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Andrea Chénier

Andrea Chénier is a verismo opera in four acts by Umberto Giordano, set to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica, first performed on 28 March 1896 at La Scala, Milan. The story is based loosely on the life of the French poet André Chénier, executed during the French Revolution; the character Carlo Gérard is based on Jean-Lambert Tallien, a leading figure in the Revolution. It remains popular with audiences, though less performed than in the first half of the 20th century. One reason for its survival in the repertoire is the lyrical-dramatic music provided by Giordano for the tenor lead, which gives a talented singer opportunities to demonstrate his histrionic skill and flaunt his voice. Giuseppe Borgatti's triumph in the title role at the first performance propelled him to the front rank of Italian opera singers, he went on to become Italy's greatest Wagnerian tenor, rather than a verismo-opera specialist. The work was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, on 28 March 1896 with Evelina Carrera, Giuseppe Borgatti and Mario Sammarco in the leading parts of soprano and baritone respectively.

Rodolfo Ferrari conducted. Other notable first performances include those in New York City at the Academy of Music on 13 November 1896. Apart from Borgatti, famous Cheniers in the period between the opera's premiere and the outbreak of World War II included Francesco Tamagno, Bernardo de Muro, Giovanni Zenatello, Giovanni Martinelli, Aureliano Pertile, Francesco Merli, Beniamino Gigli, Giacomo Lauri-Volpi and Antonio Cortis. Enrico Caruso gave a few performances as Chenier in London in 1907. All of these tenors with the exception of Borgatti have left 78-rpm recordings of one or more of the part's showpiece solos. Post-war, Franco Corelli, Richard Tucker and Mario Del Monaco were the most famous interpreters of the title role during the 1950s and 1960s, while Plácido Domingo became its foremost interpreter among the next generation of tenors, although Domingo's contemporary Luciano Pavarotti successfully sang and recorded the work; the Wagnerian tenor Ben Heppner tackled the role in New York City at a 2007 Metropolitan Opera revival with mixed success.

The Keith Warner-directed production was performed in 2011 and 2012 in Bregenz, under the name of "André Chénier", using an 78-foot high statue of a dying Jean-Paul Marat sinking in the water, an ode to the 1793 Jacques-Louis David painting, The Death of Marat, which depicts the murdered revolutionary slumped over in his bathtub. In addition to four arias and ariosos for the principal tenor, the opera contains a well-known aria for the soprano heroine, featured in the film Philadelphia Also worth noting are the baritone's expressive monologue "Nemico della Patria" and the final, soprano-tenor duet for the two leads as they prepare to face the guillotine. Time: 1789–94. Place: In and around Paris. Palace of the Countess of Coigny Servants are preparing the Palace for a ball. Carlo Gérard, the majordomo, is filled with indignation at the sight of his aged father, worn out by long years of heavy labour for their noble masters. Only the Countess' daughter Maddalena escapes his hatred. Maddalena jokes with her mulatto servant girl.

The Countess rebukes Maddalena for dallying around. The guests arrive. Among them is an Abbé who has come from Paris with news about the poor decisions of King Louis XVI's government. Among the guests is the dashing and popular poet, Andrea Chénier; the soirée begins with a "pastoral" performance. A chorus of shepherds and shepherdesses sing idealised rustic music and a ballet mimics a rural love story in stately court fashion; the Countess asks Chénier to improvise a poem but he says that inspiration has abandoned him. Maddelena asks Chénier to recite a verse, but he refuses her saying that "Fantasy is not commanded on cue." The laughter of the girls draws the Countess' attention, Maddelena explains mockingly that the Muse of poetry is absent from the party. Chénier now becomes angry and improvises a poem about the suffering of the poor, ending with a tirade against those in power in church and state, shocking the guests. Maddalena begs forgiveness; the guests dance a gavotte, interrupted by a crowd of ragged people who ask for food, Gérard ushers them in announcing that "Her Greatness, Misery" has arrived to the party.

The Countess confronts Gérard who repudiates his service and throws his livery at the feet of the Countess, taking his father with him, who threw himself at the feet of the Countess. She orders them all out, comforts herself by thoughts of her gifts to charity; the ball continues. Café Hottot in Paris, during the Reign of Terror Bersi, now a merveilleuse, chats with an incroyable, she asks him if he is a spy for Robespierre, but he says that he is a mere "observer of the public spirit". Bersi asserts she has nothing to hide as "a child of the Revolution". A tumbrel passes, bearing condemned prisoners to the guillotine, mocked by the crowd. Bersi leaves; the Incroyable notes. Chénier's friend Roucher enters, he reminds Chénier that he is under s

