24 Hour Fitness prepares for potential bankruptcy

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink TagsbankruptcyCoronavirusGymscenter_img 24 Hour Fitness is preparing for a possible bankruptcy filing even as it begins reopening locations. (Getty)Gym operator 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide planning for a potential bankruptcy even has it begins reopening its locations.The fitness company, which has more than 430 mid-tier gyms, has been talking with investors about the terms of a loan that would keep the company afloat during a court restructuring process, according to Bloomberg. The possible Chapter 11 filing would cut the company’s borrowings by exchanging debt for equity and putting lenders in control. Investment bankers at Lazard and attorneys at Weil, Gotshal & Manges are advising 24 Hour Fitness on the process.The company was struggling to hold onto customers even before the pandemic, with many flocking to gyms that were either more upscale or more affordable. It reported a 2 percent decline in revenue in its unaudited fourth-quarter earnings report, and membership dropped from 3.5 million to 3.4 million from the second to third quarter last year.The fitness and health club industry could shrink from an $85 billion industry to a $45 billion industry this year amid mandated closures due to the pandemic, according to estimates from WinterGreen Research . About 45 percent of states have started letting clubs at least partially reopen, but this is not the case in some of the most populous states like New York and California. Clubs have so far reported around 30 to 50 percent of members returning.New York Sports Club is also considering a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in the wake of its failed FlyWheel deal.24 Hour Fitness has implemented new health and safety measures including a touch-free check-in service and 30-minute closures for cleanings throughout the day. [Bloomberg]  — Eddie Smalllast_img read more

Rockpoint Group settles alleged rent-stabilization violations for $5M

first_imgKeith Gelb and Bill Walton with 63 and 67 Wall Street (Rockpoint, Google Maps)A Wall Street landlord has settled a lawsuit brought by its tenants over alleged rent-regulation violations.Rockpoint Group, a Boston private equity firm, will pay a $5 million settlement to as many as 4,800 current and former tenants in two Financial District buildings, Crain’s reported.Attorneys representing the tenants at 63 and 67 Wall Street filed a class-action lawsuit in November 2019, alleging that Rockpoint benefited from a state tax program for 14 years while offering market-rate leases. The 421-g program allows landlords to forgo property taxes, but requires them to offer rent-regulated leases.Rockpoint’s two Financial District buildings have a total of 795 units, with rents going from $2,235 per month for a studio to $5,350 for a one-bedroom equipped with a home office.ADVERTISEMENTThe Rockpoint lawsuit followed a string of similar cases that have cropped up in the past 18 months. The lawsuits were filed after New York’s highest court ruled in June 2019 that because landlord Clipper Equity received the 421g tax break at 50 Murray Street, tenants in that building were legally owed rent-stabilized leases and possibly back rent.Rockpoint has been an active investor in New York in recent years, partnering with Brooksville Company to buy Starrett City, the massive 46-building federally subsidized housing complex in East New York. The developers bought the building in 2018 for $905 million.[Crain’s] — Georgia Kromrei Share via Shortlink TagsReal Estate LawsuitsRent Regulationsrockpoint groupcenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

