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first_imgWin A Pair Of Tickets!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Ghost Light Tour Dates:April 11th – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NYApril 12th – Ardmore Music Hall – Ardmore, PAApril 13th – The Acoustic – Bridgeport, CTApril 14th – Thunder Road – Boston, MAApril 17th – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DCApril 18th – Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NCApril 19th – 5 Points Sanctuary – Roanoke, VAApril 20th – Asheville Music Hall – Asheville, NCMay 10th – Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, COMay 11th – Fox Theatre – Boulder, COMay 12th – Globe Hall – Denver, COMay 16th – City Winery – Chicago, ILMay 17th – Founders Brewery – Grand Rapids, MIMay 18th – Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MIMay 19th – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OHJune 7th – Disc Jam Music Festival – Stephentown, NYJune 28th – Beanstalk Music Festival – Bond, COJuly 5th – High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, CAJuly 19th – Peach Music Festival – Scranton, PAAugust 24th – Lockn’ Festival – Arrington, VAView All Tour Dates Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling will team up for a special night at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre on Friday, June 1st. The pair—who recently kicked off their first tour with their new Ghost Light project—will treat fans to an acoustic tribute to the Grateful Dead.EXCLUSIVE: Tom Hamilton & Holly Bowling Talk New Band, Ghost Light, & The Grateful DeadHamilton and Bowling both have plenty of experience with the Grateful Dead catalog. In addition to playing Dead tunes with Ghost Light, Hamilton has been a member of popular Grateful Dead tribute act Joe Russo’s Almost Dead since the band’s inception. Bowling, on the other hand, released a full album of Grateful Dead covers titled Better Left Unsung and rose to fame in the jam scene for her creative solo piano reimaginings of Phish and the Dead. Both artists have performed with original members of the Grateful Dead at various times.Tickets for Hamilton and Bowling’s upcoming show—titled Acoustic Explorations of the Grateful Dead—will go on sale on Friday, April 6th. The concert will feature ten rows of reserved seating in the orchestra, with the rest of the floor going to general admission standing tickets. You also check out a list of dates for Hamilton and Bowling’s new band, Ghost Light, below.last_img read more

first_imgAlex Brightman (Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser, Matthew Murphy, Bruce Glikas) Related Shows View Comments In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Alex Brightman originated the role of Dewey Finn in Broadway’s School of Rock and garnered a Tony nomination for his performance. Brightman will leave his pint-sized bandmates at the Winter Garden Theatre on November 6. In his Broadway.com Exit Interview, Brightman shares why he’s leaving, what he’ll miss and how the role has changed him.How did you feel when you first got this job?This was the phone call that you don’t even dream about. I stood on 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue. The phone to my ear. My eyes wide and beginning to water. I have had great successes over my short career, but this was just something that didn’t seem tangible until it did. There are billions of people in the world and only one of them, in that moment, gets to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s brand new Broadway musical. It’s still, to this day, indescribable. How do you feel now that you’re leaving?As I write this, I have 13 performances left. We have done almost 400 performances, not including the workshop performances, and this has been a gigantic part of my life. My heart is full of School of Rock, and it will continue to be full for a long time because of it. As the end of this road comes closer, I feel proud and happy. I don’t feel sad to be leaving. I’m thrilled to move on, knowing that I have done everything I could have ever done with this experience. On my final night in the show, there will be tears and frivolity and laughter. I can’t wait to pass the torch to the new class. They’re going to have a blast.What are three words you would use to describe your experience?Rip-roaring. Hard-won. Transformative.What was the easiest thing about this job?Showing up every day knowing that I was going to get to play pretend with my friends in one of the best playgrounds I have ever had the pleasure to help build.What was the hardest thing?Maintenance! Before this show, I was pretty sure that I was invincible, but I am thrilled to have been humbled by this monster of a role. This show/role is a full-time job. I wake up thinking about my voice and body. I go to sleep thinking about my voice and body. I am ready to be a little less selfish and give myself a bit of a break. The other hardest thing was saying goodbye to the wonderful young performers who graduated from the show. I would write them a little speech/poem/etc. after curtain call, and that never got easier. They are wonderful people and I will miss them dearly.What was the highlight of your time at this job?The one true highlight (and trust me, there are thousands) for me