Phish’s Curveball To Host Premiere Of Jon Fishman’s “Ass Handed: The Musical”

first_imgToday, in accordance with the name of Phish‘s upcoming 11th multi-day festival, Curveball, the Vermont quartet has made a surprising announcement about the event, set to take place August 17th-19th at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY. According to a press release, the band will forgo their customary Saturday daytime set in favor of a very special new spectacle from Phish vacuumist Jon Fishman. As Fishman explains in the release:Obviously, Phish has some great songs. But I don’t think there’s any debate about which one is the best Phish song. It’s “Ass-Handed”. Like, by a mile. No, by two miles. Anyway, I got the idea during one of the festival planning meetings, when we were discussing the festival name and stuff (I still think we should’ve gone with Cockn’Ball, but management said they couldn’t market “profanity,” whatever that means). Trey [Anastasio] mentioned something about that Broadway show he wrote the music for, and I remember thinking how it really didn’t look all that hard when he did it, so it just dawned on me–of course, Ass-Handed: The Musical!According to the announcement, Fishman went home that night and fleshed out the specifics of the production, returning to band practice the next day with a fully-realized stage musical starring himself as “Man,” a man who continuously gets his ass handed to him by an all-powerful, all-knowing entity known as “Life.”An inside source notes that Fishman reached out to senior Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders about playing the role of “Life” in Ass Handed: The Musical. Bernie responded by promptly blocking Fishman’s phone number. The entire show will be accompanied by the acclaimed New York Philharmonic, who reportedly “can’t believe they got roped into this.”However, the press release promises that despite its high-concept premise, Ass Handed: The Musical won’t get too serious and, in reality, will basically just be 70-85% fart jokes. Notes Fishman, “You thought the stuff we were doing with Touchpants was graphic? Yea, Touchpants was fuckin’ Teletubbies compared to this beautiful monstrosity. And I don’t say that lightly.”Adds Anastasio, “Yea…uh…Fish really ran with this one. It’s gonna be…well, it’s gonna be…something. Think [Pink Floyd‘s] The Wall, but more elaborate…and with more 14-story ass-shaped stage sets that spit fire.”Asked his thoughts about the Curveball debut of Ass Handed: The Musical, keyboardist Page McConnell responded, “You know when you’re mostly just kind of joking around about doing something and it’s funny, and then someone gets really serious about it and actually follows through and you have to kinda pretend to be behind it because you were when it was just a joke but it’s not so funny anymore? … Wait, what was the question?”When asked if he was excited about Ass Handed: The Musical, bassist Mike Gordon said, “No.”Phish – “Ass Handed” – 12/31/16[Video: kembra allen]For more information on the world premiere of Ass Handed: The Musical at Phish’s upcoming Curveball, head here.April Fools!last_img read more

