A New Stage | Theater | Fashion Weekly

Like so much else, the Richmond Theater has been in a limbo for more than a year.

At the start of the pandemic, every show in town closed its doors and canceled its current run. Then, in June 2020, our own Firehouse Theater was perhaps the first professional theater in the country to perform in front of a live indoor audience with its one-man adaptation of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. Staged with a mask requirement, a drastically reduced audience and other security measures, “Dorian Gray” was just the beginning for Firehouse, which continued to put on shows in the months that followed. Other theaters followed suit, including live, outdoor, and digital performances.

Although the Delta variant is still on the rise, it seems so far that we are heading towards a more normal theater season than the previous one. This fall, we’ll see a slightly expanded list of theaters opening their doors to bring us some resumption of pre-pandemic shows that had to close, as well as some exciting new offers.

Here’s a mock conversation between Claire Boswell and Rich Griset, Style’s two theater critics, about the upcoming season:

Claire Boswell: I’m interested in the revivals and re-mountings, the shows that we would have seen in 2020 and that had to be canceled or cut. I was so disappointed that I never saw the Swift Creek Mill Theater production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” (September 11th – October 23rd). The musical comedy by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts ponders on love and relationships in a series of vignettes. That show had a long off-Broadway run through the ’90s and early 1980s, and the Swift Creek Mill production features some outstanding Richmond talent, including Rachel Marrs and Ian Page. I am so glad they decided to bring this one back!

Another show returning this fall is the Cadence Theater Company’s Bess Wohls production of “Small Mouth Sounds” (September 23 – October 3), in which a group of six people seek spiritual healing in a silent retreat . I actually saw this show just before it closed in March 2020.

Rich Griset: What I look forward to most is a trio of local shows that explore race and our society today. The first of these will be staged by the Conciliation Lab, a new theater group that emerged from the merger of TheatreLab and the Conciliation Project. In Eleanor Burgess’ “The Niceties” (September 16 – October 2), two progressive women – a black millennial and a white baby boomer – argue about race, reputation and history. The Washington Post called it a “barn burner of a play”. The Conciliation Lab follows with Young Jean Lee’s “Straight White Men” (December 2-18), a play about three white brothers who return to their parents’ home in the Midwest to spend the holidays with their widowed father. Although the title may suggest satire, the piece ultimately involves a more universal exploration of identity, despair, and privilege.

The Virginia Repertory Theater is also involved with “Pipeline” (15.10.-7.11.), A play about a teacher at a public high school in the city center, whose son fights against a system that has been manipulated against him while attending a private school. Variety called it “an emotionally harrowing, ethically ambiguous drama that raises prickly questions about class, race, parental responsibility, and the level of American education.”

Boswell: They all sound incredible. And I remember the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton will be hosting the world premiere of Anchuli Felicia King’s play “Keene” (October 7th – November 28th) at the Blackfriars Playhouse. This is a thought-provoking comedy about two color scientists at an academic conference on Shakespeare. King is the youngest recipient of the Center’s Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries program, which honors a new playwright whose work is inspired by or in conversation with Shakespeare, and this show sounds like it fits the themes and questions exactly that we’ll see on stage this season.

Griset: Also at Richmond Triangle Players we will have Philip Ridley’s “Vincent River” (September 22nd – October 10th), a play in which a woman only learns that her son was gay after he was killed in a homophobic attack. The one-act act is reminiscent of “The Laramie Project” in its choice of themes. That same week, Firehouse opens its War in Pieces Festival (September 23 to October 30), a series of new one-act plays written by military veterans about turning points in their lives where they might have been killed or died. Works by David Aldridge, Rachel Landsee, Robert Waldruff and Chuck Williamson will be shown at the festival.

Boswell: I also want to mention that we’re going to have a lot of shows to celebrate the holidays starting with “Nevermore! Edgar Allan Poe: the Final Mystery “(October 8-16) shortly before Halloween. It’s a play that imagines the events that were lost in history that preceded Poe’s mysterious death. With Poe’s stories and poetry, this show sounds like a fun way to celebrate our favorite author of the macabre at the start of the spooky season.

Then, in December, it’s going to be a nostalgic Christmas season with some fun, entertaining shows for friends and family and a few Christmas classics. Virginia Rep’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” (December 3rd – January 2nd) brings the classic Christmas story of George Bailey’s fantastic encounter with his guardian angel Clarence to the stage. If you’re more into light, festive holiday fare, head to Winter Wonderettes (November 20th – January 1st) at Swift Creek Mill. In this fun musical revue, the Wonderettes, a female vocal group of four, prepare to perform at the annual Harper’s Hardware Party when Santa Claus goes missing. This show features 1960s style Christmas carols and sounds like a great show for the whole family.

