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SweetWater 420 Fest Adds The String Cheese Incident, Greensky Bluegrass, & More


first_imgSweetWater 420 Fest will return to Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia on April 20-22, 2018. In addition to previously announced headliners Umphrey’s McGee (x2), Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Sturgill Simpson, The String Cheese Incident (x2) will round out the top bill. Additionally, the SweetWater 420 Fest adds Greensky Bluegrass, SOJA, Ghostland Observatory, The Motet, The Record Company, The Infamous Stringdusters, TAUK, Hirie, Marco Benevento, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and more to the previously announced group of Vulfpeck, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Stick Figure, Papadosio, Anders Osborne, Spafford, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, and Southern Avenue.Also tapped for the 2018 edition are Durand Jones & The Indications, Los Colognes, The Mantras (Beastie Boys Tribute Set), The Vegabonds, Maddy O’Neal, Cofresi, Funk You, The Fritz, Walden, The Trongone Band, Luthi, Emma’s Lounge, Quaildogs, Hedonistas, Migrant Worker, Derlee, Hourglass, The Orange Constant, Bird Dog, Jubilee, Universal Sigh, Dr. Strangelove, Bennett Wales & The Relief, with Brandon “Taz” Niederauer as an Artist-At-Large. The weekend will be complete with more than 50 bands, 30 unique SweetWater Brewing Company brews, and “420 vibes.”Tickets are now on-sale here. See below for the complete 2018 SweetWater 420 lineup!last_img read more


Watch Tedeschi Trucks Band “Keep On Growing” At 2016 LOCKN’ Festival [Pro-Shot]


first_imgTedeschi Trucks Band is heading back to LOCKN’ Festival this summer, alongside Dead & Company, Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, and many more. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi will lead their twelve-piece ensemble through two sets over two days, marking their fourth LOCKN’ to date.In 2016, the husband-and-wife duo brought their powerhouse show to the farm directly after Phil & Friends, which featured drummer Jon Fishman and key-master Page McConnell of Phish, drummer Joe Russo, guitarist Anders Osborne, and virtually all of The Infamous Stringdusters. In true LOCKN’ fashion, fans were treated to special guest appearances from Derek and Susan when they joined the cast of characters for an unforgettable “Mr. Charlie” and “Sugaree”, leading straight into the highly anticipated return of the festival veterans.Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 2016 LOCKN’ set featured an exciting mix of originals and covers, including an exceptional version of Derek and the Dominos’ “Keep On Growing”. Now, you can watch the pro-shot video of the performance, courtesy of LOCKN’ Festival and Jonathan Healey, below.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | LOCKN’ Festival | Arrington, VA | 8/29/16Don’t Know What It Means, The Letter (The Box Tops), Laugh About It, Within You Without You (The Beatles), Just As Strange, I Want More, Color of the Blues (George Jones), Leaving Trunk (Sleepy John Estes), Keep On Growing (Derek and the Dominos), Sticks and Stones (Titus Turner), I Pity The Fool (Bobby “Blue” Bland), Bitches Brew (Miles Davis), Let Me Get Bylast_img read more


Side Show Broadway Reboot to Close


first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Erin Davie and Emily Padgett play conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton in the tuner, a moving true story of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame during the Depression era, but denies them love. Side Show features songs including “I Will Never Leave You” and “Who Will Love Me As I Am?” Side Show View Comments Hollywood director Bill Condon (who wrote the screenplay for Chicago and directed Dreamgirls) makes his Broadway debut with Side Show, which was heavily revised by composer Henry Krieger, librettist/lyricist Bill Russell and Condon, who wrote additional material for the show’s book. Condon has expressed interest in adapting the musical for the big screen. Broadway.com has learned that the new reworking of the short-lived 1997 tuner Side Show is taking down its tent at Broadway’s St. James Theatre, where it started performances on October 28 and officially opened on November 17. The musical revival will close on January 4, 2015.  Step right up, musical fans. It’s your last chance to come look at the freaks on the Great White Way. In addition to Davie and Padgett, Side Show stars Ryan Silverman as Terry Connor, Matthew Hydzik as Buddy Foster, David St. Louis as Jake and Robert Joy as Sir. Featured in the ensemble are Brandon Bieber, Matthew Patrick Davis, Charity Angel Dawson, Lauren Elder, Javier Ignacio, Jordanna James, Kevin Moon Loh, Barrett Martin, Don Richard, Blair Ross, Hannah Shankman, Josh Walker, Con O’Shea-Creal, Derek Hanson and DeLaney Westfall. Discussions are underway for the show to make its London debut. No further information, including a timeline and theater for the production’s UK bow, has been announced. Related Shows The production previously ran at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.last_img read more


