Tony Co-Hosts Alan Cumming & (Kinda) Kristin Chenoweth Have a Special Message for You!

first_imgOur dynamic Tony-hosting duo has a special message for us! Sort of. Tony winners Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth will be our emcees (no, not that kind) on Broadway’s biggest night this year, and they wanted to share a special video about how excited they are. Unfortunately, Cheno is under the weather (and we wish her well!). So Cumming improvised, and instead did their bit with the pocket-soprano’s caricature from Sardi’s. Honestly, this is the next best thing, but we’re looking forward to the real deal on June 7! A special video message from the hosts (!) of this year’s Tony Awards @KChenoweth @TheTonyAwards— Alan Cumming (@Alancumming) April 28, 2015 View Comments Star Files Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Spend Time with Misty Copeland, Amy Spanger & More

first_img View Comments Meet Amy Spanger at Her Place August 24 at Joe’s PubSince Mondays stink worse than a Dumpster fire, you should always do something fun that day. Let’s start this week, shall we? In This Must Be the Place, Broadway star Amy Spanger (Chicago, Rock of Ages and soon in Matilda) sings some of the songs that made her famous—as well as rock, pop, and country numbers—and share “glamorous and not so glamorous tales” from her life. Click for tickets! Explore Broadway in Your PJs Begins August 25 on LifetimeWe need another reason other than steady employment and coffee for getting up early in the morning. For several weeks, we have one. Lifetime’s morning show, The Balancing Act, begins its second season of Broadway Balances America. This season features behind-the-scenes excerpts and interviews with the shows featured in Broadway Across America’s 2015-16 series nationwide, including Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Kinky Boots and Cabaret. Go Laugh It Up, Stare It Down Begins August 26 at Cherry Orchard Theatre Alan Hruska’s comedy Laugh It Up, Stare It Down isn’t the usual “two souls finding each other” story. No way, guys. Cleo and Joe’s journey to a deeper fulfillment involves the following: a missing baby, a forged painting, a house invader, a tidal wave and frozen pistou. If you’re not the least bit curious to see what this is all about, we’re pretty sure you hate fun in all forms. Click for tickets! Hey, you, crying uncontrollably over all the back-to-school commercials. Why so sad over jeans? Do you even go to school? Regardless, we have just what we need to chase those blues away, and it’s not a new Trapper Keeper. There’s Misty Copeland’s arrival to On the Town, Amy Spanger’s show at Joe’s Pub, and a new season of Broadway Balances America. Get ready: here come this week’s picks! See Misty Copeland Twirl in On the Town Begins August 25 at Lyric TheatreOn the Town may be coming to end, but it remains en pointe. Why the lousy ballet-influenced pun? The wonderful Misty Copeland, the first African-American prima ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre. She takes over as Ivy Smith in select performances before the highly entertaining Tony-nominated revival bids adieu on September 6. So allegro on over! We’ll stop now. Click for tickets! Have Wicked Fun with Willemijn Verkaik August 27 and 28 at 54 BelowIf you can’t get enough of Wicked—or great singing—you’re in luck. Willemijn Verkaik, the only actress to play Elphaba in more than one language, takes the stage at 54 Below for two nights. Plan on hearing rousing renditions from Wicked (maybe in a language or three), a guest appearance from Stephen Schwartz, and regret over sleeping through high school German. You could have been an international star! Ack! Click for tickets!last_img read more

Janet McTeer & Liev Schreiber Seduce Us as Les Liaisons Opens

first_img View Comments Les Liaisons Dangereuses Sex, intrigue and betrayal are currently being served up eight shows a week at the Booth Theatre, where Tony winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber are leading Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The Josie Rourke-helmed production, originally from London’s Donmar Warehouse, will open officially on October 30.To celebrate the Great White Way revival of the dark comedy, based on the 1782 novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this portrait. There’s McTeer as La Marquise de Merteuil, Schreiber as Le Vicomte de Valmont, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as Madame de Tourvel, Mary Beth Peil as Madame de Rosemonde, Elena Kampouris as Cécile Volanges, Raffi Barsoumian as Le Chevalier Danceny, Katrina Cunningham as Émilie, Ora Jones as Madame de Volanges, Josh Salt as Azolan and David Patterson as Major-domo.It’s beyond our control— wishes the Les Liaisons Dangereuses team a happy opening…let the games begin! © Justin “Squigs” Robertson Related Shows About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017last_img read more

