Wicked Turns 10, Bobby Cannavale Plays Charades & After Midnight Swings in This Week’s Datebook

first_imgGreen is the new black! Yes, it’s Halloween week (and nobody loves Halloween as much as Broadway fans), but the real party is the day before, when the beloved blockbuster musical Wicked celebrates a decade on the Great White Way. So, get out your brooms and tiaras, and let’s party like it’s 2003 in this week’s Datebook! FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1A SWINGING NIGHT WITH MONTEGO GLOVERGot an itch to hear Benny Goodman-style big band music? Head to Carnegie Hall to see Tony nominee Montego Glover (Memphis) headline “Sing Sing Swing” with the New York Pops. Music director Steven Reineke welcomes Glover and clarinet player Dave Bennett for a tribute to Goodman’s live recording at the Hall 75 years ago.ALSO: The 2013 Carols for a Cure CD gives fans a jump on the holidays; Mama Rose’s Turn: The True Story of America’s Most Notorious Stage Mother by Carolyn Quinn is released. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29GOOD SEX, AND A LOT MOREThere’s a lot more to Dr. Ruth Westheimer than her career as a sex therapist, and actress Debra Jo Rupp is bringing history to life in Becoming Dr. Ruth, which opens at the Westside Theatre. Hear the inspiring story of how young Ruth Siegel escaped the Nazis, became a sniper in Jerusalem and found happiness and fame in America.ALSO: Sexy variety show La Soiree begins previews at the Union Square Theatre; cast recordings of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! are released. Star Files WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30ELPHIE & GLINDA TURN 10It’s going to be an incredible night at the Gershwin Theatre, as original cast members and starry alums (think Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, Julia Murney & Annaleigh Ashford) return for the 10th anniversary performance of Wicked. It’s a milestone only 10 other Broadway shows have reached, so the Citizens of Oz will definitely be partying.ALSO: The comic thriller Small Engine Repair begins previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, produced by MCC Theater. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHTHarlem comes to Broadway as After Midnight celebrates its opening at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Fantasia Barrino, Dule Hill, Adriane Lenox and a cast of fantastic singers and dancers join the incredible Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars for an evening that blends the songs of Duke Ellington with the prose of Langston Hughes. Fabulous!ALSO: Jarrod Spector in concert and Martin Charnin’s Something Funny’s Going On revue play 54 Below. MONDAY, OCTOBER 28FIRST WORD, FOUR LETTERS, SOUNDS LIKE…The annual LAByrinth Theater Company Celebrity Charades benefit is starry, silly and lots of fun.This year’s gala,  with a “Disco Fever” theme, will held at Capitale, featuring killer charades players Bobby Cannavale, Billy Crudup, Josh Charles, Padma Lakshmi, Chris Rock and more. Careful: They’re competitive!ALSO: Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart gets a starry reading on Theatre Row benefitting The New Group, featuring Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams of Girls; Michael Mayer discusses the film Broadway Idiot at the Jacob Burns Film Center; Florence Henderson looks back her brilliant career at 54 Below. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31BOO! HALLOWEEN, BROADWAY-STYLEHalloween is the perfect night to see a show—you can get a bloody scare at Macbeth with Ethan Hawke or give yourself a completely different kind of fright at First Date. If you prefer dressing up, do some Broadway-style trick-or-treating in costume as Kinky Boots’ Lola, Cinderella, Matilda’s Miss Trunchbull or—taking a tip from The Glass Menagerie’s Celia Keenan-Bolger, above—Annie. Have a frightfully good evening!ALSO: Into Sweeney Todd’s Woods, with special guest Len Cariou, is the perfect Halloween treat at 54 Below; the McKittrick Hotel, home to spooky interactive hit Sleep No More, hosts a Halloween bash.  View Comments Bobby Cannavale SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2MY, MY! MAMMA MIA! HAS A NEW HOMEBroadway’s Dancing Queens will have their first dance party in a new Broadway home as Mamma Mia! gives its first performance at the Broadhurst Theatre. The smash-hit musical, which is heading toward its 5,000th performance, should look great in a slightly smaller house, so hitch up your Spandex and head to West 44th Street to sing along with ABBA hits.ALSO: Jackie Hoffman, Mary Testa, Christime Pedi & Kristine Zbornik are Silly Witches at 54 Below; The Preacher and the Shrink, starring Dee Hoty, begins at the Beckett Theatre; The Awesome ‘80s Prom ends at The Wall; Every Day a Visitor begins at the Clurman Theatre.last_img read more

