View Comments Broadway delivered one of the most memorable musicals of the year when Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star arrived at the Cort Theatre in 2016. In addition to the show’s delightful banjo-laden score, Bright Star presented a breakthrough performance from Carmen Cusack in the central role of Alice Murphy. While the Tony-nominated musical closed too soon, Bright Star is currently back onstage at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Cusack is reprising her acclaimed performance alongside fellow original cast members including A.J. Shively as Billy Cane and Jeff Blumenkrantz as Daryl in the run set to play through November 19, which will be followed by an engagement at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre from November 28 through December 17. Filmmaker Ezra Hurwitz captured a music video of Bright Star’s infectious opening number, “If You Knew My Story,” featuring Cusack alongside Shively, Blumenkrantz and their fellow cast. Give it a watch below and make your way out west to catch the gorgeous musical live.
The Tony-nominated musical Frozen is getting ready to let it go in London’s West End! Disney Theatrical has announced production dates for the previously reported London transfer, with previews set to begin on October 30 and an opening night slated for November 11. Samantha Barks has been rumored to star as Elsa. Star Files Samantha Barks View Comments Adapted by the film’s screenwriter and co-director Jennifer Lee and featuring a score by the film’s Oscar-winning music makers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Frozen centers on two sisters who are pulled apart by a mysterious secret. As one of them, Elsa, struggles to find her voice and harness her powers within, the other, Anna, embarks on an epic adventure to bring her family together once and for all.The Broadway premiere of Frozen began previews on February 22, 2018 and opened on March 22 at the St. James Theatre, where it continues to play. The production is directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford, with musical supervision/arrangements by Stephen Oremus.Confirmed casting for the London production is expected soon. Samantha Barks(Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) (Production art provided by Kate Morley PR)
Bob Stevens, Drew Richards, Ben Taggard, Peter Richards, and Craig Miskovich announced Tuesday that they have completed the closing process and are set to move forward with the next phase of the Brooks House redevelopment. Construction on the landmark building in downtown Brattleboro will begin before the end of July and should take approximately one year. ‘It was a long, difficult process to put together the financing for this project and here we are, nearly a year and a half later, and we’re finally ready for construction,’said Miskovich. To finance the $24 million project, the investment group put together a complex package that includes common equity, senior and subordinated debt, private loans, preferred equity, a Community Development Block Grant, a town loan, and Historic and New Market tax credits, in addition to State funding for fit up for the colleges.Inside the building, a large ground-floor atrium will serve as the main entrance from Main Street and Harmony Lot, and will open inside onto the retail businesses in the building. ‘Our design preserves many of the historic features that define the building, and restores some others, like the original storefront layout,’said Bob Stevens. Stevens & Associates is providing architecture and engineering services for the project and Breadloaf Construction of Middlebury, Vermont, will serve as the construction manager.‘We’re excited to see the Brooks House begin to add to the vitality of downtown Brattleboro. With tenants like The Community College of Vermont, Vermont Technical College, Duo restaurant, and Oak Meadow School, we have a lot to look forward to as a community. Our intent is to rebuild the Brooks House so that it brings much more activity downtown than it did before the fire,’commented Ben Taggard. The building has space for retail, restaurants, and offices, as well as one- and two-bedroom apartments. ‘To date, the response from prospective tenants has been remarkable and we’ve received commitments to occupy more than 70% of the building. It was a challenge to get commitments for a shell of a building that we didn’t own, but people are excited about the potential. We are committed to finding a mix of tenants that makes for a stronger downtown,’said Drew Richards.‘The Brooks House redevelopment effort has benefited from a great deal of support both within and beyond our community, starting with Governor Shumlin’s vision for a downtown campus for the Colleges,’commented Pete Richards.For more information on the Brooks House go to www.brookshouse.com(link is external)
After college, Anderson swims onThe former Gophers swimmer hopes to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.Sam HarperFormer Gophers swimmer Jared Anderson trains at the University Aquatic Center on May 30, 2014. Anderson is hoping to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. Joe PerovichJune 4, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThousands of seniors graduated from the University of Minnesota in spring 2013, and many of them had aspirations of joining the workforce in the near future.For Jared Anderson, a former Gophers swimmer who graduated last year, graduation meant the continued pursuit of a dream.“[When] you get out of college, you’re 21 or 22, and you don’t have any way to keep [swimming]. You’re kind of expected to retire,” Anderson said.But instead of retiring, Anderson, now 24, is hoping to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He’s part of a small group of former Gophers swimmers who train together with ambitions of reaching their sport’s next level.Minnesota’s head men’s and women’s coach Kelly Kremer works closely with the swimmers.“To see young people … put real life on hold and pursue a dream … and not want to retire just because they graduate from college, I really admire that, and I want to give everything to that,” Kremer said.Anderson, who helped start the group, specializes in the breaststroke. He recorded the fifth-fastest time at Minnesota in the 100-yard breaststroke in 2012.He has already qualified for the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships, which will take place in Irvine, Calif., in August. While there, he’ll attempt to qualify for the U.S. national team.In the meantime, Anderson must find a way to support training and traveling costs. One way he’s doing that is through Dreamfuel — a crowdsourced funding website similar to Kickstarter, but for athletes.Half of the money he raises will go toward swim camps that Anderson and his brother, Trent, are hosting to help raise funds to build a freshwater well in El Salvador. Anderson has tentative plans with his brother to deliver the donations in person this December. But for now, he spends his time training for the important three months ahead.The other half of his money raised will go toward his trips to the Santa Clara Grand Prix and the national championships this summer. Josh Hall, another member of the training group, was a teammate of Anderson’s at Minnesota who’s also attempting to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.Hall said the group practices twice a day on average. In college, the swimmers had more downtime.“[We’d] swim and then go take a nap,” Hall said.But now, a normal day involves swimming, lifting weights and often a shift at work.In addition to training, Anderson writes for SwimSwam.com, a swimming news publication. However, most of Anderson’s focus is reserved for the pool.If Anderson doesn’t qualify for the national team this summer, he said he plans to forge ahead and work to make it until 2016.Hall, who swam next to Anderson for the past four years, doesn’t believe Anderson has reached his peak.“For Jared, the best years are ahead,” he said.After his last meet in college, Anderson didn’t feel a sense of closure — he wanted to continue to reach the highest level of excellence in the sport he loved.“I think I still have better swimming ahead of me,” Anderson said. “The thought was: ‘I’m still enjoying it, and I’m still getting better, so why stop at this point?’”
TIME: The science of learning is a relatively new discipline born of an agglomeration of fields: cognitive science, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience. As with anything to do with our idiosyncratic and unpredictable species, there is still a lot of art, especially in teaching. But the science of learning can offer some surprising new perspectives.…Beliefs can make us smarter. This is an offshoot of #1. Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck distinguishes two types of mindsets: the fixed mindset, or the belief that ability is fixed and unchanging, and the growth mindset, or the belief that abilities can be developed through learning and practice.These beliefs matter because they influence how think about our own abilities, how we perceive the world around us, and how we act when faced with a challenge. The psychologist David Yeager, also of Stanford, notes that our mindset effectively creates the “psychological world” in which we live. Our beliefs, whether they’re oriented around limits or around growth, constitute one of these internal situations that either suppresses or evokes intelligence.Read the whole story: TIME More of our Members in the Media >
Lifting spirits all over Los Alamos are day old and week old chicks. Chamisa Elementary School Middle Grades Resource Teacher Carol Bronisz said these chicks also will lift the spirits of her 3rd and 4th graders who will be watching them grow via video. Photo by Carol Bronisz
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During the annual ARCA Racing Series awards banquet in Indianapolis this past weekend, General Tire presented a very special Spirit Award to veteran driver Brad Smith.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementThe General Tire Spirit Award was established this year to recognize someone within the ARCA racing community who has demonstrated true sportsmanship both on and off the track, as well as perseverance when faced with major challenges. The award included a one-of-a kind helmet custom painted by Indocil Art and $5,000 which was split evenly between Smith and his designated charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit.“Receiving the General Tire Spirit Award is a humbling and gratifying experience,” admitted Smith. “Humbling, because I know how many deserving recipients General Tire had to consider for the award. Gratifying, because this is ultimately a team sport and being recognized by General Tire is an accomplishment for the entire Hylton Motorsports team.”Smith, driving for the legendary James Hylton, finished a career-high sixth in championship driver points. The 2016 season saw Smith return to the driver’s seat full-time after a devastating injury at Talladega sidelined him for most of the 2015 season. His previous career-high points finish was 11th in 2014. Away from the track, Smith took on the role of volunteer and mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit. He is excited to feature their logo on his car for the 2017 racing season.Advertisement“Brad’s story is a perfect example of what this award represents. Brad could have easily allowed his injury last year to end his driving career but he fought back and was able to experience a new level of achievement in his racing career,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire.,AAPEX’s annual in-person gathering has gone virtual in 2020. While some mourn the disruption to the industry, Vic Tarasik from Shop Owner Coach says there is real value to be captured from the virtual gathering. Together with ShopOwner editor Doug Kaufman, Vic provides a to-do list for making the most of the technical training sessions and product introductions scheduled for Nov. 3rd-5th. Go to aapexshow.com for more information.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
From Tire ReviewAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementBridgestone Americas is making some leadership changes within the marketing organization for the company’s consumer tire business and Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO). These changes follow the announcement that Phil Pacsi, vice president, sports and events marketing and training, will retire after 36 years with the company, effective Sept. 30.Pacsi began his career at The Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. as a development engineer and worked across numerous areas and functions at Bridgestone before joining the marketing team in 1994. Since that time, he has become the architect behind many of the company’s sports marketing programs, which include its Worldwide Olympic Partnership, its role as sole tire supplier for the Verizon IndyCar Series, naming rights for Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and league partnerships with the NFL, NHL and more. Pacsi also has represented the company in numerous community and professional organizations, including the Nashville American Marketing Association, Brandweek Editorial Board, Nashville Sports Council and Nashville Predators Marketing Committee.“Phil has been an invaluable member of the Bridgestone team, providing leadership that has helped elevate the presence of our brands among consumers and our important dealer customers,” said Philip Dobbs, chief marketing officer, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO). “He also has played a significant role in establishing a strong team to ensure we continue to build our brands and carry on his legacy.”AdvertisementAmber Holm, current vice president, consumer brand marketing, U.S. and Canada, BATO, will assume the role of vice president, marketing, consumer and customer engagement, U.S. and Canada, BATO. In this redefined position, Holm will lead engagement activities for the company’s sports and entertainment partnership platforms, which include the NFL, NHL, Verizon IndyCar Series, PGA TOUR, the company’s Worldwide Olympic Partnership and country music. In addition, she will oversee dealer training and education for the consumer tire business. Holm has nearly two decades of marketing and sales experience, including 13 years at General Mills overseeing the Pillsbury, Lucky Charms and Cheerios brands. Since joining Bridgestone in 2014, Holm has made many contributions to the consumer tire business, leading strategic brand-building programs that have produced record growth in brand awareness and consideration for the Bridgestone and Firestone tire brands.Jeffrey Lack will assume the role of vice president, marketing, consumer tire, U.S. and Canada, BATO. In this role, Lack will lead strategic marketing efforts for the company’s consumer tire business in North America, and implement brand-building and digital engagement programs that drive traffic to customers’ stores. Lack joined Bridgestone in 2015 as vice president of marketing and merchandising for Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO), where he developed an innovative integrated media planning process and developed brand and digital programs that generated increases in store traffic and consumer engagement. He has more than 20 years of experience in strategic marketing leadership, including 15 years in global marketing roles at Shell.AdvertisementDave Nientimp has accepted the role of vice president, marketing and merchandising, BSRO, succeeding Lack. Since joining BSRO in 2016, he has played a key role in developing and delivering brand and advertising strategies for the Firestone and Tires Plus retail brands. In his new role, Nientimp will be responsible for overall marketing strategy at the company’s more than 2,200 retail locations. This will include brand-building programs, digital initiatives and tire and service merchandising. Nientimp has more than 20 years of experience leading marketing strategy and brand-building activities for consumer packaged goods and retail brands, including marketing leadership roles at Constellation Brands and Kraft Foods.“It’s an exciting time to be part of the Bridgestone marketing organization,” said Dobbs. “These changes will better align our team with the needs of the business and enable us to accelerate our efforts to deliver on key priorities. I look forward to seeing the team develop under this dynamic group of leaders.”