Victoria Clark, Kelli O’Hara & Matthew Morrison Set for Piazza Reunion Concert

first_imgVictoria Clark & Kelli O’Hara in ‘The Light in the Piazza’Photo: Joan Marcus View Comments Statues, stories, and a particularly windborne hat will return to Lincoln Center for one night only. Kelli O’Hara, Victoria Clark, Matthew Morrison and more are set to appear at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on April 4 for a concert presentation of The Light in the Piazza, commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas musical’s Broadway bow.The trio reunites for the benefit performance after headlining the original Bartlett Sher production. Since then, O’Hara has returned to the Beaumont twice and won a Tony for her current performance in The King and I, Clark earned nominations for Sister Act, Cinderella and Gigi, and Morrison recently concluded his run in Finding Neverland.Several members of the original Broadway cast—including Patti Cohenour, Michael Berresse, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Mark Harelik, Felicity LaFortune and Joseph Siravo—will also take the stage for the special event.Based on the 1960 novella by Elizabeth Spencer (which in turn inspired the 1962 film adaptation), The Light in the Piazza follows Margaret (Clark) and Clara (O’Hara), a mother and daughter from North Carolina who travel to Florence. Clara quickly falls in love with Fabrizio (Morrison), a young Italian man. As their relationship blossoms, Margaret must cope with letting go of both her daughter and a dark family secret (involving a Shetland pony).The Light in the Piazza opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on April 18, 2005. That June, the musical won six Tony Awards, including Best Score for Guettel and Best Actress in a Musical for Clark. The show marked the beginning of O’Hara’s relationship with Sher and Lincoln Center, as well as her first Tony nomination.last_img read more

Law resigns from Windies Head Coach post

first_img– to complete India/Bangladesh seriesThe Windies’ Senior Men’s Team will be searching for a new coach, because Stuart Law has resigned from his position as Head Coach to take on a new role at Middlesex Cricket Club in January 2019.Stuart LawLaw, who took over as Head Coach in February 2017, vacates his post after guiding the Test team to series wins against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, and the ODI T,eam through the ICC World Cup Qualifiers and into the 2019 Cricket World Cup.The former Australia batsman also oversaw the first Windies Test Match win in England for 17 years, when they beat the hosts by five wickets at Headingly.Law would however continue in his role for the upcoming away series against India and Bangladesh, but will leave to take up his new responsibilities in the new year.Law has stated, “I have had to make the difficult decision to leave my role of Head Coach with CWI. It has been very enjoyable, and I believe we have made tremendous strides forward as a team during the past 2 years. I would like to thank the players, staff and the fans for their support over this period, I have appreciated it greatly. I will be taking a role with Middlesex CCC, which will keep me close to my family whilst continuing within the cricket family. I wish the players and staff of CWI every success in the future.”Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams, said: “While I regret his leaving and the timing of it, I fully understand his reasons; and along with everyone at Cricket West Indies (CWI), I want to thank him for his dedication and commitment whilst in the role, and wish him the very best of luck at Middlesex.”CWI’s Chief Executive Johnny Grave commented, “I am disappointed that Stuart is leaving, as I believe that we have made real progress under his leadership.  I know it was a difficult decision for him, and that ultimately the opportunity to work in England, where his family is now based, was a major factor in his decision.  We will start the process to appoint a new Head Coach immediately.” (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

Jumah enjoys emphatic win in Germany

first_imgDeion Jumah made an emphatic return to the ring by stopping Josef Krivka in the second round in Oldenburg, Germany.Out of action for more than a year because of injury and illness, the 25-year-old West Londoner – twice an ABA champion – was also fighting for the first time at light-heavyweight, having decided to move down from cruiserweight.His strength was evident as he floored his Czech opponent four times before the referee eventually called a halt to the contest.Jumah, trained by George Groves’ former coach and manager Adam Booth, has won his first four professional bouts at a canter and this was his second stoppage.“It’s great to be back and I was really pleased with my performance,” he said.“I would have liked to have been in there longer. I wasn’t looking for the stoppage, but I can’t complain.“There were certain shots I wanted to land. I had a lot of success with the left uppercut to the body.“In the second round I decided to change it up. I caught him with a right hook, left cross to the head, he went down, and the referee decided to call it a night. Now it’s on to the next one.”See also:Jumah set for British pro debutFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africans, help brand your country!

