[H/T Rolling Stone] The Wood Brothers recently released a new music video for their cryptic song, “Strange As It Seems”. The song appeared on the band’s latest album, One Drop Of Truth, which was released on February 2nd via Honey Jar/Thirty Tigers.As Oliver Wood told Live For Live Music in a recent interview when asked about the ambiguous nature of the song’s lyrics,I think [“Strange As It Seems”] was inspired by an idea: What if you could approach your romantic life in a dream? Like, you get all dressed up to go meet somebody, and you go to bed and encounter someone in a dream world. So then, the question is why do you want to do that? Is it someone who is dead? Is it someone who actually exists? Is it someone who you already know? It’s very ambiguous, but I saw it in very visual terms.I imagine it to be some weird cool movie abstract, where I imagine someone actually doing that—a fully clothed person getting in bed, which is an image from the song, and turning off the light. Instead of going out on the town, you are going into this dream world that you prepare yourself for. This is the first song that I have written that came with visuals, and we are conceiving of a video for it, which I am very excited about.The video has finally been released, and it certainly riffs off the surreal and dreamlike state that Wood mentioned in his interview with us. The video primarily features two elderly marionettes, which are controlled by Oliver as he sits in a kitchen with his bandmates, brother Chris Wood and Jano Rix. The marionette’s actions in the video mirror the song’s lyrics, with the imagery similarly open-ended.You can check out the new music video from the Wood Brothers for yourself below.
The NBC broadcast of Saturday’s football game inevitably scanned the familiar image of the Hesburgh Library’s iconic “touchdown Jesus” mural, but this building has offered the Notre Dame community much more than a picturesque backdrop over the past 50 years. The University will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hesburgh Library throughout the 2013-2014 academic year, and this celebration began with a kick-off event in the Library’s main concourse on Friday. University Librarian Diane Parr Walker said an important goal of the year-long 50th anniversary celebration is to reconnect with both University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s initial vision for the Library and the meaning of the famous “Word of Life” mural. Walker said when Hesburgh was initially planning the Library, which was the Memorial Library from its founding in 1963 until it was renamed the Theodore Hesburgh Library in 1987, he insisted that it be big enough to hold at least three million volumes. She said the Hesburgh Library now holds four million volumes, but Hesburgh’s demand was ambitious because the University collection was only a quarter million volumes at the time. “It was a really grand vision for the time, when this was still just a small liberal arts college,” she said. In an interview with author Bill Schmitt for the book, “Words of Life: Celebrating 50 Years of Hesburgh Library’s Message, Mural, and Meaning,” Hesburgh said his vision for the Library was one of making Notre Dame intellectually vibrant so that it may serve the world. “I wanted in 1963, and still desire today, for the Memorial Library literally to stand for the future of Notre Dame as a place of unmatched intellectual achievement, free inquiry and providential contributions to mankind,” Hesburgh said. “Let the Library be a place on this campus where that hunger for truth will keep getting stronger, supporting freedom and justice around the world, inspiring excellence and prodding us to bigger dreams.” Walker said reconnecting with the meaning of the mural is also important because people recognize it, but few realize its purpose or recognize it’s the library. She said the “Word of Life” mural is also about handing down knowledge. “We like that, in addition to Christ the teacher, [the mural] depicts scholars and thinkers and the transmission of knowledge across time and space,” she said. “The mission of the Library we’re honoring is to connect people with knowledge across time and space.” Opening celebration Friday’s event featured free commemorative bead necklaces, a giant “birthday” card, the opportunity to praise the Library in a video message, a book signing by Schmitt, live music from the Oblates of Blues and short speeches by Walker, Provost Tom Burish and University President Fr. John Jenkins. Au Bon Pain provided free cookies, cupcakes and bottled water as well. Walker said the 50th anniversary is an “important milestone” and a chance to reflect on Hesburgh’s desire for Notre Dame to have “the best Catholic university library in the world.” She said it is important to consider how far the Library has come. She said what was once a physical card catalog is now fully digital and what was once a small private collections is now a large and diverse collection accessible to academics worldwide. “Scholars from around the world can benefit from our unique treasures without leaving the comfort of their own offices,” she said. Next to speak, University Provost Tom Burish said he spent a good deal of time in the library as an undergraduate at Notre