Steve Miller Band Announces U.S. Spring Tour

first_imgToday, Steve Miller Band has confirmed their first tour dates of 2019. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is coming off a productive 2018, after performing 57 shows across North America with his band, as well as producing and personally directing the curation and creative process for two new, career-spanning Steve Miller Band Ultimate Hits collections.Steve Miller Band will open up their spring tour at Clearwater, FL’s Ruth Eckerd Hall on March 12th, before making stops at Fort Myers, FL’s Suncoast Credit Union Arena (3/13); Orlando, FL’s Universal Studios Florida – Music Plaza Stage (3/16); Hollywood, FL’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (3/17); Greenville, SC’s Peace Center (3/20); Montgomery, AL’s Performing Arts Center (3/21); Biloxi, MS’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (3/23); and a final show at Southaven, MS’s Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove on March 24th.The press release notes that all shows will be billed as “An Evening with Steve Miller Band,” without any support acts. More Steve Miller Band tour dates and album release and compilation news will be announced in the upcoming months.Tickers go on sale this Friday, January 18th at 10 a.m. local time.For more information on ticketing and tour dates, head to Steve Miller Band’s website here.Steve Miller Band Spring 2019 Tour Dates:3/12 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall3/13 – Fort Myers, FL – Suncoast Credit Union Arena3/16 – Orlando, FL – Universal Studios Florida – Music Plaza Stage3/17 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino3/20 – Greenville, SC – Peace Center3/21 – Montgomery, AL – Montgomery Performing Arts Center3/23 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Resort & Casino3/24 – Southaven, MS – Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grovelast_img read more

‘Shakespeare Exploded’

first_imgLet’s imagine that one day in December 1609, playwright William Shakespeare wakes up and sees a time machine next to his bed. Curious about the future and always eager for more education, he sets the dials to “400 years ahead” and “Cambridge.”There’s a flash of light, a puff of smoke, and — oops, wrong Cambridge. Shakespeare emerges on the afternoon of Dec. 5, 2009, near Harvard Square, and walks into the first theater he sees. On the bill at the Loeb Main Stage is a matinee presentation of “Best of Both Worlds,” a rhythm-and-blues and gospel send-up of his “The Winter’s Tale.” He watches the show and, zounds, he likes it.Had the Bard of Avon arrived a few hours earlier, he could have heard a discussion called “Shakespeare Exploded,” part of a semester-long festival of plays, readings, panels, and outdoor performances by the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.). The concept, conceived by the A.R.T.’s new artistic director, Diane Paulus ’88, is to show how Shakespeare’s work can be performed in modern times.What would Shakespeare think of the myriad ways that his work is staged now?He would be fine with that, suggested Paulus. For one thing, Shakespeare, whom she called a “theater animal,” embraced in his own time what is still a key mission of the theater: to bring in audiences.Paulus likes the idea of reclaiming theater’s place as it was in Shakespeare’s time, “when it was more central and vital,” she said during the panel discussion. Theater then was a civic congregation that mixed the classes, celebrated language, and ritualized social life.“We’re in show business. Shakespeare was in show business,” summed up panelist Oskar Eustis, who sees a similar audience-driven connection as bridging the ages. Eustis is artistic director of New York’s Public Theater, which among other programs brings Shakespeare plays to New York City’s parks in summer.The bard’s plays contained characters for everyone: Bottom for the groundlings, Macbeth for the university-educated, and Lear for the royals. Diverse audiences helped to transform the playwright, said Eustis, and “forced Shakespeare’s talent to expand and fully flower.”At the heart of “Shakespeare Exploded” are three main renderings of his plays made modern, all on stage through early January.