UK: Big brands sign letter urging government to stop solar tax hike

first_imgUK: Big brands sign letter urging government to stop solar tax hikeMore than 160 NGOs, schools, companies, energy providers and public institutions sign letter addressed to U.K. Chancellor calling on halt to proposed increase in business rates for solar panels. December 5, 2016 Ian Clover Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share A controversial proposal to increase 6-8 fold the rates paid for solar panels at commercial scale has been challenged by a sizable group of big brand companies, energy providers, schools, NGOs and public institutions. A letter sent to British Chancellor Philip Hammond garnered more than 160 signatories, including solar-friendly companies such as IKEA, Sainsbury’s and Kingfisher PLC, as well as two former directors of Big 6 energy companies, a handful of senior politicians and campaign groups such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. The letter asks Hammond to reconsider introducing changes to the tax relationship on solar panels bought and used for non-residential rooftop arrays. These proposals would increase the business rates paid for organizations that self-consume solar, rising by as much as eight-fold. The signatories argue that such a change to the tax system would further penalize a sector of the U.K. solar market that holds relative promise, making uneconomic commercial and industrial (C&I) installations for businesses and NGOs that want to produce and consume their own solar power. The rate increase will not apply to those customers that export their power to the grid or a third party. This, the letter argues, further punishes smaller companies that are less likely to have set up different ownership schemes for their panels. Schools and hospitals are also more likely to be unfairly impacted. The pace of solar installation in the U.K. has tailed off sharply in the last 12 months as severe cuts to subsidy have taken effect. And despite Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark recently stating that the government wants decentralized energy to compete with large-scale new generation to bring “competitive tension” to the market, tangible support for solar appears to be found wanting. “It is disappointing that over the past year major policy changes have led to rooftop solar deployment falling by over 80% in the U.K.,” read the letter. “Instead of stabilizing the industry, it has been further jeopardized by surprise business rate rises for organizations that own and supply themselves with solar power. Businesses, schools and others with solar face a sharp 6-8 tax hike from next April. If this proceeds it will also restrict future investment in solar rooftops all over the U.K., and put the British solar industry at a disadvantage, both at home and internationally.” The CEO of the U.K.’s Solar Trade Association (STA) Paul Barwell was heartened by the sheer diversity of groups willing to sign the letter, stating that it demonstrated the breadth of feeling on this issue. “Now that the U.K. has signed the Paris Agreement it goes without saying that the government should support organizations seeking to reduce their carbon footprints, not penalize them,” said Barwell. “It is essential that solar energy is treated sensibly within the tax system.” Sir Tim Smit, the co-founder of Eden Project, warned that the decision to press ahead with the proposals would be seen unkindly by history. “I urge the chancellor to ensure common sense prevails and creates a business climate that promotes a sustainable, independent future,” he said. 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1 dead after Southwest engine fails in midair, forcing emergency landing

first_imgWPVI-TV(PHILADELPHIA) — One person has died after a Southwest plane engine failed in midair on Tuesday, marking the first accidental domestic airline fatality in nine years, said the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).Flight 1380 was en route from New York City’s LaGuardia International Airport to Dallas Love Field when the engine failure forced the plane to make an emergency landing at the Philadelphia International Airport this morning.Passenger Matt Tranchin said the flight took a turn when he saw a “huge explosion and glass shattering three rows ahead of me.”“Flight attendants rushed up. There was momentary chaos. Everyone kind of descended on where this hole was. As passengers, we weren’t sure if they were trying to cover up the hole, but the plane smelled like smoke. There was ash coming through the ventilation system. We started dropping,” Tranchin told ABC station WPVI in Philadelphia. “Some of the crew couldn’t hold back their horror. And some were crying as they looked out through the open window onto the engine.”Passengers posted photos from inside showing their midair oxygen masks, a blown-out window and the remains of an engine.Passenger Jim Demetros, who said he was about three rows ahead of where the engine failed, told ABC News everybody was looking at “the woman who was sitting next to window that had blown out.”“It was a pretty harrowing experience,” he said, adding that the “crew did fantastic job … keeping everyone calm.”Seven people were minorly injured but not taken to hospitals, said Thiel. The NTSB said 144 passengers and five crew members were on board.NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt described the emergency as engine failure. The crew had reported damage to the main body of the plane, an engine and a window, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.“This is a sad day and on behalf of the entire Southwest family I want to extend my deepest sympathies for the family and the loved ones of our deceased customer,” Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said. “They are our immediate and primary concern and we will do all that we can to support them during this difficult time and the difficult days ahead.“The safety of our customers and our crew is always our uncompromising priority,” Kelly added. “I do want to thank and commend our flight crew for their swift action and for safely landing this aircraft. I also want to thank all involved in Philadelphia for their quick professional and compassionate response.“I’m immensely grateful there are no other reports of injuries but truly this is a tragic loss,” Kelly said. “Please join us in offering thoughts and prayers and support to all of those affected by today’s tragedy.”The runway was closed for over two hours but has since reopened.The NTSB and the FAA are investigating. Boeing said it is providing technical help to the investigation and Southwest said it is cooperating.The last accidental domestic airline fatality in 2009, when Colgan 3407 crashed near Buffalo, New York, killing all 49 people on board and a person on the ground.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Lawmakers mark Transgender Day of Remembrance, highlighting transphobia, grim stats

