KEKE PALMER CARLY HUGHES View Comments AMBER RILEY NIKKI M. JAMES NBC will air a live production of The Wiz on December 3, and we can’t wait to paint our living room rug yellow and ease on down the road! There’s no casting announced for the telecast just yet, so we took to Culturalist to ask you who should play Dorothy. The results are in—check out your top picks below, including Broadway favorite Patina Miller, Chicago star Carly Hughes, Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson and more. JORDIN SPARKS PATINA MILLER ANIKA NONI ROSE JENNIFER HUDSON RAVEN-SYMONE CIARA RENEE
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. There’s truly “something about this night!” Finding Neverland takes flight and opens officially at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 15. The new musical from Gary Barlow, Eliot Kennedy and James Graham stars Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer and Broadway.com vlogger Laura Michelle Kelly. Tony winner Diane Paulus directs.In addition to Morrison as J.M. Barrie, Grammer as Charles Frohman (with a tease of Captain Hook) and Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, the portrait features Carolee Carmello as Mrs. du Maurier and Teal Wicks as Mary Barrie, as well as Aidan Gemme, Sawyer Nunes, Christopher Paul Richards and Alex Dreier as the Llewelyn Davis boys: Peter, George, Jack and Michael.Broadway.com wishes the cast of Finding Neverland a magical opening night! We’ll be in the audience clapping and believing! View Comments Finding Neverland Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016
View Comments Vanessa Hudgens Jordan Fisher Star Files There are worse things they could do! Broadway alum Andrew Call (Rock Of Ages, American Idiot), Jordan Fisher (Teen Beach Movie) and Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer (The Fresh Beat Band) will play Sonny, Doody and Cha Cha, respectively, in Grease: Live, reports People. Starring the previously announced Great White Way alums Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko and Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo and more, the musical will hit the small screen on January 31, 2016.The popular tuner, which features a score and book by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, follows teenagers in love during the soda shop culture of the 1950s. The show premiered on Broadway in 1972 and has been revived on the Great White Way twice since. The 1978 film adaptation starred John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Stockard Channing.Hamilton’s Thomas Kail will serve as the director overseeing the stage direction, with DWTS’ Alex Rudzinski as the live television director. The cast is set to also include Julianne Hough as Sandy, Mario Lopez as Vince Fontaine, along with Cindrella alums Keke Palmer and Carly Rae Jepsen as Marty and Frenchy, respectively.Robert Cary and Buyer & Cellar scribe Jonathan Tolins will pen a new script for television. The pair contributed additional book material to the recent revival of On the Town. Aaron Tveit
View Comments Ready or not, here comes Mama Lessons of the Week! We’ve had a spectacular seven days filled with screlting, short shorts and this video of Ethel Merman’s failed pilot from the ‘70s, and we’re here to talk about at least two of those with you! Let’s get started. Enjoy your weekend (by watching Ethel Merman’s failed pilot from the ’70s)!T-Swift’s Stage Is Ice Cold & Full of ScreltMuch like Lin-Manuel Miranda at the Richard Rodgers, Taylor Swift has welcomed to the stage a plethora of celebs at her concerts. The pop princess outdid herself on Halloween by inviting a certain Tony winner to test the limits, break through, etc. Idina even donned Elsa’s gown, rising to the stage like the break of dawn. And Swift dressed as Olaf. We always considered T-Swift the Josh Gad of pop!We Will Absolutely Settle For SantinoSantino Fontana is a catch (that lucky Jessica Hershberg) and TV has it twisted. On the latest episode of Crazy Ex Girlfriend, the Tony nominee went back to his musical theater roots for a toe-tapping routine all about how spectacularly mediocre he is (“Like two percent milk or seitan beef, I almost taste the same”). Self-degrade all you want, Santino. We still love you almost as much as you love Eggo waffles.Gloria & Ana Had a Total If/Then MomentBroadway newcomer/fake equestrian Ana Villafañe has the fortune to play her dream role of Gloria Estefan in On Your Feet!. That may seem like fate, but there’s a whole level of kismet above that. The two attended the same high school! Plus, long before Villafañe was conga-ing on Broadway, their paths crossed on campus during a book signing. Clearly, some talent (and rhythm) rubbed off.Josh Segarra’s Protecting the Tree TrunksNot only does Villafañe rock Estefan’s curls in On Your Feet!, but her dashing co-star Josh Segarra is taking on style tips from Emilio as well. Namely, some very very short shorts. Segarra was more than ready to rock that look. “I’ve had these tree trunks for life, bro,” he told us on the red carpet. “I finally