Tilting ICEs enter service

first_imgON APRIL 15 German Railway ran an introductory special train between Stuttgart and Horb to demonstrate the ICT tilting EMUs. Five of these will be allocated to inter-city services on the Stuttgart – Zürich corridor from the end of this month. With effect from the May 30 timetable change, ICTs will replace loco-hauled inter-city trainsets on the Zürich run. From the autumn timetable they are also expected to take over the Dresden – Frankfurt – Saarbrücken and Berlin – Leipzig – Nürnberg – München corridors, and later Düsseldorf – Kassel – Weimar.DB is taking delivery of 32 seven-car sets designated Class ET411 and 11 five-car ET415s, and has an option for up to 40 more. The driving cars are coming from DWA Glast_img read more

WATCH THIS: It’s a bumper crop of fall shows ‘til …

first_imgAURORA |Metro Aurora has got your ticket to an amazing season of entertainment. One-time shows, best of the best and perennial favorites highlight this season’s list of shows. Here are just a few to look out for through Christmas.September Frozen – Buell TheatreAug 17 – Oct 1, 2017   denvercenter.org/showsSing it with me. You know what I’m talking about.The instant Disney classic was played in a constant loop on the living room television across the country and now has taken the route from the silver screen to the stage. The new production is stopping in Denver before its premiere on Broadway next year. If you have children, you probably don’t need a reason to catch “Frozen” on the stage. But even if you are sans progeny, catching a Broadway-bound show is a rare treat for Denver. And even if you’re too cool to admit it, you know you loved “Let it go.”August: Osage County – Vintage TheaterSept. 1-Oct. 15  www.vintagetheatre.comThe Pulitzer-prize winning play tells the story of the dysfunctional Weston clan who’s been brought together after the patriarch of the family disappears. The matriarch of the family, the pill-popping Violet, needles the rest of the clan with razor-sharp barbs and in the midst of the humorous dialogue a tragic story unfolds. It’s the type of challenging production that puts its cast to the test and should make for a great evening in Aurora.Seu Jorge:The Life Aquatic Tribute to David Bowie – Ogden TheaterSept. 9 ogdentheatre.comSeu Jorge came to the film going public’s attention after his inclusion in the Bill Murray helmed movie “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.” The Brazilian singer populated director Wes Anderson’s quirky movie with acoustic covers of Bowie’s music in Portuguese, which led to the songs inclusion on countless coffee house play lists. Jorge is touring in memory of Bowie’s passing, recreating elements of the movie on stage. It’s a really niche production for sure but Bowie’s music is timeless and Jorge is a true gem of a musician.Chorus Line – Arvada CenterSept. 12 – Oct. 1  arvadacenter.orgThe classic musical tells the tale of 17 dancers trying to vie for a spot in a Broadway production. The show is a must see for anyone who’s ever marveled at musical theater and the bright lights of Broadway. Because sometimes the best stories are the ones behind the curtain.Bonnie Raitt – Macky Auditorium in BoulderSept. 13 www.colorado.edu/macky/A Colorado mainstay, some say Raitt truly crested with her sweep of the Grammy’s in 1990 for her “Nick of time” album. But blues lovers have known she’s one of the great slide guitarists of her generation. Just search for her song “Finest lovin’ man” and that’s all the reason one would need to go catch her while she’s in the metro area.OctoberDracula – Colorado Ballet Oct. 6 – 15 coloradoballet.orgBram Stoker’s timeless gothic creation Dracula descends on Denver just in time to get everyone ready for Halloween. The production has become one of Colorado Ballet’s most popular shows since it first premiered in 2000 and is once again being brought back to life this season. The story of Dracula is one of madness, horror and undying love and is perfectly told through the beauty of ballet. Grab your best black cape, and maybe a clove of garlic, and prepare for a night with the world’s greatest vampire lothario.Pumpkin Chunkin Colorado – AuroraOct. 