vacation Arts & & Crafts 2014: 33 Shows/sales

Posted by Thomas on December 07, 2014
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Pratt Vacation Art Sale

TODAY-NOV. 30 Pratts yearly sale showcases art and presents made by artists working in glass, jewelry, wood, fabrics, sculpture, photography, painting, prints and more. 11 am-7 pm daily, closed Nov. 27. Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 S. Main St., Seattle, free (206-328-2200 or

Frye Art Museum Members Vacation Sale

TODAY Frye Art Museum showcases a curated collection of products from more than 50 Seattle designers and artists. 11 am-5 pm Sunday. Frye Art Gallery, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle, complimentary (206-622-9250 or

Little Works, Big Provides: The Gift of Art

TODAY-DEC. 14 Juried program and sale of small/miniature art work. Noon-4 pm Wednesdays-Sundays, 6-8 pm Dec. 4, White River Valley Museum, 918 H St. SE, Auburn; $2-$5 (253-288-7433 or

MIVAL Holiday Art Program

SUN-DEC. 19 MIVAL Gallery (Mercer Island Ceramics League), 2836 78th Ave. SE, Mercer Island, free (206-619-6276 or

Squared away on Whidbey

NOV. 28-30 Vacation art and presents by regional artists. Noon-7 pm Nov. 28, 10 am-5 pm Nov. 29-30. All day event Friday-Sunday. Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander St., Coupeville, Whidbey Island, free.

Purple Friday

NOV. 28-30 Holiday art and gifts by regional artists. Noon-6 pm Nov. 28-30. Ryan James Fine Arts, 11905 124th Ave. NE, Kirkland: totally free (425-814-9500 or

Hill Holiday Craft Sale

NOV. 29-30 Featuring handmade items from local artists. 11 am-5 pm daily. Skagit County Historic Gallery, 501 S. Fourth St., La Conner, free (360-466-3365 or

Bellevue Hill Vacation Craft Show

DEC. 3-6 Three rooms, more than 80 booths. 10 am-8 pm Dec. 3-5, 10 am-5 pm Dec. 6. Northwest Arts Center, 9825 NE 24th St., Bellevue, complimentary (425-452-6046 or

Schack Store Vacation Trunk Reveals

DEC. 4 Featuring fused glass by Judy Macauley and scarves by Karen Lyons. Noon-5 pm Thursday. Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, complimentary (425-259-5050 or

Northwest Vacation Handmade

DEC. 5-6 Ten regional artists will certainly display handcrafted wares, consisting of ceramic tiles, textiles, blockprints, vintage fashion jewelry, yarns, baskets, etchings, beadwork and watercolors. 11 am-6 pm Friday, Dec. 5, 10 am-5 pm Saturday, Dec. 6. Leader Hall, 1642 43rd Ave. E., Seattle, free (206-940-5075).

Seward Park Clay Studio Holiday Sale

DEC. 5-24 A show and sale of works by more than 40 Pacific Northwest clay artists. opening night reception, 6:30 -9:30 pm Friday, Dec. 5. 10 am-6 pm weekends and noon-7 pm weekdays, Dec. 6-24. Seward Park Clay Studio, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle, complimentary admission to opening reception is $10 (206-722-6342 or

Bainbridge Island Studio Winter Trip

DEC. 5-7 Self-guided trip of artists studious throughout Bainbridge Island. 10 am-6 pm Dec. 5-6, 10 am-5 pm Dec. 7. downtown Bainbridge Island, Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, complimentary (

Christmas in the Country

DEC. 5-7 A self-guided trip of historical homes, farms, hand-built homes and nonprofit places; food and music. 10 am-5 pm Dec. 5-6, 11 am-5 pm Dec. 7. Downtown Bainbridge Island, Winslow Method E., Bainbridge Island, totally free

North End Arts Trip

DEC. 5-7 A self-guided tour of 6 artists studios and galleries in North Seattle featuring works by 30 regional artists. 4-9 pm Dec. 5, 10 am-5 pm Dec. 6-7. Artisans Gallery, 7525 41st Ave. NE, Seattle, free (

Seattle Sampling Artists Studio Tour

DEC. 5-7 Self-guided tour of 10 studios throughout Seattle showcasing artwork by more than 30 artists. 4-9 pm Dec. 5, 10 am-5 pm Dec. 6-7. Blowing Sands Glass Studio, 5805 14th Ave. NW, Seattle, complimentary (

Whidbey Allied Artists Art and Gift Show

DEC. 5-7 More than 20 artists will reveal and offer a broad varietya wide range art. 10 am-6 pm Dec. 5-6, 10 am-5 pm Dec. 7. Coupeville Leisure Hall, 901 NW Alexander St., Coupeville, Whidbey Island, complimentary.

Vacation Open Residence

DEC. 6 Featuring works by 38 regional artists. 1-5 pm Dec. 6. East Shore Gallery, 12700 SE 32nd St., Bellevue; totally free (425-747-3780).

