January 18, 2021

Strictly Ballroom The Musical to Make North American Premiere

first_img‘Strictly Ballroom the Musical'(Photo by Jeff Busby) Interesting…could this show finally be cha-cha-cha-ing its way to Broadway? After runs in Australia and the U.K., the stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical will finally receive its North American premiere next spring as part of the upcoming Mirvish Theatre season. The tuner will bow in Toronto in April/May 2017.Featuring classic songs from the film as well as numbers from artists including Sia, Strictly Ballroom The Musical is the story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. The show made its world premiere Down Under in 2014 and will end a holiday engagement at the U.K.’s West Yorkshire Playhouse on January 21, 2017; no word yet on the cast or creative team heading to Canada.Other productions of note landing in Toronto include Mrs. Henderson Presents and The Bodyguard from the West End, along with the previously reported, much-buzzed about, Broadway-bound Come From Away. View Commentslast_img read more

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December 18, 2020

Shirley Teen Charged With Hiding Runaway Girl

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A college freshman from Shirley has been arrested for harboring a 14-year-old Southold girl who ran away from home in his Westchester County dorm room, police said.Charles Matthews was charged Tuesday with endangering the welfare of a child and obstruction of governmental administration.Southold Town Police said the girl’s mother reported her daughter missing Monday after finding a note that caused the family to fear for the victim’s safety—a case that mirrored that of 16-year-old Ashley Murray of Peconic, who was found safe last month after 12 days missing.Local authorities and State University of New York Police found the girl in Matthews’ dorm room after he allegedly wasn’t forthcoming about the girl’s whereabouts, police said.He was released on $250 bail.last_img read more

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December 18, 2020

11 Questions With Musician-Comedian Stephen Lynch

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Stephen Lynch always aspired to be a performer. In his college years he took his love for music, theater and comedy and combined the three into an explosive stage act that’s led to sold out shows across the globe. Following his first televised appearance on Comedy Central in 2000, Lynch has gained a dedicated following and has since released five music comedy albums. His latest full-length called Lion, was released in November 2012 and shows a more mature singer/songwriter with a refined collection of material and a departure from his old formula—which the funnyman admits he’s outgrown. Lynch is currently on tour playing a few east coast dates before leaving for Europe. See him at Long Island’s newest venue, The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $25-$41.90. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11.Long Island Press: What drew you to the performing arts and when did you decide to incorporate comedy into your music?Stephen Lynch: Well, I don’t remember exactly when I decided to incorporate it. I mean, I grew up doing musical theatre and so music was always a part of my life and there’s lots of musical theatre comedies. So, it just seemed to be sort of a natural fit. I never had a light bulb moment where I thought comedy and music would go well together, because I think it’s something that’s clearly been around for a long time. But when I first started playing piano and then later guitar and determined that I could write songs myself. I don’t know, it just seemed like the more fun way to go, especially as an adolescent boy to make a lot of dirty jokes while you’re singing I guess I just haven’t outgrown it. Yeah, probably after I heard Weird Al for the first time. I decided that I would be his protégé. [laughs] Except I didn’t parody other songs I started right away just writing my own.LIP: You wrote songs at a young age, and then later you were writing comedic material set to music when you were in college. Did you anticipate that this would become a basis for a career?SL: Oh, no. No, no, God no. I mean I just did it to amuse myself and I wrote things other than comedy songs, so it was a way to always be writing and always being creative. You know, I didn’t think anybody would actually hear these things. And now I’m slightly embarrassed that people have.LIP: And when you first started out, were you playing in front of friends and family, we’re you playing open mics? How did you begin to evolve into who you are today?SL: Well, I had lots of roommates, as most of us do when we’re that age. So, whether they liked it or not they were subject to hearing these songs as I wrote them, just so that I could get a reaction. And the first time I ever played them in front of people, I didn’t know, I was in New York City when I had just moved there and went to a cabaret night at a place in midtown at the urging of a friend. He ran the room and I wasn’t sure how people who weren’t my stoned 19-year-old friends were going to react to these songs, but they seemed to dig them, so I just kept doing it. I still didn’t think that it would be a career, I just thought it would be a fun hobby, I guess.LIP: And at that point did you realize that this was what you’d be doing fulltime?SL: I don’t know, it came from just sort of making the rounds in New York, doing coffee houses and open mic nights. I started doing some of the Lower East Side comedy shows and still just doing it to have fun, and I had my sights set on doing other more quote, unquote-important things, like theatre. And maybe getting together with other musicians and writing songs that weren’t meant to make people laugh. But then I don’t know, somebody from Comedy Central saw me and offered me the chance to fly out to LA and do a song or two on television and I jumped at it. I still didn’t think it would be my career. It wasn’t for another three or four or five years before I quit my horrible temping day job and even then I was taking a chance. I figured if I threw it out there into the universe and said that this is what I wanted to do, then maybe the universe would be kind to me.LIP: I do remember when I first saw you on Comedy Central. You looked very comfortable up there and it seemed really natural. How did it feel knowing that you were going to be releasing this material to a nation of viewers?SL: I’m glad you said that I looked comfortable, because I wasn’t. I was a nervous wreck. I always am before any performance, but I’ve been doing it long enough now that I know how to sort of corral the nerves and put them in the proper place and use them to help me when I’m on stage. But, you know, I was petrified and the kind of things I was singing about, I never thought would be something a wide audience would be interested in. I think I found sort of a niche following of people who enjoy what I do.LIP: In 2006 you were the lead in the Broadway musical based on Adam Sandler’s The Wedding Singer and I think that this must’ve been a good fit for you. What led you to this role and what was it like performing on Broadway?SL: It was something I always wanted to do. As I mentioned earlier, when I moved to New York it was with dreams of doing Broadway and doing, not necessarily musicals, but anything. I went on a lot of auditions, let’s put it that way. And then when I started touring the country I put that on the back burner, but I always told my agents that if anything interesting came along I would still want to do that sort of thing. And that’s when they approached me with this musical, which I was weary about at first, but then I listened to the music and loved it, and thought that it was original and funny and good. So, I auditioned and I was with the project from that point on.LIP: What was it like working on [Lion] and how do you feel it compares to some of your earlier work?SL: Well, it’s my favorite of the records. Only because I took a lot of time with this one and it was three plus years between the one previous to that and Lion coming out. It was because I was sick of the sort of formula that I had been trapped in, I felt for a long time. So, I decided to throw those tricks I was using away and start from scratch and see if I could really concentrate on writing stuff that I liked for once. Instead of just stuff that I thought would be accepted from the audience. And so, it’s very fulfilling in that way, because I was really proud of it and I liked all of the songs for once and it made recording both in the studio and live in front of the audience fun again, which is great. I feel like I’m sort of starting a rebuilding process, you know? I had been out of the proverbial spotlight for a while. Didn’t do any touring, just sat in my basement and wrote. It took me a long time to do it, obviously, but it’s paying off. People are starting to come to the shows again and rediscover me, for lack of a better term.LIP: How do you feel that transitions to the live shows you’ve been playing? Do you feel that people have been receptive to your new work? How would you describe that?SL: I knew I was going to alienate a few people who just wanted and liked the style of the older material. But that stuff wasn’t funny to me anymore and it wasn’t interesting to me. And so having 13 new songs that I can do when I toured in front of a live audience is very liberating and fun and I still throw in old material just so the show is representative of every stage of this weird career that I’ve built. And because I know that people have favorite songs from the first record and some of the older records and I want them to be able to hear those. It made touring, at least for me, like recording—it made it fun again and interesting.LIP: Do you see yourself coming out with some new material soon?SL: Well, I’m always trying to write, so I never know how long it’s going to take me to come up with enough songs for a record. So, I don’t know, maybe it’s time to look at a new model of releasing songs. Maybe I’ll just do one at a time. These days people buy single songs, they don’t necessarily buy whole records. That is when they’re actually buying them and not streaming them or torrenting them. So, I don’t know, maybe I’ll do something different this time and write a few at a time and then release those instead of using the old album model. But I love that model so much! So, I haven’t quite decided yet.LIP: What was it like touring in support of your latest release and what can you tell us about the tour that you’re currently on?SL: It was great fun. Courtney Jaye is the woman that sings some of the duets on the record with me, which I had never written before, again I wanted to try something new. She had some time in her schedule and was nice enough to hit the road with me and a couple of other guys that I had been touring with for a while came back. So, it’s been really fun. We started the tour sort of with a setlist and didn’t know what was going to end up staying as the tour progressed and what we were going to talk about between the songs. I didn’t write any of that stuff. I like to sort of just go up there and see what happens and as these tours progress it’s tightened itself into a real show with a beginning, middle and an end. So now is the perfect time to see it because I think it’s at its best right now.LIP: What sort of message do you feel that people should take away from your performance after you’ve left the stage?SL: I suppose 10 years ago it was just about getting some laughs on stage. Now I’m much more interested in creating a full show experience and for it to be more of a theatrical event, rather than just me sitting on a stool singing ten songs and hoping to get some laughs. I try to weave a little story throughout the show and so that’s what’s important to me now, and I think we’ve been pretty successful at least in the last few months of getting the show to that point.last_img read more

