The Claypool Lennon Delirium and Jim James have announced their plans for a joint 2019 summer tour.The 8-date summer run will begin on June 21st at Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City, UT. From there, the two acts will make their way to Bonner, MT (6/22); Seattle, WA (6/24); Vancouver, BC (6/25); Portland, OR (6/27); Anaheim, CA (7/2); Los Angeles, CA (7/3); and Paso Robles, CA (7/5).As James noted in his announcement of the tour on Instagram,friends! for over 150 years, the firm of claypool and lennon has been providing clients with only the finest in rock and roll delirium and stark raving madness. this summer i am excited and honored to say that we will be teaming up to offer a brand new twist on one of the most time tested and proven methods for inducing beautifully swirling and whirling delightfully delicious delirium: the healing power of rock and roll!As Les Claypool adds in a press release,Tour pairing is often a challenge in my world but I think we have a good package with The Delirium and Jim James. Jim’s music, from my perspective, is palatable to the masses yet has just enough eclecticism to keep an oddball like me intrigued. I look forward to shambling around the country with him.The tour will see The Claypool Lennon Delirium, led by Les Claypool and Sean Lennon, continue to support their brand-new sophomore release, South of Reality. James will continue to support his robust 2018 album, Uniform Distortion, and its stripped-down sister album, Uniform Clarity.A special fan pre-sale including VIP upgrade options will go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, March 6th, at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday, March 8th at 10 a.m. local time.Pre-sales begin tomorrow, Wednesday, March 6th at 10 a.m. local time. Local presales follow on Thursday, March 7th at 10 a.m. local time-. All presales conclude Thursday, March 7th at 10 p.m. All remaining tickets will then be released to the general public on Friday, March 8th at 10 a.m. local time. In partnership with RPM, $1 from every ticket purchased for the Jim James + Claypool Lennon Delirium summer 2019 tour will benefit My Morning Jacket‘s Waterfall Project, this time benefitting the Young Authors Greenhouse, a nonprofit organization in Louisville, KY that inspires students ages 6-8 from diverse communities to grow their imaginations through writing.For more information on the upcoming Jim James and Claypool Lennon Delirium tour, head to James’ website here or the Delirium’s website here.
I run alongside an abandoned firing range and across a flat field that ends against the rise of a steep hill. A trail leads up the slope. There is no sign warning DANGER: NO ENTRY! as in so many places on Guantánamo Bay Naval Base.I long to run past the fence and along the peaceful coastline that stretches to the far-eastern tip of Cuba. But I am an attorney confined to the base. My colleagues and I represent a prisoner who is detained here. In the wake of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, at the start of the war in Afghanistan, thousands of men were rounded up—often for bounty—and interrogated. Many were subjected to torture and harsh conditions, and more than 700 were shackled, blindfolded, hooded, and flown here to this prison. One hundred sixty-six remain. Some are guilty, and some are innocent. But the rule of law has been suspended for most of the Guantánamo detainees. For these men there are no charges, no indictments, no arraignments, and no trials. There is only indefinite incarceration, possibly until death.The entire naval base, bay and all, is a near rectangle about nine miles by five miles, almost the size of Washington, D.C., where I live. From my position atop the hill I can see a guard tower along the fence, and I wonder if a pair of binoculars there are fixed on me right now.I resume my afternoon jog on trails that are as perfect as one can find for running: firm soil with bits of shell. I pass an old ranch-style house with broken windows and a rusty swing set in the yard. This could be the set of a post-apocalyptic TV show. I get the feeling that I am not supposed to be here. Everywhere there are Humvee tracks, old trailers, and unidentifiable objects in various stages of decay.I jog as far into this uncharted area as I can, toward the mouth of the river. A soldier emerges from some reeds, and then a dozen more. Guns are pointing at me. I have accidentally run into a squad on patrol in full gear. An officer waves me through. I lock eyes with the soldiers as I pass, wanting to salute to show my respect, but as a lawyer representing a detainee, I am not a welcome presence. I look down and quicken my pace.In 2008 our U.S. Supreme Court found that the detainees at Guantánamo cannot be held indefinitely without a trial. At that time, hundreds were released, including two of my firm’s three clients. One was guilty of nothing but charity and let go after five years of confinement under horrendous conditions. The other had been a case of mistaken identity—military authorities had simply rounded up the wrong man, and he’d spent seven years in prison for nothing.Our remaining detainee is a Muslim from Russia, a ballet dancer by profession. “A ballet-dancing terrorist,” he jokes. He is now in his eleventh year of imprisonment. He discovered Islam as an adult while in the Russian Army, which is rife with discrimination against Muslims. When the authorities would not even permit him to name his son Yusef instead of Josef, his family decided to leave. He emigrated ahead of his wife and son and made it as far as Pakistan, where in early 2002 he was arrested by Pakistani police, turned over to U.S. forces, and then shipped to Guantánamo on a military-transport plane in conditions worse than those for animals.In 2010, there was a hearing for our ballet dancer to determine if the detainee met the legal definition of an “enemy combatant,” a definition the courts have made both broad and vague. The most satisfying moment in the case was the day the hearing ended, before the decision was released. Our achievement? There had been a process. This is what elevates a nation that follows the rule of law above those that don’t: we do not round up prisoners and mistreat them and detain them indefinitely without due process.We won the weeklong hearing. But the government has appealed, and during the appeal, our client’s release has been put on hold for three years. Eleven years into our client’s detention, we are still waiting to find out if our victory will be allowed to stand. If it is, he will be the only one freed out of the dozens who won their hearings in 2010.We try to explain to our client that, although he won his hearing three years ago, there may yet be another hearing, but he barely listens. Is it any wonder he has lost interest in his legal case? It just goes on and on, like his imprisonment. His son, Yusef, now twelve, long ago fled Russia with his mother to Syria, then to a refugee camp in Jordan, and then back full circle to Russia. The boy longs to meet his father.The final leg of my run is a two-mile downhill slope to the ferry landing, with a full view of the bay and, in the distance, a mountain topped by white wind turbines. The dusk light turns everything golden. These are the running moments that allow me briefly to forget all else.Our client remains in prison, along with 165 other detainees. A few of them are guilty, to be sure, but others are innocents stuck in the Kafkaesque labyrinth of Guantánamo. Even if he is someday released, our client will always be a leper in the West. Yet somehow he remains cheerful and makes jokes. We converse on many topics: history, philosophy, sports. He has maintained his dancer’s build and enthusiasm for physical fitness, and he knows that I am a marathoner. Chained to the floor, he asks me about my running. • –Author Gary Thompson is an attorney who represents detainees imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay. He lives with his wife and children in Washington, D.C.
At this time last year, Dani Rhodes was setting records in both soccer and basketball for Waukesha West High School. Now, Rhodes is taking major strides toward capturing a starting role on the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team.After the 2015 season ended, the Badgers said goodbye to seven starters. With only four returning starters this season, Wisconsin knew they would need to rely on some young talent to propel them to consecutive Big Ten regular season championships.Now, Wisconsin finds itself more than half way through this season with an even 4-4-4 overall record, finding most of the team’s production from upperclassmen.Women’s Soccer: Badgers chasing first Big Ten win in conference road openerThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team continues their Big Ten campaign this weekend, taking on the Purdue University Boilermakers Read…Then there is Rhodes, who has played 11 of the Badgers’ 12 games and recorded 17 shots, eight shots on goal, two points and one score. Not many freshman come into Division I and experience success to this degree, but for Rhodes, it was all a matter of just playing the game the way she knew how.“All the coaches told me to clear my head, but at the same time, it’s such a different game,” Rhodes said. “I had about a million things going through my head. But at the end of the day, you just got to play soccer and that’s how I approach it now.”It did not take long for Rhodes to make a name as a Badger — just more than two minutes into the first game, to be exact. In Wisconsin’s season opener against Illinois State, Rhodes scored the first goal of her collegiate career. Not only did the score double as Wisconsin’s first goal of the season, but more importantly, it also proved to be the game-winner as well.Thanks to some outstanding service on junior forward Sydney McGinnis’s corner kick, Rhodes sent the strike screaming into the bottom right corner of the net. Rhodes also managed to take four shots in the same game, with two of those coming on goal.“The ball kind of flicked off of someone and bounced out and I knew all I had to do was finish,” Rhodes said. “It was very exciting to be on a new team and have that first goal.”Women’s soccer: Late goal dashes Badgers’ hopes of a win at homeThe Wisconsin Badgers welcomed the No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes at the McClimon Track/Soccer Complex Friday night to kick off Read…Receiving nearly as much playing time as the regular starters, Rhodes has seen 546 minutes of action so far this year. Rhodes’ season high for a single game came in a 1-1 double-overtime draw against Milwaukee, when she logged 102 hard-fought minutes.Rhodes averages 1.55 shots per game over her first 11 matches with the Badgers and she has taken at least two shots in five games. This caliber of contribution from a first-year player has head coach Paula Wilkins foreseeing a bright future for the young forward.“Dani has a lot of athleticism,” Wilkins said. “She has a good sense of where the ball is going to be. She gets in some good spots. I think she is still going to get better, but I think what she’s bringing to the program right now is very good.”As a freshman adapting to not only collegiate play, but also collegiate life as a student athlete, Rhodes recalls advice she received from Wilkins at the beginning of the season: “You got to hold your place, you can’t be a freshman. No one cares who’s a freshman and who’s a senior.”“Every time I think about that, I just know that I can never give less than 100 percent because although I am a freshman, it doesn’t matter what someone is for competition.”Rhodes and the Badgers will take the field next when they head to Minneapolis Saturday to take on the University of Minnesota (9-2-1, 3-0-1 Big Ten) at 5:30 p.m.