Disney Will Launch a New North American Tour of Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida in 2021

first_img Disney Theatrical Productions announced that a new North American tour of Elton John and Tim Rice’s beloved Broadway musical Aida will launch in early 2021. The new tour will premiere at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse beginning February 4 to March 7, 2021. Schele Williams, who was a member of the original Broadway cast, will direct this new production of Aida, which will be choreographed by Tony nominee Camille A. Brown (Choir Boy, Once on This Island). The production will play Charlotte, Chicago, Fort Worth, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Nashville, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., among other cities to be announced. Casting for the tour will be revealed later this year.The new production, updated and re-imagined, retains the Tony- and Grammy-winning score and features a book revised by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang, who co-authored the original production with Linda Woolverton and Robert Falls. A passionate and timeless story for today’s audiences, Aida is the compelling tale of star-crossed lovers belonging to feuding nations, torn between their conflicted loyalties to their countries and to each other. With its stirring contemporary score and its powerful love story, Aida reveals that we have the power to change history, but only when we make brave choices and embrace our destiny.Disney Theatrical Productions President Thomas Schumacher, who recently appeared on an episode of #LiveatFive, said, “Schele Williams, David Henry Hwang and the team have cracked the show open in new ways to bring the story into today’s world while honoring what fans have cherished for 20 years: rich characters, gorgeous designs and those extraordinary songs.”“Aida is in my DNA in ways I had never imagined until I began the journey for this production,” said Schele Williams, in a statement. “I have a rich history with the show that I am very proud of, but when I recently made some discoveries about the history of its time period, the show broke open for me. It truly is the butterfly effect; subtle shifts have taken a story I love and turned it into an adventure I can’t wait for audiences to discover. David Henry Hwang has crafted a book that truly shapes this journey and Elton John and Tim Rice’s score is the glorious foundation we have built upon.”Aida, which opened at the Palace Theatre in March 2000, went on to become one of the biggest hits of its decade, closing on Broadway in September 2004 after nearly 2000 performances. It received five Tony nominations, winning for Best Original Musical Score, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Actress in a Musical for Heather Headley. A tour played 53 North American cities from 2001 to 2003.The new Aida will feature sets and costumes by seven-time Tony winner Bob Crowley, lighting by six-time Tony winner Natasha Katz, musical supervision by Tony Award winner Jason Michael Webb, vocal arrangements by Michael McElroy, orchestrations by Jim Abbott and dance arrangements by Tony winner Zane Mark.To stay up-to-date on when Aida might be headed to your city, visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com! “Aida”(Logo provided by Disney Theatrical Productions) View Commentslast_img read more

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The handblown Vermont Cocktail/Whiskey Glass has arrived on the market

first_imgAO Glass,Vermont Business Magazine AO Glass operates on 416 Pine Street in the heart of Burlington, Vermont and has been in business since 2007. The glass team is now back in the studio, following all the recommended safety precautions.After a pause in time created by the COVID-19 Virus, the creative, skilled, and seasoned, team at AO Glass is presenting a whole new in-house collection. First out in the Vermont Strong Collection of 2020 is the Cocktail/Whiskey Glass.Rich Arentzen, Co-Owner of AO Glass, “As a company, we have resources to create functional objects that reflect a sense of our community as we reenvision how we interact with our environments and each other”. “If you can’t visit Vermont this summer, you could at least sip some drinks out of this glass as you plan your next trip.”Tove Ohlander, Co-Owner of AO Glass, “With the direct sales to customers online, it gives us an opportunity to keep our prices low. These handblown glasses are landing at $45-50 and that is important during times when people want to buy gifts but can’t spend a fortune. Another feature that’s unique for AO Glass is that we offer hand engraved custom names or quotes on our products, and customers really appreciate to add that kind of value to a gift.”The original handblown AO-VERMONT cocktail/whiskey glass is a versatile go-to glass to have around the home that you can be proud to own or to give as a gift. These are perfect for savoring some of your favorite liquids, whether you’re in the Green Mountain State or far from home. Pair these with a bottle of spirits from one of our fantastic Vermont-based distilleries. And share the warmth.Next one up in the VT series is a bowl followed by a decanter. Sign up to the AO newsletter to follow the progress of the ancient art of glassblowing at a handmade-in-America creative hub.AO Glass is a leading producer of Hand Blown Glass in North America, supplying iconic lighting companies with high-quality glass components including Hubbardton Forge and Allied Maker among many others. Last year AO Glass collaborated with Whistle Pig in to produce the collectible bottle stopper for their 18-year-old Rye.Find the Vermont Strong Glass at www.aoglass.com(link is external). For inquiries email info@aoglass.com(link sends e-mail) or call 802.488.4455. We ship all over the country.AO Glass is located at 416 Pine St. in Burlington, VT. Open for appointment only and requires all visitors to wear a mask.”Source: May 27.2020. Burlington VT. AO Glass. Photo by Brian MacDonald.last_img read more

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New Challenge branded apparel from C4

first_imgSpecializing in long distance multisport apparel – C4 has presented the new Challenge Family winter apparel line. As the company notes, ‘We don’t stop training in the winter and we know you don’t either.’ Helping athletes get ready for their next Challenge event or just helping getting the Challenge brand out on the road and trail, the winter line is designed to ensure that athletes can handle all the cold and wet weather that comes with dedicated training off-season training.C4’s technical gear also aims to function indoors ‘at the high levels needed by serious racers to stay cool and manage internal body temperature.’ The company added, ‘You can work the trainer or crush a spin class in confidence in our jerseys and cycling shorts and still be capable of going another round.’C4 and Challenge Family are launching the new apparel range just in time for Christmas.Athletes can visit the Challenge Family apparel store and ‘no matter where you are in the world’, all orders placed before 1 December will be delivered in time for Christmas. The new Challenge branded C4 range includes apparel, from tri suits to cycling gear, and accessories through to Challenge Family knitted beanies, plus gift certificates for US$50, US$75 or US$100.C4 began in 1999 and started ‘making a few outfits for friends’, then expanded into producing custom items for events. The first was the legendary Laguna Phuket Triathlon in 2000 and ‘we’ve come a long way since then.’As C4 grew, customers around the globe chose the company to design, produce and sell merchandise and outfit teams. The company cites its clients as: international events like the Boston Marathon, The New York Marathon, Bike New York, Chicago’s Boulevard Lakefront Tour, Ironman Asia, Ironman Japan, the ITU World Championships, and Irongirl.’www.c4sports.cawww.challenge-family.com Relatedlast_img read more

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Athletes get behind #TriMixedRelays bid

first_img Related Last week, Gwen Jorgensen, the Olympic triathlon gold medallist in Rio 2016, was the first triathlete backing International Triathlon Union’s (ITU) proposal of including the Mixed Relays on the Olympic Programme for Tokyo 2020. “It will be amazing if we could have two opportunities to get a medal at the Olympic Games,” said the American elite triathlete.Hundreds of triathletes around the world, alongside national federations and organizers of events have also joined the #TriMixedRelays campaign.“Relays are unity in sport, an accomplishment bigger than the individual. Isn’t that what the Olympics is all about?” asked American triathlete Renée Tomlin. “Its my favourite event in the calendar,” replied British triathlon star Non Stanford, while her compatriot Helen Jenkins asked her followers to help to “get more triathlon on the Olympics.”“The Olympics is about athleticism, patriotism and awe. The Triathlon Mixed Relays massively fulfils this criteria and should be in Tokyo 2020,” added American Tommy Zaferes. “I support getting the Mixed Relays in Tokyo 2020,” said South African Richard Murray, a Relays bronze medallist himself at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.Athletes around the world have argued that the Mixed Relay format is loved by the whole triathlon family. From Lisa Norden (SWE) to Jodie Stimpson (GBR); from Fernando Alarza (ESP) to Ashleigh Gentle (AUS); from Aileen Reid (IRL) to Dominika Jamnicky (CAN) or Ben Kanute (USA), all were asking their teammates to push and try to get another chance at an Olympic medal.Flora Duffy, current ITU World Champion, from Bermuda said, “Even though I won’t be able to race, as I’m the only triathlete from Bermuda racing at WTS level, I’d still love to see the #TriMixedRelays at the next Olympics.”The push to have the event included on the Olympic programme is coming not only from the athletes but also from the national federations. “What a spectacle it would be for the Triathlon Mixed Relays at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” said the British Triathlon Federation. According to ITU the call for the addition of #TriMixedRelays at Tokyo 2020 is also coming from ‘USA, Australia, Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, Italy, Mexico, France… the number of federations asking for it keeps growing day by day, with the total support of the athletes.’With no extra athletes needed to be added to the Olympics programme, and lots of extra excitement for spectators, the Mixed Relays are also backed by triathlon fans and event organizers around the world. The Major League Triathlon team also supports the bid, as does Chris McCormack, co-founder of the SuperLeague.“We love mixed events. Young men and women should be inspired to enjoy sports together. Sports should unite genders as well,” said Yiannis Exharchos, OBS CEO.“I really think we have all the ingredients,” said Marisol Casado, ITU’s President and IOC Member. “It is something that athletes like and it is adding the team values to a very individual sport, which they really like and appreciate. It’s thrilling, exciting and engages with spectators, both on-site and on television. We already have Mixed Relays at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games… We really think it will be a great value to include the Triathlon Mixed Relays to the Olympic programme.”ITU has presented a formal bid for Mixed Relays to the IOC, which will make a final decision at the Executive Board meeting to be held on 9-10 July 2017.www.triathlon.orglast_img read more

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Briefly noted: Buffett announces new GEICO service center, 500 jobs coming to Lenexa; Apartment fire in Shawnee

first_imgWaren Buffett and Gov. Jeff Colyer helped cut the ribbon at the announcement of a new GEICO service center in Lenexa. Photo credit office of Gov. Jeff Colyer.Buffett announces new GEICO center, 500 jobs coming to Lenexa. Investor Warren Buffett was in Lenexa with GEICO CEO Tony Nicely to announce a $10 million investment in a service center in Lenexa that will bring 500 jobs with it. The 55,000 square foot facility is located at 11214 Renner Road. It’s expected to be fully operational by August. [GEICO announces new service center in KC Region — Kansas City Area Development Council]Fire displaces 20 from Shawnee apartments. A two-alarm blaze at the Hampton Woods Apartment Homes in Shawnee damaged 20 apartment units and displaced 14 adults and six kids overnight. [20 apartments damaged by early morning fire, displacing 14 adults and 6 children — Shawnee Dispatch]Arts Council of Johnson County gets $5,000 grant from Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission for veterans program. The Arts Council of Johnson County was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission for smART Exchange: Veterans and the Arts. The 15-year program, smART Exchange, is a partnership among the council, After Action Network and Johnson County Park & Recreation District, to explore the mashup of the arts with other professions. The program focuses on how the arts can be a creative outlet for veterans as well as a tool for healing and a viable post-service career option. These pilot workshops will teach digital photography techniques, color theory and mixed media. Select artwork created in the workshops will be exhibited next spring.last_img read more