first_img1 June 2011The International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) has called on ordinary South Africans to help SA compete globally by building the country’s image and brand, and do their bit to put an end to misconceptions about the country at home and abroad.The body, which is responsible for marketing South Africa domestically and abroad, has appealed to all citizens, including business and the government, to rally behind Brand South Africa through the demonstration of ubuntu, innovation, creativity, sustainability, diversity and possibility, the five pillars of Brand South Africa.This and other pertinent issues highlighting the need for patriotism were discussed with entrepreneurs, chief executives, the government, leaders of civil society and the like at a one-day stakeholder summit in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The meeting was the first of a series of provincial summits that have been planned for the rest of the year. Limpopo province is next on the list.Dina Pule, the deputy minister in the Presidency, said the branding of South Africa was no longer a choice, but a necessity which required the concerted effort of all stakeholders to achieve “any real measure of success”.Because of the rapid advancement of globalisation, South Africa needed to fight for its share of attention and respect from the international media, governments and citizens of other countries. Pule said the country ought to re-shape its national identity to compete with other nations for power, prestige, influence and wealth, while attracting tourism and investment and creating jobs.Team South AfricaChichi Maponya, the IMC board deputy chairman, said every South African should embrace the concept of building and enhancing the nation’s brand. She urged every citizen to rally behind Team South Africa, and help the IMC to fulfil its mandate. “A nation brand is a promise made. A successful nation brand is one that is kept,” she said.Maponya encouraged all South Africans to act as national ambassadors and help debunk myths about the country, while creating new perceptions. “A nation’s brand is key to its success irrespective whether it is an advanced or developing economy,” she said.The IMC’s primary role is to develop and implement a pro-active marketing, communication and reputation management strategy for the country. It aims to attract investment and enhance tourism, trade and business with the international community. Its long-term goals include making South Africa a top 20 brand and a top 30 globally competitive nation by 2020.“To achieve this we need every member of Team SA to align their business and marketing strategies as far as possible with the objectives of building a strong, reputable nation brand for South Africa,” said Maponya.She noted that the inclusion of South Africa in the BRICS alliance of emerging countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – placed the nation at the “cutting edge of a new global paradigm, which could help reach consensus on issues such as trade, poverty reduction, the global financial system, and the growing tensions around limited resources”.Brand South AfricaThe IMC board chairman, Anitha Soni, said rallying behind Brand South Africa was “easy”.“Share your innovations and creativity, partner with brand South Africa on their programmes. Create sustainable initiatives that depict who we are as a nation, and what the future we co-create looks like. Build South Africa for us to live and develop in, a South Africa known internationally for its ability to easily do business with and ultimately a South Africa with a sustainable competitive advantage,” Soni explained.The IMC was established in 2002 as an agency of the state charged with creating a positive image of South Africa.It has several ways that people can help make South Africa great:Create the reality of global competitiveness;Identify and leverage symbolic events, people and places to communicate South Africa’s identity and reputation;Provide clear, believable and positive communication of what South Africa really is, what it stands for and its vision;Stimulate relevant and critical innovations;Create harmony and co-ordination to tell the same powerful, believable and interesting story about South Africa; andNourish confidence, pride, harmony, ambition and national resolve to enhance the national Active Citizenship Mobilisation Campaign.Source: City of Johannesbrglast_img read more

