The Cast of August Wilson’s Jitney Is Poised for the Play’s Broadway Debut

first_img Related Shows The company of ‘Jitney'(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Jitney is the only work from the great August Wilson’s American Century Cycle yet to play on Broadway. The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning scribe’s drama begins performances at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on December 28. Opening night is scheduled for January 19, 2017, and recently snapped a shot of the company as they prep to bring this story to the Great White Way. Centered on unlicensed cab drivers (or rather, jitney drivers) trying to scrape together a living, Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs a cast that includes Ray Anthony Thomas, Keith Randolph Smith, Michael Potts, Brandon Dirden, John Douglas Thompson, Carra Patterson, Anthony Chisholm and Harvey Blanks (see above) as well as Moonlight star André Holland (pictured below). Check out our hot shots of the company, and be sure to catch Jitney at Manhattan Theatre Club beginning on December 28. View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 12, 2017 Jitneylast_img read more

Congratulations Asheville on Bikes

first_imgCongratulations Asheville on Bikes who have not only worked hard to get greenways in Asheville, but have inspired hundreds of people to ride.The Bike of the Irish this past weekend boasted hundreds of green, tutu-clad riders of all ages and abilities to cruise our fresh bike paths and greenways. Every holiday we can count on meeting in front of city hall for a group ride. The costumes are a lot of fun, but it sure is great to have a traveling boom box to groove us along.While people are paying good money to run 5ks, we are making the porch sitters grin as we wind our way through neighborhoods with The Wedge as our final destination. I’ve learned that you can do anything when there are cold beers waiting at the end.My 8-year-old was ok with wearing green, but he wasn’t going to have a shamrock painted on his face. He also enjoys riding sweep, causing everyone to shout much encouragement up the hills. His game of “I don’t know how to pedal a bike” inspired me to take the steep route, up Hazzard Street and over Beaucatcher Mountain on the way home.“Mom…can I walk my bike?” he asked.“No way, duder!!” was the reply he knew was coming. “We’ll take a break at the top!”The ride there was magnificent as we cruised down the mountain into town. My 4-year-old was on the tag-a-long, which is his new favorite bike, except for how the seat hurts his bottom. If only his legs were a couple inches longer…and if he pedaled once in a while. Thank goodness he only weighs 30 pounds. He has a penchant for speed though, which really makes my heart smile. I wait for his cue, “Mommy, go fast!” and then let it fly as he screams, “YAHOOOO mama! Yeahhhhh baby!”I knew this would be the shining moment of the entire ride and dreaded the inevitable fit soon to come. It came just as the bike parade took off. First I helped a beautiful, butterfly wing-clad damsel in distress change her flat tube. We needed to speed off to catch the group, but little Mr. Four decided that he could no longer ride the bike and expressed it with screams and tears as passersby looked admonishingly at me. A few moments on the bench alone impressed even more onlookers, but finally he was ready to ride.It’s amazing how hard it is to find 200 people riding bikes in a small town. At least pedestrians knew what we were talking about when we asked if they’d seen a pack of riders. We caught up in Montford where just as we stopped to rest the crowd took off once again.The greenways were beautiful in the way they followed main routes far from the reach of angry motorists. By the time we rolled up River Road and across the tracks my little tag-a-long was making noise again. “Mamaaaaaa…I want to go to sleeeeeep!” he said as I watched the crowd heading up steep Waynesville Avenue. So I headed three blocks over to The Wedge instead, waiting for the crowd to return, never really finding all of my friends who thought I didn’t make it. Little man bumped his butt along the gravel until we parked and as soon as I took his helmet off, he fell asleep in my arms. The next 90 minutes was bliss as I drank cold beers in the shade while he slumbered. Beer and naps after a ride. How much better does it get than that?Well I’ll tell you. Because as soon as he woke up he was ready to ride again. He just wanted to be home. So back on the bike, and across town we went as he cheered me on, his brother keeping up without too much begging from me. Thank goodness we had bike lanes to follow. Thanks Asheville on Bikes. Thanks Claudia Nix.last_img read more

