LEVITATION Will Live Stream Their Festival With 360 Degree Virtual Reality Technology

first_imgCome next weekend, the psychedelically inspired LEVITATION Festival will take over Austin, TX for three full days, April 29-May 1st, bringing artists like Brian Wilson, Flying Lotus, The Arcs, Ween and more! The festival has made an intriguing announcement today, sharing that the entire event will be live streamed using 360-degree technology for a virtual reality experience.The festival has partnered with a company called VRLIVE, allowing fans worldwide to enjoy the festival in a truly immersive technology. While the stream will be available for any device, a VR headset will create the most engaging experience, as you can literally watch the festival in all directions.Virtual reality is quickly rising to the forefront of music streaming technology. With the recent announcement that the Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” shows in Santa Clara were captured in VR, and a recent Umphrey’s McGee show as well, it’s clear that these cutting-edge groups are on to something. If you try a VR headset, you’ll quickly understand why.Tickets for the 360-degree stream run only $20 and can be found here.last_img read more

Remembering Jamiroquai Founding Keyboardist Toby Smith On The Anniversary Of His Death [Videos]

first_imgJamiroquai buzz has grown to a fever pitch over the last year-and-change. First came the release of Automaton in March, 2017, the band’s first new album after years out of the spotlight. They then set out on a world tour to support the new release–with a notable absence of any U.S. performance. Now, Jamiroquai’s American performance drought is about to end: The band will play their first stateside show in 13 years this weekend at Coachella, followed by a handful of confirmed performances in San Francisco and New York City. They’ve also been hinted at as headliners for this year’s Suwannee Hulaween.Return Of The Space Cowboy: Why Jamiroquai Playing The U.S. Has Everybody On Cloud 9But just as this new chapter in the story of Jamiroquai was beginning, an earlier chapter ended sadly. One year ago today, the band’s founding member/ex-keyboardist Toby Smith (pictured above, right) passed away at the age of 46 after secretly battling cancer for multiple years. As we prepare, at long last, to begin the first batch of Jamiroquai U.S. performances in more than a decade, we remember the late keyboardist who helped create the funk phenomenon…Toby Smith, Founding Member/ex-Keyboardist of Jamiroquai, Dead at 46By: B. Getz[Originally published April 12th, 2017]Toby Smith, founding member/former keyboardist of Jamiroquai, has died at the age of 46. Smith, along with singer Jason Kay and bassist Stuart Zender, formed the band in 1991 and released their first single, “When You Gonna Learn?” in 1992. The singer is survived by his wife and children.He retired from the band and touring in 2002 after a decade behind the Fender Rhodes and walls of analog synths. Smith spent his remaining years in semi-seclusion; a private person to begin with, he was a doting father, husband, and recording engineer in the studio he helped build. No official cause of death has been released as of press time. [Note: The cause of death was later revealed to be a years-long battle with cancer.]The first five Jamiroquai albums featured prominent songwriting and virtuoso musicianship from Smith. Emergency on Planet Earth (1992), The Return of the Space Cowboy (1994) and Travelling Without Moving (1997) saw Zender and Smith unite for freakishly inventive, mouth-watering jams. After Zender left the band in 1998, Smith and Kay steered the ship on records Synkronized (1999) and A Funk Odyssey (2001). Smith then abruptly departed the band on the eve of the Funk Odyssey World Tour, just before the band returned to the US for a show at Hammerstein Ballroom on September 10, 2001.Jamiroquai – “Too Young To Die” We reached out to a longtime Smith/Jamiroquai fanatic, keyboardist Todd Stoops of Electric Beethoven for some words on a fallen hero: Oh man! What a loss – Toby was a huge influence on my playing – his vibe on those monster tracks like Cosmic Girl and Canned Heat and of course the massive hooks behind Virtual Insanity… madness! Not many people know he was a co-writer with Jay Kay for their biggest hits – gone way too soon! RIP TobyA note from the author B.Getz: As a pianist, fan, journalist, and somebody who looked up to Toby Smith for a variety of reasons, I am personally devastated by this loss. His effortless way of making tall, lanky, curly-haired dudes be cool went a long way with me in my youth. His tasty, classy playing on the seminal records remains timeless (“Just Another Story” is STILL unreal, 22 years later), and his contributions to the songs and vibe that make early Jamiroquai remain relevant decades later, will definitely not be overlooked nor forgotten. Please enjoy some of my favorite videos of Toby Smith’s time in Jamiroquai.Club Citta, Kawasaki, Japan, 10/10/1993[Courtesy of Mathijis de Graaf]Glasgow, Scotland, 4/30/1997[Courtesy of funkandrockcity]Montreux Jazz, Montreux, Switzerland, 7/12/1995[Courtesy of Zsolt Horváth]Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan, 11/18/1999[Courtesy of SerpicoBerserk]Fila Forum, Milan, Italy, 10/12/2001[Courtesy of The Tribe With The Vibe]RIP Toby Smith- 1970-2017 [From official fan-site Funkin.com]last_img read more