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November 18, 2020

A new guide to Croatian Parks has been published

first_imgThe Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), has issued an updated guide to the national and nature parks of the Republic of Croatia “Croatian Parks”. The guide provides a brief overview of all nineteen protected areas, an introduction to volunteer programs in Croatian Parks and instructions for using the Croatian Parks mobile application.In terms of preserved nature, Croatia is among the richest countries in Europe, and protected nature is one of the strongest Croatian brands. This is confirmed by the fact that one third of Croatia’s territory is part of the world’s largest network of protected areas – European ecological network Natura 2000. Due to exceptional natural and landscape values, our eight national parks and eleven nature parks are recognized on the world map as places to see and experience. .Protected areas – including national parks, nature parks and other categories of protection and areas of the Natura 2000 ecological network – are the greatest values ​​of any state that we must preserve and manage wisely so that this wealth can be enjoyed not only by us but also by future generations.The guide is printed in Croatian and English in order to provide basic information to park visitors, you can download and view it herelast_img read more

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September 26, 2020

Omeruo’s Leganes ‘won’t be able to bring in replacement for Martin…

first_img The Frenchman has been ruled out of action for six months with a hamstring tear after undergoing surgery in Finland last week, and the seriousness of the injury has seen LaLiga give the Catalan giants the green light to bring in cover. Barcelona are eyeing Leganes striker Martin Braithwaite but Leganes will not be able to sign their own replacement, according to Spanish outlet SPORT. The Spanish giants have desperately been searching for a striker to replace injured duo Luis Suarez and Dembele, who are both out for the long haul. Barcelona have until March 6 to sign a player who is either currently plying his trade in Spain’s top division or is a free agent but the new addition can only play in LaLiga matches.Advertisement Loading… Leganes reportedly won’t be able to bring in a replacement for Martin Braithwaite if Barcelona secure the £17million striker as an emergency signing for the injured Ousmane Dembele. The green light was then given on Monday morning after the committee confirmed the injury as a long-term lay-off, which LaLiga regulations stipulate as an issue that will keep a player out for at least five months. Braithwaite’s agent Hasan Cetinkaya is in Barcelona to discuss a possible switch for his client, according to Marca. The Danish striker has netted six goals and provided one assist for struggling Leganes across 24 LaLiga appearances this season. Read Also:Omeruo makes La Liga Team for the second week Braithwaite scored just nine times in 40 appearances during his two-year stint at Middlesbrough, having joined the club from Ligue 1 side Toulouse in 2017. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseMost Popular Movies With Sylvester StalloneBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouTop 10 Must-Know Facts About Ivanka Trump6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Dronelast_img read more

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September 23, 2020

IMCA Hobby Stocks race for $1,000 to win Sunday at Raceway Park

first_imgJEFFERSON, S.D. – Motor Parts Central IMCA Hobby Stocks will race for $1,000 to win at the Jim Johnson Memorial this Sunday, July 19 at Raceway Park.Additional money has also been added for second through fifth place finishers in the draw/redraw event.The runner-up earns $200
, with $170 for third, $160 for fourth and 
$155 for fifth.In Johnson’s memory, Golden Auto Sales put up $100 to add to the Hobby Stock feature winner’s share of the purse and challenged anyone interested in donating money to the division.So far, Andy Gage, Bud Pash, Keith and Bill Miller, Craig Clift, Bonine Garage Doors and Dakotaland Auto Glass have contributed.Additional monies received will be added to payouts for second through fifth place finishers. Contributions can be dropped off at Golden Auto Sales, 1900 Floyd Boulevard in Sioux City, Iowa, or brought to the track on Sunday.last_img read more

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September 23, 2020

Larry Shaw Race Cars returning as IMCA Western Region title sponsor

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ark. – Defending Manufacturers’ Cup champion Larry Shaw Race Cars returns this sea­son as title sponsor of IMCA’s Western Region for Modifieds.The Batesville, Ark., chassis builder again provides a portion of the $6,000 point fund to be paid to top 10 drivers in official standings for that region, which includes tracks in Arizona, California, western Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, northern New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.The champion earns $2,500, with $1,250 for second, $625 for third, $325 for fourth and $300 for fifth. Sixth through 10th place finishers each receive $200. Drivers in the Western Region are re­quired to display two Larry Shaw Racing decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares.Shaw has been an IMCA sponsor for 11 seasons and title sponsor of the Western Region since 2012.“We have to thank all our customers,” said owner Larry Shaw. “They’ve been great to us for a lot of years.”In addition to the national IMCA Manufacturers’ Cup crown, Shaw also had the high point total among top 10 finishing cars in the Western region last year.More information about Shaw chassis and services is available by calling 870 251-2966, at the www.larryshaw.com website and on Facebook.“It was great to see Larry Shaw Race Cars reign supreme in our Manufacturers’ Cup contest in 2017. Larry and his family have been long-standing supporters of IMCA racing and hosting them at our national awards banquet was a true pleasure,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We have already seen some outstanding racing in our Larry Shaw Western Region in 2018 and look forward to an exciting season.”last_img read more

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September 20, 2020

Having Faf du Plessis in the squad is a good headache: Mark Boucher

first_imgNew Delhi: Having Faf du Plessis in the squad is a good headache for South Africa to have ahead of the India ODI series starting March 12, feels head coach Mark Boucher.du Plessis last played an ODI for South Africa in the 2019 World Cup and was rested for the recent home series against England and Australia. During this period, he also quit the captaincy and handed the reigns to Quinton de Kock.The right-handed batsman captained the Proteas in a total of 112 international matches across all three formats since December 2012, when he led South Africa for the very first time against New Zealand in a T20I series.He and Rassie van der Dussen were recalled to the ODI squad for the three-match series in India beginning March 12 in Dharamshala.“It’s a good headache to have. Just him being around the squad will add a lot of value and experience as well. We will look at the conditions and then put together the combinations. Why you would want to have Faf is because he has done really well in those (Indian) conditions,” Boucher said during the team’s pre-departure press conference. IANSAlso Read: Faf du Plessis rested for Australia ODI seriesAlso Watch: Doul Govinda Temple agog as Holi beginslast_img read more

