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Happy Opening to Simon McBurney’s The Encounter


first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Simon McBurney’s one-man show The Encounter opens officially on September 29 at the Golden Theatre. The play has audiences wear headphones to create a multi-sensory, sweeping experience.To commemorate the new arrival on the Great White Way, Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of McBurney(s) in action. Among the multitudes of Simon are his daughter, members of the Mayoruna tribe and his binaural, head-shaped microphone.Broadway.com wishes the whole team at The Encounter a happy opening. May your run be full of energy, joy and water bottles. View Comments Related Shows The Encounter © Justin “Squigs” Robertsonlast_img read more


Plan The Perfect Trailblazing Road Trip For Whiskey Lovers and Foodies in Fredericksburg, Virginia


first_img The Distinction Is in the Details Let your pioneer spirit flow at A. Smith Bowman Distillery for a complimentary tour and tasting. After all, getting to enjoy their pre-Prohibition traditions is the perfect start to a well-deserved getaway — especially if you’re in the spirit to try their Whisky Magazine “World’s Best Bourbon” winners, such as their John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey. First Stop: Explore Virginia’s Oldest and Most Award-Winning Distillery The city of Fredericksburg is rich in history — from George Washington’s childhood home to Civil War battlefields and the James Monroe Museum. The best part? Fredericksburg is an extremely walkable town. You can either travel by foot or hop on a trolley from Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg to ensure you don’t miss a thing. Stroll through the city’s Historic District, visit more than 100 unique shops, or join a candlelit walking ghost tour. Quick history lesson: In 1927, before establishing the family’s Distillery, A. Smith Bowman purchased a 7,200-acre farm in Fairfax County called Sunset Hills. Shortly after bringing his dairy and granary idea to life, his fields became so abundant that he needed a use for the excess grain. In 1934, with his cows well-fed and his grain silos packed to the rafters, A. Smith Bowman Distillery was established and, up until the 1950s, the family farm became the sole producer of legal whiskey in the Commonwealth. Autumn is the perfect time to bask in nature’s beauty, so why not take advantage? Rent a canoe from River Rock Outfitter and paddle down the Rappahannock River, cycle along 15 miles of scenic trails, or check out the Rappahannock River Heritage Trail, which connects with the city’s Canal Path to make a 3-mile loop. Bring your camping gear and call it a night at nearby Lake Anna State Park. For the angler, there are numerous great spots to cast your line into one of the park’s fishing ponds or try your luck for bass and giant blue catfish along the banks of the Rappahannock River. Get Lost in History During your complimentary tour, you’ll get to explore every corner of Virginia’s oldest Distillery, from Master Distiller Brian Prewitt’s “Playground” to its new state-of-the-art bottling line that can label, fill, cork, and laser sketch each bottle before it gets shipped to your local store. After your tour and tasting, check out the gift shop to pick up a bottle or two of your new favorite as well as some great Virginia-made, bourbon-infused sauces, home decor made from reclaimed bourbon barrels, and much more.center_img Photo courtesy of Alpine Chef’s Instagram 1940 View of Original Distillery Building After your tour, head downtown let your taste buds continue the exploration. You’re in for a treat as Fredericksburg has a little bit of everything waiting for you on the menu! If you are in the mood for fresh, authentic Italian, Orofino is a must. If you’re long overdue for a romantic date night, enjoy an intimate farm-to-table dinner at Foode. Have an appetite for homemade German dishes? Your mouth watering bratwurst at The Alpine Chef is even brought to your socially-distanced table by a dirndl-dressed server. (Psst. The German word for delicious is Köstlich, by the way.) Take a break from sipping your own supply and swing by Fredericksburg, Virginia for the perfect weekend road trip for whiskey lovers, foodies, and outdoor enthusiasts. From fermentation of its mash to filling up the stills lovingly nicknamed “Mary” and “George” — which pay homage to the parents of the Bowman Brothers — A. Smith Bowman Distillery stays true to its time honored traditions and pays attention to the tiniest details in every step of the process. Connect with the Great Outdoors Although the Distillery has since relocated to Fredericksburg, it still continues to balance long-lived traditions, honoring Virginia’s great pioneers, with experimentation and innovation to create some of the finest spirits in the Commonwealth. Eat Like a Local and Try Fredericksburg’s Favorite Spotslast_img read more


‘Stellar Communities’ Letters of Intent now accepted


first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs is accepting letters of intent for the  Stellar Communities Program. Beginning in January 2018, the program evolved into to a regional partnership design which emphasizes collaboration in planning efforts between neighboring towns, cities and counties.“I want to encourage all communities and counties to apply and especially those with past Stellar Designees and Finalists,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “We received positive feedback from the 2018 finalists that the regional approach allowed for more collaborative possibilities and growth opportunities and we’re excited to continue that in 2019.”Overseen by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, the Stellar Communities Program is a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment initiative led by OCRA. This program works with communities in developing regional development plans, promoting local and regional partnerships and increasing economic development.The letter of intent submission process is completed through an online grant management system.  All regions must submit the required documentation in order to be considered. Letters of Intent are due by April 5, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. ET. A demonstration video is available to help familiarize applicants with the program.Eligible participants include local units of government that are a county, city or an incorporated town that participate in the Indiana Community Development Block Grant program. Those that are considered a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recognized entitlement community are not eligible.This collaborative effort brings together mentorships and partnerships to advance comprehensive solutions to regional and local challenges throughout rural Indiana. All participating communities must commit at least four years to the project.Golden said to reach out to the agency to help provide assistance with the program.The Stellar Communities Program dedicated program manager, Michael Sinnet, is also available for consultation and assistance. An informational video on the overall program will be available on Jan. 30.  Click here for more information.last_img read more


Poyet determined to play


first_imgDiego Poyet is determined to establish himself in Slaven Bilic’s West Ham side in the forthcoming season. Press Association The 20-year-old joined the Hammers from Charlton last summer but has only played three times in the Premier League. He spent a spell out on loan at Huddersfield last season but could find first-team opportunities easier to come by at Upton Park this year as Bilic looks to lead his side into the Europa League group stages. center_img Poyet turned out for West Ham in their 3-0 victory over Andorra minnows FC Lusitans in their first qualifying round tie on Thursday night. And the Uruguay Under-20 international, son of former Chelsea and Tottenham ace Gus Poyet, wants to stay put and stake his claim for a prominent role in Bilic’s plans. “My preference is to want to be at West Ham,” he said when asked if another loan move may be on the cards. “That is where I want to be and that is where I want to play. If the manager tells me ‘Look you are better off going out on loan and get some games’ then I will respect him for that and I will do that. But until I am told to leave I am not going anywhere. “If you are a young player and not playing then soon as there is a new manager, the thing you want to do is impress. In a way to get into his good books and he trusts you. “That is the important thing. If you are young but the manager trusts you, it doesn’t matter how old you are. He has faith in you, he is going to play you, or at least give you a chance.” With the Europa League fixtures and the hope of further runs in the FA Cup and Capital One Cup, Poyet believes he and a number of other young players at the club will be given their opportunities to shine. “It depends how far we get in things like cups and Europa league,” the midfielder said of his chances of playing more regularly. “He (Bilic) might give a chance to some of the young players. We were unfortunate last season as we lost the capital one cup against Sheffield United early on so it was difficult. Hopefully fingers crossed some youngsters will get the chance to play.” last_img read more




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