This Week’s Picks! An Act of God, Zorba! and More

first_img View Comments Go Greek with John TurturroBegins May 6 at New York City CenterAny title featuring an exclamation point is 15 percent better. Any project starring John Turturro is 32 percent more entertaining. Both “facts” collide in the Encores! production of Zorba! This revival Kander & Ebb’s 1968 musical details the adventures of the titular jack-of-all trades (Turturro) and an American intellectual (Santino Fontana, y’all!) in Crete. Oh, and Marin Mazzie leads the Greek chorus! Nothing this good can last forever. You have until May 10. Click for tickets! Have “Some Enchanted Evening” with MomMay 10 at BirdlandMother’s Day follows the same dreary routine: Lukewarm brunch at an overcrowded restaurant, a card with tepid sentiments, and last-minute flowers bought at a gas station. Time to break the cycle! Daniel Reichard, Jersey Boys’ original Bob Gaudio, spends the evening singing selections from the best of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s immense catalogue. Even better, he’s joined by the awesome Laura Osnes, fresh from her run in Chicago’s Carousel. Get on this. Mom is counting on you. Click for tickets! Pick The FlickBegins May 5 at the Barrow Street TheatreWinning the Pulitzer Prize has big perks. You get 25 percent off potato skins at Applebee’s and you can refer to yourself as “prize-winning” without getting mocked. Also, your work gets a second life. That’s the case with Annie Baker’s The Flick, the 2014 Pulitzer winner for drama centered at a run-down Massachusetts movie theater. It begins another off-Broadway run directed by Sam Gold (Fun Home), featuring the whole cast reprising their roles. Click for tickets! Star Files See Jim Parsons’ God ComplexBegins May 7 at Studio 54Jim Parsons is a sitcom god. On the stage, however, the Broadway veteran and The Big Bang Theory star is the God. In An Act of God, scripted by former Daily Show writer David Javerbaum, the big man himself answers humanity’s biggest questions over a 90-minute conversation. Maybe we’ll finally learn why every packed subway car has at least one dude taking up three seats. Christopher Fitzgerald and SNL alum Tim Kazurinsky co-star. Click for tickets! Hey, you, getting for a run outside—stop it! Sunshine, cool breezes, and all that junk will last for months. Your time is much better spent taking in all the fun that Broadway has to offer. We’ve got shows headlined by Jim Parsons and John Turturro, the return of a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, and Kristin Chenoweth on morning TV. Brace yourself, guys. Here come this week’s picks! Rise & Shine with Kristin ChenowethMay 5, check local listingsIt’s been quite a stretch for Kristin Chenoweth with the announcement of her Tony nomination and co-hosting gig. Now, she gets to grab a complimentary coffee mug from Live with Kelly and Michael. Anyway, we expect the Oklahoma magpie to share some backstage stories from On the Twentieth Century and dish some Tony Awards gossip—while matching Kelly Ripa’s energy level. So, grab your own cup of coffee and start your morning off bright. Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more

WCAX icon’s final broadcast set for October 15th

first_imgLongtime news director Marselis Parsons will step away from the anchor desk for the final time on Thursday, October 15th. After 43 years of telling stories and reporting the news, Parsons will retire, ending four decades at WCAX-TV. WCAX which is family-owned and operated, is credited with coining the phrase “Vermont’s own,” and is widely known as Vermont’s broadcast news leader.“It’s been an honor to be allowed into so many homes every evening,” said Parsons, who is concluding 25 years as the 6 pm anchor.  As part of his job as news anchor, Parsons’ outreach to the public and the Vermont’s leaders has been continuous and extensive.Leading up to his final show, Marselis will share some of his favorite stories from over the years.“Vermont has seen a great deal of news, and change, over four decades.  Parsons has been the first to deliver to countless people information about tragedies and victories, fortune and ruin. We are looking forward to seeing Parsons’ picks,” said Anson Tebbetts who replaces Parsons as News Director.Parsons will still be part of the news team, occasionally contributing stories as a field reporter. Veteran reporter Darren Perron will take over Parsons’ duties in the anchor chair. Perron will co-anchor the 6, 10 and 11 pm news with Kristin Kelly.WCAX-TV is the CBS affiliate in Burlington, VT and is owned and operated by Mt. Mansfield Television, Inc.last_img read more

