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 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

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.”

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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.


2015 Stagecoach Country Music Festival lineup:

Friday, April 24

Tim McGraw
Jake Owen
Kip Moore
Merle Haggard
Kacey Musgraves
The Devil Makes Three
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
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

Brawl Breaks Out At Wedding Reception

“I do” turned into “let’s get ready to rumble” for one couple outside of Buffalo, NY. when a brawl broke out at their wedding reception on Saturday, September 13th.

The Buffalo News reported that seven police agencies were called to the scene at the Orchard Park Country Club after a massive fight broke out just after 11 p.m., as the reception ended and guests were readying to go home. “Things were said that can never be taken back,” says one witness; the paper reports that family members were yelling of their hatred for each other.

About 200 people attended the reception and WIVB reported that an arriving officer saw at least 100 people fighting. The bride and groom were reportedly not among those fighting but the groom was witnessed attempting to help guests exit.

One man received stitches for a head injury, and a few others were treated on the scene. No arrests were made, and while the State Liquor Authority has opened an investigation into what transpired.

SLA spokesman William Crowley said authority investigators are reviewing the incident because the country club has a liquor license.

“The Orchard Park police did reach out to our enforcement office and we are in contact with the Police Department,” Crowley said.

And in regards to the property damage at the club?

“We still are waiting for the damage estimates from management at the country club,” Orchard Park Police Chief Mark Pacholec said, “but it would be up to the country club to pursue restitution. That would be a civil issue.”

Criminal mischief charges could be pursued if witnesses identified people who destroyed property, the chief said.

Benny Chieffo of Jammin’ Sound, which provided music for the reception, described the couple as excellent people whose goal was to provide a joyful time for their wedding guests.

“It was a beautiful ceremony at the country club and an excellent reception that followed,” Chieffo said. “I just hope that the guests don’t forget about the beautiful wedding. It was a picture-perfect wedding except for that last half hour.”

Tragedy Strikes At Burning Man Festival

A woman was killed at Burning Man just after midnight the morning of August 28th.

According to Burning Man spokesman Jim Graham, Alicia Louise Cipicchio, a 29-year-old resident of Jackson, Wyoming, suffered fatal injuries early Thursday morning after falling under a large vehicle at the annual Burning Man event in the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada near the Center Camp at the festival.

It is not known whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the incident but
Burning Man organizers are continuing to work with law enforcement to
investigate the accident.

This is an unfortunate event but not completely uncommon as deaths do happen at
Burning Man due to the location of the festival.

Humboldt General Hospital is more than 120 miles from Black Rock City, but travel time is more than 6 hours because of the roads. The shortest travel time also adds 100 miles to the trip, and while the hospital has a helipad for air transport, dispatching and getting there still takes time.

Burners should be aware that medical care beyond what volunteer doctors and health-care workers provide can be tough to get quickly and that while the most recent death before today was in 2007 when an attendee fell under a trailer, the risk Burners take when migrating to Black Rock City is very high.

Our thoughts go out to the family, friends and camp mates of the victim.

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Burning Man 2014 Theme Caravansary
Theme and text by Larry Harvey and Stuart Mangrum with
acknowledgments to David Normal, illustration by DA of Black Rock
(aka Dominic Tinio), model/photo: Stardust Magick

Electric Zoo Returns To New York With New Safety Measures

Returning for its 6th year, Electric Zoo is set to feature over 145 of the world’s top producers and DJs across six stages on Randall’s Island Park in New York.

For three days, a thumping lineup of the world’s best DJs and electronic music acts will descend on New York drawing thousands of fans who want to see
international DJ heavyweights like David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, A-Trak, and much more!

While Electric Zoo organizers are optimistic about the 2014 event, the memory of what happened in 2013 still lingers.

Just last year, two Electric Zoo attendees died as a result of drug overdoses, causing event organizers to shutdown the event early.

In an effort to increase safety and in light of the recent surge of alcohol and drug-related incidents and accidents that have flooded music festivals, Made Event, promoters of
Electric Zoo, have launched a campaign called Come to Life, requiring all attendees to watch a two minute film–“The Molly”–before entering the festival gates. The PSA
emphasizes being totally present in the moment rather than relying on other substances to enjoy the show.

