A Chorus Line Still Kicking After 40 Years

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For an artist, the craft can come easily. It’s getting the gig that’s the hard part.In 1975, “A Chorus Line” showed audiences just how excruciating the audition process could be. Forty years later, the stakes and sacrifices continue to be just as palpable at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, where the show opened late last month and runs through early May.The musical takes us into the world of a Broadway dance audition. The show begins with a large group of dancers rehearsing their new steps—the original Michael Bennett choreography recreated here by choreographer Dena DiGiacinto.But once the director, Zach (James Ludwig), narrows the chorus down to 17 dancers, the show turns into a psychological character study and a pseudo-therapy session.On the literally glowing white line on the stage, the actors physically become their respective characters through signature poses and costumes perfectly styled to match the original 1975 Broadway production. Despite mirroring the original, these actors were able to make the roles their own.Kelly Sheehan reveals a visceral vulnerability as the cynical Sheila, a dancer who makes it clear she is more woman than girl. In her “At the Ballet,” she is forced to come to terms with an upbringing of infidelity and domestic abuse. Sheehan allows us to feel for her anti-hero, but not so much that we lose Sheila’s scathing sense of humor.That humor still feels as fresh as it was in ’75. Andrew Metzgar slays in his few, but memorable lines as Bobby, a sly character who recalls growing up gay in hellishly conservative Buffalo in the mid-20th century. He lightly reveals that he dreamed up many “spectacular” ways to kill himself, but then he realized that “to kill yourself in Buffalo is redundant.”Rachel Marie Bell and DJ Petrosino also serve as comic relief as married couple Kristinie and Al, who constantly finish each other’s sentences. Kristine reveals that while she may be a skilled dancer, she can’t sing a note on key—resulting in Al’s having to be her melodic partner.As the stories wind down, Zach confronts the shy, but skilled Paul (Omar Garibay). Garibay performs the show’s celebrated monologue with a perfect balance of apprehension and desperation to let his secret out. He recalls his parents finding out he was working in a drag show after they showed up to wish him goodbye. In a tearful release, Paul is alone on stage at his most vulnerable state until Zach comforts him.Until the end, we know very little about the flawless blonde dancer in the red leotard known as Cassie (Jessica Lee Goldyn). But it is revealed that she had tried to make it in Hollywood as an actor. Then, after a series of rejections, she realized she was meant to be a dancer. Zach had been in a relationship with Cassie that ended in anger and packed bags. Here, he tells her that she is “too good for the chorus,” and she can’t blend in. In an act of desperation, Cassie performs the penultimate number, “Music in the Mirror.”Goldyn, who played Val and understudied Cassie in the 2006 revival on Broadway, shows a radical maturity in embodying the despondent Cassie. Her dancing is stronger than ever as she seamlessly slips through the shadows of the stage, confronting herself in the mirrors.Each character in “A Chorus Line” knows they all have something to lose or gain. When Paul twists his ankle while rehearsing a tap number, the dancers come to the realization that their careers could end at any point.Still, they wouldn’t choose any other path because this is what they love, what motivates them to get up in the morning, and what keeps them alive.John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $69. Times vary. Through May 10.last_img read more

Hiltz and Hurt Crowned USATF Road 1-Mile Champions at Grand Blue Mile

first_imgStory Links Hiltz and Hurt each earned $5,000 for the national title as part of $30,000 in total prize money awarded. The participants in the USATF Road 1-Mile Championship races were part of more than 4,000 runners who took part in the 10th Annual Grand Blue Mile.  Print Friendly Version Men’s Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield USATF Women’s 1-Mile Road Championship1. Tripp Hurt, 4:04.212. Brandon Lasater, 4:04.423. Nick Harris, 4:04.444. Jake Edwards, 4:04.845. Daniel Herrera, 4:05.146. David Elliot, 4:05.517. Mike Marsella, 4:05.618. Joe Coffey, 4:05.979. Kyle Medina, 4:07.0410. Julius Bor, 4:07.3212. Chad Noelle, 4:07.7512. Harun Abda, 4:07.8313. Jay Welp, 4:13.1314. Mikey Brannigan, 4:13.6715. Will Leer, 4:14.51 The men’s race featured a dramatic finish as Hurt sprinted on the outside to best the talented field to the tape to clip Brandon Lasater by just one two-tenths of a second. Complete Results Women’s Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield USATF Women’s 1-Mile Road Championship1. Nikki Hiltz, 4:30.092. Heather Kampf, 4:31.953. Hannah Fields, 4:32.614. Shannon Osika, 4:33.985. Anna Shields, 4:36.676. Rebecca Mehra, 4:38.767. Maddie Van Beek, 4:40.768. Alex Wilson, 4:41.069. Grace Barnett, 4:42.1110. Ashley Stinson, 4:43.3011. Savannah Camacho-Colon, 4:46.4612. Marisa Howard, 4:50.1513. Megan Rolland, 4:50.7014. Therese Haiss, 4:57.24 “My teammate, Nick [Harris, who finished third], was next to me and I was thinking we needed to battle and hope one of us got it,” Hurt said of the sprint to the finish. My goal was to stay patient and wait as long as I could to make a move to the front. It paid off.”  Will Leer led early in the race, trailed by a tight pack before Kyle Medina briefly took the lead at the three-minute mark as the leaders made the course’s first turn. Seconds later, as the still tightly bunched pack turned on to Grand Avenue, Daniel Herrera led out front until the pace quickened in the final 200 yards with Tripp moving to the outside of the pack to reach the finish line first. Hurt won the men’s race in 4:04.21 in a photo finish as the top-five finishers all finished within a second of each other. Hiltz took the lead of the women’s race off the final turn and held off three-time Grand Blue Mile champion Heather Kampf to set an event record in 4:30.09. Hanna Fields was also in the lead pack of the race as she and Hiltz took over the lead from Kampf midway through the race. DES MOINES, Iowa – Nikki Hiltz and Tripp Hurt raced to the USATF Road 1-Mile National Championship Tuesday evening on the streets of Des Moines as part of the 10th Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield Grand Blue Mile. “It’s not just a road race, it’s the USA Road Mile Championship and it’s my first national championship win,” Hiltz said. “It was awesome and the field definitely gave me a run for my money. We got after it and I knew in the last straightaway we’d switch into a new gear. No one made it easy.”last_img read more

Call to sign Mandela ‘Lego-cy’ petition

first_img22 May 2014“You’re never too young to know the whole story”, Cape Town-based digital marketing agency Quirk says at the end of a YouTube video backing its campaign for Lego to create a special set of its interlocking plastic brick toys to honour the “Legocy” of Nelson Mandela.Quirk’s video is one of three finalists in YouTube Film Hack, a Google-sponsored competition for South African video content creators to produce inspiring YouTube marketing content based on Mandela’s legacy. The Nelson Mandela Foundation made the three videos public on Thursday.The one-minute, forty-two second clip “Madiba: our country’s greatest story told in Lego” uses Lego figures to follow Mandela’s journey from the Pass Law protests of 1960 through the subsequent Rivonia Trial and imprisonment on Robben Island to freedom and ultimate reconciliation for South Africa as a whole.The soundtrack to the clip is a recording of the famous excerpt from Mandela’s Rivonia Trial speech, in which he declared that he was prepared to die for a free South Africa.“This is our country’s greatest story,” Quirk declares in a note posted below the video. “Let’s never stop telling it. Help us keep Madiba’s legacy alive to children of all ages. Add your name to our request to Lego for the creation of an official ‘Madiba: Freedom Fighter’ set. Go to www.legocy.co.za and share an icon with the world.”The same message appears in shortened form at the end of the video, adding that Quirk will be handing its request to Lego on 5 December 2014.The innovative campaign bears out Quirk’s slogan – “brave curious minds” – and gives further indication why the South African agency was targeted for takeover by London-based communications conglomerate WPP, which acquired a controlling stake in Quirk earlier this month.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Syngenta Ordered to Pay Farmers Over $200 Million

