Disco Biscuits, Lettuce, Brazilian Girls, & Break Science Members To Join Forces As J.E.D.I. During Jazz Fest

first_imgAaron Johnston, drummer and founding member of Brazilian Girls and current member of David Byrne‘s touring band, is bringing his new project, J.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation), to New Orleans for a very special Jazz Fest late-night performance. The new collaborative project, which features a rotating cast of musical characters at each performance, is set to take place at Maison on Sunday, April 29th. Johnston, who will be performing with Byrne at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival earlier that day, has put together an all-star lineup for this edition of J.E.D.I., featuring bassist Marc Brownstein from The Disco Biscuits, keyboardist Borahm Lee of Break Science and Pretty Lights Live Band, and Lettuce saxophonist Ryan Zoidis.The quartet will blend a myriad of musical elements from a diverse range of genres including jazz, afrobeat, dub, funk, dance and more to create a “live music abstraction,” taking listeners on a first-class intergalactic musical journey. Zoidis’ counterpart in Lettuce, trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom, has already been confirmed as a special guest, as has guitarist Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds and vocalist Shira Elias from Turkuaz.J.E.D.I. at Ardmore Music Hall 11/30/17:[via Bud Fulginiti]Johnston debuted the project late last year for a three-night-run in the Northeast with Lee, Zoidis, and The Nth Power bassist Nate Edgar, and followed that up with a run through Colorado this past January under the Big Brazilian Cheese moniker with Michael Kang from The String Cheese Incident, Big Gigantic‘s Dominic Lalli, Avi Bortnick from John Scofield’s Überjam, and Brazilian Girls band member Jesse Murphy.Tickets for J.E.D.I.’s special late night show at Maison are now on sale._____________________________________________________________“The J.E.D.I. show is sponsored by Denver-based company, Pure CBD Exchange, which creates and sells a number of CBD/cannabidiol products (What is CBD?) from concentrates, tinctures, extracts, lotions, creams, and more. The use of CBD has gained much notoriety as of late, for use as both a health and wellness supplement and to treat conditions such as epilepsy, PTSD, cancer and a number of mental disorders and is also used for anti-inflammation, nausea reduction, sleep aid, and more. Pure CBD Exchange was co-founded by Gregg Allman Band organist/keyboardist Peter Levin back in 2017, and Pure CBD Exchange focuses on low-THC cannabis products with high CBD content. We work within the Colorado Industrial Hemp pilot program to distribute non-psychoactive tinctures, extracts, lotions, and more all over the world. The company has featured by companies like VICE, High Times, Leafly, and more.”– SHOW INFO –Band: J.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation) feat. Aaron Johnston (Brazilian Girls), Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Borahm Lee (Break Science / Pretty Lights Live Band), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce / Shady Horns) + special guests Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce), Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds) & Shira Elias (Turkuaz)Date: Sunday, April 29thVenue: Maison – 508 Frenchmen Street – New Orleans, LA 70116Time: 9:30 pm Doors / 10:00pm ShowTickets: GA – $25 / VIP – $55 (gains access to VIP balcony, private bar, and expedited entry into venue)[Artwork courtesy of Jimmy Rector – Instagram @jimmyrector / FB – Accepted Perspective / Website – www.acceptedperspective.com]last_img read more

University names first woman police chief

first_imgThe University named Keri Kei Shibata the first woman chief of campus police Wednesday, according to a press release.Shibata will replace current police chief Phil Johnson on July 1, according to the release. Johnson was promoted to senior director of campus safety and emergency management and will assume his new role July 1 as well. Currently serving as deputy chief for safety services, Shibata is both a 12-year veteran of NDSP and a 2016 Notre Dame Executive MBA program graduate, according to the release. Additionally, Shibata has been responsible for the University’s 911 dispatch center, crime prevention and outreach, security and guest services and Clery Act reporting, focusing much of her work on preventing sexual assault and domestic violence on campus, according to the release. University executive vice president John Affleck-Graves said in the release he looks forward to working with Shibata and Johnson in their new roles. “Keri Kei is a talented law enforcement officer who has demonstrated excellence in every role she has filled with NDSP,” he said.Johnson, who has served as chief since 2007, has also been responsible for coordinating emergency management efforts for the past two years, according to the release. In his new role, Johnson will partner with Mike Seamon, vice president for campus safety and event management, to help implement various safety procedures on campus during major University events.University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release that nothing is more important than the safety of those on campus.“We are exceptionally blessed to have a person with Phil’s experience and knowledge leading these critically important efforts,” he said. Tags: Campus Safety, Keri Kei Shibata, NDSP, Phil Johnsonlast_img read more

