Collaborations are a mainstay of the Catskill Chill Music Festival, and with so many great bands descending on the fest’s new home in Lakewood, PA, the mood was ripe for jamming. One of the most exciting collab sets was that of Pink Talking Fu, a full band collaboration between Pink Talking Fish and Kung Fu. Not only did the two bands get together, but they treated fans to an awe-inspiring celebration of two late legends, Prince and David Bowie.The set came after a classic Pink Talking Fish show, which saw Kung Fu’s guitarist Tim Palmieri sit in for a handful of songs. The Pink Talking Fu set featured the full rosters from both bands, opening with “Musicology” and alternating between the two catalogs for a great set of music. Transitions like “Fame” > “1999” set the show apart!The tribute also featured some very special guests, as Hayley Jane came out to sing “Under Pressure” and Turkuaz’s Shira Elias joined for “I Wanna Be Your Lover.” Both female singers would return for the finale, as the band played “Purple Rain” and “Memory Of A Free Festival” to close things out. What a show!Fortunately, thanks to taper Keith Litzenberger, we can listen to full audio from this action packed set. Tune in below![Photo via PTF Twitter // Andrew Blackstein]
Brian Wilson, co-founding singer, songwriter, and widely-renowned recording wizard for The Beach Boys, is widely considered to be something of a musical genius, composing countless timeless hit songs and revolutionizing the art of studio engineering with his meticulously constructed records. Powered largely by Wilson’s creative direction, The Beach Boys had over eighty songs chart worldwide, with thirty-six of them becoming U.S. Top 40 hits (the most by an American rock band) and four reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Beach Boys have sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time.However, Wilson’s work wasn’t always held in such high regard. In 1959, when Brian Wilson and the rest of the original Beach Boys were still in school together at Hawthorne High School in Hawthorne, CA, he composed a song called “Surfin’” and submitted it for an assignment in his music class. His music teacher, Mr. Fred Morgan, gave the project an ‘F’.Listen to The Beach Boys’ “Surfin” below:As we now know, “Surfin’” would wound up making its way onto the Beach Boy’s 1962 debut album, Surfin’ Safari, and went on to become their first of many hit records. As Brian’s high school music teacher Fred Morgan explains, “Brian wrote a composition for me and it turned out to be ‘Surfin.’ That composition got an F, but it made a million dollars.” Earlier this week, the now 75-year-old Wilson returned to Hawthorne High School where the current principal, Dr. Vanessa Landesfeind, officially changed Wilson’s grade on “Surfin’” to an ‘A’. Wilson has been working through an enormous world tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of his masterpiece LP, Pet Sounds, and has several more dates scheduled for this Spring. For a list up upcoming dates, head to Wilson’s website.Congrats on that A, Brian–maybe now you can get into a good college! All’s well that ends well.[h/t – Billboard]
The gathering of the first-years Addressing their convocation, Bacow urges students to embrace connection, growth, and change Related More than 1,500 first-years fan out around Greater Boston for a day of volunteering at schools and nonprofits At your service In an address in Memorial Church’s Appleton Chapel Tuesday, Harvard President Larry Bacow voiced his concerns about the growing inability of people to engage respectfully with those who hold different points of view, a problem he sees both on campus and in the wider world.“How can we profess to be seekers of veritas, seekers of truth, if we shame and shun those who disagree with us?” Bacow said during the first Morning Prayers of the fall term. “How can we urge forbearance and generosity in others if we are unwilling to practice it ourselves? How can we have any hope for the wider world if we cannot model in our community the reasoned debate and discourse we wish to see elsewhere?”Bacow related a story about Rabbi Hillel, one of the most important figures in Jewish history. When confronted by a skeptic who challenged Hillel to teach him the entire Torah while standing on one foot, the religious leader responded: “What is hateful to you, do not do unto others,” he said, distilling the sentiment at the heart of the scriptures. “The rest,” the rabbi quipped, “is commentary.”,The solution, Bacow suggested, is neither to raise the volume nor to fall silent. He encouraged his listeners to lend their voices to the urgent issues facing to the world with “thoughtful consideration” and “impassioned argument,” but to reject a sense of righteousness that “abhors concession and compromise.”“When we succumb to the lure of moral certitude, when we stifle disagreement in our community by ignoring and ostracizing dissenters,” said Bacow, “we lose our ability to make meaningful change.”Bacow’s theme was reflected in the service’s text and song. “If riches are a prize to be desired in life, what is richer than wisdom, the active cause of all things?” read the congregation during the responsorial. The Choral Fellows of the Harvard University Choir sang “What Is Good” by the church’s composer in residence, Carson Cooman ’04, who wrote the piece for Bacow’s inauguration. The anthem contains the lyrics “You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what is required of you: to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”,In closing, Bacow voiced confidence that the Harvard community would continue to rise to the challenge.“Fortunately, the weakness I just described is still outpaced by one of our great strengths: bringing people together, as we are here today, who care deeply about the search for truth and who want to sincerely improve our world,” he said. “May we all see one another in that light as we embark on this important journey once again, and may we all remember the important words of Rabbi Hillel.”The weekday service of Morning Prayers offers attendees a few moments of quiet reflection, scripture, and song before the start of classes. The tradition dates back to the College’s earliest days and features speakers from the Harvard faculty and staff and the wider Harvard community.
