Last night, Athens, GA rockers Widespread Panic continued their Fall Tour with their second and final performance at the newly opened Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk. The same rowdy crowd that was there Friday night was back again and then some, as the scene on the boardwalk seemed virtually twice as big as the night before. The cool ocean breeze that swept over the beach pre-show was a welcome change after Friday’s swampy heat, and as a beautiful sunset painted the skies above the venue, a rainbow appeared over Coney Island’s iconic carnival rides.With the breathtaking views–and the strength of Friday’s performance–the audience was already buzzing when the band took the stage. From the opening “Disco”, the band made their intentions clear–tonight was going to be a classic dance party. Fourteen of the twenty songs performed were debuted by the band in 1990 or before, making for a show stacked with early Panic and well-loved cover staples (“Stop~Go”, “C. Brown”, “Conrad”, “Pigeons”, “Driving Song”, and “Tie Your Shoes”: 1986; “Arleen”, “Genesis”, and “Bowlegged Woman”: 1987; “Disco”, and “Jack”: 1988; “Rock”: 1989; “Fishwater” and “Ribs and Whiskey”: 1990).“Disco” dissolved into a spacey, Jimmy Herring-led outro jam. Next, the band launched into a well-executed three-song sequence, flowing seamlessly from “Stop~Go” into “Rock” into “Heroes” without skipping a beat. Another three-song run followed, as “Airplane” kept up the energy in the room before segueing into fan-favorite Winston Riley cover “Arleen” and, finally, into the anthemic “C. Brown”. An emotional “Genesis” came next, before a ripping “Conrad”, put an exclamation point on a top-notch first set.The band kicked off Set 2 with Howlin’ Wolf‘s “Tail Dragger”, a staple of the band’s setlists over the last five years. From there on, Widespread Panic launched into the stratosphere and never looked back, putting on a truly memorable set for the Brooklyn crowd. An excellent “Pigeons” got the ball rolling before segueing into “Jack”. “Driving Song” materialized out of “Jack” to roaring approval from the audience, and segued into an extended “Tie Your Shoes”, which the band brought to a raucous peak before diving into “Pilgrims”. While keyboardist “Jo Jo” Herman was notably “on” all night, “Pilgrims” was where his funky keyboard grooves shined the brightest, propelling some locked-in improvisation that eventually made its way back to a “Driving Song” reprise.Next, singer-guitarist John Bell drove the ladies in the audience crazy (and–lets be honest–the guys too) with a steamy rendition of Tom Waits‘ “Goin’ Out West”, before a rowdy “Fishwater” > “Bowlegged Woman” > “Fishwater” sandwich brought the set to a close.Any devoted fan of any band is well-acquainted with the idea of a “piss break song.” Of course, you hope that every song at a show will be so incredible that you can’t look away, but sometimes nature calls, and a so-so tune can be a greatly appreciated window to take care of business. Last night, Panic caught fire as soon as they hit the stage, and stayed red-hot ’til the final notes rang out. Coney Island Night 2 had no “piss breaks” to speak of, and the ecstatic crowd happily “held it”–transfixed by a band performing at the top of their game.Finally, the band returned for a two-song encore to cap off a stellar weekend on the boardwalk, with the whole theater singing along to “Ribs and Whiskey” and the Talking Heads‘ “Life During Wartime”. After getting their footing in D.C. this past week, Panic truly hit their stride in Brooklyn this weekend. With Fall Tour 2016 heating up, you can expect the band to ride this wave of momentum as they make their way to Philadelphia’s Mann Center tonight.You can watch fan-shot video of “Heroes” and “Pigeons” below, courtesy of YouTube user danfro.“Heroes”“Pigeons”Check out the full setlist below, via PanicStream.9/10/16 – Widespread Panic | Ford Amphitheater At Coney Island Boardwalk | Brooklyn, NYSet 1: Disco, Stop~Go > Rock > Heroes, Airplane > Arleen^ > C. Brown, Genesis^^, Conrad (80 mins)Set 2: Tail Dragger*, Pigeons > Jack > Driving Song > Tie Your Shoes > Pilgrims > Driving Song, Goin’ Out West** > Fishwater > Bowlegged Woman > Fishwater (78 mins)Encore: Ribs and Whiskey, Life During Wartime*** (14 mins)Notes: ^General Echo cover; ^^Jorma Kaukonen cover; *Howlin’ Wolf cover; **Tom Waits cover; ***Talking Heads cover
Jimmy Herring is currently on tour with his new band, The Invisible Whip, with his most recent stop in Chattanooga, TN at The Revelry Room. As a founding member of The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Project Z, and Jazz is Dead – in addition to playing with everyone from The Allman Brothers Band to The Dead to Widespread Panic – Herring has made an indelible impact on improvised music. Composed of longtime friends and musical collaborators, The Invisible Whip, named for the intangible musical force that fuels them, is a nod to their time spent playing with their fallen hero Col. Bruce Hampton – who made a lifelong impact on the members of the band. The Invisible Whip is: drummer Jeff Sipe (aka Apt Q258), Matt Slocum on B3 organ and clavinet, bassist Kevin Scott and multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby on Fender Rhodes, piano and violin.EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Herring Talks New Band, This Year’s Losses, And The Unknown Future Of PanicJimmy Herring and The Invisible Whip will tour nationally through September, then they’ll join John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension in November and December. For the full tour schedule, head to Herring’s website.Check out photos from the Chattanooga performance below, from photographer Christian Stewart.Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip | Chattanooga, TN | 7/23/17 | Photos by Christian Stewart Load remaining images
Widespread layoffs amid the COVID-19 pandemic threaten to cut off millions of people from their employer-sponsored health insurance plans. But the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will protect many of these people and their families from losing coverage, according to a new study.The Perspective article in the New England Journal of Medicine, co-authored by Harvard University Ph.D. student Sumit Agarwal (also of Brigham and Women’s Hospital) and Benjamin Sommers, professor of health policy and economics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, was published online Aug. 19.To quantify the ACA’s effect on changes in health insurance coverage after job loss, the researchers looked at data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers, and employers across the U.S. The analysis compared the trajectories of 1,350 adults who lost their jobs before 2014 — the year that the ACA’s Medicaid and marketplace provisions, aimed at increasing health insurance coverage, went into effect — with the trajectories of 1,103 adults who lost their jobs in 2014 or later. The researchers examined the insurance status of these participants during the first three months and the last three months that they were surveyed.Between 2011 and 2013, job loss was associated with an average health insurance coverage loss of 4.6 percentage points, the analysis found. The proportion of participants with any coverage decreased from 66.3 percent to 61.7 percent. The very virus that has brought about record unemployment levels is the same agent that makes health insurance — and the new options created under the ACA — more important than ever. Democratizing work for the people and the planet How COVID turned a spotlight on weak worker rights The authors noted that insurance coverage gaps remain even with the ACA, and that the law’s future is still uncertain amid a Supreme Court challenge from 18 Republican state attorneys general and the Trump administration, who are arguing that the law is unconstitutional.“In the current context of millions of Americans losing their jobs and an ongoing pandemic, overturning the ACA would most likely be devastating to patients, clinicians, hospitals, and state economies,” the authors wrote. “The very virus that has brought about record unemployment levels is the same agent that makes health insurance — and the new options created under the ACA — more important than ever.” Shutdown may be threatening millions of businesses, but reopening is fraught with challenges of its own But after the ACA went into effect — when the overall coverage rate was much higher to begin with (76.2 percent ) — job loss was no longer linked to an increase in the uninsured rate. Large gains in Medicaid (8.9 percentage points) and marketplace coverage (2.6 percentage points) nearly fully offset the reduction in employer-sponsored insurance for people who left or lost their job, according to the authors. Overall, the implementation of the ACA was associated with a 6.0-percentage-point net increase in the likelihood of having coverage after a job loss.“These results indicate the critical role that the ACA will play in alleviating coverage losses related to the Covid-associated recession,” the authors wrote. Professor Julie Battilana and international collaborators lead the charge in rethinking how we work Related American economy on the bubble Block and Sachs point to flaws in the social safety net, an indifferent OSHA, and a system that favors employers over employees
Sociology professor Christian Smith recently received honors for his latest works, “What is a Person” and “Souls in Transition,” from top scholarly institutions, including “Choice” magazine and the Lilly Fellows Program. Smith expressed gratitude when presented with his awards and praised the University for its contributions to his research. “You spend years and years working on books, so it’s nice when someone thinks they’re worthwhile. I’m very happy for Notre Dame as well,” Smith said. “The University’s resources have been invaluable to my research.” In addition to teaching sociology courses, Smith serves as Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society and the Director of the Center for Social Research. Smith said he developed an interest in religion and the spiritual lives of youth early in his career. “I was always interested in the field of religion,” he said. “In 2000, I began studying the religious and spiritual lives of teenagers. I find the lives of young people fascinating and a great way to understand culture and society.” “Souls in Transition,” the winner of the 2011 Lilly Fellows Program Book Award, explores spirituality and religion during emerging adulthood, a time Smith defines as between 18 to 23 years of age. “There’s a lot of freedom, opportunity and dangers during this limbo phase between the teenage years and young adulthood,” Smith said. “In the book, I look what happens to the lessons from childhood. Also, growing up in a pluralistic society, I wondered how teenagers would approach spirituality once leaving home and separating from their parents.” While researching for his book, Smith discovered his findings supported previously established claims, while also validating obvious yet surprising explanations concerning the religious lives of young adults. “We have known that going to church declines in this period. There’s not a decline in beliefs necessarily, but more so in public practice,” he said. “It should be obvious then, but the most important factor in shaping the lives of young people is their parents. It’s surprising because we tend to believe parents become less and less important, and this is not the case at all.” Smith has brought his research to the Notre Dame community, hoping that residence staff and campus ministry can help students develop and sustain their spiritual lives during their undergraduate careers. “I have presented my findings to all the rectors, and my main message is if you really want to reach young people with faith, then you have to engage them where they are in their lives,” Smith said. “Notre Dame can’t control what parents have taught, but they can continue to engage students in conversation.” Smith’s other work, “What is a Person,” explores the question of personhood within a comprehensive framework informed by sociological and philosophical principles. “I think social science gets human beings wrong in a lot of ways,” Smith said. “What it means to be a person is something very particular and complicated. If humans are persons, then social science needs to take personhood seriously rather than taking a reductionist view.” Smith said he advocates a pluralist approach, a philosophical system recognizing the possibility of more than one ultimate principle. “We need to develop a better theory of personhood that defends a humanistic view as human beings are special and worthy of dignity,” Smith said. “I think culture is moving away from this view, and it’s a big problem.”
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the widow of a former Notre Dame football player’s lawsuit against both the University and the NCAA could proceed, an Associated Press (AP) article said. Yvette Schmitz is alleging that her husband, Steve, was adversely affected by concussions sustained during his football career at Notre Dame from 1974-1978. Steve Schmitz died in 2015.“Steve and Yvette Schmitz filed a lawsuit in 2014 alleging the institutions showed ‘reckless disregard’ for player safety and failed to protect them from concussions,” the article said.The slip opinion issued by the Ohio Supreme Court states Steve Schmitz was diagnosed with degenerative brain disease in 2012, which he claimed was related to numerous concussions before he died.“By 2014, at age 58, [Schmitz] had been additionally diagnosed with severe memory loss, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia, all of which he claimed were caused, aggravated, and/or magnified by the repetitive head impacts he sustained while playing football for Notre Dame,” the slip opinion said.Both the University and the NCAA argued too much time has passed for the lawsuit to proceed, but the Ohio Supreme Court said it didn’t have enough facts to confirm that conclusion.“The Supreme Court said Wednesday it couldn’t say the couple missed the two-year statute of limitations without more facts, and returned the case to the trial court,” the AP article said.Tags: concussions, lawsuit, NCAA, Ohio Supreme Court, Steve Schmitz
Oscar nominee Michael Keaton recently caught a performance of Something Rotten!, and we suspect he had no problem navigating the backstage halls of the St. James Theatre. After all, the star filmed several long takes at the space while working on the Broadway-centric Oscar-winning film Birdman. After the show, he took to the stage (this time, as a guest) to snap a shot with his Spotlight co-star Brian d’Arcy James, Christian Borle, John Cariani, Heidi Blickenstaff and more. Here’s hoping this Birdman is OK with eggs! View Comments Something Rotten! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Related Shows