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September 18, 2020

International season to run from August to October – World Athletics

first_img(REUTERS) – This year’s international athletics season will begin with a Continental Tour Gold event in Finland on Aug. 11 and will end with a Diamond League meeting in China, World Athletics said in a statement on Tuesday.While a few minor events will be staged in July, the season is likely to resume only in August after the National Championships window, the statement said hereThe Diamond League was forced to cancel events in London, Zurich and Rabat due to the COVID-19 pandemic and announced a new calendar on Tuesday with the first event provisionally set for Monaco in August.Those would be followed by meetings in 10 more cities.“Our first priority was the health and safety of our athletes. The next priority was to find a way to get our professional athletes back into international competition this year as their incomes rely on this,” World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said.“I’m delighted that it now looks like we will be able to offer them a solid international season… where they can earn prize money and assess their training progress in preparation for next year’s Olympic Games.”Eight of this year’s 10 Continental Tour Gold meetings have been confirmed, with many rescheduled to take place between August and October.Some Continental Silver and Bronze meetings will be staged as domestic competitions beginning with the Josefa Odlozila Memorial event in Prague on June 8.“International travel restrictions will affect the ability of some athletes to attend some meetings, but we hope that there will be a wide enough range of meetings available for most elite athletes to access some competition before the end of the year,” Coe added.last_img read more

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September 17, 2020

Christmas fuels Syracuse’s 72-48 thumping of Holy Cross

first_imgRakeem Christmas didn’t even wait for Chris McCullough to finish.In the midst of going toe to toe with Holy Cross’ point total on his own, Christmas passed out of a double team to his fellow forward and threw his arm up in celebration as McCullough flushed home a two-handed dunk.Unlike Syracuse’s previous games, the Orange had the luxury of a sizable early lead, and Christmas was at the heart of that success. The senior continued his early-season dominance with a career-high 25 points to go with eight rebounds and 8-for-10 shooting in Syracuse’s (5-1) 72-48 victory over the Crusaders on Friday night before a crowd of 19,167 in the Carrier Dome.He steadily provided offense, netting at least 15 points for the fifth time in six games, to negate the Orange’s 0-for-14 shooting from 3-point range Friday night.“Rak’s playing great. He’s doing a great job inside,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We didn’t even do a really good job of getting him the ball tonight and he had a very strong game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textChristmas tallied SU’s first six points of the game, utilizing a pair of strong post moves to go with two free throws. He fouled Holy Cross’ Taylor Abt on an and-one that put the Crusaders up 8-7, but that was the final lead Holy Cross had all night.The senior keyed a fast break with a long pass to forward Michael Gbinije for a basket, then got a bucket of his own that pushed SU’s lead to 20-9, the team’s first double-digit advantage of the night.“If they don’t double me, I just go at the rim and that’s what I was doing,” Christmas said.When help came, he found McCullough for a pair of buckets, including the uncontested slam, to give SU a 30-13 lead with 3:10 left in the half.At halftime, Christmas trailed Holy Cross, 17-14, but SU was comfortably ahead, 39-17.After the break, Christmas slammed home a dunk that was called off for a foul on the floor. But after the inbounds pass, point guard Kaleb Joseph found his big man cutting down the same lane for a thunderous dunk that counted and not only ended the Carrier Dome stand-and-clap, but enlivened the audience.“Rak’s been hard to stop every game,” Joseph said. “That’s who he is. He’s a beast. Offensively, he’s strong, athletic. He can do it all.”The Crusaders responded by connecting on five straight shots from the floor and four foul shots en route to slicing the Orange’s 22-point halftime lead down the middle, but Christmas asserted himself on the offensive end to end the threat.After hitting two free throws to extend Syracuse’s lead to 52-37, Christmas again raised his arm before a shot fell. But this time, it was on the defensive end.As Holy Cross guard Eric Green’s shot attempt misfired, Christmas was calling for the Hail Mary as he ran toward half court. He then beat the Crusaders down the floor to haul in Joseph’s long pass before flushing it, earning a standing ovation from the crowd.He hit two foul shots to eclipse his previous career-high, and threw down another dunk off a pass from Joseph for good measure and a 62-40 SU lead.Christmas exited the game at the 5:11 mark with a new career mark to his name, a pat on the chest from assistant coach Mike Hopkins and another standing ovation from the Carrier Dome faithful applauding his performance.Much of the postgame chatter centered around Syracuse’s lack of perimeter shooting, but it didn’t need any to get by Holy Cross.“I’m not thinking of how many points I score or anything like that,” Christmas said. “I’m just going out there, having fun with my teammates and just trying to help them.” Comments Published on November 28, 2014 at 9:20 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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