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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is a 1,040+ seat thrust stage theatre owned by the Royal Shakespeare Company dedicated to the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare. It is located in the town of Stratford-upon-AvonShakespeare's birthplace – in the English Midlands, beside the River Avon; the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres re-opened in November 2010 after undergoing a major renovation known as the Transformation Project. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre opened in 1932 on the site adjacent to the original Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, destroyed by fire on 6 March 1926, whose name it took; the architect was Elisabeth Scott, so the theatre became the first important work erected in Britain from the designs of a woman architect. It was renamed the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 1961, following the establishment of the Royal Shakespeare Company the previous year. In the building designed by Scott, the theatre had a proscenium-arch stage, a seating capacity of about 1,400 people, on three tiers.

Two tiers of seating were added to the side walls of the theatre and the stage extended beyond the proscenium, by means of an'apron'. Balcony seats could only be accessed by means of a staircase to the side of the building, separate from the main foyer and bar; the theatre has several notable Art Deco features, including the staircase and corridors at either side of the auditorium. It is a Grade II* listed building; the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres are on the western bank of the River Avon, with the adjacent Bancroft Gardens providing a scenic riverside setting. The Rooftop Restaurant and Bar overlooks both the Bancroft Gardens; the Royal Shakespeare Company has renovated the Royal Shakespeare Theatre as part of a £112.8m Transformation project which included the creation of a new 1040+ seat, thrust stage auditorium which brings actors and audiences closer together, with the distance of the furthest seat from the stage being reduced from 27 metres to 15 metres. The Transformation project included improvements to the Swan Theatre, the creation of an array of new public spaces, including a new Riverside Cafe and Rooftop Restaurant, a 36-metre observation tower, improved backstage conditions for the actors and crew.

The new theatre is more accessible to people with disabilities and offers a more comfortable theatre experience. The theatre is a "one-room" theatre, which allows the actors and the audience to share the same space, as they did when Shakespeare's plays were first produced; the stage reaches out into the audience. This one-room theatre creates a more traditional Shakespearean performance area, allowing the audience to draw closer to the actors and creating a more personal theatre experience; the funding for the project came from many different sources including. The Transformation project incorporated the creation of the temporary Courtyard Theatre to house performances in Stratford-upon-Avon during the time the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres were closed, new offices at Chapel Lane, a nursery and refurbished rehearsal rooms at Arden Street; the project reached over a total of £100 million in cost and drew in financial support from RSC America and its own board members. Plans to redevelop the theatre were finalised and work commenced in 2007, with a scheduled completion date of 2010.

The RSC had its own project team, led by Project Director, Peter Wilson OBE. Other members of the project team included: Bennetts Associates, Buro Happold, Mace, Acoustic Dimensions, Drivers Jonas Deloitte and Gardiner and Theobald. An urn containing the ashes of Actor Ian Richardson who had died on 9 February 2007 was placed into the foundations of the auditorium of the building during its renovation in 2008 by his widow Maroussia Frank and his son Miles Richardson. Meanwhile, performances were transferred to the temporary Courtyard Theatre, a full-sized working prototype for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, built on the site of the RSC's studio theatre, The Other Place; the new theatre opened in November 2010, with preview events and activities, in advance of the first full Shakespeare performances from the RSC's existing repertoire from February 2011. The first new productions designed for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre's stage began from April 2011, with Michael Boyd's Macbeth, part of the RSC's 50th Birthday Season celebrations, which ran from April to December 2011.

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre was opened on 4 March 2011 by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, who were given a performance of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. The theatre has a new Rooftop Restaurant and Bar with views over the River Avon, a Riverside Cafe and Terrace, a Colonnade linking the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres together for the first time, the PACCAR Room exhibition space, a 36-metre-high tower which provides circulation and views across Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding area from its 32-metre-high viewing platform. There is a riverside walk which stretches from the Bancroft Gardens, past the theatre, towards Holy Trinity Church; the whole building is now accessible for the first time for visitors and staff with disabilities. There are three times as many dedicated wheelchair spaces in the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre auditorium in comparison to the previous auditor

Alfonso Robelo

Luis Alfonso Robelo Callejas, a Nicaraguan businessman, was the founder of the Nicaraguan Democratic Movement. He was one of the "moderates" on the five-members Junta of National Reconstruction that the Sandinistas claimed would rule Nicaragua following the overthrow of Anastasio Somoza Debayle. However, Robelo found. After resigning from the Junta on April 22, 1981, Robelo went into exile in 1982, he brought his MDN into Edén Pastora's rebel Democratic Revolutionary Alliance. He split with Pastora, joined the United Nicaraguan Opposition with Arturo Cruz, Adolfo Calero of the Nicaraguan Democratic Force. After UNO's collapse, he joined the directorate of the new Contra umbrella group, the Nicaraguan Resistance. During the political turmoil, Robelo's first marriage, to Indiana Cardenal Caldera, ended in divorce, they had four children: Indiana Margarita, Luis Alfonso and Alejandra. He remarried a Costa Rican. Following the Esquipulas accord, President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica announced in January 1988 that Contra leaders could no longer live in his country.

With his pregnant wife opposing a move from Costa Rica, he resigned from the directorate in early February. The post-Sandinista government of Violeta Chamorro appointed Robelo to be ambassador to Costa Rica. In 1993, he was taken hostage during a standoff at the embassy. Former member of the RN Directorate. Politician, businessman. Born in Leon on October 11, 1939. Earned a degree in chemical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1961. Rector of the University of Central America 1970–1972 and President of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Commerce until 1975, he headed the Nicaraguan Development Institute, long active in the development of independent agricultural and small business cooperatives. Following the assassination of La Prensa editor Pedro Joaquin Chamorro, Robelo cofounded the Nicaraguan Democratic Movement, a social-democratic political party of businessmen and professionals opposed to the Somoza regime. A leader and main spokesman for FAO working against the Somoza regime, he was arrested and publicly labeled a "subversive" by Somoza.

After the revolution Robelo was one of the five members of the original 1979 post-Somoza junta. Resigned in April 1980 because of the Marxist tendencies in the FSLN-dominated government and the growing Cuban influence in the country. Became President of the Democratic Coordinating Board. Harassed by the FSLN after his resignation from the junta and detained by the Sandinistas when he sought to travel abroad in 1982, he was forced into exile that year, his property was confiscated. In 1982, he joined with Edén Pastora and others in founding the ARDE, seeking to achieve the original democratic goals of the revolution. Robelo was elected to the Nicaraguan Resistance Directorate in May 1987. Resigned from the RN Directorate in January 1988. Nicaraguan Biographies: A Resource Book. United States Department of State, Bureau of Public Affairs. January 1988. Pp. 42–43. He is a member of the Latino fraternity Phi Iota Alpha; the oldest inter-collegiate Greek-letter organization established for Latino Americans.

The Nicaraguan democratic struggle: our unfinished revolution A speech Robelo made to the Social Democrats, USA

Regal Theatre

The Regal Theatre is a theatre located in the suburb of Subiaco in Perth, Western Australia. The theatre was named for King George VI, it was a theatre for films, but in 1977 the Regal was converted into a live theatre. It is one of the few remaining theatres in Perth; the Regal Theatre's opening night was on 27 April 1938 with the film Love Under Fire. The Regal Theatre is suited to all forms of theatre including stage shows, comedies, film festivals and rock shows; the seating capacity is 1074 people. 56 possible Fly Lines 23.4 square meter orchestra pit FOH camera 5 dressing rooms 2 chorus rooms 1 green room David Strassman Beauty and the Beast South Pacific Hair The Complete Works of Shakesphere Stayin' Alive Floorplay Off Work Robbee Williams Show RespectThere have been many performances at the Regal Theatre, some are listed below Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Performed by Perth Youth Theatre The Wizard Of Oz Menopause the Musical Art Peter Pan RENT07 Wakakirri 2002 Heats The Phantom of the Opera Oliver Twist Dunn, Frank.

Now and - Brief history of the Regal Theatre. Sunday times, 14 March 2004 Geneve, Vyonne; the picture gardens of Western Australia. Trust news, Apr. 1998, p. 8-10 Hocking Planning and Architecture. Regal Theatre, Subiaco: conservation plan Perth, W. A. Hocking Planning and Architecture. Regal Theatre

Fen skating

Fen skating is a traditional form of ice skating in the Fenland of England. The Fens of East Anglia, with their flooded meadows, form an ideal skating terrain. Bone skates date back to the mediaeval period, it is not known when the first skating matches were held, but by the early nineteenth century they had become a feature of cold winters in the Fens. The golden age of fen skating was the second half of the nineteenth century, when thousands of people turned out to watch such legendary skaters as Larman Register, William "Turkey" Smart, "Gutta Percha" See, brothers George'Fish' Smart and James Smart; the National Skating Association was set up in Cambridge in 1879 and took the top few fen skaters to the Netherlands, where they had a brief moment of international glory with James Smart becoming Britain's only world champion speed skater. The twentieth century saw a decline in the popularity of fen skating, it is not known when and how metal-bladed skates were introduced into Britain from the continent, where they had been in use since the 13th century or earlier, in the fens metal skates were in use by the seventeenth century.

William Fitzstephen described skating on the Thames in the 12th century. Diarists Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn both recorded seeing skating on the canal in St. James's Park in London during the winter of 1662. Pepys wrote "...over to the Parke...". As a recreation, means of transport and spectator sport, skating in the Fens was popular with people from all walks of life. Racing was the preserve of most of them agricultural labourers, it is not known when the first skating matches were held, but by the early nineteenth century racing was well established and the results of matches were reported in the press. In January 1763 on the river at Wisbech, Hare of Thorney raced against a Danish sailor, the first day for 20 guineas and the second for 50 Guineas, the Dane winning both races.. On 4 February 1763, John George Fawn skated between Wisbech and Whittlesey, around 25 km. Lamb came home first in 46 minutes to claim a substantial cash prize. An early advocate of the use of skates that could be screwed to the heels of boots was the accomplished figure skater'Captain' Robert Jones in his 1772 book A Treatise on Skating.

Skates based on his designs were soon in manufacture in London. On 17th January 1820 Croyland a £5 prize and 2 mile heats saw 18 year-old Charles Staplee beat Mr Young. In the other heat Mr Gettam beat Mr John Mr Gettam beat Charles Staplee in the final. In 1823 a Wisbech coach is shown in the background of a Chatteris skating match illustration by George Cruikshank; the cold winters of the 1820s and 1830s saw a number of fenmen make a name for themselves as skaters. They included: John John Young of Nordelph; when it froze, skating matches were held in villages all over the Fens. In these local matches men would compete for prizes of clothing or food. "During severe winters it is no uncommon thing to see joints of meat hung outside the village pub, to be skated for on the morrow". The winners of local matches were invited to take part in the grand or championship matches in which skaters from across the Fens would compete for cash prizes in front of crowds of thousands; the championship matches.

The competitors, 16 or sometimes 32, were paired off in heats and the winner of each heat went through to the next round. The farmers and gentry who organised the matches would raise a subscription for prize money. £10 was a typical purse in the mid-nineteenth century, with about half going to the winner and the rest divided amongst the other runners according to how far they had got in the contest. This was at a time when agricultural labourers earnt about 11 shillings a week. A course of 660 yards was measured out on the ice, a barrel with a flag on it placed at either end; the course was divided down sods of earth or piles of snow. The skaters were drawn in pairs, started one either side of the barrel, skate down the course, round the barrel and back again, with each skater keeping to their own side of the ice. For a one-and-a-half-mile race the skaters completed two rounds of the course, with three barrel turns. If there were 16 competitors the winner and runner-up would have skated a total of 6 miles.

There were matches for women although they didn't attract quite the same attention or prize money as the men's matches. The Cambridge Chronicle, after a long account of a match at Ely in February 1855 in which Turkey Smart beat Larman Register to win £7, told readers that "the white-bonneted Mepal girl won 10 shillings and beat the Lynn girl – a good race". By the 1890s the women had at least acquired names; as well as competing in matches, the top skaters issued challenges via the press. Brothers Larman and Robert Register announced in the Cambridge Chronicle in 1853 that they could be backed to skate any two skaters in England for £20, and three years Larman Register had teamed up with his vanquisher Turkey Smart to issue a si

Mick Dalla-Vee

Mick Dalla-Vee is a Canadian singer, producer, multi-instrumentalist. He moved to Western Canada, after leaving Bawating High School from Sault Ste. Marie, with the band Shama. Shama toured Western Canada and was managed by Bruce Allen before disbanding. From that point he became the lead guitarist of Trama, managed by Sam Feldman on to playing bass for the band Paradox which evolved into his current band Cease & Desist. Cease & Desist has been described as "one of Vancouver's most popular club bands" by the rock music critic of The Province, he played the part of John in a Beatles cover band, put together for Expo 86, played throughout the subsequent decade. Mick has written or co-written many songs on albums for artists as diverse as country music's Brent Howard and Canada's Singing Cowgirl: Marilyn Faye Parney, the heavy rock sounds of Blackstone, the soul/R&B sounds of'j.c. neill', Belinda Metz and new singing sensation'Emily Jordan' to the'smooth jazz' sounds of internationally acclaimed Lori Paul.

