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Southern Soul Assembly Closes Tour At The Vogue Theatre [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images One of the best collaborations in recent years is the Southern Soul Assembly, an all-star conglomeration of Southern-influenced singer/songwriters that includes JJ Grey, Marc Broussard, Luther Dickinson, and Anders Osborne. The band has been around for a few years, as the four busy musicians seem to find themselves continually returning to the project whenever their schedules permit.On Sunday, March 25th, their tour together closed at The Vogue Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana for a night of music, story-telling, and more. Luckily, photographer Keith Griner of Phierce Photo was in the house to capture the glory. See below for the full gallery:last_img read more

Lady Day , Starring Audra McDonald, Will Release Live Cast Album

first_img View Comments The live album will feature signature Holiday numbers performed by McDonald in the play, including “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness” and “God Bless the Child.” Directed by Lonny Price, the play by Lanie Robertson tells the life story of the legendary jazz singer through the songs that made her famous. Set in 1959, in an intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday (McDonald) puts on a show that, unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witness to one of the last performances of her lifetime. The Broadway production officially opened on April 13 and McDonald has been nominated for a Tony for her performance in the show. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Related Shows From a Philly bar to your own living room! PS Classics will record a live performance of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, starring five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday, during the week ending May 31. The two-disc set will be released on July 15.last_img read more

Mash 2017 launched

first_imgIn high spirits, scores of people were present for the Mashramani 2017 launching ceremony on Main Street, Georgetown hosted by the Education Ministry’s Department of Culture, Youth and Sport, on Thursday evening.The theme for Mash 2017 was also revealed: “Celebrate with Liberty, Dignity and Greater Unity”.The audience enjoyed the entertaining performances of the Amerindian Dance Troupe, Nitryageet Dancers, the National School of Dance, singing by the winner of the Junior Calypso Monarch, Chutney singer Bunty Singh and Calypsonian Bill Rogers.Additionally, the folk songs by the National Steel Orchestra proved quite appealing to many.Minister within the Education Ministry, Nicolette Henry expressed appreciation of the launch, as she emphasised on the importance of unity among persons of different races and religions, in Guyana.She further encouraged persons to participate in Mashramani 2017, promising that “it will not only be colourful but inclusive”.last_img read more

Dust Became Knowledge

first_imgThe Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week award goes to an Associated Press article reporting on a finding from the Spitzer Space Telescope.  It began in a very matter-of-fact manner, claiming that the one of the biggest questions of philosophy is being answered by dust.  Astronomers have taken a baby step in trying to answer the cosmic question of where we come from.    Planets and much on them, including humans, come from dust — mostly from dying stars.  But where did the dust that helped form those early stars come from?    A NASA telescope may have spotted one of the answers.  It’s in the wind bursting out of super-massive black holes.Some humans may not take kindly to the assertion that they came from a black hole breaking wind.  But one astronomer added just as confidently, “In the end, everything comes from space dust.  It’s putting all the pieces of the puzzle together to figure out where we came from.”    Surely there must be some observational evidence to support such a monumental claim that we came from dust in the wind.  The Spitzer team detected dust around one quasar 8 billion light-years away.  This, the story goes, shows that dust is a building block of us: “Dust is important in the cooling process to make stars, which are predominantly gas.  The leftover dust tends to clump together to make planets, comets and asteroids,” the article explained.  The claim that we are leftovers does not seem to be helping our self-esteem after the prior insult.    Another astronomer claimed that the discovery is “an important step in answering a fundamental mystery of the early universe.”  The original press release from the Spitzer Team said a pretty face is like a melody: “The hit song that proclaimed, ‘All we are is dust in the wind,’ may have some cosmic truth to it.”Let’s ponder this profound display of wisdom.  Babies make baby steps, it is true, but do they know where they are going?  Do they make a straight line toward knowledge?  or even an indirect line?  Babies don’t ask fundamental questions, nor do they presume to have the answers before taking their baby steps.  One moment after stepping toward daddy, they may do an about face toward mommy, or make a right-angle turn, or collapse in a heap on the rug.    If this analogy represents the kind of steps science is making in its pursuit of knowledge about “where we came from,” is it not possible that numerous about-faces and collapses could occur before they answer the question?  And if so, might not the final answer be completely different, that we did not come from space dust?    The presumptuousness of scientists these days knows no bounds.  Here they are just starting to take baby steps, and they already know the answer to the biggest question that has occupied the greatest minds for thousands of years.  If knowledge is defined as a justified true belief, then it is hard to call knowledge anything that originates in dust blowing in the wind.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Meet South Africa’s first gay biker club

first_imgSporting an emblem of a boy spreading his wings, South Africa’s first gay biker club, Unapologetic, is exercising its freedom to be who they are. The group’s founder, James William Brown, credits the Constitution for this.Anyone is allowed to join Unapologetic Bikers Club, as long as they don’t discriminate against gay people. (Image: Unapologetic Bikers Club)Ray MaotaThe Unapologetic Bikers Club is here to dispel the myth that biking is the bastion of gung-ho heterosexual masculinity.Based in north-west Johannesburg, this gay biker group offers a place of belonging to fellow gay bikers.James William Brown, its founder, said: “Well, I started the group to prove people wrong. To show that we’re still ‘normal’ people, even though we’re gay.“The main point is to reach out to the community and help people who struggle and to show we care. Ultimately, I want to help prove wrong all the stereotypes that people have about being gay.”How the Constitution helpedTo Brown’s knowledge, Unapologetic is the only gay biker club around.He said the Constitution has helped the group a lot. “I believe the Constitution gives us the wings to be who we are without fear of discrimination.“If it were not written down in our Constitution, many would still live in fear of reprisals for having a different sexual orientation [compared to] others.”According to Brown, the group is vital because bikers who are gay, don’t feel as if they are alone.“It should give them a feeling that they’re part of something and they’re making a difference. It’s also a way to meet new people and help others come out; showing them that they don’t need to conform to what society says they are.If you want more info or would like to join Unapologetic, check out their Facebook page or contact James on [email protected] you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more