Back in mid-August, Dead & Company and Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge announced his plans for New Year’s Eve. At the time, the famed bassist detailed an NYE run with Oteil & Friends, his all-star collaborative solo project, spanning from December 29th to New Year’s Eve proper.As previously noted,On December 29th, Oteil & Friends will perform at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York before heading to NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl on December 30th and 31st. The band will feature keyboardist Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), guitarists Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soulive) and John Kadlecik (Furthur, Dark Star Orchestra), drummer Jay Lane (Furthur Primus), vocalist Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), and percussionist Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty, The Nth Power).However, today, Oteil has expanded his upcoming 2018 New Year’s Eve run. The all-star supergroup will be joined by fan-favorite trombonist and vocalist Natalie Cressman on December 30th and 31st. Furthermore, the band has added a second night at The Capitol Theatre on December 27th and announced that it will support Gov’t Mule at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia on December 28th. For the band’s forthcoming New York dates to ring in 2019, Oteil & Friends will also be supported by visual artist Johnathan Singer, who will lend his legendary visuals to the mix.The pre-sale for Oteil & Friends’ upcoming show at The Capitol Theatre (12/27) will begin on Thursday, September 20th, at 10 a.m. (ET)—the password for the presale is “OBNY”. Tickets for the band’s show with Gov’t Mule in Philadelphia on December 28th go on sale on September 28th at 10 a.m. (ET). For more information and ticketing for the other shows, head to Oteil Burbridge’s website here.
Spread The Word Music Festival will return to Denver, CO this spring, and is scheduled to take place on May 17th, 18th, and 19th. The ever-evolving event takes on some new changes this year, as the events on Friday, May 17th will be held at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom; Saturday, May 18th at Denver Coliseum; and Sunday, May 19th at the Levitt Pavilion.The first wave of artists announced by event organizers for 2019 include BoomBox, Bill & Jilian Nershi, The Werks, Wookiefoot, Mike Love, and A-Mac and the Height topping the bill. The three-day festival will also see performances from Spread The Word Family Band featuring members of The String Cheese Incident, Sunsquabi, and Thievery Corporation, The Jauntee, Yak Attack, Analog Sun, The Reminders, Rob Drabkin, Eldren, Aaron Bordas, Mama Magnolia, Dog City Disco, Brothers Of Brass, Float Like A Buffalo, Collidoscope, Metafonics, Shuj Roswell Live Band, Chewy & Bach, and Future Joy. Expect another headliner plus more artists to be announced in the coming weeks.Spread The Word Music Festival is an annual extravaganza highlighting Colorado’s thriving music scene and its rising artists. Returning for its seventh year in 2019, the festival has taken the grassroots approach to putting together a massive party that brings attention to the incredible amount of musical talent in Colorado. Spread The Word has featured the likes of Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Jeff Austin Band, Everyone Orchestra, Magic Beans, Euforquestra, and many more.For tickets and more information on Spread The Word Music Festival 2019, head to the event’s website.
It was only when he was overseas that James Kloppenberg began seriously thinking about Barack Obama.“When I was in England in the fall of 2008, I discovered that there was so much interest in Obama as a phenomenon,” he recalled. “In order to understand him better, I re-read his books.”At the time, Kloppenberg, chair of the History Department and Charles Warren Professor of American History, was lecturing at the University of Cambridge in England. “I had given seven lectures on American political thought and was about to write my eighth and final lecture when I discovered that all of the themes in the preceding seven lectures are played out in Obama’s books,” said Kloppenberg.“Obama is a sophisticated and incisive student of American history, American law, and American political thought,” he said. “It’s somewhat surprising that people consider him to be enigmatic, because we haven’t had another president who has given us as full a record of both his life — in ‘Dreams from My Father’ — and how he thinks, as he does in ‘The Audacity of Hope.’ ”Kloppenberg’s simple undertaking to better familiarize himself with the United States’ current president resulted in his latest book, “Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition.”The book, a study of Obama’s ideas, “is the kind of book an intellectual historian would write about someone 200, 100, years ago,” said Kloppenberg, who noted that “it’s unusual to write about a living figure.”But nothing Kloppenberg had read on Obama addressed the question of how Obama is situated in American history.“In the last month, I think it’s become even more urgent to get out the message of this book because so many journalists, who frankly don’t know very much about American history, are making wild claims about how he’s influenced by his Kenyan father, and is a radical socialist, and an anti-colonialist,” Kloppenberg said.“But after I read his books, I began to see that his commitment to bipartisanship is rooted, not just in a desire to be strategic, but instead in what I see as a really sophisticated and robust conception of deliberation — that you cannot have at the beginning of a process of debate the same understandings that you have at the end of that process.”Kloppenberg acknowledges the demonization of Obama in recent months, but is optimistic for his re-election prospects in 2012.“There’s been a sustained campaign that conservative journalists have been waging to persuade the American people that what Obama is doing is un-American,” he said.But Obama is a problem solver, according to Kloppenberg. “That’s been his characteristic approach to politics from the time he was still a student. Instead of invoking dogmas, he offers solutions. And that’s the theme that runs through both of his books — that we don’t know the truth in advance of discussion or experimentation.”“A part of the reason I’m happy to have written this book is it provides the counter-narrative that locates Obama in a vibrant and vital and continuing American democratic tradition.”
