Casting Complete for Motown The Musical Tour, Starring Clifton Oliver & Allison Semmes

first_imgFull casting has been announced for the national tour of Motown The Musical, which will launch on April 22 at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago. In addition to previously announced stars Clifton Oliver and Allison Semmes, the cast will also feature Nicholas Christopher as Smokey Robinson, Jarran Muse as Marvin Gaye, and Leon Outlaw, Jr. and Reed L. Shannon as Berry Gordy’s boyhood counterpart and the roles of young stars Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. View Comments Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. Featuring more than 50 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Motown The Musical tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Also joining the company are Erick Buckley, Patrice Covington, Christian Dante White, Jamarice Daughtry, Tamar Davis, Lynorris Evans, Melanie Evans, Devon Goffman, Jennie Harney, Latrisa Harper, Rod Harrelson, Robert Hartwell, Rodney Earl Jackson, Jr., Trisha Jeffrey, Grasan Kingsberry, Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Jarvis Manning, Krisha Marcano, Marq Moss, Rashad Naylor, Chadaè Nichol, Ramone Owens, Nicholas Rowe, Jamison Scott, Douglas Storm, Martina Sykes and Galen Williams.center_img The national tour of Motown The Musical will hold performances in the following cities: Chicago (Oriental Theatre) – Aprill 22 through July 13 San Francisco (Orpheum Theatre) – August 15 through September 28 Detroit (Fisher Theatre – October 21 through November 16 Kansas City (Music Hall) – December 9 through December 14 Minneapolis (Orpheum Theatre) – December 16 through December 28 Pittsburgh (Heinz Hall) December 20 through January 4, 2015 Durham (Durham Performing Arts Center) – February 17 through February 22, 2015 Ft. Lauderdale (Broward Center for the Performing Arts) – February 24 through March 8, 2015 Tampa (Straz Center for Performing Arts) – March 17 through March 22, 2015 Denver (Buell Theatre) – March 31 through April 19, 2015 Los Angeles (Pantages Theatre) – April 28 through June 7, 2015 San Diego (Civic Center) – June 9 through June 14, 2015 Costa Mesa (Segerstrom Center for the Arts) – June 16 through June 28, 2015 Milwaukee (Marcus Center for the Performing Arts) – July 7 through July 12, 2015 Memphis (Orpheum Theatre) – July 14 through July 19, 2015 Houston (Hobby Center for the Performing Arts) – July 21 through July 26, 2015 Dallas (AT&T Performing Arts Center) – July 28 through August 16, 2015 Atlanta (Fox Theatre) – August 18 through August 23, 2015 Charlotte (Blumenthal Performing Arts Center) – August 25 through September 6, 2015 last_img read more

Trail Mix | September 2016

first_img 2:11 3:26 Embed 3:29 Wildfire Mandolin Orange 4:18 3:11 Hounds Of The Bakersfield Bill Kirchen Porcupine Meat Bobby Rush Love This Feelin’ Chesires Trouble of the World Dex Romweber 4:11 3:26 I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always Luke Winslow-King Happy Heart (Can Go for Miles) The Deltahorse The Game The Congress Going Down That Road Feeling Bad By Amythyst Kiah, With Roy Andrade Various Artists Naked in NigardsvatnetAll-in Alltid Laura Cortese 3:27 Well before she settled into the contemporary Americana conscious as the wife of Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires had a musical career dating back to her teens, when she played fiddle with the Texas Playboys. I first came across her work some six years ago, when she recorded with the Thrift Store Cowboys, and Shires has spent time on the road or in the studio with a star studded ring of Americana icons, including Todd Snider, Justin Townes Earle, John Prine, and, of course, her husband.To consider Shires as merely Mrs. Jason Isbell sells her talents so desperately short. She is, in her own right, a songwriter to be reckoned with, as is evidenced by the collection of songs that compose her latest release, My Piece of Land, which drops later this month.Trail Mix is excited to showcase “Harmless,” which should serve as no small suggestion to run out and scoop up Shires’ new record.Returning to Trail Mix is one of my favorite bluegrass bands, Chatham County Line. I have been following these guys from their earliest days, and – without a doubt – their songcraft gets better with each record. Autumn, the band’s new release, hits the streets this week and continues the streak of stellar recordings from this North Carolina quartet.For fans of the blues, this month’s mix has a couple great – though disparate – tracks. To get your mojo working, check out the bluesy acoustic slide of Luke Winslow-King and the boisterous electric boogie of the legendary Bobby Rush.Also featured are new tunes from Elijah Ford, Donovan Woods, Cheshires, Stewart Eastham, Farewell Milwaukee, Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches, Bill Kirchen, Dex Romweber, Laura Cortese, Amythyst Kiah and Roy Andrade, The Deltahorse, and Roddie Romero.Stay tuned to the Trail Mix blog this month, as chats with Mandolin Orange, Will Carter, and Jill Freeman are on tap, and tickets for The Congress’s record release party at The Broadberry in Richmond will be up for grabs.And, as always, you get my monthly plea. Get out and buy some of this music. Seek out these bands when they come to town. Music is no easy game, and these bands appreciate – and need – your support. Show them some love.Photo by Josh Wool. Sweetheart, My Dream Is Not Over Jill Freeman 5:30 Caught in the Abyss Farewell Milwaukee 3:51 10 Leaving Nashville Donovan Woods 4:14 Sometimes, The Road Stewart Eastham Harmless Amanda Shires Cadillac Will Carter 3:34 3:53 4:35 4:09 4:00 Freight Train Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches Try As You Might Elijah Ford & The Bloom You Are My Light Chatham County Line 2:58 Audio PlayerBanjo Nickaru & Western ScoochesFreight TrainUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:29 3:28 5:58 Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Ma Jolie Roddie Romero & The Hub City All-Stars 3:45last_img read more

Continuing Promise 2011 Sets Sail in March

first_imgBy Dialogo March 17, 2011 The USNS Comfort hospital ship set sail on 17 March from its home in Baltimore, Maryland and head to nine Latin American countries to engage in humanitarian, medical and engineering civic-assistance projects in support of the United States Southern Command’ s Humanitarian Mission, Continuing Promise (CP) 2011. This will be the fifth year and sixth ship to participate in the annual CP missions, bringing mobile and rapidly responsive medical capabilities to local populations in each country visited, including Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Peru this year. The USNS Comfort hospital ship has 1,000 beds, 12 fully-equipped operating theaters, radiological services, a medical laboratory, pharmacy, optometry lab, CAT scan and two oxygen producing plants to treat up to 200 patients per day. In addition to the medical capabilities, the ship can also transport engineering equipment for construction projects in the region. Every year the CP mission provides medical assistance for about 100,000 patients of which about 15 percent are surgeries. Continuing Promise 2011 was organized between the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, U.S. governmental organizations, regional health ministries, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and this year’s participating countries in order to accommodate each country’s requests and also design it as a valuable training mission. The USNS Comfort will arrive first in Jamaica, on 13 April, and spend approximately 10-12 days in each of the nine countries. The crew will interact with local health groups, medical students and non-governmental organizations to fix medical equipment, host public health training classes, exchange information on tropical diseases from local experts, offer veterinary services and provide medical assistance. In addition to the military crew, members from Canada, Brazil and the Netherlands will also participate in CP ’11.last_img read more

