Controlled Detonations Slated For Coldspring On Monday

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Credit Pixabay COLDSPRING  — The Chautauqua County Bomb Squad, along with the Erie County Bomb Squad, U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team and FBI Bomb Technicians will conduct a controlled disposal of expired ordinance in the Town of Coldspring.According to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, the demolition starts at 11 a.m., Monday, and run into the afternoon.The demolitions will be conducted in a controlled environment and all safety measures and calculations have been completed for the event.The Sheriff’s Office stresses there is no danger to surrounding properties. Residents will hear the demolitions.last_img read more

Small Game Hunting Season Opener Approaches

first_imgPhoto: PixabayALBANY — Crisp autumn air, early and frosty nights. These are sure signs that small game hunting season is just around the corner.New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that several small game hunting seasons open Oct. 1 across New York State, including special youth hunts and new hunting opportunities for active-duty military members and veterans.“Public and private lands across the state present a diverse array of small game hunting opportunities,” Seggos said. “Pursuing small game is a great way to introduce someone to hunting and in addition to our youth hunting seasons, DEC is offering waterfowl hunts this year specifically for active military and veterans. I encourage experienced hunters across the state to take advantage of these opportunities, bring a new hunter afield, and follow hunter safety requirements to have a rewarding experience this fall.”Several special youth-only hunting seasons for pheasants and waterfowl occur prior to the start of the regular season. Season dates, bag limits, and other hunting regulations for New York’s small game species are available in the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide, which can be obtained from a license-issuing agent or on DEC’s website. In addition to youth dates, DEC is providing special hunting opportunities for active-duty military personnel and veterans. Participating hunters must carry identification that verifies their active duty or veteran status. This fall’s active-duty military and veteran days include Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) and Nov. 14 in the Western Zone.Ruffed grouse hunting season runs from Oct. 1 through the last day of February in most areas of the state.DEC encourages ruffed grouse hunters to take part in the grouse hunting log program and submit feathers from harvested birds in order to assess recruitment (number of young produced per adult female grouse) for different parts of the state. Interested hunters should visit the DEC website.As for Pheasant Hunting, approximately 30,000 adult pheasants will be released on lands open to public hunting for the upcoming fall pheasant hunting season. The pheasant hunting season begins Oct. 17 in central and western portions of the state.Since 2007, DEC has offered a special youth-only season to provide junior hunters the opportunity to hunt pheasants during the weekend prior to the regular pheasant hunting season. In Western New York, the youth pheasant hunt weekend is Oct. 10 and 11. Both the junior hunter and their adult mentor must have a hunting license. Only the junior hunter is allowed to carry a firearm and harvest birds on these dates.All release sites for pheasants provided by State-funded programs are open to public hunting. Pheasants will be released on State-owned lands prior to and during the fall hunting season and at several sites on New York City Watershed lands thanks to a partnership with New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Pheasant hunting opportunities have also been augmented by private landowners who have opened their land to public hunting. DEC is grateful for their help in providing high quality hunting experiences for New York’s hunters. A list of statewide pheasant release sites and sites receiving birds for the youth-only pheasant hunt weekends can be found on DEC’s website.Squirrel, Rabbit, and Hare hunting opportunities can be found throughout the state, including on many public lands. Squirrel seasons started Sept. 1 in Upstate New York.Wild Turkey enjoyed better reproductive success this summer compared to last year. As a result, turkey hunters can expect to see more birds while afield this fall. Wild turkeys are less vulnerable to harvest in areas with abundant food (e.g., hard and soft mast), because they don’t have to roam far and wide foraging, so scouting before the season is important. Season opener for Fall is Oct. 17 – Oct. 30 in the Southern Zone. The statewide season bag limit is one bird of either sex. Hunting hours are sunrise to sunset. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

You’re Invited to Casa Valentina! Tix Now On Sale

first_img Casa Valentina Related Shows View All (4) Star Files Set in the idyllic Catskills mountains in the early 1960s, Casa Valentina is a discrete venue for men who enjoy dressing up and acting as women. When the opportunity to become an official organization arises, Casa Valentina must decide whether this would help gain their clientele recognition in society or wreck havoc on their personal lives. Patrick Page Gabriel Ebert View Comments The Manhattan Theatre Club production begins previews April 1 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Opening night is set for April 23. Mare Winningham Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 Who could resist this star-studded cast? Tickets are now on sale to see Tony winner Gabriel Ebert, Emmy winner Mare Winningham, John Cullum, Patrick Page and Reed Birney star in Casa Valentina. The new play is written by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein.  Reed Birneylast_img read more