Raising the profile of animal law to match the stakes

first_img Related According to Harvard Law School lecturer Jonathan Lovvorn, saving the planet and its inhabitants from climate catastrophe begins with the world’s most vulnerable population: animals.“We have populations everywhere around the world in environmental distress, in economic distress, in political distress,” said Lovvorn, who is senior vice president and chief counsel for the Humane Society of the United States’ division of animal protection litigation. “In those countries, especially in terms of climate change, what we see regarding the exploitation and destruction of wildlife is deeply intertwined with the exploitation or destruction of people, communities, and cultures. We can learn a lot about our own social and legal problems by studying our legal problems with wildlife.”In a conversation on the Harvard Law campus, Lovvorn also discussed how the School has been leading the charge on animal law in recent years, backed by gifts in 2014 and 2016 from donors concerned about legal safeguards for pets, farm animals, livestock, and wildlife. The gifts have supported a robust Animal Law & Policy Program, led by Professor Kristen Stilt and Executive Director Chris Green. The initiative sponsors discussions and forums, academic and policy fellowships, visiting faculty positions, and an expanding curriculum.“What we are trying to do with the program is multifold,” said Stilt, an expert in Islamic law and society who is writing a book on animal welfare and the halal industry. “We want to encourage and facilitate excellent academic writing and research in animal law, we want to train young lawyers passionate about the topic, and we want to engage with the broader community about these issues. We believe that ideas matter, and that ideas can spark change.”For the second time in three years, Lovvorn is teaching a fall class on wildlife law, hoping to inspire a new generation of lawyers devoted to issues that extend beyond the animal kingdom.“The key to wildlife law or other collective issues like climate change is to figure out where you can make a difference, and to talk about how we might change institutions to make them more effective,” he said. “Because if this generation of lawyers and advocates and policy makers doesn’t change the law, we are going to lose a lot more than animals.”,When he’s not working, Lovvorn spends time with his wife at their home in rural Maryland, along with a retired race horse, a retired Tennessee walking horse that had been destined for the overseas meat trade, a dog the couple saved from the meat trade in Thailand, another they rescued from the side of the road in New Mexico, and two “cantankerous house cats.”After studying environmental law at Lewis & Clark Law School, Lovvorn worked for an environmental firm in Washington, D.C., representing several animal protection and humane organizations. The job drew him deeper into animal law, he said, “because there just weren’t enough people taking those cases.”In 2005, he joined the Humane Society to lead its newly formed in-house litigation unit, with the “goal of making more animal lawyers because there weren’t enough.” He added: “I started teaching pretty soon thereafter also with the goal of making more animal lawyers. … That ultimately led me to the class at Harvard.”One of his current students, Kate Barnekow, arrived at the Law School planning to focus on gender and sexual violence, until a student group introduced her to the animal law program and “the opportunities available through the law to help animals.”“I see my interest in animal law as a continuation of my interest in a spectrum of marginalized voices whose interests are not always represented in the legal world, which includes women and survivors and people with nonbinary identities,” said Barnekow, who plans to work in animal law after she graduates in May. “I came to Harvard to raise up those voices.”Lovvorn’s course explores both law and policy, “because the law doesn’t matter if it doesn’t serve the policy; it’s just words on a page,” he said. Students pore over case law, but they also scrutinize scientific studies, news reports, and secondary sources that address policy and wildlife protections. Climate change is on the syllabus, as are fish, “which make up the vast majority of all wild vertebrates but are largely outside the legal framework that we apply for wildlife,” he said.Lovvorn insists that his lawyers-in-training face off against each other, taking sides in debates involving topics such as hunting endangered species, Japanese whaling, and wolf restoration. The discussions are often charged, and always instructive. Whaling, for example, raises the question of cultural norms and whether it’s appropriate to “impose our views based on our value systems on other countries,” said Lovvorn, who makes sure that students with a strong stance on a particular topic argue the opposing view.Animal protection is far from comprehensive. Part of the problem stems from the fact that the law is strictly divided into property and people, said Lovvorn, “and animals are on the property side of that equation.”Outdated cruelty codes address only the most extreme acts. The Animal Welfare Act covers the treatment of animals in research and exhibitions, and Massachusetts is one of the few states with a law governing the treatment of farm animals. But mostly “it’s a process of trying to apply other laws to try to protect animals and ensuring that those few laws that apply are fully enforced,” said Lovvorn.“In addition, the greatest threats to animal welfare are institutional and commercial in nature, but for the most part animal laws are focused on one-off acts of animal cruelty.”Harvard Law is trying to change the landscape. In May, the animal law program released its first formal policy publication. The report examines the far-reaching effects of the Protect Interstate Commerce Act of 2018, an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill that would roll back state and local laws regarding animal welfare and agricultural products, as well as the environment.“Harvard is leading the way,” said Lovvorn. “The animal law program here has more courses, more conferences, more speakers, more student group activity, more visiting scholars. It’s an amazing program that arose out of really important gifts, and other schools are taking notice and increasing their programming in this area.” Putting his money where his mouth iscenter_img Animal-welfare advocate finds partner in growing Law School programlast_img read more

