SPAC Dust Torture: Phish Dominates On Night One [Review]

first_imgAs per annual tradition, Phish returned to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center for three nights of pure jamming. Now a few shows into their summer tour, a return to SPAC over July 4th weekend signaled a homecoming of sorts for area fans. How would Phish fare for their return to SPAC? Through the first notes of “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan,” the band never relented, bringing some nonstop energy throughout their jams.Whether it was the attacking Halloween instrumental “The Birds” or the classic “NICU,” the band has been locked and loaded for this first set. After those two, it was the tour debut of Talking Heads’ “Cities” and “David Bowie” that kept the crowd moving and grooving. The “Free” next in the setlist was some great rock, before Mike Gordon took the reigns on a bluegrassy “Uncle Pen.” The standard Americana piece was busted out on the tour opener, and brought a lighthearted moment before the band broke into “Halfway To The Moon.” They took their time, as the Page McConnell original was nicely developed with some great guitar work.The set continued with a new song debut, a lighthearted funky number called “Let’s Go,” marking the 7th debut of tour. The Gordon-led vocal track was catchy an even featured some rapping from the bassist.After a cool down moment in “Waiting All Night,” the group kept the set going with classic Phish tune “Bathtub Gin.” The nicely stretched out version brought the set to a frenzy before bringing out a raging “Golgi Apparatus.” Trey Anastasio proclaimed the set over before being convinced into one more song: “The Squirming Coil.” Set two raged on with some of the best jamming that this summer has offered. Phish opened up their second half with “Sand,” kicking into some funk before taking things up a notch with “Carini.” They took the darker jam into lighter places before segueing into “Chalk Dust Torture.” This was probably the improvisational highlight of the night – and possibly the tour – as the 20+ minute version saw the band move seamlessly through ideas before finding a groove. Locked in, it was Anastasio who put down his guitar and jammed on the marimba lumina. Gordon then abandoned his bass for some low end workings on the piano, joining McConnell behind his rig. The instrument swapping finished after one piercing bass bomb.Once the jam had ended, the band broke into “Prince Caspian.” Some melodic soloing found the band working into “Bug.” The slower song rocked the crowd before the band broke out into The Rolling Stones classic, “Shine a Light” and bluegrassy Phish tune, “My Sweet One,” courtesy of a fan’s sign request. Instead of ending the song with its traditional “name” lyric, the band played the opening notes to “Sleeping Monkey.” Within the introductory bars, the band began making jokes on the word name, even referencing Destiny’s Child’s hit song “Say My Name.” Full of jokes, the band kept things lighthearted.The rest of the show truly rocked, with the set ending run featuring “2001” and the classic Jimi Hendrix tune, “Fire.” With one more song, Phish brought out “Character Zero.” What a show! Fortunately there are still two more nights to come.Full Show VideoCheck out the full setlist below, as well as a full gallery from Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography.Setlist: Phish at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY – 7/1/16Set 1: Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, The Birds > NICU, Cities, David Bowie, Free, Uncle Pen, Halfway to the Moon, Let’s Go[1], Waiting All Night > Bathtub Gin > Golgi Apparatus, The Squirming CoilSet 2: Sand > Carini > Chalk Dust Torture[2] > Prince Caspian > Bug, Shine a Light, My Sweet One, Sleeping Monkey > Also Sprach Zarathustra > FireEncore: Character Zero[1] Debut[2] Trey on Marimba Lumina and Mike on keys.Notes: This show was webcast via Live Phish. This show featured the debut of Let’s Go. Chalk Dust Torture featured Trey on Marimba Lumina and Mike on keys. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Suzanne Vogel, researcher of Japanese culture, 81

