Over the last 6 years, Connecticut funk-fusion outfit Kung Fu‘s annual Toys For Tots benefit at the storied Toad’s Place in New Haven has become a cherished tradition in the Elm City music scene, collecting tens of thousands of dollars worth of toys for kids at the New Haven Children’s Hospital. This year’s 7th event will officially take place on December 16th, moving back to the Christmas time slot. The annual benefit continues to embody a sense of giving and selflessness around the holidays, as the band pulls out all the stops for the hometown celebration to benefit those less fortunate.This year, Pink Talking Fish will be joining Kung Fu with their fusion of Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads, and Phish. Shira Elias and Sammi Garett of Turkuaz will also be on board and adding vocals throughout the night. The grand finale of the The Kung Fu Annual Toys For Tots Holiday Event will be a special set of PINK TALKING FU: PRINCE/BOWIE, featuring all members of both bands performing the music of Prince and David Bowie.“We collect toys to distribute to kids at Yale children’s hospital on Christmas to brighten their spirits with whatever is ailing them,” explained guitarist Tim Palmieri of the event last year, “It’s been getting bigger every year to the point that we rent a trailer just to deliver the [toy] donations. We are happy to spread joy and give back using our music as a catalyst for charity. Although not medicine, it’s still something that can help alleviate and bring cheer to those kids being in a hospital on Christmas Day.”The last time Pink Talking Fu happened at Wanee Music Festival, Shira and Sammi were on board to add their flavor into the mix. Check out this Video of Pink Talking Fu: Prince/Bowie from Wanee Festival featuring Shira and Sammi:Hosted by Kung Fu, the band has brought on many special guests in previous years such as Twiddle, Break Science, and members of Steely Dan for a performance of the famous album, The Royal Scam. Don’t miss out on the 2017 Kung Fu Annual Toys For Tots Holiday Event.Tickets go on sale Friday 9/29 here.
Phish Releases Summer ’93 Show At Portland, OR’s “The Schnitz”, Adds Full Concert Videos To LivePhish+
Phish has made a full recording of the band’s August 26, 1993, show at Portland, Oregon’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall available for download via LivePhish.com. The gig, which came toward the end of the Vermont quartet’s summer 1993 tour and featured a sit-in from off-kilter Seattle legend Baby Gramps, marked Phish’s only performance at the beloved venue.A description of the show from LivePhish.com reads:On August 26th, near the end of their celebrated summer 1993 tour, Phish played the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon. “The Schnitz” is an historic Italian Renaissance style movie/vaudeville house that originally opened in 1928 with a capacity of 2,808. Home to the Oregon Symphony, the venue is well known for its excellent acoustics and opulent decor. Seattle’s Baby Gramps, “The Salvador Dali of Folk Music”, was the opening act in Portland and the two previous Pacific Northwest shows in Vancouver and Seattle. This was Phish’s only show at The Schnitz and they lit it up.A stacked Set I kicked off the festivities, featuring standout performances of Runaway Jim, Reba, Fee, Split Open And Melt, Esther, and It’s Ice > Harry Hood. Set II continued the onslaught with a blistering 2001 > David Bowie, the second such combination ever played. Other set II highlights included Jesus Just Left Chicago and a Fishman-Baby Gramps duet (on vacuum and guitar respectively) on Gramps’ Nothin’ But A Nothin’. Chalk Dust Torture and 1993’s last Free Bird encore sealed the deal.The recently released show from August 26, 1993, was recorded by famed Phish sound engineer, Paul Languedoc, and mastered by Fred Kevorkian, with Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro handling the post-production. The show—and a variety of individual songs—is now available for download here.Phish also released pro-shot videos of two full concerts for fans who subscribe to LivePhish+ via the LivePhish app. The band intends to rotate “a handful of cherry-picked concert videos within the app from time to time”, so it sounds like more full concert videos are coming down the pipeline. The first two releases are the July 31, 2013 show in Stateline, Nevada (which includes the instant-classic “Tahoe Tweezer”) and the July 13, 2014 show at Randall’s Island in New York City (which includes the instant-classic “Randall’s Chalkdust”).Setlist: Phish | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall | Portland, OR | 8/26/1993SET 1: Runaway Jim, Guelah Papyrus, Reba, Fee, Split Open and Melt, Esther, It’s Ice > Harry Hood, Golgi ApparatusSET 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > David Bowie, Lifeboy > Rift, Jesus Just Left Chicago, The Lizards, Hold Your Head Up > Nothin’ But A Nothin' > Hold Your Head Up, Chalk Dust TortureENCORE: Free Bird Trey sang verses through megaphone. |  Simpsons signal. |  Baby Gramps on vocals.In the pause during Guelah, Trey said “Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Neil Young,” prompting Page to tease After the Gold Rush. Reba included a Dixie tease and It’s Ice included a Simpsons signal. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Nothin’ But A Nothin’ featured a guest appearance by Baby Gramps, who was also the opening act.