get to showcase them.” And to that, we say more tree trunks on Broadway! #BroadwayGreenAllianceWe Need an Invite to a Party We Made Up We all know Annaleigh Ashford is the most magical sugar plum fairy around. And Bernadette Peters—if this clip from The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour is any indication—is a Christmas enthusiast. Put them together, and you have the merriest Yuletide ever. The Tony-winning duo snapped a pose in their red and green, and now we want nothing more than to drink eggnog and sing carols with both of them.Lesli Prob Settled that L. Carroll LawsuitLesli may be the queen, but this week, she’s Alice adjacent. For her penultimate (maybe?) Ship Happens episode, the Dames at Sea star spiraled down the Shubert Alley wormhole into Broadwayland. It’s kind of like Wonderland, but with screlting. We’re glad you made it back safely, Lesli, but remember: if you ever find yourself lost there again, a certain AEA president has some ties and can probably help out!Hal Prince Mixes Up His Sondheim & ALWWhat do Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber have in common? They both found tremendous success on Broadway. They were both born on March 22. Most importantly, they both get birthday cards from Hal Prince. However, Prince doesn’t always address the cards properly. Come on, Prince. Lloyd Webber is the one with the cats. Sondheim is the one with the…frogs.Gabriella Made a Hat (and Other Stuff)Small Alison wants to play airplane, but Gabriella Pizzolo, who plays her in Fun Home, probably wants to build them instead. When chatting with us, the pint-sized star admitted her addiction to Minecraft by waxing poetic. “You’re building something, yet you’re building nothing at the same time,” the tiny philosopher said. You’re blowing our minds, Gabby. We feel so dumb (we feel…we feel…)Bob Saget Sweated All Over His ScriptBob Saget is back on Broadway in Hand to God, and the Full House star’s preparation was easy, breezy and steamy. This week, he revealed that he learned all his lines while smoking a cigar in a Jacuzzi. That’s not too uncommon, apparently, as he added, “Everything I do involves a Jacuzzi.” If you need someone to be your reader next time, let us know.Nathan Lane Is Surprisingly FlexibleAnnaleigh Ashford may roll over, sit, bark (or rather, shout “HEY HEY HEY!) and play fetch in Sylvia, but the guests of the play’s opening night have some tricks up their sleeves as well. Take Nathan Lane, for example. He can sing, dance, win Tonys, make a musical out of anything and…uh…lick…something. You can guess what. Or you can just watch the clip. Happy Friday? Star Files Idina Menzel
Children no longer report in every day”When students are in college parents are less privy to everyaspect of their child’s life,” he said. The parents often don’t know the details of the student’swhereabouts or friends. “Parents must realize that young adults must make their owndecisions,” Bower said.To adjust, parents should redirect the time and energy that wereonce focused on the child. “It can be time to develop, reawakenand pursue old and new hobbies, leisure activities and careers,”he said.Parents can also welcome and develop an adult-to-adultrelationship with the child.”Children always need parents,” he said. “But the relationshipmay become more peer-like.”They should encourage their children to make independentdecisions. Parents should also remember adult children want privacy, hesaid, and that mistakes will be made. But mistakes can be a goodway to learn about life. Separation issues are more often thought of when speaking aboutyoung children, Bower said. But the end of high school marks thesymbolic end of childhood. No more fighting over the phoneParents may talk excitedly about looking forward to more freetime, less loud music and not having to fight for the phone,computer or car. But most will experience a sense of loss, whichis often called the “empty nest syndrome.””They begin to notice how quiet it is without the student at homeand comment on how much less they spend on groceries,” he said.Parents may not be ready to give up their roles as primarycaregivers and protectors. “Successful parenting requires devoting one’s life to a totallydependent being,” Bower said. But when the student leaves, the parents are left behind. It canbe difficult for parents to adjust when they are no longer neededin the same ways. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaGoing to college is an exciting and challenging time for astudent. But it’s also a time of change and adjustments for theparents.”The student’s departure … ushers in a time of separation andtransition (for the family),” said Don Bower, an Extension humandevelopment specialist with the University of Georgia College ofFamily and Consumer Sciences. “This is a time of adjustment forparents, the college-bound youngster and the whole family.”Whether the student lives at home or moves away, going to collegeis a big step toward adulthood, he said. It can bring a physicalor emotional separation for the parents and the student, too.