Celebrating Freedom Day – The Mark That Made a Difference

first_imgCelebrating Freedom Day – The Mark That Made a Difference Johannesburg, Wednesday 25 April 2018 – South Africa celebrates Freedom Day on the 27th April to mark the emancipation of the country and its people from apartheid. In 1994 on 27th April the first democratic election was held in South Africa, this paved the way towards a new democracy and a new constitution for the country.Remembering the mark that made a difference in 1994, Brand South Africa’s Constitutional Awareness programme, in collaboration with Freedom Park, will host intergenerational dialogues, in order to inspire constitutionalism, tolerance and constructive expression #makeyourmark.Ahead of Freedom Day on 27th April 2018, Brand South Africa will encourage youth participation in the Freedom Day programme and other days of national significance to guide in constructing an intergenerational future for the country through the lessons of the past.Brand South Africa is also driving dialogues on social media platform through its campaign – The Mark That Made a Difference #makeyourmark on the progress South Africa has made in the past 24 years.Under the theme – “Our Freedom Charter, Constitution: The Bill of Rights, the fundamental rights of every South African”The Freedom Day programme will run as follows;Freedom Park’s Intergenerational DialogueThe Intergenerational Dialogue will create an engaging and interactive platform with the Stalwarts of Freedom to share, discuss and educate the youth and students, the road the people and this country has travelled to shape the remarkably unique, detailed and inclusive constitution including our Bill of Rights, that we now enjoy.Date: Thursday, 26 April 2018Time:  10:00am until 14:00pmVenue:  Freedom Park, The Sanctuary venue in the Park Film Screening of Long Walk to Freedom An outdoor film screening of Long Walk to Freedom, which will be free to the public. The remarkable life of South African revolutionary, late former president and world icon Nelson Mandela takes center stage. From humble beginnings as a herd boy in a rural village to became involved in the anti-apartheid movement and co-founded the African National Congress Youth LeagueDate: Friday, 27 April 2018Time:  12h00pm gates openVenue:  Freedom Park, The Sanctuary venue in the Park#Singabantu Fundraising Fashion show#Singabantu – We are human is an Afro phobia awareness short film shot in the remains of a Rosettenville house burnt to the ground during service delivery protests that turned into a nationwide wave of Afro phobic attacks. The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Plural plus award-winning web-film calls for unity, love and tolerance. The web-film was produced by a Play Your Part Ambassador, Sophie Kanza, from the Sophie Kanza Foundation, in collaboration with youth from various African countries, living in South Africa. The web-film is aligned to and has the support of Brand South Africa’s #INSPIREDBYMYCONSTITUTION campaign.Date: Saturday, 28 April 2018Time:  18:30pm for 19:00pmVenue:  Asanka Resturant Cnr and, Rivonia Rd & Mutual Rd, Sandton, 2128Speaking on the objectives of the programme, Brand South Africa’s Stakeholder Relations Manager for Government, Ms Toni Gumede said; “we trust the Freedom Day programme will highlight the fruits of Freedom and popularise the Constitution as well as inspire active citizenship, intergenerational conversations and urge the youth and all citizens to #makeyourmark”.Join and follow the conversations on The Mark That Made a Difference #makeyourmark BrandSouthAfrica and @Brand_SAlast_img read more

Sound Editing vs. Sound Mixing: What’s the Difference?

first_imgSound editing and sound mixing are wildly different professions, and each plays a key role in post-production.Top image via Shutterstock.With the Oscars right around the corner, the Academy will soon honor some of the industry’s top mixers and editors with the coveted Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing awards. To the naked eye (or ear), the distinction between the two might seem arbitrary. However, the two couldn’t be more different, and each plays a critical role in creating an enjoyable cinematic experience. Let’s take a look at what each role entails.Sound EditingImage via Warner Bros.Sound editing for films with substantial budgets usually involves more than one person. There are dozens of different roles involved with finding, recording, and picking the right sounds for a movie. The lead sound editor is in charge of the sound design for the film, and he or she assigns roles as necessary. To put it plainly: this person decides what you hear in movies.The sound editor is in charge of choosing the right sound effects, dialogue, ADR, foley effects, and music — as well as assembling all the pieces into the film’s final cut. Once all the elements are in place, the next step is mixing and blending levels.While working on the sound effects for Interstellar, for example, foley artists under lead sound editor Richard King recorded a “robot’s” footsteps by attaching metal blocks to a pair of shoes and walking in an empty airplane. Because duh. Richard King would later go on to earn an Oscar nomination for his work on the film.This year’s Oscar nominees for Best Sound Editing are La La Land, Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Deepwater Horizon, and Sully.Sound MixingImage via Disney.Following the VFX, editing, sound editing, and other post-production processes, the sound mixer tweaks levels on every audio file — a tedious but crucial process that affects everything the audience hears, including dialogue, sound effects, foley effects, and the score. So when you hear a bullet whiz by the main character’s ear followed by a gasp (and subtle music in the background), you’re listening to the sound mixer’s work.While they were making the awards-circuit rounds, Mad Max: Fury Road and Bridge of Spies sound editors and sound mixers stopped by BAFTA Guru to discuss the challenges they faced while working on these films. Their efforts are often collaborations between the sound department, the director, and the cinematographer to get microphones where they need to be for every shot. Oscar-winning Supervising Sound Editor Mark A. Mangini (Mad Max, Bridge of Spies) sums up the importance of good sound editing and mixing:There are times I really believe it is the sound that’s helping give you focus. The sound kind of tells you where to look and tells a bit of the story.This year’s Best Sound Mixing nominees include La La Land, Hacksaw Ridge, Arrival, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.What are some memorable sound editing and mixing efforts in recent memory? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Beaten Pacquiao to ‘think hard’ about retiring

