Kessel’s Korner reopened for the season on Thursday, March 13, and the neighborhood welcomed the return of the popular cafe with a full house.
Jim James has announced the coming release of a brand new acoustic album, Uniform Clarity, a companion piece to his recently released Uniform Distortion, which came out on June 29th. The new album is comprised of acoustic versions of the songs originally found on Uniform Distortion, along with two new tracks: “It Will Work Out” and “Flash In The Pan”.Uniform Clarity was recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, The War On Drugs) and is due out on Friday, October 5th via ATO. Today, James releases two new recordings, the acoustic versions of “You Get To Rome” and “Over and Over”.As James explains of the new acoustic release,The idea for UNIFORM CLARITY came from UNIFORM DISTORTION, an album of intentional chaos/dirt: literal and figurative distortion of lyrics and sound meant to echo and hopefully shed some light on the twisted times and distortion of the truth in which we now live. UNIFORM CLARITY is meant to illuminate the other side – raw and real, but very clear, much like in the early days of recording where all you could hear was the truth because there were no ways to manipulate recordings in the studio. Working with Shawn Everett, we created a document style recording of these songs- just vocals, guitar and the space itself- no special FX. A crystal clear illustration of the flawed beauty of what a song starts off as or sometimes remains- a thought. a seed. a light from the womb of the universe brought to life down here on earth.Listen to acoustic versions of “You Get To Rome” and “Over and Over” below via Jim James on YouTube:Jim James – “You Get To Rome” (Acoustic)Jim James – “Over And Over” (acoustic)As previously reported, today, Wednesday, September 12th, James will mount a “special performance” in San Francisco that will be broadcast live on his YouTube page. Further information about the livestream has been provided today. As a press release details, “there will be an exclusive YouTube event that sees James appearing throughout the day for special performances, discussions about the upcoming release and his extraordinary body of work, as well as his belief in importance of voting and political action as we set out to change the future this Election Day. The broadcast will culminate with a very special live performance and Q+A session, set to be streamed live from San Francisco at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET.”For more information, head to Jim James’ website.
Harry L. Parker, the Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Crew, was widely regarded as the premier rowing coach in the United States. In his 50 years as head coach, he led his crews to 21 undefeated regular seasons, 24 EARC Sprints varsity titles, 21 JV Sprints crowns, eight official and eight unofficial national championships, including three IRA championships since 2003, and a 42–7 record over Yale in the Harvard-Yale Boat Race. He worked with every U.S. Olympic Rowing Team from 1964 until 1992 and also served as the coach of the first U.S. women’s national eight, which won a silver medal at the 1975 World Rowing Championships. He coached the women’s crew again in 1976 when they won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Montreal.
A veteran character actress, Spencer has become a familiar fixture in television and film. Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny in Dreamworks’ “The Help” won her the 2012 Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, and Broadcast Film Critic’s Choice Award. She can currently be seen in the drama “Hidden Figures.”The Woman of the Year festivities will begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, when Spencer will lead a parade through the streets of Cambridge. At 4 p.m., she will be presented with her pudding pot at Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding’s home since 1888. A press conference will follow the presentation, and there will be a celebratory roast for the actress.For the first time, the press conferences for Hasty Pudding’s Man and Woman of the Year will be live-streamed and available to the public free of charge. More information will be available on the Hasty Pudding’s social media channels soon via Facebook at facebook.com/thehastypudding, Twitter @thehastypudding, and Instagram @thehastypudding. Afterward, the Hasty Pudding will give a preview of its 169th production, “Casino Evil.”“We could not be more excited to offer Ms. Spencer our Woman of the Year award. We are humbled by her talent and are so honored that our little pudding pot will be sitting alongside Ms. Spencer’s Oscar and Golden Globe on her mantle,” said Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ co-producer Adam Chiavacci.“Everyone here is really looking forward to meeting her — as long as she doesn’t prove as difficult as her character on ‘30 Rock’!” added co-producer Natalie Kim.Later this year, Spencer will be seen in “The Shack,” a film based on the best-selling novel of the same title. Spencer recently wrapped production on the film “The Shape of Water.”To purchase tickets to “Casino Evil,” contact the box office at 617-495-5205 or order online at hastypudding.org/buy-tickets. The show will be performed at Farkas Hall, 12 Holyoke St., from Feb. 3 until March 5. The company then will bring the production to New York and Bermuda. Versatile actor will receive his pudding pot on Feb. 3 Reynolds is Hasty’s Man of the Year Related The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, has named Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer as its 2017 Woman of the Year.The award is bestowed annually on performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to entertainment. Established in 1951, the award has been given to many notable entertainers, including Meryl Streep, Debbie Reynolds, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Dame Helen Mirren, and most recently Kerry Washington.
