Dark Star Orchestra Announces 2019 Spring Tour

first_imgDark Star Orchestra has been a fan-favorite Grateful Dead-inspired act for decades. They are well-known road dogs, extensively and regularly touring the country and bringing their exacting recreations of specific Grateful Dead shows to the masses. Today, the band has announced 2019 spring tour dates.Focusing on the American Southeast, Dark Star Orchestra’s spring tour has them performing five shows in Florida, kicking off on March 28th, before weaving north and hitting key spots in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama through April 14th.However, before the spring, DSO has a winter tour ahead of them that will focus on the west coast, kicking off on February 7th in Seattle and winding down through Oregon, California, Nevada, and Arizona before ending in Beverly Hills on February 23rd.Ahead of all that, Dark Star Orchestra will host their seventh-annual Jamaican Jam in the Sand festival, taking place January 15th through 19th, 2019, in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Featuring a beachside stage and located at an all-inclusive resort, the destination festival boasts four nights of Dark Star Orchestra plus two sets of The Wailers and three sets from Green Leaf Rustlers.Then, DSO will return to Legend Valley Music Center (formerly known as Buckeye Lake Music Center, home to some of the largest outdoor Grateful Dead concerts) in Thornville, Ohio on May 24th through 26th, 2019 for the eighth annual Dark Star Jubilee. Along with DSO as the host band, the full lineup includes Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, Dumpstaphunk, Donna The Buffalo, The Lil Smokies, The Nth Power, and The Mighty Pines.Tickets for Spring Tour go on sale Friday, December 7th at 12 pm local time. For more information, head to the band’s website. DSO Spring 2019 Tour Dates:3/28 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live3/29 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre3/30 – Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheater4/1 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues Orlando4/2 – Tallahassee, FL – The Moon4/4 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall4/5 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse4/6 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse4/7 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City4/9 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works4/11 – Asheville, SC – The Orange Peel4/12 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte4/13 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz Theatre4/14 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake AmphitheaterView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

New Mini-Documentary Gives Inside Look At The Sober Community Within The Jam Scene [Watch]

first_imgIt was the late, great writer Hunter Thompson who was famously quoted as saying, “I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”Such an affirmatively questionable view on some of this world’s most dangerous (but sometimes fun) vices could easily be applicable for the jam scene, where drugs and alcohol flow just as freely through concert parking lots as LSD-inspired notes out of Jerry Garcia‘s guitar. Accepted use of booze and illegal drugs within the jam scene has been one of those unwritten rules by of the musical subculture ever since the Grateful Dead began their career as the house band for Ken Kesey‘s Acid Test parties in the mid-1960s.While drugs continue to be an openly controversial topic of discussion in the jam scene and the culture at large, there are some music fans who don’t feel the need to partake in illicit activities during shows. The experience of seeing shows, especially heady jam-friendly ones, can be just as fulfilling sober as they are with a few added substances.A new mini-documentary titled Sober Jam Band Scene recently uploaded YouTube by Mary Gray Johnson shows viewers into the lives of music fans (primarily Phish fans) who follow the sober path when attending shows. The short, 10-minute film features a mix of real-fan interviews in which they discuss their love for Phish and acknowledge the existence of drug use throughout their scene. One interviewee named Carolina D. states that jam shows can be, “kind of like Disneyland for drunks and addicts.”However, the film shows viewers a side of the jam scene that doesn’t partake in such vices. You’ve probably seen them at shows, where sober fans gather under yellow balloons to connect and help each other enjoy the music and the scene they love without succumbing to its myriad temptations. From The Wharf Rats on Grateful Dead tour to The Phellowship at Phish shows to Much Obliged at Umphrey’s McGee and The Jellyfish at The String Cheese Incident, these yellow balloon groups hold 12 Step meetings at set breaks and help sober fans continue to appreciate live music without the substance-based pitfalls that often come with it.The documentary clearly struck a power chord with viewers, as the video’s comment section includes notes shared by other sober folks, stating, “I have only seen Phish sober, 57 shows so far! Best time EVER!,” “My ‘drug’ is the combination of getting lost in the music and dancing. That is all I need,” and “You did an awesome job capturing the essence of this scene. Sober Rat & Phell since ’95! Much Love!”Fans can watch the entire documentary in the video below.Sober Jam Band Scene[Video: Mary Gray Johnson]Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio recently spoke of his own sobriety strategies in an interview with GQ. The Grateful Dead‘s current audio archivist, David Lemieux, has also admitted in the past that he mostly refrained from using psychedelic drugs during the Dead shows he attended as a “taper” over the years.“I saw the Dead over 100 times and the bulk of those shows were sober,” Lemieux said in a 2017 interview. “I enjoyed the heck out of them. In fact, a lot of those shows are the ones that I can right now look back on 25-30 years [later] and have better memories of those because I could be more focused on it. I could be more in the moment of what was going on, as opposed to having this  mind-expanding moment.”[H/T r/phish]last_img read more

