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[PHOTO] 160828 Incheon Airport (Departure) - Red Velvet going to Honolulu, Hawaii

Red Velvet at Incheon Airport while hiding their new hairstyle for the upcoming Comeback.

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Darren Criss alone is a dynamic, larger-than-life live performer who oozes passion for theater, show tunes and music in general. He is the only “Glee” cast member to have contributed original songs written specifically for the series one of which, “This Time,” earned him his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. Put him together with the other huge names on this year’s Elsie Fest performer lineup and lucky attendees are in for an explosive, multi-faceted musical treat.
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Labor Day entertainment: Darren Criss and Elsie Fest make Coney Island encore

New York’s outdoor music festival for show tunes, Elsie Fest, returns for its second year in a row on Labor Day, Monday Sept. 5, at historic Coney Island. The all-day entertainment extravaganza debuted last year along the Hudson River at Pier 97. This year, Elsie Fest attendees can spend the day soaking up the sun and the sand along the Boardwalk at Coney Island and catch the show which starts at 1 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. in the Ford Amphitheatre. Festival tickets, including VIP tickets, premiere seating options and Meet and Greet packages are currently on sale.

Elsie Fest is the brainchild of Broadway and TV star Darren Criss (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “Glee”), Jordan Roth, and Ricky Rollins who wanted to create an outlet for Broadway enthusiasts to gather and see some of their favorite artists from the stage and screen perform live in an all-day outdoor setting. Last year’s critically-acclaimed festival was a huge success. This year, Criss will be joined by Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Megan Hilty (“Wicked,” “Smash”), Tony Award winners Lena Hall (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) and Jason Robert Brown (“The Bridges of Madison County”), Corey Cott (“Newsies”), indie band Rebel and a Basketcase (featuring Evan Rachel Wood).

Darren Criss is a proud University of Michigan theater grad and Tony-nominated fellow U of M alums Pasek and Paul (“A Christmas Story, the Musical”) will also perform, along with Julie James and Tony Award-winning special guest Cynthia Erivo (“The Color Purple”). Elsie Fest has also been known to turn out surprise guests. So, who knows who else might pop in to sing a song or two?

Broadway.com praised Darren Criss and last year’s festival calling the “Harry Potter” YouTube spoof star “clearly the next generation of stage star” and deemed Elsie Fest 2015 “easily the coolest Broadway event of the year.” That’s a pretty impressive assessment for a first-time launch.

The remarkable thing about Elsie Fest is that it takes a Broadway-style entertainment experience to a whole new level. It presents an outdoor concert festival vibe (which Criss previously dubbed Coachella for show tunes) in a kickin’ atmosphere with singalongs at Marie’s Beer Garden in between sets and of course, there will be food and drink galore.

Darren Criss alone is a dynamic, larger-than-life live performer who oozes passion for theater, show tunes and music in general. He is the only “Glee” cast member to have contributed original songs written specifically for the series one of which, “This Time,” earned him his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. Put him together with the other huge names on this year’s Elsie Fest performer lineup and lucky attendees are in for an explosive, multi-faceted musical treat.

Elsie Fest 2016 is sponsored by iHeart Radio, LiveNation, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, and Jujamcyn Theaters. Ticket prices range from $30 - $60 each (before fees) for Gallery Seating, $30-$85 each (before fees) for Promenade Seating and $85-$125 each (before fees) for Orchestra Seating. VIP, Premium Seating and Meet and Greet Packages are also available at varying prices. Consult the Elsie Fest website for more information.

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Frustrated Gutierrez says "very harsh" penalty not fair
Esteban Gutierrez labelled his grid penalty in the Belgian Grand Prix as "very harsh", and said the stewards were lacking consistency.

Esteban Gutierrez labelled his grid penalty in the Belgian Grand Prix as “very harsh”, and said the stewards were lacking consistency.

The Mexican Haas driver was handed a five-place grid penalty for driving slowly in the racing line and nearly causing an accident with Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein during final practice at Spa.

Wehrlein, who called Gutierrez a “f****** idiot” over the radio, had to drive onto the grass to avoid a crash after finding the Haas car in front exciting Eau Rouge at full speed.

The stewards investigated a similar incident between Sebastian Vettel and Kevin Magnussen, but did not impose a penalty on the Dane.

Gutierrez felt penalising him but not Magnussen was not fair.

“Very harsh, especially considering that Magnussen didn’t get anything,” said Gutierrez. “It’s very harsh.

"It’s up to them to decide, but at least be consistent, that’s most important. Today they were not consistent, in my opinion.

"I respect them a lot. I came there with the right approach. I explained my situation but the final decision…. It’s just an unfair situation to see that someone did something similar and got no penalty.”

Gutierrez said the incident occurred because he was not told over the radio that Wehrlein was coming.

“It was a miscommunication error,” he said.

“Basically I didn’t get the message from my engineer that he was coming and by the came he came from the back, he came very quickly and I left some space to the right, but as he was coming very quickly, I can’t make an aggressive move because if I move to the wrong direction it can be even worse.

"So I saw he tried to go to the left and then he changed to the right, so it’s the kind of situation where it’s better to stay kind of straight, otherwise it can be very dangerous.”

The Haas driver qualified 13th, but will drop to 18th after the penalty.

Blue flags criticism

Gutierrez has been on the receiving end of criticism - most notably by Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton - for ignoring blue flags in recent races.

Team boss Gunther Steiner said that the blue flag incidents could have contributed to the severity of this particular grid penalty - and felt the issue had been out of proportion, defending his driver.

“With the blue flags, I think he didn’t do anything wrong, the only thing that happened was it was Lewis Hamilton and he showed him the finger,” said Steiner.

“We did the analysis, the guy that was overtaken by Lewis before him, it took only 0.2s slower to overtake Esteban than the other guy - we got a five second penalty, because Lewis was frustrated from the other guy, then got to him and showed him the finger.

"And Ricciardo, because it wasn’t a perfect blue flag overtaking, ‘oh, it’s Esteban again’. Jesus Christ, he did it once.

"If you’ve got a car so much quicker, you should be quick enough to overtake yourself and not complain.

"Are you racing car drivers or do you want everybody to move? We need to get a little bit more back to being racers - and if your car is so much better, just overtake him.”