Last night marked the first of a three-night run for Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, returning to the beautiful Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY with an acclaimed group of musical Friends. The lineup for the initial night featured some great players, with John Medeski on keys, Eric Krasno and Warren Haynes on guitar, and Tony Leone holding it down on the drums.With such versatile and seasons veterans in the lineup, the band was fluid throughout a great night of music. The show included a handful of covers, including The Band’s “The Weight,” Allman Brothers Band’s “Blue Sky,” and Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” all coming in the first set. Of course there was plenty of time for some classic Grateful Dead jams, with a big “Franklin’s Tower” and a great “Mason’s Children > Mountains of the Moon > St. Stephen > Unbroken Chain” combination to start off the second set properly.Watch a fan-shot video playlist from the performance below, courtesy of sgibson818.Lesh returns to the Capitol Theatre tomorrow with a near-identical lineup, except that Melvin Seals will be performing instead of John Medeski. The next two nights will be Seals’ first ever with Phli Lesh & Friends.You can scope the full setlist from last night below.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 5/27/16Set I: Jam > Franklin’s Tower pl, The Weight wh (ak pl ), Alabama Getaway ek > Blue Sky wh, Bird Song pl > All Along The Watchtower whSet II: Mason’s Children wh pl > Mountains of the Moon pl > St. Stephen pl wh > Unbroken Chain pl, Spots of Time wh > End Of the Line wh, Stella Blue wh E: Going Down The Road Feeling Bad wh (pl ak )
1320 Records artist Modern Measure is showing no signs of slowing down this summer coming off of the heels of the very successful release of their new EP, Epicenter. The band has announced 12 dates, including a massive slot at Camp Bisco in Scranton PA, headlining dates around the southeast in August and early September, and dates with SunSquabi in September.Check out the recap video from Modern Measure’s headline performance at Zydeco in Birmingham, AL on June 3, and be sure to listen to Epicenter on SoundCloud.Modern Measure Summer Tour Dates06.23 New Mountain Asheville NC06.25 Terminal West Atlanta GA with the Motet07.14-07.17 Camp Bisco Scranton PA07.23 SubOctave Music Festival Houston MN07.24 F.A.R.M FEST Hammonton NJ07.30 Timbuktu Music Festival Montgomery AL08.18 12th and Porter Nashville TN08.19 JJ Bohemia’s Chattanooga TN08.20 Green Bar Tuscaloosa AL09.03 Gasa Gasa New Orleans LA09.14 Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge LA with SunSquabi09.15 Workplay Theatre Birmingham AL with SunSquabi09.17 TBA
Paul Robeson, the great 20th-century actor, commands the Edison and Newman Room at Houghton Library, in a life-size theater poster from “Othello,” one of dozens of artifacts in an exhibit marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.Robeson’s gaze is intense and unsettling, and reflects the “complex engagement black actors have had with Shakespeare,” says Dale Stinchcomb, curatorial assistant for the Harvard Theatre Collection at Houghton.“While historically Shakespeare’s texts have been the province of white elites, they nonetheless speak convincingly to the experience of ‘others,’ as well as to concerns we tend to think of as modern: race, class, and gender,” Stinchcomb says. “‘Othello’ dwells so much on the social repercussions of blackness that it must have presented both an agonizing and an enticing role. This feeling of close and ambivalent identification is not unusual.”In celebrating the Bard of Avon — April 23 is thought to be the date of both his birth and death — the Houghton exhibit also recognizes the art and activism black actors have brought to Shakespeare’s works.“Robeson was one of the most recognizable African-Americans of his time internationally,” says Stinchcomb. “He must have had incredible courage to persevere. He was a very principled man, and his Othello possessed the same unstrained nobility.”Robeson performed in “Othello” at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge in 1942. A year later he took the role to New York for a production that still stands as the longest-running Shakespeare play on Broadway — 296 performances before a national tour. Robeson called the shots, Stinchcomb says, insisting on performing only for integrated audiences. “He was an uncompromising activist.”Matthew Wittmann, curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection, said that the work of African-American performers like those featured in the exhibit shows how “malleable” the Shakespeare canon is.,“Shakespeare has meant something very different to people in various times and places. … Each [African-American actor] struggled in their own way with both the texts and the racism that surrounded their appearances on stage,” Wittmann says. “The prejudice Paul Robeson faced amidst the landmark Broadway production of ‘Othello’ showed the persistent and pernicious influence