We all love it when Phish plays games with us. Sometimes these take the form of actual games (like the Audience-Phish chess matches of 1995), but generally speaking, they come out in carefully crafted setlists. While the band’s annual Labor Day weekend run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park has been their focal point for setlist games in years past, the band fully took advantage of their thirteen donut-themed Baker’s Dozen performances to play countless setlist games with their avid fanbase.Some of these games were obvious: Almost every show featured a direct shoutout to the theme, including one-off covers from “Shake Your Coconuts” to “Powderfinger,” “Chocolate Rain” to “Strawberry Fields Forever.” These were all quite fun–especially my favorite of the bunch, “Strawberry Letter 23”–but deeper investigation reveals some clever setlist quirks that may have gone unnoticed to the untrained eye, whether or not they were actually intended to have a deeper meaning.That being said, if you’re reading this, you’re probably as big of a Phish nerd as I am. You probably caught some, if not all, of these. If that’s the case, then at the very least take this opportunity to appreciate the enormous dedication and mastery that this band brought to Madison Square Garden for their Baker’s Dozen run (or, you know, to decide if you think the theories are just a result of over-enthusiastic fans digging a little too deep for significance)…1. The Sweetest EncoresFrom the get-go, Phish playfully came out with a series of sweet-tooth-appropriate encores for our indulgence. The first three shows alone featured “The Mango Song,” “Peaches en Regalia,” “My Sweet One” and “Sweet Jane,” not to mention the (Orange) “Julius” from night 4. How sweet it is to be loved by Phish.2. All of the JimmiesIn the face of the Sprinkles vs. Jimmies debate, Phish seemed to lean towards their Vermont heritage with the “Jimmies” verbiage. Yes, they used sprinkles in the night 13 description, but they drove the “Jimmies” point home with not one, not two, not three, but four Jimi Hendrix songs in the last six shows, starting with “Jimmies” night” (“The Wind Cries Mary,” “Bold As Love,” “Fire,” and “Izabella”). It was as if the Jimi floodgates had opened, and we certainly reaped the rewards. Of course, just to confound the whole debate, they played one of the most-sought-after Jimi songs (the 574-show bust-out of “Izabella”) on the night with sprinkles in the description. We may never know what to call this topping again.3. And another Jimi!With “Jimmies” now being sprinkled (err… jimmied?) throughout the remainder of the run, Phish paid tribute to Jimi Hendrix one show later in an unusual and totally Phish-y style. They opened their Maple theme night with a version of “O Canada,” honoring both the theme of the show and the master guitarist’s iconic take on the “Star Spangled Banner” from his festival-closing set at Woodstock Music & Arts Fair in 1969. This was certainly a nod to Jimi, Jimmies, and Maple all in one gut-busting opener.4. The O’s are donuts too, manAnother fun fact about “O Canada”: Its first word is the letter “O.” This is fairly uncommon in modern English, and yet the same pattern appeared in the next night’s donut selection as well, “O Holy Night.” Of course, the letter O is actually representative of the shape of the Universe, which is to say that it looks like a donut. It’s almost as if they planned this out…5. Lemon “Party Time”Was the choice to play “Party Time” on “Lemon” night a nod to the gross-out “Lemon Party” Internet meme of yore? Maybe so, maybe not. Either way, this mainstay middle school prank was quite ripe for word play.6. A show of snow and dustThe “Powdered” theme of night 5 was perhaps one of the less obvious choices, lending itself to only two direct uses of the word Powder: Neil Young‘s “Powderfinger” and Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House‘s “The Very Long Fuse,” which mentions gun powder/explosions. “1999” continued the “gun powder” nods with its references to “bombs.” There were snow references everywhere throughout that show, from the opening harmonies of Fleet Foxes‘ “White Winter Hymnal” to the second set jams of “Steam” and “No Quarter.” Even “Gumbo” has some snow in it. And if we’re going wide with the theme, “Pebbles and Marbles” and “Farmhouse” both feature references to “dust,” which is certainly powdery in its own right.7. Chalk-ocolate donutsThe first syllable of the word “Chocolate” is a homophone for Chalk, which is the first word of “Chalk Dust Torture,” the biggest jam on “Chocolate” night. I’m proud of myself for using the word homophone correctly in context…8. The unspoken JimmyThough many of the “Jimmy” references from the “Jimmies” show were straightforward (including “Runaway Jim,” “Harpua” and “The Wind Cries Mary”), “Drowned” also