18 Jan

Vox Lumiere’s Phantom of the Opera Announces New York Premiere

first_img You’ve never seen the masked man like this. The international sensation Vox Lumiere’s Phantom of the Opera will have its New York premiere at off-Broadway’s Daryl Roth Theatre on January 16, 2017. Created, composed and directed by Kevin Saunders Hayes, this steampunk take on a timeless classic is scheduled to officially open on February 2, 2017.An explosive mashup of new rock music, breathtaking live performances and classic silent film, Vox Lumiere’s Phantom of the Opera is a completely original immersive experience. Part epic concert, part interactive movie, part cutting-edge theater, Vox Lumiere’s singers and dancers serve up a fun and outrageous new twist on Phantom as they perform a fusion of original rock, pop, and EDM music, as multimedia and the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera propel audiences into the action of the story. Vox Lumiere has captured the imaginations of audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe, with their five touring productions: Metropolis, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Peter Pan, Silents You Can Hear and The Phantom of the Opera.In addition to Vox Lumiere and Hayes, Victoria Levy, Tom Smedes and Peter R. Stern will produce; casting will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, let your punk fantasies unwind with the promo below! View Comments ‘Vox Lumiere’s Phantom of the Opera'(Photo: Johanna Siegmann)last_img read more

17 Jan

Pollinator Census

first_imgMore than 4,000 Georgians in 133 counties participated in the nation’s first statewide pollinator census, logging more than 133,963 insect interactions.The deadline for logging counts from the Aug. 23-24 pollinator count was Wednesday at midnight. Georgians logged 4,567 counts during the groundbreaking citizen science exercise.“I think the story now is how excited people were to participate,” said Becky Griffin, school and community garden coordinator for University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the pollinator count organizer. “I have heard several times that people will never look at their gardens the same way again and that slowing down for 15 minutes to look at the insects was eye-opening.“I am so very, very grateful for all of the Georgia citizens who were willing to give up their time to support our pollinators.”Each participant spent 15 minutes focusing on one individual blooming plant. They tallied the number of insects and the types of insects they witnessed during those 15 minutes and then recorded and reported the type of plant they selected, the time of day, the weather and their location.Griffin is working with other pollinator experts to crunch the data to look for trends about which pollinators were most populous in different parts of the state. Citizen scientists from every corner the state — from southwest Georgia woodlands to downtown Atlanta — participated in the count. Once analyzed, the results should provide a needed benchmark for the state’s native pollinator population. Future censuses will help track the health of Georgia pollinators.Pollinators, both domestic and wild, contribute about $367 million to the Georgia economy each year, according to a 2015 study by UGA economists.Griffin modeled the program on the Great Backyard Bird Count, a citizen science program run by Cornell University that asks people to count the birds they see in their backyard on a given winter day. Hopefully, the Great Georgia Pollinator Census will become an annual tradition for families and gardening groups, much like the backyard bird count.In addition to the data generated by the census, Griffin wanted the count to serve as an educational experience for Georgians. After spending 15 minutes focused on one plant to count pollinators, many participants reported having a new respect for their backyard or garden ecosystems, Griffin said.In addition to hundreds of adult volunteers, thousands of school children participated in the count. At Colham Ferry Elementary School in Watkinsville, Georgia, STEM teacher Diane Parr’s students practiced for two weeks leading up to the count. When the day came, they were excited to make history, but they ended up wowed by what they witnessed in the garden.“The pollinator count opened the eyes of my students to the importance of every living thing on Earth, including the tiniest insects,” Parr said.While it was hard to stay still and count for 15 minutes, each student came away with a new appreciation of the tiny world that exists on the plants in the school garden, Parr added.“The educational part of this project is just as important as the data,” said Kris Braman, professor and head of the Department of Entomology at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, after finishing her on-campus count Aug. 23. “It’s a wonderful chance for people to learn more about the pollinators in their yards, what’s really happening to them, and how they can support them.”Griffin plans to publish insights from the census on the Great Georgia Pollinator Census website as well as in traditional academic journals. To keep up with the latest news from the census, join the Great Georgia Pollinator Census Group on Facebook.last_img read more

17 Sep

Ronaldo Seals Four-year Deal with Juventus

first_img“Real Madrid has conquered my heart, and that of my family, and that is why more than ever I want to say thank you. I’m leaving but this shirt, this crest and the Santiago Bernabeu will continue to always feel as my own wherever I am.”Ronaldo ends a glorious trophy-laden spell in the Spanish capital, having picked up 16 titles including no less than three FIFA Club World Cups, four UEFA Champions Leagues – including the last three – and two league titles. He was also named as the world’s best men’s player on six occasions while representing Los Blancos.Additionally, the 33-year-old racked up an incredible scoring record with Real, setting in stone a tally of 451 goals in 438 games.“Real Madrid would like to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football,” the Spanish club said in an official statement.“Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved in the playing fields during these nine years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement. For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its great symbols and a unique reference for future generations.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Italian giants Juventus have signed Cristiano Ronaldo, with the former Real Madrid star heading for his first spell in Italy, after nine years starring in Spain’s La Liga.Having requested a transfer, the reigning The Best FIFA Men’s Player, fresh from reaching the Round of 16 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia with Portugal, signed a four-year deal with the Turin side, who have won the Italian Serie A title for a record seven successive seasons.“I believe that the time has come to begin a new stage in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept my transfer request. I feel that way and I ask everyone, and especially our followers, to please understand,” Ronaldo said in an open letter.last_img read more