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  • LCD Soundsystem Reportedly Cancelling Tour Dates To Work On New Album

    first_imgWhen LCD Soundsystem announced their reunion earlier this year, the band mentioned that they would eventually be working on an album of new music. A follow-up to 2010’s This Is Happening, LCD fans have been eagerly awaiting new music. The band, however, has been playing all of their old and familiar classics on their tour dates, without any mention of new music.According to a new report published by FACT, LCD Soundsystem is apparently cancelling their planned tour of Asia and Australia to work on the new release. The band was scheduled to perform at Clockenflap Festival in Hong Kong, but the festival recently posted the following statement:Though the band has not commented on the statement, their original sentiment of recording new music gives this report some more credibility. When you factor in the new song that LCD released around Christmas-time last year, “Christmas Will Break Your Heart,” it seems that a new album from LCD will drop in a matter of time. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on this exciting news!last_img read more

  • The Grateful Dead Closed Down Bill Graham’s Winterland With Six Hour Concert, On This Day In 1978

    first_imgEdit this setlist | More Grateful Dead setlists[Via SF Gate] Legendary concert promoter Bill Graham closed the doors to the Winterland Ballroom on New Year’s Eve in 1978 and for many, it lasted well into 1979. He did it fashionably so with an all-night concert that reeled over eight hours. The Grateful Dead played for nearly six hours, which is all documented in the CD and DVD The Closing of Winterland. The final bow also included performances from New Riders Of The Purple Sage and The Blues Brothers. The Dead closed the doors and welcomed the New Year with high spirits, to say the least.The Grateful Dead considered the Winterland as sort of a homebase, having recorded some of their 1971 live album there, taking it over for five nights in ’74 to film The Grateful Dead Movie, and another five-night run in ’78 to celebrate their return from their adventures in Egypt. So to have them close the place down only seemed natural, though the walls had heard other enormously successful acts like Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Cream, and The Rolling Stones on the regular.Watch The Grateful Dead Play A Smoking Three Hours Of Mysterious Music On This Day in 1977Instead of an emotionally-driven farewell, the evening was filled with debauchery, as all the nights before it notoriously had. “There was a bit of blow going around,” said Weir in an interview with SF Gate. “The Blues Brothers brought mounds of it. I think they had it for breakfast.”Bill Murray, Father Guido Sarducci, Al Franken, Paul Shaffer were all part of Saturday Night Live’s Blues Brothers band. They hung hard with Ken Kesey, Bill Walton, and other psychedelic characters backstage, leading into what was said to be one of the more legendary after-hour parties at the Jefferson Airplane mansion on Fulton Street.Then, the Hells Angels arrived and freaked everyone out. “They started pouring in the place,” said Steve Parish, Grateful Dead road manager. “They literally took the backstage over. There were hundreds of them. We gave everyone onstage a dose of acid. That was our way of dealing with it.”The night went on, and after Graham’s marijuana-inspired annual speech, the Grateful Dead dove into the music that lives on as one of the more (or less) memorable nights in their catalogs. Popping off the New Year with “Sugar Magnolia” in a sea of celebratory balloons, Weir started the second set with “Samson and Delilah” with the appropriate lyrics “If I had my way I would tear this old building down…” The stage filled with a slew of special guests over the course of the night, including Lee Oskar of War and Gregg Errico of Sly and the Family Stone, Ken Babbs and Kesey of the Merry Pranksters rolled out the “Thunder Machine” for Mickey Hart to dispone his energy upon, and John Cipollina (Quicksilver Messenger Service) joined for the last two songs of the second set.The Grateful Dead went into their third set and played until the sun came up, while Graham served champagne, ham, and eggs to the lasting crowd. Closing with a third encore, “We Bid You Goodnight”, they took their final bow and the door closed forever. This was one of the last medium-sized venues for the Dead to play in, as they went on to perform in larger venues, baseball parks, and hockey rinks.As a result of the room’s dimensions, one fan’s dream certainly came true. Having waited for days to purchase tickets outside this legendary happening, the man held a sign: “1535 Days Since Last S.F. ‘Dark Star’”, and during that final third set, he got his ‘Dark Star’ and disposed the sign immediately from the balcony in a fit of joy.Thanks to that committed Deadhead, here is one of the most legendary “Dark Stars”, courtesy of the Music Vault:Watch the full concert below:last_img read more

