The Disco Biscuits kicked off the first night of their three-night run at The Capitol Theatre with a bang.Coming off a weekend of shows in the nation’s capital, it wasn’t hard to tell that the Biscuits were laid back, relaxed, and ready to go. The first set featured dark thematic jamming that had the crowd engaged. Opening with a fiery “Vasillios”, the band showed their hand and jammed into “Orch Theme”, followed by “Lunar Pursuit”. The dubbed out “Lunar” jam made the transition into “Sweating Bullets”, coming out as one of the standout moments from the first set.The second set started with fan-favorite jam vehicle, “Bernstein & Chasnoff”. They rode it into an inverted “Aquatic Ape” and then paraded back into “B&C” to end the segment. The sound was definitely more dialed in for the second set. Aron Magner-original “Spy” made its triumphant return and was the definite highlight of the set. Seeing Magner and Barber trade solos over that chord progression was a thing of beauty. The Disco Biscuits closed the set with an unfinished “Spectacle” that made its way into “Basis for a Day”, an untradition pairing that pleasantly surprised their fanbase. The band hit a nice stride during the “Basis” jam that featured some interesting interplay between Brownstein and Barber. They ended the set strong and encored with “World Is Spinning”, which has unfortunately never lost its meaning.All in all, it was a solid first night from The Disco Biscuits. The next two nights are going to be even better. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you should most definitely do so. It’s always special when you get to see music at The Capitol Theatre. No matter how many shows you get to see there, it never loses its majestic vibe. This evening is going to be one for the books, buckle up and enjoy the ride.The Disco Biscuits – FULL SHOW – 1/31/19Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 1/31/19I: Vassillios-> Orch Theme-> Lunar Pursuit-> Sweating BulletsII: Bernstein & Chasnoff-> Aquatic Ape (inverted)-> Bernstein & Chasnoff, Spy, Spectacle-> Basis for a DayE: World is Spinning
Summer Camp Music Festival has become a beloved staple of the summer festival circuit. Taking place at the end of May over Memorial Day weekend each year, the festival taps one of the strongest lineups of the summer. In 2019, the Summer Camp will return to Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois, from May 24th through 26th.Just over a month away from the 19th edition, organizers have confirmed some of the final details in to round out the experience. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation, Future Rock, Bonnie X Clyde, and the winners of the “On The Road Tour” have been added to the lineup.In addition, the annual Thursday pre-party lineup has been announced, with a special “Axe The Cables” set from STS9, plus 30db (Brendan Bayliss & Jeff Austin), EOTO, Keller Williams, Spafford, and more. The Thursday Pre-Party allows attendees to come in a day early and snag the best camping/RV spots, catch up with friends, and start the party early. Thursday pre-party passes and VIP Upgrades are on sale now.Lastly, the Red Barn Late Night lineup has been revealed, with Here Come The Mummies joining Umphrey’s McGee on Thursday, May 23rd, plus moe. and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong on Friday, May 24th, Chromeo (DJ Set) and Lotus on Saturday, May 25th, and Papadosio and Manic Science (Manic Focus + Break Science) on Sunday, May 26th. Due to limited capacity of the Red Barn, the late-night shows require a separately purchased ticket. The only way to fully guarantee yourself tickets to these shows is by purchasing a VIP Upgrade Package.Head to the festival’s website for ticketing, the full lineup, and more information.
In March, Phil Lesh announced a new pair of Phil & Friends shows at his east coast home-away-from-home, Port Chester, NY’s The Capitol Theatre. The recently revealed dates will take place on Tuesday, June 11th and Wednesday, June 12th. The shows were initially billed as Phil Lesh & Friends featuring iconic guitar Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna.On Friday, Phil Lesh revealed the entirety of his band for the upcoming run, including guitarist Grahame Lesh, drummer John Molo, and keyboardist Rob Barraco. Molo and Barraco were longtime members of the Phil Lesh Quintet, also known as “The Q”, a favorite Grateful Dead offshoot following the death of Jerry Garcia in August 1995. Lesh and Jorma’s history dates back decades, as the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane were prominent bands and comrades during the late-1960’s counterculture movement in San Francisco.Tickets for the two June Phil & Friends shows at The Capitol Theatre are now available here (Tuesday, June 11th) and here (Wednesday, June 12th).For more upcoming Phil Lesh concert dates, head here.[H/T JamBase]
Cassandra Barnum ’10 was awarded the Irving Oberman Memorial Prize in Environmental Law; Jonathan Bressler ’10 was awarded the Irving Oberman Memorial Prize in two categories, in Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers and Federalism and in Legal History; and Ryan Park ’10 was a winner of the Yong K. Kim ’95 Memorial Prize.These students are among those recognized for their 2008-09 writing last spring, as part of Harvard Law School’s student writing prize competition.To read more, visit the Harvard Law School Web site.
The 180-voice Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus is holding auditions for all voice parts on Sept. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m., and on Sept. 5 from 6 to 10 p.m.Auditions are on a first-come, first-served basis and consist of scales, ear and pitch memory exercises, and sight-reading. A prepared piece is not required, but prior musical experience is expected.This year’s repertoire includes Haydn’s “Maria Theresa Mass” and Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms.” Chorus rehearsals take place Wednesday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. in Loker Commons, in the basement of Sanders Theatre.For more information, call 617.495.0693, e-mail [email protected], or visit the website.
On an overcast Wednesday at Harvard Medical School, 15 first-year College students crowd around one of the world’s foremost neuroscientists and listen to the sound of brain cells firing.“The demonstration was to show students that our eyes move, even when we’re looking at an object that’s fixed in space,” says David Hubel, John Enders University Professor of Neurobiology, Emeritus, winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize in medicine, and leader of a freshman seminar on the neurophysiology of visual perception. “The clicks they heard on my computer’s speakers were impulses from the brain of a monkey that was looking at a light line on a dark background. Every time the animal’s eyes moved, its brain cells fired. This is how we learn about the way the brain processes visual information.”Hubel is one of dozens of senior faculty across the University who participate in the Freshman Seminar Program for the joy of working with students who are, in his words, “uncommitted, eager, and interested.” Founded in 1959, the program connects first-year students with leading faculty to explore topics of mutual interest. Class size is small to encourage discussion rather than lecturer. Courses are taught by faculty from almost all of Harvard’s schools.Director Sandra Naddaff says that the program — which enrolled 1,307 freshmen in 129 seminars in 2009-2010 — is a “microcosm of liberal arts education at Harvard.”“Students come to Harvard College not for preprofessional training, but for a liberal arts education,” she says. “The Freshman Seminar Program is an opportunity to explore a topic with a small group of your peers in the company of a member of the faculty. Students learn to participate in a discussion, to develop writing and oral presentation skills, and to cultivate certain behaviors of mind that stand them in good stead throughout their undergraduate careers.”Last fall, Lillian Nottingham ’13 took “The Economist’s View of the World,” a seminar led by Professor N. Gregory Mankiw. As someone who studied economics in high school, Nottingham was thrilled to find herself in a small course with the chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during the second Bush administration.“‘The Economist’s View of the World’ was, without a doubt, my favorite class my freshman year,” she says. “Not only was I in a class of less than 20 students in my first semester of college, I was able to study with a professor who was at the top of his field.”Mankiw says that the aim of his course is to give students the tools to understand critical economic issues, particularly when opinion diverges among scholars.“Students try to see the world through the eyes of prominent economists, such as Arthur Okun, Milton Friedman, Paul Krugman, and Friedrich Hayek,” he says. “We wrestle with the question of why these economists sometimes disagree, even while sharing the same academic discipline.”Naddaff says that the Freshman Seminar Program also exists to encourage students to explore new and different topics. Students do not receive a letter grade, only a mark of satisfactory or unsatisfactory in order to encourage them to take subjects about which they might be curious, but know little.“The program gives students the freedom to take intellectual risks,” she says. “That’s one of the most important things you can do as a first-year student.”Few things feel riskier to young adults than performing in front of their peers, but that’s precisely what freshmen are asked to do in Remo Airaldi’s seminar, “The Art and Craft of Acting.” Airaldi, himself a graduate of the College and a 17-year member of the American Repertory Theater’s Resident Acting Company, says that last year he reserved half the slots in class for students with no acting experience.“The whole point of the program is for people to take a leap of faith,” he says. “Maybe they’re interested in acting, but they’ve never done it. So, I took eight gung-ho students who had been acting since age 3 — theater camps, school shows, etc. — and eight who’d simply written something in their essay that touched me. It ended up being wonderful. There were moments when the people who hadn’t acted before were very truthful on stage, whereas the others had a lot of stuff that needed to be unlearned.”If there’s one downside to the program, it’s that competition is fierce and not every student gets his or her first-choice seminar. Mankiw, for instance, says that he received 200 applications for 16 slots in his class this fall. Naddaff says that the Freshman Seminar Program has expanded dramatically over the past 15 years and that the College will continue to do all it can to meet demand. In the meantime, she encourages freshmen to apply to several seminars and to look at courses offered during the spring semester, when enrollment drops.“A student may apply to as many seminars as they’d like,” she says. “We encourage them to apply to at least three and to remember that spring applications are much less intense and competitive.”Students who participate in the program often develop close relationships with classmates and faculty that last throughout their Harvard careers.“Dr. Hubel and I still keep in touch, and he encourages me in my pursuit of science as well as my interest in classical music, ballet, and arts journalism,” says Alyssa A. Botelho ’13. “I admire him not only as a scientist, but also as mentor and a friend. It is an honor to learn from him.”Naddaff says that, once faculty members teach in the seminar program, many want to return year after year. That’s certainly the case for David Hubel, who considers himself lucky to have the opportunity to continue his research and teach small classes of first-year students.“You’re the boss,” he says. “There’s no curriculum you have to fill. You don’t have to have a committee meeting if you want to introduce a new topic. On top of that, I would miss getting to know students if I were to stop doing this course. The freshman seminar is the best invention to come along in the half-century I’ve been around.”
The Harvard Square Farmers Market is gearing up for another season. This year, the market will open at noon Tuesdays beginning June 14.Starting in March, the Cape Ann Fresh Catch (CAFC) Community Supported Fishery (CSF) will return to the corner of Kirkland and Oxford streets as part of the Harvard Square Farmers Market, using it as a drop-off point for shareholders. Members can pick up their seafood from 4 to 6 p.m., signing up for a weekly or biweekly schedule.The CAFC taps local fishermen who use sustainable fishing methods. During its first 18 months in operation, CAFC provided its share-members with a variety of fish using the direct-to-consumer distribution model to ensure the freshest seafood possible. Share costs vary, depending on frequency and how you want your fish prepped for delivery.To learn more or sign up for the new season, go to http://www.capeannfreshcatch.org.
British football club and English Premier League member Liverpool practiced at Harvard University this week prior to the team’s friendly exhibition against Roma at Fenway Park July 25. A training match between staff and coaches of both institutions was held on their last day on campus, featuring Liverpool greats Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush.
Read Full Story The Harvard Art Museums are pleased to announce the appointment of Ethan Lasser as Margaret S. Winthrop Associate Curator of American Art, effective Sept. 18, 2012. Lasser will join the Art Museums’ Division of European and American Art.Lasser’s innovative work as a curator and academic experience align well with the Art Museums’ teaching and research mission. From 2007 to the present, Lasser has been curator of the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a research institute committed to advancing progressive scholarship in American art through exhibitions, publications, teaching, and public programming. In 2008, he reinstalled the foundation’s permanent galleries at the Milwaukee Art Museum, a 13,000-square-foot exhibition space for American paintings and decorative arts. He has also served as adjunct professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he initiated the Object Lab, a summer program for undergraduates focused on teaching American art and craft history through hands-on research with artifacts. Lasser is currently developing two new exhibitions—The Practice and Poetics of Repair and Makers: Craft and Industry in American Art—both of which explore his interest in art-making processes and materiality. Lasser, who graduated magna cum laude from Williams College, has a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University.“Ethan’s pursuit of new approaches to American art through provocative exhibitions and in-gallery teaching experiences make him a timely addition to the curatorial team during this pivotal period in the Harvard Art Museums’ growth,” said Thomas W. Lentz, Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. “He is already establishing his presence, contributing work on the plans for the reinstallation of the American collection in the galleries of our new facility.”
Read Full Story The daughter and wife of prominent Harvard professors, Marian Cannon Schlesinger could have led an insular life. Although she has lived most of her life in a small area of Cambridge near the Harvard campus, she has ranged far and wide through her travels and art.After she graduated from Radcliffe in 1934, Schlesinger lived for a year in China with her sister, Wilma Cannon Fairbank, and brother-in-law, John King Fairbank, for whom Harvard’s Fairbank Center is named. Later she worked in New York and traveled to Guatemala, where she lived on a coffee plantation. In 1940 she married Arthur Schlesinger Jr., who became a Harvard professor and a member of the Kennedy Administration, and moved to Washington for several years. All the while, she was painting and observing the political scene.Today, Schlesinger lives in the house on Irving Street where she raised her three children, near the house where she grew up. Her landscapes and portraits line the walls and she continues to paint.A writer and voracious reader, Schlesinger published the second volume of her memoirs at age 99. Often when she goes to bed at night, she takes her Kindle with her, to continue reading.