Dean Ween Group Announces Tour Dates, New Album

first_imgThe Dean Ween Group will release a new album, rock 2, on March 16 before hitting the road in support of their new record. Their nine-show run will kick off at Hi-Fi in Indianapolis on March 21 and wrap up at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York City on March 31. The band will also follow those shows with a series of dates in Australia.rock 2 will mark the second album from The Dean Ween Group, who released their debut record The Deaner Album back in 2016. The touring band finds Ween guitarist Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo joined by a rotating cast of characters that generally includes Glenn McClelland, Dave Drewitz, and Claude Coleman Jr.—otherwise known as the rest of Ween, sans Aaron “Gene Ween” Freeman.Tickets for The Dean Ween Group’s upcoming tour will go on sale Friday, January 12 at 10am local time. You can check out the tracklist for rock2 and a full list of tour dates below. Fans can pre-order rock2 here.rock2 tracklisting:ShowstopperFingerbanginDon t Let the Moon Catch you CryingWaste Station 9Love Theme From Skinheads Kicking Your AssSomeone Greased The FatmanThe Ritz CarltonThis Heart of PalmYellow PontiacPussy on My PillowSunset Over BelmarThe Dean Ween Group Tour Dates:March 21 Indianapolis, IN—The Hi-FiMarch 22 Detroit MI—Majestic TheaterMarch 23 Cleveland, OH—Beachland BallroomMarch 24 Cincinnati, OH—Ballroom at the TaftMarch 27 Washington, DC—Black CatMarch 28 New Haven, CT—Ballroom at Outer SpaceMarch 29 Allston, MA—Brighton Music HallMarch 20 Philadelphia, PA—Theatre of Living ArtsMarch 31 Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn BowlApril 6 Northbridge, Australia—Metro CityApril 8 Eatons Hill, Australia—Eatons Hill Hotel and Function CentreApril 11 Adelaide, Australia—Thebarton TheatreApril 13 Northbridge, Australia—Metro CityApril 15 St. Kilda, Australia—Palais Theatre[Photo via Bahram Foroughi]last_img read more

Dinner encourages dialogue between pro-life and pro-choice stances

first_imgAlthough junior Natasha Reifenberg has advocated for reproductive rights in Latin America and senior Aly Cox is the president of the Notre Dame Right to Life club, the two found common ground in their views towards a criminal ban on abortion in El Salvador and coauthored an editorial expressing their opinion on the issue. Inspired by the common ground they found during this encounter, the two are planning a BeyoND the Abortion Debate dialogue dinner — cosponsored by BridgeND, Show Some Skin, We Stand For and the Notre Dame Right to Life club — to bring together pro-life and pro-choice students to discuss abortion and find areas of common ground.“[Cox] and I both feel really really strongly about the importance of dialogue,” Reifenberg said. “I think she’s someone who really understands that, because the pro-life position is the majority position at Notre Dame.”Cox said she felt it was her club’s duty to create a space for discussion between pro-life and pro-choice students who said they felt they did not have a platform from which they could discuss their views.“ … The long term goal for this project is that [Reifenberg] and I want to spread it to other college campuses and see if we can get other campuses to take up this event, whether they have a pro-life or a pro-choice majority,” Cox said. “We want to show people that whoever the majority is, [they] have the responsibility to create a positive space for this dialogue and learn how to work with minority voices on their campus.”Cox said she wanted the discussion to encourage members of the pro-life and pro-choice communities to work together — despite their differences — to serve the marginalized, especially women.“How can we make sure they are our priority and that they don’t suffer due to our inability to work together? Because that would be a very selfish decision for either side to make, that we could not work with the other side, because of our differences and then the people who suffer from that decision are poor and vulnerable women, especially those facing unplanned pregnancies,” she said.Reifenberg said she and Cox chose moderators for the discussions who would create space for compassionate discussion, rather than inflammatory debate.“ … We chose moderators who can model this idea of friendship and who understand that the whole point of this isn’t [to be] the best at arguing and to be like shutting people down … but the people who can best promote discourse around a really difficult topic,” Reifenberg said.Each table will have one pro-life and one pro-choice moderator, Cox said. The moderators will meet before the dinner to find common ground in their views.“They’re supposed to meet ahead of time to get to know each other, start to become friends, learn more about each other and learn where they have common ground so that they can be leaders at their table for discussion,” Cox said. “They’re also going to be charged with the task of making sure the conversation stays productive, doesn’t turn into a debate, and condescending commentary and tones of voice are not allowed.”Promoting future conversations beyond the discussion is “really key to the event being productive,” Cox said.“I think that those kinds of real action can be a result of these conversations start[ed] at the tables at the event on April 4, and I think it would just be a greater cause for change.” Tags: Abortion, dinner, Pro-choice, Pro-life, Right to Lifelast_img read more

