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Posted by: | Posted on: March 2, 2021

Celebrate John Belushi’s Birthday By Listening To Him Sit In With The Grateful Dead

first_imgActor and beloved comedian John Belushi would have celebrated his 68th birthday today. Best known for his tenure as an original cast member of Saturday Night Live and his roles in iconic films like Animal House and The Blues Brothers, Belushi was one of the most magnetic personalities of his generation, even attracting the likes of the Grateful Dead, particularly drummer Bill Kreutzmann.Kreutzmann recounts in his 2015 book Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead the great friendship and some of the wild times he shared with Belushi when the Dead used to get out to New York City. One such instance occurred the Dead’s opening night at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ on March 30, 1980 when Belushi got it into his head that he wanted to sing backup with the band on “U.S. Blues” during the encore. However, met with some resistance from the band, Kreutzmann had to nix Belushi’s wishes. Belushi had other plans.Kreutzmann writes:I had a really good show that night, and the entire band played well. We encored with “U.S. Blues” as planned and, right before the chorus, Belushi took everyone by surprise by cartwheeling onto the stage. It was a comedic ambush. He had on a sport coat with small American flags stuffed into both of his breast pockets and he landed his last cartwheel just in time to grab a microphone and join in on the chorus. The audience and everyone in the band – except for Phil – ate it up. It couldn’t have been rehearsed better. Belushi had impeccable comedic timing, musicality, balls, the works. And apparently, he didn’t take no for an answer.Take a listen to the Dead’s entire March 30, 1980 performance with Belushi helping out on vocals during the “U.S. Blues” encore:last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 26, 2021

DPAC rolls out new student films

first_imgAmid the Oscar buzz, student filmmakers are gearing up for their own event, the 25th annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival.The festival will feature 14 films representing the work of 31 student filmmakers, and will be held in the Browning Cinema of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC). Screenings will begin  at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The running time for each screening will be just under two hours.Maria Massa Ted Mandell, associate professor of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) and founder of the festival, said the purpose of the event is to share and recognize the work of film students.“It’s an event to showcase the great work our students do, to give them an audience for their films and to provide a launching pad for their future careers in the film and television industries,” Mandell said.  “This might be one of the best collections of films in one festival that we’ve ever had.”Mandell, also a producer for Fighting Irish Digital Media, said he founded the festival in his second year teaching film production in the FTT department as a way for students to share their work with more than just their professors, families and friends.“When I was a student here, I graduated in 1986, the only time we screened our films was during graduation weekend for our parents. After I returned as a member of the faculty, I thought the student work should be seen by a larger audience,” he said.There will be one award given for the single best film in the festival, as determined by audience preference, Mandell said.“We’re excited about the Audience Choice Award, which allows the audience to vote for their favorite film via text right after the show,” he said. “We will present the award before the final screening Saturday night to the winning filmmakers.”One film that has been selected for the festival and is eligible for this honor is “Lilith’s Game,” a horror film created by seniors Anthony Patti and Johnny Whichard.Patti said it was rewarding for the partners to have their film selected for the festival.“I was incredibly excited when I found out,” Patti said. “The film process is pretty strenuous, so making it to the festival, while it wasn’t the goal, was certainly a nice pay-off.“Movies are made to be watched, so being guaranteed an audience is pretty much the best a film maker can ask for.”Patti said believes the risks he and Whichard took in the making of their film will allow it to hold up against the competition and have a chance at earning the Audience Choice Award.“The film demanded everything effort-wise and my partner and I decided to take a lot of risks that ended up paying off,” Patti said. “I haven’t seen many of the other films, but I do have faith in the film Jonny and I made, and I do think it’ll at least be a contender.”The natural unpredictability of filmmaking made the process difficult, Patti said, but working at Notre Dame provides an advantage.“Whether it’s in the classroom or on the movie set film is very up and down,” he said. “You’ll have one week with nothing to do followed by another week of non-stop work with no sleep and no food.“Despite how difficult film is as a craft, it’s relatively easy to make a movie at Notre Dame because everyone is so friendly and obliging.”The films featured in each year’s festival are drawn equally from all films produced in the last two semesters — spring and fall 2013 — from the beginner, intermediate and advanced production courses by the professors teaching those courses, Patti said. The filmmakers behind each film are notified and allowed one last round of editing to prepare their work for the festival.“Lillith’s Game” has a 10 minute and 57 second running time, which makes it the fourth longest film of the 14, and was produced last semester for an intermediate production course, Patti said.Patti said the pair began work on their film on the first day of the fall semester. They logged six total days of filming, with shifts ranging from two to 12 hours and three main locations — the off-campus house of their lead actor, the Cedar Grove cemetery and the forest near the campus lakes.Patti said he urges everyone in the University community to attend the festival because each of the 31 student filmmakers has an important story or message to convey.“People should come to the festival because, despite the misconception that media students blow off school, the department is full of passionate storytellers who love their craft and truly have something to say,” Patti said.Mandell said another reason to attend is to see the work of some of these filmmakers before they make it big.“In 2011, festival alumnus Peter Richardson won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for Best Documentary. Some of these filmmakers will go on to very successful careers in the film and television industries. Our alums are executives at television networks, Hollywood screenwriters, editors, cinematographers, sound mixers, etc,” Mandell said. “The Student Film Festival is where they got their start.”Patti said he hopes to eventually join the numbers of film festival alumni who have gone on to work in Hollywood.“Right now my plan is to do a little mission work after school, but after that head out to Hollywood with a backpack and a cardboard sign saying ‘will film for food,’” Patti said.Tickets for the festival can be purchase online or in person through the DPAC box office. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for students and children.Tags: Student Film Festivallast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 17, 2021

Ag Hall of Fame

first_imgThe College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will honor Gale Buchanan, a former dean of the college, and longtime, influential pecan and watermelon producer Buddy Leger, as inductees into Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame on September 14 at an induction ceremony at 6 p.m. in Athens, Ga. The Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame was established in 1972 to recognize individuals making unusual and extraordinary contributions to agriculture and agribusiness industries in Georgia. “The Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame provides a historical snapshot of the rich and varied history of agriculture in Georgia,” said Juli Fields, director of alumni relations for the college. “The 2012 inductees have contributed a great deal to the advancement of agriculture in this state and are excellent examples of how one individual can make a difference.” Inductees are nominated by members of the public and selected by the awards committee of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association. Those nominated must possess the following characteristics: impeccable character, outstanding leadership, having made noteworthy contributions to Georgia’s agricultural landscape and having been recognized for his or her achievements in agriculture as well as other areas. Former inductees include agricultural history makers such as former Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin, Goldkist Founder D.W. Brooks, former UGA vice-president for public service J.W. Fanning and J. Phil Campbell, founding director of the Cooperative Extension Service in Georgia. Gale Buchanan, who served as dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences from 1995 until 2005, was nominated for his multiple contributions to agricultural research, both as a peanut researcher and administrator. Buchanan grew up on a peanut farm in Madison County, Fla., where he spent many days hoeing weeds out of his parents’ peanut rows. As a young scientist, he focused on researching ways of reducing weed pressure on peanuts, using both herbicides and improved planting methods. His groundbreaking development of twin row planting in peanuts led to a dramatic decrease in the amount of herbicide farmers needed to use and a 10 to 15 percent increase in plant yield. He served as director of the UGA Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton from 1986 to 1994 before coming to Athens to oversee the entire college. Leger, who has grown pecans and watermelons in Cordele since the 1960s, will be inducted in honor of his lifelong support of Georgia agriculture and his work expanding markets for some of Georgia’s top commodities — watermelons and pecans. He founded the National Watermelon Promotion Board in the 1980s to bring together watermelon producers and shippers to support the research of better watermelon varieties and growing techniques. In 1995 he spearheaded the creation of the Georgia Commodity Commission for Pecans. The group, made of pecan producers across the state, has helped pay for increased marketing of Georgia pecans, which has created a national and international market for the nuts. Leger has served on dozens of statewide policy-making and advisory boards over the last 50 years. He is the founding president of the National Watermelon Research and Promotion Board, a former president of the Georgia and National Watermelon associations, a former president of the National Pecan Marketing Council, a former president of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association and served on Governor Sonny Perdue’s Agricultural Advisory Committee, where he chaired a sub-committee on education. He currently sits on the executive council of the National Watermelon Association, the Georgia Community Rural Development Council, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Advisory Council and the Upper Flint Regional Water Planning Council. Anyone who would like to attend the awards banquet should visit www.caes.uga.edu/alumni . Anyone with questions about the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame should call (706) 542-3390.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 19, 2020

Vox Media to cut 6% of workforce on grim recovery prospects in 2020

first_imgThe publisher will bring back about 30% of the furloughed employees who chose not to take buyouts, Bankoff said, adding that it will reinstate full salaries of the remaining employees.”The only exceptions are me and my executive team, who will continue our reductions,” the CEO wrote in the letter.Vox Media, which also owns technology news websites including the Verge and Recode, had in April said it would furlough 9% of its employees and the decision would impact about 100 of them from May through July.Topics : Vox Media, the owner of New York magazine, is laying off 6% of its staff, as it does not expect a rebound in publishing business to pre-COVID forecasts in the second half of 2020, according to an internal email seen by Reuters.Media companies are hard-pressed with cash flow concerns as they see a drop in advertising revenue since the coronavirus outbreak, forcing many to cut expenses.Vox Media Chief Executive Officer Jim Bankoff said in the email a majority of those impacted by the layoff were employees furloughed in May and would receive health insurance and severance packages.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 17, 2020

