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GRiZ Announces Headlining Performance At Red Rocks Amphitheatre

first_imgAfter teasing the announcement last weekend, beloved saxophonist/producer GRiZ has confirmed his return to the glorious Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. GRiZ will perform on October 1st, 2016, though no other details about the event have been released.This will mark GRiZ’s second performance at Red Rocks, as he performed “An Evening Of Funk” there in 2015 with The Floozies, Manic Focus, SunSquabi, and Muzzy Bear. As of now, no additional artists have been announced for GRiZ’s 2016 Red Rocks set, potentially making it all the more special.GRiZ is looking ahead at a busy 2016, as he’ll be touring around some intimate venues to test out tracks that will ultimately comprise his new album. GRiZ also has a very unique performance on his schedule, as he’ll be collaborating with Lettuce for their first-ever computer-less performance at Fool’s Paradise Festival from April 1st-2nd. GRiZ and Lettuce have crossed paths before, as GRiZ remixed Lettuce’s “Slippin Into Darkness,” but this marks their first full set on-stage collaboration, and we couldn’t be more excited.For more information about Fool’s Paradise, which will also see sets from Lettuce, Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, The Nth Power, Goldfish, Cory Henry, Marvel Years, and more, visit the official website. For more on GRiZ’s Red Rocks performance, head here.last_img read more

Electric Forest Confirms Two Weekends In 2017, And Each Will Be Distinct

first_imgAfter strong rumors circulated that Electric Forest would be expanding to two weekends in 2017, the festival has confirmed the rumors with the announcement of “An Intimate Expansion of Community.” Their open letter to fans everywhere addresses some of the questions on everyone’s mind, specifically that each weekend will be “distinct,” and also “at a lower capacity.” As E Forest has sold out immediately in years past, the new double weekend approach will allow for an overall increase in the supply of tickets for fans everywhere.The festival has also confirmed the dates for the two weekends: June 22-25 and June 29-July 2. Ultimately, by doubling up the weekends, the festival hopes to incorporate a larger community. Capacity for each weekend will be decreased by roughly 10%, allowing for a large overall increase in attendees between the two weekends. Forest fans can purchase tickets to both weekends, but the festival grounds will not be open between each weekend.The full announcement also reveals that each of the eight scheduled festival days will be unique, but that some artists will overlap between each weekend. Despite this, the festival assures that no artist will be playing the same set twice, making each day a unique Electric Forest experience. Furthermore, the festival will reveal initial lineups in advance, allowing fans to select whichever weekend more closely fits their tastes.“Immediately after each year of Electric Forest I dream of what it can become in the future,” says Electric Forest Founder/Director and President of Madison House Presents Jeremy Stein in a statement. “There is not a formula.  We do not try to match the past.  Instead, we challenge ourselves to raise the bar while writing a new chapter.  Our collective goal is to propel creative experimentation and cultural exploration.  By combining the past, present, and ideas for the future, Electric Forest can take a new and exciting form each year.”To read the full statement, head here.last_img read more

Scott Sharrard To Lead Secret Show In NYC On The Anniversary Of ‘Live At Fillmore East’

first_imgScott Sharrard & Friends ft. Jay Collins, Cody Dickinson, Luther Dickinson, Peter Levin, Junior Mack, Adam Minkoff & More!Set I: “Southern Blood”Set II: “Live @ Fillmore East”DATE: March 13, 2018TIME: Doors 7pm ; Show 8pmPLACE: Irving Plaza, New York, NYTICKET INFORMATION:VIP: $250Includes exclusive access to upstairs viewing, appetizers, open bar, and a Scott Sharrard signed show poster commemorating the event.GENERAL ADMISSION: $100Includes event entry, general admission floor access, and cash bar.PURCHASE TICKETS HERE It’s March in New York City, and the spirit of the Allman Brothers Band is still buzzing. Nearly every year since 1992, the Southern rock pioneers would descend upon the Upper West Side’s Beacon Theatre for a series of spring dates. Celebrating their music became a bonafide March tradition and, following their final bow in 2014, the month has never felt the same in NYC. March also marks the anniversary of the band’s iconic live performances at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East, which were recorded for one of the greatest live records of all time, Live At Fillmore East. On Tuesday, March 13–which would mark the 47th anniversary of the third night of recording Live At Fillmore East–an all-star group of musicians will come together at Irving Plaza to celebrate the Allman Brothers Band once more. Dubbed a “Secret Show”, little information has been publicly released about this very special night. However, Live For Live Music is now able to confirm some of the exciting details about next week’s show.The band will be led by 2018 Grammy Nominee Scott Sharrard—former Musical Director, guitarist, and vocalist in Gregg Allman‘s band—who will open the night with a curated, full-length rendition of Gregg Allman’s Southern Blood with a host of special guests who will join him throughout the evening. Sharrard was with Allman for every step of the process in writing and recording Southern Blood, right up until his very last moments. His memories of Gregg Allman will serve as the centerpiece for the first set, as the group performs Southern Blood‘s final interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, and many more. (Listen to Southern Blood here.)For the second set, Sharrard will lead the band through Live At Fillmore East. As of now, the rotating lineup is slated to feature guitarist Luther Dickinson and drummer Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars), keyboardist Peter Levin (Gregg Allman), frequent collaborator and guitarist Junior Mac, bassist Adam Minkoff (Dweezil Zappa), saxophonist Jay Collins (Gregg Allman), trumpeter Reggie Pittman, saxophonist Kris Jensen, drummer Tony Mason, and bassist Brett Bass (Gregg Allman), with more to be announced.A limited supply of tickets are available now, with $100 general admission, and $250 VIP tickets, which includes exclusive access to upstairs viewing, appetizers, open bar, and a Scott Sharrard signed show poster commemorating the event. A portion of the night’s proceeds will be donated to The Big House Foundation in Macon, GA. We hope you can celebrate March with us like all of those years at The Beacon Theater. Stay up-to-date in the Facebook Event Group. For more information, please e-mail: [email protected]last_img read more

