Following the most recent episode with Trey Anastasio Band’s Jennifer Hartswick, Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth is back with a new episode featuring a rundown of the 2017 Shaky Knees Festival and a conversation with the three core members of new wave-inspired outfit Zipper Club.Turner and Seth discuss in length the Shaky Knees Festival, which takes place in Centennial Park in Atlanta, GA, and this year featured headliners from LCD Soundsystem, The XX, Cage the Elephant, Pixies, Portugal. The Man, Phoenix, Ryan Adams, next tier acts such as Moon Taxi, The Revivalists, Sylvan Esso, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Dr. Dog, Saint Motel, and up and coming acts such as The Record Company, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Con Brio, and the aforementioned Zipper Club. The festival, now in its fifth year, is hitting its stride as it continues to expand on a diverse lineup of acts from across the musical spectrum.You can listen to the new episode of Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth below:During the formal interview section of the podcast, Turner and Seth discuss Mason James‘ former band Cerebral Ballzy, a NYC punk rock act that saw a fair deal of success over the years, and how James made the transition from a style with plenty of edge to a band that, as Turner describes it, “what happens when you have the sophistication of fine art meeting the raw passion of punk, and you throw in a little bit of synth-pop.”The group goes on to discuss working with former Smashing Pumpkins member and A Perfect Circle guitarist James Iha, who produced a number of tracks on their upcoming debut album. The first time they worked with Iha was in a dingy basement in Brooklyn, NY, and had an immediate connection which continued as the band wrote additional tracks for their forthcoming album.Zipper Club also opened up for Tears for Fears on their first tour ever, as the band had played with Curt Smith at Coachella, had become close friends with the band, and the opportunity to come out as the support act happened rather organically.Lissy Trullie, who grew up in New York City, and was an art and film student at Parsons and The New School explained, “For the record, I was a huge fan of punk….The Queers, The Exploited….I was a little punk.” With drummer Damar Davis, the trio was complete, and moved forward with James’ vision of exploring diverse musical genres outside of the punk universe.In the live setting, Zipper Club is making a point of creating a multi-sensory performance, with a full-on light show, as well as stretching songs out while on stage from an improvisational standpoint. James explains, “Look out for the future, we have been improvising a lot recently….we are trying to expand beyond that. You try to take it to different levels, you try to do different solos, and make it a unique experience for every viewer. Sometimes it goes wrong, sometimes it goes beautiful, it’s that weird awesome thing you get at a live rock n’ roll show.”James discusses why he was amped to play Shaky Knees, as Turner and Seth began to throw some jabs at other non-festival festival’s such as Coachella, which are more of a scene than anything else, “[Shaky Knees] is full of people that want to see music. It has been really refreshing. Everybody was so nice.”Explaining one of the craziest gigs James ever played at a punk show, he says, “So I was in the UK, and we did an entire photo shoot of us puking into Christmas things….puking into Santa hats. So I used to have to fucking puke on cue. That was our thing. It is not a cool thing, everybody listening, don’t do this, please. It’ll just give you acid reflux and fuck you up later in life. But, that was our shtick, so we had a whole photo shoot of us [Cerebral Ballzy] puking on Christmas in the UK.” Nobody said the punk life was easy.Turner also attempts to get the band to divulge the ultra secret information of how they came up with the band name. You’ll just have to listen to find out….**For more Inside Out With Turner And Seth episodes, head to their SoundCloud, iTunes, or Stitcher page. You can also email the podcast producers here to submit feedback which may be incorporated into future episodes!**You can check out past episodes of Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth podcast below:Jen Hartswick Recounts Her Pinky Swear With Christian McBride, A Fateful Call From TreyDirty Heads Frontman Jared Watson Talks Weed, Colors, Addiction, And MoreWidespread Panic’s John “JoJo” Hermann Tells Studio Stories And MoreJason Crosby Talks Impromptu Performances With Prince And Bruce SpringsteenCol. Bruce Hampton Discusses Upcoming Star-Studded 70th Birthday BlowoutLos Lobos’ Steve Berlin Goes Back To His RootsBig Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli And Jeremy Salken Discuss Their Careers In EDMBenny Bloom & Tom Hamilton Get Us Excited For Fool’s ParadiseAl Schnier & Jim Loughlin Talk All Things moe.Umphrey’s McGee Engineer Chris Mitchell Discusses How He Captures The Band’s Unique SoundChris Kuroda Talks Evolution From Early Phish To MSGBrendan Bayliss Talks New Umphrey’s McGee Album, Career HighlightsJefferson Waful Talks Umphrey’s, Collaborating With Chris KurodaUM’s Brendan Bayliss Talks Band Origins, Meeting Steve Miller & More
