NYC’s B.B. King Blues Club & Grill Announces Closing, Final Run of Shows

first_imgToday, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill announced its final run of shows in its current Times Square location (237 W 42nd St) in New York City, after 18 years of hosting some of music and entertainment’s most revered names–including Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Etta James, Alicia Keys, The Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Jay-Z, Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Al Green, Wilson Pickett, Bo Diddley, and B.B. King himself.According to a press statement, the decision to close its doors was “due to escalating rent”, explaining that “the historic venue and supper club is forced to close its doors with a final performance on April 29, 2018.” However, they promise, “B.B. King Blues Club is in the process of selecting a new location in Manhattan to relocate the venue.”In addition to this sad announcement, B.B. King’s announced the final schedule before they close their doors. Buddy Guy, Rick Ross, Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh + Special Guests, El Gran Combo, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and more will all celebrate the venue’s legacy for one last time. Buddy Guy will headline the final B.B. King Blues Club show on Sunday, April 29. Check out the full schedule below, and click here to purchase tickets. Additional shows will be announced in the next few days.In a press release, Tsion Bensusan, Chief Operating Officer states,It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share the news about B.B. King Blues Club’s closing. Despite many sold out shows, the location’s rent escalated to an unsustainable level, leaving us no choice but to close our doors. Unfortunately, this has become a growing trend in New York City, with other iconic music venues and businesses falling victim to opportunistic property owners. This venue’s legacy extends much further than the stage, playing a role in Times Square’s revitalization two decades ago. It is a shame that wasn’t taken into consideration regarding its future in the area. Nevertheless, we feel extremely grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from both fans and artists over the years to create some truly historic and incredible memories in this space. We hope that we can find a new place to call home very soon so we can continue bringing live music to you all.Furthermore, all shows scheduled beyond the April 29th closing date will be moved to various venues throughout the city. The weekly Sunday Gospel Brunch featuring The Harlem Gospel Choir will give their two final performances at B.B. King’s on April 22nd and 29th. B.B. King’s is currently working with the group to find a new home for their weekly residency which will be announced shortly. Lucille’s Grill, located inside the venue, will remain open until April 29th and will feature sets by club favorites: B.B. King Blues Club All-Stars, Jon Paris, A Decade of Soul, and more.B.B. King Blues Club & Grill Closing Week Celebration Show Schedule:April 17 & 18 Buddy GuyApril 22 William Bell’s Memphis Soul RevueApril 23 Rick RossApril 25 Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh + Special GuestsApril 26 El Gran ComboApril 28 George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic + Special GuestsApril 29 Buddy Guylast_img read more

