Watch Idina Menzel Perform from Her New Album

first_img Star Files She’s slaying like the Queen of Swords, Frozen’s Elsa, Wicked’s Elphaba and Rent’s Maureen combined! Tony winner Idina Menzel is (still!) having a major moment, what with the release of her new album idina. on September 23 and filling Bette Midler’s shoes in Lifetime’s forthcoming TV remake of the beloved film Beaches. The Broadway favorite appeared on The Today Show on September 22 to discuss how honest her record is about the past two years of her life and how fans will feel about her role in Beaches. “People are either going to love or hate me for it,” Menzel said. Well, we always love an extra dose of Idina! Check out the interview and her “Queen of Swords” performance below! Idina Menzel View Comments Idina Menzellast_img read more

Watch Bernadette Peters Screaming in a Gondola in Mozart in the Jungle

first_img View Comments The new season of the Golden Globe-winning Mozart in the Jungle will capture the scenic majesty of Venice, from the Grand Canal to Teatro La Fenice to Bernadette Peters shouting in a moving gondola. With the New York symphony on strike after a lockout, maestro Rodrigo (Gael García Bernal) travels to Italy for inspiration. It’s there he encounters a glamorous soprano (played by Monica Bellucci), threatens to throw his phone off a roof and gets in a shouting match with Gloria (Peters) in the aforementioned gondola. Check it all out in the new trailer, which also features an angry Debra Monk, below. The new season, which will include appearances by legendary tenor Plácido Domingo and composer Nico Muhly, will be available to stream on Amazon Prime on December 9. Bernadette Peterslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Andrew Rannells’ Least Favorite Hedwig (It’s Not Darren Criss) & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Andrew Rannells Throws ShadeStage and screen fave Andrew Rannells will appear in the final season of HBO’s Girls beginning on February 12. Since Falsettos closed, we’re excited to have a weekly dose of the Tony nominee. He recently stopped by Watch What Happens Live, where host Andy Cohen had Rannells take questions from Little Shady Frannie (think Little Orphan Annie, only shady and nasty). Frannie slung shade left and right (“What’s the worst Hamilton song? I know there are so many!”), but Rannells remained like class in a glass—save for one amazing zinger. When asked about the worst person to play Hedwig on Broadway, Rannells threw out a legendary quip. Take a look below! Andrew Rannells (Photo: Charles Sykes/Bravo) John Lithgow & Anna Kendrick Are Hanging OutVariety reports that two-time Tony winner John Lithgow will appear in Pitch Perfect 3, set to hit theaters on December 22. As reported, Skylar Astin and his aca-awesome guy gang will not appear in this installment, but original stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp and Brittany Snow are back at it. So the question is: Will Lithgow sing? We hope he gives the people what they want!Carol Burnett Returns to the Small ScreenCarol Burnett is joining forces with Amy Poehler to produce a pilot for ABC, Variety reports. Created by Michael Saltzman and titled Household Name, the comedy focuses on a family that has the opportunity to live in the house of their dreams—along with its batty previous owner, an over-the-top actress to be played by Burnett. Basically, it sounds like one of our wildest dreams come to life, so we can’t wait.Once Upon a Time Gets a Musical EpisodeThe play’s musical’s the thing! Following in the footsteps (or perhaps cape flaps) of Supergirl and The Flash, ABC’s Once Upon a Time will air a musical episode during its sixth season. According to Entertainment Weekly, further details about the episode are slated to come out in the spring, but stars Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin apparently have musical backgrounds. Once Upon a Time’s new season premieres on March 5.Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite Inspires FilmThree-time Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Neil Simon’s play Plaza Suite will serve as the inspiration for Paramount’s The Villas, Deadline reports. Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit will pen the film, which will chronicle several relationships taking place at the same hotel, or in this version, a collection of villas in Las Vegas.P.S. The Book of Mormon Tony nominee (and Beauty and the Beast star) Josh Gad has made another musical number for Donald Trump’s campaign manager turned White House advisor Kellyanne Conway. This time, he’s reverting back to his Elder Cunningham persona to put a political twist on “Making Things Up Again” from the Tony-winning show. I’m a man of my word. #youremakingthingsupagainconway NSFW Enjoy before the state department pulls it down. pic.twitter.com/LRlfxQ8XUu— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 3, 2017last_img read more