Seed grant fundedThey’re using a seed grant of $21,857 from the UGA Poverty andthe Economy Faculty Research Grants Program.”Persistent poverty exists in Georgia and in Spalding County,”Jordan said. “Since the UGA Griffin campus is here, we want toreach out and help the local community.”More than half of the CRMS students receive free or reducedlunches, Jordan said. And of the students who are chronicallyabsent, 85 percent come from low-income homes.The UGA team decided to focus on the eighth grade because of thedrop in high school student numbers. Of the Spalding students whoenter high school, 54 percent don’t graduate.”We have to find a way to get these students to school, keep themin school and keep them motivated,” Jordan said. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaWorking with a pilot school in Spalding County, University ofGeorgia researchers hope to improve poverty-level students’educational success through service-learning projects.”Poverty breeds low education levels and vice versa,” said JeffJordan, an economist with the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences and the originator of the project idea.Over the next year, Jordan and Lew Allen and Kathy Thompson ofthe UGA College of Education will work with the administrationand eighth-grade social science teachers at Cowan Road MiddleSchool in Griffin, Ga. Increasing graduate numbersStudies show that high school graduates earn at least 40 percentmore than nongraduates. “Improving that alone will … positivelyaffect the poverty level,” he said.Thompson assured teachers the project won’t make their jobsharder. “This initiative will be directly tied to the statesocial studies curriculum,” she told them. “What will change isthe way you teach and the way the kids learn.”As UGA elementary and social studies education faculty members,Allen and Thompson have seen firsthand the success of similarprojects. “Students get excited when they see a connectionbetween their academic work and real-life issues,” Allen said.CRMS is already known as a community-minded school, Jordan said.”We want the students to be actively involved in the communityand see firsthand how their efforts can reduce poverty,” he said.Jordan said the project isn’t just community service.”Our goal is to connect what they’re learning in the classroomwith the activity they’ll do in the community,” he said. “Theprojects will link back to the school curriculum.”Allen said the researchers, teachers and students will developthe project. “We don’t have a prescription of steps to follow,”he said. “We want the students to develop projects based on theneeds they see in their community.” Student input essentialTeachers polled the students on poverty in the community.”They’re concerned over the look and appearance of where theylive,” said CRMS assistant principal Laura Jordan. “And they wantjobs to be available by the time they’re old enough to work. Theywant jobs because their families need for them to work, notbecause they want material things.”Several students wanted something to do in their free time.”They need something to focus on so they stay out of trouble,”she said. “Many want to go to the public library. Buttransportation isn’t available, and it’s too far away for them towalk there.”The school’s administration fully supports the project.”We’re excited about this project because it could open a lot ofdoors and avenues to help our students be more community-minded,”said CRMS principal Hoby Davenport. “I hope we find a link toimprove attendance and student CRCT scores.””The big vision is to have the school become a beacon for otherschools,” Allen said. “This project is a seed, and hopefully moregood seeds will grow from it and we can share our efforts acrossthe state. We’ll also be creating better citizens, as they’ll bemore aware of the community around them.”
