The Disco Biscuits Debut Reworked Original During Night Two At Virginia’s The National [Full-Show Video]

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits continued their weekend run at The National with the second night of music at the Richmond, VA music venue on Sunday. The packed show acted as the latest stop on the band’s long-awaited 2019-2020 tour, and saw them introduce another new tune into their live arsenal to match the new originals which the rock band has already debuted on the fall run thus far.Related: Star Kitchen Announces Guest-Filled NYC Late-Night Show During The Disco Biscuits New Year’s RunThe first set of the night opened with “Vassillios”, which moved right into “Mindless Dribble” to complete the song which began the night prior on Saturday. The music continued right into “Shem-Rah Boo” and “Astronaut” to close out the set.The band returned to open the second half of the show with “Grass Is Green” before moving on to an inverted rendition of “The Overture”. Next, the Biscuits treated attendees to the live debut of “Clocks”, a reworked version of “That Sample Has a Name”, which debuted earlier this year during the band’s two-night run at The Fillmore New Orleans during the week of Jazz Fest. The music continued with “Orch Theme” and “Grass Is Green” to close the set, only to see the band return for a three-song encore beginning with “Station” and wrapping with an unfinished “Rock Candy” that moved into an “I-Man” finale.Watch The Disco Biscuits’ entire performance from Sunday via the pro-shot video below.The Disco Biscuits – The National – 11/17/2019 – Full Pro-Shot Video[Video: The Disco Biscuits]The Disco Biscuits fall tour continues a few days from now when the band begins a two-night run at Higher Ground in South Burlington, VT on Thursday (November 21st) and Friday (November 22nd).For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head here.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | The National | Richmond, VA | 11/17/2019Set One: Vassillios > Mindless Dribble* > Shem-Rah Boo, AstronautSet Two: Grass Is Green > The Overture^ > Clocks$ > Orch Theme > Grass Is GreenEncore: Station, Rock Candy# > I-Man*Notes:* Completes 11/16/19 version^ Inverted version$ First time played; Reworking of “That Sample Has a Name”# UnfinishedNext month, The Disco Biscuits will close down New York City’s Playstation Theater for good when they return to the Times Square venue for their four-night New Year’s Run on December 27th, 28th, 30th, and 31st.Related: The Top 10 Disco Biscuits Moments At PlayStation Theater [Videos]On the day off between the run’s 3rd and 4th nights on December 29th, the side projects of both keyboardist Aron Magner and bassist Marc Brownstein will perform in the city.First, in the afternoon, Magner’s jazz trio, SPAGA, will deliver an intimate performance at DROM (Doors: 3:00 p.m. / Show: 4:00 p.m.). Tickets are available here.Later, Brownstein’s Star Kitchen will host a late-night blowout at Sony Hall (Doors: 11:30 p.m. / Show: 12:30 a.m.) featuring help from guitarist Eric Krasno and the Trey Anastasio Band horn section (Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, and James Casey). Tickets are available here.last_img read more

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Four Injured in Texas Collapse

first_imgSULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (AP) – Emergency officials say four workers have been hurt when the wooden frame of a one-story structure they were building collapsed. The Sulphur Springs Fire Department says the accident happened Friday morning. Firefighter David James says the workers suffered apparent minor injuries but all were transported to a hospital to be examined. James says the framing of the building was nearly complete with the walls and trusses in place. He says all of the injured workers had managed to free themselves by the time firefighters arrived. James says authorities are trying to determine what caused the collapse. He had no immediate details on who owns the property or the construction company. Names of the workers haven’t been released. Sulphur Springs is 75 miles northeast of Dallas. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.last_img read more

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Obama’s ‘Olive-branch’ Cairo Speech Named Top US Religion Story

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore President Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo in which he pledged a new U.S. relationship with Muslim countries, has been named the top religion story for 2009 by journalists who cover religion in the United States. The June speech in Egypt was seen as offering an olive branch to the Muslim world and was named the top story by more than 100 members of the Religion Newswriters Association . During his talk, Obama invoked the Qur’an, Talmud and the Bible while declaring that America was not at war with Islam. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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From Pizza to Fresh Vegetables: When You’re in The Bronx, You’re Going to Get Fed By This Generous Community

