Renowned venue Irving Plaza was the site of an unfortunate tragedy last week, as one fan at a T.I. concert was killed after a shooting inside the venue. Owned and operated by Live Nation, the corporate ticket promoter has cancelled a number of shows at both Irving and their Gramercy Theatre in response to the shooting.Irving Plaza was scheduled to host Joey Bada$$ tonight, but that show has been cancelled. Additional performances at Irving, including Mac Miller on Friday and Vince Staples on Saturday, were also cancelled. Furthermore, Live Nation cancelled Appetite for Destruction’s Friday night show, Black Pistol Fire’s Saturday night show, and YG’s Monday night show at Gramercy Theatre.While safety at concerts is of course an important concern, it’s just as troubling to think that one incident could set off a chain reaction that thwarts live music in New York City. Hopefully these measures are temporary while new security checkpoints are implemented, but it’s interesting to look at the shows that were cancelled. Four of them, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Vince Staples, and YG, are hip hop artists, and the other two, Appetite for Destruction and Black Pistol Fire, have band names that are directly linked to guns (Appetite is a Guns N’ Roses cover band). Does this mean that the perceived threat of violence has outweighed the right for live music?It’s an interesting debate, certainly, but for now, these shows will not be happening.[H/T The Gothamist]
MASON CITY — The City of Mason City has announced they will not be making preparations for opening the city’s aquatic center for the time being.Mayor Bill Schickel says due to the many challenges and uncertainties presented by COVID-19 and its impacts on summer aquatic programs in the community, the Park Board during their meeting Tuesday night decided to delay the opening of the center due to the level of public congregation that takes place at aquatic facilities and the demand for properly trained and certified staff required to operate the facility. “The park board met Tuesday night and made a decision to postpone indefinitely the opening of the pool. There’s a lot of logistics to opening up the pool.”Schickel says though if the current public health emergency conditions impacting the safety of pool operations dramatically change, the city could decide to open the facility at a later date this summer. “The Park Board and our staff will keep the option open should things change dramatically, there’s a slight chance that the pool might be able to open.”Governor Reynolds’ executive order on Wednesday kept all public swimming pools across the state closed.