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Watching Omar (Opera) at Spoleto Festival Opening Night

Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels’s world premiere opera recounts the life and autobiography of Omar Ibn Said, an African scholar enslaved in the Carolinas who refused to be defined or erased by his captors. Spoleto Festival USA ran from May 26th to June 11th. More information can be found at <a href="https://spoletousa.org">https://spoletousa.org</a> The History of Spoleto, cited from Spoletousa.org: Spoleto Festival USA was founded in 1977 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti, who sought to create an American counterpart to the annual Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, that he founded in 1958. Looking for a city that would provide the charm of Spoleto as well as its wealth of theaters, churches and other performances spaces, Menotti selected Charleston as the ideal location. The historic city provided a perfect fit: it was intimate enough that the Festival would captivate the entire city, yet cosmopolitan enough to provide an enthusiastic audience and robust infrastructure. Championed
CHARLESTON, SC

Tampa Bay Rays 2022 Schedule

Here is the complete Tampa Bay Rays schedule for the 2022 season, with dates, locations and game times. This will be updated constantly with results and links to game stories, plus any adjustments to the schedule will be made here in real time as well, so bookmark this story and refer to it often.
SAINT PETERSBURG, FL

Media conservatives split over testimony against Trump, some strongly defending him

The battle over Donald Trump’s role in the Capitol riot is now fully engaged. For weeks, many conservative commentators have remained silent as the House committee has heard testimony, mainly from Republicans, about Trump pressuring state officials and top Justice Department officials to help him overturn the election, sometimes invoking wild conspiracy theories. These pundits have dismissed the Jan. 6 panel as a purely partisan operation and said it won’t affect the election.
POTUS
orartswatch.org

July DanceWatch: Tiny dances, miles to go, beating pulses, shadows in the dark

It’s July! Along with sunny skies and warmer days, finally, come outdoor performances—site-specific ones, to be exact. Site-specific dance is defined as dancing outside the conventional theater setting, conceived with a particular location in mind or relating to a site, which encompasses a lot. Not a new concept, though: most indigenous cultures already dance in various outdoor or non-theater spaces, for a wider variety of reasons than Western cultures. But what’s unique about it is that it animates and redefines spaces in surprising and magical ways, and helps us see our “ordinary” surroundings in a new light.
PORTLAND, OR
WIS-TV

Teens drive 13 hours to redeem McDonald’s coupon

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (KIMT) - The discovery of an old McDonald’s coffee coupon led a group of high schoolers to make a cross-country road trip to redeem it. Colton Marley, a soon-to-be high school senior from Pennsylvania, found a coupon in his wallet good for one small McCafe drink with no expiration date. He had it for several years, but how he got is a complete mystery.
CLEAR LAKE, IA
Austin Chronicle

For Escuelita del Alma, History Prepares to Repeat Itself

The preschool and child care center Escuelita del Alma has been through a lot. Educator Dina Flores founded Escuelita back in 2000, to serve the children of employees at Las Manitas Avenue Café, located next door on Congress Avenue. At the time, Las Manitas was a busy breakfast and lunch spot for Austin's progressive leaders, and the school – the city's only Spanish immersion preschool and only full-time Downtown child care provider – quickly developed its own following.
AUSTIN, TX
postnewsgroup.com

Fourth of July Reminder: No Fireworks in Marin, Please

Don’t let your guard down over the holiday weekend…Play it safe. One gently floating ember from a cookout or a firecracker could ignite widespread tragedy in Marin County’s parched landscape. The Marin County Fire Department is urging all residents and visitors to remember that fireworks are illegal in the county, not just on the upcoming Fourth of July weekend but at all times.
MARIN COUNTY, CA