Dave Matthews To Release Solo Acoustic Performance From 1996 [Listen]

first_imgWith the Dave Matthews Band’s 25th anniversary tour in full swing, it’s no surprise that longtime fans are feeling a bit nostalgic. Matthews has been a musical force in the scene since 1991, mixing up his performances with the full band, his duo with Tim Reynolds, and, of course, solo shows. While the solo shows have become more rare in recent years, Matthews did find the time to make it out to California in support of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders just two nights ago.Watch Dave Matthews’ Four Song Solo Set From Bernie Sanders Voter RallyBack in the 90’s however, Matthews could be found strumming his acoustic more often. With that in mind, Matthews and his team have announced the release of Live At Sweet Briar College from April 14th, 1996, with all proceeds from the 2-CD set going to Sweet Briar College near Lynchburg, VA. In honor of the 20-year reunion for the class of 1996, Dave Matthews will release the full concert later this summer.In anticipation, you can listen to “Pay For What You Get,” below.last_img read more

SMC student named ‘Maid of Erin’

first_imgSaint Mary’s sophomore Kaitlin Nelson earned the 56th Maid of Erin title in a Detroit Irish scholarship competition on Feb. 22, earning the right to represent the Detroit United Irish Society for one year.Katie McCarty | The Observer Nelson, a communications and theatre major, said The Maid of Erin is required to make public appearances and speeches at local Detroit events, especially during the Saint Patrick’s Day season.She said she discovered the competition through her family, which has been involved in the Detroit Irish community for generations.“My cousins have been a part of the competition and I always knew I would compete,” Nelson said. “I am also a part of a women’s Irish group in Detroit called the Daughters of Erin which is very involved in the competition.”The competition requires any girl of Irish descent between the ages of 16-23 to make two speeches, take part in an interview and perform in a talent portion in front of judges, Nelson said. The panel of four judges is composed of dignitaries in the community.“My first speech focused on my work with a program called Girls on the Run, a non- profit organization which teaches middle-school girls self confidence while training them for a 5K,” Nelson said. “My second question was an Irish history question and for my talent portion, I Irish danced. I have been Irish dancing for over 16 years now, and it has been a major part of my life taking me all the way to the championship level.”Nelson said the Saint Patrick’s Day season is the busiest for the Maid. Parties and fundraisers lead up to the largest event, the annual Detroit Saint Patrick’s Day parade.“The parade day begins at 4:30 a.m. with interviews with all the local news stations and radio shows, then off to Mass at 9 a.m.,” Nelson said. “The next part of the day is the Cork Town Races which is the city’s 5K, then the parade begins.“The Maid of Erin starts the parade and is driven by a horse and carriage. When I reach the end of the parade I go to the grand stand with the dignitaries and watch the rest of the parade.“There are many parties after the parade as well to celebrate Cork Town as it is Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, established in 1834.”Detroit’s 56th annual parade was Sunday, and participants marched in the second coldest winter on record, Nelson said.“Our faces were frozen but our Irish blood was flowing strong, keeping us warm.” Nelson said. “The parade was spectacular, and a lot of people came out despite the cold weather.”While Nelson reigns as queen, one of her many ambitions is to start a Detroit Irish organization for kids. There is a lack of opportunity for children, Nelson said.“I think Detroit exemplifies how diverse our community is and how proud we are of culture,” Nelson said. “As the Irish community, I think it is our responsibility to share this pride with the generations to come. We are proud of our heritage and the hard working people that got us where we are today and that should be passed down.”Nelson said she is most looking forward to being able to represent the United Irish Society at various community events in Detroit and to show Irish pride“No matter how tiring the events get, I remind myself how lucky I am to be a part of such a dedicated and hard working culture,” Nelson said. “Detroit’s Irish history dates back to 1834 and, through all the hardships, exemplifies how strong the Irish are. I am truly proud to be Detroit Irish.”Tags: Detroit, detroit main of erin, maid of erin, SMC, smc student named maid of erin, St. Patrick’s Day, st. patrick’s day maid of erinlast_img read more

No. 15 Syracuse breaks out of shooting slump, defeats Boston College, 96-69

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Tiana Mangakahia drove hard with her right hand into the paint, bringing three Boston College defenders along with her. Sensing the pressure, Mangakahia stopped on a dime and turned her left shoulder. She immediately found Gabrielle Cooper on the wing, where the shooting guard then knocked down a triple.On the next Syracuse trip down the court, Mangakahia pushed the ball upcourt ahead of the Eagles’ defense before finding Digna Strautmane in the paint for two. Just over a minute later, SU center Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi found Miranda Drummond for one of her six 3s on the day. No matter who handled the ball, it seemed as though SU earned a good look at the basket on every possession.Led by Mangakahia’s 12 assists, No. 15 Syracuse (18-5, 7-3 Atlantic Coast) defeated Boston College (14-10, 3-8), 96-69, and saw its offense run smoothly for the first time in nearly a month. The Orange shot 60.6 percent from the field, a season-high. Dribble drives led to open shots in the paint. Extra passes led to open 3s along the perimeter. And most importantly, open shots finally started to drop for the Orange.“We got our pace, we played fast,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “You want to play fast and be efficient, and I thought tonight we were pretty efficient, getting our 3-point shooting back.”The game served as a change-of-pace for a Syracuse team that was in the middle of its worst shooting slump all season. Ever since its win against Pittsburgh on Jan. 17, the Orange struggled on offense and lost their shooting touch from deep. Three days after its win against the Panthers, SU dropped its first ACC game of the season, shooting a season-low 23.9 percent in the process.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen it returned home against Miami, the stagnancy continued. This time, the struggles came from behind the arc. Syracuse made just 5-of-32 attempts, another season-low shooting performance, and lost by 13. “We got to make some shots,” Hillsman said after the loss to Miami. “We’re not shooting the ball well. We gotta get it fixed.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorBut until Sunday, the adjustment never came. Even in its wins, SU had cold stretches from the floor. Against Duke on Jan. 27 and Virginia on Jan. 31, the Orange secured two-much needed victories versus two of the worst teams in the ACC, shooting 39.8 percent combined. The momentum Syracuse had possibly gained from its wins were immediately halted in its next game against No. 2 Louisville, when SU was dominated by 25.That brought the Orange offense into Sunday’s game in a state of uncertainty. Their fast-paced, 3-point-centric offense had struggled five games in a row, directly in the heart of its ACC slate, and while Hillsman was optimistic it’d come around soon, he didn’t have much to back it up with.Against Boston College, his faith was validated. The outburst began from the opening tip. On the first possession of the game, Mangakahia fed Amaya Finklea-Guity for a layup. On the next, the point guard found Drummond on the left wing for her first 3 of the game. By the end of the first quarter, Mangakahia had found Drummond three separate times for triples, and had seven total assists. She ultimately finished with a dozen helpers and took just four shots. “When I feel like I need to score I try to help the team by scoring,” Mangakahia said. “This game I didn’t feel like I had to do that. Miranda was on.”Drummond scored 18 points in the first half alone — all via the deep ball. In the second half, Drummond led a team-wide shift in gameplan, from the outside to the inside. She took just two 3-pointers in the second half, opting instead to go in the paint, where she scored three times in the final 20 minutes. As a team, Syracuse also shied away from shooting from deep — SU attempted just nine 3s in the second half — and it marked another point of improvement offensively. Instead of trying and failing to get their shots from deep to go, like the Orange did when it missed 27 3s against Miami, they slowed their rate of attempts and focused on what was working for them — post scoring.“We kind of just buckled down, and got more serious,” Drummond said. “It’s getting late in the season and every loss is not good, so we’re trying to win as many as we can.”Propped up by Mangakahia, Syracuse totaled 25 assists, the most its produced in a game since Dec. 5. Mangakahia said the team has shot more after practice and getting up extra shots because of its recent cold stretch, heeding Hillsman’s commands. In return, SU’s 12 3-pointers were its highest total since early January.“I just know that that’s not us,” Hillsman said about Syracuse’s struggles on offense. “So no matter what happens, how we shoot the ball, I know that we’re a good shooting team, and I just know that we’re gonna get going again, because that’s what we do.”Early in the fourth quarter, with his team up by 26 points, Hillsman yelled “move it!” to SU’s half court offense. His players did, passing the ball around the perimeter and eventually finding Strautmane on the right block. She dribbled once, ball faked and faded away before nailing a jumper that just squeaked over the lip of the rim. For a split-second, Hillsman cracked a smile. Syracuse’s offense, at least for now, was back to running the way it always had the potential to. Commentscenter_img Published on February 10, 2019 at 3:46 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34last_img read more

Steph Curry better than Russell Westbrook says Kevin Durant, who has played with both

first_imgOn things he didn’t like about Golden State and Oklahoma City.Recently he sat down with former Oklahoma City teammate Serge Ibaka. The occasion was an episode of Ibaka’s cooking show, “How Hungry Are … It appears that Kevin Durant has come to terms with his one-season injury-induced hiatus.If he can’t play, he can add to the National (Basketball Association) discourse.On how much better his time with the Warriors could have been.On how the Warriors are no longer spring chickens.last_img read more

“The Twins” empowering young women

first_imgPopularly known as “The Twins”, Play Your Part ambassadors Hlelo and Ntando Masina have been doing impressive work to empower young women in South Africa.Hlelo and Ntando Masina are helping young women in high school become active citizens in their communities. (Image: Ntando Masina Instagram page)Hlelo and Ntando Masina’s co-founded the nationwide Campaign for Girls together with their partner Bianca Williams in August 2010. It has become one of South Africa’s biggest online youth information centres.Hlelo and Ntando have taken pride in the way that this initiative has empowered a myriad of young women in various stages of high school and inspired them to become active members of society.You can follow @HleloMasina and @NtandoMasina on Twitter and Instagram to follow their endeavors.last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s lack of respect for India’s legends absolutely shocking

first_imgVirat Kohli the superstar has prevailed over some of Indian cricket’s biggest stars.Picture this: A year ago, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman appointed Anil Kumble to coach India. Virat Kohli was just cutting his teeth into captaincy. He had begun well and there was a long home season to look forward to. Four Tests in the West Indies, 13 at home – that would have given Kumble time to settle in and stamp his style on the team – a bunch of young but extremely talented individuals.WATCH FULL VIDEOThe results were instant. West Indies were not a great challenge. And India were always expected to win at home. But the way they dismantled New Zealand and England in particular, showed things were working well between Kumble and Virat Kohli, the new leader of new India. (Team India to get new head coach before tour of Sri Lanka next month)Little did we know, things were quickly spiralling out of control.The rift, the debacle in the Champions Trophy final and Kumble’s subsequent resignation. Bad blood between the two most powerful men in Indian cricket had left a bad taste in the mouths of fans already.Meanwhile, things took a turn for the worse after India’s disgraceful defeat against Pakistan at The Oval. Kohli and his superstars could not digest a dressing down from Kumble after they returned to the change rooms.The coach was furious with his players – Jasprit Bumrah in particular for that no-ball which gave Fakhar Zaman a new lease of life. The superstars did not expect to be yelled at for 30 minutes. (Meet the 6 men to be interviewed for the positon of Team India coach)advertisementKumble never gave an inch nor asked for any as a player. As a coach, he would have demanded the same of his players. And what was so wrong in shouting at the players for a listless performance that resulted in a humiliating defeat? Are they bigger than the game? Are they bigger than the country?Kumble was well within his rights to scold his team but it is exactly this attitude that had alienated him from Kohli and his coterie. Despite the obvious rift, the advisory committee of Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman backed Kumble to stay on as coach. He had done nothing wrong as coach. Nothing. (Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli rift: A timeline of events)The legends spoke to Kohli but he would not listen. He was determined to see Kumble go. The captain (and the rest of the team) wants Ravi Shastri back. There is little evidence of that happening but it was shocking to see how Kohli reacted to four legends.If the captain does not listen to Ganguly, Tendulkar, Laxman and is opposed to Kumble as coach, what chance does anybody else have of reigning him in? Kohli has shown an utter lack of respect for his seniors, his country and the cricketing fraternity at large.When Kohli was involved in those heated battles against the Australian team earlier this year, he got the firm backing of his people. Former cricketers, the media and fans rallied behind their captain. But his abysmal treatment of Kumble will alienate the skipper now.The Indian cricket team is nobody’s fiefdom. Kumble is now lost to the Indian team but it is high time Kohli is tamed down or things will keep getting worse.last_img read more

Group pitches plan for international ski racing on Montreals Mount Royal

first_imgMONTREAL – Downhill skiers could be whizzing down the slopes of Montreal’s beloved Mount Royal in a few years if a Quebec promoter gets its way.Gestev, a sports and entertainment event management company, is mounting a plan to resurrect the mountain’s long-closed ski hill to host a future World Cup parallel slalom race.President Patrice Drouin said the group has been looking for a site for several years but only recently realized that the mountain’s dimensions could fit the technical standards required by the International Ski Federation.“In finding that the slope already existed, and served for competitions and an initiation to skiing for many people in Montreal and the surrounding region, (we thought) ‘Why couldn’t the event be the trigger to bring back this trail on the mountain to serve the population before or after the competition?’” he said in a phone interview.Gestev’s plan involves clearing and rebuilding the old ski hill on mountain’s north slope, which closed in 1979.Remnants of the old ski lifts can still be found alongside the site of the former path, which is now mostly covered by trees that have grown in naturally to fill the space.The project would involve removing some of those trees as well as building temporary infrastructure to accomodate racers and spectators, Drouin said.Ideally, he said, the mountain would host three or four years of international races beginning in 2020 or 2021, and could be open to the public afterward and in between.While he’s likely to encounter some resistance from people who don’t want the natural landscape tampered with, he argues that the group is bringing back part of the mountain’s heritage rather than building something new.“It’s not a question on enlarging, of extending, of excavating,” he said.“We’re saying the path is already there, and we could use it exactly as it was and put it back in place for the event.”The company has yet to order a to gauge the project’s environmental impact.The three-headed mountain that sits at the heart of Montreal was declared a historic site by the Quebec government in 2005.Les Amis de la Montagne, which advocates for the mountain, unsuccessfully lobbied to have the area included on a Canadian list of potential UNESCO World Heritage sites.While the mountain offers a number of winter sports including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, snow tubing and skating, the group has expressed concerns that downhill skiing and snowboarding could harm the mountain’s natural environment and destroy fragile vegetation.“The importance of making smart decisions relative to the types of activities that are (or not) permitted on Mount Royal is critical for the sustainability of the natural area,” reads the group’s website.Drouin said the plan to bring skiing back to Mount Royal is still in its early stages.No budget has been proposed, and the scope of the project could be scaled up or down based on the input of citizens, government and concerned groups.Drouin said the group is now meeting with various sports federations and public officials to find out if there’s enough support for the project to move ahead.He said the responses he’s received from sports federations and public officials thus far have been “fairly enthusiastic,” although he has yet to receive any official endorsements.Drouin said the company should decide by March 2019 if it plans to move forward and formally submit the project to the the International Ski Federation.last_img read more

