View Comments Now it’s Zendaya’s turn to fly to the “second star to the right and straight on ’til morning!” The actress and songstress has recently released the video to her take on the number “Neverland” from the Broadway-com Audience Choice Award-winning musical Finding Neverland. Zendaya tapped Tony winner (and one of the show’s producers) Bryan Cranston to co-star with her in the video, along with DWTS’ Maksim Chmerkovskiy; she is one of a slew of artists to contribute to a concept album for the musical including Christina Aguilera and Jon Bon Jovi. The production continues to run at the Lunt-Funtanne Theatre, led by Tony Yazbeck, Laura Michelle Kelly and Kelsey Grammer. Finding Neverland Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016
Jordan Fisher(Photo: John Hong) Related Shows From striking “Greased Lightening” to outshining the morning sun! Grease: Live standout Jordan Fisher makes his Broadway debut in Hamilton beginning on November 22. He steps into the roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton for Anthony Ramos, who played his last performance in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony and Pulitzer-winning musical on November 20.Fisher became the breakout star of Fox’s Grease: Live (like Hamilton, directed by Thomas Kail) for his performance as Doody. He has also appeared on screen in the Teen Beach Movie franchise, Liv and Maddie and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.Fisher will join a cast at the Richard Rodgers Theatre that includes Javier Muñoz as Alexander Hamilton, Brandon Victor Dixon as Aaron Burr, Mandy Gonzalez as Angelica Schuyler, Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds, Lexi Lawson as Eliza Hamilton, Rory O’Malley as King George III, Seth Stewart as Marquis de Lafeyette and Thomas Jefferson and Nicholas Christopher as George Washington. View Comments Hamilton Jordan Fisher Star Files from $149.00
Phillipa Soo’s Totally Crazy for CatsForget the Great Comet—Phillipa Soo wants to howl at the Jellicle Moon! Her answer to all of our Red Carpet Challenge questions during the Great Comet opening: “Cats!” Think about it: she channeled Victoria in her Natasha costume, Martha Washington named her feral tomcat after her dearest Alexander Hamilton and come on, Amélie eyes that goldfish for just a little too long. Friday has arrived, and while we’re no closer to figuring out Mama Morton’s first name (Estelle?!) or how we are going to possibly complete this week’s Culturalist without an epic debate, we’re thankful that the holidays are fast approaching. Thanksgiving is the first feast to come and the stars of the Great White Way graced us with a solution to Turkey Day drama, a cocktail recipe to hunt down and more to keep us full until we return from the holiday break. Before you watch Sutton Foster’s Sweet Charity performance on repeat, take a look at the Lessons of the Week! Carrie Compere Can’t Meet LansburyThe Color Purple’s Carrie Compere is just as strong and collected as her character Sofia…that is until you mention Dame Angela Lansbury. “I would pass out if I saw her,” Compere said. “And she wouldn’t be able to catch me, so I can’t pass out!” It’s all good, Carrie. We totally understand the fandom. Maybe Compere should hang with Al Silbs’ kitty cat instead (just don’t make Phillipa Soo too jealous). Laura Osnes, Carrie Compere, Idina Menzel, Christian Borle, Phillipa Soo & Ektor Rivera(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser, Caitlin McNaney & Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) View Comments The Front Page Cast Gets CozyTalk about rubbing elbows with the rich and famous! The Front Page’s star-studded cast includes an ensemble of 28, and according to Holland Taylor, there are dressing rooms with eight or nine actors to a room. Do they all share one bathroom? Do they take turns walking Mabel? Does Jefferson Mays have a vat of Purell? Does Bert Cooper Robert Morse ever wear shoes? We need to know. Dance Breaks Cure Turkey Day DramaTony winners Matthew Broderick and James Corden’s re-vamped Guys and Dolls’ “Fugue for Tinhorns” with a Thanksgiving theme, and the epic dance break