Yesterday, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir was a special guest at the Einstein Gala in Toronto, ON, both to perform and to speak about the importance of innovation in both science and the arts. Ahead of that scheduled appearance, Weir appeared on local news affiliate CP24, talking one-on-one with host Travis Dhanaraj.The interesting conversation touched on a number of topics in a short time, including Weir’s presence at the gala and the connections between science and the arts, the foundation of the Grateful Dead, and Weir’s plans for the future. He mentions that he believes STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) should really be STEAM, with the A for arts, because of the importance of the creative spark. When the conversation turns to the Dead, Weir tells the story of meeting Jerry Garcia before the conversation turns to Weir’s plans for the future. In the discussion, Weir cites Count Basie and Johnnie Johnson as inspirational musicians who toured until their final days, saying “I’ve got nothing better to do” on multiple occasions.Keep on rockin’ it Bobby! You can watch the interview below:
Load remaining images Antibalas‘ 20th-anniversary tour rolled into Brooklyn Bowl in New York City on Friday, where the band was welcomed by a packed venue of fans who were more than ready to dance their way into the weekend. The horn-friendly Afro-frunk group treated those fans to a lively headlining performance which filled every corner of the popular Brooklyn venue with an abundance of rhythm, spirit, and unconditional energy.Related: Teach Your Children Well: Antibalas Celebrates 20 Years of Afrobeat Glory in OaklandFollowing an exciting opening set by the show’s support act Innov Gnawa, a local band which celebrates a mix of world music (primarily Moroccan), the 12-piece Afrobeat machine known as Antibalas took the stage to begin their nearly-two-hour performance right around 9:45 p.m. Though they were scheduled to begin at 9:30, their fashionably late start was led by singer Amayo, whose traditional on-stage attire and facepaint gave off just as much vibrant energy as the music itself.Throughout their headlining set, Antibalas filled the venue with music from their 20-year career as a mix of horns, guitars, bongo drums transformed Brooklyn Bowl into the best international dance club in the city.“Thank you for sticking with us!” Amayo said graciously over the microphone in sincere thanks for their ongoing 20th-anniversary run, before leading the venue in chant-like repetitions of “Deep-Unconditional-Love”. The singer, whose dreadlocks were tightly gathered in a multi-colored headwrap, continued to sprinkle the chant into his lyrics throughout the evening, allowing a flow of loving energy to spread throughout the audience, who were all just as busy dancing furiously as the band was playing. The performance continued with a mix of simply phenomenal horn solos courtesy of saxophonists Martín Perna and Morgan Price, as well as trumpet player Jordan McLean.Fans can relive the musical magic from Friday night’s performance via the photo gallery below, courtesy of Tom Coyote.Antibalas will continue their 20th-anniversary tour with another show at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday evening. Fans can head to the band’s website for tickets to their upcoming performances.Antibalas | Brooklyn Bowl | New York, NY | 3/15/2019 | Photos: Tom Coyote
They say that the quickest way into someone’s heart is through their stomach. For one group of Georgia 4-H club members, their heartfelt, healthy meals are touching the hearts of their community one family at a time.For the past six years, 4-H Club members in Oglethorpe County have provided meals to needy families through the Cooking to Share program. In that time, almost 1,000 students have come together to cook meals for 39 families in need and learned some important lessons about food preparation and healthy eating along the way.“I like knowing that we’re making sure someone’s going to have a meal that night, and we’re making sure that meal’s going to be delicious,” said Ja’Khiyan Brown, an eighth-grade Georgia 4-H member who has been participating in Cooking to Share for the past three years.Brown was one of 25 4-H’ers who gathered in the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office in Oglethorpe County on a 30-degree January afternoon to whip up trays of ziti and salad for a local family. As they do each month, the students met after school to chop, boil and brown ingredients and interpret recipes. They’re supervised by a team of adults including Oglethorpe County Extension 4-H Agent Marcus Eason, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Brad Averill, AmeriCorps member Jade Andrews, and, Eason’s mother, Jane Eason, who volunteers to help coach the young cooks.Next, the students donated the meal to a local family in need identified by the school social worker at Oglethorpe County Middle School. The results are grateful families and middle school kids with new life skills.Eason modeled the program after the successful Cooking to Care program pioneered by Oconee County 4-H. The programs began as an initiative to teach kids safe food preparation and kitchen safety. Around half of all foodborne illnesses occur in those under age 15.After participating in the program, the 4-H’ers reported that they had increased their knowledge of foodborne illness by 90 percent, increased their skills in the kitchen by 95 percent and increased their understanding of the need to help those less fortunate than themselves by 100 percent.Many parents of participants have noticed a significant increase in their child’s interest in food and willingness to help around the kitchen.By supporting struggling families and helping kids gain the skills and confidence they need in the kitchen, Cooking to Share has brought Oglethorpe County 4-H’ers to the table in terms of community and family engagement, Eason said.“They’re learning about food safety, healthy diets, knife skills and kitchen safety, but they’re also providing a service to the community,” Eason said. “So they’re actually learning a lot about giving back.”To learn more about UGA Extension’s 4-H programs that benefit students and communities, visit Georgia4H.org.
This year’s Big Beach Clean weekend will take place on the 15th, 16th and 17th of September 2017 and communities along Donegal’s coastline are being urged to come along and take part in the world’s largest coastal cleanup.Last year 20 beach clean-ups took place in Donegal during Clean Coasts Big Beach Clean weekend and this year David Friel, Beach Manager with Donegal County Council is keen to see as much support as possible in Donegal and in particular in Inishowen.Friel said: “It would be great to get as much support as possible in the Inishowen area as this particular coastline suffered badly following the floods. Much debris has made its way down streams and rivers to spill on to many Inishowen beaches leaving them badly littered.” Clean Coasts have once again teamed up with the International Ocean Conservancy for the International Coastal Cleanup event. In 2016 alone, over half a million volunteers in 112 countries removed 8 million kg of marine litter from the world’s oceans.Volunteers are being invited to join this global coastal movement for litter free seas and be part of the world’s largest coastal cleanup and marine litter survey. Removing marine litter from our beautiful coastline helps protect our coastal habitats and marine life.Last year 120 cleanups took place in Ireland during the Big Beach Clean weekend and it looks like there will be even more this year.Join the movement for litter free seas and register a cleanup for the Big Beach Clean weekend at www.cleancoasts.org . Volunteers receive a free clean up kit containing bags, gloves, health and safety information, data cards and hi-vis vests. During the Big Beach Clean, Clean Coasts volunteers are also asked to carry out marine litter surveys to quantify the amount and types of litter on Irish beaches. These surveys are aimed at heightening awareness about the issue of marine litter and serve as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem.Speaking about the Big Beach Clean, Sinead McCoy, Clean Coasts National Manager said, “We are so lucky in Ireland to have such spectacular sandy beaches and rocky shores but each year millions of tonnes of litter enter our seas and oceans causing environmental, economic, health and aesthetic challenges.“We all have a responsibility in caring for our coastline so the Clean Coasts programme is inviting volunteers to join this global coastal clean-up helping remove marine litter from our beautiful coastline and aid in the protection of our coastal habitats and marine life”.Communities urged to help clean up littered beaches after floods was last modified: September 5th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)