Oteil & Friends Announce New Year’s Run With All-Star Band

first_imgWith Dead & Company taking a break from touring for the rest of this year after their LOCKN’ performances, bassist Oteil Burbridge will keep busy with his own band this New Years. On December 29th, Oteil & Friends will perform at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York before heading to NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl on December 30th and 31st. The band will feature keyboardist Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), guitarists Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soulive) and John Kadlecik (Furthur, Dark Star Orchestra), drummer Jay Lane (Furthur Primus), vocalist Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), and percussionist Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty, The Nth Power).A pre-sale window for the Brooklyn Bowl and The Capitol Theatre shows will begin on Thursday, August 16th from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (ET) with the password: “OBNY”. Public on-sale begins on Friday, August 17th at 10 a.m. for Brooklyn Bowl and 1 p.m. for The Capitol Theatre.In October of 2017, Burbridge released his long-awaited studio record, Water In The Desert. With elements of funk, soul, jazz, and beyond, the concept of love is beautifully executed on the 9-track record. Oteil kicked off his inaugural tour with Oteil & Friends in support of the album, playing to rave reviews throughout their run. Burbridge and his Friends have gone on to schedule a handful of festival dates throughout this year, with live shows have included songs from Water In The Desert as well as covers of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, Allman Brothers Band, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and many more more.Below, you can watch videos of Oteil Burbridge & Friends playing “Althea” and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Lived By You)” at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge on January 15th, 2018 via YouTube user Sean Roche:Oteil & Friends – “Althea“ [Grateful Dead cover]Oteil & Friends – “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” [Marvin Gaye cover]last_img read more

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Why Ragtime’s Story of Anguish & Hope Deserves to Be Told in 2016

first_img View Comments Jennifer Saayeng & Ako Mitchell in ‘Ragtime'(Photo: Annabel Vere) The first act of Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Terrence McNally’s Ragtime ends with Sarah, a young black woman, murdered by police as she’s mistakenly identified as a potential assassin at a political rally. With little time for the audience to process her death, the company launches into the passionate dirge “Till We Reach That Day,” longing for the denied day of justice and peace.In Charing Cross Theatre’s new production, which runs through December 10 in London, there is no escaping the immediacy of the mourners’ demands. As the cast cries out the final refrain (fiercely led by soloist Seyi Omooba), the house lights come up, and the performers, playing white upper class New Yorkers, grieving African Americans and struggling immigrants, step off the stage and into the aisles. Their anguish is in the illuminated audience’s faces.In that moment, there is no divide between then and now. “Till We Reach That Day” is a song written in the ‘90s, based on a book from the ‘70s and set in the early 1900s, and yet it could have been composed days ago in the wake of the deaths of unarmed black men, women and children at the hands of police. Its melody pervades Sarah’s funeral, but its message was cried out for Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice and more by the Black Lives Matter movement.“So many of the themes in the show are recurring and still happening,” Jennifer Saayeng, who plays Sarah, told Broadway.com following a recent performance. “The lyric, ‘It’ll happen again and again.’ It’s still happening again and again. This story of hope—if it’s told in 100 years, there will still be reasons to tell it.”The fringe staging began performances on October 8—exactly one month prior to the U.S. presidential election. On November 9, the outcome added a layer of urgency and catharsis for the performers. “It was like the dream of America had just gone away overnight,” said Ako Mitchell, the American actor who plays the black musician turned radical activist Coalhouse Walker Jr. “We’re doing this optimistic piece, and it took on a poignancy it didn’t have the day before.”Ragtime resonates with U.K. audiences in a time of political uncertainty as well. “This idea of race and immigrants is massive here,” explained Saayeng. “With Brexit, these are people who are warped by some sort of view of immigration. It’s American on the stage, but it relates to so many things British here. We still identify with it.”Though the events depicted on stage in Ragtime are tragically timely, Mitchell urges audiences to leave with a sense of hope—hope that we’re closer to reaching that day described in the Act I finale. “We know that hope triumphs in the end,” he says. “The people in 1904? They did not know. And all they had was hope. There is always hope, and I know it will happen again.”Ragtime concludes its run at London’s Charing Cross Theatre on December 10.last_img read more

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On the road with rising auto loan delinquencies

first_imgDelinquencies in the auto loan landscape are the highest they’ve been in the past decade. According to the New York Fed’s recent blog post, 2018 was marked by historically high levels of newly originated loans in the auto industry, with $584 billion in new auto loans and leases showing up on credit reports. At the end of 2018, more than 7 million American borrowers were behind on their auto loans by 90 days or more.Fortunately, these numbers have largely been driven by a strong overall economy, which has seen an increase in car sales since the end of the financial crisis. The rise in auto loan delinquencies has been less dramatic than the increased number of new sales in the same industry. The latest quarterly report on household debt and credit suggests that car loans have been keeping pace with the overall growth in vehicle sales in the past five years.However, this growth in auto loan participation has also seen more subprime auto loan borrowers than ever entering the market, and thus a larger group of borrowers at high risk of delinquency. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Lowe and Young recognized by Krone as top retail sales volume dealer in the U.S.

