Street Performers on Strike in Boston

Jun 05, 15 Street Performers on Strike in Boston

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Street performers, magicians and jugglers have been a fixture on city streets since the Middle Ages, but that doesn’t mean the terms between these performers and their venues are always agreed upon. In Boston, street performers started striking June 1, instead of beginning a new season at Faneuil Hall Marketplace as they usually would, in response to new protocols they say are both burdensome and nonsensical. “The new regulations are … an insult to every busker at Faneuil Hall, and an abuse of both freedom of speech and freedom of expression,” an open letter from The Busking Project to Faneuil Hall reads. In mid-May, the Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation, which manages Faneuil Hall Marketplace, backed down from a plan to charge street performers fees for performing at the venue. The area is considered quite prestigious, but while performers are required to audition for spots there, they aren’t paid by the management company. The fees would have ranged from $500 to $2,500 per year. But the list of regulations that have been left in place would still dictate performance schedules, prevent buskers from canceling shows except under certain conditions, and forbid “hat lines” asking spectators for the tips that comprise their income. Performers could also be banned after just two infractions, down from four in the past. “This is part of a global trend of criminalizing the traditional way of street performing,” Busking Project founder Nick Broad told Boston.com. “It’s part of a privatization of public space that’s happening everywhere.” The performers are encouraging Ashkenazy to negotiate and come up with a solution that is acceptable to all parties involved. And, of course, the history of Boston as the birthplace of American independence is playing into the tone of the debate. “Boston also happens to be the city in which Benjamin Franklin himself took to the streets with his poetry,” the letter adds parenthetically. “Nobody told him what he could...

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Argentinian Beer Commercial Shows Rugby Players Getting Bottle Opener Tooth Implants

May 14, 15 Argentinian Beer Commercial Shows Rugby Players Getting Bottle Opener Tooth Implants

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If you have ever lost a tooth, a dentist likely recommended that you replace it with a dental implant, a false tooth that is installed into the jaw and functions just like the one you lost. While this procedure can be expensive, dentists say this method is better for your oral health than other solutions, like dentures. Moreover, if you follow the lead of a few Argentinian rugby veterans, your dental implant can do more than just replace your missing tooth. In one of the most unusual promotions of all time, a Latin American beer company paid for the players to replace their missing teeth with implants that double as bottle openers. Salta Beer is the official sponsor of the Rugby Union of Argentina. Given the sport’s reputation for causing lasting physical damage, the advertising company Ogilvy and Mather Argentina suggested a procedure that would combine their client’s product with one of rugby’s most common injuries. The result is a graphic commercial that follows three rugby vets who lost teeth playing the sport–Johnathan Batiga, Pablo Kwiczor and Uriel Santiago–as they have specially-designed bottle openers permanently installed in their jaws. The interesting contraption was created by Dr. Sebastian Juri, a dental surgeon who described the invention as adding “new functionality” to the premolars. In the commercial, Juri first creates the foundations of the implant for Batiga, Kwiczor and Santiago, who report losing teeth to stray kicks, mauling rucks and other common incidents. Then, two months later, the men return to Juri, who installs the silver, Salta-branded implants in their jaws. The commercial then ends as most do, with the men sitting back to enjoy their Salta beer. However, unlike most actors, these men are able to easily open their beers with a quick bite, a movement that seems surprisingly easy and painless. The advertising campaign has been almost universally described as strange, but it appears to be working. Countless websites have covered the story, and the commercial has over 500,000 views on YouTube. However, it...

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With a Restraining Order and a $1 Million Settlement, Pamela Anderson Has Divorced Rick Salomon — Again

May 04, 15 With a Restraining Order and a $1 Million Settlement, Pamela Anderson Has Divorced Rick Salomon — Again

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Actress Pamela Anderson and professional poker player Rick Salomon have filed for divorce — for the second time. Anderson and Salomon, both 47, released a statement on Wednesday, April 29, following the finalization of their divorce, which occurred that Monday. “Public divorces can be harsh and cruel,” the statement reads, “we apologize to our families and friends for any hurt and embarrassment we have caused – we have come to an amicable agreement and are moving on. There are private and personal family sensitivities to consider and we retract any hurtful comments made in haste and distaste. We wish each other and our families well.” The couple first wed in September 2007 in Las Vegas, only to annul the marriage just a few months later in March 2008. Their second wedding took place in January 2014. Divorce isn’t something most people bat an eye at these days, especially considering that one divorce happens in the United States an average of every 36 seconds. But the same couple turning to divorce lawyers for the second time is something far more rare. Anderson is also getting a $1 million settlement from Salomon. She filed for the divorce back in February, citing irreconcilable differences, and later got a restraining order from Salomon, as well. Anderson had alleged that Salomon was abusive, saying at the time that she was “scared of what he is capable of doing to me.” She cited several harassing emails and texts as evidence, including one where he referred to her as a “serial baby killer.” The temporary restraining order was later extended, despite the judge ruling that she had failed to properly serve Salomon with both the divorce filing and the initial restraining order. Anderson wants to prevent Salomon from coming near her and her two children (ages 17 and 18) for at least the next three years. Anderson is a former Baywatch star and Playboy model who has also supported organizations like PETA in recent years. She has been married several times,...

