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Keeping fit through Performance Triad

Health Promotion Technician Meredith Putney administers a blood pressure check on Lt. Col. Devon "Dru" Roberts
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The Army is well known for its physical fitness standards, and the month of June draws awareness to men’s health but for Lt. Col. Devon “Dru” Roberts, a Program Analyst and Action Officer with Army Warrior Care Transition, being physically fit is personal endeavor.

“My father was a type 2 diabetic. He smoked for 30 years and drank Pepsi every day. Although he was a Vietnam Veteran and career Soldier, the retired Master Sergeant hated drinking water and exercising, particularly after retiring. He also suffered from kidney cancer and failure,” Roberts explained. “My mother drank Dr. Pepper every day and ate heavy foods (fried and southern inspired.) She suffered from high blood pressure and was a chronic smoker for 40 years and survived a brain aneurysm in 2001. She also suffered from dementia (arterial derived), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, lung and kidney cancer,” he continued.

Growing up around physically active siblings and a near 20-year career in the Army prompted Roberts to put his health front and center.

“I ‘m an avid soccer player. I played for the city, high school, intramural league and the military while deployed. In college, I participated in the Reserve Officer Training Program, so running and weights were statutory. I worked out five to six days a week 45-60 minutes each day,” said Roberts. “Although I no longer lift weights, I started calisthenics six months ago and I still work out five to six days a week, 60 minutes each day and attempt to walk at least 10,000 plus steps a day. Physical fitness was a critical component in my success in the ROTC program and is now a part of my every-day life.” he said.

“Being active and physically fit is essential for good health. We know from reliable research that there is an inverse relationship between physical activity/fitness and health. In other words the more physically active a person is, the lower the risk of diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes mellitus, and obesity,” said Col. Travis Richardson, a board certified Internist at Fort Belvoir, Va. and Chief, Clinical Liaison Division, Warrior Care and Transition. “This is especially vital within the Army as Soldiers must be fit in order to maintain readiness and to perform all of the required tasks to fight and win the Nations wars. Programs within the Army such as Move to Health and the Performance Triad assists Soldiers in this effort.” he said.

The military’s Performance Triad consists of sleep, activity and nutrition. A system Roberts says he found as a key to keeping fit.

“Earlier in life, I ate relatively well but didn’t really adjust my diet until college and beyond. I reduced my bread and sugar intake and stopped eating pork. I gave up milk and beef after researching its impact on African American men,” Roberts said. “Currently my diet consists of fish and poultry and lots of vegetables. I also consume organic vegetable-based protein drinks to ensure I receive the proper amount of protein my body requires to maintain and build muscle along with taking a daily multivitamin. The body knows what it becomes accustomed to. I become tired and lethargic whenever I ate foods that were fried, excess in sugar and fatty. My body lets me know within 24 hours just how wrong I was in my eating decisions.”

According to medical officials with the Defense Health Agency, adopting attitudes such as Roberts’ that foster healthy lifestyle choices are beneficial. While men and women have many of the same health concerns, men may be affected differently than women. In addition, there are some conditions which are unique to men. Familiarity with men’s health issues, regular screenings and prevention are essential to maintaining good physical wellness.

“Those components are extremely important. Army Medicine has been changing the conversation to move from health care and managing chronic diseases to a system for health that is designed to prevent disease and injury, restore health, and improve health through education and self-empowerment, “Richardson said. “This is especially important for men as the life expectancy for men is about six to seven years less than women. There are several reasons for this difference but one of the reasons is cardiovascular disease, which can be impacted positively by healthy behaviors and activities.”

“I believe my family’s history was a blueprint for my healthy life style. Whether you’re in the military or not, you’re only given one life and one body — so it’s essential you take care of it,” said Roberts.

Noose found in African American History Museum

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By Susan Johnes

A museum is an institution that tells the story of and how humanity has survived in its environment over the years. It is a place that houses things created by nature and by man. In our modern society, it houses the cultural background of the nation.

However, there are some negative interpretations of museums. People often see them as places where the unwanted objects or materials are deposited. Additionally, some regard them as places where objects associated with idolatry and fetish religions are kept.

The negative perceptions have continued to inhibit the development of museums in most countries. In Washington, D.C., a noose was found on the grounds of a Smithsonian museum for the second time in a week.

The noose was spotted on Wednesday when visitors walked into an exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture and found it left in an exhibit on segregation.

According to St. Thomas, the gallery was closed quickly and remained restricted for about an hour, after two of the visitors who discovered the noose became extremely upset.

Surprisingly, it’s the second time in less than a week that another noose has been found around museum grounds. Just last week, a noose was hanging from a tree outside the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

In a statement about the Friday’s discovery, St. Thomas stated that he didn’t know how long it had been there, but he said it was apparently intended to be in the segregation exhibition.

The museum’s management in a statement condemned the act terming it as hatred and intolerance. It stated that the institution affirms and celebrates the American values of diversity.

St. Thomas reported that the museum had a strong security including metal detectors and bag screening. She observed that a small noose would not have set off any immediate alarms.

“We will not be intimidated,” Skorton wrote in his email. He added that they would tell the story of the nation and its entire people. Skorton further added that Cowardly acts like that would not prevent them from engaging in the vital work they do and will remain vigilant and become a stronger institution for all Americans.

Museums are places that ensure understanding and appreciation of various groups and cultures. They promote a better understanding of our collective heritage and foster self-reflection.

Further, Museums serve to help future generations comprehend their history and recognize the achievements of the early humankind.

Indeed, Museums are both necessary and relevant today. It is still a wonder why some people should consider destroying institutions with vital importance including conserving, protecting and displaying our past artifacts.

Museums are the only places that preserve our precious heritage which might otherwise be lost to time itself. Without museums, we would certainly miss the tangible links to our past.


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Crawford shakes up bookies

Following the victory of well-backed Whisky Baron at the 2017 Sun Met, bookies are understandably wary about any runner from Brett Crawford’s stable and they’ve promoted his three-year-old Edict Of Nantes to the top of the betting boards for the Vodacom Durban July.

Ridden by Anton Marcus, Edict of Nantes, winner of the Investec Derby in January, owes this new position to his courageous success in last weekend’s Daily News 2000 at Greyville.

Highveld bookmaker Lance Michael now quotes Edict Of Nantes as the 9-2 favourite for the July followed by Al Sahem at 11-2 and Marinaresco at 13-2.

Harare-born Crawford, 45, could have July back-up in the form of his grade1 winner Captain America, should he decide to let the horse take his chance in the big race. He is currently easy to back at 30-1.

Following the Daily News result, Gold Circle have published the latest July log which sees Edict Of Nantes (merit-rating 107) in the top slot ahead of Sean Tarry’s Al Sahem (106), Marinaresco (110), Orchid Island (101), Captain America (116) and Bela-Bela (109).

Next Saturday’s R1m Rising Sun Gold Challenge will make the July picture a lot clearer as eight July entries will be bidding in the final line-up.

Marinaresco and Captain America are the two big names, but their jockeys can expect challenges from the likes of Master Sabina (Geoff Woodruff), French Navy (Sean Tarry), Bela-Bela (Justin Snaith) and Saratoga Dancer (Duncan Howells).

Howells’ Aussie import Ten Gun Salute looks certain of a July place following his win in the Betting World Greyville 1900, but stablemate Saratoga Dancer needs a forward showing to ensure participation on July 1.

Al Sahem, runner-up to Edict Of Nantes in the Daily News, looks assured of a July slot but the July panel will be having a close look at French Navy who failed to take a hand in the finish of the recent Premier’s Champions Challenge at Turffontein.

Another Tarry inmate, Liege, a 40-1 chance for the July, is among the next five in the July log after the top 20 which have been announced. The Greyville track will suit the gelding if he manages to make the final field.

Saturday’s grade3 Cup Trial is of particular significance for jockey Anthony Delpech as two Snaith runners he has been linked with — Black Arthur and Elusive Silva — will battle against Woodruff’s Master Switch, and Tarry’s Trophy Wife. Tarry was upset when the latter did not get an invite for the 2016 July.

Delpech has opted to partner Black Arthur in the Trial and this has not gone unnoticed by the bookies with Michael quoting the Snaith inmate as 9-1 fourth favourite for the July.

Bela-Bela, who runs in the Rising Sun race, was Delpech’s unplaced July ride 12 months ago so even if the filly performs well on Saturday the KwaZulu-Natal-based rider looks unlikely to turn to her again.

Master Switch will carry the Mayfair Speculator colours in Saturday’s race with Anton Marcus hoping to emerge victorious as he did on Edict Of Nantes last Saturday.

It is proving a successful period for leading owner Markus Jooste with Douglas Macarthur running well in the Investec Derby and Lady Of The House taking the Woolavington 2000 in good style.

Perhaps the most important factor in the Rising Sun race will be the run of Marinaresco, who ran a brave second in the 2016 race before disappointing his supporters in the Met.

Candice Bass-Robinson, in her first season as a licensed trainer, will be more than delighted if the four-year-old bounced back to form in the Drill Hall Stakes and the son of Silvano now needs to build on that effort.

It is not impossible that — should he emerge a clear-cut winner on Saturday — Marinaresco could replace Edict Of Nantes at the top of the July betting market.

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Opinion: What Exactly Do Republicans Believe in Besides Trump?


WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 05: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with King Abdullah II of Jordan in the Rose Garden of the White House April 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump held talks on Middle East peace process and other bilateral issues with King Abdullah II. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump changes positions and contradicts himself while Republicans scramble to defend him, Mary C. Curtis writes. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


When my parents were good Republicans — my mother a party activist, in fact — the label meant something entirely different than it does today.

It was the party of Lincoln, imagine that, and the GOP tolerated differences with a tent that was indeed big. You could be pro-civil rights and fiscally conservative, a working-class African-American family in Maryland, then, as now, a mostly blue state, and there was someone such as Republican Sen. Charles Mathias. With his streak of independence and loyalty to principle, he could represent you, your party and even those who didn’t vote for him.

But what does the GOP stand for in 2017? The answer, of course, is President Donald Trump, a man who changes positions and then contradicts himself.

As Republicans scramble to defend him and explain themselves, the efforts have become laughable. After years of defining itself as against anything Barack Obama was for or as the party most likely to besmirch a virtual or actual portrait of Nancy Pelosi with a cartoonish villain mustache, what, seriously, does the GOP believe in?

They have Congress and the presidency — what they have wished for — yet health care, tax and infrastructure reform have stalled. Freezing out Democrats and arguing amongst themselves leave only Trump as touchstone, and isn’t that a pity. He fumes and tweets, angering world leaders fighting terrorism and muddling policy in America and around the globe.

The continuing testimony of intelligence and administration officials — past and present — will be one more test for GOP politicians. Do you value power more than patriotism? Time to review the Constitution.

So far, the president’s allies have supported him before the whole story is known about Russian involvement in the 2016 election or anything else. Attack ads against former FBI chief James Comey return the country to campaign mode. But will that do anything but buy Republicans time with the Trump base?

If Republicans want to keep what they have craved, shouldn’t they stand for more than applauding Fearless Leader in the White House while intoning the mantra: “What he said”?

On issues from climate change to NATO support to criminal justice reform, most Republicans have ceded ground, common sense and positions they previously espoused to the man in the White House. In return, if his letting Jeff Sessions, the loyal longtime buddy, twist in the wind before a vote of confidence is any indication, there is no reason to believe Trump will reward any Republican’s support. If the going gets rough, the president will diss you in a tweet in a New York minute.

House members and senators trying hard not to alienate the base that sticks by the president no matter how many promises are broken, however, have made a choice.

This transformation has been a long time coming, mirrored in my parents’ eventual disillusionment as GOP moderation turned to a Southern strategy they believed betrayed their loyalty; it gained the party votes after Democrats became identified as the party of civil rights in the 1960s, but it damaged the soul of the party.

Democrats, never an organized bunch, should not feel too smug. If the infighting among Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton supporters, and Clinton’s casting of blame in all directions is any indication, staying strong on what being a Democrat means will be a struggle for the out-of-power party. African-American Democratic women are already warning the party it risks alienating an unwavering source of its power if it compromises on core beliefs of equality and diverse representation.

An important lesson playing out in real time is that principle is not a person. Trump’s campaign name-calling has continued in ill-advised tweets and has trickled down to the schoolyard (though in truth, the floor of Congress looks and sounds pretty juvenile some days).

Extreme positions have become normalized and so-called traitors to the Republican Party are called names and threatened with exile. Colin Powell served in the military, and in government under President George W. Bush, but as he chided his fellow Republicans for dog whistles of President Obama as a Muslim threat and the alienation of minority voters with restrictive state laws, he was banished.

Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under Bush, warned of the dangers of EPA cuts. And where did that get her, but on the outs?