This is the third installment in our series Not Just Another G, which provides insight into 5G and what it means to the service provider industry so they can help the end users achieve what they want. Missed the first two posts? Catch up here.User experiences and workloads are driving the next generation of mobile computing. They have a direct impact on the evolution of wireless architecture and compute infrastructure to best meet the connectivity, latency and compute processing needs. 5G is a direct manifestation of what users want and Dell Technologies is helping service providers build their network to achieve this end goal.Users want on-the-go access to their data and applications. They want access to work, family, social connections, entertainment, sports, communities, health data…literally everything and they want to access it right away from anywhere. To deliver optimal user experiences, some application use cases need higher throughput (e.g. content delivery), while others need lower and predictable latency (e.g. AR/VR, gaming, telehealth). Users want access to new applications and increasing amounts of data, while keeping the costs roughly the same as they are used to paying today.This requires telecommunication companies and other connectivity providers to look at innovative ways to meet these demands. Modernization of their network infrastructure is key, as is finding ways to monetize the user behavior and bits. New, vertical-focused applications are emerging to make use of the higher-performance 5G networks. Many of these use cases are mission critical (e.g. healthcare, finance, Intelligent connected vehicles, industrial IoT).This emerging connected world thrives on an ever-increasing need for speed of access (low-latency), and ever-increasing access bandwidth (throughput). Capacity revolutions in silicon transistors, magnetic and now silicon-based media, and the available radio spectrum that began in the second half of the last century, have continued unabated in the 21st century and show no signs of slowing down. Like a universe that is expanding and accelerating at the same time, both the network access latency and throughput are improving at the same time!5G mobile access technology is the latest manifestation of this trend. 5G promises to deliver download speeds of 10Gbps—1000x faster than 4G, enabling an entire HD film to be downloaded in under 10 seconds. 5G also promises to deliver latency less than 1ms–50x better than 4G latency of 50 milliseconds. But let’s be clear, these super-fast speeds go well beyond faster internet. It’s truly Not Just Another G.As network speeds increase, the amount of data that is produced and needs to be processed is also increasing. 5G is enabling this massive amount of data produced by devices and sensors to be delivered to the edge locations or edge clouds where it can be analyzed. Similarly, 5G enables an increasing amount of media and gaming content to be delivered to users wirelessly.Dell Technologies excels at bringing to market infrastructure hardware and software on which many of these services will be hosted and optimized. Critical technologies such as software-driven network optimization and scaling, novel memory and storage technologies such as persistent memory, and lightweight container software that has the security characteristics of the virtual machine are being created by our global engineering labs. We can’t wait to share this exciting future with you!Thanks for tuning in to our Not Just Another G blog series. Stay tuned for a variety of 5G use cases highlighting the lifesaving capabilities as well as an exploration of our technology solutions from the edge to the core to the cloud. The possibilities are endless!