first_imgSuzanne Hall Vogel, a psychotherapist at Harvard University Health Services for 27 years and a field supervisor for Simmons School of Social Work, died on June 19. She was 81.For more than 50 years, Vogel was actively engaged in the study of Japanese society and culture. She stressed the importance of Japanese psychological concepts for the understanding of individuals of all cultures. In particular, she conducted pathbreaking research on Japanese families and women.At the time of her death, Vogel had just completed “Japan’s Changing Family: 50 Years of Professional Housewives,” a book on Japan’s “professional housewives” of the postwar era. The book details the life stories of three Japanese housewives whom Vogel knew for 50 years, setting their stories in the context of social changes from 1958 to the present. Drawing on her research experience in Japan as well as her clinical practice, Vogel also made connections between different social contexts in the United States and Japan, and how these social contexts produced distinct psychological symptoms in the two countries. An English-language version of the book is expected to be published next year.Vogel first conducted research on the Japanese family with her former husband, Ezra Vogel, resulting in the publication of his book “Japan’s New Middle Class” (1963). In 1958-60, the Vogels intensively interviewed six families in a Tokyo suburb, providing a detailed portrait of Japanese family life at the time. Vogel received a Fulbright Scholarship in 1988 to consult with the social work and psychiatry departments of St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo and to conduct research on family life and mental health in Japan. Subsequently, she spent approximately six weeks every year for nearly 20 years supervising social workers at Hasegawa Hospital.“Sue stressed the importance of understanding the patient — the value of empathy — in cultivating a productive relationship between therapist and patient,” said Misato Nishijima, a former colleague from Hasegawa Hospital who translated Vogel’s book into Japanese. “She was so sincere, open, and cheerful that she naturally brought people into her circle.”Prior to coming to Harvard, she worked at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and McLean Hospital. After her retirement from Harvard, she continued a private practice focusing on helping Japanese in the Boston area struggling with both mental health and cultural adjustment, and continued her research and writing on the Japanese family.“Suzanne was a skilled and compassionate clinician, astute supervisor, and a beloved colleague and friend,” noted Ann Porter, a colleague who was once supervised by Vogel. “Among her fellow professionals, she was both highly respected and genuinely loved. Because of her work in Japan, she brought a multicultural awareness to our service long before multiculturalism became a watchword.”Vogel graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1951. She earned a master’s degree in sociology from Northwestern University in 1952 and a master of social work degree from Simmons College in 1954. She received an award for excellence from the Simmons College School of Social Work Alumni Association.Vogel is survived by her three children — David Vogel of Cambridge, Mass., Steven Vogel of Berkeley, Calif., and Eve Vogel, of Amherst, Mass. — as well as five grandchildren. The family is planning a memorial service for August or September.last_img read more

NOFA Vermont’s Farmer Emergency Fund to provide assistance to organic farms impacted by flooding

first_imgFor more information about donating or applying for funds, please visit or call 802-434-4122. # # # About NOFA Vermont: NOFA Vermont is member-based organization working to grow local farms, healthy food, and strong communities in Vermont. Our members are farmers, gardeners, educators and food lovers of all sorts ‘ anyone who wants to help us create a future full of local food and local farms. Our programs include farmer and gardener technical assistance, farm to school support, organic certification, advocacy, an online apprentice and farm worker directory, an annual Winter Conference, and programs that work to ensure access to fresh, local food to all Vermonters, regardless of income. Never before have so many Vermont farms suffered damages at once; according to Vern Grubinger at the University of Vermont, vegetable farms alone have sustained at least $1.5 million in losses. NOFA-VT’s Farmer Emergency Fund has been in existence since 1997 making funds available to organic and member farmers throughout the state who have been affected by fires, blizzards, floods, and other disasters. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is launching an online auction on October 1 to raise crucial funding for the Farmer Emergency Fund, which will provide financial support to organic and NOFA-VT member farmers whose land and crops were destroyed by the statewide flooding. ‘We were so glad that NOFA’s Farmer Emergency fund was there for us,’ said Paul Betz of High Ledge Farm, who received a $6,000 grant in 2010 after his farm suffered a catastrophic fire. ‘There were missing pieces in our insurance policy, and we used the money from the Fund to fill those holes.’ Applications for financial assistance through the Farmer Emergency Fund have already been received and the expectation of need due to the flooding is extremely high. In response, NOFA-VT is reaching out to the community and statewide businesses for donations to increase the Fund, which provides both grants and zero-percent-interest loans. Additionally, the online auction which was intended to be part of NOFA-VT’s capital campaign has been redirected to benefit the Farmer Emergency Fund. Businesses and individuals wanting to help raise money for flood-impacted farmers can donate items, services or experiences online now. The online auction will launch on October 1. NOFA-VT hopes to raise at least $30,000 through this auction.last_img read more

Brentwood Man Drove With Dummy in HOV Lane, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 56-year-old Brentwood man allegedly used a faceless wooden dummy in the passenger seat of his truck to drive in the HOV lane on the Long Island Expressway, Suffolk County police said.A Highway Patrol officer stopped James Campbell for allegedly speeding in his pickup truck as he was heading westbound near Exit 51 in Dix Hills at 6:30 a.m. Friday, police said.“When the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed…a wooden figure wearing a hooded sweatshirt in the passenger seat,” police said in a news release.Campbell allegedly told the officer that he was driving to a new job and did not want to be late, according to authorities.The driver was issued summonses for speeding and occupancy violation.The case is not the first time someone has been summonsed for driving with a dummy in the HOV lane. A Mount Sinai woman was caught doing the same thing five years ago.last_img read more

