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Captain Beefheart

Don Van Vliet was an American singer, multi-instrumentalist, visual artist best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. He conducted a rotating ensemble called the Magic Band, with whom he recorded 13 studio albums between 1964 and 1982, his music blended elements of blues, free jazz and the avant-garde with idiosyncratic rhythms, absurdist wordplay, his wide vocal range. Known for his enigmatic persona, Beefheart constructed myths about his life and was known to exercise an dictatorial control over his supporting musicians. Although he achieved little commercial success, he sustained a cult following as a "highly significant" and "incalculable" influence on an array of new wave and experimental rock artists. An artistic prodigy in his childhood, Van Vliet developed an eclectic musical taste during his teen years in Lancaster and formed "a mutually useful but volatile" friendship with musician Frank Zappa, with whom he sporadically competed and collaborated, he began performing with his Captain Beefheart persona in 1964 and joined the original Magic Band line-up, initiated by Alexis Snouffer, the same year.

The group released their debut album Safe as Milk in 1967 on Buddah Records. After being dropped by two consecutive record labels they signed to Zappa's Straight Records, where they released 1969's Trout Mask Replica. In 1974, frustrated by lack of commercial success, he pursued a more conventional rock sound, but the ensuing albums were critically panned. Beefheart formed a new Magic Band with a group of younger musicians and regained critical approval through three final albums: Shiny Beast, Doc at the Radar Station and Ice Cream for Crow. Van Vliet made few public appearances after his retirement from music in 1982, he pursued a career in art, an interest that originated in his childhood talent for sculpture, a venture which proved to be his most financially secure. His expressionist paintings and drawings command high prices, have been exhibited in art galleries and museums across the world. Van Vliet died in 2010. Van Vliet was born Don Glen Vliet in Glendale, California, on January 15, 1941, to Glen Alonzo Vliet, a service station owner of Dutch ancestry from Kansas, Willie Sue Vliet, from Arkansas.

He claimed to have a Dutch painter who knew Rembrandt. Van Vliet claimed that he was related to adventurer and author Richard Halliburton and the cowboy actor Slim Pickens, said that he remembered being born. Van Vliet began sculpting at age three, his subjects reflected his "obsession" with animals dinosaurs, African mammals and lemurs. At the age of nine, he won a children's sculpting competition organised for the Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park by a local tutor, Agostinho Rodrigues. Local newspaper cuttings of his junior sculpting achievements can be found reproduced in the Splinters book, included in the Riding Some Kind of Unusual Skull Sleigh boxed CD work, released in 2004; the sprawling park, with its zoo and observatory, had a strong influence on young Vliet, as it was a short distance from his home on Waverly Drive. The track "Observatory Crest" on Bluejeans & Moonbeams reflects this continued interest. A portrait photo of the school-age Vliet can be seen on the front of the lyric sheet within the first issue of the US release of Trout Mask Replica.

For some time during the 1950s, Van Vliet worked as an apprentice with Rodrigues, who considered him a child prodigy. Vliet made claim to have been a lecturer at the Barnsdall Art Institute in Los Angeles at the age of eleven, although it is he gave a form of artistic dissertation. Accounts of Van Vliet's precocious achievement in art include his statement that he sculpted on a weekly television show, he claimed that his parents discouraged his interest in sculpture, based upon their perception of artists as "queer". They declined several scholarship offers, including one from the local Knudsen Creamery to travel to Europe with six years' paid tuition to study marble sculpture. Van Vliet admitted personal hesitation to take the scholarship based upon the bitterness of his parents' discouragement. Van Vliet's artistic enthusiasm became so fervent, he claimed that his parents were forced to feed him through the door in the room where he sculpted; when he was thirteen the family moved from the Los Angeles area to the more remote farming town of Lancaster, in the Mojave Desert, where there was a growing aerospace industry supported by nearby Edwards Air Force Base.

It was an environment that would influence him creatively from on. Van Vliet remained interested in art. Meanwhile, he developed his taste and interest in music, listening "intensively" to the Delta blues of Son House and Robert Johnson, jazz artists such as Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor, the Chicago blues of Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters. During his early teenage years, Vliet would sometimes socialize with members of local bands such as the Omens and the Blackouts, although his interests were still focused upon an art career; the Omens' guitarists Alexis Snouffer and Jerry Handley would become founders of "the Magic Band" and the Blackouts' drummer, Frank Zappa, would capture Vliet's vocal capabil

Skane Township, Kittson County, Minnesota

Skane Township is a township in Kittson County, United States. The current population as of 2015 is 51. Skane Township was organized in 1887, named after Scania, in Sweden. According to Sperling's BestPlaces, the township has a total area of 35.4 square miles, nearly all of it land. As of 2015, there were 51 people living in the township; the racial makeup of the township was 100% non-Hispanic white American. In 2000, there were 22 households out of which 54.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.7% were married couples living together, 22.7% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.53. The 2000 population was spread out with 33.8% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, 3.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 109.7 males.

For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 138.9 males. The median income for a household in the township in 2000 was $40,833, the median income for a family was $58,125. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $21,250 for females; the per capita income for the township was $22,098. There were no families and 4.3% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64. As of 2015, over 90% of the inhabitants describe themselves as religious Christians. Large is the nearly 60% Lutheran community; the second largest community is the Catholic community at 11% of the population. There are no reported Jews, Muslims, or followers of Eastern Religions living in the township

2013–14 ISU Speed Skating World Cup – World Cup 5 – Men's 500 metres

The men's 500 metres races of the 2013–14 ISU Speed Skating World Cup 5, arranged in Eisstadion Inzell, in Inzell, was held on 8 and 9 March 2014. Ronald Mulder of the Netherlands won the race on Saturday, while Gilmore Junio of Canada came second, Nico Ihle of Germany came third. David Bosa of Italy won the Division B race. Jan Smeekens of the Netherlands won the Sunday race, while Nico Ihle of Germany came second, Michel Mulder of the Netherlands came third. Artur Waś of Poland won the second Division B race. Race one took place on Saturday, 8 March, with Division B scheduled in the morning session, at 10:10, Division A scheduled in the afternoon session, at 13:59. Race two took place on Sunday, 9 March, with Division B scheduled in the morning session, at 10:30, Division A scheduled in the afternoon session, at 13:30