Cathay de Grande

The Cathay de Grande was a nightclub on 1600 Argyle Avenue on the corner of Argyle Avenue and Selma Avenue in central Hollywood, USA, which featured punk rock bands but other styles of underground/alternative rock in the 1980s. It was as well known for rockabilly, the Paisley Underground bands and the beginning of the garage rock revival, it was owned by Michael Brennan. Top Jimmy & The Rhythm Pigs played every Monday night for three years. Violent Psychosis joined every Thursday. Red Hot Chili Peppers performed their first show under that band name at the Cathay after going by the name Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem for their two previous performances at another Hollywood club, they would play the Cathay a few times during their first tour in 1983 and once in 1984. Other bands who played the Cathay included The Minutemen, Bad Religion and the Horseheads, Dr. Know, The WILD, along with regulars from Orange County Social Distortion, T. S. O. L; the Vandals, Agent Orange and Love Canal.

The Knitters played their first gig at the Cathay. The Cathay was dubbed by one newspaper in 1984 as "The most dangerous club in America". Due to problems with neighbors, violence caused in part by punk gangs such as the LADS gang, Suicidal Tendencies, FFF and HRP, legal problems related to business conflicts, the Cathay de Grande closed in 1985 with Violent Psychosis, The Mentors with El Duce and Circle Jerks performing the farewell show. Shortly before, Danny "Dobbs" Wilson, the booker at the Cathay de Grande, started Raji's a block to the north on Hollywood Boulevard. In 1983, The Mentors released an album entitled Live at the Whisky A Go-Go/Cathay De Grande" which consisted of two live shows, one recorded at the Whisky A Go-Go and the other at the Cathay de Grande. In the song "The Desperation´s Gone" from the NOFX album So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes, Fat Mike sings "Cathay de I miss your smell". In 2014 a nightclub featuring craft cocktails called The Argyle opened at the location

1986–87 Division 1 season (Swedish ice hockey)

1986-87 was the 12th season that Division 1 operated as the second tier of ice hockey in Sweden, below the top-flight Elitserien. Division 1 was divided into four starting groups of 10 teams each; the top two teams in each group qualified for the Allsvenskan, while the remaining eight teams had to compete in a qualifying round. The teams were given zero to seven bonus points based on their finish in the first round; the top team from each qualifying round qualified for the playoffs. The last-place team in each of the qualifying groups had to play in a relegation series in an attempt to avoid relegation to Division 2. Of the eight teams in the Allsvenskan, the top team qualified directly for promotion to the Elitserien, while the second place team qualified for the Kvalserien, which offered another opportunity to be promoted; the third to sixth place teams in the Allsvenskan qualified for the playoffs. The two playoff winners qualified for the Kvalserien, in which the first-place team qualified for the following Elitserien season.

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2004 Hawaii Warriors football team

The 2004 Hawaii Warriors football team represented the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season. Hawaii finished the 2004 season with an 8 -- 5 record; the Warriors made their third straight appearance in the Hawaii Bowl, facing off against the UAB Blazers. The Warriors would go on to defeat the Blazers and cap off their third straight winning season, the fifth in six seasons under head coach June Jones. In his final season, quarterback Timmy Chang set the NCAA Division I-A all-time passing yards record with 17,072, surpassing the old mark held by BYU quarterback Ty Detmer. Chang set records for total offensive yards, most offensive plays, most interceptions. Wide receiver Chad Owens won the Mosi Tatupu Award for the best special teams player in the country and would earn second team AP All-American honors as an all purpose player. QB Timmy Chang: 358/602 for 4,258 yards with 38 TD vs. 13 INT. 37 carries for 15 yards and 2 TD. RB Michael Brewster: 113 carries for 722 yards and 6 TD. 34 catches for 273 yards and 1 TD.

RB West Kellikipi: 72 carries for 336 yards and 7 TD. 17 catches for 131 yards and 0 TD. WR Chad Owens: 102 catches for 1,290 yards and 17 TD. WR Jason Rivers: 80 catches for 973 yards and 7 TD. WR Britton Komine: 53 catches for 788 yards and 4 TD. WR Gerald Welch: 45 catches for 515 yards and 5 TD. WR Se'e Poumele: 13 catches for 151 yards and 2 TD. WR Ross Dickerson: 15 catches for 143 yards and 1 TD. K Justin Ayat: 11/15 on field goals and 54/58 on extra points

Inuwa Wada

Muhammadu Inuwa Wada was a parliamentarian and minister of Works and Survey under the administration of Tafawa Balewa. He was a veteran parliamentarian towards the end of the Nigerian first republic and was given the Defense portfolio in 1965 after the death of Muhammadu Ribadu, he was first elected in 1951 as a member of the Northern House of Assembly, he was subsequently nominated to the Federal House of Representatives and was a member and minister from 1951-1966. Inuwa Wada was known by many as a quiet figure in contrast to the hectic demands of his ministerial portfolio in the Works department, going through a period of increased focus on major developmental projects as part of a six-year plan during the early 1960s. Born in 1917 to a respected family in Kano, his grandfather was Chief Alkali during the early twentieth century and his father worked as a surveyor for the Kano Native Authority before his death in 1924. Inuwa Wada attended Shuhuci Elementary School and in 1938, he graduated from the Kano Middle School.