“The Donkey Show,” directed by Paulus, is a reimagining of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in a 1970s disco. Groundlings — most of the audience stays standing — are invited to dance as the show weaves around them. There are love potions, glittering and half-naked wood fairies, chaotic romance, and a looming Puck (on skates).Then and now, said Paulus, whether in an enchanted wood or a magical nightclub, the experience “creates space for freedom of expression.”“Sleep No More” is “Macbeth” made modern as a kind of Alfred Hitchcock thriller. It is a multi-sensory theater experience set in an abandoned school in Brookline, Mass., and was performed first by the London-based Punchdrunk company in its North American debut. Guests in masks wander through 44 rooms, including one full of pine trees and another lined with hospital beds. Watch out for the witches in the basement. They are toil and trouble.“Best of Both Worlds,” co-written and directed by Paulus, brings “The Winter’s Tale” — with its jealousy, death, and redemption — forward into an all-black world. Joining in at the end of each performance are rocking, robed choruses from Boston-area church, university, and gospel choirs.Earlier this year, the A.R.T.’s second-year students in graduate training put on a streamlined version on the Loeb Main Stage. The production also toured area schools.“Shakespeare Exploded” owes its origins to a conversation that Paulus had more than a year ago with Harvard Shakespeare scholar Marjorie Garber, author of, among other books, “Shakespeare and Modern Culture” (2008). Garber is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English and of Visual and Environmental Studies, as well as director of the Carpenter Center.The conversation led to the idea of a festival of modern Shakespeare, and a new course. Paulus and Garber taught “Theater, Dream, Shakespeare” this semester, the first collaboration of its kind between the A.R.T. and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (The course was also offered online through the Harvard Extension School.)The course reflects another Paulus mission, to make the A.R.T. — its productions, actors, directors, dancers, singers, technicians — penetrate more fully into the intellectual and pedagogical life of Harvard.What do the three main plays have in common? asked Garber during the panel discussion. “These are all dream plays,” she said, the artful consequence of a human desire across the ages to “wish and hope and pray.”All of the plays bring to life “the power of the theatrical,” she said. This visceral sense of the emotional and intellectual power of the arts is what she and Paulus hope will draw the next generation of theatergoers and patrons of the arts. Emphasizing the importance of the humanities, Garber said, “You cannot start too young, and you never end.”Eustis, who will dispatch mobile theater companies next year to all of New York City’s boroughs, agreed on the need for outreach and audience expansion. To that end, he said, “The most important thing you can do is make theater people want to see.” (The three A.R.T. Shakespeare productions have come close to selling out, and repeat customers are common.)These modern explorations of Shakespeare are more than “adaptations,” said Garber. That is a word she dislikes because it implies his plays are set in stone. But in reality, she said, his plays are different every time they are staged, and are “artistic in their own right.”During the course, Paulus and Garber experimented with other new notions, including remixes, sampling, and mashups.Call the modern Shakespeare what you want, said Eustis, but be sure to “reach the people, and build a bridge to the deepest art form.”In the end, theater still does what it did in Shakespeare’s time and before, he said. “We are in the business of telling stories — lies — to strangers in the dark.”last_img read more