6 – 8 – aurorapunkinchunkin.ticketspice.com/punkin-chunkin-coloradoYes, Punkin Chuckin. The City of Aurora’s gourdy festival continues to grow in popularity and it’s no wonder why. Because no matter who you are, there is something about seeing a man-made contraption sling a squash hundreds of yards that just brings out the best in all of us. The festival kicks off on Friday with a concert and is followed by two days of world-famous pumpkin slinging competition.Purple Rain: The Music of Prince – Colorado Symphony Oct. 7 coloradosymphony.orgThe death of Prince in 2016 robbed the music world of one of its greatest singers, composers and musicians. The prolific Minnesotan was famous for his outlandish persona but his musical chops were why he became famous beyond the borders of the Land of 10,000 Lakes. And for one night in October, the Colorado Symphony is paying homage to the musical legacy Prince left behind. The symphony will be teaming up with a live band to put a unique spin on classics like “Raspberry Beret,” “When Doves Cry,” “Kiss,” and of course “Purple Rain.”Fall Masterworks “Heavenly Life” – Aurora Symphony Orchestra Oct. 29  www.aurorasymphony.orgAurora’s own symphony orchestra’s fall production features ethereal works from musical contemporaries Gustav Mahler and Claude Debussy. Each of the composers, the German Mahler and French Debussy, are perfect examples of how artists reflected the transition of society as it entered into the 20th Century. The work each produced help provide the bridge to modern composers as society became completely mechanized. The symphony will take on Debussy’s  “Sacred and Profane Dance” and Mahler’s “Symphony No. 4​​” and should provide classical music lovers a night of enjoyment.NovemberHoneymoon in Vegas – Vintage TheaterNov. 3 – Dec. 17  vintagetheatre.comTaking quirky movies and turning them into musicals has become its own industry. In recent years movies like “Waitress,” “The Full Monty” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” have all gotten their own musical treatment. Aurora’s Vintage Theater is taking on a more recent conversion, based on the early 90s screwball comedy that featured rising stars Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker. The show features skydiving Elvis impersonators. Do you need any other reason to go?Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Arvada CenterNov. 17 – Dec. 23 arvadacenter.orgAndrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera may be decades old but that doesn’t mean the show isn’t as entertaining as when it debuted. The Biblical story of Joseph and the coat of many colors is told in the most obvious way possible: through rock music. The Arvada Center has brought back its popular production for a limited run for the holidays and is sure to sell out.Hi-Hat Hattie – Fox Theater Nov. 24 – Dec. 23  aurorafoxartscenter.org“Hi-Hat Hattie,” is a one-woman musical that retells the life of iconic actress and Denver native Hattie McDaniel. The show follows the life of McDaniel, who was the first African-American to win an Academy Award for her performance of Mammy in “Gone with the Wind,” as she sits backstage of a theater and includes classic songs like Can’t help lovin dat man” and “St. Louis Blues.” This is setting up to be a highlight of the local theater scene this year.DecemberYo Yo Ma – Colorado Symphony Dec. 10  coloradosymphony.orgOne of the world’s premiere cellists is making a trip back to Denver to play once again with the Colorado Symphony. Ma’s illustrious career has found him taking on everything from the master’s of European concert halls to the music of the Appalachian hills. The one-night show will give audiences a little of taste of everything and features works by John Williams, Aaron Copland and Antonín Dvoák.A Holiday Classic: Handel’s Messiah – Colorado Bach EnsembleDec. 17 at Bethany Lutheran Church  coloradobach.orgOne of the greatest pieces of baroque music to ever be composed, Handel’s Messiah is a must see for anyone who fancies them self a music lover. The Colorado Bach Ensemble will be performing the piece in its entirety and has compiled some of the best vocal talent in the country to help bring this beautiful composition to life.I’ll Eat You Last: a conversation with Sue Mengers – Vintage TheaterDec. 22 – Dec. 31 vintagetheatre.comSue Menger was the force behind Hollywood icons like Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Cher, Joan Collins and Paul Newman. And in this one-woman show, she reminisces about her life in La La Land and how a Jewish refugee of Nazi Germany made her way to the top of the film industry. The most recent incarnation of the show starring local Emma Messenger ran last year at the Edge Theater in Lakewood and was so popular it made the trip to Boulder earlier this year and now brings Tinseltown to A Town.last_img read more

