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Backstreet Boys back in Las Vegas for a Christmas residency

The band will be playing the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino from Nov. 11-Dec. 23.

NEW YORK — Everybody, Backstreet’s back — in Vegas.

The pioneering boy band is returning to the Las Vegas Strip with “A Very Backstreet Christmas Party,” a series of 12 holiday shows at the Planet Hollywood resort this November and December.

The band will be playing the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino from Nov. 11-Dec. 23. That’s the same place where they created the residency “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” from 2017 to 2018. Tickets start at $ 89.

The current line-up of the band includes Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson. Tickets go on sale July 16 with earlier access for fan club members.

The Backstreet Boys formed in 1993 and are best known for such hits as “I Want It That Way,” ″As Long as You Love Me” and “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).”

Other music acts have done residencies in Sin City, including Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Mariah Carey, Calvin Harris, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Aeromsith, Boyz II Men, Pitbull, Gwen Stefani and Shania Twain.

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It’ll be Christmas in July in New Orleans when Crescent City Auction Gallery holds its July 17-18 Summer Estates Auction

Oil on canvas painting by Maurice de Vlaminck (French, 1876-1958), titled Country Road, signed lower left. Estimate: $  30,000-$  50,000.

Oil on canvas painting by Maurice de Vlaminck (French, 1876-1958), titled Country Road, signed lower left, 17 ½ inches by 20 ¾ inches. Estimate: $ 30,000-$ 50,000.

Large 20th century patinated bronze fountain figure of the Four Seasons, 87 inches tall. Estimate: $  5,000-$  10,000.

Large 20th century patinated bronze fountain figure of the Four Seasons, 87 inches tall by 53 inches wide. Estimate: $ 5,000-$ 10,000.

The oil on canvas painting by Swedish-born Louisiana artist Knute Heldner (1875-1952), is titled Shrimp Boats, No. 5, artist signed. Estimate: $  4,000-$  6,000.

The oil on canvas painting by Swedish-born Louisiana artist Knute Heldner (1875-1952), is titled Shrimp Boats, No. 5 and is artist signed lower right. Estimate: $ 4,000-$ 6,000.

Russian icon of the Virgin of Kazan by Sergeyevich Lebedkin (Moscow, 1898-1914). Estimate: $  500-$  1,000.

Russian icon of the Virgin of Kazan by Sergeyevich Lebedkin (Moscow, 1898-1914), featuring a 21kt gold and enameled sterling oklad. Estimate: $ 500-$ 1,000.

19th century American gilt and gesso Rococo Revival figural over-the-mantel mirror on a later white marble base, 96 inches tall. Estimate: $  3,000-$  5,000.

19th century American gilt and gesso Rococo Revival figural over-the-mantel mirror on a later white marble base, 96 inches tall by 75 ½ inches wide. Estimate: $ 3,000-$ 5,000.

Sold will be French, English and American furniture, original paintings by local and regional artists, fine jewelry and couture pieces, sterling silver, more.

NEW ORLEANS, LA, UNITED STATES, July 9, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — It’ll be Christmas in July in New Orleans when Crescent City Auction Gallery holds a big, two-day Important Summer Estates Auction the weekend of July 17th and 18th. The sale is brimming with over 800 quality lots of fine French, English and American furniture, over mantel mirrors, original paintings by local and regional artists, fine jewelry and couture pieces, a piano, sterling silver, nativity sets, model boats and more.

Start times both days will be 10 am Central time. Expected top lots include a large 20th century patinated bronze fountain figure of the Four Seasons, 87 inches tall by 53 inches wide (estimate: $ 5,000-$ 10,000); an oil on canvas painting by the French artist Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958), titled Country Road, signed lower left, 17 ½ inches by 20 ¾ inches (estimate: $ 30,000-$ 50,000); and paintings by Knute Heldner and AJ Drysdale.

The oil on canvas by Swedish-born Louisiana artist Knute Heldner (1875-1952), is titled Shrimp Boats, No. 5 and is signed lower right. It measures 29 ½ inches by 35 ½ inches and should bring $ 4,000-$ 6,000. The oil on canvas laid to board attributed to Norwegian-born Louisiana painter William Buck (1840-1888) is titled Covington Scene. It’s expected to finish at $ 3,000-$ 5,000. Both would be fine additions to any Southern collection.

It’s an eclectic sale, with merchandise ranging from vintage couture (Chanel, Hermes, Prada, Louis Vuitton, others) to fine estate jewelry (white, yellow and black diamonds, tanzanites, emeralds, sapphires, South Seas pearls, more) to a Russian icon of the Virgin of Kazan by Sergeyevich Lebedkin (Moscow, 1898-1914), featuring a 21kt gold and enameled sterling oklad, measuring 12 ½ inches by 10 ½ inches (estimate: $ 500-$ 1,000).

