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Allen Toussaint’s longtime band—Herman LeBeaux, Renard Poche, Roland Guerin, Reginald Toussaint and Joe Krown—and guest vocalists Irma Thomas and Cyril Neville pay tribute to the legendary New Orleans musician in two special events in New York City this weekend: an evening of music and dance at Damrosch Park, as part of Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, on Saturday, and a Sunday brunch concert at Joe’s Pub, where Toussaint had regularly led such events.

Allen Toussaint’s final recording, American Tunes, was released on Nonesuch Records earlier this month to great critical acclaim, with the Los Angeles Times calling it “a rich pianistic tour de force of American music.” Uncut magazine calls it “the perfect eulogy for one of America’s true musical greats,” and the Times of London writes, “Swan songs don’t get any better.”

Laurie Anderson is guest artistic director of Metamorphosis, a free outdoor festival at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens this weekend. She takes part in three events on Saturday. She and Greek lyricist Lina Nicolacopoulou discuss the concept of metamorphosis in their work in a public conversation at the Lighthouse on Saturday, introduced by The Metropolitan Museum’s Limor Tomer, who is the festival’s performance curator. Anderson gives a performance on the Great Lawn later that night, joined by cellist Rubin Kodheli,” and, following a performance by Omar Souleyman, presents a midnight screening of her film, Heart of a Dog, on the Great Lawn as well.

“She retains a powerful love and belief in humanity, even after its stories are dismantled,” writes The Quietus, in a review of her performances as guest director of the Brighton Festival last month. “Anderson’s imagery and themes are lightly deployed, unobtrusive but perfectly chosen, as subtly telling as a series of haikus.”

The Black Keys‘ performance on Austin City Limits that first aired in January 2015 will be given an encore broadcast on PBS stations across the United States this weekend. The set includes songs from the band’s 2014 album, Turn Blue, plus “Your Touch,” from their 2006 Nonesuch debut album, Magic Potion. This was The Black Keys’ second appearance on Austin City Limits, following their ACL debut after the release of Brothers in 2010.

Kronos Quartet is artist-in-residence at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam this week, giving a series of performances starting with last night’s concert featuring the Dutch premiere of several works commissioned through Kronos’s Fifty for the Future program. The festival continues with “Kronos Sessions,” in which the Quartet coaches three groups from the Dutch String Quartet Academy, followed by a discussion with Kronos and its longtime manager Janet Cowperthwaite, at Tolhuistuin this afternoon. As part of Saturday’s “Holland Festival Proms,” a program of six concerts by various artists at Het Concertgebouw, Kronos performs Terry Riley’s “One Earth, One People, One Love” from Sun Rings, Clint Mansell’s “Lux Aeterna” from Requiem for a Dream, Vladimir Martynov’s “The Beatitudes,” as well as works by Omar Souleyman, Bryce Dessner, and a guest appearance by Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, for the European premiere of her new composition written for Kronos. The quartet ends the weekend with “David Harrington’s Listening Party,” in which the group’s artistic director shares some favorite songs and stories at the Festival center Stadsschouwburg on Sunday.

The Globe and Mail gives Kronos’s concert at the Royal Conservatory’s 21C Music Festival in Toronto last month a rave review, writing that “Kronos Quartet elevated a concert of music to a spiritual trip through our common humanity—it was universal, all-encompassing, fabulously inclusive … It was brilliant, breathtaking …”

Lake Street Dive concludes the current leg of its US Side Pony tour with two shows in Texas this weekend: at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden tonight, and Stubb’s (Outdoor) in Austin on Saturday. The band hits the road again in early August.

Pat Metheny and his new quartet—drummer Antonio Sanchez, pianist Gwilym Simcock, and bassist Linda Oh—play the Alfa Jazz Fest in Lviv, Ukraine, tonight and gives a sold-out show at ICE Kraków in Kraków, Poland, as part of the Summer Jazz Festival, on Sunday.

Metheny released two critically acclaimed records on Nonesuch last month: The Unity Sessions, which the Guardian calls “polished and sophisticated” and “just plain elegant,” and Cuong Vuo Trio Meets Pat Metheny, which All About Jazz calls “a beautiful marriage of musical exactitude and punk attitude that knows few equals.”

Joshua Redman, currently on tour with his Quartet, featuring pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, plays the Lerner Theatre, as part of the Elkhart Jazz Festival in Elkhart, Indiana, tonight, and the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, on Sunday.