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — Congressional lawmakers and 2020 presidential hopefuls marked this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance by encouraging their social followers to speak the names of those who died of anti-transgender violence.Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., were among dozens of lawmakers who tweeted in support of the 20th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance on Wednesday, urging Americans to fight for justice for the 22 transgender women killed this year.“Hateful acts of anti-trans violence have claimed far too many lives — many whose names we’ll never know. Today we honor them,” Booker tweeted. “To those who continue to face discrimination & violence due to transphobia: I see you, I love you, & will never stop fighting for you. #TDoR2019.”Harris tweeted a similar statement, saying, “We can never stop saying and remembering their names. On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we must recommit to seeking justice for the lives taken and ending this epidemic. #TDOR.”At least 22 transgender people — 19 of them trans women of color — have been killed in 2019 alone, according to the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group. At least 29 transgender people were killed in 2017, making it the deadliest year on record, and at least 26 transgender people were killed in the U.S. in 2018, the group said.Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David said the violence had reached “crisis” levels in a statement this week, noting that trans women of color represented an overwhelming majority of those targeted.“Transgender women of color are living in crisis, especially black transgender women,” David said. “Every one of these lives cut tragically short reinforces the urgent need for action on all fronts to end this epidemic — from lawmakers and law enforcement, to the media and our communities.”Since 2013 HRC has tracked at least 150 transgender deaths due to fatal violence, but the organization said the violence is hard to track due to misgendering (incorrectly applying gender labels) and transphobia.One of the most recent victims, 29-year-old Itali Marlowe, was found dead in a driveway in Houston with multiple gunshot wounds in September. Last month, 30-year-old Brianna “BB” Hill, was found shot to death in Kansas City last month. Family members and friends described her as a beloved member of her community, a fan of the Kansas City football team and said she loved spreading joy by sharing funny videos on her Facebook page, according to HRC.Police arrested suspects in both cases, but the majority of the cases have not been solved.Lawmakers and 2020 presidential hopefuls pointed to these violent attacks as examples of why the U.S. needs stronger legal protections for transgender people.In many states, including Texas and most southern states, discrimination laws do not include protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity, leaving transgender people more vulnerable to job discrimination and more likely to resort to illegal activity to earn a living, according to LGBTQ rights advocates. It also makes them prime targets for violence and abuse.“When Washington ignores crises in the LGBTQ+ community, people die. On the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance, let’s commit to ensuring the safety and well-being of all Americans,” South Bend, Indiana mayor and 2020 democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg, tweeted.“Transgender people, particularly transgender women of color, are disproportionately affected by fatal violence,” Senator Bob Casey, D-Penn., tweeted. “We must do more to stop hate crimes, enforce legislation to prosecute these crimes and prevent those convicted of hate crimes from purchasing guns.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Technical Director/Faculty Member

first_imgDepartment:  Academic Affairs/Arts &HumanitiesPay Grade:     SeniorLecturer:  $45,965 – $57,503    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR FACULTYAPPLICANTS:The College pays one-half of reasonable travel expenses for thefirst visit and pays the entire cost of travel for the secondvisit. The College does not pay relocation expenses or offertenure. However, following a one-year probationary period,year-to-year contracts are provided until three years ofsatisfactory service are completed, after which time 3-yearcontracts are provided. To qualify for employment, selected candidates mustsuccessfully complete a criminal background check (fordesignated positions)be able to work on campus and/or remotely as of the first dayof employmentbe a resident of DE, MD, PA, VA, WV or DC as of the first dayof employmentbe currently authorized to work in the US, as the College doesnot offer Visa sponsorships  complete an employment application upon request, prior toprogressing through the initial interview process Carroll Community College has the right to revise thisposition description at any time, and this position descriptiondoes not represent in any way a contract of employment. APPLICATION PROCESS:To be considered, interested applicants must submit acover letter to include minimum salaryrequired, a resume, a one- totwo-page statement of teaching philosophy andunofficial transcript. (Please be sure the following arevisible on the unofficial transcript – your name, the institution’sname and the degree/date conferred) emailed by April 30, 2021 [email protected] or mailed toCarroll Community College, Human Resources Dept., 1601 WashingtonRoad, Westminster, Maryland 21157 and postmarked by same date. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO PERFORMWORK:Associate degree plus four years’ experience in related fieldor a Bachelor’s degree and two years’ experience in a relatedfieldStrong verbal and written communication skillsStrong attention to detailAbility to work effectively within a diverse artisticpopulationKnowledge and experience with internet and computer softwareapplications (i.e. AutoCAD, Outlook, Work, Excel, database,etc.)Creative problem-solving skillsMust be positive, cooperative and supportivePreferred qualifications include two years’ full-time teachingexperience, preferably in Theatre and/or Entertainment Technology;previous technical director experience; experience in budgetdevelopment/management; supervisory experience; master’s degree (asneeded for placement above the Senior Lecturer Rank)PHYSICAL DEMANDS:The work requires the ability to perform a medium level ofphysical work – exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally,and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 poundsof force to constantly move objects. Additionally, the followingphysical abilities are required:Hear/talk/communicate – Must be able to exchange informationand communicateVisual Acuity/ability to perceive or detect surroundingsMental acuity – Able to focus, concentrate, understand andconvey subject matterRepetitive motion (i.e. keyboarding)Stand/sit/walk/able to move or traverse from one area toanotherWORKENVIRONMENT:     College campus, direct contact with students, staff, faculty andthe general public in classrooms, common areas, offices, and campusenvironments.  Use of safe workplace practices with officeequipment; computers for data entry and word processing; avoidanceof trips and falls; observance of fire and building safetyregulations; and observance of traffic laws when/if driving aCollege vehicle. SALARY:The selected candidate will be placed on the 10-month CarrollCommunity College Faculty Salary Scale.  Rank at hire iscontingent upon qualifications and experience.  Positionincludes excellent fringe benefit package which can be found at:  https://c3.carrollcc.edu/departments/Administration/hr/HR%20Files/Benefit%20Guide%20-%20Employee%202020-2021.pdf “Carroll Community College is committed to creatinga diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. Carroll CommunityCollege is committed to Equal OpportunityEmployment.” ESSENTIAL JOBFUNCTIONS:      Provide oversight and support artistic goals of the theatreprogramTeach 6-7 credit hours a semester or receive appropriaterelease time for production design. Courses will be based onexperience and skillset but could include Stagecraft, StageManagement, Production Management, or courses in the EntertainmentTechnology programCollaborate with the Coordinator of Theater Operations insupervising and managing the Theatre Scene Shop to include creatingand implementing efficient systems for production protocol andoperations, organizing tracks, and maintaining inventories ofscenic elements, props, drapes, furniture, costumes, tools,equipment and suppliesPlan, schedule and implement the construction of a scenicdesign for the Theatre Program productions using knowledge ofstandard theatrical construction techniques accurately andsafelyAssure proper safety measures are followed includingregulations under OSHA & NFPA electrical and life safetycodesEnsure design deadlines are implemented; ensure artistic andtechnical integrity is maintained throughout the production; readall rehearsal and performance reports and ensure that all notes areaddressed in a timely mannerParticipate in season planning in conjunction with TheatreProgram DirectorHelp execute the set up, tear down, and running of live eventsheld in the theater for both internal and external clientsProvide mentorship and supervision for students and internswith theatre productionsMaintain a culture of inclusion, collaboration, anddiversityOther duties as assigned  Assistant Professor:  $50,000 -$62,364        FLSA Status: Exempt (Full-time 10-month FacultyPosition)JOB SUMMARYThis position provides management and oversight over operationsof Theatre Program productions, faculty responsibilities, and helprunning some events in the theater venue. This position reports tothe Theatre Program Director.last_img read more

