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Bazaar of the Bizarre gathers horror, punk, and tattoo culture at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 24 – NEPA Scene10.08.21

Added on 10/06/2021Rich HowellsF.M. Kirby Center , Kingston , punk , Scranton , tattoos , The Strange and Unusual , Wilkes-Barre

Strange dark odd unusual and now bizarre.

A Bazaar of the Bizarre will haunt the F.M. Kirby Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, Oct. 24, bringing together the style of horror, punk rock, oddities, and tattoo culture.

No one in Northeastern Pennsylvania may be more qualified to do that than Josh Balz, the owner of The Strange and Unusual Oddities Parlor in Kingston and Noir Dark Spirits in Scranton who is presenting this brand new event with Jeremy Pauley, the executive director and curator of the Memento Mori Museum, tattoo artist Nick Frenchko of South Main Street Tattoo in Wilkes-Barre, and Amy Frenchko, national sales director of the Northeast Wine Company.

According to the Facebook event page, Local and national artists will be featuring their handmade goods, vintage collectibles, one-of-a-kind obscurities, art, punk rock memorabilia, and a tattoo flash day by South Main Street Tattoo. Enjoy live entertainment, guest horror celebrities, gourmet food, classic horror films, and imported boutique wines.

The event runs from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre). Tickets, which are $15 in advance, are on sale now via Eventbrite.

Bazaar of the Bizarre was set to kick off its inaugural year in 2020, but COVID-19 changed those plans. Instead, Balz focused on turning his popular Noir Nights parties at Stage West in Scranton into a gothic bar and restaurant, Noir Dark Spirits, that opened earlier this year. He also transformed Camelback Mountain Resort in Tannersville into a haunted attraction and teamed up with three other local entrepreneurs to launch a craft soda brand called Parlor Beverages four-packs of root beer, butterscotch root beer, and birch beer are now available in stores and online.

After spending years collecting weird and creepy things as he toured the world as the keyboardist of Scranton metal band Motionless In White, Balz founded The Strange and Unusual in 2013 using pieces from his own collection before expanding into a bigger building in Kingston and opening a second location in Philadelphia in 2015. While the Philly branch has since closed due to the pandemic, the Kingston store has its own Steamy Hallows Coffee Shop inside that was inspired by Harry Potter.

Balz played on MIWs first three albums on Fearless Records and their 2017 Roadrunner Records debut, Graveyard Shift, before leaving the group in early 2017. He continues to make music with his solo project, Strange Kids, when hes not creating yet another business venture.

See NEPA Scenes photos of Balz performing with MIW at the 2016 Vans Warped Tour in Scranton here. Listen to him talk about The Strange and Unusual, Noir Nights, 10 years of playing all over the world with MIW, his private oddities collection, Strange Kids, and more in Episode 81 of the NEPA Scene Podcast:

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by Rich Howells

Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, photographer, and podcast host. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.

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Ink Eraser is the Brings Superior Laser Tattoo Removal to Cranberry Township, PA Featuring the Astanza – GlobeNewswire10.08.21

Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, Oct. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- This month, ink Eraseris opening its doors to help Cranberry Township residents remove tattoo regret, transform unwanted tattoos, and make room for new artwork. The specialty laser practices services include complete tattoo removal, selective tattoo removal, and fading for cover up tattoos. Ink Eraser uses the state-of-the-art Astanza Duality to deliver safe, fast, and effective treatments to the greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area.

I have been a tattoo enthusiast for over 15 years, so it was pretty hard to ignore the rising demand for tattoo removal. Tattoo regret is extremely common. I experienced it myself, so I knew it was something I wanted to help provide a solution for, said Cassie Farkas, owner. Having a permanent reminder of something youve outgrown, no longer identify with, or have a negative memory of takes a toll on ones confidence. Laser tattoo removal erases all of that, and Ink Erasers Erase the Hate outreach program even offers free removal of hateful and hurtful tattoos on the face, neck, or hands. Ink Erasers mission is to help transform the skin and restore confidence using cutting-edge technology, great customer service, and care.

TheAstanza Dualitylaser at Ink Eraser produces two essential wavelengths of laser energy, 1064 and 532 nm, for effective removal on a wide range of tattoo colors. This industry-leading Q-switched Nd:YAG laser is trusted by leading medical spas, physicians, aesthetic laser practices, and tattoo artists and studios worldwide. The Duality produces an ultra-short pulse duration of 6,000 picoseconds. In addition, it features TruePower design, allowing maximum energy output for optimal ink shattering and faster tattoo fading in fewer treatments.

Ink Eraser is committed to results and customer care above all else, said Josh Walsh, Astanza Business Development Manager. We are very excited for Cranberry Township residents to experience the Dualitys unparalleled results and proud to have Cassie and her team as part of the Astanza family.

To celebrate its grand opening, Ink Eraser is offering a Halloween special of 31% off all treatments and packages until October 31, 2021.

About Ink Eraser

Ink Eraser is a professional laser tattoo removal practice that specializes in removing and modifying unwanted tattoos. It utilizes the most advanced laser tattoo removal technology, the Astanza Duality, to deliver flawless results for all skin types. As a result, Ink Eraser and its expertly trained laser technician can eliminate ink from the skin more safely and effectively than ever before.

Ink Eraser is conveniently located off of 228, behind Jimmy Wans, inside Sola Salons, a community of independent small business owners in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. To schedule a free consultation, visit call (412) 522-1420. Ink Eraser is located at 10020 Pendleton Way #7, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.

About Astanza Laser

Astanza is the leader in lasers for tattoo removal, hair removal, and additional aesthetic procedures. In addition to delivering cutting-edge medical laser devices such as the Duality, Trinity, MeDioStar, and DermaBlate systems, Astanza offers its customers a complete range of training, marketing, and business consulting services to achieve success in this growing field. Astanza is an award-winning company that has received several accolades from leading industry organizations, including MyFaceMyBody and Aesthetic Everything. They are also certified as a Great Place to Work.

Astanza Laser is headquartered in Dallas, TX, with customers throughout North America and Europe. For product, investor, or press information, call (800) 364-9010, or visit Connect with Astanza onLinkedIn,Facebook,Instagram,Twitter, andYouTube.

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Philadelphia loves the 215: Area code used in music, business, art – On top of Philly news – Billy Penn10.08.21

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Its shouted out in songs, graffitied on bricks, flaunted in social media handles, branded on businesses. and tattooed on skin. The 215 area code is an instant cultural identifier for the Philadelphia region. When you see it, you know its local.

Philly has been associated with the digits since 1947, when AT&T unified a patchwork of scrambled-egg codes being used nationwide. Entrepreneur Tayyib Smith, who founded a magazine called Two One Five, called it the quintessential of cool for his generation.

If youre a kid at Temple who moved here from Lancaster, and you ask, Whys it called that? people will give dumb looks and youre not going to ask it again, said Smith, 50.

In the past half-century, metro populations grew to the point that the Federal Communications Commission started to run out of numbers. In Philly, 267 popped up in the 1990s, causing a minor freakout among residents. With phone lines continuing to proliferate, new area codes are now being added at high frequency.

But the original ones still carry all the cachet. Nearly three quarters of people living in the U.S. say area codes have more prestige than ZIP codes, according to a 2011 telecom survey. Respondents overwhelmingly thought having a recognizable area code added legitimacy and professionalism to businesses.

As Philadelphia becomes increasingly recognized as a world-class city Gucci recently rolled out a Philly Versus Everybody t-shirt that retailed at $390 a pop 215 iconography has become not just a signpost of locality, but a good marketing tool.

For people living in the region, its cultural imprint runs deeper than commerce.

Rap music in the 1990s helped codify the 215 as part of Philadelphias identity.

Musician Dice Raw, a North Philly native, said he didnt hear the phrase until he started making albums with The Roots. Beginning with their 1993 debut album Organix, Roots frontmen Tariq Black Thought Trotter and the late Malik B made recurring hometown references across their jazz-inflected verses.

I never said that shit in my life, said Raw, who has recorded verses on most of the bands albums. Thats something that Tariq and Malik used to use intimately between themselves. But then other people would say it.

The area code became a call sign for the band. On Respond/React, the opening song of their third album Illadelph Halflife, Black Thought loops over the opening refrain with All the way live, from the 2-1-5. On 1999s Things Fall Apart, Brooklyn rapper Mos Def uses it to describe his cameo appearance: All the way from the 2-1-5th to Bucktown / Brace yourself, its about to go down.

Its become a ubiquitous phrase. In Meek Mills Milladelphia, the North Philly native riffs about Pulling off in the 215 / Told you its Meek time. In a cameo on French Montanas song Have Mercy, South Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel says, This goes out to those who choose to use disrespectful views / On the king of Philly represent the 215.

Its also now commonly co-opted as part of a stage name, in use by dozens of artists found on streaming services like Spotify, Bandcamp or Soundcloud.

That proliferation has extended to fashion, television, and all facets of branding.

The Pennsylvania business registry lists over 200 entities beginning with 215, and another 10 with two one five. The LLCs read like members of a secret society: 215 Yoga, 215 Plumber, 215 Towing, 215 Thrive, The 215 Guys, 215 Get A Cab, 215 Got Hurt, 215 Never Stop Trucking, 215 Mad Love.

The code is so easily understood that most Philadelphians recognize it in a whisper or passing glance.

For example, the Easter egg in a late-season episode of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Will Smiths character gets shot during an ATM holdup in California. His cousin, played by fellow Philly native DJ Jazzy Jeff, visits him in the hospital to offer some comedic relief.

As the camera pans by, theres a brief shot of the number on the door. You guessed it: hes in Room 215.

Smith, of Little Giant Creative and Two One Five magazine, believes todays ubiquitousness has stripped 215 of some authenticity.

If someone were to see two-one-five spelled out the way that we did, I knew people under a certain mindset would immediately get that harkening back to the days of the early Roots and the quintessential of cool, he said.

Others still see it as a way to rep the city. When it came time for Mike Digiacomo, owner of Tat215ive in Queen Village, to name his first tattoo shop, he couldnt name it after himself because his last name is too hard to pronounce, he said.

So I was listening to Black Thought, my favorite rapper, and writing down names, and it just came to me, Digiacomo said.

In the mid-1990s, faced with what the Federal Communications Commission called a number shortage crisis, the 267 area code was added to the region. By 1999, in a change that at the time seemed existential, residents had to start actually dialling the 2-1-5 or 2-6-7 before when making local calls.

This represented a psychic break for some Philadelphians. How would we ever learn to get along with this alien code? If two rowhouses share a wall, but not the same three-digit code, are they even really neighbors?

[Its] going to be taxing our brains, a Drexel computer engineering professor told the Philadelphia Daily News about 267. It has no geographic reference.

Philly is not alone here. Residents of New York City took an emotional blow in the 1980s when Manhattan usurped the 212 area code all to itself. More than a decade later, Manhattanites were miffed to learn theyd be adding another code to the island.

As the years pass, it becomes harder and harder to get one of the OG numbers. FCC officials predicted Philly would exhaust even the 267 availability by 2018 and they were right. In 2016, the Pa. Public Utility Commission approved a plan to implement an overlay with another three-digit area code: 445.

Significantly fewer brains melted down as a result. People are used to the reality of expanding area codes by now, and few memorize numbers anyway in the age of smartphones.

But as cultural signposts, none of the area codes have the same cachet as 215. Would anyone ever get a 267 tattoo on their arm to rep Philly?

Doubtful, said Digiacomo, the Tat215ive owner: Ive never done that.

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Part Of Flight 93 Crashed On My Land. I Went Back To The Sacred Ground 20 Years Later : The NPR Politics Podcast – NPR09.04.21

Visitors walk through the Flight 93 National Memorial in southwestern Pennsylvania. The memorial is dedicated to the people who died on United Airlines Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001. Tim Lambert hide caption

Editor's note: This essay is adapted from reporting for the podcast Sacred Ground by WITF's Tim Lambert and NPR's Scott Detrow. The podcast episode contains explicit language.

Almost every step led to a snap or a soft thwack.

Fallen branches cracked under my feet. Ferns brushed up against my calves.

This past June, I was with my reporting partner Scott Detrow searching for something in this grove of hemlocks.

Metal debris from Flight 93 found this year on the grounds of the national memorial. Patrick White hide caption

Metal debris from Flight 93 found this year on the grounds of the national memorial.

A reminder, really.

Somewhere in this swirl of skinny yet towering trees was evidence of scars from a day long ago a spray-painted "X" on the bark. This stark landmark meant a tree had been climbed and searched.

In my head, I knew I should fix my gaze just above the base of each one. But I found myself slipping into an old habit. I was looking down. My eyes methodically scanned the ground left to right, right to left, repeat.

Then I saw something.

Right at the base of a towering hemlock was a jagged, twisted piece of metal. It stretched from the middle of my forearm to the tip of my middle finger.

I picked it up and stared for a minute or so. Maybe a foot in length, it had weight to it. I felt my throat tighten and my heart speed up. I thought I might break down. I had to slow my breathing to collect myself.

I gently placed the relic back in the dirt.

Nearly 20 years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, I was looking at a physical reminder of what was left of United Flight 93.

The wooded area I was trudging through belongs to the National Park Service. It is part of the Flight 93 National Memorial, which opened a decade ago. It can only be visited by family members of the 40 passengers and crew of the doomed flight. They can also bring guests with them.

But for nearly 70 years, 163 acres of this land belonged to my family. My grandfather bought it in the 1930s, then passed it to my dad, who passed it to me. As a child, I spent summer days in these woods, picking blackberries and fishing. Sometimes I'd check out the log cabins on the land, cabins my grandfather had built by hand.

They are still there, another relic of a time past.

A log cabin that was built by Tim Lambert's grandfather. This area belonged to Lambert's family for nearly 70 years. Patrick White hide caption

A log cabin that was built by Tim Lambert's grandfather. This area belonged to Lambert's family for nearly 70 years.

So by sheer chance, fate, coincidence whatever you'd like to call it my family's history is a small footnote in the story of Flight 93.

In the weeks after 9/11, Americans struggled to get their heads around the horror of that day. There were so many terrible images playing on a loop. The plane hitting the second tower. The "missing" posters plastered over Lower Manhattan. The collapsed side of the Pentagon.

But near Shanksville, Pa., there were no looping images. There was just a burned out pit in a field and a charred line of trees.

That image was misleading. The site itself told a different story.

I saw the crash site up close for the first time just three weeks after United Flight 93 went down. I'd come at the invitation of the county coroner, Wally Miller. He was going to let me see a space that had been hidden from public view since the day of the attacks. When I stepped from my car into the chilly fall air, it hit me.

The overpowering smell of jet fuel.

Officials examine the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001. David Maxwell/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

Officials examine the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001.

Three weeks had passed, but the smell still filled my nostrils think about how your hands sometimes smell after pumping gas and then times it by 10.

Our grove of hemlocks had been hollowed out into the shape of a "U" after absorbing the blast from the crash. The high grasses and deep green ferns were gone. Now there was just barren, bulldozed dirt and random piles of downed trees. I knew dozens of the remaining hemlocks burned like matchsticks would not survive long.

Miller was wearing a blue hard hat, gray coveralls and an orange vest. He described what investigators had determined about the crash.

He bent down and picked up a piece of metal that may have been the size of a quarter.

Lambert and Wally Miller, the county coroner, walk through tall grass near the crash site. Scott Goldsmith hide caption

Lambert and Wally Miller, the county coroner, walk through tall grass near the crash site.

It was like a camera shutter clicked. Things that didn't catch our eye earlier suddenly came into focus.

Debris was all around us.

Flight 93 was all around us.

It was like confetti of metal. Tiny pieces were everywhere each small enough to fit in the palm of my hand.

I picked up a singed envelope that appeared to be a wedding invitation. My colleague held a burned piece of luggage. Charred pieces of a paperback book slowly drifted by as a breeze picked up.

Another strong whiff of jet fuel.

The land and United 93 were entwined.

I climbed up a black metal container to peek inside. Piles and piles of wire, damaged circuit boards. Twisted pieces of large metal. A stray flip-flop. A lone tie.

Someone had written on two pieces of tape on the front of it "THIS IS NOT TRASH" and "PLANE PARTS ONLY!!"

A container labeled "plane parts only" collected debris from the crash in 2001. Tim Lambert hide caption

A container labeled "plane parts only" collected debris from the crash in 2001.