Pink Talking Fish Transforms The Capitol Theatre Into Mind-Blowing ‘Junta’ Circus [Audio/Photos]

first_imgPhoto: Kevin Cole Pink Talking Fish made a triumphant return to The Capitol Theatre on Saturday night for a very special JUNTA CIRCUS performance. Marking their third headlining performance at the historic venue, Pink Talking Fish made a circus experience out of Phish’s 1989 album, Junta, while intertwining songs by Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and more throughout the two-set marathon.The 4+ hour show featured circus attractions on and off stage by New York’s “Big Apple Circus” who created an interactive spectacle of aerialists, acrobatics, clowns, marionettes, jugglers, and so much more with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s Greg Ormont serving as the evening’s “Ringmaster”. The Capitol Theatre has never been so wild!The theme for the event was a rendering of Phish’s debut studio album “Junta”. A surprise appearance and performance from the album’s namesake Ben “Junta” Hunter, Phishes 1st manager, was a welcome treat for phish enthusiasts.The theatrical performances from the “Big Apple Circus” were artistically choreographed to match with the theme and soundscape of each song they were featured in. From outstanding feats of aerial excellence to the inspired vision of a human snow globe, The effect was visually gripping and added a thrilling dynamic to the evening. Their performance helped transform the show into emotional joyride.Take a look at the ridiculous setlist below, featuring details on the one-time-only circus experience, as well as photos from photographer Kevin Cole.Pink Talking Fish – JUNTA CIRCUS – 2/23/19[Audio: cabinetmusic]Setlist: Pink Talking Fish’s Junta Circus | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 2/23/19Set 1:Circus Intro*$>Fee*>Once In A Lifetime*%You Enjoy Myself>Learning To Fly>You Enjoy Myself*$$^Free Four^^Esther%%Life During Wartime*!Golgi Apparatus!!Set 2:Foam+Have A Cigar*++>Dinner And A Movie*=CitiesDivided Sky>Great Gig In The Sky==?>Divided Sky==David Bowie>Fame*{>David BowieThis Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)Fluffhead{{Contact*[Union Federal[[Brain Damage?”>Sanity*””>Brain Damage*?””>Eclipse*?””>Icculus*?””!!!E: Burning Down The House*?%*w/ Greg Ormont as The Ringmaster%w/ Big Apple Circus ensemble – various acts%% Big Apple Circus acted out the story of Esther. This included Human Marionette with strings being pulled by a Stilt Walker. She also did an arial performance.$ Introduction over the music of Esther. The Intro had various Junta character references$$w/ The Ringmaster and Circus Troupe jumping on trampolines^w/ Greg Ormont on guitar and vocal jam^^w/ Ben “Junta” Hunter on vocals (The album Junta was named after Ben, who was Phish’s first manager)! w/ Big Suit Clowns dancing and a Hoop Show. Ringmaster also danced in a suit!! w/ Commemorative Ticket Stubs falling from the balcony+w/ Bubbles filling the room and a performer in a large bubble dancing with feathers++w/ Stilt Walking Clown and a Contortionist Cigar feature= w/ The Ringmaster taking a date to dinner and a movie. Big Apple Circus troupe set the stages vaudevillian style and played characters during dinner and a movie==w/ Aerial Show? w/ Maryn Azoff on vocals{ w/ The Ringmaster and Glam Dancers{{ w/ Pin Juggling and other Circus Flare[ w/ Cyr Wheel, Hoos, Unicycles and The Ringmaster on a Hobby Horse[[ w/ Clown Show” w/ Contortionist Violin. During “The Lunatic Is In My Head”, the band started laughing and the entire ensemble came out laughing which went into Sanity“” w/ Full ensemble acting insane!!!w/ The Ringmaster doing the Narration as a show-closing Thank You.View Setlist/DetailsPink Talking Fish’s Junta Circus | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 2/23/19 | Photos: Kevin Cole Load remaining imageslast_img read more

