Railroad Earth Announces Extensive Winter Tour

first_imgBluegrass influenced Railroad Earth have announced an extensive winter tour, in addition to their already jam-packed fall schedule. The newly-announced tour carries the band from the middle of January through the end of February, capping off their cross-country tour with extended runs at The Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY, and the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC.Railroad Earth are still touring in support of their critically acclaimed album, The Last of the Outlaws, which was released earlier this year. You can read the review of that album here.Tickets for the winter tour dates can be found via the Railroad Earth official website, and will go on sale this Friday, September 19th. The band also has a number of performances in the coming months, including appearances at Fresh Grass Bluegrass Festival, Fly Free Fest, Harvest Festival, Hangtown Halloween Ball, Strings y Sol, and a three-night stint in Atlanta for New Years Eve.Railroad Earth Tour Dates:September 20 North Adams, MA – FreshGrass Bluegrass FestivalOctober 11 Lafayette, GA – Fly Free FestOctober 17 Ozark, AR – Harvest FestivalOctober 24 Placerville, CA – Hangtown Halloween BallOctober 31 & November 1 So. Burlington VT – Higher GroundNovember 28 Stroudsburg, PA – Railroad Earth’s Horn O’ Plenty GetawayDecember 11 Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Strings y SolDecember 29-31 Atlanta, GA – The Variety Playhouse(Newly announced dates below)January 15 Minneapolis, MN—First AvenueJanuary 16 Chicago, IL—The Vic TheatreJanuary 17 St. Louis, MO—The PageantJanuary 18 Milwaukee, WI—The Pabst TheatreJanuary 20 Omaha, NE—SlowdownJanuary 22-24 Denver, CO—Ogden TheatreJanuary 25 Lawrence, KS—Granada TheatreJanuary 28 Tulsa, OK—Cain’s BallroomJanuary 29 Dallas, TX—House of BluesJanuary 30 Houston, TX—House of BluesJanuary 31 Austin, TX—Stubb’sFebruary 11 Columbus, OH—Newport Music HallFebruary 12 Grand Rapids, MI—The IntersectionFebruary 13 Detroit, MI—Royal Oak TheatreFebruary 14 Cleveland, OH—House of BluesFebruary 19-21 Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn BowlFebruary 27-28 Washington, DC—9:30 Clublast_img read more

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Sprinter on the start line

first_imgNETHERLANDS: Harry Hondius MSc rides the first of NS Reizigers’ new-generation of Sprinter EMUs, which are due to enter service between Den Haag and Utrecht this year.,Dutch train operator NS Reizigers will shortly take delivery of the first of 99 Sprinter EMUs which will form the next generation of rolling stock for suburban stopping trains in the Randstad region. Orders have been placed for 494 cars so far, in a mix of four-car and six-car units, but with options the fleet could ultimately reach 835 vehicles. The first order was placed in July 2005 for 18 four-car and 17 six-car sets worth a total of €248m (RG 9.05 p541). They are being supplied by a consortium of Bombardier Transportation (leader) and Siemens, whose shares of the initial order amount to €104m and €144m respectively. A further 32 sets of each type were ordered on September 21 2007, under a deal worth €163m for Bombardier and €237m for Siemens. This brings the total to 50 four-car sets designated Class 2400 and 49 of the longer Class 2600 sets, to be delivered by November 2010.These orders were placed following a European tendering procedure based on a functional specification. This was the first time since the start of 1·5 kV DC electrification in 1924 that NS did not largely engineer the EMUs itself. The last NS-engineered trains will be a final build of 50 VIRM-double-deck EMUs from Bombardier and Alstom, fitted with RMO-Stork Flexy-bogies built under licence, which are due to start rolling out of Bombardier’s Aachen works in June.Conceptually, the new Sprinter is based on Deutche Bahn’s ET425 regional EMU, of which Bombardier and Siemens have delivered 236 four-car sets since 1999. NSR wanted a ‘proven design’, but the Sprinter has been customised heavily to meet the Dutch requirements. A major change has resulted from the adoption of crashworthiness norm EN 15227, collision scenario 3m, to meet the TSI for conventional railways. Not only did this require a reinforced front end, but also strengthened car bodies. The windows and door positions are also different. The trains are the first NS multiple-units since 1937 to be built without toilets – apart from a batch of 30 old-generation Sprinters dating from 1975-80, and for the same reason. NSR regards the Sprinter as a ‘super-metro’ trainset, and given the short average journey length it felt that the space taken up, loss of a clear passage through the train and the cost, by far outweighed the advantages of providing toilets. The trains are being built to very high fire-protection standards, which will be a combination of UIC 564-2, EN 5510, level 3 and the French standard NF F16-101.As leader of the consortium, Bombardier is responsible for the vehicle engineering, and builds the bodies for the four-car units in Hennigsdorf, although the trains are finally assembled in Aachen. Bombardier is supplying the two static converters and a new generation of train control and communication system, known as Mitrac CC. This provides complete train management, fault diagnosis and track-to-train communication systems using GPRS technology. The passenger information system has been designed in detail by NS and Bombardier jointly and will provide a high degree of flexibility.Siemens is building the six-car units in Uerdingen, and is supplying all the bogies from Graz. The Sitrac traction control, the two Sibac Compact inverters per train and the six or eight water-cooled traction motors per unit are coming from Siemens’ Nürnberg plant.Bombardier-built trains 2401 and 2402 were initially tested at the 4·5 km Velten test track, along with Siemens set 2602, while 2601 will go to Wildenrath. Three of the four pre-series sets are expected to continue type-testing and commissioning in the Netherlands while series production gets underway at both Hennigsdorf and Uerdingen. Technical variationsThe bogies and gearing are largely derived from the ET425. However, the wheelbase of the Sprinter bogies has been lengthened by 100 mm to improve the riding qualities. The end motor bogies have a wheelbase of 2 300 mm and the intermediate articulation bogies are 2 800 mm. Siemens has also improved the suspension qualities of the primary springs.Here the motor is suspended from the bogie frame, and drives via a toothed coupling to a half-suspended Flender gearbox, which is supported from the frame on one side and rests directly on the axle – unlike the arrangement adopted for DB’s new ET 422 units (RG 2.08 p80).The windows are double-glazed, and Hübner double folding bellows are used between the vehicles. The Sprinters have roof-mounted Liebherr air-conditioning units similar to those of the ET425, but with increased cooling and heating capacity. The braking resistances are also roof-mounted, but most of the traction equipment is placed under the floors of the end cars. The static inverters are installed below centre cars C and D. Floor height is 800 mm above the railThe sets are equipped with Bombardier’s ATB-EG automatic train protection system, and designed to take the new ATB++ system which will providing ATP below 40 km/h and could be upgraded to ETCS standards. Cars C or D are designed to accommodate a 25 kV 50 Hz transformer or a 3 kV down-chopper, but no concrete steps have been taken as two-system operation is not envisaged for the foreseeable future. As with the VIRMs, the cost of equipping the sets to accept 25 kV was considered to be very high without any real likelihood that the Dutch system would be re-electrified at a higher voltage. Trains of up to 16 cars can operate in multiple, formed of four Class 2400 or two 2600 and one 2400. The dynamic braking is primarily regenerative, but brake resistors are fitted for use in the event of a lack of receptivity in the overhead line. Electro-pneumatic brakes are blended in below 15 km/h, or at higher speeds if the required deceleration rate is not being achieved. Each bogie is assigned its own electro-pneumatic compact control system, and the air compressor is oil-free. All wheels are braked, and the end bogies are fitted with spring-applied parking brakes. No sanding equipment or flange lubrication is envisaged, as Bombardier believes that the braking system meets the specified demands under adhesion conditions required for TSI certification. However, two magnetic track brakes are fitted on the central articulation bogie, and can be lowered pneumatically into place as required. These would be used more for cleaning the railhead than for their braking ability. Discussions with IVW will determine whether all non-driven articulation bogies (two for the 2400 and three for the 2600) should be equipped with track brakes. Bombardier has selected Lloyds Register Rail as the Notified Body for the processes required to achieve IVW approval in the Netherlands.The new Sprinter will meet the European TSI Noise standards. The author measured an interior noise level of between 62 and 65 dB(A) when running at 105 km/h. In the cab, the level was just 51 dB(A) when accelerating, but without the ventilation running. The electric motors are quite noticeable when starting and the static converters are not silent. Overall, the new trains are extremely good looking, and should be well received by passengers. The first sets are due to enter service on stopping trains between Den Haag and Utrecht in the autumn. CAPTION: Four-car Sprinter 2401 at HennigsdorfCAPTION: The cab layout is very spaciousCAPTION: The Sprinters are being delivered in four and six-car formationsCAPTION: Two of the three articulation bogies are powered CAPTION: The warm interior colour scheme is likely to be welcomed by passengers, but there are no toilet facilities on board Photo: Harrie PetersMain technical data for NS Sprinters Class 2400 Class 2600 Length over body m 68·9 100·1 Width mm 2840 2840 Axles Bo'(2)'(2)’Bo’Bo’ Bo'(Bo’)(2)'(2)'(2)'(Bo)’Bo’ Power kW 6 x 250 8 x 250 Power kW/tonne 11·62 11·36 Doors per side mm 6 x 1300 10 x 1300 Door height mm 2200 2200 Weight empty tonnes 129 176 Weight kg/m² 663 619 Seats, first class 40 56 Seats, second class 144 208 Average price 25975 €/m², including spares for 10 yearslast_img read more

