THE SPRINT UNLIMITED Sprint Cup Series kickoffFans decide: Vote on formatMobile experienceNew innovations for 2013 DOVER, DE– LONG POND, PA (February 7, 2013) – Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway are bringing race fans together to kick-off the 2013 NASCAR season during the broadcast of the “Daytona 500” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race which will be shown on the 32-foot Sony High Definition screen at XFINITY Live! in Philadelphia on Sunday, February 24 beginning at 1 p.m. In addition to the on-track action that opens the race season, fans in attendance will have the opportunity to compete against each other in the all-new “NASCAR The Game: Inside Line,” as well as win a number of great prizes by entering for drawings to win tickets to the June 2 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Monster Mile or the June 9 “Pocono 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at The Tricky Triangle. The day’s grand prize winner will receive an incredible VIP package that includes suite tickets to the spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at both Dover and Pocono, as well as other upgrades for those trips to make the weekends a once-in-a-lifetime experience.Representatives from both tracks will also conduct trivia and other games during commercials and cautions with prizes such as copies of “NASCAR The Game: Inside Line” for Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii, various autographed NASCAR items, track merchandise and more.The first 60 fans to arrive will get a pair of tickets to either the Friday, May 31 “Lucas Oil 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race or the Saturday, June 8 “Pocono 200” ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.This fun-filled event is set to kick off at noon at XFINITY Live!, which is a dining and entertainment district centered in the heart of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. The one-of-a-kind venue features over a dozen restaurant and entertainment choices, including six main venues: Broad Street Bullies Pub, PBR Bar & Grill (Professional Bull Riders), Philly MarketPlace, Spectrum Grill, Victory Beer Hall and the first-ever NBC Sports Arena. XFINITY Live! is a joint partnership between Philadelphia-based Comcast-Spectacor and Baltimore-based The Cordish Companies.XFINITY Live! is located at 1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19148.NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway May 31-June 2, 2013 for the June 2 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the June 1 “5-hour ENERGY 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the May 31 “Lucas Oil 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com. A week later, NASCAR’s premier circuit visits Pocono Raceway for the June 7-9, 2013 “Pocono 400” race weekend, including the June 8 “Pocono 200” ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards race and the June 9 “Pocono 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. For tickets or more information, call 800-722-3929 or visit PoconoRaceway.com. Dover International Speedway, Pocono Raceway team up for Feb. 24 event to include ticket give-a-ways, video game challenges and more
We recently caught up with up and coming, VT-based soul singing phenom Kat Wright. She is playing New York City’s American Beauty on Thursday, February 23rd with her group The Indomitable Souls, along with local acts Joanna Teters and LoveDeep (purchase tickets here). Kat opened up about her musical inspirations, her favorite artists, the incredible music and art scene of Burlington, VT, and much more.Live For Live Music: Tell us where your early musical inspirations came from.Kat Wright: I grew up in a home that woke up to Irish music blasting, listened to folk by lunch, jazz by dinner & the blues & rock n roll & everything in between all night long.The earlier things that I gravitated towards personally were The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby Stills, Nash & Young, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, Fiona Apple, Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson, The Jackson 5, Mariah Carey, Paula Abdul, Destiny’s Child, Odetta…(I’m intentionally skipping over the Spice Girls/Backstreet Boys/Britney Spears years but those were so deep! Don’t tell anyone…)L4LM: Tell us your Top 5 favorite singers.KW: Impossible question, but…Nina Simone, Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, Al Green, Lianne Lahavas.L4LM: Are you a theater kid? What is your musical background? How did you get started singing?KW: I performed sporadically as a kid in middle school/high school but didn’t find my feet or my voice until college. I went to art school at Alfred University in a tiny; a beautiful town on the NY/PA border. There I started to seek out friends who could accompany me at open mics, parties & the like.After undergrad, back in my hometown, I connected with one of my dear early childhood friends Maggie & we formed the folk duo Loveful Heights. For a couple years we wrote, recorded and toured some small rooms and small festivals on the east coast – places like NYC, Ithaca, Rochester, Blacksburg VA, New Orleans, Burlington, etc.Loveful Heights was the first time I really realized people liked my singing & that making sincere music could lead me to the most wonderful people and towns. It became my lifestyle in those years: 2009 – 20011. Which is how I found and fell in love with my current community and home in Burlington, VT.L4LM: What are you currently listening to?KW: Everyone who died in 2016 and…Emily King, Lianne Lahavas, Big Thief, Margaret Glaspy, William Onyeabor, Hiatus Kaiyote.L4LM: What are you looking forward to this year?KW: Surviving Donald Trump and his insane/terrifying administration. And seeing and being part of our country as it organizes and stands up to the planet abusers, the climate change deniers, the big corporations, big pharma, the racists, the sexists, the violent. I look forward to getting more involved in my own community and finding ways to make music that reflects & uplifts us all.L4LM: The Burlington, VT scene has a lot of strong local acts.KW: Totally It’s a big music town. It’s an incubator for art. It’s got so much soul. So many talented people, so many good listeners, great spaces to gather, perform/experience music and art, fresh air, liberal politics, slow food culture, a stunning lake, big mountains in the distance… it’s a recipe for magic.L4LM: Tell us about the members of your band. I really dig the horn section, especially.KW: Right?! The band is the best. They’re so wonderful, I am so blessed to make music with them and know them and get to adventure with them. They’re all super deep musicians and humans who are so good at what they do. They’ve all got a ‘sparkle in their eye,’ big hearts and a love story with Vermont!On our new record we’ve got Josh Weinstein on bass, Bob Wagner on guitar, Shane Hardiman on keys, Ezra Oklan on drums, Jake Whitesell on tenor sax, Luke Laplant on bari sax, and Dave Purcell on trumpet. Everyone except Ezra has been with the band for years – and most of them since the very beginning – circa 2010. Touring band is a little different as it’s mostly Johnny Kimock on drums (rest of rhythm section is the same) and a rotating cast of amazing horn players (almost always including Jake) depending on where we are.L4LM: What is a festival that you want to be on the lineup in the next year or two?KW: I grew up going to Gathering of the Vibes and Mountain Jam, so it’s of course a dream to perform at any of those East coast jams. But also dreaming of someday playing Bonnaroo, NOLA Jazz Fest & Outside Lands. (Five year plan!)L4LM: Who is an artist that you look up to that you would like to share the stage with?KW: Bonnie Raitt!!! Susan Tedeschi!!! Emily King!!! Mavis Staples!!! Dr John!!! Stevie Wonder!!!!L4LM: And conversely, who is an artist that you look up to that you have shared the stage with?KW: Grace Potter, The Original Wailers, Rubblebucket, Marco Benevento, Antibalas, Leon Russell (RIP!), Jen Hartswick, Oteil Burbridge.L4LM: Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions, Kat! We appreciate it, and good luck on your upcoming New York City gig.Be sure to check out Kat Wright and The Indomitable Souls at New York City’s American Beauty on Thursday, February 23rd with Joanna Teters and LoveDeep. Purchase tickets here! For more information and updates, check out the Facebook Event page.
There was plenty to love about the second set as well, including the opener “Wappy Sprayberry” that jammed into “Ringo.” The set featured “Out Of Order” next, followed by a “Bridgeless” sandwich with “Bad Friday” and Derek and The Dominoes‘ “Layla” played in there. The band ultimately closed out the show with “Booth Love” and the end of “All In Time,” bringing the show full circle for a grand finale.See the All Things Umphrey’s setlist, below. UM resumes their tour on March 9th in Salt Lake City, UT, and they’ll link up with Spafford for a number of dates along the next leg of their West Coast run. See the band’s tour schedule here.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Wilma | Missoula, MT | 3/4/17Set 1: All In Time > Anchor Drops > 2×2, Uncle Wally, Kielbasa, Draconian > Partyin’ PeepsSet 2: Wappy Sprayberry > Ringo, Out Of Order > Bridgeless > Bad Friday, Layla > BridgelessEncore: Booth Love > All In Time with Brendan and Jake on acoutics with Brendan on acoustic with Den teasesNotes:last Kielbasa 04.26.2002 (1,783 shows)[Image via Phierce Photo from Asheville] Umphrey’s McGee returned to The Wilma last night, performing the second consecutive night at the Missoula, MT venue. The band has been firing on all cylinders since kick starting their spring tour last week, and they gave fans a little something special during last night’s performance.The band hit the ground running with a trio of consecutive songs, “All In Time > Anchor Drops > 2×2,” before guitarists Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger donned acoustics for a performance of “Uncle Wally.” Bayliss kept his acoustic out for the next song, a cover of Tenacious D‘s “Kielbasa” that hadn’t been played by UM since 4/26/2002 (1,783 shows). What a bust out! “Draconian” and “Partyin’ Peeps” closed out the first set.Check out an Instagram clip of “Kielbasa” below.