The Rundown – September 2013

first_imgCHECK OUT AHOY EARTH!Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Ed Jermakian and Jared Kessel, two longtime friends right here on Long Island, post their latest creation on the Web and then repost it to Facebook, in the process, injecting their own brand of humor and take on the world into the social media sphere. Ahoy Earth! is a brilliantly drawn, thought-provoking, oftentimes hilarious Webcomic, about two aliens named Heady and Faisal “living on earth killing time like the rest of us,” reads its profile page. The extraterrestrials are not always the protagonists (Ed and Jared often draw themselves into the comic, as well as known superheroes, among many other characters), and topics range from the mundane to the most pressing (its Aug. 28 strip “Deja Boom” deals with the present Syrian crisis). Worth checking out, if not for the laughs, for the art: FOR THE NEW IPHONE Apple will likely make their closely guarded official announcement Sept. 10. Judging from past unveilings, the next generation iPhones should be available shortly thereafter. Rumor has it that they’re going gold!LISTEN TO LIVE FROM THE BARRAGEAddictive and entertaining—if you need to kill some time on a Friday night (or any night, these are archived), check out this podcast, broadcast live every Friday at 8 p.m. from “The Barrage,” a fully stocked bar built in co-host John Houlihan’s garage in Queens. Topics run the gamut, from rants about music and politics to hosts Houli, Dave, “Hair Du,” Patrick and Ryan simply busting on each other, you’re sure to have a few laughs. Past guests include frontman Question Mark, from ? and the Mysterians (96 Tears), legendary audio engineer Steve Albini, “Bootleg Bill” from the Discovery Channel’s Moonshiners, Richie Ramone and many others. Hear for yourself at ZITEChoose the topics you’re interested in and this app will filter every news source on the Web to find related articles and deliver them, in the blink of an eye, to your phone or mobile device, including Long Island Press stories. Can’t beat that!EAT A GRAPE LEAFWhy not? They taste exceptionally magnificent and are healthy for you. There are a host of great Greek restaurants throughout this Island, and therefore, there is really no excuse! Go to and check out some of the truly great purveyors. You’re welcome.READ A BOOKSeptember is National Literacy Month, and according to the figures, 90 million Americans read at basic and below-basic levels. To help raise awareness about literacy issues in the United States and to help solve them, will be featuring resources exploring the power of the Digital Age in creating a solution. Additionally, free book festivals will be held in communities across the country to help promote literacy and the importance of reading, from the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival Sept. 21-22 to the Brooklyn Book Festival Sept. 22. To find a festival near you, check out: A PUMPKIN LATTEThis fall favorite is back in coffee shops, finally! Load up, dear friends. Load up. Winter’s coming.PLAY PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES IIThe sequel to the highly popular original just came out, transforming all your mobile devices into vegetation-growing, undead-slaying addiction-fueling mini-arcade games. Yes, it’s that much fun.GO TO THE LI APPLE FESTIVAL!The 24th Annual Long Island Apple Festival, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Sherwood-Jayne Farm in Setauket, is an apple extravaganza not to be missed, from its yearly Apple Pie Contest and sheep shearing to its many apple crafts and cooking! Learn more at! Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Cases top 77,000, flu emergency in Argentina, discount Tamiflu, infected pregnant women

first_imgWorld pandemic flu cases top 77,000The world’s number of pandemic flu cases rose to 77,201 today, including 332 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. Today’s numbers represent 6,308 more cases and 21 more deaths than the last report on Jun 29. Countries included for the first time are the French overseas territory of New Caledonia, Kenya, Mauritius, Myanmar, and Saint Lucia. About a third of the new cases are from the United Kingdom. South American countries and Thailand also reported large increases.[WHO update 56]Argentina capital declares flu health emergencyHealth officials in Argentina’s Buenos Aires city and province yesterday, amid quickly rising numbers of pandemic flu cases, declared a health emergency, extending school vacations and giving the mayor the power to suspend sports and other entertainment gatherings, the Associated Press reported today. Public places remain open. Buenos Aires is the fifth province to declare a health emergency. Argentina has South America’s highest number of pandemic flu cases, with 1,587, including 26 deaths.Roche unveils Tamiflu discount program for poor nationsRoche, the maker of Tamiflu (oseltamivir), today launched a program to help developing countries buy the drug at a discount for their national stockpiles. The company will produce and store the drug at a significantly reduced price, with the cost spread over the drug’s shelf life. Roche will ship the supplies whenever the country requests them. The price will depend on the length of storage time that the country requests. An international health group will likely coordinate the orders.[Jul 1 Roche press release]Bosnia, Guam report first novel flu casesBosnia’s health ministry today announced the nation’s first pandemic flu case, a 24-year-old woman who recently arrived from a South American country, the AP reported. She is recovering in isolation at the home of relatives. Meanwhile, the US territory of Guam confirmed its first pandemic flu case today, a woman in her 40s who just returned from Texas, KUAM, Guam’s broadcast network, reported.[Jul 1 AP story]San Francisco doctor reports serious flu infections in pregnant womenNOTE: This item originally cited “San Francisco officials” as a source, but there has been no official confirmation of these cases nor any evidence they are related to each other.A San Francisco doctor reported five cases of novel H1N1 infections in pregnant women in the city, according to KPIX, a northern California television station, in a story that referred to the cases as a “cluster.” All five remain hospitalized, two of them in intensive care, all in their third trimester.last_img read more

Many depend on children’s healthcare

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I have written to Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as my Rep. John Faso, regarding the lack of renewed funding for children’s healthcare. Millions of children depend on this funding to get critical care to help them to survive. Many would be in real danger of dying without this very costly medical care. We can’t turn our backs on our youngest and most vulnerable population. Chemotherapeutic drugs are way too expensive for these families to afford on their own.Our New York representatives need to get other members of Congress to renew the funding that is crucial for these children. I work in healthcare, so I see firsthand how expensive these treatments can be. Look in your heart and search your soul so you see that helping our children is the right thing to do. Please don’t let them down. Our children are our future.Amy ScorcaRhinebeckMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Food commodities still at risk of coronavirus ‘market shock’: FAO/OECD

first_imgA knock to food consumption in a global recession triggered by a coronavirus epidemic could produce a “market shock” of tumbling agricultural prices, the UN’s food agency and the OECD said on Thursday.With food production mostly maintained during the crisis, agricultural markets were facing the risk of swelling stockpiles that would weigh on prices, the organizations said.”The macroeconomic shocks induced by the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to put downward pressure on agricultural commodity prices,” they said, adding there was potential for “a historically significant market shock” this year. The impact on vegetable oil and animal-based products would be greater than for staple crops like rice and wheat, they said.The projections were part of an annual 10-year agricultural outlook published by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It marked their first analysis of the possible consequences of the new coronavirus on agricultural markets. The virus, which causes the COVID-19 disease, has already contributed to price slides in agricultural commodities, including a 10-year low for US corn, as restaurants have closed and fuel consumption has fallen.Some commodity prices have recovered in recent weeks, helped by an easing of lockdowns, but the FAO and OECD said the short-term outlook remained uncertain.”The markets have done a good job of getting over the initial shock,” OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria told an online news conference. “However, there is no room for complacency, especially as the virus spreads in developing countries.”While the COVID-19 context has clouded the short-term outlook, the FAO and OECD projected that agricultural prices would gradually revert to their baseline scenario of a slight decline in real terms over 2020-2029.Higher productivity, led by yield gains, would keep pace with population-driven food demand and curb global prices, they said.Prices of meat, particularly pork, were projected to fall more sharply as the market recovers from a swine fever epidemic in China.Topics :last_img read more

Work still needed on ‘big debate’ over illiquid DC investments, says BlackRock

first_imgBucksey added that BlackRock was a “great fan in our institutional business of trying to invest in UK plc, but in DC it is actually pretty tough”.“We all might be quite happy to earmark some of our DC savings to an infrastructure project that is going to pay us back in 2025, but when you are dealing with hundreds of thousands of individuals, and the plans change, you might need the money back much quicker than that,” he said.“It’s actually quite difficult to do. It’s just much harder to put it into some kind of unitised structure where people can get in or out [noting the requirement for a blended fund structure to allow for an element of liquidity].”Bucksey was also concerned about the 0.75% charge cap on DC default funds, especially over the opposition Labour Party’s pledge to lower it further to 0.5%.“There’s probably a point in all of this where some stability, from a political point of view, wouldn’t go amiss,” he said. “There’s been a lot of change brought in – and there’s fatigue in the market.”He said the majority of the passively managed BlackRock funds aimed at institutionals charged less than 50 basis points – “but if there are clients using a blend, or using some active, then clearly they would have to review that”. BlackRock has said it will consider how to grant defined contribution (DC) funds in the UK access to illiquid assets as the “big debate” around investments in infrastructure and property continues.Asked how DC funds in the UK could gain access to such asset classes, Paul Bucksey, the asset manager’s head of UK DC, said the firm would “continue to mull that one over” and stressed the benefits of accessing the associated illiquidity premium.“There is a big debate about illiquids, and property is the perennial one,” he said.“We have a DC property fund that really is a blend of four managers, just so we can make sure they are not all going to be full and unable to take money or pay money out.”last_img read more

IPE Views: Greece and the Hotel Euro-zone

first_imgBut was this always destined to be just a temporary respite from the more hum-drum and harsher lifestyle Greece had before – in other words, is the so-called Grexit inevitable, either through Greece’s own volition or because it is pushed? Or is the euro-zone like the famed Hotel California in the 1977 hit by the US rock band The Eagles? The lyrics are an apt description of at least the intention of the euro-zone: “We are only programmed to receive. You can check out any time you like, but you just can never leave!” As the Eagles’ intrepid traveller was thinking in the song, “This could be Heaven or this could be Hell”.Unfortunately for Greece, the euro-zone turned out to be the latter. Checking into Hotel Euro-zone has meant prices of food items are comparable to those in Paris or London, whilst average wages in Greece are at least half those of France, Germany and the UK. A half-Greek friend of mine owns a trendy wine bar in the poorer East End of London just off the wealthy financial district. It’s a great place for us to discuss Greek politics, but, despite being an ardent Hellenophile, he serves only South African wine – no wine from Greece. Even for him, the price is too high. His customers would never buy it. Needless to say, he is keen on Grexit.“Last thing I remember, I was running for the door – I had to find the passage back to the place I was before” runs the Eagles’ lyrics, and that’s a good reflection of my friend’s hopes. What the average and honest Greek family is faced with in the Hotel Euro-zone is that what they hoped would be heaven has now turned into hell. The Hotel Euro-zone may have improved lifestyles but not to the point of luxury. Instead, the middle classes are now facing long-term unemployment and an imminent danger of losing their properties.The main consequence of the crisis has not been the loss of a Burj al Arab-level of comfort but the loss of a normal lifestyle, which existed even before checking into Hotel Euro-zone. One Greek ex-professor, dispelling the myth of Greeks scrounging off the taxes paid by Northern Europeans, pointed out to me that he must know 300 or more average middle-class individuals in his social circle, and none of them has a Porsche. For this particular professor, his personal solution was to leave Greece and work in the UK as an engineer. Unfortunately for Greece, that ‘brain drain’ has not stopped.Perhaps the real answer is that, for Greece, the Hotel Euro-zone was neither akin to the Burj al Arab nor the Hotel California, but actually more akin to Caesars Palace, the casino hotel in Las Vegas. Joining the euro-zone was a gamble for Greece that the Greek politicians and business elite were prepared to bet their children’s future on – or perhaps more accurately the children of the masses, since their own wealth meant their own children did not have to rely on the roulette wheel or the poker cards landing in their favour for their future prosperity. But they should have realised the odds were stacked against them from the beginning.  Going back to a new drachma may well be the wish for some, although perhaps not the majority of the Greek population. For them, the hope still exists that the Hotel Euro-zone is a real community and not just a trade federation. But as my Greek friends complain, Greece’s politicians did not warn the electorate of the dangers, even if they knew them themselves when the country’s economic statistics were being manipulated to allow Greek entry.But a wider issue for the EU as a whole is whether Hotel Euro-zone itself can survive a country leaving when it really has been only programmed to receive. For the country itself, “the Greek metanoia will be fast and furious when it comes”, says my half-Greek friend. The management at Hotel Euro-zone will be hoping he is wrong.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE Joseph Mariathasan explains how the euro-zone is not unlike the Hotel California – you can check out any time you like, but you just can never leaveFor Greece, having checked into the euro-zone, the issue of what the edifice is really like has become an existential issue. Is it akin to the Burj al Arab, the self-styled seven-star hotel in Dubai that purports to offer the height of luxury?Staying there, however, can only ever be a short-term holiday for rest and relaxation before stepping back into the hard grind of reality. Greece certainly saw a huge rise in living standards when it joined the European Union. But the drachma was a stable currency for at least two years before Greece joined the euro, and inflation was in check as well.The benefit to Greece on then joining the euro-zone was macroeconomic stability and the psychological assurance that participation in the euro would bring Greece closer to the Western European countries within the EU and thus enhance its security against what it perceived as aggressive and unstable neighbours surrounding it. The stabilisation of buying power through checking into the euro-zone made debt more easily available – many people borrowed to purchase properties and saw their lifestyles improve.last_img read more

