Philadelphia Film Events from February 17-February 22, 2013

Film visionaries from the old school and new school merge for an eclectic mix of work to entertain, educate and inspire audiences in Philadelphia. These screenings in varied neighborhoods across the city allow movie fanatics to enjoy both classic, world and modern cinema without leaving their hometown.

Sunday, February 17

Temple University is partnering with the Philadelphia Film and Video Association to host the school's MFA Thesis screening, at the International House of Philadelphia in University City. The event, titled "On the Road," features several narrative short films covering diverse stories about blindness, vision, emotional trauma and culture shock, to name a few. Filmmakers and alumni from Temple's Department of Film and Media Arts are expected to be in attendance to celebrate their work. There is no charge for this public screening.

Tuesday, February 19

Magnolia Pictures is hosting a special advance screening of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival selection, "A Place at the Table" at the Ritz 5 Theater in Old City. Directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, this documentary reveals the serious implications of hunger crisis in America. The stories of three Americans experiencing food insecurity are interwoven through interviews with experts and activists who are working to solve the national hunger problem. Attendees are encourages to join Jacobson and Silverbush for a post-screening discussion. Free tickets to this event are available through reservations.

Wednesday, February 20

The Institute of Contemporary Art presents a screening of the 1970 film, "Cleopatra" at the International House if Philadelphia. Directed by Michel Auder, this movie is an improvisational take on the 1963 Hollywood classic starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. It also features Andy Warhol's ensemble cast including Taylor Mead and Andrea Feldman.

Thursday, February 21

The Philadelphia Film Society and the University of the Arts are hosting a screening of "The Fifth Season" at the Gersham Y in center city. Directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, this Belgian film is about a small village that does not experience spring – bringing the harvest to a standstill. This circumstance also causes chaos among the residents. The screening is being presented as part of a "Passport to World Cinema" series intended to showcase the year's strongest films from around the globe.

Friday, February 22

Millersville University is screening a live cinema performance titled "Funny Bones" at The Ware Center on their Lancaster campus. Hosted by Dan Kamin, this event features film clips from the work of Charlie Chaplin, live music by one of the school's music students, a classic Chaplin short and live demonstrations. The two-hour program is part of the Fam Fun Fest and open to the public.



Reviewing the Kentucky Derby Festival Events – The Great Balloon Glow

I'll never forget the first time I saw a hot-air balloon. I was six or seven. I was playing outside of our house and heard the WOOOSH, WOOOSH, WOOOSH, of the burners overhead. It scared me, and then scared me even more when I saw the now familiar outline of a hot-air balloon coming over my head. The friendly pilot waived down at me and I waved back. Instantly I was hooked on this method of transportation. A year or two later, my parents took me to the Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race at the Fairgrounds, and I overcome with a love for hot-air balloons.

Sadly, it took me close to 30 years to attend the events in person. In that time, the Kentucky Derby Festival has added several balloon events, including the very popular Great Balloon Glow.

The Event

The Great Balloon Glow is held the night before the Great Balloon Race at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Shortly before the sun goes down, many of the balloons that will be competing in the Great Balloon Race roll out their envelopes and begin filling them with the hot air that will bring them up to the sky. As music pumps all around them, the balloons begin to rise. When the command is given, all of the balloons attempt to fill their balloons with several seconds of flame from their burners, causing the balloons to simultaneously glow.

This event was started in 1993 after bad weather forced the Great Balloon Race to be cancelled. This event gave balloonists the chance to show off their balloons before a large crowd.

Event Rating — 9

The Great Balloon Glow is one of the more popular events of the Kentucky Derby Festival, attracting an average of 65,000 people to the Kentucky Exposition Center. Children and parents alike wander around the lawn of the Kentucky Exposition Center staring in amazement at the many shapes, sizes, and colors of balloons that surround them. My wife, daughter and I truly enjoyed the event because it gives you access to all of the balloons and allows you to see them all inflated and it one place for an extended period of time. You could appreciate the difficulty that crews must have getting some of these balloons, such as the Energizer Bunny, inflated. Many of the balloons were also giving out free goodies for the kids. The only downside to the event is that the "glow" itself is somewhat disappointing. It's very difficult for all of the balloons to fire up at the same time, so the effect of all balloons lighting is brief and limited .

