Photo: Ojeda Photography Last night, the ongoing ‘Above The Storm’ tour arrived at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre for a night of reggae and dub. Headlined by Stick Figure, the show was supported by Iya Terra and well-known jam band Twiddle. It was interesting to see Twiddle play to an audiencethat was a bit different from their own, but ultimately the Rastafarian crowd that came to see Stick Figure left satisfied by all the musicians that played.Iya Terra opened up the show with a short and upbeat set. Twiddle was up next, dove right into their trademark style. Not catering to the crowd, they opened up with the authoritative power chords of “Nicodemus Portulay”. The reggae vibes then seeped in, as they followed that up with “Beethoven & Greene”. Fan favorite Plump: Chapter 1 track “Lost in the Cold” came next. “Doinkinbonk!!!” saw bassist Zdenek Gubb seemingly slapping his strings just short of their point of breaking. For the last song of their set, Twiddle brought out Stick Figure’s Johnny Cosmic on guitar for a rousing rendition of Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How It Feels”, perhaps not-so-coincidentally for the evening on which Petty’s autopsy results were made public and the world learned that his October death was caused by an accidental prescription drug overdose.The headliner of the tour, Stick Figure, then played a set filled with songs spanning their 10+ year career. The band’s leading force and frontman, Scott Woodruff, led the band through the set, bringing along his Instagram-famous tour dog, Cocoa, to join in the fun. At first, it was odd to see a dog on stage the entirety of their set. However, it quickly became clear that the dog was almost as much a member of the band as the other musicians. She had a great stage presence, and it was great to see that Tails of Love, a charity supporting animal rescue, had booths set up so fans could help support animals like Cocoa in need of a loving home.The band played plenty of old favorites like “White Fire” and “Livin’ It” as well as newer numbers “Fire on the Horizon” and “Easy Runaway”. They also invited Twiddle frontman Mihali out for a cover of Bob Marley‘s “Mellow Mood”. Perhaps the most special moment of the evening came during the show’s encore the encore, as Stick Figure worked their way through a sing-along rendition of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude”. Finally, a show-ending version of “Smoking Love” with a multitude of musicians from the opening bands brought a great night of reggae music to a close. The ‘Above the Storm’ tour is just starting so be sure to check it out if it comes near your town.For a full list of upcoming “Above The Storm” tour dates, head to Stick Figure’s website here.Below, you can check out a full gallery of photos from the evening courtesy of Daniel Ojeda.SETLIST: Twiddle | Riviera Theatre | Chicago, IL | 1/19/18SET: Nicodemus Portulay, Beethoven & Greene, Lost in the Cold, Daydream Farmer, Doinkinbonk !!!, You Don’t Know How It Feels**with Johnny Cosmic of Stick FigureSETLIST: Stick Figure | Riviera Theatre | Chicago, IL | 1/19/18SET: Lincoln Intro -> Shadow, Above the Storm, Fire on the Horizon, Weary Eyes, White Fire -> Bongs Jam, Think N Thin, Winds from the West, Coming Home, Mellow Mood^, Smiles on Faces, Boulevard, Livin It, Let the Music Play, Intro -> Choice is Yours, Weight of Sound, Easy RunawayEncore: Shelter, Breathe -> Hey Jude, Smoking Love^^with Mihali[Cover photo: Daniel Ojeda]Twiddle, Stick Figure | Riviera Theatre | Chicago, IL | 1/19/18 | Photos: Daniel Ojeda Photo: Daniel Ojeda Load remaining images Ojeda Photography
Designed to immerse students into dialogue related to peacebuilding, social justice and global issues, the 27th annual Student Peace Conference will take place in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies beginning Friday afternoon.The two-day event was organized by a committee of students led by seniors Leah Landry and Victoria Lew. It will consist of documentaries, workshops, a keynote address, an interactive play, a poster session and many panels and individual talks related to its theme: “Pathways to Peace.”“The conference is a way to share ideas and make connections among people of various backgrounds and belief systems, making it the perfect venue to find peaceful solutions to any social problem you’re concerned about,” Landry said.According to Lew, the theme was selected to “address realities of peacebuilding in terms of concrete steps and goals,” and the conference will differ from previous years by featuring documentaries and workshops to demonstrate nonviolent communication and peace agreements.“Peace becomes a lot more realistic when you are able to highlight the various pathways people took to get there,” Lew said. “We want our conference to challenge the idea of peace as idealistic, and invite attendees to learn how real pathways to peace can be formed.”According to the conference website, topics to be addressed include “Refugees: From Displacement to Integration,” “Exploring Statelessness and Migration,” “Peace and the Military: Student Voices on the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy,” “Bridging Cross-Cultural Divides,” “Islam and Peace” and more.The keynote address will be conducted by Nell Bolton, the senior technical advisor for justice and peacebuilding at Catholic Relief Services and an alumna of the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, the conference sponsor. Bolton will be presenting on “Binding, Bonding and Bridging: Building Blocks of Peace.”“There are so many topics that our conference will address, and that’s what makes it so engaging,” Lew said. “Our presenters bridge peacebuilding with religion, science, sociology, history, film and much more.”Over 250 people are registered to attend the conference, excluding scholars, students and activists from across the campus, country and world who are scheduled to present. Though registration is closed, students are free to attend any session.“We have a huge mix of students and activists from Notre Dame and from schools across the world that will be presenting their work and research,” Lew said. “The conference always brings such a wealth of experience to campus, and I am excited for everyone to network among each other and build connections in the peace studies community.”Landry said discussing topics related to peacebuilding in the conference’s “usually hopeful atmosphere” is especially important in today’s context.“Regardless of your political affiliation, I think we all agree that we have serious problems that need solving, and if we can find a way to fix these peacefully, everyone benefits,” she said. “My hope is that every person that attends the conference leaves with a concrete idea of how they can contribute to building sustainable peace in their own community or area of interest.”Tags: Peace Studies, peacebuilding, Social justice, Student Peace Conference
A Burger King employee says he has accepted an apology from two elderly women who told him to “go back to Mexico” for speaking Spanish.The general manager of the Eustis, Fla., location posted an image of a letter he claims to have received from the women to Facebook.In the letter, the women describe their actions as “very bad behavior” and claim that they had recently hit an “emotional brick wall.”Ricardo Castillo, a Puerto Rican American, compassionately accepted their apology and took it a step further by creating a GoFundMe account to raise money for the two women.“Remember, like they said in this letter, Jesus Christ said be kind and compassionate to one another,” Castillo wrote. “So, please, let’s help them.”After the incident, the popular fast-food chain condemned the discrimination seen in the viral video.“There is no place for discrimination in our restaurants, Burger King said in a statement. “We expect employees and guests to treat each other with respect.”Burger King went on to say, the owner was “looking into the matter.”It is unclear whether Burger King is still investigating the incident following the apology.