Remembering Leonard Nimoy

On Friday 27th February, The New York Times announced the extremely sad news that Star Trek actor and director, Leonard Nimoy, passed away at the age of 83. Nimoy announced in January that he was suffering from lung disease, which his wife attributed to his smoking habit that lasted 30 years before quitting in the 1970s.

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For many people, Nimoy will be remembered as the iconic Mr. Spock from the sci-fi TV series and films, a role he won when the producers put out a casting call asking for a “tall, thin guy to play an alien”. He also directed two of the motion pictures (The Search for Spock and The Voyage Home), and starred as Spock Prime in the J.J. Abrams remakes. He was also known for parts in the films Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (1978), and Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011). He starred in the Mission: Impossible TV series, and had guest roles on The Simpsons, Futurama, The Big Bang Theory, and Star trek: The Next Generation.

He will be sorely missed throughout the world as one of the most iconic figures of 20th century television and cinema. His final tweet read: “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory, LLAP.”  Nimoy fulfilled the demand of his Vulcan aphorism, for he lived long and prospered.

Article source: http://www.galleonnews.com/2015/03/remembering-leonard-nimoy/

St. Patrick’s Day TV 2015: 6 Irish-Themed Episodes And Specials Currently …

Though they may not be as common as Christmas, Halloween or Thanksgiving episodes, St. Patrick’s Day episodes make up some of the better specials on television over the years – it’s not hard to see why a holiday associated with heavy drinking might lead to some entertaining antics! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day this year, we’ve put together a list of the best shamrock-themed episodes of TV currently on Netflix. So drink that celebratory pint at home this year, kick back on the couch, and enjoy!

Here are the best St. Patrick’s Day TV episodes streaming on Netflix:

  • “The Office” – “St. Patrick’s Day” (Season 6, episode 19) – On her last day in the Scranton office, Dunder Mifflin CEO Jo Bennett (guest star Kathy Bates) throws off everyone’s St. Patrick’s Day plans by forcing the office to stay at work late.
  • “How I Met Your Mother” – “No Tomorrow” (Season 3, episode 12) – Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) – in his ridiculous green suit – convinces Ted (Josh Radnor) to go out with him on the holiday to celebrate “like there’s no tomorrow.”
  • “30 Rock” – “St Patrick’s Day” (Season 6, episode 12) – Liz (Tina Fey) tries to avoid St. Patrick’s Day by hiding out in her apartment all day. Meanwhile, Jenna (Jane Krakowski) and Tracy (Tracy Morgan) host the parade in New York City.
  • “Futurama” – “Luck of the Fryish” (Season 3, episode 10) – Fry (Billy West) sets off with Leela (Katey Sagal) and Bender (John DiMaggio) to find his lucky seven-leaf clover.
  • “Cheers” – “Bar Wars VII: The Naked Prey” (Season 11, episode 19) – Cheers takes on Gary’s Olde Towne Tavern in the annual St. Patrick’s Day sales battle.
  • Grounded for Life” ­– “It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City” (Season 4, episode 22) – Sean (Donal Logue) and Eddie (Kevin Corrigan) hope St. Patrick’s Day will help the Red Boot Pub finally turn a profit.

What will you be watching on St. Patrick’s Day? Tweet your thoughts to @Ja9GarofaloTV

Article source: http://www.ibtimes.com/st-patricks-day-tv-2015-6-irish-themed-episodes-specials-currently-streaming-netflix-1849496

Wednesday, March 18

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Are French police dramas the new black? Or at least the new Scandi noir? Witnesses draws deep from The Killing well, with moody northern France standing in as Copenhagen and detective Sandra Winckler (Marie Dompnier) as Sarah Lund sans ponytail. As bodies keep turning up in display homes, Winckler starts to question the involvement of detective-out-of-retirement Paul Maisonneuve. Why is the main suspect, escaped killer and rapist Kaz Grabier, taunting him? And, most bafflingly, why is a wolf involved in any of this? Like French men themselves, Witnesses is moody and good-looking but doesn’t yet have the chokehold The Killing held over its audience each episode.

The Simpsons, Eleven, 8.30pm

Matt Groening’s two animated worlds collide tonight as Futurama meets The Simpsons for Simpsonsorama, as Bender (‘‘A robot with a catchphrase!’’) lands in Springfield on a mission to kill Homer. But, as Lisa reasons, ‘‘Why must you kill my dad, when cheeseburgers are doing the work for you already?’’  While the jokes are more smile-worthy than laugh-out-loud funny these days, they still have a strike rate that most shows could only dream of. 
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PAY TV

Washington’s Spies, Showcase, 7.30pm

The massacre of the Redcoats at the end of the first episode has got the British smelling a rat. And it’s their slightly terrifying mercenary guerilla captain Robert Rogers (Angus Macfadyen) who heads to Long Island to sniff out the rodent. This would seem to be bad news for reluctant rebel spy Abe (Jamie Bell) and his ex, Anna (Heather Lind). Meanwhile, captured Redcoat captain John Simcoe (Samuel Roukin) is expecting torture at the hands of rebel spies Tallmadge and Brewster (Seth Numrich and Daniel Henshaw) but remains snottily supercilious. Enjoyable popcorn-munching fare.

Detroit Unleashed, Animal Planet, 8.30pm

It’s standard doggie-rescue action as rapper Dan Carlisle – stage name Hush – scoops up lost and abandoned mutts on the mean streets of Detroit. Carlisle and his offsiders identify with the dogs because they too have been in bad situations in life and needed a second chance. Detroit’s blighted streetscapes  look like something out of The Walking Dead but Carlisle is convinced that the city is on the verge of a renaissance.   

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MOVIES

Sex is Comedy (2002), World Movies (pay TV), 9.30pm

In 2001, Catherine Breillat (see An Old Mistress, Tuesday) made one of her greatest films, A Ma Soeur. It tells of two teenage sisters: the hauntingly beautiful Elena (Roxanne Mesquida) and the younger, plump and sullen Anais (Anais Reboux). Given Breillat has a well-known sister (Marie-Helene), many saw A Ma Soeur as a bitter roman a clef. And it is certainly an extremely blunt look at sibling rivalry, and at the desire to be loved and embraced, but never objectified. It is cinema feminine at its purest. A year later, perhaps feeling unfinished with her subject, Breillat did a postmodern revisiting, Sex is Comedy, about a director (Anne Parillaud) making A Ma Soeur, with one of the same lead actors, Roxanne Mesquida. Unlike Francois Truffaut’s Day for Night, which is a light-hearted, funny and charming look at the insanity of making movies, this is sombre and disturbing, with a highly cerebral filmmaker critiquing one of her earlier works and the difficulties she had in directing its most controversial scene, where Anais watches Elena have intercourse with a young man (Libero De Rienzo) in their shared bedroom. The boyfriend is now played by Gregoire Colin, but the audience’s rapt attention will be more on the ice-cool way Breillat dissects the filmmaking process, exposing the manipulative games and childish tantrums of actors and directors, and providing some delightfully arcane detail (such as a selection of fake penises). Sex is Comedy is not the masterpiece A Ma Soeur is, and it could never be, but it is a fascinating look at the deceits and joys of the filmmaking process.

Hope Springs (2012), Nine, 9.45pm

In 2012’s Hope Springs, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones play a 30-year-married couple, Kay and Arnold, who have passed from lovers to best friends to totally exhausted. And when sniping at each other is simply the best you can hope for, why not a week’s intense therapy in a cute village on the New England coast, where Dr Feld (Steve Carell, playing it straight) will try to extricate you from a state of relationship death? Feld: ‘‘What about oral sex?’’ Kay: ‘‘I wasn’t … I wasn’t comfortable with that.’’ Feld: ‘‘Giving or receiving?’’ Kay: ‘‘Huh?’’ Now, if you think it’s ridiculous that a fiftysomething woman could be that naive and prudish, go online and read how Kay and Arnold’s fellow citizens have raged at the inappropriateness of that conversation. David Frankel’s beautifully acted and funny film is way more therapeutic and crucial than one would have ever thought necessary.
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25 Futurama Quotes To Use In Everyday Life

1. “Good News, Everyone!” – Professor

Episode: Loads of them!Perhaps the best-known line from the whole show, Professor Farnsworth churns this one out whenever the his news is good (for him, mostly).When to use it: Before absolutely everything you ever say.

2. “Bite My Shiny Metal Ass!” – Bender

Episode: Plenty of ‘em.Bender’s go-to catchphrase. A PG-13 equivalent of the F-bomb.When to use it: When some ignorant fool is having a go at you. Or as an invitation to something a little kinky.

3. “Just Shut Up And Take My Money!” – Fry

Episode: Attack Of The Killer App (6×03)When the flashy new product, ‘EyePhone’ is introduced, Fry queues up and is willing to pay just about anything to own one.When to use it: During about 99% of adverts you see. Mostly fast food.

4. “This Is The Worst Kind Of Discrimination. The Kind Against Me!” – Bender

Episode: War Is The H-Word (2×17)Bender and Fry are told that the military discount in the store is for military personnel only which leaves Bender beyond outraged.When to use it: When you get thrown out of the pub for throwing bar stools around and trying to start fights.

5. “Fry, Please Try To Understand. You’re A Man. I’m A Woman. We’re Just Too Different.” – Leela

Episode: Time Keeps On Slippin’ (3×14)Fry tries his luck complimenting Leela and proceeds to casually ask her out, but she lets him down with this honest number.When to use it: When you want to let that special person know they’re not that special after all, in the nicest way possible.

6. “I Don’t Want To Live On This Planet Anymore.” – Professor

Episode: A Clockwork Origin (6×09)When Farnsworth’s latest scientific discovery (a homosapien from the dawn of time) is made a mockery out of, he expresses distaste for his fellow man.When to use it: When you see your little cousin wearing a Nirvana t-shirt, thinking it to be a brand name.

7. “You Win Again Gravity.” – Zapp Brannigan

Episode: Amazon Women In The Mood (3×05)The restaurant that the crew finds themselves in starts spinning out of control when Zapp decides to press some buttons.When to use it: When you lean back that little bit too far on your chair and become acquainted with the floor.

8. “Woop Woop Woop!” – Zoidberg

Episode: Dozens!It’s pretty hard to predict just when Zoidy is going to bring out the can of woop woop, but when he does, it’s always great.When to use it: There is no wrong way to use this classic. To celebrate. As an exit strategy. You name it.

9. “Oh Wait, You’re Serious. Let Me Laugh Even Harder.” – Bender

Episode: Love And Rocket (4×03)Bender is more than happy to date other robots on the side as well as his current girlfriend and when Leela calls him out on it, he laughs at her right in the face.When to use it: When your friend tells you all about how they are actually going to go to every lecture this semester and get their act together.

10. “Kif, I Have Made It With A Woman. Inform The Men.” – Zapp Brannigan

Episode: Love’s Labours Lost In Space (1×04)Zapp hooks up with Leela and like any self-respecting man, he wants all other males to know about it.When to use it: When after, a long, long time waiting, you finally hooked up with someone. Even if they were disappointed by your performance.

11. “I’m So Embarrassed, I Wish Everybody Else Was Dead!” – Bender

Episode: Bend Her (4×13)At the Olympics, Bender is disappointed that he couldn’t win a medal. Not even for bending.When to use it: When you are reminded of how you vomited all over that poor cute girl the night before.

12. “At The Risk Of Sounding Negative, No.” – Leela

Episode: The Birdbot Of Ice-Catraz (3×05)The Professor wants the crew to do a mission that would put penguins on Pluto at risk and Leela tells him where she stands on it.When to use it: When you just feel like being a bit of a ass, really.

13. “Hooray! A Happy Ending For The Rich People.” – Zoidberg

Episode: The Mutants Are Revolting (6×12)Mutants are granted freedom and receive some good news, and Zoidberg is all about congratulating them.When to use it: When the lives of the rich and famous remind you of how crap your own life is by comparison.

14. “It’s Like A Party In My Mouth And Everybody’s Throwing Up!” – Fry

Episode: Parasites Lost (3×02)Fry buys a disgusting sandwich from a gas station vending machine and, well, it clearly tastes as good as it looks.When to use it: When munching on brussel sprouts at Christmas dinner to keep your Mother happy.

15. “With A Warning Label This Big, You Know They Gotta’ Be Fun!” – Hermes

Episode: Three Hundred Big Boys (5×11)When the kids and Fathers essentially reverse roles, Hermes buys this dangerous toy to try and entice Dwight, who’s not having any of it.When to use it: When your friend buys some illegal fireworks off some dodgy Asian website and you can’t wait to set them off.

16. “That Young Man Fills Me With Hope. Plus Some Other Emotions Which Are Weird And Deeply Confusing.” – Zapp Brannigan

Episode: War Is The H-Word (2×17)Leela dresses up like a man to get into the army and Zapp can’t help but check her out, much to his confusion.When to use it: When you see that first real crush. Or first crush that made you genuinely consider swinging the other way.

17. “Everyone, I Have A Very Dramatic Announcement. So Anyone With A Weak Heart Should Leave Now. Goodbye.” – Professor

Episode: A Clone Of My Own (2×15)The Professor has big news about naming a successor and delivers this hilarious line before turning to leave the room.When to use it: When you have the least dramatic news ever.

18. “They’re Like Sex, Except I’m Having Them!” – Fry

Episode: The Problem With Popplers (2×19)After tasting the new fast food craze, Popplers for the first time, Fry can’t manage to contain his excitement.When to use it: When those pancakes taste so damn good, you just gotta’ let the whole world know.

19. “Valentine’s Day Is Coming? Aw Crap, I Forgot To Get A Girlfriend Again!” – Fry

Episode: Put Your Head On My Shoulder (2×10)Yet another Valentine’s Day zinger here from Fry. This one speaks for itself.When to use it: When the importance of Valentine’s Day is once again minimal to you this year and your plans for it consist of playing Minecraft in your underwear.

20. “Now, My Usual Fee Is 500 Bucks. But Seeing As How It’s You, I’m Gonna’ Need It In Advance.” – Bender

Episode: Put Your Head On My Shoulder (2×10)With Valentine’s Day coming up, Fry, desperate for a date comes to Bender for help and he explains how business will go down.When to use it: When your mate, who never ever pays anyone back asks you to buy him a pint with no intention of getting the next round.

21. “Now, Now, There Will Be Plenty Of Time To Discuss Your Objections When And If You Return.” – Professor

Episode: A Big Piece Of Garbage (1×08)A giant ball of garbage threatens Earth and the Professor creates a bomb for planet express to save the day. After he tells them that they only have 25 minutes to get away after planting it, Leela protests and the Professor tells her this reassuring line.When to use it: When you send your younger sibling off to the shop to pick up some bread and milk.

22. “This Concept Of ‘Wuv’ Confused And Infuriates Us!” – Lrrr

Episode: Love And Rocket (4×04)Valentine’s love is in the air and when Lrrr gets a load of some candy hearts with the word “Wuv” printed on them, he shares his distaste.When to use it: When everyone you know is part of a cutsie couple and you’re not buying into any of it.

23. “Well, Thanks To The Internet, I’m Now Bored With Sex.” – Fry

Episode: A Bicyclops Built for Two (2×13)The crew spend the day browsing the physical internet and Fry, who becomes bored, decides to seek out something to satisfy his violence lust instead.When to use it: When the 50 Shades of Grey movie is the only damn thing in your Twitter timeline.

24. “You Can’t Keep Boogieing Like This. You’ll Come Down With A Fever Of Some Sort.” – Leela

Episode: Jurassic Bark (5×02)Fry is protesting on behalf of his dead dog and, after performing the people’s native dance for too long, Leela becomes concerned for his health.When to use it: When your drunk friend is dancing so hard and you just know they’re gonna’ pass out if they keep it up.

25. “If, For Any Reason You’re Not Satisfied, I Hate You.” – Sales Clerk

Episode: War Is The H-Word (2×17)Fry and Bender are in a convenient store and demand a military discount on their chewing gum, but this rude clerk sends them packing.When to use it: When encounter the rudest of rude customers. You know the one.
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Article source: http://moviepilot.com/posts/2015/03/14/25-futurama-quotes-to-use-in-everyday-life-2781074

Texas lawmakers file flurry of bills as key deadline arrives

By the time the deadline for Texas lawmakers to freely file bills for the legislative session struck, more than 900 proposals were added to the agenda Friday, including multiple measures on hot-button issues including immigration, abortion, medical marijuana and political corruption.

The first 60 days of the session is open season, meaning anyone can file a bill without objection. After Friday, lawmakers have to get approval from their chambers to file a bill.

The last-minute rush to get proposals filed brought a frenzied atmosphere to some corners of the Capitol building Friday, with lawmakers posting signs on their doors warning off lobbyists with bills still in need of a sponsor.

State Rep. James White’s door warned visitors that official approval from Pancake Abbott, Gov. Greg Abbott’s golden retriever puppy, was required for all bills. A visit from Pancake, who made his debut on Twitter earlier in the session with much fanfare, was mandatory as well.

Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, had several Internet memes posted on his door — including one featuring a Futurama character that read “If your bill is the best bill on the planet … why has no one filed it yet?”

More than 6,000 bills have been filed this session, the most since at least the 81st legislative session in 2009.

Among the ethics bills filed was Sen. Van Taylor’s Senate Bill 19, which aims to enhance personal financial disclosures for legislators, take pensions away from law-breaking politicians and slow down the revolving door between the Legislature and the special-interest lobby.

Taylor, a Plano Republican, has said the involvement of Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick greatly increases the likelihood that lawmakers will finally pass long stalled reforms.

“Whatever I end up with, I’m going to wish I did more, but there’s no question that it will be the most comprehensive ethics reform package in a generation,” Taylor said.

Taylor had initially pushed for a provision that would require legislators to wait five years before becoming lobbyists. The version that was filed Friday is more generous to lawmakers. It would allow them to become lobbyists after sitting out one regular legislative session.

Taylor said he made the change after discussing the provision with fellow senators.

He added that he expected his ethics package, which includes several stand-alone bills, would undergo plenty of “tweaks and changes” before the session ends.

In the House, Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, filed a proposal to tighten up the law on conflicts of interest among legislators. The measure would make it a crime for state lawmakers to vote on certain bills when a “reasonable person” would conclude, based on definitions provided in the bill, that the lawmaker or his or her spouse would benefit financially. The bill also adds disclosure requirements for lawmakers who have conflicts of interest on certain bills.

Last-minute bills

Among other bills filed Friday:

▪  House Ways and Means Chairman Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, filed his long-awaited proposals to cut the rates for both the margins tax paid by businesses and the broader state sales tax. The margins tax bill, House Bill 32, is identical to one filed by Senate Finance Chairwoman Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound. The measures should draw the House more into the tax-cut debate this session, which until now has been focused more on the Senate, where Nelson has already held hearings on some high-profile measures.

▪  Several measures filed Friday aimed at allowing Texas to change its approach to immigration, even as broader proposals stall in Washington.

House Bill 3735 by state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, seeks to establish a partnership with the federal government to establish a guest-worker program to bring skilled and unskilled labor to Texas.

House Bill 3301 by state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, would recognize undocumented Texans as “citizens” of the state. It would allow them to apply for driver’s licenses, occupational licenses and state IDs if they meet certain residency criteria and are can verify their identity.

▪  The National Security Agency might have some trouble in Texas if Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, gets his way. House Bill 3916 would make it illegal for any public entities to provide water or electric utility services to NSA data collection centers in the state.

▪  Looking to add restrictions on abortion, state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, filed House Bill 3765 to beef up the state’s informed consent laws when it comes to minors. Texas law already requires patients seeking an abortion to go through the informed consent process, but Laubenberg’s bill would require notarized consent from a minor and a minor’s parent before an abortion is performed.

Article source: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article14082467.html

Ahead of Deadline, Legislators File Flurry of Bills


As the clock ticked toward the 6 p.m. deadline for Texas lawmakers to freely file bills for the legislative session, more than 900 proposals were added to the agenda Friday, including multiple measures on hot-button issues including immigration, abortion, medical marijuana and political corruption.

The first 60 days of the session is open season, meaning anyone can file a bill without objection. After Friday, lawmakers have to get approval from their chambers to file a bill.

“Traditionally in the Senate and the House, they have allowed people to file later,” said Patsy Spaw, the longtime secretary of the Senate. “But that first 60 days — anyone can file a bill about anything without an objection.” 

The last-minute rush to get proposals filed brought a frenzied atmosphere to some corners of the Capitol building Friday, with lawmakers posting signs on their doors cautioning off lobbyists with bills still in need of a sponsor.

State Rep. James White‘s door warned visitors that official approval from Pancake Abbott, Gov. Greg Abbott’s golden retriever puppy, was required for all bills. A visit from Pancake, who made his debut on Twitter earlier in the session with much fanfare, was mandatory as well. 

Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, had several internet memes posted on his door — including one featuring a Futurama character that read “If your bill is the best bill on the planet … why has no one filed it yet?”

More than 6,000 bills have been filed this session, the most since at least the 81st legislative session in 2009.

Among the ethics reform bills filed was Sen. Van Taylor’s Senate Bill 19, which aims to enhance personal financial disclosures for legislators, take pensions away from law-breaking politicians and slow down the revolving door between the Legislature and the special-interests lobby.

Taylor, a Plano Republican, has said the involvement of Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick greatly increases the likelihood that lawmakers will finally pass long stalled reforms.

“Whatever I end up with, I’m going to wish I did more, but there’s no question that it will be the most comprehensive ethics reform package in a generation,” Taylor said.

Taylor had initially pushed for a provision that would require legislators to wait five years before becoming lobbyists. The version that was filed Friday is more generous to lawmakers. It would allow them to become lobbyists after sitting out one regular legislative session.

Taylor said he made the change after discussing the provision with fellow senators.

He added that he expected his ethics package, which includes several stand-alone bills, would undergo plenty of “tweaks and changes” before the session ends.

In the House, Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, filed a proposal to tighten up the law on conflicts of interest among legislators. The measure would make it a crime for state lawmakers to vote on certain bills when a “reasonable person” would conclude, based on definitions provided in the bill, that the lawmaker or his or her spouse would benefit financially. The bill also adds disclosure requirements for lawmakers who have conflicts of interest on certain bills.

Among the bills filed Friday:

— House Ways and Means Chairman Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, filed his long-awaited proposals to cut the rates for both the margins tax paid by businesses and the broader state sales tax. The margins tax bill, House Bill 32, is identical to one filed by Senate Finance Chairwoman Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound. The measures should draw the House more into the tax cut debate this session, which until now has been focused more on the Senate, where Nelson has already held hearings on some high-profile measures.

— Several measures filed Friday aimed at allowing Texas to change its approach to immigration, even as broader proposals stall in Washington.

House Bill 3735 by state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, seeks to establish a partnership with the federal government to establish a guest-worker program to bring skilled and unskilled labor to Texas. 

House Bill 3301 by state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, would recognize undocumented Texans as “citizens” of the state. It would allow them to apply for driver’s licenses, occupational licenses and state IDs if they meet certain residency criteria and are can verify their identity. 

“It also opens the door for future conversations about the very real fact that these Texans without status are here, they are not leaving, and we should be doing everything we can to help them find employment, housing and opportunity,” said Laura Stromberg Hoke, Rodriguez’s chief of staff.

— House Bill 3401 by state Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, seeks to establish an interstate compact between interested states for the detection, apprehension and prosecution of undocumented immigrants.

— Looking to add restrictions on abortion, state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, filed House Bill 3765 to beef up the state’s informed consent laws when it comes to minors. Texas law already requires patients seeking an abortion to go through the informed consent process, but Laubenberg’s bill would require notarized consent from a minor and a minor’s parent before an abortion is performed.

— House Bill 3785 from Rep. Marisa Marquez, D-El Paso, would permit patients with cancer, seizure disorders, PTSD and other conditions to medical marijuana. The measure is broader than other bills filed this session that would only allow low-level THC oils to be used on intractable seizure patients.  

— The National Security Agency might have some trouble in Texas if Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, gets his way. House Bill 3916 would make it illegal for any public entities to provide water or electric utility services to NSA data collection centers in the state.

— State Rep. Joe Deshotel, D-Port Arthur, filed a pair of measures, House Bill 3839 and House Joint Resolution 142, which would ask voters to approve the creation of as many as nine casinos. Under Deshotel’s plan, most of the casinos would be built near the Texas coast, and a large portion of the tax revenue would go toward shoring up the troubled Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, the insurer of last resort for coastal Texans.

— In an effort to pave the way for a Medicaid expansion solution that would get the support of conservatives, state Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, filed House Bill 3845 to request a block grant from the federal government to reform the program and expand health care coverage for low-income Texans. Though GOP leaders have said they won’t expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act, they’ve asked the feds for more flexibility to administer the program. Coleman’s proposal, titled the “The Texas Way,” intends to give the state more wiggle room while still drawing some Republican support.

–State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, filed two bills that appeared aimed at killing the controversial Trinity Toll Road, which local leaders and residents have been discussing and debating for decades. HB 3674 would put new restrictions on what toll projects the Texas Department of Transportation could fund. HB 3673 would require the Texas Department of Transportation submit an environmental analysis for the project before it can move forward. The project is currently exempt from such a federal review, according to the Dallas Morning News.

— Republican State Sen. Don Huffines of Dallas filed a bill that would repeal two key air quality initiatives in Texas — the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) and the Low-Income Vehicle Repair program — both of which use money collected from motorists’ fees to reduce air emissions from vehicles. In recent years, the Legislature has stockpiled hundreds of millions of dollars collected for both programs to artificially balance the state’s budget. 

Huffines’ proposal is in sharp contrast with legislation filed last month by state Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, who wants to extend TERP so that the money left on the table can eventually be used for its intended purpose. 

— Rep. Scott Sanford, R-McKinney, filed House Bill 3721 to require the state demographer to conduct an annual study of each legislative district. The House and Senate provide annual district profiles detailing some population characteristics, but the reports do not track race and ethnicity. 

Julian Aguilar, Eva Hershaw, Jay Root, Neena Satija and Alexa Ura contributed to this report.

Article source: http://www.texastribune.org/2015/03/13/just-filing-deadline-measures-filed-ethics-abortio/

Ahead of Deadline, Legislators File Flurry of Bills


As the clock ticked toward the 6 p.m. deadline for Texas lawmakers to freely file bills for the legislative session, more than 900 proposals were added to the agenda Friday, including multiple measures on hot-button issues including immigration, abortion, medical marijuana and political corruption.

The first 60 days of the session is open season, meaning anyone can file a bill without objection. After Friday, lawmakers have to get approval from their chambers to file a bill.

“Traditionally in the Senate and the House, they have allowed people to file later,” said Patsy Spaw, the longtime secretary of the Senate. “But that first 60 days — anyone can file a bill about anything without an objection.” 

The last-minute rush to get proposals filed brought a frenzied atmosphere to some corners of the Capitol building Friday, with lawmakers posting signs on their doors cautioning off lobbyists with bills still in need of a sponsor.

State Rep. James White‘s door warned visitors that official approval from Pancake Abbott, Gov. Greg Abbott’s golden retriever puppy, was required for all bills. A visit from Pancake, who made his debut on Twitter earlier in the session with much fanfare, was mandatory as well. 

Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, had several internet memes posted on his door — including one featuring a Futurama character that read “If your bill is the best bill on the planet … why has no one filed it yet?”

More than 6,000 bills have been filed this session, the most since at least the 81st legislative session in 2009.

Among the ethics reform bills filed was Sen. Van Taylor’s Senate Bill 19, which aims to enhance personal financial disclosures for legislators, take pensions away from law-breaking politicians and slow down the revolving door between the Legislature and the special-interests lobby.

Taylor, a Plano Republican, has said the involvement of Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick greatly increases the likelihood that lawmakers will finally pass long stalled reforms.

“Whatever I end up with, I’m going to wish I did more, but there’s no question that it will be the most comprehensive ethics reform package in a generation,” Taylor said.

Taylor had initially pushed for a provision that would require legislators to wait five years before becoming lobbyists. The version that was filed Friday is more generous to lawmakers. It would allow them to become lobbyists after sitting out one regular legislative session.

Taylor said he made the change after discussing the provision with fellow senators.

He added that he expected his ethics package, which includes several stand-alone bills, would undergo plenty of “tweaks and changes” before the session ends.

In the House, Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, filed a proposal to tighten up the law on conflicts of interest among legislators. The measure would make it a crime for state lawmakers to vote on certain bills when a “reasonable person” would conclude, based on definitions provided in the bill, that the lawmaker or his or her spouse would benefit financially. The bill also adds disclosure requirements for lawmakers who have conflicts of interest on certain bills.

Among the bills filed Friday:

— House Ways and Means Chairman Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, filed his long-awaited proposals to cut the rates for both the margins tax paid by businesses and the broader state sales tax. The margins tax bill, House Bill 32, is identical to one filed by Senate Finance Chairwoman Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound. The measures should draw the House more into the tax cut debate this session, which until now has been focused more on the Senate, where Nelson has already held hearings on some high-profile measures.

— Several measures filed Friday aimed at allowing Texas to change its approach to immigration, even as broader proposals stall in Washington.

House Bill 3735 by state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, seeks to establish a partnership with the federal government to establish a guest-worker program to bring skilled and unskilled labor to Texas. 

House Bill 3301 by state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, would recognize undocumented Texans as “citizens” of the state. It would allow them to apply for driver’s licenses, occupational licenses and state IDs if they meet certain residency criteria and are can verify their identity. 

“It also opens the door for future conversations about the very real fact that these Texans without status are here, they are not leaving, and we should be doing everything we can to help them find employment, housing and opportunity,” said Laura Stromberg Hoke, Rodriguez’s chief of staff.

— House Bill 3401 by state Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, seeks to establish an interstate compact between interested states for the detection, apprehension and prosecution of undocumented immigrants.

— Looking to add restrictions on abortion, state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, filed House Bill 3765 to beef up the state’s informed consent laws when it comes to minors. Texas law already requires patients seeking an abortion to go through the informed consent process, but Laubenberg’s bill would require notarized consent from a minor and a minor’s parent before an abortion is performed.

— House Bill 3785 from Rep. Marisa Marquez, D-El Paso, would permit patients with cancer, seizure disorders, PTSD and other conditions to medical marijuana. The measure is broader than other bills filed this session that would only allow low-level THC oils to be used on intractable seizure patients.  

— The National Security Agency might have some trouble in Texas if Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, gets his way. House Bill 3916 would make it illegal for any public entities to provide water or electric utility services to NSA data collection centers in the state.

— State Rep. Joe Deshotel, D-Port Arthur, filed a pair of measures, House Bill 3839 and House Joint Resolution 142, which would ask voters to approve the creation of as many as nine casinos. Under Deshotel’s plan, most of the casinos would be built near the Texas coast, and a large portion of the tax revenue would go toward shoring up the troubled Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, the insurer of last resort for coastal Texans.

— In an effort to pave the way for a Medicaid expansion solution that would get the support of conservatives, state Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, filed House Bill 3845 to request a block grant from the federal government to reform the program and expand health care coverage for low-income Texans. Though GOP leaders have said they won’t expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act, they’ve asked the feds for more flexibility to administer the program. Coleman’s proposal, titled the “The Texas Way,” intends to give the state more wiggle room while still drawing some Republican support.

