Get a Glimpse of Annaleigh Ashford’s Spacey New Solo Show Lost In the Stars

first_img Annaleigh Ashford View Comments Related Shows Kinky Boots fave Annaleigh Ashford is bringing her new solo concert Lost In the Stars to midtown hot spot 54 Below, and by the looks of this exclusive photo, it’s completely out of this world. Check out this intergalactic Hot Shot of the Tony nominee singing “Tonight You Belong to Me” from The Jerk. And yes, she’s dressed up as the sun, along with music director Will Van Dyke as the moon. Lost In the Stars, which includes songs by Stephen Sondheim, Kurt Weill and a few disco tunes, plays February 15. Head to outer space—uh, we mean 54 Below—to see Ashford in action! Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016last_img read more

Tix Now On Sale to See Carey Mulligan & Bill Nighy in Skylight on Broadway

first_imgTickets are now on sale to see Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy in David Hare’s Skylight on Broadway. Directed by Stephen Daldry, the production, which recently had an acclaimed run in London’s West End, will begin previews on March 16, 2015 at the Golden Theatre. Opening night is set for April 2. Skylight tells the story of a teacher, Kyra Hollis (Mulligan), who receives an unexpected visit from her former lover Tom Sergeant (Nighy) and his son Edward, played by Matthew Beard, who will also be reprising his role on the Great White Way. View Comments Skylight The show was last seen on Broadway in 1996, when it starred Michael Gambon, Lia Williams and Christian Camargo. The revival is scheduled to conclude its run on June 14. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015last_img read more

Vermont Officials to Celebrate Quebec City’s 400th Anniversary

first_imgVermontOfficials to Celebrate Quebec City’s 400th AnniversaryGov.Douglas, Sen. Leahy, Dignitaries and Officials to Attend Lois McClure Receptionand Dedication of Vermont and New England Monuments At 5:30 p.m., there will be adedication of two monuments to QuebecCity from Vermont and New England. Both monuments weremade by Rock of Ages in Barre. The New England monument celebrates Frenchheritage in New England and pays tribute to QuebecCity, the mother city of Franco-Americans. Vermont created a separate monument for Quebec City to honor Samuel de Champlain, whoexplored the lake that bears his name in 1609. The monument includes a quote– in both English and French – from Samuel de Champlain as heentered the lake in July 1609. In 2009, Vermont will celebrate the 400thanniversary of Champlain’s exploration of the lake and region. At the bottom of the Cote de Sillery,Quebec WHEN:           Lois McClure Reception: Wednesday, July 2 at 10 a.m. to noonMonument Dedication: Wednesday, July 2 at 5:30 p.m. Monument Dedication:Parc de la JeteeOn Boulevard Champlain WHERE:         Lois McClure Reception:On board the flagship schooner the Lois McClureEspace 400e100, rue Quai Saint-Andre, Quebec WHY:             In honor of Quebec City’sQuadricentennial Celebrations WHO:             Governor Jim Douglas, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, Honorary Chairperson of the Franco-AmericanHeritage Committee Marcelle Leahy, Vermont Tourism and Marketing CommissionerBruce Hyde and Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss While docked in Quebec City, the schooner will serveas the ceremonial vessel during special events for dignitaries and officials,including members of the Quadricentennial Commissions from Vermont, New Yorkand Quebec. SenatorLeahy and his wife Marcelle Leahy, who is the honorary chairperson of theFranco-American Heritage Committee, will serve as hosts aboard the schooner.Governor Douglas and his wife Dorothy Douglas will join the Leahys in greetingguests that day. ### WHAT:           Lois McClure Reception and Monument Dedication Vermont Governor Jim Douglas,U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, Honorary Chairperson of the Franco-AmericanHeritage Committee Marcelle Leahy, Tourism and Marketing Commissioner BruceHyde, Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss and other dignitaries and officials fromVermont, New York and Quebec willbe in Quebec City July2 to celebrate the city’s 400th anniversary. A publicreception will be held on the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s flagshipschooner, the Lois McClure.last_img read more

