A Tribe Called Quest Mural Pops Up On Linden Boulevard In Queens

first_imgIf you have ever listened to A Tribe Called Quest, Linden Boulevard in Queens is a prominent locale that showed the hip-hop legends always staying true to their roots. This past July, after the passing of Phife Dawg aka Malik Taylor in March, a mural was created on the corner of Linden and 192nd Street in St. Albans, dedicated to Phife, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammed and Jarobi White.The significance of the mural, outside of being a beautiful tribute to Tribe and “hip-hop hieroglyphics” as mural co-organizer Theron Smith calls it, is that it is also where the group filmed the video for “Check The Rhime” in ’91, on top of the Nu-Clear Dry Cleaners laundromat roof.The artist that created the mural, Vincent Ballantine, said, “Not only do I have to represent, I gotta represent, represent two times….it’s a dedication to a group that was pivotal when it comes to what hip-hop history is, and to what my history is….to stand on the boulevard of Linden is like ok, this is a beautiful thing.”“Check The Rhime” – Back in the day on the boulevard of Linden….[via NME]last_img read more

Black Label Society Announces Spring 2019 Tour Dates To Celebrate 20th Anniversary Of 1999’s ‘Sonic Brew’

first_imgBlack Label Society is gearing up for a concert tour across North America this spring in celebration of their 1999 debut album, Sonic Brew, turning 20-years-old this year. The popular hard rock group, currently comprised of longtime Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde as well as John DeServio, Jeff Fabb, and Dario Lorina, will also plan on reissuing a “reimagined” version of the 1999 debut, with Sonic Brew – 20th Anniversary Blend 5.99 – 5.19, which is scheduled to arrive on May 17th.The 16-date spring tour will only visit a total of 10 cities in the U.S. and Canada, but notably makes a point to include two shows per city in select markets. Venues and cities where the band will be setting up shop for a multi-night run include The Oriental Theater in Denver, CO (4/24-25); Canton Hall in Dallas, TX (4/27-28); Concord Music Hall in Chicago, IL (4/30-5/1); Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY (5/6-7); Toronto Opera House in Toronto, ON (5/14-15); and El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA (5/22-23). At these multi-nigh stops, the band will plan on performing Sonic Brew in its entirety on night one, followed by an evening of their greatest hits during night two.Stops on the spring tour schedule which will only see one performance include Epicenter in Rockingham, NC on May 11th and O’Connor’s Irish Pub and Grill in Clarksville, TN on May 18th. The spring schedule also includes the band’s appearances at Welcome To Rockville Festival in Jacksonville, Florida on May 4th and the inaugural Sonic Temple Festival in Columbus, Ohio on May 17th. Fans can reference the schedule below for the full list of tour dates.Black Label Society will be joined by Conan throughout the first half of the tour on April 24th-May 6th, and the Atomic Bitchwax for the second half starting on May 7th.Related: Ozzy Osbourne Announces Worldwide Farewell Tour Stretching Into 2020The forthcoming reissue of their 1999 debut will reportedly include two bonus tracks, a full band/piano version of “Spoke in the Wheel”, and an acoustic version of “Black Pearl”.“The original recording back in 1997 was mastered with high volume, alcohol and dance,” Zakk Wylde said about the upcoming reissue. “We went in and worked off the existing performances and focused on the high volume and dance while replacing the booze with viagra and anabolic steroids.”Tickets for the spring run will begin general on-sale this Friday, February 1st, at 10 a.m. local time. Fans can head over to the BLS website for more info.Spring 2019 Tour DatesApril 24 – Denver, CO – The Oriental TheaterApril 25 – Denver, CO – The Oriental TheaterApril 27 – Dallas, TX – Canton HallApril 28 – Dallas, TX – Canton HallApril 30 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music HallMay 1 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music HallMay 4 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To RockvilleMay 6 – New York, NY – The Bowery BallroomMay 7 – New York, NY – The Bowery BallroomMay 11 – Rockingham, NC – EpicenterMay 14 – Toronto, ON – Toronto Opera HouseMay 15 – Toronto, ON – Toronto Opera HouseMay 17 – Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple FestivalMay 18 – Clarksville, TN – O’Connor’s Irish Pub and GrillMay 22 – Los Angeles – El Rey TheatreMay 23 – Los Angeles – El Rey TheatreView Spring Tour Dates[H/T Guitar World]last_img read more