I was back in Shanksville five years later at the request of Debby Borza. Her 20-year-old daughter, Deora Bodley, was the youngest passenger on Flight 93. The first years after the crash, I'd made many trips back and forth to my land. I went as a journalist to chronicle a story to which I had a front-row seat. But I also went to help. So I spent hours combing through the woods with Wally and others, picking up plane parts, noting which trees had been searched, indicated by big red Xs. I grew close to some families, close enough that during one visit, Debby threw me a birthday party at a restaurant a few miles from Shanksville.

This time when I stepped out of the car at the crash site, the air smelled like sugar maples and wildflowers. The ground was healing.

I walked through the security gate set up to keep trespassers out and was greeted by Debby. Ben Wainio and his wife, Esther Heymann, were with her. Like Debby, they had also lost their daughter, Honor Elizabeth Wainio, on Flight 93.

It was still early. The morning air damp and hazy.

Debby Borza stands next to a memorial for her daughter, Deora Bodley, who was the youngest passenger on Flight 93. Tim Lambert hide caption

Debby Borza stands next to a memorial for her daughter, Deora Bodley, who was the youngest passenger on Flight 93.

The crash site, once so brown, barren and charred, was now a vibrant green. The grass was back, tall and lush, and so were the wildflowers. The surviving hemlocks stood tall, although they still bore scars from that day, missing branches from base to canopy.

As we stood together that morning, steps from where the plane had hurtled into the ground five years earlier, we talked about the land and the connection families now felt to it. Ben told me he felt like he's here with Elizabeth. Esther said she found it poignant that something so sad and tragic could happen in this random, peaceful landscape. She found it cathartic to bring a lawn chair to sit for hours in solitude and peace.

This spot was a cemetery. The final resting place of their loved ones.

But reminders of the devastation from the September day still surfaced. I came across a large piece of insulated wiring resting at the base of a tree.

The land was still telling the story of Flight 93. But it was also healing just like some of the families.

Ken Nacke holds a photo of his brother, Louis "Joey" Nacke, who died on Flight 93. William Thomas Cain/Getty Images hide caption

Ken Nacke holds a photo of his brother, Louis "Joey" Nacke, who died on Flight 93.

In 2011, I was able to walk the site for the first time since we sold our land. The 6 acres where the first-class cabin and cockpit had landed were now part of the National Park Service. The rest 157 acres went to the nonprofit group the Families of Flight 93.

I no longer had a right to be here, and I no longer felt like a caretaker of this place. I was here as a guest. Ken Nacke, a Baltimore County police officer, was here to visit his brother, and he asked me to join him. Louis "Joey" Nacke was a passenger on United 93.

But he was just Joey to Ken.

Like other family members, Ken struggled to cope with the loss of Joey. He remembered a dream where he was on that plane, seeing what unfolded through someone else's eyes. Vivid details played out in his subconsciousness the narrowness of the aisle, the claustrophobic feeling of the passengers and crews charging toward the cockpit.

But it was in this field where Kenny felt he really turned a corner in his grief.

As we stood near a 17-ton sandstone boulder placed at the point of impact, Ken told me about his brother. He was 42 years old, a weightlifter with a Superman tattoo on his arm. Ken gestured around us. Here, he told me, was the place he'd been able to finally subdue his grief. One day, he said, he'd been sitting on a bench, soaking in the wildlife and beautiful surroundings. The smells. The peacefulness.

A pair of bear cubs wandered out of the woods. Maybe 200 yards away. Stopping short of the impact site, they started roughhousing. Wrestling. Rolling around. Swiping at each other. Chasing each other.

He was fascinated and just watched. His mind went to a time when he and Joey would battle. In family rooms. In the grass. In a way only brothers can.

A bench and placard dedicated to Louis "Joey" Nacke. Patrick White hide caption

A bench and placard dedicated to Louis "Joey" Nacke.

Like the dream, he believed it was a message from Joey. He felt like it was a kick in the ass. Cherish the memories you have but move forward and honor your sibling by living your life.

As we headed back to our cars, a baby deer trotted on the road in front of us. It stopped and watched. It took one tentative step in our direction and then bolted into the trees.

Ken smiled. The healing continued.

As the nation prepares to mark 20 years since the attacks, I find myself contemplating how visitors will likely never get to experience never know what this place is like inside the security gate.

To feel its power.

Its presence.

To see physical reminders of the sacrifices made.

Maybe that's for the best.

The United Flight 93 crash site is often simply described as "a field in Pennsylvania."

A field once scarred by a smoldering crater, but now a living tribute to the 40 passengers and crew who likely saved the U.S. Capitol and hundreds of lives through their attempts to retake the cockpit.

It remains mysterious.

Out of reach.

Just like it's been since that day in September two decades ago.

Hemlock trees and ferns are growing back on the land. Patrick White hide caption

Hemlock trees and ferns are growing back on the land.

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From ‘dignified’ to ‘silly,’ Northeast Ohio baseball fans react to Cleveland Guardians name – Akron Beacon Journal07.25.21

Cleveland Indians change name to Guardians

Cleveland's Major League Baseball team will be called Guardians. The ballclub announced the name change Friday, ending months of discussions triggered by a national reckoning by institutions and teams to drop logos and names considered racist. (July 23)


As an Akron native married to a woman from Chicago, Terry Hunt admits his marriage took a hit during the 2016 World Series.

"We almost got divorced," he said.

His fandom, apparently, runs deep enough to cause marital strain. But Hunt said Friday he is ready to let go of his team's old name, the one he grew up with and rallied behind, and embrace the Cleveland Guardians.

"I actually think it's kind of dignified," Hunt said.

He said he didn't want the name of the team he supports to be something that offends people.

The controversy, he said, is not new, and was "a weight on the team."

Hunt remembered growing up going to games in the 1960s and seeing protesters then who felt the name "Indians" was derogatory and not, as some have suggested, a worthy tribute to Native Americans.

"I'm happy to have the controversy behind us," he said.

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The team previously said it would drop the name, but announced Friday the new choice of Guardians, a tribute to the Guardians of Traffic statues that sit on the sides of the Hope Memorial Bridge, greeting drivers to the city just as they approach Progressive Field.

At Summit Mall on Friday, a few people flocked to the Cleveland Clothing Co. store, which already sells T-shirts adorned with images of the statues.

Some fans, though, hadn't yet made the connection between the new name and its origin.

Jonathan Nealof Akronsaid he first thought the name was "a little strange."

"The name's a little silly if you ask me," he said. He said he wished they had kept the old name, but in learning about the statues, said it "makes sense."

Cam MacDonald said he had been pulling for the name Cleveland Spiders, a throwback to the team's name from 1887 to 1899. (Cleveland Clothing Co. also sells Spiders shirts.)

"The logo and mascot would have been sick," he said.

MacDonald, who is 21, said he is Native American and didn't personally feel offended by the team's soon-to-be former name he was even wearing a customized jersey with the name across the front as he walked through the mall.

But the name has received significant pushback from Native American communities for years.

The Cleveland Indigenous Coalition, which consists of four Northeast Ohio Native American organizations, released a statement Friday calling the name change announcement "a momentous occasion" that is "the culmination of over 60 years of grassroots advocacy and activism by Indigenous leadership."

Acknowledging that pushback, MacDonald also said,"I get it."

Kayla Metzger, a Cuyahoga Falls resident who moved to the area from Pennsylvania in 2013 to attend Kent State University and learned to love Cleveland sports along the way, said she loves the new name.

The Guardians, she said, evokes a kind of protective instinct,a pride in the city that is worth guarding.

"They found something that has a really great message," Metzger said.

While she has claimed the Cleveland baseball team as her own for years, Metzger said she doesn't own much apparel because she wanted to stay away from the Chief Wahoo logo, which the team discontinued last year, and the other Native American imagery.

"I'm looking forward to purchasing new gear," she said.

Still, others said they remain attached to the current name.

Tim Schneiderof Akronsaid he understands why the team is changing its name,but said he was "disappointed they gave in to the cultural pressure."

Schneider said the team might lose fans over it, but he will still cheer for them.

He noted fan habits die hard, and while they would probably eventually latch on to the new name, "I think it's probably going to take a couple decades."

Kyle Arrowsmithof Wadsworthhas Chief Wahoo tattooed on the top of his foot ink he said he got about three years ago for losing a bet around the playoffs, but also as a tribute to his grandma, who was a big Cleveland fan, he said.

He's thinking about adding the wings from the new Guardians logo to the tattoo.

"It would be kind of cool," he said.