A 19th century American-made gilt and gesso Rococo Revival figural over mantel mirror set on a later white marble base, having an overall size of 96 inches tall by 75 ½ inches wide, is expected to gavel for $ 3,000-$ 5,000; while an American spelter slag glass lighted base lamp, probably Edward Miller, 21 inches tall, should knock down for $ 500-$ 900.

A circa 1940 44-piece Stieff sterling flatware service in the “Williamsburg Queen Anne” pattern, having a total weight of 53.75 troy oz., is estimated to ring up $ 1,000-$ 2,000. Also, a silverplated epergne/centerpiece, together with a silverplated circular mirror plateau, with relief fruit and scroll decorated rims (two pieces) should hit $ 400-$ 800.

A large oil on canvas painting by Scott Upton (N.C., b. 1958), titled Glimpse of the Hidden, signed and titled on verso, 47 ¾ inches by 71 ¾ inches, is expected to garner $ 3,000-$ 5,000. Tops in the American furniture category is a circa 1880 Victorian carved walnut marble-top sideboard, 76 inches tall by 58 inches wide (estimate: $ 600-$ 900).

French furniture, a staple at nearly every Crescent City auction, will feature the following examples:

• A French Provincial Louis XV style carved cherry sideboard from the early 1800s, 42 ¼ inches tall by 55 ¼ inches wide (estimate: $ 1,000-$ 2,000).
• A French Empire carved mahogany marble-top center table made in the 19th century, 29 inches tall and 38 ½ inches in diameter (estimate: $ 800-$ 1,200).
• A 19th century French Empire style carved mahogany marble-top commode, 34 ¾ inches tall by 50 ½ inches wide (estimate: $ 700-$ 1,200).
• A French Provincial Louis XV carved walnut vaisselier (furniture for storing and displaying china), 85 inches tall by 52 inches wide (estimate: $ 600-$ 1,200).
• A 20th century French style ormolu mounted ebonized mahogany bombe Boulle marble-top parlor cabinet, 38 ½ inches tall by 39 ½ inches wide (estimate: $ 600-$ 900).

Original artwork by New Orleans and regional artists is just as ubiquitous and will be led by an early 20th century oil wash on board painting by Alexander J. Drysdale (La., 1870-1934), titled Louisiana Bayou at Dusk, signed lower left (estimate: $ 800-$ 1,200); and a 20th century mixed metal sculpture by New Orleans artist Thomas Mann, titled Techno Rabbit Clock, with a carrot form stand, 6 inches tall, signed (estimate: $ 800-$ 1,200).

An oil on board painting by Colette Pope Heldner (New Orleans, 1902-1990), titled Swamp Idyll, signed lower left and signed and titled on verso, 19 ½ inches tall by 15 ¼ inches wide, carries a pre-sale estimate of $ 500-$ 800. Also, a large silver gelatin photographic print by George Valentine Dureau (New Orleans, 1930-2014), titled Two Young Boys, unsigned, 41 inches tall by 34 inches wide, should command $ 400-$ 800.

On to Europe, where an early 20th century oil on canvas painting by Henry Schouten (Belgian, 1857-1927), titled Horse and Donkey, signed lower left and 17 ¼ inches by 25 ¼ inches, is estimated to fetch $ 1,500-$ 2,500. Also, an oil on canvas Portrait of a Lady in White, initialed (“V.J.”) and initialed and dated (1836), should finish at $ 1,200-$ 1,800.

A 19th century patinated bronze sculpture by Antoine Louis Barye (French, 1796-1875), titled Spread Wing Eagle, 9 ½ inches tall and impressed “F. Barbedienne Fondeur”, has an estimate of $ 1,000-$ 2,000; while an early 20th century Continental School gilt bronze figure of a Classical Male Athlete, 25 ½ inches tall, possibly a Grand Tour souvenir, should rise to $ 800-$ 1,200. These are just a small sampling of what bidders can expect.

Live, in-person bidding, as well as exhibition previews, will be held by appointment only, in the Crescent City gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Previews are being held daily (except on Sunday) and started July 8th. A Saturday, July 10th preview will be held from 9 am -1 pm. To schedule an appointment for live gallery bidding on auction day, or for a preview, call 504-529-5057, or, you can send an email to [email protected]

Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and BidSquare.com. Absentee and phone bids will be accepted until 1 pm Central time on Friday, July 16th. A 25 percent buyer’s premium will be applied in-house (three percent discount for cash or check). A printed catalog is available; call 504-529-5057 or email [email protected]

Crescent City Auction Gallery is always seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you can call them at (504) 529-5057; or, you can send an e-mail to [email protected] All phone calls and e-mails are confidential.

For more regarding Crescent City Auction Gallery and the two-day Important Summer Estates Auction slated for the weekend of July 17th and 18th, visit www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com.

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Did a Photo Show Paranormal Activity on Christmas Day?

On April 29, 2021, TikTok user @callmemegh posted a video about an interesting photograph. She called it a “family mystery” and said it “was taken a few years ago.” The photo from Christmas Day purportedly showed some kind of paranormal activity, a demon, or a ghost.