Read Full Story After Monday’s tragic events at the Boston Marathon, the Kennedy School’s annual Public Service Week began on a somber note. Yet as the Shorenstein Center welcomed Alan Khazei, founder and chief executive officer of Be the Change Inc., co-founder of City Year, and HKS adjunct lecturer, the focus on service and policy seemed timely. Shorenstein Center Director Alex S. Jones introduced Khazei as a “genuine catalyst for positive change, and an inspiring leader of the effort to create social entrepreneurial ventures that benefit the common good.”Reflecting on the recent tragedy, Khazei noted that in spite of the horrific events, “we also saw the best of America.” In the stories of first responders who rushed toward the scene to help others, the nurses and doctors who worked tirelessly, the people who opened their homes and donated blood – “the innate spirit of people comes through…and takes over.” When tragedy strikes, people want to take action, and “we have to recognize that spirit,” Khazei said.City Year was founded out of the idea of an “action tank,” Khazei explained, a way to combine public policy with public service. Along with his friend Michael Brown, Khazei developed a theory that plenty of research had been done in think tanks about national service, but had never been tested. There were also programs emerging with a focus on service, but with no government support.
Victoria “Tori” Murden McClure, president of Spalding University, will speak at the 169th Saint Mary’s Commencement ceremony, which will take place May 14 on Le Mans Green, according to a College press release. The 350 graduating students represent 31 states and four countries, and three students will be valedictorians, the release said.McClure is the author of “A Pearl in the Storm,” which documents her adventure across the Atlantic, according to the book’s website. She is best known for being both the first woman and first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, as well as to ski to the geographic South Pole, the website said. A self-proclaimed explorer, McClure is chair of the board of the National Outdoor Leadership School, according to the website.Prior to her presidency at Spalding, McClure was a chaplain of Boston City Hospital, a policy assistant to the Mayor of Louisville, Ky. and the director of a shelter for homeless women, the press release said. According to the release, she will be receiving an honorary doctorate of humanities for her commitment to public service.Along with McClure, Sister Joan Marie Steadman and Portia Prebys will be receiving honorary degrees from the College, the release said.Steadman will be recognized for her leadership abilities and her mission-focused efforts to preserve the legacies of both the College and the congregation, the press release said. She is the executive director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and a board member of Loyola University Health System in Chicago, according to the release. She also served on the College’s Board of Regents, now known as the Board of Trustees, from 1982 to 2006, and maintained her position during her presidency of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, the release said.Prebys will receive an honorary doctorate of humanities, according to the press release. She serves as the director of Saint Mary’s study abroad program in Rome and will be recognized for her life’s dedication to the cultural exchange between Italy and the United States, the release stated. A ’66 graduate of the College, Prebys received a Fulbright Fellowship to study Renaissance history in Italy, where she currently resides, the press release said.Tags: Commencement, Saint Mary’s Commencement, Spalding College
The Notre Dame Folk Choir will perform their annual Concert for the Missions in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Friday at 8 p.m. The concert benefits Yancana Huasy — an organization that assists families who have children with disabilities — through Holy Cross Missions, senior and Folk Choir social commissioner Greg Demet said. “The Concert for the Missions is our annual event to raise proceeds for the Holy Cross Missions organization, and this will be our 24th year hosting the concert,” he said. As the group’s only performance concert of the year, the Concert for the Mission places special emphasis on the organizations it benefits, senior and Folk Choir president Liam Maher said. Located in Canto Grande, Peru — which contains a large impoverished population — Yancana Huasy supports families with disabled children because it is usually economically challenging to provide for their children here, Demet said. “Our goal is to support these families financially, spiritually and socially,” he said. “We strive to give hope to families who have lost all hope by relieving them of significant economic burdens.”Folk Choir director J.J. Wright said Yancana Huasy provides the Canto Grande community with services they need in order to live fuller lives.“A child born with a disability is viewed as a curse in this community, which usually leaves the mothers to care for their children alone,” he said. Canto Grande was built in landfill, and as a result contains a significantly poor population, Wright said. “The Holy Cross brothers founded a parish here to build up the community,” he said. “The funds we raise through our concert are given to the Yancana Huasy organization, who chooses how to best use them.”This year has especially focused on integrating Peruvian culture into the concert, Wright said. “This year is exciting, because we have a particular focus on their work in Peru,” he said. “ … We’re striving to encounter Canto Grande’s cultural situation by learning music that is authentically Peruvian and South American in an effort to understand the people culturally.”The concert will be set up in a Mass setting, Maher said, in order to increase the spirituality of the event.“We approach the concert as a prayer-like experience,” he said. “We take time to reflect in between songs, hold the Mass completely in Spanish and have included some hymns and choral pieces that will make the music speak for itself. We want the concert’s music to make a connection between those who are listening and the Holy Cross Missions, rather than draw the connection physically.”The Folk Choir has also invited Juan Pastor, a Peruvian musician, to help lead the performance, Wright said.“Learning by performance is especially important in Peruvian culture, and Pastor has taught us the important aspects of the music found in between the lines,” he said. “ … Having someone provide us the gift of showing what music actually sounds like has been very enlightening.”Maher said Pastor brought his expertise to help the Folk Choir learn to represent the Canto Grande people.“He helped us approach the music from a culturally sensitive standpoint,” Maher said. “He’s connected a lot of the dots that we were unable to, simply because this has been such a new experience for us.”Tags: Concert for the Missions, Folk Choir, Holy Cross Missions, Notre Dame folk choir, Peru, Sacred Music
View Comments By the way, the stage version of Peter Pan doesn’t have an actor playing Tinker Bell. The magical character is represented by a little flash of light and tinkling music. Also, to choke on one’s tongue, it would have to be in one’s mouth. Raunchy pop star Miley Cyrus is busy kissing Katy Perry, simulating masturbation on stage, and (of course!) endlessly sticking out her tongue as she treks the country with her Bangerz tour. Still, the 21-year-old former child star took some time out on February 24 to shut down tabloid rumors that she’ll play Tinker Bell in the planned NBC live broadcast of Peter Pan. Peter Pan Live! is set to air on NBC on December 4. ”I would rather choke on my own tongue,“ Cyrus tweeted alongside a pic of a recent Star magazine item purporting that she is excited to don fairy wings on live TV because it’s her “dream role.”
Denis O’Hare is no circus act, but he’ll soon be collecting them on American Horror Story: Freak Show! According to Vulture, the AHS favorite and Tony winner will return to the FX series’ fourth season as a rival “collector of freaks” to Jessica Lange’s character, a German ex-pat who manages a freak show in 1950 Florida. As previously reported, Broadway vets Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy and Sarah Paulson, along with Evan Peters, will reunite for the new season after appearing in the Coven storyline. The crew will play members of the twisted act who will do anything to keep the freak show running. Hey, Ryan Murphy: any chance Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner can join that lineup? View Comments “I’m going to be working at cross-purposes with [Lange’s character],” O’Hare revealed, adding, “We’ll have lots of scenes with each other, but we’ll be battling.” O’Hare received a Tony Award for his performance in Take Me Out, as well as a nomination for Assassins. His additional Broadway credits include Elling, Inherit the Wind, Sweet Charity and Cabaret.
The University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center will host the fourth annual Unmanned Systems in Precision Agriculture Conference on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 3 and 4, 2016. The Atlanta and Coastal Plain chapters of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International are sponsoring the conference. The focus of the conference is to update farmers, Cooperative Extension personnel, researchers, agricultural consultants and agricultural business professionals on the latest research regarding agricultural drone use and the proposed federal and state regulations.“We will have flight demonstrations, presentations on how to get started using drones on the farm and information on the latest research in the agricultural uses of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles),” said Glen Rains, a College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences agricultural engineer on the UGA Tifton Campus.The keynote speaker for the event will be Georgia state Rep. Jimmy Pruett, who is a member of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). He is a member of the National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Committee initiative established by the NCSL to examine drone use in the United States.Registration for the conference is $125 for both days or $85 for one. Applications are being accepted for exhibitor space and sponsorships. For more information, please visit ugatiftonconference.org.
Gretchen Maginnis was named assistant manager of the Barre branch of KeyBank and Gretchen M. Havreluk was named relationship associate, retail banking, for the bank’s Brattleboro branch.Maginnis is responsible for maximizing the branch’s productivity, maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction and managing the employees within the branch. Prior to joining Key, she was a certified trust and financial advisor for TD Banknorth.Havreluk has more than 20 years experience in the financial services industry. She is responsible for providing sales solutions for deposit and loan products, customer service and ensuring compliance with operational, security and audit procedures. She is also a part of the Vermont District Key4Women team.