4 Long Island-based Airmen Killed in Iraq

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Four members of the New York Air National Guard’s Westhampton Beach-based 106th Rescue Wing were among seven US service members killed Thursday in a helicopter crash in Iraq, officials confirmed Saturday.They included Capt. Andreas O’Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, 30-year-old Staff Sgt. Dashan Briggs of Port Jefferson Station, 39-year-old Master Sgt. Christopher Raguso of Commack and Capt. Christopher Zanetis, 37, of Long Island City.“This loss reminds us of the tremendous risks we take in serving our nation every day,” said Major General Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York. “We honor their service, their professionalism, and their sacrifice as we mourn their loss.”The airmen died when the HH-60 Pave Hawk—a search and rescue helicopter that is a modified version of the Army’s UH-60 Blackhawk—they were flying crashed near the city of Al-Qa’im, officials said. There is no evidence of enemy action involved in the crash and the incident is under investigation, according to the Department of Defense. The 106th Rescue Wing is based at the F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base.The New York City fire department said Raguso was a 13-year FDNY veteran of Division 13 in Queens and Zanetis was an FDNY fire marshal in Bureau of Fire Investigation’s Citywide South in Brooklyn with a decade on the job. Raguso was also a volunteer with the Commack Fire Department.“They are truly two of New York City’s bravest – running into danger to protect and defend others, both in New York City and in combat overseas,” said NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.All four had previsously served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and were assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing’s 101st Rescue Squadron, which had helped rescue survivors of hurricane Harvey and Irma last year. They were operating in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the American-led coalition operation to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.“The service members in this unit selflessly deploy around the world to provide combat search and rescue coverage for United States and allied forces,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “This tragedy serves as a stark reminder of the sacrifices our heroes in uniform face every day. My sincere condolences are with the family members and I ask that all New Yorkers keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”Also killed were Master Sergeant William R. Posch, 36, of Indialantic, Florida, Staff Sergeant Carl P. Enis, 31, of Tallahassee, Florida, both of whom were assigned to the 308th Rescue Squadron, Air Force Reserve, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, as well as Captain Mark K. Weber, 29, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, who was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.last_img read more

What’s your North Star?

first_imgI’ve noticed a trend lately. When I tell you about it, you’ll start to notice it, too.I’ve noticed lately that everyone is always looking down.Whether waiting for a streetlight to change, walking down the street, or standing in line for coffee — whatever is happening on the small screen seems to hold our attention much more intensely than what’s happening around us.Sure, the offices of Callahan & Associates are located in Washington, DC, a major metropolitan city in the mid-Atlantic, but I’ve noticed this phenomenon at organizations I’ve visited and at events I’ve attended in cities across America.Now, don’t worry. This is when I tell you I’m not on a phone rant — I’m on a focus crusade. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Restaurants preparing for students’ return, maintaining social distancing

first_imgNo matter what students choose, though, Kelley says he works with a lot of locally owned restaurants to help keep the economy going within the Binghamton area. (WBNG) — With students expected to return to the area soon and ready to eat, restaurants have to make sure the increase in customers doesn’t cause crowding. Meanwhile, founder of BingBite, Andy Kelley, says his business could see a real positive outlook with the students’ return and potentially more staying home rather than going out. He says while it’s exciting to have students back, it can be a struggle to maintain the social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines. “Definitely difficult,” said Yezzi. “We want to be busy, we want people here. Obviously, with everything going on, we can only have a limited capacity of people inside and there’s only so much we can fit outside here.”center_img Dos Rios and the Colonial in downtown Binghamton usually see a high volume of students every year, especially for its late-night bar options. They say with the school year starting soon, they expect to see a good amount of their customers return. “They bring a lot to the economy downtown, especially to a couple of our restaurants here,” said General Manager, Marc Yezzi. “Every year when the students come in, over the course of the year, we see an increase of about six to 10 percent in business and that’s a lot considering the population,” said Kelley.last_img read more

EPD: Homicide investigation in Elmira after 2 victims shot

first_imgIf anyone has any information on this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Elmira Police Department at (607) 737-5626, or the tip line at (607) 271-HALT. Upon arrival, the officers located a male in a vehicle who had been shot and a second victim who had exited the residence when police arrived. Police say the Elmira Fire Department and Erway Ambulance responded to the scene and transported both victims to hospitals. ELMIRA (WBNG) –Elmira Police are investigating a homicide on West Second Street. Elmira Police say they responded to a report of a gunshot victim on the 500 block of W. Second St. center_img The police’s investigation found that the victim’s vehicle pulled into a driveway at the residence, and when stopped, a person approached and began firing into the vehicle, fleeing the scene afterward. One victim of the shooting died from their injuries, and the other sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Police say the investigation is ongoing and victim information will be released at a later date. last_img read more

​Sampension beats Danica to win occupational pensions contract from insurer If

first_imgDanish labour-market pension fund Sampension has won another workplace pensions deal which will boost its assets total by around DKK630m (€84m), as the provider continues its drive to woo new business.The contract, which covers 640 salaried staff of accident insurance firm If Skadeforsikring, was awarded at the end of tender process attracting several pension providers – including the insurer’s current pensions partner Danica Pension.Though relatively small, the contract adds to recent business gains for the DKK262bn north Copenhagen-based pension fund, which announced two months ago it was taking over the pension provision for around 11,000 part-time Danish military pension scheme members from its rival Nordea.Hasse Jørgensen, Sampension’s chief executive officer, said of the latest win: “It is really positive that If Skadeforsikring has chosen to come on board after the turn of the year, and we look forward to introducing them to our service concept with information meetings and personal advice.” Economic value creation was absolutely central, he said, but added that his company was also equally focused on providing high advisory and service value.The agreement with If Skadeforsikring involves annual contributions of DKK63m and will see total savings of about 10 times that amount transferred to Sampension, company spokesman Søren Espersen told IPE.In addition to If Skadeforsikring, Sampension said other companies including GK Nordic and Sparekassen Kronjylland, had also joined it recently.Since 1 January 2017, Espersen said Sampension had added more than DKK40bn in pension funds more under management, with customer deposits having risen by 30%.He said Sampension participates in pension offerings in the corporate market to win, and always delivers its strongest bid.“However, we enter into tenders with a lower price limit, which we do not go below,” he said, adding that things needed to add up.“It is really very simple – growth is only sustainable when the pension company does not build up systematic losses that other customers are otherwise at risk of taking on.”However, one of Sampension’s larger customers – Danish IT provider KMD – has now put its pensions contract out to tender, he confirmed. KMD has almost 3,500 staff mostly in Denmark, with some in Poland and India.Danica Pension – the company’s current pension provider – did participate in the If Skadeforsikring tender, which was handled by the broker Skinnerup Consulting.Asked to comment about this business passing to Sampension, Danica Pension’s chief operating officer Søren Lockwood said that in the past year, the focus of the Danske Bank pensions subsidiary had been on welcoming its 200,000 new customers from SEB Pension in Denmark, which has been a huge task.“The integration of 250,000 policies is now complete, and the result is a stronger, larger and more focused Danica Pension, ready to attract new customers in the coming period,” he said.“We are participating in more pension offers than a year ago and we are winning more,” Lockwood said.last_img read more

Ampelmann Balanced Gangway Coming Before Summer 2018 (Expertise Hub VIDEO)

first_imgAmpelmann will introduce a new balanced gangway system, the S-type, in the first half of 2018, Jan van der Tempel, Ampelmann’s CEO said.Ampelmann and Seaqualize established a partnership to develop a new balanced gangway system in October 2017.The two companies are now performing tests on a full-scale prototype, with Seaqualize contributing to the project with its proprietary balancing technology, Van Der Tempel said.The project is subsidized by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.Watch our video to also find out about Ampelmann’s recent and ongoing modifications to the E-type gangway system, as well as the company’s future plans.For more Expertise Hub interviews, visit Navingo’s Offshore WIND channel on Vimeo.last_img

Boys track and field Bears are sectional Class B-1 champs

first_imgIt’s difficult to imagine it ever getting better for the Chittenango boys track and field team than earning the Section III Class B-1 championship right at home.When the Bears hosted the sectional B-1 meet  on Thursday, it ended up in a close battle with Camden for the team title, and with 114 points did just enough to edge the Blue Devils (112 points) and claim the sectional banner.Chittenango won the 4×800 relay as Dave Gratien, Caleb Prenoveau, Nate Lampman and Tristam LaFountaine posted eight minutes, 28.90 seconds, well clear of Westhill (8:37.24) and the field. Later, in the 3,200-meter run, Ersilio Cerminaro gained the title in 10:15.02 over Camden’s Simon Seidl (10:17.32), with Gratien grabbing third place in 10:24.77. Cerminaro also finished third in the mile in 4:33.94 as Dylan Price (4:39.85) was sixth, with Gratien third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:58.2 as Cerminaro (11:07.9) was fifth.Devin Myers was second in the 110 high hurdles in 15.73 seconds, with Jeremy Warters third in 16.50 seconds. It was the same in the 400 hurdles, Myers second in 58.50 seconds to Camden’s Josh Mayden (58.27) as Warters was third in 59.22 seconds.Later, in the triple jump, Myers went 40 feet 8 ¾ inches, second to the 41’1” from South Jefferson’s Spencer Zeltman as Myers added a fifth-place long jump of 19’3 ¾”. Prenoveau, in 53.52 seconds, edged out Jacobi Dwyer (53.56) for third place in the 400-meter dash, with LaFountaine sixth in 55.02 seconds as Prenoveau got fourth place in the 800-meter run in 2:01.52, with Price seventh in 2:07.35.In the 4×400 relay, Prenoveau, LaFountaine, Dwyer and Parker Tedford were second in 3:34.57 behind Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (3:31.35) after Tedford got fourth place in the 200-meter dash in 23.75 seconds.Jan Hartman proved a key figure for Chittenango, too, as he earned 2,380 points to claim second place in the pentathlon, just behind Homer’s Ryan McLaughlin (2,413) and three spots ahead of Camden’s Nick Bronk, a six-point difference.The Bears were seventh in the 4×100 relay in 47 seconds flat as Dakota Diable took eighth place in the shot put (39’1 ½”) and ninth place in the discus (105’8”), with Callum Reed eighth in the discus by throwing it 106 feet.Meanwhile, the Chittenango girls track team finished fifth in the Class B-1 sectional meet with 39 points as Westhill (110 points) held off Camden (114 points) to finish in front.Completing a boys-girls sweep of the 4×800, the Bears had Chelsea Lamphere, McKayla Capeling, McKenzie Dombroski and Kiara Waite edge Camden, 10:08.24 to the Blue Devils’ 10:09.60.Maryanna Garcia, in 1:00.12, was second to Syracuse ITC’s Karizma Brathwaite (58.94) in the 400 sprint, adding a sixth-place finish in the 200 in 27.20 seconds. Delaney Dawkins rose to second place in the high jump, clearing 4’8”.Mia Morgillo finished third in the pentathlon with 2,098 points as Garcia, Tamia Williams, Delaney Dawkins and Marilla Bongiovanni were third in the 4×100 in 52.71 seconds, Bongiovanni taking 10th place in the long jump. Waite was seventh in the 800 in 2:37.82, with Emily Moon seventh in the triple jump by going 32’1 ½”.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: Chittenangotrack and fieldlast_img read more

Women of Troy lead after strong first day

first_imgSophomore Jennifer Song and senior Belen Mozo tied a USC record as the No. 9 women’s golf team took the lead after the first day of the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.Going it alone · Freshman Cyna Rodriguez is playing as an individual entrant at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. Rodriguez shot a 3-over-par 74 in Monday’s first round action. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information Song shot a 4-under-par 67 to take the day-one lead, and Mozo followed with a 2-under 69 for her lowest round of the year. Both teammates tied a program record with their 12th career round in the 60s, tying the mark set by former USC golfer Irene Cho. The two All-Americans set the tone for a team looking for its second win of the season without much preparation.Recent weather has altered the practice schedule of the team, as it prevented them from getting out on the course.“The course is in fine shape considering all the rain, but we haven’t had a lot of time to play for the same reason,” USC coach Andrea Gaston said.Song, in only her sixth competitive round for the team this season, posted her fifth score of 67 or below. With only one bogey on the eighth hole, Song tied for the individual lead with Duke’s Lindy Duncan.“Eight was an easy up and down, but I was a little off there,” Song said.Mozo started poorly, going 3-over through her first five holes. She bounced back with five birdies in the next 13 holes to post her first score in the 60s of the season. Mozo is tied for third and looks healthy despite the shoulder injury she battled throughout the fall.“It’s one of those things I think she’s still getting used to, and there’s still some scar tissue, but she seems to be handling it real well,” Gaston said.Junior Lizette Salas, the third All-American in the lineup this week, overcame a double bogey on the 13th to finish tied for seventh at 1-over 72. Salas, with eight career rounds in the 60s, may soon challenge for the scoring record herself.Senior Caroline Kim finished tied for 34th at 5-over 76. She stood at even par through 11 holes, but a bogey on 12, double bogey on 13 and a bogey on 14 knocked her down the leaderboard.Sophomore Inah Park tied for 49th with a 7-over 78. Consecutive birdies on 11 and 12 weren’t enough for Park to overcome the double bogeys on three and seven.Taking full advantage of the location of the Challenge, the Women of Troy also entered freshman Cyna Rodriguez and senior Stefanie Endstrasser as individuals. Rodriguez finished in a tie for 21st with her 3-over 74. Endstrasser shot a 6-over 77 to finish tied for 39th.The Women of Troy enter the second day of the challenge with an eight-stroke lead over No. 6 Duke. Play today begins at 8:30 a.m., in a shotgun format, as rain is expected.“It could be arriving at about        1 [p.m.] tomorrow, so they’re trying to get us all out and get in 18 holes without too much rain,” Gaston said.Though hoping to avoid the rain, the team is preparing for the worst.“We’re going to take umbrellas and two pairs of shoes and gloves, so we can exchange them when they get wet,” Gaston said.Barring any delays from the rain, the tournament finishes Wednesday.last_img read more