Chris Robinson Brotherhood Plays Full Sets Of Bob Dylan & Grateful Dead At Terrapin Crossroads

first_imgChris Robinson Brotherhood returned to the Bay Area for the first night of a two-night run at Terrapin Crossroads, ringing in the New Year at the acclaimed Phil Lesh-owned venue. In honor of the occasion, the CRB decided to treat fans to two sets filled with covers, including one set of Bob Dylan and one of the Grateful Dead!The first set was dedicated to Dylan, with “Crash On The Levee” opening up and great tracks like “Positively 4th Street,” “Goin’ To Acapulco,” “A-Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” and more throughout. They closed out set one with “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” a real treat for the band’s loyal fanbase.Set two was all Grateful Dead, with an emphasis on material written by Jerry Garcia as well as some choice covers from the Dead’s repertoire. There was an opening “Bertha” and a bluesy “Brown Eyed Women,” as well as “Big River”, “Sugaree,” “Catfish John” and more! They rocked out on “Mr. Charlie,” swooned on “They Love Each Other,” and even got into some funky grooves on “West L.A. Fadeaway.” That song would close the set, and “Big Railroad Blues” put an exclamation point at the end of this show in the encore position.Check out clips from the show and the band’s setlist, below.last_img read more

Celebration for computer scientist Michael Rabin to mark amazing achievements

first_imgOn August 29-30, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) will host a conference in celebration of computer scientist Michael Rabin’s 80th birthday.Speakers will include Yonatan Aumann, Michael Ben-Or, Richard Karp, Dick Lipton, Silvio Micali, Michael Mitzenmacher, David Parkes, Tal Rabin, Ron Rivest, Dana Scott, Madhu Sudan, Salil Vadhan, Moshe Vardi, and Avi Wigderson.Rabin is one of the most prominent computer scientists of the past 50 years. His contributions have influenced many foundational areas of the field.The Rabin celebration event is open to the public, but registration is required by August 25th.If you have any questions, please contact Carol Harlow ([email protected]), or one of the organizers (Michael Mitzenmacher, Salil Vadhan, Leslie Valiant).For more information, see the conference website. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Harvard East Asian conference focuses on collaboration

first_imgHarvard-Yenching Librarian James Cheng brought together his colleagues from Ivy League and non-Ivy League schools to discuss how East Asian research libraries can better collaborate to ensure their valuable collections are accessible for scholarly research.“Harvard cannot do it all alone,” said Cheng. “Collaboration is a timely topic for us all, and while we are all here, we can use this opportunity to talk about acquisitions, consortiums, technical services and the future of East Asian libraries.”Librarians from Cornell, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, Yale, Dartmouth, Penn, the University of Chicago, and from far as away as China joined their Harvard counterparts on Dec. 6 and 7 in the Lamont Forum Room for a two-day conference to discuss the challenges they face, and possible solutions.In the past, libraries had focused on building collections to be used locally, but advances in technology have led to changes in access and research.last_img read more

Chemotherapy at home: Four undergraduates are finalists in the Collegiate Inventors Competition

first_img Read Full Story Four Harvard College undergraduates who invented a chemotherapy patch have been named finalists in the national Collegiate Inventors Competition.Nikhil Mehandru ’15, Alydaar Rangwala ’15, Aaron Perez ’15, and Brandon Sim ’15, creators of the ChemoPatch, are one of six undergraduate teams selected to present their inventions to a panel of expert judges at the United States Patent and Trademark Office near Washington, D.C., on November 11. The competition, operated by Invent Now and the National Inventors Hall of Fame, serves as a national platform for showcasing emerging ideas and technologies that will benefit society in the future.The Harvard team’s invention is a low-cost, disposable patch that electronically delivers to cancer patients a precise formulation of up to three chemotherapy drugs at specific intervals. By reducing the number of required hospital visits, the ChemoPatch is designed to expand access to early-stage cancer treatment.“It has the potential to really improve cancer treatment and benefit cancer patients,” says the students’ adviser, Sujata Bhatia, assistant director for undergraduate studies in biomedical engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). “The ChemoPatch will make treatment more cost-effective, less error-prone, and more convenient for cancer patients. This will ultimately enable multidrug, targeted cancer treatment regimens and improve patient compliance.”last_img read more