–State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, filed two bills that appeared aimed at killing the controversial Trinity Toll Road, which local leaders and residents have been discussing and debating for decades. HB 3674 would put new restrictions on what toll projects the Texas Department of Transportation could fund. HB 3673 would require the Texas Department of Transportation submit an environmental analysis for the project before it can move forward. The project is currently exempt from such a federal review, according to the Dallas Morning News.

— Republican State Sen. Don Huffines of Dallas filed a bill that would repeal two key air quality initiatives in Texas — the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) and the Low-Income Vehicle Repair program — both of which use money collected from motorists’ fees to reduce air emissions from vehicles. In recent years, the Legislature has stockpiled hundreds of millions of dollars collected for both programs to artificially balance the state’s budget. 

Huffines’ proposal is in sharp contrast with legislation filed last month by state Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, who wants to extend TERP so that the money left on the table can eventually be used for its intended purpose. 

— Rep. Scott Sanford, R-McKinney, filed House Bill 3721 to require the state demographer to conduct an annual study of each legislative district. The House and Senate provide annual district profiles detailing some population characteristics, but the reports do not track race and ethnicity. 

Julian Aguilar, Eva Hershaw, Jay Root, Neena Satija and Alexa Ura contributed to this report.

Knicks 101, Lakers 94: "<3"

Tonight’s win over the Lakers may have been the brightest omen in a mostly dim Knick season. Phil Jackson wanted this win and didn’t hide it, labeling it beforehand “a game to win.” What Phil wanted, Phil got. If that trend continues in May (lottery), June (draft), and July (free agency)…

The game opened with the intensity of a Pro Bowl scrimmage, then picked up into something more like a boxing match in Rocky: two lugs throwing punches, relentlessly, indiscriminately, with no energy wasted on luxuries like defense and strategy. The real NBA action began in the second quarter, when the Knicks erupted for 35 to take a 60-54 lead at the half, their second-highest opening half this season (the highest was vs. Denver). More than half the Lakers’ 54 points came in the paint. Paging Dr. Towns. Dr. Karl-Anthony Towns to the paint, please. One reason for the high-scoring half: a lot of shots going up thanks to the two teams combining for only 7 turnovers.

The Knicks led throughout the third, swelling to 12 after a Langston Galloway this:

After which the Lakers ended the quarter on a 9-3 run to cut the Knick lead in half. L.A. threatened to threaten at times in the fourth, but the Knicks felt as in control as a 12-51 team can feel…which, against this Laker team, was surprisingly safe. Jason Smith clinched the win late with a power lay-up, a shot I didn’t know existed until Smith did it and which was even more awesome than it sounds.

Other notes:

- Tim Hardaway Jr. shot 0-9 last game. Tonight: 22 points on 8-14 FGs. In addition to all five threes, Tim also had a nice reverse layup late.

- 27 assists on 36 baskets versus only 8 turnovers for the Knicks.

- A balanced attack by the Knicks with five scorers in double figures: Cleanthony Early (11), Galloway (12), Alexey Shved (14), Andrea Bargnani (16), and Hardaway’s 22.

- New York hit 9 of 18 from downtown.

- Tonight’s win was the Knicks’ first on the road this season against a Western conference team and snapped an eight-game losing streak when visiting the Lakers.

- This year’s New York/Los Angeles Staples Center third quarter was a 20-20 draw. Last year’s was a 51-21 Laker supernova. The journey of 1,000 miles…

- Cle had a nice driving dunk and hit a jumper near the end of the first quarter. Walt Frazier remarked, excitedly, that it was Cle’s best offensive first quarter of the season. Those were the only two shots Early took in the first. And yet it probably was still his best offensive opening all year. He took only two shots over the following 27 minutes of the game, then hit a couple baskets in the fourth to get the lead back to double-digits. Early also had a weak-side rejection of cartoonish supervillain Carlos Boozer.

- For the hardcore metanarrative nerds, the Galloway/Jordan Clarkson matchup was a highly-anticipated collision of diamonds-in-the-dung mythos. Langston won: 12 points (5-7 FGs), 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals vs. Clarkson’s 11 points (4-12 FGs), 1 assist, 4 rebounds.

- Lou Amundson had five assists tonight, in addition to some precise passes that didn’t end in buckets. I try to avoid the mascot-ing that sometimes happens with some players, so maybe years from now I’ll re-read this with an embarrassed grin — but I really do like watching Amundson play.

- When the Knicks and Lakers both stink, you can hear a lot of individual comments from people in the Staples crowd.

- Clyde brought up an unnamed, unspecified poll that concluded Magic Johnson and Byron Scott were the greatest backcourt in history. He disputed this, as any sentient being would, and could. Not. Stop. Laughing about it. He was still giggling when MSG cut to commercials.

- My father once told me I was the youngest old man he knew. I embrace that tonight and admit it angries up my blood something fierce when guys dribble out the final seconds of a quarter without trying a full-court heave. That’s like seeing an unused lotto scratch-off on the ground, picking it up, and throwing it in the trash. I’m watching you, Shane Larkin. Those shots aren’t why you’re 42% from the field this year. Someone let the players know basketball-reference.com catalogues how many heaves a player takes. Shoot it!

- Laker organist Dieter Ruehle played the Futurama theme song. Much respect, Laker organist Dieter Ruehle.

- There are charms to the game of basketball that transcend parochial fandom and get to the heart of it at its beautiful best. One of these charms: Carlos Boozer’s parabolic J. Like a rainbow off a trampoline. Boozer’s airballs carry more beauty than most dudes’ swishes.

- Tina Cervasio told a story about Alexey Shved and Washington Capital Alex Ovechkin being good friends. Ovechkin’s mother is a Russian basketball legend. Tina threw it back to Kenny Albert, who immediately pointed out Ovechkin’s Caps lost to the Rangers last night. True blue, Kenny!

This was the perfect win for a year like this. It was pacific. It was fun. It was meaningless. With a two-game cushion on Philadelphia and Minnesota entering the night, this was a heartwarming win, deserving of the heart Chiniqua gave it. Next game is Saturday at Golden State. Let tonight’s aftertaste linger. Saturday probably won’t taste so good.

