18 Jan

County Health Officials Warn Of Rabid Cat, Seeking Possible Contacts

first_imgWESTFIELD – Chautauqua County health officials are seeking the identities of anyone who might have had contact with a rabid cat in Westfield.The rabid feline was seen on Clinton Street between Franklin Street and Portage Road before Sept. 16.The stray is an adult cat, black with a white chest patch.Officials warn that rabies is almost always fatal. Anyone with information is urged to call the county health department at 716 753-4772. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

18 Jan

Three Chautauqua County Elementary Schools Moving To Remote Learning

first_imgPexels Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Three elementary schools in Chautauqua County are moving to remote learning this week.Both Bemus Point Elementary School, Silver Creek Elementary School and School #7 in Dunkirk resume virtual learning on Monday.In a message to parents on Sunday, Bemus Point Superintendent Joe Reyda says the district’s elementary will be teaching virtually for the next two weeks. Reyda cites staffing issues at the school.“Because of the nature of the elementary situation, we are unable to adequately staff the elementary school,” Reyda said in a message to parents. “As a result, Bemus Point Elementary School will go to a virtual instruction model starting on Monday, October 26, and lasting until Friday, November 6. Please be aware that this is currently a staffing issue and not an outbreak.” He says Maple Grove Middle/High school will continue its current hybrid model.Elementary School parents are invited to attend a Zoom meeting, Monday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., to discuss the remote learning process.Two positive cases within the Bemus Point Central School District, one in the elementary school and one in the high school, were reported over the weekend.The Silver Creek Central School District says its Elementary School will have virtual learning through Wednesday after two staff members tested positive for the virus.The Dunkirk City School District will also engage in remote learning through Wednesday after one of their staff members tested positive for COVID-19.Anyone identified as a close contact of those who tested positive will be contacted by either the school or the Chautauqua County Department of Health. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

18 Jan

New Romantic Comedy The Diorama Opens Off-Broadway

first_imgJennifer Brown Stone and David S. Stone’s new play The Diorama opens on May 30 at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row. Susan Louise O’Connor and Hunter Canning star in the romantic comedy under the direction of David S. Stone. The Diorama In addition to O’Connor and Canning, the cast of The Diorama includes Alberto Bonilla, Bob Greenberg and Melissa Macleod Herion. The Diorama tells the story of Janey, a Wall Street lawyer who gets more than she bargained for when her artist sister Cecily invades her NYC apartment and begins constructing a life size igloo. While the two sisters seek a sense of belonging—either in a relationship or a safe place to call home—they are haunted by the tragedies of the past. Along the way they teach each other about life, love and happiness. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2014 Related Showslast_img read more

18 Jan

Old Globe’s 2015-16 Season to Feature David Ives , Michael John LaChiusa & More

first_img View Comments The Old Globe’s 2015-16 will feature multiple world premieres and a recent Broadway favorite. The San Diego venue’s lineup begins on September 16 with the dance musical In Your Arms and will also include David Ives’ The Metromaniacs, the new musical Rain by Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson and Nick Payne’s Constellations.In Your Arms, directed and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, will feature music by Tony winner Stephen Flaherty. The revue will showcase ten dance vignettes accompanied by pieces by Douglas Carter Beane, Christopher Durang, Carrie Fisher, Terrence McNally and more.Following In Your Arms is Full Gallop, based on the life of fashion honcho Diana Vreeland, which will begin on September 26. Oscar and Tony winner Mercedes Ruehl will star in the one-woman show, which is written by Mark Hampton and Mary Louise Wilson.On January 30, 2016, the Old Globe will premiere Ives’ The Metromaniacs, directed by Michael Kahn. The comedy calls upon the tropes of a classic French farce—complete with mistaken identity, plot twists and poetry.The season will also feature the premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match set inside the minds of two tennis players, as well as Rain (set to begin on March 24, 2016), a new musical by LaChiusa and Pearson. Directed by Barry Edelstein, the tuner is based on a short story by Somerset Maugham and follows a group of American travels in a South Pacific boarding house.Molly Smith, who helmed Camp David at Arena Stage in 2014, will direct the play by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright again, beginning May 12, 2016. Next, on May 28, the Old Globe will present Kimber Lee’s tokyo fish story.The season will also include the annual presentation of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, as well as Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It as part of the new Globe for All program and the partnership for University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program.last_img read more

