A Doll’s House, Part 2, Starring Laurie Metcalf, Begins on Broadway

first_img Related Shows Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 begin previews today at Broadway’s John Golden Theatre. Tony winner Sam Gold directs the production with an opening night set for April 27.The world premiere play, which picks up after the conclusion of Henrik Ibsen’s most cherished work, stars three-time Emmy winner and three-time Tony nominee Laurie Metcalf, Oscar winner Chris Cooper, Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell and Tony nominee Condola Rashad.In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 ground-breaking masterwork, Nora Helmer (Metcalf) makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. This climactic event — when Nora slams the door on everything in her life — instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. In A Doll’s House, Part 2, many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?Hnath makes his Broadway debut with A Doll’s House, Part 2. His recent off-Broadway plays include The Christians and Red Speedo. A Doll’s House, Part 2 Laurie Metcalf(Photo: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)center_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 24, 2017last_img read more

The 47 corridor undergoing lane adjustments to promote pedestrian traffic, transit rider use

first_imgThe 47, a corridor shared by Roeland Park, Westwood and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County-Kansas City, Kansas, is undergoing a striping project that will reduce it from a four-lane road to a three-lane road. A lane for bicyclists will also be added. Road work and lane conversion, including a dedicated left turn lane on eastbound 47th Street in Roeland Park, began on Aug. 17 and is expected to last until Sept. 15.Improvements will take place between Rainbow Boulevard and Mission Road, and aside from car and bike lane striping, will include minor signal and signage changes. Operation details for motorists, cyclists, transit riders and pedestrians will be finalized in 2021 prior to the 2022 project, according to the city of Westwood. A Roeland Park Facebook post said at least one traffic lane will remain open each way throughout the process, and pedestrian disruptions are anticipated to be minimal. Businesses and resident access along The 47 will be maintained. Ryan Barrows, vice president of Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, said he thinks the project is headed in a direction that will be beneficial for the beloved 24-year-old barbecue joint.The project includes a designated left turning lane heading east.“There were some other things that wouldn’t have benefited us, but everybody was receptive to, you know, feedback from the neighborhood,” Barrows said. “I think this is going to be a good thing for us.”Barrows said with more people enjoying the outdoors amid COVID-19, “it is going to be a pretty great thing” to offer ways to safely bike and walk along The 47. The tri-city project intends to show the corridor’s Complete Streets potential, which means it is safely designed for various users including bicyclists and transit riders, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The 2020 striping project sets up The 47 for a full road reconstruction in 2022. Businesses and residents will be notified of work near their properties before it starts. More information about the 2020 striping project and 2022 Complete Streets project can be found here.last_img read more

Board of Governors write to deployed service members

first_imgBoard of Governors write to deployed service members August 15, 2011 Regular News BOARD OF GOVERNORS members and their families wrote messages to soldiers deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq for Forgotten Soldiers Outreach. Participants in the public service project, part of the board’s July meeting, packed boxes with snacks, books, and personal hygiene items, then added handwritten notes. The boxes will go to service members who don’t have relatives or friends who support their deployment from home.last_img read more

ORION Investment Real Estate Negotiates Sale Of Wal-Mart/Lowe’s Anchored Shops

first_imgORION Investment Real Estate announced the closing of Northern Crossings, a 13,800 SF multi-tenant retail strip center, shadow anchored by Wal Mart and Lowes in Glendale for $2.05M ($148 per SF) to Russcor Northern Crossing, LLC.“The market was very receptive to the offering, we had to choose a buyer from over a dozen offers” said Andrew Harrison, vice president at ORION. “This was a rare opportunity to purchase a value add retail shopping center in a Wal-Mart power center within metropolitan Phoenix. Nick Miner, a colleague of mine at ORION, represented a local investor that we selected as the winning bidder.”The property is on the SWC of 55th and Northern avenues within the Northern Crossings Power Center. The property is currently 82% occupied by local and national tenants including Radio Shack, Jackson Hewitt, and Luna Pizza.Northern Crossings retail center is strategically located on Northern Ave. between I-17 and the US 60. The power center, which has more than 500,000 SF of retail space, is anchored by Wal-Mart and Lowe’s and has numerous national co-tenants including Ross Dress for Less, Petsmart, Chipotle, and Chase.The seller was Badger Real Estate Investments, which purchased the retail center in 2010 from a lender with the intentions of stabilizing the property and positioning the asset for a future sale. Andrew Harrison of ORION Investment Real Estate in Scottsdale represented the seller and Nick Miner of Orion Investment Real Estate represented the buyer.>> Silver Tree Apartments ORION Investment Real Estate also announced the sale of the Silver Tree Apartments, 4336 N. 35th Ave. in Phoenix. The 98-unit, individually metered, 1986 vintage property sold for $2.94M ($30,000 per unit, $49.70 psf).The property was in the mid-80% occupancy at close of escrow and did have additional value add improvements for the buyer to capitalize on. The buyer was Ambrosie & Susana Halmagean of Litchfield Park, who had previously sold the 100-unit master metered Sandpiper Apartments through the ORION Multi-family Group at the end of 2012.The buyer was able to assume a low favorable interest rate $1.66M loan and saw Silver Tree Apartments as a great opportunity to own a newer individually metered property with a diverse unit mix of studios, ones and two bedroom unit types.The seller was an experienced real estate holding company based out of Calabasas, Calif.,  KR Capital, LLC. KR Capital purchased Silver Tree Apartments as a distressed property in 2010. Over the past three years KR Capital had completed a considerable amount of capital improvements to the property, which also included re-tenanting the project.last_img read more

