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

Tix Available for Mike Birbiglia Thank God For Jokes

first_img Star Files Mike Birbiglia Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016 View Comments This isn’t a prank! Tickets are now on sale for Mike Birbiglia’s Thank God For Jokes. The off-Broadway comedy (which recently received a Lucille Lortel nomination) began performances on February 2 and opened on February 11. The Seth Barrish-helmed limited engagement will run through May 29.Birbiglia declares that a joke should never end with ‘I’m joking.’ In his solo comedy, he tiptoes through the minefield that is modern-day joke-telling. Join Mike as he learns that the same jokes that elicit laughter have the power to produce tears, rage, and a whole lot of getting yelled at.Thank God for Jokes marks Birbiglia’s return to the off-Broadway stage, following his presentations of Sleepwalk With Me in 2008 and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend in 2011. His screen credits include Inside Amy Schumer, Girls, Trainwreck and Orange is the New Black. Stay tuned to see if Thank God For Jokes wins Outstanding Solo Show at the Lortel Awards, which will be presented on May 1.center_img Related Shows Mike Birbiglia in ‘Thank God For Jokes’ Thank God For Jokeslast_img read more

Significant Other Sets Theater & Dates

first_img He may be searching for love, but at least he found a Broadway theater—and just in time for Valentine’s Day. Significant Other, Joshua Harmon’s play about single life in the city, will head to the Booth Theatre beginning February 14, 2017. Opening night is set for March 2.The Trip Cullman-helmed production played an off-Broadway engagement at Roundabout Theatre Company last year; a commercial Broadway transfer was announced in June.Significant Other follows Jordan Berman, who combats single life with nights joined by his trio of girlfriends. But as those friends become coupled off, he learns that guiding and supporting loved ones through their relationships is just as hard as the exhausting quest for Mr. Right.While no official announcement has been made, the production intends to bring the cast of the off-Broadway staging along for the transfer. The Roundabout production starred Gideon Glick, Lindsay Mendez, Barbara Barrie, John Behlmann, Sas Goldberg, Carra Patterson and Luke Smith. View Comments Lindsay Mendez, Carra Patterson, Sas Goldberg & Gideon Glick in ‘Significant Other’ off-BroadwayPhoto: Joan Marcus Show Closed This production ended its run on April 23, 2017center_img Related Shows Significant Otherlast_img read more

Glenn Close Will Headline Sunset Boulevard on B’way

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 25, 2017 The rumors were true and Andrew Lloyd Webber will equal Rodgers and Hammerstein’s record when he has four shows running concurrently on Broadway early next year. Glenn Close is set to reprise her Tony-winning performance in the composer’s Tony-winning Sunset Boulevard at the Palace Theatre from February 2, 2017. Directed by Lonny Price, tickets are now available for the English National Opera’s rapturously received revival, which will have an orchestra of 40 and play a limited 16-week engagement. Opening night is scheduled for February 9.No word yet on further casting, but the semi-staged ENO production, which ran in London earlier this year, co-starred Michael Xavier as Joe Gillis, Siobhan Dillon as Betty Shaefer and Fred Johanson as Max Von Mayerling.Close was last seen on Broadway in 2014’s A Delicate Balance, the first time she had appeared on the Main Stem in 17 years. The six-time Oscar nominee and three-time Emmy winner got her start on the Great White Way, and also won the Tony for her work in The Real Thing and Death and the Maiden. Her plethora of film and TV credits include Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liaisons, Air Force One, Fatal Attraction and Damages.Based on the 1950 film of the same name and featuring a score by Lloyd Webber and a book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black, Sunset Boulevard premiered in the West End in 1993, directed by Trevor Nunn and starring Patti LuPone. In a widely publicized upset that resulted in an out-of-court settlement, Close brought the role to Broadway the following year. The production garnered seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. The ENO incarnation of Sunset Boulevard was just nominated for two Evening Standard Awards, including “Best Musical” and a “Best Musical Performance” nod for Close.In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded, silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond (Close), lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world. Persuaded to work on Norma’s “masterpiece,” a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her and her luxurious life-style. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with dramatic consequences. Famous numbers from the tuner include “With One Look,” “As If We Never Said Goodbye” and “Perfect Year.”Lloyd Webber currently has two original productions, Phantom and School of Rock, running on Broadway; a revival of Cats is also playing. Sunset Boulevard Star Files Related Showscenter_img Glenn Close View Comments Glenn Close as Norma Desmond(Photo: Nick Wall)last_img read more

