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Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts Of The Forest Wrap East Coast Tour With Emotional Show At NYC’s United Palace [Review]

first_imgOn Saturday, Trey Anastasio and Ghosts Of The Forest rounded out their east coast tour with a second and final performance at the stunning United Palace in upper Manhattan.It’s been difficult to steer clear of the music being played as the tour’s gone on—especially with the Ghosts of the Forest studio album dropping on Friday. But going into Saturday’s performance, I had heard no more than a few notes from this new project.What I had heard was the background. As Trey revealed last week on SiriusXM, “It’s a concert with a narrative arc. There’s an underlying story within the sequence of songs, and within the lyrics of the songs. So, that probably makes it a little bit different from things that I’ve done before.”He also dished to Rolling Stone about the heartbreaking origins of this trove of new music: the loss of his longtime friend, Chris Cottrell, to cancer last year. “He was my tether to childhood and to a life before Phish happened,” Trey explained.It was so bluntly emotional, so raw, that he wasn’t sure he wanted to release it. “I went through a period of deep self-doubt after recording it,” Anastasio reflected. “I didn’t want to put it out. Maybe I was scared.”Not only did he put it out, he blew it up. A sold-out tour. An incredible stage set that juxtaposes delicate, artful white static elements and towering technicolor electronics.With that context in mind, the show was undeniably powerful. Throughout the ride, the Ghosts of the Forest touched on a number of unfamiliar styles, from the soulful peaks of “Drift While You’re Sleeping” to the vulnerability of “Friend” to the disco-funk theatrics of “Sightless Escape” to the mystical acoustic ambiance and dextrous avant-garde Jon Fishman drum line of “If Again”. “In Long Lines” evoked notions of “Wingsuit” and “Rise/Come Together”. “About To Run”, perhaps the strongest song of the bunch, channeled the gritty riffs of Band of Gypsys Jimi Hendrix as a rainbow Trey silhouette bounced around the LED screen that loomed behind the stage’s white adornments. There was the ethereal, multi-part psychedelic complexity of “Beneath a Sea of Stars”, the uplifting “Stumble Into Flight”, the deep-space extremities of “Ruby Waves”, the island bounce of “Wider”, the shimmering build of “A Life Beyond The Dream”, the return of “Beneath A Sea Of Stars Part 3 (Blue)”, the show’s de facto coda that tied up a number of loose musical threads from earlier in the set.Beginning with Trey, the band left the stage one by one at the end of the set as the “Ghosts of the Forest” theme played out. The show’s final song, “Pieces In The Machine”, saw Trey chase Jennifer Hartswick and Celisse Henderson around the stage in a joyful game of chicken as the song’s swamp rock vamp bounced along.Ahead of the song, Trey seemed to take particular pleasure in noting “We love playing this song. We played it last night, and we’re playin’ it again tonight!” None of Trey’s previous projects have afforded him the luxury of replaying a favorite song for a second night in a row—but for Ghosts of the Forest, “Pieces In The Machine” is the one climactic closer, and Trey sounded liberated driving it home that same way one more time.That was far from the only time Anastasio seemed to relish his unfamiliar approach to Ghosts of the Forest. There were times, in the thick of a jam, where the music would list toward a familiar lick—a shade of “Slave To The Traffic Light”, some notes of “Pigtail”, a taste of “Blaze On”. If this was a Phish show, Trey might’ve leaned into the similarity, used it as a new creative door. With Ghosts of the Forest, you could hear him consciously move away from such familiar paths and reference points. This was not the place for connecting the dots. This was something separate.Throughout the show, Trey delivered his heartfelt lyrics with stark emotion. Many of them, like the tear-jerking “Mint Siren Dream” (“I haven’t felt this alive since I was ten years old”) and the encore-opening solo “Brief Time” (“It’s such a beautiful world, and such a brief time”), were more stated than sung, as if to say, “this isn’t about how my voice sounds, it’s about what I’m saying to you.”Ghosts of the Forest will head to California next weekend for shows at the respective Greek Theatres in Los Angeles on Friday, April 19th and in Berkely on Saturday, April 20th. After that, the future of Ghosts of the Forest is a mystery. As Trey noted from the stage during his band introductions, they’ll be back soon—in “various other formations, playing all kinds of other stuff.” And it’s true. Trey Anastasio Band has a bunch of dates scheduled this spring. Phish summer tour is right around the corner. Soon, this will all be in the rearview. Back to business as usual.But, if you really think about it, creating a new band and a new sound to say something different and of personal significance is business as usual for modern-day Trey. This is a guy who, since the beginning of 2018 alone, has pushed his main band to new heights (both literal and figurative), played shows with multiple iterations of his solo project (Trey Anastasio Band, Trey Anastasio Trio, Trey Anastasio Trio-turned-Quartet), mounted an intimate acoustic/storytelling tour, devised not one but two new bands out of thin air, wrote full sets worth of music for them, and unleashed them on audiences who had virtually zero notion of what to expect.This may not be your favorite project Trey’s ever created, and that’s okay. You probably don’t love every song Phish plays either, but that doesn’t detract from your love and respect for the breadth of what they do. With a body of work like Trey’s, anything new is inevitably up against some pretty impossible expectations in the eyes of fans. As the wise Jon Fishman once said of his brother in arms, “The guy shits music. It’s never been anything other than that.”With Ghosts of the Forest, Trey channeled a characteristic burst of prolific inspiration into something new and entirely different. It wasn’t the first time he’s done it, and it likely won’t be the last. However you feel about the music itself, we can all appreciate the seemingly bottomless well of creativity from which Big Red continues to draw. Thank you for sharing this with us, Trey, and here’s to the next big idea.Watch a full video of the performance below:Setlist: Ghosts of the Forest | United Palace | New York, NY | 4/13/19Set: Intro, Ghosts of the Forest, Drift While You’re Sleeping, Friend, Sightless Escape, Halfway Home, If Again, In Long Lines, There’s A Path Above, About To Run, The Green Truth, Beneath A Sea Of Stars Parts 1 & 2, Mint Siren Dream, Stumble Into Flight, Ruby Waves, Shadows Thrown By Fire, Wider, A Life Beyond The Dream, In This Bubble, Beneath A Sea Of Stars Part 3 (Blue)Encore: Brief Time*, Pieces In The Machine*Trey solo acousticlast_img read more

Negros Occidental ‘extra careful’ in fetching OFWs stranded in Cebu

first_imgThey are among the seven positive cases in Negros Occidental.Three OFWS who arrived in this province on April 28 via the Malasakit Voyage of 2GO Group’s M/V St. Leo the Great also tested positive for COVID-19.(With a report from PNA/PN) Patient No. 3 is a 38-year-old man who arrived in the country after travelling from the Netherlands. He is a resident of Silay City. On the other hand, Patient No. 4 is a 50-year-old man from Candoni town. He travelled from Ireland and arrived in the Philippines on March 17.Both of them are still quarantined at the Provincial Healing Center, a patient care center managed by the provincial government in E.B. Magalona town. Thirty-five Negrense overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) arrive at the Barcelona port in Escalante City, Negros Occidental from Tabuelan, Cebu last month through a vessel ride. Two of the 35 OFWs tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019. PIO NEGROScenter_img BACOLOD City – The provincial government of Negros Occidental is being cautious in accepting its overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are still stranded in Cebu.Cebu has the highest confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases outside of Metro Manila.“If you are stranded in Cebu, please understand. Cebu City is No. 2 as far as (number of) cases is concerned. That’s why we’re extra careful of Negrenses coming from (there),” Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said in a press conference at the Capitol Social Hall here on May 12.“We’re about to receive OFWs from Cebu. But if they don’t have test results to show they are free from COVID-19, we are extra careful,” the governor added.According to Lacson, even the local government units in this province are not ready to accept their respective residents who will go home after finishing quarantine in designated COVID-19 centers.Some of the OFWS who returned in this province have been tested positive for COVID-19.Two overseas workers who arrived in Escalante City from Tabuelan, Cebu on April 14 were listed as this province’s third and fourth confirmed virus cases.last_img read more

Itlhabolole: beauty from waste

first_img8 January 2010 A band of motivated women from Ikopeleng village in South Africa’s North West province are leading a groundbreaking project that turns bin-destined waste into stylish clothing and indoor designs. Itlhabolole Waste Management (Ithlabolole is Setswana for “develop yourself”) produces trendy ladies’ bags, traditional Tswana clothing, shoes, plastic wreaths, dustbins, peg holders, mats and placemats from plastic. “We collect dirty plastics to create beautiful artefacts,” says founding member Margaret Khambule. “The people we work with are very passionate about the project.” MediaClubSouthAfrica Free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. Itlhabolole was started in 2000 by a group of 21 people, mostly women. In 2005 the group received their biggest funding, to the tune of US$51 200 (R387 700), from the National Lotteries Board. Also in 2005, it was a recipient of a $2 640 (R20 000) donation from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Khula Enterprise, which facilitates access to funding for small and medium businesses. The Small Enterprise Development Agency also gave Itlhabolole $6 600 (R50 000) in that year. “This is a project that shows that women are an economic power in rural areas and are determined to fight poverty,” said then DTI deputy minister Elizabeth Thabethe at the South African Women Entrepreneurs Network imbizo in 2005. The funds catapulted Itlhabolole to a prolific and stable organisation that is able to generate income for its members. Today the cooperative consists of 18 people, 14 of whom are women and two are youth. “We sell our products and we also do exhibitions across the country. We try to boost our families,” said Khambule. “The project is not exactly big; we are just trying to sustain it.” The DTI’s support for the group has been quite commendable, said Khambule. The National Development Agency (NDA), which is mandated by the government to fund community projects, has been funding Itlhabolole for the past two years. “The DTI and NDA are helping us a lot.”Growth and success Within just a year of its launch in 2000 the women were able to build their project’s headquarters in their village. The cooperative continues to enjoy its success and growth. Its impressive showing at Decorex Joburg, an expo that took place in the city in August, secured Itlhabolele a deal to showcase its products to Germany in an exhibition in 2010, and a chance to get its products into German markets. The annual Decorex event, a convergence of local and international designers, showcased chic indoor and outdoor designs. Itlhabolole received an overwhelming response at Decorex and its products were sold out within two days. The project took home a silver medal in the Best Product category. “This recognition is not only for the work that this organisation is doing, it also confirms for the women of Itlhabolole Waste Management that life is what you make of it,” said Potlako Ntlatleng, NDA North West provincial manager. “In a time when concern over the environment is gaining much attention, a small village in a corner of South Africa is creating wealth out of the waste that litters our streets,” Ntlatleng said. The group has established a strong client base in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kimberley and Botswana. “We also trained groups of people on recycling in Kimberley and Botswana,” said Khambule.More than just a business Itlhabolole is more than just a business project; it is also an NGO. As part of its community work the group embarked on a cleaning campaign in Ikopeleng village in October 2009. Khambule said the campaign, which was also supported by their local municipality, was quite a success. She said they are on a drive to convince the government to lead clean-ups in villages. “We want to encourage the government to take part in these campaigns.” Khambule added that they were looking ahead to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, when millions of visitors are expected to flock to South Africa. “The country must be beautiful,” she said.Environmental responsibility Teaching school-going youth about the necessity of a clean environment has also become the group’s work. They visit schools to drive a clean environment message. “It must ring in their heads that we need a clean environment,” said Khambule. Farming could also become Itlhabolole’s next major success. The group has recently received a piece of land in their village and plan to use it to grow their gardening business. At present, they sell their vegetables in surrounding villages in North West province. But the ultimate dream is to be able to supply major markets. “I dream about the farm becoming big, if we could just have a bigger market,” said Khambule. She said they continue to receive support from other government ministries, such as the Departments of Agriculture as well as Arts and Culture. The latter department recently provided art and administration learnerships for Itlhabolole.First published on 28 October 2009 by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

CEOs partner with government to boost economic growth

first_imgWith strong measures introduced in the 2016 Budget to turn the South African economy around, business leaders have committed to work closely with the government to ramp up economic growth, create jobs and strengthen public finances.“South African business believes passionately in our country,” says Business Unity South Africa president Jabu Mabuza. “Now is the time to tackle our problems together, reinvigorate our economy, and show the world – once more – the greatness South Africans are capable of.” (Image: WTTC, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr)• Budget 2016: Tough balancing act in a tough global environment• Full text: South Africa’s 2016 Budget speech• Quotes from the 2016 Budget• Gallery: a chance for global solutions at WEF• Vocational training can help South Africa Media Club South Africa reporterBusiness Unity South Africa president Jabu Mabuza has announced that the country’s major business groups would contribute senior-level expertise and invest in specific initiatives to avoid a credit rating downgrade for South Africa, accelerate the growth of small and medium enterprises, and increase investment in key economic sectors.Mabuza was speaking on behalf of the dozens of CEOs who have met with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and President Jacob Zuma in recent weeks. Stanley Subramoney, chair of the Nepad Business Foundation, is to lead the initiative.“South Africa is at a critical economic juncture, with slow growth, high unemployment and real risk of a sovereign debt downgrade,” Subramoney said in a statement on Wednesday, before the Budget was tabled.“We are confident that the Minister of Finance will today announce bold steps to boost growth and strengthen public finances – and we are committed to working actively and urgently with government and labour to support these steps.”The business grouping plans three key interventions in the economy:Preventing a ratings downgrade for South AfricaBoosting the growth of small businessesDriving investment projects in important sectorsThe business leaders driving the initiative include:Sim Tshabalala, Standard Bank joint CEODan Matjila, CEO of the Public Investment CorporationAdrian Gore, founder and CEO of DiscoveryBrian Joffe, CEO of the Bidvest GroupMike Brown, CEO of the Nedbank GroupRalph Mupita, CEO of Old Mutual Emerging MarketsVassi Naidoo, chair of Nedbank“We remain committed to the National Development Plan, which provides a compelling vision and framework for growth, and urge all social partners to focus on it as the vision guiding implementation” Naidoo said.“Today South African business goes further and announces three specific initiatives to help translate the NDP into faster growth, new jobs, and greater economic inclusion.”Preventing a ratings downgradeBusiness efforts to prevent international ratings agencies from downgrading South Africa to junk status will be led by Mike Brown of Nedbank and Old Mutual’s Ralph Mupita.“Business understands that the government will play its part in avoiding the severe long-term costs to our country and all its people that a downgrade would create,” Brown and Mupita said in the statement.“As we have indicated to [Gordhan], we accept that business must play its part and we accept that there could be changes to the tax regime as part of a broader package of fiscal consolidation.”As part of this, the grouping has committed to do more by:Bringing private sector expertise to the boards of state-owned enterprises, helping to reduce the drain these have on state coffers and putting them in a position to contribute to economic growthInvesting in public-private investment partnerships, particularly in the energy sectorPlaying an active role in removing regulatory blockages to investment and to starting and growing a businessJoining increased efforts to combat corruptionEmpowering entrepreneurs and SMEsConvened by Adrian Gore of Discovery and Bidvest’s Brian Joffe, this initiative aims to mentor and grow small businesses with big potential.“If South Africa is to create jobs in the numbers we need, while accelerating economic transformation and reducing inequality, we must give our SMEs a major boost – in skills, capital, and access to export markets,” the convenors said.“Business is ready to invest money and skills to accelerate the development of high-potential SMEs and, together with government, will support a single vehicle which will co-invest with existing successful enterprise development funds run by the private sector.”Key investment in targeted sectorsStandard Bank’s Sim Tshabalala and Dan Matjila of the Public Investment Corporation said business would work with the government to identify priority economic sectors and enterprises – “both those made vulnerable during current market turbulence, and those that can unlock new growth”.For each sector selected, business will contribute private sector expertise to help create an urgent, detailed plan to remove barriers to growth, protect existing jobs, and drive inclusive growth as fast as possible.Mabuza said specific details of the three initiatives would be announced soon.“South African business believes passionately in our country,” he said. “Now is the time to tackle our problems together, reinvigorate our economy, and show the world – once more – the greatness South Africans are capable of.”last_img read more

Thrive: Empowering parents as they Nurture their Children

first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTPixabay[Hands by Rhythm on June 19, 2016, CC0]Resilient children, resourceful parents, ready families- imagine all of the possibilities! A new partnership between the Department of Defense’s Office of Military Community and Family Policy and the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State has been created to provide an initiative to empower parents in raising their children from birth until they turn 18 years old.Through the use of various teaching platforms, THRIVE engages its participants through face-to-face and online parenting programs, interactive learning modules, and online resources. THRIVE includes four program areas that are age-specific and creatively named to highlight the growth and nurturing that happens in both children and parents during the crucial years of child-rearing.Take Root!  (0-3 years)Sprout! (3-5 years)Grow! (5-10 years)Branch Out! (10-14 years and 14-18 years)Each of the program areas listed above assists in guiding parents on their journey through the use of science-based parenting skills, emphasizing positive development and life-long resilience. There are three topic areas that remain the focus of this initiative:Positive Parenting PracticesParent & Child Stress ManagementStrategies for Promoting Child Physical HealthIf you are interested in learning more about how you can become resourceful, your children can become resilient, and your family can be ready, check out THRIVEs webpage here. If you are a service professional and are interested in implementing a program in your area, you can click here.  Whether you are interested as a parent or as a professional (or both!), we could all use a little more resourcefulness, resilience, and readiness!This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The MFLN Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

12 Essential Filmmaking Tools Under $20

first_imgWhether you’re outputting for recording or simply monitoring, HDMI cables are great to have on set. Instead of using a 6ft cable for your camera rig try using a thin and extra short cable to prevent clutter.Price: $77. Cable BagInstead of having your cables loose on set, try using a cable bag. Cable bags have dividers that help keep cables organized and easy to find.Price: $178. ClapboardA clapboard is probably one of the most easily recognized tools on a film set. If you are recording audio and video separately having a clapboard will save you a lot of frustration in post.Price: $209. Split Power StripA power strip with split ends allows you to plug in multiple “boxy” AC plugs into the same power strip. No more filling up an entire strip with just 3 things plugged in.Price: $1510. Extension cordsExtension cords are a must have on any set. You will always need 1 more than what you currently have…Price: $711. Allen KeysAllen keys are great for tightening down tripod legs, rigs, or any other equipment that might need regular maintenance.Price: $12 for 212. Field NotebooksYou never know when you will need to take a quick note. You can use field notebooks to write down script notes, editing notes, or autographs for when your fans see you.Price: $10The following video created by Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter shows us his list of essential filmmaking tools:This video was first shared on the DSLR Video Shooter YouTube Channel. Thanks for sharing, Caleb!As Caleb Pike recommends in the video, an Amazon Prime account will most assuredly save you a lot of money on shipping. I use this service very frequently to buy cheap filmmaking gear and it has paid for itself over and over again.Know of any other cheap filmmaking gear under $20? Share in the comments below. When going on-set, you can’t afford NOT to get these 12 cheap essential filmmaking tools!Filmmaking can be a really expensive craft. Between buying a nice camera, lenses, audio equipment, rigs, and accessories, you are looking at thousands of dollars in equipment. However, some of the most useful equipment you can have on can have on-set won’t break the bank.Caleb Pike at DSLR Video Shooter has shared 12 essential pieces of filmmaking equipment that you can pick up for less than $20.1. Travel BagsTravel bags really help in staying organized on set. Most have a spot where you can label them according to your needs. They come in a variety of sizes making them a must-have on set.Price: $18 for pack of 72. SandbagsAn improperly anchored light can be a real safety hazard on set. Even if it doesn’t hit anyone the light still is probably going to break. It’s a silly mistake that can fixed by simply placing a sandbag on the light stand.Price: $20 for 43. ClampsClamps have an innumerable number of uses on a set. From holding back cables to quick set-fixes, you need to have clamps close by.Price: $5 for 44. RopeBesides simply tying things off, rope allows you to organize things that are easily lost like gaff tape and clamps.Price: $85. Gaff TapeGaff tape is probably the most useful tool you can have on set. Gaff tape allows you to tape down cables, place actor marks, label stuff, and make giant dodge balls once production is done!Price: $16 for 30 yards6. HDMI Cableslast_img read more


