This Saturday, July 1st, during Dead & Company‘s tour closer at Chicago’s iconic Wrigley Field, a pair of special one-of-a-kind D’Angelico guitars will be auctioned off to benefit a variety of charitable foundations hand-selected by members of the band. The auctions are part of the “Participation Row” social action “village” the band brings to each tour stop, co-organized by music-oriented voter registration non-profit HeadCount and environmental group REVERB. Both guitars are Premier Weir SS models, which Bob Weir and D’Angelico designed and developed together, and each one is signed by all six members of Dead & Company (Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti). They are expected to net tens of thousands (or even hundreds of thousands) of dollars for charity.Dead & Co Surprises Fans With Free Webcast Of Beautiful Blossom Show [Full Show Pro-Shot]The first guitar being auctioned off may look familiar to those who have caught the band live this summer: it has been displayed (and available to bid on) at Participation Row at each stop throughout the 2017 summer tour, and already has received bids of nearly $50K. The second guitar will feature a special design to specifically commemorate the Wrigley Field run. Bids will be accepted at “Participation Row” at Wrigley Field throughout Friday night’s show and through the first set of Saturday’s tour finale. The winners will be determined at set break on Saturday night. You can see pictures of both the Summer Tour 2017 D’Angelico Premier Weir SS and its Wriglet Field counterpart in all their glory below:On this summer’s Dead & Company tour, three D’Angelico guitar auctions (of Fenway Park, Shoreline Amphitheatre, and Folsom Field variations of the special edition design) have already generated $70,000 for the band’s various charities, which include HeadCount and REVERB as well as The Rex Foundation, The Jerry Garcia Foundation, The National Parks Conservation Association, Positive Legacy, the Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action and the Veterans Health and Integration Program. Nightly signed poster auctions this tour have also generated an additional $25,000 toward the various charities involved in the “Participation Row” efforts. By the time the band takes the stage for the last time this summer, the total charitable contribution could easily surpass $250,000.HeadCount Co-Founders Marc Brownstein & Andy Bernstein Discuss Effecting Change, One Show At A TimeHeadCount has ran several similar charitable guitar auctions for various events over the past few years. At 2015’s Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago, a D’Angelico guitar signed by members of the Grateful Dead was auctioned off for an eye-popping $526,000. Similar efforts on last summer’s Dead & Co tour netted over $160,000 in contributions. HeadCount also helped produce an event last month where Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf” guitar was sold for $1.6 million, generating a total of $3.2 million for the Southern Poverty Law Center after an anonymous donor match.Jerry Garcia Wolf Guitar Raises $3.2M For Charity While Joe Russo’s “Friends With Benefits” Rock Out On It [Photos/Videos]“Dead & Company and their fans are incredibly generous,” said HeadCount executive director Andy Bernstein. “They’ve helped turn Participation Row into an active and loving home for all the various causes tied to this community.” Dead & Company concert attendees have also taken nearly 20,000 socially-conscious actions on “Participation Row” throughout the tour, including writing postcards to Congress, registering to vote, and taking quizzes about environmental impact. Any fan who takes three actions is rewarded with a limited edition Dead & Company pin from Participation Row sponsor Clean Energy Advisors. Fans also get a chance to win one more D’Angelico guitar signed by the band in a free drawing.
To much of the world, the Arctic is seen as a faraway, isolated region populated by polar bears and not much else.“The truth is that the Arctic is so much more than that,” said Halla Hrund Logadóttir, a co-founder of the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, during an Arctic Innovators event Wednesday at the Kennedy School.The region’s 4 million people, spread among eight countries, are seeing their lives upended by rapid climate change, Logadóttir said, as communities are lost to rising sea levels and new oil, gas, and fishing resources open up for the first time.The Arctic Initiative’s Arctic Innovators program allows students to develop ideas to tackle these challenges and improve the future of the Arctic, which has also become a bellwether for climate change worldwide. The program’s first cohort presented ideas at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland in October and discussed their ideas with experts at the Arctic Innovation Lab.But Wednesday’s event, held in the Kennedy School’s Bell Hall, challenged the students to take a semester’s worth of work and condense it into a two and a half minute pitch.Some proposals sought to utilize emerging technologies to meet the region’s unique demands, such as drones that would deliver essential goods like food and medical supplies to remote populations. Other ideas focused on using the power of national and subnational governments to enact change in the Arctic. One student proposed setting up a fund for climate migrants by imposing a $1 levy on plane tickets in and out of the Arctic.After the presentations, the audience and a panel of judges voted, independently, for the winning presentations. Both groups picked the same winner: Gabrielle Scrimshaw, who pitched what she said would be the world’s first investment fund for ventures owned by indigenous people, primarily in the booming tourism industry in northern Canada.Indigenous communities in Canada’s north often lack the access to capital needed to start tourism businesses, she said, but some indigenous communities in other parts of the country “are sitting on millions of dollars of capital from land-sharing and resource agreements, looking for avenues to invest.”The issue is personal for Scrimshaw, a member of the Hatchet Lake First Nation who grew up in a town of 800 people in Saskatchewan. She co-founded the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada, and in 2013 the Huffington Post named her one of “3 Young Aboriginal Canadians To Watch.” This June, she wrote about her childhood and the oppression long faced by aboriginal Canadians in an op-ed published in The New York Times.With Scrimshaw named the winner, Chris Colbert, Director of Harvard’s Innovation Lab, closed the event with a pitch of his own, encouraging students to apply for its Venture Incubation Program to further develop their ideas and give them a chance to compete for a cash prize in Harvard University’s President’s Innovation Challenge. — Jacob Carozza Read Full Story
It could still be a couple of days before the traffic lights at the intersection of 100 St. and 101 Ave. in Fort St. John will be functioning properly again.Workers are waiting for a supplier part to arrive to fix the lights at that intersection, says Don Demers, director of Public Works and Utilities.- Advertisement -Demers says the City generally keeps a selection of parts but did not have the specific part required to fix those lights. The part is expected to arrive by Thursday and he says the traffic lights should hopefully be fixed by Thursday evening. However, he adds that if workers are unable to fix the lights on Thursday, they may have to close down the intersection to properly fix the problem.In the meantime, Demers says people must treat any uncontrolled intersection like a four-way stop.