Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica Celebrates Its Heritage with Lights and Music

MONTREAL - It was a horrendous rainstorm accompanied by gale-force winds and flashing lightning while the floodwaters rose ominously up the stained glass windows.

But we remained dry, safe and in awe as we sat in the comfort of the cavernous nave of Notre-Dame Basilica.

This impressive storm took place inside the basilica with lots of lightning and thunder and orchestral music, but no rain drops. The spectacle - called Aura - is staged three nights a week and opened in March 2017 to salute the 375th anniversary of Montreal's founding.

The storm was to subside and dry up by September 2019 but it has been so popular that it will now rage on to the end of next year. Plus, admission prices have risen $2 per head.

The multimedia show marks the anniversary but also highlights the 188-year-old basilica's architectural grandeur.

The church, with its rich, warm interior colour schemes, has always been a major free tourist attraction in Montreal, but now draws 600 spectators into its pews on show nights, paying $23 a head to witness the spectacular marriage of laser lights, its interior design and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Aura was created by Moment Factory, a Montreal-based multimedia studio that does most of its work outside of Canada. Among its more recent projects are Madonna's concert tours, illuminating Atlantic City's boardwalk and throwing a sound-and-light show on the façade of Barcelona's Sagrada Familia Basilica, which has been under construction for more than 100 years.

The Basilica isn't the only Montreal icon putting on a light show this year.

The Jacques Cartier Bridge looks impressive by day as it stretches across The St. Lawrence River connecting Montreal Island to Longueil on the south shore.

But at night it becomes the throbbing, colourful heartbeat of the city.

Thousands of lights on the 2,687-metre-long bridge reflect the mood of the city. A win by Les Canadiens will turn the bridge a bright red. A loss will make the bridge blue.

The 86-year-old bridge changes colour at midnight to start each new day. The weather, the season, principal news events will change the colour the bridge is wearing.

Again the Moment Factory is providing and synchronizing the bridge's lighting. The 2,800 flickering lights shine inward toward the bridge to not overwhelm the stars at night.

More than 400,000 turned out for the first lighting of the bridge on May 17 with 1.8 million watching on TV, but the night was disrupted by Montreal police conducting a work-to-rule protest.

So the lighting ceremony was repeated on Sunday, June 25.

Montreal's 375 years of development can best be told from two locations - one high, one low.

You can't get much lower in Montreal than in its original sewer line. The ancient drain was discovered in 2002 and indicated the location of Fort Ville-Marie - the original settlement of 1643 that grew up to become Montreal.

Today you can walk in this cleaned-up sewer and see its original construction and then go up into the five-storey building recently opened above and see the 300,000 artifacts and ecofacts researchers have recovered from the site of Fort Ville-Marie in old Montreal. They tell the story of old, old Montreal.

To learn about today's Montreal you should go to the city's highest point - the top floor of Place Ville Marie. From the 47th floor observation lounge, you can see the entire city and the walls are lined with details about what you're looking at, plus photos of the city's modern history. Place Ville Marie is the headquarters of the Royal Bank of Canada and the centrepoint for Montreal's extensive underground city - the world's biggest. It has more than 1,600 retail shops and restaurants spread over 32 kilometres of underground corridors.