  • PEMCo celebrates 20th anniversary with ‘20 Seasons of Love’ show

    first_imgFor a free musical theater experience Saturday night, the Pasquerilla East Musical Company (PEMCo) producers would recommend attending “20 Seasons of Love: A PEMCo Review” at 7 p.m. in Washington Hall. The show will feature one song from each of PEMCo’s productions over its 20-year history, senior Kelsey Dool, PEMCo’s executive producer, said.“When you’re watching this show, it’s like you’re watching 20 years of PEMCo on fast forward,” Dool said. Photo courtesy of Denise Dorotheo The cast of PEMCo’s “20 Seasons of Love: A Review” gathers onstage during a rehearsal. The students will be joined by PEMCo alumni during the Saturday night show.Due to the alumni in the cast and the timing, Dool said the production process has been unorthodox.“This rehearsal process has overlapped for the rehearsal process for our spring musical, which doesn’t happen,” she said. “… What we’ve done for this show is it’s been self-motivated on a lot of people’s parts. People have been expected to learn their music on their own and then come in and show what they’ve done.”Mackin said alumni were sent sheet music and will attend the group rehearsal on Saturday before the show. She said “20 Seasons of Love” is a good show for those who may be new to musical theater.“It’s a casual way to see what musical theater and the arts at Notre Dame are like for people who maybe haven’t experienced that before,” Mackin said.The show is the producers’ way of giving back and honoring the impact of PEMCo at Notre Dame, Dool said.“PEMCo is a huge part of our lives, and we really wanted to do this show as a way to give back to the club that’s given us so much over the years and that we know had been giving students like us the same thing for 20 years before we were here,” she said.Tickets for the performance are available at the LaFortune Student Center box office or at the door.Tags: 20 Seasons of Love, Anniversary, musical theater, PEMCo Photo courtesy of Denise Dorotheo Students perform “Beauty School Dropout” during PEMCo’s 2017 production of “Grease.”While PEMCo typically produces one fall and one spring show, senior Brynn Alexander, PEMCo’s production management producer, said the producers decided to host an additional show this year to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary.“[The idea for the show] was kind of an egg in our brains at one point and then hatched into this monumental, exciting concert that’s about to happen,” Alexander said.The four PEMCo producers began reaching out to alumni in the summer to gauge interest, according to Alexander, and once they saw it was there, they made plans to produce the show.The show is directed by Katie Mackin, PEMCo’s artistic director. While it is unusual for a producer to also direct a show, Mackin said, the producers chose her to direct so the show could celebrate PEMCo as a whole.Alexander said the show is also meant to celebrate all parts of musical theater.“It’s a celebration of the club as a whole and PEMCo as a whole and all of musical theater as a whole instead of a person, director or a star or a technical element,” she said. “So it’s an inclusive and exciting event that celebrates as many things about musical theater as possible.”Mackin began preparing for the show by choosing the songs.“The big thing I tried to do was pick a recognizable song from the musical so that people would immediately have an emotional connection to it,” she said. “ … Of course every musical has great songs, but not every song in a musical is a great song, so here we’ve tried to create a collection of really strong numbers that stand on their own.”Denise Dorotheo, a senior and PEMCo’s marketing producer, said the audience will get to see the “peak numbers” from each of PEMCo’s shows.“They get to see the climax of most of the shows all in one concert,” she said.Mackin said she ensured the show featured an equal number of male and female parts and that she featured a variety of solos, duets and small group numbers so that everyone could be included.Dool said the first PEMCo show, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in the fall of 1997, featured a large cast, which the producers wanted to honor.“Their first production was a huge one, so we figured a good way to honor that would be to bring together people who have done PEMCo across their four years at Notre Dame — bring back alumni and bring in people who have never done PEMCo before but just love musical theater, so to try to get everybody who has an interest in musical theater on this campus a place to celebrate it,” she said.The cast for “20 Seasons of Love” numbers around 40 people, and Alexander said she thinks this aspect is one that the audience may enjoy the most.“I think people will enjoy … the huge amount of participation that’s happening,” she said. “Since we had a very inclusive casting system where anyone who wanted to participate could participate, it’s made it very fun for the performers. … I think the audience will enjoy really being able to see anyone who’s ever wanted to be in a PEMCo show on a stage in a PEMCo show.”Alumni will be featured in the show in several forms, including singing several numbers or introducing shows they were involved in while at Notre Dame, Mackin said.Dorotheo said she has been reaching out to alumni throughout the process of producing the show.“We had them send in videos with messages for the cast saying their favorite PEMCo memories and what PEMCo meant to them,” she said.Dorotheo also saw the inclusive casting as a way to bring new people into PEMCo, she said.last_img read more

