This coming Saturday, July 30th, NYC’s Lincoln Center will host “The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed” as part of their Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Festival. The free event, named after Lou Reed‘s 1979 album The Bells, was put together by his Grammy-winning longtime producing partner and current Saturday Night Live music producer Hal Willner and Reed’s widow, artist Laurie Anderson, at the last minute, with the whole show coming together over the course of this past week. In an interview with The Guardian released today, Willner explained, “There was a blank page, six days before [the show]. It’s an exciting thing because you get these moments that you probably wouldn’t get if something was rehearsed to death. The combination with something that’s kind of made up on the spot, I find that to be really exciting…It’s going to be an amazing day. It’s a gigantic puzzle, with all the new things we’re going to add to the mix. People just hear about it and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to be in town, can I play?’ We’ll never say no to that.”Anderson agreed with Willner’s sentiment of excitement at the loosely planned nature of the event, saying, “With these one-off things, it’s just very fluid. We’ll never really rehearse it. We’ll get a bunch of people together, and a collection of songs, and try to present them. This is absolutely one of a kind.” The event will begin and end with all-star tribute collaborations. The morning show will be a rock n’ roll set featuring Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth, fronted by David Johansen, Lenny Kaye, Joan As Police Woman, JG Thirlwell, Jon Spencer and the Bush Tetras. The evening set will be a presentation of Reed’s love songs, featuring Laurie Anderson, Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Anohni, Garland Jeffreys, Mark Kozelek, and more surprise guests. The day will also feature Tai Chi lessons and lectures from Master Ren Guang Yi, Reed’s old teacher, afternoon film screenings, lyric readings, and a five-hour dronescape installation, shaped by the sound of Reed’s guitars and amplifiers in a feedback loop.For more information and the day’s the full schedule, click here.
By Dialogo January 31, 2011 The Army is speeding up delivery of some of its newer Unmanned Aircraft System assets such as the Gray Eagle and expanding the size and range of its overall fleet to include a Family of Small UAS and a Vertical-Take-Off-and-Landing UAS, service officials said. “We’re going to accelerate Gray Eagle yet again. We’re accelerating from two systems per year to three systems per year, which will result in seventeen systems being procured by FY 2014,” said Tim Owings, deputy project manager for Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems. A Defense Acquisition Board in February of this year is expected to confirm the addition of two more Low Rate Initial Production Gray Eagle systems – each consisting of 12 air vehicles, five ground control stations and five additional attrition vehicles, Owings said. Two Gray Eagles Deployed The Army has already deployed two Gray Eagle “Quick Reaction Capabilities.” One QRC is now flying with Army Soldiers in Iraq and another is with U.S. Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan, Owings said. The 28-foot-long surveillance aircraft has a 56-foot wingspan and is able to beam images from up to 29,000 feet for more than 24 hours at a time. The QRC Gray Eagle aircraft are equipped with a laser designator, Signals Intelligence capability and an Electro-Optical/Infrared camera designed to survey the ground below, track enemy movements and hone in on targets. They are also equipped to carry HELLFIRE missiles, Owings said. “We did just complete the weaponization of QRC 1 in Iraq. We now have flown flights in Iraq with the full weapons suite. They will have to go through a safety certification process on a firing range before they are allowed to go live,” Owings said. The QRC concept is designed to bring needed technologies to the battlefield in advance of a formal program of record in order to sharpen requirements and get desired capability in the hands of Soldiers sooner. The Gray Eagle program will also go through a configuration change which will allow the Army to divide the systems up into three platoon-sized elements, Owings said. This will allow the Army to keep some aircraft back in the United States for training purposes while keeping most of the systems forward-positioned in theater.
“It’s a good thing that suggests that we are doing the right things on the continent,” he said. “We take this news with cautious optimism because we really want our population to continue not to show what we call prevention fatigue.”Nkengasong also announced Thursday that Africa had crossed the threshold of 10 million COVID-19 tests, suggesting that some progress has been made in addressing the continent’s considerable testing limitations. He acknowledged, though, that testing is still well below what is needed to give a full picture of how the pandemic is progressing on the continent.The Africa CDC announced last week that it would start large-scale antibody testing and that seven countries would participate in the first phase: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Nigeria and Morocco. Even with limited data, African health officials are increasingly sure that most coronavirus cases are asymptomatic — Nkengasong put the portion at 70 to 80 percent — and that deaths are relatively low, Nkengasong said. “For sure our deaths… are not as high as in other parts of the world,” he said, noting that official data put the fatality rate at 2.3 percent and there was little evidence this figure was off-base.”We are beginning to be comforted with that number,” he said. “Member states are looking actively as to whether deaths are occurring massively in the community, and that is not the case.” “It is very, very early. We are dealing with a very delicate virus that spreads very quickly, but it’s important to recognize those slight tendencies that are positive.” Africa had recorded 1,147,369 cases as of Thursday morning, about half of which were in South Africa, which has the fifth-highest total globally.South Africa has seen its number of daily confirmed cases fall from a peak of over 12,000 to an average of 5,000, driving the drop in the continent-wide average.But Nkengasong noted Thursday that countries in West and Central Africa were showing “similar trends”. Average daily cases of coronavirus in Africa fell last week, a “hopeful sign” for the continent’s fight against the disease, the head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said Thursday.The continent-wide daily average was 10,300 last week, down from 11,000 the week before, Dr John Nkengasong said at a press briefing, adding that officials were greeting the news with “cautious optimism”. “We have begun to bend the curve slowly,” he said. Topics :
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisPosen — Posen third-graders had some special guests this morning that brought tools for the young students to advance their academic careers.Members of the Kiwanis Club of Alpena distributed dictionaries to the children to take with them for the rest of their lives. The Kiwanis Club has been doing this gesture for over a decade, getting custom made dictionaries for third grade students. Every third-grader in Alpena County is given one of these important books.“Not every child knew when we said a word how to start and do that, so by finding the words in there, I think you can learn a whole bunch of things from actually doing versus just googling it or talking to Siri,” said Kiwanis Club Member Andrea Hepburn.The representatives talked a little bit about Kiwanis Club and what the service organization does. They also got the chance to look up words and talk about how a dictionary works. Beth Pelkey is a former Posen teacher. She enjoys handing out the dictionaries and giving kids this vital tool on their quest for more knowledge.“They really seemed thankful to have them and they’re excited to get them, and that’s just a joy,” said Beth Pelkey. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena county, Dictionaries, kiwanis club, Kiwanis Club of Alpena, Knowledge, Posen, Posen Elementary, Third-GradersContinue ReadingPrevious Field Trip Friday – Hiking at Duck ParkNext Veteran receives monetary boost thanks to local band