Next week, Larry Grenadier swaps in for Rogers as the Quartet takes up a six-night residency at the Blue Note in New York City, to close out the Blue Note Jazz Festival.

The Staves conclude their current North American headlining tour with music from their new EP, Sleeping In A Car, and 2015 Nonesuch debut album, If I Was, with shows at a sold-out High Watt in Nashville tonight, Off Broadway in St. Louis on Saturday, and Riot Room in Kansas City on Sunday. The trio is scheduled for three North American summer festival dates: the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Newport Folk Festival, and Eaux Claires Festival.

DIY Magazine, reviewing a recent show at London’s Royal Festival Hall, praises the trio’s “power to reach out and entrance with their tumbling harmonies, leaving the crowd hanging on every word … There’s no showy stagecraft on show, yet the whole room is smitten.”

Chris Thile launched his four-day festival, American Acoustic with Chris Thile, at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, this week, sharing the stage with guitarist Michael Daves on Wednesday, and composer/singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, guitarist Julian Lage, and vocalist Merrill Garbus yesterday.

The festival continues with its marquee concert featuring an all-star lineup of some of Thile’s frequent collaborators, including his fellow Punch Brothers, banjo player Béla Fleck, bassist Edgar Meyer, and the trio I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Aoife O’Donovan, and Sarah Jarosz), at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall tonight. American Acoustic culminates on Saturday with three events: a performance and QA session led by Thile and designed for younger audiences, in the Family Theater, and two workshops led by Thile in the Atrium: How to Play with Others, with Punch Brothers, focused on instrumental collaboration; and How to Sing with Others, with O’Donovan and Jarosz, on vocal and string performance.

Rokia Traoré performs at the famed Glatsonbury Festival, taking the Pyramid Stage this afternoon.

Traoré released her sixth album, Né So, on Nonesuch earlier this year. The Times says: “Traoré has made the album of her career.” Uncut exclaims: “Brave, challenging and arrestingly original, Traoré may just have gone and made the finest indie-rock album to emerge from arguably the world’s most musical continent.”

Article source: http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/nonesuch-events-weekend-june-24-26-2016


Like clockwork, track and field’s annual migration begins in July, when American athletes bolt to Europe to chase the kind of competition and cash that don’t exist domestically.

But in the latest effort to raise the sport’s profile in the U.S., organizers in Eugene on Saturday will take a significant step toward debuting a new pro track league that is attempting to rival the European circuit’s deep roots and deeper pockets while luring casual fans whose connection to the sport may currently come just once every four years.

Dubbed the TrackTown Summer Series, the league aims to tap into markets where track and field has traditionally thrived by creating teams in Portland, San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York City. The team-scored competitions will then be broadcast nationally by ESPN to wider audiences of potential new fans.

Rather than blow out of proverbial starting blocks at full speed, the series begins with one meet on July 29 at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. It then is expected to expand in 2017 to two regional meets and a “national championship,” and again in 2018 to four regionals plus a championship. Not every event will be contested.

“I think it’s been something that’s been needed in the United States for a very long time,” said Vin Lananna, coach of the U.S. Olympic men’s track team in Rio and president of TrackTown USA, the Eugene-based nonprofit that conceived the idea. “I think we finally have nailed down the particulars for it.”

Funding comes from sponsorships, ticket sales and contributions from private donors that are remaining anonymous, said Michael Reilly, TrackTown USA’s CEO.

Since the series was announced in May, nearly 700 athletes have declared themselves eligible for Saturday’s inaugural draft where 16 athletes — eight men, eight women — will be selected to each team. The 20 remaining roster spots for each team are to be filled via free agency. 

Headliners for Saturday’s draft include Matthew Centrowitz, the former Oregon Ducks star and current world indoor champion at 1,500 meters; U.S. 1,500-meter record-holder Shannon Rowbury; and Olympic gold medalist long jumper Brittany Reese.

Their interest is multi-faceted, ranging from sentimentality to practicality.

Helping broaden the appeal of a niche sport in the U.S. is attractive.

But for athletes used to chasing paydays on the elite Diamond League circuit, which lasts from May to September across four continents, more enticing is the chance to earn cash closer to home. Prize money will be split equally between men and women, with a pool of close to $11,000 allotted for each event. In contrast, the Diamond League offers $30,000 per event at each meet, with winners earning $10,000.

Yet the Summer Series money, and the prospect of requiring just a quick flight to earn it, has attracted even elite Americans with top earning power.

“You’re going to go where the money is,” said Christian Taylor, a U.S. triple jumper and 2012 Olympic gold medalist, before May’s Prefontaine Classic. “If the money is comparable, why would I want to leave my home, my comfort? I came from Amsterdam; I had to fly 10 hours here (to Eugene). If I can go five or less to go cross-country, why not? For me it wouldn’t even be a discussion. If they can make it happen, I’d be all for it.”

Said Justin Gatlin, the U.S. sprinter and 12-time world championship medalist: “You’ll see better times and more consistent times from American athletes because you’re not worried about jet lag or being tired or eating foreign foods.”

Gatlin believes track and field must provide a “cutting-edge” hook to increase its base in the U.S. As an example, he offered a Brazil street race he was scheduled to run this month in which sprinters raced along a raised platform over a canal.

“It’s a tradition in Europe and a lot of countries around the world for fans to come to stadiums and fill the stadiums up and watch track and field meets,” Gatlin said. “I think in America you need to bring track and field to the fans. … I’d love to be able to run a street race right down the Las Vegas Strip.”

Short of a sprint on the Strip, the Summer Series is attempting to engineer broad rooting interest in its own ways. Organizers took the unusual step of using a team scoring format in a post-collegiate meet and, taking things a step further, dividing the public who participate in a four-mile road run onto one of the four teams.

To make the meet more viewer-friendly, it will be packaged in a two-hour, made-for-TV television window that is similar to the broadcast of the star-studded Prefontaine Classic, the lone U.S. Diamond League stop.

In attempting to be innovative in its enticements, organizers are really trying to answer an age-old issue: How to lure casual fans to a sport whose three-ring nature — multiple events, each with their own nuances, held simultaneously — can be difficult to follow for diehards, let alone newcomers?

An estimated 175,000 viewers — just 49,000 of whom were within the coveted demographic of 18-49 — tuned in to NBCSN’s coverage of the Pre Classic on May 28, making it the 53rd most-watched sports program of the day, according to sportstvratings.com. (In contrast, a primetime Oregon-UCLA softball super regional game held the same day drew an estimated 447,000 viewers, with 178,000 in the target demographic.)

Such numbers wouldn’t surprise Aries Merritt, the world record-holder in the 110-meter hurdles.

“We’re always in Europe,” he said. “We’re more known in Europe than we are in our own state or country. They know me better in China, which is crazy.

“Competing in front of (our) fans and inspiring youth is great for our sport and its development in our country.”

The challenge of growing the sport’s appeal on home soil was underscored, however, when even stars such as Taylor and Merritt admitted they hadn’t heard about the Summer Series until asked by reporters prior to May’s Prefontaine Classic.

Once informed of the details, they wanted to know more.

“Until five minutes ago, I did not hear about the series,” Taylor said. “But I really hope it does take off.”

– Andrew Greif
agreif@oregonian.com
@andrewgreif

Article source: https://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2016/06/track_and_fields_new_pro_leagu.html


Wat doe je als minister van Defensie wanneer je na jarenlange bezuinigingen moet concluderen dat leger, luchtmacht en marine het land niet meer kunnen verdedigen en ook de NAVO niet meer van je op aan kan?

Dan pieker je lang en schrijf je in Bijlage 8 van het jaarverslag van je ministerie een cryptisch zinnetje. Zo formuleerde VVD-minister Jeanine Hennis het in de vorige week naar het parlement verstuurde stukken: ‘De belangrijkste wijziging ten opzichte van de rapportage van september betreft de conclusie dat inzetbaarheidsdoelstelling één niet volledig haalbaar is. Een groot aantal eenheden is geoefend om de geplande missies uit te voeren, maar niet om alle mogelijke missies in het gehele geweldspectrum uit te voeren. In combinatie met de hogere gereedstellingsverwachtingen van de NAVO, heeft dit mij in de tweede helft van 2015 doen concluderen dat Defensie niet volledig voldoet aan deze inzetbaarheidsdoelstelling.’

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  • Another Friday, another Tempura Prawn. Join Amsterdam Expat Meetup at Mr. Tong’s for some great Chinese cooking, good conversations, and a chance to welcome the newcomers. And not to forget: Fridays’are perfect to take proper advantage of the unlimited drinks on offer.

    Admitting he is not the best food writer, Saucially’s Summer comments: “We’ve been to Mr Tong’s a few time and so far so good: plenty of delicious Chinese food and excellent service you only get in a place run like a Hong Kong restaurant.” Added to the 5 stars the gang so far have given Mr Tong’s, this is reason enough for the group to keep returning and to choose it as the restaurant to help turn their Amsterdam monthly Chinese nights into the best social night in the city.

