Odds & Ends: Jesse Tyler Ferguson to Star in World Premiere Play Log Cabin & More

first_img Star Files Jesse Tyler Ferguson View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Jesse Tyler Ferguson to Star in World Premiere Play Log CabinBroadway veteran Jesse Tyler Ferguson has landed a new stage gig! The Modern Family star will lead the company of Jordan Harrison’s new play Log Cabin, making its world premiere with off-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons. Tony winner Pam MacKinnon will direct the play set to begin previews on June 1, 2018 with an opening slated for June 25. Ferguson will portray the protagonist, Ezra, in the ensemble-driven show set to play a limited engagement through July 15. Log Cabin centers on a tight-knit circle of married gays and lesbians, comfy in the new mainstream, who see themselves through the eyes of a transgender friend and realize that the march toward progress is anything but unified.The Ballad of Little Jo, Starring Wicked Veteran Teal Wicks, to Receive Original Cast AlbumThe Musical Company has announced an original cast recording for The Ballad of Little Jo, which played New Jersey’s Two River Theater this summer. Featuring music by Mike Reid, lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger and orchestrations by Danny Larsen, the album features Wicked alum Teal Wicks, with Eric William Morris, Jane Bruce and Daniel Isaac. Cast members will help toast the album, which will be released on November 10, with a Feinstein’s/54 Below concert set for November 12 at 9:30pm. The Ballad of Little Jo is inspired by the true story of Josephine Monaghan, a young woman from late 19th century Boston who made a new life in an Idaho mining town disguised as a man called Jo.Michael Shannon & More Added to Marathon Playwriting Event The 24-Hour PlaysTony nominee Michael Shannon is among a group of stars who have been added to the marathon playwriting event The 24-Hour Plays, scheduled to culminate in a performance to take place on October 30 at 8:00pm at the American Airlines Theatre. Also newly announced for the event are Rachel Dratch, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Paul Sparks, Annie Parisse, Carolyn Cantor and Leslye Headland. As previously announced, The 24-Hour Plays will also feature the talents of upcoming Dear Evan Hansen star Noah Galvin along with Raul Castillo, Josh Charles, Jackie Cruz, Jennifer Esposito, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Nina Hellman, Cush Jumbo, Mia Katigbak, Lola Kirke, Russell G. Jones, Orlando Pabotoy, Christina Ricci, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeremy Shamos, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Justice Smith, Lois Smith and Yul Vasquez. As previously announced, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman will be honored as part of the organization’s partnership with The Lilly Awards.Lesley Ann Warren & Joyce Bulifant to Revisit Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire in ConcertBroadway veterans Lesley Ann Warren and Joyce Bulifant are set to reprise their roles from Disney’s 1967 movie musical The Happiest Millionaire in a benefit celebrating its 50th anniversary. Proceeds of the event, set for December 3 at 7:00pm and 9:30pm at Joe’s Pub, will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The celebrated film will be re-created in an adaptation by Doug Thompson and Alex Beck, who will also direct. The presentation will feature musical staging by Jason Wise and musical direction by Mark Hartman.Olivier Winner Sheila Hancock to Lead Stage Take on Harold and Maude Olivier Award-winning star Sheila Hancock will lead the company of the London premiere of Colin Higgins’ black comedy Harold and Maude, based on the hit 1970 film. Thom Southerland will direct the work set to make its debut at the Charing Cross Theatre for a run from February 19 through March 31, 2018. Harold and Maude centers on Dame Marjorie “Maude” Chardin (Hancock), a free spirit who wears her hair in braids, believes in living each day to its fullest and tries something new every day. Harold Parker Chasen is an 18-year-old man who is obsessed with death, attends funerals of strangers for entertainment and stages elaborate fake suicides. The two meet and make an unexpected connection. Additional cast and creative team for Harold and Maude will be announced.Davis Gaines & Doreen Taylor to Lead Docu-Musical An Enchanted Evening: A Night with Oscar Hammerstein IIFresh from the sold-out premiere at the Bristol Riverside Theatre in Philadelphia, the new docu-musical An Enchanted Evening: A Night with Oscar Hammerstein II is coming to New York for a limited off-Broadway engagement. Highlighting Oscar Hammerstein II’s evolution to become one of the most important lyricists of all time, An Enchanted Evening is an intimate show highlighting his life and music through documentary storytelling and imaginative performances. The evening will star award-winning recording artist Doreen Taylor in her off-Broadway debut alongside The Phantom of the Opera veteran Davis Gaines. An Enchanted Evening will run at the 777 Theatre at the Roy Arias Theater Center from December 8 through 17.  Jesse Tyler Ferguson(Photo: Caitlin McNaney)last_img read more