Trend-Spotting in the Wild Garden

first_imgSome of us are clearly out of our comfort zone. We want to stay with our hunting andfishing constituents. That’s where some of our top-down planning has had major impact. Forexample, deer, turkey and beaver have thrived as a result of reintroduction to habitatswhere those animals had been driven out. Now these species need more management than ever.But the urban backyard is a confusing new frontier for us to respond to.This frontier is most frustrating when constituents have clashing values. Few peopleobject to rat and mouse control. And no one objects to having more hummingbirds.But it’s whatBob Warren, one of my research colleagues, calls “charismatic megafauna” (i.e.,big animals people like) that cause the biggest problems.Urban deer and alligators are both megafauna, but deer cause more headaches. That’sbecause people are more divided over what to do with charismatic “Bambi” in thecity.Removing an urban alligator, on the other hand, generates few complaints. “Findingout what wildlife managers can do that’s acceptable to people with conflicting values is the challenge,”Bob says. I did a survey of University of Georgia Extension Service agents recently to see whatkinds of wildlife management are in demand.Surveys help spot trends to see what people want to know. They help us learn what kindsof animals are causing problems or creating opportunities.Here are some examples of the trends:Armadillo populations are exploding in south Georgia and expanding to the north. Theycause headaches for homeowners by digging up their lawns and gardens.Woodchucks are digging burrows and eating vegetables in backyards in the mountains.They’re expanding to the south.Deer are a new source of interest and conflict in suburbs statewide.One of the most stunning comparisons of information requested is between urban andrural areas. Extension agents in urban areas on average get far more calls about wildlifeof all kinds than their rural counterparts.Some people may think wildlife live on the farm or in the forest and that’s where theaction is. That’s true. But the biggest demand for wildlife management information comesfrom population centers.The people, not the animals, ask the questions. And most of these questions come fromthe fastest-growing wildlife habitat: backyards. There, some wildlife may be pests inbackyard agriculture. But backyard wildlife managers may encourage other species.Hummingbirds are a good example of an animal people want to help. Extension agentsreceive thousands of calls per year on hummingbirds, especially in urban areas. So dowildlife biologists.Terry Johnson of the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division told me the large majority ofnew sightings for the Rufous hummingbird come from populated areas.That’s because cities are where so many backyard managers tend their hummingbirdfeeders all winter in hopes of attracting this rare winter bird.”Backyard wildlife management is ‘the growth area.’ It’s just phenomenal,”Terry says. “Interest exceeds our ability to respond.”What do these trends mean to professional wildlife managers?last_img read more

