This Thursday, November 10th, Water Collective will hold their 6th Annual Gala to support clean water efforts for communities in West Africa and India. Held at the Union Square Ballroom, the event will feature music by DJ Coco Robert (MTV, VH1), an open bar, refreshments and special indoor experiences, including a look at the progress the organization has made through a photo/art gallery of images around the world. You can purchase tickets here.The event also has a silent auction planned, which has a number of exciting prizes. The Brooklyn Bowl recently contributed to the cause, offering up four tickets to any show as an item in the auction. Live For Live Music will also be donating two tickets to our Fool’s Paradise destination event in St. Augustine, FL next Spring and Brooklyn Comes Alive in Fall 2017, in addition to two tickets to any of our upcoming shows in NYC:-Kitchen Dwellers at American Beauty 11/11-Dumpstaphunk’s Phunksgiving Eve at American Beauty 11/23-Jazz is PHSH at the Cutting Room 11/26-Aqueous & Mungion at American Beauty 11/28-Spafford & the Magic Beans at American Beauty 12/30 or 12/31CEG Presents will also be offering tickets to over 50 of their upcoming shows in the NYC area, from Snarky Puppy to Marcus Kind Band. A full list of CEG offerings can be found at the bottom of this article.These tickets are just a few of many exciting options, including tickets to Hamilton the Musical, tickets to a New York Knicks game, a trip for two to Belize, a private villa for 6 in the Dominican Republic, field level New York Mets seats and a signed baseball, a Flywheel Sports package, and more.Water Collective is an international nonprofit that secures life-lasting clean water for rural communities in Africa and India. The organization was founded in 2011 to resolve the shortcomings of clean water access in the developing world, where 40% of water points are not working at any given time. 20-70% of installed handpumps in Sub-Saharan Africa are no longer functioning. In the estimated 1-4 billion people without safe drinking water, millions more have been stripped of a water source they used to have. In Africa alone it is estimated that in the past 20 years, 70 million people have lost access to safe water due to a failed source.You can find out more about this important cause here, and access the auction to Brooklyn Bowl and Live For Live Music tickets, among the many other prizes, here.1 Pair of Tickets For The Following Shows From CEG Presents:11/11 The Hip Abduction with Madaila @ Drom11/11 Reggae Night: Top Shotta Band ft. Screechy Dan, Challenger and Brother Jerome @ The Hall at MP11/12 God Street Wine @ Cutting Room Sold Out!11/15 Choir! Choir! Choir! With special guest Colin Hay @ The Hall at MP11/17 Monkey Ranch: Music of The Radiators & more “Walking to New Orleans” @ The Hall at MP11/17 Give Thanks To The Funk Darla with Yellowcake @ Drom11/18 Monkey Ranch: Music of The Radiators & more “Crawfish & Chips” @ The Hall at MP11/18 A Tribute to Bon Jovi & Journey with BonJourney @ Drom11/18 Dopapod & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong @ Irving Plaza11/19 Monkey Ranch: Music of The Radiators & more “Fish Head Soul Explosion” @ The Hall at MP11/25 Official Lotus at PlayStation Theater After-Party with Luke The Knife and Beard-o-Bees @ BB King Blues Club11/26 Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles @ Brooklyn Bowl11/26 Jazz is PHSH @ Cutting Room – 8pm & 11pm Shows12/2 Philip Lassiter ft. Jay Jennings, Justin Stanton, & Mike Maher of Snarky Puppy @ The Hall at MP12/3 Pressing Strings with Little Bird, Mo Lowda & The Humble @ Drom12/7 Street Corner Symphony with Andy Davis @ le poisson rouge12/15 Rebirth Brass Band w/ Pitchblak Brass Band @ The Hall at MP12/16 Rebirth Brass Band w/ John The Martyr, DJ Cochon de Lait @ The Hall at MP | 8pm & 11pm Shows12/17 Rebirth Brass Band with DJ Cochon de Lait @ The Hall at MP | 8pm & 10:30pm Shows12/18 Holidelic ft. Everett Bradley @ Highline Ballroom12/18 NRBQ @ The Hall at MP12/21 Boy Named Banjo with Kendall Street Company, Moose Kick and Chestnut Groove @ The Hall at MP12/22 The Last Schmaltz with The Jewbadours featuring Ari Hest, Julian Velard & Colin Smith @ Highline BallroomPre and Post-Phish at MSG | www.phishafterparties.com12/28 Thankful for Being Amy: An All-Star Tribute to Amy Winehouse ft. Elise Testone @ The Cutting Room | 8pm & 11:55pm12/28 Hayley Jane & The Primates Do BOWIE @ Lucille’s at BB King Blues Club | 11:55pm12/28 Particle @ American Beauty | 11:55pm12/29 Dead Sessions The Music of The Grateful Dead @ American Beauty | 4pm & 11:55pm12/29 Kung Fu @ The Cutting Room | 11:55pm12/29 lespecial @ Drom | 11:55pm12/30 Pink Talking Fish: Animals @ Gramercy Theatre 11:55pm12/30 Marcus King Band @ The Cutting Room | 11:55pm12/31 The Stella Blue’s Band @ American Beauty | 4pm12/31 Holly Bowling @ The Cutting Room | 3pm12/31 NYE Late Night James Brown Dance Party feat. Clyde Stubblefield of James Brown Band, Giant Country Horns, Elise Testone & more | 1:30am (Technically 1/1)12/31 NYE Late Night Snarky Puppy @ Irving Plaza | 1:30am (Technically 1/1)12/29 The Skints @ The Knitting Factory12/30 Snarky Puppy @ Irving Plaza | 8pm12/31 Snarky Puppy @ Irving Plaza | 8pm12/31 NYE with Too Many Zooz and Brasstracks @ Gramercy Theatre | 8pm1/5 Dirkschneider Back to Roots Tour – 2 Hour set with only Accept Songs @ Stage 481/21 Almost Queen- A Tribute to Queen @ Highline Ballroom2/18 Ripe, Lawrence @ Irving Plaza2/23 Lordi @ Stage 483/25 Beyond The Wall: The Complete Pink Floyd Experience Music from The Wall & Beyond @ The Hall at MP
Henry Russell Sanders, UCLA’s football coach in the ’50s, once said that “beating ’SC is not a matter of life or death, it’s more important than that.” From time to time, however, defectors do arise and as the idiom goes, politics makes for strange bedfellows.City hall · Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa supports USC’s Master Plan and Coliseum agreement, he said at an Institute of Politics event in August. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanIn 1977, Antonio Villaraigosa received a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA. But today, as the mayor of Los Angeles, Villaraigosa has worked to help USC expand its footprint in the city, so much so that he admits to putting in a few extra hours to help his alma mater’s cross-town rival.“What I love about ’SC is they see their destiny as tied to our city, and that’s important,” Villaraigosa said to an audience of about 150 on a warm August evening. “And that’s why I work overtime to make things work for ’SC.”It was 6 p.m. when the mayor took his seat on the stage of a Taper Hall of Humanities lecture auditorium Aug. 8. He was at USC for a conversation with Dan Schnur, the director of USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and an interview with the Daily Trojan.From endorsing USC development plans to praising its agreement to control the Coliseum, Villaraigosa has welcomed the university’s decade-long effort to establish a lasting mark on the city.Roughly 20 years ago, after USC officials decided to keep the campus in its current location, the university began working more closely with politicians, said Thomas Sayles, senior vice president for university relations.“We decided we were going to commit ourselves to the community, which means we have to work with the elected officials as well as the community,” Sayles said.According to Sayles, the university regularly communicates with the mayor’s office, lobbying the Villaraigosa administration on a wide range of initiatives.“We try to brief his office on what we are doing, [and] we seek his support on projects,” Sayles said. “He’s actually been a very big supporter of the university.”In the interview after his talk with Schnur, Villaraigosa outlined his position on several USC projects.Villaraigosa said he is a proponent of USC’s master plan to renovate the University Village, creating new retail space and student housing.“With respect to the Master Plan, I’ve said, ‘Hey, look, we’ve got to mitigate the impacts on the surrounding community. We’ve got to ensure that the community benefits … with it,’” Villaraigosa said. “But I think it’s a net plus.”The mayor also said he supports USC’s master lease agreement to gain operational control of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, chastising the commission that oversees the stadium for wasting the historic landmark.“It’s very clear that the Coliseum Commission has squandered a great asset, and I believe that ’SC would be a better steward,” he said. “I think we have to drive a tough deal that benefits the city, the state, the county and the surrounding community, and I think that will happen.”The deal between USC and the Coliseum Commission is pending approval from three state agencies.During Villaraigosa’s time in office, Schnur said he believes the mayor has found more ways to collaborate with the university.“My impression is that the more time he spends in office, the more he’s seen natural links and shared opportunities between the city and the campus,” Schnur said.In addition to forming a greater professional connection to USC during his tenure, Villaraigosa’s personal connections to the university have also grown. In 2006, the mayor was awarded an honorary doctorate after delivering the university’s commencement address. And last year, Villaraigosa’s ties became even stronger when his daughter began college as a Trojan. As a USC parent, the mayor said he was especially affected when two Chinese graduate students were fatally shot off campus around 2 a.m. last April.“When I got word of that tragedy, I was awake in the middle of the night,” he said. “I have a daughter here. It was personal.”Though the mayor said USC’s surrounding neighborhoods are safer than they have been in 20 years, he said the university and the city must always work to keep the area protected.“This university is absolutely committed to keeping this neighborhood and this university community as safe as possible and so are we,” he said. “That’s why we are collaborating and working together. But we [have] to always make sure that we’re doing everything possible to keep this great jewel of a community and this great jewel of a university a place where people feel safe.”Following the shooting of Ming Qu and Ying Wu, two 23-year-old graduate students studying electrical engineering, the Los Angeles Police Department announced several new security measures at a press conference April 26. Among them was the addition of 30 police officers to the Southwest Division, which patrols around the campus. The university funded some of the changes. The parents of Qu and Wu filed a wrongful death suit against the university May 18.Whether at a press conference, participating in an event or visiting a class, Villaraigosa is a frequent visitor to campus.“He’s never turned me down,” Schnur said. “Every time we’ve asked him to come to campus for a program, he’s either accepted that invitation or asked his office to find another time when he could be over here.”Still, when it comes to a UCLA and USC match-up, Villaraigosa is far from ready to toss aside his Bruin roots.“I hope UCLA wins at everything they play against USC,” Villaraigosa said. “But I’ve changed over the years. Now I’m for ’SC when they play against the world.”
On Wednesday evening, the USC Political Student Assembly hosted a panel discussing the current state of U.S.-Mexico relations.Across the Border · The Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles Carlos M. Sada spoke about U.S.-Mexico relations on Wednesday evening. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe discussion featured Carlos M. Sada, the consul general of Mexico in Los Angeles as well as Stephen Cheung, director of international trade for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Two USC professors also participated in the event, moderator Carol Wise of the School of International Relations and Dr. Pamela K. Starr, director of the U.S.-Mexico Network at USC.Sada began the discussion with a presentation of the economic relationship between Mexico and the U.S. He stated that despite a sometimes tenuous relationship, Mexico’s connection with the United States has improved.“I think now there is a very good spirit of cooperation and collaboration and willingness to understand each other much better,” Sada said.He also cautioned, however, that many issues continue to exist between the two countries.“We have been partners — mainly with a very solid partnership — as of 1994 when NAFTA was signed,” Sada said. “We have a very unique and strategic relationship that is sometimes not well understood.”NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, was signed in 1994 and created the world’s largest free trade area between Mexico, the United States and Canada.“We Mexicans and Americans are not informed about each other,” Sada said. “We need to do much, much better.”One issue he highlighted was the lack of foreign students from Mexico. He stated that although about 750,000 foreign students study in the United States every year, only 14,000 are from Mexico.“That is why we are invigorating the academic relationship between the United States and Mexico,” he said.Starr also spoke of the importance of Mexico to the United States.“No country has a greater impact on the daily lives of Americans than Mexico,” Starr said. “Mexico matters to jobs, to wages, to public health, to environmental protection, to energy security, as well as to the demographic construction of the United States.”Cheung stated that Garcetti’s office was looking forward to broadening trade relations with Mexico.“Between Mexico City and Los Angeles alone, according to the Brookings Institution, in 2012 there was $2 billion of trade between just those two cities,” he said.Students at the event were interested in the consul’s presentation.Kayla Caldwell, a sophomore majoring in international relations and economics, said she learned new information about USC’s outreach in Mexico.“I came because it’s always a good opportunity to hear a consul speak,” Caldwell said. “I’ve never been to Mexico so I don’t know much about the region, but one thing I learned that was interesting was that there are so many engineering students from Mexico at USC in the program.”Priya Gupta, a senior majoring in international relations (global business), also found the trade aspect of the discussion interesting.“I thought it was a really great presentation — learning about the developing relationship that the consul and the mayor’s office are trying to establish between Mexico City and Los Angeles,” Gupta said.