WinterFest comes to the Plaza

first_imgHarvard Common Spaces is pleased to announce an exciting lineup of winter activities planned for the Plaza. This year, it’s all about fun activities, food, and festivities — easy to do on a lunch break, in between classes, on your way home, or over the weekend.Beginning Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 students, faculty, and staff can enjoy the newly designed ice lanes featuring curling, shuffleboard, and bowling. The Plaza will also be home to plenty of comfortable seatingaround toasty fire pits, favorite games like ping pong, foosball, cornhole, and many tasty treats courtesy of food trucks including Bon Me, Tenoch, Stoked, and Zinneken’s in addition to hot chocolate and s’mores from Harvard Student Agencies.On Thursday, Jan. 26, join us between 4:30-6:30 p.m. for the Official Plaza WinterFest Kickoff Party featuring performances by the acapella groups The Harvard Callbacks and The Harvard LowKeys; Tunes by ‘The DJ Club’; warm fire pits along with complimentary s’mores and hot chocolate; and the Harvard Undergraduate Council will be giving out door prizes throughout the night. Don’t miss it!Upcoming WinterFest special events include curling and shuffleboard lessons, hip hop cardio dancing, campfire storytelling, and a winter fun run! Please note, the ice rink will not be installed this year so that Common Spaces can experiment with different events, programs, and space designs.For more information on specific event times, special events, and the food truck schedule, visit www.commonspaces.harvard.edu and Facebook.SaveSaveSaveSavelast_img read more

Ars Nova & The Great Comet Producers Reach Settlement

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 3, 2017 Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 has avoided collision. Following a billing dispute that led Ars Nova to pursue a lawsuit against the show’s commercial producers, the two announced on November 2 that they have reached a settlement.“Ars Nova and the producers of The Great Comet deeply regret that a contractual dispute became public, and are pleased to share that the matter has now been resolved, privately, and will continue to achieve success for The Great Comet on Broadway,” the joint statement read.The clash began when Playbills for the musical’s Broadway premiere failed to precede the title with “The Ars Nova production of…” on the title page, as the two parties had reportedly agreed upon in a 2012 legal document. Instead, the non-profit off-Broadway company, where the show originated in 2012, was included in the list of producers above the title and had a creative credit in small print at the bottom of the page.This contract violation led to a lawsuit from Ars Nova against producer Howard Kagan. This resulted in Kagan barring members of Ars Nova from attending the first preview performance and threatening to schedule the cast recording on the day of the off-Broadway company’s annual gala, limiting the performers’ availability.On October 31, Kagan and two other lead producers—his wife Janet and Paula Marie Black—released a statement agreeing to Ars Nova’s terms, provided the company drops the legal claims.The Great Comet, starring Josh Groban and Denée Benton in their Broadway debuts, is still set to open officially on November 14 at the Imperial Theatre. View Commentscenter_img Denée Benton in ‘Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812′(Photo: Evgenia Eliseeva) Related Showslast_img read more