Chris Robinson Brotherhood Cancels LOCKN’ Appearance Following Departure Of Adam MacDougall

first_imgThe immediate future looks pretty bleak for fans of Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Over the last two days, the band announced they had parted ways with keyboardist Adam MacDougall and canceled an upcoming performance at New York City’s Webster Hall set for later this year. On Friday, it was announced that the band will now no longer be performing at this year’s LOCKN‘ Festival, which is set to take place on August 22nd-25th.According to the announcement shared by the festival, CRB will no longer perform due to a “scheduling conflict”, and has been replaced on the event schedule by Midnight North. The band did not make any statement of their own, and has yet to share their plans for replacing MacDougall.The drastic changes to the band’s lineup and schedule come at a slightly inconvenient time, as they’re set to release their sixth full-length studio album, Servants of the Sun, on June 14th. The band is still scheduled to perform at the official afterparty at the inaugural BeachLife Festival in Hermosa Beach, CA on Saturday, and their 2019 spring tour is set to continue on May 16th with a show in Kill Devil Hills, NC.MacDougall is currently on the road with his other band, Circles Around the Sun, which also just announced a new batch of summer tour dates. Awkwardly enough, the band’s summer tour schedule also includes an appearance at LOCKN’. Oof.Fans can still catch Trey Anastasio Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Bob Weir & Wolf Bros, and many more when LOCKN’ Festival returns to Arrington, VA at the end of summer.last_img read more