gets credit for being on-theme. The song is a cornerstone from The Who’s 1973 rock opera, Quadrophenia, which centers around a teenage protagonist named… you guessed it… Jimmy. Unlike the Jimmy in “Harpua,” however, The Who’s Jimmy does not have a cat named Poster Nutbag. He might have benefited from a dog, though.9. The Boston Cream “Frost”-ingIn an NPR interview, Federal Donuts’ chef Matt Fein explained that some of the hardest donuts to mass-produce for the Baker’s Dozen shows were the ones with fillings. This could explain why the “Boston Cream” donut didn’t have the traditional Boston Creme filling, instead using the flavor as a frosting drizzle. It seems plausible that the band could have attention to this detail, following up their own “Sunshine Of Your Feeling” medley with just the second-ever performance of “Frost,” and the first since 2013. [EDIT: In Trey’s post-Baker’s Dozen New York Times interview published today, he talks about the band’s spontaneous decision to follow their “Boston Cream” mashup with the quiet “Frost,” which turns out not to have been an intentional nod to the “frosting” situation. Oh well, that’s how it goes with Phish: “Most Shows Spell Something” to fans, even when they’re not meant to.]10. A “whole” set inside Mike’s Groove“Mike’s Groove” is the cute nickname that Phish fans have given the suite that begins with “Mike’s Song” and ends with “Weekapaug Groove.” Though “I Am Hydrogen” traditionally fills the space between the two songs, dozens of songs have occupied that coveted setlist spot. It’s almost always one song that fits in the Mike’s Groove sandwich, but on “Holes” night, they fit the “whole” second set between the two bookends of Mike’s Groove. Yes, whole and hole are different words, but they are homophones! Hooray for homophones!Bonus points to “Way Down In The Hole” for its “Garden” reference, and to all of the names in the first set of “Jimmies” night – Esther, Brian, Robert, Col. Forbin, Nellie Kane and David Bowie! I’m not reading too much into this, you are…Thanks for each and every one of the 237 songs, Phish![Cover photo by Chad Anderson]
An Elton John biopic, Rocketman, is on the way, chronicling the life of the iconic singer/songwriter from his days as a young boy in England, through his illustrious career, and to the height of his fame in the 1970s. Welsh actor Taron Egerton portrays Sir Elton John in the upcoming film, which is slated for release in theaters worldwide on May 31st, 2019. The film also stars Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard, was directed by Dexter Fletcher, and written by Lee Hall.Recently, Elton John offered up a brief performance during the biopic’s premiere at the Cannes gala party for the film. None other than Taron Egerton surprised the crowd and hopped on stage, as the two performers worked through a lush rendition of “Rocket Man”, an appropriately fitting number for the evening. John also offered up a performance of his 1982 multi-platinum hit, “I’m Still Standing”.According to Rolling Stone, John told the crowd, “This has been a very emotional night for me. Even if the movie doesn’t make one penny at the box office, which will kill Jim Gianopulos, it is the movie I wanted to make.”Watch Elton John and Taron Egerton’s “Rocket Man” performance below:Elton John & Taron Egerton – “Rocket Man” [Video: Paramount Pictures]Earlier in 2018, the prolific musician announced that he will retire from touring with an extensive 300-date tour dubbed “Farewell Yellow Brick Road.” The massive global farewell tour will likely span through to 2021, John reported on Anderson Cooper. At 70 years old, John explained his reasoning behind his farewell, noting, “My priorities have changed in my life. … My priorities now are my children, my husband, my family. I thought the time is right to say thank you to my fans and say goodbye.”Though the tour is likely to continue for years, John noted that once the tour is over, he’ll be done for good. As John explained, “I’m not going to say I’m retiring and then do a world tour. I’m not Cher.”For ticketing information and a full list of upcoming tour dates, head to Elton John’s website.[H/T Rolling Stone]
