The Teenage Cancer Trust will take its annual concert series online this year by airing unreleased performances from The Who, Paul McCartney, and many more.The series, dubbed Teenage Cancer Trust Unseen, will also feature concerts from Ed Sheeran, Muse, Pulp, Noel Gallagher, Them Crooked Vultures, and The Cure.Related: Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, More Perform For Farm Aid ‘On The Road Livestream’ [Watch]The annual concert series, organized by The Who’s Roger Daltrey, normally takes place at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Now, Teenage Concert Trust Unseen will see the debut of all-star performances throughout the years. The concerts will air for free on the Teenage Cancer Trust’s recently-launched YouTube page, though fans are encouraged to donate to the worthy cause.In a statement announcing the streams, the TCT said,Driven by our patron Roger Daltrey, a who’s who of world-class musical talent has played Teenage Cancer Trust’s gigs at the Royal Albert Hall over the last 20 years. All so young people with cancer get the support they deserve.And now music legends are stepping up again, donating this exclusive footage to help make sure every young person with cancer can get support from specialist Teenage Cancer Trust nurses or youth support teams.Because in 2020 that vital support is at risk.Daltrey added in his own statement,So here we are, six months into one of the strangest times in living memory. Where everyone has had some sense of what isolation, even for short periods, can do to the state of our mental health. Without the environment and services that Teenage Cancer Trust provide within our NHS, specifically for this age group, isolation throughout their lengthy treatments becomes a strong possibility. Through Teenage Cancer Trust, the UK has led the world in recognising the specific issues that this age group with cancer suffer. Please donate generously to make sure this vital work continues through these difficult times.In addition to the fundraising streams, there will also be a raffle where fans can enter for a chance to win the hand-painted Schecter guitar Robert Smith played during The Cure’s 2014 TCT shows, as well as other prizes. Tune into the streams, airing at 3 p.m. ET everyday from October 8th—18th and again on the 31st, via the Teenage Cancer Trust’s YouTube page. Scroll down to see the full schedule for Teenage Cancer Trust Unseen and watch a trailer.Teenage Cancer Trust Unseen Trailer[Video: Teenage Cancer Trust]Teenage Cancer Trust Unseen ScheduleThursday October 8: Ed SheeranFriday October 9: MuseSaturday October 10: RudimentalSunday October 11: Paul McCartneyMonday October 12: Paul WellerTuesday October 13: StereophonicsWednesday October 14: PulpThursday October 15: Noel GallagherFriday October 16: Them Crooked VulturesSaturday October 17: The WhoSunday October 18: The Cure (20-minute edit)Saturday October 31: The Cure (full show)View Schedule[H/T BrooklynVegan]
Jussie Smollett addresses the press March 26 after Cook County, IL prosecutors dropped charges against him; Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Even those who believed Jussie Smollett didn’t fake that January 29 hate crime attack against him in Chicago had to be shocked Tuesday when Cook County, Illinois prosecutors announced they’d dropped all 16 felony charges against the Empire star.Now that some of that shock’s worn off, the question remains of why, exactly, prosecutors dropped the charges, and whether Smollett will face any penalties at all. And as it happens, the move doesn’t mean Smollett’s completely out of the woods.Cook County prosecutor Joe Magats told ABC News affiliate WLS Tuesday that he still believes Smollett’s story is a hoax and that his decision to drop the charges “was not an exoneration” of the actor. However, he noted that he doesn’t believe Smollett “is a driver of violence or a violent individual.” Magats also said that “In return for forfeiting his bond to the City of Chicago and doing his community service, we agreed to dismiss the charges against [Smollett]. He did community service for Operation Push.” The bond amount forfeited, buy the way, was $10,000, ten percent of Smollett’s $100,000 bond.So what, exactly, was that community service? For their part, the Chicago-based Rainbow PUSH Coalition confirmed in a statement on their website that Smollett had “given of himself to our organization and the movement for social justice.” A spokesperson further told WLS Smollett spent eight hours a day Saturday, March 23 and Monday, March 25 lending a hand at Rainbow PUSH, including working in the bookstore, speaking with visitors, and giving advice to Rainbow PUSH about their broadcast studio and expanding their choir.Even though Smollett’s breathing easier today, he could still face federal charges related to the January 29 incident. Law enforcement officials tell ABC News that the FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service are continuing their probe into whether Smollett played a role in sending a threatening message to himself prior to the allegedly staged attack. The federal investigation, which was originally confirmed by ABC News February 20, is separate from the state charges that were dismissed Tuesday, meaning that decision has no legal impact on the federal probe.Smollett was indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct and filing a false report after he claimed that he had been the victim of a January 29 racially-motivated attack. Investigators, who objected to the prosecutor’s decision Tuesday, determined that Smollett had staged the attack with the help of Nigerian brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, who themselves told as much to investigators and provided them with evidence, including a check for $3,500 Smollett allegedly wrote them as payment.A statement late Tuesday on behalf of Gloria Schmidt, the attorney who represented the Osundairo brothers, declared, in part, that the brothers “were fully prepared to testify in any criminal proceeding in the Jussie Smollett case.” The statement also says that following the decision to drop the charges against Smollett, Schmidt “no longer represents the Osundairo brothers as trial witnesses in the criminal matter.