A religion course for the Internet age

first_imgHarvard Divinity School senior lecturer Diane Moore has modest goals for her upcoming online course, “World Religions Through Their Scripture.” She merely wants to increase religious understanding, open up crucial dialogues, and change the world — or at least to create a MOOC that will examine religion in a uniquely enlightening way.The course, which launches this spring, will bring together Harvard’s leading scholars in the world’s major religions: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. As a HarvardX MOOC (massive open online course), it was designed to attract an international, multicultural audience.Moore, a senior lecturer on religious studies and education, a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions, and director of the Religious Literacy Project, has long been an advocate of “religious literacy,” meaning an understanding of how religion works in its cultural and political contexts. Thus her goal is not to champion one religion over another, but to heighten the study of religion itself. And it’s not often that scholars of each leading religion interact in the real world, much less online.“The premise is that lack of understanding about religion — or in the term I use, religious illiteracy — is both widespread and dangerous,” she said. “It fuels bigotry and prejudice and hinders cooperative endeavors in local and global arenas. Though a better understanding of religion is not itself going to cure the world’s ills, it can certainly help create bridges and better understanding of our fellow humans. An approach like this isn’t radical within the study of religion. But unfortunately, very few citizens of the world have been exposed to the study of religion as part of their schooling or intellectual life.”The key to studying religions, Moore believes, is through their scripture. In some ways the class will function like a legal course: When students examine sacred texts like the Bible and Quran, they’ll be noting how they can be differently interpreted. As Moore explains, religions often evolve and change according to the political and cultural climate.“It becomes an interesting set of questions: What interpretations rise to prominence in a given historical or cultural moment, and which become marginalized? Who gets to interpret, which voices get authority at different times? And how do communities of faith negotiate these differences within their own traditions? For example, you can look at the issue of peace and violence: Which contexts give rise to religious authority promoting peaceful coexistence, and what gives rise to religious expressions of violence?”Likewise, she plans to explore how issues of gender have evolved over the years. “There is really no uniformity in any tradition about issues related to gender. Instead you see diverse interpretations of the roles of men and women that are represented in what we call the scriptures. That will be a theme running through all of the modules.”Since the course was designed as a MOOC, and not adapted from a traditional classroom course, it aims to minimize the “talking head” style of teaching in favor of video and interactivity. There are six modules: the first an overview, then one devoted to each religion. New content will be introduced on two days of each week.And on the third day there will be light — and sound. “That’s when we want students to avail themselves of the discussion,” Moore said. “There’ll be opportunities to post video, be in live contact, and respond to exercises.”The format also enables the study of religion in the context of place. Hollis Professor of Divinity Karen King, who put together the Christianity module, plans a virtual tour of Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is built on the historic site of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. “The focus for me is on teaching students to study religion, to distinguish from how it’s practiced by believers” she said, “not teaching them to follow the religion, but to disperse easy stereotypes and make the religion appropriately interesting and complex.”As King points out, the Bible is also more fluid than people usually realize. ”Everyone assumes that the Bible is fixed and set, but that isn’t true. Catholics have more books than Protestants do, and you can take into account how it is acculturated in different places. There is a history of Christianity in Ethiopia that is entirely separate from how we think of it.”The course’s interactivity allows students to contrast different versions of the Bible. “We’ve videotaped a good scene with Karen on camera and dozens of Bibles around her,” project leader Zachary Davis said. Creative animations are now being produced as well. “There’ll be a piece on how to think of different levels of violence. They’re really beautiful and fun animations.”The modules can be taken individually, but students who take all six will notice some recurring themes. Because King’s module comes first, she’ll be introducing ideas that can be explored in the context of other religions. “We talk, for instance, about how Christians treat difference and diversity,” she said. “I talk about the Christian concept of the heretic, what paganism and Judaism are, and how Christianity has defined them. We look at the story of Sarah and Hagar, which is in the Book of Genesis but is also important to Muslims and Jews, so the same story is used differently. “As Davis pointed out, a course like this could hardly be better timed. “There is no doubt that there’s strong motivation of peace-building here. So many of our current conflicts are based on poor understanding of religion. So I think it’s fair to say that a better understanding is crucial for the challenges we all face going forward.”Registration for the course is now open. There will be a panel discussion with the instructors on March 1 at 5:30 p.m. in Andover Hall. The event is free and open to the public. For more information.World Religions Through Their Scripture <a href=”″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Harvard senior lecturer Diane Moore will be teaching a MOOC through HarvardX, “World Religions Through Their Scripture.” The course, which launches this spring, will bring together Harvard’s leading scholars in the world’s major religions: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam.last_img read more

The Era of Protecting by Enabling

first_imgIT managers today are on the forefront of information delivery services. Users are demanding highly available and secure data transfers that are flexible enough to serve them on the road and multiple devices. The days of traveling physically to a secure location to access a file are fast becoming extinct.Technology transformation has a major impact on how and where we share information, so it’s natural to expect it to also impact how we provide trust for that information. We stay connected across more devices than ever, in more places. It no longer makes sense to apply old methods of static controls and expensive locks, which mimicked our approach to security of physical locations, in a fast-paced, widespread environment. Traditional methods applied to modern data flows ultimately hinder even authorized processes and builds bottlenecks, which prompts users to seek out other service providers.That is why new and more complete enterprise solutions have been developed to meet the requirements of the end-user as well as IT and Security; they are flexible enough to enhance whatever users have, wherever they are, and make enterprise file sync and sharing (EFSS) easy yet trusted. Better service means more visibility and control while delivering automated and safe EFSS. Users gain the access they demand and IT reduces risk, once the following three key elements are present:Frictionless user experienceIndustry-leading security and compliance controlsFlexible and trusted storageFirst, a frictionless user experience means a convenient and integrated experience. This reduces the urge to seek unauthorized or unsafe paths to share information. How many times has an email server or a file server imposed limits that blocked an important business transaction? High performance with low overhead, as well as access online or offline, is critical for productivity in mobile and remote network environments. Productivity does not have to stop when working with large files, changing devices, or using various networks.Second, industry-leading controls means giving IT the features and tools they need to trust EFSS in large deployments. These include capabilities such as:Integration with a directory to enable automatic provision and removal of accountsGranular access policies, set by group and user, to control allowable devices, what and how much storage can be used, and file types that are permittedFile and usage tracking with continuous audit and reporting, to support risk analysis and response by the security teamPolicy-driven storage so IT can decide where files are stored, public cloud or on-premise, for privacy and compliance reasonsMultifactor authentication to control devices authorizationThird, flexible and trusted storage means using independently certified infrastructure that can handle disasters and business continuity events. EFSS can be provided from cloud arrays that scale rapidly while also providing the highest levels of availability. Or files can be stored on scalable network storage devices deep within an enterprise perimeter, while still providing secure access to nearly any device from almost any network.Ironically, sometimes the best way to secure a process is to not lock it down, but allow it to happen with the proper controls and IT reporting in place. Users today are sophisticated enough to get what they want by going around IT. That can effectively neutralize the investment IT is making in security and how they control information. When users go to consumer products, data is at risk and IT doesn’t even know about it. The ability to set granular policy controls and gain visibility into file sharing while providing a delightful experience is the only way IT can “manage the unmanageable.”last_img read more

World’s largest baker commits to 100% renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:Grupo Bimbo, the world’s biggest baking company, has committed to using 100 percent renewable electricity by the year 2025.Headquartered in Mexico City, Mexico, Grupo Bimbo has also joined the RE100, a global initiative made up of some of the world’s biggest companies, all committed to using 100 percent renewable electricity.The RE100 is led by international non-profit The Climate Group in partnership with the CDP, previously known as the Carbon Disclosure Project. Other members of the RE100 include Facebook, Goldman Sachs, the Carlsberg Group and eBay.In a statement Tuesday, the Climate Group said that because of its renewable electricity use, Grupo Bimbo would save 440,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year by 2019. In Mexico, 70 percent of electricity used by the firm comes from wind energy, while it also uses rooftop solar power to provide it with clean energy.Daniel Servitje, the president and CEO of Grupo Bimbo, said that his company’s commitment represented “a major step towards our purpose of building a sustainable, highly productive, and deeply humane company.”Other new members of the RE100 announced Tuesday include Decathlon, Lyft and Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India.More: World’s biggest baking company goes green World’s largest baker commits to 100% renewableslast_img read more

Experts predict Sunshine Coast ready to fly

first_imgThe proposed $350 million expansion of Sunshine Coast Airport heads a list of developments set to draw commercial property buyers to the area in droves, CBRE says.The airport’s privatisation, the new Maroochydore City Centre, the completion of Sunshine Coast Public University and the construction of 20,000 new homes south of Caloundra are among the projects that could help the region become Queensland’s next target for investors, according to a CBRE Viewpoint.Calls for community submissions on the airport’s redevelopment closed late last year, after expansion plans were tabled that include a new 2.4km runway capable of accommodating A330, B787 and B777 aircraft.Read the full story on Commercial NewsMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agolast_img read more

Buyers are splashing cash to transform older Brisbane homes

first_imgThe older home has retained its character.A lot of the cost was went on elevating the older homes and building them up, which is a common requirement for renovated Queenslanders. 15 Francis Street CorindaA SIX-BEDROOM Queenslander in Corinda was the biggest sale for the week, and the new owner is not done spending yet.The pre-war home at 15 Francis St was snapped up for $1.45 million after it was on the market for five months. Belle Property Sherwood principal Maria Peirce said that although the home looked immaculate on the outside, it was showing its age on the inside. From above.The new owner plans to spend more money on an internal renovation to modernise the home.Ms Peirce said it was common for older Queenslander homes around the Corinda area to have costly renovations that can cost close to $1 million. “If you do a renovation on a Queenslander you are looking to spend a minimum of $750,000 to $900,000,” she said.center_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoThe older home was extensively remodelled.“It is still very liveable but it does need a renovation,” she said. The home is in an elevated cul-de-sac and has views of Mount Coot-Tha.last_img read more

HACE commissions its first wave energy converter

first_imgImage provided by HACE.Hydro Air Concept Energy (HACE) commissioned its first wave energy converter with multiple oscillating water columns on August 31 in the Atlantic Port of La Rochelle, located in Biscay Bay in western France.This comes after HACE, the French wave energy technology developer, conducted the first launch of its 50kW prototype to try it out before deployment. Following the first launch, done earlier in August, the prototype – measuring 20 by 18 meters – was rested on the ground for inspection, final adjustments, checks and various finishing touches.Now, the installed wave energy converter will stay at the site to undergo preliminary testing for a time period yet to be specified.HACE states that its device is a viable solution, both in terms of technology and cost-efficiency, as it favors the most permanent possible operation and is sensitive to the lightest, and even disordered, movements of the sea, rather than seeking to achieve high power generation in rare conditions.The system, based on transforming the movement of the swell into electricity, recovers the oscillating movement of water to compress air and pass it through a turbine that generates electricity. According to its developer, the advantages that HACE wave energy converter brings are due to the fine tuning of all sub-assemblies.“We produce electricity almost all the time with a very high load factor, much higher than other renewable energy solutions. In addition, we produce energy when the needs are greatest, as waves are generally higher in the evening and in winter,” said Jean-Luc Stanek, Chairman of HACE’s Board of Directors.“The principle of the oscillating water column had existed for ages. But it has never been exploited as we do. The patented design of our products allows us to capture the energy of a wide spectrum of waves, starting from 50 cm. However, most bodies of water are almost constantly agitated by small waves. This has two decisive consequences for the supply we put on the market: the crushing of fixed costs, and low production intermittency,” Stanek explained.The French wave energy technology developer is supported by Bordeaux Montesquieu Technopole and UNITEC, the main support structure for start-ups in the Bordeaux area and New Aquitaine. From 2018, HACE will also receive support through an innovation grant from the New Aquitaine Region and from the European Union through the Horizon 2020 programme.last_img read more

Busy Signal to be extradited before the end of the week

first_img Sharing is caring! EntertainmentNewsRegional Busy Signal to be extradited before the end of the week by: – June 6, 2012 Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share 43 Views   no discussions Busy SignalDancehall artiste Busy Signal is expected to be extradited to the United States before the end of the week to face a charge of absconding bail.There were reports that preparations were being made to turn him over yesterday to US Marshalls who will accompany him to Minnesota where the charge was laid.A police source disclosed that the entertainer is still in Jamaica.Another source said the surrender warrant has been signed by the Jamaican authorities and all is in place for the entertainer to be taken to the US.Busy Signal was arrested three weeks ago by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team, after completing a European tour.When he was taken to court on May 24, the artiste waived his right to an extradition hearing.Yard Flexlast_img read more

‘Use electricity wisely’

first_imgHe suggested switching off ofnonessential lights and electric appliances. Last month, engineers tested the loadcapacity of Ileco 2 transformers. “Konano lang kinahanglanon ta, amo lang na ang gamiton naton,” said the Ileco 2 general manager./PN Ileco 2 anticipates a spike inelectricity consumption this holiday season. Roquios said this is due to thewidespread use of Christmas lights and sound systems. He urged consumers to immediatelycontact Ileco 2 if they have electricity-related concerns such as overloadedtransformers so these could be addressed quickly.  “Usually, tanannga suga ginapasiga kag tanan nga sound systems ginapatukar. Dapat  i-minimizeang amo sina nga practice. May dyan kon kaisa nga weak point, ma-give way or masunog,” said Roquios. According to Engineer Jose RedmondEric Roquios, general manager of Ileco 2, the cooperative has 121,524consumer-members in the component city of Passi and the municipalities ofPototan, Mina, Dingle, Dueñas, San Enrique, Bingawan, Calinog, Lambunao,Badiangan, Janiuay, New Lucena, Zarraga, Barotac Nuevo, and Dumangas. “Ileco 2 has prepared for the holidayseason,” said Roquios in a press conference yesterday. ILOILO – While it has sufficientsupply of electricity and is efficient in distributing this, Iloilo ElectricCooperative 2 (Ileco 2) nevertheless urged people to be conscientiousconsumers, most especially this holiday season.last_img read more