Press release: Prime Minister to host Burns Supper in Downing Street

first_imgSome of the courses being prepared by the head chef, who is also a senior lecturer at Glasgow City College, are the very ones that impressed the judges during the BBC2 cookery show.Mr Maclean said: I’m incredibly honoured to cook for the Prime Minister and showcase the best Scottish produce, sourced from local farms and dairies for this evening’s Burns Supper. A Burns Supper is an institution in Scottish life and it’s wonderful to be able to be part of such a celebration of the works of our national bard in Downing Street. Scotland is a greatly valued part of our United Kingdom and its contribution to the UK is immense – economically, socially, and culturally. And Robert Burns is a great example of that, as one of our finest poets, famous world-wide. I’m very much looking forward to this evening and the chance to celebrate a great poet, a great nation and an enduring Union. Mr Maclean will be joined in the kitchen by his team, which includes his fellow MasterChef contenders, Matthew Healy and James Villiers, and James McGuire, who works for Braehead Foods. Scots from a variety of business sectors, food and drink suppliers, educational institutions and politics will join the Prime Minister and Mr May, the Secretary of State for Scotland and others for a three-course meal in the State Dining Room.Glasgow-based ‘MasterChef: The Professionals’ winner Gary Maclean will take over the Downing Street kitchen for the day to prepare the menu, made up of fresh produce from a range of Scottish suppliers.Guests will be welcomed into Downing Street by a piper from the Scots Guards.The Prime Minister, who will give a welcome address to guests this evening, said:last_img read more

Oteil Burbridge Discusses The Beauty Of Roots Rock Revival During The 50th Anniversary Of The Allman Brothers Band [Interview]

