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20 Feb 19
Working On My Redneck ™

Last year was a learning year for Aric Almirola, his first with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). He met an entire new team, new drivers and newer, faster setups that put him in position to win races and finish fifth in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship standings.  As soon as the 34-year-old Tampa native had […]

20 Feb 19
Underdawg Sports

The NBA All Star Break in Charlotte has come to a close and with it comes the final push for playoff seeding. Teams that brought in new faces during the trade deadline have had almost a full week of practice without any games to incorporate their new additions into their respective gameplans. With just over […]

20 Feb 19
Joe: Music of the Wild

accelerando (or accel.) – gradually getting quicker adagio – slow allegretto – fairly quick (but not as quick as allegro) allegro – quick (literally ‘cheerful’) andante – at a medium (‘walking’) speed cantabile – in a singing style crescendo (or cresc.) – gradually getting louder da capo (or D.C.) – repeat from the beginning dal segno (or D.S.) – repeat from […]

20 Feb 19
International Education News

This week, we share a cross-post from Sam Abrams, director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, which initially appeared on the Center’s website. Abrams was in San Juan last week to give a lecture on charter schools and vouchers at a symposium on governance hosted by the University of Puerto Rico […]

20 Feb 19
downthetubes.net

We’re delighted to report British comic book artist and inker Cam Smith – known for his work at Marvel UK, 2000AD and for US publishers – has been nominated for an Inkwell Award – and there are other British nominees, too. The Inkwell Awards are the only non-profit organisation devoted to public education and promotion of the […]

20 Feb 19
East Bay Times
It’s hard to overstate the impact of “Hamilton: An American Musical.” Now settling into San Francisco’s SHN Orpheum Theatre for an open-ended stay after a sold-out run of nearly five months last year, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2015 hip-hop musical about American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton has proved to be a phenomenon and a seeming game changer for American musical theater. Whatever the next “Hamilton” may be still lies in the future — or, more likely, is already percolating under the radar at smaller theaters around the country, with a one in a million shot of making it to Broadway. Miranda’s Tony-, Grammy-, Olivier- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical hit upon a bewitchingly unconventional combination: a sung-through musical employing hip-hop, R&B, jazz and traditional show tunes set amid the Revolutionary War era featuring non-white actors as the Founding Fathers. Hamilton himself — the first Secretary of the Treasury and one of the authors of the Federalist Papers — was an unlikely hero for any sort of musical. But Miranda got inspired when he happened to read Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of Hamilton on vacation in 2008. That said, the choice of subject may have seemed slightly less strange after the success of Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers’ “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” in 2010, depicting the notorious seventh president of the United States as an emo rock star. It’s fairly remarkable how rare hip-hop musicals have been on Broadway in the first place, considering that the genre has been popular for more than 40 years, and has been dominating American popular music for a while now. “Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk” made a splash back in 1996, and there was a blink-and-you’d-miss-it Broadway run in 2014 of a Tupac Shakur jukebox musical, “Holler If Ya Hear Me.” But previous to the rise of Miranda with his 2008 hit “In the Heights” — which employed Latin and hip-hop music — you’d mostly have look elsewhere than the aptly nicknamed Great White Way for examples of hip-hop pushing a story narrative. Broadway has never exactly had its finger on the pulse of musical trends. At best it sometimes points a finger at them. “Bye Bye Birdie” in 1960 was more lamenting and lampooning the rise of rock ’n’ roll than celebrating it, and 1967’s “Hair” isn’t exactly a rock musical either despite all its hippie kitsch. Similarly, “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau’s 1984 off-Broadway Reagan spoof “Rap Master Ronnie” wouldn’t exactly count as a rap musical. Still, ever since early ’90s off-Broadway shows like “So! What Happens Now?” and “Jam on the Groove,” there have been any number of “hip-hoperas” or “raparettas” happening here and there around the country. It’s just that they haven’t had that Broadway boost into nationwide ubiquity. The San Francisco Bay Area itself has long been a breeding ground for hip-hop theater artists such as Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Will Power, Aya de Leon, Tim Barsky, Dan Wolf and Tommy Shepherd, and of course Oakland native Daveed Diggs, who shot into the national spotlight as Lafayette and Jefferson in the original cast of “Hamilton.” Even on local stages, however, shows by such luminaries are infrequently staged compared to, say, a zillion productions of “The Little Mermaid” or “Mamma Mia!” The fact that “In the Heights” became similarly popular at local theaters once the rights became available should be an indicator that there’s an audience for groundbreaking fare if there’s a platform for it. While it’s always exciting when something like “Hamilton” breaks out into the spotlight, and all the more remarkable when it debuts there, large-scale commercial theater isn’t usually the place to look for breaking new ground. For that you’ve got to look to the grassroots, to the vital new theater blossoming in your own backyard, and it really depends on theatergoers to embrace and support it and help it grow. In the meantime, though, if you haven’t seen “Hamilton” yet, now’s the time to try to score tickets while it, too, is parked in your neighborhood. Contact Sam Hurwitt at shurwitt@gmail.com, and follow him at Twitter.com/shurwitt. ‘HAMILTON’ By Lin-Manuel Miranda, presented by SHN Through: Currently in previews, main run is Feb. 21-Sep. 8 (longer, if demand warrants) Where: SHN Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., San Francisco Tickets: $111-$686, 888-746-1799, www.shnsf.com; also, 44 $10 tickets will be sold via a lottery system two days before each performance; http://hamiltonmusical.com/lottery.
20 Feb 19
The Mercury News
It’s hard to overstate the impact of “Hamilton: An American Musical.” Now settling into San Francisco’s SHN Orpheum Theatre for an open-ended stay after a sold-out run of nearly five months last year, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2015 hip-hop musical about American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton has proved to be a phenomenon and a seeming game changer for American musical theater. Whatever the next “Hamilton” may be still lies in the future — or, more likely, is already percolating under the radar at smaller theaters around the country, with a one in a million shot of making it to Broadway. Miranda’s Tony-, Grammy-, Olivier- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical hit upon a bewitchingly unconventional combination: a sung-through musical employing hip-hop, R&B, jazz and traditional show tunes set amid the Revolutionary War era featuring non-white actors as the Founding Fathers. Hamilton himself — the first Secretary of the Treasury and one of the authors of the Federalist Papers — was an unlikely hero for any sort of musical. But Miranda got inspired when he happened to read Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of Hamilton on vacation in 2008. That said, the choice of subject may have seemed slightly less strange after the success of Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers’ “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” in 2010, depicting the notorious seventh president of the United States as an emo rock star. It’s fairly remarkable how rare hip-hop musicals have been on Broadway in the first place, considering that the genre has been popular for more than 40 years, and has been dominating American popular music for a while now. “Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk” made a splash back in 1996, and there was a blink-and-you’d-miss-it Broadway run in 2014 of a Tupac Shakur jukebox musical, “Holler If Ya Hear Me.” But previous to the rise of Miranda with his 2008 hit “In the Heights” — which employed Latin and hip-hop music — you’d mostly have look elsewhere than the aptly nicknamed Great White Way for examples of hip-hop pushing a story narrative. Broadway has never exactly had its finger on the pulse of musical trends. At best it sometimes points a finger at them. “Bye Bye Birdie” in 1960 was more lamenting and lampooning the rise of rock ’n’ roll than celebrating it, and 1967’s “Hair” isn’t exactly a rock musical either despite all its hippie kitsch. Similarly, “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau’s 1984 off-Broadway Reagan spoof “Rap Master Ronnie” wouldn’t exactly count as a rap musical. Still, ever since early ’90s off-Broadway shows like “So! What Happens Now?” and “Jam on the Groove,” there have been any number of “hip-hoperas” or “raparettas” happening here and there around the country. It’s just that they haven’t had that Broadway boost into nationwide ubiquity. The San Francisco Bay Area itself has long been a breeding ground for hip-hop theater artists such as Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Will Power, Aya de Leon, Tim Barsky, Dan Wolf and Tommy Shepherd, and of course Oakland native Daveed Diggs, who shot into the national spotlight as Lafayette and Jefferson in the original cast of “Hamilton.” Even on local stages, however, shows by such luminaries are infrequently staged compared to, say, a zillion productions of “The Little Mermaid” or “Mamma Mia!” The fact that “In the Heights” became similarly popular at local theaters once the rights became available should be an indicator that there’s an audience for groundbreaking fare if there’s a platform for it. While it’s always exciting when something like “Hamilton” breaks out into the spotlight, and all the more remarkable when it debuts there, large-scale commercial theater isn’t usually the place to look for breaking new ground. For that you’ve got to look to the grassroots, to the vital new theater blossoming in your own backyard, and it really depends on theatergoers to embrace and support it and help it grow. In the meantime, though, if you haven’t seen “Hamilton” yet, now’s the time to try to score tickets while it, too, is parked in your neighborhood. Contact Sam Hurwitt at shurwitt@gmail.com, and follow him at Twitter.com/shurwitt. ‘HAMILTON’ By Lin-Manuel Miranda, presented by SHN Through: Currently in previews, main run is Feb. 21-Sep. 8 (longer, if demand warrants) Where: SHN Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., San Francisco Tickets: $111-$686, 888-746-1799, www.shnsf.com; also, 44 $10 tickets will be sold via a lottery system two days before each performance; http://hamiltonmusical.com/lottery.
20 Feb 19
Maryland RRCA