Waste-Free Wednesdays promote sustainability

first_imgIn September, Notre Dame students wasted an average of 4.63 ounces of food after each meal in the dining hall, said William Yarbrough, associate director in the Food Services Administration. “If 4,000 students eat a meal, that’s 1,157 pounds of food and beverage wasted for that meal,” Yarbrough said. In an effort to combat food and liquid waste at the University, GreeND, Food Services and the Office of Sustainability partnered together this year to sponsor Waste-Free Wednesdays, a weekly event in the month of November that asks students to think about the food they throw out. Senior Elizabeth Davis, chair of the sustainability project, said Waste-Free Wednesdays will take place in the dining halls from 6 to 7 p.m. every week in November. “The goal of Waste-Free Wednesdays is twofold,” Davis said. “One: to reduce the amount of fluid and food waste. Two: To raise awareness and have people feel empowered for not wasting.” The project began last year when Davis was on the Student Energy Advisory Board. She worked with ND Food Services, the eND Hunger Campaign, student government, GreeND, the Holy Cross Food Drive and the Office of Sustainability to create the project. “By the end, the results showed that we cut food waste in half and raised enough money to provide 6,300 meals in the South Bend community,” Davis said. “It really emphasized the season of giving.” Yarbrough said this year GreeND, Food Services and the Office of Sustainability have been key supporters of the project. “Food Services provides necessary funding for marketing materials, the Office of Sustainability provides T-shirts and support through a student intern — Elizabeth Davis — on their staff and GreeND provides volunteers to work with diners and measure the food and beverage,” he said. Davis said two volunteers stationed at the dish line will give students raffle tickets if they do not have food or liquid waste on their trays. These students, members of the “Clean Plate Club,” can then enter the tickets into a box at the front of the dining hall for the chance to win 100 flex points, courtesy of Food Services. Weigh-ins will measure the decrease in waste over the course of Waste-Free Wednesdays, Davis said. Yarbrough said food waste usually started off high in the fall and decreased as more education on waste was provided to students. “This year it started lower than last year at 4.63 ounces per diner, and I think this can be attributed to the work done by our volunteer students last year,” he said. “We started last year at 6.27 ounces per diner and by the end of the year we were down to 3.11 ounces.” Davis said the team working on Waste-Free Wednesdays planned to hold a Waste-Free Week in spring as well. She said she hoped the program would expand. “Future events could include a competition between different schools, or even just North and South to see who could waste less,” she said. “I think South would have to work hard because they’ve tended to waste more in the past.” Davis said she encouraged students to volunteer or suggest new ideas. “Volunteers get a shirt that says ‘wasted’ on the front. It’s a hilarious reward for only an hour’s volunteer work,” she said. “On the back it says ‘Waste-Free Wednesdays.’” Waste-Free Wednesdays worked in a positive way to change habits, she said. “You don’t want to guilt trip people,” Davis said. “You want to empower them not to waste. Whether you waste or not, you can work not to the next time.” Yarbrough said Waste-Free Wednesdays answered a social responsibility. “There are too many people in the U.S. and other parts of the world that are hungry. We support the Hope Rescue Mission and the Center for the Homeless with leftover food from the meals we serve,” he said. “However, the foods that diners return on their trays is lost.”last_img read more

Patrick Stewart & Ian McKellen Will Bring No Man’s Land to the West End

first_img Stewart, who began his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, earned a Tony nomination for Macbeth. His additional Broadway credits include A Life in the Theatre, The Caretaker, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and his solo adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Best known as Captain Jean Luc Picard in Star Trek, his additional film and TV credits include American Dad, Family Guy, the 2009 TV movie adaptation of Hamlet and, of course, the X-Men movies alongside McKellen. The X-Men are joining forces once more in the West End! According to the Daily Mail, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen will headline Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land in London, reprising their performances from the 2013 Broadway production that played in repertory with Waiting for Godot (which they had starred in, in the West End, in 2009). Sean Mathias will return to direct the production, which aims to take its first bow in 2016 at a theater to be announced. View Comments McKellen earned a Tony Award for Amadeus and an additional nomination for Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare. His other Broadway credits include Dance of Death, Wild Honey, Amadeus, Ian McKellen: A Night Out at the Lyceum, and The Promise (which he also appeared in in the West End.) Known as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings films, McKellen’s additional film and TV credits include Stardust, The Prisoner, Coronation Street and Gods and Monsters. He has frequently performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. No Man’s Land tells the story of two writers, Hirst (Stewart) and Spooner (McKellen)—but do they really know each other, or are they performing an elaborate charade? The ambiguity intensifies when two other men arrive. The 2013 Broadway production also featured Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley, though the two will not reunite with McKellen and Stewart on the other side of the pond.last_img read more

Trial Gardens Open House

first_imgFlowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and workers and volunteers are pruning, watering and collecting data on plants at the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia. Trial Gardens staff will open the facility to the public at their annual open house on Saturday, July 21, from 8 a.m. until noon.“It’s Athens’ best plant party,” said Brandon Coker, Trial Gardens manager.The Trial Gardens at UGA are operated by the Department of Horticulture in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The Trial Gardens are open to the public every day of the year, but the open house gives friends and fans a special opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the gardens and to have their plant or garden questions answered by Coker and Professor John Ruter. Ruter is the Trial Gardens director, a plant breeder and author.The gardens are home to the newest varieties of plants from breeders across the country. They serve as a testing ground for the plants’ abilities to withstand the unpredictable, hot, humid summertime climate of the Southeast. Visitors can check out new varieties of annuals and perennials, like hibiscuses, begonias, caladiums and hundreds of other plants. This summer, the garden has more than 350 plants on trial as well as countless perennials from growers across the country.The event is open to everyone from avid gardeners to people who simply enjoy strolling through a colorful, lush garden.“Some (attendees) may have been gardeners for 50 years, and some may have started gardening this past spring,” said Coker. “But either way, it’s a good opportunity for gardeners to come mingle and learn more about the newest varieties.”The open house is pet- and kid-friendly, so bring the whole family for a day in the garden. Hokulia Shave Ice will set up a tent where visitors can grab a cool treat while they peruse the gardens. A $5 donation is suggested to help maintain the gardens.For more information, contact Coker at [email protected] or visit ugatrial.hort.uga.edu or www.facebook.com/trialgardens.uga.last_img read more

Trauma Tuesday: Fireworks Fail Edition

first_imgSince last week’s video did not contain any trauma, and the annual American exercise in eat, drink, blow stuff up, repeat, aka the 4th of July Celebration is on Thursday, we’ll skip the outdoors action on today’s Trauma Tuesday. That’s not exactly true, as you can see most of the fireworks fail action in this video does occur outside, however there are no actual sports involved, unless you consider running for your life and laughing at your idiot friends a sport – which some do. Although the actions in the above video can be equal parts hilarious and traumatizing, let this also be a friendly BRO reminder that fireworks – or anything that explodes really, whether it be recreational or professional in use – are not a toy, and should be used with care. That means you Drunk Dad; c’mon, try to set a good example.But in all seriousness, we at BRO encourage you to obey local laws, follow safety guidelines, and not blow yourself up on this Independence Day.WARNING: Some not safe for work language toward the end…but that’s to be expected right?last_img read more

Hitting the Slopes (On a Budget)

first_imgAnother option is online outlets and end-of-season sales. It’s no secret that retailers chop prices toward the spring—sometimes as much as 80 percent. Last year, I outfitted my kids in new, high-quality pants, jackets, hats, and gloves for about $125 each. A word to the wise, though: When ordering online, be mindful of sizing charts; many outfitters charge shipping for returns.  At $50-plus per day, per person, rentals are a budgetary blood-letting. Buying your own boards, skis, and boots reduces slope-related costs to lift tickets alone. But here’s the catch: New gear is crazy expensive. Purchasing used or new-old-stock is the way to go. When kids are young and growing fast, finding quality used threads is a cinch. I have friends who buy new and shed items like snow pants, gloves, and jackets yearly. Others hit the mountain once or twice, hang snow clothes in a closet, then rediscover and sell them a few years later. Either way, you can capitalize and save big. Tips to make skiing and snowboarding affordable for the family For beginners, a locally owned, off-mountain shop that sells secondhand gear is a great starting point. There, you’ll find quality, slope-ready items and get hands-on treatment and fitting advice. Asking lots of questions will help beat the learning curve. In the future, you can always parlay the knowledge to get cheaper prices buying direct from sellers at online auction sites like eBay. Going that route, search YouTube for makes and models and look for old reviews (Matt Guff’s snowboard vids, for instance, are stellar).   Ski Like a Local  Bring Your Own Gear Cultivate a Team Mentality  Before we launch into fine details, a word on mindset. Skiing and snowboarding are largely activities that take place at resorts—this isn’t the come-one-come-all ethos of the Appalachian Trail; the financial realities of participation bring a demographic more akin to, say, sailing or yachting. So, when you’re on a budget, cultivating an appreciation centered around gaining access to the activity itself is important. That way, kids won’t get caught up in the latest-and-greatest fashion show of gear they’re sure to encounter on the mountain. Also, they’ll be less likely to bemoan forgoing restaurants for PB&Js in the parking lot.  My family’s primary goal is maximizing slope hours. As opposed to blowing the bankroll carving world-class powder in Colorado for a few days, we invest in season passes and make the best of what’s nearby. Proximity and abundant night-skiing options make Massanutten Resort ideal. Located 45 minutes from our home in Staunton, Virginia, I can scoop up the kids from school and take a first run by 4 p.m. One hundred percent lighted terrain lets us catch evening workouts on black diamonds and play in the terrain park a few times a week.  Buy Season Passes Early and Take Advantage of Benefits  My kids—son, presently 14; daughter, 9—griped so relentlessly during winter hikes they turned outings into feats of hellish mental endurance. Similarly, attempts at cold-weather mountain biking disintegrated within sight of trailheads. We evolved an indoor routine of climbing gyms, roller skating, trampoline parks, kids’ museums, and so on. For me—a stress-addled single parent for whom recreation-driven outdoor time is about as important as food and drink—it was torture. My longing for spring turned desperate.   Yes, they’re expensive. At Massanutten, regularly priced passes will set you back $475 each. (Ouch!) But like most resorts, they offer heavy discounts if you buy the year before—and families of four can sometimes access further savings buying as a unit. One of the best deals is Snowshoe’s Ridiculous Pass. Adult passes that cost $559 in October sold for around $250 last February. Of course, things don’t always go as planned. If you wind up dining on the mountain, be smart about it. Scope out eatery options beforehand and look for menu items that offer large, shareable portions. While a slice of cheese pizza may cost $8.50 in the ski village, elsewhere, the same price may yield two tacos stuffed with veggies and pork, and a filling side of pinto beans. Whether you’re looking to incorporate snowsports into your family time, or maximize bang-for-your-buck, the following strategies will help you and yours hit the slopes without breaking the bank.  How to Shop for Clothes and Accessories Whence came the shift?  The cost of meals at resort restaurants can be outrageous. Manage food expenses by packing a cooler and eating in the car. Also, bring an insulated hydration pack and fill the interior pockets with snacks (otherwise they’ll freeze). Munching and sipping on lifts will help you evade storefronts and curb kiddie cravings—as skiing past slope-side waffle stands with a grumbly tummy is torturous. Similarly, plan to use public restroom facilities away from restaurants.  Look ahead: Buying passes for the 2020/2021 season before the current winter ends can be a great way to save money on the slopes. It was then I broke my snowsports boycott—whatever fiscal corner-cutting and penny-pinching was required, they were joining our weekly regimen. And boy am I glad I did it. I discovered that, with a bit of humility, savvy, and planning ahead, winter can be transformed into a family playground that makes the spring thaw feel like a nuisance.  Eat Smart  Passes bring added value too. Typically, you’ll get discounts for dining and lodging (at Massanutten, the rate is 10 percent). And some, like Wintergreen, provide a handful of free lift-tickets at affiliate resorts throughout the U.S. Because we ski so much and so often, the math is a no brainer. Visit the mountain 25 times and costs are slashed to just $10 per person, per adventure. We add variety through locals-only specials at other regional resorts. For example, at nearby Wintergreen Resort, Thursday afternoons bring cheap lift-tickets (at Massanutten, it’s Mondays). Second, we check with our local rec department for discounts. Last year, we nabbed two days at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia for more than half off.    Among the pantheon of recreational outdoor activities, few can be as wallet-shredding as snowsports. And while skiing and snowboarding cost a bundle when you’re flying solo, add kids to the mix and the expenses blossom like a forest fire in a stiff wind. For moms and dads on a budget, visions of highspeed chair lifts and fresh powder are best left alone. Or so went my thinking until about 3 years ago. last_img read more

Three FARC Rebels Die in Bombing

first_imgBy Dialogo September 07, 2012 At least three Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas died on September 5, during a bombing of the Colombian Air Force in the northeast of the country, including alias “Danilo García”, whom the Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Pinzón, identified as close to “Timochenko”, leader of the rebel group. “Alias Danilo García was Timochenko’s right hand because he had the mission of contributing to the logistics in the area” (…) and “in a sense also served as a security structure” for the insurgent leader, specified Pinzón in a press conference in Bogotá. According to the official, the bombing was carried out over the main camp of the FARC’s 33rd Front, located in a jungle area of Hacarí township, in the department (province) of Norte de Santander (northeast border by Venezuela). Pinzón added that, “three guerrillas were killed, 15 weapons, explosives and communication radios were seized,” and did not rule out that the number of dead rebels could rise to about 15, since the bombing caused a landslide under which more bodies may lie. Exploratory discussions for a negotiated peace between the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC guerrillas began several months ago in secret, according to the Colombian president and the leader of the insurgent group, Timoleón Jiménez, alias Timochenko, on September 4. The roundtable will take place in the first two weeks of October in Oslo, and later negotiations will be moved to Havana. According to an agreement signed between the two parties, those discussions will take place without a cessation of military operations or guerrilla activity.last_img read more

