Check out The Tony Jones Show #198 with music from: Army of Halfwits, Castle Black, The Suicide Dolls, Flogging Molly, Tsunamibots, The Maybes, Only on Weekends, Shore City, Johnny & the Bootlegs, and November Party
BROOKLYN, NY – Television, internet and social media make it easier than ever to bring world issues to light – but an overwhelming quantity of information also makes it easy for them to be forgotten, as one day rolls into the next. Brooklyn post-punk/grunge band Castle Black use their new single “Sierra” to revive one such issue; bringing fresh awareness to the ongoing hardships and atrocities that women across the globe still face. The song was directly inspired by the plight of women in Sierra Leone, many of whom face hunger, domestic and sexual violence, and lack of legal action to provide change, all in a country still recovering from civil war. An ongoing daily struggle, their situation, and the fight of many others too often becomes overlooked and forgotten. “Sierra” provides a powerfully reflective piece, providing a stand for many who don’t have a voice.
“I wrote ‘Sierra’ after reading an article on women in Sierra Leone, and the horrible atrocities faced on a daily basis, simply for being women,” commented vocalist/guitarist Leigh Celent. “It’s a song that can be applied to really any situation that is horrific and where some awful person makes someone else suffer for no reason other than their own inhumanity and personal gain. I don’t want to be too specific in my interpretation of the song, as it’s really a song that someone can take so much from, depending on their perspective.” A social anthem, both directly in reference to Sierra Leone as well as on a wider scope, the song reminds individuals to stand up for others and speak against violence and injustices, whether occurring near or far. “Sierra” premeired on Uncivil Revolt, who added that the track can, “make you feel the entirety of the pain felt by many and more than you can imagine.”
Utilizing a repetitive, syncopated chord, the song provides a minimalistic start, focusing the listener on the gravity of the lyrics. “I’ve been inspired by various minimalist composers and the idea of doing more with less. The syncopation of the verses is really what makes the sound there, almost like a heartbeat, a simple but strong backbone for these very powerful words,” shared Celent. Recorded by Michael Abiuso (The Venetia Fair, Kiss Kiss, The Gay Blades) at Behind the Curtains Media, the track was mixed by legendary engineer, producer and musician Mark Plati (David Bowie, Prince, Spookey Ruben, The Cure, Duncan Sheik, etc.). Plati contributed mixes for a number of tracks off the band’s upcoming EP the gods that adored you, which is scheduled for release on June 29. As the lead single, “Sierra” showcases not only a bold social stand, but also presents a confident showcase of Castle Black’s sound, presenting a mix of their signature heavy-hitting post-punk and grunge tones, along with their comfort to experiment into new territory on their fourth studio release.
“Sierra” is out everywhere today, and available for stream and download on Spotify, Bandcamp, iTunesand all major digital retailers. The band will donate 100% of sales of “Sierra”, purchased via Bandcamp until the EP release, to No Means No Worldwide, a charity that focuses on sexual violence intervention, awareness and empowerment through education and training of young boys and girls in countries with rampant sexual abuse rates. No Means No currently operates in Kenya and Malawai, and with more funding, can hopefully can bring their novel approach to rape prevention to other countries. Castle Black has a full summer tour booked, bringing them across the midwestern and eastern U.S; dates can be found below. NYC fans can join the band for their EP release show on June 28 at The Well (Brooklyn, NY) with support from Bloody Your Hands, I Am The Polish Army, and Quick Hundo. Digital and physical formats of the gods that adored you will be released on on Friday, June 29 on all retailers. Surging forth on all fronts, Castle Black step forward as a must-watch band of the year.
Check out The Tony Jones Show #197 with music from: The Proletariat, The Goners, The Grubs, Only on Weekends, Rat Scabies, Russ Carrick, The Sheckies, Five of the Eyes, The Safes, and November Party.
PAWTUCKET – The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame (RIMHOF) held a press conference on Friday, February 23, announcing its 2018 inductees. The press conference took place in the RIMHOF Museum located at Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St., Pawtucket. Members of the RIMHOF Board of Directors, several past inductees, and fans and family were on hand for the naming of the eight new inductees who will enter into the Hall of Fame this spring.
