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Casting Set for Tiny Beautiful Things Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Related Shows Nia Vardalos(Photo: Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images) Complete casting has been announced for the Nia Vardalos-led world premiere of Tiny Beautiful Things. Directed by Thomas Kail (Hamilton) and adapted by Vardalos from the book by Cheryl Strayed, the production will begin previews on November 15 and officially open on December 7 at the Public Theater. The show is scheduled to remain off-Broadway through December 31.Phillip James Brannon (BootyCandy), Alfredo Narciso (The Motherf***er With The Hat) and Natalie Woolams-Torres (Hamlet) will appear as multiple letter writers to the online advice columnist Sugar, played by Vardalos. Miriam Silverman (Hamlet) is set to cover Vardalos and will take on the role of Sugar on November 20 and November 27 at 6:30 PM.The show follows Sugar, the online advice columnist who thousands of people have turned to for words of wisdom, honesty and hope. As anonymous readers come to her with their deepest and most personal problems, Sugar—who ultimately revealed herself to be Strayed—finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with theirs, creating a beloved column about the monstrous beauty, endless dark and glimmering light at the heart of being human.Co-conceived by Marshall Heyman, Kail and Vardalos, the production will feature scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Jennifer Moeller, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff.center_img Tiny Beautiful Things Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 10, 2017last_img read more

Blood Moon Supermoon Incites Fears Of Natural Disasters September 27 & 28

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York September 27 & 28 mark a rare celestial event.First, it will be a full moon. Second, the moon will be in perigee—its closest proximity to Earth along its elliptical orbit. Third, the moon will be undergoing a total lunar eclipse, whereby it passes directly behind the Earth, cloaked in its shadow. The latter positioning will give the moon a blood-red tint, thus, the return of the ominous, so-called “Blood Moon.”NASA states the full perigee moon appears up to 14 percent larger and up to 30 percent brighter than when it is at its farthest Earth approach, called its apogee. Thus, this upcoming September 27 & 28 lunar phenomenon, dubbed a “SuperMoon” in the 1970s by astrologer Richard Nolle, will be bigger, brighter (before it dims and goes dark)—and blood red.Some believe Super Moons, such as this lunar giant photographed Oct. 8, 2014, foretell of natural disasters and even the Apocalypse. The rare Blood Moon Supermoon will return on Sept. 27 & 28, 2015, inciting similar fears. (WikiMedia Commons)This extraordinary cosmic convergence has once again sent intergalactic chills down the spines of countless Web surfers, Doom’s Day prophets and religious folk across the globe who fear its blood-curling horrifying hue and gigantic size are omens of great calamity and upheaval—even a bone-shivering signal of the Apocalypse. Such foreboding anguish and dread is not extraterrestrial (See what we did there? #SuperMoon #BloodMoon #powww) to such interstellar happenings. The March 19, 2011 SuperMoon—also a full moon at lunar perigee—incited fears across the globe of natural disasters and other worldwide catastrophes. (It came on the heels of the 9.0 undersea megathrust earthquake—known as the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami—which pulverized Japan and spawned devastating tsunamis that claimed more than 15,000 lives and caused nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.)Click Here For More Photos Of A SuperMoonNolle, who publishes astrological predictions on his website astropro.com, has much to say about this upcoming lunar leviathan. His “September 2015 Forecast” warns not just of the havoc caused by the impending lunar eclipse and SuperMoon, but also of untold solar and geophysical events resulting from a “Mercury Max”—“a phase in the Earth-Mercury-Sun relationship,” he explains, “when Mercury swings around from behind the Sun to catch up and pass the slower orbiting Earth. As it does this, Mercury draws closer and closer to our home planet, until it reaches its perigee… At this time, Earth, Mercury and the Sun are aligned with Mercury in the middle, passing between us and the Sun.”All these happenings equate into one hell of a month, according to Nolle. Among some of the mayhem, he predicts heightened risks of solar and geophysical storms, extreme tidal surges, and volcanic and seismic events. “September shapes up to be the biggest geophysical news story of the year: two eclipses (one of them a SuperMoon) plus a Mercury Max make for a lot of turbulence in Earth’s crust, seas, atmosphere and magnetosphere,” he foretells. “It all adds up to a huge potential for powerful storms and seismic activity; along with an increase in solar storms that heighten risks for breakdowns in electrical and electronic equipment—including the bioelectric field that is human consciousness. Sometimes the world can feel haywire and out of control. This month looks like one of those times.“Bringing up the rear this month is the September 28 total lunar eclipse full moon at 4°41’,” continues Nolle. “This one occurs just a couple days before the Sun’s inferior conjunction with Mercury, the anchor point of the current Mercury Max cycle. This points to a heightened risk of a solar storm outburst sometime between September 27 and October 1, which is more or less contiguous to the September 25-October 4 SuperMoon geophysical storm window. This very strongly suggests an unusual outbreak of strong storms and seismic activity (including volcanic eruptions) during this particular SuperMoon stress window.“Being astronomical in scale, a SuperMoon is at least potentially planet-wide in scope,” he continues. “Aside from the obvious targets—the coasts for extreme tidal surges, and known volcanic and seismic risk zones—the atmosphere gets a good SuperMoon stirring that can manifest as powerful storms packing high winds and heavy precipitation just about anywhere.“With this in mind, even though I don’t live anywhere near (nor plan to visit) any tidal basins, volcanoes or seismic hot spots during the September 25-October 4 SuperMoon shock window, I still plan to make sure the bottled water, canned and dried foods and other emergency supplies are ready to hand; just in case,” adds Nolle. “That said, it doesn’t take more than a cursory glance at an astro-locality map for the September 28 SuperMoon to recognize that this one is a complex snare of risk lines. This is due to the fact that so many planets join the Sun and Moon in making important configurations in the sky at this time.”Just as in 2011, NASA has taken to cyberspace to provide scientific data on this latest lunar flyby and perhaps quell some of the anxiety surrounding any alleged adverse effects the moon’s close proximity would render on Earth.On Aug. 31, NASA published an animated feature video about the rare rendezvous, which doesn’t make it seem all that frightening at all.Watch video here: On Sept. 1, Jane Houston Jones from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. published a post and podcast on nasa.gov about the Blood SuperMoon, too. [Listen To NASA’s Jane Houston Jones’ Blood Moon SuperMoon Podcast HERE] Her explanation counters Nolle’s assertion on his website that he coined “SuperMoon” decades ago, and also tones down the extraordinariness of the event. “On the evening of September 27th, observers in North and South America will see a long total lunar eclipse—lasting 72 minutes. This eclipse is also visible in Europe and Africa,” she explains. “It’s the night of the harvest moon—the full moon closest to the September equinox. “Sometimes a full moon is called a “supermoon”—a term coined just a few years ago,” she continues. “A supermoon is a new or full moon which occurs when the moon is at or near its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.“There are four to six supermoons every year on average, so they’re not unusual,” adds Houston Jones. “You won’t really be able to see the difference between this full moon and any other one with your eyes. It’ll only be about 7 percent larger. The moon is 221,000 miles from Earth this month, as opposed to the average distance of 239,000 miles.” She and NASA’s assertions have done little to squash the fears of so many who fear the Blood-Red SuperMoon as an ominous harbinger of horror and dread, however. A Sept. 1 article in Christian Today titled “‘Blood Moon’ This September Could Be Biblical Sign Of Apocalypse, Pastors Say,” for example, begins by quoting the Bible:“In Acts 2:20, Peter the Apostle, warned of these signs of the Apocalypse: ‘The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.’“Similarly, Revelation 6:12 described the same Apocalyptic signs: ‘I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red,’” it continues.The article goes on to tell how two pastors—Mark Blitz and John Hagee—believe the Blood-Red Supermoon could be telltale signs of the potential oncoming Apocalypse, citing its timing as the last of the four so-called “Blood Moons” within the last 18 months, its close proximity to Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, and the increase in global seismic activity in recent years.One thing’s for sure, dear readers. The Sept. 27 & 28 “Blood Moon” “Supermoon” has captured the imaginations—and fears—of countless worldwide and will be a cosmic-lunar spectacular of epic proportions that viewers will remember long after its crimson hues fade back into the bright, white, familiar amber glow we Earthlings all know and love.last_img read more

StarTimes Assures Nigerians of Uninterrupted World Cup Moments   Â

first_imgPay-TV company, StarTimes says all of the exciting moments of the 64 matches of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup will be delivered without signal interruption by rain, storm or any technical issue.This, the company said was due to its huge investments in improving the technology behind signal strength and distribution across the county, in a bid to ensure that the most exciting moments are not missed by football-loving Nigerians.Speaking further on this, Brand and Marketing Director at StarTimes, Qasim Elegbede said, “All is set to deliver quality signal for all 64 matches live and in HD to subscribers without interruptions, not even by rain or storm.”StarTimes is the leading digital TV operator in Africa, serving nearly 10 million subscribers with a signal covering the whole continent and a distribution network of 200 brand halls, 3,000 convenience stores and 5,000 distributors. The company also owns a featured content platform, with 480 authorised channels consisting of news, movies, series, sports, entertainment, children’s programs etc.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ronaldo is 99-goal man

first_imgSilva’s far-post cross was forced towards goal by Diogo Jota, with Luxembourg goalkeeper Anthony Moris getting a hand to the ball before Ronaldo turned in from the goalline.– France sign off with win –Later on Sunday, world champions France wrapped up top spot in Group H as goals from Corentin Tolisso and Antoine Griezmann sealed a 2-0 win over Albania in Tirana.“I’m very dependent on the players,” French World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps said after his 100th game in charge.“It’s a personal pride. But it’s good to see what the players do together. At times, it can be a bit more difficult with changes to the players, injured players, but the spirit is there.”The French national anthem was roundly booed before kick-off as retribution for the error that saw the Andorran anthem played instead of the Albanian one when the teams met in September at the Stade de France.The visitors made a quick start on the pitch, though, as Bayern Munich midfielder Tolisso headed Griezmann’s free-kick into the bottom corner.The Barcelona star slotted in the second himself on the half-hour mark, before the dead rubber petered out in the second period, with Olivier Giroud going closest to a third by striking the post.The other games in the group saw Turkey, who had also already sealed qualification, beat Andorra 2-0, while Iceland edged to a 2-1 victory at Moldova.England rounded off an impressive campaign with a 4-0 thrashing of Kosovo.Goals from Harry Winks, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Mason Mount ensured England finished at the Group A summit, having scored 37 goals in just eight matches.“We know there is still a bit of work to do but I can’t fault the players in this campaign, they’ve been ruthless. We’re more settled with the group now,” said England manager Gareth Southgate.The Czech Republic are also through, but lost 1-0 in Bulgaria on Sunday.Share on: WhatsApp Ronaldo scores 99th Portugal goal as holders seal Euro 2020 spotParis, France | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 99th international goal as reigning champions Portugal secured their place at the Euro 2020 finals on Sunday with a 2-0 victory away to Luxembourg, while France ended their qualifying campaign with victory.Bruno Fernandes struck the opening goal on 39 minutes before Ronaldo tapped in a scrappy second late on to clinch second place in Group B behind winners Ukraine, who drew 2-2 in Serbia.Iranian striker Ali Daei holds the world record with 109 international goals scored in 149 appearances between 1993 and 2006.“All records must be broken and I will beat that record,” said Ronaldo.Portugal became the 17th nation to qualify for next year’s multi-host tournament, which kicks off in Rome on June 12, joining the likes of world champions France, Spain, Italy and England.“We can’t give the match high marks for style,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos, who admitted the heavy pitch made life challenging for his team.“I’m very happy for my players because the qualifying campaign has been more difficult than we expected.“We’re through to the finals of a major tournament for an 11th straight time. You’ve got to believe in these players.”Portugal knew they would book their place at Euro 2020 with a win or by matching Serbia’s result from their game in Belgrade.But they were made to work hard by a Luxembourg team ranked 96th in the world that notably held France to a 0-0 draw in 2018 World Cup qualifying.Sporting Lisbon midfielder Fernandes broke the deadlock before half-time, controlling Bernardo Silva’s pinpoint pass expertly before lashing in from 20 yards.Ronaldo, who smacked in a hat-trick in Thursday’s 6-0 thrashing of Lithuania, moved to the brink of his international century four minutes from time.last_img read more