Sunday, September 4th, the second and final day of Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017, is scheduled to feature a performance from Colorado live electronic outfit SunSquabi. Today, the homegrown Brooklyn festival has announced that String Cheese Incident percussionist Jason Hann will join the trio (made up of guitarist/keyboardist/producer Kevin Donohue, bassist/synth player Josh Fairman, and drummer Chris Anderson) as a special guest for a portion of their set.The Crystal Method, DJ Premier, KJ Sawka, & More: A Look At Brooklyn Comes Alive’s Electronic Acts“Our favorite drum Jedi, Jason Hann, will be joining us for Brooklyn Comes Alive,” comments Donohue, “The positive energy, monstrous stage presence and immense improvisational skill that Hann brings to the table is something we’ve been fortunate enough to experience all over the country this summer, and we are beyond thrilled to have our friend joining us once again in Brooklyn! Plus Josh and him are ‘fro bros.’”Brooklyn Comes Alive Announces Supergroup Formations, Daily LineupsThe feelings of excitement about the scheduled guest spot are mutual. As Hann explains, “I’m so glad to jump in with SunSquabi for BCA. I was able to join them for a bit at an SCI after show in Austin last year and it went off hard! Ready for more!” Hann will also join Todd Stoops (RAQ, Electric Beethoven) to reprise their drum-and-keys project, Oktopus, with help from guest vocalist Hayley Jane (Hayley Jane & The Primates).SunSquabi Shares Video Of Jason Hann Sit-In From Texas PerformanceFor more info on SunSquabi’s upcoming tour dates, projects, and more, head to the band’s website.Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive is set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others! ***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets, as well as a ticket payment plan for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.
The annual Edith Stein Project will offer a “counter-cultural” view on gender and sexuality at the largest student-run conference on campus this weekend, said founder Caitlin Shaughnessy Dwyer, a 2006 Notre Dame graduate. “The Edith Stein Project challenges the assumptions laden in our culture about what freedom is and what women’s dignity is,” she said. “It challenges those assumptions and offers new answers and alternative definitions.” Claire Gillen, conference chair for the 2011 Edith Stein Project, said the event will offer challenging perspectives. “We don’t expect many of the people who attend the conference to agree with the speakers on everything,” she said. “We do hope people will engage in respectful dialogue.” Dwyer was one of the Project’s three original founders, along with Notre Dame graduates Anamaria Scaperlanda-Ruiz and Madeline Ryland. They began planning the conference in 2004 as a response to “The Vagina Monologues,” then being performed on campus. The conference’s inaugural run took place in 2006. “During my junior year, the discussion surrounding the ‘Monologues’ was very heated and one of the arguments in support of it was that there was nothing else on campus that addressed issues of violence against women,” Dwyer said. “So we wanted to address issues like domestic violence and trafficking, but also issues the ‘Monologues’ did not address.” Abortion, contraception, eating disorders and pornography are among the issues The Edith Stein Project seeks to tackle. These are not separate subjects, Dwyer said. “They all [come] from lack of respect for the dignity of the human person and of women in particular,” she said. Gillen said the conference takes a unique approach to gender issues. “There isn’t another conference that does what this does,” she said. “I don’t know of any other initiative that attempts to address gender and sexuality in the way that The Edith Stein Project does.” Additionally, The Edith Stein Project is entirely student-organized. “It is a big endeavor for students to plan a professional conference,” Dwyer said. “[The first] was definitely an adventure.” The initial conference was titled “Redefining Feminism,” reflecting the aim of the founders. “We wanted to look at feminism in a new light and in the perspective of Catholic tradition,” Dwyer said. “What better place to do that than Notre Dame?” Gillen said while the conference is inspired by Catholic tradition, The Edith Stein Project is open to people from all backgrounds. This year’s conference includes well-known Jewish author Wendy Shalit and Protestant author Gilbert Meilaender. “The conference really seeks to reach out to people from every walk of life,” Dwyer said. “I hope that it will continue to attract a very diverse audience and keep the conversation going.” One big change in the conference over the years has been the gradual addition of men’s issues. Dwyer said this conference represents a greater inclusion than ever. “[We] have made more of an effort to draw men into the conversation.” While the conference has evolved over the years, human dignity is still a central theme. This is reflected in the 2011 title, “Irreplaceable You: Vocation, Identity, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” The conference theme does not just refer to a religious vocation, Gillen said. “[It is about] understanding vocation as a personal call which will vary widely from person to person,” she said. Dwyer said she feels privileged to be involved in this year’s Edith Stein Project. “It’s awesome to see how people have kept it going,” she said. “I’m honored to be involved in it again this year.”
