CW Nevius brings his oneman show to the Mission

first_imgBut such a time did exist, and Nevius, then 30, was along to document it. The Raiders’ magical run to the 1980 Super Bowl title, as witnessed through the eyes of a young writer and new Bay Area resident, forms the crux of Nevius’ show at The Marsh. He also manages to weave in his not-quite concurrent work exposing the sexual assault scandal and cover-up attempt that sank the University of San Francisco men’s basketball program. C.W. “Chuck” Nevius recalls an unexpected conversation with a Raider legend during his solo show, The Oakland Raiders, True Crime & Coming of Age in San Francisco at The Marsh. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.That’s a sports-heavy lineup. But the gameplay is a relatively minor element. Rather, Nevius’ 80-minute show is much more about the lives of some deeply wild and crazy people and the profession of journalism (also a repository of wild and crazy people) — and the stories amassed during four decades of being paid to amass and retell those stories. These are not mere after-hours, barroom tales. This is acting; Nevius is slipping into and out of characters: The pious Jesuit abetting the dirty sports program; the hulking lineman whose girlfriend once drove her car onto a practice field in an attempt to run him down; the chain-smoking, polyester-clad editor; the Tourettes-like bursts of a defensive savant known for applying enough stick-um to his body to serve as a human flytrap. At one point, Nevius emphatically re-creates the snow shovel-on-frozen pavement sound of Raiders safety Mike Davis’ body sliding over the icy Cleveland turf after he sealed a playoff win with an interception in the end zone. “I try to think of this as a column with sound effects,” says Nevius following a recent rehearsal. That’s a good line, but the analogy breaks down a bit with analysis. Nevius, coming from the crucible of sports coverage, shifted into the grueling three-a-week news slot. This show, on the other hand, required damn near two years of workshopping. Nevius’ show runs for five weeks at The Marsh, starting tonight. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.“Oh, I was such an idiot,” Nevius said (a statement that might be seconded by area homeless and affordability activists). “I had put together four 15-minute stories for readings and I figured I’d put them together, do a tap-dance in-between, and I’d have a show! I’d get it done in a week! Well, none of those stories are in there now. There is so much more to it than I thought.” Playing characters, for one thing. This is something Nevius initially told his director, David Ford, he was not comfortable with. Okay, Ford responded. If you can’t make that level of commitment (to excellence), then I can’t be your director. “So,” Nevius says, “I’m doing characters.” It’s an unusual career trajectory to go from teaching high school (as Nevius did) to freelance high-school sports reporting to covering a Super Bowl team to writing Page One news columns — to the stage. “No one is going to come up to you and say, ‘you should do a one-man show,’” Nevius observes, accurately. “But it’s worth a try. I’m retired. I don’t want to take up woodworking. Why not do this?” The Oakland Raiders, True Crime & Coming of Age in San Francisco runs from Nov. 16 to Dec. 15 at The Marsh Theatre, 1062 Valencia. Info: TheMarsh.org Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img In the mid-1970s, the sports editor at the Colorado Springs Sun assigned five would-be freelance sportswriters to cover Friday night football games in a tryout for a gig that paid the princely sum of $5 per week (that’s $22 in today’s money).It snowed. It was Colorado. It snowed a lot: more than a foot. Four of the five would-be newspapermen stayed home. The fifth went out and froze his ass and turned in some copy. “I got the job by default,” recalls Charles William “C.W.” Nevius. It’s a long way from the frozen tundra of Colorado Springs to beneath the limelight in a compact upstairs theater in The Marsh on Valencia Street — both physically and metaphysically. Nevius’ one-man show, The Oakland Raiders, True Crime & Coming of Age in San Francisco takes viewers along for a stroll to some of the places he’s visited in-between; it opens Friday and runs until Dec. 15.  Nevius, 68, retired as a San Francisco Chronicle thrice-a-week (!) political columnist in 2016. Younger readers may not even remember his 20 years in the sports department or an era when the Oakland Raiders’ slogan “Commitment to Excellence” wasn’t a cruel hoax. last_img read more

RUGBY League World Cup 2013 organisers have confir

first_imgRUGBY League World Cup 2013 organisers have confirmed details of the hotly-anticipated Opening Ceremony at the Millennium Stadium on October 26.Involving specially-designed lighting, original music, and a dance extravaganza created by some of the UK’s leading choreographers, the spectacular opening to RLWC2013 will involve more than 1,500 performers.Noted classical singer Camilla Kerslake will sing ‘God Save The Queen’ ahead of England’s clash with Australia. Kerslake has sung for the Queen and an audience of 140,000 people at the Epsom Derby.Music at the ceremony will also include performances from female classical-pop quartet Escala and Welsh ‘Queen of the Harps’ Catrin Finch, and a mass choir of a thousand voices.Finch’s CD The Celtic Concerto went to number one this year in the classical charts. In 2000, she was appointed Royal Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, a position which she held for four years reviving the ancient tradition of a post last held in 1873.The dance performance will feature opening ceremony presenter Gethin Jones and Martin Offiah doing the jive with their original Strictly Come Dancing partners, Camilla Dallerup and Erin Boag.RLWC2013 ambassador Gareth Thomas will also be putting on his dancing shoes, joining hundreds of elite and community dancers on the Cardiff pitch. He will dance with 50 professional dancers, among the best in the UK. They Will be joined by 500 dancers from local communities in Wales and South West England as part of a £1 million project part-funded by the Arts Council England and Arts Council Wales, and supported by the charity Wooden Spoon.RLWC2013 Ambassador, Martin Offiah said: “I’ll be reunited with my Strictly partner Erin Boag. I have to say I’m nervous but also very excited. I might take a little grief from the fans but it should be good fun.”RLWC2013 Tournament General Manager, Sally Bolton said: “It is amazing that Strictly Come Dancing, one of the biggest shows on the BBC, have agreed to be a key part of the Opening Ceremony. To have Gethin Jones and Martin Offiah as part of that will be a real treat for the crowd.“But there is more than just dance to look forward to. Music from Camilla Kerslake, Catrin Finch and Escala will also give the show a real touch of quality and vibrancy to complement the matches to follow.“And there’ll be dramatic lighting, special effects, and an aerial show celebrating the fourteen nations taking part in what promises to be a great tournament, the first major sporting event taking place in the UK since London 2012. All in all, the atmosphere under the closed roof of the Millennium Stadium is going to be electric, so it’s really important that fans are in their seats by 1.30pm. It’s a show not to be missed.”Make sure you #bethere from the start for the global sporting event of 2013, to witness a spectacular show and two epic international Rugby League encounters under the closed roof at one of world sport’s most atmospheric stadia.last_img read more

Club First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgSaints trailed 16-30, but came roaring back as Lachlan Coote completed his hat-trick and Tommy Makinson brought Saints back to within four points before substitute Bentley won it in the dying seconds in dramatic fashion with Coote kicking the crucial two.And Holbrook was delighted with the way his players responded in an ‘entertaining’ game of rugby league.“Last week I was happy to win and I’m glad we won that one too! What an entertaining game of rugby league. We started great and flew out of the blocks and then Salford got some opportunities and took them and then they got on top in the second half. Massive credit to the players for finding a way to storm back and go onto win the game. It’s good to win.”“Obviously we started well, I just thought we made a couple of errors and Salford are good enough if you give them a chance. They are such a dangerous team. We will be hard on oursleves for opening the door for them, but we have to give them credit as they did something about it and put some good tries on us.”Holbrook paid credit to Alex Walmsley,  Makinson as well as Coote and Jonny Lomax in the win whilst he believes hero Bentley will remember that winning try for a long time to come.“I thought Big Al and Tommy [Makinson] turned the game in our favour late in the second half. The good thing was we stayed calm and that’s what I’ve said all year about our side.“The key play makers like Cootie who obviously had a mix bag of a night. I thought him Theo [Fages] and Jonny [Lomax] late in the game were not panicking when we were down by 14, so I am really pleased how we handled the game. You have to win all different ways during the year, your not going to have it your own way through the year and all the time and we didn’t get it our own way tonight. To come out with the win we will learn a lot.“It was great for him [Bentley] to get another run with us. He nearly came close once or twice earlier, but couldn’t get over the line. It is good for him. All our players work hard and he got an opportunity tonight and to score the winning try he will remember for a while and so he should.”Finally Holbrook paid credit to the Saints fans.“They lift the players. You need the home fans to make a difference and the boys had to find some energy from somewhere as it was all going the other way and our fans play a big part and really lift the boys and I am happy for them we got the win as well.”last_img read more

