Natural Woman! Cassidy Janson Set for London’s Beautiful

first_img View Comments Some kind of wonderful news for Cassidy Janson, who will take over for Katie Brayben in the titular role in the West End production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Diane Keen will also board the cast as Genie Klein, King’s mother, stepping in for Glynis Barber. The pair will begin performances on November 30.Janson was a member of the original London cast of Wicked and played standby Elphaba. Her additional stage credits include Dessa Rose, Candide, Tick Tick Boom, Lend Me a Tenor, Company and Avenue Q. Janson has been seen on screen in Sweeney!, Thirteen at Dinner, Silverdream Racer, The Hike, Tail’s End, Day Trip to London, Full Circle and Coma. Keen’s multiple TV and film credits include Rings On Their Fingers, You Must be the Husband, Foxy Lady, Doctors, Brookside and New Tricks. On stage she has been seen in productions including Same Time Next Year, Ladybird, The Vagina Monologues, Small Hand and You’re Never Too Old.Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful tells the story of King from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager (named Carol Klein) struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend.Alan Morrissey will continue as Gerry Goffin, along with Lorna Want as Cynthia Weil, Ian McIntosh as Barry Mann and Gary Trainor as Don Kirshner.The Broadway production continues its run at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.last_img read more

Joshua Jackson & More Set for Smart People Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 6, 2016 Smart People This off-Broadway show is getting more intriguing by the second. Stellar names Joshua Jackson, Mahershala Ali, Anne Son and Tessa Thompson have been tapped for Lydia R. Diamond’s Smart People. The previously reported New York premiere production, helmed by Tony winner Kenny Leon (The Wiz Live!), will begin previews on January 26, 2016. Opening night is set for February 11 at Second Stage Theatre’s Tony Kiser Theatre.Jackson has appeared in the West End in A Life in the Theatre. Currently seen on screen in The Affair, his TV and film resume includes Fringe and Dawson’s Creek. Ali is familiar to many as lobbyist Remy Danton on House of Cards. Other screen credits include The Hunger Games series. Son was a series regular on My Generation; off-Broadway credits include The Trojan Women and The Crucible. Thomson was most recently seen as civil rights activist Diane Nash in Selma; other film credits include Dear White People and For Colored Girls.The quest for love, achievement and identity is universal, but what role does race play in the story of our lives? On the eve of Obama’s first election, four Harvard intellectuals find themselves entangled in a complex web of social and sexual politics.Smart People will feature scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, with costume design by Paul Tazewell, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, lighting design by Jason Lyons and projection design by Zach Borovay.There’s also been an update on the eagerly anticipated new musical Dear Evan Hansen. Featuring music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Steven Levenson, and directed by Michael Greif, the production’s first preview date at Second Stage has been set for March 25, 2016. We will be there!last_img read more

Valentine’s Day Plant

first_imgWalking down the long Crape Myrtle Allée at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm, you’ll see several large, Vietnamese glazed pots filled with cool-season flowers. For this to be the first week in February, they are looking rather impressive thanks to what may be the perfect Valentine’s Day plant, the Persian cyclamen. Just thinking about Valentine’s Day used to give me the shudders. Now, three cyclamen in a basket and a nice dinner at a Savannah, Georgia, restaurant, and I am home free.You cannot beat the number of flowers it produces or its long period of bloom. Cyclamen comes in the traditional Valentine’s Day colors of red, pink and white, and the shades of purple and lavender will leave her mesmerized. If that were not enough, consider that the plant’s incredibly striking leaves are heart-shaped.Cyclamen is one example of a plant whose foliage contributes significantly to the plant’s beauty. Most cyclamen, you see, have some pattern of silver or gray variegation in those heart-shaped leaves. Another thing I like about the cyclamen is its ability to tolerate cool conditions. Cyclamen loves temperatures from 40 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. That is the average outdoor temperature range during much of the late winter and spring. This means the pot near the front door where a geranium bloomed all summer can now be filled with cyclamen.Most plant-lovers think about using them indoors, but I urge you to be bold and use them outdoors too, like we are. We have them partnered with various shades of fragrant dianthus and a touch of variegated lamium. Try them in containers, window boxes and even baskets. Don’t skimp and buy the bargain heavy potting soil, but instead use a good, lightweight soil mix. This will pay dividends because, with a little care, your cyclamen will still be blooming as spring arrives.Keep the cyclamen evenly moist, but never soggy. When watering, I like to use a little can with a spout to place the water around the edge of the container without watering the crown or center of the plant directly. If bone-chilling temperatures are in the forecast, simply tuck your container inside for a day.The cyclamen will certainly last longer than cut flowers. Try a mix of three differing colors in a decorative container or basket, add a fine dinner at her favorite restaurant, turn on the charm that stole her heart and you’ll be in great shape for Valentine’s Day.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru. For more information about the UGA Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm, go to read more