Dean Mohsen Mostafavi of the Graduate School of Design (GSD) and Dean David T. Ellwood of the John F. Kennedy School of Government (HKS) have announced the appointment of Eric S. Belsky as managing director of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, effective July 1. Belsky is a nationally recognized scholar with great depth of experience in housing research, teaching, and public policy.“Eric’s expertise in shaping a rigorous research agenda that is widely accessible to policymakers and practitioners will foster the Center’s ability to advance knowledge and inform public dialogue on the importance of housing in the context of 21st century challenges including urbanism, globalism, sustainability, and affordability,” said Mostafavi.Belsky has served as executive director of the Joint Center for 12 years, and has held teaching appointments in urban design and public policy at the GSD and HKS. Belsky’s research and writing has focused on housing markets, finance, and policy. He has published numerous articles in trade publications and academic journals, and has co-edited four books. He received his B.A., master’s degree, and Ph.D. from Clark University.“Eric’s experience working with a broad cross-section of public and private-sector leaders will be a valuable asset to the Center and its constituents, both here at Harvard and externally, where research and policy meet public debate and practice,” said Ellwood.
South Dining Hall was evacuated and the start of dinner delayed Sunday afternoon due to a small fire in the serving area, dining hall staff said. Dining hall manager Dennis Smith said the open flame was not big enough to trip the fire alarms, but it was close enough to an oil spray can to risk a small explosion, so dining hall staff evacuated those who would be in the affected area — the serving area and Reckers. The announcement, made through pager and PA systems, did not reach the Observer office in the basement of the building.The building was closed for about 30 minutes past the start of dinner hours at 4:30 p.m. Notre Dame Fire Department officers at the scene said the cause of the fire was still under investigation. Tags: fire, Notre Dame Fire Department, South Dining Hall
‘Yours Unfaithfully’ Yours Unfaithfully Tickets are now available for the world premiere of Miles Malleson’s Yours Unfaithfully, an “un-Romantic Comedy” about the price of free love. Directed by Jonathan Bank, the production will play a limited engagement from December 27 through February 18, 2017. Opening night is scheduled for January 26 at the Beckett Theater at Theatre Row.The cast will include Max von Essen, who recently finished up a Tony-nominated run in An American in Paris, along with Todd Cerveris, Mikaela Izquierdo, Elisabeth Gray and John Hutton.Yours Unfaithfully was published in 1933 but never produced, making this Mint Theater production a very belated world premiere. The play is an intimate peek behind the closed doors of an open marriage. Stephen and Anne, blissfully happy for eight years, are committed to living up to their ideals. When Stephen, a writer who isn’t writing, begins to sink into a funk of unproductive moodiness, Anne encourages him to seek out a fresh spark. Can their marriage survive uncompromising generosity, sacrifice and love? Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 18, 2017
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Casper Star Tribune:Coal giant Arch Resources, Inc. plans to aggressively shrink thermal coal operations in the Powder River Basin, outlining a shift toward coking coal and steel production in an investor call on Thursday.Arch anticipates slashing thermal coal production by another 50% over the next two to three years at its coal mines in the Powder River Basin. The firm went so far as to suggest it would be looking for “an appropriate” buyer for certain assets, and if no buyers are found, significantly scale down production. Arch operates the Black Thunder mine — the second largest mine producing over 10% of the nation’s coal — as well as the Coal Creek mine in Wyoming.“We have launched an accelerated effort to evaluate strategic alternatives for our thermal operations, including possible divestiture,” Paul Lang, Arch’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Simultaneously, we are finalizing plans to shrink the operational footprint at these operations, with a particular emphasis on our Powder River Basin assets, where we are sharply focused on systematically reducing our asset retirement and related mine closure obligations.”“I think there are buyers out there,” Lang added during the investor call. “…If you stand back and look at the basin, there have been some non-traditional players come in, and they come in in various ways. It will be kind of interesting to see how this plays out in the next couple of months.”The company also reported a net loss of $191.5 million in the third quarter and a $163 million non-cash write down of assets at “several of its legacy thermal operations.” Black Thunder coal firm was not included in this impairment, according to the company.But a write down for Black Thunder is likely around the corner, according to Rob Godby, economist at the University of Wyoming and associate dean of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. “It has to be. If you’re saying that you’re going to reduce production by 50%, that means that the asset value of that mine has just declined by half, give or take.” Godby continued: “I think what we need to do is pay attention. This company is the second largest company in the basin, operating the second largest mine — a mine that produces 10% of the country’s coal. They are signaling very clearly that they would like to leave this market, and they would like to reduce their production by as much as 50% in the next few years.”Arch’s Powder River Basin mines produced nearly 75 million tons of coal last year. But it forecast significantly lower production levels for 2020. Less than 55 million tons of coal will be mined this year at its mines in the basin, due to an “enormous demand shock,” according to company executives. In comparison, Arch’s Black Thunder mine alone produced over 116 million tons of coal in 2010, according to the Mining, Safety and Health Administration.[Camille Erickson]More: Major Wyoming coal company suffers huge losses, plans to divest from thermal coal Arch to sharply cut PRB coal production, continue shift to met coal