that racism had on the American stage. Still, the pioneering efforts of James Hewlett and the African-American actors that followed used Shakespeare to transcend the circumstances that sought to limit their artistry because of their race.”The exhibit includes a letter to John Haggott, the producer of the 1943 “Othello” and a 1935 Harvard grad, from the chairman of Baylor University’s English Department, Andrew Joseph Armstrong. The academic wrote: “It would not work at all for the whites and negroes to sit together. That would not be allowed in Texas where the Jim Crow laws are enforced quite definitely.”Haggott’s reply came within a week: “‘There shall be no segregation, grouping or setting apart of audiences because of race, creed or color,’” he wrote, quoting the theater’s contract.The rare objects of “Shakespeare: His Collected Works” include an 1854 lithograph of Ira Aldridge, the first black actor cast as Othello, and an 1820 engraving of James Hewlett, whose Richard III in the all-black African Grove Theatre made him the first black actor to perform the role on an American stage. There is also a sketch by costume designer Robert Fletcher, Harvard Class of ’45, who dressed James Earl Jones for a 1981 performance of “Othello.”Said Jones: “I have always taken ‘Othello’ personally — perhaps too personally — and I am not alone.”“Shakespeare: His Collected Works” runs through April 30.
As the nation mourns yet another mass shooting and experts on everything from gay rights to gun control to racial and ethnic hatred to terrorism try to make sense of the Orlando night club massacre, the Gazette asked Harvard analysts in various fields a question that runs through these attacks: How can we best halt this drumbeat of mass violence?Juliette Kayyem, former top official in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and now lecturer in public policy at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School: As we think about policy choices ahead, there will be a strong tendency to focus on the details leading up to Orlando. We don’t know all of [attacker] Omar Mateen’s motivations. What we do know is that rampage murderers use high-volume, rapid-firing guns.A nation cannot design a policy around what it thinks it knows about one incident. In fact, the search for facts diverts us from what we should be concentrating on. By focusing on “motivation,” we perpetuate the notion by defenders of current gun laws that we could be “safe” if only we knew more about the individuals who threaten us. Instead, as we work to build good policy, we should focus on the “means” — yes, the guns — because there is a difference between safer and safe. The former is an achievable policy and points to concrete steps we can take. The other is a futile, childish hope.Timothy P. McCarthy, adjunct lecturer on public policy and program director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy:The first thing that I would say is that this is just such an unbelievably immense, heartbreaking tragedy for so many of us in the LBGTQ community, in communities of color, in Muslim and other faith communities, in Florida, you name it. It’s a terrible, terrible, terrible tragedy. And I think it has a number of dimensions.We need to think about why this nightclub, and why these people, and why that night. And that raises, I think, a whole set of other issues about the ways in which queer communities, communities of color, queer communities of color, the most vulnerable people in society, are routinely targeted as they were in Charleston, S.C., a year ago, and as they are on an almost daily basis throughout the country because of who they are. When you live in a country that has laws that discriminate and that target vulnerable populations like queer people and people of color and immigrants and people who may look and love differently than others, we need to take a cold, hard look in the mirror and figure out why we are a nation fueled by prejudice, whose policies only perpetuate that prejudice.Then I think we need to look at the ways in which we institutionally, ideologically, individually allow ourselves to be governed by prejudice. We have to again, I think, take a cold, hard look in the mirror about our religious institutions, all of our religious institutions, whether they are churches or temples or mosques, that preach hate from the pulpit … I am sure there are people in mosques and temples and other religious institutions all across the country and across the world who are taught to hate in the places where they go to fortify their faith. That too has to be examined deeply and diligently.And then I also think we have to ask ourselves why our first impulse, whenever this kind of violence, these mass shootings, occur, is to try to find some kind of foreign entity to blame it on … We know that Omar Mateen follows Islam, but he was born and raised in the United States. The toxic masculinity, the homophobia, perhaps even the self-hatred and the violent tendencies that all came together in that deadly moment on Sunday are things that have been cultivated right here in the homeland.I think, perhaps ironically, that the nation can actually look to queer communities, communities of color, those of us who are most marginalized and vulnerable, to lead the way, because all we want is to love and all we want is to exist, all we want is to be treated equally and fairly in a country that talks about those things all the time. All we want is to be free, and we have something to say about that because we have spent our lives struggling for that, and we know how to do that work, and we know how to show the way to healing.If you think about what all of those folks were doing on Saturday night, they were trying to be free, they were dancing and singing and drinking and loving and hanging out and flirting and doing all the things that one does when we feel safe. And to have that cut short by gunfire and by all the other things that fueled it is a deeply ironic element of this particular tragedy.Ronald Schouten, director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Law and Psychiatry Service and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, who studies the psychology of terrorism: The answer to “How to stop it?” is a long way from being answered because we first need to define what “it” is, and then what causes “it.” Taking a medical approach, you can’t develop a treatment until you know what the illness is, and if you are going to prevent the illness, you need to know the cause.In terms of “it,” this was an act of extremist violence. Labeling it as “right wing” or “Islamic extremist” makes us feel better because we have attached a label and it allows for blame to be laid on a specific group. But it does not point the way to prevention, except for those who think most simplistically and favor exclusion of broad categories of people based on their religion and ethnicity and/or jettisoning the Constitution. Both are wrong-headed and destructive, but the fear mongering makes for what some consider good politics. In fact, such simplistic solutions are exactly what extremists want because it would tear at the heart of our society.There is rarely a simple, straightforward motivation for such violence. In the majority of cases, the perpetrator holds some grievance against the targeted group or society. It may be a personal grievance, arising out of their own experience, or a matter of moral outrage felt on behalf of some group with which the perpetrator identifies or with which he or she sympathizes. That begs the question of why some people continue on what we refer to as the pathway to violence, and decide that the answer to that grievance lies in violence.I think prevention will require two things: first, maintaining and strengthening our sense of community so that the vast majority of society feels that we are in this together, encouraging positive bystander behavior so that we increase the chance of prevention, and strengthening our resilience if and when attacks occur; second, ongoing study to understand the warning signs that portend an act of violence and allow for intervention by families, community leaders, clinicians, and law enforcement.Steven Pinker, the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology, is a cognitive scientist and experimental psychologist and the author of the 2011 book “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined,” which examines a long-term trend away from violence across human history: The honest answer is that we can’t stop them. Despite the round-the-clock media coverage, mass shootings are in fact rare compared to the more than 35 homicides that show up on police blotters every day. And rare events are inherently difficult to predict and control. In a country of 315 million people and almost as many weapons (which won’t evaporate any time soon), nothing can prevent .0001 percent of those people from wreaking revenge or gaining notoriety by the only guaranteed recipe for becoming famous: killing a lot of innocent people.The best we can do is try to lower the odds. Two measures are common sense: outlawing or restricting bloodbath weapons, and increasing the reach of mental health services. (Most mass shooters have a history of disturbance.) Another is trickier: keeping media coverage and officials’ responses in perspective — currently they are massively out of line with the actual level of harm — so as not to provide a perverse incentive for angry losers to “make a difference” in the only way available, even if they only get to enjoy their fame in the anticipation of it.The same is true for terrorism, which almost by definition is a tactic to exploit the media. And for terrorist attacks, anything that can hasten the waning of the prestige of the cause would help. We don’t see anarchists or Marxists bombing cafes anymore because they no longer feel they are part of a glorious historical movement.David Carrasco is the Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America:This is important to notice as we mourn together: The fact that the majority