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Spam Allstars Post Ignites Speculation About Return Of Page McConnell’s Vida Blue [Videos]

first_imgToday, Miami-based Afro-Cuban group Spam Allstars made an extremely intriguing post on their Facebook page concerning the long-uncertain future of Phish keyboardist Page McConnell‘s early-2000s electronic-jam trio, Vida Blue, featuring Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, and now Dead & Company) and Russell Batiste (The Meters). The post reads:“14 years ago we had the honor to record and perform with Page McConnell’s Vida Blue with Russell Batiste & Oteil Burbridge. Today Spam Allstars are looking forward to getting into the studio again with this crew!! Stay tuned…”Each of the three members of Vida Blue as well as the members of the still-active Spam Allstars are tagged directly in the post. In addition, the post includes a clip from Vida Blue and the Spam Allstars’ 6/5/04 performance at The Fillmore in San Francisco, later released in the form of concert DVD Live at the Fillmore. In the video, after welcoming their’s namesake, the real Mr. Vida Blue, the band performs “Most Events Aren’t Planned”, one of their signature tunes. The song has recently enjoyed something of a resurgence, as it made its first two Phish appearances ever last year during the final night of the Baker’s Dozen and night three of the Dick’s run that followed, respectively.You can check out the clip from Vida Blue and the Spam Allstars Live At The Fillmore below via Spam Allstars’ Facebook post:For those who are unfamiliar with Vida Blue, the trio was Page’s main creative outlet during Phish’s hiatus (between 10/7/00 and 12/31/02) and into 2004, with a late-night set at the third annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on 6/11/04 serving as their final show. During their time together, Vida Blue released two albums: their self-titled 2002 debut and their 2003 effort, The Illustrated Band, which they recorded in conjunction with Spam Allstars.You can listen to Vida Blue’s second album, 2003’s The Illustrated Band (featuring Spam Allstars) below via YouTube user Muted Tones:Oteil has been busier than ever over the past year with Dead & Co and his own project, Oteil & Friends, and Page hasn’t done much playing outside Phish since they re-formed in 2009 after a 5-year breakup. However, considering the sudden appearance of “Most Events Aren’t Planned” in the Phish arena this summer and the reported Spam Allstars studio plans with Vida Blue, the potential for a reunion feels more real than it has in years.Below, watch full crowd-shot video of Vida Blue’s 4/9/03 performance at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL (including a guest appearance by Tenacious D’s Kyle Gass for a duet with Page on “Lawn Boy”) via YouTube user Frank Musillami:[h/t – JamBase][Cover photo via YouTube user Frank Musillami]last_img read more

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Countless Musicians & Public Figures Pen Tributes To Aretha Franklin

first_imgPresident Donald Trump Betty LaVette Cat Power The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2018Paul McCartney Carole King Senator Debbie Stabenow Thomas J. DowdClive Davis Nas Brian Wilson Allman Brothers BandDiana Ross Nigel Hall Elton John Christina Aguilera NASA Lin-Manuel Miranda Today, news broke that the Queen of Soul, Aretha Fraklin, died at the age of 76. Though reports began to surface that Franklin was “gravely ill” earlier in the week, the soul singer’s loss still has left the music community in shock. Since the announcement of Aretha’s death, countless artists and public figures have come forward, sharing their condolences and remembrances of the iconic singer. You can check out a few of the memorial posts below. Rest in power, Aretha. You will be deeply missed.Former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama John Mayer Missy ElliottRest easy #ARETHAFRANKLIN I imagine u in heaven performing & still making people souls move this was my aunt favorite record #RockSteady you will always be the Queen of Soul you been that before many of us were born! Thank you for giving us LEGENDARY TIMELESS music pic.twitter.com/bEueBCLGJ9— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 16, 2018Questlove Zac Brown Band Common John Legend Reggie Watts Bonnie Raittlast_img read more

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Portrait of the revolutionary as a young man

first_img University signs memorandum of understanding with Ministry of Higher Education The success of this trip led to me being admitted to the Office of Historical Affairs. Gradually, the woman in charge of the archive began to trust me and started bringing me evidence I hadn’t asked for — always a good sign. In my mind, the biggest accomplishment of this book was the trust-building it entailed and the spirit of collaboration, reciprocity, and respect — things that the United States has rarely granted Cuba, in their mind. On a recent visit, the spirit of collegiality and respect was palpable. I have the hope — this may be an illusion — that the book will contribute to the rapprochement in some way.I also met Castro’s sisters. Juanita, who is in Miami, made it clear that our meetings were not interviews, but conversations, strictly off the record. Emma, who lives in Mexico City, was much more forthcoming. We spent two long days talking about the family, life in Biran, what she thought of the revolution. She was close to her brother and went back to Cuba a lot. I met some great sources by chance, like Antonio del Conde (el Cuate), the Mexican gun-shop owner who helped provide weapons and training to Castro’s rebels, and later the Granma, [the boat] on which Castro and his rebels returned to Cuba.GAZETTE: Castro’s love affair with Naty Revuelta was made for the movies. What was she like, and where do those love letters live?HANSEN: Castro’s epistolary love affair with Revuelta began in autumn 1953. He had met Naty the year before. He was a rabble rouser; she was looking for someone to believe in. Both were married, and they managed their relationship appropriately, at first, though they soon fell in love over letters while he was in jail. There were more than 100 letters between them. Inevitably, the letters crossed one day, as the one meant for Naty went to Fidel’s wife, Mirta Diaz-Balart, and vice-versa. There was a big explosion. Months later, there was a still bigger explosion when Castro discovered that Mirta had a paid position in the Batista government. Castro considered [Fulgencio] Batista his mortal enemy, and he and Mirta got divorced. He got out of jail on Mother’s Day 1955, and he and Naty had a baby, though their relationship was over by the time of their daughter’s birth.Naty shared the letters with me in spring 2014. She let me photograph the collection. She trusted me to be discreet, and I like to think that I honored her request. I didn’t make fun of two young lovers confiding in one another. I tried to show how they adored each other, and to be scrupulously fair to them. These and countless other letters and artifacts at the Office of Historical Affairs are illuminating, revealing 20, 30 years of Castro’s early development.GAZETTE: Who else is in your sights as a good biography subject? Cuba under Fidel’s long shadow A renewed Harvard-Cuba connection HANSEN: I am not sure. I have different thoughts: Castro’s brother Raul, former California Gov. Jerry Brown. I’ve been going to Rwanda with my wife, Anne, a physician at Boston Children’s Hospital, for the last decade, and I am in conversations with the office of Rwandan President Paul Kagame about a biography of him. If the Castro biography doesn’t get me murdered, a Kagame biography surely will. He is precisely the sort of figure I like to focus on: vilified by the human rights community in the West, praised by people of an entrepreneurial bent. To the outside world, he looks like an autocrat; to the development and medical people, he looks like he has done a lot of good. Whatever you make of him, he has done a remarkable job rebuilding a country 25 years post-genocide with some sort of democracy. Not the kind of democracy we pride ourselves on, but one in which many Rwandans sense that they have a say in what’s going on.The point would be to suspend Western presuppositions about what a Rwandan government should look like and examine what’s going on there from a Rwandan and African perspective. I’m not sure we Westerners have a monopoly on what is good and what is right for the rest of the world. The terminology we so often employ to describe foreign leaders — a caudillo, an “African strongman” — as often precludes as facilitates thoughtful, critical inquiry. Above all, I don’t like writing books where you know the outcome before you crack the cover.center_img Related When Jonathan M. Hansen decided to write a biography of Fidel Castro’s early years, he hoped to “get past the demonization and celebration and recover the complex person in the middle.”“Biographers and historians on both poles have treated his life like prosecutors scouring his past to find evidence to convict a guy we don’t like,” said Hansen, senior lecturer on social studies and faculty associate at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. “This, to me, makes for bad history and disappointing biography.”In researching “Young Castro: The Making of a Revolutionary,” Hansen followed the educator’s proverb: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” He was relentless in his pursuit of archival documents and gained the trust of dozens of Cubans who knew Castro.The author of “Guantanamo: An American History”and “The Lost Promise of Patriotism: Debating American Identity, 1890‒1920,” Hansen discussed the challenge of accessing Castro’s papers, meeting one of the women he loved, and the privilege that imbues American thinking about the island nation.Q&AJonathan M. HansenGAZETTE: Why a biography?HANSEN: My last book on the history of Guantanamo naval base didn’t sell, despite being the definitive book on the subject. What sells? Biographies, obviously, and at the suggestion of my literary agent, I began to flirt with a Castro biography, focusing specifically on his younger years.GAZETTE: Why the younger years?HANSEN: Because treatment of those years are the least satisfying in the existing literature. Biographies are a little out of fashion among academics, but I try to set Castro very much in his context and in the context of the problems of the century in which he lived. In other words, I use biography to make larger historical arguments and teach the public things they might otherwise shy away from.,GAZETTE: You interviewed many people with personal ties to Castro who had never spoken publicly before. How did you get them to open up, and what was at stake for them?HANSEN: You can imagine that it wasn’t easy for a blond-haired, blue-eyed devil like me to get access to the Castro archives. There hasn’t been a Castro biographer from the United States admitted to the Office of Historical Affairs of the Council of State (the sanctum sanctorum of Castro studies) since Tad Szulc wrote his biography more than a generation ago. And Szulc used the archive mostly to conduct interviews. By contrast, I was permitted to photograph the entire Castro papers, which stretch from long before his birth through the triumph of the revolution and include countless letters, of course, but also such things as school and university transcripts and gas station receipts from his frenetic political activity. The collection comprises thousands of pages. Starting in early 2013, I began to knock on the door of Cuba’s leading research institutions. Speaking rudimentary Spanish and bearing an assortment of modest gifts (a Red Sox hat, a Harvard pen, a copy of my Guantanamo book, and a short research prospectus), I introduced myself. Invariably, I was met with looks of astonishment, and more or less shown the door. That didn’t dissuade me. I said to my taxi driver, Gilberto, “Same place, same time tomorrow.” I didn’t quit until, after three or four visits later, I was granted audiences with the director (“So long as you promise never to come back,” I’d hear).Meeting the directors of Cuba’s leading research institutions did not guarantee me access to the Castro archives. The breakthrough came in January 2014 when the director of the Office of Cultural Patrimony allowed me to visit the young Castro’s haunts in what was once Oriente Province: where he grew up, went to school, and, later, returned to launch the revolution. On a 10-day tour of the east, what began as frustrating and fiercely curated visits by “official” historians became freewheeling interviews of people who knew Castro as young kids or in the revolution, but who had never been interviewed before. One was an 89-year-old peasant from Castro’s hometown of Biran, who played and went to school with the Castro boys. Over the course of those 10 days, I got to meet and interview some two dozen people throughout the east. We went to the beach town Playa Las Coloradas, where Castro landed in December 1956, to the guerrilla’s command post in the Sierra Maestra. I got to sit on Castro’s bed. “In my mind, the biggest accomplishment of this book was the trust-building it entailed and the spirit of collaboration, reciprocity, and respect — things that the United States has rarely granted Cuba, in their mind.” He achieved goals yet eroded rights, and leaves an uncertain legacy, Professor Jorge Dominguez says last_img read more