Sprinkler care

first_imgBy Kerry HarrisonUniversity of GeorgiaMost Georgia lawns have had plenty of rain in the past few weeks. Take this time now, before the drying heat of summer arrives, to check and fix any problems with your home irrigation.Make sure the sprinkler heads are properly adjusted and not spraying too far out or too close in. Look for signs of broken risers beneath the sprinklers. Sometimes this is obvious: You’ll have a traffic-stopping geyser. A cracked riser will allow water to boil up around the sprinkler.Inspect the sprinkler riser wiper seal, the soft plastic seal around the pop-up riser stem, for leakage. A small amount of water emitting past the wiper seal is acceptable while the system is running. Too much flow-by while a system is operating, though, indicates a damaged seal.Many times people will replace a sprinkler because it leaks between the wiper seal and pop-up stem after the system has turned off. But this leakage doesn’t indicate a problem. If water drains out after the system has turned off and eventually stops, the valve is fine.For spray heads with filters under the nozzle, hold the pop-up stem and unscrew the nozzle carefully. A damaged nozzle may result in an uneven spray pattern. A damaged pop-up stem will result in a poorly performing wiper seal. Remove and clean the filter.To clean clogged nozzles, flush with water or lightly tap on a firm surface. While the filter is out, turn on the irrigation zone and flush out the sprinkler body.Reinstall the filter and nozzle, turn on the zone and recheck for effective coverage. Make all of the necessary adjustments to cover the area properly. While the water is on, inspect the other heads in the zone for proper operation.To clean filters installed under the pop-up stem, unscrew the cap from the body. Don’t allow dirt to fall into the sprinkler body while the riser assembly and cap are removed.The filter is at the bottom of the riser assembly. Remove it and flush it with water. Before reinstalling the assembly, run a small amount of water through the system to flush any debris caught in the sprinkler body.It’s critical that broken or poorly performing sprinkler heads be replaced. When a specific sprinkler isn’t operating as designed or if water is flowing freely because of a worn wiper seal, the performance of all the other heads in the zone is affected. Water flowing unchecked past a wiper seal will cause a loss in pressure and affect the other sprinklers’ performance.Georgia has no mandatory, statewide, watering restrictions now. But there are some guidelines.If your street address is an odd number, you’re asked to water on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. If it’s an even number, you’re asked to do it on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. There’s no outside watering on Friday.(Kerry Harrison is an Extension Service irrigation engineerwith the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

South Australia Moves Forward With Massive Tesla Storage Project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australian Broadcasting Corporation:South Australia will push ahead with a plan to install battery systems built by Elon Musk’s Tesla in 50,000 homes, with the new state government committing to continue the pro-battery agenda of its predecessor.The Weatherill Labor government announced the Tesla policy in February, declaring it would install battery and solar systems free of charge to create the world’s “largest virtual power plant” and slash energy bills. The plan shared similarities with a Liberal policy allowing battery storage units in 40,000 homes, and it was unclear which of the two policies would be adopted following the election of Liberal Premier Steven Marshall.But in a speech at the Australian Energy Storage Conference, Energy Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan said the Government would implement both. “It’s very important to be clear about this—we are honouring the existing commitments around the Tesla virtual power plant (VPP),” he said.“The VPP project is currently proceeding with the two trial phases as planned. The trial phases involve installation of home energy systems on 1,100 Housing SA homes. These are supported by a $2 million grant and a $30 million loan from the state government.“Subject to private finance, and the first two phases’ success, the third phase could grow to up to 50,000 home batteries connected to new solar installations, and this is in addition to our government’s 40,000 home election commitment. Very simply, a Liberal government in South Australia means more, not fewer, batteries,” he said.More: Tesla Household Batteries in SA Get Green Light South Australia Moves Forward With Massive Tesla Storage Projectlast_img read more

Bryce Resort Partners with Rev3Endurance: Are you up for an Adventure?

first_imgPeopleoften ask what is adventure racing? Adventure racing could be considered one ofthe best-kept secrets of the outdoors. Its roots run deep and there’s always adebate as to when adventure racing was born. Most credit the 1968 Karrimor International Mountain Marathon.  The event required teams to traverse mountainousterrain and carry all of the necessary supplies for the team. Fast forward to2019 and there are still considerable similarities with the sport.  Simply put, adventure racing is a modern dayscavenger hunt with rules and beautiful, and oftentimes challenging courses.Teams combine multi disciplines such as trekking, mountain biking, paddling andnavigation to find checkpoints and reach the finish line. At its core adventureracing is also about community, family and taking care of our local land. May 18,2019. It starts with a half-day adventure race, Conquer the Mountain.  This is an event that tests not only your physical ability but your mental aptitude.  The course will have you running, biking, paddling and navigating your way around the Shenandoah Valley. This course will have over 13,000 feet of elevation change and it’s estimated to be 50 miles.  InJanuary of 2019, Bryce Resort made it official and partnered withRev3Endurance. Rev3Endurance is an experienced outdoor adventure events companyheadquartered in Basye, Virginia.  Thecompany promotes an adventurous lifestyle. The goal is to produce events that encourage everyone to come out andcompete and enjoy the experience. “BryceResort is the perfect backdrop for what Rev3Endurance wants to offer thisarea,” states Michael Spiller, Co-Owner and Race Director for Rev3Endurance.  Bryce Resort and Rev3Endurance will offer sixoutdoor adventures this year beginning May 18, 2019. The events are unique inthat there is truly something for everyone. Whether you’re a beginner or an experiencedendurance athlete, Bryce Resort and Rev3Endurance will have something foreveryone.  “The goal is to get morepeople enjoying what this area has to offer and show off our local communityand local businesses,” stated Christi Manning, Director of Business Developmentfor Rev3Endurance. Rev3Endurance is proud to partner with its sponsors: BryceResort, Shenandoah County Tourism, Virginia is for Lovers, Zanfel, OutThere andMountain Khaki. “AtBryce Resort we pride ourselves with what we offer our community and visitors.We want everyone to feel like family and make great memories while visiting ourresort. Partnering with Rev3Endurance to offer these additional outdoor eventsenhances what we do and aligns with what we value,” says Ryan Locher, GeneralManager, Bryce Resort. Whatdo you get when you combine a popular ski resort in Shenandoah County with an experiencedoutdoor adventure company? A breathtaking scenic backdrop and a whole lot offun!  Bryce Resort is located in thenorthern part of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The resort is a hidden gem in ShenandoahCounty nestled near the Virginia and West Virginia line surrounded by theGeorge Washington National Forest.  Theresort has catered to outdoor enthusiasts since 1965 and is a short two-hourdrive from Washington, DC.  In additionto the award-winning ski facilities, the outdoor offerings have expanded tooffer visitors golf, mountain biking, tubing, ziplining and more! Rev3Endurancewill host six outdoor adventures beginning Saturday, Lookingahead to the fall of 2019, Bryce Resort and Rev3Endurance will host a varietyof mountain bike events and a fun, wacky Urban Challenge consisting of a 3-7 milechallenge throughout the resort. Not quite ready for this beast? Don’t worry, there’s more! Bryce Mountain Resort and Rev3Endurance will also offer the Aquablaze.  Aquablazing is a term used to describe Appalachian Trail thru-hikers kayaking or canoeing a portion of the trail.  Now you can have the chance to aquablaze through Bryce Resort and Lake Laura.  This event promises to be a lot of fun and an event that combines running and watercraft. Lake Laura at Bryce Resort will certainly be the highlight of this event.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Looking for an incredible beginner race? If so, Rev3Endurance will also produce a Sprint and Family Adventure Race the same weekend. It’s a fun, beautiful course that’s easy to navigate. You and your team will run, bike, paddle and navigate your way around the resort.   This is THE outdoor event for the beginner adventure racer. 4/9/06 – Photo by Will Ramos Photography To register today, or learn more about Rev3Endurance visit www.rev3endurance.com.last_img read more

