Hey, you, sweating on the treadmill to get that perfect beach bod. You know the summer is pretty much over, right? You tried. Now it’s time for a well-deserved rest. Let us help. There’s a new off-Broadway show about an Elvis impersonator’s career change, an old favorite’s return to a Broadway staple, and a concert that will satisfy your 1980s nostalgia pangs. Get ready for this week’s picks! Catch a Convict’s ReturnBegins August 22 at Ambassador Theatre Even with Rumer Willis sidelined with an injury, Chicago still has plenty of reasons to recommend it. Come on now. You don’t spend almost 20 years on Broadway by accident. The latest asset: the return of Carly Hughes! The Great White Way vet will reprise her role of Velma Kelly through September 4 as Amra-Faye Wright takes a brief hiatus from the fishnets. Click for tickets! Head to a Drag Show Begins August 20 at Lucille Lortel Theatre How does an Elvis impersonator, residing in the Florida panhandle no less, make ends meet when responsibility rears its head? He turns to the world of drag! The financial imbroglio economists have been tackling for ages is finally resolved thanks to The Legend of Georgia McBride. Dave Thomas Brown (Heathers) stars as the drag newbie in Matthew Lopez’s comedy, which begins previews today. Click for tickets! View Comments Behold Backstage Drama on the Big ScreenAugust 21 in theaters and video on demand You’re flattering us, Hollywood. Really. You send your biggest movie stars to the Great White Way. And you can’t stop making movies about Broadway. First, there was Birdman and now She’s Funny That Way, a madcap comedy involving a Broadway director, his call girl-turned-actress, his wife, the call girl’s therapist, and others (believe it or not). Directed by Peter Bogdonavich, the film stars Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn, and Imogen Poots. Curl Up with Patrick Stewart August 18 on CBSPatrick Stewart is pretty much a walking good time, whether he’s on the Broadway stage, social media or hanging out with BFF Ian McKellen. So he’s a perfect guest for a talk show, especially one as fun as The Late Late Show with James Corden. So skip your usual eight hours sleep to see our favorite bald-pated actor, now starring in the comedy series Blunt Talk, wax eloquent—and provide water cooler conversation starters. Go Back to the Future in MidtownAugust 21 at 54 BelowIf you’re a fan of Back to the Future—and who isn’t?—you have two options this week. You can watch the movie for the 15,802 time or you can see a concert inspired by the awesome soundtrack. Headlined by two appropriate choices—Mitchell Jarvis and Justin Sargent of Rock of Ages—54 Sings Back to the Future features Broadway talent taking the film’s signature songs for a spin. Great Scott! Click for tickets.
View Comments Hello, gorgeous! The London revival of Funny Girl, which will start previews on November 20 at the Menier Chocolate Factory, is already set to transfer to the West End, where it will begin performances on April 9, 2016 at the Savoy Theatre. Starring two-time Olivier winner Sheridan Smith, the musical, which catapulted Barbra Streisand to stardom on stage and screen, will be directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer and have a revised book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein. Apparently our Broadway Mayor cut 40 pages from the script on his initial read-through!No word yet on whether the production has any intention of crossing the pond to play New York following the London run, but with Tony winners Mayer and Fierstein on board it looks like a distinct possibility. A Bartlett Sher-helmed revival of the musical—headlined by Lauren Ambrose—was set to play Los Angeles and Broadway in 2012 before being postponed indefinitely. And then there was Lea Michele…The tuner, which first played London in 1966, tracks the rise of Fanny Brice’s career as one of Broadway’s biggest stars by way of the Ziegfeld Follies, as well as her doomed romance with Nicky Arnstein. The score by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill features such iconic show tunes as “People,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade” and “I’m the Greatest Star” and a book by Isobel Lennart.Along with Smith, the cast at the Menier Chocolate Factory will include Maurice Lane, Darius Campbell, Marilyn Cutts, Valda Aviks and Gay Soper. The production will officially open on December 2 and play through March 5, 2016.