Shortages seen locally in testing and treatment for flu

first_imgNotices are up at clinics like FastMed Urgent Care in Leland informing people about shortages in test kits. LELAND, NC (WWAY) —  Nearly a hundred people have died from the flu in North Carolina. Medical professionals are having to deal with shortages in shots and treatment entering the peak of the flu season.Notices are up at clinics like FastMed Urgent Care in Leland informing people about shortages in test kits. The biggest issue for this clinic are flu shots.- Advertisement – They say they are seeing the worst flu season in over a decade.With that they are trying to make sure shots or vaccines specifically go to patients younger than 2 or older than 65.Overall they are seeing shots and Tamiflu, which treats the flu, running low.Related Article: Local computer expert: Windows 7 could put you at risk“The CVSs, the Walgreens, the Targets all of those are running low so we are trying to just stay to again under the age of two and over the age of sixty-five,” said Bradley Alsip PA-C who is a physician’s assistant at the Leland Urgent Care. “Some of the people that fall in the middle there, they may be immuno-compromised or have other illnesses so we are prescribing that too.”Professionals at the urgent care say it could take two weeks before the flu takes affect. They encourage people to prevent from spreading the flew by keeping their hands clean and cover coughs or sneezes.last_img read more

Security increased at two Brunswick County schools over alleged threats

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram has assigned additional deputies at two schools as a precaution after hearing rumors regarding threats.According to a joint news release from Brunswick County Schools and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, School Resource Officers at North Brunswick High School and Leland Middle School were alerted to some rumors circulating throughout the schools regarding threats.- Advertisement – The release says threats to any of the schools in Brunswick County are taken very seriously and immediately addressed by law enforcement.Detectives are investigating the rumors and believe them to be unsubstantiated, but they will continue to investigate until the source of the rumors is identified and held accountable.Public Information Officer Daniel Seamans said in a statement, “Brunswick County Schools is aware of the rumors involving Leland Middle School and North Brunswick High School.  As is protocol, with any rumors of this kind, BCS took immediate action and alerted School Resource Officers. Student safety is always the priority.  The situation is being investigated by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and we are working closely with them.”Related Article: Retaliation? Alleged shooting victim of man shot Sunday faces chargesSeamans added that there is not believed to be any danger to students.last_img read more

Town hall on home contracting scams to be held in Wilmington

first_imgConstruction (Photo: MGN Online) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Don’t be duped. Next week, you can get help to avoid home contracting fraud.Attorney General Josh Stein, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the Better Business Bureau and others will take part in a town hall.- Advertisement – They’ll discuss how to recognize scams, how to report them and how to avoid being victimized.The meeting is Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Cape Fear Council of Government in Wilmington.The event will also be livestreamed on AARP North Carolina’s Facebook page. Viewers will be able to phone in questions at (866) 495-1080.last_img read more

Airlie Gardens Arboretum Cape Fear Museum closed due to storm damage

first_imgFallen tree at New Hanover County Arboretum (Photo: NHCO Arboretum FB) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Several parks and attractions in New Hanover county are closed to the public due to damage from Hurricane Florence.Airlie Garden will remain closed until further notice, while trees are cleared and the grounds cleaned up. Airlie Gardens posted on social media that the Airlie Oak, Bottle Chapel, Pergola, and Butterfly House were fine, but the rest of the gardens have significant damage.- Advertisement – Related Article: Disaster food benefits to be offered in Brunswick CountyThe county’s free day, which typically takes place on the first Sunday of each month, is canceled for October 7 The following county parks and facilities will open Wednesday:Hoggard Soccer FieldsHugh MacRae Park (except dog park and pond/gazebo area, which are closed until further notice)Kings Grant ParkOgden ParkRiver Road ParkRoland Grise Baseball Fieldcenter_img The Arboretum is closed to allow for cleanup and repairs. The plant clinic and gift shop will open Monday. At the Arboretum, a number of large trees came down. The Arboretum told us their entire tree canopy has changed. Staff is working to triage and salvage some of the trees.Art in the Arboretum has been rescheduled to November 2, 3, and 4. The garden will officially open to the public on November 5.The Cape Fear Museum will remain closed until further notice for remediation.The following county parks are open beginning today:Arrowhead Park (except disc golf course, which is closed until further notice)Monterey Heights ParkTrails End Parklast_img read more

Local activist Ryan Burris passes away

first_imgBurris addressing protesters along Wilmington’s waterfront (Ryan Lee Burris/Facebook) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Local activist Ryan Lee Burris has passed away. This according to Cape Fear Equality and members of the New Hanover Democratic Party.Burris was active in both of those groups over the years. The list of organizations that Burris took part in for his advocacy work is long.- Advertisement – “The fight is a never-ending struggle for equality for all minorities that are out there,” Burris told WWAY back in 2016 during the controversy over HB 2.Burris was an outspoken advocate for the rights of people within the LGBTQ community.Friends and fellow advocates took to Burris’s Facebook page sharing saddness and grief over his passing.Related Article: Ben & Jerry’s unveils Pecan Resist flavor ahead of midtermsAnnually he also worked to give back doing holiday toy drives.There’s no official word yet on how Burris died.last_img read more

Third suspect arrested in attack where woman was allegedly lured to home

first_imgJustice Lewis (Photo: NHSO) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a third person in an attack where a woman was allegedly lured to a home on Sidbury Road and assaulted.Justice Denea Lewis, 22, is charged with kidnapping, malicious use of explosive with injury, and conspiracy.- Advertisement – On April 16, Christopher Farmer reportedly lured the victim over to his house to give her money for a hotel room.The Sheriff’s Office said when the victim got there, Muriel Hansley, who is the mother of Farmer’s child, had ‘beef’ with the victim and attacked her. Lt. Jerry Brewer said a couple of other girls were there and helped beat up the victim. The victim was also pepper sprayed and they tried to set her hair on fire.The victim got away and went to Cape Fear Hospital.Related Article: Kidnapping suspect kept Wisconsin girl under bedFarmer and Hansley were arrested shortly after the crime. Farmer has since bonded out of jail. Hansley remains in jail under a $150,000 bond.Lewis is in jail under a $100,000 bond.last_img read more

Wilmington Police reviewing use of force after College Road brawl

first_img Wilmington Police, UNCW Police, the NC Highway Patrol and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office all responded.According to a news release, as officers attempted to break up the fight and disperse the crowd many people became unruly and wouldn’t comply.While in the process of arresting Katina Walker, 27, another woman, Denasia Greene, 21, allegedly broke through the crowd and hit Walker with a glass bottle.Related Article: Crime Stoppers offering reward for info on man wanted for homicidePolice arrested Greene.  During this time, Angeleos Williams, 35, attempted to pull Greene and Walker away from officers. Police say after Williams failed to comply with officers commands, they tased him and arrested him.Walker was transported to NHRMC.Police say someone else in the crowd also had a taser, but it’s unclear whether they  deployed it during the incident.Police say it’s standard protocol to review the use of force.Police arrested Katina Marie Walker charging her with disorderly conduct, affray and resisting arrest. 21-year-old Denasia Kalidra Greene was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, affray and resisting arrest.​Police charged Angeleos Roamel Williams with resisting arrest. (Photo: Pixabay) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police tased a man during a large brawl that broke out in the parking lot of a music venue on Sunday morning, now they’re reviewing the use of force during the arrest.Police say more than 150 people were outside The Monk on S. College Road when a large fight broke out, involving 15 to 20 people.- Advertisement – last_img read more