The Claypool Lennon Delirium Welcomes Rush’s Geddy Lee For Beatles Cover In Toronto [Watch]

first_imgWatch fan-shot video of The Claypool Lennon Delirium and Geddy Lee covering The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows” below:The Claypool Lennon Delirium ft. Geddy Lee – “Tomorrow Never Knows”[Video: TimmyB707]The Claypool Lennon Delirium continue their tour on Friday, April 12th, with a stop at Philadelphia, PA’s Fillmore.  For a full list of upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.Setlist: The Claypool Lennon Delirium | Danforth Music Hall | Toronto, ON | 4/10/2019Set: There’s No Underwear in Space, Astronomy Domine, Cricket and the Genie (Movement I, The Delirium), Cricket and the Genie (Movement II, Oratorio Di Cricket), South of Reality, Blood and Rockets: Movement I, Saga of Jack Parsons – Movement II Too the Moon, Mr. Wright, The Court of the Crimson King, Easily Charmed by Fools, Boriska, Breath of a Salesman, Boris the Spider, Cricket Chronicles Revisited: Part 1, Ask Your Doctor – Part 2, Psyde Effects, Tomorrow Never KnowsEncore: Southbound Pachyderm[H/T JamBase] On Wednesday, The Claypool Lennon Delirium opened up their 2019 spring tour with a stop at Toronto, ON’s Danforth Music Hall. Les Claypool and Sean Lennon recently released their second album together, South of Reality, via ATO. South of Reality is the follow-up to 2016’s Monolith of Phobos, the band’s debut record that displayed their fascinatingly raw authenticity, and 2017’s Lime And Limpid Green EP, which featured psychedelic covers of Pink Floyd, The Who, King Crimson, and Flower Travellin’ Band.In Toronto, the Claypool Lennon Delirium worked through material off of Monolith of Phobos and South of Reality, which included the live debut of “Broiska”, as well as covers of Pink Floyd’s “Astronomy Domine”, King Crimson’s “The Court of the Crimson King”, and The Who’s “Boris the Spider”.The band also welcomed Rush bassist and Toronto native Geddy Lee to add some depth on the low end for a set-closing cover of The Beatles‘ “Tomorrow Never Knows, off of the group’s beloved 1966 Revolver album. Claypool and Lee locked into some double bass action beside the son of late Beatle John Lennon. Claypool walked offstage mid-song to allow Lee a chance to take the spotlight. The Claypool Lennon Delirium returned sans Lee and delivered a one-song encore of Primus favorite, “Southbound Pachyderm”.last_img read more

