Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel Spin Rainbows In Brooklyn [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Load remaining images Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel made Brooklyn’s Rough Trade the third stop on their United States and European Tour this past Sunday night, supporting their new album, I Can Spin a Rainbow. Amanda and Edward were joined on stage by violinist and longtime Legendary Pink Dots contributor Patrick Q. Wright, as the trio powered through a variety of songs from the new album, along with tunes native to both Amanda and Edward.Billed as an intimate evening, this nomenclature proved true on a variety of levels; the sold-out, 250 person capacity venue felt comfortable at all times, the crowd was delighted to some of the back stories behind the new songs, and while there were sound issues with the band’s monitors during most of the show, it prompted Amanda to quip about the phantoms messing with the power to a crowd of complaint-less music lovers.Sonically, the live versions of the songs off I Can Spin A Rainbow exceeded expectations. The journey was both delicate and aggressive, and always engaging. Think classical punk cabaret with a Macbook on stage. Not sure if that’s a valid description, I am just a photog after all, but it is what comes to mind if you take the album for a spin and scroll through the gallery below. Or better, go see them live for yourself on one of the remaining tour dates.Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel TourMay 23 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA LoungeMay 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ TroubadourMay 31 – Warsaw, PO @ ProximaJune 1 – Munich, DE @ MuffathalleJune 2 – Leipzig, DE @ Wave & Gotik TreffenJune 4 – Prague, CZ @ Palác AkropolisJune 5 – Hamburg, DE @ FabrikJune 9 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix ClubJune 10 – Amsterdam, NL @ MelkwegJune 11 – Paris, FR @ CigaleJune 13 – London, UK @ HeavenJune 16 – Vienna, AT @ Porgy & Bess[Photos and words by Stephen Olker]last_img read more

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How journal prices impede access

first_imgA recent Harvard Library Strategic Conversation explored why the prices of journals are so high, why they grow faster than inflation, why they vary widely from publisher to publisher, why different universities pay different prices for the same journal, and how these prices impede research and scholarship.The session was led by Peter Suber from the Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication and featured Ted Bergstrom, an economics professor at UC Santa Barbara and a leading thinker on the economics of scholarly journals. Bergstrom also directs the Big Deal Contract Project, which collects data on journal prices, in collaboration with Paul Courant of the University of Michigan and R. Preston McAfee, chief economist at Microsoft.Bergstrom’s recent research examines price, price discrimination, citation frequency, bundling, and the for-profit or nonprofit status of journal publishers. Using an economic model to approximate journal quality based on citations, and a model for the cost-effectiveness of journals based on the price per citation, Bergstrom found that for-profit publishers charge three or four times more per citation as nonprofits, and in some cases ten times more. (Roughly 65 percent of scholarly articles are published by for-profit companies.)last_img read more

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A Miami Beach Police Officer Suspended For Fake Playboy Bunny Arrest Video

first_imgA Playboy model doesn’t see why a video she calls harmless has landed a Miami Beach police officer in trouble.Miami Beach Officer William Beeker is suspended for appearing, in uniform, in a video skit posted online this week by Francia James.The Instagram video shows James and two other women in lingerie in handcuffs outside the police station.James tells the New York Post it’s a shame Beeker is being punished because he was nice and didn’t do anything wrong.The Miami Beach Police Department issued a statement that the video is highly offensive and disgusting. Adding the distasteful video makes a mockery of the MBPD which works hard every day to protect the community from sex crimes and human trafficking. Manager Jimmy Morales says he’s disgusted Beeker, who’s an 11-year veteran, would represent the police department and the city this way. Beeker is on paid leave, and Morales says such behavior will not be tolerated. WATCH: Miami Beach Police Officer Under Investigation After Fake Arrest Of Three Lingerie-Clad Women https://t.co/jh3stFTTP1 pic.twitter.com/x0UggZO2lL— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) October 8, 2019last_img read more

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