He co-wrote ten of the eleven songs on Paul's album Vanity Press. His first country song'The Wrangler' reached the country top 30 charts right across Canada, it achieved'Heavy Rotation' on C. M. T. Canada's country music video channel. One of the songs from Mick's'A Whistler Christmas' album entitled,'All I Want is You at Christmastime' has been recorded and released by Canadian country star, Brent Howard and has been sent to be recorded by'Art Garfunkel' for a compilation Christmas album due in the not too distant future, he has written music for movies, videos, video games and promotional spots. His writing styles run the gamut from'Smooth Jazz' to'Heavy Thrash'. Aside from producing himself in an array of projects such as 1994's A Whistler Christmas album, he runs his own studio'Millennia Sound Design', producing and engineering for artists like: Randy Bachman, Emily Jordan, Lori Paul, Hello Beautiful amongst others, he has ongoing contracts with The National Braille Factory, has provided theme music and soundscapes for two network television series and Simon Fraser University.

Randy Bachman's new CD "Jazzthing" had some work done on it at "Millennia Sound Design". Dalla-Vee has contributed to projects as diverse as, the multi platinum heavy rock of the "Mötley Crüe" album "A Decade of Decadence" to the country/rockabilly sounds of Brent Howard and Southern Cherry to Colin Arthur Wiebe. Canadian legends and The Powder Blues Band have used Mick's voice for recordings, he has worked extensively as a studio session singer/musician, with his talent of many voices being used on a worldwide'Karaoke' album package marketed over the dreaded U. S. infomercial. He has sung a number of commercial jingles for television. Having recorded with a host of other Canadian and international recording acts such as Randy Bachman, Mick was awarded a'Gold Record' for his work on the'Trooper' album'Last of the Gypsies' in 1991. In 2011-2012 Mick received first a Gold Status award a Platinum status award for The Live DVD: Bachman & Turner Live at The Roseland Ballroom in New York City; the guest performer with the band for that show and DVD was Paul Shaffer of The Late Show with David Letterman.

Mick earned a Platinum status for the DVD ‘Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap’, filmed during the cross Canada tour of the show by the same name. Mick is the featured vocalist as well as bass player in Randy's live band. In 1997, he received the Saskatchewan Album of the Year Award for his song writing/musician contributions to an album with proceeds going to people affected with multiple sclerosis, he keeps an steady schedule playing guitar and keyboards with his main band and Desist, its new show "Atlantic Crossing". He is the bass player/vocalist with Randy Bachman's band. Bachman’s 2003 - 2007 foray in the jazz world with his CD's, ‘Jazz Thing ’ features Dalla-Vee on the ‘upright bass’ and vocals, he plays mandolin, acoustic guitars and harmonica in the Brent Howard and Southern Cherry band, has toured as John Lennon in'Revolver - The Worlds Best Beatles Show'. Mick appears as'Elton John' in the hit show and Billy: Live. Dalla-Vee played keyboards with Melanie Fiona. A longtime member of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, he has sat on the panel as a judge for Canada's Juno Awards.

He was on the board of directors of the Pacific Music Industry Association for 3 years, is chair of The Carolyn Foundation Musician's Assistance Society. Cease & Desist Mick Dalla-Vee official website

Association for Consciousness Exploration

The Association for Consciousness Exploration LLC is an American organization based in Northeastern Ohio which produces events and recorded media in the fields of "magic, mind-sciences, alternative lifestyles, comparative religion/spirituality, holistic healing, related subjects." The organization was founded in 1983 by members of the Chameleon Club, their fictional founder, C. C. Rosencomet, on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, its primary directors are Jeff Rosenbaum and Joseph Rothenberg, many of the founding members still make up much of the core organizing group. As a campus organization they offered concerts by local musicians, offered a film series, hosted appearances by Jim Alan and Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary, Dr. Raymond Buckland, the first Cleveland appearance of Timothy Leary. In the 1980s, they ran a "mind spa", providing hands-on experience with mind machines, biofeedback devices, a sensory isolation tank; the motto of the Chameleon Club is "CHANGE", ACE's is "Dedicated to the Expansion of the Frontiers of Your Consideration".