is now our go-to should conflict arise at the dinner table this holiday, be it over the number of marshmallows in the sweet potato pie or political debates (you know, like why we don’t have a Sound Design Tony). Whatever it is, we’re dancing it out. Anna Kendrick Is Still a Sondheim GeekSpeaking of Cinderellas, Tony nominee and Twitter goddess Anna Kendrick released Scrappy, Little Nobody on November 15. Now that Miss Kendrick is a fancy, schmancy author, is she too cool to hang with us theater dorks? Absolutely not! She sang Stephen Sondheim’s “I’m Still Here” from Follies on The Late Show. We’d expect nothing less from the girl who nailed “The Ladies Who Lunch” as a teenager. Idina Menzel Has Always Been a RebelWith roles like Maureen Johnson, Elphaba and Elsa on her resume, Idina Menzel specializes in playing rebels; perhaps it’s because she’s always been one. The Tony winner recently discussed where she was during her, erm, first time, and let’s just say it wasn’t in Oz with Fiyero. “I did it in my parents’ bed when they went away for the weekend,” Menzel said. Oh, pookie! ‘Christian Borle’s Erotica’—It’s a CocktailNope, it’s not the name of his future memoir (darn). On Show People, Christian Borle spun some yarns about his bartending days at Vintage, a now-closed Ninth Avenue haunt known for its nachos and a drink named Christian’s Erotica. Borle said his father used to order it (“May I please have my son’s Erotica?”) during visits to the city. We’ll have to get the recipe before our 2017 Tony party. Laura Osnes Signed for Those Slippers You can have what’s in your own little corner of your own dressing room—if you get it in writing. Bandstand-bound Laura Osnes stopped by #LiveatFive and revealed how she was able to swing keeping her glass slippers well after the ball: “I actually wrote them into my contract,” Osnes said. Don’t let the bubbly personality fool you—Cinderella means business in the boardroom. Ektor Rivera Hits the Campaign Trail Fans are ranking the Great White Way’s Sexiest Man Alive of 2016, and On Your Feet! heartthrob Ektor Rivera is a major contender. Just in case any fans are second guessing putting him in that number one slot, he included his shower as one of his most favorite things in his dressing room. “I like to run the water for a few minutes so I can feel fresh,” Rivera said. Wait, what were we talking about? Mama Morton’s First Name Is a MysteryMaybe it’s Maybelline! After 20 years of hotcha, whoopee and jazz, Chicago has never given the Countess of the clink a first name. We got some suggestions from Mama Mortons past and present when we celebrated the Tony-winning revival’s anniversary: Mildred, Madeline, Jasmine, Estelle, Helen and Chastity. (We’d bet our chips it’s not that last one.) Star Files Laura Osnes
Spraying soapy water on your landscape plants can keep deer from munching them, say University of Georgia experts. Just don’t expect it to be aperfect solution.”When deer destroy my newly planted camellias or munch my day lilies and hostas tothe ground, I get angry,” saidÿ Gary Wade, aUGA Extension Service horticulturist.But Wade shares a neighborhood with a high number of deer. So he’s usually willing totry a deer-repellent remedy, especially if others have found it useful. He likes a newsoap trick he learned from a fellow Athens, Ga., gardener and deer hater.”She places a bar of Irish Spring soap in a bucket and fills it with water,”Wade said. “Once a week, she fills a sprinkling can half-full with the soap solutionand dilutes it with an equal amount of clean water. She sprinkles this on all hersensitive plants.”So far, so good, say the Athens gardeners.”I’ve tried it for the past month with great success,” Wade said. “I nowhave beautiful leaves on my hostas instead of bare stems. And my day lilies have bloomedfor the first time in five years.”One bar of soap, he said, will last about a week. “It’s only been a month since Iimplemented my soapy warfare,” Wade said. “But I’ve seen a noticeable decreasein damage. I apply the soap solution to sensitive plants once a week and again immediatelyafter rain.”Jeff Jackson, a UGA wildlifespecialist with the D.B. Warnell