first_imgMusic Masters Camps’ seventh annual Roots Rock Revival will take place from August 5th through 9th at Full Moon Resort in the heart of the “Forever Wild” Catskill Forest Preserve in upstate New York. The camp was created by the late drummer Butch Trucks, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, in conjunction with bassist Oteil Burbridge (formerly ABB, now Dead & Company) and brothers Luther Dickinson and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars.These all-star players sought to bring fans and musicians together to explore the world of the Southern Blues Rock movement, the Allman Brothers Band, and the music that forms the foundation of Rock ‘n Roll. Despite the sudden deaths of Trucks and Col. Bruce Hampton—who also joined the RRR family in 2016—Roots Rock Revival goes on in their memories and extends the focus onto the endless influence of the Grateful Dead.In addition to Burbridge and the Dickinson brothers, the 2019 lineup will feature founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and drummer Jaimoe, jazz keyboardist John Medeski (MMW), keyboardist Marco Benevento and guitarist Scott Metzger of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Devon Allman, Duane Betts and Berry Oakley Jr. (The Allman Betts Band), Ashish Vyas and Jeff Franca (Thievery Corporation), Grahame Lesh and Elliott Peck (Midnight North), Vaylor Trucks (son of Butch Trucks), NOLA jazz drummer Johnny Vidacovich, frequent ABB-collaborator Junior Mack, and veteran Roots Rock Revival guitarist Brandon “Taz” Niederauer.With the spirit and legacy of Butch Trucks ingrained in the foundation of the camp, the Allman Brothers roots are held down by Oteil Burbridge. Live For Live Music’s own Kendall Deflin, who has attended all seven years of the camp, recently sat down with Oteil to discuss the annual tradition that has become a family reunion of sorts every August.Oteil Burbridge & Kendall Deflin Talk Roots Rock Revival“It’s really amazing just how life unfolds. Butch always had great ideas,” reflects Oteil. “Wanee, Peach Fest, all that stuff. This camp definitely was one of his best. I think he’s probably really happy about it right now, even though we fought about existence after the body for 15 years. He’ll probably cut the lights off or give me some sort of sign and be like, ‘Okay, Oteil.’”Beyond the music, part of the magic of Roots Rock Revival is the spiritual connection and communication that takes place at the camp. Everyone on site—from artists to participants of all ages and skill levels—is part of a collective energy that flows through the experience.“Yeah, this summer is really going to take the cake. It really is. I could see it coming before, but just the things that are going on right now in the community, in the country, across the globe… I feel this big wave. It’s a good wave, and I think the camp is going to be that, concentrated. This one’s really going to be something. We might see aliens or ghosts or something.”He continues, “Something’s going to happen this time. Everybody’s going to see it, man. It’s been happening a lot to me personally, and so I’m just really excited now because I’ve been kind of … I’ve been very cynical in the past and, I don’t know… Maybe cynical’s not the word, but a feeling of mild hopelessness. And now that’s gone. I’m like, ‘Oh, man. We’re at the crest of something.’ It’s really going to be deep this year. It’s going to be really deep this year.”While the original foundation of the Allman Brothers Band is slowly fading, Oteil firmly believes in the next generation of the ABB family. He says, “I really wanted to–and maybe we still will, hopefully, I don’t know–I really wanted to get the remaining members of the last version of the ABB back together at some point before their 50th anniversary is over. But even if it doesn’t happen, I think the most important thing happening is Berry Oakley Jr., Duane Betts, and Devon Allman. I even have this picture, I think I posted it on my Instagram of all three of them and Lamar Williams Jr. together and I thought, ‘There are some happy papas up there and beyond about this happening.’ And so really, I think that’s probably the most important celebration of their 50th anniversary now that their direct descendants, their boys, have pulled together and are doing this. And I’ve been following it and it just makes my heart full. And they’re coming to Roots Rock Revival.” In addition to the Allman Betts Band, Butch’s son, Vaylor Trucks (Yeti Trio), will be returning to the camp for his fourth year. “You know, one of my favorite moments of all was the last year,” explains Oteil. “I forget which night it was, but Vaylor just got carried away and I think the kids were chanting his name or something. I saw a couple of them crying. And it was just great because Vaylor’s always been kind of overshadowed by the Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes, and all that stuff, and it was just like he was just having a full-on moment, and everybody could feel it. Everybody onstage. We were just all like, ‘whoa’. He just got swept away on this cloud, and the kids were just … I just started crying thinking about it. That was a sacred Roots Rock moment.”He continues, “And his knowledge, too. You can get in some really heavy discussions with him about the different styles of music that he’s into. He just has such a beautiful mind, a beautiful brain. The way he looks at things, it’s deep. It’s really deep.”The Allman Brothers family tree extends to players like Junior Mack, who will be returning for the second year. Mack is a regular member of Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band and has collaborated with the Allman Brothers Band countless times.“I just called him in the last couple of days about coming to play with my band because I really want to incorporate some more Allman Brothers into it. I’ve just been really missing it. I don’t know, maybe it’s the 50th anniversary that’s got me. And he’s so … his voice, his guitar playing and slide playing. It’s so there. That sound coming from him is so authentic. And I was like, duh. I’m calling Junior right now… ‘Yo, dude. How much Grateful Dead stuff do you know?’ And he said, ‘Well, you know, interestingly enough…’ He told me this whole story and it ended up with him basically listening to Europe ’72 in his car all the time now, and really just now it’s starting to really latch on to the Jerry thing, which is … I came too late as well. I was like, ‘Great. I’m going to send you a YouTube playlist. Just learn these at your leisure. You’re already in there. No big whatever. I’m going to call you when you have time and when it all fits together.“I want to do these Grateful Dead/Allman Brothers mashups,” because … It’s duh. It’s just a ‘duh’ thing,” he jokes. “And I don’t know why I didn’t do it before, but everything in its time. He’s just one of my absolute favorites and such a great … he really needs to teach a thing there, honestly, because he’s such a great communicator and just such a great vibe, such a nice human. And just what a player and what a singer. Just, man. I’m super psyched he’s going to be there again.”Outside of the Allman Brothers world, for Oteil, is the Grateful Dead. With Grahame Lesh coming back for the third year and bringing Elliot Peck with him, he’s excited to continue writing that chapter at Roots Rock Revival.“I’m so glad. I’m always glad that Grahame continues to come back. He’s got such a good vibe so I’m glad he’s feeling it from this side too.”The Grateful Dead representation has expanded this year with the additions of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead bandmates Marco Benevento (keys) and Scott Metzger (guitar), which Oteil is particularly excited about. In addition to more legendary jams, there will certainly be some “funny, funny funniness”, which is always appreciated in the late-night hours.“It’s the spirits. When you think about everybody that’s coming and their personality, and their spirit, you just are like, ‘Wow, literally how could you want to miss it?’ It’s insane. It’s really out of control.”With the worlds of the Allman Brothers Band and Grateful Dead colliding, it only makes sense that New Orleans music is represented at Roots Rock Revival—and who better than drummer Johnny Vidacovich to bring that Big Easy groove.Oteil reflects, laughing, “Johnny V was talking, talking about getting ready to play or something. He goes, ‘The first thing you want to do is call down the Holy Spirit,’ and his eyes got real big. His whole banter is just priceless. I thought, ‘Oh, my God. This is so great,’ because I love New Orleans so much, and he’s just so much of New Orleans just wrapped up into his body and soul, and just to watch how he interacted with everybody so naturally, and having him and Jaimoe at the same time, we probably had … did we have him, Jaimoe, and Colonel Bruce all at the same time one year? Because that’s like three space aliens.”While the three musicians never overlapped, there’s no doubt that their spirits continue to exist on the grounds of Full Moon Resort. In fact, Col. Bruce Hampton’s legacy still looms large over the camp, and if you come to Roots Rock Revival, you’ll most likely see for yourself.“Oh, for sure,” Oteil agrees. “Boy, he’s been pulling some stuff in my life. I’m sure he’ll be there, and Butch too, and probably Kofi too now.”To mix things up even further, bassist Ashish Vyas and percussionist Jeff Franca of Thievery Corporation will return for their third year as well, bringing an otherworldly element to the music coming in and out of Roots Rock Revival.“They’re doing more of a reggae thing, which I love. I love sitting in on their class. I hate to call it a class. I don’t even know what really to call it, but for lack of a better term. Well, they were kind of like a history lesson really, and that was really beautiful for me because I love that music, but I don’t know a lot about it, and that was really cool. Everybody brings their different influences to [Roots] and it really, it does make it … it’s more like a retreat for me than music lessons or classes, and I end up feeling so filled up when I leave and feeling so good. It’s amazing.”Outside of getting to know everyone on a personal level, the free-flowing form of the week also allows for participants to approach Oteil for some one-on-one bass lessons. Admittedly, the legendary bassist receives just as much from those interactions as the participants.“You always learn from teaching, and I think it’s just like an automatic giveback, which is why I never resist doing it. It’s a difficult thing for some people. They have a lot of fear about teaching. I think it’s just something you have to do more and more of. Everyone is different. I sit them down and just go, ‘Well, what do you want to do?’ I don’t know where everybody is at specifically or what they specifically want to know, but somehow we find it, and then all of a sudden we find our footing, and then we’re off. And all of a sudden, it’s like, ‘Oh, man. We’re out of time,’ or, ‘We’re way over time again,’ and it’s like, ‘Man, we could keep going. Let’s look at the schedule and see if there’s another spot.’ So I love that freedom to just put the schedule down and go, ‘Well, there’s a hole here and there’s a hole there, and let’s get together there.’ I love to see people have those ah-ha moments where it makes me think, ‘Okay, now I gave them something that set them off on a path that they’re just going to go down. They don’t even need me right now. Just off you go. We got the engine started and it’s a great thing.’ So, I hope some more of my friends and comrades that are a little scared to teach will go ahead and just give it a try. Trust me. You’ll love it.”The one-on-one time certainly adds to the magic of the week, as anyone can go up to ask any one of these guys a question, have a meal with them, or just jam. The element of “beyond backstage” is what makes it unlike any other experience. Despite having some heavy-hitting rockers on-site, everyone is equal.“I think it just takes that first time. There are some people that are very in awe of the Allman Brothers, or Dead & Company, or whatever, but then when they just see how available you are, it’s like, ‘Oh, yeah.’ I would think it must be like that for like Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, if they moved to Montana or something, just way out in the middle of nowhere, and I’m sure the first time you go to the grocery store, it’s like, ‘Oh, my God. There’s these Hollywood movie stars’ and then after about two weeks, it’s just like, ‘Yeah, that’s Kurt and Goldie.’ And I’ve loved that it’s that easy—like, sure, I’ll take your picture. Sure, you can ask me about whatever. Okay, now we got that out of the way…It just flows from there naturally. That part quickly passes and you get into the real relationship.”When you spend five days with anyone, those barriers break down pretty easily. And typically, you walk away with some new friends. While attending lectures and workshops about the foundation of your favorite music is certainly a cool way to spend your summer, the value truly extends beyond the experience. Roots Rock Revival is a family, and there’s plenty of room for you to be part of it.Do not miss Roots Rock Revival in Big Indian, New York at the Full Moon Resort from August 5th–9th. For more information on signing up, head over to the official website.Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To Roots Rock Revival:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Harvard scientists receive Canada Gairdner Awards

first_img Expanded Counseling and Mental Health Services Related Barreira, Lewis discuss new space, and how it helps broaden their mission Two Harvard Medical School researchers have received the prestigious Canada Gairdner Award for transformational work in the fields of biomedicine and global health.Vikram Patel, the Pershing Square Professor of Global Health in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS and professor at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, will receive the 2019 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award. Patel is being recognized for research that has transformed understanding of and attitudes toward the importance of mental health in a global context, for his contributions to international mental health policy, and for efforts to improve access to mental health services in areas of the world where mental health resources are acutely lacking.Timothy Springer, the Latham Family Professor and professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, will receive the 2019 Canada Gairdner International Award, which recognizes pivotal contributions in the field of biomedicine. Springer is being honored for his discovery of the first immune system adhesion molecules, for elucidating their roles in the body’s ability to recognize foreign antigens and mount attacks against them, and for the subsequent translation of these findings into therapies for autoimmune diseases.Patel and Springer are among seven laureates who will each receive a $100,000 cash honorarium. The recipients will be formally honored Oct. 24 at the annual Canada Gairdner Awards gala in Toronto.“These honors could not have gone to more deserving recipients,” said George Q. Daley, dean of Harvard Medical School. “Vikram Patel’s and Tim Springer’s creativity and passion are inspirational.”‘Tangibly improved access to critical services’Patel has been instrumental in establishing the field of global mental health. He has dedicated his research to raising the global profile of mental health through epidemiological research that has demonstrated the burden of mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries as well as their impact on poverty, child growth and development, and risk for HIV infection, among other conditions. Patel’s work has demonstrated that mental health problems are universal forms of human suffering that fuel a vicious cycle with deprivation. The central theme of Patel’s work has been democratizing access to mental health care and making it a right for everyone, everywhere. Patel championed the concept of mental health care delivery by nonspecialists and lay health workers as a way to expand access to mental health services in underserved areas. His book “Where There Is No Psychiatrist: A Mental Health Care Manual” has become the definitive text for community health workers in developing countries. Patel’s research became the foundation for the design, delivery, and evaluation of psychosocial interventions provided by lay and community health workers, including the primary care treatment of depression, anxiety, and alcohol-use disorders, the community-based care of people with schizophrenia and autism, and the prevention and treatment of adolescent mental health problems through school-based interventions. “[Vikram] has challenged some of the most pernicious myths about mental health, and his efforts have been foundational in making mental health a global health priority.” — George Q. Daley Harnessing nature to beat cancer “Vikram’s research has not only reshaped our understanding of mental health globally but also has tangibly improved access to critical services for people living in areas that lack mental health resources,” said Daley. “He has challenged some of the most pernicious myths about mental health, and his efforts have been foundational in making mental health a global health priority.”Much of Patel’s work has been done in partnership with Sangath, an Indian nongovernmental organization that he co-founded in 1996. Sangath, one of India’s leading community-based research organizations, received a 2008 MacArthur Foundation International Prize for Creative and Effective Institutions and a 2016 World Health Organization Public Health Champion of India prize. Patel co-founded the Centre for Global Mental Health and the Mental Health Innovation Network at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Movement for Global Mental Health, the largest global network of individuals and organizations advocating for promoting services and human rights for people with mental health problems. In 2018, he co-founded the [email protected] Initiative, which is developing a suite of innovative, interdisciplinary programs aimed at implementing and generating knowledge to transform mental health globally.‘Insights about immunity, cancer, and more’Springer’s research on the structure, function, and interactions of biomedically important proteins spans the fields of mammalian biology and human physiology and has influenced disciplines ranging from immunology and hematology to infectious diseases and therapeutic development. His discoveries have yielded crucial insights into how proteins on the surface of cells interact with other proteins and transmit signals outside the cell. Using antibodies as research tools, Springer elucidated the structure and role of several types of adhesion molecules on the surface of immune cells, a discovery that has clarified the role of these proteins in biological processes ranging from blood vessel homeostasis to inflammation and immunity. Springer was the first to demonstrate the presence of such adhesion molecules on the surface of two types of immune cells — lymphocytes and leukocytes — that play a decisive role in the body’s response to infection and cancer. Springer extended his research into proteins called integrins to define the biophysics that underlie their role in wound healing, infection control, and tumor development. These discoveries, and Springer’s entrepreneurship, have reshaped the fields of immunology and cell biology, catalyzing the development of treatments for a range of autoimmune conditions, including psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and cancer.Springer’s work has generated novel insights about the role of protein interactions in blood vessels and platelet function and illuminated the understanding of protein malfunctions that give rise to bleeding disorders.Timothy Springer’s research in biological chemistry has greatly influenced the fields of immunology and cell biology.“Tim’s insights into cell biology, immunology, and biological chemistry have transformed our understanding of the structure, function, and interactions of many families of proteins and yielded critical insights about immunity, cancer, blood-vessel homeostasis, and more,” Daley said. “His work has energized the field of protein science and illuminated new ways of thinking about next-generation protein therapies.”Specifically, Springer’s research has elucidated the effects of hydrodynamic forces in the bloodstream on a molecule known as von Willebrand factor, which regulates blood clotting and blood-vessel homeostasis. His team is also working to define the conformational structures of proteins used by the malaria parasite to infect human cells and reproduce, and determine how the immune system recognizes these proteins to mount a defense. Their findings could pave the way to the design of new vaccines for an infection that claims hundreds of thousands of lives globally each year. Springer’s team is also working to unravel the structure of TGF-beta proteins, which are key for muscle and bone development, immunity, and cancer progression.Most recently, Springer channeled his interest in translational work and therapeutics development by co-founding the nonprofit Institute for Protein Innovation, which aims to advance protein science, develop an open-source antibody library for the study of disease, and propel the development of protein-based therapies. Springer’s discoveries have inspired the formation of three biotech companies.“Over the years, we have been awed by Tim’s textbook work, from early discoveries of hematopoietic cell adhesion receptors and their role in lymphocyte functions to their atomic structures and large conformational changes that activate them,” said Frederick Alt, director of the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Equally important, Tim used his basic insights to develop new classes of therapeutics that have benefited large numbers of patients.”‘Critical and extraordinary’ workThe Canada Gairdner Awards, bestowed by the Gairdner Foundation, celebrate the world’s best biomedical and global health researchers through seven annual awards. The awards recognize international excellence in fundamental research and global health work that impact human health.“On the 60th anniversary of the Canada Gairdner Awards, the Gairdner Foundation continues to uphold the tradition of honoring the best and brightest researchers from around the world,” said D. Lorne Tyrrell, chair of the foundation’s board of the directors. “Whether it is the field of global mental health, stem cell biology, or fundamental cell biology and DNA replication, the work of each of this year’s laureates is both critical and extraordinary.”To date, the Gairdner Foundation has bestowed 387 awards on scientists from 35 countries. Of those, 89 have gone on to receive Nobel Prizes.Past Canada Gairdner award recipients from HMS include Stephen Elledge, the Gregor Mendel Professor of Genetics and of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Harold Dvorak, the Mallinckrodt Professor of Pathology Emeritus at HMS and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Gary Ruvkun, professor of genetics at HMS and Massachusetts General Hospital; William Kaelin, the Sidney Farber Professor of Medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Marc Kirschner, the John Franklin Enders University Professor of Systems Biology at HMS. Richard Losick, the Maria Moors Cabot Professor of Biology at Harvard University, is also a recipient of the award. Wyss Institute researchers are inventing new ways to fight the deadly diseaselast_img read more

Student senators gather for first session of the year

first_imgWednesday night, the student senate gathered for its first meeting of the year. The meeting was comprised primarily of two workshops, one on celebrating diversity, presented by Diversity Council Representative Ray’Von Jones and Africana Studies Professor Maria McKenna, and another on parliamentary procedure, presented by Student Union Parliamentarian Sara Dugan. Jones shared a quote from an anonymous Diversity Council member about the importance of different viewpoints.“As a Catholic institution, being welcoming and accepting of all cultures and differences is embedded in our foundation,” the unnamed class of 2017 student said. “Education and discussion around diversity are so crucial because they create spaces for personal growth and help people better understand the struggles faced by their fellow brothers and sisters.”McKenna also said it was important to be inclusive of all kinds of diversity on campus, not just racial or ethnic. “We think about ideological diversity on this campus, and we think about diversity we can’t always see, particularly as it pertains to disability or other types of mental health challenges, different ways that people are seeing the world for all kinds of different reasons,” McKenna said. “Diversity doesn’t end with just racial or ethnic diversity.”The workshop also referenced several responses from Notre Dame students and faculty about the state of inclusion at the University. Jones and McKenna specifically highlighted English professor John Duffy’s letter to the editor entitled “On hearing you might transfer,” which was published in The Observer in January and signed by more than 150 Notre Dame staff and faculty members, and a Tumblr blog called “I, Too, Am Notre Dame,” which addresses the specific challenges students of color face on campus. Jones said discussion was important even though the topic can be uncomfortable for people. “I feel a lot of people don’t want to talk about race,” Jones said. “We want to pretend everything’s okay, and when we do this, a lot of people are silent. It makes it easy for us to discount people’s experiences and say, ‘There’s no way that’s happening at Notre Dame.’”Diversity Council chair Chizo Ekechukwu was also present at the meeting and explained the role of Diversity Council and encouraged senators to come to a meeting. “Diversity Council falls under multicultural student programs and services,” she said. “On campus, we have a representative from every cultural club sitting on our council. The main role of it is to use programming and collaboration to bring up and discuss issues in regard to diversity on our campus.”After the diversity workshop, the meeting ended with a parliamentary procedure workshop in which Dugan outlined the basic rules and guidelines for discussion in the senate, including the role of proxies and different types of motions. The student senate meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Notre Dame Room of LaFortune Student Center. All meetings are open to the public. Tags: Diversity, diversity council, Student government, student senatelast_img read more

Merritt Wever, Frank Wood & Peter Friedman Will Star in The Nether

first_img Related Shows The Nether Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 View Comments Wever will play Detective Morris. Her off-Broadway credits include The Illusion and Uncle Vanya. In addition to her Emmy-winning portrayal of Zoey Barkow on Nurse Jackie, her screen credits include Birdman, Michael Clayton, The Wire and New Girl. Wood will take on the role of Sims/Papa. He took home the Tony Award for his performance in Sideman and has also appeared on Broadway in Clybourne Park, August: Osage Country, Born Yesterday and Hollywood Arms. Friedman will play Doyle. He earned a Tony nod for Ragtime; his additional stage credits include Twelve Angry Men and The Heidi Chronicles on the Great White Way and Jacuzzi, Fly By Night and The Open House off-Broadway. The Nether follows a young detective who investigates an online network where those who plug in are coaxed into acting out their darkest fantasies with seemingly no consequences in the real world. Across the pond, the drama ran at London’s Royal Court Theatre and will transfer to the West End next year. Nurse Jackie Emmy winner Merritt Wever, Tony winner Frank Wood and Peter Friedman have been tapped for Jennifer Haley’s The Nether. The MCC production will play at off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre from February 4, 2015 through March 15. As previously reported, Anne Kaufman will direct. Complete casting and creative team will be announced at a later date.last_img read more

Nathan Lane & More Set for The Man Who Came to Dinner Benefit

first_img Star Files View Comments Tony winners Nathan Lane and Harriet Harris, Jean Smart and more members of the 2000 revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner will reunite this December for a benefit reading of the Kaufman and Hart comedy. The Roundabout Theatre Company 50th anniversary event, under the direction of Scott Ellis, will take place for one night only on December 7 at Studio 54.Lane reprises his role as Sheridan Whiteside, with Harris as his secretary Maggie and Smart as Lorraine Sheldon. Additional cast members from the 2000 production taking part are Stephen Derosa as Professor Metz, Byron Jennings as Beverly Carlton, Linda Stephens as Mrs. Stanley, Hank Stratton as Bert Jefferson, Mary Catherine Wright as Miss Preen, Julie Boyd as Sarah, Kit Flanagan as Mrs. Dexter, Mary Catherine Garrison as June Stanley, Julie Halston as Mrs. McCutcheon, Jeffrey Hayenga as John and Zach Shaffer as Richard. Additional cast members (it’s nearly a 30-person show) will be announced shortly.The play centers around Sheridan Whiteside, an eccentric critic who, after slipping on an icy doorstep, is confined to a wheelchair in the Stanley family’s Midwestern home. Anything that can go awry does as he turns their house into a parade of celebrities, criminals and penguins.The 2000 Roundabout revival was the inaugural production of the American Airlines Theatre. The production, which was directed by Jerry Zaks, earned Smart a Tony Award nomination.center_img Nathan Lanelast_img read more

An Angler’s Guide to Bristol, VA/TN

first_imgPhoto by Jimmy Cheers/Mountain Sports Ltd. You’ll find great fishing all year long on the large tailwater of the South Holston River, home to nearly ten thousand wild brown trout a mile. While you’re in the area, you can also find rainbow and brook trout, striped, smallmouth, and largemouth bass, muskie, pike, walleye, and carp.  “It is a true world class fishery that offers shots at the fish of a lifetime,” Cheers said. All photos courtesy Discover Bristol Head over to Mountain Sports Ltd. for all of your outdoor needs while you are in town. Featuring fly tying classes on Thursday nights and a wealth of local knowledge, these outdoor enthusiasts carry a wide range of brands and products to keep you safe and prepared for any fishing outing. The South Holston River Fly Shop is stocked with any gear you might have forgotten, and provides float and wade trips on the river. Let the Good Times Roll Discover an angler’s paradise in Bristol, Va./Tenn. Cheers has been fishing the South Holston River for as long as he can remember. “One of my earliest memories is standing waist deep with my dad on a foggy morning learning to fly fish,” he said. “Bristol is a fishing Mecca. We have it all close by.” Photo by Jimmy Cheers/Mountain Sports Ltd. For the best fishing, the upper portion of the river features a higher fish concentration and more public access. Below the Weir Dam and Emmet Bridge is a popular spot with hiking trails that lead downstream to allow easier access. Riverbend Road is another great area that offers almost a mile of remote river and several different types of water. “This section of river is regarded as one of the best dry fly areas due to the incredible Mayfly hatches in the warmer months,” Cheers said. If you’re planning to fish in the area, Cheers recommends a long leader (12+ feet) and light tippet (6X). For flies, midges and mayfly nymphs are the ticket. Standard pheasant tails (#18-16) and zebra midges (#20-22) will always be breadwinners. “I always recommend stopping by a local fly shop on the way to the river,” Cheers said. “The shop will know what’s hot and where to go that day.” A Local’s Take photo by Delta Blues BBQcenter_img You could spend days fly fishing the South Holston River and nearby streams for native brook, brown, and rainbow trout while the South Holston Lake is an excellent spot for catching smallmouth bass. Cherokee National Forest borders much of the river and lake shoreline, providing a scenic spot for anglers, boaters, and hikers alike. For an all-inclusive fly fishing trip, the South Holston River Lodge provides a top notch experience in a pristine destination. Located right on the bank of the South Holston River, you’ll have access to professional guides, riverside accommodations, delicious meals, and complimentary drinks all weekend or week long at this Orvis-endorsed lodge. At Mountain Sports Ltd., a family business, Jimmy Cheers serves as head guide and leads the fly shop, helping people get on the water more than 200 days a year. “I’m proud to be the third generation to carry on the tradition,” he said. “We have always had a passion for getting people outside, and my personal calling has been to get them on the river.”  After a day on the water, there’s nothing better than a hearty meal, cold drink, and good night of rest before doing it all over again. Sit down at the Burger Bar, a local staple since 1942, for that classic diner feel, complete with mouthwatering burgers, chili cheese fries, and milkshakes. If you’re in the mood for beef brisket, pulled pork, and other southern staples, Delta Blues BBQ will hit the spot. Or head to 620 State where you will find a menu full of everything from stir-fry and sushi to burgers and wings. Stay in Downtown Bristol for access to the best restaurants and amenities the area has to offer.  The Bristol Hotel, named a Top Ten City Hotel by Travel + Leisure, features cozy rooms and sweeping views of the Appalachian Mountains. Since opening in the summer of 2020, The Sessions Hotel has quickly become a top destination for the country music lover with onsite music venues and a day spa. Both hotels feature a rooftop bar with delicious cocktails, local brews, and epic views of the city. On the Virginia and Tennessee border, uncover the sights and delights of Bristol for a relaxing getaway in a world class fishing destination. Finish off the night with a drink at one of the area’s top establishments. Lost State Distilling, voted the 2020 Best New Craft Distillery by USA Today, is the hottest new spot to find a locally-made gin, rum, or Tennessee whiskey to enjoy. Try The Cascade Draft House for a rotating list of over 40 brews, ciders, sours, and seltzers that are sure to hit the spot. For drinks under the stars, the Lumac Rooftop Bar is the place to be with 360-degree views and refreshing drinks on tap.  last_img read more

Meteorologist: Temps Could Drop to Zero on Long Island Friday Night

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nine-year-old Kevin Grix measures and takes the temperature of the snow piled up in front of his North Babylon home on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. (Photo credit: Tom Grix)Thought the brutal cold you woke up to Friday morning was bad? Well, just wait for Friday evening.The National Weather Service said temperatures across Long Island could drop into the single digits once the sun sets, and perhaps even plummet to zero.David Stark, a meteorologist at the Upton-based weather service, said the nor’easter that blanketed the Island with up to a foot of snow overnight, would continue funneling in some cold air during the day Friday, contributing to already freezing temperatures.The temperature quickly dropped during the height of the storm early Friday morning, but reached sub-zero temperatures because of a nasty wind chill. The wind should die down by Friday evening, and shouldn’t add to the cold, he said.“It’s certainly a bitter dangerous type cold,” Stark said, adding that the frigid, bone-chilling cold brought on by the powerful storm is unusual even for this time of year.Saturday’s forecast calls for a high near 28, and the temperature should remain in the 20s throughout the night.Things will change Sunday with temperatures potentially topping off near 45 degrees—balmy compared to the brutal cold the storm brought in—and should help melt what’s left of the snow. Rain is also forecasted for Sunday.But there’s still another whole day before that happens.Stark’s recommendation: “You want to limit your exposure” to the bitter cold outside.[View the story “Photos of Nor’easter that Slammed Long Island” on Storify]last_img read more

Austen Kroll Weighs In on Kathryn Dennis’ Boyfriend Chleb Ravenell

first_img– Advertisement – Dennis was “hanging out with Jackie a lot, you know, during quarantine, and then that’s where the romance sparked,” according to Kroll.The mother of two — Dennis shares daughter Kensie, 6, and son Saint, 4, with ex Thomas Ravenel — sparked romance speculation with Chleb in July.The pair were spotted getting cozy at the former college football player’s birthday party in a photo shared by Stewart at the time.Dennis confirmed the romance on October 23 by posting a photo on social media with her new beau. “YOU💕,” she captioned the cuddly snap.The next week, the model shared a photo with her man out at Southern Charm costar Leva Bonaparte’s restaurant, Bourbon N’ Bubbles.The couple spent Halloween together, dressing up as a cowboy and Poison Ivy to go to a haunted house. “BOO’d up 👻,” Dennis wrote via Instagram last month.The reality star previously dated Ravenel, 58, before ending their on-again, off-again relationship in 2016. Dennis was also linked to singer Hunter Price before breaking up in 2019.Southern Charm airs on Bravo Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.With reporting by Christina Garibaldi Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! Kroll added: “So we’ll see on — you know — the verdict is out on that one as well.”The North Carolina native did not set up the pair, noting they were friends prior to dating.“Then the pandemic, probably, pushed them together, because [Kathryn] was hanging out with a mutual friend of all of ours, Jackie [Stewart],” Kroll said, adding that Stewart is dating Ravenell’s brother, Chelsie Ravenell.- Advertisement – “He literally was just, like, a model for me in my beer shoot,” Kroll told Us while promoting season 7 of the Bravo series. “I had a buddy come in town, like, to take pictures, you know, for Trop Hop and called him up. I was like, you know, come do this [with me].”The Kings Calling Brewing Co. founder said that Ravenell, who became Instagram official with Dennis, 29, last month, is “a great guy” who has been associated with the show’s friend group for a while.Austen Kroll Says Kathryn Dennis Boyfriend Chleb Ravenell Is ‘Great’ But the ‘Verdict Is Still Out’ on ThemAusten Kroll, Kathryn Dennis and Chleb Ravenell. Shutterstock; Gregory Pace/Shutterstock; Courtesy Chleb Ravenell/Instagram“Does this come at like the perfect timing for Kathryn? You know? Yes, yes it does,” he explained. “But you know, I haven’t really been around them much together. But we all know the same people and we all know his, like, close friends who are close friends with her and close friends with him and hear things.”- Advertisement – Not convinced! Austen Kroll is a fan of Kathryn Dennis’ new boyfriend, Chleb Ravenell, but isn’t sure they are endgame.The Southern Charm star, 33, exclusively told Us Weekly on Wednesday, November 4, that he is friends with Ravenell and recently worked with him.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Staying on the ball for redevelopment

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