Miss Saigon Star Rachelle Ann Go Set for London’s Les Miz

first_img View Comments Rachelle Ann Go had a movie in her mind in Miss Saigon and now she’ll dream a dream as Fantine in London’s Les Miserables! Also joining Go in the West End company from June 15 will be Jeremy Secomb as Javert, Phil Daniels as Thénardier, Katy Secombe as Madame Thénardier and Zoë Doano as Cosette.Go has just finished playing the role of Gigi in the London revival of Miss Saigon. She is a well-known TV star in her native country, the Philippines, having won the Search for a Star contest, and is a double-platinum recording artist. Jeremy Secomb’s theater appearances include Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera and Lend Me A Tenor. Daniel’s resume includes Quadrophenia and Scum. Katy Secombe returns to the role of Madame Thénardier having last played the part in 2012 opposite Matt Lucas. Doano’s credits include Sweeney Todd and Sweet Smell of Success.Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on October 8, 1985.The story begins in 1815 as Jean Valjean, a man condemned to 19 years of hard labor for stealing a loaf of bread, finds only hatred and suspicion when he is released on parole and breaks free, yearning for a new life. Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s score contains the signature numbers “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” and “One Day More.”Peter Lockyer will continue to star as Jean Valjean, with Rob Houchen as Marius and Carrie Hope Fletcher as Eponine. Bradley Jaden, who is currently in the ensemble, will play Enjolras.last_img read more

Colombian Drug Boss Beto Rentería Detained In Venezuela

first_img Venezuelan authorities detained on Sunday Colombian drug boss Carlos Alberto Rentería, alias “Beto Rentería,” for whose capture the United States has offered a reward of up to five million dollars, government sources confirmed to AFP. Rentería, sixty-five years old, was the head of the Norte del Valle cartel, one of Colombia’s most powerful drug-trafficking networks, according to the U.S. Department of State website. No details are currently available about the location of his detention or about his possible deportation. The organization led by Rentería dedicated itself for over fifteen years to processing cocaine and distributing it to Mexico and then to the United States, as the final destination. In 2004, a U.S. court issued an arrest warrant for Rentería on drug-trafficking charges. According to the court, the Norte del Valle cartel exported around five hundred tons of cocaine, valued at more than ten million dollars, from Colombia to the United States between 1990 and 2004. By Dialogo July 07, 2010last_img read more

Bay Shore Crash Victim’s ID Sought by Police

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Police released photos of the man’s clothing in the hopes someone can identify him.Suffolk County police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a pedestrian who was critically injured after being struck by a car in Bay Shore on Saturday night.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore after being hit by a northbound Toyota on Fifth Avenue south of Juliet Street at 10:15 p.m. Saturday.The driver was not injured.The victim is described as Hispanic man in his mid-50s, 5-feet, 7-inches to 5-feet, 9-inches tall, 185 to 200 pounds with salt and pepper hair.He was wearing size 40 regular dark Italina Collezione suit pants with silver pin stripes, a white cloth belt and size 13 Saminto Laurenzini shoes.Police released photos of the man’s clothes Sunday night in the hopes that someone will recognize him and come forward to identify the victim.Third Squad detectives asking anyone with information on the victim to contact them at 631-854-8352.last_img read more

Long Island Pitches in for NY’s First Invasive Species Week

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Invasive plant species are taking over New York State’s native habitats from the Great Lakes to Long Island, and this week New Yorkers are fighting back one vine, one root, at a time.July 6-12 marks the state’s first invasive species awareness week, highlighting actions the public can take at more than 100 events statewide to protect natural resources from the encroachment of aliens with names like garlic mustard, knotweed, mile-a-minute vine and swallow-wort. On LI, volunteers will be gathering at Caumsett State Park in Huntington at 10 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.“We’re very concerned about swallow-wort,” Amy Mandelbaum, a Long Island Sound coordinator with New York Sea Grant at Stony Brook University, told the Press. “We don’t want a whole park full of invasive species.”Caumsett State Park is beset by many invasive species, Mandelbaum said, but the focus this weekend is on uprooting swallow-wort, which can be found throughout the fields and the edges of the park’s woodlands.Unchecked, this perennial plant creates tangled thickets that block light to our native species and herbaceous vines that can choke trees. It comes in two species—pale and black—depending on the color of their petite flowers, but the outcome is the same: swallow-wort takes over because it has no natural enemies here.Deer won’t eat it, researchers have found, perhaps because it contains some toxic compounds such as glycosides. When Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on swallow-wort, which is very similar to milkweed, the larvae that hatch die within 24 to 48 hours. And researchers have begun to find that the plant may also modify the soil’s microbial community, making it more difficult for native plants to propagate.Antonio DiTommaso, an associate professor of crop and soil sciences at Cornell University, has been studying swallow-wort for 15 years.“Once they get established, they’re hard to control,” he said. “Are we going to eradicate these guys? No, it’s unlikely to happen unless something really special comes along.”He said that in their native environments, the Iberian peninsula for the black swallow-wort and the Ukraine for the pale species, they have the opposite problem.“You’d have a hard time finding them….They’re in balance and almost rare.”Unfortunately, that’s not the case in America.Long Islanders who don’t make it to the event at Caumsett Park can do their part in their own backyard, DiTommaso and Mandelbaum suggest.“If you have a small patch, dig it up and try to get as much of the roots as possible,” said DiTommaso. “Put it in a garbage bag and either send it to the dump or, even better, let it fry in the sun. Certainly do not throw any of this in your compost pile because they will re-root!”He also said that this time of year swallow-wort has already formed its seed pods.“At the very least, chop the pods off,” the biologist warned. “At least, you’ll minimize the seed production.”To view the other NY Invasive Species Week events in Long Island, visit their website and click on Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA).For more information on what homeowners can do to keep their backyards free of invasive plants, visit their website and scroll down to “Alternative Landscaping/Native Plants.”And to obtain desirable Long Island native plants, such as purple coneflower and black-eyed Susan, people can ask for them at the local nursery or a big box store. Or get them directly from the Long Island Native Plant Initiative, Inc. website.last_img read more

Baseball returns to NYSEG Stadium as Rumble Ponies host camp

first_img“Having people wear masks, plenty of sanitizer obviously and trying our best to social distance,” he said. “Baseball’s easy to do that a little more than other sports.” The camp is set up the same way as usual with stations for hitting, pitching and fielding. Burgamy said he’s focusing on teaching fundamentals. Now a minor league hitting coach, the canceled minor league season gave Burgamy the opportunity to return to the field he once won a championship on. “Normally we have the players do this, but Brian’s been great,” said Rumble Ponies Managing Director John Bayne. “It’s been good to have that experience and that knowledge to be able to do the camp.” “It’s important for us to be the great community we have and get the kids out there and give them something to do this summer,” said Bayne. Camp looks different this year due to social distancing policies. Bayne said the number of kids allowed was reduced to be less than 50, and a number of safety measures were put in place. Burgamy said day one of camp was a success. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Rumble Ponies’ annual baseball summer camp kicked off today highlighted by former Binghamton Met and Eastern League champion, Brian Burgamy. “The world we live in now kind of threw everybody for a loop. It’s good to have some kind of normalcy for these kids,” said Burgamy. Camp runs through Thursday, August 13. During a time where kids may not be able to take part in their normal summer activities, Bayne and Burgamy are happy to provide an outlet. “I never stepped foot on the field until now,” said Burgamy. “It was always fun to go back and think about that championship series and our season as a whole.” “Things went really well,” he said. “The kids looked like they had a great time, we got a lot of instruction done.” “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. “The importance of seeing the ball, eyes on the ball. Hands, how you use your hands when you hit. And also timing. Timing and balance in your stance,” he said. last_img read more

ZDTVH sent a request to institutions to protect quality and accurate interpretation of cultural heritage as well as licensed tourist guides

