The Fox Theatre Announces Month-Long 25th Anniversary Celebration, Starting With The Motet

first_imgBoulder, CO’s The Fox Theatre is getting set to rollout a full month’s worth of incredible shows in March to celebrate the venue’s 25th anniversary. The first of those shows to be announced will be hometown funk heroes The Motet on Friday, March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day). Earlier today, The Motet also announced a headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 2nd with Jurassic 5 and The California Honeydrops.Tickets for The Fox show go on-sale this Friday, December 16th at 10AM MDT via The Fox Theatre website. Special 2-day passes for the March show and Red Rocks performance will also be made available.The Motet @ Red Rocks – 7/22/2016 – “The Truth”:last_img read more

GRiZ Announces 2-Night Return To Red Rocks In July

first_imgThe news comes somewhat as a surprise, following last week’s social media campaign that teased a big change for GRiZ aka Grant Kwiecinski. The electronic producer posted videos and images across his social media accounts with the messaging: “it’s about time we talked” and “I’m gonna miss u guysssss.” The cryptic clues had many fans in a panic about his retirement, though later, it seemed as though “it’s about time we talked” referenced a recently released animated video and spoken word poem. Regardless, after clearing his social media and updating his profile pictures to an image of a blank piece of paper, while retirement may not be in GRiZ’s future (as confirmed by these newly announced Red Rocks dates), it seems clear that the producer may still be looking for a clean slate and new direction.[Photo: Ali Baker] Today, GRiZ announced his return to the iconic Colorado amphitheater, Red Rocks, after teasing the announcement yesterday with a promotional video posted. Like last year, the Boulder-based electronic producer and DJ will perform two shows—one with his live band and one as a more traditional solo performer—though the dates have been moved from early September to mid-summer, on July 13th and 14th, 2018. Last year, during his Red Rocks run, the funk/electronica producer debuted his live band to the world.No support has been announced for the show as of yet, though a limited number of pre-sale tickets are on sale now here, with the fan password being “GRIZRRX18”.last_img read more

McEwan recounts his missteps

first_imgIt would be hard to find a more witty, urbane, and insightful literary guest at Harvard than British writer Ian McEwan, whose novel “Amsterdam” (1998) won the Man Booker Prize, and whose “Atonement” (2001) was made into an Oscar-winning film.McEwan held an audience in thrall at Paine Hall Tuesday during an exploration of realism and its pitfalls in the creative process.McEwan has avoided magical realism in his work, saying, “All my writing life, I have refused to give my characters wings.” But hewing to realism can sometimes trip up a writer who delves, without true expertise perhaps, into the arcana of medicine, astronomy, and even auto mechanics.His lecture, “The Lever: Where Novelists Stand to Move the World,” was the inaugural event in a new series funded by the Rita E. Hauser Forum at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard.The lever, McEwan explained, is one of the six “simple machines” revered by Renaissance science. (The others are the screw, pulley, inclined plane, wedge, and wheel and axle.) But the lever, described by the Greek scientist Archimedes in the third century BCE, seems to have special resonance for writers of modern realism. “Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth,” Archimedes said. And where else is the fact-bound novelist to stand, McEwan said, if not on the Earth?But facts are the rub. They may find their way into novels slightly askew, and readers with special expertise lead hapless writers back to reality. The Harvard lecture, McEwan promised, would be an accounting of “all the mistakes I have ever made in fiction” — including the letters from readers eager to correct him.He read passages from his fiction, evocations of places and people that seemed like dreams borne along on a carpet of facts. McEwan interleaved these selections with the dry, droll, detailed — and occasionally scolding — responses they elicited from expert readers.In “The Comfort of Strangers” (1981), he related, one character gazes out at a summer night sky in Venice and muses about the constellation Orion. After the novel was published, McEwan got a letter from the euphoniously named Felicity Belfield, an amateur astronomer from the Isle of Sark. “If you want to see Orion in the summer,” she wrote, “you must go to New Zealand.” He was chagrined, McEwan said. “I never knew I was turning the heavens around.”Some modernist writers avoid even little mistakes by doing deep research, said McEwan, including James Joyce, who obsessed over tidal charts, train schedules, and “every last detail.”Then again, he added, some mistakes should never be changed. Alfred Lord Tennyson, who had never seen a train before, described his first nighttime ride as “ringing down the grooves of change.” It is musical and symbolically apt but technically wrong. (Trains ride on the top of rails and not in grooves.)Other writers couldn’t care less, said McEwan. He cited a poem that mistakenly located penguins on a South African shoreline. “In my poem,” the poet said, “those penguins are there.”Then there was British writer William Golding, a Nobel laureate who was badgered for decades — often by schoolboys — regarding Piggy’s glasses in his celebrated novel “Lord of the Flies” (1954). If the spectacles corrected for farsightedness, and were therefore concave and spread light, how could they be used to start a fire? That hectoring science question, said McEwan, “was the burden of Golding’s life.”After McEwan wrote “Atonement,” a miffed artillery veteran of World War II wrote to point out that “on the double” was an Americanism, and that British soldiers of his day would have said “at the double.” Other mistakes can be “driven by sheer desire,” said McEwan. In a draft passage of his novel “Saturday” (2005), he had a neurosurgeon use a paintbrush, artistlike, to apply Betadine on a shaven skull. The fanciful image — off-key since you can’t autoclave a paintbrush — earned the novelist a reproving response from the physician-expert he had spent two years observing.Still other mistakes can lead to friendships of a sort, said McEwan. In “Saturday” he described a Mercedes Benz S500 as having a clutch, which it does not. That gaffe prompted a detailed reply from a “motoring journalist,” who characterized a mechanical gearbox as a “crude proletarian device” that would never appear in a car of this stature. A correspondence ensued. In the end, McEwan — then driving a 17-year-old car — knew just what to buy next.Over time, his interchanges with fact-sensitive readers became “a high form of engagement,” he said. The writers might be professional fact checkers, schoolboys, or just scolds, said McEwan, but “they knew the air of reality, the solidity of specification, is among the supreme virtues of the novel.”This contact with readers also reminded him of the human desire to break out of fiction’s collectivization of experience. “When Felicity Belfield writes me,” said McEwan tenderly, “she’s offering to add her own weight to my lever … and help me move the world by means of the high artifice of realism.”last_img read more