There have been a couple of late updates to the Maryland Grand Prix standings. These folks will be getting awards at Sunday’s Club Challenge. Last year there were some issues getting the standings updated in a timely fashion, but with our wonderful new scorer Melinda, that is not expected to be an issue this year. […]

20 Feb 19
Buenavista East Cape Travel

Even though weather conditions have not been ideal for fishing, a group of our recent guests at Hotel Buenavista planned, with the help of our staff, several days of activities that made for a very memorable stay. Marc Varty, Cengil Guldemet, Bill Tom, Robert Gilbert, Mike Robinson and Sudesa Sharma, all from British Columbia, Canada, […]

20 Feb 19
Test Drive News

Finally, a hole has been ripped in the SoCal stop-and-go traffic continuum just large enough to get to one-quarter warp speed. Foot to floor, the roar begins. As it crescendos, the engine’s bari-tuned rumble rushes into the cabin, both piped in through the speaker system and exiting via a high-pressure baffle packed with stainless steel […]

20 Feb 19
nucksaid

Welcome to the latest edition of the official Nucksaid: Canucks Round Table! As you know, if you’ve followed my blog for awhile, one of my absolute favourite things is to connect with fellow hockey fans and to share our stories together. This new series will be bringing Canucks fans together from near and far to […]

20 Feb 19
ControlTrends

Thanks to the Team at Lynxspring we know: Dear Lynxspring Technology and Business Partners As previously communicated, Oracle announced the pending end-of-life of Java SE 8 (Standard Edition). As a result, as of January 2019, free public updates are no longer available. Customers accessing Niagara with the Java Applet/Web Start are impacted by this change. […]

20 Feb 19
BroBible

Giannis Antetokounmpo is suddenly being mentioned as the best player in the NBA right now, and for good reason. Not only does the 24-year-old pad the box score with his do-it-all skills, but the guy has taken the Milwaukee Bucks and shaped them into a legit Eastern Conference and, quite possibly, NBA Finals contender. That’s […]