It is the jewel of Harvard’s weeklong Commencement celebration, the morning on which the Yard is crowded with graduates old and new, and in which pomp and play and pride seek full measure.“That’s the idea, that nothing changes,” said Victor Ford ’53 of the Commencement pageantry today (May 27). Ford, pastor emeritus at First Church in nearby Charlestown, where College benefactor John Harvard worshiped, stood with his cane near Johnston Gate.Beginning the day was the traditional Senior Class Chapel Service at the Memorial Church. The dais belonged to the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church.“You have not survived four years here simply to be lost in the universe,” Gomes told the seniors, some of them sitting up on the altar and some spilling into the aisles. “Something of the greatness and the goodness that is in each of you will survive, and in certain cases even prevail.”He cautioned the students against striving for the kind of greatness that is too often tied to a drive simply to achieve. Instead, Gomes urged the graduating class to aim, above all, for goodness.Gomes acknowledged that some listeners may perform great deeds, such as finding a cure for cancer or a “sensible way of explaining the economy,” and that he would be grateful for their successes. But he suggested that most of the graduates would simply be “called upon to do small and ordinary things as well as possible.”Gomes added, “If you do that well, you will have remade our world and your little corner of it, you will have justified our high hopes in you, and you will have given substance to the ancient vision for a new heaven and a new Earth.”“Know that the world will be a better place,” he said, “for your honest participation in it.”Gomes’ message resonated with Laurel Macey of Winthrop House, a human evolutionary biology concentrator who will work in a research lab at the Harvard School of Public Health in the fall.“I liked that he reminded us that we should not strive for greatness, we should just strive for goodness, and then great things will follow,” she said. “That’s an important message for Harvard students … that sometimes it is more important to just be good.”Excitement rose in the Old Yard as seniors, alumni, faculty, and staff gathered to form their long procession lines. The parade, an annual ritual replete with bright, multicolored academic gowns and hoods, processes through the Yard and into Tercentenary Theatre, the outdoor area between the Memorial Church and Widener Library, which was first used in 1936 as a ceremonial gathering point to celebrate the College’s 300th anniversary.Fred Abernathy, Gordon McKay Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Abbott and James Lawrence Research Professor of Engineering, stood atop his traditional small podium near Johnston Gate and organized the procession. He called out facts and figures from years gone by to correspond with a particular alumni class, as well as humorous quips.“Slowly for the honorands. Don’t march too fast; it is not a race,” said Abernathy of the group of speedy honorary degree recipients hurrying by, which included actress Meryl Streep. She wore tinted glasses and a pair of impressively high wedge shoes.Inside the Yard, Sheriff of Middlesex County James V. DiPaola opened the Morning Exercises with three sharp raps of his silver-tipped staff. His call was loud, resonant, and stentorian: “This meeting will be in order.”The words are one of the traditions during Commencement Week’s biggest day. But a few things do change — the degree recipients, for one, all 7,125 of them this year, on the 359th Commencement. The recipients of honorary degrees change too. There were 10 this year, from retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice David H. Souter ’61, LL.B. ’66, to education innovator Freeman A. Hrabowski III and iconic actress Meryl Streep.But even the honorands can’t escape at least one short-term Harvard tradition: the tight, bright, punning descriptions of them by President Drew Faust. “A formidable man of steel,” she called sculptor-in-metal Richard Serra, “he has knocked sculpture off its pedestal.”Harvard Provost Steven Hyman brought his own game to Faust’s wordplay. “Merrily we honor,” he said in an introduction, “Meryl Streep.” The Academy Award-winning actress, who sat on stage next to Souter, stood and blew a kiss to the audience when her degree was conferred. Though it wasn’t her hardest role (Streep has been nominated 16 times for the Oscar, winning two), it was the performance everyone had been waiting for. The crowd went wild.There were also wild crowds, School by School, as degrees were conferred on the graduates. The newest grads of Harvard Law School waved wooden gavels. Kennedy School grads threw inflatable globes into the air, and those of the Graduate School of Education waved books.For more serious traditions, there are the three orations by graduates.The Latin Salutatory by Mary Anne Marks ’10 included a phrase that most observers recognized, “multum laboris,” or, “a great deal of work.” That’s university life, in any language.Chiamaka Lilian Nwakeze ’10 delivered the Senior English Address, “Poetry for Chemists,” an argument that a liberal arts education deepens understanding of the sciences. It is “a scaffold on which individuals are formed,” she said, a broad education that bestows “an interconnected consciousness … for a total picture of reality.”Comedian James “Jimmy” Tingle, who received a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School, rocked the house with the Graduate English Address, even while confessing he spent his boyhood thinking of Harvard as simply “a good place to steal bicycles.”Tingle started as a street performer in Harvard Square. “I don’t want to brag, but two years ago I performed in Europe,” he said, and then paused. “And I have to say: excellent country.”Tingle also described his temporary academic stumbling block, a required course in statistics. If he can pass statistics at Harvard, he said, then one other thing is certainly possible: “world peace.”
GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AP) — A teen wanted in connection with the fatal shooting at a mall in eastern Wisconsin has been arrested in Iowa. The Grand Chute Police Department announced U.S. Marshals arrested 17-year-old Dezman Ellis on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. Ellis’ arrest comes days after authorities say he fatally shot 19-year-old Jovanni Frausto, of Neenah, and wounded another person inside the Fox River Mall outside Appleton. Outagamie County prosecutors say the shooting Sunday came after the two began arguing over a girl who was with Ellis. The shooting forced crowds of people to shelter in place inside the mall. Outagamie County prosecutors filed charges of first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree recklessly endangering safety against Ellis on Tuesday.
Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 The very meta rumors were true. Sandy Duncan, who starred as Peter Pan on Broadway in 1979, will take on the role of Madame du Maurier in Finding Neverland on February 9. The three-time Tony nominee is set to replace Carolee Carmello, who will depart for Tuck Everlasting on February 7, in the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning new musical. Duncan will remain with the production through March 27.Along with Peter Pan, Duncan received Tony nods for The Boy Friend and Canterbury Tales; she has also been seen on Broadway in Chicago, My One And Only and Love Is a Time of Day. She received Emmy nods for Funny Face and Roots; other screen credits include The Hogan Family.The cast at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre also currently includes Tony Yazbeck, Laura Michelle Kelly, Kelsey Grammer and Teal Wicks.Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie (Yazbeck) and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Kelly). Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan. View Comments Finding Neverland Sandy Duncan(Photo by Bruce Glikas)
Today, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $1,430,000.00 to the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, a grantee of HIV-AIDS housing programs in Vermont. This supportive housing grant will offer critically needed housing and support services to extremely low-income persons living with HIV/AIDs. During each of the next three years, this HUD funding will help provide permanent supportive housing so they can manage their illnesses while receiving critically needed support services.The funding announced today is offered through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) and will renew HUD’s support of these previously funded projects in Vermont (see project description below).‘These grants are a vital source of support to the local programs that are on the ground working to keep families healthy,’ said New England Regional Administrator Barbara G. Fields. ‘Knowing that you have a place to call home can make all the difference to the wellbeing of families living with HIV/AIDS, many of whom have been on the brink of homelessness.’ GRANTEE NAMECITYAWARDVermont Housing and Conservation BoardMontpelier$1,430,000TOTAL$1,430,000 These projects have estimated that about 40 percent of the households to be assisted will involve persons who have been homeless. The grants announced today also support the Obama Administration’s new strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, an unprecedented initiative announced last June at the White House. In February 2011, HUD released its plan to guide the agency’s actions under the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. As the nation’s housing agency, HUD will contribute a variety of housing resources to promote better integration of housing interventions into comprehensive HIV care systems. Housing assistance and related services funded by HOPWA are an essential part of the comprehensive system of care for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS. A stable home environment is also vital for these households in allowing them to access consistent medical care and maintain their health. Furthermore, secure housing can be a platform for improved quality of life. Ninety percent of HOPWA funds are distributed by formula to cities