Ease of Attendance — 8

The Kentucky Exposition Center has lots of parking (for $5) on the grounds. The popularity of the event means that you may wind up parking far away from the balloons, however, so be prepared if you have young kids.

Family Friendliness — 9

The Great Balloon Glow is almost perfect for families. It's held on a weekend evening and it has something for everyone in the family. Everyone loves the beauty of the balloons, and your kids will enjoy getting the stickers, pins, and other items being given away. At last year's event, there were even rides indoors for the kiddies. The only downside to this event is the massive crowds and lack of lighting at the event make it very easy to lose anyone who gets separated from you. Additionally, you should be prepared for mud if it has recently rained.


Michigan's Proposed Sporting EventsTicket Tax Must Be Stopped

As you may have heard, the state of Michigan is suffering through a landmark financial crisis, ranking 49nd in the nation in unemployment in a recent survey. The state government is in serious debt, and Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm is planning to do something about it.

Her target? Sports (as well as concert and movie) fans in Michigan. She's banking on the notion that Michiganders are too closely attached to their teams at this point to give up going to the games, even if they have to pay more out of their already shallow pockets to continue to go.

And with the Tigers in the midst of a pennant race as both young and old fans discover (and re-discover) a sport that used to be so dear to the hearts of Detroiters, the tax seems even more difficult to bear.

The tax would add up to around $24 million per year on sports tickets for Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons, Lions, Michigan International Speedway, minor league baseball, and hockey events. Tigers season ticket taxes for a family of four would range from $230 to more than $1,200 per year extra and for a similar family Red Wings season tickets would cost between $597 to more than $1,900 per year extra. It is expected to be about 6% overall for each ticket to a game.

You can't fault Granholm for her creativity, but the bottom line is that she is picking the wrong segment of society to mess with this time. The same loyalty and passion that she seems to be banking on to make the tax work if passed are the same traits that are going to make it exceedingly difficult for the tax to pass in the first place.

Sportstalk radio was abuzz with people voicing their almost overwhelmingly negative opinions of the tax right after it was announced, and many hosts including WDFN Sportsradio 1130's popular morning host, Sean Baligian, are leading campaigns to let state representatives know that the tax is a bad idea and should not be passed.

I happen to agree with the protestors, as the tax is a difficult for families that are already cash-strapped in many cases by the economy as the auto companies that are the backbone of the state's economy continue to slash jobs with not enough viable replacement opportunities in sight in the immediate future.

Sporting events are one of the few places where families can get away from it all and bond over a common interest, and ticket prices have already been going up in the past decade and also more recently. Red Wing ticket prices saw increases in the playoffs that made it difficult to sell out the historically packed Joe Louis Arena, Michigan season ticket holders have had to pay extra fees, and Tigers ticket prices have also gone up as a result of the team's resurgence as a contender.

The tax also appears to be short-sighted, because while every major pro team in the state is successful right now except the Lions, it's difficult to predict when these teams might fall off. If they do happen to hit hard times, the tax will make the tickets an even tougher sell in many cases and people will end up staying home in larger numbers. Just because tickets are hot items right now doesn't mean they will be in the future.

Some people argue that the tax is a necessary evil and is a better idea than continuing to cut in other areas, but there has to be something better Granholm can find to tax because the last thing the state needs is for less people to attend sporting events, which are one of the few positives in the downtrodden Michigan economy.

Tigers games in downtown Detroit are helping to revitalize parts of the inner city as sports bars and restaurants are packed on a continuoual basis, and if people have less disposable income because of this tax, they will be less inclined to spend money on things like a meal or beers before a game, not to mention team merchandise in the local and in-stadium shops, and even more money will leave the already poor city of Detroit.

