1 of every 7 chain stores in NYC closed this year

first_imgThe biggest losses were in Manhattan, which accounted for 520 out of 1,057 closures (Getty)It’s not just small businesses and mom-and-pops that are hurting in 2020: Chain stores are also shuttering at a rapid rate across New York City.More than 1,000 chain stores across New York City — nearly one out of every seven that were open this time last year — have closed their doors over the past 12 months, according to a new report by the Center for an Urban Future, a think tank focused on economic growth in the five boroughs.That marks the largest number of chain closures tracked by the think tank in 13 years of putting together the report. In comparison, there was just a 3.7 percent decline in chain stores across the city from 2018 to 2019.According to CUF’s data, there were 7,948 chain stores across the five boroughs in 2019. Now, there are 6,891, a 13.3 percent decrease. The biggest losses were in Manhattan, which accounted for 520 out of 1,057 closures, or 49 percent of the citywide total. The larger figure includes 160 stores that have temporarily closed because of pandemic-driven restrictions.Read moreThese 10 retailers plan the largest expansionsWhy these retailers opened in midst of pandemicInside the plight of a small retail landlord Fitness chains like New York Sports Club and SoulCycle shut down locations after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order in March that required gyms to close. A large number of fast-casual sandwich and soup chains — including Subway, Pret a Manger and Hale & Hearty — also shuttered locations, perhaps because few workers have returned to offices.Even major chains couldn’t avoid the closures. Dunkin’, which has more stores than any other retailer in the city, with 610 locations, lost 18 stores. Metro PCS, the second largest retailer, shuttered 134 stores over the past year.Other stores that recorded losses include Duane Reade, which closed 70 stores; GNC, which shuttered 51 locations; Modell’s, which closed 43 stores after filing for bankruptcy earlier this year; and Baskin-Robbins, which shuttered 30 locations.Only 40 retailers added store locations. Popeyes and T-Mobile grew the most, adding 11 stores each.While the pandemic accelerated closures in 2020, CUF’s data suggests that the growth of chain stores throughout the city has flatlined in the past few years — in 2018, there was a 0.3 percent decline, and in 2019, a 3.7 percent decline.To create the report, the think tank tallied the number of national retailer store locations throughout the city and recorded trends by retailer, borough and ZIP code.Contact Sasha Jones Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name*center_img Message* Share via Shortlink Tagscenter for an urban futureNYC RestaurantsRetaillast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 7/7/18

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:INTERLEAGUEColorado 5, Seattle 1Tampa Bay 3, N.Y. Mets 0L.A. Dodgers 3, L.A. Angels 1AMERICAN LEAGUEMinnesota 5, Baltimore 4N.Y. Yankees 8, Toronto 5Detroit 7, Texas 2Houston 12, Chicago White Sox 6Oakland 6, Cleveland 3, 11 InningsBoston 15, Kansas City 4NATIONAL LEAGUEChicago Cubs 8, Cincinnati 7St. Louis 3, San Francisco 2Philadelphia 3, Pittsburgh 2Atlanta 5, Milwaukee 1Washington 18, Miami 4Arizona 20, San Diego 5WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONWashington 83, L.A. Sparks 74Chicago 77, Minnesota 63Las Vegas 94, Connecticut 90Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img July 8, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 7/7/18last_img read more

Indiana DNR asking for help conducting turkey survey

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Indiana DNR asking for help conducting turkey survey Google+ (“Wild Turkey” by David Slater, CC BY 2.0) The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is trying to learn more about the turkey population across the state and they could use your help.They are asking volunteers to conduct brood surveys from July 1 through August 31. Those surveys count the number of young wild turkeys observed with turkey hens to estimate how many young turkeys live through the summer. Summer brood survival is one of the primary factors that play a role in the turkey population.A brood is a family of young animals, especially of a bird, produced at one hatching or birth.The Department would like to collect 3,000 brood observation reports across the state with a goal of at least 25 observations per county. Biologists are especially interested in obtaining more observations in the southeastern part of Indiana.“Some of the better turkey habitats in the state exists in southeastern Indiana,” said Steve Backs, DNR’s wild turkey biologist. “Turkey populations appear to have declined in recent years. Above-normal precipitation in June to early July can reduce poult (young turkey) survival and overall population levels. Unfortunately, the low number of brood reports from the southeast prevents us from further exploring the apparent population decline.”If you are interested in helping out, you can register at on.IN.gov/turkeybrood. Instructions for the survey can be found on that website.You can also go to on.IN.gov/turkey for more information about wild turkey biology and management. Facebook By Network Indiana – July 1, 2020 0 398 Twitter Google+ Previous articleReminder: BMV late fees to resume on WednesdayNext articleBan on drivers using handheld phones begins Wednesday in Indiana Network Indianalast_img read more

