Watch Dopapod Perform “Welcome To The Machine” At Resonance Music Festival [HD Video]

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first_imgDopapod performed a set of Pink Floyd hits at the recent Resonance Music & Arts Festival at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH recently. The group has original drummer Neal ‘Fro’ Evans back behind the kit, driving the force behind the Wish You Were Here rocker. Watch incredible footage of their “Welcome To The Machine” performance courtesy of MK DEVO below!Check out guitarist Rob Compa and keyboardist Eli Winderman perform at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive event on Saturday, October 22nd as part of Roosevelt Collier’s NY Get Down, alongside a massive lineup of ridiculous talent that spans the jam, funk, and livetronica scenes. All information about Brooklyn Comes Alive can be found here.last_img

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Poetry with personages

first_imgElisa New is used to being asked about celebrity.Even before the Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature launched the television part of her multimedia initiative “Poetry in America” in April, New had hip-hop artist Nas reading Walt Whitman and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry reading Carl Sandburg in her online Extension School course, “Poetry in America for Teachers: The City from Whitman to Hip Hop” (created in part with a faculty fellowship from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning).For the television series, presented by WGBH Boston and distributed by American Public Television, she reaches further, sitting down with the likes of Bono, Bill Clinton, and Shaquille O’Neal for in-depth discussions of one poem in each 24-minute episode.“Celebrities?” Sitting in a conference room down the hall from her Vanserg studio, New muses on the word. “I think of them as readers, as poetry readers. Whether that person is Bono or a first-year design student at the New School, a deliveryman, or Herbie Hancock, two humans beings sitting across the table from each other with a powerful text between them are bound to a kind of intellectual adventure.” That adventure, says the author of “New England Beyond Criticism: In Defense of America’s First Literature,” is the heart of “the experience of the liberal arts classroom.”Fame doesn’t matter, she says, because it gets stripped away in the face of poetry. Reading these works, “they show themselves,” said New. “They show who they really are, and this is really moving to me.”She cited the example of former Vice President Joe Biden, who teared up while reading Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays” about fatherhood. Or O’Neal, who at first appeared to consider his appearance, reading Edward Hirsch’s “Fast Break,” to be “a kick,” as New put it. “Then in the middle of it he discovers, ‘Oh, it’s more complicated.’ And he has to reckon with the experience.”Such, said New, is the “democratizing, human power” of poetry. “We know it’s Bill Clinton who is sitting there, and the person who comes next is an 11-year-old, but they kind of say the same thing,” she said.The series, which was five years in the making and begins broadcasting in New York this Sunday, relies as much on New’s scholarship and Harvard’s resources as on its star power. “The deeper the knowledge the better,” she said. For an episode in which actress and politician Cynthia Nixon read Emily Dickinson’s “I cannot dance upon my Toes,” for example, the show explored the Harvard theater and dance collection. As Nixon, who played the poet in the film “A Quiet Passion,” read, her voice was paired with video of dancer and choreographer Jill Johnson and prints of ballerinas who were Dickinson’s contemporaries. “We went to the archives of the 1840s and 1850s,” said New. “Who knows what the last time was that anyone went into this box?”Such visuals add context and depth, and taught the teacher a few new tricks. “I’ve learned that you don’t have to say everything,” said New. “There’s some things you can show. There’s some things you can do with music. Some things you can do with a pause. Learning how to use this whole wonderful toolkit has been really great.”For New, what has been enlightening about this experience is not so much the universal power of poetry — that’s a given — but how a new medium can extend her range.“What I’m trying to do with TV is to bring 35 years of what I’ve learned of what’s powerful in the classroom,” she said. Her experience with the television show, as well as her online course, also fed back into the classroom as she relaunched her Gen Ed course “Poetry in America” this past year, using a blended format that includes video and innovative multimedia.“There is a world out there that cares very deeply about the humanities, and we really need to serve that world,” she said. With her newly enlarged multimedia, multifaceted toolkit, “I think of myself as training the humanists of the future.”To learn more about the Poetry in America series, and to stream additional episodes, please visit:

November 2013 Issue of BRO Out Now!

first_imgAnother issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is out on newsstands and online, and we could not be happier. Our November, 2013 issue brings you the results of our Best Mountain Towns in the Blue Ridge reader poll! After 34,000 votes, you chose the winners, we featured them, and they did not disappoint. Find out which towns came out on top in the four categories: Best Trail Town, Best River Town, Best Beer Town, and Best Music Town. We then head underground for two amazing stories on caving in the Blue Ridge. The first is a unique look at the history and future of Mammoth Cave National Park and its extensive system of caves, underground rivers, and unique species of critters that thrive in the dark and dank environment. We then head to Georgia’s Pettijohn’s Cave where we examine caving in the time of the devastating White Nose Syndrome.Hop in the saddle for two very cool biking features. BRO contributor Graham Averill enlists a couple of his buddies to cycle Newfound Gap Road through Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the most scenic, but also the most dangerous, roads to cycle in the Southeast. They live to tell the tale, which is hilarious. Pro cyclist and Virginia native Ben King traded his skinny tires for fat ones and won the Shenandoah Mountain 100 mountain bike race. We also enlist outdoor writer and fly fishing guide book author Beau Beasley to shed some light on the current state of the King’s Grant land use issues that are getting anglers and paddlers in hot water with the law across the state of Virginia. Our November issue wraps up with a debate on prescribed burns in the Linville Gorge Wilderness, a look at the emergence of aerial media in the outdoor industry, and an interview with Asheville, N.C.’s Town Mountain who won Band of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THIS ISSUE OR OTHER ISSUES IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!FeaturesBest Mountain Towns 2013Mammoth Cave: The Next FrontierWho Owns the Hazel River?EssaysKing of the Mountain: Ben King Wins the SM100Caving in the Time of White Nose SyndromeCycling the Most Dangerous Road in the SoutheastDepartmentsDebate: Prescribed Burns in the Linville Gorge Wilderness?Eye in the Sky: Drones are Watching You PlayMountain Lion MysteryTown Mountain Wins Big at the IBMA Awardslast_img

Dominican Republic Scores Record Cocaine Seizures as Trafficking Routes Change

first_imgBy Dialogo January 30, 2012 Dominican drug enforcement authorities set a record for annual cocaine seizures by seizing more than 8,000 kilograms of the white powder last year — reflecting a determination by the government of President Leonél Fernandez to fight drug trafficking in the country. Regional security expert Bruce Bagley, who’s written widely about drug trafficking in the Caribbean, said drug cartels — having been dismembered in Colombia by the $8 billion Plan Colombia — are meeting fierce resistance in Mexico under the Merida Initiative and are now rebuilding old routes in the Caribbean. “There has been a massive increase in traffic into the Caribbean in the last two years,” said Bagley, “There is a reverse dispersion of organized crime increasingly re-establishing routes that were previously in place.” The country’s geographic location also makes it vulnerable to drug trafficking from a number of angles, Bagley said. “The Dominican Republic is a jumping-off point to Europe, where the market is booming and the prices are high,” he told Diálogo. “It’s on the supply route through Florida, up the East Coast into Canada and also the supply routes to West Africa, where it continues on into Europe from the South.” Record drug bust at La Romana airport On Dec. 15, members of the country’s Tactical Division of Sensitive Investigations (DITIS) confiscated 1,077 kilos of cocaine at La Romana airport on the country’s southeastern shore. Dutch citizen Nicolass Johannes Maria and British citizen Edgar Rowson were arrested, along with 17 members of the Dominican government’s Specialized Airport Security Corps, the Immigration Department and the National Drug Control Directorate, said spokesman Roberto Lebrón. The cocaine likely traveled by speedboat from South America to La Romana, where it was loaded on a 24-seat Challenger jet plane that had filed a flight plan taking the jet to Antwerp, Belgium, said Lebrón. Security officials lowered the boom on the drug-trafficking operation after 20 suitcases containing the cocaine had already been loaded on the aircraft, surprising Maria and Rowson just prior to takeoff. Members of the immigration department were arrested under suspicion of creating conditions for trafficking by expediting the departure of the two Europeans from the Dominican Republic in return for an unspecified amount of money. The detained members of the Specialized Airport Security Corps and National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD) are also suspected of having taken bribes for their cooperation in transporting the drugs. DNCD chief Rolando Rosado told reporters that proceeds from the sale of the cocaine were to have been used for terrorist activities in an unnamed foreign country. According to a story posted on the directorate’s website, authorities are seeking individuals of Lebanese descent in connection with the seizure. In October 2011, members of the DNCD made another huge bust, seizing 1,098 kilos of cocaine camouflaged as medical equipment bound for Le Havre, France, though the multimodal port of Caucedo, near Santo Domingo. Drug kingpin extradited to Puerto Rico Another indication of Fernández’s emerging political will to attack the drug trafficking problem was the arrest Dec. 9 of Puerto Rican drug kingpin Miguel Rivera Díaz, who had hid out in the Dominican Republic — carrying on business with impunity — for 10 years. The Dominican National Police tracked Rivera Díaz down in a neighborhood in western Santo Domingo, arresting the drug boss as he walked out of his hideout for a haircut, according to press reports. Following his capture, Rivera was quickly returned to Puerto Rico, where he had been one of the island’s most wanted fugitives. Rivera pocketed $40 million from the trafficking at least 2,500 kilos of cocaine through Puerto Rico over the last few months, according to official sources.last_img

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