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia peach farmers are almost halfway finished harvesting their famous crop for this year. Volume is up. The sugar is high. And prices are good, says a University of Georgia specialist.”Georgia’s peach crop looks great, and the quality is really good this year,” said Kathy Taylor, a UGA Cooperative Extension peach horticulturist.Georgia farmers expect to pick 50,000 tons this year, about 25 percent more than last year, according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service. A cool, wet spring in 2005 caused disease problems for last year’s crop.Georgia’s peach trees got the number of chill hours (hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit) this winter they needed to prepare for a good summer crop, Taylor said.A dry, warm spring and early summer this year forced peach farmers to irrigate their crop more, she said. About 65 percent of Georgia’s 16,000 acres are irrigated.Though the weather may keep total production below expectations, Taylor said, it was perfect for peaches to make sugar and good flavor.”Too much water dilutes the flavor,” she said, “much like too much water in a Kool-Aid recipe.”The flavor of peaches in south Georgia is influenced by weather starting in late March. For peaches grown in middle Georgia, it’s late April.”Consumers may be able to notice that Georgia peaches are a little sweeter this year,” she said.Peach brokers like to buy peaches with a total sugar content of more than 12 percent. Georgia’s peaches are consistently coming in above that this year, she said.”The buyers like that they’re getting good-flavored peaches,” she said.And they’ve been willing to pay for them, she said. Brokers have been paying around $15 per half-bushel, or about 24 pounds, a decent price for this time of year.Along with Georgia’s good quality, a poorer-than-expected California crop has helped keep prices up, she said.Barely adequate chill hours and a cool, wet spring has hurt California peaches. California, the No. 1 U.S. peach-producing state, is expected to produce 380,000 tons, about 21 percent less than last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Keeping your house below 60 percent humidity and cool helps prevent mold growth, Turner said. Mold grows better in warm, moist environments. By Allie ByrdUniversity of GeorgiaSpring has sprung the pollen season. Little can be done to control allergens outside. But you can knock out the ones inside with a bit of cleaning and prevention. It also helps to declutter your home. A lot of stuff gives dust more surfaces to land on, Turner says.Choose cleaning products wisely, she said. Some can cause reactions, too. Many people are allergic to volatile organic compounds in many household cleaners, even those found in what are called ‘green’ cleaners. “Limit the number of cleaners you use,” she said, ”and don’t use too much of any product.” Throw out pillows once a year and wash your sheets every week to get rid of dust mites. Dusty stuffed animals can also trigger allergies in children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.“Stuffed animals are dust magnets,” Turner says. “To kill dust mites on stuffed animals, you can put them in a plastic bag and freeze them.”Changing the air filters in your house every three months and replacing them with pleated filters, which catch more dust than regular filters, can make a huge difference in allergies. The usual culprits of an indoor allergy attack are unwanted guests like dust, mold, insects and rodents. But items you welcome into your home such as pets, household cleaners and even stuffed animals can be the source, too, Turner says. There are simple things you can do to eliminate these causes. “You can bring outdoor allergy triggers inside,” Turner says. The things you and your pets track into your house can cause reactions. Taking your shoes off when you come inside prevents you from bringing these contaminants into your home. Many people sleep with their pets and have them in their bedrooms, Turner says. It is better to remove them from your sleeping space and bed to prevent them from triggering allergies. In addition to removing the source of allergy triggers, the cleanliness of your house and the products you use to clean it also affect indoor allergies. “Cleaning and getting rid of the dust in your house is a major way you can reduce allergic reactions,” Turner said. “Also, maintaining your house so you don’t have leaks and holes will prevent mold growth and keep pests from coming in.” Many everyday items in homes trigger allergies, said Pamela Turner, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension housing specialist.“The best way to prevent allergies is to remove the cause,” she said. Hepa vacuum cleansers also work well to reduce dust and dust mites, but just vacuuming regularly helps.The most important part of keeping indoor allergies at bay is to keep your home clean and remove the sources of allergy triggers, she said.