A family history of wartime heroism

first_imgThey weren’t personally threatened. They weren’t Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, or any of the other groups targeted by Hitler’s death squads. And yet over a period of two years, 1939–40, Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a Unitarian minister and his wife from Wellesley, Mass., left their children and their safe home several times to save those who were in danger. Using fake documents and at great personal risk, the couple managed to rescue hundreds from the Nazis. Although the Sharps were not celebrated in their lifetimes, their heroism was honored posthumously in 2006, when they were named as “Righteous Among the Nations,” by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Israel, only the second and third Americans of the more than 20,000 non-Jews so honored for risking their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. (Martha is the only American woman.) A new PBS documentary, “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War,” tells their story. On Tuesday, the film will be screened at 4 p.m. in the Sperry Room, Andover Hall, at Harvard Divinity School. A post-screening panel, at 5:45, will include the Sharps’ grandson, Artemis Joukowsky, who collaborated with documentarian Ken Burns on the film. A livestream of the event will also be available. The Gazette spoke with Joukowsky about the project.GAZETTE: How much did you know of your grandparents’ story when you were growing up?JOUKOWSKY: It was never talked about for many different reasons. I had never heard of the story until I received [an] assignment from my ninth-grade history teacher [to interview a relative] and my mom said, “Talk to your grandmother. She did some cool things during World War II.” Learning that story and getting to know her was a double win-win, it was the only A I ever got in high school. It really lit my fire to be interested in not just history but social justice in history.When [my grandmother] died, I was asked by my mom to go in the basement of her home and found 14 boxes of files of the people she rescued … These 14 boxes lighted my imagination. That was 1999. I knew that it had to be documented in a film. [These papers are now part of a collection kept at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library.]“When [my grandmother] died, I was asked by my mom to go in the basement of her home and found 14 boxes of files of the people she rescued …,” said Artemis Joukowsky, the Sharps’ grandson. Pictured are Martha and Waitstill Sharp. Courtesy of UUSC ArchivesGAZETTE: What your grandparents did took quite a toll on your family. Not only did they leave your mother and uncle, who were children, but they ended up divorcing.JOUKOWSKY: It is something that is still difficult in some ways. There is a sense of going and saving the world’s children but not taking care of a daughter or a son. The process of making a film involves recognizing that my grandparents felt my mom and uncle were fine and they had to rescue people who would die. For them, it was a hierarchy of needs.GAZETTE: How is this story relevant today?JOUKOWSKY: We have a worldwide refugee crisis, not just in Europe and not just in Syria, but all over the world: wealthy areas versus poor areas, and also women and children being victims of war. You look at what the Nazis did, leading to the death of 60 million people, and [you have] those numbers being eclipsed. Sixty-five million refugees is not good — all those children need to get an education and learn how to live in a civil society. We’re going to create a tremendous underclass. We have to address these issues. In some ways, the rebuilding of Europe and the fact that 1.5 million refugees are in Germany is positive — people can learn from their own mistakes and repair them in real time.Imagine if America had said in 1938, “We need a lot of people in Alaska. We’ll take 6 million Jews.” The world should know that immigration is the most positive way of growing your economy. It’s the most progressive thing you can do.GAZETTE: Besides this film, you work on media that raises awareness about people with disabilities. How does this relate?JOUKOWSKY: I have a form of muscular dystrophy called spinal muscular atrophy. Most people die before they’re 2 years old. I have a mild form of it — I require a wheelchair. I cannot stand very well. I will die of my disease before my normal life expectancy, but I’m 55 and still alive, so that’s pretty good. It’s all about how you chose to view your disability. My work is media projects that show that people