With Philly venue Ardmore Music Hall‘s annual Live From The Lot quite literally right around the corner next weekend, May 21st and 22nd, there is more than just a few reasons to look forward to one of the best “neighborhood festivals” of the early summer. With a stellar lineup of some of the jam/funk/electronica’s best acts, you can bet this is going to be a great way to kick off the summer season in the City of Brotherly Love. There will be some good food and craft beers out on the Lot, to go with performances from acts such as Soulive, Snarky Puppy, The Revivalists, Electron, Marco Benevento, Foundation of Funk (ft. members of The Meters and Lettuce), Pink Talking Fish and a whole lot more where that came from (purchase tickets HERE)Snarky Puppy, Revivalists & More Announced For AMH’s Live From The Lot FestivalWe decided to take a look at a few items on the schedule to whet your appetites for this neighborhood blowout. Our friends at the Ardmore know how to do things right. Check it out:Soulive and FriendsWhen you have friends like Karl Denson, Nigel Hall and The Snarky Puppy Horns, you’re doing alright for yourself. Eric Krasno and the brothers Evans (Neal and Alan) may not be the heaviest touring band, but when they decide to take the stage together, it doesn’t get much better. With their scheduled friends, and getting ready to drop their new Pretty Lights produced album, you can bet on this set being some straight hot sauce. It’s all in the family with this crew.Check out “Povo” from the Soulive/Karl D. collaborative album Spark!:Snarky Puppy Not Just Once, But Twice!Coming off yet another well-received release with Culcha Vulcha, the Snarky Puppy cooperative shows no signs of slowing down. The group received their second Grammy Award in February, winning Best Contemporary Instrumental album for Sylva, a collaborative album with the world famous Dutch Metropole Orchestra. And not only is the Puppy playing on Saturday with special guest Charlie Hunter, but they will be back on Sunday for a second set.Snarky Puppy Makes Triumphant Studio Return On ‘Culcha Vulcha’ [Review/Stream]Brunch With Steve KimockFrench Toast, Bacon, Bloody Mary’s (or Mimosa’s, whichever floats your boat), and Kimock? Yes, Please, and Thank You! Whoever had this idea should be given an award. The guitarist will be bringing along John Morgan Kimock, Anders Alfelt, and Leslie Mendelson for what we all know is going to be an intimate and incredible performance. Purchase tickets to the very special brunch date with Steve Kimock and company HERE.Triple serving of Tom HamiltonOne of the hardest working musicians in the game today, Philly’s own Son of Jam will be playing three separate sets, with his own American Babies, Disco Biscuits side project Electron, and with a rad (no, not that RAD) Everyone Orchestra lineup that will feature Aron Magner, Marco Benevento, Zigaboo Modeliste, David Shaw, and many more. We think T-Ham will deserve a day off by the time Live On The Lot comes to a close.Tom Hamilton’s American Babies new video “Fever Dreams” from their latest album A Battle Between Light & Dark:What The Live From The Lot Team Is SayingWe spoke with Chris Perella, Managing Partner of Ardmore Music Hall about Live From The Lot:With regards to the up and coming bands: “Swift Technique is a powerhouse of funk and between The Blockley and Ardmore Music Hall, our staff has been working with them to spread their gospel for a long time; it’s a proud opportunity to feature them with the likes of Snarky Puppy, Karl Denson and Soulive. Superhuman Happiness are under the radar on Saturday- but they’re accomplished, terrific musicians with Stuart from Antibalas leading the charge. They’ll pair with Marco to throw some really dancey, poppy curveballs into the jazz and funk that day.”What makes Live From The Lot unique: “For starters, it’s an urban event! We have the best of both worlds in my opinion, because Ardmore is a pretty and relaxed town, but Live from the Lot is basically in Philadelphia and the train is 15 minutes from 30th Street, the main transpo hub, to the event gates. Besides having a lineup of legendary funky talent that we’re proud of, I think this is a nice alternative to the concept of festivals being distant from real life. We’re all living this kind of celebratory music in our real lives on a daily basis and we can bring it to a whole lot of fans in the area who can incorporate it into theirs, without the commitment of a destination weekend.”Depending on where you are coming from, you can take the SEPTA Regional Rail, which makes a stop quite literally at the festival. Add on sets from The Greyboy Allstars, Pimps of Joytime, Superhuman Happiness, High & Mighty Brass Band, and more, Philly sounds like the right place to be next weekend. 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For Episode 5 of The Light Side podcast, Lighting Designer/Director Chris Kuroda and Associate Designer and Programmer Andrew Giffin tell all on Phish‘s new light rig, discussing the new truss automation system and the evolution of 3-D Phish over the years. The discussion takes place from the Front-of-House inside Madison Square Garden during the band’s historic 13 night Baker’s Dozen Run. The podcast is led by Luke Stratton, lighting designer and FOH engineer for Dopapod, who navigates the conversation with Chris and Gif about Phish’s lighting rig, to working with pop stars Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, and this season of Game of Thrones.Chris Kuroda and his new light rig have further justified their joint role as the fifth member of Phish over the Baker’s Dozen, as their majestic interplay continued to impress throughout the entire run. Listen to the Part I of II of The Light Side below to learn more:The Light Side is available here and on iTunes, Google Play, and Sound Cloud.
As Billboard notes, “While this marks YouTube’s first ticketing partnership, the video service is far from new to bridging the gap between online and live music experiences. Festivals from Coachella to Global Citizen have hosted live-streams on YouTube for years. Through the Verified Fan campaign for Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour, the singer’s fans could earn higher priority on the waiting list for tickets by watching more of her YouTube videos.”Why Taylor Swift’s Controversial New Ticketing System Sucks For All Of UsOf course, these types of tactics in the music business–and specifically with these two companies–have received their fair share of criticisms from artists and fans alike. From a noted issues with YouTube’s “value gap” for artists who use the platform as a main outlet for fans to access their content, to Ticketmaster’s ongoing issues with bots and ticket brokers. To help pacify that tension, both of the companies have developed artist-facing initiatives within their business models–from YouTube tutoring artists on monetization through its Artist Resources page, to Ticketmaster promising to put tickets only into the hands of the most deserving fans through its (separately controversial) Verified Fan program.StubHub And Viagogo Offices Raided By Authorities In UK Ticket Scalping InvestigationWe’ll see if this new partnership winds up actually generating the artist benefits that it’s attempting to provide. Right now, its seems to mainly apply to artists big enough that they’re not extremely worried about revenue. But however it shakes out, this partnership between YouTube and Ticketmaster is a landmark move in the ongoing constriction of power at the top of the music industry food chain–and as we’ve learned throughout our country’s history, corporate monopolies throw a serious wrench into what’s intended to be a self-correcting economic market system.[h/t – Billboard] The music business is an ever-evolving organism. Particularly since the turn of the century, the industry has experienced a massive overhaul, as CDs were replaced by mp3 downloads, and mp3s in turn were usurped by streaming services, consolidating unprecedented influence for the Spotify-s of the world. The same consolidation of influence has occurred in the live concert space, as massive corporate entities like Live Nation and AEG have snatched up venues and ticketing platforms, vertically integrating the various levels of the music market and driving competing independent promoters and event organizers out of business in the process with the business equivalent of brute force. The latest industry trend seems to take the already-oligarchical landscape and consolidate the power even further, as Spotify did when inked a partnership with Ticketmaster that aimed seamlessly sell tickets for specific artists’ concerts directly to the people listening them the most.Ticketmaster Files $10M Suit Against Firm That Used “Bots” To Scalp Thousands Of “Hamilton” TicketsYesterday, the consolidation of power in the music business continued its progression: In a blog post issued by YouTube management yesterday, the behemoth video platform officially announced a new partnership with ticketing giant Ticketmaster to sell tickets to an artist’s live shows directly via their official music videos. According to the statement, “At YouTube, we understand the importance of helping artists find ways to build deeper connections with their fans — the ones who not only watch and listen to videos, but are also willing to pay to see live performances. And, with live concerts becoming a bigger driver of revenue for artists, we want to help artists reach those fans, keep them updated about upcoming shows, and sell more tickets…YouTube’s massive fan base paired with Ticketmaster’s global roster of concerts and security of verified tickets means we can easily connect a fan’s discovery of music on YouTube to their ability to purchase concert tickets.”You can see a visual example of the YouTube/Ticketmaster pairing in action below:YouTube wen on to add that they will be rolling out the feature gradually to artists of a certain stature for shows in North America, but plan to increase the scope of the partnership as they move forward.
“It’s important to understand the role child care plays in supporting Harvard’s mission,” said Sarah Bennett-Astesano, assistant director of the Office of Work/Life. “When I get a phone call from a researcher who is, I don’t know, trying to cure cancer, and I can help that person secure reliable child care, it means she can get on with her work without having to worry about it. It lets us attract and maintain a more diverse work force.”Bennett-Astesano’s words are echoed time and again by Harvard employees trying to juggle careers and families.“Having so much support for child care makes it possible for a wider range of people to be here, or stay here,” said Ian Stokes-Rees, a research associate in biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the father of 3- and 6-year-old daughters. “How are we going to have future scientists if our current scientists are denied the opportunity to have children because they can’t afford it? How can we bridge that gap between scientists and the rest of the community, when becoming a top-rated scientist excludes having kids?”Stokes-Rees and his wife, an anthropology postdoctoral scholar at Brown University, moved here from France a few years ago, and quickly learned that every penny of their higher salaries would be necessary in the United States. Massachusetts is the most expensive state for child care, according to a recent Boston Globe article, with an average yearly cost of $25,272. And that, as the writer pointed out, is just the average.“Our child-care expenses are something like $40,000 a year,” said Laura Anne Lowery, a research fellow in cell biology at the Van Vactor Lab who is the mother of a 4-year-old and a 1-year-old. “So the $1,000 we get from our Harvard scholarship isn’t huge, but it gives us a little more money for other things.”The scholarship she is talking about is just one of several ways in which the University is working to help its working parents. Scholarships are administered by employee group — ladder faculty, nontenure track faculty, and administrative and professional — and are means-tested. They pay for day care and after-school care for children ages 6 to 13, and, though each individual family might get only a few thousand dollars, the total cost for the University is about $3 million annually.Most parents in the University community know about the six independently operated child-care centers that serve about 400 children, 90 percent of whom are Harvard-affiliated. Having her 4-year-old son in the Radcliffe Child Care Center on DeWolfe Street makes her work life “a lot easier,” said Lilia Halpern-Smith, assistant director of the Center for American Political Studies. “I’m able to stop by for lunch or have a parent meeting and not have it take a huge chunk out of my day,” she said, noting that her office is just a few blocks from the center.Other popular programs focus on “gap care,” or times when parents need help outside their regular childcare routine. The first type involves the school vacation camps provided on the Cambridge, Longwood, and Business School campuses in February, April, and August, when public schools are closed but Harvard is not. “Each one has a theme,” said Bennett-Astesano. “One year it was Olympics, another it was space exploration.” The camps are inexpensive compared with community programs, at roughly $40 a day.The second gap-care program is provided through a contract with the private agency Parents in a Pinch. It allows most Harvard-affiliated parents to call for an emergency caregiver and pay just $15 an hour, without having to worry about administrative fees that can add up to something like $65 a day. “It could cover a snow day, a day when your nanny is sick, when you have to work at a time you don’t usually have to,” said Bennett-Astesano. It can also be used for adult or elder care. “It should really be called People in a Pinch,” she said.Finally, there’s Just in Time Care, where the University reimburses those who earn less than $70,000 a year up to $350 a year in expenses paid out of pocket for backup or emergency care.Signing up for the programs is easy. “I just had to go on the Harvie website,” said Jaime McAllister-Grande, manager of user services and direct access processing at the Harvard College Library. “I didn’t have to ask anyone, make an appointment with HR, or anything. It was so easy to access, and it was all spelled out for you. In general, the child-care services here just make me feel supported, like they get that my life is not just work at Harvard, but also raising a child.”On Feb. 3 at noon, HARVie will sponsor an online chat titled “Ladder Faculty Childcare Fund Winter Application Period.” Applications for ladder faculty with children under 6 years of age, who did not apply for a scholarship in the summer of 2010, will be accepted through Feb. 9. Applications are accessed through PeopleSoft. Ladder faculty and others who are responsible for disseminating information to ladder faculty are invited to join this chat with staff from the Office of Work/Life to learn more about the application process. You are encouraged to join this chat even if you’ve applied for a child care scholarship in the past, as the application process has moved to PeopleSoft this year. For more information, visit the HARVie website and click “Chats” in the left-hand column.
A researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics believes that a new kind of supernova is at work in recent observations of bright but short-lasting stellar explosions that don’t appear to fit known categories.Hagai Perets began working on the problem after coming across a description of a 2002 supernova, discovered by University of California, Berkeley, researchers, whose description didn’t seem to fit into known categories. Instead of forgetting about it, he dove into past literature, looking for similar supernovas with unexplained characteristics. He found two, from 1885 and 1939.He eventually tracked down the spectrum of the 1939 supernova on an old photographic glass plate he obtained from the Carnegie Observatories. Spectrums are important because the light coming from stars varies depending on the elements present. By examining spectrums, astronomers can tell what a star is made of and compare that with the composition of others.After examining all the information that could be gleaned from the older observations and comparing it with the newer data, Perets said these stellar death throes are different from known supernovas in several ways. Like ordinary supernovas, they can briefly become the brightest objects in the sky, but they are more short-lived, waxing and waning in a matter of days rather than weeks, as with more typical supernova. They also eject far less material in their explosions and don’t seem to be powered by known processes.“It’s a very good puzzle,” Perets said. “This is very strange.”Supernovas are among the most spectacular events in the universe, marking one way that stars end their lives. They can briefly become so bright that they outshine their entire home galaxies. They’re important for another reason as well. Because stars are fueled by nuclear fusion, in which smaller, lighter elements fuse to form heavier elements, they become factories in which heavier elements such as carbon, oxygen, and iron are created. The explosions that destroy stars create even heavier elements and scatter them over large distances to places, including Earth, where they eventually can be used by living things.Perets said that these new supernovas may result from the explosion of a kind of star called a white dwarf and that such a blast may involve only the star’s upper layers. Because white dwarf stars are smaller and less dense than larger ones, these new explosions may prove to be a source for intermediate elements.“Maybe it produces a large fraction of the calcium in the universe,” Perets said. “Probably other intermediate elements are produced in higher quantities.”Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have already uncovered another example of this type of star, called SN 2010X. Perets said more may be found now that astronomers know how to look for them, producing additional information that may help solve the mystery.“We’re going to know more about these in the next few years,” Perets said. “It’s going to be a puzzle for theoreticians.”
Maggie Williams, who has served in a variety of high-profile governmental, political, and managerial leadership positions for more than 30 years in public service, has been named director of the Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), it was announced today. Williams will begin at the IOP this summer.“The IOP was created to inspire students to enter public service and politics — pursuits to which Maggie Williams has devoted most of her professional life,” said David T. Ellwood, dean of HKS. “She has used her academic training and her decades of political experience to help public and private leaders manage difficult challenges and effect change. We are excited to welcome her to Harvard Kennedy School.”“Maggie’s political wisdom and her long record of mentoring and supporting young leaders — not only in politics but in many career fields — and the example she sets in fostering and sustaining relationships across the political spectrum make her the right leader for the IOP today,” said Ken Duberstein, chair of the IOP Senior Advisory Committee and former chief-of-staff to President Ronald Reagan. “I look forward to working with her to help inspire the next generation of young Americans to answer the call to public service.”Duberstein, along with Ellwood, HKS Academic Dean and Professor of Public Policy Iris Bohnet, and Elaine L. Chao, former U.S. Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush and IOP Senior Advisory Committee member, comprised the IOP director selection committee.Williams served in the administration of President William J. Clinton as assistant to the president and chief-of-staff to First Lady Hillary R. Clinton, and also managed then-Sen. Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential primary campaign in its final months. Read Full Story
Women may only need cervical cancer screening every five to 10 years — instead of every three years, as currently recommended — and may be able to start screenings later in life, according to a new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The researchers found that women who have been vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) require less-intensive screening because HPV causes almost all cases of cervical cancer. Accordingly, the risk of these women developing cervical cancer is quite low.The study appears today (Oct. 17) in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI).“This analysis enabled us to examine what would happen if we shifted from the current way we screen for cervical cancer — essentially, recommending the same type of screening for all women — to screening that takes into account whether women have been vaccinated against HPV and therefore face a substantially lower risk of cervical cancer,” said Jane Kim, professor of health decision science at Harvard Chan School. “We found that continuing intensive screening among HPV-vaccinated women yields excessive costs and harms with little to no health benefit.”Since 2012, major guideline-making organizations have recommended that all women in the United States be screened for cervical cancer every three years beginning at age 21 with a Pap test (which checks for abnormal cells in the cervix), with the option of switching to a combination of Pap test and HPV testing (known as “co-testing”) every five years beginning at age 30. However, current U.S. guidelines don’t differentiate screening recommendations based on a woman’s HPV vaccination status.The Harvard Chan researchers developed a disease-simulation model to estimate the risks and benefits of various screening protocols. Their model projected the health and economic effects of three different types of HPV vaccines that are currently approved for use, two of which have been available since 2006. The goal was to pinpoint screening strategies that would provide the biggest health benefit in the most cost-effective way.According to the model, women with the lowest risk of cervical cancer — those vaccinated with the new “nonavalent” HPV vaccine (HPV-9), which targets seven types of HPV that cause nearly 90 percent of all cervical cancers — would need screening only four times, every 10 years starting at age 30 or 35. Women vaccinated with earlier versions of the HPV vaccine — the bivalent and quadrivalent vaccines (HPV-2 and HPV-4), which target two HPV types that cause roughly 70 percent of cervical cancers — would need screening every five years starting at age 25 or 30.The researchers also found that screening with HPV testing alone would provide similar health benefits and value as a Pap test or co-testing, because the HPV test is highly sensitive and can more efficiently identify women who are likely to develop cervical cancer.One limitation of the study is that it modeled scenarios in which women were fully vaccinated in pre-adolescence (as recommended) and fully compliant with screening protocols. The researchers noted that future studies should take into account actual vaccination uptake rates in the population and data on screening compliance in vaccinated women as these data become available over time.Other Harvard Chan School researchers involved in the study included postdoctoral research fellow Emily Burger, programmer Stephen Sy, and research scientist Nicole Campos.The study was supported by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
At Dell, our customers drive our innovation, and your feedback is integral in this process. It’s also integral to giving you the very best service and support experience we can.Recently, some XPS 15 customers brought to our attention that you were experiencing difficulties with the machine after installing the latest BIOS and drivers update. We are aware and apologize that this has caused undue time and frustration.We’re pleased to inform all XPS 15 customers that we’ve identified solutions for many of these reported issues. Updating the BIOS and drivers will resolve most of the reported issues.We posted the updated drivers and BIOS to Dell.com/Support and are adding these updates to the factory installed image for all new shipments from Dell’s factories. BIOS and driver updates can be performed by clicking on the “Download File” links on Dell.com/Support, then clicking on the button to run the file once it has finished downloading. We’ve highlighted some of the more significant updates below.XPS 12 Drivers & DownloadsXPS 13 Drivers & DownloadsXPS 15 Drivers & DownloadsWe genuinely appreciate your feedback and thank you for speaking up. We are constantly making improvements to our products by refining the BIOS and drivers, so be sure to regularly check for the latest updates to BIOS, drivers and more on Dell.com/Support.As always, we ask that any customers still experiencing trouble to please reach out to our renowned customer support team at Dell.com/Support, or if you’re on Twitter, @DellCares. Because those teams are available 24/7, both of will result in a faster response than commenting here on Direct2Dell. Enhancements to XPS 15 BIOS:There are several enhancements to BIOS since we first launched XPS 15, including:Battery Life improvement – By allowing the SSD to go to a lower power mode in light to moderate workload situations, significant battery life improvements can be seenNo Boot Device found – addresses an issue where the Solid State Drive may not be recognized when booting up the systemBSOD – addresses an issue with the Intel 6th Generation processors that can result in a BSODSlow Processor performance – addresses an issue where the processor becomes throttled and doesn’t return to full speedEnhancements to XPS 15 Drivers and Software:Audio Driver – addresses an issue where some audio distortion may occur in some situationsVideo Driver – addresses a graphics driver issue which can result in the screen briefly going blank and a message that the driver crashedWireless LAN – an update improves the wireless throughput performanceDell Premier Color Application – an update eliminates an issue where the application may take an excessive amount of time to finish loading
The Music Man features music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and a book by Willson and Franklin Lacey. It centers on Harold Hill, a traveling con man who poses as a band leader—despite not knowing the first thing about playing an instrument. Marian Paroo, the town librarian, sees through his act, but as the two fall in love, Hill risks being revealed as a fraud. The musical includes such famous songs as “Good Night My Someone,” “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Gary, Indiana,” “Shipoopi” and “Til There Was You.” Details about the broadcast, including casting and an air date, will be announced later. Pick-a-little, talk-a-little—have you heard? The Music Man is coming to NBC! According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC honcho Robert Greenblatt announced in his upfront presentation on May 12 that the network will air a live telecast of the iconic 1957 musical. The broadcast follows on the heels of the mega-successful telecast of The Sound of Music, starring Carrie Underwood, and the upcoming Peter Pan. (Meanwhile, Fox recently announced plans to bring Grease to the small screen.) The Music Man premiered on Broadway in 1957 starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook, and has been revived twice since. The tuner has been adapted for film twice: first in 1962 (with Preston and Shirley Jones) and again for TV in 2003 with Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth. View Comments
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