Samuel L. Jackson & Eugene Lee Team Up for East Texas Hot Links

first_img View Comments Eugene Lee’s play East Texas Hot Links is heading to the big screen with Samuel L. Jackson as co-executive producer. According to Deadline, Lee will adapt his play for the movie adaptation and direct. Filming is scheduled to begin in spring 2016.The play, which premiered in Los Angeles in 1991, follows a small African American community in 1955 Texas. It takes place during a single night in the Top o’ the Hill Café, where a betrayal endangers the lives of the community. The original production starred Loretta Divine.The project marks a reunion for Lee and Jackson; the two appeared in the Pulitzer winning 1982 off-Broadway play A Soldier’s Play. Both are Broadway alums, with Lee appearing in Gem of the Ocean and Jackson most recently starring as Dr. Martin Luther King in The Mountaintop.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: David Bowie’s Lazarus Will Release Cast Album & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. David Bowie’s Lazarus Will Release Cast AlbumMichael C. Hall, Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper and the company of the late David Bowie’s Lazarus are in the process of recording a cast album. “His passing certainly informs the experience of this recording session and will inform the experience of performing the show as we continue to do it,” Hall told the New York Times. No word yet on when the record will be released; Lazarus is scheduled to play a limited engagement at New York Theatre Workshop off-Broadway through January 20.A Wicked Honor for David StoneWicked’s producer David Stone will be honored at Second Stage Theatre’s 37th anniversary gala celebration on May 2. Stone has collaborated with the off-Broadway company on several occasions, including the Main Stem transfers of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Next to Normal. Directed by James Lapine, the evening is set to feature stars who have appeared in Stone’s productions over the years and will be held at the suitably fancy Cipriani 42nd Street.The Prom, From Casey Nicholaw & More, to Bow in GAWe’re keeping a close eye on this show—it comes from Casey Nicholaw, whose Broadway credits include Aladdin, Something Rotten!, The Book of Mormon and the upcoming Tuck Everlasting. The Tony winner will direct and choreograph the world premiere of new musical The Prom at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA this August. With a book by Tony winner Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Chad Beguelin (Aladdin), music by Matthew Sklar (Elf), and lyrics by Beguelin, the show is based on an original concept by Jack Viertel, following a student who becomes an instant outcast—and a national headline—when her high school cancels the prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend. Additional information including casting and full creative team will be announced later.Rosie O’Donnell Eyeing Dance Moms for B’way?Interesting tidbit from Rosie O’Donnell’s website. Responding to a question about Dance Moms, the honorary Tony winner replied that she wants to make a Broadway musical out of the Lifetime reality series. O’Donnell wrote that she would like to star as Abby Lee, with “K-Cheno” as Lead Mom. Sounds like a fabulous idea to us!Kristin Chenoweth to Reunite With Alan CummingSpeaking of the self-proclaimed pocket diva, Kristin Chenoweth will join Alan Cumming as a special guest at his headlining debut at Carnegie Hall on February 8. The Tony-winning pair recently, of course, served as co-hosts for the 2015 Tony Awards. As previously announced, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs with Friends is set to also feature Darren Criss, Ricki Lake and the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. Due to an injury she sustained over the Christmas holiday, Chita Rivera will no longer be on the bill; we all here at continue to wish her a swift recovery.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Richard E. Grant & Bryce Pinkham Set for My Fair Lady & More

first_imgRichard E. Grant(Photo: Pip Seed) P.S. John Mulaney co-hosted LIVE with Kelly on December 20; check out what he had to say about starring alongside Nick Kroll in Broadway’s Oh, Hello. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Richard E. Grant & Bryce Pinkham Set for My Fair LadyRichard E. Grant (Downton Abbey), Lisa O’Hare (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder) and Bryce Pinkham (Holiday Inn) will star as Henry Higgins, Eliza Doolittle and Freddy Eynsford-Hill, respectively, in Lyric Opera’s My Fair Lady. Other names tapped for Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s classic include Donald Maxwell as Alfred Doolittle and Nicholas Le Prevost as Colonel Pickering. Robert Carsen directs the American debut of the production from Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; the tuner will play a limited engagement April 28, 2017 through May 21. Opening night is scheduled for April 29. Wouldn’t it be loverly if one of these revivals lands on Broadway soon?Is Mariah Carey Eyeing Broadway?If all you want for Christmas is Mariah Carey on Broadway in some way, then this isn’t outside the realms of possibility. Asked about the likelihood of her infamous Glitter movie making it to the Great White Way on Watch What Happens Live, the diva revealed: “That’s something that I’ve been thinking about…I would definitely do something with it for the true fans, like something in a Rocky Horror-esque way.” Watch this space!Holiday Inn to be Live StreamedNot been able to get to New York to catch the aforementioned Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer and Corbin Bleu in Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical? Never fear, you’ll be able to watch a live stream of the Roundabout tuner on January 14, 2017 at 8PM, courtesy of BroadwayHD. The limited engagement is scheduled to end its Main Stem run the following day at Studio 54.Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Shiny’Here we have the latest full sequence released from Disney’s Moana: the song “Shiny,” written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and performed by Jermaine Clement. Released on November 23, the film has already grossed more than $280 million worldwide.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Sierra Boggess & More Set for Broadway Backwards

first_imgSierra Boggess(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments What a lineup! Sierra Boggess (School of Rock), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies), Javier Muñoz (Hamilton) and many more have joined the roster for this year’s Broadway Backwards. As announced, the annual benefit, which showcases Broadway favorites offering gender-bending takes on their favorite tunes, is set for March 13 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, currently the home of Kinky Boots.Also joining the roster will be Alex Brightman (School of Rock), Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen), Andrew Rannells (Falsettos), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Kathleen Turner (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Bobby Conte Thornton (A Bronx Tale), Ariana DeBose (A Bronx Tale), Jay Armstrong Johnson (On the Town), Lora Lee Gayer (Holiday Inn), Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd), John Glover (The Cherry Orchard), Levi Kreis (Million Dollar Quartet), Bobby Steggert (Big Fish) and Rachel York (Disaster!). More special guests will be announced later this month. Performers are subject to change.Directed by Robert Bartley, the show will feature music supervision by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, music direction by Laura Bergquist and choreography from Bartley, Christopher Rice and Adam Roberts. Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the event will benefit Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.last_img read more

4-H Camping.

first_img Georgia 4-H campers learn about sailing the best way: by doing it. Photo: Mike Isbell Bernoulli must have been a smart fellow.You’ve forgotten who Bernoulli was? Well, just think back a few years to your science classes (OK, it may have been a lot of years). Daniel Bernoulli was the guy who came up with the theory that, basically, the faster a fluid moves past an object, the less sideways pressure is exerted on the object by the fluid.And why am I telling you this? It’s just one of the things 4-H’ers will learn at 4-H camp this summer. They will not only learn about it, but will experience it.Let me explain.Five 4-H CampsThe University of Georgia Extension Service operates five 4-H camps around the state. Each year more than 9,000 kids attend one of these 4-H camps. The camp at Rock Eagle is the largest (it’s also the largest 4-H camp in the world). Sixty college students (all of whom have had years of 4-H experience) provide the leadership for the camp at Rock Eagle.Very soon, 4-H’ers will be attending camp from every county in Georgia. It will not only be great fun for the 4-H’ers, but they will have fun learning all kinds of things.Sailing at Rock EagleSailing is one of the classes taught at Rock Eagle. A whole fleet of sailboats is on the 110-acre lake there. After receiving some training, the 4-H’ers get to sail their own boat.A few years ago I was asked to develop a new sailing curriculum for the counselors at Rock Eagle. The counselors who teach sailing change each year, so each year I have the enjoyable job of teaching the sailing instructors how to sail.Yesterday, my 15-year-old daughter Lindsay and my nephew Bo, a senior at Virginia Tech, went with me to Rock Eagle to teach the sailing instructors. Lindsay has been sailing many times. In fact, she can even boast of surviving a sinking sailboat on West Point Lake. Bo, on the other hand, had never been on a sailboat, even though his dad spent 20 years in the Navy and he’s spent his entire life near the ocean. Bo’s a surfer, but not a sailor.Wait — How Does This Work?We spent about 15 minutes rigging the boats, and after donning life jackets, raised the sail, turned the bow into the wind and climbed aboard. We immediately began to sail into the wind.It didn’t take but just a minute, but the first of Bo’s many questions was, “How does this sailboat sail against the wind?” 4-H’ers in the sailing class will know the answer, and they will also know about Archimedes and his theory used in explaining how boats float.But to answer Bo’s question — well, it has to do with the design of the sail and the boat. And the design makes use of Bernoulli’s theory.Do you remember now?How It WorksHis theory is used to explain how an airplane wing and a sailboat sail produce “lift.” The lift is a force created by the “airfoil,” the cross-sectional shape of the wing or the sail. If you’re around planes or sails, you know the shape of an airfoil. The fluid in this case is air.I can almost hear you saying, “But a sail is a flat piece of fabric. It doesn’t look anything like an airplane wing.”Well, that’s true. It is flat. But when the wind fills the sail with air, it takes the shape of an airfoil and then produces lift similar to an airplane wing. The appendages below the water — the rudder and the centerboard or keel — help turn this lift into forward motion.Bernoulli must have been a smart fellow!last_img read more