Article source: http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2015/3/13/8206381/recap-new-york-los-angeles

44 exciting things to do in London this weekend

[Photo: Wendy Dobing]

It’s going to be a whopper of a weekend, guys! You can pick up some fabulous vintage numbers at the Southbank Centre’s Classic Car Boot Sale, whip up some delicious cocktails at The Zetter Townhouse and those of you lucky enough to have a ticket to the Alexander McQueen show can finally see those sensational designs at the VA. Plus there are heaps of events to to help you treat your lovely mums on Mother’s Day. Here’s everything worth knowing about this weekend…

Things to do 

Florimania, Hampton Court Palace, all weekend, £18.20, £15.40 concs. The historical rooms will be filled with magnificent flower arrangements which illustrate how floristry has changed over the last 500 years. Entrance is included in the price of admission.

Classic Car Boot Sale, Southbank Centre, Sat-Sun, £4. Pedestrians with pockets full of change can pick up any number of retro bits and bobs from the 100 or so traders, or tuck into street food and quality tipples. You might even spot Kenickie buying Rizzo a drink.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, VA, Sat-Sun, £17.60, £16.50 concs. More than 100 remarkable designs from fashion’s enfant terrible will be wowing London audiences following great success in New York.

FutureFest, Vinopolis, Sat-Sun, £50 per day pass, £80 weekend. What does the future really hold for us? We’re still holding out for tubes that fling us across town like they have in ‘Futurama’, but even if pipes aren’t in the pipeline there are lots of advances to get excited about, and they’ll all be explored on the line-up at this two-day festival of innovation.

Made by You, 3-10 Shoreditch High Street, Sat-Sun 12-8pm, free. You’ve probably got a pair in your wardrobe! Now Converse are celebrating their iconic Chuck Taylor All Stars with an installation by Damilola Odusote which documents how thousands of Londoners wear their Cons.

St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, Trafalgar Square, Sunday, free. London’s Irish community heads to Trafalgar Square to celebrate their patron saint – and everyone’s invited.

Meet the Mothers, Lee Valley Park Farms, Sunday, £9.50, £8.50 concs. This family day out is your chance to meet the parents and babies who live at Lee Valley Park Farms. Among the cute critters to say hello to are goats, llamas, chipmunks, reindeer, red bellied tamarins, guinea pigs and – new for 2015 – meerkats.

Crafternoon Cabaret Club, The Hospital Club, Sunday, £15, or £25 with afternoon tea. Craft and cabaret? We can’t believe we didn’t think of it first. All-comers at all levels are welcome at this award-winning monthly workshop, which lets you sew, stick, chop and stitch together a crafty item while enjoying a performance from a cabaret star.

Mother’s Day in the Garden with Matthew Biggs, Garden Museum, Sunday, £40 (for two). Treat your mum to some two-on-one time with ‘Gardener’s Question Time’s Matthew Biggs at this Mother’s Day special. Biggs will be set up in the museum greenhouse ready and waiting to answer all your horticultural queries in what sounds rather like a Santa’s grotto for the green-fingered.

Female-only Training Sessions at Lee Valley VeloPark, Olympic Park, Sunday, £30, £22 concs. Lady cyclists aged 12 and over who feel the need for speed will take charge of the Lee Valley VeloPark for these taster sessions, which count as Stage 1 of the centre’s four stage accreditation process.

Sunday Assembly Morning Gloryville Mash Up, Conway Hall, Sunday, free (donations welcomed). Sunday Assembly and Morning Gloryville team up for this Sunday morning shakedown. Samantha Moyo of Morning Gloryville will speak about’The Power of Dance’and will also bring along some of her best dancers. Expect a cracking DJ and a house band.

…or check out more events happening in London this weekend.

Eating and drinking

Spring Chicken, Forza Win Dispensa, Fri-Sat, £35. A seasonal supperclub in Peckham with good poultry and good times at its heart.

Cocktail Masterclasses, The Zetter Townhouse, Sat-Sun, £50. Join experts David Wondrich Tony Conigliaro for an ‘Old School vs. New School Cocktail’ session where you’ll learn to make between four and six cocktails and be given lots of handy tips for rustling up drinks at home.

Shackfuyu, Leicester Square. A stylish 12-month pop-up from restaurateur Ross Shonhan (Bone Daddies, Flesh Buns) serving East-West fusion food. We hope it remains fused to the spot.

Shikumen, Shepherd’s Bush. An authentic Chinese restaurant at The Dorsett Hotel. The dim sum menu is a compact selection of exquisitely steamed, baked, and fried dishes ranging from classic har gau and xiao long bao to more sophisticated items such as scallop siu mai topped with tobiko and cheung fun filled with prawn and beancurd skin.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.

Comedy

Comic Relief – Face the Funny, London Palladium, TONIGHT, £20. This year, Red Nose Day is being broadcast live from the London Palladium, and you can be in the audience. These two sessions feature a huge group of British comedy greats.

Alex Edelman – Millennial, Soho Theatre, all weekend, £15, £12.50 concs. ‘Millennial’ is an assured debut – it focuses on how well Edelman represents his Generation Y peers and is full of killer over filler material. He undoubtedly has a bright future ahead of him.

The 2000 Year Old Man, JW3, all weekend, £12.50. Canadian actor Kerry Shale and Radio 4 regular Chris Neill star in this recreation of Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner’s classic comedy skit – it’s the first time ever than Brooks and Reiner have given permission for the semi-improvised sketch to be revived.

…or check out all the critics’ choice comedy shows.

Live music

Clean Bandit, Alexandra Palace, TONIGHT, £21.50. A big Ally Pally show for the smart pop four piece who mix dance beats with classical strings.

Idlewild, Roundhouse, TONIGHT, £22.50. Long-standing moody Scottish grunge-rockers Idlewild may not be quite as punky of riff or as pissed-off with the world as they were they formed almost two decades ago, but they’ve still got enough energy to write and record a new album, ‘Everything Ever Written’.

Caribou, O2 Academy Brixton, Saturday, £17.50. Dance beats, weird electropop and psychedelic textures by multi-instrumentalist genius Dan Snaith and his band.

Label Mates III, Shacklewell Arms, all weekend, £4-£10. A shedload of great independent labels each book a night at the Shacklewell Arms, adding up to ten days of underground and up-and-coming musical brilliance.

…or take a look at all the live music events in London this weekend.

Nightlife

Kiasmos, St John-at-Hackney Church, TONIGHT, £18. Icelandic duo Kiasmos perform as part of Convergence, a series of events throughout March exploring the relationship between technology and music.

Cabaret Derangium, Theatre Delicatessen, TONIGHT, £12 adv,£15 on the door. A raunchy, interactive evening of comedy, art, music and burlesque. Expect tantalising performances from live acts and exciting installations.

Savage, Metropolis, Saturday, £5. A new weekly night of disco tunes and filthy fun, set in a strip club, from Sink The Pink.

Disco Dodgeball: Creatures of the Forest Vs Beasts of the Jungle, Shapes, Saturday, £60-£70 per team (six people). Expect an Olympic pool-sized dose of superb silliness at this party organised by masters of madness Regression Sessions. The idea is essentially to play dodgeball (that game beloved of US schools where you essentially batter other people with a bouncy ball) accompanied by DJs spinning disco soundtracks.

Rebel Bingo, Hoxton Square Bar Kitchen, Saturday, £11-£17 adv. There’ll be foul-mouthed number calling, prizes (which have previously included guitars, bikes and jukeboxes), glitter cannons and heaps of hedonistic energy.

Jay Electronica, Koko, Saturday, £15.50-£19.50. Enigmatic rapper Jay Electronica is hot property over in the US, and he’s not exactly an unknown quantity in the UK either. This is his first London show in four years and it should be quite the event.

…or see all the parties planned this weekend.

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Film

Classic Cinema Club: ‘An Actor’s Revenge’, Ealing Town Hall, TONIGHT, £7, £6 concs. Yukinojo, a female impersonator in a Kabuki theatre troupe, takes revenge on the three nobles who forced his parents to commit suicide.

Cocktails Movies: ‘Cocktail’, 20th Century Theatre, Saturday, £14, £22 with drinks. Enjoy a weekend of boozy movies with themed cocktails at the plush 20th Century Theatre. Alongside the likes of ‘The Big Lebowski’ and ‘Anchorman’ (plus, oddly, ‘The Goonies’) we find this guiltily entertaining Tom Cruise vehicle.

The Pop Up Screens Speakeasy, 20th Century Theatre, all weekend, £22. A sure way to make your favourite feel-good film feel even better is to mix a few alcoholic treats into the viewing process. This series of events from Pop Up Screens will present you with just the tipple to complement your chosen movie – knock back White Russians with ‘The Big Lebowski’, experience the Sex Panther with ‘Anchorman’ and have a Screaming Orgasm during ‘When Harry Met Sally’.

Or at the cinema…

X+Y ★★★★☆ At the core of this tender-hearted and moving British indie film is a fascinating relationship between a single mum, Julie (played by the superb Sally Hawkins), and her autistic teenage son, Nathan – played with equal smarts and insight by the young actor Asa Butterfield.

Suite Française ★★★★☆ This is a handsome and intelligent adaptation of the writings of Irène Némirovsky – the Russian-born French writer who died in Auschwitz and whose two unpublished novellas emerged in 2004 as one book, ‘Suite Française’.

…or see all of the latest releases.

Theatre

The Royale, Bush Theatre, Fri-Sat, £20, £12.50-£15.50 concs. The real-life story of boxer Jack Johnson has inspired this new play by Marco Ramirez. Making its UK debut at the Bush this March, ‘The Royale’ tells of Jay Jackson, the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world.

Sweeney Todd, Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop (West End), Fri-Sat, £30-£67.50. Cameron Mackintosh creates a pop up pie and mash shop to home Tooting Arts Club’s excellent production of Sondheim’s musical.

Clarence Darrow, Old Vic, all weekend, £10-£65. Kevin Spacey bows out at the Old Vic by reprising his acclaimed turn as civil liberties lawyer Clarence Darrow.

Lardo, Old Red Lion Theatre, all weekend, £14, £12 concs. If you can’t stomach two hours of moose knuckles spilling out from Spandex crotches then steer clear of ‘Lardo’, Mike Stone’s brilliantly barmy play about the theatre of pro-wrestling.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.

This week’s best new art

Bob and Roberta Smith: Why I Am So Angry, Handel Street Projects, Fri-Sat, free. Ahead of his campaign to stand against Michael Gove in Surrey Heath elections, the master of political slogan art presents new work that opposes the governments shocking disregard for the arts in recent press.

Johanna Billing: Pulheim Jam Session, Hollybush Gardens, Fri-Sat, free. The car dependent region of Pulheim in Germany is the site for the Swedish artist’s film. In the rural area made up of country roads, farms and fields, 60 cars with over a hundred people staged a traffic jam. Footage of this orchestrated event is interspersed with a jamming session from pianist Edda Magnason in a nearby barn.

John Stezaker: The Projectionist, The Approach, all weekend, free. Known for his collaged photographic masterpieces that marry disparate film-stills imagery in witty and ingenious ways, Stezaker returns to making large-scale monochromatic silkscreen prints.

Affordable Art Fair Battersea, Battersea Evolution, all weekend, £12 on door, £10 adv, £8-£10 concs. The south-of-the-river instalment of this popular art fair sets up shop with over 100 contemporary galleries selling works from £100-£5,000.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

Win… tickets to the Fashion on the Ration exhibition and a London mini break or a Fortnum Mason hamper worth £500

Grab… £22 tickets to Drive-In Film Club at Alexandra Palace, Pavilion Car Park

Book… these gigs while you still can

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Article source: http://now-here-this.timeout.com/2015/03/13/43-exciting-things-to-do-in-london-this-weekend/

2015 Funko Pop Futurama Vinyl Figures

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Futurama isn’t exactly a normal show to begin with. The 2015 Funko Pop Futurama vinyl figures take a weird thing and make it that much stranger. While the show has a large roster of characters to draw from, the initial lineup keeps it simple with just four.

It wouldn’t be Futurama without its three main characters: Fry, Leela and Bender. They’re all here, as is the Robot Devil. Any supporting characters and friends will have to wait for any potential additions to the line down the road.

The stylized figures are each sold separately and stand approximately 3 3/4 inches in height. The 2015 Funko Pop Futurama figures are numbered as part of the Pop! Animation line.

The brainchild of Simpsons creator, Matt Groening, the animated Sci-fi comedy aired for a total of seven season. Its original run lasted 1999 through 2003. The show was revived in 2009 and continued to air through 2013. The story revolves around Fry, a slacker from the present who cryogenically frozen for a thousand years. Adventure ensues as Fry teams with the alien, Leela and the beer-swigging, cigar-smoking robot, Bender.

2015 Funko Pop Futurama Checklist

Estimated Release Date: 4/15


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FUNKO POP ANIMATION ROCKY BULLWINKLE : ROCKY 05
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