Any way you slice it, this idea seems completely misguided and it's becoming increasingly obvious that sports fans won't stand for it. Fans wishing to voice their displeasure with the tax can go to for links on how to contact their state representatives.

And if you're a fan of sports in general from out-of-state who disagrees with this tax, Michigan fans could use your support as well. If the tax is somehow successful in Michigan, it just might set a dangerous precedent and lead to taxes in neighboring states as well in a time when sports ticket prices are already on the rise to begin with.


Harry Potter Book Events in Kansas City on July 21

Calling all Muggles! Where will you be at 12:01 AM on July 21? If you're in the Kansas City area, here's where your fellow Muggles will be!

Harry Potter Extravaganza
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street
Hours: 10.00PM – 1.00 PM
Admission: RSVP
Contact: 816-701-3481

Come join us on Friday, July 20 for a 3-hour Harry Potter Extravaganza. The magic begins at 10 PM. We shall have our very own version of the Hogwarts Academy of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Attend the Potions class where you can concoct bouncy balls, test tube candy, and other wizardly potions. Have your fortune told, and test your Magic IQ in a history of magic trivia contest. This magical night will end at midnight with a reading of the first pages of The Deathly Hallows, by none other than KMBC-TV's Chief Meteorologist Bryan Busby.
Immediately following the event, you can buy your own copy of the book from the Reading Reptile. All proceeds will go the Library's Children's Book Fund. What's more, you may be the lucky winner of one of twenty copies that we are giving away! Magical!

Harry Potter Summer School
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Campus, 45th at Walnut, 64111
Hours: 6 pm – 8:30 pm, Monday – Friday, July 16 – July 21
Admission: $20 for the First Child, $15 for the Second Child, $10 for Adults, $45 Max for Families

This is not your regular Vacation Church School – come find out how! We are currently accepting students between the ages of 2 – 99. School opens on July 16, and closes July 21. Classes will run from 6 pm – 8:30 pm, Monday – Friday, culminating with an Outdoor movie showing that Friday at 9 pm. And then, a minute after midnight, the book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released to our students. Email for an application form or for more information.

Harry Potter Party!
Location: Legends 14 Theatres, at the "Main Attraction" Theatre 7
Hours: Friday, July 20, 8:30 PM – after 12:00 AM, Midnight.
Admission: Admission Packages include a Movie Ticket and a $10.00 Concessions Gift Card. Call for details.
Contact: 913-428-2989or 913-384-3126

The party begins at 8:30 PM and does not stop until after midnight. It will be a "monumental movie presentation" of "epic proportions!" First, the new movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will begin at 9:00 PM, showing on our four-story high, 87-foot wide movie screen. Then we'll have a drawing for lots of great family fun prizes and packages. At the stroke of midnight, we will release the book you have all been waiting for: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pre-Release Party
Location: Mid-Continent Public Library, Red Bridge Branch, 11140 Locust, 64131
Hours: July 14, 2007, Saturday 2:00 PM
Admission: RSVP – Registration is required
Phone: 816-942-1780

Come join the party as we celebrate the release of the seventh and final Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" and of the latest movie "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." It will be a fun, magical time with lots of trivia, games and refreshments. You will also get to make your own wand, as you enjoy ythe company of fellow Harry Potter fans.

Barnes & Noble Harry Potter Midnight Magic Costume Party
Town Center Plaza, Leawood 4751 West 117th St
Hours: July 20, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free
Phone: 913 491-4535

To celebrate the July 21st release of the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Barnes & Noble is hosting a very special Midnight Magic Costume Party. Dress up as your favorite character from the series, and come enjoy an enchanting night of spellbinding prizes and activities, great photo opportunities, Harry Potter Memorabilia, and lots of magic.