London Kinky Boots Star Killian Donnelly on His New Life in Heels

first_imgThe sex will be in the heel as of this week at the Adelphi Theatre, where Kinky Boots is readying to open officially on September 15. The London production stars Matt Henry and Killian Donnelly in the roles originated on Broadway by Billy Porter and Stark Sands. Broadway.com talked to the ever-exuberant Donnelly about shifting gears from one Tony-winning musical (Memphis) to another, now that the Irishman who first shot to fame in The Commitments is playing Charlie Price.How does it feel to jump from one Tony-winning musical to another?I do kind of feel as if I’m on this wave that I can’t quite believe right now; I’m just trying to stay afloat.Is it true you started rehearsals for Kinky Boots two days after finishing your run in Memphis?I was very lucky the way it landed: I left one family on Saturday and was introduced to a new family on Monday.Did you see Kinky Boots on Broadway?Yes, but only as a punter. I was over in New York and thought I’d like to see it. It was incredible. I absolutely loved it.When you were up for the part for London, did you consider returning to see the Broadway version again?I did think of going back to see it but thought that if I did, I would start copying whereas what I wanted was to be influenced and inspired when I auditioned rather than just a carbon copy of what I had seen before. Then again, once we’re up and running in this show, I’d love to go over and have a look at what they’re doing.When you saw the show, were you surprised by it in any way?Very much so: I went along and was expecting a Hairspray or a Legally Blonde and went in knowing I was going to enjoy my night, but in fact I was blown away by how touching the story was. I had never heard of the movie and couldn’t believe that this British story wasn’t already in London. I think it’s going to take people completely by surprise.What are the challenges of play Huey in Memphis vs. Charlie in Kinky Boots?Charlie is unlike Huey in every single way! Huey was about hitting the ground running and being excited whereas Charlie is about being grounded and holding his own. Huey required me to be a bit quirky and have all that energy and with Charlie, it’s as if he’s the spine of the story—the support, if you will.The differing demands from The Commitments and on to these two roles is not a bad thing since diversity is what every actor seems to crave.Absolutely! At the end of the day, you want to walk into your next audition with them thinking, “Wow, what a contrast!” as opposed to, “that’s the part you always play.”How are you adjusting to life in heels?It’s strange but when I put them on for the first time, I was like a duck to water. I was actually all right on them. I was told to make sure that you lean on the balls of your feet, so I did that and everything was fine. I had never worn heels before but I was surprisingly OK.Were you influenced in any way by the 2005 film on which the stage show is based?I hadn’t actually seen it when the offer came up but I did catch 25 minutes on TV the other day and everyone says I look like Joel [Edgerton] who played Charlie in the movie. When I saw it, I thought, I can see the likeness there.Has doing so footwear-oriented a show affected your own choice of shoes?That’s a brilliant question. We were all in really tattered runners—or, as you would say, sneakers—when we were rehearsing and a week into rehearsals everyone started coming in with brand new ones: they were putting a lot of thought into what they wore on their feet.After doing all these Broadway shows in London, would you like to do one on Broadway?I’m so happy here but I’m always looking for the next step and what else is new. So I would never say no to Broadway. I adore New York. View Commentslast_img read more

Police identify man shot by troopers in Tioga County

first_imgNEWARK VALLEY (WBNG) — Authorities have identified a suspect who was shot by troopers responding to a domestic dispute Friday as 22-year-old Nathaniel H. Gaylord of Newark Valley. Authorities say Gaylord was shot after pointing a shotgun at responding at troopers. He is currently at UHS Wilson Medical Center. The New York State Police Department says Gaylord is in stable condition. He was listed in critical condition on July 24. No troopers were injured in the ordeal. State Police say at least one shot was fired before troopers arrived to the residence on Chamberlain Road. The investigation remains underway.last_img

Vote-counting continues, but Republicans likely to maintain control of Senate

first_imgIn Georgia, Rev. Raphael Warnock is headed to a January 5, 2021, runoff with Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Sen. David Perdue is currently just over 50% in the other Senate race in that state, but with the remaining votes to be counted in that race, it’s possible that Perdue will also be headed to a runoff against Jon Ossoff. In one possible scenario, those two runoffs could end up determining control of the Senate.Democrat Cal Cunningham narrowly trails Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina, but it’s unlikely that the remaining ballots there will push him over the top.The odious Lindsey Graham and Joni Ernst will stay in the Senate. – Advertisement – Once again, the Democrats in the Senate will represent more people than the Republicans in the Senate. But once again, the Republicans are strongly favored to have control of the Senate, highlighting again how undemocratic the U.S. system is and how badly we need major reform. Sen. Susan Collins leads Sara Gideon narrowly in Maine. If Collins remains under 50% of the vote, the 4% of the vote currently going to a third-party candidate will be reallocated and could help Gideon. That’s two big ifs adding up to a very long shot, though. In Michigan, Republican challenger John James narrowly leads Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, but there’s reason to hope that the same mail ballots expected to boost Biden will also boost Peters.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

HGSS: Dear tourists, you are beautiful and without dangerous selfies from the top of the cliff

first_imgThis time from CMRS-a warn of the danger of taking selfies from dangerous locations. Although the messages of the HGSS are comical and entertaining, even hilarious, they are certainly not just a joke of the HGSS, but important messages that mean life. The Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) has been declared one of the best communicators in Croatia, and I don’t know how many times they have shown that with a new warning for tourists. #deartourists Let’s keep Croatia full of life. Part three Source: FB HGSS Unfortunately, we are witnessing day by day that various people are ready to do anything for a good selfie, and thus endanger their lives, just to catch a good shot and a good photo. Unfortunately, some are killed. last_img

Agents: Cutting out the middle man

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Central reservations

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Saudi Arabia eliminates death penalty for minors

first_img“Instead, the individual will receive a prison sentence of no longer than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility,” the statement said.The decree is expected to spare the lives of at least six men from the minority Shiite community who are on death row.The were accused of taking part in anti-government protests during the Arab Spring uprisings while they were under the age of 18.United Nations human rights experts made an urgent appeal to Saudi Arabia last year to halt plans to execute them. Saudi Arabia on Sunday ended the death penalty for crimes committed by minors after effectively abolishing floggings as the kingdom seeks to blunt criticism over its human rights record.The reforms underscore a push by de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to modernize the ultra-conservative kingdom long associated with a fundamentalist strain of Wahhabi Islam.The death penalty has been eliminated for those convicted of crimes committed while they were minors, Human Rights Commission president Awwad Alawwad said in a statement, citing a royal decree. Topics :center_img “This is an important day for Saudi Arabia,” said Awwad Alawwad.”The decree helps us in establishing a more modern penal code.” The kingdom has one of the world’s highest rates of execution, with suspects convicted of terrorism, homicide, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking facing the death penalty.Saudi Arabia executed at least 187 people in 2019, according to a tally based on official data, the highest since 1995 when 195 people were put to death.Since January 12 people were executed, according to official data.Human rights groups have repeatedly raised concerns about the fairness of trials in the kingdom, an absolute monarchy governed under a strict form of Islamic law.On Saturday, the HRC announced Saudi Arabia had effectively abolished flogging as a punishment, which have long drawn condemnation from human rights groups.The most high-profile instance of flogging in recent years was the case of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes in 2014 on charges of “insulting” Islam.But “hudud” or harsher punishment under Islamic law such as floggings are still applicable for serious offences, a Saudi official said.Hudud, which means “boundaries” in Arabic, is meted out for such sins as rape, murder or theft.But “hudud” punishments are rarely meted out as many offences must be proved by a confession or be verified by several adult Muslim witnesses, the official added.last_img read more

Stock markets slump as Wall Street rally runs out of steam

first_imgBriefing.com analyst Patrick O’Hare hinted that a pullback was inevitable given concerns about excessive valuations following the surge in recent weeks.”Let’s not kid ourselves with the idea that worries about COVID-19, the election, diplomatic tension with China, or the fiscal cliff are the basis for this morning’s weakness,” O’Hare wrote early Thursday before the stock market opened.”The basis for this morning’s weakness is the realization that things are getting carried away in terms of trend exuberance and that some profit taking is in order.”The sell-off came after mixed US economic data Thursday that included a report showing slower services sector growth in August, bigger-than-expected drop in new jobless claims, record job cuts this year and an unexpectedly big trade deficit for July.The reports come ahead of Friday’s much-anticipated government jobs report for August, which economists expect to show a surge in hiring and a dip in the unemployment rate to below 10 percent.The rally had been propelled by expectations for strong earnings growth in 2021 following fiscal and monetary stimulus measures. “Despite today’s bloodbath, the underlying bullish trend remains intact even as the spike in volatility could be the start of a new phase of the recovery,” said Gorilla Trades strategist Ken Berman.But Krosby cautioned that Friday’s session could also be rocky depending on the jobs report and traders “who may not want to go long over a long weekend.”Topics : Wall Street’s summer-long rally stumbled Thursday with high-flying tech shares leading the market sharply lower as investors cashed in amid worries about a bubble in prices.The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index led the market lower following a sell-off in tech shares, ending at 11,458.10, down 5.0 percent.The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 2.8 percent to 28,289.17, while the broad based S&P 500 tumbled 3.5 percent to 3,454.88. The market was “overbought and due for a pullback,” said Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial, who noted that September has historically been a bad month for the stock market.Major European bourses joined in the selloff, with Paris, Frankfurt and London all declining.Major United States stock indices enjoyed their best August in decades this year amid expectations that coronavirus vaccines and therapeutics will permit a strong economic recovery.But analysts have cautioned that the market was due for a pause given elevated unemployment and economic uncertainty as the US continues to contend with world’s worst coronavirus outbreak, and heading into the long holiday weekend investors cashed in.last_img read more