first_imgBut Konig picked up the 30 pizzas from the Cafeccino Bakery anyway, and she and seven volunteers delivered them to quarantined congregants.“The families, especially the children, appreciated seeing our faces,” Konig told Reader’s Digest.From that cancelled party, the Pizza Brigade was born. Volunteers kept up the pizza deliveries, at no charge to the families, once a week until their quarantine was over. In total, they fed more than 100 families. And not just pizza. The brigade, in partnership with bakery owner Lukasz Babiuch, started weekly deliveries of challah, the bread many Jews eat every week on the Sabbath.RELATED: Charitable Donors in U.S. Give Record Amount, As Support Surges in First 6 Months of 2020With the growing need, the Pizza Brigade expanded operations. One day, they delivered 20 pizzas to healthcare professionals battling COVID-19 in the emergency room at Montefiore Medical Center. Then 25 pizzas to Hatzalah, a local volunteer ambulance corps. The next day, ten pizzas to Weill Cornell Hospital. Every order that came in kept the restaurant in business and his staff employed.Aliza AbramsFrom there, the idea spread. Other Jewish communities started sending pizzas to those around them who needed the morale boost that only New York’s signature food can deliver—including in Stamford, Connecticut, where 40 pizzas were sent to families on the front lines. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis is one of 50 finalists in the Reader’s Digest “50 Nicest Places in America” contest for 2020. A crowd-sourced effort to uncover places in all 50 states where kindness and generosity are reigning supreme amidst a climate of coronavirus and cultural upheaval, you can now vote for your favorite ‘Nicest Place’ by visiting the Reader’s Digest website. You will not go hungry in the Bronx. New York City’s northernmost borough is home to 1.4 million people—and it’s the most racially diverse place in the country, according to the U.S. Census. But if there’s one thing that brings people together, it’s pizza—and pizza was the unifier for families in Riverdale, who started bringing hundreds of the famous pies to strangers throughout New York’s quarantine.In early March, Aliza Abrams Konig pre-ordered 30 pizzas for a party set to celebrate the Jewish holiday Purim at her synagogue. They’ve always gotten a good turnout, and Konig expected the same this year. Then COVID-19 hit. New Rochelle, a neighboring town, saw one of the first cases reported in the city, where more than 20,000 people would die of the disease over the next few months. As soon as it became clear what was happening, the whole community quarantined, trying to limit spread. The Purim party was canceled. In another part of Riverdale, Selma Raven and her partner Sara Allen noticed the same thing: Some of their neighbors needed help. It was the seventh anniversary of the day Raven lost her son Michael, who had been an activist fighting against “healthy food deserts”. Inspiration struck—and it was the perfect way to honor the 21-year-old’s memory.RELATED: After Getting Laid Off, ‘Lasagna Lady’ Responds to Coronavirus by Cooking 1,200 Pans for Strangers in NeedFollowing the lead of innovators she’d noticed in Brooklyn, Allen found a refrigerator on Craigslist. Meanwhile, Raven asked nearby store owners whether they could plug it in out front; the plan was to fill it with free, fresh food for anyone who needed it. The Riverdale area has a dense urban feel, with a mix of those living in million-dollar homes and others renting a single room, so all types of people live there. “I kept asking until the fourth guy said, ‘Sure, no problem, I’ll do whatever I can,’” Raven told Reader’s Digest.The Friendly FridgeA few days later, she and Allen set up what they called their “Friendly Fridge” in front of The Last Stop, an eclectic restaurant in Riverdale, down the street from their apartment.The Friendly Fridge would operate under a simple system: Take what you need and leave what you can. Raven and Allen buy food almost every day to supplement donations. A local fruit vendor drops off fruit; deli owners on the block have donated sandwiches. Every day, someone new donates.SARA ALLEN“It has grown so much in a month,” said Raven. “People take food and talk to us and the community has come together in ways that I’m just humbled.”At the end of every day, they sanitize and fill the refrigerator, and they’re finding out why Riverdale has been nominated as one of the 50 Nicest Places in America 2020 finalists.The Bronx community is highly committed to doing volunteer work, giving to charity and helping those in need—but they are seeing a real uptick in volunteerism and care at this time.POPULAR: Anonymous Donor Gives $40k to Florida Cafe to Help it Stay Open During Pandemic – And Feed Hospital Workers“It’s been incredible to see how my community has rallied together and are helping each other out, running errands, pick ups, drop offs for those who can not risk going out,” said Raven. “I am a member of a few WhatsApp groups dedicated to fulfilling shopping list requests for those in quarantine. The groups never stop, there is always someone offering to help out, it’s really amazing.Recently, the refrigerator stopped working. Allen wrote about the breakdown on Facebook and within two hours, a stranger had delivered a replacement. When Raven offered to pass along $300 in donations she’d collected, the person refused.“As someone special in my life once said‚ ‘No one should go hungry,’” says Raven. “And thanks to this amazing neighborhood, we can all help.”One fridge—OR one pizza—at a time.SHARE This Story of One of America’s Nicest Places to Inspire Others On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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University sues federal government

first_imgNotre Dame filed a religious liberty lawsuit today challenging the constitutionality of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that requires employers to provide contraceptive services in their minimum health insurance packages. The mandate is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform legislation, passed in 2010. The University filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. Court documents list the defendants as HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Labor Secretary Hilda Solid, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and their respective departments. University President Fr. John Jenkins defended the University’s position in a statement today, saying the University filed the lawsuit “with sober determination” to defend religious freedom. “Let me say very clearly what this lawsuit is not about: it is not about preventing women from having access to contraception, nor even about preventing the government from providing such services,” Jenkins said. “As we assert the right to follow our conscience, we respect their right to follow theirs … This filing is about the freedom of a religious organization to live its mission, and its significance goes well beyond any debate about contraceptives.” Under the original plan announced Jan. 20, religious employers were exempt from providing contraceptives as part of the free preventive services in their minimum insurance package. However, the plan defined “religious employers” narrowly – while places of worship were exempt, religiously affiliated institutions, including universities like Notre Dame, were not. HHS granted these institutions one year to comply with the legislation’s specifications. Obama announced a compromise in February that would shift responsibility for funding contraception from religiously affiliated institutions to insurance companies. The government will be responsible for defining which institutions are included in this compromise, which was unclear regarding self-insured companies. The University is self-insured. The lawsuit states that the federal mandate is irreconcilable with the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and other laws protecting religious freedom. “For if we conceded that the government can decide which religious organizations are sufficiently religious to be awarded the freedom to follow the principles that define their mission, then we have begun to walk down a path that ultimately leads to the undermining of those institutions,” Jenkins said. University Spokesman Dennis Brown said the government has 60 days to respond to the lawsuit. Attempts to contact HHS representatives have not yet been successful. Notre Dame’s lawsuit was one of 12 filed today against the federal government by 43 plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of the regulation, a University press release stated. “The other lawsuits were filed by dioceses and archdioceses in conjunction with Catholic schools and universities, Catholic health systems and Catholic charitable organizations,” Brown said. The Associated Press reported the Archdioceses of Washington, New York and Michigan were among the plaintiffs, as well as the Catholic University of America. Jenkins said the University would continue its discussions with Sebelius and other government officials to resolve the issue. “We do not seek to impose our religious beliefs on others,” Jenkins said. “We simply ask that the government not impose its values on the University when those values conflict with our religious teachings.”last_img read more

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Enter the Frozen Rehearsal Room with Caissie Levy, Patti Murin & More

first_img We can’t let these adorable shots go! June 19 marked the first day of rehearsal for the Broadway-bound Frozen. As previously announced, Caissie Levy and Patti Murin will lead the stage adaptation of the beloved Disney tuner. Levy, Murin, Greg Hildreth, Jelani Alladin, director Michael Grandage, John Riddle, Robert Creighton and more were all on hand for the first day of rehearsal, and we’re so amped to see what’s next. Frozen plays its out-of-town tryout at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts from August 17-October 1, 2017 and will arrive at Broadway’s St. James Theatre in spring 2018. Peek the rehearsal room pics here! Stars Patti Murin and Caissie Levy get together with Frozen director Michael Grandage. Caissie Levy View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020 Kevin Del Aguila Robert Creighton Patti Murin Greg Hildreth John Riddle and Robert Creighton are all smiles for their first day of rehearsal. Frozen Star Files Olaf and Oaken are ready for their close-up! Greg Hildreth and Kevin Del Aguila snap a pic. Love—and Broadway—is an open door for this team. Happy first day of rehearsal! We can’t wait to see Jelani Alladin as Kristoff! Related Shows John Riddle Caissie Levy & Patti Murin(Photos: Jenny Anderson) View All (6)last_img read more

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Tootsie’s Tony-Nominated Director Scott Ellis on How Roller Skating Led to His First Job & More

