Animal Collective stopped by the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night to perform their most recent single “FloriDada” from their 2016 Painting With record. The stage was dripping with mind-altering imagery, as the Baltimore based experimental pop band delivered a highly energetic performance that satisfied the tastes of indie rock, pop, and psychedelic rock while introducing a level of weirdness unlike their previous releases. Animal Collective Releases Two Live Albums To Support LGBTQ Citizens In North Carolina The band continues their North American tour this weekend in Delaware and New Jersey, before heading over to Europe for a few dates in France, Spain, and Portugal. Check out their full tour schedule here.Watch the full performance below:
In the next four years of his presidency, Barack Obama will expand on the efforts of his first term in office. But he wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do so without a broad national base of support. In terms of the immediate results of the election, political science professor Darren Davis said Obama’s maintenance of his 2008 electorate contributed to his reelection. “Looking at the results, I think what stands out is the remnants of Obama’s electoral coalition from 2008,” Davis said. “It was reduced … but there were still those signs of an intact coalition that got him elected.” Just as in 2008, Davis said Obama performed well among young voters, women, African-Americans and Latinos but garnered little support from white male voters. Political science professor Peri Arnold said Republican Gov. Mitt Romney’s reliance on white voter support – exit polls showed 89 percent of Romney’s total votes came from white voters – does not bode well for his party’s future. “That’s a bad sign because we are quickly becoming a minority majority country, so the problem for Republicans that emerges is that they do very well in Oklahoma, so to speak, but Oklahoma is not the future of America,” Arnold said. “The election seems to suggest kind of a remnant or older embodiment of the Republican Party in the largely white, largely older electorate.” Despite the breadth of the president’s victory, Arnold said Obama’s close national margin of victory reflects a “problem in American politics.” “There is a partisan cleavage in which Democrats have the advantage because their demography is the emerging national demography,” Arnold said. Davis and Arnold said the outcome of the election revealed the Republican Party’s primary weakness in appealing to a broad electorate, as evidenced by the president’s sweep of all battleground states except North Carolina. But both professors said strengthening that weakness by 2016 will prove challenging. “The real dilemma for the Republican Party … may be more than a matter of what kind of candidate they put forward,” Arnold said. “It may be more of a deep cultural matter because the Republican Party is old, religious and white, which is not very appealing as America becomes less religious, less white and more diverse.” “It’s one thing for people to suggest that the Republican Party needs to moderate and be less antagonistic, but … parties are made up of individuals, so it’s really difficult for some authority to reframe what a party stands for and what it is,” Davis said. “If the Republicans want the White House in 2016, there are things they need to do, but whether they can do it is a different story.” That party identity will also factor into the basic function of the government’s legislative branch, Arnold said. “We’re still in a real pickle regarding governance because of the polarization of the parties and the Republican control of the House,” he said. “The strategic problem for Obama is still figuring out how to do business with House Republicans.” Arnold said collaboration between Congress and the president will be necessary to address the nation’s impending economic issues. “The initial posture of the Republicans in the House is that they don’t plan to be very flexible, especially in terms of a fiscal policy deal to avert the coming fiscal cliff, so that’s cause for immediate worry,” he said. Continuing disagreements about marginal tax rates and the dramatic drop in the stock market over the past two days also raise questions about the ability of the government to cooperate on vital issues, Arnold said. “Now that the election is over, what we really need to worry about is can this government govern and deal with our most central problems?” he said. But Arnold said the president will likely be more flexible on policy in his second term without considering his prospects for reelection. “Now that he’s not facing reelection, you’re going to find that Obama is more flexible than in his first term and willing to make deals if he can find Republicans willing to make deals with him,” Arnold said. “But the Republicans in the House right now are so ideological that it will be a real challenge for him.” Despite that challenge, Davis said the reduction of pressure on Obama will impact the president’s governing style. “I think you’re going to see a different Barack Obama in his second term. His presidential style and character are going to become more assertive and aggressive,” Davis said. “He’ll identify areas where he would like to have a substantial impact and focus on those things. He has to think in terms of his legacy.” But in order to become a more effective leader, Arnold said Obama must overcome his first-term weakness of failing to discuss his decisions with the American public. “The presidency is an office of narrative and storytelling to the American people, explaining leadership and reasons behind choices, and Obama simply wasn’t doing that. That was a really striking failure,” he said. “Now that Obama seems to realize his weakness, I think we’ll get a president who is more aware and more committed to the explanation of his leadership to the American people. Presidents are successful because they explain themselves well and have a narrative, not necessarily because of what’s happening behind closed doors.” As the president transitions into his second term, Arnold said Obama must take care to consider the second-term precedent set by former Commanders-in-Chief. “We as Americans and Obama as a second-term president ought to be wary of the historical pattern of traps and crises for second-term presidents,” Arnold said. “More than anything else, it’s a tendency towards overconfidence because they don’t have to run again and got a mandated reelection, so presidents have over and over again acted in ways to suggest they think they can push boundaries.” Contact Kristen Durbin at [email protected] read more