was simply being able to create a performance that was supremely me. I have never had so much encouragement to play and think and invent in the exact way I would want to play and think and invent. The other highlight I should mention was going to and performing at the Tony Awards. I had never been before, and it was quite the experience that I will never forget.What skills do you think are required for future job applicants?Each Dewey is going to be different. That’s the beauty of the role. But the prerequisites are this in no particular order: stamina, ethics, absurdity, diligence, health and the willingness to leave part of yourself on stage every single night.What advice would you give to future employees in your job position?Bring your baggage in the door with you. This is a role that requires raw-nerve feelings and smash-cut emotions. If I have a bad day, I bring some of it to my performance that evening. Passion swings both ways and Dewey has the opportunity to access both nightly. My other piece of advice is to really get to know the young performers. The show hinges on the relationship between Dewey and the students. It’s important to realize that these “kids” are people. They are interesting human beings with amazing stories and backgrounds. It’s vital to have a friendship with them. It shows on stage.How do you think you’ve grown?Growing is incremental and relative. Through this experience, I have learned how to take care of myself better than ever. And I mean that on all levels. I have always been a “yes” man. I worried that the pressure and weight of this role would make me less of one. But I am proud to say that I have grown into someone who knows his limits. I am still a “yes” man. But I am also a smarter “yes” man. And having the great opportunity to carry and lead a show has given me the tools to do it again and again and again. I’m up for that task, and now I know that with confidence.Why are you leaving?I am leaving because I want a rich and varied career, and I can only do that if I continue to be artistically nomadic. I’m working on a ton of new things (writing, acting, etc.) and I can’t wait to devote some more attention to those projects. It’s important to risk things. I love not knowing what’s in front of me.What will you miss the most? I will miss it all. This has been the most fun I have had in any show I have ever done…ever. I will miss the young performers. They make me better. I will miss my friends. They make me better. I will miss the audiences. They make me better. I will miss this experience. It has enlightened me. And it has made me better.center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 School of Rock – The Musicallast_img read more

first_imgThe topic of financial literacy seems to be a never ending discussion about what needs to be done, how to do it and who is responsible for getting it done.Aside from the fact that there are adult individuals who lack a basic understanding of simple financial transactions, what is more frightening is that an even greater number of our young people, the adults of tomorrow, also lack the knowledge of how to handle their finances.This problem of educating people about ways to save, how to balance a checkbook, the difference between debit and credit cards, getting a car loan, applying for a student loan and the myriad of other financial decisions one needs to make in a lifetime, is not a new one. It is a problem that has not been limited to a specific generation but has actually been passed down from one to another.Some may argue that this is a problem that needs to be addressed in the schools. Recently in one state they enacted a law requiring students pass a civics test before graduating from high school. I believe that is an excellent idea. Everyone should have the basic knowledge of the history of our country as well as the state in which they live. They should know about the different forms of government, how people are elected to office and the importance of voting. It’s sad when many people do not know the name of the Vice President.So if students must learn civics, why not also require them to be instructed on basic financial tools prior to graduation? There are so many ways financial education can be taught. A one day class for graduating seniors or ten hours set aside during a school year with each hour devoted to a different financial subject. The instructor could be a teacher or an individual drawn from the financial community. Knowing how to save and borrow is perhaps even more important than knowing who is the Vice President.Financial institutions also need to be involved. The role of educating customers does not end at telling them what products are available. It must extend to finding out what is best for each customer, explaining how each product works and advising them what best suits their needs.Such an effort will of course cost time and money on the part of financial institutions. Staff will need to be trained not only in product offering but also how to explain to the customer what the product is, what it does and how customers can benefit from using it.Financial institutions for years have scheduledseminars, institutional classes and learning events for their customers only to have attendance so low that they stopped holding them. In