    Event Host Dave is taking you there for a 3-hour extravaganza: all you can eat and all you can drink. The “all you can eat” is for 3 hours and includes Tempura Prawns, Chinese Springrolls, Steamed Dim Sum, Crispy Duck with pancakes, Thai Red Curry Beef, Curry Fried Noodles, Special Fried Rice, Japanese Teriyaki Udon Noodles, Ice Cream, and plenty of other things. The “all you can drink” is for the same time period and includes beer, house wine and soft drinks.

    Spots are limited, so sign up quickly to reserve yours.Amsterdam Expat Meetup Mr Tong

    Date Time:
    Friday, 24 June at 19h00

    Location:
    Mr Tong’s
    Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 119
    1017 PZ Amsterdam

    Tel.: 020 – 623 4829
    Website: www.mrtongs.eu

    For directions, please click here.

    Tickets:
    The 3-hour all-you-can-eat dinner, including drinks, is EUR 30. To RSVP and for payment information, please go to www.meetup.com/amsterdam-expat.

    Contributed by Amsterdam Expat Meetup.

  • Article source: http://community.expatica.com/event/9294


    This weekend’s Pride parades in New York, San Francisco and Minneapolis coincide with the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage the law of the land. But the celebratory events have been overshadowed by the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. The parades close out Pride month but kick off a busy calendar of events with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes that are intimate enough, even with added security in place, to balance fellowship with fun. Here’s a curated look at several of them, from bisexual theater to transgender swims, to keep the gay times going all summer long.

    July

    “Hot!” New York City’s longest-running performance festival celebrating LGBT people (July 5-Aug. 6) returns to Dixon Place in Manhattan for its 25th year with an out-there roster of dance, theater, comedy and other performing arts. Among the highlights are “Hyperbolic! (The Last Spectacle),” a multidisciplinary musical work by choreographer/musician Monstah Black that promises “pretty-glam gore” in its imagining of the last party on Earth, and “Ignorance Is No Excuse, Reno,” a comedy and spoken-word piece by lesbian-feminist comedian Reno.

    Several communities of color celebrate Pride with their own events over the summer. This year’s festivals include Chicago Black Pride (July 1-4); Miami Beach Brothaz (July 14-16); Charlotte Black Gay Pride (July 16), in Charlotte, N.C.; Portland Latino Gay Pride (July 29-31), in Portland, Ore.; New York City Black Pride (Aug. 17-21); and Atlanta Black Gay Pride (Aug. 30-Sept. 5).

    Gay storytellers take the spotlight in “Solo Celebration!” a new series of one-person shows at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago. The festival, which continues through February, will feature productions of “MotherStruck!” (through July 17), a comedic stage memoir (and an off-Broadway hit) about pregnancy and raising children by lesbian performer and poet Staceyann Chin, and the premiere of “I Do Today,” a drama about bisexuality, kabbalah and modern marriage by playwright Sarah Myers (Sept. 2-Oct. 9).

    Look through any gay magazine, and the pages will be filled with a certain kind of body — built, hairless and young. And that’s where bears come in, to demonstrate that hotness comes in all sizes. The gay community’s big guys convene in Provincetown, Mass., the eclectic beach community at the tip of Cape Cod, for Bear Week (July 9-17). Events include pool parties, dances, a cruise, various contests involving large amounts of body hair and, of course, late-night slices at Twisted Pizza, Subs and Ice Cream. Bears like carbs.

    Tango has always been an art form friendly to same-sex couples. Queer tango festivals have been a staple of New York for a while, but it’s in Europe where same-sex couples have really been infusing the dance form with a gay spirit. One locus of the gay tango movement is Berlin, which this summer hosts an International Queer Tango Festival (July 28-31). The event will feature workshops and gender-mixed milongas, informal gatherings of tango dancers from across the gender spectrum.

    While most Pride parades in the United States take place in June, cities in other countries hold theirs later. Among the locales with parades in July are Paris (July 2); Bogota, Colombia (3); Munich (9); Barcelona, Spain (9); Berlin (23); Stockholm (30); and Vancouver, British Columbia (31).