The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame’s 2018 inductees are: David Blue, John Chan, Tom Ghent, Lloyd Kaplan, James Montgomery, Paul Murphy, Mike Renzi, as well as LeRoy Bennett, Bob Morrissey and Andrew Polin in the Technical/Lighting category.
It was also announced that this year’s induction ceremonies and concert events will take place on three days – April 26, April 27, and April 29 – and will take place at three locations as RIMHOF celebrates its seventh year of operation.
“During the last six years, the Music Hall of Fame initiative,” says Rick Bellaire, vice chair of RIMHOF, “has provided our state with a great opportunity to not only acknowledge Rhode Island’s musical greats and celebrate their achievements, but has now established an organization whose primary goal is to promote and preserve Rhode Island’s rich musical heritage in all its forms.”
This year’s RIMHOF Jazz inductions will take place on Thursday, April 26, 7:00 p.m., at Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining, 267 Main St., Woonsocket. Being honored on April 26 will be Mike Renzi and John Chan.
On Friday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m., the 2017 RIMHOF Folk and Songwriter inductions will honor Tom Ghent and David Blue and will feature a performance by Tom Ghent and a tribute to David Blue by Hall of Fame Inductees Mark Cutler (Class of 2015) and Bill Harley (Class of 2016.) The event takes place at POP! Emporium of Popular Culture, 219 Park Street, Providence.
Sunday’s April 29 event will include the unveiling of the eight new inductee exhibits followed by the 2018 RIMHOF Blues, Educator, and Sideman Induction Concert honoring James Montgomery, Lloyd Kaplan and Paul Murphy as well as LeRoy Bennett, Bob Morrissey and Andrew Polin in the Technical/Lighting category.
The Unveiling Ceremony for all 2018 RIMHOF Inductee exhibits takes place at 2:00 p.m. in the Hall of Fame itself, located within the Hope Artiste Village complex, 999 Main St., Pawtucket, RI. The Induction concert tales place at The Met at 3:00 p.m. The James Montgomery Band will be performing followed by a Paul Murphy Tribute jam session featuring many past RIMHOF inductees as well as collaborators of Paul over the years.
The 2 p.m. unveiling of the inductee exhibits is free and open to the public; a ticket will be required for entrance to the 3 p.m. concert in The Met.
Robert Billington, Chair of RIMHOF noted, “The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and concerts have become the place to be and be seen at as we continue to showcase the fascinating history of Rhode Island’s musical heroes. The events are a virtual ‘who’s who’ of Rhode Island music history.”
The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, formed in 2011, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating, honoring, and preserving the legacy of Rhode Island musicians, educators and industry professionals who have made significant contributions to both the national and Rhode Island music scene. At last year’s induction concert event, the public saw 10 displays unveiled honoring the inductees in the museum space located in the hallways of Hope Artiste Village. This year’s induction ceremony on April 29 will see eight more displays unveiled celebrating the 2018 inductees and bringing the total to 63 inductee exhibits produced in just seven years. Eventually, the museum will hold more than 100 displays as well as assorted Rhode Island music history memorabilia and interactive components for visitors to enjoy.
All proceeds from RIMHOF’s annual induction events go toward creating the museum displays, acquiring recordings and memorabilia, and digitizing that collection for permanent online access for future generations. All organizational work has been donated by members of the Board Of Directors and a staff of volunteers.
On future plans for the Hall of Fame, Rick Bellaire added, “Our Archive Committee continues its work on the core mission, writing biographies and compiling discographies for our inductees and others, and we continue our commitment to honoring those who work behind-the-scenes as well. Simultaneously, new efforts to catalog and preserve the ever-growing collection have begun along with the implemetation of a long-term plan to move the museum and website to the next level with more physical exhibits and interactive features. As we move ahead, RIMHOF is energized by the incredible amount of encouragement and support we’ve received from around the world.”
On February 25th and 28th, 2018 Fathom Events, Universal Pictures and The Henson Company are bringing The Dark Crystal back select cinemas for a special two-day event including a brand-new introduction with Lisa Henson who will reflect on the making of the one-of-a-kind film. From genius filmmaker Jim Henson comes the story of The Dark Crystal. Many years ago, the mysterious Dark Crystal was damaged and an age of chaos began, led by the evil race of grotesque birdlike lizards, the Skeksis, who rule with an iron claw. Meanwhile the Gelfling orphan Jen, raised in solitude by a race of peace-loving creatures called the Mystics, embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of the Dark Crystal and restore balance to the universe.