The Title IX Office notified the Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) on Tuesday of a report of sexual misconduct in a “north side men’s residence hall,” NDPD announced in a Wednesday email to the campus community.The male suspect “engaged in non-consensual sexual contact as defined in du Lac” with a female victim, according to the email. The email said the victim knew her attacker. The alleged incident took place Friday.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDPD and the Title IX office.Tags: Notre Dame Police Department, sexual misconduct, Title IX Office
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations View Comments The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction includes one-of-a-kind opportunities to own a part of theater history or to step into the footlights. Broadway fans can search for unique showbiz treasures, meet favorite cast members and bid on exclusive backstage experiences. The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction takes place from 10 AM to 7 PM. The 28th annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will take place on September 21 in the newly transformed Times Square pedestrian plaza, Shubert Alley and along West 44th Street in the heart of New York City’s Theater District. The event benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Shows and organizations participating in the Flea Market, packages to be offered in the Grand Auction and stars set to appear at the Autograph Table & Photo Booth will be announced in September. Last year, the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction raised $631,222, bringing the event’s 27-year total to more than $10.3 million.
Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 23, 2017 Cady Huffman(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Shear Madness View Comments Tony winner Cady Huffman will step into Shear Madness off-Broadway beginning June 20. She’ll assume the role of Mrs. Shubert, currently played by Lynne Wintersteller. On that same day, Jonathan Randell Silver will take over for Ethan Dubin in the role of Mike Thomas.Not only is the show welcoming new faces; it will also open up shop at a new venue. The New York premiere production will move from New World Stages to the Davenport Theatre. The comedy takes its final bow at New World Stages on July 10 and begins performances at the Davenport Theatre on July 15 (there will be no performances from July 11 through July 14).Huffman earned a Tony Award for her performance in The Producers; she was also nominated for The Will Rogers Follies. Her additional credits include The Nance, Steel Pier and La Cage Aux Folles on stage and Master of None, Iron Chef America and The Company Men on screen.Silver returns to Shear Madness after performing in the Boston production. He recently appeared off-Broadway in Please Continue. His screen credits include Rover, Keeping the Faith, Dear John and Royal Pains.Marilyn Abrams and Jordan adapted Shear Madness from the 1963 play Scherenschnitt by German playwright Paul Pörtner. Their English reworking opened in Lake George in 1978 with Abrams and Jordan starring and at the helm. The show incorporates improv and audience participation as theatergoers question the cast of characters in a unisex hair salon after the landlord, Isabel Czerny, is murdered. Think Drood with blow dryers.The current cast also includes Jordan Ahnquist, Adam Gerber, Lisa McMillan, Kate Middleton and Patrick Noonan.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances or performances at the new venue will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges.