    August

    Pride takes on especially overt political tones in North Carolina this year. The state is facing boycotts from musicians as diverse as Bruce Springsteen and Itzhak Perlman, as well as gay and lesbian travelers, over a new state law that limits transgender bathroom access and pre-empts local governments from passing their own anti-discrimination ordinances. The law will be on the minds of audiences at the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Aug. 12-20), which takes place at the Carolina Theater of Durham. Joe Student, the theater’s director of live events, said that he anticipated an outpouring of support from filmmakers and the gay community in Durham, where he said the legislation has little support. Highlights include the lesbian romance “AWOL” and “Kiss Me, Kill Me,” a contemporary gay noir.

    Several kink and leather events happening this summer are reminders that the more sexually libertine corners of the gay world remain vital, even as same-sex marriage suggests that the gay community’s main flavor is vanilla. The biggest of these is Southern Decadence (Aug. 31-Sept. 5), a debaucherous round-the-clock party that mostly takes place in the gay section of the French Quarter of New Orleans. Now in its 45th year, the festival, much of which is free during the day, features dance parties, parades, concerts, drag queen performances and contests (with guidelines unfit for a family newspaper).

    August Pride events around the world: Amsterdam’s Canal Parade for Europride (Aug. 6); Montreal (8-14); Prague (8-14); Antwerp, Belgium (10-15); Copenhagen (16-21); Glasgow (20-21); and Austin, Texas (27).

    September

    Thanks to Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox, the lives of transgender women are in the national conversation more than ever before. But transgender men remain much more under the radar. Hoping to bring visibility to the community in a small way is Transmission (Sept. 8-11), an annual gathering of trans guys at a private retreat in the woods of Upper Lake, Calif. Activities include meditation, swimming and lots of discussions about life as transgender men.

    Credit big-spectacle shows by singers like Britney Spears, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey, but in recent years Las Vegas has increasingly become a vacation destination for the gay community. Case in point is Gay Days Las Vegas (Sept. 6-12), a weeklong festival now in its fifth year that includes pool parties, shows and a travel-and-retail expo. Past events have included a Most Kissable Guy contest and twerking competitions, so consider yourself warned.

    Article source: http://www.startribune.com/tip-sheet-gay-summer-events-worth-the-travel/384181551/


    Three alleged gang members stopped in a car in Co Antrim with €60,000 (£46,000) in cash were just travelling to Amsterdam for a good time, the High Court has been told

    Three alleged gang members stopped in a car in Co Antrim with €60,000 (£46,000) in cash were just travelling to Amsterdam “for a good time”, the High Court has been told

    Three alleged gang members stopped in a car in Co Antrim with €60,000 (£46,000) in cash were just travelling to Amsterdam “for a good time”, the High Court has been told.

    Defence counsel rejected prosecution claims that the money was proceeds of crime being taken to Holland to be used for an undisclosed purpose.

    Details emerged as the trio, from the Republic, Portugal and Jordan, applied for bail.

    Adam Keating (37), Yazan Abujaber (34), and 36-year-old Dario Sinoes were arrested in Crumlin on June 10.

    Officers from the PSNI who stopped and searched the Citroen Berlingo they were travelling in, recovered the cash, a quantity of cocaine and mobile phones.

    Prosecutors said the three men, who are all charged with possessing criminal property, were on their way to Belfast International Airport to catch a flight to Amsterdam.

    Keating, with an address at Parkmount Street in Belfast but said to run an events business in his native Dublin, is alleged to have had up to €30,000 (£23,000).

    Detained with him were Abujaber, a Jordanian national from Alturra Street in Amman, and Sinoes, a Portuguese with an address in Balbriggan.

    Opposing bail for all three, prosecution counsel said: “Police believe they are members of an organised crime gang. They were leaving the country with large quantities of cash, believed to be proceeds of crime.”

    But defence barristers argued that the men had legitimately obtained the money, either through employment or a work-related compensation payout.

    Michael Boyd, for Sinoes, said: “The whole police case is based on suspicion and conjecture. There’s no evidence these individuals were in a gang.”

    Keating’s lawyer said his client’s money was from an event in the Republic and was being brought up to a firm he runs in Northern Ireland.

    Counsel for Abujaber said he had the cash for three months of travel and holidays. Claiming her client came to Ireland to celebrate his brother-in-law’s birthday, she added: “It was suggested they would go to Amsterdam just to have a good time.”

    Adjourning the three men’s applications for bail, Mr Justice Horner said he wanted more details on an audit trail for the cash they were be carrying.

