In the wake of David Bowie’s unexpected passing several days ago, the Stratosphere All-Stars have announced plans to play a special David Bowie tribute set during their upcoming run of shows around the Northeast. From January 28th through the 30th, the band will be performing at NYC’s Highline Ballroom, Washington DC’s The Howard Theatre, and Fairfield CT’s The Warehouse, respectively. Joining them for the run will be sensational vocalist Hayley Jane (Hayley Jane & The Primates) and electro-funk outfit Turbo Suit, both of whom will join Stratosphere in paying tribute to the Star Man. The lineup for this Stratospheric collective will feature David Murphy (formerly of STS9) on bass, Steve Molitz (Particle) on keys, Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine) on guitar, and William Lane Shaw (Pnuma Trio) on drums. Singer Hayley Jane (Hayley Jane & The Primates) will be sitting in on a few songs and providing vocals for two of the three shows as well!Indianapolis live electronic trio Turbo Suit, comprised of David Embry on production and vocals, Nicholas Gerlach on tenor sax and EWI, and Jeff Peterson on drums will be supporting Stratosphere on all three dates. With infectiously danceable beats, and super sensual saxophone melodies, this trio knows how to throw down a dance party. Expect some interesting sit-ins throughout the three night run.All shows will feature a traditional Stratosphere set, as well as a funky set of Bowie tunes to pay tribute to the Thin White Duke. Check out the tour dates below:Stratosphere All-Stars w/ Turbo Suit Tour Dates:Thursday – January 28th at Highline Ballroom – New York, NY *^Friday – January 29th at The Howard Theatre – Washington DC *Saturday – January 30th at The Warehouse – Fairfield, CT *^* w/ Turbo Suit^ w/ Hayley JanePurchase GA Tix For Highline Ballroom HERE.Purchase GA Tix for The Howard Theatre HERE.Purchase GA Tix for The Warehouse HERE.
Graham Nash, the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, turns 79 today. The former member of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and The Hollies has had an impact throughout modern music as we know it, including on Phish‘s Trey Anastasio. On October 16th, 2015, during a performance with the Trey Anastasio Band at the King’s Theater in Brooklyn, Trey took a little time to tell the crowd about the time he met Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young back in the early 2000s. His recounting of meeting Nash is highly entertaining and was used as a segue into a cover of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young’s “49 Bye Byes”, which he said was the first time they’d played the tune live.You can watch Trey’s anecdote and TAB’s cover of “49 Bye Byes” below:Trey Anastasio – Graham Nash Story > “49 Bye Byes” (Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young) – New York, NY – 10/16/15[Video: LazyLightning55a][Originally published on 2/2/18]
There were no immediate reports of any deaths or major damage directly blamed on the eruption. A truck, however, skidded out of control on an ash-blanketed road, killing the driver and injuring three companions in Laguna province in an accident police said may have been linked to slippery conditions. The government’s disaster-response agency and other officials reported more than 30,000 villagers fled their homes in the hard-hit province of Batangas and nearby Cavite province. Officials expected the number to swell. Taal suddenly rumbled back to life on Sunday, blasting steam, ash and pebbles up to 10 to 15 kilometers (6 to 9 miles) into the sky, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. Some residents could not immediately flee their ash-blanketed villages because of a lack of transportation and poor visibility. Others refused to leave their homes and farms. Irene de Claro, a mother of four, worried about her father, who stayed behind in their village in Agoncillo while the rest of the family fled. “My father is missing. We don’t know, too, what happened to our house because the ash was up to our knees, it was very dark and the ground was constantly shaking when we left,” de Castro said at a school in the town of Lemery. “Most likely there’s nothing for us to return to. We’re back to zero.” ___ After a cleanup and a shift of ash-laden winds away from Manila, officials partially reopened the main airport and allowed planes to take off. President Rodrigo Duterte’s aircraft was able to land in Manila on Monday from his hometown of Davao, his spokesman said, adding he saw the extent of the disaster from the plane. Maralit, whose town lies along the shoreline of Taal Lake, which surrounds the erupting volcano, appealed for troops and more police to stop people from sneaking back to their villages. Frequent tremors and a buildup of pressure of the 1,020-foot (311-meter) volcano, one of the world’s smallest, however, indicated a major and much more dangerous eruption could still happen, he said. TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) – Red-hot lava spewed from a volcano near the Philippine capital of Manila on Monday as tens of thousands of people fled through heavy ash and frightening tremors, and authorities made plans to evacuate hundreds of thousands more for fear of a bigger eruption. Gomez reported from Manila. Associated Press journalists Kiko Rosario in Manila and Aaron Favila in Tagaytay contributed to this report. A family evacuates to safer grounds as Taal volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) A family evacuates to safer grounds as Taal volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) About 20 typhoons and other major storms each year also batter the Philippines, making it one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries. On Monday, the ash and steam column reached a height of 2 kilometers (about a mile), with lava fountains spurting less than half of that height before falling into the lake waters surrounding the main crater. Lava also spurted from another vent north of the main crater, said Renato Solidum, who heads the institute. The volcano’s last disastrous eruption happened in 1965, when more than 200 people were killed. Government work was suspended and schools closed in a wide swath of towns and cities, including Manila, because of the health risks from the ash. The government volcano-monitoring agency raised the danger level around Taal three notches on Sunday to Level 4, indicating a hazardous eruption within hours to days was possible. Level 5, the highest, means such an eruption is underway. The small island where the volcano lies has long been designated a “permanent danger zone,” though fishing villages have existed there for years. Those residents were all evacuated, volcanology officials said, adding that there should be a total evacuation, too, of endangered communities within a 14-kilometer (8.7-mile) radius of Taal, Taal is regarded as the second-most restive of about two dozen active volcanoes in the Philippines, which lies along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a region prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. A long-dormant volcano, Mount Pinatubo, blew its top north of Manila in 1991 in one of the biggest volcanic eruptions of the 20th century, killing hundreds of people. Clouds of ash from the Taal volcano reached Manila, 65 kilometers (40 miles) to the north, on Sunday, forcing the shutdown of the country’s main airport, with more than 500 flights canceled. The airport partially reopened Monday after the ashfall eased. “We have a problem – our people are panicking due to the volcano because they want to save their livelihood, their pigs and herds of cows,” Mayor Wilson Maralit of the town of Balete told DZMM radio. “We’re trying to stop them from returning and warning that the volcano can explode again any time and hit them.”
The Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) warned community members of two separate scams in a Tuesday email. The first involves an email inviting the receiver to participate in either a “focus group” or a “Notre Dame focus group” and includes a promise of financial compensation.“Once the participant provides some basic information, several other emails may be sent explaining procedures to follow including receiving a cashier’s check and depositing it,” the email said.The second scam — several instances of which have been reported to the University’s Office of Information Technologies — involves a fictitious email that appears to come from Amazon and prompts the receiver “to enter personal information including their credit card information,” the email said.NDPD encouraged the community to keep a careful eye out for fraud, especially around the holiday season.“Scammers don’t take a break for the holidays, and in fact, some ramp up their activity,” the email said.Scammers utilize strategies such as pretending to be a trusted individual or entity, demanding rapid payments in specific forms and threaten people with arrest or other repercussions from law enforcement, amongst other strategies, NDPD said in the email. Additionally, the best ways to prevent yourself from being a victim of fraud is to treat suspicious sounding offers or communications with skepticism, to never hand out personal information and to call NDPD with concerns.NDPD can be contacted at 574-631-5555.Tags: Fraud, holidays, NDPD, phishing, phone scam
Next Up The EDC has agreed to provide $1.5 million in incentives to the company, half up front to pay for equipment and to help the firm get started. The rest will be contingent on the company’s payroll and employment, Floyd Batiste, EDC executive director, said. To meet the terms of the incentives, the company is required to hire 260 Port Arthur residents and over a three-year period meet a payroll of $16 million for Port Arthur residents. The average pay for workers at the new companies will be around $42,000, according to information provided at Wednesday’s event.Joy Nunn, managing partner and inventor of the patented process that revitalizes the textile fibers, also credited the Port of Port Arthur for welcoming the company with open arms and said the area’s ocean access and rail service make it a perfect location to import raw materials from overseas. The jobs created by Ryze Renewables will not be part of the petrochemical industry and will help insulate the city from the ups and downs in the oil patch.A lot of behind-the-scenes work goes on before an announcement can be made about a new company coming to town. The work to attract Ryze Renewables looks like a huge success for all those involved. The Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation hit a home run with the announcement that Ryze Renewables, a new company that plans to create 500 new jobs, is coming to Port Arthur. The announcement was made Wednesday evening at the regular meeting of the EDC that the company planned to invest $200 million to start two different businesses in Port Arthur. One will use scraps from the textile industry and manufacture a variety of products. The other will take materials left over from the first and manufacture floor tiles.
