Space opera – Star Warz http://star-warz.net/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 18:11:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://star-warz.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-23T234539.702-150x150.png Space opera – Star Warz http://star-warz.net/ 32 32 Why luxury hotels are rushing to open Saudi Arabia https://star-warz.net/why-luxury-hotels-are-rushing-to-open-saudi-arabia/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 17:25:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/why-luxury-hotels-are-rushing-to-open-saudi-arabia/ President Biden is not the only one visiting Saudi Arabia – he is followed by swarms of tourists. But you’ll be forgiven for not having booked the Desert Kingdom yet for your next vacation. The murder of Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi in 2018, and a lifetime of draconian religious policing that kept women almost housebound, meant […]]]>

President Biden is not the only one visiting Saudi Arabia – he is followed by swarms of tourists.

But you’ll be forgiven for not having booked the Desert Kingdom yet for your next vacation. The murder of Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi in 2018, and a lifetime of draconian religious policing that kept women almost housebound, meant that Theocratic Arabia was not an acceptable destination for all but non-Muslim adventurers. more intrepid.

In fact, Saudi Arabia didn’t even offer tourist visas until September 2019, when the Gulf nation announced that visitors from 49 countries could enter for just $117 at the airport. Months later, COVID hit – eclipsing what would otherwise have been a chilling announcement for intrepid travellers.

Around the same time, Saudi Arabia quietly neutralized the powers of its tyrannical religious police, notorious for harassing women, stifling free speech and hiding to ensure no one ever had fun. Without further ado, women started driving, movie theaters opened, music could be heard in public, and headscarves were removed for the first time.

In 2019, a huge music festival, dubbed the MDLBeast, debuted. Thousands of 20-somethings from around the world arrived dressed in rave gear for a Miami Ultra-inspired line-up (think Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Tiësto and Steve Aoki) at a venue which looks like Burning Man. In the same year, Mariah Carey became the first to perform for a mixed audience in Arabia.

The welcome liberalization of Saudi society is just one element of a $1 trillion push to build a global tourism economy and make the oil-dependent nation the playground of the world. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hopes to attract some 100 million visitors by 2030 (in 2019 he attracted just 17.5 million international visitors, according to the World Tourism Organization), which would make Saudi Arabia one of the most visited countries in the world.

Attracting more tourists than most European countries to what remains a sober, authoritarian and sometimes confusing place seems like a stretch, but the infrastructure that will eventually turn Saudi Arabia into a dozen Dubais is almost there. Love or hate Saudi Arabia, soon you won’t be able to ignore it.

More importantly, the first phase of the $50.6 billion Diriyah Gate development in Riyadh will begin this fall.

Saudi Arabia plans to nearly double the population of its capital by 2030 (including adding millions of expatriates). This 370-acre project – about 13 times the size of Hudson Yards – will be the cornerstone of this effort, attracting around 25 million visitors a year.

Old will meet new in the upcoming Diriyah Gate project.
Diriyah Gate Project
Built to resemble the original Saudi style and building materials, the new district attracts many luxury hostels.
Built to resemble the original Saudi style and building materials, the new district attracts many luxury hostels.
Diriyah Gate Project
It will be a must for visitors coming to an otherwise hodgepodge Riyadh.
It will be a must for visitors coming to an otherwise hodgepodge Riyadh.
Diriyah Gate Project
Public squares will lead to hotels, shops, gourmet restaurants and even an opera house.
Public squares will lead to hotels, shops, gourmet restaurants and even an opera house.
Diriyah Gate Project

Led by New York hotelier extraordinaire and Martin Scorsese lookalike, Jerry Inzerillo, the project is a city within a city that will include dozens of hotels, tens of thousands of new apartments, a university, subways, an opera house, four Michelin-starred restaurants, countless palm trees and a sprawling shopping district inspired by the Champs-Élysées – all completed by 2026. The first phase opens this fall around the site’s restored ruins UNESCO World Heritage Site, At-Turaif – the original home of the Saudi royal family and the country’s first capital until it was sacked by the Ottomans in 1818.

Baccarat, Orient Express, Raffles, Park Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, Rosewood, Four Seasons and Six Senses are just a few of the upscale Western staples opening in the new neighborhood.

Inzerillo — known for building the One&Only and Atlantis Resorts brand, as well as opening iconic hotels like the Delano in Miami Beach — isn’t the only New York chunk to have landed in the unlikely Riyadh.

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, At-Turaif was the original home of the Saudi royal family.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, At-Turaif was the original home of the Saudi royal family.
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The sprawling city is finally attracting hotspots like Cipriani (where the butler sports a New York accent) and two David Burke restaurants, at an upcoming 23-story, glass-paneled Nobu Hotel opening next year. The Four Seasons hotel in the city’s iconic bottle opener-shaped Kingdom Tower has long been the best in town, but next year it will rival a St. Regis, a swanky JW Marriott, a luxury brand Mansard from Fairmont and Radisson.

Just as many luxury hotels familiar to jetset Manhattanites are opening outside of Riyadh.

A sprawling Grand Hyatt resort will open in the first phase of the ambitious Red Sea development project.
A sprawling Grand Hyatt resort will open in the first phase of the ambitious Red Sea development project.
Red Sea Development
A chic St. Regis will open on the Red Sea in 2023.
A chic St. Regis will open on the Red Sea in 2023.
Red Sea Development
Ian Schrager collaborates with Marriot to bring an Edition Hotel to the Red Sea.
Ian Schrager collaborates with Marriot to bring an Edition Hotel to the Red Sea.
Red Sea Development
Raffles will also open an eco-resort in an archipelago of more than 90 islands in the Red Sea.
Raffles will also open an eco-resort in an archipelago of more than 90 islands in the Red Sea.
Red Sea Development

The eco-focused Red Sea project will bring 16 new hotels to an 11,000 square mile resort archipelago in the coming years, with a new airport opening in early 2023. Grand Hyatt Hotel on Shaura Island ( center of the project, which will eventually include a marina and 18-hole championship golf course), a nature-focused Foster + Partners-designed Raffles resort, as well as a St. Regis and EDITION resort.

A luxury brand Six Senses focused on well-being opens its doors in a beautiful desert landscape.
A luxury brand Six Senses focused on well-being opens its doors in a beautiful desert landscape.
Red Sea Development

In the desert, along the old frankincense trade route, Six Senses is opening its Southern Dunes resort in 2023. The 73-key boutique resort is also designed by Foster + Partners.

In the seaside city of Jeddah – where Justin Bieber performed last year and where an annual Formula 1 race fills the city with celebrities like A$AP Rocky, Will.i.am and Gordon Ramsay – 9,000 new rooms luxury hotels are on the way. Most notably, a new Shangri-La opened in February.

Shangri-La is opening a 220-room hotel in Jeddah.
Shangri-La is opening a 220-room hotel in Jeddah.
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Meanwhile, four flights a day now operate between Dubai and the historic town of Al-‘Ula, which is likely to be the real hub of the Saudi tourism push.

A larger-scale archaeological and UNESCO site several times larger than Petra in Jordan, Al-‘Ula presents itself with dozens of ancient Nabataean tombs carved into the sandstone in a huge desert canyon nearly 200 miles north of Medina . Stunningly beautiful and totally uncommercialized, Al-‘Ula is being transformed into Saudi Arabia’s wellness capital and the “Eat, Pray, Love” ensemble is already flocking to do yoga under ancient sandstone monoliths. The Habitas and Banyan Tree hotels will open there in October.

Ancient sandstone tombs punctuate stunning desert landscapes in Al-'Ula, currently Saudi Arabia's biggest draw.
Ancient sandstone tombs punctuate stunning desert landscapes in Al-‘Ula, currently Saudi Arabia’s biggest draw.
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Concerts with singers like Enrique Iglesias in the Maraya – the tallest mirrored building in the world, which seems to disappear into the evocative mountain landscape – and celebrity-filled events like this year’s Dolce & Gabbana fashion show have made d ‘Al-‘Ula the first place every new visitor should see in what remains a very under-construction Saudi Arabia.

However, despite what appears to be a drive to attract an array of luxury hostels, Saudi Arabia won’t be a top check-in choice for Mr. and Mrs. America for some time to come. The specter of geopolitics and a deluge of negative headlines watch over it.

But that doesn’t worry hotel investors.

“Saudi Arabia has a secret weapon when it comes to tourism,” a Saudi insider who asked to remain anonymous told The Post. “There are nearly 2 billion Muslims in the world and all of them have a religious obligation to visit Mecca. All the kingdom has to do is turn on the tap and let the people flow.

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Mark Hamill has a perfect reaction to the auction price of the X-Wing model https://star-warz.net/mark-hamill-has-a-perfect-reaction-to-the-auction-price-of-the-x-wing-model/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 16:42:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/mark-hamill-has-a-perfect-reaction-to-the-auction-price-of-the-x-wing-model/ Mark Hamill has the perfect reaction to an original Star Wars X-Wing model that recently sold for a staggering $2.3 million at auction. Mark Hamill has the perfect reaction to an original star wars X-Wing model that recently sold for $2.3 million at auction. Hamill originated the role of Luke Skywalker in the original Star […]]]>

Mark Hamill has the perfect reaction to an original Star Wars X-Wing model that recently sold for a staggering $2.3 million at auction.

Mark Hamill has the perfect reaction to an original star wars X-Wing model that recently sold for $2.3 million at auction. Hamill originated the role of Luke Skywalker in the original Star wars film, which was retroactively titled A new hope in 1981. Hamill reprized the role several times, including the rest of the original trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Decades later, Hamill returned to Luke Skywalker for Disney’s sequel trilogy, which featured most prominently in the Rian Johnson controversy. The Last Jedi. More recently, Hamill also helped bring a young Luke back to life on TV shows like The Mandalorian and Boba Fett’s Book.

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Released in 1977, the original Star wars, written and directed by George Lucas, quickly became a pop culture phenomenon that launched the epic space-opera franchise. The film is well known for its innovative use of special effects, which Lucas formed production company Industrial Light & Magic to help create. Since CGI was not commonly used at the time, Lucas and company relied on miniature models to create many dogfight sequences in space. One of these models used during the production of Star Wars: A New Hopethe Red Leader X-Wing starfighter, recently sold at auction for an exorbitant price.


Related: How Star Wars: A New Hope’s Special Edition Actually Made The Movie Better

Shortly after the X-Wing model sold at auction for $2.3 million and started making headlines, Marc Hamil reacted to the news on Twitter. The Luke Skywalker actor had the perfect reaction to the news as he jokingly lamented the missed opportunity, writing, “I should have kept mine.” Check out his reaction below:

Click here to see the original post.

It’s unclear what happened to the X-Wing model used for Luke Skywalker in the original star wars film. Many models featured throughout A new hope were destroyed by pyrotechnics used during the filming of the climatic trench sequence in which the Rebel Alliance destroys the Death Star. As a result, models from the original movie are incredibly rare, which is why one just sold for over $2 million. This specific model was used for Red Squadron Leader Garven Dreis, who was played by the late Drewe Henley.


Given the price at recent auctions, it would be interesting to see what Luke’s X-Wing model might sell for. Even after all these years, the original star wars is still dear to many fans who recognize its seminal place in cinematic history. While the new generation of star wars uses CGI for its space battles, A new hope carries a vintage charm due to its use of practical effects and patterns, which is why some are willing to pay such a high price to own a piece of this cherished history.

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New live performance venue opens Jeffersontown as part of park expansion https://star-warz.net/new-live-performance-venue-opens-jeffersontown-as-part-of-park-expansion/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 21:24:09 +0000 https://star-warz.net/new-live-performance-venue-opens-jeffersontown-as-part-of-park-expansion/ The City of Jeffersontown on Tuesday opened a new multi-purpose live events space that will host concerts, weddings and more, bringing a new performing arts venue to the East End. The place, Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheaterwill be part of the planned expansion of Veterans Memorial Park, a project that officials say took seven years to […]]]>

The City of Jeffersontown on Tuesday opened a new multi-purpose live events space that will host concerts, weddings and more, bringing a new performing arts venue to the East End.

The place, Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheaterwill be part of the planned expansion of Veterans Memorial Park, a project that officials say took seven years to complete.

Amphitheater features will include an outdoor stage, a “Great Lawn”, pathways for cyclists and pedestrians, a pavilion overlooking the Great Lawn, outdoor terraced seating, indoor event space with a picture window overlooking the park, trellis of oscillating benches and a building concessions.

According to press materials provided by the City of Jeffersontown, the amphitheater will accommodate up to 1,200 people inside the inner “circle” and 4,000 people inside the outer “circle.” The stage will be 1,616 square feet. (For comparison, the current Louisville Orchestra stage at Whitney Hall is about twice as large, according to its technical package.)

The event venue will be 2,900 square feet in size and will accommodate approximately 200 people seated on tables and chairs or 300 people for “classrooms/seminars”.

When the site opens, the season for the outdoor space will vary depending on the weather, but the indoor space will be open year-round.

J-Town Mayor Bill Dieruf told LEO it is slated to open in 14 months, pending any supply chain delays or the pandemic.

During the press conference preceding the inauguration of the works, André Kimo Stone Guess, President and CEO of Fund for the Arts, said, “Amphitheaters are so important because they speak to the whole neighborhood; they address the whole community; they have open spaces for people to come [to.] And you should really be proud that it’s happening in today’s environment, because that’s what we need.

“We have to be on the outside engaging with each other. We need a space, a free space, for people to come together and share their stories. We need a free space for people to come and be intergenerational,” Guess continued, “where we can engage and be proud of the places we come from, and be proud of the unique culture that comes from those places. spaces.

A rendering of Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater.

Mayor Dieruf spoke about the park’s appeal to families and individuals who may be moving to J-Town. Although the area where the park will expand was once the site of a sewage treatment facility, its transformation into a multi-use park is a testament to J-Town’s ability to adapt in a way that attracts younger families, Dieruf said.

“My generation was interested in golf courses. The next generation is looking at places where they can enjoy family, they can enjoy the arts. And what better way to do that is to take a plant and turn it from what it was into something you see on the [rendering poster] today,” he told the crowd.

Pointing to renderings of the completed park, Dieruf said, “When you look at those pictures up there, it just makes you smile. It makes you say, ‘Yes, I can have fun there.’ Yes, it’s family. Yes, it’s the community.

Dieruf said the impetus for its construction came, in part, from J-Town’s abundance of sports programs, which left a void for children who were more interested in the arts.

He added that members of the Louisville Orchestra, including music director Teddy Abrams, consulted on many aspects of the stage design, including the angle of the stage — not so much to keep the sun out of their eyes, but because the direct heat of the sun can change the sound of their instruments.

Although the orchestra currently performs at Veterans Memorial Park several times a year, Dieruf plans to invite them to the amphitheater as well when it opens. Their shows outside the city center, Dieruf said, help make the arts more accessible to the whole community and encourage greater participation in the arts as a whole.

Other possibilities for groups and events that could use the space, according to a press release, include Kentucky Shakespeare, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, musical theater groups, choirs, church services, touring bands, local music festivals and school graduations.

Dieruf said one of the benefits of building the site was that the city of Jeffersontown had already raised funds for it, so there would be no need to raise taxes.

“We have saved for this, and we are paying cash,” Dieruf said. “It’s not a burden on the next generation; it’s fun for the next generation.

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The government is committed to replacing the highway with green spaces https://star-warz.net/the-government-is-committed-to-replacing-the-highway-with-green-spaces/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 05:02:06 +0000 https://star-warz.net/the-government-is-committed-to-replacing-the-highway-with-green-spaces/ The NSW government has committed $200 million to the overhaul of Circular Quay in Sydney as part of its budget. According to government plans contained in the budget, which will be tabled on June 21, the ferry docks and train station will undergo major upgrades and a section of the Cahill Freeway will become green […]]]>

The NSW government has committed $200 million to the overhaul of Circular Quay in Sydney as part of its budget.

According to government plans contained in the budget, which will be tabled on June 21, the ferry docks and train station will undergo major upgrades and a section of the Cahill Freeway will become green space, similar to the High Line from New York.

The new tiered viewing platforms will give pedestrians a view of two of the country’s most photographed landmarks, the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Mayor Clover Moore’s 2050 vision for the city was unveiled this month, including the demolition of the Cahill and its replacement with public realm.

But Towns Minister Rob Stokes resisted those plans, saying instead an overhaul would be undertaken with community consultation.

“For too long Circular Quay has failed to live up to its potential, but this plan will ensure Sydney has the gateway it deserves and better reflects the spectacular city we live in,” said Stokes.

Before the pandemic, Sydney averaged 15 million visitors a year, with Circular Quay being a major waterfront destination.

As part of the upgrades, new ferry docks will be built to provide a more comfortable experience and additional space for travelers to capture greater harbor views.

The station will also be renovated with improved entrances and signs as well as escalators and elevators.

As part of the Circular Quay concept plans, part of the Cahill Freeway will become a green public space, creating new viewing platforms.

It is inspired by New York’s High Line, a 1.5-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway, and rail trail created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan.

▲ An investment decision on the long-awaited Circular Quay renewal project has just been unveiled.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the main traffic artery that fed the Sydney Harbor Bridge was a scar separating Sydney from its best assets.

“Although we can’t get rid of it at the moment, I’m delighted that we can improve it in the meantime and create one of the most beautiful walks in the world,” said Perrottet.

The highway was temporarily redeveloped this year as a pedestrian space to host a music and culture festival that will ring in 2022.

Treasurer Matt Kean said the funding would go towards initial design work, planning approvals and a community consultation process before the government makes a final business decision.

“This renewal would create a more vibrant space for visitors and locals to enjoy new places to eat, drink and shop,” Kean said.

“Our vision for Circular Quay would transform the world’s gateway to Australia and provide a truly unique experience, as visitor numbers to Sydney return to the 15 million we welcomed each year before Covid-19.”

The project is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs during construction.

The announcement follows a $60million proposal to build a 90km pathway winding around Sydney’s waterfront and linking the Opera House to Parramatta Park.

Changes to the highway will now likely be part of the new walking track.

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“I haven’t been fired, I’m not on vacation” https://star-warz.net/i-havent-been-fired-im-not-on-vacation/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 04:32:51 +0000 https://star-warz.net/i-havent-been-fired-im-not-on-vacation/ When Elizabeth became a patient at Shadybrook last month, it resulted in less screen time for the portrayer Rebecca Herbst on “General Hospital”. Since then, rumors swirled online that Herbst had been fired or was in the midst of intense contract negotiations with the daytime drama series, among other alleged reasons for her absence from […]]]>

When Elizabeth became a patient at Shadybrook last month, it resulted in less screen time for the portrayer Rebecca Herbst on “General Hospital”. Since then, rumors swirled online that Herbst had been fired or was in the midst of intense contract negotiations with the daytime drama series, among other alleged reasons for her absence from the screen.

In a Tweeter Herbst shut down some of the speculation on Friday, saying not only has she not been fired, but she is also not on vacation and does not have Covid. She said, “Well, hello…just thought I’d put a stop to some rumors that were going around: I haven’t been fired. I am not on vacation. I don’t have covid. My children do not prevent me from working. I also have no cramps (best yet). I hope you are all having a good weekend! XOXO”

An user tweeted in response, “So you joined the Space Force Reserve! (It’s like the Army Reserve, but for the Space Force. But then, you obviously already know that.)” This tweet generated a response Herbst’s “rolling on the floor laughing” emoji.

As of press time, Herbst’s original post has amassed over 1,400 likes, over 220 retweets and nearly 200 fan responses.

Prior to the Friday June 17 tweet, the last time Herbst posted on the social media platform was in mid-May when she said“I just finished reading all my sweet birthday wishes!! TY so much for the beautiful flowers and the dozens and dozens of cupcakes I was able to share with my GH family as well as my team at home And #12DaysofBecky was a fun walk down memory lane… TY from the bottom of my heart Herbst celebrated his birthday on May 12.

As well as crushing the rumor mill herself, Herbst was part of the official cast photo that was taken during last month’s taping of the show’s 15,000th episode which is currently scheduled to air. on Tuesday, June 21 after Thursday’s national preemption. Herbst was also pictured alongside his co-star Genie Francois whose character plays a central role in the overall plot of the special stand-alone episode when the town of Port Charles rallies around Laura Collins.

Check out the photos below.

Cast of the 15,000th episode of the show “General Hospital”

Photo by Liliane Lathan/ABC
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Rebecca Herbst, Genius Francis

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The classic heist comedy that gave the original Obi-Wan Kenobi his first Oscar nomination https://star-warz.net/the-classic-heist-comedy-that-gave-the-original-obi-wan-kenobi-his-first-oscar-nomination/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 13:47:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/the-classic-heist-comedy-that-gave-the-original-obi-wan-kenobi-his-first-oscar-nomination/ Describing himself as a reluctant man (via New York Times), Alec Guinness had a knack for blending into a character. You always knew you were watching him, of course, but there was a transparency to his acting style that let you see into the heart of the person he was playing. Peter Ustinov, who worked […]]]>

Describing himself as a reluctant man (via New York Times), Alec Guinness had a knack for blending into a character. You always knew you were watching him, of course, but there was a transparency to his acting style that let you see into the heart of the person he was playing. Peter Ustinov, who worked with Guinness on “The Comedians”, called it “the exceptional poet of anonymity.”

Guinness’ versatility and range were evident from his first two film roles, David Lean’s excellent adaptations of ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Oliver Twist’. In the first, he played the irrepressibly cheerful Herbert Pocket before disappearing under heavy makeup for a memorable performance as the cunning and striking Fagin.

He won an Oscar for ‘The Bridge Over the River Kwai’ with the epitome of Britain’s stiff upper lip, and his range and gravitas allowed him to authoritatively play everyone from prime ministers (Disraeli in ‘The Mudlark “) to tyrants (Hitler in “Hitler: The Last Ten Days”) and Arab nobility (Prince Faisal in “Lawrence of Arabia”). Always the private man, one of his later great roles came after” A New Hope,” where he was cast perfectly as old-school spy agent George Smiley in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” giving a masterclass in vigilance.

Early in his career, Guinness was synonymous with Ealing comedies. His greatest achievement for the studio came in “Kind Hearts and Coronets”, playing nine different members of the aristocratic D’Ascoyne family. Other notable roles include the honest inventor in “The Man in the White Suit,” the evil ringleader in “The Ladykillers,” and the mild-mannered criminal mastermind in “The Lavender Hill Mob,” which earned him his premiere. Oscar nomination.

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Not to be missed: Chicago Children’s Choir at the Cairo Opera House, Memory Box at Zawya – Entertainment – Arts & Culture https://star-warz.net/not-to-be-missed-chicago-childrens-choir-at-the-cairo-opera-house-memory-box-at-zawya-entertainment-arts-culture/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 21:19:29 +0000 https://star-warz.net/not-to-be-missed-chicago-childrens-choir-at-the-cairo-opera-house-memory-box-at-zawya-entertainment-arts-culture/ Egyptian premiere of Pursuit Wednesday June 15Vox CinemasThe American action thriller follows a ruthless hacker who attempts to save his kidnapped wife from a drug cartel.The film stars Emile Hirsch, John Cusack, Nick Benseman, Barry Hanley memory boxWednesday June 15 – Monday June 20Zawya Cinema, Odeon Cinema, 15 Emad El Deen Street, Downtown CairoThe Lebanese […]]]>

Egyptian premiere of Pursuit

Wednesday June 15
Vox Cinemas
The American action thriller follows a ruthless hacker who attempts to save his kidnapped wife from a drug cartel.
The film stars Emile Hirsch, John Cusack, Nick Benseman, Barry Hanley

memory box
Wednesday June 15 – Monday June 20
Zawya Cinema, Odeon Cinema, 15 Emad El Deen Street, Downtown Cairo
The Lebanese film was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival.
Directed by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, the film stars Manal Issa, Paloma Vauthier and Rim Turkhi.
The film depicts the lives of three women linked by a resurfacing box containing notebooks, photographs and audio tapes.

Sirat Antara Dance Performance (Saga of Antara)
Thursday June 16 and Friday June 17, 8 p.m.: Gomhoreya Theatre, 12 El-Gomhoreya Street, Abdeen, Cairo
The show is staged by the Forsan Al Sharq Heritage Company

Performance from my room
Thursday 16 June, at 8 p.m. and Friday 18 June, at 6.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m.
Dawar Arts, 16 Adly St, Third Floor, Downtown Cairo
A series of short plays performed by the participants of the theater workshop. The plays are not suitable for young audiences.

Netflix premiere of the movie Spiderhead (2022)
Friday, June 17 – on Netflix
The sci-fi/thriller follows a group of convicts who are offered the opportunity to volunteer as medical subjects to shorten their sentence.
The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett.

Play Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan
June 17, 18, 19, 20, 8 p.m.
Rawabet Art Space, 5 Hussein Basha El-Meamari, Marouf, Downtown Cairo.
After its premiere in Arabic in May, the play returns for four consecutive nights
Learn more about the event here

Ahmad Ali El Haggar
Saturday, June 18, 9 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 p.m.)
Bedroom Art Space Garden City
10 Etehaad Al Mohamin Street, Garden City, Cairo

Netflix premiere of Civilian (2022)
Sunday, June 19 – on Netflix
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Nadia Hallgren, the film traces the life of Benjamin Crump, one of America’s foremost civil rights and social justice lawyers and advocates.

Chicago Children’s Choir
Tuesday, June 21, 8 p.m.: Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo
Learn more about the event here
The concert will be repeated on Wednesday June 22 at the Tahrir Cultural Center, Cairo and on Tuesday June 28 at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria

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All Revealed at Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase https://star-warz.net/all-revealed-at-xbox-and-bethesda-games-showcase/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 03:16:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/all-revealed-at-xbox-and-bethesda-games-showcase/ Today, Microsoft and Bethesda’s big presentation was set to reveal a slew of details about some of the most anticipated upcoming games. While the event everyone has been waiting for since the pandemic hit, E3, has of course been canceled once again this year, showcases like this are the best any of us could hope […]]]>

Today, Microsoft and Bethesda’s big presentation was set to reveal a slew of details about some of the most anticipated upcoming games. While the event everyone has been waiting for since the pandemic hit, E3, has of course been canceled once again this year, showcases like this are the best any of us could hope for. see. We were able to admire some great gameplay videos from Redfall, Starfield, and several other games coming out later this year, most of which will be released directly to Game Pass.

The main highlights are of course the aforementioned Redfall and Starfield, but there was plenty to like in the showcase, including Hollow Knight: Silksong, Minecraft Legends, and Obsidian’s insanely interesting title, Pentiment. Hideo Kojima also appears to have an Xbox exclusive in the works.

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It was long, so in case you missed anything, we prepared this handy roundup for you. Below are the biggest stories followed by a list of everything revealed during the Microsoft and Bethesda games showcase.