    Article source: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/men-caught-with-46k-in-car-were-going-on-amsterdam-holiday-34828190.html


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  • Updated: Thursday, 23 Jun 2016 20:09 | Comments

    Thomas Barr will be one of the stars of Irish athletics that will be on show at Morton Stadium


    Thomas Barr will be one of the stars of Irish athletics that will be on show at Morton Stadium


    Ireland’s Rio-bound athletes will have a final chance to compete on home soil when they take part in the GloHealth National Senior Track and Field Championships this weekend.

    Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) and Mark English (UCD) will make their season debuts on Sunday having battled back from injury – they will run in the 400m hurdles and 800m respectively.

    Ciara Mageean is slated for the women’s 1,500m, also on Sunday, with places in Ireland’s European Athletics Championships team up for grabs.

    The Europeans take place in Amsterdam between 6 and 10 July and the Irish team for the event will be named after the nationals at Morton Stadium in Santry.

    It has been decided following consultation with some of the leading athletes and coaches to stick to the planned programme of events, which will overlap with Ireland’s Euro 2016 clash with France.

    Athletics fans will have the option of watching the Irish match in the Clonliffe Harriers clubhouse.

    Saturday’s timetable is mostly heats, with the major finals on the Sunday.

    Highlights
    400m

    Craig Lynch (Shercock) heads the rankings with a 46.90 but will face strong competition from the one lap specialists looking to vie for relay positions for the Europeans along with an Olympic spot still potentially up for grabs.

    Former European indoor champion David Gillick (DSD) has returned from retirement and Clonliffe Harriers trio of Brian Gregan, Timmy Crowe and Dara Kervick will be in the mix in a high-quality line-up.

    Similarly in the women’s 400m there is an impressive entry headed by DSD’s Sinead Denny. Places in the final will be hard won with Phil Healy’s (Bandon) transition to the one-lap event in full swing.

    800m
    Mark English (above) is set to make his outdoor return having been side-lined with injury.

    Declan Murray (Clonliffe Harriers) has been his closest challenger in recent championships, Robert Tully (Star of the Sea), Kieran Kelly (Raheny Shamrock), Kevin McGrath (Bohermeen), Cillian Kirwan (Raheny Shamrock) and Karl Griffin (UCD) are among the two-lap entrants with speed to burn.

    On times it looks like being a direct head-to-head between Rose-Anne Galligan (Newbridge) and Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (DSD) in the women’s 800m with only two hundredths of a second separating them on the season’s list – 2:02.35 to 2:02.37.

    Both athletes will be looking to run fast and secure a second European B standard to get to Amsterdam.

    1500m
    Ciara Mageean (UCD, above) won the national title with ease last year and impressed with a gun to tape victory over 800m in 2:02.84 at the Ulster and Northern Ireland Championships last week.

    She is running into shape with the Europeans and Olympics on the horizon. Mary Cullen (North Sligo) looks set to drop down in distance while evergreen Kelly Neely (City of Lisburn) will be in contention.

    Eoin Everard (Kilkenny City Harriers), Tomas Cotter (Dunleer), John Travers (Donore Harriers) and Sean Tobin (Clonmel), and Joe Warne (Doheny) are among the men’s leading metric milers.

    Everard won the 1,500m and the 3,000m indoors and the Kilkenny physio will be looking to keep up his golden streak.

    10,000m
    A competitive field in the men’s 10,000m sees Ballina’s Hugh Armstrong as the fastest on the Irish rankings list this season with 29:16.73 but Rio-bound marathon runner Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock) will be looking for one better than his silver medal last year. Last year’s champion Mark Christie (Mullingar Harriers) is also entered.

    Steeplechase
    Olympic steeplechasers Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle District AC), Michelle Finn (Leevale A.C.) and Sara Treacy (Dunboyne A.C) will be looking for bragging rights with O’Flaherty also looking to secure European selection.

    400m hurdles
    Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) makes his season debut and will be pushed by his training partner Paul Byrne (St Abban’s). Others in the hunt for medals include Ben Kiely (Ferrybank) and Ciaran Barnes (City of Lisburn)

    In the women’s event Christine McMahon (Ballymena Antrim) is the favourite to retain her national title having recently qualified for the European Championships and just .22 off the Olympic A standard.

    Jessie Barr, Thomas’ sister, (Ferrybank, above) is looking to run a European standard. Arlene Crossan (Finn Valley) impressed in the Schools’ Championships and will look to crack 60 seconds.

    Pole vault
    Tori Pena (Finn Valley, above) has European and Olympic qualification secured and will be confident of adding the national title to her resume this season.

    Laura Cussen (Old Abbey AC) Ruth Larragy (Le Cheile AC) have both vaulted 3.00m this year and will be expected to battle over silver.

    Walk
    Olympic bound Alex Wright (Leevale AC) and Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) lead the men’s 10,000m race walk with Wright looking to retain his national title. Laura Reynolds (Mohill), who competed in the Olympics in 2012 is one of the leading women’s 5,000m entrants.

    Highlights of the GloHealth National Senior Track and Field Championships will be on RTÉ2 on Sunday at 11:30pm.


    Article source: http://www.rte.ie/sport/athletics/2016/0623/797765-irish-athletes-tune-up-for-big-summer-ahead/


    This year’s Pride parades in New York and San Francisco on June 26 coincide with the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage the law of the land. What had been thought of as celebratory events, though, are now being reconceived as the realization sets in that the landmark advance has been overshadowed by the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The parades close out Pride month but kick off a busy calendar of events with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes that are intimate enough, even with added security in place, to balance fellowship with fun. Here’s a curated look at several of them, from bisexual theater to transgender swims, to keep the gay times going all summer long.

    JULY

    “Hot!” New York City’s longest-running performance festival celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (July 5-Aug. 6), returns to Dixon Place in Manhattan for its 25th year with an out-there roster of dance, theater, comedy and other performing arts. Among the highlights are “Hyperbolic! (The Last Spectacle),” a multidisciplinary musical work by the choreographer and musician Monstah Black that promises “pretty-glam gore” in its imagining of the last party on earth, and “Ignorance Is No Excuse, Reno,” a comedy and spoken-word piece by the lesbian-feminist comedian Reno.

    Several communities of color celebrate Pride with their own events over the summer. This year’s festivals include Chicago Black Pride (July 1-4); Miami Beach Brothaz (July 14-16); Charlotte Black Gay Pride (July 16), in Charlotte, North Carolina; Portland Latino Gay Pride (July 29-31), in Portland, Oregon; New York City Black Pride (Aug. 17-21); and Atlanta Black Gay Pride (Aug. 30-Sept. 5).

    Gay storytellers take the spotlight in “Solo Celebration!” a new series of one-person shows at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago. The festival, which continues through February, will feature productions of “MotherStruck!” (through July 17), a comedic stage memoir (and an off-Broadway hit) about pregnancy and raising children by the lesbian performer and poet Staceyann Chin, and the premiere of “I Do Today,” a drama about bisexuality, kabbalah and modern marriage by the playwright Sarah Myers (Sept. 2-Oct. 9).

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    Staceyann Chin in her one-woman show “Motherstruck!” at the Culture Project in New York, Dec. 10, 2015. Parades in New York … read more

    Look through any gay magazine, and the pages will be filled with a certain kind of body — built, hairless, young, usually white — that, like it or not, has been in vogue since gay men have been, well, gay. (You’re not immune from this obsession either, straight guys.) And that’s where bears come in, to demonstrate that hotness comes in all sizes. The gay community’s big guys convene in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the eclectic beach community at the tip of Cape Cod, for Bear Week (July 9-17). Events include pool parties, dances, a cruise, various contests involving large amounts of body hair and, of course, late-night slices at Twisted Pizza, Subs and Ice Cream. Bears like carbs.

    Who says you need to be on land to celebrate Pride? Sea Tea, New York City’s gay party boat, offers cruises throughout the summer that cater to almost every kind of gay scenester. This summer’s offerings include a reunion for employees and fans of the popular Chelsea gay bar Splash, which closed in 2013 (July 17); a fundraiser for the Gay Officers Action League, an organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender police officers (Aug. 7); and a special cruise celebrating the drag-and-performance festival Wigstock, hosted by the subversively funny drag queen Lady Bunny (Aug. 21).

    The group Homo Climbtastic, a group of rock climbers, hosts what it calls “the world’s largest queer climbing convention” in Fayetteville, West Virginia (July 21-24). The annual event, which also includes hiking and camping, is for experienced outdoor climbers, so be sure you know what a soft catch or jug haul is before you sign up. And no drama queens allowed. At least that’s what the group’s website says: “If you decide to drag a big ol’ sack of crazy with you or decide to get your feelings hurt and spin into a drama spiral, we will not ask you to come climbing with us again.”

    Tango has always been an art form friendly to same-sex couples. (Alaistair Macaulay, the dance critic of The New York Times, has written that one possible origin of the tango is in the brothels of Buenos Aires, where men danced awaiting their turns for sexual assignations.) Queer tango festivals have been a staple of New York for a while, but it’s in Europe where same-sex couples have really been infusing the dance form with a gay spirit. One locus of the gay tango movement is Berlin, which this summer hosts an International Queer Tango Festival (July 28-31). The event will feature workshops and gender-mixed milongas, informal gatherings of tango dancers from across the gender spectrum.

    While most Pride parades in the United States take place in June, cities in other countries hold theirs over the summer. Among the locales with parades in July are Paris (July 2); Bogota, Colombia (3); Munich (9); Barcelona, Spain (9); Berlin (23); Stockholm (30); and Vancouver, British Columbia (31).

    AUGUST

    The International Gay and Lesbian Football Association — as in the football played with your feet, not your hands — will hold its world championship in Portland, Oregon (Aug. 6-13), the home of the Portland NetRippers, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender soccer club. Teams are divided into male, female and mixed divisions. Players and spectators of all sexual orientations are welcome.

    “GayFest!” an annual theater festival in Philadelphia, returns for its sixth iteration (Aug. 12-27) with plays about gay men and their roller-coaster relationships. This year’s offerings include “Harbor,” a comedy by the Tony Award-nominated writer and lyricist Chad Beguelin (“Aladdin”) about a gay man and his troubled relationship with his sister, and “My Favorite Husbands,” a comedy by Andrew Marvel involving a drag queen and a Republican wedding.

    Pride takes on especially overt political tones in North Carolina this year, the most high-profile state to become embroiled in controversy over bathroom use and the transgender community. The state is facing boycotts from musicians as diverse as Bruce Springsteen and Itzhak Perlman, as well as gay and lesbian travelers, over a new state law that limits transgender bathroom access and pre-empts local governments from passing their own anti-discrimination ordinances. The law will be on the minds of audiences at the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Aug. 12-20), which takes place at the Carolina Theater of Durham. Joe Student, the theater’s director of live events, said that he anticipated an outpouring of support from filmmakers and the gay community in Durham, a liberal town where Student said the legislation has little support. “It’s a nonstarter here,” Student said in an interview. “It’s strange to see it creating an issue in other places.” Highlights include the lesbian romance “AWOL” and “Kiss Me, Kill Me,” a contemporary gay noir.

    It’s been a big year for gays and Cons. In January there was the debut of BroadwayCon, a theater-related event that returns to New York next year for Round 2. In May there was RuPaul’s DragCon, an all-things-drag convention that will be back in Los Angeles in April. This summer, New York will experience superhero fandom from a gay perspective at the second annual FlameCon (Aug. 20-21), described by organizers as a celebration of “the diversity and creativity of queer geekdom and LGBTQ contributions to pop culture.” Set to be held at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott, the event will feature panels, exhibitions and interviews with comic-book writers and artists, including Phil Jimenez (“Super Woman”), Steve Orlando (“Midnighter”) and Sophie Campbell (“Jem and the Holograms”), who recently came out as transgender.

    Several kink and leather events happening this summer are reminders that the more sexually libertine corners of the gay world remain vital, even as same-sex marriage suggests that the gay community’s main flavor is vanilla. The biggest of these is Southern Decadence (Aug. 31-Sept. 5), a debaucherous round-the-clock party that mostly takes place in the gay section of the French Quarter of New Orleans. Now in its 45th year, the festival, much of which is free during the day, features dance parties, parades, concerts, drag queen performances and contests (with guidelines unfit for a family newspaper).

    August Pride events around the world: Amsterdam’s Canal Parade for Europride (Aug. 6); Montreal (8-14); Prague (8-14); Antwerp, Belgium (10-15); Copenhagen (16-21); Glasgow (20-21); and Austin, Texas (27).

    SEPTEMBER

    Thanks to Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox, the lives of transgender women are in the national conversation more than ever before. But transgender men remain much more under the radar. Hoping to bring visibility to the community in a small way is Transmission (Sept. 8-11), an annual gathering of trans guys at a private retreat in the woods of Upper Lake, California, about two hours north of San Francisco. Activities include meditation, swimming and lots of discussions about life as a transgender men.

    Credit big-spectacle shows by singers like Britney Spears, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey, but in recent years Las Vegas has increasingly become a vacation destination for the gay community. Case in point is Gay Days Las Vegas (Sept. 6-12), a weeklong festival, now in its fifth year, that includes pool parties, shows and a travel-and-retail expo. Past events have included a Most Kissable Guy contest and twerking competitions, so consider yourself warned.

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