Load remaining images Lettuce is currently on an extensive winter tour, giving them imperative opportunities to take in their diverse surroundings and turn them into the mix of sound and inspiration they are so well loved for. When Adam Deitch (drums), Jesus Coomes (bass), Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff (guitar), Neal Evans (keys), Nigel Hall (keys, vocals) and The Shady Horns’ saxophonist Ryan Zoidis and trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom are on the same stage, great, firing things happen – such has been the case for the last 25 years! Their excellence was furthered on Friday night for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Oakland when the funk powerhouse hit The Fox Theatre with their show-stopping live set to kick off a three-night California run.With openers The Floozies and The Russ Liquid Test on deck, the night got extra funky. Photographer Chris Baldwin was on the scene, so you can enjoy the full gallery below!For fans of Lettuce and The Floozies, you can catch them both at the 2nd annual Fool’s Paradise March 31 & April 1, 2017 in St. Augustine, FL alongside Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Motet, a special Manic Science set featuring Manic Focus and Break Science, The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, along with Oteil Burbridge and Antwaun Stanley as Artists at Large. The guys will also be leading several artist excursions, like sailing, mini-golf, and even a ping pong tournament to raise money for charity! Head here for more information.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Shark Week has come early to Long Island.A 16-foot, 3,456-pound Great White shark named Mary Lee is swimming about two to three miles off the coast of Jones Beach and Fire Island on Tuesday before swimming farther offshore the next day, according to researchers that are tracking her.“After a quick jaunt at the Jersey Shore, great white shark Mary Lee continues north,” OCEARCH, the nonprofit group of scientists that tagged her, said on its Facebook page. “Where do you think she might be going? New York, New York or Cape Cod, Massachusetts?”READ MORE: Does Long Island Need a Shark Alert System?Mary Lee started swimming eastbound past Jones Beach after turning right off the east end of Long Beach at 5:40 a.m. Tuesday, pinged again at 8:37 a.m. off the Fire Island Inlet and then pinged a third time off Robert Moses State Park on FI at 10:36 a.m., the tracker shows. She then doubled back and pinged at 5:31 a.m. Wednesday farther off Jones Beach before zig-zagging shortly before noon, when she was tracked swimming southeast away from LI off the coast of Montauk.Since OCEARCH tagged Mary Lee off Cape Cod on Sept. 12, 2012, she has swam nearly 20,000 miles from New England to Florida to Bermuda and back again, the group said. The tracking device attached to her dorsal fin records her location whenever she surfaces long enough to send a signal to GPS satellites.The web-savvy shark has a Twitter profile tweeting locations where her GPS tracking device pings. Researchers believe that she may have recently given birth. She last visited LI when she pinged off the coast of East Patchogue in January 2013, her tracker shows.OCEARCH tracks dozens of sharks besides Mary Lee in an effort to better understand the protected species, as well as improve public awareness of the predators made infamous by Jaws, in which the character Captain Quint was based on Frank Mundus, the legendary Montauk shark fisherman-turned-conservationist.Although there have been no reported surface sightings of Mary Lee, it is not uncommon for various species of sharks to swim off the coast of LI. A dying basking shark washed up in 2009, several harmless basking sharks forced a brief swimming ban in Westhampton Beach in 2011 and another shark was spotted off Atlantic Beach in 2013. Dolphins that were mistaken for sharks also caused a scare at Robert Moses State Park two years ago.
Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual event by the USC Homelessness Action Committee, which features events around campus to provide volunteer opportunities and destigmatize the issue. Daily Trojan file photo.For many USC students, the issue of homelessness in Los Angeles is not something that comes to mind in everyday life. The USC Homelessness Action Committee aimed to change that by hosting USC’s annual Homelessness Awareness Week, which ran from Monday to Wednesday.The event featured four events to educate students about the complex social problem of homelessness and to provide volunteer opportunities for interested students.The committee was first founded last year to raise student awareness about Los Angeles’ Measure H, a tax bill for the largest homelessness funding program in the United States, but expanded its purpose after Measure H’s passage in spring 2017, according to the committee’s president, Cassie Woods, a graduate student studying public administration. The committee is also associated with the USC Initiative to End Homelessness, a program started after Provost Michael Quick classified homelessness as a “wicked problem” that the University had the responsibility to tackle. Held on Monday at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, the first event of the week was a documentary screening and discussion that focused on stigmas associated with homelessness and how to address them. The documentary, The Invisibles, was made by Dworak-Peck clinical professor of field education Rafael Angulo, and told the stories of four individuals who had experienced homelessness and the hardships they faced. Following the screening, attendees participated in a discussion that featured youth who had experienced homelessness, from the organization Safe Place for Youth, which provides drop-in services, health services, education programs and more for youth experiencing homelessness in the Los Angeles area. “I think it definitely presented well the personal stories of those people and how it is possible to have their lives transformed, once they get housing,” said Forrest Scharmer, a senior majoring in industrial and systems engineering, who attended multiple events during Homelessness Awareness Week. That event was followed the next day by a talk given by Jim Burklo, associate dean of religious life, at the University Religious Center. Burklo spoke about fighting homelessness at a political level, focusing on the issue of what he referred to as Not In My Backyard activists, who, although supportive of helping homeless individuals, don’t want shelters built in their neighborhoods. The talk also featured Brenda Wiewel, director of the USC Initiative to Eliminate Homelessness. “Burklo and [Wiewel] gave very good practical advice for how we can get involved in the political process to help these initiatives like lower-income housing, safe parking, how to make them move forward,” Scharmer said. “I’m definitely going to go to more city council meetings — I’ve heard it before, but they just reinforced it here that it’s really important to go.”The events of the week culminated on Wednesday, when the committee hosted a volunteer fair in Alumni Park during the day, and a guest panel discussion on Measure H in the evening. The volunteer fair featured over 15 nonprofits in the Los Angeles area, giving students the opportunity to get involved in the fight against homelessness with organizations that best suited them. The panel discussion featured three experts working directly to tackle homelessness: Elizabeth Heger, director of family programs at People Assisting The Homeless; Briana Mandel, director of program development and training at Imagine LA; and Kenon Joseph, a regional coordinator for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.They spoke about the impact Measure H has had since its passage in spring this year, analyzing its actual effect on the fight to end homelessness in Los Angeles. With those four events, Woods hopes students can learn about homelessness while also prompting them to take action against it.“I also want to provide them with concrete actionable steps, so if they want to do something, I want to open the doorway for them to find that route,” Woods said.