Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive is set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others! ***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets, as well as a ticket payment plan for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website. As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Brooklyn Comes Alive is back and bigger than ever this September. The unique homegrown event has curated an extensive lineup of dream team collaborations, tributes, artist passion projects across three popular Williamsburg, Brooklyn, venues (Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Schimanski). But for its third annual edition, the festival has expanded to two full days of music featuring 100+ artists in 35+ group configurations spanning a vastly diverse spectrum of genres and styles. Today, we’d like to shed a little light on Future Folklore, a special collaboration that folks will not want to sleep on.For Future Folklore, Luke Quaranta of Toubab Krewe and Weedie Braimah will bring together artists from Mali, Senegal, Ghana, and American artists studied in West African music pay tribute to traditional Mandé folklore. The pan-west African djembe ensemble of drums will take center stage with Braimah on lead djembe, Quaranta on dunun & kenkeni, and Themba Mkhatshwa on sangban. Magatte Fall will add the Senegalese sabar drum and tamani, as well as djembe, while Nate Werth brings congas and percussion into the mix. MonoNeon—the last bassist for the late musical legend, Prince—is set to hold down the low-end on bass, adding a special musical element to this worldly music extravaganza.Weedie Braimah Djembe Solo[Video: Barry2theB]The over 800-year-old djeli (griot) tradition of West Africa consists of a network of families, musicians, and praise singers who act as historians and carriers of the culture. Also on tap are Yacouba Sissoko and Abdoulaye Diabate, who come from two famous djeli families, Sissoko and Diabate, respectively. Both from Mali, the two are amongst the foremost djelis living in the United States today. Yacouba plays the kora, a 21-string harp lute played for nearly a thousand years, and Abdoulaye is a singer in the djeli tradition. In addition, Raja Kassis will be on electric guitar, bringing a myriad of experience in West African styles, specifically the modern Senegalese style of mbalax music. Rounding out the lineup is Sam Dickey. He is steeped in the music of Mali and will play another harp lute central to the djeli culture, the djeli ngoni, and some guitar as well.Clearly, Future Folklore is set to be a truly special set, gathering musicians from around the world to celebrate the sounds of West Africa. The show’s musical directors, Weedie Braimah and Luke Quaranta, are two of the most renowned players of West African music in the United States. When asked about his upcoming Future Folklore set, Weedie Braimah said, “This show brings djembe to the forefront. I want to show people what this music is about and how we are moving it into the future. For too long as percussionists, we are the last one hired and the first one fired. Percussive music of Africa and the Caribbean is at the root of much of American music, so I want djembe and djeli music to be respected and understood in this country.”Luke Quaranta adds, “Many of us in this group share in common the experience of playing West African traditional music here in the US. Yacouba and Abdoulaye were born and raised in Mali of djeli families now living in the U.S.; Magatte from a Senegal family raised with a strong connection to his djeli roots in Los Angeles, California; Weedie, born in Ghana, grew up playing traditional music in St. Louis; Themba was born in Baltimore raised and trained in African drum and dance ensembles; and Raja, Sam, and I were raised in the U.S. and collectively have taken over a dozen trips to West Africa. So I think all in our unique way we are part of this tradition and moving it forward in this country. Add Mono and Nate who are both masters of their craft and who also play percussive-centric music in Ghost Note, and I think it is a very interesting group of artists to bring together to present this music.”