In addition to the PSA, “zookeepers” will be on hand providing water and electrolytes for those in need. Made Event has also instituted background checks for all festival vendors and employees, hired more undercover police officers on-site, added drug-sniffing dogs, and banned the use of CamelBak water packs that may be used to smuggle in illegal drugs.

With all of the new safety measures and a killer lineup, this year’s Electric Zoo is sure to be one to remember.

Electric Zoo 2014 logo
via (Made Event)

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All About Burning Man

It’s that time of the year again. In honor of the Burning Man festival beginning today in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, we’d like to answer a few common questions about this special event.

What is Burning Man and where does it take place?
Burning Man has been around for over 25 years is now one of the most famous art and music festivals in the world. The event takes place in a temporary city called Black Rock City (or The Playa as it is otherwise known) that is built in a barren stretch of desert and comprised of various self-sustaining camps or

When does Burning Man take place?
Burning Man begins the week prior to Labor Day and runs through the Labor Day weekend. In 2014, the Burning Man dates are Monday, August 25th to Monday, September 1st.

How big is the festival?

In 2013, nearly 70,000 people traveled into Nevada for the event and it brought an
estimated $55 million in economic impact to Northern Nevada, up from $44 million in 2012.

Is it just a bunch of hippies hanging out in the desert?

No. Tech moguls, socialites, heirs and heiresses, and Hollywood starlets have all been
attendees of Burning Man.

How do people get around on The Playa?
Due to the delicate nature of the Black Rock Desert as well as the dust levels, burners are asked to only use their vehicles to reach their campsite and either walk or use bicycles to get around following their arrival.

What’s the deal with the 10 Principles of Burning Man?
The 10 Principles of Burning Man were written by Burning Man Founder, Larry Harvey, in 2004 and were crafted not as strict rules of how people should be and act, but as a
reflection of the community’s spirit and culture as it developed since the event’s founding.
The 10 Principles of Burning Man are as follows:

1) Radical Inclusion
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No
prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
2) Gifting
Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
3) Decommodification
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social
environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or
advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the
substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
4) Radical Self-reliance
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner
5) Radical Self-expression
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift
to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
6) Communal Effort
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce,
promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of
communication that support such interaction.
7) Civic Responsibility
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume
responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to
participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance
with local, state and federal laws.
8) Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
9) Participation
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that
transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is
invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
10) Immediacy
Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our
culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.

Burning Man 2014 Theme Caravansary
Theme and text by Larry Harvey and Stuart Mangrum with
acknowledgments to David Normal, illustration by DA of Black Rock
(aka Dominic Tinio), model/photo: Stardust Magick

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The New York Film Festival Announces Full Lineup of Films

Attention all film buffs! The Film Society of Lincoln Center has revealed the full lineup of films that will screen at the 52nd New York Film Festival.

Founded in 1962, when only one other U.S. film festival was the San Francisco International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival takes place in and around Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side. This year, the festival will run from September 26th to Oct. 12th.

In addition to the three previously announced films including Gone Girl,
Inherent Vice, and Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance, the festival will feature 27 other titles that will play over the course of 17 days.

Check out the full 52nd New York Film Festival lineup below:

Director: David Fincher

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu

BELOVED SISTERS (Die geliebten Schwestern)
Director: Dominik Graf

THE BLUE ROOM (La chambre bleue)
Director: Mathieu Amalric

Director: Olivier Assayas

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve

Director: Bennett Miller

GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE (Adieu au langage)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Directors: Josh & Benny Safdie

HILL OF FREEDOM (Jayuui Eondeok)
Director: Hong Sang-soo

HORSE MONEY (Cavalo Dinheiro)
Director: Pedro Costa

Director: Lisandro Alonso

LIFE OF RILEY (Aimer, boire et chanter)
Director: Alain Resnais

Director: Alex Ross Perry

Director: David Cronenberg

Director: Asia Argento

Director: Mike Leigh

Director: Abel Ferrara

THE PRINCESS OF FRANCE (La Princesa de Francia)
Director: Matías Piñeiro

Director: Bertrand Bonello

Director: Eugène Green

Director: Yann Demange

Director: Nick Broomfield

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako

Director: Oren Moverman

TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (Deux jours, une nuit)
Directors: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

TWO SHOTS FIRED (Dos Disparos)
Director: Martín Rejtman

Director: Damien Chazelle

THE WONDERS (Le meraviglie)
Director: Alice Rohrwacher