Holiday Art Market and Open Residence

DEC. 6 A sale of holiday themed artwork by 25 regional artists, designers and craftspeople. Artist Demonstrations throughout the day and childrens art-making activities (11 am-3 pm). 10 am-7 pm Dec. 6. Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St., Kirkland, free (425-822-7161 or

Soulumination Holiday Artists Sale

DEC. 6-7 Holiday sale with works by 35 artists, plus handcrafted wreaths. 10 am-7 pm Dec. 6, noon-5 pm Dec. 7. Soulumination, 5201 11th Ave. NW, Seattle; totally free (206-297-0885 or

Vashon Island Art Studio Tour Holiday 2014

DEC. 6-7, 13-14 A self-guided trip of artists studios throughout Vashon Island with works for sale on-site. 10 am-4 pm Dec 6-7 and 13-14. Downtown Vashon, complimentary (

10th Annual Art Under $100 Sale

DEC. 6 A show and sale of locally made, inexpensive art (all under $100) by more than 50 local artists. 2-9 pm Dec. 6. Seattle Design Center, 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle, totally free (

Holiday Arts and Crafts Gift Show

DEC. 6 A show and sale of jewelry, hats, paintings, bags, cards and more by regional artists. 10 am-4 pm Dec. 6. Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation Social Hall, 7141 California Ave. SW, Seattle, complimentary (

Drawing Jam

DEC. 6 A community party of music, art and illustration. 9 am-7 pm Dec. 6. Gage Academy of Art, 1501 10th Ave. E., Seattle, complimentary (206-323-4243 or

Winter season Festival and Crafts Fair

DEC. 6-7 Works by 115 artists and crafts vendors; musicians, dancers, home entertainment, quilt raffle, bake sale and lunch items. 10 am-5 pm Dec. 6-7. Phinney Area Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, complimentary (206-783-2244 or

Gifts of the Season

DEC. 7 Arts and crafts from the artists of Gallery North. 1-4 pm Dec. 7. Gallery North, 508 Main St., Edmonds, free (

Inscape Arts Open Residence

DEC. 7 1-6 pm Dec. 7. Inscape Arts, 815 Seattle Blvd S., Seattle, totally free (

Schack Shop Holiday Trunk Shows

DEC. 11 Featuring jewelry by Carie Collver and bags by Madeline Chadwick. Noon-5 pm Dec. 11. Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, free (425-259-5050 or

Fa La La: Vacation Sale of Art and Crafts

DEC. 12-13 2 days of vacation cheer, live music, and a selection of handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts from more than 35 local artists. Noon-6 pm Dec. 12, 10 am-5 pm Dec. 13. Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, free (425-259-5050 or

Cole Gallery Christmas Open House

DEC. 16 A day of artists demos with spiced cider and cookies. 10 am-6 pm Dec. 16. Cole Gallery, 107 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds, totally free (425-697-2787 or

MIVAL Gallery Vacation Show

ENDS 12/19 Mercer Island Visual Arts League Holiday Art Program. Noon-6 pm Thursday through Saturday, Noon-4 pm Sunday, 2836 78th Ave. SE, Mercer Island (206-619-6276 or

Schack Art Center Holiday Art Show

ENDS 12/27 Holiday Art Program. Including the Northwest Watercolor Society, as well as local glass and pottery. 10 am-6 pm Monday through Friday, 10 am-5 pm Saturday, noon-5 pm, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett (425-259-5050 or

Gallery IMA

ENDS 1/31 Holiday Group Exhibition. 10:30 am-5:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday, noon-5 pm Sunday, 123 S. Jackson St., Seattle (206-625-0055 or

East Coast Gallery

ENDS 1/5 Vacation program by area artists. 10 am-4 pm Monday through Friday, 12700 SE 32nd St., Bellevue (425-747-3780).

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Books: Popular Fiction … Getting Away Life In A Book

Posted by Thomas on December 06, 2014
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Dublin Airport, Shannon, Dubai, JFK, Sydney, Charles de Gaulle- what do these airports have in typicalshare? They all include a host of Irish writers on the best-seller shelves; the new generation of popular writers who are following in the steps of the late, great Maeve Binchy and taking the national and international world by storm. Maeve, the pioneer, led the way. She provided them a voice, or rather, offered them permission to use their own voice to composediscuss the way we live today, highlighting problems that besieged our everydaylives, everything from marital breakdown to looking after someone with cancer, joblessness and depression, love, relationship and family. This new type of Irish female authors like Cathy Kelly, Sinead Moriarty and Emma Hannigan have become hot homes and publishers like Penguin are queueing up for their trademarks. According to Patricia Deevy, the senior editor at Penguin Ireland


Popular Italian Restaurant Takes Out ‘Helped Desired’ Ad, Gets Socked With $5K …

Posted by Thomas on December 05, 2014
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New York City, New York (WPIX) Not for an instant did Lara Kineavy believe a help wanted ad she published on Craigslist back in July, would land the dining establishment she works for in hot water.

I didnt actually think much about it. (I) just put an advertisement for hostess/coat check. Thats about it, said Kineavy.

Person hosting was the word that captured the attention of the NYC Commission on Human Rights which keeps an eye on such ads.

The Italian restaurant Sistina, a popular Upper East Side staple for more than 3 decades, is implicated of gender discrimination in its ad, and was put with a $5,000 fine.