Vermont Transparency website now offers state vendor data

first_imgVermont citizens and news media can now readily find out the names of vendors selling goods and services to state government, and the purpose and amounts of the transactions involved. The Vermont Transparency site ( is external)) now allows viewers to quickly sort through over 121,000 vendor transactions occurring over the first three quarters of FY 2011 (through March 31, 2011).The site now reveals, for example, that in fiscal 2010 Vermont spent $25 million to provide heating fuel assistance, almost $24 million to rent heavy equipment and other construction machinery, and $22.5 million in interest on state bonds.As other examples, the site shows that Newcomb Studios of Montpelier, run by cartoonist Tim Newcomb, received six payments from state agencies, totaling $9,238, for graphic arts work. The Vermont Natural Resources Council, with seven registered lobbyists, received one payment of $9,181.The new feature complements state employee and legislator compensation data already available on the transparency site, along with a wealth of additional information about the workings and spending of state government.The Vermont Transparency Project is a joint project of the two nonprofit organizations with widely differing economic philosophies, the free market Ethan Allen Institute and the liberal Public Assets Institute. The Project is believed to be the only such effort in the country co-sponsored by organizations of the left and right.‘Open government is the hallmark of democracy, and openness in how government raises and spends money is necessary if Vermonters are going to help shape the kind of state they want to live in,’ said Paul Cillo, executive director of Public Assets Institute.Former EAI President John McClaughry, who initiated the project in 2008, said ‘we are grateful for the months of hard work by the Department of Finance and Management, under the Douglas and Shumlin administrations, that finally succeeded in getting this important data base into condition for release to the public. Now any Vermonter can quickly find out who is receiving our tax dollars, in what amount, and for what purpose.’ Source: EAI. 8.20.2011last_img read more

Commentary: Senator Bill Doyle on the Vermont office complex in Waterbury

first_imgby Senator Bill Doyle. Last week, I had the opportunity to have a conference call with Secretary of Administration, Jeb Spaulding, Commissioner of Buildings and Grounds, Mike Obuchowski, Waterbury Representatives Rebecca Ellis and Tom Stevens, and Sen. Anthony Pollina.  The Waterbury complex may not be repaired for many months, and the question is where would the state employees work or temporarily be relocated.  Spaulding said it would cost the state $20 million just to stabilize the present situation.  On an optimistic note Spaulding said the federal/state match might be as high at 90 percent federal and 10 percent state.  He made it clear that both the legislative and executive branches would be included in the short and long-term planning.There was a concern expressed that the frequency of floods might increase because of global warming.  There was also concern that the state complex was located in a flood zone.  It was also discussed that many of the state buildings are historic sites.  New techniques in building might make it possible to insulate or to greater protect buildings from flooding.  This point of view was expressed by Representatives Rebecca Ellis and Tom Stevens of Waterbury.  There was a general concern that the 1,500 employees removed from Waterbury would have a major impact on the economy of that town.            It was also discussed that perhaps the first floor of the Waterbury complex building could be used for parking and the second floor and the other floors used for work space for the employees.  Some of the suggestions relating to finding a short-term workplace for the displaced employees included the facilities of the Vermont Student Assistance Corp located in Winooski, IBM, Rock of Ages, Howard’s Market in Barre, and Northern Power in Waitsfield.  With regard to the State Hospital, Spaulding mentioned a two-year placement with the possibility that some patients being placed in New Hampshire. There was considerable discussion with regard to at-home conditions for employees unable to work in the complex.  Spaulding said, ‘From the Vermont State Employees Association perspective, they want to make sure there are adequate protections for state employees so employees won’t be abuse or put into precarious situations.’  Spaulding said, ‘That there are a number of reasons that employees are being instructed not to work from home, including the state’s inability to coordinate their efforts in a useful way.’            Connor Casey, Director of Legislative Affairs for the Vermont State Employee Association, said ‘The employees themselves were frustrated at not being able to work.’  Casey also expressed concern that, ‘Employees using home computers may suddenly expose their private lives to public records requests.’  He went on to say, ‘The Union needs to insure that state employees aren’t forced to subsidized internet connections associated with work at home arrangements.’  Casey said, ‘We just want to make sure that employees have rights when they are working at home, that their privacy is protected, and that they have the equipment they need to do the job.’              During the conference call we also heard from Waterbury Selectboard Chairwoman, Rebecca Ellis, who said that Waterbury has to move from a ‘voluntary-base action plan to a more sustainable, long-term recovery effort.’  At the meeting Ellis presented a draft ‘Local Plan for Recovery,’ which outlined the town’s immediate response to the flood and how Waterbury plans to move forward.  She was thankful for the hard work of the volunteers, but she said a long-term model will have to be pursued  and suggested that non-profit and outside volunteer organizations fill those roles.              The plan proposed by Ellis involves the creation of ‘ReBuilding Waterbury’ which would be a non-profit organization and work under the existing organization ‘Revitalizing Waterbury.’  This new organization would raise money to help families struggling to rebuild their homes.  Ellis said that, ‘More than 200 Waterbury area homes and businesses were severely damaged by the flood.’                During the conference call Spaulding said he would work closely with the Waterbury representatives, state senators and other officials and other state officials. September 14, 2011last_img read more