This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Suzie Verdin loved to dance. But growing up in a community where art and creativity exist in tension, she often struggled to justify her passion.The child of Mexican immigrants, Verdin was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, a border city at the intersection of Mexican and American identities. She gravitated toward dance as a girl, performing with the precision dance and drill teams popular there. But there was always an underlying friction.“Sometimes, there is a false dichotomy between what a community values in creativity and what a community considers the arts,” Verdin said. “Unfortunately, in immigrant communities, I believe that division is really stark. And allowing yourself to value the arts is impeded because you don’t see the connection between this everyday creativity and maybe innovative ways of thinking.“It took me a really long time to be able to say without feeling like a fraud or a phony that I am an artful person,” she said, “and to say I really value the arts and the performing arts.”Armed with her new degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) Arts in Education Program, Verdin plans to change that paradigm. She hopes to work for a nonprofit in Texas, using dance to engage immigrant communities with the arts.Verdin said she arrived at Harvard College in 1995 as an idealistic teenager. Eager to continue to embrace movement, she quickly formed the Harvard Crimson Dance Team, a competitive group that has grown from just a handful to 16 members and performs at Harvard’s home basketball games.A pragmatist, Verdin also realized she had to pay for school. Her parents could afford the cost of the plane ticket to Boston, she recalled, but little else. A few years too early to take advantage of Harvard’s enhanced financial aid program, she turned to the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. That led to an assignment after college with the U.S. Air Force airborne early warning and control system, in a radar plane that helped to control military airspace. Her work included missions over Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.In 2007, Verdin left the military and worked for three years with a private contractor hired by the Colombian government to scan the country’s skies, and later its coastlines, for planes and boats transporting narcotics or drug money.But she always hoped to reconnect with her creative side. “I never stopped being engaged with a dance community.” She took and taught dance classes, worked and performed with independent choreographers and a local flamenco group, married and had her first child in 2011. (Her second child, Ava, was born in January, between HGSE semesters.) Verdin also worked closely with her husband, a retired Air Force pilot who helps veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder through yoga.“It all reminded me that our lives are so much more than just things we read or ideas we discuss from the neck up. It’s also about what we feel, what we touch, how we move in the space. It’s the most important thing to me educationally, and why I wanted to come back to this quality community at Harvard.”In Dallas, she hopes to develop a curriculum around “movement literacy,” an approach that is not tied to a specific technique or body type, and one that “anyone can access.”Verdin got people moving during her recent stint at Harvard. She choreographed a dance show starring her fellow HGSE masters’ students that explored the “experience of the visuo-spatial learner.”The HGSE experience, Verdin said, reminded her of the sensation she had as a freshman starting up the dance team. “It gave me the feeling that Harvard is the kind of place where you can do anything.”
By Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaThe 18th annual J.W. Fanning Lecture will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education on the University of Georgia campus in Athens. Georgia is the top-producing poultry state in the country and economists estimate the total economic impact of poultry in the state to be over $13 billion annually. The topic should be of interest to anyone interested in Georgia’s economy, particularly those interested in poultry, export business or international trade, said Fred White, an agricultural economist with UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “There is a lot happening now with international trade in poultry,” White said. “Recent trade disputes with Russia have been resolved. We are just opening up the Cuban market. And international trade negotiations are beginning with the World Trade Organization.” Eric J. Joiner, president, COO and co-founder of AJC International, a global frozen food distribution company, will be the featured speaker. Joiner, who received his MBA from Georgia State University, will speak on the “Dynamics of the Global Poultry Market.”A world authority on poultry “The greatest potential for future growth of the poultry market lies in other countries,” said Mike Lacy, poultry scientist at UGA. “Eric Joiner is the former chairman of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Export Council and is a member of the board of directors. He is one of the world’s authorities on U.S. poultry exports.” AJC International was founded in Atlanta in 1972 by Joiner and Gerald Allison. They began with a staff of four at a time when American suppliers focused primarily on their best market – the U.S. One of the largest food distributorsIn the last thirty years, AJC International has grown with the world economy, evolving its original customer base in Puerto Rico to one that encompasses the globe. Today the company maintains its corporate office in Atlanta and foreign offices in the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Argentina and China. The company is now one of the world’s largest food distribution services, marketing poultry, pork, red meat, seafood, vegetables and fruits to North and South America, Europe and Asia. Consumers will recognize AJC International’s products under the Amerifoods, Early Dawn, Frosty Acres, Garden Maid, Golden Phoenix, Grande, and Mity Fresh brand names. The J.W. Fanning Lecture Series is sponsored by the Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, the departments of Agricultural & Applied Economics and Poultry Science at UGA and the Office of International Public Service and Outreach at UGA. The lecture series is named in honor of Dr. J.W. Fanning, former vice president for services and professor of agricultural and applied economics at UGA. Fanning was instrumental in developing public service and outreach at UGA.The lecture will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Rooms K/L of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002. Registration and a reception will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the 2nd floor concourse.A luncheon and awards ceremony will follow at noon in the banquet area of the Georgia Center. Gaylord Coan, a distinguished alumnus of UGA’s Agricultural and Applied Economics Department, will be presented the CAES Alumni Association 2002 Award of Excellence. For more information call (706)542-2481.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Forecasters predicted two feet of snow on Long Island.More than a foot of snow had fallen on parts of Long Island at the mid-point of the first blizzard of 2016, which forecasters predicted would dump twice that amount on the region by the time it ends, experts say.More than 15 inches of snow was recorded at 1 p.m. Saturday at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, which the National Weather Service (NWS) uses as a reference point for Nassau and Suffolk counties. Forecasters noted that the tallies are unofficial and only show what trained meteorologists and members of the public have reported to the NWS over the first six hours of the storm, which is expected to continue through this evening before tapering off overnight.Across the tri-state area, New Jersey and Queens were leading the LI high mark by one inch at the halfway point of the storm that The Weather Channel dubbed Jonas.The record for snowfall accumulation on LI is 33 inches, set in February 2013.In Suffolk County, unofficial snowfall totals at mid-day Saturday ranked from the highest to lowest after the LIMA tally were 13 inches in Bay Shore, 12.6 inches in Centereach, 12 inches in Eastport, 11.2 inches in Farmingville, 11 inches in Manorville, 10.5 inches in Mastic, 10.1 inches in Upton, 10 inches in Islip, 9.5 inches Deer Park, 9.2 inches in Sayville, 9 inches in North Babylon, 8.5 inches in East Nortport, 8 inches in Mt. Sinai and Riverhead, 7 iches in South Huntington and Stony Brook, 6.3 inches in Kings Park and 5.5 inches in Cold Spring Harbor.The unofficial tallies in Nassau County were 10.5 inches in Mineola, 10.3 inches in North Bellmore, 10.2 inches in New Hyde Park, 10 inches in Malverne and Carle Place, 9.5 inches in Seaford, 9 inches in Oceanside, 7.5 inches in Bellmore, 7.1 inches in East Meadow, 6.7 inches in Baldwin Harbor and 6.5 inches in Hicksville.The snow totals come as Nassau, Suffolk and New York State were under state of emergencies, state roads were closed on LI starting at 2:30 p.m. and the Long Island Rail Road was shutting down by 4 p.m.
The following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety crime/incident summary between Wednesday, April 4, and Friday, April 6.View Roundup 04-09 in a larger mapCrimes against propertyOn April 5 at 5:25 p.m., a suspect smashed the front driver’s side window at Vermont and 29th streets to gain entry and removed an MP3 player.On April 5 at 8:46 a.m., a suspect entered an unsecured classroom in Taper Hall and removed an unattended laptop computer.Miscellaneous incidentsOn April 6 at 4:06 a.m., a student reported that his friend, also a student, spontaneously exited a cab he was riding in and ran onto the lot of a car dealership near the location. The reporting student stated that his friend was intoxicated and he became concerned about the subject’s welfare when he could not locate him. DPS officers located the missing student during a search of the area. He was transported to the DPS office and released into the care of the reporting student.On April 5 at 10:43 a.m., a juvenile reported that an unidentified male violated her personal space while they were alone in an elevator, causing her to fear for her safety. The juvenile fled from the elevator when it opened on the first floor and the male could not be located during a subsequent search of the area by DPS officers.On April 5 at 9:50 a.m., DPS officers responded to a staff member who was suffering from a panic attack. LAFD RA Unit #15 was at the scene examining the staff member when the officers arrived. The student was released after declining transportation for medical treatment.On April 4 at 6:23 p.m., DPS officers responded to a student who injured her groin when she fell while standing on a chair. An LAFD RA unit was requested and Unit #846 responded. The RA Unit examined the student then transported her to Kaiser Hospital for medicaltreatment.