SUNY Fredonia Postpones Commencement Ceremonies

first_imgWNY News Now Stock Image.FREDONIA – The State University of New York at Fredonia has postponed its 2020 Commencement ceremonies due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Officials say the decision was made after consulting with students at the school.Furthermore, officials say the postponement will not delay the delivery of degrees.Earlier this month, New York State directed all public schools to move to distance learning classes amid the growing pandemic. 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)last_img read more

Report Forecasts Potential Revenue From Legalizing Recreational Marijuana In State

first_imgPexels Stock Image.ALBANY — A new report is foreshadowing potential revenues the state could see if lawmakers legalized recreational marijuana in New York.The Citizens Budget Commission’s report however says state leaders should be cautious about relying on those potential revenues to help close budget gaps.“What we’ve seen is that that takes generally over a year to get from legalization to a functioning commercial market. Those times have been trimmed quite a bit, frankly, as more states have implemented and states can draw on what has happened around the country. So about one year is reasonable there,” said Patrick Orecki, the report’s author.Orecki says once the commercial market is in operation, it takes time for people to start using dispensaries to buy products. “That generally takes about two to three years consistently for customers to move to those marketplaces and for those marketplaces to yield substantial tax revenues for the state,” furthered Orecki.He explained that in the past the Governor’s Administration has forecasted about $300 million in revenue from the legalization of recreational marijuana annually once established, but, it can be reliant on different factors like tax framework structure.“California is generating the most revenue of any state because of its size, especially, but it has experienced a lot slower maturation of that revenue source than some other states did,” explained Orecki. “They’ve had a fairly sticky illicit market where people are still just using the same channels that they use to purchase marijuana previously. So, every state’s experience is absolutely different in it.”Governor Andrew Cuomo has voiced support for legalizing recreational marijuana use.Earlier this month, he called it the “right policy” and said, “the state is going to be desperate for funding.”According to the Citizens Budget Commission, California brought in about $764,000,000 from recreational marijuana revenues from July 2019 to June 2020. 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)last_img read more

Tops Expands ‘Flashfood’ App; Helping Shoppers Save Money, Reduce Waste

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) Image via Apple App Store.JAMESTOWN – A new app that aims to help shoppers save money and reduce food waste is now available to shoppers at Tops Friendly Markets in Chautauqua County.The grocery chain expanded its use of an app called Flashfood.In the app, you will find a variety of items like produce, baked goods, meats and more that are close to the ‘sell-by’ date. You can then buy those items at half off or better.Tops expanded the program in the last couple of weeks, shoppers can now use the app at 33 locations around Western New York Last August, Tops tried the app out at six of its stores. From August through December, 1,000 shoppers helped save 30,000 pounds of waste from landfills.All you have to do is download the free Flashfood app on your smartphone.Then, pick the store you’d like to shop at and then add the items you would like to buy to your online cart. When you head to the store, go to customer service to get help finding your items in a specially marked fridge.last_img read more

Zosia Mamet, Christian Borle & More Set for MCC’s 2014 Miscast Gala, Honoring Allison Janney

first_img View Comments Allison Janney Star Filescenter_img Tony winner Christian Borle and star of HBO’s Girls Zosia Mamet are among the stars slated to perform at Miscast 2014, MCC’s annual gala featuring actors performing songs from roles in which they would never be cast. Victor Garber will return to host the one-night-only event at the Hammerstein Ballroom on March 31. As was previously reported, this year’s gala will honor Emmy winner and Tony nominee Allison Janney.In addition to Borle and Mamet, the evening will include performances from Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (A Raisin in the Sun), Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), Steven Pasquale (The Bridges of Madison County), Jesse L. Martin (Rent), Sasha Allen (Hair), Tony nominee Keala Settle (Les Miserables) and Nicole Parker (Wicked). Additional performers will be announced at a later date.Proceeds from the gala support the producing efforts of MCC Theater as well as its Youth Company and partnerships with New York City public high schools.Check out Borle and Tony nominee Jonathan Groff from last year’s gala performing “If Mama Was Married” from Gypsy.last_img read more

