Vanessa Hudgens Will Star in Broadway-Bound Gigi at the Kennedy Center

first_img Hudgens is best known for playing Gabriella, love interest of Zac Efron’s Troy, in Disney’s High School Musical movies. Recent screen credits include Bandslam and Spring Breakers. She played Mimi in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010. View Comments Set during the turn of the 20th century, Gigi tells the story of a free-spirited teenage girl living in Paris who is groomed (in the custom of her family) to serve as a companion to a bored, wealthy playboy until the pair realize they have fallen in love. Based on the 1944 novel by Colette, Gigi was first adapted for the Broadway stage in 1951 by Anita Loos, with an unknown Audrey Hepburn in the title role. Subsequently Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music) adapted the material for the 1958 movie musical, winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In 1973, the tuner played 103 performances on Broadway with Karin Wolfe as Gigi and Daniel Massey as Gaston, earning a Tony Award for Best Original Score. Gigi features the memorable tunes “Thank Heaven For Little Girls,” “I Remember It Well,” “The Night They Invented Champagne,” “It’s a Bore,” “Say a Prayer for Me Tonight” and more. Gigi High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens, who as you will remember it well, performed in a summer industry reading of Gigi, will headline the Broadway-bound musical when it plays at the Kennedy Center. The tuner will run at the Eisenhower Theater January 16, 2015 through February 12, with opening night set for January 29. Directed by Eric Schaeffer, the re-imagined new production has been adapted by playwright and Emmy-nominated screenwriter Heidi Thomas. Choreography will be by Joshua Bergasse. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 New York dates and further casting and creative team will be announced later. The workshop’s cast also included Broadway favorites Corey Cott, Kate Burton and Victoria Clark.last_img read more

Onions & cousins

first_imgGrow traditional or Elephant garlicGarlic is easily grown from cloves, or the individual sections of the garlic bulb. You can get these seed cloves from a variety of seed companies, and they may be available at your local feed-and-seed store or garden center.The type that will do well in Georgia is California Early. This is a soft-neck type (it doesn’t form a flower stalk) that matures in late spring. Later varieties don’t do well here because of the hot summers. Elephant garlic is actually more closely related to leeks than to garlic. But it, too, will do well in south Georgia. You can plant it from cloves as well. The bulb, as the name implies, is much larger than the standard garlic. Shallots aren’t baby onionsSow shallots later than onions, in mid-October or later, so they don’t form seed stems, or flower stems, in the spring. Chives also grow in clumps, and that makes it an easy way to reproduce them. Just separate the clumps and replant them to get more plants. You can start them from seeds, too, without a lot of trouble. Leeks don’t produce bulbs at all but instead develop a pseudostem of closely adhering leaves near the base of the plant. They’re grown from seed and should be sown in the fall around the time onions would be sown in plant beds (in September). By George BoyhanUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia is known all over for its sweet, mild, Vidalia onions. But onions have several cousins, too, that you may want to try in your fall garden. While south Georgia is an ideal place to grow those sweet specialty onions because of its mild winters, abundant water and low-sulfur soils, the state is generally a fine place to grow the onion’s cousins. With leeks, gardeners often throw up soil to cover the base. They do this to blanch the tissue white, which is considered more appealing.center_img Leeks grow from seed Chives are the smallest plants in the onion family. They’re often available in small pots or packs at garden centers. Check where you’d find normally other herb plants, and you may find chives there, too. Gardeners often think of shallots as small onions, but they’re not. They’re actually a species all their own. They grow in clusters and have a mild flavor, somewhere between an onion and garlic. Leeks have a mild flavor, with the white lower stem the best-tasting. The green tops can be eaten as well, but they generally have a stronger taste and more fibrous texture. If you like onions, chances are good that you’ll enjoy one or more of the plant’s cousins. Give some a try in your fall garden this year.last_img read more

The art of keeping employees excited

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » I like to say that I have the best job in Washington, D.C. – heck, maybe the entire world. I love my organization, our mission and the mission of our members. But not everyone feels this way about their job, and that probably rings more true the farther down in your ranks you go.How can you keep your employees – no matter what stage of their career they’re in – excited about their job? And how can you do this before motivation is lost?Leadership guru Dan Rockwell shares four questions leaders can ask to energize employees:What is your contribution? It’s important that all employees feel appreciated for the work they contribute to your organization. Part of that is managers recognizing their efforts, and another part is them recognizing it themselves.What are you great at? Reflecting on and acknowledging our own strengths are important for self-confidence. It’s also a great booster to hear your manager share where they think your strengths lie. To further capitalize on these, make sure you’re creating an environment that encourages personal and professional development.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Oct. 31

first_imgO’Donnell will push for transparencyDiane O’Donnell is running for Niskayuna town clerk to put an end to a pervasive problem.Our current town clerk has historically provided minutes that are months late and that lack important meeting content and statements made by residents.  Diane O’Donnell will provide complete and accurate minutes within two weeks based on the requirements of the state Open Meetings Law.  She will make them available online and through subscription service.As an elected official, Diane will be accountable and responsive to Niskayuna residents. She will provide communication and information in compliance with the Freedom of Information Law without direction from political parties.She recognizes that Niskayuna residents have busy schedules. She will improve services by providing some weekend and evening hours to make it more convenient for the residents to do business with our Niskayuna Town Clerk.She knows that Niskayuna residents have the right to timely and complete information and quality services.She believes in community service and transparency in government. Join me in supporting and voting for Diane O’Donnell as our next Niskayuna town clerk.Gretchen DeBobesNiskayunaRiggi is one of city’s best council membersVince Riggi has proven to be one of the best City Council members being of high principles and integrity and helping Schenectady taxpayers.Vote for Vince Riggi for City Council in column 13 on the ballot. Do this first and foremost.Then, if you are not satisfied with what the present mayor is doing, especially trying to get himself a 16 percent raise in the new budget, you may let him know by writing in a person’s name like Vince Riggi, who all of you know. (Vince is only running to be re-elected to the City Council.)Make sure you use your privilege to vote on Nov. 5.(Mrs.) Jessie MaleckiSchenectadyGlenville deserves better than KohoutConflict of interest aside, can the head of the village of Scotia DPW hold town of Glenville office?On July 28 of this year, a large village-owned tree fell across the walkway into my house, causing more than $10,000 in damage. I called Andrew Kohout nearly a month prior to inform him of the condition of this tree and of the concern for public safety, as many people walk to Collins Park across the street.He was dismissive of my concern, even questioning why it was the village’s responsibility. A tree fell onto a car on Sunnyside Avenue on April 18, 2019. (The driver luckily escaping serious injury.) I was truly expecting a more concerned response from the DWP head.Due to a lack of action, on July 24, a concerned neighbor and I went to see Andrew Kohout at DPW.We showed him pictures of the tree and reiterated the concern for public safety. After three requests, he agreed to stop after work to see for himself, as he could not leave the office at that time. Andrew never showed.The town of Glenville deserves better than Andrew Kohout.Mike McGeochGlenville More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGrateful for support after fire claims homeWhere do we begin?As we have been collecting our thoughts these past two months and trying to figure out how to pick up all of the pieces after the fire that destroyed our family’s home, we have been thinking of how to express our gratitude for the outpouring of love, thoughtfulness, support, encouragement and generosity we have received.We would first like to thank all of the first responders and firefighters who worked tirelessly to ensure everyone’s safety and provide guidance and emotional support. Their skills, knowledge, courage and bravery are amazing.Next, we would like to thank After the Fire and the American Red Cross for their support to get us back on our feet. Those who volunteer their time for these organizations are so gracious and caring.To all  our family and friends near and far, to our families in the Saratoga Springs school district and Skidmore College, to the many local businesses and organizations, and to the entire Saratoga Springs community and beyond, we thank you. Your kind words and sincere thoughtfulness gave us strength and hope and faith when we were questioning how we were going to get through this. Your love and kindness gave us the encouragement and motivation to keep moving forward. Thank you all so very much for your unbelievable generosity. We feel very thankful and blessed to be a part of such a heartfelt community and to have such an incredible support system. Our sincerest love and gratitude,The Gonzalez Family(Jose, Abby, Natalie and Harper)WiltonMore on the Gonzalez fire: Wilton fire displaces family, Operation Adopt A Soldier charity, Aug. 18, 2019Patrick an ideal choice for Sch’dy city councilI’m speaking for candidate Carmel Patrick for Schenectady City Council. Mrs. Patrick is a community activist who supports events, institutions and projects that are designed to do good works in Schenectady.She has proven her leadership in her monetary ability already at SCCC and miSci as their development officer. With excellent math skills, she is able to understand and work with budgets and has demonstrated fiscal responsibility in her prior roles.Mrs. Patrick is a very good listener and responds to good and practical ideas, an important trait for good leaders.In short, Carmel Patrick is a doer.Doing the right thing is her mantra. She will work cooperatively with courage and conviction with her colleagues to make sound decisions for Schenectady. She works tirelessly and is on the job every day.I am personally thrilled to have a person of her competence running for office in our Schenectady.Neil GolubSchenectadylast_img read more

14-year-old rape survivor allegedly raped by head of govt-run women’s shelter

first_imgAccording to Indra, the girl had been referred to the integrated care center at the end of last year to receive psychological counseling and treatment after she had been raped. Her rapist had been sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment at a local court.However, during her stay at the shelter, the shelter’s head, identified as DA, allegedly raped her more than a dozen times.”The last time the perpetrator abused her was on June 28. He raped her four times,” Indra said.Read also: Public outcry as House plans to delay sexual violence bill – again Iyan Hermawan, an activist from East Lampung’s Indonesia Youth Activists Community (KAMI), said the victim had been sexually abused over six months.He said the girl had run away from the shelter and returned home but DA continued visiting her. He often stayed overnight and abused her in her home.According to Iyan, the last time DA stayed overnight at the victim’s house was on June 29 claiming that he wanted to help her apply for junior high school.He said the victim was too afraid to tell of the ordeal because DA had threatened to kill her and her father. However, on Thursday, she told her uncle of her experience.”Since the victim comes from a low-income family, we took the initiative to accompany her family to report the case with the Lampung Police,” Iyan said.The victim said DA also forced her to provide sexual services to other men on several occasions. “He picked me up and took me to a hotel. One of the men was a hospital worker in Sukadana. He gave me Rp 700,000 and asked me to give the Rp 200,000 to DA,” she said.She said that DA threatened to kill and mutilate her if she did not do what he said.The girl’s father, Sugiyanto, was enraged by the whole ordeal, saying that he learned of the incidents from relatives because his daughter did not dare to tell him.”I can’t accept this. Instead of protecting my daughter he forced her to do immoral things. He threatened my daughter so she did not dare to tell me. I know the whole story from my relatives. They asked me to promise not to get angry after learning about this,” Sugiyanto said.”I trusted him this entire time because he wears a civil servant uniform, he claims to protect children but what he did was barbaric,” he said. (nal) Topics :center_img A 14-year-old rape survivor from Way Jepara, East Lampung regency, Lampung was allegedly raped and sexually abused multiple times by the head of a women’s shelter run by the regency’s Integrated Care Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children (P2TP2A).Lampung Legal Aid Institute (LBH) activist Indra Jarwadi said the girl’s father had filed a report with the police on Friday. It was also alleged that she was sexually assaulted while undergoing a physical exam at Abdul Moeloek Regional Hospital, Lampung.”We reported alleged sexual abuse experienced by a minor carried out by an official from the East Lampung P2TP2A,” Indra said as reported by kompas.com.last_img read more

Saudi reviews death sentences of three convicted as minors

first_img“The announcement to review the death sentences against these three young men is a significant and long overdue step towards justice,” said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director at Amnesty International.”We call on the Saudi Arabian authorities to ensure that any retrial that follows is conducted in a fair, transparent and open manner… The authorities must also ensure that the ‘confessions’ extracted from them through torture are not used in proceedings.” The kingdom has one of the world’s highest rate of executions.Individuals convicted as minors would receive a prison sentence of no more than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility, according to the HRC. Campaign group Reprieve also welcomed Thursday’s announcement. “If the Saudi authorities are true to their word, and the death sentences of all people convicted of childhood crimes are to be reviewed, then this is a hugely positive development,” said Reprieve’s director Maya Foa, calling for the sentences to be commuted.”Ali, Dawood and Abdullah were imprisoned as boys, and have spent almost a decade of their youth in fear of execution.”Reprieve said there were currently four people convicted of childhood crimes at risk of execution in Saudi Arabia, and prosecutors were seeking death sentences against another nine juveniles.Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is aiming to blunt international criticism over the kingdom’s rights record and its opaque judicial system, especially since the October 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.In April, the HRC also announced Saudi Arabia was abolishing court-ordered floggings, in a move welcomed by campaigners.Activists are, however, skeptical that the reforms will see political prisoners released, pause a sweeping government crackdown on dissent or end executions. Saudi authorities are reviewing death penalties against three men convicted of crimes when they were minors, a statement said Thursday, as the kingdom seeks to improve its human rights record.Ali al-Nimr, Dawood al-Marhoon and Abdullah al-Zaher, activists from the minority Shiite community, were arrested as minors in 2012 on terrorism-related charges after they took part in anti-government protests during the Arab Spring uprisings.Citing a royal decree, the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC) in April said the kingdom was ending the death penalty for those convicted of crimes committed while they were under 18. Topics :center_img The public prosecutor ordered a review of the three cases this week, the HRC said in a statement.”These referrals mark important progress in faithfully implementing an important reform in the legal system, and in advancing human rights in Saudi Arabia,” HRC president Awwad Alawwad said in the statement.”They demonstrate the critical importance of these reforms not just in changes to the legal code, but in actions.” Campaigners said the families of the three detainees were not officially notified about the review and found out through the media. last_img read more