Root rot observed

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Drought has taken a toll on Georgia trees this year. Some of those problems start at the root. On “Gardening in Georgia” Oct. 18 and 20 find out how to examine tree roots without hurting the tree and add valuable nutrients to the soil at the same time. “Gardening in Georgia” airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across Georgia each Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.Georgia abounds with the beautiful blooms of crape myrtle each summer. While most are small trees or large shrubs, show host Walter Reeves and Mike Sikes show off dwarf varieties developed at the University of Georgia Center for Applied Nursery Research. These small specimens can make a big impact in a landscape.Large shrubs often lose lower limbs and foliage, exposing bare trunks. UGA horticulture professor David Berle gives viewers ideas on how to hide the “knees and legs” of a large holly. In addition, Berle shares how he works with UGA horticulture students to develop their interest in plants. It turns out there are lots of interesting jobs in this field.”Gardening in Georgia” is coproduced by GPB and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Each show is geared to Georgia soils, climate and growing conditions.The 2007 season is made possible through an underwriting gift from McCorkle Nurseries and support from the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association. For more on “Gardening in Georgia,” visit read more

Ouch. She bit me.

first_imgGlove up before clearing brush, cleaning out the garage or pulling logs off the woodpile this winter. A brown widow spider or her more commonly known sister, the black widow, may be hiding in the shadows.The brown widow’s camouflage – an orange hourglass on a brown body – makes her hard to see. That’s good for her but bad for the person who sticks a hand too close to her web. Avoids peopleThe brown widow usually tries to stay away from people, said Whitney Boozer, an entomology graduate student with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.“If they’re disturbed, they drop off the web, curl up in a ball or retreat,” Boozer said.They can’t retreat when they’re pressed up against someone’s skin, though. A brown widow gets in this situation when someone wraps a hand around her while she’s holed up some place.Wear long sleeves and glovesGloves and long sleeves will protect you “if you’re working in areas where brown widow spiders are commonly found,” Boozer said. Outside, brown widows prefer woodpiles, tires, empty containers and eaves. Indoors, the spider prefers protected places like under furniture and in shoes. Shake clothes and check shoes before putting them on if they are left outside or in a garage.Bites by brown widows cause severe reactions in 5 percent of people who are bitten. The young and old are especially vulnerable. With medical intervention, bites are almost never fatal. The only scientific data collected on deaths attributed to widow spiders was taken between 1950 and 1959. During that time, 63 people died from the spiders’ bites, said Nancy Hinkle, a CAES entomologist.Indoor plumbing lowered bite numbers“Doubtless those numbers are much lower now that we have indoor plumbing because most widow bites occurred in privies,” she said.According to Boozer, the brown widow’s venom is more toxic than that of her black cousin, but she injects less venom when she bites.“In my whole life, I have known only one person bitten by a widow spider, and actually I didn’t know him, he just called my office,” Hinkle said. “On the other hand, I have personally known three people who were struck by lightning.”She estimates that there are fewer than seven people killed each year by widow spiders. More than 1,000 people each year are struck by lightning. A bad reputation“So your chance of being killed by a widow spider bite — even without treatment — is over 100 times less than your chance of being struck by lightning,” Hinkle said.Despite the odds, brown widows still aren’t spiders most people want wandering around in their homes. If you do see one, don’t panic. Boozer suggests taking it outside or vacuuming it up.“Even outside, you’re allowed to kill widow spiders,” Hinkle said, who usually cringes when the conversation turns to smashing spiders.Crush the egg sack, too, Boozer said. A brown widow’s egg sack is sphere shaped with spindly spikes of webbing sticking up all over it.If desperation leads to a chemical attack, it’s best to spray spiders directly, Boozer said. Spraying a home’s perimeter may prevent spiders from entering it, but it won’t kill the ones already there. Brown widow spiders avoid places that have been sprayed.last_img read more