School of ForestResources, said the remedy will work best if you realize its effect isn’t likely tolast.”Deer repellents are all temporary at best,” Jackson said. “No matterwhat it is, sooner or later, for one reason or another, the deer will eat your plantsanyway.”If you want a repellent to work 365 days a year, it’s likely to fail now and then.”If it fails even for one day,” he said, “the plants will get anothergrazing.”Repellents work, he said, where plants need to be protected for a few weeks or so,until they have passed their vulnerable time or until the harvest is in.”In the case of flower blooms,” he said, “a repellent might be youranswer, especially if the blooming period is short.”Another choice, Jackson said, is to use plants the deer don’t like.”When most people get a wooded lot, they clean out all the adaptedvegetation,” he said. “Then they bring in store-bought deer ‘dessert.'”But not every plant is good deer food. “It’s possible to go into landscapes wheredeer are abundant and see green plants all around,” he said. “The deer decidewhat plants will live.”For a list of deer-resistant plants, contact the county Extension Service office. Orcheck the World Wide Web at www.ces.uga.edu/Agriculture/horticulture/deer.html.Another option is to fence the deer out. For a large area, he said, try an electricfence with a single wire 30 inches off the ground.”Smear the entire wire with peanut butter,” he said. “Mark the fencewith rags eight to 10 feet apart so deer see it. They’ll check out the new fence and smellthe peanut butter. They touch their noses to it and give it a lick. It’s sort of aneducation fence. It’s a cost-effective, but not deer-proof, fence.”Deer will likely run right through or jump over an unbaited wire, he said.A final choice, and the one most likely to work, is to remove the deer. “Thatmostly means having licensed wildlife experts shoot them after dark with spotlights andprecision rifles,” he said.But first a community has to agree to remove the deer. “Finding consensus is thekey,” Jackson said. “That’s harder than removing the deer.”
The University of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Agriculture will sponsor a Certified Operator training in Tifton, Ga., Aug. 21-22.The Georgia Milk Producers, Georgia Pork Producers and Georgia Egg Commission are helping cover the cost of the training. Their members can attend at no cost other than travel expenses.The session will provide the necessary training to become a certified operator for a liquid animal waste management system. Recent Georgia Environmental Protection Division regulations required a CO for any animal production farm with more than 300 animals.New EPD RegulationsRegulations require a certified operator on-site for hog farms by October 2001. Dairy and liquid manure poultry operations must have a CO by October 2002.The training will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 21 at the Rural Development Center. It will end at 3:30 p.m. the next day. To get a reservation form, contact your county Extension Service office.Completed forms must be sent by Aug. 15 to Anne Young, 204 Lumpkin House, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602.
By Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaSo you didn’t get your garden planted this spring because theground was so wet, huh? And you still want to plant a garden.Well, plant a fall garden.In most cases, choose early-maturing vegetables. Lettuce,radishes, spinach, turnips and peas can be started from seed.Lettuce and radish can be seeded about every two weeks. Broccoli,cauliflower and collards can be transplanted toward the middle ofAugust to mid-September.For hardy crops like cabbage, cauliflower and collards, countback from your average first frost date (if you know) the numberof days the vegetable takes to mature (if you know that), andplant at that time.Backup planIf you don’t know either of those, then call your countyextension agent and find out.For half-hardy plants like beets and carrots, allow an additionalweek. And for tender crops like beans and sweet corn, allow anextra two weeks. Hopefully, this will keep an early frost fromkilling