‘Frozen’ Frozen Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020 View Comments The cold never bothered Colorado anyway! Frozen, the eagerly anticipated stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning hit musical film, will play its out-of-town tryout at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in August 2017. Directed by Alex Timbers, the previously announced production is scheduled to hit Broadway in Spring 2018, with casting, theater and dates to be announced later.The Disney musical, featuring the beloved tunes (and some new ones) by married songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and a book by screenwriter Jennifer Lee, will have choreography by Peter Darling.The production has an all-star design team lined up: set and costume designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Natasha Katz and sound designer Peter Hylenski. Stephen Oremus will serve as music supervisor.Frozen follows two royal sisters, Elsa and Anna, whose relationship is put to the test when Elsa’s magical ice powers are unleashed during a power anthem that you’re still singing under your breath. Also in the mix are a strapping iceman, his reindeer, a fast-talking snowman and a too-good-to-be-true prince. We probably didn’t need to explain that to you.The film won Oscars in 2013 for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (for “Let It Go”) and featured the vocal talents of several Broadway favorites, including Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana and Kristen Bell.
Emma Watson & Lin-Manuel Miranda Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton Related Shows Star Files View Comments In case you pulled a Thomas Jefferson and missed a few things, Hermione Granger U.N. Ambassador Emma Watson and Hamilton headliner Lin-Manuel Miranda recently hung out.In honor of HeForShe Arts Week, Beauty and the Beast’s next Belle and the ten-dollar founding father discussed the gargantuan Great White Way hit, Harry Potter, gender equality and more. They obviously had the best time ever—as did we watching them geek out over each other.Want a revelation? Here are five takeaways from the awesome interview.1. Hamilton Is Basically Harry Potter”Structurally, I steal a little bit from Harry Potter, I have to tell you,” Miranda told Watson. “Hamilton meets Aaron Burr. And he says, ‘Aaron Burr. Help me. I want to be in this world.’ And Burr gives him the opposite advice of who he is. And then [Hamilton] meets his real friends: Mulligan, Lafayette and Laurens. It’s exactly Harry Potter meeting Draco Malfoy [before Ron and Hermione].” Look around, look around! How lucky we are to be alive in a world where Hamilton and Harry Potter fandom can coexist.2. Emma Watson Can Snap Like a Schuyler SisterWatson references “The Schuyler Sisters” when asking Miranda about women’s limited role in the history books—and pulls off the sassy gesture, to Miranda’s delight. Watson told Miranda she’s “been hyped for four months straight” since she’s seen the enormously popular production. Werk!3. Lin-Manuel Miranda Is a FeministYep, Miranda answered Watson’s blunt question affirmatively. He also supports the idea of gender-blind casting. “I think there’s going to be so many lady Hamiltons once this thing is in schools and regional productions,” he said. “It’s gonna go gender-blind into the world.”4. Only ONE Hogwarts House Per PersonWhile it’s tempting to give a detailed explanation of why one belongs in both Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff, Miranda and Harry Potter’s Watson say that’s cheating. “None of this half this, half this. You have to live in one house,” Miranda said as the two sorted the characters of Hamilton. (The title character got Gryffindor, obvs.)5. Emma Watson Can BeatboxSign Watson up for that gender-blind Hamilton cast. She can dance and drop a beat. Perhaps Hermione will make that Broadway bow she’s been eyeing? We hope so, and we want Miranda to co-star. We can’t get enough of these two. from $149.00
Alfie Boe Every wish is a command in the enchanting world of Neverland, and hearing Tony winner Alfie Boe sing Finding Neverland’s title track has been at the top of our list! Currently taking flight as J.M. Barrie at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning tenor recently performed on The Today Show. As previously announced, Finding Neverland will shutter on August 21 (luckily, plans for the musical to land back on Broadway are already in the works, as are productions across the world and a movie adaptation). Take a peek at Boe’s magical performance below, and be sure to catch him live before the tuner sails away! Related Shows Finding Neverland View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016
Hamilton View Comments Luca Padovan, Joshua Colley & Douglas Baldeo Related Shows Jasmine Cephas Jones Star Files The Tony Awards may be over, but the Hamilton mania is stronger than ever. Remember that adorable Miscast take on “The Schuyler Sisters” that On Your Feet!’s Ana Villafane, School of Rock’s Luca Padovan, Les Miserables’ Joshua Colley and Kinky Boots’ Douglas Baldeo totally nailed? (In fact, that performance isn’t the only 2016 Miscast number that we will always cherish.) Comedy queen Maya Rudolph got in on the fun this time as Aaron Burr (Sir!) on Maya & Marty. Watch them werk below! from $149.00
“This profit map shows a farmer the bottom line,” said Calvin Perry, a research engineer with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Other maps can show where problems are,” Perry said. “But when he can see what he put into his pockets — how much profit he made on that land — he can begin making his operation more efficient.” Perry studies precision farming at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station on the CAES Tifton campus. George Vellidis, Jeffrey Durrence and Dan Thomas, all engineers, are part of the large team working to develop, perfect and test precision farming equipment, software and methods. Profit maps and yield maps show farmers short-term and long-term issues they must face and manage to become and stay profitable, Thomas said. Farmers use Global Positioning System satellites to map soil types, disease or insect problems, nutrient and water applications, yields and, finally, profit. The maps show the yield or profit for every part of a field, Thomas said. Special sensors attached to harvesters fitted with GPS locators gather the information. Computer software links the yield data with specific spots in the fields. The farmers then use other software to create the maps. “Yield mapping is a key component of precision farming,” Vellidis said. “It allows farmers to see the results of their management practices.” Vellidis said all those maps make management more intense. They make farming more complicated and simpler at the same time. “So many factors affect the crop yield it’s hard to say ‘this one will make the change,'” he said. “But you can’t even try to make that decision without accurate information.” Vellidis said yield maps show the farmer vividly where he could make management changes to boost profits. “That’s really important for us now, as we’re looking ahead and wondering if price support programs will be there much longer,” he said. Thomas said precision farming helps farmers be better stewards of the environment. “If you put out only the pesticides and nutrients you need, and only where they’re needed, you reduce the risk of overapplying chemicals and environmental pollution,” he said. But not many farmers are using precision farming methods yet. “It’s not cheap,” Durrence said. “It’s hard to get into it a little bit at a time. And not many commercial services are available yet.” Durrence figures on a start-up cost of $12,000 in equipment, including the yield monitor, computer, printer, GPS equipment and a subscription to a service that make the GPS system more accurate. Much of the precision farming technology was first developed for farmers growing corn and other grains in the Midwest. “We started working to adapt that technology to cotton and peanuts,” Vellidis said. “We ended up almost starting over to get a yield monitor that works for our crops.” Vellidis said five farmers — four in Georgia and one in Texas — are planning to use the peanut yield monitoring system this year. He hopes the equipment will be on the market for the 1999 season. The team’s work with cotton yield monitoring isn’t that far along. But they expect good results soon. Two cotton yield monitors are on the market. But UGA testing shows they need some modifications to be accurate in Georgia growing conditions. “This is a high-tech approach to farming — a real information revolution on the farm,” Perry said. “It’s not easy to spot, except for the GPS antenna, from the highway. It’s exciting for us to see Georgia farmers on the cutting edge of this technology in the Southeast.” A University of Georgia scientist says Georgia farmers may soon have maps that show how much money they make — or lose — in any spot on their farm. Other maps can show where problems are and, to some extent, how to fix them. PROFIT MAPS like this one can show farmers exactly where they are, and aren’t making money in a field. Farmers use yield monitoring harvest equipment, computer software and Global Posi- tioning Systems to create maps. George Vellidis, a UGA research engineer, said these maps help farmers use their land more efficiently with less risk of environmental harm. (Map courtesy the UGA College of Agricultural and Environ- mental Sciences.) Download the full-size .JPG here — 1.97M.
You’re not supposed to put empty pesticide containers in the trash. So what do you do with them? Periodically, pesticide container recycling days are set up around the state to allow people to get rid of these containers.One such pesticide container recycling day is set for Wednesday, March 27, at Gwinnett Technical College. Containers may be brought for disposal anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.The containers must be a No. 2 type plastic and must be triple rinsed or pressure rinsed and punctured. No other type of container and no container with pesticide residues can be accepted.For more information, contact Steve Cole of the Georgia Department of Agriculture at (404) 656-9373. Or call Robert Brannen of the University of Georgia Extension Service at (678) 377-4010.
