Bayou Rendezvous Hosts Dr. Klaw, NOLA All-Stars, Roosevelt Collier, & More [Video]

first_imgSouthern Avenue The Bayou Rendezvous has become a staple of the festivities in New Orleans during Jazz Fest. Entering its 16th year, the event taps some of the biggest musicians on hand in the Crescent City for a fundraiser for the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, an organization that offers medical care for New Orleans’ many musicians and performers. This year, Bayou Rendezvous’ insane lineup of artists took over the Howlin’ Wolf from 9 am until past sunrise, with sit-ins and supergroups abounding.Between the Howlin’ Wolf main stage and den stage, the pseudo-music festival saw performances by Dr. Klaw (Eric Krasno, Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, Nick Daniels III, and Ian Neville) featuring The Shady Horns (Eric “Benny Bloom and Ryan Zoidis), The New Orleans All-Stars (George Porter Jr., Stanton Moore, Ivan Neville, Johnny Vidacovich, and special guests), The New Orleans Suspects (with John Gros, the Bonerama Horns, and other special guests),  Roovevelt Collier’s Nolarado Get Down (featuring Dave Watts, Garrett Sayers, and Joey Porter), Polyrhythmics, Butcher Brown, Southern Avenue, Space and Harmony, and more.With artists-at-large Eric McFadden and Kofi Burbridge on hand to lend their talents to the many musical acts tapped for the event, the evening wore into the morning, which was signaled by the beloved “Sunrise Breakfast Jam”, where the event rewarded fans who made it to the morning with breakfast burritos.You can check out some videos below, and we’ll continue to update this article as more media comes in!Dr. Klawlast_img read more

Time’s “Ten Ideas That Will Change the World” features HSPH faculty research

first_imgThe concept of the “demographic dividend” pioneered by Harvard School of Public Health faculty member David Bloom and colleagues is featured in Time magazine’s “Ten Ideas That Will Change the World,” published March 17.Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography and chair of the Department of Global Health and Population, and colleagues identified more than a decade ago the “demographic dividend” or “demographic transition” that occurs as countries transition from high rates of fertility and mortality — women having lots of children, many of whom die young — to low birthrates and longer life expectancies.In a country where this transition is taking place – thanks to improvements in health and other forces —  a bulge generation develops that, under the right circumstances, can fuel a strong economic transition as well.  Under the wrong circumstances, it can lead to civil upheaval.“At the start of the demographic transition,” Time notes, “women still have lots of children, but many more of those children survive into adulthood and old age. Only after a while do birthrates decline. And between those two moments not only do populations increase, but the average age of people also drops. You get a youth bulge.”A youth bulge can be a problem, if that growing generation of young people has limited education and economic opportunities, which in turn can breed unrest. But as Bloom’s research has suggested, many economies in East Asia in the 1980s and 1990s experienced significant growth that could be attributed to the demographic dividend, because educational, social, and government policies were in place to take advantage of the bulge generation’s numbers and potential economic productivity.last_img read more

SMC playwright wins regional competition

first_imgWhile most students spent their winter break relaxing and recovering from the stress of finals, Saint Mary’s senior Emily Schmitt received some surprising news that made her break more interesting than usual. In December, Schmitt won the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s (KCACTF) Region III full-length playwriting competition for her play “San Luis, 1989.” The play was read at the Region III festival, held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign January 3-7. “My play, ‘San Luis, 1989′ is an example of staged journalism,” Schmitt said. “This means that it is based on a true story that I conducted extensive research on.” Her play addresses issues of racial bias and government corruption in regards to poaching in San Luis, Colo., in 1989. Schmitt first learned about the story of San Luis through Susan Baxter, professor of theatre and journalism at Saint Mary’s. Schmitt and Baxter were paired together through a Saint Mary’s Student Independent Study, Teaching and Research (SISTAR) grant project, a program that provides funding for teams of students and professors to conduct research. Schmitt and Baxter collaborated intensely in their research of San Luis, making two trips to Colorado and discussing ways to bring real life events to a stage. “I am working on a book which teaches playwrights to use journalism theory; Emily is my case study,” Baxter said. “We could not be more grateful to Saint Mary’s. If not for SISTAR, the play would not have happened.” Baxter said the selective honor has gone to a graduate student in an MFA playwriting program for the past 10 years. Despite the success of the play thus far, Schmitt said she encountered challenges throughout the process that sometimes made it difficult to persevere. “The biggest challenge for me writing this play was simply not getting discouraged,” she said. Writing a play is a very lonely process, and after the fifth or sixth draft, you start to feel like it’s never going to work.  I call that the ‘dark place’ of the writing process.” But Schmitt said pushing past the isolation and struggles strengthened her skills as a playwright. “After [the ‘dark place’], something always gives way and the words start flowing out,” she said. “That is the best part of writing for me.”­ Baxter agreed that in spite of the obstacles Schmitt met, she was still able to develop as a writer and learn throughout the writing process. “Emily is a self-starter, so I did not have to work very hard at all,” she said. “She jumped in and tried every technique I threw at her.  Not all was useful, of course, but both of us learned mightily from the process.” Schmitt applied to several schools to earn her MFA in playwriting but will not be informed of acceptances until late February. In the meantime, her work with “San Luis, 1989” is not finished, as the play is currently in consideration for two national playwriting awards. “My play is currently competing with the other regional winners for the [Michael Kanin] National Student Playwriting Award,” she said.  “I am also up for the National Partners for the American Theater Playwriting Award, which is granted to a new and original voice in playwriting.” Regardless of the outcome of these awards, Schmitt said she is pleased with how things have turned out so far. She said she hopes more people will become better informed about the issues surrounding San Luis addressed in her play. “The best part about winning this award has really been spreading the word about what happened in San Luis,” she said. “Winning this award is a huge testament to the political power of the stage.”last_img read more

The King and I’s Conrad Ricamora & Ashley Park Bond Over Pranks, Puppies & More

first_imgQ: Conrad, you have to prank Ashley now!CONRAD: I know…just when you least expect it.ASHLEY: He would never. Not Conrad, not sweet Conrad! [Laughs.]Q: Ashley, you’re the Broadway vet here, and Conrad’s making his Broadway debut. Are you giving him any tips?ASHLEY: No, he’ll probably give me tips, because he originated a role in Here Lies Love and opened a show. I’ve done the Broadway thing in Mamma Mia! and Cinderella, but I’ve never been in an original company.CONRAD: No matter where you do it, on Broadway or not, you’re still telling a story in front of people. It’s less about this being a milestone in my life, and more about just telling the story.Q: How have all of the changes in previews been going?CONRAD: I feel pretty isolated because I really only have scenes with Ashley and a few lines with Kelli [O’Hara], and that’s it, but Ashley tells me about all the changes.ASHLEY: Our first preview was our first run-through and it was like three-and-half hours long! We’ve cut off about 45 minutes now, and it’s a completely different show. That’s the great thing about how Bart [Sher, director] works is he’s really using the preview process and we just keep on digging. See Ashley Park and Conrad Ricamora in The King and at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Q: What do you guys like to do when you’re hanging out backstage?CONRAD: Well, Ashley played an amazing April Fool’s joke on me and caught it on video (below). At the very end of the show I always come into her room and we have a snack and talk. So I came into her room as usual, eating a burrito, and she just started sobbing.ASHLEY: The funniest part is you can hear the final scene going on in the background. Afterwards he was like, “Wow, that was really good!” What do you think I’m paid to do every day, are you kidding? Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 Getting to know a brand new cast of 51 can be daunting, but The King and I stars Conrad Ricamora and Ashley Park have become fast friends. When they’re not falling in love on stage in the new Lincoln Center Theater revival, they’re backstage cracking each other up and getting psyched for opening night at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on April 16. Broadway.com spent the afternoon at Lincoln Center hanging out with the two new Broadway buddies. Q: When did you guys first meet? What were your first impressions of each other?CONRAD: We met at the final callback. I thought Ashley was really nice and pretty and—ASHLEY: You can say something real.CONRAD: I am! And I thought she was like a puppy dog.ASHLEY: A what?!CONRAD: Yeah, you get so excited about things. It’s such a fun energy to be around.ASHLEY: When I first met Conrad, I thought he sounded like Obama! We were doing the scene and I was like, am I listening to the State of the Union?CONRAD: We also have a friend in common.ASHLEY: Yeah, at the audition Conrad said he was filming How to Get Away With Murder. It hadn’t aired or anything, and I remember asking, “Do you happen to know my friend Jack Falahee?” I did theater with him growing up. And he was like, “Yeah, I’ve been making out with him a lot.” I had no idea they were lovers on the show—that they were gonna be “Coliver!”center_img View Comments The King and I Q: Many audience members will come to the theater having already seen The King and I on stage or on film. What is the new production bringing to the table?CONRAD: It’s very grand and majestic, but for us actors, we’re trying to really connect with each other. From what I’ve heard about other productions, sometimes The King and I can be very exoticized and decorative, but this seems to be more about us connecting on stage and through this time period.ASHLEY: Yeah, and so we… Wait, I forgot what I was gonna say!CONRAD: You can do it, use your words.ASHLEY: Conrad is the sweetest guy to everyone, and then he channels all his meanness into me [laughs].CONRAD: I do not! [Laughs.] Related Showslast_img read more