Fall armyworm time

first_imgGrowers and homeowners should keep a close and frequent lookout for signs of these pests. Fall armyworms can be up to 1.5 inches long and are light green to nearly black with light and dark stripes that stretch horizontally along the body of the worm. One of the pest’s most distinct characteristics is an inverted Y-shape on the head of the worm. Prevalent in the fallAs the name implies, fall armyworms are most numerous in late summer and early fall. They are unable to tolerate even a mild winter, but each year they return as wind currents from Florida and Latin America carry the moths to Georgia. Armyworms cause damage by chewing on plant tissue. They are typically most active in the early morning or late afternoon when temperatures are cooler. In newly cut hay or shorter grass, armyworms hide in the thatch and topsoil layers during the heat of the day. However, they can be seen foraging in tall grass during any part of the day. Thin, brown grassArmyworms go through six stages of larval development. The youngest larvae do not eat much but the mature larvae can eat more than all other ages put together. Damage can appear differently depending on the forage type and conditions. On closely grazed pastures, damage may appear as thinned out grass and brown spots. This could be misdiagnosed as drought damage. In hayfields or pastures with tall growth, damage can be devastating with nearly all tender green vegetation being removed.Established, healthy bermudagrass is not likely to be totally killed by armyworm infestations, but the damage caused by a complete infestation will weaken the plant and result in reduced forage availability for livestock.Armyworm damage is sometimes described as “coming in waves.” If growers notice armyworms, they should keep a close eye over the next few months on that field and any surrounding fields to look for subsequent generations that have hatched. Start looking at least two weeks after initial damage has occurred for any young larvae.Treatment thresholds are typically recommended at three armyworm larvae per square foot. It may be necessary to treat with an insecticide under certain conditions. Young larvae are much easier to kill than adult armyworm larvae. Thorough scouting may allow growers to spot treat certain areas of fields. Harvesting a hay crop may be the best option for armyworm control if hay is close to cutting time.Several control optionsSeveral insecticides are available that have control over armyworms. They include carbaryl (Sevin and others), diflubenzuron (Dimilin), cyfluthrin, spinosad and zeta-cypermethrin (Mustang Max). Pay careful attention to grazing or harvesting restrictions related to these products. Careful scouting has been mentioned as the best way to prevent economic losses. Look for signs of armyworms in dead grass and in the thatch layer. Flocks of birds congregating are a typical sign of infestation. Purchasing an insect net and performing sweeps early in the morning and late in the afternoon is a quick and easy way of scouting. If infestations do occur, it is best advised to fertilize the field based on timing to provide additional hay cuttings, or rest the pasture from grazing to allow the forage to re-establish. Contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office for more specific recommendations and consultation. Few things will strike fear into the hearts of pasture and hayfield owners than knowing fall armyworms are on the march. These pests can quickly decimate a field of bermudagrass, fescue, pearl millet or several other crops and then disappear as quickly as they appeared. last_img read more

Container Gardens

first_imgContainer gardening is great for beginning gardeners. But remember, all plants need good soil and nutrients, whether they grow in a container or in the ground. Buying a commercial potting soil ensures the soil is clean and free of any plant disease-causing pathogens. Also, most potting soil sold at garden centers is designed to have good drainage and aeration. Store-bought soil isn’t just soilStore-bought potting soils are sometimes called “soilless mixtures” because they don’t contain soil. They are a combination of peat moss, vermiculite, perlite and finely ground pine bark. Perlite and pine bark help with drainage and aeration. Peat moss and vermiculite help retain water and nutrients. Combined properly, this mixture results is an environment that is moist and well-drained – ideal conditions for plant root growth. Many popular potting soils contain fertilizers, but these nutrients only last a short time. Do not fertilize container plants the first two to three weeks after planting if the potting soil label indicates it was amended with fertilizer. Nutrient levels usually drop after a few weeks because plants use them quickly and nutrients leach from the soil each time plants are watered. Container grown plants dry out faster than plants grown in gardens and require more frequent watering.The big threeMost commercial fertilizers contain the “big three” nutrients – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. These are required for plant growth in larger amounts than other nutrients. Most backyard gardens just need these three nutrients, since native soils usually have sufficient amounts of other minor nutrients. Potting mixtures don’t contain real soil so they often lack minor nutrients like calcium, magnesium, sulfur and iron. This can cause container-grown plants to turn yellow from lack of iron, magnesium or sulfur. Many container plants also get blossom end rot on the bottom of the fruit. This is a classic symptom of a calcium deficiency. Plants may appear stunted because their growth will be limited by the lack of nutrients.The solution is simple—fertilize container-grown vegetables. Select a premium grade fertilizer that contains both major and minor nutrients. You can also add dolomitic lime to the potting mixture at planting as it contains both calcium and magnesium. Some gardeners use Epsom salt to add magnesium to their soil. Don’t use both. Apply one-half tablespoon of lime per gallon of mixture. Follow fertilizer directionsIf you use dry fertilizer, apply it every three to four weeks. One-half teaspoon of fertilizer per gallon of soil mixture spread evenly on the soil surface is usually adequate for each application. If you use liquid-soluble fertilizer solution, follow the labeled application rates. Do not apply too much or too frequently as this can lead to excess nitrogen. Too much nitrogen can cause vigorous leaf and shoot growth, but few blooms or fruit. For more information, see the UGA Extension factsheet “Gardening in Containers” at read more

Georgia Drought

first_img“This is definitely a below-average season. Up to 30 percent of our rain in the summer comes from tropical systems. When we don’t have those storms come over, we’re more likely to go into a drought,” Knox said.For more information about drought in the United States, go to A summer drought combined with scorching temperatures have Georgia farmers feeling the heat, says University of Georgia’s agricultural climatologist Pam Knox.“Now that the temperatures have risen and we’re still not getting rain, it’s really put a lot more stress on the crops,” Knox said. “Looks like there’s not a whole lot of relief in sight anytime soon.”Parts of Georgia have been classified as D2 — in severe drought — by the Drought Monitor, an organization that tracks the country’s rain deficits. That classification includes Alma in south central Georgia, an area thriving in blueberry production, but one that had endured a record-low amount of rainfall last month. Knox said Alma recorded less than half an inch of rain in July.Another drought-ridden part of Georgia include areas southwest of Tifton, in which crops have deteriorated rapidly in recent weeks, says Knox.The summer drought is having a detrimental impact on summer crops. Scott Monfort, a peanut agronomist based on the UGA Tifton Campus, said about half of Georgia’s 590,000 acres are farmed on irrigated land. Farmers with non-irrigated peanuts, however, could feel the pinch once harvest season begins in September if it doesn’t rain soon.“I think we’ll see our harvest a little under what it has been, not as great as we’ve seen,” Monfort said, referring to 2012-13 when yields were the best the state has ever seen. “It’s just real spotty where we’ve gotten rain. In a couple of locations, we’re telling our growers to watch what they put into it because they might not get it back out.”Monfort said peanuts will start being harvested around the third week of September and continue as late as Thanksgiving for crops planted the end of May through the first of June.Georgia cotton farmers expect a productive harvest despite the prolonged drought. UGA Extension cotton agronomist Guy Collins said the USDA is predicting 967 pounds per acre, though Collins believes that number is a little high.“We’ve got some really good looking cotton and some that’s struggled. Last year, the cotton was so water-logged, it was poor. But this year has been more of a typical year for us so far. There’s always some drought stress at some point in the game so our growers are used to dealing with it,” he said.Georgia growers planted 1.45 million acres of cotton this year.The recent heat wave has also taken its toll on vegetable producers who are trying to get their fall crop in the ground, says UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences vegetable horticulturist Tim Coolong.“People are trying to get transplants into plastic and get them established. This heat last week has been an issue,” Coolong said. “People are having to run irrigation to wet the beds before planting. They normally do that anyway but they’re having to do it a little more now and then really keep the water on the plants.” Since most Georgia grown vegetables are heavily irrigated, the lack of rainfall has reduced the potential for some diseases.Contributing to Georgia’s severe drought is the lack of tropical systems coming up from the Gulf of Mexico.last_img read more