On Saturday night, after more than a year away, Dopapod returned to the stage at The Capitol Theatre for a celebratory headlining performance. The show marked the band’s first performance together since New Year’s Eve 2017-2018, and fans from all over converged on the historic theater to watch guitarist Rob Compa, keyboardist Eli Winderman, bassist Chuck Jones, and drummer Neal “Fro” Evans link back up after their 2018 sabbatical.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>With a subtle yet powerful rendering of the band’s logo adorning the back of the stage, the band took their places just after 9 p.m. to a chorus of cheers from the packed house and dove into “Vol. 3 #86”, which in turn segued into “Nuggy Jawson”. “Mucho“, a track off the band’s late-2017 release, MEGAGEM, was up next followed by the one-two punch of “French Bowling” > “Braindead”. After an ethereal run through “My Elephant vs. Your Elephant”, the band capped their first set with a raging, extended take on fan-favorite, “Trapper Keeper”. Load remaining images Following a half-hour set break, the band returned to the stage with the live debut of “Numbers Need Humans“, the recently-released single from their forthcoming new studio album, Emit Time. Another pair of Dopapod fan-favorites followed with “FABA” and “Onionhead”.Next, Chuck Jones stepped to the microphone to explain that the band’s lighting designer, Luke Stratton, has been on tour with Smashing Pumpkins. As a nod to Stratton’s new gig—and as a surprise to Stratton—the band got their grunge on with a sing-along cover of Smashing Pumpkins’ “Bullett With Butterfly Wings”.Related: Dopapod To Release Entire Catalog On Nugs In Celebration Of Capitol Theatre ComebackNow fully locked in, Dopapod continued to take the crowd on a mind-bending ride from there, working through creative and flawless renditions of “Super Bowl”, “Roid Rage”, “Plaese Haalp”, and “Cloud World”. To close the performance, the band offered up the live debut of a new song with a familiar name, “Never Odd Or Even”, followed by a set-closing “Bubble Brain”. Finally, the band returned for a “Freight Train” encore to send the adoring Capitol Theatre crowd home happy.Related: Dopapod Announces New Album ‘Emit Time’, Shares Lead Single “Numbers Need Humans” [Listen]As Eli Winderman explained in the band’s announcement of their impending hiatus back in 2017, “Following seven years of ceaseless touring, the sabbatical is a blueprint for wellness borne from love and mutual respect amongst old friends. It’s a pre-emptive move of self-preservation inspired by the TED Talk, ‘The Power of Time Off’. Every seven years this guy closes his design firm and everyone who works for the company works on their own projects for the year. When they come back, everyone is inspired and working with a newfound sense of excitement.”Throughout the performance, the band was locked in and perfectly in sync, playing as if their time apart had achieved exactly the desired results. Smiles beamed from each of their faces throughout the excellent show, and the audience buzzed with appreciation for the return of this incredible band—a group that can deftly move from complex, classically-oriented compositions to dark, ambient boils to high-octane rock and roll with the greatest ease, creating a sound that’s thrilling, unique, and all their own.The band is back and sounding fantastic, and the sky is the limit from here. Dopapod fans, rejoice!Below, you can check out a gallery of photos from the performance courtesy of photographer Andrew Blackstein.Setlist: Dopapod | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 4/28/19Set One (9:10 – 10:33): Vol. 3 #86 > Nuggy Jawson, Mucho, French Bowling* > Braindead, My Elephant vs. Your Elephant, Trapper KeeperSet Two (11:03 – 12:30): Numbers Need Humans^, FABA, Onionhead, Bullet With Butterfly Wings+, Super Bowl, Roid Rage, Plaese Haalp, Cloud World, Never Odd Or Even^ > Bubble BrainEncore (12:33 – 12:50) : Freight Train*Nana nana boo-boo teases^Debut+Smashing Pumpkins coverDopapod | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 4/28/19 | Photos: Andrew Blackstein
Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Claudine Gay announced Thursday a robust anti-racism agenda in a message to faculty, students, and staff, prioritizing six areas of action.Calling on the FAS community to be “relentless, constructively critical, and action-oriented,” Gay said that she would: restart the search for four new senior faculty in ethnicity, indigeneity, and migration (EIM); establish a new visiting professorship in EIM; appoint an inaugural associate dean of diversity, inclusion and belonging; expand the Inequality in American postdoctoral fellows program; initiate a study of racial diversity among senior staff; and create a task force to examine the FAS visual culture.