This is crazy to accuse us of something, cause we don’t do that, said Giuseppe Bruno, owner of Sistina. At least offer us a warning.

In its complaint, the Commission stated it had one of its own employees reply to the advertisement in 2 e-mails with connected resumes– one from a guy, the other a woman. The Commission claimed just the womans email was opened, but on one specific day– August 22.

Whether the males was opened on that day is in question. But it was 100 percent opened and examined, said Kineavy, who works both as an assistant to the dining establishment owner, and hostess.

She stated the restaurant didnt reactreply to either applicant, because neither was qualified.

The Commission on Human being Rights released the following statement:

In New york city City, it is illegal under the Human Rights Law to express a preference for one safeguarded course over another in a work advertisement. In the Sistina case, Commissioner testers spotted a presumably discriminatory ad that requested a specific gender to fill a position. The Commission filed a problem and the case is currently under examination. It is a typical practice for the Commission to attempt to settle cases at every phase of the procedure.

Bruno promises to battleto combat the fine.

It was a sincere error, he stated.


SBF, Minority Company, Bold Selah

Posted by Thomas on December 05, 2014
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Denise Bolds doesn’t desire other females to go through exactly what she did.

“I had a really bad childbirth experience with my child 24 years earlier,” stated Bolds, owner of Strong Selah in Beacon, a giving birth support and advocacy business. “I was a Medicaid (low income-insured) mommy and dealt with that way.”

Now Bolds is overcoming her business to support African American ladies, in certain, through childbirth. African American ladies, she said, have the greatest baby death rates, early births, C-sections, low birth rates and distressing birth experiences in the nation, consisting of the Mid-Hudson Valley.

“We need to let people know that there are doulas out there,” she said. “That they are looking to deal with females of color.”

Bolds likewise is making every effortpursuing more variety in her career, a circumstance that contributes to the limited circle of females looking for doula services. As it stands, she stated she is among a handful of African American doulas out of the region’s 200 or so.

“It’s a cultural proficiency that I do bring to the table; that I do comprehend since of the cultural similarity,” she said.The National Women’s Business Council reports African American women-owned businesses have increased 66.7 percent since 2002 and 191.4 percent because 1997. Total receipts for the businesses is$36.8 billion, a 78.1 percent boost considering that 2002. Of the nation’s 7.8 million women-owned companies, of which nonfarm companies create$1.2 trillion in complete receipts, 11.7 percent are owned by African American women. For Hispanic women it’s 10.2 percent and Asian females it’s 6.7 percent.Bolds has actually introduced her services to African American companies and companies in the region, consisting of churches, hair salons, establishments and other places.She’s also marketed her company at neighborhood centers, local libraries, Facebook and a business website her kid established, plus has linkedgotten in touch with other area doulas and midwives.She’s making development. This year she was named as Entrepreneur of the Year by Gateway to Entrepreneurial

Tomorrows that serves females and minorities beginning their own business.Jan Bell, vice chair of GET’s board of directors and an associate genuinerealty broker with Win Morrison Real estate in Kingston, stated Bolds, who participated in the company’s entrepreneur program, is a dynamic woman.”The interesting thing is that, at this point, African American ladies are part of a big movement of ladies being entrepreneurs and being independent,”she said.”She’s in the ideal location at the ideal time.”Yet Bell stated numerous African American company women battle. Think about that the overwhelming majority of them don’t have access to endeavor capital, leaving them to money their ventures with saved money and/or obtained funds from family and good friends.”Females, in basic, specifically minority females, do not understandhave no idea exactly what’s out there and exactly what is out there just doesn’t get to them,”stated Bell.”They just do not get the resources that male-owned companies get.”Bolds, who spent 20 years as a social worker and moneyed her home-based business by offering her life insurance provider policy and other individual home, went through doula training through DONA International. She received her doula accreditation earlier this month.Since opening her company in March, she’s provided doula services to 15 women that she’s supported, informed and tended to through giving birth. “Society anticipates ladies to understand ways to have children, “said Bolds,

who doesn’t participate in clinical intervention but is in attendance with the mom’s medical staff.”Ladies do not understand the best ways to have babies.

“Bolds said providingdelivering without having a correct understanding of the procedure or emotional support leaves doors open for ladies to fail.”I’m here for support and comfort for the mom, “she said.Karen Maserjian Shan is a freelance author

:!.?.!African American women-owned companies in the United States oTotal number: 911,728, a 66.7 percent increase from 2002 and a 191.4 percent rise considering that 1997 oTotal receipts:$36.8 billion, a 78.1 percent boost considering that 2002 oPercent of all women-owned firms: 11.7 percent oHighest geographical representation: The South,

17.2 percent oStates with mostthe majority of the companies: New York( 98,877 ), Georgia(88,920 )and Florida (86,001 )oTop markets

: healthcare and social help (32.3 percent), other services(23.0 percent) and administrative and support and waste

management and remediation services(9.8 percent). oLeast represented markets: management of companies and business(less than.01 percent), energies(.04 percent), agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting(.08 percent), and production(.68 percent). Source: The National Women’s Company Council,