Dame and even carved his name into a library desk while studying for his final psychology exam at the University. Burish said the celebration was about thanking Hesburgh and remembering the past, but also about committing to prepare the Library for the next 50 years. “We’re not only here to remember the past,” Burish said. “We’re here to talk about the library of the 21st century and to commit on this 50th anniversary to create that library right here.” The success of this commitment will be determined by the experiences of students and faculty 50 years from now, he said. “I hope that a student in 2073 that decides to carve, or lase, their name into a desk finds that it is the same wonderful library it was for students and faculty before,” Burish said. University President Fr. John Jenkins, following Burish, said the purpose of the day’s event was to simultaneously celebrate the past and future of the Hesburgh Library. “We honor a great, great past and a great, great vision, but we also celebrate a great, great future,” Jenkins said. “A crossroads of the campus” Bill Schmitt signed copies of his book “Words of Life: Celebrating 50 Years of the Hesburgh Library’s Message, Mural, and Meaning” during the event on Friday. Schmitt said he wrote the book as a means of commemorating the Library’s anniversary and what the anniversary means for the University. “The goal of the book is to celebrate Notre Dame through the celebration of the building and its history as well as its future,” he said. “It’s a reminder that libraries are about people as much as they are about books and information in general.” Schmitt said the idea for the book came from the Office of the University Librarian and other University administrators. “They realized what a lot of people don’t realize: There are a lot of stories that are representative of Notre Dame in the Library’s history,” he said. “The Library tells a lot of those stories not just as a building but as a crossroads of the campus.” Planning for the future Walker said the library opened in Sept. 1963 and the “Word of Life” mural, also known as “touchdown Jesus,” was finished and the Library dedicated in May 1964. She said these two important dates will book-end the academic year as well as the 50th anniversary celebration. Walker said the 50th anniversary commemoration will also continue with academic lectures and other events throughout the year. This will include promotion of the new Center for Digital Scholarship, which opened on the first day of classes in August, she said. The Center is an example of the Library’s continuing efforts to meet the changing needs of faculty and students, which is one of the biggest achievements of the Library’s 50 years, she said. “Most significant is how the Library has evolved and adapted with the rise of digital information and technology,” Walker said. “I’m proud of how this Library has handled the change.” Walker said such advancements will continue so that the Library remains a place of inspiration for students and faculty. “[The Library] will continue to inspire intellectual inquiry and academic excellence for the next 50 years and beyond,” she said.
Related Shows Three new stars are ready to exit the wings, take center stage and brave opening night hell. Tony winners Martin Short and Katie Finneran, along with Broadway newcomer Maulik Pancholy, begin performances in the showbiz comedy It’s Only a Play beginning January 7. They take over for Nathan Lane as James Wicker, Megan Mullally as Julia Budder and Rupert Grint as Frank Finger, respectively. Performances of the Terrence McNally play will run through January 18 at the Schoenfeld Theatre before packing up and moving next door to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, where it will run from January 23 through March 29. Original cast members Matthew Broderick, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing and Micah Stock remain in the production. Finneran won the Tony for her performances in Promises, Promises and Noises Off. Her additional Broadway credits include Annie, Mauritius, Cabaret, The Iceman Cometh, Neil Simon’s Proposals, The Heiress, In the Summerhouse, My Favorite Year, Two Shakespearean Actors and On Borrowed Time. She will appear in the upcoming drama series, Bloodline on Netflix. Other TV credits include The Michael J. Fox Show, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Wonderfalls and The Inside. Pancholy is best known for playing Jonathan on 30 Rock and Sanjay on Weeds. His other TV credits include Whitney, Web Therapy, The Comeback and The Good Wife. On the big screen, he has appeared in films such as 27 Dresses, Friends with Money and Hitch. Off-Broadway theater credits include Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend and Aunt Dan & Lemon. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 View Comments It’s Only a Play Short took home a Tony Award for his performance in Little Me. He was also nominated for The Goodbye Girl and headlined Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. He shares an Emmy with John Candy, Andrea Martin and more for their writing on SCTV. His additional screen credits include Father of the Bride, Mars Attacks!, Three Amigos, Innerspace, Saturday Night Live and Primetime Glick.
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Spring Awakening’s Clive Barnes NodsDon’t do sadness! Spring Awakening has picked up two nominations for the sixth annual Clive Barnes Awards, which recognize and encourage young talent in theater and dance. Sandra Mae Frank and Katie Boeck have received a joint nod for their performance in Deaf West’s Broadway revival, along with Austin McKenzie. Other nominees in the theater category are Jack DiFalco for Mercury Fur and Dave Thomas Brown for The Legend of Georgia McBride. All finalists are set to receive a cash prize, with the winners picking up $5,000 at a ceremony on January 11, 2016 at the Walter Reade Theatre. Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford (Sylvia) has been tapped to present, while Tony winner Alex Sharp will speak and the mischievous Michael Riedel is scheduled to emcee.The Illusionists Set for NBCThe Illusionists, who are currently back on Broadway conjuring up some special holiday surprises, will be bringing their unique brand of magic to NBC. The one-hour special will air on December 9; check them out on TV and also at the Neil Simon Theatre through January 3, 2016.Rabbit Hole to Bow in LondonDavid Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole, which won the Pulitzer Prize following its 2006 Broadway premiere, is heading across the pond. Directed by Edward Hall, the production is set to make its U.K premiere at the Hampstead Theatre, where it will run January 29, 2016 through March 5, officially opening on February 4. No word yet on casting.Mary J. Blige Talks The Wiz Live!Mary J. Blige will soon appear in NBC’s live telecast of The Wiz Live! and she recently stopped by The Wendy Williams Show to chat about taking on the role of Evillene. The nine-time Grammy winner admitted that she’s nervous, “but I’m working really hard,” and that she didn’t think twice about tackling the project “because this is The Wiz!” Check out the interview below; The Wiz Live! with Ne-Yo, Common, Queen Latifah, Shanice Williams and more will air on December 3. View Comments
Two-time Emmy nominee Josh Charles (The Good Wife) and more will join the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker’s The Antipodes as part of Signature Theatre’s 2016-17 season. Directed by Lila Neugebauer, the production will begin on April 4 at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center. Tickets are now on sale, and opening night is slated for April 23.The cast will also feature Phillip James Brannon (Tiny Beautiful Things), Josh Hamilton (Madam Secretary), Danny Mastrogiorgio (Gotham), Danny McCarthy (Prison Break), Emily Cass McDonnell (Mercury Fur), Brian Miskell (The Flick), Will Patton (Fool For Love) and Nicole Rodenburg (Venus in Fur).The Antipodes is a play about people telling stories about telling stories. The limited engagement is set to run through May 14. Star Files Josh Charles Show Closed This production ended its run on June 11, 2017 Josh Charles(Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) The Antipodes Related Shows View Comments
Rep. Peter Welch supported and the House passed legislation Thursday night preventing General Motors and Chrysler from arbitrarily closing car dealerships as part of their restructuring efforts. Welch cosponsored the Automobile Dealer Economic Rights Restoration Act (H.R. 2743), which forces car manufacturers to abide by their contracts with local dealer franchises in order to complete the bankruptcy process. GM and Chrysler have sought to close 3,000 dealerships nationwide including roughly three dozen in Vermont. Dealerships account for 7.5 percent of all retail jobs in Vermont.H.R. 2743 was incorporated into the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act (H.R. 3170), which passed the House on a vote of 219-208 Thursday night. The Senate has yet to act on a corresponding bill. Car dealerships serve as the backbone of many Vermont communities, providing good jobs and supporting local economies. By arbitrarily terminating franchise agreements with local dealers, GM and Chrysler are not saving themselves money. Instead, they are simply passing on the economic pain to loyal partners, Welch said. All we are asking is for manufacturers to abide by longstanding agreements and treat local businesses fairly.Welch questioned the CEOs of GM and Chrysler in June when they testified in front of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Click here to watch Rep. Welch s statement during the hearing, and click here to watch Rep. Welch questioning the CEOs.Source: Welch’s office. July 16, 2009
On June 29, Chittenden County State’s Attorney TJ Donovan stated that he would not be prosecuting public officials for any involvement in the slew of financial problems that Burlington Telecom, the city-owned communications company, is facing.In December of 2010, an audit known as the Larkin Report was released finding that BT had borrowed $16.9 million in city funds over a six-year period that it never repaid. It also claimed that the company knowingly withheld this information from the Department of Public Service and other officials.The report concluded that the debt BT owes to the city on top of the $33.5 million it owes to CityCapital, its commercial lender, were sufficient enough to cast serious doubt on the viability of the company. According to BT’s agreement with CitiCapital, its lender can effectively take possession of BT’s assets if it so desired, but the decision to do so hasn’t been addressed or revealed.BT’s problems didn’t end there. The company was also accused of charging certain city operators at a discounted rate, a violation of state code. Another serious retrograde occurred last year when The City of Burlington and the Burlington airport’s credit rating dropped because of the money taken from the city’s coffers and subsequent doubts about the liquidity of the city. This