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Lawyer fights to keep a single, working mother in her home

first_imgLawyer fights to keep a single, working mother in her home August 1, 2010 Annie Butterworth Jones Associate editor Regular News Lawyer fights to keep a single, working mother in her home Associate editor S tephanie Land knows just how quickly life can change. When her job with Tallahassee Community College was terminated in 2008, Land went nine months before finding work at the Department of Juvenile Justice. The weeks of unemployment took their toll, and Land felt helpless as she fell behind on the mortgage payments for her home.“I was going crazy,” said Land. “I kept thinking, ‘I’m going to lose my house. I can’t feed my children.’ I was just praying someone would help me.”Through a friend working at The Florida Bar, Land heard about the Florida Attorneys Saving Homes program, a Bar initiative originally created to help distressed Florida homeowners behind on their mortgage payments. The program now primarily utilizes attorneys and local circuit mediation programs to represent eligible homeowners in foreclosure mediation.Just one week after applying for FASH, Land heard from Carol Grondzik, an attorney with Lutz, Bobo, Telfair, Eastman, Gabel & Lee in Tallahassee. For months, Grondzik worked with Land, filling out paperwork and placing calls to Land’s mortgage company. Nothing seemed to be working.“The day we thought we had come to a verbal agreement, Stephanie was served with foreclosure papers,” said Grondzik. “That’s when it became a nightmare.”Although Grondzik’s commitment through FASH had ended with Land’s foreclosure papers (under FASH, attorneys are not obligated to handle foreclosures), the attorney chose to remain on Land’s case pro bono, despite never having worked on a foreclosure case before.“Carol was the cornerstone of everything,” said Land. “If she weren’t so committed, there’s no telling where I’d be sleeping tonight.”Grondzik worked tirelessly to help Land navigate lenders, but it wasn’t easy.“They wouldn’t give us exact numbers,” recalled Grondzik. “Stephanie mailed her payment, and they mailed it back, saying they didn’t know who she was. It was a complete disaster. Everything was so circular; people didn’t have their processes straight.”Grondzik believes things have changed since the beginning of Land’s case, especially as the FASH program has evolved, but she doesn’t deny that these cases each come with their own challenges.“This was a very early case, and FASH didn’t have the information they have now,” said Grondzik. “[Communication between] attorneys and lenders was difficult. I don’t think this is the program for the faint of heart.”Grondzik herself has worked on only one other FASH case. Other referrals were sent to her through the FASH program, but not all applicants choose to continue through the process.“One of the major problems that I encounter talking with other folks is just getting them to accept the reality of their situation,” Grondzik said. “They are desperately looking for advice, and they have friends and family and other attorneys offering conflicting advice.“Stephanie had very good circumstances. She had some resources and employment, and so for someone who has no resources, you know, it’s even more difficult.”There were times, though, Land says, when she thought she would not be able to make it.“I was making myself sick. I couldn’t enjoy the extra time I had with my children. I couldn’t even enjoy breathing without this heavy fog over me.”Then, in June, after months of paperwork and hours spent speaking with banks and mortgage companies, Land received the news she and Grondzik been waiting for: Her home was out of foreclosure.Land says she can’t thank Grondzik enough.“She never once complained. Even when she was on vacation, she’d return my calls,” said Land. “I tell people that the attorneys who volunteer to give their time, energy, and effort to people who have come into economic hardship — and not due to their own incompetence — are willing to do anything to help you stay in your home without making you feel like you’re a charity case and it’s your fault. They do what they do with sincere compassion.”The FASH program provides attorneys like Grondzik with an unusual opportunity for pro bono work outside of litigation, and help is still needed for attorneys willing to work pro bono with local mediation programs.Grondzik, whose own volunteer experience with FASH sprung out of her involvement with the RPPTL Section, believes the cases are worth the time and effort required.“I really had to debate whether to take another case,” said Grondzik, particularly after the difficulty she encountered during Land’s. “But, I felt like I should. I thought volunteering with FASH would be a good way to provide pro bono service without entering the more common world of family law where I feel incompetent. I thought it would be a worthwhile venture.”If Land’s closed foreclosure is any indication, FASH is more than just a worthwhile venture; it’s a life-changing one.“If I lost my home, I would have lost everything I had worked for. I would have lost the only thing I ever owned,” said Land. “Now, I’m like a whole new me. The cloud has been lifted!”last_img read more

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Daily Postcard: View From Pajarito Mountain Sunday

first_imgDaily Postcard: View during a hike Sunday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.comView during a hike Sunday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.comView during a hike Sunday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Delbert Romero/ladailypost.comlast_img