Broadway Balances America Goes Behind the Scenes with The King and I Tour

first_img View Comments This is precisely your cup of tea! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, continued its third season on January 17 with a special look at the tour of Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The King and I. Correspondent Amber Milt chats with the musical’s director Bartlett Sher and stars Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) and Jose Llana (King of Siam), plus you’ll get a closer look at the show’s Tony-winning costumes. Click play! Laura Michelle Kellylast_img

GAFA, schmafa: Credit unions can do better

first_imgBy now, you’ve heard it a million times. Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon (a.k.a., GAFA) are collectively setting the standard for the modern consumer experience. If your credit union can’t create an equally compelling user experience, so the story goes, members will leave en masse to find somebody who will. That somebody might be another financial institution, or it might be some crazy fintech startup.Sounds a little scary, doesn’t it?Well, I’m here to tell you, if the GAFA folks are really the ones setting the bar for the modern consumer experience, it’s a pretty low bar.I know what you’re thinking. How can he say that? I can find anything I want on Amazon and get it in two days with free shipping, thanks to my Prime account. And Google helps me win every single bar bet. And Facebook lets me see so many cat pictures, I just always have the warm fuzzies.I’m going to leave Apple alone this time because I’ve always been able to reach a live, intelligent human being at Apple when I need to. The others … the other are like the self-service checkout at Walmart.If you have a few basic items, sure, you’ll go hit the self-checkout line to save some time and avoid having to talk to anyone. But if you have a full cart, including a lot of produce that needs to be weighed, you’ll head to a full-service checkout line lickity split.At their best, GFA (the original GAFA, minus Apple) are actually worse than the self-service checkout line at Walmart. At least at Walmart, if your Duck Dynasty underwear won’t scan, you can call someone over to help you. At GFA, you’re on your own, baby.In the case of Facebook and Google, I’m not really saying they have crappy customer service. They probably have great customer service. The problem is, you’re not the customer; you’re the product. Access to you gets bundled up and auctioned off to the highest bidder. Trying to complain to Facebook or Google is like the chicken trying to complain to the farmer that the coop is too crowded. Good luck with that.I know it’s sacrilege, but I think Amazon is a pain in the butt. What other store sells the exact same item at six different prices, depending on which shelf you pull the item from? And what store has one of aisle of goods that you can take home today and another aisle of goods you can take home in two days or maybe longer? And at our store in Crazytown, some items are randomly surcharged, while others aren’t. Imho, Amazon offers anything but a consistent buyer experience.Don’t get me wrong. There’s plenty you can learn from GAFA about creating an exceptional digital experience. The thing is, there’s more to your members’ lives than their smartphone or PC. Unless and until artificial intelligence becomes exponentially more capable, live humans will continue to play an important role in the overall member experience.The GAFAnians are not likely to steal your member service ideas any time soon. They’re too smart for that. However, you can still steal their digital ideas. Combine CU-level member service with GAFA-level digital and you’ll create a total member experience that runs circles around all of your competitors. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John San Filippo John is the co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, Inc., a company that specializes in B2B marketing to community financial institutions. He started out in the savings and loan industry, but wisely … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Detailslast_img read more

Ban on opioids won’t solve the problem

first_imgIt’s easy to be momentarily swayed by these soothing pronouncements when, in actuality, these are warning flags of imminent government overreach.Supporters of the Second Amendment recognize this flawed logic because — let’s be clear — the objective of the anti-gun lobby is to ban private ownership of firearms.Put forth as “common sense” (a phrase frequently employed by the condescending intelligentsia), these arguments would never be a reasoned solution to opioid abuse because it is readily apparent that the rights of many legitimate patients would be sacrificed to benefit the few.In both cases and under the justification of saving lives, it matters not what legitimate users want or need. The benefits of legitimate use must be ignored and the offending implement banned — whether it’s a drug or firearm.Tim ConnollySchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The current opioid crisis has drawn significant media attention due to the sheer number of deaths from improper or illegal use.People simply want government to “do something.’ The ensuing political circus stifles rational debate and usually results in damaging overreaction.To wit, one solution is to ban the production, distribution, possession or use of any and all opioids. It’s “common sense” that overdose deaths would drop to nearly zero if opioids were banned.last_img read more

