[Via Gothamist] Holy moly! The iconic Roseland Ballroom, which closed its doors last April after 95 years as a premiere music venue, is currently being gutted to make way for probably a Starbucks or a Whole Foods or something. Some birds-eye photos of the demolition have emerged that are chilling! (And not just because of the snow).The historic venue, which was located at 52nd street and one of the last big rooms left in NYC, was around since the 1950s, but the building itself has been there since the 20s, and was once a rollerskating rink.
Olupona to accept prestigious Nigerian National Order of MeritProfessor of African and African American Studies Jacob Olupona has been awarded the Nigerian National Order of Merit prize for 2007. The president of Nigeria, Umaru Yar’Adua, will confer the award in the nation’s capital city of Abuja today (Dec. 6). The National Order of Merit is regarded as Nigeria’s highest prize for intellectual achievement and is given in recognition of unique and outstanding contributions to scholarship, research, and the field of humanities.Olupona, who is also a professor of African religious traditions at Harvard, is a noted scholar of indigenous religions of the continent and of the religious practices of African émigrés in the United States.Julie Buckler’s ‘Mapping St. Petersburg’ wins Scaglione PrizeThe Modern Language Association of America has named Julie A. Buckler, professor of Slavic languages and literatures, the recipient of its seventh Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Buckler received the prize for her book “Mapping St. Petersburg: Imperial Text and Cityshape.”The prize is awarded biennially for an outstanding scholarly work on the linguistics or literatures of the Slavic languages. It consists of a $2,000 check and a certificate, and will be presented Dec. 28 at the association’s annual convention, held this year in Chicago.“Julie A. Buckler’s ‘Mapping St. Petersburg’ provides fresh and insightful analysis of the role of St. Petersburg in the Russian cultural imagination,” reads an excerpt from the committee’s citation for the winning book. Established in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America exists to advance literary and linguistic studies.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA decade ago, Brockton High School was a case study in failure. Among the 4,100 mostly low-income students, one in three dropped out.Then a handful of teachers decided to take action. They persuaded administrators to let them organize a schoolwide campaign to improve instruction with a focus on reading and writing.Their efforts paid off quickly. This year and last, Brockton outperformed 90 percent of Massachusetts high schools.A new movie, Waiting for Superman, portrays five small charter schools — most with only a few hundred students — as the way forward for American schooling.But, the success of Brockton and other large schools, is featured in a new Harvard study, “How High Schools Become Exemplary,” which essentially busts the myth that small class size is a requirement for solving the educational crisis.(READ the article in the NY Times)Thanks to Barry Stevens for submitting the story! Photo credit: Gov. Deval Patrick visits Brockton HS, Eugena Ossi, Gov’s officeAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
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Found this via FixedGearGallery by way of BikeMandan.com.Ã‚Â It’s a handbuilt wood bike called the Birch Bike and was crafted by Alan Downey in Austin, TX.Ã‚Â Sure, it’s a bit odd to see a double crankset on a fixie, but irregardless, it’s supposedely the first all wood fixed gear bike submitted to their gallery.Another photo after the break, or just shoot on over to FGG for more…
View Comments Kelsey Grammer(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Tony nominee Kelsey Grammer is set to play the central role of Edward Bloom in a new London production of the 2013 Broadway musical Big Fish, beginning performances at the West End’s Other Palace Theatre on November 1 for a run through December 31. Nigel Harman will direct.The musical, based on the 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace and Tim Burton’s 2003 film, features a book by screenwriter John August and a score by Andrew Lippa. It follows a frustrated son who is trying to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father’s life.Emmy-winning Cheers and Frasier star Grammer, who most recently appeared on Broadway in Finding Neverland, will be joined by Laura Baldwin as Edward’s wife, Sandra, Matt Seadon-Young as his son, Will, with Frances McNamee as Josephine Bloom, Forbes Masson as Amos/Don, Jamie Muscato as Edward, Landi Oshinowo as Witch/Jenny Hill, Dean Nolan as Karl and George Ure as Zaki. Additional cast members will include Sophie Linder-Lee, Gemma McMeel and Jonathan Stewart.The Broadway production of Big Fish was helmed by Susan Stroman and starred Norbert Leo Butz as Edward Bloom with Kate Baldwin as Sandra and Bobby Steggert as Will. It played a brief 98-performance run at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Other must-read highlights:ON THE DOLLY! COMPANY“There’s such joy in doing this show and in embodying this woman and connecting with the company and connecting with the audiences. There was a physical ache in missing her that was truly palpable. I love getting to play her so much. I love the opportunity to be on stage again. It’s not just fluff. There’s really a soulful journey at its center.”ON HER CHILDHOOD“Both of my parents are from Queens. I lived in Hauppauge, Long Island. I would say, ‘Can we please go into New York?’ My father would say, ‘You’re in New York!’ I never saw a Broadway show. I remember being thrilled when my parents came home [from seeing one], and they didn’t see many. I’m the oldest of seven. We all took care of each other. I was four or five and in charge of whoever was a couple years younger than me. I grew up fast, and I think I figured out pretty quickly: there’s always gonna be someone younger, cuter and needier than you. So, get over it. It’s funny how that has applied in my later life. Maybe that was a piece of my being drawn to performing. I just loved it.”ON FALLING IN LOVE WITH PERFORMING“I remember when my parents saw Golden Rainbow. I remember looking through the Playbill. And I went, ‘There’s a kid in this show! You can be a kid and be on Broadway!’ I turned angrily to my mother: ‘Mommy, I could be auditioning! Why didn’t you tell me there were kids on Broadway?’ She says, ‘Honey, when you’re an adult, you’ll figure out if you want to do this.’ I’m like, ‘I know what I want to do.’ My first show was Goldilocks and the Three Bears in kindergarten. I was Goldilocks. At the end of the show, the kindergarten teacher had staged for us to all have a big party on stage. There was some rock ‘n’ roll, probably The Beatles, playing. We all danced. I remember that the curtain got yanked closed, and somehow, I was in front of the curtain. I didn’t know it. The music was still playing. I was dancing. The audience suddenly was laughing louder and clapping louder. I was like, ‘This is the greatest feeling. I’m quite embarrassed and delighted at the same time.’“ON HER SPECIAL SKILL“I remember saying to my mother when I was three, ‘I want singing lessons, Mommy. I want to learn how to sing better.’ And my mother looked in the yellow pages for voice lessons. I had voice training as an actress at NYU when I was in the undergrad drama department and studying with Stella Adler. But as a singer, I didn’t come into formal study until late. But my mom did get me an accordion teacher. I was four and a half. They found like a child-sized accordion, and I went to a group class at this little like village hall on Vets Highway. It was all adults and this four and a half year old. I was just game, and I built up a little repertoire. Once I started kindergarten, I’d put that accordion in a wagon. I kid you not. I would walk to school, bring the accordion with me and play as people entered the school.”ON HER INSPIRING DRAMA TEACHER“In sixth grade, I had a fantastic drama teacher. Her name was Judy Kahan Beck Tracy. She passed away recently. She was radical. She just was like, ‘Art is the most exciting way of expressing how you feel about anything in the world. And whatever you feel. If there’s not a platform that’s presenting itself for you to do it, make it happen.’”ON HER ILLEGAL PRODUCTION OF THE WIZARD OF OZ“When I moved to Massachusetts, the junior high did plays but not musicals. And I was like, ‘What do you mean, you don’t do musicals?!’ My friend Nancy’s dad was the principal of the junior high. She said, ‘They don’t have it in the budget.’ I said, ‘What if we made it just a no-brainer financially?’ The only way to see The Wizard of Oz at that time was to watch it on TV. I was combing programming for when it was going to be on, and then we recorded the entire thing on however many cassette players. I ordered some version that could be licensed as a straight play version from Samuel French, and then I got the sheet music for all the songs. We wrote our own adaptation that was like a combo platter of all of these things. Totally illegal, but my reasoning was we wouldn’t have to pay royalties. This was my very unsophisticated my way of saying, ‘We can do this because it will be our version of it.’ Somehow, we talked the principal and the arts department into doing this, and they double cast all the parts. I was one of the Dorothys. So many kids got to participate. We worked on that over the course of seventh grade, and by eighth grade, it happened. And from then on, there was a musical at the junior high.”ON HER HAIR AUDITION“So, I got to NYU a few days before classes started, and I saw somebody in the lobby with this newspaper that said Backstage. And I said, ‘Oh, is that like backstage stories?’ And they’re like, ‘No, it’s auditions.’ So, two days before class started, I went to an open call for the first revival of Hair, and I got typed in. The night before, I braided my then-down-to-my-butt long hair in tiny little braids, and then let it all frizz out and wore my peasant blouse and peasant skirt and went to the audition. I remember I sang “Dream Babies.” They let me sing my song all the way through, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God. I just sang the whole song!’ And afterwards, they asked me to come down and talk to Tom O’Horgan. And Tom said, ‘We want you to come back.’ And, so, I thought great. They had my contact info, which, by the way, was just the main desk number at the dorm. I didn’t get a call back, and I was so bummed. I thought, ‘Wow, Broadway is cruel. They lie to you.’ But, hey, I got to stand on a Broadway stage and sing a song. And they said, ‘Hmm, we might be interested.’ That’s not too bad for somebody who just came here.’”ON MAKING BIG DECISIONS“My parents were heartbroken because I did very well academically. I remember my dad saying, ‘You don’t have to do this.’ And I said, ‘Actually I do, Daddy.’ Because I learned pretty quickly that if you don’t feel like you have to do it, you would not want to. I did They’re Playing Our Song, and it was wonderful. But I got bored really fast. I didn’t have an agent. So, I went to more open calls. I had this idea that I had to find a way to keep growing. I got a show, Zapata, about the Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata. It was at the Goodspeed Opera House. This sexy devil named Shawn Elliott was the star of the show. I always think about making the choice to leave a Broadway show that was still running successfully. My parents, who were worried about me being in the business in the first place, were like, ‘What are you doing?!’ But that was the beginning of a different level of taking responsibility for my career. But that thing with my dad really weighed heavy on me for a long time. There was a point where I remember having a meal with him and him saying, ‘I get it, honey.’”ON WATCHING HERSELF ON YOUTUBE“Every once in awhile, I’m like, ‘Oh my God! That existed? That’s there?’ Other times, I’m like, ‘That’s enough. Go to bed, Donna!’”Watch the full episode of Show People with Paul Wontorek below! View Comments Hello, Dolly! 2. HER PASSION TONY NEEDS A TOUCH-UP“The King and I one is very safe up at my mom’s house in Topsfield, Massachusetts. The Passion one—it kind of turned in a funky way. Or maybe somebody in my house was trying to clean it with too abrasive a product. I don’t know if I can get a new version of it. It’s still beautiful and incredibly meaningful, and it just makes me feel a little old, because it looks like it’s aged.” Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 25, 2018 1. SHE BRAVED QUEEN STELLA ADLER’S COURT AT NYU“My freshman year, I was in class with Stella. She was very tough on her students, especially the women, I felt. I was a perfectionist, and I didn’t want to get up there until I thought I was going to slay. In terms of presenting a monologue or doing a scene, I didn’t do anything until my sophomore year. It was really an important moment in my life. She didn’t like the material that I had chosen. She was mocking me as I was preparing. And I thought, ‘If I don’t get out of my chair right now and do the work, I’ll never get up in this class.’ And I did. My scene partner kind of looked across, and he was like, ‘I’m not getting up there with you.’ He was going to play my father in the scene. So, then I thought, ‘OK, Stella’s, my father,’ and I played the scene with her. I thought, ‘It’s never going to get any better than this. The best scene partner in the world!’ I was Chrissy in David Rabe’s In the Boom Boom Room. I had on some skimpy little outfit. Chrissy was a kind of a go-go dancer and a very troubled young woman. I got up and Stella said, ‘Whores! Why do they all want to play whores! Where’s your Rosalind? Where’s your Juliet? Where’s the Shaw? Where’s the Miller?’ I was just like, ‘This is what I got, man.’ I just played it to her. She became my partner. There was no one that I needed more approval from in that moment. I finished, and she said to the class, ‘I have nothing to say. The girl’s an actress.’” When it was announced that Donna Murphy would be filling in for Bette Midler on Tuesday evenings in the Tony-winning revival of Hello, Dolly!, the two-time Tony winner described the opportunity as “heavenly.” That’s the word audiences are surely using when they see Murphy in the role of the meddlesome matchmaker. With few opportunities left to catch the elegant star as Dolly Levi (she will perform on August 12, 19 and 20) before the production takes its final bow on August 25, we jumped at the chance to speak with her about how the loss of her husband, actor Shawn Elliott, informed performance as a Dolly, widow starting her life anew. Murphy also opened up her early days on the New York theater scene, where she keeps her Tony Awards and much more on Show People with Paul Wontorek. Interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.Did you know Show People is available as a podcast? Listen to your favorite stars talk Broadway and beyond on your way to work, the gym, the theater and more on iTunes and Spotify. 3. DONNA AND DOLLY ARE KINDRED SPIRITS“When I first read that script and got to the monologue to Ephraim, I just burst into tears. I thought, ‘I can’t do this because it’s too fresh. It’s too close.’ Shawn really was my partner in everything. I took for granted the conversations that happened while we were brushing our teeth and flossing or cleaning up in the kitchen after our daughter had gone to bed. Doing this show, I have to remind myself: this is Dolly’s journey. Dolly is 10 years out from losing her husband. I was months out as I started this process. It was a year out by the time I actually started performances. There are days when it feels like it can’t be possible that he’s gone; he’s very much with me. At the same time, I don’t feel like Donna up there, and I don’t feel like I’m talking to Shawn. I feel like I’m Dolly, and I’ve made Ephraim a very specific person. He definitely has some commonalities with my husband. There are parallels, but the story is separate from mine.”
