Twiddle was at the Troubadour in Los Angeles late last week to kick off a run of west coast performances as part of their ongoing winter 2019 tour. For their appearance at the historic L.A. venue, the popular jam band made sure to treat their west coast fans to a special setlist, which, when spelled out using the first letter of each song played during the performances, came to read: “LOS ANGELES JAMS.”Related: Twiddle Channels Elvis Presley In Las VegasFriday’s performance began with “Lost in the Cold”, “Orlando’s”, and “Syncopated Healing”, a trio of tunes from their latest studio album in 2017’s PLUMP. The band continued the first half of the show in pulling “Apples” out of their bag of older material, followed by energizing performances of “Nicodemus” and “Gatsby The Great” to take the audience into set break.The band kept the themed show going strong into set two as they returned to the stage to open the second half with the melodic bliss of “Enter”, before continuing right into “Latin Tang”. Next came “Earth Mama”, one of the unreleased live favorites penned by singer/guitarist Mihali Savoulidis, followed by “Jamflowman” and another tune off of PLUMP in “Amidst the Myst”. The band then treated fans to a guest sit-in from Marcus Rezak, who was welcomed to the stage to join the performance of “Mamunes The Faun” to close out the second set. The show’s one-song encore featured a cover of Sublime‘s “Smoke Two Joints”, which finalized the spelling of “LOS ANGELES JAMS” for the show’s overall theme.Fans can listen to the audio player below to relive last week’s fantastic Los Angeles performance. It’s also worth noting that Vampire Weekend‘s Ezra Koenig (L.A. celebrity sighting!) came out to support his fellow rockers at Friday’s concert, an exciting continuation in the “Ezra loves Twiddle” saga.On a January episode of his Time Crisis radio show, Koenig and his co-host Jake Longstretch discussed their unexpected admiration for Twiddle and their song “Jamflowman”–a track off the band’s 2007 Natural Evolution of Consciousness that describes the character development of a young guitarist. Then, last month, Koenig continued the conversation by inviting frontman Mihali Savoulidis onto the show. The relationship is now close to full circle, with a pending sit-in needed to complete the story.Twiddle – The Troubador – 3/1/19[Audio: edmund.edwards]Ezra Koenig And Mihali Savoulidis[Photo: Jeff Kravitz]Twiddle continue their ongoing winter tour with the next performance scheduled for Thursday with a show at The Fillmore in San Francisco, before heading to Catalyst in Santa Cruz and Crystal Bay Club Casino in Crystal Bay, NV. Fans can head to the band’s website for tour and ticket info for all their upcoming shows.Setlist: Twiddle | The Troubador | Los Angeles, CA | 3/1/2019Set One: Lost in the Cold, Orlando’s, Syncopated healing, Apples, Nicodemus, Gatsby The GreatSet Two: Enter -> Latin Tang, Earth Mamma, Second wind, Jamflowman, Amidst the Myst, Mamunes The Faun*Encore: Smoke Two Joints (Sublime cover)* w/ Marcus Rezak
On Wednesday, the Saint Mary’s Center for Spirituality’s Real Life Project held its first meeting for the 2015-2016 academic school year.Michelle Egan, associate director of the Center for Spirituality, said the Real Life Project began as a Student Independent Study and Research (SISTAR) project in 2007 and now takes place once a year, usually during the fall semester.“The Center for Spirituality subsidized the Real Life Project in 2008-2009 as a pilot, and [it] was met with such positive evaluations that it was incorporated into the Center’s regular programming,” Egan said.According to the Saint Mary’s website, the Real Life Project provides “students and faculty the chance to talk together about how to connect all the parts of [their] lives in a meaningful way.”Egan said participants must attend all four meetings, which occur over dinner with a small group of faculty facilitators. At these meetings, the faculty aids students in discovering how to balance their daily lives with fulfilling their calling.“The central focus of Real Life is to explore the notion of vocation on many levels, deepening students’ understandings of both vocation, or life calling, and the discernment process,” she said.According to the Saint Mary’s website, students complete readings and reflections to help prepare themselves for the discussions to come.“All participants share the experience of making major life decisions, plus they discuss the challenges of integrating all aspects of life as they pursue their goals and dreams,” Egan said.Egan said that after listening to guest speakers, reading, reflecting and having discussions with faculty, students have a better understanding of the role of theology.“Students come to a better understanding of the process of thoughtful, prayerful decision making, and they develop a broad definition of gifts or passions,” she said. “They also leave with a better understanding of how their ‘passions’ can respond to the needs of the world.”Students often enjoy the program so much that they are not ready for it to end, Egan said.According to the Saint Mary’s website, a Saint Mary’s student said, “My Real Life experiences have helped me to realize that discernment is a lifelong process and that my path might zig-zag and change directions a number of times during my adult life. I remind myself that I will know what choice is right for me when it feels right.”Tags: Real Life Program, Saint Mary’s Center for Spirituality
The government has announced that this year’s Ramadan will start on Friday following a limited isbat (confirmation) meeting with several Islamic organizations and other relevant parties in Jakarta on Thursday.”After taking into account the hisab [astronomical calculation] and rukyat [new moon observation] methods, we have determined that the first day of Ramadan this year will fall tomorrow on Friday,” Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi said.He called on Muslims to refrain from attending religious gatherings or performing the tarawih (evening Ramadan prayers) in congregations during the COVID-19 outbreak to avoid the risk of contracting the disease. Ramadan is expected to last for 30 days. The government will hold another isbat meeting in late May to determine the date of Idul Fitri.Various Islamic groups in Indonesia use different methods to determine the start of Ramadan on the Islamic Hijriyah calendar, which is based on lunar observations.For example, the An Nazir sect in Gowa, South Sulawesi, marked Thursday as day one of fasting after making calculations based on the highest tidal waves.The Tareqat Naqsabandiyah in West Sumatra also started Ramadan on Thursday, as reported by local media outlets. It used the hisab-munjid method, a mixture of mathematical and astronomical calculations.Topics : “We also discourage ziarah [visiting relatives’ graves] and the Idul Fitri mudik [exodus], which could potentially spread the disease,” the minister said, adding that those who fasted should pay attention to their nutritional intake to boost their immunity.Read also: Ramadan starts early in Maluku villages, people flock to mosquesThe government’s decision to start Ramadan on Friday was endorsed by all major Islamic organizations, including the second-largest in the country, Muhammadiyah, which had for years set different dates for the start of the fasting month.Muhammadiyah, which only uses the hisab method to determine when Ramadan begins, announced in late February that the fasting month would start on Friday, while Idul Fitri would fall on May 24.