first_imgPacquiao briefly retired from boxing last year to pursue his long-held political ambitions and was elected senator. But he quickly made a successful comeback against Jessie Vargas in November, saying he still felt like a youngster.The 29-year-old Horn’s ultra-aggressive style proved too much for Pacquiao, with the three judges scoring the fight 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 to the Australian after 12 rounds.On Monday, Pacquiao made disparaging comments about his opponent.“He’s not really good but he’s really strong,” Pacquiao said of Horn, as he questioned the decisions of American referee Mark Nelson.“There is no problem with the style of Jeff Horn if he plays dirty, because there is a referee,” Pacquiao said.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lakers ink rookie Ball to four-year deal Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, left, and Jeff Horn of Australia fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. APEight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has said he will “think hard” about retiring after his stunning and controversial defeat to unheralded Australian challenger Jeff Horn.Arriving home in the Philippines a day after losing his World Boxing Organization welterweight title in a major upset in Brisbane on Sunday, the 38-year-old Pacquiao said he was thinking about hanging up his gloves for good.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “I am also considering the opinion of people, the opinion of my family and my body,” Pacquiao told ABS-CBN television on Monday night when asked about retirement.“I plan to relax first and recover from the pains in my body and then after that, when I have already relaxed, that’s when I will think hard about it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsImmediately after the fight, Pacquiao had said he wanted a rematch with Horn.Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee, and his trainer, Freddie Roach, had said they would advise him to quit boxing after a phenomenal 22-year professional career in which he won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games “The problem here is that the referee, I don’t know if he did it deliberately or he just did not have experience, he just allowed it and did not even give any warning for how many times. It’s as if the referee wanted to help my opponent.”RELATED STORIESRoach mulls retirement for PacquiaoPacquiao: I won by 4-5 roundsSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View commentslast_img read more

Florida Georgia Line To Perform At Stars For Second Harvest Benefit

first_imgO’Charley’s and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee will celebrate the 10th annual Stars For Second Harvest benefit on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.Presented by O’Charley’s and hosted by acclaimed hit songwriter Craig Wiseman, the show will feature unplugged acoustic style performances by some of country music’s most acclaimed songwriters and performers.This year’s benefit will feature the award-winning duo Florida Georgia Line – Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) and Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida) – for the third time.FGL has had an impressive year, racking up awards from the Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Television Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and the American Music Awards. With releasing four consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes in the US and Canada with the GOLD-certified hits “Stay” and “Round Here,” PLATINUM-certified “Get Your Shine On” and 6X PLATINUM “Cruise,” these two are excited to use their success to join Wiseman in fighting hunger.“We’ve been so incredibly blessed this past year and have always wanted to make it bigger than the music. To have the opportunity to give back and help feed the hungry in our community is an honor.” says Kelley.Hubbard adds, “Hopefully we will help sell out this show and all come together to raise a lot of money for such a great cause!”This year there will be an incredible “VIP Experience” added to the show. The “VIP Experience” tickets will be sold for $250 and will include premium seating, a meet and greet with Florida Georgia Line and other performers, as well as a special 10th Anniversary gift bag. There are only 50 “VIP Experience” tickets available with an 8 per person limit. To purchase a “VIP Experience” ticket please visit Ticketmaster at Don’t delay as these will sell out fast!Concert tickets are on-sale now for $35.00 plus applicable service charges and are available via Ticketmaster outlets,, Ryman box office,, or by calling 800-745-3000. For $50.00 preferred seating tickets, please contact Second Harvest Food Bank at 615-329-3491.Proceeds from the concert benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in their efforts to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. For more information, visit read more

