Monthly Archives: October 2014

Lasers, Robots, and Games, Oh My! High Tech Carnival Comes To LA

Lasers, robots, and games, oh my! Two Bit Circus is bringing STEAM Carnival to Los Angeles this weekend and attendees are sure to be amazed and entertained at this one of a kind high tech carnival.

As highlighted on the event website, STEAM Carnival is a unique, high-energy event featuring tech-infused game attractions and carnival-inspired
entertainment to thrill, amuse, and re-imagine the way we learn.

What is the STEAM Carnival? What does STEAM mean?

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. The event itself infuses over 90,000 square feet of space and features attractions that will thrill attendees of all ages.

Attractions include a midway full of lasers mazes, walls of buttons, fun games, a Fireball Dunk Tank, a robot bartender and many other interesting interactive experiences.

This inaugural event begins in Los Angeles at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles starting Saturday 10/25 and ending Sunday 10/26.

In addition to the midway, there are also hands-on workshops, contests, and unique
carnival food.

STEAM Carnival 2014

Tickets start at $25 and attendees are given a time frame to attend to ensure they have the best STEAM experience.

Hayrides in Many States Face Few Regulations

Did you know? The regulation and inspection of hayrides are often left up to state or local municipalities, resulting in little to no regulation at all. Check out the article below from USA Today discussing recent hayride incidents.

USA Today
By Ryan Adair, WCSH-TV, Portland, Maine
October 13, 2014

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine — As authorities investigate the death of a teen this past weekend in a hayride accident that injured 22 others, some are taking a closer look at regulations that these seasonal businesses must follow.

No federal agency regulates hayrides. While the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office inspects amusement park rides here, hayrides don’t require licensing, officials said.

“The injuries that occur with hayride accidents are usually quite significant because of the number of people involved and the size and weight of the equipment,” said Jeffrey Reiff, a Philadelphia personal-injury lawyer who has filed several suits against hayride operators.

Some states, including Tennessee, specifically exempt people participating in hayrides from wearing seat belts, according to a compilation of state vehicle occupant protection laws from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Others — including Connecticut, Texas and Wyoming — allow people to ride in an open-bed pickup or flatbed truck, an action normally prohibited, if they are on a hayride.

“The regulation, inspection of hayrides is often left up to state or local municipalities, and as a result, regulation varies from none to semi-good,” Reiff said.

Among other recent hayride accidents:

• Crystal Coffman, 35, of Park Hills, Mo., was seriously injured Oct. 4 when she fell off the fender of a tractor on which she was sitting during a hayride in Farmington, Mo. The tractor then ran over her.

• Robert Bentz, 59, of New London, Minn., died Sept. 6 when he fell between two hay racks tied together so a tractor could pull them for a hayride in Woods Township, Minn.

• Nine people went to the hospital in October of last year after a tractor-pulled hayride tipped over in Milford Township, Mich. The driver later was found to have a blood-alcohol level just below the legal limit and was charged with reckless driving.

• Eleven children were taken to the hospital in July 2013 after the arm that attached a trailer being used for a hayride to a tractor broke at a camp in Molino, Fla. The trailer then hit the rear of the tractor, causing the tractor to tip over and the trailer to crash into nearby trees.

• Eight people went to the hospital in June 2013 in Findlay Township, Pa., when a tractor pulling a hay wagon at an anniversary party overturned.

This past weekend, Cassidy Charette, 17, of Oakland, Maine, died of head injuries Saturday after the wagon in which she was riding careered down a hill in the woods, struck a tree and overturned.

Student Connor Garland, 16, of Belgrade, Maine, who had gone with Charette to Messalonskee High School’s homecoming the previous weekend, was the most seriously injured of the 22 and is now in fair condition. David Brown, 54 of South Paris, Maine, who was driving the 1979 Jeep that was towing the wagon, had surgery Saturday and was released from the hospital Sunday, authorities said.

About a half dozen other injured people remained hospitalized early Monday, but their injuries did not appear life threatening, said Sgt. Joel Davis of the state Fire Marshal’s Office. A mechanical problem caused the accident.

Brown is an experienced trucker who has a commercial driver’s license, according to a spokesman for Harvest Hills Farm, where the wreck occurred.

State fire marshal’s investigators are inspecting the Jeep to try to determine exactly what kept it from stopping on the hill, and state police have been calculating the passengers’ weight to determine if the hay wagon was overloaded, Davis said.

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Concert Promoters Fight For Control Of The Greek Theatre

Things are getting heated between three of the largest venue promoters in Los Angeles over the beloved Greek Theatre in Griffith Park.

On one side is Live Nation/Ticketmaster, On the other, AEG and Nederlander Concerts.

What exactly is the issue between these moguls? For 39 years, Nederlander has held the 40-year contract to manage the city-owned Greek Theatre. The
family-owned company also manages the Pantages Theater, the Santa Barbara Bowl, City National Grove of Anaheim and more.