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A federal jury has ordered Swiss giant Syngenta to pay $217.7 million to Kansas farmers after a verdict was announced this week at a trial in Kansas City. The class action lawsuit was brought because of the Viptera line of corn seed Syngenta began selling to farmers in 2011. At the time, Sygenta hadn’t received Chinese approval of the trait (MIR162) within the seed that gave it insect resistance.China began rejecting U.S. grain shipments in 2013 because it detected the unapproved trait in corn. China would go on to approve the trait in 2014 but farmers contended the damage had been done because of lower corn prices and lost sales. The plaintiffs contend that the China rejection led to grower losses of more than $5 billion.The trial featured four Kansas farmers representing more than 7,000 across the state. Syngenta issued a statement saying they were disappointed with the verdict “because it will only serve to deny American farmers access to future technologies, even when they’re approved in the U.S.” The release said the case is without merit and Syngenta will be moving forward with an appeal. Class action lawsuits have been approved in several other states, including Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, and South Dakota.last_img read more

And the winner of the Trackable Week Story contest is…

first_imgGeocachers shared Trackable tales of adventures, challenges, and friendships. After careful consideration and deliberation, we are pleased to announce Log Dawgs as the Trackable Week Trackable story winner!Log Dawgs shared a story about his encounter(s) with “one of the greatest pieces of geocaching local lore”: LostGuys’ FTF Trophy (TBHYTP). The FTF Trophy is a Trackable with the special mission “to be found by the champion first to finders in the Houston Area and be displayed proudly for a short time on their mantle.”As a token of appreciation for sharing this great story, Log Dawgs will receive the newest Moun10bike Geocoin. LostGuys will also receive a Lackey Geocoin for creating such an inspiring Trackable!Congratulations also to our two Honorable Mentions: Northwing65 and HoustonControl. Their stories show us how Trackables can intertwine with family, baseball, and the armed forces!Visit the Trackable Week 2012 Trackable story contest page to read all the entries.LostGuys’ FTF Trophy (TBHYTP) in all its glory.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedBecome Trackable on Geocaching.com – Tattoos to Travel BugsSeptember 13, 2011In “Community”Trackable EtiquetteNovember 24, 2010In “Learn”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 11): The Magic of trackable promotionsMay 10, 2018Similar postlast_img read more

U.S. Adds Tariffs on Canadian Softwood

first_imgThe U.S. Commerce Department has announced new tariffs on Canadian softwood, the second set of duties imposed since April. The Hill reports that the preliminary anti-dumping duties are as much as 7.7%. This is in addition to the department’s imposition of countervailing duties of between 3% and 24% on Canadian lumber imports, announced in April.U.S. producers allege that Canadian softwood producers benefit from government subsidies. Canadian officials disagree.“These duties result from the trade action which is part of the continued attempt by the protectionist U.S. lumber lobby to constrain imports of high-quality Canadian lumber into the U.S. market and to drive up prices for their benefit,” said Susan Yurkovich, president of the BC Lumber Trade Council, in a statement.Some Canadian provinces are not included in the Commerce Department’s ongoing trade investigation. The department said that softwood lumber products produced in Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island should be excluded, The Hill reported. The announcement comes just two months before the U.S. and Canada are to begin talks on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement. About 80% of Canada’s softwood exports go to the U.S. The market was worth about $5.5 billion in 2016. Lumber Dispute Drives Up Construction Costscenter_img RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

