Hot Shot! Twilight Heartthrob Taylor Lautner Hangs Out With the Stars of Blue Man Group

first_img Blue Man Group Related Shows View Comments Twilight heartthrob Taylor Lautner is back on the big screen in the newly released comedy Grown Ups 2. While visiting New York for the film’s premiere, Lautner took a night off to make friends with three bald, blue-hued off-Broadway stars at Blue Man Group. The performance combines theater, percussion, art, science, and of course, marshmallows, to create a hilarious mixed-media experience. After checking out the show (and getting covered in toilet paper), Lautner headed backstage at the Astor Place Theatre to meet the blue men in person. Check out this Hot Shot of the star and his new crew, then catch Blue Man Group off-Broadway! from $82.50last_img read more

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Orson Bean, Beloved Funny Man of Broadway & Late-Night Television, Dies at 91

first_imgMelina Mercouri and Orson Bean in Illya Darling (Photo: Friedman-Abeles/NYPL) In 1955, Bean’s next role in George Axelrod’s comedy, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, about a screenwriter who sells his soul to the devil, won him acclaim, and a string of Broadway musicals, farces and comedies followed—Nature’s Way (1957), Subways Are for Sleeping (1961)—which earned him a Tony nomination—Never Too Late (1962), I Was Dancing (1964), The Roar of the Greasepaint—The Smell of the Crowd (1965) and Illya Darling (1967).Bean left New York to move first to Australia, then to Los Angeles, forging a career on the screen that made him one of the most recognizable faces on television. Later in his life, his acting career continued to thrive, with roles in Being John Malkovich; Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; Desperate Housewives; Two and a Half Men; Modern Family; How I Met Your Mother; and Grace and Frankie. Bean was a frequent participant and patron of regional theaters in and around Los Angeles. He moved to Venice, California in 1983, and founded the Pacific Resident Theatre there. Until his death, he continued to act, produce and write shows at the small local theater, where he and his wife, actress Allison Mills, remained company members.  “Make a living doing commercials or soap operas or tending bars—and then do theater,” he once told The New York Times. “People shouldn’t get into show business because they want to become stars or become rich; they should get into it because they can’t help but put on a show.” View Comments Orson Bean, the beloved funny man of late-night television, game shows and light-hearted Broadway comedies, died on February 7. According to police, he was hit and killed by a car outside the local theater he founded in Venice, California. He was 91 years old. Bean is best remembered for his many loved performances on television. He was a frequent and witty guest star on game shows like What’s My Line, I’ve Got a Secret and To Tell the Truth, and he was a treasured comic on talk shows and variety series, including The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Mike Douglas Show. He was tapped by Jack Paar and Johnny Carson to guest host The Tonight Show more than 100 times.Yet Bean, who was born Dallas Frederick Burrows in Vermont in 1928 and grew up during the height of the Great Depression, led a vibrant and comedy-filled Broadway career, appearing in nine Broadway shows between 1953 and 1967 and cutting his teeth on the stage before striking it big on live television. After returning home from his service in Japan during World War II, Bean began performing stand-up comedy in New York City, catching a big break in 1952 on an NBC weekly radio show as a laughable master of ceremonies. In 1953, he made his Broadway debut as a background player in Men of Distinction, an ill-appreciated comedy that closed after three days. That same year, he appeared as a player in John Murray Anderson’s Almanac, the last musical revue of vaudeville’s past to be staged on Broadway, opposite Harry Belafonte. “Something must be put here in praise of Orson Bean, who is a kind of Yankee Herb Shriner with some double-edged comic sketches,” wrote Brooks Atkinson in The New York Times. “Mr. Bean (is that his real name?) looks a little like a Harvard junior, which is perfectly all right, of course, but does not promise much in the way of entertainment. Nothing could be more deceptive. For Mr. Bean is a wit with some dry material that is concise and convulsing.” Orson Bean at the 2018 premiere of “Equalizer 2″(Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez)last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Watch Kristin Chenoweth Sing ‘Over the Rainbow’ for the Girls & More