Sponsors raising profile at Challenge Barcelona-Maresme

first_img Related The fourth edition of Challenge Barcelona-Maresme, on Sunday 30 September, drew close to 1,400 participants from over 30 countries to take part in the most popular long-distance triathlon in mainland Spain.The adverse weather conditions the days before the event added extra work to the organisers and volunteers. Nevertheless, as Agustí Pérez, Race Director, mentioned, this is an event that involves the whole local community, and their support made it possible for the organising team to again produce a very successful event.(On Sunday morning the weather had gone back to normal and we went on to see a great event dominated by Lucy Gossage (8:58:43) and by Bas Diederen (8:20:07). In addition, Miquel Blanchart (4th position overall) and Gurutze Frades collected the Spanish LD Championships.)This year’s race marks the consolidation of an event that has seen substantial growth in the last few editions; the pasta-party area and the rock bands along the race were just a few of the improvements that the Challenge Family organisation introduced.This edition also marks a change in the level of involvement of the event’s sponsors – with the introduction of NutriSport, Catlike, BH Bikes, Jaked, Compressport and La Caixa as key partners.In addition, Sailfish also signed an agreement to become the official wetsuit partner. The Challenge Barcelona-Maresme event sponsors took advantage of the three-day expo, which opened from Thursday until the Saturday before the race.Registrations for Challenge Barcelona-Maresme 2013 are already open, and the May Half-Challenge Barcelona-Maresme will celebrate having been assigned the ETU European Half Distance Championship. This gives a new impulse for further growth of the Challenge Family in Spain.www.challenge-barcelona.eslast_img read more

Bacon, Blues and Brews puts R Park trail fundraising over the top; now for benches, bike racks and picnic tables

first_imgRoeland Park City Councilor Jennifer Gunby also combined bacon and chocolate. Toni Gates and Tom Ransom provided the entertainment.Oh, the things you can make with bacon if you let your imagination run wild. In Roeland Park Saturday, you could find bacon soda, chocolate wrapped bacon, bacon flavored chocolate chip cookies, and much more – 14 recipes in all made with bacon. That was the fare at the Bacon, Blues and Brews fest at the community center.The beer was, well beer, (Roasterie coffee also for the brews) and the blues filling the room was Toni Gates singing with Tom Ransom on guitar.The more than 100 people who attended put the fundraising for the walking trail through R Park over the top. Organizer Gretchen Davis said work on the trail should begin this fall in the park with the matching funds from the Sunflower Foundation grant. Trees along the trail and signs will be installed next spring.The next project for the fundraising group, Davis said, is getting money for other park amenities, such as picnic tables, benches along the trail, trash receptacles and bike racks. Anyone wanting to contribute to the project can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Roeland Park Community Foundation at city hall with “R Park Amenities” in the memo line.Gary Brokema was offering the unlikely combination of chocolate chip cookies with bacon.last_img read more

Gophers men roll on at Minnesota Invite

first_imgGophers men roll on at Minnesota InviteMinnesota destroyed the 11-team field with a three-day meet total of 1,443.5 points. Dan MillerNovember 22, 2004Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota’s men’s swimming and diving team nearly doubled its nearest competition after the first day of the Minnesota Invitational.But coach Dennis Dale wasn’t satisfied, he said.“Our relays were subpar,” he said of the Gophers’ performance Friday. “We really made it our focus to do well in the relays.”The sixth-ranked Gophers, who ultimately blew away the 11-team competition with 1,443.5 points by the end of competition Sunday, responded by dominating relay action Saturday.Minnesota’s team of Terry Silkaitis, Sean McCaffrey, Adam Mitchell and Justin Mortimer set the nation’s best current time in the 800-yard free relay by more than four seconds. The team’s time of 8:33.03 is also an NCAA provisional cut time.The team of Dan Berve, Sean Kelly, Neil Osten and Silkaitis won easily in the 200 medley relay, swimming nearly two seconds faster than Wisconsin’s second-place team.But the Gophers’ individual performances were just as good.Mortimer broke his own meet record set in 2001 in the 1,650 freestyle by almost four seconds with a time 15:15.37, which was also an NCAA provisional qualifying time.“I’m just glad that I’m faster after three years,” Mortimer said. “For this time of the year, with the training that we’ve gone through, I’m happy with the time.”The Gophers’ solid performances throughout their lineup over the weekend put on display their well-rounded squad.“We demonstrated the depth we have as a team,” Dale said. “We know that we have seniors who will perform. But what has made the difference is the hard work of the rest of the guys who are really stepping up to the plate.” Minnesota will travel to the Georgia Invitational on Dec. 3 in Athens, Ga.Minnesota, with one loss this season to fourth-ranked Florida, holds its highest national ranking ever.“I think other people are starting to realize that we are a pretty good team,” Mortimer said.Women win with helpWithout Wisconsin – who led most of the weekend – competing in the finals Sunday, Minnesota’s women’s swimming and diving team ended up on top of its Minnesota Invitational this weekend at the University Aquatic Center with 913 points.After Saturday, the Gophers were in second place behind the Badgers, 745-567. Without Wisconsin in the finals, Minnesota closed the gap quickly.On Friday, the Gophers’ 200 free relay team of Katy Coombe, Jennifer Hasling, Sara Vine and Sarah Perrott finished behind the Badgers and took second place with a time of 1:34.43.“It was nice to race against Wisconsin and see where we stand,” Vine said. “We all swam really well, and I think it was a good indicator that we will be right where we want to be.”On Sunday, Perrott and Coombe finished one-two in the 100 free. Perrott was clocked at 51.60, and Coombe came in at 51.93.The Gophers next compete when they go to the Georgia Invitational on Dec. 3 in Athens, Ga.“We need to build on these performances as we gear up for the Big Ten Championships,” co-coach Terry Nieszner said.last_img read more

Four Gophers earn All-American honors at NCAA Track meet

first_imgFour Gophers earn All-American honors at NCAA Track meet Brian DeutschJune 11, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota junior Heather Dorniden picked up her school record seventh All-American nod and junior Liz Roehrig was the runner-up in the heptathlon this weekend as the Gophers women’s track and field team claimed 13th – its highest finish ever – at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.Dorniden’s time of 2:05.56 in the 800 meters was good for fifth in the event – high enough to garner another All-American nod and break the Inver Grove Heights native’s tie with thrower Rachel Lewis (1988-1991) for the most All-Americans as a member of the Gophers.Michigan’s junior Geena Gall won the 800 meters event with a time of 2:03.91.Roehrig tied the school record for highest record in any event when she totaled 5,811 points in the heptathlon.“I’m excited with my finish. It was something I knew I could do and I didn’t even have an amazing meet. I came in and did what I could and I’m happy with how it turned out,” Roehrig said of her All-American worthy performance.Arizona State senior Jacquelyn Johnson walked away with her fourth heptathlon title after scoring 2,053 points.Minnesota senior Ruby Radocaj also earned All-American honors with her sixth-place throw of 172-0 in the javelin.Louisiana State took home the NCAA Championship when the Tigers finished second in the 4×400 relay – the final event of the weekend – to break a 59-point tie with defending champion Arizona State.With a final score of 67 points, LSU picked up its first NCAA Outdoor Track Championship since 2003.Mead runs sixth in 5,000True freshman Hassan Mead set a new Minnesota record and earned All-American honors when he crossed the finish line at 13:44.30, giving the runner a sixth-place finish in the 5,000-meters.“It was exactly the type of race I was hoping for,” Mead said. “The pace was fast, not like Thursday’s trial. I was hoping we’d get out there and really run, and we did.¨ Mead’s time breaks former Gophers runner Andrew Carlson’s record of 13:44.64 and the freshman also becomes Minnesota’s first All-American in the event since current Gophers assistant coach Steve Plasencia did it in 1977.Florida State won its third-straight team title at the Outdoor Championships when senior Walter Dix sprinted to first in the 200 meter dash ¡V his eighth individual national championship.Even more amazing? Dix earned his 18th All-American honor with his twilight performance.“It never gets old,” Seminoles coach Bob Braman said of his team’s three-peat performance. “The first one maybe a little bit more sweeter because you don’t know if you’re ever going to do it. We had gotten relatively close a couple of times. They’re agonizing because the standard is so high, but at the end we’re so proud; we come back home, it’s such a big thing for Florida State and Tallahassee.”Track briefs-The Gophers men’s team totaled three points in an 11-way tie for 56th place.– Senior Andrea Smith finished ninth in the pole vault with a height of 13-1 1/2. In two previous trips to nationals, Smith failed to clear the bar.“It was a long couple of days waiting in the hotel,” Smith, who leaves Minnesota with the second-highest vault in school history, said. “I was nervous at the opening height, but the next one felt good. I was glad I made it this far.”-Junior Jamie Cheever placed 11th in the 3,000 meter steeplechase ¡V the first time she has reached an individual NCAA Championship final. Cheever clocked a time of 10:15.31.-Sophomore R.J. McGinnis finished 16th in the decathlon with a score of 7,019.-In his NCAA Championship debut, sophomore thrower Aaron Studt fouled all three of his attempts in the shot put preliminaries.-Senior Liz Podominick’s throw in the women’s shot put competition was not enough to move on.last_img read more

JLL completes one of the largest industrial leases of the year in SW Phoenix

first_imgOn behalf of Clarion Partners, the Phoenix office of JLL has completed a 93,489-square-foot lease with Benson Industries, LLC at Durango Commerce Center in Phoenix. The deal represents one of the largest industrial lease transactions in Phoenix’s Southwest Valley submarket this year. It also brings the 670,000-square-foot, two-building Durango Corporate Center to 91 percent occupied and locates Benson Industries into its first-ever Arizona address.Portland-based Benson Industries manufactures curtain wall systems for skyscrapers and other commercial structures. Just one of their latest projects includes the exterior shell and glass for One World Trade Center in New York City.“Benson secured this location primarily to serve its major construction projects in California,” said JLL Executive Vice President Pat Harlan, who represented building owner Clarion Partners along with JLL Executive Vice President Steve Sayre and JLL Associate Kyle Westfall. “By locating in Arizona, tenants can maintain direct access to California but sidestep that market’s sometimes costly barriers to entry. At the same time, they gain the benefits of Arizona’s exceptional business environment, competitive tax rates and growing economy.”Benson will use its new Phoenix location for manufacturing, assembly and distribution. Isy Sonabend and Richard Foss of NAI Horizon represented the tenant, Benson Industries.Situated at 2225 S. 75th Ave. in Phoenix, Durango Commerce Center is a best-in-class, institutional-grade distribution property that offers direct access to I-10, 30-plus-foot clear height, ample parking and a modern ESFR system. The project is currently 91 percent leased to tenants such as The Gap, Consumer Connect and Regal Distribution. An additional 62,305 square feet of industrial distribution space remains available for lease.last_img read more

Thinking Outside the Box — Literally

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal:Just how potent is the metaphor “thinking outside the box”? To find out, researchers built a literal box out of PVC pipe and cardboard — 5′ cubed.Roughly 100 test subjects were given a 10-question word-association test designed to measure one kind of creativity (sample item: What one word links “measure,” “worm,” “video”?). As they answered, participants sat inside the box, sat outside of it, or sat in a room sans box.People sitting outside the box answered more questions correctly than either of the other two groups (and the difference couldn’t be explained by claustrophobia or confusion, both of which were measured). Creativity seemed to be spurred by the acting out of a familiar figure of speech, the researchers said. (The cover story for the experiment was that was exploring the effects of different work environments.)In a variation on that experiment, people pondered creative puzzles while walking a rectangular path in a laboratory; freely departing from the path when they wanted; or while seated. Once again, people who walked “outside the box” had the most creative answers.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Asia leads global refinery hydrocracking capacity growth