@callmemegh
#greenscreen #fyp #unexplained #foryoupage #SkipTheRinse #creepypicture

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In total, @callmemegh posted six videos about the strange photo. They were collectively viewed nearly 400,000 times.

Paranormal Activity?

On May 9, @scottythemedium stitched the original video. Stitching a video on TikTok allows users to show part of another video before spending the rest of the time commenting on camera about it.

In the video from @scottythemedium, which was viewed more than 1 million times in 24 hours, he pointed out the outline of the odd shape on the left side of the photo:

This photo is nuts. I look at a lot of paranormal pictures, photographs, video evidence, whatever. Being on a paranormal team for the amount of time I have been, we do a lot of video and photo looking at for paranormal and not paranormal. I was so excited to see this picture. It is so crazy.

Look at the outline of the thing standing there. There’s no legs. We’re gonna do a second video and I’m just gonna green screen it and point to some stuff then I’m just like, as somebody who takes photographs and analyze photographs of paranormal stuff, this photo is just the bomb. It’s so good.

He then published a second video that took a closer look at the “paranormal” photo from Christmas Day. “So unless this girl is a really good Photoshop editor, then this is a real piece of photographic evidence of the paranormal,” he said. “Amazing.”

While the photo did appear to contain a strange figure, there was nothing paranormal about it.

The Truth

The picture was simply a panoramic photograph gone wrong. The man on his knees in jeans in the center of the picture appeared to have walked left to right and sat on the ground during the time it took to capture the photo. The dark object was the man in jeans just before he sat down.


The photo from Christmas Day purportedly showed some kind of paranormal activity, a demon, or a ghost, and was posted on TikTok.
Courtesy: @callmemegh/TikTok

One sure way to confirm that this was indeed shot in a panoramic mode was to look up. A curve could be seen along the top of the brick and the ceiling, which is what a panoramic picture would look like.

How Panoramic Photos Work

Panoramic photographs can be captured with a special mode on professional cameras, as well as iPhone and Android devices. Here’s how it works:

After switching the phone’s camera to the special mode for panoramic photography, the person capturing the picture points the camera and slowly moves left or right to capture a wide field of view. If a person or object moves during the time it takes to shoot the panoramic photo, it could appear distorted, just like the Christmas Day picture.

After receiving some comments and taking a closer look, @scottythemedium published a new video where he identified the picture as a panoramic picture. “In response to the very creepy photo, guess what? I was wrong,” he said. “That is absolutely one of those panoramic photos that went wrong.”

In sum, there was nothing “paranormal” about the strange photograph. The picture that captured a family opening gifts on Christmas Day simply showed that it’s always good to stand still if someone is shooting in panoramic mode.

Author: Jordan Liles
This post originally appeared on Snopes.com

Carrion's Free Christmas DLC Is Finally Available On Nintendo Switch

Carrion

Last year’s reverse horror game Carrion recently rolled out an overdue update for the console versions of the game.

It’s the Christmas update and “The Greatest Time of the Year” DLC. It arrived on PC on time (around XMAS last year) and has now been released for Switch and Xbox, entirely for free.

“Our beloved Master may have had some trouble navigating the console landscape, but console players could elude its frigid appendages only for so long – Santa Carrion has finally brought the Greatest Time of Year DLC over to Xbox and Switch! As per our Master’s wishes, the DLC remains free, so no excuses will be accepted – do your bidding and GO PLAY IT NOW!”

As explained in the original announcement post, this free DLC adds a brand new level to the game:

“As anyone can plainly see, the beast is a huge proponent of the holidays. Yes, consuming the flesh of those that seek to imprison you is still #1, but spending time with beast family and a white elephant gift swap is a close #2. Eh, let’s call it 1a and 1b, just to stay on its good side.

“To appease our gracious host and keep our free will, we’ve finally married its two favorite things together in a brand new level.”

Will you be returning to Carrion to try out this new update? Read our review here, if you haven’t already.

Sarah Harding told by doctor Christmas was 'probably her last' as cancer spreads to spine

The star also admitted she is reluctant to undergo radiotherapy as this would cause her to lose her hair.

Sarah argues that although some may consider her decision “vain”, if she only has a few months left to live, it won’t be worth it to lose her hair.

The television personality was left devastated when she lost her breast, so is keen to hold onto her blonde hair.

She penned: “I don’t want to feel like I have to spend whatever time I have left hiding away.”

 

Downton Abbey sequel: Filming 'all set to begin for Christmas release date'

Hugh Bonneville, aka the Earl of Grantham, recently promised that a “cheery” film like Downton Abbey 2 is just what the nation needs right now.

He said: “We’d love to do it and there is a great intent, but a little thing called Coronavirus keeps getting in the way.

“It would be super to think that sometime this year the cameras would roll because a Downton-type cheery movie would be very welcome in cinemas when they reopen eventually.

“There is a script, but not all the ducks are in a row yet – they are certainly not in the pond!”

His Downton co-star Jim Parsons has also teased what he has seen in the script so far.