While I can’t know much about the upcoming Christmas Musical Revue (November 17 – December 18) coming to Richmond Triangle Players this holiday season, I imagine they would be better for groups of. will be suitable friends than the whole family. Richmond Triangle Players is known for offering fun cabaret shows with cheeky humor that really make local actors shine, so I can’t wait to see what it has in store for us this holiday season.

Griset: See you next time in the theater!

Boswell: Yes we see us! Until then, stay healthy.

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Kickin’ Most cancers fundraiser raises cash for Ocala man battling stage four colon most cancers

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OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) – On June 24, 39-year-old Ben Fritz received the diagnosis no one wants to hear.

“Ben went to the emergency room, his back hurt and after several tests and blood tests he found that he had stage four colon cancer that spread to his lungs and liver,” said his sister Liza Fritz.

Now the Ocala community has come together and run several fundraising drives, including this one at Charlie Horse. Where there was live music, cornhole and raffles.

Charlie Horse co-owner Chris Welch said it was great to have the community come together.

“To be honest, it’s really inspiring that we have so many donations and so many good things to give away that it is really good for you when a community supports a bad event.”

And everyone is hoping for the best.

“By and large, we all try to take it day after day and pray and wish the best and hope that it gets stronger and hits this thing,” Liza Fritz said.

Ben has already started chemotherapy, and the family says they will run more fundraisers in the future to help pay some of his medical bills.

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WBGO and the Leisure World mourn the lack of TV, Movie and Stage Actress and Singer and Jazz Educator and Supporter Suzzanne Douglas

WBGO and the entertainment industry mourn the loss of actress and signatory Suzzanne Douglas, who was best known for her leading role in the Robert Townsend sitcom “The Parent ‘Hood.

Suzzanne Douglas died yesterday at the age of 64. Her loving husband Jono says Suzzanne died Tuesday of cancer-related complications in her vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard. In an interview on WBGO in 2017, she confirmed her love for jazz as a performer, teacher and student.

“Historical, vital, necessary. Those are words that come to mind when I think of jazz, but of WBGO.”

Douglas has had many television roles and was a huge hit at the George Street Playhouse where she talked about how to engage audiences after the show ended. In this case, it was American Son at the George Street Playhouse.

“I want people to get out of the theater not only to have a dialogue about the show, but also to be very proactive at home with their kids and then bring it to their communities.”

A caring and special lady who even played the role of Billie Holiday at GSP. She is greatly missed and our hearts are with her family.

You can hear the entire 2017 interview with Suzzanne Douglas and John Bolger at https://www.wbgo.org/show/wbgo-journal/2017-02-10/emotions-run-high-in-george-street-playhouses-american-son.

Free stage leisure lineup at Mid-State Honest introduced

Alle Shows sind bei bezahltem Eintritt zur Messe kostenlos

–Die California Mid-State Fair freut sich, die folgenden Künstler für die Frontier Stage und die Mission Square Stage ankündigen zu können. Alle Shows sind bei bezahltem Eintritt zur Messe kostenlos.

Frontier Stage – Shows beginnen um 20 Uhr

21.07.21 – Der Miss California Mid-State Fair Pageant – Kommen Sie und sehen Sie, wie die besten und klügsten jungen Frauen von San Luis Obispo County in vier herausfordernden Kategorien gegeneinander antreten: Interview, Talent, Abschlussfrage und Abendgarderobe. Die Sonderschau beginnt um 19:00 Uhr!

22.07.21 – Wir sind Boten – Die gefeierte irisch-amerikanische Band We Are Messengers ist eine bunt zusammengewürfelte Gruppe von Freunden, bestehend aus Darren Mulligan (Lead-Gesang), Kyle Williams (Gitarre), Drew Kerxton (Schlagzeug) und Raul Aguilar (Bass), die immer noch glauben, dass es möglich ist, die Welt. Die Band identifiziert sich mit den Verletzten, Außenseitern und Außenseitern und bietet den Ausgegrenzten der Gesellschaft Songs wie einen Olivenzweig. Sie haben das Publikum auf der ganzen Welt mit einer Live-Show in ihren Bann gezogen, die ebenso rau und rauflustig wie zart und verbindend ist. Am bekanntesten für Songs wie „Maybe It’s OK“, „Magnify“, „My Victory“ und „Point To You“.

23.07.21 – Hochspannung (AC/DC-Tribut) – A Tribute to AC/DC spielt seit 2010 ausverkaufte Shows in ganz Kalifornien. High Voltage genießt einen wohlverdienten Ruf als energiegeladener, authentischer AC/DC-Tribute-Act. High Voltage emuliert die pure Essenz, Kraft und Elektrizität einer AC/DC-Show. High Voltage bietet das Beste aus AC/DC; von den frühen Wurzeln der australischen Club-Circuit-Tage bis hin zum weltweiten Superstar-Status ihrer aktuellen Hits. Verpassen Sie nicht Klassiker wie „You Shook Me All Night Long“, „Highway To Hell“ und „Back In Black“. Folgen Sie ihnen auf Facebook @highvoltagetribute.

24.07.21 – Blauer Öyster-Kult – Seit über vier Jahrzehnten begeistert Blue Öyster Cult Fans von intelligentem Hardrock weltweit mit kraftvollen Alben voller Klassiker. Tatsächlich wird die Band aus Long Island, NY, in der Hardrock- und Heavy Metal-Szene für ihre Pionierarbeit verehrt. Blue Öyster Cult nimmt einen einzigartigen Platz in der Rockgeschichte ein, weil es eine der wenigen Hardrock/Heavy Metal-Bands ist, die sowohl echtes Mainstream-Kriterium als auch kommerziellen Erfolg verdient. Der Kanon von BÖC umfasst drei eiskalte Klassiker, die noch lange nach dem Sonnenbrand durch den Kosmos wehen werden: Das wahrhaft eindringliche „(Don’t Fear) The Reaper“ aus Agents of Fortune von 1976, das hämmernde „Godzilla“ aus den Specters von 1977 und das hypnotisch melodische „Burnin’ for You“ aus dem 1981 erschienenen Fire of Unknown Origin.

25.07.21 – Solide Investition – Die Mission von Sound Investment als Band ist einfach: großartige Musik zu spielen, die die Weichen für einen unvergesslichen Abend stellt. Ob zum Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll oder Uptown Funk, zum Mitsingen zu At Last oder sogar zum Linedance zu I Feel Lucky, ihr Publikum fühlt sich genauso als Teil der Unterhaltung wie die Band selbst.

26.07.21 – Wahrheit über Meeresfrüchte – Truth About Seafood ist ein langjähriger Favorit der Central Coast. Mit ihrer energiegeladenen Live-Show und einem Mix aus Originalmusik und modernen/klassischen Rock-Cover-Songs sind TAS eine Partyband, die ihrem Publikum immer eine gute Zeit bringt.

27.07.21 – Kenny Lee Lewis & The FrenZ – The FrenZ ist eine Gruppe gleichgesinnter Musiker/Singer/Songwriter, die im San Joaquin Valley aufgewachsen sind und es genießen, zusammenzukommen und der Goldenen Ära des 60er-70er-Jahre-Classic-Rock, R&B und mildem Prog zu huldigen. Das FrenZ bietet auch Originalsongs und Neuarrangements dieser Ära. Der Leader, Kenny Lee Lewis, ist sehr stolz darauf, Shows mit diesem talentierten Quintett zu präsentieren. Wenn er nicht mit der Steve Miller Band auf Tour ist, kann sich Kenny Lee mit Leadgitarre und Gesang ausstrecken. Außerdem bricht er gerne seine Gitarrensammlung aus, um seine Fans und Freunde mit den authentischen Klängen dieser Zeit zu verführen.

28.07.21 – Joe & Martina – Wie die Country-Könige vor ihnen haben Joe & Martina einen gegenseitigen Respekt für ihr Handwerk und die Liebe füreinander ist offensichtlich, ob auf oder neben der Bühne. Ihre Musik entfaltet sich als kommunikatives Geschichtenerzählen durch komplementäre Harmonien; Es ist eine klangliche Liebesgeschichte, die mit Bakersfield Edge, einem Hauch von modernem Einfluss und dem schwer fassbaren Gitarrensolo enthüllt wird.

29.07.21 – Tausend Pferde – An der Kreuzung von eingefleischtem Country, Southern Soul und bluesigem Rock ‘n’ Roll wirbeln A Thousand Horses Staub auf und reiten vorwärts. Das zweifach für den ACM Award nominierte Quartett aus Nashville—Michael Hobby [vocals], Bill Satcher [guitar], Zach Brown [guitar], und Graham DeLoach [bass]– hat sich mit über 100 Millionen Streams, ausverkauften Shows und dem Beifall von Billboard, Rolling Stone, The Boot und anderen leise zu einem Platin-Phänomen entwickelt. Mit der Platin-zertifizierten Debütsingle „Smoke“, die sowohl in den Mediabase- als auch in den Billboard Country Airplay-Charts Platz 1 erreichte, machte die Band von Anfang an Eindruck. Der Track stammt von ihrem Debütalbum Southernality, das auf Platz 3 der Billboard Top Country Albums-Charts kletterte und ihre Nachfolge-Single “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial” enthält.

30.07.21 – Gelbes Hausorchester – Yellow House Orchestra ist eine original Latin Jazz & Salsa Band mit Wurzeln in New York City, San Francisco und hier in Paso Robles. Die Band verbindet afro-kubanische Percussion-Grundlagen mit Salsa-Hörnern und Pop-Melodien. Zusammen ist es eine Kombination, die Ihre Zehen mit Sicherheit zum Klopfen bringt.

31.07.21 – Reise USA (Reise-Tribut) – Journey USA kommt der Journey-Musik der 70er und 80er Jahre am nächsten, die Sie jemals hören werden! Die talentierteste Journey-Tribute-Band auf dem Markt fängt den charakteristischen Sound der Supergroup mit Hits wie Don’t Stop Believing, Open Arms, Separate Ways und Any Way You Want It ein, wobei jeder Song mit atemberaubender Präzision ausgeführt wird!

21.08.21 – Dante Marsh & The Vibe Setters – The Vibe Setters, eine Mischung aus Island, Soul, Funk und RnB, mit bunten Melodien und heftigen Grooves. Die Vibe Setters sind seit 2 Jahren zusammen und bestehen aus einigen der besten Musiker in San Luis Obispo County. In dieser kurzen Zeit haben The Vibe Setters einen SLO New Times Music Award gewonnen und konnten auch während ihrer Shows ein Erlebnis pflegen, das immer mehr Veranstaltungsorte füllt und mehr Fans gewinnt. In den Worten der Fans im ganzen Land: “It’s a Vibe”.

Mission Square Bühne – Shows beginnen um 19 Uhr at

21.07.21 – Markus Adams – Mark Adams ist entweder ein musikalischer Winzer oder ein Winzer, je nachdem, wen Sie fragen. Er wuchs an der Central Coast von Kalifornien auf, wo er nach Aufenthalten in Nord- und Südkalifornien zurückkehrte, um Trauben anzubauen, Wein zu machen und in und um seine Heimatstadt Templeton Musik zu machen. Seine Aufnahmen werden überregional ausgestrahlt und begleiteten zahlreiche Filme und Fernsehsendungen.

22.07.21 – Monte Mills & The Lucky Horseshoe Band – 2021 markiert das 45-jährige Jubiläum von Monte Mills und seiner Lucky Horseshoe Band, die hauptsächlich Country-Musik spielen, aber sie können genauso gut in alten Rock’n’Roll der 50er und 60er Jahre, Bigbandmusik der 40er oder Gospel schlüpfen.

23.07.21 – Bärenmarkt-Aufstand – Bear Market Riot ist ein „Power-Folk“-Duo von der kalifornischen Central Coast. Nick Motil und Kirk Nordby wurden viermal als beste Band in der New Times-Leserumfrage von San Luis Obispo ausgezeichnet und kombinieren harmonisierenden Gesang und Gitarren mit einem tobenden und stampfenden Beat, den Sie sicher lieben werden.

24.07.21 – Wilder Kojote – Der in Templeton geborene und in LA lebende Singer/Songwriter Wild the Coyote ist ein aufstrebender Star in der Outlaw-Country-Musik, der mit einem dunklen und dröhnenden Sound, der in Country, Blues und Rock n Roll verwurzelt ist, seinen eigenen Weg einschlägt. Sie können Coyotes Musik auf Bühnen und Bildschirmen weltweit finden, vor allem in der neuen Hitserie Yellowstone von Paramount Pictures. Sehen Sie sich WTCs elektrisierende und fesselnde Live-Performance an, während er weiterhin durch Nordamerika und darüber hinaus tourt. Es wird die Show sein, von der Sie nie wussten, dass Sie sie brauchen.

25.07.21 – Die Pfahlwurzeln – Seit 2016 ein fester Bestandteil bei Konzerten, Weingütern und privaten Veranstaltungen in Kalifornien, sind The Taproots vor allem für ihr kreatives Songwriting, ihre starken Harmonien und ihre innovative Gitarrenarbeit bekannt. Die Band spielt eine einzigartige Mischung aus originaler zeitgenössischer Americana-Musik mit Rock-, Folk- und Jazz-Einflüssen sowie frischen Interpretationen von Coversongs.

26.07.21 – Hilary Watson – Die in Santa Barbara ansässige Roots-Künstlerin Hilary Watson, auch bekannt als Sängerin und Gitarristin des Duos Hilary und Kate, hat mit ihrem jüngsten Solodebüt Aufmerksamkeit auf sich gezogen. Jahre des Tourneens, Schreibens und Auftritts gipfelten in dem neuesten Projekt der Powerhouse-Sänger. Durch die Mischung aus Soul, Blues und ein wenig Country-Western werden Sie die Erfahrung und Überzeugung einer Künstlerin spüren, die einen ganz eigenen Sound geschaffen hat, mit subtilen Anspielungen auf die Großen, die sie beeinflusst haben. Diese nuancierte und kraftvolle Aretha Franklin-meets-Patsy Cline-Künstlerin sollte man sich nicht entgehen lassen.

27.07.21 – Kenny Taylor – Kenny Taylor ist ein Singer-Songwriter aus Minneapolis, MN. Er ist seit 2007 in Kalifornien und kann jedes Wochenende an der zentralen Küste und in Konzerthallen gesehen werden!

28.07.21 – Die Truthahnbussarde – Ähnlich wie das Duo selbst reichen die Songs nah und fern. Von der stickigen Feuchtigkeit North Carolinas bis zu den staubigen Kellern des Westens erzählen The Turkey Buzzards einfache Geschichten, die sich durch düstere Vocals und durchdachte Harmonien entwirren.

29.07.21 – Erin und die Erdbeben – Die Rhythmusgruppe von Wayne Gamble (Bass) und Dan Robba (Schlagzeug) schlossen sich mit dem Rock-„Power-Paar“ Erin Montgomery (Gesang) und Chris Rollard (Gitarre) zu den Earthquakes zusammen. Sie etablierten sich schnell als DIE führende Eventband im San Luis Obispo County. Steh auf und tanze zu ihrem Mix aus Rock, Funk, Blues und Jazz für jeden Anlass!

30.07.21 – Shawn Clark – Shawn Clark schreibt Musik aus dem Kernland. Besuchen Sie eine Show der Shawn Clark Family Band und hören Sie eine Melodie von Hank Williams, Sr. oder ein obskures Lied von Marty Robbins. In erster Linie hören Sie die Originalmelodien von Shawn Clark, vorgetragen in seinem selbstbewussten Bariton. Inspiriert, als er während des Films The Big Lebowski Townes Van Zandts Version der Rolling Stones „Dead Flowers“ hörte, dachte Shawn Clark: „Ich möchte Musik schreiben, die so klingt.“ Zwei Jahre später hat er zwei Alben, eine feine Gruppe von Musikerkollegen, die die „Shawn Clark Family Band“ bilden, und sein Ziel ist es, diese Country-Musik im alten Stil einem breiteren Publikum zugänglich zu machen.

31.07.21 – Noach Tangeras – Noach Tangeras Band ist eine Americana-Gruppe mit Wurzeln im Folk/Rock/Country/Blues. Kraftvoller Gesang mit Vintage-Gitarrenlinien, Bass, Keyboard, Ukulele und Schlagzeug.

21.08.21 – Grauschnabel – Graybill wird oft mit Jack Johnson, G. Love und Nick Drake verglichen und ist der Bühnenname des Sängers, Songwriters und Gitarristen Kevin Graybill. Obwohl er mit anderen vergleichbar ist, hat er seinen eigenen einzigartigen Sound und sein eigenes Genre entwickelt, das manchmal als Coastal-Folk oder Ganja-Blues bezeichnet wird. 2020 sollte Graybills bisher größtes Jahr werden, da eine Tour durch die Westküste und Montana gebucht wurde. Dann schlug COVID ein. Anstatt sich in Enttäuschung zu suhlen, lenkte er den Ehrgeiz für eine Tour in die Aufnahme seines Debütalbums High Tide/Low Tide. Aufgenommen als zwei Sechs-Track-EPs, finden sie zusammen eine Balance zwischen High Tides sonnigem Optimismus und Full-Band-Arrangements und Low Tides eher abgespeckter regnerischer Introspektion. High Tide/Low Tide wurde am 16. April in Eigenregie veröffentlicht.

Die California Mid-State Fair 2021 findet vom 21. Juli bis 1. August statt und feiert dieses Jahr ihr 75-jähriges Bestehen.

Über den Autor: Nachrichten Mitarbeiter

Das Nachrichtenpersonal der Paso Robles Daily News schrieb oder bearbeitete diese Geschichte von lokalen Mitwirkenden und Pressemitteilungen. Die Nachrichtenmitarbeiter sind unter info@pasoroblesdailynews.com erreichbar.

Artists take heart stage | Arts And Leisure

PRINCE FREDERICK – When Charles Caplins decided which animal to paint for the “Into the Wild” art project, he thought, “Why not birds?”

So Caplins chose a parrot and the colorful, feathered flyer is now hanging on a wall in the CalvART Gallery in Prince Frederick.

The exhibition features 80 works by more than 40 artists from The Arc Southern Maryland, Southern Maryland Community Resources, Bay Community Support Services, and the Center for Life Enrichment, all local nonprofits that support people with special needs with their missions.

“I tell you, it moved me to tears,” said artist Linda Craven, who helped develop the curriculum with Jim Hurley, Therese Thiedeman and Pamela Callen. “When I took [the art] I was blown away by how much attention to detail there was and how everyone put so much care into each piece to get it the way they wanted it. Everything is just so colorful and blingy. It just blew me away. “

The curriculum included creating large pieces of art from small photos, creating a clay model of their art, and creating a small piece of art that was later put together into a mysterious piece of art.

As of March, the artists were divided into five groups and each group had a weekly Zoom session in which they made their pieces.

