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

Rewarding affluent cardholders

first_imgDoes your credit union have an affluent membership?Mastercard defines the “mass affluent” consumer as those who earn $100,000-plus in individual income or households earning $350,000 or more. Visa has a $100,000 floor, with the “mass affluent” cardholder earning as much as $150,000.This group is one of the fastest-growing, most influential credit card segments in the United States, comprised of those who spend massive amounts via a premium card, an average of $18,000 annually—but virtually never carry a balance. “More striking is that growth for all credit card spend in the U.S. is accelerating towards premium card usage,” says Kenton Potterton, VP/solutions and consulting at CUES Supplier member PSCU, St. Petersburg, Fla.But how can you woo them to your credit union’s cards? continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

WNBA suspends Sparks’ Riquna Williams for 10 games following domestic violence incident

first_imgThe WNBA gave the Los Angeles Sparks’ Riquna Williams a 10-game suspension following a domestic violence incident.The league made the announcement Monday after its own investigation into Williams, who was arrested April 29 and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of her partner and the other for threatening another person with a firearm. WNBA star Sue Bird explains why she spoke out against President Donald Trump in viral article She is playing in her third season with L.A., which is already without Maria Vadeeva, who is out indefinitely after sustaining a knee injury, and have missed Alexis Jones, Alana Beard and Candace Parker, as well, due to injury.Williams has averaged 11.5 points per game as the Sparks sit 9-7 and third in the Western Conference. WNBA All-Star reserves announced with 2 vets leading the way Elena Delle Donne, A’ja Wilson named WNBA All-Star captains “The Sparks have cooperated fully with the league’s investigation,” it read, in part. “As an organization, we abhor violence of any kind and specifically take domestic violence allegations very seriously. We will provide whatever resources we are allowed to help Riquna learn and grow from this unfortunate situation.”It will be the first suspension under new commissioner Cathy Engelbert — who officially starts in her role Wednesday — and the longest the league has given a player. In the past, the WNBA had only suspended players — the Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner and Wings’ Glory Johnson — for seven games following domestic violence incidents.Williams will be eligible to return August 22 when the Sparks host the Indiana Fever. “Based on the investigation, consultation, and a careful weighing of all the facts and circumstances, the WNBA determined that a ten-game suspension was appropriate.  Among other factors, the WNBA took into account the nature and seriousness of the conduct at issue, including the involvement of a firearm.  The WNBA will also require Williams to participate in counseling.”Williams’ suspension will begin with Thursday’s game against the Dallas Wings.The following was released by the #WNBA today:— WNBA (@WNBA) July 16, 2019The Sparks released a statement shortly after the league’s announcement. Related Newslast_img read more