Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 A new class has enrolled for the second year of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest Main Stem hit School of Rock—The Musical. From November 7, comedic actor Eric Petersen will assume the role of wannabe rock star, Dewey Finn, taking over for Tony nominee Alex Brightman, who is scheduled to play his final performance on November 6.Petersen has been seen on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in national tours, most notably as Shrek in Shrek: The Musical, Peter and the Starcatcher and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. On TV, Petersen played Arlo Barth on TVLand’s Kristie and has been seen on Disney Channel’s Jessie, Pair of Kings and Kirby Buckets.The Kid Band, who perform Lloyd Webber’s score live at every performance, will include new cast members Rachel Katzke as Katie the bass player and Walden Sullivan as Lawrence the keyboardist, along with returning cast members, Brandon Niederauer as Zack the guitarist and Raghav Mehrotra as Freddy on drums. Additionally, Olivia Chun will assume the role of super serious band manager Summer, Steven Booth will take on the role of Ned, Annabelle Wachtel will play Marcy, Terrance Bell, Jr. will play Mason, Chloe Bryan will play Madison, and Ellie Kim will join the cast as a swing.The new class of School of Rock also features Will Blum as the Dewey alternate, Jenn Gambatese as Rosalie Mullins, Becky Gulsvig as Patty, Bobbi MacKenzie as Tomika, and Luca Padovan as Billy. The adult ensemble includes Emily Cramer, Natalie Charle Ellis, John Arthur Greene, Michael Hartney, Merritt David Janes, Nehal Joshi, Lulu Lloyd, Jaygee Macapugay, Cassie Okenka, Patrick O’Neill, Morgan Rose, Jesse Swimm, Josh Tower, and J. Michael Zygo. The kid’s ensemble features Paul Luke Bonenfant, Ava Della Pietra, Gabby Gutierrez, Gianna Harris, Jason Kisare and Jersey Sullivan.Currently in performances at the Winter Garden Theatre, School of Rock is based on the 2003 film of the same name, featuring music from the movie, as well as an original score by Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes and direction by Laurence Connor. The show follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within. New Class of ‘School of Rock(Photo: Jenny Anderson) View Comments Related Shows School of Rock – The Musical
Wax myrtles (Myrica cerifera) grow rapidly in full sun.Tea olive (Osmanthus fragrantisima) or lusterleaf holly (Ilexlatifolia) are good choices for shaded hedgerows.“In general, these plants don’t suffer from the problems afflicting Leyland cypress as much,” Daly said. “But they still need to be given proper cultural conditions such as applying the correct amount of water.” Ten years ago, I planted Leyland cypress trees as a property border. A Christmas present from my parents, they were $3 a piece and stood all of six inches tall. When my University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent told me to plant them 10 to 15 feet apart, I followed his advice even though I thought that was a lot of elbow room per plant.Today, my Leyland cypresses are more than 20 feet tall and are definitely doing their job buffering my view of the subdivision entrance across the street. I planted them 10 feet apart. I now wish I had opted for 15 feet.Inexpensive, fast-growing and tall“Leyland cypress trees are one of the most commonly planted trees in the landscape,” said Tim Daly, a UGA Extension agent in Gwinnett County. “They are popular because of their fast growth and their ability to provide a screen against traffic areas or neighbors.”Leyland cypress (X Cupressocyparis leylandii) is a hybridspecies that resulted from a cross between the Nootka false cypress (Chamaecyparis nootkantensis) and the Monterey cypress, (Cupressocyparis macrocarpa). It was discovered on a British estate in the late 1800s, Daly said.Poor site selection can create problems with Leyland cypress trees. “They grow into large trees, and in some parts of the world they can reach 100 feet tall and nearly 50 feet wide,” Daly said. “Think of the damage a tree that size could do to your house, fence or driveway only a few feet away.”Four feet taller each yearIt may be hard to imagine a small Leyland cypress growing into a 100-foot tall tree, but with proper care, it can and will happen, he said. Leyland cypresses grow about 4 feet per year in height and 2 to 3 feet in width.They require full sun, all day. “Shade will reduce their vigor, causing them to thin out and be more susceptible to diseases,” Daly said. “They also need plenty of air circulation inside the canopy to dry out the branches and