Art, turned on its ear

first_imgPhotographer, curator, and arts scholar Deborah Willis, who normally hangs her beret at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, will be in residence at Harvard this semester.Willis, the foremost U.S. historian of African-American photography, last Wednesday shared what she will explore this year as the inaugural Cohen Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. She’ll focus on how modern photo and video artists are revisiting iconic Western images, and recasting them with jarring depictions of races typically left out of the iconic art of ages ago.“There is something to be said for historical returns,” said Willis, quoting art critic Okwui Enwezor, “the way past events play on our memories.”Flashing on a screen during the lecture were a dozen or more familiar images, including Venus de Milo’s marble curves, da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” (1498), Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” (circa 1665), and Andrea Mantegna’s “St. Sebastian” (1480), which shows the martyred saint pierced by a thicket of fatal arrows.But more interesting to Willis are the re-creations of these iconic images. Art photographer Awol Erizku, for instance, recast Vermeer’s famous beauty into “Girl with a Bamboo Earring,” a portrait of a black teenager from the Bronx. And, notoriously, photographer George Lois depicted Muhammad Ali in a pose like the tortured St. Sebastian for a 1968 Esquire cover, complete with arrows. (Ali had just emerged from his trial for refusing to be drafted into the military.)“For some time now, I’ve been reconsidering history,” said Willis, “especially iconic moments in history.” This scholarly and artistic pursuit is what she called “an experience of borrowing” on the part of modern artists taking fresh looks at old art from a racial perspective.Her noontime audience crowded into a nearly full Thompson Room, on the occasion of the first Hutchins Center colloquium of the semester. To center director Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, she is “the great Deb Willis.”  To Harvard’s Robin Kelsey, the Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography and director of graduate studies in the History of Art and Architecture Department, she is an author so prolific that the list of her books “only seems to accelerate. The rest of us feel like we’re moving in slow motion.”Kelsey mentioned a few Willis titles, including “Reflections in Black” (2002), a history of black photographers from 1840 onwards, and “Posing Beauty” (2009), an exploration of black images starting from the 1890s. In her work, said Kelsey, Willis focuses not on theory, but on “the individuality and the humanity of her subjects.”This time, Willis’s subjects are those seen by an array of video artists and photographers, some of whom — as she said of Erizku and his Bronx teenager — are in pursuit of “excluded beauty.” Most of these artists are also after images that “explore a sense of desire,” said Willis, a onetime MacArthur Fellow. That can be social desire, as Singapore artist Ming Wong explored in his 2009 video installation “Life of Imitation.” (Willis played a few clips.) It’s a re-creation of the classic “Imitation of Life,” a 1959 film in which a mixed-race daughter rebuffs her black mother, along with her own racial identity. To add layers, said Willis, Wong used three actors, all men and none of them black. “It’s a witty piece,” she said.After a short presentation, Willis opened the event to questions, so she edited down a long list of artists whose “historical returns” to old images she will explore this semester. But even a partial list reads like invitees to a party worth attending: Luis Gispert, Lorna Simpson, Kiluanji Henda, David LaChappelle, Joy Gregory, Sheila Pree Bright, Peter Lippmann, Carla Williams, and Carrie Mae Weems.Onto the screen flashed images from the late Maud Sulter, a Scots-Ghanaian artist and writer. Her photographs, in part, tried to make up for “a 150-year absence of black presence” in the art of the British Isles, said Willis. Sulter’s creative urge to rewrite art history also extended to reimaging the nine muses of Greek mythology as black women. What survives in some of her art, said Willis, is the seductive gaze present in some of the old works, along with overt erotic appeal.The same echoes of desire are at play in the work of Renee Cox, whose 2001 photo “Baby Back” is an explicit recasting of the lush and erotic classic painting of 1814 by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, “Grande Odalisque.” The modern version comes with humor, though, or perhaps irony: Lovers of spareribs, said Willis, know that “baby back” is “the sweetest meat.”Revisiting old images and recasting them with racial overlays can also make the realities of erotic love more explicit than they might have been in the past. In Gustave Courbet’s “The Sleepers” (1866), two white women lie in a reverie, with sleep’s bliss as the message. But in “Courbet 3 (Sleep)” (2011) by Mickalene Thomas the women are black and the context is clear. They are “two lesbians entwined,” said Willis of the 20-inch-square Polaroid, and it depicts “what it means to sleep after a beautiful sex act.”Many of the artists on her list “are not in conversation” about these visits to the past, said Willis, “but they’re all working on the same idea.”  That idea counters racial depictions excluded from most of art history. That makes these “historical returns,” she said, modern commentaries on long-ago injustices of “absence and disappearance.”Due to adverse weather conditions, the Feb. 5 Hutchins Center colloquium has been canceled. “DNA Is Not Destiny, But What Happens When It Is?” will be rescheduled at a later date.last_img read more

‘Principal for a Day’ offers lessons of a different grade

first_imgStudents hopping off the buses at the Jackson/Mann K-8 School in Allston earlier this week were greeted by not one, but two cheerful principals.The “Principal for a Day,” Annie Tomasini, joined Andrew Tuite, Jackson/Mann’s actual principal, in welcoming students back from the Thanksgiving break.Tomasini, the senior director of state, local, and community relations at Harvard University, was at the elementary school as part of the Principal Partners program. The program is run by the Boston Plan for Excellence (BPE), a local organization that fosters improvement in the Boston Public Schools (BPS). Each year Boston-area colleges, businesses, media, community leaders, and political leaders partner with local schools and spend the day shadowing principals to “get a firsthand look at the school-improvement investments the district has made and the challenges that remain,” according to Principal Partner’s website. Participants spend time with students, attend meetings with teachers, and sit in on classes, all in an effort to experience what educators do every day.“Teachers, administrators, and staff here at the Jackson/Mann, and all across Boston, are making an incredible and meaningful impact on the lives of the children they educate and care for every single day,” said Tomasini, who herself is a graduate of the Boston Public School System. “Harvard is honored to once again have the opportunity to connect and partner with the Jackson/Mann, and with all of BPS today and every day.”Annie Tomasini, who is a graduate of the Boston Public School System, talks to students during her tenure as principal. Photo by J. Graham PearsallJackson/Mann has more than 700 students, from kindergarten to eighth grade. They speak more than 31 different languages. Seventy-eight percent qualify for subsidized lunch, and 24 percent receive some sort of special education services.Harvard has a strong partnership with the school. Among the contributions: an intern from the Graduate School of Education’s School Leadership Program works directly with Tuite; a group of eighth-graders regularly visit the Ed Portal for its Apprentice Learning program; all seventh-graders come to Harvard’s campus to participate in the Project Teach program, which helps them develop a college-bound identity; hundreds of students take part in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program developed by the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; and more than 200 first- and second-grade students will attend a performance of “Charlotte’s Web” at the American Repertory Theater in December. Additionally, through its 2014 cooperation agreement with the city of Boston, Harvard provides $12,000 a year to support enrichment opportunities for the students.“These [enrichment opportunities] have been a huge benefit. The students love them. We love them,” said Tuite. “What Harvard has done here has really been fabulous.”Tomasini, who visited a class that recently took advantage of some of the supplemental programs, heard from one kindergarten student: “We went to the Aquarium! I saw a turtle and a really, really big fish! I had so much fun!”The partnership is equally important to Harvard, which has long collaborated with local schools, particularly in Allston-Brighton and Cambridge. Through its many programs, both in the individual schools and on its own campus, Harvard reaffirms its commitment to the health and improvement of public education, and support for the development of high-quality teachers.last_img read more

Slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout expected in war- ravaged Syria

first_imgDAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A World Health Organization official says the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in war-ravaged Syria will depend on their availability and distribution and may initially cover only 3% of the population, a World Health Organization official said Tuesday. Akjemal Magtymova, WHO’s representative in Syria, said the country is eligible to receive the vaccine for free through the global COVAX effort aimed at helping lower-income countries obtain the shots. But Magtymova couldn’t say when the first shipment was expected to arrive, how many vaccines were expected, or how they would be rolled out in a divided country still at war. The COVAX rollout is expected to begin in April.last_img

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro, starring Claybourne Elder and Elizabeth A. Davis, officially opens off-Broadway on November 19. Directed by John Doyle, the production is playing a limited engagement through December 14 at Classic Stage Company. The cast also includes George Abud, Alma Cuervo, Malcolm Gets, Maggie Lakis, Megan Loomis, Paul Lincoln, Jane Pfitsch, Randy Redd, Ed Romanoff and Jessica Tyler Wright. Allegro was Richard Rodgers’ and Oscar Hammerstein II’s third collaboration and first premiered on Broadway in 1947. The musical chronicles nearly four decades in the life of an Everyman, Joseph Taylor Jr. (Elder), from cradle through a mid-life discovery of who he is and what his life is truly about. The saga takes us from Joe’s birth through his childhood, from college dorm to marriage altar, and on to his career; from the tranquility of his small Midwestern hometown to the hectic din of big city life. View Comments Allegro Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014last_img read more

Garden Records.

first_img Jefferson was the master plantsman and gardener. You can follow in his footsteps by keeping a detailed record of your gardening accomplishments. Adaptability to area. Did it grow? Some varieties do well in either north or south Georgia, but not both. Others may do well in both areas. The microclimate (the plant’s immediate vicinity) may also affect the success of a particular variety. Earliness. When did it grow? The number of days from planting to maturity can vary considerably from one variety to another. You can use successive plantings of the same variety or several varieties of different maturity dates at the same time to extend the harvest season. Maturity. How long did it grow? Some tomato varieties (determinate) set one crop, and the plant is through when you harvest the crop. Others (indeterminate tomatoes) can keep producing over time if you properly care for the plants and then pick the fruit as it matures. Productivity. How much did it produce? With the same care, some varieties yield much more than others. Usually, hybrids outyield nonhybrids. Quality. Was it good? Varieties differ greatly in flavor, texture, keeping ability and adaptability to canning and freezing. How you will use it may influence the variety you choose. Disease resistance. What type of problems did I have growing it? Some varieties resist leaf and soil-borne diseases and nematodes. Resistance is important where these problems are known to exist or where you haven’t taken proper prevention measures. Your county Extension Service office has a current list of recommended varieties. “I wish I could remember the name of that great tomato I planted two years ago. I tossed the seed pack, though, and can’t find my order form.” Sound familiar? Keep records. That’s hardly new advice. “Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book” is fascinating reading because America’s greatest gardener was an avid record keeper. If you haven’t read this book, do it soon. It’s a must for all gardeners. You, too, can have a garden book. It may not go down in history, but it will be helpful over the years to come. Enter the name of each variety, the seed source, lot number (if available), date planted and date harvested. Write down your evaluation of the crop, too. Keep records on chemicals used, fertilizer analysis and anything of personal interest. All of these notes will help you plan next year’s garden a little more efficiently. Your garden record headings might look something like this.last_img read more

