On Thursday, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros tore through Red Bank, New Jersey for their second of two shows at the legendary Count Basie Theatre. Weir, now 71 years old, pounced on stage looking fitter than most people half his age (for proof, see Bobby’s workout videos on his Instagram). His powerful howls echoed his years spent on the road, an auditory testament to his expansive musical career. His guitar licks were in peak form as lead guitarist, taking a step away from his traditional rhythmic role.To open the night, Bobby and his Wolf brethren aced a delectable cover of Little Feat’s “Easy to Slip”. This song selection, the third rendition of Weir’s ongoing tour, coincides with Little Feat’s 50th year anniversary tour. To follow, Bobby kept his acoustic guitar in hand and entranced with “Gonesville”, a selection off his 2016 album of cowboy songs, Blue Mountain. A rare cover of The Beatles‘ “Blackbird” was sung next, with a heartfelt Weir vocalizing the Lennon/McCartney tune. Going back to the Grateful Dead’s repertoire, the Wolf pack once again broke out “K.C. Moan”. This song is credited to Memphis Jug Band, but as with many old blues standards, many suspect it was written before M.J.B.’s recording.After Bobby traded his acoustic for an electric, the band cooked up a mean “Odessa” from Ratdog’s catalog. Crowd favorite “Hell in a Bucket” whipped the audience into a frenzy before the band slowed things down for a cover of Bob Dylan’s “She Belongs to Me”. The Dead’s “Corrina” concluded sentimentally before Weir, Jay Lane, and Don Was closed the first half of the show with a fiery “Deal” leaving the audience hungry with anticipation for the second set.Upon returning from set break, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros hunted down a version of John Phillips’ “Me and My Uncle”. Phillips wrote the song during a legendary drinking session with Judy Collins, Neil Young, and Stephen Stills, though many Deadheads know it from its years in the Grateful Dead’s live repertoire. A soaring “Cassidy” followed, complete with a heavy bass-laden culmination of furious jamming. Keeping the Dead tunes coming, the Wolf Bros stomped out a one-of-a-kind “Truckin’” featuring flawless guitar playing from Weir.Leaving “Truckin’” on the open road, the Wolf Bros segued into a heated cover of Eddie Cooley’s “Fever” that had the audience standing on their seats before the band broke it down once more for “Ashes & Glass”, another Rat Dog tune. Keeping the audience salivating, the Wolf Bros moved into a suave “Don’t Let Go”, written by Roy Hamilton but popularized by Jerry Garcia Band, and back into “Ashes & Glass” for a quick reprise.Returning to the Grateful Dead repertoire once again, the musical sunshine came through with a positively beaming “Eyes of the World” featuring a hearty dose of Don Was. To follow, a “Standing on the Moon” shined brightly with Bobby outstanding on lead. To close the explosive second set, Bobby and the Wolf Bros executed a seamless rendition of “Going Down the Road Feelin’ Bad”. To add to the audience’s complete satisfaction, Bobby returned with an electric guitar and slide in hand to display his patriotism with a “U.S. Blues” encore.The Wolf Bros. roam onward with a stop in Buffalo, NY tonight at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Bob Weir and Wolf Bros offer a savory selection of the Grateful Dead’s catalog in a stripped-down, bare-bones song structure. Bobby continues his tour in excellent form, and is a must-see for fans young and old.Below, you can watch a selection of videos and check out a gallery of photos from the performance below courtesy of photographer Chris Capaci. For a list of upcoming Bob Weir and Wolf Bros tour dates, head here.Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – “Easy To Slip” [Little Feat cover, Pro-Shot][Video: nugsnet]Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – “Me and My Uncle” [Pro-Shot][Video: nugsnet]Setlist: Bob Weir and Wolf Bros | Count Basie Center For The Arts | Red Bank, NJ | 3/14/19Set One: Easy to Slip*, Gonesville*, Blackbird*, K.C. Moan*, Odessa, Hell in a Bucket, She Belongs To Me, Corrina, DealSet Two: Me and My Uncle, Cassidy, Truckin’ > Fever, Ashes and Glass > Don’t Let Go > Ashes and Glass, Eyes of the World, Standing on the Moon, Going Down The Road Feelin’ BadEncore: U.S. Blues*Bob Weir on acoustic guitarBob Weir and Wolf Bros | Count Basie Center for the Arts | Red Bank, NJ | 3/14/19 | Photos: Chris Capaci Load remaining images
