By Sal Pizarro | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 23, 2019 at 11:50 am | UPDATED: January 24, 2019 at 4:13 am Television shows are so good right now, they’re even getting a spot at Silicon Valley’s film festival. “The Unexpected” is the theme of this year’s Cinequest Film and Creativity — running in San Jose and Redwood City March 5-17. But I’m not sure anyone expected the lineup to include programming originally planned for home screens. Now, before anyone starts lighting their celluloid torches, the shows are very much in line with Cinequest’s “maverick” ethos. It includes six feature-length international productions as well as two shorts programs of TV comedy and pilot drama. We’re not talking about your standard network fare here. “TV certainly got better the past few years, hasn’t it?” Cinequest co-founder and CEO Halfdan Hussey said. “Television … [Read more...] about TV shows at a film festival? Welcome to Cinequest 2019
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Visitor numbers to the UK fell 5.3 per cent in 2018, according to the UNWTO. Not a disaster, you might think. But then consider the fact that every single other major travel destination in the world witnessed an increase in international arrivals, and the statistic starts to look slightly troubling. Even America, which was said to have suffered from a so-called “Trump slump”, saw a modest increase in visitors. And while we may rejoice that fewer people are clogging up the streets of London, Edinburgh and Oxford, the drop in numbers meant a 2.3 per cent fall in spending, representing a loss of more than £560 million to the economy. In a year when the UK celebrated a Royal wedding (historically, a sure-fire way of attracting tourists), the blip is even more unexpected. Indeed, earlier in the year, VisitBritain had predicted that 2018 would be another bumper year for the UK. The national tourist board anticipated that visitors would spend £27 billion and … [Read more...] about Is Brexit really to blame for a fall in visitor numbers to the UK?
By Scott Ostler Updated 4:39 pm PST, Sunday, November 4, 2018 Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf details a new football stadium plan at a news conference and rally at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Saturday, March 25, 2017, in a last ditch effort to convince NFL owners to vote down a proposal to relocate the Raiders to Las Vegas. less Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf details a new football stadium plan at a news conference and rally at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Saturday, March 25, 2017, in a last ditch effort to convince NFL owners to ... more Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle Buy photo Labor union member Geraldine Lacy celebrates Monday, March 27, 2017, in Las Vegas. NFL team owners approved the move of the Raiders to Las Vegas in a vote at an NFL football annual meeting in Phoenix. (AP Photo/John Locher) less Labor union member Geraldine Lacy celebrates Monday, March 27, 2017, in Las Vegas. NFL team owners … [Read more...] about Oakland mayor on what went wrong with Raiders
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As if New Orleans needed to give visitors another reason to party, the city celebrates its 300th birthday this year. That means non-stop tricentennial events, parades, exhibits and more on top of the Big Easy’s already packed calendar. America’s most unique city draws tourists for its culture, food, cocktails and festivals — and keeps them coming back by embracing its rich history while continuing to evolve. Perhaps no Nola neighborhood is changing more than Bywater, home to pretty pastel-painted Creole cottages and a thriving arts scene. It’s known for quirky spots like The Country Club (634 Louisa St., thecountryclubneworleans.com), a pool clubhouse and restaurant famous for its Saturday “Drag Brunch.” Bywater started exploding in the years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, when the floodwaters that devastated other parts of New Orleans did not reach the slightly elevated nabe. Locals have mixed … [Read more...] about New Orleans turns 300 and you’re invited to the year-long party