The Knicks Cant Even Get The Draft Lottery Right

YEARORIGINAL PICKKEY PLAYER*PLAYER WIN SHARES WITH KNICKSPLAYER STILL WITH KNICKS? When the Knicks actually make picks, they tend to draft pretty well. They’ve made 12 first-round selections since 2001, and many of them, including Nenê and Kristaps Porzingis, have turned out to be pretty good or even great picks. But the Knicks traded a lot of those guys away and got relatively little in return.Holding onto picks before the draft is one step out of this downward spiral for the Knicks. Holding onto them after will be another. In the meantime, a little bit of luck with the pingpong balls at tonight’s lottery won’t hurt.Check out our latest NBA predictions. PICK TRADED FOR … 20167Andrea Bargnani**2 200118Glen Rice6 Let that sink in for a moment. Over the past 16 years, the only teams with worse average draft position than the Knicks were the Spurs, Mavericks, Heat, Lakers and Pacers. These are all successful teams that generally picked late because they were good at basketball. Not surprisingly, the Knicks own the largest average discrepancy between where they should have picked in the draft and where they actually picked.Bad lottery luck has played a part. Since winning the Ewing sweepstakes in 1985, the Knicks haven’t moved up a single draft spot via the lottery — that is, when they’ve been one of the teams in the lottery, the drawing hasn’t led to them picking any earlier than they would have if draft order were determined by record alone. They fell four spots in 1986, three in 1987,5This knocked New York out of the top three, which, under the terms of a previous trade agreement, enabled Seattle to swap first-rounders with the Knicks and draft Scottie Pippen. one in 2008 and two in 2015. The only other time a pick that would have belonged to the Knicks landed among the top three in the lottery, New York had given Chicago the rights to that spot under the terms of the Eddy Curry trade. (The Bulls selected LaMarcus Aldridge second overall in 2006.)And that’s really the bigger problem. Most of the damage the Knicks have suffered was self-inflicted. In the 16 drafts since the infamous Ewing-to-Seattle deal in 2000, the team has worsened its own position eight times by either trading away the rights to its top pick or allowing another team to swap first-round spots.6This includes drafts in which the Knicks still picked in the first round but the terms of a deal caused them to pick later than they would have otherwise. Houston had the option to swap 2011 first-round picks with the Knicks via the Tracy McGrady deal but did not do so, so that is not included. In five cases, the pick New York gave up became a lottery spot, including the pick the Bulls used to draft Aldridge in 2006. And even when the Knicks hang onto their first-round pick until draft night, they can still manage to lose it: In 2002, they drafted Nenê with a lottery pick, then traded him away that same night for Antonio McDyess, who delivered the Knicks 0.6 win shares over 18 games before being packaged for Stephon Marbury.7Nenê, meanwhile, has produced 69.3 regular-season win shares over 15 seasons.The Nenê trade isn’t the exception, either. For the most part, all this wheeling and dealing has left New York no better off than they were when they started. Update (May 16, 9:20 p.m.): After the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night, the Knicks are now slated to pick eighth; they would have gotten the seventh pick if draft order were decided by record alone.When the NBA holds its annual draft lottery tonight, the New York Knicks will have a 5.3 percent chance of winning the top pick in next month’s draft and an 18.3 percent chance of landing in the top three. Their fans will be keeping their fingers crossed for a little good news — for once.Since trading franchise icon Patrick Ewing before the 2000-01 season, the Knicks have won one playoff series and amassed the league’s third-worst regular-season record.1Through the 2016-17 season. Coming into this season, the Knicks had the 4th-worst regular-season record since 2000-01. Fans of dreadful teams can usually cling to the likelihood of high draft picks and the hope for the future they bring. But the Knicks have managed to bungle that too.I compared teams’ regular-season performance2In terms of average regular-season rank at season’s end, which is the primary basis for determining draft order. For the first four seasons of my analysis, the NBA had 29 teams. I adjusted those ranks to 30-team equivalents. I adjusted for ties too; if two teams were tied for the 5th-best record, for example, I assigned both a rank of 5.5. These adjustments help normalize rankings. to their average position in the drafts following each of the 16 seasons from 2000-01 through 2015-16.3Based on which team officially made each selection on draft night. Team averages include drafts in which they had no first-round picks, either because of trades or violations. I captured franchise history according to official records, so the Hornets’ 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons belong to Charlotte, not New Orleans. I assigned the 2002 draft to New Orleans. As a result, Charlotte has 14 seasons and 14 drafts from the 2000-01 season through the 2016 draft, while New Orleans has 14 seasons and 15 drafts. All other teams have 16 seasons and 16 drafts. In general, good teams should have bad picks and bad teams should have good picks. That’s how the system’s designed, after all. If your team stinks, at least you have a shot at the best players in the draft.As one of the worst teams in the NBA since 2000-01,4In terms of average rank at the end of the regular season, the Knicks were worst in the NBA from 2000-01 through 2016-17 and 3rd-worst from 2000-01 through 2015-16. (As noted, ranks are adjusted for ties and number of teams.) the Knicks should have had one of the best average draft positions. Instead, New York’s front office fumbled its way to the 6th-worst average in the league, combining on-court ineptitude with draft-night hopelessness. 201412Carmelo Anthony44✓ 20079Eddy Curry9 20027Antonio McDyess1 200416Stephon Marbury28 20062Eddy Curry9 *All trades involved multiple players.**The Knicks gave Denver the right to swap 2016 first-round picks in the Anthony trade. They traded away the pick entirely in the Bargnani trade.Source: The Knicks have stunk at trading first-round draft picks since 2001 201216Tracy McGrady0 20109Stephon Marbury28 read more