your vegetables before they mature.The garden pests will be out there, so be extra diligent inwatching for them.You can grow an abundant crop of fall tomatoes, but where can youbuy young tomato plants in the middle of the summer?Cut the suckersThe easiest way to solve that problem is to cut small suckersfrom spring-planted tomatoes and let them grow to full-sizeplants.You may have pinched out suckers at the first of the season, butsome have grown back in the axil of the stems. They should be 4to 6 inches long and have a growing point with several leaves.Sometime this month, cut the suckers from the plant, remove thelower leaves up to the bud and place them in a jar of water foran hour or two.Then plant them in pots for later transplanting or plant themdirectly into the garden. Keep them watered heavily for a fewdays until they’ve taken root.If you don’t want to do that, then simply lop off the top foot orso of a healthy plant and set it in water for a few days, thenplant it directly into the garden. Just don’t forget about. Itwill need to be watered and mulched well until roots form.If you don’t want to do that, just forget the tomatoes.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)
By Kim D. CoderUniversity of GeorgiaAre black mulberry trees smarter than people? You’ve probably metsome people you have suspicions about.Many people think humans are the most complex creatures on Earth.And we are complex. We carry around a huge amount of geneticmatter that tells our bodies what to do and how to do it.But we don’t even come close to a tree like the black mulberry.Trees are smart. They’ve developed defenses to competition andpests, adjusted to stress and modified growth because of changingenvironments.All the while, trees are stuck in one place. They can’t get outof the way of damaging agents or move to better sites. Trees mustfigure out how to survive and make it on their own without moving.CopingTo do this, they carry responses in their genes for everyenvironmental event they may encounter. As its world changes, atree reads its genetic material to see how to respond. It reactsto changes through predetermined responses recorded in its genes.Tree genes, like animal genes, are a part of larger units calledchromosomes. As animals or plants reproduce, the chromosomes areshared or traded. The chromosomes contain the genes that allowliving creatures to respond to their environments.People have one set of 46 chromosomes matched in 23 pairs. Treescan have many more or fewer chromosomes in their cells.Three genetically simple trees are the redbud, red alder andriver birch. They have 12, 14 and 14 chromosomes, respectively.If chromosome number is a gauge of complexity, these trees aremuch less complex than people.WhoaOther trees, though, like American basswood (82 chromosomes),white ash (138) and silver maple (78), could be considered muchmore complex than people. Green ash and the fringe tree each have46 chromosomes, just as people do.Of course, counting just the number of chromosomes doesn’t tellthe whole story.In people, each of the 23 chromosome pairs is unique. Each cellhas only one copy of each pair. Trees may have many sets of thesame chromosome pairs.For example, southern magnolia has three complete sets ofchromosome pairs in each cell. Sassafras (two sets), redwood(three), weeping willow (two) and black gum (two) all have morethan one set of chromosome pairs.Some tree species have different races in which each has adifferent number of chromosome pairs. Yellow birch and red maplecan each be found with two, three or four chromosome sets. Yetall members of each species look similar.Most of our conifers are fairly simple, with 22 to 24chromosomes. Pines have one set of 12 chromosome pairs, as dospruce, fir and hemlock. Ginkgo also has 24 chromosomes, likepine. Giant sequoia can have 44 chromosomes.Finally, though, the black mulberry — are you ready for this? –has 308 chromosomes in 11 complete sets.Does this mean the black mulberry is better prepared for itsenvironment or smarter than people? Judge for yourself.(Kim Coder is a professor in the University of Georgia’sWarnell School of Forest Resources.)
