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Alan McGee

Alan McGee is a Scottish businessman and music industry executive. He has been a record label owner, musician and music blogger for The Guardian, he co-founded the independent Creation Records label, running it from 1983 until its closure in 1999. He subsequently founded the Poptones label, running it from 1999 to 2007, he has managed or championed acts such as The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine and The Libertines. He was the lead singer and guitarist for the indie pop group Biff Bang Pow!, who were active from 1983 to 1991. McGee was born in East Kilbride on 29 September 1960, he grew up in Glasgow and attended King's Park Secondary School, where he met future Primal Scream founder Bobby Gillespie. McGee left school at 16 with one O Grade. McGee and Gillespie were into punk rock, they joined a local punk band, The Drains, in 1978; the band's guitarist was Andrew Innes. After the breakup of The Drains, McGee and Innes moved to London and formed the band The Laughing Apple with Mark Jardim, a drummer from Croydon.

They recorded three singles in 1981 and 1982, two of which were released on Autonomy, the third was put out on their own Essential record label. In 1983, quitting his job at British Rail, he co-founded Creation Records with Dick Green and Joe Foster. McGee said that his intention with Creation "was to merge psychedelia with punk rock", he formed the band Biff Bang Pow!, which would continue until 1991, began running a club night called "The Living Room" at The Adams Arms in Central London. He began managing then-unknown The Jesus and Mary Chain, whose first single was issued on McGee's label in November 1984. Creation Records was one of the key labels in the mid-80s indie movement, with early releases featuring artists such as Primal Scream, The Jasmine Minks, The Loft; when The Jesus And Mary Chain moved to Warner Brothers in 1985, Creation was able to use McGee's profits as their manager to release singles by acts including Primal Scream and The Weather Prophets. While these records were not commercially successful, McGee's enthusiasm and ability to promote Creation releases in the weekly music media ensured a healthy following.

Following an unsuccessful attempt to run an offshoot label for Warner Brothers, McGee regrouped Creation and immersed himself in the burgeoning dance and acid house scene, the legacy of which saw him release era-defining albums from Creation mainstays Primal Scream and new arrivals like My Bloody Valentine and Teenage Fanclub. During this time Creation had run up considerable debts, which forced McGee to sell half of the label to Sony Music in 1992. McGee calls the Sony years as the beginning of the end of the real Creation Records, driven by Joe Foster, Tim Abbot, Dick Green and McGee himself, not by Sony accountants and marketing managers. At the point it seemed Creation would collapse into receivership, the signed Manchester band Oasis began selling albums in huge quantities, as one of the leading lights of the Britpop movement of the mid-1990s; the success of Oasis was unprecedented for an act on an independent label, their second album, Morning Glory? became the biggest selling British album of the decade.

This brought McGee substantial exposure, his position was noted by the revitalized Labour Party, who considered him a figurehead of youth culture and courted his influence to spearhead a media campaign prior to the 1997 General Election. McGee was responsible for changing government legislation in relation to musicians being able to go on the New Deal which gave musicians three years to develop and be funded by the government instead of having to take other jobs to survive. In 1998, Omnibus made a documentary about Creation for BBC One. McGee was awarded by the NME'Godlike Genius' award in February 1996 and Creation Records was awarded "independent label of the year" every year between 1995 and 1998 by Music Week. McGee returned to making music in 1997, collaborating with Ed Ball under the name The Chemical Pilot, releasing the album Journey to the Centre of the Mind in 1998. While Oasis went on to sell nearly 54 million records by 2008, Creation continued issuing albums by other artists, none of which came near the success of the Manchester band.

Rumours began to circulate of McGee's dissatisfaction. In late 1999 it was announced; the final album released by the label was Primal Scream's 2000 release XTRMNTR, which went gold in the UK. The final single was the third released from the album itself. Two books were written in the wake of Creation Records: One, by David Cavanagh, which McGee calls "the accountant's tale" and one by Paulo Hewitt. McGee closed Creation Records for good, selling the rest of the shares to Sony in 2000 for an overall price, staggered through the 1990s of around $30,000,000. Following Creation's closure, McGee became a property developer, buying houses, flats, a farm in Wales and an office block in Primrose Hill; the dissolution of Creation Records led to McGee forming Poptones in 2000. The label's name is a homage to the Public Image Limited song. Although Poptones was written off by Paul Lester of Uncut after eight days of opening, McGee found platinum success within the second year with The Hives. During this period McGee ran the international club night, Death Disco.