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SOC18: Bontrager shows killer one-off steel road bike, plus affordable carbon wheels

first_imgAcross the range of regular and X X X models, they have depths from 20mm to 90mm, offering something for everyone from climbers to time trialists. The rims are all OCLV carbon, but the highest end models receive a new brake track treatment (among other upgrades).Bontrager’s Aeolus carbon road rims are tubeless, and you can set them up with regular tubeless tape, but they include their rim strip inserts that make it easier and quicker, but add a few more grams.Retail is $1,200 for either rim or disc brake sets. Ample tire clearance means it could double as a light-duty gravel bike running cyclocross tires. And what about those tires?They’re 700×28 Bontrager R4 Classics Tubular with a high grip compound. They’re $99.99 each. There’s a 320tpi clincher version, too, if you just want that look, but with a slightly different tread (or lack of) pattern.Finishing off the build was their 68g full carbon saddle, which is also available for a mere $380.Bontrager Aeolus Pro 5 Carbon WheelsAnd now for things that are really new. Earlier this year, they released the top level X X X Aeolus wheels, and we’ve reviewed them here. Now, there’s a more affordable Pro 5 version that comes with many of the same features, with a new 50mm depth. Our man at Bontrager, Alex Applegate, runs through the details real quick and shows off a few other goodies in this video: Keith Bontrager’s name may not be on production bikes anymore, but that doesn’t mean the folks inside Trek’s Waterloo, Wisconsin, headquarters can’t have a little fun with their project builds now and then. This Bontrager steel disc brake road road bike is thoroughly modern, and one of a kind.It’s 1x, and pairs a Dura-Ace road crank with an XTR Di2 rear derailleur and cassette.Thru axles and flat mount brakes, of course.center_img A few other things worth looking at include their Portal road helmet and Rally mountain bike helmets use their Blendr mounts that attach magnetically. Quick, easy integration that’ll break away if you wreck.Their Velocis road shoe now comes in a bright orange, day-glow orange color to catch drivers’ eyes.The Flatline MTB shoe gets a new sole and style updates.Bontrager.comlast_img read more

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NEJC tops website’s list of ‘Snobbiest Cities in Kansas’

first_imgMission Hills came in at number two on the list.Well…not sure what to make of this, exactly…A website called RoadSnacks today released a list of the “10 snobbiest cities in Kansas” — and northeast Johnson County municipalities take four of the top five slots.The list — which the website says is “opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out” — puts Leawood in the top slot, with Mission Hills in third, Prairie Village in fourth and Fairway in fifth.Here’s the full list, with accompanying descriptions that include gems like this:Mission Hills: Mission Hills is on here for one reason. It starts with an M and it ends in ONEY.These folks are plain loaded. When your house costs more than most other Kansans make in a lifetime, you might be a bit out of touch with the rest of us.The rankings are based on the following data from the 2013 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census:Median home priceMedian household incomePercent of population with a college degreePrivate schools per capitaTheaters per capitaArt galleries per capitaCan’t say I got the sense that the good people at RoadSnacks are intensely familiar with the area considering this is the photo they ran of Prairie Village:(Ah, the famous slopes of Mount Johnson County! Can’t wait to strap on my skis and shred!)…and that they say George Brett lives in Prairie Village instead of Mission Hills.So, make of it what you will…last_img read more

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Nassau Bar helps hurricane victims

first_imgNassau Bar helps hurricane victims Nassau Bar helps hurricane victims The Nassau County Bar recently participated in Sheriff Tommy Seagraves’ effort to continue assistance for the citizens of Hancock County, Mississippi, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.Doug Oliver, of the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, has organized 16 trips with relief supplies for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office staffers, since Katrina.Recently, members of the sheriff’s office raised more than $5,000 for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office relief fund.The Nassau County Bar pitched in both cash and electronic equipment for the relief fund and individual members of the Bar also contributed individually to the fund. August 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Martin County Bar offers scholarship

first_img November 1, 2015 Regular News Martin County Bar offers scholarship M artin County Bar offers scholarshipThe Martin County Bar is awarding a $4,000 scholarship to a high school senior in Martin County who provides the winning essay on a constitutional issue. The association is awarding two $500 scholarships to the runner-ups. The issue revolves around police using drone technology to gather evidence.“We are asking high school seniors to comment on an emerging issue under criminal law, whether the U.S. Constitution permits police agencies to utilize drone technology to gather evidence,” said Martin County Bar President Chad Hastings, adding the scenario is where the police fly a helicopter drone 20-25 feet over a person’s 10-foot backyard hedges, and into their yard, to get photos of marijuana plants inside the home. The question is whether this use of drone technology violates the U.S. Constitution. “I think it is going to be exciting to hear how our seniors respond to this constitutional question.” said Michelle Katzman, the executive director of the Marin County Bar. For more information, visit www.martincountybar.org.last_img read more