Trial Gardens Open House

first_imgEach year the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia hosts a summer open house to show off the season’s best plants. This year they’re working to beat the heat by moving the party from July to June.The public is invited to this year’s showcase of new ornamentals — ranging from vibrantly colored flowers to hardy shrubs — at the open house on Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to noon.“We have decided to hold the public open house for 2019 a month earlier to try and beat some of the brutal heat that July tends to bring us, as well as to catch people planning events early in the summer,” said Brandon Coker, Trial Gardens manager.The Trial Gardens at UGA are operated by the Department of Horticulture in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The Trial Gardens are open to the public every day of the year, but the open house gives friends and fans a special opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the gardens and to have their plant or garden questions answered by Coker and Professor John Ruter. Ruter is a plant breeder, author and director of the Trial Gardens.Many of the newest perennials, annuals and show-stopping roses will be in full bloom during the open house. Located on the main UGA campus between Snelling Dining Commons and the R.C. Wilson Pharmacy Building, the lush oasis displays hundreds of annuals and perennials from plant breeders around the world.“The Trial Gardens at UGA are one the best kept secrets in northeast Georgia,” said Ruter. “Our annual open house is our chance to share one of the most beautiful parts of the UGA campus with the community and share some of what we’ve learned over our last year of gardening.”Plant nurseries and breeding companies send hundreds of new plants each year to be evaluated at the Trial Gardens, which funds garden operations.The goal of the Trial Gardens is to see if the plants can survive in the Southeast’s hot and rainfall-variable climate. The funds go toward the gardens’ upkeep and paying the team of student workers that keeps the gardens running.The Trial Gardens also serve as a teaching and research facility for the UGA Department of Horticulture and other academic departments on campus.The open house will be held rain or shine. The gardens’ staff requests a $5 donation to help offset the cost of the event and support the gardens, located at 220 West Green St., Athens, Georgia.Parking will be available in the South Campus parking deck. For more information, visit, email read more

Vermont to Sue FDA Over Drug Reimportation

first_imgGovernor & Attorney General to Sue FDA Over Drug ReimportationMontpelier, Vt. — Governor Jim Douglas and Attorney General WilliamSorrell announced August 10 that Vermont will file suit against the Food andDrug Administration (FDA) in U.S. District Court over the issue ofimporting drugs from Canada. Vermont is the first state in the nation tosue the FDA for blocking a responsible reimportation proposal.Vermont had sought a waiver from the FDA authorizing a legal drugreimportation plan. The goal of the pilot project was to demonstrate howa plan could be safely implemented, and ultimately serve as a model forother states to implement similar programs.Douglas and Sorrell agreed the suit was necessary, saying the federalgovernment’s grounds for denying the waiver request are illegitimate.”Vermont presented a legal and responsible plan to import prescriptiondrugs,” Governor Douglas said. “The claims on which they’ve based thisdenial are, in our view, unsubstantiated and we have no choice but topursue any and all legal remedies available. We intend to file suitshortly against the FDA in federal court.””Vermont’s petition was carefully crafted and reasonable,” said Sorrell.”I am amazed that the FDA rejected it, but am looking forward to gettingthis in front of a federal judge.”In response to the FDA’s rejection letter, Administration SecretaryMichael Smith sent a strongly worded reply voicing the administration’sdispleasure at the decision, and informing the FDA that Vermont would befiling a lawsuit.”Your failure to promptly issue regulations to provide for the safeimportation of prescription drugs from Canada, in accordance with section1121 of the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Actof 2003, has compromised the ability of any state to adequately addressthis important issue,” Smith said in the letter. “We are, therefore,forced to consider development of a reimportation program that conforms toour interpretation of the current laws, independent of your agency.”In addition, Governor Douglas said he would dispatch the Commissioner ofHealth, Dr. Paul Jarris; Commissioner of Human Resources, Cindy LaWare;and his Legal Counsel, Susanne Young, to review New Hampshire’s plan andpursue a multi-state strategy to assist individuals who want to purchasedrugs in Canada.Governor Douglas noted that reimportation is not a long-term solution andsaid he would continue to urge Congress to take immediate action to reformthe American pharmaceutical marketplace.”Congress should act immediately to legalize the reimportation of lowercost drugs from Canada, increase competition among brand namemanufacturers, speed the approval of generic drugs, preserve states’ability to pool their purchases and negotiate deep discounts withmanufacturers, protect state pharmaceutical programs that may be impactedby the new Medicare law, and review recent increases in the cost ofpharmaceuticals,” Douglas said. “The ultimate goal, of course, is to getthe best deal possible for Vermonters on their prescription drugs at localpharmacies here at home.”Attorney General Sorrell serves as the President of the NationalAssociation of Attorneys General. At that association’s recent annualmeeting, Sorrell announced his presidential initiative to study andrecommend actions in response to the high cost of prescription drugs inthe United States. In commenting on today’s developments, Sorrell stated:”This action by the FDA underscores that, unless we take aggressiveactions, we are going to continue to pay the highest prescription drugprices in the industrialized world.”last_img read more

CVPS Shareheat nets record contributions

first_imgCustomers, shareholders and several Vermont businesses have contributed to a banner year for CVPS Shareheat, raising a record amount of money to help Vermonters avert heating crises.With donations continuing to come in, more than $375,000 has been raised for the 2008-2009 heating season, raising the program total to nearly $3.2 million since its inception in 1987.  The previous record was less than $250,000 in one year.With heating prices skyrocketing, CVPS began its annual campaign with an unprecedented July kickoff, and committed $100,000 in shareholder funds to the program.  A host of Vermont businesses were recruited as partners, which donated to the matching pool to leverage customer donations. Altogether, $182,000 was available in the Shareheat matching pool, and customers have donated $193,000.  Hundreds of Vermont families benefited. We have been able to meet tremendous needs through incredible support from customers large and small, CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said.Carris Reels, Chittenden Bank, Merchants Bank, National Life Group, Omya, Passumpsic Savings Bank, Vermont Country Store and Weidman Electrical Technology joined CVPS as partners in the Shareheat program this year, donating $5,000 to $20,000 each.  Other significant donors included Vermont Electric Power Company and Hubbardton Forge. Without these major partners and donors, which helped leverage donations from across the state, we would never have raised so much to help those in need, Costello said.CVPS is already looking ahead to next winter. We will be seeking new and continued partnerships to keep Shareheat funds flowing, and hope to repeat this year s success for next winter, Costello said.Businesses interested in becoming CVPS Shareheat partners may contact Ann Warrell at 747-55697.Source: CVPS, RUTLANDlast_img read more

STEP initiative will help small businesses export

first_imgThe US Small Business Administration is providing $30 million in grants to states, territories, and the District of Columbia, to help increase exporting by small businesses during the next 12 months. The grants were authorized by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, under the State Trade and Export Promotion Program (STEP). Vermont has been allocated $363,768.The STEP program, launched in March, aligns with President Obama’s National Export Initiative.  The President’s initiative calls for doubling U.S. exports in five years ‘ and in so doing, supporting two million jobs. The program provides federal government funding for 65 to75 percent of program costs, with states supplying the remainder. SBA Administrator Karen Mills announced the awards today at an event in Raleigh, N.C., at Raleigh Denim, a small business that produces and exports denim products.  Forty-seven states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands received STEP grants.‘Strengthening the nation’s economy through a substantial increase of U.S. exports is a top priority for the Administration and the agency,’ said Mills. ‘This is a unique partnership between the federal government and the states.  Sharing responsibilities and resources will help new small exporters across the country enter and succeed in the global market.’The funding will support participation in foreign trade missions, foreign market sales trips, subscriptions to services provided by the Department of Commerce, website translations fees, design of international marketing media, trade show exhibitions, participation in training workshops, and other critical export initiatives.Small businesses that want to receive assistance under the STEP program should contact the organizations serving the states in which they are located. For a list of these organizations and more information about the STEP program, visit is external).The SBA anticipates it will conduct a new competition for STEP program grants during the winter of 2011.  Awards will be made in September 2012 for export support services by states over the following 12 months.last_img read more

