The Mockingbird Foundation is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization founded and run entirely by Phish fans. A leading grant-maker in music education for children, having now made 274 grants in 46 states, totaling $918,093.40 total, the organization also serves as the primary provider of historical information about Phish and its music, and has since its inception 1996.The Foundation has recently announced thirteen new grants, totaling $75,000, to go toward music education for children. This year’s grants have exceeded almost one-third of the applicants’ requests, proving the ultimate generosity that comes from this particular community. Check out the impressive list of their newest grants, in support of schools, centers, and non-profit organizations in ten states below:$5,000 for instruments at Alabama Symphony Orchestra (Birmingham, AL)$4,000 for instruments at Boys and Girls Club of Vista (Vista, CA)$10,000 for instruments at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy (Chicago, IL) – doubled$5,000 for instruments at Hilo Intermediate School (Hilo, HI)$2,000 for instruments at Jesse S. Bobo Elementary School (Spartanburg, SC)$5,000 for instruments at Legacy Music Alliance (Salt Lake City, UT)$10,000 for staffing at Mainly Mozart, Inc. (San Diego, CA) – doubled$10,000 for scholarships at Manna House Workshops, Inc. (New York, NY) – matched & doubled$5,000 for instruments at Moreno Valley Unified School District (Moreno Valley, CA)$5,000 for scholarships at Philadelphia Chapter of The American Harp Society (Philadelphia, PA) – increased, matched, & doubled$5,000 for general funds at SoundStrings (Red Wing, MN)$5,000 for instruments at Southern Utah University Preschool & Teacher Education Program (Cedar City, UT)$4,000 for instruments at The Alberta School of Performing Arts (Tuscaloosa, AL)The lucky thirteen grantees were selected among a list of over 877 applicants, with requests totaling more than $2.5 million, via a highly competitive, two-tiered online application process. The Mockingbird Foundation is only as strong as its supporting community, so if you are one who wants to help reach even higher goals, head over to their website and be part of the movement today.[Via Mbird]
Chase Elliott pushed atop the speed chart in final NASCAR Cup Series practice at Phoenix Raceway as Hendrick Motorsports swept both Friday sessions.Elliott forged a 134.213-mph lap on the 1-mile Arizona track in Hendrick’s No. 9 Chevrolet. He was also second to teammate William Byron, who led opening practice and sealed the eighth-fastest speed in final practice.RELATED: Final practice results | Lap averages | Weekend scheduleThe 50-minute session was the final tune-up before Saturday’s Busch Pole Qualifying and Sunday’s FanShield 500 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Kyle Busch landed the second-fastest lap at 134.203 mph — just .002 seconds off Elliott’s time — in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota. Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman and Ty Dillon rounded out the top five in order.Kevin Harvick, the series’ winningest driver at Phoenix with nine victories, was 13th in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford, but did have the best 10-lap average final practice.Qualifying to determine the 38-car starting lineup is set for Saturday at 2:35 p.m. ET (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).NASCAR officials held three Cup Series teams for portions of final practice for technical infractions incurred last week at Auto Club Speedway. The following teams served 15-minute deductions: The No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet of Kurt Busch and the No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Ford of JJ Yeley. The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota of Martin Truex Jr. had 30 minutes deducted from final practice for three inspection failures last weekend.Byron leads 1-2 Hendrick sweep in first practiceWilliam Byron powered to the top of the NASCAR Cup Series leaderboard in Friday’s opening practice at Phoenix Raceway, leading a 1-2 sweep by Hendrick Motorsports drivers.RELATED: Practice 1 results | Best lap averages | Weekend scheduleByron survived a minor wall scrape and registered a 134.595-mph lap in Hendrick’s No. 24 Chevrolet. He was just ahead of teammate Chase Elliott, who turned a 133.849 lap in the No. 9 Chevy.“Just gotta know where the wall’s at, you know, and I was just trying to get my angle for Turn 1 and just nicked it a little bit,” Byron told FOX Sports. “Just got to figure out where it is. We have a little more windshield block out here, so my line of sight’s a little different. So just getting used to that. The car’s pretty good. I think we’re about P10 or 11 in race trim. Need a little more speed, but I thought qualifying trim was obviously good, too.”Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch completed the top five in the 50-minute session.Three teams absorbed minor tangles with the outside retaining wall. Corey LaJoie’s tap was the more pronounced of the three after his Go Fas Racing No. 32 Ford slipped out of the groove with 10 minutes left in the opening session. Aric Almirola and Byron pressed on after brief right-side scrapes.
Another summer tour debut came in the form “Halfway Home” from Ghosts of the Forest and as expected, Trey infused heavy distortion into the guitar-focused composition. The clearly-categorized song placement that traveled from 1.0>3.0 in the first set returned to the 1.0 roots with “The Wedge” and “Run Like an Antelope” to close it out. Jon Fishman added some extra hot sauce to the high-energy rocker early on as he explored the entire kit like a four-armed multi-beast. Trey’s evil-sounding guitar playing added some serious tension to the classic composition before they dropped in the “Rye, rye, Rocco” lyrics to cool things off.Talking Heads‘ “Crosseyed and Painless” opened the second set for the 21st time in 3.0. The multi-layered jam was highlighted by a blissful, patient build-up and influenced the light-designer, Chris Kuroda, to cast blues and purples across the ceiling of the pavilion, feeding off the ethereal feel of the music. Trey dipped into his big bag of effects and caught a grittier wave before seamlessly driving the jam into “Everything’s Right”. Gordon’s presence could be felt as he created a dank groove with Fishman. Page jumped from the grand piano to organ to signal the next Type II layer as Trey utilized his shimmering echo effects. Gordon made sure the first performance of “Everything’s Right” at Merriweather was a memorable one by anchoring the jam with thick and driving bass effects to work around Trey’s “Still waiting,” vocal teases, callbacks to the set opener. The jam traveled through several layers—from heavenly and soulful to dark and haunting—until it transitioned into another Ghosts of the Forest tune with “Ruby Waves”. McConnell added extraterrestrial effects to the jam by way of Moog synth while Trey developed a dark and stormy tone driven by Fishman’s exceptional kit work.Laced with additional “Still waiting” vocal quotes, the band peacefully settled into a sweeter groove as Kuroda turned the suspended light-rig on a 45-degree angle above the stage. Fishman felt it was the right time to summon the “woos” as Trey worked on a driving riff similar to “Crosseyed”, nicely blending “Ruby Waves” into “Twist” (where wooing is welcomed and encouraged). Gordon bounced fat bass notes off of McConnell’s organ/piano combo to create a solid early-jam foundation. A hush filled the room as Trey dropped bluesy riffs over some more “Still waiting” teases and initiated a full-audience singalong. When “Twist” came to a close, “2001” blasted off. The hazy, fog-filled stage gave the song a moon landing feel that was extravagantly decorated by Gordon’s vibrating bass. Phish returned from outer space by launching into the fun-loving “Blaze On”. For the first time since its 2015 debut, the band chose to close out the second set with the 3.0 go-to. Fishman was in the zone and led a full-band collaborative jam that didn’t break too far from its structure but kicked enough ass to keep fans roaring and shaking. As the MPP audience cheered for the Vermonters to return for an encore, they expected to hear one song, maybe two, as is the norm. What they got was four. Returning to their 1.0 setlist choices, “Maze” made its way into the encore for the first time in its 27 year existence and Page annihilated the keyboard-heavy, uniquely-placed version. The loveable “Waste” led to the amusing “Sanity,” which included over-the-top shenanigans and “Chilling, Thrilling” quotes from Page. Finding the encore slot for the second time at MPP (see 6/12/2011), there appears to be something about the stars sucking in Maryland that gets “Sanity” attention at this venue. The age old question of, “Can you still have any fun?” was answered in the official show finale, “Wilson”. A few minor lyric flubs didn’t seem to bother anyone as the pavilion, as Trey kept the theme of the set alive with one more “Still waiting” quote before the band called it a night.You can watch a selection of videos from the show below:Phish – “Carini” [Pro-Shot][Video: Phish]Phish – “Halfway Home”[Video: M G]Phish – “Crosseyed and Painless” [Pro-Shot][Video: Phish]Phish – “Sanity”[Video: M G]Phish continues their 2019 summer tour in Jon Fishman’s home state of Maine on Tuesday and Wednesday at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head here.Each show on Phish’s 2019 summer tour will be rebroadcast on SiriusXM Phish Radio (Ch. 29) at 12:00 ET the following day. Start listening here.Setlist: Phish | Merriweather Post Pavilion | Columbia, MD | 6/23/19SET 1: Carini > My Soul > Rift, Gumbo, It’s Ice > Winterqueen, Yarmouth Road, Shade, Halfway Home > The Wedge > Run Like an AntelopeSET 2: Crosseyed and Painless > Everything’s Right > Ruby Waves > Twist > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Blaze OnENCORE: Maze, Waste > Sanity > Wilson Phish debut. Unfinished. It is no secret that Sunday is a favorite night of the week for Phish fans. That is especially true when they are in one of the most beloved venues in the band’s history. With only a handful of Sundays remaining on the summer schedules, the crowd at Merriweather Post Pavilion gathered in the lot on a beautiful early-summer day hoping their beloved band would once again bring something unique to the MPP stage. While the somewhat segmented first set went from 1.0 songs to 3.0 songs then back into 1.0, the smoking hot 6-song second set and four-song, 25-minute encore truly offered something for everyone.For the second time this tour, “Carini” was used as the lighter for a gasoline-soaked fire to kick off the first set. If Bonnaroo’s Friday night set was the blueprint for what was to come, Maryland’s favorite shed was going to have an incredible Sunday night. The dark and heavy rocker broke away from its common identity fairly quickly and transformed into a blissful, beachy jam through Page McConnell’s soulful B3 organ and Trey Anastasio’s airy and joyful guitar playing. The non-lumpy segue into “My Soul” made people dance and holler to the familiar Clifton Chenier cover for the first time since the 2017 Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, and Trey clearly felt the energy of Merriweather as he slayed a fast-moving solo. Another clean transition moved “My Soul” into another song with “My soul” in the lyrics. A standard and well-executed “Rift” kept the 1.0 Phish tunes echoing through the Symphony Woods. Hopefully, Sunday night’s crowd was hungry as Phish cooked up a nice version of “Gumbo” for them to savor. This 29-year-old funker never found its way onto a Phish studio album, but the “Chairman of the Boards” etched its name into the memorable Sunday night version at MPP. The loose plinko playing by Trey and clavinet execution by Page showed signs of exploration from the start of the jam, but it didn’t extend into the big “Gumbo” space we’ve seen in the past. After a long pause and the apparent end of the song, Page dropped back into the composition while Trey laughed and added “My Soul” quotes to officially finish the tune before giving a shout-out to the keyboardist.Another oldie-but-goodie came in the form of “It’s Ice”, with Page once again standing out as the first-set MVP at MPP—apparently when he wears his “101 Dalmatians” shirt, he is ready to bring the heat. Page used the clavinet to bring some danceable grittiness to the otherwise standard “It’s Ice”. On paper, this 2019 setlist could be confused with something from the ’90s, but that all came to an end with the Fuego original, “Winterqueen”, to give the crowd a breather. Trey was the center of attention as he scaled his guitar neck with patience and precision during the feel-good Type I jam. Mike Gordon took over on lead vocals for the first “Yarmouth Road” at MPP since the second-ever performance in 2013. The reggae-influenced, organ-forward Gordon original kept the chiller vibes going through the middle of the set before ceding the spotlight to the Anastasio/Marshall-penned “Shade”.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMajor American corporations are not only voicing solidarity with communities of color during this time of upheaval, they are putting a little money behind the sentiment.Bank of America announced yesterday that it is committing $1 billion over four years in additional support to help local communities address economic and racial inequality, especially in the wake of the COVID-related economic downturn and health care needs.“The events of the past week have created a sense of true urgency that has arisen across our nation, particularly in view of the racial injustices we have seen in the communities where we work and live,” said CEO Brian Moynihan. “We all need to do more.” The money will flow to economic programs involving jobs, training, small business support, and housing, but will add a new emphasis on health services for communities of color. $100 million will support its nonprofit partners across 90 communities, and $250 million will assist with lending to the smallest and minority-owned businesses through its support to community development financial and minority depository institutions.RELATED: Wells Fargo to Donate $1 Billion to Affordable Housing and Homelessness Across AmericaMeanwhile, Apple, Facebook, and Verizon are promising millions of dollars to support civil rights groups.In a memo to Apple employees, CEO Tim Cook promised action with $10 million: “Apple is making donations to a number of groups, including the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit committed to challenging racial injustice, ending mass incarceration, and protecting the human rights of the most vulnerable people in American society.”Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Sunday post that the social network is “committing an additional $10 million” to groups working on racial justice—and deciding which ones to donate to by engaging its civil rights advisors and employees to identify organizations locally and nationally that could most effectively use this right now.“I know that $10 million can’t fix this,” he wrote. “It needs sustained, long term effort.”MORE: After Botched Restaurant Burglary Attempt, Owner Offers Free Meals to Anyone Who is DesperateVerizon will donate $10 million to various groups, said CEO Hans Vestberg on Monday:The Verizon Foundation has committed $10 million to social justice organizations, shared equally between these organizations: The National Urban League, the NAACP, National Action Network, Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, Rainbow Push Coalition, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.SHARE Some Good News During Hard Times — Post This on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
A panel of international studies scholars discussed the rise of Islamophobia in Europe on Wednesday afternoon at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. The panel, which is sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, examined reasons for the recent spike in anti-Muslim activity in several European countries, as well as possible solutions.Maurizio Albahari, an assistant professor of anthropology, said Islamophobia is nothing new, as the term itself was created in the 1990s.“When the world is compelled to coin a new term to account for increasingly widespread bigotry, that is sad and troubling,” Albahari said.However, Albahari said Islamophobia now is worse than it has ever previously been in Europe.“Opinions that you could not say out loud a few years ago abut Muslims—opinions that would have sounded racist—are allowed,” Albahari said.Visiting assistant professor Aysegul Zeren said recent terrorist attacks are largely responsible for the recent rise in Islamophobia.“Today, the escalation of Islamophobia in Europe has an obvious link to the Jan. 2015 Charlie Hebdo shootings and the Nov. attacks on Paris,” Zeren said.Zeren cited a Reuters report as evidence of this disturbing increase of Islamophobia. According to the report, 400 hate crimes were committed against Muslims in France in 2015, triple that of the previous year.Zeren said this rise in Islamophobia could continue to have some extremely negative consequences.“We can make an argument that Islam is not the real danger, but fear from it could be very dangerous for individuals, communities, and state,” Zeren said.“The reactions can vary from verbal and physical attacks to negative stereotyping in the media.”However, Albahari said European governments have failed to provide any help to Muslims.“Muslims remain outside the domain of anti-racism legislation in Europe,” Albahari said. “This is applied for other racial and religious minorities, but not for Muslims.”Zeren said this discrimination against Muslims has contributed to the rising number of terrorist attacks.“This is a vicious cycle, with policies causing marginalization, and marginalization feeding terrorism, and terrorism igniting the Islamophobia,” Zeren said.Research scholar of Islamic Studies and peace-building A. Rashied Omar said the war on terror has only exacerbated the Islamophobia problem.“The war on terrorism is not helpful in ameliorating the root causes that provide the fertile ground on which religious extremism thrives,” Omar said.“On the contrary, it is generating conditions that favor extremism, thus rendering the task of eradicating Islamophobia extremely difficult.”In order to end the “vicious cycle” Zeren described, Omar said people of different faiths and cultures must set aside their differences and attempt to understand each other.“More efforts should be put in to mutual and respectful dialogue and interactions, so that people of different cultures, of different faiths and no faiths can get to know each other beyond mere toleration,” Omar said.In addition, an end to Islamophobia and terrorism in Europe will only be achieved if European citizens and governments treat migrants and refugees more justly, Omar said.“The challenge that global peace holds for Muslims, Christians, Jews, people of different faiths and people of no faith is to work towards the building of more welcoming environments as well as inclusive cultures for immigrants,” Omar said.Tags: European Studies, Islamic Studies, Islamophobia, Kroc Institute, Nanovic Institute, Peace Studies
Soft Power Off-Broadway’s Public Theater has announced a one-week extension to the upcoming New York premiere staging of Soft Power. Originally announced to run through November 3, the production will now conclude its limited off-Broadway engagement on November 10. The new musical is scheduled to begin previews on September 24 and officially open on October 15.Featuring a book and lyrics by David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) and music/additional lyrics by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home), Soft Power is set following the 2016 election. It centers on a Chinese executive who is visiting America and falls in love with a good-hearted U.S. leader as the power balance between their two countries shifts.As previously announced, initial casting includes Alyse Alan Louis, Billy Bustamante, Kendyl Ito, Francis Jue, Austin Ku, Raymond J. Lee, Jaygee Macapugay, Daniel May, Paul HeeSang Miller, Geena Quintos, Conrad Ricamora, Trevor Salter, Kyra Smith, Emily Stillings, Emily Trumble and John Yi.Leigh Silverman will direct the production, which will feature choreography by Sam Pinkleton. Soft Power is being produced as a co-commission and co-production with Center Theatre Group. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 17, 2019 Jeanine Tesori & David Henry Hwang(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) View Comments
Vermont Business Magazine,Vermont Business Magazine received an unprecedented three national awards for Editorial Excellence in 2016 from the Alliance of Area Business Publications at its annual Summer Conference in Dallas June 24. These are the highest awards available to VBM and regional business news publications in the US. Reporter Joyce Marcel won Gold in the “Best personality profile” category for her piece on Rutland Mayor Chris Louras. Louras championed bringing refugees to Rutland. He subsequently lost his re-election bid.VBM won a Silver award in the “Best coverage of local breaking news” category for Timothy McQuiston, editor; Chris Graff, columnist; and Mike Smith, columnist for the Jay Peak/EB-5 fraud case, which was revealed in April 2016. This collection of stories reported on the breaking news story, included an exclusive interview with former Jay Peak President Bill Stenger, and was put into historic and political perspective by Graff and Smith.VBM won a second Silver award in the “Best editorial” category for McQuiston’s piece on how an investment in housing will be an investment in the economy, by allowing more young workers to afford to live in the state. Vermont has one of the highest housing costs–to-income ratios in the US.“Vermont Business Magazine has once again distinguished itself among its national peers, some of whom are very large publications from major cities. Though we’re the smallest publication in the group, we’ve had out-sized success,” VBM Publisher John Boutin said.“Joyce’s profiles consistently reveal the person that exists beneath their success as a businessperson or politician. Our readers can’t wait for her next story,” Boutin said. “The EB-5 story is as black-an-eye as the state can get. We were able to bring a detailed news story, timeline, video, photos and commentary to our online and print readers within a very compressed timeframe.”“I couldn’t be prouder of VBM, Joyce, Chris, Mike and Tim,” Boutin said.Vermont Business Magazine has won several AABP awards over the years, including past Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for Marcel and McQuiston. This is the first time that VBM has won more than one award in a given year.The Alliance of Area Business Publishers (AABP) presented 111 Editorial Excellence awards to newspaper and magazine business periodicals on June 24, 2017, at the closing celebration of its three-day annual Summer Conference in Dallas, TX.According to an AABP release, with 483 entries from 43 publications in the US, Canada and Australia, the competitive field was both impressive and diverse.”Once again the winning entries show how these publications serve their readers by digging through documents, cultivating great sources, presenting useful data, and asking tough questions,” said Reuben Stern, who coordinated the judging by faculty members at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. “The work not only provides reliable news and information but also helps the business community understand how things happened and what it all means.”With wide-ranging coverage from stories about celebrity golfers to articles about trending industries — like e-cigarettes and marijuana — to more traditional data-driven businesses features and retail coverage, regional business publications continue to tap into the pulse of their communities. In print and online, their writers showcase a breadth of topics that redefine what business means today.“With the highest standards of excellence in journalism and design, these regional business publishers deliver consistent, compelling and relevant news to their readers,” said Alliance Executive Director C. James Dowden. “And the resurgence of local — in retail, in restaurants and in relationships — means regional business publishers play a stronger role in communities than ever before.”The annual AABP Editorial Excellence competition recognizes excellence in journalism, photography and design achieved by regional business publications. Twenty-four judges, faculty members from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, bring their expertise to the selection process.“The purpose of the Alliance competition,” according to Dowden, “is to encourage a high level of journalistic performance and service to communities by recognizing editorial excellence and outstanding visual presentation in regional business publications.” VBM vermontbiz.comEB-5 Press Conference April 14, 2016Progressive Rutland: Mayor Christopher LourasState files suit alleging investor fraud at Jay Peak, Inc EB-5 ProjectsGraff: EB-5 lured governors into boosterismSmith: An end to innocence in Vermont
Dec 4, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – Further testing on three more products from New England Compounding Center (NECC) has turned up extensive contamination in three more products, and federal officials are asking healthcare workers to be alert for more infections, though they stopped short of calling the situation an outbreak.In a Health Alert Network (HAN) update yesterday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said some of the organisms found in unopened vials of NECC’s betamethasone, cardioplegia, and triamcinolone solutions can cause disease in humans.It said the agency has received reports of infections in patients who have received the products, but so far none have been lab-confirmed.Betamethasone and triamcinolone are steroids, and cardioplegia solution is used to stop the heart during cardiac surgery. The three products are already subject to a recall of all NECC products in the wake of fungal infections that have been linked to the company’s methylprednisolone acetate injections.In mid October the CDC warned clinicians about possible meningitis cases in patients who received triamcinolone and cardioplegia solution. On Nov 1 federal officials announced they had found Bacillus species in the company’s betamethasone and cardioplegia solution and were investigating reports of possible infections and awaiting the results of tests for fungal organisms.According to yesterday’s HAN alert, fungal testing also turned up Aspergillus tubingensis, A fumigatus, Cladosporium species, and Penicillium species. The contamination appeared in three lots of injectable betamethasone, three lots of triamcinolone, and one lot of cardioplegia solution.The CDC said that although some of Bacillus species are known human pathogens and A fumigatus can cause disease, the clinical implications of the other organisms are not known. It urged clinicians to consider the organisms in the work-up of patients with symptoms who were exposed to the drugs.Though some of the patients who were exposed to the three other products had evidence of meningeal inflammation, lab tests haven’t confirmed the findings and the data do not support evidence of an outbreak linked to the other three products.Yesterday the CDC said 541 fungal infections and 36 deaths have been linked to a multistate outbreak caused by contaminated methylprednisolone acetate injections from NECC.See also:Dec 3 CDC HAN updateCDC background on other products from NECCDec 3 CIDRAP News Scan “Steroid-linked fungal infections climb to 541”
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council and Trafford Economic Alliance have hired CBRE as part of a consortium including development specialists EKOS and consultancies URBED and WSP to work on an masterplan for the area. The 20-year project will be funded by the North West Development Agency. Nick Mullins, investment director at CBRE, said: ‘Currently Trafford Park is best known as being Greater Manchester’s industrial capital. This project, however, will look at what we can do to keep industrial and distribution business in the area, while making best use of the area’s fantastic cultural and leisure assets.’