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The Quad Unveils “Hammer’s House of Horror, Part I: The Classic Years (1956–1967)”

Though I don’t seem to get to the movies outside of occasional Marvel film these days, I have to admit that this particular film festival sure looks interesting. Take a look.

The Press Release:
Throughout film history, many countries have had their own point-of-pride movie studios; Britain can claim several, whether as backlots or sites of creative capital. In Hammer Films, a genre-oriented counterpart to Ealing Films, the UK could boast of one with all that and more; Hammer’s output in the second half of the 20th century sent aesthetic and sensory frissons throughout the nation while influencing pop culture and world cinema. Although synonymous with horror, the Hammer library was stocked from the beginning with films of all kinds. Founded in November 1934 as Hammer Film Productions and based in London, the studio came out of the gate with dramas and then specialized in “B” pictures and homegrown tales, pausing only for WWII. A turning point came in the mid-1950s with a move into genre fare with an accent on the Gothic, and this first crop of titles in the Quad’s extensive two-part Hammer retrospective demonstrates that—as Universal Pictures had found in the 1930s—famous monsters were a good (and generally inexpensive) way to expand your industry footprint. Hammer finally made its first color movie in 1954; a good thing, too, since what would the next quarter-century of movies have been like without all that scarlet sanguinary screen imagery?
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Sony Presents “Blue Note Jazz Festival” Announces 2018 Lineup

Readers of my stuff on PiercingMetal know just how much I love the live music scene of our Big Apple. This bit of news focuses on a different genre completely from what I am used to and that’s why I am making sure you know the scoop about it right here on The Chronicles. Check it out.

The Press Release:
With over 100 events in five venues throughout New York City, the 2018 Sony presents Blue Note Jazz Festival will take place June 1-30, 2018. Sony Corporation is the Festival’s Official Title Sponsor and INGLOT Cosmetics of Poland is the Presenting Sponsor. Ticket information and a current schedule of events are available on the festival’s website, www.BlueNoteJazzFestival.com. Additional performances, venues, and events will be announced in the coming weeks.

Highlights for the eighth edition of the festival include GRAMMY® Award winning trumpeter Chris Botti at the newly opened Sony Hall in Times Square; an intimate evening with American music icon Art Garfunkel at The Town Hall; two-time GRAMMY® Award nominee jazz vocalist Gregory Porter (presented by City Parks Foundation at Central Park SummerStage in association with Blue Note Jazz Festival); jazz fusion guitar virtuoso Al Di Meola; renowned folk singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot; a very special 5-night residency with future funk collective Lettuce performing for the first time ever at the historic Blue Note Jazz Club; jazz vocal group The Manhattan Transfer; Latin jazz legend pianist Eddie Palmieri; three-time GRAMMY® Award nominee and revered blues guitarist Tab Benoit at Highline Ballroom; iconic Brazilian producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist Sergio Mendes; celebrated blues guitarist Robert Cray; GRAMMY® Award winning multi-genre vocalist/musician Bilal performing with Victory (presented by founding festival partner Jill Newman Productions); New Jersey-based rocker Southside Johnny and many more!

This year’s Blue Note Jazz Festival features the addition of several new key partnerships marking a new chapter in the festival’s history.
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Foodies Unite! Presenting “Eatellia” A New Food Photo Network

Recently, I lamented about the ending of the Foodspotting App in a post that can be found HERE. I loved it at first since it was easy to use and help broadcast that which I was eating but over the most recent months it seemed like it was falling to the wayside. I’d learn that it was because it was heading towards its end thanks to a purchase by OpenTable and now its time to move on.

This post is to introduce our readers to an app that was learned about while trying to get all of our photos back from Foodspotting but more on that later. Foodies of the world, behold “EATELLIA” – a Social Network that appears to keep it simple and functional which is a win, win idea in my book. Take a look at my profile down below.

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So while you see there are some “700” or so photos in the profile, I’ve only been using Eatellia for a few days. I was able to still import almost all of my Foodspotting images into this account. Sadly, I think the window for that kind of old Foodspotting integration is closed but you can try. Speaking frankly, I am quite disappointed in the lack of communication from OpenTable to the Foodspotting user community about their accounts and images. With the technology available today, the means to access ones images and perhaps move onto a brand-new OT account should have been communicated. The failure to do so makes me feel that my personal information was just purchased by yet another medium and I will be making sure that there is no trace of me on OT for the time being. It’s not a network I think that I need but I digress.