Celebrating Tom Morello’s Birthday With His Craziest Guitar Solos [Watch]

first_imgTom Morello is best known for his tenures with the bands Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave, but also for his striking guitar solos, political activism, and ability to hype a crowd to a level of social grievance. Ranked number 40 in Rolling Stone‘s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” Morello is known for his unconventional guitar picking and tapping, as well as a heavy use of feedback noise and other effects.Related: Serj Tankian Joins Tom Morello For “Like A Stone” Cover Honoring Anniversary Of Chris Cornell’s Death [Watch]Supplemented by his leftist political beliefs, Morello’s sound is one that is undeniably heard worldwide. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look at some of Tom Morello’s best guitar solos!Guitar Solo Compilation[Video: danai50]Street Sweeper Social Club – “Promenade”[Video: Vinícius Lima]With Bruce Springsteen – “The Ghost Of Tom Joad” – Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2009[Video: fjcblk]With Slash – Guitar Battle[Video: BenoitIginla12]Happy Birthday, Tom Morello![Originally published 5/30/17]last_img read more

Wilco Expands 2019 Tour With North American Fall Dates

first_imgWilco has expanded their 2019 tour with a new batch of North American dates scheduled for fall announced on Tuesday.Following a run of shows throughout Europe and the U.K. throughout June and September, Wilco will return Stateside to start the fall leg on October 8th with a performance at Budweiser Stage in Toronto, ON featuring support from Lord Huron. The tour will continue throughout the rest of October with scheduled stops at venues including Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, MA (10/10-11); Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY (10/12); Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park in Atlanta, GA (10/18); and Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN (10/20) before closing out with a pair of shows at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre in Austin, TX (10/26-27).Related: Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy To Appear In Season 10 Of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’The band will begin their 2019 tour campaign later this week with a pair of previously announced shows at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN on Wednesday and Thursday. Singer/guitarist Jeff Tweedy will also perform a free concert at New York City’s Damrosch Park Bandshell on Friday, July 26th. The free show is part of the 2019 Lincoln Center Out Of Doors series, and include support from cellist and vocalist Helen Gillet. The band also recently announced their plans to head to Mexico next winter for their Sky Blue Sky destination event with Yo La Tengo, Sharon Van Etten, and more.Tickets for the new fall dates go on sale this Friday, June 7th. Head to the band’s website for more info and tickets.Wilco Fall 2019 Tour DatesOct. 8 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser StageOct. 10 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang TheatreOct. 11 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang TheatreOct. 12 – New York, NY – Radio City Music HallOct. 15 – Washington, DC – The AnthemOct. 16 – Cary, NC – Koka Booth AmphitheatreOct. 18 – Atlanta, GA – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain ParkOct. 19 – Birmingham, AL – Alabama TheatreOct. 20 – Nashville, TN – Grand Ole OpryOct. 22 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s BallroomOct. 23 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music FactoryOct. 25 – Houston, TX – Revention Music CenterOct. 26 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody TheatreOct. 27 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody TheatreView Fall Tour Dateslast_img read more

Anthropologist Hymes dies at 82

first_imgDell H. Hymes, 82, an influential linguistic anthropologist and folklorist who taught at Harvard from 1955 to 1960, died in Charlottesville, Va., on Nov. 13. Retiring from teaching in 2000 as the Commonwealth Professor of Anthropology and English Emeritus at the University of Virginia, Hymes will be remembered for his widespread advancement of the field of sociolinguistics.A memorial gathering was held at the American Anthropological Association’s national meeting Dec. 5 in Philadelphia.last_img read more

