Squigs Sketches a Moonlit Portrait of Max Crumm & the Cast of The Fantasticks

first_img View Comments The Fantasticks Follow, follow, follow Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson to the Snapple Center to pen a whimsical portrait of the hit musical The Fantasticks! The world’s longest running musical tells the story of Matt (Max Crumm, right), a lovestruck boy who falls head over heels for Louisa (Samantha Bruce, left). Squigs caught a recent performance of the romantic tale, then sketched Crumm, Bruce and the rest of the cast, including Michael Sharon, Dan Sharkey, Kevin R. Free, MacIntyre Dixon, Michael Nostrand and Pierce Cravens. Check out Squigs’ latest work of art, then see the love story unfold off-Broadway. Related Showscenter_img 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. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 4, 2017last_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Michael Cera, Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick

first_imgYou CAN Take It With YouStarts August 26 at the Longacre TheatreDuos define Broadway. Think Rodgers and Hammerstein, and tourists and befuddlement. George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart rank right up there, so a revival of their madcap, Pulitzer Prize-winning 1936 comedy You Can’t Take It With You makes sense. And since the play, now in previews, stars heavyweights like James Earl Jones, Annaleigh Ashford, Elizabeth Ashley, and Rose Byrne in her Broadway debut, it makes more sense to see it right now. Click for tickets! Star Files Play Games with the GenieAugust 25 at Joe’s Pub“Game night” conjures images of squabbling relatives and game boards overturned in fury. But a far more appealing option beckons: “Speechless,” the popular Silicon Valley-based game, heads to NYC. One of the participants is Aladdin’s James Monroe Iglehart, so watch your favorite Genie squirm as a virtual spinning wheel determines what corporate-tinged talk he’ll give—while a series of outrageous slides accompany his impromptu presentation. Eep! Click for tickets! Yeah, we know you’re bummed because summer is ending. But snap out of it! You’re missing out on a ton of great events happening in New York City, including Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane’s latest collaboration, James Monroe Igelhart’s game night, and Michael Cera talking Broadway with David Letterman. It’s all part of this week’s picks! Rave on at Party Monster: The MusicalAugust 27 at 54 BelowA musical based on the 1996 murder of a drug-dealing club kid? This is Broadway, people. There have been musicals based on each of the seven deadly sins, and even a few dozen that haven’t been discovered yet. So slink on down to 54 Below, which will premiere songs from Party Monster: The Musical for one night only. Scheduled performers include Joey Calveri, Laura Beth Wells, and John Michael Dias. Don’t forget your glow sticks. Click for tickets! Battle First Night Jitters at It’s Only a PlayBeginning August 28 at the Schoenfeld TheatreNathan Lane and Matthew Broderick could blink at each other and we’d crack up, but It’s Only a Play even more great stuff going for it. The duo plays best friends awaiting the fate of Broderick’s play on opening night—along with F. Murray Abraham, Megan Mullally, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint and newcomer Micah Stock—in Terrence McNally’s revamped comedy revival. Still not excited? You may be on the wrong site. Or dead. Click for tickets! Spend the Night with Michael CeraAugust 25, check TV listingsVisiting New York is slightly different for a talented actor. Most of us would see a Broadway show, head to the top of the Empire State Building, and endure that smell on the 1 train. But if you’re Michael Cera, the hilarious TV and movie star now headlining Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth, you wield barbs and share stories on The Late Show with David Letterman. Our day will come. Sigh. View Comments Nathan Lanelast_img read more

A New Year, a New Vacation: In Vermont, Winter Has Just Begun

first_imgWinter brings exhilarating experiences and delicious comforts to Vermont. Theres no better way to participate in the season than a well-planned visit to the Green Mountain State with the Vermont Chamber 2005 Vermont Winter Guide and the Ski Vermont & Winter Activities Map.The dynamic combination of the Guide and the Map points the way to Vermonts hot spots, on and off the slopes. At the end of the day, theres nothing like slipping into an outdoor hot tub while relaxing at a Vermont country inn, legendary for hometown charm and hospitality.Need help choosing? The listings in the Vermont Winter Guide will help you find your B & B, country inn, resort, or hotel. Over highways and back roads, to resorts and beyond, the Ski Vermont & Winter Activities Map will bring you there. And if lodging near a ski resort is key, the Map points to the best.The Vermont Winter Guide editorial sections showcase a selection of what sets Vermont apart from the rest: winter sports, from mainstream to extreme; history, great winter breakfasts, a wonderland of wildlife, and Vermont as an education destination. The prestigious Top Ten Winter Events and the Top Picks for Kids are a must for anyone in the area.The Resources Section of the Winter Guide is a portable library listing: Alpine and Nordic ski areas; snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding and ice fishing; maple sugarhouses, museums, and galleries; and more.The 2005 Vermont Winter Guide, the Ski Vermont & Winter Activities Map, and other Vermont information is available free of charge at 1-800-VERMONT or (802) 223-3443, or order information online free of charge from the Vermont Chamber website, www.vtchamber.com(link is external). The Guide accommodations and attractions listings are also available on the Vermont Chambers website at www.vtchamber.com(link is external).last_img read more

Samsung buys LoopPay, all but confirming new Apple Pay rival

first_imgApple Pay is off to a fast start, but LoopPay may have an edge when it comes to working with existing point-of-sale systems.by: Shara TibkenSamsung has acquired mobile payments startup LoopPay, as good a sign as any that it will soon launch a competitor to Apple Pay.The company didn’t disclose the terms of the deal Wednesday but said it stemmed from an existing partnership with LoopPay. Samsung plans to show off a new mobile payments offering at its Galaxy S6 smartphone launch on March 1, according to sources.“Our goal has always been to build the smartest, most secure, user-friendly mobile wallet experience, and we are delighted to welcome LoopPay to take us closer to this goal,” JK Shin, Samsung co-CEO and head of the company’s mobile business, said in a press release.LoopPay’s technology turns existing card magnetic strip readers into contactless payment receivers, making it easy for retailers to accept mobile payments without changing their existing point-of-sale terminals. By comparison, Apple Pay requires POS terminals to be equipped with NFC (near field communications) chip technology, which allows information to be shared when two devices are held close together. Retailers have to upgrade their systems to take advantage of Apple Pay, Google Wallet and other NFC-based systems. In the case of Apple Pay, users simply tap an iPhone to a payment terminal and then touch the phone’s fingerprint sensor to authorize a purchase. iPhone users also can pay for items in apps and online with a finger touch. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Dear Grandma – Here are 5 things you need to know about EMV Cards

first_img 63SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As the October 1, 2015, date for EMV liability shift looms, it seems like everyone is gearing up for this momentous event. Banks are issuing new EMV chip cards, merchants are installing new terminals, cashiers are receiving new instructions, and so forth. Everyone is getting ready — except us consumers. Many of us have received our new cards (I got mine just last week from Chase) but are not quite sure why they were sent since the old ones haven’t expired, and we wonder how the in-store shopping experience will change. I was trying to explain it to my neighbor yesterday when he interrupted me. He said, “Pretend you are explaining it to my grandma, because I will need to relay it to her. What are the top five things she will need to know about the new EMV cards?”OK, so here goes:EMV is designed to reduce in-store fraud. The chip in the EMV card is designed to prevent most counterfeit card fraud because the information it contains is dynamic. When used in stores, the chip “talks with the terminal” to authenticate the card and complete the transaction. If the magnetic stripe on a card is used, then the terminal is reading static account information that can be easily copied to make a counterfeit card. EMV cards can’t help with online transactions because the chip is not being used.Not all merchants will use the chip, at least not right away. Some merchants will ask you to “dip the chip,” which is industry lingo for “use the chip.” Other merchants will continue to use the magnetic stripe to “swipe” a transaction the old-fashioned way. Big chain stores such as Walmart, Target, and Home Depot have announced that they will install EMV terminals. The local dry cleaner or bakery is likely to continue to “swipe” transactions. The pumps at gas stations won’t be updated until 2017. It is important to understand that when fraud occurs on a magnetic-stripe card today, the issuing bank bears the cost. However, with the EMV liability shift on October 1, the fraud liability cost can shift to the merchant, depending on who is the weakest link in a transaction. If an EMV chip card is “swiped” at a merchant starting October 2, all fraud costs related to that transaction will shift to the merchant because it is not using the chip to authenticate the card. If the merchant uses an EMV terminal with an EMV card, then the fraud liability will stay with the issuer (the fraud will be greatly reduced, however). Because of the liability shift, large chains such as Walmart have a financial incentive to upgrade their terminals to accept EMV cards despite the cost of the upgrade. Unfortunately, in-store card fraud is likely to shift from the big chains to small merchants who may not be aware of the pending liability shift or cannot afford to upgrade their terminals. continue reading »last_img read more

Jokowi calls for caution in easing of PSBB after ‘mudik’ ban relaxation

first_img“Easing of the PSBB measures should be done carefully and unhurriedly. Everything should be based on data and implementation in the field, so the decision is really a correct decision,” Jokowi said at the introduction of a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.Citing economic considerations, the Transportation Ministry last week allowed public transportation to resume operations by opening all air, land and sea transportation services, a move that drew strong criticism from experts.Although the new policy applies to certain individuals like state officials and medical workers and carries certain requirements, it has compounded the nationwide ban on all domestic travel to and from the so-called COVID-19 red zones.Read also: Easing restrictions? Not so fast, experts say President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called for vigilance and caution amid plans to ease large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in several regions after the central government began to relax the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) ban. Experts have expressed concern about the government’s decision, saying the policy could result in a spike in COVID-19 cases, despite the government’s claim that Indonesia has flattened the curve.The President acknowledged that the implementation of PSBB measures had delivered varied results with different levels of effectiveness, with some regions seeing a consistent decrease in cases and other having not.“We want [to see] a detailed evaluation of the provinces and regencies or cities, both those implementing PSBB measures and those not, regarding data on the trend of new positive cases in the regions,” Jokowi added.He also acknowledged the success of regions that had not imposed the PSBB measures but had implemented physical distancing policies and applied strict health protocols, and considered it necessary to have a cross-examination.“Therefore, there should be a comparison of PSBB and non-PSBB regions as there are indeed innovations in the field by applying a policy model of limiting community activities adjusted with the context of each region,” he said.Read also: PSBB flattens COVID-19 curve in West Java: Ridwan KamilOf the top 10 provinces with the most positive cases, only three have imposed PSBB measures, namely Jakarta, West Java and West Sumatra, Jokowi said. So far, four provinces and 72 regencies and cities have imposed PSBB measures.Jokowi said that data from the COVID-19 task force showed that 70 percent of positive cases and 82 percent of deaths had occurred in Java, where he wanted stronger supervision.“I have requested the task force to ensure effective control in the five provinces of Java, especially in the next two weeks […] before Idul Fitri,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Netherlands roundup: SC Johnson pension fund to liquidate

first_imgThe €114m Dutch pension scheme for household cleaning products manufacturer SC Johnson is to liquidate.The pension fund closed at the start of this year. Since then, new pensions accrual for its 280 workers has been through the low-cost defined contribution vehicle (PPI) of Zwitserleven.SC Johnson outsourced its defined contribution (DC) plan to Zwitserleven in 2006. Zwitserleven guaranteed an annual return of 3%. The pension fund’s existing DC assets will also be placed with Zwitserleven against the guaranteed return.Participants have been offered the option of also transferring their existing pension rights to the PPI, if they expect that the vehicle’s lifecycle investments will generate better returns than 3%. SC Johnson has also renewed an insurance contract with Aegon, which covers the guaranteed pensions of a number of pensioners and deferred members.A new pensions committee – with representatives of the employer, its works council, deferred members, and pensioners – is to monitor the new pension arrangements as well as the existing pension rights at Zwitserleven and Aegon.Dentist fund switches to PFZWTandtechniek, the €762m pension fund for dental technicians, confirmed that it would place its existing pension rights and future pensions accrual with the €187bn healthcare scheme PFZW as of 1 January.It said that, because of the difference in funding between both schemes, rights cuts would be likely. At May-end, PFZW’s coverage ratio was 93.4%, whereas the funding of Tandtechniek stood at 86.9%.However, Tandtechniek also said contributions would fall from 30% to 24% under the new arrangement. In 2015, it had to increase premiums by 5.5 percentage points to 32.5%.Tandtechniek has already had to apply rights cuts of 9% in total in the past few years.Its board said that, before it took the decision to join PFZW, it had had discussions with other pension funds about co-operation. It had also looked into the option of joining a new general pension fund (APF) in an individual compartment.SNS Reaal gains from interest rate hedgeThe €3.3bn company scheme for SNS Reaal posted a result of 12.5% for 2016. In its annual report, the scheme attributed almost half of its profit to the effect of declining interest rates on its 77% interest hedge. It subsequently reduced this hedge to 71% at the start of 2017.The Dutch bank’s pension fund said that it had incurred 0.35% of combined costs for asset management and transactions, citing its large fixed income portfolio and its passive equity investments with Actiam.It further explained that it shunned expensive asset classes, such as commodities, hedge funds, and private equity.According to the Pensioenfonds SNS Reaal, employers and unions were negotiating a new pensions contract. The employers already indicated a desire to continue the current collective DC plan.The pension fund also implements pension arrangements for insurer Vivat and Volksbank in a contract that is to expire at the end of the year.Last May, the scheme’s funding stood at 114.1%.last_img read more

This heritage-style residence has hit the market

first_img18 Glyn St, CoorparooSURROUNDED by established gardens on a 607sq m block, this heritage-style residence has two storeys of indoor and outdoor living complemented by traditional features.Behind an automated security gate at 18 Glyn St, Coorparoo is a wide driveway lined with sensor lights which leads to the residence.To the left of the house, a tiled pathway makes its way to a staircase ascending to an upper-level covered deck with a timber balustrade, ceiling fan and rotunda-style entertaining area with garden views.Beyond a front door framed by leadlight windows, the upstairs level includes high ceilings, decorative cornices and polished hardwood floors, along with double hung windows and downlighting. 18 Glyn St, CoorparooDownstairs features a tiled family room, another bedroom and a laundry. French doors open the family room out to a covered patio, which overlooks gardens featuring a stone pathway, timber decking and a feature pond with water lilies and papyrus.Along with ducted and split-system airconditioning, the residence has additional storage space on its ground floor along with a four-car garage.Agent Damon Warat said the house presented in “as new” condition, offering potential buyers nothing to do but move in. 18 Glyn St, CoorparooTo the front of the floor is a living room with Bose surround-sound speakers, with the space bordering a dining room with a vintage chandelier.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Adjoining the dining room is a kitchen with spacious benchtops, ample timber cabinetry, a tiled splashback and high-quality Miele and AEG appliances, including a built-in rangehood. Three bedrooms are spread across the upper level, including two with built-in wardrobes that share a modern bathroom with a separate bath.To the front of the house, the main bedroom has a bay window with bench seating, a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite. center_img 18 Glyn St, Coorparoo“Spread across two levels and offering more than enough room for the growing family this Coorparoo residence has it all,” Mr Warat said.“There’s also huge potential to build in, as you wish.”last_img read more

Gold Coast Hamptons home changes hands for more than $2 million

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:11Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:11 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAutumn National Market Update02:12Entertaining is a breeze with a seamless indoor-/outdoor connection overlooking the waterfront.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThere is also plenty of room for the car enthusiast with a six car basement.There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, open plan living spaces and an infinity-edged pool.CoreLogic records show the house first hit the market in July, 2018 with a $2.449 million price tag with another agency. MORE NEWS: Racing champ sells in record deal 1 Rudder Court, Mermaid Waters. 1 Rudder Court, Mermaid Waters. Welcome to 1 Rudder Court, Mermaid Waters. Make a splash in the pool.“It was a brand new home, a new build,” he said.“It’s really one of those timeless classics.”The house features wide oak flooring, high ceilings, and clean lines. Out with the old, in with the new 1 Rudder Court, Mermaid Waters has changed hands in a multimillion-dollar deal.A GOLD Coast Hamptons house has changed hands in a deal worth more than $2 million.The Mermaid Waters property was snapped up by a Gold Coast family for $2.17 million with the deal sealed earlier this month.The residence combines a clean coastal style and Hamptons sophistication, according to agent Nicholas Ernest, of Ernest Living – Mermaid Beach. Cook up a storm in the kitchen.last_img read more

McDermott Gets ‘Heads Up’ from NYSE

first_imgMcDermott said it has been formally notified by the New York Stock Exchange that the average closing price of the its shares of common stock had fallen below $1.00 per share over a period of 30 consecutive trading days, which is the minimum average share price for continued listing on the NYSE.The company said it plans to notify the NYSE of its intent to cure the deficiency and return to compliance with the NYSE continued listing requirements.Under the NYSE’s rules, the cure period extends for six months following receipt of the notification.The company’s shares of common stock continue to trade on the NYSE, subject to compliance with other continued listing requirements.Under the NYSE rules, the company can regain compliance at any time during the six-month cure period if, on the last trading day of any calendar month during the cure period, its common stock has a closing share price of at least $1.00 and an average closing share price of at least $1.00 over the 30 trading-day period ending on the last trading day of that month.Failure to satisfy the conditions of the cure period or to maintain other listing requirements could lead to a delisting.last_img read more