The Vermont Department of Health has awarded a grant to Idle-Free VT Inc., Bristol, VT, to implement Idle-Free for Fleet$, a vehicle fleet operators educational effort. The grant award supports the Vermont Asthma Program’s efforts to reduce the burden of asthma and improve air quality through the reduction of vehicle idling. The Idle-Free for Fleet$ project, under the direction of Wayne Michaud, Idle-Free VT director, will invite up to 90 business and municipal fleet operators in Addison, Orange and Washington counties to join in the benefits of idling reduction and adopting policies to reduce idling. The project will be in effect from July 1 to October 1, 2013. Idle-Free for Fleet$ will offer fleet operators resources ‘including an information flyer, dedicated webpage, and 30 minute PowerPoint and video presentation ‘that explain the technical facts on diesel and gasoline idling, myths and realities, health and economic impact, and model policies. Wayne Michaud will offer to give the on-location presentations at no cost to business fleet or operations managers, and town department of public works supervisors or highway department road commissioners and foreman. Their drivers/operators will be encouraged to attend. Business and municipal fleets will learn how idling reduction and adopting formal policies benefit them and their communities. Drivers and operators will better comply with an official policy, the company’s social responsibility and “green” image will be enhanced, and the resulting avoidance in fuel use and engine wear will increase company profit. For municipal fleets, town residents will benefit in savings of taxpayer dollars, improved health, conserved energy and lessening of the town’s carbon footprint. Idle-Free VT Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a primary goal to raise awareness of unnecessary vehicle idling (idling when parked) in Vermont by encouraging adoption of policies, practices, resolutions and curricula to reduce vehicle idling. It also advocates the enactment of local and state laws, regulations, and rules to limit vehicle idling.Burlington, Vermont, June 10, 2013 ‘ idlefreevt.org
Footage from the 7-Eleven surveillance camera shows the robber pointing a gun at the clerk.Merriam police announced today that they had identified and arrested a suspect in connection with the armed robbery at an Antioch Road 7-Eleven early Wednesday morning.A Javon Dean Mills of Overland Park was booked in Johnson County Jail Thursday on charges of attempted murder.The suspect turned himself in to police Thursday after surveillance photos and video from the incident were widely distributed by police after the robbery. Merriam Police Chief Mike Daniels said the one of his officers had come up with a possible identity for the suspect as a person to whom he had given a ride a couple of weeks ago. He dropped that person off near the 7-Eleven and the officer still had the name in his notebook.Police had been investigating the armed robbery that occurred early Wednesday morning at the 7-Eleven in the 6800 block of Antioch. The store clerk was shot during the robbery and taken to a local hospital, listed in stable condition on Wednesday.
Pimp My Pump Association and Lapo Lapo Street Art Studio invite all citizens and tourists to ‘Art Park’ located between Tomićeva Street, Ilica and Strossmayer Promenade, which this summer, from June to September, will become an open-air museum complemented by a variety of art programs.After years of neglect, once known as ‘Hell’ and ‘Narkić Parkić’, the beautiful park in the very center of Zagreb will experience a complete revitalization. The first part of the landscaping was done last weekend when famous regional names from the world of street art, such as Lonac, Lunar, Artez, Linnch, Bare, Modul, Jedi and many others painted the walls of the park, cleaned it and opened the season. ‘Art Park’ open-air museum and thus created a unique park in this part of Europe.The second part of the ‘Art Park’ project begins this Saturday, June 12, 2016 with a pleasant afternoon gathering lasting from 15 to 21 hours with music and thus opens the season of various thematic workshops, screenings, exhibitions and other events that will enrich the summer in Zagreb. September. Also, the park will be open to the public at all times and panels that can be painted will be set up for all those interested. Participation in the summer program ‘Art Park’ has so far been confirmed by: Association Praktikum, Mali plac, Jungle Tribe agency, Sangha Yoga center, PMS gallery, Secret Zagreb walks & talks, Kino klub Zagreb, Bajk, informal youth group MaCro with an international project ” Drawing forward: Sketch your future ”, the Croatian Music Union, which will celebrate World Music Day in the park, on June 21 and many others.An excellent initiative and tourist story, as well as new urban-musical quality content in the City of Zagreb that will certainly attract tourists, especially young people traveling to Europe. Such initiatives are more than welcome, and this example can only be an incentive for other artists to wake up and act positively in their local community, to turn abandoned spaces into open galleries, museums and new tourist facilities.Find out more about the whole project at www.pmp.hr or over Facebook event pages