Jena Six Events Mirror Those in the Book of Genesis

Here's the story of six black youth that found out the hard way that they are expected to be second class citizens, and accept it. In Jena, Louisiana, a high school decide that it would be a good idea to plant a tree and call it the tree of "knowledge", well already they should have known that something good and evil was going to come from this. In the Bible there is a story about creation, in a place known as the Garden of Eden. In this garden the Creator decided to place everything in it, animals, plants, bodies of water, and two trees in particular. These trees are known as the "Tree of Life and Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil". There were specific instructions given to the people that lived in this garden that stated they were not to eat from one of the two trees, but the other they could eat from as much as their hearts desired. The tree that they were not to eat from was the one that opened their eyes to evil.

In Jena there was a fight that occurred when some Caucasian students decided that this tree of knowledge, that was planted on school property was no longer a tree for the world to appreciate, but that it was a tree that was now to be owned by just them and theirs. All of a sudden a young African-American decided that he would get some shelter away from the sun and relax in the shade of this tree. Well, this act must have been preposterous, because those Caucasian students came a running to protect their tree. They gave the young man a beating and let him know that he better not ever come around their tree again. This act was totally unacceptable to the fellow African-American students that were witnessing this atrocity take place right in front of their eyes as if it was suppose to happen.

The problem is this, Caucasian Americans have done America a huge injustice with the devilish ways of their history in regards to the way they treat other human beings. If a person has no recollection or concern to the Creator of mankind, then how can they respect the creation. Going back to the book of Genesis, every since man found out that there were options, obedience and disobedience, we have been separated from the Creator, because we want to do what we want to do without any regards or concern about the consequences. Believe it or not hate began the second man decided he rather ejaculate than meditate or elevate, because of this society is doomed, it is guaranteed that we are headed for destruction, unless we learn how to free ourselves from the bondage that has been placed on our minds.

The purpose of trees is so that we can live, its part of photosynthesis, but what we have to see is the metaphor, why would there be two trees to choose from, why is one tree evidently more seductive, and tempting? Why would a racial fight break out over a tree in Jena, Louisiana? Why is it that no one still seems interested in eating from the Tree of Life? The answer to these questions may be haunting to some, but for others its no big deal. The reason why is because the Creator of the Tree has an enemy, and the Creator which is God, enemy is the Devil.

Think about it, who else can put the idea in someone's mind that, "It's okay, go and beat that black boy from up under your tree, or It's okay go ahead eat from the Tree, God is not gone really kill you."


Free Summer Events in Richmond, Virginia

Looking for free entertainment this summer? Richmond, Virginia is the place to go. Although the city isn't the first place that comes to mind when thinking of spending the day outdoors, Richmond is a Mecca for fun in the sun.

One of the most popular places for a free family outing in Richmond is Maymont Park. There is a plethora of exhibits spread out across the 100 acre grounds, so be prepared for a lot of walking! The Hampton Street entrance provides quick access to the Italian garden, as well as the Japanese garden, which is complete with a koi fish pond, gazebos, and waterfall. This entrance is also a straight shot to the Maymont Mansion. If you prefer to visit the wildlife exhibits first, choose the Spottswood Road entrance. Wildlife exhibits include a children's farm and barn where youngsters can pet and feed goats while visiting the other farm animals. Past the barn are the fox, black bear, and birds of prey exhibits. Need a break? Head to the indoor nature center, with an aquarium and café, located by the Shields Lake Drive entrance. Admission and parking are always free, though there is sometimes a suggested donation for certain exhibits. Hours vary by season, but you can easily plan your trip to Maymont Park by visiting their website at for more information.

Another Richmond hot spot during the summer is Belle Isle. The historically rich area is located downtown on the riverfront, off of 5th Street. It's the perfect place to be active, with running paths and bike trails that lead visitors to breathtaking views of the James River and Richmond City. Belle Isle is also a great place to go kayaking, swimming, or to sunbathe on the rocks. Just be observant of any restrictions due to the river water level posted at the bridge entrance. The park closes at dark and has a free parking lot, as well as plenty street parking.

