Culturalist Challenge! Pick Your Fave Performances in The Wiz Live!

first_imgThe staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. We came. We saw. We hunted. Yes, The Wiz Live! is over, but there is more to be done. Wake up your tired twitter fingers, because we want to know which performer truly knocked it out of the park Emerald City. We need to know your top 10 performances in The Wiz Live! Managing Editor Beth Stevens kicked off this new challenge with her top 10. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on! View Commentslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: The Color Purple Takes Audiences to Church One Last Time & More

first_imgATG Acquires Boston’s Colonial TheatreGood news for Boston theatergoers and history buffs. The Colonial Theatre, after facing an uncertain future when it shut its doors in 2015, the historic venue is set to reopen in January 2018. The U.K.-based Ambassador Theatre Group, which owns Broadway’s Lyric Theatre (the current home of Paramour), has acquired the 1680-seat Colonial, for a 40-year lease agreement with Emerson College. The theater first opened in 1900 and quickly became a go-to house for out-of-town tryouts of such Broadway staples as Anything Goes, Porgy and Bess, Carousel, A Little Night Music and La Cage aux Folles. In its later years, the venue was primarily a spot for national tours. ATG hopes to revive the tradition of out-of-town tryouts at the venue when it opens its doors once again.New Look at The Good FightLook out, Miriam Shor, because Christine Baranski is heading back to the small screen with an assortment of iconic statement necklaces. The Good Fight, the CBS All Access spin-off of The Good Wife, premieres on February 19, and it promises lots of drama and appearances from Broadway notables. Check out the (somewhat NSFW) trailer, featuring Tony winners Baranski and Bernadette Peters and Broadway alums Cush Jumbo and Sarah Steele, below. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Renewed for Third SeasonThe CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has picked up an early renewal for a third season. The musical comedy series, starring Golden Globe winner and musical theater-obsessed Rachel Bloom and featuring a host of Broadway favorites, will wrap up its second season on January 27. While we contemplate which Tony winners will show up to sing about what when the show returns, brace yourselves for Patti LuPone as a rabbi in the January 13 episode. Get a taste (it’s kosher!) below. Emma Watson Sings in New Beauty SpotAt the 2017 Golden Globes, “musical theater nerds everywhere” had cause to celebrate as La La Land earned a record-breaking seven awards. But even the commercial breaks were a treat for Broadway enthusiasts, with Disney releasing a new TV spot for the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast. The ad features Emma Watson singing Belle’s title song and—fine, we’ll say it—serving some Sound of Music realness on a lush field. Take a look below, and catch the movie when it premieres on March 17. Here’s a quick roundup of stories and videos you may have missed today.The Color Purple’s Epic Swan SongFour shows played their final performances on Broadway on January 8, but only one signed off with an unapologetic riff-off. Following their last bows, the cast of The Color Purple launched into a fiery rendition of Richard Smallwood’s “Total Praise,” treating their audience (which included Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton, Anna Wintour, Leslie Odom Jr. and Jonathan Groff) to a moment of revelry. Check out the clip, beginning with some touching words from Patrice Covington (who played Squeak in the Tony-winning revival) below, and look out for Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Holliday’s wild parade of hallelujahs around 10:50.center_img Jennifer Holliday & Cynthia Erivo(Photo: View Commentslast_img read more

Trail Mix – Saw Black

first_imgIt all began with a belt.A good friend of mine turned me on to Curtis Patton, the proprietor of Piney River Goods, when I was in the market for a handmade belt last year. Turns out that Curtis plays pedal steel and we ended up talking about music as much as leather. We eventually got around to chatting about a singer/songwriter, Saw Black, that Curtis plays with.Funny how the internet works out sometimes, as I now have a couple of Curtis’s belts and I am a big, big fan of Saw Black.Saw Black – given name, Justin – is a rising force in the Richmond, Virginia, folk and Americana scene. With hints of Neil Young and Jay Farrar in his voice and songwriting, he is poised to stand alongside such contemporaries as John Moreland and Tyler Childers, two young Americana stars with whom he has shared stages.Saw Black recently released Water Tower, on the Richmond based Crystal Pistol label. Trail Mix features the title track this month, a true story involving a suitor of Justin’s aunt who did climb to the top of the school’s water tower to announce his intentions by spraying her name upon it.“That’s a pretty badasss way of telling someone you love them,” says Black, “and it’s a hell of a lot cooler than just making it Facebook official. I wanted to tell the story from the boyfriend’s perspective. I hope to find that feeling someday, to be so in love that you have to write it on the highest possible place for everyone to see.”I recently caught up with Justin to chat about his hometown and to get the scoop on his nickname.BRO – Favorite place to catch a show?SB – That has to be Strange Matter. It’s got a really cool vibe, the sound is worn in and the history of the space is just cool. It’s considered more a part of the punk bar scene, but they host all sorts of underrated and up-and-coming bands, and I always get turned on to new music through their great calendar. Most recently, I saw Songs Molina, a tribute to the great Jason Molina, with members of Songs Ohia. I cried a few times.BRO – Best place to grab a post-show beer?SB – Check out Bamboo Cafe. It’s where all the musicians go if they have time after a gig. Usually, they are kicking out members from twenty or thirty bands after last call. Then we just move on to someone’s front porch or backyard.BRO – Best place to browse for vinyl?SB – Steady Sounds is my favorite record shop/vintage store combo. If you’re looking for cool clothes or some deals on great records, that’s the spot. Marty, the owner, also hosts in store performances with great bands on a regular basis. I saw Steve Gunn there a couple years ago and it was incredible.BRO – Favorite local band we might not know about?SB – There are so many great bands in Richmond right now. I have been living and playing here for about fifteen years and the place has exploded with talent the last couple of years. Here are three bands that everyone should know about, and this was hard, because I could have listed thirty. Ben Shepherd is an insanely good songwriter who has a new record coming out soon. Blush Face is killing it if you are into the alternative indie/Americana sound and their lyricist, Allie Smith, is just great. And one of my favorite bands in the world is Dogwood Tales, out of Harrisonburg. We’ve toured a bunch together and you’ll see them on big stages in the near future.BRO – One must-see spot for an out-of-towner if they come to town?SB – Get to the James River. Its absolutely beautiful. It’s the life blood of the city and it’s been said that the energy from the water is the true source of Richmond’s art/music scene. There’s rarely a day off that I don’t spend some time walking my dog at the river while thinking and decompressing. Some great river spots are Brown’s Island, Pipeline, or Texas Beach. But be careful, as the rapids are no joke.I asked Justin to give the story behind his nickname, Saw. He demured. We’ll save that for another chat on another day. In the meantime, you can catch Saw Black on Friday at The Golden Pony in Harrisonburg, VA, before he returns home on Saturday to celebrate the release of Water Tower at Hardywood in Richmond.For more information on Saw Black, other tour dates, or how you can grab a copy of the new record, check out his site on Bandcamp or find him on Facebook.In the meantime, take a listen to “Water Tower,” along with new tracks from Parker Milsap, Coco O’Connor, Fantastic Negrito, and many  more on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

Nassau Proposes Repealing Speed Cameras, Suffolk Nixes Plan Before its Debut

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County lawmakers announced Monday they plan to repeal their controversial school-zone speed camera program—the same day that Suffolk officials declared they had terminated their version before its planned launch next year.Nassau County Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) plans to introduce legislation to repeal the unpopular program—an idea previously called for by the Democratic minority—according to a press release that was issued at the same time Suffolk lawmakers were holding a news conference announcing their plans to preemptively terminate their school-zone speed cameras.“Given Suffolk’s actions, we believe the Nassau County Legislature will repeal the program as well,” said Brian Nevin, spokesman for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, a Republican, but without indicating whether Mangano would veto the repeal, if it passes the GOP-controlled legislature.The plans came on the same day that Nassau cut the hours its speed cameras operate from 11 hours—7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on school days—down to the four hours when children are entering or leaving their schools: 7-9 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Registered owners of vehicles caught on camera speeding more than 10 miles over the 20 mph school zone speed limits can expect $80 tickets mailed to their homes.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat, told reporters during a news conference at his Hauppauge office that the decision to abort the speed cameras came after seeing issues with similar programs nationwide as well as the problem-plagued rollout in Nassau.“We have made a determination that Suffolk County is not going to move forward with the school-zone camera program,” Bellone said while flanked by Democratic, Republican and minor-party legislators. “We’re going to pursue other alternatives for enhanced school-zone safety.”He added that Legis. Sarah Anker (D-Mt. Sinai) will chair a school zone safety commission that will issue a report on alternatives to the cameras and propose measures to the county legislature.New York State this spring had authorized Nassau to install 56 speed cameras and Suffolk to install 66—one in each of Long Island’s school districts. Nassau lawmakers amended their red light camera contract with Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to have ATS launch the speed cameras over the summer, but Mangano declared amnesty for the first 40,000 tickets issued following a faulty roll-out—nullifying the first $2.4 million in fines collected.Between early September and Nov. 30, the county has generated nearly $17 million in fines, Newsday has reported, although the county has not confirmed that amount. Nevin has only said there has been a 70-percent decrease in the speed-camera tickets, but the administration declined to release specific figures.Gonsalves plans to discuss her speed camera repeal proposal at a press conference scheduled for Tuesday. Although lawmakers have repeatedly insisted that the motivation for installing the speed cameras is public safety and not much-needed revenue, a repeal of the program in Nassau is expected to widen a multi-million dollar budget gap expected next year that already had forced Mangano to break his campaign promise not to raise property taxes.last_img read more

Prices up on Furlong first-phase flats

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Lady Wildcats Fall To Lady Spartans

first_imgFranklin County fell to Connersville on Friday night by a final score of 13-5. Even though the score may not reflect it, the Wildcats brought a much improved effort on Friday night and showed some fight which they hadn’t shown in recent games.The Wildcats were able to get off to a great start in the top of the first inning when they were able to push 3 runs across in the frame. The game was led off with a lead off triple to right field off of the bat of Abby Orschell. Makaylee Woods would then lay down a bunt that would be thrown into right field and allow Orschell to score and Woods to move to second, making the score 1-0. Then with 1 out, Kloe Bolos would reach on an infield single, but Woods would be forced to hold at third. Then the Wildcats would execute a walk off steal to perfection as Bolos was able to get to second on the play, and Woods was able to slide in ahead of the tag for the Wildcats, making it 2-0.Ferman would then reach on an error, giving the Wildcats another runner. Morgan Bare would follow up with a single of her own, allowing the Wildcats to load the bases. Kloe Bolos would score on a wild pitch during the next at bat, but then Connersville pitcher Jerri Ellis would record the next two outs to leave the score at 3-0.The lead would not last long though as Connersville’s offense was even hotter. The Spartans were able to get 15 hits in the game, and score 13 runs. They would score 4 in the first, 3 in the second, and 6 in the bottom of the fourth for their 13 runs.The Wildcats would get a run back in the top of the third off of the bat of Michaela Ferman. Ferman hit her second home run of the season on a line drive over the left field fence to cut the deficit to 7-4 at the time.Franklin County would threaten in the top of the seventh inning, but Connersville would hold the Wildcats to one run scored in the inning. Abby Orschell would begin the inning by reaching on an error, and then would come around to score after back to back singles off of the bats of Makaylee Woods and Camryn Brewer, making it 13-5 which would remain the final score.Camryn Brewer started the game for the Wildcats and was pinned with the lose. Michaela Ferman came in relief to throw 2 2/3 innings for the Wildcats and allowing 0 runs, 2 hits, 2 strike outs, and 0 walks.Offensive LeadersMichaela Ferman: 2-4 (Double, Home Run), 1 RBI, 1 Run ScoredAbby Orschell: 2-4 (Single, Triple), 2 Runs ScoredThe Wildcats will be back in action on Monday night when they head to Lawrenceburg to continue their extended road trip. First pitch in that contest will be at 5:30pm.last_img read more

Rodriguez hails ‘great’ Pochettino

first_img The 24-year-old says his disappointment was eased by support shown to him by the fans. “It was massive, a really big help to see the support I got,” Rodriguez added. “How the Man City fans reacted on the day was great for me and obviously everyone at Southampton has been brilliant. “It was hard at the start and that helped me through it.” Press Association Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez admits the club have lost a “great manager” in Mauricio Pochettino. “Mauricio is a great manager and a great guy and was well-respected by the lads,” Rodriguez told Press Association Sport. “He worked us really hard and we got the good results and finished eighth which we were happy with. “Football moves on though so it’s one of those things.” Southampton face a battle to hang on to their key players this summer with the likes of Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers all being linked with moves away. Striker Rickie Lambert followed Pochettino out the exit door to join Liverpool earlier this month and there are fears more players could do the same. “You don’t want to see players going and the team being taken apart,” said Rodriguez. ” You can sometimes never stop it, it is one of those things so I’m trying not to think about it and hopefully we will have everyone at pre-season.” Rodriguez, who scored 17 goals in all competitions last season, was in contention for a place in England’s World Cup squad before he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Manchester City in April. Pochettino left St Mary’s to take the vacant post at Tottenham, where he was handed a five-year-contract at the end of May. The Argentine guided Southampton to a club-record eighth-placed finish in the Barclays Premier League last season and Rodriguez was full of praise for his former boss. last_img read more

Eagles tie up Kelly deal

first_img Confirming the move on their official website, the south London club wrote: “Crystal Palace are delighted to confirm the signing of versatile defender Martin Kelly from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee. “The once capped England international, 24, has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Selhurst Park after passing a medical last night. “He will wear the number 34 shirt for the Eagles and could make his debut for the club on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League season at Arsenal this weekend.” Kelly, a lifelong Liverpool fan, paid tribute to those who allowed him to play at Anfield and is now looking forward to a fresh challenge at Palace. “I would like to thank all the managers at LFC for making my wish from the age of 7 come true – playing for 1 of the biggest clubs in the world,” he tweeted. “Most of all would like to thank the fans for supporting me since my home debut against Lyon in Oct 2009 even through injuries always by my side. “Now to start a new chapter of my football career at Crystal Palace a great club with unbelievable fans – excited already for the weekend.” Pulis may have been quieter than predecessor Ian Holloway in the transfer market but he will still be hoping to add further new faces before the close of the window – Stoke midfielder Steven N’Zonzi and Southampton’s Jack Cork have been linked with moves to Selhurst Park. Crystal Palace have announced the signing of Liverpool defender Martin Kelly on a three-year contract. The 24-year-old made his Reds debut back in 2009 but found first-team opportunities limited, with a serious knee injury also ruling him out for a year. Kelly, capped once by England in a 2012 friendly against Norway, becomes Eagles manager Tony Pulis’ fourth signing of the summer following the acquisitions of Chris Kettings, Fraizer Campbell and Brede Hangeland. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ashes captains continue war of words on series eve

first_imgBy Ian RansomBRISBANE (Reuters) – The war of words that has added spice to the lead-up to cricket’s oldest enduring Test series will give way to genuine hostilities today when bitter Ashes rivals Australia and England march out in front of a packed crowd at the Gabba.A temporary ceasefire was called on Wednesday as Australia captain Steve Smith and his England counterpart Joe Root paused for photos under a blinding blue sky at the Brisbane stadium, but both captains have been looking to land a psychological blow on the eve of the first test.The customary photo opportunity may have been the only chance to get a clear image from the entire day, with smoke and mirrors employed liberally by the captains during the pre-match media conferences.Root steadfastly declined to name his side but the element of surprise was lost some four hours later when the England and Wales Cricket Board released the team on its website, with Nottingham bowler Jake Ball beating out Craig Overton as the fourth seamer.Smith had earlier thrown a curve-ball by saying David Warner, his vice-captain, opener and best batsman, remained in doubt for the test as he battles to recover from a neck strain.Compounding the drama, Cricket Australia later revealed batsman Shaun Marsh had suffered a back strain at training on Wednesday and was also uncertain for the match.As to how Australia would deal with Warner’s absence, Smith gave no answer.The board later said all-rounder Glenn Maxwell had been rushed to Brisbane in readiness to slot in if Warner failed to prove his fitness.Quite how Marsh’s potential absence would be covered remains up in the air.Before the Marsh news broke, Root had said Warner’s injury would do nothing to change his team’s preparations.STRAIGHT BAT Root has seemed impervious to the pressure of leading a team regarded sceptically by cricket media in both countries, and he has played a straight bat to the usual provocations from Australia’s pundits and players.Having taken one on the chin for England after a clash with Warner at a Birmingham bar in 2013, Root has gladly stuck it out again on the tour Down Under.Yet as calmly as he praised his players for refusing to rise to Australia’s bait, his voice strayed briefly from its dependable monotone as he chided the home side’s spinner Nathan Lyon for an attack on the team.Taking no prisoners, Lyon said on Tuesday that England’s former wicketkeeper Matt Prior had wanted to fly home early during the 2013/14 series, which the tourists lost 5-0.He also joked that he wanted to see Root, who was omitted for the Sydney test during that series, “dropped again”.“That’s not how I’d want my players to go about things but that’s up to him to come out and say that,” Root said in response, a hint of a frown crossing the 26-year-old’s face.“I think it’s slightly out of character. I know Nathan from playing club cricket but it doesn’t seen very real.”last_img read more

Leeds Utd Turn Searchlight on Nigeria Striker Dennis

first_imgAccording to French journalist Manu Lonjon, Leeds United are interested in the services of Club Brugge striker Emmanuel Dennis, but they face stiff competition from Serie A giants Inter Milan.The Elland Road outfit are looking to strengthen their attack after earning promotion to the English top-flight following a 16-year absence, and a striker is a priority for head coach Marcelo Bielsa.The 22-year-old has scored eight goals and assisted once in 29 games across all competitions thus far this term, with his brace against Real Madrid in his side’s 2-2 draw with the Spanish giants during the Champions League group stages one of the highlights of his career. Leeds need a quality striker capable of giving Patrick Bamford a run for his money, and Dennis could be the man.The Nigeria international isn’t short of options in the Premier League and has already been linked with the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion and Sheffield United.Borussia Dortmund, AS Monaco and Sampdoria were also linked with the Club Brugge star, with HLN claiming back in February that suitors will have to part with £21 million to have a chance of landing him.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Emmanuel Dennis Bonaventure last_img read more