Microbursts in learning

first_img“To blow things up.”Harvard President Drew Faust on Tuesday recalled the words Rita Hauser spoke two years ago at the inaugural symposium of the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT). Hauser’s provocation was for faculty to reimagine classroom learning.This year’s HILT event, focused on “engagement and distance,” was held in a decidedly stolid structure, Harvard Law School’s mammoth Wasserstein Hall. But, in a nod to Hauser’s prodding — and the support that she and her husband, Gustave, LL.B. ’53, have given to transform teaching and learning at Harvard, including a new digital studio in Widener Library — little explosions were everywhere.Surveying the 400 educators present, almost two-thirds being faculty, Faust noted the emergence of “an intellectual common space” for pedagogical experimentation. Picking up on that theme, David Garvin, C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration, asked the opening panel to debate whether true educational innovation was possible.Melissa Franklin, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, responded with a hammer to the wall. She used a HILT grant to create SciBox, a flexible lab and teaching environment where anything can be moved, modified, or even broken. Her aim was to bring “a lack of respect to learning” and to inspire others, especially students, to “not ask for permission.”In a similar manner, when students in Glenda Carpio’s course needed a way to discuss “race in an impolite way,” the viral “I, Too, Am Harvard” social media campaign was born. Carpio, professor of English and of African and African American studies, said technology liberated the conversation on and beyond campus.Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law, celebrated the virtues of tuning out. To help him focus on writing, he uses software that denies Wi-Fi access for set periods of time. Lessig submitted the following as a learning innovation: “Going retro” to “create an environment where certain technologies” could be silenced.The heart of the event was a series of hands-on workshops, from designing a HarvardX course to using blended learning to integrating simulations and games.Sandwiched between the flashier titles, a seeming outlier sat: “Teaching Ethical Reasoning,” with Jay Harris and William English. That session, however, may have been the kind of unexpected microburst Rita Hauser had hoped to see cutting through campus.English, a HILT research fellow, dove deep into “ER36: Institutional Corruption,” a course that is part of the College’s General Education curriculum and meets the ethical reasoning requirement.Almost every aspect of the course was sliced and diced, from the relation of prior G.P.A. to final course grades, in-class and online participation levels, and anecdotal student assessments about motivation and perceived learning.The initial findings were not surprising: More time with course materials leads to better grades; motivation is the best predictor of success; and night owls turning out assignments from 2 to 6 a.m. rarely fare well. Having this level of data on a course was new; the room of participants leaned in with every new scatter plot.Beyond the data lay the real challenge. English said that a goal for the course was to make ethical thinking like “an inoculation,” so when students encountered challenging scenarios in the future, whether as an E.R. doctor or a C.E.O., they had an analytical tool kit at the readyHarris, Harry Austryn Wolfson Professor of Jewish Studies and dean of undergraduate education, reflected on the challenge of knowing if the vaccine is working. He has long had a concern that students view ethical reasoning as merely a “jumping through hoops” exercise, or as too specialized.For Harris, figuring out how to best engage students with a messy topic, where there are no right answers, is no less than the purpose of education itself, as “uncertainty is the intellectual condition we must all find ways to live with.” If achieving success merited blowing up the entire class, Harris could prove to be the first to push the lever.The process of competing for “mindspace,” or learner attention, in the age of online distractions like Facebook was picked up by Sam Moulton, director of educational research and assessment at HILT, and Columbia Business School’s Malia Mason, as part of the second panel on early research findings. Both explored the general perception that student in-class attendance, time spent on coursework outside of class, and amount and quality of note taking (on paper or computer) have all declined.While incentivizing desired behaviors from mandatory attendance to no-laptop policies, Moulton, citing philosopher Henry David Thoreau, encouraged the audience to spend time “striking at the root,” or exploring the kinds of deep questions English and Harris did, while making incremental improvements.Bharat Anand, faculty chair of HBX, the nascent online learning program from Harvard Business School (HBS), switched gears and talked about the quest to “create something ‘wow’” from the ground up. With CORe, a primer on business for preprofessional college students, the HBX team baked specific learning objectives and engagement mechanisms (such as algorithmic cold calling) into a platform designed to reimagine, not replicate, the case method in an online environment.Anand was surprised that some of the “magic” he sees in his traditional business classes found its way into the pilot online program, which some students called a “life changer.” Now he and his team are trying to tease out why it is working so well and how to implement improvements.The HILT conference concluded with a panel on institutional adaptation. With Extension School Dean Hunt Lambert dispelling the specter of disruption — “the majority of the disruption has already happened” — he said the focus needs to be “faculty, faculty, faculty.”Lambert pointed to what he called Harvard’s “secret lair” at 125 Mt. Auburn St. as part of the solution. The building is home to HarvardX, HILT, parts of the Division of Continuing Education, the Teaching and Learning Technologies effort, and some members of the Bok Center. A skunk works space for “CS50,” a hallmark for innovation in teaching, is on the third floor.Peter Bol, vice provost for advances in learning, said that the dream of a “one-stop shop” for faculty and a vibrant network of experts on innovative pedagogy and learning research was being realized.Reflecting on the symposium, Erin Driver-Linn, associate provost for institutional research and director of HILT, echoed Bol’s sentiment. “These events create space for vibrant discourse about changes in educational practice, with faculty from a broad range of disciplines and instructional goals engaging with one another, academic professionals, and senior leaders,” she said.“One faculty member told me that in 30 years he had never seen such a diverse University crowd and so many talking substantively and excitedly about teaching and learning. The collaborations and conversations that get started here seem to be transforming education at Harvard from the inside out.”A final thought that will keep the campus air charged came from Jim Ryan, dean of the Graduate School of Education. It was deceptively simple and agnostic about solutions: “The only distance that prevents engagement is emotional distance.”last_img read more