Anderson ties career high of 30 to help keep Badgers’ season alive

first_imgAnderson continues to impress, set recordsAs she has done all year, Wisconsin guard Jolene Anderson put the team on her back and carried them to yet another victory behind her game-high 30 points. The Big Ten scoring champion’s strong performances have come often enough that hardly anything she does surprises her coach or teammates anymore.”Some of the shots that go in, I have no idea how they go in,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “Nothing really surprises me.””One shot she took last year just blew me away,” Wisconsin forward Danielle Ward said. “This year it’s like, ‘OK, there’s another one.’ I don’t think there [are] really any big surprises.”Teammate Janese Banks joked that she plans to raise her children just as Anderson was raised — on a farm, shooting baskets in her family’s barn — in hopes that they grow up to be like her.”I’m going to build a barn so they can take shots like Jolene,” Banks said. “Anything she shoots, it doesn’t surprise me. … She’s a great athlete, and that’s what athletes do. They make plays.”Anderson, who poured in 22 of her points in the second half, tied her career high for scoring. She previously set the high in the second round of the WNIT last week against Arkansas State and continued to increase her single-season team scoring record. She now has 667 points on the season, which broke the old mark of 601 set by Barb Franke. Sunday’s game also marked Anderson’s sixth consecutive 20-plus point game. Unfortunately for the Virginia Cavaliers, they were the latest victim of Anderson’s hot shooting.”We were having a little bit of trouble with Anderson,” Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan said. “We were switching out onto her, and I think we were a little bit fatigued. We just weren’t doing a good job on her. … She was the difference today.”Technical foul turns the tideAlong with Anderson’s three-pointer to beat the shot clock with just over two minutes left, another pivotal point in the game came with 3:19 remaining.Trailing by two points, Badger point guard Rae Lin D’Alie’s shot was blocked by Virginia’s Monica Wright. Cavaliers guard Sharnee Zoll collected the rebound and took the ball up the court. Wisconsin guard Janese Banks was there to meet her at half-court and drew the charge. After disagreeing with officials on the call, Cavaliers’ assistant coach Jeff House was hit with a technical foul.”It was the turning point in the game,” Ryan said. “It was a very untimely and uncharacteristic technical. If anybody gets a technical on our team, it’s me. It was just very untimely.”Wisconsin’s Anderson made both of the free throws that resulted from the technical to tie the game at 70. The Badgers maintained possession of the ball, and the ensuing runner by D’Alie gave UW their first lead of the game.”That was big for (D’Alie), since she had just gotten her shot blocked on her layup,” Banks said. “For her, especially as a freshman, to have that confidence to come back and even take that shot — that’s a big shot.”Free-throw shooting key down the stretchWisconsin did not make any trips to the free-throw line in the first half, but shot 29 after halftime, converting on 22 of them. The Cavaliers, on the other hand, made it to the line just 16 times, converting on just nine of those attempts.”We did a pretty good job of attacking the basket in the second half,” Stone said. “At halftime, I put on the board ‘zero free throws,’ and the team responded very well. … We picked the times to run, and when we did, we generally drew a foul. When it was just a set offense, we tried to attack the basket off of ball screens and try to get the ball inside.”Anderson was perfect from the line, making all eight of her shots, including four with under a minute remaining in the game. Banks was also solid, converting on seven of eight. Mariah Dunham and D’Alie also converted on pivotal foul shots with under a minute to play.”Those are tough free throws,” Stone said. “I think the fact that we made free throws down the stretch — those are some key (shots).”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 8, 2020

National Sports Award’s dignity has to be maintained: Sushil Kumar

first_img First Published: 20th August, 2020 22:57 IST LIVE TV Press Trust Of India Last Updated: 20th August, 2020 22:57 IST National Sports Award’s Dignity Has To Be Maintained: Sushil Kumar Double Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar on Thursday indicated that the selection committee runs the risk of lowering the dignity of the annual national sports awards by making too many recommendations. Written By SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Double Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar on Thursday indicated that the selection committee runs the risk of lowering the dignity of the annual national sports awards by making too many recommendations.An unprecedented five Khel Ratna and 29 Arjuna award recommendations have been made to the sports minister by the selection panel, raising eyebrows.The champion wrestler did not say it in as many words but hinted that giving away the awards to so many athletes can end up lowering their dignity. He said it is necessary to, instead, “maintain the pride” attached with these awards.”I congratulate the ones who have been nominated but I feel people should work towards maintaining the dignity of these national sports awards. This is not even an Olympic year,” Sushil told PTI.”I myself is an athlete, so I am happy for all, but we must maintain the pride attached with these awards.” In 2016, the government honoured four athletes — shuttler PV Sindhu, wrestler Sakshi Malik, gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai — with the Khel Ratna after their performances at the Rio Olympics.But this year the awards committee has recommended five athletes — cricketer Rohit Sharna, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, paddler Manika Batra, women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal and para-athlete Mariyappan Thangvelu for the county’s top sporting honour.Sushil, who won a bronze in 2008 and a silver in the 2012 edition of the Olympic Games, also did not understand why athletes who have already received the highest sporting honour, were considered for an award that sits lower on the rung.Malik and Mirabai Chanu, who have won the Khel Ratna in the past, applied for Arjuna this year and the committee recommended their names.”Not only this, even it has been noted that a performance which has already fetched an athlete award in the past, has been considered again this year,” said the 37-year-old. Sushil is keen to earn another shot at the Olympics and is training at the Chhatarasal Stadium.He will see competition not only from youngsters such as Jitender Kumar but also old rival Narsingh Yadav, who is getting back to action in 74kg after serving his four-year doping ban.(Photo Credit: PTI)  FOLLOW USlast_img read more