‘Secular sermons,’ straight to your phone

first_imgAre fitness chains modern-day cults? Should efficiency be a moral value? How is our obsession with weight connected to Adam and Eve?Few, if any, of these questions would occur to the average American. As religious affiliation has continued to retreat in the U.S., so has the religious literacy that once informed how we interpret our culture. But Zachary Davis, M.T.S. ’19, a producer at HarvardX and host of the podcast “Ministry of Ideas,” would like to change how we understand religion’s place in the 21st century. And he’s doing it, one episode at a time.An initiative of the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School, “Ministry of Ideas” has garnered the acclaim of outlets such as BuzzFeed and The Guardian, the latter calling it “Simply the best podcast out right now.” Now halfway through its second season, the podcast releases 15- to 30-minute episodes every other week, each tackling a significant idea in society.Davis sat down with the Gazette to discuss his podcast and how religious literacy can help everyone from Evangelicals to atheists be better citizens.Q&AZachary DavisGAZETTE: Tell me about your path to the Divinity School.DAVIS: I grew up in a devout Mormon home in southern Utah. There are no paid clergy in Mormonism, it’s all volunteers from the congregation. No one goes to seminary or divinity school. In fact, I was taught that divinity schools were places of dangerous speculation on the road to atheism.At 19, I went on my two-year mission to southern Spain and afterward I went to Brigham Young University to study political science. My first job out of college was the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship in Washington, D.C. For a full year, I was surrounded by a lot of really smart, formerly hopeful people who would work their whole lives on a hoped-for policy goal and then see it smashed with an election loss. That reoriented me to try to live a meaningful life that didn’t depend on forces that I can’t control. I decided to become an educator, to help provide intellectual tools so that people could empower themselves.That all aligned when I started working at HarvardX. My first project was with Divinity School Professor Laura Nasrallah. I didn’t really know what the Divinity School did, but when I started working with her and Diane Moore, who is the director of the Religious Literacy Project, I started realizing that I was drawn to that way of thinking and their commitment to applying their knowledge for the betterment of the world.GAZETTE: How did you come up with “Ministry of Ideas”?DAVIS: At HarvardX, I saw firsthand the power of technology to expand access to knowledge across the globe. I’d been thinking for years about the best way I could expand access to humanities education, and the joy and excitement of working with Harvard faculty inspired me to start an educational podcast. “Being a citizen is a sacred calling, and we can’t be faithful to it if we don’t have the historical knowledge and intellectual tools to exercise good judgment.” When I first came up with the idea for the show in December 2016, I pitched it to the Boston Globe Ideas section as a simple interview show. One of the editors, Alex Kingsbury, had a background in radio, and he encouraged me to make the show more scripted and sonically rich. The Globe also helped me come up with the name, because they got a kick out of the fact that I saw the spread of important ideas as an almost religious ministry. They publish essay versions of our episodes and generally help promote the show to their audience.The show is in part a response to President Trump’s election, because his whole campaign, I thought, was founded upon bad ideas. We need to have a better grasp of where our ideas come from and how they are manipulated by other forces, so that when we are called to evaluate something, we’re ready to do the duty of a citizen. Being a citizen is a sacred calling, and we can’t be faithful to it if we don’t have the historical knowledge and intellectual tools to exercise good judgment.GAZETTE: What makes a podcast ideal for teaching religious literacy?DAVIS: Mass media is the primary vehicle to communicate wisdom, knowledge, and community, and this is especially true for podcasts. They preserve the power of the spoken voice, with all of its rhetorical and performative qualities; they let you feel an intimacy with another human being wherever you are. You can be listening in the privacy of your headphones while at the same time there can be thousands and even millions of other people listening to the same thing. So it does create a community, and podcast fans can be cult-like in their devotion. There’s something going on there that I think is pretty interesting about how much more connected people can get to ideas when they are delivered through the voice. After thousands of years of textual primacy as the vehicle for knowledge, we’re returning voice as an important form of academic learning. That’s the hope, that we can marry academic rigor with sonic pleasure.,GAZETTE: Religion has been on the decline in the U.S. for decades. Does the country need a new enlightenment or just more religious literacy?DAVIS: You need to be religiously literate to understand politics in America, because religious groups exert so much influence. If you understand Evangelical apocalyptic theology, you can understand that Trump pledging to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem mattered more than anything else to them, much more than his affairs. Same with his talk of ending the Iran nuclear deal [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]. They don’t necessarily want peace: The end times predicts turmoil and tribulation. When we better understand why different communities believe the way they do, we’re going to have an easier time coming to democratic compromise.Ultimately, we’re trying to empower people to be more critical about religion. We would like to persuade people that religion is more than just metaphysical propositions. Religion is a way of orienting values and communities and you can appreciate that even if you yourself don’t practice. That appreciation may help you think of secular forms that are compatible with some of those same goals. But in terms of providing community and solace, I don’t see anything replacing religion.GAZETTE: The podcast is rife with religious concepts even when not discussing religious ideas. How do you strike a balance between treating these ideas objectively and using the podcast as a vehicle to teach religious literacy?DAVIS: We’re coming from three traditions. Our show is about the history of ideas and why we think the way we do about important topics. We also draw from the tradition of cultural criticism or critical theory, which tries to rigorously examine what is good and bad for human flourishing. But the third tradition that we draw from is the church sermon. One way I have described what we’re doing is giving secular sermons. At its best, a sermon calls forth better versions of its listeners — it condemns and asks them to be better — but it also offers hope and strength, and I think the spirit of our show is using history to help you critically evaluate the ideas that you probably take for granted but all come from somewhere.GAZETTE: I love the idea of secular sermons. What is the “Gospel” that you take your ideas from and that guides these sermons?DAVIS: The show is driven by a belief that all humans should have access to a fair chance at flourishing, and that while power isn’t evil on its own, it’s very susceptible to being manipulated for its own ends. We’re enduringly interested in critiquing the expansion of market logic into matters of human relationships. The episode on efficiency is pretty near and dear to me because a culture that subordinates nearly everything to the needs of the economy is a historical development. We take it for granted when people are called human capital, but it’s actually deeply offensive.The other gospel would be that love is not a ridiculous value to live by. We don’t talk about it in our secular context, but it’s very different to use love to direct a lot of your decision-making as opposed to using a value like professional success or economic needs. If we could find ways of incorporating the idea of love into more things, I think we’d have a society that’s better suited for our emotional and psychic needs. “A culture that subordinates nearly everything to the needs of the economy is a historical development. We take it for granted when people are called human capital, but it’s actually deeply offensive.” And, finally, justice. We have an episode on the history of cannibalism and how the label of cannibalism was used to justify the enslavement of millions. Working on this really taught me some powerful lessons about how labels can end up doing far more damage than the thing you’re afraid of. Being aware of long periods of historical injustice can help clarify contemporary challenges and problems. If wisdom is the ability to keep a big picture without getting lost in the details, then anyone working toward justice really has to be attentive to history.GAZETTE: How do you identify an idea that needs to be re-examined?DAVIS: We’re driven to try to reveal the significant ideas that actually make a difference to our lives. Although we’re looking at history, we’re almost always trying to connect it to contemporary concerns. We’re certainly not afraid to take positions; any preacher has to be willing to take a stand. I think that the ideal of the centrist, neutral commentator is a problem because it can end up simply sustaining an unjust status quo. We look for how a particular idea or concept plays out in real life and whether it seems to promote what I’ve been calling flourishing but what is essentially a mixture of fairness, justice, happiness, and virtue.If I could succeed at anything, it would be to rehabilitate vital religious terms and concepts in a way that can be adopted by our secular polity. For a long time, secularism had the better side of the argument in the public sphere, but — and maybe it’s my own bias — I think we’re closer to realizing that religion wasn’t just about trying to explain the origin of the world, but instead was about the creation of a common welfare and shared myths that could bind us together. We’re in desperate need of those, and there are many people at the Divinity School interested in what new forms this can take.My agenda is not necessarily to get everyone to go back to church — I don’t think I could — but people should be aware of its social function, and they shouldn’t be scared to have a worldview that includes ideas of love, goodness, redemption, and grace.This interview has been edited for clarity and length.Episodes of “Ministry of Ideas” can be found on their website and podcast .last_img read more