Despite Hype, Nassau Coliseum a Monument to Poor Planning

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Could change finally be coming to one of Nassau’s most underutilized sites: the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and the 77-acre sea of asphalt that surrounds it?It’s certainly long overdue, but don’t hold your breath because you never know what will happen on Long Island until the shovels are in the ground.Recently, Forest City Ratner, the site’s Brooklyn-based developer, announced that it plans to spend $261 million (partly backed by foreign investors) on building a new, downscaled 13,000-seat arena, as well as a 1,500-seat movie theater, restaurants and various retail venues.With more than 600,000 square feet of development being proposed for the coliseum location, a majority of which is the arena itself, the current proposal is “a pittance,” as Newsday pointed out, compared to what the Town of Hempstead allows under its recently changed as-of-right zoning. Nevertheless, Hempstead town officials approved the master plan May 26.Will Bruce Ratner, the man behind Forest City Ratner, be the savior of Nassau County, or be yet another character in Nassau’s long-running narrative of hope and failure?After all, he already owns the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which will become the new home of the New York Islanders’ hockey team, so it’s not clear how motivated he’ll be to replace them with a viable sports franchise. Whatever he does, Nassau will still own the coliseum. All Ratner has promised to do is reportedly pay the county 8 percent of gross revenue and 12.75 percent of parking revenue, with a minimum guaranteed payment of $4 million slated to increase 10 percent every five years during the 34-year lease.The “Hempstead Hub” has been the scene of grand visions before, with the most recent being Isles owner Charles Wang’s Lighthouse Project. Unquestionably, his $3.8 billion scheme was grandiose when he first unveiled it in 2004. But, after bowing to pressure from the Town of Hempstead, he scaled it back significantly, calling for a renovated coliseum, two 36-story towers, a five-star hotel, a convention center, a sports complex, a residential community space for offices, retail businesses and restaurants, a movie theater, open space and a canal. A canal, mind you, in land-locked Uniondale! In total, Wang’s wonderland would have occupied more than 10 million square feet.The Lighthouse was so immense because the county required that any proposal put forward must also cover the costs of overhauling the coliseum—a prohibitive provision that necessitated high density development to offset the expensive renovation. Compared to Wang’s idea, Forest City Ratner’s project looks boring, but it requires little to no public funds. Nor does it require a referendum like the failed proposition to have the county borrow $400 million, which Nassau voters resoundingly slapped down in August 2011 because they didn’t want taxpayers paying for the renovation.And that is just what happened at the county level. When it comes to development, the Town of Hempstead is typically perceived as risk averse. Supervisor Kate Murray led the charge to rezone the Hub site to be more suburban in nature. Restrictions in density and a maximum 9-story height limit were put in place to curb any future proposals on the Lighthouse scale, preventing Wang-like levels of density but still allowing 5.4 million square feet to be built.The prospective political leanings of the project’s future residents may have also impacted the Town’s decision making, some observers said. With its offering of new apartments and condominiums, The Lighthouse would draw more Democrats to live in this traditional Republican bastion, which didn’t help grease the wheels with the Township. Hearsay aside, the fears of density—a legitimate reason to shrink the project thanks to the Meadowbrook Parkway’s multiple choke points and no access to mass transit—killed the Lighthouse off for good. Simply put, starting with Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, Mineola made promises to Wang the county couldn’t possibly back. On Long Island, local towns have the police power over land use, not the county.This is the environment in which the current plan for the site has thrived, so it’s not surprising it barely accounts for roughly 11 percent of what is presently allowed on the site thanks to zoning. Why is everyone so proud of such a relatively lackluster plan?The answer lies in the broken expectations so endemic to Nassau County.Unlike Suffolk, its more far-sighted neighbor, Nassau has a pretty dismal record when it comes to regional planning. All one has to do is examine the placement of subdivision after subdivision on what were once wetlands on Nassau’s South Shore, or try driving north/south on any main Nassau road to see that in one of the nation’s oldest suburbs, planning didn’t place high on the priority list.To further complicate matters, Nassau is entangled in a complex web of multi-layered political jurisdictions that are corrupted by the corrosive influence of patronage and backdoor dealings.All of this leads to a system that is fundamentally broken, which brings us to the new coliseum proposal.Many policymakers see Ratner’s plan as an opportunity to inject life into the county. With a scaled-down venue slated for a limited run per season of NHL games with the Islanders and a better utilization of the large swaths of space around the venue, the project does have potential.But potential and reality are separate concepts, and the latest chapter in the coliseum saga may not live up to the hype. Between Nassau’s chronic inability to get out of its own way, and the increasingly bitter legal infighting between Ratner and Syosset-based Blumenfeld Development Group, whom Forest City had brought on board to handle the retail component, the project is already going down the typical Nassau path of disagreement and disappointment.If government in Nassau had less patronage, more transparency and a strong regional vision, the coliseum would’ve been renovated already, and the site’s vast asphalt acreage would’ve been put to a higher use. While Suffolk’s approach is at times flawed, at least Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has a vision, and is sticking to it. In Nassau, it’s hard to see what the vision is. Industrial Development Agency (IDA) tax breaks are attempted to be given to Costco so it can build a new facility in Oceanside because it’s supposed to be a “tourist destination”, unsightly billboards are pitched for the Long Island Expressway and LI’s only professional sports venue loses its principal tenant thanks to political gridlock – all while promises of a better county are constantly being made.In the end, the real losers are Nassau residents, who pay the highest property taxes in the nation, and all they get for their money are layers of government that can barely do more than serve themselves.Rich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco will be contributing regularly to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on www.TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more