Snarky Puppy, Revivalists & More Announced For AMH’s Live From The Lot Festival

first_imgAfter the success of last year’s inaugural Live From The Lot, Ardmore, PA venue Ardmore Music Hall is bringing back their annual outdoor music festival on a larger scale for a major two-day event from May 21-22, 2016, presented by AMH and WXPN. Featuring headliners Snarky Puppy (playing both days), The Revivalists, The Greyboy Allstars ft. Karl Denson, Foundation of Funk (members of The Meters & Lettuce), and many more artists, the weekend before Memorial Day promises to start the music festival season off with a bang just 3 miles outside Philadelphia.Ardmore Music Hall ups the ante for 2016 with two stages of music spanning a 3 day period, including a kickoff party on Friday May 20th as well as after-parties inside the venue on the 21st and 22nd. On Saturday and Sunday, Live from the Lot will begin at 1 PM in the parking lot directly behind the Music Hall, and feature two outdoor covered stages highlighting both national and regional talent. Tickets are available for a weekend pass, or can be purchased for each of the two days individually.Grammy Award winning jazz-fusion band Snarky Puppy will perform both days. Snarky Puppy seamlessly fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation, creating precise and explosive live jazz with incredible rhythms and melodies. Other performers on the main stage include: NOLA rock/soul band The Revivalists, a newly formed supergroup of legends called Foundation of Funk (George Porter Jr. & Zigaboo Modeliste of The Meters + Eric Krasno & Neal Evans of Lettuce/Soulive play The Meters), funk fusion pioneers The Greyboy Allstars (featuring Karl Denson), piano virtuoso Marco Benevento, Brooklyn electro-funksters Pimps Of Joytime and many more. There will also be an additional headline act announced in the coming weeks.On Friday, May 20th, Electron will headline the kickoff party for Live from the Lot, a livetronica rock group comprised of local favorites Marc Brownstein & Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits), Tom Hamilton (American Babies / JRAD) and Mike Greenfield (Lotus). Saturday night, May 21st, Everyone Orchestra conducted by Matt Butler will headline the after-party inside Ardmore Music Hall and will feature an incredible lineup of musicians performing an all improvisational, crowd-engaging jam- the full musician reveal will come soon. There will be another party inside on Sunday night, May 22nd, with details TBA.Check out the lineup announcement video:As with last year, LFTL will be an all ages, family friendly event with local food vendors, a beer tent, and other entertainment. The inside of Ardmore Music Hall will be open throughout the day, as well. Live from the Lot takes place in the Ardmore SEPTA parking lot, and is just feet from the Paoli/Thorndale regional rail train line. Ardmore Music Hall is a 600 capacity rock club in Ardmore, PA, established in 2013, with a long history of hosting critically acclaimed national tours dating back to 23 East Cabaret in the 80’s and early 90’s.Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 2nd at noon, with both GA and VIP options available. You can check out the lineup card below, and find tickets and more information via the official LFTL website.last_img read more

Author discusses stigmatization, narratives of ‘ordinary abortion’