Govt urged to close Papuan ports, airports to prevent COVID-19 spread

first_imgRead also: More than 12,000 flights canceled in two months over virus fears, says Angkasa Pura IThe Papua provincial administration declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, ordering all civil servants to work from home for two weeks.Timotius, however, criticized the policy. “It won’t help us much if people from regions affected by COVID-19 keep coming to Papua.”He urged authorities to close all airports and sea ports, or the government would face more problems in the future as Papua was lacking medical staff and health facilities. The Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP) called on provincial administrations to close off entry to Papua in an effort to contain the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).“We have agreed to ask the Papua governor to write to President Joko Widodo [Jokowi] to suspend air and sea travel to Papua for 14 days or even a month, in order to protect Papua residents and the indigenous community,” MRP chairman Timotius Murib told The Jakarta Post in Jayapura on Thursday.The assembly has sent a letter to authorities in Papua, including the governor, regional legislative council, police and the Cenderawasih Military Command (Kodam). “Who guarantees that Papuans will get adequate health services? If the government is not ready to provide that, it’s better to close access to Papua completely,” said Timotius.As of Thursday, Indonesian authorities had logged 309 cases of COVID-19. Of the total cases, 25 had died.In Papua alone, 322 people are under general monitoring while five others are under surveillance for COVID-19, Papua Health Agency secretary Silwanus Sumule said.“The five patients under surveillance show symptoms of fever and cough. We have sent their samples to Jakarta for laboratory testing and are waiting for the results,” said Silwanus.Read also: COVID-19: Jayawijaya cancels Baliem Valley Cultural Festival as health precautionOf the five patients, two are being treated in Merauke General Hospital, while the others are being treated in Biak Numfor General Hospital, Jayapura General Hospital and Dian Harapan General Hospital in Jayapura.In Pekanbaru, Riau, on the island of Sumatra, a 63-year-old man has tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently being treated in Arifin Achmad General Hospital.“The patient flew back from Malaysia two weeks ago. He was admitted into the hospital on March 13 and was confirmed positive for COVID-19 today,” Riau Health Agency head Mimi Yuliani Nazir said on Wednesday evening.She said the agency was waiting for laboratory results of nine other potential COVID-19 patients. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Alecta joins disgruntled institutions in rejecting VW approach for Scania

first_imgRamsay Brufer, Alecta’s shareholder representative, said the decision to reject the offer was based on the conclusions of internal analysis and the independent committee’s findings.“The offer does not fully reflect Scania’s long-term fundamental value,” Brufer said.“The decision has not been easy, but, in the longer term, this is what best serves the interests of our clients.”Alecta’s decisions matches that of Swedish buffer fund AP4 and fellow Swedish institutions AMF and Skandia.AP4, whose shareholding equates to around 0.65%, also said it was following the recommendations of the independent board, a stance echoed by AMF and Skandia.At the time, the buffer fund said it was willing to suffer short-term falls in Scania’s value under the belief Swedish citizens would benefit if the company remained independent and listed.The trio, alongside Swedbank Robur, have long clashed with VW over its ownership of Scania, its influence on the board and its 89% voting power, via preference shares, despite only owning 62.6% of the capital structure.VW first invested in Scania in 2000 and steadily increased its holdings, eventually looking to merge the firm with MAN to achieve cost efficiency.However, it was VW’s ownership of MAN which highlighted potential governance concerns at Scania, after the Swedish manufacturer unexpectedly pulled out of a lucrative contract only for it to be awarded to MAN. Alecta, the Swedish occupational pensions manager, has joined fellow institutional investors in Scania in rejecting VW’s proposed takeover of the automotive manufacturer.The manager, and the third largest shareholder in Scania, said it rejected the offer after its own internal analysis.VW, currently the largest shareholder in Scania, has been looking to takeover the Swedish outfit and merge it with rival German truck manufacturer MAN.However, its offer of SEK200 (€22.30) per share was met by dismay from fellow shareholders and Scania’s independent committee, which called for a full-blown rejection of VW’s valuation, as it failed to take into account long-term prospects.last_img read more

Veteran McGee scores IMCA Modified win at Lee County

first_imgBy Brian NealDONNELLSON, Iowa (Aug. 19) – Veteran Dean McGee picked up his first local Budweiser IMCA Modified feature win of the seson Friday at Lee County Speedway.Jardin Fuller used his front starting spot to grab the early lead over Levi Smith and Jerad Fuller. Action up front was slowed on lap seven when Bill Roberts Jr. and Jeff Waterman got together and spun to bring out the yellow. On the restart, Fuller got into the guardrail in turn three which allowed McGee to slip past for the top spot.While McGee started to pull away from the field, Roberts and Waterman were working their way back towards the front. By the time Roberts worked himself into the runner up spot, McGee had built a straight-away lead.Without a late race caution there was no catching McGee, as he went on to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Roberts was second and Dennis LaVeine was third.Jeremy Pundt scored his second local Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car win at Donnell­son and Barry Taft was a first-time winner this season at Lee County in the Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts.The Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA Northern SportMod feature was cut short by rain and will be completed on season championship night Friday, Aug. 26.Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with hot laps at 7 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m. Grandstand admission is adults $10, seniors $9 students ages 11-17 $5, and kids 10 and under free. Pit passes are $25, ages 7-13 are $15 and ages six and under are $10.last_img read more