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The studios will range in size from 100 square feet to as big as 500 square feet, depending on artist preferences, according to Pasternack. The entire building is about 2,500 square feet in total.Pasternack said he plans to lease the pods to interested artists throughout the beginning of January, with people moving into the studios sometime later this month. He plans to christen a roughly 800-square-foot gallery space in the front of the new studios with an opening exhibition event tentatively scheduled for Feb. 1.“We used the building for all these years as storage for the pawn shop, but now we don’t need all the storage space and that’s why we deiced to do the art space,” Pasternack said. “It’s a minimal investment because you don’t have to do everything you need for a restaurant or something like that. For artists, you need a cement floor, white walls and maybe some teaching space.”He said he’s budgeted 100 to 200 square feet of teaching space inside the new artistic venue. Other upgrades included new paint and updated bathroom facilities.Pasternack said the goal is to lure more studios, artists and pedestrians to an arts district that sometimes goes overlooked in the metro-area arts scene.“We’ve been designated the arts district for … probably 10 years … but nothing has really changed down here,” he said. “The galleries are a lot of what people actually come down to see. So that’s kind of the key.”To bolster the success of his new artistic venture, Pasternack has worked with Tracy Weil, managing director of the ACAD, to find potential artists who could inhabit the studios.Weil said he’s spoken with about 15 artists who have expressed interest in hopping into one of Pasternack’s studios. The pawn shop dealer said he plans to charge between $1.50 and $2 per square foot for rent.“Scott’s been a stakeholder in this community for several years and it’s just amazing to me to see folks like that come to the forefront and help because that’s what it takes to make an arts district thrive — a good cross-pollination of local businesses, creatives and artists,” Weil said. “They all kind of work together to create a sense of place.”Pasternack’s new venue could increase studio space in the arts district by about 30 percent, filling a niche that has dwindled following the sale of longtime Aurora studio space Sunrise Artworks on Florence Street. Former Sunrise owner Walt Weinberg sold his creative space last year and has since moved to a new workspace behind Jubilee Roasting Company on Kenton Street. The only other official studios are located in the city-run ACAD gallery at 1400 Dallas Street. Those 11 spaces have long been fully occupied, though Weil said there could be some turnover at the facility throughout January.Local real estate agent Jeff Coutts with Cornerstone Realty Colorado, said he also may start renting out as many as seven studios on the upper level of 1457 Florence Street this year. He said those spaces range from 300 square feet to 350 square feet and would run about $500 per month, including internet access.This year could also signal a move forward for the ACAD on a grander scale, as the city is expected to firm up a contract with an outside consultant to analyze the area’s viability as a live-work hub for local artists.“I’m hoping that study will dive into the cultural diversity that we have, with artists from different countries that we have around the district, as well as the actors and the theater folks that are in the neighborhood working at the Fox and the Vintage,” Weil said. “I think those folks would qualify for artist housing as well, and I think that could be a great niche.” Scott Pasternack, owner of Pasternack’s Pawn Shop and other properties along East Colfax, poses Dec. 30 in an empty storefront that was formerly storage for his pawn shop. Now, he plans on turning the space into an art gallery and studios for local artists.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel Scott Pasternack, owner of Pasternack’s Pawn Shop and other properties along East Colfax, plans on turning his empty storefront at 9715 East Colfax Avenue into a gallery and studio space for artists.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel Scott Pasternack, owner of Pasternack’s Pawn Shop and other properties along East Colfax, plans on turning his empty storefront at 9715 East Colfax Avenue into a gallery and studio space for artists.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel AURORA | A new year means new artist studios for the Aurora Cultural Arts District.Scott Pasternack, longtime owner of Pasternack’s Pawn Shop at 9745 E. Colfax Ave., is putting the finishing touches on as many as nine new artist studios housed within a vacant storefront down the block from his flagship hock shop.