More from spores: How they spread

first_imgLong before geese started flying in chevron formation or cyclists learned the value of drafting, fungi discovered an aerodynamic way to reduce drag on their spores so as to spread them as high and as far as possible.One fungus, the destructive Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, spews thousands of spores nearly simultaneously to form a plume that reduces drag to nearly zero and even creates a wind that carries many of the spores 20 times farther than a single spore could travel alone, according to a new study by mathematicians and biologists from Harvard University, the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), and Cornell University.“In the Tour de France, riders form a peloton that can reduce air drag by 40 percent,” said Marcus Roper, co-lead author and a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Mathematics at UC Berkeley and at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “The ascospores of Sclerotinia do the peloton perfectly, reducing air drag to zero and sculpting a flow of air that carries them even farther.”Agnese Seminara, a co-lead author as well as a postdoctoral researcher and theoretical physicist in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, added: “I realized that the spores behaved much like cloud droplets. To follow their paths, I adapted algorithms I had developed to describe cloud formation.”Presumably, the strategy helps the fungi get their spores off the ground into the foliage of their host plants, or into airstreams that can carry them to host plants, the scientists said.Roper, Seminara, and colleagues report the findings in the early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“These findings could have implications for methods of controlling the spread of fungal pathogens,” said senior author Anne Pringle, associate professor of organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard. “Sclerotinia alone costs U.S. farmers $1 billion annually, including costs of controlling the fungus, and crop losses. Research directed at understanding how to disrupt the cooperative ejection of spores may provide novel tools for the control of these fungal pathogens.”Researchers in the field of bioballistics — the study of how plants, fungi, and animals accelerate seeds, spores, or even parts of their body to high speed — have found an amazing variety of techniques that overcome friction with the air, the main limitation for small spores and seeds.“Understanding how Sclerotinia is discharging its spores and getting them onto the plants will eventually lead us to new ways of looking at plant architecture,” said co-author Helene Dillard, a plant pathologist who heads Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension program and is associate dean of Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.Scientists have recognized for more than a century that many spore-producing fungi — the ascomycetes — release their spores in plumes that carry them long distances. More than 50 years ago, scientists noted that these spore plumes create a wind of their own, but the physics of the plumes was not understood, Roper said. In addition, little work has been done on how seeds or spores cooperate to improve dispersal to new environments.With training in the mathematics and physics of fluid flow, Roper and Seminara decided to investigate. The work began when Roper was a researcher in Pringle’s laboratory at Harvard.The current paper used high-speed video to clock the speed of spores ejected by Sclerotinia, finding that they are expelled at a speed of about 8.4 meters per second (19 miles per hour). However, because the spores are so small (10 microns long), air drag brings them to a stop in a mere 3 millimeters. When thousands of spores are ejected at the same time, however, some can travel more than 100 millimeters, or 4 inches.These high-speed video images enabled Roper and Seminara to model spore plume movement precisely, with standard equations of hydrodynamics. They showed that the thousands of spores ejected at the same time quickly eliminate all drag and allow the spores to travel about a centimeter, by which time the wind generated by the spores captures and whisks them to a speed of 60 centimeters per second. Their upward motion is stopped only by gravity, Roper said.The added range from “hydrodynamic cooperation” allows fungi on the ground to shoot their spores into flowers or plant wounds, where they can quickly spread throughout the plant and kill it.Often called white mold, Sclerotinia rot, or wilt, the fungus attacks more than 400 species of plants, Dillard said, including beans, sunflowers, soybeans, canola, and peanuts, and can wipe out entire fields. In spring and summer, the fungus produces cups (apothecia) about one-half centimeter across that spew spores into the air to infect plants.  The fungus produces overwintering seedlike bodies called sclerotia on the infected plant tissues.“It grows across a cabbage head and produces these small sclerotia that look like mouse droppings,” Dillard said. “The sclerotia fall on the ground, and are then in position to initiate the infection process the following year.”The researchers were also curious how fungi manage to eject their spores simultaneously. To investigate this phenomenon, they grew another mold, a coprophilic fungus from the genus Ascobolus, on horse dung and focused their high-speed video camera on the 2-millimeter, cup-shaped fruiting body containing tens of thousands of spore sacs (asci), each containing eight spores. They found that, while the spore sac that ejects first seems to be random, after the first one or two go off, a wave of ejection travels outward as successive rings of spore sacs rupture in sequence. Because this happens in one-tenth of a second, the ejection seems simultaneous.“What looks like a plume is actually a series of sheets going off,” Roper said.By tweaking their mathematical model to account for this finding, Roper and Seminara discovered that cooperative ejection in sheets is a highly effective method for shooting spores long distances. The scientists continue to investigate how spore ejection is initiated, and whether and how spores can cheat to make sure that they get ejected farther than their companions.Other authors of the paper are Mahesh M. Bandi of Harvard and Ann Cobb of Cornell. The work was funded by a Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science Fellowship to Roper, by a Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Union Framework 7 to Seminara, and by Harvard University.— Steve Bradt, Harvard Staff Writer, and Bob Sanders, UC Berkeleylast_img read more

Nominations open for Harvard Corporation members

first_imgAs announced in December, the Harvard Corporation will expand from seven to thirteen members, as part of a broader set of changes involving the Corporation’s composition and work.All members of the extended Harvard community are invited to send advice on the search and nominate individuals who would be strong candidates for the Corporation. Email advice and nominations to corporationsearch@harvard.edu or mail them to the Corporation Search Committee, Harvard University, Loeb House, 17 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138.  Communications will be held in strict confidence.Corporation members will be joined on the search committee by three colleagues from the Board of Overseers: Joshua Boger, Ph.D. ’79, founder and former CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals and chair of the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows; Diana Nelson ’84, director of the Carlson Companies and former co-chair of the Harvard College Fund; and Robert Shapiro ’72, J.D. ’78, a partner at Ropes & Gray, past president of both the Harvard Alumni Association and the Harvard Law School Association, and a member of the recent governance review committee focused on the Corporation’s composition and work.last_img read more

Students celebrated Chinese New Year at all-Ivy gala in Sanders

first_imgThe Harvard Chinese Students and Scholars Association (HCSSA) presented an all-Ivy League evening gala to a capacity audience at Sanders Theatre on Jan. 29 to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year – the year of the rabbit – which comes on Feb.3.The gala, under the theme “Bond,” gathered performers from all eight Ivy League schools, including Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Yale, and Harvard. It was the first time in history that the eight universities have come together to commemorate this most important Chinese holiday.“At this special moment of family gathering, we are bound together by our shared culture, similar backgrounds, and common pursuits,” said Zhang Haifei, Ph.D ’13, president of HCSSA and producer of the gala. “We come together to celebrate and share our rich history and culture with our family, friends, and more than one thousand students and scholars from eight Ivy League Universities.”Mark C. Elliott, the Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History at Harvard, delivered the keynote “New Year’s in Old Times” – in Chinese. He told the audience that Chinese New Year was a great discovery for him when he was in college, because the holiday fell in between Christmas and Easter, an otherwise uneventful period.The gala featured 18 performances from more than 200 Chinese students, ranging from traditional peacock dance to solo erhu performance to to stand-up comedy. Wang Shi, chairman of China’s largest real estate enterprise Vanke, made a surprise guest appearance in a magic poker show put on by Harvard student Yu Jingyi, Ph.D ’14.“This was a wonderful spring festival gala. All of the performances were of high quality,” said Zhang Hongda, one of the eight MC’s of the gala and a graduate student in materials science and engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. “It was a great experience to cooperate with the other seven hosts and hostesses to anchor this gala.”“The event was a huge success,” said Sun Leizhi, Ph.D ’13, executive producer of the gala. “Considering the unprecedented scale and complexity of the event, it was a remarkable achievement for the entire organizing team.”The 1,000 tickets to the gala were sold out 10 days prior to the show. Among the audience were undergraduates and graduates from the eight Ivy League schools, as well as students and scholars from the general Boston area. Many praised the show as stunning and unforgettable.“I was immensely impressed with the event – the level of organization, the quality of the acts,” Garth O. McCavana, Ph.D ’90, dean for GSAS student affairs who gave the welcome remarks at the gala, wrote in an email. “I only wish that I could speak Chinese to understand what was going on, especially with the stand-up comedians!”last_img read more