Whistler Film Festival Announces Countdown Benefit Honourees

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Whistler, B.C. (August,10, 2017) – Let the countdown begin! With less than 16 weeks to go until the Whistler Film Festival rolls out its 17th edition (November 29 – December 3), ‘Canada’s coolest film fest’ is marking the moment with its Celebrate WFF: Countdown Benefit on August 24, 2017 from 7pm to 11pm at the Big Rock Urban Brewery in Vancouver. WFF’s annual summer celebration and fundraiser brings together Hollywood North’s business leaders, luminaries and philanthropists to honour BC industry talent and supporters, and unveil highlights including some of the films and talent you can expect to see at this year’s fest.Get ready to eat, drink and be merry. The event features hearty canapes, food stations and a host bar as well as a Big Rock Brewery tour and tasting, plus live music featuring Vancouver musician and actor, Alexandra Staseson, who will be performing with Gogan LaRosa. Plus there will be a special guest appearances by WFF Alumni actor Mackenzie Grey and Charlie Kerr, who was recently recognized as one of the Variety 10 Canadians to Watch and was a WFF 2016 Star to Watch, attending the fest with the premiere of LOST SOLACE and AN AMERICAN DREAM: THE EDUCATION OF WILLIAM BOWMAN and with his band JPNSGRLS as part of WFF’s Music Showcase.Celebrate WFF will be hosted by Jim Gordon, who hosts/produces the weekly TV show “The Travel Guys”. When not on the road, Jim can be seen reviewing movies and DVD’s every Friday, locally, on CTV Vancouver’s “Morning Live” and CTV News at 5pm, and nationally, on CTV News Channel. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Auction and raffle proceeds will support WFF’s 2017 programs for Canadian talent, including industry initiatives, talent programs and the annual festival.WFF will shine the spotlight on eight honourees:Ignitor Award: Aleks PaunovicAward-winning actor Aleks Paunovic is a beloved Vancouver-based actor who is recognized for his extensive work in film and television and most recently graced the silver screen in the summer blockbuster WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (20th Century Fox). Aleks has starred in a number of films that have premiered at WFF over the years such as NUMB, WHAT AN IDIOT and HOODS. WFF will honour Aleks Paunovic as a true ‘ignitor’  who has charted his own unique course to create an impressive body of work, and who continues to ignite inspiration and positivity in the industry in BC.Industry Impact Award: Directors Guild of Canada, British ColumbiaWFF’s Industry Impact Award recognizes an organization whose contributions have led to the success of their members, their partners and the British Columbia Film and TV industry as a whole, and whose support in the community continues to put the province on the map. DGC BC has been a partner of WFF since 2004 with its ongoing support of the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature. For 13 consecutive years, 107 entries in the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature have exuded the creative fire and artistry embodied by legendary Canadian filmmaker, Phillip Borsos. Jurors have included some of the most high profile talent in the Canadian industry and the Borsos Award has become one of the most coveted in the country. WFF will honour DGC BC for its ongoing support of industry, festival and the Borsos Competition, which collectively have been vital to their ongoing success.BC Women on Top Award: Trish Dolman and Christine Haebler, Screen Siren PicturesWith numerous awards and prestigious festival screenings under their belts, BC-based producer powerhouses Trish Dolman and Christine Haebler of Screen Siren Pictures have been carving their own path in the Canadian independent film and television landscape for over 20 years. Trish and Christine have long supported the WFF’s mentorship programs and industry initiatives with Trish also serving on its Board of Directors. WFF will honour this inspiring duo with its 2017 BC Women on Top Award which highlights women who have created their own niche in the independent film and TV landscape while supporting and encouraging industry in BC.BC Creates Award: Cynde & Alan HarmonVeteran filmmakers Cynde and Allan Harmon have produced and directed films and television for over 29 years, including feature IF I HAD WINGS which premiered at WFF in 2013 and have over 250 broadcast hours to their credit. The Harmon team launched Really Real Films in Vancouver in 1998, which develops, finances and produces independent film and television projects for the domestic and international marketplace, and have been associated with many high profile personalities such as Robert Altman, and Ridley Scott, Patrice Laconte, Jean Pierre Roux and Ken Davis. They both have invested endless hours in giving back to the community through mentorship and development opportunities provided for emerging content creators as well as  active participation in industry organizations. WFF will honour both Cynde and Allan Harmon with its 2017 BC Creates Award, which celebrates individuals in the BC Film and TV industry who continue to nurture, support and create in BC.WFF Talent to Watch: Michelle OuelletVancouver based producer and director Michelle Ouellet is building quite the filmography for herself with her third feature film PRODIGALS set to release this year. Michelle impressed programmers and audiences at the Whistler Film Festival in 2013 with her second feature AFTERPARTY, and has since gone on to direct and produce numerous television series including PARANORMAL SOLUTIONS INC. With a slate of films and television series on her horizon, Michelle is on a trajectory for success. WFF will salute Michelle as the 2017 Alumni to Watch recipient.Industry Toast: Tom RoweOn July 2, the local industry was deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Tom Rowe. A highly skilled, award winning film and television producer and mentor to many, Tom was a fixture in the community and a prolific contributor to the success of production in BC for almost 40 years. He began career as an assistant director on shows as diverse as THE GREY FOX and SCTV, and went on to co-found Pacific Motion Pictures in 1989 and produce 80 movies for television and seven theatrical motion pictures, and then co-found Reunion Pictures in 2004, best known for the massive worldwide hit show CONTINUUM. Tom was the Producer Mentor for the 2017 WFF Praxis Screenwriters Lab and attended phase one in June. WFF will toast Tom as a great friend and supporter of BC’s industry.Celebrate WFF Info:Celebrate WFF tickets are $75 per person until August 23 and $95 on the day of the event. Guests are invited to join the Whistler Film Festival Society’s Patrons Circle to receive event tickets as part of an annual benefits package of benefits that includes exclusive access to the Whistler Film Festival. Tickets are available at whistlerfilmfestival.com or by calling 604-938-3203. This is a 19+ event.Celebrate WFF is sponsored by Big Rock Brewery and Re/max Sea to Sky Real Estate, and is supported by many generous donors who contributed to the silent auction and raffle.About WFF:From November 30th to December 4th, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 17th edition featuring fresh films, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs.The Whistler Film Festival is supported by Telefilm Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, Western Economic Diversification, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Cineplex, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.The Whistler Film Festival Society is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. 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