The sweep of jazz history

first_img Randy Weston’s first recordings as a band leader began in the mid-1950s; he has released more than 40 recordings over five-plus decades. Compositions such as “Hi-Fly” and “Little Niles” have become jazz standards. A poster from a State Department tour of Africa in 1967. Weston’s tours of the African continent aimed to bring traditional African music to the consciousness of its Western descendants, and bring the best of American jazz music back to Africans. The legendary jazz pianist and composer Randy Weston spent a lifetime using music to tell stories that crossed cultures and continents. On Wednesday, Harvard will honor the 90-year-old for his extraordinary body of work and the University’s acquisition of his personal archive during a celebration at Agassiz Theater.“Man, how did I get here?” the spirited entertainer said during a phone call from his New York home last week. “When I trace my life and the musicians I’ve played with — I’m so blessed. I’ve met almost everyone in my life through music.”Weston’s archive reads as a “Who’s Who” of jazz greats, literary luminaries, pioneering performers, and social activists. In one breath, Weston ticked off collaborations with Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Melba Liston, and John Lee Hooker, then recalled meeting Marshall W. Stearns, his correspondence with Langston Hughes (whose poem inspired Weston’s 1960 landmark album “Uhuru Afrika”), and his travels to Nigeria with Nina Simone as part of a U.S. delegation.Jazz pianist Randy Weston at HarvardJazz pianist Randy Weston performs live as part of the Learning from Performers program at the Office for the Arts at Harvard in 1999. “I felt perfectly at home in Africa,” recalled Weston, who grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, where his father taught him a deep love for his ancestral roots and an appreciation for collecting journals and historical papers. “It was like I had never left.”His time in Africa is one compelling aspect of the archive that Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African-American Music, is particularly excited to use in her own research and in teaching future courses.“He is one of the key people to link jazz and Africa. He ran a jazz club in Morocco for many years, and worked with many African musicians there. I knew in these materials there would be a lot of things documenting that time. When Sarah Adams [the Richard F. French Librarian of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library] and I went to look at the archive, it was astonishing, and extremely well-organized. There are materials about him, but also jazz as a whole,” she said. Randy Weston with his longtime collaborator Melba Liston in 1985. Liston was a jazz trombonist, musical arranger, and composer, as well as the first female trombonist to play in American big bands during the 1940s. The archive includes a wealth of original flyers, handbills, announcements, and visually evocative posters that reflect the jazz scene of the 1960s and ’70s. Images courtesy of Randy Westoncenter_img Weston, his daughter Pamela, and his son Azzedine Niles in Morocco in the late 1960s. The Weston archive, which includes an estimated 300 manuscript scores and 1,300 audio and visual media, will reside in the Music Library and will be available to the public. It marks the first archival collaboration among the Jazz Research Initiative, the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Harvard Library.“When Ingrid brought this as a proposal, I could see why it was of interest to her and of greater interest to Harvard. It’s a very deep archive that has multidisciplinary implications,” Adams said. “The archive offers such a detailed picture of the jazz world over a long period of time. I have the sense that he had, from early on, a sense of history and his place in it — his connection to ancestors, the places he’s been, and the people he’s been connected to.”The visit is a coming home of sorts for Weston, who feels connected to the University and to Massachusetts. As a young man, he worked as a dishwasher and landscaper in the Berkshires (“I got my first traffic ticket in Pittsfield”), and he performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1981. He recorded Count Basie’s “Harvard Blues” in 1993 with Johnny Copeland singing the George Frazier (’32) lyrics about social life on campus.“I’ve always loved this piece,” said Weston, who came to campus in 1999 when he took the stage with Tom Everett and the Harvard Jazz Band as part of the Office for the Arts’ Learning from Performers program.These days, the pace of his performance schedule moves only slightly slower than it did in decades past, and his hands are ever nimble. Along with a performance Wednesday with his African Rhythms Quintet, the elder jazz statesman will also play the role of scholar, speaking about life on a global music stage and the social history he witnessed.“He’s a natural-born teacher,” said Adams. “He loves to share, and having him available to put his archive in context is as amazing as the archive itself.”Harvard will celebrate Weston and the acquisition of his archive at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Horner Room in Agassiz Theater. Admission is free, but tickets, available through the Harvard Box Office, are required. 617-496-2222.SaveSave Weston performing with Dizzy Gillespie. Weston emerged from a thriving musical scene in 1950s Brooklyn. His most enduring musical influence was Thelonious Monk, who welcomed Weston into his home in the early ’50s and nurtured his talent.last_img read more

Sledding benefits fund

first_imgStudents found a way to put South Bend snow to good use Saturday, racing down South Quad on improvised “dog sleds” for the third annual I-Domer-Rod to benefit the Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund. Fisher, Lyons and Pangborn Halls co-sponsored the event, but competition was open to participants from all across campus. Sophomore Maggie Rohlk, an organizer of the I-Domer-Rod, said the event was an opportunity to benefit a good cause while having fun. “What better way to support charity than dogsled racing?” Rohlk said. Senior Allie Rauh, a resident assistant in Walsh Hall, used the event as a bonding activity for her section. “I-Domer-Rod was a really fun thing to do with the girls in my section and my sister,” Rauh said. Sophomore Emma Terhaar said Lyons made the event into a competition between sections by giving the girls the opportunity to earn points for their section by participating in the event. While that incentive was valid regardless of the race’s outcome, Terhaar said her team came to win. “The concept of pulling people on sleds like dogs was very attractive for me,” Terhaar said. “I’m planning to use precision and power to achieve maximum aerodynamics and win the race.” Pangborn freshman Gracie Gallagher said she participated because the event offered a fun way to exercise. “It’s a good way to get some exercise and some laughter,” Gallagher said. While students came for a number of reasons, Rohlk said it’s fundamentally about benefitting the Fund, which was the impetus for its establishment three years ago. “Fisher is one of the founding sponsors, and the first year [of I-Domer-Rod] took place as soon as the creation of the Declan Sullivan Memorial Fund,” Rohlk said. Contact Meg Handelman at mhandelm@nd.edulast_img read more

Britney Spears Circling West End’s Cinderella

first_img View Comments Britney Spears(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Crazy?! Pop princess Britney Spears may be heading to the West End! The star is in talks to lead the London Palladium’s previously reported production of Cinderella this Christmas. According to the Daily Mirror, Spears could earn up to £500,000 ($725,000) for her work in the pantomime, which is scheduled to run December 9 through January 15, 2017. Michael Harrison and Andrew Wright will direct.Spears’ countless accolades include a Grammy Award, six MTV Video Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Billboard has recognized her as the best-selling female artist of the 2000s; she has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and over 100 million singles. Spears currently has a residency at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood.The London Palladium was synonymous with lavish annual pantomimes from 1948-1987, and attracted some of the biggest stars of the day, including Julie Andrews, Sir Cliff Richard, Peter Sellers, Cilla Black and Ronnie Corbett, but the festive cornerstone has been absent for almost thirty festive seasons.Check out Spears’ track “Cinderella” below. Maybe this news should be less surprising, more “Oops!… I Did It Again.”last_img read more

