Jamtronica titans The Disco Biscuits have added three new dates to their calendar, scheduling a three-night run at The Fillmore Philadelphia from February 2nd through the 4th. The group has been on fire of late, as limiting their performances to isolated multi-night runs has allowed the group to dive deeper into their catalog and explore new improvisational outlets.The run will be the Biscuits’ first shows of 2017, though the group isn’t done with 2016 just yet! Their annual Dominican Holidaze event is coming up at the beginning of December, as well as three nights at the Tabernacle in Atlanta for New Year’s. The hometown shows at the new Philly venue are sure to bring some heat during the coldest part of the year.Three day passes will go on sale via BiscoTix Today tomorrow, November 15th, at Noon ET. The full ticket on sale will take place this Friday, November 18th at Noon ET as well. You can find more information here, and see the artwork for the shows posted below.
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.
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
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An ex-attorney from Baldwin was arrested for allegedly stealing more than $1 million from a disabled client whose property was condemned to make way for a community center in Westbury, authorities said.Janice Jessup pleaded not guilty Thursday at Nassau County to court to felony charges of grand larceny and scheme to defraud.“This former attorney has been arrested and charged with a high-dollar, elaborate larceny that targeted a severely disabled woman and defrauded the court system and taxpayers of Nassau County,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.Prosecutors said the 67-year-old suspect represented a mentally and physically disabled woman in an eminent domain proceeding in which her client was awarded $1.2 million for her property in 2008 to clear the way for construction of the Yes We Can Community Center.Instead of giving her client the money, Jessup allegedly spent it on personal, business and other expenses that included direct payments to herself and members of her family as well as payments to her other clients, authorities said.Jessup allegedly had arranged for another person to impersonate her client when a court-appointed referee twice visited her client’s home to verify the client’s physical and mental capacities while the client was actually living in a care facility, according to investigators.Jessup was disbarred in 2010 while facing unrelated allegations of professional misconduct. The alleged scheme came to light three years later. Jessup, who is also known by the married name Janice Jones, has since moved to North Carolina.Judge Jerald Carter set bail for Jessup at $150,000 bond or $100,000 cash. If convicted, she faces up to 8-1/3 to 25 years in prison. She is due back in court on Wednesday.
Governor Wolf Announces Extension of Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Application Deadline June 07, 2017 Press Release, PSA, Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program deadline for older adults and residents with disabilities to apply for rebates of rent and property taxes paid in 2016 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2017.“We want to ensure that every eligible senior and resident in Pennsylvania can take advantage of this important money-saving program is able to,” Governor Wolf said. “This important program helps seniors and residents with disabilities feel more secure in the place where they live. I urge families to talk to their loved ones about whether they qualify, and if so, assist them in filling out the free application.”“The department has extended the program deadline again this year to ensure that everyone who is eligible has time to apply for rebates,” said Acting Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell. “Last year nearly 600,000 seniors and people with disabilities benefitted from the program. We encourage all of those eligible to apply.”Each year the department evaluates the program as the statutory June 30 application deadline approaches to determine if funds are available to extend the deadline. To date, funding has been available to allow all who qualify to advance to this program.As of May 26, the Revenue Department had received 465,064 rebate applications. As specified by law, rebate distribution cannot begin until July 1. Because July 1 falls on a Saturday this year, payment for processed applications of direct deposit recipients will occur on July 3. Applicants requesting a paper check can expect to receive their payment by mail over the next several days. After June 30, rebates will be distributed as claims are received and processed. Applications take 4-6 weeks to process.Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190.It costs nothing to apply for a rebate, and the department reminds residents that free application assistance is available at hundreds of locations across the state, including Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices.Claimants who already applied for rebates may check the status of claims online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.About the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program:The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The Revenue Department automatically calculates supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners.Since the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $6.5 billion in property tax and rent relief. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter