Odds & Ends: Darren Criss Set for Orlando Concert & More

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 19, 2016 Related Shows Star Files P.S. #2 Broadway alum Brian Justin Crum (Next to Normal) has been wowing America’s Got Talent audiences; check out his performance of Radiohead’s “Creep”. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed from today. Darren Criss Set for Orlando ConcertDarren Criss, Lilla Crawford, Wilson Cruz and Priscilla Lopez have boarded the lineup for From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando. Scheduled to take place on July 25 at Florida’s Dr. Phillips Center, they will join the previously reported Tony winners Chita Rivera, Kelli O’Hara and more at the event. Auction items include a solo seat onstage while Criss performs his show-stopping number from Hedwig, “Sugar Daddy” and a Hamilton package. You can bid here.Tony Danza Tapped for RabbitTony Danza, who was last seen on Broadway in Honeymoon in Vegas, is the latest big name enlisted for White Rabbit Red Rabbit off-Broadway. The Who’s The Boss star will headline the production on August 8. The New York premiere of Nassim Soleimanpour’s solo show, which involves a different actor every performance seeing the script for the first time just before they go on stage, is playing Monday nights at the Westside Theatre.Pretty Woman’s Garry Marshall Dead at 81Garry Marshall, the director of Pretty Woman and creator of Happy Days, died aged 81 on July 19. According to Variety, the cause of death was complications from pneumonia following a stroke. Along with his numerous screen achievements, Marshall was behind a touring production of Happy Days and had been working on a stage musical adaptation of Pretty Woman. The show has been aiming to bow next year, produced by Paula Wagner, who has secured the rights from Disney Studios. “I know he would have wanted us to continue on and therefore we will bring this story to Broadway,” Wagner told the Hollywood Reporter. “Pretty Woman the musical will be a reminder of his humanity, his heart and his sense of humor.”Jonathan Groff Talks Looking MusicalAfter a Tony-nominated turn in Hamilton, when will Jonathan Groff, who is next set to be seen on our screens in HBO’s Looking on July 23, return to the Main Stem? “A Looking musical would completely bring me back to Broadway,” Groff told the New York Times. “I would come back in a second. Some people have the gift where they can just sing. I don’t have the fail-safe voice, so it has to be something that I need to sing about.” You’ll be back!P.S. #1 At today’s #Ham4Ham, an adorably confused Rory O’Malley (Groff’s successor in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit) introduced Chicago’s Alexander Hamilton, Miguel Cervantes. Watch below! White Rabbit Red Rabbit Darren Criss View Comments Darren Criss(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

Tix Now On Sale for Holiday Return of iLuminate

first_img Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 iLuminate will return to New York City to light up the holidays! Tickets are now available for the production, which is scheduled to play a limited engagement off-Broadway November 22 through January 8, 2017. Opening night is set for December 1 at New World Stages—Stage 1.Music, art, and the technological magic of iLuminate bring you a story of adventure and romance told through dance styles ranging from contemporary, hip-hop, latin, and breaking, all using the power of light. With a mash-up of dazzling wizardry, spectacular dance moves, fun audience-interactive games and high-tech effects, iLuminate delivers this unique dance-in-the-dark event.A creative dance team based in Los Angeles, iLuminate first lit up for a national audience on the sixth season of America’s Got Talent, in which they took third place.center_img iLuminate(Photo courtesy iluminate.com) iLuminatelast_img read more

Slow Relief.

first_img DRY FIELDS don’t offer much hope for many farmers in south Georgia. Some are planting in spite of continuing dry weather, and know they aren’t likely to make money on the crop. Aid payments from USDA are slow coming and may be too late for many farmers already hit hard by years of low prices and uncooperative weather. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman says most farmers won’t get the $2 billion earmarked for special crop disaster aid until after the spring planting season. Congress approved the payments for the crop loss disaster assistance program last year as part of a $6 billion aid package. Purpose of aid “An Extension Service agent from south Georgia tells me it’s beginning to be really dry,” Thomas said. “Of course, that could mean poor yields on top of poor prices this year.” “It was designed to help U.S. farmers hard hit by several years of crop losses to disease, weather and slumping commodity prices,” said Bill Thomas, an economist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Glickman said so many farmers have applied that they’ve overwhelmed the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The paperwork needed to figure each farmer’s eligibility and prorate the $2 billion among qualifying applicants has also slowed the payments. “Losses have to be 35 percent of production history. So every farmer will be different,” Thomas said. “Prices are still low for many crops. Some farmers are planting knowing they won’t make money on this crop.” Anything they can get will help them hold on for one more year and hope for better times. While the outlook is bleak for crop farmers, dairies might see relief sooner. And they deeply need it. The fall in the basic formula price for milk announced March 5 was the sharpest monthly decline of milk prices ever. It more than doubled the previous record monthly decline. Thomas said the dramatic drop will give Georgia dairy farmers the lowest price for their milk since 1991. “The USDA is releasing $200 million to help dairy farmers facing greatly reduced milk prices,” he said. “Dairy farmers can collect payments of up to $5,000 each under the new Dairy Income Loss Assistance program.” Exactly what this means for Georgia farmers will vary.center_img Aid payments may come too late Better news for dairies Targetted to family-sized farms Under the plan, the USDA will make payments based on a dairy farm’s first 2.6 million pounds of milk in 1998 or 1997, whichever is the highest. “Targeted to family-sized farms, the plan is based roughly on the annual production of 150 cows,” Thomas said. “The average herd in Georgia is 211 cows. So in Georgia, the average dairy farmer will be capped at $5,000.” All dairies that produced milk during the last quarter of 1998 are eligible. The final payment rate per hundredweight will be calculated after the sign-up ends. “The USDA now figures it will be between 18 and 20 cents per hundredweight,” Thomas said. Farmers may apply at their USDA Farm Service Agency office from April 12 until May 21. J. Cannon, UGA CAES high-res photo availablelast_img read more

Health Hazard.

first_img Photo: Dan Rahn “Carbon monoxide, radon, lead, asbestos, molds, mildew and tobacco smoke all contribute to poor indoor air quality,” said Jorge Atiles of the University of Georgia. Carbon monoxide can be one of the home’s deadliest pollutants. But it’s one of the easiest to deal with. The colorless, odorless gas kills by blocking the blood’s ability to carry oxygen. Fuel-burning furnaces, water heaters, ranges, space heaters, wood stoves and fireplaces can produce it. Carbon Monoxide Deadly In Georgia, the UGA Extension Service is the contact for the “Healthy Indoor Air for America’s Homes” program. FACS county agents can tell you more about making sure the air in your home is clean and healthy. High humidity indoors, for instance, can make molds and mildew grow more, triggering asthma attacks. Atiles said his college has joined state and federal agencies, and community, industry and environmental groups to help combat the problems. October Emphasis in Georgia Secondhand Tobacco Smoke Atiles is an Extension Service housing specialist and assistant professor in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. He said these indoor health hazards can lead to increased respiratory infections and asthma, and even worse. “People can die as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning,” Atiles said. “Dealing effectively with allergies and asthma requires a combination of efforts that include appropriate medical care,” Atiles said. Here are the best ways to keep carbon monoxide from becoming a problem, Atiles said. Parents’ commitment to smoke outside can spare their children the respiratory infections related to secondhand smoke. Some indoor air problems are easy to reduce, Atiles said. Secondhand tobacco smoke is a good example. Indoor air greatly affects allergies and asthma, too. More than 50 million Americans suffer from these diseases. The EPA figures about 4,000 die each year from asthma. To call attention to indoor-air-related illnesses, Gov. Roy Barnes declared October to be “Home Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month” in Georgia. Have a qualified technician clean and check your heating system each year. Make sure the chimney flue is open when you start a fire. Maintain a fresh air supply anytime you use fuel-fired space heaters. Use a vent fan whenever you use your kitchen stove top. Never let a car warm up in an attached garage without opening the garage door. “The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that 7,500 to 15,000 children under 18 months are hospitalized each year for severe respiratory infections as a result of second-hand smoke,” Atiles said. “These simple things can make a tremendous difference in the seriousness of these diseases,” he said. “If parents would commit to stepping outside when they smoke and not smoke in their cars, we could tremendously reduce these problems,” he said. Extension Service Contacts Pollen and outdoor air pollution influence these diseases, of course. But many problems are found inside homes and schools. Allergies, Asthma, Molds & Mildew The goal, he said, is to help people learn how to assess home and office air quality and combat the problems associated with poor air quality. It’s part of the national program, “Healthy Indoor Air for America’s Homes.” Mention air pollution, and most people think of factories, freeways and foul-smelling smog. But many pollutants are inside your home. People, though, can do much more than just go to the doctor. Atiles cites two things that reduce indoor molds and mildew. One, keep indoor humidity levels low. And two, regularly change or clean heating and air-conditioning filters. Contact your county Extension Service agent. And visit this national Web site: www.montana.edu/wwwcxair.last_img read more

Changing Weeds.

first_imgWalter Reeves On the next “Gardening in Georgia” Oct. 4 and 7, host Walter Reeves shows howto control broadleaf weeds like clover, oxalis and an invasive, exotic, chamberbitter. Theright technique turns them all into compost.Later, Helen Phillips at Callaway Gardens works with hypertufa. She shows how to usethis stone-like but much lighter material to turn a lowly concrete block into anattractive planter for succulent plants. Then Reeves shows off his favorite angel trumpetplant and tells how to propagate it for next year.Finally, he takes a look at solarizing, transforming a weedy plot into a garden spot bycovering it with plastic. Reeves explains why clear plastic is better than black plastic.Wednesdays, Saturdays on GPTVDon’t miss “Gardening in Georgia” Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and now at a newSaturday time at 12:30 p.m. The show is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. It’sproduced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciencesand GPTV.last_img read more

Leaf Galls.

first_img Walter Reeves UGA CAES File Photo Azaleas are landscape favorites in Georgia. But sometimes some of their leaves become grossly swollen. On this week’s “Gardening in Georgia” on Georgia Public Television, host Walter Reeves examines those grotesque leaf galls and explains how to get rid of them and keep them from spreading.”Gardening in Georgia” airs on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and is rebroadcast on Saturdays at 11 a.m. on GPTV. It’s designed specifically for Georgia gardeners.Now in its third season, the show is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV. To learn more, visit the show’s Web site.Galls, Mulch, Wild IndigoThis week, Reeves also looks at galls caused by wasps, flies, midges and aphids. He shows apple gall on oak leaves, nipple gall on hackberry, horn gall on witchhazel and warty gall on cherry. And he tells what to do about them.Summer is sure to be hot and likely to be dry. Reeves shows how to use newspaper and straw to mulch under tomatoes. He also compares different kinds of tillers and tells which is best for certain garden jobs.Finally, guest Jim Midcap of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences talks about wild indigo (Baptisia spp.). This Georgia Gold Medal winner has a rich heritage and does well as a perennial in Southern landscapes.last_img read more

Biosymposia

first_imgFossil fuels are old stuff. The thinking now is on converting renewable resources into usable fuels and energy. And back-to-back symposiums at the University of Georgia Feb. 18-20 show how serious the biofuel thinking has become.The 2003 Georgia BioFuels Symposium Feb. 18-19 will focus on technologies suitable in Georgia for converting biomass into fuels for steam, electrical generation and transportation.Then, on Feb. 20, the Georgia Industrial Technology Partnership Symposium and Workshop will explore forest products and the agriculture-biomass industry.The people in the afternoon sessions Feb. 20 will be able to help guide the direction and focus of research and development efforts that will affect these industries for years.The programs aren’t just about saving the environment. They’re about saving and making money, too. Entrepreneurs, businesses, technology developers — anyone interested in renewable energy resources can benefit from either or both of these programs.Both will be at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens, Ga.Learn more about either at the Georgia Center Web site (www.gactr.uga.edu/conferences/conferences.html). Or register on-line or get a registration form there. Or call 1-800-884-1381 or (706) 542-2134 to register by phone.last_img read more