of the victims of this terror-hate attack were Latinos is strikingly painful to me.In the midst of this horror there is this small sign of hope — the tremendous support of gay people, gay Latinos by their families and the wider community. This is a sign of progress, that love can rise to meet hate and fear. But we all have a long, tough road ahead. Love-directed politics and politics you can dance to is the best way.Deborah Azrael is research director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, associate director of the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center, and an authority on guns, gun laws, homicide, and suicide:We did some work recently where we took data on public mass shootings and looked at the time between events. Our analysis showed that the length of the intervals between mass shootings has shortened since 2011, 2012. You look at the signal that statistical technique gives you and go back and think: What changed? What could explain the changing process that’s producing these mass shootings?What seems clear is that it’s not a decline in mental health that suddenly happened. You can’t look back and say, “Oh, we introduced a piece of legislation then, or overturned another piece of legislation then.” It seems to me that the idea of mass shootings is more accessible to people than it was in the past. That’s one hypothesis you could draw from what we saw.How we stop them? I’m not saying this is as an epidemiologist, but you can think about it as a contagion. You’re much better off preventing an epidemic before it’s widespread. So I think that all of our efforts are likely to bear fruit in the long run, not the short run. We won’t do something and see an enormous drop immediately in these types of events. So anybody interested in stopping them has to stay interested in the long term.In the longer term, there are all sorts of things that we can do. In Massachusetts it’s not possible for people to buy military-style weapons, like AR15s, that have clearly increased the body count in these sorts of incidents and make killing lots of people far easier than need be. In California, they have gun-violence restraining orders. When family members are worried that someone is unstable and has access to guns, there are ways to remove the guns, either temporarily or longer term. Similar laws are in place in Connecticut, similar laws are in place in Indianapolis. That’s a model that potentially has an enormous amount of power — maybe less for mass shootings than for things like suicides.Universal background checks aren’t necessarily a fix, but they certainly are part of an overall effort that collectively, I think, has changed social norms about guns and gun ownership in the U.S. Two gun companies’ stocks went up 7 percent yesterday. More guns have entered the market in the past two years than had entered the market the four years before that. There are lots of things that make it a really hard battle. With respect to mass shootings, they are these intensive interventions — law enforcement, mental health interventions — that get deployed for people who are really high on people’s list of worries.Look, any gun owner, any non-gun owner in the U.S., if they have concerns about somebody’s stability and access to guns, has a responsibility to act. There are heroes of this event, and I think we all need to be more heroic.This story has been edited for length and clarity.
View Comments Tony Winner Frank Langella Gets Grumpy Broadway vet Frank Langella has been tapped to star in new movie Youth in Oregon, directed by Joel David Moore. Deadline reports that the three-time Tony winner will play a grumpy senior being driven by his son-in-law across the country with the aim of getting legally euthanized. Anna Kendrick on the ‘Terrifying’ Stephen Sondheim Into the Woods movie headliner Anna Kendrick has revealed that “it was great and terrifying to be in the recording studio and have Stephen Sondheim knock on the door in between takes and hand you freshly scribbled new lyrics.” Check out her interview below, part of the bonus features included when the screen adaptation of the classic tuner is released for home entertainment on March 24. Broadway Babe Zachary Levi’s Big TV Deal Broadway alum Zachary Levi (First Date) has inked a first-look deal with Universal TV, the company behind the drama he’s currently working on, Heroes Reborn. According to Deadline, under the agreement, Levi will carry on developing his previously reported musical comedy Tuned, among other projects. Shia LaBeouf’s Perfectly Marvelous Day Shia LaBeouf, who pled guilty to disorderly conduct after his eventful night out at Broadway’s Cabaret last year, was back in court on March 20 and according to the New York Daily News, the charges against him will be dismissed if he can behave for another six months. We recommend that the screen and (almost) stage star stay away from the Hamptons this summer as he then should have every chance of being in the clear. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.
