And Simply Like That … type issues and subtlety isn’t a precedence

This article contains spoilers for the first two episodes of And Just Like That …

Waiting for the sequel to Sex and the City and just like that … (Binge, Foxtel on Demand) felt a bit like approaching a school reunion. There was a strange mixture of curiosity, anticipation and fear of making contact with once more familiar faces. How would the passing of more than a decade affect Carrie and Co, the friends who are so closely connected to their time at the turn of the century? And since this is SATC area, what would you wear? (In Carrie’s case, it turned out to be strange hats.)

For six seasons, between 1998 and 2004, the fashion-conscious writer Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her friends – the publicist Samantha (Kim Cattrall), the lawyer Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and the art dealer Charlotte (Kristin Davis) – scurried through Glitzy, up-and-coming Manhattan with chic restaurants, chic bars, cool clubs and enviable apartments. They wore flashy clothes and very high heels while gossiping about their love life, sex life and job over cocktails and cupcakes. Whatever it was, Sex and the City was a show about female friendship. (And yes, I would prefer to erase any memories of the deplorable films that followed the TV series.)

For fans of the show, the occasional drop-ins, and even those who hate it to complain about its superficiality and narrow-minded worldview, the hyped 10-part sequel raised questions. How would it deal with the significant absence of vicious libertarian Samantha after Cattrall’s refusal to participate in the production? How would women whose social and sexual life formed the content of the series in their thirties work as subjects in their fifties when they have settled into married life and two of them have children? And how would a show built on a quartet of white, cis-gender heterosexuals play out at a time when such a show wouldn’t even be commissioned without significant changes?

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A few answers came to light in the double episode opener. A driving force behind the original series, creator, writer, and director Michael Patrick King provided a mixed bag, some things well handled and some awkwardly, despite the fact that he managed to cause a series shock. Samantha’s absence was dealt with sensibly early on and reflected the much-noticed gap in real life: There had been an argument with Carrie, first professionally and then personally, whereupon Samantha left for London and avoided contact. Interestingly, like the days when actors left Neighbors and their characters allegedly moved to Queensland, Samantha was not killed and left the door open to return. Given that she was a cancer survivor, a more resolute explanation could have been, and not even have required a lame line about her being tragically hit by a bus as she crossed Fifth Avenue.

There was also a lovely afterword with Samantha’s formally disregarding the request for no flowers at Big’s funeral (Chris Noth, and yes, his character’s death was the shock). Touched by the gesture, Carrie allowed the coffin to be draped by the exaggerated floral decorations in the minimalist white funeral home. It seemed completely appropriate since this is a Sex and the City sibling, so style is important and subtlety is not a priority.

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To fill in the void Samantha had left and address the show’s lack of variety, was a trio of new characters, all women of color. Charlotte’s school friend Lisa Todd Wexley, “LTW” (Nicole Ari Parker), stormed into a restaurant where the women dined like a couture-clad returning to SATC. A chunky case of overkill led Charlotte to prepare for her arrival by stating that she was “a documentary filmmaker and philanthropist, her husband Herbert is an investment banker open for mayor, and she is on the International Vogue Best Dressed List “. Whoa, fivefold punch.
And as if those credentials weren’t enough for her to join the elite clique, she swung at their table and expressed her fondness for fries while wearing a bracelet – by an obscure, aspiring indie designer from Mississippi – that caught Carrie’s admiring eagle eye. Later she gratefully accepted a plastic cup containing the wine Miranda had smuggled into a concert at a music school. Welcome to the gang, LTW.


Market historical past says omicron volatility is not a cause to promote

As stock market investors have learned over the past week, it’s tricky to time the next move in the Dow Jones Industrial Average after a big selloff. Buyers stepped in Monday after the 900-point Nov. 26 dive, but there were signs of weakness. Stocks tanked Tuesday, soared back Wednesday before whipsawing into the close, and then had a huge day on Thursday before ending the week’s trading with another loss for the Dow.

“Always tricky,” says Keith Lerner, co-chief investment officer and chief market strategist at Truist.

Looking to market history can help.

Some are betting on the Santa Claus rally for a big December, even as clarity on the omicron variant threat remains lacking and cases spread, including in the U.S. And even after a week in which Fed Chair Jerome Powell surprised the market — with timing that was “curious,” according to Mohamed El-Erian — saying the Fed’s taper may be accelerated and inflation should no longer be described as “transitory.”

Traders work in the S&P 500 options pit at Cboe Global Markets Inc. in Chicago, Illinois.

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Lerner is looking to market history, and he sees an environment in which the patient investors will be ahead, if not in December, a year from now.

“We want at least a 12-month trend, because even if your entry point is not exactly right, you have greater chances of success in that timeframe,” he said. 

The “Black Friday” Nov. 26 spike in the VIX volatility index of 54% was among the five biggest single-day volatility moves in the past three decades. Since 1990, there have been 19 trading sessions during which the VIX spiked by 40% or more. In 18 of those 19 instances, or 95% of the time, the S&P 500 Index was higher one-year later, and the gains were large — an average of 20%.

With the U.S. market still up more than 20% this year even after the recent volatility, another 20% might be aspirational. Lerner noted that before the recent market whipsaw, stocks had gained 9% since early October, and that is a negative as far as having confidence the market will move up substantially in the short-term. That implies the immediate future is “vulnerable” to more moves down.

But the more important data point is the longer-term trend in the VIX history: there isn’t any instance across the 19 biggest VIX spikes of the past three decades after which stocks weren’t positive a majority of the time one month, three months, six months, and one year later. One month later, stocks were only up an average of 1%, but were positive 70% of the time, and the numbers get better with time.

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The caveat: Covid is a type of risk that the markets have not seen often over the past three decades, and two of the biggest VIX spikes came as Covid first hit the U.S. in February 2020. After both, the one-month period for stocks was brutal. That implies a market that remains on edge for now, and that should not come as a surprise — especially after the past week of trading. But the only of the 19 instances in which stocks were still down a year later was at the onset of the financial crisis. That data point gives Lerner more confidence in remaining bullish.

Volatility will remain the headline before the dominant trend returns, but that trend, he says, will be an economy that continues to expand and support further stock gains.

“In the last decade, we’ve had these V-shaped recoveries. They have been more normal,” he said. “Go back to the pandemic low, when you had a sharp move down and you get a kick back rally and a battle between greed and fear ensues. But in general, over the last 5 to 10 years, we’ve seen more of these come-down and go-back-up markets, as if nothing happened,” he added.

The last time was the end of September when the financial issues at Chinese property giant Evergrande sent the global equity markets into a tailspin.

Fear of missing out in a Covid market

The base case, Lerner says, is more of a tug-of-war until more of the news filters out and the market is able to get a better gauge on this new variant. This doesn’t change his view that investors are more likely to be rewarded by sitting tight rather than sitting out the market. In a “fear of missing out” era, that’s a lesson many investors learned from Spring 2020, the fastest bull market in history based on S&P 500 price gains.

“For people who missed out that time, it is a reminder about becoming too negative too fast,” Lerner said. “Even if you had had all the news on the pandemic, you would have been better staying in the market. By the time we have the all clear the market has moved,” he said.

The stock market was at a record shortly before Nov. 26, and when markets come off new highs, history says investors should be prepared for more downside over the next one to three months. A pandemic may heighten that volatility since the science is a type of uncertainty the market isn’t accustomed to analyzing. But the market does now have the 2020 Covid playbook to learn from.

“In February 2020, it was all new,” Lerner said. “We didn’t know how businesses would adapt, and now there is playbook. We saw they become more digital. There will be winners and losers, no matter what, but companies and consumers have adapted and will again.”

The Federal Reserve is on record as saying one of the lessons of the Covid era is that the economy has gotten better at adapting to pandemic during each successive wave. When Fed Chair Powell outlined a more hawkish position during Senate testimony this week, some market pundits pointed to the inflationary risks from an economy that is too hot as being the larger concern than a new Covid variant.

Like many market experts, Lerner says on the margins inflation may become even worse because of an exacerbation of the existing supply chain issues, which were starting to show signs of easing and now with a new variant unknown could go back up again on new factory shutdowns and delays in transportation.

“It is a risk to the market,” he said, and another reason volatility may remain elevated in the near-term.

Fed Chair Powell said this week that the omicron variant “complicates” the inflation picture.

But another difference between now and Spring 2020: the economy is not in a recession, which it quickly entered during lockdowns and stay-at-home orders during the initial Covid wave. “Now we know, even with this variant, it may slow activity down, but I still think recession risk is low. That’s a key difference from February and March 2020 when a recession happened so quickly,” Lerner said.

Apple, mega-cap tech stocks and the S&P 500

For investors who maintain broad exposure to the U.S. stock market through S&P 500 funds, composition of the U.S. stock market is a reason for riding out the current period of volatility. While Apple, the market’s largest company, took a dip on Thursday after a report its holiday sales of iPhones might disappoint, earlier in the week Apple shares, and tech more broadly, were a bright spot for the market in its rebound attempts. Apple, in particular, had the characteristics of a “flight to safety” trade. And with Apple and its mega-cap tech peers representing close to one-quarter of the S&P 500, the omicron overhang on stocks may do more damage below the surface of the index than at the surface gain or loss level.

“Especially in the U.S. market, composition does matter,” Lerner said.

Reflation trades may ultimately benefit if omicron doesn’t turn out to be as bad as feared and the economic expansion remains on track, but “right now, the strongest sector is tech and that’s the most important sector for those investing at the index level,” he said. “If the big mega-cap tech stocks hold up, you may see the headline index hold up better and more bifurcation below the surface. The knee jerk is investors will rotate to companies that can still create a lot of cash flow and have bigger balance sheets, so if there is a slowdown, they have enough to get through. They’ve become more defensive in some ways,” he added.

This view also makes Lerner in favor of continuing a tilt to U.S. equities versus peer markets around the globe, even as international and emerging markets trade at significant discounts to U.S. stocks. He noted that international equity prices are making fresh lows relative to the U.S., and in the case of the EAFE index versus the S&P 500, a relative price that is at the lowest level in history.

The sector composition of the S&P 500 and outsize role of mega-cap is a major reason for that versus the European market and the EAFE universe, in which financial and industrials are the top two sectors. Lerner stressed that this doesn’t mean gains won’t eventually come to those who enter early into discounted overseas equities trades. In fact, he has told clients that part of sticking with a U.S. equities tilt and technology for now likely means missing the onset of an investor rotation that is inevitably going to favor overseas markets as earnings power improves, but it’s a price he is willing to pay.

“Valuations are cheap overseas but that hasn’t been a catalyst,” he said. “We will miss the turn, but we are willing to wait for stability and earning trends, and that has served us well in being overweight U.S. … If there is a sustainable move, there should be sustainable upside,” he added. “You don’t need to be a hero trying to buy those markets.”

Short-term market headwinds, longer-term stock catalysts

Equity market strategists remain cautious on any sustainable bounce in the U.S., too, based on this past week’s action. Monday’s big really featured an advance/decline breakdown of 1,834 winning stocks versus 1,502 losing ones — “not a resounding up day.” Lerner said. But Thursday’s big bounce was more encouraging. Advances: 2,525. Declines: 868. “You want to see an advance-decline that is three-to-one,” Lerner said, and the market delivered that on Thursday — though that confidence didn’t last.

The Russell 2,000, a broader look at the U.S. market and domestic economy than the large-cap S&P, broke it’s four-day losing streak on Thursday, but by Friday’s close was 12% of its 5-week high. Lerner’s says the action in the small-cap Russell 2000 is an example of the “nice kickback but more mixed below the surface” market action investors will need to keep an eye on, and not let themselves be fooled by any “all clear” signal amid the stock nibbling and, most importantly, continued uncertainty over the course of the omicron variant.

The market had its best day since March 2021 on Thursday, but strategists remain wary. Tom Lee’s Fundstrat Global Advisors, which called for “aggressive buying” early in the week, said after both the Monday and Thursday rallies that the market wasn’t sending an all-clear signal.

According to Bank of America and FactSet Research Systems, headed into Friday’s trading action only 32 S&P 500 stocks were off their highs less than the S&P 500 Index.

“Thursday’s rally, similar to Wednesday’s bounce, failed to show sufficient strength to think a low is in,” Fundstrat Global Advisors wrote to clients on Thursday night. “This rally could still weaken further into next week. … Given the extreme drop off in breadth in recent weeks, a monumental effort is necessary along with broad-based participation to have confidence.”

On Friday, the S&P 500 barely avoided its sixth-consecutive trading session with a move of 1% or more, declining by 0.8%.

Lerner pointed out in a note to clients last Thursday that the percentage of retail investors with a bullish view has dropped to just 27% versus 48% a few weeks ago, according to the latest survey from the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII), while the percentage of bearish investors jumped to the highest level in more than a year. He sees investor patience as being as important as confidence. Corporations and consumers have adapted to Covid, pent-up demand remains, and the economy remains on solid footing, all which leads him to that bottom-line takeaway that the primary market trend is higher, but it will likely continue to be a rocky near-term road.

On Friday, the World Health Organization said the omicron variant had spread to 38 countries and early data suggested it was more contagious than the Delta variant. The tech sector led losses on Friday, with the Nasdaq Composite down 1.9%, and below the surface of the mega-cap tech leaders, many price-to-earnings ratios in the software sector remain vulnerable to revaluation even amid bets on the return to a more virtual, stay-at-home world, with the selling in DocuSign after its weak outlook an example.

While the S&P 500 is below its peak from a month ago; the ARK Innovation ETF that made fund manager Cathie Wood a star in recent years and during the pandemic: now down 40% from its February high and its largest pullback since the onset of the pandemic. The iShares Tech-Software ETF, which includes DocuSign, was below its 200-day moving average for the first time since May on Friday, and more than 14% below its intraday all-time high from November.

The one factor investors should not let set their investment course is fear. Fear in the market right now is being driven by a factor that is real, and to get to the other side of that fear can takes weeks, if not months. But fear can also rotate from a market headwind to market tailwind, and that is what the history of big spikes in the VIX index shows. “The same fear becomes the catalyst,” Lerner said.

After the “Black Friday” selloff, Lee said the lack of an inversion in the VIX, when the nearer-term risk is being priced higher than the outer risk, was a positive sign. But by this past Friday, the VIX curve had inverted, which is a sign of portfolio stress. While that “can occur near the climax of a selloff, as fear peaks,” the VIX will have to un-invert again for more confidence.

“We have to say with humility what we know and don’t know,” Lerner said, but he added that if the catalyst for the S&P being down is renewed Covid fears, and we find out these concerns are overblow and won’t disrupt the economic trajectory and won’t effect corporate profits, the headlines that had people braced for negative news become a positive catalyst for the market because expectations were reset lower.

“There are times like 2007 when investors weren’t fearful enough,” he said. “But our baseline view is that we’re not going into a recession, this doesn’t change the economic expansion materially.”

Friday’s monthly jobs report was below expectations in number of jobs added by the U.S. economy in November, but it was a mixed report, with the unemployment rate falling and labor participation rising, both encouraging signs for the economic outlook.

A “garden-variety” correction in stocks, was how S&P 500 technician Ed Yardeni described it early last week.

By Friday’s close, the Nasdaq was down more than 6% from its 52-week high; the off Dow over 5%; and the S&P less than 5% from its annual high.

5% to 10% corrections are the admission price to the market,” Lerner often says. “Investors are better served by focusing on the longer term trend.”

Iowa’s type is not for everybody, nevertheless it’s getting more durable to argue with the outcomes – The Athletic

IOWA CITY – The sound swelled so much that the combined noise ended up with an almost guttural effect. The whole Kinnick Stadium collapsed at once, with deafening cheers not just for Iowa’s exquisite players Tory Taylorwho uploaded the ball 53 yards, but also the full physical effort of Gunner Kelly Martin Ivorywho got the ball stuck on Penn State’s 1-yard line 12 minutes before the end of the game.

The decibel level of that moment was only reached by the cheers in the final minutes of the game as the No. 3 Hawkeyes made four consecutive stops on defense to seal a 23:20 win from behind over Penn State No. 5.

In his 23 years here, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has heard many of his domestic viewers cheer for the punt coverage. He heard his defense receive loud applause. This has always been a program that knows what it is and doesn’t apologize for it. And that has long been celebrated by his fan base.

It’s time for the rest of us to do the same.

Right now, it doesn’t matter that Iowa’s often uninspiring offensive could ultimately cost it a shot in the college football playoffs. We have been in one of the most unpredictable seasons of recent years for six weeks and we have a team that excels at exactly what it tries to beat, the two phases of the game that receive the least attention and arguably the hardest to master. We should orientate ourselves on the fans who stormed here on Saturday evening. Cheers for the punt. Celebrate the stops.

“They are smart football fans,” said Ferentz after the game.

Fourth Avenue Winter Road Honest in jeopardy if cash isn’t raised

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – The Fourth Avenue Merchants Association needs community help to make this year’s Winter Street Festival a reality.

The association is dependent on the street festival for its operation, but the last three trade fairs have been canceled due to the pandemic.

“Since we are 99% funded by the street festival, the failure to continue the street festival could definitely lead to the demise of the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association and everything we do to help small businesses down here,” said Daniel Matlick, board president of the Trade Association Fourth Avenue.

Every year the fair attracts hundreds of thousands of people and brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars. Matlick said the street fair money will be used to pay the upfront costs of the event and the rest will be used for upkeep along Fourth Avenue.

“We’re able to maintain the streets, the garbage, the power washing, and make Fourth Avenue a place people want to go,” said Casey Anderson, chief operating officer of the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association.

The street festival is also a big money maker for the traders, restaurants and artists involved.

“We have a tent out there and the store is open too,” said Tonia Clevenger, an employee at Rustic Candle on Fourth Avenue. “It’s just great fun and very busy.”

Clevenger hopes the tradition will return this year in the interests of businesses and those who love Fourth Avenue.

“A lot of people describe the avenue as the heart of Tucson,” she said. “It’s the eclectic feeling that brings Tucson together.”

Marlick said the club is working on reserve funds and will need to raise about $ 280,000 to hold the Winter Street Festival, which is scheduled for December 10th, 11th and 12th. Find out more about the fair and how you can donate. here.

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With Hamilton, Disney, Depraved ticket gross sales gradual, Broadway is not again

Hamilton im Richard Rodgers Theatre in der Nähe des Times Square bleibt nach den am 15. Januar 2021 in New York City verhängten Beschränkungen zur Verlangsamung der Ausbreitung des Coronavirus geschlossen.

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In eine Broadway-Show zu investieren ist ein riskantes Unterfangen: Nur eine von fünf Produktionen amortisiert ihre Investition. Aber die 20% der lukrativen Produktionen – wie „Hamilton“ – ziehen oft ein massive Einnahmen für ihre Anleger.

Aber das war vor Covid.

Da die New Yorker Theaterindustrie seit über einem Jahr geschlossen ist und die Theaterbesucher zögern, in überfüllte Innenräume inmitten einer deutliche Steigerung bei Covid-Fällen im Zusammenhang mit der Delta-Variante haben die Hersteller Grund zur Sorge. Der Ticketverkauf boomt nicht wieder.

Am 14. September werden drei hochprofitable Mega-Musicals: „Hamilton“, „Wicked“ und „The Lion King“ zu den ersten Broadway-Musicals mit 100-prozentiger Auslastung gehören. Obwohl Tickets seit Monaten im Verkauf sind, weder “Böse” Noch “Der König der Löwen” – die beiden umsatzstärksten Musicals der Geschichte – ausverkauft in der ersten Aufführungswoche. “Hamilton”, das historisch gesehen monatelang innerhalb von Minuten ausverkauft war, hat auch in der Eröffnungswoche reichlich Verfügbarkeit. Zwischen dem 14. September 2021 und Juni 5, 2022, nur eine Aufführung von “Hamilton” ist ausverkauft.

“Wicked”-Produzenten lehnten eine Stellungnahme ab. Die Produzenten von “Hamilton” reagierten nicht auf Anfragen nach Kommentaren.

John Kenrick, ein amerikanischer Theaterhistoriker, Texter und Theaterproduzent, der an mehreren Broadway-Musicalproduktionen mitgewirkt hat, darunter die Wiederaufnahme von “Grease” und “Rent” von 1994, sagt, dass Broadway-Produzenten großen Grund zur Besorgnis haben. “Jede Produktion, unabhängig von ihrer Größe, steht vor der Frage von Leben und Tod”, sagte er.

Sowohl am Broadway als auch außerhalb führen die Produzenten von Live-Events die schleppenden Ticketverkäufe auf die durch die Delta-Variante verursachte Branchenvolatilität zurück. Michael Rosenberg, Geschäftsführer des McCarter Theatre, einem großen Regionaltheater in Princeton, NJ. und ehemaliger Geschäftsführer des La Jolla Playhouse in Kalifornien, sagte, es sei zu erwarten, dass die Theaterbesucher zögern werden, aber das ist kein Grund, die Show zu stoppen.

“Wenn Shows wiedereröffnet werden, treffen die Leute ihre Kaufentscheidungen viel näher am Aufführungsdatum, als wir es gewohnt sind”, sagte Rosenberg. “Die Leute werden etwas vorsichtiger sein, wenn es um [buying tickets] acht Wochen, neun Wochen, zehn Wochen aus.”

Die Pandemie hat schon gezwungen Fünf Broadway-Produktionen schließen und verschoben die Eröffnungstermine von sieben anderen Produktionen – von denen viele Schicksale unbekannt sind.

Sollte der Broadway seine Chance ergreifen?

Während die Wiedereröffnung des Broadways vor zwei Monaten auf sicherere Füße gewirkt haben mag, stellt der Anstieg der Covid-Fälle aufgrund der hoch übertragbaren Delta-Variante die Entscheidung zur Wiedereröffnung im September in Frage.

“Die Theaterbesucher wählen mit ihren Dollars”, sagte Kenrick. “Wenn Sie das überstürzen, wird es Sie viel mehr kosten, als wenn Sie es langsam und stetig angehen.”

Während die Broadway League bekannt gab Maße am 30. Juli, um die Ausbreitung von Covid zu verhindern – etwa Masken- und Impfpflicht für alle Broadway-Theater – bleibt Kenrick skeptisch.

Als Zeichen der Unsicherheit gab die Broadway League dies bekannt werden für die Saison 2021/22 keine Kinokassen-Einnahmen ausgeben, eine Entscheidung basierte auf Faktoren wie der gestaffelten Einführung von wiederkehrenden und neuen Produktionen und erwarteten Schwankungen in den Aufführungsplänen.

Londons äquivalentes Wiedereröffnungsexperiment weckt kein Vertrauen.

Am 19. Juli versuchte das Londoner West End wieder zu öffnen, als die Kapazitätsbeschränkungen aufgehoben wurden. Andrew Lloyd Webbers 8,1 Millionen US-Dollar Produktion von “Aschenputtel“ sagte seine Premiere am Abend ab, nachdem ein Darsteller positiv auf Covid getestet worden war. Lloyd Webber unterbrach die Aufführungen am 19. Juli auf unbestimmte Zeit und kündigte am 23. Juli an, dass die Produktion am 18. August eröffnet würde Der TelegraphLloyd Webber erklärte: “Wer weiß, wann wir hier öffnen? 2084?”

Andrew Lloyd Webber reagierte über seine Firma nicht auf eine Bitte um Stellungnahme.

Andere Produktionen in London, darunter “Hairspray”, “Romeo & Julia”, “Bach and Sons” und “The Prince of Egypt”, sagten Auftritte wegen bestätigter oder vermuteter Covid-Fälle ab. Das Londoner Kolosseum, wo “Hairspray” derzeit auftritt, “ermutigt” lediglich zu Gesichtsbedeckungen und erfordert keine Impfung der Kunden. London hat mehrere Theaterorganisationen, aber keine setzt Covid-Richtlinien wie die Broadway League durch, die hauptsächlich auf „jüngste Richtlinien der Regierung“ verweisen.

Kenrick glaubt, dass eine erfolgreiche Wiedereröffnung nur erfolgen kann, wenn die Produzenten warten, bis die Pandemie unter Kontrolle ist. Ansonsten erleidet der Broadway das gleiche Schicksal wie London: Die Produktionen werden wochenlang geschlossen, um dann für einige Tage zu öffnen, bevor sie wieder schließen. Die finanziellen Folgen dieser Strategie sind potenziell enorm.

“Covid funktioniert nicht in unserem Kalender”, sagte er. “Unsere finanziellen Bedürfnisse sind uns egal. Bis alle vernünftiger sind, werden wir einen Preis dafür zahlen.”

Ein Mann trägt eine Maske, um die Ausbreitung der Coronavirus-Krankheit (COVID-19) zu verhindern, während er durch das Theaterviertel am Times Square geht, da die hoch übertragbare Delta-Variante in New York City, USA, Juli zu einem Anstieg der Infektionen geführt hat 30, 2021.

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Matt Ross, ein Produzent des Broadway-Stücks “Pass Over”, das letzte Woche für die Vorschau auf volle Kapazität geöffnet wurde, sagt, der Broadway sollte die Wiedereröffnung nicht verschieben. Die Show hat eine begrenzte Laufzeit von neun Wochen, und der Produzent sagte CNBC, dass sie sich „gut verkauft“, obwohl sie nicht ausverkauft ist – aber es ist eher eine neue dramatische Produktion als ein Mega-Hit-Musical. In einem Theater mit rund 1.200 Plätzen standen für eine aktuelle Aufführung etwas mehr als 100 Plätze zur Verfügung. Es ist die zweite Produktion am Broadway seit der Covid-19-Pandemie.

„Die Denkweise ‚Lass uns einfach warten, bis alles vorbei ist‘, haben wir jetzt gelernt, dass das falsch ist“, sagte Ross. “So lebt man nicht mit einem Virus, mit einer Pandemie, mit einer Infektionskrankheit.”

Pass Over in der Tat, das Eröffnungsdatum verschoben, mit Ross kürzlich Playbill sagte: “Wir haben unseren Zeitplan mit mehr Zeit erstellt, als wir brauchen würden, da wir wussten, dass es eine reale Möglichkeit gibt, dass wir Proben oder Vorschauen verschieben müssen.”

Während der regionale Theatermanager Rosenberg eine Wiedereröffnung im September befürwortet, hat er Bedenken hinsichtlich der volatilen Start-Wieder-Stopp-Situation in London.

“[This model] kann auf Dauer nicht nachhaltig sein. Es ist ein enormer Aufwand, diese Shows wieder zu starten”, sagte Rosenberg. “Die Sache mit dem Starten und erneuten Stoppen wird wirklich problematisch, wenn das auch hier passiert.”

Ross engagierte sogar einen Epidemiologen für die Produktion, um ein solches Ereignis zu verhindern. Der Epidemiologe half dem Team, einen Plan zu entwickeln, um das Publikum und die Besetzung sicher zu halten, um das Risiko zu minimieren, dass Aufführungen abgesagt oder pausiert werden müssen. Die Produktion hat ein intensives Testprotokoll, mehr als viermal pro Woche, ein vollständig geimpftes Unternehmen, Kontaktverfolgung, Backup-Testoptionen und der Epidemiologe “führt sie durch diese Situationen”, sagte Ross. “Wir versuchen auf jeden Fall, diesen Stopp wieder zu vermeiden, Modell von vorne beginnen.”

Der größte Star am Broadway sind Touristen

Ein großer Faktor für die Fähigkeit des Broadways, finanziell erfolgreich zu sein, bleibt jedoch eine wichtige Wildcard: Touristen. Mit Touristen Das Showgeschäft, das 70 % des Broadway-Ticketverkaufs ausmacht, ist in Schwierigkeiten. Laut Büro des New York State Comptroller, sank der Tourismus in New York City von 66,6 Millionen Besuchern im Jahr 2019 auf 22,3 Millionen Besucher im Jahr 2020: ein Rückgang um 67 %. Das Büro rechnet für 2021 mit 36,1 Millionen Besuchern. Um dem erheblichen Rückgang der Touristen entgegenzuwirken, kündigte Bürgermeister Bill de Blasio eine Werbekampagne in Höhe von 30 Millionen US-Dollar an, die aus Bundeshilfsmitteln finanziert wird.

Rosenberg äußerte sich besorgt über die Rückkehr des bevölkerungsreichsten Publikums am Broadway.

“Es gibt einen großen Teil des Broadway-Publikums, das ein Tourismuspublikum ist”, sagte er. “Ich denke, dieses Touristenpublikum wird etwas länger brauchen, um zurückzukommen.”

Auch aus diesem Grund glaubt Kenrick, dass der Broadway warten sollte, bis die gesamte Tourismusindustrie und Downtown Manhattan wiederbelebt sind.

“Die Theaterbranche unterstützt über 96.000 Arbeitsplätze in Manhattan. Die Leute, die an bestimmten Shows arbeiten, machen nur einen Bruchteil dieser Summe aus”, sagte Kenrick. “Die Mehrheit sind Hotelangestellte, Restaurantarbeiter, Ladenleute, all die Leute, deren Job sich um die Präsenz des Theaters in New York dreht.”

Er glaubt, dass kleine, kostengünstige und unabhängig produzierte Produktionen die ersten sein werden, die ein gesundes Comeback erleben werden. Unternehmen, wie z Disney, die groß angelegte, millionenschwere Musicals produzieren, könnten in andere Richtungen blicken.

Was früher riskant war, ist jetzt riskanter, selbst für Disney.

John Kennick, Theaterproduzent und Historiker

Zum Beispiel Disneys neueste Produktion, die 30 Millionen US-Dollar.Gefroren,” brachte 155 Millionen US-Dollar ein (im Vergleich zu über 1,6 Milliarden US-Dollar Bruttoumsatz für “Der König der Löwen” und über 460 Millionen US-Dollar Bruttoumsatz für “Aladdin“). Während “Frozen” nur 851 Vorstellungen hatte, laufen Disneys Mega-Musical-Hits seit 22 bzw. 6 Jahren. Während “Frozen” auf dem Animationsfilm mit den zweithöchsten Einnahmen aller Zeiten, noch bevor Covid traf, entsprach es nicht den Erwartungen.

“Was früher riskant war, ist jetzt riskanter, selbst für Disney”, sagte Kenrick, zumal ihre Zielgruppe junge Kinder sind, von denen viele derzeit nicht in der Lage sind, den Impfstoff zu bekommen.

Disney Theatricals lehnte eine Stellungnahme ab.

Die Entscheidung der Broadway League, Impfungen vorzuschreiben, sei der richtige Schritt gewesen, sagte Rosenberg, aber er vermutet, dass dies Auswirkungen auf Produktionen haben könnte, die ein jüngeres Publikum ansprechen.

“Ich denke, es könnte für einige Shows schwierig sein, die ein jüngeres Publikum haben, das jünger als 12 Jahre ist, da es derzeit nicht geimpft werden kann”, sagte er.

Kenrick sagt, Disney müsse sich Gedanken machen, um die Vitalität seiner aktuellen Broadway-Eigenschaften zu erhalten. Sollte Disney eine neue Produktion eröffnen, wäre das Unternehmen seiner Meinung nach mit einer Wiederbelebung besser dran – Produktionen mit nachgewiesener Erfolgsbilanz und hoher Rentabilität.

„Das Zurückbringen von „Mary Poppins“ oder „Die Schöne und das Biest“ wird sich als [Disney] ob der Broadway immer noch eine neue Investition in neue Produktionen wert ist oder nicht”, sagte Kenrick.

Live-Theater auf Film und Streaming übertragen

Während der Pandemie debütierte Disney die gefilmte Version von “Hamilton”, die auf Disney+ gestreamt wurde, obwohl die Theaterindustrie sich weitgehend davor gescheut hat, Produktionen aus Profitgründen zu filmen und zu verteilen (einige Produktionen wurden für Bildungszwecke gedreht, aber unzählige Produktionen wurden nicht aufgezeichnet). .

Das Online-Publikum sei “ein riesiges Publikum, das das Theater viel zu lange ignoriert hat”, sagte Kenrick. “Es wäre völlig töricht, wenn die Leute das nicht ausnutzen würden.” Er fügte hinzu: “Sie können die Leute weiterhin illegal damit machen lassen und illegal davon profitieren. Oder Sie können es zu einem Teil des Pakets machen.”

Laut Ross ist Streaming ein Teil der Zukunft der Theaterbranche. “Da ist Geld zu verdienen”, sagte er, und das Angebot von aufgezeichneten Produktionen wird die Branche stärken. „Wir möchten diese Geschichte mit so vielen Menschen wie möglich teilen. Wir müssen anerkennen, dass es selbst wenn wir auf Tour gehen, immer noch Menschen durch geografische oder finanzielle Barrieren, die diese Shows nicht sehen können.“

Bei seiner letzten Telefonkonferenz am Donnerstagnachmittag, nach einem Quartal, in dem sich Disneys Themenparks erholten und im Vergleich zu den Erwartungen der Wall Street zu einer finanziellen Outperformance führten, wurde über die Zukunft der Kinostarts von Filmen diskutiert, aber nicht über das Geschäft mit Live-Kinos.

Gefilmte Produktionen sind ein relativ unerschlossener Markt, und daher ist es schwer abzuschätzen, ob sie Teil einer neuen Normalität in der Theaterbranche werden. Aber die aktuelle Situation für das Live-Theater ist ein entscheidender Moment, und die Produzenten sind möglicherweise zu begierig darauf, wieder zu öffnen und zu den Dingen zurückzukehren, die vor Covid waren.

“Wenn ‘König der Löwen’ gerade solche Probleme beim Ticketverkauf hat, wer dann nicht?” sagte Kenrick. “Also muss sich jeder fragen, gehen wir zu schnell zu schnell?”

Choose asks why DOJ is not searching for extra money from US Capitol rioters

“Where we have that Congress donate all of this money directly to the events on Jan. to pay the bill for nearly half a billion dollars, a bit of a surprise, “said Chief Judge Beryl Howell.

“I’m used to the government being pretty aggressive,” Howell added.

The defendant, who pleaded guilty during Monday’s hearing, Glenn Wes Lee Croy, agreed to pay $ 500 in damages, which has become typical of defendants pleading for offense. The few rioters who pleaded guilty to the criminal charge have agreed to pay $ 2,000 in compensation each.

DC's chief federal judge questions criminal offense treaties for US Capitol riotersAs the Justice Department intensifies its efforts to investigate the more than 560 federal cases related to the Sept. Howell has repeatedly questioned whether prosecutors are doing enough to deter similar attacks in the future and whether the offense plea offers adequately take into account the severity of the damage caused that day.

So far, 34 people who resulted from the uprising have pleaded guilty.

According to federal prosecutors, Croy bragged to a social media agent that “I was there on January 6th,” and shared photos of himself at the Capitol. He faces a potential prison sentence of up to six months, although if convicted he may face a much shorter or no prison sentence.

Prosecutors said they would explain why they capped the $ 1.5 million refund before Croy is convicted in October.

Tennessee Isn’t Giving Individuals Cash to Get a COVID Shot, However It Does Pay to Vaccinate Cows – NBC Boston

Tennessee has sent nearly half a million dollars to farmers who have vaccinated their cattle against respiratory and other diseases in the past two years.

But Republican Governor Bill Lee, who grew up on his family’s ranch and describes himself as a rancher on his Twitter profile, was far less enthusiastic about herd immunity incentives in humans.

Despite having some of the lowest vaccination rates in Tennessee, Lee has refused to follow the example of other states in enticing people to receive the potentially life-saving COVID-19 vaccine.

Lee wasn’t always against vaccinations.

Tennessee’s herd health program began in 2019 under Lee, whose family business Triple L Ranch raises Polled Hereford cattle. The state is currently reimbursing participating farmers up to $ 1,500 for vaccinating their herds and has distributed $ 492,561 over the past two fiscal years, according to Tennessee Department of Agriculture documents.

Lee, who has so far avoided pulling a serious major Republican challenge on his 2022 re-election bid, has been accused of complacency in the face of the deadly pandemic. Tennessee’s vaccination rates for COVID-19 are 39% of the total population, up from over 49% nationwide for the fully vaccinated. The state’s COVID hospital admissions have more than tripled in the past three weeks and infections have more than quintupled.

At the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association annual conference on Friday, Lee said he doesn’t think incentives are very effective, WBIR-TV reported. “I don’t think that’s the government’s role,” he added. “The government’s role is to make them available and then encourage people to get a vaccine.”

In an email response to a question about the contrast to incentive vaccination for cattle, spokesman Casey Black wrote, “Tennesseans have every incentive to get the COVID-19 vaccine – it’s free and available in every corner of the state with virtually no waiting. While a veterinarian can weigh up safely raising cattle for consumption, the state will continue to provide information and access to COVID-19 vaccines to the people of Tennessee.

After Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine announced the state’s Vax-a-Million Lottery on May 12, with prizes that included $ 1 million and full college scholarships, many other states across the country followed suit their own incentives. These include custom trucks in West Virginia, annual passes to state parks in New Jersey, and gift certificates for hunting and fishing licenses in Arkansas. Last week, President Joe Biden joined the call for incentives, encouraging state and local governments to use federal funds to pay people $ 100 for vaccination.

But Lee has avoided using any of these tactics and has maintained throughout the pandemic that the decision to vaccinate against COVID-19 is a personal choice.

White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients said Monday 3 million Americans received their first COVID vaccine in the seven days.

“We encourage people from Tennessee to speak to their doctor, their clergy, their family members, the trusted voices in their lives, so that they can make a personal decision about whether or not to receive the vaccine,” he recently told Reporters, “but we encourage this because it is the tool we can use to most effectively fight this virus.”

Lee was vaccinated against COVID-19 but did not publish it as he did when he got his flu shot.

More recently, Lee’s government has come under fire after the state vaccination chief was fired to appease GOP lawmakers outraged about the spread of COVID-19 vaccinations among minors. At a June hearing, a Republican lawmaker called an ad promoting youth vaccination “objectionable” and some went so far as to suggest withdrawing health department funding.

Dr. Michelle Fiscus was vocal about the political motives for her firing and shared her positive performance reviews with the press. Fiscus also called on the Ministry of Health to stop using all vaccinations for children, not just COVID-19. The department has since resumed contact, but says it is aimed at parents only.

Lee initially remained silent on the controversy. Then, at a recent press conference, Lee said he supported Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey and her decisions, although he said he had no direct say in them.

Dr. Jason Martin, who has been treating COVID-19 patients in Sumner County since the beginning of the pandemic, is so disappointed with the state’s response that he is considering running for governor himself. The Democrat wishes Lee were “excited about motivating Tennessee people to take a safe, effective, and life-saving vaccine,” he said. “It would help us defeat COVID, keep our businesses open and successful, and get our children back to school safely. ”

Black, Lee’s spokesman, wouldn’t answer a question about whether the governor’s family farm received money from the herd health program, but Department of Agriculture records show no one surnamed Lee as a recipient.

Dr. Uché Blackstock, MSNBC medical assistant, says vaccine hesitation could go away if the FDA grants the vaccine full approval instead of its current emergency status. After taking this step, Blackstock is suggesting governments and employers make it less convenient for people to stay unvaccinated – an approach that is already having an impact on hospital workers.

Why little one tax credit score cash is not identical to extra stimulus money

School sales should get a boost after millions of families paid their first monthly child tax credit advance in July. Another monthly payment is also just around the corner on August 13th.

But before you add an extra pair of sneakers or a high-end backpack to the shopping cart, pay attention to the fine print.

For example, did you know that if they get more than they are actually due every month from July to December, some people have to pay back the money next year? Others might consider a much smaller tax refund than they would normally expect.

We have heard from many angry taxpayers as soon as the 2022 tax filing season begins, when those expecting extra high tax refunds end up with a much smaller payout – or even owe money.

The tax regime for the child credit is different from the last three stimulus payouts, where some individuals may have received extra money and not had to pay it back if they no longer qualify due to income or other factors.

“The IRS has made it clear that it is an upfront payment and if you are no longer eligible it will be repaid on your 2021 tax return,” said James O’Rilley, CPA and Tax Director of Doeren Mayhew in Troy.

The monthly cash outlay is an “advance payment” of what the Internal Revenue Service estimates based on your 2019 or 2020 income tax return, depending on which return has been processed by the IRS so far.

However, how much you can claim for the child tax credit will ultimately be calculated based on your income and your situation for 2021 when you file a return next year. Some Repayment protection are there for some who have limited income.

Now it’s important that people keep accurate records of what they received and when, said O’Rilley.

In January 2022, the IRS will send what is called a letter 6419 to indicate the total amount of advance child tax credit payments that have been paid to you that year.

Similar to the incentive payments that applied to returns in 2020, you need to match what you have already received against what you are entitled to.

Failure to reconcile prepayments, O’Rilley warned, could delay processing your tax return after it was filed in the next year, delay refunds, or convert a refund to a balance due.

While the message is out there, we all know that a lot of people just don’t focus on next year’s taxes in July and August. But some will regret it if they don’t.

As of July, millions of eligible families received up to $ 300 per month for each eligible child ages 5 and under and $ 250 per month for children ages 6-17. The monthly payouts run from July to December.

If your child no longer reaches credit in 2021, the IRS is likely to make some adjustments on their own. But tax experts say you may want to pursue that too. The IRS does not include a child who will turn 18 in 2021 towards your prepayment. And the IRS is expected to adjust the payment for a child turning 6 this year to $ 250 per month instead of $ 300.

Thanks to an expanded child tax credit, those who qualify and have an eligible child aged 5 and under could increase their credit from $ 2,000 to up to $ 3,600. About half of that money is slated to be paid out in 2021, the rest on tax returns in 2022. Income limits will keep some from receiving the credit.

You can stop the August payment if you meet the IRS August 2 deadline. If you miss this, you can opt out of payment in September as long as you meet the August 30th deadline.

You can opt out of future payments with the IRS, but the final deadline is November 29th. If you wait that long, you will only decline the December prepayment.

Who would like to unsubscribe?

Alison Flores, lead researcher at The Tax Institute at H&R Block, said there were essentially two reasons someone would turn down a chance at hundreds of dollars a month this year.

First, you rely on a huge tax refund every year and don’t want any upfront cash. You may be more concerned about getting the highest possible tax refund for the next year rather than getting extra cash now.

Second, your situation is no longer exactly the same as it was last year – and you may have to repay some of that prepayment or face a smaller refund in the next year.

“Depending on your situation, deregistering could help you avoid payments that may have to be paid back,” said Flores.

Families, of course, need to review their own finances and speak to their tax advisor to decide whether to continue receiving monthly child tax deduction payments or to decline future payments.

H&R block created an online resource that includes: Calculator to estimate payments. The IRS did Child tax credit information at

The IRS notes that families may also want to get out if their primary residence was outside of the United States for more than half of 2021 – and they would no longer qualify for the loan.

How can you unsubscribe?

Go to and click on Advance Child Tax Credit Details. Then take a look “Manage Payments” Tool.

They would use what the IRS calls theirs Child tax credit update portal refuse to receive monthly payments.

“The IRS was pretty clear. In addition to being active, the opt-out portal is being used,” said Mark Steber, Jackson Hewitt’s chief tax information officer.

This is not a one-step, easy-to-use process. And honestly, you don’t want it so easy for the crooks to find a way to get their hands on your child tax deduction.

At the same time, however, there is concern that some people may not be able to simply opt out or give up after they hit the first roadblock or two. Take the time to understand the process.

Lots of people may need to create one new account via if they cannot log in with an existing IRS username.

The third-party system is now also used by dozens of countries to verify identity when applying for unemployment benefits to combat fraud.

You need a Phone with an account in your own name – not another person’s name. A smartphone, according to Steber, will make it easier for the third-party provider to send an SMS directly to you and speed up the process.

You’ll also need things like an email address, your social security number, and photo identification (driver’s license, passport, passport, or government ID).

Flores advises that both spouses must de-register separately when using joint registration status as spouses. If only one spouse signs out, you will receive half the payment.

You can’t log in again right now, she said, but the IRS expects this functionality to be ready by the end of September 2021.

Tax experts also point out that some people can adjust their tax withholding on their paychecks if they find the opt-out tool too overwhelming. Or others warn that you may want to set aside some of the prepayments – and not spend all of the money now – to fix possible tax problems in April.

What could lead to major tax problems?

Do you share custody? For example, let’s say you have two dependent children in 2020, but your ex-spouse will claim the children on the 2021 federal income tax return under your divorce settlement.

If so, one parent could pocket the prepayments now but will have to return all that money to the IRS next year – unless that parent refuses. If you have two children, ages 10 and 12, you might consider $ 500 a month – or $ 3,000 for six months – as prepayments.

If you are not the parent claiming the children to be dependent for 2021, you are not entitled to the child tax credit or any of the prepayments and you want to repay that money.

The risk of having to repay this money is higher if there are storage problems, said Steber.

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Will you make more money in 2021?

If you’ve made more money this year than you did last year, you may qualify for a much smaller loan. And it is possible that you will start receiving too much money at the start of the game.

Those who are gig workers or the self-employed often have a harder time estimating their tax bills – and many make estimated payments over the year. You may now want to reconsider taking the child tax prepayments. It can be even more important to discuss the situation here with a tax professional to avoid problems.

For example, to receive full credit as a single parent, you must qualify for tax return as a householder and your income can be US $ 112,500 or less.

If you are single and do not meet the requirements to be a Head of Household, your income must be $ 75,000 or less.

If you are married and file a joint statement, you are entitled to Full Benefit if your combined income is $ 150,000 or less.

For many families with higher incomes, smaller child tax credits will be available.

The base child tax credit of $ 2,000 per child remains in place and begins to expire at a modified gross adjusted income of $ 400,000 for spouse enrollment and $ 200,000 for other applicants.

The extended loan for 2021 adds the extra cash to the $ 2,000 for many families with more modest incomes.

Steber said it helps that the IRS only pays out up to half the possible loan, which essentially sets a cap on how much tax refunds could be reduced and how much money might have to be paid back by some.

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“My regular driving type would not fairly match the automotive”– Daniel Ricciardo is not appropriate to McLaren

“My normal driving style doesn’t quite match the car” – Daniel Ricciardo relied on his Red Bull driving style until McLaren made it difficult.

Daniel Ricciardo has made two significant career changes in the past two years, but his driving style has been largely the same as he chose at Red Bull since 2019 and the Australian is struggling to keep it up with the new team.

Ricciardo claims he escaped similar complications in Renault as he managed to keep the old driving style but at the expense of some grip.

“At Renault, I immediately felt that I could keep my old driving style, but simply had a little less grip than with the Red Bull car. Compared to McLaren, the differences to the car are a bit bigger, ”he said Auto engine and sport.

“It has its strengths and weaknesses, but somehow my normal driving style doesn’t quite match the car. It could be because of the braking or acceleration, but the car does not react as I am used to. “

“That is why my move to McLaren was a little more demanding than the move to Renault. The first step was to find out why my driving style wasn’t working in all corners and only then could I start working on new techniques that I had to master, ”concludes Ricciardo.

Daniel Ricciardo desperately wants to be back in shape

Ricciardo certainly does not take the disappointments in his first races with McLaren well as he still has to make up the gap against his younger teammate Lando Norris.

In a recent interview, the Australian even admitted that he might resent the sport if things continued in the same way. Ricciardo had terrible results in Baku and Monaco.

And he scored some points in France and Austria, but he still has more to do to reach McLaren’s P3 goal for this year.

Survey Reveals The Superstar Magnificence Model That Is not Value The Cash

The list conducted a survey of the celebrity beauty brands (see below, with information from PopSugar) are not worth what they cost, and nearly 700 respondents across the country gave their opinion on the matter.

The fewest votes, at 6.87%, went to Jessica Simpson and her now-discontinued line of edible make-up, Jessica Simpson Dessert Beauty (which she launched in 2004). Close behind her was Jessica Alba’s Honest Beauty, the vote for 8.73% of readers.

The Kardashian-Jenner family is known to numerous Collections of productsand Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian both made that list. Kylie Skin, which launched in 2019, received 19.31% of the vote, while Kim’s KKW Beauty and KKW Fragrance, both launched in 2017, received around 29% of the vote – the second most.

But when it comes to the celebrity beauty brand to avoid being not worth the money, it went with this top pick Melania Trump36% of the participants choose the former beauty line from FLOTUS as overpriced.