Cristiane Pilon

first_imgPhysiologist Cristiane Pilon is the newest member of the University of Georgia Peanut Team. Her expertise in the physiological processes of the peanut plant and management of the plant’s stress levels will equip Georgia farmers with tools to produce an even better crop.Pilon joined the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences March 1 and is based on the UGA Tifton campus. She works with fellow peanut team members to answer the questions they are fielding from Georgia’s peanut producers.“The peanut team needed a physiologist here to try to help manage one of the state’s high-value row crops. They had general agronomists, breeders, entomologists, all of whom have general areas of expertise for peanuts, but a physiologist was needed to help answer other questions,” Pilon said.She views drought as one of the main problems that Georgia peanut farmers face, especially because half of the state’s peanut crop is produced in nonirrigated fields. Last year’s drought, which spanned a couple of months in late summer and early fall, led to low yields for much of Georgia’s peanut crop.Drought conditions can make aflatoxin problems worse. “When that happens, one big problem leads to another,” Pilon said.The carcinogen aflatoxin becomes more prevalent when a peanut plant undergoes drought and heat stress. The presence of aflatoxin, even on just one peanut, can severely downgrade a peanut load.Pilon will study the physiological and metabolic processes of peanut plants and identify how the plants respond to stress conditions such as drought, high temperatures, insect and disease pressures, especially pressure from the tomato spotted wilt virus.“There are several physiological processes involved in the growth and development of peanut plants that contribute to productivity,” Pilon said. “Our goal is to understand those processes and how we can manage the crop to improve tolerance to stresses and achieve high productivity. Then, information obtained from our research can be relayed to Georgia’s growers by the peanut team.”UGA Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort believes Pilon’s expertise will serve Georgia well.“Peanuts are a high-value crop in Georgia, so it’s incredibly important to have a row crop physiologist like Cristiane Pilon working at UGA. She is already helping our peanut team members understand and grasp the inner workings of the peanut plant,” Monfort said. “If we know how much drought and extreme temperatures a peanut plant can tolerate, we can convey that information to our growers.”A native of Brazil, Pilon received her doctorate in cotton physiology from the University of Arkansas.At UGA, Pilon’s primary focus will be peanuts, a crop that Georgia farmers are expected to dedicate more than 700,000 acres to this year. Pilon said that Georgia producers depend on the collaborative effort of the peanut team to navigate what’s estimated to be a huge crop.“Whether I’m talking to Extension agents and specialists or other researchers, we’re trying to figure out what our main needs are for the crop, then set up experiments to try to answer those questions so the growers can increase yields,” Pilon said. “That’s why our responsibilities are so important. We are all serving Georgia’s peanut growers.”Georgia’s peanut industry recorded more than $684.6 million in farm gate value in 2015, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.last_img read more

Convicted Molester Sentenced To Twelve Years

first_imgA former Aurora man has been sentenced after he pled guilty to two counts of child molesting.Cornelio Salinas, 40, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and 18 years of probation in Dearborn County Circuit Court on Friday, Feb. 14. According to sentencing information, he will also have to register as a lifetime sexual offender.He could be out much earlier due to the time he has already served in jail. He was credited with 1,026 days good time served.He was arrested in September 2012 after an investigation that he allegedly molested a young girl between 2000 and 2002.last_img read more

Saturday almost had it all at Shawano

first_imgJoey Taycher won for the first time in his IMCA Modified career Saturday at Shawano Speedway. (Photo by A and H Photos)By Scott OwenSHAWANO, Wis. (June 10) — One night removed from a full moon, the Shawano Speedway al­most had it all … a nasty wreck, a first-time winner, sweet redemption following a nasty wreck and drivers coming from deep in the field.Joey Taycher got soaked in victory lane after his first career IMCA Modified victory. Travis Van Straten won his fourth local IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature of the season and Jason Ebert won his first Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature of the season.The IMCA Modified feature got off to a scary start as more than half the field was involved in a wreck at the end of the back straight away. Lance Arneson rolled multiple times before his car came to rest on its side. All drivers were okay though numerous cars were eliminated from action.Once the race got going again, Taycher and Matt McDermid raced side-by-side for the top spot before Taycher pulled ahead. Taycher led the rest of the race for his first career win in the divi­sion. McDermid held on to finish a strong second in only his third night back after a seven-year hiatus. Seventy-six-year young Jerry Muenster continues to amaze after a third place finish.Luke Uttecht led early in the IMCA Stock Car feature as Van Straten quickly raced to se­cond. Van Straten and Justin Jacobsen passed Uttecht to begin a battle for the lead. As the laps clicked away, Jacobsen made numerous attempts to find a way around Van Straten. Jacobsen tried the high line right on the wall and the low line right on the barrels, but to no avail. Van Straten held on to win the race, his fourth in a row. Dan Michonski came from 15th to finish third.The Northern SportMod feature was led early by Tyler Thiex but Ebert quickly moved to the front. Ebert led the rest of the way fending off a late charge by Lucas Lamberies for the win. For Ebert, it was sweet redemption after a nasty wreck a few weeks back. Lamberies, fresh off a big win in Davenport, Iowa the previous night, came from 18th to finish second. Jordan Barkholtz took third.last_img read more

Jerry W. Davis

first_imgJerry W. Davis, 54, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away Friday March 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio.He was born October 12, 1964 in Covington, KY, son of the late Shirley Rogers.He worked as a Manager for Barleycorns. Jerry enjoyed fishing, playing Pokemon, video games and watching the Bengals. He loved to joke around.Jerry is survived by his children, Amanda Davis, Holly South, Robyn South, Erik Dixon, Lisa Davis; grandchildren, Savannah and JR Adcock, Keondre, Logan and Adrian South and Erika and Serenity Dixon.He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Rogers, and his loving wife, Angelia (Dixon) Davis.A graveside service will be held at the Old Burlington Cemetery on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 2:30 pm.Contributions may be made to the family. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Pulis hopes he has bought goals

first_img “The lads have found it easy to integrate with them. You have to try and get your best team on the pitch, it is about finding out how fit the new lads are and whether you take a little bit of a chance. “The big thing with signing new players is, I think they are all good, but how quickly do they settle in? It takes time and some people take longer to settle in so it is always a gamble.” That gamble did not pay off for Holloway whose mass changes unsettled the dressing room at Selhurst Park and saw him depart in November to be replaced by Pulis. The 56-year-old has since guided Palace to five league wins, enough to take them just above the bottom three and level on points with Saturday’s opponents West Brom. The Baggies have surprised many by their struggles this season but Pulis will not be underestimating Pepe Mel’s side. “I think every club will have good times and bad times,” he said. “The important thing is to keep focused, they have got some good players and they have got a lot of experience in the Premier League and it will be a tough game for us. “Whether you are on the same number of points, above them or below them, the big thing is that you stay focused on what you try and do to get the three points.” Neither Marouane Chamakh nor Cameron Jerome have scored for the Eagles in the Barclays Premier League since the turn of the year, with Palace the lowest scorers in the top flight having netted just 15 goals in their 24 league fixtures so far. Scott Dann, Thomas Ince and Joe Ledley, as well as goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, were all brought in by Pulis on transfer deadline day and the trio of outfield players have scored 13 goals between them this campaign. Now the former Stoke boss is hopeful they can add another dimension to his side at Selhurst Park, with West Brom the visitors on Saturday. “We need to score more goals full stop,” Pulis said. “But we also need to share the goals more around the team, we are a little bit disappointed that we haven’t scored as many goals from set-pieces as well because we have some big lads in the team. “We have got to contribute all over the pitch, irrespective of who scores, the main thing is that we have the firepower to score from all over the pitch.” Pulis had made no secret of wanting to add to his squad in the transfer window, with the Eagles currently sitting just one point and one place above the Premier League relegation zone. The Welshman finally got his men at the close of the window but was pleased to avoid a mass recruitment drive similar to that of the summer where predecessor Ian Holloway welcomed 16 new recruits. “Well we haven’t signed 16 players that is for sure,” Pulis added. “It came together okay. What we tried to do and what we tried to achieve we ended up getting there so that is pleasing. Tony Pulis is hoping his January signings can help take the goalscoring burden away from his shot-shy strikeforce. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ramsey: QPR still believe

