WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN – Officials with the City of Jamestown say the annual Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The Executive Assistant to the Mayor Zach Altschuler confirmed to WNYNewsNow that last week the United Veterans Council of Jamestown made the decision to not hold the event due to restrictions on gathering sizes.“Even though the Governor’s order only goes to the 15th at the moment, we anticipate that there may not be any (large) social gatherings (going forward),” explained Altschuler. “I think it was getting tough for them (the United Veterans Council) to get it set up in time.”Altschuler says the group still plans to hold a ceremony honoring fallen heroes at the Veterans Memorial Park. The City of Dunkirk announced Tuesday their Memorial Day Parade and services have also been canceled due to COVID-19.Altschuler says that he is hopeful the community can have a parade and traditional ceremony next year.WNYNewsNow has reached out to the United Veterans Council of Jamestown for more information and will update this report. Share: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)
Related Shows View Comments Star Files Wicked And nobody is gonna bring her down! The newly minted Golden Globe winner Amy Adams showed off her vocal chops singing “Defying Gravity” from Wicked at a gay karaoke bar in Los Angeles, according to TMZ. The American Hustle star is no stranger to musicals having starred in a Grease parody, as a Disney princess, with The Muppets and in The Public’s Into the Woods throughout her career. Perhaps this is an “audition” for that future Wicked film?! We commend anyone for bringing musical theater to a karaoke night (who needs another butchering of “Rumor Has It”). Check out the performance below to hear every gay in that bar scream for the Oscar nominee. Oh please, you would too! from $95.00 Idina Menzel
Star Files Kristin Chenoweth View Comments Now that the 2015 Tony Awards are over, can we take a second to talk about how ridiculously entertaining Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming were? Hosting Broadway’s biggest night is no walk in the park (please, you try keeping an entire theater full of show people amused and on schedule) but Cheno and Cumming pulled it off with fabulous flying colors. The co-hosts kicked off the Tony Awards with a laugh-a-minute medley of quirky quips and sassy songs that showed off their show-stopping talents and frisky chemistry. Cumming performed “Willkommen” from Cabaret, joking that it would be the last time he ever performs the song, or as Chenoweth put it: “Until a revival paycheck comes along.” Speaking of that cheeky Cheno, she spent the evening putting the Energizer Bunny to shame with her wacky costume changes (“Eat your heart out, Kelli O’Hara!”), practically tackling Tommy Tune and blowing the roof off Radio City Music Hall with her On the Twentieth Century performance. Yes, she does, indeed, “Got It All.” Cumming and Chenoweth kept the ceremony light and fun by being their perfectly goofy selves. Whether they were both claiming to have hooked up with Bradley Cooper, confusing Fun Home with E.T.’s “phooone hooome” or joking about how Hollywood casts adaptations of popular Broadway shows, the two hostesses with the mostesses made the 69th Tony Awards three hours of delightfully devilish fun. Chenoweth and Cumming are two of showbiz’s brightest stars for a helluva lot of reasons and we had the privilege of spending the night with them while celebrating all of the things we love about Broadway.
Greek tragedy is returning to London’s West End! Original Almeida Theatre cast members Lia Williams, Angus Wright and Jessica Brown Findlay will lead the West End transfer of Aeschylus’ Oresteia. Re-imagined for the modern stage by director Robert Icke, the production will begin previews at the Trafalgar Studios on August 22. Opening night is set for September 7 and the show is scheduled to play a limited engagement through November 7.Orestes’ parents are at war. A family drama spanning several decades, a huge, moving, bloody saga, Aeschylus’ greatest and final play asks whether justice can ever be done—and continues to resonate more than two millennia after it was written.Along with Tony nominee Williams (Skylight), Broadway alum Wright (Twelfth Night, Richard III) and Findlay (Downton Abbey), the West End cast will also include original company members Lorna Brown, Annie Firbank, Joshua Higgott, Luke Thompson and Hara Yannas.The production will feature design by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Tom Gibbons and video by Tim Reid. View Comments
View Comments Related Shows Mad Libs Live! Tickets are now available for the world premiere of Mad Libs Live! off-Broadway. You’ll need to bring your own nouns to the interactive new musical, which is inspired by the ultimate fill-in-the-blanks time passer. The production will begin performances on November 1 at New World Stages and features music by Jeff Thomson and a book and lyrics by Robin Rothstein.Mad Libs Live! follows four teenagers, Virtuosa, Gogo, Geyser and Merrily, as they band together to win a singing competition. But when they realize their songs have some holes, its up to the audience to help them out. So essentially, whether they win or not is up to you.The production, directed by Austin Regan, will feature choreography by Robin Levine, set design by Julia Noulin-Merat and costumes by Bobby Pearce. It is scheduled to play two performances on Saturdays and Sundays through January 3, 2016. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016
Broadway veteran Alan Weeks died at the age of 67 on October 10, his family announced. Among his numerous theatrical credits were Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Wiz and Funny Girl.Weeks was born in 1948 in Brooklyn. He made his Broadway debut just 10 years later in The Body Beautiful. He then performed in the 1961 revival of The Octoroon and went on to dance in the ensemble of multiple musicals in his teenage years, including Funny Girl, Hallelujah, Baby! and George M! His additional credits on stage included starring roles in Rockabye Hamlet, The Tap Dance Kid and Big Deal. In 1992, he directed and choreographed the musical revue The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club. On screen, he appeared in The French Connection, Truck Turner and Shaft.Later in his career, Weeks served as Director of the Capital District Student Outreach Program through the NAACP and as a teacher and adjunct professor for the Albany City School District and Russell Sage College.Weeks is survived by his wife Sara, sons Brinan and Christian Jack and daughters Demera and Eva Weeks. View Comments
View Comments Brandon Victor Dixon & Audra McDonald in ‘Shuffle Along'(Photo: Julieta Cervantes) Let the countdown begin! The Tony Awards Administration committee met today for the fourth and final time this season to determine the eligibility of nine Broadway productions for the 2016 Tony Awards.The nine productions discussed were Bright Star, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, The Father, American Psycho, Waitress, Fully Committed, Tuck Everlasting, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and all that Followed.Check out the decisions below.Carmen Cusack will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her performance in Bright Star.Ciarán Hinds and Saoirse Ronan will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.Frank Langella will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his performance in The Father.Es Devlin and Finn Ross will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for their work on American Psycho.Jessie Mueller will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her performance in Waitress.Fully Committed will be considered eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category.Sarah Charles Lewis will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her performance in Tuck Everlasting.Michael Shannon and John Gallagher, Jr. will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play category for their respective performances in Long Day’s Journey Into Night.Brandon Victor Dixon, Joshua Henry, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Billy Porter will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical category for their respective performances in Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and all that Followed.Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and all that Followed will be considered eligible in the Best Musical category.All other eligibility determinations were consistent with the show’s opening night credits.Andrew Rannells and Patina Miller will announce this year’s Tony nominations on May 3 at 8.30 AM. The 70th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Tony Award winner James Corden, will air on CBS on June 12.
The Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, a unit of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, studied whether shoppers were aware of the 2001 “Grown in Georgia” marketing campaign. They asked how the shoppers perceived the campaign and how it affected shopping decisions.The 2001 campaign was developed using $100,000 by the Georgia Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and Kroger.Special cardboard displays featuring brochures about Georgia produce, including recipes, were displayed in more than 140 Kroger stores in Georgia. Kroger supplied sales data to evaluate the impact of the campaign.“The 2001 change in sales indicated that the program was effective at moving additional products,” said Kent Wolf, market analyst with the center.Of the shoppers surveyed, 94 percent said they’d buy fresh, Georgia-grown produce over competing produce, given equal quality and similar prices.“The study found that the Georgia-grown marketing campaign has the potential to significantly impact Georgia’s produce through increased sales of Georgia-grown produce,” Wolfe said.Shoppers want to know where the produce was grown, Wolfe said. Nearly all of them believed labels should identify fresh produce grown in the state, he said.Due to these findings, many Georgia farmers are now putting the “Georgia Grown” logo on their produce packages and signs.“To effectively market produce grown in Georgia, it’s important to create promotional material that’s likely to impact shoppers’ purchase decisions,” Wolfe said.Most shoppers said Georgia produce is fresher and tastes better than produce grown elsewhere. They believe it should have a longer shelf life, too, because it hasn’t been stored as long.The 2002 campaign hopes to capitalize on this perception. The phrase “Farm Fresh” has been used this year in advertising.The campaign budget has increased to $2 million. This will include mass media advertisements, like TV commercials and metro-Atlanta billboards. The campaign has been extended, too, to include Wal-Mart.This type of campaign supports Georgia’s overall economy, Wolfe said. It helps Georgia farmers better market their products close to home.“As the program grows, consumers’ preferences for Georgia produce will provide producers here with a marketing advantage over non-Georgia produce,” he said.
By Wayne McLaurinUniversity of Georgia You know you’re a gardener if … You have an extra refrigerator for storing seed. You feed more than seven families with one zucchini plant. Your seed-packet collection dates back to 1976 or earlier. You get up in the middle of the night to see if your seeds have germinated. Every scratch pad in your house is filled with landscape ideas. You’ve moved a plant more than 11 times. Neighbors close their door when they see you coming with a paper sack full of vegetables. You get more than 35 seed catalogs per year. You’re building an extra outbuilding to house your gardening tools. You have more than one notebook filled with garden plans. Your children refuse to stop at just one more garden on the “vacation garden tour.” You’ve gotten a load of manure for a Christmas present. You’ve broken a truck axle hauling sand or stones for a walkway. Your garden pond is more advanced than your indoor plumbing. You’ve been brave enough to plant bamboo. You’ve given your wife a rototiller for your anniversary. You’ve financed a plant for more than six months. You have more than three compost piles in your backyard. You’ve been banned from more than two botanical trial gardens. You have a secret credit card account for fertilizer and plant charges. You’re taking Spanish classes to better understand your gardener. You’ve chained yourself to a three-year-old tomato plant you’re trying to save. You think that bamboo has potential as a container plant. You’ve used a sweet potato as a centerpiece at a dinner party. Collards are a necessary part of your landscape, or collards growing inside of a cut-and-painted tire are. You’ve put one of those stupid artificial rocks with the writing on it in your garden. Your encourage your spouse to go fishing to have the fish heads for fertilizer under your plants. You use your chipped pots for toad houses. You let the garden snakes stay because they eat bugs even though they scare the daylights out of you every time. The eating of the first tomato is ritualized with a candlelight dinner and is the only time you use an ironed, cloth tablecloth all year. They’ve reserved your parking space at the garden center. Your raised beds are better constructed than your back steps. You’ve replaced the soil in your beds with the soil cleaned from the back-entrance hallway. Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 7
Organic products availableOnly a few organic herbicides are available. One, pelargonicacid, is popular with organic growers. It’s sold under severaltrade names, such as Scythe and Quik II, and is basically aconcentrated soap you mix with water and spray over the top ofweeds.Pelargonic acid causes plant cells to fall apart. It kills mostweeds, as long as they don’t have extensive underground rhizomeor tuber systems.Vinegar (acetic acid) is marketed in several products, such asGarden-Ville Natural Weed Control, and also works at burning downemerged weeds. Common table salt, one of the first herbicides, isstill used to control weeds in driveway and sidewalk cracks.Some plants are adept at making their own herbicides. One goodexample is black walnut (Juglans nigra), which producesjuglone.Produced in many parts of black walnut trees, juglone kills orreduces the growth of plants growing under and around treecanopies.In the future, we may be able to take the genes that producejuglone and transfer them into a plant like corn. Imagine that: aplant that can make its own herbicide. By Mark CzarnotaUniversity of GeorgiaMany people don’t like to use synthetic herbicides in thelandscape. But weeds can be a big problem with any gardeningpractices. With organic gardening, prevention is one of the mostessential ways to keep weeds out.Many horticultural and agricultural practices are allowed withorganic agriculture. But if any chemicals are used, they shouldcome only from plant or animal sources. Get to them before they flowerAt the least, try to remove the weeds before they flower andproduce seeds. Some fully grown weed plants, such aslamb’s-quarters (Chenopodium album), pigweed(Amaranthus species) andspurge (Euphorbia species), can produce thousands ofseeds.Removing these weeds while they’re small removes a lot of seedsyou and your future generations will otherwise be fighting.Mulch! Bare-ground planting is very hard tokeep weed-free and isusually left for large-scale row-crop or vegetable production.Besides smothering weeds and preventing their germination,mulches help to maintain soil moisture and temperature and addorganic matter to the soil.If the landscape is to be permanently planted and no bulbs orannuals will be planted, consider using a landscape fabric underthe mulch. The fabric will help smother those tough perennialweeds.Wash your equipment when you complete a job.Soil stuck onequipment can easily transfer weed seeds from one site toanother.Don’t bring in weeds. Weeds, such as nutsedge, often rear theirugly heads when they’re brought in with nursery plants. To avoidbringing these weeds into the landscape, carefully select nurserystock. Follow these tipsHere are a few tips to help keep weeds out of the landscape andgarden and do so organically.Prepare the site to be planted. Plowing,rotary tilling and othermeans of soil cultivation are still very good methods of weedcontrol. Prepare the site to be planted with at least one goodtilling.If you’re not in a hurry to establish your plantings, severalcultivations three or four weeks apart will eliminate manydifficult weeds.These continual tillings disturb weed growth and help eliminateweeds. Weeds like nut sedges (Cyperus species)and Bermuda grass(Cynodon dactylon) primarily come from vegetativestructures suchas rhizomes and tubers, and plants coming from vegetativestructures won’t survive continual cultivation.Get them early. It’s much easier to hoe orpull out those weedswhen they’re small. The bigger weeds are allowed to grow, themore they will compete with desirable plants for light, water andnutrients.