At the same time, one should beware “unrealistic expectations of ESG reporting”, said Hoogervorst.“ESG reporting is good, but direct public policy action is often better and more effective,” he said.As an example, he cited the political decision to force supermarkets to charge for plastic bags. This had led to an 85% reduction in the use of plastic bags, whereas sustainability reporting by a grocery chain, despite its genuine commitment to it, had failed to keep its plastic bags from burdening the environment for many years, he said.And while it was positive that the G20 had asked the Financial Stability Board (FSB) to address climate-related disclosures, Hoogervorst argued that “we need more drastic action from our politicians to prevent the catastrophic consequences of climate change”.It was crucial that pricing, for example by means of a tax, fully reflected the external environmental effects of economic activities, he continued, as this would encourage development and use of environmentally sustainable alternatives.Ultimately, in such a scenario financial reporting would become sustainability reporting, he said.Hoogervorst’s intervention comes at a time when investors have been urged to take action to help mitigate climate change. Investors have called for relevant action from businesses and policy makers. Today, 10 companies announced they had committed to implementing the recommendations of the FSB’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) within three years. It has been reported that they were the first companies to do so, although many more have expressed backing for the TCFD’s recommendations.The task force’s reporting framework is voluntary, although there have been calls for it to be made mandatory. The UK government yesterday said it had officially endorsed the TCFD recommendations and encouraged all listed companies to implement them.With respect to asset pricing properly capturing environmental impacts, EU policymakers are said to have recently made progress on the bloc’s carbon market. A week ago, representatives from the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission reached a conditional agreement on doubling the rate at which surplus emissions allowances will be removed from the Emissions Trading System (ETS) and placed in a reserve during the first five years of operation.The move was hailed as a breakthrough by some. The International Investors Group on Climate Change said investors welcomed the progress made in the negotiations to limit the ETS surplus and boost the carbon price. “This ambition must be maintained,” it said.The European Commission has embarked on a project to develop a EU strategy on sustainable finance, and the High Level Expert Group advising it has included strengthening ESG reporting requirements among its eight early recommendations to the Commission. The group has called for asset pricing to be strengthened by improving ”the assessment and management of long-term material risks and intangible factors of value creation”. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting is not a panacea for all social or environmental challenges, the chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has suggested.Speaking at a conference in Brussels yesterday, Hans Hoogervorst acknowledged a need for more standardisation and harmonisation of ESG reporting requirements and said there were things the IASB could do to bring improvements in that field.However, the organisation, which develops the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), was not best placed to take the lead on creating “more clarity in the somewhat chaotic world of wider corporate reporting”, he said.Instead, public authorities should take the main responsibility for this given that so much of ESG reporting was intertwined with public policy goals.
Sources tell us Charter gets by with continuing to write off these annual financial losses on its balance sheets through some terrific tax laws in place. The Dodgers not only go full spigot in this revenue stream, but whatever ways they’ve manipulated attendance figures and ticket income make it look as if they’ve created a situation where coming out to the ballpark is a special, added value, like having to pay for another live performance of “Hamilton.”And the third part of this – no cooperation from AT&T’s DirecTV – holds fast as well. The math bears it out. In what they call an “enterprise evaluation,” DirecTV would have had to lose about 20,000 subscribers over this situation before it even considered adding SportsNet LA to its menu, the $5 per subscriber price tag as the basis for computation. They’re barely a fourth of the way to that threshold. Never mind that the asinine TV commercials continue with a group of actors dressed as monsters propping up the simplistic message: “Satellite TV Bad. Spectrum Good.”Five years in, we seem to giving life to the metaphor of the boiling frog – the Dodgers and Spectrum have managed to kill us through a progressively low source of heat. They’ve taken the hopping anger out of most of us.Even so, the narrative feels as if it’s about to pivot to a much longer-term and darker reality for all who stand to prosper.THE ADJUSTMENT PERIOD More than half, and as much as 70 percent, of Southern Californian homes can’t access SportsNet LA, according to the generally accepted rhetoric. The hairs are split over whether or not those who have a choice to drop DirecTV and get Spectrum aren’t doing so because of the perceived inconvenience it may cause them.Whatever the number, the reality is that those slotted as Seniors and Baby Boomers still face the most anxiety over all this. Pair that up with the fact that the average age of a TV baseball viewer skews into the upper 50-year-old range.In an enlightening new book by Susan Jacoby called “Why Baseball Matters” (Yale University Books), the author wonders why the graying of the fan base is something those who run the game “refuse to talk about on the record.” Instead, they fidget spin their way around pitch clocks and counting trips to the mound as a way to tighten up the length of the games because they figure that’s what younger viewers may want.Our digital-age natives, ranging from newborns to those in the mid-30s, have conflicted motivation to invest time in watching a full game play out on TV.“Any baseball game is a process, not a series of disjointed, disconnected events,” Jacoby writes. “The digital world is not about process but about instant delivery of results, so it is logical that younger viewers find it more difficult to focus on baseball.”Those among the emerging Generation Cord Cutters are also more likely to resourcefully circumvent traditional means of obtaining a SportsNet LA service. You may know your cable bill includes a sneaky “sports surcharge” now up to $11.55 that tries to offset the increasing costs of channels weighted down by absorbing sports rights fees. They likely have never even seen a cable bill.Hardwired into manipulating delivery through an Xbox or Slingbox, seeking out a Facebook friend with a bootleg feed, or working around the MLB.tv servers with fake IDs, this demographic not-on-deck any more doesn’t bother with “demanding their providers know” they can’t otherwise get SNLA. They figure it out in other ways, then give the blueprint to the generation coming after them. Or, unable to endure the length of a game no matter how it’s unrestricted, they have passed on the secret of just tuning into the MLB Network each night to get a few live cut-ins from Dodger Stadium. They can then DVR the extended highlight packages during “Quick Pitch” programming to skim through it the next morning.All that said, these savvy media consumers of the Dodgers aren’t beholden to the other traditional platform – the radio. If they weren’t compelled to catch the last three years of Vin Scully’s three-inning simulcast, they have even less incentive for them to endure someone like Charley Steiner chortling on and on about how games are just too long these days. It only does a disservice to the listeners just trying to find a happy medium.THE SILENT MINORITYMore bothersome to us since the SNLA launch in 2013 is how the stalemate leaves out those who are living on the edges financially.Decades ago, the Dodgers’ TV coverage was limited to a KTTV-Channel 11 road Sunday game as well as all the contests played in San Francisco. It was reasonably proportional to how much national baseball was also available at the time.When regional sports nets exploded from the 1980s through 2010, the Dodgers still made sure there were at least a few dozen games set aside for over-the-air distribution, in addition to what cable offered. It was the beginning of the process of separating the haves from the have-nots.The Guggenheim group’s purchase of the Dodgers came with the expectation that launching their own media company and creating a team-owned channel would pave the road to the future with consumers’ sub fees. Chairman Mark Walters said at the time that SportsNet LA was a way to “provide substantial financial resources over the coming years.”In subsequent years of public shaming, private ambivalence and all other kinds of agitated media verbiage – including a U.S. Justice Department charge of collusion in late 2016 that was “settled” without any benefit to the consumer early in 2017 – the narrative never really included how to satisfy all those loyal Dodgers fans living in marginalized areas with roof-top antennas. The families that struggle each month to pay utility bills consider cable a luxury, but they keep the TV set with the rabbit ears to pick up whatever they can.So we circle back to that press release from February – five KTLA games, all in April, and probably nothing else unless you can pick up an ESPN, Fox Sports, FS1 or TBS feed somehow. A Facebook Watch deal has also been struck this year, 25 games that will be exclusive to the social media site and not available on traditional TV.The KTLA games aren’t because the Dodgers and Spectrum think this is a way to appease the masses or water down their own guilt. They have no other genuine answer to how to fix things. They’ll continue to assume the worse.ESPN has a national broadcast of the Dodgers-Giants season opener Thursday afternoon (4 p.m.) as well as the series ender Sunday evening (5 p.m.). In the course of the 162-game regular season, about 130-odd games will be just for SportsNet LA customers.For those who can access it. For those who know the drill.For those who still care. Year 5 of the Dodgers’ SportsNet LA Hostage Crisis is upon us. Continue to divest at your own risk.There is no news about additional distribution in the days before the 2018 MLB season is to begin. When the team and partner in crime Charter Communications released a statement a month ago about the latest feeble attempt to farm out five games in April to KTLA-Channel 5, it tried to bury the line about how “other distributors are not expected to carry SportsNet LA this season.”Both Spectrum, the Charter re-brand of the Time Warner original enabler, and the Dodgers, coming off a World Series appearance and winners of four straight NL West titles since the launch of the channel, would prefer you did not see either of them operating from a position of weakness at this stage of their 25-year, $8.3 billion agreement.In a bizarro way, both seem to be doing just fine with everything. MEASURING MEDIA MAYHEMWHAT SMOKES== After all those years of pitching Farmer John products, Vin Scully seems to be relishing his new role as a spokesman for Kingsford Charcoal in a new commercial spot. It opens with him finishing a conversation with the “commissioner” and exclaiming: “Hot dog! Opening Day is back! Go out and tell it to the world, guys!”== How much more a business man has former Laker Shaquille O’Neal become after his NBA playing days ended? How much of a force has Yorba Linda’s John Force become in the drag racing world? They are two of the four focus stories on the 252nd edition of HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” that debuts Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.WHAT CHOKES== Fox reports an average of 4.03 million viewers from last Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana — well below the same race’s 5.19 million last year, 6.81 million two years ago and about half of the 8 million who watched in 2013. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error