10 Things To Do In NYC Before Phish’s Four Shows At Madison Square Garden

first_imgFor more information on the pre-Phish shows mentioned in this article, head the official Phish After Parties website. 10. The BreslinApril Bloomfield’s gastropub experience, located at the Ace Hotel, provides one of the most unique dining experiences in the area around the Garden. The place is famous for it’s Lamb Burger, but the entire menu is interesting from top to bottom. The Breslin boasts a great list of beers and cocktails, and any restaurant that has an entire menu dedicated to puddings is at least worth consideration. It’s almost here! Phish‘s annual New Year’s Eve run is fast approaching, with night one coming up tomorrow. With so much to do in New York City, it can be overwhelming to figure out what to do while on your way to Madison Square Garden. Well, fear not, as we have put together an essential list of pre-show suggestions, with everything from concerts, restaurants, and sightseeing that’s guaranteed to provide some proper pre-show fun. There’s a little something for everyone in here, so make sure to check it out and get a better idea of what to do before Phish hits that famous MSG stage at 8:00pm each evening.Without further adieu, here’s our list of the top things to do in NYC pre-Phish during the New Year’s Run!1. PhanArtPhanArt has become one of the most reliable pre-show hangs in the Phish scene. The fan-made-art event series is your go-to place to enjoy art centered around Phish, the Grateful Dead, Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits and more of your favorite bands. PhanArt is perfect for the hardcore art collector as well as the casual browser and is a perfect place to meet your friends pre-show this NYE run. This year, PhanArt is putting on two events, one at the Hotel Penn, located across the street from Madison Square Garden on 12/29, and another event at American Beauty NYC on 12/30, located just two blocks away from MSG and which will feature two sets of music from up-and-coming jam band Formula 5. Access to both PhanArt events is 100% free!2. The Pennsy NYCThe Pennsy is a new-ish food court located on the ground floor of Madison Square Garden, just outside the main entrance of the venue. It features an eclectic collection of established food vendors, with plenty of variety available to match your food interest. The Pennsy has attracted go-to NYC food icons like Mario Batali and Mary Giuliani, Pat LaFrieda, and Marc Forgione to create a unique food court experience. There are options for meat lovers and vegetarians, with an emphasis on fresh food and fast casual dining. There’s a pretty vibrant bar scene at The Pennsy and there’s always music blasting, making it a perfect place to grab a quick drink and a delicious quick bite before heading inside to rage with Phish.3. Holly BowlingAt this point, Holly Bowling needs no introduction. Her gorgeous, swirling covers of Phish and the Grateful Dead have shown a different and more intricate side to the music we all love. There is simply nothing like hearing a classical piano mashup of “Fly Famous Mockingbird” and “Bird Song”, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Bowling’s musical prowess. Bowling will bring her unique covers to The Cutting Room for two pre-shows on 12/30 and 12/31, giving you two chances to catch this awesome presentation of Phish and Dead songs. Bowling will be paying tribute to Phish’s Billy Breathes on 12/30, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.Holly Bowling performing “Fly Famous Mockingbird” at The Cutting Room on 8/18/20154. The High LineThe High Line has become one of the best tourist attractions in New York City in recent years. Spanning from the Gansevoort Street to 34th Street on the city’s West Side, it provides unparalleled views of the Hudson River, unique perspectives of the city’s famous skyscrapers, and a variety of art and plant life to explore. The park essentially cuts through the city’s skyline, and it ends just a few short blocks away from Madison Square Garden. It may be cold, but if the weather is right and the sun is shining, there is no better place to explore pre-show than the High Line.5. Dead SessionsThe Dead Sessions collective brings the purest Grateful Dead energy possible to every show. They are a rotating cast of musical characters that make it their job to pay tribute to the Dead in the best possible way. You never know who might show up to play with the Dead Sessions band, which will be playing a pre-party and a post-Phish late night show at American Beauty NYC on 12/29.Watch Dead Sessions perform a full set at The Port City Music Hall in Portland, Maine on 5/2/146. Madison Square Garden-Area BarsMadison Square Garden is the premier event center in New York City, and as a result, it is surrounded by quality bars that are perfect for pre-show hangs. Stout, American Whiskey, Blarney Stone Pub, Blarney Rock Pub, and Feile are just a few examples of the many watering holes in the area of MSG. The bars around the Garden will be slammed each night before Phish takes the stage, and many of the bars usually play Phish music and DVDs to satisfy the masses of phans that descend on the area each night. American Beauty NYC will also be open pre-show every day, with their front bar open to the public, even if you don’t want to see any live music.7. Keens SteakhouseKeens Steakhouse is a New York City classic. Open since 1885, the famous steakhouse is home to the largest collection of smoking pipes in the world. Formerly the home of the “Pipe Club”, everyone from Albert Einstein to Babe Ruth and President Theodore Roosevelt were members, and their pipes, as well as thousands of others, still adorn the ceiling of this old-fashioned establishment. Keens is also famous for their excellent cuts of meat; specifically, the Mutton Chop has been a favorite at the restaurant since the 1930s. The place is a true relic of the past, and, if you can take the hit to your wallet, it’s worth checking out. It’s located only a few short blocks away from Madison Square Garden and makes for an awesome pre-show meal experience. Fun fact: there’s a shrine to Abraham Lincoln at Keens!8. The Empire State BuildingWhat’s more NYC than the Empire State Building? Arguably the most iconic building in the city (possibly the world?), the Empire State Building’s Observation Deck boasts unbeatable views of the impressive New York City skyline. The lines may be long, and it may be a bit touristy, but if you haven’t been to the top of the Empire State Building, it’s worth doing at least once in your life.9. Stella Blue’s BandSince their formation in 2009, the Stella Blues Band has been crushing the Grateful Dead cover band circuit. Given the first residency at Garcia’s at the Capitol Theater, they have showcased a vibrant ability to channel the Dead. The band creates one of the most reliable Dead experiences in the scene, and they will be providing the ultimate pre-show entertainment at American Beauty NYC on 12/31.Stella Blue’s Band performing “Scarlet Begonias” > “Slipknot!” > “Franklin’s Tower” at Brooklyn Bowl on 2/4/2015last_img read more

INTERVIEWS: A Dozen High-Profile Hulaween Legacy Artists Reflect On The Magic At Spirit of The Suwannee

first_imgSuwannee Hulaween is one of a kind. Indeed, there are hundreds of music festivals, large and small, featuring jam bands to funk to bluegrass to electronic and all points between. Festivals dot the map from spring through fall, yet every year, just before Halloween, the mystical confines of Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park plays a heavenly, rapturous host to thousands of funkateers, fanatics, and Hulagins alike. Hulaween is site to some of the most prodigious festival performances every year—a high-end independent festival that boasts some of the most diverse and interesting bookings that run across many scenes, genres, and generations. (For more information and ticketing for Suwannee Hulaween 2018, scheduled for October 26th through 28th, head to the festival’s website here.)If you ask anyone—be it the performers, the staff, or the festival-goers themselves—they’ll all tell you the same thing: the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park is the true superstar headliner of Hula: the main reason why fans, beloved bands, the hottest DJs, plus fantastic vendors and tremendous staff return each and every year, no matter who is slated on the schedule. When you visit Suwannee, your senses drip in serendipity, thick and dense as the Spanish moss rolled betwixt the Live Oaks trees, as far as the eye can see.The String Cheese Incident serves as the host of Suwannee Hulaween, as the entire event was conceived by the band long before it settled into its home at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park some six years ago. SCI uses the festival as an opportunity to spread their wings and fly; they dig deep in their enormous catalog, reaching back for old-school songs and patient jams that may get overlooked on regular tour dates. Cheese performs no less than seven sets over the three days, inviting peers and friends to the main stage for a wide variety of sit-ins, in addition to their always exciting Halloween-themed set on Saturday night. SCI are no strangers to both Burning Man culture and West Coast festival art, and this influence arrives at Hulaween—specifically Spirit Lake—in a panorama of color, shapes and sizes, reflected in the band’s myriad collaborators, artisans, builders, dreamers, and doers.SCI percussionist Jason Hann— who performs with electronic side project EOTO, and a bevy of unannounced sit-ins each year—is a perfect band spokesman for this preview. We asked him to reflect on the origins of Suwannee Hulaween, what the festival means to him and his band, and for a treasured memory. We also tapped a few other legacy artists from the 2018 lineup, and they offered their own special thoughts on HULA as well.Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident/EOTO): [Michael] Travis and Billy [Nershi] and I were so hyped on the property since we played at other events there, and Paul Levine always presented the best in hospitality, that we kept going back to management and tried to psyche them up for teaming up with Paul to start a regular fest there—something down South that separated itself from all of the other festivals. No doubt seeing the way the property transforms itself on Hula weekend has been incredible to watch and provides fresh memories every year. It’s great the way it has similar themes of interactive art installations, like Electric Forest, but has completely taken on its own character in the swamp with the music lineup, the mossy trees, and the addition of the water projections and the neon-water jetpack guy putting on performances at night on the lake.As far as performance memories, our first collaborative sets when we added the Antibalas Horns and Rhonda Thomas and Tony White on vocals really presented fun challenges for us: choosing to play more music that might be outside of our normal zone, and then finally getting together with horns and vocals onsite on the day of show to rehearse and see how the songs would come together. There always a bunch of moments from rehearsing backstage that I wish were captured. We hit these awesome moments, and we’re all eager to hear what these songs will sound like. Then, it happens, and we all high-five each other, knowing that all of the hard work is totally worth it.I think our first  “Ghoul Train” in 2015 was a great standout moment because it was such a new type of collaborative set for us: playing all Soul Train songs and having the original roller skaters who were just kids on the original Soul Train TV show. And having GZA from Wu-Tang Clan be down for getting in the role of “Don Cornelius” to introduce certain songs. Lots of things came together at the last minute to make it impactful.The String Cheese Incident – Ghoul Train Set – Hulaween 2015[Video: TheSoberGoat]Bayou sons The Revivalists have come of age in nearby New Orleans, Louisiana, and the sprawling ensemble has performed at Spirit Of The Suwannee Park a number of times through the years. Mixing NOLA-fied flavors with soul, blues, R&B, and southern rock, The Revivalists have established themselves on the Billboard charts and in the mainstream zeitgest with their warm, down-home vibes. The band is wildly popular for the catchy, emotional songs, and for this brotherhood’s bountiful sounds. Rolling Stone editor David Fricke called them “a Crescent City-rhythm spin on jam-band jubilee.”The Revivalists have a strong and fervent following at the Suwannee going back to their breakthrough performance at Wanee 2012. In 2016, The Revivalists played a fiery set late Saturday on the Spirit Lake stage, and singer David Shaw closed things out with a rare acoustic set on the same stage the final night.George Gekas (The Revivalists): “Suwannee is a special place in the hearts of many fans and musicians. It has a certain energy that seeps into the grounds and exudes itself into the air. It casts a magical spell on you. Every time feels like your first experience, all while feeling that you’re right where you’re supposed to be at that moment.”  Michael Girardot (The Revivalists): “Suwannee Music Park and The Revivalists go way back. We’ve played the barn, the field, the amphitheater, and the forest. We’ve swam in the river, slept in the cabins, and slept outside. We heralded and rejoiced at the construction of the Busy Bee. We’ve shivered on cold October nights. We’ve sweated in 100-degree heat and humidity and done the ice bucket challenge right after a set. It always reminds me of that feeling you get when coming back to summer camp. Just a day’s trek down I-10 and a little to the left, and we’re at Suwannee. We see old friends and, hopefully, make new ones. ” The Revivalists – Hulaween 2016[Video: TheSoberGoat]Suwannee Hulaween has been consistently ahead of the industry curve when it comes to featuring female artists on their festival lineup. Jennifer Hartswick has long been one of Spirit of Suwannee Music Park’s most celebrated and beloved performers. The trumpet virtuoso was handpicked by none other than Trey Anastasio when she was still a teenager and has been an integral part of the Phish guitarist’s solo side project, Trey Anastasio Band, pretty much ever since. Through the years, Hartswick has played a couple sizzling sets here at SOSMP with Trey as well as led her own Jennifer Hartswick Band across several stages. Hartswick has rocked Suwannee a couple of times with seminal underground unit Van Ghost and has served as an Artist-at-Large, sitting in with the likes of The Nth Power, Umphrey’s McGee, Lettuce, George Porter Jr., and countless others.Akin to the inaugural Hulaween, this year Hartswick is returning to the Suwannee River with her trusty pal Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power) in tow, as the passionate pair have been touring as a duo all over the country in 2018. We asked the artist affectionately known as “J-HA” for some thoughts about Suwannee Hulaween, specifically regarding their dedication to booking women each and every year. She also let us know some other femme fatales festivalgoers should not miss.Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band): I’m proud of Hulaween for making it a priority to actively book more female musicians. I think it is a talent buyer’s duty to have diversity of all kinds on a festival. There are so many brilliant female musicians that get overlooked, but if people took the time to get out there and see what’s happening, they would realize that we’re out here. We’ve BEEN out here. We’re not hiding. And if you haven’t seen Mavis Staples, you better fix it. If you haven’t seen Janelle Monáe, you better fix that too! Swooping in from the Gold Country hills of Northern California is The Polish Ambassador & The Diplomatic Scandal. Polish (David Sugalski) has long been the world’s funkiest diplomat, and now he’s stepping into the role of a bandleader. With the newly-christened Diplomatic Scandal, TPA is bringing together a live band, a collective of instrumentalists culled from his ever-reliable Jumpsuit Records family. The band has played merely a few engagements so far, but the buzz is hot for this new endeavor, and Hulaween will be its Suwannee debut. The band plans on primarily performing TPA material, with maybe a surprise jam or two thrown in for good measure. Polish is no stranger to Hula or the Spirit of Suwannee, having thrown down twice in Octobers past (2015, 2017) and at Purple Hatter’s Ball 2016 when he hosted a Permaculture Action Day.David Sugalski (The Polish Ambassador): “What I treasure most about Hulaween is what I like to call the Hulaween tri-force. First you have the land, the park, Suwannee. Nestled in the Florida bush, it is one of the most exquisite landscapes to see, hear, and perform music in the country. Then you have Silver Wrapper curating a lineup that has so much good music from a variety of genres. Honored to be a small potato in this cornucopia of good vibes. This combo brings out some of the best music fans—people that truly love music, love to seek out new music, and love to build community through music. People that all artists are thrilled to perform for. Land, Lineup, People: the Hulaween triforce. See you at Hula!” Polish Ambassador & The Diplomatic Scandal – “Too Coo” [Live][Video: The Polish Ambassador]Before they decamped to Asheville, North Carolina, a few years ago, The Fritz was a North Florida band—out of Jacksonville to be exact. As such, the group has a long history with The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, having cut their teeth on a number of festival stages over the past decade, including Hulaween 2016. The quintet’s sizzling brand of high-energy funk rock is the perfect party starter for the Hulaween vibration. Yet The Fritz is not a one-trick pony, and they will be back at Hulaween 2018 with a bunch of divergent styles to unveil. Percussionist Mikey Spice let us know that a new Fritz studio EP is on the way, and with that, a hefty slab of new jams come late October, for their favorite musical amusement park.Mikey Spice (The Fritz): “Suwannee Hulaween has become a reunion on many levels, joining so many of my different worlds together. When The Fritz performed at Hula two years ago, I was ecstatic to see so many friends coming from different parts of the country to enjoy our music in one place. I’d like to add that the production staff shows extreme attention to detail, which guarantees an unforgettable experience for everyone, the artists, and patrons. Cannot wait to be back!” The Fritz – Hulaween 2016[Video: BigDirty420]There is no band with a more storied history on the banks of the Suwannee River than psychedelic future-funk-hop cosmonauts Lettuce. This cherished contingent blessed up the Amphitheater Stage twice annually at Bear Creek for nearly a decade, in addition to a couple of Purple Hatter’s Balls, and even a special Music Hall engagement in the middle of winter. SOSMP is quite simply HQ for the LETT Army. The ever-evolving band-of-badasses always seems to deliver supernatural performances from their hallowed Amphitheater throne; several of their most historic and revered sessions have taken place on these sacred grounds. Since 2015, Lettuce has been invited back to Suwannee Hulaween annually, most recently for two sets. On the heels of their white-hot JGB tribute set at LOCKN’ and what looks to be a thrilling fall tour, the scene is set for LETT to torch Hulaween once the Autumn wind blows them back to Live Oak in October.Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce/Break Science Live Band): “Lettuce has enjoyed so many monumental musical experiences at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park over the years, and especially at the Amphitheater Stage. The diversity and the grand scale of an event like Suwannee Hulaween give it even more weight and deeper meaning, to us.” Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff (Lettuce/Break Science Live Band): “There are a few things that come to mind. First off, there is a literal spirit that’s alive at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park—if you listen closely by the lake, you may hear the spirit’s voice, singing softly into the night. Next is the community, the people who come to the park each and every year for festivals like Hulaween, the type of people you’d meet in like an old-school Phish lot in ’94, where everyone is kind and courteous and real lovers of music. Third, I gotta say the man behind the curtain, the curator of the Spirit of Suwannee, the man himself, Mr. Paul Levine, who lives at the park all year round. Paul sets the tone and the vibe by being a wonderful human, a great friend, and someone who truly cares about presenting the music from a fan’s perspective.”Lettuce – Hulaween 2015[Video: TheSoberGoat]Several members of Lettuce, along with producer/keyboardist Borahm Lee, will appear as Break Science Live Band, having debuted this lineup at the Music Park back at AURA 2015. Furthermore, Break Science has performed at SOSMP many times as a core duo, with Lee and Adam Deitch having thrown down their unique brand of progressive live electronic music at several Suwannee events over the past decade. Accordingly, Borahm Lee has strong feelings, an affinity for, and an attachment to the venue and its environs.Borahm Lee (Break Science): “Suwannee has always been something so special. There’s definitely something magical, magnetic, magnetizing about the grounds to begin with, before even any other factors. I think that the Earth is kind of like a human body, where there are different pressure points—points of accumulation of vibe, energetic areas, sort of like lay lines. [Laughs] I definitely feel like Suwannee has it… Something certainly magical. You can feel it, and it’s sort of reflected in the nature that is there that’s so very unique—the Spanish moss, the oak trees, that amazing river. Whether you are a nature lover or not, it’s a special place. We’ve been playing fests there as long as we’ve been Break Science.” Break Science Live Band – “Me, Myself, & I” – AURA 2015[Video: AURA Music Festival]An artist affectionately dubbed the “Minister of the Suwannee River”, lap-steel gospel guitar shaman Roosevelt Collier is a beloved son of Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. Going back to his days running with the Lee Boys, Collier has been omnipresent at Suwannee for magical moments dating back for many, many years. Collier has performed at SOSMP and Hula in a variety of combinations, settings, and projects. A very unique and inspired player, Rosie most likely holds the record for most sit-ins all-time at this venue. The Florida hero will be feted like royalty once again when he returns to the river for this year’s Suwannee Hulaween.Roosevelt Collier: “Spirit of Suwannee is a place of musical healing and family gathering. There’s this chemical embedded in the trees out at the park called ‘love‘ that everyone knows about and feels when they enter SOSMP!”The String Cheese Incident with Roosevelt Collier – “On The Road” – Hulaween 2016[Video: Go See Live Music]Manic Focus has become a household name at Hulaween in recent years, as the producer/DJ/bandleader has seen his career blossom as he climbs the festival lineup mountain around the country. John “JmaC” McCarten hails from the Twin Cities in Minnesota but has come to prominence in the windy city of Chicago, where he’s built a devoted following on top of his white-hot remixes and bombastic live shows. Manic Focus has a keen ear for the classic pop song remix, throwing thunderous drums and throbbing bass beneath the melodies we all know and love. Look for a very special appearance of the MF’n Live Band, featuring a who’s-who of the live electronic scene.John “JmaC” McCarten: Hulaween has been sort of the “last hurrah” festival of the year for me. It’s the last full-fledged camp out before everyone goes into winter hibernation, and one more chance for us to see all of our homies playing before we hit touring season head-on. Hulaween is one of those tight-knit festivals that really makes me feel like I’m at home. I’ve had the chance to perform with some really incredible musicians at Hulaween. The Manic Science set I did with Borahm Lee, Adam Deitch, the Shady Horns, and Jesus Coomes on the Spirit Lake stage definitely stands out in my mind. Over the last two years, the Manic Focus live band featured some fresh lineups and sit-ins from Jen Hartswick, Ryan Zoidis, and ProbCause. Then, in 2018, I got to play a late night DJ set on a stage that shot fire into the air. You never know what’ll happen at a festival like Hulaween, one that really caters to the musicians AND fans.  Manic Focus – Electric Forest 2018[Video: Manic Focus]Suwannee Hulaween will return to its home at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, yet again in 2018. Scheduled for October 26th through 28th, once again, the festival boasts a truly diverse and heavy-hitting lineup. Headed by host band The String Cheese Incident, the weekend will also see performances by the likes of Odesza, Jamiroquai, Janelle Monáe, Tipper, The Revivalists, Vulfpeck, STS9, REZZ, Lettuce, Gramatik, Trampled By Turtles, Action Bronson, Emancipator Ensemble, and countless others.For more information and ticketing for Suwannee Hulaween 2018, scheduled for October 26th through 28th, head to the festival’s website here. Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino – Suwannee 2013last_img read more

RecSports to host 37th annual Domer Run

first_imgNotre Dame RecSports will host the 37th annual Domer Run on Friday on the Irish Green. The run is staffed by a mix of employees and volunteer workers who help out with everything from manning water stations to crowd control. Kendra Bayne, the assistant director of RecSports, organized the run.“My favorite part of the Domer Run is seeing the wide variety of participants that cross the finish line on race day,” Bayne said in an email. “No matter if you’re a runner or a walker, the only thing that truly matters is that you’re up and out there on a beautiful morning on the campus of Notre Dame and being active.”The run follows three separate courses weaving throughout Notre Dame’s campus. These three courses consist of a 5K run, a 10K run and a two-mile “Fun Walk.”According to the Domer Run website, the five-kilometer run begins on the Irish Green and proceeds on a northbound route to Saint Mary’s lake, where runners will circle the body of water. After circling the lake, runners will travel south down Holy Cross drive until they reach Notre Dame Avenue, then make their way north and around University Circle. Participants will then run south on Notre Dame Avenue until they reach their original starting point, the Irish Green.The 10K run follows a similar course, with the addition of having contestants run around both Saint Mary’s lake and St. Joseph’s lake. This race also includes a mile long stretch where the runners go south down Twyckenham Drive before reaching the final stretch of the race and finally finishing at the Irish Greens. According to the site, the two mile “Fun Walk” is more focused on sightseeing than competition, and follows a very relaxed route through campus. The walkers begin at Irish Green, walking north around the main building, passing the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on their way. After that, the contestants will walk east to the Rockne Memorial, then finally follows the course back to where they began their great Odyssey, the Irish Commons. The main purpose of the run is to fundraise for the Gyna Girls of the RiverBend Cancer Services, Gyna Girls president Nancy White said. RiverBend Cancer Services seeks to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors as well as help those with cancer with managing their treatment, according to their website. “We feel so blessed to be partnering with the Domer Run to help raise awareness about gynecological cancers,” White said.Notre Dame senior Andrew Jarocki won last year’s five kilometer Domer Run race in the 18-25 division. “I love and do the Domer Run whenever I can because it is a beautiful course around the lakes and through campus,” Jarocki said. “For me, it is also really fun to run with and compete against folks from all over the tri-campus area.”Tags: Domer Run, Gyna-Girls, RecSports, RiverBend Cancer Serviceslast_img read more

President Conboy to facilitate discussion with students of color

first_imgStudents of color are invited to attend a virtual meeting Wednesday with College President Katie Conboy to share their aspirations and stories, said Redgina Hill, executive director of inclusion and equity, in an email Thursday.“We are entering a new time at Saint Mary’s, and this is the perfect opportunity to dream together to create change,” Hill said.Students interested in participating are asked to register via a link within the email.Tags: inclusion and equity, president katie conboy, students of colorlast_img read more

Aww! Idina Menzel & Josh Gad Have a Warm & Fuzzy Frozen Reunion

first_img If/Then Idina Menzel View Comments Star Files If/Then star Idina Menzel had a very special visitor May 20: Her Frozen pal Josh Gad! The Book of Mormon alum headed backstage to reunite with Menzel and congratulate her on her new gig—it seems like just yesterday these two were frolicking through Norway (well, their animated counterparts, Elsa and Olaf, that is) in the hit Disney film. Frozen co-composer Kristen Anderson-Lopez posted this adorable shot of the two stars on her Twitter account and wrote: “Backstage at If/Then we discovered a possible plot for Frozen 2!” Um, does the sequel involve Elsa and Olaf hugging to keep warm? Or does touching tongues with a snowman unleash some sort of new arctic superpower? Either way, we can’t wait!center_img Josh Gad Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015last_img read more

Judge rejects Peabody, Arch plan for coal mining joint venture in Powder River Basin

first_imgJudge rejects Peabody, Arch plan for coal mining joint venture in Powder River Basin FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wyoming Public Media:A federal judge has ruled against a proposed joint venture between the two largest coal producers in the nation. District Judge Sarah Pitlyk found that consolidating seven of Arch Resources Inc. and Peabody Energy Corp’s mines in the Powder River Basin and Colorado wouldn’t bode well for the region’s market.The move leaves questions for future consolidation in the Powder River Basin, and Arch Resources which has taken steps to move away from thermal markets.The court decision comes in support of a previous complaint made by the Federal Trade Commission last February. “The FTC has shown that there is a reasonable probability that the proposed joint venture will substantially impair competition in the market for Southern Powder River Basin coal and that the equities weigh in favor of injunctive relief,” Pitlyk wrote.The companies won’t appeal the federal court’s decision given the significant investment required.In June of 2019, Peabody and Arch announced their intent of joining forces in hopes of saving $820 million over the course of a decade. The goal was to adjust as coal markets continued to struggle against increasingly competitive natural gas and renewables. Under the plan, Peabody would have become the majority of the economic interest. In a presentation, Arch said it would use its thermal revenue to fund its metallurgical investments. The company officially changed their name from Arch Coal to Arch Resources in May.Benjamin Nelson, VP Senior Credit Officer and lead coal analyst at Moody’s Investors Service said, “We expect the Powder River Basin coal production region will remain under significant pressure in 2021 and at least a few coal mines in the region could close in the early 2020s.”[Cooper McKim]More: Cost-cutting coal venture rejected, leaves questions for PRB competitionlast_img read more

A new foothold in Surrey

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Premier League CEO says Black Lives Matter a moral cause, not a political one

first_imgHe highlighted previous cases of politics in English football such as when Arsenal distanced themselves from Mesut Ozil’s support for the Uighur Muslim population in China and when the league fined Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for wearing a yellow ribbon in support of Catalan independence campaigners.”How did we get from Ozil and Pep to Black Lives Matter, and can the Premier League players and managers now be assured that anything goes if they have a cause that they feel strongly about and the Premier League will not take action against them?” he asked Masters.”I think we are living in unprecedented times,” Masters replied.”Players are used to being the message board for other people’s messages and on this occasion they wanted to make two very clear statements as players, supported by the Premier League and the clubs: Thanking the NHS..and also recognizing the issues that are going around the world and the support of the sentiment of Black Lives Matter,” he said. Premier League CEO Richard Masters defended players’ and clubs’ collective decision to support the Black Lives Matter movement on Tuesday, describing it as a moral cause and not a political one.When the league restarted this month after a three-month stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic, all players had “Black Lives Matter” on their shirts instead of their names in the opening round of games and they have continued to take a knee before kick-off in support of BLM.At a hearing of the British parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Conservative MP Steve Brine said the the league’s support for the movement appeared to mark a shift from its previous opposition to political messages in the sport. “We listened and are happy to support them.”I don’t think it sets any particular precedent. I think it is perfectly possible to support Black Lives Matter the sentiment without being seen to support any political organisation,” he said.”We are an apolitical organization – we don’t support political organizations.”Masters said “all players” had backed the campaign, but he added that there would be a high bar for any future initiatives which would have to be agreed upon.”We are drawing a clear distinction between a moral cause and a political movement or agenda. While there may be a difficulty sometimes, dividing the two, our position is clear: Politics no, moral causes yes – when agreed,” he said.Masters said if players got involved in political messaging on the field without agreement they would remain in breach of regulations and could face fines.Labor MP Julie Elliott said she was concerned about Masters’ explanation.”I think you are opening up a can of worms by how you have responded to those questions,” she said.Masters reiterated that the decision to back BLM was a collective one, saying it had come out of conference call discussions with the captains of the Premier League clubs, and did not set a precedent.”This is all players coming together…it is a firm position from all players,” he said.”It doesn’t mean that whenever players on an individual [or] collective basis want to do something that the Premier League and clubs will be duty-bound to support it.” Topics :last_img read more

Unai Emery to appoint Granit Xhaka as Arsenal captain ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

first_imgGranit Xhaka is set to be confirmed as Arsenal’s new club captain (Picture: Getty)Granit Xhaka is set to be appointed as Arsenal’s new club captain by Unai Emery, ahead of the club’s star strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.Emery had been deliberating over who to name as Laurent Koscielny’s successor after the long-serving Frenchman went on strike earlier this summer to force through his move to Bordeuax.Xhaka was named as one of Emery’s five captain’s last season and has warn the armband on six occasions already this term, despite being regarded as a divisive figure among Arsenal fans.According to the BBC’s David Ornstein, the Arsenal head coach is yet to settle on Xhaka’s vice captain, with this season’s top scorer Aubameyang and former Lyon skipper Lacazette, currently sidelined by an ankle injury, in the running.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTEmery’s decision is unlikely to be a universally popular one given Xhaka, who turns 27 today, was booed following his performance against Aston Villa last weekend, while his place in the side appears to be in a degree of jeopardy following the emergence of Mateo Guendouzzi and loan signing of Dani Ceballos. Advertisement Advertisement Unai Emery to appoint Granit Xhaka as Arsenal captain ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Comment Laurent Koscielny’s departure from Arsenal meant Unai Emery was forced to choose a new captain (Picture: Getty)Rob Holding, meanwhile, who returned from a lengthy injury earlier this week against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, revealed the first team squad had been polled and staged a secret ballot to determine the club’s new captain.‘He likes his five captains. We all did a vote the other week so we’ll see what happens and see who gets named,’ Holding said.‘It was just a case of writing names down and then giving them to the manager and he will go through them – obviously with his input – and we’ll see what happens.‘I have no idea [when an announcement will be made], but there is a lot of leaders in that team who are helping each other out and pushing each other on.‘Now that we’ve got these five captains that the manager has brought in it’s spreading the leadership group rather than having one person to dictate it. You’re getting more input, it’s generating a good environment.’Who should be the Arsenal captainXhaka0%Aubameyag0%Lacazette0%Bellerin0%Holding0%Luiz0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer delays decision on whether to start Mason Greenwood against ArsenalMORE: Manchester United turned down the chance to sign Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli Metro Sport ReporterFriday 27 Sep 2019 11:20 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link633Shareslast_img read more

Sovcomflot Reports Significant CO2 Cuts from New LNG-Powered Tankers

first_imgRussian shipping company PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has achieved significant CO2 emission cuts since taking delivery of the first of its “Green Funnel” LNG-fueled Aframax crude oil tankers a year ago.The company has accumulated data showing that using LNG as a primary fuel for these high-capacity tankers enabled a 30 percent reduction of CO2 emissions compared with similar vessels powered by traditional heavy fuel.This reduction has exceeded the original design target values, Sovcomflot said.Igor Tonkovidov, Executive Vice President and CTO/COO of Sovcomflot, delivered a report on the first results of operating ‘Green Funnel’ series tankers while visiting Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex in the Russian Far East where five similar LNG-fueled large-capacity tankers are being built for Sovcomflot.“It is remarkable that during the round-trip voyage from Primorsk to Rotterdam and back, an LNG-fuelled ‘Green Funnel’ tanker of Sovcomflot emits 350 tonnes of CO2 less than a similar vessel powered by a standard marine fuel. By 2023, SCF Group plans to have 11 LNG-fuelled tankers in its fleet, with five more under technical management,” Tonkovidov said.Sovcomflot currently has fleet of 146 of vessels with a total deadweight of over 12.8 million tons. More than 80 vessels have an ice class.In 2018-2019, Sovcomflot took delivery of six 114,000 dwt LNG-powered Aframax crude oil tankers of Arc4 ice class. In 2019, Gagarin Prospect, the lead ship in this ‘Green Funnel’ series, won the international Marine Propulsion Award for Ship of the Year 2018 and Nor-Shipping Next Generation Ship Award 2019.During the second half of 2018, Sovcomflot placed orders at Zvezda for five LNG-fueled tankers, which will be time-chartered to Rosneft and Novatek once delivered. In addition, Sovcomflot provides technical supervision for the construction of five LNG-powered tankers for Rosneft at Zvezda, and it is envisaged that Sovcomflot will provide technical management of these tankers following their delivery.last_img read more