Every summer, the beloved Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, Oregon hosts Northwest String Summit, showcasing the top and up-and-coming bluegrass bands and talent. This year’s event will take place from July 19th through 22nd, and luckily for you, if you can’t make the event, JamGrass TV will be streaming select sets throughout the weekend!Starting on Thursday, July 19th, Horseshoes and Handgrenades will get the webcast started, with performances by Steep Canyon Ranger, Railroad Earth, and Greensky Bluegrass to follow, on the webcast’s opening day.Friday’s webcast will feature sets from The Lil Smokies, Dustbowl Revival, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Yonder Mountain String Band. JamGrass TV will keep the virtual festivities going Saturday, with performances from Front Country, Keller & The Andys, Mandolin Orange, Fruition, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Leftover Salmon’s Funky Brass Breakdown featuring special guests Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman and Skerik. On Sunday, the festival’s final day, The Talbott Brothers, Jon Craigie, Music of Jerry & Dawg, Leftover Salmon, and The Infamous Stringdusters will be broadcast live.The full webcast schedule can be viewed at JamGrass TV. Tickets for Northwest String Summit can be purchased on their website.
Members of Guns N’ Roses continue to provide subtle hints on the famous rock band’s first new studio album featuring guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan since 1993’s “The Spaghetti Incident?”. The latest update related to the band’s progress on writing and recording new music comes from Slash, who shared some vague but encouraging details on what he and the GnR fellas have planned.Related: Axl Rose Teams With ‘Looney Tunes’ For First New Single In Years, ‘Rock The Rock’ Earlier this week, the lauded guitarist appeared on the “Meltdown” podcast operated by Detroit radio station WRIF, where he briefly addressed the status of the new material.“We hadn’t really done anything yet,” Slash said on the program. “I don’t like to say anything. You know how people use it to promote shit and lie through their teeth? So I just wanted to be honest about it, and so there was really no telling what we were gonna do at that point …. I do know that we are gonna do this run [of fall shows], and we’ve already started working on stuff. So, there you go.”Rumors of new material featuring 3/5 of the band’s beloved Appetite For Destruction-era lineup have been circulating amongst the rock community since Slash, Axl Rose, and Duff put their bad history behind them for their hugely successful Not In This Lifetime… Tour beginning back in spring 2016.More recently, Slash released his latest solo album with Living The Dream, featuring his backing band Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators. Slash and the band will be on tour throughout the summer beginning on July 15th in San Francisco and continuing until August 13th. Guns N’ Roses also began sharing their 2019 tour plans with scheduled appearances at festivals including both weekends of this year’s ACL Fest, Louder Than Life Festival, and Exit 111 Fest.Head to the band’s website for tour dates and ticket info.[H/T Consequence of Sound]
Maybe you’ve seen it at a party or a family gathering: groups of people crowded around a TV screen—some wielding various toy instruments, vamping, jumping around. Players follow along with prerecorded songs, trying to match their respective parts as perfectly as possible, perhaps injecting a bit of style into the proceedings. They do it for points and the roar of a virtual crowd.These video games—two competing ones, Guitar Hero and Rock Band—offer players a chance to experience musicianship without ever having to practice an instrument. Or even leave their living rooms. Is this creative? Is it cheating? What does it mean for real-world musicianship? Why don’t these players just pick up a real guitar already?Ethnomusicologist Kiri Miller, R.I. ’11, a Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute and an assistant professor of music at Brown University, tackles these and other related issues in her current research; she’s writing a book about it, Playing Along: Digital Games, YouTube, and Virtual Performance (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). On Wednesday, Oct. 6, as part of the Radcliffe Fellows’ Presentation Series, she presented some of her research in a lecture titled, “How Musical Is Guitar Hero?”The musicality of Guitar Hero has been hotly contested since the game’s introduction. Clearly, the players aren’t really making the music—but they’re not just listening, either. “We don’t really have a big working vocabulary to account for forms of musicality that fall between musicianship and listenership, between production and reception,” Miller points out.Is a player just an automaton, or does he or she bring creativity to the game play? With a video excerpt, Miller introduced her audience to Freddie Wong, a video game virtuoso (he played Guitar Hero and Rock Band professionally for a stint) whose YouTube performances have garnered millions of hits. Whatever one thinks of his musicianship, the performative aspect of his game can’t be denied.Miller conducted ethnographic research—including interviews with players and game designers and a Web-based survey—to explore how virtual performance is changing what players think about creativity, musicality, and performance.Only time will tell whether Miller’s “virtual virtuosity” will prove to be what James Parker of the Atlantic called “another coup for the forces of unreality.” In the meantime, though, what 36 million players agree on is how very fun these games are: They continue to pick up their plastic guitars in the name of rock.Some of them may even learn to play a “realtar.”Read more about Kiri Miller’s work on her research blog, Playing Along.