Watch Michael Arden Sing ‘Out There’ From Hunchback


first_imgAfter our exclusive first listen of Ciara Renée’s “God Help the Outcasts,” we now bring you another track from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Check out the video below as Michael Arden sings “Out There” from the only stage collaboration of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Arden and Renée starred as Quasimodo and Esmerelda, respectively, in the La Jolla and Paper Mill Playhouse productions of the musical, alongside Patrick Page and Andrew Samonsky. The album will drop on Ghostlight Records on January 22. View Commentslast_img


School teachers have enough responsibility


first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAs our children bleed out, bones shattered on classroom floors, as families live with jagged holes left by lives cut short or barely lived, I refuse to be the shoulders onto which you pass the buck.I will do my job and more. I will knit mittens for tiny fingers that have none. I will buy snacks for bellies that would otherwise go without. I will wipe tears, bandage knees, discipline, encourage and cheer. I will teach. I will lie awake in the small hours of the morning, running through nightmare scenarios. And heaven forbid, should the unthinkable happen, I will stand in front of and protect those tiny bodies with my last breath. What I won’t do is absolve you of your responsibility. I voluntarily served in a job, a lifetime ago, that required I be ready and willing to pick up a weapon in defense of you and others. This isn’t that job. I will not pick up a weapon to do this job while you stuff blood-stained dollar bills in your back pockets.Thank you, but my co-workers and I have more than enough to do. This is the job you volunteered for, and you have a constitutional and moral obligation to do it. You will not lay the burden of this responsibility at my classroom door. Tracy CiminoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musiclast_img read more


Beirut blast toll climbs to at least 135


first_imgLebanese rescue teams pulled out bodies and hunted for missing people on Wednesday from the wreckage caused by a massive warehouse explosion that sent a devastating blast wave across Beirut, killing at least 135.Prime Minister Hassan Diab declared three days of mourning from Thursday as early investigations blamed negligence for the explosion at Beirut port, which has left tens of people missing and injured more than 5,000 others.Up to a quarter of a million people were left without homes fit to live in, officials said, after shockwaves smashed building facades, sucked furniture out into streets and shattered windows miles inland. The death toll was expected to rise from the blast, which officials blamed on a huge stockpile of highly explosive material stored for years in unsafe conditions at the port.The explosion was the most powerful ever in Beirut, a city still scarred by civil war that ended three decades ago and reeling from an economic meltdown and a surge in coronavirus infections. The blast rattled buildings on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, about 100 miles (160 km) away.”No words can describe the horror that has hit Beirut last night, turning it into a disaster-stricken city,” President Michel Aoun said in an address to the nation during an emergency cabinet session.Aoun said 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, used in fertilizers and bombs, was stored for six years at the port after it was seized. Topics :center_img The government was “determined to investigate and expose what happened as soon as possible, to hold the responsible and the negligent accountable,” he said.An official source familiar with preliminary investigations blamed the incident on “inaction and negligence”, saying “nothing was done” by committees and judges involved in the matter to order the removal of hazardous material.The cabinet ordered port officials involved in storing or guarding the material to be put under house arrest, ministerial sources told Reuters.Officials have not confirmed the origin of an initial blaze that sparked the explosion, although a security source and local media said it was started by welding work.’Collapse of Lebanon’For many, the blast was a dreadful reminder of the 1975-1990 civil war that tore the nation apart and destroyed swathes of Beirut, much of which had since been rebuilt.Ordinary Lebanese, who have lost jobs and watched savings evaporate in the country’s financial crisis, blamed politicians who have overseen decades of state corruption and bad governance.”This explosion seals the collapse of Lebanon. I really blame the ruling class,” said Hassan Zaiter, 32, a manager at the heavily damaged Le Gray Hotel in downtown Beirut.Relatives gathered at a cordon to Beirut port seeking information on those still missing as the search continued. Many of those killed were port and custom employees, people working in the area or those driving nearby during the Tuesday evening rush hour. Some victims were hurled out to sea by the powerful blast.The Red Cross was coordinating with the Health Ministry to set up morgues as hospitals were overwhelmed. Health officials reported that hospitals were running out of beds and equipment to attend to the injured.Beirut’s Clemenceau Medical Center was “like a slaughterhouse, blood covering the corridors and the lifts,” said Sara, one of its nurses.Beirut Governor Marwan Abboud told Al Hadath TV that collective losses from the blast might reach as high as $15 billion, including indirect losses related to business. “This is the killer blow for Beirut, we are a disaster zone,” said Bilal, a man in his 60s, in the downtown area.The World Bank Group said on Wednesday it would work with Lebanon’s partners to mobilize public and private financing for reconstruction and recovery. It was unclear what effect the disaster would have on the country’s difficult negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, however.Offers of international support poured in.Gulf Arab states, who in the past were major financial supporters of Lebanon but recently stepped back because of what they say is Iranian meddling, sent planes with medical equipment and other supplies.Turkey said it would send 20 doctors to help treat the injured, as well as medical and relief assistance. Iraq pledged fuel aid, while Iran offered food and a field hospital.Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted: “We sympathize with the dear Lebanese citizens and stand by them in the painful tragedy of the Beirut port explosion … Patience in the face of this incident will be a golden leaf of honor for Lebanon.”The United States, Britain and other Western nations, which have been demanding political and economic change in Lebanon, also offered aid. Germany, the Netherlands and Cyprus offered specialized search and rescue teams.Two French planes were expected to arrive on Thursday with specialist rescue personnel and equipment, and President Emmanuel Macron was due to visit on Thursday.Food security”This is a catastrophe for Beirut and Lebanon,” Mayor Jamal Itani told Reuters while inspecting damage.The port district was left a tangled wreck, disabling the nation’s main route for imports needed to feed a nation of more than 6 million people.The country’s main grain silo at the port was destroyed in the blast and Beirut Governor Abboud said a crisis might develop without international intervention.Lebanon was already struggling to house and feed refugees fleeing conflict in neighboring Syria and has no trade or other ties with its only other neighbor Israel.”On a scale, this explosion is scaled down from a nuclear bomb rather than up from a conventional bomb,” said Roland Alford, managing director of British explosive ordnance disposal firm Alford Technologies. “This is huge.”The blast also prompted the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on Wednesday to postpone its verdict in the trial over the 2005 bombing that killed ex-Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri to Aug. 18. The tribunal’s decision had been expected this Friday.The U.N.-backed court put on trial four suspects from the Iranian-backed Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah. Hariri and 21 others were killed by a big truck bomb in another area of the Beirut waterfront, about 2 km (about one mile) from the port.White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said the US government had not totally ruled out the possibility that Tuesday’s explosion was an attack, and said it is still gathering intelligence on the blast.last_img read more


Governor Wolf Urges Pennsylvanians to Take Precautions During Extreme Cold Weather


first_imgGovernor Wolf Urges Pennsylvanians to Take Precautions During Extreme Cold Weather Press Release,  Public Safety,  Transportation,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and state officials today warned residents to stay safe while outdoors this week as temperatures are forecast to be below zero with wind chills making it feel like it is minus 35 degrees in many locations throughout Pennsylvania beginning overnight tonight through Thursday.“As always, safety for Pennsylvanians and travelers to our state is my priority,” Gov. Wolf said. “And dangerously cold weather means staying inside as much as possible, paying attention to weather forecasts, and checking on friends and neighbors, especially the elderly.”The current forecast predicts the winter storm to spread several inches of snow across the commonwealth starting today and lasting through Tuesday afternoon. After the storm, from Wednesday into Thursday, gusty winds and extremely cold temperatures will make for conditions that can cause hypothermia and frostbite in just a few minutes of being outdoors.Hypothermia and frostbite are two dangerous, potentially fatal, conditions that can occur during extreme cold weather. Signs of hypothermia, an unusual drop in body temperature, include shivering, confusion, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color, most often in the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes, and can permanently damage your body or lead to amputation.“It is going to be dangerously cold this week, and you can get frostbite or hypothermia from being outside for just 10 minutes,” Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, said. “Put staying safe and warm at the very top of your to-do list for the next couple of days. If you must be outdoors, know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia, and cover all exposed skin.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says wet clothing can accelerate a hazardous drop in body temperature. To protect against this and the extreme cold, know how to layer clothing properly.The CDC says effective layering involves:Inner Layer: This layer goes against your skin and should hold body heat and not absorb moisture. Choose materials made of wool, silk or polypropylene instead of cotton.Insulation Layer: This layer retains your body heat to keep you warm. Fabrics which work best include natural fibers like wool or goose down. Synthetic fleece can also be effective. This is often known as a “soft shell.”Outer Layer: Think of this as your “hard shell.” It protects you from wind, rain, and snow. It should preferably be water and wind resistant to reduce the loss of body heat.The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is maintaining contact with county emergency management personnel to ensure that they have the resources needed to keep citizens safe. PEMA staff, along with personnel from other state agencies, are ready to provide any necessary state agency assistance when needed.In anticipation of forecasted snow and extreme cold, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation issued road restrictions to increase safety, reduce accidents and allow PennDOT crews to maintain roads uninhibited. A map of current road restrictions can be found here.To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked containing items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger, and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication, and pet supplies.Motorists should be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.When winter weather occurs, PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.In addition to driving safely around plows, motorists are urged to drive according to conditions. If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 440 crashes resulting in 221 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.PennDOT has created a Winter Safety media center, including social-media-sized graphics highlighting winter driving preparations and operations at www.penndot.gov in the “Media Center” under the “About Us” footer.For more information on safe winter travel, an emergency kit checklist and information on PennDOT’s winter operations including a video, visit PennDOT.gov/winter. Additional winter driving and other highway safety information is available at PennDOT.gov/safety.To report an accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone. If there is an accident, move the car out of travel lane and onto shoulder, if possible, and stay in the vehicle. For more information about PA Turnpike conditions follow the conversation by using www.paturnpike.com/travel/twitter. You may also see advisories by clicking on the travel ticker on www.PATurnpike.com.Residents with low incomes are encouraged to see if they qualify for participation in the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program, overseen by the Department of Human Services, helps some families pay their heating bills. For more information and to apply visit the Department of Human Services at www.dhs.pa.gov.Information about hypothermia and frostbite, as well as additional information on how to stay safe during and after a snowstorm, can be found on the Department of Health’s website at www.health.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. January 29, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Mali: Joint forces struggling to disarm armed groups


