Rapper ASAP Rocky recently pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny as a result of a fight he started back mid July in downtown Manhattan.TMZ reported that ASAP Rocky (real name Rakim Mayers), was arrested earlier this year after him and a friend struck two amateur photographers who snapped pictures of him while in a “verbal altercation” with someone on the streets of NYC. Although both victims were said to be bruised and cut-up , only one required hospital treatment.Along with attempted grand larceny, ASAP was also charged with 2nd degree attempted robbery and assault; however, those charges were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea. He was ordered to pay a $250 fine on top of 3 days community service. His next court date is scheduled for February 2013.
French electronic superstars Justice announced a new live album Access All Arenas is set for release May 7th. The 14th track album is a recording of their show in NIMES arenas last July. Below you can find the preorder link, a documentary on Justice, and a full track listing!Documentary:Preorder Access All Arenashttp://smarturl.it/accessallarenasTrack Listing1. Genesis2. Helix3. Phantom4. Civilization5. Canon6. D.A.N.C.E.7. Horsepower8. New Lands9. Stress10. Waters of Nazareth11. Audio, Video, Disco12. Encore13. On’N’On14. Phantom Pt. II
With the state of Washington legalizing the use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21, this year’s Hempfest in Seattle will be a cause for celebration, with thousands of pot smokers now able to legally imbibe in marijuana in plain sight. Obviously, there will be many new changes to this year’s festival to correspond with the new laws, but the biggest may be with the city’s police force.Instead of doling out handcuffs and fines this year, the Seattle Police Department will be handing out Doritos to pot smokers who may be feeling a little hungry. Sgt. Sean Whitcomb told the NY Post, “It’s meant to be ironic. The idea of police passing out Doritos at a festival that celebrates pot, we’re sure, is going to generate some buzz.”Each bag will have a label attached to it, urging users to check out a website which provides some information about Seattle’s new laws. While marijuana is still illegal under federal law, in Seattle, adults may possess up to an ounce of marijuana; however, they may not sell, gift, or smoke it in public.
Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to three and a half years in jail today for allegedly stealing 30 million roubles (approximately $533,000) from French cosmetics company Yves Rocher. His brother, Oleg, who has no history of dissidence against Russia’s rulers, was also sentenced to three and a half years, signifying what many believe to be a return to the Soviet Union of the 60s in which relatives of dissidents would be punished. Outspoken Russian activists and musicians Pussy Riot have released a video in his defense.
The Black Keys have been forced to cancel their upcoming European tour after drummer Patrick Carney dislocated his shoulder. The injury occurred a few weeks ago in St. Barths after he was slammed into the ocean floor by a massive wave. A press release explains, “Due to prior scheduled commitments and venue availability, efforts to reschedule the original dates were unsuccessful; therefore all tickets will be refunded in full at their point of purchase.”The tour is expected to pick back up in Australia in April, with appearances at Mountain Jam and Governors Ball in June.Revised Tour Dates:02/16 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion02/17 – Milan, IT @ Mediolanum02/19 – Munich, DE @ Zenith02/20 – Berlin, DE @ Max-Schmeling-Halle02/21 – Warsaw, PL @ Torwar02/23 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome02/24 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis02/25 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Mitsubishi Electric Halle02/27 – Manchester, UK @ Phones 4U Arena02/28 – Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena03/01 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro03/03 – London, UK @ The O203/04 – Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena03/05 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena03/07 – Lyon, FR @ Halle Tony Garnier03/09 – Paris, FR @ Zenith03/10 – Paris, FR @ Zenith04/02 – Brisbane, AU @ Riverstage04/03 – Byron Bay, AU @ Byron Bay Bluesfest04/05 – Yarra Valley, AU @ Rolling Green at Rochford Wines04/07 – Melbourne, AU @ Margaret Court Arena04/10 – Sydney, AU @ Qantas Credit Union Arena04/11 – Hunter Valley, AU @ Rolling Green at Bimbadgen Winery04/14 – Perth, AU @ Red Hill Auditorium04/16 – Adelaide, AU @ Entertainment Centre Theatre04/18 – Christchurch, NZ @ Horncastle Arena04/19 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena04/22 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast04/23 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast05/28 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound05/30 – Athens, GR @ Rockwave Festival06/06 – Hunter Mountain, NY @ Mountain Jam06/07 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival06/12 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Isle of Wright Festival06/14 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival
South Africa’s organic live house duo Goldfish is gracing the United States for ten shows, spanning from New York and Boston, to Colorado and a slew of California dates. The duo will be closing their quick spring visit in April at the inaugural Fool’s Paradise (a two-day destination music event, featuring Lettuce, GRiZ, Vulfpeck, and more).From their beginnings as music students surfing and chilling on the beaches of coastal Cape Town, Dominic Peters and David Poole have gone on to become one of the most original production teams in recent history, creating award-winning albums and developing a live DJ show that blends recorded sound with live percussion, string, woodwind and brass, blowing through all genres and surpassing all expectations. Check out full tour schedule below:More ticketing information available on their website.
Legendary New Orleans pianist, singer and composer Allen Toussaint passed away this last November, but not before leaving behind one of the strongest musical legacies of his generation. A leader in the community as well as in the studio and on stage, Toussaint worked with a virtual who’s who over the past fifty years, including Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Jerry Garcia, The Meters, Dr. John, Lee Dorsey, and The Band.January 14th Is Now Officially ‘Allen Toussaint Day’ In New OrleansOn this day, what would have been Toussaint’s 78th birthday, let us celebrate his exceptional life and career with Touissant’s final New Orleans performance at the Pavilion of Two Sisters City Park alongside “The Soul Queen of New Orleans,” Irma Thomas:
Located at the Kennedy School of Government (KSG), the Institute of Politics (IOP) recently announced the selection of an experienced group of individuals for resident fellowships this fall. Resident fellows interact with students, participate in the intellectual life of the community, and pursue individual studies or projects throughout an academic semester.The following resident fellows will join the institute for the fall semester and lead weekly, not-for-credit study groups on a range of topics.The fall fellows are as follows:Tony Leon, member of parliament, Republic of South Africa (1989-present); former leader of the Democratic Party (1994-1999) and former leader of the Democratic Alliance and the Official Opposition (1999 to May 2007) in the South African ParliamentMeghan O’Sullivan, special assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan, National Security Council, the White House (July 2004-present)Bill Purcell, mayor of Nashville (1999-present)Noelia Rodriguez, director of communications and press, secretary to first lady Laura Bush (2001-03); president and CEO of LA Convention 2000 (host committee for the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles)Maralee Schwartz, deputy business editor (2006-present) and former national political editor (1996-2005), The Washington PostClay Shaw (R-Fl.), member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1981-2007) and former mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (1975-81)“The Institute of Politics is excited to host such an accomplished group of political practitioners to serve as fellows this fall,” said Jeanne Shaheen, director of the IOP. “Their diverseexperience in government, communications, international relations, and journalism is sure to create great interest on campus and throughout the Cambridge community.”The fellows program is central to the institute’s dual commitment to encourage student interest in public life and to increase interaction between the academic and political communities.
Imagine an epidural or a shot of Novocain that doesn’t paralyze your legs or make you numb yet totally blocks your pain. This type of pain management is now within reach. As a result, childbirth, surgery, and trips to the dentist might be less traumatic in the future, thanks to researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) who have succeeded in selectively blocking pain-sensing neurons in rats without interfering with other types of neurons.The pint-sized subjects received injections near their sciatic nerves, which run down their hind limbs, and subsequently lost the ability to feel pain in their paws. But they continued to move normally and react to touch. The injections contained QX-314, a normally inactive derivative of the local anesthetic lidocaine, and capsaicin, the active ingredient in hot peppers. In combination, these chemicals targeted only pain-sensing neurons, preventing them from sending signals to the brain.“We’ve introduced a local anesthetic selectively into specific populations of neurons,” explains HMS Professor Bruce Bean, an author on the paper, which appears in Nature today (Oct. 4). “Now we can block the activity of pain-sensing neurons without disrupting other kinds of neurons that control movements or nonpainful sensations.”“We’re optimistic that this method will eventually be applied to humans and change our experience during procedures ranging from knee surgery to tooth extractions,” adds Clifford Woolf of MGH, who is senior author on the study.Despite enormous investments by industry, surgical pain management has changed little since the first successful demonstration of ether general anesthesia at MGH in 1846. General and local anesthetics work by interfering with the excitability of all neurons, not just pain-sensing ones. Thus, these drugs produce dramatic side effects, such as loss of consciousness in the case of general anesthetics or temporary paralysis for local anesthetics.“We’re offering a targeted approach to pain management that avoids these problems,” says Woolf.The new work builds on research conducted since the 1970s showing how electrical signaling in the nervous system depends on the properties of ion channels, that is, proteins that make pores in the membranes of neurons.“This project is a perfect illustration of how research trying to understand very basic biological principles can have practical applications,” says Bean.The new method exploits a membrane-spanning protein called TRPV1, which is unique to pain-sensing neurons. TRPV1 forms a large channel, where molecules can enter and exit the cell. But a “gate” typically blocks this opening. The gate opens when cells are exposed to heat or the chili-pepper ingredient capsaicin. Thus, bathing pain-sensing neurons in capsaicin leaves these channels open, but nonpain sensing neurons are unaffected because they do not possess TRPV1.The new method then takes advantage of a special property of the lidocaine derivative QX-314. Unlike most local anesthetics, QX-314 can’t penetrate cell membranes to block the excitability of the cell, so it typically lingers outside neurons where it can’t affect them. For this reason it is not used clinically.When pain-sensing neurons are exposed to capsaicin, however, and the gates guarding the TRPV1 channels disappear, QX-314 can enter the cells and shut them down. But the drug remains outside other types of neurons that do not contain these channels. As a result, these cells fully retain their ability to send and receive signals.The team first tested the method in a Petri dish. Alexander Binshtok, a postdoctoral researcher in Woolf’s lab, applied capsaicin and QX-314 (separately and in combination) to isolated pain-sensing and other neurons and measured their responses. Indeed, the combination of capsaicin and QX-314 selectively blocked the excitability of pain-sensing neurons, leaving the others unaffected.Next, Binshtok injected these chemicals into the paws of rats and measured their ability to sense pain by placing them on an uncomfortable heat source. The critters tolerated much more heat than usual. He then injected the chemicals near the sciatic nerve of the animals and pricked their paws with stiff nylon probes. The animals ignored the provocation. Although the rats seemed immune to pain, they continued to move normally and respond to other stimuli, indicating that QX-314 failed to penetrate their motor neurons.The team must overcome several hurdles before this method can be applied to humans. They must figure out how to open the TRPV1 channels without producing even a transient burning pain before QX-314 enters and blocks the neurons, and they must tinker with the formulation to prolong the effects of the drugs. Both Bean and Woolf are confident they’ll succeed.“Eventually, this method could completely transform surgical and post-surgical analgesia, allowing patients to remain fully alert without experiencing pain or paralysis,” says Woolf. “In fact, the possibilities seem endless. I could even imagine using this method to treat itch, as itch-sensitive neurons fall into the same group as pain-sensing ones.”Research in the Woolf lab is supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Research in the Bean lab is supported by NINDS and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.Harvard and MGH have filed patents on this technology platform.For a copy of the paper: [email protected]
The Office for the Arts (OfA) at Harvard and the Office of Career Services (OCS) recently announced the 2007-08 recipients of the Artist Development Fellowship. This program supports the artistic development of students demonstrating unusual accomplishment and/or evidence of significant artistic promise.The Council on the Arts, a standing committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, awarded 14 fellowships for the 2007-08 academic year. Council on the Arts members at the time of selection were Julie Buckler (chair), professor of Slavic languages and literatures and director of graduate studies; Elizabeth Bergmann, director, OfA dance program; S. Allen Counter, director, Harvard Foundation; Deborah Foster, senior lecturer in folklore and mythology; Jorie Graham, Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory; Cathleen McCormick, program director, OfA; Jack Megan, director, OfA; Nancy Mitchnick, Rudolf Arnheim Lecturer on Studio Arts, Visual and Environmental Studies; Robb Moss, Rudolf Arnheim Lecturer on Filmmaking and director of undergraduate studies; Robert J. Orchard, managing director, Loeb Drama Center, and the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.); Carol Oja, William Powell Mason Lecturer on Music; Marcus Stern, associate director, A.R.T. and the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training; and John Stewart, senior preceptor in music.THE 2007-08 ARTIST DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTSAlexander Berman ’10 has been awarded a fellowship for a documentary of the Kamchatka peninsula in Siberia from the perspective of the rangers of Kronotsky Park. Berman, a Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) concentrator, has worked on several documentaries, including “Russians,” in which he followed experimental director Arkady Prauding and his production of the play “Russians in Chicago,” in St. Petersburg. Berman plans to pursue a career in filmmaking.Malcolm Campbell ’10 has been awarded a fellowship to study jazz piano with legendary faculty and world-class musicians at the Aspen Jazz Snowmass Summer Workshop in Aspen, Colo., and the Stanford Jazz Residency in California. Campbell is a chemistry and physics concentrator. He is a 2006 recipient of an Outstanding Musicianship Award from New York City’s Essentially Ellington Festival, as well as a 2005 and 2006 Outstanding Soloist Award recipient from Boston’s Berklee Jazz Festival. Campbell plans to pursue a career in jazz performance and composition upon graduation.Kristy Carpenter ’10 has been awarded a fellowship for the creation of a photography book depicting Bronson, Mich. Through this project, Carpenter aims to capture the essence of rural life in the Midwest and preserve the changing aspects of the particular town in which she grew up. Carpenter, a VES concentrator, is currently photo editor for Harvard Yearbook Publications. She hopes to purse a career in photography and design.Lisandra (Lia) Costiner ’08 has been awarded a fellowship for the full-time pursuit and development of a painting practice, in addition to the continuation of her senior art project, in which she explores the subject of animal hybrids through the use of traditional painting media. A VES concentrator, Costiner (who is fluent in Romanian and French) founded an international volunteer program through the United Planet Organization in Boston to assist a Romanian orphanage. She plans to pursue a career in painting or art conservation.Giancarlo Garcia ’08 has been awarded a fellowship to study clarinet performance with Sabine Meyer in Lubeck, Germany. A physics concentrator and principal clarinetist of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra since 2004, Garcia has performed in esteemed summer music festivals such as Banff Music Centre, Brevard Music Center, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He hopes to attend graduate school at a major conservatory, audition for orchestral positions, and pursue a career as a freelance clarinetist upon graduating from Harvard.Emily Kaplan ’08-09 has been awarded a fellowship to write and illustrate a book for children. As part of this endeavor, Kaplan plans to take a course on illustrating children’s books at the Rhode Island School of Design. A social anthropology concentrator, Kaplan has taken several courses in the VES and English departments, including courses in hybrid drawing, figure drawing, and fiction writing. After graduation, Kaplan hopes to become a first-grade teacher and professor of early childhood education, as well as a writer and illustrator.Roland Lamb ’08 has been awarded a fellowship to create an installation that will deconstruct and suspend a working automobile and render its parts into texts. A self-published jazz musician and the founder and director of Art Night: A Forum for Art and Ideas, Lamb was awarded several grants for his research project “Imprisoned by Nothing: Binary Technologies of Representation and Comparative Philosophy,” including an Asia Center Summer Research Grant, a Center for European Studies Summer Research Grant, and a Dean’s Research Award. A comparative literature concentrator, Lamb plans to study cross-cultural comparative philosophy upon graduation, as well as continue his practice as an artist.Eden McDowell ’08, a VES concentrator, has been awarded a fellowship to continue her study and exploration of two series of paintings, one of which she hopes to expand into a public art installation. McDowell will travel to various states to follow large planned protests as part of her project. She has taken courses on learned drafting, traditional modeling, and 3-D computer modeling, and her artwork was selected for student shows at the Carpenter Center in 2007 and 2004. McDowell hopes to pursue a career in visual arts, and is also interested in teaching environmental art.Merritt Moore ’10 has been awarded a fellowship to spend a year studying dance with the Zurich Ballet Co. A physics concentrator, Moore performs with the Harvard Ballet Company and has performed principal roles in “Apollo” by Balanchine and “Sinatra Suites” by Twyla Tharp, as well as a solo by Trey MacIntyre. Moore plans to incorporate her dance experiences with research in physics.Daniel Pecci ’09 has been awarded a fellowship for attendance at three major international theater festivals, including Avignon in France, Holland Festival in the Netherlands, and Edinburgh in Scotland, under the guidance of Gideon Lester and the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.). An English and American literature and language concentrator, Pecci has acted in, written, and directed several plays during his time at Harvard. He serves on the board of President Drew Faust’s Task Force on the Arts as well as on the executive board of the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club. A winner of the 2006 Phyllis Anderson Prize for Playwrighting, Pecci plans to pursue a career in theater as an actor, writer, and director.James Powers ’08 has been awarded a fellowship to continue a series of paintings of industrial scenes in Boston and agricultural landscapes in Minnesota. Powers is the current vice president of the Harvard Lampoon and has illustrated covers and contents for such on-campus publications as the Harvard Lampoon, Harvard Cinematic Review, Harvard Salient, and The Harvard Crimson. A government concentrator with a secondary field in VES, Powers also received a commission to execute three paintings of Longfellow Bridge in 2007.Timothy Reckart ’09 has been awarded a fellowship to participate in a summer internship at a commercial stop-motion animation studio. A history and literature concentrator, Reckart has written, directed, and animated several short films, and has interned with Aardman Animations in Bristol, United Kingdom. Reckart is an editor and writer for Harvard Cinematic Review, and plans to pursue work in stop-motion animation after graduation.David Rice ’10 has been awarded a fellowship for the development of a Web-based multimedia project called The Gloaming, which seeks to combine writing, animation, music, and computer programming to artfully represent and explore a brain’s thought processes. Rice has worked in Tokyo with Oscar-nominated animator Koji Yamamura, and Rice’s animated film, “Nettalk,” was an official selection at the Sitges International Film Festival in Sitges, Spain, in the summer of 2007. This film will be shown at both the Melbourne and Auckland film festivals this spring. At Harvard Rice is pursuing a special concentration. After graduation, he hopes to work for a magazine or small film studio while continuing his own creative writing and filmmaking.Mimi Yu ’08 has been awarded a fellowship to participate in two major string competitions — the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Competition and the Naumberg Foundation International Violoncello Competition in memory of Mstislav Rostropovich. Yu was the winner of the Taiwan National Cello Competition and performed the Schumann cello concerto in Kaohsiung Concert Hall at the age of 14. In 2005, Yu was selected by Yo-Yo Ma to perform with the Silk Road Project Ensemble at Sanders Theatre. An economics concentrator, member of the Brattle Street Chamber Players, and director for Winthrop Music Society, Yu plans to perform cello professionally after graduation.The OfA supports student engagement in the arts and serves the University in its commitment to the arts. Through its programs and services, the OfA fosters student art-making, connects students with accomplished artists, integrates the arts into University life, and partners with local, national, and international constituencies. By supporting the development of students as artists and cultural stewards, the OfA works to enrich society and shape communities in which the arts are a vital part of life. The OCS supports all students and alumni of Harvard College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in exploring and making effective career and educational choices. OCS also supports a limited number of Division of Continuing Education students.