The lyrics to “Hey Jude” which Paul McCartney wrote out and used for the recording of the iconic 1968 single sold for a cool $910,000 at auction on Friday which coincided with the 50th anniversary of The Beatles‘ breakup in 1970.According to Julien’s Auctions, the handwritten lyrics were referenced by McCartney during the track’s recording at Trident Studios in London, U.K. and were subsequently gifted to a studio engineer working on the session. The lyrics were valued at just $160,000 ahead of the auction.[Photo via Julien’s Auctions]The Beatles memorabilia auctioned off Friday included Ringo Starr‘s Abbey Road ashtray (which sold for $32,000), John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s Bagism drawing, the script used for the filming of the band’s “Hello Goodbye” video featuring notations by Lennon and George Harrison ($200,000), and more. You can check out all the items included in Friday’s auction here.“This stage of the Fab Four’s first performance is not only one of the most extraordinary artifacts ever to come to market from Beatles history, but all of music history,” Julien’s Auctions’ Martin Nolan noted when the auction was originally announced. “We’re thrilled to offer this remarkable and unique piece that set the stage for the auspicious start of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band of all time as well as these other incredible and significant items that celebrate the magic of Beatlemania.”Would we pay close to a million bucks for those lyrics? Nah, nah, nah, nah nah nah nah. But, you know, whatever floats your boat.The Beatles – “Hey Jude”[Video: The Beatles][H/T Rolling Stone]
Saint Mary’s senior Emily Kieffer will spend next year teaching English as a second language in Spain, a country she fell in love with after studying there in her sophomore year. Kieffer said she decided to pursue a year of service abroad after realizing her passion for helping others, for which she recently received the Sr. Kathleen Anne Nelligan, C.S.C. Award for Spiritual Service. “I did not even know I had been nominated for the award,” Kieffer said. “Regina Wilson, the assistant director of Campus Ministry, had apparently nominated me for it. It was a complete surprise.” A native of Dublin, Ohio, Kieffer said she entered Saint Mary’s with an interest in developing her faith for the good of others. She said she received the spiritual service award for her involvement in Campus Ministry and was one of five recipients. “We were invited to a dinner a couple of week ago in honor of all of the recipients,” Kieffer said. “All the recipients, including myself, were chosen based on the service we had committed to the Saint Mary’s community.” Kieffer said she serves as a Eucharistic minister, leads weekly Bible studies and participates in a Women’s Spirituality Group. She said she has also been a peer minister for the last two years. “Being a member of the Women’s Spirituality Group has allowed me to get to know other students who have a strong sense of faith and are eager to learn more about being Catholic,” Kieffer said. “We talk through the struggles of being young, Catholic women and discuss how to stand firm in our faith and live it out daily.” Kieffer said she will teach through the Council on the International Education Exchange. “I came into Saint Mary’s thinking I’d be a bio major because I was good at science,” Kieffer said. “After studying abroad in Spain, I realized how much I loved Spanish as a language and I knew that would be my major when I returned to Saint Mary’s. I am also a secondary education minor, so teaching English to Spanish speaking students will be a perfect fit for me.” Kieffer will be in the AndalucÃa region but does not know what city she will be in or what grade she will teach. “When I was abroad, I really enjoyed teaching English to adults in Spain,” she said. “It was more of a conversation-based class rather than just learning the basics and grammar. I would love to be able to have that experience again.” Kieffer said she looks forward to re-immersing herself in Spanish culture and speaking Spanish fluently with people around her. “The program is for one year, but it can be renewed for a second year, so who knows if I will be in Spain longer,” Kieffer said. Satisfied with how she will leave Saint Mary’s in May, Kieffer encourages others to study abroad, recognize their passions and follow them, she said. “Being involved in Campus Ministry and with Women’s Spirituality really got me thinking about what I want to do with my life and how it can be useful to others in the world,” Kieffer said. “I definitely think my journey to Spain will make good use of my time, my knowledge and my faith.”
Current Sunday in the Park with George star Annaleigh Ashford, Danny Burstein, John Douglas Thompson, Corey Stoll and more Broadway stars lead the initial casting for the 2017 Free Shakespeare in the Park season, set for the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. As previously announced, Oskar Eustis will direct Julius Caesar from May 23-June 18, followed by A Midsummer Night’s Dream running July 11-August 13 under the direction of Lear deBessonet.Julius Caesar will feature Tina Benko (Calpurnia), Teagle F. Bougere (Casca), Eisa Davis (Decius Brutus), Robert Gilbert (Octavius), Pulitzer winner Stephen Adly Guirgis (Cinna the Poet), Gregg Henry (Caesar), Edward James Hyland (Lepidus/Popilius), Tony winner Nikki M. James (Portia), Christopher Livingston (Titinis/Cinna), Elizabeth Marvel (Antony), Chris Myers (Flavius/Messala/Ligarius), Stoll (Marcus Brutus), Thompson (Caius Cassius) and Natalie Woolams-Torres (Marullus).Julius Caesar will feature scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Jessica Paz and original music and soundscapes by Bray Poor.A Midsummer Night’s Dream will include Tony winner Ashford (Helena), Tony nominee De’Adre Aziza (Hippolyta), Kyle Beltran (Lysander), Tony nominee Burstein (Nick Bottom), Tony nominee Shalita Grant (Hermia), Alex Hernandez (Demetrius), Jeff Hiller (Francis Flute), Robert Joy (Peter Quince), David Manis (Egeus/Fairy), Patrena Murray (Tom Snout), Tony nominee Kristine Nielsen (Puck) and Joe Tapper (Robin Starveling).A Midsummer Night’s Dream will feature scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, sound design by Jessica Paz, original music by Justin Levine and choreography by Danny Mefford.Additional casting will be announced at a later date.Tickets to the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on the day of the show. Annaleigh Ashford(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments
Mitchell Jarvis Kirsten Scott View Comments from $39.00 Rock of Ages Mitchell Jarvis, the celebrated original Lonny of Rock of Ages, has signed on to reprise his performance for the upcoming 10th anniversary run at New World Stages. Full casting is also set for the previously announced engagement, which has been newly extended through October 6. Performances will begin on June 19.Joining Jarvis in the cast will be CJ Eldred (Desperate Measures) as Drew, Kirsten Scott (Jersey Boys) as Sherrie, PJ Griffith (American Idiot) as Stacee Jaxx, Matt Ban (Spamalot) as Dennis, Dane Biren (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) as Franz, Tiffany Engen (Legally Blonde) as Regina, Tom Galantich (Mamma Mia!) as Hertz, Jeannette Bayardelle (The Color Purple) as Justice/Mother and Katie Webber (Wicked) reprising her turn as Waitress #1.Rounding out the ensemble is Ashley En-Fu Matthews, Leah Reed, Michael Mahany, Mekhai Lee, Kevin Michael Raponey, Justin Colombo and Autumn Guzzardi.Rock of Ages is set in 1987 on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip where a small-town girl meets a big city rocker. As they fall in love in L.A.’s most famous club, Rock of Ages allows audiences to rock out to ’80s hits from such iconic bands as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister and Whitesnake.Director Kristin Hanggi and choreographer Kelly Devine will repeat their work for the off-Broadway staging, which will feature the original scenic design of Beowulf Boritt, costume design of Gregory Gale, lighting design of Jason Lyons, sound design of Peter Hylenski and projection design of Zachary Borovay. PJ Griffith Mitchell Jarvis with the original Broadway cast of “Rock of Ages”(Photo: Joan Marcus) Star Files Related Shows CJ Eldred View All (4)
Elijah A. Carter View All (15) Daniel Oreskes Kevin Csolak Dharon E. Jones from $49.00 View Comments Star Files The new Broadway revival of West Side Story from Tony-winning director Ivo van Hove officially opens on February 20 at the Broadway Theatre. The production began previews on December 10, 2019.Featuring all-new movement by internationally acclaimed choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, this production of West Side Story marks the first time ever in the United States that the musical has not included the original work of Jerome Robbins. The production features a cast comprising a record-breaking 32 Broadway debuts.Billed as a modern-day Romeo & Juliet, West Side Story follows two gangs who battle to control their turf on New York’s Upper West Side. The situation gets complicated when one gang member falls for a rival’s sister. The classic musical is penned by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.Leading the West Side Story company are Isaac Powell as Tony, Shereen Pimentel as Maria, Amar Ramasar as Bernardo, Yesenia Ayala as Anita and Dharon E. Jones as Riff.The principal cast also features Ahmad Simmons as Diesel, Danny Wolohan as Officer Krupke, Jacob Guzman as Chino, Kevin Csolak as A-Rab, Daniel Oreskes as Doc, Pippa Pearthree as Glad Hand and Thomas Jay Ryan as Lt. Schrank, with Matthew Johnson as Baby John, Elijah A. Carter as Action and Zuri Noelle Ford as Anybodys.In celebration of opening night, Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson sketched a portrait of Powell and Pimentel as the doomed lovers at the musical’s center. Matthew Johnson Amar Ramasar Thomas Jay Ryan About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Danny Wolohan Shereen Pimentel Jacob Guzman Zuri Noelle Ford Illustration by Justin “Squigs” Robertson for Broadway.com West Side Story Ahmad Simmons Isaac Powell Yesenia Ayala Pippa Pearthree Related Shows