first_imgThe Association of Croatian Tourist Guides (ZDTVH) has sent a request to the Association of Historic Towns, the Association of Counties and the Ministry of Culture asking them to put a letter attached to their institutions in visible places, in order to protect cultural heritage and its presentation.Also, if we care about a story that tells our history, culture and identity, so should counties, cities and tourist boards, which have tourist attractions and sights.In the European Year of Cultural Heritage, encouraged by the practice in many EU Member States, where Ministries of Culture, regional and local government units in many institutions have posted letters like the one attached, in order to protect cultural heritage and its presentation, especially in designated areas. as protected sites (which can be presented only by persons who have been specially trained to interpret the cultural heritage of historic cities – protected sites) ZDTVH sent a request to the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Union of Counties and the Association of Historic Cities. in their areas of activity) in which they are asked to place attached letters in visible places in all institutions under their jurisdiction – areas designated as protected sites.We consider the way our cultural, sacral, tangible and intangible heritage will be presented to be extremely important for our national identity because historical cities, cultural, sacral, tangible and intangible cultural heritage are woven into the very core of our national identity.Do we care about ourselves and our culture, traditions, heritage…? Tourist guides are interpreters of cultural heritage, and we must care how our story is told. However, all this is a negative implication in accordance with the amendments to the Law on the Provision of Services in Tourism, which has just allowed foreign tourist guides to tell the story they want about our history without any control or education, ie they think it is accurate and sufficient. our localities. Interpretation is key!This is not just about our interests, but about the interests of each State, because one cannot read a classic tourist guide or pick up information from Wikipedia about a tourist destination, locality… and talk about it. Both for foreign tourist guides in Croatia and for our guides in Europe. That is why it is insane and counter-productive for tourist guides who have not undergone quality and extensive education, either domestic or foreign, to guide tourists through protected localities and tell false and untrue stories.I wonder: Who cares if our history, culture, identity is misinterpreted and distorted? Each country preserves and nurtures its culture and history, identity, and it certainly cares about the story being told, and most of all that the story is true and credible. It is up to us how and whether we will regulate the market and start systematically, planned, long-term and strategically dealing with tourism.We are destroying ourselves, our market and most importantly our identity and authenticity.Post notices about the importance of licensed guides and protect our history, culture, heritage… from misinterpretation or misinterpretation.Side dish: Do you have a licensed guide?last_img read more

Politicians need to show more character

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Stephen Anderson makes a very valid argument in his May 10 letter. As Mr. Anderson describes it, the NRA’s “no-holds-barred shutdown of any thoughtful gun regulation” may backfire on civilian gun owners by failing to seek compromise on sensible gun-control measures. I agree with his conclusion and see it as a very plausible outcome.A key contributor to the NRA’s bold position is the malleable character of our elected officials.The NRA, Planned Parenthood, the National Education Association and other large lobbying groups are emboldened by the behavior of elected officials that adopt these lobbyist’s extreme positions. Compromise and sensible legislation take a back seat to filling re-election campaign coffers. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuscenter_img Most people I speak with agree that there are areas to close gaps in existing gun regulations and also agree that abortion is a painful tragedy and not healthcare.Most people I speak with agree that rules around teacher tenure hamper a school administrator’s ability to remove poorly performing teachers, leaving students to suffer the consequences. While the average citizen can see common sense solutions, our elected officials are unwilling to reach across the aisle for fear of losing lobbyist dollars and ultimately their re-election.Until voters have the courage to elect candidates that are both willing to seek compromise toward the common good and have the ability to resist the temptations of lobbyists money, we will fail to achieve common sense legislation.We must demand higher character and better behavior from our elected officials if we have any hope of breaking out of the malaise that we are in.John McGuinnessGlenvillelast_img read more

An investment lending squeeze hasn’t put investors off Brisbane property

first_imgBrisbane is considered a good location for property investment.PROPERTY investors are most keen to putting their money in the Brisbane market.New research which surveyed property industry professionals found that 44 per cent thought Brisbane had the best investment prospects this year.PIPA chair Ben Kingsley said there were a couple of reasons that Brisbane was considered a good place to invest.“The first one is that we know that the income to value ratio is substantially lower in Brisbane and southeast Queensland than what it is in both the Sydney and Melbourne market at the moment. RBA blames high property prices on states and councils “Your dollar is going to buy you more, you are going to get more bang for your buck.’’More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoMr Kingsley said that coupled with the good yields that were being achieved in Brisbane compared with Sydney and Melbourne made it an appealing prospect.“It is going to steer investors up into that area,’’ he said.He said historically Brisbane and southeast Queensland “arrived to the party a little later’’ than other capital cities, so as things were slowing down in other capitals they weren’t necessarily in Brisbane.He said Brisbane was also considered a good lifestyle area to live, with affordable properties and shorter commutes.The survey found despite uncertainties such as tightening of lending policies, taxation changes and potential interest rate increases, the industry was optimistic about how the market would perform this year.Mr Kingsley said it was encouraging to see property professionals so confidentabout the outlook for their businesses and the sector more broadly.He said the biggest concern for the industry at the moment was the tightening of investor lending followed by rising interest rates.last_img read more