All the Way Star Bryan Cranston Is Writing a Memoir

first_img All the Way Bryan Cranston has gone from meth manufacturer Walter White on Breaking Bad to President Lyndon B. Johnson in Broadway’s All the Way, but the Emmy winner will soon tell his own story. According to Deadline, Cranston has made a deal with the Scribner to write his memoir, and it will be published in the fall of 2015. No word yet on the memoir’s title, but may we suggest, I Am the Danger: A Memoir. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 Related Shows View Comments “Walter White taught me a lot—some of it useful, some of it dangerous,” Cranston said about the project. “With this book, I want to tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting Breaking Bad.” Star Files Bryan Cranstonlast_img read more

David Hunter on Nabbing the Lead in London’s Once

first_img One interesting thing is that as far as I can tell, there has yet to be a Guy who is actually fully Irish, even though it’s an Irish role. Now that you say that, I don’t think there’s a single Irish person in our entire cast at the moment. I’m from Warrington in the north of England, about half an hour from Liverpool, so the style of folk music in Once has never been far from my ears. I feel such a deep connection to this music—and this material—without being Irish. I think it’s wonderful when such dedication to a show ends up rewarded. The truth is, I was nervous about taking an understudy job in this production because I didn’t want that stigma attached. I had absolutely heard that people in that position do then tend to get overlooked when it comes to the leading part. But Guy is such a phenomenal role in my absolute favorite musical that I made it clear I wanted to be considered as more than the understudy, and fortunately, I was given that opportunity. Well, maybe it is. We’ve actually done that in rehearsal: We’ve named our Guys, but that all remains a closely guarded secret. And because we’ve named the Girls, as well, that’s been helpful to me given that I’ve now performed the show opposite five different Girls—that means it’s really alive every time. It presumably was useful watching two other men play Guy when it came to defining your take on the part. The great thing about watching both Declan and Arthur was that each was so far apart in his approach from the other, which in turn opened up this huge scale of things to do with the character. I think my Guy is quite warm underneath all the bitterness and anger, and once you start to scrape that away, you see what a huge heart he has. How was it being guided by Tony winner John Tiffany, who is in talks to direct the stage adaptation of Harry Potter in London? We see John fairly regularly. He likes to pop his head in to see if the show is in safe hands but often when we least expect it. There are nights when he will come up to me afterwards with an assessment and I think, “I wouldn’t have done certain things this performance if I’d known John was there!” [Laughs.] That must make you unusually sympathetic to your own understudy. His name is Jack Beale, and he’s a great guy. We have neighboring dressing rooms, so it’s been wonderful listening to him rehearse, and he’s going to get his chance to play the part when I’m on holiday—or if he pushes me down the stairs! [Laughs.] The ongoing success of Once is itself remarkable given how fundamentally quiet and unforced the show is. That’s what I love so much about it—it’s almost an anti-Broadway musical and yet has won all those Tonys and now a few Oliviers. Its gentle nature means that you engage with it in a different way. Instead of throwing itself at you, the piece draws you in and requires you to pay attention. From understudy to leading man—you must be thrilled to now own the role of Guy for yourself. I am! I’d probably done about 40 performances or so in the time that I was understudying first Declan Bennett and then Arthur Darvill, so it absolutely helped with first-night nerves knowing that I wasn’t going to fall flat on my face. [That performance] instead became about knowing that the show as a whole worked well and that Jill [Winternitz] felt comfortable and supported by the rest of the cast. This gig means the world to you, doesn’t it? It’s been the absolute highlight of my life so far. At this point, I can’t imagine what will top it. That’s not me being negative—it’s that I can’t imagine something grabbing me in quite this way again. In other words, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. In a way, especially since my agent said to me, “If you ever feel uncomfortable [on Superstar], walk away from it, there is no pressure.” But once it started, it kept getting better and better and turned out to be a wonderful, incredible roller coaster. It’s something I’m incredibly proud of and enjoyed thoroughly, though at the same time, I do think I’m David Hunter now. I don’t think I carried the Jesus brand very long. View Comments Were you well aware of the show before it got to London? Let’s just say that the soundtrack from the film never left my car stereo for four or five years: It was on constant loop! And although I never saw the show on Broadway, I obviously YouTube’d the hell out of it and was just so excited when the production came over. The timing also was ideal because if it had been 10 years later—or earlier—I wouldn’t have had a look in. I’m intrigued that the leading characters are called Guy and Girl—which suggests that they exist to some degree as archetypes. Yes, in that they speak to anyone who has been in love or ever longed for someone. That said, we had a funny situation at the stage door where a woman came up and said, “I really liked the main guy, Stephen,” so she at some point must have heard something or decided that my character’s name was Stephen [laughs]. David Hunter has understudied the last two guys to play Guy in the West End incarnation of the hit musical Once—but earlier this month, he nabbed the starring role for himself. The new leading man plays opposite American actress Jill Winternitz (Dirty Dancing) as Girl at the Phoenix Theatre. He’s best known as a semi-finalist in the 2012 TV reality competition show Superstar, and superstardom may not be too far off for the warm and chatty 29-year-old Englishman. caught up with Hunter to find out more about the new Guy in town. Before Once, you were best known for rising through the ranks on a reality show to cast the title role in Jesus Christ Superstar. Yes, and I got to the semi-finals, which was an incredible experience. The truth is, prior to Superstar I had looked down on those sorts of programs. But I had auditioned for Rock of Ages and come down to the last two and not gotten the role, so my fear was that the show would come around again and there would be 10 Jesuses lined up before me so I had better get in there!last_img read more