first_img “I am very disappointed,” Ramsey said. “We had a spell where we could, at least after the first goal, stopped the flow and stopped the tide. “There’s nothing to explain it, apart from that we’re in this position because of those key moments. We really need to do better in those situations.” QPR did rally after half-time but it was a matter of too little, too late due to their embarrassing first-half collapse. “The opportunity for me was to come in and try the best to turn things around,” Ramsey said. “The squad is the squad, we’re going to work with the players that we’ve got. “I am hoping nine games is enough, that’s all that I’ve got, so we’ll go for it as best we can. “The players believe in it. The players downstairs are disappointed, they’re not bickering and moaning at each other. Press Association QPR boss Chris Ramsey says there is still belief in the QPR dressing room that they can beat the drop despite falling to yet another defeat at Crystal Palace. “Yeah, some people are disappointed and some people are obviously voicing their opinions about how disappointed they are, but they’re still unified, as you’ll find. “They’re still unified in what we’re trying to do and all we can do really is to keep fighting.” The visitors’ only highlight on a miserable afternoon in south London was Phillips’ outstanding long-range strike. Just as the match was petering out, the winger took aim and rifled past Eagles goalkeeper Julian Speroni from 43 yards, earning applause from both sets of fans. “To be honest with you, it was a great strike but a tap-in or a 40-yarder, it made no difference,” Ramsey said. “Two of their goals were tap-ins and I’d rather have two tap-ins than one of those.” While Ramsey found it hard to get excited about Phillips’ goal, with Palace all-but assured victory when it went in, counterpart Alan Pardew was far more appreciative. “No one was going to save that,” the Eagles boss said. “That was a freak goal. “From 25 or 30 years on a training ground, I can’t remember seeing a better goal on the training ground let alone on a match day. It puts it into context. “I remember David Beckham scoring the goal here (against Wimbledon in 1996) and from a technical point of view Phillips’ one was better because it was a real, outstanding hit. He can be very proud of that.” It was not just Phillips rolling back the years, as Pardew heaped praise on Zaha and Yannick Bolasie after their electrifying displays. “I wouldn’t say they were the best wingers in the country, but they’re exciting,” he said. “There’s two flaws in their game, really. One – they don’t score enough goals and two – being disciplined in their defensive duties. “They are two areas we’ve worked hard on but their individual talent, the way they go past players and lift it over their heads, that’s purely from within and what they’ve learned in how they’ve been brought up. “They were fantastic, so exciting in the first half – a kind of throw back. “(Former Palace boss and ex-Manchester United winger) Steve Coppell would have been pleased today – I hope he was watching because it was like a Steve Coppell game today.” Five points from 12 top-flight matches makes grim reading for all those connected to Rangers, who on Saturday paid the price for their embarrassing first-half capitulation. Wilfried Zaha, James McArthur and Joel Ward all struck as Palace ran amok as half-time approached – goals which proved decisive as the hosts ran out 3-1 victors, with Matt Phillips’ goal of the season contender a mere consolation. last_img read more

England ban football as warm-up activity post-Rory Burns injury

first_imgCape Town: England has decided to do away with playing football to warm-up before a training session after they lost the opener, Rory Burns, to it for the remainder of the ongoing four-match Test series against South Africa.Burns, who was England’s top scorer in the first Test, injured his left ankle while playing a football match during the warm-up prior to the Cape Town Test and scans revealed that he sustained ligament damage.In the aftermath of the Burns’ injury, Ashley Giles, England cricket director and head coach Chris Silverwood have decided to ban football as a warm-up activity in training sessions, reports ESPNcricinfo.Giles has always expressed his disapproval for his side playing football and had said that when he took the job that he was unhappy to see football as part of England’s warm-up. However, he was persuaded by senior players who felt that it was an important part of the bonding process of the squad and therefore, he agreed to review it once the World Cup had finished where England emerged victoriously.The former England left-arm spinner had banned football from Warwickshire when he was director of cricket there.The misfortune for the left-handed opener — who scored 84 runs in the Centurion Test which England lost by 107 runs — comes after right-arm pacer Jofra Archer pulled out of bowling practice on Thursday. IANSAlso Read: Rory Burns and Joe Root Help England to Reach 125/2Also Watch: State Cabinet Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addresses public meeting at Gogamukh, Lakhimpurlast_img read more