ACE was located at The Civic, a former synagogue in Cleveland Heights, OH, there offered classes and featured appearances of Robert Anton Wilson, Timothy Leary, Robin Williamson, AmyLee, Ian Corrigan and Selena Fox. In 1985, the Association for Consciousness Exploration moved its offices to the Masonic Temple Annex Building in the same city, its offices were relocated to the Starwood Center in 2014. ACE is best known for hosting the annual Starwood Festival, a six-day summer camping event held in July featuring live entertainment and classes on a variety of subjects including Neopaganism, eclectic spirituality and holistic health, the annual WinterStar Symposium held in February, they have created the MusicStar Festival, Opening Inner Doorways, The Thing in the Woods. They have co-sponsored events with other organizations such as the SpiritDrum Festival and the Rant'n Rave, have participated in other organizations' events such as the Agora Psychedelic Festival, the World Magic Festival, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's psychedelic exhibit I Want to Take You Higher: The Psychedelic Era 1965–1969.

ACE produces and sells books, tapes, CDs and DVDs of performances and panel discussions from their events, several obtained from other sources, including the ACE/Llewellyn Collection and the ACE/ADF Collection. ACE maintains a workshop/seminar/bookstore facility in Cleveland, Ohio. Classes, drum circles and multi-media productions have been offered here, featuring occult author Isaac Bonewits, percussionist Jim Donovan, Church of the SubGenius Reverend Ivan Stang, Celtic Neopaganism author and bard Ian Corrigan, Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart of the Church of All Worlds, Neopagan folk singers Kenny & Tziporah Klein, singer/songwriter Victoria Ganger; the first two DEVOtionals, an annual event run by fans of the band Devo, were held at the Starwood Center in 2000 and 2001. Stone Creed Grove, a local branch of the Neo-druidic group Ár nDraíocht Féin, holds occasional meetings and open rituals at the Starwood Center. Adler, Margot Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Goddess-Worshippers, Other Pagans in America Today.

Beacon Press, 1979. Penguin ISBN 0-14-019536-X, ISBN 978-0-14-019536-1 Bonewits, Isaac Emmons The Pagan Man: Priests, Warriors and Drummers Citadel Press ISBN 0-8065-2697-1, ISBN 978-0-8065-2697-3 Michael Carlson obituary of Robert Anton Wilson "Expanding the Frontiers of Your Consideration" article Gamboa, Glenn "DEVO Devotion" Akron Beacon Journal Gilboa, Netta "Getting Gray With Reverend Ivan Stang" Gray Areas Gill, Michael "Circle of Ash" Cleveland Free Times Hunter, Jennifer 21st Century Wicca: A Young Witch's Guide to Living the Magical Life. Citadel ISBN 0-8065-1887-1, ISBN 978-0-8065-1887-9 Klaus, Jared "Exploration, Psychedelia & Wicca" Cleveland Scene C-Notes. Klaus, Jared "Oldstock" Cleveland Scene Klusterman, Chuck "DEVOtional is for Hard-Core Fans Only" Akron Beacon Journal Krassner, Paul. Life Among the Neopagans in The Nation, August 24, 2005. Lesie, Michele High Priest of LSD To Drop In: Timothy Leary Now Looks to Expand Minds With Software; the Plain Dealer Nema Maat Magick: A Guide to Self-Initiation.

Weiser Books ISBN 0-87728-827-5 Niesel, Jeff "Soundbites" article on DEVOtional at Starwood Center: Cleveland Scene Niesel, Jeff "Slack Is Back: Quit Your Job! Make Waste! The Church of the SubGenius Has Come to Town!" Cleveland Scene Pike, Sarah New Age and Neopagan Religions in America. Columbia University Press. & Joy S. Miller-Upton & Donald W. Wallbaum Local Festival Celebrates Pagan Rites The Free Paper Logan, OH. Seachrist, Denise; the Musical World of Halim El-Dabh. Kent State University Press: World Musics Series. ISBN 0-87338-752-X Vale, V. and John Sulak. Modern Pagans: an Investigation of Contemporary Ritual.. San Francisco: Re/Search Publications. ISBN 1-889307-10-6 rosencomet.com - the Association for Consciousness Exploration website