Panic On The Boardwalk II: WSP Delivers Old School Set At Brand New Venue

first_imgLast 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 coverlast_img read more

Chronic condition

first_imgThe signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by President Obama on March 23, 2010 in no way ended the debate over health care reform, and the issue may be a big factor in the next presidential election.During a Harvard Kennedy School discussion Wednesday (Feb. 23), those points were underscored by predictions of action in Congress and the Supreme Court and disagreement among panelists over the impact of the legislation.“A year ago, it seems as though this country had reached some kind of resolution in this long and rancorous conflict over health care in this country,” said Paul Starr, professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University and co-editor of The American Prospect. “But whether the legislation really resolved anything at all seems unclear. The conflict goes on and it’s as bitter as ever.”The panel, sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy, focused on one of the act’s least popular and most problematic aspects — the mandate that people buy health insurance.Starr said that the law should have allowed individuals to opt out of the mandate as long as it didn’t allow them to opt back in whenever they wanted. He suggests that a person could, for example, opt out if he or she waives the right to get back in for five years.“The mandate communicates the wrong message,” he said. “Many people simply do not understand why the government should fine them for failing to purchase health insurance when it does not require them to buy other products.”Yet if you don’t buy insurance, what will happen?“Actually nothing,” Starr said. The mandate is difficult to enforce, he said. A person might get a warning letter from the Internal Revenue Service, but “The IRS can’t garnish your wages; it cannot put a lien on your property. And there are no criminal penalties for refusal to pay.“The law ultimately relies on a norm of law abidingness,” he added.Still, the act is a “remarkable milestone,” comparable to the Social Security Act of 1935 and the expansion of Medicare in 1965, said Theda Skocpol, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology and co-author of “Health Care Reform and American Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know.”Downplaying the impact of the individual mandate, which she called a “toothless tiger,” Skocpol said the act “sets up new rules of the game for private insurance industry, which says they can continue to make profits but must do so by expanding the ranks of patients they serve.”The act expands Medicare and Medicaid and delivers more care to more people. Liberals may lament the lack of a public option but the law is a major redistributive piece of social legislation, she said. Moreover, even if the mandate were eliminated, “the hatred of the law would still be there,” she said.A crucial element of the bill is that it requires states to set up exchanges on which private insurance policies will be compared and sold. States may complain about the law “but they are also taking the [federal] money to plan the insurance exchanges,” Skocpol said.Paul Starr: “The mandate communicates the wrong message. Many people simply do not understand why the government should fine them for failing to purchase health insurance when it does not require them to buy other products.”Panel moderator Amitabh Chandra, an economist and Harvard Kennedy School professor of public policy, said that while he supports the act, it does little to improve the actual quality of health care or to curb rising medical costs. “This is a fiscal train wreck waiting to happen,” he added.Chandra cited expensive medical technology that increases costs but which can’t be denied to patients under the act; to drive home the point, he showed a cartoon of patient bodies as human ATM machines for doctors.The panelists noted that academics are buzzing about possible action by the U.S. Supreme Court on the act, but Skocpol predicts the high court will shrewdly delay taking any action until after the 2012 election, saying, “They’re in a position to stall.”But Democrats, whether they like it or not, will be forced to defend the bill in the next election cycle, Starr said. On the other side of the aisle, Mitt Romney, a possible Republican presidential candidate who oversaw health care reform at the state level as governor of Massachusetts, will be hard-pressed to “attack Obama care when it is, in fact, Romney care,” Skocpol said.During the question-and-answer period, Arnold S. Relman, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, challenged panelists, saying the powerful health insurance lobby was critical in maintaining the mandate.Starr, however, countered that the health insurance industry did not support the act. In fact, the five largest companies spent $80 million through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to oppose it, he said.Skocpol said that the politics that lead to a law are not the same as politics that emerge from a law. “The Tea Party crowd and the insurance company crowd will come to blows” about the act, she predicted.last_img read more

B’way Dates, Theater & Stars Announced for Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2

first_img Tony winner Mark Rylance and Broadway alum Damian Lewis will soon be seen in the upcoming television adaptation of Wolf Hall. View Comments Wolf Hall Part One Reprising their performances from the London production will be Ben Miles as Cromwell, Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII and Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn. Further casting will be announced later. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 5, 2015center_img Related Shows The plays had their RSC premiere at Stratford ‘s Swan Theatre before transferring to the West End’s Aldwych Theatre. They chronicle the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell from blacksmith’s boy to Henry VIII’s right-hand-man.  The speculation has proven true and the critically acclaimed U.K. stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning and best-selling novels Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up The Bodies will play the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway this season. Penned by Mike Poulton and directed by Jeremy Herrin, the Royal Shakespeare Company productions will play in repertory re-named as Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2. The shows will begin previews on March 20, 2015 and officially open on April 9.last_img read more

Hot Shot! Anthony Rapp & Jackie Burns Talk If/Then at the Apple Store

first_img Related Shows Star Files Anthony Rapp Anything can happen in New York City—you could even meet a Broadway star at the SoHo Apple Store! Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek moderated an If/Then chat on October 27 with Jackie Burns (the standby for headliner Idina Menzel), Audience Choice Award winner Anthony Rapp, director Michael Greif and composer Tom Kitt. After chatting about the new musical, Burns and Rapp sang a few of our favorite If/Then tunes, including “Learn to Live Without,” “You Don’t Need to Love Me” and “Some Other Me.” Check out these shots of the stars at the Apple Store, then see them live at the Richard Rodgers Theatre! If/Then View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015last_img

4 ways to be more chill in 2018

first_imgThe New Year has arrived, and that means it’s time for a fresh start. If you felt frazzled and stressed last year, 2018 is a chance to regroup and recharge. Here are four easy ways you can be a more chill person this coming year.Nix the newsWhen the news stories we encounter are mostly negative, it can really put a damper on our mood. You’ve scrolled through your social media news feed or just turned on the news and you’re left feeling stressed and sad. So, it’s important this year you make an effort to ditch the news as often as you can. That doesn’t mean you have to stay out of touch, but remember to focus on as many positive stories as you can so the negative news doesn’t overwhelm you.Stay activeYou don’t have to drop a ton on a new gym membership, but it is vital that you get up off the couch and get going this year. Studies have shown that there is in fact a direct link between exercise and decreased anxiety and depression. Even if you can’t clear your schedule for a regular workout regime, find ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine (such as taking a walk after lunch or taking the stairs instead of the elevator).Embrace a nightly routineAfter the workday is done, find things you can do in the evening to truly unwind. Start binging a new show on Netflix, curl up by the fire with a glass of wine, or even put your feet up and enjoy a good book. These small things can help you remember to relax and chill after a hectic day at the office.VolunteerThere is nothing quite like the feeling you get when you do something nice for someone else. This is especially true when it comes to volunteering for others who are less fortunate. In 2018, make a point to use your free time for a good cause. Also, check out these reasons why you should make volunteering a part of your regular routine. 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Detailslast_img read more