Looking for a different kind of night out on the town? Visit the Canal Walk, located in Richmond's River District. Canal Walk is within walking distance to the popular restaurants and clubs of Shockoe Bottom. Visits are free, but for $5 you can take a narrated tour one of their covered boats. Operating hours of tours vary but are typically from 12 noon to 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 12 noon to 5pm on Sunday. Visit for additional canal cruise information and more things to do in the area.

Another alternative to your run- of – the- mill weekend outing is First Fridays Art Walk. It takes place on the first Friday of each month on Broad Street in downtown Richmond. Enjoy special exhibits and shows at local art galleries and cheer on street performers and musicians. There is a wide assortment of live music and vendors each month so come out and see what's new!

A Richmond summer favorite is the Friday Cheers free summer concert series. This event takes place on Brown's Island, every Friday from 6pm to 9:30pm. The series started May 8 and will continue to June 26. With lots of food, beer, and music, you can't afford to miss it. Be sure to arrive early so you can find free parking. If you come later, parking is $5. You can find this year's line- up at under 2020 Friday Cheers.

You don't have to spend a lot (if any!) money to go out and have a great time. For more upcoming Richmond events, check out


Will Daylight Savings Be a Mini Y2K Event?

What does Daylight-Saving time have to do with the doomsday drama of Y2K you ask? First, let's get some background. On March 11, daylight-saving time will start. This is three weeks earlier than years before because of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The goal of this legislation is to conserve energy by extending the daylight-saving concept an extra month. (It will end a week later in the fall.)

Since the time change is new, just about every electronic device that has a clock visible or otherwise will be affected. All computers, cell phones, microwaves, videocassette recorders, and electronic calendars will need to be adjusted.

These are fairly obvious, but what about the not so obvious events in our lives that are dictated by computers and electronic timers: climate-control systems in buildings, medical appointments, stock trades, utilities automatic billing, time controlled vaults and doors, airline arrival and departure monitors, and business meeting times.

Wow, who would have thought that a measly little hour could have the potential for, while not catastrophic, certainly a nuisance and perhaps a major, costly nuisance.

Some fixes have been put is place. The Windows operating system with the latest version will have an update automatically take place on Feb 13. There may be other patches you need to download for software other that the operating system.

Stock brokerage companies along with health care providers are aware of the problem but depend on the software vendor to deliver a patch that will fix the problem. Will they get the fix in time?

Large companies will probably be OK since they have updated systems. The question does remain, however, have they done enough? The biggest problem will be the medium and small businesses. Many of them are probably oblivious to the problem.

Some consumer tips to help:

  • Cable boxes and cell phones will probably be updated by your service providers. Be aware of the March 11 date and check you cell phones and cable boxes.
  • Home computers with Windows will get an automatic update if you have subscribed to the automatic update service offered by Microsoft. To view other fixes, go to
  • Older VCR's will need to be updated manually on March 11 and again on Nov 4 when daylight-saving time ends.
  • Be aware of the potential problem if you are flying on that day. The airport monitors may be off by one hour. Check with your airline to confirm the landing or arrival time.
  • Medically, if you have an automatic appointment for the doctor or an operation, check with the necessary medical personnel to confirm your appointment.
  • If a stock trade is to occur automatically, check with you brokerage.

The general opinion is this will not by a Y2K type event. In order to be an informed consumer, it would be prudent of you to be aware of this event and protect yourself from any major nuisance.

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Ongoing Events at Amicus Books in Marysville, California

is conveniently located in Downtown Marysville. It holds specialty events as well as ongoing events for avid writers, readers and those who wish to share their passion for the arts and books with others. Read on to find out more about Amicus Books.

Literary Lounge Seminars

This is an event open to local residents from Yuba, Sutter and 8 other surroundings counties in northern California to come together and meet other writers who wish to promote their work more successfully and to network with other writers. Members not only get to network with published authors and others who have some experience in the publishing industry, they will also receive free Literary Lounge Seminars to help them along in their writing goals. A web page will be set up that will feature some of the work of local aspiring authors in the region. A seminar will be held on 29 March on how to conduct a book signing from 6:30-7:30pm. First time non-members can attend this event free of charge.