18 Jan

Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning The Flick Extends Off-B’way

first_img The Flick View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 10, 2016 This is quite the extension. Annie Baker’s The Flick will now play off-Broadway through January 10, 2016. The return engagement of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama had previously been set to shutter at the Barrow Street Theatre on August 30. Directed once again by Sam Gold, the production officially opened on May 28.Set in a rundown movie theater in central Massachusetts, The Flick tells the story of three underpaid employees who mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in the state. Their battles and heartbreaks, more gripping than the lackluster second-run movies on screen, play out in the empty theater aisles.Alex Hanna, Louisa Krause, Matthew Maher and Aaron Clifton Moten are reprising their performances in the production. The play previously ran at Playwrights Horizons in 2013. Related Showslast_img read more

18 Jan

School of Rock’s Andrew Lloyd Webber on Climbing to the Top of Mount Rock

first_imgAndrew Lloyd Webber’s new tuner School of Rock—The Musical is currently sticking it to the man on Broadway and CBS Sunday recently profiled the legendary composer. “It’s not a musical that will change the course of the Western musical as we presently know it,” said Lloyd Webber about the well-reviewed show, “but hopefully you take something away with it and it’s got some catchy songs.” Along with talking about that cat swimming video, he then revealed to Mo Rocca some nuggets about Jellicle Cats and the Oscar-winning movie Amadeus that might surprise you…Check out the video exploring his four decades at the top of Mount Rock (and some fabulous 1970s hair) below, and then School of Rock, currently playing at the Winter Garden Theatre. School of Rock – The Musical View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019last_img read more

18 Jan

Michael Grandage Tapped to Direct Guys and Dolls Remake

first_imgMichael Grandage(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments Stage and screen director Michael Grandage will bring the oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York to Hollywood. The Tony winner has been tapped to helm 20th Century Fox’s long-awaited remake of Guys and Dolls, according to Deadline.Grandage helmed the 2005 West End revival of the Frank Loesser musical; the cast featured Ewan McGregor, Douglas Hodge, Jane Krakowski and Jenna Russell. He won a Tony in 2010 for directing Red; his additional Broadway credits include Hughie, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Evita, Hamlet, The Philanthropist, Mary Stuart and Frost/Nixon. He directed the upcoming feature film Genius, starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kirdman and Laura Linney.No casting for the new remake has been announced yet, but with Telsey + Company on board, it’s very possible we’ll see plenty of Broadway talent on screen. In 2013, when Fox had first acquired the rights, it was reported that the studio was eyeing Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to lead the project.Featuring a score by Loesser and a book by Jo Swerlng and Abe Burrows, Guys and Dolls tells the story of crap game runner Nathan Detroit and high-roller Sky Masterson, whose illegal game is at risk thanks to Sarah Brown and her Save-a-Soul mission and Nathan’s longtime fiancée Adelaide.The musical premiered in 1950 and has been revived on Broadway three times since. The original film version was released in 1955 and starred Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons and original Broadway star Vivian Blaine. The current West End revival is now playing London’s Phoenix Theatre; Pitch Perfect standout Rebel Wilson will join the cast this summer.last_img read more

18 Jan

Odds & Ends: Barbra Streisand’s Gypsy Loses Backer & More

first_imgBarbra Streisand(Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) Related Shows Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed from today. Babs’ Gypsy Loses BackerSlight setback for Barbra Streisand’s long-in-the-works big screen version of Gypsy. STX Entertainment, which only signed on to the project a few months ago, is quitting its role as distributor and co-financier. According to Deadline, Streisand and her co-producer Joel Silver and director Barry Levinson, will be looking elsewhere to get Richard LaGravanese’s script made. We, meanwhile, will have to content ourselves with Babs’ forthcoming album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, which is scheduled for release on August 26.Kyle Beltran Tapped for The Cherry OrchardA bit of a casting switcheroo for the Diane Lane-led The Cherry Orchard. Kyle Beltran will now appear as Trofimov, the character Aaron Clifton Moten had been initially drafted to play. Beltran made his Broadway debut in In the Heights. Stephen Karam’s new version of Chekhov’s classic is set to begin previews on September 15 at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre on Broadway.Rose Byrne Eyes James Corden’s Peter Rabbit Tony winner James Corden will voice the titular category in Will Gluck’s upcoming movie adaptation of Peter Rabbit. Variety reports that Broadway alum Rose Byrne is also in talks to star in Sony’s live-action/animation hybrid of Beatrix Potter’s children’s classic. Byrne would appear in a live-action role; we’re now dreamcasting Mr. McGregor.Richard Madden Departs Romeo and JulietRomeo will not be returning. Richard Madden has had to exit the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet at the West End’s Garrick Theatre owing to an ankle injury. Freddie Fox will play the role through the end of the run on August 13; Lily James continues as Juliet.Watch Two Genies Join ForcesThis put a great big smile on our faces! Check out below as Aladdin’s Tony-winning genie James Monroe Iglehart and his West End counterpart Trevor Dion Nicholas get together for a sing-along. Wish granted! Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 4, 2016center_img The Cherry Orchard View Commentslast_img read more

