Umphrey’s McGee Announces New 2017 Tour Dates Featuring Special Guests Spafford

first_imgLast month, Umphrey’s McGee delighted fans with an extensive winter 2017 tour announcement. The band had previously scheduled dates from January 13th through February 4th, hitting venues throughout the East Coast and into Michigan, as well as a three-night run in Asheville, NC from February 17-19 featuring Greensky Bluegrass. Today, the band has doubled down on their previous tour announcements, extending it into the West Coast with twelve new dates from March 1st through the 19th.The new tour dates begin with two nights at The Hive in Sandpoint, ID, and will continue with two more nights at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. Jam group Polecat will be accompanying for the Missoula dates, adding some funky fun to the UM run. From there they’ll hit Utah, before heading through Nevada, Arizona and California to close out the March run of shows.The second half of the tour will again see Umphrey’s McGee pair up with jam band up and comers Spafford, who continue to hold their own with a true penchant for improvisation. The band was recently featured as support for Lotus over two nights in Chicago, and was scheduled to open for Umphrey’s at eight of the twelve previously announced dates. They’ll hop on the tour on March 10th through its finale on the 19th. Spafford is also scheduled for a two-night post-Phish New Year’s run in New York, NY with The Magic Beans. Details here.Check out Umphrey’s McGee’s newly announced tour dates below, and head to their website for more information.Umphrey’s McGee Winter 2017 Tour DatesJanuary 13th, 14th & 15th – The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GAJanuary 20th and 21st – The National, Richmond, VA*January 22nd – Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, PAJanuary 26th – College St. Music Hall, New Haven, CT**January 27th – State Theatre, Portland, ME**January 28th – Palace Theatre, Albany, NY**January 29th – Anthology, Rochester, NY**February 3rd & 4th – The Fillmore, Detroit, MI*February 17th & 18th – Arena, Asheville, NC^February 19th – The Orange Peel, Asheville, NCMarch 1st & 2nd – The Hive, Sandpoint, IDMarch 3rd & 4th – The Wilma, Missoula, MT#March 9th – The Depot, Salt Lake City, UTMarch 10th – Montbleu Theater, Stateline, NV*March 11th – Fox Theater, Oakland, CA*March 12th – Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA*March 16th – Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ*March 17th – Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV*March 18th – The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA*March 19th – The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA** w/ Special Guest Spafford** w/ Special Guests Joshua Redman & Spafford^ w/ Special Guest Greensky Bluegrass# w/ Special Guest Polecatlast_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Plays The Legendary And Intimate Terrapin Crossroads [Photos/Video]

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee continued the West Coast leg of their tour last night, hitting San Rafael, California, and Phil Lesh’s intimate and iconic venue, Terrapin Crossroads. Fans able to make the show in the 420-capacity room were treated to two delicious sets, with the first set opening with “October Rain,” video of which can be seen below courtesy of TourGigs. Other highlights of night included two jammed out sandwiches, one in the first set with “Similar Skin” and its return housing “The Triple Wide,” and the other using “Utopian Fir” to sandwich a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” in the middle of the five-song non-stop opening sequence which kicked off the second set. You can also check out a full gallery of photos from the night, courtesy of Zack Blum, and the show’s setlist below.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 3/12/2017Set 1: October Rain > Higgins, Rosanna > Prowler, Similar Skin > The Triple Wide > Similar Skin, No Diablo, The Weight Around[1], 40’s ThemeSet 2: In The Kitchen > Utopian Fir > Immigrant Song[2] > Utopian Fir[3] > Making Flippy Floppy, Tribute to the Spinal Shaft > Conduit > Make It RightEncore: Divisions[1] with Brendan on acoustic[2] incomplete[3] with 24 or 6 to 4 (Chicago) jam Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Interpreter of cultures

