Sports in brief

first_imgBasketball’s Lin and Wright sweep Ivy League honorsWith a 3-1 record, men’s basketball is off to its best start in three years — tallying wins over New Hampshire, Holy Cross, and Army — in large part because of the play of junior guard Jeremy Lin (averaging 20 points, 5.5 rebounds, and four steals per game) and freshman forward Keith Wright (averaging 12.3 points, nine rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game).For their strong play, the two Crimson standouts were recognized by the Ivy League this past Monday (Dec. 1). Lin, who is third in the Ivy League in scoring, second in assists, and first in steals, was named Ivy Player of the Week. Wright, who leads the conference in rebounds and is tied for third in blocked shots, took home Ivy Rookie of the Year honors for the second consecutive week.Crimson’s run ends at University of South FloridaThe season has finally come to an end for the men’s soccer team, with a 2-1 loss to the South Florida Bulls (USF) Nov. 25 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.After giving up the game’s first goal on a header at the 4:08 mark, the Crimson fought right back. Halfway into the first half, John Stamatis ’09 tied the game on an assist by fellow senior Michael Fucito. But the Bulls proved to be too much as a deflected shot was rebounded by USF and pounded into the back of the net, putting the Crimson opponent up for good.Despite the loss, the Crimson celebrated a spectacular year, in which they went 12-6-0 and 5-2-0 Ivy League, and were one point in the standings away from a share of the Ivy League title.The Crimson — whose four First Team All-Ivy selections led the league (Fucito, Stamatis, Andre Akpan ’10, Kwaku Nyamekye ’10) — graduate three senior starters, but have a strong roster returning as Harvard will be poised for its second Ivy title in four years.last_img read more

Teenage Jazz Trio Impresses With Thundercat “Them Changes” Cover [Watch]

first_imgThundercat recently celebrated the release of his fourth full-length studio album, It Is What It Is, which arrived last month on Brainfeeder. Musicians of all skill levels are turning to their instruments during these trying times of self-isolation. From the rooftops of Italy to virtual international jamming, music seems to be the only part of life one can trust at the moment while governments and media outlets continue their collective lack of leadership amidst the global pandemic chaos.The latest viral-worthy at-home performance comes from a teenage jazz trio from Preston, England that goes by Sour Note Trio, who have earned some attention thanks to a recent retweet from Thundercat after the group shared a video displaying their impressive cover of the bassist’s 2017 original, “Them Changes”.Related: Thundercat Reflects On Friendships With Mac Miller, Erykah Badu In New York Times ProfileThe trio which features Adam Exley on guitar, Joe Hex on bass, and Heath Campbell on drums, groove their way through their rendition of Thundercat’s extra funky original during the 0:36-second video shared to their Twitter earlier this week. Exley even shows off some of his improv skills as he explores his way around the fretboard before returning to the song’s main hook with his bandmates.Watch the performance via the brief video below.last_img read more

MonoNeon Announces ‘Sweat Heart’ Collaborative Album [Audio]

first_imgThe non-stop creative force known as MonoNeon has announced a forthcoming collaborative album project with singers AWFM and Nina Gnewd (aka Polychaos), producer Kid Maestro, and drummer C MaJor.The Ghost-Note bassist has taken to his social media outlets over the past two days to announce the project to be titled, Sweat Heart, and due out August 4th. The talented bassist didn’t go too much into detail other than to describe the music as “Lo-fi fart jams” and “Sweaty jams recorded in Memphis with people that love each other.”Listen to a clip of the forthcoming music as shared via a Tweet on Tuesday below. Recent album projects released by MonoNeon through his Bandcamp page include 2019’s Living The Best And Worst Life At The Same Damn Time! and 2020’s Toxic Wasteland 2 The Hills. The colorful bassist has also released a few stand-alone singles so far this year including “Am I Trippin’?“, “Breathing While Black” and the more recent “Find The Gold”.MonoNeon has also taken part in Live For Live Music’s virtual events Quarantine Comes Alive and Justice Comes Alive.Click here for digital pre-order information for Sweat Heart.last_img read more

Here’s How Thousands of Birds Are Being Saved From Flying into Toronto Buildings

first_imgSome windows are recessed into the buildings in order to reduce reflections. Other windows are simply equipped with blinds or sun shades.LOOK: Endangered Parrots Won’t Stop Messing With Traffic Cones So the Cheeky Birds Have Been Given Their Own Roadside GymsSince birds can also be drawn to bright spots in the sky, city buildings turn off their lights at night.In addition to mandating that all new Toronto buildings are constructed with these avian-friendly guidelines, older buildings have also been given slight upgrades to accommodate the migrating species.According to the BBC video below, bird deaths were almost completely eliminated after patterns were added to several pre-existing building windows.WATCH: Mesmerizing Video of 10,000 Snow Geese Taking Flight Will Soothe Your SoulThese groundbreaking initiatives are thanks to the work of the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) – a charity dedicated to saving birds from the dangers of reflective city glass.Michael Mesure, FLAP’s Executive Director, said in a statement: “FLAP’s years of tireless work in bird conservation has finally produced one of our most desired results, which up to now could only be dreamed of. Let us not forget: Toronto could never have become a champion in bird-friendliness without the pinnacle roles played by the stakeholders of Lights Out! Toronto, Toronto City Council, and City of Toronto Planning Department staff. For this, FLAP and the birds are eternally grateful.”(WATCH the BBC video below)Fly This Story Over To Your Friends: Click To Share AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhile glass buildings may seem like a harmless feature of modern architecture, this is not the case for the millions of birds who fly into windows every year – but this Canadian city is quickly becoming a leading example on how to protect birds from the dangers of glass.Toronto made history in 2009 when they became the first city in the world to mandate bird-friendly buildings. This means that any structure that is built within Toronto city limits must incorporate several features that prevent birds from accidentally flying into the glass.For starters, Toronto buildings are no longer built with excessive glass paneling so birds are not tricked by the surface’s reflections. Much of the glass that is on the exterior of the building features some kind of pattern that makes it recognizable to avian eyes.last_img read more

Nederland shuts out Lumberton 28-0

first_img  A    fter taking a 14-0 lead into the locker room at halftime, Nederland received the ball to start the second half. However, Raines was intercepted on the first play from scrimmage by Garrett Bourque to turn the ball over to the Raiders at their own 30.     The Bulldogs defense bailed out Raines, forcing the Raiders to punt after five plays. On the ensuing drive, Nederland ran the ball eight straight plays. Michael Shaw had the biggest run, 24 yards on a reverse.Brown had back-to-back runs of seven yards and a pair of 5-yard runs by Edwin Nelson set up the Bulldogs at the Lumberton 15. That’s when Raines hit Barrow in the end zone to extend the lead to 21-0.     Nederland closed out the scoring with another methodical drive in the fourth quarter. Benjamin’s 10-yard TD run capped off a 12-play, 66-yard drive to provide the final margin of 28-0. Benjamin carried the ball six times for 33 yards on the drive.      “There’s good and bad in this thing. Not even LSU hits on all cylinders all the time. As long as the end result is what it is then you can build on that. Sometimes you have to sustain yourself when you are not playing perfectly or as good as it has been. You just have to build on it and keep improving.”     Nederland (7-1, 5-0) rushed for 212 yards and had 354 yards of total offense. The Bulldogs defense completely dominated Lumberton, limiting the Raiders to just 73 yards of total offense and five first downs. Lumberton rushed for 54 yards on 31 carries, good for just 1.7 yards per carry.     “It’s been a long time,” said Neumann on the Bulldogs second straight shutout. “Two shutouts in a row and the way we are playing is astounding. I’m starting to feel pretty comfortable about keeping people out of the end zone. If you feel that way, it helps you offensively and every other way. You get momentum for keeping the other guys out of the end zone. I’m real proud of our defense.” Troy Benjamin ran for two touchdowns and Carson Raines passed for a pair of scores, and the Bulldogs defense pitched another shutout as Nederland blanked Lumberton 28-0 Friday night at Raider Stadium.     Benjamin led all rushers with 101 yards on 18 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 7 and 10 yards. Raines was 11-of-17 for 142 yards, completing passes to six different receivers. He had touchdown strikes of 17 yards to Brett Brown and 15 yards to Seth Barrow.     “We’re getting better up front and Benjamin is a good runner, and we have some other good runners,” said Nederland coach Larry Neumann. “Our offensive line is maturing and has been for the last couple of weeks. I know that we can move the ball on the ground a lot more efficiently than we could a month ago. I didn’t know if we would ever get to this point a month ago. The fact that we are able to move the ball on the ground really sets up our play action pass.center_img      “I don’t know what anybody expected coming over here and I wish it would have been easier than it was, but it wasn’t easy,” commented Neumann. “I told the kids after the game that I was really proud of them at halftime. I didn’t see panic in anybody’s eyes.    “I didn’t see anything like ‘what’s going on’ because things have been going our way the last couple of weeks. It just looked like we were going back to work in the second half. It wasn’t a perfect game, but we stayed calm and kept playing offense and kept playing defense.”     After squandering a pair of promising drives in the first quarter, the Bulldogs broke through with a scoring drive in the second quarter. Aided by good field position at the Lumberton 33, it took Nederland only four plays to punch in the game’s first score. Benjamin carried on three of the four plays, scoring on a 7-yard touchdown run to put the Bulldogs up 7-0.     After forcing Lumberton (0-8, 0-5) into a three-and-out, Nederland put together a long scoring drive before halftime. Benjamin had consecutive runs of 10 and six yards to get out to the Raider 17 and a Lumberton pass interference penalty put the ball at the Bulldog 46.     Raines connected with Justin Ridgaway for 13 yards and Barrow for 24 yards to the Lumberton 13 on a third-and-10 play. Raines hit fullback Brown on a 17-yard pass to cap the 11-play, 95-yard scoring drive and push the lead to 14-0.     “Lumberton’s kids played hard tonight under the circumstances they’re experiencing right now and that goes a lot to coach (Alvin) Credeur’s leadership and the kind of players they have,” said Neumann. “I don’t mean that patronizingly. They played hard the whole game, whether people expected it or not, and that’s to their credit.”     Nederland closes out its home schedule by hosting Beaumont Ozen next Friday at Bulldog Stadium.last_img read more

Foundry Cycles Announces First Three Bikes – Road, Cyclocross & Mountain Bikes on Tap

first_imgPRESS RELEASE: Foundry Cycles, a new bicycle brand that makes hard-working, modern performance bikes—purpose-built for people who ride hard will make its worldwide debut during Interbike 2011 in Las Vegas. Offering three all-new models of carbon framesets and complete builds for road, mountain and cross, Foundry bikes are precision tools that deliver uncompromising performance that enhance the entire ride experience.The Router 29er mountain bike delivers on Foundry’s promise of an uncompromising commitment to improving every aspect of the rider’s experience. Like a well-crafted tool—crafted to work, crafted to last—the Router is precision-engineered to be light, fast and durable. Rigorously tested to ensure durability, the Router is purpose built: made to be ridden hard—every day. Its bold, precise lines are aggressive—still you will never find it draped in splashy logos or neon colors. The Router is a modern high-performance bike: a precision tool that helps the rider get the most from every ride.Frame Weight: 973g (Medium)Warranty: 10 Years – No BullshitAvailability: Winter 2012 The Ratchet is a true Roadie’s road bike. It’s light; it’s comfortable—engineered for those tough all-day century rides. And when it comes to the weekend road race, the Ratchet has the form to allow its rider to maximize power—sprinting for the finish line. Intentionally understated in appearance with subtle graphics, the Ratchet lets the rider do the talking. Rigorously tested to ensure durability, the Ratchet is purpose built: made to be ridden hard—every day. The Ratchet is a modern high-performance bike: a precision tool that helps the rider get the most from every ride.Frame Weight: 950g (54cm)Warranty: 10 Years – No BullshitAvailability: Winter 2012The Auger Cyclocross bike is a precision-crafted tool—engineered to maximize a riders cross experience. Rocks, roots, singletrack, dirt roads, wet grass, muddy hills and tight corners—throw anything at it, the Auger is up to the challenge and always comes back for more. Rigorously tested to ensure durability, the Auger is purpose-built: made to be ridden hard—every day. Intentionally understated devoid of splashy logos and loud colors, the Auger lets the rider do the talking. Available with disc brakes or traditional cantilever brakes.Frame Weight: 1060g (56cm)Warranty: 10 Years – No BullshitAvailability: Winter 2011Attending Interbike? Stop by Foundry Cycles before 4p.m. on Thursday to enter for your chance at winning 1 of 2 framesets – a Foundry Router 29er Dirt Tool or a Foundry Ratchet Road Tool. You must be present to win. T-shirts will be tossed and Handspun is giving-away 2 sets of wheels. All Interbike attendees are eligible for the drawing. Booth 8071last_img read more

Michael Park, Heidi Blickenstaff & More to Join Sutton Foster & Gavin Creel in My One and Only Benefit

first_img A final foursome of stars have been announced to appear in next week’s highly anticipated benefit performance of the 1983 Gershwin musical My One and Only. The previously announced Roundabout Theatre Company event, to be directed and choreographed by Tony winner Rob Ashford, will play Broadway’s Sondheim Theatre on November 12 at 7:30pm.Newly announced stars include Emmy winner Michael Park (Dear Evan Hansen) as Prince Nicolai, Heidi Blickenstaff (Freaky Friday) as Mickey, Tony nominee Ted Louis Levy (Jelly’s Last Jam) as Mr. Magix and Lance Roberts (My Fair Lady) as Rev. J.D. Montgomery. They join the previously announced Tony winner Sutton Foster as Edythe and Tony winner Gavin Creel as Captain Billy Buck Chandler.Featuring a book by Peter Stone and Timothy S. Mayer and the music of George and Ira Gershwin, My One and Only centers on Captain Billy Buck Chandler (Creel), a transatlantic aviator who flies around the world in pursuit of the championship swimmer Edythe (Foster), whom he loves.My One and Only features classic Gershwin tunes such as “Funny Face,” “‘S Wonderful,” “Strike Up the Band,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and of course “My One and Only.”  View Comments Michael Park & Heidi Blickenstaff(Photo: Caitlin McNaney & Emilio Madrid-Kuser for read more

Odds & Ends: Max von Essen Set for Actors Fund Holiday Benefit Sparkle & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Max von Essen Set for Actors Fund Holiday Benefit SparkleThe Actors Fund has secured a talented group of stage stars to appear in its 7th annual winter benefit Sparkle: An All-Star Holiday Concert, taking place at The Cutting Room on December 2 at 7:30pm. The one-night extravaganza, produced and hosted by TV personality Scott Nevins (The People’s Couch), will feature a starry slate of performers from stage and screen. The lineup will include Tony nominee Max von Essen (Anastasia), Tony winner Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden), Tony nominee Sharon McNight (Starmites), Erich Bergen (Waitress), Chris Weaver (The Voice), Christina Bianco (Forbidden Broadway), Nick Adams (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Matt Doyle (The Heart of Rock & Roll), Kevin Smith Kirkwood (Kinky Boots), Marty Thomas (Xanadu), Erin Quill (Avenue Q), The Skivvies, recording artist Shayna Steele and more. Brian Nash will serve as the evening’s music director and arranger.William Craver, Literary Agent of Jonathan Larson & David Auburn, Dies at Age 87William Craver, a beloved general manager and company manager who excelled as a longtime theatrical literary agent, died at the age of 87 on November 8 in Austin, TX. Craver spent 40 of his 58 years in New York City as an agent representing playwrights, composers, lyricists and directors. Three of his clients won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama: Jonathan Larson for Rent, David Auburn for Proof and Robert Schenkkan for The Kentucky Cycle. Craver’s Broadway credits as a general manager and company manager include a variety of plays by the late Neil Simon, including Barefoot in the Park (1963), The Odd Couple (1965), The Star-Spangled Girl (1966) and Plaza Suite (1968), along with Herman Raucher’s Harold (1962), Terence Frisby’s There’s a Girl in My Soup (1967) and John Patrick’s Love Is a Time of Day (1969). In addition to his work as a prolific agent, Craver also co-owned and was a partner in Writers and Artists Agency until Paradigm acquired the firm in 2004. Craver served on the boards of The American Theatre Wing, the Dramatists Play Service and The Jonathan Larson Foundation.Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Olivier-Nominated Fleabag to Make Off-Broadway PremiereFollowing a sold-out run in London, Fleabag, the Olivier-nominated solo play written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, will cross the pond to the U.S. for a 2019 run at off-Broadway’s SoHo Playhouse. Vicky Jones will direct the production, slated to begin previews on February 28 with an opening set for March 7. The play that inspired the hit Amazon Prime series, Fleabag is a comedic look at a woman who may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed. The production will feature scenic design by Holly Pigott, lighting design by Elliot Griggs and sound design by Isobel Waller-Bridge. Fleabag is slated to play a limited off-Broadway engagement through April 7.Lee Sunday Evans Named New Artistic Director of WaterwellFollowing an extensive national search, acclaimed nonprofit theater company Waterwell has announced Obie winner Lee Sunday Evans as its new artistic director. “Lee Sunday Evans has a strong commitment to civic engagement in all her work, as a director, educator and leader,” said Tony nominee Arian Moayed, Waterwell’s co-founder and board chair. “Waterwell works with artists and educators to create socially conscious and civic-minded entertainment. Lee is exactly the visionary artist to help us do more of that work, and it is inspiring to have her take the helm as artistic director.” Evans’ off-Broadway directing credits include acclaimed productions of Dance Nation, [PORTO], Bull in a China Shop and the Obie-winning A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes. Evans also served as assistant director on the 2014 Broadway revival of The Real Thing. Max Von Essen(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for View Commentslast_img read more

Watch Rachel Bay Jones & Brandon Victor Dixon Perform Snippets From Next To Normal at Kennedy Center

first_imgRachel Bay Jones and Brandon Victor Dixon will play spouses. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:53Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:53 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions 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. Rachel Bay Jones, Brandon Victor Dixon and the cast of the Kennedy Center’s upcoming production of Next To Normal gathered for a rehearsal at the 42nd Street Studios on January 16. Jones stars as Diana Goodman, a mother struggling with manic depression in Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Tony and Pulitzer-winning musical about the effects of mental illness and grief on a family. Dixon plays Dan, Diana’s husband. Tony-winning director Michael Grief, nominated in 2009 for directing the original Broadway production of Next To Normal, returns for the D.C. production, which also features choreography from Tony winner Sergio Trujillo. Next to Normal will run January 29 to February 3. Check out photos from the rehearsals below, and watch Jones and the company perform “I Miss the Mountains” and “You Don’t Know/I Am the One.” Actors Michael Park, Ben Levi Ross, Maia Reficco, Brandon Victor Dixon, Rachel Bay Jones and Khamary Rose, alongside director Michael Greif. Star Files Rachel Bay Jones Brandon Victor Dixon, Rachel Bay Jones and Khamary Rose Brandon Victor Dixon View Commentslast_img read more

Opinion: H883 and universal achievement

first_imgChamplain College,by Dave Finney, President, Champlain College The state Legislature is working on a bill to reduce the number of school districts in Vermont, from the current 273 to between 45-55. On average, today’s school boards in Vermont focus on the education of only 300 children. The bill (H883) would create a better governance structure for public education, which would result in greater student opportunities and lower costs. While there are many facets to this bill, the following points are very clear:·         School choice within the traditional academy structure and local control will be preserved·         Educational opportunity will improve as districts share advanced courses and other offerings·         High quality early childhood education will be more accessible for all children·         Educational quality will improve as local regional districts work with teachers and community members to ensure a broad curriculum to meet student needs·         Administrative overhead will be shared by school districts, linked to a regional boardSome have argued that the legislature shouldn’t alter our current system school districts. They believe that local control is of paramount importance. They argue that we have a system that is great and should not be adjusted. I believe the opposite to be true. Many public schools in Vermont provide their students with a high quality education, and undoubtedly there are pockets of excellence in teaching and curriculum. But, we are not creating artisanal products in public education. For our democracy to survive and for our society to prosper, there must be universal achievement in all towns, for all children. Alarmingly while Vermont spends high per child, and while our children achieve well compared to other states, nearly half of our children are not proficient in reading by fourth grade. In general, US students demonstrate poor educational outcomes compared to students in other developed nations. As a nation we are failing to prepare the next generation to compete effectively in an interconnected global economy. Vermont should be part of America’s solution to this problem.Each year at Champlain we enroll several hundred new freshmen who represent the best students coming out of our public schools in Vermont and throughout the country. They are smart and they are driven to succeed. They are also, on average, very poorly educated. Most have little idea of how to study, how to write effectively, or how to apply statistical analysis to arguments they read in popular media. They lack foundational knowledge and skills. Fortunately, we are able to remedy these issues and then move them forward to college level work.H883 advances the cause of universal achievement in Vermont. Our ill-prepared children need more from us. I urge the legislature to pass this bill and do the right thing for our young people.Champlain College President David F Finney is a director of the Vermont Business Roundtable. He is retiring from Champlain after nine years on June 30, 2014. Donald J Laackman, president of Harold Washington College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, will become the College’s eighth president.last_img read more