with disabilities can play an active and equal role in the world today.I am a disabled filmmaker and I made this film with Ken Burns. [My] subjects touch on the issue of “difference.” If our lives are on a spectrum, then we’re all differently abled.People with disabilities … [experience] a tremendous marginalization. The capacity for engagement is not there, so we have to invent a new economy so they can bring their talents and their resources to the world. People with disabilities are a gift in that they teach us about other things in life. This is about embracing diversity, embracing tolerance, about seeing humans as having the same basic needs for respect and love and kindness and opportunity.SaveSaveSaveSavelast_img read more

Spanish courses connect students and local community

first_imgSpanish classes at Notre Dame do not take place exclusively in the classroom.Since 2010, the department for romance languages and literatures together with the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) has offered various community-based learning (CBL) Spanish courses, in which students participate in service in the South Bend community to complement what they learn in the classroom.“The people that [Notre Dame students] are working with in the community not only put a face to the numbers and to the stories — which is something that we’ve heard over and over again from the students — but [they] make it very real and very personal, and it gives a sense of urgency or importance to what it is they’re learning,” Rachel Parroquin, the director of Spanish CBL courses at Notre Dame, said. “It really inspires them to do something.”Parroquin said in each CBL course, a class of Notre Dame students partners with a specific organization. Students attend class meetings in a traditional classroom setting in addition to spending a minimum of 10 hours doing service with their partner organization.“That’s really where the power of the pedagogy comes in — combining the experiential with the academic content,” she said.The program has grown since the introduction of the first CBL course in 2010, Parroquin said, and various teachers in the department of romance languages and literatures have piloted classes aimed at encouraging student engagement with the community.Associate professional specialist Maria Coloma is teaching the CBL course being offered this fall, in which students are traveling to Washington High School to mentor local high school students.Sophomore Geralyn Smith, who is currently taking Coloma’s class, said relationship-building is a key component of the course.“It is about focusing on their academics and helping them with school, but we also want to foster a relationship, which is why we’re paired with them,” she said. “So it’s about helping them with school but it’s also about being kind of a mentor, someone they can look up to.”Smith said the course marks a significant departure from her other classes, which dedicate a majority of their time to academics.“With this class, we discuss real issues that are affecting the Latino community, and that’s a big change,” she said. “Because it’s not just about me academically, it’s not about me growing academically, it’s also about me growing socially and being able to play a part in and have an impact on a community that’s not my own.”Senior Zach Wiley, who is also enrolled in Coloma’s course, said the service component of the course enables students to better understand the academic content taught during class meetings.“It’s real world,” he said. “In a lot of my science classes, you have the lecture and then you have the lab, and Spanish classes are pretty much just lecture. This [course] is sort of like a lab component.”The interactive nature of CBL courses also helps students understand complex topics and improve language skills through conversation with native speakers, senior Ray’Von Jones, who has previously taken three CBL courses, said.“The thing about CBL courses is they add another dimension to what you’re learning,” Jones said. “You learn theories in class, you learn things in a more abstract way, [but] then once you’re in contact with the community it’s easier to connect the dots, and it kind of brings the theory to life.“ … I overcame a huge threshold when I started taking my first community-based class. Because it’s one thing to learn Spanish and speak it in class — it’s more scripted — but to be talking with people? It’s a lot more difficult, and it’s a quicker, more efficient way to learn a language.”Tags: CBL courses, community engagement, Community Service, Spanishlast_img read more