  • Borlaug Dialogue

    first_imgIn the middle of this season of feasting and fêtes, it can sometimes be easy to forget about the plight of people who struggle to have enough to eat. For two University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences students who had the chance to attend the 2015 World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue this fall, that won’t be the case this year. As the 2015 winners of the inaugural CAES Office of Global Programs’ (OGP) World Food Prize Student Travel Award, CAES graduate student Emily Urban and fourth-year CAES undergraduate student Erin Burnett traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, to participate in what is referred to as the “premier conference in the world on global agriculture.” There, they were able to meet international leaders and experts in food insecurity and discuss ways to feed the world’s hungry. The Borlaug Dialogue, a symposium of keynote speeches and roundtable discussions held each year in conjunction with the presentation of the World Food Prize, which is commonly referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Agriculture,” brings together a diverse group of world “hunger fighters,” including CEOs, political leaders, agricultural scientists and philanthropists, to discuss agricultural development and solutions to food scarcity. This year, Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton, Howard G. Buffett Foundation Chairman and CEO Howard Buffett, several current world leaders, top crop scientists and representatives from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were on hand for the discussions. “I was struck not only by the high caliber of the event and its participants, but also by its surprising intimacy,” said CAES OGP Associate Director Vicki McMaken, who traveled with the students to this year’s event. “It was a tremendous experience for our students to spend three days not just listening to, but also meeting and talking with international leaders in the field. We are pleased that the OGP World Food Prize Travel Award will provide this prestigious opportunity to CAES students on an annual basis.” For the students, the experience left them both with an appreciation of the U.S. agricultural system and new optimism and a drive to work toward feeding the world’s growing population. “Solving global food security issues is an immense challenge, and we know that,” Urban said. “We know that the challenge is growing, with increased globalization, climate change and population increases. We can repeat the statistics and repeat them again … These are very complicated issues, and they are not going to be solved without collaboration. That is what is really valuable about (the Borlaug Dialogue). You had leading scientists sitting next to business leaders. (They’re) from totally different realms, but (they’re) both discussing the challenge of ending food insecurity.” For Burnett, the discussions highlighted how important it is for farmers and people involved in agriculture to effectively communicate with the nonfarming public about the need for new technologies, like improved crop varieties. This means explaining how modern research impacts hungry people around the world without becoming defensive, she said. “A lot of times when people start attacking agriculture in any way, we feel offended personally because it’s been such a big part of our lives,” Burnett said, after sitting in on a panel discussion of the controversy over genetically modified crops. “But I really feel like the way to have a conversation that is engaging to both parties is to realize you have a common goal, and that goal is to feed hungry people.” For more information about the opportunities that CAES students have to work on global food security issues and with the international agricultural community, visit global.uga.edu.last_img read more