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TV guide: 17 of the best shows to watch this week – The Irish Times07.25.21

Summer Best of TodaySunday-Friday, RT One, 4.45pmIn a special week of nostalgia, RT looks back at the quaint old daytime TV shows of the past, with their recipes, make-up and hair advice, and cosy afternoon banter. Apparently, Today was one of the most popular shows almost as big as Calor Kosangas Housewife of the Year and featured affable hosts Dith S, Maura Derrane and Sinad Kennedy beaming into the cottages and shebeens of Ireland back in the days of single-channel TV. RT will trawl through the archives of this telly relic to pull out entertaining highlights from season nine of the show (yes, it ran and ran!), including tips on how to wear colour and how to make a birdbox. There will also be interviews with Chris de Burgh, a big pop singer at the time, and a fella named Dermot Bannon, who apparently was a big name in home improvement. One thing puzzles me: the press release says this series originally aired in spring 2021; surely they must mean 1971.

How to Save a Grand in 24 HoursMonday, Channel 4, 8pmAnna Richardson and her team of money-saving experts are back with a second run of this thrifty series, in which families try to splash less unnecessary cash and save it for something really special. It begins with the Barton-Wilkinsons in Blackburn, whose credit card debt ballooned to 9,000. Chef Gary Usher helps slash their 1,300 monthly food bill; Peachy Clean teaches a few budget-busting, deep cleaning hacks; and DIY expert Eve Humphreys creates a set of simple rustic scaffolding shelves on a shoestring.

Only ConnectMonday, BBC2, 8pmDid you know this entertaining and brain-stretching quiz has been on the box since 2008? If youve never had the chance to test your patience and ability to do the whole lateral thinking thing, nows the perfect chance. Presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell will be asking the questions as the first round of the tournament-style show continues, with three space enthusiasts taking on a trio of music lovers as they compete to draw together the connections between things which, at first glance, seem utterly random.

University ChallengeMonday, BBC2, 8.30pmIt is a truth (almost) universally acknowledged that a question beginning with the word If in this long-running student quiz will be rock hard and probably about maths or science. Still, which of us doesnt experience a thrill and maybe even punch the air when they get, well, any of the questions right? Jeremy Paxman is again in the presenters seat and chivvying along the first round participants as a team representing London Business School battles it out with Hertford College, Oxford.

Five BedroomsTuesday, RT2, 9.30pm

You know when you go to a wedding and discover the bride has stuck all her single friends on the one table in the furthest corner of the hall, just in case they infect anyone else with their single-ness. This is where Ben, Ainsley, Harry, Liz and Heather find themselves at the start of this Aussie comedy drama. None of them have met before, but it only takes a few drinks and soon everyone is such best mates: theyve decided to buy a house together and live in perfect singleton harmony. It all sounds idyllic until it turns out the house is not quite the des res they thought it was, and everyone arrives with far more baggage than expected. The series opens with a double bill as the unusual social experiment kicks off, and so does the housewarming party.

Bake Off: The Professionals The FinalTuesday, Channel 4, 8pmAfter weeks of gruelling (and delicious-looking) competition, Liam Charles and Tom Allen raise the curtain on the grand final, as the last three teams standing face two epic challenges from fiendish judges Benoit Blin and Cherish Finden. They must pour all of their patisserie passion, prowess and precision into the first marathon task: producing hats fit for Tinseltown itself, constructed entirely from chocolate and modelled by the teams themselves, alongside 24 filled chocolates and 24 confections, all in just four hours. After having a well-earned lie down, they then face the final seven-hour challenge in which they must create a banquet, fit for the awards ceremony of their choosing, to feed 60 people.

Holby CityTuesday, BBC1, 9.20pm

Davood Ghadami, better known to EastEnders fans as Kush, joins the cast of this long-running medical drama as Darwin Clinical lead Eli Ebrahimi. He arrives at Holby at the same time as AAU nurse Madge Britton (Clare Burt) and its not long before they ruffle feathers. Among them is Ange, who is keen to prove she runs a tight AAU ship, despite dealing with some personal news. Meanwhile, Dom pulls out all the stops to find ways to treat Carole, but what she really wants is for him to be her son, not her doctor.

Indias Rape ScandalTuesday, Channel 4, 10pmRape is the fourth most common crime against women in India, with an average of 88 incidents per day, according to a 2019 report from the National Crime Records Bureau. Attacks on women made global headlines almost every year between 2012 and and 2018, with victims ranging from a 71-year-old nun to an eight-year-old girl. Currently, eight Indian politicians are facing rape charges, and correspondent Ramita Navai investigates two cases that have drawn police, politicians and even the prime minister into the controversy, prompting claims of a cover-up. Navai reveals how victims and their families have faced intimidation, violence and murder, while institutions that are meant to help have done anything but.

Chris Packham: The Walk that Made MeWednesday, BBC2, 8pm

Its easy to be a little cynical about programmes following the personal journeys of celebrities, but this heartfelt documentary is definitely a cut above most. Chris Packham has previously opened up about his mental health struggles, and here he explores the importance of nature when it comes to wellbeing, walking along the river Itchen and Itchen Navigation. It stirs up powerful memories of walking the same stretch with his father, playing in the fields with his beloved kestrel, and living with undiagnosed Aspergers syndrome while he was growing up. Packham offers his thoughts on mental health that he hopes will help others, and describes the life-saving and life-changing qualities of natural health.

Glrtha n ImeallThursday, TG4, 8.20pm

For almost a decade, Imeall was TG4s landmark arts series showcasing Irelands most exciting musicians, artists and creatives. This compilation by Fiachna Braonin looks back at interviews, performances and short film pieces, featuring Irelands top artists in all genres and guest interviews by na Mullally, Theo Dorgan and Tristan Rosenstock. The first episode has performances and an interview from Christy Moore, who talks about his path through life and song; a performance from Kerry slam poet Samus Barra Silleabhin; and contributions from artist Deirdre McKenna from An Daingean.

The GoldbergsThursday, E4, 3pm

Your favourite Jewish family from the 1980s is back to see out its eighth season, and things are as chaotic as ever, as Pop-Pop (the late George Segal, who died in March) organises the family to spend the Hanukkah holiday on a cruise ship to Canada. The series, created by Adam F Goldberg and based on his own life growing up in 1980s Pennsylvania, has been renewed for a ninth season. So theres clearly plenty of comedy gold still to be mined from the decade.

No Body RecoveredThursday, ITV, 9pmOn January 27th, 2020, the family of Michael OLeary from Carmarthenshire in southwest Wales reported him missing. The subsequent murder investigation became one of the most challenging cases ever dealt with by the local Dyfed-Powis police force. Alarm bells began to ring when a mysterious text, purportedly from OLeary, was sent from his phone. It read simply Im sorry x but in English which, according to his son, he would never have done not only did OLeary not communicate with his family via text, but as a proud Welshman he wouldnt have written it in another language. Eventually, it was discovered that OLeary had been shot by his lovers husband. Here, we discover how the police came to that conclusion, despite not being able to find the body.

King GaryFriday, BBC1, 10pm

Tom Davis returns as working-class dad Gary King, who is trying to settle into suburban life in Butterchurn Crescent, which is somewhere in outer London. Gary has taken over his dad Big Garys building firm and now hopes to become the uncrowned king of suburbia. But his penchant for drama-queen antics often hampers his efforts. Davis is joined again by Laura Checkley as the love of his life, Terri, Simon Day as Big Gary, and Romesh Ranganathan as enemy neighbour Stuart. The series has been praised for its attention to working-class Essex detail, but also criticised for its broad working-class Essex humour. In series two, Gary and Terri plan a wedding fit for a King, and the arrival of a very unlikable new neighbour forces Gary and Stuart to broker a truce.

BBC Proms: First Night of the PromsFriday, BBC2, 8pmIt feels as if its been away forever, but were back at the Royal Albert Hall for the first night of this annual musical celebration and there may even be a live audience to boot. It kicks off as Dalia Stasevska conducts Vaughan Williamss Serenade to Music, written to celebrate Proms founder-conductor Henry Woods 50 years on the podium and premiered by him at his jubilee concert in 1938. Theres the premiere of Sir James MacMillans companion piece to the Serenade, while Francis Poulencs Organ Concerto brings some light and shade. Soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn, contralto Jess Dandy, tenor Allan Clayton, and bass baritone Michael Mofidian and organist Daniel Hyde are the performers.

