Come on Down! Buyer & Cellar’s Michael Urie Welcomes Michael Arden & Nick Adams to Barbra’s Basement

first_imgMichael Urie spends an awful lot of time alone in Barbra Streisand’s basement in Buyer & Cellar, so he was thrilled to welcome two of his pals, Broadway alums Michael Arden (TV’s Anger Management) and Nick Adams (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), backstage at the Barrow Street Theatre. The duo came to catch Urie’s one-man hijinks on August 18, then went backstage to congratulate the Ugly Betty and How to Succeed alum. (Arden, who toured with the real Barbra, might have offered some behind-the-scenes scoop on the superstar.) Written by Jonathan Tolins, Buyer & Cellar tells the story of Alex More, an aspiring actor who takes a job working in Barbra Streisand’s basement mall in Malibu. Check out this Hot Shot of Urie and his talented friends, then catch him in Buyer & Cellar off-Broadway! Michael Urie Buyer & Cellar Nick Adams Related Showscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 View Comments Star Fileslast_img read more

Brinshore gets another chance at Mission senior apartments; city also taking new offers for land

first_imgThe lot owned by the city has now been cleared of the Neff building.The developers hoping to bring a new affordable senior apartment project to the western edge of Mission want another chance to make it happen. But they might have to match other proposals for the city-owned land.Earlier this spring, Brinshore Development was turned down for state low income housing tax credits for the second year. In a new agreement, which could head for city council approval later this month, the city would extend the contract with Brinshore for the purchase of the old Neff Printing building that is owned by the city along Martway near Panera. However, between now and Nov. 15, the city can entertain other offers to purchase the property under the new proposal.Brinshore would be notified of any acceptable offer and have a chance to match it and close on the property. After Nov. 15, Brinshore would have exclusive rights on the property so they can make another application for tax credits in the 2016 cycle. The developers have said the project viability depends on receiving the tax credits and they are optimistic that a third application can be successful based on feedback from the state.Brinshore said it is willing to put up another non-refundable deposit of $22,500 in order to secure the contract. Brinshore has previously put up non-refundable money to help with the demolition of the building, which was torn down this summer.last_img read more

Gophers drop two to Denver, get swept for the first time this season

first_imgRau was later given a one-game suspension and missed Saturday’s game.Chris Knowlton and Zach Budish capped the scoring and the game ended at 5-3.“We didn’t have too much crispness to our game tonight,” Lucia said. “Denver was a better team tonight, and they deserved to win.”Minnesota was the better team Saturday but could not hold on for a split.Erik Haula wasted no time and gave the Gophers a 1-0 lead 38 seconds into the game, and Zach Budish stretched the lead to 2-0 on the power play at 15:17 in the second period.The Gophers were in control of the game, but Knowlton scored before the end of the period to get the sellout crowd of 6,079 back into it.Minnesota was plagued by Denver’s quick strikes all weekend.“If you go out there and slack off after a goal because you think you’re ahead, they’re going to take it to you,” Condon said. Denver did just that.The Gophers went on the power play early in the third, but two ill-timed penalties gave the Pioneers a man advantage. Luke Salazar converted on the power play to tie the game at 2-2.“[We made] a couple mental mistakes there in the third … and that will cost you,” Budish said, who took a costly roughing penalty that gave Denver a 4-on-3 power play prior to Salazar’s goal. “We were playing pretty well there … and then we got a penalty, and they capitalized on it.”Minnesota had a chance to take Denver out of the equation in the WCHA race this weekend but instead let the Pioneers right back in.A sweep would have essentially eliminated Denver from the quest for the McNaughton Cup.The Gophers hold a one-point lead over Minnesota-Duluth and a two-point lead over Denver in the WCHA. “Our guys realize the fight they’re in right now,” Guentzel said. “We’re down to the final six conference games, and we’re leading the league by a point.“Our job is to prepare Monday to be the best team in the conference for three weeks, and if we do that, we’ll win the league. If we don’t, someone else will.” Gophers drop two to Denver, get swept for the first time this seasonMinnesota’s WCHA lead over second-place Minnesota-Duluth was trimmed to one point.Marisa WojcikMinnesota Forward Kyle Rau plays against Colorado on Jan. 20 at Mariucci Arena. Rau was ejected Friday with a game misconduct penalty and suspended for Saturday’s game. Dane MizutaniFebruary 13, 2012Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint When Nico Sacchetti scored to make it 3-2 midway through the third period Saturday, it looked like the Gophers would fend off Denver and avoid being swept for the first time this season.But Denver’s Nick Shore showed up to crash the party.Shore handled an excellent backhanded pass from his older brother, Drew Shore, and netted the game-tying goal with 1:26 remaining to force overtime.Nick Shore followed up his late-game effort with a game-winning goal 17 seconds into overtime and pulled the Pioneers within two points of the WCHA lead.No. 14 Denver (17-9-4, 12-6-4 WCHA) has now won 10 of its last 12 meetings with No. 2 Minnesota (19-11-1, 15-7-0 WCHA).“We had the lead entering the third period, and we went from being on the power play to being a man down — 4-on-3, and they converted,” assistant head coach Mike Guentzel said Saturday. “It gave them an opportunity to get the crowd in the game.“We have to do a better job exercising some discipline.”Denver went 3-for-10 on the power play over the weekend to propel itself to a sweep. Nate Condon got the Gophers going Friday with an unassisted goal at 9:08 in the first period to take a 1-0 lead.That lead was short-lived, as Shawn Ostrow netted the equalizer 40 seconds later. Denver took the lead three minutes later and never looked back.Condon had a breakaway chance after the second goal, but he could not convert.“I poked it free, and if I score that there it’s a 2-2 game — it’s a different game,” Condon said. “It’s too bad I missed that second one.”Nate Dewhurst scored to make it 3-1 late in the first period, but Kyle Rau converted on a power play early in the second to pull the Gophers within one. Jason Zucker struck back with a power-play goal of his own soon after that gave the Pioneers a lead they never relinquished.“I thought we were much too loose tonight,” head coach Don Lucia said Friday. “We put ourselves shorthanded too much in the first two periods.”Nearly three minutes after the Pioneers stretched the lead to 4-2, Rau laid out Zucker and was given a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct. Zucker lay motionless on the ice and did not return to the game after the hit.last_img read more

New Mexico Governor Orders Agencies To Develop Child Care Plan For First Responders, Key Personnel

first_imgNew Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy photoSTATE News:SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced three measures Wednesday to safeguard against COVID-19 and strengthen insurance protections for New Mexicans.Encouraging Medicaid Enrollment“Right now, 56,000 New Mexicans are uninsured and eligible for Medicaid — including children who may be eligible even if their parents are not. Even if we weren’t facing a public health emergency, we would want to enroll those folks. Given the current situation, it’s all the more important that we help every New Mexican get insured,” Lujan Grisham said.The Governor referred New Mexicans to the Human Services Department’s website to sign up.The state Human Services Department is also working to take advantage of every federal opportunity to expand New Mexicans’ access to health care. This includes encouraging federal officials to allow New Mexico to provide Medicaid at higher income levels.Free Treatment Coverage for Child Care Workers Diagnosed with COVID-19In addition, the governor announced that the state will pay the cost of premiums so that uninsured child care workers who test positive for COVID-19 (and their immediate household members) who are not eligible for other coverage will be able to enroll in the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool (NMMIP) — the state’s high-risk pool — and receive comprehensive health care coverage until they recover. “This new rule applies to all child care workers who test positive, along with their immediate household members, regardless of income or immigration status,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said.NMMIP is chaired by New Mexico’s Superintendent of Insurance; it provides comprehensive health coverage for people who have significant medical conditions, are uninsured, and are not currently eligible for other coverage (such as Medicaid or Medicare). The board of NMMIP held an emergency meeting March 6 and voted to include COVID-19 as one of its covered conditions, which triggers expedited enrollment. NMMIP does charge premiums to enrollees. The state of New Mexico will cover the premium costs for all uninsured child care workers with COVID-19 and their immediate household members who obtain coverage through NMMIP. Under emergency rules issued by the Superintendent of Insurance, deductibles and copayments are waived for treatment of COVID-19, influenza and pneumonia through NMMIP.  Uninsured New Mexicans who are not eligible for Medicaid or other insurance today may be able to sign up for comprehensive health insurance coverage through NMMIP if they pay their own premiums. The amount of the premium varies based on age, where in New Mexico you live and whether you are a smoker. More information about NMMIP is available at https://nmmip.org/  Directing Agencies to Develop Child Care Plan for First Responders and Other Key Personnel The governor also instructed the Early Childhood Education and Care Department, Children, Youth, and Families Department, and Department of Public Safety to work with child care providers and ensure that child care services are available to first responders, health care professionals and other essential workers in the fight against COVID-19 – with no income eligibility threshold. Right now, ECECD is surveying key industries involved in this fight to identify precisely who those people are.“Child care is also an essential and valuable service, but we may need to limit it to those who are working to mitigate and contain the spread and meet New Mexicans’ most urgent needs. Everyone else should be at home. This is how we protect our children, our families, our early childhood workforce, and New Mexico as a whole,” the governor said.last_img read more