Transportation FundSecretary Spaulding also reported on the results for the non-dedicated Transportation FundRevenue for February. Total non-dedicated Transportation Fund receipts of $14.49 million forthe month were above target by +$0.32 million (+2.28%), against the monthly target of $14.17million. The year to date non-dedicated Transportation revenue was $135.70 million versus thetarget of $134.62 million (+$1.09 million, +0.81%).Individual Transportation Fund revenue receipts components for February were: Gasoline Tax,$4.27 million or -0.82% behind target; Diesel Tax, $1.21 million or +30.13% ahead of target;Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $2.85 million or +5.03% above target; Motor Vehicle Fees,$4.60 million or -6.02% below target; and Other Fees, $1.57 million or +17.70% in excess of themonthly target. The February year to date Transportation Fund revenue results were: GasolineTax, $41.04 million or -0.17% short of target, Diesel Tax, $10.21 million or +5.72% abovetarget; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $30.77 million or +1.58% ahead of target; MotorVehicle Fees, $42.51 million or -0.61% behind target; and Other Fees, $11.18 million or +3.60%above target.Secretary Spaulding said, ‘The Transportation Fund overall is tracking well against target.Motor Vehicle Sales & Use Tax in particular seems to be benefiting from increased vehicle salesover the prior year. One area that bears watching is Gasoline Tax due to concerns about theprice of oil and the impact of the unrest in the Middle East and North Africa.’The Secretary also reported on the results for the Transportation Infrastructure Bond Fund(’TIB’). TIB Fund Gas receipts for February were $1.17 million or +0.47% ahead of target;year to date receipts of $10.80 million were -0.66% short of target. TIB Fund Diesel receiptswere $0.14 million or +21.03% above the target for the month; year to date TIB Diesel receiptswere $1.22 million or +5.41% ahead of the target. TIB Fund receipts are noted below thefollowing table: Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding announced today Vermont’s February tax revenues were above the February 2010 results, but are behind economist projections. February is the eight month of fiscal year (FY) 2011.General FundGeneral Fund revenues totaled $51.30 million for February 2011, -$2.71 million or -5.02% below the $54.01 million consensus revenue forecast for the month. Year to date, revenues through February are $738.46 million or -0.58% below target. Compared to the same period for the prior fiscal year, FY 2011 GF results are 9.7% ahead of FY 2010, but remain below the FY 2008 results by -3.6%.‘The picture is mixed. While we can take some comfort in the fact tax revenues continue to come in ahead of last year, a sign of some economic improvement, the fact that General Fund revenues are below target for the second consecutive month is reason for caution, especially given the weakness in personal income receipts,’ Secretary Spaulding stated in characterizing revenue results through February.These targets reflect the revised Fiscal Year 2011 Consensus Revenue Forecast approved by the Emergency Board at their January 14, 2011 meeting. Statutorily, the State is required to revise the Consensus Revenue Forecast two times per year, in January and July; the Emergency Board may schedule interim revisions if deemed necessary.Personal Income Tax (PI) receipts are the largest single state revenue source, and are reported Net-of- Personal Income Tax refunds. Year to date PI receipts are $338.06 million, or -1.40% behind target. Net Personal Income Tax is comprised of PI Withholding Tax, PI Estimated Payments, PI Refunds Paid, and PI Other; with PI Withholdings less PI Refunds accounting for more than 60% of the annual net Personal Income Tax receipts. February’s net PI receipts were recorded at -$3.07 million (negative), – $3.28 million or -1561.60% below the monthly target of $0.21 million. Negative PI receipts occur when PI Refunds exceed PI Withholding receipts in a month.Generally, the month of February sees net PI Tax receipts estimated to be on the low side (less than 1% of total net PI receipts for the fiscal year) because PI refunds often meet or exceed the PI Withholding receipts. PI Withholdings are received at a rate of 8% per month, while more than 80% of PI refunds are made during the four month period of February through May. Coming into February, net PI receipts were tracking -1.29% below the consensus forecast and continued to be significantly below for the month of February resulting in a year to date shortfall of -1.40%. ‘It is concerning to already be -1.40% behind the year to date target after the first month of the four months that account for the majority of individual tax return filings. The next six to eight weeks of tax return activity will tell us whether we will be able to close the current shortfall before the end of the fiscal year,’ said the Secretary.Corporate Income Taxes for February are also reported net-of refunds. The February receipts were recorded at $0.72 million, or +$0.16 million or +29.40% above the monthly target of $0.56 million. Year to date Corporate Income Tax receipts of $48.66 million exceeded the target by +2.06%. March is the largest single month for net Corporate Income receipts; March will be a seminal factor in determining whether we will be able to remain above target for this fiscal year.The consumption taxes saw mixed results for February: Sales & Use Tax receipts of $15.90 million exceeded the monthly target by +$0.17 million (+1.07%); Rooms & Meals Tax receipts of $9.85 million fell slightly below target by -$0.06 million (-0.61%). Year to date, both consumption taxes are below target: Sales & Use