McGee DJ's around the globe under the moniker of "Death Disco". Death Disco had branches in Glasgow, New York City and Los Angeles. Death Disco had appearances from The Libertines, The Killers, BRMC, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, The Hives, The Darkne

Tim Berry (baseball)

Timothy David Berry is an American professional baseball pitcher, a free agent. Berry attended San Marcos High School in California. Berry committed to attend the University of Oregon, he tore the ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow during his senior year of high school. The Baltimore Orioles selected Berry in the 50th round of the 2009 MLB Draft, offered him the opportunity to rehabilitate from Tommy John surgery in their organization, he signed rather than enroll at Oregon. In 2013, Berry pitched for the Frederick Keys of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League, where he had an 11-7 win–loss record and a 3.85 earned run average in 27 games started. The Orioles assigned Berry to the Arizona Fall League after the 2013 season, he appeared in the AFL Rising Stars Game. The Orioles added Berry to their 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft on November 20, 2013. In 2014, he pitched for the Bowie Baysox of the Class AA Eastern League, appeared in the league's All-Star Game; the Orioles promoted Berry to the major leagues on June 6.

Berry made changes to his pitching delivery in 2015, but after struggling through nine starts with Bowie, he returned to his original delivery. Berry was selected off waivers by the Miami Marlins on December 23, 2015. On May 24, 2016, Berry was designated for assignment by the Marlins. Berry was acquired by the Baltimore Orioles from the Miami Marlins in exchange for cash considerations, he elected free agency on November 6, 2017. On February 23, 2018, Berry signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, he was released on May 18, 2018. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference

Bags' Opus

Bags' Opus is an album by vibraphonist Milt Jackson featuring performances recorded in 1958 and released on the United Artists label. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars calling it "A successful outing by some of the greats". All compositions by Milt Jackson except as indicated"Ill Wind" - 4:28 "Blues for Diahann" - 7:25 "Afternoon in Paris" - 6:02 "I Remember Clifford" - 5:55 "Thinking of You" - 4:23 "Whisper Not" - 6:16Recorded at Nola's Penthouse Sound Studios in New York City on December 28 & 29, 1958 Milt Jackson – vibes Art Farmer - trumpet Benny Golson - tenor saxophone Tommy Flanagan - piano Paul Chambers - bass Connie Kay - drums

Hawlemont Regional Elementary School

Hawlemont Regional Elementary School is a public elementary school located in Charlemont, United States. The school's name is a portmanteau derived from the two towns it serves and Charlemont. In addition to those two towns, students from other nearby towns attend Hawlemont via school choice; the three story building located on the west side of the present day facility was the site of the Charlemont High School, which closed when Mohawk Trail Regional High School opened in nearby Buckland, Massachusetts. The east side of the present day facility was constructed a few years before this transition and has housed the elementary school since. Starting in 1981, the Academy at Charlemont, a private middle and high school, was housed in the former Charlemont High School building for nearly a decade. Due to an increasing student population at Hawlemont, the Academy at Charlemont's lease was terminated by the Town of Charlemont, leading to the building being incorporated into the elementary school. During the transition, Hawlemont maintained a classroom in the present day Post Office building west of campus, calling it Hawlemont West.

The original high school and elementary school buildings were connected as part of a large renovation project starting around 2000. At the height of this project in 2001, the elementary school was temporarily housed at nearby Berkshire East Ski Resort. Hawlemont Regional Elementary School - Mohawk Schools

Drag show

A drag show is an entertainment, performed by drag artists where both men and women can be seen appearing. Many drag shows feature performers singing or lip-synching to songs while performing a pre-planned pantomime, or dancing; the performers don elaborate costumes and makeup, sometimes dress to imitate various famous opposite sex singers or personalities. And some events are centered around drag, such as Southern Decadence where the majority of festivities are led by the Grand Marshals, who are traditionally drag queens; the first instances of drag were well. In England and China in the 1500s women were not allowed to participate in drama or theater so the men impersonated females when acting on stage. In the Victorian period English actresses impersonated men in theater, in America actresses like Anne Hindle impersonated men in her performances, she had a low voice and shaved to create a masculine appearance. The impersonation of the opposite sex was popular in theater and film until 1933 when the Hollywood Motion Picture Production Code was passed.