Scalpers Ruin It For Arcade Fire Fans And All Fans In General

first_imgYou know those low-profile (well, not really, but nice try) shows that Arcade Fire (aka The Reflektors) is putting on this weekend? Well, tickets went on sale at noon yesterday, and as anybody could imagine, sold out in about 2 seconds (literally). That’s cool. We get it. Arcade Fire is huge; of course two intimate shows will sell out quickly. Unfortunately, a good portion of those tickets were scooped up by scalpers – those vile, money-grubbing, puke buckets, that sell tickets for anywhere from 50x to 500x the actual value of the ticket.Tickets for the shows, which are to be played tonight and tomorrow, at 299 Meserole Street in Brooklyn, immediately went up on the likes of Stubhub for the reasonable scalper prices of $175-$2000. Yeah, that’s what our eyes did when we read those numbers too. Tickets were approximately $50 to start out. While any real fan has a pit in their stomach when seeing the ridiculous pricing of these tickets, we really have to ask ourselves the real important question: How do we stop this?Of course, we have the option of not purchasing these PED’d up prices, but that means that EVERYBODY has to take a stand against this practice, and not purchase tickets from scalpers at all. And, to be honest, it’s just difficult to do that. It would be great if companies like Stubhub took a stand and put ceilings on the percentage increase you are allowed to charge for tickets. Either way, it sucks to pay anymore than what a ticket is worth, but we have to start somewhere.Companies like CashOrTrade.org‘s mission is to help fans obtain tickets at face value, participate in trades with other fans for tickets to other shows, and to provide an alternative to scalping. The system is based on legitimate fans doing the right thing, and it is most certainly a start in the right direction. Spreading the word and letting people know there is an alternative is definitely one way to fight the scalping demons. However, even that won’t solve the problems; it’s a start, but we need more than that. We need laws put in place, we need authorities to come down hard on the practice of scalping, and there needs to be a lot of pressure put on these secondary ticketing companies to police their sites more efficiently.Even then, there will always be some form of scalping. It’s not simply going to go away. If someone wants to make some extra cash off a ticket to a high-profile event, they will find a way. But, it shouldn’t be this easy. With any show, not just the Arcade Fire show, or the intimate Billy Joel show the other night on Long Island, the people that suffer the most are the real fans. Some of us can barely afford the actual cost of the ticket as it is. Events like this should be enjoyed without having to put yourself in bankruptcy. People need to be held accountable. This conversation has gone on way too long, with no results.last_img read more

No. 1 Monster Energy Series team cited for lug-nut violation

first_imgThe No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing team has been penalized for a safety violation following Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course.Per Sections 10.9.10.4, the No. 1 Chevrolet was found to have lug nut(s) not safe and secure in post-race inspection. Crew chief Matt McCall has been fined $10,000.Jamie McMurray piloted the No. 1 Chevrolet to a runner-up finish in the first event at the Charlotte road course.MORE: Full results from the RovalNo Xfinity Series teams were penalized following Saturday’s race at the Roval.last_img read more

