Today, to celebrate the end of an incredible New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival music marathon, Pretty Lights has a very special celebration in store for the masses gathered in the Big Easy this afternoon. The pioneering electronic artist will host a parade through the streets of New Orleans today, ending under a bridge for a pop-up performance. The spectacle will begin at Bullet’s Sports Bar at 2441 AP Tureaud Ave. promptly at 4:30 pm, and will feature horns, a second line, and all the joyous pageantry that makes New Orleans such a magical city.The parade will head down Tureaud, and then down N Roman St before cutting across Bayou Rd and ending up under the I-10 overpass for a party with Pretty Lights providing the music. You can view the parade route below.Safe to say, with Pretty Lights at the helm and the spirit of Jazz Fest rising to its apex on the final day of the 10-day celebration, this will be quite the spectacle!Happy Jazz Fest, everybody![Cover photo via Live Edits Lab]
This past December 16th, rapidly rising Buffalo-based groove-rock quartet Aqueous played their third-to-last show of a busy and successful 2017 at Pittsburgh, PA’s The Rex Theater. This week, the band has shared pro-shot video of that show’s opening two-song segment. The video shows the band open the show with a heavily distorted, hard-rocking cover of Metallica‘s 1984 Ride The Lightning classic “For Whom The Bell Tolls”.After going heavy on the intro of the Metallica cover, the band opted against finishing the song and instead made a detour into fan-favorite original “Kitty Chaser (Explosions)”. Where the opening “For Whom The Bell Tolls” was straight-up, fuzzed-out rock, the extended “Kitty Chaser” jam was a stank-face-inducing, down-and-dirty funk jaunt, complete with glitchy effects, a tease of the Darth Vader theme from Star Wars, and a build through airy, billowing whooshes of reverberating sonic swells floating back and forth across the sound mix.As the band asks in their video description: “Who says you can’t rock AND funk??” As far as we can see, it seems like there’s nothing Aqueous can’t do.Watch “For Whom The Bell Tolls” > “Kitty Chaser (Explosions)” from Aqueous’s performance at The Rex Theater in Pittsburgh, PA on 12/16/17 below, via Aqueous’s Facebook page:Aqueous is preparing to hit the seas for their first Jam Cruise next week. After that, they will head out on tour with Papadosio for an extended February-March run of tour dates. For more information about the band’s upcoming projects and tour dates, or to purchase your tickets to any of the upcoming performances, head to the band website.SETLIST: Aqueous | The Rex Theater | Pittsburgh, PA | 12/16/17 SET ONE: For Whom the Bell Tolls1 > Kitty Chaser (Explosions)2, Aldehyde > Random Company, Gordon’s MuleSET TWO: 20/20, Numbers and Facts, TriangleENCORE: A Day in the LifeNOTES:1 Intro only2 The Imperial March (John Williams) teases (Star Wars Darth Vader theme)[Cover Photo via Andrew O’Brien/OBImages; from 12/1/17 in Brooklyn]
Harvard University will host a University-wide forum on the economy on Tuesday (Oct. 12). The panel will address such issues as the causes of the fiscal crisis, the history of such episodes across the centuries, the long-term effects on employment and prospects for jobs, and policy responses, including changes in regulation and consumer protection.“The Economic Crisis, Two Years Later: A Panel of Harvard Experts” will build on the conversation that took place in the fall of 2008 when students, faculty, and staff gathered in Sanders Theatre to hear from Harvard experts during a period of acute turmoil in the nation’s banking and finance sector.“The global financial situation and our economic future remain vital concerns for all of us,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “We are fortunate to have on campus some of the nation’s leading scholars in finance and policy, and I am grateful for their willingness to share their thoughts and insights about the current situation and prospects for the future.”As she did two years ago, Faust will moderate the panel, which will include:John Y. Campbell, Morton L. and Carole S. Olshan Professor of Economics and department chair of Economics, Faculty of Arts and SciencesRichard Freeman, Herbert S. Ascherman Professor of Economics, Faculty of Arts and SciencesBrigitte Madrian, Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management at the Harvard Kennedy School and director of the social science program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced StudyKenneth Rogoff, Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Faculty of Arts and SciencesDavid S. Scharfstein, Edmund Cogswell Converse Professor of Finance and Banking, Harvard Business SchoolStudents, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the discussion, which will begin at 4 p.m. in Sanders. To request a ticket, please visit http://www.president.harvard.edu/info/.
Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, returned to Harvard last fall as a visiting lecturer in the Department of English. Here, she recounts her transition back to where her news career started.Some days, walking through the Barker Center, my new professional home, I’m not sure whether I am 20 or 60. When I get a latte in the cafe, where students tap happily on their devices or listen silently to their streaming songs, I suddenly feel like a timid freshman, carrying my plastic tray in what was then the freshman union, looking for a friendly face to sit by.I teach my “Introduction to Journalism” creative writing seminar just steps away from where I wrote my first articles for publication, in the Harvard Independent, which was on the top floor of the union. I can practically hear Alison Mitchell, my editor, complaining that my review of Robert Altman’s masterpiece, the movie “Nashville,” has to be cut by 200 words.So what is it like, after a long, fruitful, and sometimes tumultuous career at The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, to be back at Harvard?It’s heaven. What better salve for a battle-scarred reporter and editor than to be reminded of what made me fall in love with journalism in the first place. How wonderful to share the reportorial rigor of Isabel Wilkerson or the splendor of Gay Talese’s writing with a dozen of the brightest students in the world. How delightful to invite author Ron Suskind, a former Journal colleague, to class and spend two hours listening to him spill the secret to making a narrative gripping.But even as Professor Abramson attempts to speak with authority about making the decision to publish the Snowden documents in the Times, the insecure girl with the tray is never that far from my consciousness.I fell in love with journalism and the power of the press to change the world during that freshman year, 1972-73. I spent that spring reading period studying for exams next to a transistor radio playing the live Watergate hearings. I used to walk to Nini’s Corner, still the Harvard Square newsstand but now under newer management, to buy three-day-old copies of The Washington Post, so I could read the articles by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein that would lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon the following year.I saw my first Preston Sturges movie in the Quincy House dining room. I got dumped by my first boyfriend and thought I’d crumple from heartbreak. I changed majors, no longer certain I was destined to be a medievalist. I had a role in my first play, a Kirkland House production of Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever,” and got panned in the Harvard Crimson. (One of my students gleefully searched for and found the mean review on his laptop during class after I made the mistake of mentioning it.) I met my husband. He was the cute guy playing Cole Porter tunes in the K House Junior Common Room between the acts.Busing had inflamed racial tensions in Boston. I did my first difficult digging while I was reporting on that story. I covered crowded rallies for George Wallace, the symbol of white power as the former segregationist governor of Alabama, at the Boston Garden and other locations. Although I was naturally shy, I found that I liked asking strangers what they thought about fraught matters and accurately reporting what they said.Harvard could feel removed and isolated from the roiling news about Nixon or busing. But during my sophomore year, school and the news collided strangely and memorably. I was watching the nightly news (my roommate had a TV) with a friend. The anchor reported that the heiress Patricia Hearst had been kidnapped. My friend started screaming. It turned out she had gone to an all-girls boarding school with Hearst in San Francisco. They had come out as debutantes together. Now I was trekking to Nini’s Corner to grab copies of Rolling Stone, the publication that published the definitive investigations of Hearst’s life on the run as the fugitive known as Tania. (A couple of years after graduation, and soon after Hearst received a presidential pardon, she and I were both bridesmaids in my friend’s wedding to one of our Harvard classmates.)Through a family friend who worked in Time magazine’s Boston bureau, I got a job as a campus stringer, covering snippets of Harvard news. I called Professor John Kenneth Galbraith periodically to ask him if the West was in decline. Time co-founder Henry Luce had an endless appetite for this subject, and Galbraith was always one of the Harvard names worth quoting. (He usually answered that Western values were pretty secure, though the economy was rocky.) I covered celebrities like John Wayne and Cybill Shepherd when they visited Harvard. The reporting stint for Time gave me my journalism launch, which turned into my career for life.Just as I had been one of the first women to live in Harvard Yard in 1972, my career in journalism had a lot of firsts. I was the first woman to become Washington bureau chief, managing editor, and executive editor at The New York Times. I had a great run there, until I was abruptly fired last spring, an experience that was hard but only reinforced my love of reporting and writing.So now I get to teach my love of journalism as I again produce long pieces myself. (I’m also involved in a digital journalism startup focused on long-form narrative.) I split my week between Cambridge and New York. When I’m at a Harvard, I stay with my daughter, a surgeon who graduated from Harvard in ’05.Just as I tried to jump-start my career as a journalist while I was a student at Harvard, I’m helping some of my students get summer internships and their first jobs, since many of them are seniors. They seem to love the news as much as I do. I can’t wait to read the stories they break.
