The Disco Biscuits have announced their plans for the approaching New Year. On December 28th through 31st, the jamtronica pioneers will return “home” for a four-night run at the Fillmore Philadelphia.Last year, The Disco Biscuits celebrated New Year’s Eve at New York City’s PlayStation Theater following the previous year’s move to The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia. Having only opened in October of 2015, The Fillmore Philadelphia is quickly becoming a favorite of the 23-year-old band and is the home to some of their greatest jams. In April, the venue even honored the band with a banner at the end of a three-night 4/20 run, celebrating the fact that they’ve played the venue the most out of any other act, with nine plays under their belt.Four-day passes are available via the run’s pre-sale, which starts today, and will also be available during the general on sale, which starts this Friday. Single day tickets will also be available starting Friday. For more information, head to the band’s website.To celebrate their return, The Disco Biscuits put together a ridiculous “holiday gift box” for the most hardcore fans: the four-day pass holders!THE “BECAUSE YOU’RE HARDCORE” GIFT BOX INCLUDES:• Entry to a late afternoon, pre-doors set of pure, unadulterated, balls to the wall improv from The Disco Biscuits — exclusively for 4-day ticket holders on Saturday, December 29 (That’s right, an extra set of music, because you’re hardcore!)• A limited edition, Disco Biscuits New Year’s Run winter hat — 4 nights in Philly over New Year’s week? You’re gonna need a winter hat with this 4-day pass. It’s on us.• “Appy Hour” with the Biscuits: appetizers on us, and cash bar, during the exclusive improv set. That’s right, we are gonna feed your mind AND feed your belly! Perhaps the guys will feel like joining you for some delicious grub as well.• Free audio streams for each of the four shows on the Nugs.net app…all four nights at your fingertips!• Expedited entry through a separate dedicated lane, solely for 4-day pass holders!The BiscoTix request period is now open through Wednesday at 5 p.m. (ET) right here.
In her mind’s eye, Pamela Thompson summits California’s 14,000-foot Mount Shasta on a beautiful day.“It’s absolutely clear. Blue sky. You can see forever,” Thompson said. “I really want to make it.”This month Thompson will climb Shasta — the second-highest peak in the Cascade Range — to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer prevention.Thompson, manager of adult education at the Arnold Arboretum, has raised nearly $8,000 for the nonprofit Breast Cancer Fund, whose prevention focus is on reducing toxins in our everyday environment. She’ll be taking part in the fund’s Climb Against the Odds from June 16 to June 21.Thompson, 51, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. The call confirming her lump was cancerous came while she was at her dying father’s bedside.“I took the call in the bathroom at the nursing home,” Thompson recalls. “I fell out of the bathroom … and fell into the arms of my family.”Thompson credits her 18-year-old daughter, Ailsa Jeffries, an incoming Harvard freshman, for taking a practical approach that helped her during those first difficult days.“As a family, we approached it as a problem that can be solved,” Thompson said. “It does turn your world upside down.”She underwent a year of treatment, including a single mastectomy for ductile carcinoma in situ — cancer in a milk duct that hasn’t spread — followed by reconstructive surgery.Thompson became interested in the climb when she came across one of the Breast Cancer Fund’s newsletters, and then applied.Never an avid exerciser or distance hiker, Thompson had just last fall started riding her bike to the Arboretum from her home in Milton. On hearing, in January, that she’d been accepted on the climb, she threw herself into training. She began walking and then running short distances, gradually lengthening to four or five miles. She also began hiking in the Blue Hills, first without a pack and then hauling up to 30 pounds. She has lost 10 pounds and today is running farther than she ever thought she would.In April, her preparations took a serious hit when she sprained her ankle during her first hike on Great Blue Hill. That forced her to take two weeks off of training. When she restarted, she built intensity slowly.Even early this month, the ankle still felt a bit dodgy, Thompson admitted — but better when she’s hiking. She has no intention of letting it interfere with the Shasta climb.“I’ve gotten this far, I’m not turning back,” Thompson said.Susanne Pfeiffer, Thompson’s sometime hiking partner and a horticultural technician at the Arboretum, said she has no doubt her friend will make it. After a long day of work, sometimes followed by a public event, Thompson and Pfeiffer will grab their gear and head to the Blue Hills for a hike.“Pam … has this burst of energy, a fire inside her. She just keeps going and going,” said Pfeiffer, who credited Thompson with inspiring her to get out hiking more often. “She’s up for the challenge. Pam’s a fighter. She’ll make it to the top and make friends along the way, because that’s how she is.”As Thompson’s departure approaches, mountaineering gear sent east by the San Francisco-based Breast Cancer Fund has been piling up in her living room: water bottles, a pack, specialized underlayers, trekking poles, and a warm down coat and shell. Thompson figures she’s pretty well equipped, except for food and a sleeping pad.Mount Shasta, a dormant volcano, is the fifth-highest peak in California. With warm weather below, part of the climb will be done in snow, by roped teams equipped with crampons and ice axes.The Breast Cancer Fund is working to prevent breast cancer by reducing toxins in household items such as food cans, cosmetics, cleaning products, and toys. Thompson said that with breast cancer rates for women 50 and older tripling in just a generation and just 5 percent to 10 percent of breast cancer patients having previous cancer in their family or known breast cancer genes, it seems that environment is an issue.“We’re not getting it from our mothers and grandmothers,” she said. “I’m the first one in my family. … I really would like answers. I’d like my daughter to know more.”Thompson flies out of Boston for California on June 14. She’ll spend the next day in “snow school,” learning crampon technique, how to hike roped in with other climbers, and how to use an ice ax, including the finer points of self-arrest should she start sliding.The next day, Thompson will meet with the group’s guides and the rest of the team. On Monday she’ll be briefed and go though gear checks.The climb starts Tuesday at a trailhead at 6,900 feet and proceeds up to a base camp at 9,600 feet. The plan calls for an early bedtime after dinner. On Wednesday, the group will rise at 1 a.m. for the 12- to 16-hour round trip to the summit, hiking up roped together in teams of five. They’ll spend that night back at the base camp before hiking out the next day.Thompson has imagined the hike, seeing footprints in the snow ahead as she and her roped-in partners trek relentlessly uphill.“I’ve seen myself taking steps through the snow. I want to go to the top,” Thompson said. “It’s mind over matter, but my body will tell me what to do.”Readers can follow the climb’s progress at the Breast Cancer Fund’s blog.
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (March 4-5) – John Carney was late getting to the track Friday night, and that was the only time he was late getting anywhere during the March 4-5 Red River Roundup.Carney won both IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car features during the opening weekend for the new Sprint Series of Oklahoma at Red River Speedway, earning $700 on Friday and $1,000 on Saturday.The sweep gave him 14 straight RaceSaver feature wins, including last September’s Sprint Car Nationals.“I had a great car both nights. I could go anywhere on the track with it and that was thanks to my crew,” noted Carney, driver of the Coyote Candle Company ride.After missing the draw and racing from ninth to second in his heat, Carney’s Friday checkers came from 14th starting in the main event. He was on time Saturday and won his heat, then started outside the front row and led all 25 laps.Tim Crawley, Justin Melton, Zane Lawrence and Joe Wood Jr. completed the opening night top five. Jake Bubak, Andy Shouse, Wood and Crawley were second through fifth, respectively, on Saturday.Carney was up to seventh in just two laps on opening night, making use of the lower line while much of the rest of the field opted for the high side, and was running second when the seventh circuit was scored. A lapped car came into play when he passed Crawley for the lead around midway.“Tim ran the top side. I knew I’d have to pass him low so I started running the top in (turns) one and two and the bottom in three and four,” Carney said. “He came up on a lapped car and didn’t have quite the momentum. I had a full head of steam and was able to pass them both.”The green flag stayed out for the first 20 circuits on Saturday. Two lapped cars separated Carney and Bubak before the caution waved with five to go.“After the restart I just concentrated on hitting my marks,” he said. ”I was pretty sure no one would be able to catch me.”Feature ResultsMarch 4 – 1. John Carney II; 2. Tim Crawley; 3. Justin Melton; 4. Zane Lawrence; 5. Joe Wood Jr.; 6. Jake Bubak; 7. Andy Shouse; 8. Jake Martens; 9. C.J. Hulsey; 10. David Wilsey; 11. Logan Scherb; 12. T.J. Homkamp; 13. T. J. Michael; 14. Zack Blurton; 15. Brandon Long; 16. Sterling Hoff; 17. Michelle Melton; 18. Joey Starnes; 19. Martin Edwards; 20. John Kelley; 21. Chase Parson.March 5 – 1. Carney; 2. Bubak; 3. Shouse; 4. Wood; 5. Crawley; 6. Justin Melton; 7. Hulsey; 8. Martens; 9. Lawrence; 10. Michelle Melton; 11. Ryan Hall; 12. Scherb; 13. Ty Williams; 14. Taylor Velazquez; 15. Tucker Doughty; 16. Blurton; 17. Chance McCrary; 18. Kaden Taylor; 19. Blake Davis; 20. Long.
BRYAN FAUST/Herald photoAfter another disappointing series against Alaska Anchorage this past weekend, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team (4-4-2, 3-2-1 WCHA) finally has some good news. Barring any setbacks, forward Ross Carlson is expected to rejoin the UW lineup when the Badgers take the ice against Denver at the Kohl Center this weekend.The sputtering Badger offense has been held in check since losing Carlson and Jack Skille in their home opening series against North Dakota.”There’s a good chance Ross will be back in and I think the timing is right for Ross to come in, and what he brings as an athlete is something that we could use right now. It’s like getting a B12 shot,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said in a press conference Monday.Last season, Carlson was sixth on the team with 23 points — and is the Badgers’ active leader with 72 career points — but it is his gritty style of play and veteran leadership that the Badgers have missed most. According Eaves, a healthy dose of Carlson and Skille is just what the doctor ordered.”Ross is one of our seniors, and obviously he has an offensive flair, but you miss that senior leadership on the ice and in the locker room,” Eaves said. “You’re talking about [just] two guys, but the chemistry they provide helps make the soup taste good, if you want to make the analogy, so were happy to have him back in.”Skille, who suffered an elbow injury against North Dakota, is progressing on schedule and Eaves didn’t rule out the possibility of the Madison native making a triumphant return as early as this weekend.”[Skille’s] on the ice with us skating, puck handling, passing, and I think the next step is can he shoot the puck, because that will put torque on his injury. When he passes that test, we will be closer to having him back,” Eaves said. “This weekend is doubtful, but hopefully next weekend we will be looking at probable.”Two of a kindDespite Wisconsin’s offensive inadequacies the last few weeks, the Badger blue-liners have been quite effective, keeping shots and quality scoring chances to a minimum, while surrendering just 2.1 goals per game.”(Davis) Drewiske and (Matt) Olinger have played well as a pair … they have really stabilized that defense,” Eaves said.According to Eaves, the consistency of an unlikely duo has been instrumental in the defensive effort.”Not only have they played to their strengths,” Eaves said, “but actually they have stepped outside and picked up their games a little bit, so when you ask [who is the most consistent] that is what comes to mind.”Revenge factorAfter the Badgers’ 2-1 loss to Alaska Anchorage, Eaves questioned his team’s effort and their ability to play to their own identity. Wisconsin’s inconsistent play has frustrated the coaching staff and they will continue to address the issue.”I came across a good quote that said, ‘infinite patience produces immediate results’ which is a very paradoxical statement,” Eaves said. “But in the world of sport, you have got to have a certain mentality of how you have to play and play to a certain identity if you want to be a championship team.”When the Badgers lost goaltender Brian Elliott to an injury last season, Eaves was forced to give backup goaltender Shane Connelly the first starts of his career against Denver — the defending national champions at the time. The freshman’s inexperience was confirmed — Eaves related the magnitude of Connelly’s situation to being dumped “not into the deep end, but in the Pacific Ocean” — as the Badgers were swept at home, being outscored 5-2 in the two-game set.Despite the circumstances of last year’s matchup, Eaves expects the Pioneers to bring the same intensity and ability that has defined their team for the last few seasons.”It was a long time ago and [last year] doesn’t matter, it’s a new year, it’s Denver,” Eaves said. “They are always a quality opponent, they’ll bring their A-game. They like playing in this building like most teams, so it will be another great challenge for us.”