  • Torti to take over ANR from Wibs McLain

    first_imgTom Torti to Become Secretary of Natural ResourcesMontpelier – Governor Jim Douglas today announced that Tom Torti wouldbecome Vermont’s next Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources,effective January 24, 2005.Torti, 50, of Essex, is a veteran state manager and currently Douglas’Commissioner of Buildings and General Services (BGS). He steps in forlong time Douglas confidant Elizabeth “Wibs” McLain who is stepping downto spend more time with her family, especially her 8 grandchildren.Douglas said he is very confident in Torti’s ability to lead the agency.”Tom shares my commitment to improving and protecting Vermont’s naturalresources and working landscape,” the Governor said. “He has a provencommitment to energy efficiency and resource management, has spearheadedour fleet management and renewable energy programs, will continue toadvance my environmental priorities, and has the management skills neededto continue to improve service at the Agency.”At the direction of the Governor last year, Torti worked to develop thestate’s first comprehensive environmental impact and resource managementplan. The plan is working to reduce the environmental impact of stategovernment, save taxpayer dollars through energy savings, create marketdemand for environmentally preferable products-especially Vermontproducts-and demonstrate that the Governor’s commitment to fiscalresponsibility and environmental stewardship go hand and hand.Torti, an avid hunter and fisherman, said he is looking forward to leadingthe Agency of Natural Resources, championing the Governor’s environmentalinitiatives, and encouraging a new ethic of conservation throughout thestate.Governor Douglas also praised McLain’s leadership saying it has been keyto the success of his environmental agenda, especially permit reform,opposing changes in federal emissions standards, and implementing theGovernor’s Clean and Clear Water Action Plan.”Wibs has done a wonderful job leading the Agency, there is no doubt thatshe has been one of this administration’s all-stars,” the Governor said.”She is a dear friend and I look forward to her continued counsel and wishher all the very best in the future.”ABOUT TOM TORTIFormer Governor Howard Dean appointed Torti BGS Commissioner in 1996;Douglas extended this appointment in 2002. Prior to 1996, Torti served asDeputy Secretary of the Agency of Administration and Commissioner ofPersonnel, and executive director of the Department of State’s Attorneysand Sheriffs.Torti is currently serving a second three-year term as Selectman of theTown of Essex. He is a member of his community’s planning commission, andactive in many other community organizations.He holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Vermont, anda Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont.ABOUT ELIZABETH “WIBS” MCLAINMcLain was called upon in December 2002 to head the Agency of NaturalResources. Over many years in government and advocacy, McLain served as alegislator, Chief of Staff to Governor Richard Snelling and later asCommissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation and DeputySecretary of the Agency of Natural Resources under Governor Howard Dean.Prior to her appointment in 2002, McLain was Vice President for Communityand Government Relations at the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.She is a graduate of Middlebury College.ABOUT THE AGENCY OF NATURAL RESOURCESThe Agency of Natural Resources has approximately 600 employees working inthree departments: the Department of Environmental Conservation, theDepartment of Fish & Wildlife, and the Department of Forests, Parks, &Recreation.###last_img read more

  • Quick Hits: March 2018

    first_imgNew Boulder Park Coming To West VirginiaThe New River Gorge area of West Virginia is already a beloved East Coast climbing mecca, and soon there will be even more routes to be accessed at the Oak Hill Needleseye Boulder Park. The new climbing park will be located on a 283-acre tract of land full of rock formations, located in the Minden section of Oak Hill. The park, named after a well-known narrow craggy gap between two cliffs, will feature a range of bouldering problems, many found on a rock wall that spans nearly two miles. While no opening date has been set, plans for the park also include a trail network for both hikers and mountain bikers.Bad Weather = Bad Turnouts0 — Number of attendees watching minor league hockey’s Charlotte Checkers beat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on January 17. Due to inclement weather, the Checkers were unable to host any fans for their game at Bojangles Coliseum. To avoid scheduling conflicts, though, the game took place anyway, in an empty arena.No More Canoeing“Instead of working hard, I committed misconduct as an athlete and, further, as a member of society.” – Japan’s Yasuhiro Suzuki, an Olympic hopeful, who admitted to spiking the drink of one of his main competitors, Seiji Komatsu, with an anabolic steroid during last year’s national championships. Suzuki is potentially facing a lifetime competition ban by the Japan Canoe Federation.High Heels Marathon Speed Record Set In ChattanoogaIrene Sewell set a bizarre world record at the Seven Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga, Tenn., last fall by completing the 26.2-mile race wearing a pair of three-inch stiletto hills. Sewell, a native of Blacksburg, Va., credits her experience as a former professional ballroom dancer with helping get her painful feet across the finish line in 7:28.DuPont GrowsDuPont State Recreation Area—a popular 11,000-acre forest near Brevard—will expand by 753 acres this year. In January, the late Charles Pickelsimer’s estate donated to the state property near Cascade Lake (though it will not include the actual lake, which is still owned privately).last_img read more

  • Outside We Thrive

    first_imgYour browser does not support iframe WASH YOUR HANDS While practicing social distancing, now is not the time to go on that cross country road trip or hit some bucket list items. Help protect communities more vulnerable to the spread of disease by getting outside close to home. Remember to keep your gatherings to less than 10 people. Visit the CDC and WHO for more recommendations on how to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. We all know that fresh air, vitamin D, and movement are good for the body and soul. We invite you to share with us how you are safely adapting during this challenging time, embracing the outdoors, helping others, and living your best possible life – because #OutsideWeThrivelast_img read more