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Macklemore-themed Light Show a Halloween Hit
A home in Virginia has become the epicenter of Halloween celebrations thanks to a light show set to songs like "Downtown" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The show draws hundreds of onlookers each night.The 30-minute light show features 8,500 lights, according to homeowner and creative mastermind Brandon Bullis. He's been outfitting his Leesburg, Va., home with Halloween and Christmas lights for the past four years."The setup takes about 40 hours on the house and each song takes 40 to 50 hours to program and if I have to build light props, that takes as long as it takes me to figure it out," Bullis told ABC News.The idea to use the hit song "Downtown" as the focal point of this year's light show came from neighbors, whom Bullis said are surprisingly accepting of his crowd-drawing hobby."We have a single-family home in a bedroom community but so far so good," said Bullis, who lives in the home with his wife, Nicola, and their three children. "Most neighbors look forward to it and will yell out the windows and clap when I'm setting it up, and they always try to find out which new songs I'm doing.""'Downtown' was recommended to me by a neighbor. After listening to it and tapping my foot I said, 'I like this. I can do it,'" Bullis said of the catchy song.This year's light show also includes "House Party" by Sam Hunt, a favorite singer of his 15-year-old daughter, and Fall Out Boy's "Uma Thurman."Bullis, an electrical engineer by trade who works as a director at a major telecom company, said he was inspired to pick up his extreme hobby after taking his daughter to see a Christmas light display when she was a baby and watching her become entranced by a train in the display.The Bullis' light display is a family affair. The youngest Bullis son helps with crowd control and the oldest daughter manages visitor traffic.Bullis said his wife offers important "moral support.""She helps me with the building of the props and a lot of the 'community relations' part," he said. "She talks to the neighbors and if there's any complaints or concerns, we address them appropriately to everyone's satisfaction."Contrary to how it may appear, Bullis said the light show only adds about $25 to the family's monthly electric bill."We spend more money on candy than we do on the electric bill," he said. "I use energy-efficient LED lights and most of the lights are off at any one time so it's not like a Christmas tree with lights running continuously."The Bullis family does not charge for the annual Halloween and Christmas light displays, instead leaving a donation box with all proceeds going to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. The family has donated $10,000 to date, according to Bullis.
Travel: Churchill Offers a Perfect Place to See Nature's Great Light Show
CHURCHILL, Man. - The moment I stepped out of the airplane, Churchill took my breath away.It wasn't the vast wilderness landscape or the way the sun danced off the snow that gave me pause; it was the air itself, which hovered in the vicinity of - 20 degrees Celsius.An earlier short stay in Winnipeg, where the mercury dipped just below freezing, had left me with a false sense of hardiness.As the cold Churchill air flooded my lungs, I momentarily wondered what I'd gotten myself into. But once the initial shock subsided, I stepped onto the tarmac, ready for the awaiting adventure.Located on the fringe of the Arctic Circle, Churchill is neither a predictable vacation spot nor an easily accessible one. Perhaps that's part of its multifaceted charm.It's known as the best spot in the world for seeing both polar bears and beluga whales - something that attracts TV and film crews, adventure-seekers and celebrities ranging from Martha Stewart to Julianne Hough.It's also one of the top locations on the planet to watch the spectacular light show known as the aurora borealis - the northern lights.The lights are typically most active from September to November and again in March and April.But they're enjoying a particularly stellar year in 2013, thanks to the uptick in solar activity created by changes in the sun's magnetic field.The solar activities (flares, sunspots, solar winds and other forms of radiation) follow a predictable 11-year cycle known as the solar maximum and will peak around September.That means sky watchers traveling to Churchill this year will be richly rewarded with sights that words can barely describe.The lights come out late at night - an ideal arrangement for anyone who, like myself, prefers the cover of night to the crack of dawn.That leaves plenty of time for daytime activities in this quaint rustic town, which is as offbeat as it is off the beaten path. Churchill is home to just 900 residents . . . and as many polar bears.Residents leave their cars unlocked - not just because they trust their neighbors, but because it provides an immediate haven for any pedestrian who runs into a polar bear that has wandered into town.For this sort of trip, you'll definitely need to be part of a tour group and in my case it was Frontiers North Adventures, whose guides made the entire trip fun and extremely educational.Our group piled into the van and headed to Wapusk Adventures, home of the "Ididamile" dog-sled ride, a one-mile trail ride through Churchill's boreal forest.We huddled together in our parkas and snow pants, while owner Dave Daley - wearing just a sweatshirt and jeans - talked to us about the finer points of dog sledding.Aptly nicknamed Big Dog, Daley is passionate about his animals and a walk through the dog yard proves that the feeling is mutual. After spending a few minutes meeting these happy huskies, Daley's crew harnessed up two dog teams and asked for volunteers who "like to go fast."My hand shot up, and Daley pointed to a waiting sled; Cindy, my photographer, settled onto the hard wooden seat in front. I stood on the sled's rails behind her.Impatient and eager, the dogs barked and leaped in the air, anticipating the journey ahead of them. One of Daley's mushers climbed onto the sled behind me, and in seconds we had were off, gliding across the snow as the dogs joyously broke into a run.It took just moments for them to find their stride and settle in as a team, ushering us through a frosty, twisting, snow-covered course.Although the air was beyond brisk, this time my shortness of breath came from the beauty around me and the thrill of the ride.By the end, the dogs pulling our sled had flecks of ice covering their faces. And when I looked at our musher, his beard was also flecked with ice.While the next riders eagerly boarded, I retreated to the warmth of the small office. Alternating between thawing out and venturing back outside to watch more riders complete their mile-long quest, I couldn't yet say that I was acclimating to the weather, but I did, at least, believe I would survive it.After dinner at Gypsy's Restaurant and Bakery - one of two eateries that were open during our time in Churchill - we piled into a Tundra Buggy and our guide, Doug Ross, explained what we were about to encounter.As with anything else in nature, there was no guarantee that the lights would appear, so it might require patience on our part. The Tundra Buggy - a massive, Hummer-dwarfing vehicle designed specifically to manoeuvre across the frozen landscape - was equipped with a heater and a toilet, which was really all any of us were concerned about.Travelling at just about 12 km/h, we made our way out of town, crawling across what was a river when temperatures allowed it to thaw. About 40 minutes later, we arrived at our destination - a barren, frozen plateau far from the disruptive glare of Churchill's city lights.The skies cooperated, breaking open with streaks of green that traveled like haze through the sky. It was a majestic, awe-inspiring show that continued for hours.Ethereal shapes made by atmospheric gases slithered through the sky in shades of green that varied from deep emerald to bright neon, often resembling colourful smoke.It was fascinating and hypnotic; each of us repeatedly pulled away from the sight just long enough to warm ourselves in the Tundra Buggy, then returned to the frigid show. Time passed quickly and even though we had arrived around 9 p.m., midnight arrived faster than seemed possible.Finally, around 1 a.m. - just as we were about to call it a day - the lights turned up their intensity, doing what is referred to as "dancing."Shimmering and shimmying brightly across the sky, they kept all of us spellbound for several minutes, oblivious to the cold and enchanted as we craned our necks to fixate on the skies. It was silent, except for the occasional whispers of "oh," "ahh" and "amazing!" We could not have asked for a better nightcap.We allowed ourselves a later start the next day, which let us catch up on sleep and look at our photos. Shooting the northern lights requires a certain amount of trial and error, and everyone shared what had worked (and what hadn't) the night before.We were ready for another day of Churchill activities, but everyone was eager for night to fall so we could see more lights.We spent the afternoon exploring the boreal forest in one of the most magical ways possible: on snowshoes.Once we finally all got the hang of our snowshoes, we found ourselves practically gliding through the area, like little kids enjoying a snow day from school.Evening brought a blizzard that made viewing the lights impossible, so we stayed in and hoped the next day would be more fruitful. As morning arrived, our guides were checking the roads to see if it was safe to venture out.Snow was blowing and the temperatures plunged to minus 40. It became an "indoor adventure" kind of day, which included visiting Churchill's Eskimo Museum, where we gained fascinating insight into the area's culture, and the Arctic Trading Post, which appears to have been plucked out of the 1800s.After that, a trip to the Wapusk General Store, owned by Valerie Daley, wife of the "Big Dog," yielded great shopping for souvenirs.By nightfall, the storm had passed so we loaded into vans and drove to a different area outside of Churchill. Again, it was as if the lights were waiting for us.Every bit as spectacular as they had been two nights earlier, the vivid green lights were shot through with majestic hues of purple. The lights moved quickly among the stars, seeming to encircle us like an animated, elusive ribbon.The night was still and cold, with stars twinkling above the trees as the lights glimmered. I thought about how fortunate I was just to have experienced this even once in my lifetime, but something told me I wasn't done. I'm definitely going to have to do this again.-__McClatchy-Tribune
As much as I would've loved to take in the Bryan Adams show last night at the Brandt Centre, I had a family commitment that kept me from the show - my son Styles graduated from St. Jerome.Fortunately for me, Christopher Tessmer was able to fill in and he did a great job with the review. Check it out:Despite the logistical nightmares associated with finding parking for a sold out arena with a Brandt Centre parking lot full of farm machinery and implements, Thursday's Bryan Adams' show started without a hitch.Walking on to the huge stage with his band, it was striking to see the lack of intro video or cheesy intro music associated with most arena shows. Instead the 52-year-old singer/songwriter simply took his place in the middle of the stage to the thunderous cheers of the sold out crowd.Those looking for pyrotechnics and a laser light show would have been initially disappointed, as the vast stage was bare other than amps and instruments. The lone extravagance was the gigantic screen that centred two smaller side screens as the Canadian rock legend played the opening chords to his 1991 hit House Arrest.Sounding impeccable, Adams moved on to his No. 1 hit Somebody with nary a word to the audience. The crowd showed its enthusiasm, as half the seated audience remained standing, dancing in their seats, aisles, and anywhere else there was room to move.Pitch perfect the whole night; it's hard to recall another concert in the arena where any vocalist sounded so crisp and studio perfect.Adams made the first of a few sparse comments as the prolonged cheers died down from the second song, stating, "I don't know what you're expecting out of tonight, but all I can tell you it's kind of a long show." The allusion to his large anthology of hits elicited a roar from the masses.Another quip from the part-time European - he has homes in London and Paris - made note of the Farm Progress Show that had encapsulated much of the arena's surroundings. With an earnest tone, Adams shared, "When we arrived I noticed that there was a big farm machinery sale going on. I went out to go look around and was looking at a silo and this guy came up to me and tried to sell me one."Besides the rocker's unexpected sense of humour, there were a number of moments throughout the show that left a mighty impression on the sold out throng. During Rescue Me, Adams moved into the stands during the instrumental ending as fans took MySpace-style photos with him and mauled him with adoration. Singalongs were commonplace for the duration of the show but during Cuts Like a Knife the participation was goosebump inducing.The band, featuring the amazing Keith Scott on lead guitar, Mickey Currie (drums), Gary Breit (keyboards/piano), and Norm Fisher (bass), thrilled the arena with their unyielding melodies. Their highlight was during a medley of If You Wanna Leave Me/Touch Me where the band, save Breit, played along with Adams on white plastic pails and a black garbage can. Currie then proceeded to play a "drum" solo using the pails and various pots and pans to the delight of the audience.One lucky fan, Sierra from Moose Jaw, was invited to join Adams onstage for the Mel C collaboration When You're Gone. As Sierra joked that her mom was going to be upset, as she had said on the way there that she wanted to sing along with him, Adams joked "It's okay ... she can live vicariously through you." Dressed in short shorts and an Adams T-shirt, the attractive young woman lived up to her earlier admission that she wasn't a strong singer, yet brought many a smile as she visibly loved every second and beamed with joy.Despite briefly teasing the crowd that Tina Turner was there to perform their duet It's Only Love, and slightly pandering to audience by replacing "Alberta" with "Regina" on Alberta Bound, Adams had the audience in the palm of his hand the whole night.It was unclear if Adams failed to leave the stage during a prolonged ovation before returning for the encore, or if he simply failed to have one but one would be hard-pressed to find anyone who left unsatisfied. Between an acoustic version of Straight From The Heart and a sea of cellphones being waved around the Brandt Centre during the finale All For Love, it's nearly impossible to top the rocker's show.Although Adams has now been a part of Canada's musical landscape for 35 years it would be a mistake to label the singer/songwriter a nostalgia act. Like a fine wine, Adams has simply got better with age demonstrated by what will likely go down as Regina's best concert experience in 2012.Set list1. House Arrest2. Somebody3. Here I Am4. Kids Wanna Rock5. Can't Stop This Thing We Started6. Thought I'd Died and Gone to Heaven7. This Time8. I'm Ready9. Hearts on Fire10. Rescue Me11. 18 'til I Die12. Back To You13. Summer of '6914. If You Wanna Leave Me/Touch Me/Drum Solo15. (Everything I Do) I Do it For You16. Cuts Like a Knife17. When You're Gone18. Heaven19. Please Forgive Me20. It's Only Love21. Cloud Number Nine22. The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You23. Run To You24. Straight From The Heart25. Alberta Bound26. All For Love
Where to Blow the Horns at Midnight
NEW YORK will be its customary big, blotting, singing, dancing, elbowing self on New Year's Eve, and although the cost of welcoming in 1978 is up, there seem to be enough relatively inexpensive parties, open houses and entertainments around town for even the most modest of party seekers tomorrow night.Missing this year will be the city's traditional free Bethesda Fountain party and fireworks in Central Park, canceled for want of $15,000 by Cultural Affairs Commissioner Claude Shostal. But in its place will be an expanded light show on the white marble facade of No. 1 Times Square.Before the ball of light drops from the top of the building down to a model of a space shuttle, beginning at 10 seconds to midnight, there will be on the Spectacolor screen halfway up the building a ''Celebration of New York," a quiz on New York-correct, mailed answers to which will allow winners to have their names in lights whenever they wish-a "Tribute to Man" from the Stone Age to the Concorde, sponsored by Pierre Cardin, a memorial tribute to Guy Lombardo and a "follow the bouncing ball" singing of "Auld Lang Syne."The late Guy Lombardo will be missing, too, for the first time in 49 years, but his band won't be. Now called Lebert Lombardo presents Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians under the direction of Victor Lombardo, and joined by Leslie Uggams and Paul Williams,. it will be in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf‐Astoria, EL 53000, at the town's top price of $150 a person, reservations only. There are, however, $135 and $125 tables available based on seating. This is a far cry from the $15 a person charged in 1929, when the Lombardo band sent their first New Year's Eve program out over the national air waves from the grill of the Roosevelt Hotel.You can also spend $150 a person at Regines (826‐0990) and receive a bottle of champagne for each couple, or as little as $12.50 a person at Roseland (247‐0200) and have a free glass of nampagne at,midnight. At the Tavern on the drcen (873‐3200) for $125 a person: there is smoked trout and salmon, contra fillet, limestone lettuce salad and Explorateur cheese, plus Peter Duchin. Or, you can have a hamburger at Michael's Pub (758‐2272) and listen to "The Tribute to Fats Waller" with the pianist Dick Wellstood and the guitarist‐singer Marty Grosz for a $10 minimum.You can dance to Sy Oliver's orchestra in the Rainbow Room (PL 7‐9090) atop Rockefeller Center or go down into the cellar of the General Motors Building to the AutoPub (832.3232) and see the movie "Girls, Girls, Girls" with Elvis Presley.Because New Year's Eve is on a Saturday night this year, there will be a full schedule of Broadway shows, and many movie theaters will have late or midnight showings. And if you're feeling especially romantic, you can journey to the observatory of the Empire State Building (which costs $1.70 a person and closes at midnight).An evocative, movie‐connected event will be a Star Wars concert at the Minskoff Theater (869‐0550), on West 45th Street. The American Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by a laser light show, will play music from "Star Wars," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "2001: A Space Odyssey." It begins at 10 P.M., and tickets range from $10 to $20.Elsewhere, from concert halls to the city's many ethnic neighborhoods there will be many ways to bring in the New Year. The Amato Opera Company will perform "La Boherne" tomorrow night at 319 Bowery (CA 8‐8200), and the Light Opera of Manhattan will sing "The Merry Widow" at the Eastside Playhouse, (861‐2288) 334 East 74th Street. At Avery Fisher Hall, (8742424), there are still tickets available, from $4 to $8.50, for the special New York Philharmonic performance, "New Year's Eve in Paris," conducted by Andre Kostelanetz.Along 86th Street in Yorkville, New Year's Eve is a traditional night of revelry, as it is along 72d Street, the First Avenue singles strip, and in Little Italy and Chinatown. Most of the restaurants in these two adjoining neighborhoods downtown plan special New Year's Eve menus. One Chinatown restaurant, Hunan Garden, (732‐7270), for example, is offering a 10‐course banquet including a cocktail and a special New Year's cake for $10.95 a person.The New Year will also be greeted in a variety of ways in some of the city's better‐known cabarets, hotels and restaurants.HotelsSeveral hotels are offering New Year's Eve‐New Year's Day entertainment‐lodging packages.The New York Hilton, for example (586‐7000), is offering an entertainment package for $78 a person that includes dinner, and dancing to the music of Warren Covington, the trombonistbandleader who played the White House for the Carter inauguration. For an additional $25 a person the Hilton will put you up and for $12 more you can have New Year's brunch.The Drake and the Summit, two Loews hotels, have similar packages. Shepheard's, the discotheque in the Drake (HA 1‐0900), is offering cocktails, champagne, dinner, dancing and entertainment by the Hi‐Lads & a Lass for $70 a person. For $30 a person more, you will be given a room, breakfast and a Bloody Mary. In the same hotel the rates are $60 a person for the entertainment on New Year's in the After 10 room. With accommodations, it rises to $90 per. At The Summit (752‐7000), dinner and a bottle of champagne and noisemakers at midnight will cost $37.50 a person, and a total of $60 a person if an overnight stay is desired.The St. Moritz on-the-Park (PL 55800) package for dinner, dancing to Lester Lanin and a room and full breakfast is $65 a person. The Executive Hotel and its club, A Quiet Little Table in the Corner (MU 5‐7160), offers a package for $55 a person that includes dinner, champagne, entertain- ment, a room and Continental breakfast.Entertainment packages in the hotels include the $150 a person for the Lombardo Orchestra at the Waldorf; $75 a person at the Old King Cole room at the St. Regis (PL 3‐4500) and an evening with the jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli at the Cafe Pierre in the Hotel Pierre (TE 8‐8000) for a $27.50 charge that includes minimum and music.Jazz and RockFor jazz buffs, New Year's Eve is a bonanza. Perhaps the most desirable program is downtown at the Cookery (OR 4‐4450), where Alberta Hunter, at 82 the "grand old lady of the blues," will be performing, along with Helen Humes and Rose (Chi‐chi) Murphy. Reservations only for the show, which will carry a $15 a person cover and a $10 a person minimum.It will be open house at Jimmy Ryan's (664‐9700), with Roy Eldridge; Stan Getz will be at Hopper's where there is a 10‐drink minimum (2600250); the Chet Baker Quartet and Lee Konitz at Strykers, $3 cover, $6 minimum (874.8754); Balaban and Cats and the Scott Hamilton Quartet at Eddie Condon's (265‐8277), a $15 minimum; the Bernie Leighton Quartet at Jimmy Weston's (838‐8384-$50 a person for the show, dinner and champagne-and Teddy Wilson in the Bemelman's Bar of the Hotel Carlyle (RH 4‐1600), open house, $10 cover. And next door, in the Cafe Carlyle, at $100 a person for dinner and the