By Kim CoderUniversity of Georgia Are the trees in your landscape boys or girls? When planting trees, not appreciating different tree genders can lead to many unwanted problems. Female flowers and female trees produce fruits and seeds. Male flowers and trees produce pollen. Making the correct choice of tree gender can be important. Anyone who has ever smelled putrid ginkgo fruit, washed mulberries off their car, or sneezed at tree pollen should understand.Sexual reproduction in trees allows male genetic components (pollen) to reach female components of the same species, grow to fertilize an egg and produce a viable embryo within a seed. This fertilization process is made possible by flowers or cones. The type of flowers or cones a tree produces determines tree gender. Tree flowers can have male parts, female parts, both male and female parts together, or none at all. Some of these parts may or may not be functional. You cannot tell flower function (or gender) just by looking. Trees do not show their gender until they are sexually mature and start to flower. Sexual maturity in trees, depending upon the species, can occur from 1 to 50 years of age. Sometimes sexual maturity occurs for only male or female flowers and cones.For example, young hardwood trees just becoming mature tend to generate male flowers first and then eventually generate female flowers. The opposite pattern occurs in some young softwood trees. Female cones are generated for many years before male cones are produced on the same tree. Many trees will remain the same gender their entire life. Once sexually mature, some trees can change gender from one season to the next, over the life of a tree or as the environment changes. For example, in one maple species, 10 percent of young sexually mature trees in a forest changed sex from year to year. Trees have four primary sexual systems: Cosexual, monoecious, dioecious and polygamous. A tree that produces single flowers with both fully functional male and female parts is called cosexual. In the past, this type of flower was called a perfect flower. Trees like redbud, dogwood, yellow poplar, magnolia, apple, cherry, pear, rhododendron and American elm and are cosexual.Monoecious trees separate male and female parts into different flowers or cones on the same tree. Fir, birch, hickory, pecan, chestnut, cedar, hazel, beech, walnut, sweetgum, white cedar and hemlock are examples of monecious trees. Dioecious trees separate male and female parts on different trees where one tree is strictly female and one strictly male. Trees such as boxelder, persimmon, white ash, ginkgo, holly, red cedar, Osage orange, aspen and willow are dioecious trees. A polygamous tree has cosexual, male and female flowers or cones on the same tree or in different combinations on different trees. Red maple, sugar maple, black ash, locust, mulberry, tupelo and sumac are examples of polygamous trees. Ash trees are notorious for confusing and blurring tree gender lines as polygamous trees. In one ash species, individual trees averaged 63 percent male flowers, 36 percent cosexual flowers and 1 percent female flowers. In the eastern U.S., some 40 percent of the trees are monoecious, 30 percent are cosexual, 20 percent are dioecious and 10 percent are polygamous. Around the globe, about 75 percent of all trees are cosexual, 10 percent monoecious, 10 percent polygamous and 5 percent dioecious.For most trees, sexual behavior is not strictly male or female. Trees effectively reproduce using different combinations of functional sexual parts distributed in different types of flowers and cones. The strict gender concepts of pure male and pure female we understand with animals must be flexible when applied to trees. So inspect your trees and take an inventory. Do you have more boys or girls in your landscape?
Sector Systems, a provider of organization-wide software solutions for nonprofits, in partnership with the New England Network for Youth, Child and Family Services, a nonprofit organization that works collaboratively with child and youth service organizations in New England to strengthen social services and promote best practices, have announced a collaborative effort to help child- and youth-serving agencies effectively collect, analyze and report their outcomes to their funders and the communities they serve.Both organizations will promote NEN’s ImProve, a pioneering organizational development tool that identifies and tracks outcomes by recording participant achievements. Tracking outcomes enables agencies to create integrated information management plans that can measure clients’ incremental progress. Those outcomes help agencies retain existing funding, gain additional funding, and share their clients’ achievements with their community. ImProve is implemented using Third Sector Systems’ database technology.“As pressure has mounted on agencies to demonstrate positive outcomes, they’ve struggled to develop outcome measurement tools that work. Several strong methodologies have been developed, but many of them have not been implemented because agencies haven’t had a database flexible enough to accommodate them,” said Melanie Goodman, Executive Director of NEN. “Third Sector Systems enabled us to incorporate ImProve into Mission Maestro and produce the kind of reports agencies need to evaluate their programs, satisfy their funders and constituents. I am thrilled to offer such an innovative solution to our members and other agencies.”“Agencies’ ability to show how dollars from individuals, foundations and government agencies are turned into measurable results is crucial to their survival,” said Yves Gonnet, founder and CEO of Third Sector Systems. “Together, NEN and Third Sector Systems will show agencies that a solution to the problem they have been struggling with finally exists.”Third Sector Systems (www.thirdsectorsystems.com(link is external)) provides integrated organization-wide software solutions that connect all departments of nonprofit organizations. Third Sector Systems also provides free fundraising software to nonprofits at www.firstchair.com(link is external). Third Sector Systems has offices in Waterbury, VT and New York, NY.The New England Network for Youth, Child and Family Services (www.nenetwork.org(link is external)) is the training and networking center of choice for over 100 public and private child, youth and family service agencies throughout the region, with headquarters in Burlington Vermont and offices throughout New England.