French oil major Total signs 3.3GW solar deal to power its European operations

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:French oil major Total will aim to cover all the electricity consumption of its European industrial sites from solar power by 2025 after securing a new development agreement with Spanish firm Ignis.Some 3.3GW of solar projects will be constructed by Ignis in Madrid and Andalucia, the first of which is due to start operations in 2022, with the ambition of bringing them all into production by 2025.The deal consolidates Total’s presence in Spain following two agreements it signed in February with local companies Powertis and Solarbay Renewable Energy to develop nearly 2GW of solar projects in the country. As a result, the company’s solar construction pipeline in Spain now stands in excess of 5GW.Total will purchase nearly 6TWh per year of green electricity generated by its Spanish solar sites through an agreement covering more than 3GW of solar farms, a deal it says represents “the largest corporate power purchase agreement in the world”.Total announced plans earlier this year to become net zero by 2050, including a pledge for a 60% or more reduction in average carbon intensity of energy products used worldwide by the company’s customers.[Jules Scully]More: Total maintains Spanish solar push with 3.3GW development deal French oil major Total signs 3.3GW solar deal to power its European operationslast_img read more

Florida Coastal plans to move

first_img September 1, 2005 Regular News Florida Coastal plans to move Florida Coastal plans to move Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville will relocate its Beach Boulevard campus to a newly renovated and larger campus next year.The school is planning to purchase the former Citicard (now Citibank) building at 8787 Baypine Road, near Baymeadows and I-95. FCSL plans to occupy the facility in 2006.“This new facility will manage our anticipated growth for years to come,” said Peter Goplerud, dean of FCSL. “The intent is to maximize the effectiveness of our students’ learning process and create an environment where accessibility facilitates interaction between students and faculty.”FCSL currently has more than 1,000 students and 100 faculty members. The 220,000 square foot facility boasts five stories and a 1,400 space parking garage. The new campus will embrace state-of-the-art learning technologies, and will provide for an appealing “student-centered” experience that supports a collaborative learning and teaching environment, according to the school.FCSL is part of The InfiLaw System, a consortium of independent law schools which also includes Phoenix International School of Law and Charlotte School of Law scheduled to open in 2006.last_img read more