18 Jan

Michael Grandage Enlisted to Direct B’way-Bound Frozen

first_img Related Shows View Comments Michael Grandage has been tapped to helm the much-anticipated stage adaptation of Frozen. The New York Post reports that the Red Tony winner has boarded the production after a bit of a switcheroo with the creative team, which saw Alex Timbers depart the project as director, Bob Crowley as designer and Peter Darling as choreographer. Grandage’s longtime colleague Christopher Oram will now design the sets and costumes. A spokesperson for Disney Theatrical Productions declined to comment.The move comes after reports that Billy Elliot’s Stephen Daldry could take charge of the tuner.The show is currently scheduled to make its world premiere in August 2017 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts followed by a New York bow in spring 2018. The New York Post has previously reported that the musical would play the St. James Theatre—the current home of Something Rotten!. Jujamcyn Theatres recently announced renovations to the St. James to expand the back wall.Along with Red, Grandage garnered Tony nods for The Cripple of Inishmaan, Mary Stuart and Frost/Nixon. His largest Broadway musical to date was the 2012 Evita revival.The stage adaptation of the Disney blockbuster will feature the beloved tunes (and several new ones) by married songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and a book by screenwriter Jennifer Lee. Frozen Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020last_img read more

17 Jan

Not Too Hot.

first_imgWhen is a Vidalia onion not a Vidalia onion? University ofGeorgia researchers are searching for a definitive answer.George Boyhan, an Extension Service horticulturist with theUGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is wrappingup a three-year study on Vidalia onions. He and other scientistshope to help farmers grow the sweetest product and make sure shoppersget a mild, quality onion.Searching Through the Varieties”We started with a list of 12 varieties of Vidalia onionsthat were recommended as Vidalias by the Georgia Department ofAgriculture,” Boyhan said. “We planted field plots ofthese varieties and gathered data on their characteristics.”Boyhan said Vidalias have to be a certain yellow-skinned, overwinteringtype with the same shape as the original Granex 33 variety. Butmost of all, they have to have the right mild flavor.At her lab at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga.,UGA food scientist Anna Resurreccion coordinates this part ofthe study.”For the taste tests, we use a panel of nine people, someof whom have been trained since 1984,” Resurreccion said.”Each has had many hours of training … in rating the flavorand texture properties of food.”Trained to TasteThe panelists are screened on whether they can detect a food’ssweet, sour, salty and bitter tastes and other attributes, shesaid.”They also have to be able to identify a number of commonlyfound food flavors, including pineapple, banana, vanilla, orange,lemon and licorice,” she said. “Then we train them togive a number for the intensity of each flavor.”Resurreccion knows the training is complete when a panelistgives identical ratings each time he evaluates the same sampleand when his ratings are consistent with other panel members’ratings.”Training panelists is a lot like calibrating a machine,”she said.The panelists come from all walks of life. But only one inabout 50 people Resurreccion screens will meet all the criteriato become a panelist.Breaking Down the TastesFor the onion taste tests, the panel uses salsa as a comparisonfor a hot food item and horseradish as a pungent food.”We break down the different tastes in an onion,”said Paula Scott, a security guard who has been a panelist for14 years. “We know the amount of heat in the salsa and thepungency of the horseradish, so we determine where the onion fits.It may have 80 percent of the heat of salsa and 20 percent ofthe pungency of horseradish.”Thepanel also finds whether the onions have a sulfur or a green-appleflavor. For each test, the panel rates a representative samplefrom 10 onions.”Some onions out there are being called Vidalias thatdon’t qualify as far as taste goes,” said Karen Shockley,a homemaker on the panel. “Even some that are grown in theright region still have a pungent, hot taste and a sulfur flavor.We’re searching for a way to assure consumers that Vidalias willtaste like Vidalias — mild and sweet.”UGA horticulturist Bill Randle is analyzing the onions’ pyruvicacid content. Georgia Southern University chemist Norman Schmidtis also working on the Vidalia onion’s flavor chemistry.”We want to correlate our results with theirs and possiblydevelop a chemical test for determining Vidalia onion quality,”Resurreccion said.”The goal is to be able to scientifically determine whenan onion should be called a Vidalia onion and when it shouldn’t,”she said. “Right now there is no chemical instrument thatcan evaluate all of these flavors simultaneously. We have to relyon people like our trained panelists.”The study is funded by the Vidalia Onion Committee, the groweroversight committee for the federal marketing order. Boyhan hopesto have it completed and a recommendation ready for growers bythe end of June.last_img read more