It’s closing time for the Roaring 20s. As in, a permanent, fare-thee-well closing time: The Las Vegas cocktail lounge, located both miles and worlds away from the glitzy hotels and amusement-park casinos dotting the strip, has been sold off. So the joint’s longtime customers plan on celebrating in style. Michael, a former actor, is awakened from his morning slumber at the end of the bar and goes to shave in the bathroom. (“That’s a lot more sun then I’m used to seeing,” he says, gazing out the front door.) John, a giant Australian, has brought donuts for breakfast and tabs of acid for later. Lowell, a hippie-ish old man in overalls, helps make signs for the big night. The day-drinking crowd slowly sidles in, sings along with the jukebox, watches Jeopardy on TV. Marc, the burly bartender with the ZZ Top-worthy beard, laments the passing of the old, weird Vegas he knew and loved. “Celine Dion can have it,” he says. “I’m fucking … [Read more...] about ‘Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets’ Review: Last Call for a Las Vegas Dive Bar
The documentary "Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly" examines the making of "@Large," a 2014-2015 installation on the theme of political prisoners created by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in the former penitentiary on Alcatraz Island (part of which was subsequently shown at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in 2017). ARTnews calls the film a "moving cinematic experience and so wide-ranging a project that it is likely to appeal even to those who might not think they are interested in the famed artist." Unrated. Available at afisilver.afi.com. In English, Mandarin and Arabic with subtitles. 78 minutes. … [Read more...] about New movies to stream this week: ‘The Tobacconist,’ ‘I, Pastafari’ and more
The government could forego a second direct stimulus payment. Individuals would not receive any additional money as a direct payment. Efforts would focus on helping businesses hire workers and stay afloat. Individuals could receive a one-time payment of $1200. The House passed the HEROES Act in mid-May, a $3 trillion bill that includes aid to state and local governments, hazard pay for front-line healthcare workers and student debt forgiveness among other things. The Senate remains uninterested in moving it forward. Individuals could receive some amount more than the $1,200 put forth in the HEROES Act. President Donald Trump made this reference in a July 1 interview. Senators Kamala D. Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Ed Markey have proposed ongoing monthly payments. Under their proposal, every individual, including children, would receive a monthly payment of $2,000 until three months after the pandemic ends. The payment would be available to individuals making less than $120,000 per year. … [Read more...] about What Might A Second Stimulus Payment Look Like For You?
Brady Williams, who manages the Tampa Bay Rays’ Triple-A affiliate in Durham, North Carolina, said he initially considered the extra-inning format “Mickey Mouse baseball” but eventually appreciated how it reduced his bullpen’s workload. … [Read more...] about New extra-inning format stirs debate as teams plot strategy
The romantic comedy “Palm Springs” made headlines when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Hulu and Neon purchased rights to the comedy for $17,500,000.69, breaking the record for the biggest sale at the festival by just $0.69. Though Neon had originally planned a theatrical release, the movie will only be at a few drive-in theaters nationwide. However, it is available to stream for anyone with a Hulu subscription. Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti star as two wedding guests caught in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again. … [Read more...] about New Movies to Watch This Week: ‘Palm Springs’ on Hulu, ‘The Old Guard’ on Netflix