Asheville sucks, don’t go there.Your outdoor news bulletin for April 9, the day General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox in 1865:Fatal Fall at Crabtree FallsAn 18-year-old Liberty College student fell to her death at Crabtree Falls Monday evening, another fatality to add to the list of at least 28 people who have died at the falls in the last several years. Nelson County Sheriff’s Office Investigators say Faith Helbig was hiking with a group of fellow students when she wandered off the trail and fell off the top of the falls around 5:30pm, calling it a “tragic hiking accident.” With no cell phone service in the area, some of the group had to hike out before calling the rescue team who were able to extract the Helbig’s body late Monday night. Signage around the falls, touted as the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi, is prominent and warns against getting too close and leaving the trail. This one hits home as Crabtree is one of the more popular hikes around our home in Charlottesville. please be careful out there during hiking season.Asheville Not That Great, ApparentlyThis one also hits close to home…our second home in the mountains. According to David Landsel, a contributing editor at airfarewatchdog.org and the Huffington Post, Asheville, N.C. is one of the world’s most overrated destinations. Not just the nation, mind you, all of the Earth. Also making the list were Berlin, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, and Austin, TX in the top spot. Landsel claims that the people of Asheville “seem really annoyed by everything” and calls the “physically and emotionally fragmented mountain town” a “Hamptons with no beach.” As an alternative, he recommends going to Mt. Mitchell, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, all conveniently around Asheville. Um, what?Appalachian Trail Visitor Center RedesignJust in time for the thru-hikers passing through the state, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy‘s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office will unveil its redesigned building in Bolling Spring, Penn. on Friday. Included in the upgrades is a series of new informational panels of an overview of the trail, its history, and the history of the conservancy and was made possible by a grant from the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau. The A.T. passes right through the middle of Bolling Springs and practically past the front door of the visitor center, so this will be a great improvement for hikers and visitors alike. Last year the center saw over 4,500 visitors.
105SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Some people are born leaders, others have to work a little harder to carry a leadership role. Regardless, there is always room to grow.Business Insider gives nine leadership habits anyone can practice and adopt today to become a better leader. They are:1. Show enthusiasm. All leaders must be passionate and enthusiastic about their work. And not just for themselves – passion and enthusiasm will encourage your employees to follow you.2. Be approachable. This starts with being a good listener.3. Have a sense of purpose. Know where you want to go and what you’ll need to get there. If you have a clear plan, others will follow. continue reading »
Understanding individuals’ motivations is the key to unlocking team productivity within your organization. Gone are the days of a 9 to 5 day in a quiet and boring office environment, where people were expected to grind out their daily tasks and take regularly scheduled breaks. With a new generation of workers, productivity in those types of environments has all but vanished. Instead, today’s employees are focused on fulfillment, both personally and professionally, and want to feel they are contributing something of value. In order to boost your team productivity, you need to understand their goals, and help them work toward them.It sounds like a simple concept, but how do you put it into practice?Letting GoThe broad answer to that question is you need to let go. Let go of strict schedules. Let go of time clocks. Let go of conference rooms and metrics. Stop micromanaging. You’ve hired the best people because you think they can do the best job – now let go, and let them do it. Stop focusing on the numbers and focus on whether the organization’s goals are being met. In this big-picture type of work environment, stop worrying about whether you got 8 hours’ worth of work out of someone, and start evaluating the worth of the end product. How they achieved the goal is not as important as whether they did. continue reading » 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
An alleged drunken driver fled in his vehicle and later on foot after striking a police cruiser during a traffic stop in Commack early Saturday morning, Suffolk County police said. Wymann Wiggins, 26, of Amityville, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest, among other charges, after police deployed stop sticks, a tire deflation device. A Fourth Precinct sergeant initially performed a traffic stop on Wiggins’ car in a parking lot on Route 25 and Kings Park Road in Commack at 4:05 a.m. When the sergeant stepped out of his vehicle, Wiggins allegedly backed into the police cruiser several times and then fled the scene, police said. Officers attempted to pull over the vehicle a second time, but Wiggins allegedly fled, police said. Officers later deployed stop sticks on Route 25 and Manor Road, puncturing the tires on Wiggins’ 2008 Toyota Avalon, police said. After the car crashed on Longfellow Drive in Huntington Station, Wiggins attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended, police said.Wiggins was also charged with unlawful fleeing a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Wiggins will be held overnight before his arraignment Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York