leaves.”Planting too close to a fence, building or each other will prevent the interiors of the trees from drying out, he said, and could lead to fungal diseases.Well-drained soil a mustThe tree is best suited for fertile, well-drained soils. “The amount of soil water is one of the most critical factors in the growth of Leyland cypress,” Daly said. “Excess water will increase root-rotting fungal diseases, and too little water leads to stress and ultimately stem and leaf diseases.”To monitor the soil moisture, use a shovel to open a 4-inch-deep gap in the soil near the base of the trees. Feel the soil and test it for moisture. If it feels dry, water. If it feels wet, avoid watering.Diseases can take their toll on Leyland cypress trees. “Using chemical control is not feasible since the application of them is ineffective and will not have effect on control” he said. “Severely infected trees may have to be removed.”May be headed out, popularity wise,Disease pressure, improper planting and overuse may send Leyland cypress the way of plants like the Red Tip Photinia and Bradford pears, he said.Red tip photinias are small trees that were used extensively in the 1980s as a hedge. Most of the plants succumbed to Entomosporium fungal leaf spot disease. Bradford pears, although not afflicted with any serious diseases, have quick growing soft wood and crotches at an angle. This causes the branches to split off easily. Hollies are among the replacement candidatesSeveral alternatives to Leyland cypress are available. Here are Daly’s recommendations:Hollies like “Nellie R. Stevens” and “Emily Bruner.” These are best for borders in full sun.Arbovitaes (Thuja occidentalis), particularly the “GreenGiant” cultivar, which was selected as a 2007 Georgia Gold MedalPlant.
U.S. coal-fired generation hit hard by coronavirus, falling electric demand—Rhodium Group FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News ($):Coal-fired electricity and oil demand suffered record drops between mid-March and mid-April, according to a new study examining the widespread impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic across the energy sector.The analysis Friday from the Rhodium Group found electricity demand was “weaker” over the past month, partly because of warmer temperatures along with the pandemic. The demand plunge slammed U.S. coal generation, which averaged 16.4% of the U.S. total over the last month, compared with 22.5% over the same period last year.For the week of April 8-14, coal fell further, averaging 15% of total U.S. power generation, with wind and solar generation surpassing coal during a three-day period for the first time in recorded history, the analysis said. Coal’s decreased share of total generation was also affected by lower natural gas prices, the brief said.“Coal generation has borne the brunt of the electricity demand decline,” the analysis said. It followed a report earlier this month finding that renewable energy had surpassed coal for generating electricity in the first quarter of 2020 — the first time that has happened in a three-month period.Coal last year accounted for 23.5% of U.S. electricity generation, followed by nuclear and renewables at 19.7% and 17.5%, respectively, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.Rhodium said that coal’s decreased share is subject to change if the pace of new solar and wind construction is slowed by “COVID-driven economic weakness.” Still, the report noted: “[E]xisting renewable assets have so far fared considerably better than their coal-fired peers.”[Carlos Anchondo]More ($): ‘Coal generation has borne the brunt’
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lisa Polizzi BandThe LI songstress (and Bethpage Federal Credit Union Best of LI award winner) sings with an inner strength that can only be channeled straight from the heart. Music pulses through her veins and embodies her very soul. This is evident in every single performance, whether it’s at a small club on the South Shore of Long Island or gracing the stage of multitude singing competitions, and winning them. Her current incarnation—with a full band of equally talented musicians backing her—deliver powerful, passionate performances that span blues, dance, R &B, pop, and of course, rock. Rocking out at The Space’s FREE Thursday Night Live Music Extravaganza in The Lounge, this gig is a must-see. Trust us, you’ll love her. The Lounge at The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave, Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com Free! Doors 5 p.m./Show 9 p.m. September 4The Rising This Bruce Springsteen Tribute possesses all the passion, all the artistry, all the fury of The Boss himself (or at least damn close to it) and will be performing his 1984 mega-platinum-selling Born in the U.S.A. in its entirety, along with all his hits, as part of the record’s 30th anniversary celebration. With special guest Bon Journey: A Tribute to Bon Jovi & Journey. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15, $25. 7:45 p.m. September 4Long Island at WarThis moving, intense collection of paintings utilizes the transcendental medium of art to document the myriad roles LI played in nearly every war throughout American history. It is a powerful, emotional vision. The Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages, 1200 Rte. 25A, Stony Brook. longislandmuseum.org Exhibit included in price of admission: $9 adults, $7 seniors, students with ID $4, children under 6 and museum members Free. Thursdays: 10 a.m. till 5 p.m., Fridays: 10 a.m. till 5 p.m., Saturdays: 10 a.m. till 5 p.m., Sundays: 12 p.m. till 5 p.m. September 4 through December 28East Northport Annual FestivalBicycle stunts, live music, magic shows, amusement park rides, mouthwatering food, sidewalk sales, and too many arts and crafts for sale to mention and an exotic petting zoo!? Will there be a llama munching on some grass? Will there be a squirrelly rabbit? Will there be chicken souvlaki? Grape leaves? Hummus? Will there be a baby fox!? Only one way to find out! John Walsh Park & Larkfield Rd., East Northport. eastnorthport.com/annual_events_festival.asp September 5 (6 p.m. to 11 p.m.), 6 (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) & 7 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)Social DistortionSeminal punk stalwarts Mike Ness and crew take over the stage at The ’Mount for a no-holds-barred, rock-till-you-drop-or-are-carried-out mayhem fest replete high-octane, F-The-World anthems spanning the band’s nearly 40 years of ripping it, sure to include classics such as “Mommy’s Little Monster,” “Ball and Chain,” “Making Believe,” “Sick Boy” and “When The Angels Sing” along with newer firebombs from their latest, 2011’s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. With special guests: Whigs & Jonny Two Bags. You do not want to miss this gig! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35, $75. 8 p.m. September 5The Last of Robin HoodStarring Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon and Dakota Fanning, this erotic, suspenseful biopic breathes life into the final, controversial years of Hollywood star gigolo Errol Flynn (Kline) and his torrid, scandalous affair with 15-year-old Beverly Aadland (Fanning), enabled by her fame-fiending mother Florence (Sarandon). Wow. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org Check website for ticket prices and showtimes. September 5 through September 11Port CityThis is a loaded day at The ’Rev indeed! First up it’s Long Island multi-instrumentalists and self-described “Band of Brothers” Port City—featuring their emotional, high-energy rock/indie/jazz/funk creations through piano, guitar, sax, bass, violin and drums—with fellow Long Island pop-punkers Chasing April & NY alt-rockers Chasing Carmen. 16 and older with ID. $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Doors 5 p.m. Then for the creatures of the night it’s The Electrix (Grateful Dead tribute) and Think Floyd (Pink Floyd tribute) doling out all the classic hits you just never get to see performed live anymore. 18 and older with ID. $10. Doors 8:30 p.m. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com September 6Chris IsaakThe rockabilly swooner recently spoke with the Press regarding this gig, his acclaimed career and his love of Johnny Cash [Read It Here], among other things, remarking that he looks forward to “the fall foliage and an ebullient crowd!” This is a rock and roll gig for couples, hell yeah, but just as much for those lonely hearted jaders out there who walk along Jones Beach late at night staring at the extraterrestrial moon reflecting rippled bridges off the smooth lulling waters and say, “I know she’s out there, I’ll never give up, and when we meet, it will be like interplanetary lightning fire!” Or something like that. Expect mega-sexy blockbuster “Wicked Game,” along with many other melters. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50, $69.50. 7 p.m. September 7Rock Legends Live! Jimi HendrixThis cinematic celebration commemorating Hendrix’s artistry 44 years after his passing in September 1970 will include time travel clips from TV and live concert footage spanning his time melting planets with The Band of Gypsies and The Experience, featuring, among many other tunes: “Purple Haze,” “Foxy Lady,’ “Fire,” Voodoo Child,” “Hey Joe,” and “The Wind Cries Mary.” Do not miss this film! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org Members $10/Public $15. 7:30 p.m. September 9Ninth Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Ducks StadiumEnjoy the Long Island Ducks game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs while raising much-needed awareness and funds to help fight breast cancer as 18 local breast cancer coalitions and countless supporters unite together to battle this insidious disease. [Read more about this amazing, important event HERE and at pinktie.org.] Together, we can beat this! Bethpage Ballpark, 3 Court House Dr., Central Islip. 631-940-3825. liducks.com 6:35 p.m. September 9 Click here to check out these and many more amazing gigs, events and performances taking place across Long Island in The Island EarJohn EdwardThis is the Long Islander’s “Coming Home Tour,” and is set to be a night absolutely full of unbelievable communications from loved ones who’ve crossed over to the other side, transcendental revelations and intense, passionate emotions, all around. Edward has a gift for delving deep into the afterlife and bringing forth messages from family members, lovers and friends who have “Crossed Over” to the next realm of existence. His psychic abilities are bound to amaze, excite and inspire. Wow. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50, $65, $85, $100, $200. 8 p.m. September 9
The dinners caught on. After the coronavirus pandemic struck and prevented face-to-face gatherings, MADA went virtual with a Facebook group.The group has not shied away from hot-button discussion topics including race, police brutality and abortion.While Facebook relies on automated systems and user reports to filter out unacceptable vitriol, groups have human moderators who can reject posts or turn off comments if discussions go off the rails.Rather than Facebook or its chief Mark Zuckerberg deciding what is acceptable, groups outline their own standards. As division roils the country ahead of the US presidential election, Justine Lee is out to “Make America Dinner Again” and foster understanding in the process.The creator of the private Facebook group by that name faces the challenge of keeping conversation civil at a social network criticized as a cauldron of toxicity.MADA was started when Lee, who lives in New York’s Bronx borough, and a friend were stunned by the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and began holding dinner parties to bring together people with opposing political viewpoints. “It is clear that these are the norms that we’ve agreed to as a group, and if you don’t agree with them or you can’t adhere to them, you’re out,” Lee said.”I feel like the rest of the internet is just too big to be like that.”MADA has around 850 members and a dozen moderators – six of them politically left-leaning and six right-leaning.Facebook — which with more than 2.7 billion monthly users is the leading social network — has been trying to shake off its image as a dangerously sprawling platform by emphasizing private communications and small groups.”As the world gets bigger and more connected, we need that sense of intimacy more than ever,” Zuckerberg said when announcing a tactical shift last year.”That’s why I believe the future is private.”Facebook doesn’t place ads in groups, but data collected in public groups is used to recommend content and target ads elsewhere on the platform.MADA hosted a virtual watch party this week for the first US presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Lee helped moderate.”When things got a little bit tense, we invited people to use ‘gifts’ and emojis to lighten the mood a bit and express what they were feeling rather than their words,” Lee said.Even with flashpoint topics, group conversations often benefit from members having bonded over children, pets, hobbies and other shared interests or adversities, according to Lee.After seeing the rampant anxiety caused by Covid-19, Australian doctor Catherine Barrett launched The Kindness Pandemic.The group, which focuses particularly on acts of kindness between generations, has grown to more than 500,000 members.”People join our group to create a better world,” said Barrett, with a drawing of a heart decorating a refrigerator behind her during a video call.”That sounds lofty, but it’s really where it comes from. Our group has a very low tolerance for unkindness.”Facebook just added software tools for group administrators, such as automatically flagging specified words or barring members from posting until they have been in a group for awhile.Posts shared to spark group discussions typically must be pre-approved by moderators.”I don’t enjoy Facebook because I think people have been really negative,” Barrett said of the broader social network.”I think people in our group appreciate the fact it is not toxic.”Facebook and others have grappled with how to purge vile content from online platforms without stifling free expression.Facebook this week said it is raising the profile of member groups, hoping people with different views will find common ground there.”Groups are allowing people to engage with very different perspectives and backgrounds,” Fidji Simo, head of Facebook App, told AFP.”It’s something we can use now more than ever.”Facebook this month is marking the 10th anniversary of groups, which were growing in popularity even before the pandemic made online socializing a cultural norm.They are now used by more than 1.8 billion people monthly.Groups have surged for several reasons, including support for the Black community as the United States faces a reckoning on race and police brutality.According to Simo, groups devoted to quirky pandemic trends and light-hearted content have also grown during the health crisis.But Jennifer Grygiel, an assistant professor of communications at Syracuse University, said she worries that promoting groups might further drown out the free press ahead of a crucial election.”The timing is so off,” Grygiel said. “This is risky.”Topics :
On January 1 a joint venture of SNC-Lavalin and Gesproex Inc took over maintenance and operation of the Deux-Montagnes and Rigaud commuter lines from the Montreal Urban Community Transport Commission. The city’s Agence Métropolitaine de Transport, which oversees the two commuter lines, announced award of a three-year contract to SNC-Gesproex on December 16. Responsibility for ticketing, passenger information and marketing functions is transferred for an annual payment of C$992000, saving 31% over the previous Muctc cost. o
In terms of third-quarter asset allocation, the main shifts since the previous quarter have been a 3-percentage-point fall in equity and equity fund investment (to 27% of the total portfolio), and a similar rise in cash holdings, to 11%.The overall share of bond and bond-fund investment remained unchanged at 54%.Geographically, the share of Latvian assets increased by 4 percentage points to 43%, including rising investment in venture capital and real estate funds that focus on the Baltic region.The share held by Eastern European assets rose by 2 percentage points to 20%, while the Western European share fell from 17% to 16%, and that of global/international markets from 14% to 12%.Close to 91% of all investments were in euro-dominated securities, with some 7% in US dollar assets.Assets since the start of the year increased by 10.3% to €2.2bn, boosted by a 1-percentage-point increase in the contribution rate, to 5%, which came into effect in May.In 2016, the rate rises by a further percentage point.Membership fell by 0.5% to 1.24m.Third-pillar pension fund returns showed a similar trend, with the average year-to-date yield falling to 0.47%, from 3.47% in the second quarter and 5.34% in the first.The five balanced-strategy funds generated 0.48%, and the active, equity weighted ones a much lower 0.01%.Over the quarter, the balanced funds reduced their equity and equity-fund exposure by 2 percentage points to 9%, and their bond holdings by 3 percentage points to 65%, while cash holdings increased by 5 percentage points to 15%.The active funds also reduced their equity holdings – from 41% to 38% – while the share of bonds in the portfolio increased from 44% to 45%, and cash from 6% to 8%.As a result of the third quarter’s poor investment results, the total asset value for both types of plan fell by 0.7% over the previous quarter to €304m.Since the start of the year, assets have grown by 8.1%, and membership by 5.1% to 248,016, of which 22% are employers paying their workers’ contributions.The LKA report noted that the average age of participants in 2015 was 46 years, as a savings culture among younger workers has yet to develop in Latvia. Latvia’s pension funds averaged a positive nine-month return as of the end of September despite a volatile third quarter.Returns were down substantially, however, on the record performance achieved in the first quarter.According to the Association of Commercial Banks of Latvia (LKA), second-pillar funds generated an average return of 0.28%, down from 2.71% in the second quarter and 9.5% in the first.The eight active, equity-weighted plans generated 0.13%, the four balanced ones 0.00% and the conservative plans 0.75%.
On the ground floor is large office/library with crafted cedarwood bookcases, a lounge with original fireplace, a laundry, bathroom and a kitchen with custom built cabinetry, marble benchtops, premium quality stainless steel appliances and an island bench. The kitchen then flows in to a living and dining area which has french doors that open on to the covered terrace that wraps around the rear of the house. Upstairs there are three large bedrooms, one with an ensuite, one with a study nook and the other with a huge storage space. There is also a family bathroom.The master bedroom is a true parents’ retreat, with built-in robes, and a marble ensuite with double vanity, shower and bath. But it is outside that this entertainers house shines. There is an alfresco space with a built-in kitchenette that links to another covered entertaining zone complete with electric Vergola operable roof. The saltwater pool and heated spa have two rotatable umbrellas for shade and an integrated cleaning system.All of this overlooks the canal and a myriad of recreational boats. Other features include a security system, ducted airconditioning and ceiling fans throughout, hardwired sound system, 26,000L underground water tank, a secure garage for up to four cars and a carport for two more, and a six station irrigation system for the gardens. 56 AUSTRALIA CT, NEWPORTFRAMED by an iconic jacaranda tree, this canal house embraces the best of the New England and French Provincial styles.Located at Newport on the Redcliffe peninsula, the 1980-built two-storey house was extensively renovated by Bill and Bronwyn Woodforde.But with their children now grown up, it is time to move. He said they always bought “the worst house in the best street”.“This one had unique appeal and was in a prime spot,” he said.The house itself sits on a 827sq m block with 24m canal frontage. It h More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoas one of the largest private approved pontoons, which has the ability to berth a 12m long wet berth vessel and two dry berths, both with power and water supplied to the pontoon. Mr Woodforde said his family rarely went away on holidays, preferring to go boating locally. Entry to the house is through manicured gardens and hedgerows via a granite cobblestone path and stately double doors into the home, which has silver travertine marble tiles, vaulted ceilings and decorative cornices throughout. From the house, it is just a 45 minutes to Moreton Bay Island or 30 minutes to Bribie Island by boat.The property is listed with Courtney Maguire of Place Kangaroo Point, and will go to auction at 11am tomorrow (Sunday, November 18). “This was her (Bronwyn’s) dream home,” Mr Woodforde said. “We had been looking to buy in the area and always pointed out this one as a timeless classic.“But we were always told the owners would never sell, and then one day I saw it online.”And the rest is history. The couple bought the house in 2009, only moving in after the renovations were complete in 2012.Mr Woodforde, who runs his own shop fitting business and has renovated “five or six” properties, said they custom-built everything they could, with his wife having a say in every design element.
The protest was held on the eve of the30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which ended communist rule in whatwas then Czechoslovakia. Crowds gather at Letna Park to mark the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday. AFP It was alleged that Babis used theEuropean Union subsidies for his private business, which he denied. Prague – At least 200,000 people protested against the Czech governmentin this capital, calling for Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign overallegations of fraud. Saturday’s demonstration was held inLetna Park – which was also the site of the biggest rallies of November 1989.(BBC)
Mirante was tagged as one of the most wanted person in the municipal police station of Dumarao, Capiz, the report added. His apprehension was staged on the strength of an arrest warrant, police said. ILOILO City – Charged with attempted murder, a man was arrested in Barangay Poblacion, Bingawan, Iloilo. The 58-year-old Rodrigo Mirante of Barangay Amingan, Alimodian, Iloilo was caught around 9 a.m. on May 10, a police report showed. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Dumarao police station. The court recommended a P120,000 bail bond for Mirante’s temporary liberty./PN