Ari Fliakos: In The Moment, Without A Net

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For a serious actor, Ari Fliakos’ full-time job is a dream come true. He’s done the works of Chekhov, O’Neill, Racine, Shakespeare and Williams—granted sometimes he’s strutting around on stage in not much more than a jock strap or playing badminton in a skirt. But his roles have taken the 40-year-old Glen Cove native to theaters around the world, and earned him critical acclaim along the way.Since 1996 Fliakos has been a full-time member of the Wooster Group, one of America’s most highly regarded bastions of the avant-garde. As the renowned theater critic Linda Winer once put it: “There’s Broadway, there’s off-Broadway, and then there’s the Wooster Group, which began doing its cutting-edge, multi-media, non-linear, theater in the adventurous ’70s but didn’t sell out when the rest of us did.”Fliakos, who went to Friends Academy in Locust Valley and graduated from Duke with a history degree, admits he didn’t have this career path in mind when he set out to intern at the SoHo-based company known for its Performing Garage at 33 Wooster St., whose founding members have included actors Willem Dafoe, the late Spaulding Gray and Kate Valk, and the celebrated artistic director Elizabeth LeCompte.“I didn’t put much stock into being an actor as a profession,” he tells the Press from a hotel in San Francisco where his company is currently on tour. But performing without inhibition apparently did come naturally to Fliakos.His mother taught dance at their Long Island home and frequently put him to use.“There were never enough boys in her studio,” he recalls with a laugh, “so she’d always call me from upstairs and have me lip-synch to Elvis when I was six years old while girls in poodle skirts danced around behind me.”Now he and his wife, Erin Douglass, one of the leading lights of Radiohole, an experimental theater group based in Brooklyn where they own a house, have a 5-year-old daughter and another child on the way.With his light brown hair, dark brown eyes, steely gaze and medium stature, Fliakos has also found work on television as “a kind of terrible guy,” he says—a mugger and a white supremacist on Law and Order and a bank-robbing, cop-shooting maniac on Third Watch. In the indie movie Company K, he played an anguished private reliving the horrors of World War I.Unlike his work in film and TV, which can be completed in a few weeks, the Wooster Group can take years to produce a particular theatrical piece. Spending several months a year touring poses a challenge, especially as a parent, he admits, but it’s a necessity for a company like Wooster Group, which depends heavily on box office receipts and arts grants.“With each piece,” Fliakos tells the Press, “we essentially create a whole new theatrical language, a whole new world that we inhabit.”That dramatic freedom is not without risk, he admits.“At any moment failure is always there!” he says. But riding that line between success and disaster is what he finds so exciting as a performer. “To always be on the precipice of failure…that’s how you make great work.”And that’s why he does what he does so well.last_img read more

