Roger Waters has always been clear about his feelings about President Donald J. Trump. The Pink Floyd bassist has a long history of speaking out against political corruptness, and since before Trump was elected, Waters has been very clear expressing his anti-Trump stance. In October of last year, Waters performed in Mexico City and used the song “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” as a vehicle to express his outrage at the then-presidential candidate. During his Mexico City performance, Waters released hundreds of thousands of inflatable pigs onto the crowd while he performed to a backdrop of images of Trump giving the Nazi salute and surrounded by members of the KKK—Waters famously reposted the footage from that performance on Inauguration Day.Pink Floyd-Inspired Flying Pigs Will Block Chicago’s Trump Tower For A Day This SummerA few months ago, Roger Waters announced a massive world tour dubbed Us + Them, which will see the bassist travel extensively across the United States with over forty dates. Now, footage from tour rehearsals of Waters’ Us + Them tour has been leaked, and the outspoken musician has no plans to stop taking shots at Donald Trump. Again, the song “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” off Pink Floyd’s 1977 Animals was used as the medium to carry out Waters’ Trump takedown. During the eleven-minute performance of the song, neon pop-art images of Trump appeared, depicting the president with breasts, in a Klan hood, wearing lipstick, exposing a micropenis, with the head of a pig, and finally, with the word “charade” written across his face.During the rehearsal performance at Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the screen also showed a giant robotic flying pig as well as some of Trump’s quotes on record about women, his daughter Ivanka, his border wall, 9/11, taxes, and more. The video also projected images of Donald Trump with dollars signs over his eyes and saying the word, “I won!” and ended with the words “Fuck Trump” across the screen. The Trump-themed imagery continued in the songs “Money” and “Us and Them” as well. You can watch videos of Roger Waters’ rehearsal below. “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” [Video courtesy of markit aneight “Comfortably Numb”[Video courtesy of markit aneight]“Time”[Video courtesy of Dan Morgan]“Wish You Were Here”[Video courtesy of Dan Morgan]“Another Brick In The Wall”[Video courtesy of Dan Morgan]“Great Gig In The Sky”[Video courtesy of Leon Feingold][H/T Rolling Stone]
Colorado jam favorites The String Cheese Incident are about to embark on a major milestone….their 25th-anniversary celebration! Beginning with a New Year’s run at Broomfield, CO’s 1STBANK Center on December 28th, 29th, and 31st (get tickets here!), SCI will commence what is already looking to be a massive silver anniversary celebration in 2019.While they will welcome no direct support for the New Year’s run, Cheese has announced a number of special guests set to join them during their own sets. Bluegrass brethren Sam Bush and Darol Anger will be featured guests on the 28th, and Robert Randolph and Dumpstaphunk’s Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, and Tony Hall will help bring out the funkier side of The String Cheese Incident on the 29th. Outside of the 1STBANK Center shows, the band has announced multi-night runs in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, St. Louis, New Orleans during Jazz Fest, and New York…all places that have played a role in the growth and evolution of the band. And there is still more to come, as SCI gears up for a particularly busy year.Over the years, the group has always been able to stay one step ahead when it comes to creating unique experiences for their fans, from their storied Horning’s Hideout events to their return from hiatus at Rothbury in 2009 (which would go on to become Electric Forest) to the now-annual Suwannee Hulaween celebration down in Florida. All the while, the band has worked with some of the best production teams in the world to create unforgettable spectacles for fans of all genres to enjoy and revel in.With a sound that has evolved from a more traditional bluegrass sound in the early Rocky Mountain years to incorporate funk, electronic, and world music influences, The String Cheese Incident has, for better or worse, embraced the change and found ways to allow the musical tastes of each band member to shine brightly throughout their history. 25 years is no easy feat for any band, making this celebration that much more special for the potent sextet of Billy Nershi, Michael Kang, Kyle Hollingsworth, Keith Moseley, Michael Travis, and Jason Hann.We caught up with keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth to discuss the “then” and “now,” the band’s recent creative songwriting technique by way of their Sound Lab studio, and what else is on the horizon for the gentlemen of Cheese.“Rivertrance” – NYE 2013 [Pro-Shot][Video: The String Cheese Incident]Live For Live Music: The band is still regularly creating new music, and very much still on the road. Are you guys having as much fun now as you did back in the day? What are some differences between then and now?Kyle Hollingsworth: It’s like any relationship, really. Almost like being married. There is this new kind of love and infatuation those first few years, a wild sort of fun. And then things evolve, people change, but your love changes and you react accordingly to those changes. With a band, you are dealing with multiple personalities, and sometimes just need to practice and jam for an hour or so for everyone to get back on the same page after being away from it for a little bit.With the Kyle Hollingsworth Band, I get to go out on the road and see younger bands like Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Twiddle, and it’s exciting to see that younger fan base go wild at shows. Things are certainly different 25 years into it for us, but certainly not different in a bad way. It’s still as much fun as it’s always been.[Photo: ontheDL Photography]L4LM: Congrats on dropping the “Manga” official release last Friday, which was inspired by Cameroonian bassist Andre Manga. Who brought that idea to the songwriters’ table?KH: That was an idea that Jason brought to the table, and we had a lot of fun with it. Especially with the video, all of us just fooling around and keeping things silly. With songwriting over the last six months or so, we are each taking the lead at points on various songs and going from there. We have now released Jason’s “Manga”, a Travis song, a Keith song, and now we’re at the Sound Lab working on Kang’s next song. It’s fun in that we all are taking creative control and letting things flow.“Manga” – SCI Sound Lab (Single)[Video: The String Cheese Incident]L4LM: It seems like the Sound Lab has been the definition of a creative space for the band since being built, and has allowed the band to be constantly releasing new music.KH: The Sound Lab has been incredible for us. We come together when the time is right, write music, and release a song when it’s ready, instead of releasing a whole album, which seems to be a dying art form, sadly.L4LM: On the album note, do you think that releasing singles only has been good for the band, as far as songs getting the attention and listens they deserve?KH: I do think that has been a really good thing, come to think of it. Sometimes songs get lost in the shuffle of a full album. It definitely works for us, for sure.L4LM: It looks like 2019 is gearing up to be a big one for SCI. Jamaica, Vegas, Jazz Fest, Tahoe, The Cap, The Fox in St. Louis, and more. Already seems like a busier-than-usual year for the band. Are there still announcements in store?KH: With celebrating 25 years, we really wanted to return to some of the places that have always been special to us and fun to play. Vegas, Jazz Fest, The Fox, and those spots have always provided something a little extra for us as a band. It’s going to be a fun year, without a doubt, with more to be announced as things progress.L4LM: SCI just announced special guests for the New Year’s run as well, with Sam Bush & Darol Anger (12/28) and Robert Randolph, Ivan & Ian Neville, and Tony Hall (12/29) set to join in. How have these guys played a role in the Cheese sound over the years, and what can we expect from those sit-ins?KH: I’m really amped to be bringing those guys, who have all influenced us in some way over the years, to join us on stage. The New Year’s run is going to be a lot of fun, as we will be creating a very immersive experience for all three nights, with things happening throughout the entire 1stBANK Center. Jason came up with some ideas based on his experience at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which were super cool. We’ll also have some old videos of the band playing over the years and some new stuff that you’ll just have to wait and see.L4LM: Do you still have those profound moments with the band after all of these years?KH: There [are] still profound moments on every tour, but on this last tour, for instance, it was the second-to-last night on one of the runs. And it always seems to work out that way. With the last night of some runs, people have home and family on their minds, but the second-to-last night, everything just comes together and everyone’s energy just connects. We were on the bus after one show, in particular, and we all just clicked on a whole other level. I always recommend coming to see the second-to-last night….things always mesh and go off just a little bit more, for some reason.L4LM: SCI has done these wonderfully curated and very creatively “Cheese-like” events such as Horning’s, Electric Forest, Hulaween, etc. Are there other events like these on the horizon?KH: We are always looking at new ideas and ways to create these “magic spaces” for both the fans and band alike. It’s something that has always been important to us as a band. In retrospect, I remember being younger at Grateful Dead shows, or some festival, and camping on concrete and just having a different experience altogether. Great times, but different. As a band, we have always tried to take those experiences and create something that the fans would love and feel comfortable and safe in to enhance their experience. And it has been fun working with the right people to make that happen, and continue to do so. So, in short, yes….we are constantly thinking about those types of events, and there is always something new on the horizon to explore.L4LM: You also have your annual Hoppy Holidays event with your own Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Lyle Divinsky of The Motet, Exmag, Casual Commander, at Cervantes AND The Other Side next Saturday, Dec. 8th. Sounds like a blast!KH: It’s crazy to think that is coming up next week already! I was just speaking to Lyle from The Motet about some song ideas for us to collaborate on, and it’s going to be a lot of fun. He has great energy, and guys like him and Dom Lalli (Big Gigantic) have such a way to get the crowd amped up, whereas I’m like, “Hey, thanks for coming, it’s going to be a great time, and we have awesome beer here!” Guys like that are able to command their space and bring something else to the stage.[Photo: ontheDL Photography]L4LM: And Hoppy Holidays, as always, will be featuring some collaborative beers you did with various breweries. For this event, you teamed up with both Joyride Brewing Company and New Image Brewing for the Brut IPA and Imperial Stout, respectively.KH: YES! I am such a beer nerd. I’m really excited for the Brut IPA. It’s taking that crisp dryness of a champagne and merging it with an IPA. I’m really excited about that. And the Imperial Stout makes for a great winter beer, with both lavender and blueberry being infused into that mix.L4LM: Best of luck with the 25th-anniversary celebration, Kyle! Thanks for your time.KH: Thanks so much!The String Cheese Incident’s 25th anniversary will begin during their New Year’s run at Broomfield, CO’s 1STBANK Center on December 28th, 29th, and 31st. Tickets are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For additional information and event updates, join the Facebook Event page.For more information on New Year’s run and more String Cheese Incident 25th-anniversary celebrations, head to the band’s website here.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has asked the Supreme Court to put off arguments over two controversial Trump administration policies that have been challenged in court now that President Joe Biden has taken steps to unwind them. The Justice Department asked the justices Monday to cancel arguments on Feb. 22 in a case over President Donald Trump’s decision to divert billions of dollars in taxpayer money to construction of portions of a wall along the border with Mexico. The new administration made a similar request for arguments set for a week later over the Trump policy that forced asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings.
Rounding out the cast are Sophie von Haselberg as Wilder’s long-suffering secretary and Drew Gehling as a beleaguered studio chief. Billy & Ray charts the birth of the film noir genre. The comedy follows literary odd couple writer-director Billy Wilder (Kartheiser) and novelist Raymond Chandler (Pine) as they contentiously collaborate to adapt the novel Double Indemnity for the silver screen. Set in 1940s Hollywood, Billy & Ray is the true story of how two brilliant and thorny artists battled the Hollywood censors and each other to create a groundbreaking movie classic. Billy & Ray Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser and Broadway vet Larry Pine officially open in the New York premiere of Billy & Ray on October 20. Mike Bencivenga’s new show, directed by the legendary Garry Marshall, will play a limited engagement through November 23 at off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre. Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014
What happened in Neverland after the curtain came down on NBC’s Peter Pan Live! telecast on December 4? Girls star Allison Williams assembled the Lost Boys for a tearful huddle and a final farewell backstage. Peter Pan Live! player James Brown III captured this photo of the emotional moment and posted it on his Twitter page. We’ll miss you, boys—hope to see you on Broadway soon! View Comments
Kingdom Come Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 18, 2016 View Comments Jenny Rachel Weiner’s new play Kingdom Come focuses on venturing into the wild world of online dating to find a meaningful human connection. Helmed by Kip Fagan, the off-Broadway production features Socorro Santiago, Alex Hernandez, Carmen Herlihy, Crystal Finn and Stephanie Styles. The world premiere will play a limited engagement October 7 through December 18. Opening night is set for November 2 at Roundabout Underground’s Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. Take a peek at our cast pic and be sure to catch the play that delves into the identities we hide and reveal online! Kip Fagan, Socorro Santiago, Alex Hernandez, Carmen Herlihy, Crystal Finn, Stephanie Styles & Jenny Rachel Weiner(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Related Shows
19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If I were to give unsolicited advice to anyone who wants to be a better coach, the best thing I could tell them, ironically enough, is that they ought to give less advice and ask more questions.That’s my coaching mantra in a nutshell. Say less, ask more.And if I had to narrow in and offer the best coaching question in the world, it would be the AWE question: And what else?These three words are so simple, but you’d be surprised at their effect. Asking “And what else?” keeps you quiet (thereby providing less advice) and encourages your employee to come up with more—more ideas, more (and hopefully better) possibilities and options. Better options influence better decisions, and better decisions lead to greater success. The AWE question works as a boost in most coaching conversations. continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating whether Wednesday’s fatal shooting of a Jericho gas station clerk is related to two armed robberies that occurred two days prior, authorities said.The victim in the most recent case was identified as 56-year-old Hany Awad of Levittown, Insp. Kenneth Lack, the department’s chief spokesman, told reporters Thursday during a news conference at police headquarters in Mineola.A customer discovered Awad’s lifeless body behind the counter at the BP gas station on Jericho Turnpike shortly after 9 p.m., police said. Awad suffered a bullet wound to the abdomen, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Lack declined to say what, if anything, was taken from the gas station during the incident.The shooting may be related to two armed robberies at gas stations in New Hyde Park and Thomaston, both of which occurred less than an hour apart on Monday, but police have yet to establish a connection. Lack said investigators are looking into whether the three incidents are linked. In each case, at least one round was fired, and the target was a BP gas station, police said.In the New Hyde Park incident, police said a masked assailant entered the gas station on Jericho Turnpike at 5:45 p.m. and pressured the clerk into handing over cash by firing into the counter. Less than an hour later, a suspect fitting the same description fired a round into the wall before fleeing with an undermined amount of cash, police said.Investigators are reviewing surveillance from the crime scenes and are checking ballistics to see if the rounds used in all three incidents match.Police have yet to release a suspected motive in the fatal shooting.The suspect in Monday’s armed robberies is described as a Hispanic man, approximately 5-foot, 7-inches tall, 150 pounds, wearing a dark jacket and pants, dark gloves and a dark mask.Lack urged gas station attendants to comply with demands if met by an armed assailant, and to make sure surveillance equipment is properly functioning.
But the precise impact of state budget cuts on student tuition has never really been clear — a drop in one doesn’t usually lead to an equal increase in the other.“There’s this accepted narrative that is repeated everywhere from Capitol Hill to state legislatures with very little evidence,” Jason Delisle, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told me.He found only three studies addressing this question over the last two decades.“Anywhere else in higher education, few people would make the assertions they are making with that little evidence,” he added.The body of research on the topic is slowly growing, however, as two studies in recent months have attempted to answer the question about whether state budget cuts are to blame for higher tuition prices.One, by the right-learning American Enterprise Institute, found that tuition prices at public institutions rise by only $5 for every $100 cut from direct subsidies per student.The other, in the journal Economics of Education Review, found the pass-through rate is about $25 for every $100 cut. And the gap between in-state and out-of-state tuition prices charged by public campuses has grown significantly in many states as colleges see out-of-state students as a critical revenue source.Then there is the news out of Pennsylvania this past week that a 4-month-old state budget impasse might lead the so-called state-related campuses — Penn State, Temple, Lincoln and the University of Pittsburgh — to eliminate lower tuition prices altogether for in-state students.Leaders at those four Pennsylvania schools blame state lawmakers for bringing their institutions to the brink of what would be a hefty tuition increase — about $10,000 at Penn State alone.Since 2000, lawmakers have been chipping away at taxpayer appropriations to the Pennsylvania schools, which have seen their share decline by some $4,000 per student.Average tuition revenue increased by $5,880 per student over the same period.The story is similar in other states: Appropriations to public colleges are cut, or at the best, remain flat, and then tuition prices go up.That has resulted in a narrative repeated among public university officials nationwide in recent years that as states get out of the business of higher education, students are shouldering more of the cost of their own education. The renowned University of California system was tuition-free for state residents until the late 1960s.As late as 2001, when I covered the University of North Carolina system as a reporter, tuition and fees across the system were about $2,000 a year (today, tuition at the flagship Chapel Hill campus is about $8,900).Nowadays, higher education is seen as a private good that individuals pay for.This massive shift in public policy largely happened without much debate.A while back when I asked a legislator in Oregon if it was appropriate for students at public colleges to pay $40,000 for four years of college.The response I got was this: “Sure, that’s the price of a new car.”What’s notable is that increases in public college tuition have mostly come at the hands of state lawmakers and higher-education leaders who themselves benefited from low tuition rates at state universities when they earned degrees. Categories: Editorial, OpinionComplaints about rising college costs are nothing new, but for students and parents calculating the price of college these days, the exercise has become a much more complicated task compared to just a decade ago.Tuition at four-year public colleges, which historically had always been well below the sticker price of private colleges, has risen more than 100 percent in real dollars since 2001, after taking inflation into account.Meanwhile, the discounts offered by private colleges on their prices are now above 50 percent on some campuses, bringing their “net-tuition prices” — that is, what students actually pay — closer to public schools. Although the two studies landed on somewhat different numbers, Delisle said the spread between the two still shows that a majority of tuition increases aren’t tied to cuts in state budgets.“There’s something else going on with tuition that is out of the hands of state legislators,” he said.The author of the second study, Douglas Webber, a Temple University economics professor, told me that calculating the cost of state budget cuts on students is difficult because multiple factors influence tuition prices.In some states, college leaders are limited by law in how much they can increase tuition.In other instances, they might decide to hold the line on tuition by trimming their own budgets first or raising more money through private sources.While it might not be clear who is to blame for higher tuition prices, there is no doubt that students at public colleges are shouldering more of the burden of paying for their education, whatever the reason.It used to be that higher education was seen as a public good that taxpayers support. In most states, tuition decisions have not only come without much debate, but without much of a long-range plan for the future of public higher education:Who should it serve? Who should pay for it?Instead, colleges and lawmakers have limped along patching together short-term strategies, such as increases in out-of-state enrollment, to bring in more revenue.Tuition has too often turned into the balance-wheel of state finances, the go-to source for dollars when budgets for states or universities didn’t quite even out at the end of the day.It’s unclear how much longer both groups can use tuition as that lever they pull every year, and we might soon find out what the consequences of a lack of planning will be.Jeffrey J. 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