Chile Expands Northern Border Plan to Stop Illegal Drugs from Entering

first_img SANTIAGO — Chile is pushing its Northern Border Plan further into the remote Atacama Desert in an effort to stem the entry of illegal drugs from neighboring Peru and Bolivia. The government said that even though it enacted the plan in 2011, smugglers have simply avoided areas where patrols were increased and detection technology deployed — moving their activities into difficult-to-access and uninhabited sections of the border. “The Northern Border Plan will be implemented in the second half of 2013 in new areas of the country, in order to slow the clandestine entry of drugs, people and merchandise via the cities of northern Chile,” said Alejandro Müller Gutiérrez, a spokesman for Chile’s Ministry of Interior and Public Security. Müller said the decision was based on technical information from the police and Federal Investigative Services (known by the Spanish acronym PDI), which showed that drug traffickers are relocating from well-patrolled areas like Arica, Parinacota, Tarapaca and Antofagasta towards more remote regions. “This is a strategy that links maritime, air and ground operations, the Andean border crossings where people live as well as uninhabited areas, using human resources and technology which allows authorities to observe and control our borders,” he said. Evo Morales is the Pablo Escobar of Bolivia The real problem isn’t the drug that crosses the borders to be micro-marketed, but the one that enters in great volumes through the airport by “paying” big bucks. Technology is useless when corruption is leading. Very convenient and timely decision to strengthen forces in the area!! I hope they stop Peruvians and Colombians from spreading I hope they stop Peruvians and Colombians from spreading the picture does not reflect the border control of Chacalluta, our policemen don’t look like bandits and we the Peruvians, why should we care that the Cain Latin America country fights against drugs as if it were a novelty or discovery; messed up and good for nothing, drugs travel underneath their noses and they don’t realize it, that’s the Chilean police, a bunch of idiots and retards who only observe the rules and nothing else. MORONS. “damaged” Chileans, if you can’t even take care of yourselves, return the sovereignty of Arica and Tarapaca to Peru and Antofagasta to Bolivia. Anyways, it is already impossible to recover those lands usurped and stolen by Chile and its husband, England. It’s funny that you don’t mention the smuggling from Bolivia and Peru from the northern Chilean ports. Regardingdrug trafficking, we should be careful about this being the preparation of a conflict stage by Chile, once the sentence of The Hague is made, which would serve its hindering purposes in the event that justice is made and turns out in favor of Peru, as the civilized world is expecting. Unbelievable! when our Bolivian soldiers crossed the Chilean border, they were detained on the spot by the carabineros (they were on the look-out and a media frenzy started); but the reality is that every day trucks loaded with contraband goods, illegal vehicles and others pass by. What do they do? Nothing, they are accomplices of all that illegal business that’s hurting Bolivia. why do some people generate hate against our country CHILE if our only goal is to be at peace with our neighboring countries, I ask the authorities of these countries to disclose the truth of what happened so many years ago, and from their history books teach their children to look forward and into the future with all due respect and brotherhood among us; today in Chile there are more foreigners than nationals in some of the northern cities and they are all provided with stability and employment, we have received them as any other human being in the world. I lived with several Bolivians in Arica and never had problems with any of them, lately some of them are crossing the line, asking for I don’t know what, history is what it is and if it were about asking for returns then the Germans and the Japanese would also ask for returns, or so many other countries that at some point were defeated during an armed conflict. Kids, let’s be brothers and hold hands, coexist in this world and move forward, our seal is to see the light at the other end of the tunnel, there’s someone there waiting for us there, and he is called God, bye brothers the problem is not Venezuela but Bolivia who once again, as it did before, wants to invite another country to do their war and later leave them on their own as they did with their ally, Peru, who on top of all lost land and human lives for fighting a war that they hadn’t been invited to….regards, the rest is history. By Dialogo July 15, 2013last_img read more

Ex-NY Yankee Rusty Torres Gets 3 Years in Prison for Child Sex Abuse

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ex-New York Yankees baseball player Rosendo “Rusty” Torres was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl while working as a local youth instructor two years ago.A Nassau County jury had convicted the 65-year-old in July of five counts of first-degree sexual abuse and had acquitted him of abusing a second girl, who was younger than 11. Judge Tammy Robbins also sentenced him to 10 years of post-release supervision.Prosecutors have said that Torres sexually abused the victim while working as a youth baseball coach for the Town of Oyster Bay during baseball practice sessions in Plainview from April to May of 2012.Police arrested Torres at his Massapequa home on May 8, 2012 after the victim reported the abuse to her parents. At the time of his arrest, police said Torres and the victim were alone, but “there were several other children in the general area.”His attorneys have said they plan to appeal the verdict, which they said followed deliberations that included jury misconduct, although a Nassau judge rejected a motion by the defense to set aside the conviction based on those allegations.Torres, who batted .212 during his nine-year MLB career, which included stints with Cleveland, the then-California Angels, Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals, made a living as a baseball instructor on Long Island for more than a dozen years.Torres, who was anemic at the plate during his playing days, is perhaps best known for his inclusion in a trade that brought Graig Nettles to the Bronx.—With Rashed Mianlast_img read more