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Psychologists are known for being liberal – but is that because they understand how people think?

first_imgLinkedIn Share Email Share on Facebook Share on Twittercenter_img Pinterest Is the field of social psychology biased against political conservatives? There has been intense debate about this question since an informal poll of over 1,000 attendees at a social psychology meeting in 2011 revealed the group to be overwhelmingly liberal.Formal surveys have produced similar results, showing the ratio of liberals to conservatives in the broader field of psychology is 14-to-1.Since then, social psychologists have tried to figure out why this imbalance exists. The primary explanation offered is that the field has an anticonservative bias. I have no doubt that this bias exists, but it’s not strong enough to push people who lean conservative out of the field at the rate they appear to be leaving.I believe that a less prominent explanation is more compelling: learning about social psychology can make you more liberal. I know about this possibility because it is exactly what happened to me.‘Homo libertus’ becomes a social psychologistI used to be a libertarian. I believed that protecting individual liberties was the highest purpose of law, and that the government should have no role in shaping people’s behavior. These views tended to align with Republican positions more than Democratic ones on issues such as gun control, environmental policy and treatment for addiction.I believed that people should have every opportunity to make their own choices, and should bear the full responsibility of the consequences of those choices.The libertarian worldview assumes that each of us is a homo libertus, a creature that acts with its full mental capacity all the time, reasoning through every decision in terms of its complete implications for the individual’s values and well-being.A perfect libertarian society wouldn’t need laws to protect the environment, for example, because each homo libertus would consider the impact on the environment of every decision that he or she makes. Society’s care for the environment would be reflected automatically in the choices of its citizens.One of social psychology’s most powerful insights is that humans are not homo liberti. Thinking about ourselves in this way is alluring, but also mistaken. We are not radical individuals; we are social creatures. We do not think logically at all times; we take shortcuts. We do not always consider the future. And even when we do, we are biased by the present context.Learning about social psychology, about how people actually make important choices, made me aware of the critical role that society plays, through laws and other means, in enabling us to fulfill our values and ideals. This realization pushed me to be decidedly more liberal than I was before.It’s not that studying psychology made me a bleeding heart, but that studying psychology gave me a better understanding of why people do what they do. Three topics in particular that shaped the evolution of my political views from libertarian to liberal: gun control, charity and self-control.There are many others, but these three most vividly illustrate the flaws in the homo libertus assumption.Case study #1: gun controlLearning about social psychology first changed my views about gun control. Homo libertus would follow first principles when deciding to use force: only out of self-defense, and only when there is a real threat of harm.But we now know that people’s perceptions of threat are a blend of objective reality and subjective interpretation. The experience of threat is informed by our snap judgments of the situation and our preconceptions about the potential attacker.For instance, people are more likely to shoot an unarmed black man than an unarmed white man. This is true of just about everyone, including African Americans, highly trained police officers, and people who are horrified at the thought of having a racial bias and motivated to be egalitarian. Also, the mere presence of a gun primes people for aggression, making violence more likely even when there is no rational basis for it.Implicit biases, including ones that go against our overt beliefs, can sneak into life-and-death decisions. This knowledge convinced me that giving even the most well-intentioned people total liberty with guns leads to outcomes that violate equality and justice.Case study #2: CharityDecisions about charitable giving are another example. Government aid to foreign countries is unnecessary, I used to think, because if people care about what happens outside the US, then they’ll give money directly to those in need.It turns out that we humans often have noble, charitable intentions, but we behave in strange and irrational ways when it comes to actual giving.For example, people give more money to save the life of one person who is vividly portrayed than to save hundreds of people who are depicted as statistics, a phenomenon known as the identifiable victim effect.Even when victims are equally identifiable, we tend to give less money when there are more of them. If a homo libertus cared enough to donate $X to one person, then he would donate at least that much to two people. The fact that real humans act in the opposite way made me realize that formalizing our support for those in need through foreign aid and similar policies is a logical way for people in our society to ensure that we act on our charitable intentions.Case study #3: Self-control and bad behaviorA final example of how social psychology made me more liberal comes from my own research on self-control.The libertarian view places the responsibility for choices and their consequences entirely on the individual. We have the right to engage in unhealthy behaviors such as cigarette-smoking or excessive eating, and the downstream problems arising from those behaviors are ours alone.However, unlike homo libertus, many factors outside of our control interfere with our ability to quit smoking or eat healthfully. Simply being poor reduces self-control. Being abused or neglected as a child reduces self-control and increases the risk of substance use as an adult. In a perfect world, we would all have sufficient self-control to align our intentions neatly with our actions.But in this world, where we do not, the fact that some people are saddled with deficits whose seeds were sown before birth undermines the libertarian assumption that people are capable, autonomous decision-makers.These are just three examples, but I think they illustrate well the ways that the idealized folk psychology that underpinned my libertarian politics collapsed in the face of social psychological evidence.You might think this means I think people aren’t responsible for their behavior, but actually I just think that we have a different kind of responsibility. The fact that we’re not always in total control of our immediate actions means that we have even greater responsibility to construct our situations and our institutions in alignment with our deep values.As I continue to study social psychology, I increasingly believe in the importance of policies that recognize and accommodate the realities of human psychology, which necessarily insert certain roles for government in our everyday lives. And I bet I’m not the only one.By Elliot Berkman, University of OregonElliot Berkman is Assistant Professor, Psychology at University of Oregon.This article was originally published on The Conversation.Read the original article.last_img read more