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 26:16Loaded: 0%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -26:16 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 Tootsie Scott Ellis recently received his ninth Tony nomination for directing Tootsie, which earned 11 nods including Best Musical. Ellis also helmed this season’s revival of Kiss Me, Kate and already has big plans for the upcoming Take Me Out. While he has been directing productions for over 20 years, Ellis took his first Broadway bow wearing roller skates in The Rink. “Honestly, my first show, The Rink, started my career as a director,” Ellis said to Beth Stevens in a recent interview on Broadway.com’s #LiveAtFive. “If I hadn’t done The Rink I’m not sure if I would have a career. Knowing how to roller skate got me the job. I approached [composer John Kander and late lyricist Fred Ebb] about directing Flora the Red Menace; I have no clue where I got that chutzpah. It’s Kander and Ebb for crying out loud, but it worked. I owe everything to that Broadway show.”Bringing a hit like Tootsie to the stage is no easy feat, and Ellis knew exactly who he needed to make it a success: “To me, casting is such an important part of directing,” he said. I tend to cast people who are talented and right for the role, but also people who I want to be in a room with because that’s where the joy is. The only control I have is what happens in the room. I spent two weeks with Santino [Fontana] and fell in love with him. He’s so smart and collaborative. I said to the producers,’ If you’re looking for a big star, I have no interest. I’ll only do it with him.'”When it came to having both Tootsie and the Kiss Me, Kate revival on the Great White Way in the same season, Ellis had a very specific vision in mind. “I knew we needed major updates with both stories,” he said. “For Kiss Me, Kate, I loved the story and the score is incredible, but we had to make changes. The only thing I knew was the book ends: I knew how I wanted to start and end, but we had to look at everything in between. With Amanda Green’s help and rewriting some lyrics, we made it work.”Be sure to see Tootsie, now playing at the Marquis Theatre, and Kiss Me, Kate at Studio 54.Watch the full #LiveAtFive episode below! Scott Ellis (Photos: Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com)last_img read more

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AAA: Safe winter driving

first_imgVermont Business Magazine AAA Northern New England will host a press conference along with the Vermont Agency of Transportation, Vermont State Police, Vermont Highway Safety Alliance and the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation to raise awareness for vehicle safety during this winter season. Each year, ice and snow brings a rash of crashes to Vermont’s roads as drivers reacquaint themselves with winter conditions.  Last year, AAA came to the rescue of over 175,000 members in Northern New England, during the winter months and in most cases the situation could have been avoided by being better prepared for the conditions and modifying driving behavior.AAA and the State of Vermont are urging motorists to plan ahead, slowdown in adverse driving conditions, give plow trucks plenty of room, and prepare your car and yourself for the challenges Vermont weather brings.  As we celebrate Thanksgiving, AAA expects a record number 2.18 million News England drivers on the road. We remind all drivers this holiday week to buckle up, put your phones down and drive impaired free.  With 14% of crashes happening in parking lots, safety advocates urge motorist and pedestrians to use extra caution as the holiday shopping season kicks off with Black Friday this week.Who:                   Dan Goodman- Manager of Public Affairs, AAA Northern New England                                              Michael Pieciak – Commissioner, Vermont Department of Financial Regulation                             Lieutenant John Flannigan- Vermont State Police                             Rejean LaFleche Jr – General Manager District 5, Vermont Agency of Transportation                             Glen Button- Chair, Vermont Highway Safety Alliance                       When:                  Monday, November 21, 201610 amWhere:                Maintenance District 5 “Fort Ethan Allen” Garage                                189 Troy Avenue, Colchester, VTWhat:                   Each of the respective presenters will be available for individual interviews after the media event and showcase their area of expertise. There will be a plow truck, police cruiser and vehicle maintenance demonstration on tires and battery care.last_img read more

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Fourth DCA has an opening

first_imgFourth DCA has an opening October 15, 2012 Regular News Fourth DCA has an opening The Fourth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Fred Hazouri. Applicants must have been members of The Florida Bar for the preceding 10 years, registered voters, and must reside in the territorial jurisdiction of the court at the time of assuming office. Applications should be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s website at www.floridabar.org. The original completed application plus nine copies and all attachments must be delivered to Louis M. Silber, JNC Chair, Silber & Davis, 1806 Old Okeechobee Road, West Palm Beach 33409 no later than 5 p.m., November 19. In addition to the original and nine copies, applicants are requested to provide one additional redacted version of the application which complies with Chapter 119 and Florida’s public records law. The submission of a photograph is encouraged.last_img read more

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