Champlain Valley Exposition names Tim Shea executive director

first_imgChamplain Valley Exposition,The Board of Directors of the Champlain Valley Exposition, Inc. today named Tim Shea of Williston as the organization’s new Executive Director. Shea will assume his new position in February 2012. In making the announcement, Matthew Stevens, President of the CVE Board, noted that Shea will have the benefit of working with longtime General Manager David Grimm for approximately eight months. Grimm announced in March 2011 that he would step down as General Manager following the Champlain Valley Fair in September 2012, concluding a 23-year career at CVE.  Shea, who was chosen after a national search, currently serves as Vice President and Congressional Liaison for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce inBurlington. Shea has been with the Chamber since 1994, holding a number of different titles during his employment, thus bringing a wealth of experience and community knowledge to the Exposition, according to Stevens. In addition, Shea has served the State of Vermont on many Commissions and Committees, while serving his community on the Burlington Electric Commission, Burlington Legacy Project, and the United Way of Chittenden County. He is Past President of the Vermont Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Shea and his wife, Amy, live in Williston with their three children.  Stevens expressed the Board’s strong support for Shea. ‘The Champlain Valley Exposition has a unique history of serving the various constituencies of our community and state, and it takes a special person to build upon past success while moving us into the next generation. Tim is a talented, intelligent executive with a special feel for the needs of the many audiences that visit CVE,’ Stevens said. ‘We’re excited to work with him to strengthen and expand CVE’s connection to Chittenden Countyand beyond.’ In his new role, Shea will direct the Exposition’s fulfillment of its mission ‘to serve the people of Vermont and the region through agriculture, education, arts & culture, entertainment, and commerce.’ Celebrating its 90th Birthday in 2012, CVE is the largest event center in Vermont, hosting more than 110 events annually, including the Champlain Valley Fair. The Robert E. Miller Expo Centre has made CVE a year-round venue for numerous large and small shows, events and conferences. Among the new events at the Exposition for 2012 will be the Vermont Farm Show Jan. 24-26. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Exposition relies on a variety of revenue sources to fulfill its mission, including private and foundation support. For more information about the Champlain Valley Exposition, visit is external). Essex Junction, VT ‘ December 16, 2011 ‘last_img read more

Bank of the West moves forward with fossil divestment plans

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Denver Post/Associated Press:Bank of the West’s decision to divest from certain fossil fuel investments has run headlong into threats of retaliation in Colorado, Wyoming and other states that rely heavily on coal, oil and natural gas extraction for revenues.The San Francisco-based bank recently made it known that it would be “investing where we feel we can make the most impact” and withdrawing support for companies and business activities that are “detrimental to our environment and our health.”That includes no longer doing business with companies whose main activity is tied to oil and gas from shale or tar sands or financing oil and gas exploration or production projects in the Arctic. Nor will it finance coal mines or coal-fired power plants not actively involved in the energy transition. And the company also is cutting ties to tobacco-related businesses.“As the bank for a changing world, we’re continually seeking to improve the ways we help our customers, while contributing to more sustainable and equitable growth,” the company, which is a holding of French banking giant BNP Paribas, said online.The stance, which has won support from environmental groups, doesn’t sit well in places like Colorado’s Western Slope where residents rely heavily on traditional energy production for their livelihood.Bank of the West is Colorado’s fifth largest bank with $4.5 billion in deposits as of June 30, 2017. It has 75 locations in Colorado, the bank’s second largest concentration of any state after California with 235 locations, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.More: Bank of the West’s anti-fossil fuel stance sets off firestorm in Western Slope, energy states Bank of the West moves forward with fossil divestment planslast_img read more

Report: Marubeni moving away from coal industry

first_imgReport: Marubeni moving away from coal industry FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Japanese energy giant Marubeni Corp has revealed plans to halve its ownership of coal-fired power plants by 2030, and withdraw completely from the coal plant building business, in what industry watchers are describing as the latest and strongest confirmation of a global transition to renewables.The sudden strategic pivot by Marubeni – renowned as one of the world’s biggest builders of new coal-fired power generation – was reported in the Nikkei on Monday, in an exclusive story (behind the paywall) outlining the company’s plans to accelerate its shift to renewables.Tim Buckley, from the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said Marubeni’s wholesale shift to renewables dealt a “body-blow to the global coal industry” while offering a profoundly important endorsement of the Paris Climate Agreement.Re-tweeting the Nikkei story, Buckley described it as “one of the biggest breaking stories of 2018 in terms of energy transition.” The image on the Tweet, as he points out, is a concept drawing of Marubeni’s joint venture with Jinko Solar and AWEC in the United Arab Emirates – “one of the lowest priced solar developments to date in the world,” at a tariff of read more