Phishin’ With Matisyahu: How LSD “Turned My Entire World Inside Out”

first_imgPhish’s Baker’s Dozen run is quickly approaching. As is tradition for summer tour, there will be an enormous amount of talent surrounding the entertainment with pre- and post-shows galore. Phish’s thirteen nights at Madison Square Garden will be no different, as Live For Live Music plans to take over New York City with over a dozen shows of our own.L4LM’s Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late NightsAs the shenanigans approach, we’ll be discussing Phish with a number of artists who will be in town performing some of these late-night shows. Last week, we interviewed Craig Brodhead from Turkuaz. In the second installment of our “Phishin’ With” series, Matisyahu discusses his relationship with the band Phish — ahead of his intimate 8/2 performance at The Cutting Room (tickets).Matisyahu found himself on stage at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival with the de facto leader of improvisational rock-n-roll; Phish’s front man Trey Anastasio back in 2015. Many early fans of Matisyahu remember that moment clearly not because of the songs he played in front of the 80,000 person crowd, but because of his seemingly unfettered confidence (or perhaps naiveté) in helping lead Trey and his band through an improvisational display of beat boxing and lyrical gymnastics during the two songs performed. It may have been unrefined, but Matisyahu’s passion for full band improvisation was laid bare.In this interview, Matisyahu tells us where his love for Phish began and how it’s since evolved.Live For Live Music: Tell us about your first Phish concert experience.Matisyahu: I was 16 at the Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts. I had been in Israel for the fall semester of my junior year in high school and had a spiritual awakening of sorts as it related to my identity as a Jew. I had come home and was pretty depressed after having such an experience, and then having to return to high school and regular life was pretty brutal. I met my friend Jason from Israel and we drove from his dad’s place near Boston. We took LSD for the first time and got into the show pretty early. What can I say, from the moment they started playing my life was never the same. I experienced music that night in a way that turned my entire world inside out, and knew in the depths of my soul that it is where I live. With Music. Thank You Phish and Tim Leary.L4LM: How would you describe the music of Phish?Matisyahu: Similar to the Grateful Dead in that their music spans multiple American genres. Also in the element of Improvisation. They can take you into your darkness, gradually show you a glimmer of light in your soul, allow you to explore and journey through your ups and downs, build you up to a breakthrough, then be completely goofy, and so on. They are masters of Improvisation and creating an atmosphere for people to explore.L4LM: How many Phish shows have you seen?Matisyahu: Not really sure, probably only 50 or so.L4LM: Do you have a favorite show or most memorable experience?Matisyahu: My first. I also had another show fall 1996 in Charleston, South Carolina where I believe I swear Trey looked at me and smiled and was like, “I’ll see you on stage with me in a few years.” Which happened by the way at Bonaroo in 2005. I sang two song with Trey band on Saturday night. It was cosmic.L4LM: What are your two favorite Phish songs?Matisyahu: “Bathtub Gin” and “Tweezer.” Only because I listened to them yesterday. For me, the best Phish song isn’t the song, it’s the improvisation in the song and it can be in any song. It’s that moment when things are really happening and it might happen one night in one song and the next in another.L4LM: What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever seen at a Phish show?Matisyahu: Thats tough. I once started a minor riot in a parking lot outside the Omni in Atlanta. It was Halloween 1996 and I lost my shoes in the show and was wandering in an enclosed parking lot when it let out. I started drumming and singing the Rasta Man Chant and it turned into hundreds of people, fire spitters, banging on pipes and walls. A paddy wagon with cops rolled up and then just left like they didn’t know what to do. That was nuts.Tickets for Matisyahu’s late-night performance at The Cutting Room are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.last_img read more

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Celebrate 10th Annual Domefest With 5 Sets, Cover-Filled Domefest All-Stars Session [Review/Photos]

first_imgBaltimore psychedelic rockers Pigeons Playing Ping Pong rocked Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, West Virginia last weekend for their annual Domefest. Over 2,000 Flockers flew in from around the country to take part in the band’s celebration of the festival’s 10th birthday, making it the biggest and best Domefest yet.Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, Marvin’s Mountaintop was a new location for the festival this year, giving the Flock gorgeous views of the foggy mountains over the horizon each dawn and dusk. Arriving on-site, attendees were greeted with colorful signs reading, “Celebrate, Celebrate, Celebrate the People You Love,” and “Dome is Home,” noting that we’d be right at home for the next three days. Attendees got the chance to spread their feathers around the huge property that formerly hosted All Good Music Festival, giving everyone ample space in the field and woods to enjoy their weekend festivities and play games at the Innova disc golf course.Pittsburgh artist Chalk Dinosaur sparked the first set of live music on the weekend on Thursday at 5 p.m. on the Gallery Society Stage as the festival grounds were starting to fill in. Denver trio Cycles took the stage at 6:45 p.m. to dose the Flock up for the night with a rollin’ psychedelic rock fusion set, armed with their “The Aloe Parade” jam. Asheville five-piece The Fritz opened up the Bamboo Eater Stage for the weekend just as the sun was setting behind West Virginia’s mountains with an epic 30-minute set, equipped with tasteful covers of Michael Jackson‘s “Don’t Stop Til’ You Get Enough” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”Domefest veterans and friends of the Flock Magic Beans started their first set of the weekend at 8:45 p.m. and kept it classy onstage with their lyrical “Do Your Thing” before going on a great 20-minute “Mission Jam” as the base of their first night’s set. Frontman Scott Hachey rang out the lyrics, “This is the part where you feel good,” in their rendition of “Off Leash”, getting the crowd loosey-goosey for the night ahead. The Fritz returned onstage for a refreshing 30-minute set noting their love of Nirvana and Elton John with “Lithium” and “Bennie and the Jets” covers to gear the Flock up for a wild first night at Domefest.Adorned in sparkly gold-sequined blazers and matching white pants, Greg Ormont, Jeremy Schon, Ben Carrey and Alex Petropulos strode onstage ready to kick off Thursday night with the first Pigeons set of the weekend—a true “Domecoming” to welcome the Flock. Kicking things off with “Too Long”, the guys jammed into a fun “Sports Theme” with rock flares of “The Final Countdown” before sending the crowd into a sing-along of “Somethin’ For Ya.” A “Wireless” sandwich appeared dosed with “You Sexy Thing” and “My Girl” covers before switching gears and rendering their classic “Melting Lights”.Petropulos took the main vocals for Pigeons’ debut of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” for some hard rock jams, sending fans into a cheer of “let Gator sing!” The band kept the Domecoming celebration going with the party anthem “Live it Up” before inviting the Magic Beans’ Casey Russell up onstage to lay down some dimensional keyboard grooves in “Whoopie”. The hip-hop jam “Couldn’t We All” broke out among the festival to spread the friendly vibes, leading the band to debut the brand-new lyrical song “Paperboy”. A hard and heavy “Schwanthem” closed out the first night’s set as cheers roared over the mountains.The band ran back onstage for an encore celebrating Domecoming king Schon’s birthday and 10th year as a festival with a birthday song and cake before closing out the night with an unexpected blissful “Su Casa” sequence. Nestled in West Virginia, the band surprised everyone with a rock rendition of John Denver’s “Country Roads,” as the crowd joined along with the lyrics, “country roads, take me dome” before segueing back into a “Su Casa” to crown the victorious first night.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Domefest Night 1 | Marvin’s Mountaintop | 5/16/19Set: Too Long, Sports Theme, Somethin’ For Ya > Wireless > You Sexy Thing > My Girl > Wireless, Melting Lights > Enter Sandman^ > Live It Up, Whoopie%, Couldn’t We All, Paperboy*, SchwanthemEncore: Su Casa > Country Roads^ > Su CasaNotes:Domefest Night 1 – “Domecoming Weekend”^ First time played% w/ Casey Russell (Magic Beans) on keys* Original debutMaryland jammers Litz kept the festival up on their toes with a classic funky “Strawberry Letter 23” opener for their hour-and-45-minute late-night set. Their electro-funk groove “Use Me” made an appearance on their 16-song set, and Domies who stayed up to groove were treated with a “No Sleep” equipped with jazzy saxophone harmonies. The band finished off their set with a rocked-out extended “Whosawhatsa” instrumental jam to close out the first night.With a little bit of an overcast, Domies woke up Friday morning with a perfect cool temperature to start off their second day. The festival grounds were graced with Mateo Monk’s groovy guitar and flute tunes at 12:45 p.m. to launch the second day’s music as the Flock gathered at the workshop dome with Pigeons’ Ben Carrey to share some poetic inspiration. Baltimore psychedelic trio Deaf Scene dosed attendees up with 45 minutes of deep instrumental rock before the Dirty Grass Players laid down some boot-stompin’ jams as the sun was trying to peek out.A big gathering of Flockers cooped up at the workshop dome at 3 p.m. as Deemster Porn founder Nick Heller belted out the words, “Figure out what you believe.” Heller’s “Appreciate Life” workshop inspired us all with his encouraging words, “I am a creature of love,” as he professed that we all have a purpose of passion that we can all discover. Heller preached, “the source of all of our energy is perfect and we must radiate acceptance to allow others to awaken. Self-honesty is key and everything happens for us, not to us.” Flockers from around the country cheered as Heller left us with the question, “What will you become?” as everyone hugged and joined in for the Flock family photo.Friday mid-afternoon was favored with Erica T. Bryan’s soulful voice in the eight-piece West End Blend, setting the soul-funk vibe throughout the festival. Carrey took to the Bamboo Eater Stage at 5:15 p.m. with his cosmic funk duo with Owen Murphy, looping synthesizers and live bass instrumentation producing danceable beats with flares of insane background voices to trip up attendees. As the sun was setting, Chicago fusion rockers Mungion got groovy as the festival saw Disney characters of Princess Jasmine and Aladdin, Jack Skellington, Pocahontas, Buzz Lightyear, Peter Pan and his shadow for the festival’s Disney theme night.Fletcher’s Grove spiced up the festival with the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street” before Buffalo boys Aqueous took the stage at 8 p.m. sharp. Opening up with “Origami,” Aqueous jammed into their “Mosquito Valley, pt. 1” and slipped straight into the mid-song jam of “The Median”. The crowd rocked out to their cover of Cake’s “Short Skirt / Long Jacket” bringing out Mungion’s Justin Reckamp for added guitar flares and West End Blend’s Michael Bafundo on trumpet. Bafundo was joined by fellow band member John Mundy on accompanying horns in the band’s funky “Weight of the Word” before closing off with a high-energy “Don’t Do It”. A frenzied “Saints Come Marching In” cover by Fletcher’s Grove during their second 30-minute set got the crowd amped right before the Pigeons guys stepped onstage at 10:15 p.m. to bestow two sets of funk on the Disnified festival audience.Wearing matching red and black “Mickey Mouse” costumes—with Jeremy dressed as the king of Domefest—Pigeons Playing Ping Pong wasted no time opening up Friday’s “Magic Kingdome” with The Lion King’s “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King”, Ormont and Carrey alternating the sing-along parts of Simba, Zazu and Nala. The band spiced things up with a “Burning Up My Time” unfinished jam and continued the jungle grooves with “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. Ormont finished the sequence with the lyrics “til we find the Mickey” as a gentle, refreshing mist fell onto the crowd.A wild “Offshoot” came next, followed by a rendition of the Grateful Dead’s “King Solomon’s Marbles” that kicked off an exciting sequence featuring West End Blend horns onstage for an “F.U.” sandwich that was loaded up with Pocahontas’ “Colors of the Wind”. The horns stayed onstage for the love tune “Fortress” and “King Kong” before the band paid tribute to the festival with “Dome People” that slipped into their silly “Time to Ride” jam. The set ended with a homage to Baltimore’s 8×10 king “Doc” for a funky ending right before midnight.Fletcher’s Grove brought out Austin Litz on keys for their third, 30-minute intermission set for a cover of Gorillaz‘ “Clint Eastwood” for an edgy alternative jam break before the Pigeons guys returned to the stage at 12:15 a.m. Not very often do the guys open with “Henrietta” backed by “Porcupine”, so the Flock knew they were in for a treat. The return of “Fade Fast” arrived with a Disney Jungle Book medley of “The Bear Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You” that got the Flock jumping up like wild pigeons. A dark “Sunny Day” rose out among the crowd with the band’s debut of “In the Hall of the Mountain King” to fit the magic mountain theme before returning to the eerie echos of “Sunny Day”.The band peaked the night with an Aladdin-infused “Poseidon” that touched on “A Whole New World”, a sprinkle of Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride”, and Steve Miller Band’s “Abracadabra” before returning to the astounding climax of “Poseidon” that sent the crowd into a loud roar with the lyrics, “need a dome to return to.” Even after going 15 minutes over their set time, the band strode back onstage for an encore debut of a brand new song titled “Water”, a 7-minute funky hydration anthem with deep waves of psychedelic jams and a fierce drumming outro by Gator.