Michael Stipe Plays First Show Since R.E.M. Breakup

first_imgSince the breakup of R.E.M. in 2011, the band’s iconic frontman Michael Stipe has generally shied away from the spotlight. Yesterday, however, he made a surprise, unannounced appearance at a Patti Smith concert at Webster Hall, opening the show with a six-song set.The set included: R.E.M.’s “Saturn Return” and “New Test Leper”, a cover of Vic Chesnutt’s “Lucinda Williams”, Patti Smith’s “Wing”, Perfume Genius’s “Hood”, and the classic “New York, New York.”While the performance was unannounced, Stipe did recently appear on CBS This Morning, saying, “I think I’ll sing again. That’s maybe an exclusive. But I think I will sing again.” Here’s audio of the two R.E.M. songs performed by Stipe:[Via CoS]last_img read more

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Nas Announces New ‘King’s Disease’ Album, Shares First Single, “Ultra Black” [Listen]

first_imgNas – “Ultra Black” – LyricsNas, Nas, NasYeahNas, NasWe goin’ (We goin’) we goin’ (We goin’)Uh, uhMy pants ‘posed to sag, yeahWe goin’ ultra, yeahWe goin’ ultra black, I gotta toast to thatWe don’t fold or crack (We goin’)Occasion, we rose to that, fuck goin’ postal (Uh)We goin’ ultra blackWatchin’ the global change, hop in the coldest RangeHit-Boy on the beat, this shit ‘posed to slapWe goin’ ultra black, we goin’ (We goin’)We goin’ (We goin’) uhRhythm and blues, pop, rock to soul to jazz‘Til my toes are tagged (Uh)How I look being told I’m not supposed to brag?Nobody fault, I tell the truth, I know it’s facts, we ultra blackGrace Jones skin tone, but multi thatMultiple colors, we come in all shades, mocha blackAccept where I’m at and not fight me on it (Uh)Emotional stares like I might be wanted (Yeah)Pitch black like the night, I’m ultra blackSanford and Son reruns, jokes are black (Ha)Oh yes, oh yes, God bless successWe goin’ ultra black, like the Essence FestTalk with a mask on, the freshest breathAfrican black, so caress the fleshSuperfly, The Mack, sittin’ fly in the ‘LacTake the boat on the water, history talks with my daughter (Dest’)My son’ll be my resurrection (Knight)Constantly learnin’ lessons, I never die, you get the message?I hope you be better than I, life’s precious (Precious)Two steppin’Sometimes I’m over-black, even my clothes are blackCash Money with the white tee and the soldier ragWe goin’ ultra black, unapologetically blackThe opposite of Doja Cat, Michael Blackson blackWe goin’ ultra black, I gotta toast to thatWe don’t fold or crack (Nas, Nas)Occasion, we rose to that, fuck goin’ postalWe goin’ ultra blackWatchin’ the global change, hop in the coldest RangeHit-Boy on the beat, this shit ‘posed to slapWe goin’ ultra black (Yeah)We goin’ (We goin’, we goin’)We goin’ ultra blackRaiders, Oakland hat, I smoke to thatPre-rolls and ‘gnac, what’s the results to that?C-notes and bags (Uh)She knows I’m classy like I’m Billy Dee Williams (Smooth)Go ultra black (Uh), Isaac Kennedy films, Penitentiary IIBlack like out in the Lou’, black don’t crackIt’s like the fountain of youth, the culture’s blackLike Iman, she beautiful, goin’ ultra blackTo Africa, you say, “Go back”I stay pro-black, my Amex black (Ah)Black like cornrows, afrosBlack like Kaep’ blackballed from the Superbowls (Colin)Hall & Oates, I can’t go for thatMotown Museum, Detroit, I’m ultra blackThis for New York and all the mapNo matter your race, to me, we all are blackWe goin’ ultra black, I gotta toast to thatWe don’t fold or crack (We don’t fold or crack)Occasion, we rose to that, fuck goin’ postal (This a celebration)We goin’ ultra blackWatchin’ the global change, hop in the coldest RangeHit-Boy on the beat, this shit ‘posed to slapWe goin’ ultra black (Black is beautiful)We goin’ (Black is beautiful)Nas, Nas (Nas)View Lyrics Nas has announced King’s Disease, the rapper’s thirteenth studio album due out on August 21st via Mass Appeal/Def Jam. King’s Disease sees production from Hit-Boy and follows his 2019 compilation record, The Lost Tapes 2, and his 2018, Kanye West-produced studio album, NASIR. Nas has also recently released the first single from the effort, entitled “Ultra Black”.Throughout the single, Nas paid tribute to the black community and many of the artistic contributions it has made to society. “Rhythm and blues, pop, rock to soul to jazz,” he mentioned in the first verse. “Multiple colors, we come in all shades, mocha black,” he continued, shouting-out figures like Grace Jones, Sanford and Son, Colin Kaepernick, Motown Records, Billy Dee Williams, Leon Isaac Kennedy, and more. Nas even made sure to throw shade at Doja Cat and Michael Jackson in the same line, saying, “We goin’ ultra black, unapologetically black/The opposite of Doja Cat, Michael Blackson black.”Related: Anderson .Paak Shares New Single, “Lockdown”, Recruits Syd, Andra Day, More For Black Lives Matter-Inspired Video [Watch]As usual, Nas seemed to effortlessly link rhyme after rhyme over the Hit-Boy production. Prominent with piano, the subtle complexity of the music really emphasized Nas’ vocals and allowed him to speak his truth over the 3:18 runtime. He said as much in a video trailer posted to Twitter earlier this week.“I’ve been trying to do this with this man for years,” Nas exclaimed at the beginning of the trailer, which captured the duo in the studio together. He continued, “I’m proud of this piece. I’m super, super proud.”Check out “Ultra Black” below, scroll down for the full lyrics, and click here to pre-order/pre-save Nas’ forthcoming album, King’s Disease.Nas (ft. Hit-Boy) – “Ultra Black”last_img read more

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Tony Winner Linda Lavin to Star in the World Premiere of Nicky Silver’s Too Much Sun at Vineyard Theatre

first_img Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on June 22, 2014 Tony winner Linda Lavin is set to return to the Vineyard Theatre in the world premiere of playwright Nicky Silver’s new play Too Much Sun. Directed by Tony nominee Mark Brokaw, Too Much Sun will begin previews at the off-Broadway theater on May 1, 2014. Opening night is scheduled for May 20. The play reunites Lavin, Silver and Brokaw following their collaboration on 2012’s The Lyons, which ran at the Vineyard before moving to Broadway. Linda Lavin Related Shows Too Much Sun tells the story of Audrey Langham (Lavin), a celebrated actress who unravels completely while preparing for a new production of Medea. With nowhere else to go, she descends upon her married daughter for a summer by the sea. She is not, however, greeted with confetti and champagne. Her arrival sets off a chain of events alternately hilarious and harrowing. Lavin earned a Tony nod for her performance as Rita in The Lyons. She is currently appearing on NBC’s Sean Saves the World and played the title character on the sitcom Alice from 1976 to 1985, for which she picked up two Golden Globe awards. Lavin won a Tony Award for Broadway Bound and received additional Tony nominations for Collected Stories, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Diary of Anne Frank and Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Her other screen credits include Wanderlust, The Back-Up Plan, Conrad Bloom, The Sopranos, The Ring and The Muppets Take Manhattan. Too Much Sun View Commentslast_img read more

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A face doesn’t speak for itself

first_imgAljazeera: It is common sense — espoused by “Sesame Street” and psychology textbooks alike — that humans have distinct emotions, each with characteristic expressions. When you’re angry, you furrow your brow and yell. When you’re sad, you frown and cry. Charles Darwin hypothesized that human emotions have evolved just as physical features have, and the psychologist Paul Ekman, known for his work on microexpressions, has traveled the world showing that people everywhere recognize the same facial movements as expressing the same emotions — anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness and surprise.A few psychologists, including Lisa Barrett of Northeastern University, are upending this view. In two new papers, she and her collaborators test the notion of universal emotional expression among a group of people living in a remote region of Namibia. Their results, showing big cultural differences in emotional recognition, have strong implications for therapy, the law, business and even national security.Read the whole story: Aljazeera See Paul Ekman at the 26th APS Annual Convention. More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Auctions: the bid to take British market conditions overseas

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Local Gala Benefits Global Medical Outreach

first_imgIndependent/Courtesy Operation InternationalOn Saturday, September 28, from 6:30 PM to 11 PM, Operation International will celebrate its 22nd annual benefit gala for its medical outreach in Uganda and Bolivia at Laurel Lake Vineyards.“We are looking forward to celebrating with old and new friends as we raise funds to support our continued volunteer work offering free medical treatment, education, and training to adults and children suffering from the lack of quality health care in impoverished countries around the world,” said Dr. Medhat Allam, Operation International’s co-founder and chairman of the board of directors.Proceeds from this year’s benefit will go towards the Rakai Infant and Elementary School Orphanage in Uganda along with the medical outreach and efforts to improve living conditions in Bolivia. There will be dancing with That Motown Band, dinner, a full bar, and silent and live auctions. The auctions feature intriguing items such as international trip packages, jewelry, local products, restaurant outings, and more.Dr. Allam founded Southampton-based Operation International in 1996 with Ravi Kothuru MD, and Robert Mineo, CRNA, as a non-profit offering medical aid in impoverished countries for those in need. Team NY is the anchor team, making its maiden trip to Haiti in 1997. In the time since, the team has gone to Mexico, Honduras, Brazil, Vietnam, Nepal, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Zambia, Peru, India, Egypt, Kenya, Ecuador, Chile, Ghana, Myanmar, Tanzania, and Uganda.Recently, two domestic teams were added including New Jersey, completing a recent mission to Liberia, and Connecticut, which recently returned from Uganda. The nonprofit also added new teams in Hong Kong and another in the UK.Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Noel Chan, an ophthalmologist native to the city, and Dr. Dilip Madnani, a New York plastic surgeon, Hong Kong completed its first mission with a trip to Myanmar this past February. There, they restored eyesight to 200 patients and helped 14 patients with congenital facial deformities. Dr. Sala Abdalla started the UK chapter as a general surgeon from there. She is currently leading her team in Ghana as they help the Holy Family hospital at Techiman, Bono East Region.As the chapters continue to grow, so does its reach. The organization began a five-year program in Kenya to educate social works and therapists on the proper methods to safely treat young girls and the subject of gender violence. The program aims to extend training to South Africa as well. Tickets are $150 for a single ticket or $250 for a couple. Learn more or donate at www.operationinternational.org. Laurel Lake Vineyards is located at 3165 Main Road in [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

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Pinsent Masons in Anglo-Scottish merger talks

first_imgTop 20 London firm Pinsent Masons has confirmed it is in cross-border merger talks with Edinburgh-based McGrigors. If successful, the merger would create a business with a turnover of more than £300m, headquartered in London and with six offices across Asia. In the next week, talks are expected to be held with partners and staff about the proposals. A spokesman for Pinsent Masons said: ‘Both firms complement each other well, being leaders in the field of construction, energy and infrastructure. A potential tie-up would greatly benefit the clients of both firms, providing a wealth of market-leading expertise across a number of sectors and practice areas. ‘It would also provide a strong platform upon which to grow internationally, with a continued focus in Europe, the Gulf and Asia Pacific.’ The combined firms would be a top 75 global firm, with 350 partners, 1,250 lawyers and 14 offices. National firms Cobbetts and DWF have also begun preliminary merger talks, although no further information is being released. Last year saw early signs of increased merger activity between larger firms, with Beachcroft and DAC and BLG and Clyde & Co forming alliances. Analysts have predicted a wave of mergers for some time, as firms look to protect themselves against threats from new entrants, a flat UK market, fee pressure and difficult credit conditions. Earlier this month, law firm consultant Andrew Otterburn told the Gazette he had his ‘busiest summer ever’ in 2011 helping firms to re-engineer their businesses in anticipation of potentially huge changes in the market. ‘Firms are having to look much more seriously at their future strategy,’ Otterburn said, but cautioned ‘there is a fairly limited timescale and there are only so many decent firms out there’.last_img read more

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Canaries to host PPG conference

first_imgThe conference venue will be held at the Santa Catalina Hotel in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.”PPG member in the Canary Islands, Stier Shipagency, has provided invaluable assistance in recommending our 2015 conference venue and in developing out social networking agenda,” said PPG general manager Kevin Stephens.”The PPG conference meeting dates will also help ensure cost-effective travel arrangements to our conference for members also attending the annual Breakbulk Europe conference and exhibition in Antwerp the following week.”Sponsorship opportunities at the PPG conference are also available.Meanwhile, PPG is inviting industry participants to enrol in its next ISO-accredited Certificate of Achievement in Project Cargo Management course to be held from March 17-18, 2015 at the InterContinental Shanghai Expo Hotel in conjunction with Breakbulk China.www.ppgprojects.comlast_img read more

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Rotterdam ramps up cargo volumes

first_imgAccording to the port authority, ro-ro traffic is still on the rise, including an increase of shipments to the UK, which grew by 6.5 percent to 5.7 million tonnes. The port claims this is due to services that started last year.Throughput of general cargo increased by 49.9 percent, while throughput of breakbulk cargoes improved by 14.5 percent to 7.6 million tonnes.Of the 11 commodities that pass through the port, only mineral oil products and other liquid bulk showed a decrease. www.portofrotterdam.comlast_img read more

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