Once a month, Notre Dame students, staff and faculty gather in the Snite Museum of Art after hours to analyze a selected piece of artwork. Aimed at creating a relaxed space to view and discuss the works in the Museum, the Snite Salon Series began in January 2013, Bridget Hoyt, curator of education and academic programs for the Snite Museum, said.“The purpose is to give people the opportunity to dialogue with each other and dialogue with a work of art. … It’s an opportunity to get to know works of art in the Snite’s collection in a pretty intimate way, to build a relationship with a work of art over time and in conversation with others,” she said.The group focuses on a single work in the Snite’s collection each month, Hoyt said.“People can take a slow and long look at one work of art,” she said.“Through conversation, people end up with a different understanding of the work than they started with.”Hoyt said she leads the program every month but tries to remove herself from the conversation as much as possible in order to allow the group to come to its own conclusions.“I encourage the conversation to be driven by the viewers’ observations,” Hoyt said. “The more diverse the group, the more interesting the conversation.”The series attracts a wide array of undergraduate and graduate students from an array of majors and professors from all disciplines, Hoyt said.Catherine Mary Barr, a freshman engineering major, said she attends the event for the intimate setting in which to view the paintings and for the chance to learn from others.“If I were to just come here on my own and look at them, I would not get the rich insight that the other students bring to it — especially students who take art history or art in general, who know all the different techniques and uses of lighting,” Barr said. “Every time I come here, I walk away with really deep insights, not only on the painting but also on the time period, the artist and the theme and messages.”Hoyt said the series began as a way to engage students with the museum, but the Snite also holds other events to help immerse students in the museum.“We have a student advisory group that runs programming primarily for students,” she said. “We also have a group of student gallery teachers who teach other Notre Dame classes that visit the museum, and we have a student collecting group that acquires contemporary photography for the museum. …We also do yoga in the galleries and guided meditation in the salons.”The Snite Salon Series meets the last Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Snite Museum of Art.Tags: art history, Snite Museum of Art, Snite Salon Series
These boots were made for walking…on your television screens! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, continues its second season on September 22 (the episode will re-air on September 29) with an exclusive look at Broadway’s smash-hit musical Kinky Boots. Tune in as The Balancing Act takes viewers behind the scenes of the Tony-winning musical, featuring interviews with the show’s cast and creatives.In this episode, The Balancing Act’s Amber Milt digs into Kinky Boots’ uplifting message of embracing individuality and being true to yourself, proving that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out! Milt sits down with Tony and Grammy Award-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper to discuss the powerful story the show is bringing to audiences across the globe. Viewers will be treated to interviews with Kyle Taylor Parker, the triple threat performer who plays Lola in the Kinky Boots national tour, and Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, Kinky Boots’ Tony Award-winning producers.The segment also offers a glimpse into the production’s “Raise You Up” Community Youth Program, a partnership with the True Colors Fund that gives LGBT youth and their allies a look at careers in the commercial theatre industry by spending a day with professionals involved in the show—from the advertising and marketing teams to the dance captain who teaches them how to strut their stuff on a Broadway stage.Kinky Boots follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from the most unlikely person. Together, these two become an unstoppable team, and find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible…proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.Visit the official Broadway Balances America website to discover more about this exciting series and to find out which Broadway musicals will also be featured! View Comments
Red wolves were once an endangered species success story, rebounding from the brink of extinction to a thriving population of over 200. Today, only 45 red wolves remain in the wild—and many hunters, along with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission would like to eliminate them all.Classified as endangered in 1973 and hunted to the brink of extinction, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rounded up about 20 red wolves to be bred in captivity in 1980. They were released in eastern North Carolina and thrived for several decades until hunters, landowners, and the hunting-focused North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission began taking aim at the imperiled species.They have pressured the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—the agency in charge of managing endangered species—to significantly scale back recovery efforts for the red wolf. They have proposed shrinking the animal’s wild territory by nearly 90 percent and sending most of the population to zoos. The Fish and Wildlife Service argues that the captive, zoo-based population of red wolves is facing extinction, and thus resources should be focused on captive wolves at the expense of wild ones.But Christian Hunt, the Southeastern Program Associate for Defenders of Wildlife, thinks that’s a false choice, because this doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game. And he says it’s special interests, not the health of the red wolf as a species, that’s driving the FWS proposal. “In recent years, the red wolf recovery program has been allowed to implode,” he says. The agency “has been derailed time and time again by a small but loud contingent of local, anti-government landowners who link the wolves and nearby wildlife refuges amount to government overreach.”Over 80 percent of North Carolinians support protecting the red wolf in the wild, according to a statewide poll last year.What’s