9. Swings Love the “Fansies” (and Vice Versa). I have to include a special shout out to the “Fansies,” a.k.a. our show’s biggest supporters. A swing can sometimes feel, for lack of a better phrase, stuck in the wings when it comes to audience recognition. The “Fansies” have embraced us and been just as supportive of our careers, and I am so very appreciative. Thanks, you guys! 4. Swings Have a Secret Language. The swings of Newsies have a vernacular all our own that we’ve basically created to talk through sections very quickly. If you ever hear one of us saying, “You get the goods from Nun 1 at the corner of T2B,” we’re not being secret agents, I promise. Most of the company has no idea what we’re talking about, so you aren’t alone! 2. Swings Are Verrrry Versatile. What could be better than playing TWO roles on Broadway in a single day? On a two-show day, sometimes a swing has to play a different part in each performance. Your mind can become a little cloudy after that second one… 8. Swings Put Their Stamp on Each Performance. Newsies’ choreography is built for each specific dancer in the show. When we swing on, there are certain solo moments in which we are able to throw in our own favorite trick, something that really shows off our abilities. Nothing feels better than throwing a trick you feel amazing doing. When you see the word “Swing” after a Broadway cast member’s name, have you ever wondered exactly what the job involves? Broadway.com asked Michael Fatica, an original cast member (and now Dance Captain) at the hit musical Newsies, to tell us everything a fan needs to know about these do-it-all cast members. Below, the tireless young pro shares 10 fascinating facts about a job that’s crucial to the success of any musical. 1. Swings Are Always Ready to Go. In a show like Newsies, the job of a swing is to arrive at the theater every day, ready to perform at a moment’s notice any of the tracks (roles) that he or she covers. A swing is offstage unless he or she is filling in for one of the assigned tracks. We have three swings, plus our amazing vacation swing, who share the load. Oh, and the Newsies swings cover 14 tracks each! 5. Swings Pursue Interesting Hobbies. As a Dance Captain, it is my job to watch the show and make sure it is staying true to our creative team’s vision. However, swings tend to take on some interesting side projects to keep our minds working when not onstage. Offstage hobbies include, but are not limited to: crochet, drawing, building clocks and occasionally buying shoes. 6. Swings Know Everybody in the Cast. One of the cool perks of being a Dance Captain is helping teach new additions to the show. We get three weeks to get to know these new guys one on one, as well as see them grow into Newsies in front of our eyes. It is an amazing transformation to witness. 3. Swings Can Do Tricks. We had a day in rehearsals called Fireworks, or Circus McGurkus, where each guy got to show the dance team their best “tricks” (a.k.a. tumbling, leaps and turns). While as a swing that was a daunting day, I learned so many AWESOME things from these freakishly talented guys. 7. Swings Get to Watch! Have you ever acted in a show and wished you could see it from the audience? Swings get to see it from every angle. If you’re at the Nederlander Theatre and see someone in the back of the house with a notepad, it’s probably one of us. It’s so invigorating to watch the audience, especially an aspiring actor or really little tyke, experience Newsies for the first time. It recharges me and gets me excited to go on again. 10. Swings Are a Brotherhood. Having swung this show, knowing every detail involved in these tracks, I can no longer watch any Broadway musical and not appreciate what its swings have to do. It really is a Brotherhood (or Sisterhood) of Swingdom! I applaud anyone who is privileged enough to do it, and I know that I am a smarter and better performer because of my experience as a swing. Related Shows Newsies View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014
The Army Continuing Education System is composed of the Army Education Center with five partner schools offering a variety of educational programs and services for Soldiers, Family members, employees and local civilians. The central phone number for ACES is (502) 624-2427. ACES includes three facilities: the Army Education Center in Building 65 and annex buildings 1174 and 1055. You may also like their Facebook page at Fort Knox Education Center.PROGRAMS AND SERVICESEducation Counseling Services are available to everyone and include academic planning and information on college course and program requirements, online degree options, financial aid, scholarships, the GI Bill and college programs throughout the country.The Army Tuition Assistance program pays 100 percent of a Soldier’s tuition cost up to the annual established DOD caps. Schools must be regionally or nationally accredited. TA pays for associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and one certification. Soldiers must apply for benefits in advance through the GoArmyEd portal at www.goarmyed.com.The five ACES Partner Schools include Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Western Kentucky University, University of Louisville, Sullivan University and Central Texas College. ACES maintains offices and staff at the Army Education Center in Building 65. College participation is open to everyone.The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support testing program provides many college credit exams free to Soldiers. Tests are administered through a National Testing Center at the University of Louisville office, and tests scores are available immediately. For more information, call (502) 942-8060.The Army Education Center manages the Army Personnel Testing program, offering AFCT, DLPT, DLAB and other military tests. Also available through the education center are college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT, as well as Pearson VUE’s certification exams. The Army Learning Center, in Building 65, is an 18-classroom facility used for military and civilian training in the daytime and college classes at night.The Basic Skills Education Program assists Soldiers to raise GT scores and college readiness.
The award winning Triathlon Relays are now open for entries, with the event set for the Bank Holiday weekend of 27-28 August in Nottingham. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Relays, there will be plenty of activity on site to make it a great weekend of racing in a festival style atmosphere.Back when the relays were first launched, there were just 40 teams taking part, a lot of skimpy lycra and Iain Hamilton, the race director, was 18 years old and running the event as a college project.This year’s event features men’s, women’s, mixed and open teams as well as the new elite style team relays on Sunday. The elite style relay format and team time trial finals were a massive hit last year, contributing to the event winning Triathlon England’s Event of the Year award.As usual there is on site camping, catering and an event expo, as well as some new entertainments at the National Water Sports Centre to mark the event anniversary. There are various other activities including rafting, wake boarding, the sky trail, mini golf and segways.The relays are aimed at any group of four people who want to compete as a team. It is not necessary to be a club member, anyone can compete as long as they can complete a 500m open water swim, 15km flat and fast bike ride and 5km flat run.In order to compete for Triathlon England national titles, all four members of the team need to be Home Nations members and registered to the same club.Saturday’s standard relay format will see each member of the team individually completing each discipline before tagging their teammate, until all four people have completed each section and can cross the finishing line.Sunday will see the elite style triathlon relays followed by team time trial finals. Live music via DJs and crazy race commentary will make this all the more exciting to watch.Entries are open now via onestepbeyond.org.uk.www.onestepbeyond.org.uk Related
Superintendent Jim Hinson. File photo.In interviews with statewide media last week, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said he hopes that aspects of the block grant school finance bill passed by the legislature last session — namely the ability for districts to have more freedom to allocate funds where they see fit — will be carried over into a permanent funding formula, a signal that the block grant approach may be more than just the temporary plan it was initially touted to be.That news is likely to rankle public education advocates who point to Kansas’s impressive return for investment under the school finance formula that had been in place since 1992. But even as Johnson County districts prepare for the possibility of allotments — reductions in the amount of funds they had been promised under the block grant bill — the approach is still preferable to the old formula to some administrators.At a roundtable with local press earlier this month, Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson said that even if he had known this spring that the district might get less than it was promised under the block grant bill, he would still have publicly supported it.“I think it makes our support of the block grant bill even more imperative because of what’s going on with school finance,” Hinson said of the possibility of allotments. “If the allotments occur, every district gets a reduction. If the formula would have continued to operate, with the reduction in the amount of money going into the formula, the impact on the Shawnee Mission School District would have been much greater.”Hinson broke ranks with the district’s traditional public education allies ahead of the vote on the block grant bill in March by lending the district’s support for the measure. The main rationale, Hinson argued, was that richer district like Shawnee Mission, end up having funds raised through local taxpayers shipped to other, less affluent districts.Still, Hinson acknowledges that the block grant has posed its challenges. Though the two-year funding cycle provides the district with a semblance of surety about how much it should receive from the state, it provides no mechanism for increasing funds when district enrollment goes up. As Shawnee Mission sees more students in its classrooms, its funding from the state remains the same.“Under the current block grant system, we have increased in enrollment, as you know, and we think that increase in student enrollment will be even greater next year. There is no new revenue for that,” Hinson said.