The exhibition of their pieces in the Prince Frederick Gallery came as a surprise to the artists.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Caplins, who lives in Huntingtown. “The best thing is to see the friends you couldn’t see [during virtual classes]. ”

“I like it hanging,” said Rebecca Priya-Elwell of Hollywood, who created a glitter-encrusted parrot along with a diorama of snail, parrot, octopus and chameleon.

Venturing away from birds for his second part of the project, Caplins built a snail out of clay as a nod to SpongeBob SquarePants’ pet Gary.

Mary Herbert said the best part of the project was getting it done. It wasn’t difficult for me, it was pretty easy. “

The California resident stayed with snails throughout the project “because I like them.”

When asked about the works of her fellow artists in the exhibition, Herbert said that she thought “everyone is pretty”.

But not everything went smoothly. Michelle Haley’s colorful clay octopus suffered a broken tentacle while painting. It currently rests on Haley’s dresser at home but is expected to recover soon and get back on the exhibit.

“One of the legs fell off when a staff member painted it with me,” said Haley, who lives in California. “But I glued it back together.”

Southern Maryland Community Resources’ Arts4All project was born thanks to a grant from the Calvert County government. Arts4All is an SMCR program that provides opportunities for people of all abilities in Southern Maryland to actively participate in the literary, visual, and performing arts.

“It’s just exciting to see what they have created and it really lets their personalities shine through,” said Theideman, who is the SMCR program director. “I definitely think they should see it in person and see what each artist has to offer.”

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Jessica Alba sees subsequent stage of development forward for The Sincere Firm

Actress and founder Jessica Alba said the Honest Company’s public debut on Wednesday will usher in a new phase of growth for the consumer goods company.

“I think this is really where we are really looking at this next phase of growth and this is the beginning for us in many ways,” said Alba at CNBC “Squawk Box.”

She started the company a decade ago, starting with baby products. Since then, the company’s product portfolio has been expanded to include make-up, sunscreen and cleaning products – all with the promise of transparency with regard to its formulas. This promise has made it a target of criticism in the past not to meet this standard.

Last year, Honest’s net sales increased 27.6% to $ 300.5 million, and the company reduced its net loss to $ 15 million.

Around 55% of sales come from digital orders, CEO Nick Vlahos told Andrew Ross Sorkin. Honest’s use of social media, especially on Alba’s own accounts, has helped drive this digital growth.

“Social media has been a strategic marketing channel for us,” said Alba, who is known for her roles on the television series “Dark Angel” and in films such as “Fantastic Four”.

“This is where we build a community and from day one, community engagement is at the core of one of our values ​​for what we build.”

The IPO was priced at $ 16 per shareThis gave the company $ 1.44 billion in value and grossed $ 412.8 million. According to regulatory filings, Honest plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including acquisitions. It is traded on the Nasdaq with the ticker “HNST”.

Comic Chris Fonseca returning to Colorado Springs stage | Arts & Leisure

It’s been six years since comedian Chris “Crazy Legs” Fonseca performed at Loonees Comedy Corner, the stage on which his nearly four decades long career began.

“Loonees is home,” said Fonseca, who lives in Westminster. “USA Today wrote an article in the 1990s and the picture in the article was on the Loonees stage.”

In the half-dozen years since he first appeared as Loonees, the father of five has become a grandfather. opened for longtime friend comedian Dave Chappelle in Austin, Texas; recorded a comedy album (“Of Mics and Men”); started a podcast (“My heroes have always been good looks”); and wrote a biography titled “Papa, Where Are Jokes Coming From?” due out in September.

He will be with Loonees on Wednesday. Ron Ferguson and Jimmy Abeyta will open the show.

“I will be 40 years old in 2024,” said Fonseca. “It’s kind of funny to me because I’m known in the comedy community, but I wasn’t exactly a household name. I totally agree with that. I am very grateful for the opportunity. I am proud of the things that I have achieved. “

How it should be. The Fort Morgan-raised artist has written material for Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld, opened for Chappelle at Red Rocks and Pikes Peak Centers, performed on “The Arsenio Hall Show” and “Late Night with David Letterman,” and had a part that did for it was written on an episode of Baywatch in the 1990s.

“I try to do it smart without being too haughty,” he said of his comedy. “A lot of comics are trying to be too hip, and for me, it’s about keeping people entertained.”

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The “elephant in the room,” he said, is the handicap he was born with. Fonseca has cerebral palsy, which affects his speech and requires the use of a wheelchair. His mother died in childbirth, he said, and the lack of oxygen caused the disability.

“I always have to address that somehow,” he said.

The last few years have been difficult. He had some minor health issues to resolve and lived in a Westminster nursing home for about a year, where he took the opportunity to regroup, he said. And last year, of course, he was lost to COVID-19 when he couldn’t actually perform, other than keeping some zoom shows as sharp as possible.

But now he’s back and he’s out and about indulging in his love for a live audience.

“It’s instant gratification,” said Fonseca. “When you’re writing a book, you really don’t have that immediate reaction.”

He can still remember the naysayers early in his career who questioned his ability to be a comedian.

‘I’ll see how it goes. Please come back to me in 10 years, ”said Fonseca. “And now it’s almost 40. I think it’ll work.”

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Ernie Zulia exits Hollins College stage to organize for subsequent act | Leisure

Originally from Ohio, Zulia first got involved in the Roanoke theater scene in the summer of 1976 when he came straight from college in western New York to play on the summer shows at the Mill Mountain Playhouse. At the time, the theater company was still producing its productions at the Rockledge Inn on Mill Mountain. In October of that year, the Rockledge Inn burned down as a result of arson.

The theater insisted, however, moved into the empty Grandin Theater and started the “Phoenix Season” in the summer of 1977 with a smash production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, which included Zulia.

A decade later, after earning a Masters of Fine Arts from Northwestern University, Zulia moved to Roanoke and became assistant artistic director of the Mill Mountain Theater. Zulia and collaborator David Caldwell worked under the longtime artistic director of MMT, Jere Hodgin, and adapted Robert Fulghum’s bestseller “Everything I really need to know, what I learned in kindergarten” for the stage. Shortly after a world premiere in Mill Mountain, Zulia left Roanoke to conduct the piece around the world.

By 2004 he returned to Roanoke to direct and teach as a visiting artist at Hollins – and was eventually hired as chairman of the theater department. Zulia recruited Todd Ristau, founder of Hollins Playwright’s Lab, to the faculty and created the Hollins Theater Institute as the umbrella for the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs. A $ 3 million gift from the James S. McDonnell Family Foundation allowed Zulia to oversee a major renovation and upgrade of the university’s 97-year-old theater.

Mario Lopez had row over greatest facet of stage | Leisure

Mario Lopez “got into a bit of an argument” with Elizabeth Berkley at the People’s Choice Awards.

The ‘Saved by the Bell’ co-stars, who were jointly unveiled at the November 2020 ceremony, and the 47-year-old presenter announced that he and his friends were talking to each other shortly before they arrived on stage about who was on the The stage was allowed to stand to the left of the stage.

Mario interviewed Elizabeth as the guest host of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on an episode that aired on Monday (03/29/21) Fights Backstage. “

With a picture of them on stage on the screen, he added, “As you can see, I want to warn our viewers that you are on the left – you are standing on the left – which is usually the side I like to stand on, purely for superstitious reasons, it’s like a luck.

You like to do it because you rock your hair in a certain way and because of the part, right? “

The 48-year-old actress insisted that her series was just “playful jokes”.

She quipped, “No, no, no! Superstitious, or do you like this site?

“No, we didn’t get into a real fight. It was our playful joke, but like brother-sister.”

Mario agreed: “No, we always laugh and tease each other.”

Mario recently paid tribute to another Saved by the Bell co-star, Dustin Diamond, following his death from cancer at the age of 44.

He said, “He was like a little brother to me, we kept in touch over the years. I just spoke to him a few weeks ago after he got his diagnosis. Even then, he was full of energy and so optimistic. Life is just so fragile and not something you can take for granted. Our prayers are with Dustin’s family and friends. “

Bread and Cameos — a yr with out revenue from Broadway stage | Leisure

NEW YORK (AP) – A year ago, Max Kumangai wowed the crowd with a jolt of live Broadway excitement. Now he does it with his bread.

The triple threat posed by the musical “Jagged Little Pill” has evolved into a fourth skill as the pandemic progresses: baking and selling your own sourdough.

From his Manhattan apartment, Kumangai delivers $ 15 loaves of bread or $ 8 slices of focaccia from his Humpday Dough Company on foot or by subway.

“I wanted to make connecting with people – at a time when it was difficult to connect – part of the business,” he says. “It feeds me figuratively and literally.”

With televisions and film sets slowly upgrading themselves a year after the COVID-19 hit, Broadway theaters are still closed and there is no end in sight. This means that people who make a living in live entertainment had to be creative.

Unemployed seamstresses sell handmade jewelry and plush toys on Etsy, dancers teach online, and actors do voice-over work, podcasts, or sell video shout-outs on cameo.

A stage manager started the Stagedoor Candle Company, a line of fragrance products inspired by Broadway musicals. There is an eBay marketplace that sells Broadway memorabilia for artists to pocket.

“This is a paycheck to paycheck profession. We are workers,” says Laura Benanti, a Tony winner. “It is really very upsetting to me that so many people are suffering who are unable to feed themselves. They have no savings.”

Employment of New York City workers in the arts, entertainment and recreation declined 66% during the pandemic, according to a new report from the New York State Comptroller.

The decline – from 87,000 jobs in February 2020 to 34,100 jobs just three months later – marks the largest drop in employment of any economic sector in the city. It has left Broadway workers behind, many of whom have lost health insurance and are living on side performances, stimulus checks, and unemployment benefits.

As of March 2020, the national human services group The Actors Fund has distributed more than $ 18 million in emergency relief to more than 15,000 people in the entertainment industry.

“I’ve had a lot of friends who just picked up, moved and moved to different states because we live in one of the most expensive states in the country,” says Jawan M. Jackson, a star of Ain’t Too Proud – Life and the times of temptation. “It was about releasing a single, making a movie, and doing commercials.

He wished the heads of government would do more. “We kind of feel like we’re just afterthought,” he said. “I just wish they had been a little better for us during the shutdown because of the difficult situation we are in. But hopefully that will change. We’ll see.”

Others are blunt: “These artists need to be protected. They need to be supported. This is an emergency right now,” said Tom Kitt, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. “This is the elixir of life in this city.”

Theater work, even without a pandemic, is usually a piecemeal existence. Shows seldom run for years and workers live nomadic lives jumping to new works every few years. Nowadays they are even more bit by bit as people who do live theater are clearly the last ones to get back to work.

“You pick up things where you can. I know a lot of people who did side appearances when they can. A lot of people went back to school,” said Derek Klena, a Tony nominee. “You’re doing what you can to get through.”

According to the auditor, the average actor salary in the city in 2019 was $ 65,756, with musicians and singers grossing $ 43,966. Despite the pandemic, New York City remains the second largest rental market in the United States. The median rent for a bedroom in March is $ 2,460.

Musician Andrew Griffin had landed a great gig as the violist for “Ain’t Too Proud” when the pandemic ended its regular gig. He has cobbled together some live concerts, composed for a dance group and carried out some consulting work.

He’s seen people sell their instruments and their cars. A woman near him even sold her eggs. “It was definitely very challenging and very stressful in many ways,” he says.

And yet he refuses to let himself be deterred from making art. He recently teamed up with violinist Danielle Giulini on a video that puts the final year into perspective as they play Handel-Halvorsen’s “Passacaglia”. He notes that what kept America together and safe during this lockdown year is art – Netflix, Spotify, and all of the streaming options. “That’s the glue,” he says. “So where is the help?”

Some of the leading men on Broadway – including Jeremy Jordan, Max von Essen, Corey Cott, and Adam Pascal – have turned to Cameo, which pays celebrities to create personalized videos for fans.

“I set out to pay those bills every month,” says Pascal, a Tony nominee for Rent who has made his own rent this year to teach master classes and concerts. “Pan in whatever way I can pan.”

Some of the leading ladies on Broadway – from Patti Murin, Cassie Levy, Kerry Butler, Lilli Cooper to Ashley Park – have practiced, sung, and answered questions virtually on Broadway Booker. A 30-minute veteran private coaching session can start at $ 75.

Tony Award winning Jefferson Mays has starred alongside Denzel Washington in Hollywood for Joel Coen’s “Macbeth,” but he has also recorded audiobooks in a “niche in our house” filled with pillows and sofa cushions.

Broadway dancer Jen Frankel lost her job but quickly became an employer: she co-founded the virtual dance platform PassDoor and suddenly hired unemployed Broadway veterans to teach all skill levels and ages.

“We thought, ‘Here’s an opportunity for not only us to help the Broadway community, but also to help everyone by giving them the opportunity to dance with people they would never have.”

The teachers – with extensive experience from musicals such as “Frozen”, “Tootsie”, “Kiss Me Kate” and “Anastasia” – receive a base price per class and a percentage of the gross if they reach a certain number of participants.

“We wanted to create a model in which we offer something that is accessible to different income groups and also to dancers who may not work for a long period of time,” said Frankel.

Bebe Neuwirth, a two-time Tony winner who also starred in “Cheers,” works with dancers on career transitions and is concerned about the pandemic’s loss of her art form.

“I know a lot of dancers say, ‘OK, I have to get a scholarship and go back to school and do something because I can’t make it work,'” she says. “Who knows what these dancers would have done if they had stayed?”

Neuwirth points to the devastation of dance and theater by another pandemic – AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s. “Has the theater suffered as a result? Has dance suffered as a result? Yes, it did,” she says. “We’ll never be able to quantify it, but we know so many really interesting artists have disappeared.”

Kumangai, the bread maker on Broadway, doesn’t want to give up its sideline when Broadway reboots. Baking is a passion and he hopes to keep it going with a schedule of eight shows a week. He credits making bread to give him back a sense of joy.

He is also impressed by the warm – virtual, of course – hug from colleagues on Broadway who buy up everything that his apartment stove produces.

“This community is still alive and bubbly, just like my sourdough starter,” he says with a laugh. “We are all there for one another.”