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March Madness – Roller Derby Style!

I know, I know. When you hear March Madness, you usually thinks of basketball but judging by the sheer number of roller derby events we got going on just in the first few weeks of March, I think that’s going to change. There’s derby bouts going on everywhere. You’d be hard pressed to find a corner of the country that doesn’t have a bout happening.

We are, of course, so proud to be part of the national roller derby movement and encourage everyone to go out and support this grass-roots, DIY sport that’s on the rise. Look for another list towards the end of the month featuring more derby madness!

Roll on guys and gals, roll on!

Saturday, March 3

All Girl Flat Track Roller Derby BoutPrescott, Arizona  Come on out as Prescott’s hometown roller derby girls bring another Arizona State Conference game!!  NAZRD Whiskey Row-llers will be taking on Tucson’s Copper Queens in a hard hitting fast paced game of roller derby.

Bleeding Heartland Roller Derby Main EventBloomington, Indiana  Come Watch this double header roller derby event between the Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls vs. Ohio Roller girls.

Demolition City Roller Derby: The Good, The Bad, and The UglyEvansville, Indiana  To paraphrase Clint Eastwood, in the roller derby world, there are two kinds of people:  those who hit, and those who get hit! The hits will be good, bad and ugly at the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in Evansville, as the rollergirls from Demolition City Roller Derby host arch-rival Black-n-Bluegrass in a wild derby showdown.

Moonshine MassacreRedding, California  Join the Redding Rollergirls as they bout against the Golden State Rollergirls for this high action Roller Derby event!

Roller DerbyNorth Las Vegas, Nevada  The American Roller Skating Derby is proud to announce that Jim Fitzpatrick’s World Champion San Francisco Bay Bombers are coming to Las Vegas to take on Mizz Georgia Hase’s Brooklyn Red Devils and Ice Box’s Los Angeles FireBirds in a wild 3 team tournament. Fun and excitement for the entire family!

Roller Derby BoutStockton, California  Over five years of hard work has paid off for the Port City Roller Girls, Stockton’s only Roller Derby league as they are into their 6th Season. They are ready to share with their community what they have learned from long hours of practice and some painful bruises as they take to the track to play an intense, fast-paced sport against other women’s athletic organizations. PCRG is owned and operated by the skaters, for the skaters. It is the motto of the flat track roller derby revival that’s been sweeping the country over the past several years. In this bout,the  Port City Roller Girls will face off against South Coast Roller Derby.

LA Ri-ettes vs. New York Gotham GirlsLos Angeles, California  Are you ready for some All Women’s Bank Track Roller Derby action? Then purchase your tickets now before they sell out to see the LA Ri-ettes take on Gotham Girls Roller Derby from New York. At the LA Derby Dolls – Doll Factory located in LA’s Historic Filipino Town. Trey Sandusky will be singing the national anthem. ATTALOSS will be performing at half-time in the Vendor Village.

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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Roller Derby, Sports

 

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Hot Tickets: New York

Here are this week’s Hot Tickets in the New York area. Check back every Friday at noon, EST for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

Saturday, March 3 I ShakesBEER – NYC’s Original Shakespearean Pub Crawl  ShakesBEER, NYC’s original Shakespearean pub crawl, is back for another round in 2012. Join them at Stone Street in Lower Manhattan for a crowd pleasing day of drinking and theatre. Attendees will crawl from Beckett’s to The Dubliner and more. Each ticket includes 4 drinks (beer, wine, or soda) and 4 scenes of engaging Shakespeare. Come to ShakesBEER, where it’s 4 BEERS, 4 BARS, 1 BARD.

Sunday, March 4 I 2nd Annual Duck Off!  Duck Off! will benefit Food Systems New York, a not-for-profit, membership organization dedicated to ensuring the health and well-being of New Yorkers through access to good, wholesome, nutritious, and safe food and to supporting a strong, sustainable, regional farm and food economy. FSNYC brings together regional and local stakeholders – from producers to distributors, advocates, officials, and eaters – to generate synergies that will help defeat hunger, improve health, and create a vital, regional food sector. Guests will enjoy a walk-around, ten course tasting buffet, when ten amateur and professional cooks prepare their most creative duck dishes, using regionally produced quackers and seasonal ingredients in charcuterie and duck-dominated first and second courses. Competing cooks will be judged on regional sourcing and seasonality of ingredients as well as: creativity, execution, appearance and taste. Prizes will be awarded to winning cooks! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Hot Tickets, New York