Tall Crop Tactic

first_img“So we’re really producing the same amount of fiber in a much shorter time,” saidMoorhead, a forest regeneration scientist with the UGA Extension Service. “We havethe ability to really intensify some production without putting more acres intoproduction.” “The seedlings have good survival,” Moorhead said, “and get some early diametergrowth.” Closer management is the key. Experts place the value of timber and timber products second only to broiler chickensamong Georgia farm crops. Forestry is worth more than even peanuts, cotton andvegetables. Farmers have begun to manage trees more like they do their annual row crops. Theycontrol weeds with herbicides and provide their tall crops the nutrients they need. “Where it once may have taken us more than 20 years to grow a certain amount ofwood, we’re now producing that in 12 or 15 years on many of our sites,” DaveMoorhead said. Managing pulpwood pine forests carefully, Moorhead said, can help maintain the treesupply that makes all of that possible. Georgia farmers are learning a better way to manage pines. And the tactical switch isenabling them to grow trees at least 25 percent faster, said a University of Georgiaforester. Fertilizing helps, too. Without needed nitrogen and phosphorus, the seedlings won’tgrow to their full potential. Applying fertilizer a number of times through the 12- to15-year rotation can help trees grow their best.center_img The extra fertilizer costs more. But Moorhead said it’s worth it. “You still get a goodreturn,” he said, “because you’re growing a lot of fiber in a short time.” That pulpwood is made into paper and paper products we use every day: writing paper,cardboard boxes, packing and wrapping materials and even napkins and bathroomtissue. Georgia leads the world in pulpwood production, Moorhead said. “The focus has reallyshifted to the South as the wood basket of not only the United States,” he said, “butalso the world.” The paper industry expects a 7 percent increase in worldwide demand for paper andpaper products through the year 2000. Moorhead said Georgia farmers can help meetthe demand for wood fibers with this intense management. Georgia-grown trees are used for many products. Some trees turn into buildingmaterials, others into poles and posts. But pulpwood uses, by far, take the largest part– almost 45 percent. Weeds and underbrush steal vital water and nutrients from young trees. Controllingthem, especially in the first few years after planting, gets trees off to a good start. Georgia’s 13 mills produce more pulp and paper than any other state. Almost 70,000people work in these mills. The Georgia wood and paper processing industry adds $3.5billion to the state’s economy annually.last_img read more

Tree Time Begins

first_imgThe Thanksgiving turkey is barely cleared off the table when many Georgiansbring in theChristmas tree.”Live Christmas trees have an attractiveness, fragrance and traditionthat can’t be matched withartificial substitutes,” said DaveMoorhead, an Extension Serviceforester with the University ofGeorgia D.B.Warnell School of Forest Resources.Jim Lindquist, owner of Lindquist Christmas Tree Farm in Senoia andpresident of the GeorgiaChristmas Tree Association, says the average cost of a pine this yearwill be $20 to $25.”Leyland cypresses will probably be $30 to $35 for an average 6- to7-foot tree,” he said. “Andthe imports like Fraser firs will be more, because you have to figurein transportation costs.”Moorhead said Georgia farmers provide about a third of the more than1 million trees Georgiafamilies buy for their holiday decorating. Most Georgia farms sellchoose-and-cut trees. Pricesvary from $2 to $7 per foot.”Whether you select your live Christmas tree from a retail lot or cutyour own at a farm, followbasic guidelines to make sure you’re getting a good tree,” he said.”Tree shape, height and foliage characteristics are important featuresto consider when you selectthe tree,” he said.* Check the height of the ceiling in the room where you will displayyour tree. Select a tree atleast one foot shorter than the ceiling height.* Gently pull along the needles for the length of a branch. They shouldbend but not break or falloff.* Shake or bounce the tree to be sure the needles are firmly attached.If the tree is fresh, fewneedles should fall off. Some loss of needles inside the tree is common.* Avoid trees that look wilted.* Make sure the handle of the tree (the remaining trunk) is straight.The handle must be 6 to 8inches long to stay in a stand.* Check for insects and dead needles inside the top of the tree. Havedead needles shaken orblown out when you buy the tree.If you don’t realize your tree has insects until you get it home, tryto shake them off by bouncingthe tree on the ground. You can spray the tree with an indoor-outdooraerosol insecticide thatcontains Pyrethrin before taking it inside.If you don’t see the insects until the tree is inside your home, sprayit with an indoor-approvedaerosol insecticide. Carefully follow the label directions.”You’ll know you have insects in your tree if sticky drops appear onthe floor and on the presentsaround your tree,” Moorhead said.If you don’t plan to put your tree up right away, cut 1 inch off thebase, put the tree in a bucket ofwater and stand it in a shady place.”When you do bring the tree indoors, cut another one-half to 1 inchoff the base of the trunk,”Moorhead said. “And put it in a tree stand that holds at least onegallon of water.”Never place a tree near a fireplace, heater vent or any heat source.And always keep the treewell-watered.”Check the water level in the stand several times each day,” Moorheadsaid. “Trees can useseveral quarts of water every day. And you never want the water levelto fall below the base ofthe tree.”If the water level does get below the base, the cut end can seal overand prevent the tree fromtaking in water.Over the years, all sorts of gimmicks have been concocted to make atree last longer. Don’tbother.”Adding aspirin, soda water, bleach or sugar to the water in the treestand,” Moorhead said, “isno more effective in keeping the tree fresh than adding just plainwater each day.”last_img read more

Pick Peach Trees.

first_imgIt’s time to start thinking about planting fruit trees. Georgians start thinking peaches.January is usually a good time to put your favorite variety of peach in the ground. But before you plant, learn about several great new varieties available for some regions of the state. In south Georgia, you may plant old standards like ‘Flordaking’ and ‘June Gold.’ Be aware that they have some quality problem. ‘Flordadawn’ is a good choice if you want to be the first on your street to offer fruit to your neighbors. ‘Juneprince’ is a very reliable variety, and you can count on a crop in most years. Its attractive color and good size make it a nice replacement for ‘Coronet’ in South Georgia. If you plant ‘Delta,’ a nice sweet peach with good hanging quality, make sure you to plant it with a pollinizer. The very pretty ‘Suncoast’ nectarine or ‘White Robin,’ a nice white fleshed peach, are good choices. The best late-fruiting variety in south Georgia is ‘Suwannee.’ A good nectarine is ‘Sunfire.’ Next year look for a wonderful new variety named ‘Gulfprince.’ It has beautiful color, size, flavor, and will hang on the tree longer than most other varieties available for that region. Generally order your trees on the Nemaguard rootstock.Middle Georgians can choose from several new varieties. ‘Springprince’ is the earliest producer. ‘Rubyprince,’‘June princess nectarine,’‘Southern Pearl,’ ‘Sureprince’ and ‘Blazeprince’ all are ready for harvest in June. For late season fruite, select ‘Autumnprince.”North Georgia can reliably select from some older attractive varieties such as ‘Redhaven’ (late June), or ‘Cresthaven'(late July) and a couple of fairly new varieties, ‘Encore’ and ‘Bounty.’ These trees should be ordered on either Halford or Lovell rootstock. In mid-July you can harvest ‘Bounty,’ a very red peach, that requires less thinning than other varieties and has a nice size and shape. ‘Encore’ fruit, available in early August in north Georgia, isn’t the prettiest peach you’ll find, but has good size, flavor and yield. Its higher bud hardiness makes it a good selection for the northern parts of Georgia where late frosts can be a problem. You can order trees for $4 to $6 per tree. Here are several nurseries that supply trees for our area:Cumberland Valley Nursery (800)492-0022)HollyDale Nursery (800)222-302Vaughn Nursery (931)934-2715Reserve your trees as soon as possible for January delivery.When your trees arrive, keep them in a cool area out of the sun (a basement or outdoor storage room will be best) surrounded in plastic until you can plant them. For planting advice, contact your local county extension agent for the bulletin Home Garden Peaches and Nectarines. It not only describes the best planting procedures, but also instructs on tree maintenance, training and pruning.last_img read more

