Odds & Ends: Mark Rylance to Play the Pope for Spielberg & More

first_imgMark Rylance(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Mark Rylance to Play the Pope for Steven SpielbergThree-time Tony winner Mark Rylance is once again teaming up with Steven Spielberg. After winning an Oscar for his work on the legendary filmmaker’s Bridge of Spies, Rylance will star as Pope Pius IX in Spielberg’s The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara. Adapted by Tony winner Tony Kushner from David Kertzer’s book, Deadline reports that production will begin in early 2017 for release at the end of next year. Rylance will next be seen on screen in Spielberg’s The BFG, and then, hopefully, on stage in New York with Farinelli and the King.Alan Cumming Enlisted for Battle of the SexesTony winner Alan Cumming will join his former Broadway Cabaret co-star Emma Stone and Steve Carell in Battle of the Sexes. According to The Wrap, Cumming may play Ted Tinling in the Fox Searchlight film, which follows the legendary 1973 tennis match between Tinling’s pal Billie Jean King (Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Carell). Penned by Simon Beaufoy, the movie will be directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.Forest Whitaker Still Loves the Broadway CommunityIt’s great to see this Oscar winner back in New York! Forest Whitaker, who recently headlined the short-lived Hughie on Broadway, is set to host the Performers4Peace benefit concert on May 9 at 42West. Directed by Stafford Arima, performers will include Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart, Olivier winner Lesli Margherita, Daniel Breaker, Constantine Maroulis, Brandon Uranowitz, Mara Davi, Marcus Paul James, Jill Paice and more. The event will support the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative’s work in peace and community building.Join Betty Buckley, Lesli Margherita & More for KaraokeBetty Buckley, Queen Lesli (again!), Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lena Hall, Martha Plimpton, Orfeh, Tituss Burgess, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Cecily Strong will team up for Broadway Acts for Women: A Star-Studded Night of Karaoke and Comedy on May 1. With musical direction by Dan Lipton, the night out at 54 Below aims to aid programs supported by reproductive rights advocacy organization A is For.JHUD (& Her Rock) Stop by The Daily ShowJennifer Hudson (clutching, we think, a certain rock) recently stopped by The Daily Show to talk about her Broadway debut in The Color Purple. “I think I found my inner Shug,” the Oscar winner said, after admitting that initially she didn’t see herself as the character. Check out the fascinating chat belt about powerful female characters below. View Commentslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Watch a Sneak Peek of Moana & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over Tony weekend! Watch a Sneak Peek of MoanaWe have a new teaser trailer for Disney’s Moana, which will land in movie theaters this Thanksgiving. With music from Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and Frozen composer (and EGOT-er) Robert Lopez, the film follows an adventurous teenager who, with help from demigod Maui, sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and save her people. The cast includes the vocal talents of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson and someone Miranda is most familiar with, one Phillipa Soo. Check out the video below. ‘Moana'(Photo courtesy of Disney) Kathleen Turner Teams Up With Modern Dance CompanyKathleen Turner will join the company of RIOULT Dance NY as narrator for the world premiere of Cassandra’s Curse, as well as Iphigenia. The stage and screen star is scheduled to appear in the performances on June 21, June 23 and the evening of June 25 at the Joyce Theater. We’re intrigued!Lin-Manuel Miranda Deals With Difficult PeopleHamilton Schmamilton (or so the press notes for this project say!). Catch a sneak peek of Tony winner Miranda (the certified genius is a very busy man) in Difficult People below. The new season premieres on Hulu on July 12.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

‘Master Harold’…and the boys Extends Again Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Related Shows “Master Harold”… and the boys Athol Fugard’s ‘Master Harold’…and the boys has extended again at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center. The drama will now run through December 11 (instead of the previously announced December 4). The Signature Theatre production officially opened on the Irene Diamond Stage on November 8.The play, which premiered on Broadway in 1982, takes place in a small tea shop in South Africa in 1950, where two black men and a young white boy joke and dance together, defying the brutalities of apartheid through their joyous friendship. However, festering issues of family, race, and power are not so easy to ignore, and a single phone call can trigger catastrophe.The cast includes Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah, Leon Addison Brown and Noah Robbins.center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 11, 2016 Leon Addison Brown, Noah Robbins & Sahr Ngaujah in ‘”Master Harold”… and the boys'(Photo: Monique Carboni) last_img read more

Mosquito Killers.

first_imgIt’s summertime, and the mosquitoes are busy. So are all the people who want to sellyou ways to keep them away. On “The Georgia Gardener,” host Walter Reeves willshow you good ways, the worthless and the in-between.The show will be aired July 1 and 3 on Georgia Public Television. Reeves will show howto keep mosquitoes from breeding near your home, too.He’ll also look at mulching the garden and ways to stake tomatoes. And he’ll discusspinching back mums (to stimulate more blooms) with Callaway Garden horticulturist ParkerAndes.”The Georgia Gardener” is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. It airsThursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GPTV.The show is a production of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences and PFC Holding Company.last_img read more

Poinsettia problems

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaYou’d think growing crops indoors would protect you from the whims of the weather. You’d be wrong. Among the crops hit hard by the uncommonly wet, warm fall in Georgia is a holiday favorite: poinsettias.”Growers have been struggling with a series of weather-related issues this fall,” said Paul Thomas, an extension service floriculturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The Georgia greenhouse crop hasn’t been pounded as badly as outdoor crops like cotton, peanuts and tobacco. But it has been hurt. And shoppers are accustomed to getting “perfect” poinsettias.Perfection?”I’m afraid perfection isn’t going to be commonplace this year,” Thomas said.The problems have to do with heat and light levels. In August, the poinsettia cuttings struggled in the heat and grew too slowly. Then in the fall, under persistent heat, the plants began growing faster and plants wound up ahead of schedule by mid-October.Then it turned cloudy and rainy. October and early November are usually dry, cool and sunny. But this year it was warm, wet and cloudy.This caused the poinsettias to stretch and become a few inches taller. “It was the very thing growers all over the state were afraid might happen,” Thomas said. “Growers needed cool, sunny days to slow plants and produce strong stems. They got the opposite.”South Georgia hit hardThe untimely weather hit particularly hard in south Georgia, where fall greenhouse temperatures remained 5 to 7 degrees above normal well into October.The hot greenhouses had dramatic effects on poinsettias’ growth, said Bodie Pennisi, a UGA horticulturist specializing in greenhouse flowers.”Most growers are actually grateful for the rain which has helped reduce the effects of the five-year drought. However, the relief came at a bad time,” Pennisi said.”The heat caused a significant delay in bract color development,” she said. “The bracts will be beautiful by Christmas, but perhaps not perfect by the time they need to be in the shops and stores.”You may not noticeThe average shopper may not notice the difference this year, she said, because the plants will likely catch up by Christmas. To growers, though, not making that mark of perfection on schedule is a huge disappointment.”They really try hard, and poinsettias are one of the toughest crops to grow in a greenhouse,” Pennisi said. “This year will go down as one of those things that happens to all farmers at some time or another. Sometimes things don’t work out perfectly, even though our growers have tried to do everything right.”Georgia-grown poinsettias will still look fine by Christmas, Thomas said, and will be arriving in flower shops and garden centers in the next few weeks. Some may be a week or so late arriving.Not a new trend”If they look a bit taller, it’s not a new trend,” Thomas said. “Blame it on the weather.”Being a little taller will put poinsettias in need of more careful handling. “Red ribbon tied midplant-high will keep stems from falling over and breaking,” he said. “Most growers will be tying them up.”You may need to be a little more careful, too, as you take your poinsettias home from the store and otherwise move them around.After all the trouble the weather has caused, these gorgeous plants should still brighten the holidays enough to make Georgia growers’ struggles worthwhile.And there is a bright note for shoppers. “Being a little later will make poinsettias ‘fresher,'” Thomas said. “They should last a bit longer after the holidays.”last_img read more

Top 4-H Honor

first_imgBy Janet RodekohrUniversity of GeorgiaTom Rodgers, who led the Georgia 4-H program from 1978 to 1993,will be honored with the 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award duringthe Centennial Gala in Atlanta Aug. 14.Considered the highest honor in Georgia 4-H, the award recognizesa person who has had an impact on the state’s 4-H youthdevelopment program.”That’s an understatement,” says Bo Ryles, the current head ofthe 4-H program at the University of Georgia.Many accomplishments”Under his 17-year leadership and directly resulting from hishard work and dedication, the Rock Eagle 4-H Center wascompletely renovated, the largest environmental education programin existence was begun, the 4-H Foundation grew exponentially inpartnerships, and staff development was refined for county andstate personnel,” Ryles said.”Dr. Rodgers is one of the most active and talented publicservants in the state of Georgia,” he said. “Each phase of hiscareer is defined by how he empowered others and looked for waysto improve the quality of people’s lives.”Rodgers will retire this year from his position as associate deanfor outreach and extension in the UGA College of Family andConsumer Sciences, where he has served since 2001. From 1994 to2001, he was associate vice president for public service andoutreach at UGA. He was the head of county operations for theCooperative Extension Service from 1993 to 1996.Dedicated serviceRodgers is also a founding board member of the Athens VolunteerAction Center, the development chair and board member of AthensArea Habitat for Humanity, a former Little League coach and amember of the Athens Clarke Affordable Housing Roundtable.”Dr. Rodgers has not missed a week finding some way to continueto help 4-H,” Ryles said. “He continues to give time andresources and is always — I mean always — ready to help. TheLifetime Achievement committee had one unanimous choice, and I’mso pleased 4-H can thank him in this way.”His many colleagues, former 4-H’ers and friends are invited toattend the Centennial Gala to thank Rodgers for his contributionsto Georgia 4-H. For ticket information and other details, go towww.georgia4hfoundation.orgor call (706) 542-8914.(Janet Rodekohr is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Meatless holidays

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaThere won’t be any meat on Robin Pratt’s holiday table. Without a turkey or ham to fuss over, the Winterville, Ga., Web designer spends her extra time “focused on friends and family instead of the food,” she said. A vegetarian, Pratt doesn’t spend time looking for a turkey substitute either.“If you’re a vegetarian and you go into the holiday thinking about finding a substitute for meat, you’re going to be disappointed because you can never replace a turkey,” Pratt said.But that doesn’t mean she and her family will miss out on holiday flavors.“We have so much food,” she said. “Eighteen people come to my house and bring two dishes each. That can be at least 20 casseroles…you can feel happy that you’ll still feel sleepy, even if you’re a vegetarian. You’ll still feel like you’re going to explode and fall asleep at the same time.”As families gather around the table this holiday season, some are finding they may need to alter a traditional recipe so that their vegetarian and vegan family members can share in the feasting, said Connie Crawley, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension nutrition and health expert.“So many people make so many side dishes, it’s like a meal anyway,” Crawley said. When it comes to making those dishes, they need to be “aware of animal products in the food and their substitutes.”Many vegetarians consume butter, milk and eggs. But for those who don’t, putting butter in the potatoes or milk in a casserole can keep them from enjoying those foods.“If you make all the side dishes with vegetable oil, dairy free margarine or soy milk, everyone can enjoy them,” Crawley said.Pratt focuses on regional or cultural recipes, something she did before becoming a vegetarian. She suggests trying to cook a recipe that “you’ve always wanted to cook but didn’t have time,” she said. “That way, the holidays are still about food, but not just turkey.”She and Crawley give tips on making the holidays tasty for vegetarians and meat-lovers.• Consider the eaters. “For families that have a vegetarian, vegetarian families that have a meat eater, or if you’re interested in eating less meat for your health, have a turkey and then have just vegetarian side dishes,” Pratt said. “For vegetarians, most of life is side dishes.”• Know your vegetarian’s eating habits. There are all kinds of vegetarians, Crawley said. Some are lacto, meaning they drink milk and eat cheese. Others are ovo, meaning they eat eggs. Still others are pesco, meaning they eat fish. Many are a combination of these. But some are vegan, meaning they eat no animal byproducts – including gelatin and butter.• Practice recipes beforehand. Crawley said that substituting vegan-friendly ingredients for common animal byproducts isn’t hard, especially if the recipe has been tried and tested before the holiday meal.• Use the Web. Vegetarian recipes can easily be found with a quick search online. Crawley found many dishes made from winter vegetables.• Keep it healthy. Crawley points out that even though vegetables are loading the table, the dishes are not necessarily low calorie or low fat. “Be reasonable about added fat,” she said. Many recipes will still be delicious if you substitute evaporated skim milk for the cream, low-fat cheese for full-fat varieties, low-cholesterol egg substitute for regular eggs and reduced-fat margarine for butter. • Label the side dishes. If you’re serving food buffet-style, Crawley recommends putting cards next to the food to indicate whether a dish is vegetarian, vegan or not. “The good thing about the South is that we’re already used to eating a lot of vegetables on the side,” Crawley said, so making the transition to a vegetarian menu isn’t as foreign as it would be in other parts of the country.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Military Care Packages

first_imgMillions of American soldiers will spend the holidays away from home. Many stateside family members will ship them tasty treats from home. A University of Georgia expert says to use caution when packing food and pay attention to shipping dates to make sure the gifts arrive on time and edible. “Families often want to let their loved ones in the military know they’re thinking of them by sending some of their favorite foods,” said Elizabeth Andress, a food safety specialist with UGA Cooperative Extension. “It’s a great idea, but foods need to be chosen carefully and shipped properly.” Foods that ship well include pound cakes, cookies high in sugar and shortening, bar cookies, brownies and fudge. Shortbread, sugar cookies and nut bars ship well, too. Avoid cookies filled with cream or custard, but fruit and nut fillings are fine. Soft, moist cookies will mold quickly in humid climates and are not a good choice. Delicate cakes that crumble easily, pies and yeast breads are fragile and spoil easily.“If you are sending cake, don’t frost the cake before mailing,” Andress said. “Instead, include a package of dry frosting mix or can of commercial frosting in the package.” Raisins, apricots and other dried fruits, canned nuts, shelf-stable pudding cups and commercially prepared and packaged trail mix ship well. Coffee blends, dried foods, nuts, cereal and nut mixes, spiced teas or herb blends are also good choices. Individually wrapped cereal, granola or energy bars, chips and cakes are also recommended as snack food gifts for varying weather conditions. Andress offered these tips: Think about the weather conditions where the recipient is located and how the food will hold up there. Consider packing commercially processed, durable foods such as canned foods with pop top lids like tuna, chicken and franks and beans.Commercially packed cakes and cookies in tins will hold up well in many weather conditions.Microwavable soups, macaroni and cheese, brownie mix and popcorn are items often requested by military personnel.Don’t send fresh, cured or smoked meats. Beef jerky or beef slims are safe. Once foods are purchased and prepared, use care when packing to prevent breaking, leaking and contamination. The food can be placed in clean boxes, metal food tins or plastic boxes or bags. If packing a cake, use a container only slightly larger than the cake to minimize crumbling. Cookies should be wrapped in pairs, back to back, with waxed paper between them and foil or plastic wrap around them, she said. Cookies that are not flat should be wrapped individually. Put crumbled wax paper or padding in the bottom of the container to cushion cookies. If cookies are layered, put waxed paper between the layers. Bar cookies and brownies are best packed uncut in the baking pan, in a box the size of the baking pan. “To pack several foods in a care package, choose a box that is roomy enough to allow plenty of packing material on all sides,” Andress said. Start filling your box with a layer of packing material such as newspaper, foam pieces or plastic bubble wrap. Center the gift in the middle of the mailing box. Then, overfill the box with cushioning material to make sure there’s no air space left in the box.“Do not use popped corn or puffed cereal as cushioning packing material, as these items attract insects,” she said. Don’t pack food in glass containers or put glass items in the package with food. Aerosols are not allowed either. The U.S. Postal Service expects to process more than 30 million pounds of mail destined for overseas military installations during November and December, including war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. To make sure holiday cards and packages are delivered to APO/FPO addresses overseas by Dec. 25, the Postal Service offers recommended shipping dates according to zip code. The recommended ship date for priority mail shipped to AE Zip 093 is Dec. 4; AE Zip 090 and 092 is Dec. 11. More recommended shipping dates are at www.usps.com/mailpro/2009/sepoct/page4.htm.last_img read more

International Peanut Farmers

first_imgWomen play a substantial part in the production and processing of peanuts in many countries of the world, so much so that the peanut is sometimes called a “woman’s crop.”But that doesn’t mean that women have the same role in every village within a district or even in every home within a village.That was one of the takeaways from a recent survey of 400 households in northern Mozambique. The survey will help to indicate what farming practices have the most significant impact on farmers’ quality of life. The questions, written in part by recent University of Georgia graduate Emily Urban, involved details closely related to agriculture, but other questions explored family dynamics and household possessions.Urban served as a graduate assistant with the UGA-based Feed the Future Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab (PMIL) while completing her master’s degree in agricultural and environmental education and her International Agriculture Certificate, both through UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). As part of the certificate program, she interned in Mozambique, where she helped to craft questions about gender roles and assisted local enumerators as they traveled from village to village in northern Mozambique last month.“I’m really looking forward to digging into the data,” said Urban. “We asked a lot of questions about how women spend their time, and who is making household and production decisions. Essentially, we are trying to understand gender dynamics.”As an undergraduate student at Pennsylvania State University, Urban thought she might become an agriculture teacher and even student-taught for a term, but decided to go to graduate school to prepare for a career in international development.“The internship experience provided by the International Agriculture Certificate program gives students an opportunity to experience the realities of agricultural development work firsthand and, perhaps more importantly, challenges students to be fully immersed in a culture and language that is not their own,” said Vicki McMaken, associate director of the CAES Office of Global Programs. “The certificate program is a great fit for students like Emily.”While working on her master’s degree, Urban received a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship through the U.S. Department of Education and traveled to Brazil to study Portuguese and began to work with PMIL, which works with partners in five countries, mostly in Africa. She also served as a teaching assistant for Culture-Centered Communication and Engagement, a UGA study abroad program in Romania.Urban’s travel to Brazil, Romania and Mozambique was funded by the CAES Edward T. and Karen Kanemasu Global Engagement Award, the Global Programs Graduate International Travel Award and the International Agriculture Certificate Scholarship. Urban also received Global Programs’ World Food Prize Student Travel Award, which provided her the opportunity to attend the 2015 World Food Prize, often called the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture.”Her survey work in Mozambique — where Portuguese is the national language — seemed like a great opportunity to put together what she had learned.The Southern Africa Pre-harvest Value Chain Analysis, which is led by University of Connecticut professor Boris Bravo-Ureta, is assessing productivity and profitability of peanut production in three countries. The data collection in the Nampula and Cabo Delgado areas of Mozambique started at the beginning of June.First, the team drafted the questionnaire, then translated it into Portuguese. Working with an expert from the U.S. Agency for International Development, Urban helped to draft the questions related to gender.The enumerator team was made up of five men and three women, an important balance to make sure that responses weren’t influenced by the gender of the person asking the questions.We wanted to be very aware of the dynamics of who is interviewing whom,” Urban said.Assisted by PMIL collaborators at the Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Moçambique (IIAM) and local extension agents, the team conducted three weeks of interviews, moving from one district to another every four days and visiting 400 households. Urban then returned to Nampula for three weeks of data coding while living with the family of a member of the enumerator team. There she had a chance to further improve her language skills and experience a bit of the daily life in Mozambique.The results are still being analyzed, but some interesting themes already stand out. Among the most repeated responses: Most people reported that they eat peanuts every day. “It is an important protein source, as these people have very little meat in their diets,” Urban said.Overall, the survey showed that women have different roles in the production of peanuts in different villages. In some communities, women are wholly responsible for peanut production — from planting to harvesting to drying — while men are in charge of marketing. In other places, men work alongside women in the field and make some of the production decisions.Recognizing that diversity is important, Urban said. Any training or other interventions that develop from the survey results must take the audience into consideration.With her master’s degree now complete, Urban plans to get work experience in international agriculture before returning to school to complete her doctoral degree. She also hopes to publish the results from the gender-based questions of the survey.last_img read more

Cotton Defoliation

first_imgWith harvest season less than a month away for some Georgia cotton farmers, knowing when to defoliate is an important decision all growers have to make, according to Mark Freeman, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist.Before cotton can be harvested, the plant’s leaves must be removed through a process called defoliation, which helps speed up the plant’s maturity. Farmers apply a chemical treatment and, approximately two weeks later, the crop is ready for harvest.“The way cotton grows, bolls are going to open up in the bottom first because those are the oldest bolls. As you move up the plant, the bolls are younger,” Freeman said. “We have to take all of the leaves off of the plant to try to open up those younger bolls. We try to do it at the best time to optimize yield and quality. We want all the bolls on the plant open and ready for harvest at the same time.”If farmers apply a defoliant too early, they could lose yield because of a lack of maturity. If defoliant is applied too late, losses from boll rot and weather can occur.Freeman offers farmers three recommendations for how to determine if a crop is ready to be defoliated.Percentage of open bolls: Typically in Georgia, when a crop has about 70% open bolls, it’s safe to defoliate. If the crop is uniform without fruiting gaps, it is likely mature enough.Number of nodes above cracked bolls: With this method, farmers find the highest cracked boll and then count the number of nodes up the plant to the uppermost harvestable boll. If there are four or less nodes between the two, it is likely safe to defoliate.Sharp knife method: The safest method is to cut representative bolls open at a cross section. Check the seed for a fully-developed dark seed coat and lint that strings out.“The (sharp knife method) is really the best indicator of maturity, but we want to use all three methods in conjunction to make the best decision that we can,” Freeman said.Due to weather-related issues, Georgia’s cotton crop looks sporadic across the state, Freeman said. Areas that have had rainfall look promising, while other areas have struggled due to inadequate rainfall in July and August.“The irrigated crop looks good. I wouldn’t say it’s excellent, but there’s going to be good yields from the irrigated part. Dryland, on the other hand — some areas look good, but more areas do not look so good,” Freeman said.For more information about cotton production in Georgia, see the Georgia Cotton News website.last_img read more