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Event Update: A Message From BookExpo

As you all know, the world around us is in a very alarming and uncertain state as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Based on its rapid spread and in efforts to stem it off while preventative measures are worked on, events are being postponed or cancelled all together. Readers might recall that both the New York International Auto Show, Architectural Digest Design Show and the Tribeca Film Festival have been postponed with only the Auto and Design Shows having new dates so far. Click the highlighted text for more details on those happenings. This update brings us up to speed with this years BookExpo. Read on.

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To our BookExpo, UnBound & BookCon community,

Booksellers, librarians, authors, publishers, fans and everyone passionate about this industry are what make these events so special. At every step and with every decision, we have you in mind, so it’s our responsibility to make sure that your health and safety come first at all times.

After many hours of conversation, we have decided to postpone BookExpo, UnBound and BookCon from May to July 22-26 at the Javits Center. We have been closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 in New York and around the country. Following the guidance of health officials, we are now complying with the State’s request that large gatherings be postponed to ensure the well-being of everyone involved with our event.
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The 2020 Tribeca Film Festival Has Been Postponed Due To Coronavirus Concerns

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The Statement:
“We founded the Tribeca Film Festival as a way to heal our community after the devastation of the 9/11 attacks in 2001. We were determined to overcome our fear and anxiety by joining together. It is in our DNA to march forward while caring about our community, said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises.

We have made the difficult decision to postpone the 19th Tribeca Film Festival (April 15-26) based on the announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that events of 500 people or more are banned due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of the public while also supporting our friends, filmmakers and storytellers who look to Tribeca as a platform to showcase their work to audiences. We will be back to you shortly with our plans.”

Please check the website linked below for the latest updates, ticket refund information and details about how we are moving forward.

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Piercing Ken Thoughts: Considering just how many announcements that I’ve made based on the continued spread of this Coronavirus, I think at this point it might be safe to say that “2020 is cancelled” because so many events have been postponed or cancelled outright. I’m not just referring to things happening next week but also things that were still months away from happening. I’ve pretty much run out of closing editorial responses to these kinds of announcements and I was looking forward to seeing what this years even was to be about. Please stay tunes to our Events Calendar for any updated listings, I will be adding back in the cancelled stuff as soon as I learn about what their new dates are. Stay healthy out there.

Official Website: http://www.tribecafilm.com

NHL To Suspend Season Until Further Notice Amid Covid-19 Coronavirus Concerns

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The Press Release:
National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday released the following statement regarding the 2019-20 NHL season:

“In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019 20 season beginning with tonight’s games.

“The NHL has been attempting to follow the mandates of health experts and local authorities, while preparing for any possible developments without taking premature or unnecessary measures. However, following last night’s news that an NBA player has tested positive for coronavirus — and given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms and it now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point — it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.
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NBA To Suspend Season Until Further Notice Amid Covid-19 Coronavirus Concerns

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The Press Release:
The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of Wednesday’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. At that time, Wednesday’s game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena.

The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of Wednesday’s schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Piercing Ken Thoughts: I am running out of things to say about this and just am getting more and more concerned about the events that I go to still being in place and no signs of being cancelled. Be careful out there my friends.

Official Website: http://www.nba.com

Coachella Music Festival Postponed Until October Amid Coronavirus Concerns

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The Press Release:
At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns. While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.

Coachella will now take place on October 9, 10 and 11 and October 16, 17 and 18, 2020. Stagecoach will take place on October 23, 24 and 25, 2020. All purchases for the April dates will be honored for the rescheduled October dates. Purchasers will be notified by Friday, March 13 on how to obtain a refund if they are unable to attend.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in the desert this fall.

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Piercing Ken Thoughts: Historically speaking, we’ve never attended any of the Coachella festivals and its mostly because we’ve a full plate of music that we really like going on over here on the East Coast. That being said, we still announced this stuff on “The Chronicles” based on the broader brush and wider audience demographic of readers. This is just the latest in a long line of already cancelled conventions and tours that I’ve discussed here and on my PiercingMetal website and I think many more are to come. Stay tuned and stay healthy. I attended a convention today and I don’t think that I shook a single hand once. Everyone I engaged with got a peace sign, a thumb’s up and yeah even a Spock “Live Long and Prosper”. See you next time.

Official Website: http://www.coachella.com