Who will be the Next Top Credit Union Executive?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The time draws near – beginning on May 1 and continuing only for a short time (through May 12), nominations for the 2017 Next Top Credit Union Executive will open. While I understand that many of you reading this no longer consider yourselves “young professionals”, this is definitely something you should pay attention to and participate in. Look around your shop- who on your staff is a bright, shining star? Who is ready to take the credit union world by storm? Who could maybe use a little nudge and a confidence boost to realize their potential, the way you already see it?No matter what stage you are at in your career, as Powerade proudly tells us – We’re all just a kid from somewhere. Where are you from? What has your journey been like? Did you get some lucky breaks or boosts along the way? Did you fight and hustle for every opportunity and next step? I guarantee you, we all have players on our credit union teams who are ready to take an opportunity like NTCUE by storm – perhaps surprising you, perhaps surprising themselves – but hungry for the chance.Why nominate someone for NTCUE? There isn’t a better opportunity in credit union land for young talent to be groomed and readied for future leadership. Along the process of NTCUE, participants have an opportunity for one-on-one coaching from DDJ Myers, a leading Talent Development firm within our industry. Participants will flex several communication muscles and will step outside their comfort zone, developing a project and then telling the world about it via video, articles, and presentations. Worst case? Someone in your credit union now has a project that will likely have a strong impact on your organization, a project that they are excited about and committed to. Best case? That same someone could advance through all stages of the competition, gaining coaching, expanding their network, and fine-tuning their project along the way. Ultimate case? That someone wins the whole shooting match, and ultimately gets a prize package valued at over $20,000 – including years one and two of the CUES CEO Institute. None of this costs your credit union a dime (until year three of the CEO Institute). A pretty cheap investment to have a Certified Chief Executive on your staff, yes? continue reading »last_img read more

Osman urges Everton to aim high

first_img However, they could not turn their first-half dominance into further goals and the Cottagers found renewed energy after the break, leading to Gareth Barry bringing down Alex Kacaniklic in the penalty area to allow Dimitar Berbatov to score in successive matches. Everton were wobbling but their nerves were settled six minutes later when Seamus Coleman scored his third league goal of the season, taking the tally scored by full-backs to seven in the campaign – equalling the club record in 2001/02 – and there are still 22 matches remaining. Barry atoned for his earlier error by nodding in from close range and Kevin Mirallas gave the scoreline a flattering look in added time with a shot which goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg should have dealt with better. The only downside was a hamstring injury to on-loan Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu which will keep the youngster out for several weeks. Manager Roberto Martinez praised the attitude of his players as they responded to the equaliser by bouncing back positively. “The first half we played really well but if you don’t get the second goal the opposing team will always have the opportunity. And the penalty, soft or not, was probably what we needed for us to start thinking we had something to lose,” he said. “We have been very good this season. Everything we try to do is brave, is attack-minded. “I always measure a side by how you react towards adversity. We conceded a goal against Arsenal and reacted in the right manner (to draw 1-1 at the Emirates last week) and the same on Saturday. “It would have been easy to feel sorry for ourselves. We were more focused than ever, we had a real threat.” Fulham head coach Rene Meulensteen believes his players have shown him enough in the three matches he has been in charge since Martin Jol’s sacking to give him hope the second-bottom side can still survive. The transfer window is still a couple of weeks away from re-opening and the Dutchman knows he needs to squeeze every last ounce out of the squad he currently has before then to give themselves the best possible chance of turning things around. “That is the squad I am working with for the next few games and that is where I need to concentrate,” he said. “You need to keep a realistic view. In general there has been a positive trend (since he took over) with regards to energy, commitment and drive. “There were some really good signs (against Everton). “If we had been able to drag that one point over the finishing line it would have been a perfect follow-up to the Spurs and Villa games (a 2-1 defeat and 2-0 victory respectively).” Press Association Everton midfielder Leon Osman insists the squad are setting their sights high as there is still plenty of room for improvement this season. But Osman, who scored the opening goal on his 300th Premier League appearance, believes being able to win while misfiring as a unit bodes well. “It was a bit sticky out there at times and not the most fluid we have played, but to come away with a 4-1 victory when you are not at your best is a good sign,” he said. “The team are very confident at the minute, we are playing well at times but we are not going to be able to be at our max every week. And when you can win when you are not at your best is great. “At 1-0 we were just starting to find it difficult and their goal probably helped us more than it helped them.” Osman added on evertontv: “We have given ourselves a base, somewhere to go from and we can certainly turn this into a much better season. “We have a lot of young players and a lot of experience and the characters in the squad are right. “We have to aim high and see if we can reach it. We have our targets but we’ll reveal them come the end of the season.” Everton have lost just once this campaign and are unbeaten at home in 2013, so when Osman gave them an 18th-minute lead with a well-constructed goal, three points seemed a formality. The Toffees recorded an incredible 21st successive home league win against Fulham with a 4-1 victory to move into the top four ahead of Sunday’s matches. However, the performance was far from their best and, had it not been for a late rally with three goals in the final 17 minutes, the outcome could have been very different. last_img read more