Conservatives & Liberals Equally Smug, Study Finds

first_imgLiveScience:The current government shutdown has both Republicans and Democrats laying blame, with each side claiming the other won’t compromise. While science can’t fix political gridlock, it can answer one big question: Is one side naturally more intransigent than the other?New research suggests not. In fact, political liberals and political conservatives are approximately equally convinced of the superiority of their views — though which views they feel smug about differ. Conservatives, for example, are certain their views on the income tax rate are superior, while liberals are sure they know best about government welfare programs.The study researchers looked at average Americans, not politicians, and they didn’t examine whether either side’s beliefs were objectively true. Still, there’s reason to believe the results reflect on the current congressional standoff, said study researcher Kaitlin Toner, a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.Read the whole story: LiveScience More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Study of inner ear development hints at way to restore hearing and balance

first_imgGnedeva tested these proteins’ involvement in hair cell formation by altering their expression. When both genes were shut down, she found that the entire inner ear, not just the utricle, developed abnormally. In other experiments, she turned on the genes in older mice whose hair cells were fully matured, and discovered that this gene activation could induce the production of new hair cells within a fully developed utricle.She is now exploring the series of molecular interactions that normally lead to the activation of these proteins and the steps that follow. “Our ultimate goal is to find a target that would allow us to restore hair cells later on in life. It appears possible that these proteins, or perhaps other steps in the same pathway, might be potential targets,” she says. Email Share on Twitter Loud noise, trauma, infections, plain old aging–many things can destroy hair cells, the delicate sensors of balance and sound within the inner ear. And once these sensors are gone, that’s it; the delicate hair cells don’t grow back in humans, leading to hearing loss and problems with balance.But scientists hope to find a way to regenerate these cells by examining how they develop in the first place. New research at Rockefeller University, in A. James Hudspeth’s Laboratory of Sensory Neuroscience, has identified two genes pivotal to the production of hair cells in young mice, who, just like human babies, lose the ability to generate these sensors shortly after birth. The study was published the week of October 26 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.First author, Ksenia Gnedeva, a postdoc in the lab, began by examining changes in gene expression in the utricle, a hair cell-lined organ within the inner ear that detects motion. She saw that the activity of two genes dropped dramatically shortly after the mice were born and hair cells ceased to develop in their utricles. These genes code for the proteins Sox4 and Sox11, which play a role in shaping the identity cells assume by regulating the expression of other genes. Sharecenter_img Pinterest Share on Facebook LinkedInlast_img read more

BASF Names Juan Carlos Ordo

first_imgTORONTO – A recent study from BrandIntel, a provider of market intelligence, found that consumers care about green issues when they align with their own economic interests. When it relates to the automotive industry, BrandIntel’s study showed the majority of consumer discussion focused on fuel and fuel economy as well as alternative technologies, such as hybrid vehicles. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement For the report, BrandIntel tracked more than 2 million raw search results on the Internet but refined those results through technological filters and human analysis. The study reviewed 1,100 consumer mentions on green automotive technology. BrandIntel analyzed the most pertinent consumer-created content on the Internet to measure for assigned sentiment scores and share of discussion, rating the physical and emotional value of the results (positive or negative). The report, titled, “Managing Sustainability: Analyzing User Generated Content to Understand the Issue,” looks at consumer discussions and sentiment scores around green automotive technology chatter and the issues in which these alternative technologies are discussed. Based on analysis of consumer-created content, the report captures data from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2007. “Our research suggests that consumers are voicing concerns about green issues almost exclusively in the context of their personal economics — green is good, but it’s most potent when it aligns with the consumer’s wallet,” said Alan Dean, vice president of research at BrandIntel. “Consumers are also quick to see which auto manufacturers have credibility creating green vehicles and which manufacturers put in ‘just enough effort’ to appear green. Additionally, consumers have moved beyond the surface issues and are engaged in complex discussions about the lifetime environmental footprint of new technologies.” Advertisement Among the report’s key findings: — More than 80 percent of consumer discussions focused on fuel economy, indicating that consumers perceive the value proposition experienced with green auto technologies and indicates a willingness to consider more economic vehicle options. — Of the discussions focused on green IT issues, automakers not in support of new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards are viewed more negatively by consumers. For example, consumers questioned Toyota’s position in opposition to the new CAFE standards, as consumers have traditionally seen Toyota as a green company. — While diesel technologies are making significant strides, consumers still use the word ‘hybrid’ three times more suggesting that consumers’ associations between ‘green’ and ‘hybrid’ are more prevalent than ‘green’ and ‘diesel.’ — Toyota, Honda, Mercedes and Volkswagen have green credibility due to their hybrid and diesel vehicle offerings. Conversely, discussion around GM, Chevrolet and Chrysler brands reveals that consumers do not perceive these manufacturers to have green credibility due to their large truck and SUV fleets, as well as weaker diesel/hybrid vehicle lineups.last_img read more

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New recommendations coming on guideline hourly rates

first_imgRule-makers will be given recommendations for adjusting the guideline hourly rates by the end of this year, it has emerged.Minutes from the March meeting of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee state that a sub-committee of the Civil Justice Council has been established and will report directly to committee chair Lord Justice Coulson. The proposal has the backing of the master of the rolls Sir Terence Etherton.Given the lengthy time period since any material changes were made to the rate, it is envisaged this sub-committee will make recommendations by the end of the year, so rates can be adjusted at a point thereafter.The issue, brought up as ‘any other business’ at the meeting, will be discussed at more length next month.Pressure to alter the rates has increased in recent years, not least following the High Court’s ruling in Ohpen last year, when Mrs Justice O’Farrell said it was ‘unsatisfactory’ that guidelines were based on rates fixed in 2010 and reviewed in 2014. She pointed out that the rate were significantly lower than the hourly rates in many London law firms.The rates were originally intended to help judges who were tasked for the first time with assessing costs as a result of the Woolf reforms and implementation of the Civil Procedure Rules. Previously they were locally-derived and based on information gathered by district judges and solicitors in practice in their county court.Guideline rates are broken down into four bands based on the experience of the lawyer and differentiated for London and the rest of the country.Rates are set at £409 for solicitors and legal executives with more than eight years’ experience based in London. This ranges down to £111 for trainee solicitors, paralegals and other fee earners in the lowest national grade.Responding to news that the rate may be changed, Claire Green, chair of the Association of Costs Lawyers, said it was more important than ever during the coronavirus crisis that lawyers are paid a proper, economic rate that reflects the costs they have to carry.She added: ‘It goes without saying that this is a very difficult time with many competing priorities, but cash flow is particularly vital for many firms at the moment. A change in the GHR – not gratuitous, but still based on evidence – would be widely welcomed.’last_img read more

Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen to release Hold My Beer, Vol 2 in May

first_imgRandy Rogers and Wade Bowen have teamed up once again for new studio album Hold My Beer, Vol 2.Released on 8th May 2020, the 12-track project is the follow-up to 2015’s Hold My Beer, Vol 1 and their 2016 Watch This live album. The collection is produced by the legendary Lloyd Maines.“Unlike our first record, which kind of happened out of nowhere, this album was really planned,” explains Bowen. “We made a conscious effort to write for this specific project and also focused on bringing the best outside songs to the table. It was really important for us to be as mindful and purposeful as possible when it came to choosing the songs that made the cut for this volume.”“Every single song on the album comes from the heart,” Rogers continues. “Some will make you laugh. Others will make you cry… But when it’s all said and done, we just hope the music speaks for itself and reflects the amount of time and love that went into each of these songs, from the melodies to the lyrics. We couldn’t be prouder of this album.”The track listing for Hold My Beer, Vol 2 is:1. AM/FM (Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Jon Randall, Jim Beavers)2. Rodeo Clown (Chris DuBois, David Lee)3. Habits (Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Jon Randall, Jim Beavers)4. Let Merle Be Merle (Casey Twist, Ross Cooper, Josh Abbott)5. Rhinestoned (Lori McKenna, Ryan Beaver, Ashley Ray)6. Ode To Ben Dorcy (Lovey’s Song) feat. Waylon Jennings and Shooter Jennings (Waylon Jennings)7. Mi Amigo feat. Asleep at the Wheel (Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Jon Randall, Jim Beavers)8. This Ain’t My Town (Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Jon Randall, Jim Beavers)9. Warm Beer (Adam Wright)10. Speak to Me Jukebox (Wade Bowen, Will Knaak)11. Her (Dean Dillon, Buddy Cannon)12. Hold My Beer (Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Jim Beavers)As a teaser for the album, the pair have released Rodeo Clown, written by Chris DuBois and David Lee. It’s a comedic meditation on heartbreak, with its leading man losing his lover to a less than ideal candidate.“Rodeo Clown is the perfect example of what we were aiming for, when it came to picking songs for this album,” says Bowen. “It really shows how lyrics can truly set the tone for a song – because at its core, the track itself is a classic, country ballad about heartache, but the funny lyrics take its ‘sad’ story in a completely different direction.”Rogers and Bowen have more surprises planned for the weeks leading up to the release of Hold My Beer, Vol 2.last_img read more