Last month, STS9 wrapped up their Enceladus tour, rounding out an extensive tour in celebration of their 20th year as a band. The jamtronica cohorts have upcoming plans to celebrate the New Year together with four nights in California, starting at The Novo in Los Angeles on December 28, and concluding with three nights at The Warfield in San Francisco on December 29-31. The band has a few dates planned for early 2018 in the books as well, starting at Gem & Jam Festival in Tucson on January 26-27, then moving on to El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico on the 28th and The Complex in Salt Lake City, Utah on the 30th. From there, the band will perform four explosive nights in Colorado. STS9 is scheduled to open the run at the Telluride Conference Center on January 31st, before heading to Aspen for an intimate three-night run at the Belly Up Aspen on February 1, 2, and 3.STS9 Surprises Fans By Playing Unannounced ‘Artifact’ Set On Their 20th Anniversary [Video/Photo]Pre-sale tickets for the January-February dates are available now on the band’s website, with an official on-sale opening up on Friday, December 1 at 10AM MT.If you’re planning on heading to the band’s upcoming four-night California New Year’s Eve run, STS9 will be offering access to “Supernova” soundchecks as part of their VIP experience. In addition to access to soundchecks, fans who purchase the VIP experience are also offered meet-and-greets with the band, signed gear, and more. Check out more details about the CID packages here, and go to STS9’s website for tickets to their upcoming New Year’s Eve run.Check out the full spread below!Upcoming STS9 Concerts12.28. Los Angeles, CA – The Novo12.29-31 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield1.26-27 Tucson, AZ – Gem & Jam Festival1.28 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater1.30 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex1.31 Telluride, CO – Telluride Conference Center2.1-3 Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen[photo by Christian Stewart]
Shopping for Christmas presents can be stressful and overwhelming. Shopping for Christmas presents while also supporting education in Nepal is rewarding. Today, Badin Hall is hosting “A Conscious Christmas,” a sale benefiting Hope Initiative. The sale will take place from noon until 5 p.m. in the Badin Hall large social space. The sale will feature handicrafts and gifts handmade in Nepal by fair trade artisans. Sophomore Badin Hall president Cristin Pacifico said the sale is an annual tradition, benefiting Hall fellow and design professor Ann-Marie Conrado’s Hope Initiative. “Basically, we put this sale on every year and all the proceeds, everything we sell goes directly to Nepal and it funds Ann-Marie’s Hope Initiative, which is an orphanage house she set up in Nepal,” she said. According to the Hope Initiative website, the mission of the organization is “to uplift individuals in developing countries by focusing on transformative education for youth and adults alike. Hope gives individuals the tools they need to create change in their own lives to escape poverty and dependency.” The money helps send the children living in the hope house to school, Pacifico said. “They [the kids] tested into one of the best schools in Nepal and that is where they are at school right now,” she said. “Ann-Marie comes in and we try to have regular Skype sessions with the kids. It’s just a great opportunity to get to purchase some really beautiful goods but also do it in a very responsible way.” Pacifico said the handicrafts are the hard work of Nepali women and their families. “You can bring back beautiful gifts for your family and it’s an awesome thing to see that you are helping people,” she said. The Conscious Christmas is not the only event Badin holds to support Hope Initiative, Pacifico said. “All the other signature events, all the money we raise also goes to Hope Initiative,” she said. “When we come back from break we also have the Polar Bear Plunge, which is a bit more chilly. It’s for the more daring.” Wednesday night, girls in Badin Hall were able to Skype the hope house children before they went to school. The children living in the house and attending school are Surya Kandel, Rajesh Nepali, Surackshya Pariyar, Sushila BK, Karan Gurung and Sabin Poudel. The children in Nepal told the Badin Hall residents how school was going and sang a song in Nepali. When the girls asked if they could send anything to Nepal, the children asked for notebooks and pens. However, Poudel said a PSP [PlayStation Portable.] Freshman Maddie Caballero said she stumbled across the Skype session Wednesday night. “I fell in love,” she said. “The kids were so cute and they had so much honesty in their eyes. They were just so happy to see you.” Freshman Kristina Techar also got to Skype with the kids. “It was very interesting. … I was expecting kids who were younger,” she said. “But it was nice to have kids who were older because you could really talk to them.” Techar said she was surprised to hear the children ask for what they needed, not what they wanted. “When we asked them what they wanted us to [send] them, instead of saying things like hair bows, they asked for things that they needed, for example a science notebook,” she said. Caballero said she was excited for the sale Friday and to get involved. “I will probably be wearing the [Badin Hall] frog suit and hold up a giant sign and be really enthusiastic about the ‘Conscious Christmas,’” she said. Contact Anna Boarini at [email protected]