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Domefest Night 2 | Marvin’s Mountaintop | 5/16/19Set One: I Just Can’t Wait To Be King^ > Burning Up My Time^ > I Just Can’t Wait To Be King > Burning Up My Time& > Offshoot, King Solomon’s Marbles > F.U.* > Colors Of The Wind* > F.U.*, Fortress*, King Kong*, Dome People^ > Time To Ride, Doc**Set Two: Henrietta, Porcupine, Fade Fast > Jungle Book Medley > Fade Fast, Sunny Day > In The Hall Of The Mountain King% > Sunny Day, Poseidon > A Whole New World > Magic Carpet Ride > Abracadabra > PoseidonEncore: Water #Notes:Domefest Night 2 – “Magic Kingdome”^ Unfinished& w/ Lion Sleeps Tonight jam* w/ West End Blend horns% First time played# Original debutThe Magic Beans carried the magic through the night with their late-night set at 1:30 a.m., playing their “Here On Out” jam to party with the Domies before attendees were evacuated to their campsites due to some mountain lightning. Festival patrons were welcomed back to the stage about 30 minutes later, giving the band freedom to play past 4 a.m. with a Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime” cover and a closing “Blackout” jam.Attendees woke up to the heat of the West Virginia sun on Saturday morning, making it the best-weathered Domefest ever. The Flock had to shed some feathered layers to stay cool in the heat all day as some attendees joined the festival’s visual artists for an inspiring art panel and Virginia jammers Kendall Street Company played a heated set at 12:30 p.m. Vermont four-piece Swimmer cooled the crowd down with some wavy electronica jams at 2:15 p.m. before Pigeons drummer Alex Petropulos’ band Puremotion took the stage for their second, 30-minute set consisting of a reggae jam on Bob Marley & The Wailers‘ “I Shot the Sherriff” and Living Colour’s hard rock classic “Cult of Personality.” “Fifth Pigeons member” Manny Newman showed off his creative lighting techniques to the Flock at his workshop as Georgia progressive funk band Funk You took over the festival’s music at 4 p.m., treating the crowd to some passionate funk before ending their set with Flashdance’s “She’s a Maniac”.Ormont’s Scrambled Greg set highlighted his versatile music taste, starting with Rick James’ “Give It To Me Baby”. The scene was set with some playful bubbles by Ormont’s wife as he got the crowd jamming to a sensual “shiiiiiiiitttttt” guitar tune, toning off the start of Phish’s “You Enjoy Myself.” Ormont professed that he loved the crowd, cats and dogs and broke out into his famous “Say Cheese” as a plate of gourmet cheese was passed around the crowd and Grateful Pandemic hosted a cheese and wine getdown. A crowd member got to play “hold the phone” with Ormont before he ended his spirited set with a new Tom Misch cover.Michigan groovers Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers broke out their fun, colorful set at 5:45 p.m. just as Saturday’s sun was setting. The crowd danced to their bright tunes including a Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under The Bridge” cover that was decorated with an array of flowers throughout the crowd. Goose began their first of three 30-minute sets in the holiday spirit with The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping”, playing on the lyrics with “Merry Domefest”. The Connecticut four-piece debuted a new song titled “Drive”, leaving the crowd excited for the next two sets.Returning to the stage from the day before, Aqueous charmed the crowd with a cover-heavy set, including a Nickelodeon tribute of “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “Rugrats”. The band treated everyone with the Empire Of The Sun chorus of “Walking On A Dream” that saw guitarists Mike Gantzer and Dave Loss harmonizing on vocals before closing out with AC/DC’s “Back in Black”. Goose popped back onstage to pay tribute to The Who with a cover “Eminence Front” as well as a rendition of fan-favorite, “Tumble.”Returning to the stage for their final night, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong joined their flock consisting of multiple Santas, Mardi Gras partiers, Halloween spookers and a banana man for their “Dome For The Holidays”-themed set. Petropulos dressed as a Christmas elf, Carrey as a 4th of July patriot, Ormont in a Mazel Tov sweater and Schon in a Christmas and Hanukkah sweater. The guys got right into the holiday spirit and set the night off with their popular “Pop Off” before going into their celebrating the jews on the mountain with Hebrew celebration anthem “Hava Nagila”.The Domies liked “the dome between their toes” in a “Julia” sandwich with their extraordinary “Beanstalk” right in the middle, as the Flock drank up “French Cafe” on the mountain. The energized “Funk In Funk” got attendees “high”-flying before the band tore down the mountain with their heavy psychedelic instrumental, “Avalanche”. Some Flockers threw fruit roll-ups onstage as the guys started into one of their newest tunes, “Distant Times”, before breaking out in a “Lightning” jam flavored with Tom Misch’s light, jazzy song “It Runs Through Me”. Extending from “Lightning,” the band transitioned into their funky party song “Moonwalk” before ending the first set with edgy bass grooves in “E-Funk”.Goose kept the Flock dancing with Eddy Grant’s “Electric Avenue” and Talking Heads’ “Crosseyed and Painless” before Pigeons Playing Ping Pong marched onstage for their final set of the weekend as the full moon rose to its highest peak. Ormont warned the crowd “who knows what will unfold” right before the band started into their electrified “Whirled”, bringing back the memory of last year’s hour-long “Whirled” to trip up the crowd. The Flock was served up some chicken parmesan in “Landing” that jammed into a magnificent “Zydeko” that transitioned into the trance-like “Sir Real”. The Flock reached the mountains of their mind on Marvin’s Mountaintop as flashing lights and psychedelic sounds transitioned into a holiday mashup of “Jingle Bells” and “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel”. The raging continued with a return to “Zydeko” sprinkled with the Peanuts Christmas tune “Linus and Lucy” and Flogging Molly’s “Drunken Lullabies” teases.Ormont began his banter to the crowd, congratulating all the bands and the Flock for being a part of the 10th annual Domefest history. He led over 2,000 Flockers in a huge howl to the full moon to release all negative energy and refresh everyone’s spirits with a new beginning, leading the band into an intense “Horizon” to “celebrate the people we love.”“The Liquid” revived the crowd with Ormont’s crazy stage antics before newly added cryptic laughing in “Upfunk” made an appearance to spook the Flock. Petropulos pounded on his Christmas stocking-decorated drums to finish off “Upfunk” as a cheerful “Dawn A New Day” closed out the final night’s set. With the loudest cheers all weekend, the band was brought back onstage for an “Ocean Flows” countdown that led the crowd into a cheer of “Happy Domefest” and an “Auld Lang Syne” completion under the full moon that revived our spirits and celebrated the festival’s history.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Domefest Night 3 | Marvin’s Mountaintop, WV | 5/18/19Set One: Pop Off, Hava Nagila > Julia > Beanstalk > Julia, French Café, Fun In Funk, Avalanche, Distant Times, Lightning^ > Moonwalk > E-FunkSet Two: Whirled, Landing > Jam > Zydeko > Sir Real > Dreidel Bells* > Zydeko”, Horizon >>, The Liquid, Upfunk > Drums > Upfunk, Dawn A New DayEncore: Ocean Flows > Auld Lang SyneNotes:Domefest Night 3 – “Dome For The Holidays”^ unfinished; It Runs Through Me tease [Tom Misch]* Jingle Bells / Dreidel Song mashup” w/ Peanuts and Drunken Lullabies teasesMungion continued the nightly celebrations with their 1:30 a.m. set, playing their “One Night Stan” jam and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” before the Domefest All-Stars took the stage at 3 a.m. Members of Pigeons, Aqueous, Funk You, Litz, Mungion, Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers, Goose and ShwizZ played until the sun rose for all the late-night Domies. Playing groovy covers of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Aeroplane”, The Beatles’ “Get Back,” a 20-minute “Sports Theme”, Prince’s “1999″, and more, the Flock was dazzled with funky tunes with varying vocalists and talented musicians throughout the night. The early-morning set was greeted with a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Eyes of the World” with Ormont and Austin Litz alternating verses before slipping into Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like An Eagle”. The sun was rising above the horizon as the Domefest All-Star musicians ended their set at 6:30 a.m. and closed off the 10th annual Domefest with a victorious ending.With the sun shining brightly down on Marvin’s Mountaintop, the Flock woke up only a couple hours after the Domefest All-Stars set to pack up their nests and head back home. Leaving the site, the sign “Dome is Home” read out of the exit, reminding attendees that wherever good music and people lead you, you’re home. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong should be immensely proud of evolving their one-day college music event into the 10th annual three-day celebration of music and art that their friends and family can join in on. The band works, organizes, and produces the festival themselves, wanting the Flock to enjoy themselves all weekend long. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong should be an inspiration to other bands in the music scene. Staying humble and connecting with your fans on a personal level is where true success comes from. Nonetheless, we’re stoked for the 11th Domefest and can’t wait to see what the guys have in store for next year. DOME IS HOME!Below, you can check out a full gallery of photos from Domefest 2019 courtesy of photographer Matt Shotwell (@StrawberryIsland.Dweller).Domefest 2019 | Marvin’s Mountaintop | Cascade, WV | 5/16/19 – 5/18/19 | Photos: Matt Shotwell Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Warmth across 600 years

first_imgHarvard researchers are adding nuance to our understanding of how modern and historical temperatures compare.Through their statistical model of Arctic temperatures and how they relate to instrumental and proxy records, Martin Tingley, a research associate in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Peter Huybers, professor of earth and planetary sciences, have shown that the warmest summers in the last two decades were unprecedented in six centuries.  The work is described in paper published in the April 11 issue of Nature.“We call upon multiple proxies — including those derived from trees, ice cores, and lake sediments — to reconstruct temperature back through time using a Bayesian statistical approach,” Tingley said. “What we are trying to do is put statistical inference of past changes in temperature on a more solid and complete footing.“Saying this year is warmer than all other years included in the reconstruction is a very different thing than saying this year is warmer than a particular year in the past,” he added. “You have to think about the uncertainty in the temperature estimate for each year, and then be able to say that recent years are warmer than all past years simultaneously.”To assess such probabilities, Tingley and Huybers use a statistical model that gives a large ensemble of equally likely temperature histories for the last 600 years, as opposed to the single best estimate provided by most other reconstructions of the planet’s temperature.“By sorting through these many plausible realizations of what Earth’s temperature may have looked like,” Huybers said, “it becomes possible to find the probability associated with a great variety of relevant quantities, such as whether the 2010 Russian heat wave was more anomalous than all other events or whether the trend in average temperature over the last 100 years is uniquely large.”Perhaps the most basic quantity is average Arctic temperature, and Tingley said that the summers of 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011 were each warmer than all years prior to 2005 in at least 95 percent of the ensemble members. Furthermore, the rate of temperature increase observed over the last century is, with 99 percent probability, greater in magnitude than centennial trends in the last 600 years.  At a regional level, the summer of 2010 featured the warmest year in western Russia, with 99 percent probability, and also featured the warmest year in western Greenland and the Canadian Arctic, with 90 percent probability.Also notable: Although summer temperatures are clearly on the rise, the researchers found no indication that temperature variability has changed.  Events such as the 2010 Russian heat wave and the 2003 western European heat wave are consistent with the increase in mean temperature, after accounting for the fact that they are selected as some of the hottest years and locations.“Insomuch as the past is prologue for the future,” Tingley said, “these results suggest that the hottest summers will track along with increases in mean temperature.” He explained, “If instead the distribution of temperatures were becoming wider, as well as shifting toward higher values, then the probability of extreme events would go up even more rapidly.”But Tingley also acknowledged the limitations of the results and the need for further work. “The proxies, unlike thermometers, generally only give information about seasonal average temperatures, and we have not explored changes in variability at the daily and weekly timescales associated with weather patterns,” he said. “It will be interesting to further explore instrumental records and higher resolution proxies for trends at these shorter timescales.”last_img read more