Ruthless! The Musical Related Shows Age: 11Hometown: Long Valley, NJ (“But we’re in the process of moving to Westfield this summer.”)Current Role: Tina Denmark, a talented third grader who will do absolutely anything to become a star (including bumping off her classmates) in the off-Broadway revival of Ruthless! The Musical.Stage & Screen Cred: The young actress got her big break in an unlikely place—she was approached by a talent agent who heard her sing at her grandmother’s funeral. Murray made her professional debut in Ruthless! at the Triad Theatre and is reprising the role of Tina in the new mounting at St. Luke’s Theatre.“No one I know has ever had anything to do with showbiz. I’m the first in my family, so I didn’t know what to expect. At the audition, I had no idea that I was supposed to look all happy and stuff, so I just stood there with, apparently, a cringing expression on my face. I thought, ‘Wow, I bombed it.’ I guess I didn’t!”“When I started coming to New York City every day, at first I thought it would be amazing to live here. So much is going on, it’s so crowded, I love it! But once I started coming here every day, I was like, ‘Oh my god, I cannot imagine living here. It’s so crowded!’”“I’m obsessed with reading. But not nonfiction. I just can’t do nonfiction. I love fantasy, stuff about fairies and magic. Out of My Mind is one of my favorite books, and I love Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.”“A lot of my friends’ parents came by themselves to see Ruthless! first [to see if the show was appropriate], and now they’re bringing my friends to see it. My friends don’t get all the jokes or understand everything, but most of them say, ‘Wow, you can be scary!’”“I really look up to my cast. They help me so much and I want to be like them. The number-one thing I’ve learned from them is that when you’re not saying a line, you have to still act. You still have to be doing stuff with your face. [Laughs.]”“My favorite thing about starring in an off-Broadway show is I’m in line with the adults now. I feel like a real actress center stage instead of just a kid in the background. In five years I want to be on Broadway, and in 10 years, I want to be on TV and in movies.” View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016 read more
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A bicyclist found a human skull in a wooded area of Ronkonkoma over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.A man riding on his mountain bike in the woods north of Express Drive North made the discovery and called police at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, police said.Investigators believe the human remains have been there for an extended period. They have not been identified.The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.Homicide Squad detectives ask anyone with information about this incident to call them at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After Pittsburgh’s Michael Young got inside position on 6-foot-6 forward Malachi Richardson and converted a second-chance layup, Mike Hopkins put Syracuse’s “big” lineup on the floor.The Orange walked into the under-12 media timeout of the first half looking like its normal self: Four shooters on the floor with 6-foot-8 forward Tyler Roberson, a team favoring speed and shooting over size and strength. But it walked out of the timeout as the kind of team it’s had so much trouble handling: 6-foot-9, 6-foot-8, 6-foot-8 across the front line, with playmaking guards standing 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-4.On Syracuse’s first possession out of the timeout, its bigs tipped out one of the team’s eight offensive rebounds in the entire game. On the other end of the floor, Dajuan Coleman pressured Young in the high post before stripping him and grabbing the loose ball. On the bench Hopkins jumped up and clapped his hands, and the Panthers didn’t score again until the lineup was broken up two minutes later.The Orange (10-4, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) eventually fell to Pittsburgh (11-1, 1-0) 72-61 on Wednesday night, but its big lineup of Coleman, forwards Roberson and Tyler Lydon, and guards Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney was a bright spot in the loss. Next up for Syracuse is a trip to Miami (11-1) for a 2:30 p.m. game on Saturday, and the No. 13 Hurricanes have been an offensive juggernaut this season. And if SU is going to avoid a second straight conference loss, its big lineup will come in handy against the seventh best offensive team in the country based on adjusted points per 100 possessions, per kenpom.com.“It’s something we’ve been working on and it’s something we’re getting better at,” Coleman said after the game Wednesday. “Obviously we weren’t at all great defending the paint tonight as a team. But I think that lineup was good defensively, maybe the best we were all night.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMiami is the 16th-best 3-point-shooting percentage in the country at 41.2 percent, and Roberson and Lydon’s length helps them close out shooters on the wings of the 2-3 zone. Having them in with Coleman also gives the Orange a capable shot-blocker and weak-side rebounder on both sides of the center, which gives him a longer leash to defend the high post like he did against Young. In a more-common SU lineup — which would feature Gbinije, Cooney and the undersized Richardson on the wing of the zone — Coleman would have to hang back in the paint and protect the rim.But he can rely more on the wings of the zone when the big lineup is on the floor, which then helps the Syracuse guards focus on perimeter shooters instead of having to drop into the high post.“I think it helps Dajuan move a lot more and that helps our entire defense, I didn’t think about that at first but it definitely does,” Lydon said after the loss to Pittsburgh. “He can be a more assertive shot blocker because he knows we can handle the short corner and the bigger players on the weak side.”That will be especially important on Saturday because of the Hurricanes’ offensive versatility. Miami shoots the 3 extremely well but also has one of the strongest centers in the conference and spaces its offense with a handful of slashing playmakers.Seven-footer Tonye Jekiri is averaging 9.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, and his 13.4 offensive rebounding percentage is the seventh best in the ACC according to Kenpom. After Jekiri, the Hurricanes’ inside presence is established by a backcourt committed to scoring off the dribble.Below is a list of Miami’s best penetrators sorted by each player’s assisted makes at the rim according to Hoop-Math.com:Angel Rodriguez (guard, 5-foot-11) — 22 made field goals at the rim, zero assisted onJa’Quan Newton (guard, 6-foot-2) — 20 made field goals at the rim, seven assisted onDavon Reed (guard, 6-foot-6) — 20 made field goals at the rim, seven assisted onSheldon McClellan (guard, 6-foot-5) — 25 made field goals at the rim, 13 assisted onIt’s clear that the Hurricanes are stacked with talented guards that can both shoot the ball and create their own scoring opportunities at the rim. It’s also clear that Syracuse, without Richardson’s shooting touch on the floor, doesn’t have as good of an offense when playing three big men. But an offense like Miami’s may force the Orange to counter with its best defensive lineup instead of trying to go punch-for-punch.And after the Pittsburgh game, it’s clear which lineup that is. Comments Published on December 31, 2015 at 5:27 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+ read more