first_imgUsing art forms, such as poetry, music, and calligraphy, Ali Asani is combating ignorance about Islam and Muslim cultures.In his office, dotted with delicate weavings and tapestries, and stacked with books on religion and languages, Asani proudly shows off the product of a recent academic endeavor, a handful of music videos created by his students. In the short clips, the men and women are singing their own compositions, inspired by a verse from the Koran.“The arts help to humanize cultures where political discourses based on nationalist ideologies tend to dehumanize. They are wonderful pedagogic bridges that help to connect peoples who perceive those different from themselves as ‘the other,’ ” said Asani, Harvard professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and cultures.Asani’s use of the arts as a teaching tool is just part of his broader effort to eradicate what he calls “religious illiteracy.” For more than 30 years, he has dedicated himself to helping others better understand the rich subtext and diverse influences that make religion — in particular, Islam — a complex cultural touchstone.“For me, religion is a cultural phenomenon that is complexly embedded in historical, political, economic, literary, and artistic contexts. As these contexts change, people’s interpretation of religion changes, so it’s never really something that is fixed.”Those who refuse to see understandings of religion as contextually constructed engage in a dangerous form of religious illiteracy, said the scholar, one that “strips people in a very broad way of their humanity. Looking at people through the exclusive lens of their religious identity and ignoring their historical, cultural, and political contexts is dehumanizing and leads to stereotyping and sometimes to even genocide and ethnic cleansing.”His quest is partly personal. Asani, who came to the United States as a young man directly from his native Nairobi to attend college, was stunned when his American peers challenged his African heritage.“Because of the way I looked, people were questioning that I really could be African,” recalled the scholar, who has ancestral ties to South Asia. “I thought it was very strange, since my family has roots in Africa dating back 200 years.”“It was my first encounter with what people in the United States know about the rest of the world. Most of my peers had no idea of Africa’s racial, cultural, and religious diversity. I hoped it was something that I would get a chance to remedy someday. And then I found out there were larger problems in the academy about how Islam is taught and understood.”Asani came to Harvard as an undergraduate in 1973 and has been here ever since. A concentrator in comparative religion, he later pursued his doctorate work on Near Eastern languages, developing his dissertation on the ginans, the religious texts of the Ismaili branch of Islam. Capitalizing on his multilingual fluency in Urdu, Hindi, Persian, Gujarati, Sindhi, and Swahili, he began teaching at Harvard’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Today a tenured professor, his research focuses on Shia and Sufi devotional traditions of Islam, as well as popular or folk forms of Muslim devotional life.In keeping with his mission of promoting religious literacy, Asani held workshops for educators following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to help them better understand Islam. He also recently developed a detailed historic and cultural curriculum for the study of Muslim societies for the Islamic Studies Initiative, an international professional development program for high school teachers in Kenya, Pakistan, and Texas.Most recently, Asani, who is also associate director of Harvard’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, has been working on incorporating the arts into his “Culture and Belief” course, which is offered as part of Harvard’s new Program in General Education.“I am interested in exploring the use of the arts not only as lenses to study religious traditions but also as a means of engaging students in deeper forms of learning through art making,” he said.“By studying and appreciating a piece of art or a piece of literature from a different culture and then attempting to re-create that artistic or literary form within their own cultural framework, students participate in learning processes that are intimate and bear the imprint of their own personalities. In this manner, education can truly become personally transformative.”last_img read more

Mainstream meditation and the million-dollar mindfulness boom

first_imgToday, mindfulness mediation can be found everywhere from schools to prisons to sports teams. The trendy fitness apparel company Lululemon is now advertising mindful clothing for men. There’s also Mindful Meats, Mindful Mints, and Sherwin-Williams sells a paint color they call Mindful Gray. There’s even Mindful Mayo, which you can buy at your local Whole Foods for $5.99.So why has mindfulness meditation suddenly become so popular? Well, for starters, recent studies show benefits against an array of conditions both physical and mental, including helping to counter stress, chronic pain, and other ailments such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.But are there possible downsides to mindfulness being fully embraced by capitalists as well as the mainstream? As David Gelles writes in The New York Times, “With so many mindful goods and services for sale, it can be easy to forget that mindfulness is a quality of being, not a piece of merchandise.”This is the Harvard Religion Beat, a podcast examining religion’s underestimated and often misunderstood role in society. In this episode, we’re speaking with Chris Berlin, mediation teacher, instructor at Harvard Divinity School, and counselor to Buddhist students at Harvard. We wanted to get his insight into this mainstreaming of mediation and what he thinks the reasons are for today’s mindfulness boom. Berlin also talks about the potential issues faced in our new digital mindfulness landscape, as well as how small benefits can lead to lasting positive change. Read Full Storylast_img read more

