Tix Now On Sale for Maurice Hines’ Tappin’ Thru Life

first_img Related Shows Tappin’ Thru Life Tap dancing legend Maurice Hines will bring tales, tunes and a whole lot of hoofing to the off-Broadway stage this winter. His autobiographical show Tappin’ Thru Life will play New World Stages beginning December 23, with opening night set for January 11, 2016. Tickets are now available for the Jeff Calhoun directed production, which previously played the Delaware Theatre Company and Atlanta, Georgia’s Alliance Theatre.Tappin’ Thru Life explores Hines’ life and career, from working at the age of five with his brother Gregory to establishing a career inspired by such greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne and Judy Garland. His numerous credits include a Tony-nominated turn in Uptown…It’s Hot!, Bring Back Birdie and The Cotton Club.Joining Hines on stage will be tapping siblings John and Leo Manzari and the all-female Diva Jazz Orchestra, led by drummer Sherrie Maricle. The production features set design by Tobin Ost, lighting design by Michael Gilliam, sound design by Michael Hahn and projection design by Darrel Maloney. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2016last_img read more

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Cornelia Fondren and Alexis Peterson propel Syracuse to the ACC championship with 80-75 win against Louisville

first_img Published on March 5, 2016 at 4:45 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus GREENSBORO, N.C. — Cornelia Fondren’s eyes locked on the rim and didn’t waver. She was nervous, standing at the free throw line with 18 seconds left and her team ahead by just one point, but also confident.The first one glided through the net and the second one followed. Though Fondren was shooting under 60 percent from the line on the season and was 2-for-6 in the first three quarters, she made the two biggest free throws in one of the biggest games in program history.When the final buzzer sounded, Fondren and point guard Alexis Peterson jumped into a hug at half court and bounced up and down three times.“Don’t doubt me. Don’t doubt us as a team at all,” Fondren said. “You can probably call me a bad free-throw shooter, but at the end of the day I’m going to have to make those.”Guided by its two point guards in Peterson and Fondren, No. 3 seed Syracuse (25-6, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) pulled off the improbable, 80-75, upset against No. 2 seed Louisville (25-7, 15-1) to advance to the ACC championship game. Peterson had 19 points and Fondren had career-highs with 18 points and 13 rebounds to hand Louisville just its second conference loss of the season. The duo combined for 46 percent of the team’s points and each one was on the floor more than anyone else for the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSix weeks ago, the Cardinals came into the Carrier Dome and embarrassed SU with an 18-point win— SU’s second double-digit drubbing in a row at the time. But since then Syracuse has won 11 straight games. It’s upset then-No. 16 Miami, then-No. 10 Florida State and now No. 7 Louisville.Syracuse will face No. 1 seeded and No. 2 ranked Notre Dame (30-1, 16-0) at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Evan Jenkins | Staff Photographer “This is a dream season,” Fondren said.  “We wanted this from the beginning. It’s amazing. Words can’t really explain.“We had a Debby downer in the middle of the season, losing two games back-to-back, struggling the next game. Just to back it up in the ACC tournament …,” she said before letting out a sigh of relief.In the Jan. 25 meeting between the two teams, SU scored just six points in the opening quarter. On Saturday, Peterson had nine points by herself.She hit two layups in a row to put the Orange ahead by seven and force a timeout from Louisville head coach Jeff Walz.Peterson pounded her chest and sprinted to the Syracuse bench before waving her arms up and down at the six rows of SU fans in front of her in the stands.“Peterson just set the tempo of the game right off the bat,” Walz said. “She pushed that thing right down our throat, attacked us. She got to the rim. … Peterson was just a difference maker.”The last time they played, Syracuse couldn’t drive into the lane, pass it to a big or get open outside shots. Its players would get pushed out on drives and take contested jumpers.On Saturday, though, Peterson and Fondren muscled the ball inside for baskets and fouls. They swung around double screens at the top of the key and took advantage of the conference’s best player in forward Myisha Hines-Allen.Syracuse moved its forwards out of the paint and let it two guards penetrate.When Louisville took its first lead since the opening two minutes with a minute and a half left in the third, Fondren responded with an and-one layup to tie the game going into the final quarter. Hines-Allen picked up the foul.“Big baskets. Big drives. Big rebounds,” Peterson said. “To have 18 (points) and 13 (rebound) as a guard is incredible. … We don’t win that game if she doesn’t do those things.”The two point guards turned SU’s 25.8 shooting performance in the first matchup into a 42.5 percent one on Saturday. They helped SU outscore Louisville 40-34 in the paint and win without its usual bread and butter of at least 10 3s and 25 caused turnovers — the Orange had just six 3s and forced only 16 turnovers.“We knew we could play off the bounce a little bit and get to the rim whether we were making 3s or not,” Hillsman said. “… We got the floor open and they made some plays in the paint.”In the press conference after the loss to Louisville, Hillsman compared his team to a wounded animal. He said it didn’t compete. It wasn’t ready to play. For a rare time in his 10-year coaching tenure, he was upset with his team’s effort.“What did I say?” Hillsman asked on Saturday, recounting how he finished his outburst. “‘You’re never going to see that team again,’ and we haven’t lost since then, have we?” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Liverpool FC news: Ian Ayre Q&A cancelled as ticket price row continues

first_imgLiverpool have cancelled a question and answer session with chief executive Ian Ayre as the row over rising Anfield ticket prices continues.The Reds boss was scheduled to answer queries sent in by fans via Twitter about the controversial 2016-17 pricing structure on the club’s television station at 6pm on Monday.However, the event was cancelled by the club just over four hours before air.“LFC thanks fans for submitting questions for tonight’s Q&A however due to ongoing ticketing discussions, this will no longer take place,” said a statement on the club’s Twitter account.Thousands of fans staged a 77th-minute walk-out during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland to protest the new £77 seat prices at Anfield.It is understood the club’s top-ranking officials are already considering a review of their controversial pricing policy as a result. The new price proposal will also see a £1,000 season ticket introduced for the first time.The club have argued the new structure offers greater accessibility and affordability.The proposal includes 45 percent of match tickets decreasing in price, 64 percent of season tickets to reduce or stay the same in cost, better availability for local fans and around 1,500 £9 tickets for category C games. 1 Liverpool FC news: Ian Ayre Q&A cancelled as ticket price row continues last_img read more

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Crows Use Tools in Sequence

first_img51; Watch a one-minute video clip on the BBC News.  A New Caledonian crow in New Zealand figures out how to use three tools in sequence to get at food that is out of reach.  This amazing display of animal intelligence surprised researchers at the University of Auckland who already knew about the legendary problem-solving behavior of corvids, a group that includes crows, rooks and ravens (see 08/11/2009, “Crow Fulfills Aesop Story”).    The article said, “The crows, which use tools in the wild, have also shown other problem-solving behaviour, but this find suggests they are more innovative than was thought.”  They can even whittle branches into hooks and tear leaves into barbs to reach hard-to-get food.  Until recently, scientists had thought these tool-making skills were restricted to primates.  The article continues, saying that primate mammals now have rivals in tool-making with these birds.  “Experiments have shown that the birds can craft new tools out of unfamiliar materials, as well as use a number of tools in succession.”  The lead author of the paper in PNAS about the experiments said, “Finding that the crows could solve the problem even when they had to innovate two behaviours was incredibly surprising.”    These observations raise questions about the interpretation of tool use as a measure of intelligence.  Even octopi have been seen “using halved coconut shells as tools, by scooping them from the seabed, galloping off with them and then later using them as a shelter” (see 12/16/2009, bullet 1).  But does this differ in extent or in kind from the work of a hermit crab, or a diatom, or of bees in building a honeycomb? When the crow makes a space shuttle to build a space station, we will really take notice.  It’s great fun to watch smart animals, but there is really no comparison, even with chimpanzees.  Think about the tools we take for granted: elevators, automobiles, cell phones, video games, Facebook – these are all light-years beyond pulling a nut out of a cage with a stick.  All things being equal, if we were stuck with beaks and wings, we would probably have computers with peckboards by now and ten thousand ways of interpreting inflections of the word caw.    In a real sense, all living things display intelligence, in that they use coded information to direct energy for functional work.  This makes sense if the intelligence is derived intelligence from a higher intelligence.  Whether in crows, or conch shells, or bacteria, or dolphins, or humans, that intelligence is parcelled out, or programmed, in each organism appropriate to its needs and purposes.  This top-down view of intelligence is natural to us; we build intelligence into our own robots.  The movies are filled with ideal stories of building a robot with the magical something, that sentience, that would make it like us.  Why would we not be the sentient creations of a creative intelligence?  But accounting for the “emergence” of intelligence from the bottom up, on the other hand, begets a thicket of philosophical problems – not the least of which is how one could ever know that is true.    Man is the only living being who makes tools to make other tools.  Only man can think abstractly and communicate instructions for making tools verbally, using language, with complex syntax and semantics, to another person who can understand those instructions and carry them out.  Only humans manipulate symbols and mathematical calculations in their minds; humans can envision a product through a complex series of steps, and organize all the materials, with teamwork as required, to bring it to fruition (04/17/2010).  Humans have the upright posture and complex hands to grip things tightly or manipulate fine objects for tool use.  Only humans consider the use of tools for other than bodily needs, like charity or the arts.  Only humans feel guilt, wonder, curiosity about eternity, a need for understanding, a need for significance.  The makeup of our bodies, our brains, our minds, our eyes, our hands, our ears, our faces, our speaking apparatus, our songs, our emotions, and the immaterial selves of which we are each aware, even as our cells recycle themselves throughout our lives – all these observations make sense if we are truly designed for a relationship with our Maker.  It all started there: with intelligence, communication, and personhood: in the beginning was the Word.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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MH370 search ends with a tripartite whimper

first_imgThe Australian-led search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is officially over after the governments of Australia, Malaysia and China ignored the recommendations of international experts and refused to extend it into a new 25,000 sq, km search area. Government ministers from the three nations jointly announced  Wednesday that the last search vessel had left the underwater search area despite 11th-hour calls for the sweep to continue.Not finding MH370 risks livesMisguided Malaysia walks awayThe decision was immediately attacked as irresponsible and a betrayal by a support group for families of victims of the tragedy.While the announcement left open the possibility the search could be resumed, it failed to specify under what circumstances this could happen.The remaining search ship, the Fugro Equator,  will now return to Fremantle to demobilise before heading back to Singapore.Before it left, the ship managed to conduct a limited search of the new area using an autonomous underwater vehicle equipped with sonar.A joint statement released by Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester noted the plane — which went missing with 239 people on board in March, 2014  — had not been located “despite every effort and using the best science available”.  Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai  and his Chinese counterpart, Li Xiaopeng, were also signatories to the statement. “The decision to suspend the underwater search has not been taken lightly nor without sadness,’’ it said. “ It is consistent with decisions made by our three countries in the July 2016 Ministerial Tripartite meeting in Putrajaya Malaysia.“Whilst combined scientific studies have continued to refine areas of probability, to date no new information has been discovered to determine the specific location of the aircraft. ‘’The Ministers paid homage to the commitment and dedication shown by the hundreds of people involved in the Australian Transport Safety Bureau-led search and noted it was an unprecedented challenge“Their tireless work has continued to improve our knowledge of the search area and has been critical in our efforts to locate the aircraft,’’ they said.They also acknowledged the enormous loss felt by the families.“We remain hopeful that new information will come to light and that at some point in the future the aircraft will be located,’’ they said.The decision leaves unsolved the mystery of what happened to the Boeing 777   — which disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing — and any lessons from its mysterious disappearance unlearned. It also ignores the call of global commentators and the recommendation of a high-powered team of international experts that the search should continue into a 25,000 sq. km zone north of the original search area.The experts identified the site as a potential site for the aircraft debris after reviewing critical new ocean drift data made possible by the discovery of wreckage from the plane. They recommended the search continue to exhaust the remaining high probability crash site options.The families of MH370 victims and Australian investigators also wanted to extend the search but the Ministers indicated the new information was not precise enough to warrant the additional $40 to $50m in funding.Family support group Voice370 slammed the decision and said a proposed tripartite meeting to work out what to do out about the search appeared to have been a smokescreen.“Expecting to determine the “precise location of the aircraft” before continuing the search is at best an erroneous expectation and at worst a clever formulation to bury the search, ‘’ the group said.  “Why would you need to search if you already knew the precise location of the aircraft?“In our view, extending the search to the new area defined by the experts is an inescapable duty owed to the flying public in the interest of aviation safety’’.Voice370 said stopping at this stage was nothing short of irresponsible and betrayed a shocking lack of faith in the data, tools and recommendation of an array of experts assembled by authorities.“We appeal to Malaysia, China and Australia to reconsider the decision to suspend the search,’’ it said.Chester is due to hold a media conference about the decision Wednesday morning but a spokeswoman said he was unavailable for comment Tuesday night.last_img read more

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Suns Michael Beasley Arrested For Marijuana Possession

Photo by www.nba.si.comLast year, forward Michael Beasley said this in his introductory press conference with the Phoenix Suns: “I realize 10 minutes of feeling good is not really worth putting my life and my career and my legacy in jeopardy, so I’m confident to say that that part of my career, that part of my life, is over and won’t be coming back.”Well, apparently, it is back.Beasley was arrested Tuesday following a traffic stop because in his possession were three cigarettes believed to contain marijuana. His Mercedes-Benz smelled of weed, according to police Officer David Pubins of Scottsdale, Ariz.Beasley was released after being cited for investigation of one felony count each of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.This incident could result in suspension by the NBA. Beasley already has a drug history. In June 2011, he was ticketed for possessing marijuana and speeding in a Minneapolis suburb, where he played before signing with Phoenix.He also has acknowledged that while playing for Miami, he twice violated the NBA’s drug policy and entered a treatment facility in 2009.Beasley, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft by Miami out of Kansas State in 2008, signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Suns a year ago. But he went on to have a disappointing, inconsistent season, averaging career lows of 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 75 games as Phoenix compiled the worst record in the Western Conference and second worst in franchise history. He shot 40.5 percent from the field, also a career worst.To say his NBA career has been a disappointment is an understatement. Blessed with immense talent, Beasley, from the Washington, D.C. area, has not come close to fulfilling his potential. He has been inconsistent and seemingly disinterested. Worse, he has not shown much improvement–on or offer the court–in his five years as a pro.According to Pubins, court proceedings in the case will begin after results of lab tests are available. read more

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