The Greek TheatreEnter Live Nation and AEG. The contract for the Greek is up for renewal in 2015. Live Nation is attempting to add the Greek Theatre to its holdings of L.A. venues like the Wiltern, the Palladium and House of Blues. The company also leases other venues including the
Hollywood Bowl, the Forum, and the Honda Center, among others.

AEG, which owns L.A. Live and through its subsidiary branch Goldenvoice owns and
operates Coachella and Stagecoach, has decided to partner with Nederlander in an
attempt to keep Live Nation from taking over the venue.

Live Nation has reportedly already secured the support of the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks however, residents in the Los Feliz neighborhood that houses the
entrance to the Greek Theatre are siding with Nederlander.

Regardless of which company wins control of this venue, it is safe to say that the Greek Theatre will benefit. Nederlander has promised on their change.org petition many
upgrades including refurbishment of the Greek’s original 1930s columns, a new restaurant, upgraded concessions, a year-round cafe and “a comprehensive environmental impact plan to minimize the Greek’s impact on the environment.”

The fate of the Greek was to be announced this week but it’s been postponed until next week to allow for further public discussion.

NFL Draft Headed To Chicago With 3-Day Fan Festival In 2015

So long NYC! The NFL Draft is coming to the windy city in 2015.

“Chicago is pleased to welcome the 2015 NFL draft to America’s heartland,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. “Next year, NFL fans from across the country will travel here or tune in as the future of their team is
decided in Chicago.”

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
flickr

The draft will be at the Auditorium Theatre of
Roosevelt University in Chicago from April 30 to May 2, a week earlier than last year and a week later than normal. New for 2015, There will be an outdoor fan festival for all three days of the draft in Grant Park and Congress Plaza.

“We are excited to have fans from throughout the Midwest
experience the NFL draft,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in the statement. “We look forward to returning the event to the city of Chicago and working with the city, Choose Chicago, and the Chicago Sports Commission to create a weeklong celebration of football for our fans.”

This move of the draft came as a result of scheduling issues which forced the draft to be delayed this year and Radio City Music Hall to already booked in 2015 during the dates the NFL was considering for the event. Interestingly enough, Chicago is not a completely new location for this major NFL event. The NFL draft was originally held in Chicago in 1938, 1942-44, 1951, and 1962-64.

“There’s been so much interest in the draft,” said Chicago Bears chairman George H. McCaskey. “Just a couple years ago who would have thought that an event of this type would have the type of viewership that it has had? It has grown into a spectacle —
probably the biggest event of the offseason.”

What do you think about the NFL draft returning to Chicago? Tweet us @InsuringEvents

Stagecoach Music Festival Lineup Announced

Stagecoach Mane Stage
Celebrating its ninth year, Goldenvoice has announced the 2015 Stagecoach Music Festival lineup of artists and country fans will not be disappointed.

Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are each headliners for the three-day festival that takes place in Indio, California following Coachella earlier the same month.

In addition to McGraw, Lambert and Shelton, the 2015 Stagecoach lineup features a huge range of country music artists including, Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley,
Jerrod Niemann, Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore, ZZ Top, Merle Haggard, Sturgill Simpson, and many more!

Tickets go on sale next Tuesday, Oct. 14th at 10 am PT with three-day passes starting at $269.

StagecoachLineup2015

2015 Stagecoach Country Music Festival lineup:

Friday, April 24

Tim McGraw
Jake Owen
Kip Moore
Merle Haggard
Kacey Musgraves
The Devil Makes Three
Parmalee
The Time Jumpers, featuring Vince Gill, Dawn Sears, Kenny Sears & Ranger Doug Green
Sturgill Simpson
The Lone Bellow
Brothers Osbourne
Parker Millsap
The Handsome Family
Lydia Loveless
Pegi Young
Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys
Cam Ochs

Saturday, April 25

Miranda Lambert
Dierks Bentley
Justin Moore
ZZ Top
Eli Young Band
Gregg Allman
Cassadee Pope
Cast of Nashville, featuring Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, and Chris Carmac
Steve Earle
The Cadillac Three
Mickey Gilley
Mac Davis
Nikki Lane
John Moreland
John & Jacob
The Quebe Sisters Band
Daniel Romano
Della Mae
Clare Dunn
Anais Mitchell
Old Salt Union

Sunday, April 26

Blake Shelton
The Band Perry
Sara Evans
George Thorogood and The Destroyers
Jerrod Neimann
Frankie Ballard
The Oak Ridge Boys
Hot Rize
Outlaws
Eric Burdon and the Animals
The Swon Brothers
Maddie & Tae
Chris Janson
Keith Anderson
Chatham County Line
Logan Brill
Luke Ameland
Ben Miller Band
Andrew Combs