and states based on the number of AIDS cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HUD’s formula grants are managed by 124 local and state jurisdictions, which coordinate AIDS housing efforts with other HUD and community resources. HUD is making available a record $334 million in HOPWA funds this year to help communities provide housing for this special needs population. Overall, these resources assist 60,669 households annually to promote stable housing and reduced risks of homelessness for those living with HIV and other challenges. HOPWA FY2011 Permanent Supportive Housing Renewal Grant SummariesVermont The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) is awarded a HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grant for $1,430,000 to continue a statewide HIV/AIDS housing and supportive services program. This innovative program provides long-term rental assistance, short-term emergency housing assistance, and the provision of supportive services and case management through regional AIDS service organizations. The program integrates housing, health care, and a range of supportive services, into a single statewide delivery system. This project will support 30 individuals annually with tenant-based rental assistance and 108 households with short-term rent, mortgage and utility assistance. Additionally, 251 individuals will receive supportive services annually. This collaborative partnership includes the following organizations: Vermont Committee for AIDS Resources, Education and Services, AIDS Project of Southern Vermont, Vermont State Housing Authority, and HIV/HCV Resource Center.
16 Wooloowin Avenue, Wooloowin, has sold before it could go under the hammer this weekend.A THIRD of the properties scheduled to go under the hammer this weekend have already sold as the January auction market tightens.Just nine properties are on the auction list in greater Brisbane this Saturday, and three have already gone under contract.A four townhouse complex at 14 Lincoln Street, Wilston, a contemporary Queenslander at 16 Wooloowin Avenue, Wooloowin and an architect designed family retreat at 22 Newcross Street, Indooroopilly have all been taken off the auction block after finding buyers.The townhouse complex involves and eight bedroom, quadruple bathroom, quadruple car space unit block that Stanley Irwin and Adam Stefan of LJ Hooker Stafford described as “the perfect opportunity to kickstart your portfolio in 2018”. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago16 Wooloowin Avenue, Wooloowin Qld 4030 The townhouses were sold “in one line”.“This is the first time the property has come onto the market in over 41 years and it most certainly has been worth the wait.” All the townhouses have private courtyards and were fully tenanted at present, returning $75,600 a year gross. It’s located 300m from Wilston Village Cafe precinct, 400m from Wilston Train Station and 4.5km to the Brisbane CBD.In Wooloowin, the three bedroom Queenslander — also originally scheduled to go under the hammer at 10am — went after contract after the owners purchased elsewhere.The property was marketed as one that “must be sold on or before auction” by agents Aaron Woolard and Rachael White of Place New Farm.“From the picket fence to the peaked roofline and enclosed veranda, it features all the hallmarks of the coveted Queenslander style — all freshly painted including the roof.” 14 Lincoln Street, Wilston Qld 4051 The property has an inground pool.“With its private, leafy surrounds, this property displays a commanding presence both inside and out. High ceilings, wide stairways, generous living areas, and a superb fit out create an abode that is full of natural light and ventilation and presents itself as an impeccable space to entertain family and friends.”Special features included bamboo floors, a purpose built breezeway, floor-to-ceiling stacker doors and an in-ground pool. BRISBANE AUCTION TIMETABLE: 10.30AM: 9 Northgate Road, Nundah 11AM: 45 Waterloo Esplanade, Wynnum89 Silvester Street, Wilston621 Webster Road, Chermside 2PM: 83 Langton Street, Banyo, Qld 4014 4.30PM: 27 Hatia Place, Kuraby (Source: Realestate.com.au) 22 Newcross Street, Indooroopilly Qld 4068 The owners have also built a viewing deck in the backyard to catch the city lights.Traditional features included high ceilings, VJ walls, polished timber floors, picture rails, two fireplaces and detailed breezeways, with modern additions including ducted air conditioning, new downlights and pendant lighting. The home is just 10 minutes from the Brisbane CBD and walking distance to Wooloowin train station.The third to sell before it could go under the hammer was a four bedroom designer home in Indooroopilly. Agent Nathan Mitchell of Urban Property Agents Paddington described it as a stunning home in a sought after suburb.
“This means, among other things, that public sector occupational pensions must provide good incentives for work, and facilitate mobility between the public and private sectors,” the declaration stated. Norway’s new government is the first since 1985 without a socialist majorityIndustry association Finance Norway said: “Finance Norway is pleased with the message and emphasises that this must also be reflected in the way individual savings are facilitated.”The organisation said the introduction on 1 November 2017 of an individual pension savings (IPS) system had been a positive development, and warned against harming this new model.“Finance Norway expects that the framework for IPS will not be weakened in the extension of the government’s promises contained in the declaration,” the lobby group said.Stefi Kierulf Prytz, director of life insurance and pensions at Finance Norway, added: “Finance Norway sees it as positive that the government, through the declaration, is focusing on pensions and clearly maintaining the work line (Arbeidslinjen) and mobility as central overarching goals with the pension system.”“Arbeidslinjen” is a term used in Norwegian politics for the goal of most people being able to support themselves by means of income from work.Kierulf Prytz said changes to pension accounts that had already been put forward were intended to foster a predictable, robust and transparent pension system. The pension accounts would give individuals more of an overview and greater awareness of their own pensions.“We therefore expect the proposals for legislative changes to be dealt with in the [parliament] shortly,” said Kierulf Prytz. The Norwegian government aims to boost private pension saving as part of its new coalition agreement – a pledge welcomed by the country’s financial sector.Prime minister Erna Solberg held talks last week between her existing three-party government and the Christian Democrats, who have now joined her coalition to form Norway’s first non-socialist majority coalition since 1985.In a document dubbed the “Granavolden Declaration” – after the historic country hotel in which the talks took place – the new government pledged to facilitate “safe and predictable frameworks for private retirement savings and private occupational pension schemes”.The coalition also said it would continue the implementation of the pension reform in both the private and public sectors.
Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are re-boarding platforms and rigs to assesses their ability to resume normal operations following Tropical Storm Harvey.According to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), based on the data from offshore operator reports submitted as of 11:30 CDT Thursday, personnel remain evacuated from a total of 94 production platforms, which represents 12.75 percent of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.This compares to 102 evacuated production platforms counted on Wednesday.Personnel remain evacuated from five non-dynamically positioned rigs, which is equivalent to 50 percent of the 10 rigs of this type currently operating in the Gulf. No DP rigs moved off location out of the storm’s path.From Gulf of Mexico operator reports, BSEE estimates that approximately 13.49 percent of the current oil production of 1,750,000 barrels of oil per day in the Gulf remains shut-in, which equates to 236,115 barrels of oil per day. Some production has returned when compared to the day before numbers.BSEE also estimates that about 17.64 percent of the natural gas production of 3,220 million cubic feet per day, or 568.09 million cubic feet per day, remains shut-in.
BROOKVILLE — Time is running out for organizations to apply for a grant through the Franklin County Community Foundation. The deadline for the 2014 grant cycle is August 4.The Foundation makes grants to tax-exempt organizations creating or operating a program intended for county residents. The group typically funds start-up costs for new programs, one-time projects or needs beyond an applicant’s ability.Those seeking a grant should write a letter of intent. After the letter of intent is reviewed an application may be sent to the organization. To learn more visit www.franklincountyindiana.com under the grants tab or call the Franklin County Community Foundation office at (765) 647-6810.