This weekend, Lettuce is hosting their first-ever celebration of funk music at The Fillmore Philadelphia, dubbed Funk Of Ages: Past, Present & Future. The world-dominating future-funk trailblazers will host an incredible lineup of bands to honor the “Funk of Ages,” including multi-Grammy Award-winning funk/jazz/R&B ensemble Snarky Puppy, nine piece modern “power funk” act Turkuaz, Snarky bandleader Michael League‘s world-beat side project Bokanté (featuring Roosevelt Collier and more), and CT-based ensemble Funky Dawgz Brass Band.And now, The Brandon Niederauer Band has just been added to this incredible lineup! Fourteen-year-old “Taz” has been wow-ing audiences since before he entered double digits, gaining the respect of Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, and George Porter Jr. along the way. The young guitarist is well-versed in all things funk, rock, and blues, with a pocket full of originals ready to rock.Armed with an un-fuck-withable crew of musicians, Funk of Ages is set to elevate fans’ understanding and appreciation of funk music, providing a tour of different eras and approaches to the sound. From early innovators and modern-day funk ambassadors (Lettuce), to avant-garde jazz-funk heavyweights (Snarky), to modern funk with mass appeal (Turkuaz), “Funk of Ages” will highlight and celebrate all ends of the genre’s sprawling spectrum for one incredible funky day of music!Live For Live Music Presents Funk of Ages: Past, Present & Future will take place on June 24th at The Fillmore. Tickets are available here.In addition to the evening’s festivities inside the venue, Funk of Ages will also include a free block party from 1-4pm. Outside of The Fillmore and Punch Line Philly, there will be gourmet food, craft beers, beverages, beer gardens, yard games, and more for guests to enjoy. Music will be provided by the Funky Dawgz Brass Band and others, while the day begins to take shape in a way like never before. Join Philly in showcasing their commitment to one-of-a-kind live music events at the first-ever Fillmore Block Party![cover photo by Josh Timmermans]
Elizabeth Banks has been named the 2020 Woman of the Year by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the U.S. She will be honored on Jan. 31.Banks, a celebrated actress in both film and television, is known for breaking ground in Hollywood as a female director and producer. She has been recognized for her stand-out performances in projects including “The Hunger Games” franchise, “Love & Mercy,” and “The Lego Movie.” Banks is also a three-time Emmy nominee for her recurring roles in “30 Rock” and “Modern Family.”The Woman of the Year Award is bestowed annually on performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. Established in 1951, the Woman of the Year Award has been given to such notable and talented entertainers as Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, and most recently Bryce Dallas Howard, the 69th Woman of the Year.“We’re very excited to honor Elizabeth Banks as our 70th Woman of the Year because of her wonderful acting career and impact in Hollywood as a female director, producer, and writer,” said co-producer Samantha Meade.“Elizabeth is a role model to all of the young women in the theatricals, especially in a year with a female writer, female producers, and a majority female cast — we all cannot wait to celebrate and meet her!” added fellow co-producer Natalie Needle.Season two of her critically acclaimed series “Shrill,” starring SNL’s Aidy Bryant, will premiere on Hulu this month. Last fall she produced, wrote, directed, and appeared in “Charlie’s Angels.” Banks produced both projects through her company Brownstone Productions, which she co-owns with husband Max Handelman.Born in Pittsfield, Mass., Banks graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received her M.F.A. at the American Conservatory Theater. She is heavily involved with the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood, and Turnaround Arts, among others.The Woman of the Year festivities, presented by Related and Equinox/SoulCycle, will begin at 3 p.m. on Jan. 31, when Banks will lead a parade through the streets of Cambridge, followed by a 4 p.m. roast, after which she will be presented with her Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding’s historic home in Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will follow the presentation. Afterward, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals will preview “Mean Ghouls,” its second-ever cast featuring both men and women.To purchase tickets to the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 172nd production, “Mean Ghouls,” contact the HPT Box Office at 617-495-5205, email [email protected], or order online at www.hastypudding.org/buy-tickets. The show will be performed at Harvard University’s historic Farkas Hall at 12 Holyoke St. from Feb. 7-March 8. The company then travels to New York to perform at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on March 13 and 14, followed by performances on March 18-20 at Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.
Photo courtesy of Maggie Crowe Saint Mary’s juniors enjoyed dinner with their mothers at the Gillespie Center at the Hilton Garden Inn.This weekend Saint Mary’s hosted Junior Mom’s Weekend, which allowed mothers and daughters to share a special weekend on campus together.Junior class president Corinne Craig said she began planning for this in September. The weekend helped moms and daughters grow closer, as it allowed mothers and daughters to experience Saint Mary’s together.“The main purpose of all the events is to show mothers how their daughters have fun during the weekend,” Craig said. “It’s very important to have this weekend junior year because at that time, students are older and more mature. They can have more fun with their moms.”Craig said one of the most memorable parts of the weekend was “Cupcakes and Canvas.” Art major students taught over 150 moms and daughters how to paint a picture of Le Mans Hall. She worked with a local bakery, Yummy Cupcakes, to provide snacks at this event.Junior Veronica McDowell said she served as an art instructor for this event, suggesting certain painting techniques and helping to mix different colors.“Art is a great way for people to bond,” McDowell said. “It is a low-pressure environment where you can have a conversation while also creating something beautiful.”This creative portion of the weekend attracted many mother and daughter duos, but Craig said other events included a wine and cheese reception, a yoga class, Mass and a dinner at the Gillespie Center.According to McDowell, the yoga event was especially fun for her because she and her mom love to exercise together but can never find the time. She said she enjoyed the scheduled activities, but she also recognizes the benefit of a weekend spent simply relaxing with loved ones.“It’s a time when you can put school on hold and focus on your family,” McDowell said. “Also it’s a chance to show your mom around school and give her insight on your college life. The weekend will be another great memory I can add to my time at Saint Mary’s.”Craig said one of the best parts of Junior Mom’s Weekend was the opportunity to meet her friends’ mothers and bond with them outside of the scheduled events.“It’s really fun to be with your mom and have your friends’ moms meet your mom,” she said. “You’re with a bunch of moms and daughters, so you can connect with everyone.”McDowell, too, said the social aspect of this weekend was especially meaningful to her because it reminded her of all her family has done for her.“Junior Mom’s [Weekend] is important because it strengthens appreciation for mothers and other family members who have taken care of you,” McDowell said. “It’s always nice to spend time with the ones you love.”Tags: Junior Moms Weekend, saint mary’s