My Morning Jacket always brings their A-game. Their prowess as a live band is unrivaled after years of honing their craft as road warriors. The band really knows how to turn a run of shows into something special, making sure to bust out rare songs, play unexpected covers, and perform unique versions of their best and most cherished material. When the band hit The Capitol Theatre in 2012 for a three-night run, the Jacket made good on their reputation, delivering the goods with three unforgettable nights of music. While each night’s show was special, the middle night found the band firing on all cylinders, turning in an incredible performance that won’t soon be forgotten.The show started off with a sublime pairing of beloved acoustic songs: “Wonderful (The Way I Feel)” from Circuital and “Golden” from It Still Moves. The Jacket would pick the energy up with “It Beats 4 U” and “First Light” and a rare performance of “The Bear”. Perhaps the best song run of the night followed, with Elton John‘s outstanding “Rocket Man” getting trotted out, before Jim James and co. turned in amazing performances of their epic songs “Lowdown” and “I’m Amazed”.MMJ kept things moving with “Old Sept. Blues” and Carl Broemel‘s “Carried Away”, before working in a cover of The Band‘s beloved ballad “It Makes No Difference”. After the cover, MMJ launched right into their improv magnum opus, “Dondante”, which was stretched in many different musical directions before the set was completed with “Librarian”, “I Think I’m Going To Hell”, and “Phone Went West”.For the encore, the band had a few tricks up their sleeves, delivering five of their most beloved songs. “At Dawn” started things off, before the Prince-esque funk of “Highly Suspicious” launched things into another gear. A high-energy “Dancefloors” came next before the band finished things up with “Holdin On To Black Metal” and “Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt. 2”.Throughout the show, My Morning Jacket showcased their unparalleled ability to own the stage. They delivered a little something for everyone that night, moving back and forth between indie rock, classic psychedelic rock, and straight up jamming with ease throughout the evening. Thankfully, some fans in the audience recorded a number of songs from the evening, which are embedded below for your viewing pleasure.“The Bear”, courtesy of YouTube user Leith Bayazid“First Light”, courtesy of YouTube user Zachary Hansen“I Think I’m Going To Hell”, courtesy of YouTube user Leith Bayazid“At Dawn”, courtesy of YouTube user Leith Bayazid
As a novelist, literary theorist, journalist and philosopher, Maurice Blanchot (1907–2003) had a profound impact on the thinking of dozens of philosophers, novelists, and writers. Until recently, however, it remained unclear how Blanchot’s thinking had evolved over his lifetime. A famously reclusive figure in the literary world, it was believed Blanchot had destroyed most of his personal papers before his death.With the Houghton Library’s recent acquisition of corrected page proofs of Blanchot’s major 1969 work L’Entretien Infini (“The Infinite Conversation”), however, scholars should soon be able to shed new light on Blanchot’s changing political and literary attitudes.The pages were salvaged from a rubbish bin by the husband of Blanchot’s long-time housekeeper, and contain numerous handwritten annotations by Blanchot, along with typewritten sheets inserted into the proofs – some of which consist of small slips taped over pages, while others are multiple pages in length.The proofs, along with several other Blanchot manuscripts, came up for sale in March 2009. Hoping the material might find an institutional home where it could be preserved and made accessible to scholars, Smith Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Professor of Comparative Literature Christy McDonald approached Leslie Morris, Houghton Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts with the idea of purchasing the items.McDonald has already put the material to scholarly use, examining the pages for an article, co-authored by Morris, for “The Romance Sphere,” an online journal of Harvard’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Written in the form of a dialog, the article traces the material’s provenance, and McDonald highlights three key changes Blanchot made to his original text.The material is also attracting interest among scholars outside Harvard. Shortly after acquiring the proofs, Morris said, a Ph.D. candidate in the United Kingdom traveled to Houghton to examine the pages, and other researchers have studied them in Houghton’s reading room.
“Don’t throw the past away / You might need it some rainy day,” sang Peter Allen. “Everything old is new again.”The adage has certainly proven true for libraries’ special collections. Their transformation from untapped wilderness into researchers’ wonderland was the focus of a recent Harvard Library Strategic Conversation with Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Alice Schreyer, interim library director, associate university librarian for area studies and special collections and curator of rare books at the University of Chicago Library. The talk was moderated by Tom Hyry, the Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library.Since special collections today touch almost every area of library development and innovation — digitization, born-digital materials, space management and transformation, discovery systems, outreach, curriculum support — they are often at the figurative center of the library and can be a galvanizing force for innovation throughout the system.It wasn’t always this way. Thomas delved into the relatively recent reputation of special collections as “Siberia”— an exile for maladroit librarians stewarding musty old materials, made further impenetrable by restrictive and Byzantine access policies. As card catalogs moved online and collections became increasingly available for research, teaching and learning, people began to seek the unique, and the treasure troves of special collections were rediscovered — transforming Siberia, in Thomas’s parlance, into a library’s Shangri-La.
