Check out the full tour schedule below, and head here for more information.Perpetual Groove Fall Tour8/19 Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA8/20 Southern Brewers Festival – Chattanooga, TN9/16 Lucas Theatre for the Arts – Savannah, GA9/17 Lucas Theatre – Savannah, GA9/22 Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC9/23 Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD9/24 The National – Richmond, VA9/25 Catskill Chill Music Festival9/28 Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH9/29 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH9/30 Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN10/1 Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC10/22 New Mountain Asheville/Outdoor Stage – Asheville, NC10/24 George’s Majestic Lounge – Fayetteville, AR10/26 The Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO10/27 Aggie Theatre – Ft Collins, CO10/28 Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, CO10/29 Cervante’s Masterpiece – Denver, CO10/31 Parish Austin – Austin, TX11/2 House of Blues Houston – Houston, TX11/3 House of Blues Dallas – Dallas, TX11/4 The Howlin Wolf New Orleans – New Orleans, LA11/5 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL12/1 Crowbar – Tampa, FL12/2 culture room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL12/3 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL12/29 Terminal West – Atlanta, GA12/30 Terminal West – Atlanta, GA12/31 Terminal West – Atlanta, GA Perpetual Groove has finally announced their first major tour in years! The band went on hiatus for a number of years, and have been playing limited night runs since their return in 2015. Now, the group has plans to hit spots across the nation for a 29-date fall tour, running from August 19th through December 31st.The tour features stops throughout the Southeast, before heading north for the Catskill Chill Music Festival in September. The group also has a number of dates set for Colorado, before wrapping back around and celebrating Halloween in Austin, TX. They’ll return to the Southeast and finish up the year at Terminal West in Austin, TX.
Trying to address concerns raised by vegan and vegetarian students last semester, USC Hospitality has begun an initiative to increase the presence and awareness of alternative food options on campus.The project, called V2O — which stands for vegan, vegetarian and organic — has three goals: expanding healthy eating options, labeling food more accurately and giving free weekly cooking demonstrations for students.Got milk? · Sarah Kelly (left), a freshman majoring in cinema-television production, looks on as Thomas Moran (center), associate executive chef at USC, cooks a vegetarian dish at EVK Wednesday. The demonstration was part of an initiative that aims to increase the availability of vegetarian options. – Young Kim | Daily TrojanThe idea for V2O came about after a number of students ate tamales labeled “vegan” at Everybody’s Kitchen in April, later discovering that the tamales had been made with chicken. The incident highlighted the need for accurate marking of food in the dining halls.“I decided then to drive culinary initiatives and accommodate everybody’s needs,” said Thomas Moran, associate executive chef at USC, who is heading the project. “We are going to reach out to get more awareness of sustainability and vegetarians.”For the first phase of the initiative, Moran and his culinary team decided to create new vegetarian, vegan or organic menu items for EVK and Parkside Residential Kitchen. The dining halls have so far offered more than a dozen V2O dishes, including roasted eggplant, squash, organic wheat berries and different kinds of potatoes, Moran said.He added that there are more dishes to come.“The options are infinite,” Moran said. “We want to not just provide food, but food for people to eat.”Elizabeth Sandoval, a sophomore majoring in communication, said the new options were helping students make better decisions when eating at the dining halls.“In general, you want to eat healthy, but it’s harder in these buffet-style restaurants,” she said. “I think it’s a good thing to offer more options to students.”Even so, Sandoval said she is hesitant about how different the new food will taste.“You might be eating healthy but the trade-off might be the taste,” Sandoval said. “It’s not going to work if it’s unappetizing healthy food.”The second part of the initiative involved the creation of labels with the V2O logo to clearly identify food at the dining locations.“It was always being referred to [as] the vegetarian, vegan, organic initiative so we decided to simplify it to something that clearly identifies the initiative and is not a mouthful,” said Alex Maloutas, a graphic designer from the USC Design Studio who worked with the visual aspect of the initiative.Although the labeling process will include oversight from the director and the chef at the dining locations, Moran said the responsibility of accurate marking will ultimately fall to the staff at the dining facilities.For students like Shaila Nathu, a junior majoring in philosophy who said the only meat she eats is chicken, the labeling ensures they know exactly what is in the food.“It’s nice to know they are being proactive and doing something to reassure [us] that they care about health standards and hospitality,” Nathu said. “In general it’s very good to know what you’re eating.”Moran will also offer free cooking demonstration, to educate students about healthy cooking as well as provide an open forum with the chef. The demos alternate between EVK and Parkside every Wednesday.“The classes teach people how to cook and be a part of the culinary experience,” Moran said.Roxanne Striar, a freshman majoring in theatre who participated in the first cooking class, said she enjoyed the experience.“I love to cook so any chance to cook and eat healthy food I [take],” she said. “It was something to do on a Wednesday night that’s inexpensive, interactive and fun.”USC Hospitality plans to expand the V2O initiative to include other dining locations and food options on campus, according to Maloutas, who added they also have a long-term plan to label grab-and-go items.Moran said he wants to continue to increase the variety of vegan and vegetarian options offered.“I’m driving this initiative from a food perspective,” Moran said. “We want to provide people the most variety, and separate our university from others.”
View Gallery (2 Photos)It took seven innings for the bats of the Wisconsin softball team to finally heat up, but the Badgers came out swinging in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday against North Dakota State to come away with a split of the series.NDSU (24-19) got on the board early in the second game of the twin billing. The game’s first batter, Grete Peterson, reached on a base hit to pitcher Letty Olivarez, who then overthrew first baseman Alexis Garcia. Peterson advanced to second on the error. Shortstop Jennifer Morse then moved Peterson to third on a groundout to Olivarez.With Kelly Cantrell up to bat, UW catcher Joey Daniels threw to third after Peterson crept off the base. Daniels’ throw went past third baseman Athena Vasquez and into left field, allowing Peterson to score on the Badgers’ second error of the inning.Wisconsin would answer in the second as they took a 2-1 lead on a two-run round-tripper off the bat of designated hitter Ricci Robben. The homer for Robben, who went was hitless in the first game of the night, was her fifth of the season, which puts her at second on the team behind Katie Hnatyk’s ten. Robben also notched a double in the contest.”It was big,” Robben said of her home run. “It made me step up more to do better than I did in the first game and help my team out. … I was just seeing the ball better in the second game.”The Badgers (20-12) would score four times in the third, with the first run coming off the bat of Hnatyk. After Daniels and centerfielder Sam Polito both singled, Hnatyk drove the pitch from NDSU’s Bekki Rasmussen to left field, scoring Daniels and giving UW a 3-1 lead.Vasquez, the next batter for Wisconsin, followed Hnatyk by sending another pitch into left to score Polito.”I just wanted to see the ball and hit the ball,” Vasquez said. “We needed a hit there, so I just stepped up and got a base hit.”Vasquez finished the day with three hits and two RBIs between the two games.A squeeze bunt by Garcia scored Hnatyk from third and moved Vasquez to second. That would end the day for Rasmussen, who was unable to record an out and gave up three runs in the inning.The Badgers would then go on to score on an error by NDSU’s Morse, as Vasquez came around to score, putting UW up 6-1.North Dakota State refused to give up, however. They would add three in the sixth inning after three consecutive doubles by Morse, Cantrell, and Melissa Chmielewski. Jandie Weber would also drive in a run on a sacrifice fly, bringing the score to 6-4 in favor of the Badgers.It was too little too late for the Bison, however, as Leah Vanevenhoven came in for UW’s Letty Olivarez in the seventh. She struck out the side to pick up her first save of the year, while Olivarez earned her seventh victory.”Leah Vanevenhoven came in today twice, so we’re really happy with that,” UW head coach Chandelle Schulte said. “I think she was on a mission. She came in and probably did the best job she’s done so far.”In the earlier game of the doubleheader, North Dakota State got a strong performance from pitcher Allison Bakke, who notched her 15th victory of the season.After three scoreless innings, Bison first baseman Chmielewski broke open the game and got NDSU on the board with a leadoff home run to left field off Wisconsin’s Eden Brock, who was charged with the loss. The blast curved just around the foul pole for Chmielewski’s third homer of the season.Wisconsin threatened early in the bottom of the first with a two-out rally by getting two runners on base, but UW was unable to convert.The Badgers were completely shut down in the second through five innings, as Bakke mowed them down four consecutive times.The fifth inning would provide the eventual game-winning run for the Bison, as they scored two more. Second baseman Laurel Pipkin walked to open the inning, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bakke. Peterson then grounded out to shortstop Lynn Anderson, advancing Pipkin to third. Morse drove in Pipkin with a soft roller back to Brock, who did not have time to make a play.A base hit by Cantrell and a Chmielewski walk loaded the bases, bringing up left fielder Lynnae Foshag, whose base hit past Anderson scored the Bison’s third and final run of the game.Wisconsin finally managed a run in the sixth, after a single to right by Vasquez scored Polito, who had reached based on a base hit earlier in the inning. UW continued to threaten in the inning, as Hnatyk was intentionally walked, but Robben struck out on a 2-2 count.”The first game, we were kind of timid,” Hnatyk said. “It obviously showed. We sat back and let the game play us. The second game, we came out and did a heck of a lot more.”