iTech Named as one of the Nation’s “50 Fastest-Growing Asian American Businesses”

first_imgSOUTH BURLINGTON, VTiTech US, Inc. (iTech), a Vermont based company that specializes in Software Services and Application Development, has been named by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC-EF) as one of its 50 Fastest-Growing Asian American Businesses. The official announcement will be made during the 23rd Anniversary CelebrAsian Annual National Business Opportunity Conference 08, on May 27-29 at the Hilton Washington hotel in Washington, DC. A special presentation will take place at The White House on May 28, and at the Excellence Awards Gala Dinner at the Hilton Washington the same evening. All of us at iTech are honored to receive this recognition from the USPAACC, the White House and our congressional leaders, said Kishore Khandavalli, the CEO of iTech. The growth has come from our ability to hire and retain good, high quality people. This recognition really validates the hard work and successes that weve had as a company We congratulate our 50 Fastest-Growing Asian American Businesses for generating robust growth over the yearsyet another indicator that through innovation, hard work and ingenuity, Asian Americans are at the forefront as engines of growth in our national economy, said USPAACC-EF National President & CEO Susan Au Allen. To qualify for the ranking, companies must be owned by one or more Asian Americans (at least 51% ownership), among other eligibility criteria. Based on percentage revenue growth over three years, selection was determined through direct applications and nominations. All finalists and winners were independently verified by the accounting and consulting firm of BDO Seidman, LLP.The Conference connects the largest number of Asian American suppliers with buyers from Fortune 500 corporations, the Federal government and small/minority-owned business community. Through pre-scheduled one-on-one matchmaking meetings, participants learn about contract opportunities in the era of globalization and outsourcing, different procurement trends and requirements to enhance competitiveness in the marketplace.last_img read more

Chaco Helm Shoe: Slip On, Tune Out

first_imgEvery summer when I was a kid between the ages of 8 and 12, my mother would buy my siblings and me a pair of water sandals for the summer. Since she had to buy five pairs, we usually got knock-off Tevas. You could tell they were not the real McCoy because they didn’t have the strap down the outside of the foot. Also, they didn’t say Teva on them. I always hated those knock-off sandals because I would constantly get stuff between my foot and the shoe, and because back in the day I didn’t really like to get dirty. Suffice it to say, I have not owned a pair of water sandals since those traumatizing years spent running around the farm in kid-friendly, adjustable, non-name-brand sandals. Whether these two things are directly related is a question for my therapist, but I think the correlation is fairly clear. Will I ever get over my fear and disgust with this type of footwear? No.These days, it seems Chacos are the preferred footwear of river rats, festival hippies, nature camp employees, and anyone else who may step in water at any given time. People love these things; they are everywhere. But what does Chaco have to offer the sandal-averse? Well, actually, Chaco makes a lot of boots and shoes in addition to their line of sandals.Ok, but what does Chaco have to offer the sandal-averse who likes to be casual, but also stylish, while keeping cool and collected during the summer?Slip into the Chaco Helm my friends. This slip on style of footwear is rapidly becoming my favorite from spring through fall. Obviously, socks are not an option when talking about casual footwear during the heat of the summer, but flip flops can be just as cumbersome – they’re noisy (the flop more so than the flip), unreliable (Jimmy Buffet wrote a song touching on this, although if the result is a margarita, I guess it’s not all bad), and lack performance (you can read more about my dislike of flip flops here). Even though I wear them all the time, flops are not my first choice. What is my first choice is a slip on that incorporates the ease of a sandal and the stability of a shoe: the slip-on.What I like specifically about the Helm is the versatility. The upper is made from suede and leather, which gives the shoes enough class to rock under a pair of slacks. This makes the break-in period is a little longer due to stiffness, and they can run a little hot in bare feet, but that is a small price to pay for a year-round, go-to piece of gear. Here’s the thing though: wear them enough – where any shoe with no socks enough – and they are going to stink. Those are just the breaks. Luckily, Fabreeze was created for just this purpose and works like a charm.My major knock on Chacos over the years – besides my general biases already discussed – was that they were too heavy for a sandal, but the Helms are light and quick when on the foot. The outsole is made from 25% recycled rubber, merging “high-traction with eco-function” (their words), so you can feel 25% percent better about wearing them. Plus, they say Chaco right there on the side, so everyone will know you’re legit.last_img read more