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Israeli army says drone comes under fire over Lebanese skies

first_imgJERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says a drone has come under anti-aircraft fire over the skies of Lebanon. It says the aircraft was not hit and continued on its mission. Wednesday’s incident was the latest sign of rising tensions between Israel and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Israeli warplanes and drones violate Lebanon’s airspace almost daily, sometimes to carry out airstrikes against Hezbollah-allied Iranian targets in neighboring Syria. Israel accuses Hezbollah of violating a 2006 cease-fire and says the overflights are needed to keep an eye on the group. The frequency of the low-flying warplanes over Beirut and other parts of Lebanon has intensified in recent weeks, making residents jittery.last_img read more

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SMC sophomore dance themed masquerade

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Class of 2013 will host a black-and-white themed, formal dance to be held tonight in downtown South Bend. Attendees are encouraged to wear black and white to the dance, “Black Time Masquerade.” Masks, which are provided with the tickets, and decorations will add a splash of color to the black and white theme, Katie Gutrich, Class of 2013 president, said. She said the dance will be held at Century Center in downtown South Bend from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Ticket sales have been extended due to their high demand, Gutrich said. Tickets will be available for purchase in the Student Center Atrium through today from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. “This is the first formal dance for the Class of 2013,” Gutrich said. “Hopefully this big turnout will help keep the class of 2013’s enthusiasm up.” Saint Mary’s will provide transportation to and from the dance. A trolley system will be available throughout the evening and will pick students up at Le Mans circle. Class of 2013 vice president Torrie Thompson said food will be provided at the dance and the theme will be “death by chocolate.” Some of the desserts include: cream puffs, rice krispies, éclairs, chocolate covered strawberries and pretzels, moose shooters and brownies. “We’ve worked really hard on it with the Class of 2013 in mind,” Thompson said. “My hope is that everyone enjoys it and has a good time with all their friends.”last_img read more

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ND sociologist examines ‘trophy wife’ stereotype

first_imgDo “trophy wives” really exist? Do wealthy men marry women solely for their beauty? Does perceived attractiveness have any impact on how people select their partners?Elizabeth McClintock, assistant professor of sociology, set out to answer these questions by conducting research on the “trophy wife” stereotype and its impact in determining partner selection. Her research “Beauty and Status: The Illusion of Exchange in Partner Selection?” will be published in the American Sociological review.“I’ve always been interested in how gender stereotypes are mostly really inaccurate,” she said. “The trophy wife stereotype, to me, was a really obvious one. The belief in that stereotype is pretty powerful across a lot of cultures”.In her study, McClintock used a large, nationally representative sample of couples rated on attractiveness while factoring in levels of education, socioeconomic status and other traits. Her findings indicated that the levels of attractiveness and socioeconomic status from both partners were typically well-matched.The results also suggested that people who use beauty to gain socio-economic status through their partners were rare. According to McClintock, the only couples who exhibited a closer adherence to the trophy wife stereotype were younger couples in less-committed relationships.“I took data that ranked couples’ attractiveness and showed that people mostly match on beauty,”  McClintock said. “What my data says is that if you have a really big sample of couples, [the trophy wife stereotype] doesn’t happen enough for it to be a statistically significant pattern in the data.”McClintock said the belief in the trophy wife stereotype arises from a cultural tendency to selectively observe certain traits in partners depending on their gender, such as mainly observing physical appearance in women and socioeconomic status in men. She said she hopes that her research will help broaden public perceptions on partner selection and help dispel myths regarding the ways people view men and women in relationships“I hope that it has an impact in terms of how people think of valuing men and women,” McClintock said. “ The trophy wife stereotype tells women that your achievements don’t matter; it’s only about how you look. It sets marriage as something very shallow.”McClintock  said the belief in the trophy wife status also presents a problematic issue in sociological circles. She said sociologists often demonstrate reluctance to embrace the simpler explanation of partner selection — that partners tend to match on the majority of aspects — and rather tend to formulate complex patterns of beauty-status exchange.“I hope that it will have an effect in academia. I think that there is a tendency in academia for people to look for the truth in stereotypes and sometimes to look for a more complicated story,” McClintock said. “I think sometimes sociologists tend to ignore the obvious and look for a more complicated pattern.”McClintock said she is currently expanding her research on partner selection by investigating assumptions regarding interracial couples, specifically the idea that Caucasian men and women only marry partners who identify as minorities if they are considered to have a higher income or education.“I want to continue looking at these gender-race stereotypes in partner selection,” McClintock said. “I hope to show that people actually select people they are compatible with.”Tags: marriage, Notre Dame, partner selection, sociology, trophy wifelast_img read more

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Toys For Tots Hosting First Of Many Collection Drives Today

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pixabay Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – The Toys for Tots program in Chautauqua County will be hosting the first of many toy collection drives today in Jamestown.Patrick Smeraldo, who works with the initiative, is asking community members to drop off toys at the Foote Avenue Plaza from 10:30 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.He says Southern Tier Storm Soccer coaches and players will be there to assist in the collection effort.In addition to toys, cash donations are also accepted. Next Saturday, November 14 his group will be collecting donations at Kirks Jewelers on Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk.Toys will also be collected on Saturday, November 28 at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood.last_img read more