first_imgOn top of non-stop action and beautiful weather there has been some romance at the 2007 X-Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships.Referee Aaron McRoberts chose a photo shoot on the first day of the tournament to propose to his girlfriend and fellow referee, Jillian Donoghue. Aaron said he decided to pop the question in front of all the referees because they were all friends of Jillian and himself.  “I wanted her to be surprised in front of her friends. I wanted her to be happy and feel comfortable,” he said. Aaron and Jillian have only been together for eight months. They met through Touch Football – Jillian is Aaron’s refereeing coach!The couple, from south-east Victoria, has already decided that they will be married in November. “She told me two weeks ago that I had to buy the rings but I played dumb. I hid it and said I didn’t have enough money but I’d already bought the rings by then anyway so it was just a matter of hiding them to get up to Coffs Harbour from Victoria,” Aaron said.  Jillian said that neither of them was the authoritarian at home but Aaron admitted his soon-to-be wife kept him under control. Aaron said he was much more nervous about the proposal than officiating Australia’s best junior Touch Footballing talent. “She almost caught me this morning trying to get the ring into the bag. I was very nervous asking her. When I stood up my legs were shaking. You only get to do it once…hopefully!” The message about the happy couple’s engagement was spread around the stadium by Tony ‘The Blackest Cat’ Eltakchi on the PA system. Unfortunately Tony confused the message and ‘accidentally’ announced that TFA Game Development Officer and Level 6 Referee Glen Richardson was the one that had proposed.“A couple of the referees have just been engaged,” he said. “We believe one of the referees was Glen Richardson but we are not sure who the other guy is.” Jillian a Level 6, and Aaron a Level 4, are looking forward to continuing their involvement in the game in the future…may they have many happy “duals” in the future…last_img read more

Play By The Rules Promotional Booklet

first_imgPlay by the Rules has created a promotional booklet. Please see below to read what they have to say and to download a copy of the booklet.Play by the Rules provides information, resources, online training and promotional campaigns, but it is so much more than this . . .   . . . it is an ethos or a way of thinking – that everyone involved in sport should be able to do so in an enjoyable, safe environment, free from discrimination, harassment or bullying.We’ve produced a new free promotional booklet which outlines the work we’re doing to make your sport safe, fair and inclusive and how you or your organisation can utilise Play by the Rules effectively. You can download the booklet at www.playbytherules.net.au/resources/promotional-booklet or if you would like a hard copy sent to you please send an email to [email protected] with your address details.Yours in sport,The Play by the Rules team Related LinksPlay By The Ruleslast_img read more

Reform Bills to be Debated this Week

first_imgParliamentary debates on several pieces of legislation related to tax and pension reforms, are expected to either commence or continue in the House of Representatives next week. Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, who made the announcement while addressing  the weekly luncheon of the Kingston Rotary Club at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on November 15, informed that in relation to tax reform, Parliament had completed its work, with the resultant Green Paper being tabled, and the debate completed. “The White Paper, setting out the Government’s comprehensive policy stance on tax reform has been considered and approved by the Cabinet (and is) to be laid in the Parliament next week,” the Minister said. Additionally, Dr. Phillips pointed out that Parliament’s Joint Select Committee considering public sector pension reform, has completed its work on that piece of legislation, with the resulting debate on the Green Paper expected to be completed during next week’s sitting of the House. “We expect that (the) White Paper, setting out (the) formal policy position of the government, will be laid before the end of this year,” he said. Dr. Phillips advised that the new Corporate Governance Framework Bill is also expected to be laid in Parliament next week, while expressing the hope that the new Public Debt Management Bill, which has already been tabled, “will be debated and passed before this month is out”.last_img read more