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Viral Social Media Challenge Has Plenty of Lips Moving

Apr 21, 15 Viral Social Media Challenge Has Plenty of Lips Moving

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To say that attitudes towards cosmetic surgery have changed is truly an understatement. Not only is cosmetic surgery — including non-invasive cosmetic procedures — widely accepted, they may even be expected of both men and women working in certain fields, such as the entertainment industry, though few would willingly admit to that. It’s become increasingly common for celebrities to suddenly make an appearance and look as though they may have had “work done,” but the difference is so subtle in many cases that’s difficult to tell. Though some openly admit and praise the cosmetic enhancements they’ve had done, the majority chalk it up to being happy — Renee Zellweger’s reasoning — or simple makeup tricks. Case in point: Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian’s 17-year-old half sister. Jenner has been in the news lately for her lips, of all things. Her perfect bee-sting pout seems a bit too perfect, a fact that she attributes to simply using too much lip liner. While many people have accused the young model of using lip injections to achieve fuller lips, Jenner has vehemently denied this claim. In 2013 alone, more than 2.5 billion dollars was spent on injectables alone. In addition, nearly 1.9 billion was spent on skin rejuvenation, a rapidly expanding sector of the aesthetic nonsurgical industry. However, some people are foregoing the injections — or lip liner — altogether in their quest for Jenner-like lips and instead are taking the #kyliejennerlipchallenge. In what many feel is a disturbing if not outright dangerous social media trend, challenge-takers are placing anything from shot glasses to yogurt containers over their lips to create an airlock seal for as long as five minutes in hopes of temporarily plumping their lips to Jenner-like proportions. Instead, they’re left with a swollen, bruised, painful and sometimes bloody mess. Many challenge-takers have posted their before and after selfies to the horror and often disgust of other social media users. In fact, the trend seems to be coming to a standstill as a result of the...

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A-list Dermatologist Who Treated Michael Jackson Continues Downward Spiral

Nov 19, 14 A-list Dermatologist Who Treated Michael Jackson Continues Downward Spiral

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Dr. Arnold Klein, the A-list dermatologist who once treated several of Hollywood’s biggest stars, continues his steady decline that started after the 2009 death of his long-time patient Michael Jackson. Once deemed the “the father of modern cosmetic dermatology” by his office manager, Jason Pfeiffer, the celebrity skin doctor fell into financial trouble in the early 2000s, according to Radar Online. At that time, many of his A-list clients stopped coming in for treatments, causing the dermatology practice to suffer. Despite the loss of a big chunk of his business, Klein continued to excessively spend money as he had before, purchasing lavish vacation homes, expensive art and jewelry. Jackson, who returned to the U.S. in 2009 after having lived abroad, made numerous visits to Dr. Klein’s office for treatments in the months before his death. Klein provided the King of Pop with injections of Demerol, a strong painkiller, among other medications. Jackson’s bills totaled $80,000. His old office manager claimed that Klein “did think that Michael Jackson was the savior and he was going to put him back on the pedestal,” according to Radar Online. After the death of legendary singer in June of 2009, Klein’s reputation went down the drain, and the dermatologist found himself worse off than before. In the beginning of 2011, he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Bradley Sharp, the trustee who has been supervising Klein’s bankruptcy, recently stated in a court docket that the case was littered with inconsistencies and misconduct. It was discovered that Klein’s real estate value, which he claimed to be a whopping $28 million, was only worth $13 million. He also placed an art and memorabilia collection at $7 million, but the collection, containing items that had belonged to Michael Jackson, sold for a mere $1 million. Sharp has requested that the court change the bankruptcy filing from Chapter 11, which involves a reorganization, to Chapter 7, which requires the individual to liquidate bills. The court is expected to accept the request in order to...

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George Harrison Memorabilia Auction

May 16, 14 George Harrison Memorabilia Auction

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One of George Harrison’s guitars, amongst other Beatles and rock memorabilia, is going to be sold at Julien’s Auctions sale on May 17 at Manhattan’s Hard Rock Cafe. The 1962 Rickenbacker 425 is estimated to go for a staggering price upwards of $600,000.  The auction is also set to feature Jimi Hendrix’s Sears Silvertone electric guitar, which is estimated to go for upwards of $100,00, and a “Beatles ’65” album signed by each member of the band that could bring in $300,000, since any album signed after the Beatlemania phenomenon ended is ridiculously rare. Harrison first bought the Rickenbacker in 1963 in Mount Vernon, Illinois, when he visited Fenton’s Music store with his sister. He then had the guitar refinished from its original Fireglo red to black so that it’d match John Lennon’s own Rickenbacker. What’s interesting to think about is that this sale isn’t the first of its kind, so it will be neat to see how it stacks up to its predecessors.  For example, Eric Clapton’s 1964 Gibson ES0335 TDC sold for $847,500 and his well known “Blackie” Stratocaster sold for a jaw dropping $959,000. Blackie is of particular historical note. The living legend switched from Gibson guitars to Fender ones in 1970, buying six vintage Stratocasters for just $100 a pop. He gave three of them to George Harrison, Pete Townshend, and Steve Winwood, and disassembled the three remaining ones to build Blackie. Though Eric Clapton’s instruments haven’t been able to break the million dollar price tag, one of the remaining seven of Bob Marley’s guitars, which the Jamaican government classified as a national asset, has an estimated price of at least $1.2 million. Even more expensive is the 1968 Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix played at the 1969 Woodstock, which was bought by Microsoft’s Paul Allen in 1998 for a cool $2 million.  As Harrison’s guitar hasn’t just been sold yet, it’s possible that, with the right crowd in attendance, his Rickenbacker may very well become the most expensive guitar ever...

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