The first time I died in my sleep, I was 26 years old. I was in bed in my St. Louis apartment when my girlfriend shook me awake to say: “You stopped breathing!”I died in my sleep this way many times — 20 to 30 times a night, my snoring was cut short with a gasp — before I saw a specialist who told me what was wrong.I have obstructive sleep apnea, which affects 12 million American adults, according to the National Institutes of Health — 20 percent of adult men and 9 percent of women. Apnea is defined by blockage of the airway during sleep. This causes breathing to stop for seconds at a time, up to 30 times per hour: my nightly “deaths.”“In sleep apnea, your life is saved by awakening,” said Clifford Saper, chair of neurology at Harvard Medical School (HMS). When you stop breathing, the brain wakes you up. But how the brain knows when to wake you is a mystery just now being resolved.Saper and colleagues at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center recently discovered a brainstem area that senses oxygen dips and drives waking. Saper presented the finding last month at Sleep 2012, the 26th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, which met this year in Boston.The brainstem area, known as the parabracheal nucleus (PBN) of the pons, was already a focus of work by Saper’s lab. In a 2011 paper in the Journal of Comparative Neurology, Saper and colleagues reported that the PBN — but not the serotonin- and noradrenaline-secreting regions previously believed to drive waking — is needed to keep rats awake. In 1996, the same lab identified in the forebrain a “sleep switch” — the ventrolateral preoptic area (VLPO) — that turns off the brain’s “arousal system” and puts it to sleep.When apnea happens, the brain wakes you up. These awakenings cause the disturbed sleep that plagues people who have apnea, also known as “sleep-disordered breathing.” Apnea tends to occur during sleep as the muscles that hold the airway open become relaxed. During rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the body’s muscles are paralyzed, which prevents sleepers from enacting dreams but can also block the airways of people with apnea. The same thing can happen during the deep relaxation of slow-wave sleep. This leads to the constricted airway, failed breathing, and multiple awakenings characteristic of apnea.Saper and colleagues asked: What mechanism in the brain detects oxygen levels and triggers awakenings when oxygen levels plunge? Because the group had discovered a brain region that drives arousal, the PBN, this region became its target. The PBN arouses the brain using the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate, and is silenced by the inhibitory neutotransmitter GABA, released by the VLPO. Most hypnotic sleep drugs, such as barbiturates and benzodiazepines, fight insomnia through the GABA system, by increasing inhibition of the arousal system. Depressants like alcohol promote sleepiness in the same way, by counteracting arousal signals from the brainstem.Using mice genetically modified not to express the glutamate transporter — a protein necessary for the neurotransmitter to bind to its receptor — in the PBN, Saper and colleagues could see what happens to mice whose “arousal trigger” is silenced.To simulate apnea for the mice, the researchers used a special “gas chamber,” in which the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide could be manipulated. When carbon dioxide was increased and oxygen was decreased for 30 seconds, healthy mice would awaken immediately from sleep, just like humans with sleep apnea do when they stop breathing. However, among the mice with the silenced PBN, mice failed to wake up between 30 percent and 40 percent of the time. The mice that did eventually wake up took two to three times longer than healthy mice — indicating that their mechanism for fast detection of oxygen and carbon dioxide level was broken.Saper concluded that the PBN is even more important for sleep-wake function than simply as a switch for arousal. The region is also sensitive to danger signals, including oxygen loss, which it relays to the brain by sounding the arousing alarm.A better understanding of the brain structures involved in sleep, waking, and apnea may one day aid the design of targeted medications for insomnia and sleep-disordered breathing.I may not have to keep dying in my sleep forever, if sleep science keeps up this pace.
Students in Web Design 1 and The First Amendment: Free Expression in the Digital Age are utilizing iPads – their only required course materials. Students can use their own iPads or lease one through the University for $70. Lenette Votava, director of internal marketing and communicationsfor the Office of Information Technologies (OIT), said the program is made possible through collaboration between OIT, the Registrar’s Office, the Financial Aid Office, the Office of Student Accounts, the Department of Art, Art History and Design, the Law School and the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Elliott Visconsi, professor of The First Amendment, said the $70 lease fee is the only cost associated with his course. His students use their iPads to access Apple Education tools such as iTunes U, iBooks and iBooks Author, all of which are available to them for free. Students also use their iPads to visit websites like Twitter and Google+ to continue conversation outside of the classroom. “We wanted all course content to be free,” Visconsi said. Visconsi said iPads and similar technologies help facilitate, rather than detract from, classroom learning. He considers this especially important in his class of 115 students. “I see technology as a suite of tools that can make a big class smaller and can give students an opportunity to learn through argument, collaboration and other social practices,” Visconsi said. Visconsi and his students worked together to create a free digital textbook using iBooks Author. The custom textbook has essays, videos, illustrations, infographics, cases and image galleries. Although the class also involves lectures, Visconsi said this digital textbook is “the heart of the course.” Visconsi and his students face occasional challenges with their iPads and initially had trouble setting them up. “I’m still getting used to walking around with my iPad in lecture and keep forgetting where I leave it,” he said. Overall, Visconsi said his students responded positively to using iPads. “The students seem to be enjoying the course, the textbook and the access to iPads,” Visconsi said. Students in Web Design 1 have found their iPads beneficial outside of the classroom. Senior Jordan Bai values the flexibility and convenience iPads offer. “I use [my iPad] for all of my notes and I can use it to show my portfolio in interviews,” she said. “It’s much lighter than carrying your laptop around.” Connor Sea, a senior, said his iPad is valuable in his other courses. “I use [my iPad] for other courses and I use it to read academic journals,” he said. Sea said he also appreciates the ability to read large files on his iPad without printing them. “It’s a greener way to do things because I am not wasting paper,” he said.
Courtesy of Gwen O’Brien Sister Linda Bellemore (left) introduced South Bend resident Sheila Muhammad (center) and SMC senior Morgan Carroll. Carroll recorded and transcribed Muhammad’s life story for Muhammad’s children.Graduating senior Morgan Carroll will remember Saint Mary’s for her education and experiences, but most especially her connection with South Bend resident Sheila Muhammad.The interaction between Carroll and Muhammad started because of Muhammad’s desire to leave a written legacy for her family about her challenges and triumphs since she was first diagnosed with AIDS 25 years ago, according to a press release from the College.Muhammad expressed her wish to share her life’s story, her longtime friend Holy Cross Sister Linda Bellemore said. Bellemore then reached out to the College and assistant professor of communication studies Marne Austin, who taught a class about chronicling oral histories.When Austin told the class there was an opportunity for someone to document Muhammad’s story, Carroll and Faye Kennedy of Stillwater, Minnesota, who graduated in 2014 with a degree in business administration, volunteered.Muhammad lost her sight in 1995 due to CMV, or cytomegalovirus, which she may have contracted because of her compromised immune system. Muhammad said in the press release she wanted to leave a legacy for her three children and six grandchildren, as well as other people battling AIDS.“I wanted to leave something for my kids about my life and help others who have the virus and are dealing with the struggles I went through,” Muhammad said.Muhammad said a positive attitude keeps her going each day.“I try to keep positive. I put one foot in front of the other. My motto: ‘Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.’ I try everything. I am a fighter,” Muhammad said in the press release. “I’ve been employed by Sodexo at Holy Cross College for 12 years — I wash dishes. I try to be as normal as I can be. Losing my sight does not mean I lose my ability to work.”Carroll felt the desire to talk with Muhammad because of her own personal experience with vision problems. According to a college press release, Carroll was born with a condition that could have left her blind, if not for surgeries at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.“This experience has put my personal situation into perspective and helped me appreciate the vision I have been blessed with. Sheila is truly a role model in the way she lives her life despite the many challenges she faces,” Carroll said in a college press release. “I deeply appreciate all that she has [taught] me.”According to the press release, the project of chronicling Muhammad’s story left an impact on Carroll.“Each time I left Sheila’s house, I got a deeper understanding of how amazing she is. Her inspiring attitude and outlook lifted my spirits. She is one of the biggest inspirations in my time at Saint Mary’s,” Carroll said.Bellemore remembers the moment when Carroll and Kennedy presented Muhammad with the finished product, according to a College press release.“Witnessing Sheila’s excitement that her greatest wish for her anticipated short life was fulfilled, and hearing her expressed gratitude for a task that she had been unable to accomplish herself, confirmed for me that the mission of Saint Mary’s College is alive and impacting our world,” Bellemore said in the press release. “Indeed, these women were prepared to make a difference in the world and they already are.”Tags: Commencement 2015, Morgan Carroll, saint mary’s
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016 Spring Awakening We’re doing sadness. Oscar winner Marlee Matlin and Camryn Manheim will depart Deaf West’s revival of Spring Awakening early, on January 10, 2016. Their roles will be played by Alexandria Wailes and Elizabeth Greene, respectively. The limited engagement is set to run through January 24 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.Michael Arden’s production previously played two different engagements in Los Angeles. The staging incorporates American Sign Language with the dialogue, as select characters are portrayed as deaf, with additional performers providing their voices.Spring Awakening, featuring music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater, is based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play by the same name. It follows a group of teenagers as they navigate through their sexual and intellectual blossoming, with varying degrees of support from adult figures in their lives. The original production won eight Tony Awards in 2007 including Best Musical.The cast also includes Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, Patrick Page, Russell Harvard as well as over a dozen newcomers, including Austin McKenzie as Melchior, Sandra Mae Frank as Wendla, Katie Boeck as the voice of Wendla, Daniel Durant as Moritz and Alex Boniello as the voice of Moritz. View Comments Related Shows
View Comments Fun Home Tony nominee Beth Malone has been tapped to star in The Muny’s 2017 production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Tony winner Kathleen Marshall, who helmed the 2014 premiere of the musical at Denver Theater Center that also starred Malone, is set to direct and choreograph the production, which is scheduled to run from July 21 through July 27 in St. Louis.The Unsinkable Molly Brown ran on Broadway from 1960 to 1962. Based on the original book by Richard Morris, the production has lyrics and music by Meredith Willson, with additional lyrics and book by Dick Scanlan and music adaptation by Michael Rafter.Malone received the Henry Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical for her work on the 2014 premiere of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. She was nominated for a Tony Award in 2015 for her performance in the Tony-winning musical Fun Home after originating the role of Alison in the off-Broadway production. She was also seen on the Great White Way in Ring of Fire, and her additional off-Broadway credits include Bingo! and The Marvelous Wonderettes. On screen, she has appeared in BrainDead and The Good Wife.Additional casting for this production will be announced at a later date. Beth Malone(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser)
caption test Benjamin Edelstein is a world-renowned photographer and fine artist that creates vivid, unique scenes of nature — and metropolitan areas — from the world’s most scenic viewpoints.Edelstein’s international award-winning work includes both fine art and commercial photography. What started as an escape from the complexities of every day and has evolved into his life and passion.Benjamin Edelstein was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and his photographs have graced the pages of numerous leading magazines including Ocean Drive, People Magazine, Aventura Magazine, Miami Magazine, duPont Registry, 944 Magazine, Luxe Magazine, Haute Living, Allure, and Vogue.His photographs have also been showcased in cities across the U.S. Although he is constantly exploring his home state of Florida, Edelstein can be found at National Parks throughout the United States. He aspires to push creativity and show a world that not everyone gets the chance to experience.Edelstein recently showcased his work at the Red Dot Art Fair at the famed Art Basel in Miami, and prints are available for purchase.
By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo March 20, 2018 For the first time, the Colombian War College (ESDEGUE, in Spanish) counts with a group of 14 line officers, all women, in its 2018 General Staff Course (CEM, in Spanish). In the future, they will be able to take different positions as members of the General Staff and commanders of tactical military units. “Nine female officers from the Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish) and five from the Colombian Navy, who for the past 20 years have attended training schools to train as service members specializing in telecommunications, logistics, and flight, are part of the first mixed course as a requirement to obtain the rank of lieutenant colonel or commander,” Colombian Army Major General Francisco Javier Cruz Ricci, director of ESDEGUE, told Diálogo. “This is a historic milestone.” For a year, the women officers will receive comprehensive training alongside 378 male service members from the Navy, Army, and FAC. The female participants were invited to shore up their professional skills and become well-rounded leaders, commanders, administrators, humanists and members of the General Staff, with a shared understanding of military art. “Being a part of this first mixed course is a great experience,” Lieutenant Commander Marcela Ramírez Ramos, a member of the Colombian Navy Logistics Corps, told Diálogo. “We were well received not only from the academic command but also our male colleagues, who realized we came here to further our careers, and that we hold positions and carry out activities our armed forces demand.” Rigorous plan The course’s military academic program is focused on the nature of war, basics of strategic logic, national security and defense, general military strategy, doctrine and force operations, military operational strategy, applied legal theory, administration, political process, foreign policy and geopolitics, and regional and global security. The women will also participate in seminars and research projects. “The selected candidates had to endure the rigors of combat, operations planning and logistics support, [like] any male career officer,” Maj. Gen. Cruz said. “These women are fit to take on the challenges of this academic environment. They are officers who are even ahead of some with higher rank.” “I thank God and my 20-year trajectory. In November 2017, I was called to take the exams for the lieutenant colonel course,” Major Liliana Vergara, FAC’s first woman combat pilot, told Diálogo. “These years have been full of challenges, but we did the course so we could be leaders with a broader vision, in accordance with the situation in the country.” Opening doors “The women officers we become within the military is a good addition that allows the institutions to be successful. Our contribution is positive because we create an additional role in something that only men did before,” Lt. Cmdr. Ramírez said. “The academic debate and the viewpoints that women bring to learning and the classes are a major advantage and a great plus that [officers] and teachers see as something spectacular,” added Maj. Gen. Cruz. Ever since women entered the armed forces, they have opened doors to subsequent generations, not only gaining ground in the military sphere, but also showing the world they have the same skills as men. “It is difficult to be a woman in any sphere because Colombia is still sexist for the most part,” Maj. Vergara said. “In many areas, such as salaries and employment opportunities, we have not achieved gender equality.” As of today, around 110 women train and build skills in ESDEGUE’s different programs of study. The military academy has 57 international agreements and 42 national-level agreements signed for student and teacher exchanges, mostly women. The Colombian Armed Forces now have a female major general, an expert in the area of law, and a female brigadier general as the director of the Military Hospital. “This is a path that opens little by little with the work that each of us do. We cannot expect it to happen overnight because this is a step-by-step process,” Lt. Cmdr. Ramírez said. “In the Navy, we have women in every role except in the Marine Corps. There, we serve only in logistical support.” VICA and plans Founded in 1909, ESDEGUE faces a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VICA, in Spanish) situation as it seeks a dynamic teaching and training process for military leaders and national security and defense strategists. “We are facing a VICA scenario in all areas of powers. Building strategic leaders with the ability to make decisions in a VICA environment is a major challenge,” Maj. Gen. Cruz said. “We must be ready for whatever comes our way.” “A military woman shouldn’t lose her essence as a woman; her strength, discipline, and the responsibility with which she must perform every job are the most important aspects,” Lt. Cmdr. Ramírez said. “As an example, she can motivate other women and have a partner, regardless of their gender, to support you to complete the assigned mission in any scenario.” ESDEGUE has two short-term plans for the next two years. The first is to create an accredited doctorate program in Security, Defense and Development, slated for the end of 2019. The second is to put the school and its courses online to offer new opportunities with the usual distinction of the course. “An essential factor that will make it stronger has to do with internationalizing,” Maj. Gen. Cruz concluded. “Next year, ESDEGUE will receive officers from Korea, Spain, and Italy.”
The health department says the person who tested positive has been placed in isolation for 14 days. (WBNG) — The Chenango County Public Health Department has confirmed with 12 News there is one confirmed case of the coronavirus in the county. Additionally, the health department says tests for the coronavirus are “ramping up.”
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