So far Eatellia is a fun app for me to use and since I don’t really like posting food images on Instagram and pretty much abhor the use of Facebook for anything other than feeds to “The Chronicles” or PiercingMetal.com, think I will be continuing to utilize it. If I’m able to secure my press credentials for the Summer Fancy Food Show this year, you can count on my loading the account up with photos like you might recall seeing HERE. If you consider yourself a proper Foodie, then take that stuff off of the other socials and make them stand with something new. I’ve got their link down below for you to examine along with ones for both Yelp and OpenTable – the first so you can provide some value to the mix and the second to try and reclaim your Foodspotting stuff.

Relevant Links:
Eatellia: https://www.facebook.com/eatellia/
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/
OpenTable: https://www.opentable.com/

Attention Fellow Foodies; Foodspotting Has Come To An End…..

Though it was never really my intention, I pretty much became a Foodie once I learned of the Foodspotting app and added its use to my regular contributions to the Yelp community. I had fallen behind in my submissions there based on life demands but when I logged in recently to catch up I learned the sad news about the app being shut down. Here is the official scoop on the matter.

“As you know, OpenTable acquired Foodspotting in 2013, not only for its amazing content, but also for its incredibly loyal and engaged community. Since then, you’ve been instrumental in how friends and experts alike discover the best dishes across the world, and for that, we just want to say thank you. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. After much deliberation, we have chosen to discontinue the Foodspotting app and website in early May. If you’d like to keep all the photos you’ve captured over the years, we encourage everyone to take this opportunity to download your content. Click HERE for details”

What a shame right? Another Social Network bites the dust. I’ll miss this one quite a bit as I’ve been using it since I first chanced upon their booth at the NY Comic Con way back in 2011. I found it odd that they were pitching attendees of the massive geek event but despite that I thought they were interesting and I signed up. Fortunately, I snagged a couple of screenshots of my profile to forever remember my account status.

foodspotting, social networking, foodie

I also secured some expert level status based on certain contributions. There were a lot more than these based on the account but no real easy way to showcase them outside of the top four. Beer was one of them as was french fries but I am so trying to do less of that at this stage in my life. The pounds no longer go away just by will anymore. Sigh.

foodspotting, social networking, foodie

Since I began penning this notice, I learned that a new app has risen up to take the place of Foodspotting and this one is called Eatellia. Just click the name to be brought to their site. According to what one user posted on the Foodspotting Facebook Page, one can import all of their Foodspotting images into this app but I don’t see how that can be done now that Foodspotting isn’t even opening up on the mobile device or website. Goodbye Foodspotting, I really enjoyed your network and sharing foodie visuals with those who chose to enjoy them along with me. Hopefully this new Eatellia app will amount to something and I’m game to try it out since I really don’t like posting endless images to my personal Facebook Page. Since the Foodspotting app isn’t even responding anymore and the weblink brings you to OpenTable.com it’s safe to say that its a done deal. My use since 2011 finds me thinking that I was a very early adopter of this network and its pretty impressive to find it lasting almost eight years considering how quickly peoples attention span drifts. Closing up I’ve linked several of the socials that I am regularly posting on so by all means come “Like” or “Follow” us on them. The more the merrier I always say.

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Spotify Transports NYC Commuters to Mars with Immersive David Bowie Subway Takeover

I don’t generally repeat the same post that I would load onto PiercingMetal.com but with this special circumstance I will do just that. Check it out.

The Press Release:
Although he hailed from London, music icon David Bowie spent the majority of his life living in, and falling for, New York City. After moving across the pond, he was welcomed to the City with open arms, and soon came to call himself a New Yorker. In the way that Bowie discovered his adopted city, Spotify is giving music lovers the opportunity to go on a journey through the immersive David Bowie Subway Takeover exploring the musician’s influence on music, fashion, culture, and the city that he loved.

David Bowie is, organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, has been up since March at the Brooklyn Museum and honors Bowie’s life, art, and work. In a larger-than-life extension of the exhibition, Spotify is transforming New York City’s Broadway-Lafayette subway station into an underground takeover that pays tribute to the legendary works and sensational life of the musical icon. Fans and visitors can be awed while exploring the Broadway-Lafayette station from Tuesday, April 17 until Sunday, May 13.
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