Mitt Romney was the party’s presidential nominee way back in 2012. But his criticism of Trump’s character probably nixed his chance to be selected for secretary of State. Newt Gingrich, whom many blame for pushing partisanship to toxic levels when he was House speaker, said as much. Mike Huckabee said Romney first needed to publicly repudiate his comments. Way harsh, Pastor Huckabee. But when it comes to Trump’s own less-than-Christian words, behaviors and marriages, Huckabee, and his fellow white evangelicals, are all about forgiveness.

When they go home at night, what do these Republicans tell their children? What do they tell themselves? What will they tell their constituents when they hit the campaign trail?

In Michigan, which voted for Trump last fall, residents, especially in Flint, might want some answers on how a watered-down and defunded EPA will protect their water?

In West Virginia, a Trump stronghold, when the large percentage of citizens on Medicaid ask what’s next, will representatives be able to articulate an answer that makes sense? “Make America Great Again” doesn’t sound quite specific enough. But for now, that’s all they’ve got.

The next time the U.S. needs European allies at its back and there is no one there, will the GOP’s Trump huzzahs lose their oomph?

Some Republican senators — Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John McCain of Arizona, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Susan Collins of Maine and Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, for example — make noises about looking to the Constitution and acting accordingly.

Yet they all went along when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky held up a Supreme Court seat that was President Obama’s to fill. Graham said he had “no doubt” Democrats would have done the same thing, using the other-guys-are-worse excuse that we laugh at when misbehaving kids repeat it.

Alas, even Sen. Mathias was eventually doomed by his independence, losing out on leadership of the powerful Judiciary Committee because of his increasing unhappiness at the rightward drift of the Republican Party and the conservative policies of Ronald Reagan. That maneuver was engineered by his own party colleague Strom Thurmond — and isn’t that fitting.

That was also the last straw for my mom. When Reagan spoke at Mississippi’s Neshoba County Fair in 1980, not far from where three civil rights workers were murdered in 1964, and spoke of his support of “states’ rights” to a raucous white crowd, she confided that she could not in good conscience ask folks in our neighborhood to vote for him. A woman of principle, she felt the party walked away from her.

If this good Catholic lady were alive today, hearing and seeing the party of Trump, she might even turn independent.

Roll Call columnist Mary C. Curtis has worked at The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun and The Charlotte Observer. Follow her on Twitter @mcurtisnc3.Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call on your iPhone or your Android.

: Thelonious Monk – Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960

: Thelonious Monk - Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 Few things are as infused with as much romance as are those thought lost. Take the entire myth of blues singer Robert Johnson. He produced 29 shellac sides in the late 1920s that had immeasurable influence on American folk music after and then he disappeared. He did exist, but exists now only as a phantom, a heat apparition rising from a dusty dirt road in some God-forsaken Third-World corner of these United States. Yet his visage beckons like Ahab from the back of the Great White Whale. How precious would be any one of the biographies, spoken of only sotto voce, be to read. That is the romance of Robert Johnson.

When considering the enigma and iconoclast that is Thelonious Sphere Monk, one element of romance lay in any previously unknown recorded material. While Monk has been well documented, any new previously unheard or unreleased performances are worthy of attention and consideration. The last unheard Monk commercially released was Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall (Blue Note, 1957, released 2005), and it caused a big stir at the time.

Likewise is the present diamond unearthed in a most circuitous way. It is not that one could not already hear the music presented on the Resonance Records release Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960; one could. The entire movie may be viewed here. Monk’s contributions to the film have never been available as a stand-alone movie soundtrack. That is, until now. And, in that, there is a truly American story, clothed in a French chansone.

After the ends of World Wars I and II, many noted African-American jazz musicians (as well as other prominent African American artists) moved to France to practice their trade. Attracted by the comparative lack of racism, enhanced employment and recording opportunities, and the superior French appreciation for jazz, artists including Dexter Gordon, Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke, and Don Byas, as well as Lucky Thompson, Johnny Griffin and Arthur Briggs made their homes there abroad for long periods.

In the late 1950s, a group of young French movie directors sought out these and other African-American jazz artists to score the soundtracks for their films. These included Roger Vadim’s Sait-On Jamais (1957) (We Never Know), renamed No Sun in Venice for which John Lewis wrote the score and his group, The Modern Jazz Quartet, performed. Marcel Carne’s Les Tricheurs (Young Sinners) (1958) featuring performances by Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, and Coleman Hawkins. Benny Golson scored Edouard Molinaro’s 1959 Des Femmes Disparaissent (Women Disappear), performing the compositions with what may have been the best lineup of the The Jazz Messengers. And, perhaps the most famous jazz score to a film was that of Miles Davis who was picked to provide a score for Louis Malle’s Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud (Elevator to the Gallows) (1959). The use of jazz as a soundtrack was both forward thinking and sensible, foreshadowing the use of popular music in film and television soundtracks thereafter. I can only hear this use of period of jazz music as sound track as an adult, imagining of how it must has sounded 60 years ago. I call it thrilling. The use of jazz in the mentioned films acts a thread passed through these works, uniting them with something quintessentially fresh, American, exciting, a not just a little decadent.

Coming off his success with Sait-On Jamais, director Roger Vadim remained interested in using jazz as a movie score. Introduced to Monk’s music by producer Marcel Romano, Vadim was immediately smitten and wanted Monk to provide a score for his new film Les Liaisons Dangereuses, based on the 18th-century epistolary novel written by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. And this is where the story get interesting…and complicated.

The period surrounding Monk’s recording Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960, July 27, 1959, in New York City’s Nola Penthouse Sound Studios was confounding in the respect that it is very well documented in the superb liner notes to the Resonance release by notable personalities Laurent Guenoun, Alain Tercinet, and Monk biographer Robin D.G. Kelley, while still remaining historically murky in that Monk sort of way that all reportage about the pianist seems to be. This soundtrack session is not even included in the Jazz Discography Project where no July recording dates are detailed between a June 4th date in New York City that would result in 5 By Monk By 5 (Riverside, 1959) and an October 20th date in San Francisco that would eventually become Thelonious: Alone In San Francisco (Riverside, 1959).

It was a challenging and demanding period for the pianist. Monk’s difficult circumstances began in October 1958 when he was arrested, and subsequently beaten by police, on a trumped-up drug charge, causing him to lose his cabaret card (an institutional racist ploy used to further marginalize black jazz musicians of the period) for the second time in the 1950s, the loss of which made it impossible for him to play in any New York City clubs. While a severe blow to Monk, at least emotionally, he did remain busy and in demand. The beginning of 1959 brought Monk a new rhythm section made up of bassist Sam Jones and drummer Art Taylor and had his manager Harry Colomby arranging a Town Hall concert featuring Monk’s music arranged for big band. Riverside Records committed to release the concert, performed and recorded February 28th, eventually doing so as The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall.

Monk had exhausted himself preparing the charts for this concert, which, once performed, received poor reviews, killing the possibility for a planned tour with the big band intended as a necessary revenue stream for the composer. The sum of Monk’s arrest, his poorly received concert (which went on to become a recorded classic) and cancellation of this tour took its toll on the pianist, pushing him into a deep clinical depression, ultimately resulting in Monk’s commission to the Grafton State Hospital after an agitated run in with police while he was performing at Storyville in Boston.

It was this Thelonious Monk who arrived at the Nola Penthouse Sound Studios that summer 1959, to record his music for the movie. The musical supervisor for the film, Marcel Romano, who had previously planned to have Monk come to Paris to record the score, had to abruptly change his plans when discovering Monk’s travel restrictions due to his drug charge as well as Monk’s recent commitment for psychiatric care. Romano had a thin timeline, requiring him in Paris with the music by July 31st. Five days prior to the drop-dead date, Romano found an anxious and exhausted man, suspicious of contracts but needing the money. Monk had composed no original music for the movie, instead entering the studio with his new rhythm section of bassist Sam Jones and drummer Art Taylor supplemented with the dual tenor front of Charlie Rouse and Frenchman Barney Wilen, and recording new arrangements of some of his best-known compositions, including the closest thing to a theme the film had, Monk’s ballad “Crepuscule with Nellie.” Other well-documented Monk tunes included his bouncing “Rhythm-a-Ning,” the jaunty “Well, You Needn’t,” and Monk’s love letter to his greatest benefactor, the Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter (née Rothschild), “Pannonica.”

Monk’s music was not the only jazz used in the film. Pianist Duke Jordan composed music for the film performed by the Art Blakey Jazz Messengers with the Barney Wilen. While this music is not considered “the score,” it is incidental music with its proper place. Most specifically is the night club scene which features Jordan, Wilen, trumpeter Kenny Dorham, drummer Kenny Clarke and bassist Paul Rovère. Had Monk’s tour not been cancelled, his would have been the featured quartet in the movie. The Duke Jordan material has been in release the past 60 years on Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers’ Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (Fontana). There is considerable contrast between the two sets of performances that provide the film with a certain artistic tension.

French critics were chilly when writing of the film’s score. As detailed in the excellent liner note by AlainTercinet, in one New Criticism spasm, French critic Jean-Louis Ginibre remarked in Jazz Magazine (1961), …”but you can’t talk about film music. On one hand there’s the film, on the other, music.” Taking this direction further and noting the lack of original material prepared by Monk, writer Henri Gathier noted in the movie issue of Premier Plan (1960), “the musicians do not seem to have been able to agree on the tone of the work as a film: they content themselves with playing the music that’s familiar to them and tunes already in their repertoire. It’s obvious that under these conditions, their performance remains too external, I’d even say indifferent to the film.” That is just a nice way of saying Monk emailed in his contribution, which might have been plausible had Monk biographer Kelley not mitigated the circumstances by pointing out that Monk’s reticence was due to a, “combination of caution and exhaustion. He was forty-one years old and had been cheated, underpaid, and exploited for much of his life…he was simply overcommitted, tired, and ill—not the best condition for writing new music.”

All of this said, Monk’s music, as performed, worked well in the film. Albeit, that judgement comes nearly 60 years after the debut of the film and, perhaps, by a film novice. The plot of Les Liaisons Dangereuses is one of gleeful amorality and decadence. Monk’s music provides an interesting foil to the film themes by cutting its hedonism with a certain innocence not unlike having a dry wine to temper a rich meal. This point is further sharpened with the inclusion of two pieces not part of Monk’s usual repertoire. The first was an improvised blues, “Six in One,” untitled at the time, that would eventually emerge as “Round Lights” on Thelonious: Alone In San Francisco. The second was the cheekily selected spiritual “We’ll Understand It Better By and By,” which Monk chosen for juxtaposition against selected scenes in the film. Regarding Ginibre’s postmodern statement regarding film music, Monk’s score stands equally deserving comment whether as the score or a stand-alone performance. I believe it foolish not to consider this music as part of a film, adding to the depth and richness of the medium. As a stand-alone performance, I will point out the performance of “Well, You Needn’t,” as one of Monk’s recorded best. This recording may be enjoyed whether experienced on the screen or the turntable.

Resonance Records has many important discoveries and releases to its credit, but Thelonious Monk -Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 is easily the greatest to date. I suspect the only way this release will be bettered is if the label uncovers and releases the apocryphal music of one Buddy Bolden.

Critic’s Note: Anno Domini 2017, marks my twentieth year writing for All About Jazz. The first recording I reviewed for the magazine was Art Pepper’s San Francisco Samba (Contemporary, 1997), published December 1, 1997. I am using this present review as part of a series noting my twentieth anniversary with the magazine and paying special tribute to my fellow writers at All About Jazz and Publisher Michael Ricci.

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Guide for summer fun in the Capital Region

Although it still feels like spring, guess what? It IS still spring. But we all know that this weekend will bring the heat and, hopefully, some sun as well. So let us guide you through the next three months. And if you are able to do even a portion of the events listed below, you’ll be having more fun this summer than your friends. Ready. Set. Start!



Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs

New York City Ballet, July 5-15

Che Malambo, July 20

The Philadelphia Orchestra, Aug. 2-19

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at SPAC, Aug. 6-22

Opera Saratoga, July 1-16


Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, June 16-17

Train, June 18

Dead & Company, June 20

Freihofer’s Jazz Festival, June 24-25

Third Eye Blind, July 1

Tedeschi Trucks Band, July 3

Nickelback, July 10

Moody Blues, July 16

Foreigner, July 18

Straight No Chaser and Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, July 19

Kidz Bop, July 21

Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper, July 22

Florida Georgia Line, July 23

Chicago and The Doobie Brothers, July 25

Kings of Leon, July 26

The Australian Pink Floyd Show, July 29

One Republic with Fitz and the Tantrums, Aug. 1

Joe Bonamassa, Aug. 15

Goo Goo Dolls, Aug. 20

Earth, Wind & Fire, Aug. 24

Matchbox Twenty and The Counting Crows, Aug. 25

Luke Bryan, Aug. 26

Sting, Aug. 30

Zac Brown Band, Sept. 2


297 West St., Lenox, Mass.

Boston Pops, June 18-Aug. 25

Mark Morris Dance Group, June 28-29

Tanglewood Music Center Brass Extravaganza, July 2

Apollo’s Fire, July 5

Festival of Contemporary Music, Aug. 10-14

Emanuel Ax: Schubert’s Summer Journey, July 6-Aug. 23

Boston Symphony Orchestra, July 7-Aug. 27


297 West St., Lenox, Mass.

Hot Sardines, June 16

Joan Baez, Indigo Girls & Mary Chapin Carpenter, June 17

Joey Alexander, June 23

Chris Botti, June 24

Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald, June 30

John Mellencamp with Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter, July 1

Natalie Merchant, July 2

James Taylor with his All-Star Band, July 3-4

Sting, Aug. 29

Diana Ross, Aug. 30

The Avett Brothers, Sept. 1


7300 Route 80, Cooperstown (607) 547-2255;

“Porgy and Bess,” July 7-Aug. 21

“Oklahoma!,” July 8-Aug. 22

“Xerxes,” July 15-Aug. 17

“The Siege of Calais,” July 16-Aug. 19

“Scalia and Ginsburg,” Aug. 4, 13

Stephen Schwartz, 4:30 p.m., July 21

David Sedaris, 6:30 p.m., Aug. 21


120 Maverick Road, Woodstock;

Ethel, June 23-24

Miro Quartet, June 25

Arturo O’Farrill Quintet, July 1

Escher String Quartet, July 2

The Ladles, July 7

Spektral Quartet, July 8

Chiara String Quartet, July 9

Bill Charlap Trio, July 15

Parker Quartet, July 16

Jasper String Quartet, July 23

Eldar Djangirov Trio, July 29

Trio Con Brio Copenhagen, July 30

Dover Quartet, Aug. 6

NEXUS, Aug. 12

Harlem Quartet, Aug. 13

Amernet String Quartet, Aug. 20

Trio Solisti, Aug. 27

Karl Berger and the Creative Music Studio, Sept. 2


Mount Lebanon Shaker Village and Darrow School, 110 Darrow Road, New Lebanon;

Zora String Quartet, June 17

Shai Wosner, July 8

Jasper String Quartet, July 29

Inbal Segev, Aug. 19


The Fischer Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College;

New York City Ballet “MOVES,” June 30-July 2

“A Pink Chair (In a Place of Fake Antique),” July 13-23

“Dimitrij,” July 28-Aug. 6

Bard Music Festival Concerts, Aug. 11-20

Spiegeltent Cabaret, July 7-Aug. 19

Film Series, July 27-Aug. 20

Catskill Jazz Factory Spiegeltent, July 13-Aug. 10

Jazz at Lincoln Center Concert, July 22-30


358 George Carter Road, Becket, Mass.;

Miami City Ballet, June 21-25

Jonah Bokaer Choreography, June 21-25

Tireless: A Tap Dance Experience Curated By Michelle Dorrance, June 28-July 2

NW Dance Project, June 28-July 2

Jessica Lang Dance, July 5-9

Faye Driscoll, July 5-9

Paul Taylor Dance Company, July 12-16

Roy Assaf Dance, July 12-16

Companie Marie Chouinard, July 19-23

Aakash Odedra, July 19-23

Ballet Hispanico, July 26-30

ATE9 Dancecompany, July 26-30

Doug Varone & Dancers, Aug. 2-6

Kyle Abraham and, Aug. 2-6

Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Aug. 9-13

Dendy/Donovan Projects’ Elvis Everywhere, Aug. 9-13

Trisha Brown Dance Company, Aug. 16-19

Compagnia Irene Rodriguez, Aug. 26-20

The Washington Ballet, Aug. 23-27

The Principles of Uncertainty, Aug. 23-27


656 Route 33, Cooperstown;

Foster the People, June 10

The Shins, June 17

Elvis Costello & the Imposters, July 21

Glass Animals with special guest Little Dragon, July 29




“Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat,” June 21-July 1

“Knights of the Sales Office,” July 11-20

“The Boy in the Bathroom,” July 26-Aug. 4

“Glitches in Reality,” Aug. 7-12


30 Union St., Pittsfield, Mass.; (413) 236-8888;

“Kunstler,” May 18-June 10

“The Birds,” June 15-July 8

“Ragtime,” June 21-July 15

“Taking Steps,” July 20-Aug. 5

“Bye Bye Birdie,” July 26-Aug. 13

“This,” Aug. 3-27

“Company,” Aug. 10-Sept. 2


(413) 997-4444;

“Million Dollar Quartet,” the Unicorn Theatre, Jun 14-July 15

“Children of a Lesser God,” the Fitzpatrick Main Stage, June 22-July 22

“The Music Man,” the Colonial Theatre, July 6-Aug. 6

“Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo (Zoo Story),” the Unicorn Stage, July 19-Aug. 26

“Arsenic and Old Lace,” The Fitzpatrick Main Stage, July 27-Aug. 19

Berkshire Opera Festival Presents: “Ariadne auf Naxos,” the Colonial Theatre, Aug. 26-Sept. 1


1925 Route 203, Chatham;; 392-9292

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Jun 8-18

“Anything Goes,” June 22-July 2

“Saturday Night Fever,” July 6-23

“Sweeney Todd,” July 27-Aug. 6

“Spamalot,” Aug. 10-20

“Hello, Dolly!,” Aug. 24-Sept. 3

“Cabaret 2017,” Sept. 2


Washington Park, Albany; 434-0776;

“Ragtime,” June 29-July 29

“The Music Man,” Aug. 4-19

“The Lion King, Jr.,” Aug. 22-26


Alfred Z. Solomon Stage, Congress Park;; 587-2166

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” July 18-July 29

“The Winter’s Tale,” Aug. 1-5


90 Kemble St., Lenox, Mass.;; (413)-637-3353

“4000 Miles,” May 25-July 16

“Cymbeline,” July 4-Aug. 16

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” July 11-Aug. 19

“Intimate Apparel,” July 20-Aug. 13

“The Tempest,” Aug. 10-Sept. 3

“The Wharton Comedies,” Aug. 17-Sept. 10

“God of Carnage,” Sept. 14-Oct. 8


654 Route 20, New Lebanon; 794-8989;

“A Comedy of Tenors,” June 23-July 2

“Spider Web,” July 6-23

“Nunsense,” July 27-Aug. 6

“Godspell 2012,” Aug. 10-20

“Guys and Dolls,” Aug. 24-Sept. 3

“Lucky Me,” Sept. 8-24


1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass.; (413) 458-3253;

“The Roommate,” June 27-July 16

“The Model American,” Jun 28-July 9

“Where Storms are Born,” July 12-23

“The Clean House,” July 19-29

“Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow,” July 26-Aug. 6

“Actually,” Aug. 9-20


Clifton Common, Vischer Ferry Road, Clifton Park;; performances begin at 7 p.m.

“Fiddler on the Roof,” July 14-23



Jennings Landing, Albany;; all shows begin at 5 p.m.

June 8: Let’s Be Leonard with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

June 15: Victory Soul Orchestra and Average White Band

July 13: Wurliday and The Funky Meters

June 22: Naughty By Nature

June 29: The Outlaws and The Stepping Stones, DJ Trumaster

July 13: The Funky Meters, Wurliday

July 27: Marian Hill

Aug. 3: Dr. Jah and the Love Prophets and King Yellowman & the Sagittarius Band


Empire State Plaza, Albany;; all shows start at 5 p.m.

June 28: Reggae Night Featuring Freddie McGregor

July 12: Sam Roberts Band with special guest Rechorduroys

July 19: Soul Asylum with special guest Cracker

July 26: Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires


Brown’s Brewing Company, 417 River St., Troy;

June 8: Ron Gallo, Joe Mansman and the Midnight Revival Band and The Late Shift

June 15: Sir Sly, Trapdoor Social and Good Fiction

June 22: Rustic Overtones, Angels on the Fourth and Candy Ambulance

June 29: Eastbound Jesus with Black Mountain Symphony

July 13: Bleeker, Northern Faces and Stellar Young


Riverfront Park, Troy;; all shows begin at 5 p.m.

June 7: Almost Queen, a tribute band, and Troy Music Academy All-stars.

June 14: Deerhoof, Aficionado & Another Michael

June 21: Skeeter Creek, Anthony Fallacaro

June 28: Alex Torres y Su Orquesta

July 5: The British Invasion Experience

July 12: Saintseneca, The Sea The Sea

July 19: Who’s Bad – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience, Kristen Capolino

July 26: Tiana Asili y La Banda Rebelde, Girl Blue

Aug. 2: Sirsy, Sly Fox and the Hustlers

Aug. 9: Rumours — Fleetwood Mac Tribute


Freedom Park, 5 Schonowee Ave., Scotia;; all shows begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted

June 21: Sawyer Fredericks

June 24: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra

June 25: The Zucchini Brothers

June 28: Screaming Orphans

June 30: Bluz House Rockers

July 2: Maria Z & Alegria

July 5: Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band

July 8: Diva & the Dirty Boys

July 9: Music Company Orchestra

July 12: The AudioStars

July 15: Jeanne O’Connor & the New Standard

July 16: Hot Club of Saratoga

July 19: The Refrigerators

July 22: Rattail Jimmy

July 23: Brian Patneaude Quintet

July 26: The Joey Thomas Big Band

July 29: Betsy and the ByeGons

July 30: The Route Fifty 5

Aug, 2: Big Easy Playboys

Aug. 5: Skeeter Creek

Aug. 6: The Wister Quartet

Aug. 9: SIRSY

Aug. 12: Funk Evolution

Aug. 13: The Lustre Kings

Aug. 16: Grand Central Station

Aug. 19: Grit -N- Whiskey

Aug. 20: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company

Aug. 23: American Runaways

Aug. 26: Dylan Perrillo Orchestra


The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany;; all shows begin at noon

June 14: Kat Wright

June 21: Orkesta Mendoza

June 28: The Big Takeover

July 5: Adam Ezra Group

July 12: Beg, Steal or Borrow

July 19: Joe Louis Walker

July 26: Ajkun Ballet Theatre

Aug. 2: Incendio

Aug. 9: The Soul Rebels

Aug. 16: Roosevelt Dime

Aug. 23: The Sweetback Sisters

Aug. 30: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company


Agnes McDonald Music Haven Stage, Central Park, Schenectady;; music begins at 7 p.m.

July 9: Sharon Shannon

July 16: Amadou & Mariam

July 23: Septeto Santiaguero

Aug. 6: Amir Elsaffar and Two Rivers Ensemble

Aug. 13: Yemen Blues with Ravid Kahalani


Powers Park, Troy;; all shows start at 6 p.m.

July 8: Bluz House Rockers

July 15: Sole Sky with Joe Lowry, Sonny Speed, and Jeremy Walz

July 22: Kyle Bourgault Band

July 29: Jocamo

Aug. 5: Cryin’ Out Loud

Aug. 12: Al Bruno

Aug. 19: School of Rock with Troy Music Academy and Rocks Music Studio

Aug. 26: Emerald City


Jay Street, Schenectady;; all shows start at noon

June 1: Mia Scirocco Trio + One

June 8: Hot Club of Saratoga

June 15: Madeline Civil Group

June 22: Brass & Blues

June 29: Linda Harrison Quartet

July 6: JECCO Trio

July 13: Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes

July 20: Nat Phipps Quartet

July 27: Peter Van Keuren Trio

Aug. 3: Tim Olsen Quartet

Aug. 10: Dylan Canterbury Quintet

Aug. 17: Giroux Brothers Quartet

Aug. 24: Music by McIntosh

Aug. 31: A-3


Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa;; all shows start at 6 p.m.

June 29: Ballston Spa Community Band

July 6: North and South Dakotas

July 13: Emily Teller

July 20: The Lustre Kings

July 27: The Bluebillies

Aug. 3: Ice Cream Social with the Union Fire Company Band

Aug. 10: Blues Noir

Aug. 17: Seth and the Moody Melix

Aug. 24: Sirsy

Aug. 31: The Coteries


The Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Srpings;; all shows start at 7 p.m.

July 13: Decoda: Skidmore Chamber Music Institute

July 20: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra

July 27: Heard

Aug. 3: Great Mutations

Aug. 10: Cannon the Brave

Aug. 17: Ramblin Jug Stompers

Aug. 24: Pony in the Pancake


Canal Square, Cohoes;; all shows begin at 6:30 p.m.

June 8: Skeeter Creek

June 15: Grand Central Station

June 22: Funk Evolution

June 29: The Refrigerators

July 6: Big Sky Country

July 13: E.B. Jeb

July 20: Audiostars

July 27: Hair Of The Dog

Aug. 3: Cryin’ Out Loud

Aug. 10: John Morse and the River Junction Band (Veterans memorial event)


Guilderland Performing Arts Center, Tawasentha Park, 188 Route 146, Guilderland;

June 16: Nervosity Concert, 6 p.m.

June 22: Guilderland Town Band, 7:30 p.m.

June 29: Aquanett, 7:30 p.m.

July 6: Skeeter Creek, 7:30 p.m.

July 13: Guilderland Town Band, 7:30 p.m.

July 20: Crush & Overture, 7 p.m.

July 27: Big Fez and the Surfmatics, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 1: National Night Out, 6 p.m.

Aug. 3: Guilderland Town Band, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 10: Hey Jude – Authentic Beatles Tribute, 7:30 p.m.


Schodack Town Park, 498 Poyneer Road;; concerts begin at 6 p.m.; rain date the following day

June 6: Peacefull Country Band

June 13: Winchester & Young

June 20: Triskele

June 27: Tri-County Banjo Band

July 11: Yankee Doodle Band


Congress Park, Saratoga Springs;; concerts begin at 7 p.m.

July 2: Betsy and the ByeGons

July 9: Fenimore Blues

July 16: Skippy and the Pistons

July 23: Hot Club of Saratoga

Aug. 8: Cryin’ Out Loud

Aug. 15: Crow Ridge

Aug. 22: Rich Ortiz

Aug. 29: The AudioStars


Shepard Park, Lake George;; shows begin at 7 p.m.

July 5: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra

July 12: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys

July 19: Western Centuries

July 26: C.J. Chenier & Red Hot Louisiana Band

Aug. 2: Incendio

Aug. 9: McKrells

Aug. 16: Adam Ezra Group

Aug. 23: Sweetback Sisters

Aug. 30: Hot Club of Saratoga


Clifton Common, Vischer Ferry Road, Clifton Park;; performances begin at 7 p.m.

June 25: Clifton Park Community Chorus

July 2: The Accents

July 9: Moriah Formica

July 30: The Lustre Kings

Aug. 6: Yellow Brick Road

Aug. 13: Hair of the Dog

Aug. 16: The Zucchini Brothers


Niskayuna Town Hall, 1 Niskayuna Circle, Niskayuna;; music begins at 7 p.m.

June 15: Diva and the Dirty Boys

June 22: Band of Gold

June 29: Loose Change

July 6: The Tim Olsen Band

July 13: The Art D’echo Trio

July 20: The Nisky Dixie Cats

July 27: Joe’s Boys

Aug. 3: Kitchen Jazz

Aug. 10: Dadtet


The Crossings of Colonie, 580 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie;; music begins at 6:30 p.m.

July 6: Georgie Wonders Orchestra

July 13: Holly McCormack

July 20: New York Players

July 27: Body and Soul

Aug 3: Keith Pray

Aug 10: Heavenly Echoes

Aug 17: Jeff Gonzales and the 2 Bit Cowboys

Aug 24: Pipe Kings


Commemorating the 200th birthday of the Erie Canal. (For more, see


Where: Albany Institute of History & Art

When: Through Sunday, Aug. 20.

Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for students and seniors; $6 for children 6-12; free for under 6.

Info: 463-4478;


Where and when: Concerts are 8 p.m. at the following locations:

Sunday, July 2: at Jennings Landing, Corning Preserve, Albany

Monday, July 3: at Mabee Farm Historic Site, 1100 Main St., Rotterdam

Tuesday, July 4: at Riverlink Park, 2 Front St., Amsterdam

Wednesday, July 5: at Canal Harbor and Rotary Park, 125 Southern Ave., Little Falls

Thursday, July 6: at Paper Mill Island Amphitheatre, 136 Spensieri Ave., Baldwinsville

Friday, July 7: at the Brockport Welcome Center, 11 Water St., Brockport

Saturday, July 8: at the Historic Flight of Five, Lockport


Saturday, July 15, 1100 Main St., Rotterdam Junction


The Arkell Museum, 2 Erie Boulevard, Canajoharie. Through Wednesday, Aug. 16.


State Museum, 222 Madison Ave., Albany. Opens Saturday, Sept. 16


Art on Lark, Saturday, Lark Street, Albany;

Beekman Street Arts Fair, Sunday, Beekman Street, Saratoga Springs;

LARAC June Arts Festival, June 17-18, City Park, Glens Falls;

Old Songs Festival, June 23-25, Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont;

Phantogram, 7 p.m. July 27, Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, 69 Stillwater Bridge Road, Schaghticoke;

WGNA Countryfest 2017, July 8, Schaghticoke Fairgrounds;

Schenectady County SummerNight 2017 featuring Blues Traveler, 5 p.m. July 14, State Street, Schenectady;

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, July 13-16, Walsh Farm, Oak Hill;

Lake George Music Festival, Aug. 11-24, various locations;


Capital Pride Parade & Festival, Sunday, June 11, Washington Park, Albany;

NY Capital District Renaissance Festival, Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11, Indian Ladder Farms, Altamont;

Saratoga Balloon & Craft Festival, June 16-19, Saratoga County Fairgrounds;

25th annual Whipple City Festival, July 16-17, village of Greenwich; 692-7979

Troy River Fest, June 17, downtown Troy;

Dad Fest, 1-6 p.m. June 18, Washington Park, Albany;

Ballston Spa Village Family Fun Day 2017, June 25, Saratoga County Fairgrounds;

Saratoga’s All-American Celebration, July 3-4, downtown Saratoga Springs;

New York State’s Fourth of July Celebration, 3-10 p.m. July 4, Empire State Plaza, Albany;

Fourth of July Celebration, noon-dark July 4, Clifton Common, Clifton Park;

Wilton’s “Parkfest” Community Day, July 8, Gavin Park, Wilton;

Circus Smirkus, July 11-12, Saratoga Casino Hotel, Saratoga Springs;

Kids Day Presented by MVP Health Care, noon-5 p.m. July 15, Empire State Plaza, Albany;

New York State Food Festival featuring The Charlie Daniels Band, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 9, Empire State Plaza, Albany;


Saratoga County Fair, 162 Prospect St, Ballston Spa. July 18-23.

Schoharie County Sunshine Fair, Sunshine Drive, Cobleskill. July 29-Aug. 5.

Altamont Fair, 129 Grand St., Altamont. Aug. 15-20.

Washington County Fair, 392 Old Schuylerville Road, Greenwich. Aug. 17-27.

Columbia County Fair, 32 Church St., Chatham. Aug. 30-Sept. 4.

Schaghticoke Fair, 69 Stillwater Bridge Road, Schaghticoke. Aug. 30-Sept. 4.


Schenectady Juneteenth, 1 p.m. June 17, Central Park, Schenectady;

Albany Juneteenth Celebration, 1 p.m. June 18, South Campus Center, 20 Warren St., Albany;

Great American Irish Fest, July 28-30, Herkimer County Fairgrounds;

Black Arts and Cultural Festival featuring Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded, 2-7 p.m. Aug. 5, Empire State Plaza, Albany;

Caribbean Day in the Park, Aug. 12, Prospect Park, Troy;

Latin Fest, Aug. 26, Washington Park, Albany;



West Capitol Park, Albany;

“Key Largo,” 8 p.m. Aug. 16

“Rear Window, 8 p.m. Aug. 23

“Annie,” 8 p.m. Aug. 30


Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa;

“Sing,” dusk, July 7 (rain date: July 8)

“Finding Dory,” dusk, Aug. 4 (rain date: Aug. 5)


Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany;; doors open at noon and movie begins at 1 p.m.

July 11: “Kung Fu Panda”

July 18: “Lilo & Stitch”

July 25: “Finding Dory”

Aug. 2: “Matilda”

Aug. 8: “Monsters, Inc.”

Aug. 15: “The Jungle Book”

Aug. 22: “Toy Story 3”

Aug. 29: “Trolls”

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Ruth Ellis Center to Award Lily Tomlin at Annual VOICES Gala




Ruth Ellis Center to Award Lily Tomlin at Annual VOICES Gala

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Lily Tomlin, the award-winning actor and comedienne, has been selected by the Ruth Ellis Center to receive its inaugural Ruth Ellis Legacy Award at its annual VOICES gala on Sept. 14 at the Sound Board, located in the MotorCity Casino Hotel. The award honors individuals who embody the spirit, grace and generosity of the organization’s namesake, an African-American lesbian who opened her home and heart to members of the LGBTQ community in Detroit as early as the 1930s. Ruth openly identified as lesbian in 1915, was the first woman to own her own printing company in the City of Detroit, and lived to the age of 101, seeing the Center come to being before her passing in 2000.

The VOICES Gala is Ruth Ellis’ signature event, which provides critical funding to the organization’s operations while also recognizing its many dedicated supporters. Incorporated in 1999, the Ruth Ellis Center works to build positive futures with LGBTQ young people experiencing barriers to housing, health, and wellness. Lear Corporation will serve as presenting sponsor of VOICES for the fifth year in a row, allowing the nonprofit to host 400 guests including community members, volunteers, staff, youth and sponsors.

“It is truly an honor to receive this extraordinary award, named after an even more extraordinary woman,” said Tomlin. “I’ve always believed, collectively, women have the power to change the world and Ruth Ellis was and continues to be, one of our greatest examples of that power. Ruth Ellis Center’s commitment to LGBTQ youth is inspiring, and I know Ruth would be proud.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Tomlin has cultivated an impressive television, film and standup resume that has won her numerous awards including seven Emmys, two Tonys, a Grammy, and the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also well known for her philanthropy, supporting causes such as civil rights, health care, women’s issues, AIDS awareness, combating homelessness and supporting the LGBTQ community in all aspects. She founded the LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center in Los Angeles and the Goosebump Garden at the Fenway Health Center in Boston where she continues to be involved. Tomlin has been with her partner, Jane Wagner, for more than 40 years, marrying in 2013.

Cup Trial at Greyville key for July hopefuls

The R250,000, Grade 3 Cup Trial (1800m) at Greyville on Saturday is a last gasp opportunity for Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July (2200m) field borderline horses to put up their hands for a berth in the field and this year’s race will be fascinating as six of the nine runners are July entries and they will all need big runs to book their places.

Black Arthur, picture Nkosi Hlophe

Rising Sun in unison with Gold Circle always put on an amazing race day and Greyville is the place to be on Saturday to watch the Cup Trial, the Grade 1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge and the Grade 2 Tibouchina Stakes.

The Justin Snaith-trained Black Arthur is the fourth favourite in the July at 10/1 with Betting World, yet is nowhere to be seen on the latest July log, which was released yesterday. He started 10/1 for last year’s July and finished a 2.75 length seventh, but was unlucky as he was hindered by a horse inside of him when making his run on the outside and could have got closer.

He subsequently had a haemoconcentration problem and can be forgiven his below par form in the Cape summer. Gelding has solved his issues and he was staying on in the Drill Halls Stakes over 1400m to finish just 2.75 lengths back under Anthony Delpech. He should come on a lot for the run and will relish the step up in trip. He has landed a good draw of four and Delpech, who partnered him to win last season’s Grade 2 Canon Guineas, stays aboard. He has to carry topweight, but it would be no surprise if he turns out to be better than his current 104 merit rating as he has always been highly regarded.

His stablemate Elusive Silva went up to near the top of the boards after his impressive win under Delpech in the Listed Sledgehammer over this course and distance. He is currently a July 13/1 shot, having run a bit of a flat race in the Betting World 1900, although the lack of pace did not suit him there and a gap did not open for him immediately at the top of the straight.

He is now in position 20 on the July log and needs a big run, but Delpech looks to have opted for Black Arthur. He could not have got a better replacement in Richard Fourie and off his 99 merit rating he gets 2.5kg from Black Arthur. He does have the widest draw of all to overcome and will likely have to rely on his magnificent turn of foot to earn a July berth.

Nebula is the Algoa Cup holder and won his Champions Season debut over 1600m on the Greyville poly hands and heels after moving up impressively. He looks to have come into his own and is drawn in pole.

The long-striding Royal Badge was running on in eyecatching style in that race and will relish the extra 200m in this race.

Master Switch has run below par in all three of his starts at Greyville as he has not settled well, but he now has a plum draw and if he finds cover and settles he has the ability to go close.

Champion trainer Sean Tarry has four in the top 20 on the log and will try and qualify the gallant filly Trophy Wife in this race. She has been one of the best of a magnificent crop of females and last time out was staying on well for a 1.9 length third in defence of her Grade 2 Gerald Rosenberg crown over 2000m at Turffontein . After a layoff she had three runs in about five weeks, so that was a tough ask and she might now be ready to give of her best.

Celtic Captain has been scratched from the July as it is probably a touch too far for him. He can be headstrong so is another one who needs cover, because if he settles he has a fine turn of foot and a sustained finish. His draw of six is thus a bit tricky but if he does find cover and settles this trip will be ideal and he will go close.

Go Direct, not a July entry, produced an amazing finish to win a Pinnacle event over this trip at Turffontein in April and he was caught wide in the Betting World 1900 before ending in a probably too handy position. He now has a plum draw and if held up off the pace could surprise.

The front-running Crowd Pleaser is the most interesting runner in the race as he won an Allowance Plate over this trip on the poly last time out and beat none other than Edict Of Nantes and Lady Of The World, who won the Gr 1 Daily News 2000 and Gr 1 Woolavington 2000 in their next respective starts.

The latter pair were likely preparing in that race but it was still a fine display and Crowd Please has won his last three starts at Greyville. Against him is his wide draw as he will have to make some use of to get to the front.

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