University of Georgia horticulture greenhouse supervisor Lamont Sudduth says each crevice between the boulders provides a unique amount of heat, drainage and shade, or microclimate.Sudduth designed the rock garden at the University of Georgia’s Research and Education Garden. The garden is on the Griffin, Ga., campus of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”With rock gardens, you’re replicating the plants’ origin to the best of your ability,” Sudduth said. “You can localize the kinds of soil you use. You can put plants that need organically rich, well-drained soil next to not-as-sensitive plants that are just fine with a local clay soil.”You can put a sun-loving plant next to one that will wither under too much heat, too, if you build it a shade-heavy crevice.Sudduth said rock gardens give experienced gardeners the chance to work out their green thumbs.”They’re are horticulturally challenging,” he said. “But they’re visually appealing. And they give gardeners the chance to try new combinations of plants. It gives them a place to indulge in their plant passions.”If a rock garden sounds like your next project, here are some basic steps to get you started.Ideally, you want your garden to look like a rock formation being exposed by an eroding hillside. So look for a nice slope. Gardening on a slope ensures proper drainage, too. The site should also be clear of overhanging trees.If all you have is flat land, you can create your own mounds with rocks or with soil covered over with rocks.Sadduth says there’s a good rule of thumb when selecting rocks for your garden. “If it only takes one person to carry it, you don’t want it,” he said.Try to get local rock of the same color and type, too. This makes your outcrop look like it came out of the ground instead of out of the local home center.Before you start arranging your boulders, take a look at some local rock formations to get some ideas. “You don’t just want to make a pile of rocks,” Sudduth said. “That’s what we call a dog-grave garden.”Bury your rocks a few inches below ground level to aid in the illusion that they’ve been exposed by eroding soil.You could pick your plants and then create microclimates specifically for them. Or you could place your rocks and then pick plants that match the microclimates you’ve created.For a listing of plants commonly used in rock gardens, check out the Georgia R&E Garden’s Web site (www.griffin.peachnet.edu/garden/rockgrdnlist.html).The last step to creating your rock garden is to cover all the exposed soil with pebbles. This topdressing helps conserve water. And it helps the planted area blend in with its rocky surroundings.
By Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaThe variety of avian flu found recently in two U.S. states isn’t harmful to humans, say University of Georgia experts. And occasional outbreaks of avian flu aren’t unusual.”I hate to say it’s routine,” said Mike Lacy, head of the University of Georgia poultry science department. “It pops up occasionally and fortunately hasn’t been a human health concern in this country.””Many Asian countries don’t have the kinds of regulatory systems and control mechanisms we have in the United States,” said UGA poultry scientist Dan Cunningham.”Many of the flocks in Asia are what we call backyard flocks,” Cunningham said. “Avian flu is very easily spread in that kind of situation.”Georgia, which produces more poultry than any other U.S. state, tests every flock for avian influenza, he said. So far, the state’s 1.4 billion chickens have been avian flu-free.Fevers and snicksAlmost half a million chickens were slaughtered in Delaware and Maryland last month. The avian flu strain, known as H7, doesn’t affect humans and is relatively mild.”Low-pathogenic avian flu is much like regular human flu (for poultry),” Lacy said. “The chickens stop eating, decrease activity and have respiratory symptoms such as sneezing and coughing, called snicking. They act depressed because they just don’t feel well.”Chicken flocks are slaughtered when a low-path avian flu breaks out because these flus can evolve into highly pathogenic flus that can cause high death rates in poultry.The particular strain of highly pathogenic in Asia is unusual. In rare instances, it has infected humans who have come into very close contact with diseased poultry. The disease isn’t spread by eating chicken. You can get it only by contact with live birds.A highly pathogenic strain was found in a small flock in Texas recently, Cunningham said. But quick eradication of the flock seems to have isolated and eliminated the problem. Officials have monitored other flocks around the infected flock and found no more cases.Preventing the spreadAvian flu can’t be completely eradicated because wild ducks and geese have it. As long as they’re free to fly, avian flu will keep showing up now and then.There never has been a case of avian flu in Georgia poultry.Fear of the highly pathogenic form has kept growers on high alert, though. In 1984, an outbreak in Lancaster, Penn., caused the slaughter of millions of chickens, costing farmers and shoppers alike.”The concern is to be vigilant, so that if an outbreak occurs, it’s contained as quickly as possible,” Cunningham said. Georgia poultry producers maintain an aggressive monitoring program to safeguard their birds and the public.Cat Holmes is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.