UPDATE: The Billy Joel tour date listing referenced below has since been removed, and Joel is scheduled to perform at MSG on 12/20. As of now, the days usually encompassed by Phish’s New Year’s run are still open on the Garden’s schedule.Many people refer to Madison Square Garden as Phish‘s de facto home court. The band has played the World’s Most Famous Arena in the heart of New York City 39 times to date, and the list of shows at the venue include some of the most memorable performances in the band’s career. This summer, the band is set to play an unprecedented 13-show “Baker’s Dozen” run at the Garden, bringing their total number of MSG shows up to 52 (and not-so-coincidentally one-upping Billy Joel‘s record-setting 12-show-per-year pace at the venue).Phish’s MSG runs typically come over New Year’s Eve. Since their reunion in 2009, the band has rung in the new year at the Garden every year except 2009 and 2014 (both of which were held at Miami’s American Airlines Arena). However, with 13 MSG shows on the books for this summer, fans have been curious about how that will affect the band’s usual New Year’s plans.While the answer to those questions has not officially been answered, new information appears to indicate that the band will not return to MSG for New Year’s this year. According to a listing on this Madison Square Garden ticket resale platform [UPDATE: The listing has since been removed], Billy Joel is set to perform at the Garden on December 30th this year, the Saturday of “New Year’s weekend.” Assuming this date is correct (it’s not yet listed on Joel’s website, but it is mentioned in the “Events” section of his Facebook page), that would likely mean that Phish will not play their customary 4-night run there over New Year’s this year. Even if the band started their run on the 31st and played through the 3rd (which they did in Miami in 2014), that would mean the hypothetical run would fall on a Sunday-Wednesday–an unlikely situation in terms of logistics.Does this mean Phish is heading back to Miami for New Year’s? Are they going to pick a new location to ring in 2018? Will there be a Phish New Year’s run at all (the band has already stated that they will not tour this fall)? Are we reading way too far into all this, and it’s all just Internet smoke and mirrors as usual? We’ll have to wait to find out, but we have a feeling people have some pretty strong opinions and theories on the matter. Let’s hear ’em! What do you think Phish will do for New Year’s 2017-2018?Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsJuly 21 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 21 – The Motet @ BB King Blues Club (tix)July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theater (tix)July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix)July 28 – James Brown Dance Party – 2x Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix / late tix)July 29 – Dopapod @ Highline Ballroom (tix)July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 4 – “Kraz & Taz” Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 – Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (tix)
The career path of a chef today can take an interesting route, beginning as lowly stagiaire, and perhaps leading to chef-owner of an acclaimed restaurant or two, then books, endorsements, and television. Few have the opportunity to use a top university classroom as their stage.This year, Harvard University has gathered 12 of the most accomplished chefs from around the world to teach “Science and Cooking’’ at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Each lecturer presents a class to a group of 400 undergraduates. In an effort to allow some public access (and accommodate overflow students), each chef also presents a weekly seminar one evening. They kicked off last week with the world’s most talked-about chef, Ferran Adria of El Bulli restaurant in Spain, the man at the forefront of molecular gastronomy — though he prefers the term “avant garde cuisine…”Read more here
CLEVELAND — If we’re being honest, the actual baseball played during the 2019 All-Star Game on Tuesday night wasn’t the most entertaining or exciting part of the multiple-day All-Star extravaganza near the shore of Lake Erie. And that’s OK. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThe game itself was fine. The American League beat the National League 4-3. The NL’s eighth-inning rally — the Senior Circuit cut the deficit to just 4-3 on a two-run single by Mets rookie Pete Alonso — fell short with the tying run on third and the go-ahead run at second. The biggest theme of the game was AL pitchers striking out a bunch of NL hitters, 16 of them, including three each by game MVP Shane Bieber, Liam Hendricks and Aroldis Chapman.Shane Bieber.That’s it.That’s the tweet.#AllStarGame | #RallyTogether pic.twitter.com/HAR8FjeYc6— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 10, 2019“We were nasty, man,” said Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman, who’s nursing a pectoral injury and didn’t pitch in the game. “It was a nice little win for the AL.”Turned out that Joey Gallo’s solo home run in the seventh inning, a line-drive that gave the AL a three-run cushion, was pretty darn important. In a season that’s been defined by incredible home run numbers, that was one of only two baseballs to sneak over the fence in the Midsummer Classic. Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon — who had been 0-for-8 in his first three All-Star Games — homered in the sixth and got the goose egg off the scoreboard for the NL, which he admitted was a nice feeling. ‘Yeah! I mean, I felt like I contributed for the first time,” Blackmon told SN with a grin. “I wish I could have done something in that next at-bat, but it was still fun to be out there.”That “next at-bat” was in the seventh, when he struck out with the bases loaded, immediately before Alonso delivered his RBI base knock. He wasn’t the only NL hitter to flail helplessly against AL hurlers, of course. We already mentioned the 16 strikeouts.The contrast between Monday night’s frenetic Home Run Derby — Vlad Guerrero Jr. hit 91 homers himself, Alonso won the title and the eight guys combined to hit 312 homers — and Tuesday’s All-Star Game was hard to ignore. But, again, that’s OK. A record 91 bombs. 20 years old. 60 seconds 😳#PLAKATA 💥 | #LetsGoBlueJays pic.twitter.com/nlc0kBhUel— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 9, 2019The game’s an exhibition, a celebration of the sport. And to that extent, the week’s worth of events was mission accomplished in Cleveland. The excitement in the city, which did a fantastic job hosting, was hard to ignore, too. The Play Ball Park events were packed with families and kids — side note to MLB: Make this a traveling show that moves around the country and promotes the game, please —and the support inside the stadium was outstanding, too. Raucous cheers erupted anytime one of the hometown players did anything remotely good Tuesday night. Again, if we’re being honest, Bieber was probably given the MVP largely because the roars that increased with each of his three strikeouts in the fifth inning were, by far, the loudest of the game. Together, we stand #CookieStrong. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/1wmFn6KEYK— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 10, 2019BENDER: Shane Bieber gave hometown fans a thrill on way to All-Star MVPThe Stand Up To Cancer moment, when Cleveland teammates Bieber, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana and manager Terry Francona joined Carlos Carrasco — who just announced that he has leukemia — was chill-inducing.“It was a message,” Lindor said. “It was a message to let him know, ‘We stand up for you. We will be next to you, as a team and as a family. We are next to you. We’re right there for you.’ And that’s all that matters. We all believe in him, we all believe that he’s gonna kick cancer’s butt, and he’ll be fine.” pic.twitter.com/GT1hVOwjDb— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 9, 2019And then there was Mike Trout running onto the field wearing uniform No. 45 in tribute to Tyler Skaggs, his Angels teammate who died suddenly and shockingly at 27 years old when the team was in Dallas to play the Rangers recently. Tommy La Stella, the other Angels All-Star, wore Skaggs’ No. 45, too. Another unforgettable moment that was more important than the actual baseball played in this exhibition — one no longer tied to home-field advantage in the World Series, thankfully — that was a celebration of the sport. And that’s exactly what happened this week, a worthy celebration.