Jennifer Lim & Jodi Long Will Star in MTC’s Happiness

first_imgJennifer Lim (Chinglish) and Jodi Long (Flower Drum Song) will star in the previously reported Manhattan Theatre Club production of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s The World of Extreme Happiness. Tony winner Richard Greenberg’s The Swing of The Sea is now also set to receive its world premiere next spring as part of MTC’s 2014-15 season. Both productions will play limited engagements at off-Broadway’s New York City Center—Stage I. View Comments Helmed by Lynne Meadow, Greenberg’s The Swing of the Sea will begin previews on May 26, 2015 and officially open June 16. Greenberg received the Tony for Take Me Out and his other recent Broadway credits include The Assembled Parties, which was also directed by Meadow. Patriarch Max has died, leaving behind two sons, Brett and Alec, and a lover Vivi. All three reunite for one evening in Vivi’s New York apartment. Secrets, passions and ghosts of the past emerge for this trio as each of them faces an uncertain future.center_img Along with Lim and Cowhig, the cast of The World of Extreme Happiness will include Ruy Iskander (The Dance and the Railroad, TV’s Gotham), Francis Jue (M. Butterfly, TV’s The Good Wife), Andrew Pang (The King and I) and Jo Mei. Directed by Eric Ting, the play follows Sunny (Lim), a woman determined to escape her life in rural China and forge a new identity in the city. Previews will begin on February 3, 2015, with opening night set for February 24. Prior to the New York run, the show will play the Goodman Theatre in Chicago with the same cast, September 13 through October 12.last_img read more

David Geffen Donates $100 Million to Lincoln Center

first_img The project is set to begin construction in 2019 at an expected cost of approximately $500 million. In addition to its primary purpose as the home for the New York Philharmonic, which has performed there since it opened in 1962, the redesigned concert hall will also feature the new Lincoln Center Hall of Fame, a first-of-its-kind institution celebrating all aspects of the performing arts and film. View Comments Media bigwig and philanthropist David Geffen has given a $100 million gift to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to lead the complete transformation of Avery Fisher Hall, which is home to the New York Philharmonic. As previously reported, the Fisher family agreed to give up the name of the 1962 building so another large donor could receive the honor. The venue will be renamed David Geffen Hall in September 2015 at the start of the New York Philharmonic’s 2015-2016 season.center_img “As a native New Yorker, I recognize that Lincoln Center is a beacon to artists and musicians around the world,” said Geffen in a statement. “To be involved with such a beloved and iconic institution is deeply satisfying.”last_img read more