Tax, $148.42 million (-0.85%); Meals & Room Tax, $83.62 million (-0.92%).Secretary Spaulding noted that, ‘We will be watching the individual and corporate tax filing season and the remainder of the winter tourism season closely. It is critical that the next two months exceed or, at a minimum, meet the targets in our four major tax categories (PI Tax, Corporate Income, Sales & Use, and Meals & Room) if we are to end FY 2011 with GF revenues at or above target for the fiscal year.’The remaining non-major tax components include Insurance, Inheritance & Estate Tax, Real Property Transfer Tax, and ‘Other’ (which includes: Bank Franchise Tax, Telephone Tax, Liquor Tax, Beverage Tax, Fees, and Other Taxes). The results for the month of February were as follows: Insurance Tax, $22.57 million (+2.94%); Estate Tax, $0.72 million (-25.53%); Property Transfer Tax, $0.50 million (+6.63%); and ‘Other’, $4.10 million (-3.12%). Year to date results for these categories were: Insurance Tax, $40.46 million (+0.72%); Estate Tax, $19.94 million (+6.29%); Property Transfer Tax, $5.72 million (+8.33%); and ‘Other’, $51.28 million (-4.93%). Education FundThe ‘non-Property Tax’ Education Fund revenues (which constitute approximately 11.9% of thetotal Education Fund sources) were released today by Secretary Spaulding. The non-PropertyTax Education Fund receipts for February totaled $11.79 million, or +$0.64 million (+5.70%)ahead of the $11.15 million target for the month. Year to date Education Fund revenues were$102.60 million or -0.42% behind the year to date target of $103.04 million.The individual Education Fund revenue component results for February were: Sales & Use Tax, $7.95million, or +1.07% ahead of target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $1.42 million or +5.03%;Lottery Transfer, $2.41 million or 26.46%; and Education Fund Interest, under $0.01 million against atarget of $0.02 million (-92.47%). Year to date results were: Sales & Use Tax, $74.21 million or -0.86%; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $15.38 million or +1.58%; Lottery Transfer, $12.97 millionor +0.02%; and Education Fund Interest, $0.03 against a target of $0.07 million (-53.66%). ConclusionSecretary Spaulding concluded, ‘The national economy is brightening and beginning to gaintraction, although rising energy costs are a concern. A modest reduction in Vermont’sunemployment rate, some positive comeback in vehicle sales, and the hint of stabilization inhousing sales and prices begin to lay the foundation for a future return to more normal economicactivity. The next eight weeks will be pivotal if the GF revenue is to achieve target in the secondhalf of FY 2011.’
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Anthony DemangoneWe just finished a conference last week. The conference went well. But not everything was perfect.Let’s talk about the noise. The conference food services (kitchen, cleaning) seemed to be directly behind the conference room. The walls of typical conference centers are about as thick as a sheet of aluminum foil. So, when the staff even thinks about stacking plates or cleaning silverware, you hear it in the conference room.When the racket began the first time, I envisioned the staff behind the wafer-thin wall playing a demented game of pin the tail on the donkey. But this version involved chucking silverware. I went back and gave them my “take it down a notch” look. My glance worked some temporary magic. Unfortunately, 20 minutes later, pin the spoon on the donkey began anew.Perhaps the hotel did a cost/benefit analysis to determine that the best place to clean dishes and silverware is 8 centimeters behind the conference space itself. I’m not sure I buy it. But let’s say they did. They could still do a much better job of soundproofing the area. They could time the cleaning much better. They could train staff much better.But they don’t. And here’s the rub. Our conference brought more than 1,000 room nights to the hotel. Not to mention banquet dollars and more. And yet they don’t seem to worry about the situation all that much. continue reading »
Today’s employees—even those who may be engaged—are exhausted. Depleted of passion, resilience, verve and excitement, they are devoid of the personal energy that compels them to consistently go above and beyond the call of duty.To create a sustainable, innovative and high-performing organizational culture, businesses need to focus on both engagement and energy—essentially, moving “beyond engagement” as we know it today.Brain science provides us with an understanding of how to get there. Here are 10 ways for leaders to change the way they approach engagement—and put energy first.1. Manage energy, not engagement.When we are low on energy, we lose our ability to focus, regulate emotions, make decisions and take action. By managing energy instead of engagement, leaders protect employees’ executive function. This can unlock energy that fuels enthusiasm and innovation—generating sustainable engagement. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 26-year-old man who had been reported missing was found shot to death in a wooded area of Middle Island over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.A woman was walking her dog on a path in the wooded area behind the former Kmart store on Middle Country Road when she found Alexander Incorvia at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, police said.Incorvia, a resident at the Comfort Inn on Route 112 in Medford, had been reported missing on Thursday after he was last seen leaving the motel on Tuesday morning, police said.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this incident to call them at 631-852-6392 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.