 

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

“If you’d never been born, then you might be an Isn’t! An Isn’t has no fun at all. No, he disn’t.” – Dr. Seuss

Tomorrow, March 2nd, would have been Theodor Geisel, or Dr. Seuss‘s, 108th birthday. Though Geisel died in 1991, he still manages to maintain cultural relevancy in 2012. Universal Studios’ 3-D, CGI interpretation of his environmentally concious 1971 book “The Lorax” is currently playing in theaters around the country, his books still top children’s best-seller lists and there are dozens of theatrical adaptations of the Seuss-themed Broadway musical “Seussical” being produced all over the country by independent theater groups. The National Education Association even honored Geisel by adopting his birthday as the annual Read Across America Day.

Here’s an excerpt from the original, animated version of “The Lorax.”

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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in Arts, Literature, Seasonal

 

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Hot Tickets: Seattle

Here are this week’s hot tickets in the Seattle area. Check back every Thursday at noon, PST for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

TONIGHT, March 1 Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 – CD Forum is excited to present Pat Thomas and his highly anticipated book Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975.

In 2004, Pat began working on a research project centered around the Black Panther Party with a focus on the protest recordings that the Black Power movement inspired during the 1960s and 1970s  this led to establishing strong working relationships with two key leaders of the Black Panther Party David Hilliard (Chief of Staff) and Party chairman Elaine Brown (including releasing her landmark 1969 album “Seize The Time” on CD). As well as meetings with Bobby Seale, Ericka Huggins, and other Panthers. Over a period of 5 years, Pat uncovered dozens of rare/out of print/forgotten Black Power recordings in all areas of jazz, soul, poetry, speeches, interviews, and rock/pop music  eventually amassing what might be considered the largest collection of its kind.

TONIGHT, March 1 | Grudge Rock Comedy Edition CLOWN TOWN vs LEVEL UP! – It’s GRUDGE LAUGH- special Grudge Rock comedy episode! Join Professor Jake Stratton to see which comedians know comedy best and see which team of top comics goes home with ALL THE DOOR FUNNY! Or money. All the door money.

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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in Hot Tickets, Seattle

 

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Hot Tickets: Boston

Here are this week’s Hot Tickets in the Boston area. Check back every Thursday at noon, EST for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

Starts Friday, March 2 I Steel Magnolias  The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength and love which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in Boston, Hot Tickets

 

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One Step At A Time. BPT’s Featured Non-Profit: Sole Hope

Recently on Twitter I discovered a new organization called Sole Hope (@SoleHope). Their mission: to create jobs and shoes for those in need.

It all started with this YouTube video (warning: watch this video with a strong stomach) which shows volunteers extracting jiggers from children’s feet. Jiggers are small sand fleas that enter bare feet and burrow into the skin. If left untreated they can lead to serious infections, paralysis and even amputation. The worst part, if people wore closed-toed shoes and washed their feet regularly all of this could be avoided.

Asher Collie (founder of Sole Hope) saw the video and it broke her heart. Being a mother herself, she couldn’t sit idly by after seeing the pain on the children’s faces. She chose to do something about it and in 2010 Asher visited Zambia, Africa to see what could be done. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Non-Profit

 

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Hot Tickets: Chicago

Here are this week’s Hot Tickets in the Chicago area. Check back every Wednesday at noon, CST for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

Thursday, March 1 I Fulton Street Sessions  TUTA present’s Fulton Street Sessions, written by TUTA, directed by Artistic Director Zeljko Djukic, with original music by Trey Maclin.  Fulton Street Sessions is a cabaret-style production in the form of a collection of sketches, musical numbers, and interludes capturing the essence of current national and local news bulletins, social, cultural and political gossips.

Friday, March 2 to Sunday, March 4 I Bee Movie Weekend  Support the Chicago Honey Co-op as it moves to a new site in March 2012. Join Logan Square Kitchen for a screening of the documentary “The Vanishing of the Bees” narrated by Ellen Page. Tickets nclude a movie seat and your choice of snack or drink. Additional snacks available for purchase, plus a cash bar.  Portion of ticket and concession sales go to the Chicago Honey Co-op. Concessions provided by the Chefs Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe, and Matthias Merges of Yusho. Get ready for crazy awesome movie snacks. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Chicago, Hot Tickets

 

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