Chip n Dale: Park LifeFrom Wednesday, Disney+

In 1959, when Walt Disney unleashed the animated movie Sleeping Beauty on the world, everyone was entranced at the depth and richness of the forest backgrounds. This new cartoon series, which features a host of iconic Disney characters such as Pluto and Butch, isnt in the same quality league. Still, there is much to enjoy, especially if youre looking to park your small people in front of something fast-paced and funny. It follows nervous worrier Chip and laid-back dreamer Dale as they attempt to live the good life in a big city park while driving each other nuts in their perpetual pursuit of acorns.

Tattoo RedoFrom Wednesday, NetflixThese day, getting inked is as much about creating amazing works of art as it is about self-expression, but that doesnt mean everyone is always happy with their tattoos. This series, presented by comedian Jessimae Peluso, follows five of the most talented artists as they take on some of the most embarrassing tattoos and turn them into amazing masterpieces. However, little do the clients know theres a twist and its not the gentle ribbing they receive from Peluso. Nope, its that the person who brought them in chooses the Tattoo Redo. Given some of the questionable decision-making behind many of the tatts, we cannot wait to see how each episode pans out.

The Last MercenaryFrom Friday, Netflix

In his day, Muscles from Brussels Jean-Claude Van Damme was a cheesy action star and someone who could always make our eyes water by doing the splits between kitchen cupboards. But he was never an actor we took very seriously until maybe now. Van Damme, still buff at 60,heads the cast of this cracking French drama, playing La Brume (The Mist), an ex-secret service agent turned mercenary. A mob operation threatens the life of La Brumes son after he is framed by an international terrorist organisation. To save him, La Brume will have to reach out to his old contacts and join forces with an offbeat bureaucrat and a bunch of reckless youths.

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Kingpin Swindles & Charms its Way to a Consolation Victory – 25YearsLaterSite.com07.25.21

Directed by the Farrelly Brothers at the peak of their popularity,Kingpins bawdy humor fits their sensibilities (see Dumb and Dumber andTheres Something About Mary) so perfectly it is a shock to learn that they did not write the screenplay. Raunchy, ribald, and yet intermittently warm-hearted, the movie is clearly a collective effortthe byproduct of a comedic team who are all tapped into the same juvenile wavelength. Written by Barry Farano (who also penned Men in Black II and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry) and Mort Nathan (who directedNational Lampoons Van Wilder: The Rise of TajandBoat Trip),Kingpinfollows the life of Roy Munson (Woody Harrelson), a bowling prodigy from small-town Ocelot, Iowa who heads out on a nationwide professional bowling circuit after winning the 1979 Iowa State championship.

Unfortunately, Roys navety quickly lands him in trouble. It doesnt take long before he is lured into a racket with Ernie McCracken (Bill Murray), a bowling rival who recruits Roy as a sidekick to his schemes. In what turns out to be a life-changing grift, Roys role is to pretend to be incompetent during a bowling match with money on the line. The hustlefeigning amateurish talent to coax a competitor into betting bigvery much feels like a nod to The Hustler (a much classier sports movie). The ploy pays off (at least at first) when Munson knocks down a 7-10 split, winning Ernie and himself some quick money. Not long afterward, the two men are confronted in the parking lot, and Erniebeing the selfish and spineless traitor that he isditches Roy by peeling off in his beat-up car. Left to fend for himself, Roy is beaten savagely by the men he and Bernie had just conned in a violent montage that ends with Roys hand being thrust into a bowling ball return and severed.

With this fast-paced opening, Kingpin swiftly treats its audience to a vintage 90s Bill Murray performance (mixing sleaze and charm like no other), not to mention a fun and dialed-up Woody Harrelson outing. The opening scene of the film is one of the most extravagant in the Farrellys oeuvre. Presenting Roy as a big-shot bowling wunderkind, the camera tracks his stylish arrival at a state bowling competition: capturing the uproar of a frenzied crowd, the jubilant disco vibes, and the sexy big-breasted (a very intentional attribute) women in groovy bell-bottoms all dancing in unison. The ecstatic aura around Roy is pulsing and palpable. It is Saturday Night Fever, only set in a rundown bowling alley in middle of nowhere America.

The festive atmosphere, contrasted by the drab setting of the charmingly old-fashioned bowling alley, easily brings to mind the Coen Brothers timelessly flamboyant bowling alley spectacles in The Big Lebowski. Cheekily choreographed, this introduction of Roy serves two functions. First, it humorously exaggerates the stakes of the state bowling tournament. Second, it showcases the prodigious fame and idol-worship Roy had garnered amongst his provincial community. Thus, when we see Roy lose his hand just a few scenes later, the heightened gravitas of the tragic amputation is immediately registered. His cartoonish and drastic downfall from a bowling virtuoso to a handicapped victim is so jarring and steeped in hyperbolic bathos, the ridiculousness of the contrast evokes a chuckle.

This backstory is merely a prologue to the film. Cutting 17 years later to the present day, the Roy we are reacquainted with is a pitiable figure. Sporting a prosthetic hand that reminds one of Happy Gilmores Chubbs Peterson, he is now scraping by as an alcoholic, balding, petty thief in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Constantly behind on rent, he survives off various hustles. Roy has become a stereotypical washed-up lowlife: a has-been just like Ernie. He is such a loser that he hires someone to steal the purse of his nagging, yellow-teethed landlady Mrs. Dumars. The theft is a ruse staged for Roy to swoop in, valiantly defend Mrs. Dumars, and heroically return her belongings. He is temporarily successful until Mrs. Dumars enters his apartment the very moment he is paying the purse-snatching accomplice. To avoid eviction, Roy is forced to perform cunnilingus on the haggard old lady to pay off his back-rent (a gesture merely insinuated by a shot of Roy puking and hugging a toilet Ace Ventura-style). Narratively, he has hit rock bottom.

Soon thereafter, his fortunes take an upward turn. Roy catches a whiff of a local bowling talent while peddling condoms to the manager of a local bowling alley. The talent turns out to be an Amish man named Ishmael Boorg (Randy Quaid). Without any hesitation, he proceeds to solicit himself as a successful sports agent and proceeds to weasel his way into the local Amish community. Roy is ill-fit for the Amish lifestyle, and Ishmael is wisely standoffish at first; but when news that the bank is trying to repossess his familys farm breaks, he acquiesces to Roys insistence that they head out to Reno, Nevada, to participate in a million-dollar winner-takes-all tournament.

From here on out, the narrative beats align with your run-of-the-mill buddy road trip moviewhich is certainly familiar territory for the Farrelly Brothers. All five of the duos iconic 90s feature films revolve around road trips, either originating in rural Rhode Island or Pennsylvania. Each of these films also serve as narrative vehicles that allow physically, cognitively, psychologically, and/or emotionally impaired characters to find their way. Whether dimwitted (Dumb and Dumber), schizoid/psychotic (Me, Myself & Irene), feigned disability (Theres Something About Mary), perennially stoned (Outside Providence), or physically disabled (Kingpin), the Farrelly Brothers filmography is filled with quirky and oddball ensembles crisscrossing the country and navigating life.

The Farrelly Brothers commitment to both embarrass and stick up for pariahs, idiot savants, and disabled peoples is inarguably the definitive feature of their career. As a consequence, their films have been rigorously debated with critics drawing strict lines on whether or not they charitably or uncharitably depict characters like Lloyd Christmas and Ishmael Boorg. Some find these figures to be mere caricatures exploited for the sake of humor. To others, they are sympathetic protagonists portrayed with a redemptive degree of dignity.

For what it is worth, the Farrelly Brothers ardently claim to be champions of the characters they put on screen. They claim to staunchly refuse to pander to formulaic stereotypes and categories due to their reverence of outcasts (i.e. the boorish working-class, the disabled, the slacker, the mentally insane, the theft). Instead of writing idiots, losers, and handicapped individuals as victims that audiences should pity, belittle, or piously admire as resilient angels, Peter and Bobbys primary goal has been to treat such characters no differently than regular people.

In doing so, they have daringly entered dangerous comedic and ethical territory film after film. Sometimes, it gets them into trouble. However, in response to critiques about their supposed ugly stereotypes and lampooning of disabled, handicapped, and doltish characters, they vigorously defend their characterizations. As they see it, their films neither snub nor disparage these prototypes. Quite the opposite, they believe their films positively reshape public perceptions of marginalized/disabled peoples.