Virtual Workstations Made Even Easier With The Expanded Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse

first_imgVirtual workstations continue to gain momentum in the industry as a way to deliver high-performance workstation class desktops in a secure and efficient way. For organizations whose employees have been tied to physical workstations or be forced to deal with frustrating file replication solutions, virtual workstations offers a breath of fresh air.Organizations can leverage the power of virtual workstations to centralize compute, storage and networking infrastructure that houses their valuable IP whilst securely making applications and data accessible to its highly paid engineers and designers whenever and wherever they need it.Customers in a variety of industries have embraced virtual workstations and the Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse as a way to drive enhanced mobility, security and agility.A recent customer success story is Burns Engineering, a leading engineering and construction management firm headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. I share below some of the key aspects of the company’s implementation and its associated benefits. For additional details, please view the case study on Dell.com.Building on the customer successes to-date and market momentum, Dell is pleased to announce an expansion in the Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse product family. The expanded offering now leverages Dell’s flagship PowerEdge R730 server coupled with NVIDIA’s high powered Tesla M60 GRID 2.0 technology and virtualization software VMware ESXi, VMware Horizon and Citrix XenDesktop.Customers now have a choice of two configurations, one based on the Dell Precision Rack 7910 and GRID K2A, and one based on Dell PowerEdge R730 and NVIDIA Tesla M60.This expanded portfolio offers customers a number of enhanced benefits, such as higher user density (up to 32 users per appliance), greater choice with respect to compute platform and desktop virtualization broker, and support for the latest generation secure thin and zero Dell Wyse clients, such as the Wyse 7040 thin client and Wyse 5212 AIO.For additional details on the Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse, be sure to check out the product website or have a quick read of the product datasheet.last_img read more