NASCAR reduces downforce at short tracks, road courses for 2020 Cup Series

first_imgEditor’s Note: This story was first published when the rules package for short tracks and road courses was announced on January 14. This weekend’s race at Phoenix Raceway marks the first time that package will be used. NASCAR officials announced rules changes Tuesday for the 2020 Cup Series season, introducing a reduced-downforce package designed to enhance competition on road courses and the circuit’s shorter oval tracks.The changes include significantly smaller spoilers, splitters and other aerodynamic devices in an effort to place a greater emphasis on handling and driver input with less stabilizing downforce on those tracks. The package draws inspiration from similar rules used in the 2017-18 seasons.MORE: 2020 Cup Series schedule“Our first and foremost core goal is to deliver great racing, and I think that we constantly evaluate the things that we do on the race track, however and wherever we need to, to improve that situation for them,” said John Probst, NASCAR Senior Vice President, Innovation and Racing Development. “And as part of our normal ongoing critique of ourselves and how we’re doing, we just felt like this was a good opportunity for us to improve the on-track product at the short tracks and road courses.”Among the changes for those specific tracks:A significantly smaller rear spoiler, which shrinks from an 8-inch height to 2.75 inches.The front splitter’s overhang will now measure a quarter-inch (down from 2 inches), with approximately 2-inch wings (reduced from 10.5 inches).Alterations to the radiator pan, removing its vertical fencing in an effort to reduce front-end downforce. The dimensions of the pan remain the same.The changes will be in effect for nine of the 24 layouts — three road courses and six ovals — that the NASCAR Cup Series will visit in 2020.The six oval tracks that will use the new rules this season:Bristol Motor Speedway (.533 miles)Dover International Speedway (1 mile)Martinsville Speedway (.526 miles)New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.058 miles)Phoenix Raceway (1 mile)Richmond Raceway (.75 miles)All three road courses on the Cup Series schedule will have the new rules in place:Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (2.28 miles)Sonoma Raceway (2.52 miles)Watkins Glen International (2.45 miles)“When we consider changes to the aero package, we often can look back on our playbook, if you will, from seasons past,” Probst said, “and there’s obviously some trade-offs that you make between introducing something completely new that the industry has never seen versus something that we have run before where we have a playbook from our side and (teams) have setup books from their end. We felt like we were going to look at aero packages that we have run in the past, and looking back at a lot of competitive metrics that we track, we feel like the 2017 levels of downforce on those types of tracks had pretty good side-by-side racing that our fans enjoyed.“So instead of just coming out and creating a completely new aero spec that’s unknown to possibly us and more importantly the industry, we felt like we’d go back to something that’s tried and true for us and go back to a package that we had run recently. At the same time, we did make some small adjustments to that package so that it would fit with our current intermediate speedway package so that we’d minimize further the necessity of the teams to have to develop this package.”Probst said that the aerodynamic changes were met with a “broad base of support” in meetings that were initially held with stakeholders — spanning drivers, team engineers and managers, Goodyear representatives, manufacturers and broadcast partners — during NASCAR Champions Week in December at Nashville, Tennessee.“Certainly from our standpoint, we feel like this is a step in the right direction to create more side-by-side, exciting moments during the race,” Probst said. “Obviously the proof will be in the pudding, but this is certainly something that we have run before that’s had good results.”last_img read more

Andy Frasco & The U.N. Announce Two Nights Of Interactive Online Concerts At Cervantes

first_imgAndy Frasco & The U.N. are urging fans to “stay the f*ck home” and are performing live together for the first time since quarantine for a two-night interactive online concert experience. Frasco, accompanied by his U.N. group of Ernie Chang, Shawn Eckels, Andee Avila, Floyd Kellogg, and Chris Lorentz will be playing two sets of music at Denver, CO’s Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom this weekend on August 21st and 22nd.This 100% interactive online concert experience will take fans on a wild night of music, complete with surprise sit-ins and quirky extracurriculars as the night’s performance goes on. The group will also be playing their latest album, Keep On Keepin’ On in its entirety for the first time. Fans will be able to choose how and what the band does throughout the performance to make it an at-home virtual concert experience.“We’re throwing a 100% interactive experience with our fans where they are in complete control of our lives for two sets each night. It’ll be based on a polling system where the viewers will vote on the next thing we do… from playing ‘Keep on Keepin’ on in its entirety, to picking songs we haven’t played in years,” Frasco said. “Viewers will also have the choice to vote on what extracurriculars we do – whether it’s a two song stay at home dance party with DJ sleepy, or a brand new sketch video we would make that week, even what drugs we take on stage. This will be the first time the band has seen each other for 5 months so it should get pretty interesting.”Watch Frasco’s rundown of the show below:Fans can tune in this weekend from 7–10pm MT for two nights of at-home concert shenanigans with Andy. General admission, VIP, and two-day ticket options are available. VIP packages include a ticket to the stream, t-shirt, and a signed screen print poster by Amor de Verano Studio. Fans who want an all-inclusive experience can purchase Super VIP tickets that includes an additional two-night Zoom FroDown with Andy after the show each night. The Zoom party will feature drinking games and a Stay The F*ck Home Dance Party.To purchase tickets, click here.last_img read more