The Institute of Politics, located at the Harvard Kennedy School, announced the selection of an experienced group of individuals for resident and visiting fellowships this fall.Over the course of an academic semester, resident fellows interact with students, participate in the intellectual life of the Harvard community, and lead weekly study groups on a wide variety of issue areas. Visiting fellows join the institute for a shorter period and maximize their time meeting with students, faculty, and Harvard research center staff.“We are excited to welcome our fall fellows to Harvard,” said Trey Grayson, IOP director. “This accomplished group of practitioners with strong experience in governing, government relations, campaign strategy, journalism, and White House policy and political affairs is sure to captivate and inspire students and the University community.”The following resident fellows will join the institute for the fall semester:Christina Bellantoni, associate politics editor, Roll CallRon Christie, author and former special assistant to President George W. Bush and deputy assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney for domestic policy (2001-04)Tad Devine, Democratic political and media strategistLinda Moore Forbes, deputy assistant to President Bill Clinton and deputy political director, the White House (1993–2001); senior adviser to U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh (2001-11)Steve Grand, Republican political and media strategistDiane Casey-Landry, former chief operating officer and senior executive vice president, American Bankers Association; president and CEO of America’s Community Bankers (2000-07)In addition, Ed Rendell, a two-term Pennsylvania governor (2003-11), former Democratic National Committee general chairman (1999-2001), and mayor of the city of Philadelphia (1992-99), will join the institute as a visiting fellow in early October.For more information.
View Comments David Bowie’s Lazarus is already a hit! The off-Broadway production, which will begin previews on November 18 and officially open on December 7, has extended three weeks and will now play through January 17, 2016 at New York Theatre Workshop. Directed by A View From the Bridge’s Ivo van Hove and created by Bowie and Once book writer Enda Walsh, the show will star Michael C. Hall. Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper and more.Inspired by Walter Tevis’ 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, Lazarus follows Thomas Newton (Hall), the alcoholic alien-turned-inventor portrayed by Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation. The show will feature original tunes by Bowie, as well as new arrangements of his known hits.The cast will also include Krystina Alabado, Sophia Anne Caruso, Nicholas Christopher, Lynn Craig, Bobby Moreno, Krista Pioppi, Charlie Pollock and Brynn Williams.
Equifax, the latest company to be embroiled in a massive data breach, is facing questions from two top U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle.According to a report in Reuters, Senator Orrin Hatch, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and ranking Democrat Ron Wyden want the CEO of Equifax, Rick Smith, to provide a timeline of the breach event. Specifically, they want information on when the breach happened, when the board and authorities were alerted and when the three executives who sold shares in August were notified. One of those executives is the CFO of the company.Backlash is mounting, particularly since a report surfaced that the three executives sold their shares immediately after the company discovered the cyberattack. “The scope and scale of this breach appears to make it one of the largest on record, and the sensitivity of the information compromised may make it the most costly to taxpayers and consumers,” the letter to Equifax’s CEO stated, as Reuters reported. Citing regulatory filings, Reuters previously reported that the executives sold the shares, which were worth around $1. 8 million, three days after the breach was discovered. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Mary, a single mom and disabled veteran, always had the dream of home ownership. But the excitement of receiving approval for her first mortgage was quickly squashed when she learned she could not close on her loan, as she was still legally married to a man she had been separated from for three years. Although the separation was amicable, and even though they both had good jobs, neither Mary nor her estranged husband had the $2,500 to put down as a retainer to hire an attorney, and divorce had never seemed urgent. Now it was, with Mary’s dream of a home for her and her children hanging in the balance.Mary’s story is all too common. As Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht of the Supreme Court of Texas stated in his presentation to the 84th Texas Legislature:“Access to justice is a struggle, not only for the poor, but for many in the middle class and small businesses who need the legal system but find the costs prohibitive and are forced to try to represent themselves. There are lawyers looking for work, and clients who need lawyers, but the cost of legal services keeps them apart. This has been called ‘the justice gap,’ and it’s growing.” That’s why we formed Justice For Me Inc., a new credit union service organization headquartered in the Austin-San Antonio corridor. Justice For Me bridges the “justice gap” that Mary and millions of other Americans fall into by working with attorneys and their clients to facilitate manageable payment plans and eliminate the need for large, upfront retainers.
Nobody likes a setback. Nobody likes having to rebuild something that was already built. Even if that rebuild is just a workflow, or even if it just means pressing a few buttons, entering passwords, and…Who are we kidding? Nobody really likes disaster recovery prep.But it can be made easier. It can be done faster, and with less effort, and with less head scratching. Just as with any exercise, it stops being quite the burden that it was at the start.So, how can your credit union improve its disaster recovery?That all starts with the business impact analysis (BIA). continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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