Notre Dame community responds to sex abuse crisis

first_imgIn the aftermath of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report, members of the Notre Dame community gathered Tuesday in a discussion hosted by Campus Ministry to grapple with the sexual abuse crisis facing the Catholic Church.“There’s going to be no resolution at the end of this,” Fr. Pete McCormick, director of Campus Ministry, said. “But we are, I believe, going to … leave from [this] with a wider sense of [the] questions that are at play.”The scandal emerged after the Pennsylvania Grand Jury issued a report on Aug. 14 stating that more than 300 Catholic priests sexually abused minors over the course of more than 70 years. The report listed more than 1,000 victims and noted that thousands more were yet to be identified.Johnny Gregory, a Holy Cross brother and graduate student, said as a member of a religious order, he struggled with guilt in the face of the allegations.“Personally, I feel it’s my fault, [that] I am involved in it, that I have done something wrong,” he said.“ … I was questioning myself: ‘What is happening?’”“What do you tell the young seminarians, the young religious like me?” Gregory asked McCormick.Ultimately, McCormick responded, he chose to stay in the Catholic Church because of the “beautiful things” he said it had to offer — forgiveness of sins and the sacraments.“There’s an element of gratitude that I still have within myself in my own vocation for being a priest and to have known this Church … and I stand up for this,” McCormick said. “I have to stand in a spot that says I’m firmly committed to this Church because of what it has been for me, but at the same time, from that position, I look at the evil and I say, ‘You don’t have a place here.’”Senior Leah Buck said members of the Catholic Church can begin to address the crisis by acknowledging the ways in which priests are sometimes placed on a pedestal.“I think something that’s really at the root of all the problems, both with the cover-ups and with the abuse itself is clericalism and this idea that priests are God,” she said.Members of the laity can adjust this attitude as a way to shift power from the Church hierarchy back into the hands of the entire Church, Buck said.“Acknowledge our priests are people,” she said.Students also expressed concern about Notre Dame’s resident Holy Cross priests and brothers and asked what steps the University has taken to protect against clericalism within its own clergy.McCormick said Holy Cross has been “proactive” against sexual abuse.“All of us, when we enter the seminary, go through human formation elements,” he said.These steps include extensive background checks and psychological evaluations, he added.Additionally, when news of the abuse crisis reached Notre Dame, Holy Cross decided to appoint a lay board to review its evaluation process, he said.McCormick said those who wish to report incidents of sexual abuse by clergy members may contact the Office of Institutional Equity or the Office of Title IX to file a report.McCormick said he encourages the Notre Dame community to engage in discussion about the scandal.“Talk about [the scandal] amongst your friends,” he said. “ … This is real and it needs to be contended with. And we need to have great minds and great hearts thinking about it.”Gregory said he feels conversation is an important means by which the Church can strive for a greater understanding of the scandal.“If we want to fight evil, we all have to come together to talk about it,” he said.McCormick said he believes that despite the atrocities plaguing the Church, its integrity is not solely defined by the actions of its members.“Holiness does not come from priests, it does not come necessarily from laity, it does not come from bishops,” he said. “The church, ultimately, gets its holiness from our pursuit of Jesus Christ.”Tags: Catholic church, Fr. Pete McCormick, sex abuse scandallast_img read more

