After Phish plays Chicago’s Wrigley Field on Saturday, June 25th, Pink Talking Fish will continue sharin’ in the (Weekapaug) groove just a 10-minute walk down the road at the Vic Theatre. The phenomenon that is PTF has taken its hold on the jam scene, with the bands unique take on seamlessly weaving in and out of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish songs (purchase tickets HERE).With Phish playing their second baseball stadium of historical significance, Pink Talking Fish founder/bassist Eric Gould discussed his excitement to join in the revelry surrounding these shows, “Phish performing at Wrigley is something very special. I attended their show at Fenway Park (back in 2009) and it was way beyond your typical venue for music. Wrigley and Fenway are the last two classic parks of their kind in America and there is a unique energy involved. That energy carries off into the night with the people beyond the event and we are honored to offer an outlet for that excitement to continue.”This also marks the second time that PTF will be performing in The Windy City, after elites of the jam scene perform. Last summer, the band took part in the massive celebration that was the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary Fare Thee Well performances at Soldier Field with three sold-out shows at Reggie’s. Gould went on to say, “Chicago became a city of music lovers last year for Fare Thee Well. PTF built our own slice of fun in the middle of it and it was an amazing time for the musicians and the audience who joined in the adventure. Coming back to Chicago for this incredible event that is Phish playing Wrigley Field feels like a homecoming from last year’s chapter in our story.”‘Pink Talking Fish Are Dead’ Concept Proves To Be An Absolute Hit In ChicagoGould, along with Richard James on keyboards, Zack Burwick on drums and Dave Brunyak on guitar, have also incorporated tributes to recently passed icons David Bowie and Prince into their setlists, making for some memorable performances (listen to full audio from one of the performances HERE). The group is constantly pushing the boundaries of where they can take the music of all these legendary artists, and doing so with style and grace. The Vic Theatre performance is sure to be a continuation of the party that will be experienced at Wrigley. You can purchase tickets for Pink Talking Fish’s post-Phish Wrigley show at the Vic Theatre HERE, and find the whole venue’s calendar HERE. You can also enter the contest below for a chance to win a pair of tickets!
Jung Chang’s successful memoir “Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China” chronicles her family’s often heartbreaking journey through the cultural and political transformation that defined 20th-century China.The work, which has sold more than 13 million copies in 36 languages, recounts her grandmother’s plight as a concubine, her mother’s struggles as a prominent Communist Party member, and the author’s own experience as a member of the Red Guard and her eventual exile to the countryside during the upheaval of the Cultural Revolution.Now, “Wild Swans,” the world-premiere stage adaptation of the book, is on view at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) through Sunday. But once the show is over, an innovative collaboration between the A.R.T. and the metaLAB (at) Harvard, inspired by the new play, will continue to engage audiences with stories related to the world’s most populous country through an interactive online memoir.Intrigued by the idea of melding the physical and the virtual realms, A.R.T. outreach and education associate Brendan Shea turned to metaLAB researcher Joana Pimenta and co-founder Jesse Shapins. Using Shapin’s software Zeega, an open-source Web platform designed to make collaborative multimedia documentaries and exhibitions, Shea and his A.R.T. colleagues helped to develop a mosaic of sound, images, video, and text inspired by the compelling source material for the new show.“The courage, the ability to share your story, and the personal details of your life for the purposes of making people aware of what you went through … definitely inspired us,” said Shea. “We asked ourselves, ‘What is the memoir of this community as it relates to China or Chinese history or Chinese culture?’ ”“I want to give to other kids what had been given to me. I want to go back and sort of pay it forward,” says Harvard freshman Tian Kisch in her online diary.To find his answer, he turned to people like Harvard freshman Tian Kisch, a member of Harvard China Care, a student-run organization at the College that supports abandoned, orphaned, and special-needs children in China.Born in Guangzhou, China, Kisch was adopted by an American family when she was 8 months old. In her online memoir, she discusses her life growing up in Seattle; her first trip to China at age 11 — where she met her foster mother, the woman who nursed her back to health after Kisch was abandoned as a newborn; and her own volunteer work with Chinese orphanages.“I want to give to other kids what had been given to me. I want to go back and sort of pay it forward,” Kisch says in her online diary.Being part of the collaborative project, she said, offered her an opportunity to highlight the breadth of the Chinese-American experience.“There are so many different backgrounds that we all have,” said Kisch. “I think that is a really important concept to grasp.”For the project, Shea and his team reached out to other Harvard organizations, including the Harvard Chinese Students and Scholars Association and Harvard Chinatown Citizenship, a naturalization assistance program for the Boston area that is part of the Phillips Brooks House Association. They also connected with several Boston communities that have ties to China.The work is an example of the A.R.T.’s ongoing efforts to expand the boundaries of theater, the operating ethos of artistic director Diane Paulus, who challenges the conventional notion of theatergoers as passive observers. Residencies, workshops, panel discussions, and community engagement programs — including a recent outreach effort that asked local high school students to create miniproductions based on the A.R.T.’s staging of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” — have all been part of recent programming.The new collaboration echoes a trend in other regional theaters around the country, said Shea, one geared toward engaging audiences by harnessing the power of the Internet and “the different social and technological aspects of the world around us.“What we are doing here at Harvard is at the vanguard of this sea change that is happening in theater.”Shapins called the project a “fantastic example” of how the arts at Harvard can operate as a catalyst for engaging the University with a broader community.Media and storytelling, said Shapins, “are one of the most powerful ways for those connections to be made.”
WORTHINGTON, Minn. (June 16) – Two drivers scored IMCA North Star Touring Series career first victories Tuesday at Nobles County Speedway.Dan Ahlers took the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod win in front of Jason Andrews and Dany Myrvold. Trevor Holm led the way in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature with Justin Nehring in second and Dustin Gulbrandson third.Defending champion Brandon Beckendorf became the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified wins leader with his tour career seventh checkers. Jeffrey Larson and Josh Rogotzke completed the top three.Luke Sathoff won his second straight IMCA Sunoco Stock Car tour outing, beating Jim Larson and Chris Palsrok across the stripe.Nate Coopman racked up Mach-1 Sport Compact win number four. Second went to Jay DeVries and third was Kaytee DeVries.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Brandon Beckendorf; 2. Jeffrey Larson; 3. Josh Rogotzke; 4. Jeff Joldersma; 5. Jason Fisher; 6. Josh Bonnstetter; 7. Randy Klein; 8. Mike Fogelman; 9. Corey Bosma; 10. Nicholas Ober; 11. Jeff Ignaszewski; 12. Justin Anderson; 13. Mat Hollerich; 14. Aaron Krohn; 15. Tyler Limoges; 16. Jesse Rogotzke; 17. Dalton Magers; 18. Jim Cole.Stock Cars – 1. Luke Sathoff; 2. Jim Larson; 3. Chris Palsrok; 4. Dan Mackenthun; 5. Derek Voehl; 6. Shaun Bruns; 7. Gary Mattison; 8. Troy Welberg; 9. Levi Feltman; 10. Devin Kuehne; 11. Jim Gregoire; 12. Roger Verdoorn; 13. Matt Speckman; 14. Dustin Larson; 15. Colby Klaassen.Northern SportMods – 1. Dan Ahlers; 2. Jason Andrews; 3. Dan Myrvold; 4. Matt Looft; 5. Todd Boulware; 6. T.J. Brown; 7. Bruce Egeland; 8. Chet Ragan; 9. Tony Rialson; 10. John Gladitsch; 11. Brian Rogers; 12. Nick Dieter; 13. Cole Bents; 14. Klaus Deuschle; 15. Kyle Steuber; 16. Scott Espey.Hobby Stocks – 1. Trevor Holm; 2. Justin Nehring; 3. Dustin Gulbrandson; 4. Cory Probst; 5. Malik Sampson; 6. Jeremy Wegner; 7. Chad Lonneman; 8. Marc Janssen; 9. Austin Jahnz; 10. Jamie Songer; 11. Ben Peterson; 12. Corey Gronewold; 13. Justin Luinenburg; 14. Tim Kennedy; 15. Brodie McKeown; 16. Jeremy Johnson; 17. John Ross; 18. Dan Strandberg.Sport Compacts – 1. Nate Coopman; 2. Jay DeVries; 3. Kaytee DeVries; 4. Megan Sandvig; 5. Neil Forsberg; 6. Matt Smith; 7. Joe Bunkofske; 8. Tori Groebner; 9. Paige Gednalski; 10. Blaney Markman.
An Orlando man is behind bars after realizing he could not drive stick shift mid-carjacking.Police say 25-year-old Jaelyn Alexander was in the process of fleeing the scene with elderly man’s car before he ‘automatically’ realized he could not drive a stick.Alexander then stole another car and fled the scene.He was arrested near the scene, shortly after.Alexander is facing multiple charges including carjacking, battery on a person over the age of 65, and grand theft.
NEWARK, N.J. — As the saying goes, you can’t fire the players. So New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero did the next best thing and sacrificed head coach John Hynes on Tuesday evening.”John has done a really good job here over past four-plus seasons in terms of establishing things both on and off the ice,” noted Shero approximately 90 minutes prior to puck drop against the Vegas Golden Knights at the Prudential Center. “Everybody had higher expectations; but collectively as a group, our team, I don’t think there’s any one player that is performing even at the level — let alone above — that we expect or maybe they expect but that’s the thing that’s disappointing.” The Devils started the season a disastrous 0-4-2, which the GM called a “head is spinning” beginning as they “lost every way imaginable, it seemed.” It was a shocking turn of events considering the addition of P.K. Subban, 2019 first-overall draft pick Jack Hughes and a healthy Taylor Hall and Cory Schneider. After the team’s 4-3 loss to Vegas, the team stands 9-14-4 and Hughes is hurt, Schneider was sent down to the minors, Hall is reportedly on the trade block and Subban hasn’t registered a point in 15 games.”There’s opportunity for them to find out where we are here and where we’re going to go because in term of being where we are this season . . . no one has really gotten to the level we expected or they would probably expect,” noted the GM who hired Hynes in 2015 in New Jersey, five years after hiring him to run the Penguins’ AHL team bench. “Over the course of some time here hopefully that’s going to happen to really find out what we have here in terms of our players and where we’re going to go.”NHL trade rumors: Four possible landing spots for Taylor HallWhile the Devils have struggled to produce — 29th in the NHL in goals-per-game (2.50) before Tuesday’s game — they’ve also allowed a staggering 3.62 goals-against in their first 26 games (second-worst in the NHL). Over the first four seasons of Hynes’ tenure, the team was averaging 2.57 goals-per-game — so they’re not far off that mark this season; however, they were at 3.02 goals-against-per-game, which makes this season a mind-boggling rise. “It’s because of us,” said captain Andy Greene after the game. “Someone losing their job because of the way we were playing, the way we haven’t been executing. Hynes was a real good coach, a great coach, great person. It’s always sad when you see that.”The scoreboard results this season have surprised because on paper the Devils have a solid squad with the players mentioned above, combined with 2017 first-overall pick Nico Hischier, Sami Vatanen, Greene and newcomers Nikita Gusev, who led the KHL in scoring last season, and Wayne Simmonds. Yes, a bunch of new faces can sometimes take time to gel but this team never seemed to find its mojo under Hynes, which grew more evident in the last few days. So on the second night of a back-to-back, Shero felt the sand had run out on Hynes’ timer after the team lost 4-0 to their Hudson River rivals, the New York Rangers on Saturday and an abysmal 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres Monday night.”It goes down to execution . . . some of you saw the game last night, I mean, we can’t make a five-foot pass. I mean that’s — I don’t know,” noted Shero, who couldn’t find any other words for the loss the Sabres. “At the end it’s always about the players, at the end we’re on the ice . . . have to take responsibility on that,” said Hischier, who netted a goal, after the game. “Nobody in here likes where we’re at, what we’re doing right now but it’s not that we’re not trying. We know we’re a better team than that — we just have to figure it out.”Despite another loss to Vegas, the team played well for the first 40 — and actually went into the third period up 2-1 — under new interim bench boss Alain Nasreddine. He takes the helm from the man he worked under for more than nine seasons and stressed that considering “everyone in that room has been underachieving,” it’s a clean slate.”I don’t want to live in the past and what happened first 25 games,” Nasreddine commented postgame. “Tonight, you know it’s a new beginning and we had to lead, yes, going into the third but it was more about what we did and what we didn’t do.” Opportunity is now knocking not only for these players to turn this season around — quick reminder, the 2019 Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues were in last place on Jan. 3 — but the head coach. Shero said that he will begin to keep his eye out for a new bench boss for next season, with this staff getting every chance to prove themselves too.”I think we’re better than this,” Shero said. “When you’ve got 23 players that aren’t playing at their level nearly that — I don’t think I’m sitting here saying something that’s not true — I think they’re better than this but we’ll have to see. Usually, it’s five, six guys that are having down years or three guys are doing great and other guys are pretty [good]. I don’t think it’s hard to see after twenty-something games this year that we’ve had that from anybody. So, it’s a big challenge but something that [Nasreddine is] going to embrace and certainly, we’ll see where it goes.”The Devils have Wednesday off and will get back to work on Thursday before their next matchup Friday when the also underperforming Chicago Blackhawks come to town.