first_imgRob Cockerill, gasworld’s Global Manager Editor, explains here.“First of all, let’s look at why hydrocracking is significant. We know that the oil and gas refining sectors consume huge amounts of industrial gases in their processes, particularly a gas like hydrogen that is considered the key enabler in cleaning up these ‘dirty’ products of extraction and helping to ensure the fossil fuel products that we are so dependent on today meet their required specifications and regulations requirements,” he said.“When it comes to hydrocracking specifically, this is basically a two-stage process combining catalytic cracking and hydrogenation – hence, hydro-cracking. This process sees the heavier feedstocks cracked in the presence of hydrogen to produce those products we need and use today. The process relies upon high pressure, high temperature, the catalyst, and of course the significant volumes of hydrogen.”“When it comes to these projections for the Asia-Pacific region, we know that the (petro)chemicals and refining sectors are traditionally one of the biggest end-users of industrial gases across so many regional economies, and this is certainly the case in two of the countries mentioned here, India and Thailand.”Cockerill cited 2018 figures from gasworld Business Intelligence which described the chemical and refining sectors accounting for a combined 39% of the commercial industrial gases market in Thailand in 2018. In India, these sectors accounted for a combined market share of around 22% in 2018.“The interesting factor in the Indian market in particular,” Cockerill added, “is that there’s a large captive market across the country. The Indian industrial gas sector has an unusually large onsite business for a developing country (22% approx.), with a large number of steel clients that have been ‘weaned’ off captive-owned and operated supply solutions in the last decade.”“Whilst most gas production within the petrochemical and refining industries in India remains captive, our colleagues in gasworld Business Intelligence expect the trend to convert captive plants into onsite supply schemes to accelerate. And the captive operations in India are quite substantial too; combined with any major hydrocracking capacity additions expected in the years ahead, we could see strong industrial gas growth potential in the country, as well as boosts to the regional gas markets in China and Thailand, respectively.” According to data and analytics company GlobalData, the region is likely to add 1.2 million barrels per day (mmbd) of hydrocracking units capacity by 2024.The company’s report, Global Refinery Hydrocracking Units Outlook to 2024 – Capacity and Capital Expenditure Outlook with Details of All Operating and Planned Hydrocracking Units, reveals that the global hydrocracking units’ capacity is expected to increase by 2.4 mmbd, from 11.3 mmbd in 2019 to about 13.7 mmbd in 2024.Out of the total global capacity additions, 1.6 mmbd is likely to come from the expansion of active projects while the remaining 0.8 mmbd is expected to come from new-build planned and announced projects.“Out of the Asia’s total hydrocracking units capacity additions of 1.2 mmbd by 2024, 0.4 mmbd is likely to come from active expansion projects and new-build projects are expected to contribute the rest 0.8 mmbd by 2024,” said Adithya Rekha, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData.“In the region, China, India and Thailand account for most of the capacity additions with a combined total of 1.1 mmbd by 2024.”GlobalData expects Former Soviet Union (FSU) to occupy the second place in terms of hydrocracking unit capacity additions by 2024.The region is expected to contribute about 22% of the global hydrocracking units’ capacity growth, with total capacity additions of 540 mbd by 2024. In the FSU, Russia accounts for most of the capacity additions with 480 mbd.“Middle East will be the third-highest region globally, with 325 mbd capacity addition by 2024. Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman will be the top three contributors in the region with a combined capacity of 270 mbd by 2024,” Rekha concluded.Why could these developments in the Asia-Pacific region be of interest to the gases industry?last_img read more

Dynagas Seals Yamal LNG Charter Deal for Nine LNG Carriers

first_imgOwner of LNG carriers Dynagas Holding Ltd (Dynagas) has entered into long term time charter agreements for five ARC7 and four ARC4 liquefied natural gas carriers for the Yamal LNG Project, located on the Yamal Peninsula in Northern Russia.Dynagas will build five 172,000 cubic meter ARC7 LNG carriers at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. shipyard in South Korea which will be serving the Yamal project under long term time charters. The vessels will be capable to break 2.1 meter ice in both the forward and reverse direction.In addition, four of Dynagas’ existing ARC4 LNG carriers will come into Yamal shipping fleet to support Yamal deliveries committed to Asian buyers from year 2019 onwards and will be time chartered for a period of 15 years each. “We are very pleased to become a strategic partner with Yamal LNG a pioneering international energy project in Arctic conditions sponsored by NOVATEK, TOTAL and CNODC. The award of five long term contracts for the Arc7 LNG carriers and award of four long term contracts for our existing Arc4 LNG carriers is a testament to our long term commitment and our manager’s operational excellence and expertise in operating high specification ice class LNG carriers,” commented George Procopiou, founder and chairman of Dynagas.Yamal LNG is a joint venture between NOVATEK (60 percent), TOTAL (20 percent) and China National Oil & Gas Exploration and Development Corporation (CNODC) (20 percent). The project consists of three LNG trains with a total capacity of approximately 16.5 million metric tons of LNG per annum.last_img read more

X-Ray specs cause problems for the railways

first_imgEUROPE: We hear that broad-gauge trains are running again on the 1 520 mm-gauge cross-border line between Uzhgorod and Matovce, which carries iron ore and coal from Russia and Ukraine to the US Steel plant at Kosice. Up to 12 trains each way cross the border per day, but Ukrainian Railways had threatened to stop all services to Slovakia, alleging the irradiation of locomotive drivers.Slovakia had promised to impose strict security on its eastern border with Ukraine before entering the Schengen area in December 2007, in order to support the fight against organised crime, illegal migration and smuggling. A Chinese-built stationary X-ray scanner was installed to inspect freight trains arriving from the east. After several drivers began reporting health problems, UZ lodged an objection to the scanner, claiming that the radiation entering the locomotive cabs was up to six times the permitted level. It requested that the X-ray checks be stopped or protection be provided for the train crews. The Slovak authorities strongly denied the accusations, pointing out that the X-ray scanner had been fully certified by EU authorities. Nevertheless, the scanner was reportedly turned off on the evening of August 20 so that cross-border traffic could resume.There are suspicions that the affair may have been provoked by Ukrainian tobacco interests, who would like the border controls to be loosened in order to facilitate the smuggling of cigarettes into the EU.last_img read more