Matilda’s Jessica Scoblick on Dressing Christopher Sieber as Miss Trunchbull

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 View Comments Matilda Related Shows Matilda star Christopher Sieber’s dresser Jessica Scoblick has worked on over 20 Broadway shows. She discovered a love for costume design and technology under the guidance of the Barb Wolfe, first as a theater student at Binghamton University, then as a dresser at the Cider Mill Playhouse. She moved to NYC in 1997 and went on to dress (and on some occasions, supervise) on such shows as Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun, Aida, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde, The Drowsy Chaperone, Billy Elliot, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and more. Read on to find out about the sweetness and sass in her relationship with the man behind Miss Trunchbull.When did you first meet Christopher Sieber, and what was your first impression of him?I first met Christopher when he was in rehearsals for Matilda. My first impression of him was that he had a broken hand! My second impression was that he didn’t seem fazed by that at all and was in fact still performing in Pippin across the street with a broken hand.What do you wish more people knew about dressers?Nothing! I’m not used to people knowing about us. This interview is fun, but it’s weird for someone who’s used to being on the other side of the curtain.What makes the two of you laugh?Sometimes he’ll act as if he has a sore shoulder or something—he’ll move his arm around and around in a circle, and just as I start to get concerned, he suddenly hooks his thumbs under his armpits and does Eugene Levy in Waiting For Guffman: “How HIGH a ridge I could not tell.” It’s so stupid, and I fall for it every single time.What are some items you both like to have on hand backstage?The usual: water/honey, Grether’s Pastilles, emergency mole.What’s the most challenging part of dressing Christopher?He’s extremely self-sufficient. I don’t get to be the super-duper problem solver; he’s always one step ahead of me.Which of Trunchbull’s costumes do you wish you had in your closet?Our styles are pretty different (she’s a lot sportier than I am), but I actually really like her Phys Ed hoodie. It’s enormous and soft and has all these vintage Girl Guide badges on it.What do you two bond over?I think the first time we really bonded it was over, of all things, the song “Key Largo.” I can’t remember why, but he started singing it, and I had it on my phone so I played it. He did a perfect Bertie Higgins voice. I sang along for the whole thing, loudly, which I do NOT do ever, especially around singers, because I have the worst singing voice known to man. But I guess I decided that I felt comfortable enough around Christopher to sing, full out, about starring in our own late late show, just like Bogie and Bacall. Now we bond over home improvement projects. His are wildly successful; mine are a disaster. I guess we don’t bond over that as much as he enrages me.What’s the best gift he’s ever given you?I love to cook and bake. Last Christmas he and his husband Kevin (who is a chef) got me a gift card to a really great spice shop. And there have been several Williams-Sonoma gift cards as well. Probably the best gift though was four pieces of wood. I was having a meltdown because Dykes Lumber had closed and I didn’t know where in the neighborhood I was going to get the wood for my kitchen shelves. He went to the Lowe’s in Jersey the next day and when I got to work there were four beautiful perfect stain grade solid wood boards waiting for me in the wardrobe room.What’s something he says all the time?”This is how it ends.” Whether it’s a leg cramp, an eye twitch, a red spot on his arm. “Is it hot in here? Is it clammy? This is how it ends. At least I’ll go out doing what I love.” He’s a hypochondriac.What is something you do that makes him roll his eyes?Fuss too much with his (her) necktie/sock garters/Phys Ed towel. I just think Miss Trunchbull should look put together!What’s the secret to your relationship?He always says that it’s lonely playing the villain—you’re kind of in a different show than the rest of the cast, so you end up talking to your dresser a lot. So I guess the secret to our relationship is that he’s stuck with me.Since he plays a strict instructor in the show, what is he most picky about? What makes him want to lock someone in the Chokey?He’s really not picky about much. He actually likes when things get switched up; it’s fun and exciting and he gets to try new things. If you want to see the inside of Chokey, come sit in the audience and then spend the entire time looking at your phone. Or better yet, record the show! Chokey for sure.Any fun anecdotes you want to share about your time working with Christopher?There’s a shared fire escape between our floor and the star dressing room at the Booth next door. During the entire run of The Elephant Man, Christopher tried to get Bradley Cooper to come visit us. He would lean out of the window and yell (in a southern falsetto) “Bradley Coopah! Bradley Coopah you get in heah right now y’heah me? There’s a pie coolin’ on the winduhsill!” And other absurd things like that. It would make me cry from laughing it was so silly. Bradley never did come to visit. I guess it would have been a better story if he had. Oh, well.What’s the best part about being part of Team Trunch?That we get to be ourselves. We’re not trying to impress each other. We do our best work for the show, but I think we can be relaxed in our relationship. Christopher sees the worst sides of me, and yet last year he gave me a birthday card that said, “To me, you are perfect.”last_img read more

BED to Seek Rate Increase

first_imgBED to Seek Rate IncreaseBurlington Electric Department announced October 23, 2008, that it will seek a rate increase of up to 5.9 percent from the Public Service Board, pending the approval of the City Council. The increase would become effective Jan. 1, 2009. The exact amount of the increase will be determined as BED endeavors to arrange the optimal debt strategy for 2009 and beyond. The need for the increase is driven by increased power, transmission and operating costs, along with declining sales of electricity that are a result of BED’s successful energy efficiency programs.BED has advanced its ongoing major capital projects, the McNeil air quality improvements and the East Avenue reliability upgrade, through favorable short-term borrowing arranged through the City. This allows BED to reap the benefits of these projects in lowered operating costs as it moves into 2009 without fully absorbing the cost of the debt these projects will require.”That’s the bright side,” said general manager Barbara Grimes. “More problematic is that these projects will still need long-term financing in a bond market that is very uncertain, given the current financial turmoil. Though thankfully we have voter support to obtain bond funding, and we prefer long-term to short-term debt, the bond market is currently expensive. It is difficult to say today when the time will be right. But by implementing these cost-effective projects now, we can count on reaping their benefits to lower the amount needed when we do go for long-term financing.”BED is sensitive to the difficult economic times Burlington’s residents and businesses are experiencing. “While we’re reluctant to put off what we know will be needed and defer debt until tomorrow, we think it is best in the current economic situation to ask for as small a revenue increase as possible,” said Grimes.BED will continue to offer aggressive energy efficiency programs to all its customers. “We’ve known through our planning that these programs will reduce revenue and impact rates in the short term, but participating in these offerings is the best way for our customers to lower their own bills and offset the increased cost. The payoff will come in the long term, when BED can avoid buying new supply sources.”All BED customers are encouraged to explore what’s available for reducing their energy bills by visiting BED’s web site, www.burlingtonelectric.com(link is external), or by calling 658-0300.#30last_img read more