In a 2012 interview with Ability Magazine, Peter even notes, The definition of cool or whats acceptable is constantly changing[, but] until someone breaks the mold and shows us something differently and makes that which once seemed like a weakness into a strength, well keep our misperceptions. This, if anything, is the sole topic/subject for which the Farrelly Brothers films offer intrigue. Self-defined flag-bearers for the handicapped, both Peter and Bobby adamantly argue that they venerate disabled peoples and purposely portray them as ordinary/ flawed out of respect. Tired of unrealistic and idealized syrupy, saint-like representations of handicapped people in the media, they claim to intentionally depict disabled characters with complex and ambivalent qualities to normalize them. Instead of elevating disabled characters to an impossibly lofty and remote pedestal, their goal is to make these characters multivalent and relatable. Somewhat ironically, they claim that by making marginalized stereotypes into regular Joes, their representations are more inclusive.

In Kingpin, this stance rings true. Roy may be physically disabled (with his prosthetic hand) and Ishmael may be a fish out of water (as an Amish man traveling across the country by car), but neither are mocked. Sure, they are both the butt of many jokes and endure humiliating moments; but the film fully respects their humanity and value, and this overpowers the moments it pokes fun of them. By letting Roy and Ishmael be dynamically sweet and sour, ordinary and exceptional, goofy and serious, Kingpin becomes a more-rounded and likable film.

This very balancing act also establishes the Farrelly Brothers as great storytellers in the carnivalesque tradition. By flaunting what is vulgar, vaudevillian, and unseemly, they inversely promote the essential humanities inherent in taboos. In proudly accentuating the shared improprieties and essential obscenities of the human body (i.e., the fact that we all puke, sh*t, fart, and piss), their films subversively flatten our false dichotomies and hierarchies. Filled with silly comedic gags, the Farrelly Brothers films remind us that we are more alike than different, despite belonging to various groups, categories, classes, and ranks.

About halfway into Roy and Ishmaels journey, a somewhat predictable third wheel is introduced: a conventional 90s hottie named Claudia (Vanessa Angel). Claudia serves a role not unlike Mary (Cameron Diaz) in Theres Something About Mary or Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly) in Dumb and Dumber. She is a princess in distressa bombshell girlfriend of the wealthy asshole. In the world of Kingpin, this asshole is bowling enthusiast Stanley Osmanski. Ishmael beats Osmanski in a one-on-one bowling match on his mansions private bowling lane. Afterwards, Claudia escapes with Roy and Ishmaelfearful of being abused by her angry boyfriend, who had blamed her as the scapegoat (for failing to effectively distract Ishmael during the 10th frame with her hardened nipples).

Fleeing the mansion with a quintessential 90s ska song blasting on the soundtrack, the getaway sequence is a trademark 90s moment. This song choice, in particular, Goldfingers Superman, is not only a staple of the era but also a signature Farrelly Brothers motif. As fans of power pop, rock, ska, and folk, they have consistently incorporated buoyant and memorable songs into their films. In Kingpin, we are treated not only with needle drops of ska bands like Goldfinger and Reel Big Fish, but cameos from Jonathan Richman of the Modern Lovers (playing in a dumpy bar), and Blues Traveler playing over the credits. These musical acts all belong to an eclectic range of genres, but they do share one thing in common: they are all unabashedly unique and anomalous commercial success stories. Clearly, even in selecting their films needle drops, the Farrelly Brothers seem to be keen on shining light on idiosyncratic artists.

With Claudia added to the mix, the film cues up every expected road trip scenario that results from this third element. We witness internecine fights about jealousies and ulterior motives, vacillations between interpersonal conflict and bonding, memorable restaurant stops, and lots of puerile sexual jokes. Eventually, the trio winds up in Reno, where Claudia is hunted down by Stanley (her controlling ex-boyfriend), and Ernie McCracken reappears (out of the blue): foreshadowing a sports movie showdown for the ages. As expected, Ishmael cant bowl (in this case, he breaks his hand), leaving Roy to take his slot in the tournament out of sheer desperationmeaning that hell ostensibly be bowling with a prosthetic hand for the first time ever. Unbelievable as it sounds (and yet anticipated a mile away), Roy miraculously finds his touch again and ends up bowling so well (despite having a rubber hand and 20-plus years of athletic rust) that he makes it to a final showdown with McCracken (who is also somehow better than the competition, despite being so patently over-the-hill).

Rocking equally bad combovers, the dueling conmen and nemeses soon become the talk of the country (with Chris Berman narrating Sportscenter highlights on ESPN and everything). Appropriately enough (at least for a movie as subversive as this), Roy loses by one pin. To make matters more tragic, Roy actually blew a considerable lead on McCrackencompletely collapsing once he noticed Ishmael (his sole confidant and good luck charm) being whisked away by his brother. Nevertheless, despite squandering the million-dollar tournament reward, Roy manages to score an endorsement deal with Trojan Condoms (by virtue, presumably, of the commercial appeal of his now famous rubber hand) and rakes in half-a-million on the side. Fortuitously, this also just so happens to be the exact amount of money needed to save Ishmaels family farm. And thus the movies fairy tale ending arrives: with Claudia and Roy in love, Ishmael a savior, and Blues Traveler (dressed in Amish clothing) sacrilegiously playing an electric concert for the Pennsylvanian Amish community.

The fact that Claudia and Roy end up together at the end of Kingpin both 100% expected and preposterous at the same time. Claudia is young and gorgeous: a total 10 on the 90s meter. Roy, meanwhile, is about as unattractive as Woody Harrelson could possibly be (without extensive prosthetics, cosmetics, or CGI). That said, the fact that they end up together is not simply to satisfy male moviegoers fantasies. There is very much a deeper, less superficial intent. In many ways, the budding romance between Claudia and Roy mirrors the Farrelly Brothers 2001 film Shallow Hall, which tracked the transformation of Hal (Jack Black) after he is hypnotized by a guru and learns to appreciate inner beauty instead of fixating on perfection. The moral lesson here is generic, but also profound: reinforcing the fact that imperfection is merely a social construct. This moral nicely aligns with the Farrelly Brothers agenda to upheave classical social standards and preconceptions.

Light-hearted, goofy, and filled with outlandish twists and turns,Kingpin somehow manages to charm despite its gaucher, more repugnant moments. Most of all, it gets by on the merit of the motley misfits at the center of its story. Following a band of losers, victims, and outcasts from small-town America, not to mention a sport that itself is quite niche and marginalized, the films broad and prepubescent sense of humor may be hit-and-miss, but the idiosyncratic clan at the films center keep things fresh.

Roy gets the bulk of the indecorous laughs. We witness a fistfight with Claudia where he gets kicked square in the balls before punching Claudias protective breasts multiple times (with no successthey are too bouncy to injure). Roy is the butt of numerous gross-out sequences, such as when he drinks a pail of cow milk on Ishmaels Amish farm, only to learn that they only rear bulls (think about it). We are treated to countless visual jokes involving his prosthetic rubber hand and fingers, including one where a failed bowling attempt ends up with his hand flying backward and landing on a strangers breast. And we must endure the aforementioned scene with his landlady, where Roy is hunched over a toilet bowl suffering from post-coital queasiness (the moment aided by an allusive use of Simon and Garfunkel to nod to The GraduatesMrs. Robinson).

Claudia, as the two-dimensional hot chick, gets a fair share of laughs as well. We meet her at her boyfriend Stanleys mansion, where she is told to get drinks from a freezer, which make her nipples absurdly hard. Later, she employs a similar grift to help the trio scam their way toward Reno: salaciously distracting uncouth dudes bowling against Ishmael in matches that Roy has bet on. The punchline of this particular montage comes by way of an old fellow who is impervious to the charms of her cleavage and G-string (which Claudia reveals by strategically standing above the air vent on the ball return machine), but is turned on the livestock Roy brings in to disrupt the country bumpkins concentration (a subtle reference to his implied predilection for bestiality).