  • Money freaks Gen Z out, creating opportunity for financial marketers

    first_imgStock photos of Generation Z that financial marketers often include stereotypical shots of smiling youth in cliché poses and quintessential hairstyles. They’re glued to social media, taking selfies. They seem to have no cares and look like they’ve got it all figured out.But in reality, this generation is stressed-out. One of the top stressors? Money.According to the American Psychological Association, four out of five Gen Z consumers ages 18-21 say money matters are a leading source of stress. In their study, more than three in ten Gen Z respondents, personal debt is another major source of stress. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

  • Why you need to be encouraging bad ideas

    first_imgAccording to the traditional rules, I could never run for public office.Not that I want to run for public office. I don’t! I’d be terrible at it. But my point is that, according to the traditional rules (which may not even be a thing anymore), I couldn’t run. That’s because, at some point during my campaign, some reporter would begin a question with:“Mr. Stainton, isn’t it true that you once said…”And my honest answer, even without hearing the rest of the question, would have to be “Yes.”Whatever horrible thing I was alleged to have said, I probably said it. Not because I’m a terrible person (although a reasonable argument could be made for that). No, the reason I probably said the horrible thing is because I worked on a comedy TV show. And on that show, in the privacy of the writers’ room, there was one cardinal law:No self-censorship.Anything—and I mean anything—was fair game, even if we knew we could never say it, show it, or do it on television.Now, why would we have that cardinal law? For the same reason that I think you should have a version of it for your own credit union team:Because you never know which is the idea that leads to the idea.The idea that leads to the idea. That is such a critical concept in breakthrough thinking, and yet this may be the first time you’ve ever heard of it. Here’s what it looks like:Your team is sitting together, trying to brainstorm ideas for a breakthrough product that will increase loans by 37%. Out of nowhere, Kim—one of the newer members of your team—blurts out something that is clearly unfeasible, stupid, and quite possibly illegal.“Kim,” you patiently explain, “here are the reasons that won’t work. [You list the reasons.] Now perhaps you should just sit quietly while the grownups think.” [Note: Yes, I know you aren’t like this. You would never say something like that…at least, not out loud. But perhaps you know people who would.]Kim shrinks back, vowing never to speak up again. But, just then, Dale makes a comment.“You know, Kim’s idea might not be workable…but…that one part got me thinking. What if….”And then Dale says the thing that causes you to break open the good champagne. It’s the million-dollar idea.But here’s the thing:Dale would never have had the million-dollar idea if Kim hadn’t had the unworkable idea—the idea that leads to the idea.When you dismiss “bad” ideas out of hand, you’re discouraging others from sharing their own ideas, for fear (justified or not), that they might also be “bad” ideas.But if a “bad” idea turns out to be the idea that leads to the idea—the million-dollar idea—is it truly “bad”? [Look! Bill’s written a Zen koan!]You may not be able to say the things in your credit union that my team and I could around the comedy table (at least, not without having a serious conversation with HR). You need to decide where that line is for you and your team. But no matter where that line is, you need to encourage all ideas—the good ones and the “bad” ones.Because you never know which is the idea that leads to the idea. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bill Stainton Bill Stainton works with extraordinary leaders who want to produce breakthrough results with their teams. A 29-time Emmy® Award-winning producer, writer, and performer, Bill speaks frequently to Credit Unions and … Web: www.billstainton.com Detailslast_img read more

  • Feds go after former CU CEO’s assets in multimillion-dollar embezzlement case

    first_imgIn three years, Kam Wong made $11.1 million and according to newly-released court documents, the long-time executive for one of New York’s largest credit unions, managed most of that money with big banks.Wong pleaded guilty in November to embezzling nearly $10 million from the $2.8 billion Municipal Credit Union where he was president/CEO from 2007 to June 2018. He joined MCU in 1981 and became its CFO 1988.Prosecutors filed forfeiture documents in U.S. District Court in Manhattan last week that will allow the federal government to take possession of Wong’s assets to help pay the $9,890,375 he is expected to be ordered to make in restitution during his sentencing hearing in April.Court documents show the former credit union CEO has 24 accounts with JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Advisors, HSBC, and Sterling National Bank. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more