“The calls for racial justice heard on our streets also echo on our campus, as we reckon with our individual and institutional shortcomings and with our faculty’s shared responsibility to bring truth to bear on the pernicious effects of structural inequality,” she said. “I am clear-eyed that the work of real change will be difficult, and for many it will be uncomfortable. Change is messy work. Institutional inertia will threaten to overwhelm even our best efforts. If we are to succeed, we must challenge a status quo that is comfortable and convenient for many.”Reactivating the search for EIM faculty, which had been paused after the campus was forced to close in March due to COVID-19, will begin immediately. Gay will also strengthen Asian American, Latinx, and related fields of study with a new Harvard College Visiting Professorship in EIM. In the 2021‒22 academic year, FAS will appoint one or two new visiting EIM scholars to teach in the College.Gay’s anti-racism agenda calls for an expansion of the Inequality in America program. Launched in 2017 when Gay was dean of social science, the program, which currently recruits two new fellows each year, will expand in the coming year to welcome two additional scholars in areas of race and ethnic inequality. “To become the inclusive scholarly community we aspire to be, we must confront our dual legacies with honesty, humility, and resolve.” — Claudine Gay Gay will also hire the first FAS associate dean of diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DIB). The new associate dean will serve as part of Gay’s senior leadership team, developing concrete goals and identifying personal, departmental, divisional, and School-level actions in FAS. The role is expected to be filled by the start of the fall semester.Among the first responsibilities for the new associate dean of DIB will be leading a study of hiring, development, and promotion practices, with particular focus on increasing racial diversity, among senior staff.“The benefits of diverse teams for organizational performance are well-documented, from spurring innovation and creative problem-solving to challenging the assumptions and conventional wisdom that limit our thinking,” said Gay.Finally, Gay outlined the charge for her new Task Force for Visual Culture and Signage. Led by Dean of Arts and Humanities Robin Kelsey, the group will be comprised of faculty, students, and staff, and will pursue a comprehensive study of FAS’s visual culture and articulate guidelines for evolving imagery across campus.“To become the inclusive scholarly community we aspire to be, we must confront our dual legacies with honesty, humility, and resolve,” she said. “Our visual culture should reflect our deep, abiding commitments to advance knowledge and critical thinking, honoring our past in a truthful way, while also celebrating the diversity and vitality of our present and instilling a sense of pride and belonging that is equally available to all members of our community.”Gay recognized that work to combat racism is already underway in departments, centers, and programs across FAS, and voiced her support for those efforts. “Collectively, we are the authors of Harvard’s future. As we begin this historic year, I offer you my personal commitment to be a partner and ally in the work for equity and justice,” she said.
Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 May 2020 7:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link416Shares Comment Adams won four league titles as an Arsenal player (Picture: Getty Images)‘He said, “don’t worry, we are injecting a lot of money and we are going to go for it.”‘I stayed and the rest is history — Dennis [Bergkamp] came [in 1995] and Nicolas Anelka, [Patrick] Vieira, Manu [Emmanuel Petit], Robert Pires — we had five World Cup winners in the team.’Adams is not quite so impressed with the type of signings Arsenal have been making in recent years as they have drifted away from title-contenders to a side struggling to qualify for European football.‘It is a completely different club today,’ said the 53-year-old. ‘I think recruitment at Arsenal for a good few years has not been great.‘Now we seem to be selling our best players and you are never going to recruit a championship squad selling all your best players.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdams fears that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to be the latest top player to leave Arsenal and has urged his former club to keep hold of the striker.‘I loved [former manager] Arsene Wenger’s principles, that no player was bigger than the club, and he moved players on if it made sense for the club financially. ‘He was strong with that and he got Champions League football every year but it did stand in the way of recruitment – so we have become a club that is selling the best players. ‘If I was a coach I’d be saying, “Don’t sell Aubameyang at any price, we need to recruit, bring players through the academy and keep our best players”.’MORE: Aaron Ramsey makes telling admission over final period of his Arsenal careerMORE: Jens Lehmann reveals Nike ball was to blame for Arsenal’s Champions League defeat against ChelseaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Tony Adams had the chance to join Manchester United (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)It is almost unthinkable, but Tony Adams could have been a Manchester United player in the 90s, but instead turned down an approach from Sir Alex Ferguson to stay at Arsenal.The Gunners legend has recalled the time that Ferguson tried to tempt him away from Highbury to join him at Old Trafford in what would have been a seismic move in English football.Of course Adams stayed put and would go on to win two Premier League titles under Arsene Wenger’s management, to add to the two First Division titles he won in 1989 and 91.The legendary defender does admit he was questioning the path Arsenal were on between those great periods of success, but was convinced to stay and is very glad he did.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Alex Ferguson came in for me but I wouldn’t leave and I said to the chairman: “Have we got ambition at the club?”‘ Adams told Sky Sports. Tony Adams explains why he turned down Man Utd and Sir Alex Ferguson to stay at Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement