14 New COVID-19 Cases Reported Wednesday

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Health Department has reported 14 new cases of COVID-19.In an update Wednesday, health leaders say there are now 141 active cases.Of the new cases, three are in Westfield and Fredonia, two are in Jamestown, Silver Creek and Dunkirk while one is in Cassadaga and Mayville.There are currently 4 active cases among employees of and 14 active cases among residents associated with Tanglewood Manor; 23 employees and 75 residents associated with this outbreak have recovered and one resident has died. The Chautauqua County Health Department is also monitoring a cluster of cases in the North County, which they say was the result of a private event. At least 23 cases have been linked to the event, with 4 cases active and 19 have recovered.There remain 25 people hospitalized in Chautauqua County as of Monday.To date there have been a total 1,130 total confirmed cases of the virus, with 974 recovered and 15 deaths reported.last_img read more

Audubon Community Nature Center Holding “Play Care” This Week

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Audubon Community Nature Center Image.CARROLL – The Audubon Community Nature Center is kicking off a new program this week to give parents a break from the kiddos and youngers time outdoors.Officials say the Nature Play Care is a nature-based supplement to indoor day care or virtual schooling that promotes the playing and exploring that provide the foundations for successful learning.At Audubon’s Nature Play Care, four to six-year-olds can spend Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday mornings, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., playing outdoors, engaging with nature, and learning about the natural world.Dates still open this month are Wednesday through Friday, December 16, 17, and 18, and Wednesday and Thursday, December 30 and 31. In all but the most inclement weather, the children play outdoors, explore the trails, and engage with nature. Experienced nature educators provide a host of supplies and activities that are the building blocks for engineering, science, art, physics, and math skills.Children participate in a mix of self-chosen and guided activities, both group and solitary. Their pursuits develop a number of early childhood skills such as full-body movement, fine motor skills, balance, core muscle development, risk assessment, and socialization. Guided mini-lessons help students get ready for classroom settings, learn routines, and develop school-readiness skills.The group says normal health benefits of playing outdoors are undisputed and even more important now as everyone struggles to adapt to the restrictions and consequences of COVID-19.Audubon requests that children have face coverings with them. Additionally, children must be completely potty trained and parents are asked to send a snack and water bottles with their child.The fee is $28, and Nature Center members receive a 10 percent discount.To register, call the Nature Center at (716) 569-2345 or go to AudubonCNC.org and click on “Register for a Program.”last_img read more

Katie Brayben Set to Star in London’s Beautiful

first_img Joining Brayben in the cast will be Alan Morrissey as King’s husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, with Lorna Want as songwriter Cynthia Weil, Glynis Barber as Genie Klein, King’s mother, and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner. The complete cast will be announced later. Some kind of wonderful news for Katie Brayben, who will play the title role in the previously reported West End production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The tuner will begin previews on February 10, 2015, with opening night set for February 24. The Broadway production continues its run at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Brayben is currently playing Princess Diana in King Charles III at the Wyndham’s Theatre and previously was seen in American Psycho: A new musical thriller at the Almeida Theatre. Her other theater credits include Joking Apart, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ragtime, 13 and Mamma Mia!. Morrissey was last on stage in I Can’t Sing at the London Palladium.  His work for the Royal Shakespeare Company includes Twelfth Night and As You Like It. Want’s West End credits include Footloose, Evita, Parade, The Fantasticks and Dreamboats and Petticoats.  Barber is best known for her TV work playing Harriet Makepeace in Dempsey and Makepeace and Soolin in Blake’s Seven. Trainor’s theater credits include Potted Potter and The Shawshank Redemption.center_img Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful tells the story of King from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager (named Carol Klein) struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend. View Commentslast_img read more

See It’s Only a Play’s New Stars Getting Into Character!

first_img Related Shows It’s Only a Play View Comments Martin Short, Katie Finneran and Maulik Pancholy officially joined the star-packed cast of It’s Only a Play on January 7, and by the looks of these backstage shots of the new players in costume, they’re fitting right in with their new co-stars! The trio joins original cast members Matthew Broderick, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing and Micah Stock in this wacky play-within-a-play by Terrence McNally. Check out these photos of the cast with McNally, producer Tom Kirdahy and director Jack O’Brien, then see the hijinks at the Schoenfeld Theatre through January 18, and at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre from January 23 through March 29. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 Star Files Maulik Pancholylast_img read more

Theater & Dates Confirmed for B’way’s The Visit, Starring Chita Rivera & Roger Rees

first_img Related Shows John Kander and Fred Ebb’s The Visit is based on the classic Friedrich Dürrenmatt play (adapted by Maurice Valency) and features a book by Terrence McNally, with music by Kander and lyrics by Ebb. Claire Zachanassian is an often-widowed millionairess who pays a visit to her hardship-stricken birthplace. The locals hope she’ll bring them a new lease on life, but little do they know her offer to revitalize the town comes at a dreadful price. As Broadway.com previously reported likely, The Visit, starring Chita Rivera and Roger Rees, will play at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre this spring. Directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, the production will begin previews on March 26 and officially open on April 23. The production will also feature Rick Holmes, Matthew Deming, Tom Nelis and Michelle Veintimilla. All the actors tapped so far are reprising their roles from the Williamstown Theatre Festival production in Massachusetts last summer. The musical premiered in 2001 at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and later played The Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia. Rivera also starred in both these productions as Claire, a role originally written for Angela Lansbury, who withdrew from the project in its early stages after her husband fell ill. The Visitcenter_img View Comments Complete cast and creative team will be announced soon. The WTF company also included Judy Kuhn (who is already booked for Fun Home on Broadway this season), David Garrison, Jason Danieley, Diana DiMarzio, Melanie Field, Christopher Newcomer, Aaron Ramey and Timothy Shew. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015last_img read more

This Week’s Picks: Wayne Brady, Julia Murney & More!

first_imgHey, you, putting together your Black Friday game plan! Are you serious? That’s like planning for the zombie apocalypse. Put away your running tights, cap your highlighters and chill out. Let us help. This week, there is Wayne Brady in Kinky Boots, the return of The Illusionists and Duncan Sheik in concert. Time to pour a warm mug of this week’s picks! View Comments See Wayne Brady Get KinkyStarts November 21 at the Al Hirschfeld TheatreWe’re pretty sure Wayne Brady was announced to replace Billy Porter in Kinky Boots sometime during the Clinton administration. (What a simple time that was!) Now that it’s happening, we’re not sure what to do with ourselves. Let’s start by actually seeing the multi-talented Brady step in where Porter left off. Lola looks like a perfect fit for the personable comedian, who can carry a tune like it’s a backpack. Click for tickets! Enjoy Some Wickedly Good SingingNovember 19 to 21 at Feinstein’s/54 BelowWicked boasts some distinguished alumni, including some we’re on a first-name basis with. (Hey, Idina!) Julia Murney has to be among the all-stars. The ex-Elphaba returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below for three shows, performing a wide range of songs that display her vocal chops. We can safely say that, because you have to be good to take One Direction for a spin in front of a Broadway crowd. Click for tickets! Conjure Up a Magical Night OutBegins November 19 at the Neil Simon TheatreThe holidays are coming—wait, don’t run off! That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because it marks the return of your favorites. Like The Illusionists, who come back to Broadway with a new bag of insane stunts, memorable acts…and three new masters of deception. That should keep you occupied from thinking about being placed at the kids’ table—for the twenty-third consecutive year. Click for tickets! Celebrate an Unhappy Birthday at NightOpens November 22 at the Pershing Square Signature CenterIn off-Broadway’s Night Is a Room, a happily married couple (Bill Heck and Dagmara Dominczyk) and a lonely woman (Ann Dowd) unexpectedly encounter each other on the man’s 40th birthday, which throws everyone into disarray. Expect great acting—the three leads are all Broadway vets—and to have your emotions seared in this new Naomi Wallace drama. Performances run through December 20, so don’t dally. Click for tickets! Enjoy a Bitchin’ Evening with Duncan SheikNovember 21 at Carnegie HallIt’s easy to forget that before he was revered as one of the minds behind Spring Awakening, Duncan Sheik was known as a singer—and a good one at that. (“Barely Breathing” has aged well, guys.) How good? Well, Sheik is at Carnegie Hall, where he will perform a mix of songs from his albums and his musical works. That’s a lot of material! Good thing the concert doesn’t have an intermission. Click for tickets! last_img read more

John Larroquette, Santino Fontana & More Set for 1776 at Encores!

first_img View Comments John Larroquette & Santino Fontana(Photos: Bruce Glikas) Tony and Emmy winner John Larroquette, Tony nominee Santino Fontana and John Behlmann will appear in the City Center Encores! presentation of 1776 this spring. The three star as Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, respectively. Also on board are Nikki Renée Daniels, Christianne Noll, Bryce Pinkham, André De Shields, Alexander Gemignani and more.Performances are set for March 30 through April 3. The production will be directed by Garry Hynes and feature choreography by Chris Bailey.Larroquette won four Emmy Awards for Night Court and one for his guest role on The Practice. He won a Tony for his Broadway debut in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and went on to star in The Best Man. Fontana can currently be seen on the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. He most recently appeared on Broadway in Act One and earned a Tony nod for Cinderella. Behlmann made his Broadway debut in Journey’s End and has also appeared in Significant Other, The 39 Steps and Wild Animals You Should Know off-Broadway.Daniels, who will play Martha Jefferson, currently stars as Nabulungi in The Book of Mormon; her additional credits include Porgy and Bess, Les Mierables and Promises, Promises. Noll, a Tony nominee for Ragtime, will play Abigail Adams. Pinkham earned a Tony nomination for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and also recently appeared in The Heidi Chronicles; he takes on the role of John Dickinson. De Shields, who is set to play Stephen Hopkins, earned Tony nominations for Play On! and The Full Monty. Gemignani’s Broadway credits include Violet, Chicago, Sweeney Todd and Les Miesrables; he will play Edward Rutledge. Sykes, who will portray Richard Henry Lee, is an operatic baritone who has sung at the Apollo, the Met and more; he received a Grammy nomination for his recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.The staging will also feature Terence Archie, Larry Bull, Macintyre Dixon, John Hickok, John Hillner, Kevin Ligon, John-Michael Lyles, Laird Mackintosh, Michael McCormick, Michael Medeiros, Wayne Pretlow, Tom Alan Robbins, Robert Sella, Ric Stoneback, Vishal Vaidya, Nicholas Ward and Jacob Keith Watson.1776 is set in the halls of Congress, as the founding fathers battle out the question of independence and draft the declaration that will sever their ties to England and give birth to a new nation. The musical features music and lyrics by Edwards and a book by Peter Stone. The original production opened on March 16, 1969 at the 46th Street Theatre and won the Tony Award that year for Best Musical.last_img read more

Sweeney Todd to Play Off-Broadway Next Year

first_img Related Shows The worst pies in the Big Apple will be found off-Broadway next year! Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street is coming to NYC following sold-out runs in London, where the show debuted in Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop, the oldest continuously operating pie shop in Britain.Directed by Bill Buckhurst and designed by Simon Kenny, the working pie-shop environment will be re-created at the Barrow Street Theatre, where performances will begin on February 14, 2017. Opening night is scheduled for March 1.With music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, from an adaptation by Christopher Bond, Sweeney Todd follows a wronged barber who takes to slitting throats while seeking revenge on the corrupt judge who destroyed his life and family. Traditional pie and mash will be served prior to each performance of Tooting Arts Club’s acclaimed revival, which is set to feature music supervision by Benjamin Cox. Full production details, including casting, will be announced later.Sweeney Todd was last seen on Broadway in 2005 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. The tuner debuted on Broadway in 1979 at the Uris Theatre (now the Gershwin), winning eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. In 2007, Tim Burton directed the movie adaptation. The film received two Golden Globe Awards and three Academy Award nominations. View Comments Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 26, 2018last_img read more

Fire Ant Secrets

first_imgThe terrain of Brazil and Argentina may hold the secret to fire ant problems inGeorgia, says a University of Georgiascientist. Ken Ross is going there next weekto find out. “We’ll actually be collecting fire ants,” said Ross, an entomology professorwith the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences. “One of the primary emphases of the research is tostraighten out the taxonomy of the fire ants.”In other words, Ross is trying to find out just how many species of fire ants there areand exactly where they live.”A new species has been introduced here,” Ross said. “And we’re tryingto pinpoint where it came from. We’re trying to determine just how many species there aredown there.”Ross will spend a month traveling from the foothills of the Andes to the Atlantic Oceanlooking for the fiery pests.”We need to collect samples of fire ants from a wide range of where they occur inSouth America,” Ross said. “We’ll be looking at the morphology — the externalcharacteristics like the length of the leg or the shape of the head that will distinguishone species from another. We will also be looking at the genetic makeup, because you canoften get more information.”Many fire ant species look so much alike that scientists must rely on new genetictesting to see if they’re the same species or a new breed.”It’s also very important to do this kind of on-site study,” Ross said.”If you determine where in the native range this species comes from, you can answermany questions.”Understanding the ecology of the fire ants’ natural habitat may reveal the secret tocontrolling the species.”We can find out what they’re doing here and how they may have gotten here. And wecan search for natural enemies,” Ross said.”We need to know where to look in the native range to attempt to find new naturalenemies of the ants,” he said. “We can introduce those enemies here in theUnited States to bring the population under control without having to use chemicals.”Ross will travel throughout southern Brazil and northern Argentina east of the Andes.Fire ants aren’t found in the mountains or in the area west of them.”We know there are 20 or so described species,” he said. “And we suspectthere are others that you can’t tell apart by their external characteristics. We suspectwhen we look at the genetics we will find more species. They look and behave alike. Soit’s hard to tell them apart.”The research is funded by the NationalScience Foundation and the National Geographic Society. “National Geographic supports allsorts of biological projects that include a geographical component,” Ross said. He said funding was also available because the fire ant is such a well-known, prevalentU.S. pest.”We have also learned a lot about the social aspects and the nativepopulations,” he said. “We can’t continue these in-depth studies of the socialbehaviors until we go to the native land. We can’t identify the species without goingthere.”By 1994, fire ant populations were in 156 of Georgia’s 159 counties. On average,Georgia households spend $34 million each year trying to kill fire ants. The fierystingers are mainly nuisance pests. But they’re a threat to young children.If Ross’s research turns up the biological control agents he’s looking for, he may finda cost-effective, environmentally sound way to offer relief from the annual sting of fireant control.last_img read more

‘Tree Tomato’

first_imgEvery spring, ads in Sunday newspaper supplements promise plants with unbelievableyields or fantastic blooms all summer. They boast of trees that grow as tall as a house ina single season.One that’s truly not what it seems is the “tree tomato,” said University ofGeorgia expert Wayne McLaurin. NO TOMATOES. The South American fruit, Cyphomandra betacea, is often called “tree tomato.” But it isn’t a tomato at all. “The fruit is more tart and jelly-like and has more seeds,” says UGA horticulturist Wayne McLaurin. “That old plant resurfaces almost every year,” said McLaurin, an ExtensionService horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.This year’s ads list the plant as “Giant Tree.””As usual, the seller promises yields up to 60 pounds per plant and stems thatgrow to 8 feet tall,” he said. “The plants supposedly don’t need staking orcaging, either.”But it looks like the same plant McLaurin has seen before. “If it’s what has beenmarketed before as a ‘tree tomato,'” he said, “it’s botanically known as Cyphomandrabetacea, a very different species from garden tomatoes.”Actually, the “tree tomato” is a tropical, semiwoody shrub. It grows as muchas 10 feet high and starts bearing fruit in the second or third year. However, the leastamount of frost will kill the plant,” McLaurin said.And that’s not all the of the bad news. “This plant is in no way related to thetomato,” he said. “The fruit is more tart and jelly-like than our garden tomato.And it has many more seeds.”He smiles and shakes his head as he reads the ad closely. “They’re sending out aseed planted in a pot at about $3.50 each (plus shipping),” he said. “That’s oneexpensive plant.”McLaurin’s advice to potential buyers is simple. Take care of your true tomatoes.”You’ll be much happier,” he said. “It’s always wise to read all the fineprint in these ads. And keep in mind that old saying, ‘If it sounds too good to be true,it probably is!'”last_img read more