The 17th-annual Austin City Limits Music Festival will once again take over Zilker Park starting this weekend, Friday, October 5th through 7th, and return the following weekend, October 12th to 14th, in Austin, TX. This year, ACL Fest 2018 will deliver more than 125 bands across eight stages over two consecutive weekends, and it’s bringing their most impressive lineup to date. Headlining the event are Paul McCartney (only U.S. date), Metallica (only U.S. date), Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott (Texas debut), and Odesza.In conjunction with Red Bull TV, Austin City Limits has announced that it will webcast select acts from the first weekend as well as interviews and exclusive ACL segments, free for anyone with access to the internet. Paul McCartney, Metallica, The National, Father John Misty, Brandi Carlile, St. Vincent, Janelle Monáe, The Arctic Monkeys, Greta Van Fleet, Shakey Graves, and CHVRCHES are just a handful of artists set to be part of the weekend’s free webcast stream.Tune in here starting at 1 p.m. (CST), Friday, October 5th, for a non-stop musical marathon from one of the country’s most beloved music festivals.For more information on the festival, full schedule, or ticketing information, head to ACL’s website.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Talk about an “Electric Youth”! Deborah “Debbie” Gibson burst “Out of the Blue” when she was barely 17 with a string of hits on the Billboard charts such as “Foolish Beat,” “Only in My Dreams” and “Shake Your Love” that made this extraordinarily talented Long Island teenager the favorite of music fans everywhere and established her forever in America’s pop pantheon.Gibson scored nine Top 40 Hot 100 hits between 1987 and 1991 and remains the youngest female artist to write, produce and perform a number-one single, according to Billboard.Though born in Brooklyn, she grew up in Merrick, and Gibson credits her early experiences performing in musicals at churches and temples and the Long Island Teen Repertory Theater, as well as the WINGS program at Camp Avenue Elementary School and her teachers at Sanford Calhoun High School as helping propel her career.“Long Island has always been great for the arts,” she says. “There was always somewhere to go perform.”Debbie Gibson performing (Photo credit: Gene Kublanov)On June 8, Gibson will be performing at the Long Island Pride 2013 festival in Huntington’s Heckscher Park. For her, it was a no-brainer.“I could not say no!” she says. “It is a smaller Pride in relation to, let’s say, Chicago or Denver or many others I have done, but come on! It is Long Island! I fully expect my hometown peeps to out-Pride and be louder than anywhere I have previously performed!”She remembers winning contests on WPLJ when she was a teen and listening to Z100 and especially Hot 97, which broke her first hit, “Only in My Dreams.”“They were all faves,” she says fondly. “I was influenced by everyone from Mozart to Madonna, Elton John and Billy Joel, as well as Broadway performers.”Indeed, it was her wanting to be cast as “Annie” that brought her and her family regularly into Manhattan for auditions. In 1992, she played Eponine in Les Miserables on Broadway—the first of many theatrical performances on and off The Great White Way.Though she now makes her home in L.A., she still has close ties to the Island, referring to her aunt, uncle and cousins, such as Buddy, her choreographer, and her hometown friends Dee Snider, Ron Luparello and Mike Provenz. She also still regards Galleria Pizza on Merrick Avenue as “the best!”Who would dare to argue with that? Back in the day, she supposedly had a rivalry with another young pop phenom, Tiffany, but that was just media high jinx.“There was no divide—ever!” she says. And to prove it, the pair did do a “crazy” Syfy original movie together later in their careers called “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid,” and have toured together.“I would do it again in a heartbeat,” she insists.Gibson competed in last year’s season of The Celebrity Apprentice, is about to become a judge on ABC TV’s upcoming Sing Your Face Off, and has begun working on a new album.Now 42 years old, the former teen sensation is in a good place these days, she says.“I am super-private, having grown up in the spotlight,” she admits, “But let’s just say at long last I have found balance!”Debbie Gibson will be performing at the Long Island Pride 2013 festival on Saturday, June 8 at 2 p.m. in Huntington Village’s Heckscher Park. For more information visit www.LIPride.org.
First place for Enterprise Reporting for Weekend Anchor and reporter Julia Gorman for “Up in Flames.” And First place to WBNG’s Paul Mueller for Best Anchor or Reporter. The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing more than 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States. NEW YORK (AP) — The New York State Associated Press Association has announced the award winners for stories that were broadcast, printed or posted online in 2019 and WBNG took home several prestigious awards. Second place for Investigative Reporting for Anchor Chloe Vincente and Photographer Dan Conklin for “Contaminated: 40 Years Later.” In Category III for television, the following awards were given: First place for Sports Coverage for Sports Director Nicole Menner, Sports Reporter Jacob Seus and Director Rex Henry for “Sports Overtime.” The NYSAPA Awards Banquet, held annually to honor the winners, had been canceled because of restrictions on large gatherings during the coronavirus outbreak, but the association’s board is still honoring excellence in journalism in the state. First place to Executive Producer Steve Altieri, Anchor Chloe Vincente and Anchor Paul Mueller for Best Newscast. Thirty-three newspapers submitted 715 entries and 46 television and radio stations submitted 578 entries in the contest. The entries featured news, feature and sports stories from 2019. Second Place for Use of Photography for former WBNG reporter Tyler Brown and Chief Photrographer Chris Overby for “Owego Peace Sign.”