Brussels lobby group urges EU over fee transparency

first_imgAuthorities should also launch a pan-European personal pension plan “that should, at the very least, not destroy the long-term purchasing power of the life-time savings of EU citizens”, he added.The European Commission is currently consulting on its proposal for a pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP), with boosting pension saving one of its main goals.In 2015 the Commission said it would ask the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) to look into into the transparency of long-term retail and pension products to determine net performance and fees, but Better Finance noted the authorities had yet to be tasked with this, as of August. The ESAs are currently the focus of some major reform suggestions by the Commission.One of Better Finance’s recommendations to policymakers was for them to extend the principle of the Key Information Document (KID) to “all long-term and pension savings products, including pension funds, shares and bonds”. The KID applies to EU packaged retail and insurance-based investment products and includes important information about products in a standardised document.PensionsEurope disapproval?Better Finance’s analysis, as in previous years, included occupational pension funds.Its report described their asset allocation and analysed their returns, identifying Dutch occupational pension funds as “the best performing national pension products over the last 17 years”.The organisation’s reports have previously frustrated PensionsEurope, the umbrella trade body for national pension associations, which has found aspects of them to be of low quality and/or incorrect.Commenting on Better Finance’s 2016 report, PensionsEurope accused the organisation of “comparing apples and pears” by presenting returns over different time periods as if they were fully comparable. It previously also criticised Better Finance’s citation of European Commission information when stating that investment and private pension products were poor performers in the EU’s retail services market. According to PensionsEurope, the Commission was mainly referring to private personal pension plans excluding occupational pensions, while Better Finance included these in its statement.Better Finance said its report aimed to improve transparency on the real returns of long-term and pension savings in Europe.Better Finance’s 2017 report can be found here. EU policymakers must tackle the limited transparency around pension products’ performance and fees if they want to increase pension saving in Europe, according to Brussels-based consumer finance lobby group Better Finance.In the fifth edition of its annual report on the “real return” of long-term savings, it said that fees and commissions were mainly to blame for low returns, although asset allocation also played a part.The organisation argued that many pension products were “massively” underperforming capital markets and that it was time for European public authorities to address the responsibility of providers rather than just urging citizens to take responsibility for their savings.Guillaume Prache, managing director of Better Finance, said: “If EU policymakers are at all serious about addressing the mushrooming pensions gap in Europe, urgent action is needed, starting with the speedy implementation of the ‘retail’ components of the 2015 Capital Markets Union Action Plan by finally enhancing the transparency of performance and fees of long-term and pension savings”.last_img read more