Watch Phish’s Performance Of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” Album [Full Video]

first_imgUpdate 11/2/16: Unfortunately, this video was too good to be true, and has since been pulled from YouTube.Last night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Phish put on their first true musical costume in six years with a performance of The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. The homage to the recently-departed David Bowie was an all out display of musicianship, with a full six-piece string ensemble and three backup singers supporting the four members of Phish.Tom Hamilton’s American Babies Announce David Bowie Masquerade Ball In New York CityFrom cover to cover, Phish remained true to the album, taking only minimal opportunities to improvise during the eleven song album. Instead, the band put their love for Bowie out in full force, pouring their hearts into each and every track. You can read the full review here.Fortunately, YouTube user Tom Rowles has added a full video of the performance. Watch it below and enjoy.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist Tom Hamilton will be bringing his American Babies to NYC’s American Beauty for a masquerade party that will feature the group playing David Bowie‘s final album Blackstar in its entirety, along with other choice cuts. The show is this Saturday, November 5th. Purchase tickets here.last_img read more

How Black protest may be key to finally ending racial violence

first_img Facing the denial of American racism The fire this time As public protests against the police killings of George Floyd and other African American men and women continue in all 50 states and hundreds of other countries, scholars are looking to place this moment in the context of the historical struggle for social justice. On Tuesday, “Black Lives, Protest, and Democracy,” an online discussion hosted by the Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, reached from the roots of institutional racial violence into its current manifestations, particularly in education and public health.Moderated by Megan Ming Francis visiting associate professor of public policy at the Kennedy School, the panel brought together Rhea W. Boyd, M.D., M.P.H. ’17, FAAP, a pediatrician as well as a medical educator; Kaneesha Johnson, a Ph.D. candidate in government; and Leah Wright Rigueur, RI ’18, associate professor of public policy at the Kennedy School. The discussion may be viewed on YouTube or the Ash Center site.In what she called “a defining moment in history,” Francis opened the discussion with an overview of the nation’s long history of institutional racial violence that goes back to Reconstruction. She noted that after the Civil War, most Southern states passed racially biased laws “to entrap Black people,” and “practiced discriminatory policing” that included the use of violence and increased incarceration, a pattern that would spread through the South and the rest of the nation.,“Blacks have been fighting for the right to live … forever,” she said, citing the history of attempts by the NAACP and other activist organizations to pass laws to protect Blacks against lynching and mob violence, followed by years of protest against entrenched inequities. “It’s not just about police violence. It’s about so many different institutions in this country that have failed Black people.”Rigueur elaborated, providing a larger cultural context for the roots of contemporary Black protest.“The protests we see now are about the overlapping failures of America,” she said. Citing the failures of capitalism (“George Floyd was in Minneapolis looking for work when he was murdered”) and the health care system (“George Floyd had COVID-19 in his lungs when he died”), Rigueur said that Floyd’s death, while tragic, is far from unique.“Every single aspect of the American state has failed Black people and failed Black people repeatedly,” said Rigueur, the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research in 2018. “Black protest makes the point quite clearly that the state is illegitimate. The social contract, which governs our lives, has historically failed Black people and continues to fail them. The safeguards that we envision when we think of American democracy have failed Black people.”,In this context, “Black protest actually represents our best chance at a true democracy for all people because it highlights the ways in which democracy doesn’t work for very many,” she said.Johnson took a deeper dive into American policing, tracing it back to the slave patrols and Indian constables of the 18th century. It was not until the mid-19th century that the modern model of the police began to emerge, she said. Since then, it has grown exponentially, absorbing state and city monies at the expense of social programs and, increasingly, being exported by the U.S. to other countries.“We’ve seen policing increasing,” she said. “We’ve seen school punishment increasing as we see social welfare systems slashed.”Boyd spoke about the intersections of pandemic, policing, and protest. Noting the “alarming disparities” in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths between white and Black patients, she said that media coverage has highlighted the physical reasons behind the increased susceptibility of populations of color while engaged in what she called “the ritual forgetting of why Black people suffer from poverty and underlying health issues.”Such vulnerability, she explained, comes not only from generations of poverty and insufficient resources but also from police violence. “Police kill people,” she said, noting number of people killed each year by police — 1,098, according to — and calling it out as a public health problem. Relating those numbers to the pandemic, she pointed out people who witness violence, either in person or on social media, suffer repercussions.“For kids,” she said, post-traumatic stress from witnessing violence can lead to “headaches, changes in sleep habits, increased isolation.” Throughout the population, “chronic exposure to stress shifts how the human body develops, increases risks of heart disease, lung disease, cancer, and depression.”“You can’t say increased rates of COVID are simply because of underlying disease,” said Boyd. “We have to make that connection.”,So what steps can society can take next? The answers ran the gamut. While Rigueur stressed that real change will take enormous time and commitment, she joined Johnson in the call to defund the police. In particular, Johnson pushed for reallocation of funding from the police to community organizers. “We need to take the money out of these systems and pass it onto these community organizers, who know how to redistribute it to make these communities safer.”Boyd advocated for more inclusive health care and for police-free schools. “We need to promise our kids that we will give them a learning environment that is free of the violence and surveillance of the police.” Related Racism, coronavirus, and African Americans Radcliffe Institute panel explores its social roots and explores ways to raise awareness Panel discusses long-festering wounds of racial inequities and possible steps forward Lawrence D. Bobo dissects police killings of Black men and the history and cognitive forces behind racial bigotry and violence, and why he sees signs of hope Waiting for someone else to speak out Harvard expert says ‘bystander effect’ emboldens toxic culture of police violence Illustrating Boyd’s point, Francis recalled her own years at a public high school, where the police presence was constant, but there was only one guidance counselor for 450 students.Looking ahead, panelists found cause for hope in the diversity of the current movement. While young people have taken the lead, Johnson noted the movement’s intergenerational component, while Rigueur commented on its multiracial makeup. “It does give me optimism to see white people really questioning the role they can play and the harm they have done in the past and what they can do to rectify it,” she said. “Sustaining this will be crucial to any long-term movement.”But Boyd acknowledged her fear of backlash to the current movement — or of “hitting the wall” with progress. Nevertheless, she said, “I feel grateful for this space right here.”last_img read more

ND Glee Club tours internationally over fall break

first_imgThe Glee Club took its talents on tour this fall break when they performed in two concerts in Michigan, two in western New York and one in Toronto. The all-male a capella group will also give its annual fall concert Friday at 8 p.m. in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Stuart Streit, a sophomore member of Glee Club, said the concert in Rochester, New York, was his favorite of the five performances. “A huge crowd turned out for [the Rochester concert], and I thought we had done a really good job,” Streit said. “It was one of our first times off-book, which means we weren’t reading our music while singing, which led us to engage the audience a little bit more and keep our eyes on our director, which led to us singing better.” Streit said the wide range of music in the group’s concert repertoire contributed to the tour’s success. “We had some Canadian folk songs and a lot from our regular repertoire, so a lot of spirituals, some sacred music, [and] we had some Russian and German songs on this one,” he said. In addition to the Fall Tour, the group performs during spring break and travels internationally every other year, junior and Glee Club secretary Michael Shakour said. The club gives brief concerts on football weekends at the reflecting pool in front of Hesburgh Library, and it also performs longer concerts on campus.   “We perform … main concerts [four times] a year: fall, three at Christmas, spring and then a commencement concert,” Shakour said. “We’ll perform anything from classical music to spiritual to jazz. … Anything that has the words ‘Notre Dame’ in it we’ll sing. “We perform at least once a year with generally an orchestra and another singing group around campus or at Saint Mary’s.” Senior and Glee Club vice president Tim Kenney said the fall concert program will contain much of the same music the group performed on its recent tour. “In addition [to the tour music], for our second half we’ll have a couple small groups.” Kenney said. “There’s one quartet that a couple of the guys organized, … and then the Undertones do a set. “It’s a lot of fun. We’ve all spent a lot of time working on the music, been working on it the entire semester so far, put in a lot of rehearsal hours. It’s a really strong set of music that’s going to be really well-done.” Though the Glee Club has a vigorous, four-days-a-week practice schedule, Kenney said the singers don’t mind because they’re like a family now. “The community has been really exciting and really just wonderful,” Kenney said. “It’s such a tight-knit group of guys. We really do consider ourselves a brothership. Being able to have that close of interaction … having 80 best friends on campus, it’s really just awesome.” tThe Glee Clubssells CDs,at,and at the Hammes Notre Dame bookstore. CDs will also bedavailable at Friday’s concert, which costs $10 for general admission, $6 for seniors and $5 for students. Contact Emma Borne at [email protected]last_img read more

LGIM largest beneficiary of 25% increase in UK LDI mandates

first_imgLegal & General Investment Management (LGIM) was the largest single beneficiary of a 25% increase in liability-driven investment (LDI) mandates in the UK, a survey by KPMG has found.The consultancy’s annual assessment of LDI mandates of pension funds found LGIM, one of Europe’s largest institutional managers, according to 2016’s IPE Top 400 Asset Managers, was in charge of 414 hedging mandates at the end of 2015, an increase of 126 over the course of the year.Insight Investment, the manager with the second-largest number of mandates, reported 217 at the end of last year, followed by BMO Asset Management with 189 mandates.When measured in mandates, the three largest managers’ share of the market has remained largely static since 2012, when LGIM claimed 28.5% of mandates, Insight 17.4% and BMO 12%. Only LGIM’s market share markedly increased by the end of 2015, when it claimed 32% of nearly 1,290 mandates worth £741bn (€1trn), whereas Insight’s market share measured by mandates fell to 16.8% and BMO’s rose to 14.6%.“Despite the 25% increase in the number of mandates in 2015,” the survey notes, “the number of trigger strategies in place remained the same over the year, which indicates trigger strategies are falling out of favour with pension schemes setting up new LDI mandates or increasing their hedge.”Barry Jones, head of LDI at KPMG, said the results showed a shift away from trigger strategies.“The big change in LDI strategy over 2015 has been the move away from yield triggers as a mechanism for extending hedging programme,” he said.“It appears investors have given up waiting for interest rates to rise and have decided to just get on and do it.”Of the surveyed investment managers, only 12% said they expected rates to rise by more than 0.5% over the coming three years – less than half of the 26% of managers who expected such a rate rise at the end of 2014.last_img read more

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