Vermonter to head FairPoint’s northern operation after organizational shakeup

first_imgConsolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NYSE: FRP) announced today a number of organizational changes. David Hauser, chairman and chief executive officer of FairPoint Communications, announced that effective immediately he is making several organizational changes in order to position the company to better tackle the integration issues of its systems in northern New England. Executive Vice President Jeff Allen of Essex Junction, Vermont, will now oversee all of FairPoint s Northern New England Operations. Over the past two weeks I have met with FairPoint s leadership team to assess our situation, said Hauser. From these meetings one thing is very clear to me. We must direct our full attention to tackle the integration of our systems serving northern New England. These changes will help FairPoint more effectively address the systems issues and address them quickly.On Tuesday (July 14, 2009) the Vermont Department of Public Service filed a Show Cause Petition with the Public Service Board, requesting an investigation to determine if FairPoint Communications is capable of continuing its telecommunications in the state.  At stake is the company s Certificate of Public Good, or CPG which is their license to conduct business as a regulated utility in the state. Vicky Weatherwax has been appointed vice president of business solutions, and will report directly to Hauser. She will be responsible for developing a comprehensive plan of action with appropriate milestones to address the systems integration problems. The company s Project Management Office team will report to Weatherwax. She has more than 20 years of experience in telecommunications, including network design, construction, project management and network cost optimization. She has an MBA from Wake Forest University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in information technology.Additionally, Executive Vice President Jeff Allen will oversee all northern New England operations. He will lead the operations, engineering, customer sales & service, sales, billing and support teams. Allen will report directly to Hauser. Allen joined FairPoint in 2007 and has more than 20 years of telecommunications experience. He has served in a number of leadership positions with FairPoint and recently led the company s systems stabilization plan in northern New England. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and prior to joining FairPoint served as chief executive officer of the data communications provider Intellispace, Inc. The company also annnounced that President Peter Nixon will oversee the supply chain function, regulatory compliance, external/government affairs, broadband stimulus package /economic development and Telecom Group operations. Nixon has worked at FairPoint since 1997 and began his career in telecommunications with Chautauqua and Erie Telephone Corporation. He served in a number of senior leadership positions with FairPoint, including chief operating officer and senior vice president of corporate development.Hauser also announced the company will hire a chief information officer and will immediately begin a search to fill this position.About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. FairPoint is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FRP. Learn more at www.FairPoint.com(link is external).Source: FairPoint. PORTLAND, ME (July 15, 2009). Vermont Public Service Department, July 14, 2009.last_img read more

Stephen Colbert, ‘Late Show’ to Stay in New York

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The “Late show” will have a new face, but historic Ed Sullivan Theater will remain its home.New York State and CBS Wednesday announced that the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” will remain in The Big Apple when the comedian takes over for David Letterman, who announced in April that he’d retire after hosting the show for 21 years. One week after Letterman’s on-air announcement, CBS said it agreed to a five-year deal with Colbert to take over the show.Colbert, the host of Comedy Central’s widely-popular satire show, “The Colbert Report,” in which he plays a conservative blowhard, will takeover in 2015. CBS has yet to reveal the date of Letterman’s last show.“We’re thrilled to continue broadcasting CBS’s ‘Late Show’ from New York and call the Ed Sullivan Theater its home,” said CBS President Leslie Moonves. “David Letterman has graced this hall and city with comedy and entertainment that defined a generation.“When Dave decides to pass the baton next year, we look forward to welcoming Stephen Colbert, one of the most innovative and respected forces on TV, to this storied television theater.”The agreement includes a commitment from CBS of 200 New York-based jobs to support the show’s year-round schedule.Ed Sullivan Theatre (Photo credit: Andreas Praefcke/WikiMedia Commons)CBS will be eligible to receive $11 million in tax credits as part of deal. Also, the state will provide CBS with a $5 million grant to offset renovations of Ed Sullivan Theater.The state in recent years has enticed large film productions to the state by offering generous tax breaks under the New York State Film Production Tax Credit program, which started in 2004. For some productions, the tax credit can be as high as 30 percent. The largest ever production in the state was “Amazing Spider Man 2,” which filmed for nine months at Grumman Studios and Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage.The state also lured NBC’s “The Tonight Show” to New York from California when its current host, Jimmy Fallon, replaced Jay Leno.last_img read more

European pension fund tenders $200 microfinance debt mandate

first_imgAn undisclosed European pension fund has tendered a $200m (€160m) microfinance debt mandate using IPE-Quest.According to search QN1468, the client’s preference is for a segregated account or single investor fund.Asset managers should have a three-year track record (preferably five) and at least $500m in assets under management (AUM).Minimum AUM and track record are strict limits. The closing date for applications is 28 November.Interested parties should state performance – gross of fees – to the end of September.For any questions regarding this search, please email [email protected] Questions will not be accepted after the 25 November. For full information, please go to http://www.ipe-quest.com/search.htm.last_img read more

Apartments hit new high

first_img443 Queen St by CBUSNEW apartment prices have jumped to a record high despite a drop in the number of sales.The latest Brisbane Apartment Essentials report by Urbis shows the average sales price increased by $87,000 in the last quarter, driving the weighted average price up to $767,000 – the highest ever recorded by the property analysis firm. The increase was driven by the higher average sales prices being achieved in the inner East Brisbane precinct ($1.33 million) and the Brisbane CBD ($1.28 million), according to the report.It comes at the same time as a penthouse sold off-the-plan in the Brisbane CBD for over $6 million — six times the city’s median unit sales price. This one goes on the market soon …The four-bedroom luxury pad has sold to a local Brisbane buyer, and is located on the 47th floor of the 443 Queen Stdevelopment being constructed by Cbus Property.It is one of two penthouses in the striking building, with the second one launching to the market soon. “We have already received a number of enquiries for the second penthouse and we are confident this will sell off-the-plan,” Cbus CEO Adrian Pozzo said.Urbis Property Economics and Research director Paul Riga said owner-occupier buyers were responsible for the increased price points in the last quarter, representing 48 per cent of all buyers.“Importantly, the majority of these sales are in projects that are in presale stage or under construction — indicating that buyers are becoming more willing to transact off-the-plan if the right opportunity presents itself,” he said.Local and interstate investors accounted for 19 per cent and 16 per cent of sales respectively, according to the report.Overall sales were down from 154 in the first quarter to 130 in the last quarter.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe Inner South (32 sales) and Inner North (33 sales) precincts both offered more affordable stock at $569,000 and $676,000 respectively, representing one third of all sales, according to the Urbis report.Meanwhile, the latest Quarterly Apartment Report from Place Advisory is also predicting green shoots for the local apartment market, with that report suggesting prices had increased 1.7 per cent in the last quarter.Place Advisory director Lachlan Walker said Brisbane remained a buyers market, with a lot of units available for 2008 prices. But he warned that trend would not last, with no new major releases expected over the next six months. “175 unconditional sales were recorded in inner Brisbane during the June quarter, up 31 from the previous quarter, and totalling $118 million,” Mr Walker said.“The weighted average price — it’s a modest increase, but it’s promising.” Currently on the market for under that average is a two-bedroom apartment on level eight in Bohemia at West End ($625,000), the last remaining off-the-plan two bedroom apartment in Lume at Kangaroo Point ($615,000) and a two-bedroom apartment in the Brisbane Skytower in the CBD (from $492,000). Just three apartments are left at the now completed Mode Newstead development.The Place report said that at the end of the June quarter, only 21 per cent of the total new apartment market remained available for purchase.Mr Walker said there were currently 54 projects being sold off the plan in inner Brisbane, but several of those developments had pushed back their expected completion dates.“Of the 1936 new apartments currently available for sale, 30 per cent are expected to complete construction in the second half of 2018, 31 per cent in 2019 and the balance in 2020,” he said.“This means remaining supply will settle in a more staggered nature, softening any potential negative impacts to the market.”Realm Projects managing director Shane Foley, whose company markets new developments including Mode, said many buyers were also now opting to see the finished product before committing to a sale. “From 2013 to 2016, off-the-plan sales were very strong in the Brisbane apartment market … but now, as the market has shifted, buyers are waiting for projects to finish construction, and as a result, sales figures for newly-completed developer stock have risen,” he said.This trend was also recognised in the Urbis report.“Resales of new product is certainly impacting the overall demand, but it also highlights that interest in Brisbane is still present, with positive investment and employment drivers giving buyers, particularly investors, added confidence.” Mr Riga of Urbis said.last_img read more

Indians Fall To Twisters In Tennis

first_imgMilan lost to Oldenburg 3-2.Indians winners included Brent Quatman at #2 singles and #1 doubles team of Josh Bixler and Peyton Cann!Indians JV won 2-0.Milan winners were Dalton Messer at singles and the doubles duo of Isaac Rosenbarger & Hunter Holten.Courtesy of MHS Student Chris Hawk.last_img

Lyness offers internships

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — State Representative Randy Lyness is accepting applications for the legislative intern program.Internships are open to college sophomores and up, including graduate students and recent graduates. Interns are paid and earn college credit for the experience.For more information email [email protected] or call 317-234-9380 or go online to   indianahouserepublicans.com/forms/2018-house-republican-intern-application/ .last_img