spite of that setback, financial institutions must take the lead to create the opportunities that will result in a better educated population.One suggestion has been when the customer asks for a product, be it a simple account or a complicated loan, the financial institution provide the required education of that product at the point of sale. Again, the time and money factor comes into play but no one can argue the benefits gained by having an educated customer. That little extra time to fully explain, ask questions and give good direction will result in goodwill, understanding and trust as well as repeat business.Providing written or on-line material about products and services may help in some way but no one can argue the success of person to person instruction. While an institution may provide such material, real success will only be achieved by going above and beyond the written word.So where does the responsibility lie for financial education? Is it with government or the private sector? To be fair, let’s say the responsibility lies with both sectors. But if we wait for government to act, it may not get done any time soon if ever. That leaves it up to the financial institutions. By taking the lead in this effort, they and their customers will benefit from what they do resulting in a better educated population.There are many ways to go about achieving financial literacy success. It’s a challenge but one that all financial institutions must accept and work towards. Working with their national and state trade associations, financial institutions should consider the following:Contact your Governor and state legislators and encourage them to require financial education in the class room and that it is made a prerequisite to graduation.Contact the schools in the communities you serve and offer to send your staff to discuss and educate them about financial services.Make certain all your officers, directors and employees are aware of all products offered and are able to talk about the value they provide to the customer.Develop a program within your financial institution which would require your staff to educate the customer about the specific service they are requesting.On your web site encourage customers to come in at their convenience to learn how your products can help them.Education is the key to financial literacy. Everyone accepting responsibility to do all they can towards that education is the solution.The more everyone knows, the better their lives will be. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Fryzel Michael Fryzel is the former Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration and is now a financial services consultant and government affairs attorney in Chicago. He can be reached at … Detailslast_img read more

first_imgIn addition to Stallone, The Suicide Squad cast includes Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Idris Elba as Bloodsport, John Cena as Peacemaker, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Peter Capaldi as The Thinker, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Alice Braga as Sol Soria, Pete Davidson as Blackguard, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Michael Rooker as Savant, Nathan Fillion as T.D.K., Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2, Steve Agee as King Shark, Sean Gunn as Weasel, Flula Borg as Javelin, Mayling Ng as Mongal, and Taika Waititi among others.The Suicide Squad is currently slated to release August 6, 2021 in cinemas worldwide. Sylvester Stallone will be part of The Suicide Squad’s massive ensemble cast, writer-director James Gunn has announced. It also marks a reunion for the two, after having worked on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. There’s no word on what character Stallone will be playing, but given the fact that filming on The Suicide Squad wrapped up prior to COVID-19 lockdowns in February, there seems to be just one possibility that is being rumoured: Stallone is voicing a character that doesn’t have a human face, such as King Shark. But that’s unconfirmed and for now, his role is simply undisclosed.“Always love working with my friend [Sylvester Stallone] and our work today on [The Suicide Squad] was no exception. Despite Sly being an iconic movie star, most people still don’t have any idea what an amazing actor this guy is. 🙌,” Gunn wrote in a caption on his Instagram. Stallone later shared a screenshot of the news on his Instagram and wrote: “Working with this incredible director on this astounding project has made this an amazing year. I am a very lucky man to be surrounded by such talent.!”