Arsenal playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan subject of late transfer move from Roma in loan deal

first_imgArsenal playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan subject of late transfer move from Roma in loan deal Comment Mkhitaryan played in Sunday’s north London derby against Spurs (Picture: Getty)The move would be a loan until the end of the season with the option for Roma to buy him at any time and sporting director Gianluca Petrachi is ‘pushing hard’ to close the deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMkhitaryan looks set to only have a squad role this season at Arsenal following the £72m summer arrival of Nicolas Pepe, as well as the loan acquisition of Dani Ceballos.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe has only started once in the Premier League on the opening day of the season, though was part of the matchday squad for the north London derby and came off the bench for a 23-minute cameo.Ironically, Alexis Sanchez – who Arsenal traded to Manchester United to land Mkhitaryan 18 months ago – also moved to Italy on loan, joining Inter Milan last week. Alexis Sanchez recently completed a loan move of his own to Serie A (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn recently suggested Arsenal should let Mkhitaryan go, telling sportingbet: ‘When everyone is back fit for Arsenal, Mkhitaryan is going to struggle to get any game time at all during the season.‘Mkhitaryan looks a frustrated figure, nothing seems to be working out for him on the pitch – his passes are misplaced, his shooting is off and he can’t beat his man. His performance against Newcastle on the opening game of the season wasn’t good enough, especially when you’re playing at the highest level. No doubt, Mkhitaryan is a talented player but he’s going to struggle to hold down a regular position when everybody’s fit.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Roma have made a late swoop to sign Mkhitaryan before the Italian window closes (Picture: Getty)Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is on the verge of joining Roma on a season-long loan with the Serie A giants hurriedly trying to wrap up the deal before Monday’s deadline.While the Premier League transfer window ended several weeks ago, before the start of the new season, the Serie A deadline – like most of Europe – is not until Monday evening.And according to Gianluca Di Marzio, Roma are pushing hard to try and bring in Mkhitaryan over the next 24 hours and a deal is said to be ‘very close’.center_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 1 Sep 2019 11:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Mahaut Senior Citizens Home resident thrilled to be reunited with his people

first_img 31 Views   no discussions LocalNews Mahaut Senior Citizens Home resident thrilled to be reunited with his people by: – March 7, 2012 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! One resident of the newly renovated Mahaut Senior Citizens Home (MSCH), Cecil St. Jean has expressed satisfaction with the work done at the facility and his elation of being reunited with the staff of the MSCH.Member of MSCH Cecil St. JeanAn official visit to the renovated facility was held on Tuesday where members of the Caribbean Development Bank and parliamentary representative for the constituency Rayburn Blackmore attended.St. Jean whose both legs have been amputated has been a resident of the Home for a number of years. He explained to the audience during the official visit how joyful he was to “reunite with his people” after the 14 month renovation period. “I have been here just about three weeks. Prior to here I was at the Dominica Infirmary. When I came back to the Mahaut Senior Citizens Home I was astonished at what I saw. Renovations and the extent of the works that was done made me marvel. When I returned here, I was reunited with my people and nothing was more joyful and of more significance to me than to be reunited with my people”.St. Jean described the Mahaut Senior Citizens Home as his “second home” and described the staff members as cordial and respectable.“Our people around here are cordial friends, very friendly, very respectable. This area that I have chosen as my second home, the people here are very polite, truthful disciplinarians. I want to extend my wish to Mrs. Matthew who has been very good to me and all my people I have been in association with very closely, I wish them all the best.”The facility is equipped to house 15 full time residents and also provide day care services to the elderly.The cost of renovation was EC$550,600 and was funded under the Basic Needs Trust Fund Program through the Caribbean Development Bank with assistance from the Special Development Fund of the government of Dominica.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Dobson Runs in Boston Marathon