Box: Ignorance Turning To Enterprise Bliss

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#Alfresco#Box#collaboration#Documentum#ECM#enterprise content management Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… There is perhaps no person less likely to start and run an enterprise software company than Box co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie.  Which is perhaps the reason he’s so well-qualified to disrupt the traditional enterprise content management market.He simply didn’t know any better.As Levie noted in a recent interview, Box has “benefited from our ignorance about the category.”  Venture capitalists are often inclined to pour money into entrepreneurs who have been there, done that.  But in the case of Levie, who has now raised $284 million, they’ve been betting big on an entrepreneur who doesn’t fit anyone’s profile of an enterprise software executive, and who had no previous experience with enterprise content management.But that, as Levie informs us, is precisely the point:“Assume you’ve never seen a Magic Quadrant or Forrester Wave and you just built a tool that was explicitly trying to solve a particular problem which, in our case, was ‘How do I share content with N number of people?’  Had we known the market we probably would have built something that conformed to existing models, but instead we built a product that prioritizes simplicity and ease-of-use.  This has turned into a classic ‘innovator’s dilemma’: a simple approach is much easier to build upon than it is to add simplicity to the complex products already out there.  Along the way, the industry has turned around and redefined content management to include what we do.”Solving A Different ProblemLevie, in other words, wasn’t trying to solve an “Enterprise Content Management” problem.  He and co-founder Dylan Smith were simply trying to make it easy to share content with each other, and any other number of others.  This is a sound approach.  Had Box set out to build a better Documentum, then the dominant vendor in the ECM market, it would have had to architect to solve the complex business processes that Documentum sets out to solve, and would have been much more complex as a result.  As Levie stresses, if you start from that complex but feature-rich baseline, “It’s far harder to add in simple use cases after the fact.  Such solutions start hard and then can’t do easy.”So is Box content to be a lightweight, as it were?  The simple-but-weak content collaboration tool that gets used for collaboration but not the “hard” ECM problems that meatier solutions tackle? This may be the wrong way to look at things, according to Levie.  He reveals that Box is constantly debating this, with former EMC Documentum CMO Whitney Tidmarsh ironically advocating that Box not go down the ECM feature-function path.  It seems, however, that Box is more focused on embracing a significantly changing market than chasing old markets and legacy definitions of necessary feature sets:“We know that a deep drug application process, for example, is still going to be better served by a Documentum or Alfresco, although we are seeing a different slice of those same businesses move to Box. Fundamentally, driven by mobile devices, these brand-new use cases–regulated and unregulated–have arisen, driven by helping as many people as possible access content through mobile.  Investment banks, pharmas, etc. are some of our biggest, most recent customers.”Looking AheadThese new use cases are driven by less-structured workflows, though they retain some structure.  Box, in sum, needn’t replicate the functionality of yesterday when its aim is the applications and workflows of tomorrow.Not that this is going to be easy.  As Box competitor and Alfresco evangelist Jeff Potts highlights, “As consumer-grade tools move to enterprise, deployment options become an issue. [They c]an’t be all cloud right now.”  It’s a valid point but, again, may slightly miss the mark.  As ReadWrite has reported before, Box is driving 100% revenue growth, selling into 92% of the Fortune 500, with over 140,000 companies among its users.  Maybe all these companies are using Box for lightweight business requirements, but if so, I doubt Levie is complaining.  Box has built a horizontal platform that hits a content collaboration nerve across disparate industries.  That’s a great position to be in, especially as Box is now embracing industry-specific solutions, driven by specialized partnerships and go-to-market programs for 10 vertical industries.  The core product will remain the same, but through these add-ons Box will become  an even better solution for different verticals.  That’s the goal for 2013: enter these industries in a big way.If Levie has no clue what he’s in for, that’s for the best.  Ignorance of the ECM market and its challenges seems to have served him well up until now.  Hence, when he says that “This whole ecosystem is going to explode going into 2013.  The enterprise will be far more interesting than consumer in 2013,” it’s hard not to give him the benefit of the doubt. Image Courtesy of Shutterstock. 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India Today @ Olympics: No margin for error in the pool

first_imgFrom start to finish, the Olympics are all about precision. Even though London may be chaotic in terms of transportation, efforts being made in the field of play are truly fantastic.On Wednesday, a select media group was taken to the Olympic swimming pool, where the rivalry between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will be on full view. And for the official time-keepers for the Games, it will be all about getting their act together for the thrilling action in the aquatics complex.Compared to The Cube, as the swimming pool in Beijing was called, the facility in London does not look that impressive. However, as far as timing goes, a couple of improvements have been made, such as the battery of timing equipment that has been put in place.Even though nobody is allowed inside the timing area during the Games, on Wednesday, the media had a sneak preview. Computers were lined up one after the other to ensure precision and accuracy. An option is also available to watch replays, which especially help in relay events.One of the officials, Pascal Rossier, spoke at length about how the ‘quantum device’ was being used for the first time in an Olympics. “We did try it out in World Cups and world championship, but this is the first time at the Olympics that we have precision timers which can catch action upto 1/1000th of a second,” he said.With swimmers from several countries training in the pool for more than a week now, the time-keepers have been testing their timing equipment virtually non-stop. “We have a two-timing system and a backup,” Rossier said.There is also a new way by which viewers can keep track of the winners. Right above the starting blocks, illuminating lights have been fixed. Depending on who is leading the race, a light flashes. If there are two lights flashing, then it means that the swimmers is second and if three lights are flashing it means he is third.”From the stands, even if you are not a hard core swimming fan, with this system in place you can keep track of the winner,” said Peter Huertzeler, also involved with time-keeping.Huertzeler, a close friend of Michael Phelps, reeled off several interesting details about how the timing works in the pool. He spoke in detail about the touch pads in place and how a swimmer had to touch it at least with a 1.5kg pressure. He also explained details about equipment that catches the reaction time for swimmers when they take part in relays.Huertzeler was in the United States for the Olympic trials and said he had “a strong feeling this time Michael Phelps versus Ryan Lochte will be interesting”.”I would always tell Michael that he should never turn to look at the timing on the electronic scoreboard before finishing the race and hitting the touch pad. This is not like athletics where you cross the finish line. In swimming, the touch pad has to be struck so that judges and we come to know which swimmer has finished first,” he said.Huertzeler was asked by a local journalist if the touch pad ever malfunctioned during an Olympic race. Huertzeler was flummoxed and then recalled the 1996 Atlanta Olympics where in between two races there was a glitch and the touch pad had to be replaced.Right now, with the Olympic pool throbbing with action, every minute is being caught on camera. In a sport where nano-seconds make a difference and even 4/100th of a second is important, there is no scope for error.At least, that’s what the official time-keepers are saying.advertisementlast_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid fullback Ferland Mendy: Leaving PSG best decision for career