first_imgClaire Rafford Northwestern professor of bioethics and law and author Katie Watson, left, spoke about normalizing public discussion about abortion in a lecture Tuesday.Watson said her focus on the abortion controversy began when she was teaching a group of medical students about abortion and noticed the everyday stigma surrounding the subject.“Given that prevalence, that was part of the reason the ethics of the topic was relevant for [the medical students] to understand and discuss, regardless of what specialty they’d be going into, that they were going to be expected to be somewhat of the ‘cocktail party expert’ on all sorts of medical issues — not just with the commonness of this procedure for their patients, but also with their family members, their colleagues and friends — and that they just be able to understand it,” Watson said.“I just was so struck by this idea that, ‘Why is the fact that abortion is common not common knowledge?” she added.Watson’s book focuses on “ordinary abortion,” a term she coined herself, which she defined as the reality faced by the vast majority of women who have abortions, rather than the most extreme and tragic cases.“I meant ordinary and — as I say in the book — not to diminish significance to so many and its importance in our culture, but to juxtapose it and make the point that my observation is in our public debate, we talk about what I call ‘extraordinary abortion,’” she said. “It makes sense that advocates raise up cases that trigger our emotions … and those cases are real and important, but they reflect collectively less than 5 percent of all abortion cases. So the cases we discuss the most are the cases that are heard the least.”When looking at the abortion issue, Watson said she noticed “master plots” — repeated themes and stories throughout a culture — about the debate that was not reflected in her personal experience.“I started to notice when I looked at the public abortion conversations that I was starting to see master plots — narratives that just didn’t match what I was hearing from patients or physicians and the social science research that I was reading,” she said. “Master plots serve a really valuable function in cultures. They’re educational, they’re instructive, they’re often about morality — they’re just values and characters. But when they don’t match, again, I’m interested in those gaps.”One of the most prevalent “master plots,” Watson said, is that the choice to terminate a pregnancy is always a difficult decision for a woman. “If a woman put a very, very high moral value on the embryo she carried, that would be very difficult if she was feeling like she needed to weigh that against her own interests or concerns or imperatives — that would be a really difficult decision,” Watson said. “If a woman thought the moral value of an embryo was low, it might not be as difficult for her to measure that. Embedded in abortion is always a difficult decision, and it’s really a master plot to say abortion ought to be a difficult decision.”Watson added that some other “master plots” she noticed were that abortion is a women’s issue, when it also affects men and the families of the patients, since many women who have abortions already have children, she said. Though the Supreme Court asserted the right to have an abortion in the 1973 case Roe v. Wade, Watson said she laments the fact that the conversation seems to have stifled since then.“I think of abortion as a freedom of conscience issue,” she said. “I think there’s no science that’s going to end this debate. But the constitutional right has become the end of a conversation rather than the beginning of a conversation. [In] every other area in which we have legal freedom, that’s the beginning of the conversation. How would you like to live, how would you like to use that freedom, what is good, what is right, what will keep humans flourishing, what is just — rather than the end of a conversation.”Watson said she feels it is important to promote public discourse on the abortion controversy.“I think abortion should remain a constitutional right, that people should be free to define and do that by their conscience, but of course, [people should be] free to try to persuade one another, convince one another, support one another, live by our lights, which I know is difficult,” she said. “It’s just painful and difficult, but that is where I [lie] on so many issues of pluralism.”One of the issues surrounding the pro-life and pro-choice issues is the great cost to raising a child in the United States, Watson added.“We are not a family-friendly country,” she said. “We do not help mothers and children, and that’s something I think we can all work towards and that I am deeply committed to. … [Do you] want to lower the abortion rate? Make it economically possible to raise children in this country.”During the question-and-answer portion of the conversation, Notre Dame history professor Fr. Bill Miscamble asked Watson about how to define when a fetus becomes a person.“One of the issues that, as I understand it, you look at in this sort of pluralism approach, is you are going to leave it to individuals to determine personhood of the baby,” Miscamble said. “Is there a gradation along that line, or would you say it’s the choice of anyone to destroy that baby one day before birth, and that would be then infanticide one day after birth? [This is] one of the strongest arguments as you listen to the pro-life forces and try to represent them for personhood of the child. It just seems that it’s absurd to say one day before it’s not a person, and one day after it is.”Watson responded to Miscamble’s question by citing the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade.“I think that the Supreme Court, from a legal perspective, actually did a great job with viability and here’s why,” she said. “It’s actually scientifically inaccurate to say that a one-celled organism has everything it needs to become a person. What it also needs is to live inside a woman’s body for a minimum of six months or else it cannot survive. So, just biologically and scientifically, they cannot be considered as separate from one another. … There’s no debate about her personhood, and so if, by her lights, in that pluralism model, she views before viability as that embryo something that may be destroyed that has not achieved a personhood that prevents that for her, since she’s the one that will have to live with that consequence, I do think that allowing her to make that choice feels morally and ethically and legally appropriate.”Tags: ethics, Irish 4 Reproductive Health, ordinary abortion, Roe v. Wade Irish 4 Reproductive Health hosted a conversation with Katie Watson, an associate professor of bioethics and law at Northwestern University and author of “Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law and Politics of Ordinary Abortion” in which she advocated for destigmatizing discussing the subject of abortion in everyday life. April Lidinsky, associate professor of women’s and gender studies at Indiana University South Bend, moderated the discussion Tuesday in Corbett Family Hall. last_img read more

State awards $161,000 to preserve iconic landmarks on Vermont farms

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas on Thursday announced $161,000 in Historic Preservation Barn Grants for 19 farms to help preserve their barns for future generations. In a ceremony at the Elm Brook Farm in East Ryegate, which received $10,000 to repair its cow and horse barns, the governor noted that the program aided two of Vermont s most important industries, agriculture and tourism. The grant program, administered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, provides owners of agricultural buildings with matching funding of up to $10,000 for a variety of capital repairs. Eligible projects include repairs to roofs, foundations, walls, sills and overall stabilization.In making decisions on funding, the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation prioritizes projects, giving particular emphasis on working barns to keep them in service and significant agricultural buildings in critical need of repair. Our farms not only provide jobs and a bond to our agricultural past, they help sustain our tourism industry by preserving our working landscape, Governor Douglas said. I am very pleased that the state can assist in preserving these magnificent structures for future generations.The grant program, administered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, provides owners of agricultural buildings with matching funding of up to $10,000 for a variety of capital repairs. Eligible projects include repairs to roofs, foundations, walls, sills and overall stabilization.In making decisions on funding, the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation prioritizes projects, giving particular emphasis on working barns to keep them in service and significant agricultural buildings in critical need of repair. The competition for these grants is very strong, because there are so many more worthy projects than we have funding for, Governor Douglas said. Even in these difficult times, we must make investments in our infrastructure, and these grants encourage the barns owners to invest in their upkeep and preservation.Since its inception twenty years ago, the program has provided more than $1.4  million and leveraged many millions more to bring new life to roughly 200 historic agricultural buildings.  Every year we lose barns to a variety of conditions, but these modest grants help stem that tide, Douglas said. The owners of these barns are to be praised for taking action to preserve them.For more information, visit the Division for Historic Preservation site at: is external)Advisory Council for Historic Preservation 2009 Barn Grants:Cummings Farm Barn, East Montpelier: $10,000 to jack and straighten barn, straighten and/or rebuild stone foundation, and re-grade and create drainage.Damkot Barn, Jericho: $10,000 to replace roof.Davitt Farm Barn, Maidstone: $1,900 to repair high drive.Elm Brook Farm Barns, Ryegate: $10,000 to replace sill and install new section of foundation for the cow barn and to replace foundation and siding for the horse barn.Fish Farm Barn, Tinmouth: $10,000 to repair/rebuild center section of barn.Gaylord Farm Barn, Waitsfield: $10,000 to repair frame and replace deteriorated siding and windows.Harlow Brook Farm Barn, Hartland: $10,000 to rebuild stone foundation and repair/replace sill, repair posts, floor, siding and doors.Kittell Farm Barn, Sheldon: $9,350 to rebuild stone foundation, repair sill, joists, posts and siding, re-fasten and paint metal roof, and add drainage.Lamoille Farm Barn, Cambridge: $10,000 to repair foundation, replace sills, re-flash/repair cupola, and repair frame, siding, windows and slate roof.Mix Barn, Tunbridge – $10,000 to replace sills, repair frame, roof and foundation, re-sheath walls as necessary.Morey Farms Barn, Troy: $2000 to repair frame, rebuild stone foundations, replace roof, and install windows and doors.Pratt Barn, Richford: $9,750 to repair frame and foundation, and partial roof replacement.Regier Barn, Cavendish: $6,250 to repair stone foundation, replace deteriorated sill, repair frame, and paint metal roof.Simplicity Farm Barn, Brookfield: $10,000 to jack and straighten barn, repair foundation, and repair/replace sills, frame and siding.Vermont Woodworking School Silos, Fairfax: $7,250 to repair/replace bases, walls and roofs.Weathervane Barn, Greensboro:  $4,500 to repair cupola and remediate powder post beetles.Willowell Foundation Barn, Monkton: $10,000 repair frame and replace roof.Woodlawn Farm Barn, Royalton: $10,000 to replace roof.Ziegler Barn, South Londonderry: $10,000 to repair west corner of barn, repair frame, sills, posts and floor, rebuild foundation, and install new roof.Source: Governor’s office. East Rygate. July 23, 2009.last_img read more


first_imgAn exciting new entrepreneur support programme designed to create sustainable knowledge and technology businesses is to be set up between Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Sligo IT.New Frontiers is perfect for anyone who has an idea or is in the process of developing a new product in the following sectors: food & consumer products, information & communication technology, engineering & electronics, medical devices, biotechnology, pharma, digital media and eligible internationally traded services.The programme is funded and coordinated by Enterprise Ireland. This programme will be most beneficial to high-potential entrepreneurs with the commitment and capability required to develop and deliver sustainable businesses. In the future it is anticipated that the programme will produce a pipeline of companies eligible for Enterprise Ireland’s high-potential start-up (HPSU) supports.According to Patsy Donaghy, CoLab Manager, “The focus of the New Frontiers programme is developing people into entrepreneurs – laying the foundations and imparting the entrepreneurship skills needed to move from business concept to reality. In essence surrounding these people with the expertise and information they need to turn their idea into a viable business.”The core element of New Frontiers is a six-month intensive programme which will focus on developing the person’s entrepreneurial abilities, equipping them with the skills they need to run, and crucially to develop, sustainable businesses. The programme will be delivered over 3 phases.LYIT and IT Sligo is now inviting people to apply for the first phase of the programme (28 places) where their business idea and their capabilities as a potential entrepreneur will be tested. During this part-time 8 week phase the participants will benefit from workshops on the business value proposition, market research & validation, sales training and financial management. The deadline is 12 April, 2012.After phase one is completed, participants will then be selected for the second phase (12 places) based on the viability of their business, where they will receive financial support of €15,000 from Enterprise Ireland as they focus all their efforts on developing a business during this six-month period. They will also be given office space in the Institute of Technology’s incubation centre, mentoring and access to networking opportunities with potential investors.The New Frontiers programme is now inviting applications before the deadline of 12 April for a programme start on 5 May. To apply for the New Frontiers programme contact Patsy Donaghy at LYIT on 074 91 86703 or email [email protected] LYIT CALLS ALL ENTREPRENEURS FOR NEW ENTERPRISE PROGRAMME was last modified: April 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LYITNEW FRONTIERSlast_img read more

Nicaragua pushes plan for breeding atrisk tapirs

first_imgMASAYA, Nicaragua – “Maya” and “Carburito,” two tapirs born in captivity in the Nicaraguan National Zoo, eat fruits in their pen, but in a few months these endangered animals will be set free in the forest as part of a plan to promote their breeding.“We are going to set them free in order to breed them and to follow their geographic distribution and adaptation, if they can survive or not,” Eduardo Sacasa, a chief veterinarian at the National Zoo, told AFP.The young tapirs, born two years ago in a zoo located in Masaya, south of Managua, will be tracked thanks to collars that are connected with a satellite telemetry system.“The tapir is the most fragile animal there is right now in Nicaragua, and in the world, due to their long reproductive process – a 400-day pregnancy,” Sacasa said.They are becoming extinct due to hunting and the destruction of the forest, among other threats, he added.Early next year, Maya and Carburito will be transported in a military helicopter to the wildlife refuge Kahka Creek. The 650-hectare refuge is situated within the large Wawashang forest reserve in the autonomous region of the Southern Atlantic in Nicaragua.Sacasa said he chose the remote place “because there are many farmers willing to collaborate” with the zoo’s initiative, which began four years ago with the objective of saving the tapirs of Nicaragua. He estimated that the population of tapirs dropped in recent years from 2,000 to 500.“Also we’re going to capture tapirs from the wild [from the reserve] in order to put collars on them,” he said. Eduardo Sacasa pets a tapir at the zoo in Masaya on Sept. 25. AFP/INTI OCON Gardeners of the forestThe National Zoo is spearheading the project with the support of a U.S. specialist from Michigan State University, Christopher Jordan, who assisted with materials and dissemination.The plan is supported by the Environment Ministry, the military’s Ecological Battalion, the police, and the nongovernmental Foundation for the Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua, among others.As part of the initiative, 65 cameras have been installed around Wawashang and other reserves in the Caribbean, which permit observing not only the tapirs, but also other species such as giant anteaters that were believed to be extinct, Sacasa noted.Tapirs are odd-footed ungulate mammals that can grow as large as two meters, can weigh 300 kilograms and can live up to 18 years. With a nose in the form of a small trunk, they are characterized by having strong hoofs, similar to those of a horse or rhinoceros.These docile animals are known also as “gardeners of the forest,” due to their contribution in seed dispersal of plants, bushes and trees.In order to be able to free Maya and Carburito, the zoo needs to approach the refuge with mesh nets – a job that costs some $10,000. Workers hope to collect that amount with a campaign that starts this week on social media.In Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica, tapirs go by the name danta, and their threat of extinction is attributed to hunting for human consumption, the president of Amarte, a foundation to protect animals, Enrique Rimbaud, told AFP.According to Rimbaud, on the Nicaraguan Atlantic Coast, where an autonomous regime is in charge, authorities permit locals to hunt a maximum of four dantas per year, making the survival of these animals difficult. Facebook Commentslast_img read more