Warwick - Showcase Cinemas Warwick, Quaker Lane
Providence - Providence Place Cinemas 16
Lowell - Showcase Cinema de Lux Lowell
Revere - Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere
Randolph - Showcase Cinema de Lux Randolph
Millbury - Blackstone Valley 14
Foxboro - Patriot Place
Dedham - Legacy Place
Edgewater - Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas
Farmingdale - Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas
Holtsville - Island 16
Yonkers - Ridge Hill
White Plains - City Center 15
Springdale - Springdale 18: Cinema de Lux
Ticket information is available HERE
The Wickford Art Association (WAA) is presenting a unique blending of two art forms at its 6th Annual Poetry and Art Show with a theme based on its mission statement of “Educate, Encourage and Inspire”. The Call for Artists and Call for Poets is now open to fine art artists and poets with a submission deadline of April 8, 2018. The Call for Artists and Call for Poets may be downloaded from www.wickfordart.org
This year, WAA is introducing an exciting reversal to the exhibit process. First, a jury committee will select 40 original, unpublished poems based upon the theme. Artists will also be chosen by jury based upon a portfolio of their work. Both artists and poets are juried anonymously. The poems will then be assigned to selected artists who will create original works of art, inspired by these poems. A limited edition, full-color book cataloging the exhibit will be published. One of the premiere poetry libraries in the country, The Poets House in New York City has accepted the 2018 Poetry & Art book for its library collection.
Heightening the excitement for this annual exhibit, poets and artists will not meet until just prior to the opening reception, held on September 14, 2018 at 6:30 PM at the Wickford Art Association. Poetry readings and related events will take place during the reception and the exhibit. The Poetry and Art exhibit will run from September 14 to October 14, 2018 and attendance to the reception and exhibit is free and open to the public.
The Wickford Art Association is a non-profit organization with over 450 members from Rhode Island and New England. The association hosts art shows and classes in its gallery at 36 Beach Street in North Kingstown, and has produced the Wickford Art Festival every July since 1962. Wickford Art Association is dedicated to educating, encouraging and inspiring artists and art lovers throughout the community.
Wickford Art Association is located at 36 Beach Street in North Kingstown, RI. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 - 3:00 PM and Sunday noon to 3:00 PM. For more information, call (401) 294-6840 or visit www.wickfordart.org
Study also finds racial disparities in rates of citations issued to African Americans and whites in cities that provided demographic data
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, Rhode Island — A new report compiled by Peter Phipps, a professor of journalism at the University of Rhode Island, and students in his Media and Law course found that Rhode Island police officers continue to devote resources to enforcing laws against marijuana even after possession of small amounts was decriminalized in 2013.
According to the study, which analyzed data provided by police departments representing about 85% of the state’s population, officers issued approximately 5,000 citations for marijuana possession from April 2013 through 2017. Each marijuana citation carries a minimum fine of $150.
Mr. Phipps commented, “Before this survey by journalism students at URI, no one knew how police in Rhode Island were enforcing the 2013 marijuana possession law. The class found stark differences from community to community. Among the state’s largest cities, Warwick and Pawtucket aggressively wrote marijuana citations, while Providence and Woonsocket police were more laissez faire. In 2015, for example, Warwick wrote 10 times as many citations as Providence. Overall, the class found police write most citations at traffic stops and cite males six times as frequently as females.”
Advocates for legalizing and regulating marijuana see the report as further reason for Rhode Island to follow Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, and six other states around the country in ending marijuana prohibition.
Matthew Schweich, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, said, “Despite the fact that three out of five Rhode Islanders think it’s time to legalize and regulate marijuana, taxpayers are still contributing significant resources to enforce prohibition. It makes no sense to spend money on a policy that punishes adults for using a substance that is far less harmful than alcohol.”
In the municipalities that provided data on race, the study also found significant disparities in the rates of citations issued to African Americans and whites. In those six cities and towns, the study found that 39% of citations were issued to African Americans, which make up only 8% of the total population in Rhode Island.