Hurricane highlights

first_imgRemnants of three September hurricanes that ravaged Floridabrought areas in Georgia up to 8 inches of rain and 58mile-per-hour winds, according to data collected by the University ofGeorgia.The UGA Automated Environmental Monitoring Network is a networkof 60 weather stations across the state. The stations monitordaily rainfall and wind speeds and much more.Each station monitors air and soil temperature, relativehumidity, solar radiation, air pressure and wind direction. Theinformation is updated at least hourly and posted to thenetwork’s Web site (www.Georgiaweather.net). Over a half a foot of rainAccording to AEMN data, Frances brought the most rain to southGeorgia towns. The most rain from Frances fell on Tifton, wherethe system recorded 6.8 inches. The storm brought 6.4 inches toMcRae, 6.2 to Nahunta, 5.8 to Vidalia and 5.2 to Camilla andAlbany.The AEMN stations show that Ivan’s greatest rainfallconcentrations fell on central and north Georgia. Ellijay got themost rain (7.8 inches), while Alpharetta had 5.7 inches, Dunwoody5.5 and Georgetown 5.1. Atlanta had 4.1 inches from Ivan, andmetro-area cities like Griffin (4.4) and Duluth (4.3) got a bitmore.Jeanne brought 8.2 inches of rainfall to the south Georgia townof Homerville. Alapaha recorded 6.4 inches, Tifton 6.0 andJeffersonville recorded 5.7 inches. In central Georgia, Eatontonhad 5.6. Atlanta had 4.3.UGA professor Gerrit Hoogenboom said the AEMN weather stationsuse a much more sophisticated collecting system than backyardrain gauges.”Each weather site has a rain collecting cup that collectsone-hundredth of an inch of rain and then tips to empty,”Hoogenboom said. “The computer system records each tip todetermine how much rain fell on a given day at each site.” Winds up to 58 mphThe tropical weather systems Georgians endured also brought highwinds.Frances brought the strongest. AEMN-recorded wind speeds were58.3 mph in Cairo, 54.7 in Attapulgus, 49.3 in Vidalia and 47.5in Dixie, Dublin and Tifton.Ivan’s winds appeared strongest in north Georgia, where thesystem recorded winds at 56.5 mph in Atlanta, 52.9 inGainesville, 49.3 in Blairsville and 47.5 in Williamson.The last September storm, Jeanne, brought winds of 54.7 mph toCamilla, 52.9 to Albany, 49.3 to Alapaha and 47.6 to Atlanta.Attapulgus, Fort Valley and Tifton tied with 45.8 mph winds.Tropical weather systems are defined in part by the wind speedsthey produce, said State Climatologist David Stooksbury.”A tropical storm is one that has maximum sustained surface windspeeds between 39 and 73 mph. And a hurricane’s maximum sustainedwinds are 74 mph or more,” he said. “A tropical depression hasmaximum sustained surface wind speeds of 38 mph or less.”center_img Floods often the resultStooksbury says the damage a storm can cause is more importantthan what it’s technically called.”Alberto, in 1994, wasn’t a hurricane, but it totally flooded theFlint River Basin and caused a tremendous amount of damage,”Stooksbury said. “The take-home message in Georgia is theflooding these storms can cause.”The UGA weather network was developed in 1991. It’s thebrainchild of Hoogenboom, a faculty member with the UGA Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Hoogenboom’s original goal was to have one station at each ofUGA’s nine agricultural experiment stations. Thirteen years and60 weather stations later, Hoogenboom now hopes to eventuallyhave a station in every county.”The first weather stations were installed for UGA scientists touse for their research,” Hoogenboom said. “Now, every day we’rehearing of new, unique ways people are using the real-timeweather data we collect, from helping predict propane demand tohelping farmers know the right time to apply chemical controls.”last_img read more

Douglas Announces New Rx Drug Pool for Vermont

first_imgGovernor Douglas Announces New Rx Drug Pool for VermontMontpelier — Governor Jim Douglas has announced he will propose aprogram to help Vermont’s employers’ pool their purchasing power tonegotiate lower prescription drug prices for their employees.”This new pooling program will allow participating employers to affordprescription drug benefits for their employees by taking advantage of bulkpurchasing discounts,” the Governor said.Governor Douglas said this effort is modeled on the multi-state purchasingpool he formed with Michigan in 2003, the nation’s first successfulmulti-state buying pool for Medicaid drugs. This pool saved Vermont $2million in the last fiscal year and is expected to save $ 3 million thisyear.”This is exactly the kind of innovative thinking Vermont needs,” Douglassaid. “Just as we have done with the Multi-State Pool, this in-state poolis a creative way to enhance leverage with the nation’s largepharmaceutical companies, and use real pressure to drive down costs.”The formula for buying pools is simple; as participation in the pool growsso too does the savings. “I’m very excited about the potential of this new program. It is a goodway to put pressure on the drug industry and help drive down prescriptiondrug costs for employees,” Governor Douglas said.”This new bulk buying pool is a market-based solution to the increasingcost of pharmaceuticals, and as more states see that this is an effortthat works, just has it has in the multi-state pool, drug costs willdecline further.Governor Douglas stressed that pooling programs demonstrate that solutionsto the increasing cost of pharmaceuticals are not artificial price orgovernment-run health care. “These pooling programs prove that usingpurchasing power to lower costs can work, and there is no need forgovernment-run health care that empowers politicians rather thanpatients,” he said.Governor Douglas also reiterated his proposals to require health careplans to disclose drug prices to doctors and patients and offer valueprice alternatives for generic drugs.COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE REFORMThe Governor’s plan to help companies to pool together to negotiate forlower drug prices comes one week after Douglas presented his secondcomprehensive plan-A Prescription for a Healthy Vermont-for makingquality, affordable health care available to every Vermonter.By including the Fit and Healthy Kids and Chronic Care initiatives,long-term care reforms, a healthy aging initiative, prescription drugprice reduction efforts, and commitments to reducing substance abuse andencouraging healthy choices, Douglas has made comprehensive and long-termreform of Vermont’s health care delivery system and improving the overallhealth of Vermonters a central component of his plan to reduce health carecosts.”We need to do more than just change who pays the bill. If costs continueto increase at the current rate, it won’t matter what pocket the moneycomes from because they’ll all be empty,” the Governor has said. “That iswhy I have offered true reforms that tackle the root causes of risinghealth care costs, opens our system up to low cost options, encourageshealthy decisions and preventative care, and attacks health concerns attheir inception before they develop into more serious and costlyailments.”Douglas says Vermont needs to maintain a patient-centered system thatoffers more individual choice and keeps health care decisions in the handsof patients and doctors, not government bureaucrats.To lower the cost of health insurance, Governor Douglas proposed a planthat would immediately reduce premiums by 15 percent for every Vermonterwith an individual insurance plan; offer low and middle income Vermontersa premium discount of up to 60 percent; reduce, by up to 50 percent, thecost for a small business to start providing insurance to employees; anddecrease the number of uninsured Vermonters by 20 percent in the firstyear alone.”But we won’t stop there,” Douglas stressed. “I will work every year tomake progress toward our goal of affordable and accessible health care foreveryone.”last_img read more