Barbra Streisand & Hugh Jackman Sing ‘Any Moment Now’

first_imgHugh Jackman Stage and screen star Hugh Jackman’s wife totally gets us. With every starry music video preview into her forthcoming album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway (due to hit earbuds August 26), Barbra Streisand lifts our hearts with those powerful pipes and sends us down into an inevitable YouTube spiral. Her latest famed friend featured? It’s Jackman; the pair performs “Any Moment Now” from the musical Smile. “When I listen to Hugh’s voice, I hear a truth in his performance that I find very touching,” Streisand said. Jackman revealed that his own wife screamed upon him telling her the news about the duet. (Side note: We did too, Babs. Can these two return to the Great White Way? Pretty please?) Good luck watching the video below without smiling! View Commentslast_img read more

WSJ: Energy Transition Stalls Fossil-Fuel Projects in U.S.

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Amy Harder and Erin Ailworth for the Wall Street Journal:Many major fossil-fuel projects across the U.S., from pipelines to export terminals, have been shelved or significantly delayed because of a confluence of new regulations, grass-roots opposition and a drop in energy prices.Overall, more than a dozen projects, worth about $33 billion, have been either rejected by regulators or withdrawn by developers since 2012, with billions more tied up in projects still in regulatory limbo.The trend leaves some communities without access to lower-cost fuel and higher-paying jobs while also reflecting a growing wariness in the public’s eye of fossil fuels.Cancellations are affecting the coal industry’s bid to ship its product through the Pacific Northwest, where local communities are increasingly opposed to fossil fuels due to climate-change concerns.In May, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rejected a proposed $850 million coal-export terminal proposed for Cherry Point, Wash., a forested, coastal area two hours north of Seattle where two oil refineries and an aluminum facility operate. The agency concluded the proposed terminal would violate tribal fishing rights of the Lummi Nation.The Lummi Nation, which says it has called the Cherry Point region its home for thousands of years, asked the federal government to reject the project in early 2015, supported by a broad array of environmental groups.As with other fossil-fuel projects—including the Keystone XL oil pipeline that President Barack Obama rejected last year—an alliance between Native American tribes and environmental groups proved formidable.Overall, five of the six export projects proposed in the Pacific Northwest in recent years have been shelved by developers or rejected by government regulators. The other project, near Longview, Wash., is awaiting approval.Coal projects face the biggest challenges, but oil and natural-gas companies are also facing headwinds. One natural-gas pipeline proposed for the Northeast was scrapped and another rejected in recent months.Full article ($): Fossil Fuels’ Unpopularity Leaves a Mark WSJ: Energy Transition Stalls Fossil-Fuel Projects in U.S.last_img read more

Video of the Week: Isaac Hull

first_imgTurn around, athletes: the next generation is nipping at your heels.You may have spent decades training, but the youngins are taking the outdoor adventure world by storm with just a few years of experience both in life and in sports. Ouch. But as easy as it would be to get discouraged, let’s see if we can’t glean a little inspiration instead.One perfect example is Isaac Hull, a twelve-year-old whitewater kayaker from Richmond, Va., who’s already surpassing the area’s most renowned boaters. This kid is a champ, from the shore to the rapids, and he’s only just getting started. Read more about Isaac here in our own article on “The Future of Adventure.” The video, “ThirtyNineDegrees” was shot on Isaac’s local training grounds, the James River, in the dead of winter – as if we needed another reason to admire him. Check out Isaac not only showing off his incredible skills, but having the time of his life on the water.last_img read more

Suffolk Couple Arrested for String of Jewelry Store Thefts

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Couple arrested in jewelry store thefts. Kristie Laird (L) and Daniel Cimolonski (R)A Suffolk County couple was arrested Wednesday for their alleged involvement in a string of jewelry store thefts throughout the county during the past month, Suffolk County police said.The couple—32-year-old Daniel Cimolonski and 45-year-old Kristie Laird—was arrested after a patrol officer pulled them over in Deer Park for active warrants and drug possession charges, police said.Detectives investigating the couple discovered that Cimolonski, of South Setauket, was allegedly responsible for four jewelry store thefts at various stores in Suffolk, police said. Laird, a Deer Park resident, was charged as an accomplice in one of those cases, police said.They were both charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. Cimolonski was also charged with resisting arrest and was also accused of stealing money from a man at a Burger King in Bay Shore, police said.Investigators said the thefts occurred in Huntington Station, Commack, Deer Park and Medford.Nassau County police were also notified because investigators suspect that the couple may have committed similar crimes in Nassau, police said.An arraignment date has not been set.last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Vaccine updates, new HHS ads, calls crash hot line, 30% of Europeans may get sick

first_imgNYC to start school-based vaccinesNew York City’s health commissioner said today that the city is proceeding with plans to vaccinate schoolchildren against H1N1 flu, according to the New York Times. Dr. Thomas Farley said, “We have 40,000 doses set aside for the first wave of schools, which we feel should be adequate.” Free vaccinations will start tomorrow at 125 small public elementary schools. Last week the city had about 300,000 of the 380,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine it had ordered. 27 New York Times storyCanada buys unadjuvanted vaccineTo provide pregnant women earlier access to pandemic H1N1 vaccine, Canada’s health minister announced yesterday the purchase of 200,000 doses of an unadjuvanted product from CSL Ltd in Australia, the Canadian Press reported today. Officials are particularly concerned about women in remote communities. The bulk of Canada’s H1N1 vaccine is adjuvanted, and its unadjuvanted version awaits approval.  Pregnant women are among those at greatest risk for flu complications.New HHS flu ads pair Elmo, governorsTo raise awareness about flu prevention in children, a high-risk group, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday launched 13 new radio public service announcements. The messages feature Elmo from Sesame Street with 13 of the nation’s governors. They urge children to sneeze into the bend of their arm and wash their hands frequently, and they guide parents to have a care plan if schools are closed or children are sick. 26 HHS press releaseCalls crash Minnesota clinic’s vaccine lineA Minnesota clinic that publicized that it had 17,000 doses of pandemic H1N1 vaccine to administer closed its flu shot phone line yesterday after 120,000 calls in 4 hours swamped the system, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. A message on the Park Nicollet Clinic Web site says patients in four high-risk groups are targeted to receive the doses: pregnant women, children ages 6 months through 4 years, children ages 5 years to 18 years with underlying conditions, and first responders. 27 Star Tribune storyFirst H1N1 death in Turkey prompts no-kiss adviceAfter Turkey reported its first death from the H1N1 flu, newspapers said the country’s health minister urged people not to kiss or shake hands for the next 5 months, Reuters reported today. Schools in Ankara, the capital, were ordered closed for a week after the death of a 29-year-old patient was reported over the weekend.EU official says up to 30% may get H1N1European Commissioner for Health Androulla Vassiliou warned yesterday that up to 30% of Europeans could catch the H1N1 virus, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. Vassiliou told the German newspaper Die Welt that the pandemic would probably cause “a significant number” of deaths. She also said the virus could become more aggressive in coming months and the pandemic could hurt Europe’s economic recovery. She advocated the immediate closure of schools where H1N1 cases occur.Germany vaccinates health workers amid controversyGermany began vaccinating health workers and chronically people against H1N1 yesterday amid a continuing controversy over the two vaccines being used, the Associated Press reported. Most Germans will receive a GlaxoSmithKline vaccine, Pandemrix, which contains an adjuvant, while soldiers and high-ranking government employees will get Baxter’s Celvapan, a cell-based vaccine with no adjuvant. The plan has sparked concern about the safety of Pandemrix and complaints about a two-class health system.last_img read more