The Normal Heart takes a look at the challenges in trying to raise awareness during the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City. The made-for-TV movie features stars including Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello, Denis O’Hare and Jonathan Groff. View Comments While we prep our DVRs for the May 25 premiere of Ryan Murphy’s HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Tony-winning drama The Normal Heart, there’s one stage and screen icon that has something to say, first. Barbra Streisand released a statement to the Hollywood Reporter in response to a 2012 email from Kramer to Streisand that went public, which accused her of not having “quite the same burning passion to make it as you always claim.” Streisand was the first filmmaker to discuss a screen adaptation with Kramer, having held an option on the project for ten years following the play’s 1985 premiere and championing it even when she no longer held the rights. “I tried very hard to get it made,” said Streisand. “In the press, Larry kept speaking out against me. But I think it’s unfair to keep blaming me for the movie not getting made. I worked on it for 25 years, without pay.” Despite all that’s occurred, the Oscar winner reveals: “I’m glad it’s finally here.”
from $149.00 Related Shows We told you Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda would still be in our hearts (and in the headlines) post-Ham! Fresh off of his final performance, the Tony winner joined fellow New York native and Latin pop superstar Jennifer Lopez onstage at The Today Show on July 11 to perform their single, “Love Make the World Go Round,” a tribute to the victims of the tragic Orlando shooting that occurred on June 12. The audience included 50 survivors and victims’ family members. Proceeds from the track, which is currently in the third slot on the iTunes Top Songs chart, will benefit the Hispanic Federation’s Proyecto Somos Orlando; 95 percent of the victims in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history were Latino. Check out J. Lo and Miranda’s anthemic performance below! Star Files View Comments Hamilton Jennifer Lopez & Lin-Manuel Miranda(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Lin-Manuel Miranda
From the trees that beautify Georgia’s landscapes to the cows that produce milk to feed Georgia families, agriculture in this state is diverse and faces a wide range of challenges. University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead and state leaders learned more about these challenges and northeastern Georgia’s farms, nurseries and the agritourism industry Tuesday during the annual farm tour.”As a land-grant institution, the University of Georgia is committed to helping our state’s agriculture industry thrive,” said Morehead. “Today we were reminded not only of the far-reaching scope of agriculture in Georgia but also of the vital partnership between the university and farmers across the state.”This is the fifth consecutive year Morehead has joined Georgia’s Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black and members of the Georgia General Assembly to visit Georgia farms and food-based businesses around the state since becoming president of UGA. In 2013, the delegation visited farms in northwest Georgia; in 2014, they visited southwest Georgia; in 2015, they toured the northeastern region of the state; and in 2016, they visited farms in middle Georgia.”Our state’s agriculture is exceptionally diverse, and I believe our tours over the past five years have mirrored that diversity,” Black said. “This year’s focus really highlights the value of continued collaboration between the department and the university, especially in the green industry. It is always gratifying to witness firsthand the results of ongoing cooperation between our farming community and those who support it.”Sen. John Wilkinson, chairman of the Georgia State Senate Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee; Rep. Terry England, chairman of Georgia House of Representatives Appropriations Committee; Rep. Tom McCall, chairman of the Georgia House of Representatives Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee; and Sam Pardue, dean and director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences accompanied Morehead and Black on the tour.UGA researchers and Extension experts are committed to understanding the challenges that face Georgia’s more than $13 billion agriculture industry and finding solutions for Georgia farmers. Agritourism, the green industry and dairy production all play key roles in northeastern Georgia’s agricultural economy, and the delegation explored aspects of all three industries.The tour began in Colbert at James Greenhouses, which grows a wide variety of ornamental perennials as wells as UGA-developed blueberry cultivars.They went on to see the production of other UGA-bred ornamental varieties at Griffith Propagation in Watkinsville and visited Select Trees in Crawford. Select Trees, which grows large shade trees for transplant, has donated hundreds of trees to UGA over the past decade.The last nursery grower on the tour was Evergreen Nursery in Statham, a wholesale nursery that was able to cut its water use drastically by implementing a smart irrigation system developed by UGA horticulture researchers.Ornamental horticulture, which ranges from the production of houseplants and landscape shrubs to turf and shade trees, contributes $831 million to Georgia’s economy, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.In addition to nursery visits, the group visited a dairy and a farmers market in Morgan County, both of which are owned by UGA alumni.Farmview Market, the brainchild of 1980 UGA CAES graduate Keith Kelly, is a combination butcher shop, specialty food shop, restaurant and farmers market that draws thousands of travelers each week. Kelly conceived of the farmers market complex, which opened in 2016, as a way to connect “farms to families.”With a $133 million impact on Georgia’s economy, agritourism destinations such as Farmview Market also connect Georgia’s farmers to new revenue streams, making farm businesses more diverse and more economically sustainable.Williams Dairy, the tour’s second stop in Morgan County, is home to 3,700 cows and is operated by the 2017 Georgia Farmer of the Year, Everett Williams. Williams graduated from UGA in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in dairy science.His reputation for cutting-edge technology and civic leadership has earned him a worldwide reputation as a leader in Georgia’s $278 million dairy industry.Dairy farmers from other countries often stop at the Williams Dairy to see how he is using the latest technology to produce milk more efficiently.At each stop, farm and nursery managers shared ways in which UGA has contributed to their success and ways that the university could help in the future.”Our college is committed to research that helps Georgia agriculture meet today’s complex challenges and stay on the leading edge in agricultural technology and sustainability,” Pardue said. “UGA Extension works across the state, in every county, to put those new discoveries into practice on farms and agricultural operations, and we are training the next generation of agricultural leaders and producers in our classrooms and laboratories every day.”To learn more about UGA’s partnership with Georgia’s farmers, visit caes.uga.edu.
By Neale F Lunderville. On Town Meeting Day, many voters will be confounded by a riddle on their school budget ballot: how is it that we cut school spending, but our property tax bill went up anyway?The answer is buried deep within the labyrinth of Act 60 and Act 68, the complex and impenetrable school funding laws that still confuse taxpayers many years after their enactment. This system – which Governor Douglas has called “fundamentally broken and beyond repair” – threatens another year with higher property taxes at a time when families and small businesses can least afford them. And it only gets worse as the problem compounds in years to come.Since the passage of Act 60, school spending has grown dramatically with the true cost to taxpayers masked by a surging housing market and expanding subsidies. As home values climbed, lawmakers and school boards could lower the property tax rate and still collect more than enough for schools.Budgets ballooned as schools hired more teachers and staff – even as the number of students declined. Since 1997, the number of students in Vermont’s schools has dropped by 11.5%, yet the number of school staff increased by 23%. Looking at it another way, for every 3.4 students we lost from the classroom, schools hired an additional teacher or staff person. At this rate, how long will it be until we have