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Dozens Dead After Electrical Fire At Warehouse Party In Oakland

first_imgOn Saturday morning, the nation woke up to some truly tragic news out of Oakland, CA. Late Friday night, a fire broke out at a warehouse party. As the fire engulfed more and more of the building, dozens of patrons were trapped inside, perishing in the flames or asphyxiating on the thick black smoke.Emergency workers said they arrived to find the building filled with heavy smoke and flames. According to Chief Teresa Deloach Reed of the Oakland Fire Department on Saturday, bodies were found on the second floor of the building. “In my career of 30 years,” she said, “I haven’t experienced something of this magnitude.” Even without a full accounting, the fire was one of the deadliest in the United States in many years.On Saturday morning, the event’s Facebook page said admission to the show was $10 for those who arrived before 11 p.m. and $15 after that. By the end of the day, the pricing had disappeared and the page had turned into an emergency message board, as dozens of friends and family members posted about missing loved ones. People have distributed a spreadsheet listingidentifying information — age, height, weight, hair color, tattoos — and contact numbers for many of those who are still unaccounted for.The tragedy brings to light an underlying fear for many in the underground music scene, where this sort of warehouse party is commonplace. The building, known as the Ghost Ship, in the Fruitvale neighborhood, was the site of an event featuring a variety of experimental electronic music, performed by a synth musician drawing from the “black, queer diaspora” and others, as well as a visual installation. The makeshift, two-story venue, described by one attendee as “a dim and cluttered area with a maze of furniture, canvas paintings on the walls and papier-mâché hanging from the ceilings”, had only two exits and no ventilation.Diego Aguilar-Canabal, 24, a blogger and freelance writer who lives in Berkeley and plays guitar in a band called the Noriegas, explained to the New York Times that he had been to three dozen house and warehouse parties over the past two years. “The basic idea is people want to do loud things late at night, and industrial space is really good for that because there aren’t many neighbors to complain,” he said. “There’s a lot of anxiety about income inequality and class warfare, and a lot of these artists are trying to do the best they can to have a community.”As of the time of publication, the death toll has been reported at 24, though the search for bodies is ongoing and will likely take several days to complete. If you are from the San Francisco/Oakland area, be sure to contact your loved ones and let them know you’re OK, as we wait with heavy hearts for responders to complete their search. Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy.[Photo via @Oaklandfirelive]last_img read more

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Jane Greenwood Will Receive 2014 Special Tony Award

first_img The 68th Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live on June 8 from Radio City Music Hall, with Hugh Jackman as host. Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu will co-host the Tony Award nominations announcement on April 29 at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel. Greenwood has designed costumes for over 125 Broadway productions, from Ballad of the Sad Café in 1963, to An American Daughter, Master Class, Passion, She Loves Me, Medea, The Iceman Cometh, Ah, Wilderness!, Long Days Journey Into Night and Our Town. Her work has led her to 15 Tony nominations throughout the years. In addition, she has worked extensively at Lincoln Center Theater and in opera, dance and film. Greenwood is currently a professor at Yale School of Drama. Charlotte St. Marin, Executive Director of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theater Wing said in a statement, “[Greenwood] has made a significant imprint on the history of Broadway with her artistry. Her work has not only elevated the craft of costume design but has inspired generations of designers to come.” Broadway costume designer Jane Greenwood will receive the 2014 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater. View Commentslast_img read more

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Calstock Flood Alleviation Plan on Display

first_imgThe Environment Agency is holding a public drop-in session at Calstock next week to explain how potential works could reduce flood risk to local homes and businesses, and benefit the environment.According to EA, the current embankment by the River Tamar which protects Calstock from flooding is in poor condition and needs replacing.Dan Boswell of the Environment Agency said: “The existing flood defense embankment in Calstock protects property and community assets but is in poor condition and unsustainable in its current position. By moving it inland it can be maintained to a better standard to increase its effectiveness at reducing flood risk and allow the creation of inter-tidal habitat to help offset the impacts of rising sea levels on wildlife.”The Calstock plan includes:managing flood risk to the community, and the impacts of climate change;protecting the environment and visual landscape of Calstock and the Tamar Valley as an important recreational amenity;enhancing the environment by attracting additional wildlife to the improved local habitat on land reconnected to the river.The drop-in session on the proposed work will take place in the Kelly Room of Calstock Arts on Wednesday 8 November 2017, from 3pm to 8pm.[mappress mapid=”24577″]last_img read more

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