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Cast, Dates & Theater Confirmed for London’s The Elephant Man

first_imgAfter Bradley Cooper revealed that the London transfer of The Elephant Man would play the Theatre Royal Haymarket, we now have official dates and casting. The show will play a limited engagement at the prestigious venue from May 19 through August 8. The U.S. cast, led by the Oscar nominee and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner along with Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, will all cross the Pond with the production. Related Shows In addition to Cooper, Clarkson and Nivola, the cast also includes Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle, Henry Stram, Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne. The production features scenic and projection design by Timothy R. Mackabee, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg and original music and sound design by John Gromada. “Never did we think we would have the privilege to perform this show on Broadway, let alone in London,” said Cooper in a statement. “I’m honored that Alessandro, Patricia, the entire company and I have the opportunity to continue to tell his story.” View Commentscenter_img The Elephant Man Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man revolves around the real-life Joseph Merrick (Cooper), a severely disfigured 19th-century Englishman who struggles to live with dignity. The Broadway revival, which premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012, is helmed by Scott Ellis. The production is set to run through February 21 at the Booth Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2015last_img read more

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U.S. Renewable Generation Surpasses Nuclear for the First Time

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SNL:For the first time since July 1984, utility-scale renewable electric generation in April surpassed nuclear power generation, according to the June release of Electric Power Monthly data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Renewable resources produced more power than U.S. nuclear plants again in May.Nuclear generation exceeded renewables by 1% in March, however, renewable generation exceed nuclear by 11% in April and 4% in May, according to the EIA report. The report showed 63,209 GWh of utility-scale renewable electric generation in April compared to 56,743 GWh produced from nuclear plants.Utility-scale renewable electric generation in April included 46% from conventional hydro generation and 40% of wind generation. In May conventional hydro generation’s share increased to 50% whereas wind generation dropped to 35%. Above-normal winter precipitation in the Pacific Northwest and California contributed to the increase in conventional hydro generation. During spring and fall months nuclear plants usually undergo maintenance and refueling when overall electricity demand is lower than in summer or winter.More: ($) Utility-scale renewable generation overtakes nuclear for 1st time since 1984 U.S. Renewable Generation Surpasses Nuclear for the First Timelast_img read more

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Which Battleground States Did Trump Win in 2016?

first_imgMichigan- Advertisement – As results of the United States presidential election began to roll in on Tuesday, many Americans were wondering how President Trump’s performance in key swing states compared with his performance in those states in the 2016 election.We can help with that. Here’s how Mr. Trump fared four years ago in six electoral battlegrounds:Florida- Advertisement – Mr. Trump won Michigan by the narrow margin of about 10,000 votes, even though Hillary Clinton had polled ahead there for months. It was the first time the Republican Party won Michigan in a presidential race since 1988.ArizonaThis former Republican stronghold has become a true battleground in recent years. Before the 2016 election, Democrats believed that they had a chance of flipping Arizona for the first time since President Bill Clinton carried it in 1996. But Mr. Trump won the state by 3.5 percentage points.PennsylvaniaMr. Trump narrowly won Pennsylvania on the strength of his performance in the deeply conservative and rural middle, even as he lost to Mrs. Clinton in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, two large Democratic cities. Florida is diverse but conservative-leaning — and almost always close in presidential elections. Mr. Trump won the state in 2016 by a margin of 1.2 percentage points, even while losing some of its most populous counties.North CarolinaMr. Trump won North Carolina by 3.6 percentage points. The state has cities with large communities of moderate professionals, Black voters and college students, but also large rural regions where there tend to be more white voters who also tend to be more conservative.WisconsinThe president narrowly took Wisconsin, a surprise flip in a state that President Barack Obama had claimed four years earlier by nearly seven percentage points. Mr. Trump lost the counties that contain the Democratic-leaning cities of Madison and Milwaukee, but managed to win over some rural Democrats.center_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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