Gavin Lee & More Set for B’way-Aimed The SpongeBob Musical

first_img Gavin Lee, Nick Blaemire, Danny Skinner and more are off to the city of Bikini Bottom! They will join the previously reported Ethan Slater and Lilli Cooper in the Broadway-aimed The SpongeBob Musical. Co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau, with a book by Kyle Jarrow and music supervision by Tom Kitt, the production will make its world premiere on June 7 at Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre.Joining the newly announced Lee (Les Miz, Mary Poppins) as Squidward, Blaemire (Glory Days, Godspell) as Plankton and Skinner (Pluck the Day) as Patrick in the cast will be ensemble members Juliane Godfrey, Jesse JP Johnson, Lauralyn McClelland and Allan K. Washington.The end is near. Only one sponge can save the day. But he’s going to need help from some of the greatest songwriters in rock and pop music history. Along with original tunes by David Bowie and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, the musical event will include songs by Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I.The characters will be human and are not set to don puppet type outfits as seen in Times Square. “The DNA is the same but the form is so radically different, we’re not approaching it literally,” Landau told EW. “We’re not trying to take the cartoon and put it onstage. We’re trying to create a live theatrical event.”Other names additionally already slated for the show include Gaelen Gilliland, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Hsu, L’ogan J’ones, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Mark Ledbetter, Kelvin Moon Loh, Vasthy Mompoint, JC Schuster, Abby C. Smith and Jason Michael Snow. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 16, 2018 SpongeBob SquarePants View Commentscenter_img Gavin Lee(Photo by Bruce Glikas) Related Shows Gavin Leelast_img read more

Listen to the Hairspray Live! Cast Album

first_img We now have the perfect distraction while we count down the hours until the Hairspray Live! broadcast on December 7. Masterworks Broadway/Epic Records has just released the original soundtrack of the NBC television event, which includes studio recordings of the musical numbers that the starry company will perform on the night itself. Click below to stream a sneak peek of what we can expect from Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana Grande Jennifer Hudson, Harvey Fierstein, Derek Hough, newcomer Maddie Baillio and more. You can’t stop the beat! View Comments ‘Hairspray Live!’last_img

UGA Bulls Better

BREAKING GROUND for the new multipurpose livestock building at the University of Georgia Bull Evaluation Center near Irwinville, Ga., are (from left) Georgia Rep. Penny Houston (District 166), Georgia Rep. Newt Hudson (Dist. 156), Georgia Cattlemen’s Association President Betts Berry, UGA Animal and Dairy Science Department Head Larry Benyshek, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Assistant Dean Phil Utley, Georgia Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Harold Ragan (Dist. 11), GCA Bull Test Committee Chairman Harvey Lemmon and UGA CAES Dean and Director Gale Buchanan. To yield tender steaks, he said, beef cattle have to have a certain amount of marbling. Beef lovers have long known that the intermixture of fat and muscle marks the very best cuts of meat. But backfat, Stewart said, just has to be trimmed off. Shoppers don’t want to do a lot of trimming. “Now that we’re using ultrasound to measure these aspects of a bull,” he said, “purebred cattle producers can change their cattle to better meet consumers’ needs.” Stewart has seen many changes in the UGA bull test program. The most obvious have come in the past three years, when the facility was moved from its 37-year-old Tifton site to a greatly expanded site in nearby Irwin County. Local legislators and state agricultural leaders met at the site April 16 to break ground for a $250,000 multipurpose building. The building is expected to be completed by the time the next group of bulls arrives at the end of September. “This new facility will be a valuable part of the bull evaluation program,” said Betts Berry, president of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, which helps manage the program. “And the bull evaluation program is an integral part of the total beef production effort of Georgia.” Harvey Lemmon, who chairs the GCA bull test committee, said the center’s top Angus bulls have gone from yearling weights of less than 1,000 pounds to more than 1,400 pounds in the program’s 40-year history. “It doesn’t take a genius,” he said, “to see what we’ve accomplished with the bull evaluation program.” It’s all a matter of genetics. “When we needed more size, we first started measuring frame,” Stewart said. “When we found we were getting tall bulls that weren’t deep enough or wide enough, we moderated our goals to consider depth and dimension.” But the biggest bull isn’t always the best bull, he said. Cattlemen consign their bulls to be tested (and foot the bill for the program), he said. The bulls are all fed the same feed and evaluated over four and half months. “We provide the most complete data a buyer can get,” Stewart said. “If we identify what we’re looking for, we have tests to evaluate for it.” Sometimes, he said, a farmer may want a bull to breed first-calf heifers. He can choose one that sires quality calves that are smaller at birth. One farmer may want to raise the weaning weights in his herd. Another may need cows that give more milk. Both can get what they need by selecting the right bull. The focus of any genetic change in cattle is what the shoppers want in the store. “We just have to identify the needs and see what kind of bull best matches the needs of the herd,” Stewart said. Shoppers today may not realize a bull test center has any value to them. But the fact that they can buy their beef both lean and tender is due largely to just such a place.”We use ultrasound to measure the ribeye area and check the marbling, and to measure the backfat,” said Robert Stewart, a University of Georgia Extension Service animal scientist. Stewart runs the Tifton Bull Evaluation Center of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. read more