Read Full Story Through its 2019 Future of Cities Deep Dive, the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) used cities as a laboratory to explore complicated, cross-sector problems and potential solutions to address those problems.For many people around the world, cities are a source of hope. They are engines for innovation and economic growth. They are hubs for progressivism and democracy. Cities are growing — but so are the opportunities and challenges associated with them.During the conference, ALI fellows examined these challenges and learned how leaders around the world were responding.Each session highlighted one major global or community challenge where ALI fellows might fill a gap. Deep Dives included readings, outside experts, often faculty from relevant Harvard programs, and a focus on problem solving and practical applications of knowledge.Over the course of the two-day event, participants heard from experts in law, policy, urban planning, public health, and education who brought distinct perspectives to the discussion and raised important questions for the group to consider. The cohort also heard from practitioners facing these challenges head on and developing solutions for the future of cities.The Deep Dive gave fellows an in-depth look at one particular challenge common to many cities around the globe: urban education. Fellows considered how city leaders and educators ensure both excellence and equity in classrooms around the world.Presenters included professors from Harvard Business School, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard Kennedy School, the Harvard Law School, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, elected officials, artists, and professionals in urban design and planning.Synthesizing the content of the event, ALI fellows identified equity as the most pressing problem facing cities around the world. While there was disagreement about the best means to effect change, the group agreed that underlying all issues facing cities were profound challenges of inequity.They also recognized the importance of tying initiatives together, involving community members, and activating government at the local level.To learn more, read the full 2019 Future of Cities Deep Dive Report.
Republican Kurt Wright will announce his run for Burlington mayor this Thursday, December 11th in Contois Auditorum at Burlington City Hall beginning at 5:45pm.Kurt Wright has served for eight years in the Vermont House of Representatives, and was just re-elected to a fifth term. In 2007 Burlington voters made Kurt, a four term city councilman, the first Republican president of the Burlington City Council in 20 years. We look forward to helping Kurt achieve a similar feat in this, his latest race!
Something new is coming to the Southeast this weekend. Now, you would be hard pressed to find anyone who considers running, kayaking, mountain biking, drinking beer or Standup paddleboarding new (well, maybe SUP), but throwing them all together in a multi-sport festival in North Carolina is new. The Green River Games makes its debut this weekend in and around the outdoor mecca of Saluda, NC, it what could be the next great sporting event to dominate the scene in WNC. Organizer John Grace channels the uber-popular, uber-stylish, uber-West GoPro Mountain Games (formerly the Teva Mountain Games), and hopes to craft the Green River Games into the East’s counterpart. He is well on his way with a robust lineup of races and events that will get the ball rolling and build momentum in year one.The games kick off with Friday evening with a 6k road race up Green River Cove Road (17 switchbacks!) finishing in downtown Saluda and the official Kickoff Party. Things just ramp up from there with the Oskar Blues Enduro Mountain Bike Race, Southern Raft Supply Mountain SUP Race, and Sierra Nevada Silverback on Saturday. The Silverback is the capstone race of the games, testing the skill and endurance of the area’s best athletes with an outdoor triathlon the likes of which we may never see again. It starts with a kayak run down the famous Green River Narrows, then goes right into an 8-mile mountain bike ride through the rugged Green River Game Lands, and culminates with competitors having to run the same rugged 8-mile course they just biked – all self-supported. Luckily, Saturday night is also the Green River Reggae & Beer Festival at the aptly named Party Place, so there will be time to blow off some steam. Sunday’s events include and exhibition SUP race, Liquidalogic Upper Green River Race, and Big Hungry 10K and half marathon trail races.As you can tell by the names of some of these races, there will be plenty of adult beverages on hand for both competitors and spectators. This could prove to be one of the biggest event/parties in the region this year, and for many years to come, so you’ll want to be able to say you were at the first one, even as a spectator/beer consumer. So head on down to Saluda this weekend and drink in the action at the inaugural Green River Games.Check out their website for more info on the races, parties, and events going down this weekend.View Larger Map
January 1, 2004 In Memoriam In Memoriam John Royce Agner, Ft. Lauderdale Admitted 1962, Died September 6, 2003 Jon Harmon Anderson, Lakeland Admitted 1975; Died September 26, 2003 George S. Barnard, Pompano Beach Admitted 1978; Died September 23, 2003 Jerome C. Berlin, Ft. Lauderdale Admitted 1969; Died April 29, 2003 Joseph John Brune III, North Las Vegas, NV Admitted 1951; Died September 25, 2003 Thomas E. Byrd, Ft. Lauderdale Admitted 1959; Died October 28, 2003 Frederick R. Carson, Winnetka, IL Admitted 1973; Died July 1, 2002 Israel Cohen, Santa Monica, CA Admitted 1992; Died December 26, 2002 Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry, Tallahassee Admitted 1994; Died October 11, 2003 Robert Hayes Crawford, St. Petersburg Admitted 1974; Died August 30, 2003 Philip G. Delduke, Bethesda, MD Admitted 1995; Died September 26, 2003 Fred M. Dellapa, Miami Admitted 1974; Died August 30, 2003 Charles Jeffrey Dorfman, Port St. Lucie Admitted 1975; Died September 22, 2003 Walter Benton Dunagan, Edgewater Admitted 1970; Died March 3, 2003 Jane Rogers Feaster, Knoxville, TN Admitted 1991; Died April 27, 2003 David Feldman, Miami Admitted 1973; Died June 7, 2003 James Craig Fisher, Altamonte Springs Admitted 1967; Died July 19, 2003 William Allan Graham, Deland Admitted 1987; Died July 26, 2003 Nard Stephen Helman, Miami Admitted 1965; Died September 13, 2003 Samuel B. Hornstein, Doylestown, PA Admitted 1973; Died September 5, 2003 Mark George Jochem, Ipswich, MA Admitted 1989; Died August 5, 2003 Martin Leslie Kahn, Los Gatos, CA Admitted 1980; Died June 16, 2003 Barbara Ellen Knapp, Longwood Admitted 1987; Died December 8, 2002 B. Gregory Kroger, Jr., Boca Raton Admitted 1985; Died December 23, 2002 W. Sperry Lee, Jacksonville Admitted 1948; Died July 24, 2003 Fernando Lievano, Miami Admitted 1989; Died September 13, 2002 Clifford M. Lind, Stuart Admitted 1973; Died September 1, 2003 Allan Steven Maisel, Miami Admitted 1974; Died August 12, 2003 John M. Marees, Jacksonville Admitted 1949; Died October 8, 2003 Irving Laurence Mazer, Palm Beach Admitted 1976; Died December 20, 2002 William Simmonds Marshall, Miami Admitted 1959; Died September 8, 2003 Marlene G. Mitchell, Sarasota Admitted 1980; Died February 17, 2002 Robert F. Moss, Metuchen, NJ Admitted 1970; Died February 1, 2002 Jack A. Nants, Orlando Admitted 1948; Died January 6, 2003 William John Nelson, Ft. Myers Admitted 1968; Died September 19, 2003 Richard P. O’Connor, Miami Admitted 1955; Died July 21, 2001 Daniel S. Pearson, Miami Admitted 1959; Died September 9, 2003 J.B. Rodgers, Jr., Zellwood Admitted 1939; Died September 20, 2003 L. Michael Roffino, Coral Gables Admitted 1976; Died September 5, 2003 Jay Cecil Salyer, Jr., Boca Raton Admitted 1975; Died August 27, 2003 Marian A. Schweiger, Pembroke Pines Admitted 1985; Died September 26, 2002 James Ronald Shelley, Pensacola Admitted 1966; Died June 22, 2003 Sam I. Silver, Sarasota Admitted 1937; Died June 6, 2003 Robert J. Stinnett, Sarasota Admitted 1962; Died December 27, 2002 David H. Thomas, Montgomery, AL Admitted 1975; Died August 7, 2002 Raul E. Valdes-Fauli, Miami Admitted 1975; Died August 26, 2003 Eugene L. Wilpon, Woodmere, NY Admitted 1958; Died July 28, 2003 Gary G. Wolding, Tampa Admitted 1984; Died February 21, 2003 In Memoriam
Former Rep. Steve LaTourette, the primary Republican sponsor of the 1998 Credit Union Membership Access Act, died Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.He was 62.LaTourette was instrumental in passing the legislation that opened up credit unions to multiple groups. Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.) introduced the legislation in March 1997, but the bill lacked a Republican co-sponsor. Banks were well entrenched with many Republicans at the time, but LaTourette, the 27th ranking member of the House Banking and Financial Services, agreed to join Kanjorski as primary sponsors. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) is an annual survey conducted by the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. It measures consumer satisfaction with the goods and services provided across a broad range of industries.This last year, the survey found that banks surpassed credit unions in customer satisfaction.While it certainly doesn’t sound the death knell for credit union claims of better member experience, it raises some interesting questions—and serious concerns. And, in many ways, it reminds us that digital transformation is still a pressing need in the financial realm. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »