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  • Tom Hewitt Returns to Broadway’s Chicago Aug 1, 2016  •  11:07AM

    first_img View Comments A familiar face is stepping back into the Broadway courtroom. Tom Hewitt returns to Chicago on August 1 as the silver-tongued Billy Flynn. The Tony nominee takes over for Jane the Virgin star Jaime Camil, who took his final bow at the Ambassador Theatre on July 31.Hewitt first donned a tux to play Billy Flynn on Broadway in 2008. He has returned to the role numerous times since. His additional credits include a Tony-nominated turn as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, The Lion King, Dracula, Jesus Christ Superstar, Doctor Zhivago and—most recently—Amazing Grace.In addition to Hewitt, the current cast features Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Roz Ryan as Matron Mama Morton, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.Take a look at Hewitt preparing for his first stint in the long-running revival below! from $49.50 Tom Hewitt in ‘Chicago'(Photo courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown)center_img Related Shows Chicagolast_img read more

  • Rock and Forest: The Legacy of Chuck Leavell

    first_imgLeavell and Jagger on stage. Photo: Stanislav MilojkovicOver the past four decades, keyboardist Chuck Leavell has remained the constant sideman to rock ‘n’ roll royalty. It started back in 1972, when Leavell joined the Allman Brothers Band. He’s since toured or recorded with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, the Black Crowes, and countless more musical greats. He’s still a touring member of the Stones, when they hit the road, and when Leavell is not lending his talents to other bands, he’s consistently fostering a prolific solo career.Even with a resume that exceeds any musician’s wildest dreams, playing piano is just a part of Leavell’s professional accomplishments. The longtime Georgia resident and ardent conservationist is also a sustainable tree farmer on his 2,000-acre Charlane Plantation near Macon. Leavell also founded the popular online magazine, Mother Nature Network, and has written four books about environmental issues, including Growing a Better America: Smart, Strong, Sustainable, released in February.What’s keeping you busy musically right now? I’m up in New York doing the second round of recording sessions for John Mayer’s new record. He’s a great artist, and the music he’s about to come out with is fantastic.What’s next with your solo work? I’m 80 percent done with my next solo record. It’s a tribute to pioneering blues piano players from the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s. I’ll have some nice guest artists on it, including John Mayer, Keith Richards, Col. Bruce Hampton, and the very interesting banjo player Danny Barnes. I’m hoping to have it out in the early part of this month.How do you balance time between music and tree farming? When you have passion for something, you make the time to engage in it. I have a sincere interest in conservation issues. People don’t spend as much time outdoors as they should. If they did, we’d have a much healthier country. I get the same feeling of satisfaction when I’m expressing myself on these issues, as I do from playing music on stage.Tell me about your new book, Growing a Better America. The theme of the book is smart growth. For years, I have been giving talks about what I call the invisible forest health crisis. What I mean by that is the loss of natural land to growth and development. In the Atlanta metro area we lose between 80 and 100 acres a day. From Virginia down to East Texas we lose approximately one million acres a year. I’m not anti-growth, but I think we’re at a critical point where we need to stop and look at how we’re going to continue to grow, as far as energy, transportation, and how we live within our communities. We need to move forward in an intelligent way that focuses on protecting our natural resources. 1 2last_img read more

  • Shelter Island Guide Sheds Light on Secluded Resort

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York If the Hamptons are the summer playground of the rich and famous, then bucolic Shelter Island—nestled between the North and South forks of Long Island—offers an escape from the glitz.Laying out a road map for those unfamiliar with the secluded East End resort community is the inaugural Shelter Island Comprehensive Guide, a new 190-page directory book compiled and published by local real estate agents Melina Wein and Yvonne Purcell.“My guide was written to share information on the wide range of activities, entertainment, businesses, artists, nonprofits and more that make our life on this island so special,” Wein said.The guide covers all aspects of life and tourism on LI’s smallest town, a tranquil 27-square-mile island that is accessible only by a five-minute ferry trip from North Haven on the South Fork and Greenport village on the North Fork. Cars are allowed on the ferries, space permitting since these crafts are relatively small. Passengers without cars can walk on board and enjoy the short ride on deck or sit inside the waiting room if they prefer.Chapters of the guide cover history, recreation, accommodations, entertainment, restaurants and shopping. The book also includes health and wellness, professional services, home services and a helpful section about the community.The guide exhaustively details just how much there is to do on there beyond what those taking a short cut from one fork to the other see on their drive down Route 114. There really is much more than meets the eye on this tiny island. For example, the Sylvester Manor, now a historic landmark, was once the largest slave plantation on Long Island–and its main house still looks like it did in the 1740s.Wein, who has raised her family with her husband on Shelter Island for the past 20 years, wrote: “I hope that this guide helps illustrate how Shelter Island is a beautiful place to visit, a great place to live.”Shelter Island Comprehensive Guide can be purchased for $9 at Shelter Island shops and online on the Amazon Kindle. The book can also be obtained for free by calling, emailing or visiting M. Wein Realty at 34 North Ferry Rd. on Shelter Island, calling 631-749-0999 or emailing read more

  • ZTE Blade A7s 2020 With Octa-Core Processor, Triple Rear Cameras Launched: Price, Specifications

    first_img– Advertisement – The dual-SIM (Nano) ZTE Blade A7s 2020 runs MiFavor UI on top of Android 10. The phone features a 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1,560 pixels) TFT display. It is powered by an octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 1.6GHz and the remaining four clocked at 1.2GHz. You get 3GB of RAM with ZTE Blade A7s 2020.For photography, the phone features a triple rear camera setup that includes a 16-megapixel primary snapper, an 8-megapixel secondary senor, and a 2-megapixel tertiary sensor. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel selfie camera housed inside the waterdrop-style notch.ZTE Blade A7s 2020 comes with 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB). Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port. The phone is backed by a 4,000mAh battery that can offer talk time of up to 27 hours while on 4G. Sensors onboard include accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and a fingerprint scanner on the back. ZTE Blade A7s 2020 measures 164.7×77.4×8.2mm and weighs 179 grams.- Advertisement – ZTE Blade A7s 2020 has been launched in Germany. It is a budget-friendly smartphone with an octa-core processor, a notch for the selfie shooter, and a triple rear camera setup. The phone is offered in two colour options and a single RAM and storage configuration. ZTE Blade A7s 2020 has relatively thick bezels all around with an even thicker chin. There is also a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone. ZTE Blade A7s 2020 comes with a 4,000mAh battery and offers storage expandability as well.ZTE Blade A7s 2020 priceZTE Blade A7s 2020 is priced at EUR 149 (roughly Rs. 13,100) for the lone 3GB + 64GB storage option. The phone is offered in two colour options – Ocean Blue and Star Black. The phone is available on Amazon Germany and as of now, there is no information on its availability in international markets.ZTE Blade A7s 2020 specifications- Advertisement –center_img Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

  • Buses and trams of European cities painted with Croatian motifs

    first_imgTrams, buses and trolleybuses, ie public city transport of many European cities such as Milan, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Lviv, Brno, Plzeň, Amsterdam, The Hague, Stockholm and other cities in the most frequent locations are painted with Croatian motifs. “The visual effect has been proven to attract a lot of attention from a multitude of people and create a strong and long-lasting experience for potential tourists. Large outdoor advertising on the busiest roads of major European cities and metropolises is one of the projects realized as part of an additional 10 million kuna for marketing and PR activities in emitting markets this year.” pointed out the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that the external advertising of Croatia as a tourist destination was carried out through billboards in the extremely busy London and Paris metro, but also in Prague, Ljubljana, Rotterdam, etc. Advertising is carried out in two waves, ie now in May and in September and October. The activities within the campaign include display and print advertising in specialized media and promotion on social networks, and it is carried out on the market of Great Britain, Germany, Italy, France, USA, Benelux, Sweden, Norway, but also Croatia. Also, as they point out from the Croatian National Tourist Board, a million kuna promotional campaign for business tourism has been launched, which aims to position Croatia as a tourist destination suitable for MICE tourism.  Promotion of business tourism in nine world markets “The campaign focused on the promotion of business tourism is a continuation of our continuous investments in the promotion and development of this important tourist product. Croatia has great potentials in this segment of travel due to the quality of the resource base, but also due to the excellent references, which is confirmed by the well-done hosting of the last major international gathering China +16, which was recently held in Dubrovnik.”, concluded Staničić. This is the result of the CNTB’s ongoing promotional campaign, which consists of outdoor advertising in key emitting markets such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, France, the Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine and Slovenia. last_img read more

  • Depok to impose curfew amid recent COVID-19 cases surge

    first_imgThe administration will deploy a total of 88 public order agency (Satpol PP) personnel, who will be assisted by military and police personnel, to educate local residents on the curfew until Wednesday.Depok Satpol PP head, Lienda Ratna Nurdiany, said authorities would start imposing sanctions for violators once the regulation was issued.Dadang further said that the curfew would not be applicable for residents whose working hours were after 8 p.m. They, however, would be required to show their identity card, assignment letter and other supporting documents.As of Monday, health authorities had confirmed a total of 2,210 COVID-19 cases, reportedly the highest among other cities across West Java. The administration also reported 77 deaths from the disease.Depok will become the second city in West Java as well as Greater Jakarta to impose a curfew, with Bogor starting to enforce the policy on Saturday amid an increasing trend in COVID-19 cases across the city. (trn)Topics : Depok COVID-19 task force spokesperson, Dadang Wihana, said the administration had finished a draft of a mayoral regulation stipulating the curfew policy, which is described as “restrictions on residents’ activities”, as well as sanctions for violators.“The draft was finished yesterday [Monday]. We can start enforcing legal sanctions on [Thursday],” he said on Thursday.While refusing to provide further details on the regulation, Dadang added that the curfew would also apply to street vendors and food stalls.Read also: ‘Chaotic’: Epidemiologists concerned about healthcare crisis after recent surge in COVID-19 cases Depok municipality in West Java will impose a curfew to restrict people’s movements in the city after health authorities confirmed a significant surge in the number of COVID-19 cases recently.Mayor Mohammad Idris said public places such as restaurants, supermarkets and malls could only operate until 6 p.m., while courier services were allowed to operate until 9 p.m.Moreover, residents are restricted from engaging in out-of-home activities after 8 p.m., as reported by read more

  • Sean could become a hurricane by Thursday

    first_imgNewsRegional Sean could become a hurricane by Thursday by: – November 10, 2011 Tropical storm Sean 5-day forecast track. NHC/NOAA graphicMIAMI, USA — At 4:00 pm EST on Wednesday, the centre of tropical storm Sean was located about 420 miles southwest of Bermuda, moving toward the north near 6 mph. A turn toward the northeast and an increase in forward speed are expected on Thursday, followed by a further increase in forward speed on Friday.According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph, with higher gusts. Further strengthening is anticipated and Sean could become a hurricane by Thursday. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 290 miles from the centre. On the forecast track, the centre of Sean is expected to pass northwest of Bermuda on Friday morning. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Bermuda, which means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.Tropical storm conditions are expected on Bermuda by Thursday night. Sean is expected to produce 1 to 3 inches of rain on Bermuda. Swells generated by Sean are affecting portions of the southeastern coast of Bermuda, causing life-threatening surf and rip currents.By Caribbean News Now contributor Share 9 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more

  • Title IX Revisited

    first_imgTitle IX takes many forms in high school athletics.  The true meaning of the law states that there be no difference in the handling of male and female athletic programs.  Literally, this has not happened yet.  For one thing, high school girls’ teams don’t mind playing games during the week.  In fact, some of them prefer it.  However, in Indiana  the court has dictated that schools must abide by the true meaning of Title IX in scheduling boys and girls basketball games.  At Batesville the girls now have cheerleaders which has not been the case in years past.  So far, they are sharing the cheerleaders with the boys team.  Thus, you will only see cheerleaders at home games for the boys and girls.  Trying to do home and away games for both boys and girls would be too costly and it would be an overload for the cheerleader squad.  Maybe some day there will be two separate cheer groups, but for now there is not.  The girls schedule has many more weekend (prime time) games than they ever did.  In a few years, I am sure these will be truly 50/50.  Whether the salaries of the two coaches match is questionable.  This could be a whole story in itself.  Transportation, uniforms, etc. are now equal.  Referees are the same, length of schedule is the same (18 games), and the tournament format is the same.  We are getting close to being “equal”.last_img read more

