The 6th annual Disc Jam Music Festival has revealed a tasty lineup with many returning performers and a bevy of new, fresh faces. Featuring a number of heavy hitters from the funk and prog-rock communities including Dopapod (2 nights; 1 set ft. Dopapod Orchestra), Electron, Kung Fu, TAUK, Pink Talking Fish, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Consider The Source (Radiohead set), The Nth Power, Gubbilidis (ft. Zdenek Gubb & Mihali Savoulidis of Twiddle) and Hayley Jane & The Primates, the latest installment of Disc Jam is shaping up to be one of the best yet.Set to take place at Gardner’s Farm this June 9-12, Disc Jam VI will offer attendees new VIP packages that include hotel rooms and shuttles to and from the show; expanded woods camping; all new late night activities including interactive art, fire spinning performances, themed group challenges and an LED foam party. Tickets to Disc Jam VI are available now and can be found here.
What do I say to the woman who saved my three-year-old son’s life? Thank-you doesn’t even skim the surface of my gratitude. Do I tell her about the shimmering light that floats between our eyes sometimes or the way he laughs so hard until I’m doubled over too? Do I tell her about all the ways he’s taught me how to love or the contagious way he has of finding wonder in the most unsuspecting places? She’s a mother of three grown children — she already knows.My son, Tobin, and I were sledding down a hill at a neighborhood park. A sturdy-wood-board fence stretched two-thirds of the way across the bottom, leaving plenty of room for sledding. My good friend, Meghan, and her mom, Anne, met us after we’d taken a couple of runs. Tobin clapped his hands in delight – he’d known both women since he was a baby and we’d spent holidays and vacations together.“Want a go?” I asked Anne, her small frame huddled against the freezing temperatures and her spikey blonde hair poking around a wool headband. She was one of the most adventurous people I know, quiet but with an up-for-anything attitude. In the past two years she’d been stand-up-paddleboarding, surf kayaking, and ziplining.“Sure!” she piped back and jumped in behind Tobin in the blue kayak we were using as a sled.“Lean to the right if it looks like you’re getting too close to the fence,” my friend told her mom. “You won’t be anywhere near, just in case.”I lined up the kayak in a trajectory to miss the fence by a safe margin and sent them off with a push. Thirty feet from the bottom, the kayak hit a bump, spinning it to the left. My friend and I stood at the top, some 100 feet above, paralyzed, as we watched them speed toward the fence.Before we could scream to lean left, they struck the fence, shattering it to pieces that flew into the air. We ran down the icy hill. As soon as they came into focus, I scanned Tobin for blood. His face was spotless, but he wasn’t moving so I thought he must be scared. “You’re okay Tobe.”Meghan cheered. “Yeah, you broke the fence! That’s hardcore sledding.” We were used to Tobin’s hesitation, waiting for our reactions to decide whether to cry or not.Still he didn’t move or say a word.Then Anne in her usual calm voice said, “I broke my leg.”I was still a few feet away and I sprinted toward them. It made sense – her leg had broken the fence and in turn the fence broke her leg. I was untangling Tobin from her lap, trying not to bump her leg, when I saw it.Blood.Squirting like a geyser out of her right leg. Blood dripped down the kayak, dying the snow crimson.“I’ll call the ambulance,” Meghan said as she climbed up the hill to figure out the cross streets and determine our exact location.I took off my neck warmer and pressed it against the blood, trying to figure out what to say. Tobin ran around in circles repeating, “Ms. Anne broke her leg. There’s blood.”Anne spoke. “We were going so fast toward the fence. All I could think about was Tobin. I stuck out my leg. It’s broken.”The shrill of sirens distracted me from responding. The firemen came first, then the ambulance. They loaded Anne onto a stretcher and carried her to the ambulance and I scooped Tobin into my arms and watched.I spent the afternoon in remorse, with a list of “should haves” drilling me over and over. I wished I hadn’t offered her a turn right off the bat. Maybe this would never have happened if Meghan had gone first.I wished that I had held my son back, letting her take a solo run first, then she would have easily been able to bail.I wished I’d never texted my friend to meet at the sledding hill. We could have eaten a warm meal and caught up over lunch, safely tucked inside a restaurant.That evening my friend texted an update – double compound fracture, Anne was going into surgery that evening and the surgeons would insert a steel rod into her leg.More than anything, I wished that Anne hadn’t broken her leg. I wished that Anne hadn’t stuck out her leg.Then my mind stopped. What would have happened if she hadn’t? It sunk in – Tobin’s. face would have been the first thing that hit the fence, taking all that force full-on. I shuttered thinking about his face bloodied and broken, or worse, him dead.In that split second when the future is determined, Anne put Tobin’s safety before her own.After I read my son a bedtime story, he asked me about Ms. Anne and started crying. “Ms. Anne where are you, where are you? Come back Ms. Anne, come back.”I soothed him and he asked me to hold his hand. “Mama, will the firemen fix her?”“Yes,” I whispered. When I was certain by his soft breathing that he was sound asleep, I crept out of his room and started reading to distract myself from ruminating on the day’s events.I came across my favorite Mary Oliver quote. “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life.” I thought about how because of Anne’s courage, Tobin would have the opportunity to decide that for himself. He can shape his own life, making it as wild as he desires. And I thought about how Anne answered that question today not with words, but with action. When the kayak was flying fast, when so many others would have hesitated too long or prioritized their own safety, she stuck out her leg.So what words do I have to express my deepest gratitude?Anne, in the coming days as your leg heals, I can’t imagine the pain and drudgery you’ll experience, and all the life events you’ll miss and for that I’m so sorry. I still wish there was a rewind button, a possibility of making different decisions that afternoon. But no matter how bad it gets, I hope that your mind always lands on the fact that you saved Tobin, that he walked away untouched because of you. I hope you know how much you’re admired and respected, how so many notice the way you always consider everyone else’s needs before your own. You’re such a badass in that subtle and modest way of yours, which makes you all the more of a badass. You are my role model as I grow as a mother – in turns courageous, generous, and adventurous. You are my hero.
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Arsenal are facing up to the prospect of potentially losing Premier League golden boot winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer amid interest from Chinese Super League clubs.According to the Times, both Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG are prepared to offer Aubameyang £300,000 per week in order to entice him away from north London, following Arsenal’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.Aubameyang, 29, has proven to be a huge success in English football since making his club-record £56m move from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, scoring 41 goals in 65 games for Arsenal to become a key part of Unai Emery’s side.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt is not yet understood whether Aubameyang would be interested in making the move to China or not,2 having twice come close to doing so during his time at Dortmund, but should Guangzhou Evergrande or Shanghai SIPG firm up their interest with an offer, both he and Arsenal would have a decision to make.ADVERTISEMENTGiven his status as one of Arsenal’s best and most influential players, not to mention his popularity with the club’s supporters who have lapped up his bromance with strike partner Alexandre Lacazette, Aubameyang’s departure would be keenly felt by all at the Emirates.Nevertheless, no footballer is indispensable and selling Aubameyang this summer could make sense for Arsenal should a suitable offer come their way. Here are the reasons why…Too good to turn downIf Arsenal were to receive an offer in excess of the £56m they spent to sign Aubameyang 18-months ago, it would have to be due consideration given he will turn 30 in a fortnight’s time.The Times report states that Tianjin Quanjian had agreed to pay Dortmund £71m for Aubameyang six months prior to his eventual move to Arsenal and it is likely that the Gunners would command a similar fee to be convinced into a sale.Although Aubameyang is entering his 30s, he has shown no signs of losing his two main assets; his form this season proves that he remains an efficient and reliable goalscorer, while his searing pace and ability to break defensive lines remains undiminished. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang twice had offers to move to China while playing for Borussia Dortmund (Picture: Getty)Consequently, his value will remain high and Arsenal would, theoretically, be in line to make a handsome profit on him.Considering his age, this summer represents one of the final opportunities to sell him at a premium price, something that the club has failed to do with other big-name players in the recent past.Emery could reinvest elsewhereArsenal’s calamitous end to the season which saw them miss out on a top-four place after being in an advantageous position at the start of April before losing heavily to Chelsea in the Europa League means that for the third consecutive season, they will be out of the Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe financial implications of missing out on the Champions League are vast and it has been widely reported that Emery’s transfer budget now stands at a meagre £40m when it would have been double that had they secured a place in the competition.It is imperative, therefore, that Emery frees up additional space in his budget by offloading players, which would allow him to reinvest in areas of the squad that desperately require it. Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Shkodran Mustafi have all been linked with moves away, but Aubameyang would certainly extract the highest transfer fee. Alexandre Lacazette could fill the void left by Aubameyang should he move to China (Picture: Getty)Lacazette, who won Arsenal’s Player of the Year award, established himself as one of the most prolific strikers in Europe while playing for Lyon and with better service from Arsenal’s midfielders, his goal tally could rise next season even without Aubameyang by his side.Having only recently turned 28, Lacazette is also two years younger than Aubameyang and if Arsenal are to bank on one of their existing strikers to lead the line over the next few seasons, it should be the Frenchman that they turn to.More: SchoolMum finds girl, 6, rubbing talcum powder on her face to make herself whiteParents vow to homeschool son after headteacher bans face masks in classTrans boy, 17, waiting two and a half years to get an appointment at gender clinicGCSEs and A-Levels will be delayed due to coronavirus CommentShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitter631Shares By Oliver Young-MylesTuesday 4 Jun 2019 11:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link631Shares Three reasons why Arsenal should sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid Chinese Super League interest Unai Emery has a reduced transfer budget to work with following Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang is also one of Arsenal’s highest-earning players on a reported £190,000 per week.The deficiencies in Arsenal’s squad were laid bare throughout last season and top of Emery’s transfer wishlist for the upcoming transfer window will be a couple of defenders as well as one or two versatile forwards who can provide creativity on the flanks.Getting the right players in requires effective scouting and significant investment and Emery will be unable to sign the players he needs to take Arsenal to the next level unless his transfer budget is swelled accordingly.Selling Aubameyang might seem a risk, but Liverpool have proven that offloading a star player can work out for the better so long as the funds raised are reinvested intelligently, with Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson both brought in with the money raised from Philippe Coutinho’s sale to Barcelona.Alexandre Lacazette is Arsenal’s true MVPAubameyang might have top-scored for Arsenal with 31 goals in all competitions and become only their third recipient of the Premier League golden boot – following Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie – but there is an argument that his strike partner Lacazette is a better all-round player.AdvertisementAlthough Lacazette had to take a back seat to Aubameyang at times last season, he still made a major contribution to Arsenal’s campaign, scoring 19 goals and registering ten assists in all competitions including three for his fellow forward.While Aubameyang is in many ways a pure, old school centre forward who comes alive inside the penalty area but contributes little outside it, Lacazette is an excellent link-forward who contributes to build-up play as well as finishing moves off himself. 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