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OPW Fueling Containment Systems Names Greg Kennedy Director of Operations

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement SMITHFIELD, N.C. – OPW Fueling Containment Systems, a division of OPW Fueling Components, has named Greg Kennedy as director of operations. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement OPW Fueling Containment Systems, located in Smithfield, N.C., designs and manufactures secondarily contained fuel delivery systems. Recently, OPW Fueling Containment Systems announced the launch of the industry’s first totally integrated “Plug and Play” Underground Fueling System known as “The Loop System,” which provides new solutions that offer a higher level of environmental protection and a lower cost of fuel delivery system ownership. Kennedy has held various positions within OPW Fueling Components in Cincinnati over the past nine years, including business unit manager and manufacturing supervisor. A graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a bachelor of science technology degree, Kennedy has also earned the distinction of a Six Sigma Quality Greenbelt and has completed the requirements to become a Lean Trainer. Kennedy will report directly to OPW Fueling Containment Systems President, Mike McCann.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

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Professional and legal case news – 04.04.08

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SKYCORP launches Europe’s first H2 drone

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Petrobras confirms existence of 5 bln barrels of oil in Santos Basin

first_imgPetrobras has completed drilling the last exploratory well under the Rights Transfer agreement in the Santos Basin pre-salt.Well 4-BRSA1226-RJS (4-RJS-728), the third drilled in the Entorno de Iara block, has confirmed the discovery of good quality oil in the pre-salt reservoirs.Known as Entorno de Iara 3, the well is located at a water depth of 2,244 meters some 241 km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state.The well confirmed the discovery of good quality oil (27º API) in carbonate reservoirs below the salt layer, starting at a depth of 5,548 meters down to a total depth of 5,875 meters.With the completion of this well, Petrobras has satisfied the exploratory drilling requirements stipulated in the Mandatory Exploratory Plan. Sixteen exploratory wells were drilled over the six areas under the Rights Transfer agreement, with a 100% success rate.Data obtained so far have confirmed the existence 5 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe), in line with the volume contracted by Petrobras with the Brazilian Federal Government.Rights Transfer AgreementBy the end of last year, Petrobras had already declared commerciality for part of the volume contracted in the Franco area (now the Búzios field) of 3.058 billion boe and the Tupi Sul area (now the Sul de Lula field) of 128 million boe.The remaining volumes required to make up the total of 5 billion boe are located in Rights Transfer areas whose commerciality declarations are scheduled to be submitted to Brazil’s National Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency by the end of 2014.Submission of the declarations of commerciality initiates the formal process of reviewing the Rights Transfer agreement on a block-by-block basis, taking into account the technical and economic assumptions for each area. The review process is already under way on the Franco (Búzios field) and Sul de Tupi (Sul de Lula Field) blocks.[mappress]Press Release, May 09, 2014; Image: PETROBRAS AGENCYlast_img read more

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