more, Hunt says, the wolves have proven that they are able to survive in the wild if the FWS would merely take steps required under the Endangered Species Act to protect them. These include things like checking dens for new litters, fostering pups to add genetic diversity to the wild population, and collaring to provide crucial data on movement. Due to pressure from the state and a few vocal landowners, the agency has been doing none of this.Indeed, the Fish and Wildlife Service itself is “the greatest threat to the red wolf,” says Sierra Weaver, an attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center. “Even though the agency once successfully brought the species back from the brink of extinction by actively working to build the population, the Fish and Wildlife Service has now walked away from most beneficial conservation measures it was taking for the wolf.” Weaver also says the Fish and Wildlife Service is “misrepresenting the best available science” to justify its position, in particular a population viability analysis conducted in 2016 that clearly found that the wild red wolf population can be saved.Southern Environmental Law Center is currently representing the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Animal Welfare Institute in a legal challenge of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s attempt to allow “dramatically increased” lethal and non-lethal removal of wolves from private lands. “The agency is required to implement rules that provide for the conservation and recovery of the species, yet that is not occurring,” she says. “It’s too soon to say whether there will be any future challenges, but the service’s current proposal to shrink the red wolf recovery area makes that seem likely.”Others take a different view. For example, in comments earlier this year to the FWS, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, which essentially lobbied to remove the red wolf from the endangered species list, claims—against the weight of the evidence and suspiciously in line with the interests of anti-government and private property advocates—that the best way to protect the remaining animals is to remove them from the wild and place them in a captive breeding program.For its part, the Fish and Wildlife Service claims it’s committed to “recovering” the red wolf in the wild, but that more animals are needed in the captive population to boost genetic diversity and support the wild population. The agency plans to take several steps this year to accomplish that, including completing a five-year species status review to guide the recovery plan, determining potential new sites for experimental wild populations beyond the existing one in Eastern North Carolina, and increasing the captive population.While all of this might sound good on paper, the FWS clearly isn’t committed to the wild red wolf population in practice and even questions whether it should be listed as an endangered species. That worries wildlife advocates like Red Wolf Coalition Executive Director Kim Wheeler, who urged animal lovers not to give up the fight. “The red wolf needs concerned citizens to let their representatives know that the red wolf is important and that they want to see the program continue with a wild and captive program,” she says, adding that there has been “overwhelming support” for continuing both programs. Over 80 percent of North Carolinians support protecting the red wolf in the wild, according to a statewide poll last year. “It is going to take a lot of hard work. But nothing worth fighting for is ever easy.”
Therein lies the force that is Angelina Jolie. She walks the line between hateful and fragile in a way that no other actress in recent memory could. She is believable when out of her hurt and righteous wrath she summons up the force of all the hatred on Earth to condemn an innocent baby. She is equally credible when the cracks in her fierce persona begin to break.I dare you not to cry at the moment of her betrayal when she lets out a guttural howl that still rings in my ears and causes gooseflesh on my arms a full week after I saw it on the big screen.Was this a plot rip-off of Wicked? Yup.Does Disney rake in profits by exploiting the gaps in storytelling from the story they told us? Absolutely.Is it one of those rare films aimed at children that resonates with parents long after their children have moved on?Unfortunately for Jenifer sympathizers, the answer is a resounding yes. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Maleficent is the movie that will make all Jenifer Aniston fans forgive the indomitable Angelina Jolie and nod in agreement with the perpetually-bearded Brad Pitt: he chose the right woman after all.It is a film that, like the Broadway smash hit Wicked, tells the other side of a well-known story. You think you know the tale of Sleeping Beauty by heart? Well, that’s just adorable, says the same Hollywood that brought you the Disney-fied version of Sleeping Beauty. Disney doesn’t care: “What do you know, movie-watcher? What? Do you get all of your information from…us?”Apparently Maleficent makes up for all the misleading clues set up for us by the original in 1959. In essence, it’s a double whammy for Disney.Brilliant.But what is also brilliant is this finely wrought film, whose special effects usher us into a magical world where faeries fly and cavort, and know nothing of the evil greedy ways of mankind. And like every single Disney film before it, pure sweet innocence is ripe for a fall.Enter said man.The man to come in and ruin everything is Stefan, played first by Michael Higgins and later by Sharlto Copley, an orphan (of course; see above: Disney) who wanders bravely into the magical forest and falls in love with a young Maleficent, a good faerie with white-feathered wings. What follows is the foundation from which the rest of the story builds: a brutal betrayal, a transition from love to hate, innocence lost and evil gained. It is the back-story to Sleeping Beauty, in which the audience sees the evil witch put a curse on Stefan’s royal daughter, the infant Aurora, to make her fall into a death-like sleep once she turns 16.What makes Maleficent so compelling isn’t just the twist on the storytelling’s viewpoint, but that we also see it through the eyes of Aurora, who grows up under the care of three hopeless faeries—and the ever-watchful Maleficent, who tries with all of her heart to live up to her reputation as “evil.”
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Schenectady County Public Library (SCPL) and Friends of SCPL are iconic institutions in the area’s educational and cultural life. I’m delighted that they are supporting The Reading Is Fun Program (RIF)’s first annual Grand Reading Jamboree, to be held in the historic Proctors Theatre complex, donated for the event, on April 21, noon to 4 p.m. RIF’s many volunteers promote early-childhood literacy by working on foundational reading and conversational skills and vocabulary with especially challenged 4-9-year-olds in pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-3 in the Schenectady City School District. The Jamboree is keyed to that mission. Friends is funding Nina Crews, a leading children’s-book author of color, to participate in the Jamboree and it’s defraying the cost of two costumed famous children’s-book characters, Cat in the Hat and Thing One and Thing Two. Another outstanding children’s-book author of color, Ty Allan Jackson, is joining Nina Crews at the Jamboree, to resonate with an anticipated large gathering, especially with those from Schenectady’s communities of color SCPL will issue library cards at the Jamboree and organize a book-nook with diverse literacy activities for young children and literacy information for adults.The Jamboree will be for about, and by Schenectady children — about getting and keeping them on the reading track, for all of their lives. In that interest, RIF has arranged for the outstanding Culinary Arts Department at the Steinmetz Career and Learning Academy, an off site part of Schenectady High School, to cater the event, which many children’s books and other items will be gifted to the youngsters.CDTA is donating buses for those needing rides and from the Jamboree.ALVIN MAGIDNiskayunaThe writer is founder and executive director of The Reading Is Fun Program (RIF). He is an emeritus professor of political science at University at Albany/SUNY.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
The government’s move to establish a new COVID-19 response team to handle the impact the pandemic has had on health and the economy has come too late, as the coronavirus has spread rapidly and paralyzed economic activity, experts have said.Airlangga University (Unair) public policy expert Agie Nugroho Soegiono said the government’s decision to only now establish an integrated team was a consequence of its previous lack of urgency in dealing with the virus when it first spread across the country earlier this year.“The government also lacked transparency and was indecisive in terms of health protocols,” he said on Tuesday. “With this integrated team, all the planning and execution of programs regarding the handling of COVID-19 and economic recovery could go hand in hand as both will be handled under the same institutions with good coordination,” Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, who acts as the response team’s chairperson, said in a press briefing.Head of the economic recovery task force Budi Gunadi Sadikin and head of the COVID-19 response task force Doni Monardo joined the team to coordinate and integrate the country’s policies on handling the pandemic. They will report to State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir, the team’s executive chairperson.The response team comes as coronavirus infections continue to rise at a rapid rate nationwide. Indonesia recorded 1,906 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, putting the total number of infections at over 93,600 from only two in early March, according to official data. The death toll jumped to 4,576 with 117 new fatalities on Thursday.The pandemic has battered economic activity as shops, offices and factories are forced to close or limit operations to contain the virus. The Indonesian economy grew 2.97 percent in the first quarter from 5.02 percent in 2019 and is expected to shrink by over 5 percent in the second quarter due to the pandemic.The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion (US$47.55 billion) in state budget funds to strengthen the healthcare system and boost economic recovery.Latif said he expected the government to have better coordination now that there was a clear order of command.When the virus began spreading in the country, government officials had shown a lack of coordination in handling the pandemic. When the Jakarta administration was planning to suspend intercity and interprovincial buses services in late March to curb contagion, for instance, then-acting transportation minister Luhut Pandjaitan blocked the plan.In another case, the Industry Ministry issued its own coronavirus guidelines that allowed factories to open even though the Quarantine Law stipulated a suspension of workplace activities.A member of the House of Representatives Commission IX overseeing health care and manpower, Netty Prasetiyani, asked the government to create more robust health policy on handling the virus.The government, she said, had been favoring the economy over public health.“It’s not surprising at all. The budget for the country’s COVID-19 response is being [allocated] half-heartedly. As a result, hospitals are overwhelmed and health workers are dying,” she said on Tuesday.Read also: Don’t ‘misinterpret new normal’: Govt expects new team to meet health, economic goalsInstitute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) economist Enny Sri Hartati said on Monday that Indonesia needed better leadership, not just a new government team, as the main problem hindering the country’s COVID-19 response was poor coordination between government ministries and regional administrations.University of Indonesia rector Ari Kuncoro, however, expressed optimism that the team would be effective in handling the outbreak and the economic recovery as it would have more power, a greater budget and better planning compared to the previous COVID-19 task force.“This team is putting both health and economy as the top priority, not one over the other, because if the economic wheels are not running, we can’t fund the health efforts to handle this pandemic,” he said.Topics : Although neighboring countries like Singapore and Thailand reported their first coronavirus cases in February, Indonesia denied suspicions that the virus had also spread into the country despite the millions of Chinese tourists who were coming in.Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) economist Latif Adam said on Tuesday that Indonesia was way behind other countries that had quickly reacted when the outbreak began.“Maybe the government is of the view that it is better late than never,” he told The Jakarta Post over the phone.The government launched on Monday a new team to tackle both the public health and economic aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic under the National Economic Recovery and COVID-19 Response Team.