Odds & Ends: Premiere Date Set for Aaron Tveit’s BrainDead & More

first_imgAaron Tveit(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Premiere Date Set for Aaron Tveit’s BrainDeadWe now know what we’ll be doing the night after this year’s Tony Awards! BrainDead, CBS’ new comic-thriller starring your Broadway boyfriend Aaron Tveit and Tony winner Nikki M. James, is scheduled to premiere on June 13. The D.C.-set series about politics and extraterrestrials will feature Tveit as Gareth, a witty Legislative Director to a Republican senator; James is set to take on the role of Rochelle, a medical resident. It’s perhaps no surprise that Main Stem faves have landed roles in the series… showrunners Michelle and Robert King are theater fans and previously took charge of (and gave lots of stage faves employment with) The Good Wife.Conrad Ricamora Promoted on MurderCongratulations to The King and I’s Conrad Ricamora, who has been upped to series regular on the ABC hit How to Get Away With Murder. TV line reports that the Broadway favorite’s promotion will take effect at the start of the third season. Headlined by Tony winner Viola Davis, Ricamora plays Oliver, Connor’s tech-savvy boyfriend, in the show.A View From the Bridge is L.A.-BoundIvo van Hove has been dominating the New York theater scene over the past few months—first with A View From the Bridge, swiftly followed by David Bowie’s Lazarus and currently with Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Now the West Coast will feel the love from the avant-guarde director, with the L.A. Times reporting that A View From the Bridge is set to bow at the City of Angels’ Ahmanson Theatre this September. No word yet on whether Mark Strong and the rest of the West End/Broadway cast will be on board for the transfer.Kristen Bell Opens Up About Frozen 2Kristen Bell starred in a movie you might just have heard of called Frozen, and in a recent interview she revealed a little more information about its follow-up. “The sequel is just finished being written and I think we start recording next month,” she told E!. Bell also got candid about that song, screlted by a certain Broadway supernova. “Nothing will top ‘Let It Go’ ever and nothing should top it.” Check out the interview below; the stage adaptation of the hit Disney film is due on Broadway in spring 2018. Incidentally, if you think you can play Anna or Elsa, there’s currently an equity casting notice out for a developmental lab taking place April 30 through May 13. Apparently you’ll need to be a “strong belter.” Who knew?! View Commentslast_img read more

Quitting cannabis could lead to better memory and cognition

first_imgThe Guardian 30 October 2018Family First Comment: “We can strongly say that regular users will learn better when they abstain, and continuing to use the drug is likely to negatively impact the learning process,”#DrugFree2025www.VoteNo.nzUS research shows four weeks’ abstinence improved memory, but not attention skills.Abstaining from cannabis for a month can boost the memory performance of regular users, according to a study of young people who used the drug at least once a week.Researchers found that four weeks without cannabis led to a “modest but reliable” improvement in users’ memory test scores, which could be sufficient to raise students’ grades at school.“We can strongly say that regular users will learn better when they abstain, and continuing to use the drug is likely to negatively impact the learning process,” said Randi Schuster at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Addiction Medicine in Boston.The scientists recruited 88 participants aged 16 to 25, all of whom used cannabis at least once a week. Each was then randomly assigned to one of two groups. The first continued their drug use as before, while the second agreed to quit for 28 days. All gave regular urine samples to ensure they stuck to the arrangement.Over the next month, the participants took regular computer tests to assess their cognitive skills. While abstaining from cannabis had no measurable impact on attention skills, memory improved markedly, and particularly in the first week when much of the drug washed out of their system. The most notable effect was seen in a verbal memory test which recorded how well people could memorise and later recall a series of 18 words that flashed up on the computer screen.READ MORE: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/30/quitting-cannabis-can-lead-better-memory-cognition-us-researchlast_img read more