Ishmael is at the center of many risqu bits as well. In one verbal innuendo, he is hinted at as being on the receiving end of a hypothetical homosexual encounter with Roy (which coincides with a shot of Ishmael lying prostrate on a hotel bed). There is also a dramatic splitting up of the group in the third act. Feeling betrayed, Ishmael runs off and tries to hitchhike back to his Amish community, only to end up dancing on a strippers stage in drag (wearing nothing but a bra, a bikini, and high heels). Later, after Roy and Ishmael reunite, the two wage a prank war that culminates with Ishmael pouring shaving cream on Roys pirate hook (why he took off his prosthetic hand, we will never know) before rubbing his nose with a feather. And finally, there are the constant jokes about Ishmael learning the ways of modern lifefrom repulsively flossing his filthy teeth for the first time to getting a naughty tattoo that covers his whole torso.

The common thread between all these jejune antics, jabs, and callow comedic interludes is the motif of juvenilia. It is very much a mainstream 90s era comedy. Filled with boyish, elementary gags and oddball characters, Kingpin truly demands one be in the right mindset, but the same could be said for all the Farrelly brothers movies. From Ben Stiller getting ejaculate in his air and his nuts stuck in his zipper in Theres Something About Maryto the explosive diarrhea sequence inDumber and Dumberto Hugh Jackmans neck-testicles in The Catch segment ofMovie 43, Peter and Bobby have unabashedly spent the past few decades making inappropriate comedies about kooky characters.

Where the Coen brothers aim high, the Farrelly brothers aim low. What salvages their films, however, is that they aim low with heart. Obsessed with silly puns, wild road trips, big breasts, slapstick/toilet humor, handicapped and mentally impaired subjects, themes of disability, it is quite clear that working in the realm of taboo is their modus operandi. The fact that Kingpin interweaves Amish culture (a technologically impoverished community), bowling (a sport of ordinary schlubs, a la The Big Lebowski), and end up in Reno (the poor mans Vegas) makes perfect sense. Sure, it is a film that is intermittently grotesque and constantly nasty, but it ultimately celebrates its motley crew of hardscrabble deviants, low-rent fraudsters, and quirky mavericks as they eke it out just enough to survive amidst the lewdest wasteland of allthe detritus of American capitalism. With quixotic gambits, physical defects, and sportive ambitions, Roy never gives up. Above all else (even his rubber hand), that drive is perhaps his most distinctive characteristic. Like Roygrubby, seamy, and well past his glory daysKingpins cruder contours have not been treated extremely well by age and the tides of culture, but at the end of the day, they both have sizable hearts and clever enough grifts to woo over their captive audiences.

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12 great annual flowers that can take the heat | George Weigel – pennlive.com05.19.21

Pennsylvania keeps getting warmer in the summer, as you might have noticed by Harrisburgs hottest month ever last July.

Climate forecasters say this is no fluke, that were on the road to a climate more akin to Arkansas than Harrisburgs past norms.

If thats the case, it makes sense when picking our annual flowers each spring to lean toward choices best equipped to handle increased heat.

One fail-safe measure is picking annuals that bloom non-stop right through the triple-digit summers of Dallas.

Dallas Arboretum conducts trials each year and gives FlameProof honors to the heat-toughest flowers.

If a flower is FlameProof in Dallas, it should have no problem in Dauphin, Dillsburg, or Dallastown, Pa.

Following are a dozen of the best heat-tough annuals youll find in local garden centers. Most also arent deer or rabbit favorites.

This is vinca Tattoo Raspberry.

These foot-tall annuals with the glossy leaves can take the worst heat and drought you can throw at an annual. They come in nickel- to quarter-sized flowers of white, pink, rose, red, lavender and pale blue and do best in full sun.

Good varieties: Jaio, Heat Wave, and the Titan, Cora, Pacifica, Soiree, Tattoo, and Valiant series.

Both blue and red salvia are heat-tough choices.

Both the blue-blooming and red/purple types thrive in heat. The spiky, butterfly-attracting flowers grow on 12- to 15-inch stems. Full sun to light shade.

Good varieties: Signum, Rhea and Victoria (blue), Red Hot Sally, Salsa and Sizzler (red).

Zinnia Zowie Yellow Flame, left, and 'Profusion Fire,' right, are among the top zinnia varieties.

The dwarf types are best at holding off mildew as well as tolerating heat. Most are hot colors (orange, red, gold), but a few come in pink or white. 15-18 inches tall, full sun.

Good varieties: Zowie Yellow Flame, and the Profusion, Zahara, Holi, Preciosa, and Zesty series.

Lucky Red is one of the many excellent lantana varieties.

An arching, perennial sub-shrub in the South, lantana grows as a trailing annual in Pennsylvania. Itll bloom all summer and even survive a frost or two on the back end. 15-18 inches tall, 2- to 3-foot spread. Blooms red, gold, orange, lavender, ideally in full sun.

Good varieties: The Lucky, Bandana, Bloomify, Luscious, Bandolera, and Landmark series.

Serenita Purple, left, and AngelMist Dark Rose, right, are two top angelonias.

These spiky 15- to 18-inch annuals with the orchid-like flowers might look dainty, but theyre surprisingly heat- and drought-tough. They bloom in purple, pink, blue-purple, and white. Full sun to light shade.

Good varieties: The Angel Wing, Angelface, Archangel, Serena, Serenita, AngelMist, Carita, Aria, and Alonia series.

The whole Kelos Fire celosia series is excellent. This one is Kelos Fire Scarlet.

This plant produces fat, upright flower spikes, usually in red, pink, or gold, on 15- to 18-inch-tall plants. Full sun.

Good varieties: New Look, Asian Garden, and the Fresh Look, First Flame, and Kelos Fire series.

Whopper Red with Bronze Leaf is one of the best begonia varieties available in garden centers.

The bigger, semi-arching types are even better than the common, short, wax-begonia types. These grow 18 to 24 inches tall and wide, do nicely in containers as well as in the ground, and grow in sun or shade (although with less flower power in shade). Colors are red, pink, orange, or white.

Good varieties: Dragon Wing, BabyWing, Whopper, Megawatt, and the BIG series.

Newer coleus varieties have improved heat and sun tolerance. Above are 'Fishnet Stockings,' left, and ColorBlaze Marooned.

Varieties that have come along in the last 10 years are so much more heat- and sun-tolerant than older varieties of this shade-preferring species. Grown for their colorful leaves, coleus primarily comes in warm shades of burgundy, lime, rust, and magenta. 15 to 28 inches tall.

Good varieties: Kong Rose, Fishnet Stockings, Wasabi, Dragon Heart, and the ColorBlaze, FlameThrower, Main Street, and Under the Sea series.

White euphorbias look dainty but they're very tough in heat and sun.

These poinsettia relatives grow into 15- to 20-inch balls that are covered with dainty, white or pale-pink, babys-breath-like flowers. They look like big summer snowballs. Sun or light shade.

Good varieties: The Diamond and Stardust series.

Gomphrena 'Strawberry Fields' is a colorful and heat-tough variety of globe amaranth.

Also known as globe amaranth, these heat-lovers with the buttony flowers of red, pink, or purple grow about 18 to 24 inches tall and make excellent cut and dried flowers. Full sun to light shade.

Good varieties: Strawberry Fields, Fireworks, Gnome Purple, Truffula Pink, and the QIS and Lil Forest series.

Scaevola is an under-used type of annual flower that's among the most heat-tolerant.

This Australian native with the trailing habit produces small, fan-like blooms that range from lavender to blue to white. Scaevola is especially nice cascading from a hanging basket. Full sun to part shade.

Good varieties: The Bombay, Surdiva, Scampi, and Whirlwind series.

Alternanthera Little Ruby has nearly black foliage in full sun.

Woefully under-known and under-used, this species with the burgundy or variegated leaves is a durable summer foliage plant that makes an excellent bed edger in its shorter varieties and a showy centerpiece in its upright varieties. Sun or part shade.

Good varieties: Little Ruby, Red Threads, Choco Chili, Plum Dandy, and Purple Prince (shorties), Party Time and Purple Knight (upright)

This is portulaca Cupcake Lavender.

Portulaca. Also known as moss rose, these are ground-huggers with succulent leaves and tiny flowers in a variety of warm and pastel shades.

Sunflowers. Check out the new (but expensive) thousand-bloom sunflowers (such as Suncredible Yellow, SunBelievable, and Sunfinity) that are bushy and season-long golden bloomers.

Pentas. These upright flowers with umbrella-shaped flower heads of pink, red, lavender, or white are butterfly magnets.

Verbena. Another ground-hugging flower, verbena are heavy bloomers that come primarily in pastel shades of purple, lavender, rose, and pink.

