Now that Dead & Company has officially announced plans for a month-long summer tour, the question many John Mayer fans have been wondering is whether or not the guitarist would hit the road in support of his forthcoming solo album, The Search For Everything, due out sometime in early 2017. The answer to that question has now been answered.Dead & Company Announces Summer 2017 Tour DatesWith the Dead dates set and announced, Mayer has confirmed that he will be putting in some serious time on the road with a bit of a touring segue of his own, as he states in his most recent Facebook post, “The Search For Everything -> spring solo tour -> Dead & Co. summer tour -> solo summer tour -> tour tour tour.” So, fear not, all of you adoring John Mayer (solo) fans, this news should be just enough to whet those appetites. Take a listen to his latest single “Love on the Weekend” below.“Love on the Weekend”:
View Comments The holidays are fast approaching, bringing with them a glut of openings across the spectrum, from a seasonal entertainment with an Oscar winner in the lead to new sightings of iconic titles and a fresh glimpse of one of literature’s best-loved characters. For further information on a busy month ahead, read on!NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 5She’s the Greatest Star: Sheridan Smith continues her unstoppable trajectory by stepping into the formidable shoes of Barbra Streisand when she plays Fanny Brice in the first London stage revival of Funny Girl since Streisand herself led the U.K. premiere. Tony winner Michael Mayer is directing the Menier Chocolate Factory revival with the redoubtable Harvey Fierstein on hand to tweak the book. Opening night is December 2 and a West End transfer to the Savoy has already been announced.Also: A busy week at the Royal Court kicks off with the opening December 1 of Noma Dumezweni playing the title role in Linda, a new play from playwright Penelope Skinner of The Village Bike renown. The same night sees the first preview of the commercial transfer to the West End of the Court production of Martin McDonagh’s wonderful Hangmen while Mia Chung’s Royal Court Theatre Upstairs entry You For Me For You starts previews December 3.DECEMBER 6-12Rabbit Hole: Alice in Wonderland has received the musical theater treatment at least once when a young Meryl Streep took the part over 30 years ago, but the National Theatre’s eagerly awaited production of wonder.land promises to be something else again with music by Damon Albarn from Blur and book and lyrics by Moira Buffini. Newcomer Lois Chimimba plays the teenage Aly, the character formerly known as Alice. Opening night is December 10 in the Olivier auditorium.Also: Tom Stoppard’s espionage-themed play Hapgood fared better first time around at Lincoln Center than it did on the West End, but its new Hampstead Theatre revival, directed by Howard Davies and opening December 9, may prove second-time lucky. Lisa Dillon inherits the title role originated by Felicity Kendal in London and Stockard Channing in New York. The same night sees the Apollo Theatre opening of Peter Pan Goes Wrong, a further exercise in japery behind the team of The Play That Goes Wrong.DECEMBER 13-19Dangerous Games: Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses was one of the defining plays of the 1980s, but it has fared less well in subsequent revivals both on Broadway and in London. That should change with the director Josie Rourke’s fresh production, which opens December 17 at the Donmar and boasts the leading players of one’s dreams: Dominic West, the stage veteran currently heating up TV’s The Affair, and Tony winner and two-time Oscar nominee Janet McTeer in the roles originated onstage by Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan.Also: With fast-rising director Max Webster at the helm and Tony-winning designer Rob Howell (Matilda) in charge of the visuals, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax should be that seasonal entertainment suitable for children of all ages. Simon Paisley Day and Simon Lipkin head a large cast at the Old Vic. Opening night is December 16. The previous night finds Mike Bartlett’s short but powerful Bull returning to the Young Vic with a heavyweight cast that includes Nigel Lindsay and Susannah Fielding.DECEMBER 20-26Ho Ho Ho: It’s Christmas week so what better time to welcome the return to the London theater after too long an absence of Oscar winner Jim Broadbent playing Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Noel Coward Theatre. Toby Sedgwick (War Horse) is on hand as movement director and the director is Olivier Award-winner Phelim McDermott, who staged Broadbent’s last London stage venture, Theatre of Blood, in 2005.Also: First post-opening week of the U.K. premiere at the new Found111 venue on Charing Cross Road of Richard Greenberg’s off-Broadway play The Dazzle, here starring Andrew Scott, better known as Moriarty on Sherlock. Daggers will be drawn and the wit will be flying when the National Theatre hosts its annual Christmas quiz on December 22. Want to see whether your favorite thesp is also his or her team’s smartest? Now’s your chance!
Persecuted religious minorities including from Hindu, Sikh, or Christian communities are eligible for citizenship, but those from Islam do not enjoy all the same advantages.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) says the new citizenship law is necessary to protect persecuted minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, and denies any bias against India’s Muslims.”They saw I was alone, they saw my cap, beard, shalwar kameez [clothes] and saw me as a Muslim,” Zubair told Reuters. “They just started attacking, shouting slogans. What kind of humanity is this?” A group of men chanting pro-Hindu slogans, beat Mohammad Zubair, 37, who is Muslim, during protests sparked by a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India, February 24, 2020. (REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)”Everything will be fine”BJP spokesman Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga said his party did not support any kind of violence, including the attack on Zubair. He blamed rival parties for stoking the chaos during US President Donald Trump’s visit in order to damage India’s image.”This was 100 percent pre-planned,” he said of the violence, adding that his party or its policies had nothing to do with the chaos. Reuters has no independent evidence that the protests were planned in advance.Bagga said that the federal government, which controls Delhi police, moved to deploy paramilitary forces in order to bring the situation under control.”I believe within 24 hours everything will be fine,” he added.Delhi police were not immediately available for comment on the attack on Zubair.Since cruising back to power in May, Modi has pursued a Hindu-first agenda that has emboldened his followers and left India’s 180 million Muslims reeling. Hindus account for about 80 percent of the population.Now opponents and supporters of the law, largely divided between Muslims and Hindus, are facing off against each other. Some say the polarization evokes a dark chapter in India’s past.”The violence is now happening in tiny pockets of Delhi and reminds you of the beginning of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots,” said Yogendra Yadav, a political scientist who leads a small political party opposed to the BJP.He was referring to mob attacks on the Sikh minority after members of the community assassinated then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Thousands of Sikhs were killed in cities including Delhi in what Indian investigators said was organized violence.A slingshot and petrol bombs are pictured on the rooftop of a house in a riot affected area following clashes between people demonstrating for and against a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India, February 27, 2020. (REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)Appeal for calm Modi appealed for calm on Wednesday after at least 24 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in some of the worst sectarian violence in New Delhi in decades.The citizenship law behind the unrest is one of several steps taken by Modi’s government since its re-election that have appealed to the Hindu majority.In August, it stripped Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, of its special status, a move which Modi defended as a way of integrating the region with the rest of the country.In November, the Supreme Court handed Hindu groups control of a contested site in the city of Ayodhya that paves the way for a temple to be built on a site where a mosque once stood. That was a central election promise made by the BJP.Modi’s position as chief minister of Gujarat state during some of the worst riots in India’s independent history that took place there in 2002 has long stoked mistrust among some Muslims.Up to 2,500 people, mostly Muslims, were killed during riots sparked after 59 Hindu pilgrims were burned to death when their train was set alight by suspected Muslims.In the subsequent investigation, Modi was absolved of wrongdoing, even as dozens of people on both sides of the riots were convicted.Security forces patrol in a riot affected area following clashes between people demonstrating for and against a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India, February 27, 2020. (REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri)”Remembering my Allah”Before this week’s clashes in New Delhi, 25 people had been killed in running battles between protesters and police across the country.That number has now nearly doubled after two days of arson, lootings, beatings and shootings in parts of northeastern New Delhi that police forces have struggled to contain.Delhi police said in a statement late on Tuesday that they were making every effort to contain the clashes and urged people to maintain the peace.Witnesses said police and paramilitary forces were patrolling the streets in far greater numbers on Wednesday. Parts of the riot-hit areas were deserted.Several of those killed and injured had been shot, according to two medics at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, where many of the victims were taken. Reuters could not determine who had fired on them.Among them, Yatinder Vikal, a 33-year-old Hindu, was brought in with a gunshot wound to his right knee. His brother said Yatinder was driving a scooter when a bullet hit him.Reuters witnesses at a local hospital spoke to both Hindu and Muslim victims who were injured in the violence.An unconscious Zubair was eventually dragged to safety by fellow Muslims who came to his aid after throwing stones to disperse his attackers.The 37-year-old, who makes a living doing odd jobs, was rushed to hospital where he was treated for wounds to his head and released late on Monday. “I was thinking ‘I’m not going to survive this’,” he recalled. “I was remembering my Allah.” Mohammad Zubair was on his way home from a local mosque in northeast New Delhi when he came across a large crowd. He turned towards an underpass to avoid the commotion; it proved to be a mistake.Within seconds, he was cowering on the ground surrounded by more than a dozen young men, who began beating him with wooden sticks and metal rods. Blood flowed from his head, spattering his clothes. The blows intensified. He thought he would die.Zubair provided his version of events at a relative’s home in another part of the capital, his head wrapped in bandages. Topics : The mid-afternoon attack on Monday, captured in a dramatic Reuters photograph, came against a backdrop of tension and violence.Near the area of the Indian capital where it occurred, Muslim and Hindu protesters had been fighting pitched battles for hours across a concrete and metal barrier that divided the main thoroughfare, throwing rocks and primitive petrol bombs.But the sight of a mob screaming pro-Hindu slogans suddenly turning on an unarmed individual, apparently because he was a Muslim, was a sign that growing tensions between members of India’s two dominant religions may be hard to contain.Unrest across India began in December with the passing of a law that makes non-Muslims from some neighboring nations eligible for fast-tracked citizenship – a move many Muslims say is discriminatory and marks a break from India’s secular traditions.
The first time the Americans disrupted the Iroquois Nationals’ momentum was when players from both teams swarmed midfield bodying each other up on the brink of a brawl before halftime.But seconds later, Lyle Thompson put the Iroquois back in control, and up 8-4, with a 15-yard sidearm rip at the buzzer.After Team USA cut the lead to one at the end of the third, Thompson kicked off the fourth quarter with another goal. For the second time, he added to the Iroquois’ cushion and ended the Americans’ comeback while sparking a four-goal fourth-quarter run.“When it’s a one-goal game, two goals are real important,” Iroquois head coach Rick Kilgour said of Lyle Thompson. “Big players make big plays in big games. He’s proven over and over again he’s a big-time player and he came up big when the team needed him.”On the first day of the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, Lyle Thompson’s three timely goals helped the host nation Iroquois defeat the United States 13-9 in front of a sold-out crowd at the War Memorial Arena on Friday night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Iroquois benefitted from three power-play opportunities early on and got out to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter. The U.S.’s defense struggled matching up with Miles Thompson and Randy Staats, who set the tempo with off-ball movement and slick passes in tight spaces.Late in the second quarter, Team USA’s Jeff Ratcliffe ran to midfield and shoved Sid Smith to the ground several seconds after the referee’s whistle blew. Players from both teams clustered in the middle and the Americans had one of their best chances to change the game’s momentum, in need of something to spark a potential comeback.But just the opposite happened as Thompson, a two-time Tewaaraton Award winner, scored his first goal of the tournament.“Especially at the end of the half, those are back breakers,” U.S. head coach Tony Resch said.Logan Reidsma | Photo EditorThe U.S. kept it close in the third quarter making it a one-goal game, but it was Thompson who made the most of the fourth as the Nationals’ halftime adjustments finally took effect.“Every time we passed the ball three or four times, we usually got a good shot on net,” the Iroquois’ Jeff Shattler said. “So, our game plan worked.”Early on, Thompson was more of a facilitator. He helped distribute the ball as his brother, Miles Thompson, scored three first-half goals. But Kilgour wanted Lyle Thompson to use his speed and once he started getting the ball in his stick, the Iroquois put the game away in the fourth quarter.Slashing from the top left of the offensive zone, blowing by multiple defenders and easily picking his spot to slip the ball into the net, Lyle Thompson scored his second goal.With the game already out of reach and just minutes remaining, he did it again by cutting in front of the net and picking up a rebound, tiptoeing the crease and sliding the ball in to pad the Iroquois’ lead.Lyle Thompson’s three goals weren’t a team high, but they came at crucial moments.“Carrying into halftime obviously it got us going,” Lyle Thompson said. “… we came out a little slow in the third, but once it came to the fourth, we definitely got it going (again).” Comments Published on September 19, 2015 at 7:47 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+