first_img Share Dobson Runs in Boston Marathon BOSTON, Mass. – Rain and windy conditions did not stop West Florida men’s and women’s cross country head coach Matt Dobson from running on Monday. Dobson was one of the thousands who ran in the 26.2 mile course at the 111th Boston Marathon. Despite less than ideal conditions, Dobson finished 112th overall with a time of 2:39.35. He was one of 20,348 runners to complete the course. Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya won the marathon after crossing the finish line with a time of 2:14.13. Dobson had run in two previous Boston Marathons. In 2002, he finished 94th out of 17,000 competitors. Two years later, Dobson posted a 49th place finish with a time of 2:39.29. Dobson had posted a second place finish in January at the Walt Disney World Marathon (2:32.23). Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Theatre and engineering schools collaborate to study interactions

first_imgTwo unlikely partners, the Viterbi School of Engineering and the School of Theatre, are teaming up to study human behavior in an innovative way.Center stage · Theatre students, dressed in black suits equipped with sensors, act out scenes in a room with cameras as part of a research effort. – Whitney Blaine | Daily Trojan In 2008, the National Science Foundation gave Viterbi a grant to fund a project that uses innovative motion-capture technology to study and model human interaction.The project aims both to analyze how people encode emotions and to provide mathematical models of interactions. To do this, Viterbi researchers have groups of actors from the School of Theatre improvise scenes in a lab equipped with cameras. The actors don special black suits equipped with sensors and move around in the lab.The fifth and final staging of this semester was held Friday. Now, researchers are hoping to use the data collected so far in their next published report, said Jeremy Lee, a Ph.D. engineering student who is working on the project with Angeliki Metallinou, also a Ph.D. engineering student.“What we want to study is when you [put] people in various situations of improvisation, we want to see how they express themselves,” said Shrikanth Narayanan, Viterbi professor of electrical engineering. “Their use of voice and body communicates intent, emotions and expressions.”In the digitized space, researchers map the actors’ body movement on a computer to track their motion with consequent speech.“We want to see how their specific intentions are expressed through their body language,” said Lee.The actors are given two sentences and two verbs and then interact using the filmed space.“We fit this data in a fairly sophisticated mathematical model. In what we call machine learning, you learn specific movement and voice patterns,” Lee said.Alex Lubischer, who graduated from the School of Theatre in December, said participating in the stagings is a unique experience.“You feel like a superhero,” Lubischer said after putting on the suit.Lee said that actors are integral to the project’s success because they provide insight into predictable human behavior.“Humans express a lot of noise because they’re hiding their emotions. But with actors, we script out that noise so we can see more clearly what humans do when they truly express emotion,” Lee said.The actors benefit from the engineers’ research by partaking in a new technology typically accessed only by professionals.“It’s a new thing to use [motion capture] in films,” said Sharon Carnicke, a professor of theatre  and co-principal of the project. “It’s been done primarily for effect. We’re really interested in improving the quality of acting within that field.”Lubischer said he thinks knowing the technology will give him a competitive advantage.“It’s a chance to work on something a lot of actors haven’t yet,” he said.Studying human behavior is not a new idea, Narayanan said, but the way his team is quantifying the data is. He said the research could be applied to fields including autism, therapy sessions and addiction interventions.The technology, Lee said, is similar to that used in the film Avatar but takes a different approach.“The hardware you see is pretty much the same [as Avatar], but we’re studying it in a mathematical-engineering way and they did it in a production way,” Lee said.In the future, the researchers said their data could possibly humanize the gaming industry or provide data to developers looking to add life to their technology. They noted, however, that it is still too early to make concrete plans.“A lot of work has to be done on the analysis part; it is more about understanding right now than production,” Lee said.Although there will be no more recordings for this academic year, the grant is funded through 2012.last_img read more