Looking forward to working with this legend. #Mufasa pic.twitter.com/1LszbWrcYT— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017 Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Hear Emma Watson Sing ‘Belle’ Mama Broadway watch 2017 continues! Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast remake is slated to hit theaters on March 17, and the song clips and trailers have us lining up to buy our popcorn. Luckily, we’ve gotten a glimpse of Audra McDonald in her costume as Garderobe, but we can’t wait to hear those Tony-winning pipes tackle that new song. However, fans can hear (and see) title star Emma Watson in the latest clip of the rousing opening number, “Belle.” Take a look below! Kevin Kline & Emma Watson in ‘Beauty and the Beast'(Photo: Disney) Donald Glover Just Can’t Wait to Be KingDonald Glover, who picked up two Golden Globe awards for creating and starring in FX’s dramedy Atlanta, will star as Simba in Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King. Tony winner and screen legend James Earl Jones will return to the role of Mufasa, which he voiced in the 1994 animated film. Previously reported director Jon Favreau announced the news on Twitter. View Comments I just can’t wait to be king. #Simba pic.twitter.com/wUYKixMBJI— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017 Chita Rivera & Tommy Tune Will Hit the RoadThey have 12 Tony Awards between them, and they are heading out on tour! Broadway legends Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune are set to co-star in a unique concert event Chita & Tune – Two for the Road this fall. Tour dates will be announced at a later time.Anna Kendrick’s Singing ProblemTony nominee and screen favorite Anna Kendrick stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to discuss her new movie Table 19—and her singing problem. Don’t get us wrong: We love Kendrick’s voice. However, she apparently sings about whatever she is doing (this includes making breakfast tacos, apparently). “It’s one of those qualities I find so annoying in other people,” Kendrick said. “But I do it all the f**king time.” It’s all right, Anna. We’ve totally been there, and we can’t wait to watch the “Cups” queen belt it out in Pitch Perfect 3 this December! P.S. Academy Award winner, Broadway star and now lip syncer extraordinaire! The Present’s Cate Blanchett took the stage at the Stonewall Inn on February 20 to perform Dusty Springfield’s anthem “You Don’t Own Me.” The strutting, the diamonds, the drag queens—it’s all perfect.
When it comes to kitchen sinks, stainless steel is still thecleanest, says a University of Georgia researcher.To find the best sink type, Joe Frank, a food microbiologistwith the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,put today’s kitchen sink surfaces through food safety tests inhis lab.New and Old Materials Tested”So many new materials are being manufactured for kitchensinks,” Frank said. “We wanted to see how they standup to food pathogens that can be found in your home kitchen.”For the test, Frank compared sinks made of stainless steel,mineral resin and polycarbonate plastic. All were tested in bothnew and used conditions.Frank exposed the sink surfaces to Staphylococcus aureus,a pathogen commonly found in household kitchens. “We selectedS. aureus because it’s harder to kill,” he said.The surfaces were exposed to the pathogen and then cleanedwith chlorine, ammonia, bleach and liquid sanitizers.Abraded Surfaces Harder to CleanAll abraded or used sinks were harder to sanitize. But Frankfound the hardest surface to clean was the mineral resin sink.The easiest to clean, he found, was the new stainless steel sink.”New products, especially plastics, are really easy toclean. But once a surface is abraded, it’s just harder to clean,”Frank said. “A new stainless steel surface is rougher initially,but it doesn’t abrade easily, either.”Frank said all surfaces will become harder to sanitize themore they’re used. Using proper cleaning supplies is the key tokeeping your kitchen sink free of harmful bacteria and reducingyour family’s risk of food-borne illnesses.Clean and Sanitize”Remember that a cleanser only removes bacteria,”Frank said. “You have to use a sanitizer to kill bacteria.”UGAfood safety specialists recommend combination cleaning in thekitchen.”Always wash and clean your kitchen surfaces first witha detergent solution,” said Elizabeth Andress, an ExtensionService food safety specialist with the UGA College of Familyand Consumer Sciences. “Then clean the surfaces with a chlorinebleach-solution spray.”Andress said you can easily prepare a chlorine-solution sprayat home by mixing 1 tablespoon of bleach with a gallon of water.”Then put the solution in a spray bottle and use it to spotclean your kitchen surfaces,” she said.She recommends using this solution within a few days. The dilutedbleach solution will lose its strength when exposed to the air.”It’s best to mix up a fresh solution each time you planto sanitize,” Andress said.(Staphylococcus aureus image courtesy of the Centers forDisease Control and Prevention. Sink image courtesy Advanced TabcoInc.)