Moments in Marysville History

Are you more interested in the local history of Marysville? There is more than meets the eye to this culturally rich, historical town that dates back to the Gold Rush Days of the mid 1800s. Learn more about what really put Marysville on the map and why this town was once considered the “third largest city” in California” in the early days. This event will be held every Saturday at 11:00am towards the back of the Amicus Books shop in the Literary Lounge. So if you are more interested in local history than in promoting your writing, then this event will appeal to you.

Amicus Book Club

The Amicus Book Club is an ongoing event that meets every second and last Thursday of the month at 6:30pm. The club discusses a chosen text as a group, providing a wonderful literary outlet to members.

This is just a sample of the many literary and cultural events that take place at Amicus Books in Downtown Marysville. To learn more about Amicus Books Literary Arts Centre, stop by 413 D Street in Downtown Marysville or visit the company website at where you can find answers to your questions on the FAQ page, learn of upcoming events from the calendar of events or take a visual tour through Amicus Books. This information is courtesy of Kara Davis and her team of dedicated colleagues.



Shocking News Events July 11

Will shocking news events occur on July 11, 2010? The world may not know until the day is done. But throughout history, shocking news events did occur on July 11, including an 82 ton object falling from the sky and a pistol-happy U.S. vice president murdering the Treasury Secretary.

Bickering between Vice President Aaron Burr and Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton marked the administration of President Thomas Jefferson. The animosity reached fever pitch when Hamilton successfully blocked Burr's bid for renomination for the vice presidency, resulting in a shocking pistol duel July 11, 1804 which proved fatal to Hamilton.

A shocked world held its collective breath July 11, 1979 when a freefalling 82 ton spacelab crashed to Earth. Luckily, Skylab landed in the Indian Ocean and unpopulated regions of Australia.

July 11 is associated with a shocking collection of mass casualties, including 3 fatal jet crashes: on July 11, 1973, 123 people were killed in a plane crash outside Paris; a plane crash in Ecuador killed 119 on July 11, 1983; and on July 11, 1991, 261 Hajj pilgrims were killed in a plane crash in Saudi Arabia.

Other mass casualties associated with July 11 include the initiation of a shocking genocide campaign known as the Srebrenica Massacre in 1995 that lasted 11 days and resulted in the murder of at least 8,373 Bosnian Muslims, including men, women and children; a liquid gas tanker explosion at a Tarragona campground July 11, 1978 that killed 216 tourists; and serial train bombings by terrorists in Mumbai, India July 11, 2006 that resulted in 209 deaths and more than 700 injuries.

In a shocking medical development, H. Harlan Stone, MD announced July 11, 1985 that he was installing zippers in patients with surgical incisions instead of using stitches.

New York City police arrested dart-shooting messenger Jerome Wright, aka Dartman, July 11, 1990. Wright allegedly fashioned makeshift darts by attaching paper wings to pins and needles, then fired them at the buttocks of 90 women in Penn Station and Times Square.

Advice for July 11? Keep an eye on the sky- women, guard your buttocks- and avoid

air travel at all costs.



Best Vinyl Banner for a Sports Event

If the local high school is going to showcase one of their home teams at an upcoming game and you are in charge of getting the word out to the general public to come and buy tickets one of the best ways to do this type of advertising is using the best vinyl banner the school can afford.

A good selling point of the best vinyl banner the school can afford is that vinyl banners will last for several years and can easily be reused many times over the course of a year. If the vinyl banners combine the names of the various men’s sports team on the banners then they can be used at all of the men’s sports games over the course of the school year. Also you can order the best vinyl banner for the girl’s team events also so they too can be reused over several years without expending more money each year for new banners.

Formats for the Best Vinyl Banner

If you are designing the best vinyl banner for a