What (and who) is driving global innovation

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Shazia Manus At AdvantEdge Analtyics, Shazia Manus applies a futurist view to the field of analytics, helping credit unions discover new possibilities for exceptional member experiences. Prior to joining CUNA Mutual Group … Web: Details It’s incredibly exciting to witness the life-altering innovations taking shape across the globe. Entrepreneur Dean Kamen can transform raw sewage into drinking water. Qualcomm is crowdsourcing the development of a personal medical scanning device — a real-life version of the iconic Star Trek tricorder. Dickson Despommier developed his concept of vertical farming, which promises to dramatically reduce land use.So what — and who — is driving innovation across the globe? Peter Diamandis, an international pioneer in the field of innovation, points to several trends:The Bottom Billion — Formerly existing in strictly localized environments, people in countries like Africa or regions like Southeast Asia are today contributing to the world in exciting ways. As these parts of the world develop new and beneficial connections across the globe, the power of innovation is growing. Entirely new generations of contributors are reimagining systems, products and solutions unlike anything we’ve seen before. These individuals represent, as author Charles Leadbeater coined them, “a new breed of frugal innovators in the developing world.”Uber-Wealthy Activators — These are the individuals who have an abundance of time, creativity and resources. They are the people like Virgin Group founder and investor Sir Richard Branson, who continues building for the needs of future civilizations. Not willing to wait for advancements to come tomorrow, these types of individuals are going out and making them happen today with little to no regard for the cost.DIY Engineers — Some of these small organizations and individuals are intrinsically motivated to create change. They’ve experienced a pain, a hardship or even an annoyance they believe can be rectified. Meanwhile, advances in technologies and communication systems have made it possible for them to share their ideas with the masses. Large, established companies are taking notice. Lowe’s, through its Innovation Labs, is partnering with these start-ups, entrepreneurs and developers — entities it refers to as “uncommon partners” — to identify and tackle problems consumers face every day. DIY engineers are drawn to the hackathon and lab competitions sweeping the globe. These are events like the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, BMW’s Virtual Innovation Agency, NASA Tournaments Lab, or closer to home, the Citi Mobile Challenge. Smartly, these big-resource organizations are supplementing their internal bright minds with the energetic, homegrown DIYers to reimagine the unknown. This is sometimes referred to as “open innovation,” and it’s worth digging into a bit more.The Value of Open InnovationThere’s great potential in “the crowd.” We see it in the trends of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, each of which can significantly impact several different areas of a business. Take marketing, for example. In what was an epic success for Doritos, the company went beyond its internal creative army, beyond its external marketing agency, and tapped the American public — arguably the entire world — for its next great Super Bowl commercial.Beyond giving the Doritos marketing staff access to the world’s creative bank, the crowdsourcing strategy invigorated the way the company engages with consumers. Consumers are no longer considered an audience; rather, they are seen as active producers and distributors of brand content. It’s been such a successful effort, Doritos CMO Ann Mukherjee says leveraging the creativity of thousands of fans is a permanent strategy.The key to effective crowdsourcing is to first understand the motivations of your contributors. Doritos promised the winner of its “Crash the Super Bowl” contest a $1 million prize. Yet, the prestige of being named the winner of such a competition — not to mention the experience of working alongside such a well-known brand — may have been the bigger carrot for some in the crowd.Open innovation happens in one of three ways: outside-in, inside-out or a coupling of the two. At TMG, we have achieved great success in innovation through the marriage of outside-in and inside-out strategies, namely through strategic partnerships. Take our proprietary, patent-pending reporting and cardholder data tool Springboard. Built on the bones of First Data’s open architecture, Springboard now solves a series of problems for both internal and client teams.To push the credit union industry forward, leaders in the movement must explore opportunities by tapping into both their own entrepreneurial spirits and the world’s macro knowledge.Shazia Manus is CEO at TMG (The Members Group). A former credit union CEO and an entrepreneur since the age of 17, Shazia’s spirit of innovation, commitment to collaboration and keen sense of sound business management have propelled TMG to record growth. She can be reached at read more

Millennials and their social media habits: Implications for marketing

first_imgNeedless to say, social media has revolutionized how companies (including credit unions) interact with their consumers. At the same time, social media has created unique ways for consumers to share their impressions – good and bad – of companies with their friends/followers. This means that your members can have a huge impact on how your credit union’s brand is perceived – both among your current members and those who could join in the future. If ever there was a time when the “challenges equal opportunities” maxim applies, this is it.Since Millennials (18 – 34 year olds) now comprise the single largest consumer segment in the United States, it is imperative that credit unions understand the distinct ways in which the first generation of “digital natives” use social media. So, let’s take a look at some highlights from a recent study (Levin and Lamar 2017) regarding the social media habits of Millennials as compared with those of other generations.To begin, the study points out that Millennials have “largely abandoned traditional forms of media and entertainment, spending an average of more than three hours daily on smartphones” (Kantar 2015). The study also notes that Millennials “communicate with each other far more than any advertising campaign can. When trying to figure out whether something is worth buying, Millennials will go to their friends and social networks to see what people think” (Newman 2015). At the same time, it has been found that “Millennials are twice as likely as any other generation to share ads online” (Mulloy 2016).With these facts in mind, we’ll move now to some specific study findings that have clear implications for generational marketing. continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more