Hedwig Star Neil Patrick Harris Shows Off the Boa Constrictor in His Pants

first_img Hedwig and the Angry Inch Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris has been going out of his comfort zone a lot these past few weeks, fronting a rock band while wearing heels, makeup and a wig in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch. But renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz gave NPH the ultimate new accessory to wear at his Vanity Fair photo shoot: A very large snake, which seems right at home draped across the How I Met Your Mother favorite’s shoulders and uh, into his pants. Snakes have all the fun. Catch Harris in full drag at the Belasco Theatre, where Hedwig officially opens on April 22! Neil Patrick Harris View Comments Star Files Related Showslast_img read more

Heathers Takeover! 4 Ways to Get Your Slushie Fix Before The Show Closes

first_img 1. Hear the Cast Wail at 54 Below July 29 at 54 Below If you’ve listened to the killer cast album, you know the cast of Heathers is capable of some epic belting. Luckily, they’re all performing the songs of Heathers co-composer Laurence O’Keefe and his wife, lyricist Nell Benjamin live—so in addition to selections from Heathers, you’ll get to hear them sing Legally Blonde, Bat Boy and more. Hold me, Heather Chandler! Related Shows 4. See the Show at New World Stages Through August 4 Your turn, Heather! Grab a slushie and catch the wacky, wild and irreverent tuner in the flesh at off-Broadway’s New World Stages, starring Charissa Hogeland, Dave Thomas Brown, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Elle McLemore and Kristolyn Lloyd. But we’re warning you—someone’s gonna get hurt. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 4, 2014 School’s out for Heathers—the zany musical take on the ’80s cult movie concludes its off-Broadway run August 4. But before you chug a big cup of Draino in protest (uh, just kidding, don’t ever do that), there are still four more ways to worship at the altar of Heather, Heather, Heather and Veronica before the musical closes. Ready for an oh-so-very week? Here comes a Heathers takeover! 2. Watch the Movie Under the Stars July 30 at SummerScreen in McCarren Park Let’s face it, we’ve all wanted to tell a stranger on a beach towel to “f*ck me gently with a chainsaw.” Well, now is your chance! McCarren Park will screen the 1988 movie that started it all in the great outdoors. Fingers crossed someone will bring croquet mallets and start an impromptu game. View Comments 3. Rock Out to “Candy Store” in the Park July 31 at Bryant Park Has the catchiest song since “Let It Go” officially invaded your brain? Instead of fighting it, embrace it on your lunch break. The cast of Heathers will perform a few of their hits from 12:30 to 1:30 at Broadway in Bryant Park, along with stars from Rock of Ages, Once and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. How very. Heathers: The Musicallast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Watch Sienna Miller Chat Cabaret & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. 2014 Tonys Win at Directors Guild Awards The 2014 Tony Awards picked up its own trophy this weekend! Glenn Weiss and the directing team of the 68th Annual Tony Awards have been honored with a Directors Guild Award in the category of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports-Specials. Congrats to all. First Trailer of Bloodline, Starring Norbert Leo Butz We’ve been waiting for this! Check out below the first trailer of new Netflix thriller series Bloodline. The show’s stars include Broadway faves Norbert Leo Butz, Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini and Sissy Spacek. We can’t wait to begin binge-watching on March 20! Michael Gambon Retires From the Stage Dumbeldore is apparating stage left—theatrical legend Sir Michael Gambon has had to retire from treading the boards. The Harry Potter star revealed to The Sunday Times that he was having issues remembering his lines. “It’s a horrible thing to admit, but I can’t do it. It breaks my heart. It’s when the script’s in front of me and it takes forever to learn. It’s frightening.” Aged 74, he has won three Oliviers and appeared on Broadway in the 1996 production of Skylight. Although the news is incredibly sad, we can take heart from the fact that Gambon won’t be disappearing from our screens. Indeed, his latest performance in another of J.K. Rowling’s works, The Casual Vacancy, will air on HBO in April. View Commentscenter_img Simon Shepherd & More Tapped for Hay Fever Summer fun if you’re in London. Simon Shepherd (Peak Practice), Michael Simkins (Yes, Prime Minister) and Sara Stewart (Enron) will join the previously reported Felicity Kendal in the upcoming West End production of Hay Fever. Directed by Lindsay Posner, the show will play a limited run April 29 through August 1 at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Sienna Miller Chats Cabaret Something tells us that Sienna Miller is going to be perfectly marvelous in her return to Broadway! For as she explains to David Letterman in the most adorable way during a recent appearance on The Late Show, she was “born for Cabaret.” Check out the interview below and then the American Sniper star (and her Elphaba fingernails) at Studio 54 from February 17.last_img read more