McCarthy lied about impact of casino

first_imgOur casino-cheerleading Mayor Gary McCarthy tried to convince Schenectady residents that a casino will help the local economy and small businesses and lower property taxes. It’s becoming clear that the mayor was untruthful about the benefits of the casino, and he was trivializing and ignoring its negative impacts. The mayor lied to property owners about their increasing property taxes and signed a worthless resolution pledging an 18 percent property tax reduction from the casino money. This year, however, he offered a measly 1 percent that was annulled by the increase in water/sewer charges.For people who demanded that the mayor sign a host community agreement with the developer, he bluntly refused and declared that Schenectady will be receiving $14 million annually of casino money, and that our zero-dollar deal is better than what other towns have signed with their casino developers. In addition to the money other towns are getting from the state, they are also receiving millions each year in direct payments from their casinos to pay for the impacts on their towns. Schenectady is only receiving what the state is releasing to it from the casino dollars that it collects. As for property owners who can no longer afford their property taxes, McCarthy will continue doing what he has done best since becoming mayor — repossess their properties, let them rot for a few years and then sell them for a fraction of what they’re actually worth, or demolish them if they don’t sell and take them permanently off the tax roll.Mohamed HafezSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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EU parliament declares ‘Black Lives Matter’

first_imgEU capitals are urged to denounce “the disproportionate use of force and racist tendencies in law enforcement.”The EU institutions and the member states should officially acknowledge past injustices and crimes against humanity committed against black people, people of color and Roma.And the resolution declares the slave trade a “crime against humanity.”Earlier Friday, the UN Human Rights Council demanded a report on “systemic racism”, but left out any direct mention of the United States in the resolution.Topics : The European Parliament voted Friday to declare that “Black Lives Matter” and to denounce racism and white supremacism in all its forms.The resolution has no legal consequences but sends a signal of support to anti-racism protesters, and it follows a UN call for a probe into police brutality and “systemic racism.”And, one day before President Donald Trump is to hold a rally in Tulsa, a city that saw one of the worst racist massacres in US history, the lawmakers condemned American police brutality. Point number one of the text of the resolution takes up the slogan US campaigners painted on the street leading to the White House, when it “Affirms that Black Lives Matter.”The resolution, passed by 493 votes to 104, “strongly condemns the appalling death of George Floyd”, an unarmed suspect killed by US police in May. It rebukes Trump for his “inflammatory rhetoric” and for threatening to deploy the army against protesters.And EU member states themselves, many of which have seen protests in recent days about modern racism and previous colonial crimes, are not spared in the motion.last_img read more

Veteran female leaders to head WHO COVID-19 review amid anti-globalism barbs

first_img“Time was wasted. Information was hidden, minimized, and manipulated. Trust was broken,” she wrote.Clark, New Zealand’s leader from 1999 to 2008, lost out four years ago to Antonio Guterres to lead the UN. She previously led the UN Development Program and serves on a WHO panel on childhood obesity.In May, in an online forum, she criticized global leadership for failing to muster the “unity of purpose” that overcame challenges like eradicating smallpox.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called them “strong-minded, independent leaders”, aiming to underscore their freedom in assessing his agency’s and governments’ COVID-19 responses.Topics : Avowed multilateralists Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Helen Clark will lead a World Health Organization (WHO) panel scrutinizing the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic just as international institutions are under fire.The work by Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia’s former president and Clark, New Zealand’s ex-prime minister, will come into the harsh spotlight trained on the WHO by US President Donald Trump, who has accused the agency of being in China’s pocket while letting the pandemic spiral out of control.Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Africa’s first democratically elected female president, and Clark, who sought the top United Nations job in 2016, acknowledged that the study of how the world tackled this crisis, to prepare for the next one, will not be easy. “Our world is challenged by what is happening, challenged in ways that none of us could have forecast,” Clark, 70, said on Thursday.Johnson Sirleaf, 81, a Liberian-born, US-educated economist, served 12 years as her West African country’s leader, a period that included the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak that killed thousands.She won the Nobel Prize in 2011 for promoting the peaceful struggle for women’s rights as she oversaw Liberia’s emergence from civil war. She has deep WHO ties, having been named a goodwill ambassador last year.In a March BBC editorial, Johnson Sirleaf called for solidarity against COVID-19 while criticizing early lapses by states.last_img read more