Turf Manager.

first_imgPeople who want immaculate golf courses, sports fields and landscapes don’t want just anybody planting and caring for them. So the University of Georgia, through distance education, is offering a certification in turfgrass management.The 10-course program may be completed through the mail or on the Internet. It doesn’t require admission tests or transcripts. And it’s open to people who want to start or continue a series of college credit courses.The certification allows students to move at their own pace. They can take up to 12 months to complete each course.’Built-in Flexibility'”The built-in flexibility will allow even the busiest professional to continue his or her education,” said Keith Karnok, professor of turfgrass management with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.University System of Georgia Independent Study developed the certification along with the CAES and the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America provided input.To learn more, visit the course Web site. Or call USGIS at 1-800-877-3243. Or e-mail read more

Sustainable farm

first_imgThe annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference and Training session will be Feb. 9-11 at South Georgia College in Douglas, Ga. This year’s theme is “Improving our soil, water and quality of life.”Lodging and meals are free to Georgia farmers as long as space is available. The cost to others is $200.The conference promotes a systems approach to sustainable agriculture. It covers topics like cover crops, equipment, organic farming and ecology. There will be several farmer-led breakout sessions and discussion panels.For more information, call the Coffee County Extension Service at (912) 384-1402, Seven Rivers RC&D at (912) 367-7679 or Natural Resources Conservation Service at (912) 384-4811, extension 3.The program’s cosponsors are the University of Georgia Extension Service, NRCS, Seven Rivers RC&D, Altamaha Soil & Water Conservation District, Satilla River Soil & Water Conservation District, Coffee County Conservation Tillage Alliance, Georgia Conservation Tillage Alliance and Georgia Organics.last_img read more

06 Organic garden

first_imgVolume XXIXNumber 1Page 6 By George BoyhanUniversity of GeorgiaYou may have heard of organic gardening or that a vegetable hasbeen grown organically. What exactly does this mean?Organic production relies on naturally occurring materials andprocesses to produce a crop. Neither pesticides nor manufacturedfertilizers are used.Organic gardeners often refer to “feeding the soil, not theplant,” when discussing organic gardening. And this is the mainidea in this type of garden. Build a healthy, biologicallyactive, nutrient-rich soil, and plants will thrive.The most important part of organic gardening is increasing theorganic content of the soil. Compost is the most common materialused to do this.Compost is the product of formerly living tissue that hasundergone aerobic (requiring air) decomposition. You can buycompost by the bag or the truckload, or you can make it yourself.Buy it?Your local garden center will have bagged compost, but this mightget expensive for a vegetable garden. Truckload amounts may be abetter choice at a modest price.Making your own compost involves collecting kitchen scraps, yardwaste and similar items and building a compost pile. If it’s doneright, this material will break down fast into compost. To learnmore about composting, contact your county University of GeorgiaExtension Service agent.Ideally, in organic gardening, your garden soil should have atleast 5 percent organic matter. Plant nutrients are supplied fromthe compost.Other ‘food’You can supplement them with other natural, organic materialsthat may have higher amounts of plant nutrients. These includethings like blood meal, poultry litter and fish emulsion.Other methods important to organic gardening include croprotation, in which crops that add fertility to the soil, such asbeans and peas, are followed by crops that require high amountsof fertility, such as corn and cabbage.Another important method is green manuring. This is the processof growing a crop solely for the purpose of turning it under toadd organic matter to the soil.Organic gardening may be more challenging in the short run. Butin the long run, it can be very rewarding and good for theenvironment. Check it out.(George Boyhan is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more