SIT Receives $50,000 Anonymous Gift for Scholarship for Women

first_imgSIT Receives $50,000 Anonymous Gift for Scholarship for WomenScholarship Honors Dr. Karen BlanchardBRATTLEBORO — An anonymous donor recently gave $50,000 to the School for International Training (SIT) to endow a new scholarship in honor of SIT Associate Professor Karen Blanchard. The Karen Stromgren Blanchard Scholarship for Women is designated for women who wish to undertake graduate or professional development work in SITs intercultural leadership program. The school offers a broad array of studies in nonprofit leadership and management, ranging from sustainable development to conflict transformation and international education.Blanchard, who earned her Ph.D. at the California Institute of Integral Studies, has taught at SIT since 1988. “It’s a very kind, sweet, humbling gift,” said Blanchard, “and it will be a great help to deserving women who want to participate in our programs.” Blanchard, who will be involved in the selection of scholarship recipients, said that women following in the footsteps of recent Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai will be top candidates. Maathai, an environmentalist and advocate for social change, is also a trustee of World Learning, SIT’s parent organization. Long before Wangari received the Nobel Prize, she was a grassroots activist who believed that change was possible, Blanchard said.”This gift is a wonderful testament to the impact Karen Blanchard is making on so many students who come to SIT for the unique education the school provides,” said Carol Bellamy, former director of UNICEF and new president of World Learning and SIT. “The generosity of this anonymous donor guarantees that Karen’s commitment to making a difference in the world will be realized for many years to come.For more information contact Ellen A. Holmes, VP for Development, at 802/258-3139 or email giving@worldlearning.org(link sends e-mail).Note: A digital photo to go with this press release can be requested from bob.lawson@sit.edu(link sends e-mail).- 30 –last_img read more

State Archives and Public Records to consolidate services in Middlesex

first_imgSecretary of State Deb Markowitz announced today that the Redstone offices of the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (VSARA) will be moving to the record center on Route 2 in Middlesex.  The move, which will occur during the week of March 9th, is part of an ongoing effort to consolidate and improve the services of VSARA. Last year the legislature passed a law that transferred the functions of the Public Records Division to the Archives Division of the Secretary of State s Office, said Markowitz.  This creates a single, professional voice for advising agencies on the management of their records from point of creation to final disposition, thus increasing efficiency and improving service.During this transition, some disruption in services is anticipated.  On March 9th and 10th, limited notary and administrative procedure act services will be available at Redstone, but the reference room will be closed.  The Middlesex vital records services will be open on a limited basis on the 9th and 10th.  Both operations will be closed from Wednesday, March 11th until Monday, March 16th. Certain records, including legislative committee, gubernatorial, surveyor general, and Manuscript Vermont State Papers records will remain at Redstone until new vault facilities are completed at Middlesex.  These records are available for review by appointment only by calling (802) 828-2308.For more information about the services provided by the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, visit our website at http://vermont-archives.org/(link is external)Source: Vermont Secretary of Statelast_img read more