Bar expands honors for 50-year members

first_imgBar expands honors for 50-year members Bar expands honors for 50-year members February 15, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img The Florida Bar is expanding its program to honor veteran lawyers by creating a new honor for Bar members who spent part of their careers in other states.At the urging of the Out-of-State Practitioners Division, the Bar Board of Governors recently approved the new effort.The Bar currently recognizes lawyers who have been a member of the Bar for 50 years at its Annual Meeting. The new program, according to Program Evaluation Committee Chair Frank Walker, will recognize current Bar members who have practiced for 50 years when part of that service has been in another state.The idea, Walker said, is to honor those experienced lawyers for their service to the profession, regardless of whether it was all in Florida.“We felt it was a great idea and a good program and approved it unanimously,” he told the board.The OOSPD said it had received comments from members that they felt left out by the 50-year Bar member award.“Creating an award to recognize their accomplishments to The Florida Bar and the legal profession for 50 years will help them to feel more appreciated by The Florida Bar for their contributions to the legal profession,” the division said in a memo to the PEC.The division said it would also encourage out-of-state Bar members to join the division, and encourage them to attend the Annual Meeting.The division also said it was unclear how many qualified for the new award, but it appeared that it would be relatively few people for the next few years.last_img read more

Binghamton adds new K9 to its ranks

first_imgSpike is a Belgian Malinos and is trained find people, evidence and explosives. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A new K9 has joined the Binghamton Police Department. The police department says Spike is “extremely eager” to serve the community. The department is welcoming 2-year-old Spike to its ranks. Spike will work the late shift with his handler.last_img

Bellmere home with cosy winter retreat vibe up for sale

first_imgThe home at 60 Faye Rd, Bellmere, is for sale.GET cosy in time for winter at this Bellmere home.With exposed timber cathedral ceilings and brick feature walls, the home at 60 Faye Rd has a cabin-style look. Sit by the roaring fireplace on cold nights.The kitchen and dining area look over an alfresco dining area and the pool, while the lounge room faces in the other direction and has a fireplace certain to keep the house warm as the mercury drops.“It’s got a big open fireplace which will be perfect for the winter that is coming on,” Mr Herbert said. The bath is 1.8m long and there is a rainwater shower.The three bedrooms share a recently renovated bathroom, which Mr Herbert said they had made into one of the most luxurious spaces in the home.“The bath is to die for – it’s huge at 1.8m,” he said.“When you stand in the shower it’s like you’re standing in the rain.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17The alfresco dining area was one of the spaces where Mr Herbert had many fond memories, often entertaining with a built-in barbecue and the pool beyond.“We used to have the Christmas party outside here every year,” Mr Herbert said.“It was always good and at the end of the party we’d have a massive food fight.” There is also exposed brick in some rooms.The single-level home is on a 1ha block and is separated into a main house and a retreat.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The retreat has a living space and bar, along with a bedroom and ensuite.This shares an entry with the main home but is separated by a hallway and courtyard.In the main wing of the home are three more bedrooms, the master with a walk-in wardrobe.center_img The home has exposed timber cathedral ceilings.Owners Michael and Karen Herbert are downsizing after living in the home for 15 years and have made many memories there.“We’ve had all the kids’ 21sts here, and my eldest daughter got married here,” Mr Herbert said. The floorplan of 60 Faye Rd, Bellmere.last_img read more