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Krone NA announced that Lowe & Young in Wooster has been recognized as their highest Retail Sales Volume Dealer in the U.S. for fiscal year 2017. Krone is a global leader in the manufacture and sales of hay and forage equipment, doing business in 40 countries.L-R: Jason Steiner, Craig Forrer, Lowe & Young; Brent Raines, Krone Hay and Forage Equipment; Bill Hartzler, Bill Boreman, Lowe & Young.Earning this prestigious recognition as a retail sales leader for Krone takes significant effort, as each year over 200 equipment dealers compete for this distinctive recognition. To be considered for this award, the dealerships must have exceptional sales, service, and parts departments. Thus, this recognition confirms that Lowe and Young employees have exhibited tremendous commitment to serving the needs of their customers.Lowe and Young carries the Krone forage equipment product line,  including the BiG X forage harvesters, BiG M mower conditioners, BiG Pack large square balers, Comprima Round Balers, Disc Mowers and Mower Conditioners, KW Tedders, and Swadro Rakes.“We at Krone truly appreciate the Lowe and Young dealership’s exceptional efforts to achieve this award,” Brent Raines, Regional Product Manager for Krone. “They do a great job serving their customers, as this award proves.”Krone is a 111-year old, family owned and operated business, based in Spelle, Germany.  Krone is considered the premium hay and forage equipment company, offering the highest quality standards in North America.last_img read more

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Cinematography Tip: Working with Motivated Camera Movement

first_imgMotivated camera movement helps narrate your film visually. Here are a few examples you can put into action in your own work.On the surface, camera movement appears to just be a technique to make a shot more interesting and keep the audience engaged. When the movement is done well, it can increase the audience’s opinion of your production value. Sometimes, camera movement is necessary to keep up the film’s pace. If suddenly there’s a bunch of action taking place and people running around but the camera is locked down, it tends to slow everything down.But there’s an important factor to keep in mind when planning your shots, blocking, and camera movement: the camera is the film’s silent narrator. You can use movement to guide the audience through the scene, slowly revealing certain people or objects in order to create suspense — or simply control the pacing of the scene.Broadly speaking, camera movement, like the narration of a book, can fall into three categories:Point-of-view/first-personMotivated camera movement/third-person (limited)Unmotivated camera movement/third-person (omniscient)Let’s dive a bit deeper into motivated camera movement. This is movement that the actions on screen dictate. We are literally following the action, whereas unmotivated camera movement means the camera essentially moves freely, detached from any specific action. Keep in mind that motivated camera movement can be as simple as tilting or panning to follow a character walking across the room — or lowering his hand under a table during a shady deal — but you can use it for more than that.The lens is the storyteller. Think about why the camera is moving in the first place. Spielberg is known for a lot of oners, and using motivated camera movement is a reminder that just because we’re following movement doesn’t mean that we’re limited as storytellers. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, we get an excellent example of this during Marion’s introduction.In this one shot, we go through several movements. The movement mimics our own entry into the bar, as if we are a customer coming upon the riotous drinking game. The second movement focuses on the two characters involved in the game. We follow their facial expressions and hand movements. (These close-ups allow us to feel what the characters are going through.) As we follow their hands, we see the focused standoff between Marion and her drinking partner, and even though Marion plays up how drunk she is, her handling of the class (which the camera movement focuses on) clues us in that she has the upper hand in the game — compared to her opponent’s sloppy lack of gross motor control.Motivated camera movement should logically follow the blocking. Gareth Evans uses this idea wonderfully in The Raid: Redemption.Nearly every camera move in this scene follows a fist, a kick, or a blade, which yields a powerful and amped-up “narration” of this fight scene. Paul Greengrass, director of the Jason Bourne sequels and one of the architects of the shaky cam trend, might have simply added superfluous and nauseating camera shake to this scene to try and amp up the action. However, through strong motivated camera movements, Evans adds incredible kinetic energy while maintaining clear visual narration.Unless the camera is a character’s POV, it should not have sway over the blocking of the characters. The camera should either follow the blocking or provide an independent, third-person perspective. If the camera alone dictates the blocking, the scene will feel unnatural. Don’t move the characters aimlessly around a room as an excuse to use fancy camera movements. Cover image via Paramount Pictures.Looking for more articles on cinematography? Check these out.Video Gear: Is the Fuji X-T3 a Viable Option for Filmmakers?The Most Exciting Camera Rumors of 2019New Filmmaker Tips For Using The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4kThe Cinematic Power of Hitchcock’s Dolly Zoom TechniqueHands-On Review: The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4Klast_img read more

