Back in May of 2015, a remarkable list of huge names from across the jam, rock, folk, R&B, and bluegrass scenes descended on Columbia, Maryland, for a gigantic tribute performance dubbed Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia. The tribute took place on May 14th, with the extensive list of musicians paying tribute to the beloved Grateful Dead icon, Jerry Garcia, and his enduring musical and cultural legacy. The twenty-plus performances across the day read like a who’s who of the music scene, with acts like Eric Church, Jimmy Cliff, The Disco Biscuits, Widespread Panic, Peter Frampton, moe., Yonder Mountain String Band, David Grisman, Grace Potter, Allen Toussaint, and more all performing throughout the day. These legendary acts joined the bill with original members of the Grateful Dead and Jerry’s former bandmates—Phil Lesh & Communion, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann’s Billy & The Kids, and Mickey Hart—ensuring the day was an authentic and fitting tribute to Garcia.Today, the folks behind Dear Jerry have announced that they’ve just dropped a brand-new concert film of their 2015 Jerry Garcia tribute. The film contains projects from the all-star lineup’s takes on beloved Grateful Dead tunes, such as “Touch of Grey,” “Sugaree,” “St. Stephen,” “Friend Of The Devil,” and more. You can watch the trailer for this stellar concert movie below, and purchase the full-length film and its accompanying live album on iTunes, Amazon and the festival’s website. [Photo: Erik Kabik]
JAMESTOWN – The National Comedy Center is presenting its Lucille Ball Comedy Festival virtually this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The previously scheduled summer lineup was postponed to next summer due to gathering restrictions.In the meantime, center officials plan to offer a taste of comedy this coming weekend, starting this Friday, August 14, and streaming over three weekends throughout the month.Over 30 artists from stand-up, theater, television and film will be featured in all-new, candid, in-depth conversations about their work, careers, influences and the art of comedy, including Lolly Adefope, Lewis Black, Aidy Bryant, Kelly Carlin, Margaret Cho, Frank DeCaro, Anna Drezen, Ophira Eisenberg, Bill Engvall, Jimmy Fallon, Kate Flannery, Wayne Federman, Judy Gold, Gilbert Gottfried, Harrison Greenbaum, Tiffany Haddish, Sam Jay, Penn Jillette, Jay Leno, Howie Mandel, Charles McBee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Flame Monroe, Paula Poundstone, Mark Russell, Dulce Sloan, Kenan Thompson, Roy Wood, Jr., Rutledge Wood, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Alan Zweibel, and legendary creative team members from Mad Magazine. The virtual festival will also recognize founding National Comedy Center Advisory Board Member and comedy legend Carl Reiner, who passed away just six weeks ago, by featuring a long-form interview with exclusive, never-before-seen footage with Reiner directly from the Comedy Center Archives.All programs will be available free online via live stream at the National Comedy Center’s new online platform, National Comedy Center Anywhere, at ComedyCenter.org/Festival as well as via Facebook Live on the National Comedy Center’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/NationalComedyCenter.Following each live stream, these programs will remain available for free, on-demand viewing on the National Comedy Center Anywhere platform.Full Schedule and list of talent participating includes:Friday August 14th:• 8pm ET – Jay Leno: Hosted by Stephen J. Morrison (Part 1)– Legendary comedian Jay Leno discusses his extensive career in stand-up, writing and late-night television in a conversation with Stephen J. Morrison, Executive Producer of Exhibit Media for the National Comedy Center.• 9pm ET – Roy Wood Jr. – Hosted by Wayne Federman – Roy Wood Jr. speaks about his multifaceted comedy career, including his experiences as a correspondent on The Daily Show, in a conversation hosted by comedian Wayne Federman for the National Comedy Center.• 10pm ET – Margaret Cho – Hosted by Judy Gold – Margaret Cho candidly discusses her craft and comedy’s vital role in issues of social justice and equality with comedian Judy Gold in this National Comedy Center Conversation.Saturday, August 15th:• 8pm ET – Jay Leno: Hosted by Stephen J. Morrison (Part 2)• 9pm ET – Sam Jay: Hosted by Harrison Greenbaum – Sam Jay, stand-up comedian and Emmy-nominated writer for “Saturday Night Live,” discusses her creative process and new Netflix special, “3 In The Morning,” with comedian Harrison Greenbaum in a National Comedy Center Conversation.Sunday, August 16th:• 8pm ET – Mad Magazine: Hosted by Harrison Greenbaum – Legendary creative team members from Mad Magazine, including John Ficarra (former Editor-in-Chief), Joe Raiola (former Senior editor) and Sam Viviano (former Art Director) join in a National Comedy Center conversation with comedian Harrison Greenbaum to talk about the impact of comics, comedy for print, and the transition to becoming a digital humor magazine.Friday, August 21st• 8pm ET – Bill Engvall: Hosted by Rutledge Wood – Comedian Bill Engvall discusses finding his unique comedic voice and the phenomenon of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour in a National Comedy Center Conversation hosted by Floor is Lava’s Rutledge Wood.• 9pm ET – Howie Mandel: Hosted by Harrison Greenbaum – Comedian, host and producer Howie Mandel discusses his vast career and his “say yes” philosophy with comedian Harrison Greenbaum in an exclusive National Comedy Center Conversation.• 10pm ET – Dulcé Sloan: Hosted by Charles McBee – Join stand-up comedian Dulcé Sloan as she discusses her career and the importance of Black artistry in a National Comedy Center conversation with her former comedy collaborator, Charles McBee.Saturday August 22nd :• 8pm ET – Tiffany Haddish: Hosted by Flame Monroe – Actress, comedian, author, Emmy Award-winner, and two-time 2020 Emmy-nominee Tiffany Haddish discusses her work and process with comedian Flame Monroe on the Emmy-nominated Netflix variety special Tiffany Haddish Presents; They Ready, “Flame Monroe” as well as her personal nomination for Outstanding Variety Special for Netflix special Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah.• 9pm ET – Kenan Thompson: Hosted by Stephen J. Morrison – SNL’s Kenan Thompson, the longest-tenured cast member in SNL history and 2020 Emmy-nominee discusses comedy with Stephen J. Morrison, Executive Producer of Exhibit Media for the National Comedy Center.• 10pm ET – Judy Gold: Hosted by Frank DeCaro – Judy Gold discusses her craft and the importance of comedy during these trying times with comedian and author Frank DeCaro in a conversation for the National Comedy Center.Sunday, August 23rd :• 8pm ET – Alan Zweibel: Hosted by Kelly Carlin – Original SNL writer Alan Zweibel discussed his new memoir, Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier, and his nearly five decades as an award-winning comedy writer with writer/producer/actress/radio host Kelly Carlin, the daughter of George Carlin.Friday, August 28th :• 8pm ET – Mark Russell: Hosted by Lewis Black – Legendary political satirist and comedian Mark Russell takes on current events for the National Comedy Center with a performance of new musical parodies, plus a discussion of his career and legacy.• 9pm ET – Aidy Bryant & Lolly Adefope: Hosted by Anna Drezen – Actress, comedian and SNL cast member Aidy Bryant and her “Shrill” co-star Lolly Adefope in conversation with comedian, actor and SNL writer Anna Drezen.• 10pm ET – Gilbert Gottfried with special guest Penn Jillette: Hosted by Harrison Greenbaum – Voice actor and stand-up comedian Gilbert Gottfried sits down virtually with comedian Harrison Greenbaum to talk about his unique voice, crude humor, and the many aspects that go into telling a joke in this National Comedy Center Conversation. Special guest Penn Jillette joins the conversation.Saturday, August 29th :• 8pm ET – “Weird Al” Yankovic: Hosted by Jimmy Fallon and Lin-Manuel Miranda – Singer/songwriter/producer “Weird Al” in conversation about his work, creative process and influences with The Tonight Show host and comedian Jimmy Fallon and composer/lyricist/producer/playwright/actor, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.• 9pm ET – Kate Flannery: Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg – Comedic actress Kate Flannery, best known for her work on The Office, reflects on her acting career and the 15th anniversary of the popular TV series in a National Comedy Center Conversation with comedian and NPR host Ophira Eisenberg.Sunday, August 30th:• 8pm ET – Carl Reiner Interview from the Archives: Hosted by Paula Poundstone and Stephen J. Morrison –An interview with comedy legend and founding National Comedy Center Advisory Board Member Carl Reiner from the Comedy Center Archives, featuring never-before-seen interview footage, plus a discussion about Carl Reiner’s genius with comedian Paula Poundstone and producer Stephen J. Morrison. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
THE Boston Celtics reached the Eastern Conference finals with a 92-87 win against defending champions Toronto Raptors in the series’ deciding game.Raptors’ Fred VanVleet missed a three-point attempt that would have tied the game at 90-90 with 12 seconds left then Kemba Walker made his free throws at the other end to seal the win.Celtics’ Jayson Tatum starred with 29 points 12 rebounds in game seven.Celtics will face Miami Heat in the conference finals.Game one of that series – Celtics’ third conference finals appearance in the last four seasons – will take place on Tuesday.Heat reached the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2014 with a 4-1 series win over Milwaukee Bucks.Raptors had come back from 2-0 down to tie the series against Celtics at 3-3, but VanVleet’s 20 points were not enough to help them to victory.Jaylen Brown added 21 points eight rebounds for Celtics, while Marcus Smart had 16 points six assists and a crucial block in the final minute.“I tip my hat to Toronto. They’re the defending champs and they have a lot of heart,” Tatum said.“They made us earn that. I think we responded after almost being up 3-0, then tied 2-2. It was big and I think it’s going to help us moving forward.” (BBC Sport)
Kerber floated around the lower echelons of the top 10 for the last four years and did not even make the second week of a grand slam in 2015, but it all clicked in January.A run to the final in Brisbane preceded a surprise upset win over Serena Williams to land the Australian Open title as the baseliner renowned for her strong defensive game finally realised her talent.“All the experience from the last few years came together this year. The belief in myself, I’ve grown up a little bit more this year,” she told Reuters of her new-found maturity.“The victory in Australia, of course it’s great, I continued it the last few months and I’m here now as the best player of the year… and the world actually,” she added, chuckling as she corrected herself.Kerber is guaranteed the year-end number one ranking after Williams pulled out of the $7 million season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore, which starts on Sunday, with a shoulder injury.Kerber said she would “miss” the 22-times grand slam singles champion but did not offer a similar sentiment for Russia’s Maria Sharapova, who is scheduled to return to the circuit in April after her 15-month doping ban expires.“We will see when she is coming back, I don’t know, I’m not thinking about this,” she replied, appearing keen to change the subject.Special MomentInstead Kerber, the first left-hander to top the world rankings in almost two decades, remains primarily focussed on advancing out of the group stage at the eight-woman WTA Finals for the first time.Last year, she only needed to take one set from the already-eliminated Lucie Safarova to reach the semi-finals but struggled to contain her frustration and was easily beaten by the Czech to suffer a third early exit in as many visits.“I learned a lot from this special moment because the pressure was really high for me last year and this year I’m handling (it) much better and this will never happen again,” she said.Kerber, who also claimed an Olympic silver at Rio and was beaten by Williams in the Wimbledon final, has also experienced a few lows in a year of many highs.She followed up her victory in Australia with a first round exit at the French Open and has suffered surprise early defeats to Australia’s Daria Gavrilova in Hong Kong and Elina Svitolina in China this month.“The pressure is actually bigger… because people expect you to win every tournament,” said Kerber, who will treat herself to a beach holiday after the Singapore tournament.“Nobody has anything to lose against me. And everybody would like to beat me. The pressures are bigger than before but it’s a great situation to be in, it’s a new challenge for me and I’m happy to be there right now.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Angelique Kerber is the world number one in women’s tennis, yet it remains a title she has yet to grow accustomed to after her meteoric rise to the summit.Still a relatively new experience, the 28-year-old German reached the peak of the women’s game last month after landing her second grand slam title of the year at the U.S. Open, capping a stunning season for the left-hander from Bremen.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SAN DIEGO >> The Dodgers placed Adrián González on the disabled list for the first time in his 14-year major-league career on Friday, putting the 34-year-old first baseman on the 10-day DL with right elbow soreness. The team also reinstated outfielder Joc Pederson from the 10-day DL.González had the record – among active players – of 1,774 games played since 2006 without being placed on the DL. In 29 games this season, he is batting .255 with six runs, five doubles, 11 RBI and 10 walks.Pederson, who was placed on the 10-day DL on April 24 with a right groin strain, appeared in three rehab games with Class A Rancho Cucamonga, going 1 for 7 (.143) with three walks. In his fourth season with the Dodgers, Pederson has hit .220 (11 for 50) with six runs, three doubles, one home run and seven RBI in 18 major-league games this season.More to come on this story.