In 2013, the American Civil Liberties Union released a study showing that African Americans were nearly three times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites in Rhode Island from 2001 to 2010, despite evidence that African Americans and whites consume marijuana at roughly the same rate.
The URI report highlights significant differences in enforcement among various cities and towns in Rhode Island. Warwick issued the most citations by far — 934 from 2013 to 2017 — while Providence averaged only 33 citations per year from 2014 to 2016.
The full report can be read online at www.regulateri.com/decrim-report.
My name is Christopher Marcotte. I am 52-years old: I live in Seekonk, Massachusetts with my wife Rita and my three beautiful children, Soleil, Zachary and Samuel. I am searching for a kidney to live.
For several years, I have been able to manage my symptoms and live my life as my kidney disease progressed. Recently, my diagnosis was upgraded to end stage renal failure. My only treatment options now are lifelong dialysis treatments, or a kidney transplant.
Dialysis treatments are at least three times a week and last four hours at a time. They help my kidneys do their job and keep me alive. Many have lived well on dialysis, however, the average life expectancy on dialysis is 5-10 years. A transplant would offer me more freedom and the ability to live a longer, healthier, more normal life. A transplant would also give me more time to possibly walk my daughter down the aisle or see the joy in my sons' eyes as they become fathers themselves in the future.
As you can imagine, finding a kidney is not easy. Just ask the 100,000+ people on the waiting list for a deceased donor kidney like me. Time is NOT on our side. Some wait for years; many die while waiting. The average wait time is five years or more for a kidney from a deceased donor.
However, there is another option: receiving a kidney from a living donor. Asking a family member, a friend or even a perfect stranger to consider donating a kidney to me is difficult, but it greatly improves my chances of getting a transplant. A living kidney donation typically lasts longer and has better function.
You might not know a lot about living donation - I know I didn't before kidney disease affected my life. Understandably, some people are afraid about the surgery and what living with one kidney will mean for them. Here's some basic information about kidney donation:
You only need one kidney to live a healthy, long life.
The cost of your evaluation and surgery will be covered by my insurance.
You will have a separate team of healthcare professionals to evaluate you as a living donor. Their job is to help you understand the risks and benefits and look out for YOUR best interests.
You can also learn more about living donation on the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) website: www.kidney.org/livingdonation.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. If donating a kidney to me is something you would like to consider, I would be happy to tell you more about my story and explore the process of determining if you are a match for me. To start, I am looking for type A or O blood. My sister Nancy is coordinating things for now. She can ask you a few questions to get you started. If you meet the criteria, she will put you in touch with my living donor coordinator at Rhode Island Hospital. Please email email@example.com to help or visit my Facebook page Kidney for Christopher 2018.
However, I know living donation may not be right for everyone — but you can still help! Consider being an organ donor after death and also, help me by sharing my story with everyone you know. At the very least, I want to bring awareness to kidney disease and living donation, and encourage others to consider helping the many people on the waitlist. It means everything to me to try and live the longest, healthiest life I can with my wife and amazing children.
Thank you & God Bless!
MASHANTUCKET, CT, – The management and staff of Altered Reality Entertainment, LLC, in partnership with Foxwoods Resort Casino, announce today the ninth annual ComiCONN, “A Show for the Fans by the Fans” will be held June 30 and July 1, 2018.
The event will include all the same aspects that fans have come to expect from a comic con — celebrity appearances from the big and small screen, industry-leading comic book artists, and the best vendors in the market with toys and collectibles, as well as the ever-popular cosplay competitions and events.
Guests will be announced weekly as the year progresses leading up to ComiCONN 2018.
Tickets to ComiCONN go on sale today and can be purchased from the convention's website, www.comiconn.com.
About Altered Reality Entertainment, LLC:
Altered Reality Entertainment, LLC is an entertainment event company that produces multimedia, multi-genre events throughout the US, including their flagship event Rhode Island Comic Con, ComiCONN “A Show for the Fans by the Fans,” Colorado Springs Comic Con, Terror Con, and the newly added Empire State Comic Con. Altered Reality's latest ventures include comic book publishing and preparing for future expansion.
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