SMC students, community gather for climate strike

first_imgThe Sisters of the Holy Cross, students at Saint Mary’s and community members opened their “For a Global Green Committee” event Friday by singing the lyrics, “We are striking for the world,” in the tune of popular church hymn, “Siyahamba,” or “We are marching.” The song demonstrated their intent to join together in the hope of educating and creating climate change policies.The students and part of the staff involved were originally meant to complete a march through campus — joining marchers around the world during the week — but due to weather, it was canceled. Colleen Fischer | The Observer SMC Belles participated in a global climate march on Friday.Students still walked across campus from Madeleva Hall to the Lily O’Grady Center with their hand-painted posters, made with recycled cardboard, while the storm ranged on. Although junior Annie McGuire’s poster was tucked under her rain poncho and wrapped in a plastic bag, she and other students still attended the event where the sisters and professors shared their knowledge of climate change.The students attended the event for a multitude of reasons, but most said they wanted to help and protect the Earth for moral and religious reasons.“I think the Earth takes care of us and it is our honor, duty and responsibility to take care of the earth as well,” McGuire said. “I think this issue is so pressing right now that we need to show the world what we believe in. Which right now is advocacy for our world.”The obligation for stewardship was an idea shared by McGuire’s friend and junior Jackie Rojas. She held a sign reading, “Sciopero per il clima,” which means “climate strike or strike for the climate” in Italian.“I came out here to strike for climate change because, we think that taking care the earth is extremely important,” Rojas said. “Just like we take care of each other as humans and we are creation, we are indebted to and in charge of taking care of the rest of the world that is also our brothers and sisters. Our brother sun, and all of the trees and everything that is living and connecting us to the world.”The President of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Sister M. Veronique, identified the issue as a pro-life issue, and said it was one of the most pressing issues of the time.“In the Catholic Church, we have right to life in many places here at Saint Mary’s College, we have our own right to life,” she said. “This is the right to life issue. So now is the time to rediscover our vocation as children of God as brothers and sisters and stewards of creation. And so again, our vocation, not just our lifestyle, vocation, but our vocation as human persons is to care for our creation.”Associate professor of biology and environmental studies Cassie Majetic spoke on the current environmental and human consequences of climate change, including fires in Alaska, the Amazon and California, rising water temperatures and droughts in Australia and South Africa. She noted the timeliness of the issue.“This crisis is real. It is happening now. It is things that are going on around us, at this point and time,” Majetic said.Sisters also shared their experiences with climate change.The personal account of Sister Madalyn Murrary of the Thomas fire, which broke out on Dec. 4, 2017 about 25 miles from the sisters home was read aloud.“By 1:30 a.m., the sisters at St. Catherine were evacuating their home along with hundreds of others as the wind driven fires spread quickly over hills that were dried out by years of drought,” Murray said. “As they left St. Catherine’s, they could see houses burning up on the hill behind them. The sisters were fortunate that they were able to return to their home the next day. Not so fortunate were the 400-some families who lost their homes that night.”Sister Mary Ellen Louise Fuller spoke on her experience with the 2018 flood in South Bend.“We had water emerging from the concrete cement floor, fountains would just start to flow. So I mean, it would I guess it would be nice if it was outside. But in your house?” Fuller said. “[When] Mayor Pete [Buttigieg] started out, he had to deal with two catastrophic events: an 1,000 year flood, which was preceded, I think, maybe six months preceding this, and this was called a 500 year event. But no longer can this be taken for granted that it will be 500 years. I mean, climate change is here, and something must be done.”Tags: Climate change, climate strike, Sisters of the Holy Crosslast_img read more

All the Ways to Say I Love You, Starring Judith Light, Extends Again

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 23, 2016 The world premiere of Neil LaBute’s All the Ways To Say I Love You, starring two-time Tony and Audience Choice Award winner Judith Light, has once again extended its off-Broadway run. The solo piece will now play its final performance at MCC’s Lucille Lortel Theatre on October 23, instead of the previously announced October 16. Performances began on September 6.Leigh Silverman directs the production, which features Light as Faye Johnson, a high school English teacher and guidance counselor. As she recounts her experiences with a favored student from her past, Faye slowly reveals the truth that is hidden just beneath the surface details of her life and marriage.All the Ways To Say I Love You officially opened on September 28. The play marks LaBute’s tenth produced by MCC in a 15-year collaboration. Judith Light in ‘All the Ways To Say I Love You’ (Photo: Joan Marcus) Related Showscenter_img All the Ways To Say I Love You View Commentslast_img read more

