Saving Money At A Music Festival It"s been an interesting year for punk rock music. Ann Arbor"s punk acolytes Iggy and the Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum last month, and punk rock impresario and Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren died on April 8, 2010, at age 64. But the headlines stretch further into the home of the aforementioned Rock Hall as well. Taking Woodstock: Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexual content, drug use and language. 120 mins. A comedy based on the real-life story of Elliot Tiber (Demetri Martin), whose family was involved in making the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival happen. The bank is about to foreclose on the family motel and Elliot moves back home to help his parents. When he learns the permit for the festival wristbands in a neighboring town has been cancelled, he contacts the producers and tries to drum up some business for the motel. Three weeks later half a million people are on their way to his neighbor"s farm and his life will be forever changed. There is a lot of preparation involved with organising a seminar or workshop. You are going to need to select the best suited venue (or technical support, if you are going to be conducting it via the web) to hold your event. You"ll need to find suitable accommodation for guest speakers if any, arrange discounted rates if possible, and perhaps organise activities when they are not speaking. If you are like most people buying event wristbands (or armbands or bracelets) for an event, you want to be sure they"ll help you let the right people into a venue and that they"ll keep the wrong people out. But what about when the leadership is all Lefties, as are 89% of the Press Corps? Well we"ll sport wristbands just have to wait and see won"t we? Wasn"t Ann Coulter briefly banned from NBC last week? Why? Because, according to a statement released by an NBC executive minion, "We can"t have her on our network running down President Obama." (I paraphrased) Can one imagine NBC saying the same of any major Democrat pundit when it comes to criticizing a Republican president? Yeah, when monkeys fly outta my ass! Sound daunting? It"s really not. I have good news and great news for you. The good news is that in your day to day life there are many times when you "perform". By performing I"m talking about subtle, but significant behaviors - like changing the tone of your voice; using physical gestures; being verbally descriptive, etc. My experience is that people naturally do this when they are speaking about a topic they feel some emotional connection to. However, when people get up in front of an audience, they often suppress this natural performing ability, mainly because of fear. Four days of national country music entertainment, as well as local/regional talent. Travis Tritt and Carrie Underwood are just two high-powered entertainers featured this year. Campers are welcomed, and there are several food vendors at the festival. General admission is free for children twelve and under; adult tickets range from $50 to $400 (depending on type and how many days). Click here for more ticket information and directions. Now that you know which Fest is happening in which place, it"s time for you to make your decision regarding where you are heading to with your music travels this year!

Japan"s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a speech at an opening of a new session of parliament in Tokyo, Japan Jan 22, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged political parties to advance debate on amending Japan"s Constitution while calling for friendly ties with China, on the first day of a 150-day regular session convened Monday.

In his policy address on the first day of the session, the Japanese leader referred to the Constitution as narrating the future shape of the country.

"We will be creating our nation, looking ahead 50 years or 100 years. It is the Constitution that narrates the shape and ideal form of the country," Abe said of the politically and socially divisive issue.

He called on all parties to formulate structured plans on the topic and for debate on the issue, which, if it were to come to fruition, would be the first-ever post-war amendment to the Constitution since it took effect in 1947.

For Abe to achieve his career-goal of amending Japan"s supreme law, specifically a key war-renouncing clause that restricts the activities of Japan"s Self-Defense Forces (SDF), a two-thirds majority would be required in both chambers of the parliament and a simple majority in a national referendum thereafter.

On points of diplomacy, the Japanese premier described Japan and China as being "inseparable" and said he "will seek to meet the expectations of the international community by developing friendly relations with China in a stable manner."

Abe said that with China"s Belt and Road Initiative in mind, Japan will cooperate with China on Asia"s growing infrastructural needs.

With this year marking the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Japan-China Peace and Friendship Treaty, the Japanese leader pledged to realize reciprocal visits by him and Chinese President Xi Jinping "as soon as possible."

Abe also said he hoped to hold a trilateral summit including South Korea with the aim of deepening relations for a new era.

In his address, Abe also reiterated the Japan-US alliance as being the cornerstone of Japan"s diplomacy and security, while stating that over the past year his relationship with US President Donald Trump had been one of personal trust.

In terms of domestic issues, Abe said labor reforms were front and center in terms of governmental action points, as were measures to combat the nation"s aging and shrinking society, phenomena he described as a "national crisis."

With revenue from a planned consumption tax hike slated for October next year, the prime minister said Japan"s social security system would be overhauled to benefit all sections of society, including the younger generations with the introduction of largely free preschool education.