Last night, The Motet brought the funk to Portland, ME, marking the band’s first-ever performance in recently-added vocalist Lyle Divinsky‘s hometown. Check out some behind-the-scenes clips of the band’s day in Maine below via their Snapchat (@TheMotet).After taking in the local culture with a signature Portland lobster party, the band pulled out all the stops for their sold-out show at the Portland House Of Music where they were locked in with the packed crowd, making for an unforgettable performance. The band live streamed a large portion of the show from their Facebook page last night (starting with “Damn!”). You can watch the video (featuring 50+ minutes of Motet magic) below:Setlist: The Motet at Portland House Of Music – 10/13/16BROTHER MAN, DAMN!, TRUTH, FUNKIFY, LIKE WE OWN IT, CRETAN, KEEP ON, DANGER, SHAKE, WEARING IT OUT, GETTEN TO KNOW YOU, SOLAR PLEXUS, BACK IT UP, CLOSEDEncore: FOOL NO MORE, SERPENTINEThe band rounds out the first leg of their fall tour this weekend, with performances tonight Higher Ground in South Burlington, VT and tomorrow at Paradise Rock Club in Boston. Tickets are available through the band’s website.[Cover photo – Lauryn Sophia]
He was a musician by training whose conceptual art frequently blended the aural and the visual into the quirky and quixotic. Credited with coining the term “electronic superhighway,” he was famous for mixing sculpture and performance with a relatively new invention called television, which in time would define his creative output.Seoul-born Nam June Paik, known as the father of video art, was also a relative of Ken Hakuta, M.B.A. ’77, who has gifted a number of his uncle’s pieces to the Harvard Art Museums in recent years. Those works are the focus of “Nam June Paik: Screen Play,” on view through Aug. 5.“Paik was a really important player in artistic developments over the 20th century,” said Mary Schneider Enriquez, Houghton Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, who helped curate the show. The artist’s effort to engage viewers with his work was “revolutionary,” Enriquez added, as was his “electronic way of thinking about this interaction.”Born in 1932, Paik was a budding classical pianist when the Korean War forced him to flee with his family to Hong Kong and eventually to Japan, where he studied music at the University of Tokyo. Later, as a student in West Germany in the late 1950s, he met artist Joseph Beuys, avant-garde musician John Cage, and members of what would eventually become Fluxus, a 1960s movement that rejected the commercial art market in favor of art for the masses.Cage is perhaps best known for “4’33,” in which a pianist sits for four minutes and thirty-three seconds at a piano without playing a note. Paik’s reaction to the composer’s work was similar to that of many experimental artists of the era.“Cage really was that epiphany for a lot of artists during this period and I think he just really expanded Paik’s idea of what music and art could be,” said Marina Isgro, Nam June Paik Research Fellow and curator of the new show.,Inspired by a new sense of artistic possibility, Paik developed “TV Crown” in 1965, one of the first pieces to greet visitors as they enter the third-floor gallery at Harvard Art Museums. The installation consists of a TV hooked to two audio-wave generators and an amplifier. Paik rewired the TV so that instead of displaying a broadcast, “it’s showing you these abstract patterns that are actually soundwaves visualized,” said Isgro.Paik included knobs on the sculpture that viewers could turn to change the picture on the screen, a feature that has since been covered in Plexiglas in order to preserve the piece. At the time, the interactive quality of the work set it apart, as did its whimsy, said Enriquez.“This was done way before we even knew we could do something like this … It was a moment of something exploratory, experimental, and fun,” she said, noting Paik’s “sense of joy and playfulness,” and his urge to “tinker and play with trying things out in a way that actually was profoundly important.”That imaginative spark animates “TV Buddha.” A bronze Buddha statue sits across from a small television set, its image captured by a closed-circuit camera connected to the TV. The Buddha appears to be watching himself; the visitor who wanders behind the sculpture will catch his or her own image on the screen.“It’s kind of reflecting on this idea of television as being able to provide us with a live and immediate experience, something that film couldn’t do … but it’s also an image of the Buddha just looking at its own face for all eternity,” said Isgro. “And I think that really speaks to the sense of narcissism that technology can bring about.”,In addition to gifting numerous works to Harvard, Hakuta established the two-year fellowship held by Isgro, whose central task in researching and organizing the current show was to demonstrate Paik’s range. The exhibit features large-scale video works as well as several prints, including an untitled screen print meant to depict static on a television screen. Paik’s playful side comes through in “Primeval Piano,” a sculpture of wood and nails resembling a xylophone, and in the oil-paint-inscribed model trains of “Fluxus Express.”Collaboration is another theme running through the exhibit. The installation “Cello Memory” consists of a stringless cello connected to two monitors. The work is dedicated to cellist Charlotte Moorman, a frequent Paik collaborator who took part in his “TV Bra for Living Sculpture,” a 1969 performance piece in which Moorman played her instrument wearing a plastic bra adorned with two small TV sets.In addition to shining a light on Paik’s work, Enriquez hopes the show will offer visitors a sense of the range of Harvard’s holdings. “It’s a very exciting venture … a number of people in the Boston area have heard we are doing this and their reaction has been, ‘Really, Harvard has Paik?’”Harvard Art Museums will feature a series of gallery talks in connection with the exhibit.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York St. Patrick’s Day may be two weeks away, but Irish eyes will be smiling all month long during parades and other events before and after the March 17 holiday, which falls on a Sunday this year.Here are the latest in the ever-growing list of Paddy’s Day festivities across Long Island this month.PARADESMarch 31 p.m., The Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk, & Queens – 63rd Annual Saint Patrick’s Parade. http://irishamericansoc.com/site/March 912 p.m., Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013. Main Street. www.whbstpats.com/12 p.m., 5th Annual Am O’ Gansett St. Particks Day Parade. www.amagansettchamber.org/upcoming-events/2 p.m., The Annual Bay Shore/Brightwaters St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Saxon Avenue and travels west on Main Street to St. Patrick’s Church. www.stpatricksparadebsbw.com/March 1011:30 a.m., The 21st Annual Bayport-Blue Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Snedecor Avenue in Bayport, and runs along Montauk Highway, ending at Blue PointAvenue in Blue Point.2 p.m., The 79th Annual Huntington St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Starts at the Huntington Train Station along New York Avenue, to west Main Street, and ending atSaint Patrick’s Church. http://huntingtonhibernian.com/St.phpMarch 161 p.m., St. James St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Lake Avenue from Woodlawn to Railroad Avenue.March 1711:30 a.m., Montauk’s 51st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Starts on Edgemere Road and ends on Main Street12 p.m., The 63rd Annual Miller Place-Rocky Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Starts on Harrison Avenue in Miller Place and ending at Broadway in RockyPoint.12:30 p.m., The 18th Annual Patchogue St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Starts on Route 112 Main Street and ends on West Avenue.1 p.m., The 25th Annual Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade.March 2312 p.m., Rockville Centre 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.OTHER EVENTSMarch 67:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Celtic Celebration Concert. Montauk Library 742 Montauk Highway, Montauk.March 86:30 p.m., Irish Rock concert at Mulcahy’s of Wantagh, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. www.muls.com/wantagh/?events=st-patricks-week7:30 p.m., Irish History through Music. Huntington Library, 338 Main St. Huntington. http://thehuntingtonlibrary.org/8 p.m., The Saw Doctors. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. www.paramountny.com/shows/March 912-5 p.m., St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage.8 p.m., BLACK 47. Boulton Center, 37 West Main St. Bay Shore. http://boultoncenter.org/CalendarItem.aspx?eventId=705March 1011 a.m.-5 p.m., Irish Experience Festival, Physical Education Building Hofstra University, Hempstead.March 12:4:30 p.m., Decorate A House For St. Patrick’s Day Children’s Workshop. 100 Jericho Turnpike Westbury.March 166 p.m., St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner, Polish Hall 214 Marcy Avenue Riverhead.8 p.m., Celtic Nights. Staller Center, Nicolls Road, Stony Brook. http://stallercenter.com/1213/season.html#celtic-nights8 p.m., St. Patty’s Weekend Irish Comedy Showcase, The Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. www.paramountny.com/shows/March 16 & 17: St. Paddy’s Shenanigans. McFadden’s, 210 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre www.mcfaddensrvc.com/events-details.php?id=2189St Patrick’s Day Celebration. Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub, 15 East Main Street, Smithtown. www.nappertandysirishpub.com/smithtown/smithtown.htmlMarch 1712:30 p.m., Lepre-Con 2013. The Nutty Irishman, 323 Main Street, Farmingdale and 60 E. Main St. Bay Shore, www.leprecon.com/4 p.m. The Celtic Tenors, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach,March 233 p.m. & 8 p.m., Celtic Woman. The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville. www.tillescenter.org/event.cfm?id=830
Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Zeno OsskoToronto TSX listed, The Stars Group has confirmed that it has launched its new Czech Republic betting property BetStars.cz.Last November, Czech news sources reported that the national regulator had approved Stars Group to extend its online gambling services, allowing the operator to add sports betting provisions to its existing casino and poker services.At the time, Stars Group management chose not to confirm whether it would launch a BetStars property for the Czech market, stating that it was reviewing its options.Last week, BetStars Managing Director Zeno Ossko presented the launch of BetStars.cz, becoming the first international sports betting operator to launch in the Czech Republic.“It is a great honour to be the first international sports betting operator to launch in the Czech Republic,” stated Zeno Ossko.“The BetStars team have worked very hard to make this a successful launch, and we hope customers in the Czech Republic will enjoy the range of betting options available.”In 2017, Czech operators have had to adjust to higher taxes and new regulations imposed on gambling services. At present, the Czech government has added a burdensome tax charge on online gambling, which includes a 23% tax charge on sports betting revenues combined with a 35% tax on casino slots play.Last May, FTSE bookmaker GVC Holdings stated that it would not pursue licensing for the Czech market, stating that the government had made its online gambling framework ‘incompatible with the business principles of the European Union’.It now remains to be seen whether BetStars can prove the Czech doubters wrong?