Dead & Company rolled into hometown favorite shed Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY for a first-day-of-summer performance. The band came in riding a wave of momentum after their excellent two-night run at Fenway Park this past weekend, and while they may not have reached the impressive heights they hit in Boston, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti still gave the weeknight crowd plenty to get excited about.Dead & Company Go Acoustic For “Friend Of The Devil,” “Dark Star,” And “Ripple” At Fenway Night TwoSet one featured a relatively predictable but enjoyable mix of heavy rotation tunes like “Hell In A Bucket,” “Loose Lucy,” “Dire Wolf,” and a set-closing “Lost Sailor” > “Saint of Circumstance” pairing, which made its third appearance of the summer but its first as the set closing segment (the first two renditions, in Phoenix and Utah, opened set two of their respective shows). The emotional high-point of the first set, however, was the sun shower and ensuing rainbow that spread over the SPAC grounds during “Looks Like Rain,” evoking the feelings of intangible cosmic significance that always seem to surround the Dead and their music. Of course, it was no Santa Clara Fare Thee Well rainbow, but it was pretty damn magical all the same. (Photo via Nickel B):Set two felt primed for a big old “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” (not played since 6/10 at Folsom Field) to get the train rolling, and those who made that prediction turned out to be both right and wrong in their guesses. The set began with “China Cat Sunflower,” but instead of “Rider,” the band took a left turn into Garcia/Hunter favorite “Deal.”With John Mayer well within his comfort zone on lead vocals and guitar for the blues-steeped tune, the band took the opportunity to open the musical floodgates, as they built to a cacophonous blues-rock peak and even worked in a brief but fun and light-hearted “vocal jam” before moving into “China Doll.” The tune has been appearing with increasing frequency since bassist Oteil Burbridge took over vocal duties, and his haunting performances have been a welcome addition to the Dead & Company bag of tricks.From there, the band kicked into an always-welcome run through the bands iconic “Terrapin” suite, with Mayer handling “Lady With A Fan” and Bob Weir singing the “Terrapin Station” refrain. The tune is a regular-rotation set centerpiece for this Dead incarnation, and they seem more comfortable with it each time through. The tempo has risen from the Dead & Co’s first few sluggishly slow renditions in their early days, and the well-earned confidence that has begun to compliment Mayer’s reverence for Garcia’s magnum opus is paying off in spades with each successive performance.“Terrapin” moved into “Drums/Space,” and out of the ensuing mist rose Bob Dylan‘s classic “All Along The Watchtower,” a 2017 tour debut which, coincidentally, had its Dead & Co debut exactly one year prior at BB&T Pavillion in Camden. While the song was a fun choice in theory, it was more than a little disorganized. Bobby seemed to forget a handful of lyrics, and the uneven cadence of his vocals as he eventually got them out gave the song a rhythmically lopsided feel. The band leaned into that significant looseness, even sliding into a Wailers-style reggae jam for a few brief moments.Eventually, the song resolved into a slinky reading of “Black Peter,” the band’s first since their Las Vegas tour opener. As “Black Peter” petered out, the band closed out the set with a methodical “I Know You Rider” to cap the “extended” “China” > “Rider” that began with the set opener. Finally, the band returned for a sing-along “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad” encore that saw Weir, Mayer, and Burbridge each lead a verse.You can listen to full audio of Dead & Company’s SPAC performance below, thanks to taper Bill Goldberg via archive.org user binto37:You can also check out some high-quality crowd-shot videos from the show below, courtesy of YouTube user Sean Roche:“Lost Sailor” > “Saint of Circumstance”“Deal”“Terrapin Station”“I Know You Rider”SETLIST: Dead & Company | Saratoga Performing Arts Center | 6/20/17 Set One: Hell In A Bucket, Next Time You See Me, Loose Lucy, Mississippi Half Step, Looks Like Rain, Dire Wolf, Lost Sailor > Saint of CircumstanceSet Two: China Cat Sunflower > Deal, China Doll, Lady With A Fan > Terrapin Station > Drums > Space > All Along The Watchtower > Black Peter > I Know You RiderEncore: Going Down The Road Feeling BadDead & Company tour continues tomorrow with a performance at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA before the band hits New York City with a show at Citi Field on Saturday, 6/24. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.Enjoy the full gallery from last night’s performance below, courtesy of Dave DeCrescente!Dead & Company | SPAC | 6/20/21 | Photos by Dave DeCrescente Load remaining images
