Dr. Craig Spencer recently returned from Guinea where he was treating patients with Ebola.

Dr. Craig Spencer recently returned from Guinea where he was treating patients with Ebola.

Dr. Craig Spencer recently returned from Guinea where he was treating patients with Ebola.

 

A 33-year-old Doctors Without Borders physician who recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea was rushed in an ambulance with police escorts from his Harlem home to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, sources said.

Craig Spencer, who was was suffering from Ebola-like symptoms — a 103-degree fever and nausea — spent Wednesday night bowling in Williamsburg, the sources said. He used Uber taxis to get there and back.

He landed at JFK airport on Oct. 17 on a connecting flight from Brussels, a source said. Spencer’s temperature was 98.7 degrees upon arrival, the source added.

Clad in hazmat suits, FDNY hazardous materials specialists sealed off his fifth-floor apartment around noon. Cops blocked off West 147th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam after he was taken to the hospital, witness Oscar Nunez said.

Another witness saw a person wrapped in blankets “like a mummy” being lifted from a wheelchair to a stretcher that was placed inside an ambulance.

“EMS HAZ TAC Units transferred to Bellevue Hospital a patient who presented a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms,” the Health Department wrote in a statement.

Spencer had been working with Doctors Without Borders in Africa, treating Ebola patients in Guinea, sources said.

He’s undergoing testing at Bellevue to see if he has the deadly virus.

“After consulting with the hospital and the CDC, DOHMH has decided to conduct a test for the Ebola virus because of this patient’s recent travel history, pattern of symptoms, and past work,” the Health Department said.

Test results should be available in the next 12 hours, they added.

As health officials wait for the results to come in, the case is being treated as if it were already confirmed, according to council member Mark Levine, who represents Spencer’s neighborhood.

“I want to assure everyone in Northern Manhattan that City, State and Federal public health authorities are responding with the highest possible level of urgency and marshaling every resource at their disposal to respond to this possible case,” he said in a statement.

Kasabian Crush New York: Behind the U.K. Band’s Terminal 5 Invasion

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Backstage and onstage at an explosive show supporting their most recent U.K. Number One, ’48:13′

Kasabian released 48:13, their fourth consecutive U.K. Number One album, and played a headlining set in a pyramid stage at the country’s Glastonbury Festival in June. Three months later, they returned to the U.S., bringing the North American leg of their tour to New York’s Terminal 5 on September 27th. Rolling Stone caught up with the group in Manhattan, documenting their busy day in the Big Apple from the pool hall to the front row of their sold-out show.

BeforeKasabian’ssoundcheck, the band went to the Green Door in Hell’s Kitchen, a cozy bar where guitarist Sergio “Serge”Pizzorno (left) and singer TomMeighan (right) could shoot pool.

Having finished the game – solids appears to have won – Meighan and Pizzorno sit at the bar.

Soundcheck begins, and the band faces an empty Terminal 5.

The lights turn pink and (from left to right) bassist Chris Edwards, Pizzorno and guitarist Tim Carter discuss the set list.

The agreed-upon set list.

Drummer Ian Matthews warms up on the ledge that overlooks the Terminal 5 stage.

A crew member bringsPizzorno’s guitars to the stage.

Meighan mugs for the camera. The band’s pre-show playlist includes, at this moment, theBeastie Boys’ “Intergalactic” and up next, the Beatles.

About to go on.
Meighan onstage. The band would open with one of their new tracks, “Bumblebee,” before turning toward “Shoot the Runner” (from 2006) and “Underdog” (2009).

Meighan addresses the sold-out crowd. A set highlight came when the band turned the intro from “The Doberman” into 2009 track “Take Aim” midway through the show.

Pizzorno and Meighan work it.
A rock star’s rock star,Pizzorno knocks out a big riff in front of the drum riser.

The band laughs about the first portion of the show while catching their breath before the encore.

Pizzorno leaps during an encore performance of “Vlad the Impaler.” They would follow the song with a cover of Fatboy Slim‘s “Praise You.”

The view from the front of stage asKasabian took their final bow after closing with 2004’s breakout single, “L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever).”

Exhausted, Pizzorno walks offstage. Kasabian’s 48:13 tour would continue the next night with a show in Washington, D.C.

alt-J : This is All Yours [new album]

This Is All Yours

This Is All Yours

 

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Mercury-winning troupe alt-J lose a member and venture further out there.

Alt-J Will Debut New Album Live In New York

They’re simply my favorite band of the decade, so I’m thrilled that alt-J premiered a good chunk of its new album live for you to see and hear on September 2. That album, This Is All Yours, is another eclectic mix of English folk and art rock, with disturbing and intoxicating lyrics, rhythms and melodies that shift, fall apart and explode. It’s been looping endlessly in my head since I first heard it.

This second set of songs from the Leeds, England group (now a trio) is every bit as quirky and mysterious the one we heard on its 2012 debut, An Awesome Wave, which was my favorite album of 2012. This Is All Yours will be out Sept. 22, but three weeks before the release the band will play these songs at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City.  Audio and video of the entire show will be broadcast live on at NPR Music, beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Sept. 2 (and on WFUV as well).

Alt-J Full Performance at Le Poisson Rouge 9.2.2014 [Official NPR YouTube Video]

September 02, 2014 • Nothing was ordinary about this alt-J show — not that anything is ever ordinary from the artful British band.

But on at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City, alt-J  played its first concert in eight months: its first without departed friend and bassist/guitarist Gwil Sainsbury, its first with touring member Cameron Knight, and its first playing songs from the upcoming album This Is All Yours.

The new songs have all the power of the old ones, flush with textured sounds from Gus Unger-Hamilton’s electronic horns, steel drums, voices, and dense washes of grit. Lyrically, the new songs are equal parts creepy, lovely, puzzling, and expressive. In that expression is precision; you can see it in drummer Thom Green (watch his left hand) and you can hear it in the guitar dynamics and vocal phrasing of Joe Newman. This isn’t a band of pyrotechnic wizards, but alt-J’s technical prowess helped make this performance a deep pleasure on an extraordinary evening.

Briefly rocked by the departure of reluctant tour guitarist Gwil Sainsbury, the now three-piece alt-J show no signs of suffering creative jitters on this assured and strange second album. Leading on from the odd, compelling barber-shop trip-hop of 2012’s An Awesome Wave, the trio stretch their idiosyncratic range to include spooked neo-R&B (the Miley Cyrus-sampling Hunger Of The Pine), head-nodding Odelay-era Beck sonic collages (Left Hand Free) and, most effective of all, spectral balladry in Choice Kingdom and Pusher. There’s lyrical playfulness throughout – not least singer Joe Newman’s desire in the lightly lascivious Every Other Freckle to “turn you inside out and lick you like a crisp packet”. It’s one of many indications here that you can never quite predict what’s around the turn with this highly intriguing and inventive outfit.

 

Watch the video for “lightly lascivious” Every Other Freckle:

alt-J – Every Other Freckle (Official Video – Girl) From the forthcoming album ‘This Is All Yours’

 

 

Alt-J – Hunger of The Pine Official Video


 

Set List for premiere of the album in NYC

Set List
  • “Hunger Of The Pine”
  • “Fitzpleasure”
  • “Something Good”
  • “Left Hand Free”
  • “Dissolve Me”
  • “Matilda”
  • “Bloodflood Pt. 2”
  • “Tessellate”
  • “Every Other Freckle”
  • “Taro”
  • “Warm Foothills”
  • “The Gospel Of John Hurt”
  • “Nara/Leaving Nara”
  • “Breezeblocks”

Producers: Mito Habe-Evans, Otis Hart; Event Producer: Saidah Blount; Hosts: Bob Boilen, Russ Borris; Videographers: Mito Habe-Evans, Colin Marshall, Maia Stern, A.J. Wilhelm; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Additional Editing: Colin Marshall; Special Thanks: (Le) Poisson Rouge; Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann

Material Evidence – Learn More About What’s Going On

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New York City – Art Beam Chelsea – 540 West 21 Street- New York 10011

Admission Free

Sept 21 – October 11

See below list of exhibition dates in other countries

Learn The Truth About What Is Going On

During several years we have been observing the devastating consequences of the civil war in Syria. A terrible conflict which broke out in 2011 turned the country into ruins with a horrific number of victims and dividing the society into different factions. Late last year similar events (in regard to civil war mechanism) took place in Ukraine. The bloody collisions on the Maidan Nezalezhnosti (The Independence Squ are) in Kiev resulted in an upsurge of nationalists-banderovtsy groups on the ground who where the main force behind the overthrow of the last president. This uprising could not be ignored by the Eastern parts of Ukraine, which are mostly populated with Russian-speaking people. The civil war in Ukraine has not finished yet and its daily events are a stark reminder of the pain caused in the middle of Europe. But what will happen now to Ukraine due to the ongoing fighting in the East? What will happen to Crimea? And will this conflict have the same devastating impact like the War in Yugoslavia, which was also massively fueled by outside benefactors of the war. To all these questions the current exhibition “Material Evidence” tries to give answers. It brings together concerned Journalists who went into the midst of the military conflicts, thus risking their own lives to show also the “other” side of these wars and conflicts, often neglected by the western media. To Damascus and its destroyed suburbs; Kiev, Kharkov, Simferopol, Sevastopol. They worked in these dangerous spots, preserving for the history the unique evidences of the dramatic events taking place there.

Exhibition

1. Russia. Moscow 24.11.13 – 24.12.13
2. Russia. Ufa 14.02.14 – 27.02.14
3. Russia. Grozniy 04.03.14 – 18.03.14
4. Russia. Moscow 8.04.14 – 22.04.14
5. Belgium, Brussels 16.05.14 – 21.05-14
6. Germany. Berlin 27.05.14 – 01.07.14
7. USA. New York 21.09.14 – 11.10.14
8. Russia. Moscow 28.09.14 – 18.10.14

‘Live In The Present’: Charlie Haden Remembered

Charlie Haden plays upright bass with Keith Jarrett's band in New York City, 1975. Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images

Charlie Haden plays upright bass with Keith Jarrett’s band in New York City, 1975.
Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images

 

Charlie Haden, the preeminent bass player of his generation, died on July 11 at 76. Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross spoke to Haden five times throughout his career, in interviews which span from 1983 to 2008.

Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa, and grew up in Missouri. From the age of 2 until he was 15, he sang on his family’s country music radio show. He had to stop singing when polio affected his vocal cords, at which point he got serious about playing bass.

Although he was brought up on traditional music, Haden made his reputation in jazz; he helped lead a musical revolution in the late 1950s and early ’60s as a member of the original Ornette Coleman Quartet. In 1969, he launched his own group the Liberation Music Orchestra, which performed works inspired by liberation movements around the world. In the ’80s, he founded the group Quartet West, drawing inspiration from film noir and jazz and pop singers of the ’40s and ’50s. Haden was especially nostalgic for that era. “I think it’s important to remember beautiful things in the past,” he said in his 1992 interview.

In 2008, he made an album with his three daughters and his wife, performing the kind of country music he sang as a child.

In remembrance of Haden’s extraordinary career, Fresh Air assembled some of his best interview moments.

 

Interview Highlights

On playing with Ornette Coleman, and how other musicians reacted

“There was a lot of controversy around us. When we opened up at the Five Spot in New York, fights used to break out right in the club. People would be putting us down, people would be praising us. The club was packed every night with everybody from different parts of the art world: Painters, famous writers, film makers, dancers, musicians. I would look out, and standing at the bar would be , , , and they would be looking dead in my eye, you know, saying, ‘Okay, what are you going to do?’ And I would be playing, and have my eyes closed, and one night I opened my eyes and there was with his ear glued to the front of my instrument.

 

 

“It was like that every night, it was very exciting. The violence wasn’t exciting. One guy set somebody’s car on fire. One night, I remember, somebody came back in the kitchen, we were standing, talking with Ornette — I won’t say who it was — and hit Ornette in the face. It was really a very strong ‘excitation’ time. New things were happening, not only in music, but in people’s minds, every night from that music.”

On being arrested in Portugal

“We were playing with the Newport Jazz Festival of Europe, which included Duke Ellington’s band and Miles Davis and a lot of people — giants of jazz. It was really a very exciting tour, but the last place that we were playing out of 14 countries was in Portugal, and I went to Ornette [Coleman] as soon as I saw it on the itinerary and I said, ‘I’m not playing.’ And he said, ‘Well, we’ve signed the contract; we should play. You’ll get me in trouble if we don’t play.’ So I decided to play, but what I did was we played ‘Song For Che’ [at] the concert, and before we played it, I dedicated it to the Black Liberation Movement in Mozambique, Angola and Guinea-Bissau. [It] was in a hockey stadium in Casegas, outside of Lisbon, and there were 20,000 people there, most of whom were young students and were ready to hear something like that. They started chanting, and all hell broke loose as soon as I made the dedication, and police were running around with machine guns trying to get order. There was cheering — you couldn’t even hear the song, there was so much cheering.

“My wife had just given birth to triplets back in New York, and it was a very traumatic birth. And I was going to cancel the European tour before I even left New York, and she persuaded me to go. And then, after I was arrested, I thought maybe I’d never see my kids. I was actually crying, and I didn’t know whether I would even live or not. But now, looking back on it, even though it was very scary and very frightening, I know I would do it again, and I’m glad that I did it.”

On his family’s country radio show growing up

“Every day was a great experience for me. I just loved it. We did our radio show from the farmhouse, and my brothers and sisters would go out and do the chores, milk the cows and come in, have breakfast, and my dad would crank the phone on the wall to let the engineer in Springfield, [Mo.], know that we were ready to go on the air, and we’d do the show. Every day was like a wonder to me.”

 

 

 

 

 

An American in Hollywood – In Theaters July 18th, Watch Trailer

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An American in Hollywood” is an amusing and sardonic look at the artistic struggle minority artists face in the Entertainment Industry today. (watch the extended trailer below) – Hailing from New York City, a talented filmmaker Josiah aka “The Dissenter” (Richard Carroll Jr.) leads childhood friends and fellow artists Dorian and Paul (JD Williams and Hassan Johnson from HBO’s hit series “The Wire”) to Los Angeles in pursuit of the Hollywood dream.

Wielding the artistic powers of writing, directing, acting, stand-up comedy, drawing, and graffiti, this team of “Real Artists” battles the “Entertainment Empire” of Hollywood through a humorous and satirical comic book animation-based reality which showcases artists as super-heroes, and the materialistic corporate studio system as super-villains.

In LA, Josiah meets his match in a beautiful feisty young actress named Ayoka aka “Power Girl” (Azur-De). Backed by her crew of “Bad Girls” (including Amber Lee Ettinger and Samantha Esteban from “Training Day”/”Harsh Times”), Ayoka and Josiah embark on their own quest as they seek to create and succeed in Hollywood together. But then… they are confronted with an even deeper obstacle… life.

This film is a comedic tale of love, brotherhood, talent, betrayal, success, failure, and survival in the Entertainment Industry today. If you enjoyed “Love Jones”, “Entourage”, and “The Avengers”, you’ll love “An American in Hollywood”.

Written and Directed by NYU/Tisch alum Sai Varadan. Produced By V-Twinz Productions Inc. and released through AMC Independent. Opening in Select Theaters July 18th in NYC, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. Showing at the AMC Empire 25 in NYC. (234 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036) Click here for showtimes/tickets/info.

An American In Hollywood – Extended Trailer

 

 

 

Azur-De Interview — Black Hollywood Live’s Next

 

 

BHL: Next – In this episode Black Hollywood Live hosts Megan Thomas and Cortez West interview Azur-De.

Born and raised in the heart of Los Angeles, Azur-De is no stranger to the spotlight. At the young age of 9, she began performing with the dance troupe “Positive Steps” where she traveled statewide and performed in sold out arenas during half time shows for the Lakers, Raiders, and Magic Johnson All Star Weekends.

Her passion for performance grew when she studied at “Faith Acting Studios” at the age of 12. What began as a hobby soon became a major influence in her growth as an artist.

Growing up in South Central LA gave her limited resources but she used it as motivation instead of an obstacle. In high school she was honored for excelling academically, leading the cheerleading team as Captain and Senior Class as President.

She was accepted to the University of California, Berkeley with an academic scholarship. It was then where she solidified her commitment to acting with a double major in Theater and Mass Communications. After performing in the stage play “I Aint Yo Uncle” where she channeled the life of Elizabeth, a mulatto slave who saves her husband in a slave revolt, she knew acting was what she wanted to do as a profession: Infuse characters with her truth while impacting the consciousness of audiences at the same time.

Now, a working stage and screen actress based in Los Angeles, Johnson’s passion, skill and audience have grown exponentially. After landing a lead role in the sequel BET horror film Somebody Help Me 2 , she went on to a recurring role in GMC Network’s dramatic series She’s Not Your Sister, opposite former 227 star Jackee Harry. She has been featured in over 20 national commercials. Most recently she was principle in a national commercial campaign for McDonald’s, the lead in the independent film An American In Hollywood, which debuted at the Urban World International Festival in New York and the lead actress in the acclaimed short film Stakes that has received raves from audiences and earned Best Short prize at the San Diego International Film Festival. Whether she’s playing victim, vixen or valedictorian, Azur-De imbues each character with a truth and texture viewers can’t help but connect with.

And when she isn’t disappearing behind a role, she keeps it moving. With dance, fitness, and yoga- Azur-De is happiest in motion. But it’s her work as co-founder of Give Back LA – a community outreach project in Skid Row that to date has helped feed over 15,000 families – that makes her most proud. Says Azur-De, “Creative artists have a great responsibility. We’re tasked with bringing about consciousness and empathy, and I love being a part of that in character and out.”

This interview was recorded July 11th, 2014.

 

Theatrical Release

July 18th

New York City New Jersey Philadelphia

AMC Empire 25
234 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

AMC Hamilton 24
325 Sloan Avenue
Hamilton Township, NJ 08619

AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24
2121 New Jersey 38
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

AMC Neshaminy 24
660 Neshaminy Mall
Bensalem, PA 19020

 

 

 

Homeless in New York: A Public Art Project Goes Underground

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Like any city, New York is covered in advertisements. Bright, flashy banners on every corner tout goods and services that, to the average city dweller, range from daily necessities to luxuries. But another visual element of urban life is just as familiar, and just as often overlooked: the homeless.

Andres Serrano, a life-long New Yorker and artist who has tackled intractable controversies over the course of his career, unveiled a new project last week that combines these two constant visual features of city life. Residents of New York, a series of large format portraits of the homeless, has taken over the spaces typically occupied by advertisements at the West 4th Street subway station in New York’s West Village and at other locations in the bustling Manhattan neighborhood.

Read more: Homeless in New York: A Public Art Project Goes Underground.

Trailer for Andres Serrano: Residents of New York. This site specific public art installation, produced by More Art, opens on May 19th, 2014.