Gas leak reported near Corby Hall

first_imgA section of Holy Cross Drive was closed for about 45 minutes due to a gas leak near Corby Hall on Thursday morning, according to two campus-wide emails.The gas leak occurred when “a crew working on Corby Hall punctured a gas line while digging,” Dennis Brown, University spokesperson, said in an email.The section of Holy Cross Drive is west of the Grotto, the initial campus-wide email said. Campus safety and utilities officials had responded to the leak at the time of the email, and campus visitors were asked to avoid the area.About 45 minutes after the original email, the University sent out a update on the situation. The email said the gas leak had been “capped and Holy Cross Drive had been reopened.”Tags: Corby Hall, gas leak, holy cross drivelast_img read more

CUNA advocacy includes CISA support, TCPA concerns

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As the Senate met for the final times last week before the August recess, CUNA stepped up its advocacy efforts, submitting a number of letters urging legislators to consider credit unions’ positions. CUNA also sent two letters to the National Credit Union Administration last week, regarding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the agency’s annual regulatory review.Additionally, CUNA filed an amicus brief in a Texas interchange fee case Rowell et al v. Pettijohn. Similar to a brief CUNA filed in March in a Florida interchange fee case, the brief lays out how additional surcharges to credit card transactions would shift costs to consumers and financial institutions, while allowing merchants to continue to reap the benefits of the credit card system.CUNA’s letters to the Senate last week included:Calling the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) a “good start” but urging the Senate to adopt legislation that would establish a strong national data security standard, and recognize the standards financial institutions currently adhere to under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act; continue reading »last_img read more

Approved 860.000 euros for the development of health tourism in Kvarner

first_imgThe Kvarner Health Tourism Cluster, along with Croatian and Slovenian partners, has been approved a project from the Interreg VA Slovenia-Croatia Cooperation Program entitled “Improving access to health services through strengthening cross-border cooperation of health institutions (under the acronym” + Health / Cross Health “)”.The main goal of the whole project is to strengthen existing and create new partnerships between public authorities and stakeholders in the field of cross-border health, which will raise the quality of services in the long run and reduce regional inequalities and urban-rural division. project area. The vitality and health of the cross-border area will be indirectly promoted.The value of the project, which will be implemented over two years, is € 860.740,50, of which 85% or € 731.629,42 will be financed from European Union funds. The cluster applied for the project in January 2016, and in addition to the mentioned project, another 107 projects competed. In addition to the Cluster as the project holder, on the Croatian side the project also involves the Health Center PGC, the Teaching Institute for Public Health PGC and the Faculty of Medicine in Rijeka, and on the Slovenian side the Health Center Ljutomer, Health Center Ilirska Bistrica, Novo Mesto General Hospital and the University of Logistics in Maribor.In addition, within the + Health project, the Cluster will deepen and strengthen cross-border cooperation of member institutions and will have the role of connecting and coordinating all partners in the project in order to develop cross-border cooperation structure through cross-border cooperation. The Cross-Border Center of Excellence “+ Health” and the joint cross-border health destination “+ Health”, as well as new management models and procedures, standards, quality and certification in the cross-border area will raise the quality of health services and thus improve cross-border health. For the Cluster, this will mean a step closer to fulfilling its vision for Kvarner to become known for high-quality health services, based on the latest trends, human resources and tradition.For the Cluster, which currently brings together 29 members from the fields of health, tourism, science and education, the implementation of this project will also mean a springboard for further project implementation and active promotion of the health destination and its members in the program area and beyond (other EU regions).last_img read more

​An Post, Ontario Teachers finalise €400m deal for Irish lottery

first_imgThe An Post Superannuation Scheme, one of Ireland’s largest, has finalised a deal that will see it team up with a Canadian pension fund to run the country’s national lottery.A consortium, also consisting of the CAD130bn (€80.6bn) Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and An Post itself, was first named as the preferred applicant for the 20-year licence last October, with the Irish government initially hoping the €405m agreement would be signed by the end of the year.The minister for public expenditure and reform, Brendan Howlin, said he was “very pleased” with the outcome of the tender, which brought together “valuable domestic experience” and the international expertise of OTPP.Howlin, a Labour TD, added: “Premier Lotteries will grow the business in a responsible manner, and we can look forward to a greater annual revenue stream for Good Causes.” An Post previously oversaw the operation of the Irish National Lottery, while OTPP acquired the operator behind Britain’s national lottery provider, Camelot Group, in 2010.The consortium, joint owners of the lottery’s new management company Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), said it expected to pay the first half of the €405m licence fee to the government in the coming days.Details of the exact ownership structure of the company are unclear, with a statement by OTPP only noting that An Post and its underfunded pension funds held minority stakes.The government confirmed the second tranche of the licence fee would be due for payment before the end of the current calendar year.Lee Sienna, vice-president of long-term equities at OTPP and chairman of PLI, said he would be working with his Irish partners to grow sales.He added: “The Irish licence is a significant milestone in our strategy of building a leadership position in the international lottery sector.”Dermot Griffin, the chief executive designate for Premier Lotteries, meanwhile emphasised that a growth in sales would allow an increase in funding for charitable causes, as 65% of gross revenue is earmarked for such purposes.last_img read more

Auckland University Students’ Association anti-abortion referendum ‘unconstitutional’

first_imgStuff co.nz 5 October 2017Family First Comment: Not only unconstitutional but also desperate, flawed, and dangerous! Universities should promote free speech, not muzzle it.Poor wording has forced a university students’ union to pull a U-turn on its stance towards an anti-abortion club.A provisional decision to disaffiliate ProLife Auckland from the Auckland University Students’ Association (AUSA) will not proceed after legal advice found the move to be “unconstitutional and void”.In August, an online referendum was held asking the question: “Should AUSA disaffiliate the ProLife Club and ban any clubs with similar ideology from affiliating in the future?”However, legal advice presented to AUSA found the referendum question could be considered biased or leading, as it was asking two questions under the umbrella of one question.About 2700 association members participated in the referendum, with about 1600 students voting in favour of disaffiliation.AUSA affiliation was largely a symbolic acknowledgement from the student community that it wishes to be associated with a particular organisation.If the motion were to pass, ProLife Auckland would still be eligible to access university space and distribute information on campus, set up a club stall during orientation week, and receive funding.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/97596166/auckland-university-students-association-antiabortion-referendum-unconstitutionalKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Duterte wants Robredo to see realities of ‘drug war’

first_imgDuterte made true to his declaration of appointing Robredo as part of the administration’s anti-drugs committee following the latter’s comment that the war on drugs is obviously failing. “With the Vice President at the helm ofthe anti-narcotics campaign, President Duterte expects that the former wouldsee the realities on the ground, particularly with respect to the government’sposition against extrajudicial or state-sponsored killings, and understand thatdeaths occur due to the violent reactions on the part of agents of the illegaldrug trade against the strict enforcement of the law,” Panelo said in astatement. Presidential Spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said on Thursday that President Duterte wanted Robredo to personally seethe realities of the administration’s anti-drug campaign. Created through Executive Order 15issued in March 2017, the ICAD was mandated to ensure the effective conduct ofanti-illegal drug operations and arrest of high-value drug personalities downto the street-level peddles and users and cleanse the bureaucracy ofunscrupulous personnel involved in illegal drug activities, among otherfunctions./PN Last month, Robredo had called on Duterte to allow the United Nations to investigate his war on drugs which she said was “obviously, not working,” prompting Malacanang’s challenge for her to lead the drug war.center_img After days of dilly dallying, Robredo on Wednesday finally accepted the offer to lead the ICAD’s along with Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency chair Aaron Aquino. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte welcomedthe acceptance of Vice President Leni Robredo of her new role as the co-chairpersonof the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). She later clarified that she meant to urge administration leaders to “step back and assess” the narcotics crackdown.last_img read more