show, is Bobby Short, everybody's sophisticate.At the Downbeat (972‐1082) the Stan Rubin Orchestra will perform, and there will be dancing and noisemakers. The cost is $37 a person, plus a $2.95 music charge.For rock fans, at the Bottom Line (228‐6300) tomorrow night for a $15 minimum, you'll be able to see the singer Nona Hendryx who used to be with Labelle - now working with her won disco‐rock band. Stanley Turrentine and the Junior Mance Trio will be at the Village Gate (475‐5120). Upstairs, the Gate will offer Sylvia Syms with Dick Sudhalter's band, $35. The Village Vanguard (989‐9011) will offer Art Blakey and his latest Jazz Messengers. Mary Lou Williams will be at Blue Hawaii (260‐7690), otherwise known for its seafood, $30 a couple. And at Tramps (260.0370) there's Stormin' Norman and Suzy, who will provide ragtime, slapstick, rock and blues. Price: $45 a person.Storyville (755‐1640) is offering the tenor sax man Illinois Jacquet, $15 a person; Gregory's (371‐2220) will have the Hod O'Brien and Gene Roland Trios, $5 a person; at Larson's (7442540) the trumpeter Joe Newman and the Brooks Kerr Quartet will perform-$7 a person at table, $3.50 a person at the bar, food and drink extra, and at Jim Smith's Village Corner (473‐9762) it will be open house with Lance Hayward on piano, Tommy Bryant on bass and Jane Valentine singing.Clubs and DiscosAtop Rockefeller Center, in the Rainbow Grill (PL 7‐8970), the charge is $67.50 a person for dinner, dancing and a show featuring Keely Smith, and next door, in the Rainbow Room (PL 7‐9090) there will be dancing, dining and Sy Oliver's orchestra for $57.50. Reservations are necessary for what is one of the loveliest dining spots around from which to view New York at night.At Club Ibis (753‐3471), one of the few pure cabaret‐style floor show spots in the city, the price for dinner, dancing and the show-which features the belly dancing of one of the club's owners-will be $70. In addition there will be drawings for free plane tickets to Cairo, Casablanca, Athens, Rome and Bangkok just after midnight.The Copacabana (755‐6010), will offer dinner, a show with the Sacca Twins-a musical variety act, an open bar with unlimited liquor and a Continental breakfast in its main downstairs room for $60 a person. In the upstairs discotheque, the $15 admission charge will get you one drink and all‐night dancing.At one of the city's nighttime landmarks, the Chateau Madrid (752‐8080), for a package of $60 a person, there will be a New Year's Eve "Paradise on Ice" revue with ice skaters and singers and dancers from Mexico. At :mother, the venerable Roseland there are orchestras, dancing of course, and a fe'low named Clive Baldwin who does impressions of Al Jolson.At Sirocco (683‐9409) there is a twohour musical revue headlined by Aris San, a five‐course dinner, dancing and all sorts of New Year's Eve paraphernalia for $60 a person. And at the Comic Strip (861‐9386) there is a whole night of comedians. particularly the young, often untried. The price for laughing, a hot and cold buffet and unlimited liquor is $100 a couple.Judith Cohen (691‐0900) is in for a special New Year's Eve show at Reno Sweeney. Her show plus dinner and unlimited champagne, will cost you $50 a person, and that includes tax.In SoHo, at The Ballroom (473‐9367), Chad Mitchell and Liz Corrigan will be on tap, and the cost for the show, dinner and unlimited champagne will be $45. Tommy Tucker and his orchestra are at the Riverboat (736‐6210) for $45 a person, plus a $2.50 music charge, with a salute to Elvis Presley and Guy Lombardo.At Studio 54, (489‐7667), the $40 a person, by ticket‐only admission will bring a champagne breakfast and a one‐time performance by the disco‐diva Grace Jones, which the fashionable discotheque promises will be filled with "the opulence of the Folies Bergere" and "a far cry from the traditional Guy Lombardo New Year's welcome."Regine's, in addition to its $150 a person black‐tie New Year's Eve, will also open its new coffee shop, Reginette, with dinner, a carafe of wine and accordion music for $70 a couple. You might even spot Regine, who will be in New York for her first New Year's Eve.Among the smaller clubs that promise unusual evenings are David's Harp (982‐0200), which for $50 a person, offers the Israeli folk singer Shlomo Haviv, belly dancers, a Persian singer and a magician; Onde's (752‐0200), also at $50 a person, for dinner, a bottle of champagne and dancing to the Art Syms Quartet, and Dangerfield's (593‐1650) which offers steak, all you can drink, comedians and singers for $50 a person.RestaurantsIf what you like to do on New Year's Eve is go out for dinner then there is a wide and varied selection with an equally varied range of prices.At Windows on the World, (93$1111), in the Hors D'Oeuvrerie, then will be a $60 a person party, which Includes a collection of the Japanese and Chinese food for which that end of the Windows restaurant complex is famous, an Indonesian soup, a filet and a bottle of champagne. Dance music will be provided by the Tony Cabot orchestra. In the restaurant, the usual dinner menu will be served from 5 to 10 P.M.. and in the Cellar in the Sky, there will be the customary single seating at 7:30.At the Tavern on the Green at Central Park West and 67th Street, Peter Duchin will play for dancing and "Father Time" and the "New Year Baby" will be wandering about at midnight. Last year George Plimpton put on a fireworks show, and this year Andy Warhol says he'll be there, so if you care to spend $125 a person, or $110, (depending on the room), then the Tavern is for you.Le Perigord (PL 5‐6244) will have a special six‐course dinner for $30 a person. The Ultimate Lotus (HA 15580) will have a special Chinese evening at $60 a couple for dinner, kung‐fu demonstrations and a lion dance to chase out the old year and bring in the new. Once Upon a Stove (683‐0044) features a five‐course din. ner, a split of champagne, music and dancing for $25 a person. The attraz.tion at Applause (687‐7267) is a dinner of prime ribs of beef, champagne at midnight and the restaurant's full compliment of singing waiters and waitresses for $25 a person, and Oliver's (753‐9180) is charging $25 a couple for a dinner of prime ribs or rainbow trout.Two steak houses, Marty's Bum Steer (879‐1040) and Al and Dick's (PL 70095), are charging $60 a couple for dinner, noisemakers, music and dancing, and Roma di Notte (832‐1128) is offering an Italian night with its revlar menu and a Stu mire?Liichow's (477‐4860), a lanamaxX among New York restaurants, vpttl have a Bavarian open house on New Year's Eve, with both a string orchestra and Liichow's oompah band on hand. The menu will be the restaurant's usual end-of-the-year fare-goose, roast pig and lingonberry pancakes. There is no special charge for the evening, and diners may order from the menu.Other restaurants offering open houses, with prices from regular menus, but with little New Year's Eve touches, include the Cafe Du Soir, (2899996). Iperbole (759‐9720), Pen and Pencil (MU 2‐8660), Mama Laura (MU 86888), Gian Marino's (752‐1696), Joe's Pier 52 (245‐6652), Chicago (593‐2649), Paparazzi (759 ‐7676), Great Aunt Fanny (765‐7374), Mimi's (688‐4692), Fontana di Trevi (CI 7‐5683), Frank's Chop House (755‐1640) and Santorini's (541‐6407).For those who don't care to celebrate New Year's Eve, there is always the Old Stand, the restaurant at Third Avenue and 53d Street, where the proprietor, Pat Corr, invites us to come and drink and eat and has forbidden any customer to utter "Happy New Year" at midnight.Photographs by David Gahm Richard E. Aaron, Raymond Ross; Francis Ina; Martha SeAmong the entertainers who will be welcoming in 1978 tomorrow night are (clockwise from upper right): Peter Duchin at Tavern on the Green; Judith Cohen at Reno Sweeney; Grace Jones at Studio 54; Chet Baker at Strykers; Sy Oliver in the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center; Illinois JacQuet at Storvville; Chad Mitchell and Liz Corrigan at the Ballroom; Bucky Pizzarelli at the Cafe Pierre in the Hotel Pierre.Drawing by Niculag Asclu
Concert Review: Paolo Nutini, Powerstation
Wearing a plain white T-shirt against an colourful street art backdrop, Paolo Nutini was a simple but eye-catching figure as he took the stage at the Powerstation for his first ever New Zealand concert last night. The Scottish songsmith plays venues like the O2 Arena in Europe, but seemed delighted to be performing in such an intimate venue, and still brought his nine-piece band (including three-piece horn section), and a dazzling light show to create quite the party atmosphere for the sold-out crowd. He was mostly there to showcase the songs from his 2014 album Caustic Love - his first release in five years, and quite a step away from his previous Brit-pop roots into a more blues-inspired, funk and RnB direction. And those were the songs that shone. Opener Scream (Funk My Life Up) was a highlight, with punchy brass alternating with his raspy croon, and the nonchalant Mark-Ronson-esque arrangement working nicely to move the crowd.Let Me Down Easy introduced Nutini's more seductive side, the sliding 70s groove also showcasing the powerful husky vocals of his lone female backing vocalist. Jumping back to one of the hits from 2009 album Sunny Side Up, Comin Up Easy had a different intensity in a live setting - what comes across as quite a laid back tune on the record had an almost gospel-ish vibe on stage. Not in a musical sense, but in the atmosphere he created as he led the crowd through lyrics like "It was in love I was created, and in love is how I hope I die". Some of his straighter more rock-oriented tracks like Jenny Don't Be Hasty and Cherry Blossom were a good opportunity to let loose with the really gravelly side of his vocal chords, but were less musically interesting, and there was a definite lull right in the middle of the set with too many slow numbers on a row (Better Man, These Streets, and Diana), although it was touching to hear that Looking For Something was inspired by his mother, who was surprisingly in the crowd.Numpty was a shimmying, slightly cheeky bright spot in the lull, but the atmosphere ramped back up again for the sultry torch song One Day, and a new rollicking version of Pencil Full Of Lead, which eschews the slightly gimmicky harmonica and hoe-down style of the original for a much more meaty country-rock approach, was a real arms-in-the-air moment. He rounded things up with sweet ballad No Other Way, and the slightly earnest, empowerment anthem Iron Sky. That would've been a very serious place to leave things though, so luckily he came back for an extended encore. Though that too proved to be a little on the slow and downbeat side, with an emphasis on romantic songs from his back catalogue (Candy, Last Request), and felt a little more like an outro than an exclamation mark style finale. Overall the Italian Scotsman proved an able showman, in fine voice, and with plenty of presence in front of his excellent band, and the crowd clearly enjoyed themselves. But there's only so much you can do to elevate square songs in a live setting, and Nutini needs a few more true sizzlers in his set to really fly.* Paolo Nutini performs at the Powerstation again this evening, with a few final tickets being released today.Who: Paolo NutiniWhere and when: Powerstation, April 6 & 7. -
It's Her Spotlight, the Band Just Lives in It
Summer's slowing down, but the band fun. is still cruising at a high speed. Along with Weekend Edition Saturday, NPR Music has been following fun. this summer, checking in with the band as it continues on its world tour.Why fun.? Because no touring band is having a moment quite like this one. The trio at the center of the band — Nate Ruess, Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost — have been in moderately successful indie bands for nearly a decade. But this year, fun. stepped up its ambition and got results.The huge-sounding "We Are Young," the lead-off single to the band's second album, Some Nights, soundtracked a Super Bowl ad and topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for six consecutive weeks in the spring. Spots on half-a-dozen major festival bills and appearances on Letterman, Kimmel and Fallon followed.This week, the album's second single made it to the top ten and the band played a concert on a decommissioned aircraft carrier/museum hosted by Stephen Colbert. The performance was preceded by an interview in which the host reclined on a tiny bunk below the three band members' dangling legs.Lighting director Jackie Finney joined the fun. tour in February, and she says she's barely seen her apartment since."To get to know them ... and see how hard they work every day, it's great to see such good people have such great success, because they've earned it," Finney says.Like other members of the band, she says that she can see her contributions during the show every night. "It's really fulfilling when I've worked all day and got this whole lighting rig up and focused it regardless of any issues that arise, when people come in and they're freaking out and they're so excited, it's kind of like, 'This is awesome. I helped do this.'"Since the band's tour began, the dozen members of the company (which include the band members and crew, including guitar tech Shane Timm) have squeezed into a single tour bus, with all the equipment in a trailer. This week things got a little roomier. There's now a second bus and a semi-truck to carry, of course, more equipment.It's Finney's department that got the boost. Until now, the band's light show has been contained to what Finney could pack onto the stage — spotlights to illuminate the band from the sides, or from the foot of the stage, and a few video screens at the back of the stage.It's possible to pre-program a computer to make the lights automatically correspond with changes in a song, but Finney says "that's a really boring way to run a show." With fun., she's running things manually."When the show starts, anything that happens with the lights — any time they change, any time something different happens in any part of the song — that is me controlling it all," she says.Her new package includes overhead lights and a feature she's particularly excited about: a set of "kryptons," towers of white lights that, when placed behind the band, are powerful enough to create a wall of light.The new lighting package is a particularly well-suited metaphor for the band's new status. Or maybe a few possible metaphors; choose one: A bigger spotlight? Weightier cargo to serve as a constant reminder of increased expectations? More complex machinery to suggest the Chaplin-esque cogs in the industry they have become?Perhaps that's a bit much. Anyway, when I speak with Finney, she doesn't have time to vet overwrought parallels to the task immediately before her. She's in a warehouse in Los Angeles, and in the background I can hear the sound of metal echoing off concrete walls. It's just after one in the afternoon in L.A., and already, it's been a long day."I was here until four in the morning last night," Finney says. "We had, like, an 18-hour day and our first show with this package is tomorrow in San Diego."Finney barely has time to talk — she's taking a quick break in between programming the lighting cues for every song the band will play on the tour — 21 originals and a few well-chosen covers.Usually, this kind of work happens well before a tour starts, but fun.'s rise occurred smack in the middle of the band's marathon tour. That mean Finney's now got just a two-day window between concerts in Southern California to come up with a light show that will provide a visual counterpoint to every big moment in every song on the set list.How exactly does that work? Take an upbeat song like the current single, "Some Nights.""It's such a big hit when they play it, and I always start the lights sort of in the crowd when that drumbeat kicks in, because that's when the song also heightens to a new level," Finney says. "So I have white light and blue light that are kind of blinking on and off real fast. It's an intensity effect. Everything's just going fast and crazy and everyone's singing along.""For a really slow ballad, there's more ambers and magentas that are just kind of soft and really beautiful together," she says. But "I wouldn't say it's just the color. It's really a mixture of the effect and the song and the energy on stage as well as the energy in the crowd."If the stage separates the band from the audience, Finney's lights can break down the space, bleeding from one to the other. Helping to turn a club into a communal space is a big part of her job."I'm really excited to see how the audience responds, because usually when you have a strobe effect or something really intense, you can tell," she says. "It just heightens the excitement and people, they yell louder or sing louder, so I'm interested to see how the crowd is going to respond to these new fixtures."Over the next two weeks, she'll get a chance to see. fun. plays two more shows in Los Angeles this weekend, then travels up the West Coast and into Canada before completing the tour over Labor Day weekend.
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