Can this cast get any better? Tim Curry, the original Dr. Frank-N-Furter, has been enlisted for Fox’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show TV remake. The Wrap reports that the three-time Tony nominee will appear as the Criminologist Narrator; as previously reported, Laverne Cox is set to take on his former role.Curry made his Broadway debut in 1975’s The Rocky Horror Show; he received Tony nods for his performances in Spamalot, My Favorite Year and Amadeus. Additional screen credits include the 1982 film adaptation of Annie, Legend, Clue, It and The Wild Thornberrys.Along with Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Curry joins a cast that includes Adam Lambert as Eddie, Ryan McCartan as Brad, Reeve Carney as Riff Raff, Victoria Justice as Janet and Staz Nair as Rocky.The two-hour TV movie (not a live telecast) is produced by a team including Kenny Ortega. An exact date for the fall premiere will be announced later. Until then, look out for Fox’s live broadcast of Grease, set for January 31. View Comments
January and February are ideal months for pruning overgrown trees and shrubs. However, avoid pruning shrubs and trees that flower in the spring like dogwoods, azaleas and native hydrangeas. These should be pruned after flowering — in late spring or early summer. Fruit trees should be pruned before new growth starts in the spring. The benefits of pruning include keeping plants attractive; maintaining safe and healthy conditions by removing branches that cross or rub against each other; removing obstructions to foot traffic or interference with safe operation of lawn mowers or other maintenance equipment; clearing blocked views of traffic at entrances to driveways; and removing limbs that are weak or infested with pests or diseases. Don’t cut too muchThoughtful pruning produces desirable, well-formed compact plants that fit into the appropriate scale of the landscape. However, pruning a vigorous healthy plant will stimulate vigorous, new, growth from buds that were lying dormant on the lower parts of branches or limbs. These new buds may produce three or more, new shoots from a single branch within 6 to 8 inches of the cut. It may be necessary to reduce the number of branches that you allow to grow in order to prevent the development of branches that may shade each other and be weakly attached to the parent plant. Rub away tiny shootsRemoval is very simple and can be done by rubbing the new developing buds with your fingers just as new growth begins. In vigorous plants such as crepe myrtles, buds may need to be removed over a period of several weeks to effectivley control the development of too many shoots from a single pruning cut. Sharp, clean, pruning tools should be used to minimize damage and to make precise cuts that will seal and heal quickly. This will reduce the chances of microbes invading the wounds and causing decay. No other treatments are necessary to stimulate rapid closure of wounds. Do not paint the pruned surfaces of branches or limbs with any type of sealant or wound treatment. A good quality pruning saw should be used to cut limbs that are greater that one-half to three-fourths of inch in diameter. Lopping shears and hand shears can be used to remove smaller diameter shoots. Keep tools cleanTools should be cleaned periodically to remove traces of sap and occasionally honed to maintain a very sharp cutting edge. Pruning with blunt or dirty tools will retard the wound healing processes at the cut surfaces. Before making any cuts on a tree or shrub it is essential to have a clear idea of why you are pruning and what changes you wish to see in the form of the plant. Consider what your needs are and prune to meet those needs. Pruning because your neighbor has started to trim trees and shrubs is rarely a good reason.For more information on pruning ornamentals, shrubs and trees, see the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publication website at www.caes.uga.edu/Publications.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewable Energy World:AES Gener is moving forward with the Virtual Dam project, which is being built next to the 178MW Alfalfal I hydropower plant in the San Jose de Maipo district of the Metropolitan Region in Chile.The company recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the project, according to BNamericas. The Virtual Dam project integrates battery systems for energy storage to run-of-the-river hydroelectric power plants.The Virtual Dam will provide a capacity of 10MW for five hours.“AES Gener leads the process of decarbonization of the Chilean energy matrix and today, with Virtual Dam, reaffirms its commitment to accelerate a more secure and sustainable energy future,” said Ricardo Falu, general manager of AES Gener. “This technological development…is the first energy storage system for run-of-river power stations worldwide, and will surely mark a milestone: it will be the first energy reservoir, not water.”Construction of this project is expected to strengthen the national electricity system, allowing the storage of energy to supply it at times of greatest demand and expanding the penetration of variable renewable energy.More: AES Gener to build battery backup for run-of-river hydropower AES Gener battery to create ‘virtual dam’ at 178MW run-of-river hydro plant in Chile
Mar 31, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry today announced fatal H5N1 avian influenza infections in two young people, aged 11 and 15, and said a 22-month-old girl is hospitalized with an H5N1 infection.If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the three cases, its human H5N1 count for Indonesia will reach 132 cases with 107 deaths.Nyoman Kandun, director general of communicable diseases for Indonesia’s health ministry, said one of the patients is a 15-year-old boy from Subang, West Java province, who died on Mar 26, according to a Reuters report today.The boy’s brother died recently, but Kandun told Reuters the deaths do not represent a family case cluster, because the brother died of dengue fever. No other details were available about the brother, such as whether health officials obtained and tested samples for the H5N1 virus.Kandun said the 11-year-old girl died Mar 28 and was from Bekasi, east of Jakarta, according to the Reuters report. Some media outlets are reporting the girl’s age as 12.Kandun said dead chickens were found in the boy’s neighborhood, but officials weren’t sure if the girl had been exposed to sick or dead birds, Reuters reported.The health ministry said today that a 22-month-old girl from Bukit Tinggi in West Sumatra has tested positive for an H5N1 infection, according to Reuters.She was transferred to a bird flu specialty hospital on Mar 24 after she experienced a high fever and other suspicious symptoms, Agence France-Presse reported today.Lily Sulistyowati, spokeswoman for Indonesia’s health ministry, told Reuters the girl got sick on Mar 19 and is receiving treatment at a hospital in Padang, where her condition is improving.Animal-health authorities are checking the girl’s neighborhood to determine if she could have been exposed to infected backyard poultry, Reuters reported.Indonesia leads the world in H5N1 cases and deaths. WHO confirmation of the latest illnesses will raise the global H5N1 total to 376 cases with 238 deaths.
State-owned weapons manufacturer Pindad has developed several medical devices and equipment to boost the country’s capacity in the fight against coronavirus amid great demand of supplies in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases.One of the devices is the Pindad VRM, a manual resuscitator ventilator, and Covent-20, a kind of portable ventilator specifically designed for emergency, such as when patients are being transported in ambulances.The others are disinfectant fog canons, available in three sizes and installable on vehicles to spray disinfectant up to 10 meters far, and mobile disinfection chambers. All the devices were about to be tested at the Health Facility Security Center (BPFK) before entering mass production, Pindad deputy secretary Herryawan Roosdyanto said.The prototypes were showcased to Regional Representatives Council (DPD) Speaker La Nyalla Mahmud Mattalitti and DPD member Eni Sumarni during a work visit to the company’s headquarters in Bandung, West Java, on Monday.”Pindad is currently in the process of requesting a feasibility test at the Health Facility Security Center,” Herryawan said in a statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Monday evening.The company also produced hazmat suits, safety goggles and face shields to address the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical workers handling coronavirus patients in hospitals across the country, he said. Read also: Raw materials coming from India to produce COVID-19 medicineAll of the devices and equipment were developed in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) standards, including the disinfectant in the mobile disinfection chamber, according to Pindad.”The [disinfectant liquid] is safe, toxic free, contains no alcohol and is pH neutral, because the WHO is concerned about carcinogenic substances,” Herryawan said.In the meantime, Pindad’s disinfectant fog cannon had been installed on vehicles belonging to the Bandung Fire and Disaster Mitigation Agency to spray disinfectant on the streets in the West Java provincial capital.The lack of protective gear and supplies has taken a toll on healthcare workers around the world, including in Indonesia, where dozens of nurses and doctors working on the front lines of the coronavirus battle have reportedly been infected by the fast-spreading virus.Indonesia has been struggling to meet demand for medical equipment and protective gear for healthcare workers as the number of infections continues to surge.The Health Ministry announced 375 new coronavirus cases in the country on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 7,135. The death toll has reached 616 so far, making Indonesia the country with the highest number of COVID-19 fatalities in Southeast Asia.At least 24 doctors and 16 nurses have died from the disease since Indonesia’s first two coronavirus cases were announced on March 2, according to the Indonesian Association of Doctors and the Indonesian National Nurses Association. (vny)Topics :