Illuzzi statement lays out reasons for fixing UI Trust Fund now

first_imgVermont’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund has been operating in a deficit since January. The federal government is lending the state money – at zero percent – since that time. Estimates are that before the economy recovers and the UI fund begins to recover on its own as fewer and fewer people file unemployment claims, the UI fund deficit could reach $300 million or more. While the federal government ensures that unemployment compensation is paid, there is also no guarantee that the federal government will continue to loan states money interest free.Everyone in Montpelier agrees that the UI Trust Fund is in the red now because it was underfunded for many years when the economy was doing well. Once the recession hit, the fund was quickly drained. But not everyone agrees on how to fix the problem. There is some consensus that employers will have to pitch in more and that beneficiaries will have to receive less. But that notion is not universal. Given the difficult time legislators are having trying to balance the General Fund budget, they have had a difficult time also securing a solution to the UI fund deficit. State Senator Vince Illuzzi, chairman of the Economic Development, Housing & General Affairs Committee, is urging action this legislative session before the situation gets worse.Statement Of Senator Vince IlluzziUnemployment Insurance Trust FundPress ConferenceThursday, April 15, 2010One of the most important issues that must be resolved before the General Assembly adjourns is fixing the bankrupt Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.It’s a priority for the 23,800 employers who support the system. If we fail to act, Vermont employers will face additional and otherwise unnecessary penalty payroll taxes.It’s a priority for all Vermonters who depend on state programs and services. If we as a state are forced by inaction to spend even more money to pay interest on the additional money we must borrow from the federal government, that means we will need to further cut state programs and services or raise taxes. Both options are unacceptable.Every legislator and the Governor need to ensure that this issue is addressed this year in a meaningful and substantive way. We can’t afford to kick the can down the road for a second year in a row.If the General Fund was expected to be in the red to the tune of $284 million, there would be alarm bells going off all over the place. A crisis mentality would set in. The same alarms should be going off with regarding to the UI trust fund.Any time you have any state program expected to run almost $300 million in the red – in this case regarding a state program that is already bankrupt – it’s clear that immediate action is warranted on the part of all the key players. We have a crisis in the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.The businesses that are represented by the organizations whose leaders are with me today are prepared to step up to the plate and do their part to fix the problem. They know that paying more now will avoid paying even more later.My committee has made the first volley on this issue in the form of S. 290, a bill that is tough on everyone. Like any bill that is introduced, it’s a starting point with a few controversial provisions. There’s something in that bill for everyone to hate.Since the time that this press conference was planned earlier this week, I understand a meeting is now scheduled between the Governor, the Speaker and the President Pro Tem. That’s positive news, and I hope the next step in moving this issue forward in a meaningful way toward a substantive resolution in the next few weeks.Thank you.Source: State Senator Illuzzi, R-Essex-Orleans.-30-last_img read more

CCV to lease new building in downtown Rutland

first_imgOn Thursday, June 3, the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees approved a resolution that authorizes the Community College of Vermont (CCV) to enter a lease agreement with DEW Construction Corporation of Williston, Vermont to design and build a new academic facility for CCV in Rutland.  The facility will be located on the corner of Wales and West Streets, and will be a 30,000 square foot building.  CCV will lease the facility from DEW, with occupancy scheduled for August 1, 2011.  The new building will replace CCV’s current location at 24 Evelyn Street, where CCV has leased 12,000 square feet of classroom and office space since 1999.CCV President Joyce Judy stated that “Rutland is CCV’s second largest location, and it is the fastest growing location in the college.”  CCV had 900 students enrolled in the Rutland area in the spring 2010 semester, which is a 58% increase in student enrollment in the past five years.“CCV is pleased to be able to remain in downtown Rutland,” said Dean of Administration Barbara Martin, who oversaw the development of the new lease agreement.  “We have enjoyed tremendous benefits through growing student enrollments in Rutland, with excellent faculty and staff and strong partnerships with area agencies and businesses.”In its current location, CCV brings over 400 potential customers per day – 900 per week – to downtown retailers.CCV in Rutland is offering 150 courses for its fall semester beginning September 7th, and registration for fall semester is now under way. The Community College of Vermont is a member of the Vermont State Colleges and has 12 learning centers statewide, serving 12,000 students each year. For more information, visit www.ccv.edu(link is external), call 802-786-6996 or stop by 24 Evelyn Street for more information.Source: CCV. 6.3.2010last_img read more