by Alicia Freese vtdigger.org The Democratic members of the Vermont House of Representatives met at the Statehouse Saturday for a taste of what’s to come during the second half of the two-year biennium.Governor Peter Shumlin told Democratic lawmakers to ‘plow the ground’ for a single payer health care system this year and ‘take the criticism, take the bullets,’ before tackling a financing mechanism in 2015. He asked them hold off on new tax proposals until then.House Speaker Shap Smith, meanwhile, made the case for fiscal restraint, urging lawmakers to resist the temptation to open the state’s checkbook to fix its problems.Both Shumlin and Smith called for improvements to the state’s education system, more treatment options for opiate addiction, and ongoing investments in renewable energy.In a nod to the rejection of his incendiary proposal to reduce the state’s earned income tax credit (EITC) and his push to tax break-open tickets ‘ both of which fell flat in the Legislature last session ‘ the governor promised that he wouldn’t spring anything on lawmakers this year.‘We don’t have any big surprises for you,’ he said. ‘That’s a promise. We’ll tell you in advance what we plan and what we want to do.’During the final days of the last session, Shumlin butted heads with the Democratic legislative leadership over a tax proposal that would have capped deductions, slightly reducing the tax burden on Vermonters with modest incomes and raising them for roughly 14,000 taxpayers in upper income brackets.‘I know that there are days when we get into the heat of legislation and the differences between the executive branch and the legislative branch ‘ or maybe just the differences between 180 legislators and this stubborn governor ‘ where we have, you know, some tough points,’ Shumlin told the Democratic representatives.Shumlin won’ the tax battle. Since then, both Smith and Senate President Pro-Tem John Campbell’ have shied away from their pledge to reform the tax system, citing concerns that lawmakers will be tempted to use it as a means to raise new revenues. Last year, the House proposed a cap on itemized deductions and a change in the income tax base. The state taxes residents on taxable income ‘ after deductions. Most states tax adjusted gross income.On Saturday, Shumlin said he didn’t want to antagonize lawmakers. ‘What we have to remember as we reflect is none of us are perfect, including me,’ he said. ‘I learn from the mistakes, I really do, or I try to, and I want to find ways to work even more closely together.’Also in plaid, Gov. Peter Shumlin addresses House Democrats at their caucus on Saturday. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDiggerRep. Mary Hooper, D-Montpelier, asked the governor why he opposed the tax reform proposal, and what could be done to make it more palatable to him.Shumlin reiterated his stance that the proposal was not in fact revenue-neutral, as its architects had intended. (Shumlin had used 2007 tax data to argue the plan would increase tax revenues by $10 million. Lawmakers, working off 2010 data, contended that there would be no revenue change.) He asked lawmakers to hold off tinkering with the tax structure until 2015, when the financing plan for single payer will be developed.Earlier Rep. Kate Webb, D-Shelburne, began to ask whether Shumlin would see single payer through to completion.‘I noticed you used the word universal health care in exchange for single payer. I’m curious ‘¦’ Webb trailed off, and Shumlin jumped in to reassure her.‘Let me be clear,’ he said. ‘If ever you hear the rumor, in this building or anywhere else, that your governor is backing down on his commitment to universal, single payer, publicly funded health care ‘¦ come find me. I want to talk to them. It’s not true. This is my single goal of what I want to accomplish before Vermonters are finished with me.’The governor did not discuss Vermont Health Connect and the problems that have plagued the state’s transition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), except to say they pointed to the need for single payer. After Shumlin left, lawmakers turned their attention to the exchange.Lawmakers’ frustration with being on the front lines, fielding calls from confused constituents, was palpable.Rep. Mike Fisher, D-Lincoln, who chairs the House Health Care Committee, was besieged by questions from fellow legislators who, on behalf of their constituents, asked about problems small businesses and individuals had signing up for insurance.After half an hour, Rep. William Lippert, D-Hinesburg, said lawmakers should stop attempting to perform the role of navigators who are trained by the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) to assist with health care sign-ups.‘I think this is way beyond constituent services,’ Lippert said. ‘This is not our role.’ Others clapped in assent.Smith urges fiscal restraintThe state is facing a $70 million budget gap for fiscal year 2015. Smith reassured lawmakers that the problem isn’t insurmountable. ‘That’s not new, and we keep solving it,’ he told them. But he also implored them to suppress their reflex to solve problems by spending more. Smith has been publicly’ making this case’ since early November.‘We are going to be in a place this year where people are going to say over and over and over to us, ‘If we just put more money into it, it will get better,’‘ he said. ‘And you know what? Putting more money into things sometimes is the answer. But it isn’t always the answer. And it shouldn’t be the first answer that we always have at the tip of our tongue.’That message likely won’t resonate with every Democratic representative. But while it may be an unpopular message to peddle, Smith has the advantage of entering the session in the good graces of his caucus. After his speech, Rep. Peter Peltz, D-Woodbury, presented him an engraved gravel as a gesture of their support.Smith also challenged lawmakers with an ambitious goal ‘ making Vermont’s school system the best in the world. And he stressed the urgency of addressing opiate addiction.Shumlin, too, said he’d have proposals this session to address the ‘opiate epidemic.’Outgoing Rep. Margaret Cheney, D-Norwich, left, who has been appointed to the Public Service Board, confers with Rep. Alison Clarkson, D-Woodstock. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDiggerMid-biennium member changesDemocrats said farewell to Rep. Margaret Cheney, D-Norwich, who Shumlin appointed to the Public Service Board. They also noted the passing of Democrat Larry Townsend, who died in June. Shumlin appointed Kathy Hoyt, also a Democrat from Norwich, to replace Cheney, and Marjorie Ryerson, D-Randolph, to replace Townsend.Those changes prompted a reshuffling of lawmakers’ committee assignments.Smith appointed Hoyt to the House Health Care Committee, and bumped off a Republican, Rep. John Mitchell of Fairfax, further cementing the Democrat’s control of the committee. Prior to the switch, there were six Democrats, three Republicans, one Progressive and one independent.The move has ruffled Republican feathers. House Minority Leader Don Turner told the Vermont Press Bureau’s Peter Hirschfeld that removing Mitchell will make it easier for Democrats to avoid asking ‘tough questions’ about health care.Mitchell will move to the House Education Committee, and Rep. Patti Lewis, R-Berlin, will be shifted to Government Operations. Ryerson will join the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee.
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Kate RogersWho doesn’t love a nice vacation? American workers, apparently.A new report shows the average worker only uses half of their time off and paid vacation each year. What’s more, three in five workers (61 %) admit to doing some work while on vacation, and 75% of workers aren’t using up all of their time off, the survey from online career resource Glassdoor finds.Fifteen percent of workers say they have not taken any vacation in the past year, and 40% say they’re take off only a quarter of their allotted time, or less.Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor career and workplace expert, says workers are still suffering from a post-recession hangover. “When we first started asking this question in 2009, we got a startling number of responses of people saying ‘If I leave I will get laid off,’” Rueff says. “No one would take a vacation back then. Today, there’s a reticence that is part of it.”He adds that workers have more vacation time than they did 50 years ago. “They think, ‘if I can bank a bit of it for insurance that is a good way to go’” he says of workers’ mentality of taking less time off to protect their job. continue reading »
JUDGE JOHN PHILLIPS AND ATTORNEY SHERI HAZELTINE brought the Justice Teaching program to Regina Brodsky’s Royal Palm School class in Lantana in Palm Beach County in September to present “Carnac’s History Lesson: How We Got a Constitution and Why.” Judge Phillips researched content and photos and wrote the script for the presentation and Hazeltine assisted by putting the program into a Powerpoint presentation. At the end of the presentation, Judge Phillips put on his “Carnac” hat and played the famous Johnny Carson character where he gave the students answers and the students were asked to pick the questions. Brodsky helped by putting the question-and-answer session into a format that allowed the children to make selections on the screen in order to choose the correct answer. The school has a population of the most developmentally disabled children in Palm Beach County and all in the class need wheelchairs for mobility and assistive communication devices. November 15, 2013 Regular News Justice Teaching at the Royal Palm School in Lantana
Women’s team bounces back at IowaThe men’s tennis team lost both of its matches on the road this weekend.Maddy Fox, Daily File PhotoSenior Paula Rincon-Otero competes against Iowa State at the Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday, Mar. 6. Jack WhiteMarch 28, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers women’s tennis team split the singles matches in both its duals over the weekend, leaving the doubles point to decide the outcome of each. The Gophers (11-7, 3-2 Big Ten) and Huskers split the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches on Friday, but Nebraska took the doubles point by winning the No. 3 match 7-6. “We were disappointed we didn’t get the Nebraska match,” head coach Chuck Merzbacher said. “The only way to respond is come back and get Iowa. Any match on the road in the Big Ten, you just got to battle. We won a very close doubles point [against Iowa], and that was important. We were in every single match that we played.” Nebraska defeated the team at home on Friday 5-2, and the Gophers lost to Iowa 4-1 on the road on Sunday. “We’re missing too much,” head coach Geoff Young said. “We have to keep our confidence at a higher level so we’re sure of our shots.” The Gophers then split the singles matches with their opponent again, but this time, they earned the victory. Weber and sophomore Felix Corwin’s singles matches went unfinished. “If you’re a really tough team, you’re going to just rebound,” Merzbacher said. “It’s not that bad things are going to happen to you; it’s how you respond.” Senior Jessika Mozia won in the No. 4 singles spot to stop a four-match losing streak while playing through an injury. Minnesota lost the doubles point and the dual at Nebraska 4-3 on Friday but rebounded to defeat Iowa on the road 4-3 on Sunday. The Minnesota men’s tennis team lost both of its matches over the weekend to start a long stretch of Big Ten play. The two teams then each won three singles matches to give the dual to the Huskers. Minnesota also lost the doubles point on Sunday to the Hawkeyes, and sophomore Matic Spec was the team’s only player to win a singles match. Senior Ruben Weber and junior Jeremy Lynn combined to win two singles matches for the Gophers, but the team lost the other four matches. Minnesota (6-11, 0-3 Big Ten) lost the doubles point against Nebraska to start off its second Big Ten dual of the year. Men’s team loses two matches “I just kind of kept playing,” Spec said. “I’m just trying to improve, trying to be more confident when I play and have a better game plan, and today it worked out.” Minnesota managed to win the doubles point on Sunday at Iowa, earning victories in the No. 1 and No. 3 spots.
Email LinkedIn Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on Twitter Share A new study suggests that engaging with negative content on social media can lead to reduced activation of the prefrontal cortex and impairments in executive functioning. The findings were published in Social and Affective Neuroscience.While it has been established that emotional stimuli can affect cognition, little is known about the neural consequences of consuming emotionally-arousing content on social media. Researchers Sarah M. Tashjian and Adriana Galván set out to explore this topic, by examining the cognitive consequences of reading negative, discriminatory tweets published by President Trump.“As political attitudes in the United States become more polarized, the potential for engaging with perceived negative content on social media increases. A New York Times analysis estimated over half of President Trump’s 11,000+ tweets since becoming President involved attacks, with 1,421 of those 5,889 attacks levied against minority groups and immigrants (Shear et al., 2019),” Tashjian and Galván say. An experimental study was conducted among 57 adults between the ages of 18 and 29. The participants were selected if they belonged to at least one historically marginalized group by way of ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation. The subjects were assigned to read either a set of real tweets published by Trump that were discriminatory in nature (negative tweet condition) or a set of real tweets that discussed neutral topics and appeared to come from a fictitious account (neutral tweet condition).Both before and after reading the tweets, subjects completed 30 trials of a spatial reasoning task involving mental rotation, while whole-brain functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data was recorded. Participants also rated their affect across several states including anger, depression, disgust, and fear/anxiety.As was expected, those reading the negative tweets experienced worsening affect after reading the tweets compared to those who read the neutral tweets.Interestingly, it was found that those who read the neutral tweets showed improvements on the mental rotation task as they completed more trials. Those who read Trump’s discriminatory tweets, however, showed no improvements throughout the trials following exposure to the tweets.Using fixed-effects general linear models, the researchers compared the subjects’ whole-brain activation following the tweet exposure to whole-brain activation at baseline. Then, researchers estimated neural habituation, that is, “greater response decrement over the course of stimuli presentation.”The brain scans showed decreased activation in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) throughout tweet exposure.(Photo credit: National Institutes of Health)Importantly, subjects who reported worsening negative affect after reading the tweets displayed increased dlPFC habituation. Moreover, participants who displayed greater dlPFC habituation did not improve on the mental rotation task throughout the post-tweet trials, while those who showed less habituation did.As the researchers explain, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is a region associated with cognition and the control of emotions, and emotional distraction has been found to disrupt activation of the dlPFC. “There are several mechanisms by which emotionally charged information can interfere with executive resources. First, threats elicit attempts to regulate negative emotions, taxing resources like the dlPFC through implicit and automatic emotion regulation (Braunstein et al., 2017),” the authors relate.Although their study focused on negative affect, the researchers acknowledge that positive emotions can also affect executive functioning — an interesting topic for future research.As Tashjian and Galván remark, “Results demonstrate that widely read tweets may have deleterious effects on executive functioning in a large segment of the population: historically marginalized identity groups.”The study, “Dorsolateral prefrontal cortex response to negative tweets relates to executive functioning”, was authored by Sarah M. Tashjian and Adriana Galván.