Renault announces partnership with Team Vitality

first_imgIt was announced yesterday at the Esports BAR in Cannes that Renault is joining the ever-expanding world of esports in a partnership with French organisation Team Vitality. Creating Renault Sport Team Vitality, the team will compete in titles such as Rocket League and potentially Formula 1.The partnership will see Philip “Paschy90” Paschmeyer, Victor “Fairy Peak” Locquet, and Sandro “FreaKii” Holzwarth represent Renault Sport Team Vitality in this year’s Rocket League Championship Series Europe. The organisation is also in talks to compete in the Formula 1 Esports Series.Renault Sport Racing will offer its esports athletes with access to top class facilities such as its Formula 1 factory, which is located in Enstone, UK, to train with both drivers and staff. Not only that, Team Vitality will use its years of experience to assist the players in competing at the highest level.Bastien Schupp, Vice-President Global Brand Strategy and Marketing Communications, Groupe Renault expressed his excitement about this new venture for the automobile giants. “This partnership is a tremendous opportunity for the Renault brand to be exposed to new and younger audiences. The combination of Vitality’s eSports vision and expertise with our successful history in motorsport is a great partnership.”“As a discipline, eSports have a promising, far-reaching future and we’re looking forward to connecting people from Renault Sport Racing to these young gamers and being a part of it,” Schupp concluded.Team Vitality Founder and Chairman Fabien Devide also weighed in on his organisation’s latest foray into esports. “Vitality’s DNA is to be seen as a French front-runner that is competitive in the international arena. Our partnership with Renault is a natural match, not only because we share the same values and colours but also because we all want to make it to the very top of the European and international scenes.”“At Vitality, we stand to learn a great deal from Renault Sport Racing and how it prepares for Formula 1 races,” Devide continued. “At the end of the day, many of its methods are the same as those we employ in eSports, namely data and performance tracking, physiotherapy, fitness training and mental training.”Esports Insider says: It’s amazing that yet another world-renowned company is making the move into esports. Renault’s future in the esports industry is in great and capable hands with Team Vitality.Team Vitality CEO Nicolas Maurer is one of the speakers at our own ESI Super Forum, a one day conference looking at sports and esports on Thursday 22nd March at Stamford Bridgelast_img read more