Sweet potato vine. Grown for their colorful foliage and trailing habits, ornamental sweet potato vines come mainly in burgundy or lime leaf shades.

Three tips (besides picking heat-tough varieties in the first place) to help your plants tolerate summer heat:

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Who Are Jenna’s Parents on ‘Unexpected’? Meet Matt and Cathy Ronan – Distractify01.12.21

If you've been watching the recent season of teen pregnancy show Unexpected, then you've probably found yourself, unexpectedly invested in the cast and their families. Jenna Ronan, is one of the teen moms who fans kind of just love to hate, thanks to her and Aden's flippant attitude about unprotected sex, her general cluelessness about sexual health (Jenna admitted she believed Aden when he told her men "ovulate"), and her sometimes petulant behavior on the show.

Jenna's parents are Matt and Cathy Ronan. Matt is an Army and Marines veteran, and it's unclear if Cathy is working. For now, it looks like Jenna, Aden, and their baby boy Luca are living with the Ronans in Pennsylvania.

Eagle-eyed Unexpected viewers noticed that Matt had a particular tattoo on his arm that has recently sparked some controversy on Reddit. One person who pulled the image from Matt's public profile noticed that Matt has a "3%er" tattoo. TLC has actually been blurring this out.

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The 3%ers is a militia movement that leans toward the far right, and they advocate for gun rights and independence from the government. It's been reported that people who self-identify as 3%ers were at the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

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Matt is certainly vocal about his political and social viewpoints. "If you want a role model for your daughter, check these out..... Not Kamala... Who has had 5 abortions already.... If you think Kamala is a role model for your daughter you need to check your moral compass, because it's broken. *I totally support abortion in the event of a crime or medical issue*," he posted to Facebook.

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He also posted a meme that downplays COVID-19, writing, "...this is basically what we were talking about the other day... There's no way we can get [COVID], and if we do it doesn't even matter."

I'm good... Javier and Shawn, this is basically what we were talking about the other day... There's no way we can get it, and if we do it doesn't even matter

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Matt is seemingly very supportive of Jenna and Aden, however. He wrote on Facebook back in September 2020: "Approximately 10 months ago Aden pulled me aside for a conversation. I had a sick feeling in my stomach what the topic of discussion was going to about. I couldn't be more proud or impressed with how these 2 kids have handled the pregnancy, the teenage issues that are always present and actually being parents... They absolutely amaze us!! We love you so damn much."

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Matt has also posted numerous posts about his wife Cathy (Jenna's mom), praising her and expressing his appreciation. In 2019, on Cathy's birthday, Matt wrote, "When I was younger, I didnt understand the power of true love. Now with age and you, I am more aware than ever. True love means unconditional understanding and confidence. On this your birthday, I want to thank you for teaching me how great love can be. Happy birthday to the perfect woman!"

When I was younger, I didnt understand the power of true love. Now with age and you, I am more aware than ever. True...

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Chicago Activist Outs Local Insurgents Who Traveled To Capitol – WBEZ01.12.21

Josephine Yanasak-Leszczynski watched from Chicago in horror as insurgents stormed the nations Capitol last Wednesday in an effort to stop the certification of the election for Democrat Joe Biden.

She said she couldnt sleep that night after watching violent white rioters who falsely believe Republican President Donald Trump won Novembers election. Some carried Confederate flags or wore symbols of white supremacy.

I woke up the next morning and I went on Facebook, and I went on these neighborhood groups that Im a part of and people were posting callouts, Yanasak-Leszczynski said.

The 30-year-old Albany Park resident decided she would help by identifying insurgents from Chicago. This is a similar tactic anti-racists used to identify white supremacists who marched in the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one activist dead.

Yanasak-Leszczynski got to work finding videos and photos of Chicagoans participating in the failed attempted coup last week. She found the names, photos and businesses they owned or employer information and posted it on Twitter.

I didnt expect it to blow up, Yanasak-Leszczynski said. Within 15 minutes, it was basically going viral.

She said tattoo artists from Insight Tattoo parlor in the Wicker Park neighborhood attended. WBEZ couldnt reach them for comment but one of them, Mat Moreno told WBBM he attended the insurgence because they were curious to see what would happen.

Two employees associated with Tank Noodle in Edgewater were also accused on social media of traveling to the Capitol. A photo of the restaurants manager Thien Ly and another man went viral. The photo shows Ly posing with another man alongside an image of his United Airlines boarding pass and the caption reads, Jan#6 Get Wild! #fightfortrump. Ly told The Today Show he attended with the owners and they were unaware violence was going to happen.

Over in Logan Square, Jorge Rios, owner of Chicagos Best Barbershop, was identified, too. Multiple photos of him standing outside the Capitol wearing a red Make America Great Again hat and hoodie were shared. He uploaded a video of himself walking after the insurgence. In the video, someone asked him if he stormed the Capitol. He answered laughing: do you want me to tell on myself? he answered laughing. Last week, Rios wrote a post on Facebook that began with: Dear Cancel Culture, I practice my constitutional rights for all my beliefs.

Rios declined to answer questions from WBEZ and quickly hung up.

Meanwhile, Yanasak-Leszczynski also found photos from a Chicago woman that made her particularly upset.

Libby Andrews, the real estate agents caption comes to mind about her glass of champagne after storming the Capitol. That is very clear language of how they see this, she said.

Andrews posted an online video where she eagerly explained what happened on Jan. 6: Hi everyone, I was just at the capitol. I stormed the capitol and I made it to the top. I have pictures, she said. It was actually a lot of fun.

The Chicago woman can be seen in photos smiling in the crowds and talking with others during a Facebook live.

Soon after Andrews was outed last week, her employer @properties fired her.

This former @properties agent, in her own words, and in images she posted to social media acknowledges storming the capitol. The agents public pronouncements are antithetical to @properties standards of conduct, and as a result, the company made the decision to sever ties, said Peter Olesker, a spokesman for the company.

Gold Coast Executive offered Andrews a job offer last week, Crains reported, but the company did not answer multiple calls from WBEZ.

Yanasak-Leszczynski, who has volunteered to work as a medic for peaceful Black Lives Matter protests, said she feels it is important to hold the Capitol insurgents accountable. She said she doesnt trust that law enforcement will arrest those responsible.

Even if people didnt violently ransack the Capitol, activists say the event was not a political rally. It was a planned effort to stop the certification of Bidens presidential election win. Some of the Trump mobs carried guns and incited violence.

So far only a few insurgents have been arrested.

Last week, federal prosecutors filed charges against Bradley Rukstales, a campaign contributor to President Donald Trump who lives in Inverness and was arrested at the Capitol on Wednesday. Rukstales was the chief executive of Cogensia, a Schaumburg-based marketing consulting firm but was fired soon after charges were filed. Rukstales told WBEZ he was deeply regretful for his role in the insurgence.

Other insurgents have been outed around the country. Both private and public companies have been firing some of those people including a lawyer from Texas, a Pennsylvania teacher was temporarily relieved of his duties and at least two Seattle police officers were placed on administrative leave until their role in the riot is investigated, CNN reported.

David Stovall, a professor of African American studies and criminology, law and justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said if those who attacked the Capitol last week were not white, Constitution Avenue would have been turned into a graveyard.

Stovall said the activists outing the Chicago insurgents on social media understand that the criminal system for white Americans is more lenient. The country, he added, has already seen those differences in the way police responded and the fact that only 14 people were arrested following the violent attack on Jan 6.

He urges Chicagoans not to fall into the narrative that what we saw last week is not who we are.

This is exactly who the United States is, Stovall said. It is exactly who the United States has been. It was founded on slavery and genocide and wrongful land appropriation.

Yanasak-Leszczynski said it is especially important to hold business owners and managers accountable because many employees rely on them for their livelihood. She said this is the first time shes done something like this. Shes been supporting other activists because she says she wants to support Black activists.

She said she felt she needed to share this information using her own personal Twitter account. And since then shes received death threats that are so severe she had to leave her apartment.

Yanasak-Leszczynski said shes taking a break from social media but pledged to continue outing insurgents.

Im scared, she said, adding that as a college-educated white woman she has resources to take care of herself.

Id rather have a target on my back than someone else, honestly. Im in a better position. Im privileged I had somewhere else to go so Im grateful for that.

Mara Ins Zamudio is a reporter for WBEZs Race, Class and Communities desk. Follow her @mizamudio.

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