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Quintain secures delisting of Wembley palaces

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The T-Shirt Test

first_imgWelcome to Smell Dating. Yes, it’s a thingYou truly can be attracted to someone because of a T-shirt, and while you might be thinking wet T-shirt contest, which I only entered once to defend my university and natural breasts everywhere, it has more to do with scent. When it comes to picking a mate, the visual sense is the dominant factor in our society. Clearly that is why the network show “Dating In The Dark” wasn’t successful, except in Denmark where it originated and maybe they are just a more evolved society. So, what about the olfactory sense?Everyone knows that moment when you want to steal your boyfriend’s T-shirt because it smells like him. It turns out the smell factor is more important than you might think in the dating game.A study had men wear a T-shirt for two days without any strong odors like smoking or Old Spice and put them in a box. Women were then asked to rate the smell of each T-shirt in terms of sexual attraction. They had to smell the T-shirts through a hole in the box so it wasn’t just the expensive label or ironic saying on the shirt which attracted them. While you may not find Major Histocompatibility Complex in a Tinder profile, it is the MHC genes at play here.The theory is that women were attracted to the smell of men who had different MHC genes from them which would be a boost for the offspring as their diverse immune systems would have more chance to fight off disease. Women who were ovulating and not pregnant or on the pill had the highest correlation with the different genes. The research has also been conducted with mice and fish but how you got them to wear T-shirts is still a mystery.Another study showed that women who sniffed their partner’s shirt reduced their stress level of cortisol compared to sniffing a clean shirt or a stranger’s worn shirt. I have to admit that there is something that kind of drives me wild when my man would come home from the office and take off his coat and I could smell his dress shirt. So now there is Smell Dating.Yes, it’s a thing. They send you a T-shirt, which you wear for three days and nights without deodorant (which might just kill your dating life right there). You send it back and then they send you different swatches of T-shirts to smell and if there’s a match, they connect you. You would think with all of these natural pheromones flying around that the security line at airports with people taking off their shoes could be the new dating mecca. I mean who can forget the famous boot sniffing sex scene with Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis in A Fish Called Wanda?And how about our canine friends? There may be that moment of embarrassment when they dispense with the hey whasup? and go straight to butt sniffing. But what they can tell from this olfactory interaction is the gender, whether they are spayed or neutered, health status, and temperament of the other dog. We have to depend on sight, conversation, and some good Google snooping.What we have to learn from all this is the importance of a person’s essence. All the expensive perfumes and cologne and Febreeze we used in a pinch after the gym are only cover ups. If we can take away the outer trappings and get close to someone and take a deep breath filling up our lungs and our hearts and say, “Oh yes,” you know you are home.kissandtellhb@gmail.com Sharelast_img read more

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USA: EIA Adds Natural Gas Data in Its Application Programming Interface

first_imgThe U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has added petroleum and natural gas time-series data to the agency’s application programming interface (API). These high-value data sets add 127,000 time series, summarizing petroleum and natural gas production, consumption, inventories, prices, imports, exports, and sales data, to the API that EIA launched in October 2012.The addition of petroleum and natural gas data builds on the API’s existing State Energy Data System (SEDS) and electricity data sets, allowing direct third-party computer access to 569,000 EIA data time series. This API data is ideal for software developers working in government, research, or the energy sector who are looking to design applications for the web or for mobile and tablet devices.“Expanding EIA’s API to include information on petroleum and natural gas production, consumption, and inventory trends brings us one step closer to the vision of making all of EIA’s data time series available through their powerful data access tools,” said EIA Assistant Administrator for Communications Gina Pearson.Planned future additions to EIA’s API include comprehensive coal data sets and the Annual Energy Outlook data set. The API reflects EIA’s commitment to increasing the accessibility of its data through the use of machine-readable and open formats as outlined by the new federal Open Data Policy.[mappress]Source: EIA, August 30, 2013last_img read more

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