first_imgKristin Chenoweth(Photo: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Watch Ali Ewoldt Perform at Madame TussaudsThough Broadway remains shut down amidst the coronavirus crisis, former The Phantom of the Opera star and Broadway.com vlogger Ali Ewoldt is finding creative spaces to share her talents. As previously reported, she just finished a stint of live performances in which she and Derrick Davis took the stage at a new drive-in movie theater at Radial Park in Astoria, Queens. The venue was screening The Phantom of the Opera filmed at Royal Albert Hall, starring Sierra Boggess as Christine Daaé and Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom. Ewoldt recently kicked off the Bringing Broadway Back series at Madame Tussauds, performing selections from Phantom, My Fair Lady and more. Learn more in the video below! Leslie Odom Jr. Joins Kate Hudson for Sia’s Directorial DebutChart-topping recording artist Sia has written and directed a feature film called Music. Deadline reports the film stars Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr. and Maddie Ziegler. Hudson plays Zu, a free spirit estranged from her family, who suddenly finds herself the sole guardian of her half-sister, Music (Ziegler). Stay tuned for more on Odom Jr.’s role, release dates and more.Watch Midori Francis in the Trailer for Netflix’s Dash & LilyMidori Francis, who has appeared off-Broadway in Usual Girls and in Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, will star in Netflix’s new holiday rom-com series Dash & Lily, which arrives on the streaming service on November 10. The series is based on the book Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Austin Abrams plays cynical Dash to Francis’ optimistic Lily. The episodes are penned by Be More Chill and Lightning Thief scribe Joe Tracz and Atypical writer Lauren Moon. Fun fact: fans can also spot Oklahoma! standout Patrick Vaill in the series. Watch the trailer below! View All (4) Star Files Leslie Odom Jr. Kristin Chenowethcenter_img Ali Ewoldt Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently.Kristin Chenoweth Celebrates the International Day of the GirlIt’s good to see her, isn’t it? Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth treated fans to a song that has connections to Oz as part of the inaugural Rebel Girls United rally. She performed “Over the Rainbow” during the event, which took place on October 11 in honor of the International Day of the Girl. Check out the performance and Cheno’s words of wisdom below!Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:43Loaded: 6.06%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:43 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Jared Grimes View Comments Jared Grimes Pays Homage to Sammy Davis Jr.Jared Grimes, who last appeared on Broadway in the 2020 revival of A Soldier’s Play, has released a music video for his song “Goin’ Sammy Davis Jr.” The song is paired with some slick moves on Grimes’ part. Watch the homage to the iconic entertainer below!last_img read more

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Early Shawnee Mission facilities proposal calls for rebuilding Pawnee, Rushton and John Diemer Elementaries

first_imgPawnee Elementary is one of three buildings targeted for reconstruction in the district’s early facilities review.information presented at the first meeting of the district’s new Facilities Task Force on Tuesday suggested Pawnee, Rushton and John Diemer Elementaries could all be slated for demolition and reconstruction in the coming few years.The task force is fleshing out a detailed analysis of the district’s current facilities, and developing a plan for what projects could be funded by a new bond issue if it were to be approved by district voters.At present, the district is considering a possible $177 million bond issue in 2020. An issuance at that level would not require an increase in the tax rate needed to pay off the bonds using local option budget funds. Under Kansas law, such locally raised funds cannot be allocated to “in the classroom” expenses like teacher salaries, and can only be used on capital expenditures like facilities projects.The three buildings identified in the information presented Tuesday are among the oldest elementary buildings in the district. Pawnee and John Diemer were both built in 1965. Rushton was built in 1954.Additional projects proposed for the near term facilities list include:Updating the Broadmoor facility with remodeled restrooms, updated flooring and a renovated roofRemodeling the career and technical campus for use as the site of future signature programsRenovating parts of high school and middle school buildingsUpgrading roofs, HVAC systems, asphalt installations and lighting throughout the districtUpgrading and supporting the district’s current security technologyReplacing projectors used for classroom displays with television monitorsRebuilding ADA compliant playground and fall zone installationsFacilities staff also identified projects that would likely need to be addressed in the mid-term, suggesting the district may look to undertake another bond issue in 2026 to fund a list of projects that would include the reconstruction of Belinder and Tomahawk Elementaries. Belinder was built in 1960. Tomahawk was built in 1957. That bond issue could be for around $125 million, and again would not require a tax rate increase.The facilities task force has a series of additional meetings planned through mid-November to further explore needs across the district and develop a more detailed plan and budget.In January 2015, Shawnee Mission patrons voted overwhelmingly in favor of a proposed $233 million bond issue, which directed local tax dollars to a host of infrastructure projects.  Among the projects completed with the proceeds from the 2015 bond issue were the construction of six new elementary schools (Crestview, Trailwood, Briarwood, Benninghoven, Lenexa Hills and Brookwood), major security updates to all school buildings, and the soon-to-be-opened aquatic center in Lenexa.last_img read more

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McCallum promoted to high Class-A Ft. Myers

first_imgMcCallum promoted to high Class-A Ft. MyersMcCallum has played in the infield and outfield this year, as the Twins give him a shot to prove his versatility. Daily File Photobaseball Samuel GordonMay 31, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIn the wake of a recent injury to Minnesota TwinsâÄô top prospect Aaron Hicks, former Gophers standout Derek McCallum has been promoted from the Class-A Beloit Snappers to the clubâÄôs high Class-A ball affiliate, the Fort Myers Miracle.âÄúItâÄôs obviously a good opportunity anytime you get moved up. Stuff happens pretty quick. They tell you youâÄôre on a plane in a couple hours, you pack up everything you got and you head down here,âÄù McCallum said. âÄúItâÄôs an experience and itâÄôs still relatively new.âÄùMcCallum has been struggling thus far in his minor league career, hitting a mere .225 with just five home runs in 145 career minor league games.He was hampered by injuries last season, dealing with a broken forearm and torn cartilage in his wrist.The Shoreview native is still struggling, hitting just .196 this season (21-107), including 2-15 in his last 10 games for the Snappers.An All-American second baseman for the Gophers, McCallum has yet to find his niche in the minors as heâÄôs had to split time in the outfield and at second base.Formerly strictly a second baseman, heâÄôs shifted to more of a utility role this season, likely to display versatility in the hopes of moving up the minor league ladder.Director of Minor Leagues Jim Rantz said the organization still views him as a second baseman but is giving him an opportunity in the outfield in part to âÄúchallenge him.âÄùComing into the 2010 season, he was viewed at as a Top-50 prospect within the Twins organization but that has since changed, as he was not on the list entering the 2011 campaign. McCallum, 23, was one of the elder statesmen of the Snappers, as a majority of the players on the roster are 22 and under.In the cut-throat business of minor league baseball, age can quickly start to work against players. The older a player gets relative to his level, the more is expected in terms of production, though Rantz said the Twins donâÄôt always go by that philosophy.If players consistently fail to produce, the prospect mill churns out an abundance of young players every year eager to replace their veteran counterparts. Rantz said the Twins are more prone to look at a program from which the player came, though, before they look at age to assess development.Despite his struggles, McCallum is confident that he can get things turned around.âÄúMaybe a change of scenery or a different atmosphere will bring things around a little bit, but IâÄôm just going to keep working at it and whatever happens happens,âÄù he said.If he canâÄôt turn things around, he may not be sticking around too much longer.A new crop of young talent will soon be infused into the minor leagues, as the MLB First-Year Player Draft will take place from June 6-8.McCallum is 0-5 with two walks through three games with the Miracle.Hicks, who McCallum replaced on the roster, is on the seven-day disabled list and will be out at least a week with strained ligaments in his left hand, according to Rantz. He sustained the injury when a fielder stepped on his hand while Hicks was sliding back to third base.last_img read more

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Parent training reduces serious behavioral problems in children with autism

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Facebook Pinterest This 24-week, multisite, randomized trial was conducted by the Research Units on Behavioral Intervention (RUBI) Autism Network, a six-site National Institute of Mental Health-funded consortium dedicated to developing and testing behavioral treatments for children with ASD.Denis Sukhodolsky, assistant professor at Yale Child Study Center, provided oversight for the study at the Yale site. Sukhodolsky and other investigators at Yale played a central role in data management, statistical analysis, and study monitoring.“Parent training has been well studied in children with disruptive behavior disorder,” said Sukhodolsky. “Our study shows that parent training is also helpful for improving behavioral problems such as irritability and non-compliance in young children with ASD.”RUBI investigators randomly assigned 180 children between the ages of 3 and 7 with ASD and behavioral problems to either a 24-week parent training program, or a 24-week parent education program. Parent education provided up-to-date and useful information about ASD, but no instruction on how to manage behavioral problems.“Parent education was an active control condition,” said James Dziura, associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale, who, along with Cindy Brandt, M.D., led the data management and statistical analysis for the study. “Both groups showed improvement, but parent training was superior on measures of disruptive and noncompliant behavior.” Share on Twittercenter_img Share Email Young children with autism spectrum disorder, who also have serious behavioral problems, showed improved behavior when their parents were trained with specific, structured strategies to manage tantrums, aggression, self-injury, and non-compliance.The findings from this parent training study by Yale and Emory University researchers were published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a chronic condition beginning in early childhood and defined by impaired social communication and repetitive behavior. ASD affects 0.6 to 1% of children worldwide. In young children, ASD is often complicated by moderate or severe behavioral problems.last_img read more