He went on to train as a teacher at the Katsina Higher College from 1933-1938 and became a teacher in Kano where he taught History and Geography and edited a paper,'Yadda Yake Yau'. After putting nine years in teaching, he left the profession for the offices of the Kano Native Authority and worked there as a clerk, Chief Scribe and Information Officer. Inuwa Wada was a founding member of the Northern Peoples Congress. While in the NPC, he was the party's secretary and national organizer. In the 1950s, he served on the board of the Nigerian College of Arts and Technology, the Nigerian Coal Corporation and the Nigerian Groundnut Marketing Board. In the 1964, election, he had to contend with a Young NEPU candidate, a School teacher by name Musa Said Abubakar Magami and future governor of Kano, Abubakar Rimi who contested as an independent candidate but all of them pulled out of the race before the elections were contested see Chapter 10 page 204 of African Revolutionary The Life and Times of Nigeria's Aminu Kano by Alan Feinstein ISBN 978 156 299 4.

Inuwa Wada is a paternal uncle of former Nigerian president. He ran a successful transport business after the 1966 coup that abolished the first republic, he remained an influential conservative figure in the Northern region after the coup. Wada secured a loan from the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank to start his first manufacturing venture, a match making company, he owned interest in at least five other business ventures including a transport company. His breakthrough in the transport sector occurred when he bought 50 lorries for a small deposit, other ventures included the Nigerian Spanish Engineering Company, Kanol Paints, Arewa Industries, Standard Industrial Industries and Nigerian Enamelware Company. 1959 Sumaila parliamentary election Inuwa Wada NPC - 26,149 Mohammed Achimolo Garba NEPU - 2,231 Sule Baba AG - 456 * * * *

1st Magritte Awards

The 1st Magritte Awards ceremony, presented by the Académie André Delvaux, honored the best films of 2010 in Belgium and took place on 5 February 2011 at the Square in the historic site of Mont des Arts, beginning at 7:30 p.m. CET. During the ceremony, the Académie André Delvaux presented Magritte Awards in twenty categories; the ceremony, televised in Belgium by BeTV, was produced by José Bouquiaux and directed by Vincent J. Gustin. Film director Jaco Van Dormael presided the ceremony, while actress Helena Noguerra hosted the evening; the pre-show ceremony was hosted by film director Fabrice Du Welz. Mr. Nobody won six awards, including Best Director for Jaco Van Dormael. Other winners included Illegal, Private Lessons, A Town Called Panic with two awards each, The Barons, The Boat Race, Looking for Eric, Paths of Memory, Sleepless Night, Soeur Sourire with one. In 2010, the Académie André Delvaux was established by Patrick Quinet, president of the Francophone Film Producers Association, Luc Jabon, president of Pro Spère, to unite the five branches of the film industry: actors, producers and writers.

It aims to recognize excellence in Belgian francophone cinematic achievements in order to have a Belgian counterpart of the French César Awards. Charly Herscovici, who created the Magritte Foundation, allowed the academy to use the name of the Belgian artist René Magritte. Overseen by the Académie André Delvaux, the Magritte Awards replace the Joseph Plateau Awards, which were disestablished in 2007. During the first ceremony, 18 merit categories and two special awards were presented, honoring artists and other personalities of the film industry for their works during the 2009–2010 period; the nominees for the 1st Magritte Awards were announced on 13 January 2011 at the Square in Mont des Arts, Brussels, by Patrick Quinet and Luc Jabon, co-presidents of the Académie André Delvaux. Illegal received the most nominations with eight total, followed by Mr. Nobody and Private Lessons with seven each; the nominees for the Magritte Awards for Best Short Film and Best Documentary Film were announced on December 29, 2010.

The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on 5 February 2011. Mr. Nobody won six awards, the most for the ceremony: Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay for Jaco Van Dormael, Best Cinematography for Christophe Beaucarne, Best Original Score for Pierre Van Dormael, Best Editing for Matyas Veress. Illegal and Private Lessons received two acting awards apiece. A Town Called Panic received two technical awards. On 25 January 2011 the Honorary Magritte Award was bestowed posthumously to André Delvaux. Winners are highlighted in boldface. André Delvaux Benoît Poelvoorde 36th César Awards 16th Lumières Awards 2010 in film Official website 1st Magritte Awards on IMDb 1st Magritte Awards at AlloCiné