more staff than students?As budgets went up, property taxes followed. Vermonters will pay $504.5 million more in property taxes next year than they did in 1999, an annual tax increase of 6.7 percent, easily double the rate of inflation. This was never sustainable.Today, for all these reasons and others, property tax payers are facing something unseen since before Act 60: the statewide tax rate will go up by 2 cents. This means that taxpayers will be paying as much as $59 million more in property taxes next year than this year – a number that will continue to grow without meaningful reform and cost cutting starting right now.This problem has been building on the horizon for years – with Governor Douglas repeatedly sounding the warning call. Since 2005, Douglas has offered annual proposals to the Legislature to lower property taxes by controlling spending. He proposed that school budget increases greater than inflation require 60 percent voter approval. He twice proposed to cap school spending growth at 3.5 percent per pupil and last year he proposed to level fund per pupil spending. Each of these proposals was either rejected or passed over.Further, the Governor aggressively opposed education spending increases, including legislative initiatives to expand property tax subsidies to upper income households and elimination of caps on special education spending. Unfortunately, the Governor’s calls for restraint were ignored. In January, Governor Douglas offered another series of ambitious education reforms to reduce school spending, realign education expenses and reform Act 60. He proposed normalizing school staffing ratios to more responsible levels, increasing cost sharing for teacher health insurance to 20 percent, and encouraging school district consolidation. He also proposed making teachers’ retirement an education expense (instead of competing with human services funding) and progressively graduating tax subsidies for taxpayers with higher incomes to protect the entire subsidy for lower income Vermonters.Without these reforms, property tax payers will see rates rise 2 cents. With the Governor’s proposal, everyone’s statewide rate will drop 1 cent – saving taxpayers $33 million.Vermont’s school system is among the best funded in the nation. The Governor’s proposals will not change our good standing. We can give property tax payers a break and put education funding on solid financial footing without compromising our children’s educational opportunities.In the halls of the State House, members of both parties are having conversations about possible reforms, and there is a growing understanding of the problem. But we cannot confuse understanding for action. Without action on meaningful reform, the sting of increasing property taxes will burn for years to come.Our current crisis was avoidable. But if we act now – both locally and in Montpelier – we can fight back against its worst effects. Another year of inaction is not an acceptable option.Neale F. Lunderville is the Secretary of Administration for the State of Vermont.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York What better way to celebrate the Independence Day than by attending one of the many fireworks shows hosted across Long Island this weekend? Round up the friends and family and make some Fourth of July memories at one or more of these events:Peconic Bay Medical Center Family Festival 6164 Route 25A, Wading River. pbmchealth.org. Free. 5-11 p.m. July 1-4.Annual Carnival and Fireworks Show Polo Grounds, Moores Lane Off Route 25, Greenport. greenportfd.org Free. Carnival opens at 6 p.m. July 1-5. Fireworks at 10 p.m., July 4-5.Children’s Main Street 4th of July CelebrationBay Shore Bandshell, Main Street, Bay Shore. bayshorecommerce.com Free. 1 p.m. July 2.Fourth of July Holiday ConcertConnetquot Public Library, 760 Ocean Ave., Bohemia. connetquotlibrary.org. Free. 7-8 p.m., July 2Go Fourth On The BayGreat South Bay/Connetquot River, Oakdale. grucci.com Free. Sundown, July 2.Pyrotecnico Fireworks ExtravaganzaBethpage Ballpart, 3 Court House Dr., Central Islip. liducks.com $12-$15. When game ends, July 2-4.Old Bethpage Independence Day CelebrationCirca 1865 Independence Day Celebration, parade and ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Fourth of July. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. nassaucountyny.gov $10 adults, $7 children, seniors and firefighters. Kids under 5 free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4, 5.Southhampton Fresh Air Home28th Annual American Picnic with Fireworks, 1030 Meadow Lane, Southhampton. sfah.org/american-picnic.html Free. Sundown, July 3.33rd Annual Bellmore Striders Independence DayPettit Avenue, Bellmore. bellmorestriders.com $20 per adult. $10 per child. One-mile run for children at 8 a.m. 4-mile run at 8:30 a.m., July 4.Oakdale Firecracker 5K Dowling College, 150 Idle Hour Blvd., Oakdale. oakdalefirecracker5k.itsyourrace.com 9 a.m., July 4.South Hampton Arts Center Post-Parade PartySouthampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton. southamptoncenter.org Free. 12 p.m. July 4.Southold 18th Annual 4th of July ParadeMain Road, Boisseau Avenue to Tuckers Lane, Southold. independenceday2015.org. Free. 12 p.m., July 4.Valley Stream’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks ShowFiremen’s Memorial Field, East Fenimore Street and Albermarle Avenue, Valley Stream Park. $5. Pre-fireworks show begins at 8 p.m. 6:30 p.m., July 4.July 4th Fireworks and ConcertPennysaver Amphitheater, 55 South Bicycle Path, Farmingville. pennysaveramp.com Free. 5 p.m. July 4.July 4th Fireworks CruiseCaptree State Park, Ocean Parkway, West Islip. captreepride.com $40-$50. 7 p.m. July 4.Stars Over MontaukUmbrella Beach, Montauk. montaukchamber.com Free. 9 p.m. July 4.Asharoken FireworksAsharoken Beach on Asharoken Avenue, Asharoken. asharoken.com Free. 9 p.m., July 4.July 4th Concert, Children’s Bicycle ParadeMorgan Park, 1 Landing Rd., Glen Cove. glencove-li.us Free. Fireworks at 9 p.m., July 4.East Hills Village Firework ShowVillage of East Hills, 209 Harbor Hill Rd., East Hills. villageofeasthills.org Free. 9:15 p.m. July 4.July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at Jones BeachBack after a seven-year hiatus! Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Jonesbeach.com Free. 9:30 p.m. July 4.Sag Harbor Yacht Club FireworksMarine Park or Haven’s Beach, Sag Harbor. sagharboryc.com Free. 9:30 p.m. July 4.Port Jefferson 4th of July Parade and Fireworks DisplayAnnual Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m. followed by a fireworks show at sundown. West Beach, Port Jefferson. portjeffchamber.com Free. 9:30 p.m. July 4.25th Annual Southampton Firecracker 8K Run and 3M Walk 25 Pond Ln, Southampton. racewire.com Pre-registration fee: $25, $30 DOS. 8 a.m., July 5.Shelter Island Fireworks ShowCrescent Beach, Shelter Island. shelterislandchamber.org Free. 9 p.m. July 11.Rockville Centre Fireworks ShowMill River Park, Rockville Centre. rvcny.us Free. 9:15 p.m. July 11.Salute to AmericaJohn J. Burns Town Park, 4990 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park. grucci.com. Free. 7:30 p.m., July 14.—Compiled by Kyla Stan and Daniela Weinstein
If a television network ever decides to host a reality show based on survival of the financial fittest, a depressing number of consumers won’t even make it past the application process. They’ll be ineligible for competition as soon as they check the little box asking about credit card debt.Americans are relying on credit cards like food, water, fire, or shelter. According to a new study by Allianz Life, 48% of Generation X (ages 35-48) and baby boomers (ages 49-67) agree that credit cards now function as a survival tool. In fact, 43% say “lots of smart, hardworking people who are careful with spending also have a lot of credit card debt.” Plastic debt does not come cheap, and adds up significantly over time.These so-called survival tools tend to hang around long enough to collect financial rust, better known as interest. The average Gen Xer has $8,000 in plastic debt, while the average baby boomer has $6,000. This coincides with other research that finds the average American household is now saddled with $7,177 in credit card debt, the largest amount in six years. Making matters worse, the average interest rate is 17.5% for consumers with good credit and 20.4% for consumers with fair credit.A rise in borrowing is typically cheered by market pundits as a sign of consumer confidence, but debt can also be another form of servitude. Thanks to debt, more than a quarter of Gen Xers say they are unsure when they can leave the workforce or plan to keep working until they die. One in ten boomers say the same. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr