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We are pumped for the Break Science Live Band takeover of Brooklyn Bowl this weekend. Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee always bring it as Break Science, and the addition of Deitch’s brothers-in-arms Jesus Coomes, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Ryan Zoidis, and Eric “Benny” Bloom” from Lettuce as the live band will only add to the electro-funky-hip-hop madness. The two-night run will also feature 2011 DMC World DJ Champion Chris Karns, who will combine his incredible scratching skills with the BreakSci Live Band’s undeniable musical prowess.Each night will showcase an opening act that can be considered in the running of best rising stars of the electro-funk genre. On Friday night, Exmag will throw down their blend of live electronic music, while relative newcomers Jaw Gems will showcase their unique downtempo vibe on Saturday night. Both bands are sure to get you grooving early in the night, setting the table perfectly for Break Science Live Band’s party vibes. Check out music videos from both bands below to get a taste of what you’re in for at Brooklyn Bowl this weekend.“NuFunk Odyssey” by Exmag“Star Visor” by Jaw GemsFor tickets and more information about the shows, click here for December 16th, and click here for December 17th.
The world premiere of Pitbulls, written by Keith Josef Adkins and directed by Leah Gardiner, will play November 6 through December 13 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. The show is set in a small black community in rural Appalachia and explores what it costs to be an individual in America. Daniel Talbot’s Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait will have its world premiere in spring 2015, with specific dates to be announced later. American soldiers Smith and Leadem kill time at a worn out desert outpost swallowed by sand on the other side of the world. As the days fall away it becomes less and less possible to know what is future, past, living, dead, or dream. View Comments James Franco James Franco is set to make his stage directing debut for Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s 20th anniversary season. The Of Mice and Men star will helm the world premiere of Robert Boswell’s The Long Shrift. The season will also include New York and world premieres by Keith Josef Adkins, Sheila Callaghan, Laura Eason, Michael Laurence, Laith Nakli and Daniel Talbott. The previously reported Phoenix, starring Julia Stiles and James Wirt, will also be part of the season. Laith Nakli’s Shesh Yak will be helmed by Bruce McCarty and play January 15, 2015 through February 19 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Set in the spring of 2011, five weeks into the civil uprising in Syria, the play centers around Jameel, a 40-year-old Syrian-American writer in his New York apartment and his houseguest Haytham, 15 years Jameel’s senior, a Syrian ex-patriot and a leader in the anti-Syrian government movement in New York on business. The world premiere of Hamlet In Bed will run May 14, 2015 through June 18 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Written by Michael Laurence and directed by Lisa Peterson, the show follows Michael, a neurotic actor and adoptee obsessed with two things: finding his real mother and playing the famous Gloomy Dane Boswell’s The Long Shrift will have a limited engagement July 7 through August 23 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. The play follows Richard Singer, a dorky teenage boy who is accused and thrown in jail for rape, tearing his parents apart. Now, nine years later, Richard is out of jail and his accuser is back in his life. The Undeniable Sound of Right Now will have its world premiere March 20, 2015 through May 2. Written by Laura Eason and helmed by Kristen Kelly, the show will play at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. It’s 1992. Hank is struggling to keep his legendary rock club going amid changing times and changing tastes. When his beloved daughter, Lena, starts dating a rising star DJ, Hank must contend with the destructive power of the next big thing. The New York premiere of Everything You Touch, written by Sheila Callaghan and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, will run February 13, 2015 through April 14 at Cherry Lane’s Mainstage. Skipping back and forth in time, the production is a viciously funny look at the struggle to find an identity that’s more than skin deep. Star Files
Milan asserted their authority at the top of the Serie A table after swatting aside surprise title challengers Napoli in a 3-0 victory at the San Siro.A penalty from top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave Milan a deserved lead shortly after the half-time break before substitute Kevin Prince Boateng and Alexandre Pato put the gloss on a dominant display from the league leaders.Without the industrious Ezequiel Lavezzi in attack, Napoli lacked any forward momentum as well as being careless at times in defence and they were comprehensively punished for their failings.Victory for Napoli would have seen them draw level on points with Milan at the summit but instead they now sit third, six points adrift of top spot having been leapfrogged by Internazionale over the weekend.A predictably cagey opening to this game was to be expected given the high stakes involved with neither goalkeeper called upon during a tense first half hour.Milan increasingly looked at their most threatening when on the counter attack with Ibrahimovic leading the line but without the required service from his wasteful Brazilian wingmen Robinho and Pato, the big Swede cut a frustrated figure. Napoli on the other hand looked to be pinning their hopes on a long ball over the top for Edinson Cavani to chase but without a great deal of success as Alessandro Nesta and Thiago Silva enjoyed a comfortable 45 minutes.The first clear sight of goal appeared before the eyes and right boot of Mark van Bommel whose powerful shot was superbly blocked by the sliding Salvatore Aronica 10 yards from goal.That half chance sparked a period of dominance for the home side that continued for the remainder of the half but ultimately proved fruitless.The visitors almost played the role of architect in their own downfall on a number of occasions, much to the frustration of the increasingly animated Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri, with a series of lacklustre pieces of defending with the half-time break in sight.But their carelessness went unpunished leaving Milan to wallow in disappointment during the interval at failing to secure an advantage. Upon resumption they soon had reason to smile as they were gifted a chance to break the deadlock from the penalty spot after Aronica was penalised for a needless handball.And Ibrahimovic made no mistake from 12 yards, whipping the ball beyond the dive of Morgan De Sanctis into the bottom left corner.The lead was no more than Milan deserved after dominating against an uncharacteristically abject Napoli side and they very nearly doubled their advantage within minutes when Pato’s curling effort was superbly tipped round the post by De Sanctis.The Napoli goalkeeper was soon called upon once more to rescue his side, instinctively saving low to his right when Robinho connected well with Pato’s near post cross.With Napoli offering very little in attack, Milan continued in the ascendancy and soon had the goals that their dominance warranted. Twice Napoli were caught out by Milan’s ability to counter attack with pace with Pato heavily involved on both occasions.First as provider for substitute Boateng who could not miss when teed up three yards from goal, and then as goalscorer courtesy of a beautiful curling effort into the top corner from 20 yards with two defenders hesitantly backing off to leave the Rossoneri riding high at the top of Serie A and on course for their first Scudetto since 2005.Source: Eurosport
Francis Pegahmagabow went to a recruitment office almost immediately after war was declared in 1914.The Ojibwa sniper from Wasauksing First Nation of Parry Island would serve with the 1st Infantry Battalion and went on to become one of the most decorated soldiers in the First World War.When he returned to Canada, his reputation as a brave soldier counted for very little and he didn’t receive the same rights or benefits as his white comrades.“They’d gone from being a soldier to just an Indian again,” said Scott Sheffield, associate professor at the University of Fraser Valley and author of a report on First Nations veterans that prompted a federal government apology in 2003.Indigenous people were part of every 20th-century conflict Canada was involved in and served in the Canadian military at a higher per-capita rate than any other group.About 4,000 First Nations men served in the First World War. After the armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, they returned to Canada still unable to vote and largely shut out of the meagre benefits on offer.Although veterans were eligible to borrow money through the government for farm land, it was almost impossible for First Nations veterans to qualify.“Worse than that, around 80,000 acres of reserve land that was good for farming was actually taken away from reserves, mostly in the Prairies, and largely given to white settler veterans,” Sheffield said.That didn’t stop Indigenous people from taking up the call again when Canada joined the Second World War — about 4,300 enlisted.Thomas (Tommy) Prince, a member of the Brokenhead Ojibwa Nation in Manitoba, enlisted in 1940 and eventually was assigned to the Canadian-American First Special Service Force, known as the Devil’s Brigade. He became a legendary sniper, was awarded multiple medals and also served in the Korean War.Back in Canada, Prince ended up living in shelters and on the streets of Winnipeg until his death in 1977.After the Second World War, Indigenous veterans couldn’t get information from trained veterans affairs counsellors, and had to go through their Indian agent. It was difficult for them to connect with non-Indigenous comrades because they weren’t allowed in legion halls.They were also unable to get a loan-grant combination that helped veterans set up careers and businesses.But Indigenous men and women continued to enlist and serve in the military — from NATO duties during the Cold War to more recent tours in Afghanistan.Now an effort is underway to honour their sacrifice.Randi Gage, a Saginaw Chippewa from Michigan and a United States army veteran, organized the first Aboriginal Veterans Day in Manitoba in 1993. She wanted a day to honour them in their own communities but still allowed them to gather for Remembrance Day ceremonies.Nov. 8 was chosen because the number turned sideways is the Metis infinity symbol and it’s connected to some First Nations teachings, Gage said. She wrote letters to communities and veterans organizations to spread the word about the event.“Most of the letters came back the most racist, disgusting: ‘What the hell do you think you are doing?’, ‘What makes you so special?’” she said.But the event went ahead with a handful of veterans.The next year, National Aboriginal Veterans Day was inaugurated by Winnipeg’s city council. Gage said thousands of people attended to honour Indigenous veterans.“To see the pride in those guys, it still gets me today,” she said, starting to cry. “It started the discussion. It started people talking.”The 25th Aboriginal Veterans Day is being celebrated Thursday but Gage said there is still more work to do.The federal Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs has launched a study of benefits for Indigenous veterans.Veterans Affairs said in an emailed statement it is committed meeting the needs of Indigenous veterans and is talking to Aboriginal groups to determine the way forward.Meanwhile, the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa is holding a photographic exhibition, presented by the Embassy of Belgium, to celebrate the diversity of those who fought for the Allied effort. It includes images of Maori soldiers from New Zealand, Sikhs from the Indian Army Corps, and a photo of Indigenous recruits and elders from File Hills, Sask.A photo of Inuk sniper John Shiwak, who died on the battlefield in 1917, also hangs on the wall.Peter MacLeod, the museum’s director of research, said he hopes it changes the perspective of people who fought in the First World War.“There is a huge story there about the diversity of the Canadian corps and the war effort in general,” he said. “This exhibition … makes Canadians a bit more aware of the diversity in our country’s history and the contribution that all groups have made to Canada.”