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 It pays to be a little bit naughty! The Broadway production of Matilda, capitalized at $16 million, has recouped its investment. The tuner opened officially at the Shubert Theatre on April 11, 2013 and received four Tony awards (in addition to honorary awards for its four original young stars). The cast of Matilda currently features Tori Feinstein, Eliza Holland Madore, Brooklyn Shuck and Fina Strazza, who share the role of the titular bookworm, as well as Christopher Sieber as Miss Trunchbull, Alison Luff as Miss Honey, Lesli Margherita as Mrs. Wormwood, Matt Harrington as Mr. Wormwood and Karen Aldridge as Mrs. Phelps. Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel of the same name, the musical features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. The Royal Shakespeare Company production, directed by Matthew Warchus, premiered in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2010 before transferring to the West End and winning seven Olivier Awards. Related Shows View Comments Matilda
By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo February 07, 2019 Peruvian nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) expressed their concern about the growing economic influence and increasing participation of Chinese companies in Latin America. These companies consistently violate human rights, pollute waters and the region, and threaten the health and culture of indigenous populations, as they carry out extractive and energy projects and build infrastructure for their own benefit. “They [Chinese companies and banks] behave unethically. We are fighting for our rights at the international level,” Julia Cuadros, mining specialist and board member of the Peruvian NGO CooperAcción, told Diálogo. “They take advantage of the weak Peruvian legislation and violate rights that citizens are entitled to by law.” The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a United Nations (UN) mechanism the Human Rights Council established in 2005. It conducts cyclic assessments of human rights issues in the organization’s 193 member states. “In November 2018, the UN sent its third UPR to the People’s Republic of China. This review features specific recommendations and commitments to halt violations against human and environmental rights by private and public Chinese companies, especially those operating overseas,” Cuadros said. China is set to officially respond to the document in March 2019, but the Asian nation already warned that some recommendations won’t be accepted unless they are aligned with their national policies. “Meanwhile, Chinese companies and banks violate the human rights of Peruvian and South American communities,” Cuadros said. “China sees us only as a source of natural resources,” Nelly Ledezma, a specialist in labor law for Peru’s mining and steel sectors, told Diálogo. “It has a voracious appetite for raw material.” The report The International Federation for Human Rights and the Coalition for China’s Investments and Funding in Latin America, along with 15 other South American NGOs, submitted a report in October 2018 titled, The Civil Society’s Evaluation of the Extraterritorial Obligations of the People’s Republic of China: Case Studies from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru. The document shows 18 Chinese projects supported by 15 trusts and six banks from Asia. Seven of those projects are in the mining industry, six in the oil industry, and five in the hydroelectric sector. The NGOs condemned four Chinese companies for violating human rights in Peru: Mineral and Metal Group in Apurímac, Chinalco in Junín, Shougang in Ica, and Zijin Mining Group in Río Blanco, Piura department. “We welcome foreign investment, but not at the expense of people’s rights and the environment,” Ledezma said. The report concludes that the human rights violations by Chinese companies and financial organizations in the five countries are not isolated acts, but rather show a systematic pattern of labor, environmental, and cultural transgressions. It describes continuous violations that the Chinese government perpetrated with full awareness, as well as a lack of monitoring and effective measures to comply with extraterritorial obligations in its international commitments. In November 2018, Amnesty International published the report, China: Human Right Violations in the Name of National Security. The report asserts that the Asian power restricts certain liberties at home, such as speech, free association and peaceful assembly, religion and creed, fair trial, non-refoulement, no arbitrary detention, and no discrimination. “An official commitment from the Chinese government is unlikely as long as they violate their own population’s rights,” Ledezma said. “In its quest to relocate its production and crown itself a world power, China attempts to impose a 19th century type of industrial development in Peru and South America, through cruel and exploitative practices.” The Peruvian case The Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mining told the press that more than 20 percent of mining investments in the country are Chinese and worth $11.7 billion. China is Peru’s main commercial partner and main buyer of minerals, such as copper, iron, and gold. “Additionally, China participates in the energy and strategic infrastructure sector in Peru,” Juan Carlos Mathews, vice-president of the World Trade Center Lima, told Diálogo. “In the next three years, the Chinese will invest $10 billion in those sectors.” The October 2018 report states that the largest mining project in the Andean nation, Las Bambas MMG, located in the Apurímac region, transports 370 daily truckloads of minerals and chemicals since 2015, with adverse health consequences for 18 rural communities along the trucks’ path. Chinalco, which leads the Toromocho project in Junín region, relocated the Morococha population to a humid seismic area with unsanitary conditions. Locals, especially children, are always sick because of the humidity. In Ecuador and Bolivia, mining projects have forcefully displaced many indigenous communities. In Chile, hydroelectric projects will affect the archaeological and cultural patrimony of Mapuche communities in Araucanía. In Belo Monte, Brazil, a hydroelectric plant affected local communities’ hunting and fishing mechanisms. Cuadros and Mathews agree that the Peruvian case is critical due to the major impact of Chinese investment on rural communities. The lack of response and rather uncooperative stance of Asian companies and financial institutions, considering the negative impact of their investments on human rights, are also alarming. “They should not only guarantee communities’ rights, but also meet their obligations, because non-compliance combined with corruption leads to deficiencies and conflict,” said Mathews. “China’s government should be accountable for the actions of Chinese companies in our countries,” Cuadros concluded.
The days of waiting anxiously in line as students count out their coins at various campus eateries might now be over thanks to the recent implementation of credit card machines at venues around campus.Charge it · LiteraTea is the latest USC Hospitality venue to add credit card capabilities, after Café 84 added machines earlier this month. Hospitality hopes the increasing number of credit card machines around campus will make these venues more accessible. – Mike Lee | Daily Trojan The gradual implementation of credit card machines took another step forward last week with the addition of credit card capabilities to LiteraTea. Credit card machines were also added to Café 84 at the beginning of the month as part of a larger renovation to the facility.Director of USC Hospitality Kris Klinger said the new credit card option was added at these locations because of requests from students and faculty.“There were quite a few people who were questioning if we accepted credit cards,” Klinger said. He added that people would sometimes leave when they discovered that a certain location did not take credit cards.LiteraTea and Café 84 were two of the final steps in the gradual addition of credit card machines across campus, Klinger said. Trojan Grounds and The Lot added the option of paying with credit cards earlier this year.This was a gradual process, Klinger said, because of the amount of resources and money it takes to add new features to USC Hospitality facilities.“It’s about resources and getting them in place,” Klinger said, noting that registers are approximately $3,500 each, while credit card machines are about $500 each.Klinger said sales were already being affected by these changes.“The sales at both LiteraTea and [Café] 84 have increased since we brought in credit cards,” Klinger said. He noted, however, that the increase might also be a result of the new products that have been introduced, not just the new payment system.Despite the new credit card capabilities, Klinger said that most people still pay with their USCards because of the convenience of doing so and that both dining dollars and discretionary are by far the most popular payment method on campus.Across campus, the general consensus is that students are happy about the new option of paying with credit cards.Ann Austria, a junior majoring in communication, said she usually pays with her credit card or USCard and said she finds it a hassle when certain eating locations do not have the credit card payment option.“Sometimes I don’t have cash on me so I want to use my credit card,” Austria said. “Having to go to an ATM and getting cash and then going to go eat is sometimes an inconvenience.”Dan Darwish, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience, said he does not own a credit card but that most of his friends prefer paying by credit card to paying in cash.“Whenever I go with friends to places they always pay in credit card only,” Darwish said. “They don’t use a lot of cash.”Adriana Granados, a junior majoring in psychology, said her decision about where to eat on campus is often affected by whether or not the location takes credit card. Also, the speed with which the transaction is processed is very important to her.“There are places in The Lot where it takes forever to pay with credit card,” said Granados, adding that she prefers The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf because of its quick transaction time.