Table dancing at the RICS Rugby Club

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Submerge In Sound

first_imgIt was 9 AM on a Saturday, also known as my busiest day of the week. I was mentally clenched, preparing for all the event coverage ahead and somehow lacking my routine cup of morning caffeine, before submerging in my first Sound Bath experience at Donna Karan’s Urban Zen studio in Sag Harbor. While I dabbled in tune forking, for a brief five-minute session, I laid down and welcomed what was ahead.Partnered with Unplug Meditation for the summer, Los Angeles-based instructor Susy Schieffelin guided a roomful through this ancient healing practice for 30 peaceful minutes. Four bowls, each with a different sound, were used. Each took me further away from a chaotic state of mind and deeper into a lucid, dreamlike state of being.The first was infused with Dead Sea salt and tuned in between the third eye and crown chakra, used to detoxify and clear my busy mind, releasing any blockages not serving me. The next was infused with Mother of Platinum and tuned into the heart chakra, aiming to connect with the divine feminine and unleash my power to create, as well as open the heart to self-love and compassion. The third bowl was infused with Egyptian Blue, also known as calcium copper silicate, to aid in unleashing the ancient wisdom of the Egyptians, a universal wisdom that requires tapping into what we already have access to. The last bowl was clear quartz crystal, tuning into the solar plexus, my power center, allowing me to take action and step into my truth.The above might sound a bit hokey to those unfamiliar with the process, but the experiential effects were quite the contrary. Upon fully awakening from my sensory journey and resubmitting myself to the present moment, it felt as though I had just gotten a full eight hours of blissful sleep. The anxiety-ridden New Yorker in me was calm and refreshed, as though I had just taken a mental bath in purifying waters — in this case, frequency waves.Schieffelin was once a chronic anxiety sufferer herself, where no amount of medication seemed to work. Like so many of us today, she suffered from stress of life happening to her, as though she was a passenger in the car of her own life. Of course, you’d never know it now, having been conducting these sessions full time for a year, off all meds and caffeine. “This has given me the ability to really heal,” she said. “I can respond rather than react.” Her energy was aligned with that of the room, calming, inspiring, and genuinely open to positivity.Unlike some other meditations that require a certain level of practice to reap the benefits, Sound Baths only call for the ability to sit still. It’s recommended to bathe once a week for about an hour, more or less as you feel necessary, to feel the true effects in reduction of anxiety and stress.Urban Zen is located at 16 Main Street in Sag Harbor and partnered with Unplug for the summer season.Follow Susy Schieffelin at @thecoppervessel or download the Unplug Meditation app to listen to sound baths on your own time.@NikkiOnTheDailynicole@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

Indian Protagonist Center Of Young Adult Novel Debut

first_imgChoose one: Maulik Pancholy’s Young Adult novel “The Best At It” is: a) timely, with middle school youngsters staying home; b) politically correct in taking on pre-adolescent problems related to ethnic assimilation and sexual identity); c) written in a lively style that succeeds in conveying authenticity while avoiding expletives; d) inspirational without being maudlin or predictable; or e) all of the above. Choose e).The author (Yale School of Drama, Northwestern University) is new to me though his bio boasts award-winning roles on TV (including “30 Rock”), Broadway, in films, and serving on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, with a particular interest in addressing bullying.Pancholy knows how to create scenes and believable dialogue, some of the exchanges right-on funny. It’s unfortunate, though, that the colorful book jacket bears a sticker from the American Library Association announcing that “The Best At It” is a Stonewall Honor Book. It would be better were young readers (ages eight through 12, third through eighth grades) — and their parents — to discover this for themselves.Being gay is not 12-year-old Rahul’s only anxiety. He wants to be “cool” like blond, athletic Justin, who hangs out with the jocks, including the school bully. Rahul watches them in “the cool-kids area,” which he recognizes is a “nightmare” of guys who spend their time wrestling with each other or throwing cheese puffs, but still he sees them as the in-people, and himself as out.Rahul suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder, getting up in the middle of the night to see if doors are locked and appliances off. He’s also driven by feeling he must be the best at what he does, though he doesn’t at first acknowledge what his teachers and family recognize, that his number-one talent is mathematics.Skinny, reliant on glasses, he sees himself as nerdy, uncool. He wants to be like the so-called regular guys — muscled, tan (not brown), good at football, even though he doesn’t even know how to hold one when he auditions for the school team.He’s sometimes embarrassed at his parents’ friends, a mass of “Aunties” (“In Indian culture you basically call anyone your parents hang out with your auntie or your uncle”), who come to his school wearing saris. They make him feel “different,” even more than he already feels. Chelsea, his best friend, is a girl, but not his girlfriend. His worst enemy is the school bully, Brent, whose racist and homophobic taunts increasingly veer toward public humiliation and physical assault.Though Rahul’s beloved and loving wheelchair-bound grandfather Bhai is said to have “a Mr. Rogers-worthy supply of cardigans,” the Bollywood culture referenced in the book happily informs Rahul’s life, particularly as his father, an ER doctor, plays in a Bollywood music group. His mom, a business executive, also moves in the wider world with ease but is not surprised when Rahul, trying out for a TV ad placed by their local bank, finds out that only whites need apply.Much about the book is autobiographical. Like Rahul, now 46-year-old Pancholy grew up in a small town in Indiana, though his family moved to Tampa. He set his story in small-town white Indiana, he’s said in interviews, because being gay was not talked about then. Also, like Rahul, the author was a competing mathlete. He loved to read when he was Rahul’s age, but missed seeing characters who looked like him. “It’s exciting to be entering this literary world now because there is a lot of support for diverse storytelling. I think young people are actually hungry for it, too. We don’t live in a homogenous world. Kids want to see truth in the stories that they read.”True enough, but unlike Rahul, so many confused or troubled youngsters today, regardless of ethnic or gender identity concerns, do not have, as Rahul does, a loving support group in the form of family, extended family, and economic stability. Class, some say, counts as much as race, in academic achievement and economic equality. There’s also Rahul’s cultural advantage: As Bhai jokes with his grandson, playing on the name of the self-taught mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, FRS, India has a strong intellectual tradition. “The Best At It” is a well-written, heartwarming narrative that takes on contemporary issues, with an overarching theme about competing, winning, losing, and owning up to who and what you are. In an age when science fiction and exotic fantasy dominate the YA market, especially for boys (with an increasing amount of violence), Pancholy’s engaging debut novel is most welcome.    Sharelast_img read more

Products price increases revealed

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Venture Global files resource report with FERC

first_imgVenture Global LNG informed that it has submitted Resource Report 13 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for its natural gas liquefaction and export facility on Calcasieu Pass, Cameron Parish, Louisianna.Resource reports are required regulatory filings that detail all of the environmental and engineering components and designs of proposed energy projects. Draft versions are submitted during the pre-filing stage of project development, pending the submission of a formal application, the company informed in a statement.Venture Global also said it remains on track to submit its final FERC application in August 2015. This submission will mark another milestone in the company’s plan to receive the permits and approvals to begin the construction and operation of its planned 10 MTPA LNG export facility.[mappress mapid=”17365″]Image: Venture Globallast_img read more

PNG LNG ships 100th cargo

first_imgThe 100th cargo of liquefied natural gas from the US$19 billion PNG LNG project, operated by ExxonMobil PNG Limited, set sail this weekend, just over one year on from the start of export operations.The 163,000 cbm LNG carrier Methane Spirit, will be transporting the cargo bound for Japan’s Tepco, who also received the first cargo in May 2014.More than 7 million tonnes of LNG have been exported since the project commenced production in April 2014, according to a PNG LNG statement posted on Monday.“Since export operations began an LNG carrier has been loaded on average every 3-4 days,” Managing Director of ExxonMobil PNG Limited, Andrew Barry, said.The LNG project is expected to produce more than 9 trillion cubic feet of gas over the estimated 30 years of operations.Beside ExxonMobil PNG Limited, which is  a fully-owned unit of ExxonMobil, other co-venturers in the LNG project include Oil Search, Santos, National Petroleum Company of PNG, JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration, Mineral Resources Development Company and Petromin PNG Holdings Limited.[mappress mapid=”17428″]LNG World News Staff; Image: Oil Searchlast_img read more