Bartlett Sher to Helm Met Opera’s Otello; Complete Lineup Announced

first_img The complete 2015-16 is as follows: Otello, beginning September 21* Turandot, beginning September 23 Il Trovatore, beginning September 25 Anna Bolena, beginning September 26 Tannhäuser, beginning October 8 Tosca, beginning October 16 Rigoletto, beginning October 20 Lulu, beginning November 5* La Bohème, beginning November 23 Die Fledermaus, beginning November 4 La Donna del Lago, beginning December 11 The Barber of Seville, beginning December 16 Les Pêcheurs de Perles, beginning December 31* Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, beginning January 21 Maria Stuarda, beginning January 29 Manon Lescaut, beginning February 12* Madama Butterfly, beginning February 19 Le Nozze di Figaro, beginning February 25 Don Pasquale, beginning March 4 L’Elisir d’Amaroe, beginning March 10 Roberto Devereux, beginning March 24* Simon Boccanegra, beginning April 1 Elektra, beginning April 14* Die Entführung aus dem Serail, beginning April 22 Sher’s previous Met credits include L’Elisir d’Amore and The Barber of Seville (which will both be revived as part of the new season), Le Comte Ory and The Tales of Hoffman. He is the Resident Director at Lincoln Center Theater, where he has directed productions including Golden Boy, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific, for which he won a Tony Award. He will also helm their upcoming revival of The King and I this spring. The season will also include a new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, directed by Olivier-winning director Richard Eyre (whose production of Le Nozze di Figaro kicked off this current season and will return again next season). The production is slated to star Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann. Also on the bill is the return of Tony Award winner Michael Mayer’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, which transports the action to 1960s Las Vegas, as well as J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus; the updated production, which premiered on New Year’s Eve 2013, features a book by Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane. The Metropolitan Opera’s 2015-16 season will begin on September 21 with a new production of Verdi’s Otello, directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher. The new staging is set to star Aleksandrs Antonenko as Otello, with rising star Sonya Yoncheva as Desdemona and Zeljko Lucic as Iago. *Denotes new production View Comments And while Helen Mirren is bringing the Queen to Broadway this spring in The Audience, a star of the opera world—soprano Sondra Radvanovsky—will take on the immense challenge of playing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the same season. She starts with Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarada, and completes the hat trick as Queen Elizabeth I in a new production of Roberto Deverux.last_img read more

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Her Daughter Fly to Finding Neverland

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 View Comments Related Shows Finding Neverland Who took the second star to the right to see Finding Neverland on Broadway? Catherine Zeta-Jones! The Tony and Oscar winner had a family day with her daughter Carys when they took a trip to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre to see this hit musical on June 7. After the show, the pair stopped by headliner Matthew Morrison’s dressing room to take photos and take a backstage tour. Check out this Hot Shot of the stars backstage at Finding Neverland, then catch the new musical on Broadway!last_img read more

Aladdin Will Fly Down Under in 2016

first_img from $57.50 View Comments The shining, shimmering, splendid Aladdin is heading Down Under! The hit Broadway musical will open in Sydney, Australia, at the Capitol Theatre in August 2016. Other previously reported international destinations for Aladdin include the U.K., Japan and Germany.Adapted from the 1992 Disney animated film, Aladdin is the story of a street urchin who uses the help of a magic Genie to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the production features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice, Beguelin and the late Howard Ashman.Aladdin is currently running on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The production officially opened on March 20, 2014, starring Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar.Of course, Aladdin is not the first Disney show to go global—discover your favorites in languages from all over here. Aladdin Related Showslast_img read more