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Pretty Lights Takes On Telluride With Fresh Perspective

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first_imgWhen last we met in this Southwestern Colorado mountain town one year ago, the Pretty Lights Analog Future Band changed the game, the traveling PL-fans from all over the country impressed the locals, who were all happy to welcome the fan-base back to Telluride, CO for a second two-night run.The ever-evolving lineup of musicians who support Derek Smith, now includes new drummer Alvin Ford Jr., along with PL-Veterans Brian Coogan (Hammond B3, Clavinet, Wurlitzer), Break Science’s Borahm Lee (Prophet, Farfisa, Fender Rhodes) and Chris Karns (turntables).  The PL Live Band took the project to new places with fresh takes on old school jams, classic rock remixes to stoke the locals, and brand new improvisational vintage future sounds.Something about the Telluride altitude elevates Pretty Lights Music and it was obvious that last year was a major turning point for the project.  The Telluride 2015 experience seemed to really deliver on the idea that this project goes beyond just the music; it’s a broader thing, about the family vibes of a group of travelers who rely on each other, who contribute to the experiential vibes that the band feeds off of, along with an improved and completely in-house approach to video (much of which was shot by Smith in the days ahead of the shows), along with a new lighting approach, where lasers and lights were accented by glittery raindrops on night two.In the past, PL-heads would live and die by set lists, hoping for rare gems, but with the current incarnation of the band, all of the music is new-sounding with way more empty space which creates a head nod hip-hop vibe that seemed to look back from the future toward Derek’s earlier collaborative hip hop project, Listen, where he was an MC and producer. This decade-plus old hip hop legacy came to a culmination on night two, where Derek asked drummer Alvin Ford Jr. to lay down a beat for him to ad-lib three full verses, providing a platform for the usually vague Smith to directly address the Telluride crowd, letting them know that the collection of letters delivered to him by the fans the previous year made him cry and changed his life, along with the his perspective on what the PL project is. Tossing his trademark Yankees hat into the crowd and removing his hood for the last two tracks of the weekend emphasized the extent to which Derek had put himself out there this weekend.  And everyone was most definitely on the same page.– words Brian Jonke [all photos courtesy of Djivan Schapira – B.A.D. Photography] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Endive, Escarole

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first_imgTired of the same old lettuce in your winter salad? Try a little Cichorium endivia.Endive and escarole, the common names for Cichorium endivia, are very commonin the islands of the Mediterranean and in Greece. They are related hardy annualvegetables.Endive and escarole are delicacies when blanched and used for salads or as a garnish.The main difference between them is that endive has curled, fine-cut leaves whileescarole has broad, flat leaves. Both are cool-season plants that grow well in the springand better in the fall. Although endive is produced in Florida, it is grown as a wintervegetable.What are the best varieties to grow in Georgia? Endive and escarole don’t do well in heat. They have to be grown as an early-spring orfall crop. They grow much the way lettuce does, responding well to fertile soil, growingtemperatures between 60 and 70 and a uniform moisture supply.Start plants inside in late February and transplant them into the garden in earlyApril. Plant the seeds a quarter-inch deep in a container of sterile soil or directly intopeat pellets. When the seedlings are less than one inch high, space them 1 1/2 to 2 inchesapart in a flat.The seedlings are ready to plant in the garden when they are 2 1/2 to 3 inches high.Use a starter fertilizer solution to get a fast start.You can plant seed directly into the garden in mid-March to early April. Plant them aquarter-inch deep in rows 18 to 24 inches apart. When the seedlings are 1 inch high, thinor transplant 9 to 12 inches apart.Water often during the hot summer. Endive is very hardy and will withstand frostthrough early winter.Unless you blanch them, the spreading plants are likely to be bitter. When you keepsunlight from the center leaves, their green color is reduced, bitterness decreased andtexture and flavor are improved.Blanch heads after the leaves spread enough to touch the next plant. Tie the tops ofthe outermost leaves together as the heads develop.Make sure that the plants are dry before tying the leaves. If the plant isn’t dry, theinner leaves may rot. Blanching requires two to three weeks, and several plants may beblanched at one time.After the blanched heads have developed, cut the plants at ground level. If the weatherturns very hot in the summer or you expect a hard freeze in the winter, cut the heads.Wash them and let them drip dry. Then store them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.Discard the tough outer leaves. Full Heart Batavian (escarole) has upright broad, outer leaves and smooth, closely bunched center leaves that are creamy yellow. It takes 85 days to mature. Green Curled has dark, finely cut and curled, fringed leaves and green, fleshy midribs. It takes 95 days to mature. Salad King has dark green, white-ribbed leaves. It’s tolerant to hot weather (less tip-burn and bolting) and frost. It takes 95 days to mature. Frisan is fall endive. The heads measure up to 17 inches across and have well-filled, blanched centers. It’s very hardy and takes 98 days to mature.last_img read more

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Managua Mayor Arguello, Ex-Boxing Champ, Dies

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first_imgBy Dialogo July 01, 2009 Managua Mayor Alexis Arguello, a three-time world boxing champion, was found dead at his home Wednesday, his Sandinista Party’s Radio Ya said. Radio Ya said coroners were conducting an autopsy on the 57-year-old mayor to determine the cause of death, but it appeared to be a suicide. The La Prensa newspaper reported he was found with a gunshot wound to the chest. The Hall of Fame boxer was the top fighter of the 20th century in his weight class, according to a panel of experts assembled by The Associated Press in 1999. The death of Arguello prompted President Daniel Ortega to announced he was canceling a trip to Panama for the inauguration of President-elect Ricardo Martinelli. Arguello fought against the Sandinista government in the 1980s after it seized his property and bank account, according to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. But he joined the party to win the mayorship of the capital in 2008, though opponents alleged the vote was fraudulent. “We are upset,” said presidential spokeswoman, Rosario Murillo, who declined to give details about the death. “This is a heartbreaking announcement. He was the champion of the poor, an example of forgiveness and reconciliation.” Born in 1952, the Hall of Fame boxer fought 14 world champions and in 1981 he became the sixth man in boxing history to win a title in three weight divisions — featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight — according to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Arguello returned Sunday from Puerto Rico where he honored the late baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.last_img read more

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Spring Breaker Apologizes for “If I Get Corona, I Get Corona” Comment

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first_imgA South Florida spring breaker who was seen in a viral video last week saying, “If I get corona, I get corona” has apologized for his reaction to coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.Brady Sluder posted on Instagram:The 22-year-old college student from Cincinnati told a news crew in Miami last week that he was not going to allow concerns over the virus to change his party plans.The video was then shared across social media.Watch it here:”If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not going to let it stop me from partying.”Miami spring breakers vow to keep partying despite coronavirus lockdown. https://t.co/Mppjm2qvHP pic.twitter.com/65GGomSpxB— ABC News (@ABC) March 19, 2020last_img

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