Watch Bob Weir’s Acoustic “Bird Song” On Night Two Of His Campfire Tour

first_imgGrateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir kicked off his brief, country-spanning “Campfire Tour” last Friday, and stopped at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA for a great performance last night. Weir recently released Blue Mountain, his first full batch of solo songwriting in over 30 years. The album itself paints a beautiful picture of cowboy living, but the music truly comes to life witnessing Weir with a guitar in hand.At times Weir would play by himself, at others he would perform with his newly-arranged ensemble that includes Steve Kimock, Bryan Devendorf, Scott Devendorf, Jon Shaw and Josh Kaufman. While the show focused on the music of Blue Mountain, there were plenty of treats for Weir’s longtime fans. He even opened the show with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” and included “Big River,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Bird Song,” “Cassidy,” “Ship Of Fools,” “Standing On The Moon” and “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad” throughout the performance. The encore saw Weir and his band play “Ki-Yi Bossie” and “Peggy-O,” closing out the night with the emotional two-song pairing.Thanks to YouTube user gridlifeTV, we can watch a handful of videos from the performance, including the great 14-minute version of “Bird Song”. Tune in below and enjoy.GonesvilleBird SongKi-Yi BossieThe full setlist can be seen below. [Photo courtesy of mattbusch28 // Instagram]last_img

Poet Dana Gioia awarded Laetare Medal

first_imgDana Gioia, poet and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will receive the Laetare Medal, during the 2010 Commencement ceremony May 16, the University announced Sunday.The Medal is the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics and is awarded annually to a Catholic “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity.”The Medal has not been awarded since 2008, when actor Martin Sheen accepted the honor. Former U.S. Ambassoador to the Holy See Mary Ann Glendon initially accepted the Laetare Medal last year, but declined the honor after hearing the University would award an honorary degree to President Barack Obama. University spokesman Dennis Brown said last year’s events did not affect the selection process this year.University President Fr. John Jenkins commended Gioia’s commitment to both faith and culture.“In his vocation as poet and avocation as arts administrator, Dana Gioia has given vivid witness to the mutual flourishing of faith and culture,” Jenkins said in the press release. “By awarding him our University’s highest honor we hope both to celebrate and participate in that witness.”Gioia is the second poet to receive the Laetare Medal. The University presented poet Phyllis McGinley with the medal in 1964.Gioia has published three collections of poetry, including “Interrogations at Noon,” which won the 2002 American Book Award. He also published eight smaller collections of poems, two opera libretti and many translations of Latin, Italian and German poetry.He also has edited over 20 literary anthologies and has written essays and reviews in magazines, such as The New Yorker, The Washington Post Book World, The New York Times Book Review and Slate.Gioia served as chairman of the NEA from 2003 to 2009. During his tenure, he sought to strengthen bipartisan support for public funding of arts and art education, to champion jazz as a uniquely American art form, to promote Shakespeare readings and performances nationwide and to distribute NEA grants more widely.In a lecture he delivered in 2000, Gioia said art and Catholicism work together because “the Catholic, literally from birth, when he or she is baptized, is raised in a culture that understands symbols and signs.”“[Catholicism] also trains you in understanding the relationship between the visible and the invisible,” he said. “Consequently, allegory finds its greatest realization in Catholic artists like Dante.”A native of Hawthorne, Calif., Gioia graduated from Stanford University in 1973. He earned a master’s degree in comparative literature from Harvard University in 1975 and returned to Stanford for his master’s of business administration in 1977.The Laetare Medal is named in honor of Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent and the day the University announces its recipient each year. The award was first given in 1883.Past recipients include operatic tenor John McCormack, President John F. Kennedy, Catholic Worker foundress Dorothy Day and jazz composer Dave Brubeck.last_img

Governor Wolf Reminds Pennsylvanians of Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment

first_img November 06, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Healthcare,  Human Services,  Press Release,  PSA,  Public Health Encourages all to visit for more information and to sign up before Dec. 15Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today reminded Pennsylvanians that open enrollment for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is taking place now through December 15.“The enrollment period is shorter this year, so whether you’re enrolling in a plan for the first time, looking to change your plan, or want to see what your options are, go to to find out what plan is right for you and your family,” Governor Wolf said.Open enrollment has some changes this year, including:The open enrollment period is November 1 to December 15 (in the past, open enrollment ended January 31).Funding for open enrollment and consumer help has been will be down from midnight – noon on most Sundays for maintenance during the open enrollment period.There is a concern that the shorter enrollment period and the reduced funding for open enrollment will decrease the number of people signing up for health insurance. This year Pennsylvania recorded a record-low uninsured rate of 5.6 percent.“We want to continue with the success of record-low rates of uninsured,” Governor Wolf said. “To help ease some of the concerns, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department partnered with insurance plans, healthcare providers, consumer advocates and others to develop common messaging and coordinated plans to help people enroll.”To find out more, visit the Pennsylvania Insurance Department’s open enrollment page, with myriad information, including a Consumers’ Checkbook plan comparison tool that takes you through a few simple steps to find the right medical plan, including comparisons of every medical plan available ON and OFF Exchange, compared on total estimated cost (not just premiums or deductibles) and more. Consumers can also use the tool to find out if they can get help paying for coverage.The site also includes a “How to Buy Health Insurance” guide and video, and 10 Things to Know about Open Enrollment, including that the Affordable Care Act is still law, so benefits and consumer protections are still in place and you may still have to pay a penalty if you do not purchase coverage for 2018; four out of five people qualify for financial assistances; and consumers should use caution when shopping as some companies use misleading marketing to state or imply they are ACA-compliant when they are not.“The Insurance Department put together a comprehensive package of information for consumers and I encourage all Pennsylvanians shopping for health insurance to visit the department’s site for information and any help needed as they make this important decision for themselves and their families,” Governor Wolf said.center_img Governor Wolf Reminds Pennsylvanians of Affordable Care Act Open Enrollmentlast_img

Judge Dismisses Lauren Spierer Lawsuit

first_imgSpierer vanished after a night out in Bloomington in June 2011.INDIANAPOLIS – A lawsuit against two men filed by the parents of missing IU student Lauren Spierer has been dismissed by a federal judge.The lawsuit claimed the men provided Spierer alcohol and did not verify she made it home safely the night she disappeared, leading to her presumed death.The judge decided that the parents, Robert and Charlene Spierer, failed to provide evidence showing the men had anything to do with her disappearance.Lauren Spierer vanished after a night of partying in Bloomington in the early morning hours of June 3, 2011. Despite searches across the campus and region there has been no sign of the Greenburgh, New York native.There have been no criminal charges filed in her disappearance.last_img

UKGC revamps ADR consumer complaints code

first_img Share Share Submit Related Articles Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Ian Angus,The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has moved to publish new standards and guidance on dealing with consumer complaints, which will seek to improve the industry’s ‘alternative dispute resolution – ADR’ processes.Updating the market, the UKGC will aim to implement its new ADR complaints code by the 31 October.Implemented in 2015, ADR processes allow for consumers to challenge gambling operators without going to court, by offering dispute mediation and adjudication by an independent third party.Detailing new objectives, the UKGC seeks to streamline and simplify ADR processes, making it easier for UK consumers to access dispute information and understand conditions for challenging operators.Issuing its new guidelines and standards the UKGC outlines its new guiding principals for handling complaints through ADR mechanisms, which include;The types of consumer complaints ADR providers can take on.Principles for considering compensation.Decision quality standards, particularly focused on how providers look at and use evidence.Conflicts of interests.The information and customer service providers give to consumers.The information and data providers share with us and others.Updating stakeholders, Ian Angus, Programme Director for Consumer Protection and Empowerment said:“The standards published today seek to simplify existing complaints processes and ensure consumer complaints are handled in a fair, timely, transparent and effective manner. Improved standards will also help cultivate consumer trust and confidence in the industry. The standards will come into effect from 31 October, alongside further changes that provide stronger protection for consumers and ensure they are treated fairly.”last_img