Adding another dimension to its inspirational response to Irene, the State of Vermont today announced a multi-disciplinary task force charged with restoring tourism, and the vital economic activity it generates, during the state’s celebrated fall foliage season. Composed of representatives from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Ski Areas Association, Vermont Agency of Transportation, Vermont Department of Forest Parks and Recreation, Vermont-based communications firms HMC2 and Hen House Media and state tourism officials, the task force will use a comprehensive communications campaign to highlight the accessibility of Vermont and that most areas of Vermont are ready to provide the inspirational foliage experience the state is known for.‘While Vermont continues to work diligently to revitalize areas impacted, Governor Shumlin and Lt. Governor Scott have tasked us with doing everything we can to communicate that, with a few exceptions, our communities’and their inns, bed and breakfasts, attractions, restaurants and resorts ‘are open for business and that, without exception, our foliage season is going to be spectacular,’ said Steve Cook, deputy commissioner of tourism. ‘With the interstates and 85 percent of the state’s roads fully open, visitors can have the authentic Vermont foliage experience that our state is so very proud to provide,’ Cook added.‘We want people to know that Vermont is open for business, we are ready to welcome visitors for our spectacular fall foliage, and there are a ton of memorable things to do and see here in the Green Mountain State,’ added Vicky Tebbetts, vice president of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. ‘Vermont is moving forward’that’s the Vermont way and it’s an impressive sight to behold,’ said Parker Riehle, president of Ski Vermont. ‘One very important way to help with this effort is to keep or make travel plans to visit Vermont. We’ll be here to greet everyone with a warm smile when they arrive.’ The task force expects to launch the first element of its effort Friday and sustain the campaign through foliage season. For example, in addition to traditional media, and given the significant role that social media and user-generated content have played in the response to Irene, this task force will make extensive and innovative use of grassroots social media outlets that will allow Vermonters and visitors alike to actively participate in the campaign. Information on the Foliage Force and ways to support this effort can be found at www.vermontpartners.org(link is external).
Summer legs are growing.It didn’t seem like it could happen, but there I was cranking up Hazzard Street in my middle ring as if I never really remembered it being so short. Then I found myself in the big ring climbing Old 70. I swear I’m usually suffering in the tiny ring going nearly backwards at just the thought of the upcoming hill.It’s not that I’m in top shape or anything, but that I’m paying attention to the little changes as they occur. It’s definitely encouraging. Especially since I haven’t had that luxury in five years, but instead struggled to maintain a base level of fitness. There’s no telling if I will have the opportunity to keep it going – what next week’s drama will unfold to be.I want to say it’s the new shorts, or the tune-up, or the running, but really I think it’s from riding my bike, and losing five pounds. It’s amazing to me how five pounds can really make a difference. The next time you’re in the grocery store, pick up five pounds of ground beef and imagine having that hanging somewhere on your body, stressing your cardio system and joints.It’s possible that exercising caused me to both lose five pounds as well as get stronger. It’s also possible that only riding bikes makes you stronger riding bikes. While consistent cross-training allows the body to respond quicker to any training, there is little that replicates spinning wheels up a steep-ass hill if you want to get better at spinning wheels up a steep-ass hill.I’m also beginning to believe the hooplah about gluten and sugar. I’m not sure which is worse, because I can’t seem to quit drinking beer. By the way, I asked my skinny girlfriend how she stays so skinny during her bouts off of the bike. She peered at my love handles and said, “I don’t really drink all that much beer.” Ouch! We laughed.Anyway, I’ve watched friends and massage clients cut the gluten and sugar and entirely resolve inflammation, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. My aching shoulders and left wrist are desperate for something so I’m willing to try. I’ve cut back a lot, trying to eat only fresh produce and lean proteins. Processed foods are poison. Really yummy poison. Well, I can’t seem to back off of the bacon either. I mean…come on. Bacon-flavored mints just weren’t cutting it.Although I haven’t cut gluten and sugar out entirely, I did a bit of a test. I went for three days eating out of my kids’ Easter baskets and feasting on garlic bread and birthday cake. I truly felt like crap for two days. My focus was off, I was testy, and I had less energy. That being said, I also believe that had I had the opportunity to run or ride, I would have burned much of that out of my system quicker. I also think some of that is helpful during, or directly after, prolonged cardio sessions when the body will still be burning. I’m not saying it’s any better for you, but it’s definitely burned off and flushed out quicker. It gives a quick burst, rather than a lasting one, which is why I think whole grains are an important part of the recipe for a happy body. Beyond the nutrients, they nurture a slow-burning engine.I will keep trying different combinations, because as my father so blatantly put it, “You are middle-aged, you know.”Click here for more Spinning My Wheels from Bettina!