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Las Vegas hotels bet on technology to attract dazzle guests

Four properties now have the service named Ivy, which the company credits for higher scores of two of its hotels on travel review website TripAdvisor.The service uses artificial intelligence to automatically answer common questions and requests, such as gym location and hours of operation. But trained staffers type back responses to more complex inquiries such as where Muslims should face to pray in the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca.”The window of your room faces to the East. If you pray facing the window, you will be oriented towards Mecca,” Ivy answered within two minutes.The Cosmopolitan casino-hotel also launched a chatbot a year ago, around the same time Wynn Resorts announced that an Amazon Echo would be installed in every room of the Wynn Las Vegas casino-hotel. In this Nov. 15, 2017, photo, a robot named Pepper stands in the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas. Pepper is programmed to interact with guests and answer pre-programmed questions. (AP Photo/John Locher) This April 21, 2017, photo, shows an interactive tablet in a suite at the Aria hotel in Las Vegas. The tablet allows guests to schedule breakfast delivery, access thousands of publications and adjust temperature and lights, among other things. (AP Photo/John Locher) Room upgrade programs can increase hotel profits up to 35 percent Caesars Entertainment launched a texting service at its 3,976-room Caesars Palace casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in August, months after rolling it out at two boutique hotels. Senior vice president and chief experience officer Michael Marino said the service aims to improve guests’ stay after the company noticed a dip in phone calls.”It’s not like they have less needs, it’s just that something has happened over the last couple of years where people just don’t like to call people anymore,” Marino said. It takes just minutes for a room service attendant to respond to a text message asking for a soda, bringing the Diet Coke on a tray with a glass of ice and lime wedges, no need for the modern hassle of placing a phone call. At the Aria and Vdara hotels, each room is equipped with a tablet with applications that allow guests to schedule breakfast delivery, access thousands of publications and adjust temperature and lights. Travelers also can choose special rooms at the MGM Grand and The Mirage with several lighting options, including one that helps the body’s internal clock, and a device that infuses the shower’s water with vitamin C.Meanwhile, a shiny white, wide-eyed standing robot named Pepper in the lobby of the luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel can answer a set of preprogrammed questions, including checkout time, how to connect to the Wi-Fi network and the location of the spa.”I’ve seen robots on TV, but never in person. It’s so cute,” said Ana Rosa Santiago, a Miami resident who took a selfie with Pepper. “I already sent it to all my family.” In this Nov. 15, 2017, photo, a robot named Pepper stands in the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas. Pepper is programmed to interact with guests and answer pre-programmed questions. (AP Photo/John Locher) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: Las Vegas hotels bet on technology to attract, dazzle guests (2018, January 10) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-las-vegas-hotels-technology-dazzle.html Thousands of guests at some of Las Vegas’ casino-hotels also can get towels, food and toiletries delivered with just a few taps on their smartphone. It comes as the staples of hotel room technology—a phone on a nightstand and a flat-screen TV—aren’t cutting it anymore in the hypercompetitive world of Sin City tourism.Guests can use tablets to control room features like lights and temperature. Shower infusers and special lights promise travelers a chance to recharge. And a 4-foot-tall (1-meter-tall) robot can point visitors to the nearest ATM. In the battle for millions of Las Vegas’ tourists, voice-assisted speakers and purification systems also are part of the push to attract ever-more-demanding customers and keep them coming back.”The hotel brands or the casino brands are trying to make themselves evolve to become more relevant to a younger audience that is highly technologically enabled,” said Robert Rippee, director of the Hospitality Lab at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.Las Vegas hotels are not the only ones using such technology. The Acme Hotel Co. in Chicago put an Amazon Echo in every room and the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills, California, has equipped rooms with iPads. But what sets Sin City properties apart is the volume of guests they handle, which can test the technology that must be easy to understand.”Let’s say the tablet is a Microsoft Surface, but the tablet you use is an iPad, so you immediately have a gap,” Rippee said. “You, as the user, now have to learn to use a product an operating system you are unfamiliar with. If you are here for two nights, you are going to discard it.” Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

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