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgThis last weekend, Lakers’ superstar and five-time world champion guard Kobe Bryant became the first athlete to have his legacy cemented alongside the greatest performers in the history of American entertainment at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.Bryant’s latest honor, coupled with the noticeable karmic effect the event had on his MVP performance at the All-Star Game, got me thinking:USC’s new $70 million athletic center is still more than 18 months away from being unveiled, but what better way to pay homage to the tradition-laden past than to create a Trojan Walk of Fame at the building’s front entrance?Normally, the easiest way to peg a legend would be to simply count the number of shiny trophies an athlete has stocked up on his museum-esque mantels. But the rules could use a little revision.So in making it onto my list of legends, the members of this inaugural class personify not only excellence on the field, but also illustrate some semblance of being a decent human being off of it.Louis Zamperini (Track and Field)The 94-year-old never won a National Championship during his time in cardinal and gold and finished just eighth in the 5,000-meter race at the 1936 Olympics, but no one exemplifies the Trojan spirit better.From collegiate record-holder in the mile to a B-24 bombardier in WWII, prisoner of war in Osuna and eventual motivational speaker who preached forgiveness and tolerance, Zamperini is a testament to the power of unyielding faith and love.Read about him and you are inspired. Listen to him speak and you instantly feel chills. Meet him in person and you can’t help but be moved to tears.His mind, his wit and his unflappable appreciation for life make him the ideal first candidate to cement his place in Trojan history.Sam “Bam” Cunningham (Football)When looking at the college landscape today, potentially no one had a greater impact than Sam “Bam” Cunningham.Cunningham never had the power legs of O.J. Simpson, the cutback moves of Charles White or Marcus Allen’s grace down the sidelines.But on Sept. 12, 1970, during a time when the nation’s progress was marred by racial inequality in the South, the black fullback did all of the talking with his feet.Playing against Bear Bryant’s all-white Crimson Tide football team, Cunningham, in front of a hostile crowd at Denny Stadium, single-handedly led USC to a 42-21 victory with 135 yards and two touchdowns.He would never win a Heisman or shatter any rushing records, but Cunningham’s performance reinforced the transformative power sports can have on social change, as Bryant and the other racially divided SEC schools quickly began integrating their programs.Rod Dedeaux (Baseball)No program has had a bigger impact on creating a sense of athletic tradition on campus during the last 130 years than USC baseball.On the surface, a man who only spent one game in the major leagues as a shortstop for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1935 doesn’t seem like an appropriate candidate to fill out my Trojan Trifecta. But as a manager for USC from 1942-1986, Rod Dedeaux was essentially the Joe Paterno of collegiate baseball.In 44 years, it is easy to assume that at some point a coach will fall into some luck and win a championship or two, but in four decades Dedeaux didn’t just win — he transformed USC into a baseball dynasty.Twelve national championships, an NCAA-record 1,332 career wins, a 2006 induction into the College Baseball Hall of Fame and Collegiate Baseball’s Coach of the Century honors speak for themselves, but I plan to say my piece on behalf of Dedeaux’s legacy.The naming rights to the baseball field simply don’t do justice to one of the game’s and the school’s greatest ambassadors.The beloved “Houdini of Bovard” passed away in 2006, but his wife Helen and their many grandchildren should be able to celebrate his life’s work with a fitting final spot in my inaugural class of famous feet.“For The Love Of The Game” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Dave at [email protected]last_img read more

first_img— Ashley Tisdale— Carly Rae Jepsen— Derek Hough He turned 33 in 2010. That year, Brady was in his 11th NFL season, and he passed for 3,900 yards, 36 touchdowns and four interceptions, and he set a league record by finishing the regular season with 335 consecutive passes without a pick. He was also the first player in NFL history to become a unanimous selection for MVP.MORE:  Super Bowl 53: Odds, picks for Rams vs. PatriotsBill BelichickThe 66-year-old is in his 44th season as an NFL coach and is in his 20th season as head coach of the Patriots. He’s won five Super Bowls as a head coach and two more as a coordinator.He turned 33 in 1985 and was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants. He stayed with the team for 12 seasons, working under head coach Bill Parcells.Tony RomoThe 38-year-old won’t be on the field for Super Bowl 53, but he’ll certainly be one of the biggest attractions during the game. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback will be in the broadcast booth for CBS, likely impressing fans with his ability to predict plays before they happen .He turned 33 in 2013 and was in his 11th season in the NFL. He threw for 31 touchdowns and led the Cowboys to an 8-7 record with the league’s worst defense. That season, Romo suffered a herniated disk against Washington on Dec. 22, but stayed in and threw a game-winning touchdown pass to keep Dallas’ playoff hopes alive:Tiger WoodsTiger Woods enjoyed many successes during his Age 33 year, but he also suffered the most devastating blow to his reputation. Though he won several tournaments and was the leading money-winner on the PGA Tour, a sex scandal in November 2009 rocked his personal life and made him the world’s No. 1 gossip item.Michael JordanThe 55-year-old NBA legend turned 33 in 1996. In the 1995-96 season, the Chicago Bulls defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 4–2 in the NBA Finals to win their fourth championship. Jordan was named Finals MVP for a record fourth time, surpassing Magic Johnson’s three Finals MVP awards.The title win was extremely emotional for Jordan. It was his first championship since his father’s murder and came on Father’s Day.The day included a memorable interview and scene of him crying on the locker room floor:Jordan also starred in the sports comedy “Space Jam,” which was released in 1996:Donald TrumpThe 72-year-old U.S. president turned 33 in 1980. At the time he was a real-estate developer and not yet a national celebrity.In the video below, a young Trump sat down with Tom Brokaw to talk real estate in New York City:Michael JacksonThe King of Pop turned 33 in 1991. He released “Dangerous,” his eighth studio album. It featured several hit songs, including:Black or WhiteWill You Be ThereRemember The TimeElvis PresleyThe King of Rock ‘n’ Roll turned 33 in 1968.Presley stepped away from music to star in several movies, until his 1968 television special, known as the “’68 Comeback Special,” which relaunched his music career. Oprah WinfreyThe 64-year-old turned 33 in 1987. “The Oprah Winfrey Show” was in its infancy. She hosted the Daytime Emmy Awards and won her first Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. During that year, she tackled the tough subject of race, when she interviewed residents from an all-white county in Georgia.Warning: Video contains offensive language33-year-old Athletes and Celebrities:— Cristiano Ronaldo— Wayne Rooney— Luka Modric— Michael Phelps— Chris Paul— Alex Ovechkin— JR Smith— Roman Reigns— Dwight Howard— Ciara— Bruno Mars— J. Cole— Anna Kendrick— Keira Knightley— Raven-Symoné— Kaley Cuoco— Chrissy Teigen— Gale Gadot— Lana Del Rey— Amanda Seyfried When the Rams take the field for Super Bowl 53 on Feb. 3, 33-year-old Sean McVay will become the youngest coach in football history to lead his team into the big game. It is no doubt an incredible accomplishment — and it got us thinking: Where were other major sports stars and celebrities at age 33?Tom BradyThe 41-year-old quarterback has won the Super Bowl five times. Super Bowl 53 marks his ninth return to the big game in 19 seasons with the Patriots.last_img read more

first_imgJOHNSTON — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican, says if there’s a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S Senate should start the process of filling it as soon as possible.“We have a Republican-held Senate and a Republican president,” Ernst said Friday afternoon, “and so I don’t see there would be any difference between the president and the senate on a selection of a supreme court justice.”Republican Senators refused to act on President Obama’s nominee after Justice Scalia died in early 2016, arguing voters that November should decide which president should get to fill the vacancy.“That was a different situation,” Ernst said. “…That was a Republican-held Senate with a Democratic president and so we were divided on who that selection would be. This is a different scenario where you have a Republican president and a Republican senate. There’s likely not to be a lot of disagreement when it comes to the selection of a justice.”Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced Friday she is undergoing chemotherapy for a recurrence of pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg, who is 87, intends to remain on the court.Senator Chuck Grassley, Iowa’s other Republican senator, was chairman of the senate committee that refused to hold a hearing on Obama nominee Merrick Garland in 2016 and Grassley has said a hearing should wait until after the election, if there is an opening on the court in 2020.Ernst said Republican senators should hold a hearing on a Trump nominee even in a so-called “lame duck” session in November and December — after the election. She discussed the issue with “Iowa Press” host David Yepsen Friday afternoon.“If President Trump is defeated, if Republicans lose control of the Senate, would you still support doing this prior to January?” Yepsen asked.Ernst replied: “Well, one, I wish nothing but the best of health for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I think we all do and I will be praying for her and it is a lame duck session. I would support going ahead with any hearings that we might have and, if it comes to an appointment prior to the end of the year, I would be supportive of that.”A spokesman for the Iowa Democratic Party blasted Ernst’s comments.“Senator Ernst promised to be an independent voice for Iowans, but instead she’s spent her six years in Washington shamelessly putting Mitch McConnell’s harmful agenda above the interests of Iowans,” IDP spokesman Jeremy Busch said in a written statement.In 2016, when Republicans refused to act on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Ernst argued that “in the midst of an important election, the American people deserve to have a say in this important decision that will impact the course of our country for years to come.”Ernst became a member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee after the panel’s hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, the second justice President Trump has appointed to the nation’s highest court.last_img read more