Perfect poinsettia

first_imgBy Bodie V. PennisiUniversity of GeorgiaAlong with evergreens, poinsettias embody the holiday spirit andhelp create festive displays. The challenge is deciding how manyand what color, leaf shape, plant size and form to buy.You can choose among plants with traditional red, strong white,creamy white, light pink, solid pink, bright orange-red, deeppurple-red and various marbled or speckled bracts. Plants rangefrom 4-inch pots to 18-inch hanging baskets, living wreaths,topiaries and 3-gallon floor planters.You can use poinsettia stems as cut flowers in arrangements, too.If you supply enough water, as when using florist foam, some newpoinsettia cultivars can last up to two weeks as cut flowers.Buying the best is easy (Bodie Pennisi is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.) Look for Georgia-grown plants. This year the crop promises tobe phenomenal. Locally grown plants may cost more, but they keepbetter. They’re usually sold to florist shops and gardencenters.Select plants with fully colored and expanded bracts. (Bractsare the colored leaves. The actual flowers are the yellowcenters.) Avoid plants with too much green around the bractedges, a sign that it was shipped before it was mature enough.Choose poinsettias with dense, rich green leaves all alongthe stem. They should be well branched and proportioned and abouttwo and one-half times the height of the pot.Examine leaves for “hitchhikers.” Silverleaf whiteflies geton the underside of the leaves and suck the juices. This is thegiveaway: whiteflies excrete “honeydew” onto the leaves below.Don’t buy plants with sticky leaves and dots on the leafundersides. The dots are whitefly nymphs.Look closely at the roots. White and light tan roots thathave grown to the sides of the pot are signs of a healthy plant.Brown roots or few roots may indicate disease.Don’t buy plants with weak stems, few bracts or any signs ofwilting, breaking or drooping. Often in stores poinsettias arecrowded. Sometimes they’re displayed in paper, plastic or meshsleeves. They need their space. The longer they stay sleeved, thefaster their quality deteriorates.When you take your poinsettia home, protect it from chillingwinds and temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Place it in asleeve or large shopping bag.Once you get home, place it where it looks best. It will lastabout three weeks in fairly dark places. Don’t put it near a colddraft or excessive heat or near an appliance, fireplace orventilating duct.Water a poinsettia only when the soil feels dry to the touch.But don’t allow it to wilt, as it may cause leaves to drop.Overwatering is a common cause of plant loss. Don’t leave theplant in standing water. This, too, may cause leaf drop. Alwaysremove a plant from any decorative container before watering itand allow the water to drain completely.Don’t fertilize it during the blooming season. This willcause the plant to lose some of its quality.After the holiday season is over, move the poinsettia to abright spot in either a south-, east- or west-facing window.Eventually, the bracts will start to fall off. By early April,cut the plant back, leaving four to six nodes or segments on thestem. At this point, it can be grown outdoors in full sun.Fertilize it weekly with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer atthe same rate you give houseplants.Trim your poinsettia in June and plant it in a 1-gallon potor large indoor planter. Trim back new growth again around July 1and again by mid-August. Keep fertilizing through spring andsummer, applying nutrition once every two to three weeks as fallnears. With enough water and nutrition, poinsettias can grow ashigh as 5 feet.Poinsettias are nonpoisonous and safe for display aroundchildren and pets.last_img read more