lowered rating raised the costs of borrowing money and can stymie development plans. The courts got involved last year when two taxpayers filed a civil lawsuit against BT, demanding that they repay the money that was taken from the city; however, this accusation, despite outrage and disgust, was put to rest by Donovan.Investigator interviewed 20 officials in association with the charges over the last six months and flipped through thousands of pages of documents. Donovan noted that despite his ruling, according to the Vermont Access to Public Records statute, the information cannot lawfully be released to the pubic and will remain confidential.Regarding the documents, Donovan said, “I understand the public has a right to know, but people who have been investigated and not charged also have rights.” The release of details such as names and those interviewed would amount to a smearing of their names in the public’s eye, he noted.Although Donovan did accuse the city officials of being both incompetent and arrogant, he stated that their actions ‘â ¦did not warrant criminal prosecutionâ ¦’ and that a trial would ‘â ¦not be in the interest of justice or the best interest of Chittenden County.’Donovan also stated that he considered filing a misdemeanor neglect of duty charge against the officials involved, although this would do more harm than good.According to Donovan the trial could potentially cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and last an extended period of time. He said that such a trial would not only hinder the ability of the city to move forward and recover, but it also wouldn’t come close to reimbursing the money lost.There has been speculation as to whether or not Donovan will run for mayor next year. His decision not to prosecute would surely be considered by voters if he decides to do so. Mayor Bob Kiss refuted many of the conclusions of the Larkin Report and spoke in favor of the company’s preservation. Kiss also regretted the resignation of Jonathan Leopold’s, the city’s Chief Administrative Officer, who stepped down on July 1 of this year. Kiss released a statement following Donovan’s announcement expressing his thankfulness that no prosecution is in order and that the decision ‘â ¦will help BT and the City move forward.’Although Kiss made it clear that the financial and legal struggles are far from over, he expressed a clear faith in BT and their next steps: ‘Burlington Telecom provides high quality services to Burlington residents and businesses with tremendous potential for the future.’Vermont Business Magazine. Neel Tandan.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Credit union loan balances increased by 0.3% in March, an acceleration relative to the 0.1% February increase, but the slowest march increase since 2013, according to CUNA’s Monthly Credit Union Estimates for March 2019. March credit union membership growth increased to 0.27% from 0.23% in February, while year-over-year membership growth was a solid 3.8% in March.The first quarter’s loan growth was 0.7% – slow compared to both the 1.9% fourth quarter 2018 increase and to the 1.6% in the first quarter of 2018.“Bad weather, lingering effects of the government shut down and lower-than-expected tax refunds negatively impacted consumers ability to make big purchases,” said Samira Salem CUNA senior policy analysis. “Nevertheless, year-over-year loan growth registered a healthy 8.1%.”Auto loan balances increased by 0.3% in March, up from 0.1% in February. Growth was driven by used auto loans, which increased 0.5% (a bit faster than February’s 0.4% advance. In contrast, new auto loan balances declined by -0.1% in March.
(WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department announced that they have learned an employee of the Walmart in Vestal has tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday. The health department says the 14-day quarantine period for the employee who tested positive will end on April 26. They also say that the employee did not work while symptomatic. The health department received notice of a Walmart employee at the 2405 Vestal Pkwy E location has tested positive for the coronavirus. The health department advises individuals who were in the store on April 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the grocery department to self-quarantine and contact their healthcare provider if symptoms develop. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar will be holding a special media briefing at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 19 at Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Taste NY Building. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.
The home at 71 Grenfell St, Mount Gravatt East, sold for $708,000.The sellers of this Mount Gravatt East property made some decent coin in an 11-month flip.Ray White Holland Park sales manager Isa Kural said the vendors bought the home in May last year for $530,000.Fast-forward to April this year and the home was sold to a young couple ready to start a family for $708,000.“It’s a great result for this post-war home,” Mr Kural said.“It sets a benchmark for other properties.” There is open plan living.Mr Kural said the rising price of southeastern suburbs were encouraging people to buy in the Mount Gravatt East area.“People are getting pushed out of Camp Hill and Holland Park,” he said. “This is the next best thing.”Mr Kural said, in his experience, most homes were under contract for between 14 and 21 days, as long as they were priced correctly. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The home is light, bright and inviting.Mr Kural said the sellers had painted the home, along with updating the kitchen and bathroom, polished the floorboards and had brought the pool back to life.“This was the perfect home for the buyers as it had charm, the outlook is great, and the pool was a plus,” he said.