first_imgReal Madrid fullback Ferland Mendy: Leaving PSG best decision for careerby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid fullback Ferland Mendy has recalled walking out on PSG.The France defender signed for Real this summer from Olympique Lyon. Mendy spent eight years with PSG before quitting for Le Havre to launch his first team career.Mendy recalled to Canal+: “If PSG was correct after my injury? Yes, I came back and I trained. But I was training with the DH. And after all, I thought that the best option was to leave.”I think I made the best choice.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Online sales interactive displays as lottery agencies vie for customers

first_imgWINNIPEG — Like many millennials, Sarah Rogalsky doesn’t go out of her way to buy lottery tickets.The 32-year-old is part of an office pool and chips in $2 a week at her Winnipeg workplace, primarily for the social aspect of playing with others.“I’ve never bought a lottery ticket on my own.”She is part of a countrywide trend that lottery agencies are trying to reverse. By upgrading technology and making gambling more readily available, they are hoping to attract and retain more young adults — a generation that has grown up with seemingly infinite entertainment options available at the click of a mouse or a swipe of the finger.There are many ways to be entertained, Rogalsky said, and the long odds of scoring big in a lottery are not enticing.“For example, my parents would buy lottery tickets because they thought there was a chance they would win, whereas someone like me, I know how low those chances literally are.”In 2014, the Interprovincial Lottery Corp., which represents all provincial and territorial lottery agencies, issued a request for proposals for a new lottery game that would be similar to Lotto 6-49 and appeal to adults under 35. The number of young adults buying national lottery tickets was declining at “historic” levels, the document said.The Western Canada Lottery Corp., which represents the prairie provinces and three northern territories, reported a $150-million drop in lottery revenues in 2017 from the previous year. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. cited a “diminishing core player base” in its most recent annual report.In recent years, lottery agencies have moved to make gambling more tech-friendly and easier for people to gain access. More provinces have opened online gambling sites, on which players can engage in casino-style games or buy lottery tickets. Lottery terminals at corner stores are going high-tech and interactive.Last September, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. introduced a new instant lottery ticket that combines the traditional scratch requirement with an animated spinning wheel that appears on the lottery terminal display screen. The agency is also making some products available at grocery store checkout lanes.The corporation is “improving the customer experience and ensuring it is responsive to changing customer expectations by investing in digital technology and product solutions,” spokesman Tony Bitonti wrote in an email.It’s a tough battle to attract younger adults who have grown up with a vast array of entertainment options, said Prof. Kelley Main, head of the marketing department at the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba.From immersive video games at home to fast-action apps on mobile devices, millennials are used to having their senses fully engaged, she said.“Our expectations about how quickly things happen have changed, and … our expectations about how interactive these games are have also changed,” Main said.“The traditional paper format (of lottery tickets) doesn’t engage our sense the same way as technology could allow some of the other options.”Steve Lambert, The Canadian Presslast_img read more