Allen determined to come back better

first_imgJoe Allen hopes Liverpool fans will see the best of him next season after undergoing surgery on his troublesome shoulder. The 23-year-old Wales midfielder will miss the rest of this campaign having gone under the knife to correct the long-standing issue with his left shoulder, which had left him in discomfort while playing. Allen’s form tailed off as the season went on, but he hopes with a full pre-season behind him he can win the approval of the Reds’ faithful. He told the club website: “The fans have definitely not seen the best of me yet. It’s no secret that recent months haven’t gone great for me. I am confident and faithful that next season I can perform a lot better. Unfortunately this season’s a write-off in regards to the injury but the plan is, and I’ve got a bit of time, to make sure it’s right over the summer break in time for pre-season.” Press Associationcenter_img He added: “It’s difficult to say [whether the injury affected my game] – I don’t want to use it as an excuse, that’s for sure. But I’d like to see how it is once it’s fixed and I’d like to think it’s going to help me massively. I’m excited and looking forward to being 100 per cent fit. These things can often play on your mind. Hopefully this will bring out the best in me.” Rodgers, meanwhile, will not make a decision on Andy Carroll’s Liverpool future until the end of the season. The striker, signed by Kenny Dalglish for £35 million in January 2011, has spent the season on loan at West Ham after Rodgers deemed him not to be part of his plans for the current campaign. Reports in the national media suggest Carroll will be sold by the Reds this summer, with Liverpool prepared to cut their losses if any club is willing to meet a £17million valuation. When asked about Carroll’s future, Rodgers told Fox Sports: “It’s nothing to discuss now. It’s something we’ll speak about at the end of the season. “We’ve monitored it (his form) very closely. We’ve had representatives from Liverpool at most of the games. “It’s obviously been a difficult season for Andy because his initial idea was he wanted to go out and play every week, but unfortunately for him he’s picked up some injuries since he’s been away. But he scored two very good goals at the weekend and he’ll be looking to finish the season on a high and achieve the objectives he wanted to before he went out.” last_img read more

Europe brings the house down

first_img Galway Plate scorer Road To Riches looked to have the beating of his 12-year-old rival when he set sail for home fully six fences out, but Henry de Bromhead’s stable stalwart steadily closed the gap in the hands of teenager Johnny Burke, who was riding him for the first time. Just behind at the final fence, Burke asked Sizing Europe (9-4) for a big leap and his mount responded to land running and cut down the evens favourite close to the line, scoring by a head. Press Association De Bromhead said: “It was just incredible. It’s like he’s taking the Mickey, leaving it until the very end. Four years on the trot now back here. He winged the last, but I still didn’t think he’d get up. It’s great that it’s happened. “We just felt he wasn’t ready to retire. Fair play to Alan and Ann (Potts, owners). It was brilliant of them to go with us. He’s rated 161 – they are hard to come across, these guys. He’s still loving it and you can see there he’s got the heart of a lion. “I’d say the Clonmel Oil is possible. I’ll speak to Alan and Ann and we’ll see. We said we’d just take one race at a time. I’d say if we were to go for anything we’d consider that. He seemed to love going round there a couple of years ago.” Burke added: “That was unbelievable. I thought four out Paul (Carberry) had slipped us a bit. “I coaxed him up the straight and he didn’t miss a beat. He winged the last three and battled from the back of the last. He’s a wonderful horse.” Carberry said of the Noel Meade-trained Road To Riches: “I was sure I had them all cooked and couldn’t have done any more. He got a bit tired and will come on for the run.” Meade added: “He got tired. He had a break after Galway and we let him off completely for the month of August. “We didn’t intend coming here and it was an afterthought. It only entered my mind halfway through last month and I thought it might come too soon. Fair play to the other horse, though. “He got a harder race there than he got in the Plate as he got tired. He’ll go north now (to Down Royal next month) if he’s OK, he pulled a front shoe.” center_img Evergreen veteran Sizing Europe brought the house down when getting up in the final strides to win the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park for the fourth year running.last_img read more