Doctors still at high risk of contracting COVID-19 with 109 deaths so far: IDI

first_imgAs of Friday 109 doctors had died of COVID-19 in the country, Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) spokesperson Halik Malik has said.He added that as long as local transmission still occurred and resulted in a high number of daily confirmed COVID-19 cases, doctors and other medical workers would continue to face a high risk of contracting the virus.“Of the 109 fallen doctors, 49 were specialist doctors, 53 were general physicians and seven were professors,” Halik said on Friday, as quoted by Halik added that of doctors who had died, the largest number, 29, were based in East Java, 20 were in North Sumatra and 13 in Jakarta.On Thursday, a 52-year-old doctor in Medan, North Sumatra, died of COVID-19, bringing the total tally in Medan to 12.Medan IDI chairman Wijaya Juwarna called on the local government to classify and differentiate between COVID-19 hospitals and non-COVID-19 hospitals in Medan to reduce the risk of medical workers getting infected.“We don’t know [about the classification] all this time, we only know that doctors are facing a high risk in any hospital, unless the hospital uses different buildings [for COVID-19 patients], which means traffic for the emergency unit and elevators are also different,” he said.Topics : With 3,861 more COVID-19 cases on Thursday, Indonesia has seen a total of 207,203 infections since March. Halik said such a situation affected the well-being and job performance of medical workers as they dealt directly with patients during the pandemic.Besides doctors, nine dentists had also died of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, the IDI reported. Meanwhile, 70 nurses had died of the disease as of Monday, according to the Indonesian Nurses Association (PPNI).Read also: Nation grieves deaths of medical workersA recent survey by the University of Indonesia’s (UI) School of Medicine also reveals 82 percent of healthcare workers across the country are suffering from burnout.last_img read more

Booville Activities Ongoing Through October

first_imgBATESVILLE – As October arrives, organizers are in full swing transforming Batesville into the home of Halloween for the next month.Halloween-themed activities and family friendly events are planned for the entire month and will involve several businesses and organizations.Area businesses participating in the wristband promotion offer discounts and deals to wristband holders through the month. Organizers say the total value of all promotions and discounts exceed $1400.Follow this link to view the schedule and wristband information for Batesville Booville.The Fear Factory opens this weekend and will host the haunted house through October. A Monster Bash is also scheduled for Halloween night.Press release from Fear Factory:In the twisting hallways and shadowy rooms where workers once nailed together coffins, evil lurks. Every weekend in October, the 30,000 square feet of Fear Factory will play host to a range of hair-raising, horrifying scenes—from groups of unhinged production employees to medical experiments gone terribly awry. The maze of horrors accosts all of the senses, with strobes and black lights that let evil beings hide in the shadows and loud music that masks the sound of ever-approaching footsteps.After exiting the maze, the chills continue with grisly arcade games, concessions offered by Oldenburg Academy and concerts in the Party Place. A Monster Bash is offered on Halloween night, October 31 and is free with paid admission.Once home to the Batesville Coffin Company, Fear Factory now helps build awareness of drug prevention. Proceeds benefit Cierra’s Club, a non-profit entity managed by the Batesville Community Education Foundation and is used to provide drug free entertainment for youth. A generous grant from the Ripley County Local Coordinating Council and assistance from Gillman’s Do It Best Home Center have helped enhance the factory.“Every room in Fear Factory has been made-over and new exhibits have been added to create the most freighting haunted house encounter in southeastern Indiana” states Carol Dial lead design architect who along with Bill Flannery, Chris Newport and a host of volunteers, have been working on the exhibits since January.Fear Factory opens Sunday, October 5th, with lights on tours from 1 pm to 3 pm. This tour is for those who are looking for a more PG scare with toned down effects. Free children activities will also be available. The fright continues for the next four weekends, every Friday and Saturday, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and November 1, from 7 pm to 10 pm. Admission is just $5.00 for those 18 years of age and younger and $10 for those over 18 years old.Over 78 area youth and adults have volunteered to help in the haunted house. Batesville Tool & Die weekend will take place on October 24 & 25. Fear Factory is located in the RomWeber Marketplace in Batesville, Indiana with a new South Street entrance. Fear Factory cautions visitors that the use strobe and black lights, loud sounds, intense audio, with extremely low visibility is used throughout the haunted house.Ex-fear-ience for more details or email to arrange a corporate night for your business. Like us on Facebook and look for our YouTube video coming soon.last_img read more