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El Paseo Arts presents award-winning play, Wit

first_img Share Special to the PRESSOn September 15, 2016, El Paseo Arts Foundation is proud and honored to host a performance of the Camille Playhouse’s powerful production of Wit, by Margaret Edson.  Under the direction of the Camille’s new artistic director, Christopher Ikner, Wit has been described by The New York Times as “the kind of theatrical experience of which legends are made”.This powerfully play examines what makes life worth living through Edson’s exploration of one of existence’s unifying experiences―mortality.  It also probes the vital importance of human relationships.In Wit, Edson delves into timeless questions with no final answers: How should we live our lives knowing that we will die? Is the way we live our lives and interact with others more important than what we achieve materially, professionally, or intellectually? Can science and art help us conquer death, or our fear of it? What will seem most important to each of us about life as that life comes to an end?Wit follows Vivian Bearing, a brilliant, demanding, and highly articulate poetry professor, as she undergoes experimental treatment for Stage IV ovarian cancer.  During the course of her illness, Vivian is moved from a position of authority to one of dependency.   As she stoically deals with her treatment, she reassesses her life and work in an emotionally powerful, profound, sometimes humorous, and finally inspiring way that transforms her and each of us.The play swept nearly every drama award given for an off-Broadway play, including the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, The Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, two Drama League awards and the Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Play. In 1999,Wit was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.The 2012 Broadway production was nominated for the Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play; and the Mike Nichol’s direction of Emma Thompson in the leading role, won the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Made-for-TV Movie.  It is indeed a riveting play.Wit is, of course, scary – when is cancer not? Everyone’s life has been touched in some way by this terrible disease and this amazing play treads paths that are hard for us to go down because it brings us face to face with our own mortality.  Yet the central story of Wit is not somber but indeed, as the title suggests, witty. There are many moments when it’s also funny – very funny – which is part of its triumph. We understand the pain and the process so much more clearly through the main character’s witty vision.  Ana-Laura Chavez plays Dr. Vivian Bearing, who serves as both the narrator and central character in the play which is set during the final hours of the life of this distinguished professor of English.Dr. Bearing recounts her story to the audience through a series of monologues and flashbacks, beginning with the initial diagnosis from her oncologist, Dr. Harvey Kelekian, played by Ricky Garza.  Over the eight-month course of her experimental treatment, Dr.  Bearing comes into contact with one of her former students, now a young research fellow, Dr. Jason Posner, played by William Abete. Dr. Posner has a lot to learn about a lot of things, especially human empathy. At the other end of the spectrum is Vivian’s nurse, Susie Monahan (Jacqueline Garza), who provides Vivian’s only touch with humanity and kindness. We also meet Vivian’s college mentor, Dr. E.M. Ashford (Kathy Raines), and completing the cast is a small ensemble of performers (Caty Wantland, Benjamin Melendez, Alex Robles, Margarita Perez), who play Vivian’s students and various hospital technicians and doctors.“Every once in a while a play comes along that bonds people together in extraordinary ways. The play “isn’t a tearful lecture on how to die; it’s a dry-eyed lesson on how to live–with simplicity and kindness.”  (The Boston Globe) This stunning piece of theatre is not to be missed.The evening begins at the SPI Convention Center with a cash bar (only), open at 6:30 p.m.  The theatre opens for seating at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets for Wit are $30 per person, $25 for El Paseo Arts members.  Tickets are available for purchase at Paragraphs Book Store, the Art Gallery in Port Isabel,PadreRitaGrill, and online at www.elpaseoarts.org.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedEl Paseo presents Strong in one-man show as Oscar WildeSpecial to the PRESS An iconic celebrity from Victorian London comes to life this week on stage in South Padre Island. The El Paseo Arts Foundation is bringing back William Strong in his new one-man show as Oscar Wilde. Anyone who saw Strong’s previous brilliant appearance here as Mark Twain,…February 13, 2012In “News”Fantasticks coming to SPISpecial to the PRESS The Fantasticks! may look like a simple show when one is enjoying it from the audience, but in reality it is one of the most challenging musicals for the actors/singers, directors and accompanists. The beautiful music is particularly challenging for vocalists and the well-drawn characters require…May 30, 2011In “News”Jazz concert to groove SPI Nov. 10Special to the Parade On Thursday, Nov. 10, a quintet of some of the best musicians in Texas will offer an evening of great jazz at South Padre Island’s Convention Center. The combo of piano, woodwind, guitar, bass and drums will take its audience on a tour of favorites that…October 27, 2011In “South Padre Parade”last_img read more

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