first_imgRelated Mali rebel groups to sign peace deals France wants Mali armed groups sanctioned for peace deal delays Its been almost two months since a peace deal was signed to stop violence in the country. The deal signed in Algeria was to see the disarmament of government allied armed groups. But that is proving an uphill task for the joint forces. CCTV’s Leslie Mirungu reports. South Sudan forces and armed militia clashlast_img


Government rejects calls for inquiry into West Ham’s Olympic Stadium move


first_img Press Association Trusts from Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Charlton, Fulham and QPR – as well as two clubs who failed in bids to take over the stadium in Leyton Orient and Tottenham – all called on the Government to open a case but their request was thrown out on Thursday. “West Ham United has a concession at the stadium and their contributions reflect that status. The contract, awarded after an open public competition, has been widely scrutinised and tested in court,” a statement released by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport read. “The stadium remains in public ownership (E20 Stadium LLP – a joint venture between the London Legacy Development Corporation and Newham Council) and the profits from its multiple uses will flow to the taxpayer. “The agreement with West Ham United, including their contribution to transformation costs and rent, followed an open competitive process, which was delivered under EU rules, conducted visibly and exposed to significant scrutiny. “The outcome has been tested in the courts and upheld. As the winning bid this constituted the best available return for the taxpayer and secures the commercial viability of a national asset for the next 100 years.” While West Ham will host all of their home matches at the stadium, which will sport West Ham livery and colours, British Athletics also have a deal to take control of the arena for one month every summer – with the likes of the Anniversary Games and the 2017 World Athletics Championships set to be hosted there. The Hammers will take on a 99-year deal as anchor tenants starting from next season but the decision to hand West Ham the keys to the stadium has been questioned ever since it was first announced two and a half years ago. A BBC documentary aired last month pointed out how much West Ham would be saving due to their agreement with the London Legacy Development Corporation and, since then, eight supporters’ groups started a petition for an inquiry into the details of the decision. center_img The Government has rejected a request from a host of supporters’ clubs for an inquiry into West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium.last_img read more


Flores ignores daunting festive fixtures to focus on Norwich clash


first_img “What happens in two weeks, and what happens next month, I try to avoid that because I don’t want to go crazy,” said Flores, whose Watford side are an impressive 11th in the Premier League table. “I don’t have an idea about Liverpool, I don’t want to know about Manchester City. I don’t want to know about Chelsea and I don’t want to know about Tottenham. “My main focus for the staff and players is to try to translate what kind of match we want to play at the weekend. “We have to play against all teams in the league, so three points against Norwich is the same value as three points against Liverpool. The most important thing is to be ready and to be competitive again against Norwich.” After back-to-back defeats against Leicester and Manchester United, Watford – in their first season back in the Premier League since 2007 – returned to winning ways with a 3-2 victory at Aston Villa last weekend. Norwich, who are 16th heading into Saturday’s match, stand in Watford’s way of winning two games on the bounce for the first time in the league this season. But Flores is braced for a stern test against the Canaries, who thumped Watford 3-0 in their home and away fixtures in the Championship last term. “We respect Norwich,” Flores added. “We analyse their team and it is very similar to our team. It is compact, they fight a lot and they are very physical. The Hornets entertain Norwich in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday before travelling to Sunderland for their next match. But after their visit to the Stadium of Light, Watford face Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and then Manchester City in successive matches over the Christmas period. Press Association “Norwich is a very good opponent so our target is just to focus on this match. We can underestimate this kind of teams. This is a very tough team and we have to fight a lot. “The big teams are ready to win every weekend – for other teams it is more difficult – but we have the possibility for the fourth time to win this season in two consecutive matches and this is very important for us.” Flores is hopeful goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes will be fit to face Norwich on Saturday. Gomes was taken off on a stretcher and a neck brace in his side’s win at Villa before being given the all-clear following a hospital scan. Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores fears he will go “crazy” if he starts to look at his side’s challenging festive fixture list. last_img read more