Dell EMC is leading the field in Distributed File Systems and Object Storage for a reason…Digital transformation is often discussed in terms of processes, services and applications. But what’s really driving it is data: management of it, access to it, and the ability to analyse it and put it to use. And of course, it’s growing at a phenomenal rate – especially when it’s unstructured. According to Gartner, by 2022, more than 80% of enterprise data will be stored in scale-out storage systems in enterprise and cloud data centers, up from 40% in 2018¹.Organizations need to make the most of their data capital, and they need the tools to achieve it. Here at Dell EMC, we’re proud to be among the market leaders. Indeed, for the third year in a row, we have been recognised as a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage (DFOS).In the 2018 report, Gartner highlights both Isilon and ECS as one of the strongest performers in the market, which should come as no surprise, given our strong market leadership over the last years. And now, with the recent launch of the ECS EX-Series this past August, the announcement last year of the Isilon Generation 6 hardware platform, and more to come early next year, that leading position is something on which we’re sure to build.What customers seekYour customers need a flexible solution that allows them to make the most of all the information they hold. With the powerful data analytics functions of Dell EMC Unstructured Solutions, they can unlock that data capital.With Dell EMC Isilon Scale-out Network Attached Storage (NAS), your customers can store, manage and protect unstructured data with efficiency and massive scalability. Dell EMC Isilon is the industry’s #1 family of scale-out network-attached storage systems, and is designed for demanding enterprise file workloads. Your customers can choose from all-flash, hybrid and archive NAS platforms powered by Intel® Xeon® processors.With Dell EMC ECS Object Storage, they can capitalize on their traditional data assets through modernization. With ECS, they can store and manage unstructured data with public cloud-like scalability and flexibility, while retaining complete control over the information they hold, as well as reducing their security and compliance risks.Develop compelling sales arguments with our market-leading position: read Jeff Boudreau’s external blog announcing our position in the Gartner Magic Quadrant. And, you can explore and distribute the full Gartner report to your customers and prospects – link here.
Get It Poppin’ with Patti LuPoneApril 28 at Carnegie HallThe New York Pops is throwing one hell of a birthday party! The guests of honor are Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and the list of performers is seriously star studded. We’re talking Patti LuPone, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Jane Krakowski, Ricki Lake, Katharine McPhee, Martin Short and Aaron Tveit, to name a few. Did we mention honorary co-chairs Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker and Debra Messing? Click for tickets! Kristin Chenoweth The insanity of spring’s flurry of Broadway opening nights is behind us, which can only mean one thing: it’s almost time for the insanity of Tony Awards season! Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of great Broadway stuff to see and do before things get too crazy. From a star-studded birthday party to a bedtime visit from Andy Karl (yep, that’s right), our calendar is jam-packed. Check out our picks of the week! Cheer on Cheno’s Return!May 3, Carnegie HallOh Kristin, how we’ve missed you! For one night only, Kristin Chenoweth returns to the New York stage, where she oh-so-rightly-belongs, with her brand new concert The Evolution of a Soprano! In addition to new works and standards, Chenoweth will be taking a trip down her musical memory lane with songs from her early operatic and classical training to—hooray!—her Broadway and film roles. Those all sound great, but let’s be real: You had us at Kristin. Click for tickets! Wake Up with Jonathan GroffApril 29 on CBS and TonyAwards.comThey’re heeeeeere! The time has finally come for Broadway lovers everywhere watch Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu announce the nominees for this year’s Tony Awards! The big news will break at 8:30AM ET, live from the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel. Set those coffee makers, and let the countdown to June 8 (and Hugh Jackman!) begin. View Comments Stay Up Past Bedtime with RockyMay 1 on The Late Show with David LettermanThings are going to get swinging on CBS when the cast of Rocky stops by to perform on late night TV! Is it weird that we’re a little worried about Paul Shaffer’s safety? And Dave, if you need a little help, we’ve already got a top ten list of reasons to love Andy Karl going riiiiiiight here. You’re welcome. Star Files See Tragedy Live!Beginning May 1 at select theatersIf you haven’t made it across the pond yet this year, the National Theatre is doing you a solid. Sam Mendes (Cabaret) has helmed one hell of a production of King Lear in London, starring Simon Russell Beale in the tragic title role. On May 1, it’s going to be streamed live to movie theaters worldwide! Compared to transatlantic airfare, this is a steal. Just watch out for the eye gouging in HD. Yech. Click for tickets! Jonathan Groff
Georgia growers can expect to make at least 5 to 6 cents more per pound of cotton than they received this time last year, according to Don Shurley, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton economist.The price is due to many factors, but the main cause is the increase in exports.“Most of our cotton now is exported; about three-fourths of it is going overseas,” Shurley said. “Our exports are doing really well. U.S. quality, especially here in the Southeast, has been just excellent in recent years.”Shurley has been with UGA Extension for more than 26 years and believes that this year represents the best quality of cotton Georgia has produced in that time. Much of that improved quality is attributed to newer varieties and technology associated with those varieties.However, some of the past year’s yield potential was lost due to the late-season drought. The lack of rain prevented some of the yield at the top of the plants from fully developing.But because of the extended drought, growers were able to get into the fields and harvest the crop in a timely manner.“We didn’t have any rain or wind come in and reduce the quality, so the harvest conditions were really, really good,” Shurley said.Additionally, cotton acreage was up last year. Georgia planted 1.18 million acres, compared to 1.17 million acres in 2015, according to the UGA Farm Gate Value Report. This year, however, Shurley projects the acreage in Georgia may decrease due to estimated high peanut prices.“Peanuts are expected to be pretty high-priced this year, so farmers will be tempted to plant more than they did this past year,” Shurley said. “The increased peanut acreage could cut into the amount of Georgia’s cotton acreage.”As for cottonseed, Shurley is still trying to calculate the data and average them together. However, he hasn’t seen an increase in the price of seed or technology fees in recent years. The differences in prices from year to year result from the different varieties of cottonseed combined with newer technology, Shurley said.“For example, if you wanted to go to the store and buy a loaf of bread, that loaf of bread may cost you ‘X’ dollars. If you went back the next year and that loaf of bread was more expensive, you could easily conclude that prices have gone up,” Shurley said. “However, if the bread is more expensive, but it’s a different type of bread, then you’re not comparing the same thing, just like we’re not comparing the same varieties of cotton and technologies.”Prices may be higher next year, but it would be because a new variety or new technology has been introduced to the market, not because of an overall price increase determined by dealers and seed manufacturers.[Julia Rodriquez is an intern at UGA Tifton.]
Olympic Super-G Medalist, Andrew Weibrecht Returns to Sugar Mountain Resort for its Annual Preseason Ski Clinic The U.S House of Representatives passes the CORE Act to protect Colorado’s public lands For a second year in a row, two-time Olympic medalist and former U.S. Ski Team member, Andrew Weibrecht, joins Sugar Mountain Resort’s preseason ski clinic coaching staff, December 13-15. The 24th annual, three-day clinic coincides with SugarFest and includes daily and day-long coaching with Andrew and other notable and encouraging staffers, lift tickets, video analysis and Friday night dinner. The SugarFest celebration features the kick-off to Sugar Mountain Resort’s 50th season and the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the new, four-passenger, high-speed, detachable Easy Street chairlift which replaces the original, two-passenger, fixed-grip chairlift, built in 1969. A coyote conflict management workshop will be held in Charlotte on November 12 and is free and open to the public. The workshop takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, West Service Area Center, 4150 Wilkinson Blvd. Urban Coyote Management Workshop taking place in Charlotte Nov. 12 Coyote biology and behaviorPractical, non-lethal methods to prevent/reduce coyote conflictsResources for resolving pre-existing conflicts Photo of Andrew Weibrecht by Kevin Pedraja: Attribution 2.0 Generic To learn more about the preseason ski clinic or Sugar Mountain Resort’s opening day, please visit www.skisugar.com or call 800-SUGAR MT. If you can’t make it in person the presentation will be live-streamed on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control Division’s Facebook and Instagram pages (@animalscmpd). Attendees will learn about coyotes, human and coyote interactions around Charlotte, and effective methods for resolving and preventing conflicts. Biologists will discuss the following topics: The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act on October 31. If successful, the CORE Act will protect approximately 400,000 acres of Colorado’s public lands, including backcountry in the Spraddle Creek Wilderness addition outside of Vail and backcountry ski and mountain biking terrain near Tenmile Mountain outside of Frisco. The legislation now moves to the U.S. Senate.
