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Philadelphia Arts Organizations Struggle to Stay Afloat Amidst the Pandemic

Many performing arts organizations across the Philadelphia area have been struggling since the start of the pandemic. ABC 6 talked with some about what that has been like, and impact it has had.

“We have furloughed, we have had a round of layoffs, we have a hiring freeze from the beginning at the office,” said Karen Corbin, chief operating officer of the Philadelphia Pops.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is also struggling, but are doing their best to ensure their survival in the future.

“The musicians and the staff made big sacrifices to their pay in order to make sure the orchestra can thrive on the other side of this,” said Matias Tamopolsky, CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Arts and culture brought in $4.1 billion annually to the Greater Philadelphia region, and provided 55,000 full time jobs prior to the pandemic. Since March, the industry has lost nearly $131 million.

Not just

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Movie Theaters Struggle to Survive Without Blockbusters

Movie theater executives don’t usually quote Winston Churchill on earnings calls.

But during his company’s most recent quarterly report to analysts, AMC chief Adam Aron dusted off one of the prime minister’s most famous speeches to describe the financial cataclysm engulfing the exhibition industry and the resilient spirit he hopes will rise up to meet the challenge.

“We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender,” Aron said.

A touch melodramatic? Perhaps, but Aron is correct in noting that cinemas have never faced a threat as grave as COVID-19. In 2020, theatrical box office revenue will plummet 65.6% to an estimated $15.5 billion, the worst result in decades.

But then, on Nov. 9, there was something of a deus ex machina. News broke that Pfizer had

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Author and radio host Thom Hartmann on the “struggle for democracy” and the road ahead

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in election night event at the Chase Center in the early morning hours of November 04, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

This article originally appeared here on Salon.com

America is in limbo.

There is the good: Joe Biden is president-elect. He has defeated Donald Trump, winning the highest percentage of eligible voters since Richard Nixon in 1972. Biden also received the highest number of votes in American history — approximately 77 million. It is clear that the American people have given Biden a mandate to lead the country into a better future. 

As expected, Donald Trump continues to claim, against all evidence to the contrary, that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him through “voter fraud” and is attempting to use the courts to overturn the election results. To this point these efforts have completely failed. Biden has

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At Disney, Streaming Soars as Other Businesses Struggle

Walt Disney Co. ’s Disney+ streaming service turned one year old on Thursday. The company spent the birthday as it has the past several months in a Covid-19 world: Counting on the service for hope during an otherwise dreadful time.

Disney posted its second consecutive quarterly loss on Thursday, as the effects of the pandemic continued to ravage core businesses like theme parks and movie distribution that aren’t expected to return to normal in the foreseeable future.

But the quarantine life has accelerated a pivot in the way Disney casts itself to Wall Street, and increasingly how investors see the world’s largest entertainment company. With movie theaters closed and TV production stalled, Disney’s streaming efforts have become the focus—and promise—of a company otherwise marked by layoffs and unprecedented losses. On Thursday, the streaming business delivered.

Subscriptions to Disney+ hit 73.7 million as of Oct. 3, the company said, up from

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TV ratings struggle again following Peter V’landys announcement

State of Origin probably won’t be at the end of the season again. 

Following Peter V’landys’ admission that the NRL will most likely return to mid-season State of Origin series, the TV ratings again struggled on Wednesday night for Game II. 

Last week’s opener was up against the US Election coverage, and garnered the lowest metro and national audience since 2003 . 

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There was some optimism that the second clash could be different, but the numbers have shown only a slight increase.

Last week’s metro numbers drew just 1,598,000 viewers, with this week bumped up 1,654,000 – not a great improvement, especially with the lack of other big TV events on.

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Kylie Minogue Talks ‘Parallel’ of Her Disco Resurgence in 2020: ‘Disco Came from Struggle’

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Kylie Minogue continues to rule the dance floor.

On her stunning, arguably perfect 15th album, the pop icon returned to her roots in disco, a genre she’s successfully played with several times over the course of her 33-year music career.

In the new issue of PEOPLE, Minogue opens up about DISCO, which she unleashed last week.

“I knew it was heading to the dance floor, and I knew I was inspired by the feeling that Studio 54 gives us,” Minogue, 52, says of the record. “For many of us of a certain age, there’s all of that nostalgia, and it just so happens it’s having a moment right now with the younger generation as well.”

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Indeed, disco has experienced a renaissance this year, with pop stars from Dua Lipa (Future Nostalgia) and Doja Cat (“Say So”) to Lady

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Australia’s Struggle With ‘Bonk Bans’ and ‘Manterruptions’

SYDNEY, Australia — It may go down here as the “manterruption” of the year.

In the wake of a television investigation that revealed allegations of sexism and inappropriate behavior in the Australia’s ruling Liberal Party, Anne Ruston, the minister for families, was asked at a news conference on Tuesday what it’s like to be a woman in Parliament.

But Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who appeared at her side, just couldn’t seem to let her answer the question.

Before she could speak a full sentence, Mr. Morrison jumped in to criticize a term used to describe a rule introduced by his predecessor in 2018 that prohibited sexual relations between staff and ministers. The term: “bonk ban,” which he insisted made light of a serious issue.

He carried on at full paternal volume, apparently without noticing that he had cut her off. When he was done, he gestured to her to carry

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