The holiday season may bring family, friends, food and presents, but it doesn’t have to pack on the pounds, says a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist Connie Crawley. The key, she said, is to try to only indulge in meals on the actual holidays. “Just because there are several holidays, you don’t have to eat for two months straight,” she said. She’s collected tips and tricks to make the holidays a little lighter – and a little less belt loosening.To cut down on leftovers, make the amount of food appropriate for the number of people who will be eating it. If there is extra food, send the leftovers home with the guests so you don’t feast on them for the next week. When hosting a dinner, leave the prepared dishes in the kitchen or in a different room rather than having them on the dinner table. “If the food is in another room, people are less likely to get up and go get seconds,” Crawley said.If alcohol is served, watch your intake. Drinking more alcohol causes people to be less inhibited, and they are more likely to overeat. Adapt your recipes to contain healthier ingredients, but don’t surprise your guest with a dish you have just tweaked. Test these dishes prior to the celebration day. Crawley says one key to sneaking in healthier foods is not to tell people that you have adjusted the recipe. If they know the dish is lower in fat or sugar, they may not give the food a chance and will expect it to taste bad, even if it doesn’t.After dinner, don’t serve dessert right away. Let the food settle so your stomach has a chance to feel full. While you’re waiting, play a game, talk to your guests or take a walk around the neighborhood to look at holiday decorations.When you have parties at your own home, make sure there are plenty of activities. “Instead of watching football all day, limit yourself to watching the most important game,” said Crawley. “Have pool and ping-pong available, play a game of football outside, set up badminton or volleyball and have dancing and singing. Make sure it’s not all about food and sitting around.” In between dinners and parties, make healthy eating choices, and make sure you don’t skip physical activity. Half an hour to an hour of physical activity daily will reduce stress, decrease risk for depression and keep you in shape. “Exercise is an anti-depressant and will help you not to gain weight during the holidays,” Crawley said. “You will control your appetite better if you are physically active.”Eat non-fat dairy foods and plenty of fruits, vegetables and salads. Don’t skip breakfast. By eating breakfast you will be less hungry later in the day and will be less likely to overeat.“Weight gain for the average person is only a pound or two during the holidays,” Crawley said. “But people don’t get rid of that extra weight afterward, and that is what adds up over the years.”
The UGA Horticulture Club will have a wide range of garden and landscape plants near the intersection of Riverbend Road and College Station Road. They will also be selling rain barrels. Profits from all sales will fund projects for students in the UGA horticulture program. For more information, directions, parking details or overnight accommodations, visit www.ugatrialgardens.com. Spring has sprung! And it’s time for Plantapalooza. On April 9, the Trial Gardens at UGA, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and the UGA Horticulture Club will hold spring plant sales at three different locations in Athens, Ga., from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each location will offer an array of plants – some rare – and gardening experts to answer questions.The Trial Gardens at UGA are located on the UGA campus between Snelling Dining Hall and the R. C. Wilson Pharmacy Building. The gardens are where hundreds of annuals and perennials from plant breeders around the world are tested and displayed each year. Allan Armitage will lead tours through the garden. A well-known writer, speaker, researcher and teacher, Armitage spearheaded the garden’s creation in 1982. The gardens are always open to visitors free of charge. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is located at 2450 S. Milledge Ave. It will have Georgia Gold Medal plants Georgia Gold Medal plants for sale among its broad selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables. The selection includes many native plants.
A backyard flock ensures a steady supply of fresh eggs on the family dinner table. To sell those eggs, Georgia requires the eggs be evaluated by a certified grader and appropriately packaged and labeled in accordance with the Georgia Egg Law and Georgia Food Act.Most people refer to an egg grader’s certificate as a “candling license.” To help backyard flock owners prepare to sell their eggs, the University of Georgia Extension offers egg-candling classes in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA).The McDuffie County Extension is sponsoring a class on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the historic McDuffie County Courthouse at 337 Main St. in Thomson, Ga. Bradley Brown, GDA north district food safety manager, will teach the class in four sessions set to begin at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Participants select which session they would like to attend.The focus of the class is grading certification, but instructors will answer other questions participants have about selling eggs from their small flock. To sell home-harvested eggs to individuals or at a farmers market, the seller must hold an egg-candling certificate. To sell eggs to a grocery store, bakery or restaurant, the GDA Consumer Protection Division must license the seller’s facilities. There is no charge to attend a two-hour session, but registration is required—call (770) 535-5955. Participants will receive study information prior to the class and are encouraged to read through the information carefully. For more information, call the GDA at (770) 535-5955 and ask for Brown or Tina Maples. For directions to the class, contact the McDuffie County Extension Office at (706) 595-1815.