More Hilton fallout for Baca

first_img“He’s fallen into the swamp that seems to happen to all public people when dealing with celebrities,” said Raphael Sonenshein, a political science professor at California State University, Fullerton. “It’s the blind spot in Los Angeles politics.” Baca’s decision last week to release Hilton from jail after serving only three days of her sentence drew immediate calls of injustice from around the country. Complaints to city and county officials came from civil-rights groups, inmate advocates and everyday Americans disgusted by the perceived preferential treatment of the carefree celebutant. Baca has denied any special favors for Hilton, saying she was actually spending more time behind bars than a regular person would have. Baca said her release was based on a medical reason, but he has refused to elaborate. Sharpton met with Baca on Monday to talk about what could be done to address the reality that many people in jail are not released early or provided the medical attention Hilton has received. Under renewed fire for freeing Paris Hilton, Sheriff Lee Baca faced racism charges Monday from the Rev. Al Sharpton, a lawsuit from a double-amputee incarcerated in the same jail as the celebrity heiress and a campaign to boot him from office. Baca has survived a barrage of controversy since taking office in 1998, ranging from releasing dangerous criminals early to kowtowing to celebrities – including last year’s handling of actor Mel Gibson’s drunk-driving arrest and anti-Semitic tirade. Hilton is now back in jail after a judge ordered her to complete what is expected to be a 23-day sentence. And political observers doubt whether she’ll be Baca’s downfall. But they say the whole affair is bound to further erode his credibility and teach the veteran lawman a Hollywood lesson. “I feel that Miss Hilton … was afforded a kind of treatment that was not afforded to many people that are working class, of poor economic status of any community, and in the African-American community of any economic status,” Sharpton said. “The most disturbing thing to me was the perception that because of Miss Hilton’s economic standing and race that she was given treatment that others held in jail in this county were not given.” Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said the meeting was productive. At a press conference earlier in the day, attorney Gloria Allred said she had filed a $1 million claim on behalf of Los Angeles resident Pamela Richardson, 51, alleging that while incarcerated at the Lynwood jail the African-American woman was treated far worse than Hilton. The suit alleges Richardson was treated poorly because of her race and her disability. On Feb. 28, Richardson, a U.S. Army veteran who suffered a double amputation of her legs, was arrested in a case of “mistaken identity” and jailed, the suit says. While her left leg was reattached, it never fully recovered and remains weak. She wears a prosthetic replacement on her right leg and a brace on her left leg. In jail, the devices were removed from her and she was handcuffed to a gurney. When she sat up, she suffered a hernia, Allred said. Although she filed several complaints, she received no treatment and was often left to “crawl like an animal” to use the toilet and shower, Allred said. She was also denied medication she needed as a result of having suffered from cancer. “I thought Paris got treated like a queen compared to how I was treated,” Richardson said. “It would have been a big thrill if they had just listened to me.” Andrew Ahlering, a former candidate for county supervisor has launched the www.recallbaca.com Web site and campaign to recall him. He said the campaign has gotten a lot of attention, including an interview on CNN. “We’ve already received offers of support,” said Ahlering, 27, who holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California and is a former county employee. Experts said the Richardson case may be the first of many to be filed against the county by inmates alleging poor medical care in the jails. Since the controversy erupted last week, the Board of Supervisors has been bombarded with hundreds of e-mails from irate people across the nation calling for Baca’s removal. The supervisors’ offices have also received numerous requests from inmates who “want to leave jail for the same reasons that Paris Hilton claimed,” said Tony Bell, spokesman for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. In an irony only Hollywood could create, the Hilton saga is inadvertently drawing attention to the need to improve inmate medical care, Sharpton said. “I think it’s ironic that it would take this for us to look at it,” he said. “But, you know, I’m a preacher. People tell me God has a sense of humor. This is an example of that.” [email protected] (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more