Citing liquor laws in Michigan state, fans of the annual Electric Forest are now banned from bringing in all outside alcohol to both the venue and campgrounds of the Rothbury, MI site. According to EF HQ: “Per Michigan state law, any alcohol that is found during the search of your vehicle on entry must be confiscated. This applies to both the campgrounds and the festival venue.” This outside alcohol ban is also confirmed on the website’s Festival Guidelines page.In previous years, attendees were able to bring in sealed containers to the festival, and some are worried that this restriction will significantly raise the costs of attending. The new rule was discovered and discussed on the EF subreddit page, where one fan expressed his concerns, saying, “I am paying over 300 dollars a ticket and not being allowed to bring beer? F**k that garbage, never thought EF would have a rule that really pissed me off.”The plot thickens, however, as the new legislation might not even apply to Double JJ Ranch. According to an interesting section of state legislation:“mcl 436.2021(4) This act and rules promulgated under this act do not prevent a class A or B hotel designed to attract and accommodate tourists and visitors in a resort area from allowing its invitees or guests to possess or consume, or both, on or about its premises alcoholic liquor purchased by the invitee or guest from an off-premises retailer and does not prevent a guest or invitee from entering and exiting the licensed premises with alcoholic liquor purchased from an off-premises retailer.”Furthermore, considering the liquor laws in Michigan haven’t changed in the last year, blaming them seems to be a scapegoat of sorts. Perhaps, with the rise of festival fatalities in recent years, Electric Forest is doing their part to minimize risk and liability.Whatever the case, just be careful out there and enjoy yourselves![H/T Reddit]
The multigifted and much-admired musical composer Marvin Hamlisch taught a master class in the New College Theatre on “The Art of the Audition” recently (April 9) under the auspices of Learning From Performers. The class was arranged by Thomas Lee, the series program manager. The following day, the composer of “A Chorus Line” was a special guest in a class on the history of the Broadway musical.AUDITIONING FOR THE AUDITIONThe topic Hamlisch chose for his class, the dreaded audition, is not surprising.Major composer and Pops Orchestra conductor Hamlisch has won three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, three Golden Globes and a Tony, but he still remembers his first audition, at the Juilliard School. He was 6 years old. From then until he was 17, he had to show up for a yearly audition, ominously called “The Jury,” in order to keep his precious scholarship to the prestigious school. Each one, he recalls, was agony. Much later, the experience was still with him: After winning three Oscars in one year, 1974, he left Hollywood to write “A Chorus Line,” which ran for 15 years on Broadway, a show whose entire subject is an audition.“The one thing schools don’t teach you is how to audition,” Hamlisch said to the audience in the New College Theatre. Consequently, he designed the master class specifically so that the students would get to perform, listen to notes, and then incorporate the coaching into a second performance of their songs.Preparing two songs for the event were three students, chosen by OfA for their interest in a theatrical career: Tom Compton ’09, a music concentrator, last seen in this year’s Hasty Pudding show as Roy L. Pain; Rachel Flynn ’09, who studies religion and dramatic arts; and Arlo Hill ’08, a literature concentrator who will play the title role opposite Flynn in “Sweeney Todd,” opening April 25.Hamlisch’s recommendations can be practical, esoteric, or both. He told Compton to take his hands out of his pockets while singing, adding his favorite phrase. “You have to up it up. You are not going to lose a role for being too much.” As a teacher, Hamlisch has a gentle and direct way of zeroing in on what will make the most difference the fastest. He sent Compton to a room to “get to the ‘money’ notes faster” even if, he said, the lyrics no longer make sense.Of Flynn, the next singer, Hamlisch queried the class, “‘How many notes does she have? How high can she go?’ That’s what they want to know.” He listened to her sing, told her to control her vibrato and hit the high note right on. She went off to work on it.After listening to Hill, a tenor, for a couple of measures, the composer told him to transpose his song from the key of C to the key of D: “If you want to kill with that, work it up to D major —that’s a range most people don’t have. Sing in whatever key is your baby.” Hamlisch stepped over to the piano and pushed it up a key. On the spot, Hill sang the new version. Hamlisch was right, of course. It killed.And the maestro’s farewell message to the students: “See you on Broadway!”FRONT-ROW SEATSSome Harvard students have a front-row seat on Broadway this semester with “American Musicals and American Culture,” a new half-course in the Core taught by Carol J. Oja, the William Powell Mason Professor of Music. And recently (April 10), they got to see a Broadway legend when Hamlisch, composer of one of these iconic musicals, was a special guest in the class.“Musicals are central to our cultural heritage,” Oja said. “They not only represent an abundance of brilliant talent, but they also resonate with some of the central themes of their eras. Issues of race and ethnicity, gender and politics, national identity and foreignness permeate this tradition.”Considering the course’s historical focus, it was particularly appropriate to have Hamlisch as a visitor: “His ‘Chorus Line,’” Oja noted, “was a landmark as soon as it appeared.” Indeed, the musical ran for more than 6,000 performances on Broadway and won 12 Tony Awards.Oja pointed out to her class that the first phase of Hamlisch’s career took place in Hollywood, where he wrote the score to “The Swimmer” and more than a dozen other films, including “The Way We Were” and “The Sting.”It was only after this string of Hollywood successes that he was summoned to Broadway by Michael Bennett to write “A Chorus Line,” based on Bennett’s own concept. Hamlisch explained to the class that he always asks himself when he starts to compose: What is the point of the singing? Where does it fit in the show? But in this case, at least at first, he said, there was no show. The first rehearsal was a transcription of 24 hours of interviews with dancers. The show was developed in a series of workshops in New York. “It was a completely original idea of Michael Bennett’s,” he said.Hamlisch regaled the class with a host of other Broadway anecdotes, some going back to his own childhood. To the delight of the class, the showman concluded his appearance with a rousing rendition of “Dance Ten, Looks Three.”
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The Notre Dame Forum continued Wednesday as four experts wrestled with the most prominent issues currently affecting American education during the panel discussion “The Conversation: Developing the Schools Our Children Deserve.” The panel, which included perspectives from the founder of Teach for America and a bishop, reflected on which aspects of American education they would like to change. Juan Rangel, CEO of the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) in Chicago, which is the largest national Hispanic charter school operator, said his work with the organization highlighted holes in the way Americans approaches immigrant education. “In many ways we’ve forgotten what the public school system is all about for immigrants,” he said. “I think if public schools do their job of educating a new American community across the board, we’re going to see a very prosperous nation.” Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers and a former lawyer said many Americans make the mistake of fixating on one specific problem affecting education, rather than looking at the big picture. “One thing that I would do is to create a shared understanding in America that public schooling should be about ensuring that all kids, not just some kids, have the opportunity to engage in their future effectively,” she said. Gerald Kicanas, bishop of Tucson, Ariz., focused on children’s attitudes toward education, as well as the impact of teachers. “I hope that they would see schooling as a wonderful opportunity for them,” he said. “Something they feel drawn to.” Kicanas said it is important for teachers to enjoy what they are doing. “The best teachers I had were able to cultivate a passionate interest in me,” he said. “I wish that teachers in general could live that tremendous vocation of being a great teacher.” Wendy Kopp, CEO and founder of Teach for America, said she would like to change the notion that the place where a child is born determines their educational prospects. “In a country that prides itself on equal opportunity, we have an education system that doesn’t live up to that,” she said. “We have a crisis in our country.” Kopp said it is important to recognize how extreme the crisis is and to be able to respond to it. “We know it doesn’t need to be this way,” she said. “It requires our embracing a new concept of what education is and requires changes inside and outside of the system, but it can happen.” The panel also addressed the achievement gap in American education. Rangel attributed the ever-increasing gap to the politics of education. “It has nothing to do with the kids, but a lot to do with adult interests,” he said. “Adults have forgotten what the premise of a public school education is about.” Kopp said the achievement gap has occurred because children in low-income communities face challenges that other children do not. “Schools aren’t designed to meet their extra needs or level the playing field for them,” she said. The panel also touched on the presence of faith-based schools in American education and the issue of school choice. Kicanas said financial assistance is becoming increasingly important in faith-based schools. “Without some kind of funding, faith-based schools are not going to be viable,” he said. “We have to work in a way to try to get there together.” According to Kopp, every parent should be able to choose where he or she sends their child to school. “I have to say from my vantage point we should be incredibly optimistic [about school choice],” she said. “I’m optimistic because we know now it’s possible and we can actually make it happen for our kids.”
A robbery was reported in Zahm House, according to Monday’s University crime Log. The alleged incident occurred on Dec. 8, 2019, between 12:40 and 12:45 p.m. It was reported to police less than two minutes later at 12:47 p.m. on Dec. 8.The robbery was originally posted to the crime log on Dec. 10.Tags: crime log, robbery, Zahm House
By Janet ClineSpecial to the News “Our port works hard to make a difference in the area,” Comeaux said. “It is really good to see how our area ports and navigation district work together for economic development and job creation for the region.” He noted, “It is a distinct honor to be recognized by the Propeller Club.” Next UpJohn Lovejoy, executive officer of the Port Arthur Marine Safety Unit, U.S. Coast Guard, was master of ceremonies as the Port of Port Arthur, along with other area ports, was honored by the Propeller Club of Southeast Texas. The occasion was the Oct. 29 “Salute to the Ports of Southeast Texas” at the Pompano Club.“Our ports, marine terminals, and waterway are a life-blood to our area,” said John Comeaux, Port of Port Arthur board president. “In tonnage alone our waterway ranks third in the nation. There is a significant amount of growth potential for our community on the horizon.” Also recognized at the Propeller Club event were the Port of Orange, Sabine Pass Port Authority, Port of Beaumont, and the Sabine-Neches Navigation District.Propeller Club Board members are Jackie Smith, OMI Environmental solutions, president; and officers Janet Champagne and Susan Inagaki, Gulf Copper & Mfg. Corporation; Buddy Hicks, Seabulk Towing; Ernest Bezdek, Port of Beaumont; Rod Cohen, Shore Marine Services, and Ronnie Hicks, Port of Port Arthur.
The Riding Stables are located in Building 20090, adjacent to the Silver Wings Golf Course, on Hatch Road. The Fort Rucker Riding Stables are one of the finest of its kind in the Army. The facility is surrounded by more that 10,000 acres of wooded trails. The facility has 36 duplex stalls each with Tack room and Paddocks, 82 stalls for transient and show horses and two community pastures. Programs offered by the Riding Stables include Youth Summer Camps, Riding Lessons, Pony Parties, Open Horse Shows and Horse Trials. For more information, please call 598-3384.
Steve Yeoman will replace Karen Faucher as principal of Belinder Elementary next school year.The Shawnee Mission board of education on Monday approved the appointment of a new principal for Belinder Elementary.Steve Yeoman, currently principal at David Brewer Elementary in the Leavenworth Unified School District, will take over for Karen Faucher, who is moving to Overland Park Elementary for the 2014-2015 school year.Prior to coming to David Brewer this past school year, Yeoman was principal at West Indianola Elementary in the Topeka Seaman District. He has nine years experience as an administrator.Yeoman said after the board voted on his appointment and the appointment of several other administrators throughout the district that he was excited to take the helm at a place he said “has a reputation of being a wonderful place to serve.”“I understand that I have some very big shoes to fill,” he said. “Hopefully I can come in and observe what is going well and complement that with some fresh energy.”Yeoman served seven years in the classroom as a fifth and sixth grade teacher. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Washburn University and is pursuing a PhD from Kansas State University. He is scheduled to meet Belinder teachers and staff for the first time today.
Joust away, young lads. Photo credit: Kansas City Renaissance Festival.Happy long weekend! It should be a beautiful time to close out summer and enter into fall. There are a few fun things happening in northeast JoCo this weekend:It’s the 55th annual De Soto Days Festival. This 4-day festival pairs local history with small town fun. The Magnificent Vintage Showcase, the Evans Midland Carnival, a parade and much more.I challenge you to a duel if you don’t believe it’s the most fun you’ve ever had. Of course, I’m talking about the Renaissance Festival. It begins this weekend and lasts through mid-October. Turkey legs, tights on men and flower crowns equal fun for the whole family.This Labor Day enjoy the beautiful weather and help out a great cause. Bike for the Brain is an annual community bicycle ride event for mental health. The ride raises funds for Kansas City area agencies that enhance the lives of people with mental health challenges, and addresses mental health disorders as brain-based, emotional, and behavioral experiences that are both common and treatable.
BMT Asia Pacific, IT Power and Ramboll have completed the second phase of their project that started in 2014 with an aim to provide Taiwan’s offshore wind industry with a series of guidelines for the future developments around the island. The first phase of the project provided guidelines for the design and construction of offshore wind projects and was presented in November 2014. The second phase of the project, focusing on guidelines for operations and maintenance, is now complete and consultants from the three companies travelled to Taiwan during October to hold a workshop on O&M with local developers and the wider industry.The delivery of this work is particularly well timed following the installation of two offshore met masts over the past couple of months – the first offshore construction work for Taiwan’s demonstration projects, BMT said in a press release today.The final installment of the guidelines, which will concentrate on the planning and preparation of future projects within zonal developments, is set to be delivered during 2016.Funded by Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), which is supporting the industry as co-ordinator and the primary technical institute, this project is producing recommendations based on best practice approaches and case studies from European industries whilst reflecting Taiwan’s policy, environmental conditions and industrial setting.The Government of Taiwan is actively promoting wind energy, with a particular focus on offshore development, as part of its aim to achieve around 14GW of renewable generation capacity by 2030. Taiwan’s heavy reliance on imported hydrocarbons, abundant offshore wind energy resource and onshore spatial constraints all act as key drivers for developing offshore wind capacity.The current plans are to establish at least two offshore wind demonstration projects by the end of 2016 and expand this by rolling out a series of projects by the end of the decade, expected to be between 100 to 300MW capacity each.By 2030 Taiwan intends to increase its overall wind power capacity (onshore and offshore) from the current ~600MW to 4,200MW under an ambitious renewable energy plan by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).