17 Container plants

first_imgVolume XXIXNumber 1Page 17 By Robert R. WesterfieldUniversity ofGeorgiaThere’s no better way to accent a deck, patio or porch than withannuals in containers. The endless variety of colors availablefor sunny spots, shady spots and spots in-between is almostlimitless.But before you invest in plants, look at the most importantcontributors to success: site selection, soil preparation andplant selection.Other factors such as watering, fertilizing and controlling pestsare certainly important. But most failures with annuals in thelandscape or containers are due to poor choices of site, soil orplants.Where to startLook first at your site. Is it shady all day, shady during theheat of the day, full sun only in the morning, full sun only inthe afternoon or full sun all day? This is important to know.You’ll need to base your plant selection on it.Go out at different times of the day to assess the amount ofsunlight an area gets. Some plants can grow in varying amounts ofsunlight. Others will quickly decline in the wrong exposure.Soil preparation is critical, too. When you look at a sicklycontainer plant, there’s a 90-percent chance the problem is dueto something happening at the root level. Usually it is due to apoor soil mix or overwatering the plant.Buy a quality container potting mix for plants, free from diseaseor weed seed. Be sure to use a container large enough that theroots can expand through the potting soil.DrainageAnother critical factor is good drainage. Be careful of thosecontainers that have catch basins for excess water. They’re nicein theory but create root-rot problems. If you use these, it’s agood idea to tilt the container after a few minutes afterwatering and drain out the excess water.You’ll really be excited about plant performance when you have agood, healthy root system.Finally, be sure you select the right plant. You know your site,so this job should be relatively easy.Impatiens love shade. Annual Vinca loves full sun. Salvia lovesabout a half day of full sun. Petunias like sun but perform bestin the spring and fall, not during the hot summer. The list goeson and on.The variety tag in bedding plant trays is a good place to startlooking for different flowers’ light requirements.Your county University of Georgia Extension Service office isanother good place to look. Ask for a copy of “Flowering Annualsfor Georgia Gardens” and “Container Gardening.”(Bob Westerfield is an Extension Service consumerhorticulturist with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Virus alert

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaTomato spotted wilt virus hurts many crops in Georgia. But its severity varies from year to year. University of Georgia scientists are developing an alert to help vegetable farmers know how bad it will be each year before they plant.”If a grower knew how bad TSWV might be before transplanting in the spring, he could make some management decisions that could save money or better protect the crop,” said David Riley, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Since appearing in Georgia in the late-1980s, TSWV has cost Georgia farmers hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to crops like peanuts, tobacco, peppers and tomatoes.The carrierTSWV is carried by tiny insects called thrips. They get the virus when they feed on infected plants. When they leave those plants, they can carry the virus to healthy ones. Millions of thrips per acre can visit a field in a year.Prevention is the only “cure” for the virus. Once a plant gets it, it will grow poorly or die.Thrips’ populations drastically decline in winter. But a few, Riley said, retreat to the weeds that surround fields. They survive there until spring and then return, possibly with the virus, to freshly planted vegetables.In the weedsStarting last summer, Riley and other CAES scientists began an extensive survey of weeds and thrips numbers in Brooks, Colquitt, Decatur and Tift counties. A large portion of Georgia’s vegetable crop is grown in these counties. Each month, weed samples are taken from two field sites in each county.They want to know if weeds near the fields have TSWV and if thrips are feeding and reproducing on these weeds. They will focus on the data taken in February and March.High numbers of samples with TSWV and thrips at this time will indicate a high risk for the spread of the virus. If this happens, an alert will be issued.With this information, farmers can decide how best to protect their crops in the spring. “This can be another tool and service we can provide that farmers can use to know what to expect,” he said.Farmers can help. They can fill gallon-size plastic bags with weeds, particularly chickweed, cudweed, sow thistle, swine cress and Carolina geranium, from around fields planted with peppers or tomatoes. They can submit samples to their county UGA Extension Service agent or contact Stan Diffie at (229) 386-3374.Warm winter weather tends to increase thrips populations, Riley said. He’s noticed a correlation, too, between the tree pollen amounts and thrips populations.Thrips like to eat, among other things, pine tree pollen. “The increase and decrease of pollen seem to mirror the increase and decrease of thrips populations each year,” Riley said.ProtectionTo protect crops, vegetable farmers spend extra money on TSWV-resistant crop varieties and insecticidal sprays to control thrips, he said.Many Georgia vegetables are grown in fields of raised beds wrapped in plastic film, mostly black. This helps farmers better control the crop environment.Some farmers have started using more expensive reflective metallic film. Many believe it disorients thrips and keeps them from landing on crops’ leaves.Forecast tools exist for other crops. One developed by North Carolina State University predicts each year the possible severity of blue mold, a fungus that attacks tobacco. And research by CAES scientists has shown that Doppler radar can help peanut farmers know when to effectively apply fungicides.last_img read more