MS Dhoni proved he is still a man for the big occasion and Washington Sundar also sparkled as Rising Pune Supergiant beat Mumbai Indians by 20 runs to reach the Indian Premier League final.Dhoni has had his critics during the tournament, but the former India captain will play in a record seventh IPL final after bludgeoning a brutal unbeaten 40 off only 26 balls to get Pune up to 162-4.Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary made half-centuries and Dhoni produced some late fireworks, hitting five sixes, before Sundar claimed outstanding figures of 3-16 as Mumbai were able to muster only 142-9 at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday.Parthiv Patel got a Mumbai side, who finished the regular season top of the table, off to a flyer in their run chase, but his 52 from 40 balls was in vain.Pune can now put their feet up before the final in Hyderabad on May 21, while Mumbai will be their opponents if they defeat either Sunrisers Hyderabad or Kolkata Knight Riders in a second qualifier on Friday.Rahul Tripathi went without scoring when he was cleaned up by the fifth ball of the match from Mitchell McClenaghan and Lasith Malinga struck a huge blow in the next over by getting rid of Steve Smith.Pune were 9-2 when Tiwary arrived at the crease, but Rahane (56 from 43) provided some impetus by taking McClenaghan for back-to-back boundaries.Rahane went soon after passing 50 following a stand of 80, but Tiwary hit a McClenaghan beamer to the boundary to bring up his half-century and hit the next ball down the ground for six before Dhoni cleared the ropes twice in a penultimate over which yielded 26 runs.There were another two sixes from Dhoni in the last over from Jasprit Bumrah and Tiwary was run-out off the final ball in a dramatic end to the innings after making 58 from only 48 deliveries.Patel got Mumbai off to a great start with three sixes early in their reply, but Lendl Simmons was run-out at the non-striker’s end after Shardul Thakur got a hand on a mistimed stroke from his opening partner.Sundar put Pune firmly on top by removing Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu in the sixth over, the teenager also striking a major blow by getting Kieron Pollard cheaply to put Mumbai in the mire on 51-4.Patel lacked support and any chance of a Mumbai victory was all but over when he holed out to Thakur, who finished with figures of 3-37, as Pune marched into what will be Dhoni’s milestone final.(Omnisport)
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Manchester United have a great chance of signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid next summer, a leading journalist has claimed. (Metro)Manchester United are plotting a sensational swoop on Leeds for rising star Charlie Taylor. The left-back is being monitored by Louis van Gaal’s side and they could launch a move in January after Luke Shaw’s horror injury. (Daily Star)Manchester United must sign TWO centre-backs in January or they will continue to struggle in Europe, says Roy Keane. (Daily Star)Carlos Vela has admitted he considered leaving Real Sociedad during the summer and refused to rule out a departure when the transfer window opens again in January. Vela was linked with West Ham in the recent window. (Sport)Jurgen Klopp is ready to snub the Premier League to replace Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich. The German has been linked with the Liverpool job and is the favourite to replace under-fire boss Brendan Rodgers but the former Dortmund chief wants to lead Bayern, with Guardiola expected to go next summer. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Anthony Martial should lead the attack instead of Wayne Rooney, says Manchester United great Ruud van Nistelrooy‘I want to follow in Kevin de Bruyne’s footsteps,’ says Chelsea flop Thorgan HazardTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino reveals tearful phone call with stricken Manchester United star Luke ShawHugo Lloris insists he is happy at Tottenham as goalkeeper rubbishes transfer talkChelsea transfer report: Blues send scouts to watch Serbian starlet as Jose Mourinho weighs up January moveTottenham transfer report: Empoli fighting to keep starlet amid interest from Premier League sideLeicester transfer report: Valencia edge ahead of Foxes in fight to land Lisbon manArsenal transfer report: January move for Real Madrid star on cards?