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Redfall is a cooperative shooter in the Left 4 Dead tradition from the developer behind Prey and Dishonored, Arkane. The game was supposed to release this year, but ended up being delayed to 2023. We could see footage that made Redfall look like a mix between Borderlands and Vampyr. This upcoming title pits players against a horde of vampires and their massive army of human worshipers who have managed to block out the sun. We got to see four characters consisting of sniper Jacob Boyer, engineer Remi de la Rosa, monster hunter Devinder Crousley, and Layla Ellison who has telekinetic powers.


Hollow Knight: Silksong

The sequel everyone’s been waiting for since the franchise’s first game released five years ago, Hollow Knight: Silksong, is finally set to release next week. I’m joking of course. We have no idea when the game will be released, but according to the big reveal, Hollow Knight: Silksong is set to hit stores later this year. Either way, we got to see a new gameplay trailer and this action platformer looks both slick and fluid. We also found out it would be on Game Pass from the start.

Minecraft Legends

Rumors about Minecraft Legends have been circulating for quite some time now. The game is apparently going to be a real-time strategy title that will pit you against the Piglins’ invasion and their corruption of the Nether. The developer behind this next entry in the popular franchise, Mojang, has revealed the game’s first-ever trailer. Minecraft Legends will feature a single-player campaign, co-op mode, and competitive multiplayer when it launches sometime in 2023.


Repentance

The narrative journey through 16th century Bavaria, Pentiment, has apparently been in development at Obsidian for some time. We’ve heard rumors here and there, but we’ve only just gotten our first good look at the game. You play as a journeyman artist working in a scriptorium in Kiersau Abbey during a time of great social unrest and upheaval. The game seems to have been inspired by these whimsical illustrated manuscripts, woodcuts, and of course history. You can start your adventure in November.

star field

Starfield is the game everyone wanted to know about. The title is essentially a space opera in the style of fan-favorite role-playing game Skyrim. While it was supposed to release in November, we all have to wait until next year as the developer, Bethesda, has already pushed the game back to 2023. We got to see some great gameplay that more than makes up for the wait. It delved into the details of character creation, spaceflight, customizable ships, and of course the little fact that it has 1,000 planets.


You can find the full list of everything revealed during the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase below, along with all the relevant release dates.

  • High on Life – TBA
  • Riot Games on Game Pass – 2022
  • Flintlock: Siege of Dawn – 2023
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem – 2022
  • Forza Motorsport – Spring 2023
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator DLC – November 2022
  • Ara: Untold Story – TBA
  • Fallout 76 DLC – September 2022
  • Forza Horizon 5 DLC – July 19, 2022
  • Ark 2 – 2023
  • Contempt – October 21, 2022
  • Lightyear Border – 2023
  • Gunfire Reborn – October 2022
  • Persona 3, 4 and 5 on Xbox – Late 2022 and 2023
  • The Last Case of Benedict Fox – TBA
  • As Dusk Falls – July 19, 2022
  • Naraka: Bladepoint on Xbox – June 23, 2022
  • Grounded – September 22, 2022
  • Ereban: Shadow Legacy – TBA
  • Sea of ​​Thieves Season 7 – July 21, 2022
  • Ravenlock – 2023
  • Cocoon – TBA
  • Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty – TBA


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Austin’s old opera house could become a concert hall again https://star-warz.net/austins-old-opera-house-could-become-a-concert-hall-again/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 21:37:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/austins-old-opera-house-could-become-a-concert-hall-again/ The Austin City Council voted to change zoning restrictions for a property off Congress South that housed the Austin Opera House. The change will allow taller, denser structures to be built and the opera house to reopen as a concert hall – albeit with a smaller capacity. The Austin Opera House was built in 1974 […]]]>

The Austin City Council voted to change zoning restrictions for a property off Congress South that housed the Austin Opera House. The change will allow taller, denser structures to be built and the opera house to reopen as a concert hall – albeit with a smaller capacity.

The Austin Opera House was built in 1974 and has hosted artists like BB King and U2. It closed in the 1990s and is currently used as an office space and music recording studio. Chris Wallin, who bought the property in 2012, wants to build apartments, commercial spaces and revamp the opera house itself.

But zoning changes in 1986 added a Neighborhood Conservation Combination District, or NCCD overlay, on the property. The overlay created restrictions on the development of the land and banned live music.

Wallin sought to have the overlay removed and the 4.5-acre property returned to its original zoning. With the restrictions, he said, only 22 homes could be built per acre. The original zoning would allow somewhere between 36 two-bedroom apartments and 54 efficiencies per acre.

“That’s the hard part,” Wallin told KUT in May. “We need housing and yet it’s an extremely difficult process trying to build on 4.5 acres. We have no travel. We are not deporting anyone. We would simply provide additional accommodations.

Wallin said 10% of the units would be considered affordable housing, and he hopes that would allow musicians to live on the property.

Wallin also said that while he wants the overlay removed, he thinks buildings and structures on the property should be set back appropriately and not be too tall.

“We want it to ground,” he said. “We want to be good neighbours.”

Neighbors concerned about noise and traffic collected enough signatures to demand that at least nine of the city council’s 11 members agree to the property’s zoning changes. The board unanimously approved the changes Thursday, with board member Natasha Harper-Madison not present for the vote.

Wallin originally wanted to restore the Austin Opera House to full capacity. The 45,000 square foot structure could accommodate more than 1,700 people.

Zach Ernst, who books performers at Antone’s and the Paramount Theatre, told board members he wanted to see a venue this size.

“In my current role booking multiple venues that host local and touring bands, I can tell firsthand that our calendars are generally full from September through May,” Ernst said. “And we transmit a lot of musical performances from local bands because we don’t have the dates available. There is a need for another 1,200-seat venue in Austin, especially one with a commitment to local artists like the opera will be.

But neighbors like Brian Beattie expressed concerns Thursday about the development.

“I know what we need now is some kind of compromise,” Beattie said. “But I want to stress that we agreed with all the increases in housing density. We support the search for affordable housing. We agreed on a 60 foot office building. Our only objection is to the large venue.

After negotiating at the town council meeting, the two parties agreed to a smaller floor area of ​​10,000 square feet.

Wallin will be required to submit a building and site plan to the city’s Planning Commission for approval. He said it could take three to four years for the project to be completed.

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Collingwood: French Opera-style Foy and Gibson Warehouse conversion, with bathtub on balcony https://star-warz.net/collingwood-french-opera-style-foy-and-gibson-warehouse-conversion-with-bathtub-on-balcony/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 05:16:41 +0000 https://star-warz.net/collingwood-french-opera-style-foy-and-gibson-warehouse-conversion-with-bathtub-on-balcony/ A quirky conversion inside an iconic Collingwood warehouse has been designed to look like the French Opera House. It is now for sale, with a bathtub on the balcony. An eccentric Collingwood warehouse conversion modeled after the Opera Garnier in France sings for a new owner. Nestled inside the suburban Foy & Gibson Building, built […]]]>

A quirky conversion inside an iconic Collingwood warehouse has been designed to look like the French Opera House. It is now for sale, with a bathtub on the balcony.

An eccentric Collingwood warehouse conversion modeled after the Opera Garnier in France sings for a new owner.

Nestled inside the suburban Foy & Gibson Building, built in 1876, the site once served as a factory producing clothing, furniture, hardware and bedding for men and women.

It was refitted and sold in 1997 and then again in 2010 when it was converted into the three level house that exists today.

Now the 17/79 Oxford Street pad is on sale with an asking price of $2-2.2 million.

The characterful home now features cathedral ceilings decorated with theater stage lights; Century-old Baltic pine floors; a freestanding bathtub on the balcony overlooking the living room; and a rooftop terrace, among other features.

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Jellis Craig Fitzroy’s partner, Simon Shrimpton, said his sellers “dreamed pretty big” when they bought and redesigned the three-bedroom house twelve years ago.

“They took the space back into a bare shell and totally transformed it,” Mr. Shrimpton said.

“Every square inch has been taken into account and nothing has happened by chance or accident, there are intricate details everywhere.”

Carefully curated with the help of Melbourne architects Rexroth Mannasmann Collective, the property opens into a lobby with a luxury carpet roof and floor.

A bedroom, a bathroom, a laundry room and a cellar lead to the heart of the house: the living room and the dining room, which are framed by large windows and exposed brickwork.

On the second level, a master bedroom with en-suite mimics the grandeur of a theater cabin, opening onto a balcony with a freestanding bathtub overlooking the living space below.

Meanwhile, on the top floor, a third bedroom with a retreat and a private terrace can be enjoyed.

Mr Shrimpton said the apartment’s expansive walls were the perfect place to display artwork.

The house’s position between Smith and Wellington St, as well as its proximity to restaurants, cafes, bars and the CBD were also big pluses, he said.

“It’s an intimate and unique space,” Mr. Shrimpton said.

The apartment will be auctioned at 1 p.m. on June 18.

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Originally published as Collingwood: French Opera-style Foy and Gibson Warehouse conversion, with bathtub on balcony

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