Ghosts of the Forest | State Theatre | Portland, ME | 4/4/19 | Photos: Vic Brazen On Thursday night, Ghosts of the Forest–Trey Anastasio‘s new project with his Phish bandmate Jon Fishman, TAB members Jennifer Hartswick, Tony Markellis, and Ray Paczkowski, and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Celisse Henderson–made their exciting debut at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine.With a record due on April 12th and only the title-track released, fans have been salivating over the mysterious details of this new project. Almost every night of this eight-show run sold out almost immediately with very little information. And on night one, the curtain revealed exactly what the Phish frontman had up his sleeve.Production designer Abigail Holmes, whose work includes Stop Making Sense, collaborated with Anastasio on a beautiful, ever-changing backdrop, setting a psychedelic atmosphere for the band who sported gray and white polished clothing. The general consensus is that the spectacle matched the mood of the music in a thrilling way.The one-set performance featured 18 songs and a pre-recorded piano intro, all of which–besides “Ghosts of the Forest”–had never been heard before. With only nine tracks on the album’s tracklisting, this amount of new music came as a surprise to most.In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Trey had explained the meaning of the new album: “It was just personal songs I was writing”, before going on to describe the heartbreak he experienced last year with the death of his childhood friend, Chris Cottrell.He explained his emotional state, and his experience with death, when thinking up the new material:I sat for days with him with my acoustic guitar. He sat on the couch and he kind of drifted in and out of consciousness. It was powerful and scary, and also kind of beautiful. It sort of became [about], “Well, we’re all going there, we’re all here together in death and in dreaming, and we’re free of time.” I was thinking about my sister who also died of cancer, and my grandmother. We carry these people around with us.Executing the new record, due to the fact that it’s unlike any other music he’s released, was a different story with a different motive.He [Chris Cotrell] would have loved this record. He liked it when I ripped it on the guitar. Period. End of sentence. That’s it. The two of us used to listen to Jimi Hendrix incessantly. Like, every time we got together we’d put on Band of Gypsys. He’d come see Phish, and he liked sustain. So when I made this record after he died I just said that to Fish and Tony, “I’m just going to play a lot of guitar.” There’s no overdub crap for most of it. It’s real. This tour will be more of that. A lot more. The only thing I added was Jen and Celisse so I could have that vocal thing I love so much.And so, the new Ghosts of the Forest music was for Chris. But now, it’s resonating with a lot of fans in a new way. While not all of the new music made the record, apparently, it all fits into the same new, theatrical puzzle. It’ll be interesting to see what the next seven shows are like. Listen to the full-show audio of Portland’s opener below, and check out some fan-shot videos.Ghosts of the Forest | 4/4/19“Ghosts of the Forest”Ghosts of the ForestGhosts of the Forest“Pieces of the Machine”[Videos: Gregory Marcus]Ghosts of the Forest will continue tonight at The Met Opera in Philadelphia, PA, before heading on to Washington, DC; Albany, NY; Boston, MA; New York, NY (x2); and concluding in Los Angeles and Berkeley, CA. Tickets are still available for both California Greek Theatre shows via Ticketmaster. For a full list of Ghosts of the Forest’s upcoming shows, see below. Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts of the Forest Tour Dates:APRIL4 – Portland, ME – State Theatre5 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Opera6 – Washington, DC – Anthem9 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre10 – Boston, MA – Orpheum12 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre13 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre19 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre20 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre at UC BerkeleyView Tour DatesSetlist: Ghosts of the Forest | State Theatre | Portland, ME | 4/4/19What Made Me Thing (piano intro), Ghosts of the Forest, Drift While You’re Sleeping, Friend, Sighless Escape, Halfway Home, If Again, In Long Lines, There’s a Path Above, About to Run, The Green Truth, Beneath a Sea of Stars I, Mint Siren Dream, Stumble Into Fight, Ruby Waves, Shadows Thrown By Fire, Wider, A Light Beyond The Dream, In This Bubble, Beneath a Sea of Stars II, Brief Time, Pieces in the Machine Load remaining images
Long Day’s Journey Into Night Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 The first date switcheroo after the Tony Awards changed eligibility deadlines has been announced. The upcoming revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night has pushed back opening night to April 27, 2016; it had previously been scheduled for April 19 at the American Airlines Theatre. Directed by Jonathan Kent, the Roundabout production of Eugene O’Neill’s classic will star Oscar and Emmy winner Jessica Lange, Oscar nominee Michael Shannon, Tony winner John Gallagher Jr. and Tony nominee Gabriel Byrne.Long Day’s Journey Into Night is the tale of an ordinary summer’s day with extraordinary consequences. Drawing so heavily from the author’s personal history that it could only be produced posthumously, the story centers on the Tyrones, a dysfunctional family with a drug-addicted mother, penny-pinching father and two troubled sons.Previews will still begin on March 31; the limited engagement will end on June 26. Michael Shannon Jessica Lange View Comments Related Shows
Recognizing these factors is an important step in facilitating effective group discussion and decision making. In addition, there are a number of simple things you can do to counteract their effect. Here are a few examples:Early in my career I worked for a brilliant woman who had a real sense for the power of the Availability Cascade effect. She would have a member of her team outline in a neutral fashion the issue and then asked the most junior person on the team to start the discussion. She continued to move up the ladder and was almost always the last person to speak. Very powerful. How often do the most senior people on your team set the tone and agenda for the discussion, only to complain later that they heard no new ideas or different perspectives?One way to counteract the risk of Escalation of Commitment is to imagine the interest a new player might have in the continued application of resources to the project. Would they recommend another option?As a veteran Chief Strategy Officer I am a big fan of a third way to counteract any of the natural biases above. It’s the Devil’s Advocate Approach. You can use this process to make sure your strategic plan or business solution gets ‘stress tested.” By being the Devil’s Advocate, alternative approaches are considered, assumptions and facts are challenged, and all the questions, especially the really hard ones are asked. Sometimes this can be done with internal resources; some circumstances demand external players. “Nobody is as smart as Everybody” – Kevin KellyCrowd sourcing is all the rage – use the collected knowledge and wisdom of a large population to review choices, assemble information and make connections. In the business world, many leaders believe that if you put a smart, diverse group of passionate people around the table you elevate the discussion and end up with quality decisions. While good discussion and decisions are the intent, it’s important to note that groups are influenced by a variety of behavioral science biases that have the potential to short circuit quality discussions and lead to flawed outcomes. In their book Billion Dollar Lessons, my friends Paul Carroll and Chunka Mui review massive business failures and the events that lead to those failures. One highlight, over and over, is the lack of effective discussion and decision making despite often having the best and brightest brains in the room. Why?Many factors influence the effectiveness of group decision making. Here are five of the most pernicious:Confirmation Bias – We tend to give excess weight to information that appears to confirm our position. We further downplay information that challenges those existing positions and then we frequently misinterpret neutral information in a manner that supports our position.Availability Cascades – The knowledge that is contributed first is unduly favored and drives the discussion. This tendency is even more powerful when the first contribution comes from one of the more senior members in the group.Over-Optimism – Organizations tend to hire optimistic individuals and senior team members almost always have a track record of making things work. This tendency to lean toward optimism leads to excessive risk taking as new information is often discounted or ignored (see Confirmation Bias –above!)Escalation of Commitment/Sunk Cost Fallacy – The team is usually reluctant to change course when significant resources have already been expended – even in a poorly performing situation. This inability to stop continued investment can lead to a prolonged and expensive mistake. Group Think – Perhaps the most dangerous tendency of all is Group Think. This is the tendency for cohesive groups to move toward unanimity, effectively preventing individuals from expressing descent. A related group attribute is Pluralistic Ignorance, which is when members who don’t agree with an emerging decision keep quiet because they assume that other members of the group possess additional facts and information. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Rick Leander Rick Leander is Founder and Managing Partner of LFB Holdings, a behavioral insights consultancy that works with established and startup enterprises.At LFB Holdings we teach clients how to leverage … Web: www.lfbholdings.com Details Behavioral insights do not just focus on the seemingly irrational behavior of individuals as they analyze choices and make decisions. Behavioral economics provides real insights into the dysfunctions that often manifest themselves in group dynamics and decision making. Understanding those insights helps you identify them in real time and provides ways to effectively counteract them and take full advantage of the skills, experience and insights of the team you’ve assembled. Don’t be a case study in the second volume of Billion Dollar Lessons!
135SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details Welcome to episode 36 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder, and publisher of CUInsight.com. In this episode, Randy has a conversation with Tansley Stearns, the Chief People and Strategy Officer at Canvas Credit Union in Denver Colorado.Randy and Tansley discuss the war for talent and her goal to make credit unions the employer of choice for college graduates. Tansley talks about the intersection of people and marketing and how communication is at the core inside and outside the credit union. She shares her journey to Canvas and all the wonderful things she has learned along the way. She discusses culture and the people she works with at Canvas and what they’re doing to attract the brightest and the best to work in the credit union movement. Tansley shares how empathy can differentiate credit unions from other financial services and countless leadership lessons she has learned on her own journey. This episode is full of ways credit unions can and are transforming financial services. Enjoy!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher How to find Tansley:Tansley StearnsChief People and Strategy Officer, Canvas Credit [email protected] | Twitter | Facebook Show notes from this episode:Check out the brand the Canvas family has built here.Shout-out: Colorado State UniversityShout-out:: Filene Research Institute Shout-out: Todd MarksberryShout-out: John NormandeauWhen I drew a blank on the show (sorry John): It was John Spence who talked about repeating what people say in your head before you talk to be a better listener.Shout-out: Mick EbelingAnother guest mentioning Peloton. We may have to join the bandwagon.Shout-out: Arianna Huffington on sleep.Album mentioned: Every single album from the Dave Matthews BandBook mentioned: The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton ChristensenBook mentioned: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John IrvingAuthor mentioned: Greg IlesShout-out: Tansley’s hometown Hillsdale, Michigan.Previous guests mentioned in this episode: Jill Nowacki (Ep. 4 & Ep. 18), Brett Martinez, Gigi Hyland, John Spence, Leo ArdineYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here. In This Episode:[01:47] – Welcome to the show Tansley Stearns.[02:14] – Why is making credit unions the employer of choice so important to Tansley?[03:59] – What does Tansley think are the biggest challenges of making this happen?[07:33] – What are some of the things that she has done to make working at Canvas more attractive for future employees?[09:22] – Does she think that the intersection of people, talent and marketing go along with looking for new talent?[10:36] – Did you bring this idea to the Canvas or were they implementing it before you got there?[11:26] – How do you create the space in the day to have these kinds of discussions?[13:36] – Tansley says that empathy is at the core of understanding customers needs.[16:59] – What are the beliefs in the industry that you feel need to change?[19:41] – What inspired Tansley to take the job at Canvas?[21:30] – Has the inspiration changed now that you are settled in?[22:35] – Tansley describes her leadership style as servant leadership[25:48] – How has your leadership changed over your career?[27:18] – What has your people at Canvas heard you say over and over?[29:11] – What mistakes have you made over the length of your career that you see others make?[31:45] – What piece of advice or life lesson does Tansley stilluse?[32:55] – How do you keep everything fresh in your business?[34:50] – Elevating everyone’s voice is what Tansley feels makes Canvas unique?[35:52] – What does your work life integration look like?[38:32] – What is the first time Tansley got into memorable trouble?[39:29] – What routine do you have that you must do every day?[41:21] – Tansley’s favorite album of all time?[43:03] – What book does she recommend over and over?[43:37] – Over time what has been come more important to Tansley and what has become less important?[45:01] – When Tansley hears the word success who does she think of?[45:53] – Any final asks or thoughts for our listeners?
The researchers polled 504 institutional investors, funds of funds, consultants and managers – all of which were hedge fund allocators or investors – a group they said represented $2.1trn (€1.9trn) in hedge fund assets.On the subject of the rise in pension fund allocations to hedge funds, Deutsche Bank said 71% of pension fund respondents now used an investment consultant, compared with just 15% in 2010. “This trend is contributing to a change in pension funds’ portfolio allocation tactics, including a more scientific focus on alpha versus beta and greater demands around operational excellence,” it said.Anita Nemes, global head of capital introduction at Deutsche Bank, said: “Investors are concentrating and redesigning their portfolios in search of less correlated, diversified return streams.”Some 41% of the survey’s respondents are planning to increase their hedge fund allocations during this year, Deutsche Bank said.This compares with 11% aiming to decrease the allocations, and 48% whose allocations are expected to stay the same.According to the survey, hedge fund industry assets are expected to grow by around 5% in 2016, to more than $3trn.The bank said that, even though it had been “a challenging year for global financial markets and for hedge funds,” investors remained committed to their hedge fund programmes.Within hedge fund investment, it said there was more demand for tailored strategies.It said more investors were now aiming to raise allocations to products such as alternative beta and risk premia strategies, liquid alternatives, hybrid private equity and hedge fund vehicles, as well as co-investments. Pension funds around the world have increased their allocations to hedge funds this year to 8% on average from 7% last year, with their growing use of investment consultants having a gradual effect on tactics, according to a survey.Deutsche Bank, in its annual Alternative Investment Survey, also said 48% of investors it polled were likely to increase their allocations to alternatives in 2016, after 47% increased the weighting in 2015.This compares with 7% that are likely to decrease the allocations and 46% that are expected to keep allocations at the same level as now.The survey covers investment in a range of alternative assets including hedge funds, private equity, real assets, commodities and alternative beta but focuses largely on hedge funds, which make up about half of the investor allocations surveyed.
LocalNewsSports Kiddy Cricket Grows in Dominica by: – April 26, 2012 165 Views no discussions Share Share Share Sharing is caring! The Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket programme in Dominica has been unearthing phenomenal young talent as a result of increased youth cricketing activities being organized by the Scotiabank and WICB across the island. The journey to discover the next generation of cricketing greats is being propelled by increased hours of play for the students as well as improved specialized coaching organised by Scotiabank and the West Indies Cricket Board.The students have benefitted from over thirty (30) additional hours of additional playing time monthly since the start of the 2012 academic year. “ Since September, our Kiddy Cricketers have had a chance to play some good cricket with each other in zonal and interparish matches. This is more than twice the amount of play time they have had when compared to last year, explained Mervin Thomas, Territorial Development Officer for the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme. Thomas also added that the students have also benefitted from increase training time as they prepare for their games. “Our boys and girls have had to train hard for these games as the schools are quite competitive. Because of the additional hours spent training, we are seeing a much higher level of play between them. They are now showing much better batting, bowling and all round better cricketing skills.”Thomas who has been a senior youth cricketing coach in Dominica for many years has also been able to increase his team of assistants who supervise the schools, and improve their capacity to work with the PE teachers. He added that he was also very proud of the PE teachers who have the direct responsibility of working with the students. The teachers attended the WICB and Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket foundational coaching programme at the start of the 2012 school year. “They are now better able to provide high quality training in their schools as they prepare the youngsters for the interschool matches and their big day when they take to the stadium each year to demonstrate their cricketing skills in the international series.” explained Thomas. On Wednesday, April 25, 2012 during the 2nd Digicel Test between West Indies and Australia, spectators at the Queens Park Oval got a chance to see a dynamic display of the best of the young Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket talent in the island; representing the top eight Kiddy Cricket schools in Dominica. The students were accompanied on field by their new Kiddy Cricket Mascot Chirpy who is a part of the team for the first year following the retirement of the old Mascot Clarence. The 80 Kiddy Cricketers who conducted the display hailed from the W S Stephens Primary, Roselvelt Duglas, Atkinson, Seniku, Tetemorne, Bellevue, St Mary’s and Massacre Primary Schools.Press Release Tweet
By Don Martin IIMERCED, Calif. (Aug. 16) – Alex Wilson collected his second Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature win of the season Sunday at Merced Speedway.Wilson set a fast pace from the onset and won ahead of Ryan Porter, who gained second on lap 12 but wasn’t able to make up enough distance to pressure the leader.Bruce Nelson impressed with his second win of the season in the 20-lap Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.Nelson slipped underneath Dwayne Short for the lead on lap nine. Nelson set a rapid pace up front and had nearly a half-lap lead on Gary Tucker at the finish.
Greensburg, IN—Saturday, at approximately 2:40 pm, the Indiana State Police responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on State Route 46 near County Road 750 West in Decatur County.Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team indicated that a white 2006 Honda Odyssey mini-van being driven by Wanda Lutane, age 61, Columbus, Indiana was traveling westbound on State Route 46 near County Road 750 West. For an unknown reason, Lutane’s vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of an eastbound gray 2015 Toyota Camry, being driven by Maria Verona Garcia, age 42, West Palm Beach, Florida.The vehicles collided head-on in the eastbound lane of State Route 46. As a result of the crash, Garcia’s vehicle overturned. Both vehicles came to rest in the roadway, entrapping all occupants. Garcia sustained fatal injuries in the crash. She was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Decatur County Coroner’s Office. Lutane was transported by medical helicopter to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana for treatment of serious injuries. Her current condition is unknown. A passenger in Garcia’s vehicle, Koceila Chaouadi, age 33, Columbus, Indiana was transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.All occupants were believed to have been properly restrained at the time of the crash.Maria Garcia’s family has been notified.It is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. Toxicology results are pending. The investigation is ongoing.
Two men are lucky to be alive after a vital cord snapped on the bungee ride they were on moments before they were to be launched into the air.The incident occurred Saturday at the Cobra Adventure Park in Panama, Florida.Video of the incident shows the two riders seated in the “Vertical Accelerator” as the ride operator prepares to launch them into the air, suddenly the elastic rope on the left side of the ride, shreds to pieces and lands on the ground next to them.The riders were removed from the ride and the ride was briefly shut down.As of Monday, the ride was reportedly open and inspectors have been called to the park to check the ride.