According to chief economist of the National Automobile Dealers Association, Steven Szakaly, U.S. new-vehicle sales will stay above 17 million for a third straight year in 2017. Szakaly also said he believes that auto purchasing and leasing momentum will continue to build in 2017. With this increased car activity on the horizon, you should be establishing a strong plan for scooping up these potential auto loan opportunities.It has become increasingly hard to pull in new auto loans with the level of choice available to car buyers today. Financial institutions are no longer just competing with the usual suspects – big banks, finance companies, and other financial institutions – they are also having to compete with less traditional businesses that are entering into the auto loan game to expand their services and draw in new consumers. Retail lenders (like Costco), mobile lenders (like Credit Karma), and peer-to-peer lenders (like Lending Club) are among the types of non-traditional lending companies financial institutions now have to compete with.Even if you have a strong auto lending program, you are likely still losing loan opportunities to your competitors. It is hard time you start thinking outside of the box to take your auto loan portfolio to the next level of success. Let’s take a look at some things your organization can do to separate you from the rest of your competition. Mobile BankingFirst and foremost, if you are not currently offering your account holders access to online banking tools, you need to be doing that. According to a recent report performed by Callahan & Associates, loan growth and asset growth in 2016 was more than double for credit unions with mobile banking than that of credit unions not offering mobile banking. If you want to attract financially active consumers to your auto loan program, your mobile banking tools should also include a mobile loan application. Mobile lending adds a level of convenience that consumers are craving, especially your harder-to-reach millennials who typically prefer the mobile channel for performing all of their banking transactions. You must offer mobile lending to effectively engage these key demographics, or else risk losing these opportunities to your competitors, which include both traditional and non-traditional.Auto RebatesThese days you can’t always expect individuals buying or leasing a car to walk up and ask about your auto lending program. It is true that there are a growing number of consumers looking to credit unions for their auto financing needs, but there are still many individuals out there that are just looking for the best offer no matter who is offering it to them. If you want to attract new borrowers, you need to offer them an auto lending program that includes unique, valuable benefits, so you are presenting them with an attractive offer that stands up against your competitors’ programs. Arthur J Gallagher & Co. (Gallagher) saw this need, and set out to create a unique and attractive benefit program that was a win-win for businesses and consumers. The core of this program, called BonusDrive, offers an exclusive $500 rebate to consumers leasing or purchasing a new vehicle from a participating brand. “We developed BonusDrive to help auto buyers and their families get the best deal possible on a new car, while at the same time be a value to the businesses offering the BonusDrive program,” says Jim Evans, Global Practice Leader of Voluntary Benefits Consulting for Gallagher. “We are confident credit unions marketing this program will see a boost in good will and loyalty, while positioning themselves at the top of their consumers’ minds when they are ready to shop for auto loans.”Gallagher performed a study in 2016 to help gauge consumer interest in the BonusDrive program. They found that just about any individual presented with a cash back rewards program like BonusDrive would be interested in participating. And since this program is no cost to you, and no cost to the consumer, it is really a win-win for everyone involved. “The moment I heard about the Bonus Drive program I knew it would be a success for our customers,” says Pete Hilger, President and CEO of Allied Solutions. “There is no question in my mind about the value this program brings to credit unions and their members. In fact, our current BonusDrive clients already have members redeeming the $500 payouts, and they’ve only been marketing the program about a month. The program basically sells itself.”Direct to Consumer MarketingPrograms like BonusDrive and other consumer benefits you offer don’t just sell themselves; you have to market these offerings to your consumers. But that alone can be a huge challenge for your financial institution. Nowadays, most consumers expect advertisements to be tailored to their individual wants and needs. You can’t just send out a generic flyer to every consumer and expect great results. If you want real results, you need to send out customized communications that speak to what each prospective consumer may be looking for, when they may be looking for it.Newer marketing tools like video and text marketing offer the ability to create targeted custom campaigns that market the right products to the right people. For example, with video marketing tools like Allied Solutions’ SmartVideo technology, you can develop short, personalized videos to send out BonusDrive information to your consumers who recently filed a GAP claim and may be in the market for a new car. These newer marketing tools also allow you to track and analyze campaign results down to the individual level. Having this information can help you categorize recipients of the initial campaign so you can more effectively follow-up with targeted communications. There are certainly other ways your financial institution can draw in auto loan opportunities away from you competitors, but the options included in this article have proven to be successful for financial institutions that have adopted one or more of these methods.Contact Betty Seifu with Allied Solutions if you’d like to learn more about building up your auto loan portfolio: 800.826.9384 Ext. 10175. 89SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bethlehem Seifu Bethlehem Seifu joined the Client Services and Product Management team at Allied Solutions in September 2016. She works with providers and sales staff to create, update, and distribute relevant production … Web: alliedsolutions.net Details
45SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Every workplace is different. Some are more relaxed and casual and others are more traditionally structured. Even if you work in an informal environment, you can be sure that there are certain articles of clothing your boss is not a fan of. Here are 3 things you should never wear to work, no matter how casual your work culture is.Revealing clothingWhether it’s a skirt that is too short, a cleavage-baring top, or just an unbuttoned dress shirt that’s showing a little too much chest hair, be sure to keep yourself fully covered while at work. Any article of clothing that reveals too much can be viewed as distracting. You want to be judged by your work performance and not by your appearance.Too much perfume, cologne, aftershaveJust as inappropriate clothing can be a distraction, so can too much of a strong scent. If your coworkers or boss can catch your smell before you walk in the room then you are overdoing it. Be respectful to others in the office and go light on the fragrance. That way you won’t have to worry about getting on anyone’s bad side.WrinklesYou should ALWAYS be sure your clothing looks professional and put together. If you arrive at work in wrinkled clothes, you may be perceived as unorganized and sloppy. Don’t let others view you as unkempt because it will be an easy jump for them to also assume the work you are doing is subpar.