This law or code was established to eliminate perversion which temporarily ended the era of male impersonation in film and theater. The first known drag balls of the United States were in Harlem at the Rockland Palace; these shows are called balls and feature extravagant performances of gay's and lesbian's impersonating the opposite sex and competing against one another in fashion shows. It is important to note that Harlem drag balls were people of color, white people were not excluded but did not participate. Drag balls were social event that brought people together who were on the margins of society and they had to meet in secret. Women of the Harlem Renaissance like Gladys Bentley, a prominent Blues singer wore tuxedos and dressed in men's clothing while performing. Butch African American women constructed their own forms of masculinity inside and outside of Blues performances which set the stage for future performers in drag, it was not until about 50 years that the term drag king was coined and performances started popping up across the United States.

According to Elizabeth Ashburn, "A drag king is anyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference or orientation, who consciously makes a performance of masculinity." Therefore, drag performers of the drag king scene identify as women, but some may be cisgender men or transgender men. During World War II, parody drag shows were a regular kind of entertainment for soldiers who dressed up as humorous-looking women and put on shows for each other. Doc Benner, Danny Brown produced the show which started in Miami, Florida, at a gay bar known as Club Jewel Box; this show would go on to set the stage for the touring drag show known as the Jewel Box Revue. The Jewel Box Revue was the longest running drag show that performed from the 1940s until the 1970s across the United States, they had at least ten specific performances in their repertoire, helpful for shows that ran for longer periods of time at the same place. The show had their own music and dances that were composed and choreographed for performers, they did comedy sketches and some stand-up performances.

The revue was made up of a diverse group that included African Americans, Native Americans, whites, unusual for the times before the Civil Rights Movement. Many of the venues they performed at were part of the "chitlin' circuit", the Howard Theatre, the Baltimore-Royal Theatre, Uptown Theatre and the Regal Theater in Chicago. In 1959 they began performing at The Apollo Theater in New York City and it was always a full house when they came to town. In the 1960s laws and regulations were put in place against cross-dressing and the Jewel Box Revue slowed down a bit. Although places like Los Angeles had bans in place they were still allowed to play at certain theaters; the laws and regulations against cross-dressing made it difficult for the Jewel Box Revue to perform. In 1975, the Jewel Box Revue performed for the last time in a production at the Bijou Theater in New York City. In 1955 the Pearl Box Revue began its performances in New York City. Pearl Box Revue was an all Black drag show that ran for twenty seven years until 1982.

Dorian Corey was a performer in the Pearl Box Revue and one of the drag queens in the documentary by Jennie Livingston known as Paris is Burning. Disposable Boy Toys were a drag king group out of California; the group was started in May 2000 and had 31 members white and transgender, were a feminist collective. Their performances were centered on dismantling racism, gender binaries, ideal bodies and militarism and they performed in queer spaces or progressive spaces for fundraising and marches Lip synching and dancing were regular components of their shows. DBT was known for performing at benefits to raise money for political and community causes. DBT disbanded in August 2004, although they did not break up they never performed together again. After Dark was a Swedish group founded in 1976 which performed for over 40 years in Sweden, but intermittently in the United States and Spain. Provincetown, Massachusetts, is home to some of the most famous drag performers and in the summers months there are several performances on any given night.

On July 24th 2018, Provincetown was home to the first Drag Camp, a camp for drag performers to hone their skills and perform for live audiences. The camp showcased famous drag performers. Jinkx Monsoon, Peaches Christ, Raja were some of the most famous drag performers who attended Drag Camp and had their own workshops

Flashlight (Kasia Moś song)

"Flashlight" is a song performed by Polish singer Kasia Moś. The song was released as a digital download on 10 March 2017, it represented Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, was written by Moś, Pete Barringer and Rickard Bonde Truumeel. The single peaked at number 55 on the Polish Airplay Chart. Moś was confirmed to be taking part in Krajowe Eliminacje 2017, Poland's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, on 11 February 2017. Moś went on to win the national final, on 18 February, placing first with the juries and second with the public, represented Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Poland competed in the second half of the first semi-final at the Eurovision Song Contest