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Letter To The Editor: What Pride Means To Me…

first_imgBy KEN NEBELLos AlamosThere has been some controversy as to whether or not PRIDE, the commemoration of historic steps toward the LGBTQ+ community stepping out into the mainstream and the celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, is still a current need.As we celebrate Pride month and host our 2nd annual Pride festival today here in Los Alamos, I’d like to tell you what Pride means to me.Pride is an affirmation that I live in a supportive community when, even in todays culture, I don’t always find acceptance or tolerance. Pride is a place to learn more about something that makes each of us so fundamentally unique. Pride is a place where, for once, it doesn’t feel like opening my mouth to say something trivial or benign is an act of coming out.This year I had the honor of helping award scholarships to LGTBQ youth and young adults, and the spectrum of experience that these individuals had related to their sexual identities broadened my horizons, and the various levels of acceptance in their communities and families was astounding to me.I feel very strongly that it is our duty as a community to band together in support of the LGTBQ+ community, to teach about identity, and to celebrate that we as a community can learn and grow.last_img read more

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2020 Knights Of Columbus Free Throw Results

first_imgScene from the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Feb. 2 at Griffith Gym. Courtesy/KofC Scene from the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Feb. 2 at Griffith Gym. Courtesy/KofC Scene from the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Feb. 2 at Griffith Gym. Courtesy/KofC Scene from the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Feb. 2 at Griffith Gym. Courtesy/KofC Scene from the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Feb. 2 at Griffith Gym. Courtesy/KofC 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship participants and coaches. Courtesy/KofCScene from the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Feb. 2 at Griffith Gym. Courtesy/KofCScene from the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Feb. 2 at Griffith Gym. Courtesy/KofCK Of C News:Four boys and five girls, ages 9 to 14, were named local champions of the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship and have earned the right to compete at the district level.Each contestant was allowed 15 free throw attempts in the contests. Ties were settled by successive rounds of five free throws per contestant until a winner emerged. Sacred Heart Council #3137 in Los Alamos sponsored the local competition Sunday, Feb. 2 in Griffith Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School. All youngsters ages 9 to 14 were eligible to participate. Damian Scammell was crowned 9-year-old boys champion and Edna Gartz took the girls title. In the 10-year-old division, Michael Velasquez-Saiz and Akesa Gartz were crowned champions, Sam Prada and Gerianna Romero won the 11-year-old division and Olivia Martinez and Z Garts won the 12-year-old division. Rounding up the list of champions was Abigail Martinez who won the 14-year-old girls title. The Knights of Columbus recognizes all runner-ups which include: Lucas Montoya (9-year-old), Cade Rich (10), Maya Graves (10), Maddox Martinez (12), and Kimberly Prada (14). Each of these winners will now advance to compete in the district free throw championships, which will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 29 in Griffith Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School with an eye toward moving on to the state championships, which will be held in March in Albuquerque (Location TBD).The Knights of Columbus would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s local competition. They also would like to thank Los Alamos Public Schools for the use of Griffith Gymnasium.Scene from the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Feb. 2 at Griffith Gym. Courtesy/KofC Scene from the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Feb. 2 at Griffith Gym. Courtesy/KofC Scene from the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Feb. 2 at Griffith Gym. Courtesy/KofC Scene from the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Feb. 2 at Griffith Gym. Courtesy/KofClast_img read more

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Livingstone’s MIPIM appearance in doubt following suspension

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In memoriam: John ‘Jack’ Miaskowski

first_imgJohn ‘Jack’ MiaskowskiJohn, of Strongsville, Ohio was in advertising/sales for over 50 years, 16 of them with CryoGas International (now gasworld) where, as Advertising Sales Manager, he helped grow the magazine into the industrial gas and welding industry’s most respected business journal.In the process of closing many deals, he made a legendary number of friends within that industry. John was the consummate sales professional who lived life to the fullest and was always willing to lend a helping hand and to offer a kind word. His positive attitude was an inspiration to all who knew him.John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kathy, who was always at his side at the GAWDA annual conventions. He also leaves his three daughters, Kathy (Pat) Spoerndle, Lisa (Matt) Arnold and Maureen (Scott) Lessing, and nine grandchildren of whom he was so proud.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rotary Club of Strongsville, Ohio and online condolences maybe left at www.jardinefh.comlast_img read more

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