USS Gary é destaque na Operação Martillo

first_imgBy Dialogo March 01, 2013 MIAMI, EUA – O helicóptero Sea Hawk SH-60B, do Esquadrão Antissubmarino Light Four Nine, se prepara para aterrissar no deque do USS Gary em 20 de janeiro. O navio está sendo usado pela Operação Martillo, uma missão internacional que tenta coibir as rotas do tráfico ilícito nas duas costas da América Central. (Cortesia de Raúl Sánchez-Azuara/Diálogo) MIAMI, EUA – O comandante do USS Gary, James E. Brown, examina um barco suspeito em 20 de janeiro. Quase 90% da cocaína que chega aos Estados Unidos passa pelo México e América Central, de acordo com a Junta Internacional de Fiscalização de Entorpecentes (JIFE) da Organização das Nações Unidas (ONU). (Cortesia de Raúl Sánchez-Azuara/Diálogo) MIAMI, EUA – O helicóptero Sea Hawk prepara-se para decolar do deque da fragata de mísseis guiados USS Gary para investigar uma embarcação suspeita em águas internacionais no litoral do Equador em 21 de janeiro. (Cortesia do Diálogo) MIAMI, EUA – Tripulantes do USS Gary fazem manutenções diárias no Sistema de Metralhadora Rápida MK 38-25mm. O USS Gary é usado pela Operação Martillo, que aprendeu 127.000 toneladas métricas de cocaína e confiscou 56 lanchas durante 2012, seu primeiro ano completo. (Cortesia de Raúl Sánchez-Azuara/Diálogo) MIAMI, EUA – Os tripulantes do USS Gary durante um treinamento de incêndio no navio em 20 de janeiro. (Cortesia de Raúl Sánchez-Azuara/Diálogo) MIAMI, EUA – A maior arma do USS Gary é a pistola rápida de 76 mm calibre 62 MK 75. O USS Gary está sendo usado na Operação Martillo, uma missão que reúne países do Hemisfério Ocidental e da Europa em um esforço para coibir as rotas do tráfico ilícito no istmo centro-americano. (Cortesia de Raúl Sánchez-Azuara/Diálogo) MIAMI, EUA – Marinheiros do USS Gary e da Guarda Costeira pilotam um barco inflável de casco rígido durante uma patrulha de rotina em 20 de janeiro. O USS Gary desempenha um papel integral nas operações antidrogas. Quase 90% da cocaína que chega aos Estados Unidos passa pelo México e América Central, de acordo com a Junta Internacional de Fiscalização de Entorpecentes (JIFE) da ONU. (Cortesia de Raúl Sánchez-Azuara/Diálogo) MIAMI, EUA – Mecânicos que cuidam do helicóptero Sea Hawk SH-60B, do Esquadrão Antissubmarino Light Four Nine (HSL), executam reparos de engenharia em um dos hangares do USS Gary em 20 de janeiro. (Cortesia de Raúl Sánchez-Azuara/Diálogo) MIAMI, EUA – O comandante do USS Gary, James E. Brown, dá instruções à tripulação da sala de comando em 20 de janeiro. (Cortesia de Raúl Sánchez-Azuara/Diálogo)last_img read more

Assets, loans, deposits, membership up in Q1 2017

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) reported that assets, loans and shares (deposits) at federally insured credit unions expanded during the first quarter.According to the NCUA, loans grew by 10.6 percent over the last year to to $884.6 billion. However, loan growth slowed during the first quarter of 2017 to an annualized rate of 7.12 percent. With the exception of credit card loans, all other major loan categories posted an increase during the first quarter.Insured shares and deposits rose $78 billion, or 7.8 percent, over the four quarters ending in the first quarter of 2017 to $1.1 trillion. However, the pace of share growth accelerated during the first quarter of 2017 to 16.62 percent.So, while the loan-to-share ratio of 77.73 percent was up from a year ago, it was down from the end of 2016. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more