Carpe the Hell out of Some Beer

first_imgWhen you live in a city with one of the most robust craft beer scenes in the country, it’s easy to get complacent. A new brewery opened up a couple of weeks ago and my wife wanted to go, but I didn’t. Because it was on the other side of town. Roughly 2.7 miles away.“It’s just so far,” I said. “Think about the traffic at this hour. And we could just walk to Wicked Weed. Or Burial. Or Catawba…” Why try new things when there are so many great things that you know you already love right in front of your face, right? Can I get an “amen”? Of course, I’m wrong. Forget the fact that women are usually right and men are usually wrong when they’re squaring off in an argument like this (listen to your lady; that mustache does make you look like a pervert). I was wrong because it’s a great big beer world out there, getting bigger every day, and if you sit back and stop seeking out new boozy experiences that test your taste receptors, you’re gonna miss a whole lot of incredible beer. Look at it this way: there haven’t always been 5,000 craft breweries in this country. For a long time, there were only a dozen or so decent beers out there in the wild. And, if history is any indication, this craft beer boom won’t last forever. There will come a time when you drive into a random small town, with a population of 878, and there aren’t two brewpubs occupying dueling ends of main street. It’s a scary thought, I know, but it’s true. We’re living in the time of Peak Beer right now. It’s never going to be this good again. We owe it to ourselves to drink as much of it as we can. Forget about your liver and diabetes and your kid’s baseball game, the beer is practically vanishing beneath our noses. Carpe the day. Carpe the hell out of it. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself now when I see a new beer on the shelf that I’m not quite sure about. Should I get the new beer? Or should I play it safe and go with the pale ale I always get? It’s a question that plagues my every trip to the store, but now, because of Peak Beer, and an ever-growing sense of mortality in general, I’m getting frisky and risky and opting for the new beer. This week, it paid off. I picked up a six pack of this IPA from Currahee Brewing, out of tiny Franklin, deep in the mountains of North Cackalacky. I didn’t know what to expect, but I liked the can and the name, so I bought it. And the beer is, as the kids say, “sick.” It’s creamy in a way that most IPAs are not, and it has some of that classic, West Coast style bitterness that you don’t find too much of anymore. Everyone’s going for fruit juice with their IPAs these days, but this thing has as much pine as it does citrus. The old school take is refreshing, but I also dig that creamy mouthfeel—makes me wonder if they added wheat or oats to the malt bill. Anyway, needless to say, I carped the hell out of that six pack.last_img read more

The story of 10 years of the Naval Battle: Events that put Bakar on the tourist map

first_imgNumerous important anniversaries that marked 2019 in Bakar were joined by two more related to the most important event of Margaret’s flight and one of the most visited Kvarner events, the Naval Battle. Namely, ten years ago, the Tourist Board of the City of Bakar and the City of Bakar held the first naval battle with the desire to reconstruct as authentically as possible and preserve from oblivion the glorious victory of Bakar over the Venetians who last tried to conquer Bakar in 1616. In 2009, the Bakar City Guard was founded in 1848, a historical unit which, due to its picturesque uniforms and dedicated preservation of heritage, has become a recognizable symbol of the Naval Battle and Bakar. For an underdeveloped tourist destination like Bakar and a tourist community that in many ways started from scratch, the growth of such an event into one of the most visited in Kvarner meant the departure of Bakar from complete tourist anonymity. Three old sailing ships equipped with pyrotechnics are taking part in the Naval Battle of Bakar, and with shots from sailing ships and rifles, holsters and cannons from the shore, fire torches, water bombs and smoke effects, the originality of the experience of a real naval battle is guaranteed. With various accompanying entertainment program, the whole event ends with a big fireworks display over the Bakar Bay by which Bakar became especially recognizable. Find out more about the Naval Battle of Bakar, which starts today (July 13) HERE The program is not focused exclusively on the battle, but we have made an effort to design all-day content for all generations. We start, traditionally, with the morning ascent to the top of Risnjak, which territorially belongs to the City of Bakar. We gather producers of authentic products from the City of Bakar, Kvarner and beyond at the Margaret Fair in order to preserve the rich history and customs of Bakar, modeled on the old Margaret Fair, which has a very long tradition as one of the largest in this area. points out Jelušić Marić and adds that in addition to the already mentioned parade, which is a truly impressive sight combined with the view of historic Bakar, from this year on the initiative of the priest, Nikica Jurić, a procession with the relic of St. Margaret to celebrate the feast of their patron saint. center_img Throughout the decade of the Naval Battle, more and more visitors came to Bakar every summer who bypassed this coastal town, which encouraged the organization of other events, the involvement of associations, producers and caterers and the emergence of an increasing number of renters. “Aware that a large part of the number of visitors, which has grown to almost 15, are families with children, since last year we started a program for children called Little Naval Battle, with which, in our City Garden, in a fun way, we bring the topic of this After a whole decade of holding and three months of preparation for each battle in which more than 000 participants participate, we can say that we are extremely pleased with the recognition provided by the organization of such a large event whose importance is respected by destinations in the area. The naval battle was the beginning of the valorization of our rich heritage on which today, day by day, we are increasingly building a brighter and more successful tourist future of our city.”Concluded Sonja Jelušić Marić. The Tourist Board of the City of Bakar and the City of Bakar realized the idea of ​​reconstructing the naval attack with joint forces, and thus this unique manifestation of revived history in today’s time was created, which is constantly enriched. About the importance of the Naval Battle for Bakar, the director of the Tourist Board of the City of Bakar, Sonja Jelušić Marić, who has been breathing with this event from the very beginning, says: “Aware that we cannot attract visitors to Bakar with a rich tourist offer that was not easy to create in the conditions of post-industrialization, ten years ago we decided to emphasize our rich cultural and historical heritage and make a big event full of good fun to at least become interesting to visitors. . We owe our gratitude for the idea and origin of the Naval Battle to the enthusiasm and initiative of our historians; prof. Krešimir Herceg, prof. Bora Strbac, prof. Boris Petković and archaeologist Ranko Starc ” Photo: TZ Bakarlast_img read more

Elect a new president to save capitalism

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRobert Reich, in his book “Saving Capitalism,” describes how moneyed interests have bought government influence so they can pervert the market’s rules and divert most of our economy’s gains into their pockets. This is a depressing story, but Reich offers us hope. He notes that three times in America’s past, we have been in a similar fix. But each time, the voters rose up and elected strong presidents (Andrew Jackson, Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt) and gave them enough political clout to take back the economy for ordinary citizens. I sincerely hope we can accomplish a fourth save.Bruce PomeroyDuanesburgMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusLocal movie theater operators react to green lightFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

US coronavirus cases rise by 47,000, biggest one-day spike of pandemic

first_imgFauci said the daily increase in new cases could reach 100,000 unless a nationwide push was made to tamp down the resurgent virus.”We can’t just focus on those areas that are having the surge. It puts the entire country at risk,” he said.Fauci said there was no guarantee of a vaccine, although early data had been promising: “Hopefully there will be doses available by the beginning of next year,” he said.COVID-19 cases more than doubled in June in at least 10 states, including Texas and Florida, a Reuters tally showed. In parts of Texas and Arizona, hospital intensive care beds for COVID-19 patients are in short supply. New US COVID-19 cases rose by more than 47,000 on Tuesday according to a Reuters tally, the biggest one-day spike since the start of the pandemic, as the government’s top infectious disease expert warned that number could soon double.California, Texas and Arizona have emerged as new US epicenters of the pandemic, reporting record increases in COVID-19 cases.”Clearly we are not in total control right now,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a US Senate committee. “I am very concerned because it could get very bad.” More than 126,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and millions have lost their jobs as states and major cities ordered residents to stay home and businesses closed. The economy contracted sharply in the first quarter and is expected to crater in the second.’TRUMP FAILED US’The European Union has excluded Americans from its “safe list” of countries from which the bloc will allow non-essential travel beginning on Wednesday.The fresh rise in cases and hospitalizations has dimmed hopes that the worst of the human and economic pain had passed, prompting renewed criticism of US President Donald Trump as he seeks re-election on Nov. 3.His rival, Democrat Joe Biden, on Tuesday said that Trump’s “historic mismanagement” of the pandemic cost lives and inflicted more damage than necessary to the US economy.”It didn’t have to be this way. Donald Trump failed us,” the 77-year-old former vice president said in a speech in Delaware, where he unveiled an updated plan to tackle the pandemic calling for more testing and the hiring of 100,000 contract tracers.In the past week California, Texas and Florida have moved to close recently reopened bars, which public health officials believe are likely one of the larger contributors to the recent spikes.On Tuesday, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut added travelers from California and seven other states to those who must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Texas and Florida were named last week.South Carolina also has also emerged as a hot spot, reporting a record single-day increase of 1,755 cases on Tuesday.In Texas, where the number of new cases jumped to a one-day record of 6,975 on Tuesday, Houston hospitals said beds were quickly filling up with COVID-19 patients.Dr. Marc Boom, chief executive of Houston Methodist Hospital, told CNN on Tuesday that his hospital beds have seen a “very significant” increase in COVID-19 patients, although the death rate has lowered.Boom said he was worried about Independence Day celebrations this weekend, when Americans traditionally flock to beaches and campgrounds to watch fireworks displays.”Frankly it scares me,” he said.center_img Topics :last_img read more