  • Batesville theater earns foundation grant

    first_imgBatesville, In. — The Ripley County Community Foundation has awarded a $2,000, 20th Anniversary Grant to the Gibson Theater in July. The Board of Directors issued this grant in recognition of the historic, economic and aesthetic values local movie theaters, such as the Gibson Theatre, have on Ripley County’s communities.The grant will be used to add handicap accessible bathrooms to the theater.last_img

  • Rodgers enjoying Reds’ rise to top

    first_img “No chance. We have next year to go again so it is not the end of the world,” he said. “We want to win, we are in a brilliant position, but the focus is only on Chelsea. “That is a big game for us and we will hopefully get over that hurdle – we might clip it, but as long as we get over it that is important – and then it is on to the next one. “We must enjoy it. We are not going to not enjoy it. “There is no pressure with it. People say to me ‘Are you not enjoying it? You must not sleep at night’. I haven’t slept better! “This is brilliant, we are top of the most competitive league in the world, the city has a real vibe and excitement around it, the supporters are loving it and we are showing the real scale of the club. “I’d be lying if I said I expected us to be top of the league, but I certainly believed in the players and trusted their qualities and believed we could challenge for the top four. “Yes we are a year ahead (of expectations), but we’re not going to complain. We’ll embrace it. The Reds are five points clear of Sunday’s visitors Chelsea and six ahead of third-placed Manchester City, who have a match in hand, with three games to go. Liverpool are closer to the title than they have been in the 24 years since they last won it, but Rodgers stressed it would not be a failure were they not to win it from this position. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists being top of the league is brilliant and he is sleeping better than ever, despite the perceived pressure which comes with the position. “We really want to help the supporters dream by making their dreams happen, but that is something we can only do by performing well and the consequence of that is hopefully winning games.” Despite suggestions they did not have the mentality to win the title, Liverpool have so far answered their critics with 11 successive victories. And Rodgers said because the likes of Chelsea and City had begun the season with title aspirations, they were likely to be finding it more of a strain than his squad. “I think everyone is talking about pressure but that is Manchester City or Chelsea – when you spend that sort of money and expect to win the league,” he added. “I don’t think there is pressure on ourselves, only from what we have within. Look at Tottenham, you spend over £100-odd million you’d expect to be challenging for the league. “We will do the best we possibly can. At this moment in time we have been absolutely outstanding.” And were Liverpool not to complete the job in the next three games, the Reds boss said it would not be as a result of them cracking. He said: “I believe it won’t be because of pressure; a bit of luck might go against us or we make a mistake – which can happen in football – but the players have shown since the second half of last season we have coped with pressure.” Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho suggested that, with a finely-balanced Champions League semi-final second leg at home to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, he would field a weakened side at Anfield, but Rodgers paid that no attention. “Jose is a winner, he won’t give up,” he said. “There are certainly no mind games on behalf of him to me, he knows me well enough to know it wouldn’t bother me one iota what he says or does. “I’ve seen some stuff saying a weakened team will be played, but that is hugely disrespectful to their players if they are deemed to be the weaker ones in the squad. “Whatever team they put out will have cost more than ours and will be more experienced. “It is difficult because they have the game in the week and there is no doubt if they played the same team on Sunday and Wednesday there is a cost. “You saw it with Manchester City. When they played us it was a really intense game, and I think Manuel (Pellegrini) felt on the Wednesday when they played Sunderland they had a real cost and ended up drawing the game.” Rodgers also expressed some sympathy for David Moyes after he was sacked by Manchester United earlier this week. “I’m saddened that a man who is an outstanding manager lost his job in the circumstances he did,” added the Northern Irishman. “I find it fascinating and sad he was opened up to the ridicule he was.” Press Associationlast_img read more